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Why you might be accepting fake news without realising it

Do you believe everything you see? No matter how discerning or intelligent you are, we are all pre-programmed to be more accepting of information in certain contexts than others. While most of us are wise to the ‘Nigerian prince’ phishing scams of old, we are less likely to question an email from someone we know. We might question news on a website we’ve never seen before – but not in a publication we know well. And if we follow somebody high-profile on a social media platform we’re familiar with, like Instagram, chances are we take what they say at face value. It’s precisely because of this that mainstream media recently described influencer and celebrity accounts as ‘the gateway drug to fake news’.

Coronavirus: Impact of exceptional and temporary measures on enforcement proceedings [Portugal]

A number of exceptional measures have been introduced in the justice sector. These measures are set out in Law 1-A/2020 of 18 March and Decree‑Law 10-A/2020 of 13 March (as amended by Law 4-A/2020 of 6 April). The measures include exceptional rules on the extension of time limits and of the periods to take judicial steps. The rules will remain in place until the end of the exceptional situation to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat COVID-19.

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Narrative reporting and the Companies Act — what’s new?

Significant narrative reporting requirements have been introduced in the draft of the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Report) Regulations 2013, published by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. They come into force on 1 October 2013 but will catch companies with 30 September financial year ends… If you are registered and logged […]

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Freshfields, White & Case among advisers on UK debuts for China’s Wanda

Addleshaw Goddard, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and White & Case have played roles in Chinese property developer Wanda Group’s first two major investments in the UK. Freshfields has advised Dalian Wanda Group on its £320m acquisition of British luxury yachtmaker Sunseeker International and on its £700m investment in a five-star hotel site on London’s so-called new […]

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Prudential Corporation Asia GC: Pru grit

Alice Chan, GC at Prudential Corporation Asia, has to keep a strong grip on a diverse and growing business, recently overseeing a major expansion in Thailand On 3 May UK insurer Prudential completed its £368m acquisition of Bangkok-based Thanachart Life, following regulatory approval. The deal immediately doubles Prudential Thailand’s market share and is the company’s […]

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Troops protected by Human Rights Act wherever they are, rules Supreme Court

Soldiers serving in the British armed forces will be protected by the Human Rights Act (HRA) wherever they are based, the Supreme Court ruled this morning. The ruling , given by seven Supreme Court justices, will give the families of soldiers killed in Iraq a route to redress against the government. In October the Court […]

African intellectual property

In an article published on 2 May 2013 in the Gulf News, Mr Hamad Buamim, the director-general of Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry was quoted as saying during the Africa Global Business Forum 2013 that: ’Over the past decade, Dubai’s non-oil trade with Africa increased by 700 per cent from Dh10.6bn in 2002 to […]

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