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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-07-11

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PASOK's Economic Priorities
  • [02] Greece Confirms 20 New H1N1 Infections
  • [03] Obama on a Historic Visit to Ghana
  • [04] SYN Holds Crucial Domestic Sitting
  • [05] Police Manhunt Continues
  • [06] Blast outside Hinofotis' Residence

  • [01] PASOK's Economic Priorities

    News

    PASOK (Panhellenic Socialist Movement) President George Papandreou unveiled his party's priorities regarding the country's economy in his article in Kosmos tou Ependyti paper. Papandreou put the blame for the sluggish economy on the ruling party of ND (Nea Dimokratia). On Friday, opposition leader blasted the government for its economic policy, claiming that the budget had derailed.

    Papandreou gave priority to a prompt recovery plan through raising public investments and boosting liquidity in the market.

    He also placed emphasis on ways to tackle unemployment and fair redistribution that will benefit the low-income earners. He then suggested a middle-term fiscal consolidation programme with a view to wisely managing public wealth, and finally a new mechanism monitoring the market.

    We do not make promises that we cannot keep. But we will not limit our ambitions. Because it is time for a better governance. It is time for major changes and reforms, stressed George Papandreou.

    Source: NET, NET 105.8

    News item: 24713

    [02] Greece Confirms 20 New H1N1 Infections

    Twenty new H1N1 infections were confirmed Saturday in Greece, raising the total number of the swine flu cases to 242. Of them, 110 have been fully cured. Infections are estimated to surge in autumn, with experts forecasting that 33% of the population will probably go down with the swine flu. The rising number of H1N1 infections has been blamed on the fact we are in the middle of the tourism period, as well as on local spread. In any case, symptoms are mild.

    Of the twenty new cases:

    11 came from nations that have confirmed H1N1 cases, four came in touch with already infected people, and five, whose contacts are under investigation.

    The Greek Health Ministry stressed that all health agencies are on standby to address new infections.

    Source: NET, NET 105.8, ANA/MPA

    News item: 24712

    [03] Obama on a Historic Visit to Ghana

    News

    US President Barack Obama is on his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa, since coming to power. The US President and his family will stay in Ghana for a whole day, and during his stay he is expected to highlight the need for reforms in the continent. It was Ghana's democratic track record that urged Obama to choose to visit the country and introduce it as a role model of the whole of Africa, which is frequently hit by coups and vote-rigging.

    Warmly Welcomed

    During his stay, Barack Obama will hold talks with Ghana President John Atta Mills and address the country's parliament. He is also expected to visit a former slave fort.

    The Obamas were given a colourful welcome featuring drummers and traditional dancers.

    On the eve of his arrival, crowds were celebrating the visit of the US President, a visit to the land of his ancestors that has raised expectations among the African people.

    Source: Reuters, NET, NET 105.8

    CNN: Ghana buzzes with excitement over Obama visit

    BBC: Historic African trip for Obama

    News item: 24711

    [04] SYN Holds Crucial Domestic Sitting

    The assessment of the results of the European vote, the election of the new secretary of the party's Central Committee and the preparations of the party to meet the future challenges are running high on the agenda of the two-day sitting of SYRIZA's Central Political Committee. SYN President Alexis Tsipras opened the sitting delivering a unifying speech.

    Tsipras called for an end to introvert attitudes, suggesting, at the same time, that a conference should be staged a conference in the second fortnight of September.

    Commenting on the ties between SYN and SYRIZA, he made it plain that turning SYRIZA into a unified party is out of the question.

    News item: 24710

    [05] Police Manhunt Continues

    Five suspects of the armed attack on riot policemen outside the former headquarters of PASOK (Panhellenic Socialist Movement) were brought for questioning, while the police manhunt is still underway. No evidence was yielded against them. The hit occurred late on Friday, when an unidentified person opened fire at the police bus. There were no casualties. The policemen chased the shooter, who fired again and then vanished into thin air.

    According to information, the shooter wore short pants, a surgical mask and a hat. Hiding behind a dust bin, he opened fire as soon as the bus came into sight, and then he ran away.

    The riot policemen, who were on the police bus, saw him, get off and started chasing him. But the shooter vanished into thin air.

    The area has been cordoned off, while the anti-terrorism squad is investigating the case.

    News item: 24706

    [06] Blast outside Hinofotis' Residence

    A makeshift bomb went off in the early hours of Saturday outside the residence of former Deputy Interior Minister Panagiotis Hinofotis. No damage was reported. Some 25 minutes prior to the blast, an anonymous call warned of the blast. The anti-terrorism squad is investigating the case.

    News item: 24705


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