Vienna State Opera launches investigation into abuse of students

Pupils at prestigious ballet academy were subjected to physical, mental and sexual abuse by two teachers The Vienna State Opera has launched an investigation and promised far-reaching reforms after allegations that students at its prestigious ballet academy were subjected to physical, mental and sexual abuse by two teachers. Things have happened that are unacceptable, the schools director, Dominique Meyer, said on Wednesday after the Austrian magazine Falter told Austriasbroadcaster that the teacher accused of most of the abuse had been warned about her behaviour two years ago and was eventually dismissed in January. Meyer said he has ordered a full explanation of everything that has gone wrong, adding that that child protection officials were also investigating the allegations and that …

Screen time has little effect on teenagers’ wellbeing, says study

Researchers found screen use before bedtime to be unrelated to mental health problems Screen time has little effect on the psychological wellbeing of teenagers, regardless of whether they use devices for hours a day or just before bedtime, according to a study by researchers at Oxford University. The research, based on analysis of the screen use of more than 17,000 teenagers across Ireland, the US and the UK, found use of screens before bedtime was completely unrelated to psychological wellbeing, and screen time more generally had a minuscule effect on wellbeing in teenagers when compared with other activities in an adolescents life. The effect was believed to be small enough that adolescents would need to report 63 hours and 31 …

‘Desperate mood’ in No 10 as insiders pondered snap election

Theresa Mays advisers discussed going to the country as least worst Brexit option Inside the No 10 bunker, there has been heated discussion about whether a snap general election fronted by Theresa May remains a possibility. But with the Conservatives plunging below Labour in the polls this weekend and the partys split over Europe looking increasingly irreconcilable, there are growing warnings from Tory grandees that even entertaining such a course of action is deeply unwise. It was certainly being tested, said one Downing Street adviser. Some people werent exactly arguing in favour, but were saying it could be the least worst option. Stephen Parkinson, Mays political secretary and a former Vote Leave organiser, and Robbie Gibb, the Downing Street director …

European press gets popcorn out for another chaotic day of Brexit

The latest twist was likened to a TV saga, and no one knows what the ending will be European press and commentators switched on the TV, pulled out the popcorn and sat back to watch the Germanys offered to step down as prime minister if MPs backed her twice-rejected Brexit deal, and parliament Frankfurter said Frances complained Frances de VolkskrantThe Irish Times said Mays deal was still short of a majority despite her offer to step down, while s in Spain thought that even if the prime minister had finally understood that she was the price that must be paid to save Brexit, there remained a great many obstacles on her way to securing it This is not over yet.

Brexit meaningful vote will go ahead, Theresa May says

Confirmation comes as Irish foreign minister suggests May will hold more talks with EU officials on Monday evening Theresa May has said the meaningful vote on her Brexit deal will go ahead on Tuesday, as MPs warned she would lose the confidence of parliament if it was pulled. The Irish foreign minister, Simon Coveney, said he understood May would travel to Strasbourg on Monday evening but Downing Street sources declined to confirm that, saying May had no confirmed travel plans yet and suggesting the Irish government was getting ahead of events. Coveney said negotiations were ongoing and said he had hoped there would be clarity at this stage, particularly in advance of the vote on Tuesday. The British prime minister …

‘House of fools’: what the papers said about May’s Brexit defeat

The word humiliation features strongly on todays front pages as PMs woes show no signs of easing Theresa May looks downcast on the front pages of most of the papers today, which all focus on the The Guardian (@guardian) The Guardian front page, Wednesday 13 March 2019: Another huge defeat for May. And just 16 days until Brexit March 12, 2019 The Daily Mirror focuses on the uncertainty ahead for the country, which it says has been plunged into: Brexit delay mayhem. May surrenders after another massive defeat leaving nation facing months of chaos, the paper reports. #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/qcjZYOigx6 #bbcpapers @AllieHBNews) March 12, 2019 The Daily Mail knows exactly who it blames for the situation, calling parliament: The house of …

Woman hired Sicilian mafia hitmen to kill ex-lover, say police

Alleged killers and woman, 64, arrested after discovery of mans body in cement wall A 64-year-old woman allegedly hired four Sicilian mafia henchmen to murder her ex-lover who had stolen her jewels, according to police. The killers, all Sicilians, carried out their order by walling the man in cement while he was still alive. The victim, named as Lamaj Astrid, a 41-year-old Albanian national, disappeared without a trace in 2013. Six years later, an investigation in Sicily by anti-mafia prosecutors in Caltanissetta province led to the discovery of his corpse sealed inside a concrete pillar in a villa in Senago, a few kilometres from Monza on the mainland. The mans body was found in January while the villa was being …

ERG warns May not to ‘bounce’ parliament over new Brexit deal

Tory Eurosceptic group says at least two days will be needed to scrutinise new compromise on Irish backstop Tory Brexiters are to demand at least two days to scrutinise any new offer from Brussels on the Irish backstop mechanism, warning the prime minister not to bounce the group into an early vote on her Brexit deal. May has pledged that a vote will take place on her proposal, including any changes agreed in Brussels, by 12 March, though it is possible that Downing Street will seek to put the vote to MPs as early as next week if changes can be secured. The EU has suggested that progress has been minimal and a No 10 source said there was little …

Is Europe closing in on an antitrust fix for surveillance technologists?

The German Federal Cartel Office’s decision to order Facebook to change how it processes users’ personal data this week is a sign the antitrust tide could at last be turning against platform power. One European Commission source we spoke to, who was commenting in a personal capacity, described it as “clearly pioneering” and “a big deal”, even without Facebook being fined a dime. The FCO’s decision instead bans the social network from linking user data across different platforms it owns, unless it gains people’s consent (nor can it make use of its services contingent on such consent). Facebook is also prohibited from gathering and linking data on users from third party websites, such as via its tracking pixels and social plugins. …