|Saturday, 22 February 2020|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-07-20
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Clear Message to AnkaraOn the occasion of the 35th anniversary of Turkish invasion of Cyprus, Prime-minister K. Karamanlis sent a clear message to Turkey. βThe anniversary of Turkish invasion of Cyprus is a day of memory and honor and a reason for reconfirmation of the firm dedication of Hellenism for a permanent, just and viable solution to the Cyprus issue. Mr. Karamanlis also wished that negotiations would lead to an agreement that would bear the seal of the two communities without third parties' interventions and fabricated timetables. PASOK said that it supports the efforts of Cyprus Republic President Dimitris Hristofias for a solution to the Cyprus question. In the meantime, Turkey escalates provocations in the Aegean.
Ankara Continues Provocations in the Aegean
Turkey is escalating tension in the Aegean with its announcement to start oil exploration in two regions in the Greek continental shelf near the island of Kastelorizo.
Turkish aircrafts violated air-space over the islands of Lesbos and Agathonisi on Friday but in all cases they were intercepted by Greek air-crafts.
Foreign Ministry sources believe it is a counter action to Cyprus decision to assign oil survey to an American company.
The Foreign Ministry stresses that this move goes against Sea Law and can not affect Greece's sovereign rights established by International Law.
In reference to her trip to Turkey, Mrs. Bakoyiannis said she had accepted the invitation but the date of her visit would be set through diplomatic channels as her schedule is heavy this period.
Sources: ΝΕΤ, ΝΕΤ 105.8
Related Articles: Turkey Escalating Tension
Events Marking 35th Anniversary of Turkish Invasion of Cyprus
Κύπρος: Εκδηλώσεις για την 35η επέτειο της τουρκικής εισβολής
News item: 24981
 Karamanlis Commends Role of Air Fire-fighting ForcesPrime-minister Kostas Karamanlis visited the air base for fire-fighting air-crafts in Elefsina. Mr. Karamanlis was briefed on the operational plan and alertness of air firefighting means and praised the role of personnel in efforts to combat fires. Weather conditions favour ignition of fires warns the Civil Protection General Secretariat. Meteorologists forecast drop in temperatures in the next three days due northerly winds.
The Prime-minister referred to the destructive fires the country experienced in the last years and underlined the mandatory importance to save and protect forest resources and environment and maintain quality of life in the planet.
βThe contribution of air-crafts and helicopters but even more important the contribution of human resources-pilots and technicians- for the effective combat of fires is decisive, particularly in extensive and inaccessible fire frontsβ said the Prime-minister in his speech.
Mr. Karamanlis described as particularly comforting that the total of Greek society recognizes the role of fire-fighters in an era when principles and values are not self-evident. He also referred to the difficulties of air fire-fighting missions and humanitarian aid, spoke of heroism and spirit of self-denial and expressed the support and gratefulness of the state and the government for the task of the personnel in the Elefsina air-base.
News item: 24980
 Europe Prompts Vaccination of Vulnerable GroupsNews
The EU prompts vaccination of vulnerable groups of people to deal with H1N1 flu.EU Commisioner Androula Basiliou competent on health issues stressed that some 60 million people belonging to vulnerable groups. Britain announced that a new drug will be launched in mid August. However, many people doubt its effectiveness.
Recommendations to Pregnant Women and Children
Britih Health authorities urge pregnant women and parents of under 5-year old children to avoid crowded places and unnecessary trips.
A total of 29 people have died of the flu in the UK while 55.000 new cases were identified last week.
Italy Possible Postponement of New Academic School Year
Italian Health Minister Ferutsio Fatsio has predicted rapid spread of the H1N1 flu and left open even postponement of new academic school year opening. He said that increase in H1N1 flu cases is expected in September but most of them will have light symptoms.
In an effort to ease concerns, Education Minister Maria Stella Jelmini said that every possible development is taken under consideration but no decision for postponement of new academic school year opening has been taken so far
First Death in Egypt
In Egypt the number of cases increased in the last two days reaching 130 while one woman died from the flu. She suffered from heart problems and rheumatism and had travelled to Saudi Arabia to attend a Muslim ceremony.
People not Concerned
However, a survey published in the French magazine Le Figaro indicates that people worldwide are not particularly concerned over the flu. Only an average of 28% of people in 19 countries ( Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Brazilia, Canada, China, France, Germany, US, Britain, Iceland, Italy, South Korea, Holland, Switzerland, Japan, Russia, Mexico) believe that they are directly concerned. Only China( 64%), Bolivia(59%) and Argentina(41%) are more concerned.
News item: 24979