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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 28/06/22
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 28 June, 2022 @ 10:18:39 »
Revealed: Greek police coerce asylum seekers into pushing fellow migrants back to Turkey

In a militarised border zone, in the dead of night, asylum seekers say they have been coerced into violent, illegal pushback operations run by Greek police.

Kept locked up between operations, the asylum seekers claim they were forcibly recruited or lured there by a Syrian man living in a container in the yard of a Greek police station, and then used as boatmen to ferry other migrants back to Turkey.

Six migrants, Syrian and Moroccan, have told how they participated in pushback operations on the Evros river under duress, in return for a police note permitting them a month’s stay in Greece. Two of the men described themselves as “slaves”. They said they witnessed Greek police strip, rob and assault asylum seekers before they were put back into overcrowded inflatable boats that the men were then ordered to transport back across the deep and fast-running river to the Turkish bank.
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 28/06/22
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 28 June, 2022 @ 10:05:58 »
Body of a 69 y-o male recovered from the sea yesterday at Mandrakia, Ermionida.

Body.of a 64 y-o foreign national with injuries to head and body recovered from the sea at Kamboudi, Siggitik gulf, yesterday afternoon.

Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 28/06/22
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 28 June, 2022 @ 02:36:46 »
Royal Mail workers to vote on strike over pay

More than 115,000 Royal Mail workers will begin voting today over whether to go on strike over pay.

Ballot papers will be dispatched to the Communication Workers Union (CWU) members, with the result on 19 July.

Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 28/06/22
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 28 June, 2022 @ 02:32:08 »
UK doctors demand pay rise of up to 30% over five years

Doctors have thrown down the gauntlet to the government by calling for a pay rise of up to 30% over the next five years, in a move that increases the chances of strike action.

Delegates at the British Medical Association’s (BMA) annual conference voted to press ministers to agree to the increase to make up for real-terms cuts to their salaries over the last 14 years.

Last week members of the RMT union staged three stoppages, while teaching unions threatened strike action if their pay was not increased by more than inflation.

Grapevine / News Briefs / 28/06/22
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 28 June, 2022 @ 02:27:41 »
Kef fire risk 28/06/22: Medium

Thirty one new coronavirus cases confirmed on Kefalonia yesterday by EODY, five on Ithaka

Today’s bank rates:
1 €UR = £ 0.8879 GBP
1 €UR = $ 1.0889 USD
£1 GBP = 1.1263 €UR
$1 USD = 0.9184 €UR

Based on Alpha Bank exchange rates, these are widely used by exchange agencies in Greece.
Other banks likely to offer a different rate which may be marginally higher or lower.
Banks and foreign exchange offices normally charge standard 2% commission.
You may get a better rate changing your holiday money in advance at e.g the
Post Office.
NB: some f-ex agencies advertise "No Commission".
Invariably, they deduct commission before they (don't) advertise the rate.
Foreign exchange offices are businesses, not charities.

Ten day weather forecast for Kefalonia:
This is an overall forecast, due to the mountainous terrain the weather can be very localised.
Updated forecast @

Day, Date   Hi°/Lo°   Wind sp   Wet   Forecast
Tue 28/06   31°/23°   14 km/h   05%   Sunny
Wed 29/06   31°/23°   15 km/h   14%   Sunny
Thu 30/06   31°/23°   13 km/h   10%   Sunny
Fri 01/07   32°/23°   20 km/h   10%   Sunny
Sat 02/07   32°/24°   18 km/h   08%   Sunny
Sun 03/07   33°/24°   18 km/h   07%   Sunny
Mon 04/07   32°/24°   20 km/h   05%   Sunny
Tue 05/07   33°/24°   19 km/h   03%   Sunny
Wed 06/07   32°/24°   18 km/h   03%   Sunny
Thu 07/07   31°/23°   21 km/h   04%   Sunny

Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 27/06/22
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 28 June, 2022 @ 00:20:15 »
Exclusive: Three Red Wall Conservatives in talks to defect to Labour

Three Red Wall Conservative MPs are in defection talks with Labour, The Telegraph can reveal.

Labour sources told The Telegraph that the three male Conservatives, first elected in 2019, have entered formal discussions about crossing the floor to join Sir Keir Starmer’s party.

Those familiar with discussions said the MPs had slim majorities in Red Wall areas in the North that had historically voted Labour and believed they would lose their seats at the next election if they did not defect.

It is understood the three have felt dissatisfied with Boris Johnson’s leadership in recent weeks and were pushed towards the decision after a confidence vote in which 148 Tory MPs did not back the Prime Minister.

On Monday, two Conservative MPs who had been widely thought to have been considering defection denied they were planning to cross the floor.

Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 27/06/22
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 28 June, 2022 @ 00:12:17 »
Body of a 76 y-o male recovered from the sea at Kalavarda, Rhodes, at noon today.

Body of an 80 y-o female recovered from the sea at Vromopousi, Lavreotiki, Attika at noon today.

Going Geek info / Re: Browser extensions
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 27 June, 2022 @ 22:28:37 »
Had a quick look and found a couple more themes that might be of interest to Firefox users, possibly also in Chrome and Edge stores:

Eastern Orthodox

Parthenon by Night
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 27/06/22
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 27 June, 2022 @ 20:05:02 »
Kef police arrested a local on Saturday after searching his home and confiscating 27.4 grams of raw cannabis.

Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 27/06/22
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 27 June, 2022 @ 19:51:21 »
‘Drop-in’ kit converts old Land Rovers into fully electric vehicles
Electric conversion can extend life of classic vehicle ‘by 200,000 miles’

The Land Rover Defender is an undisputed design classic, synonymous with agriculture and country living.

But as production has ceased in the UK, and no electric Land Rover Defender models are on the market, scientists at the University of Cardiff and electric-refit specialist firm Electrogenic have released a “drop-in” kit which converts old Defenders into fully electric vehicles.

According to the team, the kit includes an electric motor bolted onto the vehicle’s existing clutch bell housing which allows it to keep all of its gears, and includes a number of 52kWh batteries mounted under the bonnet.

The result is an electric engine with “comparable” power to the original combustion engines, meaning the vehicles retain their versatility for off-road terrain and heavy towing capability.

The kit can provide over 100 miles of range on-road, and “considerably more” when driving off-road or around a farm.

Edit: Didn't see any mention of a price.

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