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New earthquake in Crete
17 July 2017 neoskosmos.com

A magnitude of 5.3 earthquake was felt all over Crete, Greece yesterday at 11:30
p.m. local time (2030 GMT) according to Greece’s Institute of Geodynamics.

No casualties or damages have been reported, however, three aftershocks, each
of a magnitude of 3.5, have occurred within half an hour of the main quake and a
minor earthquake of 4.1.

The epicenter was off the southern coast of Crete, at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2
miles), near the coastal town of Ierapetra and about 60 kilometers (37 miles)
southeast of the island’s largest city, Heraklion.
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British tourist who fell in a coma after inhaling laughing gas had meningitis
18th July 2017 Apokoronas News

The 18 year old British girl who was taken to the hospital unconscious after
inhaling laughing gas was airlifted to Britain from Heraklion on Monday for further
treatment without recovering consciousness.

Heraklion university Hospital issued a statement saying that the condition of the girl
who suffered brain damage was due to a bacterial meningitis infection and
septicemia.

The girl according to the statement was treated for meningococcal septicemia from
the moment she was admitted to the hospital and the Centre for Control and
Prevention of Contagious Diseases   (ΚΕΕΛΠΝΟ) was notified.
All the necessary measures were taken and everyone who came to close contact
with the patient was notified and treated.n
Tragedy in Crete as Elderly Father Kills Son - Mistaken for Burglar
10 July 2017 greekreporter.com
A 55-year-old man died after he was shot by his elderly father who mistook him as
a burglar ready to break into his home.
The tragic incident happened on Saturday afternoon, at the village of Agioi
Theodoroi, near the town of Paliochora in Crete.
According to local press reports, the victim went to visit his 86-year-old father who
was living alone. He knocked on the door a number of times with no reply.
Concerned about his father he tried to forcibly enter. The elderly man shot and
killed him mistaking him for a burglar.

Police officers rushed to the scene but the gunman barricaded into the house and
refused to give himself up. After negotiations failed, police forces stormed the
house and arrested the elderly gunman in the early hours of Sunday morning. He
was rushed to the Chania Hospital in bad psychological condition where he is
currently recovering under police guard.
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Man critical after being hit by stray bullet in Cretan celebration
15th July 2017 Apokoronas News

Kathimerini — A 45-year-old man was in the intensive care unit of the Heraklion
University Hospital  on Friday after being hit in the chest by a stray bullet during an
outdoor event in a village in the area of Acharnon-Asterousion, Heraklion.

Police made two arrests following the incident and are  seeking to determine the
exact circumstances of the man’s injury.

Last month an 11-year-old boy died after being struck by a stray bullet in Menidi,
northwestern Attica, during an outdoor school celebration with other children. The
gun was fired during a party at a nearby Roma settlement.
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Probe launched into deadly accident that left two dead on Crete
18th August 2017 ekathimerini

A magistrate on Crete Friday gave a 20-year-old motorist who killed two
pedestrians on Thursday when he hit them with his car an extension until Monday
to prepare his defense.

The Georgian national hit a 20-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man while they
were walking along a road near the Technical University of Crete in Hania.

After the incident, the university issued a statement calling for the streets near the
school to be made safer for pedestrians.
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Hospitals say blood shortages will delay operations
18th August 2017 ekathimerini

Shortages of blood have intensified over the summer, sources say, with some
hospitals finding themselves obliged to postpone scheduled operations.

Evangelismos, the capital’s largest hospital, is a case in point. According to the
head of the workers’ union, Ilias Sioras, the situation at Evangelismos is critical.

“There are 30 operations planned for the next two to three days but, based on the
current data from the blood bank, the available units of blood are not enough for
even half of those operations,” he said.

Every summer blood donations drop in Greece, which continues to lag its
European Union counterparts in this area.
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Couple on Crete drown trying to save their childrens
16th August 2017 ekathimerini

A local man and a woman, both aged 35, died after trying to save two of their
children in rough seas off Crete on Tuesday night. According to local reports, the
couple had been camping with their four children at the beach in Geropotamo,
Rethymno.

The parents disappeared after running into the sea when two of their children, a
boy and a girl, who had gone for a swim, started calling for help. The owner of a
nearby taverna managed to save the boy, while two other swimmers rescued the
girl.

Nearly an hour later, the man and woman were found unconscious by coast guard
officers who were unable to resuscitate them. The pair were taken to Rethymno
hospital where they were pronounced dead.
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Rescue effort for tourists who found their own way to Apokoronas
15th August 2017 Apokoronas News

A French  couple who had alerted rescue services on Sunday that they were lost
near the E4 hiking trail in the Falasarna to Palaiochora section in the prefecture of
Chania, found their own way out to the coast and were taken back to Palaiochora.
From there they returned to  their hotel in Apokoronas on Sunday afternoon using
public transport.

However, the search for them,  involving a large number of emergency rescue
staff, continued through the night till  Monday morning when the couple eventually
notified the emergency services, thus wasting a great deal of resources that could
have been needed elsewhere.

As a result, local press reports,  the directorate  of regional rescue services is
considering the possibility of  introducing charges for certain kinds of  rescue
operations.
YXxamonakis  – Edited for Apokoronas News
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Rescue effort for tourists who found their own way to Apokoronas
9th August 2017 Apokoronas News
Greece’s Energy Ministry  announced two international tenders for granting the
right to explore and exploit hydrocarbons  the south of Crete and in the Ionian Sea.

The announcements on 7 August followed  the applications submitted by the Total-
ExxonMobil-EL.PE. (Hellenic Petroleum) Consortium, interested in the sea areas  
southwest and west of Crete, and Energean Oil & Gas, for the sea area in Western
Greece in the Ionian Sea, Greece’s Energy Ministry said in a press release.

Greece’s Energy Minister Giorgos Stathakis has already signed the relevant
ministerial decisions. The Energy Ministry invites interested parties to submit
tenders within 90 days of the date of publication of the Notice of Invitation to
Tender in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Greece has launched a program to exploit its oil and gas reserves, spurred on by
its protracted financial crisis and encouraged  by a similar venture from Cyprus
which got international support and protection.
Read more at
http://apokoronasnews.gr/greece-launches-new-offshore-oil-and-
gas-tenders-south-of-crete-ionian/