|Saturday, 21 October 2017|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-05-24
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 A. Tsipras Addresses Rally in ElinikoCoalition of the left (SYRIZA) president A. Tsipras accompanied by SYN PMs Lafazanis and Dritas as well as Euroelection candidates A, Fratzeskakis and Z. Kostantopoulos addressed a rally in Heleniko district, Athens organized by residents and members of local organizations.
In his statements Tsipras said: "As we reaching the day of the Euroelections we listen to PASOK president and the Prime Minister talking about "green development" and at the same time consenting to plans that destroy the environment, to environmental destructive laws, to projects for the creation of motorways and big shopping centers to deviations of big rivers, and we wonder whether when using the term "green" they mean the color of nature or the color of money. The battle for the environment is a battle that active citizens give in every local community. The only force that can win green spaces and can resist to the plans of the capital, to the shrinkage of the environment is the power of active citizens", he concluded.
The central signal that prevailed in Eliniko rally was "the park belongs to citizens, not to streets that destroy it".
SYN president expressed his solidarity to residents and called them to continue their fights to "win small and big victories. Victories like the ones won by Eliniko residents who fight for free beaches who claim green spaces to belong to citizens, for them to become a life breath for their children.
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 Farewell to our Colleague Journalist Nikos TsiplakosOur beloved colleague and important journalist Nikos Tsiplakos passed away aged 58, loosing the battle with cancer; a battle that started two years ago. His condition started deteriorating last month. Nikos Tsiplakos was born in Nikaia of Piraeus in 1951. After he finished his studies in Panteion University he started his career in journalism. In 1975 he worked in "Eletherotypia" newspaper until 1981 when he chose "Ethnos" newspaper. In 1988 he was appointed editing director in "24 Ores" newspaper, in 1989 he was the director in Super FM radio station and a year later he was the publishing director of "Kerdos" newspaper.
In 1997 he was in charge of "Imerisia" newspaper. During the last years he was working in "To Vima" newspaper but he was early retired due to his health condition that was getting worse.
Nikos Tsiplakos was an esteemed journalist but also a great, modest gentle, discrete and sensitive man. He a beloved colleague and will remain unforgettable to all those who had the chance to meet work and associate with him.
The administrative board of the Journalists Union of Athens Daily Newspapers (ESIEA) expresses its deepest and sincere condolences to his family and friends and farewells an honest and respectable colleague who honoured the Greek journalism.
His funeral will take place tomorrow Monday 25 in Papagos cemetery at 4:00.
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 Karamanlis Addresses Open Rally in LarissaWritten by Αθηνά Σαλούστρου
Prime Minister addressed an open New Democracy rally in Larisa yesterday Saturday night. In his speech Karamanlis referred on PASOK signal "socialism or barbarity" and said that people are being deceived when promised by socialist leader Papandreou that the Stability Agreement will change. The Premier made an extensive reference on the support of farmers, on the public works in Thessaly which are under construction and attacked PASOK underlying that the opposition party attempts to turn the country into an arena.
"From Larisa we send today a message of dynamic massive participation to our mutual fights. From the heart of Thessaly plain we send a message to the whole agricultural world, a message of positive choice. We answer "yes" to our mutual future Europe. We answer "yes" to Greece that is moving ahead with responsibility steadily and with determination. We answer "yes" to the road of self confidence, optimism and safety", Karamanlis said.
On the dilemma socialist leader Papandreou posed per "socialism or barbarity", Karamanlis said that Papandreou can not brand the majority of Greek citizens' barbarians and accused him of consciously misinforming people and denying reality. According to Mr. Karamanlis the real dilemma is the choice to contribute and be devoted to national interest rather than the party's interest. On reference to the financial crisis the Premier said that the government's target is to turn the international challenge into a national chance".
Mr. Karamanlis repeated his government's commitment for the strategic development of Regional Greece and branded Thessaly an "endless project worksite". He underlined that ND will provide 80% of National Strategic Framework sources to regional Greece. In addition, he repeated that for the following five years the Agricultural Development plan will provide farmers with funds that amount to 7 billion euros. What is more, he said, farmers are now being financially boosted with 18 billion euros coming from direct community support.
For once more Karamanlis referred on the government's reforms that target at reducing state expenses and will set to put a barrier to losses while they will lead to the purification of the wider state sector. Our target is clear he stressed and concluded: "Greece must come out from the crisis with the least possible consequences" Greeks must step to a better tomorrow with confidence. We must be the winners of the global crisis. Together we must give the fight. Together we will pull through. And I assure you that we can pull through this time also", he pointed out.
After the completion of his speech, Karamanlis asked Town Planning and Public Works Minister George Souflias to come up to the podium and together they waved at the crowd that responded enthusiastically. Minister of agricultural development S. Hatzidakis, ND secretary general L. Zagoritis as well deputy ministers and members of the right wing party attended the Premier's speech.
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 Fresh Polls Give Socialist Party the LeadWritten by Αθηνά Σαλούστρου
According to MRB survey for Eleftherotypia newspaper, PASOK is 2.8% ahead of the ruling ND party in intention of voting. It gathers 29.2% of votes against 26.4% of the ND party. Following are the KKE with 6.6%, SYRIZA with 6.2%, LAOS with 4.6% and Ecologists with 6,2% and DRASI (Action) with 0,8%. Fresh poll also indicates that Prime-minister Kostas Karamanlis is the most appropriate for the post of premiership with 5% percentage points against PASOK leader George Papandreou.
Main opposition PASOK party maintains a 3.1 percentage point lead over ruling New Democracy (ND) party, in Kappa Research opinion poll appearing in the Sunday edition of Ageliofors tis Kyriakis newspaper. More specifically, to a question on which party they would most likely vote for if elections were held, 31.5 percent of the respondents opted for PASOK, and 28,4 percent for ND, followed by 7.3 percent for the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), 5.3 percent for the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) parliamentary alliance, 4.4 percent for the Popular Orthodox Rally party (LAOS), 8,1 percent said they would vote for Ecologists an 1,2 percent for DRASI (Action). 12.7 percent were undecided.
According to Public Issue opinion poll conducted for Sunday edition of Kathymerini newspaper, PASOK is 6.0% ahead of the ruling ND party in intention of voting. It gathers 34.0% of votes against 28.0% of the ND party. Following are the KKE with 5.5%, SYRIZA with 6.0%, LAOS with 5.0% and Ecologists with 7%.
In a separate opinion poll conducted by ALCO, appearing on private TV channel ALTER, PASOK maintains a 4.1 percent lead over ND.
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