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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 01-07-29

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From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.


CONTENTS

  • [01] MR AGGELOPOULOS SUFFERING FROM LUNG INFECTION
  • [02] PROFESSOR OF GEOPHYSICS CLAIMS TO HAVE PREDICTED THE EARTHQUAKE
  • [03] «SECRET BREACHES» WORRY SCIENTISTS
  • [04] TRAGIC ENDING TO FAMILY CELEBRATION
  • [05] EXPLOSION IN PASOK OFFICES
  • [06] ANOTHER WEEKEND WITH HEAVY LOSS OF LIFE IN CAR ACCIDENTS
  • [07] FIRES IN ALEXANDROUPOLI AND FLORINA
  • [08] EXHIBITION ON THE INTEGRATION OF THRACE CONTINUES
  • [09] MORE THAN 1 BILLION A YEAR FOR AIR TRANSPORTS BY THE MILITARY
  • [10] TEMPORARY SOLUTION FOR LANDSLIDES IN SKYROS FOUND

  • [01] MR AGGELOPOULOS SUFFERING FROM LUNG INFECTION

    Herakleon, 29 July 2001 (21:09 UTC+2)

    The famous director Theodoros Aggelopoulos, is being treated in the intensive care unit of the Herakleon university hospital, with an infection of the respiratory system.

    Ôhe famous Greek director was brought in on Friday, with chest pains.

    [02] PROFESSOR OF GEOPHYSICS CLAIMS TO HAVE PREDICTED THE EARTHQUAKE

    Athens, 29 July 2001 (21:05 UTC+2)

    Research according to which he expected an earthquake of 5,7 R to occur in Greece two days later, when it actually did, was submitted on the 23rd of July in a seminar in Bulgaria by Geophysics Professor Konstantinos Thanasoulas.

    Mr. Thanasoulas has been researching the prediction of earthquakes since 1982, but only just last year did he manage to get any results, after his cooperation with Giannis Tsaragos, electronic engineer.

    As he stated to a local television channel, STAR , before the earthquake there is a deformation in certain rock formations, which creates an electrical field and by applying simple mathematics one can find the source of this electrical field.

    Mr. Tsatsaragos pointed out in statements to the same channel, that in a length of time under 15 days from when the widening of the electrical field begins an earthquake is expected.

    The two scientists' station showed indications of an upcoming earthquake from July 20th up until 20 minutes before the earthquake took place in Skyros.

    The scientists point out that they can predict the intensity and time of the earthquake, but not the exact epicenter because they only have one station at their disposal.

    After the verification of their prediction the Bulgarians showed interest in Mr. Athanasoula's method. The interest was not shared by the Ministry of the Environment Physical Planning and Public Works or by the Organization Antiseismic Protection, who were informed about the research and its results.

    In any case, in scientific research that took place in 1993 in the seismological lab of the University of Athens, the epicenter and the intensity of the earthquake in Skyros had been predicted, but the exact date had not.

    [03] «SECRET BREACHES» WORRY SCIENTISTS

    Athens, 29 July 2001 (20:25 UTC+2)

    Great unrest has been caused among seismologists, by the dozens of "secret breaches" existing in the Aegean, and that seem to present "secret threats". Many Greek and foreign specialists seem to be troubled, since after the great earthquakes of Turkey and Parnitha they have expeditiously arrived to chart the until recently unknown breaches.

    History has shown that most of the catastrophic earthquakes have been caused by these "secret breaches", and in fact in areas that are considered non seismogenous, just as it occurred with the Fyli breach that caused the 5,9 R earthquake in 1999.

    "The study and charting of the specific breach is almost near completion. Thus, for the first time we know all of its characteristics", stated the seismologist-researcher of the Athens Observatory's Geodynamic Institute, Gerasimos Papadopoulos.

    [04] TRAGIC ENDING TO FAMILY CELEBRATION

    Athens, 29 July 2001 (20:12 UTC+2)

    The engagement of a young couple in Kalamata, ended in tragedy last night, as the 56-year-old Georgios Douvogiannis, father of the groom, in the midst of celebration shot in the air six times. One of the bullets mortally wounded his brother's wife, Anastasia Dourvogianni, age 48,.in the head

    [05] EXPLOSION IN PASOK OFFICES

    Athens, 29 July 2001 (20:05 UTC+2)

    An incendiary device exploded at 3:30 am this Sunday at the local offices of PASOK in the area of KOUKAKI.

    Few material damages were caused by the explosion, while the identities of the responsible parties are sill unknown.

    [06] ANOTHER WEEKEND WITH HEAVY LOSS OF LIFE IN CAR ACCIDENTS

    Athens, 29 July 2001 (20:04 UTC+2)

    Even though there was no problem with traffic, the loss of life was great during the excursions this weekend. In 153 traffic accidents 13 people were killed and 204 were injured.

    [07] FIRES IN ALEXANDROUPOLI AND FLORINA

    Alexandroupoli, 29 July 2001 (19:42 UTC+2)

    Two fires have broken out in Northern Greece. The first in Alexandroupoli, in the area of Itea of the Feres Municipality, where there are 7 vehicles with 22 men of the fire department and one helicopter. The second is in an agricultural area of the Prespes Municipality in Florina. 1 vehicle, 3 fire fighters and 2 aircrafts have been dispatched so far to deal with the situation.

    [08] EXHIBITION ON THE INTEGRATION OF THRACE CONTINUES

    Komotini, 29 July 2001 (19:32 UTC+2)

    The "Thrace, 80 years since the integration to Greece" exhibition continues successfully, as does the children's art exhibition, which is housed in the ceremony building of the Rodopi Prefecture, under high security measures. The exhibition started on Saturday 18th of August, and was inaugurated by the Vice President of the Parliament, Mr. Panagiotis Sgouridis.

    The exhibition will be moved to the parliament under high security measures, since some of the pieces in it are of great value.

    [09] MORE THAN 1 BILLION A YEAR FOR AIR TRANSPORTS BY THE MILITARY

    Athens, 29 July 2001 (19:23 UTC+2)

    The cost of aerial transfers made by military aircrafts and helicopters in the last decade has exceeded 13 billion drs. The greater part of this sum is charged to the Air Force with an amount of about 1 billion drs per year.

    According to information published in the "Eleytherotypia", one year after the incorporation of the NCIA (National Center for Immediate Assistance) helicopters to the patient transport program, the picture has not changed much for the Air Force. Its transport aircrafts continue to transport patients, with no substantial reduction in flight hours.

    In contrast, Navy helicopter rarely take off. This year, they were only forced to do so twice, according to statistics provided by GNS, while in previous years they used to fly missions every other night, since they were the only aircrafts capable of flying at night.

    It is indicative that last year, during which the aircraft fleet of the NCIA was activated, transports by the Navy were reduced by 50%.

    It should be noted however, that the transportation of a patient by a Navy helicopter costs as much as that of an Air Force aircraft. Each hour of flight costs more than 1 million drs. Naval Officers explain that the cost is high because military helicopters are equipped with very expensive equipment.

    What troubles the Air Force with these transportations is not so much the cost of the operations, as much as the interruption of training, the tiring of the crews and the wearing down of the equipment. On top of the Air Force's busy schedule, they also have to fly VIP's to various destinations in and outside the country.

    [10] TEMPORARY SOLUTION FOR LANDSLIDES IN SKYROS FOUND

    Skyros, 29 July 2001 (19:01 UTC+2)

    The placing of metal barriers will solve the problem of the landslides in Skyros. The professors from the National Metsovio Polytechnic School that visited the island consider this to be an adequate temporary solution for the problem, and in the following days operations will begin for the positioning of barriers in front of the rocks that are above the main city of Skyros, which will be completed in August. The professors will continue to study the mountainside until a final solution is found.


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