Thursday, 19 January 2017

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Facebook blocks insurance firm

A BRITISH insurance company has fallen foul of Facebook which has told it that it may not proceed with a plan it had to offer young drivers a possible reduction in premiums if it was allowed complete access to their Facebook profiles. The trial which was to be undertaken by…

Good news for marine diversity

SHORTLY after a report was issued by the World Wide Fund for Nature which postulated that some 50 per cent of all of the world’s animal, bird and fish species had been wiped out over the past 40 years, a bit of good environmental news has emerged from the Antarctic.…

The ICC only charges Africans

THE world has a history of international law courts which are convened thanks to agreements between a range of different countries or the United Nations. Such courts date back to the end of the First World War and perhaps the most famous in the 20th century were the Nuremburg Trials…

Nanotechnology is real thing

FIFTY years ago in 1966, a film called Fantastic Voyage was released which told the story of a group of doctors and surgeons who were shrunk to minute size and their submarine was injected into the blood stream of a dying politician. The story follows their attempts to journey through…

Theresa May showing how clever she is

AS the weeks pass following the resignation of David Cameron and the inexorable rise to power of Theresa May it appears that she is much more Machiavellian than anybody has given her credit for and that she has played a very clever long-term game with her eyes set on survival…

9/11 families may sue Saudi Arabia

CONSIDERING the number of years western leaders have tried to cultivate the Saudi Arabian Royal Family, often seeming to humiliate themselves in order to stay friendly with this oil-rich desert kingdom, which is one of the mainstays of conservative Islam, it is interesting to see how opinion has so radically…

More cauldron than melting pot

THERE seems to be a major problem brewing between black and white people in the USA which is being highlighted through a wave of protests caused by the shooting of various African Americans over the past few months. The latest in Charlotte, North Carolina, is particularly poignant as the both…

Britain and Argentina agree to cooperate over the Falkland Islands

AFTER years of rhetoric from the former president of Argentina Cristina Kirchner claiming the Falkland Islands and threatening those companies who undertook business with it, the new Argentine government has taken a much more phlegmatic position and following a visit to Buenos Aires by Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan…

The good life in Spain

THERE are lots of good things about living in southern Spain but one we don’t think of too often is that unlike many other countries around the world, we are less vulnerable to war than most. North Korea has announced it’s tested its fifth and largest atom bomb and boasts…

Popular News

Hidden dangers for all aircraft

THERE is a group known as the Aerotoxic Association which is dedicated to trying to change the attitude of aircraft manufacturers and airline companies who are unwilling to accept that there may be an inherent danger on every flight that takes place around the world and the association estimates that…

Faults discovered with iPhone 6

AFTER years of ‘ruling the mobile phone roost,’ Apple has seen some quite negative reports concerning its latest products and an overall drop in sales. There seem to be two new serious faults with the iPhone 6, one of which is thought to have been caused by a shadowy Israeli…

USA surrenders their right to control internet domain names

FINALLY, the USA is to resign its dominance of the procedures used to allocate internet names as it has agreed to allow the matter to be handled solely by a not for profit organisation ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). Without dedicated names for each internet company,…

Russia and Turkey could be a potential danger to Europe

THINGS change so quickly in the modern world that it is sometimes difficult to be absolutely certain as to where the loyalty of different countries lies and their positions can change dramatically, almost at the drop of a hat. For years the European Union has flirted with Turkey offering the…

It’d be funny if it wasn’t so scary

AS it gets closer to the presidential elections, the Republican candidate Donald Trump appears to be going through a period of everyone except the converted conspiring against him. Within the last fortnight, his Slovenian born wife Melania was accused of plagiarising a speech from the wife of the current US…

Good and evil live side by side

ON the day that Pope Francis, during his visit to Poland, asked the world to be more compassionate especially to migrants and refugees, a shopkeeper in India beheaded a man and hacked his wife to death over a row concerning a debt of just 15 rupees (€0.19) apparently because the…

Congress criticises HSBC over money-laundering

THOSE who believe in the conspiracy theories of world control by such groups as the Bilderberg Group or the Illuminati will have a field day with the revelation that the US Government decided not to prosecute the international bank HSBC for alleged money-laundering in 2012 for fear of starting a…

Tanzania to benefit from massive Helium deposits

THINK of the gas Helium, which has the atomic number 2 and was discovered by Sir William Ramsay in 1895, and you probably imagine balloons, tyres and squeaky comedy voices but it’s actually a very important gas which can’t be artificially created and contained. It’s most important use is to…

Life goes on but becomes a little more complicated

TWO surprises in one week, both of which could have lasting effects on expatriate residents in Spain. First of all came the vote to leave the European Union which apparently came as something of a surprise to a lot of people, especially those who now say that it was a…

I hope that Jo Cox’s killer is mad and not just evil

IT’S one thing to throw an egg at John Prescott, it’s another to be so blinded by hatred to shoot and stab your local MP as happened on June 16 to mother of two Jo Cox in her constituency of Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire. I hope that the…
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