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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 05-10-16

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  • [01] Heart Receives Service
  • [02] Suspense over Constitution
  • [03] The Cans Busted Him!
  • [04] Red Tape at the Focus
  • [05] "Heads Will Roll"
  • [06] Programs by Workers' Organisation
  • [07] Demonstration Against Sewage Sludge
  • [08] AEK Stands Proud in Neapolis
  • [09] Olympiacos' First Defeat
  • [10] Machlas Leads OFI to Victory
  • [11] Moving Print Ads
  • [12] First 3 Pts for Panionios

  • [01] Injectable Drug by Australian Scientists Heart Receives Service

    16 Oct 2005 18:36:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    A drug with stem cells in an injectable form, which will repair damage caused to the heart muscles after heart episodes, is expected for release, if clinical research allows it. Silviu Itescu of Mesoblast and his team discovered a stem cell in bone marrow capable of reconstructing destroyed heart tissue. The scientists artificially grew the stem cells, while they announced that the clinical research is expected to start within two months and last around three years. "This discovery is the best that science has to offer right now, to anyone suffering from heart episodes, as it will wok as a drug which will recover the heart to its absolutely healthy condition," stated Mr Itescu.

    Scientists, all over the world, are already transplanting stem cells in the heart, using a catheter, and the results are encouraging, since the heart beats three times more strongly. The determinative difference of the new method is that the transplant of primary cells is performed with an injection. If the clinical research is successful and fully effective, heart transplants will be a method of the past and the drug, expected for release in 2008, will save millions of people with damaged heart muscles, who are awaiting a transplant, many times in vain.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

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    [02] Counting of Votes Continues in Iraq Suspense over Constitution

    16 Oct 2005 17:14:00 (Last updated: 16 Oct 2005 19:34:28)

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    In Iraq, the counting of votes of the historic referendum, on the new Constitution of the country, is taking place in a feverish pace. The first unofficial results are expected on Tuesday, while the announcement of the final results will be made on October 24. The new Constitution of Iraq was compiled by the support of the Shiite and Kurdish majority, and the "Yes" votes are expected to reach 60%. However, the Constitution can be rejected if two-thirds of the voters, in three boroughs, vote against it. The event has not been ruled out, as in Salahuddin, the birthplace of Saddam Hussein, initial results spoke of a loud "No", exceeding 70%, while in the province of Anbar 99% of the voters seem to have voted against the Constitution. However, in the north province of Nineveh, "Yes" seems to prevail, as in the province of Diyala where sources spoke of 70%. If the Charter is approved, a Parliamentary election will take place on December, signalling the end of the current transitional period, while if it is not, the Iraqis will have to draw up a new document. The UN, the EU and Washington voiced their satisfaction on the referendum.

    Violent Clashes

    And while the counting of votes continues, violent incidents were reported.

    Three Iraqi soldiers were killed in a bomb attack near Bakuba, at the time when ballot boxes were being transferred from electoral centres, when their vehicle ran over a mine. In another attack, near the same town, three civilians, who were also carrying ballot boxes, were injured, as armed rebels attacked their car.

    Furthermore, five American soldiers were killed, when their vehicle was bombed in the town of Ramadi, on Saturday.

    In the meantime, the US Army confirmed that one of the leaders of Al Qaeda propaganda in Iraq, Abu Dijana, has been arrested, during an operation, on September 25, in Karabila, near the Syrian borders.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

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    [03] The Cans Busted Him!

    16 Oct 2005 15:27:00

    By Mary Lou Tzempelikou

    Thieves are quite often located pretty easily after their illegal activities have earned them money, thanks to marked banknotes. A method that has proved to be infallible. The same method, slightly differentiated, was applied by a bar owner, who knew someone was stealing beer. Alibi Bar owner Frank Martin suspected it was an inside job, as no one appeared to be breaking in. He then took a six-pack beer and wrote the word "busted" on the bottoms of the cans. His suspicions fell on a former employee of his, Ronald Paver, and the cans proved him right.

    Martin told the police that he was suspicious of Paver and the police arrested him after finding the marked cans in his recycling bin.

    Paver, who faces charges of burglary and theft, used to work at the bar, but when he left the job he never gave the key of the bar back to the owner claiming he had lost it. The policemen founded the key inside a jewellery box.

    [04] Interior Ministry Introduces Series of Measures Red Tape at the Focus

    16 Oct 2005 14:58:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    Sources: Typos tis Kyriakis

    In his interview with Typos tis Kyriakis paper, Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlooulos promised that citizens will be able to get even a construction license via their PC. Referring to the battle against red tape, Mr Pavlopoulos noted that the Ministry aims to make the procedures simpler so that the citizens will not have to engage themselves in endless transactions with the public services. The Minister also made reference to the reduction in the certificates required and to the upgrading of the Citizen Service Centres (KEP), and pointed out that the reduction of red tape will have been achieved by the end of the governments term. When questioned on PASOKs accusations that spoke of the hirings of NDs voters, Mr Pavlopoulos underlined that the Main Opposition is vying to conceal the reality and argued that PASOK kept hiring thousands of people defying the Supreme Council for Personnel Selection (ASEP). In closing, the Minister for the Interior claimed that turning the labour agreement into infinite ones is being forwarded at a fast pace. He further added that five new development regions will have been created by the end of the year, without implying the abolishment of the already existing regions. These new regions will handle the 4th Community Support Framework.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    [05] Meimarakis Warned Against Corruption "Heads Will Roll"

    16 Oct 2005 14:30:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    In his interview with Vima tis Kyriakis paper, NDs secretary Vangelis Meimarakis suggested a dialogue with all the bodies involved and the Mass Media be introduced to deal with the problems the everyday ratings measurements. The secretary of the ruling party lashed out at the way the Media present the news and spoke of a "mass attack against the government that aims to hamper its credibility," and he voiced his belief that in this bid, as he said, "certain slips of the tongue or sporadic incidents are distorted and presented as being the norm." He also warned, "head will start to roll," in any corruption phenomena detected within ND, stressing that the sporadic phenomena that have surfaced so far do not make the rule and that they have been instantly dealt with. "The government, ND and Kostas Karamanlis himself have the will to bring everything to surface, unlike the past tactics," noted Mr Meimarakis and added that the sick party politics that prevailed over Greece over the last two decades fed the states corruption and inefficiency. As per information, NDs headquarters is to send a circular to the partys organisation throughout Greece calling them to settle all the issues still pending by December 31, so that audit and control can follow.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    [06] Starting As of Next Week Programs by Workers' Organisation

    16 Oct 2005 17:40:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    Sources: NET

    Three fall tourism and field trips programs for 8,000 persons, eligible for the Workers Social Benefits Organisation (WSBO), in the Attica Prefecture, worth 852,000 euros, will be available as of next week. With these programs, a large number of eligible persons will enjoy the beauty of Greece through a different viewpoint. They include four-day cruises in the Saronic Gulf, field trips and fishing tourism programs. Cruises will start as of Tuesday, field trips in the end of October and fishing tourism on November. These new programs fulfil the aim of extending the tourist period and the boost of local communities.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

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    [07] Fylis Avenue and Attica Road Demonstration Against Sewage Sludge

    16 Oct 2005 13:45:00

    By Mary Lou Tzempelikou

    The Ano Liosia residents mounted a demonstration once again on Sunday morning against the transfer of sewage sludge to the area, as well as against the creation of new Hygienic Refuse Burial Areas in the industrial zone of Thriassio Pedio. The residents blocked the Fylis Avenue, the Zofria Bridge and the entrances and exits of the Attica Road to the Fylis Avenue. The blockade lasted unitl 13:30, while the circulation has been restored.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    [08] AEK Stands Proud in Neapolis

    16 Oct 2005 22:03:00

    By Vasilis Kalpinos

    With the "usual suspect," Nikos Lymberopoulos scoring the single goal of the game, AEK earned an important win away against Ionikos, in the game of the 6th round of the A Division. Once again, Lymberopoulos being the key player scored an exceptional goal in the 32. A few minutes later AEK missed a penalty shot executed by Katsouranis. After this win, the "yellow and blacks" reached 11 points, together with Panathinaikos, who they will face during the next round of games.

    Referee: Kakos (Corfu)

    Yellow Cards: Kontis, Melabianakis, Poulopoulos, Lymberopoulos, Tsiblidis, Kiriakidis, King


    IONIKOS (Sakis Tsiolis): Beqai, Poulopoulos, King, Tsimblidis, Da Costa, Coimbra (58 Perone), Macor, Melabianakis, Vourexakis (76 Sachinidis), Konstantinidis (58 Gutman), Lettieri

    AEK (Fernando Santos): Sorentino, Malbasa, Kontis, Cirillo, Alexopoulos, Katsouranis, Ivic, Lakis (70 Kiriakidis), Soares, Lymberopoulos, Julio Cesar (58 Venglinskyi)

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

    [09] Olympiacos' First Defeat

    16 Oct 2005 21:27:00

    By Stathis Petropoulos

    Olympiacos played its worst game in this years Championship, as it suffered its first defeat after five consecutive wins. The "red and whites" entered an empty Karaiskakis Stadium, and from the first minute were found with their backs against the wall by PAOKs surprising moves. Toure scored the goal for Olympiacos in the 58, while Konstantinids scored in the 68 and the 71 for PAOK

    Referee: Vasileiou (Ileia)

    Yellow Cards: Maladenis, Charalabous, Iliadis

    OLYMPIACOS: Nikopolidis, Pantos, Kapsis, Kostoulas, Georgatos, Toure, Kafes (82 Dani), Rivaldo, Okkas (67 Babagida), Konstantinou, Djordjevic

    PAOK: Fernandez, Akyel, Chasiotis, Udeze, Charalabous (72 Christodoulopoulos), Balafas, Iliadis, Maladenis (60 Shikabala), Konstantinidis, Salpigidis, Miecel (86 Karipidis)

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

    [10] Machlas Leads OFI to Victory

    16 Oct 2005 19:52:00

    After five matches, OFI led by Nikos Machlas earned its first win, in this years Championship. Larissa may have travelled to Heraklion with great aspirations, but things did not go their way, regardless of their good efforts towards the end of the game. OFI opened the score in the start of the game, and the "perpetrator" was Nikos Machlas, who in the 2, 20 and 75 scored 3-0. The goals for Larissa were scored by Kiparissis in the 64 and Aloneftis in the 85.

    Referee: Zografos (Athens)

    Yellow Cards: Gonzales-Spasic

    OFI: Sifakis, Davidson, Gonzales, Thomas, Roubakis, Kounenakis (87 Dentsas), Sfakianakis, Deyanov, Nwafor (71 Triantafillou), Machlas

    LARISSA: Kotsolis, Galitsios, Simos, Foerster (64 Kalantzis), Katsiaros (32 Gavrilopoulos), Digozis, Vela Junior, Bachramis, Spasic, Kiparissis, Papakostas (46 Aloneftis)

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

    [11] By Siemens Moving Print Ads

    16 Oct 2005 15:47:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    Sources: New Scientist

    Imagine pushing a button on a pillbox and a display of instructions on how to use pills featuring before your eyes! It is definitely not science fiction, but an invention by Siemens, which developed a kind of interactive moving printing promising to make the difference with concert tickets, magazine ads and cereal packets by 2007! The secret rests with a monochrome screen whose two colours can switch in less than a second. Siemens unveiled its new breakthrough in a conference in Frankfurt. Functioning on a usual battery, it is faster and provides a better analysis than its predecessors, while its production is simpler and cheaper compared to "electronic paper" devices that require a PC connection. Alex Gerlt, developer of the new high-tech device, noted that multiple patches can be printed onto the same display offering a more vivid moving.

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    [12] First 3 Pts for Panionios

    16 Oct 2005 17:47:00

    By Vasilis Kalpinos

    Panionios earned its first win after first fives fruitless matches by defeating Kallithea 1-0, in the game of the 6th round for the A Division Championship. Panionios was better in the duration of the game and deserved the three points. Nalitzis scored the goal that earned the team of Panionios the win in the 58.

    Referee: Mazarakos (Arta)

    Yellow Cards: Venetis, Lazanas


    PANIONIOS: Vaniak, Cichon, Exouzidis (51 Makos), Galanopoulos, Smiljanic, Magdy, Kiassos, Langer, Oravec (64 Fernantes), Breska (86 Goundoulakis), Nalitzis

    KALLITHEA: Souloganis, Venetis, Koulakiotis, Vokolos, Georgiev (85 Pasas), Yanchev, Mudjiri (64 Diamantis), Telkivski, Tsiolis (73 Koutsospyros), Lazanas, Sylla

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

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