Greek authorities announced on 27th September 2021 that hundreds of homes and businesses have been damaged following the powerful 5.8 earthquake that hit central Crete.

Engineer inspections of 1,199 structures have established that three-quarters of them are temporarily uninhabitable.

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The structures include homes, businesses, churches, public buildings and schools in the municipalities of Minoa Pediada, Archanes-Asterousia, Iraklio, Malevizi and Oropedio Lasithiou.

Of the 995 homes inspected, 772 have been declared uninhabitable. Of the 45 workplaces inspected, 36 are unstable, as are 46 of the 85 places of worship and public buildings surveyed.

Engineers also deemed 71 of the 74 warehouses and stables they visited to be unsafe. They also conducted checks on 18 schools, of which six have been declared unfit for use.

Hundreds of people in affected region of Crete spent the last nights in tents and parks or slept in their cars in the wake of the earthquake, which struck the village of Arkalochori, killing one person, injuring at least 20. Greece’s civil protection ministry said 2,500 tents were made available.


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Relief measures for earthquake-stricken areas in Crete

Crete residents are still on alert as dozens of aftershocks continue. Greek authorities announced relief measures on Tuesday to support areas and people affected by an earthquake.

Measures include up to 14,000 euros in subsidies for the restoration of homes and buildings, compensation of up to 6,000 euros for household appliances, rent subsidies, financial support to cover basic household needs as well as up to 8,000 euros to cover business equipment, exemption from ENFIA property tax, and the right to defer other tax payments and social insurance contributions.

The aid, which will also be directed to local governments, will be available via the government’s platform.

“We were able with all the co-responsible ministers to assess the situation here in Arkalohori and to make decisions on immediate support measures for the two municipalities that have been affected,” said Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Greek seismologists alarmed

Greek seismologists stated that they had been were expecting an earthquake on Crete, but were stunned by its magnitude.

The Seismic Danger Estimate committee had been expecting seismic activity on the island since July, but their estimate was that it would not rise beyond 5.4 on the Richter scale, the scientists noted.

Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization (OASP) president Efthimios Lekkas said that this particular quake was “unexpected, and came out of nowhere.” Commenting on the size of the seismic activity, Lekkas said that “it was almost irrational — the event was much larger in scale than we anticipated.”

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AHI Foundation Students Experience Value of Greece’s Contributions to Security at Souda Bay

WASHINGTON, DC— The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) College Student Foreign Policy Trip to Greece and Cyprus completed its thirteenth year as nine students from across the United States participated in the 17-day program held June 22 to July 9, 2021. Following two days of briefings in Washington, DC, and a five-day visit to Cyprus, the student trip visited Athens, July 1 to July 8, 2021. During its stay in Athens, the group took a one-day trip to Souda Bay, Crete, on July 2....(Read More)

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 WASHINGTON, DC — AHI President Nick Larigakis attended The Hellenic Initiative’s reception in honor of Prime Minister Mitsotakis in New York City, September 23, 2021. President Larigakis had an opportunity to engage in a discussion with Prime Minister Mitsotakis during the event....(Read More)

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As celebrations continue for the bicentennial of the Greek Revolution, the American Hellenic Institute shares with its audience an announcement from our friends at National Hellenic Society that Cliffs of Freedom, an historical drama romance movie set during Greece’s Revolutionary War, will be available on major streaming platforms, beginning September 13, 2021.“We are pleased to share this exciting news about the availability of Cliffs of Freedom with our audience,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said. “It is a wonderful film and the fact it will be accessible to a broad audience for view is tremendous. As we continue to celebrate Greece’s Bicentennial, please share this announcement with family and friends.”


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An informal debate about Greek vs. Italian food took place on Monday’s episode of ITV’s “Gordon, Gino & Fred Go Greek.” Gino D’Acampo was left fuming at Gordon Ramsay after the two famous chefs began chatting about food and Gordon cheekily declared that Greek food is better than Italian.

This time, Gordon, Gino and First Dates maître d’ Fred Siriex were traveling around Greece – and visiting the nation’s gorgeous islands in search of the best food around.

Gordon Ramsey prefers Greek food to Italian cuisine

However, it wasn’t long before relations turned sour between the TV presenters, because  Ramsay dissed Italian food right in front of the Italian star.

Gordon told Gino that he thought Greek food was better than Italian cuisine, as the stars sat back on a luxurious boat cruising the seas. In the awkward scenes that followed, Gordon and Gino ended up getting into a rather heated Mediterranean food row as Fred decided to take Gordon’s side.

Fred agreed with Ramsey about Greek food’s superiority

Sadly for Gino, Fred agreed with the Kitchen Nightmares star, telling him that people in Greece live long, healthy lives as a result of their national dishes.

During the episode, the three chefs stopped off on the Greek islands of Crete, Santorini and Mykonos.

In the first episode of “Gordon, Gino & Fred Go Greek,” Ramsay cooked his pals lobster, and all three stars tried their best to make bougatsa, a local pastry treat, with the help of chef Joanna, who had a sweet spot for the outspoken British chef.

All Faithful are invited to attend the Feast Day of St John the Theologian in Prevelly. This service will be officiated by His Grace Bishop Elpidios of Kyaneon on Monday 27th September commencing from 9:30am to 12.30pm at the Chapel of St John the Theologian in Prevelly. Transport to Prevelly is available, please contact Presvytera Mary Stamatiou on 0438 660 545 for more details.

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NAPLAN is an annual assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It tests the types of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. The tests cover skills in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy which provides the measure through which governments, education authorities and schools can determine whether or not young Australians are meeting important educational outcomes.

All St. Andrew's Grammar students in years 3, 5, 7, and 9 sat the NAPLAN assessments recently and exceeded the state and national average results in all learning modes. This is an extraordinary achievement, one which all students, staff and parents should be very proud of.

Well done to all students who participated in and achieved outstanding results in NAPLAN 2021.

Mrs Dawn Clements

2021 NAPLAN Results for St. Andrew's Grammar