• Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 6h
    So far, my use of AI has been confined to the written word. For example, if I write a story, it is useful to run it past AI and ask for a summary of what is written. If the summary comes back with what you have intended to convey, then all is well. If there is conflict, you can re-visit your writing to edit the part(s) causing confusion. When posting a news story on SL, I will, occasionally, copy the text from the source article that I reference, pass it through AI and post a summary of the story. This shows a high level list of points relating to the article and allows the user to decide whether to just take those details or read the more in-depth story. I have used AI to edit photographs on my phone, but to date have done nothing which couldn't have been easily done using Photoshop.
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    Derek R @DerekR Mod Iver Heath - updated 2d
    please find attached fraud prevention advice for those working from home this summer holidays that the Central Fraud Unit has requested be shared. If you have been a victim of fraud, please report to Action Fraud online at www.actionfraud.police.uk ,or by calling 0300 123 2040. For more advice on types of fraud and how to protect yourself please visit Advice about fraud | Thames Valley Police https://s-url.co/d50TAA . Attachments Work from Home Fraud TV Alert - July 24 Final 2.pdf https://members.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk/AlertMessage/Attachment/592C7285689A9CBBFDE66026AE1BAC1D Message Sent By April Baldwin (Police , Administrator , High Wycombe)
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    Derek R @DerekR Mod Iver Heath - 6d
    Dear DEREK A colleague recently attended a workshop where this support pack was shared. Stay safe! https://members.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk/AlertMessage/Attachment/D8854FED7678E70F9BD3CAF2B7B80F56 Message Sent By Neil Gunnell (NWN, MSA, Thames Valley, South Oxfordshire)
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 6d
    Israel has launched an airstrike targeting a top Hamas military commander believed to be behind the Oct. 7 attack. The strike hit an area designated as a humanitarian zone, resulting in over 70 fatalities, according to Gazan authorities. The fate of the commander, Muhammad Deif, remains uncertain. Hamas denied Israel's claims of targeting leaders and accused them of attempting to conceal the extent of civilian casualties. The strike occurred in Mawasi, a coastal strip where displaced Palestinians reside. Eyewitness accounts and videos revealed the presence of displaced people in the targeted area, contradicting Israel's claims. • The strike caused significant damage, including a large crater and collapsed tents, resulting in numerous fatalities and injuries. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2024/07/13/world/israel-gaza-war-hamas
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 7d
    Two astronauts, Sunita Williams and Butch Wilmore, are currently stuck on the International Space Station due to technical issues with their Boeing Starliner capsule. Their return flight has been repeatedly delayed due to safety concerns. NASA engineers are working to ensure the safety of the Starliner before allowing the astronauts to return. The crew rotation on the ISS is scheduled for mid-August, serving as a deadline for the plans. While the astronauts express confidence in the spacecraft's ability to bring them home safely, NASA's commercial crew chief acknowledges challenges with thruster tests. Alternative transportation options, such as SpaceX's Crew Dragon or a Russian Soyuz capsule, are available if necessary. https://www.space.com/boeing-starliner-no-return-date-from-iss
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    Derek R @DerekR Mod Iver Heath - updated 8d
    Please find the latest newsletter on the link. Stay safe! https://members.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk/AlertMessage/Attachment/4692B3475D74DD506D810FD418DCAB30 Message Sent By Neil Gunnell (NWN, MSA, Thames Valley, South Oxfordshire)
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 9d
    BEWARE when you park in Tescos Rickmansworth i went yesterday and came back to a note attached to my car saying somebody had bumped my car it was a very polite message but i was suspicious as i could see no damage so I googled the phone number when i got home and its a HONG KONG phone number .This could be another scam. This could be a new type of scam - be cautious.
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    Derek R @DerekR Mod Iver Heath - updated 21d
    Over 32 million suspicious emails have been reported to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS), with more than a third of all emails reported in the last year, new figures reveal. The reports have led to more than 329,000 websites addresses being removed by the National Cyber Security Centre. Action Fraud, the national fraud and cybercrime reporting service, launched a national phishing awareness campaign on 24 June 2024, as reporting reached its highest level since SERS launched. New data shows a rise of 44% year-on-year, with almost 11,611,400 reports made to SERS in 2023, up from 8,074,200 reports in 2022. Alongside emails, there has also been a huge number of text messages reported to 7726. In March 2024, more than 60,000 malicious websites were removed as a result of being reported using 7726. This is a free service, offered by mobile network providers, allowing customers to report suspicious text messages in order to prevent other people from receiving them too. Claire Webb, Deputy Head of Action Fraud, said: “When fraudsters go phishing for valuable information, anyone could be a target. They will hook an unknowing victim with a genuine-looking email, in a bid to get them to share personal information, or bank details. “Year on year, the amount of people reporting phishing emails and texts is growing. Action Fraud is urging everyone to be extra vigilant of suspicious-looking emails landing in their inbox, which could contain malicious links leading to unknown websites. “Remember, if you think you have received a phishing email or text message, make sure you report it. You can forward emails to report@phishing.gov.uk or forward spam text messages to 7726.” SERS was launched by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the City of London Police in April 2020, to enable the public to forward suspicious emails and report any malicious website links. Since its launch, more than 32 million reports have been made to the service. What is phishing? 'Phishing', ‘quishing’ or ‘smishing’ is when criminals use scam emails, text messages, QR codes, or phone calls to trick victims. Whether it’s an email asking you to “verify” your bank account details, or a text message claiming you’ve missed a delivery and are required to pay a redelivery fee, the goal is usually the same - to trick you into revealing personal and financial information. In 2023, a doctor from London lost more than £150 to a fake email claiming to be from TV Licensing. The email claimed that they needed to renew her TV licence as soon as possible. What made the phishing email so believable was that the victim’s TV licence had recently expired and the link in the email led to a fake TV Licensing website that replicated the real one. Here’s some practical advice you can follow when it comes to dealing with suspicious messages and calls: If you have any doubts about a message, contact the organisation directly using the contact details on their official website. Do not use the number or web address in the message. Your bank, or any other official source, will not ask you to provide sensitive information by email. Received an email that doesn’t feel right? STOP! Report suspicious emails by forwarding them to: report@phishing.gov.uk Send emails to this address that feel suspicious, even if you're not certain they're a scam – they will be checked. Always report suspicious text messages or scam call numbers, free of charge, to 7726. Your provider can find out where the text came from and block or ban the sender. To report a scam text, forward it to 7726 and then send the sender’s number when prompted. To report a scam call, simply text 7726 with the word ‘Call’ followed by the scam caller’s number. If you’ve lost money or provided financial information as a result of a phishing scam, notify your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud at actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. In Scotland, call Police Scotland on 101. (If you found this information useful, please share it) Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
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    Derek R @DerekR Mod Iver Heath - 24d
    I have received the following from Thames Valley Police: I am conscious that you don't want to be “spammed” by me: but, on behalf of the community-spirited individuals who run the Policing Issues Forum, I've been requested to provide some last-minute publicity to the online meeting, which will take place at 6:30 pm this evening.  More details as to the sterling work of the forum can be found at: Chiltern & South Bucks Policing Issues Forum – Community and Neighbourhood Police stronger together ( csb-forum.org )  For a link/invite to tonight's event, simply email:  contact@csb-forum.org As the local head of Community Policing, I will be presenting on current policing issues, and available for questions. We will also be collectively agreeing our community's priorities for my teams, for the coming quarter.  I hope to see you then.  Kind Regards,   Message Sent ByJames Ellis (Police, Inspector, South Buckinghamshire)
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 23d
    "Good news! We recently carried out a health check on your account and, based on our best estimate, we believe that you’re paying more than you need to for your energy. To make sure our estimate is accurate, we recommend providing us with up-to-date meter readings." (There was a nice yellow box marked: "Enter meter readings")  Why on earth do they want me to send a meter reading when they get actual data from my Smart Meter? By the time it would take to read it and send it, it would be out of date against what they can press a button to see! How ridiculous" It went on to say" "We want to help you avoid overpaying and get your account back in good shape. Based on our estimate, we recommend you decrease your Direct Debit using our online Direct Debit Manager tool. You can review and adjust your monthly payments to see the impact it will have on your expected balance at your next payment review." My account is in good shape, there is no need to get it back to that position. They have today reduced my monthly payment by £101, leaving me still in credit. It's not a particularly smart system they are running! Grrrr!
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 24d
    Prom Dreams, a charity in West Sussex, provides free prom dresses and suits to students in need. Emma Green, the founder, aims to make prom affordable for families by offering donated outfits. Recipients can book appointments and choose to keep or return the clothes. The charity has helped numerous families in the past - and even provided a wedding dress. Despite an uncertain future, Prom Dreams continues to support students during the cost of living crisis. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cl44y7kkr6mo
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    Derek R @DerekR Mod Iver Heath - updated 1mo
    Sadly with a cost of living crisis loan sharks are becoming more prevalent. Stoploansharks gives advice for those needing credit but can't access mainstream credit and also provides a phone line for reporting loan sharks on 0300 555 2222 The latest Stop Loan Sharks newsletter can be read here. https://s-url.co/czgSAA Stay safe! Message Sent By Neil Gunnell (NWN, MSA, Thames Valley, South Oxfordshire)
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 1mo
    TV doctor Michael Mosley went missing while on holiday in Symi, Greece, after failing to return from a walk. A search and rescue team with advanced equipment is expected to arrive from Athens to assist in the search. Mosley is known for his appearances on British TV shows, his work as a columnist, and his contributions to diet and exercise documentaries, including the invention of the 5:2 diet. He has four children with his wife, Clare Bailey Mosley, also a doctor and author. The couple recently attended the Hay Festival, where Mosley presented a special edition of his podcast. https://www.itv.com/news/2024-06-06/tv-doctor-michael-mosley-reported-missing-in-greece
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 1mo
    Boeing's Starliner, carrying astronauts Barry Wilmore and Suni Williams, successfully launched into space from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on June 5. This marks a significant milestone in NASA's commercial crew program after two decades of planning. Wilmore and Williams, both experienced astronauts and former U.S. Navy test pilots, will spend approximately eight days at the International Space Station, conducting various tests to certify the Starliner for operational crew missions. The spacecraft is scheduled to rendezvous with the ISS on June 6. https://www.space.com/boeing-starliner-crew-flight-test-launch
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    Derek R @DerekR Mod Iver Heath - 1mo
    We are pleased to bring you the latest edition of our newsletter for Neighbourhood Watch supporters across England and Wales. Here are some highlights in June's edition: - Neighbourhood Watch Week is here! It kicked off with The Big Lunch over the first weekend of June, and there's plenty of activity to look out for during the rest of the week - Nominations are now open for our Volunteer Recognition Awards 2024 (nominations close on 30th June) - click here to vote! https://s-url.co/Fc0RAA - The NW Shop is offering a 24-hour flash sale on 4 [popular products from 9am Tuesday 4th June - 9am Wednesday 5th June: NW lanyards (individual and packs of 10), NW mugs (individual and packs of 36), NW small wheelie bin stickers and NW new crime prevention booklets! - Issue 7 of The Lookout has arrived, with hot takes and fresh perspectives from students on safety and wellbeing - click here to read it! https://s-url.co/Fs0RAA - The Our Watch website gets a fresh look - check it out from Thursday 6th June - Patlock offers NW members an extra discount from 24th - 30th June, to celebrate the Month of Community - SimpliSafe offers advice on securing your home during the summer months READ THE JUNE NEWSLETTER HERE. https://s-url.co/F80RAA We hope you enjoy this edition - please share it far and wide with your communities!
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    Derek R @DerekR Mod Iver Heath - 1mo
    4 June 2024 Celebrating our unpaid carers this Carers Week This Carers Week (10-16 June) the council’s Slough Carers Support team is celebrating our carers in Slough. The theme for the week is “putting carers on the map.” There is a packed timetable for the week with many events and workshops. For more information about the events including details about how to book please call 07519 751640 or email Ramandeep.gogna@slough.gov.uk Carers UK estimate 5.7 million people living in the UK today are carers. This could be a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or is affected by mental health or substance misuse. It includes young people under 18 who may be caring at home. Providing care for another person can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. But there can also be times when people who care find themselves struggling. This year to thank our unpaid carers, beautiful Ditton Manor has kindly donated their venue for free, for our carers week launch event. We are so grateful for this kind gesture and the team have been extremely generous with both their time and use of the venue. The event is open to all unpaid carers in Slough and runs from 11am-3pm on Monday 10 June. It includes live entertainment (magician and dance show), a delicious buffet lunch, laughing yoga, taster massage treatments and beauty treatments and art therapy to name a few. You need to book your place to attend by calling 07519 751640 or emailing Ramandeep.gogna@slough.gov.uk Entrance will not be permitted without a valid booking. The Slough Carers Support team also want to thank all of the other companies that have also kindly donated their time and/or products for this event. Caroline Bowler, Sales Manager, Ditton Manor, said: “We wanted to provide an opportunity for carers to have much-needed time for respite to relax and unwind, we value the work that unpaid carers in Slough do to support their loved ones and are proud to be able to give a little back to them this Carers Week.” Ramandeep Gogna, Carers Support & Development Officer, Slough Borough Council, said: “We learnt from the pandemic what valuable role unpaid carers carry out in Slough. We are very lucky to have such selfless people in our borough caring for their family and friends. National Carers Week shines a light on these wonderful residents and allows us to celebrate them and arrange a pampering launch event for them. There is a whole timetable of events to attend, and we hope that any unpaid carers understand how appreciated you are by not only the people you care for, but by the wider borough.” Many people who carry out caring responsibilities do not recognise themselves as carers but may benefit from some support and could be unaware of the help available to them. Many may feel they are simply carrying out ordinary responsibilities as a friend or family member. For more information: You can contact Slough Carers Support at: Ramandeep.gogna@slough.gov.uk or 07519 751640. Alternatively, if you require extra support or guidance, please use the contacts below: • If you’re caring for an adult, contact Slough Borough Council Adult Social Care on 01753 475111 Option 1. • If you’re caring for a disabled child, please contact Slough Children First on 01753 875362. • If you’re a young person providing care, please contact Slough Young Carers on 01753 875510. • If you’re caring for a person with mental health problems telephone the Community Mental Health Team: 01753 690950 or Older People’s Mental Health Team for a person with dementia on: 01753 635220.
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 1mo
    A BBC team questioned Jane MacLeod, former Post Office general counsel, about her absence at a crucial inquiry into the Post Office Horizon IT scandal. MacLeod declined to comment. Jo Hamilton, a wrongly convicted former sub-postmaster, expressed disappointment, suggesting MacLeod's presence would demonstrate her commitment to helping the inquiry. Despite being deemed an important witness, MacLeod chose not to provide oral evidence, citing her written statement as sufficient. Sir Wyn Williams, the inquiry chair, emphasized MacLeod's significance but acknowledged limitations in compelling her attendance due to her residing abroad. MacLeod expressed regret for the adverse outcomes faced by sub-postmasters during her tenure and acknowledged the implications of her decisions. Former Post Office boss Paula Vennells named MacLeod as a trusted senior executive, raising questions about the Post Office's handling of the court case against sub-postmasters. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/czdd33qd1j0o
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 1mo
    Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, 93, married retired molecular biologist Elena Zhukova, 67, in a ceremony at his Californian vineyard after a few months of dating. The couple posed for photos and couldn't stop smiling after the ceremony. Murdoch, who has a net worth of $21.7 billion, met Zhukova through his third wife, Wendi Deng. He has six children from previous marriages. The ceremony was attended by guests including New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his wife Dana Blumberg, as well as News Corp chief executive Robert Thompson. https://metro.co.uk/2024/06/02/rupert-murdoch-93-marries-fifth-wife-elena-zhukova-67-20955740/?ico=mosaic_home
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 1mo
    Due to soaring shipping costs and trade route disruptions caused by attacks on vessels in the Red Sea, European retailers are expediting their Christmas orders. The surge in shipping prices, particularly for large items, is anticipated to impact the cost of white goods and other big-ticket items. Retailers are planning and booking shipments well in advance to ensure timely deliveries, potentially affecting cash flow and warehouse space. The spot rate for immediate delivery of goods has increased significantly, impacting low-margin items like furniture and kitchen appliances. Consequently, consumers can expect notable price increases for these items in the coming months. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cqee78djzmro
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 1mo
    ...if he doesn't move from the Royal Lodge to Frogmore Cottage. Andrew's continued stay at the 30-room mansion strains the King's patience. Despite lacking a known income source, Andrew remains at the Royal Lodge with his ex-wife Sarah. The King suggests Frogmore Cottage as a suitable alternative, offering security and proximity to Windsor Castle. Andrew's reluctance to recognise the situation may prompt the King to reassess his support. Andrew moved into the Royal Lodge in 2004 but reportedly struggles to afford its upkeep. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/royals/king-charles-threatens-andrew-refuses-leave-home-b1161475.html
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 1mo
    The New York Times, owner of the popular word game Wordle, is taking legal action against a geography-based spinoff called Worldle for allegedly causing confusion and capitalising on Wordle's success. Worldle's creator, Kory McDonald, intends to defend himself by highlighting the existence of numerous other games with similar names. Wordle, created by Josh Wardle in 2021, gained immense popularity, reaching millions of players worldwide, while Worldle has a smaller player base of around 100,000 monthly users. Despite the legal challenge, McDonald remains optimistic and expresses surprise at the situation, stating that he is prepared to change the name if necessary. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cjrr5ee5zv8o
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 1mo
    A study conducted by the Institute of Cancer Research, London, and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust aimed to develop a more accurate at-home test to identify genetic factors that increase the risk of prostate cancer in men. The current blood test used for screening has limitations, including false positives and missing aggressive cancers. The new saliva test showed promising results, producing fewer false positives and detecting a higher proportion of aggressive cancers. Further research is needed to confirm the effectiveness of this saliva test in saving lives. The preliminary findings were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cw44e32veg3o
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    Derek R @DerekR Mod Iver Heath - 1mo
    Exactly 53 years ago on 31 May 1971, Tina Whittamore, 15, went for a walk in Luton. She never came back and there have been no confirmed sightings of her since. Now Bedfordshire Police’s Missing Persons team are conducting a review of Tina’s disappearance and they are asking anyone with information to come forward. Officers have one picture of Tina from the time. Experts have aged it as best they can to give an idea of what Tina might look like now. She would be 68. She was born Tina King in Leighton Buzzard in 1955. She lived in Kempston in Bedfordshire under the name Tina Whittamore. In 1971, Tina was placed in the Whitaker Mother and Baby Unit in Grasmere Road, Luton. She was last seen in Luton on 31 May at about 2.30pm when she said she was going for a walk and never returned. In September 1971 Thames Valley Police issued a missing report for a woman called Christine King, who was 18 and had gone missing from High Wycombe. It was established that Tina and Christine were the same person. In the early 1970s there was information to suggest she had lived and worked in Soho and Notting Hill in London but then there was no further reporting until 1990 when the Metropolitan Police believe she was in a London hospital, but discharged herself before she could be identified. She was in Holland Park and in 1991 was reported to be sleeping rough in Notting Hill. Since then, there have been no reported sightings. Tina was described as 5’2”, fresh complexion, light brown hair, brown eyes and has a slight squint in the left eye. She was known to dye her hair blonde or wear a wig. Detective Sergeant James Morgan of Bedfordshire Police said: “We realise this is a case from many years ago, but we never give up trying to find people reported as missing. “Cases, such as these, are reviewed on an ongoing basis and are re-opened if any new information is shared with us. We would just like to know that Tina is safe.” If anyone is able to provide any further information, please can they contact us on 101 quoting reference MPL/109/10 or online: https://www.beds.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/soh/seen-or-heard/ Regarding the photograph: Tina Whittamore: left: aged 15 years, right: how she might look now
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 1mo
    The jury has found former US President Donald Trump GUILTY of falsifying business records to conceal a hush-money payment made to former porn star Stormy Daniels. He becomes the first former president to be convicted of a crime. This is for the first count of the 34 charges in total. There are more verdicts to come. Source: BBC
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 1mo
    London's Evening Standard newspaper will cease daily editions and transition to a weekly publication due to financial losses. The change is attributed to fewer commuters, evolving consumer habits, and the introduction of Wi-Fi on the London Underground. The weekly newspaper will feature in-depth analysis, lifestyle, sports, culture guides, and news. The shift to a weekly format aims to preserve the printed newspaper in a digital era while ensuring profitability and securing the brand's future. The Evening Standard draws inspiration from the successful strategic transition of its sister publication, The Independent, which experienced readership growth and commercial success after its own transformation in 2016. https://www.standard.co.uk/business/business-news/evening-standard-to-drop-daily-edition-in-favour-of-weekly-newspaper-b1160845.html
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - 1mo
    A fatal incident occurred at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport when a person was killed after being caught in the running jet engine of a KLM passenger plane. The flight was preparing for departure to Billund, Denmark. Investigations are underway by the airline, Netherland's military police, and Royal Netherlands Marechaussee force. The identity of the deceased remains unknown, and it's uncertain whether it was an accident or suicide. Emergency services responded to the scene, and passengers and employees who witnessed the incident are being cared for. Schiphol airport expressed condolences and is assisting those affected. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c0dd9pxnd0lo
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 1mo
    A serial sex attacker dubbed "The Fox" has died in prison, the Ministry of Justice said. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c1dde87035po
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    Derek R @DerekR Mod Iver Heath - updated 1mo
    Find out more about joining your energy supplier or network operator’s Priority Services Register, and the extra help you’ll get. https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/join-your-suppliers-priority-services-register
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 1mo
    If a Subpostmaster can be told it's his fault he was robbed, what would a young watch dealer have felt after he was robbed? A watch dealer, Oliver White, was robbed at his workplace in Richmond, London, on Saturday. The robbers put him in a chokehold and stole expensive watches. CCTV footage of the incident was shared online. White was found dead in Shepperton, Surrey, on Sunday. His family believes he took his own life due to the trauma and distress of the robbery. https://news.sky.com/story/richmond-watch-dealer-found-dead-day-after-robbery-took-own-life-says-family-13144624
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 1mo
    Manuals and guides on how to make money from blackmail and sexting are available online. Whatever next? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cp00y03q93mo
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 1mo
    A US billionaire and a deep-sea explorer plan to explore the Titanic in a submersible, the Triton 4000/2 Abyssal Explorer, which can safely reach depths of 3,800 meters. The private submersible industry faced challenges after a vessel built by OceanGate imploded en route to the Titanic in 2023, resulting in the deaths of five people. The proposed voyage will only proceed once the vessel is fully certified by a marine organisation. The pair aims to demonstrate the safety and wonders of deep-sea exploration, hoping to revive interest in the private submersible industry affected by the Titan disaster. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c1vvr76lddxo
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 1mo
    If I take a Mars bar from the kitchen cupboard, munch it on my way to the station and throw the wrapper in a public bin, is that not household waste? A couple, Deborah and Ian Day, were fined £200 each by Stoke City Council for littering after they disposed of an envelope containing their address in a public bin. The council claimed that this action violated sections 87 and 88 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, which prohibits the disposal of household waste in public bins. Deborah, a hairdresser, expressed her surprise and frustration at receiving the fine, stating that she was unaware of the regulation. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13468367/Council-jobsworths-fine-couple-400-one-ENVELOPE-public-bin-tracked-address-it.html
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 1mo
    An Israeli strike in Rafah, Gaza, caused a tragic incident, resulting in the deaths of at least 45 displaced Palestinians when their tent camp caught fire. Despite Israel's insistence on adhering to international law, the strike drew international criticism, including from its allies. The Israeli military initially reported a precise airstrike on a Hamas compound but later opened an investigation into civilian deaths. The overall Palestinian death toll in the war surpassed 36,000, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Prime Minister Netanyahu acknowledged the mistake and promised an investigation, while witnesses described the devastating scene of the fire and the victims' conditions. https://apnews.com/article/israel-palestinians-hamas-war-news-05-27-2024-7b743a848ef8bfbe69a9659a4a5dd047
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 1mo
    The A40 Western Avenue will have lane reductions between Hanger Lane and Alperton Lane from May 27, 2024, to October 2024, due to gas main work for HS2. During peak hours, two lanes will be open in both directions. Some nights will have one lane open in each direction from 10 pm to 5 am. Some .nights will have full road closures in one direction with diversions from midnight to 5 am. There will be a temporary 20MPH speed limit through the roadworks from Thursday 27 June when the second phase of works begins on the gas main. The speed limit is being lowered for the safety of workers and will be enforced by the Metropolitan Police. Expect significant delays on the A40 and A406, and local routes will be congested. https://tfl.gov.uk/status-updates/major-works-and-events/a40-western-avenue-hs2-works?cid=email_FINAL_TFL1460_HS2_A40_Western_Avenue_works-CTA_HS2_TfLSite
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 1mo
    Katy and Zarha, are just two teenagers, who were placed under Deprivation of Liberty (DoL) orders due to concerns about their safety and well-being. They faced strict restrictions, including constant supervision, limited access to communication, and physical restraint. Both girls experienced traumatic incidents involving male workers and felt the restraints were often unnecessary and inappropriate. The use of DoL orders has increased significantly in recent years, raising concerns about the suitability of workers, the lack of therapeutic support, and the use of unregulated accommodation. Experts and officials express worries about the long-term impact of DoL orders on children's mental health and development. https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c9xxyl3gp39o
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 1mo
    Norway, Ireland, and Spain have officially recognised a Palestinian state. This coordinated move was announced by Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris, who emphasised its significance as a historic and important day for Palestine. Other European countries have also expressed their intention to recognise a Palestinian state, emphasising the importance of a two-state solution for achieving lasting peace in the region. https://apnews.com/live/palestinian-state-recognized-european-countries-live
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 1mo
    Paula Vennells, former Post Office CEO, faced controversy after a cover-up of issues with the Horizon system and mistreatment of subpostmasters during her tenure. Despite the organisation losing a legal battle and wasting public funds, she received a CBE in 2019. A colleague's testimony revealed her disbelief in miscarriages of justice against subpostmasters prosecuted based on faulty software. Over 100 wrongful convictions have been overturned, leading to unprecedented legislation to quash convictions en masse. Solicitor Neil Hudgell emphasized the significance of Vennells' appearance at the public inquiry, as victims seek accountability and genuine remorse. Vennells' name evokes anger among subpostmasters, making her testimony a highly anticipated event. She is expected to give evidence for three days starting tomorrow, May 22nd. Somebody who has refused to give evidence to the Inquiry is Former Post Office General Counsel, Jane Macleod, her refusal to attend the Inquiry (whether remotely or in person) has the effect of obstructing justice - not a good look for a senior lawyer.
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - 2mo
    A Singapore Airlines flight from London to Singapore encountered severe turbulence, resulting in the tragic death of one passenger and injuries to over 30 others. The Boeing 777-300ER, carrying 211 passengers and 18 crew members, was diverted to Bangkok for an emergency landing. Singapore Airlines expressed its deepest sympathies to the bereaved family. https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c8889d7x8j4o
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 2mo
    The one I was discussing last week has been irritating me for a while now. However, I hope that it is finally over. Although it is not enough of a problem to lose any sleep over, if it does not cease and desist, I will have to take whatever action is required to deal with it.
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 2mo
    Medical workers in Israel revealed concerning practices involving Palestinian detainees from Gaza. Detainees were reportedly shackled, blindfolded, sometimes stripped naked, and forced to wear nappies. Painful medical procedures were conducted without adequate painkillers, causing unnecessary suffering. Critically ill patients faced neglect and denial of proper treatment in makeshift military facilities. One detainee's infected wound led to a leg requiring amputation due to treatment denial. Despite allegations, a senior doctor denied direct links between conditions and amputations but acknowledged the dehumanising use of restraints. The Israeli army maintained that detainees receive appropriate care. Whistle-blowers' accounts align with a report highlighting human rights violations and a lack of healthcare access for detainees in Israeli prisons. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/crgygdr7vezo

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