UK Reverses Swine Flu Vaccine-Narcolepsy Decision

As it stands now, the UK government has made the third highest requests in the world for Facebook and Twitter user data this year, and the highest number of requests for Skype user data in 2012. Imran Awan, a criminologist at the Birmingham City University, says using technology to fight terrorism is not a simple task. Its dangerous because you will inevitably get innocent people caught up in it, Awan says. He says legislative initiatives such as the communications data bill that Home Secretary Theresa May tried to push through last year would make it legal for the government to monger anything and everything, which breeches peoples civil liberties. Snoopers charter The communications data bill, dubbed by some the snoopers charter, would make it mandatory for Internet service providers to track the records of everyones Internet use data such as web browsing history and social networking site messages, and store the data for 12 months, without storing the content. The records could be accessed by the police without a warrant. The bill, which was originally introduced in June 2012, was opposed by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg who said the bill lacks balance between security and liberty. In a private letter leaked to the Guardian, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo!, and Twitter also wrote to May last April that the bill is expensive to implement and highly contentious, and that they would not voluntarily comply with the bill. But May and Defense Secretary Phillip Hammond and other MPs became keen to revive the bill in the wake of the tragic murder of the 23 year-old British soldier, Lee Rigby, in Woolwich in May this year. They believe that the extension of monitoring powers would help prevent similar extremist attacks. Anthony Glees, a professor of politics at the University of Buckingham and the director of the universitys Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, says laws such as what the communications data bill is proposing are not about eroding civil liberties, but rather protecting civil liberties. If anyone calls it the snoopers charter is totally idiotic. Its investigating; it needs to done lawfully, Glees says. There are good people and bad people in this world.

New PMI Figures Show UK Manufacturing Rapidly Gaining Ground

The industry, which makes up 10 percent of the UK economy, has regained 2.5 years of ground lost in the financial crisis. The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), a measure of manufacturing growth tracked by European economic analysis group Markit, reached 57.2 in the latest survey. The metric, which uses 50 as baseline economic stability and anything greater than 50 as an indication of growth, is used to assess worldwide industry activity. August was the fifth month in a row in which the UK manufacturing sector grew, and one of the fastest periods of growth on record. Orders from UK manufacturers are at their highest level of growth since the early 1990s, according to the data. Rob Dobson, a senior executive at the data vendor, commented that UK-based plants are booming again. The data from Markit has been backed by similar surveys from other financial firms, reinforcing the belief that UK manufacturing is on the rise. Dobson continued to state that orders and output are growing at the fastest rates for almost 20 years, and that rising demand from customers based within the UK was driving the economy forward, alongside Eurozone trading partners. The EEF, a UK-based trade group specialising in manufacturing, confirmed that UK manufacturing was on the rise. The trade group has revised its predictions for the remainder of the year upwards, believing that the surge in manufacturing activity will continue into 2014. For UK-based manufacturing firms, its good news. For the economy as a whole, and particularly the tens of thousands of skilled manufacturing staff made redundant at the peak of the financial crisis, the industrys return to form is great news indeed. September 3, 2013 – 10:16 am Economy , Manufacturing 208 views economy , factories , manufacturing , pmi About Author

She said no assumption should be made at this stage that there had been an infringement of competition law. “We will carefully consider the parties’ representations to the (OFT’s) Statement of Objections before deciding whether competition law has in fact been infringed.” DB Apparel refuted the OFT’s allegations. “We have been transparent with UK authorities since the beginning of this process and will continue to defend ourselves vigorously in this investigation,” it said. Debenhams said it also disputed the OFT’s provisional findings. “The matter is being dealt with by external lawyers,” said a spokesman. Its shares fell as much as 1.6 percent on Friday. A spokeswoman for House of Fraser said: “We are confident that we have been operating within all laws and regulations and are very supportive of any initiative which ensures pricing policies are fair for our customers.” (Reporting by James Davey; Editing by Christine Murray and Mark Potter) @yahoofinance on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook Related Content Chart Your most recently viewed tickers will automatically show up here if you type a ticker in the “Enter symbol/company” at the bottom of this module. You need to enable your browser cookies to view your most recent quotes. Search for share prices Reuters Most Asian markets crept higher on Monday after a closely-watched measure of Chinese manufacturing hit its highest Terms Quotes are real-time for NASDAQ, NYSE, and NYSEAmex when available. See also delay times for other exchanges . Quotes and other information supplied by independent providers identified on the Yahoo! Finance partner page . Quotes are updated automatically, but will be turned off after 25 minutes of inactivity. Quotes are delayed at least 15 minutes. All information provided “as is” for informational purposes only, not intended for trading purposes or advice.

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.