The Ramifications Of A Brexit

Financial Times Writers Emily Cadman and Shawn Donnan had imagined an end scenario wherein the United Kingdom had voted for an exit from the European ...

Walnuts Can Keep Old Age And Ailmen...

It would seem walnuts have those great fats that keep you healthy. The best thing about them is it could improve your elderly health. According ...

Last Year Had “Shattered̶...

The World Meteorological Organisation in Switzerland reports show that last year, the world shattered previous temperature growth records. The group r...

EU And Turkey Reach Agreement On Mi...

The EU and Turkey stated they have reached agreement on the broad principles of a plan to resolve the increasingly-difficult migrant crisis in a Bruss...

The Ramifications Of A Brexit

Financial Times Writers Emily Cadman and Shawn Donnan had imagined an end scenario wherein the United Kingdom had voted for an exit from the European Union.

While Vote Leave is rejoicing, the two writers believe that Europe would assert itself in the European Economic Area. Now, it is a European country that is not in the bloc. Along with others in the same market, it avoids being bound by agriculture, fisheries, judicial and foreign affairs policies. But it must cut through with unique deals.

Which might face difficulty. The two writers iterate that Europe may deliver a ‘hard bargain’ against a “Brexited” Britain when it comes to lowering tariffs and striking deals.

Despite having exited Europe, the United Kingdom still has to deal with European countries. But without its European Union leverage as it had in the past, it would mean huge penalties to the country if it were to leave.

While many say that the UK’s economic deficit to the EU would give it enough leverage, it isn’t enough to recompense the lost profits it could have by losing about half of the UK’s exports.

Britain’s services sector would also suffer. The financial markets would also face bigger challenges upon entry. About a tenth of the UK’s services industry the financial industry makes up. The lack of access to European Union markets, and even the absence of fluid passage as it does now, would hurt the country’s GDP.

Walnuts Can Keep Old Age And Ailments Away

It would seem walnuts have those great fats that keep you healthy.

The best thing about them is it could improve your elderly health.

According to San Diego Researchers, which include the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona and Loma Linda University, the elderly including walnuts as part of their 15pc calorie intake improve their health further.

The study used about 707 older adults. The group was split in two.

Test partition A included walnuts as part of their calorie diet daily. The other half had none.

The results were tremendous.

The first group showed significant improvement of weight reduction and HDL levels or ‘good’ fat levels. However, the first group exhibited improved LDL levels with immense reduction. The second group had none.

Researcher Emilio Ross said that good fats from walnuts keep adiposity levels low while maintaining or greatly improving blood cholesterol levels to improve ageing adults.

The teams hope that further studies can shed light to their discoveries.

Earlier studies conducted by the Experimental Biology Conference indicated that walnuts helped improve other aspects of the body. Walnuts contained the nutrients that helped improve the situation of most elders’ gut and metabolism. Many who undertook the 15pc calorie diet made of walnuts also felt satiated.

Last Year Had “Shattered” Temperature Records Worldwide

The World Meteorological Organisation in Switzerland reports show that last year, the world shattered previous temperature growth records. The group recorded higher temperatures in tropical countries.

The organisation had also warned that the rate of climate change was faster than their expected numbers. The WMO said that this is “sending a powerful message to world leaders.”

The Status of the Global Climate report had alarmed the WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.

“The year 2015 will stand out in the historical record of the global climate in many ways,” said WMO secretary-general Petteri Taalas in the report.

“The future is happening now,” he said in a statement released alongside the report. “The alarming rate of change we are now witnessing in our climate as a result of greenhouse gas emission is unprecedented in modern records.”

According to University of New South Wales in Australia Dr. Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, this time, the WMO’s language was very strong:

“They are usually very conservative,” she said.

“We have to put this report in context. 2014 was the hottest year on record to date too. We’ve had something like 15 out of the 16 hottest years on record since the turn of the millennium,” she said. “Things aren’t getting better, they’re getting much much worse, and the tone of the report reflects this.”

EU And Turkey Reach Agreement On Migrant Crisis

The EU and Turkey stated they have reached agreement on the broad principles of a plan to resolve the increasingly-difficult migrant crisis in a Brussels summit. However, both sides have yet to make a final decision.

Talks will continue on 17-18 March.

European Council President Donald Tusk said migrants arriving in Greece would be returned to Turkey. Turkey will then have Eu accept a Syrian refugee on a one-for-one basis. Turkey will also add funding and progress on EU Integration.

Turkey had accepted the proposals, but both sides said it was still uncertain whether the agreement would see light as soon as possible.

The EU enumerated the agreed deal principles including:

  • the return of all new irregular migrants crossing from Turkey to the Greek islands with the costs covered by the EU
  • the resettlement of one Syrian from Turkey to the EU for every Syrian readmitted by Turkey from Greece
  • speeding up of plans to allow Turks visa-free travel in Europe, with a view to lifting visa requirements by June 2016
  • speeding up the payment of €3bn ($3.3bn; £2.2bn) promised in October, and a decision on additional funding to help Turkey deal with the crisis. Turkey reportedly asked for EU aid to be increased to €6bn ($6.6bn; £4.64bn)
  • preparations for a decision on the opening of new chapters in talks on EU membership for Turkey

NHS Still Committing Errors Such As Operating On Wrong Patient

Serious errors possibly due to fatigue and depression are conquering NHS professionals. According to official tallies by the Health Ministry, about 1,200 unacceptable serious events have occurred in English hospitals under the NHS over the last four years. These include operations on the wrong patient, wrong organ, wrong limb, objects and medical tools left inside the body, kidneys removed instead of an ovary and other seriously erroneous events.

Health Minister Jeremy Hunt has been called out to provide the actual figures wherein the NHS is currently in deficit. King’s Fund, a financial think-tank, established that the hospital is in £2.3 billion deficit, with some trustees saying the service can no longer afford to pay its agency staff the maximum appointed by the government.

The catalogue of errors were classified as “never events”. These events are believed to seriously harm a patient. NHS England indicates the errors are showing a steady trend. Between April 2012 and March 2013, there were 290 never events, in 2013/14 there were 338, in 2014/15 there were 306 and from April 2015 to December, which is the latest month with figures yet recorded, there have been 254 – although that will be adjusted if more reports for later months come in.

Jeremy Hunt is known to have kept a whiteboard that lists all the NHS disasters and serious errors in the Health Ministry. He said it was to keep openness and transparency for everyone. He said it would help healthcare staff to learn from their own and others’ mistakes.

North Korea Might Be Out To Test New Technology Once Again

The People’s Republic of Korea in North Korea had announced plans that it would launch satellites sometime in February. The nation even issued warnings where the boost stages of rockets might plummet back to the surface.

Japan threatened the nation and said it would shoot down the rocket if it flies towards Japanese airspace. The US had also condemned the new escalation on North Korea’s attempt to bring up a satellite.

According to them:

“This act would violate numerous Security Council resolutions by utilizing proscribed ballistic missile technology,” said US State Department Spokesman John Kirby.

Last year, North Korea had scheduled nuclear tests, showing its defiance against UN Security Council resolutions.

According to intelligence collected by the South Korean Military, the North Korean western coast will be the starting point of the latest version of North Korea’s Kwangmyongsong (Bright Star) Satellite series. It would also help test its Unha (Galaxy) Rockets, which has new modifications that would guarantee better chances of success than its previous satellite launch attempt in the previous years.

A month ago, North Korea has also been the centre of military attention as it claimed to have detonated a thermonuclear bomb.

The first satellite from North Korea aimed to track crop production in the country. The experiment failed in December 2012.

An American Economic Slump Is Possible In 2016

The New York Stock Exchange endured a harsh start to 2016 with stocks plunging in value at every turn. According to analysts, it may be an indicator that a US economic slump is just around the corner.

Manhattan Venture partners Chief Economist Max Wolff said the stock drop could mean anything.

“The economy doesn’t look as bad as the stock market right now, but that’s a flip side of the fact that the stock market has looked a whole lot better than the economy for about six years,” Wolff said.

“We do think the market got out well ahead of the fundamentals, and now they’re violently re-correcting back closer to where they should be.”

According to BK Asset Management’s Boris Schlossberg:

“We don’t have a 2008 scenario, but we definitely have a very serious slowdown in front of us, and I think the market is looking at that and doesn’t like it at all.”

Howard Marks of Oaktree Capital Management said:

“It seems clear to me: The market does not have above-average insight, but it often is above average in emotionality. Thus we shouldn’t follow its dictates,” Marks wrote.

“In fact,” he added, “contrarianism is built on the premise that we generally should do the opposite of what the crowd is doing, especially at extremes, and I prefer it.”

North Korea May Have Accomplished Nuclear Test Following “Artificial Earthquake”

According to South Korean, US, Chinese and European agencies, seismic activity close to North Korea’s nuclear testing site is consistent with its fourth nuclear test.

The US Geological Service said the 5.1 magnitude quake on Wednesday in Punggye-ri may have been caused by the north’s nuclear tests announced previously. The South Korean Meteorological Administration said they suspect a “man-made” earthquake. The Administration is currently analysing the epicentre of the quake.

Meanwhile, North Korea state radio said the North Korean government is to make “an important announcement” following the artificial earthquake.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said it detected unusual seismic activity in North Korea but couldn’t verify if North Korea had conducted a fourth nuclear test.

The Chinese Earthquake centre said it detected a possible explosion in North Korea at “zero kilometres with a magnitude 4.9 quake”.

The last North Korean nuclear test was in 2013. China, a close ally of North Korea, had increasingly grown strained of their relationship due to North Korea’s persistence in improving its nuclear armament. It had condemned the 2013 nuclear test.

Many suspect the explosion to be nuclear in nature as the 2013 nuclear test had a 5.1 magnitude quake, synonymous with 2016’s quake in the same location.

Observers, Analysts Respond To Autumn Statement Proposals On Personal Injury

Editor Neil Rose of Legal Futures, the move to increase the small claims court’s limit from £1000 to £5000 to address minor soft tissue motor accident injuries gives the advantage to insurers alone. This would enable them to settle cases off-court in a lump-sum repayment.

Law Society President Jonathan Smithers said victims will be forced to go through the small claims court without legal advice, giving insurers that could have legal consultation and representation with their resources the upper hand.

Meanwhile, insurers said to handle the large queue of personal injury claims, contesting them with legal representation would increase its £2bn loss yearly for fraudulent and exaggerated personal injury claims.

The proposals come after Chancellor George Osborne announced his plan to revolutionise the UK’s compensation culture. Senior EAD Partner Steve Cornforth said the Chancellor is fighting a “mythical” compensation culture that “the media and insurance companies created to alarm us all without substantial evidence of its existence.”

The Select Transport Committee had criticised the Chancellor’s Spending Review as it downplayed the role of victims. The STC said the Chancellor’s consultation were only with insurers.

Whiplash injuries, including injuries with facial scarring, will face a cap of £5000. Observers and analysts said this would only be “throwing the problem into the long grass”. A guaranteed solution cannot be ensured by the move, they said.


About 420,000 Children Die Each Year Due To Tainted Food

About 600 million people die in the world every year because of contaminated food. According to the World Health Organisation, about one-third of those deaths are related to children.


UN’s Health Agency found that about one in 10 people get sick yearly because of contaminated food, viruses, toxins and chemicals.

WHO Food Safety Division Chief Kazuaki Miyagishima said:

“Until now, we have been combating an invisible enemy, an invisible ghost.”

Foodborne pathogens can destroy weak immune systems quickly. Small children are the ones at great risk. Children below the age of five may only account for nine per cent of the global population but about 40 per cent of illnesses caused by unsafe or toxic food their numbers account form.

Children who may have consumed toxins in food could have violent episodes of diarrhea and vomiting. These children are also at risk of cancer, kidney or liver failure, brain and neural disorders, according to the report.

Most cases occur due to the consumption of raw or undercooked meat. Salmonella, e.Coli or campylobacter bacteria found in old eggs and dairy products are mostly responsible for the diseases.

Mould on grain contains the Taenia Solium tapeworm and aflatoxin, which could cause liver and kidney cancer.