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General Discussion / Re: Indoor entertainment - keeping sane!
« Last post by Denis O on Today at 02:32:54 PM »
Re-runs of The Bill, which is nothing unusual for me plus I've added "Criminal Minds" to my viewing. There's a lot of 'em. Something like 20 seasons with 20 plus episodes in each. It's not too taxing on the brain but pretty good entertainment.

With us moving out of Corfu, virus permitting, I've sent all my guitars back to Blighty, so I can't even practice my scales.
General Discussion / Re: Coronavirus - Covid19 Local Information
« Last post by Trisa on Today at 02:16:58 PM »

Corfu Hospital waiting for 12 test results from Ioannina

COVID-19 tests continuing at Corfu Hospital.

According to hospital sources, 12 samples have recently been sent to Ioannina University Hospital for COVID-19 tests and the results are expected by tonight. The samples include that of a municipal employee who came in contact with the 62-year-old who was tested positive for coronavirus.

Of the 12 only three required hospitalisation with severe symptoms. Two are hospitalised in the special hospital wing on the 4th floor and the third is tubed in the Intensive Care Unit.

As regards the wife of the 62-year-old, there has been no official update as yet.
General Discussion / Indoor entertainment - keeping sane!
« Last post by Wynne on Today at 01:13:05 PM »
So how are we all keeping occupied? I still work freelance from home but with companies cutting back on contract work I find myself with a lot more time on my hands.

We are lucky in that we have a garden.  The grass has never been so well trimmed and I spent a few hours cutting back the hedge yesterday. We are well stocked with dvds and we have Netflix and have drawn up a list of films to watch.  On a similar theme, we are revisiting our music collection.  Even Rod Stewart got an airing yesterday. 

We have set ourselves a target to learn to play backgammon (tavli) properly and the newly bought boule set may dent the lawn when the ground gets harder.  We've recently taken up painting and a Christmas present of How to Watercolour is coming in handy.

We're well stocked with books and my initial target is to re-read the five Darling Buds of May books - first one completed, now they're off to France☺

Other plans include getting out my BBC Greek language and People book and tapes and if all else fails there's always my wife's ukulele, though that would need to be a last resort as it may tip the rest of the family over the edge.

As well as all that, we're taking the opportunity to catch up with friends around the world.

As you can see, we're planning for the long haul.  How is everyone else coping?

General Discussion / Re: Alpha Bank-Corfu Town
« Last post by Wynne on Today at 11:19:19 AM »
General Discussion / Re: Alpha Bank-Corfu Town
« Last post by jrk on Today at 01:40:17 AM »
Is it the branch in the road behind Liston?   If it is then it is on Kapodistriou.

Pleased to read your post. I hope you are keeping well and managing to avoid the viral particles that are currently doing the rounds.
So, you want to live in Corfu! / Re: Working.
« Last post by Simon Parr on March 31, 2020, 02:27:30 PM »
My ability to speak Greek is not a strong point for me, perhaps now is the time for me to start learning as we have plenty of time at home. I will try and do some research on this myself but thought I could ask on here for some opinions. Thanks
General Discussion / Re: Coronavirus - Covid19 Local Information
« Last post by Trisa on March 31, 2020, 02:09:31 PM »

4 Corfu Hospital personnel test negative for COVID-19

"Nobody is in quarantine so let΄s put an end to the rumours and support the tireless efforts being made at the hospital..." says hospital nursing service.

None of the four members of staff at Corfu General Hospital, about whom there had been concern that they may have been infected following the first confirmed case on the island, is infected.

The President of the Hospital Employees' Union Dina Ioannou spoke to ERA Kerkyra radio station and confirmed that the test results were negative.

Just as the Nursing Service told Enimerosi yesterday, none of the above personnel had symptoms and all the proper procedures had been followed.

Due to the unprecedented situation caused by the pandemic, however, it is logical that there is concern amongst workers at Corfu General Hospital and every possible case must be checked.

The Nursing Service stressed to Enimerosi yet again, however, that no members of staff are in quarantine and called on everyone to stop spreading rumours and support the tireless efforts being made at the hospital to deal with this unprecedented situation.

General Discussion / Re: Coronavirus - Covid19 Local Information
« Last post by Trisa on March 31, 2020, 09:33:16 AM »
Municipality of Central Corfu MAR 30, 2020 21: 14

Bank account for Corfu Hospital support.

Meeting the Hospital's needs for health care material is the goal of raising money through an initiative undertaken a few days ago by the Municipality of Central Corfu in collaboration with the Medical Association.

A bank account has already been opened, to which both bodies and individual citizens can pay the amount they wish specifically for this purpose.

It is important that all the tourism and productive operators in the country already support and cooperate in this effort.
In a communication with the Mayor of Central Corfu, Meropi Ydraiou, with the Hospital Administrator, Leonidas Roubatis, he requested that a list of required sanitary materials be compiled in order to meet the existing needs as far as possible.

As stated by Meropi Ydraiou, the Corfu Medical Association plays an essential role in the implementation of this initiative, as only through such a body, association or association can the hospital be legally granted a donation.

Thus, due to a related subject, the Medical Association was selected, which will be the manager of the bank account in question.

Specifically the organizations that have so far collaborated and assisted in this endeavor are:

The Holy Metropolis of Corfu, Paxos and Intercontinental Islands, the Corfu Chamber, the Travel Agents Association, the Association of Tourist Owners, OEBEK, the Hoteliers Association, the Ionian Confederation, the Ionian Confederation, the Emporium , Marina Gouvia, the Hotel Managers Association, the Association of Ionian Islands and Western Greece Diplomatic Guides, the Corfu Urban and Intercity Bus, the Taxi Owners Association of Corfu, "Taxiarchis", the Idadi Tourist Bus Holders, Corfu Restaurant and Related Professions Association and the Single Tourist Agency.

The bank account number that has been opened at Piraeus Bank is:

IBAN: GR 90 0171 5820 0065 8214 7816 813

Speaking about this initiative, Meropi Ydraiou further stated:

"This effort is sacred and to the extent that everyone, especially our islanders, can help. And this is because it concerns the protection of those who fight daily in our Hospital.

Doctors, nurses, our Hospital staff are the protagonists in this unprecedented crisis here.

They should take care as much as we can to stay healthy and not put themselves at extra risk to be able to do their job.

That is why we have taken this initiative so that we can help as much as possible. "
General Discussion / Re: Coronavirus - Covid19 Local Information
« Last post by Trisa on March 30, 2020, 11:01:39 PM »

Greek PM: "Give half of your salary for the fight against COVID-19"

ATHENS. The Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis has asked all ND MPs and Ministers to put 50% of their salary into a special coronavirus account for the next two months.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis asked the ND MPs and Government Ministers to demonstrate their solidarity in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The Prime Minister asked them to deposit 50% of their salary in a special coronavirus account for the next two months.

As he said in his post on Facebook: "Just as the Government took bold measures against the pandemic so the country's politicians have to stand in the front line of solidarity..."

In his post Kyriakos Mitsotakis concluded by saying that he hoped the other political parties would follow this example.

So, you want to live in Corfu! / Re: Working.
« Last post by Wynne on March 30, 2020, 10:42:58 PM »
Others will be in a better position to comment on the work market in Corfu but Brexit will have implications (residence and work permits), as will the time you are planning and are able to move

One other factor could be your ability to speak Greek
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