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31/01/23
« on: Tuesday, 31 January, 2023 @ 03:24:38 »
Today’s bank rates:
1 €UR = £0.9062 GBP
1 €UR = $1.1230 USD
£1 GBP = 1.1035 €UR
$1 USD = 0.8905 €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 31/01   12°/07°   26 km/h   80%   Showers probable, winds possible
Wed 01/02   12°/09°   12 km/h   01%   Sunny
Thu 02/02   14°/09°   09 km/h   24%   Sun & cloud
Fri 03/02   14°/07°   26 km/h   59%   Light rain probable
Sat 04/02   13°/08°   29 km/h   22%   Mostly sunny, winds possible
Sun 05/02   13°/08°   19 km/h   01%   Sunny
Mon 06/02   13°/08°   16 km/h   49%   Showers possible
Tue 07/02   11°/07°   17 km/h   63%   Showers probable
Wed 08/02   11°/07°   18 km/h   18%   Sun & cloud
Thu 09/02   12°/08°   18 km/h   24%   Sun & cloud

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Re: 31/01/23
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday, 31 January, 2023 @ 03:33:24 »
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Below freezing temperatures in many parts of Greece on Monday

Frost was recorded in central and northern Greece on Monday morning with temperatures reaching -7 Celsius.
https://www.amna.gr/en/article/704507/

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Re: 31/01/23
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday, 31 January, 2023 @ 04:19:11 »
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Government to present application to help farmers protect crops against freezing conditions

A new application developed by the rural development and foods ministry to give farmers early warning of oncoming frost is to be unveiled next week. Its aim is to restrict crop losses due to frost each year, as well as the amounts paid in compensation, which have reached an estimated 1.25 billion euros in the last 23 years.

Speaking to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA), Deputy Rural Development and Foods Minister Giorgos Georgantas said the application will "free farmers' hands" and was simple to use.

Initially it will be available online via the digital governance ministry (frost.getmap.gr), while a mobile app will be available by the end of the month.
https://www.amna.gr/en/article/704371/Government-to-present-application-to-help-farmers-protect-crops-against-freezing-conditions

frost.getmap.gr

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Re: 31/01/23
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday, 31 January, 2023 @ 04:28:58 »
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UK firefighters vote to strike in row over pay
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-64457843


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Teachers' strike set to go ahead with more than 23,000 schools expected to be affected

The latest wave of strikes is beginning to qualify, if not as a general strike, then certainly another winter of discontent. ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports.
https://www.itv.com/news/2023-01-30/teachers-strike-set-to-go-ahead-with-more-than-23000-schools-affected

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Re: 31/01/23
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday, 31 January, 2023 @ 04:31:22 »
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New powers to curb strike disruption approved by MPs

MPs have backed plans aimed at enforcing minimum service levels for some sectors during strikes.

Under the bill, some employees, including in the rail industry and emergency services, would be required to work during industrial action - and could be sacked if they refuse.

The bill passed by 315 votes to 246 but will face further scrutiny in the House of Lords before it becomes law.

Labour said the proposals ripped up protections against unfair dismissal.

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg also raised concerns about the bill, saying it was "badly written" and vague.

The former business minister said he supported the aims of the legislation and would not vote against it but hoped it would be amended in the House of Lords.

He criticised a so-called "Henry VIII clause" in the bill, which would allow ministers to amend the legislation after it has become law without full parliamentary scrutiny.

"On what basis can any government claim to have the power to amend legislation that has not yet been passed? The only argument for doing it, which no government would wish to advance, could be incompetence," he said.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-64456279

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Re: 31/01/23
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday, 31 January, 2023 @ 04:34:23 »
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Peers deliver several blows to government’s anti-protest bill

A government bill aimed at cracking down on protest has suffered a number of setbacks in the House of Lords, setting the stage for a tense showdown between parliament’s two chambers.

Peers inflicted a number of defeats on the wide-ranging public order bill, which is aimed at curbing guerrilla tactics used by protest groups.

It means a stricter definition of “serious disruption” will be required to prevent protests by groups such as Just Stop Oil, Insulate Britain and Extinction Rebellion.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2023/jan/30/peers-deliver-several-blows-to-governments-anti-protest-bill

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Re: 31/01/23
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday, 31 January, 2023 @ 14:58:33 »
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Bird charity locked out of Twitter after woodcock tweets

A bird conservation charity said it had been locked out of its Twitter account for eight days after posting several tweets about woodcock.

The Norfolk-based British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) said it lost access to its account during the Big Garden Birdwatch.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-64451977

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Re: 31/01/23
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday, 31 January, 2023 @ 15:12:21 »
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Brexit is a ‘complete disaster’ and ‘total lies’, says Tory business boss
Private equity veteran Guy Hands says Boris Johnson ‘threw the country and the NHS under the bus’

“The only way that the Brexit put forward by Boris Johnson was going to work was if there was a complete deregulation of the UK and we moved to a sort of Liz Truss utopia of a Singapore state and that was just never going to happen,” Hands, a former donor to the Conservative party, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“The British population was never going to accept a state in which the NHS would be demolished, where free education would be severely limited, where regulation with regard to employment would be thrown apart. It was just complete and total absolute lies.”

He added: “The biggest issue about it, and you can take the Brexit bus as a good example, is the lies that Boris Johnson and the Conservative party told about the NHS. In fact what they did was throw the country and the NHS under the bus.”
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2023/jan/31/brexit-lies-tory-billionaire-guy-hands-uk-eu-economy

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Re: 31/01/23
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday, 31 January, 2023 @ 15:17:43 »
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Tesco scrapping hot deli counters as thousands of jobs put at risk

The UK’s largest supermarket chain said it will extend changes to store management roles, shut remaining counters and hot delis and shut a number of in-store pharmacies as part of the shake-up.
https://www.independent.co.uk/business/tesco-hot-deli-counter-jobs-b2272638.html

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Re: 31/01/23
« Reply #9 on: Tuesday, 31 January, 2023 @ 15:21:50 »
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Tesco buys Paperchase brand after stationary chain collapses into administration

Hundreds of jobs remain at risk as supermarket will not buy Paperchase’s stores
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/paperchase-administration-jobs-shops-shut-b2272607.html

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Re: 31/01/23
« Reply #10 on: Tuesday, 31 January, 2023 @ 16:40:08 »
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Greece Wins "Best Tourism Destination" Title At Grand Travel Awards
https://greekcitytimes.com/2023/01/31/greece-best-tourism-grand-travel/

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Re: 31/01/23
« Reply #11 on: Tuesday, 31 January, 2023 @ 16:42:05 »

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Re: 31/01/23
« Reply #12 on: Tuesday, 31 January, 2023 @ 19:44:13 »
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Tesco buys Paperchase brand after stationary chain collapses into administration

Whilst Paperchase definitely wasn't going anywhere fast, I think The Independent meant to say Tesco has bought a stationery chain

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Re: 31/01/23
« Reply #13 on: Tuesday, 31 January, 2023 @ 19:57:39 »


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Gene editing company hopes to bring dodo ‘back to life’
Company is raising further $150m to pursue research on dodo which became extinct in 17th century

The dodo, a Mauritian bird last seen in the 17th century, will be brought back to at least a semblance of life if attempts by a gene editing company are successful.

Gene editing techniques now exist that allow scientists to mine the dodo genome for key traits that they believe they can then effectively reassemble within the body of a living relative.

Dodos are most closely related to pigeons, according to sequencing of the proverbially dead bird’s genome.
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2023/jan/31/gene-editing-company-hopes-to-bring-dodo-back-to-life


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Using f-word at work is no longer shocking, judge rules
Judge Andrew Gumbiti-Zimuto remarked that it is now “fairly commonplace” in British workplaces
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/swearing-judge-workplace-discrimination-b2272887.html