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Quebec wants to ban public servants from wearing religious clothing

A LARGE CRUCIFIX has long hung above the speaker’s chair in Quebec’s legislature. The first one was installed in 1936 to acknowledge the bond between the Catholic church and the government of Canada’s French-speaking province. It survived the “quiet revolution” of the 1960s against the church’s grip on public and private life. The church...

The wisdom of José Carlos Mariátegui

HE DIED AGED just 35, disabled for his last six years by the amputation of a leg. But in his short life José Carlos Mariátegui managed to become Latin America’s most influential Marxist thinker, at least until Che Guevara came along. Barely known today outside Peru, he also played a significant role in Latin American culture in the late 1920s, a...

Jamaica’s cannabis gamble

WHEN JAMAICAN children catch a cold, mothers rub cannabis oil on their chests. Rastafarians smoke cannabis as a religious custom. Some believe that it grew on King Solomon’s tomb. Encouraged by the tropical climate, cannabis grows in many household gardens. Until now, Jamaica’s connection to cannabis has mainly been a problem for the Caribbean country....

The stratolaunch

LOOK BURT RUTAN up on Wikipedia and it will claim he has retired. This aeroplane casts doubt on that statement. Mr Rutan is probably the most original aircraft designer in the world, and Stratolaunch, as the craft is known, is perhaps his pièce de résistance. It made its maiden flight on April 13th from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California....

New York’s measles outbreak puts vaccination rules on the spot

SIGNS WARNING people to stay away if they have fever and rash are posted at medical practices and pharmacies in parts of Brooklyn, a borough of New York City where health authorities have struggled to stop a measles outbreak that began in October. More than 320 people have contracted the disease so far and new cases show no sign of abating. With outbreaks...

Asia Pacific

Is China about to change the shape of global trade… again?

For much of 2018, China’s tariff wars with the US dominated media headlines. In 2019 so far, investors are also witnessing increasing signs of a Chinese slowdown, and with it a new approach to economic stimulus by Chinese policymakers. What does this mean for global trade and investment? A potted history: China’s role in the world economy After...

Cabe Malaysia Conference addresses shared global challenges

A number of issues facing the construction industry – the impact of the Hackitt report and future directives of UK legislation; the true value of sustainable buildings and standardisation of contracts – have been debated at a conference in Malaysia, illustrating the fact that many issues are not restricted by geography, but indeed are shared...

Vistra appoints Michael Sheahan as Alternative Investments Global Lead for Real Estate

Vistra, a leading global fund administration, trust and corporate services provider, today announced the appointment of Michael Sheahan as Alternative Investments Global Lead for Real Estate, effective immediately. In this role, Michael will lead the company’s global real estate (RE) business with responsibility for the development and execution...

HSA Advocates expands its Regulatory & Policy and Disputes Practice with new additions in the partnership collegium

HSA Advocates (“HSA”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Apoorva Misra as Partner and Shreshth Sharma and Nitish Gupta as Associate Partners in the Regulatory & Policy and Disputes practice. While the three partners will be based out of the firm’s New Delhi office, however, their responsibilities will not be restricted by geography. Apoorva...

Benelux law firm AKD keeps in step with growth of Asian market and expands Asian practice

Benelux law firm AKD expands its Asian practice with the arrival of Hyunju Park, Kaori Ishikawa and Xian Kong. Hyunju focuses on the Korean market, Kaori on Japan and Xian on China. Erwin Rademakers, AKD’s managing partner, who is also responsible for the firm’s Asian practice, explains: “The business sector in Korea, Japan and China is growing...

Europe

Deals in the UK & Ireland climb 27% in 2018 despite political headwinds

1,802 deals in UK & Ireland, up 27% from 1,414 in 2017Foreign acquisitions of UK & Ireland companies up from 29% in 2017 to 44% in 2018 2,762 transactions completed in Q4 worldwide, up 9% from 2,542 in Q3 UK Business Services sector accounts for the highest number of UK deals (731)  Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity targeting UK and...

Ben Collett joins Duff & Phelps as Managing Director

Joins growing team of senior professionals offering advisory services for corporates across Europe and globally. Duff & Phelps, the global advisor that protects, restores and maximises value for clients, today announced that Ben Collett has joined the firm as a Managing Director in its Restructuring Advisory practice. Working across the firm’s...

BGF expands team with new hire in Yorkshire

BGF – the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing companies – has appointed Sophie Brand as an investor in its Leeds office.  Sophie joins from Deloitte where she spent nearly eight years working across the firm’s Leeds and London offices. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in Deloitte’s audit practice, Sophie has...

Sky & Space Global raises $12 million to help connect billions of unconnected people in the equatorial belt

SAS plans to operate a network of 200 nano-satellites to provide around the clock affordable voice, data, instant messaging, M2M and IoT communications to the equatorial beltFirst batch of the Pearls constellation nano-satellites to be launched with Virgin Orbit by mid-2019 following the receipt of signed binding commitment letters for a two-tranche...

BIMBO at leading UK parts wholesaler

The UK’s largest wholesale distributor of parts and components for the caravan and motorhome industry, MRDB, has undergone a multi-million-pound Buy-In-Management-Buy-Out (BIMBO) under which the existing management team has been expanded to bring in additional shareholder-directors with specific commercial expertise. Derbyshire-based MRDB, which...

Mena

The Son Protested the Dictator. The Father Helped Throw Him Out.

KHARTOUM, Sudan — As protesters massed at the gates of Sudan’s military headquarters, calling for the ouster of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the country’s Air Force chief stepped outside to address them.Lt. Gen. Salah Abdelkhalig, a hard-bitten veteran of Sudan’s many wars, assured the protesters they had nothing to fear from the military....

This Estonian Start-Up Has Become a Thorn in Uber’s Side

TALLINN, Estonia — Uber used to dominate ride-hailing in Poland and Kenya. Over the past two years, that started to change.In Poland, a small competitor opened a rival service and began winning customers with cheaper fares and attracting drivers by charging lower commissions. In Kenya, that same upstart grabbed business by offering motorbike rides...

Mozambique Cyclone Wiped Out the Nation’s Food. Now Aid is in Short Supply.

MASSANE, Mozambique — When the water reached their feet, the family scrambled up a mango tree. Augusto Brás, a sinewy farmer, hauled two of their children to the higher branches while his wife, Amélia Augusto, balanced on a lower bough. They clung on for three days, as the cyclone howled around them.When the water level crept up the tree trunk,...

The Revolutionary Force Behind Sudan’s Protest Movement? Doctors

Security agents chased down and pummeled the pro-democracy protester, who said his pursuers were celebrating as if they were “fishermen who just made a catch.”“‘Who are you?’” the protester, Ahmed Sanhouri, recalled the agents demanding. He carried no identification or cellphone, and he insisted he was a laborer.He is, in fact, a young doctor,...

Amid a Cyclone’s Floods and Destruction, Mozambique Finds Shards of Hope

MASSANE, Mozambique — When the water reached their feet, the family scrambled up a mango tree. Augusto Brás, a sinewy farmer, hauled two of their children to the higher branches while his wife, Amélia Augusto, balanced on a lower bough. They clung on for three days, as the cyclone howled around them.When the water level crept up the tree trunk,...

International

Sea change: ‘Amazon and Alibaba are creating the biggest revolution in shipping for 60 years,’ logistics expert tells international conference

Global e-commerce is leading the biggest shake up in international shipping since containerization, ParcelHero’s David Jinks will tell a major world maritime conference in London. Shipping lines will be forced to either integrate with Amazon and Alibaba or be submerged by the digital revolution. ‘A change in global supply chains even greater than...

Private education is stepping in where the state leaves off

DOGS AND emaciated cows pick their way through the rubbish dump that marks the visitor’s arrival in Sangam Vihar, an “unauthorised colony” amidst the sprawl of south Delhi. It sprang up without planning permission and now houses 1.5m people. The government offers very little in the way of services. Water arrives in trucks run by gangs whose members...

A look inside a Pakistani madrassa

AFTER HIS victory in the battle of Badr in 624, the Prophet released the prisoners he had taken, on condition that they teach others to read. That, says Muhammed Asghar Saqib, principal of the Jamia Ghousia Rizvia madrassa attached to the mosque in Lahore’s main market, is a measure of Islam’s respect for education. But, he goes on, “there is...

Private education is booming in new markets and new forms

HOUSED in a jumble of ancient buildings in the shadow of Westminster Abbey, Westminster School has been educating boys since it was founded in 1560 by Queen Elizabeth I to provide lessons for 40 poor scholars. It has evolved since then—its 750 pupils now include some girls, and with fees of £39,252 a year for boarders and £27,174 for day pupils,...

Online tutoring works better than some might expect

AMANDA SPIKES, aged 27, sits in her tiny bedroom in Brooklyn, New York, talking through her headset to eight-year-old Joey in Hebei province, northern China. On the wall behind her are felt hangings that read “Team Amanda” and “VIPKid”, the company for which she works. On the screen are images of her, Joey and some teaching materials. “Happy...