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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 00-12-29
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA-5 THE VOICE OF GREECE
29/12/2000 1:11:58 μμ
 WeatherThe bad weather hitting almost the entire country continues, as 9 beaufor gale force winds have forced ships to remain docked in the ports of Piraeus and Rafina.
Severe storms lashed western and northern Greece yesterday, but so far, no casualties have been reported.
Several homes have been flooded in Preveza and hundreds of trees have fallen on roads, hampering traffic nationwide.
Meteorologists forecast that the bad weather will aggravate during the three-day holiday for the New Year.
Meanwhile, winds will abate in the Aegean, while it will be cloudy with rain and thunderstorms locally. In Attica the temperature will range from 13 to 17 degrees centigrade and in Thessaloniki from 6 to 15.
 Constitutional revisionPrime minister Kostas Simitis will meet with the speaker of the Greek parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis and competent ministers to discuss the constitutional revision. Mr Simitis had a meeting yesterday with interior minister Vaso Papandreou on the same issue.
According to reports, the ministry of interior is studying an election system of deputies through a cross and ticket, in the framework of a debate on the electoral law expected to start after the constitutional revision.
Meanwhile, the same election system will also be in force in the municipal elections in 2002, but a percentage will be established for the participation of women in ballot papers.
 Athens Academy awardsThe president of the republic Konstantinos Stefanopoulos yesterday attended a festive session of the Athens Academy, during which prizes were awarded to people who excelled in the field of Letters, Fine Arts, in Exact and Political Sciences and also to people who made good deeds showing altruism.
 Small investors loseIt appears that small investors will be the big losers from the interest rate reductions due to the euro, since the interest rates credit institutions will be offering as of January 1st, will be particularly low to nil.
The First Program of Greek Radio (ERA-1) has scheduled for today, a three-hour broadcast -- from 9 am to 12 pm -- in an effort to help citizens get a more clear picture of how the euro will affect their life.
Meanwhile, on the Athens stock exchange, the general share price index noted slight losses by 0.46% on Thursday, closing at 3,377.34 points.
 PM Simitis ousted TsoukatosFollowing the decision of prime minister Kostas Simitis, Theodoros Tsoukatos is out of the ruling Pasok party executive secretariat's coordinating committee, while Yannis Koutsoukos, former president of the Civil Servants Union, has been appointed in his place.
According to party sources, although the reasons for Mr Tsoukatos' expulsion were not announced, the prime minister made the decision due to the fact that Mr Tsoukatos was reluctant to cooperate with the government.
Before the decision was announced, the prime minister had a meeting with the Pasok deputy of state, who remains a member of the party's executive office.
 ND leader visits settlementsNew Democracy party leader Kostas Karamanlis visited repatriated Pontians and a settlement of earthquake stricken people in Menidi yesterday.
Afterwards, Mr Karamanlis referred to the housing problems, unemployment and difficulties in education these people are facing, while he described as ineffective the policy of repatriation.
 Police operation for illegal immigrantsIn Thessaloniki, the Police Department effected an operation to deal with illegal immigration today and arrested 93 foreigners living illegally in the city.
 Spata airportThe new airport in Spata will open normally in March, while Attiki Road will be open to traffic at the same time, the minister of environment and public works Kostas Laliotis said.
Mr Laliotis thus denied relative publications, according to which there is a delay in the opening of the new airport.
 Air accident over PrevezaTwo air hostesses were slightly injured, when the Olympic Airways plane - flight 607, from Corfu to Athens - met turbulence. The air accident occurred over Preveza, while the two air hostesses were given first-aid immediately after landing in Athens.