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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 05-07-24

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  • [01] A Day of Remembrance
  • [02] New Massacre in Iraq
  • [03] Innocent, but Dead!
  • [04] Fires in Lasithi
  • [05] Bomb Explosion in Chechnya
  • [06] Explosion in Istanbul Restaurant
  • [07] Could Reach Agreement Soon
  • [08] Historic Victory for Lance Armstrong
  • [09] The Women Qualify as Well
  • [10] Olympiacos Saves Face
  • [11] Positive Result against Rapid
  • [12] Positive Second Test
  • [13] "Technology &amp; Investment in Hellas"

  • [01] 31 Years of Democracy A Day of Remembrance

    24 Jul 2005 17:03:00 (Last updated: 24 Jul 2005 21:37:53)

    By Anna Kourti

    Sources: ΝΕΤ

    Today marks the 31-year anniversary since the restoration of Democracy in Greece. On the occasion of the anniversary, the President of the Hellenic Republic, Karolos Papoulias, hosted a reception at the Presidential Mansion on Sunday night. Hundreds of resistance fighters, including politicians, intellectuals, artists and workers, were invited to the event. In their addresses, Greeces state and political leaders made references to those who fought for freedom, while they urged all the citizens to be on alert so as to protect and expand the countrys democratic institutions. During his speech, Karolos Papaoulias refereed to the unsung resistance heroes, stressing, "The Greek State owes them a lot. A political miracle, which signalled the dawn of a more just society, took place in 1974."

    The President's Speech

    "Every year on this day, the Greek State returns to the place where is started in the form that we recognise it today. It returns to the transition from the stony years of the dictatorship to the new era. Its significance does not fade away with the passage of time," said the President of the Hellenic Republic.

    Mr Papoulias underlined that today also marked a day of remembrance for the tragedy in Cyprus, which will continue for as long as the dividing line exists. He also added, "We are no forgetting this great national affair, as we are also not forgetting that national dominance is set and not negotiable, and patriotism remains a significant ideal and a collective duty."

    Furthermore, the Greek President clarified that every citizen constituted the beginning and the end of Democracy, for which we are "giving continuous and daily battles."

    Finally, Mr Papoulias, who prior to the reception met with 10 school pupils from Lavara, Evros, which had been afflicted by floods, focused on Education. "We would have to dedicate more material and moral strength to Education," he concluded.

    In his written message for the anniversary, the Greek PM noted that the countrys system of Government, which is powerful and established, needs a consolidation of forces and efforts so as to achieve its targets: responsibility and political maturity.

    "The progress of Democracy in Greece has been very positive, considering the state of the Greek system of government in 1975 compared to today," declared the Speaker of Parliament on radio station NET 105.8. Mrs Anna Psarouda-Benaki also noted that democracy is a very powerful ideal, which does not allow complacency.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    [02] No End to the Bloody Attacks New Massacre in Iraq

    24 Jul 2005 15:27:00

    By Anna Kourti

    Sources: Reuters

    At least 22 people were killed, while another 25 were injured, following a car bomb explosion southwest of Baghdad on Sunday afternoon. As per Iraqi Interior Ministry sources, the blast targeted al-Rashad police station in the eastern neighbourhood of al-Mashtal. Twenty-two vehicles that were parked in the area were completely destroyed, while the surrounding buildings sustained damages. Many police officers are among the casualties. Earlier, three people, including two police officers, were killed in three different attacks in Iraq on Sunday morning. One officer was killed when a bomb exploded at a police academy in the Iraqi capital, while another was murdered in his car by unknown gunmen. Finally, a 6-year-old girl was killed and another six civilians were injured when a roadside bomb exploded near a minivan carrying passengers.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    [03] Scotland Yard Declared Satisfied Innocent, but Dead!

    24 Jul 2005 10:40:00

    By Athina Saloustrou

    Britain is in shock after Scotland Yard admitted that the execution of the 27-year-old Brazilian in Stockwell station on Friday was a mistake. In an announcement, Scotland Yard voiced its "satisfaction" that the dead man was not connected to the bombing attacks in the British capital. Furthermore, speaking on TV station Sky News today, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ian Blair declared that anyone believed to be a terrorist suspect is to be shot in the head. The execution of the young Brazilian by British police has also shocked the Brazilian Government. The countrys FM, Celso Amorim, stated he was shocked and perplexed by the shooting. The Brazilian Government is awaiting explanations from the British authorities regarding the consequences that led to the tragedy. In the meantime, the British Media are mentioned that according to police findings, there is a connection between the two bombing attacks on 7 and 21 July in London.

    Mistaken Man was Brazilian

    The identity of the unfortunate young man was made public last night. The British police confirmed that the man killed on Friday by police officers was Brazilian. His name was Jean Charles de Menezes, aged 27, he was working as an electrician and he had been living in London legally for the last three years. His body was identified by a relative. According to Brazilian newspaper Globo, the 27-year-old was on his way to work when he was shot dead by police officers in Stockwell station.

    Speaking on TV station Sky News today, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ian Blair declared that, although the polices mistaken action to kill an innocent citizen is under investigation, the British police have been ordered to shoot anyone believed to be a terrorist suspect in the head.

    "I think we are quite comfortable that the policy is right, but of course these are fantastically difficult times. [] Its still happening out there, there are still officers having to make those calls as we speak [...] Somebody else could be shot," stressed Mr Blair.

    Asked if the instructions were to shoot to kill if police believed a suspect was a suicide bomber, he said, "Correct. They have to be that." He also added that not everyone who is standing next to a bomb would be shot in the chest, however, if there were suspicions that he might be a terrorist, he would be shot in the head.

    Police Searching for Connection

    In the meantime, Scotland Yard is investigating a possible connection between he attacks on 7 and 21 July in London, since some of the culprits allegedly met during a rafting excursion in Wales.

    According to British newspaper Observer, police recovered some documents, which led them towards that direction, in the knapsacks that were used to carry the explosives on 21 July.

    Quoting security sources, the newspaper wrote that the police believed the men who committed the attacks last week participated in a rafting trip at the same place as Mohammad Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer, two of the 7 July bombers.

    The British Press Association also broadcast similar information.

    Furthermore, according to an announcement by British police, a suspicious package, which may be connected to the four bombs that were used last Thursday on the tube and one bus, was found yesterday afternoon in a park in west London.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    Related News:

    They Killed Him by Mistake!

    [04] No Inhabited Areas Threatened Fires in Lasithi

    24 Jul 2005 16:12:00

    By Anna Kourti

    Sources: ΝΕΤ

    The fires that broke out in the areas Drasi and Zenia, in the municipality of Agios Nikolaos, Crete, are under control. Fire units and helicopters rushed to the scene immediately, while the firefighters gave a hard battle to extinguish the fires. Fortunately, no inhabited areas were threatened. A report on the causes of the fire is being drawn up, while authorities are also investigating the possibility of arson.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    [05] One Dead and Four Injured Bomb Explosion in Chechnya

    24 Jul 2005 11:15:00

    By Athina Saloustrou

    According to the Interfax news agency, one person was killed and another four were wounded on Sunday morning, after a bomb explosion beneath a train in Russias violence-plagued Dagestan region. The explosive device went off around 5:30am (local time) under the first car of the train, as it headed to the regional capital, Makhachkala, from the northwestern town of Khasavyurt. The authorities attributed the blast to Islamists, who have increased their attacks in Dagestan.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    [06] One Tourist and One Waiter Injured Explosion in Istanbul Restaurant

    24 Jul 2005 11:07:00

    By Athina Saloustrou

    As per the Turkish Media, two people, a Dutch tourist and a Turkish waiter, were injured in a blast, which was recorded on Saturday night in an Istanbul caf&#233;. The causes of the explosion have not been clarified yet, however, the citys police chief, Celalettin Cerrah, said that the possibility of a gas leak has been ruled out. The blast was recorded at a caf&#233; under the Galata bridge over the Golden Horn on the European side of the city. CNN-Turk broadcast that the explosion occurred under one of the tables outside the shop.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    [07] Could Reach Agreement Soon

    24 Jul 2005 15:37:00

    By Anna Kourti

    During a Press conference in Ramallah, the US Secretary of State declared that Israel and the Palestinians were making "some progress" in nailing down details of the Gaza Strip pullout, which is scheduled to commence in mid-August. Condoleezza Rice further clarified that both sides were looking to balance three conditions: freedom of movement inside the Gaza Strip, between Gaza and the outside world, and security. She also stated that she believed solutions on many issues would be found, while she added that they could reach an agreement soon. Earlier, the US State Secretary urged Israel not to keep the Gaza Strip sealed off from the outside world after its planned withdrawal. On Saturday afternoon, Condoleezza Rice held talks with the Palestinian leadership, focusing on the issue of the Gaza pullout. She then met with PM Ahmed Qorei and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

    Furthermore, the US Secretary of State confirmed her countrys commitment to stop any Israeli settlement activities.

    "When the Israelis withdraw from Gaza, it cannot be sealed or isolated ... with the Palestinian people closed in after the withdrawal," declared Ms Rice.

    However, she noted that many details concerning the Israeli pullout are yet to be settled.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    Related News:

    Condoleezza Rice in Ramallah

    [08] Historic Victory for Lance Armstrong

    24 Jul 2005 20:21:00

    By Stathis Petropoulos

    The curtain draw to a career as impressive as that of Lance Armstrong could not have been anything less than historic. His seventh consecutive win in the Tour de France is a record that will not be broken for many years to come, thus providing a great finale to an even greater career. Armstrong had declared that he would be retiring after winning the Tour for the seventh consecutive time, which he managed to do without great difficulty, as he slipped into the yellow race leader jersey right from the first round and kept it on until crossing the finishing line at Champs Elysees. Ivan Basso from Italy finished in second place, while German Jan Ullrich came in third. Armstrong bade farewell to all his friends from the podium, while he predicted that his other opponents would be dominating the Tour in the years to come. Finally, he answered to all the cynics by shouting "Vive le Tour, forever."

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    [09] The Women Qualify as Well

    24 Jul 2005 16:25:00

    By Stathis Petropoulos

    After improving their pace and performance, the womens Greek Water Polo Team defeated the Netherlands and qualified for the quarterfinals at the FINA World Championships. Although Koulis Iosifidis squad did not start off that well, since they could not secure the lead during the first two periods, they improved significantly in the third period, scoring three goals to nil, and secured a much-needed lead to finish the game with a score of 7-4.

    The score per period: 2-2, 1-1, 3-0, 1-1 GREECE: Kozomboli 2, Moraitidou 2, Liosi 1, Karagianni 1, Roumbesi 1 NETHERLANDS: Van Den Ham 2, Van Der Sloot, Klein 1.


    The Greek-Canadians were proud and ecstatic, following yesterdays victory of the womens Greek Water Polo Team over the Netherlands, as it provided hopes for a successful result at the FINA World Championships. In statements he made to ANA, coach Koulis Iosifidis appeared reserved. "Our team has a lot of potential, just as long as it performs well. We respect all the other teams, but in this championship, I am not afraid of any team, but our own," noted the Greek coach. He also underlined that this is the most poorly organised sports event he has ever witnessed. "It is a debacle, especially compared to last years Olympic Games in Athens."

    The Greeks of Montreal are expected to crowd the stands of the pool on Monday, when the Geek team will be playing against Canada. "We are going to support the Greek girls," declared Greek-Canadian businessman Sotiris Antypas, promising that the place would be filled with Greek flags to encourage the Greek team.

    Greece Ranks 9th in Synchro Swimming

    Greece ranked ninth in synchronised swimming (team). In last night final, the Greek swimmers (Eleftheria Ftouli, Natalia Anthopoulou, Amaryllis Aggouridaki, Eleni Georgiou, Eirene Iordanopoulou, Evgenia Koutsoudi, Olga Pelekanou and Evi Makrygianni) received a score of 46.333 and finished in ninth place with 91.833 points overall. Russia won the gold once again with 99.334 points, followed by Japan with 97.834 and Spain with 97.750.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    [10] Olympiacos Saves Face

    23 Jul 2005 23:39:00

    By Stathis Petropoulos

    Without proceeding with many changes, Olympiacos played against the reigning European Champions in its second friendly match this year, but lost by 4-3, with the Greek team scoring in the last minutes to save face. Olympiacos played quite well in the first half, considering the team they were facing, with the only sore exception being Grigoris Georgatos, who, probably due to fatigue, opted for passing the ball to his teammates, with long and unsure kicks. Trond Solied chose a 3-4-3 lineup, with Kapsis and Schurrer moving far back and basically only losing their opponents when Luis Garcia scored the first goal. Toure seemed less regal than in the previous friendly match, but he still stood out in the game. Olympiacos even managed to tie the score just before the end of the first half, when Rivaldo cashed in on a cross from Kafe.

    Tragic Start to the Second Half

    In the second half, Bulut substituted Georgatos, but Olympiacos left its determination in the change rooms. Right from the onset, Milan Baros gave Liverpool a much-needed boost. In the 49, he set up Morientes to kick Liverpools second goal, while in the 52, he headed in a cross from Warnock, doubling his teams lead. From that point onwards, Olympiacos took advantage of Liverpools relaxed performance and quickened the pace, with great offensive attempts, two of which proved successful. In the 77, Okkas was awarded a penalty, which was kicked by Djordjevic, making the score 4-2, while in the 84, it was Djordjevic once again who scored his teams third goal. Four minutes later, Rivaldo missed a unique opportunity to tie the score. In general, the change from the 4-3-3 system to the 3-4-3 seemed to benefit the team when playing against a quick opponent, however, it needs more work.

    LIVERPOOL: Carson, Hosemi (63 Carragher), Medjani, Hyypia (46 Whitbread), Riise (46 Alonso), Potter (69 Lettalek), Hamann (46 Sissoko), Gerrard (46 Zenden), Luis Garcia (46 Warnock), Crouch (46 Baros), Cisse (46 Morientes)

    OLYMPIACOS: Lemmens, Kostoulas, Kapsis, Schurrer, Mavrogenidis (58 Stoltidis), Toure, Kafes, Georgatos (46 Bulut), Djordjevic, Rivaldo, Konstantinou (60 Okkas).

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    [11] Positive Result against Rapid

    23 Jul 2005 21:56:00

    By Stathis Petropoulos

    With many new players in key positions and the old ones proving their worth, AEK defeated Rapid Bucuresti in Italy, during their second friendly match this year and in front of a crowd that was cheering for the Greek team. Venhlynsky and Krassas scored the goals for AEK. In the 40 Venhlynsky scored for the first time with his new team, when he received a cross from Malbassa, while in the 52, Krassas scored his teams second goal, as Santos changed the whole team around after half time.

    Sorrentino Was Impressive

    Just one minute after Krassas goal, AEKs new goalkeeper, Italian Sorrentino, made a great save and demonstrated his abilities, while at the same impressing his team, as he only trained with them three times. Apart from Sorrentino, many other new footballers had the opportunity to play in the second half, most of whom showed that they were in great shape and eager to play ball.

    AEK: Chiotis (46 Sorrentino, 81 Arabatzis), Georgeas (46 Koutroumanos), Moras (46 Papastathopoulos), Cirillo (35 Alexopoulos), Malbassa (46 Kontis), Kyriakidis, Sapanis (46 Ivic), Lakis (46 Bourbos), Cesar (46 Krassas), Lymberopoulos (46 Soares), Venhlynsky (46 Komvolidis)

    RAPID BUCURESTI: Dolha (64 Curca), I. Stancu (46 Rada), Vasilake (46 Ene), Badoi (61 Postolace), Maldarasanu, Meftei (46 Ilyes), Constanin (46 Perja), R. Stancu, Mara, Buga, Moldovan (46 Rusu).

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    [12] Positive Second Test

    23 Jul 2005 21:40:00

    By Stathis Petropoulos

    With the only exception being Sanmartean playing instead of Gonzales, Alberto Malezani lined up what are considered Panathinaikos main 11 players. Although Monza is not a very strong opponent compared to the Greek team, it is a bit tougher than Bormio, so the result does count. Sanmatrean and Gekas scored the goals for Panathinaikos, while the players did not try that hard, which demonstrates that the team is at a very good point.

    PANATHINAIKOS (First half): Galinovic (31 Ebede), Vyntra, Morris, Seric, Goumas, Biscan, Conceicao, Sanmartean, Papadopoulos, Gekas, Wooter PANATHINAIKOS (Second half): Ebede (60 Siimitras), Kotsios, Morris (67 Kokolakis), Darlas, Andric, Tziolis, Charalambidis, Gonzales, Mantzios, Gacev (75 Leontiou), Gekas (60 Kritikos).

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    [13] "Technology & Investment in Hellas"

    24 Jul 2005 14:50:00

    By Anna Kourti

    The World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) and the United Hellenic American Congress (UHAC) are organising the 2nd Symposium for the development of high-tech in Greece, on 29 and 30 September in Chicago, USA. The Greek Minister of Development, Dimitris Sioufas, will be the keynote speaker at the Symposium, which is entitled "Technology & Investment in Hellas, the Economic Engine of Southeast Europe, and Gateway to the Balkans and EU". The Greek Deputy Mister of Economy, Chsritos Folias, as well as representatives of the Hellenic Centre for Investment (ELKE) have also been invited to attend the event. "The tremendous interest of the Omogeneia in the first Symposium with Hellene scientists, and the successful completion of our goals in June give us great encouragement as we plan the second Symposium, which will focus on high technology investments in Hellas," stressed Mr Andrew Athens, President of SAE and UHAC.

    The Symposium will bring together investors, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs with technology scientists and will give them all an understanding why it would be beneficial to establish technology companies in Greece.

    In the context of the Symposium, one-on-one meetings will be pre-arranged for Symposium participants from Greece with US high technology companies and potential investors.

    Participation in the two-day Symposium will be free of charge. For more information and to pre-register, go to the SAE website.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

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