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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-09-25

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From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] Weather conditions torment Greece
  • [03] Measures for price control
  • [04] Greece against action to Iraq without UN approval

  • [01] Weather forecast

    Rain and storms are forecast in all parts of the country. Winds southerly, light to moderate, turning strong in parts of the Aegean. In the north, temperatures will range from 16C to 24C; in the west from 18C to 27C; and in the rest of the country from 19C to 29C. Temperatures in Athens between 22C and 27C; and in Thessaloniki from 18C to 24C.

    (25/9/2002 11:29:00 рм)

    [02] Weather conditions torment Greece

    Torrential rain is falling in several parts of Greece. According to an extraordinary weather forecast issued by the National Meteorological Service the thunderstorms in the Ionian, Epirus, and western mainland will continue for the next 10 hours.

    The Peloponese, Thessaly, Macedonia, Thrace , the eastern mainland, Evia and northern and eastern Aegean are being affected by these weather conditions.

    In Patras, the Fire Brigade has received more than39 calls to pump out water from basements etc. Due to the gale force winds, many trees have been uprooted at the Rio Municipality and the Patras small forest, while electricity power cuts took place in the centre of the city and outskirts.

    Similar weather conditions are prevailing in the wider area of Western Greece as Ilia, where a sand storm swept this prefecture.

    Moreover, in Thessaloniki, the Fire Brigade had to pump out water from basements that had flooded.

    Rain and thunderstorms are expected to hit Attica by the afteroon.

    Meanwhile, the General Secretariat of Political Protection is on the alert and 80 soldiers are at Kiffisos river to deal with any problems that may ensue in the case of heavy rainfall.

    (25/9/2002 11:31:00 рм)

    [03] Measures for price control

    The draft plan of the State budget for 2003 will be examined by the Cabinet in a few hours today, so that it is then submitted for discussion to the Parliamentary sub-committees.

    Meanwhile, the National Committee for the euro has proposed four measures in order to control prices in the market. Prices of articles below one euro should be written on these articles in cents and not with decimal digits. Fines will be imposed on enterprises and shops that are discovered to be overpricing articles. A campaign promoting the euro should begin. Finally, Banks should be supplying customers not only with 20-euro banknotes but also with 10 and 5-euro banknotes.

    On a relative development, the Finance Ministry has publicized the names of 66 firms and free-lance businessmen accused of tax evasion and overpricing. These firms had proceed to overpricing during the last weeks.

    (25/9/2002 11:33:00 рм)

    [04] Greece against action to Iraq without UN approval

    The United States presented a report to its allies and Nato regarding Iraq&#8217;s mass destruction arsenal. However, it did not submit an appeal for military support Nato Secretary General George Robertson stated. Washington is having problems in persuading the UN to issue a resolution for Iraq&#8217;s disarmament before UN weapon inspectors meet with Iraqi representatives next week official sources have stressed.

    Meanwhile, France, Germany and Sweden expressed their reservation on the information presented by Britain regarding Iraq&#8217;s arsenal.

    From his side, American President George W. Bush praised British Prime Minister Tony Blair on his report regarding Iraq&#8217;s arsenal, while Bagdad rejected the information supplied. The biggest part of the British Press was not convinced by Mr Blair&#8217;s information, according to which Bagdad has biological and chemical weapons and can destroy Nato bases in Greece, Turkey and Cyprus with its missiles.

    Commenting on Mr Blair&#8217;s information, Prime Minister Costas Simitis stated that Athens would examine it, pointing out that a unilateral action against Bagdad without the UN&#8217;s approval would jeopardize world peace.

    At the same time, the price of petrol reached 31 dollars per barrel, the highest price reached during the last 19 months due to the economic stability caused by the possibility of military action against Iraq.

    In Wall Street, Dow Jones and Nasdaq indexes reached the lowest level in the last years, while the General Share Price Index of the Athens Stock Exchange dropped on Tuesday by 1.91% However, the basic interest rates of the American Central Bank remained unchanged, with its Manager Alan Greenspan warning that geopolitical dangers are threatening to weaken the federal economy

    (25/9/2002 11:35:00 рм)


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