According to an article written by Liam Byrne, the benefits cuts proposed by the government would not help Britian’s economy. The writer has described the proposal as a hopeless and a heartless one. He added that the current year has been a desperate time for the United Kingdom Government and he was expecting Chancellor George Osborne to have a desperate move. Mr. Byrne said that Mr. Osborne’s policy is not a good strategy and merely a bad politics.
The chancellor moved further with his plans and he was not able to perform well as chancellor when he started using the crime of Mr. Mick Philpott to back up his attacks on those Brits who want to claim their benefits, according to Mr. Byrne. The article about the Chancellor has given a negative performance for the chancellor branding him to have disgusted his office. He also tagged along the Prime Minister’s name after he made a depressing decision on putting Osborne in the position of a chancellor.
He said that both the well known politicians would only want to rule and divide and put destruction on the public because of their failure. He said that both have failed in making economy of the UK grow. They would also have the control of the bill of unemployment that is said to be rising in the country. He also accused the leaders to have given the blame on the poor families in the UK who were not able to get along with the current economy situation where opportunities are not growing. Mr. Byrne criticized the government by saying that the reforms are hopeless.
Actor Richard Griffiths who has appeared as Daniel Radcliff’s co-actor in the famous Harry Potter Movie series died after having complication in the heart. He was 65 years old when he died. The actor had a heart surgery and the cause of death was some of the complications right after having the said surgery.
Griffiths also starred in a show called the Pie in the Sky Ran that was aired since 1994 until 1997. He has been in the acting career for quite a long time. It was also reported that he did well in both TV and on film. He was considered a Tony-winning actor while he performs on stage. When he played the character of Vernon Dursley in the famous Harry Potter film, he was even well known. He also portrayed the role as Uncle Monty in the film entitled Withnail and I. Daniel Radcliffe has paid tribute to the actor and said that he was glad that he knew him during the important time in his career. Daniel has described the actor to be cheerful and clever.
The actor was raised and born in North Yorkshire. He stops schooling when he was fifteen and then returned to school and took drama classes. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and got married in the year 1980 to Heather Gibson whom he met at a production in 1973. He was a well respected man. He was said to have a lot of friends in the entertainment industry. He was respected by his friends and a statement from the Director of the National Theater, Sir Nicholas Hytner said that a lot would be devastated for his sudden death.
The weather in the United Kingdom continues to disturb the means of transportation. Heavy snow in some parts including Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England has caused so many disturbances. One report stated that a woman was trapped inside her home during a landslide that occurred in Cornwall. A body was also discovered during the search by some authorities.
Power was not accessible for the number of two-hundred thousand Belfast customers. The weather caused a blackout for longer hours before it was restored. An event in Northern Ireland that was supposed to happen over the weekend was postponed due to the bad weather that continues in different areas. The flood warnings issued by the Metropolitan Police was still on as snow continues to cover most of the South-Western part of the United Kingdom. A week before everyone can experience the British Summer Time, the weather seemed fierce.
According to some of the forecasters from BBC the thick snow that covered the roads caused too much disruption also in the northern parts last Friday. A 16 inch snow fell in different places in the North. The roads are the ones that were severely affected by the snowfall and block a lot of drivers and commuters. An added effect of the gale force winds was directed towards Pennine. Different situations were reported, there were a number of 200 schools in Northern Wales that were closed because the roads were blocked. A number of one hundred homes in Scotland experiences blackouts. Heavy snow was causing drivers hazardous conditions. The flooding has also affected Cornwall and Devon.
When the excavation for the Crossrail project in London started, there were a number of thirteen skeletons that were found. Archeologists in London suspect that these bodies were dated from the time of the Black Death. It was known in history that a burial ground was located outside the city but no given location was mentioned and for years it has been a mystery to a lot of Londoners.
It was in the Charterhouse Square where the deep excavation took place with a shaft that is 5.5 meters wide. When the bodies were found an analysis was made to find out the mystery behind the plague in London that occurred in the 14th century were a lot have died due to an unknown bacteria. Londoners knew that it was called the Black Death.It was reported that when the ongoing excavation happened, the skeletons were found to be lying and positioned in neat rows. According to history, this type of burial suggested that it was from the Black Death era. During this said era a pandemic occurred and most of the people who died are placed in a mass grave that was described by many to be hazardous.
The excavation continues and more Archeologists who are working for the project together with London’s Museum would discover more remains. The Crossrail project will be done in 2018 and it will link thirty seven stations in London. The project costs £14.8 Billion. With the construction continuing, more discoveries that were considered significant by the Archeologists have surfaced. It was reported to be one of UK’s huge archeological ventures.
A number ok UK banks would be facing more compensation claims that would be equivalent to billions of pounds. They were charged the hefty amount of money when the FSA found out that the banks involved were mis-selling interest rate products to a lot of customers. The banks faced scandals on PPI mis-selling, and now they are already facing the recent scandal on mis-sold interest rate swaps. The scandal has been costing the banks so much money.
Most of the banks in the United Kingdom failed to comply with the regulatory requirements; this case was found out by the regulators after a thorough investigation when the scandal was brought to their concern. This was the reason why the FSA already advised the banks regarding the compensation. A source from the Vendata Hedging, which gives advice on the interest rate hedging products, said that most of the banks will be received a bill amounting to almost 10 billion pounds. Some of the banks already secured an amount but not as much as expected for compensating their customers.
The banks like HSBC have allotted about 150 million. Barclays also reserved and amount of 450 million. Then for RBS is 50 million pounds. The banks have to set aside a huge amount of money to give compensation to the victims. Since the problem was started by the banks, FSA said that they should try to solve it with their customers. The regulator is closely monitoring the banks on further actions they will be taking to settle the compensation with their customers. More information can be found about compensation claims by businesses with InterestRateSwapsClaim.co.uk.
A possible threat of terror attacks could have taken place in London if four men were not arrested. The London police have caught four men who were planning a terrorist attack in London. The said men planned to use bombs and firearms. After their arrest last April in Luton, the place where they used to live, they were guilty on the charge of terrorism. The verdict was given to the men last Friday in the Woolwich Crown Court.
The police have raided their home in Luton and found a lot of evidences that would truly link them in planning for a terrorist attack. The men who were guilty were Syed Farhan Hussain, Zahid Iqbal, Umar Arshad, and Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed. They were collecting funds so that they will have money for terrorist activities and they have been buying survival equipment. At the very beginning they really have taken their time to plan for their attack. They were doing this since January 2011 and still continued until April 2012. The terrorist were even said to have copies of a manual that supports the Jihad.
These things are a huge threat to the safety of the people in the United Kingdom. The arrest of the four men was important and vital because there was much information that came out regarding the destructive plan that could have caused the life many. The government has been tasked to secure the safety of its people in a way that no one will be harm in terrorist attacks in the country.
A new test that revealed the presence of bute in some slaughtered horses last Thursday. The Food Standards Agency conducted the test on the horses and the veterinary painkiller known as bute was discovered in the said horses. The bute is a type of drug that is called a painkiller used by veterinarians. During the test, there were a number of two hundred carcasses and six of those tested positive. The minister of food and agriculture has released a statement that the six horses who tested positive were feared to already have entered in France.
Minister David Heath said that it was really shocking to find out that bute was indeed present in the tested carcasses. The Ministry of food and Agriculture will also conduct their investigation to find out who disobeyed the law. There might be some answerable because the carcasses tested positive, said the minister. Meanwhile, Mary Creagh, who is the shadow environment secretary, questioned the minister why the horses were still released in the food chain for consumption when in fact the ordered test commenced for the past three weeks and they already have seen that some of the horses were found out positive for bute.
The Veterinary Residue Committee told the guardian on an interview that they have already warned the Food Standards Agency regarding the issue of bute entering the food chain. According to the VRC, the presence of bute in horsemeats can have serious effects in the health of the consumers. The FSA is currently working on so many tests and collaborating with other concerned government sectors to get rid of the Horsemeat scandal.
Nowadays, most people are attached with their gadgets. Technology has gone too far and made modernization in every country possible. So many types of devices and models of mobile phones, laptop computers, smart phones, tablets, and PCs are produced everyday. Even the young generation has their piece of gadgets. In the recent years, the manufacturing of these said gadgets have been drastically increasing because of its demand in the market. In a survey made by Cisco, they stated that there would be more increase in number of the smart phones, tablets, and laptops that will outnumber the population this year.
According to a new research more devices will be out in the market and there would be a tendency that almost all the household would get in touch with their internet connected gadgets such as phones and tablets. The convenience of communication is made easy by the said products and can make more ways to reach other people through the devices while getting unlimited connection on the internet. Social networking sites, like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram which is known worldwide will probably boom this year. Most of the population would subscribe to these well used sites that can connect you to most of the events in different countries.
The advancement of these types of technology can possibly outnumber the human race. With more manufacturers like APPLE, Dell, Samsung, and other world renowned brands producing a lot of gadgets on a daily basis and exporting it worldwide more people will get connected. The predicted outcome by Cisco who is known to be a networking giant said that this type of rapid progress would exceed the world’s population of 7 Billion.
Private conversations through phone or mobile phones are not safe when someone has the capacity and resources to hack the so called private communication which is supposedly shared by two individuals talking. Phone and internet hacking has been very common nowadays since there are skilled programmers who can just hack any information may it be a public or even worst a private one. It is difficult to probably trace hackers who are already circulating worldwide.
The cyberspace is just to broad to protect from those who have bad intentions. A law must also be passed to probably punish the said hackers. A recent incident in Scotland where a senior police officer was charged for hacking a phone conversation which was meant to inquire to the News of the World, the said police officer is April Casburn who was recently given a fifteen year sentence in prison for she was responsible for stealing a very private information.
The said officer was a detective and was said to have sold the information that she has obtain through hacking, which is an illegal act in the UK and must be dealt with accordingly. Ms. Casburn has been guilty of the charge misconduct in public office. Her jail term was given in the morning of Friday. The Justice who was in charge of Ms. Casburn’s case labeled the act as corruption and can also led to a bad situation. Considering that the guilty Ms. Casburn was working as part of the anti-terrorist unit it could be a threat to the security and safety of its people because there might be information leaked to unknown and unauthorized people.
Four pence a liter, is the said increase of Petrol price in the coming days. It is not a good news for a lot of the motorists. The Petrol Retailers Association predicted the rise would be adding £2 to the cost of filling an Astra. The chairman of PRA, Brian Madderson said that the prices had stated rising since Christmas of last year. He also warned the consumers that some independent retailers will start the rise of Petrol price too soon. The association also said that, “Wholesale cost changes could see prices at the pump up another 4p per liter in coming days.”
The Automobile Association President, Edmund King said, “Another new year, another new round of pump price rises after the industry failed to pass on fully wholesale price savings. Wholesale petrol prices turned upward in the first week of January, average pump prices six days later. If falls in wholesale were reflected as quickly, no one would mind, but they’re not.”
According to the statistics, the average petrol prices went down from 138.95 pence a liter in October to 135.08 now, the diesel dropped from 143.74 pence a liter to 141.89 pence. The association added that the fall of wholesale petrol price across the parts of Europe should decreased UK prices down by 10 pence a liter. Another representative AA, the head of public affairs, Paul Watters said that the drivers feel that the petrol prices “went up like a rocket and easily came down like a feather. The drivers are not getting a good deal,” he added.
The Chairman of the Petrol Retailers’ Association, Brian Madderson during the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme said, “We asked them to make a review because we felt there was certainly a possibility of anti-competitive and predatory pricing out there,” thus referring to the Office of Fair Trading. In response to the statement of the chairman, the Office of Fair Trading will be deciding whether to launch an investigation into the fuel market next week.