Zava bags $32M to expand its AI-free telehealth service in Europe

More money is being injected into the telehealth space in Europe. Zava, a long-time player that bills its online service as offering a “discreet and convenient” alternative to an in-person doctor visit, has just announced a $32 million Series A round, led by growth equity firm HPE Growth. Zava relies on patients filling in an online medical questionnaire which is reviewed by a person from its team of in-house doctors/clinicians as part of the remote consultation process. Test kits and/or medicine can follow in the post or be sent to a pharmacy for the patient to collect. “Zava provides reliable and convenient access to a qualified clinical team, via written communication, which drives an effective patient:doctor relationship,” says co-founder and …

Brexit effect forces women to go to Netherlands for abortions

Charity says visa delays making it harder for immigrant women in Ireland to travel to UK A pro-choice charity that for decades has helped thousands of Irish women access abortions in England is sending foreign nationals to the Netherlands due to tighter UK visa regulations and the effects of Brexit. The Abortion Support Network (ASN) said it was guiding immigrant women in Ireland towards Dutch abortion facilities because it was taking too long to obtain visas for English clinics. The London-based organisation also warned that even EU citizens living in the republic may have to travel to Holland for terminations after Brexit rather than crossing the Irish Sea. ASN saidit was focusing on helping women from Ireland who were more …

GetYourGuide picks up $484M, passes 25M tickets sold through its tourism activity app

As we swing into the summer tourist season, a company poised to capitalise on that has raised a huge round of funding. GetYourGuide — a Berlin startup that has built a popular marketplace for people to discover and book sightseeing tours, tickets for attractions and other experiences around the world — is today announcing that it has picked up $484 million, a Series E round of funding that will catapult its valuation above the $1 billion mark. The funding is a milestone for a couple of reasons. GetYourGuide says it is the highest-ever round of funding for a company in the area of “travel experiences” (tours and other activities) — a market estimated to be worth $150 billion this year …

What is the European parliament and do the elections matter?

As Europe prepares to go to the polls, we look at the workings of the union and where its power lies Why do the European elections matter? Europes twice-a-decade parliamentary elections are the second largest democratic contest in the world after Indias (which are incidentally still ongoing). An estimated 374 million people are old enough to vote in European Union elections that will see MEPs elected for a five-year term. First contested in 1979, the vote is now being taken more seriously than ever before. Both pro- and anti-EU politicians see the elections as a springboard to seize control of Europes agenda. French president Emmanuel Macron has said the contest will be decisive at the most perilous moment for Europe …

Flipkart ranked highly for fairness of working conditions in India gig platform study

The Oxford Internet Institute has published what it bills as the world’s first rating system for working conditions on gig economy platforms. The Fairwork academic research project is a collaboration with the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore, the University of Cape Town, the University of Manchester, and the University of the Western Cape. As the name suggests, the project focuses on conditions for workers who are being remotely managed by online platforms and their algorithms — creating a framework to score tech firms on factors like whether they pay gig economy workers the minimum wage and ensure their health and safety at work. The two initial markets selected for piloting the rating system are India and South Africa, and …

Vatican faces growing list of scandals and secrets ahead of historic clergy abuse summit

Rome (CNN)For the first time in Catholic history, nearly 200 church leaders from around the world will gather at the Vatican starting Thursday to confront the scourge of clergy who sexually abuse children. • Earlier this month, the Pope for the first time called the sexual abuse of nuns by Catholic clergy a “problem,” even saying that some women had been sexually enslaved by religious men. • The Vatican’s ambassador to France is under investigation for sexual assault. • A new salacious book to be published Thursday calls the Vatican “one of the biggest gay communities in the world,” in which clergy regularly break their vows of celibacy. • The Pope defrocked a prominent American former cardinal on Saturday but …