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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-12-31

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Alogoskoufis-Provopoulos Meeting
  • [02] Chilling Cold on New Year's Day
  • [03] FinMin Set New Deadlines
  • [04] Low Temperatures
  • [05] Holidays & Cold Weather
  • [06] Changes in Metro Services
  • [07] Tension at Israeli Embassy
  • [08] Bone-Chilling Cold and Troubled Transports

  • [01] Alogoskoufis-Provopoulos Meeting

    News

    Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis and Governor of the Bank of Greece Giorgos Provopoulos met Wednesday and discussed the bailout plan. Several banks have applied to join the liquidity support plan, and two-million euro agreements have already been signed.

    Greece is among the first EU nations where the liquidity support plan takes effect. The rise in liquidity, which could amount up to 28 billion euros, favours the financing of Greek enterprises and households with lower cost of money. Priority has been given to raising the financing of small and medium-sized enterprises, mortgages and enterprises of vital importance to Greece's growth.

    News item: 17268

    [02] Chilling Cold on New Year's Day

    Society

    Chilling cold, snowfalls and strong winds make up the weather throughout Greece, while sunshine with biting cold is expected for the New Year Day. Drivers travelling on the regional road network of central and northern Greece are advised to use snow chains, while Traffic Police have stepped up measures to facilitate excursionists.

    Temperatures below Zero in Northern Greece

    Biting cold and frost have prevailed throughout northern Greece, while in several regions of Macedonia and Thrace, the mercury dropped several degrees Celsius below zero.

    The lowest temperatures were recorded at 9 am in the morning in Kastoria with -13, Nevrokopi and Florina with -12, Kozani with -8, and Alexandroupoli with -4. In Thessaloniki, Serres and Kavala, the mercury slid to -3 C.

    In central Macedonia, drivers traveling towards the ski resorts of Seli and Tria-Pente Pigadia, as well as the old Thessaloniki-Arnea highway, are advised to use snow chains.

    News item: 17265

    [03] FinMin Set New Deadlines

    Society

    Vehicles owners were given until 9 January to pay for the annual road tax, while property owners were given until 15 January to pay for the Single Property Tax. Wednesday had been the closing date for both cases, but the Finance Minister decided to give an extension to facilitate the taxpayers who missed the initial closing date.

    Motorists, who fail to pay road tax by January, 9, will pay double the amount.

    News item: 17258

    [04] Low Temperatures

    Low temperatures have been forecast for New Year's Day while the state mechanism is on the alert to facilitate holiday makers. Snow chains are necessary in most parts of the mountainous road network in west and central Macedonia as well as in many parts of the road network in the prefectures of Epirus, Thessaly, Sterea Hellas, the Peloponnese and on the road to Mt Parnitha from the cable train and up

    Unfortunately rescue efforts to locate a missing shepherd since Saturday, in Troizinia have been fruitless so far. In the mass exodus in view of New Year holiday, motorists are advised to drive safely and in all occasions be provided with snow chains, particularly those driving to mountainous east regions in Thessaly, Sterea Hellas, including Attika, the Peloponnese and Eboia.

    Weather Forecast for Tuesday 30-12-2008

    Temporary deterioration of weather in north Aegean, east Thessaly, Sterea and Eboia, east and south Peloponnese and north Crete with snowfall and icy rain on south coast regions

    Macedonia-Thrace

    Locally cloudy, winds northeasterly force 4-6 reaching 7 locally in the east while temperatures will range between -9C to 5C.

    Western Greece

    Fair weather, winds easterly, force 4-5 locally force 6 in the Ionian Sea and temperatures ranging from -5C to 11C.

    Thessaly, eastern Sterea, Eboia, eastern Peloponnese

    Snowfall locally, icy rain on south coasts, winds northeasterly force 4-6, reaching force 7-8 in the east and south parts while temperatures will range from -3C to 8 C.

    Cyclades, Crete

    Cloudy with icy rain and snowfall on mountainous regions in northern Crete, winds northerly-northeasterly force 6 -7, in the Cyclades reaching force 8 and locally 9. Temperatures will range from 4C to 12C.

    East Aegean, Dodecanese Islands

    Partly cloudy with snowfall or icy rain in the northern parts mainly in the morning, winds northerly force 6 to 7, locally reaching force 8 and temperatures ranging from 3 C to 12C.

    Attica

    Scattered snowfall in the east and northern parts and icy rain in the rest parts of Attica with possibility of snowfall in the city, winds northeasterly force 5-6 and locally in the east reaching force 7. Temperatures will range between 3C and 6C.

    Thessaloniki

    Partly cloudy, winds northerly force 3 to 5 and temperatures ranging between -2C and 4C.

    Forecast for Quake hit regions in Elia and Ahaia on Tuesday 30-12-2008

    Fair weather, winds easterly force 4 to 5 and temperatures ranging between 4C and 10C. Forecast for Wednesday 31-12-2008

    Partly cloudy in east Thessaly, east Sterea, Eboia, east Peloponnese, Cyclades and northern Crete, icy rain in the southern parts and local snowfall in the rest regions. The weather will gradually improve apart from northern Crete. Winds northerly-northeasterly in the west force 3-4 and in the east force 6 to 7 gradually abating. Temperatures will go up but freezing morning and evening temperatures are forecast in the continental parts of the country.

    News item: 17241

    [05] Holidays & Cold Weather

    Snowfall and rains have temporarily stopped in central and northern Greece but low temperatures continue in many parts of the country making many regional roads, particularly in mountainous regions dangerous for motorists as they are covered in icy layer. Snow chains are necessary in 25 prefectures while traffic police stop motorists driving to Parnitha to confirm whether they have snow chains to allow them to continue their ride further up to the mountain. However, children have enjoyed playing with snow on Mt. Parnitha.

    Extreme cold is forecast to continue while no problems arose from the heavy snowfall in most parts of the countries as the state mechanism was placed on the alert to face the extreme weather conditions. However, there is one exemption, an aged shepherd and his flock are still missing in Galatas, Trizinia, as rescue crews' efforts have not bore fruit so far. Following heavy snowfall and in view of New Year holidays all ski resorts are operating and prepared to give a warm welcome to winter sports fans.Temperatures are forecast to go slightly up as of Wednesday with snowfall only in the northern part of Crete. Snowfall is forecast on the Cyclades and northern Crete on New Year's day and fair weather in the rest of the country with temperatures going up but icy weather in continental parts of the country. City dwellers driving to spend New Year's holidays in mountainous and east regions of Thessaly, Sterea Hellas, including Attika, the Peloponnese and Eboia should be extremely careful. Weather Forecast

    News item: 17205

    [06] Changes in Metro Services

    Changes in Metro services will be in effect during the coming holidays. All trains will leave earlier from all Metro stations on New Year's Eve while services will run every 10 minutes on New Year's Day.

    On Friday, January, 2 services will ran every 5 minutes from 06:30-18:30 and every 10 minutes for the rest of the day till the end of shifts. On Tuesday, Waters Blessing Day, services will run every 7 minutes from 09:00 to 17:00 and every 10 minutes till the end of shifts. Services to Benizelos Airport will be suspended at the beginning of February to finish construction of Holargos and Agia Paraskevi metro stations.

    News item: 17204

    [07] Tension at Israeli Embassy

    Anti Gaza war demonstration was held in Athens, on Monday following Sunday's demonstrations in several countries in Europe and the ME. Tension escalated outside the Israeli embassy in Athens near 17:00 between members of Stop the War Coalition and Palestinian organizations with police forces who used chemicals.

    The demonstration was organized by the Hellenic-Palestinian Friendship, Muslim Union of Greece, Stop the War Coalition, Palestinian and Arab organizations. A group of protestors lowered the Israeli flag resulting in security forces intervention and the arrest of a 24-year old Palestinian, Ahmet Tsuba Ibrahim. The GCP staged demonstrations on Monday afternoon in front of the US and Israeli embassies. In her statements, GCP general secretary, Aleka Papariga stressed: "Europe is full of Pontius Pilate, literally full. Don't forget that the European Parliament upgraded its relations with Israel a few days ago. This is the reason why it is high time to take to the streets as it happened during the war against Yiougoslavia. People in Gaza are murdered and its is not only Gaza, they want to wipe out hope for a Palestinian state. Israel is not threatened by Palestine, that's the truth. We object to the Greek government's stand as well as Mr. Papandreou's stand as President of Socialist International. It is time we took to the streets in Athens and nationwide to exercise pressure to stop Israeli raids and open the road for the substantial resolution of Palestinian issue. If it is not resolved, escalation of tension in the ME will get out of control. We are preparing further actions to indicate our solidarity ".

    SYRIZA organized protest outside the Israeli embassy while members of Trikala Peace Committee spoke of Israeli murder attack against the Palestinian people during a protest demonstration at Riga Ferraios square.

    News item: 17201

    [08] Bone-Chilling Cold and Troubled Transports

    The extreme weather conditions affecting Greece have started abating, while showers and snowfalls have been reduced to the central and southern regions. More improvement has been forecast for Wednesday, while the first day of the new year is expected to be sunny.

    In the meantime, drivers heading for Parnitha Mt, as well as those traveling on the mountainous regional road network of Macedonia, Epirus, Thessaly, Central Greece and the Peloponnese are advised to be equipped with snow chains. The inclement weather conditions forced Monday morning Marina ferry to run aground near the port of Kasos island. The ship sustained minor damage only. At the same time, the search operation to locate a shepherd who has been reported missing since Saturday morning has been fruitless.

    Source: NET 105.8, ANA-MPA

    News item: 17176


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