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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 15 November 2014
24 SATURDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2014 GREECE My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is coming The boisterous Portokalos family is coming back to the big screen. Universal Pictures has ac- quired the domestic distri- bution rights to My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, a sequel to the beloved independent hit, with writer and star Nia Var- dalos set to return. Kirk Jones, best known for directing Nan- ny McPhee, has signed on to helm the new instalment, with a script by Vardalos. My Big Fat Greek Wedding became one of the most suc- cessful independent films of all time, grossing over $241 million domestically after its 2002 release. It even spawned a short-lived sitcom, My Big Fat Greek Life, which aired on CBS in 2003. The sequel promises the re- turn of many of the original cast, who are reunited by the discovery of a family secret and, yes, another wedding. Source: AP Residential property prices remained on a downward course in the third quarter of the year, as according to Bank of Greece data re- leased on Thursday the av- erage price dropped by 7 per cent on an annual basis and completed a 7.8 per cent to- tal decline in the first nine months of the year. Property surveys conduct- ed by banks for mortgage purposes amounted to just 4,219 in the July-Septem- ber period - i.e. 6.1 per cent fewer than in the same quar- ter in 2013. This means that there were even fewer trans- actions, as property survey- ing concerns not only new mortgage loan issues but also the refinancing of some existing loans. The central bank has also downwardly revised the data for the first two quarters of the year, as well as figures for 2013, which is evidence of the negative course of the housing market. The revised figures show that an annual decline of 10.9 per cent was recorded in home prices last year (up from an original estimate for 10.3 per cent), while prices dropped 8.8 per cent year-on-year in this year's first quarter (from 7.5 per cent) and in the second quarter the revised decline came to 7.7 per cent (from 7.3 per cent). The drop in the prices of newly-built homes (aged up to five years) reached 6.1 per cent, while older properties saw their prices drop by 7.5 per cent in the third quarter. In the year to end-Septem- ber, the prices of new houses dropped 7.1 per cent while for older ones the drop was 8.3 per cent from the same period in 2013. In geographical terms Ath- ens has seen a considerably bigger decline than in other main cities, amounting to 9 per cent on a yearly basis in July-September, while the drop in Thessaloniki came to 6.5 per cent, in other ma- jor cities to 5.5 per cent and in the rest of the country to 4.6 per cent. House prices continue to slide NIKOS ROUSSANOGLOU A new study points to an in- crease in child obesity during the years of Greece's econom- ic crisis, reversing an appar- ent stabilisation of the phe- nomenon in the years prior to that. The proportion of prima- ry school children in Attica deemed to be obese rose from 8.2 per cent in 2009 to 9.4 per cent in 2014, according to the study carried out by the di- etology department at Ath- ens's Harokopio University on a sample of 28,860 school- children during the 2009-10 academic year and 30,425 in 2013-14. Academics who participated in the study said the results appeared to suggest the re- versal of a positive trend in the pre-2009 period, when child obesity rates had sta- bilised and appeared to be dropping. The study suggested that children living in families with a lower disposable in- come were more likely to be obese. The results of the study also indicated a rise in the pro- portion of children who skip breakfast - to 24.9 per cent this year from 14.8 per cent in2009-andadropto45.8 per cent, from 66.2 per cent, in the proportion of children who eat fish or pulses at least once a week. In addition, the proportion of children who eat out once a week plunged to 18.5 per cent from 65.1 per cent. Separately, Health Minister Makis Voridis said the gov- ernment would henceforth cover the cost of equipment such as glucose monitors, test strips and blood lancets for uninsured diabetes sufferers. Source: Kathimerini Child obesity rates increased during crisis Survey indicates reversal of positive trend, shows eating habits worsened Police used stun grenades and tear gas in central Ath- ens on Thursday night to disperse students protesting the decision to close univer- sities in the capital, several days ahead of the anniversary of the bloody November 17 uprising against the junta at Athens Polytechnic in 1973. There was tension from the morning when students at Athens University found the doors closed and riot police guarding the institution. An attempt by the riot squad to move protesters who had gathered outside the univer- sity away from the building led to two students suffering injuries. Kathimerini was told that university authorities had asked for the main building, as well as the Law School and the Athens University of Economics and Business, to be guarded from Wednes- day night amid concern about students holding sit-ins to mark the November 17 an- niversary. The buildings are to remain shut until Monday. Students held several peace- ful marches in the city centre to protest the closures. How- ever, riot police intervened in the evening when some stu- dents attempted to enter the grounds of the Technical Uni- versity of Athens (the former Polytechnic) to hold a general assembly that had been called by student groups. They used batons and chemicals to force the students away from the building. The day's events also caused arguments in parliament, where SYRIZA criticised the decision to close the universi- ties. "This autocratic stance is a provocation toward our youth, the anti-dictatorial struggles and democracy," said party spokesman Panos Skourletis. "You are for terrorism, sit-ins and lawlessness," responded New Democracy MP Costas Markopoulos. Source: Kathimerini Tension at Athens universities ahead of Polytechnic uprising anniversary The sculpture in memory of those sacrificed at the bloody November 17 uprising against the junta at Athens Polytechnic in 1973.
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