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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-06-20

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  • [01] Prosecutions over the Drowning of the Little Girls
  • [02] Blast in Iraq Kills 20 and Wounds 80
  • [03] US Congress to Table Amendment over Return of Parthenon Marbles
  • [04] Memorial Ceremony over Andreas Papandreou Death
  • [05] Better Reflexives for the 27 EU Leaders
  • [06] The New Acropolis Museum: Time for the Grand Opening

  • [01] Prosecutions over the Drowning of the Little Girls

    The owners of the camp as well as the swimming pool operation coordinator where two l9 years' old little girls drown yesterday afternoon are accused of negligent homicide. As the forensic report showed when the little girls fell in the pool they hurt their backs, fainted and drown.

    This tragedy occurred yesterday on "Exerevnites" camp in Velika of Larissa prefecture during athletic activities.

    As other children, who were present at the moment of the accident, said a big number of kids were inside the water when the accident occurred and as they were playing they did not realize what had happened on time.

    The two owners and the pool coordinator were arrested and will testify to the prosecutor on Monday.

    Source: , 105.8

    News item: 23887

    [02] Blast in Iraq Kills 20 and Wounds 80

    20 people were killed and dozens more were hurt in a truck bombing near a Shiite mosque in northern Iraq. According to AFP, the blast targeted the mosque in the south of the city of Kirkuk on Saturday.

    A police source told Reuters that about 80 people had also been wounded by the explosion.

    On Friday, two Iraqi security men died and another two were hurt as a bomb ripped through Tabaj village in the town of Jalawlaa in the Khanaqin district of the Diyala province.

    Source: Reuters

    News item: 23885

    [03] US Congress to Table Amendment over Return of Parthenon Marbles


    US Congressmen Donald Payne and Republican Blilirakis announced their intention of introducing a bill calling for the return of the Parthenon Marbles by the British Museum, where they are currently on display. The pointed out that "Parthenon is the symbol of the cultural heritage, an ecumenical symbol of democracy and freedom as well as the pray mark for Christians and Muslims. For all these reasons the issue of the Marbles does not concern only Greeks but also the whole world.

    In addition he stressed that the US treats Parthenon with respect and this is proved by the fact that Parthenon is the model for many buildings in American states the most important of which is the Lincoln Monument in Washington.

    It is also stressed that the return of the marbles can be an indication of respect by Britain regarding classical art. It is also mentioned in the bill that Greece with the "New Acropolis Museum" is in the position to secure the marbles much better that The British Museum does. So the British government is called to initiate negotiations with the Greek government targeting at the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.


    News item: 23884

    [04] Memorial Ceremony over Andreas Papandreou Death

    Thirty years have passed since the founder of socialist party Andreas Papandreou passed away. Today, a memorial ceremony took place in A Athens cemetery. His family friends and PASOK associates attended the ceremony.

    After the completion of the ceremony, PASOK leader Giorgos Papandreou his brother Nikolas and Andrikos, Andreas Papandreou former wife Dimitra Liani, as well as many PASOK members attended the ceremony. Among PASOK members were N. Athansakis, D. Reppas. F. Petsalnikos, Ap. Katsifaras, P. Oikonomou, Antonis Livanis, Kostas Laliotis, Gerasimos Arsenis, Akis Tsohatsopoulos, Giannis Ragousis, Evagelos Venizelos, etc.


    Former wife of Andreas Papandreou D. Liani said: "Our political father, you left us an important legacy. We sometimes respected it while other times we do not. You left early.."

    Former deputy minister of Athletics, G. Lianis said "as time goes by, the Greek people misses Andreas Papandreou even more".

    PASOK member M. Xenogiannakopoulou stressed: "A. Papandreou ideas are today more relevant than ever because "the country proves every day that a deep social and political change is necessary and these ideas are our guide".

    SOURCE: -105,8 / / NA-NA

    News item: 23883

    [05] Better Reflexives for the 27 EU Leaders

    Financial issues as well as finding ways to escape the crisis were at focus of the secret agenda of leaders in the European Commission.

    The EU leaders agreed on creating an pan European surveillance mechanisms regarding the basic sectors of economy and a system of immediate warning on future crisis.

    They have agreed a deal they hope will secure the Lisbon Treaty a "Yes" vote in a second Irish referendum.

    They have agreed a deal they hope will secure the Lisbon Treaty a "Yes" vote in a second Irish referendum.

    Ireland won legally-binding assurances that Lisbon would not affect Irish policies on military neutrality, taxes and abortion, diplomats said.

    The leaders have also agreed in principle to a new framework of rules to oversee the EU's financial sector.

    The EU leaders also backed a framework for enhanced oversight of the financial sector.

    They also backed a framework for enhanced oversight of the financial sector, after the UK won key concessions to the plans.

    The UK had opposed proposals to give a new oversight body the ability to order national governments to use taxpayer money to bail out failing banks.

    "Stronger cross-border supervision is in our interests," Gordon Brown said. "UK taxpayers will be protected. The City of London will stand to benefit from this".

    In another concession to the UK, a new European Systemic Risk Board will not automatically be chaired by the head of the European Central Bank (ECB).

    The ECB will still elect the chair, but the new body will not be controlled by the 16-nation eurozone. The board's job will be to spot any threats to financial stability across the EU.

    On Thursday, the leaders unanimously nominated the conservative Jose Manuel Barroso for a second term as EU Commission president.

    Source: BBC, NET

    News item: 23870

    [06] The New Acropolis Museum: Time for the Grand Opening


    The official opening of the New Acropolis Museum is taking place Saturday 20 June at 2000 hours. The President of the Hellenic Republic, the Greek Prime Minister and the heads of state and governments will address the opening.

    The Culture Ministry, the Museum's personnel and the volunteers are all set for the official grand opening. ERT, the national broadcaster, and ERTonline will broadcast the grand opening to four corners of the earth.

    Grand Opening-VIP Guests

    According to information, authorities have two unusual museum surprises in store for the VIP visitors, who have been invited to attend the ceremony. Among the high-profile world leaders invited are the Presidents of the Cypriot Republic and Egypt, Demetris Christofias and Hosni Mubarak respectively, the Prime Ministers of France, Turkey, Albania and Bulgaria, and the Italian Foreign Minister.

    Early on Saturday afternoon, everything around the imposing building housing the new Acropolis museum will be signaling the four-year celebrations.

    The great number of reservations made through e-ticketing bears witness to the people's interest. So far, as many as 7,000 tickets have been booked.

    Audiovisual Spectacle

    A unique audiovisual spectacle awaits the visitors of the new museum during the four-year opening celebrations, with images of the exhibits coming to life on the walls of the nearby buildings. The spectacle that lured both visitors and passers-by during the first day of the inauguration will be on every nigh on the three days to follow under the sacred rock of the Acropolis.

    Greek Culture Minister's Message

    "This unique embodiment of ideas, ideals, moral standards and aesthetic values is needed now, more than ever. And we enjoy these, for the first time in a Modern Museum deserving to the historical Monument. Take a tour in it. Appreciate its atmosphere and its exhibits. Be inspired by its transcending message. It is Greek because it is Ecumenical. It is ours only to share it with the rest of the World. And please, remember: What you will discover is not just a part of our History. It is also a part of our soul, of who we are

    There are strong, sacred bonds, connecting us with every single item, from the humblest archaeological fragment to the most ornate figure. All of the artifacts are parts of our soul Mostly the ones missing! With the anticipation that eventually better sooner than later they will be re-united in their birth place and in the integral form they were meant to be."

    ERT Covers the Opening

    NET state-run television will broadcast the official opening ceremony, as well as the touring archaeologist and President of the Museum Dimitris Pantermalis will give to the world dignitaries.

    High-profile journalists Alexis Kostalas and Margarita Mytilineou will be the hosts of the opening ceremony. Journalist Maria Houkli will host a special show on how the museum was created at 1800 hours. Two hours later, journalist Pinelopi Gavra will take over. More than 100 technicians and 37 cameras will cover the impressive opening.

    Security and Traffic Measures

    Being on alert, the Greek Police will turn the surrounding area into a fortress, while three police helicopters will be flying above the area.

    Due to the opening ceremony, access to nearby roads will be denied to drivers.

    News item: 23819

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