Sunday, November 08, 2015
Another multicultural rapist in Britain
An Uber driver sexually assaulted a female customer in the back of his taxi. Samson Haile, 32, touched the woman's legs and said he wanted to have sex with her while driving her home from a pub in west London.
She had been out for dinner with her boyfriend, before going to a friend's leaving drinks.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, needed to be up early the next day so ordered a taxi on the Uber app to be picked up at 10.40pm.
During the journey she said Haile said to her 'you are very pretty' and asked her if she had a boyfriend, before saying 'I want to have sex with you'.
The victim said he kept repeating himself before they stopped at some traffic lights. He then turned round in his seat and touched her leg with his hand, before moving it up to her thigh.
He drove on, and minutes later touched her again on the knee at which point she screamed to be let out of the car.
In a statement read out at Isleworth Crown Court today the victim, in her 20s, said: 'Since it first happened I was so upset and shocked, I couldn't sleep. 'It got so bad I had to take a week off work as I suffered from repeated flashbacks relating to the incident.
'I feel helpless, isolated and vulnerable, and the incident has made me lonely.. I now don't like being in a vehicle with a man I don't know. 'It has changed my life and it was the most horrifying experience I have ever had.
'I had to move since the cab journey because I was so worried the man knew where I lived. I was constantly checking outside my house in case he was there.
During the trial the prosecution called another female witness, an off duty police officer, who was also driven home by Haile, just two hours after the sexual assault.
She told the court he made similar comments and asked her if she was married, before telling her 'I want to sleep in your bed'.
The officer made a note of the journey in the police log when she went back on duty.
Eritrean refugee Haile, who described himself as a devout Christian who did not believe in sex before marriage, denied the offence at his trial. He claimed he did not remember the journey with the woman and that he wouldn't act in that way.
The court also heard he has a degree in financial mathematics and came to the UK in 2006.
Defence barrister Zarif Khan argued a suspended sentence would be appropriate as a term to allow Haile's rehabilitation. However, this was dismissed by Judge Recorder Sarah Buckingham who said 'the first priority of the courts is to protect the public'.
In sentencing the judge said: 'You are a 32-year-old man and you have been convicted at trial of one offence of sexual assault that took place on February 27 this year.
'On that date you had been employed as a self-employed Uber taxi driver for three weeks. But on that evening your conduct fell far below that expected of a taxi driver. 'It is important that the people that use the services of Uber, and other taxi services, can be sure the taxi driver coming to collect them can be trusted.
'You and your actions have let all taxi drivers down and you undermined that trust.'
She said: 'This is not the most serious sexual assault these courts have to deal with, but in these circumstance, with the victim being alone and vulnerable, it is extremely serious.'
She concluded he carried out the offence for 'sexual gratification' but said his cultural background may have been a factor.
However, she said his behaviour was 'wholly unacceptable' and there was a 'risk of reoffending'.
Haile, of Brentford, was jailed for eight months and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for ten years.
The judge also issued a sexual harm order which will mean once released he can never be any sort of taxi driver again.
'Far Left activists' behead hundreds of pheasants after shooting them with catapults at four country estates
Leftist hate at work. Pheasant shooting is usually seen as a sport practiced by the wealthy
Hundreds of pheasants have been killed - with some catapulted out of trees and then decapitated - in attacks targeting country estates.
The killings, at four sites over just a few dozen square miles, have horrified a community where many jobs depend on field sports.
Police sources and gamekeepers believe the incidents may have been carried out by Far Left activists to target the sport's traditional upper class 'toff' following.
Thames Valley Police have described the crimes - at estates including one belonging to a cousin of Prime Minister David Cameron - as 'senseless, wanton damage and cruelty'.
Officers point out that poachers would take the pheasants away to sell, rather than mutilate them. Meanwhile, animal rights activists have been ruled out.
At least one arrest has been made so far.
Tory MP Richard Benyon, whose Newbury constituency includes two of the affected estates, said: 'Every now and again we suffer from random acts of thoughtless vandalism.
But Mr Benyon, whose family own a Berkshire estate where pheasant shooting takes place, said he was unaware of any political motives for the latest 'appalling acts', and believes they are 'senseless vandalism'.
The most recent killing spree, at the Farley Estate, Arborfield, near Reading, involved quad bikes being driven onto the land, before a number of pheasants were shot dead.
Some of them were stolen while others were left behind. Their bodies were discovered last Thursday and it is believed they were killed in the previous 48 hours.
The estate's owner, Viscount Nicholas Bearsted, 65, said: 'Mine were killed my an air rifle or a 22 (rifle) and they had quad bikes, so it was definitely the work of adults.
'We've had pheasants killed here before. You have an idea who might have done it, but I'm not sure it's class warfare.
'There are a lot of people who don't have a lot to do that involve themselves with petty crime.'
The landowner ruled out the possibility of poachers as he said dead pheasants often fetch just a few pence.
The incident comes less than a month after more than 50 birds were killed 12 miles away at the Wasing Estate, owned by Mr Cameron's cousin, the millionaire filmmaker Joshua Dugdale.
That incident, on October 10, involved missiles fired from catapults into trees where the birds were roosting.
Knocked senseless from their perches, they fell to the ground where they had their heads ripped off - which were then impaled on fence posts.
A witness said: 'There were birds apparently shot with catapults, bird feeders smashed, pheasants beheaded or smashed into railings and bodies dumped in water tanks... the losses are worth thousands of pounds.' Police have confirmed that a group with catapults were spotted near the estate just before 6pm on the day.
A tenant on the Wasing estate, who asked not to be named, said: 'It's caused an enormous amount of stress and upset.
'People think shooting is just a thing for toffs but the fact of the matter is that shooting is responsible for most of the wildlife conservation in the UK and it's done for food as well.'
More birds were killed on October 8, after intruders broke into another pheasant farm at Hermitage, two miles from Bucklebury, home of the Duchess of Cambridge's parents Carole and Michael Middleton.
The British Association for Shooting and Conservation said the problem of pheasant-killing was becoming widespread.
One shoot captain claimed this year had been the 'worst ever' across Britain for vandalism and destruction of birds.
Last month, four people were caught on camera armed with crossbows in a private woodland estate in Ashford, Kent, the organisation said. Police suspected the men were seeking to kill pheasants or other wildlife.
Jack Knott, from the Countryside Alliance, said: 'It's a little bit heart-breaking especially at the start of the season.
'If they're actually doing senseless slaughter of the pheasants and not even taking them it's a bit more of a worry especially if it's the same sort of thing at different farms.'
UK's health care falling behind rest of the world because front-line staff are bogged down with paperwork
Patients are dying needlessly from serious illnesses because doctors and nurses have too little time to care, a damning report has warned. Experts highlighted how the UK’s survival rates for heart attacks, strokes and the most common cancers are well behind those elsewhere in the Western world.
This is partly because front-line staff are so bogged down with form-filling and worrying about the management hierarchy that they neglect basic care.
The report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) think-tank also reveals the UK has far fewer doctors and nurses compared to most countries, including Greece, Israel and Slovakia.
Its authors calculate that the Government would need to spend nearly £5 billion hiring an extra 26,500 doctors and 47,000 nurses to bring us in line with the average.
Their analysis also reveals that women in the UK are dying earlier than in many other countries. The average British female life expectancy is 82.9 years – 24th out of the 34 nations involved in the study.
Our hospitals are fuller compared to elsewhere – only five other countries have higher bed occupancy rates – and the UK has the third worst survival rate for cervical cancer and fourth worst for breast and bowel cancer, out of 23 countries.
Mark Pearson, deputy director of employment, labour and social affairs at the OECD, said the figures were ‘dire’ and ‘really disturbing’.
He added: ‘The UK in general has mediocre outcomes despite all the attention that has been put into it. We don’t have adequate staffing to ensure basic procedures are being followed.
‘We still have annoyingly bad outcomes for hospital-acquired infections and basic things aren’t being done in the UK to the extent they are in other countries. We can speculate why.
'One thing we can collectively think about is whether there are far too many forms in the UK and everyone spends far too much time thinking about who they should deal with in the organogram (hierarchy) rather than how they should make basic processes of care work better.’
Mr Pearson added that constant NHS reforms meant staff were always having to update the way they recorded data. ‘That time is taken out of care for patients,’ he said.
Nigel Edwards, chief executive of the Nuffield Trust think-tank, said the problem was partly due to the NHS’s dependence on trainee doctors.
‘It’s very difficult to get the basics right when you [only] just have the right level of staff,’ he said. ‘What’s unusual about British hospitals is that when you see someone, they are quite junior. We use juniors to provide the backbone of the workforce in hospitals rather than [senior] doctors.’
Ministers have repeatedly tried to address the problem of poor care in the NHS. Recent measures include minimum staffing levels on wards, named doctors above patients’ beds and compulsory ward rounds for nurses.
But the OECD report’s authors said such efforts were futile if there were too few staff and those who were on-call were preoccupied with bureaucracy.
The report did flag up areas where the UK is performing well, including aspects of care for diabetes, heart failure and hip fracture surgery.
An atheist and Muslim call on all Muslims to help reform Islam so it is more modern, not used for evil
MUSLIMS have been called on to accept Islam must be reformed to become more modern and tolerant, instead of it being used to justify extreme acts of evil.
Sam Harris, an atheist, author and neuroscientist, and Maajid Nawaz, a former Islamist member of Hizb-ut-Tahrir, appeared on Lateline after they co-wrote a book together titled Islam and the Future of Tolerance: a Dialogue.
The men, who also founded the anti-extremist think-tank The Quilliam Foundation, argue that Islam has failed to modernise, and Islamism — the desire to impose any version of Islam over society — “has to be named and shamed”.
Mr Nawaz compared Islamism to Voldemort, the evil character that haunted and tried to take Harry Potter’s life.
In J.K. Rowling’s books, Harry is the only one allowed to name Voldemort and recognise his existence. Others are too afraid and refuse to believe in him.
Mr Nawaz said we mustn’t get to the point where we cannot even name what Islamism is. Instead, it must be recognised and removed from society.
“When we’re dealing with the challenge that we call Islamism, if we get to a situation where the president of the United States cannot even bring himself to name this ideology, we cannot even begin to tackle it. So what we’ve been doing with the British government is focusing on getting the British government and the prime minister to recognise that there is an ideology,” he said.
“This ideology is called Islamism. It needs to be isolated from whichever interpretation of Islam Muslims may happen to subscribe to and then it needs to be challenged, because we are indeed engaged in an ideological war.”
Mr Harris agreed, saying Muslims needed to change the way they also view their own religion. “We have a task ahead of us, a monumental task ahead of us, and that is to begin the process of adapting, reinterpreting our scriptures for the modern day and age,” he said.
“Islamism must be intellectually terminated, whereas Islam the religion simply must be reformed to adjust to modernity. Unfortunately many Muslims today instead of rising to that challenge are incredibly defensive when it comes to this.”
In referencing the Taliban’s attack on a school in Pakistan last year where 132 children were killed, Mr Harris said Islam needed to move away from the traditional notion that paradise can be found in the afterlife.
“A sincere belief in paradise really takes the guard rails off civilisation. You become undeterrable by death and you think that it’s impossible to kill the wrong people because if you blow up a crowd of even Muslim children, as a Muslim, well you’ve sent the children to paradise and you’ve sent all the bad people to hell which is where god wants them, so it’s impossible to kill the wrong people,” he said.
“This world is just fit to be destroyed because there’s nothing about it that matters in light of eternity.”
Mr Harris also criticised the way Islam portrays the Prophet Mohammed as an “exemplar of the faith”.
He argued he was not a “hippie who got crucified”, nor was he a “mediator”.
“He was a war lord who did many of the things that you see members of ISIS doing,” he told the program.
“And that’s why they can kind of paint by numbers and justify what they’re doing. That’s a very inconvenient fact that we have to confront head on and find someway to disavow.”
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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