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In an unexpected outcome, people of the United Kingdom voted in favor of leaving the European Union in June 23rd referendum. For so many months, we have kept our readers updated on the referendum through our "Briferendum Series". Now with the referendum in place, we can hardly call it an end, instead, it's a new beginning of an era of greater uncertainties. With this non-binding referendum, there are so many possible scenarios that may play out including a second referendum. In this series, we once again vow to keep our readers up to the minute as the path ahead unfolds.

Briferendum Aftermath Series

Brexit calls for free trade are a convenient smoke screen for more corporate tax privilege

Nov 22, 2017 05:34 am UTC| Insights & Views

Liam Foxs call for Britain to champion the cause for free trade in the wake of Brexit and increasing trade barriers, needs to be examined against further revelations of the so-called Paradise Papers scandal, and other...

Briferendum Aftermath Series

Brexit: why Macron has more room to manoeuvre than May and Merkel

Oct 29, 2017 14:41 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Despite the valiant efforts of both the EU and the UK to uphold confidence in the Brexit negotiations process, its clear the talks have been deeply unsatisfactory for both sides. Fundamental conflicts of interest and...

Briferendum Aftermath Series

Brexit Series: Juncker assures of deal to diffuse media reports of Theresa May begging

Oct 24, 2017 10:19 am UTC| Commentary

European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker and his team rushed for damage control after a German media reported on his dinner with the British prime Minister Theresa May, where she is described as begging to the...

Briferendum Aftermath Series

Brexit: what the EU and UK still don't agree on

Oct 23, 2017 15:34 pm UTC| Insights & Views

As expected, the leaders of the EU27 decided at a summit in Brussels on October 20 that there had not been sufficient progress in the negotiations on the UKs withdrawal from the EU to move on to talks about a post-Brexit...

Briferendum Aftermath Series

Why a 'guest worker' visa system is not the answer for Britain after Brexit

Sep 25, 2017 12:08 pm UTC| Insights & Views

At the 2017 general election, the UKs two largest political parties both agreed that the current system of free movement would end when the country leaves the European Union. The Labour Party has since shifted to a...

Briferendum Aftermath Series

Brexit negotiations: here's where we're at so far

Sep 21, 2017 14:27 pm UTC| Insights & Views

While many have enjoyed a summer break, the Brexit negotiating teams in Brussels and London have been busy. But has there been any progress? In terms of substance, the answer is short: not really. There have been three...

Briferendum Aftermath Series

Brexit Series: No decisive progress on Brexit negotiations after third round of talks

Aug 31, 2017 12:41 pm UTC| Commentary

The European Unions top Brexit negotiator Michael Barnier said during a press conference at the conclusion of the third round of talks on Thursday that no decisive progress has been made so far. Speaking alongside his UK...

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Economy

New Orleans Pelicans renews local TV rights agreement with Bally Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans have renewed their local broadcast rights partnership with Bally Sports New Orleans, the local network managed by Sinclairs Diamond Sports Group (DSG). Under the new agreement, Bally Sports New...

S. Korea to crack down on speculative property investments by foreigners

South Koreas land ministry, justice ministry, and other agencies vowed to investigate foreigners speculative real estate investments. To better combat speculative investments, the authorities also intend to create zones...

Sales of gear for ball-based sports up 700% in S. Korea as social distancing ends

Various types of sports gear are gaining popularity in South Korea with the government dropping all social distancing measures. Online retailer Auction reported that between April 18 and June 20, sales of sports...

Patents for heat management system for eco-friendly cars up 11%

The Korea Intellectual Property Office reported that the submission of patents related to an integrated heat management system for eco-friendly cars mainly from China, the US, Japan, South Korea, and Europe jumped by an...

Osaka court sides with 7-Eleven in franchise contract termination case

The Osaka District Court dismissed a lawsuit claiming 7-Eleven Japan Co unjustly terminated its contract with a convenience store franchisee over his decision to stop late-night operations. The court also ordered...

Politics

US Interior Secretary Deb Haaland calls on Senate to investigate deaths of 500 indigenous children in schools

US Interior Secretary Deb Haaland made history as the first Native American to become a member of a presidential Cabinet. Haaland recently called on the Senate to pass the legislation that would probe the deaths of 500...

US VP Kamala Harris meets with Democratic Attorneys General in anticipation of Supreme Court abortion ruling

Months after a leaked majority draft opinion by the Supreme Court overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, the US is bracing for the formal striking down of the abortion rights law. Vice President Kamala Harris met...

Russia-Ukraine conflict: Kyiv begins trial of Russian soldier accused of rape

Legal proceedings are taking place in Ukraine as Kyiv begins prosecutions of Russian forces charged with crimes. Kyiv has begun its preliminary proceedings in the first trial of a Russian soldier charged with...

Myanmar coup: UN expert says ASEAN should rethink approach to crisis

Myanmar is facing unrest due to the coup staged by the generals to seize power and oust the elected government. The UN special rapporteur on human rights said the ASEAN regional grouping of countries must rethink their...

Science

Sea lettuce used as cow feed may lower marine ecosystem threat

A joint study conducted by a local feed manufacturer and Konkuk University showed that cows fed with a newly developed feed containing sea lettuce emitted 28 percent less methane gas than those who werent. Cows fed sea...

S. Korean scientists develop robot skin that senses tactile stimuli, self heals

A research team from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a robot skin that can sense external tactile stimuli and recover from injury when damaged. The newly developed robot skin...

Absolut enlists startup's help in developing fiber-based bottle cap

The Absolut Company is enlisting the help of Swedish start-up Blue Ocean Closures in developing a fiber-based closure cap for its Absolut Vodka bottle. The caps design uses a combination of sustainably sourced FSC fiber...

S. Korea to produce biodegradable plastic with seaweed

South Koreas Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and a research team at Pohang University of Science and Technology will begin developing technology that uses marine plants to produce biodegradable plastic material. Among...

Researchers 'mask' cancer drug to spare healthy tissues while killing tumors

The University of Chicagos Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering has designed a method to keep a promising cancer drug from wreaking havoc until it reaches a tumor. As many cancer drugs often attack both healthy...

Technology

eBay acquires NFT marketplace startup KnownOrigin

eBay bought UK-based NFT marketplace KnownOrigin, which raised $3.5 million in February, for an undisclosed sum. KnownOrigin has amassed an impressive, ardent, and devoted group of artists and collectors, which are a...

‘Final Fantasy 16’ producer hopes to release a gameplay demo

Video game fans finally got confirmation that the much-awaited Final Fantasy 16 will be released next year. While a new trailer was unveiled a few weeks ago, much of the gameplay and narrative remain under wraps. But...

Apple’s Tim Cook says 'stay tuned' on what they will offer when asked about AR/VR tech

Apples first AR/VR headset has been in the rumor mill for a long time now, but reports have peaked in previous months as the tech giant is rumored to unveil the product in the near future. While Apple has remained silent...

iPhone 14 Pro Max battery may be downgraded, leak claims

A new iPhone 14 leak has claimed that Apple is planning to increase the battery capacity of its upcoming phones. However, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is not expected to get the same treatment. The high-end model is instead...

Blizzard confirms ‘World of Warcraft: Dragonflight’ will launch in 2022

World of Warcraft can now pre-purchase the games upcoming expansion called Dragonflight. Blizzard Entertainment also confirmed this week that the update would be released later this year. World of Warcraft: Dragonflight...
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