Week 15 of 2021 – YPF Around the Globe

Timeframe: 17th April – 23rd April 2021

Sabyasachi Karmaker, Musarrat Sarwar Chowdhury and Mahin Abrar Rahman.

1. Economics & Business

Chanel loses European court fight in trademark dispute with Huawei

Chanel has lost an EU court battle with Huawei, a Chinese technology company, over its famous logo. Judges ruled in favour of Huawei, which had sought an EU-wide trademark for a logo it wanted to use, but the fashion house said it was too similar.

Source: Reuters

2. Politics

Justice for George Floyd has only just begun

On Tuesday afternoon, a jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. Across America, in offices, living rooms, and in the streets, millions of people breathed a sigh of relief—something Floyd was denied for 9 minutes and 29 seconds with a knee to his neck and a knee to his back.

Source: Foreign Policy

3. Significant Corona Update

MSF urges rich countries to back COVID vaccine patent waiver

International medical charity Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) has urged rich countries to stop blocking a patent waiver plan that could boost the global production of coronavirus vaccines.Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) met virtually for informal talks on Thursday to discuss a proposal to waive intellectual property rights for producing COVID-19 vaccines and other coronavirus-related medical tools for the duration of the pandemic.

Source: Al Jazeera

4. Science & Technology

Google and Apple attacked on app store ‘monopoly’

Senators have grilled Apple and Google in Washington about their app stores’ “anti-competitive” behavior. Representatives from Tile, Spotify and Match also testified, accusing the two tech companies of charging exorbitant fees and plagiarizing their inventions.

Source: BBC

5. RMG/ Agriculture

Climate change makes Indian monsoon season stronger and more chaotic

Heavier rains that wash away crops could worsen hunger for a country in which farming makes up 20% of the economy.
The monsoon rains that batter India each summer, unleashing 80% of the country’s yearly rainfall in four months crucial for its farmers, are at the whim of forces far beyond its borders.

Source: DW

6. Social and Education

US House passes bill to prevent another ‘Muslim ban’

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that would limit the ability of any United States president to impose a travel ban on the basis of religion, a move that was welcomed by civil rights advocates as “a major step forward”.

Source: Al Jazeera

7. Environment

Met Office and Microsoft to build climate supercomputer

The Met Office is collaborating with Microsoft to develop a supercomputer for weather forecasting in the United Kingdom. It is said improve weather forecasts and have a deeper understanding of climate change.

Source: Microsoft News

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