Laser Pointer Crime In Cardiff

Laser Pointers on my mind.

Today and it was my fault for latching on to a post on Facebook about an appeal by South Wales Police about laser pointers.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/PenylanRoathCyncoed/permalink/3555894777853408/

I commented on someones shared post by mistake rather than on othe actual post and got hate from it. It was no different to what I have said below although I have further elaborated on it.

Link also here:

https://www.facebook.com/SWPCardiffVOG/posts/2948640848753159

Obviously the people or person that did this should be punished under the terrorism act.

The reason why I latched on was because I could not believe that a pocket laser could cause harm or injure a pilot airborne or crew member when the culprit was on the ground, according to the original post an on-board critical care practitioner suffered blurred vision and a migraine, and had to go off-duty.

The incident which happened on Sunday 9.30 pm over Heath Roath Park and Roath Recreation Ground in Cardiff UK, whilst the helicoper was airborne. The laser was directed at a Wales Air Ambulance causing injuries to a crew member.

This is what a laser pointer looks like from the ground according to this blogger/planespotter/theoretical paper:

I only shared the above blog post on my site as a mark of touché.

This is what an actual pointer looks like from 20km or 12 miles.

More information about laser pointers and aircraft click the link here: https://www.laserpointersafety.com/laser-hazards_aircraft/laser-hazards_aircraft.html

I obviously did some fact checking and all I got was negative people trolling me with one stating that my shared links where belittling the crime and what I was sharing were theoretical papers, even going as far as insinuating I had some ulterior motive to make the comment. (I do not take kindly to accusations).

The only reason for the Facebook Comment was if I am brutally honest was to establish facts, first of all there was no mention how far the helicopter was off the ground at the time of the incident?… so my question was how can a laser pointer affect a pilot’s vision?

Good Journalism should not cause confusion.

A laser pointer can be a distraction for helicopter pilots that wear night vision googles or airplanes that want to land, the same applies for military aircraft at night.

MOST IMPORTANTLY!

The most important part was I was not condoning this in anyway and all perpertrators should be punished to fit the crime. I was merely pointing out that there would be no adverse physical affects from this ‘According to the Fact Checking‘ I had made from two verified sources the BJO & BBC, links below:

https://bjo.bmj.com/content/82/11/1335

I can see how serious pointing a laser at an aircraft can be to the aviation authority and can be deemed as an act of terrorism and I certainly do not condone it.

Laser pointers can be distracting to pilots!

It seems to be a craze or fad for idiots to laser. Perhaps the powers that be should educate people about the stupidity with social awareness and media amplification that pointing lasers at aircraft is wrong on all levels, regardless if it affects a pilot or not. I can see that lasers pointers can be distracting. https://www.laserpointersafety.com/laser-hazards_aircraft/laser-hazards_aircraft.html

I personally think that laser pointers should be banned from the public and only used and sold to businesses and higher education institutes. I also believe fireworks should also be banned for sale to the public or the public need a license. Fireworks should only be sold to organisations for public events or people with firework licenses.

I am still open minded about the distance a laser pointer would have had to be to cause any adverse affect to the paramedic, considering in the BJO a laser does not cause headaches, but temporary blindness similar to a flash on a camera going off.

I have since removed myself from the group. I do not know how Facebook groups work but I do not wish to be associatied with narrow minded people.

(Addendum) apparantly if you remove yourself from the group it still does not remove you from the thread, lesson learnt, hence I had someone like my comment a few minutes ago.

My daughter gave me some solid advice:

“if you do not want to be trolled do not leave comments as people do not like the truth”.

I never once said that I was defending or condoning the culprits.

All I was doing was getting my head round the fact when one verified fact checked source says one thing and I read something else from another source that is confusing and that is when I start to question.

From what I can gather according to my verified source below, it is virtually impossible to have adverse physical affects from a stationary laser on the ground whilst a pilot is airborne. If anything it can be a distraction when pilots wear night time googles or are landing and may experience flash blindness.

However pointing a laser to an aircraft is an obstruction and an should carry the punishment of an act of terrorism (and if it is isn’t, it should be).

Accordig to the Civil Aviation Authority in 2016, there were 1,258 incidents of lasers being pointed at aircraft. In future, those who deliberately target aircraft with lasers could face a jail sentence or hefty fine. Currently, shining lasers at planes has a penalty of up to £2,500.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/laser-pointers-blind-pilots-uk-government-aircraft-attacks-civil-aviation-authority-eye-injury-a7890146.html

Pointing a laser pointer at an aircraft is illegal.

Obviously I reiterate again, pointing a laser on a moving vehicle such as plane, helicopter, car motorbike, boat, yacht etc can be deemed as an act of terrorism, it does not matter why a perpertrator has engaged in such an act but more so that they executed their action and this is punishable by law.

For pilots to be affected and injured because of this act, the laser would have to directly be pointed in their eyes or for them to experience a flash blind effect.

According to the The British Journal of Ophthalmology (BJO)

While many claims have been made for ocular and other injury, as a result of exposure to laser pointers, none has been sustained. Most victims are unaware of the clinical symptoms that would be appropriate to retinal injury; thus many individuals claim to have seen a bright light followed by pain or irritation in the irradiated eye. Some also complain of redness of the eye and headaches. In reality, there are no pain receptors in the retina and, therefore, threshold laser strike in the visible region of the spectrum is not associated with pain.

https://bjo.bmj.com/content/82/11/1335

Maximum Jail Term.

Yes a maximum punishment should be served to idiots using laser pointers for illegal means and maximum jail time should apply, as it could potenially cause a catastrophic disaster. This also applies to drones.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/drones-are-you-flying-yours-safely-and-legally

I personally think all journalist and media should use the phrase:

“Anyone caught using a laser pointer publically for illegal purposes will be arrested and punished under the terrorism act”, which adds MORE CLOUT than a minimum sentence of 5 years, going as far as spreading awareness in bold campaigns that show how dangerous laser pointers can be.

It does not take much effort to log details who the device was sold to, making verification ID mandantory in the UK. However to stop people buying them from abroad is another matter and there would have to be an import ban from other countries to the consumer and only legitimate organisations that were licensed would have access.

UK Ministers are talking about bringing in licenses to sell laser pointers: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/laser-pointers-blind-pilots-uk-government-aircraft-attacks-civil-aviation-authority-eye-injury-a7890146.html

According to:

The British Journal of Ophthalmology (BJO

BJO states and I quote “that in conclusion, laser pointers, pens, or key rings if used appropriately are not an eye hazard, and even if used inappropriately will not cause permanent eye damage”.

FINAL THOUGHTS.

“It is sad that in this day and age with an array of social media platforms we are censored for the things we write. I am all for censorship if it promotes hate crime or worse. But when it comes to merely expressing an opinion we do not have freedom of speech anymore and we cannot ask questions as people will question your motives and get defensive. I believe if people have questions they should be able to express them without the fear of someone trolling them and without the fear of being censored or punished”.

Pointing any laser device to a moving vehicle eg: (planes, trains, cars, motor bikes, boats) or directly at someone to purposely maim including eyes and body or cause destruction and accidents, the perpartrators should be punished to fit the crime.

Further Reading:

https://www.askthe.police.uk/content/Q757.htm

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/65424/what-pilots-see-when-you-shine-laser-pointer-aircraft According to this article distances of up to 1200 feet can engulf a cockpit. It remains a distraction hazard all the way up to 12,000 feet.

The point is:

The maximum altitude which a helicopter can be reached during forward flight typically depends more on the ability of the engine. Helicopters can reach around 25,000 feet. But the maximum height at which a helicopter can hover is much lower – a high performance helicopter like the Agusta A109E can hover at 10,400 feet. However, if the helicopter remains in ‘ground effect’ – ie, if it is hovering close to high ground – its maximum hover altitude will be higher. The Agusta can hover in ground effect – ‘HIGE’ in helicopter jargon – at 13,800 feet. This is useful for mountain rescue missions.

https://www.laserpointersafety.com/laser-hazards_aircraft/laser-hazards_aircraft.html

According to the BBC:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35576741

I would also like to add I am a law abiding citizen and if I was to catch anyone pointing lasers for illegal purposes, other than for the purpose of business, education or the cat, I would report them to the authorities without question.

Here is the post to the South Wales Appeal Page:

https://www.facebook.com/SWPCardiffVOG/posts/2948640848753159

Anyone with information should contact crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting ref *071640.

My Client Has Been Scammed

MY CLIENT HAS BEEN SCAMMED!

I was notified today by my angry client thinking that I had collected a payment via ‘www.gocardless.com’ for an amount that did not relate to our agreement. My client went on to say he has been charged since December twice in the month.

Obviously I had to investigate this and ‘Gocardless‘ confirmed that the amount my client was querying was nothing to do with me.

Gocardless sent me an email to trace payments with a link https://gocardless.com/payment-lookup/ I forwarded this onto my client and he managed to find out who the company was that had in fact taken the payments and it so happens to be the company named above.

I nearly lost a client because of these muppets so I am going to play fire with fire.

Who are GoCardless:

Gocardless in a nutshell is a service to set up direct debits for small businesses, meaning any company that collects recurring payments has the ability to collect payments month after month. They have created a global bank debit network, to rival credit and debit cards. … GoCardless has offices in London, Paris, Munich, Melbourne and San Francisco.

MANGOMEDIA.ONLINE

This is what I found out about the company by doing to simply search:

Do not just take my word for it do read what trust pilot have on them:

https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/mangomedia.online

Their telephone number also does not work:

01229 797 282

I did send them an email but I have a feeling it will be ignored, hence I did a Companies House Search and this is what I found:

https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/11318727

Screenshots Below:

Now there are a couple of resigned directors on this portal however I am after the current director ‘ STEVEN DOMINIK COLEMAN’ who has 75% shares in the company but what is a bit weird he does not seem to be on LinkedIn. However I did find one of the resigned directors and have asked this person to contact me. If they don’t then it will be a matter for the police and small claims court.

Seeing now I have a name for this person not only will I be advising my client and anyone else that has been scammed by this company to contact:

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

This is classed as cyber crime. To try to get the money back a formal letter needs to be sent to this person:

Mr Steven Dominik Coleman

Correspondence Address is also in the footer of their website:

123 Domains Names Limited
48 Dartmouth Street
Barrow-In-Furness
LA14 3AS

To get your money back after giving this person time preferably 7 – 14 days, one can also go down the following route, however you need to exhaust all avenues to retrieve payment including, phoning your bank , emailing, sending snail mail letter (post) and finally take them to a small claims court, this will cost you but you can claim the money back for court fees and debt collection fees:

SMALL CLAIMS COURT

https://www.gov.uk/make-court-claim-for-money

https://www.gov.uk/make-court-claim-for-money/court-fees

DEBT COLLECTOR

If you go down the route of getting a debt collector involved they will charge you upfront.

You could try this company although I have never used them personally but they offer ‘NO WIN NO FEE DEBT COLLECTION’ https://mydebtrecovery.co.uk/

Do your own research and get prices before settling for any particular company.

Hence it is better to try and do it yourself and try to recover the money. If you find this daunting you can then hire a debt collector.

Final Thoughts

These people are low lifes in my opinion if they prey on people and give web designers a bad name.

Hence anyone that crosses my path and messes with my clients will be publicly named and shamed.

Steven Dominik Coleman’

….is now publically named and shamed and will be on my radar forever unless he gives back all the money he has scammed from everyone.

He is not on LinkedIn, not sure about Facebook and seems to have little carbon footprint. He may well in fact have two locations, but primarily I am concentrating on 123 Domain Names LTD (no relation ot 123reg,com), obviously in the world of domaining someone is bound to know who he is……

I did some more digging on the resigned directors of 123 Domain Names and one of them who is on LinkedIn is associated with a company called ‘The Domain Directory’ and guess who I found to be an active director only Mr Steven Coleman but trading under a different address: https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/12424499/officers

THE DOMAIN DIRECTORY GROUP LTD 69 Market Street, Dalton-In-Furness, England, LA15 8DL

Anyone who has any information on these people and companies 123 Domain Names LTD, MangoMedia.Online and The Domain Directory, should contact us using the form below, all information will be treated confidentially. Also when trying to recover your money send letters to both addresses mentioned above:

Saliva Cross Contamination of Germs

SALIVA & MAIL CROSS CONTAMINATION OF GERMS

EBOLA

You would think dealing with the Corona Pandemic was already enough for us to deal with for the rest of our lives but wait for it there is something else lurking on the horizon. In fact, 6 countries have been placed on ‘Urgent Alert’ amidst a new “EBOLA” outbreak.

Ebola kills through organ failure and severe bleeding and is very transmissible through body fluids. During the 2013 to 2016 Ebola outbreak more than 11,000 people died across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

https://londonlovesbusiness.com/six-countries-placed-on-urgent-alert-amid-new-ebola-outbreak/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cjnwl8q4qj1t/ebola-virus

https://news.sky.com/story/guinea-declares-ebola-epidemic-as-it-reports-at-least-three-deaths-12218508

So what has Saliva and Mail got to do with anything, I hear you cry?

Saliva & Mail.

People send letters and parcels all over the world everyday and yes most parcels and envelopes use postage stamps other than the ones that use franking machines then this does not apply.

What does a person do to seal an envelope or stick a stamp:

So what does a person do when they stick a stamp on an envelope or parcel or seals an envelope?……they use in most cases their own saliva.

Therefore what happens when you have just stuck an envelope down nice and wet or stuck a postage stamp, you have now smeared your germs right across and have successfully contaminated the said item.

How long can germs live on surfaces:

Different Kinds of Surfaces

Metal Examples: doorknobs, jewelry, silverware 5 days

Wood Examples: furniture, decking 4 days

Plastics Examples: milk containers and detergent bottles, subway and bus seats, backpacks, elevator buttons 2 to 3 days

Stainless steel Examples: refrigerators, pots and pans, sinks, some water bottles 2 to 3 days

Cardboard Examples: shipping boxes 24 hours

Copper Examples: pennies, teakettles, cookware 4 hours

Aluminum Examples: soda cans, tin-foil, water bottles 2 to 8 hours  

Glass Examples: drinking glasses, measuring cups, mirrors, windows Up to 5 days

Ceramics Examples: dishes, pottery, mugs 5 days

Paper Examples: mail, newspaper The length of time varies. Some strains of coronavirus live for only a few minutes on paper, while others live for up to 5 days.

Food Examples: takeout, produce. Coronavirus doesn’t seem to spread through food.

Water Coronavirus hasn’t been found in drinking water. If it does get into the water supply, your local water treatment plant filters and disinfects the water, which should kill any germs.

Fabrics Examples: clothes, linens There’s not much research about how long the virus lives on fabric, but it’s probably not as long as on hard surfaces.

Shoes One study tested the shoe soles of medical staff in a Chinese hospital intensive care unit (ICU) and found that half were positive for nucleic acids from the virus. But it’s not clear whether these pieces of the virus cause infection. The hospital’s general ward, which had people with milder cases, was less contaminated than the ICU.

Skin and hair There’s no research yet on exactly how long the virus can live on your skin or hair. Rhinoviruses, which cause colds, survive for hours.

https://www.webmd.com/lung/how-long-covid-19-lives-on-surfaces

So what is my point to all this?

If people who may not even be aware they are carriers of ANY disease spread their germs and contaminate envelopes and parcels imagine the knock on effect this has on th population. First the parcels and envelopes get picked up and sent to a sorting office where multiple people handle mail. Imagine how many people may get infected simply by that one task alone?

Yes but it is embedded into our brains we must wash our hands frequently, but how many of us actually do? People are not OCD like me may be complacent about touching things and them washing hands. All it takes is for an infected person to touch several surfaces and someone else then gets contaminated. You not only need to clean your hands but everything you come into contact with. Germs live on surfaces for days.

I am a suffered of contamination OCD I have been for over 30 years so I am more aware than anyone about cross contamination and germs and will not touch something that has been touched by someone else without disinfecting the item first. With mail that can be difficult to disinfect, hence I use disposable latex gloves. The same goes with outer packaging of food and toiletries and household products.

You have to think outside the box (no pun intended), the items have been shipped from somewhere before ending up on our shelves, imagine how many people have touched that item before you?

You will never be able to stop any virus from spreading if not enough is done to:

SPREAD “Germ Cross Contamination” AWARENESS to the Masses.

This has to be done with media amplification.

How is Coronavirus is spread?

According to current evidence, the COVID-19 virus is primarily transmitted between people through respiratory droplets and contact routes. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-background-information/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-epidemiology-virology-and-clinical-features#:~:text=According%20to%20current%20evidence%2C,%2C%20faeces%20and%20urine.

This means the virus comes from the mouth, from sneezing and coughing and what else is our mouths…..SALIVA!

FINAL NOTES:

If you intend on sending mail and have to seal envelopes and postage stamps get a sponge from the kitchen or bathroom and soak it with water, then wipe the envelope or stamps with it, NEVER USE SALIVA.

When handling goods always disinfect outer packaging whenever possible and when handling mail use disposable gloves.

On another note about spreading awareness I for one do not buy tabloids, do not watch terrestrial TV so how can people like myself be alerted of cross contamination? I have an answer social media push notifications.

#ebolaoutbreak #coronavirus #pandemic #crosscontamination #saliva #mediaamplification #germawareness #washinghands #disinfectant #ebola #postagestamps #lickingenvelopes #lickingstamps

How To Increase Business & Followers.

I noticed today a post on LinkedIn from someone that was connected with me but was not an internet marketer per-se, stating “How to increase followers from 30K to 225K followers” in five minutes per day by commenting #yes

The first thing that came to mind is he has no authority to advise considering he is and what I saw was a clever click bait hack and nothing more. This is a disappointment when people are genuinely looking for answers and come across someone just looking out for him/herself, simply having people click the post for the post to go no where.

Therefore I have taken upon myself to write this post to help individuals increase followers/business. This method can be applied to all social media platforms:

1: Optimize Your Profile Pages, optimise your cover photo and also your profile picture. Make your profile picture look professionally done. Remember to be aware of your background in the photo. A picture says a thousand words. Try to get a professional head shot done at a local photographic studio (when they are open again) or get a friend to take a photo without any distractions in the backdrop.

2: Start with connecting with people, most social media platforms say only connect with the people you know, but what if you have a genuine enquiry, the best thing is to find their email addresses to write to them first before sending them a connection request, especially of you do not know them.

3: Write articles on your pages and link back to articles you have written on your blogs and share these articles with your connections.

4: Make your post intriguing only give a little away and entice the reader to click you post for more information.

5. Share photos on your social media platform pages, instagram is good for this or do infographics and add titles to your posts.

6: Be creative and publish videos, add captivating content that people will be willing to watch. Add humour, funny videos attract peoples attention.

7: Go Live. Livestreaming is not for everyone but if you are happy broadcasting an event or milestone as long as it has good content you will get people watching.

8: Advertise your brochures and share your pdf’s on your business pages.

9: Use hashtags when closing your post text.

10: Don’t forget to tag your connections and companies that may find your post useful.

11: Give your followers valuable advice. Everyone is a guru these days and some can be better at it than others but you only have one chance of being an expert in your niche and the more followers you have the more well known you will become.

12: RSS feeds are a good way of finding trending posts, create “breaking news” posts that perhaps people outside your region may not have heard of. Do not copy posts word for word as that is called plagiarism and you will be penalised by search engines. For me I always use one of my blogs to write articles which I then share with my connections and although I may read something I will scramble it into my own words, even giving my own perspective.

13: Be consistant and active everyday on all your social media platforms. I am perhaps the world worst as I only seem to hang out on LinkedIn because most of my work is B2B but recently I have been asked to do B2C hence I need to alter my mind set and concentrate on Facebook pages and groups more.

14: Create viral posts this could be something like a give away or a competition with a deadline.

15: Join groups on your social media platforms.

16: Create your own groups for your different niches.

17: Create your own business pages on all your social media platforms, keep your professional and personal pages seperate.

18: If you have an event coming up or thinking of creating one, social media is a good place to advertise and market yourself.

19: Once you have a following on your social media platforms do reach out and collaborate with your connections.

20: Set the buttons on your profiles to a “Follow” button.

21: Create a call to action in every post.

22: Promote your social media profiles everywhere, including your website, blogs and email signatures.

23: Cross promote your profile on your other social media channels. For me I have on default business card website that I point people to, this saves time typing out each social media platform I am connected to.

24: Pay per click advertising campaigns are not only good with Google & Bing but they are also is a good way of connecting with people through your social media platforms. Facebook & Instagram is a place where you can connect B2C, this is good if you are targeting a specific category or people. You can fine tune your specifications to the location, age, gender and interests.

25: Try to update your profile page frequently, a stagnant page is boring and will show your audience that you are frequesnt at updating. If you have new services, always keep them updated.

26: Always reply to comments, no matter how trivial, ignoring a comment makes the person who wrote it worthless. Obviously if you have hundreds of thousand of comments pick out the ones that stand out and thank everyone in a generic comment.

27: When people share your posts and pages, thank them.

28: Get your biggest fans to endorse you, this applies to LinkedIn more so than any other social media channel and visa versa, you will be amazed how may people who you endorse will endorse you back. The same goes with review ask your customers to write a review about your brand.

29: If you have businesses that wish you to promote them, do offer to write recommendations, this gives you exposure aswell as exposure for your client, but if the businesses wish more exposure you could offer other marketing strategies which you could potentially charge for the service. I do this free of charge by adding banner ads to all my social media pages and groups I am connected on. This is short lived advertising but for a permanent fixture on my blogs I charge a monthy/yearly fee.

30: Exact match searchable keyword and phrases are so important not only in your domain name but on your website, meta tags and social media pages. When choosing a Facebook page for example use words that people would use to search for your product or service rather than your unknown brand name. Your brand name will become popular over time and it will not be an overnight success unless you spend a lot of money on advertising, I just do not mean Google Ads I mean in publications, newspapers, radio and TV.

31: Make your social media profile searchable, make them public.

32: When commenting on other peoples posts, do not get personal and do not get into trolling arguments if someone does not see the value of your comment. Be professional and do not sell things on peoples posts. You could add a backlink to your company as a signature or hashtag but thats it, don’ be the pushy sales person.

33: Give incententives to get people to share your posts. This could be a free e-book or a discount voucher.

35: Become an influencer.

36. Become a public speaker.

37: Create educational webinars, podcasts, tutorials, use youtube and share your content on all social media platforms.

38. Create a SEO link wheel, of your websites, blogs and social media platforms.

39. Start a blog and add RSS feeds so that in engages people’s interests.

40. Have a subscribe widget or pop up so that you can capture peoples emails and then send them updates or newsletters. Do not install the popup until a person is about to exit your site and not before. I believe it is off putting to have a subscribe popup the moment you attempt to access a site. You need to earn my trust and loyalty before I give my email away.

41. Integrate a chat widget into your websites and blogs so that when visitors visit your sites you can engage with them.

42: Guest blog on other notable websites.

43: Become a podcast interviewer. Invite people to join you in a discussion.

44. Write a book about you and your niche and publish your services and products.

45. Leave business cards on noticeboards in supermarkets, cafes (when they open again).

46. Make flyers and post them through peoples doors.

47. Consider giving out freebies, such as buy one get one free.

48. Start a competition.

49. Consider getting people to market you using affiliate links. https://rakutenadvertising.com/en-uk/

50. Advertise in Magazines and in Newspapers.

51. Offer to do something for free, this could be free web hosting in my case or free marketing or promotion.

52. Wear promotional clothing.

53. Give away promotional merchandise.

54. Word of mouth advertising get all your family and friends to promote you and get their family and friends and before you know it you have a network of connections.

55. Do outbound marketing, like picking up the phone and calling or writing snail mail letters.

56. Enlist the help of other advocates in your industry, find a mentor.

57. As your employees to engage in your social media pages, make them contributors.

58. Post your articles at ceratin times of the day. I find that during working hours people are busy getting on with business. So you have to pick times that appeal to your network browsing times, otherwise you posts may not get a look in. However according to LinkedIn’s their busiest hours are in the morning and midday from Monday to Friday. This will ensure your post to get maximum reach.

59. Add multiple admins to you pages and ask your colleagues to help you.

60. Join all the social media platforms and follow companies and people of interest.

TV Licensing UK Part II

Do you need a License to watch NETFLIX, AMAZON PRIME VIDEO?

Should TV Licensing UK offer “Pay As You Go”?

The other day I had my annual reminder that my TV License had been renewed, which reminded me to phone these people up and ask the question do they do “Pay As You Go”. Meaning if I only access and watch one or two documentaries a year if that and that is pushing it, why do I have to pay for a full license?

In fact I wrote about TV Licensing a while ago posing the same question:

I was told the other day by someone who clearly did not seem to be a happy person, that if I watch tv I have to pay for the license and was very arrogant as he spoke to me as if he had some sort of power over me. He was not symapthetic to my call and I felt that my call had literally fallen on deaf ears…..Talk to the hand!

This is what the Governement says about TV Licensing:

Overview

You must have a TV Licence if you:

  • watch or record programmes on a TV, computer or other device as they’re broadcast
  • download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand

A TV Licence costs £157.50 (£53 for black and white TV sets) for both homes and businesses.

What’s covered

A single TV Licence covers all of the following in a single property:

  • TV sets
  • computers
  • laptops
  • tablets
  • mobile phones
  • any other device that can receive a TV signal

You do not need a TV Licence to watch:

  • non-BBC programmes on online catch-up services
  • videos or DVDs
  • clips on websites like YouTube
  • closed circuit television (CCTV)

Find out if you need a TV Licence on the TV Licensing website.

Free and discounted TV licences

You can get a free licence if you’re 75 or older and you get Pension Credit.

You can get a discounted licence if you have a severe vision impairment.

If you live in a residential care home, the person who is in charge of the home can apply for a licence for you.

Fines and penalties

You can be fined up to £1,000 if you watch or record live TV without a TV Licence.

https://www.gov.uk/tv-licence

Do you need a Licence to watch NETFLIX, AMAZON PRIME VIDEO?

The answer is simple you do not need a licence for NETFLIX & AMAZON PRIME VIDEO.

If you only watch on-demand or catch-up programmes through streaming services like Netflix, then you do NOT need a TV licence – UNLESS you‘re watching BBC programmes on iPlayer. … You need to be covered by a TV licence if you watch live TV on any channel or device.

For a List of Streaming Sites Visit:

https://seawallalife.com/free-movie-streaming-sites/

https://streamingsites.com/

Further Reading:

https://www.cablecompare.com/blog/the-average-cost-of-a-tv-how-has-it-changed-over-time?msID=39b8be5c-5fac-403e-b110-49c82c4f3ae7

FINAL THOUGHTS

There has been a lot of talk recently about scrapping the TV Licence, with culture secretary Nicky Morgan suggesting it could be abolished by 2027, but by this time the TV Licensing People should refund people like myself and for argument sake if I watch two documentaries a year that equates to £13.00 per month which if say each documentary was one month apart and I have adapted this for the last 10 years that would mean for every year I should get a refund £131.00 multiplied by 10 years is a total of £1,300 that the TV Licensing people have made off the back off me. Moving forward another six years based on my current viewing will be a further £786.00 I will potentially pay the TV Licensing people for nothing. This would bring the grand total of £2,086.00

Brits who want to watch live TV or use the BBC’s iPlayer service must fork out for a licence for their home. It used to be straightforward, as until the 21st Century, if you wanted to watch TV shows, you needed to watch an actual TV.

But the rise of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime have made some people realise they do not actually watch TV through a TV aerial or record programmes on a TV, computer or other device that are broadcasted, downloaded or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand

I think it is daylight robbery for people like myself and someone needs to demand that the TV Licensing People offer “PAY AS YOU GO” rather than rob you blind.

Obviously the BBC have to pay their journalists and the Licensing contributes to their fees and overheads so I am not saying abolish the licensing all together as people will still watch BBC and the media still needs to get paid but instead give people the opportunity to pay as you go.

For all intents and purposes someone should start a petition. I personally do not have time to do it myself as I am busy with my work, but someone should contact Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan:

https://members.parliament.uk/member/4027/contact

Baroness Nicky Morgan Of Cotes,

Contact Details:

House of Lords
London
SW1A 0PW

Phone: 020 7219 5353

Email: morganna@parliament.uk

Addressing Member of the Lords:

https://www.parliament.uk/business/lords/whos-in-the-house-of-lords/how-to-address-a-lord/

**Remember to be professional, polite and courteous, be straight to the point and do not waffle. Remember everyone is human and is approachable providing you know how to do it.

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PFIZER-BIONTECH COVID-19 VACCINE – Adverse Reactions – Fact Checking.

Reporting of Suspected Adverse Reactions Fact Checking.

To report an adverse reaction to the vaccine please visit:

COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects & Adverse Events (pfizersafetyreporting.com)

Also,

Official MHRA side effect and adverse incident reporting site for coronavirus treatments and vaccines | Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The side effects to the vaccine is as follows and can be read in the official PDF which you can download here:

Screenshot No 1.

Temporary_Authorisation_HCP_Information_BNT162_6_0_UK_editclean

FACT CHECKING

REUTERS

Who are Reuters: Reuters is an international news organization owned by Thomson Reuters. It employs some 2,500 journalists and 600 photojournalists in about 200 locations worldwide. Reuters is one of the largest news agencies in the world.

I found the above information on this website which is used by all media globally:

https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-trial-idUSKBN28K1U3

https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-vaccine/fact-check-document-does-not-show-the-covid-19-vaccine-will-be-used-for-depopulation-idUSKBN28F0I1

AstraZeneca published its peer-reviewed trial data in British medical journal The Lancet on Dec. 8 for public scrutiny (reported by Reuters here).

FURTHER READING

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/vaccines-and-immunization-what-is-vaccination?adgroupsurvey={adgroupsurvey}&gclid=Cj0KCQiA5bz-BRD-ARIsABjT4njG3fRywr2ITDzU9BzVcphyUczDeEmp6TUsSKzm9hUtxABCL_6IfTUaAheREALw_wcB

YELLOW CARD APP

You can also down load the Yellow Card App:

You can now receive news updates from the MHRA and report side effects to medicines via the Yellow Card app.

At the moment you will need to create a separate account on the app to report. Please download it from the Apple App Store, or Google Play Store.

If you have any comments on the app please contact us.

CAUTION

Vulnerable People Who Have Had: https://www.lemtrada.com/

Vulnerable People who have had Alemtuzumab should get additional medical advice before taking the PFIZER-BIONTECH COVID-19 VACCINE.

My daughter was treated with this drug Alemtuzuzumab.

Alemtuzumab WAS a medication used to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia and multiple sclerosis. On July 3, 2020 Sanofi Genzyme was notified that our Lemtrada Home Phlebotomy Partner, Examination Management Services Inc., (EMSI) has gone out of business.

What Lemtrada warning said:

LEMTRADA can cause serious side effects including:

Serious autoimmune problems: Some people receiving LEMTRADA develop a condition where the immune cells in your body attack other cells or organs in the body (autoimmunity), which can be serious and may cause death. Serious autoimmune problems may include:

  • Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a condition of reduced platelet counts in your blood that can cause severe bleeding that may cause life‑threatening problems. Call your healthcare provider (HCP) right away if you have any of the following symptoms: easy bruising; bleeding from a cut that is hard to stop; coughing up blood; heavier menstrual periods than normal; bleeding from your gums or nose that is new or takes longer than usual to stop; small, scattered spots on your skin that are red, pink, or purple
  • Kidney problems called anti‑glomerular basement membrane disease, which, if not treated, can lead to severe kidney damage, kidney failure that needs dialysis, a kidney transplant, or death. Call your HCP right away if you have any of the following symptoms: swelling of your legs or feet; blood in the urine (red or tea‑colored urine); decrease in urine; fatigue; coughing up blood

It is important patients to have blood and urine tests before you receive, while on treatment and every month for 4 years or longer, after you receive your last LEMTRADA infusion.

See additional Screenshot what the PDF says about adverse effects :

Screenshot No 2.

***Thoughts From the Editor of this Post.

As with every drug we take there is an element of risk hence that is why we have leaflets inside the packaging of what the drug is and what side effects there are.

As a carer and a concerned mum it is my duty to know if my daughter should have the vaccine, the following telephone numbers had auto response messages saying the lines were busy before the calls were disconnected after my daughter tried phoning today.

029 218 36318

029 218 36319

029 218 36323

029 218 36340

We are located in Cardiff UK so hence these are Cardiff Numbers. If you are outside Wales you should look up your local health board in your region.

I advised my daughter to phone 111 and no one could advise her and she was told that someone would phone her back.

Upon further fact checking I personally phoned the secretary of the Professor of Neurology in Cardiff and I explained that my daughter was a patient and the secretary directed me to this site: https://cavuhb.nhs.wales/our-services/ms-multiple-sclerosis/ (The site does not explain anything about my concerns about diminshed immune response) I also recited screenshot no 2 with my concerns and was told that all MS patients should have the vaccine although she could not explain what diminished immune response meant:

Immunocompromised persons, including individuals receiving immunosuppressant therapy, may have a diminished immune response to the vaccine. No data are available about concomitant use of immunosuppressants.
As with any vaccine, vaccination with COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 may not protect all vaccine recipients.

So obviously not leaving any stone unturned and wanting to know what “diminished immune response” meant I found the following information:

Diminished Immune Response Meaning:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0008874919302989

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/primary-immunodeficiency/symptoms-causes/syc-20376905

Reading in between the lines as I am no expert and I stand corrected if I am wrong, from what I understand my daugher should she decide on having the vaccine today will have her immune system diminished so there is no way of her fighting the virus. Further more and I quote: “No data is available about concomitant use of immunosuppressants – may not protect all vaccine recipients“.

This tells me that it has no been tested on immune suppressant drugs or patients who have had immune suppressants, hence this is open for debate.

OTHER LINKS:

https://www.astrazeneca.com/our-company/contact-us.html

To contact Astra Zeneca.

Prescription medicines

For medical enquiries about our products (including questions on how to take your medicine, to report a side effect or make a complaint regarding one of our medicines), please call our UK based Medical Information team on: 0800 783 0033. Lines are open from Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Outside these hours and on bank holidays, an out of hours service is available to assist with any urgent enquiries.

Global headquarters: +44 (0)20 3749 5000
UK Marketing Company (UKMC): 0800 783 0033

(If you are outside the UK please visit the link i have provided above).

To Contact PFIZER.

https://www.pfizer.co.uk/contact-us

Call 01304 616161
And ask to speak to the Medical Information team.

To Contact Gates Foundation – Vaccine.

https://www.gatesfoundation.org/Who-We-Are/General-Information/Contact-Us

https://www.gatesfoundation.org/what-we-do/global-health/vaccine-development-and-surveillance

The Oxford Vaccine.

https://www.ovg.ox.ac.uk/about/contact-us

https://www.research.ox.ac.uk/Area/coronavirus-research/vaccine

***If you have any concerns do contact the links I have provided or your Local Health Board.

Amazon Business

What is Amazon Business?

Amazon Business is changing the way companies buy supplies. For most small businesses, buying supplies can be time-consuming and frustrating. Finding the best product at the best price with the most convenient payment terms can be a challenge, especially when they have other tasks that need to be completed. Amazon Business is the solution and brings big benefits to businesses of all sizes and industries.

How does Amazon Business work?

Amazon Business is a business-to-business marketplace that combines selection, convenience and the value customers around the world have come to know and love from Amazon, with additional business-specific features including bulk pricing, Pay by Invoice*, downloadable VAT invoices and spend management tools. In this marketplace, multiple sellers compete for purchases on common stock keeping units (SKUs) on the most favorable terms for customers. It’s like a “reverse auction” where customers save time, money and hassle in the process.

Choice, value and convenience: Amazon Business simplifies the entire purchasing process for businesses by helping them find, compare and order exactly what they need with fast, reliable shipping and flexible payment options. It’s a shopping experience Amazon customers will instantly recognise and understand.


Helpful purchasing tools: Amazon Business gives users access to helpful purchasing controls that can ensure that only authorised purchases are made, together with tools to integrate with their existing purchasing system and provide detailed purchasing analytics.


Free accounts: Unlike warehouse clubs or subscription-based online retailers, Amazon Business accounts are free, even for companies with multiple authorised purchasers. Once registered, those with accounts are able to search hundreds of millions of products in the Amazon Business inventory, where multiple sellers can compete for their purchase.

Who is eligible for an Amazon Business account?

Business Accounts and business user accounts are intended for businesses and business-related organisations and may be used solely for business purposes. To create a business user account, users must use a valid email address.

Amazon.co.uk may use the business name, address, VAT number or business identification number and any other information a customer provides about their organisation or users or that we may request or determine is necessary to verify accuracy and eligibility for Amazon Business. Amazon may make, directly or through third parties, inquiries to validate information provided to us. Amazon may accept or refuse use of Amazon Business at their discretion.

Having a Business acount you have the flexibility of buying and selling whilst using a trusted logistics company known world wide.



*Subject to satisfactory credit checks and credit limit

Bad Courier Service Part II

Bad Courier Service part II

I wrote the other day about an experience my daughter and I have had with ‘Hermes Group’: https://marketingagency.cymrumarketing.com/2021/01/29/couriers-poor-services/

As you all know where ever there is an opportunity to write about different things I also seek out the CEOs of the companies for comment.

Now moving forward after I had emailed the CEO Martijn DeLange with a copy of the link to my original post, I then got someone underneath him to contact me.

This brings me to the post I made about heirachy, if I wanted his minions to contact me I would not have contacted him: https://marketingagency.cymrumarketing.com/2021/02/01/sending-emails-to-ceos/

So anyway the email said they were investigating the incident.

My daughter then said that she also received an email from the depot also saying that they apologised but the parcel was still in the depot??

As you are aware I updated my original post and said a random stranger had actually delivered the parcel the following day after I raised the complaint, so how could the parcel still be at the depot??

This tells me the company either do not know what they are doing or are simply lying to save face.

I updated the original post to say the parcel had been delivered by some random stranger but not by Hermes and the parcel had been delivered to a random address and not ours.

Not thinking anymore of it, I then received a phone call from head office yesterday 03/02/21 and Hermes Group wanted to confirm if my daughter had received her parcel and I said yes but wait for it they mentioned that the parcel was from ‘Pretty Little Thing’, not once did I mention ‘Pretty Little Thing’ in my in my emails although I did say it was coming from ‘ASOS’, so where they got ‘Pretty Little Thing’ from is beyond my thinking?

The person from head office then made the excuse that the delivery driver was new and did not know the roads very well and that they were going to dismiss him to make sure this type of incident did not happen again.

Now if you peel back all the layers you have to try and find the real problem.

Was it the delivery drivers fault….., really?

The person I spoke to said he was not given a GPS tracker although under normal circumstance they do use them. For the most part even if he did not have a GPS Tracker for what ever reason most people have smart phones so they would be able to find an address using Google Maps.

Instead of dismissing the driver they should have called him in to re-train, everyone should have the opportunity to have a second chance to redeem themselves.

The way I see it is the people at the top do not want problems and as my clipart shows rather than fix the problems, just eradicate them, meaning in this case, firing the driver.

Treat your staff well and they will treat you well.

If there is a problem and in the case of the driver not having a GPS Tracker to track the parcels then that is management problem not the driver.

How the parcel ended up at a random address is mind boggling, unless the driver simply dumped it? Apparantly the drivers are paid by the delivery and not by the hour, so if this particular driver the other day could not deliver in time he would have just delivered it to a random address, thats my way of thinking.

“The parcel in question that was delivered to a random persons address contained several hundred of pounds of high end top brand cosmetics I had bought for my daughter’s birthday”.

Lucky for Hermes Group there are still some honest people in this world.

If I were management I would make sure all undelivered parcels were brought back to the depot and passed onto some else to deliver. (perhaps drivers are penalised if they do not meet their daily quotas), who knows?

Even if the parcel is running late it is better than no tracked parcel at all and it is better a parcel being a day late, than the parcel going astray.

My daughter is now upset that someone lost their job, but with Hermes Group track record what do you expect if you see so many delivery drivers not doing their jobs properly one has to wonder are they being trained properly or is there an undelining problem that perhaps lies with management rather than the drivers.

At the end of the conversation I said I would not be recommending this company to anyone in business and the answer I received was:

“I have not seen anything good that company has done”, well from my own personal experience and the articles I have found the proof is in the pudding.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/5f05fYB0XYjdc6pwhrCD5D9/hermes-deliveries

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8253825/Hermes-couriers-caught-sending-packages-straight-auction-houses-three-four-times-week.html

https://www.change.org/p/boris-johnson-government-investigation-into-hermes-parcels

If the company were doing their job properly they would not be having so many bad reviews, videos and bad reputation articles written about them, let alone be under investigation.

“A Happy Customer Will Tell 10 People Whilst An Unhappy Customer Will Tell The World”…

So it does not surprise me if what I read is that their workers are alledgedly paid less than the minimum wage obviously the workers and deliveries will not be up to scratch.

If I was being exploited I would most probably not do my job properly either!

Had I have known the following in advance I would have been able to recite what I found and I think I only touched the surface with this company:

Obviously I cannot dictate or choose what courier delivers a parcel to me when it is coming from a third party that I have ordered goods from, so only time will tell when the next Hermes parcel arrives and how well they deliver it.

If there is a problem with management then you have to look at the CEO is he treating his staff properly?

There could be an underlying problem. “If you treat your staff well, your staff will take care of you and your business“.

A company of this size should not be faceless, they should have a human version of a chat widget and they should have people answering their phone lines rather than prompts to email or back to their website.

They also should have someone on Messenger and Twitter, If I can do it there is absolutely no excuse for anyone else!

#MartijnDeLange #Hermeslogistics #JosephHampshaw

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