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    UK economy slows to six-year low amid Brexit uncertainty

    Latest figures from the UK’s Office for National Statistics highlight slowdowns across a number of industries. The UK economy has slowed to its weakest rate of growth in six years amid mounting uncertainty over Britain’s impending departure from the European Union, official figures show Data published by the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Monday revealed the British economy grew by 1.4 percent across 2018, down from 1.8 percent the year before, reflecting a slowdown across a number of industries including construction and car manufacturing. The figure signifies the UK’s lowest rate of annual growth since 2012, which also witnessed 1.4 percent growth, and its equal worst performance since 2009, when GDP contracted by 4.2 percent…

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    ‘De rekening van het paradijs? Die is voor de zelfstandigen en kmo’s’

    Christine Mattheeuws, voorzitter van het Neutraal Syndicaat voor Zelfstandigen, is het beu dat kleine ondernemingen en zelfstandigen opdraaien voor het feit dat grote ondernemingen allerlei constructies opzetten om minder belastingen te betalen: ‘De factuur moet eerlijk verdeeld worden tussen groot en klein.’ De Paradise Papers doen opnieuw heel wat stof opwaaien, ook bij de zelfstandigen en de kleinere kmo’s. Onze mailboxen ontploffen bijna omwille van de vele misnoegde reacties van zelfstandigen en zaakvoerders van kmo’s.DELEN De rekening van het paradijs? Die is voor de zelfstandigen en kmo’s. Eens te meer zien zij dat grote bedrijven als Ageas, Nike en Janssen Pharmaceutica dankzij fiscale spitstechnologie pakken belastinggeld niet moeten betalen en dat de uiteindelijke rekening…

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    ‘Levensstandaard van meerderheid van de armen stijgt, maar de kloof tussen arm en rijk wordt breder’

    ‘De middenklasse wordt sneller rijker in armere landen, maar in de hele wereld worden vooral de allerrijksten in sneltempo nóg rijker’, schrijft Ludo Abicht van Vlinks. In A l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleur (1919) staat de beroemd geworden “restaurant scene”, waarin Proust de gasten in de prachtige eetzaal van een luxe hotel in de fictieve badplaats Balbec beschrijft: de chique bourgeois met hun dure tafeldames zien er van op de donkere straat uit als kleurige exotische vissen en kwallen in een reusachtig aquarium. De arme vissers en hun gezinnen die hen observeren zouden ooit wel eens kunnen de vitrines indrukken: ‘Zal deze glazen wand altijd het festijn van de prachtige dieren beschermen en…

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    How to balance welfare and economic growth

    The laws of economics say social welfare should be in accordance with the economic development level of a country. Welfare programs that are beyond a country’s development level are not good for economic development, as has happened in Greece. On the other hand, if the economy develops rapidly without corresponding improvement in people’s living standards and public welfare, people will not feel a “sense of gain”, which in turn will have a negative impact on economic development. First, excessive welfare beyond a country’s development level will impede accumulation and harm welfare programs in the future. In economics, production is the top priority and it decides consumption. A society has to…

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    ARIA red carpet shockers

    While the ARIAs are known as Australian music’s night of nights, the award show has also played host to some of the most memorable red carpet looks. From outlandish costumes to trends that just haven’t aged well, here’s a look at some of the event’s most shocking looks ahead of Wednesday night’s ceremony. Imogen Anthony. Picture: Jonathan NgSource:News Corp Australia Kyle Sandilands’ girlfriend Imogen Anthony is used to stealing the spotlight from her shock jock partner with her outlandish fashion sense. But nothing tops her 2016 ARIA look which saw Anthony wear a graffitied dress, bright dreadlocks and a nose ring. Jessica Mauboy’s 2015 outfit was also memorable, with the…

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    The best movie out on Boxing Day

    When you’re too stuffed to eat any more Christmas leftovers and it’s too hot to bake in the sun at the beach, there’s only one option. Go to the movies. The annual tradition of Boxing Day releases is finally upon us, with a mixed bag of seven new flicks to devour or reject. Let us help you decide which film is worth the price of admission and which one you could leave until you’re on a long-haul flight, if even that. RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET What: A sequel to the popular Disney movie Wreck-It Ralph, this movie sees Ralph and Vanellope travel inside the World Wide Web, looking for a…

  • Kathy Bates, Mayim Bialik, Jim Parsons and Teller on The Big Bang Theory.
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    Big Bang Theory star spills on her wardrobe malfunction

    THE Big Bang Theory actor Mayim Bialik had a bit of bad luck recently when a wardrobe malfunction reared its ugly head in the middle of a social event. The star took to Instagram to share the funny moment with her followers. The photo shows her sitting in a clear chair wearing a pink and blue dress with the zipper all the way down, exposing her bare back. She captioned the photo: “10 min into a friend’s birthday party my zipper broke. #humble #oyveryizmir.” Mayim Bialik plays Amy on The Big Bang Theory.Source:Instagram While the moment would have been too embarrassing for most celebrities to share, Bialik is no stranger…

  • Emily Blunt was in shock as she accepted the award for best supporting female actress for A Quiet Place. Picture: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP
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    Lady Gaga’s Oscars dreams dashed

    She may have been the favourite after A Star Is Born was released but Lady Gaga’s dreams of winning a Best Actress Oscar are seemingly over. The Screen Actors Guild Awards have just finished up in Los Angeles, with Glenn Close edging out the singer turned movie star in the Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Leading Role category. Gaga’s co-star, Bradley Cooper, also missed out on top gongs yet again, after being beaten at both the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Awards. Gaga shared the Best Actress award with Glenn Close at the Critics Choice Awards, but has missed out on the Golden Globe and now the…

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    John Travolta shows off dramatic new look

    John Travolta has undergone something of a hair renaissance. The Pulp Fiction star, 64, had his new ’do on display as he stepped out to support his good friend Pitbull (real name: Armando Christian Pérez), who was receiving a hand and foot print at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The Grease star was out supporting his pal Pitbull. Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images Travolta’s salt-and-pepper locks fell casually in a middle part, and were matched with a cropped beard. He’s gone for a more subtle look. Photo: Backgrid AustraliaSource:BackGrid It was a dramatically different — and much more relaxed — look from the one he’d been sporting up…

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    JLo stuns in insane Vegas outfit

    Jennifer Lopez has said goodbye to Las Vegas in a very JLo kind of way. Picture: Getty Images for Caesars EntertainmentSource:Getty Images IT’S an outfit only Jennifer Lopez can wear. A sequined rose gold halter-neck top and matching pants, teamed with Jenny From the Block-era hoop earrings and a Tom Ford leopard print coat. JLo, 49, wore it in Las Vegas over the weekend, to mark the end of her long-running residency at Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino. Lopez and her boyfriend, Alex Rodriguez, 43, turned heads in the eye-catching ensembles, which included A-Rod in a hot pink shirt and trousers, looking as “Vegas” as anyone possibly can. Alex Rodriguez…