UK firms’ sales and optimism soar in third quarter – BCC
The family learnt about the missing organs upon their return to Birmingham when the coroner in the UK refused to do autopsy in the absence of the girl’s organs. “It would be unfortunate if the embalming report is true after her organs were first held back for six long months. Now the concern about the embalming. The family’s emotions are involved. The second post-mortem cant be done either until we get a confirmation on enmbalming and then only the coroner here in UK would go ahead with the postmortem” said Birmingham councillor Narinder Kaur Kooner, who has been representing the Loyal family in their fight to bring the girl’s organs back to the UK. Embalming is a procedure, usually done in India, to preserve decaying of a dead body, through arterial injection of fluids. It, however, can disrupt the post-mortem examination. The girl’s parents had earlier raised fears their daughter was killed for her organs. In April, during their visit, they had taken her to doctors in Khanna when she began suffering from dehydration for 11 days. Within minutes of her receiving a “mysterious” injection shot by medics at a private clinic , she collapsed on the spot The Punjab police, which had started an investigation into her death, had ruled out a foul play into her death The histopathology report into her death by doctors at the government Rajindra Hospital in Patiala had mentioned infection in her brain, while denying any allegations of misuse of the organs and claimed to have retained Gurkiren’s heart, lungs, brain and part of her liver at the department of pathology.. The repatriation of the girl’s body and organs forced her father Santokh Singh Loyal , working as a postal worker, in Birmingham, to cough up 5600 GB pounds or about Rs 6 lakh, after the medical insurer in the UK had refused to accept the transportation cost of Gurkiren’s body in absence of country’s post-mortem report. “It’s been a long emotional battle for the family. India is so laid-back, not like here.
White widow Samantha Lewthwaite spells out over nine scrawled pages her need to murder disbelievers and incites others including her children to do the same. The crumpled A4 manuscript was found in a Kenyan safe house in which she and fellow Islamic extremists were planning an attack on two hotels and a shopping centre. Her children by Lindsay, nine-year-old Abdullah and Ruqayyah, eight, have the middle names Shaheed and Shahidah, male and female forms of the word martyr. Lewthwaite was pregnant with Ruqayyah when Lindsay blew himself up. Writing in her notebook, the fugitive white widow tells of her love for the man who gave his all to Allah and how blessed she is to have been the wife of a terrorist. Lewthwaite, who converted to Islam as a teenager, writes: We praise Allah and thank him for his countless blessings upon us. Allah blessed me with the best husband for me. In fact, exactly what I asked for before marriage. I asked for a man that would go forth, give all he could for Allah and live a life of terrorising the disbelievers. She wrote: Recently my beloved husband gave a talk to my eight-year-old son and five-year-old daughter. He asked them what do you want to be when you are older? Both had many answers but both agreed to one of wanting to be a mujahid.
Credit: Reuters/Darren Staples By Joshua Franklin LONDON | Tue Oct 8, 2013 12:09am BST LONDON (Reuters) – British firms recorded the best growth in domestic trade for at least six years in the third quarter and confidence is also rising sharply, a survey showed on Tuesday. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said the results of its quarterly economic survey – Britain’s largest major business poll – suggested that national output growth sped up to around 0.9-1 percent in the July-September period. Service firms’ domestic sales and orders rose at the fastest pace since 2007, while the increases for factories were the sharpest since at least the early 1990s. Expectations that profitability will improve in the next 12 months are now stronger than at any point since 2007 among service providers and since 1994 among manufacturers. “It’s clear that the UK upturn is gathering momentum, with most key balances in this quarter higher than their pre-recession levels in 2007,” said David Kern, chief economist at the BCC. As a result, the BCC was likely to revise up its forecasts for Britain’s gross domestic product in 2013 and 2014, he added. In August, the group predicted economic growth of 1.3 percent this year and 2.2 percent next year. Prospects for employment, which will affect the timing of the first rise in Britain’s interest rates, also brightened. A balance of 26 percent of service firm planned to increase headcount in the next three months – the highest reading since 2007. The same measure came in at 29 percent for manufacturers, which is the highest since the survey began in 1989. The Bank of England has announced that it will not consider raising borrowing costs from their record-low level until unemployment falls to 7 percent.
Three UK Now Selling the New Nexus 7 (But It’s WiFi-only)
Google’s new Nexus 7 arrived in the UK a month after its unveiling. Priced at 200 (or 240 for the 32 GB model), it was only the WiFi model that went on sale in the UK at the end of August. Those looking for some cellular connectivity were forced to wait a bit longer. Right now, the only place you can get the LTE model is O2 and Google. However, it seems Three UK is also eager to sell the Nexus 7, even if it can’t offer a connection to its network from the tablet itself. Three today announced the arrival of the new Nexus 7 to its stores. The carrier is selling the WiFi-only model for 200 and encouraging users to pair it with its own MiFi dongle for Internet connectivity when out of WiFi zones. “The Nexus 7 has incorporated the latest technologies into an affordable tablet that is fast and looks impressive,” said Sylvia Chind, head of devices at Three. “Combined with a MiFi it’s a great tablet option to make the most of downtime when commuting, whether that’s catching up on work emails or simply playing your favourite game.” The Huawei E5220 MiFi is available for a one-off upfront cost of 29.99 on a one-month rolling contract at 15.99 per month, including 5 GB of data or from 49.99 on Pay As You Go with 1 GB of data preloaded. The all new Nexus 7 features a 7.02-inch 1920 x 1200 1080p HD display (323 ppi) with scratch-resistant Corning glass, a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro with Adreno 320 @ 400 MHz graphics, 2 GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 16 GB of storage, dual-band WiFi (2.4 GHz/5 GHz), 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, a 3,950 mAh battery, and Micro USB with SlimPort-enabled (meaning it can output HDMI video and audio through the microUSB port thanks to DisplayPort technology and a special microUSB-to-HDMI adapter). The whole show is running on the newest release of Android, Android 4.3.