Friday 18th February 2005

    By Maria Ahmed, Simeon Brody, Derren Hayes and Amy
    Taylor

    TV Violence ‘makes children aggressive’

    Violent images on television and in computer games can increase
    aggressive behaviour among young children.

    Researchers at the University of Birmingham have found that violent
    imagery in the media had a “substantial” short-term
    effect on children’s arousal, thoughts and emotions. The
    study is published today in The Lancet journal.

    Source:- The Independent Friday 18 February 2005 page
    8

    Pension strike talks break down

    Talks aimed at averting a pre-election strike over pensions by
    local government workers broke up last night without
    agreement.

    Unison said it would press ahead with a ballot on industrial action
    in protest of regulations scheduled to come into force in
    April.

    Source:- The Independent Friday 18 February 2005 page
    18

    Still no fixed date for beleaguered CSA chief to quit

    Douglas Smith, the head of the Child Support Agency, is still in
    his job three months after the government suggested he had
    resigned, and no date has been fixed for his departure.

    The revelation provoked anger among MPs who accused Alan Johnson,
    the secretary of state for work and pensions, of prematurely
    announcing his departure in an effort to deflect difficult
    questions about the CSA.

    Source:- The Independent Friday 18 February 2005 page
    21

    Council tax rises held at 4.4 per cent – until after
    election

    Council tax bills will increase by more than twice the level of
    inflation this year with town halls giving warning of even steeper
    rise in 2006. Council leaders argued that they had curbed rises
    because of a one-off “pre-election bribe” and threats
    they would be capped.

    Source:- The Times Friday 18 February 2005 page 1 and pgs
    6-7

    Blind worker kept idle for 2 years

    A blind computer specialist won her discrimination battle yesterday
    against a multinational advertising agency that gave her
    “nothing to do” for two years.

    Sue Williams was given her dream job as a worldwide IT developer by
    the J Walter Thompson Group. But the firm was “ill-prepared
    for her arrival” and gave her no suitable work throughout her
    employment, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday.

    Source:- The Times Friday 18 February 2005 page 28

    Alzheimer’s drug is found to speed up mental
    decline

    Quetiapine (sold as Seroquel) and rivastigmine (Exelon), two drugs
    often prescribed to patients with dementia are ineffective and one
    of them actually speeds mental decline, a study funded by the
    Alzheimer’s Research Trust has shown.

    Source:- The Times Friday 18 February 2005 page 29

    Public sector pension cost doubles to £100bn

    The cost of public sector pensions has almost doubled in the past
    two years to £700 billion leaving a hole in the
    government’s future finances, according to pensions
    experts.

    The TUC will stage a rally today to protest against increases in
    the retirement age affecting seven million public sector
    workers.

    Source:- The Guardian Friday February 18 2005 page 1

    Suicide fear from antidepressants

    Antidepressants like Prozac and Seroxat may make people twice as
    likely to kill themselves, according to a study published in the
    British Medical Journal today.

    Source:- The Guardian Friday February 18 2005 page 5

    Dementia drug fear

    A drug used to curb aggression and agitation in thousands of people
    with dementia is be “carefully considered” by safety
    watchdogs after research suggested it hastened their mental
    decline.

    Quetiapine, marketed at Seroquel, is taken by up to 45 per cent of
    those with Alzheimer’s disease.

    Source:- The Guardian Friday February 18 2005 page
    11

    Cell killing “maybe not racist”

    The murder of Zahid Mubarek by a cellmate who wrote a string of
    racist letters may not have been racially motivated, an inquiry has
    heard.

    A forensic psychiatrist said he did not believe Mubarek’s
    ethnic origin was important and suggested his killer Robert Stewart
    was psychopathic and might have killed him even if he was
    white.

    Source:- The Guardian Friday February 18 2005 page
    12

    Rise in school standards “exaggerated”

    The Statistics Commission said government claims of a dramatic
    improvement in primary school standards was a “substantial
    overstatement”.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Friday February 18 2005 page
    2

    The feral boy abandoned to a life of misery

    The 11-year-old banned from the centre of Nottingham earlier this
    week was born to a single mother, was the fourth of five children
    by four different men, did not know his father in his early life
    and his greatest influence was a wayward older brother.

    He was first expelled from school at age eight, began taking
    cannabis at about the same time and made his first court appearance
    aged 10.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Friday February 18 2005 page
    6

    Tories exploiting immigration fears, says Blair

    Tony Blair accused the Conservatives of ignoring the economy and
    public services to concentrate on trying to exploit public concerns
    over immigration.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Friday February 18 2005 page
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    Warning: Violence on TV, video and computer games does make
    your child aggressive, say doctors

    Research from Birmingham University confirmed that watching screen
    violence can have a “substantial effect” on effect on
    young people, making them more likely to be aggressive or
    fearful.

    Source:- Daily Mail Friday February 18 2005 page 7

    Scottish newspapers

    Homeless kids can bank on help from Neil

    Feature on the bank manager who has been named Individual
    Volunteer of the Year at the first Royal Bank of Scotland
    Chairman’s Awards for Community Excellence.

    Edinburgh-based Neil Graham, Royal Bank of Scotland marketing
    manager, has helped raise more than £100,000 – and given up
    eight weeks of holiday – to build homes for deprived youngsters in
    the Amazonian jungle.

    Source:- The Scotsman Friday 18 February

    Child porn teacher walks free

    The deputy head of a secondary school avoided jailed
    despite being found in possession of 1,400 indecent photographs of
    children between May 1999 and June 2004 and was in possession of
    another 1,810 indecent photographs of children on CD-Roms which he
    had bought through the internet.

    Child support agencies condemned the decision to sentence William
    Fraser, who was caught by Operation Ore, to two years’
    probation and 140 hours’ community service. Sheriff Alexander
    Jessop said the images were at the lower end of the scale for
    internet child pornography, even though some involved children as
    young as five and others performing sexual acts.

    Source:- The Scotsman Friday 18 February

    Extra points for migrants who settle in
    Scotland

    Migrants to the UK will be offered extra incentives to settle in
    Scotland under government plans to meet the country’s skills
    shortages and counter population decline.

    Des Browne, immigration minister, said the points system announced
    last week would be weighted in favour of parts of Scotland where
    there is specific labour shortages. The Home Office has indicated
    the Scottish executive will be able to “sponsor” certain workers
    and lobby for higher points to be granted where there is a specific
    need.

    Source:- The Herald Friday 18 February

    Booze is all I’ve got

    The teenager caught on camera giving two fingers to justice
    minister Cathy Jamieson as she launched a crackdown on anti-social
    behavior this week claimed: “Give us things to do and we’ll stay
    off the booze”.

    Jamie Smith,15, made the Record’s front page by flicking a V-sign
    behind Jamieson’s back as she urged Scots to shop hooligans.
    Jamie denied he was a ‘Ned’, said he wanted to joint he
    army and defended his favourite drink – the fortified tonic wine
    Buckfast – sales of which Jamieson would like to restrict.

    Source:- The Daily Record Friday 18 February

    Welsh newspapers

    Church warden jailed for string of sex attacks

    A church warden was jailed for 11 years yesterday for carrying out
    22 sex offences against three young boys.

    Lyndon Lewis of Blaenavon was branded “disgusting” by a
    judge at Cardiff Crown Court.

    Police clerk Lewis was nicknamed ‘the vicar’ because of
    his church work.

    Source:- Western Mail Friday 18 February

     

     

     

     

     

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