World Anti-Doping Agency Boss Prais...

Sir Craig Reedie, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency, praised his organisation after it discovered the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) was ...


The Costings of British Justice

The recent recession and its consequent slow economic recovery has affected near enough every area of government spending. The Justice system is no ex...

Bomb The Possible Culprit Of A321M ...

US and UK intelligence both point to a bomb on board the MetroJet flight A321M that exploded before it was sent hurtling down the province of Sinai in...

“Northern Powerhouse” D...

According to Prime Minister David Cameron, China is a crucial trading partner for the United Kingdom. ".. the partnerships being made today will se...

World Anti-Doping Agency Boss Praises Organisation For Results On Russian Probe

Sir Craig Reedie, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency, praised his organisation after it discovered the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) was non-compliant with the international sport”s anti-doping code. Russia is indefinitely suspended from all international athletics competitions by the IAAF last Friday after WADA confirmed the state-sponsored systematic doping practices.


Reedie said:

“The message is clear – there will now be greater focus on strengthening compliance work so all anti-doping organisations worldwide are held accountable to deliver robust anti-doping programs.

“Our priority is now on ensuring all our partners are fully compliant and have watertight anti-doping systems that protect clean athletes and reassure sports fans worldwide.

“Make no mistake, we will not rush this process of compliance, we will do it right – the integrity of sport is under threat.

“Anti-doping in sport is under the spotlight today like never before, and WADA, along with our partners, have begun the work needed on the road to recovery for Russia. The world is watching and we have acted.

“We will conduct the necessary meetings with the Russian authorities in respect of the non-compliance status of RUSADA that tests athletes in all sports within Russia.

“A WADA expert team will then meet with the task of ensuring the continuation of testing in Russia. Any information brought forward to me as a result will allow me to make a considered decision on whether or not to extend the independent commission”s mandate.

“The theme of the day has clearly been investigations. I will now write to all public authority stakeholders and ask them to make further contributions specifically to fund anti-doping investigations. Following any commitments made, I will then immediately approach the International Olympic Committee to seek matching funding.”

WADA’s requests for information were repeatedly turned down by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency. This automatically merits RUSADA’s non-compliance, which disables Russian athletes from participating in international competitions.

The Costings of British Justice

The recent recession and its consequent slow economic recovery has affected near enough every area of government spending. The Justice system is no exception: the past two years have seen many changes to cut costs: legal aid has been cut back hugely, arbitration and mediation are to be used wherever possible instead of court time, and there have been changes to the contracts of police station solicitors, to name but a few. The changes came into effect in April 2013 from Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. The people in power call them ‘reforms’.

1The number of civil cases granted funding for legal advice and representation have dropped massively, with the sectors most dramatically affected being family law and social welfare. It is estimated that around two thirds of cases in the family court now feature somebody representing themselves.

Many, in the legal sector included, see the changes as flawed as they in essence limit access to justice to thousands of ordinary people. The European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998 give the right to a full and impartial trial, with proper legal representation for any proceedings. The reforms, it can be argued, are breaching those human rights.

For some areas of law like personal injury compensation, the only chance of justice for an ordinary person is through private solicitors own Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs). Litigants only have to pay their lawyers if and when they win their case, from the money they receive in compensation for their injury. If someone has been injured at work, for example, where there might have been a clear breach of an employer’s duty of care under Health and Safety laws and regulations, the injured party still has to resort to making an injury at work claim privately as this is not covered by state funding. If it were not for CFAs, many people would not be able to afford to seek justice for the wrongs they have suffered.

The legal sector have voiced many concerns over the changes to legal aid etc, before the bill was passed and still after. However the government has its economic targets to focus on instead, and are also busy trying to change human rights legislation… the new British Bill of rights anyone?

Bomb The Possible Culprit Of A321M Crash

US and UK intelligence both point to a bomb on board the MetroJet flight A321M that exploded before it was sent hurtling down the province of Sinai in Egypt. The suspicion had seen the ban of flights from the US and UK to the Sharm el-Sheikh resort.

Egyptian officials said the cockpit voice recorder of the MetroJet was badly damaged in the crash. Investigators are currently analysing the flight’s black box.

The flight came from St. Petersburg to the province after taking off from the Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday. Most pilots were Russian.

No passenger survived the Sinai crash


About 3,500 Britons in the Sharm el-Sheikh resort rescue planes from EasyJet would return to the United Kingdom. However, Egyptian authorities barred the exit for reasons security checks are to be made.

The UK government first announced that Britons would all be returned to the UK by the end of Friday while their heavier luggage stayed for more than seven to 10 days for intensive security checks.

The plane would only allow hand-carried or laptop-sized luggage to be carried with the holidaymakers.

Terrorism Unlikely

While an ISIS representative said the A321 “bombing” was their work, Egyptian authorities were highly sceptical.

The US and the UK suspect the use of a bomb.

Meanwhile, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said the UK’s response to the crisis was premature and unwarranted. Egypt said the airport security had enhanced new measures to handle the situation more effectively.

“Northern Powerhouse” Deals To Come After China-Britain Talks

According to Prime Minister David Cameron, China is a crucial trading partner for the United Kingdom.

“.. the partnerships being made today will see real investment going into the north.”

The “Northern Powerhouse” deal is a government economic plan to open investments to Chinese investors to help the UK push forward economic growth to its maximum.

The North East Combined Authority will transfer powers over transport, strategic planning, employment and skills from the UK central government devolving to the region. In turn, it would build an investment fund with an initial allocation of £30m every year.

China-UK Relationship

As the UK and China are to agree on a number of partnerships to unlock Britain’s potential, China will assign a Beijing firm as a contractor for educational, infrastructure and public works development projects.

Included is the Middlewood Locks regeneration project in Manchester.

Xi and Cameron will attend the Hainan Airlines direct flight route from China to Britain.

Many described the leader of China’s first visit since 2005 monumental as it will bring about the “golden era” of Chinese-British diplomatic relations.

Breaking The Old Model

The devolution of powers from Whitehall England Chancellor George Osborne says is a solution to the broken model of “running everything” from central London.

“It has led to an unbalanced economy and made people feel remote from the decisions that affect their lives.”

He added: “I am determined to end this situation and I want to thank those civic leaders who want to work with us to achieve it.”

Renewable Energy Development Could Modernize Africa In 2030 – IREA

A report from the International Renewable Energy Agency describes Africa’s modernisation could come from an accelerated uptake on renewable energy development in the country. Renewable energy development could lead to quadruple energy production that could contribute to technological developments in the continent.


IRENA views hydropower, solar power and biomass cooking systems as major contributing factors that by 2030, would help Africa quadruple its renewable energy production.

Solar and wind energy production in Africa, spearheaded by supportive policies, allowed the continent to produce floor-priced electricity prices. Biomass, which makes up 50 per cent of energy use in Africa to heat and cook food, is set for reduced indoor pollution development and efficiency development.

IRENA urges other countries to follow the examples of some African governments when it comes to policies for renewable energies and regulatory frameworks.

IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin said the lower prices in African electricity production is due to Africa’s readily-available renewable energy sources combined with advanced energy-production technology.

“Tapping into renewable energy resources is the only way African nations can fuel economic growth, maximise socio-economic development and enhance energy security with limited environmental impact,” he said in a statement. “The technologies are available, reliable and increasingly cost-competitive. The onus is now on Africa’s governments to create conditions to accelerate deployment, paving the way for Africa’s unfettered, sustainable development.”


EU Leaders Agree On Plan To Share 120,000 Refugees

EU leaders approve plan to take in 120,000 refugees from Syria. However, this isn’t enough as the OECD predicts about one million refugees from Syria, Africa and Asia fleeing from war and persecution.

In a majority vote, EU leaders have agreed European countries would share portions of the refugee numbers.

According to EU Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos, it was about time EU showed what it meant with responsibility and solidarity.

The decision comes at a crucial time where the refugee crisis revealed deep cracks in the European bloc with plenty of countries disagreeing with each other, particularly with refugee quotas and safeguarding borders.

The 120,000 refugee numbers are dwarfed by Germany’s own efforts to safeguard about 800,000 refugees. German Chancellor Angela Merkel made it a point to exclude those seeking asylum for their country’s poor economic performance.

The OECD predicts about one million refugees. However, estimates show about 350,000 to 450,000 guaranteed to reach Europe in the coming months.

The spur of refugee efforts come after the photo of a dead Syrian toddler washed up on the beaches of a Turkish resort became viral and struck the ire of plenty of individuals in the Internet.

Hungarian Prime Minister Says He Is Defending Christian Culture Against Muslim Refugees

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said dealing with Syrian refugees is Germany’s problem. He also said he is protecting the Christian culture against Muslims.

Orban, a hardline prime minister of Hungary, attacked the EU asylum quotas being an invitation. He said the migrants don’t want to stay in Hungary and wish to head for Germany, making the problem a German one.

Orban made the statement after hundreds of refugees and migrants stormed trains heading to Western Europe through hungary. The Budapest Keleti line was packed with migrants, many of which fought amongst themselves to board the train.

“Everything which is now taking place before our eyes threatens to have explosive consequences for the whole of Europe,” Orban wrote in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “Europe’s response is madness. We must acknowledge that the European Union’s misguided immigration policy is responsible for this situation.”

“Those arriving have been raised in another religion, and represent a radically different culture. Most of them are not Christians, but Muslims,” he said. “This is an important question, because Europe and European identity is rooted in Christianity. Is it not worrying in itself that European Christianity is now barely able to keep Europe Christian? There is no alternative, and we have no option but to defend our borders.”

Many around the world may well be appalled by Orban’s views, and other European nations are not appearing to share his obvious distrust of the ethnic ‘other’.  The UK is among many others who have recently agreed to take in more Syrian refugees following much publicised struggles of Syrian refugees, in particular that of children dying in the dangerous journey to get to Europe’s safety from Syria.

Thailand Believes International Terrorism Is Unlikely Suspect In Bombing

After the Erawan Shrine and Sathorn Pier bombings, Thai authorities believe suspects only involved a minor group of individuals, suggesting only 10 people were involved in both incidents. The Thai government calls on Interpol and Australian police to aid its investigation.

Thailand said that international terror groups were unlikely suspects in the bombing. National Police Chief Somyot Poompanmoung said the bombers were part of a network of 10 people. No arrests of suspects have been made.

The police had released a sketch of the suspect’s possible facial appearance. The warrant supplied for the suspect described him as an “unnamed foreigner”. However, the police have yet to say how they reached the conclusion.

Junta Spokespoerson Col Winthai Suvaree said:

“Security agencies have cooperated with agencies from allied countries and have come to the preliminary conclusion that the incident is unlikely to be linked to international terrorism,”

The Erawan Bombings had killed 20 people including Asian and Western foreigners and had injured more than a hundred people.

Airlines have asked passengers flying from Singapore to Sydney on Thursday to voluntarily hand some photos of the Erawan shrine to call the Australian police to aid them in their investigation.

Greece Needs 55% Of Debt Cleared To Avoid Permanent Depression

According to the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), Greece requires a wide debt relief to avoid falling back into permanent depression. It warns that Greece can suffer fresh damage from austerity measures demanded by its creditors and it will remain stuck unless it has substantial debt relief.

NIESR expects that the increases in VAT that the Syriza-led government reluctantly accepted for its new bailout will result in a 1% fall in national output for 2016. NIESR said that by the time the Greek economy begins growing again, gross domestic product would drop by 30% than the start of the crisis in 2010. They estimated to be 7% lower before Greece even joined the EU in 2001.

NIESR published the report after the heavy selling of bank shares on the Athens stock market. Five bank shares – National Bank of Greece, Alpha Bank. Piraeus Bank, Attica Bank and Eurobank – suffered double digit losses over 30%, which triggered an automatic trading suspension.

However the main Greek stock market index had a steadier day after posting a decline of just 1%. Banks, hit hard by a combination of a poor-performing economy, deposit flight, the rising number of non-performing loans and the capital controls introduced by the Greek government, will have much relief after clearing more than half of its debt.

Prime Minister Says Extremist Ideology The Struggle Of The United Kindom

Prime Minister David Cameron said “There are people born and raised in this country who don’t really identify with Britain.” The statement is to be said in a keynote speech in Birmingham on Monday as the government cements its strategy to tackle extremist ideology. Cameron said it was the “struggle of our generation.”

Cameron is to argue that people need to realise that Islamist extremism can be attractive to a great group of people and this is crucial to preventing the disaster. Cameron will also announce that the head of the government’s troubled families unit Louise Casey will chair a review of how to boost opportunity in isolated UK communities.

“When people say: ‘It’s because of the involvement in the Iraq war that people are attacking the west,’ we should remind them: 9/11 – the biggest loss of life of British citizens in a terrorist attack – happened before the Iraq war,” Cameron will say.

“When they say that these are wronged Muslims getting revenge on their western wrongdoers, let’s remind them: from Kosovo to Somalia, countries like Britain have stepped in to save Muslim people from massacres. It’s groups like [Islamic State], al-Qaeda and Boko Haram that are the ones murdering Muslims.”

He will continue: “Others might say: it’s because terrorists are driven to their actions by poverty. But that ignores the fact that many of these terrorists have had the full advantages of prosperous families and a western university education.

“I am not saying these issues aren’t important. But let’s not delude ourselves. We could deal with all these issues – and some people in our country and elsewhere would still be drawn to Islamist extremism.”