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15/01/19
« on: Tuesday, 15 January, 2019 @ 12:00:12 »
Ionion Pelagos Lines will operate a ferry service bteween Sami-PisoAetos-Missolonghi w.e.f. May 2019. The company operates the Sami-PisoAetos-Astakos service as well as Pessda-Ag. Nik. and Kef-Ithaki-Levkas.

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« Reply #1 on: Tuesday, 15 January, 2019 @ 14:42:27 »
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Government ‘sneaks out’ £7,000 pension cut for poorest elderly couples ahead of Brexit vote

Poorer pensioner couples will lose more than £7,000 a year, under a cut “sneaked out” while MPs are preparing for the showdown Brexit vote.

Ministers have been accused of attempting to bury the impact of the change to pension credit, which tops up the incomes of hard-up elderly people.

It means couples where only one partner is over the state pension age, which is now 65 for both men and women, will no longer receive the extra benefit.

It will take effect from 15 May, when the partner below the pension age is required to make a claim for universal credit, which merges six working-age benefits into a single payment.

“This change to the benefit rules means that some couples could lose thousands of pounds depending on whether their claim falls a day before or a day after the May deadline,” warned Steve Webb, a former pensions minister.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/pension-credit-cut-benefits-payment-government-austerity-conservatives-brexit-a8728631.html

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« Reply #2 on: Tuesday, 15 January, 2019 @ 15:54:01 »
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What is Article 50? The only explanation you need to read
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/0/what-is-article-50-the-only-explanation-you-need-to-read/

May not be a very enlightening read.

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« Reply #3 on: Tuesday, 15 January, 2019 @ 16:11:17 »
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Trump lauds footballers who ate 'over 1000 hamberders' at White House banquet, in morning twitter outburst

Donald Trump has praised members of college football champions the Clemson Tigers for eating "over 1,000 hamberders" at his White House fast food banquet, in a misspelled early morning Twitter ourburst.

“Great being with the National Champion Clemson Tigers last night at the White House,” he tweeted. “Because of the Shutdown I served them massive amounts of Fast Food (I paid), over 1000 hamberders etc. Within one hour, it was all gone. Great guys and big eaters!”

The US president apparently meant to type "1,000 hamburgers", though he told reporters in the White House on Monday evening he had only ordered in 300.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-twitter-hamberders-mcdonalds-white-house-clemson-tigers-fast-food-government-shutdown-a8728821.html

Qualifications needed to be President of USA: can't count, can't spell

Edit: spelling!!!
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« Reply #4 on: Tuesday, 15 January, 2019 @ 16:14:11 »
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McDonalds stripped of Big Mac trademark across EU
Irish chain Supermacs had launched legal challenge against EU trademark

The European Union has stripped McDonalds of its trademark on “Big Mac” burgers in Europe after a legal challenge by an Irish restaurant chain.

The landmark decision by the bloc’s trademark regulator, which has immediate effect, was made on Tuesday and is just the latest episode in a long-running legal dispute between the US food giant and family-owned business Supermacs.

The saga began in 2015 after McDonalds’ lawyers filed an objection against the Irish restaurant group’s bid to register its name as an EU-wide trademark. Supermacs had wanted to expand to the UK and rest of EU.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/mcdonalds-big-mac-trademark-supermacs-eu-europe-ireland-a8728891.html

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« Reply #5 on: Tuesday, 15 January, 2019 @ 16:28:03 »
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Individual Travelers to Greece Outdo Package Tourists in Nine-month Spending

Individual travelers appear to have stepped in the lead in terms of tourism-related revenue for Greece, according to data released for the January-September 2018 period by the Bank of Greece (BoG).

The majority of tourism-related revenue, or two-thirds of the total 9.6 billion euros for the nine-month period of 2018 was generated by individual holidaymakers and only one-third, or 4.5 billion euros, by travelers on organized trips.

According to Euro2day, the findings demonstrate the diminishing role of tour operators who appear to have a smaller grasp on the market despite the large budgets set aside by Greek tourism businesses for group forms of travel and promotion.

In the meantime, central bank figures reveal the major influence on Greek tourism of two main markets: Germany and the UK. Nearly one-third of the total nine-month receipts, or 30.6 percent in 2018, were generated by German visitors (2.58 billion euros) and Britons (1.74 billion euros).
https://news.gtp.gr/2019/01/14/individual-travelers-greece-outdo-package-tourists-nine-month-spending/

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« Reply #6 on: Tuesday, 15 January, 2019 @ 20:34:37 »
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Greece Seeing More Tourists — But They Spend Much Less

According to a study published on Tuesday by the Bank of Greece, tourism revenues, measured on a per capita basis, have declined in Greece over the last several years.

This finding came as a bit of a surprise, as Greece has experienced a boom in the number of tourists during the last few years, leading to increased revenues overall. Still, according to the recent findings by the Bank of Greece, the amounts spent in the country by individual tourists has declined.

For example, Austrians who visited Greece in 2017 spent 24 percent less than they did in 2014, with the average spending per Austrian tourist measured at €650 ($741.00), down from the €840 ($958.00) they typically spent in 2014.

A similar reduction in spending was recorded for German tourists, who spent 22 percent less last year; Belgians, at 15 percent less; and the British, who spent 7.5 percent less last year per capita.
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/01/15/greece-seeing-more-tourists-but-they-spend-much-less/

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« Reply #7 on: Tuesday, 15 January, 2019 @ 20:42:19 »
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Chinese schools scanning children's brains to see if they are concentrating
US-made devices could be used to collect data on 1.2m pupils

Headbands that monitor concentration by reading brain signals have been trialled on thousands of Chinese schoolchildren.

The devices could soon be used on millions of students across China, according to the US tech company which designed them.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-schools-scan-brains-concentration-headbands-children-brainco-focus-a8728951.html

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« Reply #8 on: Tuesday, 15 January, 2019 @ 21:28:14 »
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Italy building anti-EU axis
Salvini and Orbán have pledged to create an “anti-immigration axis” aimed at countering the pro-migration policies of the EU

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is leading an effort to create a pan-European populist alliance to challenge the pro-European establishment over the future of the European Union. The aim is to reclaim sovereignty from unelected bureaucrats in Brussels and transfer key EU powers back to national capitals.

Germany and France, the self-appointed guardians of European integration, are responding to the challenge with an ambitious counterplan to make the European Union a “more decisive power on the world stage.”

The showdown, which threatens to split the European Union down the middle between Eurosceptic nationalists and Europhile globalists, will heat up in coming weeks and months, ahead of elections for the European Parliament in late May 2019.
http://en.protothema.gr/italy-building-anti-eu-axis/

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« Reply #9 on: Tuesday, 15 January, 2019 @ 21:36:02 »
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Quiz: how well have you been following Brexit?
As MPs prepare to vote on Theresa May’s deal, test your knowledge of EU withdrawal arcana
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jan/15/quiz-how-well-have-you-been-following-brexit

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« Reply #10 on: Tuesday, 15 January, 2019 @ 21:40:51 »
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Two cats are living alone in a $1,500-a-month Silicon Valley studio apartment

A man is renting out his $1,500-a-month Silicon Valley studio apartment to a pair of cats - who he describes as “very quiet” tenants.
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/cats-apartment-silicon-valley-studio-housing-crisis-rent-flat-a8729156.html

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« Reply #11 on: Tuesday, 15 January, 2019 @ 21:43:44 »
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Nike unveils self-lacing shoes which can be controlled with a smartphone
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/nike-self-lacing-trainers-shoes-controlled-smartphone-a8729236.html

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« Reply #12 on: Tuesday, 15 January, 2019 @ 21:47:16 »
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Medicine recalled over cancer fears

The National Organization for Medicine (EOF) has ordered the recall of certain batches of the medicine Lucidel, which is used to treat hypertension, after tests indicated that it could have carcinogenic repercussions.

The announcement concerns 150-gram packets of Lucidel with the batch number 181247 and the expiry date 06/2020, as well as 300 gr packets with the batch number 181260 and the same expiry date, with the batch number 181277 and expiry date 06/2020, and with the batch number 181390 and expiry date 07/2020.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/236633/article/ekathimerini/news/medicine-recalled-over-cancer-fears

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Re: 15/01/19
« Reply #13 on: Wednesday, 16 January, 2019 @ 14:47:53 »
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Quiz: how well have you been following Brexit?
As MPs prepare to vote on Theresa May’s deal, test your knowledge of EU withdrawal arcana
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jan/15/quiz-how-well-have-you-been-following-brexit
I follow this stuff obsessively and only got 11/16!  :blink: I reckon most people would give it a miss!!!


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Re: 15/01/19
« Reply #14 on: Wednesday, 16 January, 2019 @ 14:52:54 »
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Nike unveils self-lacing shoes which can be controlled with a smartphone
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/nike-self-lacing-trainers-shoes-controlled-smartphone-a8729236.html

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You never know - you might need it one day!  :unsure:


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« Reply #15 on: Wednesday, 16 January, 2019 @ 15:19:03 »
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Quiz: how well have you been following Brexit?
As MPs prepare to vote on Theresa May’s deal, test your knowledge of EU withdrawal arcana
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jan/15/quiz-how-well-have-you-been-following-brexit
I follow this stuff obsessively and only got 11/16!  :blink: I reckon most people would give it a miss!!!


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My favourite question is probably 4:
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"It is the responsibility of the customer to thoroughly check the supplied goods before agreeing to pay for any meal/order" was a key part of which legal brexit text?

The terms and conditions page of the ferry company with no ships that has been awarded a £13.8m contract by Chris Grayling. The terms and conditions on Seabourne Freight website appeared to be a cut-and-paste from a food delivery firm.

What a f***ing fiasco Brexit has turned into. A pile of lies, misinformation and self-interest.

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« Reply #16 on: Thursday, 17 January, 2019 @ 11:50:22 »
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Quiz: how well have you been following Brexit?
As MPs prepare to vote on Theresa May’s deal, test your knowledge of EU withdrawal arcana
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jan/15/quiz-how-well-have-you-been-following-brexit
I follow this stuff obsessively and only got 11/16!  :blink: I reckon most people would give it a miss!!!


Tony



My favourite question is probably 4:
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"It is the responsibility of the customer to thoroughly check the supplied goods before agreeing to pay for any meal/order" was a key part of which legal brexit text?

The terms and conditions page of the ferry company with no ships that has been awarded a £13.8m contract by Chris Grayling. The terms and conditions on Seabourne Freight website appeared to be a cut-and-paste from a food delivery firm.

What a f***ing fiasco Brexit has turned into. A pile of lies, misinformation and self-interest.
The House of Cards answer is "Ahem, your words, I couldn't possibly comment".  ;)   My favouri was Liam Fox's it'll be the easiest negtiation ever.  Only it's so tragic you can't laugh any more. Stuff on breakfast radio this morning that we might have all of this for another 6 to 12 months.  :oki:
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« Reply #17 on: Thursday, 17 January, 2019 @ 12:06:23 »
"It'll be the easiest negotiation ever"

I doubt the EU parliament is breaking into a sweat