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Explosion causes extensive power outages on Crete
22 March 2019  via ekathimerini

An explosion at a Public Power Corporation (PPC) station in Iraklio, Crete, has lead to
extensive power outages across the island.

No injuries were reported following the blast

Repair crews worked into the night on Friday to repair the damage from a blast at a Public
Power Corporation plant in Iraklio on Crete, which had left many parts of the island region
without electricity for several hours, including its industrial zone and the city center.

Experts are investigating the cause of the explosion at the plant, which is one of three serving
the island of some 630,000 residents. Iraklio is drawing power from Hania while its unit is
repaired.

Initial reports suggested the problem lay with a backup transformer used after the plant’s main
transformer malfunctioned.
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Missing Farmer on Crete Found Dead
26 February 2019  via ANA

The body of a 61-year-old farmer who went missing when his car was swept away by the
force of a rain-swollen torrent was recovered on Tuesday, about 10 km from the spot where
the car was swept away on a rural road near the Vatoudiaris River in Crete.

The search operation was launched early on Monday after the farmer was reported missing,
with rescue worker initially finding the car but not the farmer’s body.
“The prime minister has ordered that all necessary actions be taken immediately to restore
the networks and damage caused to the island,” Infrastructure Minister Christos Spirzis
stressed on Monday evening at Chania, Crete.

Spirtzis arrived in Chania to chair a broad meeting on the damages caused by the recent
torrential rain and measures that need to be taken.
He also announced that the procedures are in place to give the region 10 million
eurosdirectly for the opening of the roads and the restoration of damages.
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Three rescued after car plunges off cliff in Crete
12 March 2019 ekathimerini

A woman and her two children on Tuesday were pulled out of a car that fell off a cliff at a
rural road in the regional unit of Rethymno, northern Crete.

According to initial information, the woman was driving on the road linking  Sisses with
Aloides when she lost control of the vehicle and plunged from a height of about 80 meters.

Drivers who witnessed the accident called the EKAV ambulance service which arrived with an
EMAK rescue team and managed to rescue the three passengers trapped inside.

All three were transferred to a hospital in Rethymno where they are being treated for their
injuries.

The woman is believed to be in more serious condition than the children, but no details were
immediately available on their health.
Crete damage to exceed 100 million euros
28 February 2019  ekathimerini

The damage to roads, buildings and infrastructure caused by the torrential rain and gales
that hit the island of Crete earlier in the week will exceed 100 million euros, according to
Regional Governor Stavros Arnaoutakis.

He said the precise cost will be known after a team of Infrastructure Ministry experts and
local engineers complete their assessment of the damage.

“The figure will be higher than the initial estimates of 100 million euros,” he said.

Infrastructure Minister Christos Spirtzis said on Wednesday Crete will receive 10 million
euros in emergency aid.
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39 people die of flu in Greece
7 February 2019  via www.keeptalkinggreece.com
Flu death toll increases in Greece by each and every day, the number of dead has reached 39
people, Greece’s Center for Disease Prevention and Control, KELLPNO, said on Thursday.
84% of the victims belonged to risk groups or were not vaccinated.

The death toll reached its peak last week when a total 20 people died.

Among the dead are 37 adults aged 25-90.

.One baby younger than 12 months and a 5-year-old child are also among the victims.

The baby was born with a serious health problem irrelevant to the flu disease. It was
hospitalized in Intensive Care Unit with tracheotomy.

The 5-year-old girl from Crete was suffering from pneumonia caused by staphylococcus
inflection, a serious health problem.

There are currently 165 patients hospitalized in ICU due to health complications caused by the
flu infection with H1N1 strain. 75% of them either belong to risk groups or were not vaccinated.
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EU delivers ultimatum on Crete linkup
30 January 2019 ekathimerini
The European Commission has sent Athens an ultimatum regarding the planned power
interconnection between Greece’s mainland electricity grid and the island of Crete and its
funding by the Projects of Common Interest framework.

In a January 15 letter to Energy Minister Giorgos Stathakis, Energy Commissioner Miguel
Arias Canete warned the project may have to proceed on national funding alone, in which
case Greece will also have to consider the geopolitical implications of Cyprus’s energy
isolation, as well as the financial implications from missing out on European Union subsidies.

The distance between Greece and Brussels stems from the arbitrary concession of the
Attica-Crete electricity interconnection project to Ariadne, a 100 percent subsidiary of state-
run Independent Power Transmission Operator (ADMIE), while the EuroAsia Interconnector
consortium had already started the process for the approval of subsidies for the Crete-
Attica linkup that would form part of the Brussels-funded connection project of Israel with
Cyprus, Crete and mainland Greece.
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Suspect charged for US scientist's killing in Crete
16 July 2019

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A 27-year-old man was charged with murder and rape Tuesday in
the killing of an American scientist who disappeared on the Greek island of Crete and whose
body was found in a tunnel formerly used as a storage site during World War II.

Crete police said a Greek man from the island confessed to the "violent criminal act," telling
investigators he struck Suzanne Eaton with his car and abducted her "motivated by the
intention to commit sexual assault," Crete police spokeswoman Eleni Papathanasiou said.

Eaton, 59, went missing on July 2 while attending a scientific conference in Crete. Relatives
said she had gone for a hike. Her body was found six days later after an extensive search..
Tsipras hands over power to Mitsotakis
8 July 2019  via chaniapost.eu

Outgoing premier Alexis Tsipras on Monday handed over power to his successor Kyriakos
Mitsotakis who swept to a landslide victory in snap elections with a pledge to boost
investments, cut taxes and create jobs.

Mitsotakis, who will likely face an uphill battle squaring his promises with fiscal targets agreed
with lenders, was sworn in as the country’s new premier earlier on Monday.

Speaking earlier outside the presidential Mansion where he was sworn-in, Mitsotakis told
journalists the Greek people gave him a “strong mandate to change Greece,” adding that
“hard work begins today.”

Stelios Petsas, previously the director of Mitsotakis’ office who took over as government
spokesman, will announce the members of New Democracy’s cabinet at 7 p.m., which he is
expected to include established party officials but also people outside ND.
[Reuters, Kathimerini]
Greece licenses Exxon, Total to explore untapped waters off Crete
27 June 2019  via Reuters

Greece on Thursday awarded licenses to ExxonMobil and Total to search for hydrocarbons off
the island of Crete, marking the country’s first major foray into an oil and gas search in the
region.

The companies, in consortium with Hellenic Petroleum, have an eight-year research and
exploitation license in two offshore blocks lying south and south-west of Crete.

“Within two to four years we anticipate we will have a clear view of what and what kind of
reserves are there,” Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in a speech at the licensing
ceremony.

Greece has a number of smaller concessions mainly off its western coast, but the Crete
concessions represent 40,000 square kilometers of territory virtually unexplored.
Two Germans Sentenced For Taking Down Greek Flag and Raising German Flag on
Crete
15 April  2019  via greekreporter.com

Two 23-year old German nationals were sentenced by a court in Chania, Crete on Monday for
taking down the Greek flag down from a flagpole and raising the German flag in its place.
The incident happened several days ago on the island of Crete near Chania, at an
archaeological site next to the sea.
People noticed that instead of the Greek flag which was normally flying on the spot, a new,
German flag was waving in the breeze.
Local authorities were informed about the incident immediately, and they managed to arrest
the two young men who were responsible for the action.
During their trial on Monday, the German men said that they regret their action and claimed
that they did not intend to insult the Greek people.
They claimed that they were just very happy to have climbed to that point, and they wanted to
raise the German flag for that reason. They also claimed that their intentions were not
maleficent, because they had left the Greek flag at the site, with a rock on top of it, so that the
wind wouldn’t blow it away.

The two Germans were given a suspended sentence of ten months imprisonment.
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