All posts tagged: inadequate

Inadequate bird flu testing is making pandemic experts concerned we’re “flying blind” with H5N1

Inadequate bird flu testing is making pandemic experts concerned we’re “flying blind” with H5N1

[ad_1] After public health officials confirmed H5N1, the virus also known as bird flu, jumped from poultry to cows and recently infected an American, they’ve warned that if the virus strain made its way to pigs, it could be a time to press the panic button. That’s because swine are closer to humans in genetic terms, acting as a prime reservoir for viruses to mutate into something that could turn into a far-reaching pandemic in people. But now, a new study suggests that dairy cows might have the same potential as pigs, which could improve the bird flu’s capability of being more human-to-human transmission.  As reported by Nature, preliminary data shows that the flu virus can jump back and forth between cows and birds thanks to a specific receptor. This specific trait might allow the virus to spread more widely and develop more mutations along the way. If a single cow can be a host to multiple types of influenza over time, it could evolve to more readily infect humans.  “The biggest question is whether …

Faith school found inadequate for ten years fails inspection again

Faith school found inadequate for ten years fails inspection again

[ad_1] An independent faith school has been found inadequate for the tenth year after failing its latest Ofsted inspection. Talmud Torah Yetev Lev, an independent orthodox Jewish school in Hackney, has not been found to be of a satisfactory standard since 2011, and has received a rating of “inadequate” since 2014. In its report published this week, Ofsted said the school’s secular curriculum is “disjointed”, “lacks coherence”, and is “not well planned or sequenced”. Similar weakness in secular teaching have been identified in every inspection since 2014. Ofsted also said the school “does not do enough to promote pupils age appropriate awareness and understanding of people with different beliefs, views or experiences to them”, thereby limiting their preparedness for life in modern Britain and understanding “beyond their immediate community”. In their conversations with pupils, inspectors were prevented from discussing specific topics, “including some aspects of relationships”, by school leaders. Some religious schools obstruct Ofsted inspections from asking questions that conflict with their religious beliefs, such as those concerning relationships and sex education. In 2019, a …

West Midlands Police inadequate at investigating crime and protecting vulnerable, inspectorate says | UK News

West Midlands Police inadequate at investigating crime and protecting vulnerable, inspectorate says | UK News

[ad_1] Serious concerns have been raised about West Midlands Police, with the force found inadequate in three areas. His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) said it had concerns about how the police force – the country’s second-largest – investigates crime, protects vulnerable people and manages offenders and suspects. It graded West Midlands Police’s performance as adequate in two areas, requires improvement in three areas and inadequate in three areas. Because of its concerns, HMICFRS moved the force into special measures last month – a process which will provide additional scrutiny and support from across the policing sector to help West Midlands Police make improvements. His Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary Wendy Williams said: “I have serious concerns about how well West Midlands Police investigates crime, protects vulnerable people and manages offenders and suspects. “We have highlighted these problems in previous inspection reports, but the force’s performance has declined. “The force had a change in leadership in the year leading up to our inspection. They have implemented a robust performance framework to …

Coroner warns more could die as a result of betting firm’s ‘inadequate’ safeguards | Gambling

[ad_1] More deaths could occur unless the parent company of the betting exchange Betfair does more to protect customers, the coroner in the gambling-related suicide of Luke Ashton has warned. Ivan Cartwright said Flutter Entertainment’s controls “were and are inadequate” to protect people with a gambling problem. He accused the company of doing only what was necessary to meet regulatory requirements, rather that following best practice to prevent harm. Flutter has 56 days to respond. Cartwright issued the warning in a letter to Flutter’s chief executive, Peter Jackson, who has been paid £11.3m over the past two years. He also copied the letter to the Gambling Commission and to the culture secretary, Lucy Frazer, who is overseeing government proposals to reform gambling regulation. Last month the Leicestershire coroner issued a landmark ruling in the 2021 suicide of Luke Ashton, who took his own life after a period of addiction during which he placed up to 100 bets a day online and racked up £18,000 in debts. The ruling, in which gambling disorder was determined to …