Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Woman with hospital phobia must be forcibly treated for cancer, judge rules

Doctors will be allowed to forcibly sedate the 55-year-old woman in her own home and transport her to hospital for surgery. She will then be operated on, despite having asked not to undergo surgery for her cancer, and could then be forced to remain on a hospital ward afterwards.

The case – only the second ever in the little-known Court of Protection to be made public - sparked an intense ethical and legal debate last night.


Prince Charles brokers $1bn deal to save Indonesian rainforests

Some of the world’s most endangered rainforests will be saved under a $1 billion deal inspired by the Prince of Wales, due to be announced today.

Indonesia, the country with the highest rate of deforestation, will sign an agreement under which it will stop issuing new licences for forest clearance and establish a new unit to tackle illegal logging.


War protester denies obstruction



A veteran anti-war protester who maintains a constant vigil in Parliament Square has appeared in court charged with obstructing police.

Brian Haw, 61, was arrested during security checks ahead of the State Opening of Parliament.

Police swept a protest camp in Parliament Square where the number of demonstrators has grown in recent weeks.

Haw, wearing an anti-war T-shirt, jeans and a hat covered in badges, appeared at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court.


Jilted boy guilty of fire murders

A schoolboy who took revenge for being dumped by killing his ex-girlfriend and her older sister in a house fire is facing a life sentence.

The 15-year-old, who cannot be named because of his age, was found guilty at the Old Bailey of murdering Maleha Masud, 15, and Nabiha Masud, 21.

Jurors heard that a day before the attack in June last year the boy had searched on Google for "how to burn someone's house down".


Patricia Hewitt rings up £150,000 a year with BT job



Former cabinet minister Patricia Hewitt has been appointed to a £150,000-a-year directorship with BT.

The firm, which is facing possible strike action over pay claims by its staff, made Ms Hewitt a "senior independent director".

The former trade and industry secretary was earlier this year caught up in the "lobbygate" affair when she and fellow Labour MPs Geoff Hoon and Stephen Byers were caught on camera discussing their possible hire by lobbyists. More...

UK flight in terror plunge over Atlantic

Travellers were caught in a terrifying mid-air drama as a London to Los Angeles flight plunged when it hit severe turbulence.

Four passengers suffered broken bones and a flight attendant sprained her ankle as they were thrown around the cabin of the United Airlines Boeing 777. One person on board described the drama as "very, very scary".


I'm A Celebrity’ fan attacks animal rights protester

An animal rights activist has vowed to carry on her protest outside ITV's studios after being hit on the head with a bottle thrown by a stranger.

Wendy Wells, 49, a mother of one from Hackney, has been living in a tent on the Southbank for more than a week to protest against alleged animal cruelty during I'm a Celebrity... bushtucker trials.

She said: “He [her assailant] said his wife was a fan of the programme and shouted at me, Why are you doing this?'.”

The man had fled by the time police arrived.

Doctors at A&E advised her to go home and rest but she refused.



Family’s anger as film director who caused his assistant’s death is freed by court

The family of a London graduate killed on a film set in India have spoken of their distress after the movie director blamed for her death walked free from court.

Nadia Khan, 26, was struck by a train in Mumbai six years ago yesterday on her first day working as an assistant director on the Bollywood film, Mumbai Central. Kaizad Gustad, 42, was found guilty of causing Ms Khan's death by a “rash and negligent act” and was sentenced to a month's imprisonment.


UK may press alone with banks tax

Britain is prepared to press ahead alone with a tax on banks to insure against future collapses, new Business Secretary Vince Cable has said.

He was speaking in Brussels on Tuesday on the eve of the launch of European Commission proposals for an EU-wide levy to form a multibillion-pound bailout fund.

Mr Cable said support for such a scheme was already part of the coalition Government agreement, adding: "The more countries that join, the better."


Briton accuses Thais of 'stitch-up'



A Briton arrested in Thailand after being filmed inciting people to burn down a shopping centre during the Red Shirt protests has claimed he is “being stitched up”.

Jeff Savage, 48, from Tonbridge in Kent, was captured on video exhorting protesters to set fire to the Central World shopping centre in central Bangkok, days before it was torched and destroyed.


MPs handed £4,000 expenses advance

The Commons expenses watchdog is to hand MPs up to £4,000 more cash up front in a bid to calm complaints about the new system.

And the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) has also abandoned plans to automatically treat 15% of phone calls as private and refuse to reimburse them.

Ipsa is in charge of a tougher new system introduced in the wake of the pay and perks scandal which rocked Westminster and provoked public anger last year.


Cameron faces Tory backbench test



David Cameron faces a serious test of Conservative backbench opinion of the coalition deal with the Liberal Democrats when his MPs choose a new "shop steward".

The vote for the chairmanship of the influential 1922 Committee is expected to be close.

And the Prime Minister's retreat on surprise moves that could have given ministers and whips a vote may favour a candidate seen as a potential focal point for dissent.


Cause of fatal bus crash probed

Investigations are continuing into the cause of a crash which killed two schoolchildren and a pensioner.

Kieran Goulding, 15, and Chloe Walker, who was celebrating her 16th birthday, died when the bus taking them home from school hit a car on the A66 near Keswick, Cumbria.

Both youngsters were studying at Keswick School in the Lake District and were on their way home on a 49-seater coach on Monday afternoon.

The smash also claimed the life of Patrick Short, 68, from Braithwaite, who was behind the wheel of the only other vehicle involved.


Cash gifts to universities top £500 million for the first time

Donations of money to British universities have exceeded £500 million for the first time as more graduates and philanthropists respond to campus fundraising campaigns.

Despite the decline in charitable giving during the recession, the number of people and organisations donating to universities rose by 12 per cent to exceed 163,000 in 2008-09, according to research by the Ross Group of university fund-raisers and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.


Fears over 'child neglect' cases

More than one in three social workers and police officers have felt powerless to intervene in cases of suspected child neglect, a survey has found.

Half said earlier intervention was needed to ensure cases of possible neglect are dealt with more effectively, according to research for the charity Action for Children.

Some 41% of the professionals said they were under greater pressure now to intervene when children are being neglected than five years ago and 16% reported encountering more cases than last year.



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Tackling The Welfare Problem

Burning Our Money:

"My Government’s legislative programme will be based upon the principles of freedom, fairness and responsibility...

The tax and benefits system will be made fairer and simpler... People will be supported into work with sanctions for those who refuse available jobs and the timetable for increasing the State Pension Age will be reviewed."

Thus spake Her Majesty today.

As we mentioned a couple of days ago, the welfare bill is now running at £200bn pa, around 15% of GDP, and increasing rapidly. The chart above shows how it has soared over the last century since the Liberals began the huge expansion of welfare just before WW1. More...

Organisers will continue Dail demo

Belfast Telegraph: Organisers of a weekly protest against Government cut-backs have vowed to fight on despite a drop in turnout.

Around 400 people joined the demonstration in Dublin city centre - less than half the number of supporters last Tuesday night.

But campaigners insisted they would keep holding the rallies at the gates of the Dail until the politicians inside changed their ways. More...

Wakefield vows to publicise documents exposing government

Dr Wakefield, the doctor who was struck off this week, for condemning the MMR vaccine, vows make public all the documentation he has uncovered during his legal battle with the British government.

He  says that now that he is not constrained by legal processes, he can expose the government's shenanigans and its criminal links with British Big Pharma.

Dr Wakefield makes his entry at about 2.5 minutes in.

Cross-posted by Fausty

New Ice Age 'to begin in 2014', by Jerome R. Corsi

Solar Cycle: CHICAGO – A new "Little Ice Age" could begin in just four years, predicted Habibullo Abdussamatov, the head of space research at St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory in Russia.

Abdussamatov was speaking yesterday at the Heartland Institute's Fourth International Conference on Climate Change in Chicago, which began Sunday and ends today.

The Little Ice Age, which occurred after an era known in scientific circles as the Medieval Warm Period, is typically defined as a period of about 200 years, beginning around 1650 and extending through 1850. More...

Link via Barking Spider.

Taxpayers may ship 736 iPads to Brussels

The Register: Each and every member of the European Parliament (MEP) may soon receive a brand-spanking new, "magical and revolutionary" Apple iPad.

And no, they wouldn't pay for them out of their own pockets. According to The Times, the 736 MEPs would each receive an iPad as part of a £4.3m ($6.2m) taxpayer-funded "IT mobility project".

But the iPad purchases would be just a small slice of that pie: even if the MEPs decided to gift themselves with the juiciest iPad, the 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G, 736 of those £699 magical and revolutionary devices would suck up only a bit over a half-million pounds. More...

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