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17/05/24
« on: Friday, 17 May, 2024 @ 00:18:03 »
Kef fire risk 17/05/24: Medium

Today’s bank rates:   
1 €UR = £ 0.8865 GBP   Â£1 GBP = 1.1280 €UR
1 €UR = $ 1.1227 USD   $1 USD = 0.8975 €UR
1 €UR = $ 1.6818 AUD   $1 AUD = 0.5946 €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   
Fri 17/05   25°/18°   21 km/h   16%   Cloudy    
Sat 18/05   29°/21°   13 km/h   06%   Mostly cloudy    
Sun 19/05   28°/19°   11 km/h   05%   Sun & cloud    
Mon 20/05   28°/20°   12 km/h   03%   Sun & cloud    
Tue 21/05   27°/18°   18 km/h   03%   Mostly sunny    
Wed 22/05   26°/17°   22 km/h   06%   Mostly sunny    
Thu 23/05   25°/17°   22 km/h   03%   Sunny    
Fri 24/05   26°/17°   18 km/h   04%   Sun & cloud    
Sat 25/05   25°/17°   16 km/h   05%   Mostly sunny    
Sun 26/05   25°/17°   19 km/h   10%   Mostly sunny    
   

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Re: 17/05/24
« Reply #1 on: Friday, 17 May, 2024 @ 10:51:11 »
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Greece Updates Rules to Accelerate Absorption of EU Funding

Greek Economy & Finance Minister Kostis Hatzidakis said this week that rules would be revised to accelerate the absorption of EU funding.

The changes concern a bill covering the country’s 12.2-billion-euro Public Investment Development Program and aim to allow dozens of projects funded by national or EU resources to move forward.

Additionally, Hatzidakis told a press conference this week that changes include better scheduling of works, the timely securement of funding, and the further reduction of red tape.

For the first time, the ministry will be setting up a mechanism that will ensure the funded projects are managed effectively and maintained, and a separate project financing account to cover natural disasters.
https://news.gtp.gr/2024/05/16/greece-updates-rules-to-accelerate-absorption-of-eu-funding/

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Re: 17/05/24
« Reply #2 on: Friday, 17 May, 2024 @ 10:58:48 »
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How Greece’s 6-day Work Week will Operate from July 1st

A controversial Greek law that enables employers to compel their employees to work six days a week will kick in from this July 1.
The law was passed by the Greek Parliament with 158 out of 300 votes in the autumn of 2023, supported by New Democracy legislators.

At the time, the Greek government said that the country was incorporating an EU directive into national law, and that the move would provide greater flexibility to both employers and workers, meanwhile combatting undeclared work.

Article 25 of 5053/2023 says that full-time workers (those working 5 days per week for 8 hours per day), can start working a 6th day per week.

Specifically, workers can be compelled by their employers to work for a 6th day in exchange for an additional 40% of their daily wage.

Employers will also be able to offer new workers a six-month probationary period and fire them without compensation during the first year.

Moreover, they can call an employee into work on their day off with just a 24-hour notice.
https://www.tovima.com/finance/how-greeces-6-day-work-week-will-operate-from-july-1st/

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Re: 17/05/24
« Reply #3 on: Friday, 17 May, 2024 @ 12:12:18 »
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'Hero plumber' has citizen award rescinded

The man once dubbed the country's "kindest plumber” has had his British Citizen Award rescinded following a BBC investigation.

James Anderson, from Burnley, was given the accolade in 2023 for his work providing boilers and plumbing services for free.

The BBC revealed on Thursday that Mr Anderson's firm, Depher, a social enterprise, faked stories of helping people as it raised millions in donations.

A spokeswoman from the British Citizen Awards said information which had come to light about Mr Anderson's actions did not "align with our values".

The BBC found Depher used vulnerable people's photos without consent and claimed Mr Anderson had prevented an elderly woman from killing herself, but in fact she had died years earlier.

Mr Anderson denied some of the BBC's allegations but admitted: "I've made mistakes."

Social media stories made him a viral sensation during the UK’s cost-of-living crisis and the company brought in at least £2m in donations, according to a BBC analysis of his company accounts.

Among the donors were, reportedly, celebrities such as the singer Lily Allen and actor Hugh Grant, who gave £75,000.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c0demn0x1zgo

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Re: 17/05/24
« Reply #4 on: Friday, 17 May, 2024 @ 12:32:54 »
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Thessaloniki: mother and grandmother arrested for leaving 5-year-old alone in apartment

In Thessaloniki, the mother and grandmother of a five-year-old boy were arrested after allegedly leaving him alone and locked in their apartment for two hours.

According to reports, the child was spotted by police officers investigating another case of his family, so they went to their home in the area of Lagada to look for them.
https://en.protothema.gr/thessaloniki-mother-and-grandmother-arrested-for-leaving-5-year-old-alone-in-apartment/


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Re: 17/05/24
« Reply #5 on: Friday, 17 May, 2024 @ 13:06:58 »
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Dolly Parton 'tickled pink' about Welsh roots

Dolly Parton says she is "tickled pink" about the curiosity surrounding her Welsh roots.

The country music star traced her ancestry to the Welsh valleys for a TV programme.

In a short clip, played on Radio 4's Today Programme, Parton said she said couldn't "give away all the secrets yet".

She added that "all the juicy details" will come out when her documentaries air later this year.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cx9w2e1nn9eo

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Re: 17/05/24
« Reply #6 on: Friday, 17 May, 2024 @ 13:09:45 »
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Severn Trent boss defends multi-million pay packet

The boss of Severn Trent has defended her multi-million pound pay package despite sewage spills by the company rising by a third in 2023.

Liv Garfield was awarded £3.2m in pay, bonuses and shares last year, while over the past four years she has earned nearly £13m.

Severn Trent was responsible for more than 60,000 sewage spills last year which Ms Garfield told the BBC Today programme "doesn't make me feel good".
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c0dem8v7epzo

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Re: 17/05/24
« Reply #7 on: Friday, 17 May, 2024 @ 14:57:41 »
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Severn Trent boss defends multi-million pay packet

The boss of Severn Trent has defended her multi-million pound pay package despite sewage spills by the company rising by a third in 2023.

Liv Garfield was awarded £3.2m in pay, bonuses and shares last year, while over the past four years she has earned nearly £13m.

Severn Trent was responsible for more than 60,000 sewage spills last year which Ms Garfield told the BBC Today programme "doesn't make me feel good".
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c0dem8v7epzo

She's clearly rolling in it.  Some would say she should be rolling in s*it.   :oki:

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Re: 17/05/24
« Reply #8 on: Friday, 17 May, 2024 @ 15:32:05 »
According to Fraport, Kef airport had a slow start to summer season 2024 with no arrivals in March and 3,825 in April. The total for these two months therefore being 3,825. In 2023 the total arrivals for March and April amounted to 5,083 pax. Fraport considers this another indication that the season (on Kef) continues to contract.

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Re: 17/05/24
« Reply #9 on: Friday, 17 May, 2024 @ 15:40:29 »
Celebrating the Pan-European National Parks Day 2024 there will be activities for kids at Koutavos lagoon between 10:00-13:00 this Sunday, 19 May.

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Re: 17/05/24
« Reply #10 on: Friday, 17 May, 2024 @ 16:13:35 »
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Adorable Bear Cub Saved by Locals in Greece

A three-month-old bear cub was saved by a local couple near Kozani in northern Greece after she was separated from her mother.

The little bear found refuge in the garden of Pavlos and Martha, who gave her temporary shelter, before they notified Kozani Forestry Service and “Arcturos,” a non-profit organization focusing on the protection of wildlife fauna and natural habitat.

Experts calmed down the terrified cub, giving it some food and water, and began searching for her mother in a wooded area near where she was found.

The cub was placed inside a makeshift structure, which could not escape, but it would be easy for the mother to get it out of there.

Unfortunately, this did not happen and so “Arctouros” picked up the bear again the next morning and took it to the Wildlife Reintroduction Center, where it will grow for a year and then it will try to re-integrate it into the wild.

Greece is currently home to an estimated population of 450 brown bears. The majority of these bears live in the mountainous regions of northern Greece, including the Pindos and Rhodope Mountains.
https://greekreporter.com/2024/05/17/adorable-bear-cub-saved-by-locals-in-greece/

Photos and brief video in link - that's a very cute baby bear

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Re: 17/05/24
« Reply #11 on: Friday, 17 May, 2024 @ 17:58:26 »
Rural doctor service available between 10:00-13:00 on Monday in Karavados

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Re: 17/05/24
« Reply #12 on: Friday, 17 May, 2024 @ 21:17:49 »
16 forest fires across Greece in 24 hour period prior to 18:00 today, Friday, 17 May.

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Re: 17/05/24
« Reply #13 on: Friday, 17 May, 2024 @ 22:07:30 »
Strange one on Crete (and unconfirmed as yet): a 71 y-o native took advantage of a bank blip to help himself to 1,900€. The old chap was queuing behind a woman trying to withdraw the money from an ATM outside a bank in Heraklion. When the machine didn't release the money she entered the bank to resolve the matter. After bank staff assured her the cash had been dispensed she rushed out to collect her money from the machine, calling the police when she discovered it was missing. A quick review of security tapes revealed the old man had stuffed the notes in his pocket and vanished p.d.q. He was later identified and charged with theft.

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Re: 17/05/24
« Reply #14 on: Friday, 17 May, 2024 @ 23:25:18 »
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Post Office lawyer who oversaw Alan Bates case refusing to co-operate with inquiry

A FORMER top Post Office lawyer who oversaw Alan Bates’s High Court battle against the business is refusing to co-operate with the statutory inquiry.

Jane MacLeod, who was the organisation’s general counsel from 2015 to 2019, was listed to appear next month, but her name later disappeared from the Post Office Horizon IT inquiry schedule.

The Telegraph understands she is living in New Zealand and is refusing to appear in-person or by videolink to assist the inquiry.
While the inquiry has statutory powers, it cannot compel her to give evidence while she is abroad.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2024/05/17/post-office-lawyer-who-oversaw-bates-case-wont-co-operate/ via archive.ph


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Re: 17/05/24
« Reply #15 on: Friday, 17 May, 2024 @ 23:44:56 »
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Two Greek beaches among Tripadvisor’s top European beaches for 2024

Greece saw two beaches included in Tripadvisor’s Best Beaches in Europe for 2024, as part of its annual Travellers’ Choice Awards.

According to tovima.com, Galissas Beach in Syros claimed the 5th position, while Myrtos Beach in Kefalonia secured the 8th spot.
https://greekherald.com.au/news/two-greek-beaches-among-tripadvisors-top-european-beaches-for-2024/

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« Reply #16 on: Saturday, 18 May, 2024 @ 00:01:30 »
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Row over North Macedonia's name flares up again

North Macedonia's decades-long name dispute with Greece has flared up again, further jeopardising its path to EU membership.

Athens has warned its northern neighbour it will not ratify parts of a landmark 2018 agreement that had appeared to settle the row.

But the victory of nationalists in parliamentary and presidential elections in Skopje last week has enflamed the issue.

The VMRO-DPMNE party scored commanding victories, ousting the centre-left Social Democrats who struck the Prespa deal with Greece six years ago. Trouble was not far behind.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c3g5rj4y24do

Big surprise there, then  :oki:

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Re: 17/05/24
« Reply #17 on: Saturday, 18 May, 2024 @ 09:10:55 »
According to Fraport, Kef airport had a slow start to summer season 2024.....Fraport considers this another indication that the season (on Kef) continues to contract.
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We arrived this week to find everywhere very quiet indeed for this time of year.

Villas and apartments showing fully booked on their various booking sites are clearly empty and locked up.

Speaking with locals, they blame airlines for cancelling flights, especially from Northern airports.

The villas I mention are independent, with no connection to particular airlines or package holidays. So it's all jolly strange.

The desire to visit early season is there, but both accommodation and travel providers appear reluctant to assist.

A Mystery?.....or a Conspiracy?
« Last Edit: Saturday, 18 May, 2024 @ 09:19:44 by TonyD »

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Re: 17/05/24
« Reply #18 on: Saturday, 18 May, 2024 @ 12:28:54 »
A Mystery?.....or a Conspiracy?

Demand and Supply? Our friends in Poros aren't opening their apartments until June, just not worth the hassle. I'd think TUI, etc, would be happy to send full flights every day all year but they don't want to be committed to flying 'planes with a handful of adventurous passengers on board (IMO). March and April (even May) weather can be very variable (as we know) and a cold, washed out Spring holiday doesn't encourage return (been there, done that, had to borrow portable electric heater from accommodation owner - yes, it worked OK in studio but was useless on beach).

OK, so counter argument is that potential visitors can't be converted to actual visitors if there's no 'planes flying.

Mystery.

Of course, there's UK - Athens flights then hop a KTEL bus to Kef. Yep, it takes longer but it's more adventurous (and not too scary).

Now, if you're really adventurous (and are pretty cool with it): UK - Venice - Patras by train (and ferry). Bryan and I have been having a look at it, looks to work out more expensive, tales longer, more potential for losing your cool - but what a way to travel!!! Comfortable seats with plenty of leg room and space to stretch legs (on way to bar). And fantastic scenery as you cross Europe. If I was forty years younger...

More info and piccies (some enlarge if clicked on) on seat61.com