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Emirates and seven other airlines banned from electronic devices in carry-on luggage for US-bound flights

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Passengers travelling to the US on flights from eight different countries will be banned from carrying laptops, iPads, cameras and most other electronics in their carry-on luggage. The reason for the ban is not immediately clear.

The ban was revealed on Monday and will effect nine airlines travelling non-stop to the US from ten international airports serving the cities of Cairo in Egypt; Amman in Jordan; Kuwait City in Kuwait; Casablanca in Morocco; Doha in Qatar; Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia; Istanbul in Turkey; and Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

The ban includes devices bigger than a mobile phone or smartphone from cabins, with no end date for the ban announced.

Medical devices are excluded from the ban, everything else would need to be packed in checked luggage.

A US government official said such a ban has been considered for several weeks.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly phoned politicians over the weekend to brief them on aviation security issues that have prompted the impending electronics ban, according to a congressional aide.

The ban begins just before a meeting of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Washington on Wednesday 2nd March. A number of top Arab officials are expected to attend the State Department gathering.

Brian Jenkins, an aviation security expert at US-based think tank Rand Corporation, says the nature of the security measure suggests it is driven by intelligence of a possible attack. He says there could be concern about inadequate passenger screening or even conspiracies involving insiders, airport or airline employees, in some countries.

Jeffrey Price at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado, says there are disadvantages to having everyone put their electronics in checked baggage. Thefts from baggage will skyrocket, as when the UK tried a similar ban in 2006, he says, and it is easier to detect battery fires in the cabin than in the cargo hold.

Most major airports in the US have a computer tomography (CT) scanner for checked baggage, which creates a detailed picture of a bag’s contents. They can warn an operator of potentially dangerous material, and may provide better security than the X-ray machines used to screen passengers and their carry-on bags. All checked baggage will be screened for explosives.

 


The nine airlines affected

Emirates

Etihad Airways

Turkish Airlines

Saudi Arabian Airlines

Kuwait Airways

Royal Jordanian

Egypt Air

Royal Air Maroc

Qatar Airways


 

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N4ughty numberpl8s: DVLA releases list of banned 66 number plates

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NEW RULES: A host of new 66 plate registration plates have been banned and will not be seen on the UK’s roads anytime soon

NEW RULES: A host of new 66 plate registration plates have been banned and will not be seen on the UK’s roads anytime soon

The new 66 vehicle registration plate has been released and is likely to lead to a spike in car sales but those hoping to purchase a plate featuring a naughty word or message will be left disappointed.

The DVLA has released a considerable list of 66 plates that will not be available to purchase after determining that they were in poor taste.

Among the combinations that DVLA has prohibited are HU66 NOB and BU66 ER.

BANNED: Amongst the plates banned this year are OR66ASM, DO66ERS and BU66ER

BANNED: Amongst the plates banned this year are OR66ASM, DO66ERS and BU66ER

Other 66 plates that have been banned include DO66ERS, OR66ASM and DO66ER.

The DVLA bans plates that can potentially be viewed as offensive or have explicit connotations.

Occasionally, some plates that provoke complaints slip though the net but the DVLA does have the power to force drivers to hand the registration number back to the agency.

Jake Smith, Managing Director of Absolute Reg, said: “The DVLA always publishes a list of banned licence plates when a new number is released, although we’re sure that some jokers would like to get their hand on a few of the options that are prohibited.

“Despite DVLA publishing a substantial list of banned 66 registration plates the new number still leaves plenty of options for those wanting to add a personal touch to their vehicle with a number plate they choose.”

Censors meet every six months to decide on potentially offensive licence plates.

Reasons for banning a plate can be based on political, racial and religious concerns. The list of suppressed combinations from DVLA spans pages and many of those named in the document contain combinations spelling out rude words or messages after being deemed unsuitable for Britain’s roads.

The new 66 number plate came out on 1st September and indicates that the car was registered between the start of September 2016 and the end of February 2017.

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Racist rapper banned from festival

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HATEFUL: Azealia Banks couldn’t seem to stop herself from sending a torrent of abuse to the former One Direction singer

HATEFUL: Azealia Banks couldn’t seem to stop herself from sending a torrent of abuse to the former One Direction singer

Zayn Malik is victim of bigoted twitter spat

A British music festival has dropped American rapper Azealia Banks, 24, from her headlining slot after she tweeted racist and homophobic messages about former One Direction star, Zayn Malik.

London radio station, Rinse FM, posted that they had decided “to cancel Banks [for her] headline [slot at] their Born & Bred festival in July.

“Rinse Born & Bred is a celebration of rave culture and has been created for everyone. We celebrate inclusivity and equality.”

Azealia Banks began trending worldwide and created a Twitter storm after she said that the Bradford-born singing sensation’s new video was a rip-off of her own work.

Malik then retorted and posted two tweets which Banks believed were about her.

CANCELLED: The festival was quick to pick up on the fact that their headline star had been racist and quickly made a decision to drop her from their line-up

CANCELLED: The festival was quick to pick up on the fact that their headline star had been racist and quickly made a decision to drop her from their line-up

She then used the platform to spread her hate further and sent a string of appalling abuse to Malik on Twitter, saying he was a member of One Direction only “to draw brown attention”; that he was a “curry scented b*tch” and also said: “Imma start calling you punjab you dirty b**ch.”

Banks also posted offensive comments about the UK rap scene, saying that British rappers “never have swag” and British rap music was a “disgrace” to the genre.

The New York based rapper has since deleted her Twitter history.

Banks has issued a statement on Twitter but refused to apologise and said the racist insults were a reminder that both herself and Malik were seen ‘differently’ by the wider music industry.

She said: “I had to remind [Malik] that we’re both in the same boat in this industry and people of colour by reminding him that no matter what you may think of yourself the world still sees you as ‘other’. As they see me.”

On Saturday 14th May, Banks issued an apology on her instagram which said she is sorry for 'managing to insult millions of people without reason.'

APOLOGY: Banks later issued an apology to the 'world' for her offensive diatribe

APOLOGY: Banks later issued an apology to the 'world' for her
offensive diatribe

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India bans testing cosmetics on animals

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asian girl mascara make-upIndia has outlawed the testing of cosmetic products and their ingredients on animals.

Following a 45-day public consultation period, the ban came into effect on Friday May 24th, and announced by India’s Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

The removal of animal testing follows an intense campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and work by MP Maneka Gandhi and others.

“This landmark law will ensure not only that the lives of countless animals are spared but also that only human-relevant, modern, non-animal testing methods are used to assess the safety of cosmetics products in the country,” says PETA UK's Mimi Bekhechi.

“Because animal-tested cosmetics can still be sold in India, however, PETA India and its international affiliates are now urging the government to ban the sale of cosmetics if they or their ingredients have been tested on animals.

LABS: Not all brands employ animal testing in their research processes for products and ingredients but a sizeable portion definitely do

LABS: Not all brands employ animal testing in their research processes for products and ingredients but a sizeable portion definitely do

“Such a move would bring India in line with the European Union and Israel, nations that have already banned the sale of animal-tested cosmetics.”

With this ban, India joins a list of countries like Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.

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A ‘No’ to Mango

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The European Union’s decision to ban the import of Indian Mangoes for 20 months has been criticised by the country who insist they have addressed any issue with previous shipments.

New Delhi have officially appealed the decision after being informed that shipments of premium Alphonso mangoes would be blocked from May, through to December 2015, after consignments infested with fruit flies were found in Brussels.

The UK currently imports a total of 56,205 tonnes of mangoes per year, of which 4,816 tonnes, 8.5per cent, come from India.

It may not be the biggest trade in the world, but for many people it is their livelihood and by stopping the trade it is likely to affect many stakeholders at production levels.

STOPPED: The EU will not import any more mangoes from India until December 2015 unless an appeal is approved

STOPPED: The EU will not import any more mangoes from India until December 2015 unless an appeal is approved

Ajay Sahai, director general of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), a body affiliated with the trade ministry, argued that the decision was a harsh one and believes it should be overturned.

“Since we got to know about the issue in March, we've put in place an elaborate examination and certification procedure that addresses the issue raised by the EU,” he said .

The FIEO and the trade ministry have asked Brussels to lift the ban, whilst local prices of mangoes have fallen by approximately 15 per cent in the past few days affecting farmers across the country, Sahai added.

The Middle East buys 80 percent of mango exports from India, the world's biggest producer of the fruit, accounting for about half of global output.

Asia, excluding India, accounts for more than a third of world mango output.

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