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20/05/23
« on: Saturday, 20 May, 2023 @ 06:00:38 »
Kef fire risk 20/05/23: Low

Today’s bank rates:
1 €UR = £0.8950 GBP
1 €UR = $1.1137 USD
£1 GBP = 1.1173 €UR
$1 USD = 0.8979 €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 20/05   23°/16°   18 km/h   87%   Rain probable, thunderstorm possible
Sun 21/05   22°/15°   19 km/h   80%   Light rain probable
Mon 22/05   22°/16°   09 km/h   54%   Showers probable
Tue 23/05   23°/16°   12 km/h   21%   Sunny
Wed 24/05   22°/16°   14 km/h   22%   Mostly sunny
Thu 25/05   23°/17°   16 km/h   14%   Mostly sunny
Fri 26/05   24°/17°   15 km/h   14%   Sun & cloud
Sat 27/05   24°/17°   15 km/h   22%   Sun & cloud
Sun 28/05   24°/17°   14 km/h   19%   Sun & cloud
Mon 29/05   24°/17°   14 km/h   14%   Sun & cloud


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Re: 20/05/23
« Reply #1 on: Saturday, 20 May, 2023 @ 06:13:45 »
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Greek elections: Rail tragedy hangs over vote dominated by dynasties

As backdrops to polling stations go, the view from Kastraki primary school is about as spectacular as it gets.

Visitors are drawn to the scattering of monasteries perched on the edge of huge rocks above.

But beneath the surface of this striking natural beauty is a community consumed with grief.

That's because three of their brightest stars, who should have been voting for the first time, were killed in February in Greece's worst-ever train crash.

They were among 57 people who died when an intercity service carrying hundreds of passengers from Athens to Thessaloniki smashed head-on into a goods train on the same line.

Ahead of Sunday's general election, opposition parties have raised the disaster time and again as a symptom of a broken government and dysfunctional state.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-65650508

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Re: 20/05/23
« Reply #2 on: Saturday, 20 May, 2023 @ 06:16:01 »
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Patients paying £550 an hour to see private GPs amid NHS frustrations

Signs that NHS’s inability to offer prompt care is creating surge in people resorting to private care
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2023/may/19/patients-paying-550-an-hour-to-see-private-gps-amid-nhs-frustrations

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Re: 20/05/23
« Reply #3 on: Saturday, 20 May, 2023 @ 06:18:14 »
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Airline K9 Jets that lets owners take pets into cabin sells out at launch
Middle-class travellers snap up £7,000 seats which allow them to sit in comfort with their pooch on plane journeys

For years, flying alongside one's pets has been a wish of many owners forced to wave goodbye as their pooches are sent off to the plane's hold.

Now, it is becoming a reality for many middle-class flyers after the first private jet for pets was sold out in weeks.

K9 Jets was launched in March to allow dogs and cats to sit alongside their companions in the air, with flights carrying 10 owners and 10 pets at a time, from Britain to both transatlantic and European destinations.

Within four weeks, all 15 scheduled flights laid on by K9 Jets between April and September for 2023 had sold out with approximately 150 pets and 150 owners grabbing a seat. Many of the dogs were larger breeds including dalmatians, Great Danes and German shepherds.

The flights cost £7,000 per seat which covers both human and pet, but the British-based company says middle-class families – not the super-wealthy – have become their main clientele as one member flies private with the pet and the rest of the family go commercial.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/05/19/k9-airline-dogs-cats-fly-with-owners-in-cabin-sells-out/

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Re: 20/05/23
« Reply #4 on: Saturday, 20 May, 2023 @ 14:00:33 »
Unconfirmed: body of a child found on Kastro beach, Levkas. No local children reported missing, believed to be a migrant lost at sea.

Confirmed: believed to be body of a child. Search of area revealed no other bodies.

« Last Edit: Saturday, 20 May, 2023 @ 19:53:31 by Maik »

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Re: 20/05/23
« Reply #5 on: Saturday, 20 May, 2023 @ 14:02:52 »
Body of a 79 y-o Greek female recovered midday yesterday from the sea off Faro Avlida, Halkida.

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Re: 20/05/23
« Reply #6 on: Saturday, 20 May, 2023 @ 14:17:55 »
1st Poros chess tournament scheduled to take place Sunday, 28 May. Anyone interested in participating can get more information by email on petratosfotis@yahoo.gr or 'phone 6944 267 405

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Re: 20/05/23
« Reply #7 on: Saturday, 20 May, 2023 @ 20:00:55 »
The Ministry of the Interior is funding lifeguards on municipal beaches to the sum of:

185,621.38€ - Argostoli
  37,921.15€ - Sami
  25,524.94€ - Lixouri

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Re: 20/05/23
« Reply #8 on: Saturday, 20 May, 2023 @ 20:17:58 »
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‘The whole thing stinks’: UK water firms to pay £15bn to shareholders as customers foot sewage bill

Water companies will pay an estimated £14.7bn in dividends by the end of this decade, while making customers pay for new investment to stem the tide of sewage pollution in seas and rivers, analysis for the Observer has revealed.

Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron denounced the billions going to shareholders as “absolutely scandalous” while families struggling with the cost of living would be facing increases in bills to pay for the sewage cleanup.

“The whole thing stinks,” said Farron, Lib Dem spokesperson on the environment. “This is their mess, they should be the ones to clean it up – not hard-working families.
https://www.theguardian.com/money/2023/may/20/the-whole-thing-stinks-uk-water-firms-to-pay-15bn-to-shareholders-as-customers-foot-sewage-bill

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Re: 20/05/23
« Reply #9 on: Saturday, 20 May, 2023 @ 21:29:26 »
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Greece recovers hundreds of stolen artefacts

Greece says it has recovered hundreds of looted artefacts, including a 2nd-Century bronze statue of Alexander the Great.

The trove was recovered after a legal battle with the company of a British antiquities dealer, officials said.

Robin Symes had amassed thousands of pieces as part of a network of illegal traders.

For years, Greece has been fighting to recover looted artefacts from museums and private collections world-wide.

The announcement that 351 objects from Symes's collection were being repatriated after a 17-year legal battle was made by Greek Culture Minister Lina Mendoni on Friday.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-65657620