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10/02/24
« on: Saturday, 10 February, 2024 @ 00:11:07 »
Today’s bank rates:   
1 €UR = £ 0.8819 GBP   £1 GBP = 1.1339 €UR
1 €UR = $ 1.1117 USD   $1 USD = 0.8995 €UR
1 €UR = $ 1.7140 AUD   $1 AUD = 0.5834 €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 10/02   19°/16°   29 km/h   07%   Mostly cloudy, strong winds probable    
Sun 11/02   19°/11°   37 km/h   95%   Thunderstorms & very strong winds probable   
Mon 12/02   15°/09°   15 km/h   85%   Thunderstorms probable   
Tue 13/02   16°/10°   19 km/h   24%   Sun & cloud    
Wed 14/02   16°/09°   20 km/h   10%   Sunny    
Thu 15/02   17°/09°   16 km/h   03%   Sunny    
Fri 16/02   17°/10°   12 km/h   04%   Mostly sunny    
Sat 17/02   16°/10°   17 km/h   48%   Showers possible   
Sun 18/02   16°/10°   15 km/h   49%   Showers possible   
Mon 19/02   16°/10°   21 km/h   50%   Showers possible   
   


Edit: f-ex rates corrected
« Last Edit: Saturday, 10 February, 2024 @ 14:23:18 by Maik »

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Re: 10/02/24
« Reply #1 on: Saturday, 10 February, 2024 @ 00:12:22 »
Still a lot of small quakes hitting Hawaii.

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Hawaii’s Big Island struck by 5.7 magnitude earthquake
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/feb/09/hawaii-earthquake-oahu-honolulu

Magnitude   5.7
Region   ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Date time   2024-02-09 20:06:31.2 UTC
Location   19.231 ; -155.510
Depth   35 km
Distance   337 km ESE of Honolulu, United States / pop: 371,000 / local time: 10:06:31.2 2024-02-09
4 km WNW of Pāhala, United States / pop: 1,300 / local time: 10:06:31.2 2024-02-09
https://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake_information/earthquake.php?id=1619035

Aftershocks continuing

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Re: 10/02/24
« Reply #2 on: Saturday, 10 February, 2024 @ 00:35:39 »
A 6.1 mag @ 25 km depth off the Kermadec Islands (1,000km from Auckland, New Zealand) yesterday and several 4.7 mag 'quakes in California.

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Re: 10/02/24
« Reply #3 on: Saturday, 10 February, 2024 @ 14:48:49 »


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Mural of the murdered husky Oliver in Kallithea – Interview with artist Madpitt
https://greekcitytimes.com/2024/02/10/husky-oliver-madpitt


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Re: 10/02/24
« Reply #4 on: Saturday, 10 February, 2024 @ 15:01:40 »
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'Beautiful' wildcats could return to Devon after more than 100 years

Wildcats could return to South West England for the first time in more than a century, thanks to a new study by the Devon Wildlife Trust.

The European wildcat, known as the woodcat in England, was once found throughout the UK but was hunted to near-extinction by the 18th century.

They can still be found in remote areas of Scotland, which has led them to be known as the 'Scottish wildcat', although a small population lived on Exmoor until the 1900s.

Wildcats look like our domestic tabby cats, but can be up to 25% bigger and chunkier, with long legs. They are typically smaller than foxes and present no danger to people. 
https://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2024-02-10/beautiful-wildcats-could-return-to-south-west-after-more-than-100-years

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Re: 10/02/24
« Reply #5 on: Saturday, 10 February, 2024 @ 15:04:37 »
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Beheaded pet cat found dumped on grave in Cambridgeshire

The body of a family's pet cat has been found with her head missing, lying on a grave in a cemetery.

A member of the public found the female ginger cat on a grave near March cemetery in Cambridgeshire on 6 January and took her to the vet for further examination, said the RSPCA.

The vet believes the head was removed surgically and after death, rather than the cat having died from another cause and it being taken by a wild animal.

The RSPCA is investigating.
https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2024-02-10/beheaded-pet-cat-found-dumped-on-grave

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Re: 10/02/24
« Reply #6 on: Saturday, 10 February, 2024 @ 15:22:15 »
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Car cloning: innocent UK motorists get fines as scams accelerate

On Wednesday, Bouchaib Moussaid’s £8,000 Kia Sportage car was all set to be sold at auction by bailiffs. The care worker, who lives in St Albans in Hertfordshire, and his extended family have spent the last few weeks trying to stop the sale.

Moussaid is one of a growing number of people who have had their car cloned.

Unknown to him, someone had been using copies of his car’s registration plates and had driven in London’s ultra-low emission zone (Ulez) 12 times, resulting in him being sent a series of penalty fines.

Despite Moussaid repeatedly telling Transport for London (TfL) that it was not him at the wheel, agents working for TfL seized his car in January.

Late last year, the Guardian was contacted by another driver who had fallen victim to car cloning. The 88-year-old’s insurance doubled at renewal to £1,259 and she was told this was because her Ford Fiesta had been involved in an accident on the M25.

Despite her pointing out that she had not driven on the M25 for more than a decade, and that she had been either at church or at home at the time of the accident – and the fact that she had reported that her car had been cloned to Hertfordshire police – her insurer, Zurich, refused to take the claim off her file.

Paul Barker, the managing editor at the sales website Carwow, says the number of cloned cars on the UK’s roads is “unfortunately increasing”... the latest data from TfL shows that more than 12,762 Ulez charges were cancelled because of cars being cloned in 2022.

Barker says if you find out your car has fallen victim to a cloning fraudster, it’s vital to act quickly and alert the authorities – ie the police – before further crimes are committed.
https://www.theguardian.com/money/2024/feb/10/car-cloning-drivers-fines-scams-number-plates

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Re: 10/02/24
« Reply #7 on: Saturday, 10 February, 2024 @ 15:47:55 »
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Lack of snow forces ski resort on Mt Pilio to close

Less than a month after it opened for winter, the ski resort of Agriolefkes on Mount Pilio, central Greece, has suspended its operation due to a lack of snow, the company running it announced on Saturday.

The decision was taken because insufficient snow cover affects safety, it said, adding that it will reopen when weather conditions allow it.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1231364/lack-of-snow-forces-ski-resort-on-mt-pilio-to-close/

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Re: 10/02/24
« Reply #8 on: Saturday, 10 February, 2024 @ 16:32:19 »
Body of an 84 y-o foreign male recovered yesterday morning from the sea off Dasia, Corfu

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Inquest opens into Ipswich man's death in Corfu sea

An inquest has opened into the death of an 84-year-old man who died after getting into trouble while swimming in Corfu.

Lewis Lay, who lived in Ipswich, died on September 11 last year while he was on holiday.

During an opening at Suffolk Coroners Court on Friday, the court heard Mr Lay had been holidaying alone in Corfu and had travelled over to the Greek island as part of an organised tour group.

It was heard that Mr Lay had got into trouble swimming in the sea, but this was unwitnessed.

His body was found by visitors to a beach and staff from a nearby shop.
https://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/24109217.inquest-opens-ipswich-mans-death-corfu-sea/

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Re: 10/02/24
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Re: 10/02/24
« Reply #10 on: Saturday, 10 February, 2024 @ 23:58:08 »
Spread by strong winds, a big fire broke out this afternoon in Exo Chora - Maries area of Zakynthos, extra firefighters brought in by ferry from Kyllini.

Commander of the fire service on Kef reminds us that burning off of crop stubble can only occur only when weather conditions permit and requires prior permission from the Fire Service.