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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 05-02-19

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  • [01] Immediate Compensations to the Stricken
  • [02] Prime Minister in Evros
  • [03] Holidays in the Airport
  • [04] A Quarrel a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
  • [05] Olympic Airways Bomb Farce
  • [06] Turkish Cypriots Vote Tomorrow
  • [07] New Greek Record for Efentaki
  • [08] Vioxx Returns

  • [01] Prime Minister Visits Evros Immediate Compensations to the Stricken

    19 Feb 2005 11:16:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    The Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis, who visited the flood stricken areas of the Prefecture of Evros, spoke of an immediate and effective mobilization of the state mechanisms, which prevented the worst. From the village of Mandra in Didimoticho, the Prime Minister stated the need of an immediate estimation of the damage and the compensations of the stricken farmers but also of the cooperation with other countries of which the river runs through. "What is essential is the compensation of the damage," stated Mr Karamanlis and thanked "everyone who gives their best in such difficult times." The Prefecture of Evros remains in a state of emergency, while the officials state that there is no danger for the inhabited areas.

    Critical 24 Hours

    The Prime Minister stated the need of constructing extra anti-flood works, while he asked for a more effective cooperation with the other countries, which Evros River runs through, for water management.

    Mr Karamanlis received assurances that there is no danger for the people and their properties, while as the Prefect of Evros noted there is excellent cooperation with Turkey for the counter of the problem

    The suspense in the Prefecture continues. The water level exceeded 6 m and 30 cm (limit of alert is 6 m and 20 cm), while the specialists await a recession of the situation. According to evaluations, around 22,000 acres of crops have flooded, without any inhabited areas being in danger.

    At this time a meeting, the subject of which is anti-flood protection and compensations, in Orestiada is taking place participated by the Minister of Interior Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Minister of Macedonia-Thrace Nikos Tsartsionis.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

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    [02] Problems Due to the River Overflow Prime Minister in Evros

    19 Feb 2005 09:20:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    The Prefecture of Evros remains in a state of emergency, after the rise in the water level in the rivers of Evros and Ardas, which resulted to 22,000 acres of crops to flood. The authorities reassure that there is no danger for the inhabited areas. The Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis is expected to arrive in the area this morning and will visit the village of Mandra in order to examine the situation and the problems that have risen. The Minister of Interior Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Minister of Macedonia-Thrace Nikos Tsartsionis will participate in a meeting in Orestiada, the subject of which will be anti-flood protection and compensations.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

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    [03] Holidays in the Airport

    19 Feb 2005 10:15:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    Up to now we saw travelers remaining in the airports when there were delays in the flights schedule. The rule was broken by a Dutch tourist who remained locked-up in an airport in Brazil for five months, as he had spent all of his holiday money! Sheridan Gregorio visited Brazil and after an unforgettable week of vacation, went to Fortaleza Airport in order to return to his country. Even if he had a return ticket he did not know he was obliged to pay airport tax. He searched in his pockets for some extra change, but in vain, he had missed his flight. His streak of bad luck continued when airway company officials announced that he could not use his ticket for another flight.

    Mr Gregorio proved to be a true survivor.

    He camped-out in the airport and got a job at a restaurant as a cleaning man in order to receive a wage.

    After five months and negotiations of the Police with the airway company, the unfortunate tourist used his old ticket to return to his country.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

    [04] A Quarrel a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

    18 Feb 2005 23:06:00

    By Mary Lou Tzempelikou

    Sources: BBC

    It all indicates that yet another myth, according to which family feuds can be dangerous to your health, is about to be quelled. New studies indicate that women who fight with their husbands have less chances of suffering form heart disease or other ailments that may cause death. According to an article on the Journal of the American Heart Association, women who kept quiet during a fight, were four times more likely to die of heart disease. In the same Journal it is mentioned that women whose work had a disruptive effect on their home lives were twice as likely to develop the condition.

    Health and Unemployment

    However, British cardiologists appear somewhat skeptical and consider that these findings would have to be treated with caution.

    This research, though, was not conducted flimsily, as American scientists performed studies on 3,700 women over a period of ten years.

    Another survey, which also published in the same Journal and in which 35,000 women participated, studied the relationship between cardiovascular disease and employment.

    As per this second study, unemployed women who were looking for work reported the worst physical health, with nearly a third having high blood pressure and 6% suffering a heart attack, stroke or chest pain.

    On the other hand, employed women had the best health, with only one in five having high blood pressure and 2% having cardiovascular disease.

    According to the researchers, this fact demonstrates that social pressure, which makes a woman feel bad when unemployed, contributes greatly to her physical health or lack of.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    [05] Unknown Bomb Threat Olympic Airways Bomb Farce

    19 Feb 2005 10:47:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    Sources: NET RADIO 105.8

    A bomb threat farce took place this morning in an Olympic Airways aircraft. More specifically at 9:20, an unknown man called the companys offices in Eleftherios Venizelos Airport and stated that he had placed a bomb in an aircraft which was on route from Athens to Thessalonica and Munich, aboard with 108 passengers, a few minutes after its take-off from the airport. The aircraft immediately returned to Eleftherios Venizelos Airport for a security check. No explosive mechanism was found.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

    [06] Mehmet Ali Talat a Favorite Turkish Cypriots Vote Tomorrow

    19 Feb 2005 13:05:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    Sources: ANA- NET

    The pre-election campaign in occupied Cyprus over the so-called elections on Sunday is taking place in the aftermath of reactions by the visit to the occupied territory of an American commercial delegation. The visit of the Americans caused the intense reaction of Nicosia while political opponents of PM Mehmet Ali Talat claimed that the visit was made in order to support him. Around 147,000 people, half of which are colonists, will vote for the emergence of 50 MPs. According to gallop polls only three parties will ensure the election limit of 5% which will allow them to enter the Parliament, while the Republican Turkish Party of current MP Mehmet Ali Talat is considered a favorite. The ballot polls will open at 8:00 and close at 18:00.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

    [07] New Greek Record for Efentaki

    18 Feb 2005 23:13:00

    By Ilias Papaioannou

    The highlights of an international indoors meeting in Birmingham, Great Britain, were Russian Helena Isinbayevas world record in pole vault and Nantia Efentakis Greek record in 3000m.With a time of 8:53.95, Efentaki broke Chrysostimia Iakovous previous record of 8:55.20 (4/2/98 Erfurt, Germany) and finished in fifth place, while Ethiopian Meseret Defar came first with 8:33.05. Furthermore, Greek Stella Pilatou finished in sixth place in long jump with 6.28m. Finally, Isinbayeva broke yet another world record in the space of six days, since with a jump at 4.88m, she improved on her previous record by 1cm (12/2/05 Donetsk, Ukraine).

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    [08] Decision of U.S. Regulators Vioxx Returns

    19 Feb 2005 11:51:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    The arthritis drug Vioxx, after being linked to heart and stroke conditions, and was withdrawn from the market in September, will be placed in drugstores shelves again. A U.S. Food and Drug Regulators Committee decided by a 17-15 vote that the drug is safe for sale, besides the looming danger of a heart attack. The competitive painkillers Celebrex and Bextra of Pfizer Inc., which had caused concerns due to the increased danger of heart problems from their use, were considered safe enough to be placed in the market.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

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