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Government introduces new product safety office

Image copyright LFB Image caption A faulty tumble dryer is believed to have caused a fire in a seventh floor flat in Shepherd’s Bush The government is creating a new Office for Product Safety and Standards to help manage large-scale product recalls and identify risks to consumers. It comes after several fires, including Grenfell Tower, linked to faulty fridge freezers and tumble dryers. The Commons’ Business Committee said last week there was a “strong case” for a national product safety…

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Stake on ‘crack-cocaine’ betting terminals to be cut to £2

The maximum stake which can be bet on so-called ‘crack cocaine’ fixed-odds betting terminals will be slashed to £2, it as been reported. The new Culture Secretary Matt Hancock is said to have come down in favour of the decision after deciding the machines are a  ‘social blight’. Ministers have been consulting on proposals to reduce the maximum stake which can be gambled on the highly addictive machines from £100 to anywhere between £2 and £50. Campaigners feared that Mr…

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Hashtag Trending – Apple in trouble again; YouTube backlash; GE not looking good

Apple is in trouble again due to poor working conditions. YouTube slashes advertising from thousands of channels, and things aren’t looking good for General Electric. On Facebook, reports of poor working conditions in one of Apple’s partner supply chains, Catcher, surfaced on Wednesday. The news comes on the heels of 24 class-action lawsuits lodged against Apple for throttling the performance of iPhones as their batteries age. The China Labour Watch says workers were often in contact with chemical components that…

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TomaGold Announces a Debt Settlement for Shares, The Canadian Business Journal

MONTREAL, Jan. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TOMAGOLD CORPORATION (TSXV:LOT) (“TomaGold” or the “Corporation”) announces a debt settlement for shares with a supplier. Under this agreement, the Corporation will issue a total of 214,050 common shares at a price of $0.06 per share for a total amount of $12,843. No insider participates in this settlement and the issued shares will be subject to a hold period of four months and one day. This transaction remains conditional upon the approval of…

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‘Jumanji’ Leads Sony Pictures Out of the Jungle

Three weeks into the new year, Sony Pictures is in an unfamiliar position: first place. After a dismal five-year run, Sony’s motion-picture business has outgrossed all competitors so far in 2018 thanks to a smash-hit sequel to a 1995 family film. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is No. 1 at the U.S. box office for the third weekend in a row,… Source link

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Music companies plan parties for Grammy week

The music world is about to descend on Gotham for The 60th annual Grammy Awards, but not everybody is in the party spirit. Industry hands are pooh-poohing the location of the event — Madison Square Garden — along with the frigid temperatures and the sprawl of New York City, as opposed to fire-ravaged, mudslide suffering Los Angeles — the location of the awards show since 2004. But turning a deaf ear to the static, the Grammys are partying as hard…

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OUT AND ABOUT: Newport City Summit

OUT AND ABOUT: Newport City Summit | South Wales Argus We use cookies to give you the best experience on our website and bring you more relevant advertising. Learn more about cookies OK   () View gallery More than 300 business people were at the Celtic Manor Resort for the fifth Newport City Summit. Speakers at the event included Beverley Owen, Newport City Council’s strategic director for place, who unveiled the council’s City Centre Masterplan. Ian Edwards, chief executive of…

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A credit for maternity leave and 5 other tax changes business owners should know

In an earlier column, I summarized the most important changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) for small and medium-sized businesses. This column covers some less-publicized, but still-important, changes that can affect businesses and their owners. New credit for employer-paid family and medical leave For wages paid in tax years beginning after 12/31/17 and before 1/1/20, the TCJA allows employers to claim a tax credit equal to 12.5% of wages paid to qualifying employees while they are on…

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Hire stick on smart city firm

An aerial view of Patna Patna: Spanish firm Eptisa Servicious de Ingenieria SL has been showcaused for failing to hire adequate officials for implementing the Patna smart city project even after a month of starting work. The project management consultancy is responsible for the preliminary day-to-day documentation and creation of the detailed project report for the mission smart city. It is supposed to float tenders to select firms for project implementation, and monitor the work, besides provide timely progress reports…

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Czech Government approves bankruptcy amendment bill adjusting conditions for debt relief

On 18 January it was reported by news server justice.cz that the Czech Government has approved a so-called debt relief amendment to bankruptcy legislation that will significantly change the conditions for debt relief. The amendment will make the process of declaring bankruptcy accessible to a broader circle of debtors who are making a good-faith effort to pay off their obligations and will aid people in the so-called debt trap. At the same time, however, the bill counts on debtors being…

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Small Business Owners, Google Will Start Favoring Faster Mobile Search in July

Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) just announced it is going to be taking page speed into consideration when it ranks websites for mobile searches. Called the “Speed Update,” it will not take effect until July 2018, and was driven in part by user complaints about mobile webpage speed. What’s the Google Speed Update? The goal, according to Google, is to give mobile users a better experience. This will bring mobile on par with desktop sites, which have been ranked based in part…

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Is Receiving be Better Than Giving?

Shocking right? I just drew you in with one of the greediest statements a person can make. What kind of selfish moron am I? I’m not talking about gifts here, mind you. Rather, we need to be more accepting of the things that people try to give us, but which so many reading this are quick to reject. Humans have a strange willingness to give, yet not receive. Even though as individuals, we do NEED each other to survive and…

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Almost half of small business owners would support mandatory paid time off

(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post) Ask any millennial–those between the ages of 18 and 34–what benefits they prefer the most and I bet you’ll hear the same thing. Sure, health insurance is important (particularly for those on the higher end of that age range). But in survey after survey, this generation has made it clear that paid time off is very, very important. In some cases, even more so than compensation. It seems that employers–even small employers–are starting…

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Do You Have A Networking Strategy?

Do You Have A Networking Strategy?   Do you ever have the feeling that you are wasting your time at networking events? Have you ever collected a lot of business cards that ended up on a shelf, in a drawer or in the trash? Studies shows that 97% of businesses regard customer referrals as an important source of new business, yet only 3% of businesses have any form of strategy to generate customer referral based leads. Do you have a…

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Three Gifts For A 20-Something – Set Your Own Relationship Rules

Three Gifts For A 20-Something – Set Your Own Relationship Rules What three “gifts” would you give a 20-something if you were a “Forty-Godmother”? Here 40-somethings share three wishes to help a 20-something get a head start on the confidence to make decisions that are right for themselves. No more woulda, coulda, shoulda. Today’s three wishes are from a 40-something on the life lessons she learned from her relationships, spanning her twenties to forties. Relationships don’t always go right but…

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