Tuesday, April 16

Day: May 5, 2018

Friendship Apps: A Good Way To Meet People
Featured, Technology

Friendship Apps: A Good Way To Meet People

    I recently bumped into someone I went to school with and because I wasn’t doing anything in particular we ended up in a bar together. After a few glasses of wine, the friend, Tara, admitted that she was really, really lonely. I was expecting her to bemoan a lack of romantic life, but she didn’t. Instead, she went on to describe how, since leaving university and getting a job, she’d lost touch with a lot of her friends, and was struggling to make new ones. The problem is, by the time you're an adult, you are supposed to have a set of friends for life. But I don’t. And how am I supposed to go out as a grownup and make new ones? It's so tragic, but when I look at my social media friends and see their lives are a whirl of parties, weddings and holidays... I feel like a...
Plan to ban hybrid cars from 2040
Featured, United Kingdom

Plan to ban hybrid cars from 2040

    New cars unable to travel at least 50 miles on electric power might be banned by 2040, it has been reported. It was announced last year that the sale of new petrol and diesel cars would be banned by 2040, but the impact on hybrids was unclear. Only cars with a zero emissions range of at least 50 miles may escape the ban, according to Autocar. The measure will be included in the Government’s Road To Zero Strategy aimed at tackling air pollution, the car magazine reported. Some 99% of new cars available now would be outlawed if such a rule is introduced, including popular hybrid models such as the Toyota Prius. A Department for Transport (DfT) spokeswoman said: “It is categorically untrue that Government is planning to ban the sale of hybrid cars in the UK by 2040....
May and Corbyn strike positive note after local elections
Featured, United Kingdom

May and Corbyn strike positive note after local elections

    Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have both talked up the performances of their parties following the local elections. Fears of a difficult set of results for the Tories proved unfounded, as they managed to hold on to a number of London councils and make gains in Brexit-supporting areas of the North and Midlands, suffering a net loss of 30 seats. There were bright spots for Labour - including its best performance in London since 1971 and victories in Kirklees and Plymouth - but the party failed to match pre-poll expectations of widespread gains. The Liberal Democrats saw an uptick in fortunes, gaining control of four councils and performing well in Remain-backing areas. UKIP, meanwhile, experienced an electoral bloodbath, losing more than 120 councillors. The performa...
UK seeks to sabotage EU satellites
Europe, Featured

UK seeks to sabotage EU satellites

    Galileo is Europe’s rival to the global positioning system developed and controlled by the US in the multibillion-dollar satnav market Philip Hammond wants to sabotage the EU’s €10bn Galileo satellite navigation project by attempting to disrupt the transfer of sensitive encryption technology from Britain. In an escalation of a row over UK participation in Galileo after Brexit, the chancellor told cabinet colleagues last week that the government could seek retribution after Brussels proposed banning British companies from sensitive parts of the project. The move comes as Downing Street confirmed that Britain would seek to launch its own satellite navigation system by the mid-2020s, as revealed by the Financial Times, should the European Commission maintain its stance...
North Korea changes time zone to match South Korea
Asia, Featured

North Korea changes time zone to match South Korea

    North Koreans will set their clocks ahead by 30 minutes on Saturday, as the country moves to match its time zone to South Korea's for the first time since 2015. The country's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Friday that the North would adjust its timezone in order to speed up the process for the North and the South to become one. The BBC provided a translation of the report. The adjustment comes hours after President Trump announced that he had set a date and time for a key meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, though he did not say when or where that encounter would take place. Trump is expected to meet with Kim in late May or sometime in June. The talks will mark the first such meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Ko...