In under 25 years, the amount of junk big enough to destroy a spacecraft has more than doubled, according to scientists who met at the seventh European Conference on Space Debris in Germany this week. The post Experts discuss the exponentially worsening space debris problem appeared first on Digital Trends.
BMW and Mercedes-Benz have been at each other’s throats for decades now, with each brand’s respective sports cars trying to take the other down on both the road and the track. Alfa Romeo is sort of the outlier nowadays, as it’s new Giulia Quadrifoglio being the newest entry into a segment dominated by the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63 S. So what happens when you put the three cars together on both the road and track? Australian publication Car Advice recently put these three toge...
During the past week, tensions surrounding North Korea's nuclear weapons programme appear to have increased the prospect of war on the Korean peninsula. Such fears are heightened by the fact that the precise details of the Trump administration’s policy towards North Korea are still something of a mystery. On the one hand, officials have claimed that Obama’s policy of “strategic patience" that assumed sanctions would force Pyongyang to voluntarily drop its nuclear programme, has...
France goes to the polls for two rounds of presidential elections on April 23 and May 7, a historically unpredictable contest thanks to its insurgent political outsiders and slew of scandals. At stake is the future of the European Union, as well as France’s labor, immigration and economic policies. The first round of voting in April will see 11 candidates battle it out. Unless someone wins more than half of the ballots, the two most successful candidates will battle for the presidency in...
(LONDON) — British lawmakers have voted by a resounding 522 to 13 to back Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for a national election on June 8. The result easily surpasses the two-thirds majority of the 650 lawmakers needed to trigger an early vote. There were also a number of abstentions. May says holding an election in June, rather than as scheduled in 2020, will give the country “certainty and stability” as it negotiates its departure from the European Union. May is ho...
But is it locally spawned?DOING business across Canada is not for the impatient. Its ten provinces and three territories see themselves as quasi-countries. They set standards and write laws with little regard for what their neighbours are doing. In Ontario petrol must be at least 5% ethanol; Manitoba insists on an 8.5% blend. Each province has its own ideas of how much grain dust people can be exposed to, and what sort of packages coffee creamer should come in. Ontario requires that toilets at c...
FinanceFeeds - FinanceFeeds has been monitoring closely the legal changes that are set to affect Poland’s investment firms, as the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (PFSA, or KNF) is seeking to enhance investor protection and tackle the activities of unregulated companies. Today, the KNF posted an update on its website regarding the legal amendments. The announcement says that the changes will take effect as of April 29, 2017. The biggest change concerns the Act on Trading in Financ...
Morgan Stanley reported a 74% jump in quarterly profit on Wednesday, topping analysts’ estimates, as revenue from bond trading nearly doubled following interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve. The bank’s results stood in sharp contrast to those of chief rival Goldman Sachs gs , the only lender among the big Wall Street banks to have reported a drop in trading revenue. Bond trading remained strong across Wall Street during the quarter as inves...
SYDNEY/WELLINGTON — Australia and New Zealand dairy industry leaders said on Wednesday they would support moves by the United States to draw the World Trade Organization into a trade dispute with Canada, after President Donald Trump said existing rules were unfair. Canada’s dairy farmers and processors, including Saputo Inc and Parmalat Canada, struck a pricing agreement in 2016 that industry groups in Australia, New Zealand, the European Union, Mexico and the United States say would pri...
Turks have voted to give their president sweeping new executive powers. Supporters of the constitutional change—President Recep Tayyip Erdogan chief among them—argue that the country needs a presidential system (rather than a parliamentary one) to respond quickly to threats at home and abroad. Opponents of the constitutional amendments argue that they’re nothing more than a power grab by Erdogan. The results leave the country sharply divided. A little more than 51 percent of ...
Aid agencies have warned of rising rates of suicide attempts and self-harming among asylum seekers living in state-run camps in Greece. There are about 60,000 migrants and refugees based in 50 camps in the country, which until a few years ago was considered an attractive European holiday destination. According to the Times of London one camp, Moria (pictured), has been described by an aid worker as the “worst refugee camp in the world”. The paper states: “It has one block of toilets servin...
(LONDON) — The British parliament was expected on Wednesday to formally approve Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to hold an early election on June 8 she hopes will deliver a stronger personal mandate as she embarks on Brexit talks. May, who took over as prime minister without an election in the political turmoil that followed Britain’s vote to leave the European Union last June, made the surprise announcement on Tuesday that she wanted to hold a snap election. The main oppos...
Many UNESCO sites lack an extensive tourism management plan. Pictured are tourists taking photos at Iguazu National Park in Argentina. John Seb Barber / FlickrSkift Take: UNESCO sites -- of all places -- should be the destinations taking leadership roles in tourism management planning as they're often the first place many tourists think about when deciding what to do on a trip. But data show that's far from reality for a variety of political and economic reasons. — Dan PeltierExplor...
The International Monetary Fund raised its 2017 global growth forecast on Tuesday due to manufacturing and trade gains in Europe, Japan, and China, but warned that protectionist policies threaten to choke a broad-based recovery. The IMF, whose spring meetings with the World Bank get underway in Washington this week, forecast that the global economy would grow 3.5% in 2017, up from its previous forecast of 3.4% in January. In its latest World Economic Outlook, the Fund said that chronically weak ...
A stay at the Kulmhotel Gornergrat in Zermatt, Switzerland comes with great views of the Matterhorn. Switzerland Tourism is working to attract Chinese tourists to its winter destinations. My SwitzerlandSkift Take: Switzerland Tourism is employing “precision marketing” as the number of Chinese individual travelers rose last year while overall arrivals dropped. Tactics aim to be as precise as a Swiss watch; other destinations it competes with for longhaul Chinese travelers, including the U.S....
U.S. President Donald Trump promised on Tuesday to defend American dairy farmers who have been hurt by Canada's protectionist trade practices, during a visit to the cheese-making state of Wisconsin. Canada’s dairy sector is protected by high tariffs on imported products and controls on domestic production as a means of supporting prices that farmers receive. It is frequently criticized by other dairy-producing countries. “We’re also going to stand up for our dairy farmers,̶...
Officers of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations monitor air traffic and trade activities at the National Targeting Center. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly wants to tighten border security. Glenn Fawcett / U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionSkift Take: Terrorism is a real concern, but if the U.S. rolls back the visa waiver program, it could have major repercussions for the tourism industry. And that's a big potential problem. — Brian SumersThe U.S. sh...
Casting an eye across global markets it was a sea of red as the Dow came off on the back of poor earnings results from Goldman Sachs Group and Johnson & Johnson. While the face-off with North Korea tended to take a back seat there were other political tremors that impacted European markets and no doubt contributed to some of the 0.5% decline in the Dow which closed at 20,523 points. Negative leads initially came out of China with the Hang Seng falling 337 points or 1.4%. This flowed into the...
Earlier this month, US Environmental Protection Administration administrator Scott Pruitt appeared on Fox News Sunday and boasted that his agency has achieved "a 65% reduction in those key air pollutants--SOx [sulphur oxides] and NOx [nitrogen oxides] and particulate matter and ozone--while at the same time growing our economy." Oddly--and unlike each of his predecessors--Pruitt wasn't making these claims to support continuing the E.P.A.'s work. He went on to defend massive cuts in the agency's ...
Uber sees opportunities to expand in the Europe Union, despite withdrawing its ride-hailing service from Denmark and facing the possibility of an EU court ruling that could mean tougher rules for the firm, an Uber executive said. Danes hailed their last rides on the UberPOP app on Tuesday before enforcement of a new law making taxi meters mandatory for drivers and imposing other requirements that meant Uber could no longer operate there. It has already quit Hungary and Bulgaria. “I am R...