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Greek News / Re: Bigger withdrawals?
« Last Post by Maik on Thursday, 24 May, 2018 @ 10:33:53 »
Cash withdrawal limit is set to double

The government is expected to raise the maximum amount that people can withdraw from their bank accounts each month from 2,300 euros to 4,000-5,000 euros, as the capital controls are eased further. This is seen happening after the country’s creditors grant their approval, which is expected next month.
Kef 'quakes / Re: Kef 'quakes: wobble watch
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 23 May, 2018 @ 21:12:31 »
Magnitude   ML 2.8
Region   GREECE
Date time   2018-05-23 06:52:53.1 UTC
Location   38.17 N ; 20.58 E
Depth   20 km
Distances   276 km W of Athens, Greece / pop: 730,000 / local time: 09:52:53.1 2018-05-23
101 km W of Pátra, Greece / pop: 164,000 / local time: 09:52:53.1 2018-05-23
8 km E of Argostólion, Greece / pop: 9,900 / local time: 09:52:53.1 2018-05-23
2 km W of Valsamáta, Greece / pop: 1,100 / local time: 09:52:53.1 2018-05-23
UK & World News / Re: UK weather warning
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 23 May, 2018 @ 00:07:30 »
Temperatures to reach 30C over UK bank holiday weekend
Met Office says mercury could hit near-record levels in parts of south-east on Monday
Greek News / Re: ENFIA replaces property tax
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 22 May, 2018 @ 14:22:44 »
New property tax rates to be introduced over three years

The Finance Ministry is processing a plan for the gradual application of the new "objective values" (property rates used for tax purposes) so as to spread the extra burden on property owners over three years.

This way millions of owners won’t have to pay a massively increased bill for their Single Property Tax (ENFIA) bill this August as the country prepares for its exit from the bailout program, but instead just a third of the additional tax due.

However, the creditors have not yet approved this plan, and that is not going to happen before early June, when they get the final data on the ENFIA test calculation based on the new rates.
Kefalonia News / Re: Patras Hospital
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 21 May, 2018 @ 11:39:11 »
Surgeries at western Greece general hospital suspended from Monday

Surgeons at the Rio general hospital near Patra in western Greece are suspending all procedures that are not considered an emergency as of Monday.

Surgeons at the state-run hospital decided on this course of action last week in response to what they claim are serious shortages in facilities and staff that are preventing them from doing their jobs.

Among other demands, they want more intensive care beds and nursing staff.
UK & World News / Re: EU roadworthiness directive
« Last Post by Maik on Sunday, 20 May, 2018 @ 11:30:47 »
New MOT tests come into force

Changes to the MOT test come into force on Sunday, which introduce new categories under which a vehicle can fail or pass.

The categories include "dangerous", "major" and "minor" which determine whether a car, van or motorcycle must be taken off the road or can be driven as long as repairs are carried out.

The MOT will also be tougher on diesel emissions.

Vehicles with a diesel particulate filter will now have to pass new tests.

* What the stricter MOT test means for you
Weird Wild Wacky / Re: Ever ate an alien?
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 19 May, 2018 @ 14:37:20 »

Didn't realise there was a Greek crew member on board - as the crew are holding him down on the dining table, preparing to give aid, the guy at the back has a ciggie in his mouth. Hey ho!
Weird Wild Wacky / Re: Ever ate an alien?
« Last Post by BeeTee on Saturday, 19 May, 2018 @ 12:39:38 »
Ah yes, must remember to watch the Alien film again especially the bit where the Alien bursts out of John Hurt's chest.
Weird Wild Wacky / Ever ate an alien?
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 19 May, 2018 @ 12:08:41 »
Are octopuses aliens from outer space that were brought to Earth by meteors?

Octopuses are aliens. That’s the claim being made by a team of 33 researchers published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

They are not referring to aliens in a metaphorical sense, but literal aliens from outer space.

It will not come as a surprise to many to learn that these claims have been roundly mocked by the scientific community, who have branded the paper... as ridiculous and unscientific.

Specifically, the researchers propose the idea that alien viruses crashed to Earth in a meteor, infected a population of primitive squid and caused them to evolve into octopuses.

Another theory they suggest is that fertilised squid or octopus eggs were delivered to Earth by a meteor.

Octopuses are weird. They are molluscs, meaning they are closely related to snails, and yet they are incredibly intelligent.

On top of their large brains and sophisticated nervous systems, the authors of the new paper list camera-like eyes, flexible bodies and ability to camouflage themselves by changing colour and shape as evidence of their extra-terrestrial origins.

So suddenly did these features appear in the octopus family tree that “it is plausible then to suggest they seem to be borrowed from a far distant ‘future’ in terms of terrestrial evolution, or more realistically from the cosmos at large,” the authors write.

Hm, maybe I'll pass on the kalamari  :hmm:
Greek News / Re: Tax deadline
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 19 May, 2018 @ 00:22:11 »
Greeks reluctant to file their tax declarations

Forty days before the deadline for the submission of tax declarations concerning the 2017 incomes, only 1 percent of taxpayers have done so to date.

After all the statements have been processed, the Independent Authority for Public Revenue will start calculating the Single Property Tax (ENFIA) for 2018.

The first installment for that is due by end-August, but if the income tax declaration period does end up being extended, the first ENFIA tranche will be due by end-September.
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