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‘A major rescue operation was underway in north-western Colombia on Sunday night after a boat carrying about 150 tourists sank in a reservoir.

The head the disaster response agency said at least nine people had died and about 28 were missing.

Police commander Jorge Nieto told Blu Radio that authorities were still in the process of identifying the victims and the nationalities of those on board were not yet known.

The air force sent a helicopter to the Guatape reservoir near Medellin, the country’s second biggest city, while the local mayor said firefighters and scuba divers were heading to the town.

“The most important thing right now is to save lives,” said Mayor Federico Gutierrez.’

Read more: At least nine dead and 28 missing as boat in Colombia carrying 150 tourists sinks in reservoir

‘More than a million households living in private rented accommodation are at risk of becoming homeless by 2020, a new report suggests.

A report by homelessness charity Shelter shows rising rents, benefit freezes and a lack of social housing are leading to higher levels of evictions and homelessness, exacerbating the housing crisis.

There are rising numbers of families on low income, who are unable to buy their own home and are struggling to pay even the lowest available rents in the private sector, according to the report which will be published on Monday but has already been seen by The Guardian.

The report also points to a shortage of affordable homes across England.’

Read more: A million families at risk of becoming homeless in next three years, charity Shelter warns

‘Utility companies—electric, natural gas and water—have retrofitted AMI Smart Meters, which are devastating human health. Here is a video, which describes and details what’s going on from AMI Smart Meters.

This video is the most comprehensive video (2 hrs 30 mins) I have found to date, so I encourage everyone to view and, also, please study it.

Pregnant women must hear the reasons why they should not sleep in a bedroom that has non-thermal radiation waves from smart meters penetrating it. Smart meters use a 905 Megahertz frequency that apparently is dumbing down those who are exposed to them.’

Read more: AMI Smart Meters Are The Number One Health Hazard; Next Is Cell Phones, Per Medical Research Science

‘Statins are a type of cholesterol-lowering drug typically prescribed to patients at risk of cardiovascular disease. Although they may provide relief from heart conditions, the same can’t be said of their effects on the brain. A recent study by researchers from the Penn State College of Medicine has presented a troubling fact about these drugs: the use of statins may increase a person’s susceptibility to Parkinson’s disease.

For their study, the researchers extricated and studied data from a database of insurance claims. Out of the 50 million people registered in the database, they were able to identify 22,000 people suffering from Parkinson’s disease. They then narrowed it down to just 2,322 people who had been recently diagnosed with the condition.

Those Parkinson’s disease patients were then each paired up with another person from the database who didn’t have Parkinson’s disease. Finally, the researchers determined who had been taking a statin, and the length of time before the symptoms of the disease manifested. The results, which have been published in Movement Disorders, showed a definite connection between Parkinson’s disease and statin use.’

Read more: Cholesterol-lowering drugs may accelerate onset of Parkinson’s disease, according to researchers

‘France is to stop granting licences for oil and gas exploration as part of a transition towards environmentally-friendly energy being driven by Emmanuel Macron’s government.

Nicolas Hulot, the “ecological transition” minister said a law would be passed in the autumn.

“There will be no new exploration licences for hydrocarbons,” he told BFMTV.

The minister, previously famed in France for his environmental activism and nature documentaries, also outlined proposals to increase the taxation on diesel and to “make decisions faster” to curtail pollution.

Mr Macron said he was opposed to exploration for gas and favoured a ban on fracking during his election campaign, particularly in the overseas territory of French Guiana.’

Read more: France to ban all new oil and gas exploration in renewable energy drive

‘Innocent people, including human rights campaigners and a three-year-old girl, have been named on a blacklist of terrorists and criminals used by governments and major banks, it has been reported.

Greenpeace and Human Rights Watch were among the two million supposed “high risk” organisations and individuals on the database, which is compiled by media giant Thomson Reuters.

The watchlist, which also includes people who have been charged and cleared of terror offences, was accidentally leaked on a public internet server in 2014 and discovered by a computer security researcher last year.’

Read more: Toddler and human rights campaigners added to terror blacklist used by major banks

‘Fixed prices for consumer goods and services will be virtually non-existent within five years, experts predict, as an Uber-style pricing revolution is sweeping the UK.

“Peak time” pricing where the cost of items rises and falls according to demand is set to become commonplace in supermarkets, at petrol stations and on energy bills.

Unlike paper price tags, so called “e-prices” are linked to shops’ computer systems which can move them up or down by up to 90pc in a day.

The technology lets shops react to events during which they can remove offers on sought-after items, for example ice creams and chilled drinks during heatwaves and sandwiches at lunchtime.

It is already commonplace in Europe and the US but is likely to cause a stir if introduced in the UK, where shoppers are increasingly cost-conscious.’

Read more: End of fixed prices within five years as supermarkets adopt electronic price tags

‘In November of last year, India banned certain cash notes in a bold move to force businesses into the banking system to better harvest more taxes from its livestock. Now, under the guise of “improving transparency” and forming a “common market,” India has begun targeting gold with new taxes, regulation, and incentives for citizens to turn over their undeclared gold to the financial sector.

Roughly 86% of India’s economic activity happened in cash at the time much of it was banned. Presumably that includes the $19-billion-per-year retail gold industry. Again, it appears that India’s government (central bankers) wants a bigger cut of the action and to better track the private assets of citizens.

Bloomberg has been reporting that India’s government is teaming up with crony gold dealers to plan a complete revamp of its gold policy – which is always code for “control, regulate and tax.”’

Read more: First India Bans Cash, Now It’s Targeting Gold

‘It concerns something really exciting and important: a vaccine that shows great promise against the devastating Zika virus, which can cause microcephaly, blindness, deafness, and calcification of the brain in children whose mothers were infected during their pregnancy. If effective, such a vaccine could be a tremendous boon not just for developing countries, but for Western ones too, since the Zika virus has already begun to spread in the US, and Europe.

The vaccine was developed at the Walter Reed Army Institute for Research, and the Department of the Army funded its development. Great news, you might think: the US public paid for it, so it’s only right that it should have low-cost access to it. Moreover, as an act of compassion — and to burnish its international image — the US could allow other countries to produce it cheaply too. But an article in The Nation reports that the US Army has other ideas:’

Read more: Why Is US Government Giving A Pharma Giant Exclusive Rights To A Zika Vaccine Whose Development Was Paid For By The US Public?

‘The European Union’s controversial trade deal with Canada is once again in doubt as a Spanish party votes against the agreement.

Earlier this month Spain was gripped by protests over the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and opposition continues.

The Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) will withdraw its support for the deal in a shock U-turn.

PSOE only voted in favour of the treaty the day before officials announced they would oppose the deal amid pressure from the group’s Secretary General Pedro Sánchez and trade unions.’

Read more: EU-CETA agreement on verge of COLLAPSE: Spanish party in major U-turn shock