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15/05/24
« on: Wednesday, 15 May, 2024 @ 00:18:55 »
Kef fire risk 15/05/24: Low

Today’s bank rates:   
1 €UR = £ 0.8881 GBP   £1 GBP = 1.1259 €UR
1 €UR = $ 1.1182 USD   $1 USD = 0.8975 €UR
1 €UR = $ 1.6878 AUD   $1 AUD = 0.5924 €UR
   
Based on National Bank of Greece exchange rates.   
Other banks likely to offer rates 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 @
weather.com   
   
Day, Date   Hi°/Lo°   Wind sp   Wet   Forecast   
Wed 15/05   25°/18°   18 km/h   05%   Sun & cloud    
Thu 16/05   26°/19°   30 km/h   09%   Cloudy, wind possible
Fri 17/05   27°/18°   22 km/h   12%   Sun & cloud    
Sat 18/05   27°/20°   12 km/h   23%   Cloudy    
Sun 19/05   28°/20°   11 km/h   06%   Sun & cloud    
Mon 20/05   29°/20°   17 km/h   04%   Sun & cloud    
Tue 21/05   27°/19°   16 km/h   04%   Mostly sunny    
Wed 22/05   26°/18°   21 km/h   05%   Mostly sunny    
Thu 23/05   25°/17°   21 km/h   04%   Sunny    
Fri 24/05   24°/18°   22 km/h   05%   Sun & cloud    
   

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Re: 15/05/24
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday, 15 May, 2024 @ 05:29:59 »
16 forest fire across Greece in 24 hours prior to 18:00 on 14/05/24.

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Re: 15/05/24
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday, 15 May, 2024 @ 05:36:29 »
Contract signed yesterday by the Mayor of Lixouri and selected contractor relating to the Municipal and Provincial Road Network Restoration project, valued at 3,500,000€.

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Re: 15/05/24
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday, 15 May, 2024 @ 05:46:48 »
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Stolen Libyan Banknotes Resurface In Greece

Officials in Greece have intercepted banknotes that were stolen from the Central Bank of Libya in Benghazi in 2017. The discovery occurred in Larissa, central Greece, where a man attempted to exchange €40,000 at a branch of the Bank of Greece. The worn and torn banknotes raised suspicions, prompting authorities to seize them.

Investigation revealed that these banknotes bore striking similarities to those stolen from Benghazi, which amounted to approximately €159 million. In late 2017, a Libyan National Army brigade had seized the Central Bank and reportedly emptied its safes.
https://greekcitytimes.com/2024/05/15/stolen-libyan-banknotes-resurface-in-greece/

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« Reply #4 on: Wednesday, 15 May, 2024 @ 05:55:31 »
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Greece to Invest €2B in Civil Protection Infrastructure to Face Climate Change

Prompted by climate change, Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis said more than 2 billion euros would be channeled into strengthening civil protection infrastructure.
https://www.tovima.com/climate/greece-to-invest-e2b-in-civil-protection-infrastructure-to-face-climate-change/

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« Reply #5 on: Wednesday, 15 May, 2024 @ 06:15:54 »
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Sex education in English schools set to be banned before children are nine
Education secretary Gillian Keegan to announce guidelines for phased discussion of topics depending on pupils’ age

Sex education in England’s primary schools is to be limited to those aged nine and over, with “explicit” discussions on topics such as contraception to be delayed until the age of 13, according to new guidance to be proposed by the government.

The revised guidance on relationships, sex and health education is expected to be published this week by the education secretary, Gillian Keegan, and is likely to contain further restrictions on teaching about gender and identity, with teachers told to instead explain “biological” facts, according to reports.

Keegan will announce a consultation that proposes schools be barred from teaching sex education of any type before year 5, when children are nine years old.
https://www.theguardian.com/education/article/2024/may/14/sex-education-in-english-schools-set-to-be-banned-before-children-are-nine

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Re: 15/05/24
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday, 15 May, 2024 @ 06:34:26 »
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Queen Camilla will buy no more real-fur items

An animal-rights group has welcomed a commitment from Queen Camilla that she will buy no new fur products.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) received a letter from Buckingham Palace, saying the Queen "will not procure any new fur garments".

"This comes with the Queen's warmest wishes," the letter adds.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-69004439

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Re: 15/05/24
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday, 15 May, 2024 @ 06:37:53 »
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UK right to protect puffins threatened post Brexit

The endangered puffin - one of Britain’s most iconic seabirds - is at the centre of a row over the UK’s post Brexit freedoms.

The UK recently banned fishing in the North Sea for the bird's favourite food, the sandeel. But the European Union is demanding the ban be lifted, claiming it breaches the UK’s post-Brexit breakup deal.

The UK and the EU have until Thursday to find a compromise or risk escalation, something that could eventually lead to sanctions against Britain.

At stake, say conservationists, is Britain's right to choose which wildlife it protects in its own waters.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/ce9rrpn955qo

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« Reply #8 on: Wednesday, 15 May, 2024 @ 06:44:46 »
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Internet use is associated with greater wellbeing, global study finds

Spending time online is often portrayed as something to avoid, but research suggests internet use is associated with greater wellbeing in people around the world.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/article/2024/may/13/internet-use-is-associated-with-greater-wellbeing-global-study-finds

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Re: 15/05/24
« Reply #9 on: Wednesday, 15 May, 2024 @ 07:06:06 »


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King Charles: First official portrait since coronation is unveiled, painted by Jonathan Yeo

The first official painted portrait of King Charles III since his coronation has been unveiled at Buckingham Palace.

The vast oil on canvas shows a larger-than-life King Charles in the uniform of the Welsh Guards.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-68981200

Possibly not everyone wants it hung on their wall covering up a damp patch but, to my surprise, I rather like it.


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Re: 15/05/24
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Re: 15/05/24
« Reply #11 on: Wednesday, 15 May, 2024 @ 10:13:09 »
A local in Avythos was fined 1,406€ on Saturday, 11 May, for burning crop residues in violation of existing legislation.

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« Reply #12 on: Wednesday, 15 May, 2024 @ 10:28:44 »
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Ilion: The mother allegedly abducted her children in a mafia-like manner, said Giannopoulos of Smile of the Child

An alarm has been raised with authorities following the abduction of four young children who were being hosted in a child protection facility in Ilion with a prosecutor’s order. According to Kostas Giannopoulos, president of Smile of the Child, who spoke to ANT1, the abduction of the four minors was carried out in a mafia-like manner by their mother. As reported, the custody of the children had been taken away from the parent to protect the children who were in danger.
https://en.protothema.gr/ilion-the-mother-allegedly-abducted-her-children-in-a-mafia-like-manner-said-giannopoulos-of-smile-of-the-child/

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Re: 15/05/24
« Reply #13 on: Wednesday, 15 May, 2024 @ 10:44:55 »
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Two Tickets to Greece review – insufferable women-on-holiday comedy is no Shirley Valentine
Even Kristin Scott Thomas can’t save this painful French comedy about two older women heading for the Greek islands for wacky fun

Marc Fitoussi, whose directing credits include work on the French TV hit Call My Agent!, has created this excruciatingly sugary French comedy of female friendship in a vacation paradise. It’s a one-note, one-joke, non-Mamma-Mia! the non-musical, with three lead performances that are borderline insufferable.
https://www.theguardian.com/film/article/2024/may/15/two-tickets-to-greece-review-shirley-valentine-kristin-scott-thomas-

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Re: 15/05/24
« Reply #14 on: Wednesday, 15 May, 2024 @ 11:51:46 »


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King Charles: First official portrait since coronation is unveiled, painted by Jonathan Yeo

The first official painted portrait of King Charles III since his coronation has been unveiled at Buckingham Palace.

The vast oil on canvas shows a larger-than-life King Charles in the uniform of the Welsh Guards.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-68981200

Possibly not everyone wants it hung on their wall covering up a damp patch but, to my surprise, I rather like it.

Was there 50% off pink paint at B&Q that week?  :lol:

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Re: 15/05/24
« Reply #15 on: Wednesday, 15 May, 2024 @ 12:03:28 »
I think it's forward thinking - it saves Just Stop The World Oil driving to B&Q to buy red paint to chuck over it  :dunno:

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Re: 15/05/24
« Reply #16 on: Wednesday, 15 May, 2024 @ 13:10:06 »
Body of a 68 y-o foreign female recovered midday yesterday from the beach at Kallithea, Rhodes.

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« Reply #17 on: Wednesday, 15 May, 2024 @ 13:25:05 »
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EU Agrees on a New Migration Pact. Mainstream Parties Hope it will Deprive the Far Right of Votes
European Union nations endorsed sweeping reforms to the bloc’s failed asylum system on Tuesday as campaigning for Europe-wide elections next month gathers pace, with migration expected to be an important issue.

EU government ministers approved 10 legislative parts of The New Pact on Migration and Asylum. It lays out rules for the 27 member countries to handle people trying to enter without authorization, from how to screen them to establish whether they qualify for protection to deporting them if they’re not allowed to stay.

Hungary and Poland, which have long opposed any obligation for countries to host migrants or pay for their upkeep, voted against the package but were unable to block it.

Mainstream political parties believe the pact resolves the issues that have divided member nations since well over 1 million migrants swept into Europe in 2015, most fleeing war in Syria and Iraq. They hope the system will starve the far right of vote-winning oxygen in the June 6-9 elections.
https://www.thenationalherald.com/eu-agrees-on-a-new-migration-pact-mainstream-parties-hope-it-will-deprive-the-far-right-of-votes/



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Re: 15/05/24
« Reply #18 on: Wednesday, 15 May, 2024 @ 18:42:21 »
Body of a 72 y-o Greek male recovered midday Monday from the sea at Alykon Drosia in Halkida.

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Re: 15/05/24
« Reply #19 on: Wednesday, 15 May, 2024 @ 18:54:58 »
17 forest fires across Greece in 24 hour period prior to 18:00 on 15/05/24

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« Reply #20 on: Wednesday, 15 May, 2024 @ 19:05:13 »
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American man charged with spider smuggling in Turkey says he is back in US

A curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York said on Tuesday he was released and arrived back in the United States after Turkish authorities detained him on suspicion of trying to smuggle valuable poisonous spiders and scorpions out of the country.

Lorendo Prendini was arrested on Sunday at Istanbul Airport by Turkish police why said they seized dozens of bags from his luggage containing some 1,500 scorpions and spiders, including tarantulas, as well as dozens of plastic bottles containing unspecified liquids.

Prendini told Reuters on Tuesday via email that he had appeared in court and was cleared of all charges.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1238800/american-man-charged-with-spider-smuggling-in-turkey-says-he-is-back-in-us/

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« Reply #21 on: Wednesday, 15 May, 2024 @ 19:14:10 »
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Greek Homeownership Out Of Reach: 11 Years' Wages For 60 Sq.m. In Athens

Greeks are facing a daunting challenge in the housing market, with soaring property prices making homeownership a distant dream for many. In Athens, it now takes an average worker 11 years' wages to afford a modest 60 square metre apartment, reflecting a steep increase in housing costs amidst stagnant incomes.
https://greekcitytimes.com/2024/05/15/greek-homeownership-out-of-reach-11-years-wages-for-60-sq-m-in-athens/

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« Reply #22 on: Wednesday, 15 May, 2024 @ 19:50:31 »
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Slovakia's prime minister in a 'life-threatening condition' after being shot

Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico is in a life-threatening condition after being shot multiple times following a government meeting.
 
A suspect has been detained by police, the country's president said in a televised statement.
https://www.itv.com/news/2024-05-15/slovakias-prime-minister-shot-and-wounded-according-to-reports

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Three rescued bears returned home in Bulgaria

After rehabilitation in a specialized center in Greece the three bears Nikola, Misho and Aneta are back in the wild.

WWF-Bulgaria, together with the Ministry of Environment and Waters (MoEW), the FOUR PAWS Foundation and Arcturus (ARCTUROS) - Greece, gave three orphaned bears a chance for a new life. In several joint operations, the cubs Nikola, Misho and Aneta were rescued, cared for in specialized centers in Bulgaria and abroad and, eventually, returned to the wild. Experts agree that at this age they are extremely vulnerable and without adequate human intervention they were unable to survive.

"When a bear cub is left without a mother, it has no one to learn from the skills it needs to survive. There is no way it can learn how to find food, how to defend itself, how to hide and how to distinguish dangers. Staying in a rehabilitation center to learn how to be a real bear in a peaceful environment, unthreatened by humans, is the only chance for its survival. So, in addition to preserving the cubs lifes, we are also working to prevent any future conflicts with potential damage," says conservation biologist Aleksandar Dutsov, a senior expert in the Wildlife Programme and member of WWF-Bulgaria's Bear Rescue Team.
https://wwfcee.org/news/three-rescued-bears-returned-home-in-bulgaria


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The Real Greek rolls restaurant-style ready meals into Tesco

Bringing a slice of the Mediterranean to the British Isles, restaurant chain The Real Greek is set to launch a new range into Tesco’s chilled aisles. The 15-SKU range is a selection of Greek classics, from traditional moussaka and gyros to sides like tzatziki and halloumi skewers.
https://www.thegrocer.co.uk/new-product-development/the-real-greek-launches-restaurant-style-ready-meals-into-tesco/691387.article