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

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] L. Zagoritis' Answer to G. Labropoulos
  • [02] Cooperation …from Afar
  • [03] Tragic Father Bursts Out
  • [04] Fires in Achaia and Aitolokarnania under Control
  • [05] Nightmare Mastered in Antalya
  • [06] Tragedy on the Himalayas
  • [07] "New Political Scenery"
  • [08] Pilgrims Stampeded in India
  • [09] Fire in Antalya under Partial Control
  • [10] Burglar Falls from Apartment and Gets Killed
  • [11] 180 Fatah Members Leave Gaza
  • [12] Indonesia: Rescue Efforts for Survivals in Shipwreck Continue
  • [13] US: Girl Falls 14 Storeys Down but is Saved

  • [01] L. Zagoritis' Answer to G. Labropoulos

    03 Αυγ 2008 14:00:00

    Sources: ΝΕΤ

    Parliamentary member of New Democracy Mr. Giannis Labropoulos statements in "Eleftherotypia" newspaper explaining the reasons he did not attend the Prime Ministers working lunch, triggered discussions. Mr. Labropoulos stated that this was a social event that did not convey a political content. New Democracy General Secretary Mr. Lefteris Zagoritis answered to the parliamentary member of Messinia in his speech in Ioannina that the event of the cabinet must not be confused with the iaccident in Perama. Mr. Zagoritis also added that the state has shown its concern to the families of the victims and has already taken measures.

    Translated by Sofia Gartziou

    [02] Cooperation from Afar

    03 Αυγ 2008 18:24:00

    By Katerina Ioannidou

    Sources: ΝΕΤ-ΑNA-ΜPA-ΝΕΤ 105.8

    The ND (Conservatives) and PASOK (Socialists) parties are aiming at forming a one-party government in the next elections. Meanwhile, in an interview with Eleftherotypia newspaper, PASOK MP Kostas Scandalidis reiterated his proposal on PASOKs cooperation with SYN (Coalition of the Left) , calling Messrs Alekos Alavanos and Alexis Tsipras to reply. In parallel, he proposes PASOKs restructuring, denouncing a future ND-PASOK coalition government.

    Meanwhile, in an interview with Elefteros Typos tis Kyriakis, PASOK MP Michalis Chrysohoidis denounces PASOKs possible cooperation with KKE (Communist Party of Greece), the ND party and SYN.

    Although PASOK MP Andreas Loverdos rules out any cooperation with the ND party, he approves of its cooperation with SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left).

    In another interview with Kyriakatiki Eleftherotypia, Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos does not rule out any cooperation with other parties that share the NDs programme, preferring however his party to form a one-party government.

    Commenting on Mr Spiliotopoulos statements, LAOS (Popular Orthodox Rally) leader George Karatzaferis approved a possible cooperation with the ND party.

    Finally, in an interview with todays Espresso, Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis rules out any cooperation with LAOS, believing that the ND will be a one-party government after the next elections.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

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    "New Political Scenery"

    [03] Health of Transplant Receivers Smooth

    Tragic Father Bursts Out

    03 Αυγ 2008 11:49:00 (Last updated: 03 Αυγ 2008 15:49:45)

    By Vivian Papastefanou

    Sources: ΝΕΤ-ΝΕΤ 105,8

    Health condition of our 4 fellow citizens who received transplants from the 20 years old Australian who was beaten to death by bouncers in Mykonos, is smooth. The father of the young man made new statements today in Errikos Dynan hospital, expressing his anger for the three criminals who were released yesterday and stating that the patients that received transplants do not owe him anything but owe everything to his unfortunate son. The 46 years old father found today a charm in his sons car that moved him deeply.

    Translated by Sofia Gartziou

    [04] Fires in Achaia and Aitolokarnania under Control

    03 Αυγ 2008 11:34:00 (Last updated: 03 Αυγ 2008 18:21:53)

    By Vivian Papastefanou

    Sources: ΝΕΤ-ΝΕΤ 105,8

    The two fires that broke out yesterday night in Platanitis, Atilokarnania and Pigadia-Floka, Achaia are under partial control. Strong winds are blowing in the area hardening that way the efforts of the fire brigade department. Fire brigade forces are participating in the fire distinguishing efforts and remain in the area in order to prevent the possibility of possible rekindles. Winds are expected to abate in the afternoon. Meanwhile, a fire broke out a few minutes before 15:00 in Kalamia, Arta.Finally, the co ordination office of the prefecture prohibited circulation in forestd of Argolida, until September 30 from 15:00 to 19:00 for protection reasons.

    [05] Nightmare Mastered in Antalya

    03 Αυγ 2008 17:46:00

    Sources: ΑNA-ΜPA-AFP-ΝΕΤ

    The Fire Brigade in Turkey has managed to put under control the raging fires that turned to ashes extensive areas and threatened inhabited and tourist areas. The wildfires killed one man; while one more is reported missing. In Antalya the wildfire has destroyed about 16,666 acres of forestland, 60 buildings, dozens of rural installations and flocks of animals.

    The fire has been described by the areas governor as the worst to have ever hit the area in the last years. It has even threatened historical buildings on the Mediterranean coast, such as the Ancient Greek Aspendos Theatre. Although the fire is under control, the strong blowing winds are hampering efforts to extinguish the fire said an official.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    Related News:

    Fire in Antalya under Partial Control

    [06] Tragedy on the Himalayas

    03 Αυγ 2008 17:04:00

    By Katerina Ioannidou

    At least nine climbers have been killed after reaching the summit of K-2 of the Himalayas. The number of the victims is expected to rise. Most of the climbers were killed at a 8,611-metre altitude when an avalanche at the Bottleneck hit them. Three of the victims are from Korea, two from Nepal and one from Serbia. The identity of the other three has not been illustrated yet. As per the head of the expedition, it has been confirmed that the dead included a Dutch, a Norwegian and a Frenchman.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [07] "New Political Scenery"

    03 Αυγ 2008 16:30:00

    By Katerina Ioannidou

    Sources: ANA-MPA

    In an interview with Typos tis Kyriakis newspaper, the SYN (Coalition of the Left) President Alexis Tsipras appears optimistic, not expecting early elections and forecasting ND-PASOK cooperation in case a one-party government is elected. He also believes that the ND ruling party will try to declare early elections, describing the next euro elections political. He hopes that the two-party system will suffer a defeat in those, while SYN will benefit. Finally, he did not rule out to lead SYRIZAs (Coalition of the Radical Left) electoral tickets in the euro elections, adding that Mr Alavanos will be of help irrelevant of his position.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [08] Pilgrims Stampeded in India

    03 Αυγ 2008 14:09:00 (Last updated: 03 Αυγ 2008 17:06:57)

    At least 123 people, including 30 children, were killed and over 300 injured on Sunday when pilgrims stampeded at a mountaintop Hindu temple in northern India, police said. The devotees were attending a nine-day religious festival at the Naina Devi Temple in the Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh state, said Bilaspur deputy police chief C.P. Verma.

    [09] Inestimable Damages

    Fire in Antalya under Partial Control

    03 Αυγ 2008 12:16:00

    By

    Sources: ΝΕΤ

    News agencies broadcasted that the fire that broke out in Antalya of Turkey, is under partial control. According to latest news a man was killed and another one is missing. According an official the ancient Roman Theatre of Aspendos is not threatened because the direction of the wind has changed. Officials of the fire department hope that within the next hours the fire will be put under full control with the contribution of about 2000 people, firemen and residents. The Turkish government promised that it will compensate citizens whose houses were burned. At the same time, the causes of the fire are being investigated. Authorities have not excluded the possibility of arson and are also investigating the possibility an electricity pylon to have caused the fire.

    Translated by Sofia Gartziou

    [10] In Pagrati

    Burglar Falls from Apartment and Gets Killed

    03 Αυγ 2008 11:25:00

    By

    Sources: ANA/MNA

    An unidentified body was found in the clear space in an apartment in Pagrati, Athens. He was carrying a screwdriver, gloves, 4 apartment keys, a spray and other objects. Police believes that the man attempted unsuccessfully to jump from the window of the staircase to the balcony of the second floor. Investigation has been ordered on the case.

    Translated by Sofia Gartziou

    [11] After Israel's Decision

    180 Fatah Members Leave Gaza

    03 Αυγ 2008 10:58:00

    By

    Sources: AFP

    Israel began returning Fatah members who had fled deadly clashes in the Gaza Strip to the territory on Sunday following a request by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, Israeli security officials said. Abbas had asked Israel to allow some 180 people to leave Gaza after nine people were killed in clashes on Saturday with Hamas-run security forces in the deadliest internal fighting since the Islamists seized power in June 2007. "Yesterday evening Abu Mazen (Abbas) and (Palestinian prime minister Salam) Fayyad made a request for Israel to allow them to cross into Israel and then to hospitals and the West Bank," a senior Israeli official told AFP. Another security official said the decision was taken by Abbas following "assurances given from a foreign party", a reference to Egypt which has brokered indirect negotiations between the rival Palestinian factions.

    [12] Indonesia: Rescue Efforts for Survivals in Shipwreck Continue

    03 Αυγ 2008 10:33:00

    Sources: ANA/MNA

    Rescue efforts for the tracing of the 8 missing people of a ferrys shipwreck, continue. So far 8 dead bodies have been found while 48 have been rescued. MV mole ferry was overturned near Sula Islands in northern Maluku province on Thursday, due to bad weather conditions. "According to evidence collected so far, the boat overturned when hit by big waves. But we are going to continue the investigation because we do not exclude the possibility the ferry to have been overturned due to overload", the head of the police department of the area said.

    Translated by Sofia Gartziou

    [13] US: Girl Falls 14 Storeys Down but is Saved

    03 Αυγ 2008 10:15:00

    Sources: ANA/MNA

    A 12-year-old girl fell into a chimney on the roof of her New York apartment building, plummeted 14 storeys down the flue and landed almost unscathed in a pile of furnace soot. Grace Bergere, a young rock drummer, is in hospital for treatment of an injured hip. Fire officials say the 60-centimetre-deep pile of ash and dust may have saved her life, cushioning her fall when she crashed into a basement furnace. "I think she probably went down head first and landed on her back," fire Lt. Simon Ressner said. While her father screamed her name, firefighters opened a metal door at the bottom of the chimney, ready for the worst.

    Translated by Sofia Gartziou


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