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Title: 15/06/22
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 15 June, 2022 @ 00:45:44
Kef fire risk 15/06/22: Low (https://www.civilprotection.gr/el/imerisios-hartis-provlepsis-kindynoy-pyrkagias-15062022)

Thirty nine new coronavirus cases confirmed on Kefalonia yesterday by EODY, none on Ithaka

Today’s bank rates:
1 €UR = £ 0.8918 GBP
1 €UR = $ 1.0766 USD
£1 GBP = 1.1213 €UR
$1 USD = 0.9289 €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 (https://www.postoffice.co.uk/travel-money).
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 (https://weather.com/en-IE/weather/tenday/l/GRXX0035:1:GR)

Day, Date   Hi°/Lo°   Wind sp   Wet   Forecast
Wed 15/06   28°/22°   12 km/h   50%   Afternoon thunderstorms possible
Thu 16/06   28°/21°   13 km/h   56%   Afternoon thunderstorms probable
Fri 17/06   28°/21°   19 km/h   10%   Sunny
Sat 18/06   27°/20°   14 km/h   70%   Afternoon thunderstorms probable
Sun 19/06   27°/20°   12 km/h   43%   Morning thunderstorms possible
Mon 20/06   28°/20°   18 km/h   08%   Sunny
Tue 21/06   28°/21°   19 km/h   08%   Sunny
Wed 22/06   29°/22°   16 km/h   05%   Sunny
Thu 23/06   30°/22°   16 km/h   05%   Sunny
Fri 24/06   31°/22°   20 km/h   04%   Sunny

Title: Re: 15/06/22
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 15 June, 2022 @ 14:35:08
Landlords forced to allow tenants to have pets

Tenants will soon have a legal right to keep pets in rented homes, forcing landlords to house four-legged companions in their rental properties.

Government proposals expected to be announced tomorrow will bring an end to buy-to-let investors placing blanket bans on pets in their lets.

The new rules will be included in the Renters Reform Bill white paper due to be published this week, which will also abolish so-called “no fault” Section 21 evictions.

Title: Re: 15/06/22
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 15 June, 2022 @ 14:37:55
Low risk of fire on Kef tomorrow, according to civilprotection.gr (https://www.civilprotection.gr/el/imerisios-hartis-provlepsis-kindynoy-pyrkagias-16062022)

Title: Re: 15/06/22
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 15 June, 2022 @ 14:41:06
A 77 y-o local in need of urgent medical attention was transferred from Piso Aetos to Sami yesterday by Ithaki coast guard.

Title: Re: 15/06/22
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 15 June, 2022 @ 14:54:19
Unconfirmed: access road to Koroni beach may be opened temporarily pending further discussions / legal action.

Title: Re: 15/06/22
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 15 June, 2022 @ 15:12:31
Allegedly the grandfather of the young man struck in the face with broken glass last weekend is offering a 5,000 euro reward for information leading to identification of his attackers.

Title: Re: 15/06/22
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 15 June, 2022 @ 15:16:42
Plans afoot to create a School of Cheese Making on Kef within the Practical Agricultural School of the Ionian University. Two year certificate course planned.

Got the go-ahead, starts next October.

Title: Re: 15/06/22
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 15 June, 2022 @ 15:52:55
The tiny electric car that’ll take you to the office and back ... for £20 a month

Between rail strikes and record fuel prices, getting to the office has become one of the most onerous parts of the work day.

Electric cars are cheaper to run, but still carry a hefty upfront price tag, which grew this week as the Government scrapped its £1,500 grants.

For those who don’t fancy braving the elements on their bike, the new Citroen Ami will take you as far as the office and back on a single charge for the price of a mobile phone contract. It just won’t get you there very fast.

Technically a quadricycle rather than a car, because of its tiny 6kW motor and maximum speed of 28mph, the Ami is now available in the UK for just £19.99 a month to lease, with an upfront deposit of £2,369.

As used by Greek police:

Greece recruits world’s slowest electric police cars

Meet the police car you can almost outrun in a school zone, now on duty on the small Greek island of Chalki.

While the Ami might only be capable of 45km/h – and 70km of electric range from a 5.5kWh battery – it shouldn't pose a problem on the Greek island, as the longest drivable distance between two points (according to Google Maps) is just 10.1km.


Title: Re: 15/06/22
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 15 June, 2022 @ 16:05:28
There is a ‘deal to be done’ with Greece over Parthenon Marbles, says British Museum chairman George Osborne
The comments from the former chancellor signals dramatic shift in museum’s policy and attitude ahead of planned protests this weekend

Title: Re: 15/06/22
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 15 June, 2022 @ 16:13:50
British woman raped in Crete says her father ‘100% did not do it’ after police charge him
‘He’s the best dad in the world,’ the woman said as she accused local police of going after the wrong man

A British woman raped on holiday in Crete has criticised local police after they charged her father with the attack.

The 33-year-old accused authorities of allowing her rapist to “roam free” after her father appeared in court in the capital Heraklion on Tuesday. He reportedly pleaded not guity to charges of rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence after he was arrested on Saturday.

Police claim the man made lewd gestures towards his daughter in a bar last week and hit her before raping her on a beach.

But the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, says her father was in their hotel at the time and she is “100 per cent convinced” CCTV evidence and DNA will prove his innocence.

Title: Re: 15/06/22
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 15 June, 2022 @ 16:21:37
Greece Among Tops in Europe in “Healthy Life Years”

Greece ranks in the top third in number of “healthy life years” among European Union member states, according to a new study, a notable feat despite a population with one of the highest smoking and obesity rates on the continent.

Greek men ranked sixth in the EU with 65 healthy life years at birth, while Greek women were seventh with 66.8 years, according to the EUROSTAT report released this week. ΕUROSTAT is the statistical arm of the 27-member European Union.

Title: Re: 15/06/22
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 15 June, 2022 @ 16:24:40
Today's coronavirus count on Kef/Ithaka: 38/1
eody.ov.gr (https://eody.gov.gr/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/covid-gr-daily-report-20220615.pdf)
Title: Re: 15/06/22
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 15 June, 2022 @ 19:06:28
Appeal trial for jailed Golden Dawn leaders to start amid anti-fascist protests
MPs from Greece’s neo-Nazi organisation return to court 18 months after original criminal convictions

The imprisoned protagonists of Greece’s once powerful neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party will seek to overturn prolonged prison terms in an appeals court trial due to open amid anti-fascist protests in Athens this week.

Eighteen months after members were convicted of operating a criminal organisation that masqueraded as a political party, appellate judges will start hearing the case afresh on Wednesday.

Title: Re: 15/06/22
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 15 June, 2022 @ 19:26:28
Tory candidate in Wakefield by-election said Brexit ‘built on lies’ and regretted voting for it
Nadeem Ahmed also warned leaving EU had triggered racist attacks and backed second referendum, in embarrassment for Boris Johnson

The Conservative candidate in a make-or-break by-election said the Brexit campaign was “built on lies” and that he regretted voting for it.

Nadeem Ahmed, who is fighting to cling on to the Wakefield seat for Boris Johnson, also warned leaving the EU had triggered an increase in racist attacks and backed a second referendum.

“I voted to leave and I regret the decision. All my friends who voted similarly are the same,” the then-leader of Wakefield Council told a newspaper, shortly after the referendum in 2016.

“The term immigrant is even something that needs addressing. There are around a million Brits living in Spain, we call them expats. There is a negative connotation to the word immigrant now.”

Title: Re: 15/06/22
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 15 June, 2022 @ 20:04:10
Another dead loggerhead found, this one on Trinison beach, Municipality of Evrotas.

Title: Re: 15/06/22
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 15 June, 2022 @ 21:19:15
Boris Johnson's ethics adviser Geidt resigns

Boris Johnson's ethics adviser Lord Geidt has resigned after saying there was a "legitimate question" over whether the PM had broken ministerial rules over Partygate.

He said he was leaving the role, which he took up in April last year, "with regret".

He did not give a reason for his departure but in a statement he said it was the "right thing" to do.

It comes a day after he spoke of "frustrations" with the PM's actions.

Boris Johnson's ethics adviser... the mind boggles  :oki:

Title: Re: 15/06/22
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 15 June, 2022 @ 21:39:20
Lord Geidt, who took up the role last April, is the second person to resign as Mr Johnson’s ethics adviser during his less than three years as PM.

Title: Re: 15/06/22
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 15 June, 2022 @ 22:43:30
850,000 missing out on £3,300 Pension Credit benefits a year - how to claim if you're one of them

Around 850,000 pensioners could be be missing out on an extra £3,300 a year as £1.7 billion of Pension Credit benefits remain unclaimed.

While more than 1.4 million pensioners are receiving Pension Credit, but around 850,000 are not claiming this extra financial help that can also be a gateway to other benefits.

Title: Re: 15/06/22
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 15 June, 2022 @ 22:53:26
Thessaloniki: 4 Britons arrested over cocaine seizure in Italy

The arrest in Thessaloniki on Thursday of four people is linked to the seizure last month by Italian authorities in Calabria of 654 kilograms of cocaine onboard a ship bound for northern port city......

Manhunt for ‘British Escobar’ after Greek police seize £12m of cocaine in banana shipment

Police have now launched a manhunt for a fifth person wanted in connection with the seizure who is believed to be a drug kingpin who has been dubbed the “British Escobar.”

The suspects from London and Liverpool, aged 38, 45, 48, and 52, allegedly smuggled the huge 660lbs haul in a banana shipment from Colombia to the port city of Thessaloniki, intended for distribution across Europe and Australia.

One of the men in the alleged ring is the brother of a major British drugs baron known as a “modern Pablo Escobar”, 41, who is said to be responsible for 10 per cent of the global cocaine trade while two of those arrested are reportedly “leaders of an international drug trafficking ring.”

Title: Re: 15/06/22
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 15 June, 2022 @ 22:57:07
Why Britain’s swimming pools are shutting for summer
National chlorine shortage and rising energy costs blamed for closures and reduced services