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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 06-05-12

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  • [01] Cordial Meeting
  • [02] Rejected Military Intervention
  • [03] Start of Proceedings
  • [04] AEK Fans Prosecuted
  • [05] Oinofyta Fire Under Control
  • [06] Greek President on Regional Press
  • [07] Typhoon Chanchu Strikes
  • [08] Israeli Operation in Nablus
  • [09] The Looks Make a Good Daddy!

  • [01] Karamanlis-Erdogan in Vienna Cordial Meeting

    12 May 2006 10:09:00 (Last updated: 12 May 2006 11:55:40)

    Sources: NET, NET 105.8

    Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis held a 45-minute meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and scheduled following a request by the latter, in the sidelines of the EU-Latin America and the Caribbean Summit in Vienna. This is the second meeting within the week and followed the one in Thessaloniki. The meeting was also attended by Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis and Turkish State Minister Ali Babacan. No statements were made after the discussion. At noon, the Prime Minister will meet with President of the Cypriot Republic Tassos Papadopoulos and following with President of Uruguay Tabare Vazquez. The leaders of the countries participating in the Summit Meeting will discuss prospects for further cooperation in the sectors of commerce and energy.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

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    [02] The President of Iran Rejected Military Intervention

    12 May 2006 12:55:00 (Last updated: 12 May 2006 13:40:03)

    By Dimitris Alexopoulos

    Sources: ANA, AFP, Reuters

    On Friday, President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad described the dispute between his country and the West as "psychological propaganda" and rejecting a military intervention in Iran. In Jakarta, Indonesia, Ahmadinejad accused the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of double standards and noted that the specific service is influenced by the US. On Thursday, the Iranian President appeared willing hold discussions with all sides so that a solution is found. Washington dismissed the event of direct contacts with Tehran and insisted that sanctions should be part of the new diplomatic European proposal.

    US Dismissed Direct Contacts

    The US will not hold direct talks with the US and insisted that sanctions should be a part of a tactic combined with promises and threats, stated US Undersecretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns.

    Moreover he pledged that the US "will not quit the diplomatic track easily," underling the need for Washington to keep a "hard edge" as the international community is aimed at the suspension of Iranian nuclear activities.

    In a last attempt to deescalate the crisis, Great Britain, France and Germany supported by the US, Russia and China will reveal a package of privileges and sanctions to Iran within the next ten days, the implementation of which will depend on if Tehran chooses to cooperate or resist.

    As per Burns, the package is being investigated by European and will include Moscows previous offer for the production of Iranian nuclear fuel on its turf.

    In closing, Burns described the Iranian President Ahmadinejads 18-page letter to George W. Bush as a "missed opportunity" to seriously address issues at the centre of the dispute.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

    [03] Of the 4th EU-Latin America Summit Meeting Start of Proceedings

    12 May 2006 10:59:00 (Last updated: 12 May 2006 11:57:54)

    By Dimitris Alexopoulos

    Sources: ANA, AFP, Reuters

    The proceedings of the EU-Latin America Summit Meeting and the Caribbean will culminate on Friday and end on Saturday with the signing of the Declaration of Vienna. On Friday night, the FMs agreed on the final document of the Declaration, which includes twelve main points and refers to issues such as protection of the environment, energy, education, immigration, justice, as well as a joint contribution for securing peace and human rights, combating terrorism, organised crime and narcotics.

    The joint declaration foresees reinforcement of the two continents strategic unification, while the decision plan publicised by AFP noted that the Europeans acknowledge the sovereign right of countries to manage and regulate their natural resources, noting that a regime of adjustments more compatible with the European regulation should exist.

    In an article published in newspaper Le Figaro, President of Brazil Luiz In&#225;cio Lula Da Silva estimated that the Summit Meeting constitutes "one of the last opportunities" to exit the dead end reached by the negotiations at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

    Negotiations at the WTO mainly concern the agricultural funds given by the EU and on which exporting countries, such as Brazil, are reacting to.

    The official proceedings started on Friday morning with a speech by President of Austria Heinz Fischer.

    Fifty-eight state and governments leaders, as well as UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan are attending the Summit Meeting.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

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    [04] Over the Incidents Onboard Ierapetra AEK Fans Prosecuted

    12 May 2006 12:23:00 (Last updated: 12 May 2006 13:26:17)

    By Dimitris Alexopoulos

    Sources: ΝΕΤ-ΝΕΤ 105.8-ANA

    Heavy charges were pressed against one of the four AEK fans arrestees for the incidents that took place onboard Ierapetra, on their return trip from Herakleion, Crete. Specifically, one of the arrestees is accused of homicide attempt for hurling a flare and injuring a police officer. The case was assigned to a Regular Examiner, while the defendant asked and received a deadline until Monday to deposit. The remaining three are remanded in custody.

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    [05] Fireman who Fainted is Well Oinofyta Fire Under Control

    12 May 2006 09:44:00 (Last updated: 12 May 2006 11:23:47)

    By Anna Kourti

    Sources: NET

    The warehousing storing food and cosmetics at Oinofyta, Attica, was burned down when a fire broke out on Thursday afternoon. A crew of the Fire Service immediately rushed to the scene and set the fire under control. The fireman who fainted by the fumes and was taken to Oinofyta Health Centre is well. The fire broke out shortly after 19:30 and quickly spread. The fire did not endanger any member of the personnel or neighbouring factories.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

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    [06] Greek President on Regional Press

    12 May 2006 00:02:00

    Sources: ANA

    President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias attended Thursday an event staged by the Journalists Union of Peloponnese, Ipiros and Ionian Islands Newspapers in Patras. While inaugurating an exhibition of the Press Museum, Mr Papoulias hailed the contribution of regional Press. "Press, invariably, and especially regional Press has undertaken an additional social mission and its role is of outmost importance to the function of the democratic institutions." "Consolidating the norms and principles that will allow the institutional shielding of qualitative information will carry this social mission through," underlined Mr Papoulias.

    Some 1,000,000 papers, hundreds of books and magazine, as well as several heirlooms and valuable documents are housed at the Press Museum. It is noted that the Patras-based Press Museum is the only operating one in Greece and it has been 50 years since it was first established.

    [07] In the Philippines Typhoon Chanchu Strikes

    12 May 2006 07:36:00

    By Anna Kourti

    Sources: Reuters, ANA

    The passing of typhoon Chanchu in the central Philippines was catastrophic. Approximately 1,000 persons in six villages surrounding the village of Sogod, on the island of Leyte, have been cut off by the recent landslides. There are no reports of casualties. "It was very close to Agas Agas, where the landslide of 12 February took place," said governor of Southern Leyte Rosette Lerias. Sogod is situated approximately 25km from the village of Guinsaugon, which has turned into a mass grave as its residents were buried alive under tonnes of mud following weeks of rainfall. Typhoon Chanchu is striking the area with southern 130km/hour force gales, a fact which forced the authorities to evacuate seaside communities in the region of Bicol.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

    [08] Israeli Operation in Nablus

    12 May 2006 07:52:00

    Sources: ANA

    As per the Israeli Army, Israeli soldiers shot and killed an armed Palestinian during an operation at the town of Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank. The operation was conducted at night time when Israeli forces raided Nablus to arrest a wanted Palestinian militant and member of the al-Aqsa Brigades. Shots were fired against the Israeli soldiers during the raid in the centre of Nablus. As per an army spokesperson, the soldiers retaliated, injuring a Palestinian, who was identified as a wanted militant of the al-Aqsa Brigades. The man was taken to a hospital in Israel where he succumbed to his injuries.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

    [09] The Looks Make a Good Daddy!

    11 May 2006 22:24:00

    Sources: ANA

    Women are able to tell the men that can make great daddies to their children by just looking at their looks, the results of a new research that appeared in British journal "Proceedings of the Royal Society" indicate.

    Famous Hollywood actor Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio fall under this category, argued head of the research professor Dario Maestripieri. According to his study, women pick up cues in mens faces that indicate an affinity for children to determine if they are attracted to those men for long-term relationships such as marriage. As for their short-term relationships, women go for mens facial masculinity.

    The research was carried out by the Universities of California and Chicago, the USA. The head professor estimated that this research proves the evolution theory, according to which, women tend to choose men that indicate an interest in children.

    The researchers tested the testosterone levels in 39 men, who were then shown a pair of pictures, one of an adult and the other of a baby, and were asked which they preferred. The researchers then took pictures of each man, asking them to display a neutral expression, and showed the pictures to 29 undergraduate women. The men women chose as being most interested in children were also the same men who had expressed the most interest in children in the photo test. On the other hand, those described as more masculine rated high on testosterone levels.

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