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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 06-02-19

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Crucial Maritime Meeting
  • [02] The Ships Remain Docked
  • [03] H5N1 Hits France
  • [04] New Evidence to Prosecutor

  • [01] Ships Docked for 4th Day Running Crucial Maritime Meeting

    19 Feb 2006 11:59:00

    By Annita Paschalinou

    Sources: NET

    The ships remain docked in all Greek ports for the fourth day running due to the seamens strike, so the problems with the transport of goods and passengers are continuing. The gates to the port of Piraeus remain closed and trucks carrying perishable goods have been left stranded, while passengers have not turned up at the port, as they are aware of the strike. The seamens unions are at the moment participating in a crucial meeting at the offices of the Panhellenic Seamens Federation to decide on future collective actions.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

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    [02] The Ships Remain Docked

    18 Feb 2006 18:31:00

    Sources: NET

    By decision of the Panhellenic Seamens Federation, the ships in all Greek ports will remain docked until the early hours of Monday morning, as a response to Mercantile Marine Minister Manolis Kefalogiannis letter concerning their demands. In the port of Piraeus, hundreds of trucks carrying perishable goods have been left stranded, while fortunately no passengers turned up as they are aware of the strike. On Sunday, the employees unions will participate in a meeting to decide whether they will extend the strike.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

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    Ships Docked until Monday

    [03] In a Dead Wild Duck near Lyon H5N1 Hits France

    19 Feb 2006 11:01:00

    By Annita Paschalinou

    Sources: LE MONDE - BBC - REUTERS

    The first case of the deadly avian flu virus was confirmed in France, the biggest poultry producer in the EU. A wild duck was located dead in Ain, close to Lyon. At the moment, different labs throughout France are performing tests on 15 dead birds to determine whether they have also been infected by the deadly virus strain. French President Jacques Chirac addressed a plea for calm, while at the same time, he reminded that all the measures provided for by the French and EU legislation have been implemented.

    Seven European Countries

    A three-kilometre safety cordon has been set up around the spot where the duck was found, while the Dombes ornithological park was sealed.

    Furthermore, 900,000 birds will be vaccinated, while 5,000,000 euros will be made available to provide financial aid to poultry farmers.

    The deadly avian flu strain has been detected in seven European countries so far: France, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Italy and Bulgaria.

    Two new cases were reported in Austria earlier on Sunday; one dead swan was found in Vienna and a wild duck in a neighbouring village.

    Outbreaks in Egypt

    In western India, a 27-year-old poultry breeder passed away on Friday and is probably the first human to die of the disease in the country. At least, this is what was indicated by the initial lab tests, while the authorities are awaiting confirmation from the countrys central labs.

    In the meantime, eight people are undergoing tests to establish whether they have been infected by the deadly flu strain.

    The bird flu virus was also detected in Egypt, in a poultry farm close to Cairo. The authorities proceeded with culling 10,000 birds that were being bred there and set up a twelve-kilometre safety zone around the farm. At the same time, the twelve people working at the farm are undergoing tests.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    Read the story on other sources:

    Le Monde: La France fait face a son premier cas de grippe aviaire

    BBC: Deadly bird flu widens its reach

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    Bird Flu Spreads

    [04] New Evidence to Prosecutor

    18 Feb 2006 21:53:00

    Sources: NET

    The lawyer of Kostas Tsalikidis family will submit a memory card from the deceaseds PC containing documents and technical notes to the prosecutor on Monday. The Supreme Court Prosecutor asked that the investigations into the circumstances surrounding his death be expedited. At the same time, the newspapers Kyriakatiki Eleftherotypia and Proto Thema printed Taslikidis last email and phone calls respectively. According to information, the memory card contains three documents written by Kostas Tasilikidis in February 2005 and containing technical notes about his work at Vodafone. One of the documents is a report to the company about a job that finished around April 2005.

    Supreme Court Prosecutor Dimitris Linos was briefed on the progress of the case by the head of Athens Prosecutions Dimitris Papangelopoulos and Prosecutor Ioannis Diotis, who said that his investigation will conclude in about ten days.

    In the meantime, Kyriakatiki Eleftherotypia printed the last email sent by Kostas Taslikidis, which was addressed to his superiors at the company, Nikos Babalis and Kostas Vasileiou, and which related to technical matters.

    Proto Thema, on the other hand, printed a list of the last inbound and outbound calls from Tsalikidis mobile phone.

    On Friday, two Vodafone executives testified before Prosecutor Diotis. One of them was Kostas Vasileiou, a top executive of the company and the one who dissuaded Tsalikidis from resigning a few weeks before his death.

    The last person to testify will be Vodafones CEO, Giorgos Koronias, while the Prosecutor will visit the company in the next few days to personally inspect the offices.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

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