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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-03-10

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] DEH Crucial Meeting
  • [02] Dispute on Social Security Reforms
  • [03] Clean Monday Celebrations
  • [04] Zapatero Wins in Spain
  • [05] Skyrocketing Oil Prices
  • [06] Armed Attack in Patisia

  • [01] Athanassopoulos-GENOP Meeting

    DEH Crucial Meeting

    10 Mar 2008 11:44:00

    Sources: ΝΕΤ, ΝΕΤ 105.8

    There was regular supply of power today due to low demand, with the majority of city dwellers in the countryside. The power supply problem, however, is expected to come up more intensive tomorrow with the return of holidaymakers to urban centers after the long weekend. Development Minister, Hristos Folias visited the head of the power distribution system in Agios Stefanos, this morning and sent a strict message to trade unions, warning them that the government does not bargain public interest. DEH administration board is holding a meeting at Holkokondili main offices since this morning while they will meet with representatives of GENOP later within efforts that both sides reach an agreement.

    Folias Message

    Development Minister, Hristos Folias visited DEH high tension electricity distribution center in Agios Stefanos and was briefed on the difficulties due to the strike by the head of the department. His message to unionists says "Equality of rights is keystone of Democracy and it is high time to be respected by all, underlining that the government and the Develpmnet Ministry do not bargain public interest". Mr. Folias said that all involved sectors are in constant coordination to protect consumers right for regular power supply.

    DEH administration board president, Takis Athanassopoulos will meet with representatives of GENOP later today, to discuss regular supply of power tomorrow.

    In the meantime, the Prosecutors Office is carrying investigations on whether the frequent power cuts are punishable while on their part workers representatives have filed a lawsuit.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [02] Government-Trade Unions

    Dispute on Social Security Reforms

    10 Mar 2008 10:48:00

    By Nasos Bratsos

    Sources: ΝΕΤ, ΝΕΤ 105.8

    Tension is intensifying between the government and trade unions in view of the debate on social security system reforms, opening in the competent Parliament Committee, on Tuesday. Trade unions react against increase in age of retirement, reductions in supplementary pension and merging of social security funds. GSEE and ADEDY are staging a three-hour work stoppage and rally at Syntagma square, on Wednesday, March,12 while they have announced a 24-hour nationwide strike on March, 19. Garbage bags continue to pile up on the streets as local administration employees strike goes on till Wednesday. Municipal authorities appeal to citizens to keep garbage at home. Employees in the banking sector have also joined in industrial mobilizations with work stoppage on Wednesday along with GSEE and ADEDY while the Federation of Bank Unions, OTOE is staging a 48 hour strike on Thursday and Friday, 13, 14 March. Bank of Greece employees are staging a 24-hour strike on Tuesday while doctors, pharmacists, lawyers, notary publics and engineers on Wednesday.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [03] Special Measures to Facilitate Holidaymakers

    Clean Monday Celebrations

    10 Mar 2008 10:00:00

    Sources: ΝΕΤ 105.8

    Greece is celebrating Clean Monday today with a large number of events, reviving local traditions, being held across the country. Naturally the most common traditions of Clean Monday is kite flying and eating a wide variety of lenten foods. Events organized by the Athens and Piraeus municipalities include folk music groups for the entertainment of people, who did not take the opportunity of the long weekend to leave the cities. Traffic police have taken special measures to facilitate the return of holidaymakers today. Sunshine and light winds have been forecast for most parts of the country today with a possibility of light rains in the western and northern regions. As every year the Athens and Piraeus fish markets remained open till 14:00 to provide consumers with fresh sea food such as squid, octopus, shell fish. Also bakeries were open today for the traditional "lagana" bread. Power Company, DEH, in its announcement warns people not to fly kites near electricity cables as there is high danger of being electrocuted. Carnival festivities in many cities across the country culminated last night while rain in the city of Patras, focus of attraction in the carnival season, did not discourage participants to end with the usual burning of the King of Carnibal around 21:00, at the citys port, as customary.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [04] But not Absolute Majority

    Zapatero Wins in Spain

    10 Mar 2008 09:44:00

    By Nasos Bratsos

    Sources: ΝΕΤ 105.8, ΑNA

    During the weekend, 8, 9 March, parliamentary elections were held in Spain and Malta and local administration elections in France sending useful political messages. In Spain, Jose Luis Zapatero ruling Socialist party was the winner of elections, gathering 43.64% of votes and 169 seats against 40.12% and 153 seats of the conservative party. The Socialists, however, did not win the necessary 176 seats for the formation of an absolute majority government and needs to have alliance with left or regional parties. In France, President Nicolas Sarkozys centre-right UMP party suffered losses in the first round of French municipal elections on Sunday, one year after his election. At national level the Socialists and Left parties won 47.94% of vote and right parties took 45.49%. French press describes the results of municipal elections as a warning vote and punishment to Nikola Sarkozy policy. After the first count of votes in Malta, the ruling Nationalist party has received 49.3% of votes, the Labor party 48.8%, the greens Alternattiva Demokratika 1.3%, the radical right National Alliance 0.5% and independent candidates 0.1%. Turnout reached 93% in a total of 300.000 registered voters. In 2003, the Nationalists had won 35 seats against 30 seats of the Labor party.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [05] Hit New Record High

    Skyrocketing Oil Prices

    10 Mar 2008 17:53:00

    Sources: ΝΕΤ-ΑNA/ΜPA

    Oil hit new record high at noon today. U.S. crude jumped $1.85 to $107 a barrel. It had sunk to $104.08 in earlier trading and later was up again $1.50 at $106.65. London Brent crude was up 40 cents at $102.78 per barrel. Economic analysts say that investors sought oil as hedge against a depressed dollar and inflation. Fears of US economy recession and strains in the credit market have depressed equities and the dollar against the euro prompting many investors to seek safety in commodities including oil. Strong euro currency against the dollar works in favour of eurozone economy. Skyrocketing of oil prices would have caused multiple problems to eurozone growth if oil was not priced in dollars.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [06] Rumanian in Critical Condition

    Armed Attack in Patisia

    10 Mar 2008 10:28:00

    Sources: ΝΕΤ, ΝΕΤ 105.8

    A Rumanian young man was transferred to Evangelismos hospital in critical condition after being shot early at dawn on Clean Monday during a dispute between foreign nationals at Kea St in Patissia. Unknown people threw 2 hand grenades against a closed cafeteria at the corner of Aharnon and Efesus streets, in Agios Panteleimonas, causing only material damage.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis


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