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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Talks over Brexit continue, although it is believed some progress has been made in recent times.
- 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.
- A UniEel study into 64 University’s has found there has been widescale spending on library fines – amounting to £2.2M purely for the 2016-17 academic year. It is the latest controversy in the higher education sector.
- A student ‘horror house’ has been uncovered in Liverpool, with students living in a house full of damp. See our article here for more.
- Prospective student’s from around the country continue to apply to University. Check out our advice section for help with this.
- This week’s Editor’s choice is an article that looks at the Rise of the Kardashian family – just how did they achieve this abnormal level of fame? They have been referred to as America’s Royal Family. Take a look at their history!
From the team at UniEel, good luck for the week ahead.