Apple should repay Ireland 13bn euros, European Commission rules

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Ireland should recover up to €13bn (£11bn) from Apple in back taxes, the European Commission has ruled.

After a three-year investigation, it has concluded that the US firm’s Irish tax benefits are illegal.  Continue reading “Apple should repay Ireland 13bn euros, European Commission rules”

Gratitude Attracts Abundance

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Gratitude is being thankful. The more we do this the stronger we become emotionally. So it’s good to practice gratitude daily. Regardless of the challenges you face there’s always something to be thankful for. Finding something to be thankful for frees us from situations that seem hopeless. Finding something to be thankful for can free the heart from a difficult place.

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Colombia and Farc rebels sign historic peace agreement

 

Humberto de la Calle, right, head of Colombia's peace negotiation team, shakes hands with Ivan Marquez, chief negotiator of Farc, left, while Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, centre, applauds in Havana, Cuba. 24 August 2016Image copyrightAP
Image captionColombian government negotiator Humberto de la Calle (R) and his Farc counterpart Ivan Marquez (L) signed the agreement, applauded by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez

The Colombian government and the Farc rebel group have signed a historic peace accord, putting an end to more than five decades of conflict.

Both sides have agreed to work together to address social exclusion, to deliver justice to the victims of the conflict and build a stable and enduring peace.

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Italy earthquake: Death toll reaches 247 amid rescue efforts

 

The death toll in the Italian earthquake has risen to at least 247 as thousands of rescuers continue efforts to find survivors.

Dozens are believed trapped in ruined Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto, in mountainous central Italy.

The search went on through the night, and there was a strong aftershock which rocked already damaged buildings. . Continue reading “Italy earthquake: Death toll reaches 247 amid rescue efforts”

How to Defend Yourself Against Adult Bullying

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This article describes techniques and tactics that you can use to defend yourself against adult bullying, whether it be in the workplace or in your personal life.

There has been a lot of news coverage and discussion about bullying among children. The growth of social media has drawn attention to the way that children pick on other children, which can lead to tragic results including permanent damage to self esteem, eating disorders, and even suicide. However, not as much attention has been devoted to an equally real and dangerous social problem: Adult Bullying.

The fact is that people who were bullies as children often continue to be bullies as adults. Sadly, many of the techniques that they learned as child bullies work for them as adults, and they use these techniques to dominate and abuse fellow adults, be it in their workplace, their family or their social circle. It is a sad fact of life that bullies are often perceived as alpha males or females, or as having leadership qualities, so that many people in positions of authority such as large workplaces tend to be bullies, which gives them expanded opportunities to bully others, using their authority to guarantee that the victim is or at least feels powerless to do anything about it.
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Airlander 10: World’s ‘biggest’ aircraft unveiled after being fully assembled in the UK

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The world’s “biggest” aircraft has been unveiled and floated in a huge hangar for the first time since its assembly in the UK.

The Airlander 10 was developed for the US military, but was brought back to the UK by British firm Hybrid Air Vehicles following a campaign.

It was floated in a giant hangar in Cardington, Bedfordshire, and will take part in ground tests before 200 hours of test flights begin later this year.

Photographers struggled to capture the whole length of the aircraft, which is around 50ft (15m) longer than the biggest passenger jets.

“For the people on board and the people down below it’s going to look quite a sight,” said chief test pilot David Burns.

Wildfires in the US force 82,000 to flee their homes

A new fire in drought-plagued Southern California spreads across more than 100sq kms in just two days.

As many as eight wildfires were burning in California on Wednesday [Reuters]

A wildfire in Southern California raged virtually unchecked in thick brush on Wednesday after destroying dozens of houses and forcing the evacuation of more than 80,000 people from their homes, officials said.

The so-called Blue Cut Fire ignited on Tuesday in the mountainous Cajon Pass, near a highway corridor between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and has since covered more than 100sq km.

Firefighters had carved containment lines around only 4 percent of the blaze by Wednesday night, according to fire service officials.

They described the blaze as unusually fierce, even in a year of intense wildfires in the west, where years of drought have put a heavy burden on firefighting resources.

“In my 40 years of fighting fire, I’ve never seen fire behaviour so extreme as it was yesterday,” Michael Wakoski, the incident commander, told a news conference on Wednesday.

As many as eight wildland fires were burning in California on Wednesday, three of them scorching thousands of hectares as firefighters sought help from emergency services in other states and the California National Guard.

Syrian conflict: Russian bombers use Iran base for air strikes

Russia’s defence ministry says it has used a base in western Iran to carry out air strikes in Syria.

Tupolev-22M3 long-range bombers and Sukhoi-34 strike fighters took off from Hamedan on Wednesday, a statement said.

The aircraft attacked jihadist militants in Aleppo, Idlib and Deir al-Zour provinces, it added.

It is reportedly the first time Russia has struck targets inside Syria from a third country since it began a campaign to prop up Syria’s president last year.

Iran is Bashar al-Assad’s main regional ally and has provided significant military and financial support since an uprising against him erupted in 2011.

Aftermath of reported air strike on rebel-held district of Sakhur in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on 15 August 2016
Image captionDozens of people have been killed in air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo in recent weeks

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Sweden’s youngest Minister resigns..

Sweden’s youngest cabinet minister, 29 year old Bosnian refugee, Aida Hadzialic, Minister for Secondary and Adult Education, announced her resignation on Saturday after being caught driving under the influence of alcohol.
Hadzialic revealed that she had been stopped by police in the southern city of Malmo and tests showed she had an alcohol level of 0.2 grams per liter of blood, just the level considered an offense in Sweden.
She made the announcement at a press conference at government headquarters in Stockholm saying:
“That was the biggest mistake of my life… I will take responsibility. I announce my intention to resign from my ministerial post”. “I understand that a lot of people are disappointed in me. And I am angry with myself, and certainly I deeply regret it,” said the young politician seen as the future of the Social Democrat party.
Hadzialic was born in Bosnia and immigrated to Sweden at the age of five, in 1992, with her parents fleeing the war in the Balkans.

She became involved in the Social Democrats youth movement in high school and went on to be elected a municipal councillor at age 23.

She became the youngest government minister in Sweden’s history at the age of 29 in 2014.

Source: The Times of Isreal/AP

Be Patient.. What’s meant for you, will happen for you.

Right now you might be in a situation that you think you won’t survive, but six months ago you were in a situation that you didn’t think you’d survive and two years before that you were in a situation you didn’t think you’d survive and the point is you will always surprise yourself and you will always make it through. Greater things are in the works for you. It’s so difficult while we’re blind and hurting and don’t know which way is up. But, if you have faith in anything, have faith in the fact that the universe has a beautiful way of straightening things out far better than we ever could. You may not see it today or tomorrow, but you will look back in a few years and be absolutely perplexed and awed by how every little thing added up and brought you somewhere wonderful or where you always wanted to be. You will be grateful that things didn’t work out the way you once wanted them to. In the meantime just breathe and trust the process.  

 

–Idil