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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-05-15
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 Weather forecastThe National Meteorological Service forecasts for today a fine weather all over Greece with scattered cloud and local rain in northern and central mainland in the afternoon. Winds moderate at sea. The temperature in Athens will range from 17 to 32C and in Thessaloniki from 14 to 29C.
(15/5/2003 11:52:00 рм)
 Simitis address SEVAt his televised address to the meeting of the Greek Businessmen Association (SEV) yesterday, Prime Minister Costas Simitis called on businessmen to increase investments and appeared optimistic about the course of the Greek economy. He also underlined that the industrialists' statements about an increase in unemployment proved to be completely wrong. He also rejected the complete deregulation of the labour market.
From his side, Finance Minister Christos Christodoulakis stated that according to the European Union, the rise of inflation is mainly due to the increase of the enterprises profit percentage and not to the increase of employees' salaries.
At the same time, New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis told the Greek Businessmen Association that the government had not utilized European Union funds.
In reply, the Press Minister Christos Protopapas said that the government carried out an especially strict check of the Second Support Community Framework, underlining that the implementation of some of its programmes was not appropriate, so the government asked from the European Commission not to allocate the relevant funds.
Finally, the President of the Greek Businessmen Association said that the publications regarding corruption discourage foreign investments in Greece and called on the government and the opposition to combat corruption.
(15/5/2003 11:53:00 рм)
 SARS suspect case tests in Athens appear negativeThe results of the tests of the South African airhostess hospitalised in Athens as a SARS case to be reassuring. Health Minister Costas Stephanis said that there are few chances for the woman to be suffering of SARS.
In an interview with ours station, Deputy Health Minister Hector Nasiokas said 'we shall have to wait until the results of some additional tests are available to say whether this is a SARS case'.
Meanwhile, three more people lost their lives in Taiwan because of SARS. The total number of SARS victims up to now has reached 34, while those infected number 264. The authorities in Taiwan and Singapore have told the World Health Organisation that they fear a further spread of SARS in southeastern Asia, despite the fact that China continuous to report fewer SARS cases daily.
At the same time, According to the Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, the World Health Organisation in Geneva had excluded Canada from a list of countries, where one can get infected with SARS.
It should be noted that 16 people died of SARS in Canada, while the World Health Organisation has recently issued a travel directive for Toronto, which is not valid anymore.
In China, the Supreme Court announced that whoever tries to spread infectious diseases like SARS will probably receive life sentence or be executed. On a relative development, during his address at a conference in Asia, a IATA representative said that SARS had caused more damage than the on September 11 attack and the war in Iraq.
(15/5/2003 11:54:00 рм)
 ADEDY to go on strikeThe Civil Servants' Supreme Administrative Council (ADEDY) on Wednesday announced that it called on its members to strike on Monday, protesting the compensation package offered by the government.
Demands for the new payroll program for public employees include the coverage for income losses in 2002 and 2003, the incorporation of extra bonus pays in the basic salary and an agreement for payment of back-pay.
(15/5/2003 11:55:00 рм)