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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-01-08
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 NEWS IN ENGLISHERA-5. THE VOICE OF GREECE
8/1/2002 5:08:00 μμ
 Weather forecastWintry weather is forecast for continental Greece despite slight rise in temperatures. In the evening light snowfall is expected in the eastern part of Thessalia, the Peloponese, Evia, the Cyclades and the northern part of Crete. Slight deterioration of the weather is forecast for tomorrow. In Athens temperatures will range between-1 to 8 C and in Thessaloniki from -4 to 7 C.
 Businessman kidnappers arrestedOwners of a shipping company in Pireus are the kidnappers of businessman-Ioannis Zonas-who was kidnapped in early October. They have already admitted their guilt while according to information their accomplices have also been arrested.
 Extreme weather conditions- problems gradually easing offLife in the city of Athens is gradually returning to normal after the problems caused by the extreme weather conditions. However, icy roads are still dangerous for drivers and pedestrians. Snow chains are still required for some parts of the Athens-Lamia national road and in many suburbs of northeastern Attica.
There are still some problems with urban and trolley buses which cannot reach their terminals.
Olympic Airways has scheduled to use larger aircrafts today to facilitate travelers whose flights had been cancelled due to the bad weather conditions and poor visibility at the airports.
The provinces, lasithio, Hania, and Rethymno in the island of Crete have been declared in a state of emergency. An army helicopter has been suppying cut off villages with first need items. A similar mission has been scheduled for today in the south and east part of Evia.
Schools in the prefectures of Attica, Viotia, Evia and Crete will remain closed tomorrow. Also most of the tertiary and technological education institutions are closed today.
 Payment of value added tax-FPA-has been extended till January 14Prime-minister Kopstas Simitis announced that farmers and stockbreeder s victims of the extreme weather conditions will be compensated.
Problems due to the extreme weather conditions gave rise to disputes between the government and the major opposition ND party. Replying, Prime-minister Simitis said that the state functioned satisfactorily to face the problems while he announced a reorganization of the general secretariat for civil protection.
Interior minister, Kostas Skandalidis admitted mistakes in the coordination of efforts to deal with the situation but denied delays in the mobilization of the state mechanism.
The ND party said the Prime-minister Simitis should at least have apologized to Greek citizens who were not only hit by the bad weather conditions but mainly by the inefficiency of the state mechanism.
Transport Minister ordered an inquiry into the reasons-beyond the weather conditions, which caused problems to thousands of passengers at the Eleftherios Venizelos airport. The airport s administration maintains that all services at the airport functioned perfectly and blamed the airways companies for the problems.
 Prime minister Simitis on a visit to the U.SPrime-minister Kostas Simitis leaves for the U.S. Focus of his contacts in the U.S will be issues concerning terrorism and the euroarmy as well as developments in the Balkans and the ME. On Wednesday Mr. Simitis willmeet with the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, Archibishop Denetrios and representatives of the Greek community in the US. On Thursday Mr Simitis will meet with American President George Bush at the White House while he will also have talks with vice-president Dich Chenney and State and Defense secretaries Collin Powell and Donald Rumsfield respectively.
 Greece has requested Greek-Turkish sea borders in the American digital mapsAthens has lodged a protest to Washington and NATO calling for the determination of sea borders between Greece and Turkey even on the digital maps.
In an interview with Net, Foreign undersecretary Gainnis Magriotis stated that the State Department clarified that the American Hydrografic service has not recorded sea borders in any part of the globe.
 Greek government strongly reacted to CBS report on terrorism in GreeceThe Greek government has strongly reacted to a news report on terrorism in Greece, broadcast by the American television channel CBS. Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou blamed the American channel for creating misleading impressions while he also underlined that the report did not include even an excerpt from his interview.
However, Mr. Papandreou noted that the official position of the American administration was not that presented at the CBS channel, underlining that Greece and the U.S have an excellent cooperation in the combat of terrorism.
 New meeting of Cyprus President and Raulf DektashCyprus President, Glafkos Kleridis will have a fresh meeting with Turkish-Cypriot representative Raulf Dektash on January 11 to discuss the issue of missing persons during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974.
 Draft bill on teacher s evaluationThe debate of the draft bill on the evaluation of teachers opens in parliament today.