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Snow-On-Trent

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 15/12/2010 by Luke

Snowfall over the weekend came at it’s earliest for over 17 years in Stoke-on-Trent, and weather officials are warning the worst is yet to come. 

1.5 inches of snow fell in parts of Staffordshire, with Tuesday and Wednesday predicted to bring around 8 more inches of snow.

The snow has already impacted upon people living in Stoke. Malkit Kang, 19, Queen Anne Street, Shelton said, “The snow has completely ruined my weekend. I was supposed to be going home Saturday, but my family couldn’t travel up because the snow was too bad.

“As a result of this I have missed a music concert I had paid to see months ago. If it snows anymore I will refuse to leave the house.”

The snow has also affected revenue for the local businesses and shops around the area. S.S. Dhanjal, who works in Sunny Store, Ashford Street, Shelton said, “People are not coming out due to the weather. It’s slippery and frozen so people are avoiding leaving the house.

“The only time people are leaving the house is to put gas or electricity on their meters, but if they can avoid this, then they will. The snow is very bad for business as no customers equals no money.”

Taxi firms are also being affected by the freezing conditions. Mr Ahmed, 32, who works for Hackney Carriages, refuses to work when it is snowing.

“If it’s heavy snow I won’t work. This is because of safety issues. You can’t guarantee the other road users will be in control of their vehicle, and if they crash into you not only does it cause problems for me and my fellow drivers, but also the passengers in the car.

“This of course has a negative affect on the revenue of the business but it is something outside of my control”

Over previous years snowfall has literally halted the country; with a harsh winter expected will Stoke be prepared?

 

Blatter sparks fresh controversy…

Posted in News, Sports with tags , , , , , , , on 14/12/2010 by Luke

Yep, that’s right. Another blog about Sepp Blatter, the head of footballs governing body, FIFA. This time he has caused outrage by suggesting gay people- homosexuals and lesbians, should refrain from ‘gay activity’ if they go to the 2022 Qatar World Cup. I have already made my opinions clear about the decision to award a country like Qatar the world cup, but ironically Blatter has opened up further potential problems with this unthoughtful comment. For a start FIFA have created problems for themselves by awarding the world cup to a country which hold prejudices and laws that conflict with the rest of the world. Laws against homosexuals and lesbians restrict people’s human rights, and are quite frankly ridiculous in the 21st century. This threatens to overshadow the whole of the 2022 world cup.

Blatter says what he wants, when he wants, as he pleases. This is definitely not suitable, considering he is supposed to set an example to the rest of the sport. Quite clearly he has caused outrage with his recent comments, persecuting the whole of the gay community in a sense. This will surely raise further questions about his suitability to run FIFA. NBA star John Amaechi, who was the first basket baller to publically reveal he was homosexual, has been deeply offended by Blatter’s comments. He said, “Anything less than a full reversal of his position is unacceptable and if the FA and football and sporting associations around the world fail to acknowledge this insult, they too will be complicit.” Something I have to agree with.

Speaking for many English football fans, it would be fair to say, England do not like Sepp Blatter, or FIFA at all for that matter. Considering we are supposed to be ‘the home of football’, we don’t get treated with the respect we deserve. Various decisions, including the farcical world cup bidding voting process have gone against us as a nation recently, and this leaves me questioning what is the point? I would absolutely love us to leave FIFA, but then I realise, who would we be able to play football against then? The sad answer is no-one. Because of this reason we will always be tied to FIFA, let’s just hope when a new president takes over they have morals and a better understanding of the game than their predecessor. To watch the video of Blatter click here.

 

Blatter brands England ‘bad losers.’

Posted in News, Sports with tags , , , , , , , on 08/12/2010 by Luke

Well, Sepp Blatter has branded England bad losers, after the nation complained after only receiving two votes. He says FIFA are a fair organisation and aren’t corrupt. How can a fair organisation promise votes to a bid team, only to lie and vote for other bids? How is that a fair organisation. It is not fair to lie to people, and make them waste vast resources on an unsuccessful bid (England are rumoured to have spent over £13million putting together the bid.) If that is the case, this whole process has been a complete waste of time for the whole of England. Many people were excited and hoping to host the 2018 World Cup. Only to have their hopes dashed by the controversial president of FIFA, Blatter.

I for one am not his biggest fan. For a start, as the governing head of football FIFA should be impartial and show no favouritism. Therefore is it really acceptable that Blatter can come out and say things like this? Clearly the power has got to his (fat) head, and know he rules like a dictator. I cannot wait until Blatter’s term ends, as to be quite frank, I am sick of his presidency. I don’t agree with his ideas, and I believe he is taking football backwards. The sooner he is gone the better!

These are the comments Blatter made… make up your own opinion.

“To be honest, I was surprised by all the English complaining after the defeat. England, of all people, the motherland of fairplay ideas,” Blatter told Swiss weekly magazine Weltwoche in an interview released ahead of publication on Thursday.

“Now some of them are showing themselves to be bad losers,” he said. “You can’t come afterwards and say so and so promised to vote for England. The results are known. The outcome came out clearly.”

Russia to host 2018…What a disgrace.

Posted in News, Sports with tags , , , , , , , on 02/12/2010 by Luke

Well, I have recently just saw that Russia have been given the right to host the 2018 Fifa World Cup. It’s a sorry state of affairs when the home of football can’t host the biggest event in football. I must say, as a huge football fan this has left me feeling very angry. For one, many of Russia’s stadiums that are being used for the world cup haven’t been built. This means the Fifa delegates who voted on their bid have based their vote on video technology of the what the stadiums might look like. To me, this is an absolute joke. Who the hell knows how a stadium is going to turn out??!! Also, look at all the problems Wembley had with the turf after it was built. Who’s to say the same thing won’t happen in Russia? Secondly the fact we sent a royal prince, and the Prime Minister David Cameron and STILL got eliminated in the first round of voting seems to suggest we’re never going to host the world cup. What is it Fifa have against the English? This was the England bid video.

Various flashbacks come to me. Firstly England vs Germany in the summer. A blatant, obvious goal wasn’t given. A goal that would have changed the course of the game, I have no doubt Germany wouldn’t have beaten us as easily if Frank Lampard‘s goal had been allowed to stand. I can’t remember the referee or linesman who didn’t give that goal receiving any  disciplinary action. Fifa were probably happy England were knocked out. Another flashback that comes to mind is the Chelsea vs Barcelona 2009 game, were Chelsea were denied a number of blatant penalties. Prompting suggestions that there was a Fifa conspiracy to not have two English teams in the final two years in a row. Both times I was left furious at the incapability of the referees Fifa had delegated to officiate on these matches. After all these referees are supposed to be the best in the world, and yet they are incapable of making obvious decisions, something smells fishy to me…

On a side note, to complete an absolutely farcical day Qatar were awarded the 2022 World Cup. Why does the world want to see a World Cup in Qatar? Please tell me… For a start the Qatar national football team are awful. They have never qualified for a world cup, and never will. Apparently the bid team impressed the Fifa delegates with the idea of knocking the stadiums down after 2022 and giving the parts to third world countries. While this is a nice thought, it’s probably because Qatar will never need a football stadium again.  Do they even care about football? Or Association Football as those posh idiots at Fifa call it. For me this is a very sad day, this proves the roots of football have been lost, and the idiots in charge at the top don’t have a clue with what they are doing with it.

Knife Crime In Decline?

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 30/11/2010 by Luke

 

Recent figures released from the government show that there has been a decline in the number of homicides involving knives or other sharp instruments in the United Kingdom.

However recently a man was stabbed outside Walkabout, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. The man later died, and the incident has sparked fresh debate about whether knife crime in the Staffordshire area is on the increase.

In 2007-08 the number of homicides were 270; this has fallen to 252 in 2008-09. However, this statistic is somewhat misleading as there has been an increase in the number of attempted murders with a knife or sharp instrument. This has risen from 245 in 2007-08 to 271 in 2008-09.

There were 219 recorded offences involving knives in Staffordshire alone between April 2007 and March 2009. This involves the tragic case of Christopher Deakin, the 36 year old father who was stabbed to death.

At the time Chief Inspector Dave Mellor of Stoke-On-Trent police division said, “Although it will come as little comfort to Mr Deakin’s family, knife crime of any sort is extremely rare in Staffordshire.”

Further figures from the government say that 80% of all knife crime happens in only a few areas, mainly London, Leeds and Glasgow. This raises the question about whether knife crime statistics are misleading when compared to the Staffordshire area.

James Marshall, of 8 Queen Anne Street, Shelton, who is a victim of violent assault, believes there is not enough protection on the streets of Stoke-On-Trent. “There are rarely any police patrolling the area. I don’t like walking around the streets of Shelton, in particular Hanley Park… something needs to be done to make the area more secure.”

Mr Marshall also added his fears over knife crime saying, “I believe this area has a problem with knife crime. I just genuinely feel unsafe.”

 

Inappropriate Muslim behaviour.

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 22/11/2010 by Luke

BBC panorama have recently investigated Islamic text books and found inappropriate content within them. The books contain detailed descriptions and diagrams on the chopping off of hands and feet- punishment for theft in Saudi culture. The books also condone anti-Semitic behaviour. As homosexuals are persecuted within the books; execution is promoted as a punishment for gay sex. This is just another example of militant Muslim behaviour- a growing trend in today’s society. To read the blog click here.

I was recently horrified to see some members of the Muslim community burning poppies on remembrance day. This is without a doubt one of the most disrespectful and unthoughtful actions I have ever seen in my life. For a start this day is meant to be about all British citizens paying their respects to the fallen soldiers who have defended this country from harm. We should all be proud of the soldiers who have fought for us on this day, and should not have to worry about a minority disrespecting our people. The actions of those Muslims that day have left me furious and actually questioning what they are trying to achieve…

Firstly, I am not a racist person, I have many different multi ethnic friends, and to me religion should never be a barrier preventing any friendships. I also accept that not all Muslims are extremist in their views. However, they are given a bad name by this groups of extremist’s whose thoughtless actions represent badly on their community as a whole. Regardless of that though it must be said, if any white Christians/ JewsJehovah’s witnesses or any other form of religion went into a Muslim country and conducted this type of behaviour all hell would break loose. The people committing the actions would be either killed, or locked up.

Secondly, people need to remember the country that we live in is Britain, more specifically for me, England. This is a country with predominantly Christian/ Protestant roots. Therefore these are the main religions of the country. Hence, these religions should be respected by anyone emigrating into the country. I’m pretty sure this would be expected of me if I moved into a Muslim community, so it should be enforced here. Recently people of Lichfield refused to allow the construction of a mosque. An action which caused scandal among the Muslim community. I actually applaud the decision as it proves some people left in England have a backbone. Why should we give in to the demands of an aggressive Muslim community? It is not up to me to preach religion or tell people what they should and shouldn’t do, but if a religion blatantly disrespects the morals and ideals of a country they should not be rewarded with the construction of a holy building.

Overall my main problem with the Islamic religion is its refusal to mesh within the British culture. There are many other religions which have successfully integrated into the British society; Sikhs, Hindus, Jews and many other religions have managed to make the transition, so why does there seem to be so much conflict when it comes to the Muslim community? This is a question I don’t know the answer too, and doubt that I ever will. I recently watched a film the other day called ‘The Kingdom’. The film documents the behaviour of four American secret service members investigating a terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia. At the end of the film, a little Muslim boy’s family have been killed and one of his relatives asks what his dying father had told him… “Don’t worry, we will kill them all one day.” This to me is highly reflective of the militant Muslims attitude, they want to kill anyone who opposes the Quran, and destroy other religions. This leads me to believe that the issues will never be solved as no compromise can ever be found.

Is alcohol poisoning the young community?

Posted in News on 09/11/2010 by Luke

I know what you’re going to think, great another OAP or government official moaning about the influences alcohol has on society… well actually you’d be wrong to assume that. I’m a student and I actually think alcohol does have an adverse affect on people within society. A recent survey carried out by Professor David Nutt showed alcohol as one of the most harmful drugs in society. The survey looks at some of the most dangerous drugs around and rates the effects they have on the user and the community as a whole. Alcohol was actually rated more harmful than drugs like heroin, highlighting its negative impact. The article can be found here.

In my own many, many experiences with alcohol, which include a two week holiday to the Greek island of Zakynthos (Zante), one crazy week in the party capital of the world, Ibiza, and a whole freshers year at Staffordshire University, I have seen the impact and influences it can have on people. Whilst it is great fun to go and have a drink, and socialise; people must remember the after effects of drinking too much alcohol. When you wake up with that hangover you may laugh it off and think it’s the sign of a good night… But, your head actually hurts because you’ve a few killed brain cells with the amount of alcohol you have consumed. Remember, alcohol is toxic to the body, meaning it is poisonous and harmful to humans.

Anyway, despite sounding like a killjoy I do definitely enjoy ‘boozing’. It’s not that I particularly like the taste of any specific alcohol, I just love socialising with my friends and meeting new people on a night out. It’s also an excuse to let your hair down from the every day pressures of life and enjoy yourself. I recently went out on the weekend, and learnt a new way to drink. You get a bottle of an alcoholic beverage, (usually a WKD or a smirnoff Ice) put a straw in, and hold it down the side of the bottle. You then down the bottle as fast as you can and repeat the process with many drinks. Trust me, this results in getting you absolutely hammered. This is a picture of me below after doing a few too many ‘strawpedos’.

Is this really how you want to end a night?

Is this really how you want to end the night? Lying on the floor, embarrassed and with no recollection of what happened the next day. It might seem like a good idea at the time, but remember, alcohol should always be drank with consideration.