An anonymous phone call is under investigation as it tipped a bomb threat that halted the flight of Air France passenger planes for investigation.
Flight AF055 from Washington and AF065 from Los Angeles heading towards Paris’ Charles de Gaulle when Air France received a threat from an anonymous caller that claims to have planted a bomb in the airline.
According to Air France, it grounded the flights immediately due to the following reasons:
“As a precautionary measure and to conduct all necessary security checks, Air France, applying their safety regulations in force, decided to request the landings of both aircraft.”
Hannover Game Threats
Aside from Air France’s bomb threat, a game scheduled between Germany and Netherlands cancelled a hour before the game after authorities received a call that indicated a bombing device was planted inside the Hannover Stadium.
According to police, they found substantial evidence to cancel the game.
The game was to a symbol of good relations between the two European countries and a symbol of Germany and Netherland’s strength against terrorists, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her staff attending the game.
The players from the Netherlands had their buses turn around after the announcement. Meanwhile, the Chancellor had returned to Berlin a few minutes after the bomb threat was made.
China’s disappointing economic performance in the last three years spawned numerous attempts by investors to pull out of the country. A mix of disappointment against the Chinese government’s management and disastrous years had motivated many to pull out.
However, many saw the returning investors coming out of China and put up their own nets to catch the running investors. Asia’s IPOs and assets show through upcoming deals reviews that they are winning an estimated £11.07 billion out of China’s poor performance and into their IPOs. This was just in the last two months alone.
According to Co-Head of Asia Pacific Equity Capital Markets at Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong Mille Cheng, everything is marketed with the context of slower growth.
Cautionary, Wary Investors
Despite the appealing growth deals coming from China, many investors are still playing safe with their investments. Many analysts have noted obvious risk minimisation.
Investors are also aware of banker cautions about valuations for 2016 staying low even for firms with decent prospects in manufacturing and export trade. This is also due to China’s slowing economy affecting plenty of potential IPOs with its influence.
Along with investors , fund managers continue to choose their investors to ensure profit and improve their respective asset’s price-to-earnings multiples.
Paralympian Oscar Pistorious had served less than a year in South Africa’s prison and he will continue his five-year sentence under house arrest in his uncle’s house. The court decision is now under appeal as many South African advocacy groups express disappointment in the decision.
Pistorious’ laywer Brian Webber said Pistorious shoud be released on August 21. The paralympian was released from prison on Monday and will remain under house arrest until 2019.
An appeal by prosecutors disappointed by the decision could see Pistorious return to jail instead of house arrest for the remainder of his sentence.
Pistorious was convicted of culpable homicide last year after shooting Model Reeva Steenkamp in his Praetoria residence. He maintained he thought Steenkamp was an intruder and did not intend to kill her as he shot through the door of his residence.
He will stay with his uncle, Arnold Pistorious, in Waterkloof, Praetoria. The luxury estate includes a swimming pool and has three storeys.
Despite his semi-free lifestyle, Pistorious will undertake community service and psychotherapy sessions as per court requirement.
Meanwhile, the Steenkamp family expressed their disappointment. Advocacy groups, including the ANC Women’s League, said:
“We pin our hopes on the SCA to repeal the judgment and that Oscar must serve a sentence that would bring him back a changed man and an advocate for women’s rights in future.”
Brazil’s exported goods have fallen in price but has increased local product prices due to recession. The strengthening currency puts the Brazilian economy to the test with higher prices paid for electricity and gasoline.
Analysts said the Dilma Government’s idea to remove the gas price ceiling and subsidisation of electricity led to this inevitable result, increasing inflation by 9 per cent and a high interest rate of 14.25 per cent.
A Sudden Jerking Reaction
Senior International Economist At PNC Financial Bill Adams said the sudden changes in input and output prices introduced a jerking, shocking movement to the Brazillian economy.
The reduction in the amount of output for Brazil introduced a negative supply shock, sending the local prices skyrocketing. Adams said the recession is “deep and sustained.”
Politicians and Natural Resources
According to analysts, external forces, such as Chinese investors demanding greater quantities of Brazilian ore or the value of the US dollar play huge roles for Brazil’s inflation and investor outlook. Investors would find plenty to invest in Brazil but only few to work with effectively given the outdated business outlook of the government.
This is the trouble caused by Brasilian Politicians, whose actions may contract by 3 per cent Brazil’s real GDP.
For East Sussex NHS, new measures overseen by the Care Quality Commission mean their efforts to improve their services have completely failed. The East Sussex NHS is rated inadequate.
The CQC recommends having an unannounced follow-up inspection on March because the inadequate recommendations have not been followed by the hospital. Chief Hospital Inspector Professor Sir Mike Richards said the trust had lacked improvement on “underlying cultural issues” within the East Sussex Service. He said this has been apparent for quite some time.
According to East Sussex NHS Acting Chief Executive Richard Sunley, they apologise to have let down people who used their services and the staff and colleagues for not bringing the proper healthcare standard East Sussex deserves.
East Sussex NHS lacked quality in terms of safety and leadership. The March report indicated “staff bullying” and a great disconnect between the trust board and the staff.
Meanwhile, all care services were rated as good with staff providing the highest quality of healthcare for patients. They are treated with compassion, dignity and respect.
The CQC said staff-management relationships play a huge role in providing top medical care. Many superiors tend to ‘step-over’ underlings for minor discrepancies. Patient confidentiality comes a close second to the top drawer of failures by the hospital.
About 2,500 Syrian refugees die trying to cross the Mediterranean from Turkey according to the UN Human Commission on Refugees.
On Wednesday a boat from Turkey heading to Europe capsized. Two young brothers, Galip and Aylan, died trying to swim to Greek Islands. Turkish authorities discovered their bodies washed-up in a Turkish tourist resort.
The image spread in Turkish social networks and the rest of the world. The little boy, Aylan, was wearing a bright red t-shirt and shorts lying face down in a beach surf. A Turkish policeman sadly carried his tiny body away. The boy was three-years-old.
the hashtag “#KivivaVuranInsanlik” or ‘Humanity Washed Ashore’ became a top trending topic on Twitter as people retweeted the image.
The boat the two boys were riding capsized. It was carrying 23 people and had set off separately from the Akyarlar area of the Bodrum peninsula in Turkey, according to Turkish naval officers. Aside from the two children, one woman and five other children had died. Seven had survived and two more had reached the Turkish shore in lifejackets. There are two people yet to be found.
Many debated the ethics of spreading the photo of a dead child in publications reasoning it left no dignity for the dead.
Tony Abbott has stopped seven people in Australia before they could travel to the Middle East. The individuals were allegedly trying to contact terrorist groups, including the Islamic State, on their journey.
Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton said an incident occurred but would not go into specifics:
“We are concerned about the number of people presenting at airports, particularly younger people, who might be seeking to travel overseas for reasons that would horrify Australians and their parents and family and community no doubt as well.”
Abbott also didn’t provide details about the reported operation. However, he said it showed the increasing influence of the Islamic State and other terrorist groups in the Middle East.
The Australian Border Force had stopped the individuals. Their units have been working at all international airports.
According to Dutton, the details of the incident might be available by Friday.
“It wouldn’t be appropriate for us to respond and I don’t think, as a responsible journalist, you would expect us to say anything beyond that,” he said.
“We have provided the detail that we reasonably can at this point in time.”
Australians, Europeans and Americans have been part of the increasing numbers of Middle East terrorist groups, including the Islamic State. Britain had also issued its own safeguards to block anybody heading to the Middle East under suspicion of joining a terrorist network.
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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) may put a time limit on Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) claims, which consumers have been making since January 2011.
Over the past four years, banks have already compensated customers who were miss-sold PPI with a staggering £18bn. However, thousands of PPI complaints are still being made each week and many individuals across the country have yet to claim their insurance refund. In December 2014, £339.1m was paid out, proving that a huge number of people are still coming forward and being compensated.
Now increasing pressure from the British Bankers Association to put a time limit on PPI claims, means the Financial Conduct Authority could set a ‘claim by’ date. It’s important to remember that in many cases, people were not even aware they had been sold PPI. It doesn’t cost anything to check whether you were miss-sold this useless insurance by your bank. It’s worth looking into and it could net you a very welcome cheque.
CBI Director General John Cridland states that the money spent for compensation is much more useful if it was put to more economic use. Cridland and the banks criticized claims management companies (CMCs) for taking advantage of the situation and earning profits, with banks stating that the claims of CMCs cost them more than what they expected.
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About 435 people have died in six Asian countries after heavy monsoon rains and a tropical cyclone had hit parts of Bangladesh and Myanmar. Flooding, landslides, rough seas and double train derailment had caused the increase of the death toll.
The tropical cyclone Komen had hit parts of Bangladesh, Myanmar and India. Extreme rainfall had also added to the cyclone’s destructive strength. At least 166 deaths and some 55,000 houses around the bay of Bengal were wiped out after the rain and the cyclone passed. As the rain evolved into a slow-moving monsoon depression, it had reached Bangladesh. Komen had also picked up tropical storm strength and hit Bangladesh.
The storm and heavy monsoon rains had caused flash floods that Indian authorities said to be the cause of the derailment of two passenger trains on the same bridge near Harda in the central Indian state of Madhra Pradesh last Wednesday.
The Indian National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) said that at least 20 people died after a landslide hit the village of Joumol in the Manipur state of northeast India. Flooding, lightning strikes and snakebites have killed 48 lives in West Bengal and Odisha.
About 38,000 houses have been destroyed according to the report and 205,000 structures were damaged in West Bengal alone.
Federal prosecutors opened an investigation into the life of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for increasing lobby powers for a Brazilian construction giant. Officials are trying to determine if the popular president had used his influence to help convince international leaders to award contracts to Odebrecht SA and the financing from BNDES, Brazil’s development bank.
Lula’s acts are considered criminal influences as influence peddling is punishable up to five years imprisonment. Lula, who used his influence post-presidency in 2011 to 2014, involved Odebrecth winning numerous big infrastructure deals for nations including Ghana, Angola, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.
Lula da Silva denied all allegations by local newspaper Epoca, which highlighted the case. Instituto Lula, da Silva’s private foundation, intends to prove that Lula da Silva is innocent from all allegations.
Odebrecht had also denied any wrongdoing and said that it only has an institutional relationship with the ex-president.
It is the first time da Silva’s name had been involved in a criminal investigation. The Workers’ Party, which is the ruling party of Brazil, is further shaken after probes earlier and continue to investigate a corruption scandal involving state-owned oil company Patróleo Brasilieiro SA, which is known as Petrobas.
In light of the scandals, many opposition politicians had called for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, da Silva’s political protégé.