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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-05-07

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  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] EU Health ministers meeting on SARS
  • [03] Schiesser to close
  • [04] Simitis continues his tour to newly acceded countries to the EU
  • [05] Results of checks on 77 introduced enterprises to the ASE to be

  • [01] Weather forecast

    Warm, sunny weather is forecast in all parts of the country, with scattered cloud in Epirus and Macedonia from late afternoon. Winds northerly, moderate in the Ionian turning to gale force in parts of the Aegean. The temperature in Athens will range from 18 to 29C and in Thessaloniki from 15 to 29C.

    (7/5/2003 11:59:00 )

    [02] EU Health ministers meeting on SARS

    During their extraordinary meeting in Brussels yesterday, the European Union Health Ministers agreed to cooperate more closely and be on the alert, so as to deal with the spread of the SARS virus.

    Presiding Health Minister Costas Stephanis stated that SARS is endemic and advised that the measures the countries would take for the people coming from high risk countries should be balanced so as not to create extreme concern and have negative impact on the economic and social life.

    According to researchers and health officials in Honk Kong and Britain mortality for infected people of 60 and above may reach 55%, while in the case of the youth it drops to 13%. Moreover, incubation takes six days.

    Meanwhile, according to the World Health Organisation, the SARS epidemic has not reached its peak in China, where at least 25,000 people have been quarantined.

    In the USA the number of SARS cases has reached 65, while 225 cases are thought to be connected to SARS. In Canada the number of the dead due to SARS has reached 23.

    In Russia, where it 20 possible SARS cases have been reported, the authorities may close the borders with China. Finally, the first SARS case was reported in Finland yesterday.

    (7/5/2003 12:00:00 )

    [03] Schiesser to close

    The government on Tuesday held talks with Schiesser of Switzerland in a bid to persuade management to save the multinational's Athens underwear manufacturing plant, slated for closure at the end of the month due to losses.

    Labour Minister Dimitris Reppas said in a statement later in the day that Scheisser appeared resolved to go ahead with closure on May 30, leading to about 500 redundancies. Also involved in talks with management were representatives of the General Confederation of Labour of Greece, a trade union umbrella group that represents nearly a million workers. However, in an attempt to prevent the closure of the firm, Mr Reppas called on both sides to convene and try to find a viable solution on the basis of the labour law.

    (7/5/2003 12:02:00 )

    [04] Simitis continues his tour to newly acceded countries to the EU

    Within the framework of his visit to the new acceded countries to the European Union, Prime Minister Costas Simitis is visiting Riga, Latvia today following his visit to Talin in view of the Summit Meeting in June.

    Mr Simitis discussed with his Latvian counterpart Juhan Parts Europe's future and the development of a joint European policy on security and defence issues.

    (7/5/2003 12:03:00 )

    [05] Results of checks on 77 introduced enterprises to the ASE to be publisized

    The Finance Ministry will publicise the results of checks for 77 enterprises entered to the Athens Stock Exchange within the next 15 days. The Athens Stock Exchange President had ordered the checks.

    Meanwhile, the President of the Capital Market Committee Stavros Thomadakis, who testified to the Parliamentary hearing committee, defended the committee's work.

    From its side, the New Democracy party called on Mr Thomadakis to quit, insisting that he is responsible for the economic crime committed in the Athens Stock Exchange at the expense of thousands of families'.

    Finally, acting government spokesman Dimitris Geros said that some were trying to re discuss the issue of the Athens Stock Exchange, an issue for which the government had already answered.

    (7/5/2003 12:04:00 )

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