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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 05-01-27

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  • [01] Blockade at Tembi
  • [02] Order Enforcement with Porn!
  • [03] Eleven Arrests for Drug Trafficking
  • [04] Farmers not Abandoning Roadblocks
  • [05] Meeting Over Tourism
  • [06] Focus on Cypriot Issue
  • [07] Disputes over Hires
  • [08] EU Sounds the Alarm
  • [09] Unsettled Score
  • [10] Lead for Xanthi
  • [11] Northern Greece Dressed in White

  • [01] For 24 Hours Blockade at Tembi

    27 Jan 2005 22:13:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    Thessaly cotton growers escalate their demonstrations. After a marathon meeting that lasted for more than four hours, they finally decided to block the national highway at the Tembi toll station as of Friday morning at 10.00 and for a period of 24 hours. On Saturday morning, farmers will hold a new meeting to decide their future stance. In an announcement, cotton growers denounced the stance of the Minister of Rural Development Evangelos Basiakos and called on all farmers to proceed with massive demonstrations. Farmers from Serres continue their protest and blocked the Promachonas junction for several hours this morning.

    Translated by Sofia Soulioti

    [02] KTEL Bus Driver's Pedagogical Method Order Enforcement with Porn!

    27 Jan 2005 17:11:00

    By Annita Paschalinou

    A Kilkis KTEL bus driver had his own special way of making the students keep quiet. The 39-year-old promised the students aboard the bus, aged 12-18, that he would let them watch porn movies if they kept quiet. According to the Police, the bus driver kept his promise, at least once, with the majority of student agreeing and a few protests by the female students. As the Central Macedonia Police Headquarters announced, the incident was not reported by anyone, meaning that none of the students, their parents or the teachers complained. The issue was brought to justice after its broadcast from the Mass Media. An investigation is underway by the Kilkis Police Department while a Crown Court Prosecutor has intervened in the case.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

    [03] Raid in Athens Night-Club Eleven Arrests for Drug Trafficking

    27 Jan 2005 14:35:00

    By Athina Saloustrou

    Sources: ANA- NET RADIO 105.8

    The Police Narcotics Squad made a raid in a well-known Athens nightclub, arresting 11 people, for drug possession. The arrested were 9 men and 2 women, among them the clubs owners and a person which awaits conviction for criminal acts. 30 doses of cocaine, 5 ecstasy pills, 3 LSD tabs and two packages of cannabis were confiscated. An investigation is underway, while the arrested parties, after receiving charges, will be taken to the Fist Court Prosecutor.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

    [04] Farmers Insist on Meeting with Prime Minister Farmers not Abandoning Roadblocks

    27 Jan 2005 14:14:00

    By Despina Hristopoulou

    Sources: NET RADIO 105.8

    The cotton producers of Thessaly, remain stationed in Tempi, without obstructing traffic, while at 18:00, they will hold a meeting in order to determine their next actions. The cotton producers from 35 villages of Karditsa will be stationed in the Itea Delta for two hours, as it was decided in a meeting of representatives of agricultural cooperatives of the prefecture. In the meantime, the cotton producers of Serres are escalating their mobilizations with periodic blockades of the Promachonas interchange, which will be open to traffic to and from the Greek-Bulgarian borders at 14:00, which has been closed off since 11:00. The farmers announced that they will re-blockade the road to and from Promachonas, at the Petritsi interchange from 15:00 to 17:30. In the meantime, farmers from Serres are threatening with lawsuits against the Organization of Payment and Audits (OPEKEPE), doubting the farmers agricultural violations, while they insist on a meeting with the Prime Minister. At the same time their representatives met early at noon with the Prefect of Serres.

    ELGA's Smart Card

    In the meantime, the Prime Minister, Kostas Karamanlis, called on the farmers to not go through with roadblocks, while asking for self-control and respect of the laws above all. Mr Karamanlis, speaking at the New Years pie cutting at the ND Secretariat of Womens Issues, stated that in the few months that ND has been in power, the dispensation of European funding and the compensations from the Organization of Greek Agricultural Social Security (ELGA) to the farmers has been speeded-up.

    ELGA is promoting the smart card for farmers, in order to check the course of the compensation that they will receive. The trial will start from Larisa and will expand to the rest of the country. As far as the compensations course is concerned, the President of ELGA, Nikos Katsaros, appeared satisfied by the dispensation, which was made after a trimester of harvesting product. The total of the sum dispensed in 2004 is 538 million euros.

    Larisa Farmers Union member, Thanasis Kokinoulis praised ELGAs work, noting that this is the first time that farmers are not experiencing a problem with the compensations of the organization. Making reference to the 17,000 re-audits for cotton he noted that the cooperations are not responsible, and repeated the demand of audits to all of the 85,000 cotton producers.

    Reactions by KKE

    In the meantime, KKE is reacting to the publication of the producers names who have declared false quantities of cotton.

    "The Gebels-like actions of the government to give to the public the lists of shame, indicate that it is unhesitant in its attempt to implicate the small to middle sized cotton producers and to acquit its anti-agricultural policy," states the Communist Party, while at the same time, calls on the farmers to "resist the laughable and disruptive maneuvers of the government, to collide with EU legislature and its administrators, who are the governments of ND and PASOK, the parties and the farmers unionists, which consider Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) a one-way street, enforcing their own laws."

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

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    [05] Avramopoulos-Liaskos Informed the Prime Minister Meeting Over Tourism

    27 Jan 2005 19:21:00

    By Viki Keleri

    Sources: ANA - NET - NET RADIO 105.8

    The Prime Minister met today with the leadership of the Ministry of Tourism at the Maximos Mansion. During the meeting, Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos and Deputy Minister Anastasios Liaskos informed the PM on the realization course of the tourist development projects. After the end of the meeting, Mr Avramopoulos stressed that the ministry's aim is to draw a decennial plan for tourism that will give development the necessary boost. He also underlined that the ministry is quickly materializing its goals, primarily focusing on the upgrade of the tourist product.

    Translated by Sofia Soulioti

    [06] DISY President's Contacts Focus on Cypriot Issue

    27 Jan 2005 17:41:00

    By Viki Keleri

    Sources: ANA - NET - NET 105.8

    The President of DISY (Democratic Rally of Cyprus), Nikos Anastasiadis, had successive meetings today with Greek political figures. Mr Anastasiadis met with PASOK President, Giorgos Papandreou, the Speaker of Parliament, Anna Psarouda-Benaki, and the Mayor of Athens, Doar Bakoyiannis. The focus of talks was of course the Cypriot issue, as well as the steps to be taken by Greece and Cyprus in the following period. Papandreou and Anastasiadis expressed their mutual belief that initiatives need to be taken for the final solution of the matter, while the latter stressed it is time for action. Mrs Bakoyiannis also stressed the need to take initiatives that will lead to the solution of the Cypriot issue.

    Papandreou Attacks the Government

    PASOK president accused the government of strategic plans that do not serve the interests of Cyprus, or Greece for that matter. "We have lost too much time and important opportunities and we have placed ourselves in a very tight spot," said Mr Papandreou.

    DISY president called the Cypriot government to renounce procrastination and negativity, because, as he underlined, they only offer bad services at the moment. Dialogue, he went on to add, contributes to the solution of problems, while absence of dialogue helps preserving them.

    During their meeting, the mayor of Athens Dora Bakoyiannis assured Mr Anastasiadis that the Cypriot issue is unquestionably among Greece's top priorities. She also underlined that Cyprus is entering a very delicate period and stressed the need for necessary actions that will lead to the solution of the issue in question.

    Translated by Sofia Soulioti

    [07] Pavlopoulos Categorically Denies Disputes over Hires

    27 Jan 2005 15:38:00

    By Viki Keleri

    Sources: ANA- NET- NET RADIO 105.8

    A heated dispute occurred between the government and the opposition, this morning in Parliament, concerning the issue of hire of contract workers in the Public Sector. PASOK claim that the new contract workers that will be job secured reach 35,000. The former Minister, Alekos Papadopoulos, in a statement, mentioned that the government is trying to incorporate in the point system a 50% which foresees the hire of contract workers, i.e. whoever was hired during 1990-1993 and does not fulfill the work experience legislature. From his side, the Minister of Interior, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, described the aforementioned accusations as false, while speaking to NET stated, "we do not give numbers such as the ones PASOK gives, it is all arbitrary and derived from their imagination."

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

    [08] EU Asks of Quick Decrease in Deficit EU Sounds the Alarm

    27 Jan 2005 14:53:00

    By Viki Keleri

    Sources: NET RADIO 105.8

    The Commissions report for the minutes of 2004, which was made public at noon, makes recommendations to Greece for a quick decrease of the deficit and debt. The European Commission calls on the country to re-examine the data in the Social Security and labour market, while it urges the country to facilitate employment. The Commission seems satisfied with the general direction of economic policy, but does not hide its concerns over the speed of which the necessary changes are being made. In closing, the danger of the viability of the Social Securities is stated, while the fact that rises in wages are bigger than the inflation and productivity, does not help the reinforcement and competitiveness of Greek economy.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

    [09] Unsettled Score

    27 Jan 2005 20:58:00

    By Dimitris Alexopoulos

    Just like in the championship, Lymperopoulos was the scorer against his old team in the match for the Greek Cup, tying the score at the last minute of extra time. Konstantinou was the one to score in favour of the green team after taking advantage of Chiotis fatal mistake. In a mediocre game, where defense and tough markings had the first say, AEK and Panathinaikos tied at 1-1, thus leaving qualification to the next round open for the return match on 3 February.

    Mediocre Match

    The first half was qualitative but mediocre with both teams taking care of their defense and going after a goal that never came.

    With a system of 4-5-1, Panathinaikos showed from the very beginning they are more interested in covering their backs than achieving a goal.

    Naturally, the home team took the initiative of moves after the first 15 minutes but did not manage to penetrate the guests' defense.

    And while everyone believed that the second half would be as slow as the first, Chiotis' tragic mistake overturned the balance of the match and Panathinaikos opened the score. At the 48', AEK's goalkeeper, in his effort to block Basinas' kick, lost the ball from his hands and Konstantinou who was at the right place at the right time sent the ball right into AEK's nets.

    As a result, AEK tried their best to tie the score, but Panathinaikos controlled the centre and did not allow Santos' players to reach Kotsolis' post.

    And while the match kept on going without any changes, at the 4' and last minute of extra time Julio Cesar kicked the ball from the left, Kontis turned the ball with a header and with a new header Lymperopoulos nailed a goal against his former team for the second consecutive match. Of course, now everyone is waiting for the return match on 3 February.

    The only black spot of the match was when Gonzalez punched Assunsao and in his turn the Brazilian punched Basinas at the 78'. Incidents which apparently referee Tsikinis did not notice, as he only showed the yellow cars to the Argentinean.

    Referee: Tsikinis (Messinia)

    Yellow cards: Ivic, Alves, Konstantinou, Gonzalez, Gkoumas

    AEK: Malbasa (62' Bourbos), Kontis, Alves, Kostenoglou, Assunsao, Katsouranis, Lymperopoulos, Ivic (74' Konstantinidis), Julio Cesar, Krassas (83' Christoforidis).

    PANATHINAIKOS: Kotsolis, Vintra, Roubakis, Morris, Gkoumas, Basinas, Andric, Skacel (69' Wooter), Gonzalez (90' Maric), Charalambidis, Konstantinou (75' Papadopoulos).

    Translated by Sofia Soulioti

    [10] Lead for Xanthi

    27 Jan 2005 18:41:00

    By Vasilis Kalpinos

    The match between Xanthi and Egaleo for the round of 16 for the Greek cup only lasted for 70 minutes, as it was interrupted yesterday at the 21 due to heavy rainfall. Within this time, Mantzourakis team achieved the goal of victory with Lambriakos at the 33 and for the time being Xanthi has the lead in view of the repetition match. The game itself was poor in sight, as the turf was inappropriate and made things hard on the players.

    Lambriakos Was the Man

    The match restarted from the 21' with Xanthi occupying the centre. Until the 32' the home team created some good opportunities, which finally paied off at that very minute. With a fine kick, Lambriakos defeated Sidibe and opened the score with 1-0.

    In fact, shortly before the end of the first half, Xanthi could have scored a second goal, but the horizontal bar stopped Baykara's thunder shot.

    During the second half and without any room left, the guests tried to counterattack by creating fine opportunities to tie the score. However, Xanthi's newly acquired goalkeeper Pizanovsky was in excellent shape and did not alow Egaleo to reenter the match.

    It should be noted that the team to qualify for the round of 8 will face the winner of the Larisa-Chalkidona match.

    Referee: Kasnaferis

    Yellow cards: Tsatsos, Agritis, Zapropoulos

    XANTHI: Pizanovsky, Papadimitriou, Zapropoulos, Torosidis, Karabas (77' Maghradze), Sikov, Antzas, Prittas, Luciano (39' Nicasio, 71' Melissas), Lambriakos, Baykara. EGALEO: Sidibe, Liapakis (46' Manousakis), Christou, Alexopoulos, Psomas, Chloros (69' Papoutsis), Skopelitis, Fotakis, Mparkoglou (63' Makris), Agritis, Tsatsos.

    Translated by Sofia Soulioti

    [11] Problems from Bad Weather Northern Greece Dressed in White

    27 Jan 2005 18:14:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    The wave of bad weather, which is affecting northern Greece, has caused problems in many areas. In the Prefecture of Ioannina, several villages have been closed-off, schools remain closed, while all flights from the towns airport have been cancelled. Many villages have experienced blackouts from damages at the Electricity Companys network (DEI), while in many cases problems occurred in the Telephones Company network (OTE). The schools in the Prefecture of Kozani have remained closed, while a tornado hit the village of Orfani, in Kavala. In Trikala, snow measured a meter and resulted to several roads being blocked-off and schools being closed, in many areas of the Prefecture. The drivers are experiencing many problems, since at many parts of the road network and traffic is taking place with the aid of snow chain tires.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

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