Strike to­day and to­mor­row

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Tax of­fices across the coun­try will be closed to­day and to­mor­row as clerks join a 48-hour strike called by their union. Work­ers are protest­ing the clo­sure of a num­ber of tax of­fices and other cost-cut­ting mea­sures un­der­taken by the govern­ment as part of its aus­ter­ity drive. A protest rally is sched­uled to be­gin at Ko­rai Square in cen­tral Athens at 10.30 a.m. to­day. Mem­bers of the pub­lic wish­ing to meet end-of-the-month pay­ment dead­lines will be granted an ex­ten­sion un­til Mon­day.

Birth rate.

The birth rate in Greece, one of the low­est in the Euro­pean Union, plunged even fur­ther in 2011 when the reper­cus­sions of the coun­try’s debt cri­sis started to take hold, reach­ing 1.42 chil­dren per woman, from 1.5 in 2010, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures made pub­lic yes­ter­day by Euro­pean Em­ploy­ment and So­cial Af­fairs Com­mis­sioner Las­zlo An­dor. The sharpest drop in that pe­riod in the 27-mem­ber EU was in Den­mark, where the birthrate dropped to 1.75 chil­dren from 1.87, An­dor said in re­sponse to a ques­tion sub­mit­ted by Greek Euro MP Gior­gos Pa­paniko­laou. The aver­age birthrate in the EU is 1.57 chil­dren per woman.

Mur­der con­vic­tions.

An ap­peals court in Ai­gio in the Pelo­pon­nese yes­ter­day handed life sen­tences for mur­der to the wife of a 51-year-old priest killed last Septem­ber in the vil­lage of Zacharo and a 41-year-old man al­leged to be her lover. The 41-year-old was found guilty of shoot­ing Athana­sios Avgeropou­los in an am­bush found to have been set up by the 43-year-old wife.

Sk­ouries visit.

The leader of Canada’s Green Party, El­iz­a­beth May, was yes­ter­day sched­uled to visit the premises of a con­tro­ver­sial min­ing pro­ject run by Hel­las Gold, which is owned by the Van­cou­ver-based El­do­rado Gold Cor­po­ra­tion, near the vil­lage of Sk­ouries in Halkidiki, north­ern Greece.

Mo­lester iden­ti­fied.

Po­lice yes­ter­day pub­lished the pho­to­graph and per­sonal de­tails of a 42year-old man from Xiromero in Ae­toloacar­na­nia, al­leged to have raped a mi­nor and sex­u­ally mo­lested at least two oth­ers. The sus­pect was ar­rested last week in Meso­longi and his iden­tity re­leased on the or­ders of a prose­cu­tor. Po­lice have asked any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the sus­pect to tele­phone 26310.55.711/12/13.

EOPYY change.

The head of the coun­try’s main health­care provider EOPYY, Eleft­he­rios Pa­pa­geor­gopou­los, re­signed yes­ter­day and was re­placed by Dim­itris Kon­tos, for­merly head of the Greek agri­cul­tural in­sur­ance or­ga­ni­za­tion (OGA). Xenophon Vergi­nis, a for­mer New Democ­racy deputy, is to take over as OGA head.

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