News Round Up – w/c 6.2.17

News Round Up – w/c 6.2.17

Here are this week’s headlines:

Shares in Twitter fall

Share prices in social media giant Twitter have fallen by nearly 10% following the company reporting losses of nearly £133 Million in the final quarter. This was the companies slowest quearterly growth since it became a publicly listed company (PLC) in 2013 – essentially this means that the company could trade its shares freely on the stock exchange and that the public now hold shares within the company.

Although active user numbers increased, the income that the company received from advertising on its social media dropped and both the user numbers and revenues where much lower than what analysts expected.

It is interesting to see how the companies analysts expected Donald Trump’s use of twitter to lead to growth following his continuing controversial use of the social media site as President of the US.

Read more on Bloomberg.

Leaked data suggests that A&E waiting times in January 2017 were the worst ever

Leaked data suggest that a record number of patients spent more than four hours in Accident & Emergency units in January 2017, which has been the worst month in the past 13 years. The figures are compiled by NHS Improvement, an NHS regulator.  

The figures show that 82% of patients were dealt with in four hours. The target number for this is 95%. It also states that over 60,000 people waited over four hours for a hospital bed. Over 780 people waited longer than 12 hours. However, in the past thirteen years, there has been an increasing demand for A&E, which increases the pressure that the NHS faces.

Figures also suggest that targets for cancer and people forced to wait on trolleys have also been missed. Delayed transfers of care, commonly referred to as bed blocking, is the highest on record. Ambulance response times have also been missed.

The BMA has stated that the Prime Minister, Theresa May, could no longer “bury her head in the sand” over increasing NHS pressures. The group has accused the government of failing to comprehend and act on how serious this situation is. In addition, the Labour party has said that the government has “lost control” of the NHS.

A spokesman for the Department of Health has stated that the majority of patients were treated quickly. He also stated that hospitals were supported by an extra £400 million in funding.

Read more on the BBC or ITV News.

Teen couple charged with planning a terror attack in Australia

Married couple, both aged 19years of age, are being held in custody on suspicion of planning a terror attack in Sydney, Australia. Sameh Bayda and Alo-Bridget Namoa have been charged with ‘conspiracy to do an act, or acts in preparation for, or planning, a terrorism act or acts’.

According to the Australian Federal Police, the charge holds a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The pair were already in custody for lesser charges after being arrested in the early months of 2016. However, further evidence collected by the New South Wales counter-terrorism police on Wednesday has increased their charges.

Evidence against Mr Bayda indicates that he collected instructions on how to make an improvised explosive device and commit a stabbing attack. Similarly, evidence against Ms Namoa states Namoa was recklessly possessing a hunting knife and instructions relating to a homemade bomb.

The pair also failed to attend a preliminary hearing in Sydney Central Local Court on the day of the upgraded charges. Magistrate Alexander Mijovich has said the trial needs to progress as the new evidence doesn’t not contain any information the courts were unaware of. He comments “It needs to proceed, it can’t just keep on meandering along now that they’ve sorted out the charges and the brief”.

Thus, the trial continues the 15th of March. 

Read more on the BBC.

Kenya’s High Court blocks closure of World’s largest refugee camp

Plans to close the world’s biggest refugee camp, and to send refugees back to their countries, has been prevented by the country’s High Court. The camp, set up in 1991, is the size of a city and accommodates approximately 260,000 Somali refugees. Judges deemed these plans to be an act of persecution, saying that ministers had acted beyond their jurisdiction. Rights groups, such as Amnesty International, have called the judgment historic. However, despite the court’s decision, more than 51,000 refugees have already returned to Somalia. Many refugees who were planning to resettle in the US have already been returned to the camp following Trump’s recent implementations. The government plans to appeal the decision, claiming that the camp has become a site of terrorism and illegal activities, with the group al-Shabaab supposedly recruiting there. The country is already building a 700km long fence along the border between Kenya and Somalia.

Read more on the BBC, The Independent and The Guardian.

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