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Greek News / No increase in leccy bills
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 23 January, 2019 @ 04:12:25 »
Top sources in the Greek environment and energy ministry on Tuesday reaffirmed that there will be no increase in electricity bills

Speaking to reporters, during an EcoMobility conference in Athens, the sources said it was up to the Public Power Corporation (PPC) to decide whether to reduce a 15 pct prompt payment discount offered to good customers and that the ministry will not interfere in the commercial policy of the corporation. They added that any adoption of an emission clause on PPC's bills will not lead to any significant changes in energy prices for consumers. The sources noted that PPC does not have any financing problems and stressed that the corporation was adequately funded, both from the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
UK & World News / Re: UK weather warning
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 23 January, 2019 @ 03:59:16 »
Met Office issues ice warning as snow hits UK

A weather warning of icy conditions has been issued for most of the UK following snowfalls across parts of the country on Tuesday.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning for likely low level disruption, valid until 11:00 GMT on Wednesday.

Motorists are being warned to be extra careful of hazardous driving conditions.

Area forecasts at
Greek News / Re: More strikes coming soon
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 22 January, 2019 @ 15:52:21 »
Greek postal workers call one-day strike over cost-cutting plans

Workers at the Greek postal service (ELTA) are walking off the job on Wednesday in protest at plans to further reduce spending in the state-run company.

ELTA workers say these plans include firing 2,300 employees at the cash-strapped organization and shutting down 220 more branches, which will leave many parts of the country without a post office, including rural areas that already have limited access to banks and other services.
Kefalonia News / Re: New service Kefalonia to Thesaloniki
« Last Post by TonyKath on Tuesday, 22 January, 2019 @ 14:38:09 »
The InKefalonia site says (translated) :
This is a particularly positive development for our island's tourism as it is restarting after a year when the route did not operate."

UK & World News / Re: Turkey elections: Questions over 'voter aged 165' and other irregularities
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 22 January, 2019 @ 12:38:30 »

JMO, but no great wonder the EU didn't welcome Turkey's application to join with open arms cheque book
Kefalonia News / Re: Weather warning
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 22 January, 2019 @ 12:34:50 »
Thunderstorms currently forecast to roll over into tomorrow, Wednesday, 23 January:
Going Geek info / Ultrafast broadband across Greece
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 22 January, 2019 @ 03:14:10 »
Greece approves ultrafast broadband funding

The Greek General Secretariat of Telecommunications and Post's large-scale broadband project Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFBB) was approved by the Intergovernmental Project Committee (SDIT). The project's total budget is EUR 700 million, of which EUR 300 million is a public contribution, and the remaining EUR 400 million is private.

The UFBB project aims to cover the majority of the country's areas not covered by the plans of the telecommunications providers and is designed in addition to the corresponding infrastructure developed by private telecommunications providers. The project's infrastructure is estimated to cover approximately 2.5 million citizens (about 18 percent of the connections) at national level.

By 2023, 76 percent of the population will have access to a 1 Gbps speed network (58 percent will be covered by networks to be developed by telecom operators and 18 percent by the UFBB network) and 24 percent at speeds of 30-100 Mbps (including the areas covered by Rural Broadband).
UK & World News / Turkey elections: Questions over 'voter aged 165' and other irregularities
« Last Post by BeeTee on Monday, 21 January, 2019 @ 20:09:12 »
Political parties in Turkey are crying foul after thousands of unlikely voters appeared on the electoral roll.

Among the oddities are many first-time voters over 100 years old - and one aged 165.

Opposition parties also said they had discovered more than 1,000 voters registered at a single apartment.

The discovery comes ahead of local elections in March, in which President Erdogan's AK Party may face its toughest political challenge in years.

Turkey has faced economic stagnation in recent months, and the value of its currency is significantly lower than it was a year ago. That has led to speculation that the dominant AKP could lose several key cities, including the capital, Ankara.

Opposition parties now say that voter lists are being manipulated.
The Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) allege that the unusual voter records they have found are mostly areas where AKP lost by a small number of votes in previous elections.

CHP says there are more than 6,000 registered voters over 100 years old, many of which are supposedly older than the oldest documented living person, currently 116.

It includes 165-year-old Ayse Ekici, allegedly born in 1854, at the time of the Ottoman empire, and registered to vote for the first time his year, CHP said.

Another voter, known only as Zulfu, is supposedly 149. There is also Ayse, said to be 148 years old.
Greek News / Re: More strikes coming soon
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 21 January, 2019 @ 16:15:02 »
Not clear what form of industrial action but possible strike by posties on Wednesday (probably won't make much difference to Roger and those in Katelios area!):

Major restructuring plan for Greek Post envisions closing of 200 offices; voluntary retirement for 2,800 workers

A major restructuring plan for debt-laden Greek Post (EL.TA) features the closing of 200 offices around the country and the gradual early voluntary retirement of more than 1,800 employees in 2019 alone.

Conversely, the union representing postal workers is opposed to further staff reductions, with an industrial action set for Wednesday.
Hoaxes & Scams / Blue Monday
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 21 January, 2019 @ 13:09:36 »
Today is Blue Monday, or rather, it's not.

Blue Monday: a depressing day of pseudoscience and humiliation

Its creator, Dr Cliff Arnall, devised it for a travel firm. He has since admitted that it is meaningless (without actually saying it's wrong).

Dr Arnall is usually described as a Cardiff University psychologist. To be a Cardiff University psychologist you usually have to be employed/publish research from Cardiff School of Psychology, hence I can claim to be one. Dr Arnall briefly taught some psychology-related evening classes at the university's adult education centre. Apparently, this makes him a Cardiff University psychologist. Using that logic, I'm an Asda manager because I once made one of their staff fetch me a discount chicken.

Blue Monday is a name given to a day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. The concept was first publicised as part of a 2005 press release from holiday company Sky Travel, which claimed to have calculated the date using an equation. It takes into account weather conditions and thus only applies to the Northern Hemisphere.

The idea is considered pseudoscience, with its formula derided by scientists as nonsensical.

This date was published in a press release under the name of Cliff Arnall, at the time a tutor at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, a Further Education centre attached to Cardiff University. Guardian columnist Ben Goldacre reported that the press release was delivered substantially pre-written to a number of academics by public relations agency Porter Novelli, who offered them money to put their names to it. The Guardian later printed a statement from Cardiff University distancing themselves from Arnall: "Cardiff University has asked us to point out that Cliff Arnall... was a former part-time tutor at the university but left in February."

Like a lot of these press releases, it was simply designed to get a company free advertising in the media.
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