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The Culprits of the French Attack Have Been Identified

The authorities of France have isolated the profiles of two people whom they believe to be responsible for ordering and planning the savage and cowardly terrorist attack in France that killed over a hundred.

According to revelations by sources close to the ongoing investigation in Paris, French officials have reason to believe that the attacks were orchestrated by Salim Benghalem who happens to be a French national. The attack is presumed to have been ordered by Abdelhamid Abaaoud, both reported to be currently in Syria.

The attackers made use of automatic weapons in addition to explosive devices. They were orgamized into three teams and targeted the national stadium, a concert hall filled to the brim with people and many restaurants. Francois Hollande termed the attack as an act of war as the ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The interior Minister of France Bernard Cazeneuve revealsed that 168 raids have already been conducted and detained 23 suspects and put more than a hundred under house arrest. The minister warned that this is just the start and their response will be total and huge.

According to Paris prosecutor Francois Molins, the identity of 5 of the 7 dead terrorists have been ascertained. The hunt is on an eighth suspect Salah Abdeslam, a 26 yr old.

The Inequalities of University Staff Earnings in UK

The latest storm to hit the universities in the UK is the fact that academicians are making more than £600,000 to the year while other members of the staff have had to deal with pay cuts. The pay packet and perks of vice-chancellors of various industries have spiraled “completely out of control” as put by a university union.

Recent requests for freedom of information by Daily Mail and the TaxPayers’ Alliance revealed that no less than 7,500 staff at UK universities had an income that exceeded £100,000 while professors and vice-chancellors made  more than £600,000 per year for themselves.

The details reveal that many of these high pay officials work at universities that rely on undergraduate tuition fees  for their income. One may cite the example of Neil Gorman who is the vice-chancellor of the Nottingham Trent University. He was paid £623,000 which was inclusive of a bonus of £250,000. Malcolm Gillies who was formerly the VC of London Metropolitan University made £618,000 which includes about £159,000 that was paid to him when he left.
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The Awakened Force Means Big Business

Each year a movie is released that blows all the other movies of the year away and set new records for the box office. The previous year “Transformers: Age of Extinction” grabbed the coveted position, a year before that it was “Frozen” and these were preceded by “The Avengers,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and so on and so forth

That is not to deny that it is so by design. As we know movies are a big business and the larger peers among the various movie studios are concentrating their energies on developing franchises. That results in lucrative installments and a whole set of consumer complementing peripherals like video games, toys, rides in theme parks as well as clothing. These provide a means of acquiring recurrent revenue for many years to come.

This year the hype surrounding the upcoming release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, the seventh installment in the illustrious “Star Wars” Movie Franchise, is unprecedented as it is all set to hit the theatres in December. The extent of the hype may be somewhat gauged by the following set of figures and facts.

The trailer made its debut during the halftime of the football extravaganza- Monday Night Football aired on ESPN on the 19th of October was enough to overwhelm the game played. It generated 17,000 tweets to the minute and had no fewer than 2 million interactions on the popular social networking site Facebook. The following weak witnessed 50 million views on the video streaming service owned by Google- Youtube. The buzz was enough to steam up advanced sales to levels unprecedented at any time in the past. Consider this; sellers sold opening night tickets for the epic franchise for premiums as much as 500% on eBay. It can easily rank alongside large sporting events in terms of hype.