INSIDE THE MANI 2017 - Now available free on-line : The latest edition of the this informative magazine can be downloaded as a PDF from the INSIDE THE MANI website. This edition features Cricket in Kalogria ( the fund raising event last summer, with Alex Tudor), Social Welfare (about LYSO's Garden, a new scheme helping young people with learning difficulties), Mani 30 years ago, The Sea Hare, Mythical Mani, Cats in Crisis, and a Photo competition (29-5-17)
Super high speed broad band comes to Kalamata! A pilot fiber-optic network has been installed by WIND in Kalamata and New Smyrna and is ready for operation. The construction of the pilot fibre networks took about a year, and 100 users are testing the innovative potential of the new infrastructure. Potentially the new fibre optic network will deliver up to 250Mbps. Kalamata will be the first city in the country that will connect to the internet for super-high speeds, and more than 50% of city households by the summer will have speeds exceeding 100 Mbps. According to the plan for the development of optical fiber network, which WIND Hellas has filed with EETT, the total investment of the company will cover up to 500,000 lines in selected areas of Athens, Thessaloniki, Kalamata, Larissa and Heraklion Crete. Tharros (29-5-17)
First Caretta caretta sea turtle nest in the Gulf of Kyparissia At dawn on Monday May 22, the morning patrol of ARCHELON volunteers, discovered the first nest of Caretta caretta in Kyparissia Bay in front of the hotel Vounaki. For two weeks, dozens of volunteers, Greek and foreign, have been arriving at the major nesting beaches, to protect sea turtles. In Kyparissia Bay, where there is one of the most extensive dune ecosystems in Greece, more than 100 volunteers. are hosted every year. People are reminded to avoid disturbing the area during the breeding season of the protected species Caretta caretta, by limiting use of vehicles on the beach, not dropping litter and avoiding use of bright lights & fires on the beach tharros (25-5-17)
Greek beaches score high for cleanliness : Greece ranked third in an annual study carried out by the European Environment Agency when it comes to the cleanliness of its waters. The tests were conducted between June 1 and October 31, 2016, and only one beach was not ranked “good” or “excellent."
In 2012, the website www.bathingwaterprofiles.gr was launched, where anyone can find information about the cleanliness of various swimming locations around Greece Ekathimerini (25-5-7)
“Kazantzakis”** a new film by Director Iannis Smaragdis : In an event titled “The Greek Light through Nikos Kazantzakis” at the Hellenic Centre of London, on May, 22, Iannis Smaragdis presented the making of his new film, which is scheduled for release November 2017. This event was held in the framework of 2017 as the year dedicated to the Cretan writer Nikos Kazantzakis ( it is the 60th anniversary of his death) and is supported by the Embassy of Greece in London.Greek News Adenda (24-5-17)
** Nikos Kazantzakis: author of "The Life of Alexis Sorbas" (Zorba the Greek)has strong associations locally - see Zorbas the Greek - Local history or myth?
Attempt at the Guiness Record for people dancing together: Representative from Guinness, Lina Kalapothaki said the aim is to break the record and expects the event on September, to engage the whole of Messinia, and the general public. To implement the whole project properly, there will be several rehearsals. The first take will take place in the port area on June 23, during the Blue Night. The next meeting is scheduled for July 30 at the same place and the final rehearsal will be held in the main square during the White Night (September 2nd).
Rehearsals and classes will be held free, since the aim is not only to gather some people and dance, but ensure certain conditions are fullfilled so the record will be valid. Interested parties can find information on Facebook the group "LARGEST KALAMATIANO - GUINNESS WORLD RECORD" , the email: , call: 6989832531 and in "Faris". Tharros (24-5-17)
Health warning about meat products :Cases of a potentially deadly disease carried in sausages and other meat products, made with EU meat - the so-called 'Brexit virus' - are on the rise.The strain of hepatitis E (HEV) has been linked to pig farms on the Continent after the tropical virus mutated to infect livestock. Humans can catch the disease by eating undercooked pork, sausages, pork pies and bacon. Once ingested, the virus is carried to the liver, causing people with weakened immune systems to become seriously ill. However, most people who come into contact with the disease contract a nasty, flu-like cold.This strain has been linked to pig farms in France, Holland, Germany and Denmark and is only killed in meat if people cook it for longer than usual. TheTelegraph ( 23-5-17)
Deep Mani gets publicity in the UK : An article in the Guardian newspaper (Europe’s hidden coasts: the Deep Mani, Greece) "The Deep Mani starts at the town of Areopoli, above Itylo Bay. Its best-known attraction is on the coast just south of there, and gives you a taste of just how deep this area can get. The Diros caves are extensive and spectacular. Most people get no farther than this, but it is well worth carrying on down the coast, where the tourist coaches disappear and even other traffic is rather sparse...... " There follows an interesting review of places round the tip of the Mani Peninsular theguardian (21-5-17)
The clean swimming waters round Kalamata: Every fortnight during the bathing season (from May 10th) DEYAK checks on water quality of the marine area, from the Kart area of West Beach Kalamata to Mikri Mantineia. According to an announcement by the company, findings revealed that the bathing waters in the Municipality of Kalamata region are of excellent quality. tharros (21-5-17)
Rubbish problems continue: The waste processing plan for the Peloponnese Region seems mired in bureaucracy! Having previously scheduled to ratify an agreement by the end of April, local authorities have not agreed the management of the plan and have not signed the agreement. The government have committed to proceed with the plan and have committed that contracts will be signed by the end of May and if necessary the state will manage the contract….There is no indication when we will experience an improvement in local rubbish management. Tharros ( HS 18/5/17) Note: We have heard that the W Mani Dimos is trying to agree a temporary (2 month) contract.CP
Mosquito spraying….From Monday the 8th of May, the department of Regional Public Health sprayed in areas of standing/stagnant water to kill mosquito larvae. This is part of a programme which has been operational since Mid March and will continue throughout the year. The programme encompasses Kalamata, Messini, Gialova and the Mani and other areas in the province of Messinia. Whilst the programme is aimed at public areas, if you have concerns or wish to understand how to prevent mosquito colony infestation, there is a toll-free help line: 80011 2444244 and a land line 2710 557058. As a general practice you should avoid leaving water to stagnate, which can create an ideal environment for mosquitoes to breed. kalamata journal (HS 15/5/17)
New Tourist Office in Kalamata : The new Office of Tourism to Support the Municipality of Kalamata was inaugurated on May 12, 2017 in the historic Town Hall, on Aristomenous road 28, on the ground floor. will be open from 9.00 until 21.00 weekdays and weekends tharros (15-5-17)
Good news from 'Ocean Cleanup' : On May 11th during, at The Next Phase event, they finally unveiled what they had been covertly working on for the past two years; an improvement to their design that will enable them to start extracting plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within the next 12 months. This design improvement also increases the efficiency of the system; they estimate to be able to remove half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in just 5 years! The design improvement entails making the cleanup system mobile. Rather than fixing a system to the seabed at great depths, they will use sea anchors to ensure the systems move slower than the plastic. The cleanup will be carried out by a fleet of systems, rather than one massive system. ocean cleanup (13-5-17)
Temporary reprieve for the Taygetos! :The environment inspectorate put a stop to all work on the windfarm on the Saggia ridge until the obligatory environment study has been completed. Work will certainly not be able to recommence until the end of the breeding season (end June). However this is a delay not a cancellation of the project.Tharros HS(11-5-17)
Legal challenge to windfarm work: On May 9th it was reported that the legal challenge to the commencement of work on the wind farm on the Saggia ridge of the Taygetos, has now been lodged with the Gytheio prosecutor, by a number of local associations. Work on the wind farms, agreed by the Ministry of the Environment, was not supposed to start until after the bird breeding season finished in June. However, the hearing of the case has been postponed until the 21st of June. Local associations have also appealed against the Council of State decision to proceed with building wind farms on the Taygetos which is an EU ’Natura 2000’ site. Kathimerini HS (10-5-17) Note: see also MayArchive
Sunday opening opposed in Kalamata: The Kalamata Commercial Association and the Federation of Professional and Craft Trade Associations of Messinia unanimously decided to follow the decision of the EERA and GESEVE in the nationwide closure of shops to protest at the government's decision to sign the bill abolishing Sunday closing. They invite all fellow merchants to support the unanimous decision of the senior trade institutions participating in the mobilization, united to express their opposition to Sunday opening, and ensure Sunday remains a holiday. They also ask the general public to support their decision. Tharros (7-5-17)
Ocean Clean up - the next step: The Ocean Cleanup team is working hard on its long-term goal to initiate the full-scale cleanup of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by 2020. To ensure optimization of their technology, they test and evaluate the barriers’ capability and survivability in multiple ways. Among others, they investigate how the the barrier reacts to multiple conditions to forecast the behavior of the barrier in the ocean. On Thursday May 11th 2017, they will be sharing a very special announcement with the world. They have covertly been working on this development for several years now, and are finally ready to talk about it openly.Ocean cleanup You can watch the presentation in Utrecht LIVE at 8pm CET ( 9pm EET) on May 11th (6-5-17)
Coronary angiography unit opens in Kalamata :The new coronary angiography in Kalamata hospital, has begun operation. The team of doctors and nurses are now able to offer coronary angioplasty** Note that the new coronary angiography was donated by Stavros Niarchos Foundations-Victoria and George Karelia -Kapetan Claus and Carmen Konstantakopoulou. Tharros (6-5-17)
**A coronary angioplasty is a procedure used to widen blocked or narrowed coronary arteries (the main blood vessels supplying the heart). Coronary angioplasties are also often used as an emergency treatment after a heart attack.
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Greek recycling is making progress, but it is a slow process Blue Bins were introduced several years ago, but are still misused in some places. Things are improving, and an increasing amount of waste IS being recycled, but if the recyclable materials are contaminated with general rubbish, they cannot be used, and the blue bins have to be emptied with the general rubbish.
However, the Government is pressing ahead with the next step. A few days ago, the Ministry of Environment announced the standards for creating "green points" with 7 'streams' of recycling, and now the onus is on finding suitable locations, and informing the public, which is a far from simple task! Municipalities have 'green points' included in their local management plans and the EU will finance them, but as the blue bin scheme has shown, even if all the relevant bins are available, educating the public to use them is a big task, as is finding suitable locations.
The plan is for collection points(recycling corners) in public parks or squares, with separate bins for metals, paper, plastic, glass bottles, composite packagings, edible oils and fats and batteries. There will also be bigger recycling areas which will also handle textiles, small quantities of waste from housing repairs and maintenance, and also biodegradable garden and park waste. All 'green points' are to be fenced and monitored with official opening hours.
The major change to the current recycling management model, is that the recycling corners and green points are to be managed by Municipalities. As they will be able to exploit the materials collected they will have an incentive to promote recycling! Tharros
Note: Kalamata has been leading the way, with developing district composting and establishing 'Green points ' for waste vegetation. Since April 3rd 2017 they have had 6 'green points' in Kalamata Kalamata Journal and news snippets (5/4)
It is believed that the forthcoming establishment of the first 42 industrial-type wind turbines on the ridge of Saggia will degrade Mani to an industrial area, leading to irreversible consequences for the physical and cultural heritage of our country. The opening of roads and the extensive blasting works using tracked vehicles, mechanical hammers and Dynamite in the bird breeding season causes irreparable damage to a virgin area, until now protected by international ecosystem conditions.
The protestors will resist on all fronts, in order to make every step more difficult! They reserve the right to use all legal rights of Greek and European institutions, and will not go away! Tharros
Good news about the PsM website : The website now has a promising future after I leave Mani. A small editorial team has been established, co-ordinated by Johann von Krause. They are currently learning about managing various aspects of the website, and will be taking over in a few months.
Electricity bill news : Price hikes & discounts: Soaring PPC accounts have been arriving in the last month, causing distress to consumers. Complaints have been arriving from everywhere! Some bills have been twice their previous level snippets22/4 You can find out what the items on your bill mean (in English) ELECTRICTY BILL DETAILS However, if you pay before the due date, it is possible to get a 15% discount. ΔΕΗ website (15% discount).
ALERT - Unused Greek bank accounts are being frozen! Unless you use your account fairly regularly, it will be frozen - and you will NOT be informed. You can reactivate it but it is a lengthy process, and like opening a new account now, you need to produce a lot of documents MESSAGES28/4
Loud or Quiet ?: April started with some loud bangs that startled residents and an unusual amount of aircraft noise in Mani. For 11 days an international Air Force training exercise was taking place. Pilots from Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Italy and the USA joined Greek Pilots in exercise ' Iniohos'. This co-incided with the start of the summer seasonal common 'quiet hours' ! Between April 1st and September 30th, it is an offence to make loud noises from 15:00 to 17:30 & 23:00 to 07:00, and offenders of this particular law, should be reported to the Police xpatathens
Phishing gets ever more sophisticated…and dangerous : If you are using the latest versions of Firefox or Google chrome the ‘phishers’ have developed a dangerous trick to get you to give up your valuable personal data. By using the internet coding to allow different character sets such as Chinese or Japanese, hackers have registered domain names that will appear identical to a site you may use regularly. CYBER CRIME For an explanation, and how to check if a link is valid, see wordfence.com.
Further delay to road improvements: The original completion deadline for improvements to the section Stoupa - Ag. Nikon, expired in March 2016 was extended to March 2017, and has been further extended to the end of May. Various problems have been encountered, including the need to move a PPC pole and fencing near Kalogria to allow for widening of the road. The weather has not helped. On April 22nd , the new road up to Spirit of Life was closed for tarmacing, but that was delayed again, because of heavy rain, and the surface needed re-grading!
Rubbish issues: At a W Mani Council Meeting in early April, it was decided to extend the declaration of a state of emergency for a period of 6 months more, for public health and environmental protection reasons, because of garbage. Bidding for the rubbish disposal contract came up for renewal on April 20th, and the future is still uncertain. snippet 3/4. Meanwhile, local residents have appealed to the Church to allow waste bins to to be placed at the back of the church in Stoupa, at least for the summer, rather than in the road near the school
Registered Physiotherapists : The Hellenic Association of Physiotherapists (P.S.F.) It is an association which serves the scientific, social and business purposes and objectives of Physical Therapy at National level and has published a list of Registered physiotherapists. The list can be searched by region. In Messinia there are 82 which includes 62 in Kalamata and 2 in Stoupa Zefie Kretsie and Mara von Heydon PHYSIOTHERAPY
Gaia's work and WISH LIST : Gaia have had a busy month! They dealt with 8 small fires, 11 accidents/emergencies, a number of which required the use of their medical emergency vehicle, had a major traing exercise with the Kalamata Fire Service and other groups, and helped search for 2 missing people. They even helped a cow having a difficult birth, when a vet was not available! While most of these incidents do not make the news, they take their toll on resources, and Gaia need funds. If you have anything on their 'wish list' , even if Gaia do not currently need some items, they can either pass them on to other voluntary groups, or sell them to raise funds. gaia snippets However, until they get their new storage building, hopefully by October, they do not have any more room for clothing.
Fire season reminder: From May 1, 2017 to October 31 2017, burning on agricultural land is prohibited without authorization from the competent fire department and the necessary security measures. snippets (20/4)
Alternative(better?) ways to harness wind energy : There are an increasing number of alternative ways of harnessing wind energy in addition to the familiar, and not very popular, wind turbines. For details of three of these, VORTEX, ENERGY KITES and WIND TREES see Wind power surges ahead!
Mobile phones now believed to be a threat to children : As part of the recent conference "Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection and Potential Impact of Health ", organized under the auspices of KEDE Dr. Theodore Metsis, mechanical electrician, Environmental engineer, said that research institutions, academics and notable scientists warn that with the radiation levels recorded today, within the urban fabric, it is not safe to add new applications, The 5G technology and smart meters replacing analog electric meters etc, will increase the radiation affecting our daily lives. We are all advised to reduce our exposure when we can. For ways of doing so see MOBILE PHONE THREAT
What else new?
• We have added a Stoupa sea water temperature link on the ENVIRONMENT page
• A major refurbishment has been carried out at Agi's(Neriedes) in Ag Nikolaos - open again since Easter
• Maniatiko Taverna between Stoupa & Ag Nikolaos has reopened under new managment
• Rock fall blockage on the Avli Springs walk near Platsa, has been cleared.WALKING INFO
• From May 1st there will be afternoon clinics at Kalamata Hospital April Archive
Zorba Myth or History ? : October 26th this year is the 60th Anniversary of the death of Nikos Kazantzakis, author of "The Life of Alexis Sorbas" (Zorba the Greek). By chance, when Stephan Bartholomä (Zorbas Travel) was working on the documentation for a German radio station, he discovered some local history relating to Kazantzakis who spent a lot of time in the Stoupa area, which destroyed some popular local myths.AprilArchive. There will probably be local events to commemorate the anniversary of Kazantzakis, and it has been reported that repair work on the Stoupa Cultural Centre will be completed in time for this.
Problem with access to BBC & French TV: Several readers had no access to certain foreign TV stations for several days in early April. However it was not a problem with reception. Normal service was resumed without explanation and it is throught to have been a problem with transmitters
• Billie needs a foster home for 3 weeks in May MESSAGES 21/4
• Pantazi cats appeal - Chris & Sue would welcome donations of cat food for the 40 or so cats they are caring for AprArchive
• In recognition of Stray Animal Day, there was an event in Kalamata organised in Kalamata highlighting the work of FOK, and children from SOS Children's Villages visited the temporary place for strays in Messina, and had the opportunity to play with the puppies being cared for there. AprilArchive
• In early April, a much loved cat went missing from Pigi LOST
• Chrissa the affectionate Griffon has a good foster home, but is still available for adoption FOUND
• Linda Cox has found homes for 2 abandoned pups she was caring for in Meg Mantiniea
• New Equestrian Centre at Plati opened on April 23rd for the St Georges Day races MessiaEvents
World class Archaeometry Laboratory in Kalamata :The laboratory has a modern equipped laboratory at European level, and offers an English Language Masters course to students who previously went to the UK to study, and hosted the "World Congress of Archaeometry" in 2016, sponsored by the Karelia Foundation. Since its establishment, the Laboratory has teamed with universities and research groups from Italy, Germany, Oxford, Spain, America, Australia. snippets11/4
Patriko Bazaar for Gaia On April 17th Despite the gloomy forecast, the sun shone most of the time and the Easter Monday Bazaar at Patriko raised €402:50 for Gaia - €80 on stall rents, €191 on the raffle, and €131:50 on the cake stall. It was also an opportunity for MIAO to raise funds for animal welfare (€ 200 ) and for Stitch'n Bitch to raise money for their charity work (€88.50) PATRIKO BAZAAR
Traditional Greek Easter celebrations: Many people, both Greeks and Foreigners were able to enjoy a traditional Easter Feast at local tavernas, on Easter Sunday. There was also an event at Art Farm, which proved popular YouTube Authentic Greek Easter
Tea and hot cross buns - On April 14th, Sandra & Andrew Panting offered tea and hot cross buns, an English Easter tradition. They were delighted that 19 people took up the invitation, and it has been suggested it should be an annual event! LOCAL EVENTS
ORESTEIA film shoot : Message from Peter & Linda:- Thank you to all who came to Pidima on April 12th, to take part in the Dance of the Poor People . Fifty odd people turned up at the shoot, which was exactly right; more would have made it a bit unwieldy. We should have finished the whole project within a few month, with luck. DANCE OF THE POOR PEOPLE There is still the music to do and another scene, hopefully at Ancient Messini.
Search for old lady: Many volunteers were searching for days, for the the old lady who went missing from Exochori on March 7th. She was found eventually, but sadly, she had died. tharros