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20/02/24
« on: Tuesday, 20 February, 2024 @ 00:02:10 »
Today’s bank rates:   
1 €UR = £ 0.8836 GBP   Â£1 GBP = 1.1317 €UR
1 €UR = $ 1.1122 USD   $1 USD = 0.8975 €UR
1 €UR = $ 1.7017 AUD   $1 AUD = 0.5876 €UR
   
Based on National Bank of Greece exchange rates.   
Other banks likely to offer rates 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 20/02   16°/10°   13 km/h   45%   Light rain possible   
Wed 21/02   13°/10°   16 km/h   76%   Rain probable   
Thu 22/02   15°/11°   13 km/h   48%   Showers possible   
Fri 23/02   17°/13°   18 km/h   55%   Showers probable   
Sat 24/02   17°/13°   24 km/h   45%   Showers possible   
Sun 25/02   17°/11°   34 km/h   72%   Rain and/or thunder probable, strong winds probable
Mon 26/02   16°/10°   24 km/h   61%   Showers probable   
Tue 27/02   17°/10°   23 km/h   47%   Showers possible   
Wed 28/02   17°/10°   21 km/h   60%   Showers probable   
Thu 29/02   17°/10°   23 km/h   50%   Showers possible   
   

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Re: 20/02/24
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday, 20 February, 2024 @ 00:07:39 »
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Covering the absence of social housing

The number of people living in houses they own has dropped, as the cost of buying or renting has skyrocketed and demand for homes by Greek and foreign buyers has strengthened.

The housing problem is now acute and Greece must find ways of dealing with it while lacking any social housing tools, in contrast to the rest of Europe, where such interventions cover 20%-30% of the market.

One scheme the government is working on is a measure whereby the state grants land for the construction of a certain number of apartments that are then allocated according to specific social criteria. The measure will provide relief but will not solve the problem.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/economy/1231999/covering-the-absence-of-social-housing/

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Re: 20/02/24
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday, 20 February, 2024 @ 01:03:52 »
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Trikala: 46-year-old beheads his father with a chainsaw

The son called the authorities himself at 3pm and informed them of the crime.

The 46-year-old was found injured. He was arrested and taken to the hospital where he is hospitalised under guard.

According to ERT, the perpetrator, who claims to have psychological problems, told the authorities that he killed his father after they had an argument.
https://neoskosmos.com/en/2024/02/19/news/trikala-46-year-old-beheads-his-father-with-a-chainsaw/


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Re: 20/02/24
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday, 20 February, 2024 @ 01:10:17 »
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How Many Cities are Named Athens Around the World?
https://greekreporter.com/2024/02/18/cities-named-athens-around-world/

A lot more than I imagined.

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Re: 20/02/24
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday, 20 February, 2024 @ 13:48:49 »
Kaminarata, Paliki, without mains water supply between 08:30-12:00 tomorrow due to essential maintenance.

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Re: 20/02/24
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday, 20 February, 2024 @ 14:04:43 »
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Cameron government knew Post Office ditched Horizon IT investigation

David Cameron's government knew the Post Office had ditched a secret investigation that might have helped wrongly accused postmasters prove their innocence, the BBC can reveal.

The 2016 investigation trawled 17 years of records to find out how often, and why, cash accounts on the Horizon IT system had been tampered with remotely.

Ministers were told an investigation was happening.

But after postmasters began legal action, it was suddenly stopped.

The secret investigation adds to evidence that the Post Office knew Horizon's creator, Fujitsu, could remotely fiddle with sub-postmaster's cash accounts - even as it argued in court, two years later, that it was impossible.

The revelations have prompted an accusation that the Post Office may have broken the law - and the government did nothing to prevent it. Paul Marshall, a barrister who represented some sub-postmasters, said: "On the face of it, it discloses a conspiracy by the Post Office to pervert the course of justice."
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-68146054

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Re: 20/02/24
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday, 20 February, 2024 @ 16:07:00 »
The Municipality of Argostoli said to have received funding from the Ministry of Rural Development and Food to surface two rural roads subject to storm damage. One is a 2,800 metre stretch of rural road in the Kampos - Heimoniko area of Skala, the other 1,300 metres of rural road in the BIPE - Thermokipia Krania area of Argostoli. Both to be 4.5 metres wide.

BIPE - Thermokipia Krania track now surfaced, track from Skala to football field next.

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Re: 20/02/24
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday, 20 February, 2024 @ 16:16:02 »
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Lamb stuck on M1 re-ewenited with mother after escaping field

A lost lamb left stranded on motorway for two days was rescued thanks to a quick-thinking traffic officer.

The young animal has since been reunited with her mother and was spotted in the middle of the M1 close to the Watford Gap Services near Daventry in Northamptonshire on 18 February by National Highways workers.
https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2024-02-20/lamb-re-ewenited-with-mother-after-getting-stuck-on-m1-for-two-days

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Re: 20/02/24
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday, 20 February, 2024 @ 16:51:59 »


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World’s tallest man and shortest woman reunite after six years in California

There’s more than six feet in height difference between Sultan Kosen from Turkey and India’s Jyoti Amge, who posed for a new set of photos after their meeting.

Mr Kosen, 41, who holds the Guinness World Record for the tallest living man at 8ft 2in, can be seen towering over Ms Amge, 30, the shortest living female measuring just 2ft 0.7in.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/world-record-sultan-kosen-jyoti-amge-height-b2499071.html

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Re: 20/02/24
« Reply #9 on: Tuesday, 20 February, 2024 @ 17:22:59 »
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Cat killer says confession to man’s murder was ‘made up’, court hears

A woman accused of being obsessed with violence and death has denied murdering a man and said an alleged confession to the killing was lies, a court heard.

Scarlet Blake, 26, is accused of targeting Jorge Martin Carreno, 30, as he walked home from a night out in Oxford in July 2021.

His body was found in the River Cherwell at Parsons Pleasure having drowned after receiving a blow to the back of his head and being strangled.

Later, Blake is said to have confessed to her then partner Ashlynn Bell that she had murdered Mr Carreno, Oxford Crown Court heard.

The defendant told jurors she had made up the details of killing Mr Carreno because Miss Bell wanted her to kill someone after making her live-stream the killing of a cat.

Blake has admitted dissecting the animal, removing the fur and skin and placing it in a blender but blames Miss Bell.
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/cat-killer-says-confession-to-mans-murder-was-made-up-court-hears/a420740492.html

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Re: 20/02/24
« Reply #10 on: Tuesday, 20 February, 2024 @ 17:31:30 »
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Major incident declared in Plymouth after suspected WW2 bomb found in back garden
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/plymouth-major-incident-world-war-bomb-b2499245.html

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Tens of millions of pounds needed to repair crumbling buildings at Plymouth Hospitals Trust
https://www.totnes-today.co.uk/news/tens-of-millions-of-pounds-needed-to-repair-crumbling-buildings-at-plymouth-hospitals-trust-667113

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Re: 20/02/24
« Reply #11 on: Tuesday, 20 February, 2024 @ 22:29:19 »
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Hotel turnover up 23% in 2023

The turnover of Greek hotels in 2023 saw a large increase compared to previous years, going hand in hand with the increase in tourism and inflation.

At the same time, a large number of overnight stays for this year have already been booked, at an average price increase of 7.9%. The percentage of foreigners in the total number of customers of seasonal (summer) operating hotels is high and amounts to 80.5%.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/economy/1232103/hotel-turnover-up-23-in-2023/




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« Reply #12 on: Tuesday, 20 February, 2024 @ 22:40:28 »
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Clever fox steals RSPCA rescuer's phone in Surrey and runs off with it
https://www.itv.com/news/meridian/2024-02-15/clever-fox-steals-rspca-rescuers-phone-and-runs-off-with-it

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« Reply #13 on: Tuesday, 20 February, 2024 @ 23:38:33 »
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Codeine cough syrup abuse prompts ban on UK sales

Cough syrups containing codeine linctus will no longer be sold in chemists in the UK because of concerns people are becoming addicted to the medicine.

Several brands will now be reclassified and only available with a prescription following an assessment by a doctor, the UK medicines' regulator says.

It warns the misuse and abuse of codeine linctus - an opioid - can have major health consequences.

Pharmacists said there were many alternatives for treating a dry cough.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society recommends drinking plenty of liquids, having warm drinks with honey and lemon and asking your pharmacist about other suitable cough medicines and cough sweets.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) warned people should not buy codeine linctus from an unregistered website because the product ingredients could be dangerous.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-68349636