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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-09-19

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  • [01] Vatopedi: Inquiry in Progress
  • [02] Gruesome Find
  • [03] Bakoyannis-Milososki Meeting in Paris
  • [04] Stressed Plants 'Produce Aspirin'
  • [05] Appeal for Blood
  • [06] Karamanlis Rasmussen Meeting

  • [01] Vatopedi: Inquiry in Progress

    19 2008 16:30:00 (Last updated: 19 2008 21:32:22)

    Sources: , 105.8

    PASOK (Socialists) MP G. Petalotis has blamed the former Deputy Economy Minister P. Doukas during his testimony, speaking of the biggest scandal during the last years in Church. Meanwhile, a double Holy Meeting was held on Mount Athos Friday on the Vatopedi monastery issue. The sessions began at 09:00 and concluded about 19:00. The decisions taken during the meeting will be announced in the next days.


    Mr Petalotis, one of the first to file charges in the past held the government responsible, saying that he had sent a relevant letter to Deputy Minister Petros Doukas in 2004.

    The investigation that began in 2005, following the accusations of Metropolitan of Xanthi was put in the archive.

    Government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos rejected the allegation that the leeter was sent to the prime ministers office.

    Meanwhile, the Prosecutor will begin investigating the case in the coming days.

    Finally, an article by the newspaper Ta Nea reports that as per the Xanthi land registry the state took from Vatopedi monastery in return for the dozens of properties it had offered only Vistonida Lake, which as per estimates it cost 45 million euros.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

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    [02] Gruesome Find

    19 2008 22:28:00

    Sources: 105.8

    The body of a man in a state of disintegration was found in Titan area, Mandra at 19:15. The police belive the man, 45, was a diabetic reported missing in Elefsina in May. The police reached that conclusion after they found his motorcycle and chainlet. The police are investigating the case.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [03] Bakoyannis-Milososki Meeting in Paris

    19 2008 21:44:00 (Last updated: 19 2008 22:54:11)

    By Katerina Ioannidou

    Sources: NA-PA- 105.8

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis met with her FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) counterpart Antonio Milososki in Paris Friday on the sidelines of the EU-Central Asia forum. The meeting lasted one hour and was held in a good climate. After the meeting, Mr Milososki stated that the negotiations are positive step for the improvement of the climate between the two countrties. However, Skopje insists on the position on the name issue. Ms Bakoyannis stated that the negotiations would continue in New York, adding that she would be heading the Greek delegation. Moreover, she reported that her meeting with Mr Milososki is not a substitute for the UN-sponsored talks, adding that Greece is always open for talks.

    Earlier, Ms Bakoyannis met with her French counterpart with whom they discussed developments on the FYROM and Cyprus issues and Europes relations with Turkey. The French minister stated after the meeting that the FYROM name issue should be resolved the soonest possible as it had been pending for long. He also added that France supports Greeces positions.

    Government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos stated that Greece welcomes any help for the resolution of the name issue.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [04] Stressed Plants 'Produce Aspirin'

    19 2008 19:59:00

    By Katerina Ioannidou

    Sources: NA-PA, BBC

    Plants facing stressful conditions like drought produce their own aspirin-like chemical, US researchers say. The chemicals are produced as a gas to boost the plant's biochemical defences, say scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado. They suggest that monitoring this could give farmers early warning of possible crop failures. However, they also say the chemicals could affect pollution levels by combining with industrial gases. Thomas Karl, who led the study, said the chemical triggers "the formation of proteins that boost their biochemical defences and reduce injury". "Our measurements show that significant amounts of the chemical can be detected in the atmosphere as plants respond to drought, unseasonable temperatures, or other stresses." Mr Karl said the chemical - methyl salicylate - could act as a "warning signal" allowing farmers to take action against pests much sooner.

    [05] Appeal for Blood

    19 2008 19:44:00

    An appeal has been made to blood donors with type 0 negative blood to offer some of their blood to a fellow citizen, whose life is at risk. Those wishing to help can contact Mr Stathopoulos Dionysios on 6944434559 and 2621035638.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [06] Karamanlis Rasmussen Meeting

    19 2008 14:47:00

    Sources: - 105.9-NA/PA

    During their excellent meeting on Friday morning Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis and his Danish counterpart Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed the situation in Caucasus, developments in the western Balkans, Skopje and Cyprus. They also talked about EU expansion and the Lisbon Treaty. Mr Karamanlis described Greek-Danish relations excellent, adding that both countries intend to boost these relations. The two men also discussed the prospects of joint ventures in shipping.

    The PM stated he briefed his Danish counterpart on the developments on the FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) name issue and the attempts for the resolution of the Cyprus issue. The two men also discussed climate change and the utilization of renewable energy resources and the prospectes of cooperation between Greece and Denmark.

    Mr Rasmussen referred to climate change, adding that Europe should start using renewable energy sources instead of mineral fuel. He also referred to illegal migration and effective measures for the repatriation of illegal immigrants. Mr Rasmussen also denounced Georgias sovereign rights.

    After the meeting, the two PMs and their delegations sat for a working lunch.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

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