Australian Youth Girls European Tour Blog: Greece

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Catch all the latest goss from the Australian Born ’96 Youth Girls European Tour

The Australian Born ‘96 girls played two games of 6 x 15 min on Wednesday against the Greek team at the Zappeio pool. Australia won both games with the morning score 30-23. Georgia McConville top scored with seven goals and Chelsea Allen scored six. The evening score was similar, 33-21. Chelsea Allen and Sam Mitchell both scored seven goals, with Ash Roberts and Georgia McConville five each.

(Chelsea Allen scoring and Tess Hosking in goal for Australia)

Wednesday was special as we celebrated Emily McGowan’s 17th birthday. The team loved the chocolate cake from Gylfada and Emily scored four goals on her birthday.

(The girls celebrating Emily McGowan’s birthday and Emily in attack)

Thursday, 22 August

There was no morning session training so we could be tourists!! We started the day at the Parthenon. The girls were amazed that it was completed in 438BC!!

We had a city bus tour and got off at Monastriakis Square and enjoyed a typical Greek lunch of Gyros. The team had a few hours to enjoy the markets and shops before meeting to go to our evening game.  The score in that game was 26-11. The girls played against a physical Greek team in a heavy game. Every field player scored with Georgia Hole top scoring with six goals and Tori Morrissey four.

Friday, 23 August

The girls won their final game against the Greeks 22-14. Ash Roberts, Maddy Steere and Georgia McConville scored four goals each.

(Tori Morrissey and Kristy Donkin in action for Australia)

After the game the team visited the Panathinaic Stadium. Next stop on our tour is Dunaujvaros in Hungary for a Four Nation Tournament.

Players’ Report

Georgia Hole and Ellodie Ruffin: Greece was a good change in environment and atmosphere, going from the cooler, cloudy climates to very hot and humid days of sunshine. The team enjoyed soaking up a bit of sun and enjoying the Greek culture. Our first encounter with the Greek side saw a change in tactical approach and game play. Through the various extended training games, the different styles of water polo and levels of physicality became more noticeable. This in turn led to a step up in the need for intensity to match the standard of the opposition. Although tensions between the two sides heightened, we remained in good character handling the situation with true sportsmanship. Across the six games, the experience against a more physically engaging team, although a shock to most, allowed us to adapt and enhance their skills in dealing with the European standard.

Greek stores face mass closure: survey

A survey is warning that some 40,000 small businesses in Greece are likely to close in the second half of 2013 at a cost of up to 90,000 jobs despite a major bank rescue program implemented before the northern summer.

However, the small business survey conducted between July 10 and 16 and published on Tuesday found that the 50 billion euro ($A74.59 billion) bank recapitalisation was likely to result in a modest decline in the rate of closures, from an estimated 55,000 in the first half of the year.

Greece’s coalition government has promised to lead the cash-strapped country out of recession and return to bond markets next year.

The bank rescue program was part of the country’s second international bailout and considered central to returning Greece to financial health.

Greece OK’s U.S. Base Use Against Syria

A French pilot gives a thumbs-up before taking off in a Mirage 2000 fighter jet from the Greek air base at Souda, which the U.S. could use to launch strikes on Syria.

Washington has asked Greece for permission to use its military bases in Kalamata and Souda for a possible strike on Syria over the alleged use of toxic gas in Ghouta on the eastern outskirts of Damascus.

The two bases in Peloponnesus and on Crete would be used by the American air force and navy for transportation purposes.

The Greek government has given the green light but stated that it will not take part in any direct military action in Syria for fear of reprisals.

According to reports, the US authorities are reluctant to use Turkish military bases because of Ankara’s strong support for the Assad opposition.A buildup of warplanes and military transporters has been reported at the British airbase at Akrotiri in Cyprus, less than 100 miles from Syria.

First Greek Orthodox free school to open

Source: BBC

St Andrew the Apostle School

Pupils with Bishop Athanasios of Tropaeou

The first state-funded Greek Orthodox secondary school in England is set to open next week in north London.

St Andrew the Apostle School in Barnet will teach pupils aged 11 to 19, beginning this term with an initial Year 7 intake.

The school will teach classics including Greek and Latin alongside the mainstream curriculum.

It will open as part of the free school initiative, in which state schools are set up by parents or other providers.

Half the pupils at the school are expected to come from Greek Orthodox backgrounds, with the remaining places available to other pupils.

The school will have an ethos influenced by the Greek Orthodox church and will aim to serve families in the Greek community in north London.

The word “ethos” is itself a Greek word.

This will be one of more than 100 free schools set to open this academic year.

But they have remained controversial, particularly with teachers’ unions.

Cheque for $4232.00 presented to Bear Cottage contributed from Rita Katsianos’ funeral

A cheque for $4232.00 was presented to BEAR COTTAGE on Wednesday 28 August, 2013.

On behalf of Rita Katsianos’ mother Esta Tserpes she wishes to thank everyone who generously donated towards BEAR COTTAGE instead of flowers on Rita Katsianos’ funeral on the 5th of August, 2013.





The information below is a fundraising event which Stelios Prapas family are organising to help raise sufficient funds for BEAR COTTAGE which provides support, respite and end of life care for children and their families.

Just like Rita, her mother and family had the opportunity to stay at BEAR COTTAGE like other families with similar circumstances and received the support, care which was outstanding.

Bear Cottage is NSW’s only children’s hospice. It helps families cope with the impossible – to care for a child who has a life-limiting illness.

Listen to James Valentine’s interview with Bear Cottage Manager Matthew Siedl by clicking on the audio link.







What is bear cottage?

A little bit about Bear Cottage

Bear Cottage is the only children’s hospice in NSW, one of only two in Australia, and the only one in the world affiliated with a children’s hospital. It is a very special place that’s dedicated to caring for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Planning began for Bear Cottage almost 20 years ago, when Dr John Yu and Dr Michael Stevens from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead decided to enhance the hospital’s palliative care program.

Located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, in Manly, Bear Cottage is like a home away from home – as far removed from a hospital environment as possible. Here staff do not wear uniforms, no medical procedures are carried out in the bedrooms, the children’s rooms are designed to like a normal bedroom, and we even have a family pet, Frankie, our adorable Labrador. That said, Bear Cottage is set up to provide excellence in paediatric medical care 24 hours a day, and our affiliation to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead means we have access to some of the best medical resources in the world.

The facility was established entirely through community support, at a cost of $10 million, and was officially opened on St Patrick’s Day, 17 March 2001,

Bear Cottage does not receive any recurrent government funding and so continues to rely on donated funds and community support to raise over $2.9 million required to operate each year.


Who benefits from Bear Cottage?

Bear Cottage provides support, respite and end of life care for children with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

We care for children from across Australia, regardless of where they receive their primary care, although the majority of families that access the service are from NSW. The children who visit Bear Cottage will range from newborn infants to 18 years of age; however accommodation is also available for parents, as well as siblings, of the children staying.

When these families are told that their child’s life will be cut short, their everyday existence takes on a monumental change. As they embark on such a terrible journey, there are limited options available to help them get through each day, and answer the many questions that arise. Having Bear Cottage available to them for care and support enables these families to focus on the important things, such as spending quality time together and making every moment count.

Most families staying at Bear Cottage will come for respite; with the average length of stay is around one week to ten days. Families are generally able to visit Bear Cottage around 4 times a year for general respite, however for end of life care this can be open ended.


The Facts and Figures

Estimates suggest there are well over 5000 children aged 0 – 19 years across Australia requiring palliative care. In the last year alone we have cared for well over 200 children with a life-limiting illness. There have been 16 children this year that have come to Bear Cottage for end-of-life care – where they can be surrounded by love and support, in a happy, safe environment, right until the end. And in the last 10 years we have supported around 600 families, both current and bereaved, as they go through their heart wrenching journey.


Why is Bear Cottage special?

Whilst staying with us, our families can do as little or as much as they like. We have staff and volunteers on hand to do the cooking and cleaning, allowing families to forget about the stresses of everyday life, if just for a short time. We are fully medically assisted, so our nurses are available 24 hours a day to administer medications and support and guidance; and Frankie, our resident dog, is always around for a cuddle. We have full-time play and music therapists, and volunteers are there so mum and dad can spend time together or with their other children – often something that is forgotten when you’re caring for a terribly ill child.

Bear Cottage is there for every child, parent, or family who needs us, and they will never have to pay a cent. With one, and sometimes both parents, giving up work to care for their child, many of our families are simply not in a financial position to pay for anything that is not absolutely necessary.

By having Bear Cottage available to them at no charge means they can take a break and re-charge their batteries, safe in the knowledge that their child is being cared for by the best staff available. They can enjoy time with one another without having to worry about the housework and cooking. Most importantly though, they can spend quality time together and create special memories that will last long after their child has passed away.


Goals for Bear Cottage – 2013

It currently costs more than $2.9 million a year to keep the doors open at Bear Cottage. With no recurrent government funding, we rely entirely on community support to raise these funds.

Our goal for 2013, as with every year, is to raise sufficient funding to keep Bear Cottage available for the very special kids and their families that rely on it. We also aim to give the children that visit Bear Cottage as many special memories as possible – because although we can’t add years to their lives we can add life to their years.

All funding makes an incredible difference to Bear Cottage and the children that come here. It allows us to continue providing vital services such as:

  • paying for daily medication for patients
  • funding important kid and parent camps
  • providing a play therapist for the children
  • ensuring that vital equipment is available for treatment and care
  • help fund families to stay at Bear Cottage for respite and end of life care
  • help pay for a specialised paediatric palliative care doctor

For many people, Bear Cottage is perceived as a sad place. But for those families who visit here, the staff who work here and the volunteers and community who support us, it is an incredibly special and happy place, where lasting memories are created.

Source: Bear Cottage

Invitation to Sponsor or Play in The 2013 St Spyridon Golf Day on 19/9/13

St Spyridon Golf Day, 19 September 2013 @ The Lakes Golf Club

If you have ever considered becoming a sponsor of the St Spyridon Charity Golf Day here’s your chance.  We would love for you to participate in this fundraising initiative.

To check out our 2012 sponsors, please click here or on our sponsors tab above.

If you would like to sponsor our 2013 event, download the information flyer below*, complete the form included and return to us.

For general subscriptions the 2013 entry form is also now available by clicking here

Your generosity will be appreciated and really will make a difference.

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Robert Pires spotted in stands at Greek match, gets invited to play second half, scores

While enjoying his unofficial retirement in the small town of Rafina on the Greek coast, 39-year-old Arsenal legend Robert Pires decided to attend a friendly between local side Storm Rafina and AO Mykonos.

It obviously didn’t take long for others at the match to notice that a World Cup winner was in their midst and with the home side trailing at halftime, they decided to ask Pires for a favor: to play the second half for them.

Having not played a professional match since he left Aston Villa in 2011, Pires took them up on the offer and proved the old saying that “class is permanent” by scoring one and setting up another for Storm Rafina in the second half to push them to a 3-2 win.

After the match, Pires hung around to take pictures with fans.

And that was a day in the life of Robert Pires.

Air Force Bans Greek Yogurt With Hemp Seeds Over Anti-Drug Policy Concerns

Source: The Huffington Post

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The Air Force warned personnel over the weekend to steer clear of a specific flavor of Chobani Greek yogurt that includes hemp seeds.

Hemp contains trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive ingredient also found in marijuana, classified alongside heroin and LSD as a Schedule I drug under federal law. The Air Force, as part of its anti-drug policy, added hemp seed oil products and hemp seed to a list of forbidden substances in 1999, over concerns that they could confuse the results of drug tests regularly given to service members.

Chobani’s Blueberry Power Flip is the latest victim of that prohibition. The Air Force made clear that yogurt flavors without hemp were still fine to eat.

“The Air Force has not restricted military members from consuming Chobani Greek yogurt; rather, only Chobani yogurt that contains hemp seed or hemp seed oil is prohibited, just as any product which contains or is derived from hemp seed or hemp seed oil is prohibited,” said Capt. Adam Koudelka, the legal adviser for the Air Force Drug Testing Laboratory at the Air Force Medical Operations Agency at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, according to the Air Force Times.

Here’s the relevant passage of Air Force policy:

Studies have shown that products made with hemp seed and hemp seed oil may contain varying levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an active ingredient of marijuana which is detectable under the Air Force Drug Testing Program. In order to ensure military readiness, the ingestion of products containing or products derived from hemp seed or hemp seed oil is prohibited. Failure to comply with the mandatory provisions of this paragraph by military personnel is a violation of Article 92, UCMJ.

Jessica DiGennaro, a spokeswoman for Chobani, told the Air Force Times that Blueberry Power Flip contains about 10 grams of hemp seeds.

An independent study by Vote Hemp, a nonprofit hemp advocacy group, found that eating a half-pound of commercial hulled hemp seeds would be unlikely to cause someone to exceed the federal limit of 50 parts of THC per billion. People who regularly consumed smaller amounts of hemp seeds mostly were below the limit, the research found. A half-pound is more than 20 times the amount of hemp seeds found in a 5.3-ounce cup of Chobani Blueberry Power Flip.

DiGennaro said that based on other research about hemp seeds with standard amounts of THC, it would be unlikely for the Chobani product to result in a failed drug test. But she told the Times that Chobani couldn’t confirm “with certainty” how its yogurt would affect Air Force drug testing.

Greek Orthodox community restores priests’ pay but asks for relief

(Kim Raff | Tribune file photo) Father Matthew Gilbert is one of three Salt Lake Valley priests of the Greek Orthodox Church.
Greek Orthodox » Parishioners wait to hear if a plan to cut clergy from 3 to 2 will be accepted.

It was far from a consensus, but the Salt Lake Valley’s Greek Orthodox community decided Sunday to restore full pay to its three priests.

Now it remains to be seen whether Metropolitan Isaiah — who oversees Salt Lake City’s Holy Trinity Cathedral and Holladay’s Prophet Elias Church from the faith’s regional headquarters in Denver — will accept the community’s concurrent request: to remove one priest as soon as possible.

Isaiah did not respond Monday to a request for comment. And the president of the Salt Lake Valley’s Greek Orthodox Parish Council, Dimitrios Tsagaris, isn’t speculating.

“I can’t speak for the Metropolitan,” he said. “The Metropolitan is the only one who has the authority to grant the request or to decide which priest might be moved.”

Restoring priestly pay while cutting the clergy count was central to a motion approved 220-215 by a special parish assembly called to defuse a dispute that had resulted in the Greek Orthodox churches’ Sunday services being canceled for three weeks after the council cut the priests’ pay by 40 percent in late July.

“We held this [special assembly] to hear what the parishioners wanted and this is what it is,” Tsagaris said of the vote, which attracted so many parishioners to Prophet Elias that cars were parked along Highland Drive for several blocks in both directions from the Holladay church. “It was a very orderly assembly. Everyone had the opportunity to speak.”

He declined to express disappointment over the assembly’s decision to overturn the council’s July 29 determination to reduce the pay of the three priests — the Rev. Matthew Gilbert at Holy Trinity, the Rev. Michael Kouremetis at Prophet Elias and the roving Rev. Elias Koucos — for the rest of the year to balance the Utah church’s budget. The council contended the cuts would save $125,000 annually.

Days later, Isaiah responded to the council’s action by ordering an end to all Sunday services, baptisms and weddings until the Salt Lake Valley parish restored full wages to the priests.

The acrimony intensified in the week before the special assembly. On one side, a group called “Protect Our Clergy” collected more than 500 signatures in support of the priests. Isaiah also threatened to dissolve the Parish Council.

On the other, a report by the council’s audit committee alleged that the priests had dipped into the church’s benevolence funds and used them for expenses of family members and a church employee.

The issue of the benevolence funds did not figure into Sunday’s debate, said participants in the parish assembly, which was closed to all but faithful Greek Orthodox members.

“The tenor of the meeting showed overwhelmingly that support for bringing the clergy back and keeping our churches open is most important to the vast majority of parishioners,” said Phillip Floor, a former Parish Council member who supported Protect Our Clergy.

He attributed the outcome to a “significant turnout by people who typically are quiet. They are regular, faithful Christians who stay away from politics. But this issue crossed the line and those people came out, and voted,” said Floor, noting he expects to be back in church Sunday for regular services.

Historic Museum of Steni; in the picturesque Cypriot town of the same name

Hidden jewels of Steni

Hidden jewels of Steni

Display at the Steni Museum.

Comments for the Museum

Source: Newspaper “The Cyprus Weekly” 22-28/08/2008

The village Steni is found in the northwestern part of Cyprus, five kilometers from the sea of the Gulf of Chrysohous. It is built at an altitude of 200 meters above the sea and its climate is ideal during all the seasons of the year. The fact that at a radius of ten kilometers from the coast of the Gulf of Chrysohous there are produced cherries, “avocado”, “mango”, watermelons, apples, bananas, oranges and almost anything you can imagine, it shows really what climate exists in this region, that is not met in other regions, not only in Cyprus, but also worldwide.

At the east side of the village, going up to the mountain at a distance of two kilometers, the visitor can see the forest of Paphos and in the northwestern side the entire gulf of Chrysohous with the neighboring villages. This is really a very beautiful picture that is not easily found elsewhere.

We can not say for sure how the village Steni took its name, but there exists two versions by the older residents of the village. The first version says that the locality that the first settlement initially existed , it was a narrow part (steno) in the banks of the river that cross the community and possibly that’s why it was given this name. The second version says that the first resident of the village built his stockyard at a place called “stenia” from “stani” and thus afterwards “stenia” became Steni.

There is no exact information about when the village began to exist, but from a part of the old watermill next to the river that crosses the community, experts have pronounced that this is building of the 16th century and thus the village is of the same roughly chronology. Some other information brings the village to exist during the construction of the monastery of Virgin Mary of Chrysolakournas during the 12th century.

As all the villages of the region, the residents of Steni were dealing from the old years, with the agriculture and the livestock-farming. Because the village of Steni is found between mountains and plains, these two professions of its residents had been very gainful and also the water from the river that crosses the community had been for the old years the best gift to the residents.

The population of Steni had an augmentative tendency up to 1930, about 300 residents, but two big currents of immigration in South Africa from 1930-1950 and 1960-1975, brought the village to a stage between deterioration and indestructibility. A smaller current began towards South Africa, at the beginning of the 20th century thus this country was the choice of all the immigrants of Steni.

The municipal school of Steni functioned in 1925 with 35 students from whom 27 were boys and 8 girls, having for first schoolteacher the unforgettable Loucas Argyrides from the village Katydata of Solea. It stopped functioning in 1983, because of the decreased number of children. The children of the community study today in the regional schools of Polis Chrysohous.

With the manufacture of the dam “Evretos” the life of residents, especially that of the farmers changed because they had now other choices than the traditional agriculture, that is, cultivating only cereals. The main products today are the citrus fruits, olives and cereals. Apart from those that deal with the agriculture, others work in the tourist industry of the region and others with technical professions.

At the beginnings of 1980 the population of the community began once again to be increased, mainly because of the young persons in the village and the repatriation of the immigrants from South Africa due to the good economic situation that prevails in this region.

Today the village of Steni has about 120 residents, but as it has been reported, with the augmentative tendency that exists, as well as with the installation of foreign people in the village, is forecasted that the population will be doubled over the next five years.

The church of Steni is dedicated to Agios Tryfonas that according to tradition is the protector of the animals and crops and came from the Lampsako of Minor Asia. The temple has been built in 1913 at the place where the first church of village was found, a small building which was destroyed by fire because of some forgotten candles.

During the construction of the existing temple, all the residents offered voluntary work, some of them carrying stones with their animals from the region of the Monastery of Chrysolakournas and others by proving help to the craftsmen that built the church.

The belfry which is one of the more beautiful of the region is entirely built from hewer hard stone of the region, it was built in 1940 by the famous craftsman of that season, Constantinos Zoppos and his son Demos from the village of Geroskipou.

Before the construction of the belfry, as a “belfry” it was used a “tremithas”, a tree outside the entry of the temple where a bell was tied up. Near this tree it existed a big stone which the Metropolitan was using in order to ride his “Moula” (female horse), after the Divine operation at the church was finished.

The money for the construction of the belfry had been gathered by contributions of immigrant people form Steni in South Africa that had been sent to the village for this reason.

The temple has been reconditioned in 1961 and in 1988 and every year on 1 st of February, day of feast of Agios Tryfonas, local people and residents of other villages honor with their presence the memory of Agios Tryfonas.Today the priest of the temple is Mr Josif Christodoulou Vodommatis .

The Monastery of Virgin Mary Chrysolakournas

The Monastery of Virgin Mary Chrysolakournas is found roughly 3 kilometers at the north side of the village Steni in a fantastic locality, having a view of the gulf of Polis Chrysohous and Cape Akama.

We do not know when the monastery was founded or when it was destroyed. From some information that we have from the historical Archimandrite Kyprianos, we conclude that the monastery was abandoned in the beginning of the 19th century. Today, the monasterial buildings, that were saved devastated for fifty years, are completely disappeared. Only a small part of the church was saved and this up to 1974.

In 1974-1975 the Department of Antiquities restored the church. The saved, up to 1974, departments of the church emanated from various periods and are the result of many interventions during the long life of the monastery. A mural of Saint Ioannis the Precursor that is rescued in the western wall of the temple and that can be dated in the 12th century, reduces the foundation of the monastery in the medium Byzantine period.

From the saved elements it appears that the initial church was reconditioned radically during the 14th century after some destruction. The 16th century the Church was either destroyed or suffered extensive damages and it was then built again and took its current form.

Apart from the mural of the Precursor in the western wall that is dated in the 12th century, there were discovered also some written crosses of 12th century in the western wall.

In the quadrant of the arch, there are saved pieces from the “Platytera” between the Archangels. At a lower level there are saved big departments from the communion of the Apostles (Communion) and departments showing ceremonies by priests, where the better saved is that of Agios Gregorios the Theologian. In the western arc of the northern wall a big part of the mural of Agios Georgios is saved. Most of the saved murals are dated in first half of the 16th century.


Histories from the past
A tragic story: probably the first murder in Steni, June 30, 1828, the year England took over Cyprus, from the Othomans.

Ananias Papayianni was the appointed (by the Ottoman government) Mukhtar of Steni, and the oldest child out of five in the family of Steni’s priest Papayianni Hadji-Argyrou. He was married to Mariou, and they had three sons. John 4 years old, Demitris 2 years old and a son who was only a few days old.

He was a strong and handsome young man in his late twenties though shrewd, proud but a just person he came from a wealthy family and perhaps that was what shaped his character as mentioned above. May be that was the reasons, that the Ottoman government appointed him, Mukhtar of Steni. A few times his deeds, although not bad, caused a contradiction between him and his priest father, was a pious man.

Very close to Steni is the village of Ayios Isidoros (Saint Isidoros), Eiseroo in Turkish, whose inhabitans were Christians who turned Muslims and all of them spoke Greek, instead of Turkish, lived two brothers, Casoumi and Achmet, with the surname “kolas”. Both of them were troublemakers, creating problems in the whole area, not only to Christians but to Muslims too.

Achmet, the oldest of the two, being a soldier in the reserve, and the worst of the two, often visited Steni causing problems to people with his behaviour, especially when drunk. Often at nights he visited the house of two sisters in Steni, the two women being prostitutes. This is not strange for that era since -many times -poverty compelled some women to resort to that lifestyle so as to survive, the condition of the economy in the countryside during the times of Turkish domination being most tragic as we know.

Equitant Policemen during the years of English domination.

Perhaps several people in the village nagged about Achmet’s insolence, proceeding with such actions in their village, though no-one took any initiative to stop him. Knowing the character of Ananias, he must have considered it an insult for the Christian inhabitants of the village. So, he decided -we do not know if it was his decision or if some other persons influenced him -to give an end to this situation.

One night when Achmet visited the house, Ananias was waiting for him in the street, several meters away from it. As Achmet was heading back, the two young men came to blows; no one knows what exactly happened and how long the fight went on. At some point Ananias was found with a serious knife-wound in the chest. The perpetrator fled the scene but the cries of the wounded Ananias awoke the village and everyone that could run chased the perpetrator, soon arresting him before he was able to leave the village.

They took him to the house of Hadji-Lambis Hadji-Savvas, the notable of the village, and after tying him up with a rope they fastened him to the millstone of the oil-mill that was located nearby, sending someone on horseback to notify the police in Polis Chrysochous. As it was expected, until the police arrived the perpetrator was savagely beaten by a few friends and relatives of the victim.

In the meantime others had transferred the victim to the village’s main street but he was already dead, the wound being very severe. Meanwhile the policeman had come to the village, riding a horse and trying to approach the victim who was surrounded by all the villagers. Quite a few were shouting that the perpetrator should be put on trial and be hanged by the neck, Cyprus already being considered as British soil for some months now. A tragic figure in this scene was the wife of the victim, Mariou, mourning over her husband’s dead body while having recently given birth.

After the policeman confirmed Ananias’s death, he took the perpetrator and ordered him to walk in front of his horse, his hands tied, leading him to the police station of Polis Chrysochous.
The perpetrator was put to trial very soon and was convicted to twenty years of imprisonment, his action not being considered as premeditated murder. He was transferred to the jails in the island of Malta to serve his sentence, seeing only the sea and the sky from his jail cell, as he said later after his release.

Mariou in the meantime had raised her three boys going through a thousand trials and tribulations, knowing the difficulties that a woman -alone, with three children and without a husband -was facing in that era. She raised her three sons, constantly advising them to be quiet, kind-hearted, and to avoid bad company, achieving her goals to the fullest.
Achmet, returned to his home after his release but he now as a stigmatised murderer. He could not keep any job and no one wanted him anywhere near. He was rejected not only by the Christians but also by the Muslims of his village.

In order to survive he was forced to beggary in the region’s villages, including Steni. As the proverb declares “time can mend things” and so many of Steni’s inhabitants started looking at Kolas as their fellow human being, though they did not forget that he was the murderer of a fellow villager of theirs, giving him whatever they could so that he could survive.

One day Achmet found himself before the house of Anania Ananias, the infant that Ananias Papagianni left behind  after his death so many years ago, who was married to Kyriakou Theodoulou Nitti. Kyriakou was a woman who always gave to those in need and so she offered a piece of bred to the murderer of her father-in-law. Her husband justifiably told her that it would be better to give that bread to their dog rather than to Achmet, knowing that the bread was offered to his father’s murderer. Achmet heard the words of Ananias and said, word-for-word, “Ananias, don’t hold a grudge against me and hate me, your father pinned me down and would have killed me if I had not nailed him with the knife”, a detail that of course no one can confirm as being true.

Ananias’s heart softened -being a mild and peaceful man -and so a calmness was set in the hearts of these two men, both being victims of the circumstances since the lives of both of them  changed after the tragic event the night of June 30, 1878.

August  1878
SA 02/88

Lieutenant A. G. Wauchope, civil Commissioner of Paphos, reports on the murder of Annanieh Papayene, the Christian Mukhtar of Steni village on 30 June 1878.

The case commenced in this Medjili Davi Court (Turkish court).

The accused are all Mahammedan.

I have just returned from visiting the locality – some 10 hours from here. The Christian part of the village is called Steni and some little distance off is the Islam one of Eiseroo. The murdered man was Mukhtar of Steni. The accused come from Eiseroo. The murder took place some 200 or 300 yards from Steni. I was told by the Mudir of the district, a Mochammedan that Casoumi and Achmet are men who bear the worst of characters, in this district. Achmet is a soldier in the reserve and rumour has it that when he was confessing he thought his military service would protect him. At present, inquiries, collecting and classifying the necessary evidence is carried on in a most haphazard manner.

This murder has excited the interest in the country. This is the 3rd case of murden in Baffo District during the last 3 months.

I would prefer sending these men by sea from Paphos to Larnaca thence by road to Nicosia. The road from here to Headquarters lies over a very difficult and mountainous country-and the prisoners bound by cords, have in the past suffered terribly, in many cases died on the road.

I have 5 prisoners with 2 japtiens to send and this could be done, including the japtiens return journey for 100-120 piastres.cost”.

Civil Commissioner
Baffo Aug.14th 1878

One may ask: what is so special about this museum? The answer to that is simple; it was built with love, by special people with a special vision, pride in their rich inheritance and stamina to battle against all odds

Searching for a rare jewel can be an impossibly laborious task. It demands the persistence and complete dedication of persons with strong stamina and a dedicated mind to cut through the endless obstacles faced on the way. But when the jewels finally come into view, the thrill and rewarding experience of achievement can be priceless.
One such rare treasure is well-hidden in a picturesque but timeless little village perched on a sloping hillside about six kilometres away from Polis Chrysochous. It is the quaint village of Steni.
This lovely little place can be found by driving along a colonnade of tall cypress trees dotted with clusters of colourful oleanders and masses of brilliantly coloured bougainvillea. Snaking along the way, striking stonewalls lead directly to the village square – also clad with local stones. Alongside the vast square sits the council building, but the hidden treasure lies right next door to it; the Museum of Steni.
One may ask: what is so special about this museum? The answer to that is simple; it was built with love, by special people with a special vision, pride in their rich inheritance and stamina to battle against all odds. Fortunately for us, such extraordinary people do surprisingly still exist today to make good things happen. It took stubbornness and super-human strength to fight off a stifling negative bureaucracy and opposition before this wonderful dream became a reality so a new generation of Cypriots, visitors and tourists can enjoy this charming and quaint museum.
If only stones could speak, what would they say? They would tell a story of frustration, anger, dreams, ambition and most of all of the love of a dedicated man named Ilias, his family and cousin Savvas, who made a dream came true; it was certainly not due to government enthusiasm nor the cultural ministry’s support, and it was certainly not due to the over-bloated Cyprus Tourist Organization. They actively opposed the project and still refuse to offer it their official recognition or any financial assistance because of political self-interest and petty bureaucracy.
It all started a long time ago with a dream; a dream to create something positive and a lasting landmark for the community.
Ilias and Savvas migrated abroad after the EOKA uprising (1955-1960) came to an end, and they settled in the United States. While living there the dream was slowly nurtured bit by bit by the families left behind who, under Ilia’s instructions, began collecting rare artefacts from the locals and the surrounding villages. That task started with fervour thirty years ago and continues to this day.
The gathering of rare artefacts from everyday life used in village households, along with crudely made tools for farming soon grew into a vast collection. Some of those artefacts on display represent a bygone era of rural subsistence and are certainly rare (if not impossible nowadays) to locate; at least they found a safe home at the Museum of Steni.
Visiting the museum, one is instantly received by the gracious smiling face and genuine welcome of one of the two elderly moustached cousins. They take it in turns to act as guides and proudly show visitors their museum, which has taken over their lives.
Walking between the aisles of the museum, visitors are astounded by the vast collection on display. The beauty of the artefacts immediately takes one’s breath away, and one’s imagination on how people used to live, but especially how harsh life was in those days.
One is instantly exposed to wooden but strange-looking devices of all sizes, silk-production and crude spinning mechanisms, harvesting and threshing relics, animal tending tools, crude-looking iron gadgetry, traditional wedding displays, fine costumes and exquisite displays of hand-made laces, loom devices in full working order… the list is endless.
One needs to see this treasure trove to fully appreciate its beauty and, equally, appreciate what Ilias (also the village mayor) and his cousin Savvas have done to maintain this museum; Ilias actually donated the land while both cousins put a large portion of their own money towards the construction of the building and still support financially the maintenance of the museum. The government contributed 45 per cent towards the initial building cost of the community project, while the rest was collected from the local residents and generous benefactors.
Today the museum is open seven days a week and entrance is free. Since they receive no financial or moral support from any government authorities (not even from the cultural department) a donation box is available for those who care to donate something towards the maintenance of the museum – this is not mandatory!
What really worries Ilias and his cousin Savvas is their age; what will happen to the museum if they are no longer there? Since the government refuses to offer any assistance, they are very concerned for tomorrow. All they are asking is for an authority or a sponsor to take the museum under its wings and maintain it as part of Cypriot Cultural Heritage.
A visit to this special museum is a must; everyone will be pleasantly surprised by its unique beauty of displays packed with wonderful pieces of ancient artefacts. The best part of the visit is meeting Ilias and Savvas and hearing endless stories of the past; that alone is certainly a rare treat indeed.

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