Alan Henness

United Kingdom

Director of the Nightingale Collaboration, which challenges misleading healthcare claims.

http://www.nightingale-collaboration.org/

Trustee of the registered charity HealthWatch, an independent charity for science and integrity in healthcare (not connected with the NHS England organisations, Healthwatch England).

https://www.healthwatch-uk.org/

Recent Contributions from Alan Henness

24 March 2018

21 March 2018

19 March 2018

19:48:31, 19 Mar 2018 ( diff | hist). . Microplastics found in over 90 percent of big-brand bottled water (Updated → Clarifying the particles were the width of a human hair, rather than the length.)

07 March 2018

• (view) . . Comment: New York is latest city to test body-heat scanning technology‎; 22:21:20, 07 Mar 2018 . . Alan Henness (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Excellent, Charlie. I'm sure they do a lot of work for the Government, so it's probably fair to say they are associated. I have visited their site in Malvern a couple of times (some non-military business) but that was more than a decade ago and we never got them to do any work for us. Unfortunately, I don't know anything about LTPAs. Alan )
• (view) . . Comment: New York is latest city to test body-heat scanning technology‎; 16:32:00, 07 Mar 2018 . . Alan Henness (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> "QinetiQ is a defense manufacturer partly owned by the British government." I'm not sure it is. Qinetiq certainly used to be part of DERA, but I think it's now entirely separate. Their website says: "The larger part of DERA, including most of the non-nuclear testing and evaluation establishments, was renamed QinetiQ and prepared for privatisation. QinetiQ became a public private partnership in 2002 with the purchase of a stake by US-based private equity company the Carlyle Group. In 2003, QinetiQ signed a 25 year long term partnering agreement (LTPA) under which we provide UK MOD with innovative and realistic test and evaluation of military and civil platforms, systems, weapons and components on land, at sea and in the air. In February 2006, QinetiQ was successfully floated on the London Stock Exchange and the Carlyle Group sold its stake in the company." https://www.qinetiq.com/en-gb/about-us/our-history Can anyone clarify? )

11 February 2018

• (view) . . Comment: Lydia Morrish‎; 23:44:34, 11 Feb 2018 . . Alan Henness (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> I can't see any mention of this on your help pages, but I think there clearly needs to be something about COI. Perhaps on the How to write a piece of journalism for WikiTribune page? )
• (view) . . Comment: Lydia Morrish‎; 23:30:55, 11 Feb 2018 . . Alan Henness (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> That's not a problem, Jimmy. I understand. I think I could have created an entirely neutral account - and I've already declared my COI - but I do understand. That's why I wanted to run it past a member of staff first. Many thanks. )
• (view) . . Comment: Lydia Morrish‎; 00:11:46, 11 Feb 2018 . . Alan Henness (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Lydia The case I'm referring to is the assault on my wife that I mentioned on the "100 years after suffrage, UK women still chase equality" article talk page. One of the assailants was arrested on a charge of assault by beating and is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on Thursday to enter a plea. If he/she pleads not guilty, it will be sent to the Crown Court for trial by jury. This is the Met Police's appeal: http://news.met.police.uk/news/appeal-following-assault-in-hyde-park-270076 One of the issues I'm having trouble with is whether to refer to the person as he or she: as I understand it, he was born male (and still is, of course) but now identifies as a woman. I have avoided the gendering issue completely in what I have drafted but do you have guidance on this? If I create a new story for this, it obviously won't be completed until after the court appearance: will it just be staff who see the draft and do I just add a note about it not being ready for publishing until Thursday? I clearly need to be careful about what I say and what the artcle says and I wouldn't want it to be public. Or i8s it best to only create the new story after the court appearance? )

10 February 2018

• (view) . . Comment: 100 years after suffrage, UK women still chase equality‎; 21:35:56, 10 Feb 2018 . . Alan Henness (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Thanks. It'll need to wait till Thursday before I publish anything - it's a court case and we obviously don't know how the defendant will plead. The main body will be much the same regardless but will adjust the headline/standfirst/body as required. A demonstration outside the court has been called by supporters of the accused although we don't know how many will turn up. If there is a good crowd, it's possible other outlets will cover it. )
• (view) . . Comment: 100 years after suffrage, UK women still chase equality‎; 15:14:27, 10 Feb 2018 . . Alan Henness (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Lydia I may be able to write a short report on something happening next week that is relevant to this but I'd like to get your view on it and some advice first. If you're interested, what's the best way to do that? )

07 February 2018

• (view) . . Comment: Style on WikiTribune‎; 23:29:54, 07 Feb 2018 . . Alan Henness (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> OK. I've had a go at creating two new sections on numbers and currencies. I've kept it simple but might be a good start. I think the sections above it about numbers should be moved, but let me know what you think first. I'd like to add something about the use of the minus sign: I've just seen it used to separate a number from the text but it's entirely unclear whether it's a separator or a unary minus sign! Also, ranges are a bugbear of mine: it should always be 2% to 5%, not 2-5%, etc, but I'll leave that for later as well. )
23:22:05, 07 Feb 2018 ( diff | hist). . Style on WikiTribune (Updated → Added sections on numbers and currency - see talk page.)

06 February 2018

• (view) . . Comment: 100 years after suffrage, UK women still chase equality‎; 11:50:49, 06 Feb 2018 . . Alan Henness (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> :-) We're used to seeing many US spellings - Noah has got a lot to answer for - but that grated quite a bit! )
• (view) . . Comment: 100 years after suffrage, UK women still chase equality‎; 11:47:31, 06 Feb 2018 . . Alan Henness (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Excellent, Lydia. There could be a place for an article on the problems surrounding trans women, but I think it would need to be separate from this as it would simply detract from main story about the women's equality. )
• (view) . . Comment: 100 years after suffrage, UK women still chase equality‎; 11:38:37, 06 Feb 2018 . . Alan Henness (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Excellent! Reading through it now. I know Wikitribune mostly wants US spellings, but Is 'disenfranchized' really spelled with a z in the US? To me, that looks completely wrong! )

03 February 2018

• (view) . . Comment: 100 years after suffrage, UK women still chase equality‎; 15:25:13, 03 Feb 2018 . . Alan Henness (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Sorry, Lydia, not had a moment to do anything, but this Times article today covers a good number of the issues: Labour’s purge of the trans-rights heretics https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/labour-s-purge-of-the-trans-rights-heretics-p32khgn36 I assume you have access to it? )

02 February 2018

• (view) . . Comment: 100 years after suffrage, UK women still chase equality‎; 14:52:07, 02 Feb 2018 . . Alan Henness (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Absolutely. There are certainly things specific to various countries, but, although some progress is being made, many events in different parts of the world are very worrying and threaten many hard-won equality gains. )
• (view) . . Comment: 100 years after suffrage, UK women still chase equality‎; 13:48:27, 02 Feb 2018 . . Alan Henness (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Thanks. I'll have a read. )
• (view) . . Comment: 100 years after suffrage, UK women still chase equality‎; 13:48:08, 02 Feb 2018 . . Alan Henness (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Thanks, Lydia. I suggest this website: http://www.peaktrans.org Full disclosure: note that this is my wife's website: she was assaulted by three trans activists at Speakers' Corner last September - one person is due to appear in court in a few weeks in relation to this incident. However, I think the information on the site is very good and outlines the very many issues. )
• (view) . . Comment: 100 years after suffrage, UK women still chase equality‎; 13:13:31, 02 Feb 2018 . . Alan Henness (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> An important current topic in this area is that of proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act in the UK that are likely to allow people to 'self-identify' as a different gender and that this will become a protected characteristic under equality legislation. There are a number of issues this raises (many of which are already causing arguments and debates before the consultation has been formally announced), including the acceptance of males who self-identify as women on All-Women Shortlists for elections (see the current rows in the Labour Party over this and the election of a male to the position of Women's Officer in a Constituency Labour Party), the problems of males who self-identify as women (or even if they have a Gender Recognition Certificate) being allowed to use what are usually considered safe spaces for females, such as refuges, changing rooms, female prisons (eg Martin Ponting), etc. All these issues are a great concerns to females and it's likely that there will be a lot more media attention. One aspect needs particular understanding is that these concerns are not against trans people - and indeed many trans people think that self-identification is not the right way to go . Also, I suggest particular caution and sensitivity in the use of language: this concerns the meaning of the words male/female (relating to biological sex) and man/woman (these can be used to mean the male/female of the human species but also the gender of people) and the use of personal pronouns - some people, whether they consider themselves to be trans or not (eg non-binary, queer or any other of the plethora of terms used) can be particular as to what pronouns are used for them (he, she, zi, hir, they, etc) Many feminists are very worried that recent events and possible future changes will undo many of the advances made to women's suffrage and will simply increase misogyny and oppression of women. This is a big but important area and I can provide more details if required. Is this something we should cover? )

01 February 2018

• (view) . . Comment: Amazon patents wristband that monitors and directs workers' hands‎; 17:38:51, 01 Feb 2018 . . Alan Henness (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Ha! So it does. )
• (view) . . Comment: Amazon patents wristband that monitors and directs workers' hands‎; 12:37:29, 01 Feb 2018 . . Alan Henness (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> I've submitted a tweak to the title. Tracking workers isn't anything new, but the patent is specifically about tracking - and directing - workers' hands, so I've suggested: Amazon patents wristband that tracks and directs workers' hands )
12:34:47, 01 Feb 2018 ( diff | hist). . Amazon patents wristband that monitors and directs workers' hands (Updated → Tweaked the title to more accurately reflect the content)

28 January 2018

24 January 2018

• (view) . . Comment: Council ends volunteer therapy for Grenfell victims‎; 18:34:12, 24 Jan 2018 . . Alan Henness (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> There's certainly noting wrong with a good relaxing massage, but the evidence is against most of the other practices - many practitioners claim well beyond what the best evidence says, and that's when it's a concern. However, that's really for another discussion: I'm certainly not against the Grenfell victims getting some nice talking therapies or support but I'd be interested to know what the Council intend to offer instead. I suspect they will only fund evidence-based therapies such as those generally provided by the NHS. I'll do some digging later to see what I can find. )
• (view) . . Comment: Council ends volunteer therapy for Grenfell victims‎; 15:07:32, 24 Jan 2018 . . Alan Henness (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> The CSTUK say they offer the following: Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Reiki, Homeopathy, Bach Flower Remedies, Kinesiology, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Body Massage, Bowen Therapy, Emmett Technique, Acupuncture, Meditation, Yoga, Children’s Yoga, Nutrition, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Various Counselling and Talking Therapies. I would hope that the therapists Cpuncil hire would provide evidence-based therapies, rather than these, but I've not seen anything about the therapies they will be providing. )

22 January 2018

• (view) . . Comment: Cheap online divorce takes advantage of January splitting season‎; 23:30:30, 22 Jan 2018 . . Alan Henness (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Thanks, Chuck! Although I have been supporting WikiTribune for a while, this is my first foray into editing, so being cautious! Also, not a journalist, so doubly cautious. Feeling my way, looking at how people write and how they edit... Give me time. :-) )
• (view) . . Comment: Style on WikiTribune‎; 19:39:20, 22 Jan 2018 . . Alan Henness (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Numbers It would be good to strive for consistency in how large numbers are given. The UK and US tradition is to use a comma as a thousands separator, but mainland Europe used the full stop (point), which can be very confusing. I'm not sure what other countries use. Many scientific/technical sources recommend a half-space as a separator: 123456 123,456 123.456 123 456 Without any separator, it's sometimes difficult to read the number correctly. Since the US use the comma, is this something that should be written into the style guide so everyone knows? Then there's the use of millions, billions, etc. In the UK, I think the use of the UK meaning of billion as a million million rather than the US usage of a thousand million has all but died out, but it might be good to have this in the guide so everyone knows which billion is being referred to. Then monetary amounts... the unit will depend on the country being referred to, but, for consistency, which of these is preferred? £1.2million £1.2 million 1.2 million GBP/USD/etc €12.34 12.34 Euros Note that many countries in the Eurozone will use the comma as the decimal separator, not the full stop (point)! Thoughts? )
• (view) . . Comment: Cheap online divorce takes advantage of January splitting season‎; 15:01:12, 22 Jan 2018 . . Alan Henness (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> I can see that the Guardian article talks about the Coop's service for England and Wales. The BBC mentions Scotland in passing, but I think the Coop in Scotland is different and I suspect this new service is England and Wales only. )
• (view) . . Comment: Cheap online divorce takes advantage of January splitting season‎; 14:57:42, 22 Jan 2018 . . Alan Henness (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> The divorce laws are certainly different in Scotland (and I'm sure Northern Ireland as well) so this may actually just be a story about England and Wales rather than all of the UK? )

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