France is the First Country To say no Plastic Cups, Plates And Cutlery

In July, France imposed a ban on plastic bags in their country, now France took its anti-plastic stance a step further. France has placed a new law that requires plastic dish manufacturers to start making their products only from biodegradable material by 2020.


This ingenious ban of plastic aims to not only reduce the pollution caused by plastic, but also to lower the energy consumed and waste produced by the plastic processing industry.


While ecologist have welcomed this move, not everyone is happy with this new law. Some contemplate that it opposes European Union rules on free movement of goods and will also hurt the consumers.


“We are urging the European Commission to do the right thing and to take legal action against France for infringing European law. If they don’t, we will,” Pack2Go Europe, an organization representing European packaging manufacturers told The Associated Press.

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Judges who passed sexist comments

“Justice is truth in action” said Benjamin Disraeli, former Prime Minister of United Kingdom. But what is one supposed to do  when the guardians are justice do not follow this principle? You would be shocked, perhaps horrified, to know that in the recent past several Judges have passed such misogynistic comments against victims of sexual abuse that they have driven the victims to consider committing suicide. Such comments from  judges would discourage women from reporting crime.

We have compiled a list of the worst ones for you to see what some victims have to go through.

1. Justice Robin Camp

 This Canadian judge may,hopefully, lose his post over a 2014 year trial case, in which he asked with the victim of rape, ‘why she couldn’t simply keep her knees together’. He kept referring to the victim as the ‘accused’. He told the rape accused that “tell your friends, your male friends they have to be very careful. To protect themselves, they(men) have to be very careful” Because of his comments, Justice Camp has appeared in front of a panel of the Canadian Judicial Council, and this judicial panel is going to decide whether Camp should be removed from the bench.


2. Justice Mark Hulsey

According to Judicial Qualification Commission of Florida,  Judge Mark Hulsey made a sexiest and racial comment on a staff lawyer. During a conversation, Hulsey said black people should “go get back on a ship and go back to Africa”. We think Husley should get on a ship and go to an uninhabited island.


3. Justice Aaron Persky

Although Judge Aaron Persky has not made any mysogyinist comments, he has always given lenient punishments to sexual offendors. The now famous case of Brock Turner is only one such example.  Not only does he give lenient sentences, Persky also creates an environment during trials where victim blaming is an acceptable tactic to protect sexual predators.


4. Justice Mike Maggio

Southern U.S. state Judge Mike Maggio issued an apology after he wrote some anonymous  comments online. He had posted that “sluts are just whores in training”. Justice mike posted this comment on a Louisiana State University fan message board. It was not just this one trashy message but several more. He has said various degrading things about women, minorities, different ethnicities. The list is long! We are not surprised that he recently got sentenced for accepting bribe as a judge.


5. Justice Bhakthavatsala

Judge of Karnataka High Court Justice Bhakthavatsala made oral remarks in an open court. In his remarks justice Bhakthavatsala reportedly said, ‘it was okay for a man to indulge in domestic violence and beat his wife as long as he was taking good care of his wife’.  Thankfully,he was transferred from the case and another judge replaced him.


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Greece’s hundred-year-old bookstore closes due to debt crisis

Athens, Sep 16| The largest bookstore in Greece with 118 years of history, Eleftheroudakis, will be closed on September 30 due to the seven-year debt crisis.


The bookshop chain’s central store, spreading over eight floors in a central Athens avenue close to the parliament, was the last bookstore still operating following the closure of more than two dozen branches in recent years, Xinhua news agency quoted the owners as saying on Thursday.

The chain started as a family business in 1898 with a bookstore on Syntagma square. The Panepistimiou avenue flagship was opened in 1995.

“Friday, September 30, 2016 marks an end and also a new beginning. We are closing our bookstore and we are thinking outside the box,” the Elefteroudakis family statement read.

“We are preparing our next ‘bookshop’, but we will not do it as long as there is not a positive and stable business environment in our country,” said the press release.

The last store’s manager Sofia Eleftheroudakis explained that the capital controls introduced in Greece last year was the last severe blow to the family business, as well as to several other enterprises in the country.

Eleftheroudakis had a 24 million euros turnover in 2008 and about half a million last year, according to the family. The number of employees was gradually reduced from 130 to ten in the same period.

Regarding the new beginning in the future, Sofia Eleftheroudakis said the family would focus on online sales.

In 2013, another historic bookstore, Estia, closed in Athens after 128 years in operation.

Since 2008, more than 400 small bookshops and larger chains have closed, according to the Association of Greek Books. About 1, 500 bookstores are struggling to survive as sales and revenues have dramatically declined in the years of the crisis.


In 2008, the turnover of the market stood at 250 million euros. Last year it was estimated at less than 150 million euros. Despite the reduction of retail prices, sales have shrunk by 50 per cent as the purchasing power of booklovers has decreased due to austerity.

The statement on Eleftheroudakis bookstore closure came a few hours after Irina Bokova, Unesco’s director-general, announced on Wednesday that Athens would be the World Book Capital for 2018.

Athens is the 18th city to be named the World Book Capital by Unesco, undertaking the responsibility to organise a series of events to promote books and reading activities over the year.

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US officially recalls Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Washington, Sep 16| The US government on Thursday officially recalled the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after dozens of reported cases in which batteries exploded or caught fire.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a recall notice that the move will include about one million units of Note 7 that were sold prior to Thursday.

“Consumers should immediately stop using and power down the recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices purchased before September 15, 2016, ” the notice said.

“Contact the wireless carrier, retail outlet or where you purchased your device to receive free of charge a new Galaxy Note 7 with a different battery, a refund or a new replacement device.”

The notice noted that Samsung has received 92 reports of the batteries overheating in the United States, including 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage, including fires in cars and a garage.

Globally, the South Korean has sold about 2.5 million units of Note 7 since the device was officially released in August.

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US world’s most expensive place to give birth

Washington, Sep 16| The US is the most expensive place in the world for women to give birth, the media on Friday cited a new study as showing.

A survey comprising of 14 developed countries undertaken by the UK medical journal The Lancet showed Australia, the second most expensive place, was lagging behind the US, Xinhua news agency reported.

Figures compiled by The Lancet show that the cost of a caesarean section is estimated at $15,500 in the US, which was only $5,000 costlier than in Australia.

A vaginal birth in Australia cost $6,775, while in America it was $10,232.

The report said while high income countries had taken many steps to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality rates, the cost of maternity care could be high and medical liability cost “enormous”.

“Although mortality is generally low, the picture is far from perfect,” the journal said.

“In some settings, fear prevails among subsets of women and providers, driving increased and inappropriate intervention.”

Most women in high income countries deliver their babies in hospital, regardless of whether they have low or high-risk pregnancies, the report said.

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The report noted that while hospitals were well set up to cater towards high-risk women, they were not always optimal for low-risk mums-to-be who were subjected to more interventions, such as caesarean sections and inductions of labour, than was necessary for most.

As a result, maternity care costs can escalate and some mums and newborns can face complications.

“Cost increases over time are largely attributed to use of interventions,” the report said.

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Spanish woman to become mother at 62

Lugo (Spain), Sep 15| A 62-year-old Spanish woman will give birth to a baby girl one month from now after undergoing in-vitro fertilization treatment.

The woman — Lina Alvarez, said she is very happy, EFE reported on Wednesday.


Alvarez, who is going to be a mother two decades after having gone through menopause, told EFE that she is scheduled to give birth in mid-October by caesarean section to avoid any risks associated with her age.

She believes that her third time as a mother is a reward for everything that has happened in her life after her oldest child, who is now 27 years, was born with cerebral palsy.

Despite not having a partner, she went through the process of artificial insemination to have her second son, Samuel, who is now 10 years old.

Ten years later, she decided to undergo the same procedure to give her children a sister.

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iPad battery catches fire in Finland

Helsinki, Sep 15| An iPad battery caught fire in a shopping centre in Rovaniemi, Finland, forcing the evacuation of customers, authorities said.


According to a senior fire official, a customer on Wednesday went into a phone shop in the shopping centre to get the battery of his two-year-old iPad replaced, Xinhua news agency reported.

When the seller began to replace the battery, it caught fire.

The smoke caused by burning battery spread to the shopping centre, the official added.

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Russian scientists trapped by polar bears receive emergency supplies

Moscow, Sep 15| Five Russian meteorologists at a remote weather station in the Arctic are currently being besieged by about 10 polar bears for nearly two weeks on Troynoy island.

A passing ship has delivered flares and dogs to the station to help fend off the beasts, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.

The station’s head Vadim Plotnikov said that a female bear has been spending nights under the station’s windows with a cub.

The explorers had run out of flares and one scientist’s dog was killed, thus they had to abandon some observation work and remained trapped inside.

According to Vassiliy Shevchenko, the head of the Sevgidromet State Monitoring Network that owns the station, similar incidents have happened before on the island, as “bears inhabit the area and people work there”.

Russian Natural Resources Minister Sergei Donskoi has ordered officials to take actions to ensure the safety of the station’s personnel and also adopt necessary measures to protect the animals.

According to the World Wildlife Foundation, polar bears are considered vulnerable species.

Polar bear hunting has been banned in Russia since 1957.

The biggest threat to the animals currently was the loss of their habitat due to climate change.

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Briton pleads guilty on Trump gun charges

Washington, Sep 14| A British man accused of trying to shoot US presidential candidate Donald Trump has pleaded guilty to some of the charges he faced.


Michael Sandford, 20, from Dorking, Surrey, was due to stand trial over an incident at a Trump rally in Las Vegas on 18 June, the BBC reported.

He pleaded guilty to being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and disrupting an official function.

His plea means he could be deported and his sentence reduced.

Sandford may have faced up to 20 years in a US prison if he had been convicted at trial of both charges. He was due to stand trial later in September over an incident at a rally in which he allegedly tried to grab a policeman’s gun to attack the Republican presidential candidate.

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Russian river turned red by metallurgical waste

Moscow, Sep 13| The world’s biggest nickel producer has admitted a spillage at one of its plants which was responsible for a river in Siberia turning blood-red.

After denying blame for the contamination of the water, Norilsk Nickel said on Monday that a dike at its Nadezhda plant overflowed, colouring the Daldykan river, by the Arctic town of Norilsk, red, CNN reported on Tuesday.

“On the September 5 after abnormal heavy rain, the overflow of one of the dikes occurred, and water entered the Daldykan river,” Norilsk Nickel said in a statement.


The company said the “short-term river colour staining with iron salts” presents no hazards for the people and river fauna, and said it will work to avoid such incidents in the future.

Last week, residents shared online images of the river and contacted authorities.

There is a lot of mining near Norilsk, because the area has massive deposits of nickel, copper and palladium, CNN noted.

The region is also known for its heavy pollution.

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