UK authorities clear Baba Ramdev after second round of questioning
In this case, the UK government has reversed a previous decision regarding the 2009-2010 European Pandemrix vaccine for swine flu and its link to narcolepsy , a sleep disorder that can seriously disrupt activities of daily living. As a result, per The Guardian : The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has contacted people turned down for compensation last year to explain that, after a review of fresh evidence, it now accepts the vaccine can cause the condition. The move leaves the government open to compensation claims from around 100 people in Britain, and substantial legal fees if a group action drawn up by solicitors is successful. According to the Guardian, heres why the UK is taking this step: The government U-turn follows a major study of four- to 18-year-olds by the Health Protection Agency which found that around one in every 55,000 jabs was associated with narcolepsy. A spokesman for (vaccine maker) GSK said it had details of around 900 people from 14 countries who had narcolepsy and were vaccinated. Emphasis mine. Its a good example of drawing new conclusions based on new information, otherwise known as the appropriate conduct of science, and then doing the right thing. A total of 100 people among 6 million who received this vaccination in the UK developed narcolepsy, for an adverse event rate of 0.0017%. The death rate from the swine flu in the UK was 0.026% . Put another way, 26 of every 100,000 people who had the flu died; 1.67 people of every 100,000 (1 in every 55,000 according to the study) receiving the vaccine developed narcolepsy. In addition, the vaccine in question evidently was given to groups at high risk for adverse events from contracting the swine flu.
Research by the True and Fair Campaign, which lobbies for clearer charging by fund managers, shows around 40 percent of a typical UK equities fund is effectively a copy of weightings in the overall stock market. However, investors are often paying for “active” fund managers who aim to outsmart competitors and beat benchmarks. These funds can cost up to three times the fees for passive funds that merely match the market and are commonly used as a cheap way to access an asset class or sector. This could have cost British investors 3 billion pounds in excess charges over the last five years, according to the report. The True and Fair Campaign is spearheaded by Alan and Gina Miller who run SCM Partners, a boutique wealth manager that invests client money into exchange traded funds, tracking indexes. They have become prominent critics of charging structures in investment management and last year launched a campaign to impose a standardised code for disclosure of fees. According to their latest report, nearly half of the British fund industry is guilty of “closet indexing”. Investors are largely unaware of this, Gina Miller said, because of a lack of transparency in the funds industry. “Because UK funds only have to report what they own once a year, most investors will be unaware that in many cases they are often misled into buying something which turns out to be just an illusion,” she said. The Investment Management Association was not immediately available for comment. (Reporting by Chris Vellacott; Editing by Mark Potter)
UK Reverses Swine Flu Vaccine-Narcolepsy Decision
On Saturday at 7 p.m, Florida will again be in Lexington as Mark Stoops gets his first crack at ending the one remaining epic Kentucky football losing streak. “I think it’s motivation, I do, I think it needs to be talked about,” the new Kentucky coach said Monday of UK’s 0-26 stretch versus Florida. “But that can’t be the focal point. We have to get better each and every day, each and every game. That’s what we have to be worried about.” Florida Coach Will Muschamp downplayed the effect of the UK losing skid on this year’s game. “Whatever the streak is, it doesn’t matter,” Muschamp said. “It only matters what we do on Saturday.” Regardless of what one thinks of Joker Phillips’ ultimately ill-fated, three-year stint (2010-12) as UK head football coach, the Kentucky alumnus was a darned effective streak buster. Under Phillips, UK ended its 0-for-17 all-time mark against Steve Spurrier-coached teams with a 31-28 upset of No. 10 South Carolina in 2010. A year later, forced by injuries to play wide receiver Matt Roark at quarterback, Phillips and UK snapped a 26-year losing skid against Tennessee with an improbable 10-7 victory. Phillips never had anything for Florida, however. In his 23 years as either a player, staff member or coach at UK, the Cats were 0-23 against the Gators.
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So I kept asking them to let me know what my fault was. I was not informed about the reasons. But there was no bad behaviour on their part. At one point one of the officials did get angry but I stayed cool so there was no problem,” Ramdev said in reference to his detention. Ramdev is in the UK to chair a series of yoga shivirs and talks organised by the Patanjali Yog Peeth (UK) Trust. Vaz, who had accompanied the yoga guru from a gathering in Leicester for the meeting here today, said he would make further inquiries into the reasons behind the hours of questioning. “No Indian citizen travelling on a valid visa should be held in this way. I hope this will not stop Baba Ramdev from coming to the UK again. All his belongings and passport with a two-year valid UK visa have now been returned to him,” Vaz said. “It has certainly been an odd arrival but he can now go about with his planned itinerary,” the Leicester East MP said The UK Home Office refused to comment on what it described as an individual’s questioning over immigration issues. Ramdev’s spokesperson S K Tejarawala dismissed reports that he was detained for carrying some medicines. “He was not carrying anything with him except a small bag of personal effects. It is for the British authorities to explain why he was detained,” he said. His detention has been criticised by the BJP which urged the Centre to intervene. BJP President Rajnath Singh termed the detention of the yoga guru as “serious” issue and asked the Centre to take cognisance of the matter.