African doctor gets slap on wrist for sexually harassing two nurses on first days at work at NHS hospital
Another one of the famous “overseas trained” doctors in the NHS. Akingboye qualified as a doctor at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, in 2000.
A doctor has been suspended after he sexually harassed two nurses on his first two days at work. Akinfemi Akingboye was just hours into his first shift as a locum senior house officer when he noticed two nurses.
He grabbed one nurse, a blonde in her 20s, by her head and tried to kiss her in the staff room. He also told another he wanted to “get to know her better” on her break before sniffing her hair.
Akingboye was sacked from Warwick Hospital for gross misconduct and questioned by police over the incidents which happened on October 26, 2007. No criminal charges were brought but he was hauled before a disciplinary hearing of the General Medical Council last April.
The nurse, referred to as Ms C, told the hearing he approached her in a corridor at 10.30pm and whispered: “You smell good. What are you wearing?” She rejected his advances but the next morning he stopped a second nurse, referred to as Ms D, and told her she had “lovely teeth.” He also propositioned her in the staff room, asking her for her telephone number and inviting her to London for “fun”. When she told him she wasn’t interested he grabbed her head and tried to kiss her.
When confronted by health bosses Akingboye claimed Ms D had “got inside my head” and put him in a “whirlwind”. He was given a three month ban by the General Medical Council (GMC) and ordered to tell future employers about his punishment.
But in January 2008 Akingboye applied for a job at the London Deanery, a medical research and training centre. He lied on the application form by denying being the subject of a police investigation. He also stated he had never been dismissed from previous jobs.
Akingboye, from Thurrock, Essex, has now been suspended for a further 28 days. [Is that all? He should be permanently deregistered]
Propaganda fail: The youth of England are rather conservative
And that good ol’ drift from Left to Right is already showing up during their teenage years. The blizzard of Leftist propaganda they get in school and from the BBC doesn’t seem to have had much influence. One reason could be that Britain has a large range of very conservative and widely circulated newspapers: Daily Telegraph (highbrow), Daily Mail and Daily Express (middlebrow), Sun (lowbrow) — so everybody has access to the full range of political thought. The Sun in particular (a Murdoch publication) is the biggest-selling daily paper and probably ensures that conservative attitudes percolate throughout British society.
School pupils in England have less tolerant attitudes to immigration, and are less interested in news than their international peers, a study finds. The research showed a hardening of attitudes on immigrants, jail sentences and benefit payments as students in England got older.
The National Foundation for Educational Research also found that English pupils’ knowledge of the EU was poor. But it found that regular citizenship classes could raise civic involvement.
The final report from The Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study, showed a mixed picture of the civic engagement, attachment, understanding and attitudes of young people in England.
The research tracked the attitudes of some 24,000 pupils over nine years, as they aged from 11 to 18. It showed that over time, the cohort experienced a hardening of attitudes towards refugees and immigrants, jail sentences and benefit payments. It also showed their trust in politicians declined. [Excellent! That’s the very foundation of conservative thought]
The researchers also compared the attitudes of English teenagers with those of their international counterparts. This revealed that English pupils had attitudes which were “broadly democratic and tolerant”, the study said. But “their tolerance of immigration is well below the international average and their view of European migration is particularly critical,” the researchers said.
English pupils had a “low” level of interest in social and political issues, the study found.
The report’s authors noted that this is an international trend, but that English young people had a level of news media interest significantly below the international average.
Pupils in England scored significantly above average in the international test of civic knowledge and understanding when compared to all participating countries. But when compared only to their European counterparts, their performance was average.
Their knowledge of the European Union was significantly below that of other pupils in Europe, with English pupils scoring the worst on many questions of all 24 member states that took part in the study. Pupils in England had a strong sense of national identity, which outweighed their sense of European identity.
The research also showed a weakening of English pupils’ attachment to their communities at local, national and European level, although their attachment to their school communities remained strong. Trust in social, civil and political institutions also remained high, although 33% reported in the latest survey that they do not trust politicians “at all” – up from 20% at age 11.
The findings indicated that when citizenship education learning is delivered in slots of more than 45 minutes per week on a regular basis, it can improve young people’s chances of positive involvement in civic activities. It also suggested that this can lead to young people feeling more able to make a difference to their communities.
Citizenship became compulsory for pupils aged 11 to 16 in September 2002 and a GCSE is available in the subject. In the citizenship classes, young people learn about democracy and justice, the structure of political systems and how to function in that structure.
Pupils in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland were not included in the study.
Briton to challenge judgement of Twitter airport bomb threat ‘joke’
A man who was convicted and fined for tweeting that he planned to blow up an airport will take his case to Britain’s High Court in a test of the limits of free speech on the internet, his lawyers said Monday.
Attorneys for Paul Chambers said prominent human rights lawyer Ben Emmerson has been instructed to lead the legal challenge to Chambers’ conviction.
Chambers, a 27-year-old trainee accountant, was arrested in January after he posted a message on Twitter saying he would blow Robin Hood Airport in northern England “sky high” if his flight, due to leave a week later, was delayed.
Chambers insisted it was a joke. But a judge found him guilty of sending a menacing message over a public telecommunications network and ordered him to pay a 385 pound ($621) fine plus legal costs. Earlier this month another judge rejected Chambers’ appeal.
The verdict caused a wave of outrage on Twitter, with thousands of supporters retweeting Chambers’ message with the tag “I Am Spartacus” — a reference to the 1960 movie epic in which the titular hero’s fellow rebels all assume his identity in a gesture of solidarity.
Why does Britain turn a blind eye to these medieval zealots peddling lessons in hate?
By Dr Taj Hargey
Tolerance is one of the abiding characteristics of British society. It is the reason that this country has been able to cope so successfully with unprecedented immigration and social change in recent decades. But sadly, this tradition of openness is being ruthlessly exploited by the followers of a radical strain of Islam that has emerged from the deserts of Arabia.
Tribalist and dogmatic, these Saudi zealots stir up division and threaten our social harmony with their attachment to a crass interpretation of the creed that is a throwback to the barbarities of a medieval age. Known as Wahhabism, this toxic brand of fundamentalism is being propagated throughout Muslim communities across Britain.
The young are particular targets for indoctrination by the hardliners, as was revealed last night in a BBC Panorama documentary which highlighted the insidious influence of a large network of Saudi weekend schools. There are more than 40 such schools in Britain, inculcating more than 5,000 pupils with the warped values of Wahhabism.
Misogyny, separatism and bigotry are all key features of the teaching in these institutions, whereas the Western tradition of free thought and open debate is completely ignored. That is why I, as a Muslim scholar and community leader, regard these schools as so dangerous. They are anathema to everything that our pluralistic society stands for, and should have no role in the education of impressionable minds.
It is also unfortunate for mainstream Muslims that Wahhabism has maligned Islam and has come to define the public perception of my faith — even though it has no real basis in the teaching of the Koran and is little more than primitive tribal code.
Precisely because Wahhabism originated in the brutal backyard of Saudi Arabia, it should have no place in modern democratic Britain. Our culture has gone to considerable lengths to promote equality for women, gay people, ethnic minorities and diverse faiths.
In contrast, the authoritarian Wahhabi tradition in Saudi Arabia is infused with intolerance. The oppression of women there, for instance, is notorious. They are not permitted to drive, nor are they allowed to travel unaccompanied by a male relative.
Now, thanks to these schools, this sort of misogynistic nonsense is being taught to young Muslims in Britain. Similarly, the grotesque Saudi dress code ranging from the headscarf, the hijab to the full all-enveloping tent-like burka, is now all too familiar on the streets of England — when there is no Koranic justification for this.
In the same vein, anti-Semitism is rampant in Saudi Arabia from the top down, reflected in everything from the institutionalised hatred of Israel to the portrayal of Jews as monkeys and pigs in newspaper cartoons. Vicious prejudice against gays is also rife, sanctioned by the Wahhabi clerics. The death penalty is the price paid by gays for any expression of their sexual identity. All in all, life for a woman, gay man or Jew in Saudi Arabia is pretty intolerable, devoid of freedom and rights. And this is the world that the Islamic weekend school preachers want to recreate in Britain!
The same spirit of savagery is found in the way Sharia law is implemented in Saudi Arabia. The Wahhabis run a regime where women are executed for suspected adultery and the most cruel punishments are meted out against petty criminals. But this pitiless approach owes nothing to the Koran. For example, in Saudi Arabia, first-time offenders such as thieves often have a limb cut off — yet the Koran states that such amputations should be used as an extreme last resort, only against the incorrigible.
Equally repellent is the utter domination by Islam of all public life. There is not a shred of pluralism allowed by this corrupt authoritarian regime and Islam is upheld without compassion. So-called ‘morality police’ walk the streets, enforcing their jaundiced interpretation of Sharia law.
The sentence of death hangs over anyone who dares to challenge the Wahhabi theocracy. Apostasy — the act of converting to another faith — is treated as a capital offence. Even those Muslims who fail to conform to the strict tenets of Wahhabism are treated as heretics, liable to imprisonment or execution.
There is a huge element of hypocrisy about the propagation of Wahhabism in Britain, as hardline Muslim regimes are utterly intolerant of any other faith. It is impossible to build a Christian church in Saudi Arabia, yet the same ideologues constantly demand the right to build mosques in Britain. They want the privileges here that they refuse to accord other faiths when they are in control.
Why do we have to put up with the soundtrack of grievance from these Saudi extremists, endlessly demanding mosques, halal meat, calls to prayer, special schools, gender segregation, removal of Christian symbols and imposition of a tribal dress code?
But perhaps the most disturbing feature of the weekend schools is how they serve as a gateway to extremist theology and political radicalism. This ultimately paves the way to domestic terrorism.
The dogma they promote is permanently hostile to the state in which we live — leading to a dangerous ‘them and us’ mentality, making a mockery of all attempts at real integration and tolerance. It is no coincidence that since Wahhabism gained a hold on British Muslims, especially on university campuses and in mosques, the threat of terror has intensified.
So why is Britain turning a blind eye to these schools and the wider sinister influence of Wahhabism? It’s all the more extraordinary given the tough stance we have taken against Islamic extremism in Afghanistan.
There is something obscene about having British soldiers die in the fight against the Taliban while allowing fundamentalist propaganda to flourish in our midst. Of course, the reason for this disparity can be summed up in one word of three letters: oil.
Britain is reliant on Saudi Arabian energy supplies and that is why we kowtow to them. Oil is also one of the key reasons why Saudi Arabia has gained such an unhealthy influence in the Islamic world, powering the growth of this kind of poisonous fundamentalism, in Britain as much as anywhere else.
Although the Saudi embassy yesterday tried to distance itself from the row about the weekend schools, we should have little doubt that the Saudi regime has assisted with funding them.
Furthermore, it is telling that Britain’s most famous and prestigious mosque, at Regent’s Park, in London, is inextricably linked to the Saudi government and the Wahhabi clergy. The head of the mosque, Ahmad Dubyan, is in the Saudi diplomatic service and reports back to the country’s monarch in Riyadh.
The other prime reason for Saudi’s growing domination of global Islam is that the nation contains the two most holy places in the faith: the mosques at Medina and Mecca.
At the festival of Hajj, now held in late autumn, three million pilgrims descend on Mecca, providing a huge captive audience for Wahhabism. Armed with Saudi propaganda and contentious Wahhabi Korans — in which all the verses about tolerance and pluralism have been struck out — these devotees return to their homeland to spread the word.
The row over these weekend schools should make us remember that the rise of extremism has been a disaster for British society and moderate Muslims. Social cohesion has been undermined. Integration has been thwarted. Distrust has grown among neighbours.
These problems can be addressed only by Muslims embracing the true pluralist ethos of the Koran: chapter 2, verse 22, which declares that all believers of any faith will achieve salvation if they lead good lives in anticipation of the day of reckoning.
That is the predominant sentiment we should be teaching our children — not the twisted theology of the Saudis and the Wahhabis.
British immigration cap deal ‘strikes right balance’
Not so much a cap as a colander, by the sound of it. But legal immigrants are not the problem so it probably does not matter much either way
A compromise deal on the government’s flagship immigration cap policy will be signed off by the cabinet on Tuesday, after Vince Cable agreed that it struck the right balance between addressing the worries of the public and safeguarding the interests of business.
The business secretary’s fears about the economic impact of the cap have been eased by David Cameron’s promise to exempt many “intra-company transfers”, which allow multinationals to bring staff in from overseas offices.
Theresa May, home secretary, was still working on the final announcement on Monday night, which will be unveiled to parliament on Tuesday. But people involved in the talks said they expected companies would be free to transfer staff from overseas if they earn more than £40,000 a year.
It is expected that those earning less than £24,000 a year will be banned from the transfer route, as the government seeks to stem the flow of Indian IT workers entering the country by this means. Those earning £24,000-£40,000 may only be allowed into the UK for a year. The issue of company transfers had emerged as one of the most contentious parts of the policy to restrict the number of work permits given each year to people from outside of the European Union. The Japanese embassy said its companies would have cut investment and withdrawn from the UK if they were stopped from transferring staff.
Ms May is thought to have accepted many of the recommendations made last week by the independent Migration Advisory Committee on how to implement the cap, including lifting required earnings and educational standards across most categories.
David Metcalf, head of the committee, recommended that the limit on skilled and highly skilled non-EU workers be set at 43,700 next year, down from 50,000 in 2009. However, people involved in the talks said the final figure would be different because the committee’s calculation did not take into account Mr Cameron’s exemption for transfers and other factors.
Ms May will also announce a consultation period ahead of implementing deep cuts to the number of foreign visas issued to non-EU students each year. The Home Office says the route is abused by people looking to come to Britain to work. But ministers such as Mr Cable and David Willetts, university minister, want to make sure the restrictions do not damage legitimate universities or hinder bright students.
Tens of thousands of foreign students to be barred from Britain in bid to cut immigration numbers
Tens of thousands of foreign students will be barred from studying at private colleges to help slash immigration and curb the growing abuse of the system, the Home Secretary will signal today. Theresa May will launch a review of student visas amid concerns that almost half the migrants who come to study in the UK each year are not on degree courses but a range of lesser qualifications such as A-levels and even GCSEs.
Mrs May will question whether they are the “brightest and the best” that the country wants and will make them a key target for cutting numbers after pledging to protect those wanting to study degrees. It comes as separate figures revealed there has been a 40 per cent rise in the number of bogus colleges, most of which offer non-degree or language courses.
The Home Secretary will announce the review as she unveils what the annual cap on migrant workers will be next year. Along with other measures, the cap is expected to limit numbers arriving to around 40,000 and is the first move to meet David Cameron’s pledge of bringing overall net migration down from 196,000 to the “tens of thousands”.
Yesterday Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, appeared to be concerned about plans to restrict students after he was pictured clutching notes outside 10 Downing Street.
Mr Cable has been the Cabinet’s most vocal critic of the various measures to cut immigration and the notes seemed to echo previous concerns that curbing students would damage the country’s reputation in the world.
They also appeared to remind colleagues that foreign students bring income to universities and colleges and that changing rules that allow students to look for work after their degree was wrong.
The Government’s chief immigration adviser warned last week that any cut in foreign workers will only have a limited impact and that the number of students from outside the EU will have to be halved if the target is to be met.
Ministers have been under pressure from university leaders and some Cabinet members who fear that restrictions on student numbers will damage the UK’s reputation as a world-leading centre for education, as well as cutting the lucrative funds brought in by foreign students.
However, around 130,000 foreign students who came in the year to March were not here to study degrees, almost half the near 280,000 non-EU students who arrived. Of those, more than 90,000 attended a private college to study anything from GCSEs to vocational qualifications. Thousands more attended language schools. The rest either attended established further education colleges or schools.
British teachers to bring back old-fashioned reading tests
Six-year-olds will be tested on their ability to read words such as ‘cat’, ‘zoo’, and ‘pride’ as part of a return to traditional teaching.
Ministers yesterday gave details of back-to-basics plans to run reading tests after one year of formal schooling. The ten-minute ‘informal tests’ will be based on phonics – where pupils learn the sounds of letters and groups of letters before putting them together.
It is a move away from ‘trendy’ teaching methods which have been blamed on the decline of youngsters’ grasp of the 3Rs.
At present, pupils in England are assessed in Year 2 by their teachers in English, maths and science. Around one in six seven-year-olds and one in five 11-year-olds fail to reach the levels expected of their age group in reading, according to official statistics.
Education Secretary Michael Gove said: ‘We are determined to raise literacy standards in our schools, especially of those not achieving the expected level.’ He said it would be ‘impossible’ for schools to drill pupils to pass the new test.
Some teachers are unconvinced by the move. Martin Johnson, of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said: ‘There is a huge consensus that reading is best taught using a mixture of methods, but the Government ignores the evidence in favour of its outdated hobby-horses.’
A leading environmental group (John Muir Trust) speaks against wind energy plans
The Scottish Government has no way of verifying claims by wind-farm developers on the carbon footprint of their turbines, a leading wildlife charity has revealed.
Now the John Muir Trust claims no large wind farms should be approved by planners until developers’ environmental claims can be independently confirmed by government scientists.
Both the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) say verifying claims of “carbon payback” by wind-farm companies is not part of their remit.
The carbon payback period – the length of time it will take for the wind farm to compensate for carbon emissions resulting from its development – is often highlighted by firms to promote their green credentials.
In their response to the proposed Viking wind farm on Shetland, SEPA said they had been requested by the Scottish Government to review the carbon balance of wind developments but that they had no funding or expertise available.
Helen McDade, head of policy for the John Muir Trust, said it was “extraordinary” that no government agency is equipped to give an independent answer on carbon payback. She added: “For the Scottish Government to deliver on its commitment to reducing carbon emissions, it needs to give its agencies the resources to effectively review this important aspect of applications.
“Without independent auditing of carbon payback, we are basically forced to rely on the word of developers who stand to make millions of pounds if an application goes ahead. “We need to stick to a precautionary principle and avoid siting major developments of this scale on fragile peatlands, which are an important carbon store.”
SNH, which is officially consulted by the Scottish Government over the impact of wind farms, confirmed that it does not assess carbon payback claims made by developers. Spokesman Calum Macfarlane said: “It is not part of our remit. If a carbon payback figure is mentioned by a developer, it is not something that features in our response. We look at landscape, wildlife and habitat considerations.”
SEPA also confirmed it does not carry out its own audit of developers’ carbon payback claims.
Viking Energy has cut the number of turbines proposed for its contentious wind farm by 23 and says the carbon payback time for the £685 million project will be less than one year. The downward revision of the carbon payback time stems from an estimate that more than two-thirds of peat on the site is “already deteriorating and releasing stored carbon”.
Cocktail of cheap drugs ‘can prevent Alzheimer’s’ and keep the brain healthy into old age — if you are a mouse
Journal article here. The experiments were in vitro and in vivo only. People not involved
A cheap diabetes drug taken with a red wine ‘miracle pill’ could prevent millions from suffering the agony of Alzheimer’s. Costing only pennies a day, the two-in-one cocktail could keep the brain healthy into old age, stopping dementia developing in some cases and halting it in others, British doctors believe.
With the pills already credited with a host of health-boosting qualities, including potentially extending life, the Dundee University breakthrough brings hope of a brighter future for millions.
The latest breakthrough centres on drugs called metformin and resveratrol. Metformin has been safely used for more than 50 years to control blood sugar levels in age and obesity-related diabetes. Recent research suggests it has other benefits, including the ability to extend life.
Resveratrol, the ‘miracle ingredient’ behind many of red wine’s health-boosting qualities, has also been hailed as an elixir of life, with experiments crediting it with warding off a host of ills, from old age to cancer.
The Dundee researchers showed that metformin interferes with the formation of toxic ‘tangles’ of a protein called tau that clog the brain in Alzheimer’s, leading to the destruction of memory cells, the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports. Resveratrol has a similar protective effect and taken together, the two could have the power to hold Alzheimer’s at bay, researchers believe. Professor Susann Schweiger said: ‘The best hope is that it would stop it.’
BBC accused of ‘racial stereotyping’ by Scots – for including drunk porridge-eater in broadcasts
“Radio 4 listeners have blasted the character Jazzer, played by Ryan Kelly, who is portrayed as a heavy-drinking, car-stealing Glaswegian
The BBC’s long-running Radio 4 soap The Archers has been accused of ‘racial stereotyping’ over the portrayal of its only Scottish character.
Listeners of the programme have objected to the behaviour of Jack ‘Jazzer’ McCreary, who is shown as a mean, heavy-drinking, car-stealing, drug-taking, womanising Glaswegian who likes to eat porridge.
But many listeners have seen the character with his strong Glasgow accent as a form of negative stereotyping about Scottish people.
They have accused the show of lazy writing and said the BBC has ‘stereotyped an entire race’. The character has been in the soap since 2000.
Mr Kelly, the actor who plays Jazzer, told Radio 4’s Feedback he enjoyed playing the part. When asked if he had met any Scottish people like the character, Mr Kelly said: ‘Some cousins I have are like that.’
He added: ‘Even Scottish people laugh at deep frying things, they tend to laugh at themselves and I think you have got to be able to laugh at yourselves.’ He said of the accent: ‘It is as authentic as I can make it.’
Scriptwriter Keri Davies said: ‘It’s important to realise that Jazzer, the one character, cannot possibly be expected to represent a whole nation. Jazzer rather represents a type of person – a lad who is fairly rough and ready, who likes a drink, likes the women, has a few redeeming features but still has a lot of rough edges to be knocked off. That’s what he represents, rather [than] Scotland as a whole.’
There’s no doubt that Scots like a drink — and porridge too. I like both myself — and I’m an Australian!