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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 06-05-06
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 Karamanlis Tours Messinia Transparency in Works06 May 2006 10:54:00 (Last updated: 06 May 2006 13:02:11)
By Dimitris Alexopoulos
Sources: ANA, NET, NET 105.8
Full transparency, respect to the taxpayers money, modern and qualitative works are the triptych of the new institutional context for public works stated the Prime Minister during his visit to Rapsommatis tunnel at the motorway of Tripoli-Kalamata. On Friday, Mr Karamanlis visited Laconia and on Saturday arrived in Messinia. In addition, he spoke about the works being made in Peloponnesus, noting that the area is changing in a quick pace, acquiring the necessary preconditions to participate in the overall development of Greece with confidence.
"As I had the opportunity to ascertain" noted Mr Karamanlis, "the works of restoring and completing the road Athinaio-Lefktro are proceeding in great speed and a large part will be given to traffic shortly, including the Rapsommatis tunnel."
Moreover, he announced that the contract for the road Paradisia-Tsakona will be soon signed, while it is expected that the financial bids for one of the biggest works of the country, the motorway Corinth-Tripoli-Kalamata, which will be made in the method of allotment, will be made known.
On Friday, in Sparti, the Prime Minister declared the firm stance of the Government in the policy of reforms and the fight against vested interests and corruption, whilst accusing PASOK of polarisation and populism tactics, as well as an absence of political positions.
Creating a New State
 Social Forum's Demonstrations Culminating Anti-War Demonstration Rally06 May 2006 10:21:00 (Last updated: 06 May 2006 13:02:23)
Sources: NET, NET 105.8
The demonstration rally of participants in the 4th European Social Forum from Pedion tou Areos towards the US Embassy is expected to begin at 15:00 under strict security measures. The measures implemented in the morning by the police have turned the centre of Athens into a fortress. Already, stopping and parking have been banned, while the traffic of vehicles will be gradually stopped at the roads of Alexandras, Stadiou, Vasilissis Sofias, Amalias, Panepistimiou, Ermou, Athinas and Mitropoleos.
The traffic of vehicles is banned at Patission Avenue from Agios Meletios up to Panepistimiou, Aiolou from Panepistimiou up to Stadiou, Syggrou from Athanasios Diakos up to Amalias Avenue, Kifissias from Katechaki up to Alexandras and in Pireos from Iera Odos to Omonoia Square.
8,000 policemen have been deployed, while helicopters will inform on the protesters movements in real time.
As of Friday, special tapes have been placed in the streets where traffic and parking have been banned, while Traffic Police cranes removed the last remaining vehicles off the streets.
Policemen distributed a leaflet with directions to storeowners in the Athens capital, so that they secure their stores.
 In Mytilene Honour to Papoulias05 May 2006 18:17:00
By Tina Valaoura
The 52nd Meeting of Deans and University Board Chairmen started in Mytilene in the presence of the President of the Republic on Friday afternoon. Earlier, the university community held a special function to honour Karolos Papoulias with the gold medal of the Aegean University. Meanwhile, the Municipality of Agiasos staged a rally towards Mutilene's major high schools on the occasion of Education Minister Marietta Giannakou's visit on Lesvos. The municipal authority asked to reclaim the school property which belongs to Agiasos and which has come to the School Buildings Organisation after a series of laws and decrees.
Translated by Sofia Soulioti