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Air Mediterranean lunches new flights: Air Mediterranean has recently announced the launch of seven new international flights out of Athens that will be flying to, London, Stockholm, Jeddah, Casablanca, Khartoum and Iraq (Baghdad and Erbil), starting November 1, 2017 with flights to London & Stockholm. All its flights will be scheduled and take place throughout the year. Ticket prices for all European destinations will start from 85 euros, including airport taxes and other fees. Greek Reporter (CP13-10-17)
E-Fresh on-line supermarket : A reliable and modern solution for online grocery in Greece has finally arrived - www.e-Fresh.gr It is the largest and most comprehensive online supermarket serving Attica and also most of rural cities. This constitutes a major change in the field of supermarkets in the country, as until e-Fresh arrived, there hadn’t been a trustworthy and quality online service for home delivery of supermarket goods. Customers can place orders from just 25€, while free deliveries are offered for orders above 55€. For more about the service see XpatAthens. The website is in English & Greek and they offer a 'chat' service about orders E-Fresh ordering (CP 6-10-17)
Collapse of Monarch :The airline and tour operator Monarch went into administration on 2 October 2017. All flights & Future bookings have been cancelled, but the Civil Aviation Authority is arranging for replacement flights to repatriate the 100,000 passengers currently abroad. Information on the MONARCH website. You can also find information and advice on flights, accommodation and reimbursement for expenses incurred by calling the hotline on 0300 303 2800 (if calling from the UK) or +44 1753 330 330 (if calling from outside the UK). GOV UK. (CP 2-10-17)
Taygetos Organic Beef, Milea : This local herd has finally got official certification, and you can order organic beef to be delivered by refrigerated van. (Click image to enlarge)
It has been slaughtered and hung for a week, sliced and packaged in vacuum packs in kg, cutlet, steaks etc. Next deliveriesThursday October 5th to Mani and Kalamata! And on October 6th to Athens! For more information and orders please call 6978184549! or email (CP 30-9-17)
Measles vaccination for adults and adolescents recommended: Due to the recent epidemic of measles in Greece, the National Vaccine Commission, according recommends direct vaccination with the measles-rubella-mumps vaccine (MMR vaccine) of adolescents and adults who have not been vaccinated with the necessary doses: According to the National Vaccine Program, children, adolescents and adults who were born after 1970 and have no history of disease should be vaccinated with 2 doses of measles vaccine. Babies should get the first dose of the MMR vaccine at the age of 12 months and the second dose 3 months after the first dose or, as soon as possible. In high risk cases, the 2nd dose may be given at least 4 weeks after 1st. These recommendations apply as long as the outbreak of measles is underway and until a new Commission Decision is adopted. Tharros (CP 30-9-17)
September 2017: Concern about inadequate school maintenance in W Mani: In an open letter, George Moundreas highlights the on going concerns. Although the Deputy Mayor has recently approved works for window frames in the primary school of Stoupa and maintenance works of the Altomori Elementary School , the Dimos does not "....see or pretends not to see, the real and the essential needs that exist overall in the municipal infrastructure and especially in the school units.The problems and deficiencies in the school units of the Municipality have repeatedly been reported, especially by the Association of Parents and Guardians of Gdynia-Lyceum of Kardamili."
In 2014, a delegation of the Board of Directors the Parents' Association and Guardians of High School - Lyceum of Kardamyli, met with the Director of the then School Organization Building (OSK), Dimitrios Filippos, who stated explicitly and categorically that in the last at least twenty years no request has been made for general repairs or for the construction of a new school unit by local authorities in the area.
On 08/12/2016 the Mayor of West Mani replied in writing to parents that what they claim for omissions and indifference is not valid and ".... that there is no problem with the roof of the building, and described their concerns as "excessive". But after about four months of the Mayor's assurances, at the request of the Chief Executive Officer of the company Building Infrastructure SA, an open public tender was submitted for the "Rehabilitation-Waterproofing of the roof" of the High School of Kardamyli ".
It is deduced that all that was said by former mayors about barriers to their work due to the economic crisis, were just excuses. George quotes a mother who, in a public post, wonders: "How did the funds available through subsidies and European programs during the golden years, get lost?" (CP19-9-17) original Greek letter
'Local Moods' - a new source of information about events & activities - The idea of Local Moods was born when Tasos and Inga returned to Greece after a decade of living abroad, and began to think about ways in which tourism could help both the local community and facilitate the visitor's tour. For a visitor who comes to the Peloponnese, it is difficult to know about these activities before arriving. This led them to the idea of creating their website, where the visitor can be informed about creative and ecological activities throughout the Peloponnese. Their goal is to create a network of creative activities in the wider region and at the same time to promote the Peloponnese as a creative destination. At the same time, they intend to promote the work of artists and creators living in the area (be it Greeks or elsewhere) through the website and through their natural space in Kalamata. They are looking for people who really love what they do and want to share their passion and knowledge with others. Their website LOCAL MOODS is in English. See also Local Moods Source: Tharros (CP15-9-17)
'Old' bones found in Langhada : Bone remains, probably very old, surrounded police officers at the Kardamili Department on Sept 1st. They were from a small abandoned building in the forest area of Langhada. No one could confirm how it had been used in previous years. The bones were found accidentally, by residents of the area. The villagers notified the police, who informed the coroner, but as the bones had been there for a long time, the coroner could not confirm whether they were human bone or animal bones. Tharros (CP15-9-17)
Leroy Merlin to open a branch in Kalamata : Leroy Merlin is a French company for home improvement. It has branches in 13 countries. It has been active in Greece since 2005 and is a member of the Groupe Adeo Group. The people of Leroy Merlin are actively engaged in local actions with specific programs for the environment and for people with special needs and living conditions. Recycling in shops and offices is done systematically. Plastic bags in stores have been removed and replaced with alternatives. Tharros (CP15-9-17)
Maximum Cash Withdrawal Limit Rises to €1800 as Capital Controls Ease: As of 1st September, new regulations came into effect easing capital controls and raising the maximum monthly cash withdrawal limit to 1800 euros Greek reporter (1/9) Tharros (1/9). (8-9-17)
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