Saturday, 19th June 2021

This Month's Magazine
Did you know that..?

Did you know that..?

A pick of useless but interesting newspapers extracts and topics, some even curious.

Poll shows that the UK is still divided over European Union. The country is still divided over the decision to leave the European Union, according to a new poll. Some 46  per cent said they would like to rejoin the EU, against 54 per cent who believe the UK should not return. Some 63 per cent of 18-24-year-olds want a return to Europe, but 69 per cent of over-65s want to stay out. The Independent

Lockdown earns Amazon $11,000 a second. Online retail giant Amazon is reaping a cash bonanza from the global coronavirus lockdown, with its share price soaring  and customers spending almost $11,000 (£8,800) a second. Founder Jeff Bezos has reinforced his position as the world’s richest person, his personal fortune rising  $6.4bn (£5.1bn) on Tuesday to reach $138bn (£110bn). The Guardian

Making the most of change. While we cannot always choose when we have to confront moments of great change, we can control how we respond to them. The key is  to cultivate our willingness and ability to adapt. How do we do that? Practice trying on different points of view by playing a respectful devil’s advocate in meetings. Adopting different perspectives - and then casting them aside when you need to - can help you build a flexible mind. It also helps to keep a running log of the times  you were wrong and shifted gears. Editor


Finland is named world’s happiest country again. Finland has been named the world’s happiest country for the third year in a row. The annual United Nations World  Happiness Report put the Nordic country at number one once again. The UK fell short of the top 10, coming in 13th place. The least happy countries were said to be  Afghanistan, South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Central African Republic. Daily Express

Pandemic leading to huge drop in air pollution. The coronavirus spells good news for the planet as industrial activity shutdowns have temporarily slashed air pollution  levels around the world. Levels of nitrogen dioxide over the past six weeks were markedly lower than at the same time last year. This year could see the first reduction in global emissions since the global financial crash in 2008. The Guardian

It’s not all doom and gloom. If you need to  while away some time while on lockdown, here’s a quiz question. What do the following businesses have in common: IBM,  Disney, Uber? The answer is simple. They were all founded during a deep recession. For a long time, economic historians have noticed that even when business  conditions are at their toughest, a few smart entrepreneurs can still find a way to launch a new company. As the world goes into what may easily turn into the deepest  downturn for 100 years or more, could that be true this time too? Editor

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