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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-05-27

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] National Exams Continue
  • [02] Strangled his Baby
  • [03] Crucial Vote in Greek House
  • [04] Fear over Some Bird Flu Strains
  • [05] China Lifts One-Child Policy
  • [06] Charges on Para-judicial Case

  • [01] National Exams Continue

    27 May 2008 08:26:00

    Sources: , 105.8

    Tertiary and Technological College candidates depending on the courses they want to attend- are tested on the following subjects today: History, Biology or Organization Principles. Questions and answers will be on ERTonline special webpage, NET and NET 105.8 at noon.

    In the meantime, in view of university rectors and Technological Colleges presidents elections this week, 10 tertiary education institutes have announced new mobilizations against the implementation of framework-law on education. Rector elections have been scheduled to be held at the Thessalia and Piraeus universities today. In a climate of unrest supplementary elections at the Athens Technological College concluded yesterday.

    University students are to stage demonstrations on Thursday and Friday while university professors have announced a three-day strike from May, 28. It should be noted that the Athens Mayor has proposed the foundation of a non-profit university with the participation of KEDKE.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

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    Education Ministry

    [02] Strangled his Baby

    27 May 2008 11:14:00

    By Athina Saloustrou

    News of a father who strangled his 7-month old baby has shocked public opinion. According to reports, the father, an Albanian national was a heavy drinker and used to get into frequent fights with his wife. After a strong fight yesterday, she ran away from her house but also left the baby. A relative of the family found the strangled baby at their house in Agioi Anargyroi. According to all indications the father strangled the baby when left alone in the house.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [03] Revision of the Constitution

    Crucial Vote in Greek House

    27 May 2008 10:13:00

    Sources: 105.8

    The revised constitutional provisions will be put to a vote at the House Plenum on Tuesday evening. As it appears, Article 24 relating to forest protection and article 16 foreseeing the establishment of non-state universities will not be subject to revision, as KKE (Greek Communist Party) and SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) have given their consent, while PASOK (Panhellenic Socialist Movement) has walked out of the debate. "Some articles account for a regulation," stated the government spokesman.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    [04] Some bird flu strains have gained ability to attac

    Fear over Some Bird Flu Strains

    27 May 2008 09:31:00

    By Athina Saloustrou

    Some bird flu strains have gained ability to attack human cells, causing an epidemic in humans, suggested a study that was released on Monday. Researchers who tested samples of recent avian flu viruses found that some H7 strains, which caused minor infections and were not contagious in North America between 2002 and 2004, developed traits resembling that of human cells. Experiments on weasels, though, showed that these strains are not yet contagious.

    A strain of H7N2 virus, a bird flu type that had been isolated from a man in New York, multiplied to a weasels respiratory system and was transmitted between infected and healthy animals, suggesting that its transmission between humans could be possible, as well.

    Researchers said that the said strain could even get a step closer to developing properties resembling those of the three worldwide viral pandemics in 1918, 1957 and 1968.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    [05] For Parents Whose Only-Child Was Killed

    China Lifts One-Child Policy

    27 May 2008 09:18:00

    By Athina Saloustrou

    Parents, whose only child was killed in the May, 12 destructive quake will be allowed to have a second child says Sichuan Province "Chengdu Wanbao" newspaper. The exception issued by the Population and Family Planning Committee in Sichuan Province, said that even couples who are going to adopt orphans from the quake could also apply for legal permission to have another child. Finally, over 50 years-old parents, whose only child was killed, will receive a monthly 600 yen (60 euros) subsidy. The majority of the thousands of children killed were at their schools, which collapsed. One-child policy exemptions have been introduced some decades ago with regards farmers who were allowed to have a second child if the first child was a girl.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

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    Reutes: China works around the clock to drain quake lake

    [06] Charges on Para-judicial Case

    27 May 2008 09:09:00

    Sources: NA-PA

    Court of Appeals Prosecutor, Yiannis Aggelis issued charges against 9 people involved in the para-judicial circle, including former judges Evangelos Kalousis and Konstantina Bourboulia, while he proposed acquittal of lawyer, Athanasios Kehagioglou for 4 out of the 5 charges he is facing. Among others, the state prosecutor said that the present trial refers only to 1/10 of the known as para-judicial case. Large part of the trial concerned the two former judges and suspect businessman Sotiris Kritikos on whose yacht they had spend a few days vacations.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis


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