And we wonder why people aren’t interested in our writing? Look at the rules we’re following. Most of us learned in high school or college to “write well” with the inverted pyramid. Get the necessary stuff out first. The 5 W’s (Who, what, when, where, and why). Don’t bury the…

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Image copyright Reuters A rise in the employment rate for women since 2008 is holding back wage growth globally, the OECD has told the BBC. Chief economist Catherine Mann said women were paid less in general, while male employment rates remained weak, and that this had skewed the figures. She…

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Image copyright Reuters Shares in the Taiwanese smartphone firm HTC will be suspended from trading on Thursday amid rumours Google’s parent Alphabet is planning a takeover. The company issued a statement in response to a report in the China Times, and a request from the Taiwanese Stock Exchange. It said…

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Image copyright AFP Image caption Renewable energy in Nicaragua The 2015 Paris agreement’s ambitious goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C remains within reach, a study suggests. The study is one of several to address the “carbon budget”, which – among other things – determines how much CO2 the planet…

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Cross-posted from TomDispatch.com Here we go again! Years after most Americans forgot about the longest war this country ever fought, American soldiers are again being deployed to Afghanistan. For almost 16 years now, at the command of three presidents and a sadly forgettable succession of generals, they have gone round and round like so…

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Image copyright Microsoft Image caption Windows XP dates back to October 2001 and was replaced by Vista five years later England’s second biggest police force has revealed that more than one in five of its computers were still running Windows XP as of July. Greater Manchester Police told the BBC…

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Image caption Hull has one of the highest levels of problem debt In at least 10 areas of the UK, more than a fifth of the residents are missing bill payments repeatedly, according to research. New figures from the Money Advice Service suggest inner-city areas are the worst affected. In…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some pilots have blamed a lack of staff for the cancellations Is Ryanair short of pilots? It’s a critical question. It could help explain why 400,000 Ryanair passengers are having flights cancelled over the next few weeks. But it’s hard to give a straight…

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