Connect with us

Daily Brief

The Daily Brief: At Least 24 Dead In Suspected Arson At Psychiatric Clinic In Japan

A fire swept through a fourth-floor psychiatric clinic in Osaka, Japan, killing at least 24 after reports of a man spilling a flammable liquid shortly before the blaze began

Published

on

Japan Fire scaled
  • A fourth-floor psychiatric clinic located in the shopping and entertainment district in Osaka, Japan went up in flames around 10 am on Friday killing at least 24 with the death toll expected to rise. 
  • The fire was quickly extinguished in 30 mins after witnesses state seeing smoke pour out of the fourth-floor as well as from the building’s roof.  
  • The blaze is under investigation after reports of a male patient 50-60 years of age entered the building allegedly spilling a flammable liquid near a heater, fueling the fatal fire. 
  • Although reports differ, Osaka investigators have not yet determined if the man began the fire intentionally or by accident.
  • The suspect was taken to the hospital and was listed in critical condition.
  • According to hospital personnel, the 24 victims, who were medical professionals and patients at the clinic, died from smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning. 
  • The psychiatric clinic treated patients for issues from depression, panic, sleep apnea, anemia, and offered counselling to those who wanted to return to the workforce. 

Other Headlines:

US Judge Overrules Decision To Protect OxyContin Maker From Future Litigation

https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pharmaceutic_2.jpg

  • US Federal Judge, Colleen McMahon, overturned a NY Bankruptcy Court’s previous decision to protect the Sackler family, makers of OxyContin, from future litigation, allowing victims to sue the family individually for their role in the opioid crisis in America. 
  • The previous ruling given in September, allowed the Sackler family to give up ownership and sell Purdue Pharma by 2024 and would require the family to pay an estimated $4.5 billion to combat the ongoing opioid crisis in the US all while ensuring no victims could seek legal reprevial from the family. 
  • Purdue Pharma is expected to appeal the decision and stated, “While the district court decision does not affect Purdue’s rock-solid operational stability or its ability to produce its many medications safely and effectively, it will delay, and perhaps end, the ability of creditors, communities, and individuals to receive billions in value to abate the opioid crisis.” 
  • The Sackler family is accused of aggressively marketing OxyContin while downplaying the risks of overdose and addiction to the drug. 
  • The ruling came just one week after the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) removed the Sackler name from 7 of their exhibitions. 

Many Dead and Villages Smashed as Typhoon Rai Batters the Philippines

lmzAb

https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?search=earthquake+Philippines&title=Special:MediaSearch&go=Go&type=image

  • Approximately 12 people have died after a strong typhoon (Typhoon Rai)  hit the Philippines, forcing 300,000 to flee their homes as well as beaches. 
  • Typhoon Rai brought destructive winds of about 93 MPH including gusts of 127 MPH. 
  • Sources say that 11 out of the 12 people died due to being crushed under fallen trees and debris and 1 person was killed from a cluster of bamboo.
  • According to Ricardo Jalad, Executive Director of the Natural Disasters Agency, “Siargao Island is severely damaged as well as the Island of Palawan and Mindanao.”

Liberal Democrats Have Won the North Shropshire By-Election in the UK

https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?search=UK+byelection&title=Special:MediaSearch&go=Go&type=image 

  • In the 2021 North Shropshire By-Elections, Helen Morgan won the seat held by the Conservatives after nearly 200 years. 
  • Helen Morgan, from the Liberal Democrat party, won 17,957 votes whereas Neil Shrasti- Hurst of the Conservatives party won 12,032 votes and Ben Wood of the Labours Party won 3,686 votes. In total the turnout was 46.3% or a total of 38,110 voters. ​​
  • The results of the by-election will now impact the Leadership of Boris Johnson of the Tory Party. Now exposing a series of street scandals. 
  • In 2019, The Tories won a total majority over labour of 22,949 votes and won the vote by 62.7%. 

Australia Mourns the Death of Five Children After A Bounce Castle Falls

XEGU7B8Py6ncVkU7I GYKaNeghN8Mnz Ogxri24bLHxBRamh yO2MHVWBJKsYdQD1QZaKeOOJKNUz7r7xKwI

https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?search=Hillcrest+primary+school+&title=Special:MediaSearch&go=Go&type=image 

  • Australia is mourning the tragedy of 5 children killed in a bounce house accident. The children fell 32 ft after a wind lifted the castle in the air on Thursday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison describes the tragic incident as, “ shattering and unthinkably heartbreaking”. 
  • The children were identified by the police as 11-year-old Addison Stewart, and 12-year-olds Zane Mellor, Jye Sheehan, Jalailah Jayne-Maree Jones, and Peter Dodt. Three other children are in critical condition and another injured child was discharged from the hospital. 
  • The accident occurred at Hillcrest Primary School in the city of Devonport which has a population of less than 30,000. Police identified the first accident at 1:45 pm and the others by midday. What was supposed to be a fun day for children ended up as a tragic loss of their deaths. 

Reddit Jumps on IPO Bandwagon with Confidential Filing

ojWbKsHu9vnAZWgsKnZbhTxVGf9vgmSDNcwFoyW7Um8II4YOoCGkUJz5xF5JM3ckGaegWIp 1tTP05rrfOEfYeWKPk1lBZj4vnvgmFD2tfBlH

https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?search=Reddit++logo+&title=Special:MediaSearch&go=Go&type=image

  • Reddit INC confidentially filed for an initial public offering with the US securities regulators. 
  • Currently, Reddit is valued at $10 billion in private funding and hopes to be valued at $15 million. Reddit’s move on IPO was unexpected but due to timing issues, it has not yet gone public according to CEO Steve Huffman. 
  • According to University of Florida professor Jay Ritter, “Reddit further hopes to be priced at a substantial premium to a typical tech stock at IPO.”

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

+ posts

Born and raised in the Bay Area, California, Faiza is a mother of two with a degree in Psychology and Paralegal Studies. She is passionate about lending her voice to those who are disadvantaged.

Daily Brief

Salman Rushdie Severely Stabbed due to his Publication of the Book “The Satanic Verses”

Published

on

Salman Rushdie 2014
  • Salman Rushdie, an author, was severely stabbed in his neck and abdomen on stage by a suspect named Hadi Matar, causing him to be on a ventilator and potentially losing an eye.
  • An Iranian leader back in the 20th century wanted Rushdie killed because of his novel, Satanic Verses, that many Muslims found disrespectful. This led Salman to go into hiding for almost a decade.
  • Translators from different countries reading this book were harshly stabbed to death when the book came out and Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khomeini called for Salman’s execution for three million dollars.
  • The Iranian government has not yet responded to this issue, but many Iranians in the media claim him to be an apostate who later became an atheist.

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

Continue Reading

Daily Brief

China Threatens Consequences if Pelosi Visits Taiwan

Published

on

800px Nancy Pelosi 47998984512
  • US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has landed inTaiwan. Prior to the visit, China’s Foreign Ministry has voiced their disapproval, stating that “China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized in response  that “The speaker will make her own decisions about whether or not to visit Taiwan,” and that the US is looking to Beijing to “act responsibly and not to engage in any escalation going forward.”
  • The US has made it clear that members of Congress routinely visit Taiwan and that this trip is non-threatening and has precedent. Even so, some officials have expressed concern that China may invade Taiwan’s air defense zone or send missiles near Taiwan in retaliation.
  • Pelosi has criticized China’s leadership and vocalized support for Taiwan in the past. She is currently on her tour of Asia, with scheduled visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

Continue Reading

Daily Brief

First Grain Ship Departs Ukraine After Six Months of Russian Blockade

Published

on

Odesa pristav
  • The first shipment of grain departed the port of Odesa on Monday after Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports for the last six months trapped around 20 million metric tons of wheat and corn.
  • Russia recently made a deal with Ukraine, brokered by the UN and Turkey, allowing grain exports to resume, appeasing fears of a global food supply crisis and rising prices.
  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba celebrated the shipment, calling it a “day of relief for the world, especially for our friends in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.”
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was more hesitant to celebrate the shipment, stating “it is too early to draw any conclusions and make any forecasts” and he wants to “see how the agreement works and whether security will be really guaranteed.”

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

Continue Reading

Daily Brief

Concerns Rise As US Teeters on the Brink of Recession

Published

on

US Stock Market Investing in the United States
  • The US economy declines for the second quarter in a row, causing, what other countries would consider, an economic recession. 
  • The prices for groceries, gas, and other basics are rising at the fastest pace since 1981. The US Central Bank is quickly trying to raise borrowing costs in order to cool the economy and ease the prices on goods, but with the contraction, at the annual rate of 0.9% in the 3 months to July, many are still getting concerned. 
  • President Biden struggles to convince the public that the economy is sound, with the unemployment rate at a low 3.6%. But with inflation in the US hitting 9.1% in June, the fastest price appreciation in 4 months, consumer spending has slowed at an annual rate of 1%. 
  • Many other countries, such as China and the UK, have been hit harder by the surge in energy prices and the War in Ukraine, causing risks from abroad. Other countries are facing much more serious problems and once they’re hit, their problems can spill over and affect the US. 

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

Continue Reading

Daily Brief

North Korea Could Possibly Be Preparing another Nuclear Test

Published

on

North Koreas ballistic missile North Korea Victory Day 2013 01
  • North Korea could be preparing a seventh nuclear test, especially after Mr. Kim announced that the country is fully ready for any military confrontation with the US at a Korean War Anniversary event. 
  • A US special representative in North Korea states that Jong-Un has tested an unprecedented number of missiles this year—31 to 25. Jong-Un also stated that threats from the US required North Korea to achieve the urgent historical task of strengthening its self-defense. 
  • Jong-un also stated that South Korea is reviving a plan to counter North Korea’s threat by mounting precautionary strikes; in June alone, South Korea launched 8 missiles of its own.
  • The North Korean regime is especially angry with South Korea’s new president Yoon Suk-yeol and his so-called Kill Chain strategy. This strategy allows South Korea to launch ballistic missiles and air strikes on North Korean targets if it ever feels threatened. 
  • North Korea has also not been getting as much engagement with Washington ever since Biden replaced Trump, and could be hinting at some sort of deliberate escalation by the North, and preparations have been underway at the Punggye Ri test site since March.

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

Continue Reading

Daily Brief

Russia Limits Gas Supply to Germany

Published

on

Black Sea port of Theodosiya panoramio
  • Gazprom, a major Russian energy provider, has stated it will reduce the supply of gas to Germany by half via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline due to repair work. 
  • Germany has said that they see no technical reason for the decrease in gas supply. The European Union continues to accuse Russia of weaponizing energy, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stating, “This is an open gas war that Russia is waging against a united Europe.”
  • Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement to allow the export of grain via the Black Sea after Russia continued to block millions of tonnes from being exported. The next day, Russia struck missiles at the port, some of which hit the infrastructure of the port.
  • The US and Ukraine are optimistic that the agreement will still be implemented, with the US State Department stating, “Despite these attacks, we do understand that the parties are continuing preparations to open Ukraine’s Black Sea ports for food and fertilizer exports…we also continue to expect that the Black Sea agreement will be implemented.”

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

Continue Reading

Recent Comments

Articles