Welcome to the Weekly Bulletin of News for Monday 26th February 2018. Here is a brief summary of the news emanating from the world in the past week.
- Multiple people have been killed following an explosion in Leicester. A blast took place at around 7pm yesterday evening, with local residents describing the blast as being like an ‘earthquake’. The explosion affected a retail shop and a two-storey flat above it. At least five people have been confirmed dead unfortunately, with some people still unaccounted for. At this point, the cause of explosion is unknown.
- Europe is facing a cold month ahead – with weather from Siberia set to bring a cool breeze for many weeks. The United Kingdom and Scandinavia are expected to be hit the hardest.
- In a first, Saudi Arabia is to allow women to apply for military roles. While the roles aren’t believed to be combat-based, it is an important step for activists.
- The Winter Olympics – being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea – has finished, with the closing ceremony bringing an end to the action.
- Popular fast-food restaurant KFC are slowly starting to reopen stores, following last week’s disaster which saw many of its 700 UK stores closed over a shortage of chicken.
- The Leader of the Labour Party – Jeremy Corbyn – has been speaking about Labour’s plans for Brexit, and announced that they back a customs union membership.
- 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.
- The Weinstein Company are expected to file for bankruptcy, after eleventh hour talks with a potential investor ultimately failed. This comes after the Hollywood abuse scandal of last year, which rocked the company.
- Talks over Brexit continue.
- The Sony XperiaXZ2 looks to be one of the most impressive phones yet – with some announcements being made based around the upcoming handset suggesting the company is aiming to improve its 1% market share of smartphones.
- 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.
- University strikes have affected over 60 institutions in the United Kingdom – with lecturers engaging in fourteen days of strike action.
- 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.
- 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 one of the most infamous unsolved cases of all time – the Zodiac Killer. The article examines the case in detail. Take a look for more!
From the team at UniEel, good luck for the week ahead.