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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-02-18
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Biggest Part of GreeceBlanketed with Snow
18 Feb 2008 09:15:00 (Last updated: 18 Feb 2008 10:59:02)
Sources: ÍÅÔ 105.8
The biggest part of Greece has been blanketed with snow, while the polar temperatures, heavy snowfalls and gale-force winds have caused serious problems to the road network, sea and air services. The frozen streets have been transformed to traps, while the weather is expected to improve as of today. Although the national streets are open, the Traffic Police has appealed to drivers to use anti-skid chains when driving. Meanwhile, busses, trolley busses and the Tram will not run today, while the Electric Rail sets off from Piraeus and does not go further than Ano Patisia. The Metro operated the whole day, while the Railway and the Suburban Rail are operating smoothly.
Transportation Encountering Problems
Vehicles cannot useKatechaki avenue at Kareas, the Athens-Thiva road from Mandra, Protopapadaki street from Veikou to Psychico, the Athens-Corinth highway from the 34th kilometer up to Elefsina shipyards and on Agios Silas street from Paleia to Nea Penteli. Parnitha Avenue is also closed in the Parnitha-Karamanlis intersection, as well as the Fyli-Dervenochoria, Penteli-Dionysos and Varybobi streets to Varybobi, Agios Merkourios-Malakasa. The roads leading from Vilia to Psatha and from Kaki Vigla to Selinia in Salamina are also closed.
Vehicles using Ahinon Avenue from Daphni Monastery to the boundaries of the prefecture of Corinth, as well as the Athens-Lamia highway between Kalyftaki Bridge and Seiros intersection should carry anti-skid chains. Anti-skid chains are also a must for vehicles using Attiki Odos, the whole road network of north-eastern Attica, in Ilion, Petroupoli, Kamatero, Agioi Anargyroi, Ano Liosia, Fyli, Acharnes, Zephyri, Keratsini, Korydallos, Nikaia and Perama.
Many parts of the country road network are closed, while anti-skid chains are required for vehicles using the national road network. 153 villages remain cut-off in Chania, Lasithi, Heraklion, Rethymno, Euboea, Andros, Argolida, Arkadia and Lakonia, while many of them have no electricity. Electric power cuts have also taken place in Penteli, Vravrona, Vari, Koropi, Thrakomakedones, Kato Kifisia, Pireaus and Korydallos.
At the same time, ships will remain docked in Piraeus, Lavrio and Rafina until 12:00.
Not all flights are taking place at Eleftherios Venizelos airport, while passengers scheduled to travel by air should firs contact the airport on 210-3530000. Over 100 flights have been cancelled for today.
Meanwhile, schools will remain closed in Attica, Argolida, Arcadia, Corinth, Laconia, Fthiotida, Viotia, Evrytania, the Cyclades, Crete, Pilio and in five municipalities of Egio, while schools in Northern Greece will operate as normal Monday.
Courts in the prefectures of Athens, Piraeus, eastern and western Attica, Viotia, Euboea, Fthiotida, Evrytania, Arcadia and Laconia will remain closed.
Northern Greece Also Encountering Problems
The Kaimaktsalan Ski Centre in Pella prefecture is closed, while vehicles using Mount Athos road network, as well as the old Thessaloniki-Arnaia national road via Holomondas should carry anti-skid chains. Anti-skid chains are also required for vehicles using the Varvara-Olympiada, Varvara-Neochori country roads, as well as the nation road network that connects Florina with Kastoria through Vitsi and Vigla. Cars heading to Seli, 3-5 Pigadia Ski Centres at Imathia prefecture, as well as to Vasilitsa Ski Centre in the prefecture of Grevena will not need anti-skid chains.
In parallel, ships remain docked in Thessaloniki port due to the bad weather conditions in the Aegean Sea.
Translated by John Crystallidis
Ice Cold Weather
 Kasoulidis-Christofias in the Second Round17 Feb 2008 23:44:00
Sources: ÍÅÔ-ÍÅÔ 105.8-ÁNA/ÌPA
President Tassos Papadopoulos was eliminated Sunday in a cliff-hanger first round of Cyprus presidential election with Ioannis Kasoulidis and Dimitris Christofias passing to the second round, scheduled for next Sunday. Ioannis Kasoulidis garnered 33.51%, Dimitris Christofias 33.29%, while Tassos Papadopoulos came third with 31.51%. Leaders of smaller parties that backed Papadopoulos re-election bid said they would decide in coming days which of the two candidates they would lend their support to.
Translated by John Crystallidis