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Issue No 8 - November 2013
The local FREE paper for the Chania area
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.
Offering a selection of local interest articles, news and other views from around the region of Chania and Western Crete.
READ ALSO IN THIS ISSUE
Tourist numbers demonstrate vital industry strength Increase in Arrivals in the First Eight Months of 2013
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“Meet and Crete”
A tribute to our island by “The Australian” newspaper
>> p. 11
As Germans push austerity... Greeks press Nazi-Era claims
>> p. 9
Ryanair’s cabin crew select teenage cancer trust (UK) as 2014 charity calendar partner
€100,000 calendar proceeds will help teenage cancer patients >> p. 4
Olive harvest in Crete
Enjoy your holidays in autumn by taking part in a traditional activity >> p. 20
Tsikoudia or Raki?
The Cretan spirit is always the same
CHANIA AS CRUISE DESTINATION “One thing you don’t want to miss” >> p. 3
Public bus is the best affordable way to travel to Chania - Rethimno - Heraklion... and to all Southwestern Crete
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“I hope that...” Hope is… in the music… Like the best is yet to come, and won’ by Elpida “Hope” Katsarakis t that be fine NEA TV Journalist You think you’ve seen the sun, but you ain’ t seen it shine So, when troubles call, and your backs to the wall There are lot to be learned, that wall could fall All problems just a toy balloon They’ll be bursted soon (Lyrics from songs of Frank Sinatra ) So lying underneath the stormy skies She said... I know the sun’s set to rise. This could be paradise Coldplay-Paradise lyrics And …Let the skyfall When it crumbles We will stand tall Face it all together (Adele –Skyfall lyrics) Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past You must fight just to keep them alive (Survivor-Eye Of the Tiger lyrics) Tomorrow’s getting hard make no mistake Luck ain’t even lucky Got to make your owns breaks. (Bon Jovi-It’s my life lyrics) The future’s in my hands I hold it in my palms (Empire Of The Sun-Standing On The Shore lyrics)
Holly molly …crisis is f*cking perfect!!! Right now, right here with this photo I had the most crazy thoughts by Pandelis Spiridakis KYDON TV Host - gelamou.gr Ok, ok …I admit …I had also the most crazy words in mind and in mouth. Having your espresso at the popular 13 at the 1866 square, I saw in front of my eyes crossing this unbelievable guy with his Sunday costume, shinny shoes and his old fashioned motor cycle for two! Jesus Christ…he drives me nuts. Automatically I thought That’s it… yabadabadoooo , life still rolls over. Who gives a **et for this crisis? Sorry we ‘re greeks…god bless our race. We can still check it in a free translation: Greeks have always been the great bing bang theory in surprises, in poverty crossing, in diplomacy and most of all in giving recital at their own stage! Even if the god himself came down on earth , we would still find a way to do our stuff. Something like our beloved psychotherapy…in our peculiar way! And at the point you are drowning from the big exclusive unsolved problems, money are never good enough, the stress to make it work , just laughs at you... there you see this unbelievable guy with his Sunday costume, shinny shoes and his old fashioned motor cycle for two! That’ s the madness our politicians need. Bingo guys. They dream we ‘ re at a pro election phase ( yeah right)… can you grab the people’s aphasia… hey you men? Are you still listening, cause In a while you will just face , is that fair enough? SEE IT COMING… the paychecκ is coming and it will be a brand new paycheck , a brand new scheme. And don’t show off with your popularity, experience, heavy pockets or political credibility. Who really cares? This is a common sense, the one that people did not see existing in his survival or his wild every day fight. So what?
SAY CHEEEESE… no one will now vote with the old fashioned common sense my loveable candidate… Holly molly! That’s the minute you will also face this unbelievable guy with his Sunday costume, shinny shoes and his old fashioned motor cycle for two…crazy for new stuff voting. Which means that catharsis, destroying and reconstructing my loveable political candidate will start all over again from the citizen and his way of voting! Cause you my loveable political candidate with catharsis …the only relationship you had , was the one with soda after the extraordinary eating as an animal! SO WHAT? Say cheeeeese... the paycheck is coming and it will be a brand new paycheck , a brand new scheme. Have a nice time Kisses – Pantelis!
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What Greece’s success story? Unemployment in Greece hit a new record, just a few months after Prime Minister Samaras had launched his “success story” campaign. by Pandelis Giaitsis The sheer horror is among the youth aged 15-24, because unemployment has overcome 65%. The data released once more by Greek statistics Authority (ELSTAT) include only the data of employees. Self-employed who become jobless after closing down shops and businesses are not included in the Greek unemployment reality. Research institute of private sector union GSEE had predicted that unemployment would reach 30% by the end of the year. GSEE’s prediction did not include the wave of layoffs in the public sector, when some 15,000 people are expected to lose their jobs by end of 2014.
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Not even lowering the minimum wage down to 480 euro gross for those below 25 years old and down to 580 euro gross for those above this age could manage to combat unemployment. Because, no matter how “competitive” Greece is in terms of wages, there can be no growth and development in an unstable tax environment with continuously increasing corporate taxes. There can be no growth and unemployment when the purchase power is continuously decreasing, where there lack of liquidity while banks demand all your assets as guaranty for even small business loans. For four years now, Greece’s establishment regime is attempting to convince the world, and the Greek people, that all is well in the best of all possible worlds. The difference now is that the international press seems to be buying this propaganda. So... from GRExit to Success Story and then to BIG FAIL... if the mass media would start to believe and describe the real greek reality... sometime!
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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One thing you don’t want to miss Chania as cruise destination
Port of Souda and Chania destination is the western gateway of Crete Island, one of the safest and friendlier cruise port of Aegean Sea & South East Mediterranean. Be sure that you have visited an ideal and primitive destination in by Konstantinos Brokalakis the Mediterranean Sea. President of Port Authority of Port of Souda is the main sea enChania Prefecture trance to Chania, a place where different civilizations have flourished throughout the centuries. Wandering around the Old Town’s maze-like alleys with the beautiful Venetian mansions, the fountains and the elaborate churches, will help you discover well-preserved historical monuments.
Port of Souda Port of Souda is located at Souda Bay, which is a bay and natural harbor on the northwest coast of the island of Crete, overlooked by hills on the Akrotiri peninsula on the north and the Drapano area in the distant east. The bay is about seven kilometers east of the town of Chania. Souda Bay is an important international port, has one of the deepest natural harbors in the Mediterranean and is easy to defend. It is also protected from the strong winds occasionally experienced in Crete and S.E. Mediterranean, in such a way that the weather in the harbor can be very different from the rest of the area. For these reasons, Souda Bay has been a strategic military installation since the ancient times. In Souda, which is the small town next to Souda Bay, you can find many places to relax and shop. The nearby ancient Hellenic city of Aptera as well the British and Commonwealth War Cemetery are worth visiting. Near the mouth of Souda Bay, there are two small islands. In the middle of the entrance is Souda Island, giving its name to the bay; the second, smaller one is known as Leon. The two islets you will see at the mouth of Souda Bay were referred to as Leukai (“White Ones”) in ancient times. Their name came from the ancient Greek myth about a musical contest between the Sirens and the Muses. The Sirens were so distraught from losing the competition that their wings fell off, turned white and fell in to the sea, creating the islands. The largest of these islands, Souda Island, has an extensive military history of its own, and was center stage for many of the hostile activities between Greeks and Ottomans. Fans of the James Bond film “For Your Eyes Only” will recognize Souda Island from several boat-chase scenes. During July and August you can take one of the small boats that ferry tourists from Souda’s port to Souda Island, where guided tours are available. During the 15 minute ride you may catch sight of some of the long-abandoned caves that were used by pirates. Note that there are no beaches on the island, and only guided tours are allowed. Souda Port, Chania as Cruise Destination As the Port Authority of Chania Prefecture, we have the responsibility of all ports of Chania Prefecture and for sure, the Port of Souda, our main sea gateway. For the
cruise guests we aim to provide our professional services for their safety and satisfaction, wishing them to be back soon. During the last years, having a very safe general purpose commercial port, we tried to improve cruise tourism with significant results. On the average, from 2011 until nowadays, Port of Souda yearly hosted more than 65 cruise calls with 140,000 (happy and satisfied – according to guest satisfaction surveys) cruising guests. We expect in 2013 to have 50 calls in total and 130,000 cruising guests. Cruise tourism is growing fast around the world and especially in European countries. For our region, we believe in cruise tourism development and we work on that setting a master plan for the port infrastructure extensions (new docks dedicated to cruise business of 11 millions cost and safety improvements of 1.7 millions) and improvements (2015 – 2016) and a guided plan for the cruise port procedures updates and improvements (2014 and after) in coordination with the major cruise companies. In addition, Chania International Airport will increase passenger capacity with the new extension of arrivals & departures terminal (delivered 2015). This project at the airport as well as the exploitation of Port of Souda master plan, can upgrade at once the Port of Souda and Chania as a home porting cruising destination and not only as a port of call. The home porting in Port of Souda and Chania could be our reply to the economic recession, giving benefits to all involved parties (cruise companies, local business development, social growth through unemployment decrease, etc). Further on, we are proud to host in the Port of Souda passenger terminal an awarded and innovative information technology system, which is called ‘Creative Crete’ and has two main themes (Infocloud and Be There Now). The first one (Infocloud), interactively gives very impressive information to cruise passengers about Cretan mythology and culture, sightseeing, gastronomy and many tourist information for Crete. The second (Be There Now) gives the opportunity to the guest to be included in a photo that can be chosen out of many different Cretan themes and then send it with e-mail. We are also happy to announce the new strategy of our Organization, which is effective since last month (September 2013), aiming to increase in quantitative and qualitative terms the cruise business in the near future for Chania region. This strategy is implemented in two directions. First direction is focused in port infrastructure and cruise operational procedures updating and the second in the close cooperation with the cruise companies for the guests’ satisfaction from our Port and Chania destination. Finally, for the next year 2014, in spite of the deployment differentiation from cruise companies side (cruise ships redirected from Mediterranean Sea to Asia), we expect about the same cruise traffic with 2013 in qualitative terms, that means quite less calls but more selective guests. We hope that very soon the demanding cruise visitor and cruise companies as well, will experience the improvements and the general refreshing view of Souda, the main cruise port in Chania.
Kapsaliana Village Hotel in Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards 2013 A 300-year-old hamlet set amid vast olive groves has been converted to one of Crete’s most distinctive and relaxing lodgings with luxurious, stylishly appointed rooms, welcoming lounges, and an excellent dining room - all fashioned out of beautiful, ancient stone houses. These, like the grounds, were part of the Arkadi Monastery holdings; everything has been positioned as if in a painting, in a quintessentially Cretan landscape. Surrounding the main lounge of the large Olive Press house are 12 bungalows, most restored historic houses, designed with bold wooden beams, mighty stone walls, and the occasional farm utensil/modern art sculpture. Stone work, arches, cobbled lanes, lovely views of the countryside and sea, terraces, and a refreshing pool all contribute to an idyllic retreat and a taste of Cretan life as it once was - though rural life was never as luxe as this. Pros - former village-turned-hotel - a welcome break from anonymous resorts - atmospheric surroundings - extremely attractive accommodations - casual yet attentive service - unique history - reasonable rates Cons - remote location makes a rental car a necessity - some distance from beaches The hotel can be found on the island of Crete in an area of great natural beauty, surrounded by the largest olive grove on the island. On approaching Kapsaliana you will realise that the hotel is the village itself, a fascinating group of stone buildings of Cretan and Venetian architecture, nestling in peaceful surroundings with superb views of the countryside and the sea. Seventeen of the original houses have been carefully converted into comfortable elegant, comfortable guest houses clustered around the old Olive Press. Four new houses have been created to the same architecture as the original houses. Each house is individual in design and has all modern amenities within simple, tasteful interiors. Most houses have their own fireplace, private terrace, free internet access, music channels, satellite TV, mini bar, air-conditioning and central heating.
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Italian tour operators visited Crete Some 170 Italian tourism operators visited Crete with the aim of increasing visitors from their country to the popular island. The Italian tour operators represent more than 3,500 travel agencies and arrived in Heraklion to make their travel plan for the season of 2014. They were welcomed at the airport Nikos Kazantzakis by the local Governor of Crete Stavros Arnaoutakis, their representative on the island, Tasos Patelaros and the President of the Regional Council, George Pitsoulis. According to the Greek news agency AMNA, academic assistants of the Institute of Technology and Research guided the tour operators in the interactive projection systems of the island which are funded by the Region of Crete. “The Region of Crete, along with the Chamber, the tourism organizations and airport master, welcome the delegation of the Italian tour operators, who represent 3,500 travel agencies and are great ambassadors of our island internationally” said Arnaoutakis, who expressed his joy for the tourism increase and and thanked for all the bodies and organizations for their cooperation. Finally, the representative of the Italian tour operators Davide Pavarina expressed his happiness at being on Crete, which, as he said, is a beautiful and popular tourist destination for Italians. He also added that ” the contacts and preparation to be done these days in Crete will lead to the increase of foreign tourists in our country for the next summer season.”
One million more tourists in Greece According to data from the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises, more than 17,5 million tourists visited Greece this year, between January and September. Kalamata’s airport was the first in arrivals with a rate of 72.54 % (49.74 % in total for the period January-September ), second was Mykonos airport increased by 37.10 % (27.38 % in total) and third the airport of Santorini with 28.96 % (21.20 % in total). The larger airports (Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Kos, Corfu, Heraklion, Chania, Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Samos, Mykonos, Santorini, Aktion, Skiathos, Kavala, Araxos and Kalamata) recorded an overall increase in arrivals of 10.23 %. Note that in the entire nine months all the main airports, except the one of Samos, had an increase in arrivals, indicating that Greek tourism will close with a record in arrivals and revenues for the Greek economy.
Ryanair’s cabin crew select teenage cancer trust (UK) as 2014 charity calendar partner €100,000 calendar proceeds will help teenage cancer patients Ryanair, Europe’s low fares airline, today (14 Oct) announced that its cabin crew have selected Teenage Cancer Trust as their charity partner for the 2014 Ryanair Cabin Crew Charity Calendar, which it hopes will raise €100,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, bringing the total raised by Ryanair’s cabin crew for charity to over €700,000 since the first calendar in 2008. Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and survival chances for young people with cancer aged between 13 and 24. The charity funds and builds specialist units in NHS hospitals and provides dedicated staff, bringing young people together to be treated by teenage cancer experts. Teenage Cancer Trust also educates young people about cancer to help improve the speed and quality of diagnosis. During the summer months, special sun safety sessions are delivered to highlight the dangers of skin cancer and Ryanair will be supporting the charity’s Shunburn campaign. Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: “Ryanair’s fabulous cabin crew have selected Teenage Cancer Trust as the lucky charity that will receive all of the €100,000 proceeds from the 2014 Ryanair Cabin Crew Charity Calendar sales, which will help support their 27 specialist cancer units for young people across the UK. Every year 10,000 copies of the Ryanair cabin crew charity calendar sell out in record time, so everyone who wants to help Teenage Cancer Trust with its work can buy Ryanair’s 2014 calendar onboard, on our website, or from Teenage Cancer Trust’s website when it goes on sake shortly.” Teenage Cancer Trust’s Interim Director of Fundraising, Kate Collins said: “It’s fantastic news that Ryanair cabin crew have chosen to support Teenage Cancer Trust through the sales of the 2014 calendar. Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK and the money raised by Ryanair staff and customers from calendar sales will help us to continue to provide them with the vital specialist support they need.”
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As Germans push austerity, Greeks press Nazi-Era claims by Suzanne Daley AMIRAS, Greece - As they moved through the isolated villages in this region in 1943, systematically killing men in a reprisal for an attack on a small outpost, German soldiers dragged Giannis Syngelakis’s father from his home here and shot him in the head. Within two days, more than 400 men were dead and the women left behind struggled with the monstrous task of burying so many corpses. Mr. Syngelakis, who was 7 then, still wants payback. And in pursuing a demand for reparations from Germany, he reflects a growing movement here, fueled not just by historical grievances but also by deep resentment among his countrymen over Germany’s current power to dictate budget austerity to the fiscally crippled Greek government. Germany may be Greece’s stern banker now, say those who are seeking A few individual cases have reparations, but made their way through the before it goes Greek courts, including one too far down that representing the victims of road, it should pay off its own a massacre in Distomo in debts to Greece. 1944. Germans rampaged “Maybe some of through the village gutting us have not paid pregnant women, bayo- our taxes,” Mr. neting babies and setting Syngelakis said, standing beside homes on fire, witnesses the olive tree have said. Lawyers for Disto- where his father mo won a judgment of $38 died 70 years million in Greece. But the ago. “But that is Greek government has nev- nothing compared to what er given permission to lay they did.” claim to German property in It is not just agGreece as a way of collecting ing victims of the Nazi occuon the debt. pation who are
demanding a full accounting. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s government has compiled an 80-page report on reparations and a huge, never-repaid loan the nation was forced to make under Nazi occupation from 1941 to 1945. Mr. Samaras has sent the report to Greece’s Legal Council of State, the agency that would build a legal case or handle settlement negotiations. But whether the government will press the issue with Germany remains unclear. Some political analysts are doubtful that Athens will be willing to take on the Germans, who have provided more to the country’s bailout package than any other European nation. Others, however, believe that the claims — particularly over the forced loan — could be an important bargaining chip in the months ahead as Greece and its creditors are expected to discuss ways to ease its enormous debt burden. Few here think it was an accident that details of the report were leaked to the Greek newspaper Real News on Sept. 22, the day that Germans went to the polls to hand a victory to Germany’s tough-talking chancellor, Angela Merkel. “I can see a situation where it is politically difficult for the Germans to ease the terms for us,” said one high-ranking Greek official, who did not want his name used because he was not authorized to speak on the issue. “So instead, they agree to pay back the occupation loan. Maybe it is easier to sell that to the German public.” So far, the Germans have given little indication that they are so inclined. During his latest visit to Athens in July,
Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, said, “We must examine exactly what happened in Greece.” But he insisted that Greece had waived its rights on the issue long ago. The call for reparations has elicited an emotional outpouring in Greece, where six years of brutal recession and harsh austerity measures have left many Greeks hostile toward Germany. Rarely does a week go by without another report in the news about, as one newspaper put it in a headline, “What Germany Owes Us.” The main opposition party, Syriza, has seized on the issue as well, with its leader, Alexis Tsipras, barnstorming across the country promising action to enthusiastic applause. Estimates of how much money is at stake vary wildly. The government report does not cite a total. The figure most often discussed is $220 billion, an estimate for infrastructure damage alone put forward by Manolis Glezos, a member of Parliament and a former resistance fight (continue on p. 10)
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er who is pressing for reparations. That amount equals about half the country’s debt. Some members of the National Council on Reparations, an advocacy group, are calling for more than $677 billion to cover stolen artifacts, damage to the economy and to the infrastructure, as well as the bank loan and individual claims. Even the figure for the bank loan is in dispute. The loan was made in Greek drachmas at a time of hyperinflation 70 years ago. Translating that into today’s currency is difficult, and the question of how much interest should be assessed is subject to debate. One conservative estimate by a former finance minister puts the debt from the loan at only $24 billion. It is not hard to see why the issue is so attractive to many Greeks. It offers, if nothing else, a chance to take Germany down a peg. The last six years have hit Greek pride hard. Some here feel that the country’s officials are merely puppets these days, imposing whatever solutions the country’s creditors — the International Monetary Fund, the European Union and the European Central Bank — come up with. Experts say that the German occupation of Greece was brutal. Germany requisitioned food from Greece even as
Greeks went hungry. By the end of the war, about 300,000 had starved to death. Greece also had an active resistance movement, which prompted frequent and horrific reprisals like the one that occurred here in Amiras, a small village in Crete. Some historians believe that 1,500 villages were singled out for such reprisals. After the war, experts say, Greece got little in reparations. But few countries did. The Allies concentrated on rebuilding Germany, not wanting to once again impose crushing reparations bills as they did after World War I, an important factor, they believed, in bringing about World War II. Some German property was divvied up, but many claims were simply put off until East and West Germany might be reunited. When that moment arrived, the world’s landscape had changed significantly. By then, the European Union was in place, Germany was contributing more to the bloc’s budget than it was getting back, and, some experts say, the books were closed. (Germany has paid huge reparations to Israel in the name of the Jewish people at large, and the German government, German companies and a number of other institutions established a multibillion-dollar fund to compensate those forced to perform labor during Nazi internment.)
Yet some groups in Greece have long felt that Germany still owes victims like Mr. Syngelakis. And others, now looking back, believe that Germany was let off the hook back then and should be more generous now in Greece’s hour of need. A few individual cases have made their way through the Greek courts, including one representing the victims of a massacre in Distomo in 1944. Germans rampaged through the village gutting pregnant women, bayoneting babies and setting homes on fire, witnesses have said. Lawyers for Distomo won a judgment of $38 million in Greece. But the Greek government has never given permission to lay claim to German property in Greece as a way of collecting on the debt. Christina Stamoulis, whose father was a lawyer on that case, said that many older people in Greece had only recently started talking about what happened in the war, in some cases because older Germans had arrived in their villages with their grandchildren wanting forgiveness. “O.K., apologize,” Ms. Stamoulis said. “But we are expecting actions, too.” Experts say that Germany is highly unlikely to want to revisit issues of reparations with Greece, since other countries would be likely to make similar claims. But some believe that Greece might have a shot at getting repayment on the bank loan. “What is unusual about that loan is that there is a written agreement,” said Katerina Kralova, the author of “In the Shadow of Occupation: The Greek-German Relations During the Period 1940-2010.” “In other countries, the Germans just took the money.” Asked about the 80-page report, officials of the Greek Foreign Ministry said that Greece had no intention of mingling war claims with the current financial situation. But, they said, its reparations claims are still valid. “The issue has been brought forward repeatedly, as per the international laws, both on a political and on a diplomatic level, on a bilateral basis, in a direct and utterly documented way, among partners, friends and allies,” said one official, who declined to be named as is common practice here. For those who survived the Amiras massacre, a crushing poverty set in. Mr. Syngelakis said his mother sometimes scrounged for edible weeds to feed her children. He did not have shoes until he was a teenager. “Back then, they destroyed us with guns,” Mr. Syngelakis said, the anger still clear. “Today, they do it financially.” The New York Times
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“Meet and Crete” A tribute to our island by “The Australian” newspaper by Ian Robert Smith There’s usually snow on mountaintops in Crete, I reflect, even in June. So, for authenticity’s sake, I’m impressed by the brilliant white drift that bars my ascent to the summit of Mount Ida, or Psiloritis - “high mountain”, as the Greeks call it. Logistically, though, it’s awkward, especially when, following a memory of goat tracks across the otherwise smooth surface, I sink knee-deep in the stuff. As I detour upwards over a scree slope, a rising gale suggests I’m nearing the top. Known as the “roof of Crete”, Ida, at 2456m, is the highest of the many towering peaks that, grouped into four distinct massifs, form a jagged limestone spine running the length of this elongated and ruggedly beautiful island. I soon find the true summit of Ida lies another 1km away across a windswept cobalt void, crowned by a dry-stone chapel that, from afar, resembles a biscuit-coloured igloo. I make it eventually, tramping with mounting elation up a stony ridge offering stupendous views. The wind forces me behind the chapel, where I lean against the sunwarmed stone. As the sweat dries to salt on my skin, I gaze over what seems like the four corners of Crete - south over the Messara Plain to the coast at Matala and beyond, eastward to the Dikti range and west to where the famous White Mountains appear to hover in midair. The big aspect is matched by an epic history that goes back to when Zeus was a boy. Legends vary as to whether the god was born on the mountain or raised in a cave on its slopes but, either way, Ida’s sacred nature is implicit. The Minoans recognised this, walking in procession from Knossos, leaving offerings of elaborate pottery in the Ideon cave of legend and in the Kamares cave farther south. In later centuries, Crete’s unfortunate habit of falling under foreign occupation gave Ida another role as both a symbol and a centre of resistance. During the long Ottoman period, the mountain teemed with preposterously armed Klephts living in a state of permanent revolt. They were succeeded, during the German occupation of World War II, by the guerillas of the Cretan resistance and their British Special Operations Executive colleagues who lived among the caves and sheepfolds of Ida and other mountains. Traces of this incendiary past linger at Anoyeia, where I begin my journey. Spilling over a precipitous limestone spur, the famous shepherding village sits at 700m in the eastern foothills of the range. I arrive mid-afternoon, the last passenger on the Heraklion bus. At the lower square, I disembark into blazing heat and the fierce glares of a gathering of men seated beneath a walnut tree. They seem disinclined to speak until I remember the traditional Greek custom by which it is the person moving (me)
who is beholden to speak first. I do, and receive a volley of replies. It’s nothing compared to the welcome that author Patrick Leigh Fermor received when he came this way after he and Billy Moss and their Cretan band had snaffled the German general Heinrich Kreipe from his car outside Knossos. “Men turned their backs,” Antony Beevor wrote in Crete: The Battle and the Resistance. “Women spat and slammed windows shut.” Admittedly, Leigh Fermor was wearing German uniform,
which wasn’t much in fashion on Crete in the spring of 1944. It took the bemused SOE officer some time to reassure the locals who he was, whereupon they immediately lightened up. Stalwart in support of the Resistance and their allies throughout the occupation, the villagers provided supplies for the kidnappers’ march over Ida and down to the south coast. The Germans later took their revenge, razing Anoyeia and shooting 45 local men. Nowadays elderly chaps with curling moustaches and long memories haunt the lanes and kafenions. Wearing traditional tall, black leather boots, baggy trousers and fringed sariki headbands, they are living relics of an earlier, more heroic age. Their female counterparts, sprightly despite their widows’ weeds, lie in wait for tourists outside tiny houses. Leaving Anoyeia for the countryside, I encounter swarthy young men in camouflage gear herding flocks of sheep across parched hills swathed in thorny aromatic plants and hardy prickly oak. The air whirs with the drilling of cicadas. Beyond an echelon of ridges, Ida bulks against a flawless sky, its flank streaked with snow. I pass old cheesemakers’ huts with thick stone walls and corbelled roofs that remind me of the royal beehive tombs at Mycenae in the Peloponnese. Now and then a gunshot rings out and my hair stands on end. The air has freshened and I’m aware of a new clarity of light by the time I reach Nidha. At 1400m, it is the highest
of several large upland plains on Crete, a flat, green, ovular depression encircled by mountains. The Ideon cave looms overhead, while lower down a derelict ski resort houses an unlikely taverna. Lunching on the balcony, I speak with the proprietor’s son, who tells me there were Australians here at Nidha “during the war”. Along with soldiers from Britain and New Zealand, the Australians were part of a scratch force assembled in May 1941 to oppose the German airborne invasion. Following the defeat, many were stranded. Rather than surrender, large numbers took to the mountains, where they roamed for months, in some cases years, fed and sheltered by locals who risked being shot for doing so. Their memory endures on Crete where, nurtured by a vigorous oral tradition, both the battle and its aftermath have become a modern epic. Next morning, while climbing the rose-tinted mountainside as the first tendrils of sunlight streak the eastern sky, the landscape feels rich with associations. I pause to drink at a spring, then again at a chapel abutted by a pair of well-tended graves, one belonging to a partisan executed by the Germans. Nothing moves except the sheep on the plain. In the rarefied atmosphere, their bells chime with a dulcimer clarity. I ascend a fold in the mountainside between tilted slabs of rock. Snow pools in depressions and runs like a seam along the bottom of the gulley. Scattered around its sodden edges, wildflowers catch fire when the sun rises and floods the mountainside with light. Descending into a valley, I meet a shepherd with his flock. He points the way to the summit but warns: “There’s plenty of snow this year.” The snow is behind me now, leaving only the descent, a painstaking haul down Ida’s western flank. The temperature soars as the alpine regions recede. Hardening into focus below, my destination, the Amari Valley, is a patchwork of yellow fields and wooded hills dotted with white villages. Far from the tourist trail, the Amari is another of Crete’s legendary places, cherished by the British SOE men who christened it “Lotus Land” on account of its natural abundance and cheerful inhabitants. In the late afternoon, ambling through olive groves and vineyards steeped in lengthening shadows, I decide little has changed in the way of fertility. Nor have the people lost their spark, as I find when I sit beneath a vine trellis outside the kafenion at Vistagi. After greeting the local men, I listen as they hold a muttered debate regarding my country of origin. “Is he German? Austrian?” Presumably these are the nationalities of most visiting walkers. Finally someone ventures the question, and eyes light up when I say I am from Australia. “Ah, Af-stral-eeia,” the men repeat one after another, and I find my beer has been paid for even before it arrives.
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Let’s get familiar with olive oil... the “gold” of Cretan land Little secrets you have to know from the new monthly column of Chania Post Olive oil is the oil obtained solely from the fruit of the olive tree (Olea europaea L.), to the exclusion of oils obtained using solvents or re-esterification processes and of any mixture with oils of other kinds. by Manolis Karpadakis It is marketed in accordance with TERRA CRETA Marketing Manager the following designations and definitions: Extra Virgin (and virgin) olive oils are the oils obtained from the fruit of the olive tree solely by mechanical or other physical means under conditions, particularly thermal conditions, that do not lead to alterations in the oil, and which have not undergone any treatment other than washing, crushing, malaxation or milling, decantation, centrifugation and filtration. Olive oils fit for consumption as they are, include: Extra virgin olive oil: Extra virgin is the highest quality and most expensive olive oil classification. It should have a flavor of fresh olives and no defects. In chemical terms extra virgin olive oil is described as having a free acidity, expressed as oleic acid, of not more than 0.8 grams per 100 grams and a peroxide value of less than 20 milliequivalent O2. It must be produced entirely by mechanical means without the use of any solvents, and under temperatures that will not degrade the oil (less than 86°F, 30°C). In order for an oil to qualify as “extra virgin” the oil must also pass both an official chemical test in a laboratory and a sensory evaluation by a trained tasting panel recognized by the International Olive Council. The olive oil must be found to be free from defects while exhibiting some fruitiness. Since extra virgin olive oil is simply pressed fruit juice without additives, the factors influencing its quality and taste include the varieties of olives used, the terroir and the countless decisions, production practices and the dedication of the producer. Olive oil tasters describe the positive attributes using the following terms:
• Fruity: Having pleasant spicy fruit flavors characteristic of fresh ripe or green olives. Ripe fruit yields oils that are milder, aromatic, buttery, and floral. Green fruit yields oils that are grassy, herbaceous, bitter, and pungent. Fruitiness also varies by the variety of olive. • Bitter: Creating a mostly pleasant acrid flavor sensation on the tongue. • Pungent: Creating a peppery sensation in the mouth and throat Virgin olive oil: virgin olive oil which has a free acidity, expressed as oleic acid, of not more than 2 grams per 100
grams and the other characteristics of which correspond to those fixed for this category in this standard. Ordinary virgin olive oil: virgin olive oil which has a free acidity, expressed as oleic acid, of not more than 3.3 grams per 100 grams and the other characteristics of which correspond to those fixed for this category in this standard. Lampante virgin olive oil (Virgin olive oil not fit for consumption), it is virgin olive oil which has a free acidity, expressed as oleic acid, of more than 3.3 grams per 100
grams and/or the organoleptic characteristics and other characteristics of which correspond to those fixed for this category in this standard. It is intended for refining or for technical use. Refined olive oil is the olive oil obtained from virgin olive oils by refining methods which do not lead to alterations in the initial glyceridic structure.It has a free acidity, expressed as oleic acid, of not more than 0.3 grams per 100 grams and its other characteristics correspond to those fixed for this category in this standard. Olive oil is the oil consisting of a blend of refined olive oil and virgin olive oils fit for consumption as they are. It has a free acidity, expressed as oleic acid, of not more than 1 gram per 100 grams and its other characteristics correspond to those fixed for this category in this standard. Olive-pomace oil is the oil obtained by treating olive pomace with solvents or other physical treatments, to the exclusion of oils obtained by re esterification processes and of any mixture with oils of other kinds. It is marketed in accordance with the following designations and definitions. Olive Pomace Oil-Not What You Might Think: Once the typical, mechanized extraction of olive oil from the olive fruit is complete, some 5-8% of the oil still remains in the leftover olive pulp or “pomace” (including skins, pulp, seeds, and stems). This amount is so minimal that it cannot be extracted by pressing, but only through the combined use of chemical solvents (like Hexane) and extremely high heat. Although the pomace oil that is extracted is still technically oil that comes from olives, this is done via the use of chemical solvents, and therefore should never be termed, directly or indirectly, as “olive oil”. References: http://www.internationaloliveoil.org
(International Olive Oil Council)
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Tsikoudia or Raki? The Cretan spirit is always the same Every autumn after grape harvest, various wine festivities begin throughout Greece. A few days later, in Thessaly, Epirus, Macedonia and on the island of Crete the “Celebration of Tsipouro” takes place. Tsipouro is a strong distilled spirit containing approximately 37 per cent alcohol per volume and is produced from the must-residue of the wine-press. The name tsipouro is used throughout the country, except for Crete, where the same spirit with a stronger aroma is known as tsikoudia. Also the Oriental name raki is used, from which the term “rakizio” is derived, used to refer to the drink’s distillation process, which usually turns into a huge celebration among family, friends and neighbours. Turkish raki, its traditional drink, is not the same drink as the Cretan one. During the Turkish occupation of Crete the name raki was given to the local tsikoudia, since there were some similarities. Now both names are used in Crete equally. Grape-gathering, wine-making and tsikoudia-making are activities enjoyed in the autumn every year. Wine-making involves crushing the grapes in special stone constructions called “patitiria”, or wine presses. This can be done by feet or with a small machinery. The remains in the patitiria, after most of the grape juice has been removed, is allowed to ferment and then is distilled. Traditional distilleries are comprised of large copper boilers and include long copper funnels on top so that the steam can escape. The funnels, which pass through barrels placed on the sides of the distillation flask and are filled with cold water, end up on the outside of the barrels, on top of empty glass containers. Herbage is first placed on the bottom of the boilers which are then filled with stemfila and a little water or wine, hermetically sealed and finally placed onto the bonfires. The hot steam passes into the funnel and as it then travels through the barrel of cold water, it condenses and
“Eclipse” in Chania With or without Roman Abramovich?
liquidates. In approximately a half an hour, the warm tsipouro begins to fall drop by drop, on the other side of the funnel, into the glass containers. The liquid that first comes out of the funnel cannot be consumed but is used for pharmaceutical purposes. However, on Crete some people do drink it! The final amount of distilled liquid contains the least amount of alcohol, whereas the actual tsikoudia is produced during the middle of the entire process. This lasts for about three hours, during which the owners of the boilers must taste for alcohol content, increase or decrease the heat and finally stop distillation when the tsikoudia has acquired the desired taste. In Crete a Baumé hydrometer is used to determine the percentage of alcohol. It is a calibrated glass tube that as a float goes into the liquid. From a scale the percentage of alcohol can be determined. The raki is fine at 17 degrees Baumé (40% alc.), or sometimes 18 degrees Baumé (43% alc.). For the production of the tsikoudia two to three destillation processes are taking place in copper caldrons. This way the distillate is protected from the smelly substances of boiling and at the same time its sensitive aroma is preserved. The entire process becomes a celebration in which friends and relatives take part by bringing food and sampling the drink as it is being made. Each step in the distillation process has a particular ritual and the presence of friends is a must. In some places of Crete people make a variety of tsikoudia, called mournoraki. This is coloured red and is distilled from mulberries. It is quite rare and even more strong then tsikoudia. I had it offered twice in the village of Anopoli, Sfakia region. Reference:
The luxurious yacht ”Eclipse” of Roman Abramovich came to the Venetian Harbor of Chania in October. Because of its length and its depth it was not possible for the vessel to come into the old port, so it casted anchor northeast of the harbor entrance in order not to impede navigation. With the help of a tourist agent, passengers got -after control of port authorities- all necessary documents they needed for their disembarkation in Chania. The yacht of the Russian tycoon arrived in Chania straight from the island of Karpathos, however it was unclear if the Roman Abramovich was between passengers. The luxury yacht cruised in Greek islands and before Karpathos it had passed from Rhodes, Symi and Kos. Eclipse has two helicopter pads, 24 guest cabins, two swimming pools, several hot tubs, and a disco hall. She is also equipped with three launch boats and a mini-submarine that is capable of submerging to 50 metres. Approximately 70 crew members are needed to operate the yacht. For security, Eclipse is fitted with intruder detection systems and a German-built missile defense system Abramovich’s master suite and the yacht’s bridge are fitted with armour plating and bulletproof windows. The yacht is reportedly equipped with an anti-paparazzi shield in the form of lasers that sweep the surroundings. When they detect a CCD, they shine a light directly at the camera to prevent the photograph. Eclipse was launched on 12 June 2009. She arrived in Frederikshavn, Denmark, on 18 September 2009, for tests, and was delivered to Abramovich on 9 December 2010. First pictures of the completed yacht were taken at Kristiansand, Norway, during its refuelling.
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Book proposals for your free time Love Freedom or Death by John Bishop
It all started with a promise to a girl he hardly knew...Love, Freedom or Death is a love story set against the resistance struggle in Crete during World War 2. Inspired by true events, it follows impetuous young Dudley Watkins, a New Zealand Sergeant, as he journeys from the disillusionment of defeat in the battle of Crete to the willingness to risk all for the island he has come to love. Love, Freedom or Death tells of a man who kept his promises, but in doing so drove others to break theirs, a man who fought to make the Cretan dream of freedom a reality and a man who falls out with his British masters while falling in love with an unattainable woman. Reminiscent of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, John Bishop’s novel is a powerful story of love and betrayal. Paperback, First, 264 pages Published March 1st 2013 by Matador ISBN 1780884648 (ISBN13: 9781780884646) Edition language: English Setting: Crete, 1943 (Greece) The Memory of Roses by Blair McDowell When renowned archaeologist Ian McQuaid dies, he leaves his daughter, Brit, a villa on the Greek island of Corfu. The only thing Ian asks is that Brit deliver a package to a woman he once loved there. The problem is Brit knew nothing about either the villa or the love affair. She thought her parents had been happily married all these years. After a disastrous love affair of her own, Brit finally admits to herself that she’s desperately unhappy. At thirty two and left with more questions about her life than answers, Brit has a dawning sense that to live her own life free of shadows, she must trace the path of her father’s past. Brit’s journey takes her from San Francisco to Athens, to the villa on Corfu, and finally to Venice, where she discovers a truth long hidden that holds the power to destroy lives. During the course of her odyssey Brit meets Andreas Leandros, a young Greek archaeologist, and while uncovering the secrets of her father’s past, she discovers her own future. Kindle Edition, 308 pages Published 2011 by Rebel Ink Press ASIN: B005RTP7VQ Edition language: English Setting: Crete, 2011 (Greece), Italy (2011), USA (2011)
Tourism numbers demonstrate vital industry strength Greece’s leading role as a global tourism destination was strongly buttressed with a significant increase in tourist arrivals during Q1-3 in 2013. Increase in Arrivals in the First Eight Months of 2013 Greece is approaching a record of 17.5 million visitors for 2013 with the recent 9.93% increase recorded in international arrivals in the first eight months of 2013 compared with the same period last year. The number of foreign tourists reached its peak in August and, based on preliminary figures from the international tourist arrivals in the major airports of the country, drawn up by the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), 836,211 more visitors than last year came to Greece in the period January - August (9,258,856 compared to 8,422,645 in 2012). “Air arrivals in the first eight months are looking very good,” said president of SETE Andreas Andreadis, noting that “if increases in arrivals by other means follow (road - sea), it is almost certain that we will see a new record of 17.5 million international arrivals, and 11.5 billion Euro in direct revenue.” Specifically, in August of 2013 we recorded an increase of 10.49% compared to August of 2012, with 2,430,773 arrivals compared to 2,199,936 last year. A record increase was recorded in Kalamata at 44.38% (42,822 arrivals compared to 29,659 in 2012), while Heraklion airport welcomed the bulk of visitors recording an increase of 16.44% with 1,873,635 arrivals compared to 1,609,146 in 2012. Other increases include: - Chania at 19.43% (648,197 arrivals compared to 542,756 in 2012) - Air arrivals in Heraklion, Crete increased by about 15%, reaching 532,746 passengers compared with 467,424 in the same period of 2012. Cruising Moves Forward The cruise industry is evolving into an ever more important component of the Greek economy, as Greece is prominently located on the list of most popular destinations of cruise passengers in the world. Despite the financial crisis, the cruise industry is holding up and proving to be a rapidly growing sector in the tourism market. Worldwide cruise passenger numbers have doubled during the last decade and now exceed 20 million annually. The Mediterranean is becoming a key destination, increasing its share in recent years of the global cruise market (21% in 2009 in comparison with 15% in 2004). The countries with the highest traffic in Europe are Italy, Spain and Greece - each attracting 2-2.5 million cruise tourists annually. Estimates for this year are very positive, providing for an increase of 15% compared with the previous year. The port of Piraeus alone is expected to accommodate approximately 900 cruise ship arrivals, which will carry about 2.2 million passengers.
The rapid growth of the cruise industry in Greece is demonstrated by the arrival of new companies, including FTI Cruises in 2012, the Disney Cruise Line and Paul Gauguin Cruises in 2013, as well as the presence of new ships who traveled Mediterranean routes for the first time this year. The first destination in the world remains the Caribbean and the second is the Eastern Mediterranean, with a central axis being the port of Piraeus. The decision of the Disney Cruise Line to initiate Greek travel packages to destinations in the Mediterranean, for example, creates multiple benefits. Since two out of five cruise passengers are American, this increase in arrivals creates room for greater penetration of the Greek tourism product by the U.S. market. There has been impressive growth in the cruise industry for several destinations in Greece, including Corfu. 73 cruises in July brought 106,665 passengers to Greek ports, in comparison with 65 cruises and 86,724 passengers the same month of the previous year. However, the increase in cruise passengers is not met with a corresponding increase in revenue, providing opportunities for growth. Greece can be an extremely attractive cruise destination but to date fails to fully absorb tourist revenues, as the Greek ports are not yet selected as embarkation points (home ports). This is crucial, as the average spend per passenger is approximately 600 Euro for embarkation ports (fuel, leisure, dining, and accommodation costs) versus 80 Euro for transit ports (ports of call). The vast majority of Greek ports are now mainly transit ports. If two thirds of cruise passengers visiting Greece started from Greek ports, annual revenues could surpass 1.2 billion Euro in 2016. The additional direct annual benefit for the Greek economy from the cruise industry can rise from 300 million to 1.3 billion Euro in the next five years. Of the approximately 36 billion Euro spent in European ports via the global cruise industry, today Greece is receiving only 600 million Euro, due to limited home-porting, as well as lack of adequate infrastructure in most of the 57 ports in the country. The most striking increase in foreign passengers during the May - August 2013 summer season came from the United Arab Emirates (69%) and from non-European Union countries (22%), such as Switzerland (41%) and Turkey (27%). Moreover, tourism from markets such as Russia and Ukraine shows continuous growth. There’s also a strong recovery in passenger traffic from destinations, such as Australia, Canada and the United States, with an increase of 19%, 45%, and 9% respectively. The positive developments in foreign passengers’ traffic were evident through the particularly high load of international flights, which reached 83% throughout the summer season (May-August 2013).
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Create your own perfect place to stay It’s all about formation, design and decoration
by Costas Glentousakis Interior Designer
Every month, by this column, we will try to give you small and simple advices to make your place more comfortable and beautiful, because everything depends on the begining of every construction. Follow our step-by-step instructions and cost-saving advice for designing and building your dream
house. Building a new home begins long before the foundation is poured. To avoid costly mistakes during the construction process, start with these five important steps. As you move from dream house to real house, be sure to ask questions and share your progress: 1. Plan Your Budget 2. Choose Your Lot 3. Line Up Your Team 4. Pick a Plan 5. Negotiate a Contract Simple steps for designing and constructing - Design Study your place with a professional decorator in order to create proposals which will represent your personal style combined with the functionality of your place as well as respect to the available budget. - Dimensional design (2D) Architectural design which includes floor plans, elevations, sections, three-dimensional plans and sections of the plan as well as three-dimensional volumetric imaging. - Three-dimensional visualization (3D) Design’s dimensional representation of the interior and exterior with real materials and lighting using the modernest methods of photorealism and imaging.
- 3D animation 3D animation of the project, (walkthroughs - 360o views) for a better understanding of the project. - Supervision Supervision concerns the organization and coordination of the construction process of the project from beginning till the finally delivery. Through these procedures, customers are supported by an integrated manner to ensure the achievement of their aspirations. - Construction A few words about Dimiourgiki Our company was established in 2006, by a group of young people wanting to provide their full expertise and innovative ideas, with a great sense of responsibility. Our goal is to offer our clients the home they desire, within a specific time frame at a pre agreed, within budget, and without any other lengthy and costly procedures. Our professional construction team, who come supported by a dedicate workforce are well regarded by the proud property developers we have worked with since the beginning. All our buildings stand out for their high quality, the contemporary design and their safety, because they combine our respect for tradition, new construction techniques and modern trends in architecture. The company operates in the construction sector, and through a well organised network of associates which consist of the most qualified and recognized professionals in the market, we are able to offer our customers: - Planning and building using materials of top quality, excellent design, at predetermined time frames and costs. - Specific applications and construction. - Development of outdoor areas and gardens. - Land for your building, or additional options when available land does not cover your needs. - Fulfilling all legal, notarial and urban outstanding issues
quickly and effectively. - Ensuring bank financing, quickly and with the most favourable market conditions. - Insurance coverage for liability and earthquakes for the work until the completion of construction. Design X (collaborator company) Design x is an architectural and interior – exterior decoration office which focuses in studying, supervising and constructing business offices and houses. Established in Chania, Crete, Design x handles various projects and constructions, with professionalism in any adjustments and details of every single project. Our modern and innovative proposals follow the evolution of the international trends. Our goal is to combine your requirements with ergonomically and aesthetically proper solutions which will satisfy your needs. We always focus on the quality of innovative and operational designing. We experiment in new materials and respect the available budget. Our experience in three dimensional computerized design (3d) and the use of the most modern methods of photorealism and visualization leads to a better understanding of our designs and provide a flawless product quality. We stand by our customers by supporting them in an integrated manner and specific procedures, ensuring the achievement of their aspirations, as we study the requirements of every project since the beginning until its finally delivery. Let us… do it all for you… We have a wide Client base including professional consultants, commercial companies and individual clients. Those that have come to know us, smile in appreciation when our name is mentioned. Your smile... is our success.
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The advantages of electric heating All you need to know about an alternative way to keep your house warm at winter Heating your whole house is more expensive than heating just part of it. If you’re not using your whole house, don’t pay to heat the whole thing! Instead, use space heaters or heating panels in the rooms that by Petros Chatzistavros you actually use. If you can heat Civil Engineer (T.E.) just the areas you’re using, you should, because you’ll save energy and money. This is what I use in my own home. If you already have a whole-house system (forced-air), this means pretending you don’t have such a system and not using it at all. You can’t just use the central heat and close the registers in unused rooms because that can damage your ducts and your furnace. Heating individual areas means using a form of Radiant Heat, such as space heaters, radiators, or electric heating panels. Space heaters can be gas or electricity. Electricity is more expensive, but safer and healthier. Why should I choose electric heating? Electric heaters are reasonable to purchase and to install. And electricity is easy to regulate. Electric heaters with electronic thermostats react most quickly to free ambient heat and provide the best comfort at low costs. This gives the most flexibility with regards to Energy Saving. Free ambient heat comes from, for example, the sun, electric appliances, lights and people. Electric heaters with precise thermostats and a correct construction react instantly when a room receives free heat. So you avoid becoming uncomfortably hot, and save power at the same time. The main advantages of ADAX (one of the biggest industries) electric heaters: - Efficient: no moving parts – no energy losses: turns electric power to heat with almost 100% efficiency. - Safe: maximum 60°C temperature surface temperature – it doesn’t burn your child’s arm, nor your courtain, protection against overheating. - Economic: low initial costs, moderate running costs,
thanks to the high tech heating element, and the precisely adjustable thermostat. - Easy to install: four screws and a power outlet: that’s all you need to start heating with ADAX everywhere. - Wide range of products: from 400w to 2500w capacity, with mechanical, electrical, digital, radio controlled, or GSM controlled thermostat systems. - Reliable: no moving parts – no errors, 5 years factory warranty. How to choose your panel heater? Four comfort criteria to help you choosing the perfect appliance according to your needs: 1. Air quality: A feeling of well-being thanks to a healthy air homogeneously emitted by the appliance 2. Quick heat-up time: The appliance can respond rapidly to obtain a quick temperature rise and inertial heat. It is measured by the time required to raise the room temperature by 3.5°C 3. Design: A combination of attractive design, high-quality materials and clever engineering to create a French lifestyle in the room 4. Energy savings: Energy savings achieved through optimized regulation and smart functions that adjust the energy consumption to the users’ needs We suggest different heating modes and technologies according to your needs: - Electric convectors - Active heat Direct heating element with diffuser for active heating. The cold air circulates thanks to free convection through the heating element. Comfort is controlled by a thermostat. - Extensive-heat electric panels Black painted extruded aluminium panel for extensive heating. The large aluminium plates provide an extensive and rapid level of comfort. Such products are recommended for “day rooms” (i.e. living room) or areas with high ceilings. - Electric radiators - gentle heat Combination of extruded aluminium plates, cast iron and heating films for gentle comfort heating. These models offer a gentle comfort through an homog-
enously-spread and long lasting heat. Panel heaters produce different types of heat to meet every user’s needs, depending on their heat exchanger and design. To meet these specific needs, Atlantic (also one of the biggest industries) has developed solutions using 3 major heat exchanger technologies: - Cast iron - Aluminium - Heat conducting fluid Cast iron technology: a cocoon of heat surrounding you Gentle heat diffused by the heating film on the front panel and inertia of the cast iron: a quick and gradual feeling of heat around you. People who prefer to be surrounded with continuous heat will enjoy the cast iron’s capacity to store heat and release it gradually. Combined with modern technologies, this authentic material guarantees robustness. Aluminium technology: the fast reacting choice Light and fast reacting, Aluminium is the ideal solution for anyone who wants a quick rise in temperature to take advantage of extensive even and continuous heat and high air quality. Fluid technology: for gentle and healthy heat This technology will appeal to anyone who is looking for diffuse and constant heat like the heat provided by cen-
p. 19 CHANIA POST Your local free paper tral heating. A fluid transports the heat in a closed circuit it return its heat to the aluminium heat exchanger then the room. The heat given off is gentle and healthy. It does not dry out the air. Why use convection heaters? Convectors are the simplest and most common heating system. Economical and very easy to use, a convector is the most basic solution for heating your home. What is a convector? As its name suggests, a convector system is based on the principle of convection. Ambient air enters through the bottom of the device and builds heat by running up against the electric heating element. It then rises inside the unit and exits through openings on the side of the top of the unit. It works similarly to a thermal loop. Hot air is lighter than cold air, so it constantly circulates in the unit, from the bottom to the top. Convectors are most suitable for small, well-insulated rooms. They come in many models with a wide range of power and programming options and styles. They are extremely simple, small and easy to install. What are the benefits of a convector in your home? - Fast heat production - Does not require a lot of work - Limited wall space - Accurate and integrated electronic control
Panel heaters: mechanical convectors technology Mechanical convectors use the principle of natural convection to heat the ambient air: the air heats up in contact with a heating element and becomes lighter, rising up. Heat is diffused throughout the room and the ambient temperature is regularly monitored. Mechanical convectors blend in with any type of interior. They feature a reliable, extremely easy-to-use mechanical thermostat. Electronic convectors Electronic convectors operate with an electronic thermostat to an accuracy of +/- 0.5째C which guarantees a uniform temperature throughout the room and ensures up to 20% in energy savings. Electronic convectors use the principle of natural convection to heat the ambient air: the air heats up in contact with a heating element and becomes lighter, rising up. Why should I have day & nightime temperature reduction? Because this can reduce electricity costs and power consumption by up to 25%. This is achieved simply by sinking the temperature when you are asleep, or in the day when you are at work. Heat calculator The required power of heater depends on size of room, its insulation, ouside temperature. The following table gives recommendations what power depending on the size and height of the room with standard insulation best suit you premises. If the ceiling higher or insulation is poorer, it is recommended to choose bigger power heater. To allow your convector system to work best, Atlantic recommends putting it in an open area where the air circulates freely. Avoid placing it behind a door or piece of furniture or under moulding or a curtain. Simply measure the room, calculate the heat loss and select the heater.
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Olive harvest in Crete
Enjoy your holidays in autumn by taking part in a traditional activity After olive trees have flowered the fruit starts to develop. Initially the olives are green and hard. Gradually as they ripen they change colour to yellow-green and then to reddish purple and finally to black. by Petros Marinakis These changes in appearance are Botanical Park & Gardens matched by chemical changes within the fruit itself. Unripe olives have high levels of chlorophyll which gives them their green colour. During the ripening process the levels of chlorophyll fall and increasing amounts of carotenoid (the pigment which produces the darkening of the fruit) develop. Oil yield is low when the fruit are unripe and increases as the fruit matures. The oil initially very bitter also sweetens at this stage. In addition the ripening will be influenced by the aspect of the trees in the grove - those in more sheltered areas and olives at the top of the tree reaching maturity first. It is possible however for the fruit to get too ripe. Most producers believe that once the crop is starting to fall off the tree the peak time for harvest is gone and the resultant oil is of poorer quantity. Despite this though there is no ideal stage at which to harvest the olives. When deciding to create an oil the producer has to balance factors as shelf life (greatest in less ripe fruits), yield and flavour. The traditional method of olive picking involves combing the ripe fruit from the tree into nets, or hand picking into baskets tied around the waist.
Ladders are used to climb up into the trees to reach the fruit. This is the method that is mainly used on the holidays featured on this website. It is a lovely relaxing way to harvest olives, the only sound being the gentle rattling as the ripe olives fall to the ground.
Mechanical pickers have in most places replaced hand combing the olives from the tree, although there are increasing degrees of mechanisation of the olive harvest. At its most low tech pickers like the one shown on the right use a long handled vibrating tongs to remove the olives from the branches. The olives are collected in nets which have to be spread
underneath the trees by hand. This image is taken from olivetec who provide a range of olive harvesting equipment which is detailed on their website. The next stage in automation relies on a shaker bar fitted to the back of a tractor. This shakes the tree from the trunk and prior to this unfurls a net around the base of the tree to collect the olives. Take part in a traditional harvest activity! The Greek countryside is waiting to reveal its secrets to unsuspecting visitors and well-informed nature lovers alike. With its unbeatably beautiful landscapes and rich palette of colours, it could give even the most gifted impressionist painter a run for his money â€“ indisputable proof that Greece is an excellent choice of holiday destination at this time of the year too. Harvest activities set the tone, and visitors are welcome to join in this celebration of the land. The number one task at this particular time of the year is to get the olives in. Helping out with the harvest has become a fixture in the agro- and ecotourism diary and is a novel way to get back to nature while on holiday. Greece is an olive producing country par excellence and harvesting olives has a long history here, both as an agricultural task and as an economic activity. Until recently it was a favourite subject for folklore experts and historians. Nowadays, special agrotourism accommodation units have opened up in Evia, Lesvos, Crete, Kalymnos, Paros, Kefalonia, Kalamata, Kythira, etc. These allow guests to help with the olive harvest as part of a trip during which they also experience the sights and way of life in the region. References: http://www.olivepicking.com http://www.visitgreece.gr
…where nature embraces the senses
The only one of its kind in Europe
το μοναδικό στο είδος του στην Ευρώπη
The area was reborn from its own ashes after the great fire of 2003.
undreds of different types of fruit trees, herbs and flowers in a uniquely landscaped area, offering you the opportunity to experience and get to know the blessed island of Crete in the most ideal way.
e are waiting for you in an area of approximately 200,000 m² to discover trees from all over the world, bearing edible fruit, as well as herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants.
n entertaining, educational park, ideal for walks.
Crete… a small continent
he area of the Botanical Park of Crete, 18 km from the city of Chania, at the foot of the White Mountains with its terrain and microclimate becomes a unique paradise for thousands of cold- and warm-climate plants!
he restaurant of the Botanical Park of Crete combines the revival of traditional recipes with cooking methods such as the hearth, woodburning oven, baking plate, etc, and flavours and products from the rich ground of the park such as vegetables, fruits, greens, garden produce, pulses, cheeses and bread... all flavoured with herbs from the park.
18th km of the National Road Chania-Omalos, Chania, Crete, Greece tel. +30 6976 860573
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Good nutrition... a “shield” for our body Strengthen your immune system As we enter the season of colds and flu, we need to be more careful. So the best treatment is prevention. Therefore, the immune system must be empowered to be able to protect our body from all by Niki Voulgarakis foreign invaders (bacDietician - Nutritionist teria, viruses and other pathogens). Important factors that weaken body’s defenses are aging, hormonal disorders, stress and poor diet. Specifically, the energy (caloric) intake is an important nutritional factor, associated with immune system. Malnourished people are at high risk and generally prone to infections. Nevertheless, even obese people appear to be associated with increased incidence of flu and viral infections. This is mainly due to poor eating habits, complicating immune function so that makes them vulnerable to viral infections. Moreover, studies suggest that the high consumption of sugars such as sugar, glucose, fructose, etc. act negatively to proper immune function, especially during a viral disease. Thus, it is important to strengthen our diet with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and food, which will ultimately strengthen the body’s defenses. Eat antioxidants Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that help repair damaged cells in the body. Examples of antioxidants are Beta Carotene, Vitamins C and E, Zinc,
and Selenium. These nutrients can be found in certain fruits or vegetables, or can be taken with a supplement. The most popular vitamin but also the most active in the immune system is vitamin C, foods rich in vitamin C are: • Citrus – Oranges - Tangerines • Strawberries - Berries
• Parsley • Cauliflower -Broccoli Another important nutrient is beta-carotene, which helps to strengthen the immune system by increasing the activity of protective killer cells (NK cells), whose role is to destroy virus-infected cells. Foods rich in beta-carotene: • Fruits and vegetables with deep yellow or orange color like: • Apricot – Melon • Tomatoes - Green peppers • Carrots - Corn- Beets - Sweet Potato • Green leafy vegetables such as: Spinach – Broccoli – Lettuce - Greens Foods rich in Vitamin E are • Olive oil • Seafood (such as shrimp) • Nuts - Sunflower seeds • Cereals – Broccoli – Carrots – Papaya Spinach (Eat spinach raw or lightly cooked to get the most benefit.
• Peaches - Nectarines • Kiwi • Sprouts • Tomatoes • Pepper
• Poultry • Beans • Walnuts
Zinc also has its own special role in the immune system and helps to restore healing and contributes to the normal development of man. Zinc appears to have some antiviral effect, although researchers can’t explain why. Caution: While it’s important to have sufficient zinc in our diet (15–25 mg per day), too much zinc can inhibit the function of the immune system. Zinc is found in: • Seafood - Shellfish • Red meat
Selenium is another key ingredient that improves the
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body’s defenses. Selenium is found in: • Meat (Beef ) • The seafood (Tuna) • Nuts • Whole grains Furthermore, yogurt is also one of the foods that help prevent a cold, boosting the immune system. This is mainly due to the action of one of the components, probiotics. Probiotics are live bacteria strains that produce proteins and inactivate pathogenic microorganisms. A daily cup of low fat yogurt may reduce your chances of getting a cold. Look for labels listing “live and active cultures. Also look for vitamin D. Recent studies have found a link between low vitamin D levels and an increased risk of cold and flu. Tea Green or black? Both are loaded with disease-fighting polyphenols and flavonoids. These antioxidants seek out cell-damaging free radicals and destroy them. Caffeinated and decaffeinated work equally well. Especially, hot drinks are fighting against flu and cold. Choose Well: • Green tea • Black tea • Saffron • Herbal teas rich in antioxidants
Another great food is garlic, which acts against bacteria because it contains allicin (responsible for the characteristic odor and taste). Garlic offers several antioxidants that battle immune system invaders. Cooking tip: Peel, chop and let sit 15 to 20 minutes before cooking to activate immune-boosting enzymes. On conclusion, eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and low in saturated fat. Saturated (bad) fat is found in the fat of meat, fried foods, full fat dairy products, confectionary and all kinds of fast food. If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation. Alcohol reduces the armor of our body and especially in cases of viral infections because it can weaken the immune system and reduce the absorption of important nutrients that are necessary for its enhancement. Best ways to strengthen our immune system: - Don’t smoke. - Exercise regularly. - Maintain a healthy weight. - Control our blood pressure. - Get adequate sleep - Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing our hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly. Be careful and follow our Cretan diet!!!
“Apnoea” literally means briefly stopping of breathing. Obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (or OSAS) describes a condition when there are frequent pauses in breathing during sleep. OSAS is quite a comby Miltiades Markatos mon disorder. Pneumonologist Sleep apnoeas are caused when the muscles in your soft palate, uvula, tongue and tonsils relax during sleep, narrowing your airways so much that they close. This stops your breathing for a few seconds, cutting off the oxygen supply to your body. Because of this, your brain briefly wakes you up, re-opens your airways and re-starts your breathing. This occurs many times in a night and makes proper sleep impossible. In the daytime, the main symptom is excessive daytime sleepiness. Other symptoms include tiredness, slight loss of memory, difficulty in concentrating, impaired performance at work or school, headaches and feeling depressed.
During the night, snoring is common. Your partner may have witnessed a pause in your breathing on occasion. You may also wake up some times feeling as though you are choking or gasping. Many patients with OSAS have insomnia. Polysomnography (a method of recording body measurements during sleep) is used to diagnose OSAS. This is usually carried out in a sleep laboratory, and provides full details on factors such as length and quality of sleep, breathing, position of the body and heart rate. Weight loss has definite benefits for OSAS and can result in the improvement or disappearance of sleep related breathing problems. Patients should try to sleep on their side or in alternative positions. OSAS patients should reduce their intake of alcohol or cut it out completely, especially before bedtime. Treatment can be delivered by means of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), which forces air into the airways so that they do not close. It is a very effective form of treatment for most patients. Oral appliances can be used to help enlarge the airways. Surgery can be recommended if lifestyle changes and other treatments are not effective for OSAS.
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Tetra System will be used by Civil Protection of Chania Prefecture Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) (formerly known as Trans-European Trunked Radio) is a professional mobile radio and two-way transceiver (colloquially known as a walkie talkie) specification. TETRA was specifically designed for use by government agencies, emergency services, (police forces, fire departments, ambulance) for public safety networks, rail transportation staff for train radios, transport services and the military. TETRA is a European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) standard, first version published 1995; it is mentioned by the European Radiocommunications Committee (ERC). TETRA uses Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) with four user channels on one radio carrier and 25 kHz spacing between carriers. Both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint transfer can be used. Digital data transmission is also included in the standard though at a low data rate. TETRA Mobile Stations (MS) can communicate direct-mode operation (DMO) or using trunked-mode operation (TMO) using switching and management infrastructure (SwMI) made of TETRA base stations (TBS). As well as allowing direct communications in situations where network coverage is not available, DMO also includes the possibility of using a sequence of one or more TETRA terminals as relays. This functionality is called DMO gateway (from DMO to TMO) or DMO repeater (from DMO to DMO). In emergency situations this feature allows direct communications underground or in areas of bad coverage. In addition to voice and dispatch services, the TETRA system supports several types of data communication. Status messages and short data services (SDS) are provided over the system’s main control channel, while packet-switched data or circuit-switched data communication
uses specifically assigned channels. TETRA provides for authentication of terminals towards infrastructure and vice versa. For protection against eavesdropping; air interface encryption and end-to-end encryption is available. The common mode of operation is in a group calling mode in which a single button push will connect the user to the users in a selected call group and/or a dispatcher. It is also possible for the terminal to act as a one-to-one walkie talkie but without the normal range limitation since the call still uses the network. TETRA terminals can act as mobile phones (cell phones), with a full-duplex direct connection to other TETRA Users or the PSTN. Emergency buttons, provided on the terminals, enable the users to transmit emergency signals, to the dispatcher, overriding any other activity taking place at the same time. The main advantages of TETRA over other technologies (such as GSM) are: - The much lower frequency used gives longer range, which in turn permits very high levels of geographic coverage with a smaller number of transmitters, thus cutting infrastructure costs.
- During a voice call, the communications are not interrupted when moving to another network site. This is a unique feature which dPMR anetworks typically provide a number of fall-back modes such as the ability for a base station to process local calls. So called ‘mission critical’ networks can be built with TETRA where all aspects are fail-safe/multiple-redundant. - In the absence of a network mobiles/portables can use ‘direct mode’ whereby they share channels directly (walkie-talkie mode). - Gateway mode - where a single mobile with connection to the network can act as a relay for other nearby mobiles that are out of range of the infrastructure. - TETRA also provides a point-to-point function that traditional analogue emergency services radio systems did not provide. This enables users to have a one-to-one trunked ‘radio’ link between sets without the need for the direct involvement of a control room operator/dispatcher. - Unlike cellular technologies, which connect one subscriber to one other subscriber (one-to-one), TETRA is built to do one-to-one, one-to-many and many-to-many. These operational modes are directly relevant to the public safety and professional users. - TETRA supports both air-interface encryption and endto-end encryption - Rapid deployment (transportable) network solutions are available for disaster relief and temporary capacity provision. - Equipment is available from many suppliers around the world, thus providing the benefits of interoperable competition. - Network solutions are available in both the older circuit-switched (telephone like) architectures and flat, IP architectures with soft (software) switches.
33 Chrisanthou Episkopou str., Chania Tel. +30 28210 55667 Tech news... post by post A wristwatch that counts down to your very last moment. It also keeps regular time. Which is good. Because if you miss your appointment for erotic massage, there’s no refund. So I’ve heard. But its main job is still to remind you when you’ll die.The watch, appropriately called Tikker, “counts down your life, in order to make the world a better place.” And it’s a heartwarming sentiment if you’re into that kind of thing. Helping others and whatnot. IsoHunt, a popular website offering BitTorrents of mostly pirated material, is to shut down following a court settlement. The site’s owner, Canadian Gary Fung, has agreed to pay $110m (£68m) to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). MPAA chairman Chris Dodd said the move was a “major step forward” for legitimate commerce online. Facebook is relaxing its rules for teenagers. The 13- to 17-year-old set now has the option to share photos, updates and comments with the general public on Facebook. That means strangers, and companies collecting data for advertisers and marketing companies, will be able to see select posts. Teenagers will also be able to turn on the Follow feature for their profiles, which would allow anyone they’re not friends with to see their public posts in the main news feed. Microsoft Windows 8.1 OS is available. This latest update to its flagship OS has improved multitasking, improved search, a redesigned Windows Store, and new and updated apps. The Start button, which users have been clamoring for since Windows 8 was released, has been restored. The Start screen in Win 8.1 is more customizable. The Apps view lets users see all their apps at once, and Win 8.1 has a Help app. Bing search is enhanced in Win 8.1. The new OS provides native support for 3D printing.
Creative Crete: Infocloud and Wall-Come For all cruise visitors at the port of Souda Interactive systems and applications, unique in the world, for Crete promotion are hosted in the Port of Souda passenger terminal. An awaded and innovative information technology system, which is called ‘Creative Crete’ and has two main themes (Infocloud and Be There Now) is installed. The first one (Infocloud), interactively gives very impressive information to cruise passengers about Cretan mythology and culture, sightseeing, gastronomy and many tourist information for Crete. The second (Be There Now) gives the opportunity to the guest to be included in a photo that can be chosen out of many different Cretan themes and then send it with e-mail. This work is part of a larger project funded by Region of Crete and developed by Foundation for Research and Technology of Crete. The President of Port Authority of Chania Prefecture Mr. Konstantinos Brokalakis warmly thanks the Regional Governor of Crete Stavros Arnaoutakis, the Vice Governor of Chania Apostolos Voulgarakis and the members of the Foundation for Research and Technology and mentioned that this initiative on behalf of the Region of Crete in cooperation with the Foundation and the Port Authority
of Chania Prefecture, upgrades the services provided to the cruise passengers, by giving them the possibility to virtually visit different places of Crete, meet our culture, history, products and gastronomy.
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58th International Congress of Hearing Aid Acousticians Held from 16 to 18 October 2013 in Nuremberg, Germany
Between 16 and 18 October, interested professionals met in Nürnberg to impart the latest scientific findings, and broaden their knowledge in the 58th International Congress of Hearing Aid Acousticians. by Dimitris Xepapadakis The major trade exhibition in the line Hearing specialist of business featured more than one hundred exhibiting companies, conference lectures by recognised specialists, and seven workshops on current issues, offering delegates a chance to put to the test and expand their own proficiency. The conference and trade exhibition were accompanied by the general meetings held by the professional associations, EUHA, biha, and FDH. Hearing aids are known as hearing systems to do justice to the enormous efficiency of these miniature computers. However, even the most sophisticated technology may be of little avail if it is not accurately adjusted to a person’s individual hearing problem. A number of medical, technical, and psychological skills and qualifications are required so as to gain real quality of life from these hightech devices. And those concerned must be prepared to engage with technology. The ten steps listed below will show you what is important. 1. Please be aware that quality hearing aid fitting always depends on a fair and mutually beneficial co-operation between ear, nose and throat specialist and hearing aid acoustician. Both professions are based on qualified, specialist professional training lasting for several years. 2. The ear, nose and throat specialist diagnoses the type, degree and place of hearing impairment, and advises on therapeutic options. If hearing systems are required, the ENT specialist will write a prescription for hearing aid fitting. This entitles you to consult a hearing aid acoustician of your choice. 3. Your hearing aid acoustician will conduct an anamnesis of the hearing impairment, aimed at finding out which hearing situations are particularly important for you. S/he will determine the characteristics of your hearing faculty and will carry out a pure-tone and speech audiogram. 4. From among the great number of different hearing systems on the market today (some 1,700 systems are part of the catalogue of healthcare products), your hearing aid acoustician will preselect those hearing systems that are suitable for you. The hearing systems are then adjusted according to your audiometric data so as to
put you in a position to compare the sound and performance of the hearing systems (comparative fitting). The acoustician will explain the auditory and cosmetic benefits of behind-the-ear and in-the-ear devices as well as the technological specifics and options connected with different systems. In any case, your hearing aid acoustician will offer you types of hearing aid fittings the costs of which are covered by your health insurance company, and will advise you on reimbursement options for other types of fitting. 5. The hearing aid acoustician makes an in-ear impression from your ear canal to manufacture the earmoulds or shells for in-the-ear devices. The quality of sound transmission and wearing comfort hinges on the perfect fit of the earmould. 6. Comparative fitting uses state-of-the-art multimedia systems to test the transmission behaviour of the different systems while placed inside the ear. Only when the hearing systems are in place is it possible to accurately check and fine-tune them as the individual bend, width, length, and tissue condition of the auditory canal considerably influence transmission properties. When you compare different hearing systems your subjective impression is what counts. 7. Your hearing aid acoustician will take a lot of time and care so as to gradually fit the hearing systems to your individual auditory habits during the acclimatisation phase. In order not to overwhelm you with new auditory impressions, this process is particularly important if there has been a long deprivation phase. In some cases, hearing training may be useful. 8. Your hearing aid acoustician will give you detailed instructions on the management, operation, and care of the hearing systems. 9. After hearing aid fitting, you should have your improved speech intelligibility checked by an ENT specialist. 10. During the five to seven-year wearing life of the hearing systems, you are entitled to comprehensive aftercare given by your hearing aid acoustician. This includes services such as earmould cleaning, battery and tube changes, reworking and renewal of earmoulds, readjusting of the hearing systems as well as hearing tactics and hearing training. Most of the services are included in the original price paid for the hearing systems. Your hearing aid acoustician will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have concerning auditory issues.
Pregnancy and contact lenses Having problems with your contact lenses during pregnancy? Experiencing a change in your vision and eyes? Don’t worry. This happens to almost all pregnant women. by Nick Lazakis Your body is changing to be able Optical expert to cope with delivering a baby within 9 months. Just as your feet may swell and your hormone levels could spike, your eyes might change shape, too. In fact, due to blood pressure irregularities during pregnancy, the eyes may actually “swell” as well. Neither the swelling nor fluctuating blood pressure is hazardous to you or your baby. It is merely a natural process to prepare your body for months of pregnancy and childbirth. The specific reason why your eyes may change shape is unclear but nonetheless, it is a natural occurrence that you will have to cope with. If you are used to wearing contact lenses, you may start to feel a certain discomfort as your eyes change shape. Often pregnant women visit their optician or eye doctor with complaints of dry eyes and ill-fitting contact lenses. Unfortunately, there is no long-term solution for these issues. There are no operations or surgeries worth considering, since your pregnancy indicates a significant risk factor. Also, as your eyes and cornea may go back to their original shape after the pregnancy, we are looking for a solution that will correct your vision temporarily.
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by John Venetakis Zootechnician
Taking care of your dog Smart tips and guidelines for a happy living Looking for tips on raising a happy, healthy pup? You’ve come to the right place. Indoors or Out? Dogs are pack animals—they depend on you for love and protection, so keep them inside, take them for walks, and make them a part of your family. Dogs left unattended in their own yards, even for a few minutes, have been stolen, poisoned, and beaten. They can suffer from stress and loneliness, heatstroke in the summer, and frostbite, hypothermia, and dehydration in the winter. Because of the danger and cruelty that it poses, several communities have banned the chaining of dogs. Chained dogs kill as many children as do firearms, and they kill more than falls from trees, playground equipment, and fireworks accidents put together. Training You and your dogs speak different languages. Humane, interactive training gives dogs greater freedom and a better understanding of our world. Untrained dogs are often punished for their “improper” behavior. Be the one to train your dog—you are the one who will need to know how to communicate with him or her—but get help from a humane dog trainer if you run into problems. For more tips on how to train your canine companion humanely, check out PETA’s Four “P’s” of Training. For solving dog behavioral problems, If Only They Could Speak, Dogs Behaving Badly, and The Dog Who Loved Too Much, all by Nicholas Dodman, are excellent. For books on the negative effects of crating, check out Dogs Hate Crates and Dog in a Box, both by Ray and Emma Lincoln. Housetraining and Walking Schedules Puppies should be taken out at least once every two hours (or within a half hour after eating or drinking) and guided to the same spot where they can smell having relieved themselves before. Immediately after they “do their business,” they should be praised lavishly in a highpitched, excited voice. Crate training does not speed up the housebreaking process: Puppies do not develop full bladder control before 6 months of age and are physically
incapable of “holding it” for very long. Take your adult pooch out at least four times a day and allow him or her time to linger and smell the fire hydrants. If you can’t go home at lunchtime, enlist the help of a neighbor or professional dog-walker. Crating has recently become a popular practice often used on adult dogs by people who say that they are protecting their dogs. Often, however, it will turn out that the true reason for crating is to protect furniture or simply because it’s convenient. But this practice deprives dogs of basic necessities, such as the freedom to walk around and
look out the window, the opportunity to relieve themselves, and the comfort of stretching out. Leashes and Harnesses Dogs are safest and most comfortable wearing a nylon harness, not a collar, when out walking. Choke and prong collars can be painful and injure your dog. For a dog who pulls too hard, try the Easy-Walk™ harness (available online), which discourages pulling without discomfort to the dog. Socialization and Security Animals get depressed if deprived of adequate social interaction, so let them “chat” and play with other dogs on walks and at parks. A happy dog’s life is not one long series of commands: Let them live a little, make choices, and take their time. Animals are very sensitive and can become easily frightened, so speak softly to dogs. Don’t
fight or shout in their presence, and give them their own hiding places to dash into when they want to be alone. Veterinary Care Sterilizing dogs helps stem the tide of companion-animal overpopulation. Spaying female dogs reduces the stress and discomfort endured during heat periods, eliminates the risk of uterine cancer, and greatly reduces the risk of mammary cancer. Neutering makes male dogs much less likely to roam or fight and prevents testicular cancer. Never wait to take your dog to a veterinarian if there is any sign of illness or injury, but don’t leave your dog with the vet for any longer than absolutely necessary or allow the vet to refuse to let you see him or her upon request. Feeding If you have been feeding your dog commercial pet foods, you may be jeopardizing his or her health. Cheap, supermarket pet foods are often composed of ground-up parts of animals deemed by Agriculture Department inspectors unfit for human consumption. Many guardians feed healthful, meatless diets to their dogs. Feed dogs first, before you eat. To keep dogs from begging at the dinner table, teach them the simple phrase “All done!” (You must be consistent with this absolutely no more food can be given after saying the phrase, or the meaning will be lost.) After they understand “All done!” you will be able to feed your dogs something from the table without becoming the target of any begging after you stop. Traveling Take care to keep your dog safe in the car: Even on a 78°F day, the temperature inside a shaded car is 90°F, while the inside of a car parked in the sun can reach 160°F in minutes. Animals don’t perspire as we do and can quickly succumb to heatstroke. Countless animals are killed, injured, or lost on commercial flights each year. Temperatures can become extremely hot or cold in airplane cargo holds, and the noise is deafening Kennels can be stressful and scary and even harbor disease. Travelers should have a trusted friend or relative look after their dogs at home, where they’ll be the most comfortable. References: http://www.peta.org
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by Antonia Tsakirakis cook
Coq au Vin (Cockerel with Wine) A different but tasty recipe from Crete
- A cockerel (2-3 kilos) - 1/2 glass of olive oil - 2 chopped onions - 3 small pieces of garlic - 4/5 minced tomatoes - Salt - Pepper
- 1/2 glass of wine - 3 glasses of water - 1/2 kilo of hilopites (greek pasta with eggs) The secrets of a wood oven Wood-fired ovens, also known as wood ovens, are ovens that use wood fuel for cooking. There are two types of wood-fired ovens: “black ovens” and “white ovens”. Black ovens are heated by burning wood in a chamber. Food may then be cooked in that same chamber alongside the fire while it is still going, or in the heated chamber after the fire and coals have been swept out. White ovens are heated by heat transfer from a separate combustion chamber and flue-gas path. Thus, the oven remains “white”, or clean from ash. While the traditional wood-fired oven is a masonry oven, such ovens can also be built out of adobe, cob, or even cast iron. Wood-fired ovens are distinct from wood cookstoves which have a hot cooking surface for pots and pans, like on a gas or electric stove. A wood cookstove may also have an oven but it is separate from the fire chamber. Regardless of material they all have an oven chamber consisting of a floor (or hearth), a dome, and an entry. Traditional Tavern “Tzaneris and Archontissa”
Preparation: - Chop a cockerel into small pieces - Wash the cockerel very well - Take a clay pot and pour in the cockerel, half glass of olive oil, small chopped onions and garlic - Add four to five minced tomatoes, a tablespoon of salt and pepper - Add the wine and stir well - Put the clay pot in a wood oven for one hour - Take the clay pot out of the wood oven and add three
Drakona Keramion, Chania, Crete
glasses of water - Leave the clay pot for another 15 minutes in the wood oven - Take the clay pot out of the wood oven once more and add 1/2 kilo of hilopites (greek pasta with eggs) - Your delicacy will be ready in 20 minutes
Tel. +30 28210 75997 Mob. +30 6973 786747
What is a French Press (Press Pot)? This refers to a device that makes this type of coffee. Also known as a Press Pot or Plunger Pot. There are many manufacturers and the pots are readily available. Using this method will give you an excellent cup of coffee and your friends will be amused watching you prepare and brew the coffee right at your dinner table! What do I need? A French Press (duh) and a heat source, coffee, water, and optionally sugar. What type of coffee grind? The French Press uses a medium to coarse grind. The grind must be large enough so that the mesh filter works and does not get clogged. Because of the larger grind, the brewing time is a bit longer than with other methods. A grind set between drip and percolator is a good place to start. What else should I know? Water temperature is vital. Doing it correctly, you can make what many say is the perfect cup of coffee. Ideally, you want the temperature between 195 and 200 degrees F. One way to do this is to boil the water and use an “instant read” thermometer from any kitchen store. Once you remove the water from the heat, see how long it takes to reach 200 degrees. It will probably be just 10 or 15 seconds. In some places, your water may boil at the proper temperature (higher elevations). Do not allow the water to boil more than a couple of seconds. Once you know the timing, you are all set for the future.
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
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Mini EURO in Rethymno Four days full of football in the middle of October Romania were again crowned as European Minifootball Champions after a thrilling tournament in Rethymno, Crete. Romania had gone into the event as holders, after winning the first ever miniEURO in Moldova last year. This time around they made sure not to relinquish the crown, after a polished display in the final saw them overcome Croatia by two goals to nil. The final provided a fitting climax to what was a fantastic football fiesta, as 24 countries battled it out at the purpose built stadium on Rethymno beach. The stadium created a fantastic atmosphere, with capacity crowds watching the thrilling action, together with many hundreds of fans straining to view from the city streets and journalists from all over Europe reporting back. After the match there was a glitzy presentation ceremony, completed by a stunning fireworks display making sure miniEURO ended in a festival of colour and noise, before the participating teams all mingled together, swapping shirts and stories. Its this aspect of the sport that sets Minifootball apart,
with President Razvan Burleanu commenting: “What we saw was more than just a carnival of great sport, what happened was people from all across Europe came to-
gether to celebrate with each other and create lasting bonds and friendships, minifootball is truly unique in this.” There were some magnificent games in the run up to the final, with perhaps the pick of them seeing host nation
Greece knocked out by an impressive German side on penalties as the match saw a frenzied atmosphere in the stadium. Germany ended the tournament in third spot, after seeing off new boys Russia in a play-off. The other new teams to the tournament – which was only 16 teams in 2012 – also showed the depth of quality there is in the sport. Poland reached the quarter finals and the likes of Scotland impressed everyone with their sheer commitment. Israel, who were coached by legendary ex Panathinaikos coach Itzhak Shum, picked up the fair play prize, while Germany’s Tigin Yağlıoğlu scooped the player of tournament award and Croatia’s Ivan Rancic was top scorer. The city of Rethymno provided a picturesque backdrop for the football and Mr Burleanu was quick to thank the hosts: “We were immensely pleased and proud with the way the whole of the community embraced this wonderful tournament. Their hospitality will live with us forever. Although miniEURO has only just finished, Mr Burleanu confirmed that plans were already underway for the 2014 event. “It is essential that we build on what happened here,” he said. “We must ensure that 2014 is even better. We are the fastest growing sport in Europe and we must work harder than ever to make 2014 even more spectacular.”
Cretan Union Cup Crete celebrated Greece Reunion Centenary like the Minoans The port city of Chania, Crete, was the scene of a momentous occasion: the start of the first ever Cretan Union Cup Regatta. Organized to celebrate the Centennial of the unification of Crete with mainland Greece, and running from 12 – 20 October, the race was also meant to honor the Cretan seafaring culture since ancient times. Put on by the various sailing and yachting clubs of Crete, in conjunction with the Region of Crete and local businesses sponsors, the race was at midpoint of a four port city sailing test in between 18 hardy competitors. The race, which was making a circuit in between the start at Chania, on to Rethymnon, then Heraklion, and finally Agios Nikolaos, emulated an ancient sea route used by
the ancient world’s most prolific maritime power, the Minoans of Crete. The yachtsmen competing were being escorted by a flotilla of vessels including the Hellenic Navy gunboat AITTITOS. Some of the locals involved include; the Hellenic Sailing Federation, the Nautical Club of Gaiou Crete, the Sailing Club of Chania, local hospitality businesses Lato Boutique Hotel in Heraklion, and the Porto Veneziano Hotel in Chania, as well as TV and other local media entities. Lato Boutique was also awarding the winner of the regatta a stay in the hotel’s Executive Suite overlooking the Venetian fortress of Rocca al Mare and the harbor. The Cretan Union Cup sailing regatta was the first event of its kind on the Island. Launched to celebrate 100 years since the reunion with Crete, the organizers hope that the regatta will become a cherished local tradition. Welcome message by the chairm man, Ioannis Pallikaris “The Cretan Union Cup reggata camw at a historic moment, as Crete celebrates its hundred year anniversary of its reunion with Motherland-Greece, to sail over the Cretan waters, where since prehistoric times served as the crossroad for sailors and navigators of the Mediterranean. Minoan Crete for millenniums was the sole naval power ruling the Mediterranean. In fact, current scientific sources make reference to the trading of zinc with North America thousands of years BC. The Minoans were the only people, who by utilizing pioneering naval architectural know how through sea trade, and not with the assertion of weapons – since there are no documented evidence of army existence in the Minoan depictions - dominated the entire Mediterranean. Crete is the birthplace of Zeus. It is here after kidnapping Europe from Asia and inseminating their civilizations, her name was given to the Old Continent “Europe”. It is here therefore, you will be given the opportunity through the sailing routes to scrutinize through yesterday’s mythology and today’s history.
Through this reggata you will get to know the Island of proud people, who with bravery resisted and continue to resist any unfavorable circumstances, thus, safeguarding their Greek identity. Historic places await you. Places with continuous and uninterrupted human presence for thousands of years, and have prepared an excellent itinerary of hospitality for you. You will taste the unique Cretan diet. You will hear the sounds of primordial Cretan lyre. You will be invited to dance to the rhythms of Zorba and follow Kazantzakis’ travelogue. You will enjoy the godlike hospitality. You will sail and enjoy the unique salinity of the Cretan Sea, which during the month of October bears ideal temperatures. The Region of Crete and the nine sailing clubs of the island, with a tradition in hospitality and successful international organized contests, such as MINOAN CUP, ODYSSAL,EUROPEAN IMS 600, WORLD IMS 600, 5th WORLD UNIVERSITY CHAMPIONSHIP, is ready to welcome you in most ideal contest conditions, at Land and at Sea”.
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Jose Mourinho joins Chelsea fan in the stands as Special One is given his marching orders
Chelsea may have eventually cruised to a 4-1 home win over Cardiff thanks to three goals in 16 second half minutes, but manager Jose Mourinho still worked himself into enough of a frenzy to be sent off by referee Anthony Taylor. The Portuguese had just seen his Blues side claim a lead for the first time in the game when Samuel Eto’o fired them in front in the 66th minute. But while that may have calmed many a wild beast, it did nothing for the mood of an already tetchy Mourinho, who had spent most his time since Jordan Mutch’s opening goal either scowling on the very tip of his technical area or arguing with the fourth official. And the above fan got more than he was expecting, getting to set next to the Special One. Firstly he appeared to scream at assistant manager Steve Holland for not getting substitute Cesar Azpilicueta ready in time to make a change. Not long after, he was ordered to the stands for vehement protestations over a mere throw-in. Of course, Mourinho being Mourinho, that wasn’t the end of the matter as the former Real Madrid boss moved a mere eight rows above his dugout - Cue a chorus of “Jose Mourinho, he sits where he wants” from the home fans. Mourinho, citing his red card as a pretext, declined to undertake any media duties after the game. Instead, assistant Steve Holland explained: “Jose was frustrated by their time-wasting. That was totally justified.” Daily Mirror
Football or Soccer... It will always be the king of sports!
by Kostas Nitse CHANIA SPORT FM Journalist
Football or soccer is by far the sport which is for sure a top choice of all Greeks. It is a sport with the ability to “connect” people every Sunday, to make us forget of all our daily problems. Two hours in the stadium is the proper therapy for all problems of
Greek citizens. In those two hours, everyone has its opinion to judge and yell anyone who has something different to say or support. That’s the Greek football fan, who can be many times the “coach” of his team and make his own football plans. He may even be a doctor when a player is injured.
Arsenal and Man City to scrap over Lewandowski in January transfer window Cristiano Ronaldo set for summer PSG move? Manchester City and Arsenal want to land Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski. City have been alerted by Lewendowski’s claim that his proposed move to Bayern Munich when his contract expires next summer is not a done deal. Etihad boss Manuel Pellegrini may even be prepared to sacrifice Edin Dzeko in a swap deal for the 25-year-old Pole if City are given further encouragement by the player. Arsenal remain cash rich and keen to sign a world class striker. The Gunners are prepared to pay £25million to land Lewandowski in the January window before he becomes a free agent next summer. That move highights Arsenal fears that they will not be able to recruit Wayne Rooney from Manchester United or Liverpool’s Luis Suarez. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger pulled off the sensational transfer of Germany’s Mezut Ozil under the noses of his rivals in the summer. He is now poised to pounce for Lewandowski if he can prise the player away from Bayern Munich’s clutches. At City Dzeko, 27, has scored four goals in eight appearances this term but his performances have been so inconsistent. He has less than two years left on his contract and City have given no indication that they want to hand him an extension. Dortmund were tracking the 6ft 4ins striker towards the end of last season when it became clear that he had fallen out of favour at City. They recall how he was a prolific marksman in the Bundeslige with Wolfsburg. Dortmund have vowed in the past that they won’t sell Lewandowski to arch-rivals Bayern. If he moves as a free agent next summer there’s nothing they can do to block the move. But their last throw can be doing a deal in January with an English club. Lewandowski’s view that he wants to play in England have heightened the Premier League duo’s interest. “I don’t think it is a real big surprise that I have expressed “He won’t play for the rest of the season. That’s what I have to say”. He may also be a referee, as he always knows the rules and he is certainly better than Pierre Luigi Kolina. Another role for Greek fan is scouting... “From where did this guy come from? I would have brought a better player”. But Greek fan has the role of a stud, becuase in every stadium he “can have sex” with everybody, but when he returns home the first thing ti do is to wash the dishes. Let’s leave fun in one side and talk about million reasons of the wiinning batlle of “Who is the King of Sports”. Many years ago, in my old neighbourhood, the only thing I needed was a ball. We were arranging the best matches in Alamanas str.
a desire to play in England at some point in my career,” said Lewandowski. “The Premier League is one of the best and most exciting in the world because it is attractive for most of the world’s top players.” What about Cristiano? Cristiano Ronaldo taking French lessons as he prepares for a blockbuster move to Paris Saint-Germain? Oui, according to a report in The Sun. It is said the Real Madrid star has begun learning a new language in expectation of a Bernabeu exit, with PSG set to launch a £100 million bid for the forward next summer. The news comes just a month after Ronaldo penned a five-year, £288,000-a-week contract with Real, but PSG are determined to offer him higher wages still in their pursuit of the Portugal international. Wayne Rooney’s future is again in question, with the Daily Mail reporting Manchester United are risking losing the England forward by not commencing contract talks. Finally, Manchester City could be set to upset their crosstown rivals United again, setting their sights set on Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba. The 20-year-old left United in 2012, and is now being pursued by City, along with Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid, The Sun claims. Daily Mail-The Sun which was becoming our “Santiago Bernabeu” stadium. Next street was “Camp Nou”, next was “Old Trafford”, and our innocent football childhood was going on and on. We could not imagine the days to come, the days of Playstation, XBOX, PC, Internet and Facebook. But all those memories are still alive in our personal hard disk. Heroes of another time, a time when you could play everywhere without having any money in your pockets, even without having a ball. A bag from the supermarket filled with old clothes, or a bottle of a refreshment, were good enough to be the best ball of the world. This is football for all of us, from the poorest to the richest boy in the world, who will polish the branded shoes of a football star. Football is the King of Sports in Greece, because it can give much more than other sports, inside or outside the stadiums. I believe that many of you have become Ronaldo or Messi while watching “El Classico”. I believe that many of you have been in a neighbourhood or a 5X5 court and tried to become the speaker of a match or the scorer of a winning goal by putting yourself in the place of the best player. This is football... Everyone’s right to dream!!!
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Giannis Antetokounmpo begins its “dunk” season at Milwaukee Rich Greek flavor in the NBA
Football Calendar... November
“Who is Giannis? Antetokounmpo?Come on!!!”. That was the first impression when Bucks announced that the young Greek player will join the NBA team. So, what about now? NBA has begun and Giannis has started dunking and showing off his natural talent. “The Greek Freak” is here. Antetokounmpo started playing basketball with the youth teams of Filathlitikos in Greece. He began his professional career in Greece’s 2nd-tier basketball league, the Greek A2 League, with the senior men’s club of Filathlitikos in the 2012–13 season. When he turned 18, in December 2012, he signed a four-year contract with the Spanish League club CAI Zaragoza. The contract with Zaragoza is worth €250,000 euros net income per season, and runs through the 2013-14 to 2016–17 seasons, with the last season being an option year. The contract also includes an affordable buyout clause that can be exercised by any team that plays in the NBA or the Euroleague. He decided to stay with the Filathlitikos for the remainder of the 2012–13 season. During the Greek A2 League 2012–13 season, Antetokounmpo shot 46.4% from the field overall (62.1% on 2 PT field goals), 31.3% on 3 PT field goals, and 72.0% on free throws, while averaging 22.5 minutes per game. He averaged 9.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game, in 26 games played. He also had a PIR of 8.3. He was also selected by the coaches as a special participant in the 2013 Greek League All-Star Game. In addition to playing in the 2nd-tier Greek A2 League during the 2012-13 season, he also played in Greece’s 5th-tier ESKA league category for youth competitions. Because of this situation, during the 2012-13 season, he played in two separate league competitions for the same club in Greece, playing both for the senior men’s team of Filathlitikos and for one of the team’s junior squads. On April 28, 2013, it was announced that Antetokounmpo was officially entering his name into the 2013 NBA draft, as an early entrant. Giannis fulfilled his draft projections as a first round pick
2 Nov 2013: PAS Giannina - Platanias (Zosimades St.) 9 Nov 2013: Platanias - Apollon (Perivolia St.) 24 Nov 2013: Kalloni - Platanias (Olympic St.) 30 Nov 2013: Platanias - Atromitos (Perivolia St.)
Football League - Chania F.C.
3 Nov 2013: Chania - Panegialios (Perivolia St.) 10 Nov 2013: Fostiras - Chania (Tavros Municipal St.) 17 Nov 2013: Episkopi - Chania (Th. Vardinogiannis St.) 24 Nov 2013: Chania - Aharnaikos (Perivolia St.)
3rd Division - Kissamikos
3 Nov 2013: Kissamikos - Pefki (Kastelli Municipal St.) 10 Nov 2013: Panelefsiniakos - Kissamikos (Elefsina Municipal St.) 24 Nov 2013: Kissamikos - Ionikos (Kastelli Municipal St.)
FIFA World Ranking (October 2013) by being selected 15th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks. On July 30, 2013, he signed a rookie scaled contract with the Bucks. Antetokounmpo has been a member of the Greek junior national teams. He played with Greece’s junior national team at the 2013 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship. Giannis Antetokounmpo was born in Sepolia, Athens, Greece to Nigerian parents. Although he is of Nigerian descent, he does not have Nigerian nationality. He officially gained full Greek citizenship on May 9, 2013, with the official legal spelling of his name being Giannis Antetokounmpo. Giannis has two older brothers, named Francis and Thanasis, as well as two younger brothers, named Kostas and Alexis. Thanasis was a teammate of his with Filathlitikos, and he also played with him in the 2013 Greek League All-Star Game, while Francis has played football professionally in Nigeria. All of the Antetokounmpo brothers have played basketball in Filathlitikos team. Giannis’s ID #34 Position: Guard/Forward Height: 6-9 Weight: 210 Birthdate: 12/6/94 Team: Filathlitikos (Greece) Birthplace: Athens, Greece Years Pro: Rookie
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
Super League - F.C. Platanias
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