NATO SUMMIT NEWS: ' World Leaders Arrive at Summit As NATO's Top Official Accuses Russia of Attacking Ukraine '

#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN (Wales) – September 04 – As World Leaders arrive at NATO Summit it has been reported by Reuters

that NATO’s top official accused Moscow outright on Thursday of attacking Ukraine as allied leaders gathered for a summit to buttress support for Kiev and bolster defences against a Russia they now see as hostile for the first time since the Cold War.

U.S. President Barack Obama and his 27 allies meeting at a golf resort in Wales will also discuss how to tackle the Islamic State straddling parts of Iraq and Syria, which has emerged as a new threat on the alliance’s southern flank, and how to stabilise Afghanistan when NATO forces leave at year’s end.

"We are faced with a dramatically changed security environment," NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters on arrival at the summit. "To the east, Russia is attacking Ukraine."

His statement stepped up Western rhetoric against Moscow and set the tone for a two-day meeting marked by a return to east-west confrontation 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

#ANS2014

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BRITAIN: NATO Summit in Wales How UK Spends Taxpayers Money During Times of Austerity '

#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN (Wales) – September 01 – As well as the 60 world leaders, 70 foreign ministers, 70 defence ministers and 28 NATO member countries invited to the summit, there will be:

3 military bands involved over the 2 days

Around 5 kilometres of power cables laid by Port Talbot-based Aggreko to support the summit

800 staff from Celtic Manor

6 warships from 6 NATO nations’ navies in Cardiff Bay

Over 7,000 square metres of flooring at summit venues provided and fitted by Cwmbran-based Floorex

An estimated 15,000 meals served to delegates, media and production crew over the 2 days

24,000 room nights in 80 hotels reserved in Newport, Cardiff and Bristol

An estimated 12,500 litres of water drunk

Over 1,000 school children in Wales taught from the NATO lesson plan

157 Royal Mint commemorative pieces struck and given to world leaders and Newport schools

12 students from Cardiff Met University cooking with Chef Stephen Terry

Source: http://bit.ly/1sUpuLP

#ANS2014

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‘ Detectives Investigating Slavery and Kidnap Allegations Arrest Four Men in Wales ‘

#AceUKNews – WALES (Rumney) – June 30 – Detectives investigating slavery and kidnap allegations have arrested four men.

An operation involving three police forces saw warrants executed at five addresses in Bristol and Cardiff this morning.

Four men from the Rumney area of the Welsh capital were arrested, Gwent police said.

Police working on Operation Imperial are probing alleged offences of slavery, forced labour, false imprisonment, kidnap and assault.

Lead officer Detective Superintendent Paul Griffiths said: “The alleged offences we are investigating are extremely serious and we would urge anyone with any information which could assist to contact the Imperial team directly by dialling 01633 647174.

“Alternatively if someone has information and would rather not pass this directly to the police then I would urge them to contact Crimestoppers, which is independent of the police and guarantees complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.”

#ANS2014

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` NATO Considering Permanently Stationing Troops in Parts of Eastern Europe ‘

#AceWorldNews – NATO – May 07 – NATO’s top military commander says the alliance must consider permanently stationing troops in parts of Eastern Europe as a result of tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove said on May 6 that the issue will be discussed by NATO commanders, defense ministers, and foreign ministers in the run-up to a summit in Wales in early September.

NATO’s short-term agreements to rotate land, sea, and air forces in places like the Baltics, Romania, and Poland are expiring at the end of 2014.

The alliance has deployed additional forces in the Baltics and Poland in response to Russia’s annexation of the Crimea peninsula and the deployment of tens of thousands of Russian troops on Russia’s border with Ukraine.

NATO officials have said recently that Russia can no longer be viewed as a potential partner but rather must be seen as an adversary.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP and Radio Free Europe

#ANS2014

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World Health Organization’s Ranking of the World’s Health Systems

Some people fancy all health care debates to be a case of Canadian Health Care vs. American. Not so. According to the World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems, neither Canada nor the USA ranks in the top 25.

Improving the Canadian Healthcare System does not mean we must emulate the American system, but it may mean that perhaps we can learn from countries that rank better than both Canada and the USA at keeping their citizens healthy.

Note: My Country, Scotland ALWAYS gets thrown in with the British average. Scottish NHS (National Health Service) is a lot better than England’s

Big ambitions: Scotland’s health service is aiming high while staying true to its foundations
http://www.holyrood.com/2012/03/big-ambitions-scotlands-health-service-is-aiming-high-while-staying-true-to-its-foundations/

World Health Organization Ranking; The World’s Health Systems

1 France
2 Italy
3 San Marino
4 Andorra
5 Malta
6 Singapore
7 Spain
8 Oman
9 Austria
10 Japan
11 Norway
12 Portugal
13 Monaco
14 Greece
15 Iceland
16 Luxembourg
17 Netherlands
18 United Kingdom – (England)
19 Ireland
20 Switzerland
21 Belgium
22 Colombia
23 Sweden
24 Cyprus
25 Germany
26 Saudi Arabia
27 United Arab Emirates
28 Israel
29 Morocco
30 Canada
31 Finland
32 Australia
33 Chile
34 Denmark
35 Dominica
36 Costa Rica
37 USA
38 Slovenia
39 Cuba
40 Brunei
41 New Zealand
42 Bahrain
43 Croatia
44 Qatar
45 Kuwait
46 Barbados
47 Thailand
48 Czech Republic
49 Malaysia
50 Poland
51 Dominican Republic
52 Tunisia
53 Jamaica
54 Venezuela
55 Albania
56 Seychelles
57 Paraguay
58 South Korea
59 Senegal
60 Philippines
61 Mexico
62 Slovakia
63 Egypt
64 Kazakhstan 65 Uruguay
66 Hungary
67 Trinidad and Tobago
68 Saint Lucia
69 Belize
70 Turkey
71 Nicaragua
72 Belarus
73 Lithuania
74 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
75 Argentina
76 Sri Lanka
77 Estonia
78 Guatemala
79 Ukraine
80 Solomon Islands
81 Algeria
82 Palau
83 Jordan
84 Mauritius
85 Grenada
86 Antigua and Barbuda
87 Libya
88 Bangladesh
89 Macedonia
90 Bosnia-Herzegovina
91 Lebanon
92 Indonesia
93 Iran
94 Bahamas
95 Panama
96 Fiji
97 Benin
98 Nauru
99 Romania
100 Saint Kitts and Nevis
101 Moldova
102 Bulgaria
103 Iraq
104 Armenia
105 Latvia
106 Yugoslavia
107 Cook Islands
108 Syria
109 Azerbaijan
110 Suriname
111 Ecuador
112 India
113 Cape Verde
114 Georgia
115 El Salvador
116 Tonga
117 Uzbekistan
118 Comoros
119 Samoa
120 Yemen
121 Niue
122 Pakistan
123 Micronesia
124 Bhutan
125 Brazil
126 Bolivia
127 Vanuatu 128 Guyana
129 Peru
130 Russia
131 Honduras
132 Burkina Faso
133 Sao Tome and Principe
134 Sudan
135 Ghana
136 Tuvalu
137 Ivory Coast
138 Haiti
139 Gabon
140 Kenya
141 Marshall Islands
142 Kiribati
143 Burundi
144 China
145 Mongolia
146 Gambia
147 Maldives
148 Papua New Guinea
149 Uganda
150 Nepal
151 Kyrgystan
152 Togo
153 Turkmenistan
154 Tajikistan
155 Zimbabwe
156 Tanzania
157 Djibouti
158 Eritrea
159 Madagascar
160 Vietnam
161 Guinea
162 Mauritania
163 Mali
164 Cameroon
165 Laos
166 Congo
167 North Korea
168 Namibia
169 Botswana
170 Niger
171 Equatorial Guinea
172 Rwanda
173 Afghanistan
174 Cambodia
175 South Africa
176 Guinea-Bissau
177 Swaziland
178 Chad
179 Somalia
180 Ethiopia
181 Angola
182 Zambia
183 Lesotho
184 Mozambique
185 Malawi
186 Liberia
187 Nigeria
188 Democratic Republic of the Congo
189 Central African Republic
190 Myanmar

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` Same Sex Marriages in ` Britain ‘ becomes Legal at Midnight with many Couples Hoping to say their Vows at 12.01 GMT.

#AceUKNews – BRITAIN – March 29 – The first same-sex marriages in the UK will take place at the stroke of midnight tonight, after years of tireless campaigning by gay couples fighting to have their unions recognised by law.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act came into force in July last year, but it was not until 13 March that couples were able to register their intention to marry under the Act for the first time.

Campaigners who spent years battling for the legalisation of gay marriage will see the historic law enacted at midnight, despite objections from the Church of England and some members of the Conservative party.

Civil partnerships were introduced in England and Wales in 2005 to provide gay couples with the same legal rights as heterosexual partners, but campaigners continued fighting to have their marriages recognised by law.

A number of couples are hoping to claim the title of being the first ever to be married in Britain by trying to time it perfectly so their vows are said at 12.01am.

Read More: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/first-gay-marriages-in-the-uk-will-take-place-tonight-9220985.html

#ANS2014

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` National Teacher’s Strike takes place across ` England and Wales ‘ over Pay and Conditions ‘

#AceUKNews – BRITAIN – March 26 – A national teachers’ strike taking place across England and Wales on Wednesday is affecting 10,000 schools, including in London, Oxford city and Yorkshire, which have all been closed to their students.

The National Union of Teachers is protesting working conditions, the potential introduction of performance-related pay and pensions, with NUT deputy general secretary Kevin Courtney labelling the industrial action a ‘last resort’, criticizing Education Secretary Michael Gove’s policies for ‘exhausting and demoralizing’ teaching staff.

Guardian – Daily Mail – Independent

#ANS2014

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#UK : ” Worst `Floods in Twenty Years’ leave `Thousands without Power’ across South West”

#AceWeatherNews `UK Storm’s Worst Flood’s in 20 Year’s Leave Thousands without Power’

Weather Alerts in South EastHeavy rain and winds have battered Britain, leaving thousands of homes without power in Wales and the south-west of England.

Electricity companies said Wednesday some 44,000 homes were experiencing intermittent power with another 5,000 homes being cut off from main power.

Britain’s Environment Agency has so far issued six severe flood warnings along the south coast in Cornwall and Dorset, meaning conditions represented a danger to life.

On the Isles of Scilly, there were reports of winds as strong as 146 kilometres per hour (91 miles per hour).

In the south-western county Devon, a section of the sea wall in the town Dawlish collapsed and left the main railway line suspended in mid-air.

The bad weather also caused disruptions to rail and air travel, with cancellations across much of the south.

This was the latest of the bad weather that has battered Britain since last December.

One of the worst affected areas is Somerset Levels in south-west England where thousands of hectares (acres) have been under water for more than a month.

Several villages in the Somerset Levels have been cut off and are only accessible by boat, as the area is experiencing the worst floods in 20 years.

Experts say the main reason for the wet weather is a predominance of west and south-west winds, bringing in mild air from the Atlantic.

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#Public Information: For the Elderly About Cold-Weather Payments During this Winter

New figures show that the government has spent over £706 million since 2010 with 28 million Cold Weather Payments during the winter.

WinterAs the first icy blasts of cold weather set in, new figures reveal that the government has spent over £706 million since 2010 with 28 million Cold Weather Payments helping those most in need keep warm during the depths of winter.

Payments are made automatically to those who qualify when temperatures are forecast to plummet, including poorer pensioners, disabled adults and children, and families with children under 5 who receive an income-related benefit.

Cold Weather Payments are made for each 7-day period of very cold weather – if temperatures are recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below over 7 consecutive days.

Department for Work and Pensions Minister Steve Webb said:

We are absolutely committed to helping the poorest pensioners and those most susceptible to the cold. We permanently increased Cold Weather Payments to £25 a week to help them heat their homes when it’s really cold, and have paid out over £706m since 2010 on this support.

People who get Pension Credit are automatically paid Cold Weather Payments, and in the cold winter days ahead it’s even more important that older people check if they are entitled so they don’t miss out on Cold Weather Payments. If anyone thinks a family member, a friend or neighbour might be entitled to Pension Credit, I’d encourage them to ask them to get in touch and find out by calling – 0800 99 1234.

More information

Statistics on Cold Weather Payments since 2010, based on Social Fund Annual Reports, are below.

Scotland Wales England Great Britain
2010/11 Number of payments 3,757,900 754,800 12,719,500 17,232,200
Expenditure (£) £93,947,500 £18,870,000 £317,991,425 £430,808,925
Number of recipients 776,300 182,100 3,110,900 4,069,300
2011/12 Number of payments 72,500 124,100 4,970,300 5,166,900
Expenditure (£) £1,812,500 £3,102,500 £124,257,500 £129,172,500
Number of recipients 49,600 62,400 3,057,400 3,169,400
2012/13 Number of payments 306,600 253,100 5,285,300 5,845,000
Expenditure (£) £7,665,000 £6,327,500 £132,132,500 £146,125,000
Number of recipients 133,600 75,700 3,081,500 3,290,800
£ Totals £103,425,000 £28,300,000 £574,381,425 £706,106,425

Over this period 28,244,100 million payments were made.

The figures for Wales and Scotland only include those from weather stations which cover areas entirely in each of Wales and Scotland ; weather station areas which straddle the Wales/England or Scotland/England borders are included in the figures for England, so it is possible they include some under-reporting in Wales and Scotland border regions, and consequent over-reporting for England.

The number of payments and number of individuals are rounded to the nearest 1,000, expenditure figures are rounded to the nearest £100,000.

Information on payments and expenditure against individual weather stations is published each year in the Social Fund Annual Report.

Over 1 million pensioners may be entitled to Pension Credit worth up to £2.8bn (2009/10) who are not claiming it. People can claim Pension Credit, as well as Housing Benefit, in one free phone call on – 0800 99 1234 without the need to sign a form.

Winter Fuel Payments also provide a valuable contribution to help older people with fuel bills in the colder winter months. Winter Fuel Payments are paid to more than 9 million households. The payment is £200 for households with someone over women’s State Pension age and £300 for those with someone aged 80 and over.

Around 2 million households receive assistance each year through the Warm Home Discount scheme; and well over 1 million of the poorest pensioners will receive a discount of £135 off their energy bill in winter 2013/14.

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St Jude Storm Update Video Across UK in Next 24 Hours

Major Atlantic storm to impact UK

27 October 2013 – A major Atlantic storm is set to move across the UK over the next 24 hours, bringing some heavy rain and very strong winds to parts of England and Wales.

Coastline battered by storm

The storm is set to deepen rapidly just to the south west of the UK late today, before moving into western areas in the very early hours of Monday morning.

It’s then expected to track rapidly across the country, moving off into the North Sea by late morning – by which time the strongest winds will have passed.

Gusts of 60-70mph are expected in southern parts of England and Wales, with gusts of 80mph or more in places – particularly around southern and south western coasts.

Heavy rain will accompany the storm, with a chance of some localised surface water flooding.

The Met Office has issued Severe Weather Warnings for potential disruption from both the strong winds and the rainfall.

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Martin Young, Chief Forecaster at the Met Office, said: “While this is a major storm for the UK, we don’t currently expect winds to be as strong as those seen in the ‘Great Storm‘ of 1987 or the ‘Burns Day storm‘ of 1990.

“This weather system is typical of what we expect to see in winter but as it’s coming in during autumn – when trees are in leaf – and while the ground is fairly saturated, it does pose some risks. We could see some uprooted trees or other damage from the winds and there’s a chance of some surface water flooding from the rainfall – all of which could lead to some disruption.”

People are advised to take precautions ahead of the storm and that travel conditions may be difficult during tomorrow morning. Delaying journeys to avoid the worst of the winds should be considered.

The Met Office will continue to work with partners across the UK to help minimise disruption.

A spokesman for the  Environment Agency said: “Environment Agency teams are out working to minimise river flood risk, clearing debris from streams and unblocking culverts. We will continue to closely monitor the situation ready to issue flood warnings if needed. We are supporting local authorities who will respond to any reports of surface water flooding.”

“Seafronts, quaysides, jetties should be avoided due to the risk of overtopping by waves and wind blown shingle. People are advised to sign up to receive free flood warnings from the Environment Agency website, check weather reports on the Met Office website and be prepared to change travel plans.”

Contact information

Met Office Press Office: +44 (0)1392 886655

E-mail: Press Office

Met Office Customer Centre: 0870 900 0100

If you’re outside the UK: +44 1392 885680

 

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Family Courts Are They One Way To Stop Legal Aid

Barnet Civil and Family Court Centre on Regent...

Barnet Civil and Family Court Centre on Regents Park Road, Finchley. It is a civil and family courts centre. The building’s address is St Mary’s Court, and the photographer believes that there used to be a school of the same name on this site. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A move has been a foot for many a year whereby successive governments have tried to find a family friendly way to deal more effectively, with family disputes over children! Some cases have dragged out over many weeks and months and of course costs have spiraled out of control. So sooner rather than later something had to be done.

The news today provided an insight to the new system and its implementation and l have added an extract or flavour of what has been published!

Extract of published proposal:- 

Proposals to change the culture of family courts and speed up cases in England and Wales have been published. The plans include a single family court run by judges and magistrates to replace the current system where judges sit in multiple court buildings. Family courts often deal with child custody cases following divorce or separation. The “time-wasting” use of expert witnesses is to be cut substantially. There will be a time limit of 26 weeks for all but exceptional cases involving children’s futures. Last spring, the average case took 57 weeks, falling to 51 weeks in the last quarter. The Mail hopes that the issue of secrecy in family courts is addressed: “But would it be asking too much if he might address the veil of secrecy that hangs over family courts – all the more worrying, since the numbers of children in care have surged by 10,000 to 30,000 since the horrifying Baby P case in 2008? Yes, children’s identities must be protected. But transparency and publicity are always the strongest shields against miscarriages of justice.”

My Views:- 

The fact that we are looking at reducing time taken to process these cases seems on the face of it, an excellent way but by cutting the time in these types of cases, leads to problems! The wasted time as it has been called provides the judges with a broader picture of certain cases,as a number of key facts, do not always come to light until late into the case! This golden opportunity would be lost and mistakes on custody of vulnerable children, may well be awarded to the wrong person. This may lead to further court cases, causing further trauma for both the child and the other parties concerned.We are not simply dealing with cases of theft or even a simple divorce [ Not that these cannot be long drawn out] but in these cases a young, vulnerable child!

The second point is the issue relating to secrecy and to numbers of children in care, is it not better that a child is put into care, either short-term or long if the welfare of that child is threatened. Let us be honest with ourselves at this point, do we not live in a precarious world of bad if not in some cases evil people. Who prey on these types of children as a vent for some twisted ideas, laid upon them by their parents or lack of good parental control! When l was young we called this ” falling in with the wrong crowd” well it has got worst not better! So some veil of secrecy must be up held as protection against these types of people and much worse using cases like this to further their own ends! We all know how much money can be made with a good story, some unscrupulous journalists hang onto a story like a ” dog with a bone ” holding on to every bit of it, just to make their facts fit a story!

Finally and the reason for my heading for this story and what is behind it all! Whenever changes to policies in government take place they have a monetary aspect, as l said by the fact cases drag out over many months! The related costs of ” legal aid” can run into hundreds of thousands of pounds and it all has to be paid for by the good old taxpayer! Well in these austere days for some, our politicians can make us feel better with words like, WE CARE, WE WANT TO HELP and my favourite WE WANT TO SAVE THE TAXPAYER MONEY! So by proposing SWEEPING changes and a DRASTIC overhaul they will be able to save money, for WHO and at WHAT COST!

This could lead to SWEEPING AWAY THE LEGAL AID SYSTEM so if you can pay and remember the costs for private legal services are much higher for the legal eagles. Then with no system of help for the less well off, we will see a lot more miscarriages of justice in this country.

So l for one look for many more of these ” Sweeping Changes and Drastic Overhauls ” and will report as l see them occurring!

 

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