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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-09-17

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Crucial Hours for "United Textile Industry"
  • [02] Stavros Paravas Burried
  • [03] Letter on Immigrants to K. Karamanlis
  • [04] Missile Attack against Pakistan
  • [05] 200 Mafia Suspects Arrested
  • [06] FAO: The Hungry Have Increased

  • [01] Crucial Hours for "United Textile Industry"

    17 Σεπ 2008 22:09:00

    By Nasos Bratsos

    Sources: ΝΕΤ 105.8, ΑNA

    Economy Minister George Alogoskoufis, the representative of "United Textile Industry" and GSEE (General Confederation of Greek Workers) President Giannis Panagopoulos will meet at 11:30 Thursday to discuss the companys future and financing.

    The companys financing with the guarantee of the Greek state was discussed Wednesday by the companys employees, Economy Ministry official Giannis Sidiropoulos and GSEE President Giannis Panagopoulos. Meanwhile, the European Commission considers the planned guarantee state aid, something that contradicts the policy on competition.

    Meanwhile, PASOK (Socialists) cadre Louka Katseli referred to the agony of the companys 1,200 employee for their positions, adding that the Economy minister had not kept his promises made in 24 July 2008, as per which the Greek state would offer 35 million euros to the company for its survival. Ms Katseli spoke of lack of planning on behalf of the government for the biggest textile indusry in the EU.

    In parallel, the KKE (Communist Party of Greece) warned for the employees positions, adding that the employees should receive their non-paid salaries.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [02] Stavros Paravas Burried

    17 Σεπ 2008 19:39:00

    Sources: ΝΕΤ, ΝΕΤ 105.8

    The funeral of Stavros Paravas took place at Kaisariani cemetery Wednesday afternoon. Present at the 71-year-old actors funeral were hif family, friends and colleagues. Paravas was about to act in Pantelis Voulgaris new film, but unfortunately passed away.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [03] Letter on Immigrants to K. Karamanlis

    17 Σεπ 2008 19:00:00

    By Nasos Bratsos

    Sources: ANA

    In his letter to Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis, Athens Prefect Giannis Sgouros refers to the present situation in the centre of Athens following the massive innflow of foreigners. The Prefect was referring to the latest incidents among foreigners of various nationalities in the centre of Athens. Mr Sgouros also refers to the poor hygiene conditions, the lack of resources and work, adding that hundreds of economic immigrants have been settling in the area around Omonia lately, "nominating" themseslves "political refugees". The prefecture will ask for the polices help in preventing some people from transforming buildings to alleged hotels. He also refers to the combatting of violence and breach of law, requesting from the PM and the rest of the politicians to tackle the above problems in a humane and realistic way before it is too late.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [04] Missile Attack against Pakistan

    17 Σεπ 2008 18:28:00

    By Nasos Bratsos

    Sources: ANA-MPA, AFP

    Four missiles fired from non-manned aircrafts hit north-western Pakistan, killing five. The missiles were probably fired from US aircrafts. The US announced that it commits itself to respect Pakistans sovereignity. As per the American Embassy, the US has launched many attacks in the area in an attempt to aim a blow against Al Qaeda.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [05] Italy

    200 Mafia Suspects Arrested

    17 Σεπ 2008 18:11:00

    By Andreas Roditis

    Sources: ANA

    Over 200 mafia suspects were arrested Wednesday in an international operation conducted by authorities in Italy, the United States, Mexico, Panama and Guatemala, Ansa reported

    The bust included the arrests - six in the US and 10 in Italys southern Calabria region - of 16 alleged members of a notorious crime family of the Ndrangheta, the Calabrian version of the mafia, the Rome-based National Anti-Mafia Directorate said in a statement.

    Authorities also seized more than 16 tons of cocaine and 57 million dollars in cash, the statement said.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [06] FAO: The Hungry Have Increased

    17 Σεπ 2008 16:57:00

    Sources: ANA-MPA, Associated Press

    FAO says soaring food prices have pushed the number of the world's hungry sharply higher to 925 million at the end of 2007.

    The head of the Food and Agriculture Organization told Italian lawmakers in Rome on Wednesday that high prices caused 75 million more people to be undernourished last year alone.

    Jacques Diouf says that before prices started escalating in 2007, there were 850 million people with not enough to eat.

    Price hikes have been blamed on fuel costs, climate change, population growth and increasing demand for meat in countries like China. Speculation and the use of cropland for biofuels also are cited.

    The agency said prices will stay high for years.


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