COPS WITH CAMS: Philippines police to trial body cameras next year

Silang – VIJAY SHAH via MARLLY ROME BONDOC and GMA News

Mirroring the introduction of body cameras for police forces in the countries of Europe and North America, the national police of the Philippines have announced that they will be considering fitting body cameras to their officers in the new year, according to a report by GMA News Online today.

The small cameras, usually attached to the police officer’s helmet, hat or upper body, help ensure the officer’s safety when apprehending criminals or carrying out raids, but also serve as valuable video evidence for court cases. This year, police in the United Kingdom have also adopted the cameras, particularly in road patrols and traffic law enforcement duties.

 

The director general of the Philippines National Police (PNP), Ronald Dela Rosa, welcomed the plan to fit his officers with camera devices, an initiative suggested by some local governments in the archipelago. However the final decision on procuring the cameras rests with the national government, who will assess whether the program can be funded from the country’s budget. If all goes well, the first cameras will be distributed to police forces next year, GMA News reports.

Dela Rosa, in a doorstop  interview conducted while visiting the PNP Academy in Silang, Cavite province yesterday, said that the initiative is currently passing through the Philippines Congress (parliament) where a bill on it is being debated. He also said the cameras will be useful in anti-narcotics operations and praised the idea as a ‘welcome development’. The Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte, has made fighting the endemic drugs problem in the Philippines a major plank of his presidency, although critics at home and abroad have condemned Duterte for ordering the wholesale killing of both dealers and addicts, often by police and paramilitaries in his attempts to rid the archipelago of drugs. Thousands of people have already lost their lives in extrajudicial encounters.

Police in the city of Pasig, on the outskirts of capital Manila, have already started wearing cameras since last week, with Eastern Police District director Chief Superintendent Romulo Sapitula  announcing that the cameras would help prevent police officers there from accusations of improper behaviour when carrying out their duties. A total of 48 devices were procured, with each police unit receiving three.

The country’s Congress is considering making it legally compulsory for police to wear body cameras and a portion of the budget has been set aside to obtain more than 37,000 devices for distribution nationally.

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“PNP may start procuring body cameras next year — Dela Rosa” – Marlly Rome Bondoc, GMA News Online/GMA News (3 December 2017) http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/635246/pnp-may-start-procuring-body-cameras-next-year-dela-rosa/story/

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HIGH STREET TV – New senior team appointed at media company

York – VIJAY SHAH via Entirely Yorkshire

A Yorkshire-based retail channel company, High Street TV, has announced the creation of a new team of senior executives which it is hoped will help boost the profile and success of the company, reports the website Entirely Yorkshire.

High Street TV operates five television channels dedicated to shopping in the UK, and is described as the country’s most successful and longest running multi-channel DRTV Home Shopping Channel, diffusing around 3,000 hours of viewing time across its platforms, along with advertising on another fifty channels including major outlets like Channel 4 and Five. The media firm specialises in selling home and fitness goods, such as food preparation devices, electronics and fitness machines. 

 

The company has already enjoyed considerable success in a highly competitive industry, making it to the The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 business rankings of fast-growing firms. High Street TV has also being named the third fastest growing in its native county with a 42nd place ranking in the national league.

The company’s most significant appointment is Andy Haywood. Previously involved with High Street TV as a creative consultant, Haywood will commence a new role as Head of Creative. He has worked in a  creative capacity for several high-profile media companies, agencies and other clients. In a comment attributed to him by Entirely Yorkshire, Haywood said: “The opportunity for me to leave my own footprint on High Street TVs brand identity and creative portfolio is really exciting. We’ve already begun assembling a fantastic team with the knowledge and experience to really push the company’s brand and creativity to another level so I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve for High Street TV.”

Alongside Haywood, the shopping channel firm have also hired three other executives who will bring more original content and creativity to High Street TV. Jill Ford, formerly of baby products company Mamas & Papas joins as Senior Designer. Will Parkinson , previously a graphic designer at electronics firm Siemens, will start a new job as Middleweight Designer; and James MacDonald, a Dublin-based medical animation specialist and television director, will take on the mantle of Lead Animator.

High Street TV’s marketing director Francesca Woodward told Entirely Yorkshire: “We were continuously impressed by Andy’s innovative approach to his role as Creative Consultant, so when we were looking towards appointing a Head of Creative, Andy was a natural fit.’

Along with Andy, we’ve welcomed three new employees to the High Street TV team. Will, James and Jill have brought a wealth of experience to the company, and they will work together to strengthen our brand identity through fresh and innovative creative content”

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Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984

Business Talk RTG, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/BTRTG

Entirely Yorkshire‏, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/EntYorkshire

“Newly appointed team at High Street TV” – Entirely Yorkshire https://www.entirelyyorkshire.co.uk/news/retail/york/newly-appointed-team-at-high-street-tv9888?x=3

High Street TV https://www.highstreettv.com/

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“Free illustration: Shopping, Final Sale, Shopping Cart – Free Image on Pixabay – 1163506” – Alexas_Fotos, Pixabay (28 January 2016) https://pixabay.com/en/shopping-final-sale-shopping-cart-1163506/

AIR MAURITIUS CRISIS: Fifty pilots from India drafted in to man ailing airline

Port Louis – VIJAY SHAH and ABHI RAMSAHAYE via LeDéfi Media Group

A team of fifty pilots from India are being sent to the island of Mauritius to help solve a staff shortage that has brought the island’s national air carrier to its knees, reports local French-language news agency LeDéfi Media Group.

The island’s national and most significant airline, Air Mauritius is currently undergoing a crisis caused by many of its pilots refusing to report for duty, for reasons unknown. Several flights by Air Mauritius have already been cancelled since last Thursday, a serious problem for Mauritius, a popular holiday hotspot and for which tourism is a vital component of its economy.

 

The Mauritian government, frustrated with the inactivity of some of Air Mauritius’ aviators, has struck a deal with the government of India, an important regional ally, to supply the fifty pilots from Asia, who Le Défi said are now ready and waiting to take orders and man Air Mauritius’ planes. The Indian contingent are currently on standby to take over controls should more Mauritian pilots refuse to enter the cockpit.

Mauritius’ prime minister Pravind Jugnauth condemned the unofficial strike by Air Mauritius’ flight crew, claiming they were betraying the country. The PM said at an inauguration of playing fields in Résidences Briqueterie, Sainte-Croix: I find it unacceptable that people can act against the interests of Mauritius,”

“There will certainly be repercussions, but they (the airline) have my support,”

The airline’s board of directors have already terminated the employment contracts of three pilots this past Friday. The dismissals were followed by a press statement from the board, in whixch it said  it had “taken note of the detailed report presented by management” whose initial conclusions “confirm a premeditated and concerted action”.

The Air Mauritius debacle mirrors a similar situation in Europe, when the Anglo-Irish economy airline Ryanair was forced to cancel hundred of flights after senior management messed up pilot working hour rotas following a change in statutory holiday periods. Also in the UK, another air carrier, Monarch, went into administration with the loss of 1,900 jobs after losing £100 million of profits due to terrorism and the impact of Brexit on the travel economy.

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Defimedia.info, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/www.defimedia.info/

“AIR MAURITIUS : 50 PILOTES INDIENS PRÊTS À PRENDRE LES COMMANDES” – Abhi Ramsahaye, LeDéfi Media Group (8 October 2017) http://www.defimedia.info/air-mauritius-50-pilotes-indiens-prets-prendre-les-commandes

IMAGE CREDIT:

“File:Air Mauritius A330-200 3B-NBM HKG 2012-7-16.png” – Sergey Kustov, Wikimedia Commons (16 July 2012) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Air_Mauritius_A330-200_3B-NBM_HKG_2012-7-16.png

WORKING 9-5: Average British commuter spends £48k on travel in a lifetime

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The average British commuter will spend around GBP £48,000 (USD $60211) of the course of a lifetime, just on travelling to their workplace, a recent survey of 2,000 commuters in the U.K. has discovered.

The figure is not surprising to many observers. Britain has some of the highest transport fares in Europe, with many tickets around ten times their European equivalent. In addition, the average Briton will also spend up to a year of their life on the commute, assuming they work for 47 years of their lifespan. The survey showed that 68 per cent drive to work, 11 per cent take the train and eight per cent get to the workplace via bicycle or motorcycle.

 

 

Interestingly, the survey also picked up the fact that a third of the £48,000 figure will be spent on snacks, refreshments and other items consumed or used during the journey, especially for those on long commutes.

The research was commissioned by the motorcycle insurance company Lexham. The firm’s head of sales and marketing, Andy Goodson, commented: While many commuters think their journeys to and from work are barely worth considering, the amount of time we spend on them shows we should give them a bit more thought.

“With an average commute time of almost an hour a day, for many Brits this is wasted time as they’re stuck behind the wheel in traffic.

“Some of the happiest respondents in our survey were ones who were able to walk to work – giving themselves the shortest commute possible.”

The average journey on a commute is seven miles (eleven kilometres) long, which means over a working life, commuters will have clocked up 171,080 miles (275,327 km) going to and fro from the office or work site – the equivalent of circumnavigating the Earth more than six times. Those who drive to work suffered the highest stress levels, according to the Lexham research, with biking the least likely to leave people grumpy when they arrive at their desks. Sixty-two per cent of commuters told researchers that a bad journey to work would wreck the rest of their day.

Over the course of their working life, the average commuter will read 67 books, 2248 newspapers and listen to 3617 albums.

They will also send 1710 work emails, consume 977 bananas and play 2,077 gaming sessions on their phones.

Andy Goodson said: “One of the best ways to make your commute happier is to cut down how long it is.

“Motorbikes and scooters are a convenient way to bring down your commuting time, as they can beat traffic so easily.

“Nobody wants to have their day made any more stressful than it needs to be – and sitting in traffic, other commuters’ personal hygiene and constantly late trains definitely don’t help.”

 

A LIFETIME OF COMMUTING IN NUMBERS:

Distance travelled: 171,080 miles
Amount spent: £48,708.92
Time spent: 10,998 hours
Days late to work: 1906
Newspapers read: 2248
Coffees bought: 1759
Games played on phone: 2077
Social events planned: 1710
Albums listened to: 3617
Bananas eaten: 977

 

SOURCE/IMAGE CREDIT: 
“Brits Spend £48k Over A Lifetime – Just To Get To Work” – digitalhub/SWNS digital/72Point (2 April 2017) http://www.swnsdigital.com/2017/04/brits-spend-48k-over-a-lifetime-just-to-get-to-work/

PHOTO MOMENT: Foxy Bear

 

 

A furry and fluffy blast from the past. On the 8th of January, 2013, a friend and former colleague of mine received this teddy bear as a gift. With his chunky paws and smart tartan bowtie, Foxy Bear, as he came to be called, took pride of place on our bank of desks in Fitzrovia, while doing sweet-all work himself. Sadly the bear went walkies some time later and his current location is unknown, although I suspect he took off with another ex-colleague. Farewell, Foxy Bear.

P.S. You might spot someone familiar peering at Foxy in the background.

IMAGE CREDIT:
Andreea Frasinescu.

COUNTY HOUND 3: “Work” – new Cashis single featuring Sullee G.

Work ft Young Buck, Project Pat & Sulle J copy
(c) nvisibledesigns.com via Sullee J Mgmt.

 

Rap poet, philosopher and rising star Sullee J, the artist behind ‘Rap Proclamation‘, has partnered with fellow rapper Ca$his on his brand-new album “County Hound 3“. To celebrate the launch of this new album, they have gone and released one of its tracks as a standalone single “Work“, in which Sullee J and Ca$his have teamed up with Young Buck of 50 Cent’s G-Unit and Project Pat to produce a gritty, dark and very modern rap track that is guaranteed to be played loud and proud all over the ‘hood this January.

Ca$his, also known by his birth name Ramone Johnson, is a musician born and raised in Chicago but now working in Irvine, California. In his long career spanning eleven years from when he used to spit freestyle with his cousin, Ca$his went on to work alongside world-famous hip-hop chart topper Eminem and released his first County Hound album in collaboration with the Slim Shady way back in 2007.

Work” was produced by Rikanatti & The Punisher, and is now available for download on Apple iTunes and listening on YouTube.

 

 

 

iTunes Downloadhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/work-feat.-young-buck-project/id947930222

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Sullee J Management.
“Cashis” – Wikipedia,  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cashis
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PRINCE’S TRUST: Helping in the war against east London’s youth unemployment

The Prince’s Trust, a charity with royal patronage that helps disadvantaged young people, has recently held an event near east London to help get young jobseekers a foothold into the world of employment this past week.

The “What’s Stopping You?” event was held by the Prince’s Trust at its head office in central London and saw young people from all over east London converge to learn about effective jobhunting and support in building their confidence. The event was sponsored by Barclays bank, which has regular callouts for graduates and apprentices from the east London area, which covers boroughs such as Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets. These boroughs have some of the highest rates of youth and general unemployment in the country.

(c) West Midlands Police/Flickr

The event offered a special Prince’s Trust Team programme running for twelve weeks. One graduate from nearby Tower Hamlets, who had sent out hundreds of applications but failed to secure a single interview, found the programme was exactly what she needed. In an interview with the Newham Recorder local paper, she commended the event for helping councillors and other decision-makers get to grips with the barriers facing young people seeking work. The Prince’s Trust Team programme teaches valuable skills in CV writing, interview techniques, work presentation and other means to search for a life-changing career. 

Another member of the programme had been unemployed for three years after leaving school at the age of sixteen. She has lost all confidence in herself and was fast shedding all her hopes for the future. Thanks to the Prince’s Trust, she is now on course to starting a university course in medicine and hopes to become a doctor.

Dermot Finch, a director with the Prince’s Trust, echoed concerns that the rising tide of youth unemployment is damaging the hopes and aspirations of a whole generation, as the British job economy licks its wounds from the impact of a triple-dip recession following the infamous credit crunch of 2008. He noted that it was a particular problem for east Londoners who have left school, college or university recently and that young people need all the support they can find to source a job. Meanwhile, Tower Hamlets councillor Shafiqul Haque, the cabinet member in Tower Hamlets for jobs and skills, added that Tower Hamlets council was committed to helping young people fulfill their potential through finding work or professional opportunities such as self-starting a business. The councillor also commended the Prince’s Trust event for highlighting the issues of youth joblessness so that councils and charities can work together to reverse the trend. 

The Prince’s Trust is a charity set up by HRH Prince Charles of the United Kingdom. It offers practical and financial support to disadvantaged young people, giving them the confidence and key skills needed to help them find gainful employment. Their services are primarily aimed at 13-30 year olds who have been in care, are long-term unemployed, been excluded from school or who have been in trouble with the police. Since 1976, the Trust has helped over  750,000 young people, with an extra 100 helped every day. The charity offers events and trips out for its users, as well as engagement activities, progression support and peer mentoring. It helps young people gain qualifications and offers programmes designed by and for young people. The charity relies heavily on donations from the public and benefactors.

More than one in four young people in Newham are struggling to find a job – a total of 27 per cent – while in Tower Hamlets 21 per cent are struggling, according to the Office for National Statistics as cited by the Newham Recorder report today. The Prince’s Trust quotes figures on their website thataround one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training. Youth unemployment costs the UK economy £10 million a day in lost productivity, while youth crime costs £1 billion every year“. Youth unemployment has been exacerbated by the recession and government austerity cuts and young people have borne the brunt of massive job cuts and layoffs in the private sector.

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Vijay Shah { विजय } on Twitter LINK
Newham Recorder on Twitter LINK
“Prince’s Trust event tackles youth unemployment in east London‏” – Adam Barnett, Newham Recorder/Archant Community Media Ltd. (27 December 2013) LINK
“PRINCE’S TRUST OFFICES” – The Prince’s Trust LINK
“ABOUT THE TRUST” – The Prince’s Trust LINK
“PRINCE’S TRUST PROGRAMMES” – The Prince’s Trust LINK
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“Day 54 – West Midlands Police Princes Trust Partnership” – West Midlands Police/Flickr (22 February 2012) LINK