Welcome to the Weekly Bulletin of News for Monday 30th April 2018. Here is a brief summary of the news emanating from the world in the past week.
- Sainsbury’s and Asda – two of the largest supermarkets in the United Kingdom, could be merging soon. Sainsbury’s have been in discussion with Asda’s owner Walmart regarding a sale. The merger would lead to the firm instantly becoming the biggest supermarket in terms of market share in the United Kingdom. Tesco is currently the market leader, though this could soon change. The merger is partly in response to the threat of German budget supermarkets Aldi and Lidl.
- There appear to have been positive discussions between both North Korea and South Korea in recent days. The talks took place in the demilitarised zone of the area between the two nations.
- American comedian Bill Cosby has been found guilty of sexual assault in a case that was being retried following a 2017 mistrial.
- Missile strikes appear to be ongoing in Syria.
- Amber Rudd has resigned from her position as Home Secretary in response to the Windrush scandal. Sadid Javad will take her place.
- Returning to the aforementioned Sainsbury’s/Asda merger, Sainsbury’s have promised that prices will be cut as a result of the amalgamation.
- 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.
- Sticking on the merger-theme, and T-Mobile are set to merge with Sprint in an enormous telecoms deal worth $26bn. T-Mobile and Sprint are currently America’s third and fourth largest telecoms company respectively.
- Sajid Javid has considerable work to do with his new position as Home Secretary.
- Talks over Brexit continue.
- Martin Lewis – the founder of MoneySavingExpert – has announced he will be seeking damages after Facebook failed to address concerns over fake adverts on the site, which featured Lewis against his wishes.
- 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 the Mysterious Disappearance of explorer Percy Fawcett, who went missing in the Amazon rainforest area of Brazil. Theories and information on the case are discussed. Take a look!
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