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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 05-03-19

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  • [01] Reality Show Hunts for New Pele
  • [02] Chewing Gum Increases Cup Size
  • [03] U.S. Calls On South Korea
  • [04] Peace Rally
  • [05] Teenager Keeps Porn Website
  • [06] Christodoulos Fights Back
  • [07] Missile Test in Pakistan
  • [08] Panathinaikos Temporarily First
  • [09] Wheel Turns for Xanthi
  • [10] Surprise from Iraklis
  • [11] Hope for Panellinios
  • [12] Pound Disappointed

  • [01] Hunting for talent via TV Reality Show Hunts for New Pele

    19 Mar 2005 17:52:00

    By Annita Paschalinou

    Football stars like Pele are not born every day. They seem to be well aware of this in Brazil, where they are using a TV reality show to try to find the new god of international football. According to Clarin newspaper, 3000 young footballers aged up to 15 have already registered to take part. The panel of judges will be made up of Brazilian football officials, such as Mario Lobo Zagallo, manager of the Brazilian National Football Team. The six best players, who go through to the final, will join the national junior team. One of these will be the new Pele, who will be chosen by the television audience, after a vote.

    Translated by Millie Williams

    [02] Selling Like Crazy in Japan Chewing Gum Increases Cup Size

    19 Mar 2005 15:47:00

    By Annita Paschalinou

    A company in Japan promises a fuller bust without having to undergo surgery. Its suggestion is Bust Up chewing gum, which could be chewed three to four times a day, and can increase the size and shape of breasts. The gums miracle properties are derived from an extract of the plant Pueraria mirifica, specifically phytoestrogens, which are substances found in different plants and can imitate female estrogen effects of the body.

    Based on Phytoestrogens

    The effective results of the gum lie in the effect of these two chemicals, together with phytooestrogen isoflavone.

    The above phytoestrogens were found in the Pueraria Mirifica plant, also known as Kwao Krua, which grows in Thailand and Burma and is used by the local tribes for medicinal purposes.

    The company manufactured Bust Up, based on the findings of a research performed by Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, according to which a treatment with Pueraria Mirifica can increase breast size by 80%.

    Research performed in Great Britain indicated that the plant has also positive effects on skin and hair.

    Except for the gum, the Japanese company sells other products based on Pueraria Mirifica, such as pills and tea.

    Its Price

    The pink gum is rose-flavored and sells like crazy in Japan, while it is also possible that it will be also sold in convenience stores.

    Its price is not especially expensive, but one has to go through many packets in order to have the desirable effects, which means that the cost will increase.

    A packet with 200 pieces of pink gum costs around 16 euros.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

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    [03] Rice on Tour of Asia U.S. Calls On South Korea

    19 Mar 2005 13:01:00

    By Betty Savourdou

    Sources: ANA- BBC

    From Japan, U.S. Secretary of State called on Pyongyang to return to the six-party discussions, (U.S., South Korea, North Korea, China, Japan), which were abandoned last month, over its nuclear program. She also called on the areas countries to pressure Pyongyang. During her speech in Tokyo, Condoleeza Rice called on China to "embrace democracy." From Saturday noon, the U.S. official is in North Korea, before the last stop of her tour, which will be Peking. At the same time, U.S. military exercises are commencing with the participation of South Korean forces.

    "We Will Not Attack"

    Rice called on the South Korean leadership to make a "strategic choice" and to abandon its armed nuclear programs.

    Rice avoided the term "outpost of tyranny," which had infuriated Pyongyang, while she repeated that the U.S. has " no intention of attacking or invading North Korea."

    She also described the role of the rest countries participating in the discussions as important, calling on the Asian countries to "do their best" in order for Pyongyang to return to the discussions.

    American officials state that Rices speech does not set an ultimateum.

    Rice, who has already visited India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Japan is in South Korea, while her last stop is China.

    "Exercises are Preparation for Invasion"

    American military exercises, which will last a week, are commencing today with the participation of South Korean troops.

    Around 17,000 American soldiers are estimated to take part in the exercises, including 6,000 that are permanently stationed in South Korea, as well as the American aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk.

    From its side, North Korea criticized the exercises and described them as a preparation of invasion in its grounds, while it threatened that it will expand its nuclear arsenal.

    According to Washington, the exercises are focused only on defensive strategies.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

    Related News:

    North Korea Retreats Under Conditions

    N. Korea Withdraws from Talks

    [04] Two years after the start of the Iraq war Peace Rally

    19 Mar 2005 09:45:00 (Last updated: 19 Mar 2005 22:07:38)

    By Betty Savourdou

    Sources: NET 105.8

    Two years have passed since the start of the war in Iraq, and citizens in 75 countries, including Greece, are sending a message with anti-war rallies calling for the withdrawal of the occupation forces from the country. On Saturday afternoon, GSEE, ADEDY, trade unions, Municipalities, schools and colleges along with the Stop the War Coalition movement organized an anti-war rally in the centre of Athens. The protestors started out in Syntagma Square and then marched to the American embassy. Traffic had been diverted since 11am on central roads. Traffic is currently returning to Vas Sofias Avenue. An anti-war rally was also held in Thessaloniki and in major cities around the world.

    "Stop the War"

    One of the main speakers at the anti-war rally in Syntagma Square was American mother Sue Niederer, who lost her 24-year-old son in the war in Iraq.

    "You killed my son!" is her accusation towards George Bush, and together with the movement "Soldiers Families Against the War" she is urging America to demand "that the troops return home, that no more lives are lost for oil, US international dominance, profits for arms companies."

    Two years after the sad start of the war against Iraq, anti-war demonstrations were also held in other cities around the world.

    From London to Tokyo, millions of people demonstrated against the war and in favour of peace.

    In London, 45,000 demonstrators called for all foreign military forces to be withdrawn from Iraq. In front of the American embassy, which was guarded by a strong police presence, a banner was unfurled, reading "100,000 dead" and "George Bush, Uncle Sam, Iraq will be your Vietnam".

    In Istanbul, anti-war protestors demonstrated on the Asian side of the city. Banners were dominated by slogans such as "Conquerors always lose," "Bush leave the Middle East," and "Down with Imperialism." Thousands of demonstrators, about 4500, according to the organizers, also protested in Tokyo against the visit of American diplomacy head Condoleezza Rice.

    Translated by Millie Williams

    [05] He did it to impress his friends! Teenager Keeps Porn Website

    19 Mar 2005 19:23:00

    By Annita Paschalinou

    Sources: NET

    The electronic crime police found themselves confronted with an unpleasant surprise. For the first time, a 15-year-old schoolpupil was found to be behind a case of trafficking in child pornography material over the Internet. In a search at the house of the teenager in Athens, the police found and confiscated a computer hard disk and six CD ROMs. The police are going through the photographic material and the video in order to find out whether the children shown, aged from seven to 13, both boys and girls, are Greek. At the same time, serious concerns have arisen with the confession of the 15-year-old boy, who blamed his actions on an attempt to impress his peers. A court file has been prepared against the boy and submitted to the Public Prosecutor for Minors in Athens.

    Translated by Millie Williams

    [06] Storm of reactions in Jerusalem Christodoulos Fights Back

    19 Mar 2005 18:35:00

    By Annita Paschalinou

    After the benediction ceremony, the Archbishop spoke of forces of evil that are persecuting the Church and trying to make it disappear. Archbishop Christodoulos admitted that there are members of the hierarchy with weaknesses, and called on the faithful to hold firmly onto their faith. An answer to the new accusations against him regarding mismanagement and activities at Chrisopigi came in the sermon given by the Metropolitan Bishop of Piraeus. "We are facing persecution by criminals and slanderers, but we are not afraid. We have the protection of the Virgin Mary," stressed Bishop Kallinikos. At the same time, strong reactions are coming from Arab Orthodox Christians, after articles appeared in Israeli newspapers, speaking of changes to the ownership of real estate belonging to the Patriarchy of Jerusalem.

    Calling for Eirinaios to Resign

    After a meeting in Ramallah, representatives of Arab Orthodox Christians earlier today called for the involvement of Jordan and the Palestinian Authority and for Patriarch Eirinaios to resign.

    The meeting was called in the context of revelations yesterday in an Israeli newspaper, according to which fugitive former financial manager of the Patriarchy of Jerusalem, Nikos Papadimas, fully empowered by Patriarch Eirinaios, sold part of the Patriarchys real estate.

    In a statement, the Patriarchy of Jerusalem described the empowerment given to the vanished former employee of the Patriarchy of Jerusalem Nikos Papadimas as unfounded and invalid, as it was not issued by the Patriarch in Synod.

    The statement notes:

    "A purchaser or seller of property of such strategic significance must know that to make such an exchange, it is necessary to have clear consent from the Patriarch of Jerusalem Eirinaios and the Holy Synod of the Patriarchy."

    At the same time, it underlines that "any purchaser or seller who has not asked for written permission and consent from the Patriarchy and the Synod, is acting deceitfully and maliciously, which means that any exchange is invalid, beyond probable penal responsibilities."

    In conclusion, the Patriarchy of Jerusalem mentions that by initiative of the Patriarch, the Patriarchy has already regained real estate invalidly and illegally sold in the past and has started using its property toward the prosperity of its flock.

    Lunch with President on Sunday

    Earlier this afternoon in Athens, the Archbishop officiated in the Cathedral in the festive service for tomorrows feast of Orthodox Sunday. On Sunday morning, Mass for Orthodox Sunday will be celebrated in the Cathedral, with the President of the Hellenic Republic in attendance.

    In the early afternoon, at the Presidential Palace, Karolos Papoulias will hold an official lunch in honour of the Archbishop and the members of the Holy Synod.

    Translated by Millie Williams

    Related News:

    Press Articles About Eirinaios

    [07] Successful test Missile Test in Pakistan

    19 Mar 2005 14:00:00

    By Betty Savourdou

    Sources: ANA

    With Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf attending, on Saturday a long-range missile was launched, as announced by the Pakistani military in Islamabad. According to the statement, the ground-ground Shaheen II missile, equipped with an advanced technology motor, can carry a conventional or nuclear warhead. The test was successful, but details of which region it took place in were not revealed. President Musharraf thanked the Pakistani scientists and declared that the nation is extremely proud of its armed forces.

    Disputes with India

    In December another missile was tested, a mid-range Shaheen I. The Shaheen II can hit a target at a distance of 2000km.

    Pakistan, which has three times come into conflict with India, has recently pledged itself to a peace process with its neighbour in order to settle significant differences between them, including the Kashmir conflict.

    Translated by Millie Williams

    [08] Panathinaikos Temporarily First

    19 Mar 2005 21:49:00

    By Vasilis Kalpinos

    The green team started out very well and kept it up to the end. At the El Paso ground, Panathinaikos defeated Kallithea 2-0, and for a short time have shot up to the top of the rankings, waiting for tomorrow to see the results of the matches with Olympiacos, first and foremost, who are playing in Crete against OFI and AEK, who are facing Ergotelis. The two goals that gave Alberto Malesanis team the victory were scored by Gekas (penalty, 28) and Basinas (52).

    Gekas Does it Again

    Both teams started out slowly in the match. Without creating many opportunities, Panathinaikos took the reins in the centre, although they did not create many phases, other than "set ups". Finally, in 28, their dominant position paid off, and with a shot by Haralambidis, Gekas found himself tete a tete with Bartzokas, who knocked him over, and the referee pointed to the white spot. The penalty was taken by Gekas, who scored, giving his team the lead. This goal was his first against his old team, and he did not celebrate it. Seeing the goal, the guest team woke up, and although they missed some good opportunities, they didnt make it and were unable to score by the end of half time.

    In the second half, Panathinaikos started out with an amazing goal, straight from the changing rooms, and established their victory. Bartzokas tried to kick the ball away, but the ball ended up with Basinas, who took a direct shot from a long distance and sent the ball into the net. Kallithea did not react, Panathinaikos let the pace slip and the score remained the same till the end, bringing Panathinaikos back to victory, after the draw with Iraklis last week.

    Referee: Vassaras (Thessaloniki)

    Yellow cards: Tzorbatzakis, Bartzokas, Koulakiotis


    KALLITHEA: Bartzokas, Koulakiotis, Vokolos, Karatzas, Dragisevic (65 Ouanga), Telsinki (58 Savvidis), Georgiev, Tzorbatzakis, Kiriakos, Koutsospyros, Alexandris

    PANATHINAIKOS: Galinovic, Kotsios, Goumas (68 Henriksen), Morris, Konstantinidis, Basinas, Haralambidis, Vutter (74 Sapanis), Gonzales, Gekas, Konstantinou (79 Papadopoulos).

    Translated by Millie Williams

    [09] Wheel Turns for Xanthi

    19 Mar 2005 20:12:00

    By Stathis Petropoulos

    Xanthi saw the reverse side of the last matchday, as from protesting to Germanakos, they saw themselves gain from a decision by Mazarakis. Xanthi managed in just the fifth minute of extra time to save itself from a defeat on home turf by Kerkrya and with the penalty by Lambriakos, they drew 1-1, leaving two valuable points. Against a team whose main task was to protect its goal, Xanthi dominated the whole of the first half, without, however, seeing its performance reach previous, recent levels. The absence of (penalized) Luciano showed up for Xanthi, who nonetheless managed to create dangerous phases for Kerkyra. In just 2, a header by Garpozis was knocked out by Veziridis. The next good stage for the northern Greek team came in 30, with Garpozis once again shooting, and just missing. In 36, Baykaras moving shot sent the ball outside the nets, while in the very next minute, Veziridis reacted effectively to a new shot by the dangerous Garpozis.

    Saved in Extra Time

    In the second half, while Xanthis fans expected their team to step up the pressure, it was Kerkyra who surprised them all, opening the score in 54 with NDiaye, who took advantage of a mistake in Xanthis defence line and got past Pizanovski. In 74, Antzas shot, but it was weak and Veziridis blocked it, while in 83 Kerkyra lost a rare opportunity to double its goals, when Braga sprang to the attack, but instead of passing to two unmarked teammates who were waiting for the ball, he tried to do it by himself, and wasted the opportunity. And while it all seemed that Kerkyra would leave Xanthi with a valuable three-point souvenir, in the last minute of extra time, referee Mazarakis awarded a doubtful penalty against Braga, who was marking Baykara. It was taken by Lambriakos, who scored. Immediately afterwards, Braga protested and was sent off, while with the end of the game, Kerkyras players angrily surrounded the referee from Kefallonia, who was protected by the police.

    Referee: Mazarakis

    Yellow cards: Fofonka, Ioannou, Sfakianakis, Petras, Garozis Red card: Braga

    XANTHI: Pizanovski, Pechlivanidis (46 Dimitriadis), Antzas, Sikov, Torosidis, Prittas, Mahradhze, Baykara (63 Kazakis), Kleber (46 Karabas), Lambriakos, Garpozis

    KERKYRA: Veziridis, Syros, Panopoulos, Sfakianakis, Georgiou, Petras, Braga, Fofonka, Gitas (78 Garozis), Ioannou (60 Antoniou), Deba (18 N Diaye).

    Translated by Millie Williams

    [10] Surprise from Iraklis

    19 Mar 2005 19:53:00

    By Vasilis Kalpinos

    Despite freezing up in the last few minutes, Iraklis managed to take the game from Marousi, and besides banishing the clouds on the horizon regarding their stay, they are back in the game and can go after the final eight that leads to the play offs. On the other hand, Panagiotis Giannakis team has not only stayed in second place in this match, but also definitely lost any hope remaining of coming in first place in the normal time of the Championship. The top scorer for the host team was Iliadis, who scored 23 points. The quarters: 22-20, 43-40, 67-53, 82-80.

    From Start to Finish

    In the first half, Iraklis kept a slight lead up to the end of the twenty minutes. With the start of the second half, Lefteris Kakiousis team took off and went into the lead by 13 points (55-42), a lead which reached 15 points a few minutes later (62-49), and later fell to 14 (67-53) as the last quarter but one came to an end.

    In the last quarter, Marousi played flat out, and with Spanoulis and Bountouris taking the reins, they reduced the differemce, and a few seconds before the end brought the score to 81-80. At that point, Iliadis was on the free-throw line, he scored the first time, missed the second and brought the final score to 82-80, as Sekulic shot as the game ended did not go in.

    IRAKLIS: Hamilton 7 (1) Milosevic 1, Kalaitzidis, Iliadis 23 (1), Bryant 6, Djordjevic 1, Apostolidis 19 (1), Pavlidis 3 (1), Papaioakeim, Dedas 7, Heniac 13, Kouvelas 2.

    MAROUSI: Blackney 6, Bountouris 12 (4), Smilianic 2, Sekoulic 10, Jones 4, Spanoulis 15 (1), Kolokas 17 (3), Popovic 2, Stefanidis, Karagoutis 12 (2).

    Translated by Millie Williams

    [11] Hope for Panellinios

    19 Mar 2005 19:28:00

    By Vasilis Kalpinos

    The dream of remaining in Basketball A1 has arisen again for Panellinios, who won in the match against Ionikos in Amaliada with 79-84. This means that Kostas Petropoulos team, despite remaining in the relegation zone, regained whatever hopes they had of remaining in A1. Ionikos, on the other hand, has lost the opportunity to get into the lead against a team that has the same aims. The top scorer for the Olympic winners team was Beric, who scored 17 points. The quarters: 19-16, 36-35, 52-61, 79-84.

    Making a Counterattack

    From the start of the game till the end of the first half, both teams were hand in hand in the score, with the end of the first half giving just a one-point difference to Ionikos. In fact, the host team had broken the crown, unable to score any three-pointers in any way at all. In the second half, the guest team took advantage of this, and with Strulen sparking off the move, they were 9 points ahead at the end of the quarter.

    The host team continued to make unsuccessful throws outside the 6.25 0/16 line in the first three minutes of the last quarter, which meant that the difference remained at eight points (71-63) in favour of the guest team. Giannouzakos tried to bring his team back into the game and reduced the difference for Amaliada. However, this was ultimately not enough, and Panellinios scored the great victory.

    A negative point was that some fans tried to come onto the court shortly before the end of the game, but the police intervened in time and tempers cooled.


    IONIKOS NF: Limniatis, Giannouzakos 14 (3), Nikolaidis 17, Brown 14, Moschovitis 7, Dorkofikis 2, Koutroulias 7, Paschalis 11, Smith Jamar 7.

    PANELLINIOS: Kantartzis 12 (1), Chapin 12 (1), Krasic 4, Sakellariou, Strulens 6, Maslarinos 4, Tsopis 5 (1), Beric 17 (3), Trent 16, Rickert 8, Tsamatos.

    Translated by Millie Williams

    [12] Pound Disappointed

    19 Mar 2005 17:14:00

    By Stathis Petropoulos

    The President of the international anti-doping agency, Dick Pound, was disappointed with the decision by SEGAS judicial committee, which exonerated Kostas Kenderis and Katerina Thanou of the charges against them. "It does not sound like the result that everyone should have expected," said the director of WADA in statements to Reuters news agency. "We will wait for the IAAF. They have the first word, and, judging by their statement, they also appear unimpressed with the decision," he continued. Mr Pound then concluded: "Well wait to see if the IAAF makes it, and from then on we can refer the case to the Sports Court." On behalf of the International Olympic Committee, spokeswoman Giselle Davis simply said: "We should remember that the IOC was in the middle of conducting a disciplinary investigation (during the Olympic Games), when the two athletes chose to submit their certification. From that point on, they chose to disqualify themselves."

    Translated by Millie Williams

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