News & Current Events

Apple bites back. Technology giant fights EU tax ruling
  | James Innes
Technology giant Apple has lodged a formal appeal against the €13 bn. fine imposed on them earlier this year for what were deemed to be inappropriate tax arrangements in Ireland. They are strongly supported by the Irish government who say they do not "do deals with taxpayers."...
Cuba gets faster access to Google content
  | James Innes
Google has just signed a deal with Cuba's state-run telecom company to install servers on the island allowing local users to get faster access to online content such as Gmail and YouTube, a step forward for a country with one?s of the lowest rates on online connectivity in the world....
Wanted: Emoji Translator
  | James Innes
A London translation agency, in what is thought to be a world first, has posted an online job advert for an emoji translator....
Belgian beer added to global culture list
  | James Innes
Belgian beer joined illustrious company such as French gastronomy and the Argentinian tango when UNESCO added it to their global intangible cultural heritage list earlier this week....
Not Your Average Joe!
  | James Innes
At an age when most people are happy to sit back and enjoy retirement, 89 year-old Joe Bartley has just started a new job. Finding himself bored stiff following the death of his wife, Joe placed an advert in his local paper looking for work. What happened next made headlines around the world and landed Joe with a new role....
Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner?
  | James Innes
Thanksgiving this year across America will see some empty seats at the dinner table as family rifts after the election separate some families....
Christmas goat goes up in smoke
  | James Innes
Gavle, in Central Sweden, celebrates Christmas each year by building a giant goat made of straw and wood in the town square. And each year local arsonists try and usually succeed in destroying it. This year was no exception....
Lack of sleep slowing economic growth
  | James Innes
A new study has revealed the real damage that is being done to major economies due to sleep deprived workers, and urges employers and individuals to tackle the problem....
Noisy and messy eaters top office complaints
  | James Innes
A survey of one thousand UK office workers has found that noisy and messy eaters are among the top irritants in the workplace, along with problems with IT and temperature. Experts believe these distractions are having an impact on productivity....
Managing Stress
  | James Innes
The human body is absolutely incredible. Our minds and our physical structures are very strong. However, that doesn't mean that we're not susceptible to a wide assortment of ailments and injuries, and stress can affect even the strongest person. Learn to manage stress so that it does not manage you....
Working At Home And Making It Work: Home Business Tips
  | James Innes
Thousands of people all over the world run businesses from home. You too could be one of them. Here are some thoughts to bear in mind before you get started....
Small Business Ideas For The Stay At Home Parent
  | James Innes
Running a home business can be a great way to balance your work and home life. It gives you the flexibility to set your own hours and you don’t have to spend hours each week commuting to and from work. Many different types of business can be run from home. Here are some ideas to consider before you get started....
Mexicans get a “Dell” of a bargain
  | James Innes
Red faces at computer giant Dell as Mexican authorities order the US company to honour an online offer which priced expensive computer models at a fraction of their normal price following a software pricing error....
Amazing Travel Tips
  | James Innes
Taking a business trip or travelling on vacation can be both fun and fulfilling. But how can you optimize the experience and ensure you have a successful trip? Here are some top travel tips....
Facebook to tackle false news stories
  | James Innes
Facebook vows to take action over fake news amid rumours that hoax and fictitious stories help swing the US election....
Dyson sets up its own university
  | James Innes
Already famous as the inventor of revolutionary vacuum cleaners, hand dryers and washing machines, Sir James Dyson, British entrepreneur, is turning his hand to education, and will invest £15 million of his own money over the next 5 years to launch a new university – The Dyson Institute of Technology....
FIFA gets it wrong – again
  | James Innes
FIFA’s attempts to ban England and Scotland players wearing poppies during a forthcoming World Cup qualifier risk damaging their tarnished reputation even further. And show a lack of understanding of the symbolism of the poppy for many people....
Minimal Qualifications Required - The President of the United States
  | James Innes
It is the most powerful job in the world. Yet the qualifications required to become President of the United States are minimal. No college degree needed or successful track record of employment. Here is a look at some of the more unusual routes past presidents have taken to the Oval Office....
To send to Coventry? and other expressions
  | James Innes
Everybody knows the expression to "send somebody to Coventry". But what about "couldn't stop a pig in a passage", "wisht as a winnard", and "looking a bit black over Bill's mother". Some English regional expressions are so arcane that even people from other parts of England are mystified by their meaning....
Remember, Remember the 5th of November
  | James Innes
Celebrations will be held across Britain to commemorate Guy Fawkes Day this weekend. Although declining slightly in popularity in recent years, thousands of people will still attend events to mark an event that has been celebrated for more than 400 years....
Brexit - 2016's word of the year
  | James Innes
On a day when a court ruling that it was illegal for the UK government to leave the EU without parliamentary opinion once again made Brexit front page news around the world, it was fitting that Collins, the dictionary provider, has just named Brexit as its word of 2016....
Recruitment Consultants become TV stars
  | James Innes
Viewers of Britain's "The X Factor" TV show have been divided over the appearance of Honey G. a middle-aged rapper who, despite not being able to sing or dance, continues to stay in the show because of public support. In reality, Honey G. is a successful recruitment consultant, who is bringing some of the skills she has learned on her day job into her alternative career. Meanwhile, another recruitment consultant is among the favourites to win this year's BBC series of "The Apprentice"....
Women work longer than men
  | James Innes
A recent survey has confirmed what many women have long suspected - that women work longer hours than men. Although men account for a greater share of paid work, when unpaid labour such as housework, childcare and looking after the elderly are factored into the equation, women are spending longer at work than men....
Melbourne Cup Day
  | James Innes
One of the most eagerly awaited events in the Australian calendar is the Melbourne Cup. This famous horse race will this year be held on 1st November, and most of Australia will come to a stop - and many in New Zealand and other countries too - to watch the race, celebrate with friends and have the odd flutter or so. ...
Halloween Fun Facts and Trivia
  | James Innes
Halloween has now become one of the biggest holidays of the year. Here are some fun facts and trivia to add to the holiday fun. ...
Stingy Jack - the legend behind the Halloween pumpkin
  | James Innes
The Halloween pumpkin complete with carved ghoulish features and lit by candles has become a familiar site in millions of homes in the USA and around the world at this time of year. But few know the story of Stingy Jack, the sinister mythical figure behind this holiday tradition....
The history behind Halloween
  | James Innes
Few people dressing up as ghosts, demons or evil creatures, or taking part in trick or treating this weekend, will know the history behind the Halloween holiday. However, this is a festival that can trace its origins back to pagan times and the ancient Celts....
Twitter planning hundreds of job cuts
  | James Innes
According to Bloomberg, Twitter is to announce hundreds of job cuts after surprising analysts by moving forward its 3rd quarter earnings announcement to a time when most analysts - and staff - will be asleep....
You couldn't make IT up
  | James Innes
IBM Australia should have listened to its own advice and tried switching a router off and on again before blaming a cyber attack for causing a major systems outage on a flagship project to record the 2016 national census online. The resulting fiasco and public humiliation shows what happens when techies don't follow their own advice....
The Top 10 Skills sought by employers in 2016
  | James Innes
LinkedIn has just published the list of the 10 most in-demand skills, based on recruitment activity that has taken place on the site in 2016. Technical skills dominate the list, particularly IT, programming and software development. However, separate research indicates that traditional softer skills like leadership and management are still important when it comes to climbing the corporate ladder....
Submarine Sunk by Sea Monster
  | James Innes
The discovery of the wreck of a German submarine off the coast of Scotland could be the key to solving one of the most enduring of maritime mysteries. Was the U-boat attacked by a giant sea monster or is there a more rational explanation for its fate?...
Norway says no to Finland birthday gift
  | James Innes
Norway's prime minister, Erna Solberg, recently dashed the hopes of campaigners when she vetoed a plan to move Mount Halti a few hundred meters into Finland....
Fired over Facebook posts
  | James Innes
A Georgia schoolteacher earlier this month became the latest in a long line of people who have lost their jobs over something they posted on Facebook. Is there something on your Facebook pages that should be removed?...
Why avocado toast has divided Australia?
  | James Innes
Give up your avocado toast and buy a house instead. This message for one middle-aged columnist has led to social media outrage in Australia, and put the humble avocado in the spotlight. ...
Angry Birds Attack Newly Weds
  | James Innes
It was meant to be the happiest day of their lives. But for one Australian couple, it almost became a nightmare from a Hitchcock film, as angry birds attacked the wedding photoshoot....
Sweden experiments with 6 hour working day
  | James Innes
Swedish companies have begun experimenting with a shorter working day in order to boost productivity and employee happiness. But are the benefits proven and will it catch on in other countries? ...
Gossiping Fish with Regional Accents at Risk!
  | James Innes
Scientists testing the waters around the British coastline believe that gossiping fish may be at risk because of increased noise pollution. They also believe fish may speak with regional accents....
Man who lived like a Goat honoured
  | James Innes
The 26th Ig Nobel Awards have recently been handed out at a ceremony to celebrate quirky achievements in the field of science. Amongst this year's worthy recipients were a man who lived like a goat, a Swede collecting hoverflies, and an Egyptian professor who dressed rats in pants....
The Spy who came in from the cold - and struggled to find a job
  | James Innes
Tom Marcus was an MI5 spy for 8 years but struggled to find a job when he left the service because of the gaps on his CV. For those in the same situation - with little practical experience or gaps in their career history, a functional CV might be an appropriate format to use....
The gender pay gap - male models are suffering
  | James Innes
Amongst the widespread debate about the gender pay gap between men and women, there is one industry where females earn significantly more than their male counterparts. Male models can earn a quarter of what women earn....
Australia drops backpacker tax
  | James Innes
A controversial Australia tax on backpackers has been dropped after opposition from farmers and the tourist industry. Instead the Government has announced measures to attract more backpacker visitors to the country....
Happy Birthday Google?
  | James Innes
Google has just celebrated its 18th birthday. Or has it? Technology giant struggles to remember when it was born....
The Paper Bag - the next big thing from Apple?
  | James Innes
After giving the world the IPad and the IPhone, Apple has now turned its attention to the humble paper bag. ...
Would you pay £53k extra to buy a house close to a good school?
  | James Innes
Average house prices in the catchment areas surrounding the top state schools in English have rocketed to £366,744 compared to an average of £313,318 in other areas. ...
Why Americans and Hilary Clinton can't be sick
  | James Innes
When Hillary Clinton turned up at the 9/11 Memorial Event last week, she did what millions of Americans do every day. She went to work when she was sick. Why do so many Americans still go to work when they are ill?...
He ain't heavy he's my brother
  | James Innes
The World Triathlon Series came to a dramatic finish when race leader Jonny Brownlee was carried over the line by elder brother, and double Olympic champion, Alistair....
The Kindness of Strangers - how an 89 year-old street seller got unexpected help
  | James Innes
Elderly Chicago street seller gets unexpected help thanks to a Facebook appeal...
How to motivate your team? Pizza or washing machine of course!
  | James Innes
Keeping employees motivated is not always easy, but incentives can help. The trick is to find out what motivates your employees in particular so that you can boost productivity and keep your team happy. ...
Facebook deletes iconic image and sparks public backlash!
  | James Innes
Facebook's decision to remove an iconic photo from the Vietnam War sparked a huge public outcry! Not only were they forced to reverse their decision but a wider debate has been sparked as to their influence on news and other media...
Australia's funniest and rudest names!
  | James Innes
A new map of Australia has revealed some of the country's funniest and rudest names...
UK to avoid recession?
  | James Innes
A well-respected survey has indicated a strong rise in the UK services sector, following signs of recovery in manufacturing and construction. Will the anticipated post-Brexit recession in the UK be avoided?...
You Want Loyalty? Get a Dog!
  | James Innes
Employee Loyalty, especially amongst younger workers, is on the decline. Businesses need to do more to encourage Millennials, the largest proportion of the workforce, to stay....
Caught out – Dubai ruler finds empty desks
  | James Innes
Red faces all round in Dubai as the local ruler carries out a surprise early morning inspection of civil service officers, only to find a row of empty desks....
999 What's your emergency? My feet hurt!!
  | James Innes
A woman from Warwickshire called 999 to ask for a lift home from shopping because her feet were sore!...
Junior Doctors to Strike for 5 Consecutive Days
  | James Innes
Earlier today, it was announced that junior doctors will be staging a series of five day strikes over the next four months as arguments continue over the introduction of a new contract....
The closure of Gawker – Freedom of Speech versus the Right to Privacy?
  | James Innes
The closure of the celebrity blog site gawker.com raises interesting questions about the right to free speech and the right to privacy....
Mega Connectors Hit by New LinkedIn Rules
  | James Innes
In a move that has not been widely announced, LinkedIn have begun to automatically remove connections made by "mega connectors" - those members whose networks exceed 30,000 members....
Got to Catch Them All!
  | James Innes
Or at least as many as your legs allow you to. Pokémon Go is the new Pokémon game by Nintendo that makes people literally run around like crazy! Reports of people quitting their jobs to become a full-fledged Pokémon trainer are no rumors!...
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