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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 15/04/24
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 15 April, 2024 @ 00:26:07 »
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Greece’s rivers running dry, lakes disappearing
Kathimerini reaches out to experts to find out why Doirani, Vistonida and Pikrolimni and the Gallikos in the country’s north are dwindling

The sole resident of Kerasia, at 600 meters on Mount Papikio in Rodopi, has been observing the changes to the village’s river since the 1980s. “We used to hear the Aspropotamos roar. Now it’s gone quiet. The water level has dropped from a meter to 8-10 centimeters,” retired lawyer Sotiris Poupouzis tells Kathimerini, speaking about one of several rivers that feed Lake Vistonida in neighboring Xanthi.

The Aspropotamos is just one of dozens of water bodies in northern Greece sounding the alarm, victims of reduced rainfall, less snowmelt and higher temperatures.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/in-depth/1236420/greeces-rivers-running-dry-lakes-disappearing/
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Grapevine / News Briefs / 15/04/24
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 15 April, 2024 @ 00:12:26 »
Today’s bank rates:   
1 €UR = $ 0.8832 GBP   £1 GBP = 1.1322 €UR
1 €UR = $ 1.0981 USD   £1 USD = 0.9106 €UR
1 €UR = $ 1.6974 AUD   $1 AUD = 0.5891 €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   
Mon 15/04   25°/16°   09 km/h   03%   Mostly sunny    
Tue 16/04   23°/15°   11 km/h   16%   Cloudy    
Wed 17/04   21°/12°   19 km/h   56%   Showers probable   
Thu 18/04   19°/11°   21 km/h   20%   Mostly sunny    
Fri 19/04   18°/11°   18 km/h   24%   Sun & cloud    
Sat 20/04   18°/12°   26 km/h   30%   Showers    
Sun 21/04   19°/12°   21 km/h   17%   Mostly sunny    
Mon 22/04   19°/12°   20 km/h   09%   Sun & cloud    
Tue 23/04   20°/12°   19 km/h   09%   Sun & cloud    
Wed 24/04   20°/13°   23 km/h   08%   Sun & cloud    
   
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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 13/04/24
« Last Post by suzie on Sunday, 14 April, 2024 @ 08:04:11 »
The vice-president of the association of gas station owners and fuel traders, Giorgos Asmatoglos, has predicted the price of petrol will reach 2€ / litre over Easter.

It's already over 2 euros a litre here.
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Grapevine / News Briefs / 14/04/24
« Last Post by Maik on Sunday, 14 April, 2024 @ 00:42:48 »
Today’s bank rates:   
1 €UR = $ 0.8832 GBP   £1 GBP = 1.1322 €UR
1 €UR = $ 1.1056 USD   £1 USD = 0.9044 €UR
1 €UR = $ 1.6967 AUD   $1 AUD = 0.5893 €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   
Sun 14/04   26°/14°   10 km/h   02%   Sunny    
Mon 15/04   25°/16°   09 km/h   04%   Mostly sunny    
Tue 16/04   23°/15°   12 km/h   14%   Cloudy    
Wed 17/04   21°/13°   20 km/h   56%   Light rain probable   
Thu 18/04   19°/12°   22 km/h   10%   Mostly sunny    
Fri 19/04   17°/11°   27 km/h   49%   Showers possible   
Sat 20/04   18°/11°   25 km/h   16%   Mostly sunny    
Sun 21/04   19°/11°   21 km/h   09%   Mostly sunny    
Mon 22/04   20°/12°   17 km/h   09%   Sun & cloud    
Tue 23/04   21°/13°   22 km/h   18%   Sun & cloud    
   
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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 13/04/24
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 13 April, 2024 @ 19:04:22 »
The vice-president of the association of gas station owners and fuel traders, Giorgos Asmatoglos, has predicted the price of petrol will reach 2€ / litre over Easter.
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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 13/04/24
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 13 April, 2024 @ 18:54:02 »
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Why Byron’s a punchline in Britain – yet a god in Greece

200 years after his death we sneer at the warrior-poet – but Athenians worship him as a national treasure
https://archive.ph/ti5GJ#selection-2493.4-2497.109


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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 13/04/24
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 13 April, 2024 @ 14:38:47 »
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Greece in a losing battle to tumbling birth-rate, small villages have it worst

Much like the rest of Europe, Greece is struggling with decreasing birth-rates and experts say it will be hard to reverse the trend.

According to Reuters, recent data shows that the record low numbers of births are driven by the debt crisis that led to years of austerity, emigration and changed attitudes among the young.

2022 saw the lowest number of births in 92 years and preliminary unofficial data indicate another drop for last year.

Greece’s fertility rate is one of the lowest in Europe with some villages having not recorded a single birth in years.
https://neoskosmos.com/en/2024/04/13/news/greece/greece-in-a-losing-battle-to-tumbling-birth-rate-small-villages-have-it-worst/
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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 13/04/24
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 13 April, 2024 @ 14:17:14 »
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Search and rescue operation underway for overboard ferry passenger

A search and rescue operation got underway southeast of Hydra to find a ferry passenger who fell into the sea in unclear circumstances.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1236416/search-and-rescue-operation-underway-for-overboard-ferry-passenger/
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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 13/04/24
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 13 April, 2024 @ 14:10:57 »
The fire season will officially start slightly earlier this sumer with a ban on any activity that could cause a wildfire, e.g. burning off stubble, banned from Monday, 15 April, according to the Commander of the Fire Service of Kefalonia.
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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 13/04/24
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 13 April, 2024 @ 14:03:15 »
A 60 y-o female tourist rescued by Coast Guard yesterday afternoon after injuring her leg on a rocky path to a remote beach on northern Corfu. Fire service attempted rescue but eventually Coast Guard managed recovery by boat.
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