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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-05-20

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  • [01] International Conference on Broadband Internet
  • [02] H1N1 Flu: Free Vaccines to Developed Countries
  • [03] Crete: Unprecedented Tragedy
  • [04] Indonesia: C130 Plane Crashes in Residential Area

  • [01] International Conference on Broadband Internet

    The Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT) has organized the 4th International Conference under the topic "Exploring the Global Dynamics of Broadband Internet". Invited to make the opening address Prime-minister Kostas Karamanlis referred to the huge broadband rise in Greece. Mr. Karamanlis said that the country is quickly filling the gap left by previous governments underlining that the target is optical fibers to reach all regions and all households. Nine in ten youth are Internet users, prices have dropped by 85% while broadband penetration rate rose from 0.1% in 2004 to 13.4%.

    Digital Revolution

    Prime-minister Kostas Karamanlis made the opening address of the two-day International Conference organized by the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission EETT. He spoke of a digital revolution underlining that information is an important factor for development and progress. He also referred to the government's policy to promote broadband internet and infrastructure to benefit people. Specifically, the Prime-minister spoke about the big developmental project of new generation optical fibers of 2.1 billion euros total cost as well as about hundreds of smaller projects under development for the promotion of broadband. On his part Transport and Communications Minister Evripidis Stylianidis referred to the huge rise in broadband penetration in the last 5 years, citing from 0.1% penetration, last place in 2004, Greece has become the faster developing country in the world with 13.4% penetration. According to statistics average annual rise in home Internet use in Greece is up to 17.6% compared against 7.7% in EU 27 member states. Mr. Stylianidis said that liberation of telecommunications increased competitiveness and reduced prices up to 85% and referred to the big project new generation optical fibers) of 2.1 billion euros cost which will provide 100 bps speed and allow development of digital television. Nikos Sifounakis spoke on the part of PASOK and said that Greece needs at least one and a half year to pass 22nd place Hungary and over six years to meet EU average. He underlined the need for promotion of big developmental project on internet communications infrastructures and compared it to the construction of big projects such as ports, airports, road networks.

    News item: 22569

    [02] H1N1 Flu: Free Vaccines to Developed Countries


    United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon urged people to remain vigilant against swine flu on Tuesday as the number of cases around the world rose to almost 10,000. The UN health agency said cases had soared by more than 1,000 since Monday with 9,830 infections now in 40 countries, including 79 deaths. The WHO has so far resisted pressure to declare a full-fledged swine flu pandemic, but anxiety about the spread of the virus, especially in Asia and the Americas is growing. Swiss pharmaceutical companies announced that in four months the vaccine against the virus will be ready to use. The vaccines will be provided to patients free or in reduced prices. At the same time, Taiwan confirmed the first H1N1 case while new cases were also found in Japan and Austria.

    New Cases

    The UN health agency said cases had soared by more than 1,000 since Monday with 9,830 infections now in 40 countries, including 79 deaths.

    Taiwan on Wednesday reported its first case of H1N1 flu case, a foreign national who entered Taiwan from the United States. The man was a 52-year-old doctor who arrived by air in Taipei on Tuesday night, Shih Wen-yi, deputy director of the Centres for Disease Control under the Department of Health, told a news conference.

    In addition, a man who had the A/H1N1 flu virus died on Tuesday in a hospital in St. Louis County, Missouri, local health officials said at a news conference.

    Australia's recorded cases of the new H1N1 flu (Swine flu) has now reached 3 with the confirmation of two new cases. Victorian health officials say a 9-year-old Melbourne boy has tested positive after returning from Los Angeles on May 12th, he was not ill enough to be hospitalized and is recovering at home.

    News item: 22565

    [03] Crete: Unprecedented Tragedy

    A 50-year-old businessman on Crete who had been abducted two days earlier was found dead in the trunk of his car in the early hours of Wednesday, although the family had paid the ransom demanded by the kidnappers.

    Businessman Yiannis Kypriotakis, owner of a paint factory in the Heraklion Industrial Zone and the father of three children, had been abducted Monday afternoon in the Vasilies district of Heraklion, where he had been lured to by a telephone call from an unidentified person posing as a prospective customer in order to supposedly undertake the painting of a building.

    All traces of the businessmen disappeared after he went to the appointment, and his family reported Kypriotakis as missing after a search by his wife and relatives failed to find him. The family was later contacted by the abductors, who asked for a ransom. According to unconfirmed information, the sum of the ransom initially asked for was 300,000 euros.

    The businessman was allowed to contact his wife, asking that she not involve the police in the case. The local fire department and police were informed that a jeep was on fire in the Potamies area, where they found the businessman's charred body in the trunk of the vehicle, which belonged to Kypriotakis himself.

    Source: Athens News Agency

    News item: 22561

    [04] Indonesia: C130 Plane Crashes in Residential Area


    An Indonesian army Hercules plane with dozens aboard went down in an east Java residential area Wednesday, killing at least 64 people, the military said.

    News item: 22557

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