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25/01/23
« on: Wednesday, 25 January, 2023 @ 02:39:49 »
Today’s bank rates:
1 €UR = £0.9061 GBP
1 €UR = $1.1197 USD
£1 GBP = 1.1036 €UR
$1 USD = 0.8931 €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
Wed 25/01   13°/10°   21 km/h   99%   Heavy rain probable, thunderstorm possible
Thu 26/01   14°/09°   20 km/h   95%   Thunderstorms probable
Fri 27/01   13°/09°   13 km/h   84%   Thunderstorms probable
Sat 28/01   14°/09°   11 km/h   72%   Thunderstorms probable
Sun 29/01   13°/08°   10 km/h   75%   Thunderstorms probable
Mon 30/01   13°/09°   13 km/h   42%   Showers possible
Tue 31/01   13°/07°   17 km/h   69%   Light rain probable
Wed 01/02   12°/07°   20 km/h   24%   Mostly sunny
Thu 02/02   13°/09°   20 km/h   22%   Sun & cloud
Fri 03/02   13°/09°   20 km/h   19%   Sun & cloud

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Re: 25/01/23
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday, 25 January, 2023 @ 03:04:12 »
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Revealed: Embattled Tory chairman Nadhim Zahawi's family lived in Cotswolds mansion in breach of planning condition for a decade

Nadhim Zahawi's family lived in breach of a planning condition on their country mansion for a decade, planning documents show.

The embattled Conservative Party chairman and wife Lana Saib bought the new-build property on the edge of the Cotswolds in 2011.

But when the house was erected on the site of a riding school and former farm seven years earlier, it was built with a 'rural occupancy condition (ROC)' which had been attached to the planning permission - meaning that only agricultural, forestry or equestrian workers could live there.

The Zahawis have now been granted immunity from enforcement action after exceeding a ten year time limit on such breaches under planning legislation.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11672143/Nadhim-Zahawis-family-lived-Cotswolds-mansion-breach-planning-conditions.html



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Re: 25/01/23
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday, 25 January, 2023 @ 03:05:46 »
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New Pill Treats Diabetic Cats Without Daily Insulin Shots
A new, once-daily pill promises to make treating feline diabetes easier in newly diagnosed animals, without the shots.

Approved in America, looks like it will be rather expensive and may have side affects.

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Re: 25/01/23
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday, 25 January, 2023 @ 03:08:40 »
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BBC viewers who watch through set-top box warned that they risk losing channels
The BBC is upgrading all its channels to HD, meaning that the SD versions will be closed down and disappear from SD-only devices

Anyone who watches TV through a set-top box has been warned that they could face losing access to BBC channels in the near future.

The BBC is set to upgrade all its channels to HD (high definition) on satellite by April, including BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Parliament and the BBC Red Button channel. The broadcaster will therefore be closing the SD (standard definition) versions of its channels, meaning that these will disappear from SD-only set-top boxes.
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/uk-news/bbc-set-top-box-channels-26064182

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Re: 25/01/23
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday, 25 January, 2023 @ 13:31:05 »
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What is a white card in football?

Football history was made on Saturday when a white card was shown for the first time during a match between Sporting Lisbon and Benfica in Portugal.

But in contrast to red and yellow cards, which are shown for rule breaking and bad behaviour, the white card has the opposite meaning.

It's shown in recognition of fair play, which means showing good behaviour and sportsmanship - but is currently only used in Portugal.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/64386059

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Re: 25/01/23
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday, 25 January, 2023 @ 13:34:31 »
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Greek cars are oldest in the EU

Greece has the oldest fleet of passenger cars in the European Union, with an average age of 17 years, when the EU average is 12 years, according to data published by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) up to the year 2021.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/economy/1203074/greek-cars-are-oldest-in-the-eu/

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Re: 25/01/23
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday, 25 January, 2023 @ 13:42:34 »
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Microsoft Outlook and Teams down for tens of thousands around world

As well as Teams and Outlook, the services affected according to the Microsoft 365 status page are SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Microsoft Graph, PowerBi, and Microsoft 365 Admin Center.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-64397643

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Re: 25/01/23
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday, 25 January, 2023 @ 13:52:35 »

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« Reply #8 on: Wednesday, 25 January, 2023 @ 14:00:03 »
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Majority of voters say Zahawi should resign over tax row, in poll by firm he co-founded

YouGov found 51 per cent of people surveyed believe he should step down, compared to just 12 per cent who think he should stay in his role.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/nadhim-zahawi-yougov-poll-voters-b2267692.html

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Re: 25/01/23
« Reply #9 on: Wednesday, 25 January, 2023 @ 14:10:11 »
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Greece to usher in marine wine aging parks

Organized underwater parks for aging wine bottles will now exist in Greece, as the Ministry of Development and Investments is promoting the relevant regulatory framework by formulating the rules for their operation.

In Greece, the first attempts were made in 2009 and since then others have followed in Crete, Halkidiki, Kefalonia, Santorini, but without an institutional framework for this specific activity. Now the conditions have matured and the legislative framework of the ministry that is coming also provides for the operation of the regional wine aging marine parks, as well as their tourist exploitation.

Wines aged for at least 1 year may be labeled “aged in the sea water” or “aged underwater”/”veilli dans la mer”, necessarily accompanied by the total aging period.

The provisions of the law prohibit the pouring of wine in a marine area in which activities, projects or areas of public interest may be obstructed in any way.
https://www.tovima.gr/2023/01/25/international/greece-to-usher-in-marine-wine-aging-parks/
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Re: 25/01/23
« Reply #10 on: Wednesday, 25 January, 2023 @ 14:17:33 »
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Grocery price cuts on the way

Supermarket chains have for a change started receiving price lists with reductions for the first time in months, ranging from 5% to 18%.

Of course, despite this positive development, prices will still be at high levels, as since last year the same products have already risen in price by 25% to 35%. The reductions concern both branded and private label products, while these are commodities whose raw ingredients are basically imported.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/economy/1202980/grocery-price-cuts-on-the-way/

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Re: 25/01/23
« Reply #11 on: Wednesday, 25 January, 2023 @ 15:00:16 »
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‘Madness’: Trans woman guilty of two rapes as a man could be sent to female jail

Russell Findlay, the Scottish Tory community safety spokesman, said: “This rapist decided that he was no longer a man only after appearing in court on a rape charge.

“We now have the utterly perverse situation where a Scottish court refers to someone who says he identifies as female using 'her penis' to rape two vulnerable women.”
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/01/24/transgender-woman-found-guilty-two-rapes-when-man/


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Re: 25/01/23
« Reply #12 on: Wednesday, 25 January, 2023 @ 22:04:51 »
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Greece to usher in marine wine aging parks

Organized underwater parks for aging wine bottles will now exist in Greece, as the Ministry of Development and Investments is promoting the relevant regulatory framework by formulating the rules for their operation.

In Greece, the first attempts were made in 2009 and since then others have followed in Crete, Halkidiki, Kefalonia, Santorini, but without an institutional framework for this specific activity. Now the conditions have matured and the legislative framework of the ministry that is coming also provides for the operation of the regional wine aging marine parks, as well as their tourist exploitation.

Wines aged for at least 1 year may be labeled “aged in the sea water” or “aged underwater”/”veilli dans la mer”, necessarily accompanied by the total aging period.

The provisions of the law prohibit the pouring of wine in a marine area in which activities, projects or areas of public interest may be obstructed in any way.
https://www.tovima.gr/2023/01/25/international/greece-to-usher-in-marine-wine-aging-parks/

Should that be storing not pouring?

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Re: 25/01/23
« Reply #13 on: Wednesday, 25 January, 2023 @ 22:36:25 »
Homer's wine-dark sea?

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« Reply #15 on: Wednesday, 25 January, 2023 @ 23:16:40 »


Ainos earlier today, photo from Yeorgios at Fotis Family.

Heard that schools on Kef closed tomorrow due to forecast severe weather, local bus services not running.

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« Reply #16 on: Wednesday, 25 January, 2023 @ 23:33:47 »
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Cat food shrinks as Whiskas shaves 15g off packets

Pet food brand reduces pouch size without changing price in latest case of 'shrinkflation'
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2023/01/25/cat-food-shrinks-whiskas-shaves-15g-packets/

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« Reply #17 on: Wednesday, 25 January, 2023 @ 23:38:28 »
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Advanced AI 'could kill everyone’, warn Oxford researchers
MPs told technology has become a ‘literal arms race’ for countries and area should be regulated like nuclear weapons

Superhuman algorithms that outperform mankind are on the way and may present just as much threat to humans as we posed to the dodo, researchers from Oxford University told MPs at the Science and Technology Select Committee.

The committee heard how advanced AI could take control of its own programming if it learned to achieve its goals in a different way than originally intended.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/01/25/advanced-ai-could-kill-everyone-warn-oxford-researchers/

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« Reply #18 on: Wednesday, 25 January, 2023 @ 23:50:05 »
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‘He should resign’: Stratford-on-Avon constituents on Zahawi tax scandal
Residents of Warwickshire town united in condemnation of local Tory MP’s tax affairs

Some remembered when, in 2013, Zahawi apologised after it emerged he had claimed expenses for electricity supply to his stables.
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/jan/25/stratford-upon-avon-constituents-nadhim-zahawi-tax-scandal


According to Zahawi, claming expenses to heat his stables was an "error". And this jerk was Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Nice 'n' sleazy does it.

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« Reply #19 on: Wednesday, 25 January, 2023 @ 23:55:15 »
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Greek government faces confidence vote over spying row
Prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis accused of orchestrating mass wiretaps of political allies and foes

The leader of Greece’s main opposition party has tabled a motion of no confidence against the government, accusing the prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, of orchestrating mass wiretaps of political friends and foes.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jan/25/opposition-file-no-confidence-motion-greek-watergate-scandal-prime-minister-kyriakos-mitsotakis-wiretaps