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Title: 09/11/21
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 09 November, 2021 @ 02:26:45
Thirteen new cases of coronavirus confirmed on Kefalonia yesterday by EODY.

Today's bank rate:
1 GBP = € 1.1358
1 USD = € 0.8385

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
Tue 09/11   22°/17°    9 km/h   12%   Mostly cloudy
Wed 10/11   20°/13°   26 km/h   08%   Cloudy, winds possible
Thu 11/11   19°/12°   16 km/h   03%   Sun & cloud
Fri 12/11   19°/13°    6 km/h   08%   Mostly sunny
Sat 13/11   19°/14°   10 km/h   61%   Showers probable
Sun 14/11   18°/13°   16 km/h   82%   Rain probable
Mon 15/11   18°/11°   19 km/h   72%   Rain probable
Tue 16/11   15°/09°   22 km/h   63%   Light rain probable
Wed 17/11   15°/11°   18 km/h   48%   Showers possible
Thu 18/11   18°/13°   15 km/h   46%   Showers possible

Title: Re: 09/11/21
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 09 November, 2021 @ 02:35:08
Couple of seals spotted swimming near Lassi yesterday and one off Argostoli. No idea what type.
Title: Re: 09/11/21
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 09 November, 2021 @ 14:03:49
Thousands of UK phone boxes to be saved from closure

Ofcom, the UK telecoms regulator, said it will stop BT from closing down 5,000 phone boxes in areas with poor mobile signals or high accident rates, if they are still needed by local communities.
Title: Re: 09/11/21
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 09 November, 2021 @ 16:05:38
Who's behind the Instagram 'plant a tree promise' and will any trees actually be planted?

A trend on the photo-sharing app Instagram that promises to plant a tree for every photo of a pet shared has "spread out of control" according to its organisers after it was shared millions of times.

The post - which has now been shared by more than four million people - reads: "we'll plant 1 tree for every pet picture".

But questions were raised over where the post came from, and whether whoever started the trend will be able to honour the commitment of planting four million trees.
Title: Re: 09/11/21
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 09 November, 2021 @ 23:09:33
Old cabs may get reprieve

An estimated 8,000 taxis may have to be withdrawn from circulation by the end of the year, Kathimerini understands, as the latest extension granted to old and polluting vehicles expires.

However, an additional extension of one year may be granted for those vehicles that reached retirement age in 2020 and 2021. Under the existing legislation, cabs must be replaced every 15 years if they have an engine capacity of up to 2,000 cc and every 18 years if they are above that.

Also, taxi drivers have shown virtually no interest in buying electric vehicles, despite incentives.