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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-11-12

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Lanara Factory Employees End Rally
  • [02] Jerusalem Elects Secular Mayor
  • [03] Blast in Montpelier
  • [04] Obama Absent from G20

  • [01] Lanara Factory Employees End Rally

    The rally staged by Lanara factory employees before the Economy Ministry has ended. The workers have been demanding no factory to close, as well as to be paid their salaries for the previous four months. The Economy Ministry has committed itself to include in the bill for the boosting of Banks a special amendment that will concern the Lanara textile factory. The financial aid to the Group will be discussed by the Agricultural Bank board on Thursday. At the same time, judicial employees will stage a number of work stoppages. Today, they have staged a rally in Athens in protest to the prevailing situation in courts land registries etc. They marched to the General Accounting Office, while Social Insurance employees protested before the Employment Ministry in Stadiou Street. On Wednesday, pensioners will stage a protest rally before the old Town Hall demanding higher pensions and then march to the Economy Ministry. At the same time, Agricultural Insurance employees will protest before the Parliament at 12:30.

    They wish to prevent the board of the Agricultural Bank from selling the company, which is negotiating with the French company Groupama.

    As a result the board has decided to stage a two-hour work stoppage from 12:30-14:30 on Wednesday and another two-hour work stoppage from 10:00-12:00 on Thursday.

    In parallel, its employees report that the company's image has been affected negatively by the continuous suspensions, adding that the only solution is for the company not to be sold.

    Sources: , 105.8, NA-PA

    News item: 15418

    [02] Jerusalem Elects Secular Mayor

    Nir Barkat, 49, a secular, rightwing Israeli businessman has been elected mayor of Jerusalem, marking a shift away from ultra-Orthodox rule in the city, according to final results released early today. Nir Barkat, who supports Jewish settlement expansion in Jerusalem, defeated a strictly religious ultra-Orthodox rabbi, Meir Porush, by a comfortable nine-point margin. Barkat won 52% of the vote against 43% for Porush. Russian-born tycoon Arkady Gaydamak won 3.6% and Dan Biron finished last with less than 1%. The winner needed at least 40% of the vote to avoid a runoff. Turnout in the mayoral and municipal elections in Jerusalem was put at 42% - most of the Palestinian population of the city, as usual, boycotted the poll.

    "Jerusalem won tonight", said Barkat in a speech to his supporters, who had gathered at the offices of his pre-election campaign, pledging to be "the mayor of everyone". The new mayor as well as the other three candidates had adopted a tough stand on the Jerusalem issue, rejecting any concessions to the Palestinians within the context of a future peace agreement.

    News item: 15446

    [03] Blast in Montpelier

    A blast took place in an university apartment in Montpelier this morning injuring seven people, two of which seriously, reported the police and the Fire Brigade. The blast caused extensive damages to the apartments, said the police, adding that the injured were transferred to the university clinic. As per first evidence, the causes of the explosion are not known. However, police are examining the possibility to be attributed to explosives. The 100 residents of the building have been removed, officials said.

    Source: AFP, NA-PA

    News item: 15445

    [04] Obama Absent from G20

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    US President-elect Barrack Obama will not meet with any of the G20 leaders at the extraordinary Summit Meeting due to be held in Washington this weekend. The meeting will focus on the global financial crisis. Obama will stay home in order to prepare his entry to the White House on 20 January.

    At the same time, former Republican candidate Sarah Palin has stated she is not interested in running for the US Senate as she prefers her present post as Alaska governor. However, she did not rule out running for President in 2012, when Obama will run for his re-election.

    Obama's advisors have stated that Obama considers it wrong to attend the Summit Meeting with Mr Bush as he believes that the US has always one President.

    News item: 15444


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