Barely recovering from Saturday’s immense earthquake, Ecuador is rocked once again by a 6 magnitude earthquake.
The earthquake on Saturday is the first Ecuador has faced in four decades. The earthquakes had killed about 587 people with thousands still missing.
The new magnitude-6 earthquake had struck around 62 miles north-northwest of Portoviejo with a depth of six miles, according to the US Geological Survey.
The local authorities have yet to estimate anything on injuries or damages in the area.
Saturday’s earthquake was the worst to hit the South American country in decades and had cost the country about £2.1 billion in damages.
Foreign aid and experts have arrived in the area to assess the situation. About 14,000 security personnel had been deployed in the area to prevent looting.
Supplies have been moved to the main towns and shelters set up for more than 25,000 people in football stadiums and airports, but badly damaged roads have delayed transport.
One man, asked to stay calm by an official at a food distribution point outside the town of Pedernales, showed his frustration.
“I can be patient,” he shouted back. “But not the children! They are crying.”
Wisconsin played out differently from what Presidential Hopeful and US Favourite Donald Trump thought it would be.
Ted Cruz took Wisconsin primary with majority of delegates voting in favour of the Wisconsin-endorsed GOP representative.
Cruz secured his victory in the Badger State’s Republican primary Tuesday. Trump finished in second.
About 42 delegates in the states had gone to Cruz. Nationwide, he has about 18 delegates.
However, he’s still far behind to chase after Donald Trump, who has won majority of the delegates in different states.
His poor performance in WIsconsin was attributed to a poor contextual reading.
Wisconsin, first viewed as a white-majority state, is far from ideological and is more secular at best according to political analysts.
Trump had insulted Republican Scott Walker and Paul D. Ryan. Walker had endorsed Ted Cruz to Winsconsin, stating that “if you’ve liked what we’ve done to Wisconsin, it would be wise to vote Cruz”.
Trump, meanwhile, will need very strong performances across the Northeast, California, and other states including Indiana and West Virginia.
Analysts believe Trump can achieve the following but it also means doing away with unnecessary fracas that could ruin his political tactics.
It is very important for the United States military to stay current in terms of their technology- falling behind and using equipment that is out-of-date could result in lives being lost. Therefore, the government is always exploring ways to improve their technology in a wide variety of areas. This has allowed them to earn the reputation of being the most advanced military in the world. Here are some of the areas of military technological advancement that America has been focusing on over the past several years.
The sophistication of American military aircraft has always been one of the things that sets it apart from other militaries around the world. That having been said, the United States can never just sit around and hope that other countries will not catch up to them. They are always looking for ways to make their planes more efficient in terms of flying reconnaissance and assault missions. The planes that are used by the Navy and the Air Force are faster and more maneuverable than the vast majority of planes that are used by other countries. They are also more fuel efficient. This is important because it means the planes will not need to return to their base as often to get more fuel.
A military would not be anything without a large amount of powerful artillery at their disposal. The weapons that the U.S. military uses are getting more advanced every day. These advances have been put on display countless times during various military operations around the world. The large-caliber guns that are currently being used during operations in the Middle East have the capability to fire their ammunition at an incredibly fast rate. The speed with which these guns are able to fire has been increased significantly over the past several years. Also, the guns have been made much lighter in order to make them easier to transport.
United States military bases will always be a prime target for terrorists. Therefore, their security is one of the primary concerns of the government. Many exciting pieces of technology have been developed in an effort to keep American military bases safe and secure. For example, barriers are used to prevent vehicles from being rammed through the gates of a military base. Truck bombs are often used by terrorists in these types of attacks. These barriers make such an attack impossible. Some of the best anti-ram vehicle barriers in the industry are made by a company called Gibraltar.
4. Body armor
Soldiers are inevitably going to be fired upon when they are involved in operations on enemy soil. Therefore, it is imperative that these soldiers are outfitted with body armor that is able to sufficiently protect them in the event that they are hit with a bullet or shrapnel from a bomb. Body armor has been around in various forms for many years. However, it has certainly come a long way in terms of its protective capabilities. The body armor that is issued to American soldiers can now stop bullets fired from guns that were previously thought to be unstoppable. This body armor is also designed to prevent knives from being able to penetrate it. It is not an exaggeration to say that these advances in body armor technology have already saved thousands of American lives.
A US Candidate for Presidency’s speech for his or her outlook of having Middle East the peace it needs could be the boon or bane of his or her presidential campaign, according to experts. Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders is about to lay out his vision and plans for the peace in the Middle East.
Sanders, known for criticising the economic inequality in the United States, is Jewish. He pled for a more humane handling of the Israel-Palestine conflict.
“To be successful, we have to be a friend not only to Israel, but to the Palestinian people, where in Gaza, they suffer from an unemployment rate of 44 percent—the highest in the world—and a poverty rate nearly equal to that,” Sanders said, according to a prepared text of his remarks.
He then moved on to talk about the Islamic militant group ISIS. He said the failure of Middle East nations to stop ISIS is the failure of wealthy elites in the nations. He said that Qatar’s $200 billion funding on the World Cup Soccer Stadium is enough to help the Middle East outfit its forces to fight terrorism in its area.
Sanders pointed out that the wealthy and powerful nations in the region should no longer depend on the United States to help them.
Observers fear that the UK-EU referendum date may create a credit squeeze for the United Kingdom. The Bank of England had pledged to provide extra bank funding to ensure this would not happen. The move has increased fears that Britain could face fiscal destabilisation, which may unhinge its delicate financial markets.
On June 23, UK citizens will vote for the UK to stay in or get out of the European Union. For three days, the Bank of England will open its lending facility as a precautionary measure to help Britain’s financial sector from suffering an immense credit crunch. Two days before the referendum and a day after, the Bank of England will support short-term borrowing.
According to a Royal Bank of Scotland report on risks, the political ramifications of increasing economic and operational security may affect the referendum’s outcome.
“The referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU during this parliament increases economic and operational uncertainty. The result may also give rise to further political uncertainty regarding Scottish independence,” it said.
Barclays’ separate report indicates the UK is better with the EU:
ued its customers would be better off if the UK stayed in the EU, said last week: “In the UK, the referendum on EU membership gives rise to some political uncertainty and raises the possibility of a disruptive and uncertain exit from the EU, with attendant consequences for investment and confidence.
A great number of European countries are sealing its borders, indicating that Europe’s unification on the refugee crisis is significantly fragmented.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is trying to salvage its open door-policy as Balkan routes see closed doors from growing numbers of EU countries.
Four anti-immigration eastern European countries demanded for new EU policies by the following month. Hungary’s zero-immigration might be imported to the Balkans to seal Macedonia’s border. This would clog refugee numbers in Greece until they are deported back to Turkey.
The planned bottleneck could cause a security and humanitarian emergency within days from Greece. It would be cut off from the Schengen free-travel zone due to the bottleneck. Greece’s failure to secure the maritime border for Turkish immigrants may have it face temporary eviction from Schengen.
Support for Merkel’s policy is fading. Austria announced stiffer border controls this February. It said it would limit migrant entry to 3,200 daily from Friday.
According to a European Commissioner, “you can’t have 20 EU countries refusing to take in refugees.”
Merkel’s policies are also under fire from Germans despite many voicing out providing support for refugees affected by war, terror and prosecution.
The poorest, impoverished communities will contribute to the rapid spread of infections in Asia and African communities, leaving the countries vulnerable to the disease when it arrives.
Zika, a disease that is believed to cause microcephaly among unborns and newborns, is transmitted by mosquito bites. Lately it has been proven that blood transfusion and sexual intercourse could also spread the disease. A Texas patient contracted the disease through sexual transmission.
Thailand was the first Asian country to confirm a man who contracted the virus. Meanwhile, in Indonesia, a domestic case of the virus had been reported.
WHO Expert Anthony Costello said that the disease born in South America can leave the country and travel to other countries. According to him 25 countries have already reported Zika Cases.
Zika was first found in Uganda in 1947, causing mild flu-like symptoms and a rash. The WHO suspects the virus as responsible for the rapid rise of microcephaly many regions. The disease halts the brain development in unborns and newborns, causing their heads to shrink in size.
Meanwhile, previous pandemics, including MERS that killed 36 people and a few hundred more in the Middle east is declared officially ended.
For many investors, oil makes up a big chunk of their investments. Oil recently fell in value due to overproduction. Iran’s re-entry into the global oil market spells doom for Saudi Arabia, Dubai and other oil producing countries.
Investors both rejoiced and feared at the less-than-$30-a-barrel of oil.
Oil isn’t the biggest issue for many analysts. The country’s vast natural resources and a huge population of young consumers would upset the balance of supply and demand in the global market today.
On Wednesday, oil had extremely dropped in value upon the opening of the market. The US Dow Jones industrial average closed down by 1.56% after it failed twice earlier the same day.
Analysts view the US energy industry is the one to suffer heavily from the oil price drop from Iran. North Dakota and Texas are to suffer immensely with companies making u-turns in investments and costs as overproduction bears down on the industry.
However, lower oil prices could mean US consumers’ activities may increase. Consumer spending increases can help propel the US economy at a significant but limited rate.
Iran’s 30% population of investors ranging from 65 dollar-millionaires to 4 dollar-billionaires may also contribute to the US luxury properties market. As they are expected to improve the value of London’s properties, analysts said that for the US and Europe, property markets may improve the same manner Singapore and Hong Kong investors improved real estate in many Western countries.
For thousands of years, Sunni and Shia Muslims have failed to find a compromise between their beliefs. Most forces behind the Arab Spring have stemmed from oppressed Sunni or Shia Muslims ruled by opposing parties. The revolutions have swiftly returned to a certain normalcy, only replaced by the majority party that won during the Arab Spring.
Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a driving force behind the Arab Spring of 2011, was executed by Saudi Arabian Authorities. The Sheikh was a Shia Muslim, which Iran strongly upholds. Iran had condemned the execution. Meanwhile, Sunni Muslims in Saudi Arabia support its decision to execute the Sheikh.
The sectarian division has the same single God named Allah. Both use the Quran and have similar verbal records of the Prophet Muhammad’s teachings. however, due to believers’ disagreements to the successor of Prophet Muhammad in the 7th Century, conflict broke out between the two Muslim parties.
Shia Muslims are only 10 per cent in the Middle East and are about 100-250 million in the world. Shia came from the shi’atu Ali, who believed Ali ibn Abi Talib, Mohammed’s cousin and son-in-law is eligible for leadership.
Sunni Muslims believe that Ahl al-Sunnah belive the caliphate should succeed Muhammad’s bloodline. Sunni Muslims have a bigger population in the world with 1.5 billion, making up 90 per cent of the religion.
Religious belief and sectarian divide is stronger than a country’s borders in the Middle Eastern region. This was proven by sectarian tension in the 70s with the Iranian revolution and the Afghan War.
The sectarianism, according to analysts would only worsen in the coming years.
The Law Society has condemned the Autumn Statement’s proposals as it would undermine the right of personal injury claims victims to get proper compensation.
According to Law Society President Jonathan Smithers:
“The Law Society is gravely concerned that these proposals will completely undermine the right of ordinary citizens to receive full and proper compensation from those that have injured them through negligence.
“These proposals will stop people obtaining legal advice for all personal injury claims below £5,000 and stop people claiming for often debilitating injuries arising from road traffic accidents if these injuries are considered minor.
“This is a fivefold increase in the present level of cases currently within the small claims procedure, benefiting those who have negligently harmed people and will result in more people trying to work their way through a complex court system without any legal advice.”
“People recovering from their injuries will have to bring claims as litigants in person (without any legal advice) and this can be very unfair because those defending the claims can often afford to pay for legal advice.”
UK Chancellor George Osborne proposed to increase the small claims court’s limit from £1000 to £5000 to decrease the number of injury claims and address the compensation culture.
EAD Senior Partner Steve Cornforth criticised the Chancellor for addressing a fictional issue such as the “mythical compensation culture”. He claims the culture was created by the media and insurers to “alarm us all without having substantial evidence of its existence.