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Kef 'quakes / Re: Kef 'quakes: wobble watch
« Last Post by Maik on Sunday, 16 September, 2018 @ 23:13:15 »
Magnitude   ML 2.6
Region   GREECE
Date time   2018-09-16 13:56:37.0 UTC
Location   38.42 N ; 20.49 E
Depth   8 km
Distances   287 km W of Athens, Greece / pop: 730,000 / local time: 16:56:37.0 2018-09-16
111 km W of Pátra, Greece / pop: 164,000 / local time: 16:56:37.0 2018-09-16
27 km N of Argostólion, Greece / pop: 9,900 / local time: 16:56:37.0 2018-09-16
Greek History & Culture / Athens Pinball Museum
« Last Post by Maik on Sunday, 16 September, 2018 @ 19:31:51 »
In pics: Athens Pinball Museum in Greece

A visitor of the Athens Pinball Museum plays game with a 10 euros admission in Athens, Greece, on Sept. 15, 2018. The first Athens Pinball Museum has just opened at the Acropolis metro station area and hosts about 110 rare pinball machines from 1958 to date.
Greek News / Re: ENFIA replaces property tax
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 15 September, 2018 @ 13:21:48 »
ENFIA load to be shouldered again by usual property owners

According to the government’s plans, the bulk of the new, reduced Single Property Tax (ENFIA) will yet again be paid by owners of medium and large real estate assets.

After Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced the ENFIA plans at the Thessaloniki International Fair last weekend, it became clear that next year’s 30 percent reduction will only apply to those with properties valued at up to 60,000 euros, while those with assets worth more than 200,000 euros will see no cuts at all. And according to what the government has presented to its creditors, the imbalance will continue into 2020.

The ministry’s plans for 2020 foresee a 50 percent reduction in the ENFIA dues of owners of properties worth up to 60,000 euros – compared to 2018 – and a discount of 40.8 percent for owners of assets worth 60,001-100,000 euros.

The percentage of the cuts is set to drop as the property value rises.
Kefalonia News / Re: Suspicious death
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 15 September, 2018 @ 04:02:23 »
Model farewelled after Greece yacht death
A 20-year-old Australian model, who died after she was found tangled in rope on a superyacht in Greece, will be farewelled by loved ones in her NSW home town.

The family and friends of Australian model Sinead McNamara will pay their final respects at a memorial in her home town of Port Macquarie, with mourners encouraged to wear whatever they think she would have wanted.
UK & World News / Re: EU Commission runs a public survey on Daylight Saving Time arrangements
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 14 September, 2018 @ 20:53:35 »
EU seeks to scrap seasonal clock changes in 2019

The European Union will scrap the twice-yearly seasonal clock change across the bloc from October 2019, leaving member states to decide by April whether they will stick permanently to summer or winter time, the European Commission said on Friday.

EU Pleads for Cooperation to Avoid Clock-Change Chaos

The European Union on Friday urged member countries to work together to avoid turning Europe into a confusing patchwork of different time zones, after announcing plans to abolish seasonal clock changes.

The proposal also raises a fresh Brexit conundrum: If it goes ahead, EU member Ireland will stop changing the clocks, but British-ruled Northern Ireland will continue the practice.

The British government said it has "no plans to change daylight saving time," meaning that for six months of every year, Ireland and Northern Ireland would be an hour apart.
Greek News / Re: Greece: Landslide at famed 'shipwreck' beach; 1 injured
« Last Post by TonyKath on Friday, 14 September, 2018 @ 15:36:24 »
Gosh, quite a lucky escape for some, looking at the Grauniad vid!

Greek News / Re: Greece: Landslide at famed 'shipwreck' beach; 1 injured
« Last Post by BeeTee on Friday, 14 September, 2018 @ 14:13:14 »
Coast guard closes emblematic Greek beach after rockfall
  The Greek coast guard on Friday closed a world-famous beach on the holiday island of Zakynthos after seven people were injured in a rockfall.

All vessels are banned from approaching the beach, which is accessibly only by sea, and from anchoring in the bay until further notice.

Navagio beach is named after a shipwreck lying just a few meters off the coast and is known throughout the world for its tropical-blue bathing waters and scenic white-sand setting.

Seven people were injured on Thursday after a part of the cliff overshadowing the beach gave way. Their injuries were not life-threatening, though a 37-year-old Czech tourist did sustain a spinal injury that will be checked by a specialist in Patra in western Greece.
Holidays in Hellas / Re: Holidays on Skorpios
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 14 September, 2018 @ 13:08:59 »
Russian Tycoon Starts €184Μ Development on Former Onassis Island

The representative of Russian magnate Dmitry Rybolovlev, who owns the Skorpios island in the Ionian Sea, said on Thursday that the 184 million euro development of the island is set to start next month.

According to the Athens Macedonian News Agency, the project will include the construction of 12 or more luxury villas, each with a total area of ​​500 to 1,200 sqm, with a total capacity of 48 beds and other accompanying facilities such as spas, restaurants and a marina.

The island of Skorpios... has been designated as Natura.

This means that no more than 5 percent of the island can be built.
Greek News / Re: ENFIA replaces property tax
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 14 September, 2018 @ 13:04:02 »
ENFIA shift with polls in mind

The government has planned changes to the Single Property Tax (ENFIA) with an eye to the upcoming election, as the 30 percent reduction announced for 2019 will only concern owners of real estate assets valued at up to 60,000 euros.

The majority of property owners however will either see a smaller reduction to their ENFIA dues or no change at all, as owners of real estate assets adding up to at least 200,000 euros – i.e. medium-sized and large properties – will not enjoy any cuts at all.

According to the plan that was presented to the representatives of the country’s creditors this week, the reductions to ENFIA will be as follows:
Greek News / Re: Greece: Landslide at famed 'shipwreck' beach; 1 injured
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 14 September, 2018 @ 02:42:53 »
Looks like some people were really close to the landslide:

Edit: Bigger picture on Instagram
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