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Title: 01/03/19
Post by: Maik on Friday, 01 March, 2019 @ 02:37:49
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Ionian Group, previously Ionian Ferries, have changed the name again, this time to Levante Ferries Group. And early yesterday its Mare di Levante was confined to Kyllini port due to loss (of use) of left hand anchor. Heard it was repaired and re-certified later in day.
Title: Re: 01/03/19
Post by: Maik on Friday, 01 March, 2019 @ 02:42:17
Mains electricity scheduled to be down for maintenance across Ithaka this Sunday, 03/03/19 from 08:00-15:00
Title: Re: 01/03/19
Post by: Maik on Friday, 01 March, 2019 @ 02:44:36
Highly trained manpower is wasted on low-skilled jobs

One in every three Greek workers are employed in jobs below their skill level, mostly in the civil service, commerce, accommodation and food service, in positions where their skills are not utilized, according to a report by the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV).

At the same time a job in the public sector remains one of the most desired positions in Greece, even if it demands less in the way of skills.
Title: Re: 01/03/19
Post by: Maik on Friday, 01 March, 2019 @ 17:34:08
Schools in France to replace 'mother and father' with 'parent 1 and 2' under controversial same sex amendment

French schools are to replace the words “mother” and “father” with “parent 1” and “parent 2” under an amendment to a law passed this week.

Supporters of the change say it will stop discrimination against same sex parents but critics argue it “dehumanises” parenthood, is “ugly” and could lead to rows over who gets to be “parent 1”.
Title: Re: 01/03/19
Post by: Maik on Friday, 01 March, 2019 @ 17:38:37
Government pays Eurotunnel £33 million over botched awarding of no-deal Brexit ferry contracts

Eurotunnel has been paid £33 million by the government in exchange for dropping legal action against the Department for Transport over post-Brexit ferry contracts.

The Channel Tunnel operator had begun legal proceedings over the way in which the DfT handed out ferry contractors to three suppliers - arguing that the process had not been transparent.

One of the firms awarded a contract, Seaborne Freight, which had no previous experience of operating ferries, has already pulled out.

Seaborne Freight came under increased ridicule after it was accused of a takeaway website gaffe.
Title: Re: 01/03/19
Post by: Maik on Friday, 01 March, 2019 @ 17:42:39
Meet ERNIE 5: The tiny new microchip choosing Premium Bonds winners

It's gone from a huge, thundering piece of equipment combining a vacuum tube and transistor machine to a tiny computer chip approximately the size of a grain of rice.

The new incarnation of the Blackpool-based Premium Bonds number generator drew its first winning numbers on March 1.

Known as ERNIE - the Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment - the machine selects winning numbers at random to award three million prizes every month worth in the region of £90 million.

And ERNIE 5 can now select its winners in just 12 minutes.

That's quite the step up from ERNIE 4's nine-day process, and vastly improved from the 10 days it took ERNIE 1.

Compared to the minuscule new model, ERNIE 1 was also quite the behemoth at 3.5 metres long and 1,500kg heavy - described as being roughly the size of a van.

There are fairly steep odds of winning that coveted £1m prize - in the region of 24,500 to one.

Though that's still a fair way better than the 45 million to one odds of winning the National Lottery.
Title: Re: 01/03/19
Post by: Maik on Friday, 01 March, 2019 @ 21:03:52
Greece named ‘worst place for women to work’ in annual survey

Greece has been named the “worst place for women to work” in an annual survey.

Expat Insider (https://www.internations.org/expat-insider/) is one of the most comprehensive surveys on life abroad and includes data from more than 180,000 expats from around the world.

The survey covers a number of topics affecting people who live abroad, including work life, and based its ranking of the best and worst countries for women to work on more than 8,000 female expats who took part in the study.

According to the index, Greece is the worst place due to the number of female expats who were unhappy with their career prospects, with 81 per cent of respondents expressing negative feelings about the Greek economy.