Wales Farm Confirmed With Mad Cow D...

Investigations show that a dead cow in a farm in Wales had Mad Cow disease. The cow may have possibly contaminated other cows in the area. However, th...

Millions of iPhone Users Vulnerable...

Hundreds of iOs apps used in China contain a malicious piece of coding making users vulnerable to hacker attacks. Mobile security experts estim...

Beijing’s Costly Clean Up Ope...

Following the explosion in Tianjin, soil pollution could cost about $1 trillion to avoid serious illnesses and crop destruction. With China's failing ...

Attacks On Erawan Shrine, Sathorn P...

Thailand Police General Somyot Pumpunmuang said the same bombers who planted the Erawan bomb are the same people who threw their bomb in Sathorn Pier....

Wales Farm Confirmed With Mad Cow Disease

Investigations show that a dead cow in a farm in Wales had Mad Cow disease. The cow may have possibly contaminated other cows in the area. However, the government guarantees it was an isolated case and the situation has not yet entered general food processing in the United Kingdom.

Deputy Minister of Farming and Food Rebecca Evans said controls installed by the department are working well.  Investigators are now trying to determine the cause of the infection and the animals the dead cow came in contact with. Offsprings of the maddened animal will be destroyed.

About Mad Cow Disease

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy can cause brain damage in Humans. Well-known as Mad Cow disease, researchers traced the disease from cows in the early 1980s and 1990s. While remedies and precautions have been in place to deal with Mad Cow disease, reducing the viruses is the only way to keep the disease at bay.

Beef Industry Scare

Menawhile, Liberal Democrats said the Mad Cow outbreak is bad news. They iterated that the Welsh government should guarantee farmers are supported as an anticipated regional beef industry shakedown could take place.

“This is, of course, very disappointing news,” said William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat shadow farming minister and assembly member for Mid and West Wales.

“However, I can’t emphasise enough that we have immensely robust control measures in place to detect and prevent any infected produce from entering the food chain,” he said.

Millions of iPhone Users Vulnerable To Apple Hackers’ Major Attack

Hundreds of iOs apps used in China contain a malicious piece of coding making users vulnerable to hacker attacks.

Mobile security experts estimate at least 39 applications hackers infected with malware including China’s WeChat, the widely used instant messaging application in the world. Palo Alto Networks report that majority of the applications are popular in China and span from stock trading, mobile network, banking and game applications.

Apple had taken measures and removed the infected applications from the store and have alerted developers. The malicious code was possibly inserted in the applications as developers are given counterfeit versions of Apple’s iOS and Mac app creations software. Named ‘XcodeGhost’, it is a security hack against Apple’s Xcode compiler for Apple products.

Apple’s official statement says:

“We’ve removed the apps from the App Store that we know have been created with this counterfeit software.

“We are working with the developers to make sure they’re using the proper version of Xcode to rebuild their apps.”

Apple did not mention anything that would help consumers to protect themselves from the attacks or steps to maintain their personal account details inside the applications.

Palo Alto Networks Director of Threat Intelligence Ryan Olson said the malware has not demonstrated its true purpose. However, it’s presence is a sign that malignant software could get past stringent Apple Development Software at ay time.

Beijing’s Costly Clean Up Operation

Following the explosion in Tianjin, soil pollution could cost about $1 trillion to avoid serious illnesses and crop destruction. With China’s failing economy, Beijing struggles to budget its latest environmental disaster.

A few days after the biggest explosion Tianjin has seen, rain has sprinkled the entire city with yellow acid rain. Thousands of dead fish floated in rivers signifying immense chemical poisoning of water bodies.

Tianjin’s explosion fallout had increased smog levels in the countries with rivers turning red. The risk of soil pollution, which can be difficult to observe, has increased. Public discontent places pressure on Beijing to address air pollution with stricter factory and coal-mining operations. Many of these industries may have to be moved away from cities.

However, Beijing is only starting with baby steps as it struggles to address soil pollution, which has been a big issue even before the explosion.

To clean up soil pollution, China will need more than $1 trillion, which is equivalent to one-third of its entire foreign exchange reserves to use western practices.

The Chinese Central bank reports the environment ministry’s targets for cleaner air and water alone will require about $9 billion to stay afloat. Redevelopment and restructuring of industrial areas is also encouraged by analysts.

Attacks On Erawan Shrine, Sathorn Pier The Work Of Same Bombers

Thailand Police General Somyot Pumpunmuang said the same bombers who planted the Erawan bomb are the same people who threw their bomb in Sathorn Pier. He said police intelligence speculate the group to be made of foreigners and Thai who do not have the hearts of Thai.

Police investigation uncover the bombs to be improvised pipe explosives. TNT material stuffed into a metal pipe will disintegrate the pipe’s material, sending shards of metal during the explosion. Somyot said more than one person was behind the bombings.

The Erawan bomb had killed 20 individuals with majority foreigners. About 120 more people were fatally wounded.

“I can tell you now that there are not only foreigners involved in the incidents but some Thais must have taken part,” the police chief said. Foreigners, he said “could not have … walked their way onto the (Taksin] bridge. There must be Thai people involved whose hearts are not Thai.”

Recent CCTV footage shows a foreign national leaving his backpack near the approximate ground zero of the first pipe bomb that exploded in Erawan Shrine. Somyot confirmed authorities have ordered a manhunt for the young male.

The Erawan Shrine is a popular tourist attraction in Bangkok. It is a representation of Thai Hindu beliefs. The Sathorn pier is a major terminal that links Chao Phraya River commuting boats to the nearby Skytrain station. It is also a major tourist stop for tour groups.

UK Preacher Anjem Choudary Charged For Terrorism

Anjem Choudary, a radical UK preacher is one of two men charged with terrorism for supporting the Islamic State militants. According to Scotland Yard, Choudary and Mohammed MIzanur Rahman have been charged with offence under section 12 of the Terrorism Act 2000. The offences have taken place between June 29, 2014 and March 6, 2015.

The two will face trial at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Choudary is a 48-year-old-man who lives in Ilford in East London. Mohammed Rahman is a resident of 32 Whitechapel in East London. Both were arrested on September 25 the previous year suspected of being members of the Islamic State. The IS is declared a proscribed organisation and proscription means membership of the militant group and the organisation is rendered unlawful or illegal in the United Kingdom.

CPS’ Sue Hemming said:

“It is alleged that Anjem Choudary and Mohammed Rahman invited support for Isis [also known as IS] in individual lectures which were subsequently published online.”

Choudary is an active Islamist speaker that invokes radicalism among his listener. He was the former UK head of Islamist Group Muhajiroun or Islam4UK, which was banned in 2010 due to its radicalism. Choudary had planned an Islam4Uk march through Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire to honour the Muslims killed during the Afghanistan conflict.

Teens Giving Birth In 2014 Was At The Lowest Level Since 1946   

Only 25,977 under 20 had babies in 2014. According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), this is the fewest number the UK has reached since 1946. About a total of 695,233 births were recorded in 2014 with half mostly to unmarried mothers.

The number of deaths in the same period was 501,424.

The ONS celebrates it as a huge improvement in developed countries. However, the later pregnancy years could decrease the fertility in most women. Today, women aged 40 have lower fertility rates than women in their 30s. Women aged about 30 to 34 years old have the highest fertility of any age group.

Midwifery Director Louise Silverton of the Royal College of Midwives said “births are becoming more complex as the average age of mothers increases. As obesity levels contribute to the risk and complexity, many more women will need support and care.”

“This places additional and significant pressures on maternity services.

“Midwives want to give these and all women the best levels of care.”

Middlesbrough had the highest mortality level for 2014. The ratio in the town was 137, a total of 37 points above the national level.


Fracking Hurts House Prices, Environment

According to a Department For Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), underground fracking could reduce nearby house prices to 7%. It could also create a risk of environmental damage.

The Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts report released on Wednesday by power of freedom of information showed their official assessment of the impact of fracking. It warned of leakage of waste fluids that could contaminate water sources designed for human consumption and for growing agrcultural products.

Several parts of the report were omitted last year. Caroline Lucas, Green MP, accused the government of censorship and hiding the negative impacts of fracking.

Through an ICO ruling, the document was released without any redactions and censorship.

These omitted sections showed that:

House prices near fracking wells were likely to fall, and there was a potential reduction of up to 7% in property values within a mile of wells.

  • Properties within a one- to five-mile radius of fracking sites may incur additional insurance costs.
  • Leakage of waste fluids from fracking processes has resulted in environmental damage in the US.
  • Even if contaminated surface water did not directly impact on drinking-water supplies, fracking could affect human health indirectly through consumption of contaminated wildlife, livestock or agricultural products. It concluded that the UK regulatory regime was “likely to be more robust” but the impact on water-resource availability, aquatic habitats and ecosystems, and water quality was “uncertain”.

According to Environment Secretary Liz Truss, the report was misleading. She emphasized more on its draft nature.


Syria-Bound Families Fear For Safety Of Children

Three British sisters who have travelled to Syria with their nine children to join ISIS made the headlines and stirred public concern. Thirty-years old, Khadija Dawood, 34-year old Sugra Dawood and 33-year old Zohra Dawood who had children aged between three and 15 went missing after an Islamic pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

They came from Bradford, West Yorkshire. Authorities believe their children to be with their mothers as they travelled from Medina in Saudi Arabia to Istanbul, Turkey, a common route heading to Syria.

The radicalisation of 17-year-old Talha Asmal had pushed community leaders to push efforts to reduce the radicalisation of Islamic youth in the United Kingdom.

The three sisters’ mobile phones have been turned off and their social messengers and accounts have not been updated ever since. It is understood the three sisters might have a relative fighting for the IS or another Syrian extremist group in Syria.

UK police are unable to do anything as the situation is out of their jurisdiction. Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster said they prioritise only the safe return of the family and the welfare of the young children.

ISIS recruits most of their members online using a sophisticated social media campaign showing a romantic, utopian world they are establishing in Iraq.

 Chinese Ferry The Latest Sea Tragedy With 458 Passengers On-Board

The Chinese authorities have recorded 20 individuals rescued from a drowning vessel of 458 passengers in China’s Yangtze River.

The People’s Daily Newspaper has reported that seven individuals have managed to swim to shore. A total of 27 have been rescued so far. A major rescue effort has been promised.

About 406 tourists aged from 50-80 were on board the Eastern Star.

The vessel was travelling a route organised by a Shanghai tour group with 47 crew members on board.

The captain and the engineer of the ship both managed to be rescued. They both said the vessel was caught in a storm as waves had rolled and capsized the sea vessel.

Dozens of boats are now looking for survivors. Poor weather has hampered rescue efforts.

International concern revolves around Chinese individuals not learning to swim. According to local media, it is not something they learn as children.

Experts estimate the ship had sunk around 9:28 PM local time in the Jianli section of the river.

The Chongqing Eastern Shipping Corporation may be due to pay for damages and compensation for possible victims as they have owned the Eastern Star.

Chinese President Xi Jinping had called for hasty rescue efforts and that no effort be spared.


‘Life After Death’ and God Plays Lesser Roles In British Deathbeds

Britons now consider religion and spiritual needs as the least important factor as they reach the end of their lives.

Religious faith is declining rapidly in the western world as many turn away from the idea of a superior being and turning to God before they die.

About 33 per cent of Britons said their deaths are hopefully pain-free. Some 17 per cent said they would want to have their friends and family along with them. Some have singled out that retaining their dignity before their death is their goal. About 60 per cent said that religion or having a priest alongside their death is important to them upon their death.

About one in eight older people said they wished to live forever.

The survey by “Dying Matters”, a coalition of 16,000 hospices, charities, care homes and others working with people about to end their life, indicate that most Britons think death is still a taboo.

However, they also indicate the a vast amount of people have their willingness to face death in spite of many individuals not talking about it.

Local churches, including the Church of England are launching drives to encourage worshippers and those who visit churches to discuss death and dying.