A private members bill to extend the voting age for 16- and 17-year-olds in parliamentary and other elections will have its second reading in the Commons on May 11th. This is the result of a cross-party effort to engage more young people in our democracy and, with support from all parties, it’s clear there is now a real appetite for reform.… Be Informed
The European Central Bank and the Bank of England will convene a technical working group on risk management in the period around 30 March 2019 in the area of financial services. The group will be chaired by the President of the ECB and the Governor of the Bank of England.… Be Informed
Belgium will finally have its whisky, rum and spirits festival. This will take place on the weekend of 1 June to 3 June at the Autoworld at the Cinquantenaire (Jubelpark) in Brussels.
This unique festival is open to the general public.… Be Informed
EU member States on Friday approved a proposal from the European Commission to ban the use in the open of three pesticides found to be harmful to bees. The use of the active ingredients imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam will henceforth be only allowed in greenhouses.… Be Informed
For the past 35 years, MISCO has assisted countless clients with various business advisory-related services and especially HR related services. These have included organisational restructuring, HR audits, salary benchmarking, job evaluation, performance management systems, change management, tapping into EU funding opportunities, succession planning in family businesses, quality management, market positioning and business plans.… Be Informed
The US President Donald Trump’s fascination and ease to use twitter landed him a new controversy and a reprimand from football’s governing body FIFA.
FIFA told Donald Trump to refer to guidelines that warn against political influence over bids, as the US President tweeted support for a U.S.… Be Informed
Alfie Evans, the toddler who stole the hearts of many, has died after his parents lost their legal fight to continue his life support. Tom Evans and Kate James launched a series of legal challenges to continue treatment for their 23-month-old son, who had a degenerative neurological condition.… Be Informed
The Malta Institute of Accountants will be holding the annual SME Forum on 25th May 2018. The focus of this year’s SME Forum will be the sustainability and growth prospects of SMEs. It will bring together professional accountants, senior executives, potential entrepreneurs, stakeholders, directors, as well as regulators to focus on examining the economic climate in this rapidly-changing digital world.… Be Informed
The European Commission is issuing a set of recommendations for how the EU can strengthen cooperation in the fight against diseases that can be prevented by vaccines. This follows President Juncker’s call, in his 2017 State of the Union address, for action to increase vaccination coverage and to ensure that everyone in the EU has access to vaccines.… Be Informed
No much glamour accompanied the meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump. The meeting, was significantly labelled as a working meeting, indicating the ‘essence’ of the nature of the encounter and in a way contextualising this meeting with the previous meeting held earlier this week between Emmanuel Macron and the US President.… Be Informed
This week, the European Central Bank announced that it will keep its interest rates unchanged. This decision was based on the ECB’s regular economic and monetary analyses. In a statement, the ECB said that it will continue to expect them to remain at their present levels for an extended period of time, and well past the horizon of its net asset purchases.… Be Informed
In the era of smartphones and tablets and laptops, many still recall their first computer. Probably it had to be the ZX Spectrum.
Rick Dickinson, the designer of the Sinclair Spectrum home computer has died of cancer in the US.
The British designer, joined Sinclair Research in 1979.… Be Informed