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Cretan-led team developing supercomputer using quantum ‘magic dust’

A team of scientists working in the

United Kingdom and Russia, led by Greek physicist Pavlos G. Lagoudakis and Professor Natalia Berloff, are working on the development of a new type of supercomputer that uses a sort of “magic dust” made of polariton lattices – a type of quantum particle that are combinations of light and matter. A paper submitted by the research team was published in the scientific journal “Nature Materials” on September 25 and is proposed as a way for solving complex problems that are currently considered impossible to solve, such as in biomedicine, designing new materials, finance and robotic space travel. In addition to Professor Lagoudakis of the University of Southampton and the Russian institute Skoltech, the team also includes Greek postgraduate student Alexis Askitopoulos, a graduate of Crete University. “We are at the start of researching the potential of polaritons for solving complex problems. At this stage we are increasing the scale of our device while simultaneously testing its basic computing power. Our ultimate aim is a quantum simulation microprocessor that operates in the conditions of the environment,” Lagoudakis said. The polariton ‘magic dust’ is created by beaming a laser on selected atoms of a chemical element, such as gallium, arsenic, indium or aluminium.

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Greece Looking to Make Crete an All Year Round Tourism Destination

Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura recently presented the national and regional tourism policy for the development of Crete and its promotion as a 365 days a year destination. Speaking during the 3rd Regional Conference on the Reconstruction of Production, Minister Kountoura said that 2017 is a “spectacular year” for Greece with record numbers in arrivals and revenue. She underlined that Crete is a leading destination in Greek tourism and this year welcomed a significant increase in arrivals and revenue, as shown by official figures.


PM Tsipras says work for the construction of Northern Road Axis of Crete will start in early 2019 The

government is ready to present the plan that will allow work to begin on the Northern Road Axis of Crete (NRAC), the motorway that will link Chania to Agios Nikolaos, before the this government’s term ends, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in a speech at the Regional Conference on Productive Reconstruction in Heraklion. He said the study for the section from Kastelli to Sitia will be auctioned in October 2017 while the more mature section of the motorway, from Chania to Agios Nikolaos, the tender for its construction will take place in the beginning of 2018. “Therefore we believe work will begin at the beginning of 2019

and we will be here with the regional governor at the start of the work,” he said, adding that the project wil be completed in 4-5 years. Concerning the other big project on the island, the airport in Kastelli, he said the government has selected the type of company that will take over it, as well as the state fees for the local government and the ministry of infrastructure. Tsipras said Crete is large enough to host a large scope of productive activities. “The aim is to restore a decent living standard for employees and to ensure the provision of satisfactory social services.” He then noted that the EuroAsia


Interconnector, a proposed project to link Greek, Cypriot, and Israeli power grids via the world’s longest submarine power cable, will cement Crete’s role as an energy hub and create jobs, along with the EastMed Pipeline that will channel gas to Europe from newly discovered east Mediterranean reserves. “All these projects will increase Crete?s importance, will create jobs,” he continued, adding that their construction will proceed with the strictest standards to protect the environment. “We are not in favour of entrepreneurship in general, but of entrepreneurship that respects employment and the natural environment,” he said.

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Letters from our readers A few days ago I parked my says all agents are Busy,

car in Chania near to the public swimming baths. When we returned there were you men in the nearby apartments throwing stones & bricks at us and other people as we walked back to the car. I realise bad behaviour happens in every country and Chania is by far my favourite city but I thought it worth making readers aware of this behaviour so they can take precautions when parking nearby.

I wrote several emails on each Flight but I have received no Response, Do I have to Drive from Rethymno to Chania Airport hoping to Talk to an Agent. With there flight cancellations I think this may not work either. Hopefully they will eliminate the Expiration period until some period after flights begin again in Chania Please help bring this problem to the public Forum.

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James Van Gasbeck Argyroupoli, Rethymno, Crete


had two round trips cancelled. one in November ( CHQ > ATH )and the other in January (CHQ > SKG ) They offer to change the flights to the next available flights. HERE is the PROBLEM !!! They have cancelled all there flights from Chania until the end of the Rebook Period. Additionally they have offered for each Round Trip a 80 Euro Voucher which Expires during the period of the Cancelled flights. So it is impossible to use these “Good Faith “ Vouchers It is impossible to use their “Live Chat to Get answers as it always

PS: I am well Documented and will gladly furnish it to you if needed (Flight Confirmations, Cancellations and Emails) ----------------------------------


s something which might make an interesting article, from an outsiders point of view. We are from the UK and have been staying in Kissamos town for the past week or so I am wondering why nothing is being done to prevent motorbikes tearing through your streets and disturbing everyone’s peace. A group of riders in your town seem to think it’s their god giv-

KANDANOS-SELINO Paleochora Info Desk, Sougia, Kandanos

en right to run up and down the roads around Tzanakaki Square at all times, night or day. They seem to have nothing better to do with their time other than listen to the noise of their engines and un silenced exhausts. Unfortunately it means that everyone else has to do the same. They rev their engines, perform slides, skids and wheelies on their machines, some ride 3 on a bike, none wear any safety equipment whatsoever. They are a danger to themselves and others – there are many pedestrians including children who play in the square in front of the Museum. Why are your police not doing anything? I’ve yet to see a policeman in the square. I cannot believe businesses and local residents in the area are happy with the situation. As a visitor I find it absolutely incredulous that no one is taking any action to stop this truely selfish behaviour. How this email to you will help, I don’t know. We have reached the end of our holiday here in Kissamos, one which has not been as relaxing as we had hoped and I suspect the same can be said for others staying in the same hotel as us.

SFAKIA Hora Sfakion Infokiosk, Loutro, Agia Roumeli, ANENDYK boats APOKORONAS Georgioupolis, Kavros, Vamos, Kalyves, Vrysses ...and also in more than 100 points throughout Chania Prefecture!

May be my comments to you will inspire some one in Kissamos to get everyone in the town united to shut this behaviour down. It certainly can’t be good for business and must be thoroughly depressing for your residents who have endure this daily ritual, especially the older members of your community. I hope someone takes some action – it does not seem right that their behaviour has not been challenged, the longer it goes on the worse it will be come until they day someone gets hurt, then it will be too late. The above message was meant for the residents of kissamos, I hope you can make something of it .. it’s something that needs to change for the residents. We will be leaving the town soon, but they will be stuck with the behaviour of the selfish view who spoilt our holiday to some degree. Jan Parker

My experience in General Hospital St. George of Chania! A letter of truth and the comments of our readers

I was in Chania on holidays on the last 17th of august. I had a serious neurological problem: a chronic subdural hematoma. I couldn’t move the right side of my body so I called an ambulance and I went to the Emergency of the General Hospital St. George. We found excellent doctors who solved the problem in the best

way, explaining to me all the details of my problem and what the operation consisted of. The nurses took care of me with humanity and professionalism. Any day I spent in General Hospital I felt as I were in my country. I’m sure I couldn’t get a better assistance all over Europe! I just want to thank all of them from the deep of my heart. All over Europe we keep on talking about economic and financial concerns. I think we would rather talk about people who save life every day, with humanity and high sense of responsibility without thinking about money!

I’ll publish my sanitary experience history on international web sites because I want everybody knows this Greek excellence! Lamberto Morosini (Italy, Milano) Your comments Had a similar experience Kalamáta Messinia Greece They were all outstanding doctors and nurses. Humane professional and always available to answer all our questions. Bravo !!! Eva Markakis I went to this hospital on 10th of July for an appendicitis. Nurses and doctors were very profes-

sional and kind. They avoided the surgery with a 3-days antibiotic therapy. I didn’t pay anything showing my Italian health card. Alberto

seen by a consultant within 5 minutes I was then examined given treatment, a prescription the address of the all night pharmacy. Always excellent service, better and more thorough than the U.K. Ted Saunders Totally agree, had to have two operations in so many months and have nothing but praise for my surgeon and all the nurses. My follow up treatment over last two years has been much better than perhaps would have had in uk. Both Chania and Heraklion hospitals take the best care of you. Also my GP in Kalives is very good and you can always get seen same day. Heather Weltham

I also live here and I fully agree with what is written above. I’m so utterly greatful for the way we have been helped here in Crete. Both in Pepagni in Heraklion when my twin daughters was born one month premature and I am in this hospital at the mo- in Chania that I’m beeing treatment with a broken hip. ed the last five years for a health Staff are friendly and very effi- problem of my own. cient. Food is also very good 3 And between that all sicknesses times a day. and problems that occured in my AWH family for the last twenty years. I often praise the health care here I live in the area, on Wednesday when I talk to tourists and I am night at about 11pm. glad for the chance to express it I had an accident involving my here on fb. eyes, I went to Chania A& E, I was Erica Grosche

I had a total hip replacement at Chania hospital and was very satisfied with the treatment. TBH I think it was probably better than UK and I didn’t have to wait very long at all. In fact I had the operation pretty much when it suited me! Avril Tallett I have been hospitalized in St. George, General Hospital in Chania numerous times the past two years. I have the same positive experience as the Italian lady who wrote the article !!!!! Respect to all doctors and nurses !!!! Marianne Kraaijeveld I have been admitted twice for serious health

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problems, and agree wholeheartedly with this mans experience of the hospital. If I had to be taken to hospital .... This is the best place to be admitted. Philip Ryan

The hospital, doctors, nurses and all the support staff are fantastic in Chania and Heraklion Hospitals Nothing but the best care is given. Angie Wilson Wonderful personnel! Dedicated and very professional. Paul Topham

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a country living in crisis for more than 8 years, health services are something we are proud for! Read the letter of a reader from Italy and the comments and find out why Greece is still on top of some major things, such as helath and education.

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The Yesterdays of Crete (part 2) by Hobson Tarrant So

the island of Crete had proven human remains from Prehistoric times and had grown through the ages until the King Minos of mythology had ruled on the throne. An earthquake or invasion had brought the ‘Minoan Age’ to an abrupt end after which Crete became a part of the Mycenaean civilization.

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Mycenaean civilization Historical records indicate that Crete was overrun by the Mycenaean’s in 1420 BC. This was believed to be on s click ost.gr w e n e so as archived writings r ep for mo ttp://cret h from the area of Knossos were found in the Greek language (Linear B) from around 1425 BC. The Mycenaean’s are documented as being the peoples from mainland Greece who existed towards the last phase of the Bronze Age between 1600 BC and 1100 BC. Bronze was a very prized and very versatile metal for that era, it could be formed by smelting together copper and tin and then fashioned into weapons far sturdier than wood, plus it could be easily fashioned into shapes of beauty by a process of moulding or being fashioned with a hammer. The Mycenaean’s in mainland Greece represented the first ‘Advanced Civilization’ in Europe with its integrated palatial states, urban organization, works of art and its much developed ‘Linear B’ writing system. The Mycenaean’s advancements complimented Crete’s already developed own classical, artistic and cultural strengths, which enabled the island to become thought of as the most highly developed and sophisticated civilization in the known world.

map of the Greek world and established the city-states, then ended with the ‘intellectual revolution’, which opened into the new, Classical period. The Archaic period saw developments in Greek politics, economics, international relations, warfare, and culture. It laid the groundwork for the Classical period, both politically and culturally. It was in the Archaic period that the Greek alphabet was developed, the sculpture of monuments and red-figure pottery began. But the ‘Bronze Age’ was drawing to a close with the development of the new metal ‘Iron’, with which even stronger weapons and structures could be built, the ‘Iron Age’ was on the horizon. Change was on the way and the Greek mainland who had previously held dominance over Crete, started to suffer from significant internal problems due to infighting and corArchaic and Classical periods ruption. The result being a loss of interest in the distant, sea – Under the Mycenaean’s Archaic Greece was a period in locked, island. Greek history that lasted from Meanwhile Crete was steadily evolving its own abilities and the 8th century BC to 480 BC. The period began with a mas- culture. sive increase in the Greek pop- New waves of Greeks from the ulation and a series of signifi- mainland moved over to settle cant changes which rendered on the island and a number of the Greek world unrecognis- new Cretan city states began able by the end of the 8th cen- to blossom. Crete was left comparatively tury. The Archaic period in ancient free from interference, which Greece was described as being allowed time for the island to bounded by two revolutions, develop its own form of civil first the “structural revolution” laws, whilst striking an amicawhich drew a new political ble balance between the pow-

er of the aristocrats and the needs of the civil population. In short Crete was flourishing. But all good things inevitably come to an end and by the late 4th century BC, the order of the aristocrats of Crete also began to collapse due to infighting amongst the elite. The economy of Crete started to suffer as the major city states of Gortyn (now as the village of Agioi Deka), Kydonia ( Chania ) and Lyttos (now a village in Minoa Pediada) underwent prolonged wars in rivalry for the power of control over the ancient yet prized kingdom of Knossos. Such infighting did not go unnoticed by other external opportunist forces from Macedon, Rhodes and Ptolemac Egypt started to join in the fray. Thus the door was opened for the strongest emerging power of the times..

ing the one that involved the island of Crete. Initially Crete repelled an attack by the Romans under a General Marcus Antonius Creticus in 71BC. But after followed a ferocious and determined three year campaign, that was commanded by the Roman Quintus Caecillious Metellus. Crete fell to the might of Rome in 69BC. For his successful conquest, Metellus was awarded the honoured title of ‘Creticus’ and he chose Gortyn (present day village of Agioi Deka, approximately 45 km South from Heraklion ) to be his capital city, from which he ruled his awarded realm of Creta et Cyrenaica ( Crete and the present day Libya ). Realignment of the Roman Empire Many years later the Roman Empire was restructured when under the realm of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, in approximately the year 300 AD. Crete along with Cyrenaica, was then placed under the diocese of Moesia (based in the Balkans on the South bank of the Danube) and then later realigned again by Constantine 1st when he became Roman Emperor, he replaced Crete and Cyrenaica into the diocese of Macedonia. Constantine 1st was destined to become Saint Constantine many years later in the Orthodox Christian church ).

Enter The Romans.. Rome was already at war in many countries as a part of its wider plan to expand its empire. In the 1st century BC it thrust its legions against an ancient kingdom called the ‘Kingdom of Pontus’ ( This kingdom covered a wide spread of lands that included parts of modern day Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Russia, Turkey and the Ukraine). This war against Pontus was called the Mithridatic Wars after the name of the ruler of Pontus, King Mithridates V1. There were three consecutive Mithridates wars, the last be- (To follow – part 3 - The Byzantine Empire)

What do tourists say about Kissamos? A mini - survey by “Neoi Orizontes” newspaper


of “Neoi Orizontes” newspaper from Kissamos asked a few questions to some tourists of the area, asking to “grade” the area! Why do you prefer Kissamos for your vacation? Will you come back? Will you suggest Kissamos to your friends? What is your impression for Kissamos? Helena and Juri (Russia) We are coming to Kissamos for first time! ck on li c We love the fresh air, the r s .g re new epost for mo ttp://cret crystal water and the h clean beaches.

We have heard the best for Balos and... of course we will suggest our friends to visit Kissamos. Your beaches are the best motive for someone to come here.

tal waters and sandy beaches are the things we loved in Kissamos. Of course we will tell our friends to visit the area. We will come back for sure!

Jeins and Jeisy (France) What we love in Kissamos is the traditional atmosphere. Just like the little tavern right here, where we enjoy the sea view and the food. Kissamos is just what a family tries to find in other places of the world. Alina, Malimac, Eduardo, The only negative are.. the bugs and especially the mosquitoes, Agrest (Poland) Delicious traditional food, crys- but, we woill come back anothJens and Ingrid (Sweden) The only negative is the long distance from the airport. As for the beaches, we loved Falassarna. We know almost everything for Kissamos from a travel guide in the internet.

er summer! Αventa, Askpik, Jogan (Sweden) The old city of Kastelli is marvelous, but we believe that local authorities can make some improvements, for the better of the area. People are very friendly. That’s something you cannot easily find it in other places. We enjoyed our visit by boat to Gramvoussa and Balos, but nobody explained us the reason of paying one extra euro! Iti is important to know what we pay for.

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Destiny Beach by Rick Haynes T he sea is slowly nibbling bulk, drying the moisture gods laughed at their futil- contemplate my future, as

away at the dying rays of the golden sphere far away to the west, and the grains of sand are still warm, but I lay still, unable to move. The mountains, towering above the thin layer of cloud, are flushed in shadows, yet the peeks are golden, as magnificent as any crown worn by a queen. I see again my travels of so many years, the mighty boat with billowing white sails that took me to destinations of love and hate, freedom and slavery. I recall endless days where the fierce sun tanned my

from my skin, before the coolness of the nights gave me time to recover. And the storms would hit, the huge waves soaking my body, penetrating deeply into my heart. Many times I had felt alone, desperate to survive, yet the calm voices of the sailors soothed my troubled mind, and as ever, the mariners spoke truly, for I always survived. But the last tempest proved too strong even for my mighty ship. I saw men tie themselves to anything solid, but the sea

ity, and in a flash our world was turned upside down. I was thrown into the abyss of violent seas and sucked down into the depths of eternal darkness. Yet those gods took pity on me and I was allowed to surface. For hours I floated with the currents, caring not whether I would find landfall, but a huge wave washed me onto this beach of purest yellow. Like a never ending paradise it sweeps away in both directions and I rejoice in my salvation. Yet it is a forlorn hope to

my strength has gone and my usefulness is at an end. I feel despair wash over me like an irresistible force, but I understand the power of nature and am ready. My body is slowly decaying in the heat of the burning sun, and as the tide turns, I am powerless to stop the waves from washing over me. The final journey to oblivion has begun, and thus no more will I be the mighty mainmast of a once magnificent schooner. www.rickhaynesauthor.com

Heatwaves, or Hoax? by David Capon Because of the heatwaves look at a map of the Mediter- the coast but for gardeners a and stronger updrafts, result-


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that have hit us during the summer many people have asked whether this will be the norm for Crete in the future, due to climate change. I think there are three main points to make before succinctly considering the situation: Firstly, in comparison to many parts of Europe we have been lucky this year, Secondly, mid- and long-term predictions cannot be precise – it would only require a huge volcanic eruption, such as another Krakatoa, and clouds of paron s click ost.gr w e n ticles would screen the e r ep for mo ttp://cret h Sun from the Earth and there would be a drop in temperature – albeit probably a temporary effect. Finally, present predictions did not allow for a major country removing itself from agreements on climate change policies or for other countries (Brazil and Bolivia) deciding to seriously damage sensitive and important rainforests above the rate that the Earth has been experiencing. Let us first, very briefly, consider what happens during the summer period. The most important factor affecting much of the Mediterranean basin is a high-pressure area that extends northward from the Azores. This tends to block Atlantic frontal systems from entering the basin via the Gibraltar Strait. Thus the weather becomes settled, clear and warm. This is a very simple view as so many other factors are involved but I think explains the mainly, settled weather experienced in the Mediterranean during the summer. Focusing in on Crete. If you

ranean you should notice that Crete is surrounded by much water. This is atypical of other islands in the basin as others are relatively close to mainland Europe, Asia or Africa. Another important point is that the seas surrounding us are relatively deep. Although the sea warms during the summer it does have a controlling effect over our weather despite Crete being closer to the Equator than the rest of Europe. This fact is brought out in predictions for our island. Average temperatures for Crete are likely to rise much slower than the global average for every season (for every 1 degree increase in the global average we should experience an increase less than 1 degree). Many areas of the Mediterranean and other areas of Europe (including parts of the UK and large areas of central Europe) will find increases far higher than the global average. For rainfall the predictions for Crete are that there will be little difference to the average in winter and autumn and perhaps a very small increase in spring and summer. But, the important part is that although total rainfall may stay the same it is likely that precipitation will be heavier – thus the more extreme events. Another pointer that is important to agriculture and Nature is evapo-transpiration (evaporation from the soil and plants ‘breathing’). It is anticipated that the rate will increase by up to 1.1 mm of water per day for each 1° C increase in temperature. This may have important consequences where irrigation (especially of citrus trees) takes place near

good way to combat the effect is to put kitchen waste (vegetable, salad and fruit) on the garden. I have a garden shredder as well so that material that has been cut from trees and other plants is recycled to the soil. Besides adding organic matter to the soil it helps the water retaining capacity of the soil; and the mulch I place around my citrus and olive trees reduces evaporation. An important consideration in relation to climate change is that extreme weather events are expected to occur more often, worldwide. This has been very noticeable recently - we have seen strong hurricanes hitting the Caribbean and the USA, flooding in Mumbai, mudslides and exceptional rainfall in western Africa…. For many areas of the world, the average temperature is expected to increase but the average is likely to increase because of a few days of greater heat rather than a general rise. Similarly many areas should expect the same amount of annual rainfall; but, as indicated for Crete above, the total is likely to include extreme events with longer, drier intervals in between (many of you will remember the storm and torrents we had on 11th Feb this year). A formula, the Clausius-Clapeyron equation, predicts approximately 7% more moisture in the air for each 1°C increase in sea surface temperature; and, of course, oceans are warming. But this general formula misses some other possible amplifying factors. More moisture in the storm means more latent heating, a potentially stronger storm, with more convection

ing in even more rainfall. This latter point has been seen with Hurricane Harvey, for example, and the amount of rain deposited over and near Houston. Thus for Crete the future may not be as severe as other parts of Europe and the world. An interesting prediction is that although there may be more deaths worldwide because of the higher temperatures during heatwaves there will be a larger decrease in the number of deaths due to cold. Returning to my article of three months ago when I queried the thinking of Donald Trump considering climate change a hoax. I know that if I was one of the inhabitants of Houston and was approached by him I would have asked what sort of hoax he thought the hurricane was. Multiple researchers who received grants from the US Department of Energy advise that they have been asked to remove references to climate change and global warming from the project descriptions. One such person has stated that he is concerned that research priorities are being set by political ideology that is at odds with scientific knowledge. I was interested (and pleased) to see that the Pope has got involved as well. Pope Francis has warned that history will judge world leaders who do not act as he blasted climate change sceptics in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Will the Pope’s vision and comments affect the thinking of the US President? I will leave you to decide. I am sure that the subject of climate change will rumble on and on.

Transfers in Football and the Value of Players An Empirical Approach With this surge of trans-

2017, 611-624). The variables they used are similar to those on the site “Transfermarkt: Football transfers, rumors, market values, news, ..” and concern three main pillars of assessment: • Footballer features (or characteristics): age, height, position, foot, and nationality. • Footballer performance: time of play (number of games, minutes of national or international participation), goals, assists, passes, dribbles, duels, fouls, cards. • Footballer popularity: whether the footballer is often present in the press and internet. The authors collected data from various sources (Google, Reddit, Transfermarkt, WhoScored, etc.) for a period of six years from 2009/10 - 2014/15 for the five “top European leagues”: England’s Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, Germany’s Bundesliga, Italy’s Serie A, and France’s Ligue 1, that is, 4217 footballers from 146 teams. A series of regression models were used and finally 4 models were constructed. In Model 1 the fixed term and predicted purchase market price are important. The major variables in model 2 (where footballer features were added) are the predicted market price and age. In model 3 (were performance was added), the important variables are the predicted market price, age, minutes of participation, goals, assists, passes, successful passes, dribbles, air duels, tackles, and yellow cards. In model 4 (where footballer popularity was added), the important variables are the Wikipedia page, Reddit posts, and Youtube videos. Overall, the methodology (data analytics) for estimating the market value of the footballers does not deviate significantly from the actual transfer values. The models offer better predictions for low-mid transfer-val-

ue players, while market judgments are more accurate for more expensive transfers. The usefulness of methodologies, as the one developed in this article, helps football managers and scouts be- cause it is accurate, objective for more news clic k on http://cre and gives reliable estepost.gr timates of the current value of the transfer. Audencia Business School’s Institute of Finance and the postgraduate studies programmer in Sports Management together with the Financial Management Systems Laboratory of the Technical University of Crete, began evaluating European Leagues two years ago using multi-criteria decision-making methods. The main objective is to effectively evaluate teams, championships, and footballers and to aid to a better distribution of investment-funding at European level. edited by • Dr. Emilios Galariotis Professor of Finance Director of the Institute of Finance Head of the Finance Department Audencia Business School, France • Dr. Christophe Germain Professor of Accounting Rector-SABS Business School Vice-Rector Audencia Business School, France

• Dr Constantin Zopounidis Professor of Financial Engineering and Decision Sciences Technical Univeristy of Crete Academician, European Royal Academy of Doctors Academician, Royal Academy of Economics and Finance of Spain Distinguished Research Professor, Audencia Business School, France

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Methodology and variables Today footballers are considered to be financial assets that need to be evaluated. Historical European clubs that received substantial investment by the “new money” are trying to look competitive “throwing” a lot of money on the market (2.7 billion euro). They are Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris-Saint-Germain, and Chelsea. The goal such investors of these four clubs is to invest quickly and efficiently a lot of money so that their teams become or remain competitive and conquer trophies. However, this often creates “over-investment” and distorts the (real) value of football players. Some statistics of the transfer market are as follows: • 2012, about 1.8 billion euro • 2013, 2.6 billion euro • 2014, 2.4 billion euro • 2015, 3 billion euro • 2016, 3.4 billion euro The Football Observatory has recently released a ranking with 100 players with high transfer rates. The estimation was based on an econometric model and it relied on more than 1500 expensive transfers from 2010 to date. It is also interesting at this point to mention the transfer prices of some great players in the history of football: E. Cavani (2013, 64 million euro), R. Kaka (2015, 67 million euro), Z. Ibrahimovic (2009, 70.5 million euro; and 2014, 75 million euro), Z. Zidane (2001, 75 million euro), J. Rodriguez (2014, 80 million euro), L. Suarez (2014, 81 million euro). In 2017, Muller, Simons and Weinmann, published in an authoritative “European Journal of Operational Research” an original methodology for assessing the market value of football players (O. Muller, A. Simons, M. Weinmann, Beyond crowd judgments: Data-driven estimation of market value in association football, EJOR, 263,

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fers (especially those of Neymar and Mbappe), the Football Observatory (www. football-observatory.com) looked in to the real value of the stars of the round goddess. The findings are surprising and show exaggeration in the transfer market. The prices announced are outrageous and the question is: are they really justified? The CIES Football Observatory and its researchers created an algorithm to assess the value of the “Star Soccer Players” of the five most dynamic championships (England, Germany, Spain, Italy, France). Based on variables such as age, performance, team, and footballer position, the ranking led to two important unexpected conclusions: first, players who are considered the best in the world are not necessarily the most expensive ones; second, a number of footballers that are classed as good or very good have a value that seems to be exaggerated. Some examples support the above conclusions. In 2016, Pogba “broke” the record of the most expensive transfer of all times with 105 million euro when moving from Juventus to Manchester United. The Observatory has predicted that 12 other players (midfielders) could achieve a higher price. Some of them are: Neymar with a value of 210.7 million euro, Dele Alli with (155.1 million euro), Harry Kane (153.6 million euro), Lionel Messi (4th in value at 151.7 million euro) and Cristiano Ronaldo (12th in value with 112.4 million euro). The latter two, having received the Best FIFA Men’s Player award, are now considered the best players in the world, yet, they are indeed not the most expensive ones. The question of correct valuation in financial terms and how the above figures can be justified is therefore raised. Recall that the factors that affect the financial value of a transfer can be: dynamic physique (strength, speed,...) and technique (decisive passes, defense, gaining ball possession, ...). Moreover, some positions, deep-lying playmaker (midfielder), center-forward are more sought after than other positions for the same level of performance and age.

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Rare artifacts and complex features in architecture found in Minoan palace on Cretan mountain Staircases,

richly decorated walls and important artifacts are among the findings of this past season’s excavations at the extensive and complex Minoan palace of Zominthos, on the Psiloritis mountain in Rethymnon, Greece’s Ministry of Culture and Sports announced. The excavations on the palace were carried out by emerita director of antiquities Efi Sapouna-Sakellaraki from July to August. Excavations on a section of the palace began in n o the ’80s by archaeolos click r re new t.g for mo /cretepos gist Yiannis Sakellarakis, http:/ and have been conducted annually since 2004.

The ministry announced that the new evidence revealed by this summer’s excavations includes data about “the complex’s internal layout and its architecture (staircases, rich wall decorations), with multiple findings from the excavation of the interior and its rooms, where a very rare coin was found from Marcus Aurelius’ reign (161-180 AD). All elements point to the significance of this huge, labyrinthine building at an altitude of 1,200 meters.” Among the new data unearthed during this season, according to the Culture ministry, are two new entrances, one

in the NE corner of the palace leading through a hallway to the eastern wing’s shrine, and the other – damaged by alterations in the Mycenaean and Roman years and by looters in the 60s – leading to the palace’s main court. The palace appeared to have multiple levels, internal staircases, floors constructed of precious materials and walls lavishly decorated. Some of the walls have survived to a height of three meters. Palace rooms have yielded stamps, vessels in different shapes, stone cases for valuables, a local reproduction

of an Egyptian scarab made of copper, and seashells that were not meant for consumption, pointing to the worship of a sea goddess. Other findings feature bronze daggers, sections of large ceramic storage jars, and remains of beehives. The date of the earliest settlement on Zominthos (around 1900 BC), almost coinciding with the first settlement in the Knossos area, and its proximity to the Idaean Cave, the most important and perhaps earliest shrine on Crete, point to the significance of the palace in the economic, political and religious network of the Greek island.

Ancient city in Lassithi sheds light on demise of Minoan civilization The University Catholique School with the assistance Santorini, ashes of which were courtyard, which was directly of experts and students from Greek and international universities. The Belgian School of Athens issued a statement stressing that “the entire complex dates back to the neo-palatial period of the Minoan civilisation, around the 16th century. B.C. and was abandoned around the time of the eruption in


Renowned crime author Owen Mullen returns to Coatbridge from Crete for special event Crime author Owen Mullen The writer is originally from and their home in Apoko-

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10 best Greek museums for 2017, according to Travelers’ Choice Awards on leading travel platform TripAdvisor, based on reviews from its users all over the world are as follows: 1. Acropolis Museum | Athens 2. Heraklion Archaeological Museum | Heraklion 3. National Archaeological Museum | Athens 4. Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) | Vergina 5. Delphi Archaeological Museum | Delphi 6. Pavlos Vrellis Museum of Greek History | Ioannina 7. Archaeological Museum at Ancient Olympia | Olympia 8. Achilleion Museum | Gastouri 9. Cyclades Olive Museum | Pitrofos 10. Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki | Thessaloniki

returned to his hometown for a special free event at Coatbridge library. The writer spoke about his award-nominated work on Monday, September 11, at 7pm in the library located in the Buchanan Centre. It followed on from his visit to the Bloody Scotland writing festival in Stirling – where his debut novel, Games People Play, has been longlisted for the prestigious McIlvanney Prize for Scottish crime book of the year. The book opens with the abduction of 13-month-old Lily Hamilton from a Scottish beach, leading her frantic parents to engage private investigator Charlie Hamilton. Owen is among 12 writers in the running to win the crime-writing prize, alongside such established names as Christopher Brookmyre, Val McDermid and Ian Rankin, with the final four and overall winner being announced at the festival next weekend.

discovered inside the building. Beginning in 2015, it was finally possible to clean the central courtyard covered with mortar, which appears to have a maximum size of 16.50 x 33m. It should also be underlined that “several ceremonial installations were located above and along this central

accessible to the southwest by means of an elaborately covered aisle with corrugated walls. The excavation revealed other large parts from the east and west wing of the complex, which also include a circular water collection cavity, which is connected to a water source.

de Louvain from Belgium continued its excavations in the monumental building with a central courtyard on Kefalari Sissi (Lassithi, Crete), dating back to the 16th century. B.C. The research was carried out under the auspices of of the Lasithi Ephorate of Antiquities and the Athens Belgian

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Visit Greece: Taste these unique local cheeses Award - winning Greek such as Krassotyri and Sitaka. a fresh whey cheese, relatively

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cheeses, with their unique taste, explain why in Greece the annual per capita consumption is higher than in any other European country. Soft, creamy and hard, white and yellow, fresh and mature, salty and sweet, each one a nobility, all produced with mastery and skill. Cook them, mix them, grate and sprinkle them, wine-tie them, fry them, stuff them, adore them… Follow us in a tour to each region that has developed its own special varieties of cheese. lick on t.gr c s w Nothing conjures up re ne epos for mo ttp://cret h the dreamy images of Greece better than the Aegean, home to countless islands big and small and to cooking traditions as old as Homer. Islanders have their unique existence, defined by the deepest bond to place and familial roots, in common with one another, regardless of whether they come from places as offthe-beaten track as Ikaria or as cosmopolitan as Rhodes or Santorini. Let’s take a tour in the Aegean, specifically in the Northeastern Aegean, where cheeses vary. Manoura from Sifnos is aged in wine dregs; Kalathaki from Limnos, a lovely basket-shaped, goat’s milk white brine cheese, akin to feta, takes its name from the basket (=kalathaki) that is used to produce it. Moving further down, we meet the Dodecanese cheeses,

Krassotyri is a specialty of Kos. A log-shaped, ribbed winesoaked cheese that in recent years has begun its trip off the island. This similar wine-soaked cheeses are also produced in Nyssiros and Leros. Sitaka, one of the most unusual dairy products in Greece, is a tart,creamy spread, not unlike yogurt cheese, made from slightly fermented sheep’s and/or goat’s milk, which has been salted slightly and reduced over low, traditionally wood-burning fire. It is a specialty of Kassos and served with a delicious local pasta dish together with caramelized onions. Now let’s move a little towards the Cyclades, to meet the Cyclades cheeses. . San Mihalis in Syros island, also a PDO cheese – Manoura of Sifnos’, with a pinkish hue and dark, winy aroma – Chloro from Santorini, to be eaten either fresh (and soft), or aged over pasta? You just name it! If you find yourself in Crete, the Cretan cheeses you will find that are part of the wellness and long-life ratio causes of the islanders. All Cretan cheeses are made from either sheep’s or goat’s milk or a combination of both. Here’s a short list: Graviera, perhaps the most famous of Crete’s cheeses, ranges from sweet, when young, to nutty and resonant, when aged. Kefalograviera, harder and more piquant than graviera, is a table cheese that is often also used in baked dishes like pastitsio and moussaka. Myzithra,

low in fat, and similar to ricotta. Staka, a cholesterol-rich delicacy only found in western Crete, which is prepared from the cream skimmed off the top of sheep’s milk. The gorgeous Graviera cheese is by now a tradition. It is made as far north as Macedonia and as far south as Crete, in Corfu to the west, in Mytilini to the east, and just about everywhere in between. In Epirus, you will find Feta, of course – the shepherd’s cheese par excellence. Dodoni, the district around the ancient oracle and amphitheater, produces some of the country’s best. You will also find Galotyri, literally ‘milk cheese,’ irresistibly creamy and tangy, but hard to find outside the shepherds’ strongholds of Epirus, Thessaly and Roumeli. Hard, pungent Kefalotyriis made from goat and sheep milk, and is mainly used for grating. Sweet Manouri, a smooth whey cheese made from sheep’s milk or a mixture of sheep’s and goat’s milk to which cream has been added, comes in long, pure white cylinders. Delicious with fruit or on its own for dessert. And, of course, last but not least, Feta: Greece’s cheese for all seasons. In Greece the cheese course runs parallel to the meal. Feta, the national Greek cheese, is relentlessly nibbled at, be it with a winter salad of boiled bitter greens, or a main course of summer vegetables stewed

Foodies in search of the largest gyros pita in Greece Greekreporter.com notes their BIG pita with gyros. So is brim pita. The same happens in a recent article about the largest gyros pita in Greece that bigger is better, especially when it comes to a warm, tasty pita filled with succulent meat with all the trimmings. The article presents the following grills that serve the largest gyros pita (or pitogyro as many locals call it) in Greece: Some establishments offer more meat, while others put a whole side order of french fries inside the pita along with the meat. Others put different sauces, besides than the traditional tzatziki, and yes, you can have just one. Gyrogonia in Heraklion and Chania in Crete, are famous for

the Babachika in Xirokrini of Thessaloniki, and babachika in northern Greece means big. Enough said. O Karvouniaris (which means covered in charcoal dust) is a tavern in Ampelokipi, Athens, and all meats are cooked on charcoal. Nearby in the Zografou neighborhood, is O Kalos Lykos (the good wolf ), strictly for meat lovers. Kalamia in Drama, northern Greece, serves pita with a whole order of fries. Prassas in Thessaloniki also serves them big and tasty, after all, city residents are known for their picky palate. In Vlachoi in Ioannina, you need to use both hands to manage the stuffed-to-the-

at 4 Adelfia (4 brothers), in Heraklion, Crete. In south Heraklion you will also find Bournelis, who stuffs them big. In competition with other grills in Heraklion, at Leoforos

in olive oil, or a midnight snack hand-in-hand with a slice of crisp, icy, sweet watermelon. As for the unusual storing of Feta, there is a perfectly logical explanation: Feta is a rindless wet cheese. It is aged and cured in brine, and will keep all its flavors if it remains submerged. Greeks (together with the cheese obsessed French) have the highest per capita cheese consumption in Europe. Feta is the quintessential Greek table cheese, but it is also excellent in all sorts of other dishes. As a main ingredient, it finds its way into savory pies, made with Feta and eggs, or combinations of cheeses, or mixtures of greens and cheese. It is also a staple on the meze table, and can be grilled or baked in paper and even sautéed, sometimes with a crust of nuts or sesame seeds or a simple egg and flour wash. It’s basically more of a meal in itself. Over the years, as Greece became urbanized and agriculture increasingly mechanized, new technology reached the dairies and cheese making was no longer a simple local affair. The same happened all over Europe, eventually requiring the European Commission to enact “Protected Designation of Origin” (PDO) labelling regulations for distinctive, traditional foods. Twenty Greek cheeses have been accorded PDO status thus far under these regulations.

(avenue) they also believe that bigger is better. Finally, Giotis in Thessaloniki and Savvas in Athens can serve them big too; with the latter being in the most touristy part of the capital.

Number of Measles Cases Continues to Rise in Greece The number of measles cas- According to the Pan-

es continues to rise in Greece, with health experts calling by Miltiades Markatos for full vaccination for both Pneumonologist children and adults. More than 200 cases of measles were reported to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) in southern Greece; mainly in Attica and the Peloponnese. Authorities say the phenomenon can be extended to other geographical areas in the coming weeks. Seventy five percent of the cases were of children from the Roma communities; the remaining twenty five percent were non-Roma adults, between the ages of 2544, including doctors on s click ost.gr w e n e r ep and other health profor mo ttp://cret h fessionals who had not been adequately vaccinated. Many of the victims, are employees of the National Health System (ESY), as well.

hellenic Federation of Public Hospital Employees, a doctor, two nurses and two staff members of Thriasio Hospital in Attica have also been affected. The federation blames the Ministry of Health, and KEELPNO for criminal delays and states that “although the outbreaks occurred a month ago, KEELPNO sent a directive to hospitals for antibody testing to professionals who were born after 1972, and who did not take two doses of measles vaccine, only a few days ago.” The federation also asserts that the ministry and KEELPNO did not supply hospitals with the necessary reagents to control the measles antibodies, or the necessary vaccines.

Due to the epidemic outbreak of measles in Greece, the National Vaccine Committee recommends the immediate vaccination of children, adolescents and adults who have not been vaccinated with the necessary doses of the vaccine MMR (measles-mumps -rubella). Adults who are born after 1970


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Four Things You Might Not Know About Fall Allergies As most allergy sufferers will not know about fall allergies... Lingering Warm tell you, allergy symptoms can always be bothersome, turning any time of year into sneezing season. A runny nose, itchy eyes and scratchy throat can arise as the days get shorter and the leaves begin to change. The fall can be especially difficult for people who are sensitive to mold and ragweed pollen. But these seasonal elements aren t the only triggers that can make symptoms worse this time of year. There are also a few lesser known triggers. Here are four things you might

Hay Fever? Hay fever, a term from a bygone era, actually has nothing to do with hay. Instead, it s a general term used to describe the symptoms of late summer allergies. Ragweed is a common cause of hay fever, which is also known as allergic rhinitis. The plant usually begins to pollenate in mid-August and may continue to be a problem until a hard freeze, depending on where you live. See an allergist for prescription medications to control symptoms or to see if allergy shots may be your best option.

Weather While most people enjoy Indian summer, unseasonably warm temperatures can make rhinitis symptoms last longer. Mold spores can also be released when humidity is high, or the weather is dry and windy. Be sure to begin taking medications before your symptoms start.

and who have no history of disease, should be vaccinated with two doses of the measles vaccine. Children should be given the first dose of the vaccine at the age of 12 months, and the second dose should be given three months later, or in high risk cases, after four weeks.

School Allergens It is not only seasonal pollen and mold that triggers allergies this time of year. Kids are often exposed to classroom irritants and allergy triggers. These can include chalk dust and classroom pets. Students with food allergies may also be exposed to allergens in the lunch room. Kids with exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) may experience attacks during rePesky Leaves Some folks might find it dif- cess or gym class. Help your ficult to keep up with raking child understand what can trigleaves throughout the autumn. ger their allergies and asthma, But for allergy sufferers, rak- and how they can avoid symping presents its own problem. toms. Notify teachers and the It can stir agitating pollen and school nurse of any emergency mold into the air, causing aller- medications, such as quick relief inhalers and epinephrine. gy and asthma symptoms.

A life changing visit to our pharmacy can make you change the way you see life and put your body and mind in harmony. Have you ever visited a pharmacy to taste health? A different pharmacy in the centre of the old town of Chania is waiting to share with you secrets of well being and longevity. Taste the biolo gical honey, the royal jelly, tea from plants carefully chosen in therapeutic recipes, high concentration and purity juices of pomegranate, cranberry, aloe. Orthomolecular nutrition with suggestions on detox programs and a carefully selected range of supplements, vitamins an gluten free products from all over the world. In the same premises you can find a live homeopathic lab with 6.000 homeopathic remedies in stock and the ability to produce any kind of homeopathic form i.e. pills, granules, solutions etc Evangelia Sakka is the pharmacist in charge who has created that special pharmacy and will be happy to introduce you to that fantastic world but also suggest whatever will be more settable for you. Our philosophy doesn’t stop on food and supplements but we want you to think of your mind and body as well. That’s why we have created next to our pharmacy the Green Care SPA. A SPA that helps to uplift your mind and body with biological face an body treatments, reflexology, reiky, su jok and moxa treatment, Bach flower remedies, homeopathy sessions, bowtech as well as nail therapies. We are waiting for you to restart your life at Daskalogianni 43 - 45, SAKKA Pharmacy www.my-pharmacy.gr / www.greencarespa.gr

12 Ways to Get Your House Ready for Rain and Storms to keep a few important lights and appliances running. A whole-house standby generator will automatically kick-on to keep the keep the whole house powered. Cover and protect outdoor furniture, barbecues, outdoor equipment, and firewood with heavy tarps Secure the tarps with ropes or heavy objects such as bricks.

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Clean your gutters and downspouts When gutters and downspouts clog with leaves and debris, water overflows and spills down where it can damage walls and footings. If your house is beneath many trees, it’s smart to clear the gutters at the beginning of the season, and then clean them again after the first rain to remove leaves and debris that wash down from the roof.

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As severe weather continues to dominate the news, it pays to take heed and prepare for the worst! Here are 12 ways to get your house in order if you live in or near regions where storms and heavy rains are predicted, especially in Apokoronas. A home that isn’t ready for rain can become a winter nightmare as water leaks through the roof and ceilings, floods the ground floor or basement, and ompromises the home’s structure. Here are 12 things you can do now to get ready:

If your property is in danger of being flooded, have materials such as sandbags or concrete edgings on hand to If your home has a combination divert water to drainage arspouts Fix loose, sagging, or leaking storm/screen door with inter- eas. gutters and make sure down- changeable glass and screen spouts carry drainage well panels, switch from screens to Have trees trimmed, esglass. away from the house. pecially if they’ve become Spray a little WD-40 on the weakened by drought storm door’s hinges and latch- When laden with rainwaInspect the house siding Check for damage, cracks, and es. Be sure the door closer is ter, weak trees can snap holes. Seal up leaks with paint- adjusted and working smooth- or become easily uprooted. ly. able or clear caulk. Make sure the paint is in good Be ready for the worst condition. Need a sump pump? Assemble a disaster supply kit, If it isn’t, consider getting the If your basement or crawl space and have it readily accessible. house painted before winter is susceptible to flooding, con- Scan and store important docsider buying a sump pump. If uments on thumb drives or really sets in. your home already has one, be hard drives located away from Weatherstrip windows and sure it is in good working order. your home. doors to seal out drafts and Consider flood insurance; be minimize heat loss Consider buying a generator aware that your home may beIn the event of a power outage, come flooded even if it isn’t loPrepare or install storm a portable emergency genera- cated in a high-risk area. tor can provide enough power doors and windows

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Who Can Help Your Dog In Case Of An Emergency? The first thing you should n o k c inform yourself about is s cli .gr re new epost for mo ttp://cret whether 24-hour emerh gency care is available for your dog in your vicinity. Talk to your veterinarian and ask them what you should do if your dog needs immediate care in the middle of the night. If your veterinarian doesn’t provide non-stop services, maybe they can tell you who might be able to help you in your area. When you get the name of the vet who is available 24/7, write down their name, number and address on a piece of paper and place it on your fridge. The last thing you need is to look for their number when your dog is feeling sick. Besides, if you’re not home,

other members of your household will be able to contact the local emergency vet and save your dog’s life. When Does Your Dog Need Emergency Care? Your dog requires emergency care if they have suffered a severe trauma or a heatstroke, if they are choking, if they ingested something poisonous, or if an insect stung them. Of course, if you think that your dog’s health or life is jeopardized, don’t hesitate to contact emergency services. Dogs can be affected by so many health problems, so it’s always better to make sure that they are fine than to wait until it’s too late to help them. Here are some of the signs that your dog needs emergency care: Pale gums Increased breathing rate

Weak or increased pulse Fever Inability to stand or move Unconsciousness Seizures Bleeding How Can You Help Your Dog In Case Of An Emergency? First things first, you should be aware that dogs who are hurt or very sick can become aggressive toward their humans. This means that you should make sure that your dog cannot injure you before you attempt to help them. If there’s no way to calm them down, it’s best to ask for help, as you won’t be doing your dog or yourself a favor if you get hurt in the process of helping them. When you feel that it’s safe to transport your pooch, take them to the nearest veterinarian and let them do their job.

What About First Aid? As a general rule, you shouldn’t perform any first aid treatment on your pooch, as it’s imperative that they receive veterinary care in case of an emergency. However, you can and should calm and stabilize your pooch for transportation. For instance, if your dog is bleeding, you should apply pressure to the wound. If they are choking, you should try to remove whatever object got stuck. CPR might also be necessary if your dog is not breathing. You should place them on the side and blow air into their nostrils once every three seconds. Make sure that their jaws are closed. If your dog’s heart stops beating, you have to perform both cardiac massage and artificial respiration. Until your dog starts breathing again, you should perform there quick chest compressions for each air blow in the nostrils. If you pet ingest something toxic, the first thing you should do is contact your vet. Keep in mind that, even though accidents can always happen, you should ensure that your dog cannot reach anything that’s poisonous to dogs, that they don’t eat bones or leftovers, and that they don’t roam the streets unsupervised.

Cretan Gunners finished 3rd in Kavala’ Rugby Tournament New training season started in September Following the trip last

commented on by opposing teams and the organisers. Coach Phil Elcock said ‘I am very proud and pleased with the overall team performance and how much everybody has contributed. To finish third of the eight Greek teams is no mean achievement for a group of players who had never played the game until eighteen months ago and some a lot less than that. Our first two matches were against the tournament winners Galati and second place Springboks so to lose to them is no disgrace. This whole performance is an

indication of what this team is capable of as they gain more experience and playing time which we will hopefully start to get this next season’. Training stopped for August but players returned to training at the National Stadium in Chania the first week of September as they prepare for the more usual fifteen a side version of the game. New players male and female are always welcome to come and have a go. Training takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 8.30.

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So, with a place for a mid-table position achieved Gunners were happy as they had far exceeded last year. Sunday and the playoff match against Aeolas and despite some hard and committed tackling from the tired, battered and bruised Gunners side they could not manage to get over the Aeolas try line often enough to gain the win and eventually after a very hard fought ten minutes they lost 4-1 leaving them in 5th place overall. A successful tournament that showed just how much progress this new team has made in twelve months something

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year, the Gunners players decided to enter again this year to try to improve on their performance of the previous year. This year’s event was to be a trial event for the European Beach Rugby Organisation giving it a higher status and all matches five a side. After six weeks of Beach Rugby training this year’s tournament from 28th to 30th July would bring them into contact with seven other Greek teams, two from Romania and one from Bulgaria. Friday saw the Gunners play their opening two matches against Galati from Romania where they lost 7-1 and Attica Springboks where they again lost 7-1. Whilst disappointed to lose both matches their overall performance was better than the previous year when they had lost 19-0 to Springboks. Saturday with possibly only one game left after the withdrawal of the Misfits team Gunners played Nemesis a match won 8-1. This now led to a further game against Egaleo where they were playing for a place in the 4th v 5th playoff game. Hard tackling, improved ball handling and support play saw them runout the winners by 5 tries to 1.

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