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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-01-12

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Strike against threatens Athens transports; court rule against actions (RECASTS)
  • [02] Foreign nationals arrested in massive rail line theft ring
  • [03] Final proposals on deregulation of power sector
  • [04] Izmir-Thessaloniki cruise route
  • [05] Eurobarometer on econ crisis
  • [06] Radiation therapy centre opens

  • [01] Strike against threatens Athens transports; court rule against actions (RECASTS)

    (ANA-MPA) -- Athens may remain without public transports on Thursday as unions plan to escalate mobilisations against a government bill to restructure and reorganise of urban transports in the Greek capital.

    Employees of the metro, the electric railways (ISAP) and the suburban railway, as well as their colleagues in the buses and trolley buses have announced a 24-hour strike on Thursday.

    However, the management of the providers have sought court rulings to declare the strikes be illegal and abusive. Specifically,a court on Wednesday declared illegal both the same-day work stoppages Thursday's 24-hour strike by the metro union. A similar decision was handed down by a court in Piraeus, which declared illegal Thursday's 24-hour strike at ISAP.

    Additionally, the Infrastructures, Transport and Networks ministry has warned employees' unions that if the strikes proceed, inspite of the court rulings, other sanctions would be taken. (ANA-MPA)

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    [02] Foreign nationals arrested in massive rail line theft ring

    (ANA-MPA) -- Authorities on Wednesday announced the arrest of an alleged gang of thieves that cost the state-owned railways an estimated 1.3 million euro in damages in stolen copper railway cables.

    According to reports, the suspects operated mainly along the Dekeleia-Oinoi line, stealing the overhead copper cables that transmit electricity along the line. In addition to the financial damage, they also placed the safety of the railway network at serious risk.

    Police apprehended seven foreign nationals (five Pakistanis, an Indian and an Albanian) in Viotia prefecture, north of Athens, with 1,850 kilos of copper cable taken from various sections of the northeast Attica railway network in their possession.

    Under questioning, the suspects admitted that they had been operating for the past two months and selling the stolen cables for scrap.

    All seven were led before an Athens first instance court prosecutor on Tuesday. (ANA-MPA)

    More details on the subscriber's page of APE-MPE | Subscription request form

    [03] Final proposals on deregulation of power sector

    (ANA-MPA) -- The Environment, Energy and Climate Change ministry on Wednesday submitted the government's final proposals on the deregulation of the electric power market and access by private individuals to the Public Power Corp.'s (PPC) lignite production.

    The government rejected the claim made by the European Union in the summer for the sale of 40 percent of PPC's lignite units to private individuals, as well (for environmental protection reasons) as the prospect of private individuals being given new lignite deposits, that have been located throughout Greece.

    The proposals it made anticipate the exchange of energy as of 2012, at a first stage from units of a capacity of 1000 MGW, with contracts of up to a 15-year duration between PPC and European companies.

    More details on the subscriber's page of APE-MPE | Subscription request form

    [04] Izmir-Thessaloniki cruise route

    (ANA-MPA) -- Turkish tourists will be able to combine an Aegean sea cruise with a tour of Ottoman monuments in the northern port city of Thessaloniki this coming summer, as the Greek-owned "Ocean Majesty" will depart Izmir and visit Thessaloniki six times in 2011, it was announced on Wednesday. (ANA-MPA)

    Amongst others, Thessaloniki hosts the residence (today a museum within the Turkish consulate) where Kemal Ataturk was born in 1881, the 15th century Imaret Aladja mosque, as well as the Bey Hamam baths -- alternately known as the "Baths of Paradise" -- built in 1444 by Sultan Murat II, the most important monument of its kind in Greece.

    The cruiseship's first visit will take place on May 23 and another five will follow until Oct. 19.(ANA-MPA)

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    [05] Eurobarometer on econ crisis

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA) -- Three in four Greeks consider that "the worst is yet to come" in terms of the impact of the economic crisis on employment, according to a Eurobarometer poll released here on Wednesday.

    This is considerably higher than the average among Europeans as a whole, where 48 percent consider that the impact of the crisis on employment will become worse. Conversely, only 22 percent of Greeks consider that the repercussions of the crisis have reached their peak, compared with 42 percent of Europeans.

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    [06] Radiation therapy centre opens

    (ANA-MPA) -- Health Minister Andreas Loverdos on Wednesday inaugurated the first radiation therapy centre specifically for child cancer victims in Greece at the Aglaia Kyriakou children's hospital in Athens.

    The new centre was built with money raised by 'Floga', the association of parents of children with cancer, and seeks to improve cancer treatment for children in Greece.

    Until now, children and teens received radiation therapy in centres designed for adults that often used older technology equipment leading to serious side effects, made even more severe for young people whose tissues were still developing.

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