Archive for June 9th, 2010


English Language, Visas and a Double Edged Sword?

June 9, 2010

Home Secretary Theresa May said: “I believe being able to speak English should be a pre-requisite for anyone who wants to settle here.

“The new English requirement for spouses will help promote integration, remove cultural barriers and protect public services.

“It is a privilege to come to the UK and that is why I am committed to raising the bar for migrants and ensuring that those who benefit from being in Britain contribute to our society.

“This is only the first step. We are currently reviewing English language requirements across the visa system with a view to tightening the rules further in the future.

“Today’s announcement is one of a wide range of measures the new Government is taking to ensure that immigration is properly controlled for the benefit of the UK, alongside a limit on work visas and an effective system for regulating the students who come here.”

The highlighting is my own and all I can say, is be careful what you wish for here Ms May……..although I will be quite happy to see 99% of the UK sh*t that flows through Ukraine barred because they cannot speak Ukrainian or Russian in order to get a Visa.

Ты говоришь по-русски или по-украински мисс Мэй?

No thought not, so you won’t be getting a Visa if Ukraine responds accordingly will you!


World Bank To Invest In Road Safety In Ukraine……Pointless!

June 9, 2010

Interfax-Ukraine The World Bank is ready to provide Ukraine with financial aid to realize measures to improve road traffic safety, World Bank Director for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova Martin Raiser has said in an interview with the Dzerkalo Tyzhnia (Mirror of the Week) newspaper.

According to Raiser, the aid could be provided with the participation of the World Health Organization and the Commission on Global Road Safety as partners in the project, according to a resolution recently approved by the United Nations regarding “the Decade of Action on Road Safety” in 2011-2020.

Raiser said that currently the situation with road traffic safety in Ukraine is very complicated.

“Ukrainians are four times more likely to die in road accidents compared to the residents of Western Europe. This is even taking into account a smaller amount of vehicles and relatively short number of kilometers travelled per capita,” Raiser said.

Raiser said that road accidents are one of the ten main reasons for death in Ukraine. It is mainly economically active Ukrainians that suffer, with drivers aged 18 to 25 years running the highest risk of being involved in a road accident.


I do wish someone from the World Bank read this blog.  What a complete waste of money!

No matter how much is spent on road safety here, whilstever the DAI (Traffic Police) are so cronically paid, they will continue to simply sell driving licences for $500 to people with the money and who have never driven a car in their lives, let alone had a lesson.

Therefore no matter how much is spent on crossings, roundabouts, awareness campaigns, barriers, speed enforcement equipment et al, if people who cannot drive and have never learnt to drive can buy a licence for $500 because the DAI are so underpaid the risks will not deminish whatsoever.

It comes as no surprise that 18 – 25 year olds are more likely to have an accident as they have only recently paid their $500 to get a licence…….and are therefore now only starting to learn!

It is high time the international agencies got their heads out of their collective arses and look at the reasons behind the numbers and not the numbers themselves.

Companies and the occasional individual pay me to carry out various sorts of due diligence here……because I live, work, sleep and eat here and have done so for many years.  Ukrane has paid me because to do similar due diligence externally. 

Odessa City may well employ me from September (if I accept) on a project because I have an understanding of Ukraine and the western world many don’t have and I am not someone who will tell them what they want to hear but will tell them what needs to be heard.

Wake up international agencies, do your due diligence with those who will tell you how it is and the real route causes!

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