|Saturday, 16 December 2017|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-01-23
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 Prosecution against Efraim-Arsenios for Denying TestimonyVatopedi Monastery's Abbots Efraim and Arsenios will stand trial before Court. When prosecutor Dimitris Pieros received a document by the president of the Enquiry Committee at that time on the case he started investigation that led him to the decision to exercise criminal proceedings against the two monks for denying, when they were called by Court, to testify on Vatopedi Monastery case.
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 Tragic AccidentA tragic accident took place on Liosion Street near Attiki Square at 09:00, Friday. A truck, which tried to overcome illegally from the right a car, run over a 55-year-old woman, who was accompanying her five-year-old niece. The woman was killed on the spot, while the child was transferred to the children's hospital, where it passed away. As per latest police informaiton, the woman was from Bulgaria and was 64-years-old. She was taking her niece to the day nursery and was walking on the pavement, where a car was parked and thus she was forced to use the road.
On that moment, the woman and her niece were run over by a small truck carrying maltha. For unspecified reasons, the truck had to deviate and then hit the two persons. The truck continued its course and hit another parked small truck and an OASA bus. The driver was arrested and taken to the police court.
Source: ÍÅÔ 105.8
News item: 18061
 Problems Due to the Gale-Force WindsDue to the 9 and 10 Beaufort gale-force winds blowing in the sea, ships remain docked in the ports of Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrio. Those who wish to travel by ship are advised to contact first the local port authorities. Meanwhile, the strong winds blowing in the night have caused problems to Attica. The Fire Brigade was called to remove trees and objects in the southern suburbs and mainly in Agios Dimitrios. Besides, the supply of electric-power has been restored in eastern Thessaloniki due to the morning storm. Thermi, Nea Michaniona and Mikra encountered problems. As per the PPC (Public Power Corporation) the Sholari electric-power distribution centre suffered damages and electric-power cuts were recorded. Drivers heading from Thessaloniki to Michaniona encountered problems with the traffic lights due to the electric-power cuts.
Due to the adverse weather conditions, two foreign cargo ships ran aground in Kos and Salamina this morning. Nobody was injured and no oil spill took place. Amiral, with 14 crew-members ran aground Kos when it approached the shore to avoid the poor weather. Later, another vessel under the name Gasmin 5 with 14 crew-members on board ran aground in Salamina. Meanwhile, all ships remained docked in Pireaus and Rafina ports due to the gale force winds yesterday except for Lissios, which departed for Chios and Lesvos.
Source:NET 105.8 - ANA-MPA
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News item: 18059
 Determined Farmers at the RoadblocksFarmers are "assessing" the 620-million-euro support package announced in their support by the government. Meanwhile, the Athens-Lamia national road opened after remaining closed for two hours due the roadblocks. After cutting Greece into to two, farmers were convinced to open the national road, without however ruling out the possibility to use roadblocks again later. During the two-hour blockade hundreds of trucks remained stranded in the national network. The Traffic Police used to stop trucks heading to Athens at Stylida, not allowing them to arrive near Lamia. In parallel, a big number of trucks were immobilised at Kammena Vourla and Bralos.
In parallel, due to roadblocks near Chrisoupoli, and Kerdyllia intersection, Egnatia Odos has also closed and the same applies to the Thessaloniki-Edessa national road due to roadblocks in Halkidona. In parallel, farmers have blocked with their tractors the Kozani-Florina national road. Customs stations in Exhohi and Promahonas remain cut off, while the Kipi tou Evrou border station is also facing problems as it will be cut off anew at 10:00. However, the Promahonas border for Bulgaria has remained closed for about an hour. The farmers have allowed 150 trucks, carrying sensitive products and cars the drivers of which had been trapped since last Tuesday to pass through. The farmers closed again the border when the drivers, who had been cut off at the Bulgarian border took the opportunity and passed in their vehicles to Greek soil. Tractors have also gathered on the 1 kilometre of the Gianitsa-Thessaloniki road, without however creating any problems to the circulation of vehicles, to cars wishing to arrive in Kilkis and to the Evzoni border station. In Crete, farmers have closed the Chania-Heraklion road near Platani.
At the same time, farmers from the Peloponnese have decided to block the Corinth Isthmus as of Monday. Farmers have also lined-up their tractors on the Nea Efesos-Korinos-Eginiou flyover, without however causing any problems to the traffic of vehicles.
The circulation of vehicles in Egnatia Odos on Chrisoupoli is meeting with problems while the circulation of vehicles on the old Kavala-Xanthi national road and the Stavros Amigdaleonas road runs smoothly from time to time.
Roads leading to Komotini are also encountering problems, as well as all roads on the city's exit points.
"Rural Development Minister Sotiris Hatzigakis told NET 105.8 that not a single euro will be given, adding that all should assume their responsibilities. Mr Hatzigakis stressed that the financial aid to farmers covers all possibilities dictated by the EU legislation and the state budget. "I will listen to the farmers today and then I will turn the page as of Monday," he said characteristically.
Furthermore, he stressed that the 620-million-euro package for the restoration of damages in 2008 concerns all producers across Greece.
The packet of aid presented by the minister includes compensations amounting to 425,000,000 euros through ELGA for cotton, corn, grain, olive-oil, edible olives, fruits and stockbreeding.
Also, cotton, tobacco, dry goods and olive producers will also receive an additional 75,000,000 euros as emergency aid. The return of the special consumption tax on fuel will be paid to those who have agriculture as their main profession.
Source: ÍÅÔ 105.8 - ÁNA-ÌPA
News item: 18057
 Two-Hour Working Stoppage at ISAPElectric railways employees stage today, Friday a two-hours working stoppage in order to support unionist Kostantina Kuneva who was attacked with sulfuric acid and is now being hospitalized in critical condition. General secretary of ISAP working union, Vasilis Stathousis said in ERTONLINE that ISAP (Athens-Piraeus Electric Railway) S.A. employees proceeded to working stoppage in order to express their solidarity and support to K. Kuneva and to demand efforts to speed up in order for police authorities to track down and arrest the responsible people involved in the attempt of murder.
On this occasion, Mr. Stathousis explained, it is necessary the insurance and working law to be applied firmly to ISAP and to contractor's employees of security and cleaning companies.
In addition, the protestation is taking place for institutional demands, Mr. Stathousis added, as ISAP employees demand permanent and constant needs to state sector to be covered by permanent personnel.
Source: NET 105,8/ISAP
News item: 18034
 Belgium: Slaughter in Day-Care CentreAccording to French News agency, a man stabbed two children and one adult at a day-care centre in Belgium. The incident was reported in Dendermonde, a town about 30 kilometres northwest of Brussels.
Het Laatste Nieuws reported that the man injured at least 10 children. Belgium's VRT radio said a man riding a bicycle was arrested shortly after the incident. A woman working in the day-care centre said one of the victims was member of the centres' employees. The identity of the murder is still unidentified. Up to this moment, police authorities have made no comment.
Belgium ministry of internal affairs announced that the murderer was arrested. According to the mayor of the city, the rest of the children are safe, they are in a state of shock and for that reason they receive physiological support.
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