|Friday, 15 December 2017|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-12-15
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 K. Papoulias Hospitalized in ‚Attiko‚ HospitalPresident of Republic Mr. Karolos Papoulias is being hospitalized in "Attiko" hospital for a scheduled check up examination. A hospital announcement said the president had come in for a scheduled check-up, during which doctors discovered an asymptomatic heart irregularity and decided to implant a pacemaker.
The president was in excellent condition following the operation, the announcement added.Soon after the operation, main opposition PASOK spokesman George Papaconstantinou expressed his best wishes for the president's speedy recovery and revealed that PASOK President George Papandreou had contacted Papoulias from Cyprus, where he is attending the funeral of former Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos.
News item: 16737
 Greek State Radio 70th AnniversaryGreek State Radio celebrates its 70th anniversary this year with an exhibition and several events at the Zappion Mansion. The official inauguration will be held at 20:00 while ERT president, head advisor and the Radio's administration gave a press interview
News item: 16733
 Stop the ScaremongeringIn response to articles in the Press, Finance Minister, George Alogoskoufis issued a Press release warning against scaremongering which does not reflect reality. "Scaremongering against Greek economy has its limits", adding that rise in state bonds interest rate, which does not confine, derives from the global credit crisis and pressure triggered by world money markets.
The Finance Ministry also stresses that rise in interest rates is influenced by the high state deficit accumulated in the past as well as the recent developments."The Greek state meets its financial obligations and will continue doing so in the future and Greece has achieved a significant progress and will firmly adhere to its fiscal policy of adoption and reforms that boost growth", concludes the Press release. "Greece always meets its loan obligations with no exemptions", stressed government spokesman E. Antonaros
Rise in Bounced Checks
In the meantime there is a sharp rise in bounced checks in the market, which went up 161% compared against November, 2007. from the beginning of the year bounced checks and unpaid installments mounted to 1.2 billion euros compared to 1 billion euros in the same period last year.
Small Businesses Apply for Loans
As of Monday, December 15, very small, small and medium sized businesses can start applying for loans within the context of the program "Guarantee and subsidy of interest for loans on capital movement" materialized by the Development Ministry. The Athens Trade Union has also issued announcement informing its members: Businesses meeting terms of the program can get interest free loan to use it according to their judgment such as cover current needs, pay for previous loans, suppliers or any other financial obligation.
News item: 16729
 Street Protests at ChristmasHigh school and tertiary education students continue demonstrations this week in protest against the death of the 15-year old Alexis Grigoropoulos. On Monday morning a sit-in demonstration was staged outside Attika Police headquarters, at Alexandras St. In parallel, students blocked several streets in Athens while some 300 students staged a demonstration in Piraeus and another 50 threw stones at Koridallos Police station and then left. High school and tertiary education students are to hold meetings to decide on continuation of mobilizations till Christmas. The Citizens' Assistance Center, housed at the old Halandri Town Hall remains under occupation despite people's efforts last night to convince occupants to leave. Students of Northern Greece State Drama School occupied Sykea Town Hall, in Thessaloniki in protest against Alexis Grigoropoulos death. Due to the occupation, Town hall clerks serve only emergency cases. Occupants were given permission to brief people tonight on the recent incidents.
The Citizens' Assistance Center, housed at the old Halandri Town Hall remains under occupation despite people's efforts last night to convince occupants to leave. Students of Northern Greece State Drama School occupied Sykea Town Hall, in Thessaloniki in protest against Alexis Grigoropoulos death. Due to the occupation, Town hall clerks serve only emergency cases. Occupants were given permission to brief people tonight on the recent incidents.
In the meantime, eyewitnesses at the site of the tragic incident leading to the death of the 15 yo student, voluntarily appear before the interrogator to support that the bbullet was bound at the young boys, belying the defendants claim that the young boy was shot by a stray bullet. In his statement this morning, a client at a nearby cafeteria said that the special guard fired at the young boys without his life being at risk.
On its part, the young boy's family has requested an autopsy and ballistic test on the spot their son was killed, which needs experts to inspect the pitch of the ground, the height and the angle from which the special guard fired as well as other factors to determine the site from where the boy was shot.
News item: 16723