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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-07-26
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA-5. THE VOICE OF GREECE
26/7/2001 12:23:00 μμ
Strong earthquakes hit Skyros PASOK party prepares for its Congress Second Greek demonstrator released in Genoa The government aims at 300,000 new working positions 56 new parking lots in Athens and Thessaloniki by 2004 Kazantzides in a critical condition Further drop of fuel prices
 Strong earthquakes hit SkyrosTwo strong earthquakes meassuring 5,7 and 5,3 on the Richter scale took place on the northern coast of Skyros at 3:20 and 3:30 am today and were felt in Serres and the Peloponese. Tens of aftershocks followed. In the meantime, seismologists abroad spoke of a bigger magnitude of the earthaquakes, while seismologists in Constaninople reported that the earthquakes measured 7 on the Richter scale.
According to information no serious damages have been reported in Skyros except for cars which sufferred damages when rocks from the island s castle fell on them. Although seismologists will be able to say after 48 or 72 hours whether the earthquake was the main one, it appears that that must have been the case. Meanwhile, professor of seismology of the Aristotelian University in Thessaloniki Mr. Papazahos said that it seemed that the earthquake was part of the seismic activity that began in Turkey in August 1999.
The recent earthquake that took place in Turkey and measured 4,4 on the Richter scale had in a way sent a message to the inhabitants of the island of Skyros. On a relative development, Interior minister Vaso Papandreou, who was briefed immediately about the earthquake, contacted the Centre for the Civilians Protection and the officials in the areas were the earthquake was felt, while the Public Order minister and the chief of the fire brigade left for Skyros by helicopter.
 PASOK party prepares for its CongressYesterday evening during a meeting, the PASOK party Executive Bureau approved a text with the general guidelines regarding the positions PASOK will adopt during its Congress. The guidelines are related to the government policy. The party s Secretary Costas Scandalides appearred optimistic after the meeting, since as he said the party s cadres were determined to cooperate during the Congress.
Regarding the imminent Congress, after her meeting with Premier Costas Simitis, Interior minister Vaso Papandreou had stated that it should be uniting and one during which political positions could be adopted. Following his meeting with National Defence minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, Foreign minister Yorgos Papandreou referred to everybody s intention to adopt a joint policy.
 Second Greek demonstrator released in GenoaThe Parliament will examine whether the Greek and Italian authorities cooperated and the Greek authorities gave Italy a list of the Greeks to demonstrate in Genoa.
In the meantime, Panayotis Sideriades, the second Greek demostrator arrested in Genoa was finally released on Wednesday.
 The government aims at 300,000 new working positionsIn an attempt to combat unemloyment, the minstry of Labour is trying to re organize radically the Manpower Organization (OAED).
Specifically, Labour minister Tasos Yiannitsis pointed out that OAED s Director Tilemachos Palaiologos had been given the necessary instructions for the creation of 300,000 working positions by the end of the government s term of office.
 56 new parking lots in Athens and Thessaloniki by 2004Environment minister Costas Laliotis stated yesterday that 28 new parking lots would be built in Athens and 28 more in Thessaloniki by the end of 2004. The underground parking lots in Athens will be able to host 12,200 cars and in Thessaloniki 7,550.
 Kazantzides in a critical conditionThe doctors treating popular singer Stelios Kazantzides have reported that Mr. Kazantzides is in a critical condition.
 Further drop of fuel pricesFuel prices will drop as of midnight today all over Greece. Specifically, a litre of pertrol will be sold by 4,1 drachmas less and diesel oil by 4,2 drachmas.