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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-08-29

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  • [01] Debate on Tax Bill on Tuesday
  • [02] Obama Vows to reverse Republicans' Legacy
  • [03] Anastasiades Appears before Magistrate
  • [04] Europe's First Plastic Bridge
  • [05] EFET Fines 13 Food Companies
  • [06] Oil Prices Climb Again
  • [07] Karadzic Tipped to Remain Silent

  • [01] In Parliament's Relevant Committee

    Debate on Tax Bill on Tuesday

    29 Αυγ 2008 08:55:00

    Sources: ΝΕΤ 105.8

    Submitted Thursday to Parliament, the tax bill triggered off a political wrangling between the Government and the opposition parties. A debate on the bill has been scheduled for Tuesday. The Government is resolute in its decision to not let problems go unnoticed, stressed Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis, defending the new tax bill.

    Branding the Government as an asymmetric threat, Socialist leader George Papandreou argued that the bill is a manifestation of the Governments failure, while Socialist cadre Evangelos Venizelos blamed the Prime Minister for being dragged behind Alogoskoufis fiscal policy.

    SYRIZA leader Alekos Alavanos spoke for a blow to small businesses and called on Conservative voters to put aside differences and offer their backing to the Coalition of the Radical Left. KKE (Greek Communist Party) spoke of a new and harsh tax evasion under the pretext of tax justice. LAOS (Popular Orthodox Rally) blasted the Government for being unable to produce politics.

    George Papandreou has become a champion of the tax evaders, answered Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis, noting that the high fiscal debt should be blamed on the Socialist governments.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    Related News:

    Draft-Bill in Parliament

    [02] And Restore the Nation's Reputation

    Obama Vows to reverse Republicans' Legacy

    29 Αυγ 2008 09:33:00

    By Katerina Ioannidou

    Sources: ΝΕΤ-ΝΕΤ 105.8, Reuters

    Vowing to reverse the economic downturn and restore the nations standing in the world, Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination to run for president. Obama unleashed an attack on his rival Republican John McCain, accused him of being out of touch with the worries of the Americans. The first ever African-American to run for president linked McCain to President George W. Bush, blaming the economic downturn and the USAs tarnished reputation on the Republican Partys failed policies. "We are here because we love this country too much to let the next four years look just like the last eight," Obama told a flag-waving crowd of about 75,000 supporters in Denvers open-air football stadium. Referring to his rival, Obama said, "Now, I dont believe that Senator McCain doesnt care whats going on in the lives of Americans. I just think he doesnt know."

    "Tonight, Americans witnessed a misleading speech that was so fundamentally at odds with the meager record of Senator Obama. The fact remains, Obama is still not ready to be president," McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said in a statement.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    Related News:

    Obama Wraps Up Democratic Convention

    Obama Wins Nomination

    [03] Anastasiades Appears before Magistrate

    29 Αυγ 2008 11:10:00

    By Katerina Ioannidou

    Sources: ΝΕΤ-ΝΕΤ 105.8

    Accused of breaching the personal data Act, editor Themos Anastasiades, who allegedly circulated a controversial DVD implicating former top Culture Ministry official in a sex scandal, is to appear before magistrate Dimitris Economou.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    [04] In Germany

    Europe's First Plastic Bridge

    29 Αυγ 2008 10:00:00

    By Katerina Ioannidou

    The German state of Hesse has been hosting a major technological advance since late July. Europes first screwless plastic bridge has opened to public. Made elsewhere in Germany, the bridge was transferred and pieced together in the state of Hesse overnight.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    [05] EFET Fines 13 Food Companies

    29 Αυγ 2008 09:48:00

    By Katerina Ioannidou

    Sources: ANA-MPA

    The Hellenic Food Authority fined 13 food companies for supplying the market with foodstuffs unfit for human consumption, assuring consumers that inspections will go on.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    [06] In Asian Trading

    Oil Prices Climb Again

    29 Αυγ 2008 09:42:00

    By Katerina Ioannidou

    Sources: ANA-MPA-ΝΕΤ 105.8

    Oil prices are on an upward trend in Asian trading, as tropical storm Gustav is threatening oil facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. Crude oil for October delivery stood at $116.88 per barrel early on Friday morning up by $1.29. Brent for October delivery rose by 99 cents to $115.16 per barrels. As per the US hurricane centre, Gustav is to gain hurricane strength making a landfall in the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    [07] Karadzic Tipped to Remain Silent

    29 Αυγ 2008 07:51:00

    By Nasos Bratsos

    Sources: ANA, AFP

    On the eve of his second appearance before the UN war crimes tribunal for Yugoslavia, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was advised to remain silent and not plead guilty or not. Karadzic faces 11 charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    Translated by Areti Christou

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