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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-03-07

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

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  • [01] Dialogue on Rural Economy Continues
  • [02] In Search of a New World

  • [01] Dialogue on Rural Economy Continues

    News

    A national dialogue on rural economy has commenced again today. Rural Development Minister Sotiris Hatzigakis held a meeting with farmers from Macedonia today and decided that a committee on rural policy would be set up. The minister said that the farmers' proposals would be taken under consideration, adding that compensations ammounting to 500 million euros would begin distributed next week.

    The minister is now holding a meeting with Central Macedonia farmers in Thessaloniki.

    Before the meeting, Mr Hatzigakis described the meeting necessary, as solutions should be found on the farmers' problems.

    Farmers, from their side, expressed their satisfaction as they will have the opportunity to present their problems to the minister. At 11:00, Sunday, the minister will meet with farmers in Kalabaka. Meetings with farmers from Eastern Macedonia, Thrace, the Peloponnese and Crete will follow.

    The objective is that all meetings conclude so that a relevant bill for the National Rural Policy Committee to be debated in Parliament.

    In parallel, deliberations with stockbreeder organizations are taking place to promote measures in support and development of this sector.

    News item: 19795

    [02] In Search of a New World

    NASA has successfully launched Kepler spacecraft at 05:49 Greek time, carrying a Global Positioning System satellite. Kepler was deployed on its mission to search a nearby region of our galaxy for Earth-sized planets orbiting in the habitable zone surrounding stars like our Sun. The habitable zone is the region around a star where the temperature permits water to be liquid on a planet's surface. Liquid water is considered essential for the existence of life.

    "This mission attempts to answer a question that is as old as time itself. Are other planets like ours out there?" Ed Weiler, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, asked in a statement released Thursday. "It's not just a science question -- it's a basic human question." Jon Morse, director of the astrophysics division at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C. said that Kepler's mission is of vital importance as it will allow us to discover whether there are Eath-like planets in our Galaxy and will allow us to prepare future missions that will search and locate planets that are in orbit around near stars.

    The mission costs US$600 million and will last at least three an a half years.

    News item: 19797


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