24 May 2016

Why Is The Academic Consensus On The Cost Of #Brexit Being Ignored?

A conservative estimate. EPA/Will Oliver/Pool
By Simon Wren-Lewis, University of Oxford

Two issues dominate the EU referendum debate: economics and immigration. When it comes to my field of economics, polling evidence suggests that if people became convinced that they would be worse off by leaving, even if it was by quite modest amounts such as £100 a year, the majority voting to remain would be pretty large. Studies by economists at the highly respected London School of Economics, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Treasury all suggest that on average we would be worse off by an amount that is more than ten times that £100 figure.

21 May 2016

What Science Fiction Tells Us About Our Trouble With AI

By Will Slocombe, University of Liverpool

Given that the reality of AI may be fast approaching, it’s of the utmost importance that we work out what might a future with artificial intelligence might look like. Last year, an open letter with signatories including Stephen Hawking and Nick Bostrom called for AI to be of demonstrable benefit to humanity, or risk something that exceeds our ability to control it.

19 May 2016

New Mayor Sadiq Khan Bodes Well For London's Global Financial Status

Capital choice. Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire
By Nafis Alam, University of Nottingham

Promoting economic development and “wealth creation” is one of the London mayor’s three main functions – alongside taking care of the city’s social and environmental development. The fact that London regularly tops major rankings of global financial centres is a key pillar of the city’s wealth. It’s a reason why international companies establish headquarters in London, providing jobs and wealth to the UK capital. And the election of Sadiq Khan as mayor bodes well for maintaining London’s status as a global financial centre.

Khan’s manifesto gave some insights into his plans for London’s economic development. He emphasised infrastructure as his main priority – the need to work closely with Westminster to secure big projects and improve the transport networks that will be key for London’s expansion and economic growth.

17 May 2016

#CelebratingArabWomen: The First Arab Women Empowerment Campaign

#CelebratingArabWomen: The First Arab Women Empowerment Campaign (PRNewsFoto/HALA AJAM)
Celebrity makeup artist Hala Ajam sends a message to Arab women with latest work
"Only yesterday, women were being told what to do and who to be. Today, here we are celebrating women's independence and individuality," says Hala Ajam about her latest campaign titled #CelebratingArabWomen 
The campaign features over twenty different Arab women from different social classes, occupations, religions, and walks of life, who all share a strong independence and freedom. The campaign aims to shed light on the diversity and solid individuality of Arab women.

Fact Check: Will UK Living Wage Cause Rampant EU Migration?

Stampede imminent? Lukasz Stefanski
By Ross Brown, University of St Andrews
The living wage is an excellent policy, but how will you stop it being a big pull factor for uncontrolled EU migration, given that it is far higher than minimum wages in other EU countries?

Boris Johnson speech from May 9
George Osborne’s living wage announcement in July of last year substantially increased the national minimum wage from £6.70/hour for over-25s then to £7.20/hour since April, with a target of £9.00/hour by 2020.

Minimum wages are now in operation in 26 out of the 34 OECD countries, and 22 out of 28 EU member states. Germany only joined the list in January 2015 with a minimum wage of €8.50 (£6.69), while some of the EU members without one – that’s Austria, Cyprus, Italy, Sweden, Finland and Denmark – have sector level collective agreements and wage floors.

16 May 2016

'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2' Will Be Available On Blue-Ray & DVD On June 21!

The love and laughs are all back!” WGN AMERICA
The lovable and funny Portokalos family is back and as uncontrollable as ever in
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, the long-awaited follow-up to the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time, coming to Digital HD on June 7, 2016, and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on June 21, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. 

Written by Academy Award nominee Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Life in Ruins), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 reunites the entire beloved clan as they celebrate the biggest, Greekest wedding yet in a film that FOX-TV calls, “Hilarious and heartwarming…A big fat great time!” 

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD also features a hysterical gag reel and never-before-seen bonus features including a sit down with the stars to hear what really happened behind the scenes.

15 May 2016

Let's Shut Down The Yulin Dog Meat Festival!

Image via Avaaz
Dogs are beaten or bled to death, then eaten at the Yulin dog meat festival. Thousands of Chinese citizens have protested the festival, but authorities won't act until they see how badly it's hurting China's global image. That's where we come in. 
>> Click here to add your name to the petition to stop this puppy slaughter, then tell everyone <<


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