Cleaning windows is ranked least favourite job in Taiwan

6th of August 2013
Cleaning windows is ranked least favourite job in Taiwan

Cleaning the windows and exterior walls of buildings was ranked by Taiwanese workers as their least favourite job, according to a recent poll. Given a choice of several job categories, 45.4 percent of respondents chose window cleaning as a job they would not be willing to do.

Some 41.4 per cent chose being a fertiliser worker as an undesirable

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Urinal tap aims to promote men's hand hygiene

5th of August 2013
Urinal tap aims to promote men's hand hygiene

Men have long been criticised for their lack of hand hygiene but now they have no excuse for not washing their hands after a visit to the bathroom. A Latvian designer has designed urinal that incorporates a built-in tap.

The STAND tap is hands-free and activated by sensors - however opinion is still divided as to whether it is hygienic to wash

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Pay companies to hire young people, suggests OECD

2nd of August 2013
Pay companies to hire young people, suggests OECD

Youth unemployment is now such a serious problem in developed economies it has prompted the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to call for more government intervention, which could include paying businesses to employ young people.

It said governments should not roll back minimum welfare schemes and should reallocate,

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Loo of the Year awards see to promote accessible public toilets

1st of August 2013
Loo of the Year awards see to promote accessible public toilets

This year's UK Loo of the Year Awards, which recognise excellence in public toilets provision, will have a special category dedicated to 'bigger and better' accessible toilets designed for disabled people.

These toilets offer more space than standard accessible toilets andincorporate additional equipment, including an adult-sized changing bench,

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EU backs unified patent court

31st of July 2013
EU backs unified patent court

The European Commission has paved the way for a specialised European patent court to solve disputes and avoid multiple litigation cases in up to 28 different national courts.

At the beginning of this week it announced the legal framework for Europe-wide patent protection by updating EU rules on the jurisdiction of courts and recognition of

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Latvia to join euro currency in 2014

30th of July 2013
Latvia to join euro currency in 2014

The European Parliament has given clearance for Latvia to adopt the euro currency in 2014, with MEPs commenting on the country's "extraordinary efforts" to overcome the financial crisis.

"Latvia has overcome the 2008 crisis by working very hard, painfully, but in the end successfully, on its budget consolidation," said German MEP Burkhard

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