Tuesday 8 March 2005

    By Maria Ahmed, Derren Hayes and Amy Taylor

    Girl aged six ‘unhappy with weight’

    By the age of six, most girls are now dissatisfied with their
    bodies and want to be thinner, researchers have claimed
    today.

    Hayley Dohnt and Marika Tiggemann from Flinders University, South
    Australia said the girl’s belief that “thin is
    beautiful” can stem from watching pop stars on television or
    comments made while trying on clothes.

    Source:- The Independent Tuesday 8 March 2005 page 8

    Surrender to the Gypsies, Prescott orders town halls

    John Prescott yesterday told town halls to go easy on Gypsies who
    set up home in defiance of planning rules. Travellers and Gypsies
    may be suffering racial discrimination at the hands of planners,
    the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office said. It suggested
    councils grant

    Gypsies special rights to build homes in the countryside and draw
    back from evicting those who build camps or homes.

    Source:- The Daily Mail Tuesday 8 March 2005 page 2

    You betrayed thousands of disabled children, Mr Blair

    The mother of an autistic boy launched a devastating attack on Tony
    Blair yesterday, saying she would never trust him again. Maria
    Hutchings accused the prime minister of betraying her 10-year-old
    son and thousands of disabled pupils by denying them proper special
    needs education.

    Source:- The Daily Mail Tuesday 8 March 2005 page 16

    Why nursing homes could be swamped

    Thousands of Alzheimer’s sufferers will be forced into
    nursing homes earlier in their illness if a ban on drug treatment
    is approved, warn doctors.

    Source:- The Daily Mail Tuesday 8 March 2005 page 24

    Immigration service is forced to compensate migrant over
    ‘unfair treatment’

    An Albanian asylum seeker has been awarded £6,000 compensation
    from the government over its attempt to deport him.

    Source:- The Daily Mail Tuesday 8 March 2005 page 35

    Who says my life is worthless?

    Doctors told her parents to let her die. Today, she’s one of
    the wittiest and outspoken figures in the House of Lords. Baroness
    Chapman attacks the cruel folly of Labour’s euthanasia
    Bill.

    Source:- The Daily Mail Tuesday 8 March 2005 pages
    40-41

    Scottish newspapers

    Cities seek tougher stance on beggars

    Glasgow Council wants the Scottish Executive to change the law on
    street trading so that Big Issue sellers, market researchers and
    buskers would need a licence.

    In a separate move, Edinburgh has started a public consultation on
    a proposed civic code which would alter the capital’s by-laws
    allowing officials to deal with public drinking, begging and other
    street nuisances.

    Officials in Glasgow said they had received a flood of complaints
    from the public, but there was little they could do because they
    had no enforcement powers.

    Source:- The Herald Tuesday 8 March

    Care home assault inquiry dropped

    An investigation into claims that care home staff physically
    assaulted pupils in their care has been dropped.

    The procurator-fiscal has decided not to proceed, following the
    claims made against staff at the Kibble education and care centre,
    Paisley.

    Dozens of staff, pupils and former pupils were questioned by police
    after a staff member made the claims last July.

    Source:- The Herald Tuesday 8 March

    Family barred from own home under Antisocial Behaviour
    Act

    A nuisance home owner has been banned from his house for three
    months under new powers being used for the first time in
    Scotland.

    Andrew Gordon and his son Phillip are banned from entering the
    Dunfermline house under an antisocial behaviour order, following
    two years of noise and disruption caused by visitors.

    The action came after neighbours had to suffer drinking,
    drug-taking and fights between youths who used the house while
    Phillip Gordon’s father was away.

    Source:- The Scotsman Tuesday 8 March

    Nurse fought off knife woman

    A woman who had already served two prison sentences for stabbing a
    doctor and a social worker has admitted a third attack on a
    nurse.

    Joan McGlone, who has a pathological hatred of the medical
    profession, sneaked into Monklands Hospital in Airdrie and attacked
    Monica McCafferty with a knife.

    The High Court in Glasgow heard that McCafferty had to fend off the
    attack with a zimmer frame.

    Source:- Daily Record Tuesday 8 March

    Welsh newspapers

    Doctors prescribe for Wales

    Doctors have called on politicians to guarantee that they will
    provide public health policies to eradicate the health inequalities
    that exist in Wales.

    The call comes in the British Medical Association’s
    pre-general election manifesto which outlines key areas of
    improvement for the NHS.

    Source:- Western Mail Tuesday 8 March

    Overworked women facing health worries

    Welsh women trying to combine long working hours with bringing up a
    family could be putting their physical and mental health at risk
    the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists warned today.

    The warning has been prompted by new figures revealing that
    full-time women workers are doing as many as 39.2 hours at work in
    Wales.

    Source:- Western Mail Tuesday 8 March

    Anger over Scope’s ‘betrayal’

    Disability charity Scope has announced plans to shut down its last
    homes in Wales to focus on campaigning.

    The 11 flats, located in the upmarket Cyncoed district of Cardiff,
    are being shut down and the land sold off. The residents had been
    under the impression that their homes were going to be redeveloped
    on the same site.

    Source:- Western Mail Tuesday 8 March

     

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