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Moving there for the hospitals?

Accenture to shift incorporation to Ireland

Ireland is expected to benefit along with Switzerland as companies seek more hospital conditions in Europe.

They are moving because of “hospital conditions”? I didn’t realize the health care was a reason to move corporations…perhaps you meant “Hospitable”….


Ouch. Yes. We corrected: GBU Editor

Bill Green, the chairman and chief executive of consulting firm Accenture Ltd, speaks during a news conference in Mumbai April 22, 2008. REUTERS/Arko Datta

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Popular ad?


GM bondholders shun tender offer; bankruptcy nears

The event marks a critical disappointment for GM, the largest U.S. automaker and once considered the bellwether of U.S. manufacturing. A popular ad for the automaker once stated that “What’s good for General Motors, is good for the USA.”

I don’t think there ever was such an ad. This quote, or a version of it, was said in 1952 when the head of GM was testifying to become secretary of defense. Later this statement was often misquoted, suggesting that Wilson had said simply, “What’s good for General Motors is good for the country.”

Play billiards, live longer?


“He says he developed the technique 220 years ago while working at his cousin’s billiard room, during his free time.”

Either this reference lacks honesty or accuracy, or you’ve missed the real story, which is how does he look so good after such a long period of practice?

A pence for your thoughts?


Sterling plummets as S&P cuts UK rating outlook

The pound shed 3 cents on the day to fall as low as $1.5514 while the euro jumped more than one pence to 88.69 pence.

Can you inform your staff that you can’t have one pence. Pence is a plural and the singular is a penny.

Not a former colony?


ArcelorMittal says delays Liberia iron ore mine

ArcelorMittal is a key investor in the poor former British colony, whose President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has made attracting foreign investment into its natural resources a centrepiece of her efforts to rebuild the country after a 1989-2003 civil war.

Liberia was not a former British colony. Please correct your reporter’s mistake in this story.

Honey, I shrunk the income…


California voters soundly reject budget measures

Schwarzenegger last week said the government of the most populous state in the United States faced a shortfall of $15.4 billion for its next fiscal year even if the measures were approved — underscoring the severe downturn in state revenue. Personal income in California has shrank for the first time since 1938 amid a recession and double-digit unemployment.

In the article “California voters soundly reject budget measures,” the reader finds a sentence with an egregious grammatical error. There are three names on the story, so apparently it took three reporters across the country, from New York to Sacramento, to to make the error and leave it there.

Very unfortunate typo…


BofA CEO: Economy bottoming, pay reform neededBank of America was among 19 big banks subjected to the teats.Subjected to the teats?Justin R.Yikes. We corrected it to say TESTS: GBU Editor

Bank of America Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Lewis speaks at the Boston College CEO club luncheon in Boston, Massachusetts March 12, 2009. Reuters/Brian Snyder

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Quite a lot, even for a diamond


Rare blue diamond sells for record $9.5 million

GENEVA (Reuters) – A flawless vivid blue diamond weighing 7.03 carats sold on Tuesday for a record 10.5 million Swiss francs (6.2 million pounds), the highest price paid per carat for any gemstone at auction, Sotheby’s said.

The stone sets a record price per carat for any gemstone sold at auction of $1,349,752, (882 million pounds) Sotheby’s said.

Not Cirque du Soleil?


Billy Elliot’ leads race for top US theater honors

The best theatrical event award pits comedian Will Ferrell’s show “You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush” against entertainer Liza Minnelli’s “Liza’s at The Palace,” Cirque du Soleil’s “Slava’s Snowshow” and Chinese production “Soul of Shaolin.”

“Slava’s Snowshow” is NOT a Cirque du Soleil production. In fact it’s not even Canadian — it’s an Australian production. Doesn’t anyone check this stuff?

Feud for thought….


That should be spelled “feud.”


Indeed. We corrected: GBU Editor

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