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It's been a funny old week, again. On the sports front Brazil were spectacularly defeated by Germany in the semi-finals; the Tour de France having kicked off in Yorkshire to good weather and huge crowds went on its merry way thrilling fans each step of the annual contest. The final of World Cup 2014 plays out today, Sunday, and either Argentina or Germany will lift the prestigious cup. If all goes to plan the next World Cup contest will be held in Russia in 2018 but don't hold your breath on that one. This volatile world of ours is getting shakier all the time, of course with the help of world leaders. Read Operation protective edge or operation kill
UK - Imagine Iain Duncan Smith psychiatric assessment, angry lies Two separate issues this week have apparently left IDS [IainDuncan Smith the UK government's Minister for Work and Pension] & co ‘Furious‘ and ‘incandescent‘ and rather then cover what has been brilliantly summarised .........more
Support gay marriage cake could become legal matter Gay rights are important but where the line is drawn is sometimes personal and often peculiar. Other times it is a matter for the law. This story is another bizarre tale of what a business owner ....more
TDF Stage 5 rain, cobbles, carnage Today’s stage 5 of the Tour de France was miserable, wet, and dangerous. All that before the challenge of the cobblestones. The route from Ypres to Arenberg was 152 kilometres of very hard riding, not because of ...more
More Tour de France 2014 reports here
Israel Gaza ground invasion on the cards Tensions between Palestine and Israel are high following the killing of three Israeli teenagers last week and the subsequent horrific murder of a Palestinian teenager. Other incidents followed including....more
Early Alzheimers test but would you want to know Tuesday there are news reports that a blood test to predict the early onset of Alzheimer's may be available soon. The test which could detect the disease before symptoms are visible could be availble in two-years time.
Cambridge-based charity Alzheimer’s Research UK has funded the research into a viable Alzheimer's onset test..........more
World Cup, Brazil take a German pasting Twitter explodes as the game unfolds Brazilians are licking their wounds Wednesday following the dismal defeat of their national football team at the hands, or should that be feet, of Germany Tuesday. In the 90th minute Oscar scored for Brazil making the score line a humiliating 7-1 to Germany. That has to be one of the worst defeats for Brazil ever. The German team have always looked serious contenders to win Brazil 2014. They play a determined and disciplined game; play appears to be ...more
Palestinian deaths increase as Israel bombards Gaza Israel has increased its attacks on Gaza and the number of people killed has risen sharply. The death toll incudes innocent civilians, both young and old. Hamas continue to launch missiles into Israel although not many of those missiles hit their target. The US funded Iron Dome protects the civilians of Israel. Perhaps this gives the people and Israeli government a sense of security and means that they can unleash the fires of hell on Gaza from a relatively safe stand point......more
How stock markets are rigged What is going to stop a Central bank from simply printing its own currency and trading it on the currency market for dollars, euro’s or yen, to be invested in the stock market or real estate market? And next, what is going to stop central banks from printing up money competitively, in a mad rush to own the world’s largest companies? Not much as the Central Bank is not regulated, even not by their governments. Central Banks are considered independent......more
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Even world leaders need, and take, vacations. For we the little people, hearing of world events in the third person, having to sort the propaganda from the truth, is never simple.
In the end most of us have limited input and can be drawn into this or that conflict as "cannon fodder".
But if we give up and say, "what can I do" answering "nothing" the world will be a sorrier, more troubled place.
That was the week that was will restart Sunday June 22 with its weekly news wraps. For now we will forget the world and its woes and continue our vacation.
Both the world and its woes will still be there in a weeks time, hopefully. The alternative is unthinkable.
UK political satire with images from James Rowland
It must be the election season as countries around the world have either held elections or are doing so. In the UK local and EU elections held Thursday sent a shock to the mainstream political parties. Whether it was a protest vote, or simply anti EU sentiments or not, Ukip a former fringe party, called a bunch of fruitcakes by David Cameron, was the biggest winner. In a few short hours the EU vote results will be announced and Ukip are set to make more gains.
Sunday, today, Ukrainians have voted and allegedly the winner is already declared if exit polls have it right. 'Chocolate King' Claims Ukraine Election Win'. However images of burning ballot papers, set alight by rebels, will cast doubts over the legitimacy of the vote.
Saturday as Belgians prepared to vote in their general election Sunday a shooter struck at a Jewish Museum in Brussels. Across the Pond it was gunfire as usual as details of another massacre were revealed.
The world remains as volatile a place as ever and here are just a few news reports posted by Tekkers last week. Check out our front page for current news reports and individual blogs:
Ukips anti EU stance draws in voters It’s Friday and the proverbial morning after the night before - a night when the election results in the UK were mixed leaving all the major parties to spin the results. Not all of the results are in yet but there are enough to make some assessments, and one is that Ukip took a huge number of votes but as yet do not have overall control of any council....more
Greek animal rescue founder Vesna dies There is sad news from our friends at GAR, Greek Animal Rescue, that Vesna has died. Who was Vesna? If you have had any dealings with GAR you will probably know the answer to that one but if not the following sent by a friend of GAR will explain. It all began with a holiday in Greece in 1987 - the first proper holiday in 15 years for Vesna and husband Paul and one which they both very much looked forward to. They drove to Greece and intended travelling around for one month before returning home, but as they crossed the border, they encountered the first stray, not realising at the time that he was just one out of hundreds they were to see during their so called holiday...........more
Saturday Arsenal won the FA football cup final in England, beating home city Kingston-upon-Hull to do so. It was a fast moving match, especially in the early stages but in the end the mighty Arsenal were just too strong for FA Cup final virgins Hull City. Kudos to both teams for an enthralling game of football. There are a couple of matches left in this season rounding off the various finals and then fans have their sights set on Brazil, a country grappling to get ready for the World Cup, which kicks off in June.
Away from sport though the world is as topsy turvy as ever. Here are just a few stories from around the world this week which have caught Tekkers attention. Check out individual blogs for many other reports and subscribe for regular updates. Good weather in the UK has resulted in a shorter edition of TWTWTW:
The menace of Boko Haram It has taken a despicable act, the kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls, for the world to sit up and take notice of the menacing Boko Haram, a militant Islamist group terrorising parts of Nigeria. Sadly the capture of the girls is just one in a long line of terror acts. Tuesday BBC News reports "The UK, the US, France and China already have teams .....more
Pfizer chief admits jobs will go in takeover Pfizer, an American company known for asset stripping, is pushing to takeover British firm AstraZeneca. It looks increasingly as if some people will make big money out of such a takeover and those people will do nothing to prevent this hostile bid playing out. However, we the British public should be concerned about the possibility ....more
Defective US robotic sub delays MH370 search The mystery of missing Flight MH370, flying out of Malaysia, will go down in history as a bizarre affair whether the riddle is ever solved or not. The latest news from the ongoing search for the plane, and the people who vanished along with it, is that a technical issue has prevented an underwater drone search........more
Hands on History Hull, win a little, lose a little We recently reported that the Hands on History Museum, housed in the former Old Grammar School in Hull, and attended by UK slavery abolitionist William Wilberforce during his childhood, was facing the austerity axe. Facing funding cuts the local council decided to close this museum to drop in visitors making it only available for pre-booked parties. The bonus for the council with such a move is less costs in staffing.........more
Petition to stop Uk Ministers spinning statistics Thursday Debbie Sayers and I decided it was time to follow up on our successful petition of last year. We, like thousands of others on twitter and Facebook, are Sick of the ongoing spinning of UK statistics but, and perhaps more importantly, the Work and Pensions Select’s 3rd Report made three vitally important recommendations regarding this.........more
During the last week violence continued in Ukraine, Syria was back in the news again and the plight of more than 200 girls reportedly kidnapped by extremist Islamists in Nigeria finally became big news. The girls have been missing for some time but only now has it become big news. Various western leaders have thrown their weight behind calls for intervention to secure the girls' freedom.
Saturday US First Lady Michelle Obama, on the Eve of Mother's Day in North America, took the weekly media Presidential slot over from husband Barack in order to support condemnation of the kidnapping. Here in the UK we would frown on such interference in world affairs by the wife of a serving Prime Minister. He or she is voted into office and not their partner. However the role of America's First Lady is a different kettle of fish for whatever reason.
Most readers will be happy to see the girls freed no matter what it takes. Nigeria's reticence in accepting outside help could be a fear for the future. Who wants a foreign force in your country? Once there, when will they leave?
Also this week the final UK troops are gradually pulling out of Afghanistan. As the camp is dismantled and moved out those remaining are left with the prospect of sleeping outdoors. We can only hope that does not leave them vulnerable to attack. Soon all NATO forces will have left Afghanistan following a long war. Will any of them be able to say "mission accomplished", whatever that mission actually was?
Here at TEK various news stories caught our eye this last week and as usual here is just a small selection of those from our front page during the last week. Check out the front page for current stories and individual blogs. Till next week TTFN.
Adaptable gold standard There is no anchor against the ever-increasing money supply that destroys the world’s reserve currency the US dollar. New from this air printed money is constantly created to fight deflation to avoid depression. The world Central banks cannot accept deflation; they try to offset this by printing money to generating inflation. As there is no velocity in the money circulation, they cannot generate the outcome they want. The Central Bankers have no power to turn this around, but to keep printing money that no one spends, so the money has little effect on the economy, if they don’t find a way to rise the velocity of money, there will be no inflation and higher prices, if not, the world will be mired in a deflationary trap .........more
Cdn PM Harper and Chief Justice McLachlin lock horns Cdn PM Harper and Chief Justice McLachlin Lock Horns A very public spat between PM Stephen Harper and Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin is playing out in the media. It started when Harper nominated Marc Nadon, a Federal Court of Appeal judge, retired, to the Supreme Court in Quebec. The PM’s office was advised regarding Nadon’s eligibility to sit as a Quebec representative. The regulations stipulate that ...more
Powerade flame retardant ingredient removed Coca-Cola Corporation has bent to the will of the people and changed its Powerade formula. Two of its flavours will not contain the controversial ingredient brominated vegetable oil (BVO). This is the result of a teen in the US who used the on-line petition route offered by Chang.org. Public opinion pressured both Coca-Cola and Pepsico to drop the ingredient. The teen was aware that other drinks contain BVO, but said she targeted Gatorade and Powerade because they are marketed as a healthy drink, especially for athletes............more
S China Sea increased tensions, Vietnam China face off China and Vietnam confronted each other’s vessels in the South China Sea off the Paracel Islands. The islands are claimed by Vietnam but currently controlled by the People’s Republic of China. Taiwan also has a claim on the islands.The current spat came to a head when the Chinese government moved to start drilling for oil in the waters off the islands. Vietnamese ships were sent to interfere with the operations ....more
Do Americans support their foreign policy A survey by WSJ/NBC indicates that many Americans are not happy with their countries current foreign policy. It claims many back an anti—interventionist stance, a mood which crosses political boundaries. With so many problems at home can you blame them? Western countries pay a huge foreign price in time, money and manpower. As perhaps the last remaining super-power, at this time, Americans may feel that their country is called on far too often to sort out the ills of the world. In doing so they have alienated people from may countries.....more
MH370 search shifts totally to underwater After weeks of daily updates about the search for missing flight MH370 there has been media silence. The missing plane has become yesterday's news, but not for the relatives of the 239 people missing with the plane. Monday there is a news update from Australia but the plight of the plane and those on board remains a mystery. Australian prime minister Tony Abbot addressed a news conference early .......more
Egyptian mass trial sentences 683 to death In late March more than 520 supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, in Egypt, were sentenced to death and the next day the Muslim Brotherhood's Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, 70, and 682 others went on trial. Monday Mohamed Badie, 70, and the 682 others were sentenced to death, in this second mass trial which took place in the same court in the southern province of Minya....more
Prosecutors office taken Donetsk, conscription returns In Donetsk, in the east of Ukraine, there were ugly scenes Thursday. Pro-Russian activists threw Molotov cocktails and used violence to seize the prosecutor's office. The Prosecutor has been working on securing arrest warrants for some of the pro-Russian militia and their supporters. That made his offices a target for today's violence..............more
The murder of Meredith Kercher, part two Q and A Harry Rag joins us today for the second installment in our Q & A series. Last time he challenged the “no evidence” claims put forward by Amanda Knox supporters. A firestorm erupted in our commentary here and in my Justice4Ever blog.Harry Rag is a featured writer for the website .......more
Rajiv Suri’s elevation as Nokia chief – Manipal University's reactions With Rajeev Suri being named the new chief executive of Finnish telecommunication gear maker Nokia, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal University has more reason to celebrate. A 1989 batch Electronics and Communications graduate of MIT, Rajeev was tipped to take over as the CEO almost a month ago when Nokia was finalizing sale of its mobile business to Microsoft. MIT almuni Rajeev Suri named new CEO of Nokia Now that the deal is sealed and Rajeev has been named the CEO there was rejoicing ..........more
South Korea ferry death toll officially 150 but will rise The body count from the South Korean ferry disaster has reached 150. What a sad term - body count. It hardly does justice to the pain and suffering relatives of the dead will experience. Better weather Tuesday allowed divers working on recovering bodies a better window of opportunity but Wednesday the Indian Express reports the operation is entering a tricky phase. Recovery workers ......more
Vice President Biden heads to Ukraine Easter Monday moreVice President of the U.S. Joe Biden, Democrat, is on his way to the Ukraine to meet with leaders of the country. That means he is on his way to meet with the interim government in Kiev. You know a group of people who if it where Cuba would have been called rebels, terrorists or insurgents. The U.S. continues to go its own way playing a dangerous game with the lives of others across the globe...
Predicted pollen vortex, tell me something new Drastic measures According to some news sources the U.S. is facing a pollen vortex, after its polar vortex which saw record low temperatures sweep across the country. Pollen pundits predict that the next two weeks will see exceptionally high pollen levels make daily life a pain in the proverbial for hayfever sufferers. Tree pollen is set to rocket in the U.S. following a dry spell...more
Joe Biden warns Russia and offers Ukraine $50 million It seems fitting to use a Mark Twain quote to start this report “God created war so that Americans would learn geography.” It is probably true that most Americans knew little, if anything of Ukraine, its recent history, or current problems before the latest spat. You can of course argue that American politicians.................more
Chernobyl nuclear disaster anniversary 28 years ago today, April 26, the unthinkable happened. An explosion at a nuclear facility set off a chain of events. That facility was Chernobyl, north of Kiev in the Ukraine, and at that time the country was part of the Soviet Union. On this anniversary day in 2014 the Ukraine is on many peoples' minds once more, but for very different reasons. This time it could be the country where the fuse to global warfare.......more
For Christians the week leading up to Easter is Holy week. Easter is celebrated at different times in some western countries but for the majority this weekend is Easter. Whether you are part of the Christian faith or not, for some it is a long weekend from work. Holy week has been full of the usual tragedies sadly.
At the forefront is the search for missing flight MH370, the Ukrainian crisis and a South Korean Ferry which sunk Wednesday. Here are some of the news stories which caught T.E.K.s attention this week.