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Electronic Cigarette shop to open in Broadstairs

Broadstairs will be seeing Kent's Broadstairs' first Vape Coffee Shop open for users of electronic cigarettes.

I caught up with Sean Donnellan, the proprietor of Vape Elite for the inside scoop.

Donnellan explained just what vaping is and why it is better for you. There's a lot of people that would rather slate it because of bad press, he told me. I'm all for educating people because it's a much more healthy option for smoking.

When you smoke a regular cigarette you inhale over 3900 harmful toxins as does everyone arround you. With vaping, on the other hand, you are at least 90% safer and no longer putting others at risk.

But is it as safe as people claim? Keep reading for the full story.

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Manston's Taiwanese Hope

A delegation of Taiwanese investors should have visited Manston airport this afternoon thanks to the Lib-Dems.

According to the Thanet Gazette envoys from the Taipei Representative Office in the UK have been invited to the airport today by Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for Thanet North George Cunningham.

Cunningham (Thanet North) along with Russ Timpson (Lib-dem PPC for Thanet South) have been adiment that not only can Manston be saved that it can be run profitably. An opinion that, we understand, the Thanet and East Kent Chamber of Commerce agrees with.

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The TESCO fight goes on and on

It looks like Louise Oldfield's campaign against another TESCO still has legs.

Oldfield has successfully argued that the overall impact of building a TESCO on the sewer system was not fully considered. She has been granted the right to appeal an earlier decision to uphold the planning permission for building a TESCO at the Arlington site.

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Is Gloag scaring away Manston investors?

Thanet's Liberal Democrats say that investor interest in Maston is sufficient to give the airport Airport another go but keeping it closed is doing a lot of harm.

The Liberal Democrat Thanet Team are calling for the owner of Manston Airport to reopen the airport and create the confidence necessary for investors to come in.

The demand from a team that includes significant expertise in this area comes amid indications that potential investors are now shying away from Manson because it has been closed.

Investors see the airport is no longer operational and worry that it's future is (as a result) uncertain which is the point at which previous enthusiasm for Manston proposals starts to evaporate.

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The staggering truth about Gloag's Manston deal

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Have we been the victims of fraud and misdirection over Manston?

Based on research that we have been carrying out here at Thanet Star it really does look like the idea was to force the council to buy the airport all along.

What we have uncovered is only a pattern of behaviour between two very powerful companies but one that is so striking it is hard to ignore. The evidence suggests that maybe Manston Airport was part of a debt swap and dump and it might not be the first time that these companies have been part of such an action.

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In 1998 the existing owner sold Prestwick Airport to our favourate Scottish transportion company - Stagecoach Group [source]. Stagecoach then went on to sell the airport to Infratil in 2001 [source].

The same Infratil owned Manston Airport and then sold it to the Stagecoach Group's owner Ann Gloag in almost the exact same way last year.

But the uncanny similarities do not stop there.

When Infratil owned Manston airport it loaded it with debts and handed off to Gloag's company. Likewise when Gloag's Stagecoach Group owned Prestwick Airport it too was loaded up with debt before sale.

Prestwick was taken off of Infratil's hands by the Scottish Government who renationalised the airport and presumably took care of the debt.

Now it looks like our local authority will end up taking the airport off of Gloag's hands and take care of that debt too.

Is this less a case of Gloag's revenge and more the second half of a complex conspiricy to squeeze free cash from government?

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Two weeks to find Manston Airport buyer says North Thanet MP (via BBC)

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