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July to November 2014
Municipality of Chania call to help the immigrants of Ierapetra
29 November 2014
The Municipality of Chania invites all citizens to help the 700 immigrants of Ierapetra (see story below).

Social Services of Chania are asking for any donations of rice, beans, pasta, olive oil, evaporated milk, baby milk, flour,
tomato puree, etc. and cleaning products such as shampoo, toothpaste, floor cleaners, bleach, etc. and also nappies, quilts
and blankets.

All citizens who have something to offer may take donations to the Social Service’s Office at the Dimarxeio -  City Hall -  until
next Tuesday, Dec 2nd,  from 7.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

700 migrants stranded off Greece towed to safety at Ierapetra port
27 November 2014

Baris, the 77-meter Kiribati-flagged cargo that had been stranded 30 nautical miles off the coast of Crete since dawn on
Monday due to engine failure has been towed by the Greek Navy frigate Hydra to safety at the port of Ierapetra in southern
Crete. It was a difficult rescue operation due to the high winds.

The 700 men, women and children on board are now on land, with most of them fleeing from wartorn Syria. 500 of the 700
people are women, children and elderly and a number of the people camouflaged as immigrants are considered suspicious
and are believed to be human traffickers.

Ierapetra local authorities and volunteer groups, such as the Red Cross, had prepared two indoor sports stadiums to
provide temporary shelter for the migrants that had been trying to enter Europe illegally. On Wednesday, volunteers
scrambled to collect food, blankets, mattresses and other basic necessities.

Deputy mayor of Iraklio hospitalized after attack
27 November 2014 ekathimerini
The deputy mayor of Iraklio, Petros Iniotakis, was undergoing treatment at a Cretan hospital on Thursday after being
attacked in the city center on Tuesday night.

Iniotakis had two surgeries on Tuesday night after being struck by an assailant wearing brass knuckles.

Police said they are studying CCV footage from stores in the area in an effort to discover more clues about the incident.  The
attack was unanimously condemned by the municipal council.

Fraport-led consortium wins concession for Chania Airport
26 November 2014

A consortium led by German airport management company Fraport in partnership with Greece’s
Copelouzos Group has been selected as the preferred investor for a 40-year operating concession for 14 regional airports in

The concession was awarded by the Hellenic Republic Assets Development Fund and covers Aktio,
Chania (Crete), Kavala,
Kefalonia, Kerkyra (Corfu), Kos, Mitilini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Samos,
Santorini, Skiathos, Thessaloniki and Zakynthos airports

Frankfurt-based Fraport will hold a majority share in the consortium which won the privatization tender against stiff
international competition. The total purchase price of €1.23 billion ($1.53 billion) will be paid by the time of closing, expected
in autumn 2015.

As new owner of the airports, the Fraport/Copelouzos consortium will be responsible for managing, operating, maintaining,
upgrading and developing the 14 airports until 2055.

Greek police investigating suspected ISIS gun supply routes
20 November 2014 ekathimerini

Greek police are investigating reports according to which criminal rings are transporting weapons from Albania to Jihadists
involved in Islamic State activities in Syria via Greece, Kathimerini understands.

The probe was launched following the arrest of eight members of a suspected gun-running racket near Durres, on the
Albanian coast, last Friday, and following reports in the neighboring country’s media indicating that Greece is on the
smuggling route for the Syria-bound arms.
Read more

Two more remanded on Crete over soccer fan's death
13 November 2014 ekathimerini
Two more people were remanded in custody on Crete on Wednesday in connection with the death of a soccer fan last month.

Costas Katsoulis died after fighting broke out at a match between local team Irodotos and Ethnikos Piraeus.

Katsoulis supported the latter.

The two suspects, aged 26 and 34, deny causing his death.

Another three men, aged 24, 27 and 32, have been remanded in custody, while a 22-year-old man was released.

Skeleton found at Amphipolis tomb site
12 November 2014 ekathimerini
rchaeologists excavating a tomb dating to the era of Alexander the Great in ancient Amphipolis in northern Greece have
found human remains, the Culture Ministry said Wednesday.

The skeleton was found inside a rectangular grave with pieces from the wooden casket and bones scattered around the
area. The grave, which lies 1.60 m below the floor level, was found in the third chamber of the massive tomb site.

Experts will examine the findings in the coming days, the ministry said.

Charred body found in burnt car on Crete
12 November 2014 ekathimerini
Police on Crete were seeking to determine on Wednesday the exact cause of death of a man aged around 60 whose charred
remains were found in his car near the coastal port of Kissamos in the island’s northwest late on Tuesday.

Police and a local coroner both ruled out foul play in connection with the death of the man whose body was found hanging
out of the driver’s door of the vehicle.

A resident alerted police shortly after 11 p.m. on Tuesday after seeing the car in flames.

SETE revises estimate for 2014 tourist arrivals up to 23 million
11 November 2014
The total number of visitors to Greece this year will end up at around 23 million, according to the latest estimates by the
Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises (SETE), exceeding even the most optimistic forecasts regarding tourism in 2014.
SETE has just incorporated October data into its projections for the year that now point to 20.5 arrivals from abroad, not
including cruise visitors.

Data from the country’s main airports in the first 10 months of the year point to 15 percent growth in tourism arrivals from
abroad as they came to 14 million, from 12.2 million in the January-October 2013 period.

The biggest annual increase by far was observed at Kalamata Airport (72.3 percent), followed by the air terminals on
Myconos (39 percent), in Athens (29.4 percent) and on Santorini (26.9 percent).

The greatest rise was at Athens International Airport, which saw an increase of 700,000 passengers. In October alone, air
arrivals from abroad broke the 1-million barrier, posting annual growth of 23.5 percent, with a 200 percent rise at Kalamata
Airport and a 38.6 percent increase at Athens Airport.

Greek public and private sectors to launch strike action on Nov 27
Civil servants’ union ADEDY has announced that it will join its private sector counterpart GSEE in the 24-hour general strike
on November 27.

The action is primarily aimed at the government’s 2015 national budget, which is due to be voted through Parliament in

ADEDY made particular reference in its statement on Monday to the coalition’s plans to overhaul the wage structure in the
public sector.

“It is clear that the government’s target is to continuously dismantle social and labor rights,” said the union, which promised
further action if the government does not give up on its wage plans.

“Gramvoussa Bay” sank at the port of Kissamos
01 November 2014

“Gramvoussa Bay”, a tourist ship for daily cruises at Gramvoussa and Balos, sank at the port of Kissamos.

The local Port Authority was informed when the ship started sinking under unknown circumstances & divers were sent to

According to information, a loud noise was heard just before the ship started sinking. The Port Authority of Kissamos is
conducting the preliminary investigation into the causes of sinking.

North side of  Chania Municipal Market in danger of collapse
31 October 2014

ccording to a report in the “Haniotika Nea” newspaper, the north side of Chania municipal market (the Agora) is in danger
of collapse.
The Municipality of Chania is asking the Service of Modern Monuments and Technical Works of Crete to restore all damage
caused on the north side of the Municipal Market by the earthquake of 2013.

Extended summer timetable at museums, sites hailed a success
30 October 2014 ekathimerini

As the country’s museums and archaeological sites prepare to revert to a reduced winter timetable on Saturday, Culture
Ministry officials yesterday hailed as a resounding success the enforcement of an extended timetable at most of the country’s
sites over the summer.

“The measure proved itself a success,” Culture Minister Costas Tasoulas said of the extended 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. timetable that
was put into effect at 33 selected museums and archaeological sites across the country. “New initiatives that succeed should
not only be continued but broadened,” the minister said, noting that another 13 sites would be added to the extended
itinerary next summer.

The extended hours appear to have had a positive impact on state revenues too, with the ministry’s Archaeological Receipts
Fund recording an increase of 16.7 percent in takings in the period from January through September, reaching 39.5 million
euros compared to 33.9 million in the same period last year.

More visitors in Samaria Gorge this October than last year
30 October 2014

As officially announced by the Forest Service of Chania, there was an increase in visitor numbers to Samaria Gorge this
October compared to last year.
In particular:
October 2014 (until 22/10)
Visitors from Xiloskalo: 13.981
Visitors from Agia Roumeli: 1.865
Visitors in total: 15.846 (+7,15%)
From October 23 to October 31, Samaria Gorge was closed, due to bad weather.

Civil servants to be investigated for transferring money abroad
30 October 2014 ekathimerini

More than 5,000 Greek civil servants are set to be investigated for transferring about 1.5 billion euros to foreign banks since
2010, it emerged on Thursday.

Based on figures released by the Administrative Reform Ministry, out of some 5,260 civil servants or members of their families
who transferred money, nearly half of them were involved in the education sector, while the remaining were mainly in the
health (predominantly doctors), defense, finance and public works sectors.

Following an order issued by Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for the Inspectors-Controllers Body for Public
Administration (SEEDD) to conduct the checks, it appeared that 415 out of the 5,260 employees, whose total amount in cash
transfers came to 117 million euros (on average 283,000 euros per employee), had recently left public service for a number
of reasons.

Torrential rain causes havoc in Athens, Piraeus
24 October 2014  ANA-MPA
Drivers were trapped in their cars in Piraeus, Greece’s main port, on Friday from torrential rain that continued into the
evening .

Piraeus Mayor Yiannis Moralis put all city services on alert and called a meeting on Saturday to review and manage the

The Fire Brigade said it had received more than 300 calls for help from several suburbs, many for fallen trees obstructing
roads and most – at least in the morning - from the suburbs of Keratsini, Drapetsona, Nikea, Egaleo and Korydallos, north of
Piraeus and west of Athen

Political action against privatization of regional Greek airports
18 October 2014
Local authorites, unions and associations have undertaken a joint action against the privatization of regional airports.

Prefect of Ionian Islands Theodoros Galiatsatos, many Municipalities from Crete and the Ionian Islands, Labour Centres,
Technical Chamber of Greece, Local Commercila & Industrial Chambers, Bus Unions and MP’s of SYRIZA are taking part in this

It is emphasized that the Regional Airports‘ belong to the people and HRADF cannot sell them to any prospective investors.

“Regional airports are quite profitable and sustainable enterprises under public control and administration, significantly
strengthen the state budget, are not borne by the Greek taxpayer and have immediate potential for increasing their
efficiency and profitability. The privatization must be cancele”, stated by members of the action.

Earthquake measuring 4.6 on Richter scale east of Crete
16 Ocotber 2014 protothema

An earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale was recorded today at 9:48 363 km southeast of Athens, according to the
National Observatory of Athens and the Geophysical Laboratory of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

The epicenter of the quake was recorded 46 Km northwest of Kasos whereas the focal depth was 37 Km and it was felt in
east Crete, Kasos and Karpathos.

Government gets confidence vote but still chance of snap elections
11 October 2014
Main Opposition Coalition of the Left SYRIZA Party leader Alexis Tsipras responded to the coalition government’s acquisition
of a vote of confidence early on Saturday after three days of debate. Mr. Tsipras said that the vote “will not avoid what’s
coming,” he said believing that the government’s downfall is only a matter of time. He also expressed objections to the level
of discussion chosen by Prime Minister Samaras during the three-debate.

The result of the vote with 155 votes in favor and 131 against appeared to leave both sides satisfied. Mr. Samaras said that
the vote of confidence allows him to continue his term of office until 2016.

On his part, Mr. Tsipras warned that the numbers aren’t enough as 180 will be needed in the upcoming presidential vote for
a new president.

Health Booklets of self-employed to be update electronically
10 October 2014 ekathimerini
The self-employed will no longer have to queue at the offices of their social security fund (OAEE) to get the booklet
containing stickers showing their credits updated.

As of Friday, their details will be automatically updated electronically.

This will not apply in cases where the booklet owner has a dependent under the age of 18 recorded on their booklet.

Farmer-priest killed in tractor accident on Crete
9 October 2014 ekathimerini
A priest and farmer in Hania, Crete, died after losing control of a tractor.

Authorities said on thursday that the 73-year-old was tending to his farming duties when he was flattened by the vehicle.

It was later revealed that the priest’s daughter died in a traffic accident three years ago.

Family of Scottish woman found dead in Crete in 2009 calls for new investigation
8 October 2014 ekathimerini

The family of a Scottish woman who was found dead off the coast of Crete in 2009 has appealed for the probe into her
death to be reopened on the basis of evidence that she may have been a victim of foul play and not of drowning, as the
initial investigation had concluded.

According to a report in the Scottish Daily Record on Thursday, Michael Porter, 29, met with Greek Ambassador in London
Constantinos Biskas to request a new probe into the circumstances of the death of his mother, Jean Hanlon, who was 53
years old when she went missing.

Hanlon's body was found off the coast of the coast of Iraklio four days later, with a local coroner determining that drowning
was the cause of death. However, after pressure from the family, a second postmortem allegedly found that "she had
suffered a broken neck, shattered ribs, a punctured lung and facial injuries consistent with a struggle," according to the

Hanlon, a divorced mother of three, had moved to Crete in 2003 to start a new life.

A murder investigation was launched in 2010 on the basis of the new findings but was inconclusive due to insufficient
evidence. Porter says that a new lawyer hired by the family has found more clues that could shed light on the events that
led up to her death and point to potential suspects.

Porter was reported as saying that the Greek Embassy in London has agreed to write to prosecutors to request that the
case be re-investigated.

Police in Hania investigate explosion at real estate agency
4 October 2014 ekathimerini
Police on Crete are investigating a blast that caused significant damage to a real estate agency in the village of Almyrida, in

Authorities were dispatched to the village at around 5 a.m. on Saturday after a homemade explosive device went off outside
the business, causing extensive damage to the building’s interior and exterior.

No one was injured in the blast, which also damaged the ATM of a nearby bank.

No damage, injuries as tremors hit Crete and Peloponnese
4 October 2014 ekathimerini
An earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale shook the southern island of Crete early on Saturday.

According to the Institute of Geodynamics in Athens, the 1.20 a.m. tremor’s epicenter was located under the seabed south of
Crete, 445 kilometers southeast of Athens.

Meanwhile, a different quake rattled the area of Dimitsana in the Peloponnese at 3 a.m. on Saturday.

The quake had an epicenter 150 kilometers southwest of Athens.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

Greece lies in a highly seismically active part of the Mediterranean, but most quakes cause no damage or injuries.

30 year old tourist drowned in Malia
2nd October 2014

A 30 year old tourist drowned at Stalida beach in Malia on Wednesday afternoon.
He was taken by an ambulance to the Medical Center of Malia, but it was already too late.

Preliminary investigation is conducted by the Local Port Authority of Hersonissos.

Officials mull incentives to increase use of generic drugs
2nd October 2014 ekathimerini
Health officials in Greece are considering removing a prescriptions ceiling imposed on all public healthcare doctors if they are
able to ensure that at least 60 percent of the drugs they prescribe are generic.

The Health Ministry and public healthcare provider EOPYY are also considering providing pharmacists with incentives to sell
generic rather than brand-name medicines. The government wants to increase the use of generic drugs to 60 percent of all
medicines used in Greece in order to lower spending. However, the country is currently well short of this target.

EOPYY president Dimitris Kontos told Kathimerini that greater use of generic drugs would do more than just save money. “It
would allow us to better distribute our capped spending on medicines,” he said, adding that by spending less on brand-
name drugs, EOPYY could invest more in “pioneering medicines.”

Poll gives SYRIZA clear lead
27 September 2014 ekathimerini
A Public Issue opinion poll published in Efimerida ton Syntakton newspaper on Saturday gave SYRIZA an 11 percentage point
lead over New Democracy.

The survey put support for SYRIZA at 36 percent and New Democracy at 25. To Potami followed in third with 9.5 percent,
then Golden Dawn on 7.5, the Communist Party (KKE) with 6.5, PASOK on 5.5, Independent Greeks with 4 and Democratic
Left (DIMAR) on 1. The other parties garnered a combined total of 5 percent.

This result would translate into 146 MPs for SYRIZA, just short of a majority in the 300-seat Parliament, according to Public
Issue. The survey also suggested that Greeks are almost evenly split on whether there should be early elections: 49 percent
said they “probably are not needed,” while 46 percent said they “probably are needed.”

Corroded ammunition neutralized in Nea Chora, Chania
26 September 2014 Chania Post
Chania felt a small earthquake on midday, as divers of the Hellenic Navy neutralizes all ammunition found a week ago at the
bottom of the sea of Nea Chora.
Local Port Authority had prohibited access to the beach from early in the morning and around 12.00 an explosion “shook” the
entire neighborhood.

As reports, grenades, rockets and anti-tank missiles -found at the bottom of the sea- neutralized instantly.

The corroded ammunition was identified by a professional diver a few days ago (see here).

All ammunition was within about 100 meters from the coast and at a depth of about 12 meters from the sea.

3,8 kg and 530 cannabis trees in Milopotamos
24  September 2014 Chania Post
As officially announced by the Police, with the assistance of a helicopter, two cannabis plantations with 530 cannabis trees
were found in Milopotamos, Rethymnon.

During exploration, there were found six specific areas, which were cultivated assiduously a total of five hundred and thirty
cannabis trees, up to 5 meters each, at the stage of harvesting.

Moreover, Police found three kilos and 800 grams of cannabis, coming from harvesting and drying.

These cannabis trees were seized along with a number of exhibits found during the exploration of the plantations.

The research continues in the region, to identify and arrest the perpetrators.

The preliminary investigation is conducted by the Local Police of Rethymnon.

Two more drownings in Crete
22 September 2014 Chania Post

Two tourists passed away in two new drownings in Crete. A 78 year old tourist was found unconscious at the sea area of
Agios Vassilios, Rethymnon, on Sunday afternoon. He was transferred by an ambulance to the Health Center of Spili but
despite doctors efforts, he lost his life.  The local Port Authority of Agia Galini is conducting a preliminary investigation.

In a second incident in Sitia, a 66 year old tourist was drowned at Katsounaki beach in Xerokampos village. He was
transferred in General Hospital of Sitia, but had already passed away. Preliminary investigation is conducted by Sitia Port

Two dead and six castaways found southwest of Chania
13 September 2014

Six castaways were found by crew members of cargo ships 150 nautical miles southwest of Palaiochora.
At 2.50 a.m., they informed the Operational Control Room of  the Ministry of Shipping and a Super Puma helicopter reached
the area and took the castaways -four men, a woman and a child- to the 115 Combat Wing in Akrotiri.

Two ambulances took them to the General Hospital of Chania. Their health condition is serious, having hypothermia,
meanwhile the small child is in critical condition and is hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit.

At the same area, rescue team found two dead bodies -an elderly man and another child- floating in the sea.

It is considered that they all were passengers in a ship carrying illegal immigrants, may be the same one carrying 20 of them
who were found Friday morning at Messara, Heraklion (see

German Tourist Found Dead in Kato Zakros Gorge, Crete
9 September 2014

A 51-year-old German tourist who went missing on Monday evening, was found dead in the area of Kato Zakros of Sitia in
Crete, Greece.

The unfortunate woman was found by Greek rescue forces on the gorge slope of Kato Zakros. Her body was recovered and
transferred to Heraklion for an autopsy.

The 51-year-old was vacationing in Crete, as she had done over the recent years. On Monday, she left home, leaving a note
saying that she was tired of life.

Her relatives alerted the Greek Police of her disappearance and search efforts began on Monday night. Eventually, the
woman was found dead today in the gorge of Zakros.

Over 2000 drivers snapped speeding on National Road
07/09/2014 Apokoronas News
The first of the 2000 speeding offences recorded by the speed cameras on the National road will reach the offenders
mailboxes by the end of September. In an interview with Radio Kriti the officer in charge of the speed control unit in
Rethymnon, Christos Papadakis, confirmed that over 2000 offences have been recorded since 12 June when the cameras
came on line. The 33 working cameras (five have been damaged) work around the clock recording cars travelling in excess of
the 50 or 60 km per hour speed limits on the national road. According to Mr Papadakis the majotity of the fines issued were
for speeds exceeding the limit by 30 or more km, which carry the maximum penalty of 350 euro. The process of issuing a
ticket takes over six weeks, Mr Papadakis added “as the data sent in to the control centre by the camera needs to be
processed and the driver then needs to be identified

Magnitude 5.7 quake strikes north of Crete
29 August 2014 Chania Post
A magnitude 5.7 earthquake was noted at 6.45 a.m. Greek local time on Friday in the sea region in the southeast
Peloponnese, 120 km east of Sparta.
The quake was of long duration, of around 15-20 minutes, and was felt in areas around Greece, including Athens. (First
estimations showed a magnitude 5.8 earthquake)

The earthquake had an estimated focal depth of 10 km.

Three minutes later, more seismic activity rocked the same area with a 4.7 quake. At this moment no damage has been

Hiking tragedy in Sfakia: second French tourist found dead in Anopoli
25 August 2014 Chania Post
The husband of the 62 year old French woman, who was found dead on Sunday morning was also found dead on Monday
morning, close to the small church of Agia Ekaterini in Anopolis, Sfakia. 64 year old French was found 700 meters away from
his wife.
It seems that he tried to go higher to call for help by his mobile phone, but he was also injured and died a few minutes later.
Both of them were found by firemen of the 3rd Disaster/Emergency Response Special Unit from Heraklion.

French Tourist missing in Crete Found Dead
24 August 2014 ANA - MPA
A French tourist who had been missing with her partner since Friday in southwestern Crete, Greece, has been found dead,
authorities said.

The body of the 62-year-old was found on a steep trail about 3km from the village of Loutro, in the Sfakia region, where she
was last seen.

A coroner has been called to the scene, while the search continues for the woman’s 64-year-old partner.

The tourists left their rented room in Loutro to go hiking in the Aradena Gorge on Friday.

The owner notified the authorities after noticing they had not returned on Saturday.

60% of Greek civil servants can't  use a computer
22 August 2014
The majority of Greek civil servants cannot write on a computer and are unable to send a simple e-mail according to new
data released by the government.

Greek daily “Ta Nea” reports that 60% of civil servants are not even able to write a text on the computer, while a similar
proportion are unaware of the potential of the Internet.

64% of staff do not use email and rely on the traditional way of distribution of handwritten documents.

In addition, according to the data only one in four civil servants have a good command of English. 5.3% speak and write
French and only 3.3% German.

Commenting on the figures, Minister for Administrative Reform Kyriakos Mitsotakis admitted that the profile of public
employees does not meet the needs of modern times, adding that next goal for the Greek government is to make the civil
service more efficient.

According to official figures, the number of civil servants in Greece is 583,338.

Fifteen people drowned in Greek waters over last four days
17 August 2014 ekathimerini

The number of people who drowned across Greece since Friday rose to 15 on Sunday after a 50-year-old man died in the
area of Peroulia, near Koroni in the Peloponnese, according to information released by the Greek coast guard.

The man is believed to have set off in a dinghy with his 6-year-old daughter earlier in the day before his body was
discovered by a passing boat. The child was subsequently located safe and sound in the dinghy by swimmers in the area of
Aghia Triada and was taken to a local hospital for observation.

Meanwhile, among those who drowned across the country in the last few days was a 90-year-old man who died off the
coast of Politika on the island of Evia on Saturday, a 65-year-old man whose body was located off Aghios Andreas in
Messinia, a 77-year-old man near the village of Benitses on the Ionian island of Corfu, and a 69-year-old foreign national off
the coast of Rethymno, Crete.

“The ultimate picture of shame” Heraklion Airport
14th August 2014 Chania Post

The president of SETE (Greek Association of Tourism Businesses), Mr. Andreas Andreadis, was at Heraklion Airport on
Wednesday night and felt what thousands of tourists are feeling every day… the summer heat because of the lack of air

As he posted on Twitter… “I am in the departure lounge of Heraklion Airport. Sweaty tourists, no air conditioning, garbage
everywhere! The ultimate picture of shame.”

After a few minutes, he respond to a comment by twitting… “We cover vast weaknesses, we can’t do everything.
Unfortunately, public sector is the ultimate incapable operator”.

Tax clearance & ENFIA  mess grows by the day
13th August 2014 ekathimerini
he Finance Ministry is unable for the time being to provide a solution to the major problem regarding the freeze in the
issuing of tax clearance certificates to property owners.

The problem arose after the fiasco over the new single property ownership tax (ENFIA), which was unveiled last week and
caused an uproar due to erroneous data having been used in the calculations. The ministry has rolled back the first ENFIA
installment payment date to the end of September, in hopes of correcting most of the errors by then. However, this means
that tax clearance certificates cannot be issued until the errors are corrected and the tax paid. Additionally, any income tax
rebates will be withheld and cleared against the ENFIA installments.

Fines for illegal holiday lets
12 August 2014  
Apokoronas News

The first fines of unlicenced holiday home short term lets to tourists were  issued at the end of July to owners of villas who
illegally rent their properties. Some of the fines are said to be over 50
,000 euro,  far less than the cost of obtaining a EOT
licence under the new ‘simplified regulations’  that the ministry of tourism brought into force earlier this year.

Three former PASOK ministers, Mr Pangalos, Mr Papakonstantinou and Mr Ragousis,  have already taken advantage of the
simplified new regulations and have obtained an EOT licence in order to legally let their island holiday homes to supplement
their income. Amongst  the first properties to to draw the attention of the ministry’s task force of inspectors were villas in
Santorini advertised on a holiday lets website for rentals of over 400 euro a day.

The government estimates that the lost revenue to the treasury from illegal tourist lets exceeds 30 million euros.  The
ministry of tourism inspectors are checking through holiday websites to identify possible infringements of the short term
lettings regulations. The inspectors are expected to check properties on other popular destinations like Mykonos and Crete
in the next few months.

52 year old Briton arrested for taking pictures of young girls on the beach
11 August 2014 via cretalive

A 52 year old Briton has been arrested in Hersonissos, Heraklion, because he was taking pictures of young girls at the local
The father of a little girl who was playing in the beach area saw him, got up from his sunbed and tried to ask him what he
was doing.  But, the 52 year old Briton ran away.

The little girl’s father called the police and a few minutes later the Briton had been arrested.

All photos in his camera are shocking. As reports, he captured a lot of photos of small girls with or without their
swimsuits. Also, many photographs were taken at other locations, apart from the beach.  Police are investigating the case
very carefully.

Tender for oil drilling targets sector’s giants
10 August 2014 ekathimerini

The international tender issued by the government last week for oil drilling in 20 areas in the Ionian Sea, Western Greece
and off Crete, contains terms that can only be met by very large oil companies. Environment and Energy Ministry officials
confirmed that these terms result from a targeted strategy to attract oil giants, mainly dictated by the great depths of the
areas to be drilled.
The tender is expected to begin six months after its publication in the official gazettes of Greece and the European
Communities. Small and mid-sized companies may participate in consortia led by very large operators, which include Greece’s
Hellenic Petroleum and Energean.

The tender provides that the Greek government will receive 4 percent of the quantities of the hydrocarbons produced either
in money or in kind, plus a 20 percent income tax. The investor will also pay a 5 percent regional tax. The operating period is
25 years (with an option for two five-year extensions) and will commence with the announcement of the discovery of
commercially viable deposits.

Body found in search for missing Denbigh man Arthur Jones in Crete
4 August 2014 &

A body has been found in the search for missing Denbigh man, Arthur Jones.

The former soldier was on a hiking holiday on the Greek island of Crete.

He had not been seen since June 19.

There has been an extensive search of the island for him including friends and family members travelling to the island.

Two of Mr Jones daughters and their sons are in Crete at the moment to help with the search.

Reports emerged this morning that the Greek authourities had found a body that they believe is Arthur Jones.

Mr Jones’ son, Jeff, said: “They think they’ve found him.”

Mr Jones’s cousin Colin Hughes who is a county councillor in Denbigh said: “A body has been found matches Arthur’s
description. We are waiting for DNA verification. Family and friends have been told. The family are gathering their thoughts
and a statement will be issued soon.”

Local Greek reports state that police are almost certain the body is that of missing 73 year old Arthur. A local father and son
made the grim discovery this morning when they were collecting sea salt from the rocks at Agios Pavlos in Rodopou. The
body has been taken to Hania hoospital for formal identification and an autopsy will be performed but there is no suspicion
of foul play.

French tourist dies after falling off balcony in Crete
28 July 2014 ekathimerini

A 45-year-old French tourist vacationing in Iraklio, Crete, with her husband died on Sunday after falling off the third-floor
balcony of the hotel the couple was staying at, the state-run Athens-Macedonia News Agency (AMNA) reported.
The woman was taken to a local hospital, where her death was confirmed.
According to the AMNA police are investigating the possibility that the 45-year-old committed suicide and that her death was
not the result of an accident

USA is looking to create new base for UAV drones in Crete
28 July 2014 Chania Post

According to exclusive information made available to To Vima, USA has asked the Greek government for the permission to
place a number of UAV drones on Crete for a period of six to twelve months.
The information suggests that talks on the critical matter began in January, with the American side pressuring the Greek
government to transfer the drones by early June – no agreement has been reached. The drones are part of the American
strategy in tackling the rising terrorism in the Middle East and surrounding areas.
While the Greek government has had a close relationship with the USA, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, the government Vice
President Evangelos Venizelos and the Minister of National Defense Dimitris Avramopoulos have been hesitant to come to an
Aside from their fear of Greece potentially becoming a target for extremist groups, the government is keen to negotiate what
it will receive in return. Military cycles have suggested that Greece is interested in receiving technical assistance, or may even
receive surplus UAVs in order tackle illegal immigration.

Sifis the crocodile becomes Environment Ministry's problem
25 July 2014 ekathimerini

The task of trapping and relocating a 3-meter crocodile living in a lake in Rethymno, Crete, belongs under Greek law to the
Environment Ministry, the island’s Deputy Regional Director Maria Lioni said Friday.
Despite having help from experts, local efforts to trap the reptile, known as Sifis, after it was spotted by forest rangers at
the Potami dam on the Amari plain in June have failed.
Lioni told a meeting of island authority agencies that any further attempts will have to be coordinated by the ministry and
adhere to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITA). She also rejected
suggestions that the crocodile remain in the lake as a local attraction.

PPC to look into death of disabled customer in Chania
24 July 2014 ekathimerini

The Public Power Corporation (PPC) launched an administrative inquiry on Thursday into why electricity supplied to the home
on Crete of a quadriplegic customer on life support was cut, resulting in the woman’s death about an hour later.
PPC issued a statement on Thursday afternoon saying that it did not know the woman from Hania was reliant on medical
equipment to keep her alive before disconnecting her from the grid due to unpaid bills of a reported 237 euros. The company
said that she was not one of some 650,000 people who have been placed on a list that protects them from disconnection,
nor was she included in a list of the 5,874 PPC customers that are on life support.
The power firm said that it would investigate the incident after the woman’s son told Skai TV that the family had applied for
special status but had not received any acknowledgement from PPC.

Activists launch flotilla against Syria chemicals
24 july 2014 ekathimerini

Nearly 40 activists from Greece and Italy plan to launch a flotilla from the port of Hania on Crete on Friday to protest the
decommissioning of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile in the sea south of the island.
During a press conference in Hania on Thursday, organizers said their aim was to approach the US-owned Cape Ray, which
is carrying vast amounts of nerve agents and mustard gas handed over to the international community by Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad. The activists, who will set sail on three boats, expect to cover a distance of about 200 nautical miles in
about 28 hours.
The campaign has received backing from local government officials. In comments on Thursday, Sfakia Mayor Pavlos Pollakis
urged activists to “shout out their opposition to the dangerous experiment taking place at the expense of the Mediterranean
Sea and the lives of its people.”

Taxi owners want to stop Chania airport to Rethymnon bus service
17 July 2014 Apokoronas News

he Taxi owners association of Chania has appealed to the department of decentalised administration in Athens  in an
attemt to reverse the decition of the deputy governor Voulgarakis  to approve a bus service between Chania airport and
Rethymnon town.  The taxi owners are disputing the legality of Mr Voulgaraki’s  decision arguing that the bus service is illegal
(?) and that  it will damage their business. The service will continue as usual until a decision is taken by the new permanent
secretary of the ministry, Mr Rokadakis.

A new  regular bus service connecting Chania airport with Rethymnon  started on Monday 30 June, costing 6.80 euro for a
single journey. The service runs from 4:30 to 23:00.

North Wales Police to fly to Crete in search for missing pensioner Arthur Jones
6th July 2014
A  team of experts will travel to the Mediterranean island on Sunday to assist the Greek authorities in their efforts to find 73-
year-old Arthur Jones, missing in Crete

Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Evans, of St Asaph CID, will be flying out along with missing person co-ordinator Mark Owen
and chair of the North Wales Mountain Rescue Association Phil Benbow.

Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard said: “We are pleased to be able to provide support to the Greek authorities and
will be sending officers who have vast experience in dealing with missing person inquiries and searches.

“They will fly to Crete on Sunday where they will meet up with representatives from the Consulate, Foreign &
Commonwealth Office and the head of the Chania Police.”

North Wales Police said the family of the retired scaffolder are “very grateful” for the officers’ support.

Arthur hasn’t been seen since June 19 - two days after he arrived on the island.

Despite a substantial search and widespread appeal, local police told his family they’re “mystified” by his disappearance.

The father-of-four is a very keen walker and it is thought he might have gone to the hills in the area.

His son Jeff Jones, who is in Crete to help with the search, has expressed concerns of “foul play” over his father’s

He said: “Some things aren’t adding up, it seems like foul play. Not one person to have seen him, it doesn’t make sense.”

The British Ambassador to Greece has visited the family and Prime Minister David Cameron vowed this week in Parliament to
do “everything” to ensure Mr Jones is found.

Friends and family have meanwhile held a candlelit vigil in Denbigh to demonstrate their concern for the Jones family. Around
400 people, including the mayor, came out to pray for the his safe return.

People have also been using social media in their droves to raise awareness of Arthur’s disappearance.

Hundreds of users of the social media site are tweeting #FindArthur while many more Facebook users are sharing a missing
poster with pictures and information about the pensioner.
Anyone on holiday in the area recently who remembers seeing Arthur is urged to contact the Police on 101, or the Missing
Abroad Operations Team on 02070 475060.

Crocodile spotted taking a dip into a lake in Crete
4 July 2014
“At first we thought it was a practical joke...” - Authorities begin searching for mysterious reptile

According to the news portal, two firemen reported a crocodile diving into a lake during their patrol near a river dam
in Crete. The local Director of Transportation and Plumbing Works .
Vangelis Mamagakis stated that the two firemen saw the two-meter crocodile moving along the shore before plunging into
the lake.

“At first we thought it was a practical joke, but as soon as we realized that they were reliable witnesses, we began
investigating” Mamagakis continued. An investigation is about to begin, in order to confirm the existence of the reptile and
whether it is the only one.

Mr. Mamagakis believes that the crocodile may have been kept as a pet at a home or by a visiting zoo and was subsequently