Weight Management Service Rationing...

NHS mental and physical health service restrictions and exercise programs rationing could hamper health initiatives. According to the Royal Society fo...

Greece Rejects Bailout Offer From E...

With a 61.9% majority against a 39.1% to the “Yes” vote, Greece had outright refused the European bailout infused with numerous additional austeri...

Islamic State Bombs Houthis’ Stro...

Islamic State is reported to have used car bombs to injure at least 50 people, with some killed, near the mosques and the headquarters of Yemen’s Ho...

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Deal Is In Sight For Greece Accordi...

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said that the talks in Brussels on Greece’s debt crisis have been “constructive”. He had held a straight fou...

Weight Management Service Rationing Can Undermine Obesity and Health Efforts

NHS mental and physical health service restrictions and exercise programs rationing could hamper health initiatives. According to the Royal Society for Public Health people who are dangerously overweight could pay the price for the money-saving efforts of the UK government.

In the RSPH survey of 100 public health officials in the NHS and local councils, about 49 per cent said the weight management programmes have been rationed in the area in the last year. Part of the rationed services include quit-smoking programmes and obesity workouts for overweight Britons.

According to the National Obesity Forum Spokesman Tam Fry:

“To ration nationally agreed weight management programmes is both short-sighted and quite stupid. It could well be unethical if patients’ hope of returning to good health is prejudiced.”

UKactive, a group that promotes physical activity said that rationing exercise referral programmes will make it difficult to follow through for most obese patients. Excutive Director Steven Ward said:

“Being physically active can treat, prevent or manage 20 lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. This is a time for an industrial-scale rollout of services, not for reducing already established services.”

RSPH Chief Executive Shirley Cramer said:

“Our research suggests that funding cuts are beginning to bite and are having a direct impact on frontline services.

“Obesity, which NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has called ‘the new smoking’, is arguably the number one threat to both the public’s health and our NHS. But people on the frontline are reporting that some of our most effective weapons aimed at tackling this threat, such as exercise referral and weight management services, are being restricted.”

 

Greece Rejects Bailout Offer From EU

With a 61.9% majority against a 39.1% to the “Yes” vote, Greece had outright refused the European bailout infused with numerous additional austerities. According to the Syriza-led Greek government, the European austerity bailout terms were “humiliating.” Analysts have warned that this development could lead Greece out of the Eurozone.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said:

“As of tomorrow, Greece will go back to the negotiating table and our primary priority is to reinstate the financial stability of the country,” he said in a televised address.
“This time, the debt will be on the negotiating table,” he added, saying that an International Monetary Fund assessment published this week “confirms Greek views that restructuring the debt is necessary”.
Dutch Finance Minister and head of Eurozone’s Finance Ministers Jeroen Dijsselbloem said the result of the referndum was “very regrettable” for the future of Greece.

German Deputy Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said that “renewed negotiations with Greece are difficult to imagine. Mr. Tsipras and his government are taking down the country with bitter abandonment and hopelessness.”

However, Greek government officials saw public rejection of the offer can help strengthen their hand in negotiations with the EU. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said a “No”vote would mean banks reopening on Tuesday.

Islamic State Bombs Houthis’ Stronghold

Islamic State is reported to have used car bombs to injure at least 50 people, with some killed, near the mosques and the headquarters of Yemen’s Houthi Group in Sanaa on Wednesday.

Four blasts were heard in the capital. Saudi forces conducted air strikes against the Houthi military bases in Yemen.

According to peace talk delegates in Switzerland, there was no progress on the second day of a UN-sponsored push to create a truce.

Witnesses said that the explosions sounded like air strikes. Some found cars and people screaming after the explosions.

The Islamic State used its social media accounts to state that they were responsible for the attacks. It was one of the most serious Yemen has faced throughout the years.

Suicide bombers from the IS had also killed at least 137 worshippers and wounded during Friday prayers on March 20 this year.

The IS had increased its Yemen presence as the al-Qaeda and other militant groups were overshadowed by it.

AQAP, a Sunni militant group, faces dissolution as a US strike drone had killed their leader Nasser al-Wuhayshi.

Meanwhile, Houthi fighters have destroyed the home of a Senior Politician Abdel-Aziz Jubai as he attended the Geneva talks as part of the exiled Yemen government.

Deal Is In Sight For Greece According To Prime Minister

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said that the talks in Brussels on Greece’s debt crisis have been “constructive”. He had held a straight four-hour talk with EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker to finally make a plan as Greece’s bailout is set to expire in less than a month.

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Tsipras confirmed that Greece has rejected some proposals put forward by their creditors.

Eurogroup Chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem said that between Tsipras and Juncker, the talks have resulted to positive progress. They are set to meet again after a few days.

Greece has a £216 million IMF repayment due on Friday. Greece and its creditors are now close to an agreement regarding “primary surpluses” that would help Greece move forward “without the tough austerity measures of the past.”

Primary Budget Surpluses  is the amount when tax revenues exceed public spending. It is now one of the main sticking points in talks. Greece had been keen to agree for a lower figure.

French President Francois Hollande had earlier suggested that Greece and the EU were close to finally creating a deal. However, an EC Spokeswoman said to the press that there would be no “final outcome” from Wednesday’s talks.

Greece would be asked to post a budget surplus of 1% of GDP and 2% in the following year.

North Korean Missile Launch Photos Modified By Government According to US Official

The North Korean Submarine missile launch Photograph was modified according to US Admiral James Winnefeld of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.\

North Korea said that on May 9, it had successfully conducted an underwater test-fire of a submarine-launched ballistic missile. However, due to the fact the photograph was manipulated, Admiral Winnefeld said that they have not gotten as far as their video editors would have the US believe.

Along with Winnefeld, German Aerospace Engineers Markus Schiller and Robert Schmucker of Schmucker Technologie supported the manipulation angle.

According to the two, the photos of the launch were heavily modified which included the reflections of the missile exhaust flame that did not line up with the missile itself.

However, South Korea continues to believe the photos are authentic and that the missile had been launched from the submarine itself.

South Korea has a record of providing fraudulent evidence for advancements in military technologies.

France Passes New Surveillance Law Post-Charlie Hebdo Attacks

A sweeping vote for fresh French Surveillance Powers in the wake of Charlie Hebdo Terrorist attacks in Paris in January had hit the French Parliament. The new bill allows intelligence agencies to tap phones and emails without having to get permission from a judge.

The new bill was not met with resistance from human rights groups. They said it would legalise intrusive and illicit surveillance methods that may or may not be used in a lawful manner.

Civil liberties groups continue their campaign using George Orwell’s 1984 as their reference. Under the banner “24 hours before 1984”, it gives reference to the all-knowing dystopian dictatorship.

Amnesty International had warned of “extremely large and intrusive powers” without judicial controls.

According to green and hard-left MPs, the Socialist and rightwing parties said the new law was essential to stopping the possibility of another terrorist attack in French soil.

The legal powers included in the new bill allows the spying on digital and mobile phone communications of anyone linked to a “terrorist” inquiry. Intelligence services can install cameras, recording devices and keylogging devices that record every key stroke on targeted computers in real time.

Authorities could keep information for five years.

Do ‘Garden Cities’ Actually Contribute To The Health?

Gardens are truthfully stunning and relaxing upon first sight. For the next few minutes, natural distractions help you focus on relaxation. However, is there evidence that ‘Garden Cities’ actually contribute to a person’s well-being?

The UK plans to reinvent Ebbsfleet, where there are new buildings and has become an ‘industrial paradise’, whichever connotation anybody wants to read it.

Environmentalists are praising the effort as it replaces everything with energy-efficient structures, green spaces and car-free zones, all the modern troubles of urban life blown away in one second.

Urban planners Arup had researched green cities to contribute to the well-being of its citizens and help the city become more prosperous and safer. They predict that two out of three cities in the world will live in such cities.

According to Arup Director of Landscape and Urbanism Tom Armour, humans are ‘hard-wired to enjoy nature’.

Exeter University’s 17-year study had found that UK residents who reside in greener urban environments have lower anxiety levels and had higher states of well-being.

A classic study, used as a related literature of the current study, showed that patients who are recovering from surgery recovered faster with a view of trees from their bed.

However, there are still more troubles ahead.

The greening of poor environments could possibly drive up property prices and force low income residents out. Marginalisation may widen as a result.

Kenyan Attacker Was Official’s Son

According to Kenya’s Interior Ministry, one of the four gunmen who had murdered 148 people in a college in Kenya the last week was the son of a Kenyan government official.

The officials said on Sunday that the gunman was killed by Kenyan security forces during the attack at the university campus as Abdirahim Abdullahi. His father was an official in Kenya’s Mandera district.

The Official reported his son had been missing last year, only to resurface as an attacker in the incident.

He was reported to have studied law at Kenya’s Nairobi University. He was a top student according to the Interior Ministry Spokesperson Mwenda Njoka. The man then disappeared without a trace from his friends and family.

“The family told us that he became withdrawn and very critical of everything and everyone,” Mr. Njoka said. “The family is Muslim, but Abdirahim criticized them about how they behaved and worshipped. At first, the parents thought he was just being a typical teenager, until he disappeared.”

Kenyan Islamic Radicalism is on the rise and were drawn into training camps in Somalia. They are given promises of a meaningful life in Kenya’s notorious Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab, which had previously pledged to al-Qaeda its loyalty.

Kenyan authorities supect that militants from Somalia who infiltrated the Somali communities were largely responsible for the massacre.

Greece To Be Grilled By EU Leaders Over Austerity

As Greece’s Prime Minister Attempts to finally break down the country’s strict austerity measures, EU prepares to grill the Greeks for the country’s past misgivings and ambitious requests. The latest Brussels summit is Greece’s few chances left to convince their creditors for additional time and avoid bankruptcy.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is the only one who could or could not convince EU to help the country float over its impending bankruptcy. After Greek Financial Minister Yanis Varoufakis’ failures to convince EU’s Finance Ministers, Greece sits at the brink of downfall.

Meanwhile, EU Parliament President Martin Schulz said that the Greek financial situation was dangerous. Greece needs more than €2-3 billion to help it avoid an bankruptcy. He added that it is only a short-term solution.

“So it would be good if Greece fulfils the obligations that it has agreed to – then further money will flow,” said Schulz.
“The willingness of the Greek government to cooperate must improve.”
Economic Chief of the EC Pierre Moscovici said:
“We completely support the objective of helping those who are most vulnerable in Greek society, those who have been struck by the crisis. But there must be consultations on new measures. We have to be able to evaluate the budgetary impact of the measures being proposed.”

Netanyahu Vs. Obama: Obama Must Realise The Growing Threats

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke in the US Congress answering an invitation from the Republican Party. In his speech, he made clear one thing; he found Obama’s initiative to offer dispenses to Iran as something that could threaten the entire world.

In his speech, he said that the US is “paving the way” for Iran’s nuclear bomb. He highlighted that the IS only had “butcher knives” while Iran had a nuclear bomb and intercontinental ballistic missles.

According to Congressman Adam Kinzinger R-Channahon, “Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address reinforced my serious concerns about the direction of ongoing negotiations with Iran,” said Kinzinger, who has been outpsoken about tougher Iranian sanctions. “A compelling case was made as to why we must reject any deal that allows Iran a pathway that could be used to obtain nuclear weapons. It is time for this administration to stop ignoring the growing threats facing the international community and listen to the calls of our allies to demand Iran give up any nuclear enrichment for the long term.”

Republicans had greatly cheered Netanyahu’s speech, but US President Barack Obama said that Netanyahu “did not offer any solution or alternative”.

He said that the US and the world need insight on what is happening inside Iran, which is why the sanctions are needed. To turn a blind eye on Iran for its economic activities is a risk that can endanger the world.