It cites a recent report from the Migration Advisory committee of the Home Office assessing the benefits of Romanian and Bulgarian seasonal workers to the economy. Bulgaria’s submission says: “Operators and growers are trying unsuccessfully to recruit (and retain) British workers, who are reluctant to live on (be tied to) the farm; either cannot or will not work at the intensity required to earn the agricultural minimum wage and have little incentive to come off social security benefits for seasonal work. “Bulgarian and Romanian workers in the agricultural sector are presented in the report as highly valued, a stable and reliable source of labour.” The 10-page Bulgarian document was submitted last month to the Home Office and the Department for Work and Pensions to form part of David Cameron’s review of European Union powers. The arguments presented will also form the basis of the Bulgarian government’s defence against attempts to limit its citizens’ access to public services , such as the NHS, and jobs when the current transitional immigration arrangements are lifted in 2014. A series of ministers and Tory MPs have called for tighter access to the welfare state before Romanian and Bulgarian citizens have total freedom to move and work in the UK. However, the Bulgarian government hits back in its submission. It claims that the current EU laws on freedom of movement and access to another member state’s welfare system are “rarely abused and do not lead to overburdening of the public services of the latter. “Particularly in the case of Bulgarian and Romanian citizens in the UK, there is no evidence of so-called ‘benefit tourism’,” it says. In an attempt to prove that Bulgarians are not interested in coming to Britain to exploit the welfare state, the document points to Department for Work and Pensions data showing that in 2011, 16.6% of working-age Britons were claiming benefits as compared with 6.6% of working-age non-UK nationals. The case presented in the document is in stark contrast to claims by Nigel Farage in his speech at Ukip’s annual conference on Friday, during which he vowed to put Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants at the heart of his party’s campaign in next year’s European elections. He told activists that London was already experiencing a crime wave due to east European immigrants and that the country should not “unconditionally open our door to Bulgaria and Romania “. However, the Bulgarian government’s submission suggests that its police would happily carry out joint patrols in the UK, as they do elsewhere, if there was evidence of its citizens being involved in crime.
UK watchdog accuses retailers of fixing sports bra prices
I will wait for full details but I have a doubt that my eight-hour detention yesterday was a result of the Indian government’s attempt to misguide the UK immigration department,” Ramdev told reporters outside the airport after being cleared. “While the Indian government may have played a villain’s role in this whole episode, Britain’s NRI community and Keith Vaz (British-Indian MP) stood by me,” he said. “I thank the UK government that they did not stay misguided for too long,” he said, adding that he had not been given any explanation for being detained. “I have never done anything illegal, immoral or unethical. 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.
UK authorities clear Baba Ramdev after second round of questioning
Camp-ers displaying unsafe or disorderly conduct risk being removed from line. The UK athletics department will provide portable restroom facilities, but the use of permanent, wooden-type structures, portable generators and propane tanks or other open flames used in cooking is prohibited due to safety concerns. Alcoholic beverages or tobacco products are not permitted. Additionally, selling sports tickets in excess of face value is illegal in Kentucky. A maximum of four control cards per tent will be issued to those camped out beginning at 2 p.m. Oct. 4. Fans will receive a maximum of four tickets per control card on Oct. 5. Fans are encouraged to start lining up for the ticket distribution between 5 and 6 a.m. Oct. 5.
UK Reverses Swine Flu Vaccine-Narcolepsy Decision
Photo credit: Wikipedia This just in: An example of what happens when people change conclusions based on the data rather than digging in their heels in favor of a pet hypothesis. 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. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), no influenza vaccines licensed in the United States contain adjuvants.
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