Germany requires companies put women on executive boards

  • On Friday, the German coalition government agreed to a new rule that companies with more than three board members must ensure one of those members is a woman.
  • The rule also states companies in which the German government has a stake will require 30% of its board to be female.
  • The rule reverses a voluntary system established in 2015 that some said failed to achieve gender equality.
  • Franziska Giffey, Germany’s federal minister for women called the move “historic.”
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Germany’s government is rolling out a new standard that will require companies listed on the stock market to have a certain number of women on their boards. Companies with three board members must have one of them be a woman. And companies in which the federal government has a stake will require 30% of executive boards to be female. 

The rule was agreed upon on Friday by Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats. It’s similar to a system the country established in 2015 that called on companies to voluntarily increase boardroom diversity. But progressives argued, that because the system was voluntary it failed to achieve gender equality. 

This new mandatory quota will boost diversity in Germany’s corporate sector, and might even encourage lawmakers in other countries to follow suit. A number of countries have similar quotas, including France, Norway, Israel, Austria, India, and Italy. Research from management consulting company EgonZehnder found that countries with quotas were more likely to have significant boardroom diversity than countries without quotas. 

Researchers at McKinsey & Co. found that companies with more gender and ethnic diversity among top executives were up to 33% more likely to see above average profits.

Women make up about 13% of the management boards of the 30 largest German companies listed on the Dax index, per a September survey by the independent nonprofit AllBright foundation that was reported on in the Guardian.  

That’s compared to 28.6% in the US, 24.5% in the UK and 22.2% in France, the study showed. 

In a statement, Franziska Giffey, Germany’s federal minister for women, said: “This one breakthrough is historic. We are putting an end to women-free boardrooms in large companies. We are setting an example for a sustainable, modern society.”

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$15,000 Fine After Secret Hasidic Wedding Draws Thousands of Guests

Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered to celebrate a wedding inside a cavernous hall in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood earlier this month, dancing and singing with hardly a mask in sight. The wedding was meticulously planned, and so were efforts to conceal it from the authorities, who said that the organizers would be fined $15,000 for violating public health restrictions.

The wedding, organized on Nov. 8 by the leaders of the Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism, is the latest incident in a long battle between city and state officials and members of the ultra-Orthodox community, who prize autonomy, chafe at government restrictions and have frequently flouted guidelines like mask-wearing and social distancing.

In October, state officials announced a series of restrictions in several neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens with large Orthodox Jewish populations after the positive test rate in those areas rose above 4 percent. Many residents protested the restrictions, which included the closing of nonessential businesses and limiting capacity at houses of worship.

While the rates in several of these areas have decreased since the implementation of the restrictions, tensions between city officials and area leaders have continued.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the fine on Monday night after video of the wedding — and a florid account of the event and the extensive efforts to conceal it appeared in a Hasidic newspaper — drew backlash online. He said additional penalties could be imposed on the organizers.

“We know there was a wedding,” the mayor told the local news network NY1. “We know it was too big. I don’t have an exact figure, but whatever it was, it was too big. There appeared to be a real effort to conceal it. Which is absolutely unacceptable.”

Representatives for the Satmar community did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.

“We’ve been through so much,” the mayor added. “And in fact, the Williamsburg community in recent weeks responded very positively, did a lot more testing and was being very responsible. This was amazingly irresponsible, just unacceptable. So there’s going to be consequences right away for the people who let that happen.”

On Sunday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called the event “a blatant disregard of the law” and “disrespectful to the people of New York.”

State officials ordered the Satmar community in Orange County to cancel a series of weddings planned for Monday night, but it was unclear if the group complied with that order.

The wedding in Brooklyn, which lasted for more than four hours, was held at the Yetev Lev D’Satmar synagogue in Williamsburg and celebrated the marriage of Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum, the grandson of Satmar Grand Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum.

Last month, Satmar leaders canceled another wedding in Williamsburg, which they said expected 10,000 guests, that was to be held for the grandson of Rabbi Teitelbaum’s brother and longtime rival, Grand Rabbi Zalman Teitelbaum.

An account of the wedding was published on Nov. 11 by Der Blatt, a Yiddish-language newspaper closely aligned with the Satmar leadership in Williamsburg.

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Bed Bath & Beyond gift guide: KitchenAid, Dyson and more

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In the final month-and-a-bit left in 2020, shopping news and updates largely revolve around the gifting season and the end-of-year sales blitz, which includes the familiar sight of Black Friday sales, Cyber Monday deals and a litany of savings between the two and beyond them. Instead of cramming into stores this unique holiday season, though, many shoppers will be finding their gifts in the comfort of their home — taking full advantage of online shopping. One reason for this is the resurging Covid-19 pandemic, another the availability of defined gift finders at many major retailers — among them other Shopping favorites that we’ve helped outline for you, including Nordstrom, Sephora, Amazon, Walmart and Wayfair. We’ve now reached Bed Bath & Beyond, another Shopping favorite retailer, and its annual holiday gift guide finder, filled with not only ideas for everyone on your list but also must-haves to make your home feel cheery-yet-cozy this season — both indoors and outdoors.

Despite the season, many are spending more time in their backyards as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend social distancing and limiting indoors interactions. That’s why Bed Bath and Beyond curated a Backyard Holiday Collection, with everything fromcozy fire pits to transform your outdoor space into a winter oasis to chairs and accessories for those who are spending more time outside.

In addition to top present ideas, gifts for him, gift ideas for her, Christmas decor and Hanukkah decorations, Bed Bath & Beyond has also taken things one step further this year to elevate (and incentivize) the online shopping experience: With its new same day delivery service, you can ensure your list-minute gifts arrive on their doorstep on the same day, starting at $5. Whether you’re looking to get a start on Black Friday sales or are ready to shop now to avoid potential nation-wide shipping delays, we’ve rounded up some of the best offerings at Bed Bath & Beyond this year. We’ve also simplified navigating the retailer’s gift options with outstanding products and some filters to help your shopping, including by price, by brand and by category.

Best Bed Bath & Beyond gifts

1. Ugg Melange Classic Sherpa Throw Blanket

From cold winter nights to lazy afternoons while social-distancing at home, anyone would appreciate something warm to cuddle up to. The melange pattern blankets are machine washable and come in five demure colors. The reverse side is 100-percent polyester sherpa fleece. Otherwise known as “faux shearling,” this soft material is both cozy as well as animal-friendly. Or, for something a bit warmer, UGG also has this quilted reversible sherpa throw with plush polyester fill.

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Fenty Beauty Black Friday Sale 2020: Best Makeup Deals to Shop 30% Off

It’s not every day you can get major deals from game-changing makeup brands, but the Fenty Beauty Black Friday sale is here to make our dreams come true. Remember, if you will, a pre–Fenty Beauty world. Although it was only three years ago, Fenty has drastically shifted the beauty world in its short time in existence. Inclusivity has been a buzzword for far longer than Fenty’s existence, but it’s one of the handful of brands that considers it a mantra, not an afterthought. The brand launched with foundation that had a massive range of 40 (now 50) shades, and every subsequent launch has been designed to work for all skin tones, even if it’s a product that traditionally hasn’t, like pressed powder. The brand is also insanely cool, and the formulas are killer. Plus, who wouldn’t want to look like Rihanna?

The good news is it just got a little bit easier because the brand just announced its biggest sale yet. The Fenty Beauty Black Friday sale runs November 27 through November 30, with all items on-site 30% off—no code needed. The only thing the sale excludes are charity items like the CLF highlighter and makeup case, since 100% of proceeds go to the Clara Lionel Foundation. Everything else is fair game.

The bad news? Since almost every single product is on sale, it might be difficult to choose exactly what to add to your cart. But the products are all so stellar, you can’t really go wrong. A good place to start is with the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation, which is one of the most full-coverage yet natural-looking foundations out there (the newer hydrating version is also amazing for dry skin). Another safe bet would be the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer, which has a cult following for a good reason. It makes lips look fuller, is insanely flattering on all skin tones, and has a non-sticky finish. Or you could try the brand’s newest launch, the dazzling Holo’daze Collection, with hues fit for festive Zoom gatherings and great for gifting.

Read more of our in-depth reviews of the best Fenty products here, and shop some of our favorite Fenty Beauty Black Friday deals below.

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When Rihanna makes a highlighter, you go out and buy that highlighter. The color really holds up all day, doesn’t look too glittery, and can easily be toned up for a day-to-night look. And since it’s crazy pigmented, when I want a super-shimmery eye look, I’ll dip my finger in water and swipe it over my eyelids. —Shanna Shipin, commerce editor

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Fenty Beauty Match Stix

Since Fenty Beauty dropped in 2017, it’s changed the makeup industry and the way I contour my face. The precision of the Match Stix in Truffle helps me chisel out my cheekbones, and the cream formula allows me to blend it to perfection. They also come in a Match Stix Trio set,
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Christmas film ‘The Farmer and The Belle’ highlights inner beauty

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For actress Jenn Gotzon, the heartwarming new family film “The Farmer and The Belle: Saving Santaland” is highly personal. 

“I went through a very bad relationship, and I felt ugly, I felt worthless, I felt fat,” the model and actress told The Christian Post. 

“Ater working with therapists and pastors, I realized I didn’t see myself as God saw me. And then I learned that 90% of women in the world struggle with the same lies: ‘If I’m not beautiful, then I’m not worthy to be loved.’ This became the motive behind making the story that is the movie. I wanted to create a biblical pathway to empower girls and women with God’s truth about value and beauty.”

“The Farmer and the Belle” stars Gotzon (“Frost,” “Nixon”), her husband, Jim E. Chandler (“Stranger Things,” “MacGyver”), and John Schneider, along with Corbin Bernsen, radio personality Delilah, singer Beckah Shae, Henry Cho, and others. The film is produced by Joel Bunkowske, along with Gotzon and Chandler.

Now available on video on demand, cable and DVD, the film follows a famous New York-based model who returns to her childhood hometown for the holidays. There, she falls in love with her childhood pen pal, a pig farmer and helps save the town’s beloved Santaland festival. An uplifting Christmas film, “The Farmer and The Belle” highlights the power of faith, love, and family. 

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Gotzon, who met Chandler while she was working as a fashion model in China in 2014, told CP she felt God calling her to create the film while visiting the Chandler family’s farm in Tennessee. 

“God said, ‘I want you to give birth to this story,’ she recalled. “And then we unified with experts in the field of screenwriting, producing and directing, and we lent our experience as actors for the film. But the value of the film came from my own personal life and learning that true beauty comes from the inside.”

In the film, young Belle receives a family heirloom — a bracelet complete with charms bearing phrases like “Beauty is on the inside.” Though she loses the bracelet in a pigsty, she later discovers it, learning the true meaning of beauty in the process.

Filmed on the very farm that inspired the movie, “The Farmer and The Belle” reminds women that “they’re valuable, regardless of what somebody can give them, or what some societal norm teaches them,” the actress added. 

“They’re inherently valuable because they are created in the image of God.”

Though the story is largely intended for women and teenage girls, Chandler said

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On the hunt for where to buy a PS5 at a bargain price? Stock is so scarce that even PlayStation boss Jim Ryan has admitted that “absolutely everything is sold”. But with Black Friday sales erupting all over the internet, there is a (small) chance of making a saving on Sony’s next-gen console over the next couple of weeks.



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It won’t be easy, but we’re already seeing deals around PS5 accessories and games As for the PS5 itself, few, if any, retailers discount new consoles at launch, especially when demand is clearly outstripping supply. But don’t despair – retailers could get creative and we hope to see some tasty PS5 bundles in the coming weeks. With a bit of luck, the best PS5 console bundles will include huge games such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and FIFA21

We’re also hoping to see PS5 deals that combine Sony’s gaming goliath with additional PS5 DualSense wireless controllers, the PS5 Pulse 3D gaming headset or its handy Media Remote. As for PS5 games, we’re already seeing savings of up to 20% off top titles.

In other words, you won’t be left empty-handed at the end of this article. Read on and we’ll run down today’s best PS5 deals ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

How much does a PS5 cost?

The recommended retail price of the PS5 is £449 ($499, €499, AU$749). Too expensive? You can grab a disc-less PS5 Digital Edition for £359 ($399, €399, AU$599). Read our full PS5 vs PS5 Digital Edition comparison for a full breakdown of the two machines.

Both consoles sold out long before launch. But if you missed out, don’t panic. In fact, it could be to your benefit! With retailers unleashing a blizzard of Black Friday deals, and the arrival of more PS5 stock around the UK launch, you’re arguably in pole position to snap up the first meaningful discounts on the PlayStation 5.

We expect major PS5 deals to start dropping at any minute. You’ll find some early savings below.

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PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller

The PS5 only comes with one controller in the box, so a second controller is a must for those who want to get stuck into multi-player gaming. The PS5 DualSense (£59.99, $69.99, AU$109) boasts improved haptic feedback and adaptive triggers that deliver a more immersive experience. So while you can use the PS4 DualShock with the PS5, it doesn’t offer the new features of the PS5 controller. We’ve listed today’s best PS5 controller prices below. 

PS5 Pulse 3D Wireless Headset

Not only does the PS5 offer 4K HDR gaming, it also has 3D audio. But if you want to enjoy it – and you do, because it’s one of the console’s best features – you’ll need one of these. The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset launched at £89.95 ($99.99, AU$159) but we’ve listed

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Saudi Arabia to put women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul on trial

Saudi Arabia will put women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul on trial on Wednesday, more than 900 days after she was detained, and just after Saudi Arabia wrapped up hosting duties on a virtual G20 summit, her family have been told.



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Hathloul is on hunger strike and has been held incommunicado for nearly a month. A UN women’s rights committee recently expressed alarm about her failing health. Her sister Lina al-Hathloul fears she is being pressured into giving false confessions which could be used against her in court.



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“I am extremely worried and anxious about this trial. Everything about her case is illegal and unjust,” Lina told the Guardian, pointing out that the family had only been given one day’s notice of the court date.

“I hope tomorrow will be the end of this nightmare,” she added. Previous planned court appearances have been cancelled at the last minute.

Hathloul was arrested with nine other women’s rights advocates in May 2018, months before women were finally granted the right to drive. Her family, including her sister, claim she has been tortured. At least five of those arrested remain in jail.

Ahead of the G20 summit – which had women’s empowerment as one of its themes – Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UK had said the country was considering “clemency” for jailed female activists, even though most have not been found guilty of any crime or even had a day in court.

Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud said a debate was under way in the foreign ministry about whether their continued detention was causing Saudi Arabia so much political damage that it was not worthwhile. However, the meeting came and went without any of them being released.

US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have been close allies, their bond helping blunt international scrutiny of the country’s handling of dissent and Saudi Arabia’s bloody intervention in Yemen.

The looming transfer of pesidential power to Joe Biden will increase pressure on Riyadh over its human rights record. Violations range from the gruesome murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a Saudi consulate by a squad of state killers, to detentions of women’s rights campaigners and death sentences for juvenile offenders.

Biden has promised to review US-Saudi relations, including Washington’s support for the Saudi intervention in Yemen.

Business ties will continue, however. US dependence on Saudi oil has fallen markedly as a result of domestic shale gas production, but the kingdom’s political stability is still a key US concern. The Saudi government sent a message of congratulations to Joe Biden on Sunday.

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A Look at the Winter/Spring 2021 Issue of Philadelphia Wedding Magazine


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Philadelphia Wedding magazine cover photo by Trevor Dixon; styling by Lauren Kozakiewicz; hair & makeup by Mia Lyn, Mia Farah Beautique; modeling by Geli Forlefac for Wilhelmina; bouquet by Papertini Event Design; gown by Scout and headband by Untamed Petals, both at Lovely Bride; earrings & ring by L. Priori Jewelry; shot on location at Location 215 (Callowhill)

The Winter/Spring 2021 issue of Philadelphia Wedding magazine is now on stands, and it’s chock-full of tips, tricks and inspiration for Philly’s newly engaged folks, whether you’re planning for a micro-wedding in coming months or for a future blowout bash!

Dubbed The Mindful Issue, this latest edition focuses on the thoughtful choices couples can make for their celebrations. Perhaps you’re looking for ways to go fully zero-waste, or to implement small steps to make a big impact. Want to give back to charity with your wedding favors but not sure how to make it happen? Or maybe you just want to be sustainable and stylish in the most creative ways. Whatever it is, we have the need-to-know details and vendors to put you on the right track. No, not everything in here is eco-friendly or philanthropic; as any florist or designer will tell you, it’s important to work with your vendor team and be flexible, to figure out what’s reasonable and practical based on your needs. Ultimately, these pages are meant to get you thinking about what’s most important to you, as a couple. Because that’s what matters, right?

You can order your Winter/Spring 2021 issue by clicking here or pick it up at newsstands across the area. Enjoy the sneak peek below — and happy planning!

Waste Not, Want Not
Here, we offer six different eco-friendly approaches to planning your Big Day, with tips on stationery, cuisine, design, engagement rings, florals, and hair and makeup from some of Philly’s finest vendors.

Sweet Charity
Randi Martin, chief event planner of Trilogy Event Design, shares how to use your wedding favors for acts of goodwill.

Under the Palms
A 1912 church in the Poconos has been revamped into a dramatic venue for your wedding escape.

Real Weddings
Chinese lions and a Parisian theme gave a New Year’s Eve wedding plenty of style. | The pandemic prevented their destination wedding, so one couple got hitched at home. | Repurposed decor brought an eclectic, vintage feel to one backyard wedding. | A Leap Day reception at Giuseppe & Sons set the scene for fun with friends and family. | Flowers and tents made a backyard wedding magical. | One stylish couple put a modern spin on a black-and-white wedding. | The mix of music and dancing at one PAFA wedding got guests in the party mood.

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Making purposeful choices in attire, decor and cuisine can help curb waste and deepen sentimental moments on your wedding day.

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US agrees for now to stop deporting women who alleged abuse

The U.S. government has agreed temporarily not to deport detained immigrant women who have alleged being abused by a rural Georgia gynecologist

HOUSTON — The U.S. government has agreed temporarily not to deport detained immigrant women who have alleged being abused by a rural Georgia gynecologist, according to court papers filed Tuesday.

Dozens of women have alleged that they were mistreated by Dr. Mahendra Amin, a gynecologist who was seeing patients from the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia. The Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general is investigating as well. Amin has denied any wrongdoing through his lawyer.

The agreement filed in court Tuesday proposes that no deportations would take place until at least mid-January for women who have “substantially similar factual allegations.”

Elora Mukherjee, a Columbia University law professor working with several of the women, said the agreement gives the women “a measure of protection for trying to expose the abuses there.”

“ICE and others at Irwin thought they could silence these women,” she said. “They thought they could act with impunity and nothing would ever happen. But the women have organized and had the audacity to speak out.”

ICE said Tuesday that it “complies with all binding court orders.” The agency has previously denied allegations that it tried to deport women to silence them, saying in a written statement: “Any implication that ICE is attempting to impede the investigation by conducting removals of those being interviewed is completely false.”

Scott Grubman, a lawyer for Amin, did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.

The allegations were originally revealed by a whistleblower complaint. Further investigations have found several examples of Amin performing surgeries on women who later said they didn’t consent to the procedures or didn’t fully understand them.

Grubman has denied any wrongdoing by the doctor and previously described Amin as a “highly respected physician who has dedicated his adult life to treating a high-risk, underserved population in rural Georgia.”

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Must Read: The Pandemic’s Second Wave Threatens To Devastate Fashion’s Supply Chain, ‘Them’ Hosts ‘Chosen’ Holiday Event

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These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Tuesday.

The pandemic’s second wave threatens to devastate fashion’s supply chain 
Fashion’s supply chain is bracing for challenges posed by the second wave of Covid-19, after getting hit hard by the first wave. In a piece for Business of Fashion, Daphne Milner writes that the fresh set of restrictions “threatens to deepen the economic and humanitarian crisis already punishing fashion’s manufacturing base.”  {Business of Fashion} 

Them hosts “Chosen” holiday event 
On Monday evening, Them put on an hourlong virtual event to showcase how members of the LGBTQ+ community come together and enjoy time with the ones they love most during the holiday season. Presented by Mastercard and called “Chosen,” the show debuted on YouTube Live and featured messages from and conversations with prominent members of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as documentary-style segments that honored notable “chosen families” from the ballroom and trans communities. You can watch the full event here. {Fashionista inbox} 

Hamish Bowles profiles Virginie Viard in Vogue
Hamish Bowles interviewed Chanel’s Virginie Viard, whom he describes as the “least famous designer in fashion at its most famous house,” in a new piece for Vogue. Bowles takes us through her childhood in Lyon, France and her first Chanel show in the ’80s, all the way up to her promotion and her latest offering for the French fashion house. {Vogue

Girlfriend Collective introduces sherpa and puffer jackets 
Girlfriend Collective is adding cozy outerwear to its colorful line of ethically made activewear. On Tuesday, the brand is launching three different puffers, ranging in price from $198 to $298, and two styles of sherpa jackets, which are both priced at $128. Shop them here before they sell out. {Fashionista inbox} 

Frida Giannini talks about fashion today 
Former Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini shared her thoughts on today’s fashion industry at the virtual Milan Fashion Global Summit on Monday. In a report for WWD, Alessandra Turra writes that Giannini criticized the proliferation of successful streetwear-focused labels and the way designers are chosen to lead a brand based on their social media followings. {WWD

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