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Macron calls for EU farmer subsidy shake-up risking bitter backlash protests

As the French President attempts to push through EU reform he risks chaos on the homefront amid claims he will accept a decrease in bloc subsidies.  In September, Mr Macron said it was time to review whether the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was still fit for purpose claiming he was not convinced it was.  This comes at a time when the EU needs to find £10billion to fill the funding shortfall of the UK leaving the bloc.  The French government has said increased spending should be combined with a…

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Space 

Finnish president signs space act as country’s first commercial SAR microsatellite launched

WARSAW, Poland — Shortly after a Finnish company successfully launched the country’s first commercial SAR microsatellite, Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö signed the country’s first comprehensive space legislation. The act was drafted by a working group set up to establish a clear framework for the country’s space industry. The legislation creates regulations for local satellite operators, a licensing scheme for space industry players, and the rules for maintaining a national satellite register. The act’s signing Jan. 12 was preceded by the launch of the country’s first commercial synthetic aperture radar (SAR)…

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Technology 

Apple boost as thousands of students get help building their digital future

With Apple revealing it’s paid out nearly $18 billion (£12 billion) to developers across Europe, there’s never been a better time to get involved in this growing digital industry. Learning how to code is becoming a vital skill and students have just been given a huge boost in gaining this knowledge.  Apple today announced that 70 colleges and universities in Europe have adopted Everyone Can Code, a comprehensive program designed by Apple to help everyone learn to build mobile apps.  These colleges and universities are adopting Apple’s App Development with…

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Google CEO: Tech education should be more than just coding – CNET

Coding is a vital component of tech education, but it won’t be enough to sustain the next generation of workers. With a rapidly evolving tech world, employees will require continuous training in basic digital skills, according to Sundar Pichai. The Google chief executive explains in an opinion piece published Thursday by NBC News THINK that the notion of getting a traditional education that will provide a lifetime of job skills is a remnant of yesteryear. “With technology changing rapidly and new job areas emerging and transforming constantly, that’s no longer…

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Can Google discriminate against both men and women?

Get the Think newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Google’s lawyers — and any lawyer reading the complaint in the equal pay suit against the company alongside the class-action suit filed by former employee James Damore last week — probably feel like they are going through the looking glass. Damore’s complaint alleges the tech behemoth engaged in illegal discrimination and retaliation against him and others based on their status as a conservative white males. Simultaneously, Google also faces another lawsuit and a government investigation over whether it has systematically underpaid women. Damore, however, asserts…

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Italian election: ‘We have ALREADY WON!’ Eurosceptic M5S says Renzi has given them win

EU leaders will be watching closely in the run-up to Italy’s March 4 polling day, which is expected to result in no clear winner.  The country’s controversial ex-leader Silvio Berlusconi has made a comeback for the election after resigning in 2011 whilst on several trials for fraud, corruption and allegedly having sex with an underage prostitute. And the confident leader of the populist Five Star Movement (M5S) Luigi Di Maio believes the words of Mr Berlusconi and former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi have helped gift his party success. Mr Renzi…

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Brutal murder highlights intimate partner violence in transgender community

The grisly murder of Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien marked the first reported homicide of a transgender person in 2018. The Jan. 5 incident follows a deadly pattern in 2017, which saw at least 28 transgender people killed by violent means, according to the Human Rights Campaign.  Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien via Facebook Police say Steele-Knudslien, 42, was found stabbed and beaten to death in the home she shared with her spouse, Mark Steele-Knudslien, in North Adams, Massachusetts. Her husband was charged with her murder and pled not guilty on Monday, but according…

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Left vs. Right: State pols set to battle over voter rights, guns and unions

New year, new fights. As state legislatures across the country prepare to go into session, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are primed to tackle — and clash over — specific solutions to new problems and old troubles that haven’t been dealt with. Progressive legislators are focused on legalizing marijuana and passing gun control, while conservative lawmakers are prioritizing measures dealing with reining in unions and immigration. Here’s a look at the coming wars in U.S. Statehouses. On the left… Workers’ rights: With many states raising their minimum wage…

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Iceland is out to end its gender pay gap. Can the U.S. follow?

More than half a century after the Equal Pay Act became law, a woman in the United States earns on average just 79 cents for every dollar a man makes — a stubborn gap that is expected to persist until 2059. But one country is determined to end such income disparity, whatever it takes. Iceland, the rugged but progressive island nation between north America and northern Europe, this month became the first country to force employers to prove that they are paying men and women the same for similar work,…

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First-in-nation Medicaid work requirements approved for Kentucky

WASHINGTON — Just one day after inviting states to add new work requirements to Medicaid, the Trump administration approved Kentucky’s request for a waiver to do just that, the state’s Republican governor announced on Friday. The move sets up Kentucky as the first test case for the dramatic shift in federal policy, which health policy experts say will likely face lawsuits before it can be fully entrenched. Previous administrations had rejected attempts by states to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients, saying they went against the law’s intent. “It will…

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