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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-09-15

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] "Review from Scratch"
  • [02] Handover with Barbs
  • [03] In the Aftermath of Papandreou's Interview
  • [04] Stavros Paravas Passes away
  • [05] Hospital Doctors on Strike
  • [06] Bourboulia Gets 34-Month Term
  • [07] Blaze in Afidnes
  • [08] General Affairs Council Convenes
  • [09] Yiannis Skoularikis Passes away
  • [10] Oil Drops below US$100 per Barrel
  • [11] Cuba Requests Lifting of US Embargo

  • [01] On the Vatopedi Case

    "Review from Scratch"

    15 Σεπ 2008 15:04:00

    Sources: ΝΕΤ, ΝΕΤ 105.8, ANA

    Stressing that the property scandal would be reviewed from scratch, Greek Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis said that the ministerial decisions that gave thumbs up for the controversial opinions issued by the states legal council on the ownership of Lake Vistonida would be revoked. He admitted that the monasteries on Mout Athos had not submitted their E9 forms, like all owners in Greece.

    In the meantime, a court ruling blocked the assets of the Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos and its Superior Efraim. The Monasterys Council said Saturday it would deposit the profits generated from the sale of land, as well as the contracts signed, to the Deposits and Loans Fund. It also decided to place the Monasterys assets under state control until the investigation is over.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    [02] At the Merchant Marine Ministry

    Handover with Barbs

    15 Σεπ 2008 12:21:00 (Last updated: 15 Σεπ 2008 17:44:53)

    Sources: ΝΕΤ - ΝΕΤ 105.8

    Anastasis Papaligouras assumed his duties at the Merchant Marine Ministry at 12:00 Monday in the presense of his predecessor Giorgos Voulgarakis, who had resigned, Deputy Merchant Marine Minister Panos Kammenos and other officials.

    Outgoing Merchant Marine Minister G. Voulgarakis left barbs against those, who as he said, with their cheap populism and demagogy obstructed his work. He also spoke of a contract for his political extermination that will be soon come into light. Furthermore, he referred to the work he had done in his sector and especially to the privatization of the ports of Pireaus and Thessaloniki. From his side, Mr Papaligouras appeared optimistic over the duties he will assume, as he argued Corinthians had always been in good terms with the sea.

    Besides, Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis had met earlier with the ND party Secretary Lefteris Zagoritis at Maximos Mansion.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [03] Political Parties on Alert

    In the Aftermath of Papandreou's Interview

    15 Σεπ 2008 14:20:00 (Last updated: 15 Σεπ 2008 17:46:37)

    Sources: ΝΕΤ, ΝΕΤ 105.8

    The standard presentation of political party leaders in Thessaloniki ended with G. Papandreous Press Conference yesterday within the framework of the T.I.T.F. Meanwhile, all parties are re-directing their policy following the results of the latest polls. The government is preparing a shift to real politics and the boosting of reforms, while PASOK is trying to take advantage of the present political situation.

    Roussopoulos: "Back to Real Politics"

    Government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos stated that "real politics are not materialized with wishes", while referring to the sector of economy. He also added that many of what Mr Papandreou had said contradicted each other, adding that the government will continue materializing its reforms.

    Referring to Mr Papandreous promises Economy Minister George Alogoskoufis stressed that Mr Papandreou appears not be aware of the difficult international situation and the crucial state of the Greek economy for which his government is responsible. He also accused him of making commitments that would cost the budget in the near future about 11 billion euros.

    He also accused the main opposition leader of not taking into his account the obligations resulting from the stability pact, adding that he is positions belong to "third-world etatism of the 80s and extreme populism."

    ND MP Iordanis Tzamtzis described Mr Papandreous statements general and vague in an interview with NET 105.8, stressing that the PM had ruled out the possibility of early elections.

    Former President of the Parliament Anna Psarouda Benakis made similar statements to NET, adding that the PASOK president was not convincing.

    On the contrary, PASOK cadre Vaso Papandreou described her leaders speech important and clear, giving the guidelines of PASOKs future policy. She also reportee that funds would be found for low-brackets.

    Another PASOK cadre Anna Diamantopoulou stated that PASOK at changing things in Greece, adding that although being a difficult sector, PASOK chose to refer to the economy, giving prospects.

    Finally, in an interview with NET 105.8, SYN (Coalition of the Left) MP Fotis Kouvelis saw no prospects of cooperation between SYRIZA and PASOK.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

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    [04] Stavros Paravas Passes away

    15 Σεπ 2008 14:09:00

    Sources: NET 105.8

    Popular actor Stavros Paravas, 71, died of heart attack at his house Monday morning.

    After perfoming for the first time on theatre in "To Proto Psema", he cooperated with Dinos Iliopoulos and Vilma Kyrou. Prior to that he played on the cinema in "Christina" in 1960. He also cooperated with Kostas Hatzichristos. Some of the the most interesting films the comedian had played in was "To Exipno Pouli", Fifis o Achtipitos" and "to Koroidaki tis Prigipessas".

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [05] Hospital Doctors on Strike

    15 Σεπ 2008 19:22:00

    By Katerina Ioannidou

    Sources: NET

    Greeces hospital doctors decided to go on a five-day strike as of 15 September. They claim net regular wages of 1600 euros for trainees, human working hours and hirings. They have scheduled a rally outside the building housing the Health Ministry for Thursday.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    [06] Bourboulia Gets 34-Month Term

    15 Σεπ 2008 18:55:00

    Sources: ANA

    Former examiner Konstantina Bourboulia was sentenced to a 34-month term, after found guilty of breach of duty and non-disclosure of exemption reason.

    The counts relate to the 200-2002 period when Bourboulia, in her capacity as an examiner, handled the stock scandal, as well as to the fact that she did not report, as she should have, her love affair with the lawyer of one of the defendants.

    Co-defendant lawyer Thanasis Vourloumis, who had been charged with bribery, was acquitted.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    [07] Blaze in Afidnes

    15 Σεπ 2008 16:50:00

    By Andreas Roditis

    Sources: ANA

    A wildfire has been ravaging a forest land on the outskirts of Athens since early in the afternoon. No built-up area is under threat, said the Fire Service. About 45 firefighters with 15 fire engines, four water bombers and two helicopters have been deployed in the area to contain the blaze.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    [08] General Affairs Council Convenes

    15 Σεπ 2008 14:01:00

    Sources: ΝΕΤ 105.8

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis visited Brussels today to attend the sessions of the EU General Affairs Council. The Council will discuss the situation in Caucasus, developments in the Western Balkans, the Doha Developmental Agenda and developments in Zimbaboue. The EU Foreign ministers are also expected to discuss developments in Georgia.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [09] Yiannis Skoularikis Passes away

    15 Σεπ 2008 11:21:00 (Last updated: 15 Σεπ 2008 12:08:09)

    By Athina Saloustrou

    Former PASOK (Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement) MP and Olympia Mayor Yiannis Skoularkis passed away at Smila, Ilia Monday. A fellow villager found 80-year-old Skoularikis dead in his car outside his house and then informed the authorities. An ambulance and Ancient Olympia present Mayor and doctor Giorgos Aidonis arrived on the spot. An autopsy will take place today and determine the cause of his death.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [10] Oil Drops below US$100 per Barrel

    15 Σεπ 2008 08:52:00

    Oil has been trading below US$100 per barrel today in Asian Market, as has caused limited damage to US oil installations in the Mexican Gulf. The price of light crude oil for October delivery dropped this morning by US$1.62 to US$99.56 per barrel, while Brent also dropped by US$1.17 to US$96.41 per barrel. As per estimates Aki has caused damage only toi 10 oil installations out of the 3,800 in total.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [11] Cuba Requests Lifting of US Embargo

    15 Σεπ 2008 09:16:00

    Cuba has rejected a US donation of US$100,000 for the cyclone-hit Cubans, requesting in parallel the easing of the embargo for six months so that the sale of construction materials is allowed. Yesterday, Cubas Foreign Ministry sought an easing of the decades-old embargo to allow US firms to open private lines of credit for food imports to the Caribbean island reeling from Hurricane Gustav, and as another major storm loomed.

    "If the US government has the real will to cooperate with the Cuban people after the hurricane tragedy, it is requested that they suspend restrictions that block US companies from offering private commercial credit" that would allow Cuba to buy food from the US, Cubas Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    Translated by John Crystallidis


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