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14/02/24
« on: Wednesday, 14 February, 2024 @ 02:47:52 »
Today’s bank rates:   
1 €UR = £ 0.8785 GBP   £1 GBP = 1.1383 €UR
1 €UR = $ 1.1069 USD   $1 USD = 0.8975 €UR
1 €UR = $ 1.7137 AUD   $1 AUD = 0.5835 €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 14/02   16°/07°   16 km/h   11%   Sun & cloud    
Thu 15/02   16°/07°   09 km/h   05%   Sunny    
Fri 16/02   16°/08°   07 km/h   03%   Sunny    
Sat 17/02   17°/09°   11 km/h   03%   Sunny    
Sun 18/02   17°/10°   13 km/h   04%   Mostly sunny    
Mon 19/02   17°/10°   14 km/h   16%   Sun & cloud    
Tue 20/02   16°/10°   17 km/h   48%   Showers possible   
Wed 21/02   15°/10°   16 km/h   61%   Light rain probable   
Thu 22/02   16°/10°   13 km/h   54%   Showers probable   
Fri 23/02   17°/11°   21 km/h   41%   Showers possible   
   

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Re: 14/02/24
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday, 14 February, 2024 @ 02:52:15 »
TUI are advertising for an English speaking local to be a hotel rep in Paliki area: https://www.kariera.gr/en/jobs/tourism-jobs/124998

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Re: 14/02/24
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday, 14 February, 2024 @ 03:00:54 »
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Eurostat: Greece ranks third in number of radio stations in EU

Greece has the third highest number of radio stations in the EU, after Spain and Italy, data from the EU’s statistical arm Eurostat has shown.

According to the figures, released to mark World Radio Day, Spain, with 714 stations, Italy (679), Greece (599), France (343) and Portugal (299) held the top five spots in 2022 in terms of the number of radio stations.

In terms of stations per million population, Slovenia recorded the highest ratio with 75 stations enterprises per million inhabitants, followed by Greece (57).
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1231609/eurostat-greece-ranks-third-in-number-of-radio-stations-in-eu/

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Re: 14/02/24
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday, 14 February, 2024 @ 03:25:10 »
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Holiday car hire prices plummet as vehicle shortages ease

Car hire prices have fallen sharply in many popular holiday destinations this year as vehicle shortages ease, according to a new report.

Average weekly prices for the Easter holiday period are lower compared with 12 months earlier in 11 out of 13 destinations analysed by consumer group Which?.

The largest decrease was recorded in Funchal on Portugal’s Madeira islands... Other destinations where prices have fallen include the Greek island of Corfu...

Average prices are also down in nine of the 13 locations analysed for the summer holiday period, led by Greece’s Rhodes (down £160, from £419 to £259).

Car hire prices reached record levels last year after supply chain issues limited the production of new cars, making it harder for rental companies to replenish stocks to keep up with high demand for travel after the lifting of coronavirus restrictions.

Which? said hire companies are also more likely to hold onto older stock for longer as “the brakes have been put on the used car market”, creating an “oversupply of vehicles” leading to cheaper prices for holidaymakers.

The consumer group stated that this year’s drop in car hire prices is “positive” but noted they remain far higher than before the pandemic.

Compared with 2019, Easter prices are 51% more expensive, while summer prices are 53% higher.

Naomi Leach, deputy editor of magazine Which? Travel, said: "While it’s encouraging to see car rental prices finally starting to ease after the sky-high rates of the last few years, travellers should nonetheless be cautious if they’re quoted a rock-bottom price that sounds too good to be true."
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/holiday-car-hire-prices-plummet-as-vehicle-shortages-ease/a2058022074.html

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Re: 14/02/24
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday, 14 February, 2024 @ 03:31:57 »
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King Charles contacted Elder Ephraim on Mount Athos after cancer diagnosis

King Charles III apparently contacted Elder Ephraim on Mount Athos after news of his cancer diagnosis, reports Proto Thema media outlet.

“He contacted me after the cancer diagnosis, I believe he will overcome it,” elder Ephraim said after the talks he had with the King of England.

Speaking to Antenna TV, Elder Ephraim noted that King Charles III had visited Vatopedi Monastery eight times and have since kept in touch.
https://greekcitytimes.com/2024/02/14/king-charles-contacted-elder-ephraim-on-mount-athos-after-cancer-diagnosis/

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Re: 14/02/24
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday, 14 February, 2024 @ 03:35:52 »
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Landmark court win for British woman who claimed she was raped by bartender in Greece

A British woman who claimed she was raped by a bartender while on holiday has won a complaint against the Greek authorities at the European Court of Human Rights.

According to court documents, the woman, who is referred to as Ms X, was aged 18 at the time of the alleged incident in 2019.

The bartender, who she met in the seaside town of Parga on the west coast of Greece, claimed the woman consented to having sex.

Judges in Strasbourg highlighted “significant shortcomings” as they found Greek authorities breached articles 3 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights because there had not been an effective investigation into the allegations and the “criminal proceedings had fallen short of the required standards”.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/european-court-human-rights-greece-rape-b2495561.html

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Re: 14/02/24
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday, 14 February, 2024 @ 14:16:39 »
No mains water supply between 08:30-12:00 tomorrow in the area between Livadi to the fish farms, Paliki, due to maintenance work on the pipelines.

Mains electricity down between 08:00-11:00 tomorrow between Neohorio - Fiskardo due to essential maintenance work.

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Re: 14/02/24
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday, 14 February, 2024 @ 14:29:57 »
A 66 y-o Zakynthos resident was arrested late yesterday afternoon in the Gerakari area after another local saw him dragging a dog along behind his car and notified police. A fine of 30,000€ imposed, not clear what state the dog's in.

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Re: 14/02/24
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday, 14 February, 2024 @ 15:03:03 »
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Lonely donkey to meet potential companions after goat best friend dies

Owners of a "lonely" donkey have been inundated with offers following an appeal to find him a new friend in time for Valentine's Day.

Dot and Carl Smith said they wanted to find a new companion for Harold the donkey after his best friend, a goat called Billy, died at Christmas.

They are now meeting three new goats to see if they could be a perfect match.

Mrs Smith added: "Hopefully, it goes to plan. I've not mentioned it to Harold because I don't want to disappoint him."
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-68287260

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Re: 14/02/24
« Reply #9 on: Wednesday, 14 February, 2024 @ 17:41:09 »
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Greek Prosecutor Wants Guilty Verdicts for Deadly 2018 Mati Fire

A prosecutor asked for guilty verdicts for 21 people, including four formerly high-ranking state officials charged over the July 23, 2018 wildfires that killed 104 people and devastated the seaside town of Mati.

The prosecutor, Panagiotis Maniatis, said there were significant deficiencies in the firefighting response, including water-dropping aircraft in the disaster that occurred when the Radical Left SYRIZA was in power.

The government at the time didn’t have a disaster response plan nor a system to alert people on their cell phones of the fire, for which then premier Alexis Tsipras took “political responsibility” but wasn’t charged.

But other state officials were, including in the fire department and regional party authorities, the prosecutor saying failures to coordinate the response were criminal acts and omissions that built the death toll.
https://www.thenationalherald.com/greek-prosecutor-wants-guilty-verdicts-for-deadly-2018-mati-fire/

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Re: 14/02/24
« Reply #10 on: Wednesday, 14 February, 2024 @ 22:18:35 »
A chimney fire at a house Argostoli earlier today was extinguished promptly by the fire service.