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Locum GP Accuses Patient Of Having “An Agenda”

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Dr. Ayotunde Akinduro

Dr. Ayotunde Akinduro

Dr. Ayotunde Akinduro, who is on salary from Glenroyd Medical in Blackpool was seeing patients at Newton Drive Medical Centre today in his capacity as a Locum GP.

Dr. Akinduro obtained his medical qualification at the University of Lagos.

Regardless, I made an appointment and requested to see a doctor because I have been feeling unwell over several months. My last visit to the GP on 12 December 2018 showed high blood pressure and the doctor I had seen then (not Dr. Akinduro) ordered a series of blood tests and a chest x-ray. My symptoms included:

  • Heart palpitations and irregular heart beat
  • Fatigue and shortness of breath
  • Dizziness, weakness and light-headedness
  • Headaches
  • Deep pain in my left arm, which later started in my right arms/elbow
  • Itching skin (especially after a shower)

Blood tests carried out by the NHS were described by Newton Drive Medical Centre staff as “All Normal”.

Newton Drive Health Centre

Newton Drive Health Centre

Because I didn’t feel any better, even after that ‘wonderful’ news, I paid for a complete series of blood tests privately. The results of those tests were different. In fact, the private blood tests reported the following:

  • Slightly elevated Triglycerides (1.9 mmol/L) normal 0.0 – 1.7 mmol/L
  • Slightly elevated Cholesterol (5.4 mmol/L) normal 0.0 – 5.0 mmol/L
  • Elevated Red Cell Distribution Width (15.3%) normal 11.5 – 14.4%
  • Elevated Alaine Transferase (93.2 IU/L) normal 0.00 – 50.0 IU/L

I emailed these results to Newton Drive Medical Centre and a day later received a call from staff at the practice who told me that “a doctor had looked at the results and that everything was fine. No cause for alarm.” I was told to come back in a month and they would perform the blood tests again.

Instead I waited a week and had the blood tests repeated privately.

One week later the blood test results showed another increase in both the Alaine Transferase and Red Cell Distribution Width, so I emailed them to Newton Drive Medical Centre and once again I was told “nothing to worry about”, so I made an appointment last week to see a doctor and to hopefully discuss these results and perhaps get to the bottom of the obvious discrepancy between the NHS results and those produced privately, which brings us to today.

Within 90 seconds of meeting Dr. Akinduro, he accused me of having “an agenda”. He described the elevated results as “unimportant” and “of no concern”. He told me that these elevated results “could be caused by a cold”. I got up and left as there’s little point in speaking to a GP who fancies himself a psychologist.

I attempted to explain that my only agenda was to feel well but that having been said, I do wonder what Dr. Akinduro’s agenda is given his obvious lack of interest in patient care.

 

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Anna Butrym, Practice Manager for Glenroyd Medical contacted WireNews and said: “Dr Akinduro is no longer employed by Glenroyd Medical as of mid-December. Unfortunately our website was not appropriately updated which I have now rectified.”

The Origins Of Arab Settlers In The Land Of Israel

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Bedouin nomads from Arabian Peninsula on the move (Photo - Pintrest)

Bedouin nomads from Arabian Peninsula on the move (Photo – Pintrest)

What’s in a name? In the case of the Arabs, it tells you what their tribe and country of origin are. It also dispels the biggest fallacy the “Palestinians” would like you to believe.

 

The Arabs mark May the 15th as a day of remembrance for the catastrophe, the “Nakba” in Arabic, that befell them with the creation of the State of Israel. They claim the “indigenous” Arab inhabitants had to flee their “homeland” as a result. They conveniently fail to mention the reason for the “catastrophe” and where these supposed indigenous Arab inhabitants actually came from and when.

UN General Assembly resolution 181 of 1947 called for the partition of the British Mandate in Palestine into separate Jewish and Arab entities. The Jewish leadership accepted the resolution. The Arabs countries rejected it, which is their right. What they had no right to, was to declare war on the Jewish population in the area.

The armies of seven Arab countries set out to destroy the Jewish state, which they outnumbered a hundred to one. They also persecuted the Jewish citizens who lived in their own countries for hundreds of years, forcing them to leave and take refuge in the newly created State of Israel.

The Arab nations, together with the Arab population in the British Mandate area, sought to annihilate the Jews in the region and failed. The only catastrophe for them in this scenario was that they lost the war.

As in any war, people were uprooted and made to relocate. Nearly a million Jews – who were not even involved in the hostilities – were expelled from Arab countries; and over 600,000 Arabs from Israeli territory, many of whom were actually told to leave by the advancing Arab armies.

The “Mandate for Palestine” by the League of Nations (1922) defined the borders of the homeland of the Jewish people as the area between the Jordan river in the east, to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. This, as explained, due to a long historical and deep religious connection of the Jews to this land. It defined “Jews” as the people of the land which the San Remo commission (1920) called “Palestine”, using the old Roman title “Syria-Palestina”, given by Caesar Hadrian, in 132 a.d.

The Jews brought back the original name of “Israel” (ישראל) after almost 2000 years. To counter that, the Arabs adopted the Roman term “Palestine”, a word which is has no meaning in Arabic. Although the original founding document of the Palestine Liberation Organization terror group, the “PLO” said in 1964 (Article 24): “This Organization does not exercise any territorial sovereignty over the West Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, on the Gaza Strip or in the Himmah Area”, the PLO emblem, as well as that of the Hamas, define a “Palestine” in the same exact borders the League of Nations used for the Land of Israel: from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.

They claimed indigenous status as “Palestinians” who lived in the area for generations. A review of history though, shows that from the time of the expulsion of the Jews by the Romans, the inhabitants of the area fluctuated.

From the time of the conquest of the land by the Muslim Arabs in 636 CE, the rulers of the land constantly shifted between Muslims, Crusaders, Arab Tribes among themselves and even the Mongols. This until 1517, with the Ottoman conquest that brought a measure of relative stability to the country, but also not for long.

The waves of conquests and wars; natural calamities such as earth quakes, harsh living conditions; as well as the periodic plundering of Arab Bedouin tribes from the desert, made the area undesirable. There are relatively few elements that can prove continuity of settlement in the Land of Israel whether Jew or Arab.

Thus, on the eve of the Zionist settlement, which began with the founding of Petah Tikva in 1878, the country was mostly deserted and abandoned. Its population was sparse and partly nomadic. Famous tourists who visited Israel at the time testified separately to this situation: They found a small rural Bedouin population living in muddy huts and described the place as a marshland, mostly uncultivated terrain, used as a grazing fields for goats and sheep. The local inhabitants were not the owners of the land. The owners were wealthy families from throughout the Ottoman Empire, who had no use for the land beyond the titles and honors it bestowed upon them.

With the migration of Jews to the Land of Israel between 1870 and 1947, the Arab population in the area grew by 270%, nearly three times that of Egypt, the Arab country with the highest natural birthrate at the time. In other words, the increase was mostly due to migration.

The mass immigration was the result of economic development and modernization following Jewish immigration. The Arab immigrants came in search of a livelihood.

Tawfiq Bey al-Hourani, the Syrian governor of Hauran, said in 1934 that “over 30,000 Syrians invaded Palestine within a few months.”

Winston Churchill, on May 22, 1939, stated that Arab immigration during the Mandate period to Palestine was so great that their numbers grew by such a rate that even the Jews of the entire world could not match.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President of the United States, said on May 17, 1939 that the immigration of Arabs to Palestine since 1921 was far greater than the immigration of Jews in recent times.

According to the British census in 1931, the Muslims in the country were not necessarily Arabs, judging from the languages they spoke: Afghan, Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Circassian, Kurdish, Persian, Sudanese and Turkish.

The Arabs themselves admit that Palestinian identity is forged as we showed in a previous article by Judith Bergman and as seen in the following video:

It is clear from this that Arabs migrated en masse to the area around the same time as Jews immigrated here. But there is another, very simple way to identify the origins of the Arabs, and that is according to their surnames. In the Arab communities, the surnames identify the tribe, or clans which one belongs to, a country or a region of their roots, and in some cases a profession.

It is important to stress that in the tribal culture the loyalty of each individual is first and foremost to their tribe and family. The western concept of nationalism is foreign to the Arabs’ tribal cultural. This is one of the reasons that with the fall of the central authority in Arab countries in the past decade, those nations have fallen into disarray.

Yasser Arafat’s full name for example, is Yasser Yusuf Arafat, Al-Qudwa, Al-Husseini. While he claimed he was born in Jerusalem, he was born in Cairo and his father’s family originates from the tribe of Al-Qudwa, which is in Syria. His mother, Husseini, was an Egyptian citizen, though the name exposes her roots in the region between Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

Here are some of the origins of common Arabic surnames one can easily find in any phone book in Israel, as well as on the map which reveals their location of origin (Since these names are all in Arabic, some might be spelled differently in other places):

Al-Turki – Turkey

Sultan – Turkey

Uthuman / Ottoman – Turkey

Al Masri – Egypt

Masrawa – Egypt

Al Tartir – Tartir village, Egypt

Bardawil – Lake and village Bardawil, Egypt

Tarabin – South-east Sinai (Bedouin), Egypt

Abu-Suta / Abu-Seeta – Tarabin tribe, Egypt

Sha’alan – Bedouin, Egypt

Fayumi – Al-Fayum village, Egypt

Al Bana – Egypt

Al-Baghdadi – Baghdad, Iraq

Abbas – Baghdad, Iraq

Zoabi – West Iraq

Al-Faruki – Iraq

Al-Tachriti – Iraq

Zabaide / Zubeidy – Iraq

Husseini / Hussein – Saudi Arabia (Hussein was the 4th Imam)

Tamimi – Saudi Arabia

Hejazi – Hejaz region (Red Sea shoreline) in Saudi Arabia

Al-Kurash / Al Kurashi – Saudi Arabia

Ta’amari – Saudi Arabia

Al-Halabi – Haleb region, North Syria

Al-Allawi – West Syria (shoreline)

Al-Hurani – Huran District, South Syria

Al-Qudwa – Syria

Nashashibi – Syria

Khamati – Syria

Lubnani – Lebanon

Sidawi – Sidon, Lebanon

Al-Surani – Sour-Tair, South Lebanon

Al-Yamani – Yemen

Al-Azad – Yemen

Hadadin – Yemen

Matar – Matar village. Yemen

Morad – Yemen

Khamadan – Yemen

Mugrabi – Maghreb, Morocco

Al-Araj – Morocco

Bushnak – Bosnia

Al-Shashani – Chechnya

Al-Jazir – Algiers

Al-Abid (Bedouin) – Sudan

Samahadna (Bedouin) – Sudan (still a matter of debate)

Al-Hamis – Bahrain

Zarqawi – Jordan

Tarabulsi – Tripoli, Lebanon

These are the locations of some of the Arab tribes in Israel who are mistakenly referred to as “Palestinians”:

Hebron – Tamimi, Natshi, Ja’abri, Abu Sanina, Qawasma

Jericho – Erekat (Arikat)

Beith Lehem – Touqan , Shak’ka

Schem* (Nablus) – Al-Masri

Tulkarem – Al-Carmi

Ramallah – Baraguthi, Tawil, Abbas

Um Al-Fahm (Israeli citizens) – Jabrin

East Jerusalem – Hejazi (The Hejaz region is the eastern shoreline by the Red Sea, Saudi Arabia)

Gaza – Al-Masri, Tarabin, Al-Abid

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Rotem Ninkovsky is the media consultant for the Kedem Forum For Israel’s Public Diplomacy and Middle East Studies. Daniel Seaman, Editor of  Mida English Edition, contributed to the writing of this article.

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Originally published on MIDA

Is Bitcoin.com A Ponzi Scheme, And A Pretty Poor One At That?

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Bitcoin.com Logo

Bitcoin.com Logo

Bitcoin is all the rage. Some might say Booming. The promise of quick riches and a safe, secure and anonymous way to send and receive money away from the prying eyes of government is inviting to millions of speculators and would-be investors.

Mining Bitcoin, or verifying the billions of transactions each day, is a critical element in the process. One method used is a Mining Pool.

Bitcoin.com is registered in Saint Kitts and Nevis under the organization Saint Bitts LLC., and the head office is in Tokyo, Japan. Its CEO is Roger Ver.

Bitcoin.com started mining with its own pool and mined its first block, 430757, on September 21, 2016. Cloud mining contracts were added in May, 2017. The Bitcoin.com pool and cloud mining system was developed by Emil Oldenburg and Shaun Chong. In 2016, Bitcoin.com secured 1% of the global hashrate of bitcoins.

Bitcoin.com Contracts

Bitcoin.com Contracts

It all sounds great and yet, anyone who buys a contract from Bitcoin.com today will lose money.

As an example, a 3-month (free hosting) contract with an initial deposit of $102 promises a projected daily revenue of $0.46, or $41.40 over the term of the contract. You lose $60.60.

The company offers various terms and a sliding scale of initial deposits from $34 to a staggering $1,800,000. Whether you invest $34 or empty your bank account and send Bitcoin.com $1.8 million, you will lose money. All you need to do is to decide how much you want to lose.

WireNews wrote to Bitcoin.com to check the facts.

Luke replied saying: “Future earnings are very hard to predict for any bitcoin miner. Because the price is still quite volatile and it is averaged that BTC mining difficulty will rise around 5% every 2 weeks (2016 blocks), and BCH mining difficulty adjusts every block, the best we can offer is estimated revenues for our cloud mining contracts. We do have a Revenue Calculator on the site that you may find helpful.”

In other words, using the revenue calculator provided by Bitcoin.com, if you invested $1,800,000 in a 1-year contract (this term is described by management as the ‘most popular’) you would earn a daily revenue of $2,291.30 and it is projected by Bitcoin.com that over the 12 months you would lose $963,675.50.

You may not wish to lose so much… Adjust the contract initial deposit or investment to say, $6,000 and your daily return reduces to just $7.64, meaning you’ll lose only $3,211.40, which may be more to your liking.

On the other hand, Bitcoin.com uses the initial deposits paid by its customer (according to the company) to expand its network.

While not technically a Ponzi Scheme because everyone loses money, except for Bitcoin.com, the allure of profits is sufficient to brand this venture a Ponzi Scheme in my opinion.

Verdict: Stay clear of Bitcoin.com’s Mining Pool operation, unless you want to lose your money.

UKEF Services Help Hundreds Of Businesses Every Year

Minister for Trade and Export Promotion, Baroness Fairhead, writes for The Times Red Box on how UKEF backs British business and supports UK exports

Baroness Fairhead CBE

Baroness Fairhead CBE

Under this government, UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK’s export credit agency, has been transformed into a responsive, competitive and effective supporter of UK exports. The government’s Export Strategy, published over the summer, puts UKEF at the heart of our offer to help British businesses succeed overseas.

And already there is growing recognition of UKEF and its world-class support for exporters; the CBI said in its Winning Worldwide report that “UKEFservices have provided a vital complement to the private finance sector to help hundreds of SMEs” on their exporting journey.

Only last week, the British Exporters’ Association awarded UKEF the highest rating of any European export credit agency for the fifth year in a row, recognising UKEF’s commitment to strengthening its product range and developing new ways to reach out to exporters and their suppliers across the UK.

As Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion, I am very proud of the work of UKEF. In 2017/18, UKEF provided £2.5 billion worth of support to help nearly 200 companies sell to 75 markets around the world. In turn, this is supporting thousands of skilled jobs and contributing billions to the UK economy, as well as improving infrastructure and growing industry abroad.

Projects like Offshore Cape Three Points, a transformational natural gas field in Ghana, which, with UKEF support worth US$400 million, is helping the Government of Ghana reduce its dependence on oil and meet its COP 21 commitments for climate mitigation.

Or UKEF’s US$35 million loan to support Biwater’s contract to deliver much-needed water treatment in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Or JDR Cables’ contract to supply subsea power cables to Danish company Dong Energy’s offshore windfarms, providing non-carbon energy to the UK.

UKEF’s mission is to ensure that no viable UK export fails for lack of finance or insurance from the private sector. Its role is to provide support where the private sector can’t, and so it is therefore demand-led.

I was therefore pleased to see earlier this week that the Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade is also taking note of its work. However, he expresses concerns about government support for companies exporting in the fossil fuels sector.

Supporting the UK’s renewables sector is of the utmost priority for the whole of the UK government; we have world-leading suppliers in this sector, and want to do all we can to help them achieve international success. DIT has provided trade promotion support for renewables sector exports worth hundreds of millions, for example through tradeshows and sourcing procurement opportunities.

We welcome the opportunity to provide UKEF support to renewables sector exports – and in the last 2 years, have supported £310 million worth of contracts. However, there is significant liquidity in the private sector finance market for investment in renewables projects. Our aim is only to provide support where there is a lack of private sector finance, and the sector’s export success – £500 million last year – shows that other sources are available.

On the other hand, the UK’s oil and gas sector has suffered in recent years due to the long-term depression in oil prices and huge scale of financing needed to develop these projects. According to Oil and Gas UK, the sector supports more than 302,000 jobs – a decline of 160,000 since 2014. It is also vital to the UK’s energy security. This sector needs support.

UKEF has also made clear its commitment to high standards of environmental, social and human rights risk management – rigorously following the OECD Common Approaches, which sets the framework for export credit agencies in ensuring these risks are mitigated.

In fact, UKEF is a member of the Equator Principles Steering Group, seeking multilateral progress on the environment and human rights for lending and large projects while maintaining a level playing field for UK businesses to compete internationally.

UKEF’s role is to back UK businesses, of all sizes and in all sectors, stepping in where required and ensuring that the right support is in place to help them compete in a global marketplace and realise the benefits of international success. From this government’s perspective, UKEF is doing this better than ever.

History Will Judge Us As To What We Did Before, During, And After The Idlib Massacre

M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D.

M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D.

The American Islamic Forum for Democracy calls for people of conscience to pay attention to and shed every light possible on what experts across the region are predicting to be an impending massacre in the town of Idlib in Syria. The military killing machine of Bashar Assad and his regime is planning to obliterate the town and trap, torture, and starve its inhabitants under the pretense of finishing off the few remaining jihadi groups that remain holed up there after reportedly escaping other battle arenas in Syria into Idlib.

Many are reporting that the Syrian civil war is entering its last phase and that this battle between the regime and the jihadis in Idlib may be the last one of this over seven-year civil war. Lost in this battle will be the majority of the inhabitants of Idlib which are likely to be far beyond anything resembling collateral damage but actually the intended mass targets of humanity which the genocidal Assad regime seeks to punish. The over 600,000 dead and 10 million Syrian citizens displaced since 2011 are testimony to what happens to those who dared to question the fascist tyranny of Bashar Assad and ask for the end of Syrian Ba’athism.

The Russian, Syrian, and Iranian propaganda machine are in full hysterical tilt even already suggesting that if there is any evidence or mention of chemical weapons use, it must have been done by “the White Helmets” or done by jihadis in order to blame the Syrian regime for another crime against humanity. The amount of disinformation already coming out from Assad’s sympathizers about this impending attack should make the world pause and pay attention that the threat level is extraordinarily high for an actual massacre.

Syria has seen massacres in the past few years of the Revolution in towns across Syria from Hama to Aleppo. Many fear that this massacre will be even worse than Aleppo in order to send a final message as a “closing battle of the civil war”. We call upon people of conscience in the media, government, academia, and human rights activists to immediately bring attention to what is happening in Syria, report on the facts, and not allow Russian, Syrian, and Iranian propaganda to spread deception, disinformation and false cover for crimes against humanity.

History will judge us as to what we did before, during, and after the Idlib massacre.

And on a final note: while the kinetic aspect of the Syrian civil war may appear to be coming to a close, a Syrian revolution of humanity against evil (the Syrian population versus the Assad regime and its Khomeinist and Russian supporters) has been fought on the streets of small and large towns of Syria since the Ba’ath took over all the way back in 1963. The Revolution that began in 2011 was simply on a much larger scale across the country. That revolution will certainly continue as long as the Assad regime is present and in control. The battle for freedom for the Syrian people is not only against Assad but also ISIS and all the offshoots of radical jihadis— all of whom are forms of fascists seeking to tyrannically control Syrian people.

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About AIFD
The American Islamic Forum for Democracy is a non-profit organization based in Phoenix, Ariz. dedicated to providing an American Muslim voice advocating genuine Muslim reform against Islamism and the ideologies which fuel global Muslim radicalization. AIFD’s mission is to advocate for the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Constitution, liberty and freedom, through the separation of mosque and state. In December 2015, AIFD convened and helped launch the Muslim Reform Movement, a coalition of over 12 Muslim organizations and leaders dedicated to reform for values of peace, human rights and secular governance.
About M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D.
Dr. Jasser is the president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, a think tank dedicated to protecting American national security against the global threat of Islamism. AIFD promotes reform-minded Muslim voices for liberty and is shaking the hold which Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood have upon Muslim leadership. Dr. Jasser is the author of “A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot’s Fight to Save His Faith“. He is also founder of Take Back Islam and a co-founder of the Muslim Reform Movement.
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