Road Haulage – the stowaway migrant problem

An interesting article here from the staff at Monarch,  a Glasgow courier company who also operate a fleet of road haulage vehicles across the Uk and beyond.   The UK isn’t what anyone considers a hotspot of human trafficking – especially given the frequency with which countries such as Saudi Arabia, North Korea, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Chinese rural provinces are in the News. These high-population places are infamous for the misuse of humans in all facets of illegal activities.

Human Trafficking Comes to the UK

However, there is a significant problem with illegal immigrants in the UK, and the Lorries on which they are smuggled. Human trafficking has become a very rich operation for the degenerates willing to take advantage of human desperation, and one of the main things that UK authorities are doing to combat it puts them at odds with Lorry operators: fines. This doesn’t seem to be a good idea even on the surface, given that a sizable fraction of Lorry operators have no idea that there are human stowaways in their cargo holds. These humans are classified as “clandestine entrants,” and are very costly to the persons found transporting them – whether they were doing it unwittingly or not. This places Lorry drivers in a precarious position: if they find any clandestine entrants aboard once they reach port, or even in mid-transit, should they turn them in and accept the levied $2,000 pound fine (as of August 2015)? Or just let them go, since authorities don’t appear to be interested in hearing any stories. In fairness, it’s not like they could distinguish between true and false stories easily.

A Growing Problem for Truck Drivers

The number of clandestine entrants is growing explosively, and with such a large number of them trying to get to Britain from Calais by truck, drivers are becoming more and more disgruntled at having to pay fines for stowaways that they didn’t even know about – presumably. The law puts the onus on the drivers themselves to prove that they checked their vehicles thoroughly. Although this sounds like an easy solution, consider the case of a truck driver involved in road haulage, where clandestine entrants have resorted to some truly desperate acts to get onboard trucks – including climbing on moving vehicles. This driver detected what sounding like banging inside a trailer while on the road, and stopped to alert the authorities. Despite the record of proper action, the driver’s company was hit with several thousand pounds in fines for every one of the dozen migrants found inside. Even though the fine was later dismissed after an appeal, the company still lost nearly the same amount as the fine in the necessary legal bills to file the appeal in the first place! It truly, is a no-win situation for the drivers and the companies for which they work. Although the Home Office has expressly stated that their intent is not to punish law-abiding drivers who are doing their part as citizens to limit the presence of clandestine entrants, it doesn’t always translate that this is, indeed, the case.

How Lorry Drivers Can Protect Themselves

It’s important to pay attention to the letter of the law as proscribed by the Home Office in the case of fines for stowaways: if the driver of a truck is found to have carried out only a cursory, incomplete check, then the fine sticks. At 2,000 pounds per person, this can really add up – given that the clandestine entrants usually travel by the dozen these days.

  • check the locks on the back of your truck before you begin the journey – especially between Britain and Calais, as that is the preferred destination of most of the entrants
  • in the past, it was advisable to stop if you heard a bang inside the truck; but these days the stowaways can easily number 20 or more and this is inadvisable – just call the police instead if you hear anything
  • if you discern any sounds coming from the top of your truck whilst in mid-transit, do not attempt to apprehend anyone – just drive the truck to the border police at Dover, so that you cannot later be accused of ignoring any warning signs
  • most important of all, it is imperative that you perform a thorough check of your vehicle, as provided by the rules of the Home Office, so that if any clandestine entrants are discovered aboard, you won’t be held liable

The fact is, clandestine entrants is a problem that has more than tripled in just a year, so the civil penalties levied against truck drivers is a hasty stop-gap to try and stem the tide. Hopefully new legislation will come into effect that better deals with the problem, without heaping financial burdens on truck drivers who are just doing their jobs. Until that time, however, it is up to the lorry drivers to ensure that they are on the right side of the law.

Which Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure is Right for You?

If you’re looking for an effective way to access a truly beautiful smile, you will need to decide which cosmetic dentistry procedure will be best for your needs. In order to help you make the right choice, we’ve created a practical quick guide.

By giving you information about a couple of common procedures which definitely work wonders for some men and women, we’ll empower you to make a smart decision.

Veneers are One Option – If you have a significant amount of money to spend on a bright new smile, you’ll find that dental veneers will give you that perfect Hollywood look. A good dentist who specializes in performing this procedure will be able to correct your smile by placing very thin porcelain or ceramic veneers over your existing teeth.

Your teeth will need to be shaved down before the veneers are put on, so you will need to fully commit to the process of getting veneers, since there really is no going back. Your new veneers should last about ten years.

Laser Whitening is Fast and Effective – Sometimes, freshening up the look of a smile with laser whitening is more than enough to make a big difference. If you’re not unhappy with the basic structure of your teeth, but do notice some unsightly yellowing and discolorations, you’ll find that laser whitening has the power to dramatically whiten your teeth in no time flat. Teeth whitening of this nature will cost more than drugstore “white strips” – however, it does give more glamorous whitening results and it’s also safe for your teeth, since it’s performed by a licensed dentist.

Now that you know more about two common cosmetic dentistry procedures, you’ll be ready to decide which one is perfect for your needs. Talking to your dentist will be a great way to make a smart decision about booking a procedure. A good dentist will give you expert guidance, consider your budget and help you to enjoy the sort of smile that fills you with self-confidence.

In some cases, it may be possible for a dentist to utilize a software program in order to show you how you’ll look after a specific cosmetic dentistry procedure is done. In this case, you’ll be primed to visualize yourself as you will look later, which will assist you in deciding if a certain procedure is really worth the money. So, be sure to ask for this service when you book a consultation – most dentists now offer it.

Using Online Video for Business

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Some business owners still have not realized that online video is an extremely powerful tool for achieving big increases in website traffic, as well as huge increases in sales. Many believe online video for business is not essential—but that is a common misperception. Business owners who have adopted online video have seen their sales skyrocket. In one reported case, the website went from zero sales to over $320,000 in just four months, after implementing online business video.

Explosive Growth Predicted

According to a study by Cisco Systems, video will account for 69 percent of all consumer traffic by 2017. Half of all companies are already using online video for business, according to various studies. Nielsen Research says 64 percent of marketers expect video to dominate their marketing strategies very soon. Youtube reports that it gets over a billion unique viewers every month. If a picture paints a thousand words, then one minute of video is worth 1.8 million words, according to Forrester Research.

Clearly the the writing is on the wall—if you want your business to succeed, adopting online video is essential.

Five Reasons Why Online Business Video is Essential

The attention span of the average website visitor is relatively short, which means they will probably not read some of your most important content. Video, on the other hand, is an attention grabber—and site visitors are much more likely to click on a video than read a lot of written content.

  1. Video enables a more direct and personal connection between you and the site visitor—it is the next best thing to actually meeting in person.
  2. Different people have different learning styles—some people absorb knowledge more readily by reading, while others absorb knowledge more effectively through a visual presentation. By adding video, you can make sure that the majority of site visitors absorb your message effectively.
  3. Online business video has a more authoritative effect than just text. This can enahnce your “expert factor” significantly.
  4. Perhaps the most important reason for using online business video is that it can improve your SEO by placing you on the front page 50 times more effectively than just text alone, according to Forrester.

Is Online Business Video Viable for Small Businesses?

Definitely. The cost of equipment and production has fallen dramatically in recent years. Moreover, it is not technically difficult. Today’s video equipment is easy to use and it is very easy to upload your videos to YouTube, and also embed them in your website.

Sync or Swim provide corporate video services for businesses. Visit their website for more information.