Monday 27 June 2005

By Maria Ahmed, Mithran Samuel, Amy Taylor and Derren

Home Office reprieves Mugabe opponent facing

The government has refused to stop deporting failed asylum seekers
back to Zimbabwe despite hunger strikes by detained Zimbabweans who
claim they would be tortured on return.
However, the Home Office gave a temporary reprieve to a prominent
opponent of President Robert Mugabe, Crespen Kulingi, who had been
due to be deported today.
Source:- The Guardian Saturday 25 June 2005 page 3
How media whipped up a witch-hunt
The media reaction to a leaked Scotland Yard report on
attitudes to child abuse in ethnic minority communities has been
dismissed by the police and has angered African church
The report sparked claims that ritual child abuse was widespread in
African communities, despite it producing no evidence of this and
being designed to gauge attitudes, not establish facts.
Source:- The Guardian Saturday 25 June 2005 page 7
Caroline’s killer reneges on promise to reveal the
The killer of schoolgirl Caroline Dickinson, who is
appealing against a 30-year sentence for murder, has refused to say
how the 13-year-old died despite promising to do so.
Francisco Arce Montes had promised to tell the whole truth ahead of
his appeal but refused to during evidence.
Source:- The Times Saturday 25 June 2005 page 18
Pension reform ‘favours’ rich
Plans to lift restrictions on investing in pensions will
favour the rich, according to a report by analyst
The reforms would lift the cap on the percentage of earnings people
are allowed to invest in their pensions, which Datamonitor said
would mainly benefit the richest 40 per cent of society.
Source:- The Financial Times Saturday 25 June 2005 page
DTI to spend £45m on debt advisers
The government is to invest £45m in debt advisers to cope with
rising numbers of people needing help to deal with financial
Most of the money will be given to citizens advice bureaux and
similar organisations.
Source: – The Daily Telegraph Saturday 25 June 2005 page
School drug testing is axed for breaching pupils’
Plans to introduce random drug testing for school children
across the country have been shelved after lawyers warned that
forcing pupils to undergo checks would breach their human
Source:- The Mail on Sunday Sunday 26 June 2005 page
JP quits over Labour’s plan to keep criminals out of
Leonard Hobsbaum, chair of the bench at Bradford
Magistrates Court, has stood down over Labour’s
“soft-on-crime” culture which he says is pressuring
courts to keep offenders out of prison.
Source:- The Mail on Sunday Sunday 26 June 2005 page
Why is the man who drove my beautiful daughter to suicide
now the toast of London’s high society?
As the NSPCC launches a network of child abuse
investigation centres, one mother relives her eight-year fight to
win justice for her daughter
Source:- The Mail on Sunday Sunday 26 June 2005 page
A nation of apprentices
Every teenager in Britain is to be given the chance to launch their
own business career by attending a two-week summer school run by a
local company in a scheme drawn up by chancellor Gordon
Source:- The Sunday Telegraph Sunday 26 June 2005 page
Teachers ‘running away’ from unruly

New teachers are moving schools or quitting the profession in an
attempt to escape “awful” behaviour, according to early
findings from a survey by the Teachers’ Support
Source:- The Sunday Telegraph Sunday 26 June 2005 page
London protesters demand the right to wear
Around 50 protesters wore their hoodies with pride
yesterday in a protest at the south London Elephant and Castle
shopping complex, which banned hoodies in mid-May.
Source:- The Sunday Telegraph Sunday 26 June 2005 page
Top schools ‘must be told to take difficult
Successful secondary schools would be forced to admit over
30 disruptive and even violent pupils every year under
controversial plans to be published by the Institute for Public
Policy Research in the autumn.
Source:- The Observer Sunday 26 June 2005 page 7
Poor care system ‘puts the elderly in
The government is abandoning thousands of elderly people
to a care system that steals their dignity, denies them meaningful
choice and risks endangering their health, a report by the
King’s Fund claims.
Source:- The Observer Sunday 26 June 2005 page 9
Schools face call to jam mobiles
MP demands a crackdown as the “happy slapping” craze
Source:- The Observer Sunday 26 June 2005 page 10
Asylum-seekers ‘tortured’ after being
Church leaders urge halt to repatriation of Zimbabweans as
evidence grows of abuse and detention
Source:- The Times Monday 27 June 2005 page 4
Prisoner total rises 15 per cent in six years
England and Wales are continuing to jail offenders at a
higher rate than France, Germany, Italy and Greece. New research
indicates that the government’s use of prison has risen by 15
per cent since 1999.
Source:- The Guardian Monday 27 June 2005 page 2
Protecting children with lessons for parents at war
While British absent fathers can be left on a hopeless
trail through the courts, US laws aim to avoid the most damaging
effects of separation
Source:- The Guardian Monday 27 June 2005 page 12
Scottish News
Public sector jobs are still growing after promised
‘major surgery’
Around 11,000 more jobs were created in 2004 despite the
Scottish executive’s promises last year to make drastic
savings. By December, Holyrood’s finance committee was told that
the executive’s proposals for savings would save only 3.7 per
cent of its budget in 2008, against Whitehall’s 7.3 per cent.
Source:- The Herald Monday 27 June 2005
Fresh Talent allows immigrants a ‘back door into
Jack McConnell’s flagship Fresh Talent initiative could
end up providing a “back door” for foreign migrants to enter
England, a migration lobbying group has warned. The Fresh Talent
visa extension scheme will allow non-European Union students
graduating in Scotland to take jobs for two years without a work
permit. Migrationwatch UK dismissed the initiative as “completely
unjustified” and argued that claims about Scotland’s declining
population had been “very greatly exaggerated”.
Source:- The Scotsman Monday 27 June 2005
Revealed: no progress in 20 years as law fails to curb
alcohol sales to the young

The number of people prosecuted for selling alcohol to under-18s in
Scotland has not changed in more than 20 years, despite growing
concerns over teenage drinking. Young people in Scotland are
drinking more than ever before, yet offences recorded by the police
in relation to the provision of alcohol to underage drinkers have
remained low.
Source:- The Herald on Sunday Sunday 26 June 2005
Welsh news
Why was OAP left in the sun?
An inquiry has been launched after a 79-year-old woman was
left in a minibus for three hours on one of the hottest days of the
The woman, who is a wheelchair user, is a resident of the Swn-y-Mor
care home in Aberavon. The incident happened on a trip to an Age
Concern day centre in Port Talbot. A spokesperson for Southern
Cross Health Cares, which owns the home, said a full internal
investigation would take place.
Source:- Wales on Sunday Sunday 26 June 2005
Increase in video-image bullying
Bullying via mobile phone and so-called “happy
slapping” is on the increase in Wales.
Children as young as seven have been victims of the trend, which
involves being slapped while the attack is recorded on a mobile
phone. Experts say that up to one in five children in Wales are
being affected.
Source:- Western Mail Saturday 25 June 2005



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