NEWS DIGEST 08.11.2020: UK gov’t backs down over aid to struggling families

Today’s news comes via Facebook. The UK government, which recently disallowed a motion to provide free school meals to impoverished primary school pupils, has finally caved after pressure from footballer Marcus Rashford and other activists, BBC News reports. London has … Continue reading NEWS DIGEST 08.11.2020: UK gov’t backs down over aid to struggling families

NEWS DIGEST 26.04.2020: Telecoms and maritime industries feel the COVID-19 heat, but tech surges onwards

  Today’s bulletin comes from the official HEMNA ‘Informa Accounts’ list on Twitter. Digital TV Europe magazine reports on their ‘Top Story of the Week’ – Nordic telco and cable operator Tele2 has withdrawn its financial guidance for the year … Continue reading NEWS DIGEST 26.04.2020: Telecoms and maritime industries feel the COVID-19 heat, but tech surges onwards

NORMAN ATLANTIC: Italian ship catches fire, 466 on board

An Italian-owned ferry has caught fire off the coast of Greece with 466 passengers and crew aboard, reports Al-Jazeera. Greek officials have stated that a rescue operation is under way to save travellers on the stricken ship, the Norman Atlantic, Al-Jazeera journalists have stated in the report made available online at 10:00 this morning.  The ferry, which is believed to be carrying 222 vehicles, 411 passengers and 55 crew, was 44 nautical miles northwest of the popular holiday destination island of Corfu when it sent a distress signal after a fire was seen burning in the lower deck, Greek coastguard officials said. Several local vessels immediately rushed to the Norman Atlantic‘s aid and successfully removed 205 people from the deck … Continue reading NORMAN ATLANTIC: Italian ship catches fire, 466 on board

WHALE STRIKES: Scientists concerned at growing number of fatal collisions

Scientists observing whales and other cetaceans off the eastern seaboard of the United States are becoming extremely concerned at the increased number of whale deaths from collisions with ships plying the Transatlantic trade routes, according to a recent report by news blog Huffington Post. This month a cruise ship heading towards New York struck a whale of indeterminate species, killing it on impact. The ship dragged the whale’s corpse into the Hudson river, which separates New York city from New Jersey. This has been part of a higher than normal number of fatal incidents this year already, according to a … Continue reading WHALE STRIKES: Scientists concerned at growing number of fatal collisions