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25/12/22
« on: Sunday, 25 December, 2022 @ 02:04:10 »
                   
Καλά Χριστούγεννα

Today’s bank rates:
1 €UR = £0.9089 GBP
1 €UR = $1.0952 USD
£1 GBP = 1.1002 €UR
$1 USD = 0.9131 €UR

Based on Alpha Bank exchange rates, these are widely used by exchange agencies in Greece.
Other banks likely to offer a different rate 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 25/12   18°/12°   08 km/h   08%   Sunny
Mon 26/12   18°/13°   10 km/h   12%   Mostly sunny
Tue 27/12   18°/12°   07 km/h   10%   Mostly sunny
Wed 28/12   18°/12°   05 km/h   12%   Sun & cloud
Thu 29/12   18°/12°   06 km/h   22%   Sun & cloud
Fri 30/12   18°/13°   09 km/h   24%   Sun & cloud
Sat 31/12   18°/13°   08 km/h   19%   Sun & cloud
Thu 01/01   18°/12°   09 km/h   08%   Sunny
Fri 02/01   18°/12°   09 km/h   05%   Mostly sunny
Sat 03/01   18°/13°   09 km/h   10%   Mostly sunny
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Re: 25/12/22
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« Reply #2 on: Sunday, 25 December, 2022 @ 02:18:18 »
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April 9 is the most likely election date

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to decide the final date for the first of what is almost certain to be a double election over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, with April 9 increasingly looming as the most likely date.

Mitsotakis and his closest aides believe that choosing April 9 presents a number of advantages: It cannot be considered an early election, even though the ruling conservative New Democracy’s four-year term does not expire until July 7, yet it is early enough not to allow what is expected to be a polarized, even poisonous political clash to drag into the summer.

Also, April 9 avoids an election coinciding with the university entrance exams in June, since a second election, if necessary, will then take place in May.

The date, before Easter, will allow the hundreds of thousands of big-city residents, mostly in Athens and Thessaloniki, who nonetheless vote in their constituencies of origin, to combine voting with their Easter vacations. Ruling party officials consider that a higher turnout would favor them.

By early April, the public will also begin to feel the impact on the number of measures on their pocket.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1200983/april-9-is-the-most-likely-election-date/

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Re: 25/12/22
« Reply #3 on: Sunday, 25 December, 2022 @ 02:22:37 »
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Dog starts house fire after turning on hairdryer

A dog is believed to have caused a fire in a house on Christmas Eve after accidentally turning a hairdryer on.

Essex Fire Service said crews were called to Hockley, Essex, following reports of a smoke-filled house.

Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the fire after locating it in the bedroom.

The dog was waiting by the front door when the homeowner returned and both were treated for smoke inhalation, the service said.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-64088063




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Re: 25/12/22
« Reply #4 on: Sunday, 25 December, 2022 @ 02:31:10 »
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'Heart-in-a-jar' could hold key to stopping cardiac arrest among sport stars

A working mini human “heart-in-a-jar” built in a lab could help stop footballers suffering cardiac arrest on the pitch.

Scientists have long questioned why some of the healthiest hearts in the world, in athletes at the peak of their powers, suddenly stop working with no warning.

A team of researchers at AstraZeneca, working with a company called Novoheart, have created a heart in a jar the size of a fingertip, which is able to contract and is made from real human cells, in order to study the most common cause of heart failure, known as heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.

Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction accounts for around a half of all heart failure cases and these patients have difficulty pumping blood because their heart is scarred.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/12/24/heart-in-a-jar-could-hold-key-stopping-cardiac-arrest-among/

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« Reply #5 on: Sunday, 25 December, 2022 @ 02:53:07 »
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Airports running ‘better than usual’ in ‘embarrassing’ blow to Border Force strikes

Passengers have said they wish the Army could man the borders permanently after airports ran smoothly on Friday in an “embarrassing” blow to striking Border Force workers.

As the union warned that the strikes could go on for months, the Ministry of Defence said members of the Armed Forces would get a £20 bonus for every day they spend training or deployed during the festive period.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/12/23/airports-running-better-usual-embarrassing-blow-border-force/

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« Reply #6 on: Sunday, 25 December, 2022 @ 02:53:45 »
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Soldiers standing in for striking Border Force staff ‘lack power to detain suspected criminals’

The military personnel drafted in to plug the gaps left at British airports by striking Border Force staff are unable to detain travellers they suspect of criminal activity, leaked emails suggest.

The government, which has offered Border Force staff a 2 per cent pay rise, has sought to minimise disruption – and effectively undermine the strikers’ bargaining power – by taking the unusual step of drafting in members of the military at ports and airports.

But as the PCS threatens that the strikes could last six months, with a “huge escalation” in January, leaked correspondence seen by The Guardian between Royal Navy and Home Office officials reveal that the government’s chosen stand-ins lack the necessary training to perform essential duties.

The newspaper quotes the emails as saying members of the armed forces currently stationed at passport booths do not have the training required to detain people suspected of crimes such as carrying a false passport, drug smuggling or people trafficking, so long as they hold valid travel documents.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka told the paper: “The government has boasted there are no queues at passport control, but of course there are no queues if no one’s being stopped."

Earlier this week, it emerged that the troops drafted in to assist as thousands of paramedics took industrial action would not be allowed to break the speed limit, run traffic lights or turn on their vehicle’s blue lights when driving.

Meanwhile, the head of the British Armed Forces has warned that the military must not be treated as “spare capacity”.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/border-force-strikes-military-detain-suspects-b2251176.html

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Re: 25/12/22
« Reply #7 on: Sunday, 25 December, 2022 @ 03:08:41 »
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Pub-crawling Santas block Cornish road after getting tank stuck in hedge
Cars stuck for two hours in festive spectacle caused by group reported to be military re-enactors

The armoured vehicle full of Santas was spotted by amused bystanders in multiple locations throughout the day, including St Ives and Helston, in what appears to be an annual adventure.

But their choice of transport ultimately proved itself to be less deft than the reindeer-led chariot of St Nicholas, as the group eventually had to be freed by police after getting stuck in a hedge and accidentally blocking off a road.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/santa-tank-pub-crawl-cornwall-b2251211.html



https://youtu.be/JMq89TkDONM?t=1

Perhaps they were tanked up?

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Re: 25/12/22
« Reply #8 on: Sunday, 25 December, 2022 @ 11:10:27 »


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People release traditional paper lanterns in Greece on Christmas Eve

The sky of Athens is lit up by dozens of traditional paper lanterns in Athens, Greece, on Dec. 24, 2022. The Municipality of Athens invited the Athenians on Christmas Eve at Kotzia square, to the Night of the Wishes where everybody could release their wishes to the sky inside the traditional paper lanterns.
https://english.news.cn/20221225/dedbbcf5641843458efde4e284dc1c85/c.html

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Wallasey: Woman killed and three injured in shooting at 'busy' pub

A murder investigation has been launched after a woman died and multiple people were injured in a shooting incident at a pub in Wallasey, Merseyside Police said.

Merseyside Police said officers were called to the Lighthouse Inn in Wallasey Village, near Liverpool, around 11.50pm Saturday following reports of gunshots.

A young woman was taken to hospital with an injury consistent with a gunshot wound and later died, police said.

Three men were also taken to hospital with gunshot wounds and a number of others were injured in the incident.
https://www.itv.com/news/2022-12-25/woman-killed-and-three-injured-in-shooting-at-busy-pub

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Woman dies after being hit by police car on Christmas Eve

A woman in her 20s has been killed after being hit by a police car on Christmas Eve in Liverpool.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/woman-dies-shield-road-liverpool-police-b2251250.html

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Ho, ho, ho that’s cold: Swimmers mark Christmas Day with bracing dips
Many donned festive hats and costumes as they took to lakes, ponds and the seas around the UK.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/people-met-office-hyde-park-dorset-tynemouth-b2251286.html

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« Reply #14 on: Sunday, 25 December, 2022 @ 22:32:48 »
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Wallasey pub shooting: Woman fatally shot was not targeted - police

Police hunting a gunman after a 26-year-old woman died and four were injured in a pub shooting in Merseyside on Christmas Eve have appealed for help over her "callous" murder.

Merseyside Police said it did not believe the victim, who was out with her sister and friends, was targeted.

Police said the gunman fired towards the front entrance of The Lighthouse in Wallasey Village, Wirral, at about 23:50 GMT on Saturday.

The woman had been shot in the head.

She died after being taken to Arrowe Park Hospital.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-64090038

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Man fighting for life and toddler seriously injured in three-vehicle crash

A man is fighting for life in hospital and a toddler has been left with serious injuries after a Christmas Day crash in Gwent.

The crash happened at around 1pm on Yard Coal Rise in Blackwood and involved a Vauxhall Corsa, a Mini Cooper and a Vauxhall Astra.

A 29-year-old man has been left with life threatening injuries, a three-year-old girl was seriously hurt and a 33-year-old woman was injured.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/gwent-crash-christmas-day-toddler-b2251356.html

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Two killed as car plunges into river on Christmas Day

Two people were killed when their car plunged into a river in the early hours of Christmas Day.

A man and a woman were found dead in the water near the scene where the car sank into the river at around 3am.

Police confirmed two bodies were retrieved from the River Tawe in Swansea after their car was found in the river.

The couple have not been identified by police.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/12/25/swansea-crash-two-killed-car-plunges-river-christmas-day/

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« Reply #17 on: Sunday, 25 December, 2022 @ 22:38:39 »
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Edgware: Man arrested after woman dies in Christmas Day crash

A man has been arrested after a woman was killed in a crash in the early hours of Christmas Day.

At about 03:45 GMT, patrolling Met police officers in a marked car indicated for a car to stop in Hendon Way, Edgware, north London.

The car drove off and police did not pursue it. The car was then involved in a crash with another vehicle and hit a lamp-post.

The 22-year-old, who was a passenger in the second car, died from her injuries.

The driver of the second car - a man - suffered a non-serious head injury.

Police said the occupants of the car that did not stop for officers fled the scene on foot.

A 29-year-old man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remains in custody.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-64090981