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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-03-19

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Samaras: Low incomes the 'cut-off' line
  • [02] Elderly former radio presenter murdered in family tragedy
  • [03] Greek helicopter harassed by Turkish airfighters
  • [04] Mother bear and cubs herald spring before the swallows
  • [05] Pangalos against nuclear plants

  • [01] Samaras: Low incomes the 'cut-off' line

    -PA/Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras strongly attacked the government on the new measures it has announced, warning that they are "painful" and "inefficient", addressing the General Confederation of Workers of Greece (GSEE) 34th Congress taking place in Halkidiki, northern Greece, adding that the incomes of the low salary and pension earners is a "red line" (cut-off point) for his party.

    He also blamed all the political forces for the maintenance of a "bankrupt model", and his own party for "succumbing to the temptation of administrative 'governmentalism'" because, although it had not created that model, ND was to blame for not daring to change it when it had the opportunity to do so.

    Greece will not go bankrupt, he stressed, because it has "potential, comparative advantages, and a future", but he nevertheless criticised the mixture of economic policy being followed, warning that if low-cost fiscal measures are not taken to maintain a controlled demand the market will fall flat.

    [02] Elderly former radio presenter murdered in family tragedy

    ANA-MPA/An 84-year-old former radio presenter who had worked with the state broadcaster ERT, Kalliopi Paisiou, was apparently murdered by her 90-year-old husband Dimitris Paisios on Friday, in a family tragedy played out in the upmarket Athens suburb of Vrilissia.

    Police said the evidence indicated that her husband used a pillow to smother his ailing wife, who had recently suffered a stroke and was bed-ridden, having just emerged from hospital five days earlier. The 90-year-old then took his own life using a knife.

    In a note left at the scene, he said that deep despair had led him to his actions.

    The elderly couple live with their daughter, who had left earlier that morning to take her child to school and returned to find both her parents dead.

    [03] Greek helicopter harassed by Turkish airfighters

    A Greek Coastguard helicopter was harassed several times on Friday morning by two Turkish F16 fighter planes, as it was carrying out an airborne patrol in the region between Samos and Cos islands in the context of the FRONTEX cooperation.

    According to the Harbor Corps headquarters, which has its base on Cos island, the Dauphin helicopter was harassed while flying over Farmakonissi island at an altitude of 200 feet at 8:02 in the morning by the two F16s which were flying in formation at an altitude of 1,200 meters. The pilot of the helicopter immediately informed his base and two Greek F16's rushed to the area and warned the Turkish pilots that they are flying inside the Greek FIR. Shortly afterwards the Turkish jetfighters withdrew from the Greek FIR, while the Greek helicopter continued its mission.

    Earlier, the Dauphin has been electronically harassed 11 times by Turkish radars.

    [04] Mother bear and cubs herald spring before the swallows

    A bear and her three cubs emerged from the hibernation and took a "stroll" through a village near the northwestern Greek city of Ptolemaida. The bears, this year, marked the advent of spring in Greece before the swallows, the traditional heralds.

    The residents of Asvestopetra village were warned by the staff of the Arcturos organisation for the protection of wild animals, to not disturb the wild animals and leave the mother bear in peace. They were also advised not to attempt to feed her because she would return for more food. According to Lazaros Grigoriadis, member of Arcturos, the bear wandered to the area in search of food after waking up hungry from her hibernation and found corn in the fields of nearby farms that have not been harvested.

    [05] Pangalos against nuclear plants

    Government vice-president Theodoros Pangalos on Friday expressed opposition to the construction of a nuclear energy plant in Greece and emphasised instead the exploitation of the country's rich renewable energy sources for the production of electricity.

    Pangalos noted, however, the "need for vigilance because our neighboring countries, such as Turkey and Bulgaria, are active in that area".

    Answering to a current question in parliament tabled by Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) leader George Karatzaferis, Pangalos stressed that Greece has substantial energy reserves that have not been exploited, adding that perhaps the most serious solution for the energy problem is the conservation of energy being wasted, especially in the public sector, together with the promotion of the production of aeolic (wind) and solar energy.

    "We are alert and support the international community, which is reacting against the proliferation of nuclear energy" he said.

    Karatzaferis underlined the need for opening a dialogue on the use of nuclear energy in order to prevent us from trying in the future to catch up with the developments, given that the markets in the region already make use of nuclear energy.


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