May 10, 2006

On May 2, New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin presented the city's 2006 Hurricane Preparedness Plan, anticipating the June 1 beginning of the 2006 hurricane season. Trying to learn from events during and after Hurricane Katrina, a new assisted-evacuation plan will focus on using available transportation to move people out of harm's way rather than relying on temporary shelters. Nagin added that the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, which sheltered many of the city's homeless following Katrina, will be not be used as a shelter should another hurricane hit the city, but rather as a staging point for evacuations.

Greece's trade unions will stage a 24-hour national strike today over wages and collective-bargaining issues. National carrier Olympic Airlines has announced the cancellation of at least 50 domestic and international flights, but other airlines are not expected to be affected. In Athens, nearly all public transport will not operate, while taxis will run normally. The strike was called by the country's largest umbrella union, the General Confederation of Greek Labor, and the Union of Greek Civil Servants. The action also will affect banks, government offices and schools, while hospitals will operate with skeleton staffs.