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19/05/22
« on: Thursday, 19 May, 2022 @ 03:03:52 »
Twenty five new coronavirus cases confirmed on Kefalonia yesterday by EODY, one on Ithaka

Today’s bank rates:
1 €UR = £ 0.8721 GBP
1 €UR = $ 1.0839 USD
£1 GBP = 1.1467 €UR
$1 USD = 0.9226 €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
Thu 19/05   22°/15°   35 km/h   10%   Mostly sunny, winds probable, storm possible
Fri 20/05   24°/17°   22 km/h   08%   Sunny
Sat 21/05   25°/16°   20 km/h   07%   Sunny
Sun 22/05   26°/17°   20 km/h   08%   Sunny
Mon 23/05   26°/18°   16 km/h   10%   Sunny
Tue 24/05   27°/18°   15 km/h   10%   Sunny
Wed 25/05   27°/19°   14 km/h   08%   Sunny
Thu 26/05   28°/19°   14 km/h   05%   Sunny
Fri 27/05   27°/19°   13 km/h   13%   Mostly sunny
Sat 28/05   28°/18°   17 km/h   04%   Sunny

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Re: 19/05/22
« Reply #1 on: Thursday, 19 May, 2022 @ 03:12:32 »
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Garden-related condoms launched to encourage OAPs to practise safe sex

A RANGE of garden-related condoms has been launched — to encourage older folk to practise safe sex.

They come in seed-style packaging covered in rude-looking produce in the hope they will counter a rise in STIs among over-65s.

STIs have more than doubled among over-65s in the past ten years.

Research via OnePoll found 43 per cent of older folk claiming to be at their most sexually liberated.

More than half (52 per cent) romp once or twice a week — while 16 per cent have considered sex toys.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/health/18488790/sex-condoms-garden-related-oaps/

Welcome to the Hornicultural Society - read that carefully  ;)


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Re: 19/05/22
« Reply #2 on: Thursday, 19 May, 2022 @ 03:20:31 »
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Chinese scientists find massive 630ft-deep sinkhole with an entire hidden forest inside
Sinkhole has trees as tall as 131ft with species possibly not been seen before

A massive 630ft-deep sinkhole has been found in China in which a stunning ancient forest range has been discovered by researchers with trees as tall as 131ft (40m) and could include species that have not been seen before.
https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/chinese-sinkhole-hidden-ancient-forest-b2081590.html

Lost World?


https://youtu.be/nKsH9BRJ1oU?t=1


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Re: 19/05/22
« Reply #3 on: Thursday, 19 May, 2022 @ 03:26:45 »
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Buyers should 'under no circumstances' take out large mortgages, warns property expert

Homebuyers should "under no circumstances" take out large mortgages to buy property, one of Britain's leading housing experts has warned.

Paul Cheshire, a former government adviser and emeritus professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, said the market was the most exposed to persistently falling prices since the early 1990s and predicted a nationwide drop of at least 10pc.

He warned prospective buyers from taking out big loans just as the market could be about to go into freefall.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/house-prices-threat-since-1989-inflation-bites/


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Re: 19/05/22
« Reply #4 on: Thursday, 19 May, 2022 @ 03:29:43 »
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The person in the room? Court mulls if elephant has human rights

Happy, by species, is an Asian elephant. But can she also be considered a person?

That question was before New York’s highest court on Wednesday in a closely watched case over whether a basic human right can be extended to an animal.

The advocates at the Nonhuman Rights Project say yes: Happy is an autonomous, cognitively complex elephant worthy of the right reserved in law for “a person”.

The Bronx Zoo, where Happy resides, says no: through an attorney, the zoo argues Happy is neither illegally imprisoned nor a person, but a well-cared-for elephant “respected as the magnificent creature she is.”

Happy has lived at the Bronx Zoo for 45 years.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/19/the-person-in-the-room-court-mulls-if-elephant-has-human-rights


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Re: 19/05/22
« Reply #5 on: Thursday, 19 May, 2022 @ 09:20:16 »
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New plan for fighting fires presented

An increase in the means for fighting forest fires, the permanent installation of European firefighters in Greece during the summer months, the creation of forest commando units, more forest patrols and the systematic implementation of aerial surveillance measures are included in the new operation plan for the fire service that was presented on Tuesday at a press conference held by Civil Protection Minister Christos Stylianides.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1184623/new-plan-for-fighting-fires-presented/

Details in link

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Re: 19/05/22
« Reply #6 on: Thursday, 19 May, 2022 @ 09:22:07 »
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Grim roadcrash data

Motorcycles and speeding are the most aggravating factors in terms of road safety in Greece, with data showing the average death rate of 36% from motorcycle accidents is double the EU’s 18%.

Greece also has one of the highest percentages (54%) of deaths in road accidents in residential areas – a fact mainly attributed to the number of motorcycle accidents.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1184618/grim-roadcrash-data/


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Re: 19/05/22
« Reply #7 on: Thursday, 19 May, 2022 @ 09:41:45 »
Strong winds in the bay of Argostoli have brought down the pedestrian shelter at the docking point for the Lixouri ferry. Minor injuries to bystander reported.

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Re: 19/05/22
« Reply #8 on: Thursday, 19 May, 2022 @ 09:44:30 »
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Grim roadcrash data

"...with data showing the average death rate of 36% from motorcycle accidents is double the EU’s 18%..."
Without any accompanying figures showing how many motorcycles per capita in Greece compared to the EU reference, it's meaningless.

"...one of the highest percentages (54%) of deaths in road accidents in residential areas – a fact mainly attributed to the number of motorcycle accidents..."
Ditto

"...41% of deaths of drivers and passengers in road accidents are the result of a collision with another vehicle..."
Is the resultant conclusion the other 59% simply drove off cliffs, or into trees?

Here's another stat;
The number of cats in and around tavernas in Katelios is 2310% higher than any seaside town in the UK

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Re: 19/05/22
« Reply #9 on: Thursday, 19 May, 2022 @ 09:54:01 »
Have fun with this one:

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Cat owners are more attractive, healthier, have more sex: Study

If you own a cat, you are better looking, slimmer, healthier and have more sex than those that don’t, according to a study out of Finland.
https://torontosun.com/news/weird/cat-owners-are-more-attractive-healthier-have-more-sex-study

More info at sciencealert.com

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Re: 19/05/22
« Reply #10 on: Thursday, 19 May, 2022 @ 14:41:15 »
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Boris Johnson will not face a further Partygate fine, says No 10

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been told he faces no further action after police closed their Partygate investigation, No 10 says.

Mr Johnson's wife, Carrie, will also not receive a further fine.

They were both fined last month for breaking Covid laws at a birthday party for Mr Johnson in Downing Street in June 2020.

Metropolitan Police said the inquiry into lockdown breaches in and around Downing Street has now come to an end.

It resulted in a total of 126 fines, known as Fixed Penalty Notices, being issued for events across eight different dates.

Twenty-eight people have been issued with more than one fine, the force added.

The ending of the police inquiry paves the way for the publication of the full report by senior civil servant Sue Gray into lockdown gatherings.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-61508110


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Re: 19/05/22
« Reply #11 on: Thursday, 19 May, 2022 @ 14:46:26 »
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Nadine Dorries admits sharing her Netflix password
Culture Secretary tells select committee: 'we are probably not supposed to do that'
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/05/19/nadine-dorries-admits-sharing-netflix-password/

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport doesn't know the T&C of her contract with Netflix
... or just chooses to think it doesn't apply to her?

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Re: 19/05/22
« Reply #12 on: Thursday, 19 May, 2022 @ 14:54:24 »
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Martin Lewis shares tip for increasing pension fund by £5,000
Rules around making voluntary national insurance contributions are set to change next April

Martin Lewis, the Money Saving Expert, has shared how people aged between 45 and 70 could potentially turn £800 into more than £5,000 by boosting their state pension.

In order to get the full state pension, members of the public will often need to have made national insurance payments for around 35 years.

Some people may have gaps in their payment history due to periods of low income, spending years abroad or unemployment.

The current full state pension is £185.15 per week. Those without adequate national insurance years will receive a reduced pension.

In his latest newsletter, Lewis explains that these national insurance “gaps” can be amended by buying years back. 
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/martin-lewis-money-saving-pension-fund-increase-b2082530.html

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Re: 19/05/22
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Re: 19/05/22
« Reply #14 on: Thursday, 19 May, 2022 @ 21:30:09 »
Today's coronavirus count on Kef/Ithaka: 15/0
eody.gov.gr


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Re: 19/05/22
« Reply #15 on: Thursday, 19 May, 2022 @ 22:24:00 »
Allegedly scammers ringing around claiming to refund a ΔΕΗ overpayment if you provide your bank account details... you can figure out the rest.

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Re: 19/05/22
« Reply #16 on: Thursday, 19 May, 2022 @ 22:29:52 »
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Greece Accounts For 25% Of Europe's 11 Million Goats

Greece accounted for 25% of the EU’s goat population according to the latest data from Eurostat, while Denmark accounted for 9% of the pig population, the Netherlands a further 8%.

Meanwhile Ireland  accounted for 9% of the EU’s bovine population, and Romania accounted for 17% of the EU’s sheep population.

According to the report,  the EU’s sizeable livestock includes an estimated 142 million pigs, 76 million bovine animals, 60 million sheep and 11 million goats in December 2021.
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/05/19/greece-accounts-for-25-of-europes-11-million-goats/


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Re: 19/05/22
« Reply #17 on: Thursday, 19 May, 2022 @ 22:34:12 »
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Iceland to launch over-60s discount as cost of living soars

Iceland is to launch a new discount for shoppers who are over 60, as soaring prices hit household budgets.

The supermarket chain said it would offer over-60s 10% off every Tuesday to support its older customers through the cost of living crisis.

Iceland's new discount will be launched from 24 May, with anyone aged 60 or over able to use it every Tuesday in-store at branches of Iceland and The Food Warehouse.

Shoppers will need to show proof of age, such as a driving license or senior bus or rail pass, and the discount will cover all products, with no minimum spend.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-61512945

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Re: 19/05/22
« Reply #18 on: Thursday, 19 May, 2022 @ 23:40:39 »
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‘Public duped’ as long-term visas for foreign nationals up 40pc since Brexit
Weaker work permit rules, as well as lower salary and skill thresholds for entry, mean immigration ‘out of control’, claims Migration Watch

The number of foreign nationals granted visas to enter the UK long term has increased by 40 per cent since Brexit despite ministers’ pledges to take control of immigration, according to a new study....
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/05/19/public-duped-long-term-visas-foreign-nationals-40pc-since-brexit/

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