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No ferries on Labor Day as seamen take industrial action
Passenger ferries will remain tied up at Greece's ports on Friday,
May 1 2015,  preventing thousands of Labor Day travelers from
reaching their destinations, as the PNO union of ferry workers
on Tuesday declared it a strike day.

PNO is demanding, among other claims, that workers be paid
several months of overdue salaries, and particularly at NEL lines,
as well as more social security benefits, slashed as part of
cost-saving efforts.
Large rescue operation in Samaria gorge  -tourists trapped by rain waters
12 May 2015

Sudden heavy rain showers this morning caused the water levels of the
river in Samaria gorge to rise, trapping dozens of walkers in
various places in the gorge.  

Samaria guards plus staff from the Forestry Department, as well as
residents of Agia Roumeli, went to the aid of 50 walkers who were
led to the village of Samaria.

Other rescuers from the EMAK emergency team searched for another
20 stranded walkers and directed them to the settlement of Samaria

The narrow  exit at the famous "Doors" of the gorge is almost impassable, and as forecasts refer to new rainfall in the
area, rescuers say the tourists will spend the night tonight in the village of Samaria, which is approximately in the
middle of the gorge.

Samaria Gorge will remain closed tomorrow, Wednesday 13 May 2015 while the ongoing situation in the gorge is

ATM supplier allegedly makes off with half a million euros in Crete
12 May 2015 ekathimerini

Police have launched a manhunt for a 45-year-old man from Crete who is suspected of robbing 540,000 euros from
the security firm at which he worked.

The father of two is believed to have made off with a bundle of cash either on Saturday night or Sunday morning
from the firm's offices in the area of Katsamba. The firm was responsible for cash transfers between banks and
supplying automatic transaction machines.

His family claims that they have no idea of his whereabouts, while authorities are investigating the possibility that
he has left the country.
Two Austrian climbers killed in Crete fall
9 May 2015 ekathimerini
Rescue workers on Friday recovered the bodies of two Austrian climbers,
aged between 60 and 65, from the Kapsa Gorge in Lasithi, Crete.

The pair had been part of a seven-member climbing expedition in the
gorge, which is popular with outdoor enthusiasts, when they accidentally
fell into a deep ravine, possibly as a result of ground giving way under
their feet.

The other members of the team immediately notified authorities, but it appears that the two were killed in the fall.
Appeal for mobile phone mast to be removed from near school heard
16 May 2015 ekathimerini

Parents and teachers at a primary school in Rethymno have won their battle to have a mobile phone mast placed on
the roof of a building next to the school taken down.

A local court accepted their argument that the mast was a potential threat to children’s health and ordered it to be
taken down.

The company that put up the mast and the owner of the apartment on which it has been installed have appealed the
Greece sends reform proposals for lenders' scrutiny
18 May 2015 ekathimerini

Athens sent its proposals to creditors on Monday for an overhaul of the value-added tax regime as Greek officials
indicated that an agreement on a reforms-for-cash deal was close.

In a bid to secure progress on the technical level of negotiations to enable a political decision that would unlock
rescue loans, officials of the so-called Brussels Group were to hold a late-night teleconference on Monday that was
expected to address these proposals.

Greece’s VAT proposal is said to foresee two rates of value-added tax instead of the current three. The highest would
be set at 18 percent and relate to virtually all services and commodities except food and medicines, with a discount
of 3 percentage points for non-cash transactions. The lower rate would be set at 9.5 percent and would relate to
food, drugs and books, with the same discount applying to cash-free transactions. The proposals appear to be part of
a broader bid by the government to boost non-cash transactions while curbing tax evasion. VAT evasion in Greece
is estimated at 9.5 billion euros per year.
Technical Improvements On The Wi-Fi Municipal Network of Chania
19 May 2015 ekathimerini
All technical improvements, updates and works on the Wi-Fi Municipal Network
of Chania will be completed in the next few days, as officially announced by the
Municipal Authority.

Ten Wi-Fi spots had serious problems and damages in various neighborhoods of
the Municipality including
Dikastirion Square,  Koum Kapi,  Citizen Service Center of Agia Marina and
High School of Eleftherios Venizelos.

In the near future there will be more free Wi-Fi spots in the Municipality of Chania.