By David Vance On November 10th, 2014 at 1:41 pm
Gosh, I never saw this one coming.
The Public Health Agency (PHA) has said it is waiting for results of an Ebola test for a patient in a Belfast hospital. The person is being treated in an isolation unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital.
The PHA said the person had recently travelled in an Ebola-affected area in West Africa. Having already tested positive for malaria, a blood sample will confirm if the patient also has Ebola. Those results are expected within 48 hours. The BBC understands the patient has been in the Royal Victoria Hospital’s special isolation unit since Friday. It is not yet known if the patient is a man or a woman.
Isn’t it great that we ALLOW people to travel from Ebola infested areas into Northern Ireland and then dedicate massive NHS finite resource towards helping them. The Malaria is a given, the Ebola is only a suspicion BUT the point is that by wilfully refusing to QUARANTINE those who insist in coming here from the Ebola heartlands, we leave ourselves wide open to infection.
By David Vance On November 10th, 2014 at 1:37 pm
It seems that we must assume that any single adult is a paedophile. Yes, that is the sort of world we now live in thanks to the hysterical reaction of some.
A bird enthusiast was forbidden from watching a falconry display after theme park bosses told him adults without children are banned – over paedophile fears. Matthew Richards, 54, had visited Puxton Park with his three grandchildren just days earlier and wanted to return for another look at the birds of prey area. But when he arrived at the gate he was told the leisure park did not admit single men and women on child protection grounds. When he complained, bosses at the tourist attraction near Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, defended the bizarre rule and insisted it is ‘in line with other parks’ – before sending him away.
Since WHEN is it OK to discriminate against single adults “on child protection grounds” when there is NO evidence that ANYTHING is amiss? This is plain wrong but all too typical of our modern society where we seem to want to think the worst of everyone. Like most right thinking people, I abhor paedophiles and argue for the mandatory castration of any convicted of such crimes BUT this business of just assuming every single person is a predator on children is wrong. Can you imagine the outcry if it were assumed that every single muslim male was a terrorist, for example?
By The Troll On November 10th, 2014 at 11:15 am
Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the fall of Wall. Here is an important moment in the history of that wall placed out in it’s entirety. I hope you take the time to listen and remember.
It’s a shame how much of the hard work it took to achieve that dismantling has been squandered. Pay attention to about 14mins into the speech. It is just important today as it was then.
By Mike Cunningham On November 10th, 2014 at 10:11 am
Yesterday was Sunday, a day like many others. I brought breakfast to my wife, bedroom-bound as she is, then made my own breakfast, and after ensuring my wife was comfortable, walked down the road for a newspaper. About fifty yards in front of me was a small family, Mummy, Dad and one small boy, who was pushing himself along on a scooter. The little boy, who was just enjoying himself by bowling along on the scooter ahead of his Daddy and Mom, veered sharply across the pavement and out into the road. He must have hit an paving edge which turned the front wheel sharply; but he was in immediate danger, because coming up behind the family was a car.
Tragedy did not strike, because the driver reacted, slammed on his brakes, and the car, which was travelling within the limit, and not going too fast, stopped about three feet away from the small boy, who had of course fallen off the scooter. Apart from a badly-skinned knee, the little boy was unhurt. The driver, whose reactions were so good, was literally shaking with shock. The parents, frozen at first, were just cuddling and reassuring their son. Some five minutes later, the family had resumed their journey, the driver had recovered, and moved off; and I walked by still on my way to the newsagents.
Through excellent engineering, with driving and safety lessons well-absorbed; a small family remains untouched by tragedy, and the scooter-riding will be alongside Daddy. Fate has been mollified; And all will be well!
By David Vance On November 9th, 2014 at 9:59 pm
We are frequently informed that the Islamic terrorist threat to the people of the UK is tiny and driven by a tiny minority. Really?
Police are carrying out 100 anti-terror operations- a-week in a bid to stave off Islamic State attacks in Britain, it was revealed last night. They have prevented “several” terrorism atrocities on the UK mainland in the past 10 months and made 218 arrests. Sixteen Brits who have returned from Syria have been charged with terrorist activity. Specialist police internet experts have removed 51,000 ‘illegal and deeply damaging’ websites aimed at recruiting jihadists.
They are now shutting down 1,000 sites-a-week showing beheadings, torture and suicide bombings in a bid to lure Islamic extremists to the Middle East with the prospect of martyrdom. Last night police revealed they were probing the disappearance of 66 people reported missing by relatives who fear they have travelled to Syria to join IS. Intelligence agencies estimate the authorities have not been told about 500 more who have also made the trek.
The UK has imported a massive problem and sooner or later, we will see another attack on the scale of 7/7.
By David Vance On November 9th, 2014 at 9:46 pm
What do you make of this?
“This week a court in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur considered a long-running case over the seizure in 2007 of a box of Sunday school materials, including colouring books and Bible storybooks that used the word “Allah”.
The books were eventually returned, but their owner, a large evangelical Christian denomination in Malaysia, Sidang Injil Borneo, challenged the constitutionality of the seizure. Reverend Jerry Dusing, the church president, said in an interview with the New York Times: “No law can prohibit anyone from the reasonable practice of their faith,” he said. “Why on Earth are they banning words?”
His criticism was in reference to a ruling by a panel of judges in October to reinforce previous government orders and rulings by Malaysia’s Islamic councils, and reserve “Allah” – the Malay word for God — for use by Muslims alone. The decision, by a panel of three judges, was intended to protect followers Islam, the country’s official religion, from being proselytised.
“It is my judgment that the most possible and probable threat to Islam, in the context of this country, is the propagation of other religions to the followers of Islam,” the chief judge, Mohamed Apandi Ali, said when giving his decision. The use of the word Allah “is not an integral part of the faith in Christianity,” he said, adding that: “The usage of the word will cause confusion in the community.” The Malay language is infused with Arabic, and while 60% of the population are Muslim, Malay-speaking members of other Judeo-Christian faiths often use “Allah” to refer to God. The Malaysian government Department of Islamic Development insists the ruling is fair, as it argues that Allah is not a generic name for God but signifies “the religion of the person who uses it”.
Thank Allah for such tolerance….
By Mike Cunningham On November 9th, 2014 at 3:48 pm
A woman dressed in a costume is pictured during the biannual ‘Whitby Goth Weekend’ (WGW) festival in Whitby. The WGW festival brings thousands of goths and alternative lifestyle fans from the UK and around the world over a weekend of music, dancing and shopping
” a weekend of music, dancing and shopping”…………”and alternative lifestyle fans”……………and if you believe that, you will truly believe anything!
By Mike Cunningham On November 9th, 2014 at 2:03 pm
No, not him, the one next but seven across from him, and then two rows down! His buddy pulled the trigger!
A compilation of all those SEALS who now claim to have killed/slotted/injured/finished off/drowned/poisoned/silenced/admired/recruited or otherwise came into comparatively-close contact with the guy who actually hid for over five years in plain sight of the Pakistani military and ISI.
By Pete Moore On November 9th, 2014 at 12:55 pm
They pay off the power elite.
I suppose Tony Blair stank up Whitehall this morning at The Cenotaph. But why not? On the day we remember the war dead, the creature who caused hundreds of them might as well be around. Besides, with lots of very important people in London he probably has a deal or two to cut, like the one. with the House of Saud.
How the Saudis arrange their internal affairs is their business, but it’s always interesting how, when other regimes are damned for being brutal and repressive (the traditional prelude to war), Saudi Arabia, as brutal and repressive as anywhere, never makes the list. We need their oil of course, so the West turns a blind eye to their repression. And they stuff the pockets of defence contractors with billions annually, all the better to repress.
The House of Saud has also been stuffing Tony Blair’s pockets, apparently to “arrange introductions to his contacts in China”. Not the most difficult gig for 10 grand a week. (The Sunday Times here and the MoS here.)
It really is bizarre how the Saudis get away with not only their repression, but also being the prime source of the funding and philosophy which underpins so much Islamic terror across the Middle East and the West.
But then its a massive profit centre for the West’s power elites, and that’s all there is to it. The potential consequences are enormous. It’s so immune to criticism that it must also influence government policy which affects us. So if (say, just for the sake of argument), fracking is a jolly good thing which would benefit us greatly, would politicians suppress fracking to benefit the Saudis, if paid to do so? Of course they would.