Society


Posts filtered by tags: Europe[x]


 

Milan Kundera 'joyfully' accepts Czech Republic's Franz Kafka prize

Prestigious award follows the restoration of his citizenship last year after decades of exile in ParisMilan Kundera, whose Czech citizenship was restored last year after he had spent more than 40 years in exile, has won one of the Czech Republic’s most prestigious literary awards, the Franz Kafka prize.The $10,000 (£7,800) award, organised by the Franz Kafka Society and the city of Prague, is chosen by an international jury. Franz Kafka Society chairman Vladimír Železný said Kundera won for his ...
Tags: Europe, Books, Fiction, Society, World news, Culture, Czech Republic, Prague, Awards and prizes, Fiction in translation, Milan Kundera, Franz Kafka, Kundera, ParisMilan Kundera, Franz Kafka Society, Vladimír Železný


Are your eyes playing tricks? The early work of Olivo Barbieri – in pictures

The Italian photographer shot the everyday – from cars in the suburbs to stacks of watermelons. Yet somehow his images make you question reality... Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Photography, Society, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Exhibitions, Olivo Barbieri, Art and design books


Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Yasmine Jacob: TikTok in Hot Water After Being Sued Over Patent Infringement (Source: Independent Online) Chris Burt: Apple Granted Patents for Under-Display Fingerprint Biometrics and Face ID Upgrades (Source: Biometric Update) Stephen Randall: Titan Medical Announces Intellectual Property Portfolio Expansion with Issuance of Robotic Surgery Patents Related to Camera and System Control (Source: Business Wire) Vipin Bharathan: US Postal Service Files a Pate...
Tags: Europe, Law, US Postal Service, Uspto, Patent, Jorge L Contreras, Jonas Anderson, Bits and Bytes, Juvan Bonni, Tiktok, Chris Burt, Paul R Gugliuzza, Yasmine Jacob, Stephen Randall, Business Wire Vipin Bharathan, Forbes Michael Kan


Boris Johnson's Brexit bill straight out of Trump playbook, David Lammy says

Labour MP criticises Cummings and says Tory government has dented UK’s standing in the worldBoris Johnson’s law-breaking Brexit bill is straight out of the Donald Trump playbook, and leaves justice secretary Robert Buckland looking “a very small figure,” says David Lammy .As the controversial internal markets bill returns to the House of Commons this week, the prime minister appears to have bought off most Tory rebels by promising a parliamentary vote before the powers in it would be used. Conti...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Law, European Union, UK News, World news, US news, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, David Lammy, Boris Johnson, Tory, Johnson, Donald Trump


Global preparation: how different countries planned for the second wave of Covid-19

Lockdowns brought temporary relief to some but, everywhere, test and trace is key Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first wave of coronavirus swept through a world unprepared. Authorities struggled to test for the disease, and didn’t know how to slow the spread of Covid-19.Lockdowns brought the virus under temporary control in some places, including the UK, buying a window for the revival of education and the economy, and time to prepare for future waves that epidem...
Tags: Health, South Korea, Europe, UK, China, Germany, Africa, Americas, Spain, Society, UK News, World news, Australia news, Czech Republic, Hungary, Asia Pacific


Billionaire Chuck Feeney achieves goal of giving away his fortune

Irish-American mogul’s philanthropic foundation runs out of cash after 38 yearsChuck Feeney has achieved his lifetime ambition: giving away his $8bn (£6bn) fortune while he is still around to see the impact it has made.For the past 38 years, Feeney, an Irish American who made billions from a duty-free shopping empire, has been making endowments to charities and universities across the world with the goal of “striving for zero … to give it all away”. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, Society, World news, Retail industry, US news, Ireland, Philanthropy, Feeney, Chuck Feeney


Lord Keen: what were the events that led to Tory peer's resignation?

As Keen confirms he has quit as advocate general for Scotland, we look at how it happenedIt was last week that questions over Lord Keen’s position as one of the government’s senior law advisers first emerged.A three-page letter, marked “official – sensitive”, seen by the Guardian, revealed his serious reservations over Downing Street’s intention to override the EU withdrawal agreement. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Law, Scotland, Eu, European Union, UK News, House Of Lords, Foreign Policy, Scottish politics, Brexit, Lord Keen


The Guardian view on Boris Johnson, Brexit and the law: wilful incompetence | Editorial

The prime minister believes that provoking chaos will get him a better deal in EU negotiations. He is wrongTo outside observers of Boris Johnson’s government, it can be difficult to tell the difference between partisan provocation and rank incompetence. Both generate an aura of chaos. It does not help that members of Mr Johnson’s own cabinet also struggle to understand what is going on.On a question as vital as the UK’s willingness to observe international law, there is confusion at the highest ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Law, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, House Of Lords, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Brexit, Robert Buckland, Brandon Lewis, Boris Johnson Brexit


Lord Keen resigns over Boris Johnson's Brexit plan

Move by advocate general for Scotland is latest blow in fallout from internal market billLatest politics news – live developmentsBoris Johnson has suffered another embarrassing resignation over his controversial Brexit policy after Lord Keen, the UK government’s law officer for Scotland, stepped down.A Downing Street spokesperson said: “Lord Keen has resigned as advocate general for Scotland. The prime minister thanks him for his service.” Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Law, Scotland, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, House Of Lords, Foreign Policy, Scottish politics, Boris Johnson, Brexit, developmentsBoris Johnson


Lord Keen hands in resignation over Boris Johnson's Brexit plan

Ministers reportedly trying to persuade advocate general for Scotland to reverse decisionLatest politics news – live developmentsBoris Johnson appears to be on the brink of suffering another resignation over his plan to break international law on Brexit, with Lord Keen resigning from the frontbench in the House of Lords.The Guardian understands Keen tendered his resignation on Wednesday, but no announcement has yet been forthcoming, with ministers apparently trying to persuade him to remain in p...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Law, Scotland, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, House Of Lords, Foreign Policy, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Brexit, House of Lords The Guardian


'A voice for our emotions': Poland's club scene fights for LGBTQ+ rights

As towns declare themselves ‘LGBT-free zones’, Polish DJs and musicians are leading furious opposition to widespread homophobia and police brutalityIn August, as a giant bouncy castle was throwing a shadow on Warsaw’s baroque-style Ujazdow castle – home to the Centre for Contemporary Art – a party was under way. It was the last in To Be Real, an events series aimed at maximising the space’s fleeting inclusivity of Poland’s LGBTQ+ community. One of the artists was running late. “I came almost str...
Tags: Europe, Music, Justice, Society, World news, Culture, Punk, Sexuality, LGBT rights, Poland, Electronic Music, Clubbing, Experimental music, Warsaw, Margot Human Rights Watch


Daughter of Hotel Rwanda dissident criticises Belgium's response to arrest

Paul Rusesabagina ‘visited once’ by Belgian official since alleged kidnap in DubaiThe alleged rendition and detention of a Rwandan human rights activist has prompted only a tepid political response from his adopted home of Belgium, according to the activist’s daughter, who said it called into question the value of European citizenship for political prisoners.Paul Rusesabagina, a Belgian citizen who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda, is alleged to have been forcibly taken from Dubai to Kigali, where...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Law, Africa, World news, Dubai, Belgium, Rwanda, Paul Kagame, Kigali, Paul Rusesabagina, Hotel Rwanda, Carine Kanimba


Entity Management Company Athennian Steps Out Of Stealth And Into An $8M (CAD) Series A

After three years of quiet growth and development of its cloud-based legal entity management software, the Calgary, Canada, company Athennian is today announcing an $8 million CAD Series A investment, on top of a previously unannounced $2 million CAD seed financing round last year, for total funding of $10 million CAD. Athennian provides software that allows legal departments and professional services firms to automate management of subsidiaries and legal entities. Used primarily by paralegals, ...
Tags: Europe, Microsoft, Law, Uncategorized, Canada, United States, Asia Pacific, Silicon Valley, Arthur Ventures, Microsoft Dynamics, Great Plains, Camara, Bob Ambrogi, CT Corporation, Patrick Meenan, Entity Management Company


First funeral held using ‘living coffin’ made of mushroom fibre

Netherlands-based startup company behind eco-friendly fungi mycelium casketAfter months of testing, the first funeral has taken place in the Netherlands using a fast-composting “living coffin” made of mycelium, the mat of fibres that forms the underground part of fungi.“I didn’t actually go, but I talked to a relative beforehand – it was a moving moment, we discussed the cycle of life,” Bob Hendrikx, the founder of Loop, the startup producing the Living Cocoon, told the Metro newspaper. Continue...
Tags: Europe, Environment, Society, World news, Netherlands, Death and dying, Metro, Bob Hendrikx, Living Cocoon


'It's like family':Swedish housing experiment designed to cure loneliness

A radical new scheme offers homes to different ages and backgrounds – and insists that they (safely) mingleErik Ahlsten is unequivocal. “This is the best accommodation I’ve ever had” His friend and neighbour Manfred Bacharach is equally enthusiastic. “I really like this way of living,” he says. “It’s very much my cup of tea.”The two are referring to their new home, Sällbo, a radical experiment in multigenerational living in Helsingborg, a small port city in southern Sweden. Its name is a portman...
Tags: Europe, Sweden, Housing, Communities, Society, World news, Young People, Older people, Loneliness, Bacharach, Helsingborg, mingleErik Ahlsten, Manfred Bacharach, Sällbo, Ahlsten


How did your MP vote on the Brexit internal market bill?

Many senior Tories did not vote and two Conservative MPs rebelled in the first Commons division on Boris Johnson’s new bill, which would break international law Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Law, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, House Of Commons, Boris Johnson, Tories, Brexit


Brexit: David Cameron joins former PMs warning against Boris Johnson's bill

Ex-attorney general Geoffrey Cox says breaking international law risks damaging UK’s standingDavid Cameron has become the third former Conservative prime minister to express disquiet about Boris Johnson’s proposal to breach international law by unilaterally redrafting part of the Brexit deal with the EU, saying he had “misgivings” about the idea.In comments on Monday, before MPs began debating the internal market bill that sets out the plans, Cameron said: “Passing an act of parliament and then ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Law, David Cameron, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Cameron, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Geoffrey Cox


David Cameron joins former PMs warning against Boris Johnson's Brexit bill

Ex-attorney general Geoffrey Cox says breaking international law risks damaging UK’s standingDavid Cameron has become the third former Conservative prime minister to express disquiet about Boris Johnson’s proposal to breach international law by unilaterally redrafting part of the Brexit deal with the EU, saying he had “misgivings” about the idea.In comments on Monday, before MPs began debating the internal market bill that sets out the plans, Cameron said: “Passing an act of parliament and then ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Law, David Cameron, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Cameron, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Geoffrey Cox


Wagner's treaty warning to the Tories

Boris Johnson’s attitude to international law inspires Wagnerian comparisons from reader Graham Bould, while Dr Anthony Isaacs urges Gina Millar to intervene. Mark Stallworthy says the row has exposed Suella Braverman’s shortcomingsFurther to letters (10 September) regarding the Tories’ disregard for the rule of law, I am reminded of the fate of Wotan and the other Germanic gods as told by Richard Wagner. Wotan the one-eyed, philandering leader, intent upon little else than prestige in his eyes ...
Tags: Europe, Music, Politics, UK, Law, Government, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Tories, Brexit, Loki, Wagner


Brussels considers EU equality law change to tackle racism

Exclusive: Draft EU action plan proposes to investigate whether race equality directive has gapsBrussels will consider upgrading the EU’s race equality law as it sets out a sweeping plan to tackle discrimination against people from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background.A draft EU action plan against racism, seen by the Guardian, proposes to investigate whether the 2000 race equality directive has gaps, particularly on policing and law enforcement. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Law, Race, Eu, European Union, World news, Guardian, Inequality


Brexit: UK negotiators 'believe brinkmanship will reboot trade talks'

Plan has enraged EU and many Tories but sources say No 10 thinks it will move talks along Britain’s Brexit negotiators believe Downing Street’s plan to break international law and push the trade and security negotiations to the brink may have helped reboot the talks by offering Brussels a reality check about the looming danger of a no-deal outcome.The publication of the internal market bill on Wednesday, under which key parts of the withdrawal agreement agreed last year would be negated, has enr...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Law, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Britain, Foreign Policy, Boris Johnson, Brussels, Downing Street, Brexit, Michel Barnier


Belgian king's daughter fights for right to call herself a princess

Delphine Boël, whose mother had affair with ex-king Albert II, also wants to take her father’s surnameA woman who successfully fought a seven-year legal battle to prove she was the daughter of the former king of Belgium, Albert II, will learn next month whether, against the wishes of her father, she will be able to use the titles Her Royal Highness and the Princess of Belgium.Delphine Boël, 52, an artist and sculptor, whose mother had an extra-marital affair with Albert in the 1960s and 70s, arg...
Tags: Europe, Family, Law, World news, Belgium, Brussels, Albert, Albert II, Delphine Boël, Belgium Albert II


Cuties controversy sparks #CancelNetflix campaign

French film Mignonnes sparks 200,000 tweets calling for boycott of streaming service over claims the film sexualises its young starsA call to boycott Netflix on Thursday over the French film Mignonnes – AKA Cuties – has been launched on social media, over claims that its young stars were portrayed in a sexualised way.The film is directed by French-Senegalese director Maïmouna Doucouré, and started streaming on 9 September. More than 200,000 tweets with the hashtag #CancelNetflix became the top t...
Tags: Europe, Media, Film, France, Africa, Senegal, Society, World news, Netflix, Culture, Young People, World cinema, Maïmouna Doucouré, CancelNetflix


Internal market bill: what it says and the UK hopes to achieve

Concerns raised at explicit manner in which bill overrides international treaty obligationsThe internal market bill is designed, according to the government, to “protect jobs and trade” within the UK after the end of this year’s transition period for leaving the EU.The legislation will, the government declared, “enable the UK government to provide financial assistance to Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland with new powers to spend taxpayers’ money previously administered by the EU”. Continue r...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Law, Eu, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Brexit, Scotland Wales


Jonathan Jones' resignation over Brexit law-breaking met with dismay

Friends and colleagues say top civil servant in intolerable position after advice ignoredFriends and former colleagues of the government lawyer Sir Jonathan Jones said his resignation suggested he had been put in an intolerable position, with a cabinet minister admitting the government intended to break the law.Jones resigned on Tuesday, giving no reason in his departure email to colleagues, but Whitehall sources and former colleagues said he had clashed with the attorney general, Suella Braverm...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Law, European Union, UK News, Civil Service, Northern Ireland, Whitehall, Jones, Brexit, Jonathan Jones, Suella Braverman


Equity made Estonia an educational front runner

Estonia became a top performer in the most recent PISA, a worldwide study of 15-year-old students' capabilities in math, reading, and science.PISA data showed that Estonia has done remarkably well in reducing the gap between a student's socioeconomic background and their access to quality education.The country's push toward providing equal-access to learning technology is a modern example of the culture's dedication to equity in education. As I performed my interviews for this article, one fact...
Tags: Europe, Supreme Court, Education, China, Singapore, West Virginia, Society, Policy, Teaching, United States, United Kingdom, Testing, Innovation, Korea, Silicon Valley, OECD


Entity Management Company Athennian Steps Out Of Stealth And Into An $8M (CAD) Series A

After three years of quiet growth and development of its cloud-based legal entity management software, the Calgary, Canada, company Athennian is today announcing an $8 million CAD Series A investment, on top of a previously unannounced $2 million CAD seed financing round last year, for total funding of $10 million CAD. Athennian provides software that allows legal departments and professional services firms to automate management of subsidiaries and legal entities. Used primarily by paralegals, ...
Tags: Europe, Microsoft, Law, Uncategorized, Canada, United States, Asia Pacific, Silicon Valley, Arthur Ventures, Microsoft Dynamics, Great Plains, Camara, CT Corporation, Patrick Meenan, Entity Management Company, Calgary Canada company Athennian


Do you feel sorry for first year university students?

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Said by Dickens many years ago but with eerie relevance to our current situation.The global pandemic is itself an overwhelming health tragedy. Moreover, it has laid bare so many other local, national, and global issues that have been simmering beneath the surface. To name but a few: health systems that treat the sick—if they can afford it—rather than social systems that maintain and promote health; online communities that replace a sense of ...
Tags: Europe, Books, Business, Politics, UK, Featured, Law, Finance, Economics, History, Critical Thinking, Higher Education, Language, Vietnam, Newton, University of Edinburgh


Identity cards are no threat to civil liberties | Letters

Readers respond to an article by Gracie Mae Bradley on the intrusiveness of the digital identity system that the government is planningGracie Mae Bradley of Liberty writes that “People often ask why objections to proposed ID systems in the UK have historically been so strident when such schemes are widespread in mainland Europe” (The UK’s online ID plans: expensive, intrusive, unnecessary, 6 September). Alas, she does not answer this question. Countries with stronger civil liberties traditions a...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Technology, Human Rights, Law, European Union, Immigration and asylum, Surveillance, NHS, Labour, Identity cards, Brexit, Windrush scandal, Coronavirus outbreak, Gracie Mae Bradley


BIMA nabs $30M more for micro- health and life insurance aimed at emerging markets

The coronavirus global health pandemic — and the new emphasis on social distancing to slow down the spread of COVID-19 — has put healthcare and tech services used to enable healthcare remotely under the spotlight. Today a startup that’s building microinsurance and healthcare services specifically targeting emerging markets is announcing a round of funding to meet a surge in demand for its services. BIMA, a startup that provides life and health insurance policies, along with telemedicine to suppo...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Asia, Europe, China, Africa, US, Insurance, Tech, Senegal, Emerging Markets, Health Insurance, Sri Lanka, Waterdrop, Allianz



Filters
show more filters
July - 2020
MoTuWeThFrSaSu
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  
August - 2020
MoTuWeThFrSaSu
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      
September - 2020
MoTuWeThFrSaSu
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930