Top Five News Stories On BBC News — August 5, 2015

(1) Migrants reach Munich after ordeal (Politics) — Up to 10,000 refugees will have reached Munich by the end of Saturday September 5, 2015. Hungary has relaxed its laws after Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said that Germany is an “economically healthy country” with the “strength” to take on as many refugees as necessary. The BBC reports that this is sending the bulk of refugees in the direction of Munich where they will be processed into the German system.

Not everyone is happy with BBC‘s referral to refugees as migrants, as the distinction between the two words is clear.

(2) Arrest after drone disrupts U.S. Open (Technology) — A drone has been guided into the U.S. Open without any injuries, but this has led to security taking measures to prevent future drones from being able to get so close to the tennis players. According to the most recent reports, a New York teacher, Daniel Verley, is responsible and has been arrested. The BBC reports in an interview with Ms. Pennetta, 33, who was playing against Romanian Monica Niculescu, 27, that the drone made some people fear it was terrorism.

“With everything going on in the world… I thought, ‘OK, it’s over.’ That’s how things happen.”

(3) “Snail’s pace” row at climate talks (Science) — Climate change talks are currently being held in Bonn, but current negotiation strategies are proving ineffective.

“Three months before Paris, the pace is slow and the current tool is evidently not the best suitable for effective deliberations.”

There are 200 countries attending the conference. Issues are the reduction of fossil fuels and use of sustainable energy in order to reduce carbon emissions. With El Nińo predicted to the “worst ever” and with three cyclones in the South Pacific, climate change scientists predict that the additional carbon will accelerate such weather events, which could have disastrous consequences for coastal areas and possibly start what the BBC describes as a “runaway greenhouse effect,” which could see the Earth burn as hot as Venus (700 degrees Fahrenheit) if Carbon emissions are not stopped.

(4) Controlling parents “harm wellbeing” (Education) — BBC News reports that children from controlling parents grow up unable to express their interests in relationships. The University College London (UCL) has discovered that adults who were controlled by their parents had increased risk of mental illness. In particular, the use of “guilt and withholding” leads to adults who cannot ask for what they need in relationships and are thus at higher risk of failed relationships.

“Overall, we found that the more psychological control youth experienced from parents, the less likely they were to express their own opinions, give reasons why they felt that way, and do so in a warm, collaborative way,”

The findings of psychologists — from Sigmund Freud to Lawrence Kohlberg — have consistently found children go through stages of development which must be fostered, even if it is the stage of “peer-over-parent” behavior. Developing skills of belonging is a very important step in a child’s development as it allows conflicting interests to settle into compromise and mutual benefit.

(5) Phone scammers’ tricks caught on tape (Business) — Most of us have experienced the unwanted telemarketing solicitation. Even “legitimate” calls with bonafide companies are breaking the law when they call you despite your request to have yourself taken off the list. Recently, however, BBC News reports that a spate of illegal telemarketers have scammed thousands of people in what is called “vishing” — when a scammer poses as a bank employee and calling from what appears to be the bank’s actual phone number. They then convince the victim to hand over their personal information and then they use this information to withdraw all the funds in the victim’s bank account. As BBC reports, this time, the scammers might not have been let off so easily, as the conversations were taped by a worried family member and have been broadcast on national television.

Nationwide has video advice for its customers on ways to avoid being a victim of vishing.

That concludes today’s BBC News round up, stay tuned weekly for more headline summaries and feel free to comment below on any of the news stories presented in this article.

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