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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-08-02
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NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA-5. THE VOICE OF GREECE
2/8/2001 2:23:00 μμ
Weather forecast. Police failed to recapture escaped convict Kostas Passaris Chief of the Police Ioannis Georgakopoulos resigned Common retirement age for all. Fuel prices up Thriasio Hospital treating only emergency cases in August. Underwater research plan to register faults in the Sea of Marmara and the Northern Aegean. Meeting of Greek Foregn Minister with his Albanian counterpart Athens stock market Agreement on the use of the Albanian language between Slavmacedonians and Albanian political parties
 Underwater research plan to register faults in the Sea of Marmara and the Northern Aegean.The first steps to prepare a specific underwater research plan to examine and register faults in the Sea of Marmara, Turkey and the Northern Aegean as well as the magnitude and danger these earthquakes can cause were taken in Thessaloniki during the first work meeting between scientists from Greece ,Italy ,Turkey and the US. The plan will be finalised during the second meeting , scheduled to take place in Konstantinopolis in mid November. In a press conference scientists participating in the conference said that the underwater research aimed at the development of prediction methods so that interested countries could be better prepared to face the consequences of a strong earthquake .
 Weather forecastSunshine is forecast in most parts of the country today, with the east and south likely to see showers. Winds northerly, moderate to very strong, turning gale force in the Aegean. In the north, temperatures will range from about 19C to 30C; in the west from around 21C to 35C; and in the rest of the country from about 23C to 32C. Mostly sunny in Athens with temperatures between 25C and 33C. Same in Thessaloniki, with temperatures from 23C to 32C.
 Police failed to recapture escaped convict Kostas Passaris . Chief of the Police Ioannis Georgakopoulos resigned.The Chief of the Greek Police , Ioannis Georgakopoulos has resigned over a failed police operation to apprehend fugitive killer Kostas Passaris . Earlier , he had admitted that mistakes had been made during the operation to recapture escaped convict Costas Passaris, who has been on the run for the past six months. Mr. Georgakopoulos said it had a well-planned operation that had failed in its execution but refused to blame any particular person, saying that it was organised to avoid any victims. Passaris, who had killed two police escorts and injured a prison guard while breaking out of an Athens hospital six months ago, managed to elude arrest once again yesterday by slipping through a police ambush. Police suspect, however, that he may have been injured in the process.
The incident occurred shortly after midnight, when Passaris entered the apartment of an accomplice in the Athens suburb of Neos Kosmos to find the police waiting for him. It is believed that he was injured when an officer shot a pistol out of his hand as Passaris tried to shoot at the police before he fled leaving the pistol behind .
 Common retirement age for allMajor changes are expected to take place in the social security system, after a decision by the European Court ordering Greece to equalise the pension age for men and women . So far , it is unclear whether the verdict concerns only civil servants and bank pension funds or will be implemented across the board . In an announcement ,Labour Minister Tasos Yiannitsis stressed that any changes will be introduced gradually , and only after intensive dialogue with the trade unions .
 Fuel prices up.Fuel prices go up this week after 2-months of consecutive reductions . Gasoline will be sold 3 drs higher per litter and diezel oil 1,5 drs higher per litter. The increse in fuel prices comes after the OPEK member states decision to reduce oil production by 1 million barrels . In the meantime , Development Minister Nikos Hristodoulakis is on the island of Crete to inspec the progress of works regarding the strenghtening of the islands energy system.
 Thriasio Hospital treating only emergency cases in August.Only emergency cases will be treated at the Thriasio Hospital in Western Attica during the month of August while doctors have announced work stoppages demanding the hiring of personnel and increase in the interns budget. Meeting of Prime minister Simitis with Education Minister. Prime- minister Kostas Simitis met with Education Minister Petros Efthimiou yesterday concluding his contacts with members of the government prior to his departure for the island of Sifnos where he will spend his summer holidays . After the meeting , Education Minister Petros Efthimiou said that the decision to reinstate the institution of a second- chance for students failing the school year was an educationally and socially fair decision while called to comment on Mr . Arsenis criticism , he stated that Mr.Arsenis had made similar choices when he was education Minister. In the meantime ,next years budget is expected to provide for an 8% increase in expenditures in the education and health sectors. However the final decision will betaken after the meeting of National Economy Minister with members of the government council.
 Meeting of Greek Foregn Minister with his Albanian counterpart .The need for a compromise solution acceptable to all sides in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), was stressed after talks yesterday between Foreign Minister George Papandreou and his visiting Albanian counterpart Pascal Milo on Rhodes. Milo, whose country currently holds the six-month rotating presidency of the Southeast European Cooperation Initiative (SECI), is currently on a tour of Balkan capitals . The two ministers said the FYROM crisis had dominated their talks, while Papandreou praised the Albanian government for its moderate, European stance to the crisis. On his part, Milo said that he was prepared to travel to Skopje to act as a mediator in the next few days, as an official of SECI's Albanian presidency, if this would help in achieving a solution. Asked what solution would satisfy Albania, Milo replied that all citizens of FYROM should feel equal in a multiethnic an democratic society.
 Athens stock market.The general share index rose slightly yesterday to close at 2,740 points. The volume of trading was 62.5 billion drs.
 Agreement on the use of the Albanian language between Slavmacedonians and Albanian political parties .A temporary agreement on the use of the Albanian language in areas where Alabanians make up 20% or more of the population as well as its use in the parliament plenum as the Albanians human right was achieved between Slavmacedonians and Albanian political parties yesterday. Talks will resume on Friday to discuss the isue of the police .
However , FYROM Interior Minister Ljube Boskovsky said that the only way to resolve the crisis was to defeat ethnic Albanian rebels militarily.