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11/02/24
« on: Sunday, 11 February, 2024 @ 00:06:08 »
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   
Sun 11/02   18°/11°   35 km/h   64%   Thunderstorms & strong winds probable   
Mon 12/02   15°/09°   18 km/h   68%   Showers probable   
Tue 13/02   16°/09°   18 km/h   16%   Sun & cloud    
Wed 14/02   16°/07°   19 km/h   13%   Sunny    
Thu 15/02   16°/07°   15 km/h   02%   Sunny    
Fri 16/02   16°/10°   10 km/h   02%   Sun & cloud    
Sat 17/02   16°/10°   18 km/h   52%   Showers probable   
Sun 18/02   14°/09°   22 km/h   61%   Light rain probable   
Mon 19/02   15°/08°   17 km/h   50%   Showers possible   
Tue 20/02   15°/07°   23 km/h   44%   Showers possible   
   

National Bank of Greece f/x rates used

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Re: 11/02/24
« Reply #1 on: Sunday, 11 February, 2024 @ 01:24:29 »
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Fujitsu received £3.4bn from Treasury-linked contracts since 2019, MPs find

Fujitsu received more than £3.4 billion through contracts running with Treasury-linked organisations since 2019 despite its role in the Post Office scandal, MPs have found.

Around £1.4 billion worth of deals have been awarded since the High Court ruled that there had been numerous bugs and errors in its Horizon software.

More than £2 billion worth of deals were agreed before 2019 and remained active in the following period, the Commons Treasury Committee said.
https://www.itv.com/news/2024-02-10/fujitsu-received-34bn-from-treasury-linked-contracts-since-2019-mps-find

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Re: 11/02/24
« Reply #2 on: Sunday, 11 February, 2024 @ 01:35:02 »
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Horizon scandal 'ongoing' as sub-postmasters pursued for thousands of pounds
Lord Arbuthnot, one of the key drivers in exposing the original scandal, has called for an 'urgent' investigation into the new claims

Postmasters are still being traumatised by wrongful demands for thousands of pounds due to continuing faults with the Horizon IT system, The Telegraph can reveal.

The self-employed branch managers have warned of an “ongoing scandal”, with repeated letters from the Post Office, some as recently as last month. leaving many feeling they have to pay up.

Some said they had paid back up to £10,000 as a result of glitches in recent years, despite the landmark Bates vs Post Office ruling in 2019, which found “bugs, errors and defects” in the Horizon software.

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom, one of the key drivers in exposing the original scandal, has called for an “urgent” investigation into the new claims.

Horizon was updated in 2017, with the High Court describing the new version as “robust” relative to comparable systems.

However, The Telegraph has unearthed evidence of widespread and repeated shortfalls.

Although the threat of prosecution has been removed, subpostmasters are still required to attempt to explain any shortfalls.

However, wrongful repayments made after the 2017 Horizon update cannot be reclaimed via any of the compensation schemes, on the basis that the IT system has improved.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2024/02/10/post-office-scandal-horizon-ongoing-demand-money-fault/

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Re: 11/02/24
« Reply #3 on: Sunday, 11 February, 2024 @ 03:17:49 »
Interesting article - with interesting photos - on Dmitry Rybolovlev, whose daughter Ekaterina purchased the long term lease to Skorpios island from Athina Onassis: New York Post.

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Re: 11/02/24
« Reply #4 on: Sunday, 11 February, 2024 @ 03:31:00 »
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How old Christmas trees are helping to rebuild Lancashire's last remaining sand dunes

Tens of thousands of Christmas trees are buried on a beach near Blackpool.

Some stick out of the sand in plain sight, others are buried underneath metres of sand dunes - exactly where they're supposed to be.

Every February for two days, hundreds of locals descend on the beach wielding spades. They spend hours digging trenches in the sand and then fill them with old Christmas trees, buried up to their bottom branches. The next time the wind blows, the trees will catch grains of sand in their branches and begin to rebuild Lancashire's last remaining dunes.

It takes six months to a year to build new dunes with this method, a process that can take hundreds of years in nature. The annual Christmas tree burial has completely changed the landscape along the beach - what was once flat is now hilly, covered in grasses and home to around 500 sand lizards.
https://news.sky.com/story/how-old-christmas-trees-are-helping-to-rebuild-lancashires-last-remaining-sand-dunes-13067535


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Re: 11/02/24
« Reply #5 on: Sunday, 11 February, 2024 @ 12:55:25 »
Police in Argostoli yesterday afternoon arrested a minor for spending 100€ without permission on a bank card belonging to another person during Friday afternoon.

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Re: 11/02/24
« Reply #6 on: Sunday, 11 February, 2024 @ 13:01:03 »
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Two wildfires break out on Zakynthos island

A wildfire broke out on Sunday in the village of Kato Gerakari on the island of Zakynthos. Strong firefighting forces swiftly responded to the scene as powerful winds, reaching up to 8 Beaufort, swept through the area.

Meanwhile, the fire that erupted on Saturday in Exo Chora, Zakynthos and devoured over 65 hectares of forest land was brought under control by Sunday morning, despite challenging conditions with winds blowing at 8-9 Beaufort.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1231391/two-wildfires-break-out-on-zakynthos-island/

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Re: 11/02/24
« Reply #7 on: Sunday, 11 February, 2024 @ 13:03:29 »
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Plan for 50,000 free surgeries for those on waiting lists

The Health Ministry has announced a plan to pay for some 50,000 operations that have been pending at the National Health System in afternoon surgeries.

The plan will apply for patients who have been on a waiting list the longest – in some cases over a year – and will be financed with funds from the EU Recovery and Resilience Fund. The surgeries are set to start in April.

The aim is to encourage doctors to raise the number of afternoon surgeries, but also to reduce the long waiting times, which have also intensified due to the pandemic. There are currently 102,634 surgeries pending across the country, with the most common procedures being cataract removal, knee replacement, cholecystectomy, hip replacement, and tonsillectomy.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1231377/plan-for-50000-free-surgeries-for-those-on-waiting-lists/

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Re: 11/02/24
« Reply #8 on: Sunday, 11 February, 2024 @ 16:35:38 »
Three dead kittens believed poisoned in Poros. The kittens lived in the garden of a house whose owner resides in Athens and were fed by neighbours who also had them neutered. Police and prosecutor likely to get involved.

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Re: 11/02/24
« Reply #9 on: Sunday, 11 February, 2024 @ 16:39:44 »
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Minimum wage set to exceed €800 by April, says FM

The National Economy and Finance Minister, Kostis Hatzidakis, announced on Sunday that the minimum wage increase, set to exceed 800 euros, will be revealed by the end of March to take effect from April 1.

In an interview on SKAI TV, Hatzidakis emphasized the government’s commitment to redistributing surplus in case of high growth rates.

He mentioned that discussions with relevant stakeholders are ongoing, aiming to elevate the minimum wage to 950 euros by the end of the government’s four-year term.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1231408/minimum-wage-set-to-exceed-e800-by-april-says-fm/


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Re: 11/02/24
« Reply #10 on: Sunday, 11 February, 2024 @ 16:47:31 »
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No-fault eviction ban by next election, Michael Gove promises

No-fault evictions will be "outlawed" in England by the next general election, Housing Secretary Michael Gove has told the BBC.

The Conservatives first promised to end the right of landlords to evict tenants without needing a reason in 2019.

Under the bill, landlords would only be able to evict tenants in England under certain circumstances, including when they wished to sell the property or when they or a close family member wanted to move in.

The National Residential Landlords Association has called for improvements to the court system to enable landlords to regain possession of their properties more quickly when they have legitimate grounds to do so.

Last year, Mr Gove told Conservative MPs no fault-evictions would not be abolished until the court system was reformed.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-68267106

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Re: 11/02/24
« Reply #11 on: Sunday, 11 February, 2024 @ 22:41:26 »
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Greece poised to legalize same-sex marriage, bucking Orthodox tradition

Greece is poised to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, despite urgent warnings from the Greek Orthodox Church.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, an ostensibly center-right politician, is relying on a coalition with left-wing lawmakers to push through the legislation next week without support from a significant faction of his own New Democracy party.

The proposal has been vehemently opposed by the Greek Orthodox Church — the "prevailing religion" of Greece claiming approximately 90% of the population.

The Holy Synod of the Hierarchy of the Church of Greece ruled in a unanimous decision last month that the implementation of same-sex marriage and adoption of children by same-sex couples is inadmissible.
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/greece-set-to-legalize-same-sex-marriage-despite-church-opposition/articleshow/107601236.cms

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Re: 11/02/24
« Reply #12 on: Sunday, 11 February, 2024 @ 22:42:52 »
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Hundreds of protesters opposed to bill allowing same-sex marriage rally in Greek capital

More than 1,500 protesters gathered in central Athens on Sunday to oppose legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in Greece. The bill is set for a vote in parliament in days.

Greece’s conservative government is sponsoring the bill but it will require votes from center and left opposition parties to be approved. However, even some center-left lawmakers have gone on record as opposing the bill.

Organizers of Sunday’s rally — religious groups — described the bill as a threat to the traditional family. Many of the protesters chanted “hands off our children.”
https://apnews.com/article/greece-same-sex-marriage-legislation-religion-protest-ce2357ec362d8acfe231485b4af550ae

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Re: 11/02/24
« Reply #13 on: Sunday, 11 February, 2024 @ 22:51:49 »
An electrical fire broke out on a ΔΕΗ pillar on Skala main street earlier this evening causing loss of power locally. A ΔΕΔΔΗΕ crew restored supply after the fire was extinguished.

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Re: 11/02/24
« Reply #14 on: Sunday, 11 February, 2024 @ 22:59:04 »
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Farnham penguin finds 'guide bird' in one of her friends

A partially-sighted penguin at a bird park has found a "guide bird" in one of her friends.

Squid, an African penguin based at Birdworld in Farnham, Surrey, developed cataracts as a chick.

Her friend, named Penguin, steers Squid around their enclosure, helping when she gets disorientated at feeding time.

Penguin was so ill at birth he was not expected to live so he was not named, and he did not join his group until later in life when he was better.

Eventually, he became friends with Squid and the two have been helping each other since.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-68267633