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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-08-14

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  • [01] Beach Volley Duo Makes Top 16
  • [02] Beijing:Wrap up Thursday
  • [03] Many Fires Today
  • [04] Public Holiday August 15

  • [01] Beach Volley Duo Makes Top 16

    14 2008 17:46:00

    By Giahanatzis Dimitris

    Sources: NA

    On the 6th day of Beijing Olympics, Greek women beach volley duo Thaleia Koutroumanidou and Maria Tsiartsiani celebrated their qualification to the top 16 despite their 2-0 defeat by the German pair. The Greek duo will face the Australian pair Natali Cook and Tasmin Barnet.

    On their part, Baso Karantasiou and Biky Arbaniti were defeated 2-0 by the Brazilian pair and eliminated from the games after three defeats.

    In archery individual, Athens Olympics gold medal winner, Elpida Romantzi, was defeated by her S. Korean rival 115-103 and disqualified from the games.

    Greek Greco-Roman wrestlers Thodoros Tounousidis and Panagiotis Papadopoulos did not make it to the last 16 with the first finishing 17th and the second 18th.

    In aquatics preliminaries, Greek swimmers suffered defeat, however, Sotiris Pastras (ranked 25th) in butterfly 100m lowered his time record to 52.41 from 52.97. Apostolos Tsaggarakis (26th) freestyle 50m, Elvira Efstathiou (28th) in freestyle 800m, and Stella Boumi (29th) in backstroke 200m.

    Greek table tennis team did not make it to the next stage but finished with a 3-0 win over Australia. No much hope for qualification for Greek men water polo team which did not gather any points so far and lost 10-6 to Montenegro.

    The National Basketball team, which closed Greeces participation in the days events, suffered a heavy blow 92-69 by the US. Sailing, Canoe-Kayiak and Rowing events were postponed due to bad weather conditions.

    Equestrian events begin tomorrow with our focus on Hrisopigi Demertzi in triple jump and Periklis Iacovakis 400m hurdles

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [02] Delays due to Bad Weather

    Beijing:Wrap up Thursday

    14 2008 17:41:00

    By Nasos Bratsos

    Rainstorms in Beijing and low visibility today caused delays in canoeing and rowing.


    Cubas Mijain Lopez won the Greco-Roman 120-kilograms gold medal, beating Khazan Baroev of Russia on points. Andrea Minguzzi of Italy was the surprise winner of the Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling 84-kilogram gold medal and Russian Hustov in 96kg division.

    Archery, Judo, Shooting

    China took an unexpected gold in womens archery thanks to Zhang Juan Juan that ended South Koreas streak of winning every womens Olympic archery gold medal since 1984. Chinese Yang Wei was also the gold medallist in artistic gymnastics mens individual all-round event

    Mongolia took its first gold medal in its history when Tuvshinbayar Naidan won the 100kg judo while Chinese Siuli Yiang the gold in 78 kg.

    Also Italian Chiara Caneiro hit gold in the womens skeet shooting, Chinese Du Li won the gold medal in the womens 50m rifle three positions event and Ukraine won fencing gold defeating China in the womens team sabre competition.


    Frances Alain Bernard won the gold medal in the mens 100m freestyle while Australia won gold in 400X200m women freestyle relay setting world record (7:44.31) Nineteen-year-old Chinese, Liu Zige won the gold, setting also a world record (2:04.18) in the womens 200 butterfly.

    Japans greatest swimmer Kosuke Kitajima stole the spotlight from American Michael Phelps with an unprecedented "double-double" in the breaststroke, adding the 200 metres gold to the 100 title he won on Monday. He won both in Athens in 2004.

    US Michael Phelps was not competing today in view of the next three days events. His aim is to achieve the record of 8 gold medals in one single organization.

    Strong Protest

    A rare sour note struck the Games when Swedish wrestle,r Ara Abrahamian,tossed away his bronze medal in disgust at the refereeing. "I dont care about this medal," said Ara Abrahamian, pulling the prize off his neck on the podium. Olympic chiefs said he would face a disciplinary hearing.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [03] High Risk of Fires Tomorrow

    Many Fires Today

    14 2008 18:31:00

    By Alexandros Moz

    Sources: NET-105.8, NA-PA

    Fire fighters battled against flames in many regions in Greece. The biggest fire was in Nafplio as it rapidly spread due to strong winds but 6 water bomber aircrafts and two helicopters prevented the fire from reaching Adami settlement. Fires broke out in Belbina in Nafpaktos, Tegea in Tripolis, in Kato Kifisia and Magoula. Fires in Tripolis, Nafpaktos and Attika were brought under control late in the afternoon. Firefighters are still trying to put out the many fires in Nafplio, however, they are not threatening inhabited regions.

    Civil Protection Secretariat has issued fire warning for tomorrow in the regions of Athens, East Attika, Eboia, Samos, Ikaria and the Cyclades. Outdoor activities, such as burning of dry leaves and branches, use of electric devices which could spark fire and walks in forests are prohibited. Citizens are advised to avoid lighting fires, to inform the Fire Department phone:199 in the event of fire and leave the area if they can not help in fire extinguishing efforts.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [04] Public Holiday August 15

    14 2008 18:31:00

    By Alexandros Moz

    August, 15 celebrating Assumption of Virgin Mary day is a public holiday with all business closed except for those which legally operate on Sundays and holidays. Therefore according to labor legislation: Wage earners and salary earners who will not work on August 15-not for personal reasons- will be paid the day wages and the full salary respectively. Wage earners who will work on August, 15 will be paid an extra 75% on top of their wages. Salary earners working in businesses legally operating on Sundays and holidays will be paid an extra 75% of the 1/25 of their monthly salary because the holiday pay is incorporated in their salary. Salary earners who work in business, which do not operate on Sundays and holidays will receive 75% of their calculated daily wages pus 1/25 of their salary.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

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