An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo has disappeared from radar
Reports suggest that there were between 66 and 69 people on board the aircraft and no distress call was made or received.
EgyptAir tweeted the information earlier this morning and noted that they had contacted “rescue teams".
“An informed source at EGYPTAIR reported that EGYPTAIR Flight No MS 804 has lost communication with radar tracking system at 02:45 (CLT),” the tweet read.
“EGYPTAIR A320 was at a height of 37.000ft, and disappeared after entering the Egyptian airspace with 10 miles.
“EGYPTAIR has contacted the concerned authorities and bodies and inspection is underway through the rescue teams.”
reported that Ahmed Abdel, the vice-chairman of EgyptAir holding company, told CNN
that more news should be forthcoming within the hour.
“Search and rescue has been dispatched and are now at the scene … Daylight has just broken around an hour ago, so we should get some information within the next hour.”
According to the Associated Press,
Ihab Raslan, a spokesman for the Egyptian civil aviation agency, told SkyNews Arabia that the Airbus A320 most likely crashed into the sea.
UK pensions need to be simpler – economist
The Bank of England’s chief economist said that overly complex pensions are eroding the public’s trust in the financial sector and harming the economy, the Guardian
Andrew Haldane admitted that even he was unable to make the “remotest sense” of UK pensions, and said that ordinary workers couldn’t possibly make educated decisions about their retirement funds when even financial experts “have no clue either.” Haldane recommended simplification as a way to help narrow the “great divide” between bankers and the public, the Guardian
“A lack of trust jeopardises one of finance’s key societal functions: higher growth,” he said. “Of course, part of the reason so many members of the public find finance difficult is because sometimes it is difficult – and, sometimes at least, it is made deliberately so.”
Poundstretcher tycoon bids for BHS
The tycoon who owns the Poundstretcher discount-store chain is the latest to throw his hat in the ring to purchase BHS, according to a Telegraph
Crown Crest, the parent company of Poundstretcher, is reported to be interested in buying the struggling high street chain. Crown Crest is run by Aziz Tayub, who is thought to have a personal fortune of several hundred million pounds.
Tayub is competing with other bidders like retail chain owner Philip Day and a consortium of Matalan founder John Hargreaves and Select Fashions owner Cafer Mahiroglu, the Telegraph
BHS collapsed into administration last month, leaving a £571 million pension deficit and putting 11,000 jobs at risk. The collapse is being investigated by MPs and the Insolvency Service.
Superbugs will kill someone every 3 seconds by 2050 – report
Superbugs will kill someone every three seconds by 2050 unless immediate steps are taken, a new report says.
The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance calls for a massive education campaign, a revolution in the use of antibiotics and billions in investments to prevent medicine “being cast back into the dark ages,” according to the BBC.
According to the report, humanity is rapidly losing the fight against drug-resistant infections, because new antibiotics aren’t being developed fast enough and existing ones are being wasted.
“We need to inform in different ways, all over the world, why it's crucial we stop treating our antibiotics like sweets, Lord Jim O’Neill, who led the stody, told the BBC
. “If we don't solve the problem we are heading to the dark ages, we will have a lot of people dying. We have made some pretty challenging recommendations which require everybody to get out of the comfort zone, because if we don't then we aren't going to be able to solve this problem.”
Brexit could lower rents and property values – report
Rents and property values are likely to drop if Britain exits the EU, according to professional organizations for estate agents and landlords.
The National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting Agents said that exiting the EU would reduce immigration levels and depress future prices, according to a Guardian
report. That would leave the average house worth £2,300 less in 2018 – £7,500 less in London. And the groups estimated that the population would be 1 million less than expected in 2026 if Britain votes to exit, reducing demand for buy-to-let properties, according to the Guardian
“Lower immigration would mean less people looking for accommodation which would lessen the demand and, potentially, the upward pressures on housing prices, especially in those regions popular with EU immigrants,” the report stated.
UK citizens among most welcoming in the world to refugees
The people of the UK are among the most welcoming in the world to refugees, according to an Amnesty International survey.
China and Germany were the only countries in the survey that rated higher, according to a Guardian
report. the survey polled 27,000 people in 27 countries. Nearly 70% said their governments should be doing more to help refugees.
One in 10 surveyed said they would welcome a refugee to live in their own home. That figure rose to 29% in the UK. And 82% of UK respondents said they would welcome refugees living in their city, town or village, the Guardian
What about ‘render unto Caesar?’
An American man is suing the state of Idaho because God never said anything about having to get a number plate for his car.
Peter Jensen was pulled over near Athol, Idaho, for driving without a number plate. The officer issued a citation but Jensen refused to pay the fine, according to local news affiliate KREM. So the Idaho Transportation Department responded by revoking his driving privileges.
Jensen responded by filing a lawsuit for $5.6 million. He claimed that the only true law is that which God handed down to Moses on Mount Sinai. Therefore, he said, it was the only law he abided by. And number plates aren’t mentioned in the Ten Commandments.
“I have a constitutional right to drive freely without restriction, so I shouldn’t have to get a driver’s license, vehicle registration, so forth,” Jensen told KREM
It is worth noting that the United States Constitution, adopted in 1787, does not contain any clauses on the right to drive motor vehicles. It’s also worth noting that neither do the Ten Commandments.
Several roosters now have hangovers
New Zealand animal rescue teams had to resort to plying a gang of roosters with alcohol in order to capture them, according to a Fox News
The rowdy birds were annoying the residents of the town of Buller when residents reported them to animal control. But the animal control crews were unable to corral the roosters, who craftily evaded their every attempt. So the animal control officers took the next logical step: they got the roosters drunk.
“We asked Mr. Google about how to catch roosters and he came up with the idea to give them a bit of whiskey,” Buller mayor Garry Howard said. “Our animal control officer sacrificed some of his own finest Kentucky whiskey.”
Once they were sufficiently inebriated, most of the roosters were captured. But one “rebel rooster” was still at large, Howard said – and now thunderously intoxicated.