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11/11/23
« on: Saturday, 11 November, 2023 @ 02:16:58 »
Today’s bank rates:   
1 €UR = £ 0.8982 GBP   £1 GBP = 1.1133 €UR
1 €UR = $ 1.1012 USD   $1 USD = 0.9081 €UR
1 €UR = $ 1.7200 AUD   $1 AUD = 0.5813 €UR
1 €UR = R20.8872 ZAR   R1 ZAR = 0.0478 €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 11/11   21°/16°   27 km/h   42%   Showers & winds possible   
Sun 12/11   21°/16°   18 km/h   72%   Showers probable   
Mon 13/11   21°/15°   24 km/h   24%   Sun & cloud    
Tue 14/11   22°/16°   10 km/h   06%   Sun & cloud    
Wed 15/11   23°/16°   14 km/h   07%   Sun & cloud    
Thu 16/11   23°/17°   13 km/h   15%   Sun & cloud    
Fri 17/11   22°/15°   27 km/h   71%   Thunderstorms & winds probable   
Sat 18/11   17°/12°   32 km/h   63%   Thunderstorms & winds probable   
Sun 19/11   16°/11°   26 km/h   34%   Showers & winds possible   
Mon 20/11   18°/14°   21 km/h   23%   Mostly sunny    
   

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Re: 11/11/23
« Reply #1 on: Saturday, 11 November, 2023 @ 02:25:39 »
Rural doctor service available between 10:00-13:00 on Monday in Vlakhata

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Re: 11/11/23
« Reply #2 on: Saturday, 11 November, 2023 @ 02:26:34 »
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British woman falls from 4th floor of Cretan hospital

A 42-year-old British woman is in a critical but stable condition after falling from the fourth floor of a Cretan hospital.

She is being treated in the intensive care unit of Hania Hospital for brain injuries and fractures.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1224561/british-woman-falls-from-4th-floor-of-cretan-hospital/

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Re: 11/11/23
« Reply #3 on: Saturday, 11 November, 2023 @ 02:27:49 »
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The Beatles top singles chart 60 years after their first hit
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-67381253

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Re: 11/11/23
« Reply #4 on: Saturday, 11 November, 2023 @ 02:31:45 »
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Coronavirus that killed 8,000 cats in Cyprus has been found in UK
Fears for British pets after animal that tested positive is understood to have developed symptoms in this country
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/11/10/coronavirus-strain-killed-cats-in-cyprus-uk/

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Re: 11/11/23
« Reply #5 on: Saturday, 11 November, 2023 @ 11:38:46 »
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Best Greek Travel Destinations 2023 Awarded by UK Travelers

The favorite holiday destinations of British travelers for 2023 were announced on Wednesday at the 2nd annual Greek Travel Awards ceremony, which took place at Six Park Place London, organized by the office of the Greek National Tourism Organization in the UK.

The Ionian island of Kefalonia topped the mountainous Zagori and the northern Aegean island of Lesbos for best walking destination.

Ithaca, also an Ionian island, took first place ahead of Andros and Symi as voters’ favorite sailing destination.
https://greekreporter.com/2023/11/11/best-greek-travel-destinations-2023-awarded-uk-travellers/

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Re: 11/11/23
« Reply #6 on: Saturday, 11 November, 2023 @ 12:59:24 »
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Price hikes for most food items
Inflation continues unabated, especially for basic commodities Greek households require

Over three quarters of food items (46 out of 60) measured by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) recorded price increases within a month, from September to October, a fact that shows that the de-escalation of inflation and especially food inflation is still slow.

From Kathimerini’s processing of the analytical data published by ELSTAT, it appears that the price increases made in these 46 food categories range from 0.03% in cold meats to 14.05% in olive oil. Large price increases have been recorded in very basic food items, such as fresh milk (4.78%), eggs (4.11%) and cheese (2.31%), in sheep and goat meat (2.29%), in preparations based on fish and seafood (5.38%), fresh fruit (8.05%), margarine and other vegetable fats (2.47%) and coffee (1.9%).
https://www.ekathimerini.com/economy/1224580/price-hikes-for-most-food-items/



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Re: 11/11/23
« Reply #7 on: Saturday, 11 November, 2023 @ 16:31:14 »
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Premature death of 80m chickens raises concerns over UK’s fast-growing breeds

More than 80 million chickens died before reaching slaughter weight in the UK last year, with mortality rates the highest for at least a decade, reveal official figures.

Animal welfare organisations say the fast-growing chicken breeds that dominate production have higher mortality rates, lameness and muscle disease than slower-growing breeds. They are calling on retailers to switch to slower-growing breeds and provide more space for the birds.

More than 1.1 billion chickens are slaughtered for meat each year.

The British Poultry Council says there isn’t consumer demand for a widespread adoption of slow-growing breeds, which would significantly increase the price of chicken meat in supermarkets.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/nov/11/premature-death-of-80m-chickens-raises-concerns-over-uks-fast-growing-breeds

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« Reply #8 on: Saturday, 11 November, 2023 @ 16:35:53 »
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Wood burners more costly for heating than gas boilers, study finds

Wood burners are a more expensive way to heat homes than gas boilers or heat pumps, research shows.

A study found that as well as causing significant health and environmental dangers for the home’s occupants and their neighbours, it is at least 15% more costly to heat a home using a wood burner rather than a gas boiler.

Rachel Pidgeon, of the charity Impact on Urban Health, which focuses on health inequalities in cities and which funded the study, said air pollution from wood burning in the UK had doubled over the past decade, with serious consequences for people’s health.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/nov/11/wood-burners-more-costly-for-heating-than-gas-boilers-study-finds

Costs may be different in Greece but health hazards about the same.

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Re: 11/11/23
« Reply #9 on: Saturday, 11 November, 2023 @ 17:37:23 »
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Man arrested for torturing disabled victims, posting videos online

A 42-year-old man was arrested in Athens on Saturday for torturing and abusing a 21-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man who are intellectually disabled, and posting the abuse online.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1224676/man-arrested-for-torturing-disabled-victims-posting-videos-online/

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Re: 11/11/23
« Reply #10 on: Saturday, 11 November, 2023 @ 22:37:41 »
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Police collects dozens of stray sheep near Hania

Dozens of stray sheep were collected by police officers of the Hania Police Department on the island of Crete, according to local reports on Saturday.

More specifically, 44 sheep were found unattended after having caused damage to olive trees.

Their seizure was part of ongoing initiatives by authorities in response to complaints of damage to farmland by stray animals.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1224689/police-collects-dozens-of-stray-sheep-near-hania/

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« Reply #11 on: Saturday, 11 November, 2023 @ 23:51:21 »
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From beloved pet to biodiversity villain: what now for Australia’s cats?

By day, Trevor Bauer is at war with cats. As part of his job with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, he works at large-scale properties in far western New South Wales that are designed to keep feral cats out. First, tall electric fences are erected around these properties. Once they’re up, Bauer and his team use bait, traps and occasionally firearms to eradicate every feral cat inside. Then small native mammals such as the numbat, bilby and bettong – normally easy prey for cats – are reintroduced.

By night, Bauer can be found cuddling with his pet cat, a tortoiseshell called Titian, on the couch.

Cats are a leading threat to biodiversity in Australia. Introduced by the British after invasion, they spread quickly to every corner of the continent. But native animals, which had not evolved alongside anything like a feline, had no ability to recognise and evade these natural hunters. To date, cats have caused the extinction of at least 20 native species and are estimated to kill more than 300 million animals each year.

It’s not just feral cats that are the problem. When kept exclusively inside the home, pet cats like Bauer’s beloved Titian pose no threat to wildlife. But the majority of Australia’s 5 million pet cats are allowed to roam and, on average, each roaming pet cat kills 186 reptiles, birds and mammals a year. Not to mention the pet cats that go missing, or are born into litters that are abandoned, which can then seed into the feral population.
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2023/nov/12/from-beloved-pet-to-biodiversity-villain-what-now-for-australias-cats