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Weird Wild Wacky / Beer shortage
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 20 June, 2018 @ 20:36:41 »
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UK faces beer shortage during World Cup and barbecue season

Beer, fizzy drinks and meat producers have warned of possible shortages caused by a lack of CO2 as the UK enters peak consumption amid World Cup festivities and summer barbecues.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/uk-beer-shortage-world-cup-2018-co2-carbon-dioxide-barbecue-a8407971.html
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Holidays in Hellas / Book now for 2019?
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 20 June, 2018 @ 17:14:08 »
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Greek hotel rooms can’t meet demand from tourists

Tourists hoping to swim in Greece’s seas, stroll around the cobbled streets of the Cycladic islands or explore the lush landscapes of the Ionian will need to book this summer for the next.

The limited number of beds on small but popular islands, combined with the early bookings of tourists who are thirsty for Greece, have turned the quest for a room this summer into something of an ordeal.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/229847/article/ekathimerini/business/greek-hotel-rooms-cant-meet-demand-from-tourists

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Kefalonia News / Re: Kef airport soon sold?
« Last Post by TonyKath on Tuesday, 19 June, 2018 @ 12:43:25 »
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Airport Privatization Not Always Best Option, IATA Says

The privatization of airports is not always the best option, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which called on governments during its 74th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Sydney on June 3-5, to place priority on balancing the interests of consumers, airlines, investors, citizens and economies.

Approximately 14 percent of the world’s airports have some level of privatization, handling about 40 percent of global traffic.

“Airlines have not yet experienced an airport privatization that has fully lived up to its promised benefits over the long term,” the chief of IATA added.
https://news.gtp.gr/2018/06/18/airport-privatization-not-always-best-option-iata-says
Stating the bleeding obvious but perhaps it needs saying.

Tony
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Kefalonia News / Re: Kef airport soon sold?
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 19 June, 2018 @ 11:12:04 »
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Airport Privatization Not Always Best Option, IATA Says

The privatization of airports is not always the best option, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which called on governments during its 74th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Sydney on June 3-5, to place priority on balancing the interests of consumers, airlines, investors, citizens and economies.

Approximately 14 percent of the world’s airports have some level of privatization, handling about 40 percent of global traffic.

“Airlines have not yet experienced an airport privatization that has fully lived up to its promised benefits over the long term,” the chief of IATA added.
https://news.gtp.gr/2018/06/18/airport-privatization-not-always-best-option-iata-says
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UK & World News / England vs referees
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 19 June, 2018 @ 00:51:09 »
England won and everyone's happy but, truth is, after a very bright start when England should have been 3-0 up it turned into yet another mediocre performance, just salvaged by a last minute winner. But far worse than England's performance was appallingly bad refereeing:

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England suffer VAR farce

England complained long and loud about the penalty awarded against Walker, but had much greater cause for grievance over the failure of VAR to give them two spot-kicks of their own.

Kane was the victim in incidents plucked straight from the world of wrestling in each half, and on neither occasion did any of the officials - on the pitch or in the VAR booth - see fit to intervene in what were obvious penalties.

In the first half, amid some heavy traffic, Kane was dragged crudely to the ground by Sassi and suffered similar treatment after the break, only for the incident to be ignored once again by Roldan and his assistants.

Justice was done in the end, but these were glaring errors.

It was made clear in a pre-tournament referees' briefing that such grappling would be taken seriously and punished, so England have every right to ask why this edict was not carried out.

VAR is undoubtedly a progressive development, but if it is applied with such inconsistency it will stretch its credibility to breaking point.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44434276

 :cardred:
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Kefalonia News / Re: Busy May for Kef
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 18 June, 2018 @ 22:04:09 »
Appears to have been a busy April:

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Athens, Kefalonia, Corfu Airports See Impressive Rise in April Traffic

...passenger growth at smaller and regional airports was more dynamic with the Greek airports of Kefalonia up by a massive 78.6 percent
https://news.gtp.gr/2018/06/18/athens-kefalonia-corfu-airports-see-impressive-rise-april-traffic/

Sounds impressive but percentage increases don't necessarily mean a lot.
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UK & World News / Re: UK weather warning
« Last Post by Maik on Sunday, 17 June, 2018 @ 17:36:14 »
Bye 'eck, Tony, you're complaining it's not rained!?! Not sure this will bring much comfort:

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UK weather: Mini-heatwave could see temperatures match hottest day of the year so far

The UK is set to experience another mini-heatwave as temperatures are expected to climb as high as 28C in parts of the country.

Unfortunately the soaring temperatures will only be felt in London and the southeast, with the Met Office spokesperson adding that "temperatures in northern parts of the country will remain in the teens and low 20s".

While the midweek temperatures are forecast to get quite high, the UK's weather will cool down again as we go into the weekend.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-weather-latest-forecast-heatwave-summer-hot-temperature-a8402991.html
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Kef 'quakes / Re: Kef 'quakes: wobble watch
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 16 June, 2018 @ 20:08:04 »
Magnitude   ML 2.5
Region   GREECE
Date time   2018-06-16 09:40:07.8 UTC
Location   38.09 N ; 20.23 E
Depth   1 km
Distances   306 km W of Athens, Greece / pop: 730,000 / local time: 12:40:07.8 2018-06-16
133 km W of Pátra, Greece / pop: 164,000 / local time: 12:40:07.8 2018-06-16
25 km SW of Argostólion, Greece / pop: 9,900 / local time: 12:40:07.8 2018-06-16
https://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=677243
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Kefalonia News / Re: Notable dates 2018
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 16 June, 2018 @ 09:57:52 »


Tzannata Festival, 23 June. Food, wine, music, dancing under the plane trees in the village square.
Starts around 21:00, finishes........
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Greek News / Re: ENFIA replaces property tax
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 16 June, 2018 @ 08:59:20 »
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Increases of up to 61.54 percent and reductions of up to 37.5 percent delineate the breadth of new objective tax criteria approved by the finance ministry this week - rates on which property taxes will be based for 2018. 

Higher rates were approved for several "working class" or middle-class districts in the greater Athens area, such as Keratea, Perama and Drapetsona, as well as on Crete and other islands. At the same time, pricey inner city Athens districts will also witness property rate hikes.

Conversely, many of the more affluent districts of Athens and Thessaloniki will see objective tax criteria fall, given that in previous years such rates were judged to be exorbitantly high.

However, the majority of rates by which the property tax (ENFIA) is calculated remained the same.
https://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1360854/new-objective-tax-criteria-rates-for-property-approved-by-finance-ministry
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