A court in Paris has halted the closure of BuzzFeed France and demanded that the company provide more information about the circumstances surrounding its decision, employees said in tweets Wednesday.
The news was reported by BuzzFeed France journalist David Perrotin, who said that the decision had come from the Tribunal de grande instance de Paris, the country’s largest court.
“BuzzFeed will comply with today’s ruling and provide the Court with additional information, which we believe will further validate our decision to reevaluate our current operations in France,” the company said in a statement. “We remain firm in our intent and committed to providing our employees with the support they need throughout this process.”
“In the French law, when people are projected to be fired for economic reasons, the employer has to provide justifications for the employee representative(s) to give an informed opinion on the project,” a BuzzFeed France employee told TheWrap.
“We did not think that the justifications were sufficient, so we asked for more. First directly to the company, then we ask a judge to suspend the process until our demands are met. He agreed with us on this and suspended the process until some documents on BF fr’s financial health are given to us. If and when they are, the process will be restarting from scratch.”
Earlier this month, TheWrap reported that BuzzFeed would close its French operation and shed at least a dozen employees. The news came as a surprise to BuzzFeed staff in the country, with many members of editorial tweeting their dismay with the decision.
“Brutal and completely unexpected decision,” tweeted BuzzFeed France journalist Stephane Jourdain at the time. “It’s very sad.”
In a statement to TheWrap at the time, the company said it was reconsidering its presence in the country.
“We are taking steps to reconsider our operation in France given the uncertain path to growth in the French market,” BuzzFeed said. “We have begun a consultation process with BuzzFeed France and will follow up when we have more information to share.”
In December, BuzzFeed laid off dozens of employees from its office in the United Kingdom, which had been plagued by faltering traffic and budget woes. Talk of an IPO this year largely tapered off as well after the company fell more than $70 million short of a $350 million revenue target for 2017.
Growth has, however, been stronger in recent months.
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In an open letter on Monday addressed to “Fellow Humans,” actress Rose McGowan urged people not to seek to blame Anthony Bourdain’s girlfriend, her friend Asia Argento, for his death by suicide last week.
“Many of these people who lost their ‘friend’ are wanting to lash out and blame. You must not sink to that level. Suicide is a horrible choice, but it is that person’s choice,” she wrote.
“Anthony was part of a ‘pull up your bootstraps and march on’ generation. The a ‘strong man doesn’t ask for help’ generation,” McGowan wrote in the letter, which she said was sent at the urging of Argento herself.
“I know before Anthony died he reached out for help, and yet he did not take the doctor’s advice. And that has led us here, to this tragedy, to this loss, to this world of hurt,” McGowan noted. “Do NOT do the sexist thing and burn a woman on the pyre of misplaced blame. Anthony’s internal war was his war, but now she’s been left on the battlefield to take the bullets. It is in no way fair or acceptable to blame her or anyone else, not even Anthony.”
Argento, who had been publicly linked to Bourdain for more than a year, had become the target of some online trolls speculating about the state of their relationship.
Hours before Bourdain’s body was found in a hotel room outside Paris, People reported, Argento had posted a now-deleted Instagram post of herself wearing a t-shirt that read “F— Everyone” with the caption “You know who you are.”
McGowan said that Bourdain and Argento “had a free relationship, they loved without borders of traditional relationships, and they established the parameters of their relationship early on. Asia is a free bird, and so was Anthony.”
McGowan also urged fans to focus on the unique challenges of depression as a mental illness. “Anthony was open with his demons, he even wrote a book about them,” she wrote. “In the beginning of their relationship, Anthony told a mutual friend, ‘He’s never met anyone who wanted to die more than him.'”
She added that Argento herself shared some of the same mental-health issues. “Through a lot of this last year, Asia did want the pain to stop,” she wrote. “But here’s the thing, over their time together, thankfully, she did the work to get help, so she could stay alive and live another day for her and her children.
“Anthony’s depression didn’t let him, he put down his armor, and that was very much his choice,” she wrote. “His decision, not hers. His depression won.”
Read her full letter here:
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Just days after she had her arm tore off in a gruesome crocodile attack, a woman from Africa found the strength to wed her sweetheart in a chapel in her hospital.
Zanele Ndlovu and her then-fiance, Jamie Fox, were canoeing in the Zambezi river— the fourth-longest in Africa— on April 30 when an 8-foot-long crocodile came out from the water and attacked them.
“The canoe started deflating and it all happened so fast. The crocodile bit me again and pulled me into the water,” Zanele, 25, told the Chronicle, a newspaper in Zimbabwe. “My husband was thrown out on the opposite side so the boat was between us.”
The large animal attempted to drag Zanele deeper into the water, but Jamie grabbed hold of her an beat the animal with his bare fists in an attempt to save his love.
“Jamie swam over to where I was struggling with the crocodile that was trying to pull me to the bottom of the river,” Zanele, a former national tennis player, recalled. “He grabbed my waist and with the other hand he rained blows on the crocodile.”
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Tour guides helped to fight off the crocodile, and the animal finally let go of Zanele.
“I was shouting, trying to save her,” Jamie told the Associated Press. “She was not complaining of pain when we managed to pull her out of the water, maybe because of the shock. We were hoping the doctors would save her arm but that was not to be.”
Zanele was taken to a local hospital in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and though she was missing her limb, she soon found comfort in having survived the traumatizing ordeal. With the couple’s wedding date scheduled for the following Saturday, the two decided to keep the date but have the ceremony in the hospital’s chapel as Zanele recovered.
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“I spent a lot of time preparing for my wedding day, running around for a venue, decor and so forth,” Zanele told the Chronicle. “I didn’t know fate would have me wed in a hospital chapel, with one limb missing. But in all this, I’m not complaining. My wedding was the best, and I have a wonderful husband.”
Jamie proposed in February, he told the AP, adding that the two have dated for about 18 months before they married. They are now hoping to figure out Zanele’s visa so they can settle down together as husband and wife in the United Kingdom.Want to keep up with the latest from PEOPLE? Sign up for our daily newsletter to get our best stories of the day delivered straight to your inbox.
“We were glad we still had our lives and managed to keep our wedding date,” Jamie said. “Although we had to do with a much smaller venue.”
According to the Telegraph, the crocodile that attacked Zanele was killed after it was found by park rangers days after the incident.
“I love her even more and this incident actually made me feel the deep meaning in our vows,” Jamie told the Chronicle. “For better or worse, in sickness and in health, that’s just how our love is going to be. I never even at one point had the thought of calling off the wedding.”
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Finland has a lot to smile about.
The Scandinavian country landed the top spot on the United Nations’ World Happiness Report, released Wednesday.
The list, which ranks countries based on account income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity, according to the website, found the same countries as last year to be the 10 happiest, though some have switched positions.
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The top 10 for 2018 are, in order: Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia.
Scandinavian countries have dominated the list for years. In the last four reports, the top spot was claimed by Denmark, Norway, Finland and Switzerland (which is not in Scandinavia).
So what is it about these countries that makes their residents so content? Surprisingly, one factor might be the chilly weather.
When Norway won last year, one of the study’s editors told Time magazine that the frigid climate and long, dark winters may actually have had a positive influence on residents’ perceived well-being.
“There is a view which suggests that historically communities that lived in harsher weather were brought together by greater mutual support,” Professor John Helliwell said. “You see this with farming communities as well, who will get together to pull a barn roof up. They don’t ask about who’s paying what. So the colder climate of the Northern countries might actually make social support easier.”
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Less competition at work and better support for those without a job are also big factors, according to Dr. Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, who worked on the 2017 report and spoke to Time.
In Finland, economic factors are a major influence, too. The country has a high GDP and high taxes — which support social programs — and free or low-cost higher education and healthcare. Plus, life expectancy is very high: 78 for men and 84 for women, according to 2015 data from the World Health Organization.
The most unexpected reason for Scandinavians’ apparent contentment, however, is that they have lower expectations for their own happiness.
“If we are talking heel-kicking, cocktail-umbrella joie de vivre, then the Danes do not score highly, and I suspect not even they would take their claims that far,” Michael Booth, author of The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia, wrote of Denmark (2013, 2014 and 2016’s happiest country) in The Atlantic in 2015. “But if we are talking about being contented with one’s lot, then the Danes do have a more convincing case to present.”
In other words, they don’t strive to be extremely happy, and as a result, they’re happier with less.
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During her BBC interview with Harry following their engagement announcement, Meghan added that she is very excited to "focus even more energy" on the causes that have been very important to her. As she preps for her life as a royal, we can't help but wonder which causes those will be. Kate Middleton herself is very active with organizations surrounding mental health awareness. While it's unclear if Meghan will continue to be a patron of the following organizations once she gets married, the causes will most likely impact which charities she will support once she becomes an official royal.
Meghan has been a counsellor for the non-profit organization's summit on two occasions: in Dublin, Ireland, in 2014, and in Ottawa, Canada, in 2016. During the 2016 summit, she even spoke up about gender inequality as she called out the Suits creator for continuously writing scenes where her character was half-naked.
Meghan is a global ambassador for the organization. In an article for Time, she detailed how her trip to Delhi and Mumbai opened her eyes to the stigma surrounding menstrual health. In 2016, she also supported World Vision's Clean Water Campaign by traveling to Rwanda to visit with children.
Meghan, a self-proclaimed feminist, is a big advocate for women's rights, as evidenced by her work with UN Women. During the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference of Women in Beijing, Meghan talked about how she "unknowingly" became a female advocate at the young age of 11 when she campaigned against a sexist dish-washing liquid commercial.
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