Wednesday 18 August 2004

    By Clare Jerrom, Amy Taylor and Alex Dobson

    Visa door that let in a one-legged roofer is opened up
    again

    A visa scheme for Eastern European businessmen, that was suspended
    after concerns that people without valid plans were being let in,
    has been re-opened.

    Thousands of ‘entrepreneurs’ entered Britain under the
    scheme despite embassy staff believing their plans were fake.

    Former immigration minister Beverly Hughes was forced to resign
    after the Home Office whistleblower revealed that he had been told
    to rubber-stamp applications regardless of whether they were valid
    or not.

    Source:- Daily Mail Wednesday 18 August page 33

    1 doctor in 4 is mentally ill

    Almost one in four doctors is suffering from a mental disorder at
    the age of 30, according to new research.

    A 12-year study carried out by researchers from University College
    London found that doctors’ susceptibility to mental health
    problems was due to their personalities rather than pressures from
    work.

    Source:- The Times Wednesday 18 August page 6

    New rules on children’s drugs

    Concerns about the lack of research carried out by drug companies
    on medicines for children and the problems doctors have trying to
    work out doses are to be addressed by ministers urgently it was
    revealed yesterday.

    A handbook of drugs and their effects on children is also set to be
    issued to every doctor in an attempt to reduce prescribing
    errors.

    Source:- The Times Wednesday 18 August page 23

    Charged with baby killing

    A woman from Hartlepool was charged with murdering two-year-old
    Kyle Fisher yesterday. She is due to appear in court today.

    Source:- The Guardian Wednesday 18 August page 9

    Act of faith

    A heartfelt new film from the maker of Notting Hill portrays the
    lives of a pair of twentysomething wheelchair users in a wry, frank
    and unsentimental way. So does it matter that the lead roles are
    not being played by disabled actors?

    Source:- SocietyGuardian Wednesday 18 August page 2

    No immunity from poverty

    People from “solid career backgrounds” are increasingly
    becoming some of the poorest people in society, according to new
    research from the Elizabeth Finn Trust.

    The charity said research conducted on its behalf by the Future
    Foundation, shows that there are around 4 million “hidden
    poor” people in Britain who don’t fit into the widely
    held view of those below the poverty line.

    Source:- SocietyGuardian Wednesday 18 August page 4

    Help at last

    Children who are exposed to domestic violence need dedicated help
    – yet they are barely mentioned in the children bill
    currently under debate.

    Source:- SocietyGuardian Wednesday 18 August page 6

    The young at heart

    The tragic death of 14-year-old Adam Rickwood has turned the
    spotlight on the Youth Justice Board. Alison Benjamin meets its
    chief executive, Ellie Roy

    Source:- SocietyGuardian Wednesday 18 August page 8

    Carnal knowledge

    A project in south London is giving young black men an opportunity
    to explore the consequences of their sexual behaviour through the
    arts

    Source:- SocietyGuardian Wednesday 18 August page 9

    What else can I do?

    Peter has an ambition: he wants to embark on a career in
    international development. Is his fluency in French and his
    experience at Oxfam enough to set him on his way?

    Source:- SocietyGuardian Wednesday 18 August page 63

    Scottish newspapers

    Algerian refugees claim to be unfairly placed on al Qaeda
    list

    A group of Algerian refugees in Scotland claim they feel unsafe in
    both their native and adopted countries because they had been
    wrongly targeted in a list of terrorist suspects.

    The seven men and one woman said they had been unfairly placed on
    an intelligence list of 82 al Qaeda suspects whose names and
    photographs were used in information exchanged by security
    services.

    Six of them appeared in court in December 2002 after raids in
    London and Scotland and terrorism-related charges were later
    dropped. The other two were questioned and released without
    charge.

    One of the group – Ali Serir, who has a Scottish wife Karen,
    said they were now considering finding another country to live in
    because they felt unsafe.

    Source:- The Herald  Wednesday 18 August

    Teens at under-18 discos to be breathalysed…before
    going in

    Teenagers in Fife are to be breathalysed before they can enter an
    under-age disco.

    Those who refuse to take the test will be barred while those
    registering as positive will be escorted home by police.

    The 28-year-old Australian initiative has been adopted by Fife
    Constabulary in a bid to clampdown on gangs roaming the street at
    weekends.

    Source:- The Herald  Wednesday 18 August

    Fears as Reliance heads for Lothian

    Reliance Security is set to provide escort services for Edinburgh
    and Lothian courts.

    The firm has begun advertising for staff for the service which
    could start as soon as October.

    The news follows the announcement that Reliance has been awarded
    the Central Scotland contract and will take over escorting duties
    in the central area with effect from today.

    The move has sparked concern from the company’s critics as
    they have made a series of high profile blunders while running the
    service in Glasgow.

    Source:- Evening News  Tuesday 17 August

    Lottery win of £65,000 for childcare in Lothians

    Grants from the Big Lottery Fund have been awarded to two childcare
    projects in East Lothian.

    The Olivebank Child and Family Centre run by East Lothian Council
    was awarded £36,000 and will enable the centre to employ a
    part-time outreach worker.

    The Scottish Childminding Association was awarded
    £18,945.

    Source:- Evening News  Tuesday 17 August

    Welsh newspapers

    Families hit by cost of diet to help treat autism

    Parents of children with autism are calling for help to pay for
    their special dietary needs.

    They claim the cost of specialised foods like wheat and dairy-free
    products that many parents of autistic children find beneficial are
    extremely expensive and believe such foods should be made available
    free on the NHS.

    Source:- Western Mail Wednesday 18 August page 5

    Escaped teen given longer sentence

    A Welsh teenager feared for his life because of bullying at
    a young offender institution and went on the run, a court was
    told.

    Glyn Hall escaped from the Thorn Cross YOI in Warrington and was
    picked up by police in the Llandudno area.

    The 18-year-old’s defence argued that he had feared for his life
    while in detention but he was given an additional eight months to
    serve consecutively with the 20 months he is already serving for
    burglary.

    Source:- Western Mail Wednesday 18 August page 6

     

     

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