As Russia Mourns Victims of Mall Fire, Some Chant, ‘Corruption Kills!’

As Russia Mourns Victims of Mall Fire, Some Chant, ‘Corruption Kills!’ Photo Russia was in an official state of mourning on Wednesday as funerals began for the 64 victims of a fire at a mall in Kemerovo. Many of those killed were children. Credit Maxim Lisov/Reuters MOSCOW — Flags on government buildings flew at half-staff. Newspaper fronts were colorless. TV stations suspended commercials. Lawmakers observed a minute of silence.
Russia was in an official state of mourning on Wednesday as funerals began for the 64 victims of a fire that swept through a mall in the Siberian city of Kemerovo on Sunday. The tragedy that has led to public outrage over a perceived lack of transparency and accountability.
Funeral ceremonies were held at three churches in Kemerovo, 2,000 miles east of Moscow, local news outlets reported. In the morning, the caskets bearing the remains of two children and one adult were brought to a cemetery following services at Holy Trinity Church, the TASS news agency repor..

Sculpture of Winged Bull Destroyed by ISIS Is Recreated for London’s Fourth Plinth

Sculpture of Winged Bull Destroyed by ISIS Is Recreated for London’s Fourth Plinth Photo The American artist Michael Rakowitz’s sculpture, “The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist,” in London. Credit Gautier DeBlonde LONDON — A reconstruction of an ancient statue of a winged bull destroyed by ISIS is the latest public art installation to sit on a sculpture platform here known as the Fourth Plinth, on Trafalgar Square.
The sculpture, by the American artist Michael Rakowitz, titled “The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist,” was unveiled on Tuesday. It depicts a re-creation of Lamassu, an Assyrian statue that stood in Iraq in the ancient city of Nineveh, on the outskirts of modern-day Mosul, until 2015 when the militant group destroyed it along with other irreplaceable works of ancient art.
Lamassu is a mythological creature known for its protective qualities. It has the head of a man and the body of a winged bull. Mr. Rakowitz’s re-creation is made of 10,500 recycled cans of date syrup; dates ..

Higher employee satisfaction improves financial performance for businesses, new study says

Online employee reviews can be used to predict a firm's financial performance, says Glassdoor
Employee satisfaction improves the financial performance of companies, a new study suggests.
Research by jobs site Glassdoor found a strong link between a satisfied workforce and a firm's financial health.
The findings followed an analysis of more than 35,000 ratings on Glassdoor given by workers about their employers.
Read more Business leaders call for apprenticeship levy reform Glassdoor's chief economist Dr Andrew Chamberlain said: “These results are striking as they suggest online employee reviews can be used to predict a firm's financial performance and that there is a meaningful economic link between intangible company assets, such as employee satisfaction, and company performance in the United Kingdom.
“Employees are an important resource and not just a homogeneous cost of production.
“Tending to employees is like looking after your garden, helping them gro..

Australian Court to Decide Whether Cardinal Pell Faces Trial

Australian Court to Decide Whether Cardinal Pell Faces Trial Photo Cardinal George Pell, who has been accused of “historical sexual offenses,” outside the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court last week. Credit Luis Ascui/EPA, via Shutterstock MELBOURNE, Australia — The contentious committal hearing of Cardinal George Pell, the Catholic Church’s third highest-ranking priest, adjourned on Thursday, as a magistrate prepared to decide whether the case will go to trial.
The cardinal, the Vatican’s de facto finance chief, has been charged with committing “historical sexual offenses.” He is the most senior member of the Catholic Church ever to face such allegations, and the outcome of the hearing will mark a significant moment for the Vatican as it grapples with the problem of clerical sex abuse.
The magistrate, Belinda Wallington, is expected to announce in mid-April whether the cardinal will be tried.
While Cardinal Pell has been accused of decades-old sexual offenses, further details of the charge..