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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 05-07-09

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Al Qaeda Responsible
  • [02] Dennis the Menace
  • [03] With Mickey and Minnie

  • [01] Not Confirmed by London Al Qaeda Responsible

    09 Jul 2005 11:05:00 (Last updated: 09 Jul 2005 12:22:57)

    By Despina Hristopoulou

    And while British Authorities sweep London searching for clues that will lead them to the perpetrators of the July 7 massacre, an Al Qaeda affiliate group posted a message on the Internet, assuming responsibility for the attacks, which resulted in over 50 dead and 700 injured. According to the French Press Agency, the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades, an Al Qaeda division, claimed responsibility for the bloody attacks. "A group of mujahedeen from a division of the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades piled blow after blow on the infidel capital, the British capital, leaving dead and injured," said the statement, the authenticity of which could not be verified. The same group claimed responsibility for the March 2004 Madrid train bombings and twin bombings in Istanbul in November 2003. It is the second group, following "Jihad in Europe," to have assumed responsibility for the explosions in the British tube and the bus.

    In fact, the group even congratulated itself on "this laudable conquest" and warned that more attacks would follow. "The next days will be marked by the biggest demonstrations of jihad (holy war) against those who have declared war on Islam and Muslims. We will only calm down when security is a reality in the land of Islam and for Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine, " read the message, which was posted on an Islamist site.

    Translated by Sofia Soulioti

    [02] It Swept Over the Caribbean Dennis the Menace

    09 Jul 2005 00:08:00

    By Annita Paschalinou

    Sources: Reuters

    Authorities in Florida are in a state of alert because they are expecting deadly hurricane Dennis to hit the city on Saturday. Earlier, it swept through the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba. In Haiti, 18 people lost their lives and extensive damages have been reported. Houses flooded, rivers overflowed, trees were plucked from the ground and bridges collapsed. In Cuba, schools remained closed on Friday and over 656,000 people were forced to abandon their homes. Many cities like Cienfuegos experienced extensive power failures. Dennis is the most ferocious hurricane of the Atlantic since 1851, when the first hurricanes were recorded.

    Translated by Sofia Soulioti

    [03] With Mickey and Minnie

    08 Jul 2005 20:14:00

    By Despina Hristopoulou

    Childrens two favourite friends, Mickey and Minnie, will keep Greek viewers company for the next three years through ERTs frequency. On Thursday night, ERT President Christos Panagopoulos and Buena Vista Vice President Tom Toumazis signed a deal between ERT SA and Buena Vista International TV. Today, Disneys most famous cartoon heroes, Mickey and Minnie, visited Childrens Hospitals Aglaia Kyriakou and Agia Sofia. The cute mice gave presents and played with the children, which are hospitalized in both hospitals. Mickey and Minnies visit was ERTs initiative to get childrens minds off health problems and make them smile again.

    High-Standard Shows

    Referring to the importance of the deal with BVITV, Mr Panagopoulos underlined that the cooperation starting now will constitute the basis of a new era for the Greek Public Television. He further added that this deal combines the high quality of these shows and the wide acceptance of TV viewers.

    As for Mr Toumazis, he stressed that Greek viewers will be given the opportunity to watch quality series, movies which will be broadcasr in the USA and Europe at the same time, teenage shows, ABC News shows, as well as children cartoon series featuring Disneys most popular heroes. Minister of State T. Roussopoulos, Secretary General of Communication Panos Leivadas, ERT and Buena Vista International executives also attended the event, which was completed with a concert by ERTs Modern Music Orchestra.

    The Deal Includes

    - Disneys popular series: Desperate Housewives, one of the most successful series of the decade and Lost, which was a nominee for the Golden Globe Award for best Drama Series for 2005. - Animated Movies: Atlantis- The Lost Empire, Brother Bear, Finding Nemo, Dinosaur, Hercules, Tarzan. - Premieres on TV: Pirates Of The Caribbean, Sweet Home Alabama, Freaky Friday, Veronica Guerin, Calendar Girls, Under The Tuscan Sun, The Lizzie Mc. Guire Movie. - Historical Documentaries: Napoleon, Islam, Laurence of Arabia, Roman Empire, Queen Victoria. All three Greek Public Television channels, ET1, NET and ET3, will be broadcasting these shows.

    Translated by Sofia Soulioti


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