Did you know?

Did you know?

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
    6.2 million.
  • 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.