Is There Any Answer To The Chaos In Calais?

As immigrants take advantage of the strike by French workers and try to board any vehicle possible to get over to the UK, the French say they are angry at the lack of assistance given by the UK to this issue and David Cameron calls the situation totally unacceptable, you have to wonder if there is any viable solution to this ongoing chaos. I do think there are certain measures which could be put into place to relieve the pressure on places such as Calais and improve matters but a long term solution seems a long way away.

Whilst there are so many countries from Africa to the Middle East that are in such a shocking state and where there are so many citizens from these countries either starving or in grave danger of violence or being killed, the pull of Europe and some sort of normal life will be there, and who can blame them? Everything should be done for families who are in danger in some way or another but we must be more proactive in sorting out the wheat from the chaff.

Illegal immigrants are called such a name for a reason, they are here in the UK illegally and unless they have a legal right to be here they should be deported. There should be more checks but before we even get to that situation we need to strengthen our borders. The French are decrying our lack of effort to improve our security so if they are saying we need to take action then we surely do need to get a grip on this issue. Money spent now strengthening our security and checking points will save us a great deal of money further down the line.

UKIP leader Nick Farage has said that “The UK has become the number one destination of choice due to the size of our employment black market and the failure to deport 75 per cent of caught illegal immigrants.” and whilst I do not like to agree with him I fear he does have a point on this matter. Our legal services are at breaking point with regards to the immigration issue and there is so much of a backlog that it would take months and years now to sort out all the people so far claiming for asylum or a temporary visa. Again more staff is an absolute essential course of action if we are going to tackle this issue.

Another point is that if these people trying to board lorries and vans to get through the Channel Tunnel into the UK are illegal immigrants then why are the French not checking all their paperwork and if they are found to be in France illegally why are they not deporting them? It has been reported that there has been some shocking behavior from many of the immigrants trying to board vehicles to get into the UK and why I do not like to generalise it is putting all these people in a bad light and is not doing anything for their cause. Lets hope things improve in the next few days but this is certainly an issue that is not going to go away any time soon.


Call For Judicial Review Over NHS Patient Safety Policies

Patient safety charity Action Against Medical Accidents has called for legal action against Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and other ministers involved in the `watering down` of patient safety regulations in the NHS. The government have brought in a new `duty of candour` in a supposed attempt to improve safety after the mid Staffs scandal, but they seem to have brought in 2 tier approach to this.

This `duty of candour` will give less rights to patients who have not been in hospital, such as patients who have come from care homes or directed by GP`s there etc. This will mean that private care homes or GP`s will not have to disclose any worrying lapses of safety that may be harmful in the future, even though the hospitals will have to disclose such issues if they happen under their watch.

The charity Action Against Medical Accidents believes that this lesser duty of candour to private care providers is an unlawful move by the Health Secretary, after they had previously lauded the move for a duty of candour when it was first proposed, and they will look to challenge this new watered down ruling in the High Court unless Hunt backs down and ensures that it covers all care providers in equal measure.

It is likely that the Department of Health will back down rather than risk being challenged in the High Court over this matter. They have already indicated that the new proposed duty of candour is under review at this moment in time and that they will seek the views of other parties and if required make changes, as they say they want to make the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world.

The duty of candour was first recommended by Robert Francis QC back in 2013, in his report on the appalling level of care provided at Stafford Hospital which resulted in many people suffering and some losing their lives due to failures in duty of care.

Legal action against the government over an issue in the NHS so soon after the election would not be an ideal scenario for them, after promising to make great improvements in this sector over the next 5 years. But it is good that we have charities such as Action Against Medical Accidents who can put pressure on the government of the day to ensure they always have the patients safety as a first priority. It would certainly be an embarrassment for them if they were taken to court and defeated on such a sensitive subject that is close to the electorates heart.

Different Types Of Glass For Your Windows

If you are looking at getting some new windows for your home, or you may need some for your offices, then bear in mind that there are a few different types of glass that you can choose from, depending on your circumstances and your disposition. Let`s take a look at a few of these.

Float glass, or OptiFloat glass as it is sometimes known, is the regular type of glass in most of the windows you see around you. It is used as the outer pane of glass in thermally efficient double glazed windows. The inner pane can often be a low E type of glass. If you use OptiFloat glass that is over 6mm in thickness it can be very useful if you need a strong glass that will prove very tough and durable, and can also be used in greater spans, it has reduced deflection, high daylight transmission and can reduce noise from the outside. If you want an even tougher glass you can laminate it which will give you more safety and security.

As well as clear OptiFloat glass you can also get it in opal, which gives you the diffused natural light of a translucent glass. There is also tinted OptiFloat glass which will give you a tint effect and can be very attractive as well as reducing the glare through a window. Another one is OptiFloat satin which gives you just as much light as clear glass but also diffuses the light and gives you a little extra privacy.

Another type of glass is Low Iron glass. This is a specially developed float glass which gives you a neutral clear appearance, high light transmission if you compare it with your normal float glass, and it is useful for commercial applications if you need an improved performance.

Low E, Hard Coat Glass is an on-line coated low E glass which is very popular and can be supplied as toughened or laminated glass. Low E glass has a microscopically thin transparent coating, and this thin coating creates a really strong bond which is very durable during fabrication.

Low E, Soft Coat Glass is an off-line coated low E glass which actually gives a superior performance than the Hard Coat glass. It has good thermal insulation and high light transmission. It does require some careful handling during the manufacturing process but these Low E sealed units can provide the lowest `U` values available.

I hope this has given you some interesting information various glasses available and it will help you make a more informed choice.

Smyth Window Systems

Judge Says Allowances Should Be Made For Immigrants Who Discipline Their Children

In a concerning development a UK judge has come out with the proposterous suggestion that immigrants who beat and slap their children should be given special treatment and that their cultural context should be taken into account. There are so many issues with this suggestion that it is hard to know where to start but let`s give it a go!!

Firstly it is just wrong to beat or harm a child in any way, shape or form and this is thankfully now enshrined in our laws, so why we would suddenly want to give allowances for the cultural context of the offence I have no idea. If a person lives or visits these shores they need to be aware of and abide by our laws and if they do not they should suffer the consequences.

You can`t pick out one group for preferential treatment in this way as it opens up a whole can of worms. For instance any UK citizen who has had a particularly bad upbringing and/or they are from a poor background could argue that their particular cultural context has led to them beating their child. Where would it end?

Mrs Justice Pauffley recommended this move whilst sitting in the High Court, indicating that the police and social services should `go easy` on certain immigrant groups. In a ruling over an Indian man who it was said beat both his wife and his son she said that “proper allowance must be made for what is, almost certainly, a different cultural context”, and that the boy “did not appear to have suffered more than sadness and transient pain from what was done to him”.

Unfortunately this ruling will most certainly be seized upon by certain political groups such as the BNP and UKIP who will make great play of the special treatment being meted out to immigrants and this can cause great harm to public relations and friction in our communities.

Last but certainly not least this may give certain people carte blanche to beat and discipline their children, an action which is totally abhorrent to the vast majority of the people in the UK and which should not only be discouraged but legal action should be brought to bear against such people. Children should never be slapped or beaten and there can be no excuses whatsoever, no matter where you are from or what background you have. If you think a child is being mistreated get legal advice over whether to report or press charges over the issue.

Ireland Paid £3.25 Million By FIFA To Avoid Legal Action

It has been uncovered that FIFA paid Ireland a total of $5 million, which equates to approximately £3.25 million, so that they would not start legal proceedings after they were controversially knocked out of the World Cup play offs by France back in 2009.

in extra time in the game against France striker Thierry Henry deliberately brought the ball under control with his hand and crossed the ball for William Gallas who scored the decisive goal. The handball seemed so obvious at the time that there was outrage that none of the officials did not see it, or at least if they did see it they did nothing about it.

To avoid Ireland bringing legal action FIFA decided to give the FA of Ireland a `loan` to go towards the construction of a stadium in Ireland. They have claimed that this $5 million would have been paid back if Ireland had reached the 2014 World Cup Finals but they did not.

In a statement FIFA said: “In January 2010 FIFA entered into an agreement with FAI in order to put an end to any claims against FIFA,” it said in a statement.

“FIFA granted FAI a loan of $5 million for the construction of a stadium in Ireland. At the same time, UEFA also granted the FAI funds for the same stadium.

“The terms agreed between FIFA and the FAI were that the loan would be reimbursed if Ireland qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Ireland did not so qualify.

“Because of this, and in view of the FAI’s financial situation, FIFA decided to write off the loan as per 31 December 2014.”

The Chief Executive of the FAI at the time, John Delaney, was heavily critical of the way Sepp Blatter handled the incident as he acted in a very disrespectful manner and he seemed to be having a laugh on stage at one point at Ireland`s expense. He said that he had a very heated meeting with Blatter in the aftermath of this incident and it was then that FIFA came to an agreement with Ireland to make a payment to the Association. Delaney believed it was a very good agreeent for Ireland and felt that it was a legitimate payment to them after the upset they had been through.

For more information on this story you can go to the Reuters UK website by clicking on the following link: FIFA Paid FA Ireland $5 Million To Avoid Legal Proceedings

My Magical New Windows

Isn`t a childs imagination a wonderful thing? I am going to give you an account of the day our house had new windows put in and how as a small boy it seemed to transform my whole universe. Here is a recount of my feelings and what I saw on that magical day.

It was a Monday morning, but this particular Monday I rose excitedly bright and early from my bed and hurried downstairs. This was not because I was looking forward to school, and it wasn`t even because it was a school holiday, it was because my Mum and Dad had ordered new windows for our home including my bedroom window!! And they were going to be double glazed windows too!! I was beside myself with excitement!

“What time are the window men coming” I blurted out to my Mum who had only just emerged from bed herself and was just putting the kettle on. “9.00 but its not yet 7.30 so please calm down!!” I calmed down, at least for my breakfast, and sat there looking at the clock in the kitchen.

Let me give you a bit of background information. We weren`t a rich family, weren`t desperately poor as Dad had a job at the Post Office but there were 3 kids to feed and bills and clothes and food and as my Mum often said money doesn`t grow on trees. The house was in a bit of a state, especially my bedroom window. Draughts got through the side so it was bitterly cold in the winter, it was scratched and dirty both inside and out with mould often forming on the sills, and I couldn`t see through it properly, and when I did the marks and scratches made me conjure up ghosts and bogey men in the twilight as my fevered mind would play tricks with me.

Then the window men came. They were nice men which was unusual and they smiled and chatted to me as they went about their work as I watched. My window was done in about 90 minutes flat and it was awesome!!!! The sun had come out and was blasting through the new double glazing, there was no noise from outside for the first time I can ever remember.

The window seemed twice as wide as normal and something magical was happening. I could suddenly see hot air balloons billowing up into the sky, a huge rainbow emerged with a young lady sat astride it waving at me, and I could see New York right outside, people with cool hats on scurrying across the streets, bright yellow taxis everywhere, theatres, cafes and restaurants on every corner, and skyscrapers as far as the eye can see.

The scene swiftly changed to Sydney harbour bridge and then onto Africa where I watched wildebeest, lions, snakes and monkeys from my window. I spent an age staring out at all these scenes, entranced and bewiched, until my Mum called me down for tea.

I had these visions many times through my childhood, sometimes whilst looking through my window and sometimes whilst sleeping and although they weren`t real they were some of the best times of my life. And all because of my brand new magical window.