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ATHENS Kieran Trippier Jersey , Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- Greece and Europe are exiting the economic crisis, setting the foundations for a better Europe, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Wednesday at an events marking start of Greece's EU Presidency.


"Greece, through immense difficulties Kevin Wimmer Jersey , is leaving the crisis behind. Europe is leaving the crisis behind," Samaras stressed during a joint press conference with Barroso after a series of meetings between the Greek government and the visiting College of EU commissioners at Zappeion Exhibition Hall in central Athens ahead of the main festive event to be held in Athens later on Wednesday evening.


"Greece hopes to bring the European citizen closer to the EU. Therefore, the guiding principles of our policy during the first half of 2014 are dealing with problems which are vital for Europe's future; economic recovery, combating unemployment Josh Onomah Jersey , the strengthening of social cohesion, the safeguarding of European security, both internal and external," Samaras said outlining the agenda and goals of the Greek EU Presidency.


Samaras added that over the next six months Jan Vertonghen Jersey , Greece and its European counterparts will also seek to deepen the economic and monetary union.


He thanked Europe for its support towards Greece's efforts to address the debt crisis that has hit the country hard since 2009.


On his part, Barroso appeared confident that 2014 "will be a better year for Europe compared to the previous ones, on economic terms."


Referring to the Greek EU Presidency he said that Greece "is well prepared" and can count on the support of European counterparts.


"Greece is an experienced pilot," he said Hugo Lloris Jersey , since this is the fifth time the country is assuming the six-month rotating presidency of the European Union.


"We are in Athens today to celebrate the European presidency is a clear evidence that predictions that Greece would exit the euro were wrong. Euro's existential crisis is over. We are exiting the crisis," he said.


"We are on the right track .. Programs do work provided they are implemented with determination," Barroso said, referring to positive developments in Greece and other European countries.




WASHINGTON, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Changes in land use have caused global biodiversity to fall below what was considered "safe" levels, threatening efforts toward long-term sustainable development, a new study said Thursday.


The study, published in the U.S. journal Science, analyzed 2.38 million records for more than 39,100 species at 18,600 sites to estimate how biodiversity in every square kilometer land has changed since before humans modified the habitat.


For 58.1 percent of the world's land surface, where 71.4 percent of the human population live, the level of biodiversity loss is substantial enough to question the ability of ecosystems to support human societies, it found.


The loss due to changes in land use puts levels of biodiversity beyond the recently proposed planetary boundaries, an international framework that defines a safe operating space for humanity.


"This is the first time we've quantified the effect of habitat loss on biodiversity globally in such detail and we've found that across most of the world biodiversity loss is no longer within the safe limit suggested by ecologists," lead researcher Tim Newbold from the University College London said in a statement.


"We know biodiversity loss affects ecosystem function but how it does this is not entirely clear. What we do know is that in many parts of the world, we are approaching a situation where human intervention might be needed to sustain ecosystem function," Newbold said.


The study found that grasslands, savannas and shrublands were most affected by biodiversity loss, followed closely by many of the world's forests and woodlands.


It suggested that the ability of biodiversity in these areas to support key ecosystem functions such as growth of living organisms and nutrient cycling has become increasingly uncertain.


The researchers also found that biodiversity hotspots -- those that have seen habitat loss in the past but have a lot of species only found in that area -- are threatened, showing high levels of biodiversity decline.


Other high biodiversity areas, such as Amazonia, which have seen no land use change, have higher levels of biodiversity and more scope for proactive conservation.


"The greatest changes have happened in those places where most people live, which might affect physical and psychological wellbeing. To address this, we would have to preserve the remaining areas of natural vegetation and restore human-used lands," added Dr Newbold. Enditem

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RIO DE JANEIRO Harry Winks Jersey , Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Construction work on Sao Paulo's Itaquerao World Cup stadium has reached 92% completion, the builder responsible for the project said on Friday.


Brazilian constructor Odebrecht released a series of photos showing the venue in the final phase of development, with the turf and most of the 68,000 seats already installed.


More than 1 Harry Kane Jersey ,500 workers are finalizing work on the dressing rooms, bathrooms and stadium's roof, Odebrecht said.


Itaquerao, also known as Arena Corinthians Georges-Kevin N'Koudou Jersey , will host the opening match of the World Cup on June 12 and one of the semifinals.


According to Odebrecht, about 20,000 seats will be fitted into temporary stands to be removed after the tournament


The stadium is on schedule to be ready by the end of December, in time for the deadline enforced by world football's governing body FIFA.

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