Aug 162012


StopCartel TV broadcasts live from Athens, Greece weeknights @ 6 pm Athens time. The following post is a loose transcript of the 14 August 2012 broadcast.

By greydogg and snake arbusto, 99GetSmart

– There are no street lights in Thessalonika! Extensive areas of the city of Salonica are dark during the night because street lights no longer switch on at dusk. For more than a year, the streets and sidewalks have been completely dark at night.

According to city officials the reason is that there are no longer funds for light bulbs or maintenance of the city’s streetlights. Twice, the municipality has requested a procurement to rectify the situation and twice, their request was refused. They are currently waiting for a response to their third request for funds.

People who live in the city no longer feel safe at night and have asked the police to increase their presence on the streets.


– An illustration of the deteriorating conditions in Greek society can be found in the struggles faced by the Greek athletes who took part in the recent Olympic games in London. They did so without coaches or equipment. Stella-Iro Ledaki, a champion pole vaulter, told reporters that due to the economic crisis in Greece, she was obliged to pay for all her own expenses.

She stated that not enough training is provided for Greek athletes, who must make an effort to hire and pay for their own coaches, in order to ensure they have the best preparation. Ms. Ledaki paid all of her own expenses, even though she has no income herself. She is mostly unemployed, working sporadically in her profession as a speech therapist.


– On Monday, the Ministry of Finance issued a statement regarding their decision to transfer the rights to the ports to the Greek Privatization Agency (TAIPED).

Here is the list of the 23 tourist ports that will be privatized:

Zakynthos, Katakolon, Tourlos/Mykonos, Chios, Pylos/Messinia, New Epidaurus, Glyfada, Poros, Skiathos, Skyros, Agios Nikolaos/Crete, Itea, Phocis, Kalamaria (Aretsou), Kos, Alimos, Hydra, Rethymno, Rhodes (Mandraki and Akantia) , Suda and Argostoli.


– It was reported that Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has given sharp instructions to the Minister of Labor to proceed with drastic cuts across the board on pensions, even for those getting pensions below 600 euros a month.


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