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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-01-07
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 NEWS IN ENGLISHERA-5. THE VOICE OF GREECE
7/1/2002 1:48:00 μμ
- Weather forecast
- Heaviest snowfall in Athens in forty years
- Prime-minister Simitis on a visit to the U.S.
- Blessing of the waters in Pireus attended by state officials
- Illegal immigrants taken to Rafina
- World News
 Weather forecastWeather gradually improving as of today with slight snowfall early on the day on the northern part of the island of Crete. Notherly gale force winds in the Aegean Sea gradually abating. Weather will be almost fair around the rest of the country. In Athens, cloudy in the morning ,temperatures will range from -3C to 2C., fair in Thessaloniki with temperatures from -8C to 0C.
 Heaviest snowfall in Athens in forty yearsThe winter storm that hit mainly central and southern Greece has covered much of the region with a rare blanket of snow and disrupted road, sea and air transport.
According to the National Metereological service it was the first time in forty years that it had snowed so heavily in Athens. The unusual snowfall caused many problems while the prefectures of Attica, Biotia, Evia and Rethimni were declared in a state of emergency. Northern suburbs of Athens were transformed into a winter landscape stranding many workers at home. Hundreds of villages have been isolated, 100 villages in Evia.
Snow chains are required to run in the noreastern suburbs of Athens and on the national road Athens Lamia whose both directions have opened to car and lorry drivers.
The public power and water corporations are making strong efforts to restore the damages due to the unprecedented weather conditions.
About 1000 urban buses and 189 trolley buses are running the lines serving south, west and central Athens, Mesogion and Kifissias Avenues and the port city of Pireus.
The route of the electric train goes up to Iraklio while the Athens Metro runs as normal.
Olympic Airways has resumed as of 9.30 while for further information those travelling can call on 93.69.111 while for information concerning airport issues call on 35.30.000.
Christams holidays for students have been extended till Thursday when shcools open. Many tertiary education institutions have cancelled exams and lessons scheduled for today. Students should contact the secretariates of the schools.
Public servises will be open today with some flexibility for late arriving of employees.
Courts also open today.
 Prime-minister Simitis on a visit to the U.S.Prime Minister Costas Simitis will fly to the U.S tomorrow while on Thursday he will meet with the American President George W. Bush at the White House. Their talks will focus on the setting up of an international front to combat terrorism, on bilateral relations, european developments and the situation in the Balcans and the ME
 Blessing of the waters in Pireus attended by state officialsPiraeus Metropolitan Kallinikos officiated at the blessing of the waters ceremony in the port city of Piraeus on Epiphany Day yesterday in the presence of President Kostis Stephanopoulos, Prime Minister Costas Simitis, Parliament President Apostolos Kaklamanis, ministers and deputies.
Despite snowfall and extremely low temperatures, crowds flocked to the Akti Miaouli area where the Holy Cross was thrown into the sea after a church service was held at the local cathedral.
Dignitaries attending the event made no statements and went to the town hall afterwards to attend a reception given in their honour by the mayor of Piraeus.
 Illegal immigrants taken to RafinaThe about 300 illegal immigrants (most of whom are Kurdish) spotted on Saturday in the Evoikos Gulf, were taken to the Rafina indoor Gymnasium. The illegal immigrants, who were exhausted due to the harsh weather conditions, were offered medical treatment, clothing and food. The captain of the Turkish fishing boat , and crew members - all Turkish citizens- were arrested.
 World News- According to a poll, the British- who refused to join the common european currency- demand better information on the euro.
- Following his talks in New Delhi with Indian Prime-minister Atal Behari Baypayee, British Prime-minister Tony Blair said that India was willing to talk with Pakistan if it rejected terrorism in allits forms Today British Prime-minister flies to Pakistan.
- The American embassy and other related buildings targets of the 15 arrested in Singapur, on charges of terrorism.
- The U.S police said - the 15-year old pilot carried out the suicide flight which crashed into the Tampa skyline, occupied by businesses including a bank and law and accounting firms as an indication of sympathy to Osama bin Landen