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Holidays in Hellas / Re: Covid restrictions lifted
« Last Post by Maik on Thursday, 19 May, 2022 @ 00:47:52 »
Greece ends mandatory mask-wearing in planes, public indoor areas

Greece said on Wednesday it would end the mandatory wearing of face masks in airplanes and indoor public venues from June 1, as it lifts restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 ahead of the summer, its peak tourism season.

Greece's Health Minister Thanos Plevris... added that an experts committee will announce its decision for ferry passengers next week.
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 18/05/22
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 18 May, 2022 @ 21:58:03 »
In a Milestone, Greece and the U.K. Have Agreed to Formal Talks About a Possible Return of the Parthenon Marbles
The announcement comes just in time for International Museum Day

Greece may be one step closer to getting the Parthenon marbles back from the United Kingdom, as formal talks are set to begin on the prized artifacts taken by Lord Elgin in 1805.

On the eve of International Museum Day, celebrated on May 18, UNESCO made the surprise announcement that Greece and the United Kingdom had at last agreed to formal talks around a potential return of the ancient sculptures, which were deposited in the British Museum more than 200 years ago.

The potential reunification of the Parthenon marbles was announced by the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation, or ICPRCP, which opened its 23rd session in Paris this week. According to UNESCO, the meeting, offered on April 29 by the U.K., has been accepted by Greece and will be arranged “in due course.”

Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 18/05/22
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 18 May, 2022 @ 16:30:26 »
Today's coronavirus count on Kef/Ithaka: 25/1
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 18/05/22
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 18 May, 2022 @ 16:25:26 »
Purr–dah: German town bans cats from going outdoors to protect rare bird

Authorities in the southwest German town of Walldorf have ordered some cat owners to keep their pets indoors until the end of August, to protect a rare bird during its breeding season.

The decree is designed to help save the crested lark, which makes its nest on the ground and is therefore easy prey for feline hunters.

The bird population in Western Europe has declined sharply in recent decades.

Authorities in Walldorf wrote that “among other things, the survival of the species depends on every single chick”.

A songbird, the crested lark is found across Europe, including in Britain. Numbers have been declining across the continent in recent years.

Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 18/05/22
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 18 May, 2022 @ 16:13:29 »
When is the best time to book flights? Travel experts share holiday money-saving tips

Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 18/05/22
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 18 May, 2022 @ 15:57:35 »
The Ministry of Interior has awarded Sami municipality 350,000 euros and Lixouri municipality 400,000 euros to undertake action to prevent or minimise damage caused by natural disasters.

Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 18/05/22
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 18 May, 2022 @ 15:30:22 »
Greece: Nearly 9,000 temporary asylum permits were issued to Ukrainians in April 2022

In April 2022, 7,759 Ukrainians arrived in Greece, and more than 13,000 electronic applications to pre-register for temporary protection (asylum) were submitted, while almost 9,000 temporary protection permit cards were issued, according to data from the Ministry of Migration and Asylum.

Of the Ukrainians who arrived in April, 20.4 pct were minors, 26 pct were aged 18-34, and 53.6 pct over 35 years old. Of these, 25 pct arrived by air and the rest via the land borders. As of April 30, 13,147 electronic pre-registration applications for temporary protection for Ukrainians had been submitted, while 8,880 temporary protection cards had been issued.

A total of 917,281 migrants and refugees legally resided in Greece in April 2022, of whom 24 pct were EU citizens and expatriates, 70 pct were third-country nationals with a residence permit and 6 pct were refugees with active residence permits.

Kefalonia News / Kef's Blue Flag beaches 2022
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 18 May, 2022 @ 15:21:24 »
Unconfirmed but I believe these are the Blue Flag 2022 beaches on Kef & Ithaka:

Avythos - Municipality of Argostoli
Ai Helis - Municipality of Argostoli
Ammes - Municipality of Argostoli
Antisamos - Municipality of Sami
Aragia, Poros - Municipality of Argostoli
Bouka Gradakia - Municipality of Argostoli
Lepeda - Municipality of Lixouri
Makris Yialos - Municipality of Argostoli
Megali Ammos - Municipality of Argostoli
Mounda - Municipality of Argostoli
Myrtos - Municipality of Sami
Petanoi - Municipality of Lixouri
Platis Yialos - Municipality of Argostoli
Poli (right) - Municipailty of Ithaka
Skala - Municipality of Argostoli
Spasmata - Municipality of Argostoli
Tourkopodaro / White Rocks Hotel - Municipality of Argostoli
Xi - Municipality of Lixouri

Confirmation at:

Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 18/05/22
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 18 May, 2022 @ 09:10:50 »
Municipality of Lixouri are organising a neutering and vaccination programme for stray, volunteer vets from Europe will be in the area between 23-29/05/22. For more information 'phone 2671091018
Weird Wild Wacky / Re: My mate
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 18 May, 2022 @ 02:46:28 »
My mate reckoned he ought to tell his mates so he made a list of who to write to.
(warning - some are 'adult' in nature. Well, actually they're more schoolboy, but you get the picture).

Starting with a well known and liked Kefalonian name:

Rob Bowler
Tom Bowler
Olive Oyle
Rose Bush
Sandy Shaw
Sonny Daize
Teresa Green
Justin Time
Carole Singer
Jack Pott
Jo King
April Schauer
Holly Wood
Liz Raynes
Tuesday Knight
Willow Batt
Ray Gunn
Kit Bagg
Pearl Arber
Penny Blacke
Robin Banks
Ray Vaughn
Marion Kinde
Crystal Balls
Dick Head
Buster Highman
Phil McCaverty
Mike Rotch
Hugh G Rection
Mike Hunt
Hugh Jarse
Jenny Taylier
Ben Dover
Connie Lingus
Nora Titzov
Vi Braytor
Ava Koch
Willy Rechter
Rhoda Tarte
Ivor Biggun
Fanny Dyver
Joy Ovseks

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