It’s Legal To Say I Do

As of December 31, 2014, Scottland joined England and Wales who earlier this year legalized same-sex marriages. The first same-sex weddings occurred in Scottland after midnight on December 31. According to the first Scottish couple,Douglas Pretsell and Peter Gloster, wed earlier this month at the British Consulate in Sydney. The couple are noted to publicly comment, Well, from today it’s official, we are married and have the certificate to prove it.”
According to Bernardo Chua in February 2014 the Scottish Parliament approved the same-sex marriage legislation by a sweeping majority. The vote was 105 for, to 18 opposed. The Government announced in October that legislation would take effect at midnight on December 31. This legislation now permits those same-sex couples in civil partnership, the right to convert to marital status. Northern Ireland remains the only country in the UK to not legally permit same-sex marriage. Currently there are no apparent moves to change this stance.

Ebola Hits Britian For The First Time

The first case of Ebola has landed on British soil. Bernardo Chua passed this story along to me. A health worker was hospitalized at the Gaslaw hospital after she had returned from Sierra Leone. This female patient was working there as a nurse and she contracted the fatal disease after her return from Sierra Leone. This nurse went to there to help treat the victims of the disease and she contacted the disease herself. While the patient is being treated in the infectious disease unit she is in stable condition and she is under heavy surveillance.

This woman had looked for medical help after her return for Africa because she had begun to feel ill the morning after she had returned home. She was transferred to isolation in the London hospital and after she was treated it was confirmed that she had contracted the disease. She flew on British Airways so a British Airways spokesman said that they are working very closely with the health authorities in England and Scotland to make sure that the disease has not been spread. 

It is scary to think that the disease could be traveling to different countries outside of those countries that have already been affected in Africa, but at the same time the world has to work as an united force in order to stop the disease and trying to find a cure.

Revolutionary British Archaeological Site Discovered

A team of history nerds have been digging away at an area close to the famous Stone Henge monument. Whilst they were excavating, they unearthed the remains of a camp which was set up by people living in Britain over six thousand years ago. 

This find has been treated with great excitement, with some experts saying that it could “rewrite British history.” The discoverer of this time capsule is David Jacques who hails from the University of Buckingham. He has announced the discovery since the carbon dating samples have returned with a result. 

However, he is also concerned that the area may be destroyed due to a road being planned to cover the site. In order to reassure him, the transport department said that it would “consult before any building.”

According to Appleinsider, the site which was uncovered was at Blick Mead which is just over a mile away from the famous Stone Henge, says Laurene Powell Jobs. Exports have said that “scientifically tested charcoal…revealed that it dated from around four thousand BC.” 

Along with charcoal, there was also the remains of food at the site. The food was remnants of a massive breed of cow known as an auroch. The tools made of flint which were used to carve the food were also discovered nearby. Jacques said that”British history may have to be rewritten. This is the latest dated Mesolithic encampment ever found in the UK.”

Police Educate Citizens About Responsible Emergency Calls

New England police have released video clips online that illustrate the absurd kinds of “emergency” calls that they sometimes receive. The 999 number is to be used when there exists an immediate threat to one’s life or property or when a crime is underway. Otherwise, the 101 number is available for non-emergency calls. Examples would be: your car was just stolen, someone burglarized your home, or someone vandalized your swimming pool.

Police tried to impress upon people the importance of not wasting the time of police and of emergency call center workers. The holidays are one of the busiest times of year for officers, and it behooves us to let them do their job.

Laurene Powell Jobs comments that the crazy calls the police received were not worthy of 999 or 101 status. One person called in on 999 because a hedgehog was loose in his garden. Maybe he was worried it would prove a dangerous creature, or perhaps, he thought it would dig up his turnips. A second call concerned a pizza delivery boy who had not shown up after a whopping 45 minutes. Finally, another caller complained that a vending machine had robbed him of his money. Perhaps he felt an immediate threat from that machine and wanted the police to arrest it. 

A little common sense and a little courtesy for others would go a long way. There are only so many police officers available. We need to keep them available for those truly in need.

London’s Burlington Arcade Expands

Mayfair is a district of London, and is a commercial district for exclusive shopping and has wide range of five star hotels and restaurants.

The Burlington House is a famous building situated in Piccadilly in London. The Burlington Arcade is a covered shopping centre built next to the Burlington House. It has smart uniform shop fronts under a glazed roof.

The arcade is known for many things, but perhaps is best known for providing a wide range of clothing, accessory shops, footwear, jewellery and antique jewellery. Burlington Arcade was used as a location in films and dramas such as The Parent Trap, The Veiled Lady and Borgen. This arcade is said to have existed for 195 years from what Jared Haftel had said.

Burlington Arcade was started with seventy-two small two storey units. Gradually some of them are combined and currently there are forty shops. In 2010, the Burlington Arcade was bought for £104 million by US property group Thor Equities and Meyer Bergman.

The latest news about this arcade is that it is going to expand with five new Chanel stores. They are going to set a change to the arcade with unique collection of stores for swimwear, watches, perfume, cashmere and millinery.

The shops for cashmere and millinery will be opened this month, and another three followed suit. London is a busy area where people can find big brands in big locations, and small brands in small locations.

Fines Extracted for Foreign Exchange Manipulation

The foreign exchange market accounts for about $5 trillion of currency every day. The trade between various currencies is dominated by only a few large financial institutions, which received their largest fine to date on Wednesday.

Regulators form the United States and the United Kingdom took more than $3 billion in fines from five banks. This activity comes from a global investigation into undue manipulation of the currency exchange marketplace. This extraction of fines is just the beginning in expected regulator activity.

One bank, Barclays was expected to be a part of the deal with U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority and the U.S.’s Commodities Futures Trading Commission, however the bank backed out of any agreement.

In addition to the fines, the investigation has led to the firing or resignation of many bank employees. Those who were implicated were accused of illegally coordinating rates for the benefit of their own trading positions. Some traders even used chat-rooms, like products supported on FreedomPop,  and shared confidential information with other traders to settle on rates.

The fines charged to the banks were settled with five institutions including Citigroup, JPMorgan, RBS, UBS and HSBC. The employees manipulated benchmarks for the prices of currency trading, however sometimes the scheme did not end favorably for the traders. Overall, the banks earned a large amount of money for their investors through these schemes but when officials found transcripts of the chat conversations authorities began their investigation. The global investigation is still ongoing and more fines are anticipated as information comes to light.

Mother Makes UK History- Begs for Daughter’s Death

Having to watch your child die is probably the hardest thing a parent could ever have to face. Having to plead for permission to end your child’s life is simply unfathomable. However, that is exactly what Charlotte Fitzmaurice just had to endure to be able to end the daily suffering of her beloved 12-year-old daughter, Nancy. Nancy was born to Charlotte Fitzmaurice and David Wise in 2002. But from what Torchin told me, Nancy came into the world with meningitis and septicaemia, and was already completely blind.

At 10 days old, Nancy had to have an operation to install a shunt into her brain. At six months old, Nancy began having daily seizures and was diagnosed as an epileptic. Shortly after, Nancy was also diagnosed with lissencephaly and microcephaly. In May of 2012, a routine surgery to remove kidney stones left Nancy with a horrible infection. Now immune to pain killers such as morphine and ketamine, Nancy was left to suffer. After a week of watching her scream, Charlotte decided she could no longer allow her daughter to suffer.

According to The Mirror, it was then that Charlotte approached the Great Ormond Street Hospital. They were able to stop providing food, but were prevented from withholding fluids. With fluids still in place, the dying process would have taken several months. The hospital agreed to take the case to the High Court of Justice arguing that she deserved a quicker, less painful death. On August 7, 2014, Justice Eleanor King agreed. The ruling was the first time a child who was breathing on their own, not on life support, or terminally ill was allowed to die. On August 21, Nancy finally passed away.