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Monday 10.16.17

"Intelligence, knowledge or experience might get you a job, but strong communication skills are what will get you promoted."
Mireille Giuliano




 
Somalia truck bombing toll over 300 as funerals continue   The death toll from a truck bombing in Somalia’s capital has risen above 300, the director of an ambulance service said Monday, as the fragile Horn of Africa nation reeled from the deadliest single attack it’s ever experienced. - Associated Press

Austria Shifts Right as Refashioned Conservatives Win  Austria’s 31-year-old foreign minister led the conservative party to a major political victory on Sunday, with the People’s Party emerging as the strongest political force in the country, setting the course for a shift to the right. - New York Times

Harvey Weinstein: Oscars board expels producer over sexual assault allegations  In a statement, the Academy said governors voted to expel Weinstein "not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of wilful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behaviour and workplace harassment in our industry is over". - BBC

California has become the latest state to outlaw the ‘previous salary’ question.  California employers can no longer ask job applicants about their prior salary and — if applicants ask — must give them a pay range for the job they are seeking, under a new state law that takes effect Jan. 1. - SF Gate

Macy's readies to open its doors early again on Thanksgiving  Macy's is preparing for another early kick off to Black Friday shopping on Turkey Day. It's been a trend within the retail industry to stay open for longer around the holidays, as physical stores face stiffer competition from the 24/7 business that is Amazon.com. - CNBC

California firefighters say they finally ‘turned a corner’   With the winds dying down, fire officials said Sunday they have apparently “turned a corner” against the wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts of the state over the past week, and thousands of people got the all-clear to return home. - Associated Press

Barbarians Open Their Gates as Blackstone, Others Seek Retail Cash  Blackstone Group LP, which has become a Wall Street juggernaut by catering to institutions and the ultrarich, is targeting investors with $5 million or less for its next leg of growth. Blackstone aiming to attract more investors with $1 million to $5 million by offering direct access - Wall Street Journal

Tesla fires hundreds after company-wide performance reviews  Tesla fired hundreds of workers this week, including engineers, managers and factory workers, even as the company struggles to expand its manufacturing and product line. - Mercury News
 

  Take This Quiz to Figure Out How to Be Happier at Work 

Our sense of meaning, hope for the future and  strength of our relationships are all key factors in work happiness, according to bestselling author and UPenn Education Fellow, Annie Mckee. This quiz measures those factors and provides tips on how to improve them, so you can turn that work frown, upside down.
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