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Irishman turns £1 deal into £7.5m UK firm

An Irish entrepreneur who bought a former Heinz baby food factory in Cumbria for just £1 has dramatically turned the business around, posting revenues of £7.5m and rescuing 90 jobs. Monaghan-born entrepreneur Ross McMahon acquired the 11-acre site from Heinz when it disposed of non-core assets ahead of its merger with Kraft in 2015.
 

Accountants hit out at Revenue on tax return letters

In a letter to Revenue chairman Niall Cody the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies-Ireland (CCAB-I), an umbrella group, said its members were "encountering an unprecedented volume of communication from their clients who are unnecessarily concerned that their tax returns are incorrect".

Trump exposes the myth of 'running government like a business': Washington Post opinion

By James Downie. Marissa Mayer's tenure as chief executive of Yahoo has not gone well. Ad revenue has dwindled. High-profile acquisitions have failed. Users' personal info was breached -- twice. Now, Verizon is set to acquire Yahoo for a fraction of its worth a decade ago.

A way of life melting away in Greenland

Since the Inugguit people arrived in this village in 1953, life has been focused on hunting in and around this gulf, a summer habitat for narwhals, the rare whales with long, spearlike tusks that give them a mythic quality. In winter, the six-mile-wide body of water freezes solid enough to drive a....

Will Ferrell reprises George W. Bush impersonation at 'Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner'

"Full Frontal" host Samantha Bee hosted "Not the White House Correspondent's Dinner" at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. The event was a spoof of the actual dinner that took place later that evening. The event took shots at President Trump and other major players in today's government and media.

WATCH LIVE: Israel honors fallen soldiers at Western Wall ceremony

Israel on Sunday evening held its national ceremony for Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism , honoring the 23,544 security forces who have died defending the country since the beginning of the modern Jewish movement dating back to1860 in the pre-state period.

Technology-loving Dubai unveils its own typographic font

Sioux City, IA (51101) Today. Rain and wind. High 41F. Winds NNE at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall possibly over one inch.. Tonight. Occasional rain. Some snow showers mixing in overnight. Low 33F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 100%.

NYC mayor announces plan for free preschool for 3-year-olds

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2014, file photo, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, center, visit a pre-kindergarten class on at the Sacred Heart School in the Staten Island borough of New York on the first day for the city's public schools and the first day of the mayor's expansion of early childhood education.

Tim Farron says 'I'm a bit of a Eurosceptic'

Media caption Lib Dem leader Tim Farron: "The prime minister is heading for a colossal coronation on 8 June" Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has described himself as a "bit of a Eurosceptic" despite his party's pro-EU stance. Mr Farron cited his 2008 resignation from the Lib Dem front bench because he wanted a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

First rung

Image copyright PA. How did we go so wrong as a nation that something the baby boomer generation took for granted - being able to buy a decent-sized family home - now appears out of reach for so many of their children? That's the question I was trying to answer in Liverpool this week as part of the....

Reluctant patients, Hispanic men pose a costly challenge to the health system

By Michael Anft. California Healthline. Peter Uribe left Chile at 21 with his wife and 2-year-old daughter, landing in Baltimore and finding steady work in construction. His social life revolved around futbol, playing ȁ#x201c;six or seven nights a week in soccer tournaments,ȁ#x201d; he said.

Health care in America: An employment bonanza and a runaway-cost crisis

As President Donald Trump seeks to fulfill his campaign pledge to create millions more jobs, the industry would seem a promising place to turn. But the business mogul also campaigned to repeal Obamacare and lower health care costs — a potentially serious job killer. It’s a dilemma: One promise could run headlong into the other.

Major issues of Nova Scotia’s upcoming provincial election campaign

election campaign: Balanced Books: Nova Scotia’s The Liberals will portray themselves as good fiscal managers, having balanced the books in the last two years of their mandate and at a time when some governments in Atlantic Canada are running massive deficits.

Facts and figures of Nova Scotia’s upcoming provincial election

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil, left, and his wife Andre leave Government House after asking the Lieutenant Governor to dissolve the House in order to call a provincial election in Halifax on Sunday, April 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese Facts about the 31-day Nova Scotia....

Jaimie Baillie: Veteran Tory leader takes second kick at election can

The Liberals called a provincial election for Nova Scotia on May 30. Here is a quick look at the man hoping to lead the Progressive Conservative Party to victory. Name : Jamie Baillie. Party : Progressive Conservative Party. Age : 51. Hometown : Truro, N.S.

Is this the future of college: Online classes, but no degree

WASHINGTON (AP) — Connor Mitchell's university classes take place online, he doesn't have any exams and he studies in a different country every year. Is he looking into the future or taking a gamble? With college costs rising steadily and with more courses available online for free, some observers....

Philippines says Trump called Duterte to affirm alliance

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte gestures while addressing the media following the conclusion of the 30th ASEAN Leaders' Summit in Manila, Philippines, Saturday, April 29, 2017. Duterte suggested Saturday to his American counterpart to back out from an intensifying standoff with North Korea not....

Small cities deserve more of Taipei’s attention

The nation’s economic achievements were once internationally renowned, but economic growth has widened the ever-expanding gap between rich and poor. The lack of a bicameral legislature, of effective supervision of the executive offices and of government oversight in balanced regional development has....

At 100 days in, Trump seems both outsider and insider

"We are not going to let other countries take advantage of us anymore," he said Saturday in Harrisburg at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. "From now on it's going to be America first." But even as he returned to friendly political turf in Pennsylvania, Trump seems caught between....

ASEAN leader Philippines go easy on China over sea disputes

The Philippines followed up a summit of Southeast Asian leaders by releasing a final communique Sunday that removed mention of international concerns over China's "militarization" of newly built islands in the disputed South China Sea in a major concession to Beijing.

Valletta’s Grand Harbour to host fireworks festival finale

The Malta international fireworks festival comes to a climax on Sunday night. Thousands of spectators are expected enjoyed the spectacular with huge displays in the skies. The grande finale will be held around Valletta’s stunning Grand Harbour from 9pm.

Tanzania sacking Civil Servants with Fake Academic Certificates

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday sacked 9,932 public servants found with fake academic certificates after verification of their academic qualifications. The President sacked the public servants shortly after he had received a report on public servants’ verification of their academic qualifications.

Cash grants helping 55,000 Somalia families overcome Drought

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- Drought-stricken families in rural Somalia have been given a lifeline via 100 U.S. dollar cash grants to see them through lean times brought on by severe drought, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a statement on Friday.

5 al-Shabaab suspects held with explosives in Somalia

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- Somalia’s security forces have arrested five Al-Shabaab suspects and seized a vehicle laden with explosives in the northern port town of Bosasso, officials said on Wednesday. Police Commissioner of Bari region, Abdihakim Hussein Yusuf said the security forces received a....

Hunger crisis and violence damage South Sudan peace

JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) -- The body tasked with monitoring South Sudan’s peace agreement warned on Wednesday that increasing hunger crisis and escalation in violence have undermined all efforts to make peace in the war-torn East African nation. Festus Mogae, Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and....

No economic Policy Changes with South Africa cabinet reshuffle

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) -- South African President Jacob Zuma has assured business leaders that there would be no economic policy changes following the recent cabinet reshuffle, the Presidency said on Saturday. Zuma made the assurance at a meeting with business leaders in Pretoria on Friday, according to the Presidency.

Peace team warn South Sudan army over violence in Upper Nile

JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) -- Peace monitors on Friday warned South Sudan army command to stop all on-going violence in the country immediately. Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) chairman, Festus Mogae said they have confirmed the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) was responsible....

Frauds and Tax avoidance threaten regional economies

KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- East Africa tax experts have raised concerns over increasing cases of tax evasion and fraud by some tax payers in the region which is crippling the economies. They made the remarks on Wednesday during the 6 th East Africa regional meeting on tax investigation and enforcement in the Rwandan Capital Kigali.

Over one million people displaced in DRC amid ongoing violence

GENEVA Switzerland (Xinhua) -- The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned Friday that more than 1 million people have been forced to flee their homes as a result of "increasing and expanding violence" in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai, Lomami and Sankuru provinces.

Court allows Zambia opposition leader Treason charge

LUSAKA, (Xinhua) -- A court in Zambia on Wednesday dismissed an application to quash a treason charge against the country’s leading opposition leader. This follows an application by lawyers representing Hakainde Hichilema and his co-accused to quash the charge as it did not merit the charge of treason.

UN says London Conference crucial for solid reforms in Somalia

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- An international conference to be held in Britain on May 11 is crucial for accelerating reforms in Somalia, the UN envoy said Saturday. The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia Michael Keating said the London Conference on Somalia will be a....
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