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Legal EU ivory sales 'condemn elephants'

Legal EU ivory sales 'condemn elephants'

Science
The open, legal sale of antique ivory in many European countries is covering up a trade in illegal and recently poached ivory, campaigners say.Researchers from environmental group Avaaz bought 100 ivory items and had them radiocarbon dated at Oxford University. Three quarters were modern ivory, being sold illegally as fake antiques.Ivory from an elephant killed by poachers as recently as 2010 was among the items passed off as being antique. "It's sick," said Bert Wander from Avaaz, which organised the purchase of the items. "I'm looking at the trinkets we bought on my desk, and to think that an elephant with all the things we are learning about them, about their cognition and their advanced societies, and to think that one of them has died for this bracel...
WPP sparks Sorrell legal battle ‎over agency bid

WPP sparks Sorrell legal battle ‎over agency bid

Business
WPP Group is threatening to strip its former chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell of share awards worth potentially tens of millions of pounds over his new venture's €300m (£265m) bid to launch a rival multinational network. Sky News can exclusively reveal that WPP, the FTSE-100 marketing services group that Sir Martin spent three decades building into the biggest global business of its kind, has written to him alleging that he is "likely to be in breach of his confidentiality obligations".The row has arisen because Sir Martin's new vehicle, S4 Capital, is in talks to buy MediaMonks, a Dutch digital agency, which is also the subject of takeover interest from WPP.In its letter to Sir Martin's lawyers, sent on Tuesday by Slaughter & May, the 'Magic Circle' law firm, ...
Deliveroo forks out to riders in legal battle

Deliveroo forks out to riders in legal battle

Business
Deliveroo is to pay a six-figure bill to settle an employment rights battle brought by dozens of ‎its riders, underlining continuing tensions over the treatment of so-called gig economy workers. Sky News has learnt that the food delivery app has agreed to award‎ 50 of its British couriers sums "in the low thousands of pounds" each to settle the claim before it was formally heard at an employment tribunal in London.The settlement includes no admission of liability, according to a source close to Deliveroo, meaning that it is not expected to change the self-employed status of the company's army of riders.Brought by the law firm Leigh Day, the claim was one of a string of such cases which have brought into sharp focus the dividing lines between gig economy companies ...
Green in legal fight with FRC over BHS probe

Green in legal fight with FRC over BHS probe

Business
The high street billionaire Sir Philip Green has sparked a legal battle with regulators over a probe into the audit of BHS's accounts during the year before the now-collapsed chain was sold for £1. Sky News can exclusively reveal that Sir Philip's company Taveta Investments has made an urgent application for a judicial review aimed at forcing the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) to amend its report on the issue.A hearing is understood to have been scheduled to take place at the High Court on Friday, but has been postponed after lawyers for the FRC requested more time to prepare their case, according to insiders.Taveta, which is the parent company of Sir Philip's Top Shop-owning Arcadia Group, is also thought to have applied separately for an injunction to prevent the...
Trump signals support for states deciding if pot is legal

Trump signals support for states deciding if pot is legal

Health
President Donald Trump said Friday that he was inclined to support a bipartisan effort in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana, a proposal that would dramatically reshape the nation's legal landscape for pot users and businesses. The federal ban that puts marijuana on the same level as LSD and heroin has created a conflict with about 30 states that have legalized pot in some form, creating a two-tiered enforcement system at the state and federal levels. The legislation would ensure states have the right to determine the best approach to marijuana within their borders, but some U.S. restrictions would remain, including sales of non-medical pot to people under 21. The proposal introduced Thursday has support from members of Congress from both parties, including Republican U.S. Sen. C...