Did you know?
- that German retailers will be able to offer better bargains
this week after the abolition of a pricing law introduced by the Nazis to
protect small shopkeepers against larger Jewish-run stores. Its abolition will
allow shops to offer better concessions and help them compete with online
retailers from around the world. Under the Discount Law, passed in 1933 by Adolf
Hitler, retailers could not offer price cuts other than in set winter and summer
sales periods and were shackled by a timid three percent limit on discounts.
- that Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has come up with
a plan to hasten economic recovery -- turn clocks forward an hour to standardize
Thai time with regional economic powerhouses Singapore and Hong Kong... He said
Thailand should use the same time as Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia -- eight
hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)... ``The economies of these three
countries are in good health and our time adjustment to them would benefit the
Thai bourse, which will open and close at the same time as theirs,''... Thaksin
said it would take about two weeks for relevant agencies to present him with a
final feasibility study on the time-change plan.
- that Afghanistan's ruling Taliban movement has banned the use
of the Internet to stop access to vulgar, immoral and anti-Islamic material. The
Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) quoted Taliban Foreign Minister Maulvi
Wakil Ahmad Muttawakil as saying the movement was not against the Internet as
such but was opposed to obscenity, vulgarity and anti-Islamic "stuff" on it.
``We want to establish a system in Afghanistan through which we can control all
those things that are wrong, obscene, immoral and against Islam,'' he said. AIP
did not say when the ban was imposed and how the Taliban planned to ensure that
telephone lines were not being used to access the Internet. But most Taliban
decisions and edicts on conduct are ruthlessly enforced by their powerful
religious police working under the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and
Prevention of Vice.
- that the latest data from Israel's Central Bureau of
Statistics reveals that 38 percent of all Jews in the world now live in Israel.
Israel's Jewish population stands at 5.2 million and the total population at
- that credit card companies are closely watching your buying
habits in their constant war against fraud. Most of their protection is based on
neural networks technology which starts by building a profile of your spending
habits. The system will then keep an eye on your purchases and if they are out
of the ordinary it will automatically alert the companies fraud-detection agents
who will contact the store you are currently getting authorisation from to ask
you questions and verify that you are the owner of the card.