Burkini Ban is An Attack on Persona...

According to Telegraph Writer Juliet Samuel, Muslim women in France are under fire from politicians who want to ban the Burkini. The fully-bodi...

UK Housing Crisis Is At Its Lowest ...

Families are renting instead of buying new homes all over the United Kingdom. According to the Resolution Foundation's research, Greater Manche...

Assad Should Go To End Syrian Suffe...

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said ahead of international talks that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go if Syrians are to find peace in the...

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Car ...

At least 120 people died after ISIS had launched an attack against Shia Muslims practicing Ramadan in the suburbs of Karada. Using a car bomb, the ...

EIOPA States Regulators Need to Pay Closer Attention to PPI

Many customers have been devastated by the recent PPI crisis. The banks have been heavily criticized for using aggressive and dishonest practices to promote the insurance. Major financial regulators have also received a lot of flak for failing to prevent it. The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority recently stated that the regulators will need to scrutinize PPI much more carefully.

EIOPA Alleges Regulatory Failings

The EIOPA said that the United Kingdom’s financial regulator failed to properly oversee the PPI market. They said that there were serious problems with the state of the financial market and the regulator failed to ensure the proper consumer protections were in place.

Martin Wheatley, Chief Executive of the new Financial Conduct Authority, recently made a similar statement. Wheatley said that the Financial Services Authority failed to create the safeguards needed to prevent such a scandal from occurring. He said that the new agency will be dedicated to preventing financial crises beforehand rather than containing the damage after they arise.

The banks have taken a lot of heat for selling PPI to their customers. They have been trying to fix their reputations and resolve many of the complaints that were filed against them. The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has also shown little mercy on the banks and upheld many of the complaints customers have filed.

However, some critics feel that regulators and the FOS may have gone too far. One customer said that he filed a complaint against his bank long before the scandal gained so much publicity. This customer said that the claim was valid, but is skeptical that all other claims should have been upheld. He believes that many customers may have actually needed the insurance.

Other people share his perspective. They think that some of the claims should have been denied. They are worried that upholding too many claims could eventually create financial risks for the banks. This could make them more reluctant to uphold legitimate claims.

Proper Oversight Needed

The FCA and the EIOPA both feel that these issues will need to be resolved as soon as possible. Wheatley said that his staff is going to be more stringent on overseeing the banks. Banks will be required to work educate customers on the process and teach them how to use a PPI claim calculator to determine the value of their claim.

Burkini Ban is An Attack on Personal Liberty

According to Telegraph Writer Juliet Samuel, Muslim women in France are under fire from politicians who want to ban the Burkini.

The fully-bodied suit designed for swimming while covering up the entirety of one’s body is famous with many Muslim women as it allows them to swim while observing their religious customs.

As France’s increasing security issues increase especially in tourist spots and leisure areas, new measures in Cannes and Villenueve-Loubet are pushing women to observe their customs or just obey the law.

Ms Samuel said that France’s paranoia is understandable due to the attacks on Nice and many other recent Islamic Extremism acts that had cost the lives of many. She added that displaying religious affiliation and belief is far from displaying one’s extremism in belief.

According to Ms Samuel, the real enemies of Europe and anti-terrorism are people who take their belief to heart in their own interpretation. She highlighted that women wearing “obstructive religious clothing like face-coverings” do not disrupt teaching or court hearings.

She said that the Cannes and Villenueve-Loubet rules only display France as a theocratic regime no less different from what both are fighting against.

UK Housing Crisis Is At Its Lowest Level

Families are renting instead of buying new homes all over the United Kingdom.

According to the Resolution Foundation’s research, Greater Manchester along with other cities see a huge reduction in home ownership since the year 2000. Yorkshire and West Midlands — notable for reduced prices in properties — are seeing sharp drops.

In 2003, England saw a huge increase of home ownership in 2003 and 71% of households owned their home. Today, the figure had fallen down to 64% according to the Foundation’s research. The thinktank said it is the lowest since 1986.

The analysis of the foundation highlights the scale of the Prime Minister’s job to improve the housing deficit that she promised.

The report, based on analysis of the latest Labour Force Survey, showed that in early 2016 only 58% of households in Greater Manchester were homeowners, compared with a peak of 72% in 2003. In outer London, the peak in ownership came earlier, in 2000, but the fall was also from 72% then to 58% in February. The West Midlands and Yorkshire have also seen double-digit drops, driven by declines in Sheffield and Leeds.

Stephen Clarke, policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation, said: “London has a well-known and fully blown housing crisis but the struggle to buy a home is just as big a problem in cities across the north of England.”

Assad Should Go To End Syrian Suffering -Johnson

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said ahead of international talks that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go if Syrians are to find peace in the Middle East.

The five-year civil war continues as millions of Syrians are displaced worldwide. The burden of the attacks continue to threaten innocent civilians with most casualties being women and children.

This is in contrast with Mr Johnson’s earlier statement that Mr Assad could be the key to defeating the Islamic State militant group in the country before the new Prime Minister Theresa May had appointed him as diplomat.

“We need someone to provide the boots on the ground; and given that we are not going to be providing British ground forces – and the French and the Americans are just as reluctant – we cannot afford to be picky about our allies,” he wrote.

“We have the estimated 70,000 of the Free Syrian Army (and many other groups and grouplets); but those numbers may be exaggerated, and they may include some jihadists who are not ideologically very different from al-Qaida.

“Who else is there? The answer is obvious. There is Assad, and his army; and the recent signs are that they are making some progress. Thanks at least partly to Russian airstrikes, it looks as if the regime is taking back large parts of Homs. Al-Qaida-affiliated militants are withdrawing from some districts of the city. Is that a bad thing? I don’t think so.”

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Car Bombing in Baghdad

At least 120 people died after ISIS had launched an attack against Shia Muslims practicing Ramadan in the suburbs of Karada.

Using a car bomb, the terrorists had exploded a shopping district in central Baghdad. The second bomb had killed at least 120, making the first day of Ramadan the most deadly day in Iraq’s capital and exposing the holes inside the government’s security.

According to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi three days of mourning for the victims will be observed. He said he would punish the perpetrators of the attacks. He had assured citizens that he will restore security to towns and cities and a semblance of order to the country’s finances.

Corruption has been deep in the Iraqi government according to analysts.

Analysts and observers condlude that the ISIS were targeting families and young people out in the street early to observe Ramadan.

According to an Arab intelligence official in Baghdad, ISIS is attuned to symbolism.

As their Falluja fortress fell to the joint efforts of air attacks and government ground assaults, they needed to pay back for what happened to Falluja.

The intelligence analyst said “They want Abadi to know that they still live among them and despite their losses they will not go anywhere.”

The battle in Syria and against ISIS continues as US-backed militia made up of Syrian Kurds and Arab Fighters are trying to dismantle the second ISIS base of Raqqa and al-Bab, its western stronghold.

Internalised Homophobia an Angle At Ontario Shootout

Investigators revealed that Omar Mateen was not a full-fledged member of the Islamic State. He had only declared his allegiance before his attack in the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse. Mateen was said to have been using gay chat apps and had frequently contacted several regulars – some of which who survived – before he initiated his attack.

According to survivor Ty Smith, he had once conversed with a Mateen that often was drunk in the corner of the bar. Mr Smith described that Mateen would get drunk and become loud. He would also talk about his son and his wife to him and some other regulars.


FBI investigators are convinced that Mateen may have been heavily influenced by radical Islamism but is considering the possibility of the killer’s motive as being that of an internal homophobia inside of him.

According to Mateen’s ex-wife Sitora Yusufiy, Mateen might have had hidden feelings about being gay.

“Although it is not common, it’s not unheard of for people to be violent to other people who are LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) as part of overcompensating for something that they are struggling with themselves,” says Genevieve Weber, who has specialised in counselling people affected by internalised homophobia and now teaches counselling at Hofstra University in New York.

“It’s could be part of the notion, ‘If I differentiate myself enough, I can’t be gay’.”

Researchers say it happens involuntarily, and while Mateen would be a very extreme example, it is an issue that affects many LGBT individuals at some time in their lives.

MPs Call On Government to Take Off EU Links In Government Websites

According to former London Mayor Boris Johnson and 30 other MPs, the government must remove all pro EU-links in the government website by Friday or else it risks breaking the law.

The UK initiates Purdah before every election and referendum. It is the run-up to the election where the government is not allowed to make any major announcements.

Heeding the MPs’ call, Chancellor George Osborne said the government would comply with the rules. He said: “Of course the Government will comply with the law and Government websites will comply with the purdah rules, and we are confident that they do.

“But can I make a general observation. You and I have fought for this referendum, the referendum is taking place, there are some huge issues at stake about Britain’s economy, Britain’s security, Britain’s place in the world.

“We have perfectly honourable disagreements on those big issues. Let’s debate the substance rather than the process and then the British people will feel they’ve had a range of opinions and they can make their mind up.”

However, an insider source said the links would still stay in the website but no new information would be posted or linked to during Purdah.

In a letter, the 30 MPs said:

“We therefore demand that any government web pages carrying material published with the intention of persuading people to vote remain should be taken down before Section 125 of PPERA (Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000) comes into force this Friday.”

Queen To Announce Extended Prison Governor Powers

In the past, it was the monarchy or the government that controlled the budget and daily regimes of prisoners. The prison governors are to work with them and implement them efficiently.

However, the Queen is expected to announce changes in the system through a new bill. Experts consider the bill to be “the biggest shake-up” of the service since Victorian times.

According to British Prime Minister David Cameron, the changes would “extend life chances for all”.

The new bill would allow prison governors of six prisons with the power to budget and manage the daily regimes of their prisoners.

In the bill to be announced later, the governors of six jails will be given control over budgets, decide which rehabilitation and education services to use and be able to change the prison regime and the rules over family visits.

The prisons will be able to enter into contracts and to generate and retain income, the government said, adding that governors would be held accountable by “a new regime of transparency”.

By the end of the year, 5,000 prisoners will be held in the first six “autonomous” prisons, which will be:

  • Wandsworth in south London
  • Holme House, Stockton-on-Tees
  • Ranby, Nottinghamshire
  • Coldingley, Woking
  • Kirklevington Grange, Cleveland
  • High Down, Sutton

Along with this new bill are 21 other bills that would place measures on extremism, driverless cars and unmanned drones – each reflecting the issues surrounding the UK parliament.

The government hopes the proposals would be approved in a year after the speech.

Critics remained vigilant as the new bills contained in the speech could overshadow the EU referendum’s issues.

Plans to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights may be included in the Queen’s speech. Analysts are wary the exact details wouldn’t be found in the speech as of yet.

Leicester City Is Celebrating Its First Premier League Title

In a tight battle between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City, nobody expected the latter to win.

London’s pubs erupted in sheer revelry after Leicester has toppled Tottenham Hotspur, who had hoped to win the title following the 2-2 draw with Chelsea.

Chelsea took home the prize, with bookies seeing the biggest upset in bets for years.

Midland sports fans and players celebrated in almost every pub in the city. Chelsea’s Eden Hazard had taken home the prize for Leicester city.

Leicester Mayor Peter Soulsby said:

“We thought it couldn’t get any better 12 months ago when the eyes of the world were on us as we reinterred the bones of Richard III, but this is even better.

“We are very proud of what is probably the most diverse city in Europe and in fact many people see the team as a metaphor because it shows what you can really achieve when you bring a diverse group of people together.”

According to Former Spurs Chairman Alan Sugar, Leicester City proves  they don’t need £50m players and said “well done, Leicester.”

Even British Prime Minister David Cameron said:

“Many congratulations to Leicester. An extraordinary, thoroughly deserved, Premier League title.”

Yahoo Users Have Been Declining For Years

While Google’s parent company Alphabet gains lots from its search engine component and Microsoft’s Bing and other technologies have helped plenty of offices worldwide, Yahoo’s services fail to appeal to majority of the global spectrum.

Yahoo’s enduring numbers of viewers have made use of its efficient mail system. However, it fails to impress the number of investors willing to take the bullet for it in Wall Street.

The remaining 20 million users in the United States alone is a figure that urges its stockholder to “break-up” the company into small components, especially for its mail system.

Analysts believe its former top-notch software engineers are moving to better prospects in Silicon Valley. Its line of apps fail to impress many users. App Annie said the apps do not rank among the top 50 in Apple’s App store in the United States.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer had delivered her final attempt to save Yahoo.

With failing advertising campaigns for many of its investors, the company would invest more development on mobile advertising.

The latter has shown potential growing by 11 per cent the previous year. The inculcation of video advertisements and other sophisticated forms of advertising had helped the company gain some foothold despite its huge loss of $99 million (£69 million) this year.

The profit of $21 million(£15 million) had helped elevate investor interest but not enough to let the company get another chance at growth.

Steel Industry To Hold Talks With Unions

Observers had blamed British ministers for failing to prevent the “dumping” of Chinese steel in the UK market.

As a result, steel’s prices continue to spiral downward as the steel industry of the United Kingdom face huge obstacles, including the closing of a crucial Talbot plant.

Tata Steel’s Port Talbot plant would close, according to owner Sanjeev Gupta, unless a buyer steps in.

The government had offered financial support including reducing energy costs and taking on pension responsibilities to attract buyers for the port.

Tata Steel said the Port Talbot was part of its loss-making UK businesses.

The steel plant has about 15,000 workers in the United Kingdom.

Tata Steel’s Port Talbot plant crucially supports its operations in Rotherham, Corby and Shotton.

According to Unite Assistant General Secretary Tony Burke, the industry needed a fighting chance. The government and Tata Steel need to come clean with their intentions to discuss further options efficiently.

According to Community union leader Roy Rickhuss:

“By now, no-one underestimates the scale of the challenge we face. We have an entire industry to save and not a lot of time to save it. We must also ensure that we hold Tata to a commitment to be a responsible seller and honour its moral and social duties to UK steel communities.”