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Issue No 12 - March 2014

The local FREE paper for the Chania area

Offering a selection of local interest articles, interviews, news and other views from around the region of Chania and Western Crete.

With a local services section, a range of advertisers and pages of free classfieds, Chania Post is an essential resource for anyone living in or just visiting this area of Crete.

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Grekland Panorama 2014 in Stockholm

The first exclusive exhibition for Greece was full... of Crete

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29 Cruise Ships will approach Souda Port this year Reduction of cruise tourism in Chania

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Establishing the European Historic Cafes Association

The “heart” of the Association will be the city of Chania and the emblem will be Municipal Garden’s Clock

Greece... Crete... Chania... are “surfing” on the web

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“To know and respect my city”

A journey in history, the alleys, the Memories and the Colors of Chania city

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“Crete: The great meeting”

28-31 March, Technopolis, Gazi, Athens p.10

100 years of Rethymno Carnival Photostory by Michael Kapsalakis

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Greece has launched a series of promotional activities through online channels including websites and social media, for its tourism promotion in international markets >> p. 3

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Public bus is the best affordable way to travel to Chania - Rethimno - Heraklion... and to all Southwestern Crete


p. 2 CHANIA POST Your local free paper

“Live@Love@Laugh”

“Hope is...” ...as Albert Einstein said, to learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The by Elpida “Hope” Katsarakis important thing is not to stop NEA TV Journalist questioning. Just as some may say, math may not teach us how to add love or subtract hate, but it gives us every reason to hope that every problem has a solution. And then, it was Aristotle Onassis who so truly mentioned, that we must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds. And the words of great man give us strength, for instance Joseph Addison said that the three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. Therefore, the greatest gifts are not the material things you receive but the love you give, the friendship you share and the hope you inspire. And don’t get upset just because you think you need more... Be grateful that you don’t have everything you want. It means you still have an opportunity to be happier tomorrow than you are today! Hope is not a dream, it’s just a way to make dreams become true. Hope is that beautiful place between the way things were and the way things are yet to be... Hope empowers you to strive and grow even when your circumstances are in shambles. For you may not be able to see the sun in your life right now, but that doesn’t mean it’s not up there. Even if everything is wrong in your life today, as long as you are alive, you will always get another chance to start over tomorrow. A new beginning... a new dream... a new hope... And as long as we have memories, yesterday remains and as long as we have hope, tomorrow awaits. After all, if you give a person a dream, you have given them hope, if you give a person hope, you have given them their dream. And remember to always end your day with a positive thought. No matter how things are, tomorrow is another chance to make things better.

Bordelo karma rising… by Pandelis Spiridakis KYDON TV Host - gelamou.gr

What are we tired of? Other than dates with complete imbeciles, you ask?

These questions and statements. So please, my beloved, beloved friends Sunny guys, sunny news are calling… Are you still there?

cape from the bordello time---where money counts , but people shout. And who listens ? The half part of our brains , the one that gets hell totally red and needs a ride, a way out to breathe And as Nelson Mantela very wisely has said “A good head and a good heart are always a formidamble combination” But if you don’t find the one or the other …you just follow the example

It’s the spring that makes anything possible - Apocalypsis following… The best I ‘ve ever read all these days: “Lock up your grandma and your grandpa, they will run away and vote for the same government” After the prayer of the Prime Minister, I am open to every challenge… I always thought that Dalai Lama did it better… want to try? Or want to cry and cry and cry? Apocalypsis vol. 2: “The Best bordello is in German”… want to try? Or want to cry and cry and cry?

You go to the poll with a bad head and a bad heart…and cheerios… who’s next!

ΒΒC considers of German as the best ΄΄bordelo΄΄ of Europe, as sexotourism saves the country.

A good head and a good heart to create…

God bless sexotourists!!!

A good idea to break the rules!!! Good luck – No regrets

Between Valentines and elections , people vote fun. Carnival is the best issue at these days .

Pantelis

WARNING – LOTS OF ALCOHOL REQUIRED TO BE ABLE TO WALK TO THE POLL The only way to convice greeks to go to the poll is the idea of a good ride…

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Coming straight from the heart!

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CHANIA POST Your local free paper by FTP Publications 73, El. Venizelou str., Chania, 73100 Tel. +30 6977 295075 Owner/Publisher: FTP Publlications Web: http://www.chaniapost.eu E-mail: info@chaniapost.eu http://www.facebook.com/chaniapost Editors: Pandelis Giaitsis, Elpida “Hope” Katsarakis Pantelis Spiridakis (www.gelamou.gr) Petros Chatzistavros (building and constructing) John Kriaras (real estate agent), Nick Lazakis (optical expert) Miltiades Markatos (pneumonologist) John Venetakis (zootechnician), Costas Glentousakis (decorator) Dimitris Xepapadakis (hearing specialist) Petros Marinakis (theme parks - flora and fauna) Niki Voulgarakis (nutriotionist), Antonia Tsakirakis (cook) Costas Nitse (sports), Sports by Chania Sport FM 90.5

Popi Loupassaki-eodoraki Crossroads to Galatas Old National Road Chania-Kissamos Tel.: +30 28210 32359

These two photos spoke to my heart and made me think a lot of what is happening around us!

by Pandelis Giaitsis CHANIA POST chief editor

Below is Lefteris Gaganis, a young student from Atsipopoulo, Rethymno, member of a school team which visited the European Parliament in Strasbourg in February. Wearing a Cretan sariki, he spoke about his homeland, about de-

mocracy, philosophy, the Olympic Games, Nikos Kazantzakis, Eleftherios Venizelos... he spoke about Greece and everyone applauded him. THANK YOU LEFTERIS... YOUNG PEOPLE STILL HAVE A DREAM ABOUT GREECE!!! What can I say for the second photo? Dimitris Manioros describes in a picture all the consequences of the mass destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons in the Mediterranean Sea and what will happen to Crete in case that something goes wrong. As for the title... a few words are saying everything... “WELCOME... TO CHEMICAL CRETE”.

Find CHANIA POST at the following points: CHANIA: Municipal Market, Airport, Public Bus Central Station, Old Harbour, Municipal Tourist Information Desk PLATANIAS: Central Square Infokiosk, Botanical Park KISSAMOS: Gramvousa and Balos boats, Elafonissi, Falassarna KANDANOS-SELINO: Paleochora Info Desk, Sougia, Kandanos SFAKIA: Hora Sfakion Infokiosk, Loutro, Agia Roumeli, ANENDYK boats APOKORONAS: Georgioupoli, Kavros, Vamos, Kalyves, Vrysses Also in Chania taxis, Limnoupolis Water Park and in selected cafes, businesses and shops throughout Chania Prefecture


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Greece, Crete and Chania... are “surfing” on the web Promoting Greek tourism through the web and social media Tourism is an important pillar in almost every country’s economy. While some countries are really good at promoting themselves, others need some serious work. Municipality of Chania, Prefecture of by Pandelis Giaitsis Crete and Greece (National Tourism CHANIA POST chief editor Org.) in general, have launched a series of promotional activities through online channels including websites and social media, for their tourism promotion in international markets. The GNTO’s Internet and social media campaign for summer 2014 is ending this month. A targeted promotion campaign was designed for Greece’s promotion in each country-target market. Sharing and promoting tourism related information through internet and social media is a basic part of this year’s campaign in Greece. So, what is happening in greek internet tourism era? Which are the best sites for this summer tourism promotion? Let’s “surf” around... www.visitgreece.gr

Visitgreece.gr is the official tourism web site for Greece, run by the Greek National Tourism Organisation, where you’ll find information on the main tourist destinations, such as cities, beaches, as well as activities, events and much more! The Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO) is a Public Entity (PE) supervised by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The GNTO was first established in 1927 and re-established in 1950 by Emergency Act 1565/50, ratified by law 1624/51); in the meantime, tourism fell under the competence of various ministries. Since 1950, the GNTO constitutes the ruling state agency for the tourism sector. According to law 3270/04 (Government Gazette 187/Α/11.10.2004), GNTO consists of the Head Office located in Athens and the Regional Departments of Tourism (as of 01.01.2005). The structure of the GNTO’s services and the competences of each unit are included in Presidential Decree 343/2001 (Gov. Gazette no 231 A). “Surfing” the site Where to go: Greek Islands | Main Cities | Athens | Thessaloniki | Crete | Cyclades | Ionian Islands | Dodecanese | Peloponnese Special Features: You in Greece | Downloads | Brochures | Maps | Newsletter Travel Information: Before you Travel | Accommodation | Travel FAQs | General Info | Weather | Tourist protection Things to See & do: Museums | Archaeological sites | Religious tourism | Sailing | Wellness | Touring | Gastronomy www.discovergreece.com | we.discovergreece.com Discovergreece.com is an interactive platform that constitutes a strategic pillar of Marketing Greece’s operation. The website showcases an integrated Greek Tourism Product portfolio, acts as a sales tool by combining products with booking engines and

serves as a digital platform for community building & social media campaigns. In particular, the platform offers the following functions: - Portrays a unique and unified Greek Tourism Product - Offers comprehensive information for destinations , including highlights and secrets - Allows users to design their travel by using search features that bring together accommodation, transfer and sightseeing tours, to name a few - Features the integration of online booking engines Discovergreece.com is now online in Greek and English and soon it will also be available in German, Russian and French. Marketing Greece SA is a non-profit corporation which was founded in 2013 and has as its primary objective the effective promotion of the Greek tourism product. Within the wider framework of the National Strategy for Tourism, the objective of Marketing Greece SA is to support the Ministry of Tourism and the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) in promoting a renewed portfolio of tourism products in the target markets. At the same time, through a multi-level strategic communications and public relations plan, Marketing Greece SA aims to highlight the unexplored side of the country and enhance its competitiveness in the global tourism market.

Stay: Hotels Villas Cottages Rooms for Rent Camping Travel: Before you Travel Travelling to Crete Travelling in Crete Alternative Tourism: Agrotourism - Agricultural Activities - Agrotourism Facilities Religious Tourism - Monasteries and Churches - Traditional festivals Conference Tourism - Hotel Conference Facilities - Conference Facilities of Institutions-Companies Gastronomic Tourism Ecotourism Wine Tourism Scuba diving Tourism Alternative Activities Medical (or Health) Tourism Sports Tourism Taste: Recipes Ingredients Cretan Cuisine

“Surfing” the site WHAT TO DO | WHERE TO GO | TRAVELLER’S INFO | A STORY A DAY | SEASONS | iGREECE | CONTACT

The Municipality of Chania welcomes you to the new website, aiming at the improvement of your information during your stay in enchanting Chania. With this website you can receive direct and valid information for various subjects that attract visitors, such as monuments and archaeological sites, beaches, sights, entertainment and the available activities in Chania. Furthermore, this website provides useful material and information for the local history, tradition, culture, the Cretan diet as well as the recent news of our Municipality.

www.incrediblecrete.gr

www.chaniatourism.com

“Surfing” the site The City of Chania | See & Do | Beaches | Routes in Chania | News & events | Useful info | Contact us

Welcome to incredible Crete! The cradle of European Civilization - the Island of Crete and its genuinely friendly people, welcome you and wish you a wonderful stay!! Some will be visiting for the first time, whilst others have now become regulars, but either way, we promise you a truly memorable Mediterranean travelling experience. Whether your visit is for relaxation or to explore and discover the many well known and countless hidden treasures of Crete, you will not be disappointed by the diversity of the landscape – the rugged mountains, the endless beaches and the turquoise seas, the many cities, towns and villages, and stunning countryside. Live the essence and the heartbeat of the Island from dawn till dusk and discover…… Your Crete!! “Surfing” the site Discover: History - Island’s History - Archaeological Sites - Mythology - Ancient Scripts - Minoan Culture - Academic & Research Institutes - Museums - Sights - Town Tour - Tradition Explore: Nature - Climate - Flora and Fauna - Aromatic Plants & Herbs Sea - Beaches - Activities - Cretaquarium Mainland - Gorges - Caves - Mountain Shelters - Routes Activities - Associations Enjoy: Events - Heraklion - Chania - Rethymnon - Lasithi - Events Calendar Nightlife - Heraklion - Lasithi - Rethymnon - Chania


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“To know and respect my city” A journey in history, the alleys, the Memories and the Colors of Chania city THE PROGRAM FOR MARCH

For third consecutive year, citizens of Chania will have the chance to “know and respect” their city. This year’s program starts on March 9th, in collaboration with scientific and professional institutions of culture and tourism. The tours will take place every Sunday until the end of May, starting at 11.00 a.m. For more information you may contact with the Tourist Office of the Municipality of Chania, Monday to Friday, 10:00 -13:00, or call at +30 28213 41666 or by e-mail: at the following address t-tourismos @ chania.gr.

9/3: West side of Old Town of Chania. Meeting point: Municipal Market Square Tour duration: 3 hours 16/3: Archaelogical Museum of Chania. Meeting point: Mitropoli/Trimartiri Square Tour duration: 1h 30 min 23/3: Urban homes of Venetocracy. Meeting point: Municipal Market Square Tour duration: 3 hours 30/3: East side of Old Town of Chania. Meeting point: Municipal Market Square Tour duration: 3 hours

Samaria bottled water comes 2nd in the world Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting 2014 It was a battle of titans at the 24th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting. The best tap water in the world hailed from Clearbrook, British Columbia where they get to add a third gold medal to their collection. The gold medal winner in the USA was Santa Ana, CA which moved up from a silver medal in 2012 and beat out four previous gold medalists. Greenwood, BC, Canada won the bronze. Tied for fourth were Dickinson, ND and Montpelier, OH while 2013’s winner, Emporia, KS placed fifth. All but one of the six top rated municipal waters had won at Berkeley Springs before. The importance of a commitment to excellence in providing drinking water was underlined by the selection of Dian Taylor, CEO and President of the award-winning Artesian Resources of Delaware as the 2014 Lifetime Achievement award. Artesian is a public water provider to more than 300,000 customers in Delaware and Maryland. “The consistency in winners from year to year with different panels of judges validates the choices,” remarked perennial watermaster, Arthur von Wiesenberger. “It also speaks to the impressively high caliber of the waters entered.” Castle Rock Water from Dunsmuir, CA won over 32 other entries for the title of world’s best bottled water. Two

waters were tied for the silver medal: Eldorado Natural Spring Water, Eldorado, CO and first time entrant, Samaria Natural Springs Water, Crete, Greece. The bronze medal went to Mountain Drop from Linthicum, MD bottling local Berkeley Springs water. A tie for fourth included another first time international entrant: Element, Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia along with Avita Premium Artesian Alkaline Water from Roscommon, MI. More than 100 people crowded The Country Inn in Berkeley Springs on Saturday night including water representatives from South Korea and Thailand. Ten media judges spent hours tasting and selecting from among nearly 100 waters sourced in 18 states, three Canadian provinces and 12 foreign countries. For the first time in the contest’s history, an African water was entered. “Adding Tanzania gave us all six continents,” said Jeanne Mozier, an event founder.

Students from Crete are going to Europarliament Three students from Rethymnon will be the representatives of Greece, taking part in the “Your Europe, Your Say” event hosted by the EESC from 26-28 March. One school from each of the 28 Member States was picked at random and the school from Greece is the 3rd Lyceum of Rethymnon. The three students, together with their teacher, will be

shown around Brussels, the EU district and sights. The 28 lucky schools –together with 56 reserve schools – have been picked at random by a panel of EESC members: Indré Vareikyté, Béatrice Ouin and Cveto Stantič.

Citizens for Crete Following an initiative from a team of young people, the foundation of a social cooperative enterprise (of collective aim) named “Citizens for Crete”was completed in August 2013. This new autonomous organisation that was created, by volunteers, and with great responsibility, is aiming to help cover the gap of finding / attracting Donors for the implementation of small-scale social, developmental, cultural projects, from associations, non-governmental and non-profit organisations, and other institutions, on the island of Crete (ie Cultural Associations in villages, in mountainous and faraway regions, social organizations etc). Starting with the launch of this webpage we hereby present noble applications for direct donations by these aforementioned associations and organizations on the island. As volunteers in this endeavour, we kindly ask for valuable support, so much in terms of a possible donation, as in terms of efforts to positively forward the initiative to mobilise and raise awareness for more social solidarity, and to contribute to the preservation of regional and local tradition and culture. “Citizens for Crete”, according to its statute and the relevant Greek legislation (Ν.4019/2011), potential donations and funding from future programmes will be allocated as follows: 5% for the shaping of a reserve fund, and rest 95% for its activities as above, potential employees, and principally for creating new jobs. “Citizens for Crete” was registered successfully in the Gen-

eral Registration of Social Economy of the Greek Ministry of Employment, Social Security and Welfare. Its creation, constitution and its foundation was inspired and signed by the following team of young volunteers: Emmanouil Vergis, special advisor on international and european affairs Menelaos Panagiotakis, entrepreneur Ioanna Voudouri, economist Alexandros Kallergis, pol. scientist Georgios Moustakas, lawyer Artemis Manoura, accountant Chrysoula Stylianaki, foreign affairs consultant Members of “Citizens for Crete” are a growing team of volunteers, eager to help improve the visibility of organizations in need of direct donations, and always open to everyone and anyone with mutual concerns. *We kindly request all potential Donors to start visiting the map on our webpage to discover a variety of possibilities of different social works that may be supported and funded for the benefit of citizens and local societies in Crete, and be part of this innovative initiative* info@citizensforcrete.org


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Venizelos (Messinia), Fasarakis (Chania) and... “Ndrangheta” (Italy) A story of crime, investigation, drugs, money, mafia and... Greece A 15-count indictment was unsealed in federal court in the Eastern District of New York charging seven defendants with narcotics trafficking, money laundering, and firearms offenses based, in part, on their participation in a transnational heroin and cocaine trafficking conspiracy involving the ‘Ndrangheta, one of Italy’s most powerful organized crime syndicates. The defendants-‘Ndrangheta member Raffaele Valente, also known as “Lello”; Gambino associate Franco Lupoi; Bonanno associate Charles Centaro, also known as “Charlie Pepsi”; Dominic Ali; Alexander Chan; Christos Fasarakis; and Jose Alfredo Garcia, also known as “Freddy”-were arrested. In a coordinated operation, Italian law enforcement authorities arrested 17 members and associates of the ‘Ndrangheta in Calabria, Italy, who were involved in the narcotics trafficking conspiracy, among other crimes. The charges announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and George Venizelos, Assistant Director in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI). “The ‘Ndrangheta is an exceptionally dangerous, sophisticated, and insidious criminal organization with tentacles stretching from Italy to countries around the world,” stated United States Attorney Lynch. “The defendant Lupoi sought to use his connections with both ‘Ndrangheta and the Gambino crime family to extend his own criminal reach literally around the globe. Thanks to the vigilance and sustained cooperation of the Department of Justice and its law enforcement partners in Italy, the ‘Ndrangheta’s efforts to gain a foothold in New York have been dealt a lasting blow.” Ms. Lynch praised the outstanding investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and expressed her thanks to law enforcement partners in Italy, including the Prosecutor of the Republic of Reggio Calabria; the Italian National Police (INP), in particular, the Squadra Mobile of Reggio Calabria and the Servizio Centrale Operativo; the Direzione Centrale per i Servizi Antidroga; and the Direzione Nazionale Antimafia. Ms. Lynch also expressed gratitude to the U.S. Department of Justice Attaché and the the FBI Legal Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, who coordinated extensive evidence-sharing and undercover operations. “As alleged, ‘Ndrangheta’s clan members conspired with members of the Gambino organized crime family in New York in an attempt to infiltrate our area with their illegal activities. Under the auspices of legitimate shipping businesses, the two criminal groups worked together to establish a plan of moving cocaine and heroin between the United States and Italy. Little did they know, there was an ongoing collaboration between the FBI and the Italian National Police to investigate and identify their scheme. This international cooperation between our great law enforcement agencies is one that was established at the beginning of our investigation, and it remains in place today. With every arrest made, both here and in Italy, FBI agents and Italian National Police officers closely coordinated their operations and share the success of this operation,” said FBI Assistant Director in Charge Venizelos. As detailed in the indictment and detention letter, defendant Franco Lupoi, a Brooklyn resident who has lived in Calabria, used his close criminal ties to both the Gambino organized crime family and the ‘Ndrangheta, an Italian criminal organization akin to the Mafia in Sicily and the Camorra in Naples, to pursue criminal activity that stretched across the globe. The Italian charges unsealed reveal how the ‘Ndrangheta has operated for decades in Calabria in localized clans-known as ‘ndrine-based primarily on close family ties. In this case, Lupoi’s fatherin-law, Italian defendant Nicola Antonio Simonetta, is a member of the Ursino clan of the ‘Ndrangheta. In 2012, Simonetta traveled to Brooklyn and met with Lupoi and an undercover FBI agent, who recorded Simonetta and Lupoi discussing plans to ship narcotics between the U.S. and Italy via the port of Gioia Tauro in Calabria, an infamous hub of ‘Ndrangheta activity. Simonetta revealed that his ‘Ndrangheta associates at the port would guarantee the safe arrival of container ships containing contraband. As alleged in court documents, Lupoi exploited these underworld connections to link his criminal associates in New York with those in Calabria, forming conspiracies to traffic heroin and cocaine. On the Italian side, he allegedly engaged Italian defendant and ‘Ndrangheta leader Francesco Ursino and others as suppliers of heroin and buyers

of cocaine. During two joint FBI-INP operations in Italy, Lupoi and Ursino sold more than 1.3 kilograms of heroin to an FBI undercover agent for what they believed was eventual distribution in the United States. In New York, Lupoi, Chan, and Garcia sold the undercover agent more than a kilogram of heroin. As alleged, Lupoi also set into motion a plot to transport 500 kilograms of cocaine, concealed in frozen food, in shipping containers from Guyana to Calabria. In the course of these conspiracies, Lupoi assured his confederates of his relationship with a corrupt port official in Gioia Tauro, indicating that in return for €200,000, the official could guarantee passage of unlimited containers of contraband. In New York, Lupoi joined forces with defendants Alexander Chan and Garcia to orchestrate the Guyana-Italy cocaine conspiracy. In conversations recorded by the undercover agent, the conspirators discussed their connections to Mexican drug cartels operating in Guyana, South America, and plotted to transport 500 kilograms of cocaine internationally, hidden in shipments of frozen fish or pineapples. On the Italian side, Ursino and his co-conspirators planned to use a fish importation company to receive the shipment. As set forth in Italian court documents, the conspiracy slowed when shipping containers originating from the same Guyanese shipping company were seized in Malaysia and found to contain more than $7 million in cocaine hidden in pineapples and coconut milk. As set forth in court documents, Lupoi also worked closely with U.S. defendant and ‘Ndrangheta member Raffaele Valente, who sold an illegal silencer and sawed-off shotgun to the FBI undercover agent at the Royal Crown Bakery in Brooklyn. In conversations intercepted on Italian wiretaps, Valente revealed that he had assembled a group of well-armed men in New York and that their base of operations was as secure as Fort Knox. Valente also discussed his devotion to St. Michael the Archangel as the purported “patron saint” of the ‘Ndrangheta and exhorted Italian defendant Andrea Memmolo to wear a special ring as a sign of pride and mutual recognition. Valente and Lupoi are charged with conspiracy to transfer a firearm, and Valente is charged with two counts of illegal possession of a silencer. Valente is also charged in Italy with the crime of mafia association based on his role in establishing an ‘Ndrangheta cell in New York. As alleged, Lupoi further maintained a network of money laundering associates in New York. He and his co-defendants Dominic Ali, Charles “Charlie Pepsi” Centaro, and Christos Fasarakis, an employee of Alma Bank in Brooklyn, laundered more than $500,000 in funds that they believed were the proceeds of narcotics and illegal weapons trafficking. Centaro was recorded describing his access to bank accounts with millions of dollars through which he could launder and conceal criminal proceeds. If convicted, Lupoi, Chan, and Garcia face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment; Ali, Centaro, and Fasarakis face a maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment on each money laundering charge; and Valente faces a maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment on each firearms charge. The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Cristina Posa, Kristin Mace, and Kevin Trowel. The charges contained in the indictment and complaint are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Defendants - Franco Lupoi, Age: 44, Brooklyn, New York - Dominic Ali, Age: 55, Brooklyn, New York - Charles Centaro, a.k.a. “Charlie Pepsi”, Age: 50, Brooklyn, New York - Alexander Chan, Age: 46, New York, New York - Christos Fasarakis, Age: 42, Brooklyn, New York - Raffaele Valente, a.k.a. “Lello”, Age: 42, Brooklyn, New York - Jose Alfredo Garcia, a.k.a. “Freddy”, Age: 47, New York, New York The Greek-American community in Astoria and his home village Alikampos in Chania were shocked to learn of the indictment and arrest of Christos Fasarakis, well-known to the community as a banker, family man and former president of the Cretan Association “Omonia.” www.fbi.gov


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Grekland Panorama 2014 in Stockholm The first exclusive exhibition for Greece was full... of Crete “Greece PANORAMA” was the first dedicated travel & taste fair for Greece in the heart of Stockholm, the buzzing capital of Scandinavia. The exhibtion was held at venue Globe Arenas, Annexet from 14th to 16th of February. The exhibition featured a number of hotels, travel agencies, destinations, services, real estate, traditional Greek gastronomy, tastings and more. “Greece PANORAMA” was organized by North Events, a company specializing in promoting Greek tourism, gastronomy and culture in the Scandinavian market, via tourism exhibitions, publishing magazines, websites, and special promotions & campaigns. There are many fun activities and interesting highlights during Grekland PANORAMA. - THE TRAVEL VILLAGE! Tour Operators & Specialized Travel Agencies with BIG OFFERS! All the biggest tour operators, specialized travel agencies and airliners in Sweden participated very actively and offered visitors unbeatable special offers! Great Destinations! All of Greece’s most popular destinations! Crete, Rhodes,

All major regions and islands of Greece were waiting to greet visitors and take them on an imaginary trip to their most exclusive travel sights and events. Amazing Hotels! A staggering number of hotels from all round Greece joined the exhibition to meet with visitors, offer their special room rates and give the latest on their accommodation specials and activities! For thematic travellers! Wellness & spa, golf, sailing and yacht chartering, trekking and mountain activities, island hopping, alternative destinations in rural Greece, historical places of cultural interest, local festivals & traditions, and so much more!

Kos, Halkidiki, Ionian Islands, Cyclades Islands, Peloponnese and so many other new destinations unraveled their travel secrets and tips for a vacation to be remembered.

Green Tourism! Hotels and accommodation, Blue Flag marinas & beaches, all operating under green policies with certifications amongst the highest credible in the world. Sustainability in Greece’s tourism sector is a major factor attracting environmentally conscious travellers from around the planet.

Participants from Chania Prefecture DESTINATION OF PLATANIAS - BUSINESS ASSOCIATION www.goplatanias.gr ALMYRIDA BEACH RESORT www.almyridabeach.com ATRION HOTEL www.atrionhotelchania.gr BLUE DOME SEA VIEW HOTEL www.blue-dome-hotel.gr ELOTIS SUITES www.elotis.com GIANNOULIS HOTELS-RESORTS www.giannoulishotels.com KALYVES BEACH HOTEL www.seacretehotels.com/kalyvesbeach.html

- GREEK GASTRONOMY Culinary Tastings & Samplings...from the Healthiest Cuisine in the World! Many visitors tasted Greece! One of the world’s healthiest and tastiest cuisines! Cooking recipes, free samplings of traditional Greek products and tastings from local traditional ingredients were offered throughout the fair! - FONTANA Taste Corners were scattered throughout the venue to give a true Greek tasting experience! Swedish tourists prefer Greece for vacation Greece is one of the most favorite destinations for Swedish tourists. More than 626,000 tourists from Sweden visited Greece during 2013. This number indicates an increase by 15 percent as compared to 2012. This data is included in the article of online Swedish newspaper Expressen. The article included the most preferable destinations for Swedish travelers. Greece is among the first option, according to the Swedish newspaper. The article also presented statistical data based on independent Swedish consulting company Resurs, which gives its word of advice to enterprises that have an active presence in the tourism industry sector. KIANI RESORT HOTEL www.seacretehotels.com/kianibeachresort.html MINOA PALACE RESORT & SPA www.minoapalace.gr MINOS VILLAGE www.minosvillage.gr OLIVE TREE APARTMENTS www.olivetree.gr OSCAR SUITES & VILLAGE www.oscarvillage.com PILOT BEACH RESORT www.pilot-beach.gr PORTO PLATANIAS BEACH RESORT & SPA www.portoplatanias.gr SONIO BEACH www.soniobeach.gr

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Disney Cruise Lines is coming to Heraklion

115 Combat Wing and 494 Fighter Squadron hold joint exercise and training in Chania

In 2014, Disney Cruise Line will offer new itineraries, including an expanded collection of European cruises highlighting the Greek Isles. Plus, Disney Cruise Line will depart for the first time from homeports in Venice, Italy and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Disney Cruise Line was designed to cater to the unique vacation needs of families, and next year will continue to enhance cruise options for guests – from the wonders of Europe to sun and sand in the Caribbean to outdoor adventures in Alaska. Highlights of the Disney Cruise Line 2014 schedule include Mediterranean from Venice and Barcelona From May to August 2014, the Disney Magic returns to the Mediterranean with exciting new ports and popular destinations, treating guests to the best of Europe. Disney Cruise Line also will visit new destinations in the Greek Isles and Sicily for the very first time, including Katakolon, Rhodes, Heraklion (Crete), Santorini and Corfu, Greece and Catania, Sicily.

Greek makes upstart top 50 list Dimitra Markogiannakis, a Greek young woman who moved to Australia just five years ago, was included in a magazine’s list of the fifty most successful female entrepreneurs of the country under the age of fifty. The 29 years old studied English literature in Greece before moving to Melbourne to study for her masters. She studied Global Media Communication at the University of Melbourne, worked as a journalist at the Diaspora newspaper entitled “New World” and later along with another three young people established the WeTeachMe website. In the beginning, WeTeachMe was a website for those who offered various tutorials, but later evolved and today offers an automatic electronic office support program through the internet. The development of their website in Australia is impressive and is expected to expand abroad soon.Itwas these achievements that brought Ms Markogiannaki to the attention of Shoestring Startups magazine. Ms Markogiannaki hails from Crete on her father’s side and from Kalavryta on her mother’s side.

“Crete: The great meeting” 28-31 March 2014, Technopolis, Gazi, Athens This Exhibition comes after the organization of the first PancretanExhibition “CRETE: The Great Meeting” held at the TAE KWON DO Stadium from May 24 to 27, 2013, which highlighted the products and services of Crete and was a great success. Through our annual appointment with the people of the capital, our goals are: - To place the Cretan products in more points of sale in Greece and abroad. - To bring together Cretan producers and processing professionals with distribution networks located in the Attica region, entering new partnerships that will boost the local economy and production. - To better familiarize the consumers of Attica with Cretan products and highlight their potential - To promote the modern face of the island, informing the thousands of visitors of the Exhibition about the excellent hotel and tourist infrastructure of Crete and strengthen it as an ideal tourist destination. This large trade event will be accompanied by parallel events that will emit the flavor and culture of Crete and will illuminate its exceptional features in culture, in gas-

tronomy and tourism. Our assistants in these events will be the Pancretan Union, the Panhellenic federation of Cretan Cultural Associations, cultural and other Associations of Attica and prominent personalities who, with their knowledge, will enrich the entire event. The exhibition will be mixed, commercial and public, and will be covering an area of several thousand square meters. We aspire for the second consecutive year, to highlight all of the power of the Cretan entrepreneurship and pass the message across Greece that in Crete we work with passion to help shape a more promising future. We invite you therefore to participate in this major event, to discover new opportunities and give the perspective that your business deserves. ENTRANCE FEE €3 (Including VAT). For children up to 12 years admission is free. EXHIBITION WORKING HOURS Open Friday to Sunday from 11:00 to 21:00 and on Monday from 11:00 to 19:00. ACCESS The easiest way to reach Technopolis is via “Kerameikos” Metro stop


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Steve Vranakis, Executive Creative Director, Creative Lab, Google, svranakis@gmail.com Steve brings almost 20 years of experience to Google from the world of digital, design and advertising. Some of the campaigns, platforms and hacks that he’s most recently been involved with include: Chrome Web Lab, a series of interactive experiments connected to the web live from the Science Museum in London, Jam with Chrome, a web based music platform that lets you play music live with your friends from anywhere, Super Sync Sports, where you can turn your mobile into a games controller and sync it with your computer to play games and Google Science Fair which invites youth to put their ideas forward to change the world. How does it feel like working for Google? How would you describe the creative industry in a few words? I am very fortunate to be working for a company like Google and absolutely love it. We are pushed to innovate, come up with ideas that give back to society and focus on the user and help them with their everyday lives. The creative industry is experiencing a bit of a renaissance mostly driven by technology. We are seeing the coming together of more and more cultural and art based initiatives with technology. I also see many agencies and brands practicing creativity with a ‘conscience’. Ensuring that sustainability and society as a whole are at the heart of what they do. What advice would you give someone who is looking to get into the creative industry today? The ‘creative industry’ today is very different from the one I began my career in almost 20 years ago. Back then we were paired as art directors and copy writers. Today you have film makers, animators, coders, developers, creative technologists and strategists. When I started out there weren’t many places to get jobs in as a creative other that advertising agencies. Today agencies have radically transformed, clients are very progressive and bring a lot of these skill sets in house and anyone with an idea and good creative judgment can launch a start-up. What about your children? Do they surprise you by the way they are using technology, computers and internet? What do you think will change in our relationship with tech for the next generations? I have two boys aged 3 and 6. My 3 year old could unlock my mobile phone at 2 years old and my 6 year old described what a QR code was from watching a video on YouTube. It’s incredible how intuitive they find these devices and how easy it is for them to learn from them. We download a lot of what I call ‘stealth learning’ applications. Effectively they’re fun games that also have educational aspects to them. As they spend so much time on these devices why not use them to teach them something. You have said in the past that “Technology Should Be a Tool and a Toy”. I would ask… Tool or a Toy and why? I guess I feel that technology is really a bit of both. It’s a tool in terms of yet another way of bringing your ideas to life and helping you tell your stories. It’s a toy as in it’s something to have fun with and not be afraid of. Technology should be embraced, it should be used to help people with the hardships they endure in their everyday lives and as a force for good. You are always closing your speeches with a simple message… Brand name-Greece, Re-code-Greece! Your home country is always on your mind wherever you are. Do you believe that Greece can have its chance, even through economic crisis, or the game is over? I absolutely believe that Greece stands another chance and that we can return to our former glory. We know that we need certain infrastructural things to be changed alongside the rebuilding of our confidence. We have the talent, the skilled and educated youth and most importunity the desire. We are a very old civilization rooted in history but also a very progressive and modern one. We just need to tell the world about it. You retain strong ties with Greece. How does it feel to watch the crisis from the outside and through more objective eyes? What is wrong with this country after all? Greece is at the heart of everything we do as a family. Our religion, food, traditions, language, everything - revolves around being Greek. My wife is also Greek and both my sons were born in Greece. It pains me to see the country going through such a difficult time,

hence why I try to do what I can to help out. As I mentioned earlier, we need to tell the world a different story. One of youth brim- Other notable projects include: The World Wonders ming with ideas, enthusiasm and optimism. People who are very Project, which gives access to the world’s heritage sites through Street View, the launch of Google+, the Vs. g+ entrepreneurial and driven to start their own companies. debates series featuring Richard Branson and Russell You collaborate with organizations such as Reload Greece or Brand and the YouTube Space Lab Channel and launch Greeks in the U.K., which promote Greek entrepreneurship video which invited teens from all over the world to send and start-up companies abroad. Do you believe that Greece their science experiments to space in partnership with could be very successful in the technological sector… may be NASA and judged by Stephen Hawking. To date it has received over 50 million channel views. a new Silicon Valley? According to World Economic Forum data, Greece ranks 10th in the world in terms of available scientists and engineers. Recently I was corrected and told we now rank 5th. This is an incredible achievement for a small nation like ours. Reload Greece is an organization that tries to help and mentor start ups that are launched primarily by Greeks but outside of Greece. They don’t necessarily encourage them to return to Greece but to tap into our highly skilled human capital like the engineers mentioned previously. They help start ups scale and promote their businesses abroad whilst helping them retain ties and tap into the tech infrastructure of Greece. A really really good idea. A great example of Greek ingenuity.

Previously he was one of the original partners and Creative Director at VCCP London. His approach is simple: to create famous work that gets talked about. Things that people will want to interact with and continue to do so with over time. Stuff that people chat about over a pint, communications with cultural currency. Campaigns that contribute to popular culture. Platforms that provide utility, content, entertainment and much more value to people’s lives than just a broadcast message. Stuff that gives back to society.

Steve has worked at some of the biggest and best creative agencies in the world including: VCCP London, Foote Cone Despite the fact that you were not born or raised in Greece & Belding San Francisco, WCRS Arnold Worldwide Partners and that you currently live abroad, you are still connected in London, Modem Media UK and DDB in his native Vanwith your Greek side. You don’t forget Sfakia and Chania and couver. of course the people of Crete. What is the feeling every time you return to Crete? What is the role of your father? I know Some of the brands that Steve has worked on during his that he once told you “Yes, you are Greek, but from a very spe- career include: Google, YouTube, Chrome, Android, G+, Compare the Market, McDonalds, Dyson, Jordans, O2, Coca cial region”. Crete as we know is a unique part of Greece. The people are ex- Cola, London 2012 Olympics, Taco Bell, AT&T, Levis, Microtremely proud and respectful of each other and the earth that soft, BMW, Canon, First Direct, Orange, Land Rover, Mini, provides them with substinance. I’m extremely proud to be Greek PlayStation, Lynx, IBM, Apple iPhone and amazon.com. and incredibly honored to be from Crete. I have a small stone house in the old town of Chania that’s hundreds of years old that Steve was named the number 1 New Media Creative in we spend a few months a year in and we also come back for Eas- Campaign’s “10 Hottest Digital Creatives of 2000 and ter and Christmas along with the summer holidays. Every time 2009” as well as making their ‘A List’ in 2003, 2008 - 2010. I’m in Crete I really feel at home. I feel like I’ve returned to where In 2005, Steve made Campaign magazine’s ‘Top 15 digiI come from. I try to use a lot of the values and principles passed tal creatives list’ being the only one from an ‘advertising’ down from generations to help guide my thinking and decisions agency as well as making Revolution’s 50 Power List in 2007. In 2008 he made their top ten. His industry accoeven today. lades include his work on BMW as the first ever ‘e-ad’ to Your parents emigrated from Crete to Canada with no money be chosen as Campaign Magazine’s “Pick of the Week”, and or proper education in order to find a job and create a better also the best interactive ad of the year along with his work future for your family. Are you inspired by them to work hard being recognised by the D&AD, One Show’s, Campaign Big Awards, BTA’s, The FWA, Clio’s, Cannes Lions, the Casies, and succeed? When my parents left Greece in the late sixties, times again were SF Show, Adweek’s MC Icon, Revolution, New Media Age, London International Advertising, the Andy Awards and very difficult back then. They emigrated to Canada in search of a better life for their family. the Lotus Awards. Steve was also a key part of the hugely This was achieved through hard work and only hard work. I guess successful Comparethemeerkat.com that is sited as one that’s where I developed my work ethic and also taking extreme of the most successful social media campaigns ever. Both pride in what I do and how it can affect, inspire and help others. the Book and iPhone app that were created for CompaMy father held two jobs and my mother also worked whilst raising rethemeerkat.com have gone straight to number one. In us in order to put us through school. They came to a new country December 2012 Steve was honoured to speak at TEDx in with no money and not even being able to speak the language, Athens about ‘Making technology matter’. so when I look at who really had it tough - it lends a whole new Recently, Steve was the Digital Crafts foreman for the perspective. 2004 D&AD Awards as well as a judge for their 2010 integrated category, judged the 2005 One Show Awards And finally some dilemmas for you… and the IAB’s Creative Showcase and was the 2006 & 2010 • Sfakia or London? Frangokastello. Campaign Digital / Big Awards Chairman and a judge at • Sea and sun or rain and grey sky? Sun, sea and raki! • Economic crisis with a smile or plenty of money with anxiety? the 2007-2010 Webby awards. In 2009/10 he judged the Annas, DADI and the Roses. In 2010 He judged the BTA’s / Happiness. • Marketing and advertising or computing and internet? Ideas Arrows, Cristal and Golden Drums alongside some of the biggest names in advertising. that change the world. • An email or a letter? Google Hangouts. • Android or iOS? Android. • Bill Gates or Steve Jobs? Larry Page.

Steve has spoken at the IPA, IAB, Contagious, THINK, Shoot Magazine’s interactive TV Conference, Marketing Week 360º, AdTech, Yahoo! and Campaign’s Digital Arts conferThank you very much Steve and hope to see you again in Crete ence alongside Bob Geldof and John Hegarty. pretty soon. He’s also judged the Icon and Web Awards, has had his work featured in WIRED, The New York Times, Telegraph, Wall Street Journal, Creative Review, Huffington Post, FT, Design Week, Adage, written columns for Adweek, Marketing, Campaign, Revolution, New Media Age, Cre@te Magazine, and conducted television interviews with the BBC and CNBC Europe. In 2004 VCCP was named Effectiveness Agency of the Year and were the first agency in the IPA Effectiveness Awards history to have won a Grand Prix on its debut. IN 2009 VCCP was shortlisted for both agency and digital agency of the year by Campaign and won Marketing’s and Marketing Week’s 2010 agency of the year. stevevranakis.com


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Tips on how to taste an Olive Oil

Olive oil tasting is a sensory experience similar to wine tasting A good Extra Virgin Olive Oil has a complex natural taste and aroma, so here is a short quide on how can we develope our own skills and be able to recognize the special attributes of our precious product. by Manolis Karpadakis It is based on the InterTERRA CRETA Marketing Manager national Olive Council (IOC) guide lines, that has developed a world-recognised system for the objective organoleptic (tasting) assessment of olive oil in order to determine the total organoleptic quality and commercial trade value of an olive oil. The process is quite simple to learn, and pleasurable to master. Each olive oil has its own unique character, which varies according to numerous factors, including the varietal, or type of olives used, where the olives are grown, their ripeness when harvested, the type of climate and soil in which they grew, and the handling and care of the fruit from their growth as young olives to their storage in the form of an oil. First, you should pour about one tablespoon into a small wine glass (or a cup). Notice that the color of the olive oil could be from light yellow to dark green, depending on the variety, the extraction procedures and temperatures, the origin of the olive grove, the age, the storage conditions etc. For good cretan extra virgin, we are expecting something close to gold-green color. Furthermore the inspection will tell you whether the oil is filtered or not (pretty easy: cloudy with bits in = unfiltered). Place one hand over the top of the glass while holding it at the stem with your other. Give it 20 seconds of human warmth and gently swirl the glass to release the oil’s complex aroma. Lift the rim of the glass under your nose and take short, deep sniffs. Close your eyes and try to describe the smell. Your nose can detect around 2000 different smells, whilst

the rather pathetic in comparison tongue can only taste four things. Is the smell mild or very aromatic? You want to detect the fruitiness of the oil. It may smell like freshly cut grass, olive fruit, vegetables, herbs, nuts, flowers – there is quite a range of aromas to pick up on both when you sniff and swallow the oil.

When you smell and taste the oil, you should also pay attention to pick up any flavor defects. Defects can be caused by bruised fruit, freezing, improper handling, or a number of other factors. An alcoholic smell indicates that the oil is rancid, and should be discarded. Finally, it’s time to taste! Take a sip, let the olive oil spill over your tongue, and then make a violent sucking action (almost like the grimace you’d make if you’d seen someone nearly cut their finger off ). This aspirates the oil and spreads it all around your mouth. The oil’s flavor should erupt out of your throat, and the taste will linger in your mouth, releasing all sorts of flavor profiles. Bitterness is a positive attribute – it is indicative

of olive oil’s healthy wonders, polyphenols. High-quality olive oil should have a pungent taste. Once the taste has settled out in your mouth, which might take anything up to ten seconds, it’s time to swallow. Just to reiterate, to swallow. Not to spit, that’s only for those vulgar wine tasters. Now swallow. You might cough, because this is where the oil’s pepperiness might reveal itself. This is the sign of healthy polyphenols (so you won’t get this sensation from mass-produced supermarket oils). After you’ve swallowed it’s time to reflect once again. What new flavours are creeping into your consciousness? How do you feel? Is the world a better place? Olive oil tasters allow themselves a good deal of leeway in flavours they will attribute – pears, asparagus, limes – anything that grows in god’s holy earth can be deemed to be discernible. But don’t overdo it. ‘Grassy’, ‘fresh’, ‘buttery’, ‘peppery’ do fine for most of us. The oil should be viscous; a mean, thin olive oil is rarely a good thing. And it really should make you feel you’ve sampled a little piece of heaven (with a waft of kiwi). No two olive oils are created equal. Tasting allows you to discover which oils you like best, and which ones you prefer in your favorite recipes, or with your favorite bread or vegetables. Happy tasting. www.oliveoiltimes.com/olive-oil-basics/tasting-olive-oil/tasting-olive-oil/292 www.shortlist.com/instant-improver/food/how-totaste-olive-oil

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Please remember, a good olive oil always has a pleasant aroma and taste.


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29 Cruise Ships will approach Souda Port this year Reduction of cruise tourism in Chania Bad news for cruise tourism year in Chania. According to soudaport.gr, 29 cruise arrivals are included in the program this season, much less compared with other years. This happens because cruise companies have chosen to go to other destinations, mainly in the western Mediterranean and because “Navigator of the Seas�, which was

coming every Friday with thousands of passengers will not come back to Chania. However, tour operators and shipping agents believe that in 2015, things will be much better and more ships will dock at Chania. In order to achieve this, we have to create the appropriate infrastructure to support cruise tourism.

Crete and Playmobil

A different photostory by Stelios Milonas Could you ever imagine that the story of Crete could be presented by Playmobil figures? The following photos by Stelios Milonas prove the truth. Enjoy all of his creations in Facebook (Playmobil SMZS).

Eleftherios Venizelos

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Crete is a Mediterranean “Treasure” of Aromatic Plants and Herbs Drastic measure taken to safeguard the island’s unique flora in response to excessive harvesting Aromatic plants are very important in Crete. This amazing herbs of Crete (dittany is one of them) grow in the steep mountains of the island and are collected by experienced collectors, to be dried naturally and then packed in modern by Petros Marinakis packing plants, with no chemical or Botanical Park & Gardens other processing. Botanical studies reveal that the island has one of the richest and most interesting ecosystems of Europe, with a large number of endemic plants, that is, plants that grow only in Crete, like “malotira” or mountain tea (siderites syrioca) and dittany (origanum diktamus L.) the “king” of the endemic flora of Crete known since the antiquity for its antiseptic properties. In particular, Hippokrates recommended dittany as a”delivery herb” that means a herb that made women give birth painlessly and fast. The Cretan collectors of aromatic plants bring a large number of herbs to the market, such as the oregano (origanum onites), the basil (ocimum basilicum L.), the lime-tree (tilia cordata mill.), the marjoran (origanum majorana), the thyme (thymus sibthorpii benth.), the mint (mentha), the rosemarine (rosmarinus officinalis), the laurel (laurus nobilis L.), the chamomile (matricaria chamomilla L.), thesage (salvia officinalis) and more. All of them have been used from the antiquity to the present day as medicinal plants and there are many ancient texts that mention their extraordinary therapeutic properties. Today you are spared the hard work of finding the herb in order to enjoy them as teas or spices in the Cretan recipes. Modern packaging plants make sure that the natural aroma and the other incredible properties of the herbs remain intact, including the antioxidant action they have when they are consumed... Five year ban on picking aromatic plants in Crete The Forest Authority of Chania in Crete has introduced a five-year ban on the picking of aromatic plants such as

mallotira, marjoram, sage and oregano, in order to protect the wild plant life. The order specifically bans the “uprooting and complete removal of the sprouts of all aromatic, medicinal, beekeeping, flower and ornamental plant, seedling, shrub, brushwood and herb” in areas inducted in the nature protection network “Natura 2000” is banned. However, small quantities of up to 500 grams of each plant can be picked for personal use, provided the plants are in season and special care is taken to avoid damaging the shoots. In areas outside the “Natura” network local authorities will define the types and quantities allowed to be picked for trade. The regulations also outline strict fines for offenders. The five-year ban was introduced after the effects of excessive harvesting of aromatic plants became apparent. Such plants have lately become very popular market commodities thanks to their beneficial properties. Greek Medicinal and Aromatic Plants on International Market (by GreekReporter.com) The president of the Association for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of Greece (EAFFE), Katerina Grigoriadou, declared that the industry intends to expand into the international market. “The market for aromatic plants can bloom outside Greece,” she said. “Such a development will boost the Greek economy by creating new job opportunities. However, this will require cooperation,” explained Grigoriadou. “Partnerships are essential not only for the survival and

growth of this market, which is still in its early stages, but also for our products to receive the market acceptance they deserve. This is a market with unlimited potential but in order to succeed a serious commitment is required,” she added. Grigoriadou explained that during 2014 the Association will have completed the recording of all aromatic and medicinal plants in Greece. The objectives of the Association are the promotion and development of Greek aromatic and medicinal plants, the promotion of research, production, distribution and use of these and the establishment of a national policy in order to produce and market in Greece and internationally. Greece represents 50 percent of EU plant biodiversity, 80 percent of Balkan flora and 6,500 species that have been recorded as Greek flora. Among these are 2,944 endemic aromatic and medicinal plants. Most remain unused while the international market is valued at over 20 billion Euros. Aromatic and medicinal plants were presented at a conference organized during the 25th Agrotica exhibition which was held from January 31 to February 2 at the Helexpo International Exhibition Center in Thessaloniki.


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Spring is the best time to paint your house

Try to paint the exterior of your house during warmer temperatures because cold can cause dew and moisture to form which messes up fresh paint If you are painting the exterior of your house, plan to paint in the spring or fall when the sun is not so hot. Exterior painting should not be started until two days after it has rained. by Petros Chatzistavros The best time to begin your painting Civil Engineer (T.E.) is during a time of day when your house is most shaded. Considerations of factors Painting of the house could be considered on two factors: One is the temperature and one is the moisture- a minimum amount of temperature is needed for the painting. It is said that a house should not be painted when the temperature is of 50 degree. Similarly, the moisture is also an important criterion for the one who is going to paint their house because moisture can be dry, snowy or full of humidity and it can mess-up the painting of your house. Right time is said when right substance is used and it could be with choosing correct quality of paint with correct solution. Re-painting a house should be done when there is a gap of 5-8 years. You can even resist painting your house for 10 years if paint is chosen of high grade and weather resistant paint. Problems to cater with Painting involves huge chunk of money. Time of the day should be chosen to paint because it is said that early morning start will help to resist more paint than that of the painting done after the sunset. We paint to cover and in which we involve coats &coats of paint to get the de-

sire result. A good time to paint the house is only than important when it is needed. It is of no worth to paint when the house does not require the painting. There are two types of painting- exterior and interior. For exterior the good time could be when the weather is warm and for interiors there is found to be no restriction because inside the house the temperature remains moderate. A good time to paint is never decided but it is said that there are several advantages to perform the task of painting during the days of spring as the paint is absorbed best by the house in the mild temperature and will provide a lasting effect to the house. Hence it can be deducted from the above mentioned points that one has to carefully analyze a number of points to decide before deciding when he must paint his house!!! Ten things you must know when painting a house exterior Tip 1: Seal It Off When saving leftover paint, place a piece of plastic wrap on top of the open can. Spray cooking oil over the plastic and tightly secure the lid. Turn the bucket upside down, and you’ll have a brand-new seal. Air won’t get in, and the paint will last longer. Tip 2: Add Grit When you’re painting floors, add traction by putting a bit of sand in the paint to provide grip to the floor. Tip 3: Paint From Top to Bottom Start on top to prevent streaks. Whether indoors or outdoors, always begin painting at the top and work your way down. Tip 4: Combine Cans of Paint If you have multiple cans of paint of the same color, combine them (known as boxing the paint). By taking a large bucket and mixing the gallons together, you’re ensuring a uniform color.

Tip 5: Add Aluminum Wedges Aluminum wedges prevent siding rot. Slip aluminum siding wedges under the house’s siding to provide air circulation to areas where you’re finding moisture problems. Tip 6: Quality Over Price Lower-quality paint can’t stand up to everyday weathering. Protection against sunlight and temperature will keep the paint’s original color and moisture. Lack of moisture can cause mildew and will eventually crack the paint. Tip 7: Use Primer There’s a reason it’s called primer. For better paint adhesion, priming is the way to go. Use an oil primer and top it off with latex or acrylic for a better seal. Tip 8: Consider Mother Nature You have to work around Mother Nature. Autumn is a great time to paint. Paint needs time to cure, and rain is its biggest enemy. Intense humidity can get underneath the paint and cause it to bubble. Tip 9: Sand and Wash Sanding is probably one of the most important prep steps because it creates adhesion. Before you sand, wash the surface. Power washing is also a very important part of the painting process. If the surface is clean of dirt and mildew, the paint will adhere properly. Tip 10: Paint Doesn’t Stick to Rotten Siding If paint is peeling and you’ve failed to maintain it over the years, check and see whether there’s rot in the wood. If there is, use a wood petrifier; scrape away the bad wood and pour in the petrifier, it will make the wood extremely hard. Then fill the rotted gaps with proxy adhesive or resin. I wish you good luck and enjoy your house painting!!! www.prlog.org www.diynetwork.com


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Nutrition and Cancer

“Eat like a Greek?”

Decoding the Mediterranean diet

What is the relationship between them?

by Niki Voulgarakis Dietician - Nutritionist

Some foods actually increase your risk of cancer, while others support your body and strengthen your immune system. By making smart food choices, you can protect your health and feel better.

1. Emphasize in plant foods Plant foods have less fat, more fiber and more nutrients that fight cancer. These three elements act together in order to support your immune system and help the body to fight cancer. The best kind of food for both the prevention and the treatment of cancer is primarily a diet that includes a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes and nuts. 2. Buy organic or local products Some pesticides are also suspected as carcinogens Organic foods are free of these pesticides and topical products are less likely to have been treated with chemicals in order to prevent spoilage. 3. Enrich your diet with fiber Dietary fiber is the part of plants (cereals, fruits, vegetables), which our body can not metabolize. Moreover, the fiber plays a key role in maintaining our digestive system clean and healthy. Simultaneously, the fiber removes carcinogens before they can cause any damage. You find in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Generally, the more natural and unprocessed food is richer in fiber. Simple ways to increase your fiber intake: - Use brown rice instead of white - Replace white bread with whole grain - Use popcorn instead of potato chips - Eat fruits with their skins (eg pear or apple) - Εat a baked potato with the peel instead of mashed potato - Use beans instead of meat, even the hamburger 4. Reduce meat consumption Studies show that vegetarians are 50% less likely to develop cancer than people who eat meat. - Eat red meat only occasionally - sparingly. - Reduce portion size of meat at every meal. The portion is as long as the palm of our hand. - Choose lean meats like chicken, turkey and fish, if possible buy organic. - Avoid processed meat such as sausages, ham and salami. 5. Select fat wisely Diets, which are rich in fat, increase the risk of many cancers. The fats that increase the risk of cancer are saturated fat and trans fat. Saturated fats are found mainly in animal products such as red meat, full fat dairy products and eggs. The trans fat called partially hydrogenated oils, which are very good for food producers and very harmful

for us. The fats that reduce the risk of cancer are unsaturated fats, which are derived from plant sources. Sources of unsaturated fats are olive oil, nuts and avocados. Also, particular attention is given to the omega-3 fatty acids, which help fight inflammation and enhance brain health and heart. Good sources are salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, flaxseed etc. 6. Choose foods that “fight” cancer • Increase your intake of antioxidants Antioxidants are powerful vitamins that protect against cancer and helps body cells to function properly Fruits and vegetables are the best sources of antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium. • Boost your immune system with flavors of spices like garlic, ginger and curry, which give extra flavor and valuable nutrients. Also good choices are oregano, basil, rosemary and coriander. Use in soups, salads or any dish. 7. Drink plenty of water Water is essential to all bodily functions. At the same time, it stimulates the immune system, removes waste and toxins and carries nutrients to all organs of the body. 8. Prepare food with healthy ways Some examples of foods that have carcinogens is salted, dried and preserved meat (eg bacon, sausage, and salami), the char-glowing meat, smoked and moldy food. Some ways to reduce exposure to carcinogens: - Burning or charring of the meat creates carcinogens. If you choose grilling, do not overcook the meat above and be sure to cook at the right temperature (not too hot). - Do not cook oils on high heat. The low temperature in cooking and baking (less than 240 degrees) prevents oils and fats from being converted to carcinogens. Instead fry and sauté, choose healthier methods such as baking, boiling and steaming. - Avoid foods that seem to smell moldy, because it may contain aflatoxin, a potent carcinogen. Aflatoxin is most commonly found in moldy peanuts. The nuts can be maintained fresher in the fridge or freezer. Finally…”We are what we eat!!!” nvoulgaraki@hotmail.gr

(by Adriana Barton)

Dieters have been told to eat like cavemen (the Paleo diet), slurp liquefied vegetables (“green smoothies”) and learn to love bread that tastes like sawdust (aka gluten-free). Fortunately, the pendulum is swinging back toward a more palatable recipe for health: the Mediterranean diet. The “eat like a Greek” approach had a false start in the mid-1990s, until it was usurped by the low-fat craze. But thanks to a bumper crop of promising new studies, the Mediterranean diet has finally hit prime time. In the past year, leading medical journals have reported that the Mediterranean diet may ward against heart attack, stroke and type 2 diabetes, as well as chronic illness after the age of 70. Cardiovascular disease specialists are calling the diet a medical breakthrough. But what, exactly, is the Mediterranean diet? Experts acknowledge there is little consensus about what it entails – or even which foods are essential to the meal plan. “The general public wants magic bullets,” said David Jenkins, a professor of nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto. But when scientists refer to the Mediterranean diet, “we’re really talking about a loose concept.” Researchers studying the diet’s role in disease prevention are dealing with a large number of variables, and can draw only vague conclusions about which foods might provide health benefits, said James McCormack, a professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of British Columbia. Could it be the olive oil, rich in oleic acid? The antioxidants in the red white? The probiotics in the yogurt? Or a combination of these elements? If so, what is the optimal ratio of each? “It’s an almost unanswerable question,” McCormack said. But nutritionists generally agree that the Mediterranean diet is a far cry from the heaping plates of pasta at an Italian restaurant, or the skewered meat platters at a Greek taverna. Rather, the “Mediterranean diet” title was coined to describe the typical diet in Crete or southern Italy in the early 1960s, when villagers of the region had among the highest life expectancies and lowest chronic disease rates in the world. Cretans reportedly ate mostly plant-based foods; moderate amounts of cheese, yogurt, fish, poultry, eggs and red wine; and very little red meat. Villagers got as much as 40 per cent of their calories from fat, mostly in the form of olive oil, which makes the diet sound rich and hearty. But champions of the Mediterranean way often fail to mention that Cretans were very active physically – and much leaner than their North American counterparts. “We are hungry most of the time,” a villager lamented during a 1948 study of Cretan dietary patterns sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. Cretan farmers told the researchers that if they could change their diet, they would add more meat, fish, butter and pasta. In other words,


p. 23 CHANIA POST Your local free paper they would ditch their Mediterranean diet in a heartbeat. Because few North Americans would sign up for a traditional peasant diet that included servings of coarse grain mush, a modified version is clearly in order. But research about the benefits of a modified Mediterranean diet is still in the early stages, and definitions of the diet have been all over the map. Last year, a headline-grabbing Spanish study of the diet, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that Spaniards who ate extra nuts or olive oil – a whopping four tablespoons of oil per day – had a 30-per-cent reduction in the risk of heart attacks and strokes, when compared with a control group. But other than measuring markers of olive oil and nut consumption in blood and urine samples, researchers had little way of knowing just how closely participants had followed the recommendation to eat a traditional Mediterranean diet. In another study, published early this month in the online journal Plos One, Harvard University researchers analyzed the dietary habits of firefighters in the U.S. Midwest. They concluded that the more closely participants followed the Mediterranean diet, the less likely they were to have risk factors for heart disease, such as high cholesterol. In the study, however, the researchers noted that the firefighters consumed little to no fish, red wine, nuts or legumes – the widely regarded staples of Mediterranean cuisine. With definitions this loose, how is a person supposed to follow a Mediterranean diet? The answer is to eat a wide variety of minimally processed foods to cover all the nutritional bases, Jenkins said. The beauty of a Mediterranean-style diet, he said, is that it includes less of the foods associated with disease (such as processed meats) and more of those linked to good health, including fruits and vegetables high in vitamins and fibre; cold-pressed vegetable oils that increase “good” cholesterol; and small amounts of cultured dairy products, such as yogurt and cheese, which promote gut health. Rather than dividing foods into nutrient categories, “we have to start lumping good things together,” he said. Jenkins is currently applying for funding to set up the Canadian arm of a follow-up study conducted by the Spanish researchers. The goal is to study how participants respond to a more intensive Mediterranean-diet treatment – including regular exercise, dietary advice and group support – and to determine whether a modified Mediterranean diet can help prevent disease on both sides of the Atlantic. With any luck, Jenkins said, “these sorts of dietary approaches will be shaping the way we eat for many years to come.” www.theglobeandmail.com

How to Choose the Right Hearing Aid Frequently Asked Questions about Hearing Aids Investing in a hearing aid is an important decision that demands research and attention. Since people usually have many questions about hearing aids and other hearing loss devices, our professionals by Dimitris Xepapadakis have compiled a list of those that Hearing specialist are most frequently asked. If you find yourself with additional questions or would like advice about selecting the right hearing aid for your specific needs, please contact our network of hearing experts today. What are hearing aids? Hearing aids are small electronic devices that amplify sounds for people with moderate hearing loss that cannot be treated medically or surgically. Helpful in both quiet and noisy environments, hearing aids magnify sound vibrations that enter the ear. How do hearing aids work? Hearing aids receive sounds through a microphone, convert the sound waves into electrical signals, send the signals through an amplifier that increases the power of the signals, and then sends them to the ear through a speaker. Do I need a hearing aid? You may need a hearing aid if you suffer from sensorineural hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss stems from damage to the small sensory cells in the inner ear, called hair cells. Suitable candidates often experience the following: Difficulty following a conversation Frequently asking others to repeat themselves Avoiding social situations because of embarrassment What are my hearing aid options? Though hearing aids are completely customizable to meet your individual needs, there are two basic styles: Behind-the-ear - a small case holding the electronic components of the hearing aid rests behind the ear and connects to a plastic ear mold that fits inside the outer

ear. In-the-ear - a small shell fits completely in the ear canal. Many of today’s hearing aids are digital, as opposed to the older analog models. Digital hearing aids collect sound waves, convert them into digital signals, and produce an exact replication of the sound. Digital models are able to distinguish between speech and other noises, and offer a more complex processing of sound, improved reduction of background noise and feedback, and greater flexibility in programming to more accurately match the specific needs of the user. Analog hearing aids remain available as a less expensive alternative; however, they are not nearly as popular as their digital counterparts. What should I consider when buying a hearing aid? When selecting a hearing aid, you should consider first and foremost your specific hearing loss. The type of hearing aid you select should suit the nature and extent of your hearing loss, as well as the size and shape of your ear canal, and any other conditions that you may have (e.g., ear drainage, excessive earwax) that affect your ear. You should also consider your personal preferences. Take into account your aesthetic preferences; for example, you may prefer a nearly invisible aid, as opposed to an aid that is more visible but can be hidden in your hair. You should note that certain hearing aid models have small parts that require keen dexterity and eyesight. Lastly, you should consider your lifestyle and purchase a device with features to support your daily activities (e.g., watching television, speaking on the phone). Will insurance cover my hearing aid? This depends on your insurance provider and plan benefits. Some plans cover part or all of the cost of hearing aids; others do not extend these benefits. If your insurance plan does not cover hearing aids, we can help you select a device that meets your needs at a price that you are comfortable with. There are plenty of quality hearing aids to fit all budgets.


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Spring is here... time to choose your sunglasses It’s not a matter of fashion... it’s a matter of health for your eyes. Sun protection, which includes the use of sunglasses, is one of the Ten Essentials. No wonder. Sunglasses protect by Nick Lazakis your eyes from harmful ultraviolet Optical expert (UV) rays, reduce eye strain in bright conditions and protect you from flying debris and other hazards. What should you look for in a pair of sunglasses? Three important qualities: good eye protection, comfort and a fantastic style. Choose a sunglasses lens materials Sunglasses lens materials differ quite a bit. Some are heavier than others and some types are more durable. Three materials are commonly used for sunglasses lenses: 1. Polycarbonate, a durable lightweight plastic. 2. CR-39, a plastic used mostly in prescription-grade lenses. 3. Glass, durable but much heavier to wear. Sunglasses Lens Tints Colors are applied to sunglasses lenses to help absorb light as it passes through them. The color you choose is a matter of personal taste, but there are a few important color-related benefits to consider. - Gray lens tints reduce brightness, but do not distort color. - Brown and amber tints reduce glare, including the glare created by the blue frequency in sunlight, which can make things appear hazy. Brown and amber tints distort colors more than gray tints. - Yellow lens tints reduce the haze from blue light better than brown lenses, so they really sharpen up the view, but they cause more color distortion. - Green tinted lenses reduce glare and help filter out some of the blue light. They provide good contrast between objects. - Rose colored lenses might be a good choice if you participate in water sports or other outdoor activities, because they provide good contrast for objects viewed against blue or green backgrounds. Should you buy sunglasses with polarized lenses? Polarizing films applied to lenses help reduce the glare created when light bounces off of some objects, such as water, highways and other similar surfaces. It’s a personal choice. Children need sunglasses, too Children need protection from UV radiation and glare, so take care when buying sunglasses for them. Forget about those flimsy little play sunglasses - get them something that will protect their eyes. nicklazakis@yahoo.gr

Childhood asthma

by Miltiades Markatos Pneumonologist

Asthma is a condition that causes inflammation in the airways. It is the most common long-term condition in children. Asthma can start at any time of life, but is likely to begin in childhood.

SYMPTOMS Common symptoms of childhood asthma include: • Wheeze • Breathlessness • Chest tightness • Coughing Symptoms occur often at night or in the early morning. Sometimes symptoms can worsen over hours or minutes, leading to a severe obstruction of the airways known as an asthma attack. Acute asthma is the most frequent cause of admission to hospital in children of all ages. Deaths from asthma are low and over recent years the number has deceased across Europe. Research suggests that 9 out of 12 deaths from asthma are due to anaphylaxis with asthma caused by food allergy. CAUSES Asthma results from an interaction between environmental factors and genetic factors. • Environmental factors: Exposure to smoking, either through a mother who smokes during pregnancy or once a baby is born, is known to increase the risk of asthma and poor lung function throughout childhood. Respiratory virus infections during childhood can lead to the development of asthma or acute asthma attacks. 50 - 60% of children who are hospitalized for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) later develop asthma. 65% of all asthma attacks in school children are due to rhinovirus infection. Allergens such as house dust mites and animal hair can also contribute to the development of asthma. Approximately 60% of school-age children have allergies, particularly to animal dander, house dust mites and moulds, as well as plant pollens. • Genetic factors: Asthma and allergies have strong links with the genes inherited from parents. Experts are currently looking at the different genetic characteristics of asthma to identify markers of the condition. These vary between people as asthma affects everyone differently. Additionally, genetic factors often mean that people respond to treatments differently. Environmental exposure can cause changes in genes. These changes may then be inherited by the next generations and increase the risk of asthma development (epigenetic mechanisms). A key area of research for childhood asthma is to understand more about the genetics of the condition and to identify markers in order to help experts to predict how people will respond under different treatments. The EU-funded U-BIOPRED project is a good example of this. • Exercise: Exercise can also cause asthma exacerbations. This form of the condition is known as exercise-induced asthma. However, if exercise is managed properly, it can be a great benefit to help children manage their symptoms. PREVENTION Efforts to prevent childhood asthma include:

• Avoiding exposure to tobacco smoke. • Reducing exposure to allergens, such as dust mites and animal fur. • Asthma education and helping children and parents take necessary precautions. Some drugs, such as antihistamines and anti-inflammatory medication, may help prevent the condition or affect its long-term development but this is yet to be proven. TREATMENT There is no widely used test to diagnose asthma. In children, it is often identified when the child displays common symptoms of wheeze, a tight chest or cough. Medications for treatment include: • Controller medication: This medication is taken regularly to build up a protective effect against asthma symptoms. This medication is usually in the form of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS), used with or without long-acting β-agonists • Reliever medication: These are taken to relieve asthma symptoms. They relax the muscles surrounding the narrowed airways and can be used in the event of an asthma attack or worsening of symptoms. These are usually in the form of short-acting β-agonists. Asthma care involves more than just drugs. Participation in activity and exercise is very important in childhood asthma and is encouraged. BURDEN 13% of carers of asthmatic children in Britain reported giving up work to care for their child. Asthma typically begins much earlier in life than other chronic diseases, imposing a high lifetime burden on individuals, their carers and the community. Approximately one third of the population will have asthma at some time between the ages of 5 and 80 years. An increase in asthma prevalence is expected in Eastern Europe. CURRENT AND FUTURE NEEDS In schools, precautions should be taken to reduce exposure for allergic asthmatic children. Emphasis should be put upon mastering exercise-induced asthma in physical education classes in school. A goal for international guidelines for treating childhood asthma is to master exercise-induced asthma. The development of more effective drugs could reduce the need for hospital admissions due to asthma. More research is needed on the environmental and genetic causes of childhood asthma. www.anapnoi.net info@anapnoi.net


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culture POST Establishing the European Historic Cafes Association

The “heart” of the Association will be the city of Chania and the emblem will be Municipal Garden’s Clock The idea of the European Historic Cafe Association was born in October 2012, in Chania, Crete, Greece, by Vasilis Stathakis, business owner of the historic Cafe “KIPOS”. The historic Cafe “Kipos”, has been operating continuously since 1870 as a major point place of interest in the heart of the city of Chania, attracting people of culture and art, having served as well, as the Parliament of the Cretan State (09/12/1898). Nowadays we host high quality events: artistic, culinary festivals, literary, musical and thematic evenings etc. It is the only Cafe in Greece that hosts a unique experience, a permanent exhibition of historic photography, tracing the history of the Cafe and that of the city, which also illustrates the Cretan State civilization and culture. ONE PLACE, ONE HISTORY… The most famous European Historic Cafes embraced the time honored combination of coffee and culture, having at times shown their hospitality to many important people of literature, art, politics and to those who have defined, in their own way, the history of their era. It would be to the best interest of these cafes to create a bridge of communication for the exchange of opinions and organization of events with prestige, which will help the promotion and the cultural approach of every country in which these cafes are established. Aiming at a better communication and establishing a business network between its members, the Association is to promote the history, culture, products and tourist interest, so as to create the desire to all friends of gastronomy and coffee around the world, to visit the city where each of its members is located. Through events with prestige, the Association will have many to offer, not only to its members but also to the place in which a cafe-member is situated and hosts one of the events. WAYS OF PROMOTING THE GOALS AND THE BENEFITS OF THE ASSOCIATION The European Historic Cafe Association, a non-profit Association, referred for the sake of brevity as “EHCA”, is based on the need to encourage, protect and preserve the cultural, architectural and artistic heritage or the Historic Cafes, in national and European level. It pursues the promotion and safeguards the cultural heritage, with respect to differentiations of each Country’s culture has been evolved, along with the revival and development of the historic Cafe culture. The main objectives of the association are: To create the European Route of Historic Cafes Associa-

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The Civilization of Ancient Crete by R.F. Willetts

From the arrival of the Neolithic farmers through the spectacular Minoan civilization of the Bronze Age to the Roman conquest of the first century B.C., this is the story of ancient Crete, as told by an esteemed professor, packaged with an attractive new cover. This fascinating history offers analyses and interpretations of Crete’s social and political structures, as well as its art and religion, and discusses both the invention of writing and the establishment of legal codes there. The author emphasizes throughout what persists in Cretan civilization: the importance of community, the stability of institutions, and the island’s genius for absorbing and transforming outside influences. Paperback: 283 pages Publisher: Adolf M Hakkert (April 1992) Language: English ISBN-10: 9025609805 ISBN-13: 978-9025609801

tion, approved by the Council of Europe. This Route will link the cultural and historic heritage of the Cafes. To establish a strong cooperative network between the Cafes, encouraging the exchange of experience among the Association’s members. To enhance and protect the architectural, cultural and artistic heritage in close collaboration with local authorities and governmental bodies along with their integration within the development policies of each Cafe‘s home city. This will be an experience that each Cafe will share in European level. To promote the Association’s objectives in close cooperation between European institutions and European support programs. To encourage the development of research, with analysis, studies and statistics within the Cafe sector, the local historic, artistic and cultural heritage. To promote the exchange of experiences and good practices between its members. To promote a new development strategy within the historic Cafes sector, taking under consideration the possibilities that concern culture and the promotion of cultural tourism. To develop a European touristic product, which commercialized, at an international level may generate financial rewards to the EHCA and the home towns of its members. The main criteria for a Cafe to be accepted as a member are as follows: A Cafe has to be a Legal Entity, with a valid operating license as a Cafe, since its establishment. The prospective member must have been operating under the same name as a Cafe throughout all years of operation (no switching of business objective). It also must have been operating continuously since its founding. A Cafe has to have its “signature products”, which promote the culture of the specific Cafe and local tradition. A Cafe has to have a history record of at least 100 years old and must have not changed its historical character and nature throughout the years. A Cafe has to have active presence in the social and cultural scene, tradition in quality literary, culinary, artistic activities and events in general, that promote the historic Cafe culture and the culture of their home city. A number of the most famous historic Cafes of Europe

Chania International Poetry Society Chania International Poetry Society is a free group of creative people in Crete. We arrange poetry evenings in Chania twice a month with poetry, spoken word, rap and music. ‘Jussi Wahlgren, 61yrs, a Finnish poet and writer has founded 2013 Chania International Poetry Society (CIPS). Mr Wahlgren is working on his new novel in Platanias, Chania for one year and is a very keen perfromer of poems and also translates poems from Finnish to English. CIPS Poetry evenings are trilingual, poems will be recited in Greek, English and Finnish. After guest poets there is always an open mic session, when anyone can come to the microphone and recite their own poems. Only rule is that the poem must be written by the perfromer. Mr Wahlgren has an extensive career in internatiional playwriting, novels, poetry and television script writing. He also teaches creative writing in Finland and now also in Crete, a short story-course took place in Chania starting 15.2.2014... In Finnish and in English. Next poetry evening: 12/3 at Tertipi, starting at 8pm. For more info please contact: jussi.wahlgren@elisanet.fi

have already shown great interest in participating, they are in: Austria, France, Italy, Hungary Holland etc. In order to participate in the EHCA and for any inquiry you might have, you may send an email to: historic-cafes@kiposcafe.gr, Fax: +30 28210 56260 or you can call to the following mobile: +30 694 933 84 83.

John Pugh: The artist of illusions It looks as if some natural disaster has shaken away the walls of these buildings to reveal architecture hidden for thousands of years, but these spectacular images are not the unexpected result of an earthquake.

The paintings, which have fooled many, were created by John Pugh, who specialises in trompe l’oeil - or ‘trick of the eye’ - art. He is inspired by various subjects from Greek Doric Columns to scenes of nature and sea. Specifically, the picture depicts one of his most famous works that is painted on the wall of the Chico University Library, at Taylor Hall at the California State University, where Pugh studied. The mural is called “Academe” and it creates the illusion that the wall has crumbled, revealing a set of Doric style pillars inside the library. This mural has become a landmark and tourist attraction of downtown Chico. In the late 1970s, the up-and-coming artist walked by the east-facing wall on his way to countless art classes at Chico State University. He liked “the idea of where the wall is positioned and how it is viewed from a perpendicular perspective.” At that point, the wall was boring brick. “I craved that wall. My intention was not only to use the Doric column, a symbol that is easily recognized in our culture, to represent the classic architecture of the Greeks, but to tap into the concept of the Greek academe as the essence of our western educational system.”, said about his work. Pugh works on a large scale in public and residential areas and his paintings can be seen all over the world from New Zealand to Hawaii - with many telling a story of the area where they are positioned.


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by Antonia Tsakirakis cook

Skordalia

Lamb with yoghurt (1) or with vine shoots (2)

Ingredients 5-6 cloves of garlic 150gr potatoes (boiled) 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 teaspoons vinegar salt

Ingredients (1) 1 ½ kg leg of lamb 500 gr strained yogurt 2 eggs 1 lemon 2-3 cloves of garlic ½ cup oil thyme salt, pepper

Preparation Peel and mash the garlic cloves. Add in the potatoes and mash the mixture. Add 1-2 teaspoons vinegar and pour in the olive oil, whisking the mixture at the same time. Top the garlic paste with the olives and serve. In addition to olive oil, you can also add a little lemon juice. Instead of potatoes, you can use breadcrumb soaked in water.

Traditional Tavern “Tzaneris and Archontissa”

Preparation Wash the meat, season it with salt and leave it to marinate for one night in the refrigerator. Next day, wipe the meat, make some incisions into it and push slivers of garlic into them. Pour over the oil, scatter over pepper and thyme, and roast the lamb in the oven at 200 C. When it is ready, take the juices from the pan and beat them together with the yogurt and the beaten eggs. Remove the meat from the bone, and if liked, transfer it from the roasting tin to a more closed vessel, such as a clay pot. Pour over the yogurt sauce. Return the meat to the oven for about half an hour until the sauce has thickened and the yogurt has taken on a colour.

Drakona Keramion, Chania, Crete

Hot Chocolate Hot chocolate, also known as hot cocoa, is a heated beverage typically consisting of shaved chocolate, melted chocolate or cocoa powder, heated milk or water, and sugar. Some make a distinction between hot chocolate made with melted chocolate versus powdered, calling the former drinking chocolate. Drinking chocolate is also characterized by less sweetness and thicker consistency. The first chocolate beverage is believed to have been created by the Mayas around 2,000 years ago, and a cocoa beverage was an essential part of Aztec culture by 1400 AD. The beverage became popular in Europe after being introduced from Mexico in the New World, and has undergone multiple changes since then. Until the 19th century, hot chocolate was even used medicinally to treat ailments such as stomach diseases. Today, hot chocolate is consumed throughout the world and comes in multiple variations including the very thick cioccolata densa served in Italy, and the thinner hot cocoa that is typically consumed in the United States.

In mainland Europe (particularly Spain and Italy), hot chocolate is sometimes served very thick due to the use of a thickening agent such as cornstarch. Among the multiple thick forms of hot chocolate served in Europe is the Italian cioccolata densa. German variations are also known for being very thick and heavy. Hot chocolate with churros is the traditional working-man’s breakfast in Spain. This style of hot chocolate can be extremely thick, often having the consistency of warm chocolate pudding. In the Netherlands, hot chocolate is a very popular drink, known as chocolademelk, it is often served at home or in cafes. In France, hot chocolate is often served at breakfast time; sometimes sliced bread spread with butter, jam, honey, or Nutella is dunked into the hot chocolate. There are also brands of hot chocolate specially formulated for breakfast time, notably Banania. Even further variations of hot chocolate exist. In some cafes in Belgium and other areas in Europe, one who orders a “warme chocolade” or “chocolat chaud” receives a cup of steaming white milk and a small bowl of bittersweet chocolate chips to dissolve in the milk. Particularly rich hot chocolate is often served in demitasse cups. Enjoy a cup of coffee or your drink in one of the most popular hangouts of Chania ODYSSEIA CAFE 9 Ktistaki str., Chania, Crete Tel. +30 28210 53799

Ingredients (2) 1 kilo lamb 1 cup olive oil 1/2 kilo tender vine shoots 1/2 kilo chicory 1 small bunch fennel 1 bunch spring onions 1 small bunch parsley 2 eggs 2 lemons salt, pepper Preparation Saute the meat in oil for a while, add the fennel and water and simmer. Scald the vine shoots and the chicory in boiling water and when the meat is half done, combine the greens in the pot together with the finely chopped parsley, the coarsely cut onions and a little water. Boil until completely cooked and then turn the heat off, prepare the egg-lemon (avgolemono) sauce and sprinkle over the food.

Tel. +30 28210 75997 Mob. +30 6973 786747

www.tzaneris-archontissa.gr


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pet

by John Venetakis Zootechnician

Ten Ways to Stop Ticks from Biting Your Dog It’s no fun having to remove ticks from your dog during the spring and summer months. Not only are these blood-suckers nasty to look at, all filled up with your pet’s hard won blood as they are, they are also notoriously difficult to dislodge, making it so you have to get up close and personal in order to assure success. Because left too long or not removed entirely, these buggers can cause some serious diseases. So, what can you do to keep your dog tick-free this season? Here are a few ideas to consider... 1. Spot-on Treatments Using an over the counter spot-on medication that you purchase from your veterinarian, pet store, or online can be a very effective method for controlling both ticks and fleas. These medications are effective at keeping parasites at bay for up to a month. While these medications are great, you still need to be very careful about which one you use. Make sure you read all labels carefully, and if you have any doubts, be sure to get advice from your veterinarian before application. 2. Oral Medications Pills that are given once a month are readily available for dogs. These medications can work to kill both ticks and immature fleas and will disrupt the life cycle of fleas. They are easy to give and you won’t have to be concerned about small children and cats coming into contact with dogs immediately after application, as you might with spot-on treatments. 3. Shampoos Bathing your dog with a shampoo that contains medicated ingredients will generally kill ticks on contact. This can be an inexpensive (though labor-intensive) method of protecting your dog during the peak tick season. You will need to repeat the process more often, about every two weeks, as the effective ingredients won’t last as long as a spot-on or oral medication. 4. Tick Dips A dip is a concentrated chemical that needs to be diluted in water and applied to the animal’s fur with a sponge or poured over the back. This treatment is not meant to be rinsed off after application. The chemicals used in dips can be very strong, so be sure to read the labels carefully before use. You should not use a dip for very young animals (under four months) or for pregnant or nursing pets. Ask your veterinarian for advice before treating puppies, or pregnant or nursing pets.

5. Tick Collars Collars that repel ticks are an additional preventive you can use, though they are mainly only useful for protecting the neck and head from ticks. The collar needs to make contact with your dog’s skin in order to transfer the chemicals onto the dog’s fur and skin. When putting this type of collar on your dog, you will need to make sure there is just enough room to fit two fingers under the collar when it’s around the dog’s neck. Cut off any excess length of collar to prevent your dog from chewing on it. Watch for signs of discomfort (e.g., excessive scratching) in case an allergic reaction to the collar occurs. Make sure you read the labels carefully when choosing a collar. 6. Powders Another method of topical medication, tick powders work to kill and repel ticks from your dog. These powders should be used with care during application. Be sure that the powder you are using is labeled for dogs before use, as well as for your dog’s specific age. Also, make sure you check the label to make sure that the product is designed to kill ticks as well as fleas. This very fine powder can be an irritant to the mouth or lungs if inhaled, so use small amounts and slowly rub it into the skin. Keep powders away from the face and eyes when applying. You will need to reapply the product more often, about once a week during peak season. Some powders can also be used in areas where your dog sleeps, and in other parts of the household your dog frequents. 7. Tick Sprays Another topical application of medication, tick spray kills ticks quickly and provides residual protection. Sprays can be used in between shampoos and dips, and when you are planning to spend time out in wooded areas -- where ticks are most prevalent -- with your dog. Be careful when using this product around your dog’s face, and do not use it on or around any other animals in the home. 8. Treat the House and Lawn Keeping your lawn, bushes, and trees trimmed back will help reduce the population of fleas and ticks in your backyard. If there are fewer areas for these parasites to live and breed, there will be fewer of them to be concerned with. If you still have a problem, consider using one of the various household and yard sprays or granular treatments that are available from your veterinarian, pet store, or lo-

cal garden center. Just be careful when using these products, as they can be harmful to animals, fish, and humans. If you have a severe problem or you are concerned about the proper handling of these chemicals, you might want to consider hiring an exterminator to apply yard and area sprays to control the ticks and fleas. 9. Check your Dog(s) After a romp outside in areas where ticks could be lurking, be sure to carefully check your dog for ticks. Look between the toes, inside the ears, between the legs (in the “armpits”), and around the neck, deep in the fur. If you find any ticks before they have had a chance to attach and become engorged, you may have prevented serious illness for your pet. If you do find a tick attached to your dog, removal should be done immediately and carefully, making sure to get all parts of the tick’s body removed from the skin. 10. Keep Dog(s) Indoors While you do have to take your dog outside a few times a day, it is probably not a good idea to allow him to stay outside for extended periods during the height of tick season. Preventing your dog from roaming through wooded areas where ticks are likely to be lying in wait is a very effective way of keeping your pet safe from exposure, but you will still have to check your dog over thoroughly, even after short walks through grass and brush. You may still have a few ticks wandering around your yard, but if you keep things tidy and use preventives for when your dog does go out and check your dog over for any rogue ticks that might have attached themselves, your dog should have minimal risk of becoming a meal for ticks this summer. www.petmd.com


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Chania Tour Guide

The Chania official City Guide app | Free Download (Play Store and App Store) The Municipality of Chania, making the most of modern technologies, created in January 2014, a new application for mobile phones called “Chania Tour Guide”. This new application is yet another innovative initiative

of the Municipal Authority of Chania in the tourist information sector, which enables visitors and locals to receive immediate and complete information directly from the mobile device, about a wide range of topics of tourist interest, promoting at the same time the environmental, historical and cultural heritage of Chania. This application provides useful information to the visitor on monuments and archaeological sites, beaches, churches and monasteries, sightseeing, entertainment and leisure activities available in Chania. One could also seek useful information regarding history, tradition, culture and Cretan diet. The application runs in two languages - Greek and English - with the potential to support more languages in the future, providing the following options: Location View: The users have the option to locate their position on the map (GPS only) and filter the projected points by category of their content Favorite points: The users have the option to select “Favorite” points they are interested in and create their own “personal” tour guide. Suggested itineraries: The users can view on the map and follow one of the suggested itineraries, including the hotspots and relevant information. Offline Access: The application is fully functional without requiring internet connection (3G or WI-FI) except for the Google map and the proposed videos of Chania City.

33 Chrisanthou Episkopou str., Chania Tel. +30 28210 55667 tech news Mobile apps overtake PC Internet usage in U.S.

Americans used smartphone and tablet apps more than PCs to access the Internet last month - the first time that has ever happened. Mobile devices accounted for 55% of Internet usage in the United States in January. Apps made up 47% of Internet traffic and 8% of traffic came from mobile browsers, according to data from comScore, cited by research firm Enders Analysis. PCs clocked in at 45%.

Samsung Unveils Galaxy S5 Smartphone

The phone sports a 5.1-inch OLED display –ever so slightly larger than the S4’s 5-inch display; the screen’s resolution remains unchanged at 1080p. The rear-facing camera gets a slight bump, jumping to 16 megapixels (up from 13 in last year’s model). Autofocus speed has been increased, and the actual image sensor is larger than the S4’s; it’s been paired with an image processing chip as well, and it’s capable of shooting 4K video. Samsung didn’t really touch much on the Galaxy S5’s processor during its MWC presentation, so it’s likely that horsepower might vary by market: some phones might ship with Samsung’s own Exynos chips, while others might ship with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips, for example (the main offering is apparently a 2.5 Ghz quadcore Snapdragon). We’ll see 16- and 32-gigabyte storage options, with the amount of RAM reaching 3 GB.

Voice-Activated Search Now Built Into Google Chrome

Google’s much-anticipated voice-activated search is now built right into the Chrome browser. Now all users need to do to launch a search is get the browser’s attention by saying “OK Google” followed by whatever they’re looking for. Ever since Google first demonstrated the feature, at the company’s I/O conference last year, it has been eagerly awaited by users. But its initial rollout was restricted to the Moto X, which had the controversial feature of having the mic always on to listen for commands. The company put the capability in an optional extension for Chrome back in November, but now it’s part of the browser itself -the beta version only for now. Simply say “OK Google, search for...” and you are ready to go!

What do the Users of Google Ask About Greece? Surely the Internet’s invasion of our everyday life scares us sometimes. In fact, the Internet and mainly Google knows much more about us than we could ever imagine. On the Google search engine, we can pose questions about issues that we do not dare ask those who are really close to us. However, the popular search engine keeps recorded all our private questions. These are two common questions that are Googled. The auto-complete of words or phrases typed on the Google search engine, reveals the stereotypes that exist in the mind of millions of people regarding many Asian and European countries. In particular, the most commonly Googled question concerning Greece is why is it a country of such great impor-

tance. The same question is posed for FYROM too. On the other hand, if we take into account what the users ask for Italy we can deduct that most people consider Italy as a country full of racists. In addition, Google’s users want to know why Spain is so empty, why Portugal is so poor, why France is so gay, why Britain so rich, why Ireland so green, why Belgium so boring but rich, why the Netherlands so broad-minded and Germany so rich. They also Google questions like why are Austria and Switzerland so rich, why Czechs are atheists, why Poland is such a weak country, why Denmark is a happy country and why Lithuania is so suicidal. www.greekreporter.com

Chania Taxis in Google’s Play Store Hermes’s app is an innovative application that allows you to order a taxi, and also purchase a set of other services including: - Air tickets - Ferry tickets - Theater, concerts and sporting events tickets - Mobile Top up TAXI Features: - Order a taxi from Hermes taxi company - Select your starting point through an interactive map, or by typing an address or selecting from predetermined points - Save your “favorite” places for future use - Order a taxi now or set an appointment - View the route of the taxi live Air tickets features: - Search and book your air ticket using flexible search options and criteria

- View detailed information for the selected flight and cost Ferry tickets features: - View all routes of ferry companies and book your ticket - Collect your tickets from the port or from a wide network of partners Entertainment tickets features: - See all events such as theater plays, concerts, movies and sports events and search using the criteria of your interest - Choose event category and see special offers and discounts Mobile Top up features: - Top up your mobile for all networks (Cosmote, Vodafone, Wind, whats’up, CU and Q) - Select top up amount of your choice: 10 € -30 € For any questions or suggestions

please contact us at 28210-98700


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New Year’s Cake for Platanias FC, Chania FC and Kissamikos FC (photostory) From all of us in Chania Post... we wish you the best!!!

Soccer School by Liverpool FC The 1st Soccer School by Liverpool FC Foundation, took place from 25-27 February 2014 in Kathiana Stadium. Young players from the academy of Panakrotiriakos FC had the opportunity to train for three days under the guidance of William GERRARD, coach of Liverpool Soccer Academies. The coach of “Reds” showed new tactics in children and examined closely the progress they have made. All players showed great passion in training , while the object beyond the race track, was to adopt the famous “Liverpool Way”... collectivism, teamwork and family atmosphere.

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A young Cretan goalkeeper for Manchester United? The 19 year old goalkeeper of Kissamikos has arrived at Manchester in mid February, participating in a training camp of the “Red Devils”! So far, the Athenian goalkeeper has made ​​a good impression. As it was announced by the press office of Kissamikos, “Having the permission of the team, our goalkeeper Konstantinos Kontopidis went to Manchester in order to participate in a pilot camp of United. We give him our best wishes to accompany him to his dreamy trip!”

Super League - F.C. Platanias

3/3: Platanias-PAS Giannina (Mun. Stadium of Perivolia) 9/3: Apollon-Platanias (Rizoupoli Stadium) 16/3: Platanias-AEL Kallonis (Mun. Stadium of Perivolia) 23/3: Atromitos-Platanias (Mun. Stadium of Peristeri) 26/3: Platanias-Levadeiakos (Mun. Stadium of Perivolia) 30/3: Skoda Xanthi-Platanias (Skoda Xanthi Arena)

Football League - Chania F.C.

The ball is... One question that years ago would have a very easy answer, is being troubling me. The truth is that the answers I got were many and none of them, although different, was wrong. What does a soccer ball by Costas Nitse have inside? CHANIA SPORT FM Journalist The first answer is air… true but there are more aged people who answer with different responses, like… money, dirt, love, passion, glory, promotion and many others. None of them is wrong, but for me what balls have inside me is everything that we want to see. A child’s innocent eyes are seeing only pure air inside a ball…. On the other hand, all those people who are involved with football are seeing other things, like money, promotion and fame… three elements that can destroy or lead up football.

Others see corruption and many negatives that are capable of making you hate this indispensable tool for football... the ball. Why does football have so many friends? Is it the fact that each of us sees something different? Yeah, I would say so, because I have seen many times a lot of people, even myself, pretending to be the coach, the player and the referee or even the president of a team, trying to tranquilize this beast… the ball. Is it a coincidence that Football Manager PC game is so addictive? A game without rich graphics, a game even in primitive form, with dots running and chasing… a ball, wow that’s the secret... The ball, which instantly transforms the dots in… Zidane, Ronaldo, Messi and us in… Murinho, Ancelotti, Guardiola and many others. Finally, I would like to tell you that even coaches do not hesitate to see the ball in a different way… Ivica Osim said once… “Ball is a prostitute”… I totally agree with him.

Anatomy of a knockout An effective knockout blow requires the kinetic linking of all parts of the body. The movement and therefore the flow of the energy starts at the ground and moves through the bodyand into by George Christoulakis Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy the arm and finally the fist(assuming it’s a punch). As the energy travels upward, it multiplies until it makes contact, occassionally with the body but most often with the heador jaw. Hundreds of foot-pounds of force can be delivered on target, which explains how the most common result-mild traumatic brain injury, aka a concussion-can occur. For the anatomicaly inclined: The brain floats in cerebrospinal fluid within the skull.a traumatic impact generates turbulent rotational and linear movement of the brain. The brain essentially slams against one side of the inner skull during the adcceleration and then it slams against the other side during the decleration. If you ‘ve been knocked out , you shouldn’t resume the actvity right away. Seek medical care, if possible.

Football Calendar... March

Your doctor will perform an assessment involving tests of brain function and body postural stability. Typically, a seven-daywait is required for the complete resolution of symptoms. Follow up assessmentsonce you’resymptomfree will enable your doctor to determine when it’s safe to train or compete again. INTERNATIONAL WING CHUN DAY Wing Chun schools around the world will celebrate the 2014 International Wing Chun Day on Saturday, March 15th. The day is set aside annually to celebrate the art of Wing Chun and promote it across the world. Practitioners celebrate Wing Chun Day by holding events that promote the art. Previous events held by local schools around the world have included public demonstrations and gatherings. Some practitioners use it as a day to come together in unity across lineages and promote the art as a whole, while others use it to recruit new members for their school.

Wing Chun Kung Fu was created around 1700AD in China and is one of the top fighting systems, a complete concept of fighting. The goal of the practitioner is to develop their reflexes as well as the function of their body mechanics so that in random close range attacks they can react spontaneously,quickly,effectively and accurately. In short, the practitioner learns how to face any attacker in conditions that concern their survival and not winning a contest in a fighting match with rules and regulations. Who is WCKF for? That is obvious. It is literally for anyone who is looking to improve their self defence, regardless of gender, age, or whether they have any previous experience in martial arts. It is also for people who want to a new way of life that will give them confidence, a better physical condition, better reflexes and internal balance through the daily practice of this complete martial art.

3/3: Acharnaikos-Chania (Mun. Stadium of Menidi) 9/3: Chania-Vizas Megaron (Mun. Stadium of Perivolia) 16/3: Glifada-Chania (Mun. Stadium of Glifada) 23/3: Chania-Asteras Magoulas (Mun. Stadium of Perivolia) 30/3: Kallithea-Chania (Mun. Stadium of Kallithea)

3rd Division - Kissamikos

01/03: Trahones-Kissamikos 09/03: Kissamikos-Olympiacos Lavriou 16/03: Pefki-Kissamikos 23/03: Kissamikos-Panelefsiniakos 30/03: ionikos-Kissamikos

FIFA World Ranking (February 2014)


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Useful information and phones in Chania Prefecture Whenever you call a number in Greece, even if it is a local phone call, you have to use the (area code) + (0) + (phone number). For example, if you want to call a phone number in Chania you will have to dial: 2821+ 0 + phone number. If you call from abroad always use 0030 before the phone number. REGION OF CRETE....................................2813400300-5 PREFECTURE OF CHANIA....................2821340100-200 MUNICIPALITIES Chania............................................................................2821341600 Apokoronas..................................................................2825340300 Platanias........................................................................2821083570 Sfakia..............................................................................2825391540 Kissamos........................................................................2822340200 Kandanos-Selino........................................................2823349399 Gavdos...........................................................................2823041101 TRANSPORTATION Public bus....................................................................2821093306 City public bus...........................................................2821093024 ANEK Lines...............................................................2821027500-4 ANENDYK..................................................................2821095511-2 Airport...........................................................................2821083800 Aegean Airlines..........................................................2821063366 Olympic Air..................................................................8018010101 Ryan Air...............................................................00448712460002 Hermes taxi.................................................................2821098700

Kydon taxi....................................................................2821094300 GENERAL Police...............................................................................................100 Tourist Police...............................................................2821025931 Airport Police Station...............................................2821063033 Greek National Tourism Organization...............2821092943 Municipal Tourism Office....................................2821341665-6 Port Authority...............................................2821098388/98888 Fire Department.........................................................................199 First Aid..........................................................................................166 Rental Accomodation Union.................................2821043601 Chania Hotels Association.....................................2821060540 Customs Office...........................................................2821089277 Public Electricity Company.....................................................125 Municipal Water Company....................................2821036250 Telecommunications Organization......................................121 HOSPITALS/CLINICS Red Cross......................................................................2821052550 Aghios Georgios........................................................2821022000 Navy hospital..............................................................2821082000 “Iasis” Gavrilakis clinic..............................................2821070800 Kapakis Clinic..............................................................2821052688 Tsepetis Clinic.............................................................2821028828 Research and Training Institute of Alzheimer Senility Cases..............................................................2821076050 TV STATIONS Nea TV...........................................................................2821036700

Kydon TV......................................................................2821074978 Kriti TV...........................................................................2821083200 Kriti 1.............................................................................2821099119 Chania TV.....................................................................2821041440 NEWSPAPERS Haniotika Nea..............................................2821051003/70563 Dimokratis....................................................................2821099600 Agonas tis Kritis..........................................................2821099119 Kosmos tis polis.........................................................2821086786 Cretavoice....................................................................2821303095 Pyxida............................................................................2821074104 RADIO STATIONS Super FM......................................................................2821052010 Ant1 Dytikis Kritis......................................................2821055505 Chania Sport FM....................................................2821056800-5 Max FM.........................................................................2821055008 CONSULATES Germany.......................................................................2821068876 Denmark.......................................................................2821057330 Italy.................................................................................2821027315 Norway..........................................................................2821057330 Sweden.........................................................................2821057330 France............................................................................6944444757 CHAMBERS Chamber of commerce...........................................2821052329 EOMMEX.......................................................................2821042568 Economic......................................................................2821093001 Technical.......................................................................2821027900


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This is March's issue of Chania Post, the one and only newspaper in English language for the Chania area.

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