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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 05-07-17

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From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Opening Day for Sales
  • [02] Anti-Terror Net Over Greece
  • [03] The Journey to Terror
  • [04] The Greeks Will Give the Solution
  • [05] Athens-Piraeus Doctors on Strike
  • [06] Demonstrations Against Sanitary Landfills
  • [07] Against Everyone
  • [08] Isinbayeva "Flies" to 5m
  • [09] A 37-Year Black Anniversary

  • [01] Until August 27 Opening Day for Sales

    17 Jul 2005 16:50:00

    By Vicky Keleri

    Summer sales start tomorrow and are expected to last until August 27. Shop owners hope that the sales will boost purchases, while consumers are waiting for bargains. On its part, the Greek Consumers Association advises the consumers to be careful and to compare and contrast prices. At the same time, Secretariat General for Consumer Affairs Thanasis Skodras pinpointed that strict sanctions will be imposed on those shop owners who will adopt unlawful practices.

    What to Have in Mind During Sales

    Mr Skodras suggested consumers pay attention to seven rules during the summer sales period.

    1. Base your purchases on what you can afford. 2. Avoid extensive use of credit cards and consumer loans. 3. Check the quality of the goods. In cases of faults ask for its replacement or its return. 4. Compare and contrast the prices and do not allow yourself to be carried away by alleged high sale percentages. 5. Ask for a receipt. 6. Make sure that warranties and user guides are in Greek. 7. Call 1520 to report any problem.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    [02] Likely to be Implemented Anti-Terror Net Over Greece

    17 Jul 2005 15:37:00 (Last updated: 17 Jul 2005 20:49:05)

    By Vicky Keleri

    Falling in line with the suggestions made by the 25 EU leaders at the Brussels emergency Summit to combat terrorism, Greek Public Order Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis said that recording of telecommunication through the Internet is also likely to be implemented in Greece. Should connoisseurs agree on the new measure being introduced in all European countries, its legal interpretation in Greece should take into account the new developments, said Mr Voulgarakis to Kyriakatiki Eleftherotypia newspaper. He also added that Greece was the only country to object to the new measures, thus forcing the EU leaders to make a special reference to the legal peculiarities of the Member-States as well as to the suffocating timetable the connoisseur committees will have at their disposal to study these peculiarities.

    The Upcoming Year Will Bring New Measures

    In the meantime, further anti-terror measures, including new passports containing biometric data, the enactment of the European arrest warrant and special checks on the movement of capitals, are to be implemented as of the upcoming year, said Mr Voulgarakis.

    However, he pointed out that as for terrorism the Greek citizens can put their trust to the Greek police, since they have Experience, method, operational capacities and above all they have adopted an analytical approach to confronting such phenomena.

    The times when the Greek police were competing with their own mistakes are in the far distant past, he concluded.

    Speaking on NET radio 105,8, PASOK Parliamentarian Evangelos Venizelos voiced his belief that the existing law structure in Greece cannot be altered to facilitate the implementation of the new anti-terror measures.

    KKE Reacts

    Aleka Papariga, speaking to a KKE festival in Chalkida, referred to the new measures and spoke of a blatant violation of the basic individual rights. She also maintained that the new measures aim to Crash any efforts to resist vigorously against the privatizations and the measures which shoot up the exploitation of the working class.

    On his part, Deputy Public Order Minister Christos Markogiannakis said, The government has no intention of violating individual rights, told NET radio 105,8.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    [03] Of the 4 London Suicide Bombers The Journey to Terror

    17 Jul 2005 14:59:00

    By Mary Lou Tzempelikou

    Sources: BBC, NET, ANA

    The new evidence that continuously come to light regarding the four bombers, who spread death at the heart of London on July 7, have left the Britons speechless. Scotland yard released today a close circuit television image of the four London bombers entering Luton railway station as they set off on their way to the British capital. The image clearly shows four young men with rucksacks crammed with explosives. The CCTV picture was released in an attempt to find out more about their whereabouts before the blasts. In the meantime, investigations continue in Pakistan and in Egypt to locate their accomplices. In particular, Pakistani authorities say they are placing Islamic religious schools under closer scrutiny, after reports that one of the bombers attended one last year.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    [04] Should Reactions Escalate The Greeks Will Give the Solution

    17 Jul 2005 18:07:00 (Last updated: 17 Jul 2005 20:51:29)

    By Vicky Keleri

    Sources: ANA - NET 105,8 - Kathimerini tis Kyriakis

    In his interview to the Kathimerini tis Kyriakis newspaper, Secretary of the ND Central Committee Vangelis Meimarakis did not rule out the possibility of early national elections in September should reactions against the reforms forwarded by the government escalate. Mr Meimarakis said that the government aims at achieving consensus on all controversial issues. He also said, There are no dead ends in democracies, and citizens are to provide solutions if needed.

    Sharp Criticism by PASOK

    Mr Meimarakis statements sparked a strong reaction on the part of PASOK. This is a childs play. ND keeps speaking of early elections from time to time to prevent its MPs from voicing their objections to the governments bills that harm the majority and favour the few, said PASOK spokesperson Nikos Athanasakis.

    He also referred to PASOK leaders call for early national elections and reminded that the Greek PM had ruled out this possibility.

    At the same time, as per information, leading Opposition officials noted that the possibility of early national elections will echo both the failure of the governments policy and the political suicide of the conservative party.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    [05] Athens-Piraeus Doctors on Strike

    17 Jul 2005 10:14:00

    By Mary Lou Tzempelikou

    Sources: NET = NET 105,8

    The Union of Hospital Physicians of Athens and Piraeus (EINAP) and the doctors union will stage a 24-hour strike on Monday. EINAP issued an announcement in which it denounces the states indifference about the long-lasting problems. A new salary scale, increase in the hospital duty funds and the appointment of 1,000 specialised doctors in hospital nationwide are listed among their demands. Hospitals will run with emergency staff.

    Translated by Areti Christou

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    [06] By Grammatiko and Varnavas Residents Demonstrations Against Sanitary Landfills

    17 Jul 2005 20:47:00

    By Vicky Keleri

    Sources: NET - NET 105,8

    Residents from Grammatiko and Varnavas, in east Attica, gathered outside the Greek PMs residence in Raphina to protest against the establishment of a Waste Management Sanitary Landfill near their towns. The residents request an overall study over the management of Atticas refuse be conducted and suggest Viotia as the most appropriate place to host the Sanitary Landfill.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    [07] Against Everyone

    17 Jul 2005 12:32:00

    By Mary Lou Tzempelikou

    Truce in Middle East is once again on the line following the attacks on both parts that killed at least ten people. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the Palestinian attacks and issued a strict warning claiming that he will no longer tolerate any further domestic clashes and violations of cease fire agreements with Israel. He also described the rocket and mortar attacks as ridiculous. On Sunday, Hamas commander Said Seyam was shot dead by an Israeli sniper in Khan Yunus, while Israel threatens to launch a ground raid in the Gaza Strip, unless the Palestinian Authority puts down extremist Palestinian groups. At the same time, unrest dominates the Jewish settlements, since hundreds of Jews settlers opposing the pullout plan clashed with the Israeli forces. 21 were injured and five more were arrested. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan voiced his concern over the new violence outbreak.

    Both Sides Are to Blame

    Annan described the steps the Palestinian Authority has taken to prevent attacks against Israeli civilians as a welcomed development, while he called on the Israeli government not to react strongly.

    It is essential that all parties have been involved in the peace negotiations to stay focused on this objective, said Annan referring to the truce, and he went on saying that the last suicide attack in Netanya and the rockets that were launched from the Gaza Strip Sock everyone and are repugnant.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    Related News:

    Wave of Violence in Gaza

    Violence Seems Endless

    Tension Escalates in the Middle East

    [08] Isinbayeva "Flies" to 5m

    17 Jul 2005 12:15:00

    By Dimitris Alexopoulos

    Yelena Isinbayeva broke the womens pole vault world record when she cleared 4.95 metres at the IAAF Super Grand Prix meeting on Saturday in Madrid. It was the second time that the Russian athlete broke the world record by two centimetres. The previous world record was achieved in Lausanne on July 5. At the same time, this record came two years and three days from the day she had achieved her first world record with 4,93m on July 13, 2003. It was also the second one to be achieved in the Spanish capital following her world indoor record of 4,93m at the European World Indoor Championship in March, 2005.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    [09] A 37-Year Black Anniversary

    17 Jul 2005 14:30:00 (Last updated: 17 Jul 2005 21:43:02)

    By Vicky Keleri

    Sources: NET - NET 105,8

    A memorial service was held on Sunday morning at the Athens Cathedral to mark the 31-year anniversary of the Turkish invasion to Cyprus. The Federation of Cypriot Organisations in Greece and the Municipality of Athens co-held the service. In his speech, the Cypriot ambassador described the Turkish invasion as the most extensive ethnic cleansing to have been conducted in the second half of the 20th century. Under the pretext of protecting the Turkish community, which makes the 18% of the islands population, Turkey took over 37% of the Cypriot soil and launched the most extensive ethnic cleansing in the history of Europe, he said. A special ceremony was also held at the Army Officers Association in Xanthi, north Greece, to honour veterans and parents of the victims.

    Translated by Areti Christou


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