country:wales


  • Five of six largest police forces do not want water cannon
    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/feb/04/police-forces-opposed-to-water-cannon

    Five of the six largest forces in England and Wales said they were against deploying water cannon on their streets, with one police chief dismissing them as being “as much use as a chocolate teapot” for quelling disorder.

    The Metropolitan police and the London mayor, Boris Johnson, are pressing the case for water cannon to be deployed in the capital as soon as summer, amid warnings that austerity could fuel disorder.

    But the views of the other forces leave the Met in isolation, weeks before it is expected to ask the home secretary for formal approval. The police and crime commissioners (PCCs) for the forces in Greater Manchester, West Midlands, West Yorkshire, Merseyside and Thames Valley have all rejected the idea and suggested they would be unwilling to share the cost.

    #contrôle


  • Fracking companies entitled to licences on more than 60% of British land | Environment | theguardian.com
    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/dec/17/fracking-huge-impact-uk-shale-gas-industry-revealed

    Two-thirds of the UK’s land will be available for fracking companies to license, a government map published on Tuesday shows, with new areas opened up in the Midlands, Cumbria and Wales.

    Ministers said major energy companies had expressed interest in new shale gas licences and up to 150 applications are expected, which could cover about 15% of the UK.

    Almost £1bn of financial incentives and revenues could be injected into local communities that accept fracking, according to a new assessment of the impact of a largescale shale gas industry on the UK, published the same day.

    The report, commissioned by the government, suggests that a major fracking effort would deliver about 25% of the UK’s annual gas needs in its peak years in the 2020s and provide up to 32,000 jobs, although as few as one-fifth of these could be local.

    #énergie #gaz_de_schiste #UK

    • Fracking could be allowed under homes in Britain without owners’ knowledge
      http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/dec/1/fracking-allowed-homes-without-owners-knowledge-gas-drilling

      Fracking could take place under thousands of homes without their owners’ knowledge after ministers said companies would no longer have to notify people directly about potential gas drilling in their areas.

      Nick Boles, the planning minister, said the law would be changed to allow gas companies to put in fracking applications without sending out letters to tell people about possible drilling beneath their properties. Instead, companies will be required to publish a notice in a local newspaper and put up site displays in local parishes, as well as conducting a wider consultation.

      [...] the government said it would be too burdensome for gas companies to tell everybody within a wide radius of drilling that it might take place under their homes.


  • Revealed: how UK water companies are polluting Britain’s rivers and beaches | Environment | The Observer
    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/aug/03/water-companies-polluting-rivers-beaches

    The most persistent and frequent polluters of England’s rivers and beaches are the nation’s 10 biggest water companies, an Observer investigation has revealed.

    The companies, which are responsible for treating waste water and delivering clean supplies, have been punished for more than 1,000 incidents in the past nine years, but fined a total of only £3.5m.

    The revelations have raised concern that the financial penalties are far too low to change the behaviour of an industry that generates billions of pounds in profits and shareholder dividends. The charge is backed by the Sentencing Council for England and Wales, which is proposing major hikes in penalties.

    Pollution incidents, which have included sewage illegally pouring into a harbour for more than a year, and managers destroying records, show no sign of declining, according to data obtained from the Environment Agency (EA) under freedom of information rules. Only a third of the 1,000 incidents led to a fine (of an average of just £10,800 ); the rest resulted in cautions.

    “In law, the ’polluter pays’ principle is supposed to deter companies from damaging the environment, but in this case the penalties appear to be so pitiful that water companies seem to be accepting them as the price of doing business,” Joan Walley MP, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), told the Observer. “The sentencing council must ensure that courts take into account the profits made from environmental crimes, and that fines have a sufficient deterrent effect.”

    Simon Hughes MP, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “These figures are another indictment of the failings of our privatised water companies in England. Many of them make large profits, pay huge dividends, increase prices and pay little tax. When, in addition, these figures show they don’t deliver clean water, the public is entitled to say that our monopoly water providers are neither good corporate citizens nor good stewards of our precious environmental assets.”

    In November the Observer revealed that three of Britain’s biggest water companies paid little or no tax on their profits in 2012 while generously rewarding their executives and investors. The water industry was paid £10.5bn by customers in 2010-11, according to the latest Ofwat figures available, while making pre-tax profits of £1.7bn and paying dividends of £2.2bn, a 42% year-on-year rise. In 2013-14, water bills are rising by 3.5%, above both inflation and average pay rises.

    (...)

    The sentencing council’s draft guidelines direct that for deliberate pollution incidents by large companies and with the most serious environmental impacts, the standard fine should be £750,000 but could be varied between £250,000 and £2m depending on circumstances.

    #eau #privatisation #pollution #amendes

    Et pourquoi n’est-il pas question d’#emprisonnement ?


  • Dementia Rate Is Found to Drop Sharply, as Forecast - NYTimes.com

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/17/health/study-finds-dip-in-dementia-rates.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130

    A new study has found that dementia rates among people 65 and older in England and Wales have plummeted by 25 percent over the past two decades, to 6.2 percent from 8.3 percent, a trend that researchers say is probably occurring across developed countries and that could have major social and economic implications for families and societies.

    Another recent study, conducted in Denmark, found that people in their 90s who were given a standard test of mental ability in 2010 scored substantially better than people who had reached their 90s a decade earlier. Nearly one-quarter of those assessed in 2010 scored at the highest level, a rate twice that of those tested in 1998. The percentage of subjects severely impaired fell to 17 percent from 22 percent.

    #états-unis #psychiatrie #santé


  • Gypsies, Roma, Travellers: An Animated History

    Europe is home to 10–12 million Roma and Travellers, yet many Europeans are unable to answer the basic question, “Who are the Roma?” Even fewer can answer questions about their history.

    It is a complex and highly contested narrative, partly because the “Roma” are not a single, homogeneous group of people. They can include Romanichals in England; Kalé in Wales and Finland; Travellers in Ireland (who are not Roma), Scotland, Sweden, and Norway; Manouche from France; Gitano from Spain; Sinti from Germany, Poland, Austria and Italy; Ashakli from Kosovo; Egyptians from Albania; Beyash from Croatia; Romanlar from Turkey; Domari from Palestine and Egypt; Lom from Armenia and many others. It is also partly because many of these groups have differing narratives of their history and ethnogenesis (their origins as an ethnic group).

    The Roma do not follow a single faith, but are Catholic Manouche, Mercheros and Sinti; Muslim Ashkali and Romanlar; Pentecostal Kalderash and Lovari; Protestant Travellers; Anglican Gypsies; and Baptist Roma. There are variations in practises associated with birth, marriages and death, yet also linked cultures that display subtle but distinctive patterns or, as a Roma preacher once described it, “many stars scattered in the sight of God.”

    Yet there is much that is shared between different groups of Roma. Roma have a common lexicon in differing dialects of Rromanës, the Romani language. There are common notions around cleanliness codes and behaviours regarding what is Rromano (to behave with dignity and respect as a Roma person) and what can be seen as part of Rromanipé or the “Romani world view.”

    Roma groups often have similar occupations, drawing upon traditions of peripatetic and mobile economies that exploit niche markets, such as peddling and trading certain livestock (horses, dogs, and small birds). Roma artisans have also made livings from repairing items deemed “uneconomic” to mend, such as pocket watches, tea-pots and porcelain dishes—the originators of what is now described as the circular economy. Many Roma, Gypsies, and Travellers are engaged in recycling and have been for centuries, long before major environmental concerns. We were also healers and herbalists for the “country people.”

    Mobility has, for many Roma, been part and parcel of identity. It’s “not all waggons and horses” though and Roma have been engaged with agriculture (as they still are in many places), artisan skills and automobiles trading, road repairs and roofing. Metal work of all kinds has always been part of the Roma economy, as has craft production (baskets and bamboo furniture, knives’ handles, carved and decorated waggons, fairground signs). Many groups’ names actually stem from occupations—the Balkan Sepetçiler are basket-makers (from the Turkish term for woven baskets) and represent a commercial skill that was used as the basis for organizing taxable communities in the past. Diversity in and amongst Roma groups has its origins in occupational identity, as much as in any other distinctions of culture.

    What “binds” or unites the communities in all this rich diversity? The idea of a common heritage of exclusion certainly contributes to the sense of shared “pasts”—the notion of always being the “outsider”, the “other.” There are connections too in the languages; the important words for water, bread, road, blessings, luck, greetings and farewells can be common to Rromanës dialects. Terms for horses, tools, numbers and others are sometimes close enough in many cases that one Roma person can “trade” them with another—a favourite game in many communities, as language holds the “key” to our past in its core and “loan words”, gathered over time and migration routes. Language experts have identified these commonalities and drawn from this heritage to illuminate this shared past and heritage.

    The notion of the historical journey, the narrative of “the long road of the Roma” over 1,000 years since leaving the Indian lands, is also strong in many Roma groups as a component of identity, with good evidence to support this. Just as not all Italians are descended from Romans and Etruscans, not all Roma groups are direct descendants of Hindus from the Punjab or Ganges basin. However, the point of the “imagined community” is not that it is literally a fiction, but rather that it is symbolically meaningful and has a purpose in bringing together individuals around common ideas of heritage and belonging to which broadly, we can subscribe. The Roma, in this sense are a people like any other, dispersed across many lands and territories over time and circumstance.

    The remarkable thing is that (as a famous historian of the Gypsies once noted), unlike many other peoples in this context, we have no one priesthood, no single holy book, no promised land to return to and yet we not only endure and survive, we truly live in the world. The need is to go beyond this and to flourish, to achieve equality and emancipation from poverty, exclusion and misery, to become full citizens in the lands we inhabit and to achieve the kind of potential that the creative genius of our existence so far, clearly suggests we can reach.

    www.opensocietyfoundations.org/voices/gypsies-roma-travellers-animated-history

    #Roms #migration #animation #histoire



  • Une raison de plus d’envoyer chier, Intel, les PCs, Apple et Microsoft : le Raspberry Pi, et sans doute prochainement ses concurrents mini-calculateurs, sont désormais fabriqués pour des coûts comparables en Europe et en Chine

    http://paritynews.com/hardware/item/972-welsh-factory-produces-500000th-raspberry-pi

    Majority of $35 Raspberry Pi production was shifted to a Sony factory in Wales from that in China and the Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced this week that the factory in Wales has produced its half millionth unit in just over six months.
    The Foundation announced that the weekly production has shot up to 40,000 units in the UK factory alone and that the number is ‘set to climb further.’ The Foundation is optimistic about the Welsh factory and said there will be “more Made in the U.K. Pis in the world than their Made in China cousins.”



  • Visualising the Rural

    http://visualising-the-rural.blogspot.co.uk

    Voilà encore une conférence qui promet d’être sympa

    conference exploring current conceptions and misconceptions of rural space based on photographic visualisation

    According to the Office for National Statistics (2009) almost 80% of rural space in England is inhabited (and worked) by less than 20% of the population (slightly different percentages for Scotland and Wales). Modern and contemporary arts and thought represent and reflect on urban life as an environment most of us inhabit. Consequently, contemporary life is often understood as a synonym with urban existence. Yet, the space of Britain, as an example within Europe, consists primarily of countryside. There are arguably vast unrepresented and unseen spaces and places.

    This apparent lack of artistic and philosophical attention to the contemporary rural space can be said to have led to an alienation of country life. We have all seen idealised pastoral images used as a shorthand representation of farmland and the countryside. This romanticisation also underpins environmental dreams of purifying country retreats and smallholdings free from environmental guilt. Rural spaces tend to be seen as loci of escape from the human condition rather than expressing it. Consequently they are seldom the focus of cutting edge arts practice and display. However, the countryside is arguably an industrial space inasmuch as it is the location of food production and an ever increasing tourism economy, and therefore as much part of the same economic reality as urban work realms. Rural space is consequently a facet of the contemporary life-world, yet arguably not represented as such.

    #paysage #géographie #image #visualisation


  • ‘Jedi’ most popular alternative faith in UK – Census — RT
    http://rt.com/news/jedi-uk-religion-census-866

    ‘Jedi’ is now the most popular faith in the ’Other Religions’ category in England and Wales. Those identifying with the Star Wars creed outnumber atheists, taking seventh place among all the major world religions, the 2011 census revealed.

    The number of Jedi Knights have in fact nearly halved in the last decade, declining from 390,127 followers in 2001 to 176,632 in 2011.
    Despite the drop in numbers ,‘Jedi’ still remains the top alternative faith and ranks seventh overall after Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism.

    #religion #wtf


  • Interactive map shows scale and speed of Cambodia’s land-grabbing crisis | Global Witness
    http://www.globalwitness.org/library/interactive-map-shows-scale-and-speed-cambodias-land-grabbing-crisis

    This interactive map by Cambodian organisation Licadho lays bare the speed and scale of the landgrabbing crisis currently gripping Cambodia. Over 2.1 million hectares of land – roughly the total area of Wales – has been transferred mostly from subsistence farmers into the hands of industrial agriculture firms.

    An estimated 400,000 people have been affected by land disputes since 2003, and government violence against land-grabbing victims is at an all-time high (the most shocking example coming when authorities shot dead a 14-year-old girl during an eviction).

    Effrayant

    http://www.licadho-cambodia.org/live/index.html#

    #cartographie #terres #Cambodge


  • Gay men can now have their sex record scrapped | Gay Star News
    http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-men-can-now-have-their-sex-record-scrapped011012

    Gay men can now have their sex record scrapped
    Gay men in England and Wales who were convicted of having consensual sex with someone over 16 can now apply to have their criminal record wiped clean
    01 October 2012 | By Rosie Peaty
    The UK Parliament changed the law to allow gay men who only had consensual sex with people over 16 to have their criminal records wiped clean.

    Men across England and Wales will be able to apply to have criminal convictions given for consensual gay sex scrapped from today (1 October).

    Stonewall, Britian’s leading gay campaign organization, lobbyed for the axing of laws that criminalized gay sex as part of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.

    Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill said: ’Thousands of men who’ve been burdened with homophobic convictions can clear their names and Stonewall stands ready to help them.

    ’We never forget that the equality we enjoy today came too late for many.’

    After laws were changed, many men were left with convictions and cautions such as gross indecency and buggery on their criminal records.

    This left them feeling unable to apply for jobs as they feared their convictions could be revealed.

    Men can have their convictions disregarded if two key conditions are satisfied, these being if the consensual person was 16-plus and if the sexual activity was not carried out in a public toilet, which is still illegal.

    The act also includes amendments enabling gay and bisexual men maliciously convicted of ’loitering with intent’ under Section 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824 to have those convictions removed too.

    Summerskill added: ’By correcting these historic injustices we can start to bring closure to a very sad period of this country’s history.’

    A form to have the offences disregarded can be downloaded from Stonewall’s site and today the charity will publish a step-by-step guide to help applicants exercise their new rights.


  • Le Guardian popursuit ses expérimentations de cartographie participative, collective (crowd sourcing) et c’est très bien.

    GCSE results 2012 - interactive map | Education | guardian.co.uk
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/gcses/2012/gcse-results-2012-interactive-map

    We’re collecting and mapping 2012’s GCSE results from schools and colleges across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Submit accounts of your success stories and generate a results page for your school or college.

    #cartographie #cartographie-participative #cartographie-radicale #crowd-sourcing #Guardian #Royaume-Uni


  • Elderly perv falsely diagnosed cancer in women so he could sexually assault, use weird gadgets on them - Boing Boing
    http://boingboing.net/2012/04/18/elderly-perv-gave-women-bogus.html#more-155441

    http://boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/reginald-gill-ifas-01.jpg

    In Wales, 77 year old Reginald Gill has been sent to prison for 8 years after falsely “diagnosing” cancer for women who sought health aid. All of this is yet another reason to run screaming when offered “alternative” treatment for cancer. But it’s not just the woo-peddlers, homeopaths, and quacks: when I was trying to find a place to go get my first mammogram, I remember reading online reviews of one local women’s breast cancer screening clinic. Reviews written by women who’d gone there. Those reviews detailed first-hand accounts of sexually inappropriate touching and skeevy come-on vibes, from the male medical practitioner who ran the clinic. Cancer patients, and women in particular, beware.

    77 + 8 = 85 - apparemment il est carrément déconseillé de se faire passer pour un docteur quand on a envie de toucher des femmes. Mais ce qui est beaucoup plus intéressant c’est la conclusion comme quoi les vrais toubibs ne sont pas forcément mieux que pépé pervers. Mnfin, à chacun sa déontologie.


  • Revealed: government plans for police privatisation
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/mar/02/police-privatisation-security-firms-crime

    Private companies could take responsibility for investigating crimes, patrolling neighbourhoods and even detaining suspects under a radical privatisation plan being put forward by two of the largest police forces in the country.

    West Midlands and Surrey have invited bids from G4S and other major security companies on behalf of all forces across England and Wales to take over the delivery of a wide range of services previously carried out by the police.

    The contract is the largest on police privatisation so far, with a potential value of £1.5bn over seven years, rising to a possible £3.5bn depending on how many other forces get involved.

    #police #privatisation #Angleterre


  • A Bit of Fry and Laurie - Privatization of the Police Force - YouTube
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6CkltzGAxY&feature=youtu.be

    Private companies could take responsibility for investigating crimes, patrolling neighbourhoods and even detaining suspects under a radical privatisation plan being put forward by two of the largest police forces in the country.

    West Midlands and Surrey have invited bids from G4S and other major security companies on behalf of all forces across England and Wales to take over the delivery of a wide range of services previously carried out by the police.

    The contract is the largest on police privatisation so far, with a potential value of £1.5bn over seven years, rising to a possible £3.5bn depending on how many other forces get involved.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/mar/02/police-privatisation-security-firms-crime?CMP=twt_gu
    This scale dwarfs the recent £200m contract between Lincolnshire police and G4S, under which half the force’s civilian staff are to join the private security company, which will also build and run a police station for the first time.



  • UK cops face disciplinary action over Facebook posts - Computer Business Review
    http://media.cbronline.com/news/uk-cops-face-disciplinary-action-over-facebook-posts-020112

    More than 150 police officers faced disciplinary action during 2008-2010 over their behaviour on the social networking site

    More than 150 police officers faced disciplinary action in England and Wales during the period 2008-2010 over their behaviour on the social networking site Facebook, according to details released by Press Association.

    Policemen have used Facebook to harass former partners and ex-colleagues, to make comments on their counterparts wives and some even suggested having beaten up members of the public during protests, figures collected from 41 of the 43 forces show.

    An officer in Hampshire was dismissed without notice in 2009 for posting a racist comment on Facebook, while another officer was dismissed in early part of 2011 for referring to a colleague as a “grass” and a “liar” on Facebook and harassing a policewoman.


  • 944 police officers ’have criminal record’ - Crime - UK - The Independent

    More than 900 serving police officers and community support officers have a criminal record, official figures show.

    Forces across England and Wales employ policemen and women with convictions including burglary, causing death by careless driving, robbery, supplying drugs, domestic violence, forgery and perverting the course of justice.

    Those with criminal records include senior officers, among them two detective chief inspectors and one chief inspector working for the Metropolitan Police.

    At least 944 currently serving officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) have a conviction, according to figures released by 33 of the 43 forces in England and Wales in response to Freedom of Information requests.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/944-police-officers-have-criminal-record-6284098.html


  • Zander :: Tree, Line.
    http://www.zanderolsen.com/Tree_Line.html

    ‘This is an ongoing series of constructed photographs rooted in the forest. These works, carried out in Surrey, Hampshire and Wales,involve site specific interventions in the landscape, ‘wrapping’ trees with white material to construct a visual relationship between tree, not-tree and the line of horizon according to the camera’s viewpoint.’

    http://www.zanderolsen.com/images/Zander%20Olsen_Tree,%20Line_001.jpg
    http://www.zanderolsen.com/images/Zander%20Olsen_Tree,%20Line_002.jpg
    http://www.zanderolsen.com/images/Zander%20Olsen_Tree,%20Line_008.jpg
    #photographie


  • BBC News - Prison numbers in England and Wales hit fresh record
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15693164

    The prison population in England and Wales has increased by almost 200 in a week, taking it to a new all-time high of 87,945.

    Governors have 1,310 places available across jails to deal with further rises.

    The spokesman said capacity would rise in 2012 with the opening of two new prisons. HMP Thameside, in South-East London, will hold up to 900 inmates. HMP Featherstone 2, near Wolverhampton, will hold 1,600.

    Ah bah voilà la soluce pour les émeutiers et du boulot pour d’autres , construire des prisons...


  • New Bridge in Wales Made from Recycled Plastic Waste
    http://e360.yale.edu/digest/new_bridge_in_wales__made_from_recycled_plastic_waste/3194

    European engineers have completed a 90-foot bridge over the River Tweed in Wales that is made completely from recycled plastic, the first thermoplastic bridge to be built outside the U.S. The bridge,
    which consists of 50 tons of recycled high-density polyethylene materials that would have otherwise been buried in landfills, is able to support vehicles as heavy as 44 tons. Because it is made of plastic, it will never rot or rust, and will not require chemical treatment, painting, or regular maintenance, according to Vertech Composites, the UK-based firm that designed and built the bridge. And with an expected lifespan of about 50 years, that would yield a savings of $300 per-square-foot during its lifecycle compared with bridges made of standard building materials, the firm says. In completing the project, Vertech engineers worked with several groups, including the Cardiff University School of Engineering and Rutgers University’s Advanced Polymer Center, that also helped construct a thermoplastic composite bridge at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

    http://e360.yale.edu/images/slideshows/recycled_plastic_bridge_wales.jpg

    #recyclage !


  • Prince Charles has been offered a veto over 12 government bills since 2005 | UK news | The Guardian
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/oct/30/prince-charles-offered-veto-legislation?CMP=twt_gu

    Ministers have been forced to seek permission from Prince Charles to pass at least a dozen government bills, according to a Guardian investigation into a secretive constitutional loophole that gives him the right to veto legislation that might impact his private interests.

    Since 2005, ministers from six departments have sought the Prince of Wales’ consent to draft bills on everything from road safety to gambling and the London Olympics, in an arrangement described by constitutional lawyers as a royal “nuclear deterrent” over public policy. Unlike royal assent to bills, which is exercised by the Queen as a matter of constitutional law, the prince’s power applies when a new bill might affect his own interests, in particular the Duchy of Cornwall, a private £700m property empire that last year provided him with an £18m income.

    Neither the government nor Clarence House will reveal what, if any, alterations to legislation Charles has requested, or exactly why he was asked to grant consent to such a wide range of laws.


  • Revealed: the full picture of sentences handed down to rioters | #ukriots | The Guardian
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/18/full-picture-of-riot-sentences?CMP=twt_gu

    This unprecedented access to national court results reveals that 70% of defendants have been remanded in custody to await crown court trial, fuelling a surge in the prison population, which reached a record high of 86,608 in England and Wales. The Guardian’s data also shows that 56 defendants of the 80 who have already been sentenced by magistrates were given immediate prison terms. This 70% rate of imprisonment compares with a “normal” rate of just 2% in magistrates courts.

    More than half those imprisoned were charged with theft or handling stolen goods, receiving an average of 5.1 months. This is 25% longer than the average custodial sentence for these crimes of 4.1 months seen in courts during 2010, according to Ministry of Justice statistics. Public order offences are leading to sentences 33% longer than normal and those convicted of assaulting police officers have been jailed for 40% longer than usual.