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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-07-15

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Bounced Checks Rise
  • [02] Strong Tremor Hits New Zealand, Tsunami Alert Lifted
  • [03] Plane Crashes in Iran
  • [04] New Flu Hits Lungs
  • [05] Illegal Immigration at the Focus
  • [06] Premier for Summer Sales
  • [07] Zelaya Calls for Revolt
  • [08] New Measures on H1N1 Flu

  • [01] Bounced Checks Rise

    News

    Bounced checks in June 2009 rose 289,9% in value and 291,7% in number compared against June last year. The total value of bounced checks since the start of the year has mounted to 1 billion and 600 million euros

    Bounced checks rose in number 24.56% or 15.464 checks and in value 28.42% or 23.6 million euros compared against last month and 66,76% in number and 73,83% compared to June, in 2008.

    The value of 33.732 bounced checks mounted up to 338,3 million euros in June, 2009, a 0.93% rise in value compared to May, 2009 and 1.1% drop compared to number of checks.

    Bounced checks in number soared to 72.378 and in value to 117.2 million euros in the first half of 2009.

    News item: 24844

    [02] Strong Tremor Hits New Zealand, Tsunami Alert Lifted

    News

    A strong earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale hit New Zealand. Its epicenter was located about 160 kilometres west of Invercargill. The US Geological Survey warned of a tsunami. An earthquake of that magnitude may cause a devastating tsunami that can hit within a few minutes or a few hours after the earthquake, said the Survey. The Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology issued a tsunami marine alert for low-lying coastal areas along the coast of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, since a small tsunami was reported moving from New Zealand to Australia. There have been no reports of damage or casualties, so far.

    Source: ANA/MPA

    News item: 24838

    [03] Plane Crashes in Iran

    News

    Up to 168 people are feared killed when the plane they were on board crashed in northwestern Iran, said the state-run television. The Caspian Airlines aircraft was en route from Tehran to Yerevan, Armenia.

    Source: Reuters, Associated Press

    News item: 24836

    [04] New Flu Hits Lungs

    News

    New studies have suggested that the H1N1 flu virus exhibits an ability to infect cells deep in the lungs, where it can cause pneumonia. A quality similar to the Spanish flu in 1918, which killed tens of millions. In the meantime, British researchers have drawn their attention to the confusion on the exact number of the people that have been infected with the swine flu, since it makes efforts to draw solid conclusions on the dimensions of the pandemic rather difficult.

    Vaccine Production

    Germany is considering vaccinating 1/3 of its population, said the German Health Ministry, which has ordered 25 million doses of the vaccine. The population groups to get vaccinated first are the hospital personnel, police officers and firefighters.

    In the meantime, the World Health Organization allowed eight companies to produce vaccines.

    More Precise Measurements Are Needed

    Researchers of London's Imperial College suggested that better measurement methods could contain confusion, helping government to assess the seriousness of the situation and decide on the measures they should take.

    Unless people are tested, no one can really know the exact number of the infections, said Dr Tini Garske, also adding that the number of the confirmed infections does not say much.

    The World Health Organization has confirmed 94,512 infections and 429 deaths worldwide of the new type of flu, which was declared a pandemic last month.

    The Australian Health Minister said that about 10,387 cases have been reported, further stressing that the number is likely to rise, since of the 123 people still in hospital, 58 are in the intensive care unit.

    News item: 24834

    [05] Illegal Immigration at the Focus

    The handling of illegal immigration, as well as matters pertaining to economy and energy are included in the agenda of the talks between Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis and his Italian counterpart Silvio Berlusconi in Rome. Our country is after a joint front with the rest Mediterranean nations, so that the EU can tackle the problems caused by illegal immigration.

    Barrot's Hints

    On Tuesday, EU Commissioner and European Commission Vice President Jacques Barrot blasted the refusal of the Nordic nations to show their solidarity with the nations that accept waves of illegal immigrants, dismissing, at the same time, Turkey's tactics as unacceptable.

    Barrot forecast that the situation will deteriorate in the years to come. As for Greece, he said that unless the influx of illegal immigrants is controlled, there might be a social destabilization.

    Bipartisan Committee Holds Meeting

    The issue of illegal immigration is at the focus of the meeting of the bipartisan committee, during which Deputy Interior Minister Christos Markogiannakis is expected to brief the representatives of the opposition parties on the developments.

    Source: NET

    News item: 24833

    [06] Premier for Summer Sales

    Kicking off 15 July, summer sales will run through the end of August. Consumers have focused their interest in price reductions, which in some case they are expected to stand at 75 percent of the original price. The Development Ministry has advised consumers to be cautious with misleading offers, and suggested traders to make the best of the period to revive the market..

    News item: 24831

    [07] Zelaya Calls for Revolt

    Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya urged his people to revolt. "Nobody owes allegiance to a usurper government that took power by arms, and the people have the right to insurrection and to oppose those measures. Insurrection is a legitimate process that forms part of the highest concepts of democratic sentiment,‚ said he. In the meantime, Honduras' Justice Minister Enrique Ortez stepped down, after insulting US President Barack Obama.

    Ortez called Obama ‚that little black guy that knows nothing.‚ The interim government apologized to the USA.

    Announcing his resignation, Ortez said "direct and indirect pressures from the United States embassy on our people and government.‚The US embassy, however, denied any involvement.

    News item: 24830

    [08] New Measures on H1N1 Flu

    After briefing the President of the Republic on the developments with regard to the spread of the swine flu in Greece and the measures taken, Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos appeared reassuring. Avramopoulos stressed that preparations are on good truck, yet all relevant agencies remain on standby. The Health Minister rest everyone assured that Greece ordered eight million vaccines for four million people.

    The vaccination of most sensitive population groups will kick off with children up to 15 years old and old people with cardio and respiratory problems being the first in line, said the Minister.

    Children and the elderly are the first in line to get vaccinated

    Avramopoulos assured that the state has taken all measures so that both the Greeks and the tourists can feel safe. He also underlined that the greatest number of those infected with the H1N1 flu virus were tourists and expatriate Greeks.

    Avramopoulos assured that the state has taken all measures so that both the Greeks and the tourists can feel safe. He also underlined that the greatest number of those infected with the H1N1 flu virus were tourists and expatriate Greeks.

    News item: 24841


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