US intelligence indicates the Islamic militant group the Islamic State intends to introduce explosives into the United States by way of hiding them in electronic devices the size of laptops. About nine airlines in 10 airports that have a direct flight into the United States restricted the bringing of carry-on bags with laptops and other electronics inside of them.
Meanwhile, smartphones and medical appliances were exempted by the US Department of Homeland security’s decree. According to US Democratic member of House Intelligence Committee Eric Swalwell, the new threat is focusing on bringing down a US-bound airliner. Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways direct flights all restricted the bringing aboard of laptops.
The United Kingdom has also adopted similar measures including restricting laptop bringing to the United Kingdom from direct flights from British Airways and Easyjet coming from Lebanon, Turkey, Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. No American airliners have been covered by the ban.
According to The Guardian UK, Royal Jordanian Airlines did not obey the ban immediately — as suggested by its tweets but later on was inclined to do so. Saudi Arabian Airlines said it would bring forth the electronics ban by Tuesday.
In a bitter dispute spanning seven years, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s father-in-law and three other family members of his wife are charged with suspected computer hacking. Ramsay’s former Gordon Ramsay Holdings Chief Executive and father-in-law Chris Hutcheson was charged with computer hacking including his three children.
According to an investigation by the authorities, Hutcheson had conspired with children, Adam, Chris and Orlanda, to use a computer to access programs and information held inside a computer without authority. The activity came at a short interval after Gordon Ramsay fired the former chief executive — where Gordon Ramsay himself suspected the father-in-law to have hacked Ramsay’s personal computers.
According to the authorities of the Metropolitan Police Department, Operation Tuleta detectives found that alongside other cases of illegal phone and computer accesses, they had found the activities of Gordon Ramsay’s father-in-law. A legal docket in Westminster Magistrates Court indicates the hearing to resume regarding the new evidence on the 14th of March.
Gordon Ramsay’s computer hack have had him lose about $2 million from his franchise. Regarding the hack and the activities of her father, Tana Ramsay, wife of Gordon, sided with Gordon when she found out her father may have used the embezzled money to fund a second secret family in France.
Living in a time of private Internet Addresses and private activities would soon come to an end for many UK citizens. As the “Snooper’s Charter” or Investigatory Powers Act would soon allow authorised individuals to peruse personal information from almost every UK citizen’s phone, email and internet activities through hacking and tech companies mandatorily providing access to private consumer information, the UK’s new act would have some worldwide consequences of an unprecedented scale.
Tech companies and internet service providers are fighting against the government regarding the issue of retaining web histories — which includes the download activities of their subscribers — for up to 12 months. This is the first law of its kind introduced in the free world. China and other authoritarian countries have similar laws not publicised but are enforced in their respective continents.
Other nations may follow suit. According to Electronic Frontier Foundation International Director, companies may break privacy protections of devices and services and may force other governments to follow suit as the features become available for government security bodies.
The United States currently has no mandatory data retention laws but US President Donald Trump may introduce a removal of the policies that limit bulk data collection in a fashion similar to the UK’s implementation of the “Snooper’s Charter.”
The capital of London is Europe’s favourite country to resolve corporate issues — for a reason. Most multinational companies operate under English law. The industry could face harsh changes after Brexit as negotiations may play down the UK’s role as a legal dispute centre for most EU corporations.
According to The City UK’s research, 370,000 jobs dependent on the outcome of negotiation could be lost if the UK will not prioritise its legal industry. The loss of mutual enforcement rules that require EU member states to recognise and enforce UK law can make the UK a “less attractive” place for international businesses.
According to The City UK Chief Miles Celic, the “UK-based legal services sector” is the leading global centre for the provision of international legal services. The sector’s opportunities and competitiveness need to be enhanced to ensure its survival after Brexit.
She added further that the “best Brexit deal” is one that is mutually beneficial to the UK, EU and other international companies with a predictable transition despite the Brexit.
About 200 foreign-based legal service companies operate in the United Kingdom with specialisations from financial legal services to industrial legal services. According to the research, financial industries without better legal advisers could move to the UK to ensure their full access to EU markets.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the Parliamentary vote needed to enact Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty will not directly affect Britons’ lives instead of pushing for the legal right to start Brexit without the consent of Parliament.
According to the Supreme Court, the Government plans to trigger Article 50 will face legal scrutiny from Parliament. The PM’s legal case change will allow the UK government to overturn the High Court ruling that MPs and peers must be involved at the start of Brexit as their right to have a say will be lost at this point.
Once the supreme court agrees to the Article 50 trigger as an international action without local consequences, it could decide that a parliamentary act is not required.
According to UK Diplomat and author of Article 50 Lord Kerr, the enactment of Article 50 could be “irrevocable.” He said the UK government can change its mind while the process is going on. Once a country decides against its earlier decision, it could only mean a “waste of time.”
According to the legal case change document submitted to the Supreme Court, the UK has a dualist constitutional system. It segregates acts of the government on the international and national plane, discussing that it could have direct impacts in domestic law.
It highlighted that “treaties are not ‘self-executing’, and must allow individual rights and obligations into domestic law to be executed and enforced in the UK courts.
Lawyers are shrewd businessmen. Else, how can they defend these clients who are businessmen themselves?
Three law firms in the United Kingdom had voiced their decision and enacted their merger into a single firm.
This had combined 4,500 lawyers into a single solitary firm from 36 countries. As a multinational entity, the firms CMS UK, Nabarro and Olswang will be known as a single legal firm for the entire world. Their name is CMS.
While the merger still isn’t working until May 2017, this would mean a great pool of resources at hand. Apparently, UK has a huge number of legal cases and sorting everything out with better manpower is always a great feat.
This is one of those days you’d like to say ‘yep, they’re taking the lower-tax and lower interest stuff seriously’.
Lower taxes for business and legal operators. About 0 per cent interest rates for property acquisition. Why not become CMS instead so your business can penetrate Europe’s market even if the United Kingdom is apart from the EU now?
Even if CMS UK Senior Partner Penelope Warne would say that they didn’t need the Brexit to have a reason to do such, she said it was a “sign of confidence” in London and the United Kingdom.
Indeed, but lower taxes, pricier legal services and acquisition of properties to scare your competition? Truly a great decision.
The call must be heeded sooner or later.
Cannabis was once considered a dangerous drug. Not until research showed the natural leaves left one relaxed and to a point, sedated for thinking.
According to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform, studies show clear evidence that medical cannabis helps in alleviating certain human conditions including chronic pain and anxiety.
However, the Home Office has no statement on the issue. It also said there are no plans to legalise the drug.
Following the ban on Legal Highs — synthetically-manufactured drugs that re-create ‘safely’ the effects of black market drugs — the Home Office will unlikely give its thumbs-up to cannabis.
Cannabis supplies certain extracts to a drug called Sativex that aid people with multiple sclerosis.
Due to law in England and Wales ill-recognising cannabis as having any therapeutic value, medical professionals cannot prescribe cannabis even for medical conditions.
Co-chair Baroness Molly Meacher said: “Cannabis works as a medicine for a number of medical conditions.
“The evidence has been strong enough to persuade a growing number of countries and US states to legalise access to medical cannabis.
“Against this background, the UK scheduling of cannabis as a substance that has no medical value is irrational.”
The group commissioned a report by an expert in rehabilitation medicine, Prof Mike Barnes, which found good evidence that medical cannabis helps alleviate the symptoms of:
- chronic pain (including neuropathic pain)
- spasticity (often associated with Multiple Sclerosis)
- nausea and vomiting, particularly in the context of chemotherapy
And there was moderate evidence that it could help with:
- sleep disorders
- poor appetite
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- Parkinson’s symptoms
- But there was limited or no evidence that cannabis helps:
- dementia mood problems
- bladder function
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Huntington’s disease
- obsessive compulsive disorder
- gut disorders
- curb cancer growth