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“We Should Never Have Been In The L...

Cuba praised the United States for its “fair” pledge on the US terrorism list as it removed Cuba as a potential terrorist backer. The Cuban Government...

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YOU Won’t Believe Could Help Solve ...

The University of Sheffield Scientists have just discovered the best way to tackle water pollution crises. Hint, women use it. However, the tampons...

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Cancer Care Privatisation Could Hav...

Staffordshire’s plan to privatise cancer care for £1.2 billion could mean a big boost. However, there’s a large chance that patients may have poor car...

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Putin Vows “Justice” For Boris Nemt...

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he would bring to “justice” those responsible for the killing of Union of Right Forces or SPS member Boris ...

“We Should Never Have Been In The List” – Cuba

Cuba praised the United States for its “fair” pledge on the US terrorism list as it removed Cuba as a potential terrorist backer. The Cuban Government said that it shouldn’t have been in the list in the first place.

Cuba’s removal indicates a normalisation of ties between the United States and Cuba

Cuba was classified along with Syria, Iran and Sudan as a potential terrorist-backing country. It had been placed in the US State Department list in 1982 as a country that promote “armed revolution by organisations that used terrorism.”

The US believed Cuba provided sanctuary for the Basque Separatist Group and Colombia’s Farc Guerilla Group.

Despite its removal from the list, Cuba still has a US trade embargo imposed and could only be ended by the US Congress.

Cuban President Raul Castro met US President Barack Obama at the Summit of the Americas in Panama.

Obama said on Tuesday that Cuba “has not provided any support for international terrorism in the last six months,” making them eligible to be removed from the list.

Obama had said that Cuba assured the US that it will not support any act of international terrorism in the future.

The Cuban public welcomed the move. The government said:

“We are not terrorists, just the opposite. We are supporters of peace and tranquillity, and good things for all.”

YOU Won’t Believe Could Help Solve Water Pollution!

The University of Sheffield Scientists have just discovered the best way to tackle water pollution crises. Hint, women use it.

However, the tampons they use are quite special. It’s glow in the dark.

According to the engineer’s research, the untreated white cotton in tampons could glow under UV light if it absorbs dirty water. Optical brighteners, used in laundry powder, loo roll and shampoo, a type of colouring material, gets absorbed by tampons.

The researchers found that tampons glowed in the dark when they placed tampons in 16 pipes across Sheffield. After three days, UV lights indicated the environmentally-dangerous chemicals.

The engineers continued their research. They looked to where the pollutants came from and which households excreted, or are directly affected by the polluted water.

The team, led by Professor David Lerner, said that more than a million homes could be affected by chemical water pollution.

“The main difficulty with detecting sewage pollution by searching for optical brighteners is finding cotton that does not already contain these chemicals. That’s why tampons, being explicitly untreated, provide such a neat solution.

“Our new method may be unconventional but it’s cheap and it works.”

 

Cancer Care Privatisation Could Have Grave Costs

Staffordshire’s plan to privatise cancer care for £1.2 billion could mean a big boost. However, there’s a large chance that patients may have poor care, have some hospices closed and have smaller budgets for treatment.

According to the document four local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in the outsourcing deal, they plan to appoint one company as a prime provider of cancer services, which includes treatment, aftercare and diagnosis. They plan to have other services sub-contracted as well

Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Stafford Kate Godfrey campaigned the document endorses the winning bidder to have “full discretion” to design the services they would deliver for NHS patients. This would mean a per-patient type of service, and the proposal of a new payment structure that would be beneficial to themselves.

She also stressed that “core NHS responsibilities could be delivered to the private sector, which includes radiotherapy, surgery and chemotherapy. The regulation of such services could be difficult.”

She added that the winning bidders would also have the freedom to alter or exit any contract without patients having the chance to challenge the decision.

The Clinical Commissioning Groups had stated this in response:

“The commissioners [CCGs] have identified that the current service model for cancer patients has serious shortcomings which can cause people to experience real problems with their care, including: poor information and communication; unnecessary delays (some due to systems and processes); lack of compassion; dignity and respect; no coordination across services; people having to give their details repeatedly; lack of effective care planning with little/no involvement of the patient or carer in that care planning.”

Putin Vows “Justice” For Boris Nemtsov’s Death Despite Suspicions

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he would bring to “justice” those responsible for the killing of Union of Right Forces or SPS member Boris Nemstov.

Nemtsov was openly defiant against Russia, particularly due to the Ukrainian crisis. According to local news sources, Nemtsov was on the verge of uncovering evidence about the Russian government’s involvement with the Ukrainian Donetsk Rebels. Before he died, hours earlier he was appealing for support for a amrch on Sunday in Moscow against the Russian government and its influence with the conflict.

Many, including local media, who believed Nemtsov’s killing was improbable, believed that those responsible had ties in the government. Few believed that Moscow will even name those who ordered the killing.

Nemtsov was killed a few meters away from the Kremlin in an area with very high security.

US President Barack Obama condemned the killings and urged the Russian government to conduct a “prompt, impartial and transparent investigation.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded Russia to ensure the murder is cleared and those responsible be dealt justice, she said through her spokesman Steffen Seibert.

According to Russian Investigative Committee Head Vladimir Markin, the killing involved “Islamic extremism” and Nemtsov’s ties with Ukraine. He said that Nemtsov’s killing involved individuals who used every opportunity to reach political gains.

Meanwhile, the death timeline of Putin’s political opponents had increased gradually in the following list from BBC.com.

April 2003 - Liberal politician Sergey Yushenkov assassinated near his Moscow home

July 2003 - Investigative journalist Yuri Shchekochikhin died after 16-day mysterious illness

July 2004 - Forbes magazine Russian editor Paul Klebnikov shot from moving car on Moscow street, died later in hospital

October 2006 - Investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya shot dead outside her Moscow apartment

November 2006 - Former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko died nearly three weeks after drinking tea laced with polonium in London hotel

March 2013 -Boris Berezovsky, former Kremlin power broker turned Putin critic, found dead in his UK home

 

Scientists Discover Carbon Dioxide’s Role In Developing The World’s Current Climate

After the comet hit and spelled the extinction of dinosaurs, the ice age engulfed the world for centuries. From the deep ocean, a large concentration of carbon dioxide ended the snowy era that helped create the current climate.

Yale Paleoclimatologist Michael Henehan’s team studied the shells of ancient marine organisms. Using advanced techniques, his international team of researchers discover that the high concentration of carbon dioxide deep in the ocean and the increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide had helped end the ice age and welcome the current global climate.

“This is an exciting time for research into past climates,” said Henehan, who is a postdoctoral associate in the Dept. of Geology and Geophysics. “Advances in technologies and improvements in our methods have allowed us in this study to show just how critical carbon dioxide release from the oceans was in kicking the Earth out of the last ice age and into the climate state we have today.”

Scientists from the University of Southampotin had published in the Nature said the world’s ocean’s had absorbed about a third of the atmospheric carbon dioxide from fossil fuels.

However, the oceans’ capability to absorb carbon dioxide is swiftly decreasing, rapidly escalating global warming.

University of Southampton Researcher Dr. Miguel Martinez-Boti showed similarities between Yale University and his research teams information regarding carbon dioxide’s role in ending the ice age.

“This increases our understanding of the role of the ocean in the carbon cycle,” he told BBC News.

“The ocean is a much bigger reservoir for carbon than the atmosphere, so how the ocean interacts with the atmosphere is very important.”

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Cities As Ovens: World Cities Experience More Heatwaves According to Study

Climate researchers from the United States and Indian universities identified that 620 of the world’s cities are experiencing more heatwaves and fewer cold spells. The study focused on extreme temperatures in different urban areas over the past 40 years.

According to their study, many cities are seeing fewer windy days than in the 1970s. Now they have more extremely hot individual days and nights.

“The number of extremely hot days increased significantly at most sites [over the 40 years]. However, a few urban areas in East Asia showed significant declining trends. Only 2% of the urban areas experienced significant declines in the frequency of extreme hot days,” said the authors.

“Extremely windy days declined substantially during the last 40 years with significant declines in about 60% in the urban areas,” said the authors, who defined heatwaves as periods of at least six days where the daily maximum temperature was hotter than 99% of days since 1973.

The Environmental Research Centres published the results of the study. It indicated a significant decline in six-day cold spells. In these urban areas, only 17% had a significant increase in daily rainfall. Up to 10% experienced a significant increase in rainfall.

Pertaining to business: “Urban areas make up a relatively small part of the global land area; but they are the centre of wealth, so damage to urban infrastructure could result in potentially large economic losses,” said Lead Research Author Vimal Mishra from the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar.

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Boko Haram Strengthens Its Efforts To Conquering Nigeria

In Baga, a reported 2,000 dead from a deadly combination of attacks by the Boko Haram are exaggerated according to Nigeria’s military. However, without any response from Nigeria’s president and little attention from the public, Boko Haram covertly exerts its efforts to conquer all Nigerian territories quickly.

However, many Baga residents had fled from the town following the attack. However, the 2,000 dead couldn’t be confirmed. Nigerian Officials accused Cameroon and Chad for their inefficiency to help deal with the situation. Local officials had estimated the casualty count of 2,000 as an estimate.

However, the military said that it was only part of their “smear campaign.”

“From all available evidences, the number of people who lost their lives during that attack has so far not exceeded about 150 in the interim. This figure includes many of the terrorists who were bearing arms,” army spokesman Chris Olukolade said, adding that there were ongoing ground and air offensives to retake the town.

The massacre also didn’t receive any comment from Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. The public had also given lacklustre response. According to analysts and journalists, Nigeria has become a nation “used to violence and deaths,” giving way for the Boko Haram to succeed in its efforts to create a part of Africa into a Sharia state.

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Public Health England’s Inconsistencies Evident Upon Ebola Patient’s Return

The return of Pauline Cafferkey, the Nurse from Africa who had contracted Ebola, to the United Kingdom, exposed the biggest problems of Public Health England, including its inconsistency with airport protocol, procedures and other problems.

Public Health England is responsible for protecting the nation’s health. Its experts believe that there is little risk to the public if anybody incubating the virus comes in the United Kingdom.

Its health experts were also not in favour of restricting the borders of the United Kingdom. It did not even propose a quarantine for any people coming back from west Africa. Their rational argument is that, unless the carrier gets a fever above 37.5 degrees Celsius and body fluids, including vomit, blood, diarrhoea, sweat and tears come in contact with people, there should be no trouble for anybody sitting beside anyone carrying the disease.

Cafferkey and other returning NHS volunteers are still able to travel despite public announcement by the PHE that those coming from west Africa are to be quarantined. Dr. Martin Deahl, who came with Cafferkey on the plane home, said they were allowed to take the underground subway from Heathrow to London’s end. They could even take a plane to Glasgow.

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Five Hostages Escape From a Sieged Café in Sydney

An undisclosed number of people were held hostage by a man inside a Café on Monday morning. The Lindt Chocolat Café in Martin Place in Sydney’s Central Business District was plunged in chaos as an armed man forced the hostages to raise a black Islamic flag against the window of the café.

According to Australian local TV Skynews, two men were running towards a group of police around a fire escape door. Another man wearing a brown apron run out through the door. Australian authorities had confirmed the escape of these hostages.

According to New South Wales Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn:  ”We are with those people now. The first thing that we are doing is making sure that they are okay. We will then establish who they are, and then we will continue to work with them.”

“We have been working through our negotiations to try to make sure that the people inside are cared for, that they have what they need, so that they don’t become ill or injured, so we will continue to do that.”

Later footage showed two more women running out the building.

New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said that the incident involves an armed offender and has an undisclosed number of hostages. They haven’t had any communication with the armed offender. He said that the armed man has a “terrorism footing.”

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Hong Kong Protests Turn Violent As Police Use Baton and Pepper Sprays

The two-month peaceful Hong Kong protests have gradually turned violent as police used batons and pepper sprays against protesters defying orders for retreat and dispersal.

The renewed protest campaigns, called upon by two student groups leading the campaign, were met with fully armed riot police at maximum tolerance. The protesters intend to surround government headquarters in their push for Hong Kong’s full democracy.

Crowds were chanting “Surround government headquarters!” and “open the road!” They had blocked major roads into the offices of Hong Kong’s Admiraly district, next to Hong Kong’s central business district, last Friday.

Riot police scattered crowds pushing protesters back. Batons were hit at the backs and heads of those trying to scramble over walls to safety in a crush of bodies. Tear gas had been used to disperse the crowds with protesters running at all sides.

Volunteer medics had attended the injured, many who had open head wounds.

Over 100,000 individuals had participated in Hong Kong protests. The numbers have lowered to a few hundred as public support decreased.

Hong Kong’s protest is the latest pro-democracy protest since the 1989 crackdown across Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Protesters were demanding free elections against China’s pre-screened candidates for 2017.

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