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CLOCKS BACK

Clocks set back one hour at 4 a.m. tomorrow as summertime ends Clocks go back one hour at 4 a.m. tomorrow – to 3 a.m. – as European Summer Time ends, the Development and Communications ministries confirmed yesterday. Clocks change back to summer time at the end of March. PILOTS STRIKE Wednesday morning protest over OA’s Australia route cut Olympic Airways flights may face disruption on Wednesday when pilots stage a three-hour work stoppage – from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. – in protest at a decision by OA management to suspend its flights to Australia. The Pilots’ Association (EHPA) said yesterday that the action was intended «to express opposition to the shrinking of Olympic Airways.» NOVEMBER 17 Suspects deny charges November 17 suspect Theologos Psaradellis yesterday denied all fresh charges linking him to two murders and two robberies carried out by the group. Fellow suspects Yiannis Serifis and Christodoulos Xeros are both due to testify tomorrow. Serifis faces charges of active membership in N17 and aggravated weapons possession. Xeros is expected to revise his original defense, denying any involvement with N17, sources said yesterday. «My defense was the result of pressure and threats. They told me they’d hand me over to the Americans and that my brother Savvas… would be delivered to me in a box with flowers,» Xeros’s fresh testimony is alleged to state. Mushroom warning The National Pharmaceutical Organization yesterday warned against the consumption of wild mushrooms, as the antidote to mushroom poisoning, Legalon, is in short supply in Greece due to production problems. There have been 75 life-threatening cases of mushroom poisoning in Greece since the beginning of September, according to the state poison center. Railway works Kifissia-bound trains on the Athens urban electric railway (ISAP) will not be stopping at Moschato station from Tuesday due to construction works, ISAP said yesterday. Cypriot volunteers Cypriots account for 28 percent of applications to date for volunteer work during the Olympic Games, Athens 2004 Organizing Committee President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki said yesterday at a press conference in London. The total number of applications submitted to Athens 2004 by October 2 was 40,445. Committee officials are hoping to attract a total of 150,000 applications by the end of 2003, from which they aim to select 60,000 volunteers. Self-promotion A candidate for municipal councilor in the northern Peloponnesian town of Rio faced a prosecutor yesterday after being caught putting crosses on ballot papers next to her name in a polling station during local government elections earlier this month, Patras police said. The woman, identified only as E.M., had been running under mayoral candidate for Rio Vassilis Zervas – an independent backed by New Democracy, the Left Coalition and the Democratic Social Movement – and who won in last weekend’s second round of elections. Parade support Pupils from the Thessaloniki district of Panorama have responded to an appeal by the elderly residents of the northern village of Hamilo, near Kilkis – which has no schoolchildren, due to the declining birth rate – to take part in the village parade on Monday to mark the 62nd anniversary of Greece’s refusal to surrender to Italy in World War II. Panorama’s municipal orchestra will also help out.