|Saturday, 17 March 2018|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-07-18
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 High Risk of Fires on SundayHigh temperatures prompted increase in pollution and ozone levels while an environment Ministry announcement appeals for less use of cars. The Civil Protection General Secretariat has warned of high risk of fires sounding category 4 alert for Ahaia, Helia, Messinia and Aitoloakarnania.
The Civil Protection General Secretariat has notified all state and local government services of the above regions to be on increased alert to effectively deal with any incident of fire.
People are advised to avoid outdoor activities which could spark fire such as barbecues, burning of dry leaves.
Holiday makers are advised to avoid lighting fires for any reason and respect banning on access to high risk regions, inform the Fire Department dialing 199 in case of fire, leave the area immediately in case of fire for their own protection if one can not help in fire extinguishing efforts. We also refer that the common EU emergency number is 112 for Greece and all EU member states.
News item: 24936
 SYRIZA CongressA two-day SYRIZA Panhellenic Body congress opened on Saturday at the Peace and Friendship Stadium. The works of the congress center on assessment of European Parliament elections results and assumption of initiatives in view of national elections. SYN party president A. Tsipras exercised strong criticism against both the ND and PASOK parties. The congress concludes on Sunday with a speech delivered by the president of the party's Parliamentary Group, Alekos Alabanos.
Mr. Tsipras spoke of a turn to a rightist agenda with regards immigration, labour, social security and even more unfair economic measures. He stressed that the political system dances to the rhythm of extreme right wing leader G. Karatzaferis. He also described as âfull scale hypocrisyâ Foreign Minister D. Bakoyiannis attendance of UN High Commission on refugees.
SYN president blamed the ND party for using excessive force against immigrants to regain votes and PASOK for following suit. He also criticized the creation of DNA Bank, operation of cameras, lifting of telephone communication secrecy. He also added that their aim was to create a state of fear so they could pass reforms in the labor market, social security system and management of public wealth as necessary reforms due to the global financial crisis.
News item: 24934
 Mass Exodus in First Heat WavePeople on vacation in the second half of July have started abandoning large cities in view of high temperatures reaching 40 C. It appears to be the first mass exodus this summer with traffic significantly increased in the national roads' network as well as at ports and airports.
According to reports there was traffic jam near the toll stations of the Athens-Lamia and Athens Korinthos highways as well as heavy traffic in roads leading to Piraeus port. Traffic police have taken all necessary measures for a safe exodus of holidaymakers.
The number of holidaymakers choosing to spend vacations in Crete, the Aegean and Dodecanese islands is particularly high with ship routes sailing off at full capacity. Eighty-nine sea routes have been scheduled to leave from Piraeus and 61 from Rafina ports on Saturday and Sunday. Some 28 ships sailed off Piraeus on Saturday while another 28 extra services have been scheduled for Sunday. Sea routes to the Cyclades and East Aegean islands are almost fully booked from July 20 to mid August.
Temperature on Saturday reached 39C while its is forecast to go up to 40C and 41C in some parts of the country on Sunday. Doctors recommend people to avoid sun, wear light clothes and drink plenty of water. The highest temperatures are expected in East Sterea, East Peloponnese and Thessalia.
Temperatures are expected to start gradually dropping from Tuesday.
News item: 24916