UK ministers consider licensing laser pointers in bid to reduce attacks

Pilots voice concern over potential ‘crashes and loss of life’ after over 1,200 laser attacks on planes at UK airports last year

Sales of laser pointers could be licensed in a bid to protect pilots and train drivers from attacks that could cause fatal crashes.

Ministers are considering tough new measures to stop the rogue use of laser pointers.

Related: Pilots’ union calls for laser pointers to be classed as offensive weapons

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What law firms want: job hunting tips for trainees

Applications, placements, interviews… It can be brutal securing a job in law. Whatever stage you’re at, here are the dos and don’ts of applying

Securing a job in law is hard. Summer can be a brutal time of application forms, assessment days, interviews and rejections. Some students will be invited to a placement. Others won’t get anything and will continue their search into next year.

Charles Smith, a 28-year-old solicitor from Liverpool, says he found the process soul-destroying. “It made me wonder if I’d ever actually practise. I’d go on Facebook and see 153 likes on a post saying someone had just got something, and I’d think maybe I was just one of the unlucky ones.”

Related: Seven ways to stand out on a work placement in law

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Related: Careers for the 21st century law student

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We need to abolish slavery – again. Here's what Australia can do | Lisa Singh

There is every chance that some of the things you bought today were produced by a forced labourer. As a society, we have to take action to end this

  • Lisa Singh is a Labor senator for Tasmania

If I was to ask someone whether they were aware that the food they’d bought and the clothes they wore had slavery in their making they would probably answer, “No, no way.”

Most people in Australia have no idea whether or not they are contributing to slavery. That’s because most of us believe slavery ended one hundred or more years ago.

Related: Labor vows to stamp out slavery in Australia’s supply chains

Related: Australia must legislate to prevent modern slavery in our supply chains | Amy Sinclair and Felicitas Weber

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Google employee fired over diversity row considers legal action

Computer engineer James Damore, axed for suggesting women were less suited to certain tech roles, may challenge dismissal

The computer engineer fired by Google for suggesting women are less suited to certain roles in tech and leadership is considering taking legal action against the company.

Related: Segregated Valley: the ugly truth about Google and diversity in tech

Related: Google’s sexist memo has provided the alt-right with a new martyr | Owen Jones

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Of course judges are worried about Brexit: their position is as clear as mud | Bobby Friedman

The government must offer some clarity on the judiciary’s relationship to the ECJ – because the Brexit bill itself is ambiguous, and will lead to uncertainty all round

What happens when a judge gets demob-happy? The answer can be seen in the intervention by the imminently departing president of the supreme court, Lord Neuberger, in the debate over the role of the European court of justice – better known as the ECJ – once Britain leaves the EU. The government will doubtless be less than delighted at another dissenting voice in the Brexit process.

Related: Judge calls for clarity on status of ECJ rulings in UK after Brexit

Related: Why are judges worried about the ECJ’s post-Brexit role?

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