One of them woke up after an unspecified amount of time to find that the other pilot had been asleep at the same time. The incident occurred on an Airbus A330 operated by a British-based airline. The CAA declined to identify the airline. The pilots had slept just five hours each over the previous two nights, the Daily Mail reports. They voluntarily reported the incident to the CAA and are not expected to face serious disciplinary action. Virgin Atlantic, which operates a fleet of 10 A330 planes, declined to comment to the Daily Mail on whether or not the incident involved one of its planes. ARCHIVE: FAA issues landmark rules on pilot fatigue (Dec. 21, 2011) Spokesmen for Thomas Cook Airlines and Monarch Airways, which also have A330s, told the Daily Mail that the plane did not belong to them. The incident came to light as Balpa, the UK pilots’ association, is fighting proposed European changes to flight time regulations, the Guardian reports . The proposed rules would let pilots land an aircraft after having been awake for 22 hours, operate longer-haul flights with only two crew members vs. the current three, and work up to seven early shifts in a row. The CAA said today, according to the Guardian: “We understand that Balpa are not happy with the proposals but we think overall it is a good package and not much different to what we have now.” Pilot fatigue has also been a problem with U.S. carriers The Federal Aviation Administration approved a new rule in 2011 setting a 10-hour minimum rest period before a shift, a two-hour increase over the previous rule.
UK retailers remove ‘staggeringly offensive’ mental health costumes from sale
Osborne: There’s no housing boom in UK George Osborne, the U.K.’s finance minister, says that while there is cause for concern, the U.K. is not in the midst of a housing boom. “The FPC’s assessment this week – in line with that of the Chancellor and the Governor – is that recent developments in the housing market represent a broadening recovery from low levels of activity, but that we must remain vigilant as that recovery progresses,” a Treasury spokesperson said. Help to Buy assists buyers with a 5 percent deposit on properties worth up to 600,000. The government provides the buyer with a 20 percent loan. Osborne’s proposals come at a time of growing backlash against the government’s flagship housing policy, introduced earlier this year to help first time buyers get on the property ladder. U.K. house prices increased by 0.9 percent in September from August and were 5 percent higher year-on-year, according to new figures released today by Nationwide, pushing the average house price in Britain to 172,127. “There are also signs that the pickup is becoming increasingly broad-based. For the first time since 2007, all 13 U.K. regions experienced annual house price growth in the third quarter of 2013, said Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s chief economist in a statement. “However, the southern regions of England continued to see the strongest rates of growth especially London, where the annual rate of growth reached double digits in the three months to September.” By CNBC’s Arjun Kharpal: Follow him on Twitter @ArjunKharpal
UK holds first annual Halal food festival
“This was an unacceptable error and the product was withdrawn immediately,” she said in a statement. “We take our responsibilities very seriously which is why we will make a sizable donation to Mind.” Tesco also issued an apology, saying in a statement: “We’re really sorry for any offense this has caused and we are removing this product from sale.” Mental health charity Mind welcomed the withdrawal of the costumes, saying the retailers had shown themselves to be “extremely misguided” by offering them for sale. Slept in. Have @asda withdrawn their ‘mental patient fancy dress’ costume or are we going to organise a protest at HQ? #timetochange Alastair Campbell (@campbellclaret) September 26, 2013 Alastair Campbell “It is staggeringly offensive to the one in four of us affected by mental health problems and our families and friends, and troubling that some businesses are still so out of touch with the public mood,” spokeswoman Sue Baker said in a statement . However, Baker said the outcry the costumes provoked on the social media site Twitter was encouraging. “We hope this will urge Asda, Tesco and other retailers and manufacturers to review their processes and consider taste and decency on mental health grounds, to avoid fueling stigma and discrimination that are so damaging for large numbers of the population,” she said. Mind and the group Rethink Mental Illness run the Time to Change campaign to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. One of the campaign’s supporters is Alastair Campbell, who was former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair’s media chief and who has publicly spoken of his battle with depression . Campbell was among those who tweeted his displeasure at the “brutally stigmatizing outfits.” “@asda and @tesco should sign up for one of the @mindcharity @Rethink_ @TimetoChange mental health training courses,” he tweeted . Campbell alleged that Amazon still carried mental health patient costumes and called for people to tweet the company, asking it to withdraw them. But in response to an inquiry from CNN, an Amazon spokesperson said: “The item you refer to is not available on Amazon.co.uk.” Soccer player and broadcaster Stan Collymore who has also spoken out on depression, also took to Twitter to criticize the stereotype he said Asda and Tesco’s costumes had promoted.
Over the past few decades the halal food industry has burst onto the scene, available in your favorite cuisine and your local supermarket. Now for the first time ever a national halal food festival has been held in the capital. The Muslim community in the UK has changed significantly over the last few decades. From small communities seeking out a new life to deeply integrated 2nd and 3rd generation members of British society. And with those changes has come demand for all aspects of an Islamic lifestyle – including halal food. Twenty years ago you would probably buy your halal meat from a counter at the back of a grocery shop in a specific area. Today, there are halal meat counters in major supermarkets; Ramadan campaigns and investment in halal products from major food manufacturers. And to celebrate it all thereas this – the Halal Food Festival. Almost 100 exhibitors have gathered to showcase everything that halal food – and a halal lifestyle has to offer. Muslim’s have evolved to command significant spending power in the UK economy. Thatas why buyers from almost all of Britainas major supermarkets are here, as well as from elite brands like Harrods. And there are also companies launching new ventures – as they look towards the future – like buying your halal meat online. Whether by courier, or carrier bag, this festival shows that halal food is here to stay. Related Stories: