Weekly Bulletin: Mon 12 Feb 2018

Welcome to the Weekly Bulletin of News for Monday 12th February 2018. Here is a brief summary of the news emanating from the world in the past week.

 

Headline

  • The 2018 Winter Olympics has started in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Over the next two weeks, a range of winter-based events will be taking place. The first few days of the event has been greeted by high attendances – with patrons not put off by the weather – which is heavily in the minus figures! 92 nations will be participating in 102 events!

 

World

  • Unfortunate news emanating from Russia – with Saratov Airlines Flight 703 crashing, and killing all 71 members on board. An investigation is underway. This is the first commercial aviation disaster since November 2016.
  • The charity Oxfam has come under fire amid allegations that workers used sex workers in Haiti on a supposed aid mission. Oxfam has been accused of concealing evidence relating to the use of prostitutes in 2011.
  • In the latest fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the State of New York are set to sue the Weinstein Company – citing lack of staff protection.

 

UK

  • There has been renewed debate over the terms of lifelong anonymity, following convicted killer Jon Venables’ latest return to prison. Venables is known for having murdered 2-year old James Bulger back in the early 1993. Upon release in 2001, he was given a new identity – which has remained secret ever since.
  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced more plans for the wedding. It will be held on May 19, with a start time of 12:00pm.
  • A series of Freedom of Information requests have revealed worrying mental health statistics at UK Universities, with concerns being raised over waiting times. See our full article here.

 

Business

  • Retail chain Sports Direct is set to offer e-sports products in their stores soon – a first for the chain!
  • Aldi have been named as the UK’s favourite supermarket chain, beating competition such as Lidl, Tesco and Sainsbury’s. Consumer group Which? carried out their annual survey to determine the results.

 

Politics

  • Talks over Brexit continue, although it is believed some progress has been made in recent times.

 

Technology

  • The website of the Winter Olympics was hit by a cyber attack on the February 9 – causing the website to temporarily go offline.
  • In a worldwide first, Amazon have opened a supermarket with no checkouts – using sensors to track customers, where they will eventually bill their payment card upon exit from the supermarket. See the full story here.

 

 

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Education

 

From UniEel

 

From the team at UniEel, good luck for the week ahead.

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