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UK & World News / Re: UK weather warning
« Last Post by Maik on Sunday, 18 August, 2019 @ 02:52:18 »
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UK weather: Summer to return ahead of bank holiday weekend as temperatures forecast to soar
Temperatures of 26C possible as warmer weather predicted across country

Hot weather is predicted to return to parts of the UK in time for the August bank holiday weekend after a wet and windy start to the month.

Parts of the southeast could see high temperatures of 26C, particularly in London where many people will be preparing for the Notting Hill Carnival.

Becky Mitchell, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said high temperatures in the mid-20s were most likely by the bank holiday weekend.

Before then, the UK will see blustery showers over the next few days with sunny spells and maximum temperatures of about 21C in the south and 19C in the north.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-weather-forecast-heatwave-latest-august-bank-holiday-hot-notting-hill-carnival-a9063636.html
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Greek News / Wildfires
« Last Post by Maik on Sunday, 18 August, 2019 @ 02:32:00 »
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Greece faces two times more wildfires this year: study

Greece has so far faced 8,270 wildfires from the start of this year until mid-August, double the number recorded by the same period last year, according to Fire Brigade statistics, local newspaper "Eleftheros Typos" (Free Press) reported on Saturday.

At least 20 percent of wildfires each year are linked to arson and the usual suspect in most cases is a middle aged local, according to a study made by Andrianos Gourbatsis, a retired Deputy Chief of the Greek Fire Service.

The 30 percent of wildfires breaking out nationwide each year in Greece is linked to negligence and 10 percent to natural causes, he said, presenting the results of a survey based on official statistics and data going back to 2000.

Regarding the 20 percent of cases linked to arson, the suspect in 95 percent of incidents is a Greek male, according to the survey.

The 63 percent of suspects detained was over 45 years old and the 99 percent had no psychological problems.
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-08/18/c_138316971.htm
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Kefalonia News / Re: Fiskardo faros open
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 17 August, 2019 @ 16:12:14 »
Hm, according to gtp.gr (usually a pretty reputable source):

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Twenty-eight lighthouses in Greece will be open to the public on Sunday, August 18, on the occasion of International Lighthouse Day, the Hellenic Navy has announced.

The lighthouses in the following 28 Greek destinations will be open to the public from 10am to 8pm:

6. Gerogombos – Kefalonia

That's on the Paliki peninsular.

I think they may have used old information, although equally it could be Gerogombos that's open and not Fiskardo  :hmm:
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UK & World News / Peterloo
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 17 August, 2019 @ 03:36:34 »
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Hundreds gather for 200th anniversary of Peterloo massacre

Hundreds of people gathered in Manchester to mark the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre.

In 1819, tens of thousands marched to St Peter's Field to protest peacefully for political reform before soldiers charged into the crowd and brutally attacked unarmed protesters.

Today those killed when it became a state-ordered massacre were remembered and each of them named.

Performances recalled the pro-democracy gathering of 60,000 which ended with at least 18 dead and more than 600 wounded.

The massacre led to the founding of the Manchester Guardian by John Edward Taylor, a young journalist who was inspired to establish his own newspaper after witnessing the events of the day.
https://www.itv.com/news/2019-08-16/hundreds-gather-for-200th-anniversary-of-peterloo-massacre/
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Greek News / Re: Weather warning
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 17 August, 2019 @ 03:04:53 »
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Greece Braces for Severe Storms After Heat And Wildfires

Following a long period of extremely high temperatures and strong winds, which contributed to the spread of devastating wildfires on Evia, Greece is preparing for an autumnal change in the weather, beginning on Friday night.

According to a forecast issued on Friday by Meteo, the weather service of Athens’ National Observatory, a wave of intense rainfall, thunderstorms, hail and strong winds is expected to sweep across many parts of the nation.
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/08/16/greece-braces-for-severe-storms-after-heat-and-wildfires/

Currently looking as though Kef will continue to enjoy decent weather... but that could change...
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Holidays in Hellas / Receipts
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 16 August, 2019 @ 16:48:06 »
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Greek Tax Inspectors Urge Tourists to Get Receipts Or Don’t Pay

Going through the motions of yet another summer crackdown on tax cheats, especially restaurants, bars and taverns, Greek tax inspectors told tourists to get a receipt because otherwise they don’t have to pay.

Tourists are more likely not to bother with a receipt, it was said, although the law requires one be issue as a way to track revenues although many professionals, such as doctors and lawyers, tell clients their Point-of-Service (POS) machines aren’t working so they can get cash and avoid paying taxes.
https://www.thenationalherald.com/257027/greek-tax-inspectors-urge-tourists-to-get-receipts-or-dont-pay/
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Holidays in Hellas / Travel warning
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 16 August, 2019 @ 16:38:11 »
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Greece travel warning: wildfires forcing people to stay indoors

Holidaymakers in Greece have been issued with safety warnings due to the severity of the country’s ongoing spate of forest fires.
https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/lifestyle/greece-travel-warning-wildfires-forcing-people-to-stay-indoors-1-4985274

I've seen a few headlines that might suggest Greece is on fire. It's not. There's been a number of fires recently but that's nothing unusual and most have been extinguished fairly quickly. Few are near large tourist areas.
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Greek News / Re: ENFIA replaces property tax
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 16 August, 2019 @ 15:10:32 »
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ENFIA bills to be posted on Taxisnet by August 31

Single Property Tax (ENFIA) bills will be posted on the Taxisnet platform by August 31, the Independent Authority for Public Revenue (IAPR) said Wednesday.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/243609/article/ekathimerini/business/enfia-bills-to-be-posted-on-taxisnet-by-august-31
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Holidays in Hellas / Re: Who's on holiday in Greece?
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 16 August, 2019 @ 10:52:25 »
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Pixie Lott turns up the heat in a geometric print swimsuit she's had since she was 17 during scenic Greek getaway

Pixie Lott enjoyed a well-deserved break from her work commitments as she holidayed in Cephalonia.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7359597/Pixie-Lott-sizzles-swimsuit-shes-17-scenic-Greek-getaway.html
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UK & World News / Re: UK weather warning
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 16 August, 2019 @ 00:48:07 »
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Parts of the UK set for month's worth of rain on Friday

Forecasters have issued a yellow warning for between 8am and 10pm, with transport likely to be affected and flooding possible.

The warning covers Wales, north west England and south west England, with high ground expected to see the worst weather.
https://www.itv.com/news/2019-08-15/parts-of-the-uk-could-be-hit-by-almost-a-months-rain-on-friday/
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