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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-09-25

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Meetings on the Name-Issue
  • [02] Bush's Address on the Economy
  • [03] Thirty-Five Killed in Ambush North-west of Baghdad
  • [04] Oil Prices Rise
  • [05] Solar System Shield "Weakens"

  • [01] Meetings on the Name-Issue

    25 Σεπ 2008 09:19:00

    After their meeting in New York on Wednesday, Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis and the UN special envoy Matthew Nimetz made it clear that the negotiations would focus only on the name-issue. Mr Nimetz, who also met with FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) President Branko Crvenkovski, stated that he is to discuss only the FYROM name-issue, adding that "the UN will not focus on national identities." Furthermore, he reiterated that Athens truly wishes to resolve the issue, adding however that FYROM shares "different views."

    Nimetz-Crvenkovski Meeting

    After his one-hour meeting with the FYROM president, Mr Nimetz described the meeting good, adding that he listened carefully to Mr Crvenkovskis positions.

    In reply to a question, he described the FYROM PM and Presidents views almost identical, adding that during his meeting with Ms Bakoyannis and Crvenkovski he did not make a proposal.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

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    [02] Bush's Address on the Economy

    25 Σεπ 2008 09:01:00

    Sources: ΝΕΤ 105.8, ΑNA

    US President George Bushs dramatic address to the Congress and the American people on his bitterly-contested $700 billion bail-out of a stricken financial system, spoke of millions of unemployed people if banks do not offer their support. Mr Bush will hold a meeting with the two presidential contestants today in an attempt to accelerate the plan for the exodus from the crisis. Meanwhile, US crude oil reached US$102.45 per barrel and London US$102.45.

    Mr. Bush used a prime-time address to warn Americans that a long and painful recession could occur if Congress does not act quickly. Our entire economy is in danger, he said.

    Mr. Bushs televised address, and his extraordinary offer to bring together Senator Barrack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, and Senator John McCain, the Republican, just weeks before the election underscored a growing sense of urgency on the part of the administration that Congress must act to avert an economic collapse.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

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    Oil Goes up by Two Dollars per Barrel

    [03] Thirty-Five Killed in Ambush North-west of Baghdad

    25 Σεπ 2008 10:14:00

    Sources: ANA

    A convoy of cars fell in an ambush before entering a village in the province of Diyala. Thirty five people, among whom 27 policemen were killed government source reported. Meanwhile, a previous report spoke of 20 dead, 12 policemen and eight members of Sahoua brigades that had been set up to face Al Qaeda. Nobody from the convoy survived the attack.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [04] Oil Prices Rise

    25 Σεπ 2008 09:14:00

    Oil prices have been rising slightly in Asian Markets today at a time when the US governments plan to save problematic banks is doubted. The price of light crude for November delivery went up by 19 cents to US$105.92 per barrel in the morning transactions. Brent also rose by 16 cents to US$102.61 per barrel. Meanwhile, in his morning address, US President George Bush said that American economy is in danger, calling the Congress to adopt the governments plan to save the monetary system. He also called the two presidential contestants to forget their party differences and cooperate.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [05] Solar System Shield "Weakens"

    24 Σεπ 2008 19:41:00

    By Andreas Roditis

    Sources: ANA, BBC, Reuters

    Scientists made the assessment after studying 18 years of data from the Ulysses satellite which has sampled the space environment all around our star. They expect the reduced output to have effects right across the Solar System. Indeed, one impact is to diminish slightly the influence the Sun has over its local environment which extends billions of kilometres into space. Confirmation of that prediction should come from the far-distant Voyager spacecraft which were launched in the 1970s and are now bearing down on the edge of the heliosphere - the great "bubble" of wind material that surrounds the Sun. Scientists now predict the Voyagers will hit the edge and cross over into interstellar space - that region considered to be "between the stars" - sooner than anticipated. The solar wind, which originates in the Suns hot outer atmosphere known as the corona, gusts and calms with the stars familiar 11-year cycle of activity (but also over its less well known longer cycles, too).

    Calmer wind conditions would be expected to prevail right now, but the Ulysses data indicates circumstances unprecedented in recent times.

    "This is a whole Sun phenomenon," said Dave McComas, Ulysses solar wind instrument principal investigator, from Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, US. "The entire Sun is blowing significantly less hard - about 20-25% less hard - than it was during the last solar minimum 10-15 years ago.

    "Thats a very significant change. In fact, the solar wind were seeing now is blowing the least hard weve see it for a prolonged time, since the start of those observations in the 1960s at the start of the space age."

    In addition to being calmer, the wind measured at Ulysses is 13% cooler.


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