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Greek News / Early election ahead?
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 25 May, 2019 @ 15:52:12 »
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Alexis Tsipras may call early election if his Syriza party is defeated
Greek prime minister declares European parliament poll a vote of confidence in his government

The Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, is the first to say he relishes a fight. And, true to form, he upped the ante on Friday when he declared this weekend’s European parliament poll a vote of confidence in his government.

In comments that sent ripples through a political arena already at fever pitch, the leftist leader hinted that early elections could be in the offing if, as surveys suggest, his Syriza party is beaten at the ballot box.

“On Sunday, people may not be voting for a government, but they will be voting on the policies that will govern the country in the coming years,” he said, referring to tax cuts and pension benefits announced in the run-up to the contest. “If these measures are rejected, all prospects are open.”

The declaration was interpreted as a last-ditch bid to consolidate disaffected voters, who are also casting ballots in municipal and regional elections on the same day.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/25/alexis-tsipras-may-call-early-election-if-his-syriza-party-is-defeated
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Holidays in Hellas / Re: Thomas Cook asks hoteliers for price cuts
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 25 May, 2019 @ 15:07:35 »
Thomas Cook overcommited itself and wants hoteliers to pay?  :hmm:
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Greek History & Culture / Re: Palace of Alexander
« Last Post by TonyKath on Saturday, 25 May, 2019 @ 00:51:32 »
Very impressive - had not known anything about this site.  Thanks Maik!!  Pity the article only contained artist's impression of how it could be rather than pics of the actual remains.

Tony
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Holidays in Hellas / Re: Thomas Cook asks hoteliers for price cuts
« Last Post by TonyKath on Saturday, 25 May, 2019 @ 00:49:06 »
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Leading British tour operator Thomas Cook has asked Greek hoteliers to renegotiate their package deals for this summer, in the hope of slashing bookings and rates in the context of the company’s business plan agreed with its creditors and because it expects demand from major markets such as Britain and France to flag.

At the moment Thomas Cook sees the same number of confirmed bookings for this year as in 2018, but as it anticipates it will have a hard time selling the rest of the packages it has already acquired, it is asking its Greek hotelier-partners to reduce their rates, as David Child, the tour operator’s communication and marketing director for hotels and resorts, tells Kathimerini.

However, Greek hoteliers explain to Kathimerini that the rates agreed with Thomas Cook and other tour operators were already 15-20 percent and in some cases 30 percent less than last year.

Some of the ongoing negotiations will be harder than others, depending on whether or not they concern hotels with an exclusive cooperation with Thomas Cook. 

http://www.ekathimerini.com/240697/article/ekathimerini/business/thomas-cook-asks-hoteliers-for-price-cuts

 :oki:

Small accommodation providers always get squeezed by the big companies.

Tony
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You should of course be wary of any links I provide, but they're included as part of the MS TechNet messages I receive, so I'm including here anyway.

It's just as sufficient to ensure your Windows Updates are er...up to date...as the patches are being delivered as part of the general update procedure too

In Windows 7, click on Start, then right click on Computer, left click on Properties, and down in left corner find and click on Windows Update

Microsoft Critical Security Update

In efforts to prevent another WannaCry (2017) style malware outbreak, Microsoft has released some software patches for older Windows systems, including some that are long past their support dates.

The released patches that are available target a critical Remote Code Execution vulnerability in Remote Desktop Services (formerly known as Terminal Services), to prevent worm transmission. Such transmission would be pre-authorised and require no user interaction on an unpatched system.
At the time of writing Microsoft has not observed any exploitation of this vulnerability but thinks it is "highly likely that malicious actors will write an exploit for this vulnerability and incorporate it into their malware," in the future.
 
Microsoft notes that vulnerable in-support systems include Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008 systems. For such systems you can download updates via the Microsoft Security Update Guide or they will be delivered via automatic updates, if enabled.

Windows XP and Windows 2003 systems are out of support, and being so aged Microsoft strongly recommends users update to a newer OS.
However, it has made fixes available for these systems as patch KB4500705

Lastly, customers running Windows 8 or Windows 10 are not affected by the critical Remote Code Execution vulnerability outlined in the intro.
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Holidays in Hellas / Thomas Cook asks hoteliers for price cuts
« Last Post by BeeTee on Wednesday, 22 May, 2019 @ 10:25:12 »
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Leading British tour operator Thomas Cook has asked Greek hoteliers to renegotiate their package deals for this summer, in the hope of slashing bookings and rates in the context of the company’s business plan agreed with its creditors and because it expects demand from major markets such as Britain and France to flag.

At the moment Thomas Cook sees the same number of confirmed bookings for this year as in 2018, but as it anticipates it will have a hard time selling the rest of the packages it has already acquired, it is asking its Greek hotelier-partners to reduce their rates, as David Child, the tour operator’s communication and marketing director for hotels and resorts, tells Kathimerini.

However, Greek hoteliers explain to Kathimerini that the rates agreed with Thomas Cook and other tour operators were already 15-20 percent and in some cases 30 percent less than last year.

Some of the ongoing negotiations will be harder than others, depending on whether or not they concern hotels with an exclusive cooperation with Thomas Cook. 

http://www.ekathimerini.com/240697/article/ekathimerini/business/thomas-cook-asks-hoteliers-for-price-cuts
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Greek News / Re: ENFIA replaces property tax
« Last Post by Maik on Thursday, 16 May, 2019 @ 09:08:28 »
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Discount cap set at 100 euros for this year’s ENFIA dues

The promised Single Property Tax (ENFIA) discount will have a ceiling of 100 euros per owner, according to an amendment tabled in Parliament for a Health Ministry bill on Wednesday.

At the same time, the government is expanding the number of property owners who will be able to secure a tax reduction.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/240529/article/ekathimerini/business/discount-cap-set-at-100-euros-for-this-years-enfia-dues
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Greek News / Re: More strikes coming soon
« Last Post by Maik on Thursday, 16 May, 2019 @ 09:05:46 »
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Greek hospital staff to strike on Thursday

Greek state hospitals will be operating on skeleton staff on Thursday after the union representing hospital workers, POEDIN, called a 24-hour strike to protest cutbacks and the increased contributions paid by patients for medicines and healthcare.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/240515/article/ekathimerini/news/greek-hospital-staff-to-strike-on-thursday
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Greek News / Re: Weather warning
« Last Post by Jolly Roger on Thursday, 16 May, 2019 @ 07:58:29 »
From this report....

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“For Athens it looks like we’ll start to see increasing amounts of sunshine with the temperatures rising.”

The weather has a habit of 'making up for itself'. We have had the wettest April I have recorded and May has been very cool so far. High temperatures will be on the way!
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UK & World News / Re: UK weather warning
« Last Post by Maik on Thursday, 16 May, 2019 @ 01:53:08 »
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Wildfire warning for Scotland as temperatures rise
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-48254661


Snow forecast for high parts in Greece and forest fire warnings for Scotland............  :wacko:
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