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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 05-06-20

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  • [01] Week of Developments
  • [02] Red Meat Linked to Cancer Risk
  • [03] Army Catwalk
  • [04] Operation of Life
  • [05] Vote Recount in Iran
  • [06] EU Troika in the USA
  • [07] Luxemburg Referendum on 10 July
  • [08] Javelin Reached the Fields

  • [01] 24-Hour Strike by GSEE Week of Developments

    20 Jun 2005 14:36:00

    By Vivian Papastefanou

    The Greek unions are continuing their strikes over labour and social security issues. Banking transactions will be disrupted tomorrow, as banks will be operating with emergency staff, while OTOE (Hellenic Federation of Bank Employee Unions) is expected to decide on its future actions tomorrow. However, as per its president, Dimitris Tsoukalas, the emergency staff will be reinforced on Wednesday, in order to facilitate the pensioners. Furthermore, GSEE (Greek General Confederation of Labour) has called a 24-hour strike in DEKOs and the private sector for Friday 24 June. DAKE (Democratic Independent Workers Movement), which is speaking of party politics, will not be participating in the mobilisations, while ADEDY (Supreme Administration of Greek Civil Servants Trade Unions) will be convening tomorrow to decide whether it will be participating in the strike. On the other hand, the dockers will return to work tomorrow, while they have scheduled a general meeting for Thursday, at which time they will decide on further actions. In the meantime, the Interior Minister announced that he will be commencing discussions with ADEDY next month, aiming at drafting a new salary scale and reviewing the benefits policy.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

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    [02] As Per a European Study Red Meat Linked to Cancer Risk

    20 Jun 2005 19:46:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    A "European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)" study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute brings to light fresh evidence on the relation of nutrition and cancer. According to the study, people consuming over 160gr of red or processed meat a day have higher risk of developing bowel cancer, in relation to those eating less than 20gr daily. At the same time, the consumption of poultry did not appear to have an impact, while the danger of developing bowel cancer decreased for people who ate more than one portion of fish a day. Older studies had linked red meat to bowel cancer, however the current study is the largest to have ever been run worldwide and "the first from Europe of this type to show a strong relationship," as noted Dr Sheila Bingham, of the MRC Dunn Human Nutrition Unit in Cambridge.

    Fish Is Better

    478,040 men and women participated in the study aged from 35 to 70 from ten European countries.

    When they enrolled for the study from 19932 to 1998 none of the participants suffered from bowel cancer. However, after five years, researchers recorded 1,329 cases of this type of cancer.

    Scientists took various factors under consideration, such as age, gender, height, weight, energy consumption, body activity, smoking, diet fibres, folic acid and alcohol consumption.

    As per the results, bowel cancer is linked to the consumption of red or processed meat, but not poultry. What is more, the danger was increased for people with a low fibre diet.

    Translated by Sofia Soulioti

    [03] Army Catwalk

    20 Jun 2005 16:31:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    Army chiefs have slapped a ban on bikini-wearing during the first ever Miss Russian Military beauty contest today. Nineteen women soldiers are to parade with guns in full military uniform down a catwalk in Moscow, reports local media. They were then set to strip off for more conventional bikini pictures but military officials have now ruled that they must stay covered up. Major-general Nikolai Burbyga, senior judge of the Miss Military Beauty Contest, said: "I agree with the decision that female officers should not get undressed. I'd rather keep their bodies a military secret." The girls were selected from all over Russia, and from different parts of the army including rocket launching units, the air-force and navy. The winner of the contest will get a crown and be promoted to a higher rank so she can go on tour to promote the work of the Russian armed forces, local media reported.

    Translated by Sofia Soulioti

    [04] Organs Transplanted by 50-year-old Donor Operation of Life

    20 Jun 2005 20:32:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    Sources: NET, NET Radio 105.8

    A gigantic medical operation started late on Sunday night to successfully transplant the organs of a 50-year-old woman from Tripoli who died of a cerebral hemorrhage after a car accident. The heart and lungs of the unfortunate woman were transported to the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center. The heart transplant has already been completed to a 48-year-old receiver, while the lungs are being transplanted at this hour to a 60-year-old. Furthermore, the liver and kidneys of the deceased woman were taken to the airport of Macedonia with a C-130 and the transplants will be complete on Monday night at the Ippokrateios Hospital. However, the four doctors that participated in the air lift were faced with bureaucracy in Thessaloniki. In particular, EKAV (National Centre for Emergency Medical Care) officers who received the transplants refuse to transport the doctors to the hospital for safety reasons, as they said, because they were too many.

    It is worth noting that the adventure of 12-year-old Dimitris Karytsas, who lost his life waiting for a heart transplant for more than 14 months, sensitised many Greeks, who rushed to become organ donors: the national organisation of transplants daily receives more than 200 relevant calls.

    Translated by Sofia Soulioti

    [05] Rafsanjani Promises National Unity Vote Recount in Iran

    20 Jun 2005 13:17:00

    By Betty Savourdou

    Sources: ANA - AFT

    On Monday, electoral authorities ordered a partial recount of votes in Tehran and another three major cities, at the request of three out of the seven candidates, following vote rigging allegations during the first round of presidential elections last Friday. One hundred ballots, which will be selected randomly, will be checked, while the process is expected to be concluded at 18:00 (local time) on Monday, so that the second round of presidential elections can take place on Friday as planned. On Sunday, pragmatic former president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who will be participating in the second round, urged people to vote for him, in order to stop the extremists who tried to alter the electoral results, while he also promised a national unity government.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

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    [06] European Officials Meet With Bush EU Troika in the USA

    20 Jun 2005 21:46:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    In the context of the USA-Europe Summit Meeting, EU officials met with US president George Bush in the White House. In particular, Mr Bush met with the Union's president and Luxemburg's Prime Minister Jan-Claude Junker, Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso and Javier Solana, with whom he discussed international issues, like Iraq, Iranian and North Korean nuclear weapons, as well as the situation established in Lebanon, after the prevalence of Harriri in the elections. "The USA continue to support a strong Europe as an ally to their efforts," stressed the US president and further added: "when the USA an Europe speak with a single voice, then the world can hear us better."

    The USA-Europe Summit Meeting will mainly focus on political and economic matters, while eight declarations will be issued in the end that will include the promotion of democracy and good governing, human rights and the implementation of the law, the increase of financial prosperity, growth and security.

    Before visiting Washington, the European troika travelled to Canada, where it met with the country's Prime Minister, Paul Martin, and signed important agreements for bilateral relations.

    Translated by Sofia Soulioti

    [07] As Planned Luxemburg Referendum on 10 July

    20 Jun 2005 13:31:00

    By Vivian Papastefanou

    Luxemburg, which will be presiding over the EU until the end of the month, will be conducting a referendum for the European Constitution on 10 July, as planned. Today, speaking before the Foreign Affairs Commission of the House of Representatives, Deputy Foreign Minister Nicholas Schmit declared that the government is in favour of conducting a referendum on 10 July. Furthermore, the president of the Green Party, Francois Bausch, announced that all the parties are in favour of that decision. European sources are quoting that the information was also confirmed by Agriculture Minister Fernand Boden, just before the commencement of a meeting with his counterparts from the 25 Member-States in Luxembourg.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    [08] Javelin Reached the Fields

    20 Jun 2005 12:35:00

    By Ilias Papaioannou

    The javelin throw event had some great moments yesterday during the Greek Youth Championship (U23) in Larissa, as two national Greek records were set by the women. With a throw at 57.43m, Panagiota Touloumtzi of the club FO Aridea broke her previous record (56.63 11/6/2005, Athens Olympic Stadium) and achieved a new U23 Greek record. Panagiota Tsiala of OFKA Peristeri broke the Greek U21 record twice during the event. Her first throw landed at 52.95m, while her second was at 53.93m, breaking her previous record of 52.93m (7/5/2005, Agios Kosmas).

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

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