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No ferries on Labor Day as seamen take industrial action
ekathimerini
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 flashnews.gr

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
assessed.

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
decision.
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.
More migrants reach Greece, approaching 1,200 in 2 days
25 May 2015  AP / ekathimerini
Greek authorities in the eastern Aegean Sea have picked up more than 300 people who entered the country
illegally in small craft from Turkey, raising the total of arrivals over the past two days to nearly 1,200.

After Italy, financially crippled Greece is the main destination for refugees - mostly from war-ravaged Syria - and
economic migrants seeking a better life in the European Union. About 30,000 have arrived this year.

The country has asked for more assistance from EU authorities in coping with the flow, and EU commissioner for
immigration Dimitris Avramopoulos, who is Greek, was conferring with government officials in Athens on
Tuesday.

The migrant arrivals of the past two days were mostly on the islands of Lesvos, Kos, Chios and Farmakonissi, all
close to the Turkish shores.
Tourist dies in rockfall on beach in Crete
25 May 2015 ekathimerini

A 36-year-old tourist from the Czech Republic was killed on
Sunday night when a boulder fell on her while she was on a
beach in Sfakia, Crete.

Rescuers reached the Glyka Nera beach by dinghy as the only
other way to access it is on foot via a mountain path. The woman,
however, appears to have been killed instantly.

The beach is often used for camping by visitors to the island.
Three robbers in hospital following Hersonisos shootout
13 June 2015 ekathimerini
Three men were under police guard at a hospital in Crete over the weekend after attempting to carry out an armed
robbery at a luxury hotel in the resort of Hersonissos, near Iraklio.

The three robbers were shot by police as they attempted to escape with two bags of jewelry stolen at gunpoint from a
store inside the hotel.

Police said that they had been monitoring the trio – two local men and an Albanian – after a robbery at a jewelry
store in the Cretan resort of Malia.

The men, who are all known to the police, were armed with two Kalashnikov assault rifles and a handgun. Nobody
else was hurt during the police operation to arrest them.
More migrants reach Greece, approaching 1,200 in 2 days
25 May 2015  AP / ekathimerini
Greek authorities in the eastern Aegean Sea have picked up more than 300 people who entered the country
illegally in small craft from Turkey, raising the total of arrivals over the past two days to nearly 1,200.

After Italy, financially crippled Greece is the main destination for refugees - mostly from war-ravaged Syria - and
economic migrants seeking a better life in the European Union. About 30,000 have arrived this year.

The country has asked for more assistance from EU authorities in coping with the flow, and EU commissioner for
immigration Dimitris Avramopoulos, who is Greek, was conferring with government officials in Athens on
Tuesday.

The migrant arrivals of the past two days were mostly on the islands of Lesvos, Kos, Chios and Farmakonissi, all
close to the Turkish shores.
Anti-austerity and pro-euro rallies in Athens on Sunday, Monday
21 June 2015 ekathimerini
Another anti-austerity protest and a demonstration in support of Greece
remaining in the euro are due to take place on Sunday and Monday
respectively.

The anti-austerity protest, which is supported by SYRIZA, has been
planned for 7.30 p.m. on Sunday in Syntagma Square.

Its main slogan is “Democracy cannot be blackmailed.”

Monday’s pro-euro rally, which is backed by opposition parties, is due to take place at 7.30 p.m., also in front of
Parliament.

Its slogan is “Greece-Europe-Democracy.”

The new round of rallies follows similar gatherings earlier this week, with anti-austerity protesters taking to the
streets on Wednesday and pro-euro demonstrators giving voice to their opinions on Thursday.

Both rallies were reported to have gathered around 8,000 people.
€2bn Russia-Greece gas deal will help Athens pay its debt, says Putin
21 June 2015  Russia Today via chaniapost.eu
A deal to jointly build an extension of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline across Greece will help Athens to settle its
multibillion euro debt to international creditors, President Vladimir Putin said at the St. Petersburg International
Economic Forum.

Talking to the representatives of international media at the Forum, Putin said he didn’t see any support for Greece
from the EU, RIA Novosti reports.

“If the EU wants Greece to pay its debt than it should be interested in the Greek economy growing,” Putin said. “The
EU should be applauding us. What’s bad about creating new jobs in Greece?” he said, commenting on Russia’s
preliminary gas deal with Greece.

On Friday, Russia and Greece signed a deal to set up a joint company for the construction of the Turkish Stream
pipeline across Greek territory that will supply 47 billion cubic meters of gas a year.

Moscow has repeatedly said it was ready to help Greece, if necessary, but so far Athens hasn’t asked for direct
financial help.
Four deaths from drowning in Crete in the first week of June
7 June 2015 Apokoronasnews.gr
On Thursday, a 29 year old tourist who arrived to Crete on Tuesday drowned in Georgioupolis, Apokoronas.

The swimmer was pulled out of the water by a group of his friends and was transferred by ambulance to the General
Hospital of Chania, but it was too late.

Two more deaths from drowning were recorded in Malia, Heraklion.

A 28 year old German and a 60 year old Polish man lost their lives while swimming in a popular beach in Malia.
Both were pulled out of the water unconscious and were pronounced dead on arrival at Heraklion General.

The body of local man who went missing  in Sitia while diving was also found on 1 June after three days of
searching.
OFFICIAL GREEK STATEMENT ON CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS IN GREECE
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9 June 2015
Τhe Greek Tourism Ministry would like to inform visitors to Greece that capital controls introduced by the Greek
Government do not apply to those wishing to withdraw money from an ATM or carry out any other type of
transaction using credit or debit cards issued abroad.


Moreover, the Ministry does not expect any inconvenience in visitor’s every day holiday experience, neither in the
islands nor in mainland Greece, as there are adequate fuel supplies, products and services.

To read the full statement click here