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Migrant boat which sank off Crete set sail from Egypt: survivors
5th June 2016 Reuters
Migrants who survived a shipwreck on Friday off the island of Crete in the southern Mediterranean have told
authorities their boat set sail from Egypt and carried about 350 people, the Greek coastguard said on Saturday.
On Friday, Greek authorities said 340 people were rescued and nine bodies were recovered about 75 nautical
miles off southern Crete, in territory which falls under Egypt's search and rescue jurisdiction.
State broadcaster ERT carried unsourced accounts the vessel was carrying anything between 500 and 700 people.
Crete commemorates the heroes of 1941
As Kazantzakis once said, "it is a great responsibility to be a Cretan"
3rd June 2016 neoskosmos.com
the community as a whole pays homage to the bravery and suffering
of the past in the commemorations held throughout the Island this
They range from the imposing military memorials that mark the locations
where battles occurred or where soldiers, sailors and airmen fought and
fell defending the Island. And they are reflected in the many village
memorials to the thousands who were brutally murdered by the occupiers.
I began my pilgrimage by travelling south across the centre of Crete to the little south coast village of Sfakia. It was
along this winding road and its surrounding mountain tracks, that thousands of Allied soldiers trudged, avoiding
the ever-present air attacks, on their way to seek embarkation to Egypt. Read More
Two tourists die in separate incidents in Crete
18th June 2016 ekathimerini
Two tourists lost their lives in two separate incidents on the island of Crete, local authorities said Friday.One, a
63-year-old French national, died on Thursday after the car he was driving fell into the sea at the small port of
On the same day, a Russian man was found dead in Agia Roumeli in the region of Sfakia. Authorities are waiting
for the results of an autopsy to ascertain the cause of death.
Greece could lift capital controls by end of year, says bank association head
19th June 2016 Reuters
Greece could lift most or all capital controls imposed at the height of the eurozone crisis by the end of the year, the
head of the country's banking association said on Saturday.
The controls, which restricted the amount of cash that can be withdrawn from banks to 420 euros a week, were
imposed last June to halt a flight of deposits that threatened to wreck the banking system as Greece was embroiled
in acrimonious bailout talks with its international lenders.
“Personally, I believe that the biggest part of the restrictions, if not all of them, can be lifted this autumn and
towards the end of the year,” Louka Katseli, who also chairs National Bank, Greece's second biggest lender, told
Greek state TV.
Katseli said one of the conditions for this to happen had already been met after Greece succesfully concluded a first
review of its bailout reforms this month, helping to restore investor confidence in the country.
The next immediate step would be for the ECB to give Greek banks access to cheap funding by accepting Greek
bonds as collateral, she said.
Katseli said that two remaining conditions for fully removing capital controls - an effective management of a loan of
non-performing loans and a return of deposits to Greek banks - were not easy to achieve.
“A return in deposits is the most difficult part, meaning it will take time, because people are still wary,” Katseli said.
Strong winds fan Crete forest fire
14th June 2016 ekathimerini
Firemen on the island of Crete battled a blaze near the ruins of the
prehistoric palace of Knossos, close to the port city of Heraklion, on
It took a total of 24 firefighters and 11 fire engines to bring the fire,
which was fanned by strong winds, under partial control. The fire
service said the flames did not threaten residential areas or the
Also on Monday, a fire broke out on forestland in the area of Akres, near Megara, west of Athens. A total of 70
firefighters and 25 fire engines were dispatched to douse the fire while six water-dropping planes and three
helicopters aided the rescue effort from the air.
Firefighters managed to keep the blaze away from nearby residential areas.
Bus blaze on the National Road
6th July 2016 apokoronasnews.gr via apokornaslife
A fire broke out on a bus on the move on the National Road between Heraklion and Aghios Nikolaos, near
Heraklion Airport at 2:00 in the afternoon on Tuesday. The fire started in the engine compartment but was
contained after the driver used a fire extinguisher. Several passengers smashed the bus windows to get out. Fire
services arrived on the scene soon afterwards making the vehicle safe.
All passengers got off the bus on their own, with eight of the passengers on board – all hotel employees – taken to
Venizelion Heraklion hospital with smoke inhalation.
No other injuries were reported.
Water shortages in Apokoronas may force water use restrictions
5th July 2016 parakritika.gr via apokoronasnews.gr
This year’s rainfall was 30% to 50% less than the average of the last five years in Western
Crete, Heraklion plains and the Lasithi mountain range. In parts of Sitia the recorded
rainfall was 60 -70 % less than the 5 year average.
Many municipalities across the island are considering emergency measures to ensure a
steady water supply through the peak summer season.
Even Apokoronas which is endowed with plentiful water sources is facing water shortage
problems compounded by the increased demand during the tourist season.
Villages like Drapanos, Kares Kokkino Chorio Samonas that lie higher up on the foothills are already experiencing
problems with water pressure. Apokoronas water services are trying to find ways of meeting the extra summer
demand. Among the immediate measures taken is an improved inspection and repair of leaks in the water
In Vamos where there is no OADYK agricultural water, municipal network water is used for watering fields. Local
news site parakritika.gr reports that the council is considering turning off the municipal water supply for
agricultural use or at least rationing its use in the Vamos area.
If the water reserves continue to drop at the current rate the municipality may be forced to consider hosepipe bans
and introduction of regulations for the use of water
Jetoil gas company owner found dead, suicide suspected
4rd July 2016 ekathimerini
The cofounder and owner of bankrupt gas company Jetoil was found dead in his home in the northern Athenian
suburb of Dionysos on Sunday afternoon.
Kyriakos Mamidakis, 84, was found by his son-in-law at around 2 p.m. The presence of a gun near his body
suggests he may have taken his own life.
Jetoil recently filed for bankruptcy and protection from its creditors after amassing debts in excess of 314 million
The company, owned by the Mamidakis Group, attributed its debts to the economic contraction, the slowdown in
international economic activity, which has affected demand in the fuel market, and the reluctance of local banks to
finance its activities, mainly through guarantees for oil imports.
Of Jetoil’s debts, some 184 million euros are owed to banks, 87 million to suppliers, 2.5 million to the Greek state,
650,000 euros to the social security funds and 920,000 euros to its employees, among others.
The company was founded in the late 1960s by brothers Kyriakos, Giorgos and Nikos Mamidakis.
Rethymnon fire under control – Agios Georgios bathers evacuated safely
1st August 2016 apokoronasnews.gr / flashnews.gr
he wilfdfire burning since yesterday afternoon south of Rethymnon
was put under control after 27 fire crews battled the flames all night.
The fire destroyed 30000 stremma of grazing land and farmland
burning olive trees and vine. The agricultural water network also
suffered extensive damage .
Several people who were trapped in Agios Georgios beach by the fire were safely evacuated by sea to Agia Galini.
There is currently a High fire risk warning for the whole of Crete
Taxi driver stabbed by tourists on Crete
28th July 2016 ekathimerini.com
Three Serbian tourists were detained for allegedly beating and stabbing a taxi driver after refusing to pay for a ride
in the area of Hersonissos, in Heraklion in the early hours of Thursday.
According to initial reports, the three men, who were under the influence of alcohol, quarreled with the taxi driver
before they hit him and one of them stabbed him.
The victim was being treated at a local health facility, while the three suspects were detained.
Another drowning on Kavros beach
27th July 2016 apokoronasnews.gr
Chania Post reports another death by drowning in Apokoronas.
The tragedy happened in Kavros, Georgioupolis on Wednesday afternoon. It is
reported that a 55 year old man, believed to be a tourist from the Czech
Republic, died when he went swimming just an hour after checking in to his
The emergency services were alerted by other bathers at around
7pm and an ambulance took the unfortunate man to Chania hospital where he was certified dead.
The coastguard has referred the case to the coroner who will determine the exact cause of death.
Health Ministry draft bill seeks to restrict e-cigarettes
20th July 2016 ekathimerini
In a bid to outlaw the use of electronic cigarettes in public enclosed spaces, the Health Ministry tabled a draft bill
in Parliament on Friday that equates “vapers” to tobacco smokers.
According to the ministry, e-cigarettes are a potential gateway to nicotine addiction as “vaping” is seen to simulate
The bill, which adheres to European Union directives regarding the production, marketing and sale of tobacco
products, also targets traditional smokers, stipulating the inclusion of warnings on cigarette packets and tobacco
pouches with graphic color images depicting the damage done to body organs by nicotine consumption.
The ministry has also compiled a list of the kinds of health warnings to be used on packets, including: “Smoking
causes nine out of 10 lung cancers,” “Smoking can kill your unborn child” and “Stop smoking, keep on living for
your loved ones.”
Last week, an association representing Greece’s e-smokers denounced the government for preparing the bill
without first having consulted with researchers, scientists, former smokers and e-cigarette users.
Vapers insist that by lumping them together with regular smokers, the new legislation denies them the “choice of
avoiding tobacco smoke.”