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Winter time- An extra hour of sleep tonight European daylight saving time officially ends at 4 a.m. on Sunday, when clocks should be turned back to 3 a.m. The USA and Canada will also be turning their clocks one hour back this weekend. School parade Controversy over foreign pupil’s right to carry flag Mayor Sarantis Mouhtaris of Pella yesterday criticized attempts by residents of the settlement of Agriosykia to prevent a foreign primary school pupil from being standard bearer in the parade to commemorate the October 28 national holiday. According to regulations, the Greek flag is carried by the pupil who is top student of the sixth grade. the child in question, 11-year-old Albanian Iordanis Grykas, is in fact the only child in his class. His family have been in Greece for 12 years. Mouhtaris said all children should be given the same opportunities. The school’s principal, Drosos Gerovasilis, said the Education Ministry ruled after a similar case last year in Nea Mihaniona, Thessaloniki, that foreign children could carry the flag if they had been at a Greek school for over two years. Phone bills Itemized breakdown in March Subscribers to land lines in state telephone networks will receive itemized bills, free of charge, as of March 1, 2002 for telephones, Internet, fax and audionet services. The National Commission for Telecommunications and Telephony (EETT) has decided that details of the number called, date, time, duration and cost of the call will apply to calls costing over 25 drachmas (7.33 cents) Parade protest. Pupils from the Aghios Kyrikos senior high school on the island of Icaria decided yesterday not to take part in Sunday’s October 28 parade to protest against book and teacher shortages. Privileged passports. Denmark’s People’s Socialist Party has called for an investigation into privileges enjoyed by non-Danish nationals using Danish diplomatic passports, after the country’s Justice Minister Frank Jensen confirmed that the former king of Greece, Constantine, was in possession of such a passport. Jensen said that members of Greece’s former royal family had had that right since the 19th century, during the reign of Danish King Christian VIII, who was the father of King George I of Greece. The People’s Socialist Party was not satisfied with this response, claiming it raised more questions than it answered. Anastassios to visit. The Orthodox archbishop of Tirana and All Albania, Anastassios, will pay an official visit to Greece from November 2-9, for meetings with Church of Greece officials. He will also see President Costis Stephanopoulos, PM Costas Simitis and party leaders. Christodoulos. The leader of the Church of Greece, Archbishop Christodoulos, yesterday met the new US ambassador to Athens, Thomas Miller. Church sources said he condemned the September 11 attacks and expressed full sympathy for the American people and relatives of the victims. Illegal immigrants. Coast guard officials on the Dodecanese island of Kos arrested 17 illegal immigrants from Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Somalia and Sudan as well as a Turkish national, Ismet Sen, 29, who was transporting them across from the Turkish coast. Attempted murder arrest. Police in Ano Petralona, Athens, have arrested Albanian national Edmond Muko, 34, for the attempted murder of Kirgo Cristag, 37, on a street corner in the area on September 17. Muko was recognized as one of two men who shot Cristag eight times, injuring him seriously.