Theresa May Did Not Claim That R...

According to a UK Parliamentary Committee, UK Prime Minister Theresa May did not say leaving out Brexit trade agreements instead of agreeing with curr...

Former CIA Agent in Rome Granted a ...

The abduction of Egyptian national Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr had brought Sabrina de Sousa -- recently caught by Portuguese police last week -- to the ...

US President Elect Donald Trump Had...

A high-level phone call between US President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto possibly went haywire as the Mexican President was ...

Cuba’s Tourism Hits New Recor...

About four million tourists have visited Cuba in 2016, crushing its previous record in 2015 by 13 per cent in tourism revenue increases. The number of...

Theresa May Did Not Claim That “No Deal” Is Better Than A “Bad Deal” On Brexit

According to a UK Parliamentary Committee, UK Prime Minister Theresa May did not say leaving out Brexit trade agreements instead of agreeing with current EU demands on UK’s access to the bloc’s single market was a better choice. The same committee had also advised the government to create an assessment of the consequences of such statement.

Pro-Brexit MPs voted against the publication of the Prime Minister’s decision to leave without a deal by the end of the two-year Brexit negotiation process. According to some, a few MPs walked out because the decision was “too gloomy.”

According to former Conservative Minister John Whittingdale, the report was “unduly negative” and focused only “on the problems without really recognising the opportunities of Brexit.” He added that the report “was rushed, skewed and partisan” and he regrets the report had split the Exiting the EU Committee.

Brexit Secretary David Davis admitted to the committee last month that no assessment had been made of the “cost to leave the EU without a trade deal and falling back on World Trade Organization Tariffs.” Reverting to the WTO tariffs would mean the UK has to pay 10% more to sell vehicles in European Union countries and eventual transport issues, namely the coverage of insurance policies, and more.

Former CIA Agent in Rome Granted a ‘Partial Pardon’ For 2003 Abduction

The abduction of Egyptian national Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr had brought Sabrina de Sousa — recently caught by Portuguese police last week — to the courts of Italy. According to Italian President Sergio Mattarella, the CIA agent’s sentence is reduced to three years from four or to apply for other options for sanction.

The agent was scheduled for extradition on Wednesday morning. She is aged 61-years-old.

De Sousa was a Portuguese double national sentenced in an Italian court in 2009 as part of the 23 American nationals and two Italians involved in the kidnapping of Hassan or Abu Omar. Hassan was held without trial in Milan and then into Egypt. He was held for four years without proper trial and he claims he was tortured by CIA agents — but was also convicted of international terrorism by criminal association to certain terrorist activities.

According to Fox News, Sabrina De Sousa need to thank the US Trump Administration after Former Representative Pete Hoekstra — who represented De Sousa who could not face the press — said that officials within the new Trump Administration helped block the extradition of De Sousa. However, the White House did not confirm any officials’ involvement.

 

US President Elect Donald Trump Had “Shamed” Mexican President During High Level Call

A high-level phone call between US President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto possibly went haywire as the Mexican President was reportedly “stammering” as Trump pushed forward his agenda of putting up a wall against Mexico and using military force against the narcotic businesses entering the United States.

According to Washington Journalist Dolia Estevez, Donald Trump had “shamed” the Mexican President and she presented evidence that the call — despite the two presidents’ statement as being “friendly — was hostile. Estevez said Trump told Pena Nieto that he does not need Mexico and would force Mexico to pay for the wall with a 10% Mexican exports tax into the United States and even higher taxes for huge-demand products that support Mexico’s economy.

Estevez’s tax estimate may be correct as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the US President was already considering taxing Mexico’s imports to pay for the wall. She even said Trump had claimed he did not wish to meet the Mexican President the previous year and his statements had shook Pena Nieto, who Estevez said was stammering.

However, Pena Nieto’s Spokesman Eduardo Sanchez said in an Interview that the Mexican President believed all US President Trump told him was a false threat and “are nonsense and a downright lie.” The statement comes after Trump said Mexico’s army had done less and less to protect the country from narcotics that pass through US borders and threatened to send US troops to resolve the issue.

Cuba’s Tourism Hits New Record For 2016

About four million tourists have visited Cuba in 2016, crushing its previous record in 2015 by 13 per cent in tourism revenue increases. The number of tourists had also exceeded expectations by 6 per cent according to Cuba’s Ministry of Tourism.

Analysts believe the warmed US-Cuba relations is likely responsible for the increased record. The Ministry of Tourism said that Europe and North America contributed heavily to the numbers — with many tourists wanting warmer climates, outdoor activities and water sports against the chilly winter season.

According to a Ministry Official, the higher numbers of tourists visiting Cuba would mean better service and maintenance of lodgings, historic sites and other industries. However, Cuba is in need of better lodging. The government may need to ramp up accommodations for tourists as it is the main impediment for Cuba’s tourism success.

Cuba’s tourism may also face heavy decline if US President-Elect Donald Trump makes good on his promise to create a Mexican wall, tighten regulation in the immigration and once again prop up the “Cold War” restrictions formerly lowered by US President Barack Obama — which helped warm ties between the two countries.

AirBnB has become the best way for foreign travelers to find lodging inside Cuba. But Cubans — since the era of former Communist leader Fidel Castro — have been allowed to advertise rooms and even entire properties for rent to foreigners.

‘Mad Dog” General James Mattis Named As Trump Administration Defence Secretary

US President-elect Donald Trump names General James “Mad Dog” Mattis because “He’s our best”. General Mattis is well-known for his stance on Iran, viewing it as “the single most enduring threat to stability and peace in the Middle East.”

During his speech in Ohio, US President-elect Donald Trump said “He’s the closest thing to General George Patton that we have” the reference being a World War Two Commander who has performed beyond expectations during the Great Second War.

Part of his speech scathed rival Democrat Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton to which the crowd reacted with scalding remarks such as “lock her up” chants from the crowed.  His speech also showed his perspective regarding his co-party’s lack of support for his victory.

General Mattis is a retired Marine Corps officer that led a battalion during the first Gulf war in 1991. Post-war, he returned to active duty as a task force commander in Southern Afghanistan during 2001’s war on terror. He had also been part of the Iraq invasion in 2003, playing a huge role in the victory of Fallujah against Iraqi insurgents.

According to Republican Senator John McCain — now the chairman of the armed services committee — “He (General Mattias) is without a doubt one of the finest military officers of his generation” and said Mattis is an inspiration among his troops.

 

Lack of Risk Recognition is Grounds for Accident At Work Claims

From the beginning, a businessman understands the risks involved in a business.

A chef who opens a restaurant knows that the boiling oil, slippery floors, possibility of contaminants in food and the quality of ingredients used are huge risks to their workers and chefs.

This is why he or she would necessitate the use of training, safety guidelines and basic insurance for all employees.

The basic insurance is fair — as it is agreed upon by employer and employee that it is through the job contract — but it truly isn’t enough.

An employer cannot use grounds that the workplace has no risks if he or she had done the following:

Workplace Inspection

Government authorised personnel will send representatives to inspect the workplaces and discuss the nature of work the employer is to provide his or her employees.

The nature is then categorised and the employer and business-owner will sign the agreement that everything they had stated as answers to the form are true.

This serves as recognition that a workplace is a high or low-risk working environment.

Sanitary Clearance

Authorities assigned to this department only provide such clearance if their representatives find the workplace to be sanitary and fit for the purpose of work stated in the workplace inspection. The employer and business-owner will again sign a form affirming the workplace is sanitary and agrees to the steps authorities on sanitation prescribe to maintain the environment on such.

If your employer states that they deemed the workplace as a low-risk of danger environment and believe the possibility of such injuries of your nature impossible to happen, invoke these two clearances including inspections. Representatives for accident at work claims can invoke such on your behalf to ensure that you get the proper recompense you deserve.

Aleppo Besieged Areas “A Living Hell”

Civilians living in besieged areas of Aleppo consider the situation to be a “living hell” as they are enduring lack of food and water.

Humanitarian missions found it difficult to find their way inside to provide aid to survivors of devastating air strikes from the Syrian regime. Meanwhile, rebel-held frontlines remained vulenrable to Russian air strikes overnight.

The attacks had allowed Syrian regime forces to occupy the north of the city.

“The army high command calls all armed fighters in the eastern neighbourhood of Aleppo to leave these neighbourhoods and let civilian residents live their normal lives,” said a statement, carried by state news agency Sana on Sunday.

Syrian government forces have been trying for months to recapture the city’s eastern half, which has long been a major opposition stronghold.

“I am deeply alarmed by the ferocious pummelling of eastern Aleppo city,” Mr O’Brien, UN under-secretary for humanitarian affairs, said in a statement.

“Indiscriminate bombing and shelling continues in a shocking and unrelenting manner, killing and maiming civilians, subjecting them to a level of savagery that no human should have to endure.”

The healthcare system in eastern Aleppo had been “all but obliterated”, he added.

On Saturday, air strikes hit Aleppo’s main trauma M10 hospital for the third time in a matter of days, medical workers say.

“The hospital is now out of service completely,” radiologist Mohammad Abu Rajab was quoted by Reuters as saying.

Italian Earthquake Damages Total More Than £3bn

The August 24 earthquakes had damaged more than £3bn worth of properties in the town of Amatrice. The true total was still being assessed according to the Prime Minister.

The 6.2 magnitude earthquake had devastated mountain communities in central Italy. The earthquake lasted for three hours, leaving the town virtually reduced to rubble.

About 3,000 people were left homeless. Many were given shelter in tent encampments as aftershocks still moved around the area. Officials had vowed to move the people out of the camps as soon as possible.

“Our priority is to shut the tent camps. We hope it will happen as soon as possible, many will be leaving as early as this weekend,” said Fabrizio Curcio, the head of Italy’s civil protection department.

A prosecutor investigating the aftermath of the quake said shoddy cut-price renovations in breach of local building regulations could be partly to blame for the high death toll.

Reconstruction efforts after previous disasters have been marred by corruption and negligence. Officials this time have pledged to be transparent about the use of funds.

Donald Trump Does Not Promise Amnesty in Speech

For illegal Mexican immigrants, the US Presidential Candidate Donald Trump will not promise any amnesty, harming possible support from American Latinos in the country.

The statement during his Phoenix speech regarding immigrant policies cement his possibly-shifting immigration stance.

According to Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson “There’s no different message. He’s using different words to give us that message.”

Mr Trump promised that the Mexican border wall – the “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful” barrier would be built by his government once he steps in the White House.

Mr Trump had recently met with the Mexican President discussing the “wall” he proposed. Mr Trump had also claimed Mexico will pay for the wall to be built in full.

Mr Trump said that only after the wall is built and the concerns of American citizens are addressed will he begin considering the issue of amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the United States.

His speech also discussed the possible changing of entry procedures. Immigration levels will be reduced and most of such would be chosen on “merit, skill and proficiency.”

He also promised that anyone without legal papers and is arrested for any reason would be immediately deported to their home country regardless of the validity of the arrest.

Trump has also promised “extreme vetting” plans for immigrants from regions that impose a security risk in the United States including Syria, Libya and other conflicted countries.

Idlib Bombing Leaves 22 Dead

Syrian warplanes had bombed the opposition-held Idlib province, killing at least 22 people according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in London.

Idlib, a province crucial to holding the nearby city and Syrian capital Aleppo, had fallen back to pro-government forces after Syrian opposition rebels had relinquished control.

About 26 air strikes had been counted across the province.

Idlib is one of the last strongholds of the Syrian Opposition group. Idlib has become a refuge for many who had tried to escape the violence in Aleppo.

In support of Syrian government forces, Moscow had sent its own air strikes against Syrian rebels for about a year.

Outside Idlib, Syrian rebels and regime forces fought in a major power plant in the Hama province. According to the Observatory, governmetn airstrikes and shelling on opposition areas in Aleppo city and surrounding countryside had killed about 40 civilians on Saturday.

State media and the Observatory said opposition shelling on government-held districts of Aleppo city killed nine civilians, including two children. State media said another 22 people were wounded. Fighting for the city has intensified this summer, after regime troops seized control of the last supply route into opposition-held areas in mid-July. After a nearly three-week siege, opposition forces took Ramussa on August 6, linking up with opposition-held neighborhoods

IS Leaders and Families Had Fled Mosul

Defence Minister Khalid al-Obeidi said that IS leaders and their families have sold their belongings and had secretly fled Mosul as Iraqi forces close into the city.

According to the Defence Minister, Iraqi forces are planning an assault on Mosul. Held by the Islamic State for two years, the final assault is still months away but will definitely happen.

“A number of the families… and leaders of [IS] in Mosul, they and their families sold their belongings and withdrew towards Syria,” whose border is west of the city, Obeidi told Iraqiya state television.

Al-Obeidi said the Mosul leaders plan to invade the Kurdish region in Iraq, which is at the northern and eastern side of Mosul.

Mosul is the last stronghold of the militant group in Iraq. If done carefully, the operation can avoid a humanitarian crisis similar to the Syrian civil war. The latter had seen many flee from their countries with many dead as no plans made for refugees had been made.

The Red Cross estimates that millions of Iraqis may be displaced in the coming months as the fight against the Islamic State continues.

Italy’s Banking Crisis Could Bring Down Eurozone

Writing for The Telegraph, Tim Wallace and Szu Ping Chan illustrate that the ‘le sofferenze’ or ‘the suffering’ have been ‘unwanted and ignored’ as theirs is a national problem left unsolved.

As bad debts drain banks of profits and economic growth not seeing the possibilities are damaging the entire country and it may seep throughout the entire Eurozone.

The £300bn worth of loans from Italy’s banks show borrowers unable to repay their debt with the amounts increasingly becoming expensive to resolve.

Banks are struggling to provide new credit to households and firms that need them in consequence.

According to the writers, the UK, Ireland and Spain — during similar times — would often ‘bite the bullet’ and ‘clean-up’ their banks. The writers highlighted this was not the case for Italy.

Italy’s government intended to have consumers pay the debts or have the investors, shareholders and bondholders. However, most bondholders are also households, who may have to pay more than they need to resolve the losses of the bank.

Banks have ignored the bad loans for so long, which had the country continue further until it hit the problem that the financial trouble grew bigger especially from 2010 to today.

Italian bank loans have turned expensive and impossible to resolve by 2013. Debt had soared in high rates of NPL from 16 to 20% increases.

If no compromise is reached between Rome, which wants to protect bondholders, and the EU, which wants to enforce the rules, it could even bring down the eurozone.

“This could be a bigger risk than Brexit,” says a lawyer who is close to the situation.

“The Greeks are desperate to be anchored into Europe, they are willing to suffer and suffer and suffer to stay in – I am not sure that Italy is willing to suffer.”

Source: Telegraph.co.uk

Carney Believes Brexit Can Cause Another Massive Interest Rate Cut

According to BoE Governor Mark Carney, the UK economy is showing signs of strain that may lead to another interest rate cut for the United Kingdom.

Carney said Brexit had initiated a broader picture of ‘economic post-traumatic stress disorder’ throughout the nation.

Carney said that the UK government’s contingency plan is working well so far while considering measures to safeguard financial stability.

He does not deny that the UK’s economic outlook has ‘deteriorated’ due to the huge uncertainty waiting the country in future.

The news of possible lower interest rates had reduced the yields on UK government bonds to record lows. Gilts have been having huge trouble with negative ratings. A gilt maturing in March is now trading at -0.003%. This means that investors pay the government and banks to safeguard their money.

“In my view, and I am not prejudging the views of the other independent MPC members, the economic outlook has deteriorated and some monetary policy easing will likely be required over the summer,” Carney said in the speech to bankers and business leaders.

“The committee will make an initial assessment on 14 July and a full assessment complete with a new forecast will follow in the August inflation report. In August, we will also discuss further the range of instruments at our disposal.”

Mateen Was A Regular In Nightclub Before Shooting.

Ty Smith, a survivor and regular of the Pulse club, said the shooter Omar Mateen was a regular in the club. He said that often Mateen spent his time alone drinking until he became intoxicated. This led to him to become rowdy and loud amongst the crowd.

Mr Smith said Mateen often talked about his father and that he had a wife and son.

Investigations showed that Mateen had a son. His wife was uncooperative with authorities regarding his death.

Mateen was gunned down by security personnel after he used a legally-purchased assault rifle to kill 50 clubgoers and injure about 53 more.

Another survivor, Kevin West, said Mateen had chatted him on a gay dating chat application. Other clubgoers said the shooter had made several advances towards other regulars in different gay dating apps to “hook up.”

The FBI is convinced that Mateen is strongly inspired by extremist beliefs but the facts have come short to establishing the killings were of a political nature.

Mateen’s spree is one of the biggest in American history.

Investigators believe Mateen’s radicalisation was due to available information about extremist ideologies in the Internet whereby he decided to act on such.

He had declared allegiance to IS upon his death.

Rome Asks Philanthropists to Develop Parts of Ancient Sites

The lack of funding and manpower along with lack of legislation has failed to protect and maintain the crumbling ancient sites of Rome. Now, the Roman Forum, Circus Maximus and the aqueducts, sewage system and other parts of the Colosseum lay in ruins.

According to Roman Cultural Superintendent Claudio Parisi Presicce, Rome needs more funding as it has about €12bn in debt to the world.

He said: “We need new strategic ideas. We have to create a link between the people living above the modern city and the ancient city that lies beneath them,” he said.

Rome Government Appointed- Mayor Francesco Paolo Tronca said Rome was still suffering from its malaise of corruption scandals involving the Mafia and its former officials. He said the citizens could hope for less to maintain the key tourist attractions and the heritage of the city.

“We need help to ensure Rome continues to be a reference point in terms of beauty for the whole world,” said Tronca, who was brought in after the former mayor Ignazio Marino quit over a minor expenses row unrelated to the broader corruption scandal.

Middle East Luxury Industries Lose Out To Oil And Tourism Slowdown

The slump in oil prices and tourism slowdown has affected sales in Riyadh’s own luxury industries.

According to analysts, the oil slump had made many local consumers afraid to spend money.

Crude prices had gone down to an all-time low due to global surplus. Consumers in the Middle East are holding their money as tourism has slowed.

Russian tourists, the majority of Saudi and the Middle East’s visitors, had arrived in the country in smaller numbers due to the economic sanctions that had also lowered oil prices in the country.

Middle-East luxury sales rose just 1 percent to 8.1 billion euros ($9.2 billion) in 2015, slowing from the region’s 4 percent gain in 2014, Bain estimates. A fifth of respondents in a survey of Persian Gulf countries published last month, said they cut luxury consumption in 2015, compared with 13 percent a year earlier.

In Saudi Arabia, cash withdrawals have declined for two straight months compared with the same period last year, according to central bank data. Combined with weak demands in Asia, the strong dollar and European terror attacks, luxury brands find difficulty in raising sales. The global luxury sector may expand about only 2 per cent in 2016, which is the weakest for Saudi Arabia and the rest of the bloc since 2009.

Restaurants In The UK To Stop Adding Discretionary Service Charges

Under new government plans to remind consumers they do not need to tip when eating out, restaurants could be stopped from adding discretionary service charges.

According to UK Business Secretary Sajid Javid, his department would be launching aconsultation on tipping amid customer concerns that restaurants are confusing customers about the charges and who receives their provided tips.

Restaurants in the United Kingdom usually add a 10 to 15 per cent service charge to their bills. Ministers find themselves troubled with “double tipping” because the customers did not think they had already paid a service charge before leaving cash for their waiter.

The consultation may force restaurants to make it clear to consumers that they do not have to pay the discretionary service charge. Another is to abolish the service charge completely.

According to Javid:

“The alternative would be to prevent businesses from suggesting any specific discretionary payments for service, e.g. 5, 10, 15 per cent.

“In other words, there would be no mention on the consumer’s bill of a suggested specific amount for a discretionary payment for service, other than that a discretionary service has not been added.

“The consumer may still decide to leave a discretionary payment for service without any prompt of a specific amount from the employer.

“Under this option, discretionary payments for service would become an ‘opt in’ decision for a better informed consumer, who would hold complete discretion towards making any such payment.”

Brazil’s Current Struggle Will Have Long-Term Political Reverberations

As the Brazilian Congress votes to impeach Brazilian Dilma Rousseff over charges of corruption, the effects of the current standoff could result to long-term political changes in Brazil.

Voting ended late on Sunday with Eduardo Cunha leading the congress. About 367 of the 513 deputies that backed impeachment, the outcome has yet to create violence and increasing trouble throughout the country.

However, the Workers party, in the lower house, mentioned that it would conceded defeat with 80 votes still left to be counted.

According to Leader Jose Guimaraes, “the fight is now in the courts, the street and the senate.

The conservative opposition had carefully secured its motion to remove the elected head of state less than halfway through Rousseff’s mandate.

Far-right deputy Jair Bosonaro had voted yes to support to Carols Brilhante Ustra, who is an ex-leader of the Doi-Codi torture unit during Brazil’s dictatorship era.

The voting has placed Dilma Rousseff in a troubled position. Her odds of survival looked slim and Brazil has turned against Rousseff. Experts said it didn’t happen in a crash.

Slowly, due to economic recession, political turmoil and the Petrobras scandal had seen her approval ratings fall. Even her mentor, former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is under investigation in connection to the Petrobras scandal

The Europe’s Overweight In 2025 Would Be Britain

A large obesity research showed that Britain would be Europe’s “fattest man” if the government will not push to decrease consumption of sugary drinks and salty food and if Britons will not change their diets.

According to the Imperial College London’s researchers, a poor lifestyle for the UK’s working society coupled with dependence on statins and beta-blockers to lower blood pressure and cut cholesterol is encouraging bad eating habits leading to obesity.

Statins and beta-blockers, used by many overweight Britons, may not have any more effect as people become increasingly obese over time.

For the first time, the UK has more obese than underweight individuals.

Health experts are calling it a “health-time bomb” and consider obesity as a “national tragedy”.

Calls for further cuts on sugary drinks and salty food have been renewed.

According to Professor Majid Ezzati, the senior author of the research:

“This epidemic of severe obesity is too extensive to be tackled with medications such as blood pressure lowering drugs or diabetes treatments alone, or with a few extra bike lanes.

“Our research has shown that over 40 years we have transitioned from a world in which underweight prevalence was more than double that of obesity, to one in which more people are obese than underweight.

“Obesity has reached crisis point. We need coordinated global initiatives – such as looking at the price of healthy food compared to unhealthy food, or taxing high sugar and highly processed foods – to tackle this crisis.

“Unless we make healthy food options like fresh fruits and vegetables affordable for everyone, and increase the price of unhealthy processed foods, the situation is unlikely to change.”

Mexico City Bans A Million Cars In Response To Pollution Alert

Mexico city authorities ban one million cars from its roads in response to a smog alert owed to high ozone levels twice above the imposed acceptable limits in the capital.

Mexico city’s pollution alert had stretched to three days since Monday. Officials told people on Wednesday to limit outdoor activities to avoid health complications.

Mexico city woke up to a muddy haze with a thick brown colour. According to Environment Secretary Alejandro Pacchiano, should conditions prove consistent, the government may suspend industrial activity in factories.

Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said that about 1.1m cars in the valley of Mexico have been banned from being driven.

Sub-par vehicles that emit more smoke and chemicals have been ordered off the road for the third day.