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Monthly Archives: March 2018

Tech trials to find Antarctica’s ‘missing’ iron meteorites

The project to find Antarctica’s “missing meteorites” is making excellent progress, say scientists. A group led from Manchester University is developing detection equipment it believes will discover a bounty of iron space objects buried in the polar ice. This survey gear has just come through a week of successful trials. Presently, 10 times fewer iron meteorites are found in Antarctica ... Read More »

Drinks bottles and can deposit return scheme proposed

People in England will soon have to pay a deposit when they buy drinks bottles and cans in a bid to boost recycling and cut waste. The deposit will increase prices – but consumers will get the money back if they return the container. The scheme is expected to cover single-use glass and plastic bottles, and steel and aluminium cans. ... Read More »

Netherland: No trial for ‘shocking’ PEGIDA

An Islamophobic far-right group that planted crosses on a construction site for a mosque in the eastern Netherlands will not be prosecuted, Dutch prosecutors announced. The prosecutors said that PEGIDA, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, will not be prosecuted as “the words and the actions they used were shocking but did not contain any insult or discrimination ... Read More »

People of all faiths to stage show of solidarity against ‘Punish a Muslim Day’

Day of unity staged to counter hatred directed at Muslims  A community group has organised a show of unity to fight against hatred directed at Muslims. Members of the North Kirklees Interfaith Council will be gathering outside Dewsbury Town Hall on Saturday in response to the recent ‘Punish a Muslim’ hate mail which was sent to addressed in Yorkshire and ... Read More »

London mosque offers meal to homeless

Every Thursday evening, Eva, a 45-year-old woman from Germany, makes her way to a mosque in North London where she will receive a warm meal, something that is hard to come by for a homeless person living on the streets. Eva has been living in the U.K. for five years and has been homeless for the last three. She lost ... Read More »

‘Integration for us is integration for everyone,’ UK Muslims say

Muslim Council of Britain reframes discussion on integration with new report on Islam and British society. David Cameron, former UK prime minister, said “integration is a two-way street” after staying with a Muslim family more than a decade ago. However, the street has since narrowed to one-way traffic. Integration has become a term applied only to Muslims, according to a ... Read More »

Malek Fahd Islamic school appeal dismissed by full Federal Court bench

Australia’s largest Islamic school’s future hangs in the balance after a full bench of the Federal Court dismissed an appeal against its $19 million federal education funding cut. The school of 2,500 kindergarten to Year 12 students, which has its largest campus in Greenacre, had been able to keep going due to interim appeals in lower courts, internal reforms including ... Read More »

India PM Modi app sparks social media furore

Indian PM Narendra Modi’s official mobile application has been criticised for sending personal user data to a third party without their consent. A security researcher had tweeted that the app was sending personal user data to a third-party domain that was traced to a US company. Mr Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has denied the allegation. The party said ... Read More »

Russian ambassadors ‘summoned by EU neighbours’

Russian ambassadors have been summoned to several European foreign ministries amid reports of imminent diplomatic expulsions, reports say. EU leaders agreed last week it was highly likely Russia was behind the poisoning of an Russian ex-spy and his daughter in the UK. The bloc recalled its envoy to Moscow. On Monday, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland summoned Russian ambassadors to ... Read More »

How effective are earthquake early warning systems?

Earthquake early warning detection is more effective for minor quakes than major ones. This is according to a new study from the United States Geological Survey. Seismologists modelled ground shaking along California’s San Andreas Fault, where an earthquake of magnitude 6.5 or more is expected within 30 years. They found that warning time could be increased for residents if they ... Read More »