ECB Bond Buying Program Looking Up

To save its economy by stimulating it through a bond-buying program for 18 months, European Central Bank’s Mario Draghi is proud to say that the new...


Palestine Officially Joins Internat...

Palestinians have officially become a member of the International Criminal Court. On January 2, Palestine had moved to join the court. The proc...


Ryanair Arrives To The United State...

Ireland-based Ryanair has confirmed it would add trans-Atlantic flights. Speculations about the airline steering its way into North America had been c...


Greek Talks Collapsing, Varoufrakis...

The Eurozone crisis is threatening to return as the bloc discusses extending Greece’s bailout extension. Meanwhile, Greek Financial Minister Yanis V...

ECB Bond Buying Program Looking Up

To save its economy by stimulating it through a bond-buying program for 18 months, European Central Bank’s Mario Draghi is proud to say that the new measure is showing positive signs.

Because of the low oil prices in the market, the bloc only needed improved government policies and the stimulus program.

The program, which started a month ago, has gone well. Meanwhile, ECB President Draghi’s news conference didn’t go smoothly as a young woman had scattered papers and confetti in the newsroom and shouted “end ECB dictatorship before security had subdued her.

According to the bank, the woman had masqueraded as a journalist before she was able to enter the bank’s newsroom.

Meanwhile, economists advise the ECB to start planning on minimising its purchases.

German Insurer Allianz had called on the ECB to establish benchmarks on bond-buying to avoid negative side effects.

However, Draghi said that it was too early for the ECB to think about having an “escape plan” should anything happen during the bond buying.

He stressed that the ECB was only a month into the program and described it as running a marathon and asking one’s self to quit or continue after finishing one kilometre.

The bond-buying had eased government borrowing growth. Along with low oil prices, the stimulus had taken full effect.

However, Draghi stresses that Greece’s economic situation would be the downfall of the Euro zone’s recovery plan.

Palestine Officially Joins International Criminal Court

Palestinians have officially become a member of the International Criminal Court.

On January 2, Palestine had moved to join the court. The process was finalised on Wednesday, allowing Palestine to indict Israeli officials for possible war crimes.

“Palestine has and will continue to use all legitimate tools within its means in order to defend itself against Israeli colonisation and other violations of international law,” said senior Palestinian official Saeb Erakat.

Meanwhile, Palestine may have to wait until the ICC begins investigating Israelis accused of war crimes to obtain justice.

According to Erakat, the case is widely politicised, making it difficult for the court to indict Israeli officials quickly.

Former ICC Official Diana Chehade said preliminary examinations can be finished by year end, but the courts do not investigate cases with a judicial institution already looking into the matter.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki participated in a receiving ceremony wherein a copy of the the ICC’s founding treaty, the Rome Statute, would be given to him.

The ICC membership would prove integral to Palestine’s case during the summer war between Israel and Gaza fighters that left 2,200 Palestinians dead while only bringing 73 dead in Israel.

Palestine rejects the argument that the ICC cannot try Israeli officials.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the ICC is absurd in ignoring international law and agreements because Palestine does not have a state and could only get negotiations if they directly talk to Israel.

Ryanair Arrives To The United States Offering a $15 Flight To Europe

Ireland-based Ryanair has confirmed it would add trans-Atlantic flights. Speculations about the airline steering its way into North America had been confirmed.

The company said in a statement:

The board of Ryanair have approved the business plans for future growth, including trans-Atlantic. European consumers want lower cost travel to the U.S. and the same for Americans coming to Europe. We see it as a logical development in the European market.”

This would mean tickets from the United Kingdom to the United States could cost as much as £10 apiece. The service would not be active until after five years.

A Ryanair spokesman said that it depends on attaining viable long-haul aircraft, which would take five years.

Meanwhile, Boston, New York, Chicago, London, Berlin and Dublin are some of the countries included in the £10 plan.

This is Ryanair’s response to other European low-cost carriers now entering the European market. However, it differentiates itself from the other markets in this manner.

“We’ve seen what others have done, we’ve listened and observed what’s gone on in the past 12 months and now have a better view on how we’d like to launch it and market it, and what the product would look like,” Jacobs, the Ryanair marketing chief, says to the Financial Times.
Jacobs described Ryanair’s North America plan as part of an ambitious growth strategy that would differ from Norwegian’s because “we’re a bigger business — a bigger brand with more traffic and a much more efficient cost model.”

Greek Talks Collapsing, Varoufrakis Blames Eurozone Chief

The Eurozone crisis is threatening to return as the bloc discusses extending Greece’s bailout extension. Meanwhile, Greek Financial Minister Yanis Varoufrakis blames Eurozone Chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem. Varoufrakis said that the chief withdrew its initial decision for a draft that stopped all the progress made by officials to resolve the issue.

Varoufrakis said the chief only gave some “nebulous words” and false promises of “some flexibility.”

However, Varoufrakis stressed that Greece will remain in the Eurozone whatever the cost. He also denied that Dijsselbloem’s act is not a provocation for Greece to leave the Eurozone, but rather a misunderstanding between Greece and Europe. He said that Greece’s new government is committed to changing a program that has failed in the eyes of anybody “without a vested interest.”

In 2012, Greece’s financial troubles began. Back in 2004, Greece’s economic troubles began when the Athens Olympics had it huge debts. Tax evasion and unequal spending and income management has led to Greece’s fiscal downfall within the Euro.

Meanwhile, the Eurogroup of Eurozone finance ministers gave Athens until Friday to agree to a new bailout plan proposed by the European Union, ECB and the IMF.

Varoufrakis initially refused the draft stating that prolonging the bailout for more than six months without reducing austerities is Greece’s stand.

Surrey Crime Rate Has Fallen By Six Per Cent Despite Increasing Criminal Activity

The Surrey Police Department said that the country now has the lowest crime rate relative to population. However, the number of small to medium crimes had gradually increased.

The recorded number of sexual offences and violence had risen the last year in Surrey. Meanwhile, the total number of crime had fallen overall.

Over 51,105 recorded crimes in the last 12 months up to September 2013 is now at only 48,012, a 6% difference.

However, some offences had seen an increase. Some sexual offences have increased by 51.2% from 615 to 930.

Incidents of violence with injury now have a figure of 2,772 from 2,012. The highest record of incidents is 570 in Guildford. Total recorded crime in Guildford had decreased to 6,866 from 7,263, around 5.9%.

Mole Valley had the lowest number of violence with injury in the last twelve months despite an increase. Last September, it had increased from 182 to 259.

According to Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Center (RASASC), they have spotted an increased demand for their services.

“We have seen a rise in demand for our services in recent years, which could in part be attributed to increased awareness about the issues of recent and historic abuse, as well as the publicity surrounding a number of high profile cases,” said RASASC Spokesperson Rebecca French.

“However, there are always a wide range of factors influencing a survivor’s decision to seek support.”


Artistic or Plain Weird: Entertainment Weekly’s “Boyhood” Feature Splits Audience Reaction.

Entertainment Weekly’s newest edition has a cover that is most intriguing. Ellar Coltrane, the actor behind the multi-nominated film “Boyhood”, is portrayed at different ages. The ambitious indie film has paid off, but Entertainment Weekly’s cover may not be viewed as something artistic, but rather, something strange.

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood had received one of the eight Best Picture nominations, which included rival “Birdman” starring Michael Keaton. However, Boyhood is ambitious because it was shot over 12 years using the same cast.

Ellar Coltrane actually starred in the film when he was just 11 years old. He literally grew up on screen. However, to see him pose with two of his younger selves is quite strnage for some.

In Metro.Co.Uk’s poll, reactions to the Entertainment Weekly Cover were mixed. Around 49% felt the cover was odd, while 51% found it as something artistic.

Boyhood is competing against American Sniper, Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash for Best Picture.

Analysts see that Boyhood is a contender that may not be beat in the category. Richard Linklater’s technical achievement, paired with something very natural, is a magical watch.


About 76,000 Killed By In Syria in 2014.

Around 76,000 people had been killed in Syria’s deadliest year in 2014. Thousands of children were part of the casualty numbers according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights based in Britain.

Using a network of Syrian activists, the Observatory had documented the deaths of 76,021 people during 2014, which included 3501 children. The UN said that 200,000 have been estimated dead since the start of the conflict in 2011.

The civil war began with peaceful protests against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government in 2011. Due to its violent nature, the government crackdown against protesters enraged citizens and numerous insurgents. Western-backed rebels, the Nusra Front and the Islamic state, all who had both fought side-by-side and against each other during the later years, had clashed against the Syrian Regime’s forces.

In a rare gesture, Assad had travelled to a district in the outskirts of Damascus and thanked soldiers fighting “in the face of terrorism.” His visit was tweeted by his office, including photos of the trip. Assad visited during the New Year, gave soldiers hugs and shared a meal to boost the morale of the forces who had continued to fight numerous adversaries since 2011.

“If there was an area of joy which remained in Syria, it is thanks to the victories that you achieved in the face of terrorism,” Dr Assad told troops, according to the Twitter account.


Reese Witherspoon Spends Her Break Time With Her Son.

Reese Witherspoon was just nominated as Best Actress in the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Taking a break from promoting film projects, she spent time with her youngest son, Tennessee. She was seen taking a stroll in Los Angeles with her son when she received news that she was nominated the best actress for the CCMA.

The 38-year-old mother was wearing a comfortable outfit with a black jacket, gray long sleeve shirt, leggings and athletic sneakers.

As it is cold in Los Angeles, she opted to dress in a puffy green vest for extra warmth. She also covered her eyes with sunglasses. Meanwhile, her son was wearing a dark jacket, a blue T-Shirt and trousers.

Her nomination for best actress comes from her performance in the movie “Wild”. She would be competing against Jennifer Aniston (Cake), Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl).

Her company was part producer of Gone Girl, so it was great news for her to know that Rosamund Pike is competing for the Best Actress Nomination. Several other nominations, including Best Picture, had been heralded to Gone Girl.


UN Ends Syrian Refugee Food Aid in Middle East

The World Food Programme (WFP) had suspended food aid to more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries because of a financing crisis caused by unhonoured cash pledges. Now, refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt may risk hunger if cash pledges up to £47 million were not given to finance the distribution of food vouchers throughout December.

According to UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, the situation couldn’t have come at a worse time.

“I urgently appeal to the international community –- support WFP now, don’t let refugees go hungry,” he said.

WFP said that the refugees affected by the suspension of food aid included many children in Lebanon and Jordan. Winters are harsh without proper clothing and footwear. Most of the refugees live just after the border in unhygienic tents on top of sand and mud.

Tens and thousands of refugees families are highly dependent on international food aid, according to Guterres.

The United States had provided more than £1.3 billion for the Syrian refugee food donations. The US Government was urging other governments “to do more.”

“We have to strengthen our engagement and give humanitarian aid for the refugees and strengthen the structure of those countries who are hosting the refugees,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.

More than half of Syria’s population has been forced to flee their homes since war began in their country in March 2011.


Bob Marley’s Family To Sell Cannabis Brand “Marley Natural”

Bob Marley’s family is putting up a line of cannabis, oils, lotions and other products under the trading name “Marley Natural.” The family plans to start activities by the year 2015.

The brand, a partnership between the family of Reggae Icon Bob Marley and a Seattle-based private equity firm, would be the first globally-recognised cannabis brand with marijuana products. The brand name will appear on all product packages.

Bob Marley often referred to marijuana as “the herb.” He sees it as something spiritual that awakens a person’s well-being, deepen their reflection and connect them to nature and liberate their creativity.

The two parties came to an agreement a few weeks after the US legalised marijuana in Colorado and Washington for recreational use. The brand will then produce and sell globally, enter into licensing agreements concerning production and packaging requirements.

Meanwhile, the sale of marijuana worldwide is illegal, yet some European and South American countries had decriminalised its sale. In the Netherlands, coffee shops could sell marijuana. Israel and Canada allow for its medicinal use. Uruguay had legally bound marijuana to cigarette levels.