• Google's right to be forgotten hides Islamic marriage of Osborne's brother.

    A news report about the conversion of George Osborne’s brother to Islam has been hidden by Google.

    The article, published five years ago and detailing the conversion of Dr Adam Osborne to Islam in preparation for his marriage to a Bangladeshi-born plastic surgeon, was removed from search listings by the internet giant.

    The original story, on a British newspaper website, remains online.

    It revealed how Dr Osborne had been studying the Koran and given the name Mohammed for the ceremony.

    Dr Osborne was later suspended from practice by the General Medical Council for six months after being found guilty “serious misconduct” when he falsified a prescription for drugs for an escort.

    The removal from listings came after a request to Google from an unknown person.

    It follows a highly controversial ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling in the European Court of Justice last month which gave people the right to have “inadequate”, “irrelevant” or “no longer relevant” search results removed from internet searches.

    Critics have denounced the ruling as an assault on free speech that will allow criminals and disgraced politicians to hide their past from the public.

    Today two links to about Dougie McDonald, a Scottish referee who admitted lying about a penalty decision in a Celtic game, were reinstated.

    However, links to a Telegraph report on claims Robert Sayer, the former Law Society chief, faked complaints against his Asian deputy remain hidden. A hearing refused to refer the allegations to the police.

    Over 70,000 requests have been made in total to the search engine asking for 250,000 links to information be removed from Google's European site branches. The search enginee is receiving 1,000 requests per day, each of which has to be evaluated by lawyers.

    Individuals can only apply for the removal of a link to an article or picture, rather than the deletion of the information itself.

    The message 'Some results may have been removed under data protection law in Europe' is displayed at the bottom of search results

    The EU ruling was a result of a case brought by Spaniard Mario Costeja González, who requested the deletion of a link to a newspaper article detailing the repossession of his home after he hit financial difficulty in 1998.

    Peter Barron, a Google spokesman, said the ruling was “not something we welcome, that we wanted.”

    “But it is now the law and we’re obliged to comply with the law.” Asked whether he considered the law workable, he said: “It’s early days.”

    It has also emerged that Google is also blurring the homes of famous people including Sir Paul McCartney, Tony Blair and disgraced banker Fred Goodwin on the Street View website, in response to homeowners’ requests.

  • Trouble With Hampshire Social Services ?

    Hampshire Council deny social worker lied under oath on two occasions as stated by top family judge.

    Read their statement of denial

    Please find below a statement from Hampshire County Council in response to comments made by Judge Mark Horton, reported in the media today.


    A spokesperson for Hampshire County Council, said: “We are pleased for the sake of the children that the courts have agreed our applications for Care Orders. This is a very complex case as evidenced in the findings - involving very serious neglect to vulnerable children. We are very pleased that the outcome of the court case was consistent with the Local Authority’s original application to the court - to safeguard very vulnerable children who were at risk of suffering significant harm as a result of neglect.

    “There are some aspects of the Court’s criticism that we believe are not quite correct however, and are considering our position in this regard. We do accept that there were deficiencies in some of the social worker practice in this case and subsequent action was taken, including the termination of one social worker’s employment with the County Council. We are satisfied that at no stage did any of the named officers deliberately mislead the courts.”

  • The FBI Let Jared Fogle Molest Children For Years During Undercover Investigation.

    ZIONSVILLE, Indiana — It's often been said that the wheels of justice turn slowly and the case of former Subway sandwich shop spokesperson Jared Fogle, who recently pleaded guilty to sex with minors, is an unfortunate example of the cost of that creeping pace.

    In August, Fogle agreed to plead guilty to possession of child pornography and sex with two minors. The media got a closer look at the evidence against him on Oct. 27, when The New York Post revealed the contents of audio tapes secretly recorded by Rochelle Herman-Walrond, a journalist who went undercover to assist the FBI in their investigation of Fogle.

    Beyond the appalling contents of the tapes themselves, in which Fogle openly brags about raping a boy in Thailand, they reveal that the government knew about his crimes for years before taking action to stop them, as noted by Justin Gardner, a writer for The Free Thought Project:

    In August, Herman-Walrond even questioned the slow progress of the case herself in an interview with ABC affiliate WWSB, where she commented, "That was my biggest question, ‘Why was it taking so long?' … A case of this size just happens to take that long, and that's what I was told.”

    In his plea bargain, Fogle agreed to plead guilty to paying for sex with two minors and possessing child pornogaphy, but Hermand-Walrond has told the media that she believes there are more victims. Russell Taylor, the head of Fogle's defunct charity to fight childhood obesity, filmed an additional 12 victims engaging in sexual conduct and shared those images with Fogle.

    Since Sept. 11, 2001, a great deal of federal law enforcement resources remain focused on countering terrorism, but the efficiency and effectively of these efforts are also under scrutiny. Rather than targeting genuine terrorists, analysis suggests that the FBI and other agencies encourage or actively manufacture terrorist behavior for which suspects are later arrested. These cases often move much more quickly than the decade-long investigation of Fogle, as Gardner observed in his report:

  • Teenager avoids jail after raping girl aged five.

    A teenager who subjected a five-year-old girl to a horrific rape attack has avoided jail in a ruling branded “pathetic” by the victim’s family.

    At Leicester Crown Court the 17-year-old from Burbage was given a two year youth rehabilitation order with a requirement to attend the sex offender programme, a victim surcharge of £15, to register on the sex offenders register for two and half years and placed on the barring list.

    The victim’s mother has slammed what she regards as the leniency of the punishment while her daughter continues to suffer.

    She said: “This whole thing has ripped our family apart - when I heard the sentence being handed down I felt sick. The trauma has been unbearable. My daughter is a different girl now and will have to live with this forever. It is unacceptable that Leicester Crown Court, the very place that this young girl was relying on to help get her justice, has failed her so outrageously. We say that the sentence must be appropriate and in accordance with the severity of the crime.”

    The sentencing took place on Friday November 6 after the teenager had admitted at a hearing in September that he had committed the serious sexual assault on the girl.

    The attack occurred in December 2014 when the boy was 16 and the pair were playing on a computer console in his bedroom. He began kissing the girl and took her clothes off before raping her. He told her it was their secret.

    In severe pain after the ordeal, the girl revealed all to her mum who contacted the police.

    She said: “My daughter has since suffered dreadful emotional distress and has undergone counselling but sadly still suffers and always will. The offender is still walking the streets and I believe he is an extreme danger to any child who may come across him.”

    A campaign has been launched by the victim’s mother to try and raise funds to bring the teenager back to court while a friend has set up an online petition to try and get the sentence reviewed.

  • We Can Hate But Not Criticise - Strange World.

    The hate and bile against #Muslims and #Islam have increased since the killings in #France

    Social media is awash with #Bigots and #Racists spewing their hate.

    When challenged they cry it is their right under freedom of speech.

    And it is on this issue I have become confused.

    When bloggers, including myself, challenge big business and politicians we are shut down and orders such as CPN (community protection orders - asbo's) and even criminal charges are brought.

    Why can we not name and shame #Corrupt officials and those in authority ?

    Why is it ok to attack people because of their religion but not publicise the errors and law breaking of social services, for example ?

    It appears there is one law for hate and bile and another for legitimate community concerns.

    Social workers allow no questions, no challenge  - and remove names of individuals when reported on the web?

    It is the same with other local government officials - health boards - police - the media etc etc..

    The web is being cleansed of dissent leaving behind just the #Haters

    The hypocrisy is sickening.

  • Pathological Demand Avoidance.

    Cathy May and Karen Whichello outline the signs of PDA and the strategies parents and schools can employ to deal with it

    Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is characterised by an extreme avoidance of everyday demands and an anxiety-driven need to be in control.

    Prof Elizabeth Newson first documented PDA as a ‘Pervasive Developmental Disorder’ in the 1980s. Children with PDA share many of the social communication, social interaction and sensory difficulties seen within the autism spectrum and it is now recognised as a sub-type of autism by the National Autistic Society.

    Features of PDA

    Obsessive resistance of demands

    These can include:

    • refusing
    • giving excuses
    • distracting or changing the topic of conversation
    • negotiating or needing to have the last word
    • bombarding with repetitive questions or noises
    • withdrawing into fantasy world
    • complaining of physical impairment - 'my legs won't work'
    • panic-driven physical outbursts or meltdowns

    Appearing sociable on the surface but without depth of understanding

    Children will often appear charming and more socially able than a child with typical autism, but will struggle to understand the subtleties of social interaction on a deeper level. The sociability is often used as a strategy to refuse a request or demand but as they lack a deeper social understanding they may overpower, overreact or be unable to take responsibility for their actions.

    Excessive mood swings

    Parents often describe children with PDA as unpredictable or 'Jekyll and Hyde' as they can be charming at one moment and angry or distraught at another. Triggers for rapid mood swings are often in response to a perceived demand or feelings of not being in control.

    Comfortable in role-play and pretend-play

    Children with PDA often:

    • engage in a level of pretend play not commonly seen in typical autism.
    • have an ability to mimic and take on the roles of others. This is often used as a means of taking control or avoiding demands. In extreme cases role-play can be confused with reality.

    Obsessive behaviour

    Passionate interests and obsessions are not uncommon in individuals on the autism spectrum. However, with PDA the obsession tends to be more social in nature, often about a particular person.

    They may also consider themselves at the same level as an adult as they tend not to recognise social hierarchy and their place within it.

    How school can affect children with PDA

    School is an environment full of demands in which PDA children can struggle and become anxious, often failing to reach their potential. It is important that parents and schools work collaboratively to help support them as much as possible. 

    Children with PDA can appear verbally competent. However as a result of slower processing they frequently fail to understand everything that is being said to them.

    Some children are unable to comply at school and spend a great deal of energy trying to gain control or avoid demands.

    This can be misinterpreted as the child not wanting to engage rather than a symptom of their spiralling anxiety. They can have panic driven physical outbursts which can lead to fixed term or permanent exclusions.

    Others may appear to be compliant at school but become more challenging when they get home. 

    The pressure of 'putting on an act' takes its toll and they can suffer extreme meltdowns.  School refusal can be a result of the anxiety they suffer. 

    What can schools and parents do to help children with PDA?

    • try to remain calm and non-confrontational. The meltdown can be likened to a panic attack so reassurance and a calm approach rather than recriminations or punishment is likely to be more effective.
    • avoid direct demands eg 'you need to’, ‘you've got to’
    • provide choices eg 'would you like to put your shoes on here or there?'
    • communicate in a more collaborative way eg 'would you?’, ‘could you?'
    • direct praise of the child to another person within his/her earshot if he/she struggles to accept praise directly
    • acknowledge and empathise with the child’s feelings and reflect this back to him eg 'I think you are struggling, just do your best'
    • use humour or distraction
    • look for signs of anxiety and know when to scale back demands
    • be prepared to negotiate
    • limit the number of boundaries and allow the child to feel in control wherever possible
    • identify triggers and plan strategies in advance
    • use written requests or visual prompts to depersonalise the demand eg texts or notes

    What strategies can schools use with children with PDA?

    • allocate a key worker with whom the child can build up a trusting relationship
    • provide choices eg ‘this work sheet or that one?'
    • with knowledge of the child, notice when demands need to be reduced but also when expectations can be increased
    • collaborative, respectful communication style
    • allow the child a sense of control and be prepared to negotiate (start high and allow the child to feel that he has won)
    • visual timetables can help to depersonalise demands
    • allow the child extra time to process what is said to them
    • give the child responsibility for little jobs to help improve self-esteem
    • build the curriculum around special interests
    • create a safe space they can go to when needed
    • be prepared to wipe the slate clean over and over again

    Useful resources for PDA

    Further information is available from The National Autistic Society, the PDA Society, and the Elizabeth Newson Centre.

    See also the following publications:

    Simple Strategies for Supporting Children with Pathological Demand Avoidance at School, 2015. Zoe Syson, Emma Gore Langton

    Understanding pathological demand avoidance syndrome in children: A guide for parents, teachers and other professionals, Phil Christie, Margaret Duncan, Ruth Fidler and Zara Healy

    Cathy May is a specialist coach for autism, ADHD and PDA, and Karen Whichello is a PDA trainer and schools consultant

    - See more at:

  • Humberside Police Chief Constable Justine Curran claimed £39k to move house.

    HUMBERSIDE Police Chief Constable Justine Curran claimed £39,000 in expenses when she moved to the area from Scotland.

    She claimed the costs of surveyors, lawyers, stamp duty, removals, lettings and domestic fittings as part of her move from Tayside Police.

    The relocation money means she received a pay packet of £215,000 for the period between 2013 and 2014, which includes her £142,000 salary and a £34,000 pension contribution.

    Eight other Humberside Police staff members received pay packets of more than £100,000 during the same period.

    The results were published as part of a joint investigation between the Daily Mail and the Taxpayers Alliance.

    Commenting on the figures, Humberside police and crime commissioner Matthew Grove said: "Chief Constable Justine Curran was appointed in 2013 following the retirement of the previous chief.

    "The salary offered for the role was exactly in line with the Police Negotiating Board Scale, which is set by the Home Office.

    "At the time, around half the forces in the country were recruiting new chief constables, and the post was advertised nationally to find the best candidate.

    "The recruitment process included a stipulation that the successful applicant would have to reside within the force boundary and appropriate relocation costs would be paid, to a maximum of £50k. This figure is also in line with Home Office recommendations.

    "No bonuses have been paid to the chief constable and employers pension contributions are in line with police pension scheme arrangements."

    The results showed that more than 670 police staff across the country received more than £100,000 between 2013 and 2014.

    Humberside Police was recently rated "inadequate" for efficiency following an inspection by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC). It was the only force in the country to be graded as inadequate.

    The force has to save £31m before 2019. As part of its cost-cutting plans, 500 civilian staff members and 200 police officer roles will be lost.

    Read more: 

  • Police Officer Killed Motorcyclist.

    Patsy Blakeborough appeared before a misconduct hearing today (10th November 2015), under an allegation of discreditable conduct.

    She has been found to have committed Gross Misconduct by the hearing, and was given a final written warning.

    She is currently serving a driving ban, once this has completed she will be required to complete and pass an intensive driving course within the Constabulary before she will be permitted to drive marked police vehicles.

    PC Blakeborough was convicted in August 2015 of causing death by careless driving on 4th April 2014 of Scott Daniel Gibson.

    The finding of guilty for Gross Misconduct and the sanction issued of a Final Written Warning represents how seriously the Constabulary treated the matter.

    Assistant Chief Constable Darren Martland, who chaired the misconduct hearing today said: "We expect the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and conduct, from all police personal at all times. Cumbria Police take all allegations seriously, I can reassure communities that we investigate all cases of this nature thorough transparent public hearings.

    "Our sincere thoughts and condolences at this time remain with the family and friends of Scott Daniel Gibson.

    "Anyone with any concerns about the conduct of officers or staff should contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask the speak to the Professional Standards Department.”

  • Remembrance Sunday.

    Remembering those who gave their lives in the war(s).

    Remembering the promises of politicians of 'never again'.

    Remembering 9000 of our veterans are homeless.

    Remembering mental health services for those traumatised cut then withdrawn.

    Remembering the benefit and services cuts to those disabled in the conflict(s).

    Reminded that our politicians and OUR society is sick and so so hypocritical.

  • Female Genital Mutilation. #FGM

    What about male genital mutilation ?

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