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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 99-02-01
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
BRIEF GREEK NEWS BULLETIN BY THE MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY
Thessaloniki, February 1, 1999
NEWS IN DETAIL
 SEVERE WEATHER ISOLATES HUNDREDS OF VILLAGES IN N. GREECE
Thessaloniki, February 1 (MPA)Over one hundred villages remain inaccessible and isolated in northern Greece where heavy snowfall has made driving hazardous in most of the provincial roads, while anti-skid chains are required for vehicles driven on the national highway.
All schools in western Macedonia were closed today, while frozen pipes have made water supplies scarce in many areas.
The "Macedonia" airport remained closed this morning as slippery runways impeded aircraft departures. A.F.
 SNOW BLANKETS NORTHERN GREECE, FROSTED, SLIPPERY ROADS
Thessaloniki, February 1 (MPA)Heavy snow continues to fall for the third consecutive day in northern Greece, while the city of Thessaloniki has been blanketed by dense snowflakes.
Temperatures have plummeted to below zero in many cities and frosty roads make driving hazardous. The schools of Thessaloniki will remain closed today, following an order issued by the city's Prefect.
Anti-skid chains are required for vehicles traveling on the national highways and in most of the provincial roads.
According to the National Weather Service, the severe weather is to continue into the week, and will expand to most of the country. A.F.
 CENTRAL GREECE'S FARMERS TAKE TO THE STREETS TODAY
Larisa, February 1 (MPA)Undaunted by the freezing temperatures and fueled by their demands, the farmers of central Greece are to take their tractors to the provincial roads today as a form of protest the state's economic policy.
The Minister of Agriculture George Anomeritis is to bring forth the farmers' protests to the cabinet on Friday and will relay the state's response to them on Saturday. A.F.
 THESSALONIKI'S SOCCER FANS ECSTATIC OVER PAOK'S VICTORY
Thessaloniki, February 1 ( MPA)Defying the bitter cold, thousands of fans celebrated into the wee hours of the morning in Thessaloniki, after the local team, PAOK, won the cup 71-54 in a match with AEK.
This is the second consecutive time a city team earns the coveted victory as Aris won the state cup last year. The team's players are expected to arrive in Thessaloniki this afternoon. A.F.
 CYPRIOT DEFENSE MINISTER TO VISIT ATHENS NEXT WEEK
Athens, February 1 (MPA)Cyprus's Defense Minister Yiannakis Chryssostomos will embark on a four-day visit to Athens on February 8 where he will be received by his Greek counterpart Akis Tsochatzopoulos.
Their talks are expected to focus on the transport and installation of the Russian S-300 missiles on the island of Crete. A.F.
 HOPES REMAIN FOR KOSOVO, NEGOTIATIONS TO START FEBRUARY 6
Prishtina, February 1 (MPA)The international community continues its mediation efforts in finding a peaceful solution to the fermenting Kosovo crisis. There are hopes that the two conflicting sides will make some progress during their negotiations set to start on February 6 in France.
The talks will be mediated by France's and Great Britain's Foreign Minister and will also have the direct involvement of the Contact Group. A.F.
 US MEDIATOR CHRISTOPHER HILL EXPECTED IN KOSOVO TODAY
Prishtina, February 1 (MPA)United States mediator Christopher Hill is expected to arrive in Kosovo today in order to make an attempt at convincing the two conflicting sides to sit at the negotiations table at the end of this week.
NATO has threatened that it will take military action if the negotiations don't get off the ground.
Sandi Berger, national security advisor to US President Bill Clinton said that "this is the last opportunity offered to the Serbs for reaching a solution through negotiations." A.F.
 CONTEST ANNOUNCED FOR 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES LOGO
Athens, February 1 (MPA)The Organizing Committee of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens have announced a contest for the logo that will become a trademark symbol for the summer games.
The contest is open to advertising agencies, designers and other professionals and companies dealing with "the development of corporate identity, strategies for image creation, commercial logos or creative communications.
The deadline for proposals is April 5. A.F.
 AMERICAN HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR, FROM THESSALONIKI, WINS COMPENSATION
New York, February 1 (MPA)Two Holocaust survivors, both United States citizens at the time they were incarcerated in WWII Nazi camps, are now entitled to a multimillion dollar settlement share after a recent court battle overruled the German compensation laws which purposely excluded American-born Jews from making claims.
According to South Florida's daily Sun Sentinel, Solomon Roza of Delray Beach, and Jessie Homonnai, of Hollywood, both living in Florida, are to split $2.1 million in compensation which follows a court victory in 1995, when a very determined Jewish-American in New Jersey, Hugo Princz, won settlement of his 40-year legal fight for compensation.
He and 10 other Americans split $2.1 million, which opened the floodgates of compensation.
Mr. Roza and Mrs. Homonnai, are among a second group of almost 250 Jewish-Americans who will share a settlement that could reach $25 million, depending on the final terms of the deal reached between the U.S. State Department and the German government.
Mrs. Homonnai was born in 1911 in Pennsylvania. She was three years old when her mother returned to the family homeland of Hungary after her father died.
By 1944, when Germany invaded Hungary, she had been deported to the Bergen-Belson concentration camp.
Mr. Roza was 2 years old in 1919 when his family left New York for Thessaloniki, where his paternal grandfather needed help with the family metal business.
By the age of 22, Mr. Roza was taken from his home in Thessaloniki, a large prosperous Jewish community, and eventually forced by cattle car to the concentration camp in Auschwitz, Poland. He was there for two years, working, starving, taking beatings.
Mr. Roza said he returned to his homeland only once, in 1969.
"I was disappointed ... The old memories. The house we lived in, gentile people were living there. The business is gone, the streets, the neighborhoods," he said. "Everyday, I used to cry. "I missed what we had there. Now it's gone." A.F.
 MINISTER OF PUBLIC ORDER: MORE POLICEMEN PATROLING ON FOOT
Thessaloniki, February 1 (MPA)The Minister of Public Order Philippos Petsalnikos has announced that he intends to assign more men on foot patrols and will strengthen the active police units with another 3,000 men presently assigned to desk jobs.
In an interview with an Athens daily, Mr. Petsalnikos stated that the citizen wants to feel and notice the police presence near him and stressed that the added measures will result in improved crime combat.
Moreover, 1,000 guards will be stationed at the Greek-Albanian border stations by the end of April. The border guards will be equipped with jeeps, helicopters and updated technological facilities. A.F.