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One this page we put small items of news/information that may be of interest. They will be in order of receipt with the most recent first. If you have any news/links you would like to share, send them to claire4parea@gmail.com

The new Archaeological Museum of Pylos has opened: 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 Tel. Contact: EFA Messinia: 27210-63100 email:efames\culture , Fortress Niokastro: 27230-22955.  Tharros   (17-2-17)

4.1 Miles A Greek Documentary Nominated For A 2017 Academy Award :This documentary short film, ‘4.1 Miles’ by Daphne Matziaraki, was nominated for a 2017 Academy Award! The film 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. I couldn’t believe there was no support for these families to safely escape whatever conflict had caused them to flee. The scene was haunting.’ full article and video NY times (14-2-17) 

Angry protests in Stoupa about the the forest maps: Residents, reportedly seemed outraged by the mere presence of forest officials. Two forestry officers who stopped in the area on Wednesday, were subjected to sharp verbal attack by a group of 15-20 people. Also a burning book was thrown at the Forest Service jeep, thereby damaging to the vehicle, fortunately without any injury. The angry residents chanted to forest officials about the problems that exist with the forest maps of Mani. tharros (10-2-17)

Recycling of electrical and electronic equipment :In 2016, the Municipality of Kalamata collected and delivered for recycling, a total quantity of 2,490 kg of electrical and electronic equipment, being one of the municipalities with the best performance nationwide, which is generally the case for recycling for years. Citizens can deposit electrical and electronic equipment in green bins,for recycling. Bins are located in the municipality buildings, electronics stores and supermarkets. The increase of this activity contributes to environmental protection, but also sensitizes citizens about the development of recycling.kalamata gr (9-2-17)

The new Hellenic Space Agency: The planned Greek Space Agency will be a limited company under the name National Space Applications Centre (CEEP) and will cover a large deficit in Greece. With the launch this year of the satellite Hellas Sat, trading opportunities are created which, according to information of the Ministry PSIPTE, will be used by a space policy company, corresponding to the European standards. The CEEP is expected to take over the lease -with private economic criteria. They will also build research and scientific applications in the field of civil protection, Earth monitoring, prevention and fire fighting, illegal building etc. The CEEP, will be connected as a hub with major Greek and international research centers, will interconnect research to the production of Greek businesses. Minister for Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Information Nikos Pappas, noted that it is simply inconceivable that our country today should lacks a space agency. Up to now, Greece has been one of the few European countries that do not have the body to utilize commercial, scientific and research rights, nor the plethora of research and scientific applications and resources available in the European Space Agency. tharros (9-2-17)


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