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06/02/24
« on: Tuesday, 06 February, 2024 @ 00:15:53 »
Today’s bank rates:   
1 €UR = £ 0.8849 GBP   £1 GBP = 1.13 €UR
1 €UR = $ 1.1079 USD   $1 USD = 0.9026 €UR
1 €UR = $ 1.7120 AUD   $1 AUD = 0.5841 €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   
Tue 06/02   18°/08°   07 km/h   06%   Sunny    
Wed 07/02   18°/12°   10 km/h   07%   Mostly cloudy    
Thu 08/02   17°/10°   16 km/h   44%   Showers possible   
Fri 09/02   18°/11°   13 km/h   06%   Sunny    
Sat 10/02   19°/14°   25 km/h   06%   Sun & cloud    
Sun 11/02   18°/11°   41 km/h   67%   Showers & very strong winds probable   
Mon 12/02   16°/10°   24 km/h   71%   Light rain probable   
Tue 13/02   16°/09°   23 km/h   53%   Showers probable   
Wed 14/02   15°/09°   19 km/h   42%   Showers possible   
Thu 15/02   15°/09°   22 km/h   41%   Showers possible   
   

National Bank of Greece exchange rates used

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Re: 06/02/24
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday, 06 February, 2024 @ 10:52:55 »
Mains electricity supply down between 08:30-15:00 tomorrow in Ano Kouvalata, Kontogennada, Vlichata and Skineas, Paliki.

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Re: 06/02/24
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday, 06 February, 2024 @ 11:04:27 »
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US announces new restrictions to curb global spyware industry

The US said it will impose global visa restrictions on individuals who have been involved in the misuse of commercial spyware, in a move that could affect major US allies including Israel, India, Jordan and Hungary.

The new policy, unveiled on Monday, underscores how the Biden administration continues to see the proliferation of weapons-grade commercial spyware – which has been used by governments around the world against hundreds of political dissidents, human rights advocates, journalists and lawyers – as a major threat to US national security and counterintelligence capabilities.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/feb/05/us-biden-administration-global-spyware-restrictions

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Re: 06/02/24
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday, 06 February, 2024 @ 15:51:05 »
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Earth May Once Have Been Flat, Research by Greek Scientist Proves

A Greek scientist at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has just published new research that claims that the Earth may have been flat billions of years ago.
https://greekreporter.com/2024/02/06/greek-scientist-earth-may-once-have-been-flat

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Re: 06/02/24
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday, 06 February, 2024 @ 16:05:35 »
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Report 'sorry for unusually high call volumes' recorded messages'
From banks and broadband, mobile, credit card, energy, water and sewerage firms

Why we are doing this: We want to test if some firms constantly play a 'sorry, we're experiencing unusually high call volumes' message to put people off staying on the line. And we need your help to gather the data...
https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/report-high-call-volumes/

Most companies using the "unusually high call volumes" message have been using it for so long the (alleged) call volume is no longer unusual, it's the norm.




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Re: 06/02/24
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday, 06 February, 2024 @ 20:23:17 »
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Renters’ unions on the rise in Greece

As the average tenant spends over a third of his or her monthly income to cover housing costs, renters’ unions, organizations which are common elsewhere in Europe, are starting to gain ground in Greece too.
According to Eurostat data for 2023, the average citizen in Greece spends about a third (32.2%) of his or her income to cover housing costs. This amounts to the highest percentage in the European Union, where the average is 19.9%.

One of the group’s concerns is the disparity between rents and the condition of the actual accommodation.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1231000/renters-unions-on-the-rise-in-greece/

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Re: 06/02/24
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday, 06 February, 2024 @ 20:27:55 »
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From farm to plate: How prices triple

Greek consumers often pay nearly three times the price for fruits or vegetables that producers receive when the produce is harvested from the fields. However, the bulk of this price difference doesn’t make its way into the pockets of the producers. In reality, producers only retain a profit equivalent to roughly 8 to 9 percent of the final consumer price.

A potential solution, also proposed by the Competition Commission in 2013, is the establishment of auctions. Through cooperatives or producer groups, producers could negotiate directly with buyers (primarily supermarket chains) on product prices. Countries like Belgium and the Netherlands have successfully utilized auctions for over 70 years.

Moreover, Greece lacks local logistics centers, leading to unnecessary transport costs for products. It may seem extreme and paradoxical, but it’s a reality: Oranges produced in Skala, Laconia, in the Peloponnese may need to travel to Athens first only to supply a large supermarket chain’s branch located in a nearby town in the Peloponnese.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/economy/1230842/fresh-goods-see-consumer-prices-treble/

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Re: 06/02/24
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday, 06 February, 2024 @ 20:51:12 »
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A Greek island is without drinking water after pipeline damage that authorities blame on sabotage

Residents of the Greek island of Aegina have spent several days without drinkable water running in their homes after an alleged act of sabotage disabled an undersea pipeline from the mainland, authorities in Athens said Tuesday.

Officials said an explosive charge likely cut off the supply of fresh water carried along the 12-kilometer-long (7.5-mile-long) pipeline and that repairs were likely to take several weeks.

Some officials have suggested that the alleged sabotage might be connected to competition among private interests to supply Athens’ nearby islands with water.

Aegina is a popular weekend destination for people who live in Athens. The island lies 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) southwest of Piraeus, home to the Greek capital’s main port, and has a year-round population of about 13,000 residents.
https://apnews.com/article/greece-island-water-pipeline-sabotage-aegina-5e67f502609a02d37338741aad2b65a9