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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-05-15
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 New Flu: One More Death in the USNews
One more woman in the US suffering of a serious problem with her lungs passed away due to implications from the H1N1 virus of the new flu, while a teaches in New York is in critical condition in hospital. Three schools in New York will remain closed for at least five days for precautionary reasons. At the same time, the first case of the new flu was verified in Peru, where a 27-year-old woman, who returned from her country to the US. Until now, the virus of the new flu is considered responsible for the death of 65 people, out of which 60 were Mexicans. According to WHO, the swine flue has hit abut 6,500 people in 33 countries.
The Health Services in Marikopa, Arizona have announced that the woman, 40, died last week due to implications caused by H1N1.
It is the first death in Arizona that is connected with the virus of the new flu and the fourth in the USA. In New York, a teacher working in a school in Queens, New York has been hospitalized and is in critical condition. The three schools in Queens, where 4,400 students study, will remain closed for five days for precautionary reasons.
The US has recorded until now 4,298 confirmed or suspected cases of the new flu, while three people have died, as per the Check and Prevention Disease Centre. Meanwhile, the Polish authorities located a second new flu case. It is a 42-year-old man who returned from the USA. His is in good conditions, while six individuals, who had come into contact with him, are under surveillance.
The first case in Poland was a 58-year-old woman, who had begun from the USA. She was hospitalized in Mielec and was released on Monday.
Meanwhile, Argentina gave the green light today for flights to Mexico to go ahead, after being suspended on 29 April. One confirmed swine flu case has been confirmed there. It was a person who had traveled to Mexico; however, her condition has not raised concern.
In addition to Argentina, three more countries, Cuba, Ecuador and Peru had banned trips to Mexico. Peru lifted the ban on Wednesday.
Sources: Reuters, ÁNA-Ì[A Relative articles: Second new flu case in Belgium
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 Austria: Roxana Saberi Arrives from TehranNews
Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi arrived in Vienna today from Tehran after being released from the Iranian prisons on 11 May, reported an AFP correspondent. She said after her arrival she wishes to spend some days in Vienna because is peaceful and tranquil, without however illustrating where exactly she would stay. Saberi is being accompanied by her parents and brother. Her father Reza Saberi stressed that his family is preparing to return t the USA. Ms Roxana Saberi added that she also wanted to come to Austria to thank the Austrian Ambassador in Iran for his help to her.
The 32-year-old journalist was released after her sentence for eight years in prison imposed to her for espionage was transformed to two-year imprisonment with suspension.
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 Pan-Hellenic Exams CommenceThis year's Panhellenic exams candidates will have to write on the burning of books after the end of the school year in their first test on Composition. They will have to explain the phenomenon and propose ways for the harmonious co-existence of books with the electronic means of information and knowledge. The candidates were also given an extract from Angelo Terzakis book "Taragmenes psihes" ( Disturbed Souls) that refers to the role of books and the individuals' education and development of free judgment. The subjects and solutions will be posted on ERT's site www.ert.gr/exams as well as on NET TV (15.45).
Sourece: ÍÅÔ 105.8
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 USA: Avramopoulos Receives Award from Expatriate GreeksThe New York medical association awarded Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos with the Georgios Papanikolaou prize. Association President Dr Georgios Tsoulias referred to Mr Avramopoulos' contribution not only to the upgrading of rendered health and social solidarity services in Greece, but also to the operation of the world network of Greek doctors. In his speech, Mr Avramopoulos referred to George Papanikolaou's rich scientific and research work the Greek doctors' achievements all over the world. Then, a meeting followed with Psychiatry professor Georgios Christodoulou and Professor of cytology Maria Nasioutziki.
Interviewed by National Herald
After his award, Mr Avramopoulos was interviewed by the National Herald newspaper. Referring to the swine flu, amongst others he said "Greece has not recorded any case, adding that if a pandemic breaks out it will meet no limits. The new reality all over the world, including the revolution on new technologies, transport and communications have constituted the whole world a world neighbourhood. Our cooperation with the WHO, the EU and the world scientific community, in combination with the fact that we are the first country that implemented successfully from the first moment a complete plan that armours Greece, has always produced results. However, we should be on alert and ready. We have also proved that we have the means, the will and a plan. I hope that the bird flu will not hit Greece, but as everything is possible we should be ready scientifically, institutionally and operationally to face it. We are in contact with the world scientific community. Therefore we shall discuss the issue with Greek doctors living in the US, as the reality is different due to the recorded cases there. I am sure that we will benefit from their experience. I reiterate that we are on alert and ready. We are on the right way but at the same time on alert."
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 Cabinet Meeting on the EconomyPrime Minister Costas Karamanlis will chair a cabinet meeting at 12:00 Friday and focus on issues related to the economy.
At 19:00, the prime minister will meet with US Alternate Secretary of State James Steinberg.
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