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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 00-09-27
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NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA 5 THE VOICE OF GREECE
27/9/2000 2:21:58 μμ
 Samina Express sank off Paros ,42 passengers deadGreece mourns the sea tragedy of the passenger ship "Samina Express" ,which crashed on the rocky islet Portes off the island of Paros last night. 42 passengers dead is the tragic toll so far ,while efforts to locate any possible survivors continue despite the bad weather conditions. Over 440 of the 526 passengers on board the Samina Express have been rescued. Among the dead is the deputy harbour - master, Dimitris Malamas, who died of a heart failure during the rscue operation. The Greek Navy torpedo boat "Themistoklis" which first arrived at the site of the tragedy, is coordinating rescue efforts with the assistance of the British aircraft- carrier Invisible and the British fregate Liverpool. Seven people ,have been transferred to the "Evagelismos Hospital in Athens from the Health Center in Paros. Their names are Stavroula Milona, Theodoros and Paraskevi Tzemos Steeven and Monica Richard ,Vasiliki Manoli ,and Ioulieta Roda . The Olympic Airways Company has scheduled two flights to the island of Paros. All interested can call 96.66.666. The Merchant Marine ministry calls all inhabitants of Paros who travelled on the Samina Express to go to the Health Center in order to record the number of survivors. The Express Samina was 34 years oldand according to the marine regulations it would stop sailing in 2001. Merchant Marine minister Hristos Papoutsis is in the island of Paros. Greek president Kostis Stefanopoulos and prime- minister Kostas Simitis expressed their grief at the tragic accident. Prime minister Kostas Simitis has ordered the Supreme Court prosecutor to conduct an investigation on the causes of the sea accident. Justice minister Mihalis Stathopoulos told Mr.Simitis that law-suits -without any preliminary interrogation-would be filed against the shipping company and the senior staff of the ship .
 National Economy minister promised 5% pace of development in 2001 at the International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meeting in PragueIn his speech ,at the session of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meeting taking place in Prague ,Greek National Economy minister Yiannos Papantoniou called the international community to coordinate efforts so that oil- production countries increase world production of oil. Mr.Papantoniou said that structural changes in the telecommunications and energy sector would be completed in 2001, adding that the pace of development would be around 5% in 2001. Most of the speakers referred to the combat of poverty and the demograpgic problem as top priority problems while there was limited referrence to the Euro currency and the oil crisis .
 In Prague, 420 demonstrators arrestedChech Interior minister Stanislav Gross announced today that about 420 people -among them 130 foreigners were arrested yesterday in Prague where the annual meeting of the International Monetray Fund and World Bank is being held. The demontrators were protesting against globalisation Mr.Gross said that over 100 policemen were injured during clashes with demonstrators.
 Oil will drop to 25 dollars per barrel ,analysts believeOil price rose slightly yesterday one day before the summit meeting of the OPEC countries. International analysts believe that the price of crude oil will drop to 25 US dollars per barrel before the end of the year.
 Shortage of fuel in Greece due to strike mobilisationsThe first signs of the strike of tank-truck drivers are apparent in the market. There is already shortage of unleaded petrol in many petrol stations, while motorists are queing to fill up their car tanks. Meanwhile, the members of the federation of public utility vehicles and truck owners entered into the strike mobilisations at midnight on Tuesday while taxi owners will follow suit on Friday demanding a rise in taxi fares.
 Cypriot president satisfied at the outcome of the 4th round of talksCypriot president Glafkos Klerides had a 40 minute meeting with the UN Sec General Kofi Anan this morning. In repply to reporters' questions, immediately after the meeting Mr.Klerides said he was satisfied at the outcome of the fourth round of proximity talks which he described as very useful not because of the proposals but due to the ideas aimed to evaluate the reactions of both the Greek- Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot sides. From his part ,after his meeting with the UN General Secretary Kofi Annan ,the Turkish -Cypriot representative Raulf Dektash said that the next round of talks would begin on November 1st ,in Geneva adding that Mr. de Soto would make the announcement. Mr.Dektash said that this round of talks was not a waste of time. He underlined that there was better understanding of their firm positions so they would continue efforts to bridge the gap.
 Efforts to defuse tension within the Pasok partyEfforts are being made to defuse tension within the Pasok party following Culture minister Theodoros Pangalos allegations about close friendly relations between senior members of the Pasok party with businessmen. The pasok party Executive Office convenes tomorrow while Mr.pangalos will attend the meeting to give explanations.
Prime-minister Simitis met with the pasok party general secretary Kostas Skandalidis yesterday.
 Greece-Fyrom cooperation in the energy sectorDuring Development minister Nikos Christodoulakis' official visit to Skopie yesterday the two sides examined the prospects of cooperation between Greece and the Former Yiougoslav Republic of Macedonia mainly in the sector of energy.
 Panathinaikos beat Hambourg 1-0Within the framework of the matches of Champions league, Panathinaikos football team beat Hamburgh 1-0 increasing its chancess for a first or second position in this group. Yirgos Nasiopoulos scored the goal in the firs half.
 Latin America supports Miky Theodoraky's candidacy for the Nobel PrizeUnder the initiative of Ethnic greek Stratos Doukakis, who lives in Venezuela, 1300 signatures of personalities living in Latin America were collected in support of famous Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis 's candidancy for the Nobel prize.
Many latin american authors, musicians, poets and other personalities with the help of events support Mr.Theodorakis' candidancy. Mr. Doukaikis' aim was to collect 1013 signatures, as a symbolic number based on the title of one of the composer's songs.
Finally, 1350 signatures were collected. Among those who signed were Vernando Reies, Pablo Nerunda's grandson.