World Bank To Focus On Removing Ine...

To meet the goal of eliminating extreme poverty and helping poor countries remove the gap between the rich and poor, the International Monetary Fund r...

Amazon Fined For Risky Air Transpor...

The Southwark Crown Court found Amazon guilty of shipping potentially-explosive and dangerous goods by air penalising the latter £65,000 for negligenc...

Noise Was Likely ‘Terrestrial...

According to a Russian team of scientists in the Ratan-600, the signal that seemingly originated from a distant start named HD 164595 is likely the re...

Panic in JFK Airport After Ringing ...

About hundreds of flight passengers were evacuated from the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York after several gunshots were heard inside the facility....

World Bank To Focus On Removing Inequality

To meet the goal of eliminating extreme poverty and helping poor countries remove the gap between the rich and poor, the International Monetary Fund renews its campaign.

The IMF warns that the gap between rich and poor is deterring the Fund’s objective of removing extreme poverty by 2030. It highlighted that people living in the extreme poverty benchmark — those who earn $1.90 or less a day, had continued to fall despite global economic woes.

However, it said the speed is not enough as nations would have to meet certain goals that would increase the removal of 100 million living in poverty to more than 200 million in the coming years.

According to IMF President Jim Yong-Kim:

“It’s remarkable that countries have continued to reduce poverty and boost shared prosperity at a time when the global economy is underperforming – but still far too many people live with far too little,” said Kim.

“Unless we can resume faster global growth and reduce inequality, we risk missing our World Bank target of ending extreme poverty by 2030. The message is clear: to end poverty, we must make growth work for the poorest, and one of the surest ways to do that is to reduce high inequality, especially in those countries where many poor people live.”

Amazon Fined For Risky Air Transport of Goods

The Southwark Crown Court found Amazon guilty of shipping potentially-explosive and dangerous goods by air penalising the latter £65,000 for negligence and violation of safety rules.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had halted the four transports that carried lithium-ion batteries and flammable gas aerosols between January 2014 and June 2015.

The CAA said the inclusion of such cargo would have placed the lives of travellers on-board the plane at risk.

Lithium-ion batteries are used in most gadgets but have a likelihood of exploding when transported in thinner atmospheric layers.

“The safety of the public, our customers, employees and partners is an absolute priority.  We ship millions of products every week and are confident in the sophisticated technologies and processes we have developed to detect potential shipping hazards. We are constantly working to further improve and will continue to work with the CAA in this area,” Amazon said in a statement released on Friday.

The Southwark Crown Court handed a total of 11 counts and redacted one after the jury failed to reach a verdict.

Air Navigation Regulations stipulate how packages must be handled when transported by air and have stringent rules on packing, marking, labeling and documentation.

A recent investigation by ProPublica, which looked at 250 Amazon products over several weeks, found that Amazon’s algorithms push customers towards more expensive products.

Amazon told the researchers that the algorithms are complex and consider many different factor.

Noise Was Likely ‘Terrestrial Interference’

According to a Russian team of scientists in the Ratan-600, the signal that seemingly originated from a distant start named HD 164595 is likely the result of “terrestrial interference”. It said the possibility the signal came from Earth is still a high probability.

The Ratan-600 telescope in the Zelenchukskaya  in the Caucasus mountains along the European and Asian borders, said the signal — after undergoing “subsequent processing and analysis of the original signal” — revealed its most probable terrestrial origin.

Yulia Sotnikova of the RAS said on behalf of astronomers from Moscow State University (MSU) and the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), the signal cannot be confirmed effectively.

The Ratan-600 is a valuable instrument for collecting weak signals from larger areas of the universe than most telescopes can study. “Such observations at Ratan-600 are made possible owing to its large collecting area of thousands of square meters, and this high sensibility of the telescope allows us to search for extremely weak signals in the Universe,” wrote Sotnikova. Those weak signals are valuable to astronomers searching the universe for something new: any artificial signal would likely be undetectable by most means.

Panic in JFK Airport After Ringing Gunshots

About hundreds of flight passengers were evacuated from the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York after several gunshots were heard inside the facility. The police evacuated Terminal 8 around 930 PM local time after it had received reports of shots fired near the departures area.

New York Police Department officers rushed to the scene. According to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Department Police Spokesman Joe Pentangelo, no firearm, rounds or shell casings or other evidence of shots fired had been found.

Other Terminals were also shut down after reports of gunshots in the area. Passengers posted pictures and videos on Twitter with people gathering outside the terminals.

However, no one was injured during the care as there was no stampede. People had exited the facilities in an orderly fashion.

Theresa May Vows to Fight ‘Evil’ of Modern Slavery

UK Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled from her research during her term as Home Secretary for the Home Office that about 10,000 to 13,000 victims of modern slavery can be found in the United Kingdom alone. Meanwhile, about 45m victims overseas suffer from the hands of their slavers.

Victims are often forced into sexual abuses, forced into prostitution, imprisoned inside the homes of their slavers or even in their factories, fishing boats or even fields.

Mrs May even said that nail bars and car washes have slaves “hidden in plain sight.”

Mrs May said: “From nail bars and car washes to sheds and rundown caravans, people are enduring experiences that are simply horrifying in their inhumanity.

“Vulnerable people who have travelled long distances, believing they were heading for legitimate jobs, are finding they have been duped, forced into hard labour, and then locked up and abused.

“Innocent individuals are being tricked into prostitution, often by people they thought they could trust. Children are being made to pick-pocket on the streets and steal from cash machines.”

Mrs May said the first government taskforce on modern slavery would see ministers “get a real grip of this issue right across Whitehall and co-ordinate and drive further progress in the battle against this cruel exploitation”.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary will also be asked to carry out an investigation to make sure that all police forces in England and Wales “treat this crime with the priority it deserves”.

“[The government] must work collaboratively with law enforcement agencies across the world, to track and stop these pernicious gangs who operate across borders and jurisdictions,” Mrs May said.

She added: “These crimes must be stopped and the victims of modern slavery must go free…

Turkish Authorities Hunt For Coup Plotters


A failed coup d’etat by Turkish military forces see a continued crackdown in Turkey under the orders of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Mr Erdogan vowed to bring those behind the coup to justice.

Large crowds heed the call of the President as they filled the streets.

Hundreds of soldiers were arrested. Hundreds of judiciary members were also removed. The death toll in Turkey’s deadliest coup has seen 290 people dead. About 1,400 people were injured in the Friday coup attempt.

In total, 6,000 people were detained in suspicion of supporting the coup and the arrests will continue. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildrim said those who plotted the coup would “pay a heavy price”.

Among those arrested were Incirlik Air Base Commander General Bekir Ercan Van. The military commander’s base works with the United States during skirmishes against the Islamic State

Colonel Ali Yazici is also subject to detention. An order has been handed out. The Senior Military aide had taken orders directly from Mr Erdogan.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had deported eight Turkish soldiers who had flown to Alexandroupoli in Greece after the failed coup attempt.

“It is not anything ordinary that my young brothers lay under tank pellets; this is a manifest of faith,” Erdogan said.

He also said he did not rule out bringing back the death penalty for the coup’s perpetrators.

As the crowd chanted “we want the death penalty,” he said, “we can’t ignore the people’s request in a democracy — this is your right.”

“This right has to be evaluated by the appropriate authorities according to the constitution and a decision can be made,” Erdogan said in the address broadcast live on TV.

He asked supporters to stay on guard.

“You should fill the squares. This isn’t a 12-hour operation. We will continue determinedly.”

Antarctic Ozone Hole is ‘Healing’

According to researchers, the Ozone Layer’s ‘hole’ is finally healing after decades of chemicals penetrating and ‘thinning out’ the protective layer blocking out ultraviolet radiation.

As the world warms, CFCs and extreme cold in Antarctica that once destroyed the Ozone layer is helping it heal.

Professor Susan Solomon first showed the declining situation of the Ozone Layer in 1986. She proved that molecules containing bromine and chlorine from chloroflourocarbons or CFCs from aerosols, refrigerators and air-conditioning units are damaging the protective layer.

Decades further, the Montreal Protocol’s ban on CFCs have taken effect. Professor Solomon and her colleagues had carried out detailed measurements to the amount of ozone in the stratosphere between 2000 and 2015.

Information from weather balloons, satellites and model simulations showed the layer had begun to thicken with the reduction of atmospheric chlorine.

“Even though we phased out the production of CFCs in all countries including India and China around the year 2000, there’s still a lot of chlorine left in the atmosphere,” Prof Solomon said.

“It has a lifetime of about 50-100 years, so it is starting to slowly decay and the ozone will slowly recover.

“We don’t expect to see a complete recovery until about 2050 or 2060 but we are starting to see that in September the ozone hole is not as bad as it used to be.”

Omar Mateen Was A Pulse Regular.

Kevin West, a Pulse regular customer, said the Orlando club shooter Omar S. Mateen was a regular in the club. He said the shooter once chatted with him on a gay chat application.

Other clubgoers also said the man used multiple applications intended for LGBTs to hook up with common acquaintances.

Mateen is the primary shooter at the Orlando gay club Pulse where he killed 49 people and injured 53 more. It was declared the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

According to FBI Chief James Comey, the bureau believes Mateen “is strongly radicalised” by accessing illegal online extremist propaganda. Reports claim that Mateen had sworn allegiance to the IS Terrorist Group before he began his attack.

“So far, we see no indication that this was a plot directed from outside the United States and we see no indication that he was part of any kind of network,” Mr Comey told reporters in Washington. “We’re highly confident this killer was radicalised at least in some part through the internet.”

Mateen worked for G4S, the world’s biggest security and guard company worldwide. He was a regular employee until his death at the hands of security forces in the nightclub. He was working in a gated retirement community before his death.

UK Brexit Could Mean Two More Years of Austerity

In two more years, Britons could pay from £20bn to £40bn yearly because of an additional two-year austerity should it move to vote outside the European Union.

According to the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), the UK could lose such amounts should it hit GDP rates from 2.1 to 3.5 per cent lower during the transition period.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies said Britons must expect deeper cuts to welfare and benefits. IFS Director and report author Paul Johnson said budget balancing during the first years of British independence from Europe would mean an additional one to two years of austerity against Britons.

He did acknowledge in his report that the UK could receive an estimated £8 billion yearly to its economy to help shore up its finances if voted for Brexit. But that is not enough as the UK economy could see a national income offset by 0.6 per cent.

Johnson added:

“If the economy is just a few percentage points smaller than it otherwise would have been, we will be a bit worse off.”

The UK “could perfectly reasonably decide that we are willing to pay a bit of a price for leaving the EU and regaining some sovereignty and control over immigration and so on”, Mr Johnson said.

“That there would be some price though, I think is now almost beyond doubt.”

British Airways Could Start Charging Food For Short Flights

British Airways prides itself with its free in-flight catering. It is an essential part of their brand.

However, that brand might change that appeal in the next few years.

Decades of free food and drink to every passenger going on short-haul flights might end soon. Airline sources suggest that Chairman and Chief Executive of British Airways Alex Cruz might outsource their in-flight catering to Waitrose.

Waitrose, a premium catering service, could supply high quality food and drink at higher, premium prices.

This would turn its in-flight catering into a revenue stream. This would allow British Airways to offer lower headline fares, a wise choice.

But it breaks tradition.

British Airways hopes to capitalise on its short-haul flights. This has become a problem for British Airways as it competes against Ryanair and EasyJet, two short-haul airlines that grab revenue from BA’s own.

The small pack of snacks for shorter flights could mean additional costs for consumers but in exchange for lower airfare.

But experts suggest that low-cost airlines would receive great fanfare for better food at higher prices from passengers. Flybe offers Food Doctor pots of couscous and lentils for £3, while easyJet sells hot focaccia sandwiches for £4.50. Airport retailers such as Boots, M&S and Pret A Manger have also increased the range and quality of food to take on board.