The appeal by H Singh Sidhu to set up a Gentlemen’s Club, that provides entertainment for gambling, dancing and parlour games at Barrel Public House, was dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate of Birmingham on April 12 this year. The appeal decision, a copy of which is with the TOI, said the club would represent an “inappropriate and incompatible use” of the shopping centre that principally provides a shopping function and is at the heart of the local community, with several education, social, health, community, cultural and religious and faith facilities. “‘I conclude that the appeal scheme of the club involves the risk of crime and unsocial behaviour as, which cater for the diverse community in this area”, said inspector Stephen J Pratt, who was appointed by the state for communities and local government. The club proposal, that was made last year in October, was first challenged by Birmingham city councillor Narinder Kaur Kooner. Kooner, who has been the city councillor since 2006, had written to the Planning committee of the city that the club would have a negative impact on the neighbouring residential amenity which is in close proximity. ‘Most of the occupants at these properties are known to be young families. There are also religious places of worship near the front of the site and also near the rear – these operate 24 hours a day’ she said. Kooner,in her response to Sidhu’s proposal hadalso raised objections on the club’s decision to only be open from 2100-0600 hours during the night-time and early morning, “It would add little to the daytime vitality and viability of this centre” she said. She is now taking up the cause of similar temples of faith facing the menace of clubs in the neighbourhood. ALSO ON TOI
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. The Pandemrix vaccine is no longer in use and was applied for that specific pandemic. One of its ingredients was an adjuvant, intended to enhance the immune response, called ASO3.
UK investors over-charged by funds, campaigners say
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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)