More so, as Babajide mentions, tougher immigration rules ensure a more stable social welfare and cultural regime for native Europeans. The focus therefore is on the people. Rather than bash the UK Government for its strategy, we should look to our own government for improvements, developments and policies with clear-cut strategies that are beneficial tothe people, instead of self-serving regimes and policies or policies that the average Nigerian cannot benefit from e.g. give local governments autonomy, make policies without sentimental religious influence (e.g. criminalisation of child marriage), government transparency, strict counter-terrorism policies, better accessible and credible education, better and more realistic and enforceable minimum wage commensurate with the state of our economy, etc. Such policies would promote stability and minimise the need to rely on Nigerias ex (Britain) orsugar daddies (other civilised nations Nigerians resort to- including other African countries). Third, with regard to the authors argument on terrorism, Nigeria is included on the list of countries for the pilot probably because terrorism appears to be a new norm in Nigeria. It is not just because of Mutallab (I would not include the Briton-born Nigerian- Michael Adebolajo- because as far as I am concerned, he is 100% British). Beside Mutallab, we have Boko Haram issues, a sect that apparently has links to Al-Qaeda and what is the Nigerian Government doing about it? Negotiating? Thousands of innocent Nigerians have been killed to the extent that when one reads the news of another attack, it does not seem like news anymore. On the other hand (a very remote and far-fetched point), the author fails to consider the fact that if a terrorist enters the UK and his/her extradition is sought or the person applies for asylum, the UK Government has responsibilities it must comply with. For example, if there is a likelihood that the person would (upon his return) be subjected to torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, the UK Government has to protect that person by allowing him/her stay in the UK, whether the Government likes it or not- this is the principle of Non-refoulement in international law.
Lucy Vallender, UK’s First Transgender Muslim Woman, Gets Married After Leaving Territorial Army (PHOTOS)
Credit: Reuters/Nigel Roddis/Files LONDON | Fri Sep 6, 2013 4:33am EDT LONDON (Reuters) – British industrial output was flat in July and there was a marked deterioration in the trade balance, official data showed on Friday, taking some of the shine off recent strong economic data. Output in the industrial sector – which makes up about one sixth of Britain’s economy – had been expected to edge up by 0.1 percent according to a Reuters poll. The narrower category of manufacturing rose by 0.2 percent, just short of forecasts for a 0.3 percent rise, although June’s figure was revised up, the Office for National Statistics said. Signs of a surprisingly strong recovery in Britain’s economy have come thick and fast in the past few months. Growth of 0.7 percent in the second quarter could be trumped by an even stronger reading in the third. The Bank of England pledged last month to keep interest rates on hold until unemployment falls to 7 percent, something it does not envisage happening for another three years, but the strength of recent data has encouraged traders to bet rates might rise as soon as next year. Separate figures showed Britain’s goods trade deficit widened to 9.85 billion pounds in July after narrowing sharply in June. Economists had forecast a gap of 8.153 billion pounds. Including services, in which Britain traditionally runs a surplus, the trade deficit widened to 3.085 billion pounds. That was more than double its level in June and the worst reading since October 2012. Exports to non-European Union countries plunged by nearly 16 percent, the biggest monthly fall since January 2009. Monthly trade figures are volatile but July’s figures may dampen hopes that Britain’s economic recovery is broadening and moving onto a more sustainable footing.
UK women’s soccer: Cats kick-start offense in second half, beat Louisville 2-0
… But don’t be confused. This wasn’t about me making an adjustment. “This was about the players, all week, deciding that we were going to win this game. It was interesting, we typically talk about ‘let’s play our best.’ And they talked very differently this week. It wasn’t about anything other than we’re going to find a way to win. And I think for a young team that shows some maturity, and we’ll see where we go from here.” The Wildcats, starting three freshmen and four sophomores, have won three in a row since an 0-1-1 start. Going back to last year, UK is 12-1-2 over 15 home matches. Each team had five shots in a scoreless first half. The Cardinals pressed the action for the first 20 minutes, then UK got into the flow. The Wildcats finished the half with a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.
“I hope people will change their attitudes and other people like me will realize they are free to just be themselves.” A spokesman for the mosque said, “Everybody is welcome, as long as they behave according to Islam,” says the Daily Mail. She converted to Islam last September, explaining that she had thought about it for a while and finally “did it because it is a nice religion — so peaceful.” Vallender continued, “I felt good and I had something to believe in.” She’s found love as well as self-acceptance since her drastic life changes, and is now married to a Muslim man, Murad, whom she met on an online dating site. Though he did not know that she was trans at the time of their wedding, she commented, “he must have suspected it as he’s seen my scars.” She’s only seen him twice since the wedding, but spoke warmly about him, commenting, “I love him, he’s kind and soft spoken.” Vallender spent years trying to deny her feelings of being “in the wrong body,” joining the Territorial Army when she was 21 in an effort to become more manly. She “used to love firing guns,” and drank regularly with other members of her squad, but always knew that she “felt differently to others… but I suppressed my feelings and tried to live like most people my age.” Vallender is probably not the UK’s first transgender Muslim woman, as Islamic LGTB groups like The Safra Project have been around since at least 2001. According to their website , “The Safra Project is a resource project working on issues relating to lesbian, bisexual and/or transgender women who identify as Muslim religiously and/or culturally (Muslim LBT women).” Queer Muslims have already begun to speak up and fight for acceptance. Though Vallender’s journey has been difficult, she is not alone. Loading Slideshow Transgender Muslim Woman Is Former Army Officer Transgender Muslim Lucy Vallender 28, from Swindon who was formerly a male TA soldier, September 4 2013. A former Territorial Army soldier has undergone a transformation from a male soldier to a transgender Muslim woman. Lucy Vallender was born Laurens in Cirencester but now wears a black veil, prays five times a day and never drinks. She has also become the second wife of a man she met online.