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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 05-07-26

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  • [01] 24-Hour Nationwide Strike
  • [02] Dangerous Toys
  • [03] Helicopter Crashes in Darfur
  • [04] Ankara Signs on Wednesday
  • [05] Grigoriadis in Semifinals

  • [01] Collective Actions Over Bill on Labour 24-Hour Nationwide Strike

    26 Jul 2005 00:01:00

    ERTonline will not inform its website as of today, Tuesday and until 6am on Wednesday, since its journalists participate in the 24-hour strike that was announced by the Journalists Union of Athens Daily Newspapers in all Mass Media, in the context of the labour unions collective actions regarding the Bill on labour, which is to be discussed in Parliament on the same day. Newspapers will not be published, while radio and TV stations will not broadcast any new bulletins or informative programmes. The Public and Private Sectors are to be disturbed as well, since GSEE announced a 24-hour strike and ADEDY will stage a three-hour work stoppage.

    Who Are on Strike

    Buses, the suburban railway, the tram, the metro, OSE and the electric railway will not be operating. Trolley bus drivers will stop work from 5am-7am and from 10pm until the end of their shift. Furthermore, 100 domestic and international Olympic Airways flights are to be cancelled and only one per destination is scheduled.

    Bank employees, DEKOs employees, doctors and nurses in public hospitals will also be participating in the strike.

    Employees in tax office, municipalities, prefectures and security funds are to proceed with a three-hour stoppage.

    Rallies and Marches

    The labour unions have scheduled rallies and marches nationwide.

    GSEE will hold a demonstration outside Parliament at 7pm, while PAME (All Workers Militant Front) will stage a rally at Kanigos Square at 10am.

    Two rallies will be taking place in Thessaloniki. The Thessaloniki Employees Centre has organized a rally for 9:30am in front of their headquarters, following a sit-in at the General Inspection of Labour offices on Frangou Street. PAMEs rally is scheduled for 10am in front of Eleftherios Venizelos statue. Both rallies will march towards the Ministry of Macedonia-Thrace.

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    [02] Pacifier Was Withdrawn Dangerous Toys

    25 Jul 2005 22:12:00

    By Betty Savourdou

    Sources: NET - NET 105,8

    Skarmoutsos SA complying with the order issued by the Secretariat General for Consumers Affairs withdrew Chiko pacifiers. The pacifiers did not contain a Greek user guide and ran contrary to the EU standards. According to the company, when the product entered the Greek market, it was in accordance with the EU standards, which were later updated. At the same time, the relevant EU committee surfaced another list of appliances, toys and electrical material that were all found dangerous. Furthermore, the Wolkswagen group recalls diesel-engined TOURAN jeep manufactured in 2004 and 2005 due to the danger of engine ignition.

    A Long List

    The latest EU press release, which lists 16 dangerous products, includes one that has been circulated in Greece as well.

    It is the Adventure Hero pistol-toy, which is manufactured in China. The toy in question consists of small fragments that may cause suffocation.

    Furthermore, a toy revolver Colt, a battery-operated lollipop of the POPlight Party brand and a PERICLES child tall stool were also viewed as dangerous.

    Any tradesman who sells or disposes these products to the markets risks a high fine.

    Regarding the appliances, SUPER STERAM S 001 steam iron, DOMOTEC (MS-7751) multi-mixer, a NAKAI (AK-7601) cassette recorder were also found dangerous.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    [03] Helicopter Crashes in Darfur

    25 Jul 2005 21:23:00

    By Betty Savourdou

    Sources: Reuters

    A Sudanese helicopter, a Russian-made M-17, crashed on Monday in Darfur resulting in the death of 19 troops. The helicopters crew was in search of guerrillas cells. As per the Egyptian news agency MENA, the helicopter went down due to severe weather conditions.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    [04] Customs Union Protocol Ankara Signs on Wednesday

    25 Jul 2005 20:06:00

    By Betty Savourdou

    Sources: NET 105,8

    As per EU diplomatic sources, Turkey is expected to sign the customs union protocol with the 10 new EU Member-States, including Cyprus. The same sources said that the Commissions legal directorate will amend the protocol unless it falls in line with the European acquits. The vital visits to be held both by the Greek-Cypriot President and the Turkish PM in London are closely related to the issue. Signing the protocol in question is a key prerequisite for Turkeys accession talks.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    [05] Grigoriadis in Semifinals

    25 Jul 2005 18:58:00

    By Dimitris Alexopoulos

    Aristeidis Grigoriadis of Greece clocked the second best time (54.84) and made it to the semifinals of the 100m back at World Swimming Championships, Montreal. Although he was fighting the best including Olympic winner and world record holder Aaron Peirsol, the Greek champion managed to take the lead in the first 70m. However, he succumbed to his greater rivals supremacy and finished second. Grigoriadis had achieved the seventh world best (54.65). The semifinals are scheduled for Tuesday at 1am, and are to be broadcast by ERT.

    Translated by Areti Christou

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