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13/01/23
« on: Friday, 13 January, 2023 @ 03:07:46 »
Today’s bank rates:
1 €UR = £0.9135 GBP
1 €UR = $1.1095 USD
£1 GBP = 1.0947 €UR
$1 USD = 0.9013 €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
Fri 13/01   15°/10°   11 km/h   03%   Sunny
Sat 14/01   16°/10°   08 km/h   24%   Sun & cloud
Sun 15/01   15°/10°   09 km/h   10%   Sunny
Mon 16/01   17°/13°   22 km/h   70%   Showers probable
Tue 17/01   17°/14°   29 km/h   84%   Light rain & winds probable
Wed 18/01   17°/14°   30 km/h   76%   Showers & winds probable
Thu 19/01   18°/13°   30 km/h   74%   Thunderstorms & winds probable
Fri 20/01   17°/11°   29 km/h   66%   Thunderstorms & winds probable
Sat 21/01   15°/09°   23 km/h   60%   Thunderstorms probable
Sun 22/01   14°/09°   17 km/h   60%   Light rain probable


Edit: f-ex updated
« Last Edit: Friday, 13 January, 2023 @ 10:42:38 by Maik »

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Re: 13/01/23
« Reply #1 on: Friday, 13 January, 2023 @ 03:19:53 »
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LastPass suffers another data breach, says customer data was stolen

LastPass has not disclosed further details about the breach. It is still investigating the scope of the incident to determine what user data was accessed.

Security incidents like these are the reason why some people prefer to use offline password managers like KeePass, because the only person who has access to your vault is you.
https://www.ghacks.net/2022/12/01/lastpass-data-breach-customer-data-stolen/

If you use(d) LastPass you might be interested in a follow-up article published in the NYT and re-published on ekathimerini: A breach at LastPass has password lessons for us all.

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Re: 13/01/23
« Reply #2 on: Friday, 13 January, 2023 @ 03:21:46 »
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Mother accused of murdering her children remanded again

A second temporary detention warrant was issued by a court on Thursday against a 34-year-old woman for the deaths of her two younger children, Malena and Iris.

Roula Pispirigou, from the western port city of Patra, is accused of killing her three daughters in 2019 and 2021.

The 34-year-old is already in temporary custody for the death of her first-born, Georgina.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1202200/mother-accused-of-murdering-her-children-remanded-again/

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« Reply #3 on: Friday, 13 January, 2023 @ 03:23:18 »
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Christmas Eve pub shooting: Man charged with Elle Edwards murder

A man has been charged with the murder of Elle Edwards, who was fatally shot at a Merseyside pub on Christmas Eve.

Connor Chapman, 22, of Houghton Road, Woodchurch, has been remanded in custody and will appear in court later.

He is also charged with two counts of attempted murder and three counts of unlawful and malicious wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Ms Edwards, a 26-year-old beautician, was shot at the Lighthouse Pub in Wallasey Village on 24 December.

She died from gunshot wounds to the head after shots were fired shortly before midnight.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-64258499

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« Reply #4 on: Friday, 13 January, 2023 @ 03:25:57 »
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Smart appliances could stop working after two years, says Which?

Smart appliances could stop working properly after just two years because manufacturers are failing to provide tech updates, according to Which?.

Research by the consumer champion found products like expensive dishwashers, TVs, and washing machines - which might be expected to last more than a decade - are "being abandoned" by brands.

A lack of software support from firms means devices do not get updated.

The older they get, the risk of online hacking also increases, Which? says.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-64249388

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Re: 13/01/23
« Reply #5 on: Friday, 13 January, 2023 @ 14:46:12 »
Large parts of Kefalonia and the entirety of Ithaka will be without mains electricity between 06:00-10:00 this Sunday, 15/01/23 due to essential repairs to a substation in Argosotoli that suffered internal damage on Wednesday.

Areas not affected by the outage are:

Argostoli city centre
Peratata, Kourkoumelata, Lakythra, Minies, Svoronata
Vlachata, Markopoulo, Pastra, Agia EIrini, Tzanata, Poros
Karavomylos to Agia Efimia
Erissos area
Municipality of Lixouri

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Re: 13/01/23
« Reply #6 on: Friday, 13 January, 2023 @ 14:58:54 »
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Lisa Marie Presley, singer and daughter of Elvis, dies aged 54
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-64255117

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Re: 13/01/23
« Reply #7 on: Friday, 13 January, 2023 @ 15:27:56 »


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Archaeologists Believe They Found The Temple Of Poseidon In Greece

The area where the remains were found is prone to tsunamis which would make sense because Poseidon is the god of tsunamis.

According to a report by Phys on Wednesday, archaeologists discovered remains of what they believe was the temple of Poseidon near Samikon, Greece.
https://greekcitytimes.com/2023/01/13/archaeologists-believe-they-found-the-temple-of-poseidon-in-greece/

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« Reply #8 on: Friday, 13 January, 2023 @ 16:00:49 »

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« Reply #9 on: Friday, 13 January, 2023 @ 16:07:38 »
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Revealed: Areas of UK where most parking fines are handed out

More than 19,600 parking fines a day were handed out by local authorities in the UK in 2022, new figures reveal.

Top 10 London boroughs for daily parking fines

  1    Islington - 1012
  2    Lambeth - 999
  3    Waltham Forest - 874
  4    Westminster - 843
  5    Newham - 720
  6    Kingston upon Thames - 606
  7    Kensington and Chelsea - 545
  8    Hammersmith and Fulham - 540
  9    Barnet - 507
10    Tower Hamlets - 504

Top 10 areas outside the capital for daily parking fines

  1     Birmingham City Council - 373
  2    Southhampton City Council - 313
  3    Cardiff Council - 279
  4    Oxfordshire County Council - 264
  5    Christchurch Borough Council - 234
  6    Leicester City Council - 209
  7    Bradford Metropolitan Council - 204
  8    Portsmouth City Council - 186
  9    Luton Borough Council - 169
10    Newcastle upon Tyne City Council - 169
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/parking-fines-uk-areas-councils-b2261527.html

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« Reply #10 on: Friday, 13 January, 2023 @ 16:13:07 »
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Pensioner who murdered teen in 1975 jailed after one-in-a-billion DNA match

Dennis McGrory was convicted of murder decades after attacking 15-year-old Jacqui Montgomery
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/dennis-mcgrory-rape-murder-dna-jailed-b2261633.html

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« Reply #11 on: Friday, 13 January, 2023 @ 16:16:33 »
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Microsoft Edge 109 launches with text prediction feature and security fixes
https://www.ghacks.net/2023/01/13/microsoft-edge-109-launches-with-text-prediction-feature-and-security-fixes/

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Re: 13/01/23
« Reply #12 on: Friday, 13 January, 2023 @ 19:37:52 »
Allegedly a new 71 room, 166 bed, 5* hotel with a budget of 8,700,000 euros to be built in the Katogis area of Paliki, that's the area between Mantzavinata and Xi beach.


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Re: 13/01/23
« Reply #13 on: Friday, 13 January, 2023 @ 19:45:13 »
Greek Ministry of Culture said to be funding rebuilding of the Argostoli archaeological museum, closed since the big 'quake of 2014, at a cost of 7,134,000€.

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« Reply #14 on: Friday, 13 January, 2023 @ 19:52:55 »
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One-person companies can now be set up online in 5 minutes, says minister

One-person companies can now be established online in five minutes via the gov.gr portal, Digital Governance Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis announced on Friday.

In a speech to present the operation of the National Policy for Administrative Procedures, the minister pointed out that 50,000 one-person businesses were founded in 2022 and that each one required their founder to make more than five visits to various public offices and to stand in line to obtain specific certificates.

“These five visits have now become five minutes and the visit is now digital via gov.gr,” he said.

The minister noted that gov.gr now offers more than 1,500 services and recorded 1.2 billion digital transactions last year, up from 8.8 million in 2018.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1202264/one-person-company-can-now-be-set-up-online-in-5-minutes-says-minister/

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« Reply #15 on: Friday, 13 January, 2023 @ 19:56:32 »
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Lesvos court rejects charges against aid workers

A court on the island of Lesvos on Friday rejected charges against a group of aid workers and volunteers who participated in migrant rescue operations, ruling on procedural grounds to return the case to the prosecution for refiling.

The case, in which 24 people – 17 foreigners and seven Greeks – were charged over their work with migrants newly arriving on Lesvos, has drawn widespread criticism from human rights organizations. The defendants argue they were doing nothing more than assisting people whose lives were at risk.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1202265/lesvos-court-rejects-charges-against-aid-workers/

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« Reply #16 on: Friday, 13 January, 2023 @ 19:59:56 »
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Homeless in Athens get basic essentials for winter

Athens Municipality has started to distribute backpacks filled with basic essentials for the winter to homeless people in the city.

On Thursday evening, street work teams distributed backpacks to homeless people, each of which contained sleeping bags, blankets, jackets, water resistant trousers, thermos flasks, flashlights and whistles.

Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis said that while homeless people “may live on the streets, they are not alone.”
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1202260/homeless-in-athens-get-basic-essentials-for-winter/

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Re: 13/01/23
« Reply #17 on: Friday, 13 January, 2023 @ 20:15:03 »
Insight into a Premier League footballer's life on the BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-63857493

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« Reply #18 on: Friday, 13 January, 2023 @ 20:20:46 »
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Ageing reversed in mice in groundbreaking study

Scientists have managed to reverse the process of ageing in mice, raising questions over whether the same could one day be done for humans.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School also found a way to speed up the biological process, suggesting it can be driven “forwards and backwards at will”.

The key to this, scientists found, is manipulating the rodents’ epigenomes – which function as an operating system by instructing cells how to interpret and use genetic material.

It is easier to tweak the molecules that drive the body’s epigenetic process than to reverse DNA mutations, say researchers, opening up a raft of possibilities in how ageing could one day be treated.

The findings, published on Thursday in the scientific journal, Cell, challenge the idea that ageing is the result of genetic mutations that break down our DNA and lead to deterioration.

David Sinclair, a professor of genetics in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School... told CNN: “We believe it’s a loss of information — a loss in the cell’s ability to read its original DNA so it forgets how to function — in much the same way an old computer may develop corrupted software. I call it the information theory of ageing.”
https://www.itv.com/news/2023-01-13/ageing-reversed-in-mice-in-groundbreaking-study

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« Reply #19 on: Friday, 13 January, 2023 @ 20:46:02 »
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Prince Harry's negative media claims fact checked: was coverage really as bad as he says?

The Duke of Sussex repeatedly rails against stories about his wife in his memoir, but reports were a lot more positive than he remembers
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/royal-family/2023/01/12/prince-harry-book-interviews-claims-negative-news-stories-debunked/


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« Reply #20 on: Friday, 13 January, 2023 @ 21:12:28 »
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Record levels of NHS staff resign as nurses say they are ‘broken’

Nurses have said they are “truly broken” as 42,400 staff voluntarily quit their NHS jobs in quarter two of last year – higher than any quarter over the last decade.

Analysis showed 7,200 staff members gave “work-life balance” as the reason for resigning.

According to the latest figures, first reported by the Health Service Journal, 2,161 staff members left their jobs due to a “better reward package” – this was also the highest recorded to date.

Last year The Independent revealed internal NHS estimates showing the government was set to miss its target to have 50,000 more nurses working in the NHS by 2023-24, due to the number expected to leave their jobs in the next year.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/nhs-staff-resign-record-b2261689.html

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« Reply #21 on: Friday, 13 January, 2023 @ 21:26:10 »
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NortonLifeLock warns that hackers breached Password Manager accounts

Gen Digital, formerly Symantec Corporation and NortonLifeLock, is sending data breach notifications to customers, informing them that hackers have successfully breached Norton Password Manager accounts in credential-stuffing attacks.

For customers utilizing the Norton Password Manager feature, the notice warns that the attackers might have obtained details stored in the private vaults.

Depending on what users store in their accounts, this could lead to the compromise of other online accounts, loss of digital assets, exposure of secrets, and more.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/nortonlifelock-warns-that-hackers-breached-password-manager-accounts/

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« Reply #22 on: Friday, 13 January, 2023 @ 23:22:07 »
A 55 y-o local with Covid complications was airlifted earlier this evening by a Leonardo C-27J Spartan from Kef to Araxos airfield and then on by ambulance to Rio hospital.

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« Reply #23 on: Saturday, 14 January, 2023 @ 06:51:09 »
Greek Ministry of Culture said to be funding rebuilding of the Argostoli archaeological museum, closed since the big 'quake of 2014, at a cost of 7,134,000€.

How much? For a bit more they could build a 5* hotel!