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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 00-05-13

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] PASOK'S CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEETING
  • [02] THE MOBILE PHONE USE CAUSES STRESS
  • [03] ANKARA SUBMITTED A FLIGHT PLAN FOR ITS 12 FIGHTER JETS
  • [04] PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS' POPULARITY IS AT 60%
  • [05] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH VARTHOLOMEOS WILL VISIT MOUNT ATHOS

  • [01] PASOK'S CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEETING

    Athens, 13 May 2000 (18:12 UTC+2)

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis closing the governing socialist party of PASOK Central Committee meeting in Athens stated that this is the electronic age and an adjustment to the new facts must be made through new proposals, ideas and faces.

    Mr. Simitis stressed that a socialist party must be a party of continuous reform with a modernizing policy.

    The Executive Bureau proposals were approved by all the Central Committee members except from Ms. Maria Frangiadaki.

    [02] THE MOBILE PHONE USE CAUSES STRESS

    Thessaloniki, 13 May 2000 (18:09 UTC+2)

    The use of mobile phones is probably a new factor of environmental stress for the people, according to a research conducted by the University of Ioannina Medical School experimental physiology laboratory that was presented in the 6th scientific conference of medical school students taking place in Thessaloniki.

    At a molecular level it has been proven that the electromagnetic radiation from the mobile phones causes damage to the DNA, increases the electric activity of the brain, the temperature and the blood pressure. In the report it is also mentioned that the mobile phones' radiation contributes to the development of tumors especially, in children depending on the conditions under which the mobile use is made.

    There is also a strong possibility that the continuous exposure to radiation with a frequency of 900 and 1.800 Mhz is possible for pathological reactions such as headaches, dizziness, stress and others. Also, it appears that this type of radiation affects the driving ability in a negative way as well as, the operation of heart pacemakers.

    [03] ANKARA SUBMITTED A FLIGHT PLAN FOR ITS 12 FIGHTER JETS

    Athens, 13 May 2000 (18:07 UTC+2)

    The 12 Turkish fighter jets that will land on Greek soil on Friday within the framework of the NATO military exercise "Dynamic Mix" finally submitted a flight plan, stated Greek minister of defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos speaking in parliament yesterday.

    Meanwhile, the Greek government rejected the Turkish demarche on the new anti-aircraft system in the Aegean.

    [04] PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS' POPULARITY IS AT 60%

    Athens, 13 May 2000 (18:06 UTC+2)

    The majority of the Greeks believe that the fight against unemployment must be the first priority for the government.

    According to an opinion poll conducted by the polling company VPRC, which was published today by the Athens newspaper "Imerisia", 25.3% of those who responded to the questionnaire believe that unemployment is a major problem, followed by education 20.8% and health 13.4%.

    Based on the same opinion poll, Kostas Simitis and Kostas Karamanlis appear to have boosted their popularity after the recent parliamentary elections. Prime minister Simitis' popularity reached 60%, while opposition conservative party of New Democracy leader Kostas Karamanlis' popularity is at 57.7%. According to the opinion poll, 7 out of 10 New Democracy voters want their party to be tough on the government.

    Regarding the popularity of the rest political figures, foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou has 71.7%, New Democracy parliament deputy Dora Bakoyianni 69.5%, followed by minister of interior Vaso Papandreou, minister of defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos and minister of finance Yiannos Papantoniou.

    [05] ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH VARTHOLOMEOS WILL VISIT MOUNT ATHOS

    Thessaloniki, 13 May 2000 (18:04 UTC+2)

    Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos will be on a seven-day visit to the monastic community of Mount Athos in northern Greece.

    The visit will be made on the occasion of the 2.000 years since the birth of Christ and the 1.000th anniversary of the death of Grigorios Athoniatis.

    According to the schedule, the Ecumenical Patriarch will arrive at the small port of Daphni on Saturday, July 15 and from Karies he will visit different monasteries in Mount Athos.


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