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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-04-10

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] DAP First in Student Elections
  • [02] Intense Dispute for OTE
  • [03] Aristotle Bust Unveiled in New York

  • [01] DAP First in Student Elections

    10 Apr 2008 20:05:00

    By Katerina Ioannidou

    Sources: NA-PA- 105.8

    With results counted in 166 out of 208 student associations, DAP-NDFK (ND-affiliated students union) is leading the race in University student elections for the 22nd consecutive year and increasing its force by 2%. In 77 Faculties its percentage is above 40% and in another 30 it has the majority. The final results are not available yet as the counting of ballots continues.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [02] Intense Dispute for OTE

    10 Apr 2008 19:09:00 (Last updated: 10 Apr 2008 20:35:29)

    Reacting to an agreement between OTE (Hellenic Telecommunications) and Deutsche Telekom, OTE employees are threatening to stage strikes. Employee representatives attacked OTE, the government and Mr Andreas Vgenopoulos, in view of the agreement with Deutsche Telekom. OME-OTE (Federation of OTE Employees) officials are reacting to the deal claiming that Greece is now facing a problem related to security. OTE employees will stage sit-ins in Thessaloniki, Patra and Heraklion on Friday.

    At the same time, businessman Andreas Vgenopoulos has filed a lawsuit against SYN President Alexis Tsipras and STAR TV station for defamation and dent, demanding one million euros from Mr Tsipras as compensation. SYN from its side spoke of unprecedented provocation, adding that it is expecting to see how the government will react to Mr Vgenopoulos move.

    At the same time, PASOK (Socialists) accused Mr Vgenopoulos of identifying himself with the government, adding that it will fight to protect the public property. SYN (Coalition of the Left) from its side denounced Mr Vgenopoulos' move, describing it farcical. It described it a communications move by businessmen, who are competing in order to loot the already privatized OTE and grab the biggest share from the release of telecommunications promoted by the EU.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [03] Aristotle Bust Unveiled in New York

    10 Apr 2008 20:32:00

    By Katerina Ioannidou

    Sources: NA-PA

    Officials and community members gathered in Athens Square Park in Astoria Saturday to unveil a bust of Aristotle, the famed Greek philosopher.

    Those in attendance said the statue is a great honor for the citys large Greek population.

    "The Greek community is so great for New York. They suffered terribly through World War II and then their old civil war, and then they came here to help build this great city, said Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe.

    "Just like in history, Aristotle follows Socrates. We had the bust of Socrates, the statue of Athena, and now Aristotle comes to Astoria. Its a jewel for not just for this community, but for the entire city," said Queens Democratic Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. Present at the ceremony were Archbishop of America Dimitrios and forme MP Vassilios Pappas, who delivered speeches.

    The statue is a gift from Greece.


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