Archive March 2017

Works to repair storm damage in W Mani

It has been announced that a budget of €223,000, has been approved for W Mani to carry out "Works on damage prevention and recovery from natural disasters". The work will be put out to tender. Interested parties can collect the tender documents for carrying out this work to the Town Hall of West Mani, Kardamili, until the last working day of the competition,  April 24th.

The work on rural and municipal roads of West Mani. In particular, the technical study, provided the following interventions:

- concreting works in different parts of rural and municipal roads of West Mani Municipality with the purpose of prevention, and dealing with the damage caused by natural disasters.
- Alter the level of the pavement in part of the central municipal road in Stoupa village Neochori ,(outside the house of Iannis Rapteas) to allow the draining of rainwater freely. Today rainwater stagnates at this point making the road impassable, after heavy rainfall.

In six months

- Rebuilding and repairing stone wall in the village Source Platsa, which collapsed from the heavy rainfall that hit the West Mani last September. The total execution time of the project has been set at six months from the date of signature of the contract. 


Crack down on smoking in Greece

A recent circular from the Ministry of Health reinforces the ban on smoking in public places.

Also the use of tobacco products, new tobacco products, and all types of electronic cigarettes and herbal products, in private and public cars, when travelling with minors under 12 years old, will incur fines of 1,500 for private cars and €3,000 for drivers of public vehicles. In addition, drivers of such vehicles will have their the driver's license removed for a period of one month for each infringement, even if not committed by themselves, but a person on board.

Based on the Circular, unannounced inspections will be launched immediately in all health units, public services, and also in restaurants and cafes .

The circular clearly states that a fine will be imposed not only on the shopkeeper or the head of a unit, but also on the smokers themselves. The specific fines will be based on the law in force in the EU and endorsed by Greece, and will also apply to those who make use of new tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and herbal products for smoking. Tharros

Mani Forest maps protest in Athens

About 1,000 Maniots, from Athens, Gytheio, Areopolis, Stoupa, Kardamili and Kambos held a protest rally, on March 3rd, in Syntagma Square in Athens, demanding the immediate withdrawal of forest maps. Holding banners with slogans such as "Immediate withdrawal forest maps"  and flags with the cross writing "Victory or Death" ', A representative of the 'Mani Protest', and producer of organic products from Stoupa, George Peruzzi, told Agrotypos the following: "We have a problem, because about 80% of the Mani area in 1945 maps appear to be uncultivated rural areas,  and now "indirectly" the state comes  and tells us that our fields have been using forest and it is forbidden to use 'forest' for something else. We are not satisfied with the replies of the government parties. On March 17 we will hold protest in Areopolis and March 23 in Kalamata. Objections will not do, because there is no money. tharros

The next day:-
New legislation and improvements where problems have arisen, were announced by Deputy Environment Minister Socrates Famellos, which included an extension to the time allowed for opposition, and   improvements, in terms of forest maps which will exclude "agricultural polygons", ie areas which are agricultural and forest land.  tharros

Information Summary from PsM ► MARCH ◄ 2017

More Airlines using Kalamata Airport: Passenger numbers are expected to increase again during 2017, and the number of airlines using Kalamata airport and the number of destinations are also increasing. British Airways will fly to London until the end of October, and Easyjet up to October 26th. For a full list of Airlines, destinations, and the period during which flights will be available see KALAMATA AIRPORT

Glass recycling success: Generally, recycling in W Mani is still suffering many setbacks, but glass recycling is a success story. Use of the 'blue bells' for glass recycling, has grown steadily since they were introduced in 2015. In 2016, 42 tons of glass were collected from W Mani, making W Mani one of the most successsful municiaplities in Messinia Recycling matters

Local Health services: The petition to get more staff at the Ag Nikolaos Health Centre has had 259 on line signatures so far (we do not know the number of signatures on paper). Gaia are still very much needed as an alternative 'ambulance service' . Four times during February they provided transport for patients needing to go to hospital and on one occasion, had the added responsibility of carrying a very sick patients without a doctor on board, as there was no other doctor at the health centre. Recently, 18 new rural doctors have been appointed in Regional Health Centres and Clinics of Messinia, but is seems Ag Nikolaos is not getting any of them! Tharros

Gaia video collage: Kostas Xydeas has produced a  video collage of Gaia photos, which gives an impression of the people involved and the many ways Gaia helps our community. For people who have been in Mani for some years, the snaps of the early days of the Gaia Base are a reminder of how much Gaia has achieved since 2005. 

Revised plan for forest maps: The recent publication of draft forest maps, by the Greek Government, caused a huge outcry, as many areas shown as 'forest' are agricultural, and have been for some time. The public has been given a chance to 'correct' the draft maps, but were expected to pay for the privilege! Protests got very heated, and in Stoupa a burning book was thrown at a Forest Service jeep. The angry residents chanted to forest officials about the problems that exist with the forest maps of Mani .snippets10/2. Because of the level of proptest, the Government is trying to ease the situation by excluding some established areas of farmland from the revision process.snippets 26/2

Importance of the new Hellenic Space agency: With the launch this year of the satellite Hellas Sat, trading opportunities will be created which, according to information of the Ministry PSIPTE, will be used by a space policy company, corresponding to European standards. There are plans for research and scientific applications in the field of civil protection, Earth monitoring, fire prevention and fire fighting, illegal building. Minister for Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Information Nikos Pappas, noted that it is simply inconceivable that Greece today should lack a space agency. Up to now, Greece has been one of the few European countries that do not have a body to utilize commercial, scientific and research rights, nor the plethora of research and scientific applications and resources available through the European Space Agency snippets 9/2

'4.1 Miles' is a Greek Documentary Nominated for a 2017 Academy Award :This documentary short film by Daphne Matziaraki, is about a coast guard captain on a small Greek island who is suddenly charged with saving thousands of refugees from drowning at sea. ‘When I returned home to Greece last fall to make a film about the refugee crisis, I discovered a situation I had never imagined possible. The turquoise sea that surrounds the beautiful Greek island of Lesbos, just 4.1 miles from the Turkish coast, is these days a deadly gantlet, choked with terrified adults and small children on flimsy, dangerous boats. I had never seen people escaping war before, and neither had the island’s residents. The scene was haunting.’ full article and video in NY times

New archaeological Museum open in Pylos: In the new space, in the Maizonos building of the fortress Niokastro Pylos, the new Museum of Pylos has opened, where unique archaeological exhibits and innovative modes of presentation, supported by digital applications, present the story of Pylia from the earliest Prehistory to Roman times. Educational support material is available suggesting interesting approaches, which can be used by students of Primary and Secondary Education, as well as individual visitors. Opening hours: 8: 00-15: 00 except Mondays snippets17/2

What else new?
Dioskouroi in Kardamyli is now open every day
• We have added the Veliu Brothers (stonemasons & builders) to our JOBS/SERVICES page
• W Mani will be one of the areas supported by the new Community Services mobile unit, to be funded by ESPA. snippets22/2


MIAO/ΦΟΜ Annual General Meeting January 27th 2017 :
As always, MIAO would welcome help both financially and with offers of temporary fostering of animals and long term re-homing .
A few points from their AGM MIAO AGM 2016
• With limited resources,their main focus has to be cats and dogs
 They are getting more cats/kittens dumped, than they can cope with, so they cannot aways help with strays
• They rehomed over 40 dogs during 2016
• All rehomed dogs are vaccinated, wormed and sterilised.
• Regret that although the number rehomed in Greece is increasing, 90% go to Greek based foreigners
• Concern about the continuing opposition amongst some factions of the Greek community, towards the sterilising of cats and dogs
• Agreed that MIAO needs to give more support to members who are fostering
• Members to look for more locations for collecting boxes
• Various ways of linking MIAO fund raising with local events to be investigated

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