Genre of the Week: Cordula Grün by Josh

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Each country has its own one-year wonder, a song that is (one of) the most popular for the whole year and is the trademark of its own culture. Most of these one-hit wonders that is popular during the year are produced by up-and-going musicians, many of whom fade into the background after the hit has past.

We’re hoping that the musician Josh will be the one in the minority. Born and raised in Vienna, this musician was getting a start in his musical career when this one-hit wonder came out in 2018 entitled “Cordula Grün,” a story of a love affair with a person bearing this name.  The rhythm and story go together like bread and butter, resulting in the hit reaching the top five in Austria and Bavaria (in the category of Volksmusik), whereas it has been in the top 30 in Germany.  This unique pop song will more likely get some accolades in the next year, but for this year, it has earned the honors of being the Files’ Genre of the Week. Enjoy and feel free to comment on this unique song:

 

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EU parliament versus FATCA

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Following the worldwide implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) – a reporting regime that obliges financial institutions to disclose certain financial information on their US customers – thousands of law-abiding EU residents realised that they were subject to tax obligations in the US, whereas they thought they had no ties with the US. These so-called ‘Accidental Americans’ could be anyone with an American parent who inherited US citizenship but was born outside the US, or people of other nationalities who happened to be born in the US and who stayed there only a few weeks or months and maintained no ties whatsoever to the US. The US is one of only two jurisdictions in the world that has a taxation system based on citizenship (with Eritrea), as opposed to the domicile and residence concepts which are seen in many other jurisdictions.

These ‘Accidental Americans’ who are residing in or are citizens of the EU, suffer adverse effects as a result of FATCA, such as having their savings accounts frozen and being denied access to banking services due to the reluctance of financial institutions to follow costly FATCA reporting.

Further to a petition submitted by a ‘Collective of European citizens who are either “Accidental Americans” or dual European/US citizens Association of Accidental Americans’, on 5 July 2018 the European parliament adopted a resolution on the adverse effects of FATCA on EU citizens and in particular ‘Accidental Americans’.

In this resolution, the EU parliament acknowledge the difficulties encountered by the EU “Accidental Americans” and calls on Member States and the Commission to ensure that the fundamental rights of all citizens, in particular those of ‘Accidental Americans’ are guaranteed. Furthermore, the EU parliament also raised other concerns, such as the fact that although most of the intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) negotiated with the US are theoretically reciprocal, it seems the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has not been systematically reporting information on EU taxpayers having financial assets in the US, albeit most of the IGAs have now been in force since 2014.

In the context of the gradual shift from banking secrecy to the globalisation of tax transparency over the last decade, the EU parliament is now raising certain concerns over the effects of the implementation of FATCA within the EU, and in particular its lack of bilateral transparency.

To understand more about FACTA, how it affects Americans overseas and what the EU is doing to try and eliminate this unnecessary policy of impurging on the privacy and rights of Americans and Europeans alike by forcing Washington to retract this, please continue to read this article by clicking on the link below….

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10 Techniques Every Teacher Needs to Know

10 Techniques Every Teacher Needs to Know

In School, In Germany: I saw this as I was doing some research lately and it deals with the concept of classroom management, which includes more involvement of students, praising the students for their work and especially a personal journal about the students’ learning experience. These ten ideas are useful for both the teacher and the student (regardless of age). If you haven’t tried any of them, experiment. If there are some other ideas you’ve tried that Richard Rogers has yet to know about, tell him. Bottom line is you won’t know what works unless you try an experiemnet or two. Enjoy these ten ideas for the classroom. 🙂

An article by Richard James Rogers (Author of The Quick Guide to Classroom Management)

Illustrated by Pop Sutthiya Lertyongphati 

I’m a big fan of books and articles that condense years and years of hard-earned experience into a few, clear, tidbits of advice that anyone can benefit from.

The aim of this week’s blog post is to do just that.

To set the context for today’s article I’ll tell you a little about me: I completed my PGCE in 2006, taught secondary science in the UK for two years before moving to Thailand to teach science and mathematics at international schools (along with a little German here and there). I’m now in my 13th year of teaching. In 2015 I published my bestselling book, The Quick Guide to Classroom Management, which has inspired thousands of teachers all over the world to make subtle little changes…

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Genre: I Heard Your Voice in the Wind Today- Unknown Author

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Some food for thought from a poem written by an unknown writer to start off the weekend. Enjoy! ❤ 🙂

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Welcome to 2018 by Unknown Author

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With Mid-term Elections of 2018 looming and of course, the subsequent Presidential Elections two years later, one has to wonder what has become of our society today, as we seem to have veered away from our own sets of principles, families and friends and have engaged in self-gratification, selfishness and self-recognition at the cost of relationships, the environment and the people around us, many of them who need our help in one way or another.

This poem, written by another unknown author and was found recently on facebook, describes what society has become as of present and what is yet to come should the trend continue.

Read this poem and think of the following questions:

  1. What would you like to see return to our society that you miss the most?
  2. What do you think will happen next, with and without our own efforts?

Think about it for awhile before deciding on the next step, whatever it may be.

 

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Mourner’s Kaddish- A Tribute to Pittsburgh

I learned about the mass shootings that occurred in Pittsburgh on the 27th of October, at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the suburb of Squirrel Hill. It was not far away from some of my friends who live there, one of them happens to be raised of Jewish faith. Still they are connected to the 11 people who were slain and six more who were injured, with family and friends, congregation members and the community traumatized. And as the world mourns the losses and brings people together, I found a Jewish poem that focuses on love and sharing, even in the time of one’s passing. It would be inappropriate to comment on this (as I have a couple pieces of work to follow) nor introduce the Kaddish further. Therefore, this piece is being presented, dedicated in memory of those whose lives were either cut short senselessly or were altered by the events forever. We must not forget that love will forever prevail over hate, no matter how certain people try. God bless you whereever you are:

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