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17/02/24
« on: Saturday, 17 February, 2024 @ 02:17:27 »
Today’s bank rates:   
1 €UR = £ 0.8833 GBP   £1 GBP = 1.1321 €UR
1 €UR = $ 1.1117 USD   $1 USD = 0.8975 €UR
1 €UR = $ 1.7058 AUD   $1 AUD = 0.5862 €UR
   
Based on National Bank of Greece exchange rates.   
Other banks likely to offer rates 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 17/02   17°/08°   13 km/h   03%   Sunny    
Sun 18/02   17°/09°   15 km/h   06%   Sunny    
Mon 19/02   17°/11°   11 km/h   22%   Sun & cloud    
Tue 20/02   15°/11°   19 km/h   87%   Rain probable   
Wed 21/02   15°/10°   17 km/h   84%   Rain probable   
Thu 22/02   16°/10°   12 km/h   54%   Showers probable   
Fri 23/02   17°/12°   21 km/h   34%   Showers possible   
Sat 24/02   17°/11°   28 km/h   53%   Showers & winds probable   
Sun 25/02   16°/09°   25 km/h   60%   Rain probable   
Mon 26/02   16°/10°   25 km/h   50%   Showers possible   
   

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Re: 17/02/24
« Reply #1 on: Saturday, 17 February, 2024 @ 02:39:54 »
The 37g Lacta Oreo chocolate bar with batch numbers OSK0934651 - OSK0934652 and eat by date 18/08/24 have been withdrawn due to the possibility of small pieces of plastic in the bars.


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Re: 17/02/24
« Reply #2 on: Saturday, 17 February, 2024 @ 02:42:45 »
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Police warning on deepfakes

Cybercrime authorities are cautioning the public to be wary of the recent proliferation of fraudulent ads on social media and websites.

In an announcement Thursday, it sounded the alarm about bogus advertisements for allegedly high-yield investment programs (cryptocurrencies, gold, oil etc), or “miraculous” medications, supposedly endorsed and promoted by highly recognizable and famous figures (politicians, reputable scientists, artists etc).

The scams mostly appear as “sponsored” ads on social media, falsely claiming, in many cases, to come from articles in reputable newspapers and websites.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1231804/police-warning-on-deepfakes/

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Re: 17/02/24
« Reply #3 on: Saturday, 17 February, 2024 @ 02:48:37 »
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Greece Food Prices Soaring Out of Sight, Government Intervenes

Greece’s ruling New Democracy is mulling more measures to help households deal with skyrocketing food prices at supermarkets, having already imposed anti-profiteering fines on some multinational companies.

The costs are cutting deep into the budgets of many families with the hike in prices especially hitting staples like olive oil that now typically costs as much as 50 euros for 4 liters, little more than one gallon.
https://www.thenationalherald.com/greece-food-prices-soaring-out-of-sight-government-intervenes/

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Re: 17/02/24
« Reply #4 on: Saturday, 17 February, 2024 @ 03:12:50 »
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Donald Trump fined $364m in civil fraud trial and banned from doing business in New York City

A judge has ruled against Donald Trump and imposed a penalty of $364 million dollars (£288 million) in a civil fraud case on Friday.

The former US president is banned from doing business in New York for three years, and his sons Eric and Donald Jr. are barred for two years.

Trump faced trial over allegations that he exaggerated his wealth on financial statements he provided to banks, insurance companies and others.

By making himself seem richer, Trump qualified for better loan terms, saved on interest and was able to complete projects he might otherwise not have finished, state lawyers said.

The former US president is facing criminal trial in four separate cases:

*   Hush money trial: Next month, he will face his first criminal trial accusing him of paying hush money to adult movie star, Stormy Daniels, and a former Playboy model.

*   Classified documents: Trump was indicted in June 2023 for taking classified national defence documents from the White House after he left office and resisting the government’s attempts to retrieve the materials.

*   Election interference: Trump’s third indictment is a result of an investigation into alleged efforts by the former president and his allies to overturn the 2020 election.

*   Fulton County: Trump and 18 others face Atlanta state charges stemming from their alleged efforts to overturn the former president’s 2020 electoral defeat. Unlike the election subversion charges, this case will be insulated if Trump is re-elected in 2024 and he will not be able to pardon himself.
https://www.itv.com/news/2024-02-16/donald-trump-fined-364m-in-new-york-fraud-case

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Re: 17/02/24
« Reply #5 on: Saturday, 17 February, 2024 @ 14:06:56 »
Kef police yesterday arrested two juveniles for attempted theft of metal items from a closed hotel in Argostoli.

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Re: 17/02/24
« Reply #6 on: Saturday, 17 February, 2024 @ 14:56:09 »
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'Lets get ready to crumble' Three-day rhubarb festival gets underway in Wakefield
https://www.itv.com/news/calendar/2024-02-16/people-get-ready-to-crumble-at-englands-only-rhubarb-festival

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Re: 17/02/24
« Reply #7 on: Saturday, 17 February, 2024 @ 14:59:41 »
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Foreign dentists to be allowed to work in UK without qualification checks
Ministers plan to scrap exam required to allow dentists from countries outside of Europe to work here, in a bid to solve dentistry crisis

The plans would mean dentists trained abroad would be able to start work in the NHS without a formal check on the quality of their education, amid fears it will lead to substandard care.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2024/02/16/foreign-dentists-allowed-work-uk-without-qualifications

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Re: 17/02/24
« Reply #8 on: Saturday, 17 February, 2024 @ 18:17:55 »
Bush fire near Old Skala being tackled by fire service and Elios-Pronnoi emergency volunteer team.

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Re: 17/02/24
« Reply #9 on: Saturday, 17 February, 2024 @ 19:40:25 »
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Long and rocky road to average salary of 1,500 euros

The road to increasing the minimum wage to 950 euros and the average salary to €1,500 by 2027, as the government has pledged, is difficult and long.

According to academics and labor experts, the goal is hard to achieve even at nominal prices. As they say, after the increase in the minimum wage, the average has been set at €1,200.

However, for 50% of employees their earnings correspond to only 76.5% of the average salary, meaning there is a great distance to cover.

At the same time, there is always the risk that growth and inflation forecasts will be different to those on which the government’s wage boost plan was based.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/economy/1231923/long-and-rocky-road-to-average-salary-of-1500-euros/


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Re: 17/02/24
« Reply #10 on: Saturday, 17 February, 2024 @ 22:16:53 »
Municipality of Argostoli has voted to appeal the decision to move theatre workers from O Kefalos to Lixouri.

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Re: 17/02/24
« Reply #11 on: Saturday, 17 February, 2024 @ 22:51:51 »
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Coastal zones bill submitted to Parliament

The Finance Ministry’s draft law on the use of public property in coastal areas was submitted to Parliament on Saturday.

It includes regulations for the public’s free access to beaches, transparency in the commercial use of public property, environmental protection, the upgrading of the tourist product, the intensity of inspections and the imposition of strict penalties on offenders.

The bill is being introduced in Parliament in time for new leases to be signed for the summer months, with new rules governing, among other things, the minimum distances between concessions, the maximum area of beach that can be granted for exploitation, and the safeguarding of beaches where commercial exploitation is not allowed.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1232010/coastal-zones-bill-submitted-to-parliament/

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Re: 17/02/24
« Reply #12 on: Saturday, 17 February, 2024 @ 22:57:57 »
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Consumers to see lower supermarket prices as of early March

Price reductions in supermarket items will be visible to consumers as of early March, due to the implementation of the measures of the Development Ministry, while as market executives commented to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA-MPA), it is considered certain that the goal of reducing food inflation will be achieved.
https://www.amna.gr/en/article/797798/Consumers-to-see-lower-supermarket-prices-as-of-early-March

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Re: 17/02/24
« Reply #13 on: Sunday, 18 February, 2024 @ 10:07:33 »
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Foreign dentists to be allowed to work in UK without qualification checks
Ministers plan to scrap exam required to allow dentists from countries outside of Europe to work here, in a bid to solve dentistry crisis

The plans would mean dentists trained abroad would be able to start work in the NHS without a formal check on the quality of their education, amid fears it will lead to substandard care.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2024/02/16/foreign-dentists-allowed-work-uk-without-qualifications

Now, where did I put my pliers???  :lol: