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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-05-12

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Titanic Stars Support the Ship's Last Survivor
  • [02] Pope Visits Jerusalem Holy Sites
  • [03] Stefanopoulos Sound Political Intervention
  • [04] International Conference on Climate in Athens
  • [05] Pope Visits Jerusalem Holy Sites

  • [01] Titanic Stars Support the Ship's Last Survivor

    News

    The last survivor of "Titanic" Millvina Deans will not face any economic problems till the end of her life as Titanic" stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have pledged to help the last survivor who lives in Britain. Also the producer and director of the film "Titanic", David Cameron who won 11 Oscars, offered a considerable sum to her fund.

    The total contribution to Millvina fund reached 22 thousand British pounds. Speaking to British media, Millvina deans, 97, deeply moved, thanked all for their generosity. Dean was 2 months old when the Titanic sank beneath the waves on the night of April 14, 1912. She has been living at a nursing home in the English city of Southampton since she broke her hip about three years ago but has struggled to pay the fees. In October she sold several Titanic mementoes to raise cash. DiCaprio and Winslet said in a statement that they hoped Dean could rest easier knowing that her future was secure. The sea liner was considered a miracle, including all innovations for its era. Many believed it was the unsinkable ship...

    News item: 22206

    [02] Pope Visits Jerusalem Holy Sites

    Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday, his second day in Jerusalem, visited Muslim and Jewish holy sites in Jerusalem's Old City. At the Western Wall and the compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount, he followed Jewish tradition and placed a note into one of the ancient crevices. Earlier, Benedict was the first Pope who entered the mosque at the Dome of the Rock, in the Mosque Square where he met with the grand mufti, the Palestinians' most senior Muslim cleric.

    Jerusalem Mufti Muhammad Hussein called on Benedict XVI to play an active role for the end of Israeli attack against Palestinians. "Peace and security in the region could only be consolidated with the end of Israeli occupation and restoration of Palestinians' freedom and rights' said the grand Mufti" reading the text of his letter which he next handed to the Pope. "We look forward to Your Holiness to play an active role for an end to Israeli aggression against our people, our land and our holy sites in Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank", he said.

    Sources: Reuters, NA-PA

    BBC: Pope visits Jerusalem holy sites

    News item: 22204

    [03] Stefanopoulos Sound Political Intervention

    Former President of the Republic Kostis Stefanopoulos made a sound political intervention during his speech at an event organized by the Piraeus University in a central Athens hotel. Mr. Stefanopoulos spoke of a crisis in the function of the political system and offense against Democracy. "Our Democracy is maltreated and offended", said former President of the Republic.

    " The crisis is generated by the lack of moral principles, political parties exclusively focus on their interests, there is no punishment of politicians", underlined Mr. Stefanopoulos and proposed reduction in number of deputies to 200.

    News item: 22202

    [04] International Conference on Climate in Athens

    An international conference on global warming and energy security is being held in Athens. Declaring the works of the conference open this morning, the President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias called for unification of forces in an ecumenical and beyond political parties' vision for a viable development and protection of the environment. The Speaker of the House Dimitris Sioufas addressed the conference. PASOK president G. Papandreou, Ministers and renowned personalities also delivered speeches. Mr. Papandreou committed himself, if elected, he would unite political parties and sectors for the promotion of green development.

    In his speech to declare open the works of the international conference on global warming and energy security, the President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias called on for unification of forces beyond political parties for an economic and social vision to ensure viable development and protection of the environment even if it brings confrontation with vested interests. In his address the Speaker of the House Dimitris Sioufas stressed that our duty to the planet and our lives is to exhaust all limits in research, investment and actions to reverse the negative course of environment.

    PASOK President G. Papandreou underlined that environmental crisis is more important and bigger compared against the financial crisis. He said that economic recession, if dealt with realism, could help achieve the 2010 and 2050 targets for reduction of greenhouse emissions, the main cause of global warming.

    Mr. Papandreou said that Greece is far behind its obligations regarding protection of environment issues both within the EU and Kyoto frameworks. He underlined that green economy would be the ground for the country's development, if PASOK came to office.

    On his part, Development Minister Kostis Hatzidakisstressed that Greece is present in the apn-european struggle to deal with the impacts of global warming, adding that common efforts aim at sufficiency of energy along with effective dealing with global warming. Mr. Hatzidakis expressed satisfaction at the sensitivity to environmental issues indicated by both the state and the people in the last years. He also said that fields guaranteeing development with respect to environment must be supported during the unprecedented financial crisis the globe is experiencing.

    "Energy, protection of the environment, viable development are the greatest challenges of humanity. Governments worldwide, all sectors, all peoples should take coordinated actions to lay firm ground for the protection of the environment, viable development and better quality of life", Mr. Hatzidakis concluded

    Source: - 105.8-NA/PA

    News item: 22199

    [05] Pope Visits Jerusalem Holy Sites

    Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday, his second day in Jerusalem, visited Muslim and Jewish holy sites in Jerusalem's Old City. At the Western Wall and the compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount, he followed Jewish tradition and placed a note into one of the ancient crevices. Earlier, Benedict was the first Pope who entered the mosque at the Dome of the Rock, in the Mosque Square where he met with the grand mufti, the Palestinians' most senior Muslim cleric.

    Jerusalem Mufti Muhammad Hussein called on Benedict XVI to play an active role for the end of Israeli attack against Palestinians. "Peace and security in the region could only be consolidated with the end of Israeli occupation and restoration of Palestinians' freedom and rights' said the grand Mufti" reading the text of his letter which he next handed to the Pope. "We look forward to Your Holiness to play an active role for an end to Israeli aggression against our people, our land and our holy sites in Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank", he said.

    Sources: Reuters, NA-PA

    BBC: Pope visits Jerusalem holy sites

    News item: world-4.htm


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