Tuesday, February 20

Day: August 23, 2016

Women are genetically programmed to have affairs
ENGLISH, Life Style

Women are genetically programmed to have affairs

    Are people genetically predisposed to cheat? Women are predisposed by their genetics to have affairs as "back-up plans if their relationships fail. The University of Texas study challenges the assumption humans have evolved to have monogamous relationships. The team's research has put forward the "mate-switching-hypothesis" which says humans have evolved to keep testing their relationships and looking for better long-term options. The senior author of the research, Dr David Buss, told the Sunday Times: "Lifelong monogamy does not characterise the primary mating patterns of humans. "Breaking up with one partner and mating with another may more accurately characterise the common, perhaps the primary, mating strategy of humans." For our distant ancestors – when disease, poor ...
First bank imposes negative interest rates
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

First bank imposes negative interest rates

    As Royal Bank of Scotland started charging some clients to hold their cash, its chairman has questioned the effectiveness of ultra-low interest rates and called for a rethink of monetary policy. From Monday, RBS will charge interest to about 70 customers, such as banks and pension funds, on the cash they place with the state-controlled bank as collateral for trading complex financial products. It is the first time a bank has imposed charges for sterling holdings since the BoE halved interest rates to a new record low of 0.25% on 4 August and restarted its quantitative easing (QE) programme of government bond purchases. The BoE relaxed monetary policy in an effort to support the economy following the vote to leave the EU by discouraging banks from hoarding cash. RBS’s chair...
EU Summit: Europe must work closer on defence after Brexit
ENGLISH, Europe

EU Summit: Europe must work closer on defence after Brexit

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) and French President Francois Hollande (L) The EU must sharply increase cooperation on defence and intelligence to combat Islamic terrorism and other threats, the leaders of France, Germany and Italy said, as they insisted that they were not disheartened by Britain’s historic decision to leave the bloc . Standing on the deck of a huge Italian aircraft carrier, the Giuseppe Garibaldi, Francois Hollande, Angela Merkel and Matteo Renzi acknowledged that Europe faced the forces of “disintegration” and grave threats, including terrorist attacks, the war in Syria and the migration crisis. It was a highly symbolic venue – the Garibaldi is coordinating the EU's migrant rescue operation in the Mediterranean, a...
US Sends 100 Troops to Secure Besieged Afghan City
America, ENGLISH

US Sends 100 Troops to Secure Besieged Afghan City

    The U.S. sent about 100 troops to shore up defenses in a southern Afghan city in the midst of a major Taliban summer offensive that has pushed the country's security forces to the brink. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook confirmed the deployment of U.S. forces at a press briefing on Monday. "They've gone down there to assist the police zone headquarters and their leadership team with a focused train, advise and assist mission," Cook told reporters, adding "This will not be a permanent presence." The troops will attempt to help the Afghans hold on to the city of Lashkar Gah, the southern capital of Helmand province. Helmand province is the epicenter of Afghanistan's illegal but lucrative opium industry, which is estimated to generate $3 billion each year in one of the poo...
UN warns: Europe must not cower behind borders in face of post Brexit immigration crisis
ENGLISH, United Nation

UN warns: Europe must not cower behind borders in face of post Brexit immigration crisis

    The UN special representative for international migration also defended Jean-Claude Juncker after he said borders are 'the worst invention' The United Nations has warned that Europe is on the brink of another immigration crisis and told countries facing it they must not “cower behind borders” in the wake of the UK’s Brexit vote. Peter Sutherland, the UN special representative for international migration reported that 95,000 people had already made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean from Africa to Italy this year. With the summer high season beginning the numbers are expected to rise as high as 170,000, despite thousands already having drowned trying to make the trip. There are already 140,000 migrants, mainly from Libya, who are living in camps in Southern Italy...