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Greek News / Re: Greek government plans crowdfunding for new warships
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 07 December, 2018 @ 21:42:19 »
Eh!?! Love to be wrong but can't see it happening. Everyone knows how bad things are in Greece, people scavenging for food in dustbins and the like. Greeks are broke. They spent their last 1,300€ on the latest Apple fondle-slab iPhone.
Kef 'quakes / Re: Kef 'quakes: wobble watch
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 07 December, 2018 @ 12:00:30 »
Magnitude   ML 2.4
Region   GREECE
Date time   2018-12-06 19:52:36.1 UTC
Location   38.11 N ; 20.24 E
Depth   15 km
Distances   305 km W of Athens, Greece / pop: 730,000 / local time: 21:52:36.1 2018-12-06
132 km W of Pátra, Greece / pop: 164,000 / local time: 21:52:36.1 2018-12-06
23 km W of Argostólion, Greece / pop: 9,900 / local time: 21:52:36.1 2018-12-06
20 km SW of Lixoúrion, Greece / pop: 3,800 / local time: 21:52:36.1 2018-12-06
Greek News / Greek government plans crowdfunding for new warships
« Last Post by BeeTee on Friday, 07 December, 2018 @ 11:57:40 »
Greece's defense minister is appealing to his austerity-battered countryfolk for a crowdfunding effort to raise money for new warships, promising to donate part of his own salary.

Panos Kammenos says he will open a bank account on Jan. 1 where members of the public can make donations "for new frigates and a flagship."

He addressed his appeal to Greece's wealthy shipowning industry, as well as ordinary Greeks.

"I will be the first to deposit my salary in this effort," he said, speaking to navy personnel on the occasion of Thursday's feast day of St. Nicholas, patron saint of Greek seamen and the navy.

Kammenos said 2019 will see a general drive to upgrade the fleet, which faces strong competition from neighboring Turkey, a NATO ally and historic regional rival.
Going Geek info / Re: Mac attack
« Last Post by Maik on Thursday, 06 December, 2018 @ 17:25:02 »
It's December 2018, and a rogue application can still tell your Apple Mac: I'm your El Capitan now
iOS, macOS, tvOS, Safari, and anyone for some reason using iTunes on Windows – get patching
Going Geek info / Adobe Flash Player
« Last Post by Maik on Thursday, 06 December, 2018 @ 14:42:50 »
Adobe Flash Player
freeware, released 05/12/18

Critical security update

Should auto-update for most users or latest version available from

Check which version you have - if you haven't permanently removed Flash Player yet:

More info here (sorry, it's an awful read but that's their problem):
Hoaxes & Scams / Christmas Buyers Beware
« Last Post by Maik on Thursday, 06 December, 2018 @ 12:06:51 »
Christmas Buyers Beware - Tonight

Last year people in the UK spent almost £80 billion on festive gifts, but not everyone got the bargain they were hoping for, thanks to various fakes, cons and scams. With just 19 days to go until Christmas Day, reporter Adam Shaw reveals how people can keep their money safe this festive season.

Tonight @ 19:30 on ITV

More info on
UK & World News / Northern Powerhouse or Poorhouse?
« Last Post by Maik on Thursday, 06 December, 2018 @ 03:22:38 »
North of England continues to see bigger cuts in public spending, report finds

Government spending in the north of England has fallen by £6.3bn while the south-east and south-west of England have seen an increase of £3.2bn since 2009-10, according to an analysis of official figures.

The study, by the thinktank IPPR North, found that the north of England continued to see bigger cuts in public spending than any other region.

Spending per head in London has increased by twice as much as spending in the north – £326 per head in London, compared with £146 per head in the north – since the launch of George Osborne’s “northern powerhouse” initiative in 2014, the report found.

As many as 2 million adults and 1 million children live in poverty in the north, the report said. Weekly pay has fallen by £21 in the north since 2008, more than the national fall in pay, and half a million people work in accommodation and food services jobs where weekly pay is half the national average.

Northern neighbourhoods have the lowest life expectancies in England, the report found.
Greek News / Re: Filming Greece
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 05 December, 2018 @ 11:34:59 »
Corfu wins European Film Location Award 2018

The island of Corfu has won the European Film Location Award 2018, which was organized by the European Film Commissions Network (EUFCN) and Cineuropa for the second year. The Greek proposal for Corfu was submitted by the Hellenic Film Commission regarding the shooting of the highly popular television series “The Durrells”.
Greek News / Re: Boat e-register
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 05 December, 2018 @ 11:14:20 »
Ministers Present Greece’s New Shipping E-registry

Greek Shipping Minister Fotis Kouvelis and Alternate Economy Minister Katerina Papanatsiou presented at a workshop on Monday, the newly-launched e-registry for Greek-flagged private and professional leisure boats, professional boats under foreign flags, and daily cruise ships.

The electronic registry on opened for use on November 15, but will be up and running in its complete form by December 31, 2021. The minister added that once fully operational the platform will be able to provide a complete profile of the registered vessels including owner data, outstanding issues and payments, ship status, number of charter days, its features, seaworthiness certificates, insurance etc.

It is reminded that boat owners are required to register each vessel individually and can upload relevant information on the “Tourist Vessels and Small Boats Registry” on the AADE site under the section “Services for Citizens” or “Business Services” signing in with their TAXISnet passwords.
Greek News / Capital gains tax on property
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 05 December, 2018 @ 00:13:32 »
Capital gains tax on property to be suspended for another year

The capital gains tax for property ownership is apparently to be suspended for another year. Although it was voted through in 2013, it has never been properly applied due to the major decline in property prices and the complexity of the legislation.

The legislation provides for the capital gains tax to amount to 15 percent of the gains a property owner secures upon selling a recently acquired asset – i.e. the difference between the acquisition price and the sale price for properties bought after January 1, 2014. Besides the capital gains tax the seller must pay in the above cases, the buyer has to pay a transfer tax of 3 percent of the taxable rate of the property acquired, known as the “objective value.”
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