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Day: May 21, 2016

Black cabs blame Uber for rise in attacks on London’s taxi drivers
ENGLISH, London

Black cabs blame Uber for rise in attacks on London’s taxi drivers

    The arrival of Uber has prompted London’s traditional black-cab drivers to take card payments and introduce CCTV cameras to discourage attacks. A surge has been recorded in violent crimes against London taxi drivers, prompting a fresh spat between Uber and black cabs over who is to blame. New figures from Scotland Yard reveal that violent offences against taxi drivers have risen by more than two-thirds, from 856 in 2014 to 1,403 last year. Black-cab drivers have blamed Uber for the increase, alleging that “poor English” and the inadequate street knowledge of drivers working for the taxi-hailing app company have generated so much frustration among passengers that it has led to violence. Uber has dismissed the criticism, explaining that many private-hire drivers had switche...
House prices face 18% hit if Britain quits EU, says George Osborne
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

House prices face 18% hit if Britain quits EU, says George Osborne

    House prices could take an 18% hit over the next two years and there will be an “economic shock” that will increase the cost of mortgages if the UK votes to leave the EU, George Osborne has warned. The chancellor said he would publish an official analysis next week saying house prices would be lower by at least 10% and up to 18% compared with what is expected if Britain remains in the EU. He made his claim as it emerged that property investors were inserting “Brexit clauses” in commercial deals to allow them to pull out. Speaking at the G7 summit in Japan, Osborne said: “If we leave the European Union, there will be an immediate economic shock that will hit financial markets. People will not know what the future looks like. “In the long term, the country and the people in ...
Cyclone Roanu hits power distribution hard in Bangladesh
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Cyclone Roanu hits power distribution hard in Bangladesh

    The power distribution system was seriously disrupted today, in the cyclone-hit areas of Chittagong, Comilla and other coastal districts. According to official sources, the power supply was suspended immediately after the cyclonic Roanu hit the Barisal-Chittagong coast near Chittagong at noon. It took 4-5 hours to cross the coast, leaving at least 11 people dead in different districts. "Many of our feeder lines connected with power the distribution system went off with the storm making landfall in the areas, and we had to shut down some of them as part of our pre-cautionary measures to avoid major disaster," PDB director Saiful Hasan told UNB. He said the PDB and other power entities were instructed to take precautionary measures before Roanu made the landfall. "Despite th...
Armed man tried to enter The White House with a weapon
America, ENGLISH

Armed man tried to enter The White House with a weapon

    The Secret Service has shot an armed man outside the White House, according to US officials. Police told ABC News that a man brandished a weapon at a security checkpoint near the building and was shot in stomach. The White House was briefly placed on lockdown after the shooting on Friday. President Barack Obama was golfing in Maryland at the time. The man was transported to hospital with critical injuries, officials said. Vice-President Joe Biden was in the White House at the time. He was taken to a "secure area" during the incident, White House officials said. The White House has seen a number of security incidents in recent years, prompting changes at the executive complex. In April, Secret Service caught an intruder climbing over the White House fence. In 2014, Iraq War...
First Images Of Egypt Air Jet Crash Debris
ENGLISH, Europe

First Images Of Egypt Air Jet Crash Debris

    Pictures have been posted online showing debris from the EgyptAir jet that came down in the Mediterranean on Thursday. The images show items from the stricken plane, including a child's life jacket and what appears to be part of a seat. The images were posted online on Facebook by an Egyptian army spokesman. Analysis of the debris is likely to be key to determining what happened to the flight. The images were posted after it emerged the plane sent several warning signals about smoke detected in the jet before it crashed. One aviation source said that a fire on board would likely have generated multiple warning signals, while a sudden explosion may not have generated any. Egypt said its navy had found human remains, wreckage and the personal belongings floating in the sea a...