Approximately 250 retail staff are victims of violent assaults every single day

Latest news is chock-full of lawless behaviour; such as moped crime, knife violence and shoplifting. Worryingly, it’s likely you will experience – or witness – such behaviour as you browse your local high street.

It is certainly something that affects dutiful shop workers and employees across the UK, as reports claim abuse and assault of retail staff grew by 25% in 2017 and threats toward retail staff by 38% the same year, and it shows no sign of slowing.

This encouraged online marketplace, OnBuy.com to investigate the issue of anti-social behaviour toward the wholesale and retail sector. To achieve the data, OnBuy took time to analyse a report published by the Home Office, released in May this year.

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Embry-Riddle Researchers Seek to Improve Hurricane Evacuations

Professors and students studying Hurricane Irma’s impact on roads and gas stations.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. ­— As Hurricane season begins this month, a team of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University professors and graduate students have been charged with studying Hurricane Irma’s mass evacuation and provide recommendations for a smoother exodus in the future.

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Government whiplash reforms will line insurers’ pockets at expense of motorists, First4Lawyers survey reveals

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  • 79% would prefer status quo than £35 cut in insurance premium but much lower damages if injured in accident
  • Most would not know how to bring their own case without legal support
  • Only 16% support the heavy cut in compensation levels proposed by the Civil Liability Bill

Four in five motorists have no confidence that their insurer will cut premiums after saving more than £1bn under government plans to restrict the rights of injured people to sue, research commissioned by First4Lawyers, the fastest-growing marketing collective in the UK, has found.

A similar number would not know what to do if the reforms forced them to pursue a personal injury (PI) claim on their own.

In any case, the survey by YouGov found that consumers would rather retain the current levels of compensation for the victims of another driver’s negligence than see their insurance premiums go down.

The survey of 2,080 people is part of the First4Lawyers campaign, called Repair The Right Body, urging members of the public to tell their MPs that the government’s plans to reform personal injury claims are wrong to prioritise repairing cars over repairing people.

Under the Civil Liability Bill, which is currently going through Parliament, compensation for injuries suffered by people in motor accidents will be heavily curtailed, but compensation for the cost of repairing their cars will not be.

A key justification for the reforms is that insurers will return the massive savings they will make – some £1.2bn, according to government estimates – to motorists through lower insurance premiums of around £35. There will be no clear mechanism in place to monitor this, however, and almost 80% felt that these savings wouldn’t be passed on.

Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of those surveyed (82%) had not heard about the reforms contained in the Bill, and the linked change that would see the upper limit for road traffic injury cases allocated to the Small Claims Court (SCC) increased from £1,000 to £5,000. This would capture the vast majority of road traffic claims.

Unlike in other courts, claimants in the SCC are unable to recover their lawyer’s fee from the other side in the event of winning, making it economically difficult for both consumers and lawyers to pursue. The government has said claimants should be able to deal with these claims on their own, despite the many detailed legal issues they can throw up.

The survey shows that many people would be discouraged from taking action at all if they had to act for themselves. Some 78% said they would not know how to bring a claim for damages without legal support.

The government is also introducing a tariff to replace judicial guidelines on how much compensation a whiplash victim should receive, which would reduce the figures significantly. For the lowest grade of injury – lasting up to three months – a victim would receive £235 in future, compared to £1,750 now. Only 16% of respondents supported such a cut in compensation levels.

So, asked if they would rather the current situation or £35 off their insurance and less compensation if they suffered a motor accident that was not their fault, a convincing 79% preferred things how they are today.

Andy Kay, director of operations at First4Lawyers, says: “It is not too late for the government to listen. Consumers recognise that the changes it is making will benefit only insurance companies – whose profits are already eye-watering enough – while they lose out at every turn.

“Ministers have their priorities shamefully wrong, to the extent that damaged cars will be much better off than damaged people. This is fundamentally wrong, which is why we are campaigning against the changes.”

As part of the Repair The Right Body campaign, First4Lawyers has produced an animation that illustrates how an ordinary person will suffer and left to fend for themselves against insurance companies that will just see their profits go up as a result.

It tells the tale of Jane, who suffers painful injuries as a result of an accident caused by a ‘boy racer’ but is left totally exposed by the government’s reforms.

  • 79% would prefer status quo than £35 cut in insurance premium but much lower damages if injured in accident
  • Most would not know how to bring their own case without legal support
  • Only 16% support the heavy cut in compensation levels proposed by the Civil Liability Bill

Four in five motorists have no confidence that their insurer will cut premiums after saving more than £1bn under government plans to restrict the rights of injured people to sue, research commissioned by First4Lawyers, the fastest-growing marketing collective in the UK, has found.

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Luminato digital TV platform Türksat to free headend space for the increasing IP traffic with Teleste’s compact Luminato digital TV platform

TURKU, FINLAND – 11 June 2018 – Teleste Corporation will deliver a complete headend system to Türksat, the leading satellite and cable operator in Turkey in cooperation with Teleste’s official Turkish Value Added Reseller. Consisting of Teleste’s Luminato digital headend solution, the deployment will provide Türksat with a state-of-the-art platform for CATV, OTT and IPTV delivery and live content processing.

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Embedded Railway Computers Digitalizing Rail Services

With ever more passengers embarking on a daily train journey, digital technology is playing a crucial role in improving train service. Investment in the Internet of Things (IoT) is no longer an option. Smart technology, surveillance and remote wireless monitoring are vital for enhancing the efficiency, safety and management of operations across the rail network.

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The Statin Controversy and how to resolve it

The essence of the statin controversy is contained in the horizontally opposed views of the statin supporters and the critics of statin use. At present, in the UK, it is estimated that 7 million members of the public are taking statins. In the book the author notes that the statin supporters call for an even higher level of statin use claiming that many lives will be lost and much suffering will result if statin use is not maintained and expanded. The statin critics however claim equally that there is little to be gained and a strong prospect of serious damage to the health of a generation of statin users if this “medication of society” is continued in the present fashion.

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Banking Trojans Replace Ransomware as Top Malware in Email for First Time Since 2016

It has been reported that for the first time since Q2 2016, banking Trojans have displaced ransomware as the top malware in email, accounting for almost 59% of all malicious email payloads in Q1. Emotet was the most widely distributed banking Trojan, accounting for 57% of all bankers and 33% of all malicious payloads.

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Report confirms commercial airplanes vulnerable to cyberattacks

Earlier today DHS assessment report revealed that commercial flight systems are vulnerable to hackers and cyberattacks are only ‘a matter of time’. The research is a continuation of analysis that was made after a group of security experts last year were able to remotely hack a Boeing 757 aircraft without the pilots knowing about it.

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