Month: September 2018 News

 

 

Stories of the Week ending 30 September: 

 

 

Brexit

Brexit this week took its usual twist and turns. The EU almost seemed irrelevant as we began party conference season and the battle lines are drawn not only between political parties but also between Leave and Remain.

On the one hand, Jacob Rees-Mogg wanted the whole country to enjoy a magical Disney happy-ever-after Brexit.

Elsewhere, Brexit took a potentially unexpected turn. Just as The Soros Foundation takes Hungary to court over human rights violations, Conservative MEPs get a personal thank you from far right Hungarian PM Viktor Orban for their support in standing against proposed EU sanctionsMichael Gove also refused to condemn Orban although later Conservative MEPs were ordered to ‘distance themselves’ from the Hungarian leader.

 

 

Politics

The Labour Party started the conference season in spectacular fashion.  Keir Starmer firmly launched Labour’s stance on a final say on the Brexit deal and a possible 2nd Referendum.  But that wasn’t all. A range of social and economic policies either made Labour a government in waiting for some of the Press whilst others simply saw ‘an insane Marxist’ programme.

Labour also claimed Theresa May’s government ‘the most divided ever’ as various leadership candidates lined up in what was called ‘a Tory beauty parade’ to take over from the PM.

Also much was made of the government’s Northern Powerhouse Minister and how little he had actually been up north.

 

 

Austerity

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, clashed with Theresa May over Conservative Austerity.  After the Archbishop criticised the Government for failing the poor and deserting a section of society, May responded with ‘work is the best way out of poverty’.

As an example of austerity and the failure of Universal Credit, a very alarming story highlighted how a couple violently induced a miscarriage because of Government benefit cuts.

 

 

Environment

Two of the most icon and important species – whales and bees – featured heavily this week in disappointing news.

Benny the beluga whale was spotted lost and in the Thames estuary.  This rare event was greeted with curiosity and wonder by some of the Press whilst others saw Benny as an omen representing a global catastrophe no-one is talking about.

It was bad news too for killer whales. In yet another potential man-made extinction, half the killer whale population will die from a man-made chemical banned more than 40 years ago.

The news wasn’t good for bees either.  The world’s most popular weed killer harms them and other studies show they become addicted to harmful and deadly pesticides.

 

 

Science

This week saw a truly amazing scientific breakthrough when paralysed patients were able to walk again using an implant that responds to their thoughts.

And yes, in other amazing news, it seems our star signs really do control our destiny.

 

 

NHS

Life expectancy is shortening in the UK. For the first time children’s life expectancy is shorter than their parents.

 

 

World

Whilst Donald Trump and Theresa May talked up a post Brexit deal, he also managed to bring laughter to the world at the UN.

 

 

Britain’s bill for Brexit hits £500m a week – and rising in The Guardian – Go To Article

Exposing Cambridge Analytica: ‘It’s been exhausting, exhilarating, and slightly terrifying’ in The Guardian – Go To Article

Facebook hack gets worse as company admits Instagram and other apps were exposed too in The Independent – Go To Article

Facebook: How to tell if your account has been hacked – and what to do if it has in the Daily Mirror – Go To Article

Cyberattackers take control of 50 million Facebook accounts in The Times – Go To Article

Facebook security breach exposed 50 million accounts to attackers in The Telegraph – Go To Article

UFO technology: Has US military built space ship to travel the universe? In the Daily Express – Go to Article

Experts scramble to decipher mysterious inscription on ancient stone discovered in Mesopotamia in The Independent – Go To Article

Why a poem a day keeps the doctor away… the remarkable medical finding that shows learning verse you love could help stave off dementia in the Daily Mail – Go To Article

At least 384 dead in devastating Indonesian tsunami: True scale of devastation becomes clear after huge 10ft wave wipes out a beach festival, sweeps people to their death as they party by the shore and devastates two cities in the Daily Mail – Go To Article

Hundreds dead as tsunami hits Indonesia in The Times – Go To Article

Indonesia tsunami: More than 380 killed after 10-foot-high waves slam into two cities on Sulawesi in The Telegraph – Go To Article

Indonesia tsunami: Authorities LIFTED TSUNAMI WARNING before huge wave hit Palu in the Daily Express – Go To Article

Indonesia earthquake: Death toll rises to 384 as rescuers struggle to reach trapped victims in The Independent – Go To Article

Thames whale: Why ‘Benny’ the beluga is a symbol of a global catastrophe no one is talking about in The Independent – Go To Article

Melting Arctic ice opens new route from Europe to east Asia in The Guardian – Go To Article

UK government urged not to bury nuclear waste under national parks in The Guardian – Go To Article

I want the world to know about children like me in The independent – Go To Article

‘Do not interfere’ – Iran sends STARK WARNING to neighbours as Middle East tensions mount in the Daily Express – Go to Article

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