Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Al-Qaeda wants South Asia war, says US secretary Gates

According to US Defence Secretary Robert Gates Al-Qaeda is trying to provoke war between India and Pakistan, to destabilise the whole of South Asia.

Mr Gates praised his hosts for the restraint shown by India in the aftermath of the Mumbai (Bombay) massacre in November 2008.

He went on to say "It is not unreasonable to assume Indian patience would be limited were there another attack."

A wise man would have urged restraint.
A war monger would not find war as "unreasonable".

Who wants to destablise the region?

How many deadly massacres have taken place in Pakistan?
Who is responsible?

Is Iraq any safer or better after years of US occupation? No.
Is Afghanistan any safer or better after years of US occupation? No.

This is because the occupation forces are NOT interested in reconcilation between the citizens of those countries but dividing them.
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Monday, 18 January 2010

Lousy service at Southall Broadway Post Office

The Post Office on Southall Broadway is big, widely used and usually provides efficient service.

But today, the service was atrocious.

Popped in around 1 pm to find the queues reaching the front door and came back.

Popped in around 3.20 pm to find the queues reaching the front door and came back.

Popped in around 4.08 pm to find the queues reaching the front door and joined it.

Only 3 to 4 of the 8 counters were open at any given time.

How long would it take to get served?
Over 32 minutes.

Why is it taking 32 minutes to reach a counter?

"Because 3 of the staff are sick (long term).
Even, I am not supposed to be here today!"

Can it get any worse?

And not a single bleeding "Customer feedback" form in sight.
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Thursday, 14 January 2010

John Sergeant opens CT Scanner and Digital Room at Ealing Hospital

Ealing Hospital welcomed John Sergeant on Thursday 17 December to ‘officially’ open the CT Scanner and Digital Room at Ealing Hospital NHS Trust in Southall.

Mr Sergeant had an illustrious BBC career spanning three decades, as well as being ITN’s political editor prior to his retirement in 2003. Last year he was a Strictly Come Dancing! contestant.

Mr Sergeant was introduced to members of the radiology team and met some of the patients.

Dr Miranda Harvie, consultant radiologist and project lead for the CT build, showed Mr Sergeant the state-of-the-art scanning machine – only the second of its kind in a London hospital.

The scanner scans so fast that the whole abdomen is imaged in 8 seconds, obtaining 128 pictures per rotation and rotating 3 times per second.

Images are exquisitely detailed for high quality diagnostic imaging and use a lower radiation dose than similar machines. It is used throughout the day for the Emergency Department, and Inpatient and Outpatient scanning.

Such machines are complex and demand a high level of knowledge and skill to operate safely and competently.

Dr Harvie said: "It is wonderful to have the opportunity to show Mr Sergeant and other colleagues the excellent work of the team and the sophistication of our technology to support patient care. Radiology is a fascinating area to work in, as it is constantly evolving. We have seen a significant increase in throughput and efficiency with this new scanner."

Her colleague, Dr Akkib Rafique, also showed Mr Sergeant the digital x-ray room. The equipment can be operated remotely allowing the radiographer to be in the room with the patient at all times, which can be reassuring during such procedures.

The new CT scanning and digital x-ray facilities were a £1.5m investment.
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Friday, 8 January 2010

Cold weather hampers life in Southall

The cold weather has caused numerous problems to residents of Southall.

Some schools in southall were closed on Thursday and some on Friday. others schools were sending children home earlier.

It was so cold that some people had problems opening their car doors.

Even the bin lids were refusing to open to put rubbish in.

The pavement on most roads were covered with ice, such that many people resorted to walking on the roads, making life more difficult for drivers.

Even the roads around schools were not gritted.

The number of people out and about was significantly reduced, as was the number of people eating in the local restaurants.
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