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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-06-30

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  • [01] Crash due to Human Mistake
  • [02] Congress Opens Today
  • [03] High Risk of Fires
  • [04] Oil up to $141 per Barrel
  • [05] Karamanlis-Pavlopoulos Cooperation Meeting
  • [06] Thirteen YO Succumbed to Fumes
  • [07] Sudan Plane Crashed After Taking off

  • [01] According to First Indications

    Crash due to Human Mistake

    30 2008 08:21:0

    Passenger ship Theofilos hit a rock on Saturday and was slightly damaged. Both the Merchant Marine Ministry and the shipping company attribute the crash to a human mistake. In the meantime, competent authorities are conducting interrogations to find the exact conditions under which the accident occurred. According to Coast Guard divers who examined the hull breach, the ship runs no danger of sinking. An anti-pollution protection net was placed on the breach. Merchant Marine Minister announced the review of regulations and procedures regarding sailing on dangerous parts as well as evaluation standards of Merchant Marine officers. The last passenger of "Theofilos" arrived in Piraeus this morning aboard another ship serving the line while their luggage arrived in Taxiarhis ship. The shipping company will inform passengers when they can take their vehicles while transfer of vehicles operation will be decided today.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [02] Socialist International

    Congress Opens Today

    30 2008 09:17:0

    By Vivian Papastefanou

    Sources: 105.8-NA/PA

    Socialist International 23rd Congress opens at 10:30 today with the participation of 650 representatives from 100 countries and 140 political parties. The works of the congress will begin with a speech delivered by Socialist International president, George Papandreou. Among issues to be discussed during the Congress are: global warming, food crisis and clashes in several parts of the planet. George Papandreou is expected to be re-elected President of the Socialist International. According to an announcement the Congress will be attended by about 55 Socialist and Social-Democrat party leaders, 25 senior government officials and 8 prominent personalities and former government officials.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [03] Due to Strong Winds

    High Risk of Fires

    30 2008 09:27:0

    By Vivian Papastefanou

    The General Secretariat for Civil protection has issued a warning for increased danger of fires due to strong winds and high temperatures today. The warning particularly regards the following areas: Athens, East and West Attika, Piraeus (including Troizinos Municipality), Boiotia, Evoia, Heraklio, Hania, Rethymno, Lasithi, Lesbos, Hios, Samos ( including Ikaria island) and the Cyclades. The Civil Protection General Secretariat has also called on state services as well as Local and Prefecture Administration to be on high alert in effectively combat possible fires. The announcement of the Civil Protection General Secretariat also warns citizens to avoid any outdoor activities which could be the cause to start fires such as burning of dry bushes, use of electrical devices that can ignite sparks, throwing of lit cigarettes

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [04] Oil up to $141 per Barrel

    30 2008 10:36:0

    By Athina Saloustrou

    Oil prices rose over $141 in Asian Stock markets on Monday as investors interest is centering into commodities due to the continuing fall of the dollar versus the euro. In morning transactions, light crude oil contracts for August delivery recorded a $1.38 rise to $141.59 per barrel from $140.21 NY closing on Friday. Brent oil also rose $1.22 to $141.53 per barrel.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [05] Karamanlis-Pavlopoulos Cooperation Meeting

    30 2008 10:35:0

    By Athina Saloustrou

    Prime-minister, Kostas Karamanlis is having a cooperation meting with Interior Minister, Prokopis Pavlopoulos since 10:30 at the Maximos Mansion. Mr. Karamanlis will meet with Montenegros Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, who is paying an official visit to Athens, at 12:00 today.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [06] In Kilkis

    Thirteen YO Succumbed to Fumes

    30 2008 09:45:0

    By Vivian Papastefanou

    Sources: 105.8-NA/PA

    A 13-year old boy succumbed to fumes at the early hours today when his house in Polycastro, Kilkis caught fire from unknown reasons so far. According to the Fire Department the fire broke out at 03:30 in the attic and rapidly spread to the other parts of the house. The boy died while he was sleeping in his room. The only other person in the house was his underage cousin who managed to escape. Firefighters have put out the fire while investigation is being carried out to find the cause of the fire.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [07] Cargo Plane Explodes

    Sudan Plane Crashed After Taking off

    30 2008 09:24:0

    By Alexandros Moz

    Sources: NA-PA, German, French Agencies

    A cargo plane crashed shortly after taking off from Khartoum airport on Monday, exploding into a fireball and killing all four crew. It was the second fatal air accident in June, in Sudan and the fourth in two months. "The accident happened less than a kilometre from the airport, just seconds after it took off. Four of the crew, all of them Russians, were killed," said Abdel Hafiz, spokesman for Sudans civil aviation authority. He said the plane was carrying goods to the southern town of Juba for Ababeel Aviation, a private cargo company. At least 30 people were killed when a passenger plane caught fire at Khartoum airport in early June.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

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