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Reduction of air pollutants in the UK, a progress

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, February 17th, 2018

UK environmentalists have welcomed the overall drop in pollutants from cars and lorries.

Total emissions from motor vehicles fell 12% from 2012 to 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics.

However, the UK remains in breach of European limits for nitrogen oxides in 16 cities.

Nonetheless, environmentalists have welcomed the overall drop in pollutants from cars and lorries.

The UK has been given a final warning from Brussels about its failure to bring down nitrogen oxide levels in cities to acceptable levels.

The government has registered significant progress though in reductions of another gas, the sulfur dioxide.

The report said sulfur dioxide emissions decreased by 29% from 2015 to 2016, dropping to a new low.

This is mainly thanks to the steady closure of coal-fired power stations in the country.  — Reuters

 

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Lawmakers criticize Facebook’s Zuckerberg for UK no-show, ‘Fake Zuckerberg’ demonstrates

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

 

Still of empty Zuckerberg chair and international lawyers | REUTERS

Facebook came under fire on Tuesday (November 27) from lawmakers from several countries who accused the firm of undermining democratic institutions and lambasted chief executive Mark Zuckerberg for not answering questions on the matter.

Facebook is being investigated by lawmakers in Britain after consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which worked on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, obtained the personal data of 87 million Facebook users from a researcher, drawing attention to the use of data analytics in politics.

Concerns over the social media giant’s practices, the role of political adverts and possible interference in the 2016 Brexit vote and U.S. elections are among the topics being investigated by British and European regulators.

While Facebook says it complies with EU data protection laws, a special hearing of lawmakers from several countries around the world in London criticized Zuckerberg for declining to appear himself to answer questions on the topic.

Richard Allan, the vice president of policy solutions at Facebook who appeared in Zuckerberg’s stead, admitted Facebook had made mistakes but said it had accepted the need to comply with data rules.

Facebook has faced a barrage of criticism from users and lawmakers after it said last year that Russian agents used its platform to spread disinformation before and after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, an accusation Moscow denies.

Campaign group Avaaz held a stunt outside parliament, where a campaigner posed for photographs wearing a large fake head depicting Zuckerberg. — Reuters

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Prince Harry and wife Meghan expecting first baby next year

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

 

FILE PHOTO: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Image via REUTERS

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are expecting their first child in the spring of 2019, around a year after their glittering wedding injected Hollywood glamour into the British royal family.

The baby will be seventh-in-line to the British throne.

British media said Meghan was believed to be about 12 weeks pregnant.

“Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public,” the palace said in a statement.

The child will not be a prince or a princess unless the queen authorizes such a title before the birth. Instead, royal experts said if a boy, the child would officially be styled the Earl of Dumbarton – one of Harry’s subsidiary titles – and Lady Windsor if a girl.

The news emerged shortly after the royal couple landed in Australia for their first overseas tour, a busy trip which will also take in New Zealand and the South Pacific islands of Tonga and Fiji. — Reuters

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Shooting traumatizes multi-ethnic community in Manchester

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, August 13th, 2018

Police officers standing at the attack scene (Screenshot via Reuters video)

 

A multi-ethnic community in the UK’s Manchester City is facing a fresh trauma caused by a shooting incident during which 10 people, including two teenagers, were injured on Sunday morning.

The city was celebrating its annual Caribbean Carnival a day earlier when the streets were filled with laughter and joy, yet merely hours later, around 02:30 on Sunday morning, gunshots shattered the street party and everything was thrown into chaos.

Manchester, which has just managed to get back on its feet after the arena bombing in May last year, is again on its edge, with many fearing that the shooting might be related to terrorism.

“We were all out there enjoying ourselves, then all of a sudden somebody came, all masked up, and then they just started shooting into the crowd, I believe 10 people have been hurt,” said a local resident.

Local police, who are still talking with witnesses in an effort to identify a suspect who is still at large, said that the firearm used in the shooting is a shotgun. The case has now been treated by the police as an “attempted murder”.

Reflecting the case, a local resident expressed her grave concern over the incident’s fallout.

“I worry about the amount of funds that [are] coming to the community to help young people. I worry about the fact that the councils can do more but choose not to do that. I worry about the fact that people are not preventing situations and that they are coming in, looking for, you know, scapegoats and pointing fingers at young people. They have nowhere to go. They’ve shut down youth clubs, they’ve shut down centers, they’ve shut down support groups,” said the resident. — Reuters

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