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19/11/22
« on: Saturday, 19 November, 2022 @ 03:54:03 »
Today’s bank rates:
1 €UR = £ 0.9010 GBP
1 €UR = $ 1.0629 USD
£1 GBP = 1.1099 €UR
$1 USD = 0.9408 €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
Sat 19/11   22°/18°   22 km/h   77%   Thunderstorms probable
Sun 20/11   21°/14°   27 km/h   88%   Thunderstorms probable
Mon 21/11   18°/14°   19 km/h   90%   Thunderstorms probable
Tue 22/11   20°/14°   24 km/h   78%   Light rain probable
Wed 23/11   17°/14°   22 km/h   92%   Thunderstorms probable
Thu 24/11   19°/14°   22 km/h   70%   Showers probable
Fri 25/11   19°/13°   20 km/h   24%   Mostly sunny
Sat 26/11   19°/13°   13 km/h   60%   Showers probable
Sun 27/11   18°/13°   14 km/h   44%   Showers possible
Mon 28/11   19°/14°   15 km/h   24%   Sun & cloud


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Re: 19/11/22
« Reply #1 on: Saturday, 19 November, 2022 @ 03:57:47 »
Body of a missing 87 y-o swimmer recovered yesterday morning from the sea at the Pagasitikos gulf near Volos.

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« Reply #2 on: Saturday, 19 November, 2022 @ 04:05:25 »
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Darlington woman who made child eat own vomit has sentence more than quadrupled

A woman who made a child eat her own vomit has had her “wholly unreasonable” prison sentence for child cruelty more than quadrupled by judges at the Court of Appeal.

In September, Lorna Dennington was jailed for 12 months at Teesside Crown Court after admitting three charges of child cruelty while her husband Christopher Dennington, 51, was also jailed for 12 months for the child cruelty offences and one count of fraud.

Their sentences were referred to the Court of Appeal by the Solicitor General as “unduly lenient” and, on Thursday 17 November, appeal judges increased the woman’s sentence to four years and ten months in prison while her partner now faces a sentence of six years in prison.
https://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2022-11-18/woman-who-made-child-eat-own-vomit-has-sentence-more-than-quadrupled

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« Reply #3 on: Saturday, 19 November, 2022 @ 04:16:02 »
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King Charles bans foie gras from all royal residences

Foie gras will no longer be served in any royal residences, a letter sent from King Charles to animal rights campaigners has confirmed.

Charles is known to be opposed to the food and has previously removed the controversial pate from his residences as Prince of Wales.

Now animal rights group Peta has said that it received a letter from the Royal Household confirming this policy has now been extended to Buckingham Palace and all other royal residences.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment but it is understood the policy has been in place at the palace for a number of years.

Foie Gras can be imported and sold in the UK, but its production is banned.

The UK had proposed to prohibit its importation after Brexit, but these plans are now expected to be shelved.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/peta-king-charles-foie-gras-buckingham-palace-b2228435.html

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« Reply #4 on: Saturday, 19 November, 2022 @ 14:22:06 »
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'Not only islands': Greece asks tourists to explore beyond the islands to prevent overtourism

While in recent years the Greek island in the southern Aegean Sea has become a super-popular tourist destination and a must-see for influencers, the country's tourism officials say there's so much more to discover in Greece beyond Santorini - Plus, you'll be able to avoid the crowds while being a more sustainable tourist too.

Greece has long been committed to promoting sustainable tourism in its territory and tackling the environmental impact of contemporary travel. But for the country, sustainability means more than just preserving its world-famous landscapes.
https://www.euronews.com/travel/2022/11/19/not-only-islands-greece-asks-tourists-to-explore-beyond-the-islands-to-prevent-overtourism

Hm, not "more, more, more"?

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« Reply #5 on: Saturday, 19 November, 2022 @ 14:33:36 »
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Sick Barnsley paedophile lorry driver allowed to go to Greece while on bail has now been jailed

A Barnsley lorry driver who was allowed to jet off on holiday to Greece before going to prison for a catalogue of child sex offences has finally been jailed.

Matthew Thompson, 48, pleaded guilty to ten offences when he appeared at Bradford Crown Court in October, but he was bailed and allowed to go on his pre-planned holiday to Kos.
https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/local-news/sick-barnsley-paedophile-lorry-driver-25550382

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« Reply #6 on: Saturday, 19 November, 2022 @ 14:40:03 »
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Batley corner shop cuts prices to 1966 levels to help people celebrate World Cup during cost of living crisis

 Notay's Convenience Store, in Batley, said they wanted customers to be able to host celebrations without 'breaking the bank'. With the World Cup starting soon, the shop owners want people to feel nostalgic for the last time the men's team won in 1966.

To do that, they've cut some item prices back to 1966 levels. That means you can now get a bar of Dairy Milk for 6p, a two litre bottle of Pepsi Max for 8p and a bag of Doritos for 7p.
https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/local-news/yorkshire-corner-shop-cuts-prices-25544471

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Re: 19/11/22
« Reply #7 on: Saturday, 19 November, 2022 @ 14:51:31 »
Body of a 45 y-o Greek male recovered yesterday evening from the beach at Mesi, Rodopi.

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« Reply #8 on: Saturday, 19 November, 2022 @ 15:00:34 »
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Giannis Antetokounmpo Made Of 34,852 Life-size LEGO Bricks

As the best basketball player in the world, Giannis continues to inspire us on and off the court. He's the humblest superstar that's ever played in the NBA and Milwaukee should feel eternally grateful that Antetokounmpo will be the face of their franchise for many more years to come. In his home country of Greece two life size Lego Statues were made of the Greek Freak.

It took 180 hours of work and 34,852 Lego bricks to produce this result, which in total weighs 77 kg and was made life-size.
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/11/19/giannis-antetokounmpo-made-of-34852-life-size-lego-bricks/



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« Reply #9 on: Saturday, 19 November, 2022 @ 15:04:42 »
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Railway Project Connects Patra, Peloponnese To Rio With Third Largest Tunnel In Greece
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/11/19/railway-connects-patra-rio/

Might be handy for getting to the hospital, although the Patras bus terminates right outside.

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« Reply #10 on: Saturday, 19 November, 2022 @ 15:07:44 »
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Greece Leads Europe In Excess Mortality Whilst Most See Decline In Numbers

Greece leads Europe in excess mortality rates whilst in most EU members states the numbers are declining. Excess mortality refers to the number of deaths from all causes measured during a crisis, above what could be observed in ‘normal’ conditions.
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/11/19/greece-leads-europe-excess-mortality/

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« Reply #11 on: Saturday, 19 November, 2022 @ 15:24:12 »
Ainos National Park was established by government decree sixty years ago today. Forty years later, to the day, the management committee was established.

Καλή χρονιά, Ainos


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« Reply #12 on: Saturday, 19 November, 2022 @ 15:34:19 »
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More abuse claims about Ark of the World expected

Amid expectations that more reports are yet to come, police and prosecution authorities have so far received testimonies of at least two incidents of sexual abuse of young boys by a prominent member of the well-known children’s charity Ark of the World (Kivotos tou Kosmou).
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1198244/more-abuse-claims-about-ark-of-the-world-expected/

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« Reply #13 on: Saturday, 19 November, 2022 @ 15:37:55 »
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Thessaloniki: A German Paedophile Who Pretended To Be A Policeman Was Arrested

Authorities handcuffed a 35-year-old German man outside his house in the Thessaloniki neighbourhood of Sykes on Thursday night .

Three Arrest Warrants were pending against the 35-year-old from the German Authorities, as well as an International Arrest Warrant for fraud and cybercrime.
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/11/19/thessaloniki-german-paedophile/

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« Reply #14 on: Saturday, 19 November, 2022 @ 15:46:48 »
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Tourist hotspots set to double council tax for second home owners

Councils in tourist hotspots are preparing to double the tax paid by second home owners as they attempt to plug holes in their budgets.

Authorities in Devon, Cornwall, Norfolk, the Lake District and Yorkshire are among those planning to increase the council tax paid by people who do not live in the area permanently as soon as new legislation enabling the raid is passed by the Government, The Telegraph can reveal.

It will come on top of the highest council tax rates on record after Jeremy Hunt gave authorities the green light to increase bills by up to five per cent to help fund social care in the Autumn Statement.

The Office for Budget Responsibility said that the move will push average council tax bills in many areas above £2,000 for the first time.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/11/18/tourist-hotspots-set-double-council-tax-second-home-owners/

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« Reply #15 on: Saturday, 19 November, 2022 @ 15:52:46 »
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Britain’s ‘loneliest house’ goes on sale for reported £10m
Skiddaw House on the market for first time, along with 1,214 hectares of Lake District land – including three mountaintops

Skiddaw House, a former shooting lodge built by a land-owning nobleman in 1829, is being sold along with 1,214 hectares (3,000 acres) of stunning Lake District land, which includes three mountaintops.

A sealed bidding process closes on Wednesday and viewings are tricky. The shortest walking route is from the small village of Threlkeld and takes about an hour and 20 minutes, with waterproofs, map, compass, whistle and torch all advised. A more scenic two-hour option would be to start in Keswick.

A car would not last 30 seconds on the narrow, craggy, winding track up the mountain to Skiddaw House.

It is reachable in a 4x4.
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/nov/19/skiddaw-house-market-for-sale-lake-district

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« Reply #16 on: Saturday, 19 November, 2022 @ 15:57:26 »
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Sunak says he wants more people in jail to make streets safer for women

Rishi Sunak has said he is ready to see more people behind bars in order to make the streets safer for women and girls like his own daughters.

The prime minister admitted that, as a man, he had been able to take personal safety on the streets “for granted” and that the vulnerability of women and girls was only “brought home” to him after 11-year-old daughter Krishna wanted to start walking to primary school on her own.

And he said that the need to crack down on violent crime was driven home to him by the tragic death of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel in Liverpool in August.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/rishi-sunak-crime-prison-family-b2228473.html

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« Reply #17 on: Saturday, 19 November, 2022 @ 20:55:39 »
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Finance ministry taking steps to curb revenue losses via online short-term rentals

The finance ministry has decided to take steps to curb tax evasion and the concealment of income earned by short-term Airbnb-style property leases, while seeking in the process to increase the protection of tourism enterprises from unfair competition.

The ministry is determined to use all means available to restrict such phenomena and, if necessary, to reinforce its arsenal with new legislation.

For the time being, efforts are focused on carefully examining all transactions involving short-term rentals, with electronic cross-checking of the information from income tax statements and booking platforms, as well as from credit cards and bank accounts to reveal hidden income. The ministry is also targeting those who advertise their properties via social media.
https://www.amna.gr/en/article/689247/Finance-ministry-taking-steps-to-curb-revenue-losses-via-online-short-term-rentals

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« Reply #18 on: Saturday, 19 November, 2022 @ 21:12:21 »
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UK tenants face blame for causing toxic mould and deadly hazards under new rules

Thousands of renters could be blamed for toxic black mould and other potentially deadly hazards under a government overhaul of the housing enforcement system.

Leaked documents seen by the Observer suggest councils inspecting rented properties will be formally instructed to examine residents’ behaviour when deciding whether to take action against landlords over dangerous conditions.

Under the updated housing health and safety rating system (HHSRS), environmental health inspectors will be told to consider detailed “behavioural factors”, such as whether residents are taking enough steps to ensure their property is heated and ventilated, including using heating, running extraction fans and opening windows. Other factors they will be required to consider include whether people are exposing themselves to excessively low temperatures due to ignorance, a “stoic and often embedded attitude” to cold or desire to “reduce carbon emissions”, adds the guidance, developed for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities in September.
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/nov/19/uk-tenants-face-blame-for-causing-toxic-mould-and-deadly-hazards-under-new-rules