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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-06-22

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Deadly Typhoon
  • [02] Fire Threatened Shipyard
  • [03] Fares to Crete Go up
  • [04] Conference on Oil
  • [05] Suicide Attack in Baquba
  • [06] Suicide Attack in Baqouba
  • [07] Incidents in Thessaloniki
  • [08] Russia Beats Netherlands 3-1

  • [01] Philippines

    Deadly Typhoon

    22 2008 17:56:0

    By Anna Kourti

    Sources: BBC, REUTERS, NA-PA

    Typhoon Fengshen, with maximum gusts of 195 kph has killed at least 229 people in Philippines according to Red Cross and the countrys civil protection department new announcement. The above toll does not include victims of the ship carrying some 750 passengers and crew that capsized in the Philippines archipelago. Only few passengers have survived. In Iloilo province, in central Philippines badly hit by the typhoon, 101 people were reported dead after flood waters over two metres high engulfed communities, forcing tens of thousands to scramble onto the roofs of their homes said Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon. Deaths were also reported in Roblon, Cotabato, Antique and Capiz. Furthermore, the Civil Protection Department announced that Typhoon Fengshen killed 26 people in Mindanao, in south Philippines. " The death toll is expected to rise when the list of the passenger ship victims is released" said Richard Gordon. Crews have rescued 4 people so far and found another 4 people dead from the shipwreck. The passenger ship was carrying 626 passengers of whom 50 children and 121 member-crew.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [02] Fire Threatened Shipyard

    22 2008 15:28:0

    By Betty Savourdou

    Sources:

    Fire fighters have put under control two fires near each other that broke out with few minutes difference in Elefsina, on Sunday shortly after 13:00. Due to strong winds the flames spread rapidly threatening the Elefsina shipyard premises. The immediate mobilization of the Fire Department with the dispatch of 10 fire-brigades, two water bomber air-crafts and a helicopter as well as 7 water lorries the fire was put under control in less than an hour. Fire department forces are still in the area to put out all small fires.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [03] Fares to Crete Go up

    22 2008 15:10:0

    Sources:

    Travel agents see a drop in passengers wishing to travel to the islands due to high fares. At the same time, while ship companies are threatening to stop traveling to remote islands as of September if their problems are not solved.

    A ticket on deck will go up to 35 euros from 32 for those traveling to Heraklion, while fares for Chania will rise from 30 to 33 euros.

    Ship owners demand dues to third parties to be abolished so that the prices of fares drop.

    Mercantile minister George Voulgarakis is holding meetings with ship owners to find a solution.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [04] Conference on Oil

    22 2008 14:28:0

    By Betty Savourdou

    Sources: Reuters, NA-MPA

    A conference is presently being held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with the participation of 36 oil-producing countries and consuming countries, seven international organizations and 22 oil companies to discuss the surging fuel prices.

    OPEC considers that the market is receiving sufficient supplies and any increase in oil production would serve nothing, stated its president Hakib Helil a few hours before the conference opened.

    The biggest oil producing companies across the world agree that oil prices, presently at $US140 per barrel are too high, staed UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, signaling a change in the stance of OPEC countries.

    In parallel, Indian Oil Minister Murli Deora said that the attendants are willing to continue the debate at a meeting they will hold in London in October.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    Read the story on other sources:

    BBC: Saudi oil price summit under way

    [05] Suicide Attack in Baquba

    22 2008 14:02:0

    By Betty Savourdou

    Sources: Reuters, NA-PA

    Fifteen people were killed and 39 injured in a suicide attack launched by a female suicide bomber outside a court in the centre of Baquba in Diyala province, north of Baghdad, stated medical sources. Police officers were among the casualties, according to the Diyala Military Operations command.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    Read the story on other sources:

    BBC: Iraqi police hit by suicide bomb

    [06] Suicide Attack in Baqouba

    22 2008 14:02:0

    By Betty Savourdou

    Sources: Reuters, NA-PA

    A female suicide bomber struck near the courthouse in the center of Baqouba, north of Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 18 people and wounding 38, police and medical sources said. The bomber detonated her explosives in front of a heavily guarded area wounding many civilians who had gathered at the entrance of the courthouse. The 18 killed included 8 policemen, two women and a child according to police sources.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    Read the story on other sources:

    BBC: Iraqi police hit by suicide bomb

    [07] Incidents in Thessaloniki

    22 2008 10:32:0

    Sources: 105.8

    A group of anarchists tried to approach a rally staged by Chrisi Avgi far-right extremists, who were protesting against the high cost of living in Evosmos.

    The youths were prevented by the Riot police, to whom they threw Molotov bombs and stones, while the police used teargas.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [08] Russia Beats Netherlands 3-1

    21 2008 23:01:0

    Sources: ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Russia scored two goals in extra time Saturday to advance to the semifinals of the European Championship with a 3-1 upset win over the Netherlands. Dimitry Torbinski and Andrei Arshavin scored within five minutes of each other in the second half of extra time. Roman Pavlyuchenko also scored for Russia, while Ruud van Nistelrooy scored for the Dutch in the 86th. All three quarterfinals have been won by group runners-up. Russia will play the winner of Sundays match between Spain and Italy next Thursday. It was a sweet victory for Dutchman Guus Hiddink, who enhanced his reputation of getting lesser known teams far in tournaments. The Russia coach guided South Korea to the 2002 World Cup semifinals, and he took Australia to the second round of the 2006 World Cup. The Russians showed more pace and stamina through the final 75 minutes, particularly in the 30-minute overtime. Torbinski, a substitute, surged toward the far post in the 112th minute and barely deflected a deep cross from Arshavin. Arshavin shot through the legs of Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar for the final goal in the 116th. By then, the Netherlands players were spent. Van Nistelrooy had temporarily saved the Dutch late in the match, proving no one is more lethal from close range. On a free kick by Rafael van der Vaart, he got away from Sergei Ignashevich and scored with a diving header at the far post. Russia needed to beat Sweden in the final group game to advance from Group D. The Netherlands outscored first-round opponents 9-1 in winning Group C.


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