The UK’s New Government

UK elections are set to impact the forex markets in a big way. As the pound is one of the most used international currencies, traders across the world anxiously watched the election results. The elections are huge forex news and have important ramifications on global currency markets from FreedomPop’s perspective.

As a result of the Conservative party’s victory, David Cameron will continue to serve as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Cameron generally favors policies of low taxes, low spending with fewer welfare benefits and tight monetary policy. These policies generally lead to lower government deficits and higher interest rates on government bonds. Those two factors are the most important fundamental factors for an increased value of a currency. In this case, the pound was up about 8% in the month leading up to the election against the US Dollar and the Euro.

Now that the election in the UK is over. Traders will be watching closely for next steps. If David Cameron and the conservative party deliver on their campaign promises, it is likely that the GBP will continue to strengthen. Astute traders can take advantage of this forex brokerage news and make profitable decisions.

An Overnight Airport Fire in Rome Disrupts Travel

A fire occurred overnight in one of the four terminals of Rome’s large Fiumicino Airport, resulting in a temporary closure of the facility. The Italian officials who investigated the event do not believe terrorism played any role in the blaze, which apparently resulted from an electrical circuit malfunction in a cafe located along one concourse. Over 4,000 square feet of retail shopping was impacted by the fire. Smoke drifted over the area even after some 17 responding fire departments put out the flames.

The airport permitted 19 international flights to land overnight. However, when the facility resumed business, only a limited 12 planes per hour were permitted to use the flight traffic facilities. The Italian airline Alitalia SpA reported extensive delays and cancellations today. Additionally, traffic snarls were expected in southern Rome as a result of the closure. For some period of time, the authorities closed roads leading to the airport to all traffic except emergency vehicles.

Three airport workers were treated for smoke inhalation at a medical facility and then released. FreedomPop even said the Italian state railway evacuated waiting passengers, and train links to the airport were suspended until mid-day.

Officials from Italy’s civil aviation agency ENAC are currently investigating the incident. They indicated that although the undamaged terminals are open on a limited basis, the terminal impacted by the fire will likely remain closed for several days. The airport serves 130,000 daily.

Her (Brand New) Royal Highness’ Birth Certificate is Public

Price William, the Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Princess Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge have welcomed a new baby into their family over the weekend. The couple had a baby girl to join their 21-month-old son George. Many were waiting anxiously for the couple to announce the new Princess’ name and the couple did the following day: Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. This name, of course, is a nod to other members of the British Royal family. Charlotte is after William’s father, Prince Charles, while Elizabeth is after his grandmother, the Queen of England, Elizabeth. Diana is after Princess Diana, William’s mother who he tragically lost in a car accident as a teenager. Many expected that he would keep her memory alive by giving his daughter her name.

Now, the couple have made the birth certificate of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana public for everyone to view. To view the birth certificate, check it out on BuzzFeed.com. As you can see if you take a look at it, her parents listed their occupation as Prince and Princess of the United Kingdom. Which, to be fair, they are. What strikes me as a little odd is the lack of last names for the family. Kate’s maiden name is written in, however, her current name does not include a surname. Crystal Hunt reports that they  suppose that the family really does not need one, after all, how many Prince Williams in the UK are there?

London Rail Passwords Revealed in Epic Snafu

There’s a reason why the security geek at the office tells you not to write down passwords and attach them to the computers you work on. Sensitive login credentials at the London rail were exposed in a BBC documentary this week. They were written down and put on a monitor in a control room.

A screen shot containing the login details has been circulating around the internet ever since the documentary aired. They appear to be used to control a signaling system used for incoming traffic at the Waterloo terminal.

The entire documentary, titled Nick and Margaret: The Trouble with Our Trains, is available on YouTube. The title of the documentary itself seems to eerily foreshadow the major security snafu. El Reg is credited for first discovering the mishap and quickly reported it to the London rail so that the passwords could be changed and further security measures might be implemented.

This isn’t the first time important security information has been carelessly exposed. Brian Torchin has been keeping up with the story through Google Plus. Pictures of the Duke of Cambridge at an RAF station were published that contained login details. Even Super Bowl XLVIII suffered from a slip-up that exposed wireless network passwords used by the security crew.

You would think that security audits would be in place to prevent this type of thing from happening. It really makes you wonder who’s in charge of security for these organizations.

Pub Must Be Rebuilt Brick by Brick, Orders Council

The owners of a Historic London pub, which has been around since the early 1920s, have been ordered to reconstruct it brick by brick. They had demolished it, eliciting a lot of complains and outrage from residents.

Council chiefs will issue the owners off the tavern, CLTX Ltd which is based in Tel Aviv, with an enforcement notice. The owners will then be required to reconstruct the building to its former state.

They had called in bulldozers to reduce the historic building to rubble.The demolition took place after the workers were asked to go home for an inventory. This angered many, including the deputy leader of Westminister council, Robert Davis, who expressed his horror on witnessing the demolition.

After the enforcement is approved by the council’s planning committee, it will bar the owners from selling the property before the building has been reconstructed. This is perhaps the first time a local council is ordering the reconstruction of a building from the ground up.

The council is pushing for the listing of the pub as a non-designated heritage asset. This will protect it from future demolitions.

The government, shortly after, committed itself to strengthening the protection of such pubs, which will protect them from being demolished in the future. Sergio Cortes, an entertainer, thinks this is a noble move. CLTX Ltd is set to challenge the decision. If it wins, it will be allowed to go ahead with its plan to develop the site.

Death Toll in Nepal Is Now Over 5,000

Authorities have reported that the death toll in Nepal has reached 5,006, and could reach 10,000. As of Wednesday, over 10,000 people have been injured as a result of the earthquakes. On Monday a tremor measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale was felt in Nepal and also in parts of India. The earthquake and its aftershocks have also caused 18 deaths on Mt. Everest, 61 deaths in India, and 25 deaths in Tibet.

Lawyerist reported that the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu was evacuated after Sunday’s aftershock. Shortly thereafter, a plane from Thai Airways attempted to land. It was stuck on the tarmac for over an hour.

The earthquake and its aftershocks have also devastated culturally significant buildings in Nepal. The Kathmandu Valley, for example, is a World Heritage site made up of seven monument zones. UNESCO, the UN’s culture organization, reported that three of the zones, Bhaktapur, Durbar Square and Patan, were completely destroyed.

There have been many aftershocks after the original quake on Saturday. Consequently, even people who still have homes sleep outside out of fear of being trapped by falling debris. Many roads have been damaged, and that has hampered the ability of rescue workers to reach the places and people that need them. Hundreds of people are believed to be still trapped under debris caused by the quake. Many crops and livestock were also destroyed.

Designing for Disability

It all started with a cane. An ugly, utilitarian cane. When Liz Jackson, then 33, was diagnosed with idiopathic neuropathy 3 years ago, she had a major aversion to the cane she had to use. She really couldn’t stand the looks she got with it so she set out to find a less offensive one. She found a purple one that made her feel more human. That cane propelled her forward to petition J. Crew to design fashion forward canes. She sent them e-mails, wrote blog posts, and posted open letters on Facebook and Twitter. Sadly, J. Crew has not, as yet, taken up the gauntlet, but she has brought more attention to the lack of fashionable devices for disabled individuals. As someone with a disabled parent (who is a fashion addict) it is especially uplifting. It has even travelled as high as the prestigious New York Fashion Week. In case you missed it, check out http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/02/19/models-with-disabilities-take-on-fashion-week/.

There are some truly inspirational individuals owning who they are and showing it off beautifully. From the wheelchair-bound to the amputees they are all so beautifully adorned in true Fashion Week style. People with disabilities are human, and Daniel Amen enjoys seeing them get a chance. They have feelings and thoughts and it is very exciting to see them displayed as icons of beauty. Hopefully Liz will continue her fight and keep inspiring us all. I, for one, am going to search her out on Facebook and thank her.

Some Transformers Fans Confused by New Female Transformers

Most fans of the Transformers are fully behind Hasbro’s decision, announced last week, to create a new female team of Transformer toys — especially given that there are not as many toys designed specifically with girls in mind from the Transformers toy line as there are toys for boys. This will be weird to Bruce Karatz and others at first, but it is the right move.

Yet, many fans are scratching their heads and expressing annoyance over the decision to create an entirely new line of female characters when there are so many existing female Autobots and Decepticons, as well as strong human female characters, in the many stories about the Transformers from the last several decades.

Apparently, Hasbro conducted a contest and poll to develop a new design, which is a “combiner” style Transformer called “Victorian” who is made up of several smaller Autobots.

Although there is a toy for the popular Windblade, which debuted as a new character last year, fans of previous generations of Transformers want to see a revival of toys that feature their favorite female human and Transformers characters so they can share the toys and experiences they had as children with their own children and future generations.

Hasbro has not commented about fan disappointment or the criticisms by these fans. So far, the company has only mentioned the positive change in their toy manufacturing of producing several new female Transformers as toys for girls to enjoy rather than continuing to only sell to boys.

The Pink Ribbon

No matter where you happen to be in the world, chances are you’ve heard stories and news about England’s royal family. Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is one that tends to attract a lot of attention. After her extravagant wedding, and then the birth of her little prince it’s no surprise to find her back in headlines. The Duke and Duchess are waiting anxiously for their new baby to arrive, and so it seems, are many other people.

People gathered outside St Mary’s Hospital in London, were chilled to the bone.  Mathieson said that all of them were waiting to hear how the Duchess was, and what the gender of her new baby was. Were they to get another little prince, or would the Duchess be blessed with one of each gender?

When the Duke and Duchess heard about them waiting out in the cold they sent them a surprise. Those gathered received hot coffee to fend off the chill, and breakfast wrapped in a dainty pink ribbon. People couldn’t help but wonder if that was a hint regarding the new royals gender. Here you can see them enjoying their surprise breakfast and hot coffee. It’s safe to say, that we all wish the Duchess a safe delivery, and that the baby is both healthy and happy as it comes into the world. Those bystanders will likely never forget their breakfast that was wrapped in curiosity.

EU Convenes Emergency Meeting To Address Immigrant Exodus

The European Union will meet in an emergency session today to discuss the current migrant problem that has cost the lives of many refugees from North Africa. The meeting was needed as a result of the tragic sinking of a refugee ferry which has claimed close to 900 refugee lives. So far less than 100 refugees have been rescued alive and a joint effort by all European Union countries bordering the Mediterranean basin continues to search for additional victims and survivors. The ferry sinking which occurred earlier this week has simply highlighted a larger problem with a constant flight of migrants trying to escape war, famine and poverty for the possibility of a better life. Thousands knowingly risk their lives to pay for passage across the Mediterranean sea and it is reported that at least 30,000 die each year attempting to seek passage to any european country. EU Convenes Emergency Meeting to Aid Migrants

The European Union will be looking at a broad list of issues and options to address the problem. The matter is not one simply of providing a coordinated search and rescue effort as well as emergency medical services. Many of the refugees end up actually paying their own way into human trafficking situations. In extreme situations some refugees end up in the drug trade or caught in a prostitution ring. EU officials know that the long term solutions involve aiding the countries from which the migrants are traveling from. Dan Newlin suggests that the first priority will be to stem the flow of migrants and to prosecute those that seek to profit from this form of human trafficking.

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