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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-02-15

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  • [01] Government Proposals
  • [02] Massacre at Illinois University
  • [03] Maria Callas, "30 Years Afterwards"
  • [04] Hillary Wins in New Mexico

  • [01] Social Security Issue in the Final Stretch

    Government Proposals

    15 Feb 2008 08:46:00

    In an off-the-agenda debate that will be broadcast live from NET 105.8 the prime minister will present the governments proposal on the Social Security reform in Parliament at 10:30 at a political party leaders level. At the same time, Trade Unions will hold a protest rally outside the Parliament. As per information, Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis will present the black spots of the Social Security System, stressing that although everyone agrees that its reform should proceed, nobody is willing to undertake the cost. In parallel, he will stress that the issue has been debated in Parliament for long. Meanwhile, the journalists Fund issue remains open, with most proposals agreeing that the above Fund should be merged with the robust ones. The government intends to present the draft bill at the Standing Committee by the end of February, after it is first sent to political parties and Trade Unions. At the same time, KKE (Communist Party of Greece) Secretary General Aleka Papariga appeared certain retirement ages would rise. PASOK (Socialists) from its side supports the full implementation of Reppas bill. Meanwhile, (ESIEA) Union of Athens Daily Newspapers has staged a work stoppage from 10:00-12:00 so as journalists can participate in GSEE (General Confederation of Greek Workers) and ADEDYs (Supreme Administration of Greek Civil Servants Trade Unions) protest rally before the Parliament. Editors of the Parliamentary and Social Security reportage will not participate in the work stoppage.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

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    [02] Massacre at Illinois University

    15 Feb 2008 09:08:00

    By Katerina Ioannidou


    A black-clad man fired into a lecture hall packed with 140 students at an Illinois university on Thursday, killing five people and injuring 18 before shooting himself dead, police and college officials said. Four of the students are in a critical condition.

    The gunman, who police said had a shotgun and two handguns, stepped onto the lecturers stage near the end of a mid-afternoon geology class at Northern Illinois University and began shooting down the room, sending terrified and bleeding students fleeing, witness said. He then shot himself on the same stage.

    Police on the 25 000-student college 104km west of Chicago said the gunman was a former student but they did not publicly identify him and said they did not know the motive in the latest in a series of shootings at United States colleges and high schools.

    Last week a medical school student killed two women and committed suicide before her terrified fellow students at a college in Louisiana.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    Read the story on other sources:

    Reuters:Gunman kills 5 and then himself at Illinois college

    [03] In Karditsa

    Maria Callas, "30 Years Afterwards"

    15 Feb 2008 09:15:00

    By Katerina Ioannidou

    Sources: ANA-MPA

    The President of the Greek Parliament Dimitris Sioufas will inaugurate the exhibition Maria Callas, "30 Years Afterwards" on the second floor of the Karditsa Municipal Gallery on 16 February 2008. The exhibition, which will remain open until 16 March 2008, has been co-organised by the Municipality of Karditsa and the Hellenic Parliament Foundation for Parliamentarism and Democracy. The exhibition includes 130 photographs, videos, costumes, scores, CDs and books that present Kallas work and career. The photographs come from archives of the La Scala Milan, theatres from Venice and Arena in Verona, the Theatrical Museum, ELIA, the Maria Callas Museum, as well as from private collections. After being staged at the Hellenic Parliament Foundation, it will also be staged elsewhere within Greece and abroad.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [04] Hillary Wins in New Mexico

    15 Feb 2008 08:15:00

    By Anna Kourti

    Sources: Reuters, ÁNA-ĚPA

    Clinton received 73,105 votes while Obama had 71,396 votes in the February 5 caucus that drew record turnout, state Democratic official Brian Colon told a televised news conference from New Mexico. With New Mexico, Clinton now has won party contests in 12 states compared to 22 for Obama, who has pulled ahead in the all-important tally of delegates to the Democratic nominating convention in August. As per independent site Real Clear Politics, Obama has 1,289 electors and Clinton 1,237.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

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