Prescription-only Drugs Sold Illegally in the UK

Everybody knows that selling prescription-only drugs without a prescription is illegal but in fact BBC reporters under cover managed to buy Valium and other different opiates, which should be sold only with prescription at nine pharmacies. The maximum penalty for people accused of such crimes is two years in jail and an unlimited fine.

The BBC’s Inside Out programme Diazepam or as we also know it Valium, was sold in some pharmacies in London for up to £85.

Researches show that in 2011, 125 people died by cocaine and ecstasy and the number of people who died from misuse of benzodiazepines is more than double- 293.

A supported housing officer called Josh Jarrett started taking Valium since he was a boy because of hyperactivity. Now 44 years later he admits the addiction to benzodiazepines ruined his life. When he tried to stop them he suffered hyperventilation, panic attacks, vomiting and seizures. He says: “I cannot think of worse torture than withdrawal from benzodiazepines, which – for me – are legally prescribed.”

Heroine users who want to come down, start taking Temazepam, which is a stronger benzodiazepine. It is in a way dangerous and should be kept locked but at Curie Pharmacy in Maida Vale, westLondon, the BBC bought temazepam with ease.

A bottle of Oramorph, which contains morphine could be found for £200. This opiate is “the strongest possible” closely related to heroin.

Reporters managed to buy antibiotic amoxicillin from all the nine pharmacies.

Dr Yunes Ramadan Teinaz said: “Antibiotics – when misused – can stop working for everyone else.”

None of the pharmacies could give proper explanation.

Only for some weeks undercover reporters bought 288 Valium tablets, 21 temazepam tablets, 294 amoxicillin tablets, 24 Viagra tablets and one bottle of Oramorph, without any supreme efforts.

Unfortunately only one pharmacy is investigated by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

The chief executive of the GPhC, Duncan Rudkin, said: “We will investigate any concerns brought to our attention.

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House of Lords Votes to Remove Insulting Language Law

Because of the fact that there are too many citizens criminalized for innocuous comments, peers have now decided to change the Public Order Act 1986.

According to article 5 of this Act the usage of “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, whether vocalized or in the form of “writing, sign or other visible representation” appears to be a criminal offence.

Lord Geoffrey Dear offered a change in this Section 5 suggesting that the word ‘insulting’ needs to be dropped from the article. The House of Lords approved this change yesterday evening.

Many well-known people called for the change in the law. Among them are the human rights activist Peter Tatchell and actor Rowan Atkinson. Atkinson himself warned of a “creeping culture of censoriousness” and because of this, he started a campaign for a change to the law back in October.

Sometimes police uses this article 5 in some strange and even funny ways. Good examples for this are a student who was arrested just because he called a police horse “gay” and a teenager who had serious troubles after brandishing a placard with the slogan “Scientology is a dangerous cult”.

Earlier this week Lord Dear called for a change to the law, claiming that “Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986…can be used to undermine free speech because of the way it is framed”.

The government, however, did not want this changes so peers were urged not to vote the amendment with the argument that nobody may say for sure that the removal of the word ‘insulting’ would have a positive effect.

The opinion of the gay rights group Stonewall shows they think that the law shouldn’t be changed but there should be a clearer guidance for the usage of section 5 by police officers.

“Section five is a useful and important tool to respond to and prevent deeply offensive homophobic language frequently targeted at one in eight gay people a year,” said policy officer Sam Dick.

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A Consultation on Electoral Reform Was Announced

As the UK law is considered to be fragmented and outdated the Law Commission for England and Wales appointed a meeting on which it will suffer some changes. The voting system for general elections, however, will not be a part of this reform.

In connection with this announcement, this very same Commission published a report, seeking opinions for a number of different learned respondents as for example the Government, public bodies and members of the public.

This meeting is due to be hold in late 2014, and the report announcing its results should be published in summer 2015.

It will cover many different areas of the law related to the rules about the announcement of the results of elections, about technical electoral administration, the methods of voting, and rules on candidates and campaigning.

The law has not been changed in a significant way since 1872 and the recommended changes now will try to modernize it making it simpler and more flexible.

The aspects of the law, which will not be discussed covers the rules on who can vote in elections and the voting systems used. Such changes were debated much but last year a UK-wide referendum was held and the question in matter was whether general elections should continue to use the “first-past-the-post” system.

After the referendum, the Commission decided not to include these areas in the consultation, claiming they would be “best left to democratic or political consensus”.

Different voting methods will be considered at the consultation but new methods as online voting probably will not be mentioned. According to a report from 2010 almost 40% of the internet users in the UK answered they would prefer to vote in the General Election if the option to vote online had been available.

Respondents to the consultant were on the contrary opinion- they insisted on consideration of new voting methods.

“The complexity and sheer scale of the existing framework for electoral law puts at risk the credibility of our electoral process,” said Frances Patterson QC, from the Law Commission. “The price we pay as a democracy when the electoral process loses credibility is high and potentially catastrophic.

“Our consultees have told us, with one voice, that the law is in need of reform.”

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Newspaper Editors Throw Weight behind Majority of Leveson Proposals

After a meeting last Wednesday editors of leading national newspapers said they will give their backing to most of the proposals of the Leveson enquiry.

They promised to support 40 out of the 47 proposals put forward by Lord Leveson concerning the creation of a new press regulator.

Some of the suggestions are about giving the regulator the authority to impose fines of up to £1m and the establishment of a low-cost tribunal system for libel and privacy claims.

Unfortunately it turned out that newspapers object the creation of law for the new regulatory body to operate under. Another thing they also baulked was the suggestion of employing Ofcom, or some other body, to control the new regulator.

In David Cameron’s words he was also unwilling to change the law. If Downing Street manages to formulate a non-statutory solution on the control of the regulator, it will later appear in the newspaper.

The Independent Editor Chris Blackhurst said while speaking on BBC Radio 4, that they “pretty much agreed to all” of the recommendations in Leveson’s report.

He said it seemed to him pretty strange and surprising that the rival editors agreed to co-operate:

“I’ve never seen anything like it in my time as a journalist. We are all used to the sort of annual fisticuffs at press awards, and all the shouting matches, and we all hate each other.”

The other guests at the meeting, held at breakfast at the Delaunay restaurant on the Aldwych road, were Alan Rusbridger from the Guardian, Dominic Mohan from the Sun, Tony Gallagher from the Daily Telegraph, Lloyd Embley from the Mirror, Lionel Barber from the Financial Times, and Sarah Sands from the Evening Standard.

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Deed of Gift Form

A Deed of Gift is a formal legal document used to give a gift of property or money to another person. It transfers the money or ownership of property (or share in a property) to another person without payment in return.

Generally, most Deed of Gift transfers are carried out between family members as property transferred in this way is usually given out of the love and affection the giver has for the recipient.

The person who creates and executes a Deed of Gift to transfer money or property from himself to another person is called a Donor and the person receiving the gift is called the Donee.

Transferring property or money by way of gift must be executed as a Deed because no consideration is given in return for the gift, thus the document has to be witnessed. Please note that the witnesses have to be disinterested parties. In other words they cannot have a stake in the transfer of the property. If a witness stands to benefit or take a loss because of the transfer of the property, then cannot be considered disinterested and cannot act as a witness.

A Deed of Gift can be used to donate money, land and/or valuable objects to someone else.

An irrevocable Deed of Gift once signed and witnessed, transfers the gift to the Donee who takes immediate legal ownership of the gift. Consequently, the Donor cannot later change his mind and reclaim the objects he has transferred.

Giving a gift to someone can have some Inheritance Tax implications. Generally, any gifts made to any individuals will be exempt from Inheritance Tax payments if the Donor lives for a total of seven years or more after having made the gift. These kinds of gifts are usually known as Potentially Exempt Transfers (PETs).

However, if the Donor gives away an asset but keeps an interest in it or continues to benefit from it then the gift will not fall within the category of a potentially exempt transfer.

If the Donor dies within seven years of making a gift and the gift is valued at more than the Inheritance Tax threshold, Inheritance Tax will need to be paid on the value of the gift usually by the Donee or by the representatives of the estate.

However, please note that certain gifts are exempt from Inheritance Tax. If the gift in question falls within the exempt categories then, even if it is valued at more than the Inheritance Tax threshold, the Donor can pass on the asset/gift without paying Inheritance Tax.

Gifts can be made to certain people and organisations without having to pay any Inheritance Tax. These gifts are exempt whether are made during the Donor life or as part of the will.

Generally, there’s usually no Inheritance Tax to pay on gifts left to a spouse or civil partner even if it’s over the threshold, as long as they have a permanent home in the UK.

N.B. Gifts left to an unmarried partner, or a partner that is not in a registered civil partnership, are not exempt.

Furthermore, gifts made to charities, museums, universities, Community Amateur Sports clubs and the National Trust are exempt.

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Longer Sentences for Sex Offenders

Sentences for rape and different forms of sexual assault should be longer so that they correspond to some extent to the psychological impact on the victim.

Recently the Sentencing Council gave the suggestion that sexual offences should be treated focusing on the physical aspects of the assault and not on the lasting effects it may have over the victim.

The Sentencing Council’s consultation is set to run in 14 weeks and it suggests that there should be a greater focus on the modus operandi of the perpetrator and also on factors such as modern technology used to film the assault.

If proved that rapists have used alcohol or drugs for their victims, their sentence will be up to 19 years, which was until now the sentence for those who had committed multiple rapes.

Potential prison terms for sexual offences against children will also change depending on that whether a position of trust was abused.

If these changes take place they will have heavy impact on cases in which victims of sexual assaults were afraid to make any accusations for long time. These changes will affect sentences for 54 specific crimes connected to sexual offence.

The Sentencing Council’s Lord Justice Tracy said: “The perspective of victims is central to the council’s considerations,”We want to ensure sentences reflect everything the victim has been through and what the offender has done.”

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Mis-Selling Culture Still Exists In Banks

Even after the PPI scandal A report by Which? showed again the fact that employees are under the pressure of banks to meet sales target leads to the mis-selling of products.

Among the interviewed were more than 500 sales staff from the UK’s leading five banks – HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group, Barclays and Santander.

The results say that two thirds of the respondents claim the pressure is too much for them.

About half of them said that they knew a colleague who had mis-sold a financial product. Four in ten admitted they sometimes know products are not appropriate for certain customers  and feel under pressure trying to sell them.

The chief executive of Which?  Peter Vicary-Smith said: “This proves the need for big change across the industry and for bankers to put customers first, not sales. We’re calling on the banks to be much more transparent about their sales targets and incentives.”

The total cost for the banks due to the PPI mis-selling scandal is expected to rise above £15bn.

Yet in September banks were told to do away with the bonuses schemes used for encouraging sales of their products, and the result that 41% percent of those quizzed by Which? was a drop in available incentives. On the other hand, more than 81% said that they do not see difference in the pressure meeting sales targets.

A spokesman for the British Bankers’ Association said: “Selling people products they do not need is not putting the customer’s interests first and therefore is ultimately bad for the bank.

“The banks will be looking at the findings of this small survey – along with their own internal research – to understand why any staff might feel otherwise.”

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Women Forced to Hide Their Real Names in Order to Find Job

According to a recent report the non-‘English names of ethnic minority women appear to be an obstacle before them when talking about job opportunities.

This report showed that women from ethnic minorities managed to find jobs after hiding their real names and background.

No matter their religion, Muslim women now agree to remove their hijabs when applying for job because they know it will deter them from finding one.

The co-founder of the Young Black Graduates non-profit organization, Jorden Berkeley, shared that after dropping her first name from her CV she started getting back much more calls than before.

She told the BBC: “I have many, many friends who were effectively told to ‘whiten’ their CVs by dropping ethnic names or activities that could be associated with blackness. It was a very sad realization.”

Another upshot from this report shows that the percent of unemployed women from ethnic minorities is bigger than that of white women. 63.6% of Pakistani and Bangladeshi women fell into this category, compared to 27.5% of white women.

The probable reason that women from ethnic minorities stay at home is that they have to take care of their families but the report claims that there is a chance they lose confidence because of their origins.

The chair of the committee, David Lammy, said that it was a shame for women to hide their names. “All unemployment is tragic but we simply can no longer remain so casual about women that are simultaneously the victims of both sexism and racism when they are competing in the labour market. It has massive implications for families and society as a whole.

“Getting women into jobs is the best way to break families out of the poverty cycle so it is time for the government to make addressing this a priority.”

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The End of Royal Gender Discrimination in the UK

It is considered that nowadays gender discrimination in the monarchy exists, so serious changes should be done in order to modify this situation.

All sixteen Commonwealth realms agreed on the changes last year but the declaration came right after the announcement that the duchess ofCambridgeis pregnant.

Changes will soon be accepted as now the realms have sent official letters of consent to the government of New Zealand.

Male primogeniture now gives male heirs the advantage over females when talking about the ascent to the throne no matter if the boy was or was not the first born child in the family.

The amendment, which will be known as Succession to the Crown Bill will be in favour of heirs who marry a Roman Catholic as they are now being expelled from the line of succession and future changes will stop this practice.

Speaking on the topic the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “People across the realms of the Commonwealth will be celebrating the news that the Duke and Duchess ofCambridgeare expecting their first child. ”We can also all celebrate that whether the baby is a boy or a girl, they will have an equal claim to the throne.”

He promised that the new bill will be introduced to the House of Commons as soon as possible but the procedure is in fact going to be a time-consuming process because changes to the current law include alterations to a range of long-established legislation, which includes the Bill of Rights and Coronation Oath Act of 1688, the Act of Settlement 1701, and the Union with Scotland Act 1706.

This means that probably the rest of the Commonwealth realms will make their own modifications to the law before the UK manages to do so.

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Berkshire Council Sells Olympic Items on eBay

The main idea of The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead to sell Olympic items on eBay is to raise money for its Mayor’s Benevolent Fund. The auction has more than 300 lots like flags, and many other souvenirs among which two large Wenlock figures could be seen. The starting price of these two figures is £250. Many of the items that were used at the Eton Dorney rowing events are expected to go on sale on Thursday.

The authority’s lead member for the 2012 Games,  Simon Dudley, said: “We have experienced one of the most memorable years in the borough’s history and we now have the happy task of finding good homes for all the items we were provided with to decorate roads, parks and car parks leading up to and during games time.”

He also mentioned that he was sure these items would suit all pockets as there are in fact banners and flags which are still in their original wrappings. According to him people show great deal of interest in the Wenlock mascots so they expected healthy biddings on these items.

Mayor Colin Rayner said: “The benevolent fund was set up many years ago specifically to help alleviate poverty in the borough and this will be a very welcome seasonal boost.”

The money from the auctions will be used to help people in need in the harsh winter times.

The last auction will be on 16 December.

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