“A United Kingdom student described feeling ‘vulnerable’ and ‘violated’ after being a victim of ‘needle spiking’ at a nightclub in Nottingham. Hers is one of many cases reported across Britain, in which an injection is administered to someone without their knowledge or consent, usually in a nightclub or bar setting — sometimes through the clothes. Chiefs of police across the country have been tasked by the Commons Home Affairs Committee to urgently assess the scale of the problem around the country. Groups from more than 30 U.K. universities have joined an online campaign calling for the boycott of nightclubs. Campaigners say they are seeking ‘tangible’ changes to make nighttime venues safer, so no woman has to endure hours of memory blackouts, or worse. A United Kingdom student described feeling ‘vulnerable’ and ‘violated’ after being a victim of ‘needle spiking’ at a nightclub in Nottingham.” (10/26/21)
“Japan’s Princess Mako, the niece of Emperor Naruhito, gave up her royal title on Tuesday by marrying her college boyfriend in a ceremony devoid of the typical fanfare that accompany royal weddings in Tokyo. The oldest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito, Mako married her fiance Kei Komuro after a lengthy engagement that saw the couple separated for three years. In accordance with Japanese Imperial Household Law, Mako forfeited her royal title by marrying a commoner. The couple spoke to the press after they were officially married. She said that she wanted a ‘peaceful life’ and that the marriage was a ‘necessary choice.'” (10/26/21)
“Astronomers have found hints of what could be the first planet ever to be discovered outside our galaxy. Nearly 5,000 ‘exoplanets’ (worlds orbiting stars beyond our Sun) have been found so far, but all of these have been located within the Milky Way galaxy. The possible Saturn-sized planet discovered by Nasa’s Chandra X-Ray Telescope is in the Messier 51 galaxy. This is located some 28 million light-years away from the Milky Way. This new result is based on transits, where the passage of a planet in front of a star blocks some of the star’s light and yields a characteristic dip in brightness that can be detected by telescopes.” (10/26/21)
“BMW will stop making internal combustion engines at its main plant in Munich by 2024, its head of production said on Friday at a conference marking the start of production of its electric i4 model. The ICE engines currently made in Munich will be produced in BMW’s factories in Austria and the UK in future, production chief Milan Nedeljkovic said, though cars using the engines will still be assembled at the Munich plant. Still, by 2023 at least half the vehicles produced in Munich would be electrified – either battery electric or plug-in hybrid, the company said. BMW has set itself a target for at least 50% of new global car sales to be electric by 2030, and CEO Oliver Zipse said at a conference last week the company would be ready with an all-electric offering if any market banned ICEs by then.” (10/26/21)
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“The White House is rejecting more claims of executive privilege from former President Trump over documents requested by the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, directing the National Archives to turn over the Trump-era documents to the committee. In a new letter obtained by The Hill, White House counsel Dana Remus wrote that Biden consulted with the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel and determined that the former president’s privilege assertion ‘is not justified.’ ‘President Biden has determined that an assertion of executive privilege is not in the best interests of the United States, and therefore is not justified, as to the documents provided to the White House on September 16, 2021, and September 23, 2021,’ Remus wrote in a letter to National Archivist David Ferriero on Monday, indicating Trump has made two more such assertions.” [editor’s note: Even if such a thing as “executive privilege” exists, Trump is no longer chief executive and thus has no standing to invoke it – TLK] (10/25/21)
“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan late Monday stepped back from a threat to expel the ambassadors of 10 Western nations over their support for a jailed activist, defusing a potential diplomatic crisis. ‘We believe that these ambassadors, who have fulfilled their commitment to Article 41 of the Vienna Convention, will now be more careful in their statements,’ he said in televised remarks following a three-hour Cabinet meeting in Ankara. The envoys, including those of the U.S., Germany and France, last week called for the release of philanthropist Osman Kavala, who has been in a Turkish prison for four years awaiting trial on charges many view as unfounded. The ambassadors of the Netherlands, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and New Zealand also joined the appeal.” (10/25/21)
“Blue Origin and Sierra Space are leading development of a privately-funded space station known as ‘Orbital Reef’ to provide a commercial destination in low-Earth orbit after the International Space Station is retired, officials announced Monday. Speaking at the International Astronautical Congress in Dubai, Brent Sherwood, senior vice president of Advanced Development Programs for Blue Origin, owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, said an initial version of the outpost will be flying before 2030. It would be built in partnership with Boeing, Redwire Space, Genesis Engineering and Arizona State University. … He said the team believes Orbital Reef will appeal to three broad market segments: governments around the world, both space-faring nations and those without such capabilities; companies seeking research or industrial opportunities in space; and ‘adventurers, tourists and citizens.'” (10/25/21)
“Amnesty International will leave Hong Kong by the end of the year because the Beijing-imposed national security [sic] law has made its human rights work ‘effectively impossible,’ the global agency has said. Amnesty, which established its presence in the city in 1990, said its office focusing on Hong Kong affairs would shut on October 31, while another dealing with regional affairs would close by the end of the year. The regional operations will be taken over by other offices in Asia-Pacific, with Taiwan among the locations being discussed.” (10/25/21)
“Hertz on Monday announced an order of 100,000 Tesla Inc cars, taking a step toward changing its fleet to electric vehicles just months after emerging from bankruptcy. Tesla stock was up 4.3% and was set to open at a record high following the order. Shares were also buoyed by news of the company’s Model 3 becoming the first electrical vehicle to top monthly sales of new cars in Europe. Hertz said it has ordered 100,000 Tesla Inc cars for delivery by the end of 2022. The car rental firm also said it was installing thousands of chargers throughout its network.” (10/25/21)