Violent explosion rocks Denmark tax office

first_imgStockholm: Danish police said Wednesday foul play was involved in a powerful explosion that rocked the national tax agency in Copenhagen, causing severe damage to the building’s exterior but no serious injuries. The cause of the blast, which occurred Tuesday around 10:00 pm (2000 GMT) at the agency’s headquarters in the capital’s Osterbro district, was not immediately known, Copenhagen police said. But investigators were treating the incident as a criminal act. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”It’s something someone has done on purpose,” Copenhagen police inspector Jorgen Bergen Skov, told a press briefing on Wednesday, adding that it was too early to say what the motive could have been. Investigators and bomb sniffer dogs were at the scene on Wednesday, police said. The blast had smashed windows and torn apart the front of the building. One person was hit by flying fragments and sought treatment at a hospital. Two people were inside the agency at the time of the explosion but escaped injury, a police spokeswoman said, adding that employees have been asked to work from home on Wednesday. Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has described the incident as a “deliberate act”, but said it was too early to speak of a “terror attack”. “We are talking about a serious crime and a very violent explosion, so it is a wonder no one was seriously injured,” Frederiksen told reporters. Danish Tax Minister Morten Bodskov told the Ritzau news agency it was “pretty obvious the facade has been blown up” deliberately, calling it a “totally unacceptable act”.last_img read more

Time to make your workspace healthier

first_imgAn average person spends around half of their waking hours at jobs, and along with the pay cheque, stress and unhealthy behaviour come for free. These unhealthy habits can be hazardous to your health and inimical for your day to day activities hence it is very important for a person to be in a healthier place, whether it is your home or your workspace. To keep your workspace healthy and not letting it affect your life, experts list some simple ways to make your office space a healthier place to be in. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSit less and involve yourself in mini workouts: As you spend long 8-9 hours daily in office and people with desk jobs have to sit continuously for these long hours. Sitting for this long stretch can lead to problems like pain in the shoulders, cervical and various spine related problems. Thus, to avoid these health issues little breaks in between long hours are very much required for a little walk and mini workout. Install air purifiers and green plants to purify the air: A breath of fresh air goes a long way in benefitting our health and mood. Fresh aroma leads to better creativity and better outputs are generated. Installing air purifiers and keeping easy to care for indoor plants near your workstation can serve the purpose. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveInstall a standing desk: Though sitting at a desk may sometimes not seem harmful but it certainly is. There are provisions for standing desk also. So, divide your work and time to avoid sitting for very long hours and utilize standing desks for good. Embrace Zen philosophy: Design philosophy plays a major role balancing mind, body and work. From Zen gardens to small vivid libraries, creating a personal space that can evoke the spirit and fill the atmosphere with enthusiasm is quintessential to make a healthier workspace. The reason to embrace Zen is to progress towards your goals with a holistic approach. If you have positivity around you, success will become your true companion. Personalize your space: Paint your workspace is a vivacious colour like green or any bright shade that brings warmth and calmness to the surroundings. Decorating the workplace with personal belongings will not just give it an emotional statement but also make overall aura more conducive and refreshing.last_img read more

Meet the Startup That Wants to Bring Sanity to the Job Hunt

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Many of us have been there: in between jobs, and finding ourselves submitting resumes online into a void never to be heard from again. But the team at HireArt, a four-year-old staffing and recruiting platform, wants to overhaul the often frustrating and demoralizing hiring process by putting the job applicant’s personality front and center.HireArt’s goal is to connect companies and candidates quickly and efficiently and to teach applicants how to continually improve, mostly through the human graders at the company that go over applications.Related: These Are the Strangest Job Interview Questions You’ll Ever Hear“Our biggest hope is to continue to make the job process more transparent,” HireArt co-founder Nick Sedlet told Entrepreneur. “What we imagine is that you can come to HireArt, apply to a job and get hired in less than a week.”Image Credit: HireArtWhen job applicants set up profiles on HireArt, they can record 60 to 90 second video responses about themselves and what skills they would bring to a given position. Users provide written and video answers to common questions — for example, if an individual seeks a customer-service position, he or she would be able to use similar answers for multiple openings. Applications on the platform can be tracked from submission to when the position is filled. HireArt users can set weekly goals, and search positions based on how quickly they want to find a new job.Related: The Key to Hiring the Best EmployeesHireArt recently released a free iOS app to streamline this process. Sedlet explains that video is a key component for the site and that many young applicants feel more at ease recording themselves on smartphones rather than the computer. He says one of the things the company is working on is making feedback from the companies available to candidates so they know why they did or didn’t land the job, and providing transparent standards, especially to college students just starting their search.Related: How to Hire for a Quickly Growing Company Without Losing Your MindEspecially for entry-level jobs that attract young professionals with lighter resumes, Sedlet noted that HR departments often look first at a candidate’s educational credentials, a strategy that doesn’t often lend itself to finding the best fit for the company or the role on offer.Image Credit: HireArt”One of the things we’re working against is superficiality in hiring,” Sedlet says. “There is bias in the hiring process because employers and individual hiring managers want to hire people like themselves. They also rely on credentials really heavily for lack of a better way to screen. Credentials are of secondary to no importance for us. There is a better way to identify who is right for the job.”Related: 4 Ways to Conduct an Awesome Talent SearchThe company, which graduated from Y Combinator in 2012 and is backed by investors such as TriplePoint Capital and 500 Startups, has a growing database of more than 300,000 job seekers. HireArt has worked with more than 500 companies — big names including Airbnb, Google and Facebook — to fill more than 3,000 openings. Going forward, Sedlet and his team are working to alleviate the pressure that builds when everyone is using the same job boards again and again.”Job boards have created this big mess. It’s really easy to apply for jobs, but it also kind of creates a bit of a race to the bottom,” he says. “Applicants want to apply for as many jobs as they can, and employers get hundreds of applications [to sift through]. What we’re trying to do is bring order, sanity and intelligence to this process.” Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img Register Now »last_img read more