Supporting the Public In the first year of GDPR, many people have started to realise the potential use of their own personal data and the benefits of protecting it. This has bought about an improved awareness associated with laws, more specifically individual data rights, along with more awareness linked to the roles of regulators where these rights are not being respected. Studies performed in July 2018 revealed that 34% of people have more confidence and trust in organisations and companies using and storing their personal data (information), which is up dramatically from the 21% stated in 2017. In March this year, the ICO (Information Commissioner's Office) surveyed Data Protection Officers (DPOs). Of those surveyed, 64% said they either strongly agreed or were in agreement with this statement: “I have seen an increase in service users and customers exercising their information rights since 25 May 2018”. The figures are formatted in order to round them off to the closest whole number. The increase in this awareness is supported by the ICO’s Your Data Matters campaign. This campaign is aimed at increasing awareness when it comes to improved data-protection rights that individuals now have with GDPR, which highlights how individuals are able to exercise such rights along with promoting our guidance products online. This particular campaign has resulted in a 32% increase in people accessing our site. The statement “I have seen an increase in service users and customers exercising their information rights since 25 May 2018”, is a result of us working to ensure we are consistently supporting the public. This has come about through one or more of our public-facing services and through organisations that have used our tools that we made available to companies large and small, in order to clarify these new rights and laws. We also launched various investigations in order to address and highlight otherwise invisible or opaque processing of personal data and information in order to alert the public on the way in which their own data is used. The Data Protection Officers In addition to this, the push in order to prepare and comply with GDPR, encouraged organisations to conduct a number of significant changes. They were forced to examine the legal basis of how they collect personal data, how they store the data that is held, study how the data is used over their different supply chains along with refreshing their consents. This promoted an understanding and engagement of these responsibilities and rights under this new regime, which is now reflected within the nature and volume of our overall engagement and contact with individuals, organisations and businesses. The ICO helpline, written-advice and live-chat services have already received more than 470,000 contacts over 2018 and 2019, which is a dramatic 66% increase from 2017 and 2018. In the bigger organisations, GDPR has emphasised a much larger responsibility on the DPOs, which has bought with it an ongoing challenge in association to normalising these latest regulations. When the ICO surveyed the DPOs which forms a portion of the DPPC 2019, responses indicated that most of the DPOs agreed that they have received more than enough support in their organisation. Culture which is regarded as important was once thought to be the largest issue present for the implementation of GDPR, so it is really encouraging to view that a minimum of two-thirds of all the respondents said they were content with the support they received from senior leadership. Over 90% of the DPOs had accountability frameworks in place, while 61% reported back that the framework that they use is understood well within their organisations. Overall, around 3 quarters of the DPOs stated that their messages on information rights were received by senior leadership teams, and that they felt they were being supported in the way of developing these frameworks in order to embed such rights into their organisations. It is clear that the progress has been positive in less than a year, yet maintaining momentum is going to be key. It will still be awhile before GDPR is truly embedded and we have an understanding of the impacts of this latest legislation. SMEs In addition to the DPO community, the ICO understands that it is has not been an easy task for smaller organisations to advance into becoming GDPR compliant. The legal basis involved in processing, privacy policies and data auditing takes some time to gain an understanding and unfortunately there is no quick-fix in place to ensure that personal data of individuals is being legally processed. However, for these organisations Trident Assurance Services can look after GDPR compliance on an outsourced basis. It has been even more difficult for the sole traders. To assist this important community with understanding what their responsibilities are, the ICO have offered resources, guidance, and support on their site which is tailored to the requirements of the small organisations and sole traders, which includes FAQs, toolkits, podcasts and checklists.
Sabah, Borneo, not only boasts the Mount Kinabalu tour, but the rich waters also offer some of the best diving locations in the world. With Layang-Layang, Mabul and Sipadan, Borneo is a scuba diver’s dream. Sabah is home to a diverse selection of marine life, from whale sharks to hammerheads in addition to offering muck diving opportunities. Some of the must-visit locations are covered below.
The Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
You can start your Sabah diving escapades around the islands making up the Abdul Rahman Marine Park, which is twenty minutes away from Kota Kinabalu by speedboat. Coral reefs located in shallow waters surround the 5 small islands in the park. If you are new to diving, this park is a great place to encounter and observe a diverse selection of marine life thanks to its gentle currents. Mandarin fish, ghost pipefish and harlequin are some of the rare sea creatures you can find in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. You should also keep your eyes open for whale sharks, which come to feed on plankton during the cooler season between November and February, while Hawksbill turtles may be seen every now and then.
The Island of Sipadan
Globally acclaimed for its thriving under water ecosystem, Sipadan Island is located at the centre of the Indo-Pacific basin. Considered to be one of the best, if not the best, diving locations in Sabah, and the world at large, Sipadan has more than 3,000 fish and coral species. The “turtle tomb”, which is a submerged system of caves filled with the skeletal remains of dead sea turtles, is also located in Sipadan, in addition to the varied marine life. Visitors can seek accommodation in nearby Mabul or Semporna as divers are no longer allowed to stay in Sipadan. Per day, only 120 diving permits are issued in an effort to conserve the coral. As such, be sure to make your Sipidan diving plans as early as possible.
The Island Resort of Layang-Layang
One of the most well-preserved dive locations in the whole world can be found in Layang-Layang, 186 miles off the western coast of Sabah. Layang-Layang is one of the world’s oceanic havens with walls that drop down to more than 2,000 metres in depth. Some of the commonly spotted sea creatures include threshers, silvertip, leopard sharks, gray sharks and hammerheads. The disputed waters of Layang-Layang are secured by a tiny Malaysian naval base that is closed off to tourists. A direct flight from Kota Kinabalu is the only way to access Layang-Layang. Between the months of March and October, visitors must make diving bookings through the Layang-Layang Island resort, which is the only accommodation on the island.
The Island of Mabul
Mabul is one of Asia’s top diving locations for two reasons; it’s close to Sipadan and is known for its world-class muck diving. In addition to having a number of accommodation options on the island, diving permits are not required in Mabul, unlike in Sipadan. Considered to be a great location for underwater macro photography, Mabul is one of the world’s most varied dive locations. Ranging between 25 and 30 metres in depth, the reef sits on the continental shelf. On every dive, you can expect to see squids, octopi and cuttlefish among other cephalopods along with abundant macro life. Semporna, located on Sabah’s southeastern tip is the main gateway to Mabul Island.
The Island of Labuan
Located about 71 miles from Kota Kinabalu you will find the duty free island of Labuan – popular among travellers criss-crossing between Sabah, Brunei and Sarawak who use it as a stopover. The numerous shipwrecks around the waters surrounding the island are the main attraction when it comes to diving. The 4 major wrecks, lying between 30 and 35 metres underwater can be explored by both new and experienced divers. During World War 2, the Dutch SS De Klerk and the USS Salute were sunk here. Add in a couple of civilian shipwrecks and you will see why Malaysia’s diving centre is considered to be Labuan. Visitors can ride the ferry from Bandar Seri Begawan or Kota Kinabalu to conveniently access Labuan Island. The island is also known for its numerous above-water attractions.
Summer is Cairo isn’t easy. Temperatures can easily rise to scorching values and the sun dominates the sky from dawn to dusk, making people flee toward coastal areas. Nonetheless, if you do want to spend your summer in the city, you may want to know a few basic rules to help you survive the heat and enjoy your time in Cairo. You’ll need to schedule your tours early in the morning, avoid hot buses in the second part of the day, and have a list of some good swimming pools in your neighbourhood. If you’re looking for Egypt Escapes, here are a few things to do in Cairo in the summer.
Attend The Salah El Din Citadel Music Festival
If you dare to get to Cairo in August, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the summer music festival at the Salah El Din Citadel in the Islamic part of the city. This event is extremely popular among locals, many of them being ready to put up with the scorching heat just to be able to attend this festival. Over the past few years, the festival has started to host artists from the entire Arab region, rather than solely Egyptian performers. The tickets are fairly inexpensive, but you’ll have to be quick to get one, as they sell out very fast. For as little as LE5, you’ll be able to enjoy the hilltop breeze and the various shows running from 8 pm to 10 pm or even later. After the sunset, Cairo comes to life, as locals gather in their favourite cafes for a shisha and a chat.
Refresh Yourself With a Late-Night Shisha
During summer, people wait for the sunset to get out of their homes to socialise with their peers. As soon as the sun goes down, you’ll see plastic chairs popping up from nowhere and crowds of people seeking to cool down with a nightly shisha. Just follow the crowd, grab a chair at one of these cafes, and enjoy your favourite flavour (try cool mint, by all means) and a lemonade. You can also get a seat at the Barrel Bar to enjoy a cold beer and admire the beautiful building of the historic Windsor Hotel. Even though it dates back from colonial times, this hotel is still one of the coolest places to enjoy a late-night beer.
Attend an Open-Air Show at Cairo Opera House
The original building of the Cairo Opera House burned down completely in 1971. It has been rebuilt in the same memorable architectural style. Unfortunately, it closes down during August, but if you get to Cairo in July, make sure you buy tickets to any of the evening music performances on their calendar. You may be able to see a program by the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, the Arab Music Ensemble, or an Egyptian modern dance show. Choose your favourite type of performance, whether you prefer modern art or classic ballet shows. After the show, head over to the Qasr El Nil Bridge to enjoy the water and the cool breeze of the night.
Get to the Closest Pool
You’ll find plenty of things to do during mornings and evenings. However, summer afternoons in Cairo don’t offer you too many choices. It is way too hot to tour the city. If you’re keen on doing something in the afternoon, find a pool, pay a day fare and refresh yourself swimming and relaxing near the water. Gezira Club in Zamalek, for instance, is one of the best ideas. A day ticket costs only LE150. The facility features two pools: one for leisure and fun; and one for serious swimming. If you’d rather spend your day by a pool with a view, you may want to choose the Hilton. Here, you’ll enjoy seamless poolside service and a breathtaking view.
Most people make resolutions to change for the better during new year celebrations. Most swear to stop drinking, lose weight, or even quit smoking for good. While all these are positive resolutions, very few people take their mental and physical health into consideration. Very few will resolve to do something about their psychological and physical health by increasing their intake of essential/vital vitamins.
Care agency, Gabriel’s Angels know that vitamins D and B are some of the essential vitamins that are required for good health as one grows older. These vitamins (B and D) play a vital role in the brain, immune system, and blood health. The two vitamins are also required to ensure the body can use energy efficiently for optimal performance even at old age. One way to increase your vitamin D and vitamin B intake is by basking in the morning sun and focusing on a diet plan (foods) high in these vitamins. Inadequate amounts of these vitamins in the body increases the risk of age-related diseases and osteoporosis in older adults.
Vitamin D plays a vital role in boosting your immunity, protecting you from colds, fighting depression, and most importantly, promoting good bone health. The risk of developing dementia is greatly increased if you have vitamin D deficiency. Studies, however, show that more than 50% of older adults in the UK alone have vitamin D deficiencies. Unknown to many, the human body depletes more nutrients than it retains as we get older. This is one of the reasons why health experts recommend consuming foods high in these vitamins as much as we can. It would also be advisable to go for fortified foods and supplements from supermarkets, health stores, and pharmacies.
Sources of Vitamin D
Sunshine is the most abundant source of vitamin D. Simply basking in the morning or evening sun enables the skin to synthesize enough vitamin D for the day. The rate at which the skin converts UV B rays into vitamin D in younger persons isn’t, however, the same with older adults. Seniors have relatively thinner skin – this makes it a lot harder for it to produce enough vitamin D. This could be the reason why older people have the highest risk of a vitamin D deficiency. There’s also not enough sunshine during winter. For this reason, seniors should turn to other sources of vitamin D. Some of the best alternative sources of vitamin D include fortified juice, egg yolks, supplements, fortified cereals, canned tuna, fatty fish, and cod liver oil. An ultraviolet lamp may also come in handy in supplementing your vitamin D intake. Consider going to a tanning salon if possible, for a dose of the same.
Sources of B Vitamins
B vitamins are essential for overall good health. There are, however, different categories of B vitamins all serving a different function. All these, however, help the body release enough energy from the foods we eat. Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, is one of the essential vitamins required for the proper functioning of the nervous system, brain, and the manufacture of blood. Vitamin B12 deficiencies often cause symptoms similar to dementia. Although you can get plenty of vitamin B12 from the foods you eat, you could supplement these with supplements (injections) of the same. This is particularly important for those that cannot synthesise the vitamin. Vitamin B12 is also related to good health and improved memory for individuals with dementia. Vegetarians and older adults are at the highest risk of vitamin B12 deficiency. This specific vitamin is only found in animal proteins such as beef liver, fish, and shellfish.
Thiamin, also known as vitamin B1, is essentially required for healthy muscles and nerves. The most common sources of thiamine include wholegrain bread, liver, eggs, vegetables, peas, and fruits.
Vitamin B2, commonly known as riboflavin, is needed for a healthy nervous system, eyes, and the skin. This is commonly found in rice and dairy products. Pantothenic acid is required to facilitate the release of foods from foods. It is commonly found in vegetable and meat sources.
Vitamin B6 or pyridoxine enables the body to store, as well as use energy. It is also required for the manufacture of haemoglobin. Sources of vitamin B6 include milk, peanuts, potatoes, eggs, fish, bread, and pork.
Folic acid is another essential vitamin needed in the formation of red blood cells. It also plays a vital role in preventing central nervous system defects. The most common sources of folic acid include chickpeas. Spinach, brussels sprouts, liver, and brown rice.
To guarantee their own safety – and that of other road users – HGV drivers mainly rely on their driving skills day in day out. Any HGV driver training centre will tell you you need to keep your heavy goods vehicle in good driving condition, always, just like you would with any other vehicle. You need to take your HGV through yearly inspections and keep it well maintained to ensure that it remains in perfect driving condition.
The Main Reason Behind Yearly Safety Checks
These machines – HGVs – are large and high tech. To ensure that the entire vehicle continues to operate without any issues, the many moving parts and systems within them need to work together seamlessly at all times. Problems, such as brake failure and inefficient fuel consumption, may result from inconsistencies within the overall system. Every part of the vehicle, from the tachograph to the brakes, needs to be in perfect working condition. Heavy goods vehicles need to pass a yearly safety inspection in the same way cars need to pass an annual MOT to remain on the road. Passing this inspection means the HGV is safe to drive for the next 12 months as the inspection assesses the vehicle’s roadworthiness. The testing is highly comprehensive, and quite rightly so – every HGV driver who has participated in the inspection can attest to this.
The Focus of the Inspection
A daily walk-around inspection of your vehicle should be part of your daily routine as a HGV driver. These routine checks are quite standard. On the other hand, your vehicle’s condition and roadworthiness will be assessed against a variety of minimum standards, which it needs to pass, during the annual inspection which is carried out by an inspector. The main areas of focus include:
The Top of the Vehicle
Usually carried out on a hard surface, the first part of the check focuses at the top of the HGV. The following checks are included in this part of the inspection process:
• Comparing the VTG6 plate with your HGV’s identity
• Checking the condition and fastening of the mirrors’ fairings
• Ascertaining whether the passenger and driver doors close and open properly
• Ascertaining whether the tyres in use are of the proper rating and are in good condition
• Are you using the right sized spray suppressors?
• Checking to see whether all the lights, such as headlights, indicators, fog lights and repeaters are properly aligned and in good working order.
All visible parts of the HGV are checked during this part of the inspection process. As the inspector meticulously checks each part of the outer structure and cab of the vehicle, they are accompanied by the driver. If any problems exist, the driver should have had prior knowledge as most of the elements checked are part of the routine checks conducted by HGV drivers.
The Underside Inspection
The vehicle will be moved over a pit to enable the inspector to check the underside after the topside inspection is completed. The focus of this part of the inspection process includes:
• Checking the alignment of the axle
• Checking the steering
• Checking whether the air brake is in proper working order
• Checking the condition of the shaker plates
• Checking the foot brakes
• Looking for possible fuel or oil leaks
• Checking the condition of the bearings
As trained professionals, the inspectors are trained to keep an eye out for all sorts of warning signs including loose bolts and any indications of wear. We believe that the thorough nature of these professionals is completely justified when it comes to guaranteeing safety on roads.
If you’ve just done your HGV training or you regularly drive on motorways or even on conventional roads, chances are you’ve come across a fair share of heavy goods vehicles commonly known as HGVs. Some are usually branded with huge logos on the side, giving you an idea of what they are transporting. Others are entirely blank, leaving you wondering what they are hauling. This can make a fun game to play while on long journeys: Guess what the HGV is carrying.
The point is that while these vehicles are common on the UK road, most individuals take them for granted, not realising how their lifestyles – and the economy in general – rely on them. In this read, we are going to take a look at some of the facts you may not know about HGVs:
Almost All Goods in the UK are Moved By Road
Perhaps the most impressive task about HGVs is that they move about 98% of all goods consumed in the United Kingdom. That consists of everything from food and drinks to clothing, shoes, and jewellery. Road transport is the backbone of the economy and without HGVs, the economy would be in huge trouble. Most of these goods come from overseas, and that’s why there is substantial tension in regards to the outcome of Brexit.
Given the fact that road transport is the backbone of the UK’s economy, it’s not surprising that haulage happens to be one of the biggest employers as well. After all, it is not just the drivers who are involved in haulage, but also individuals who load and unload goods from warehouses and HGVs, transport planners, warehouse managers, and many others. The UK haulage industry alone employs over 2.5 million individuals and this makes the haulage industry the fifth largest employer, behind the NHS, the military and HMRC.
The transportation of goods and HGV driving provides about 600K jobs for the United Kingdom residents. That is 600,000 people who currently have jobs all thanks to the heavy goods vehicle industry. However, only 1.2% of these people are female, meaning there’s some equality that needs to happen. Unfortunately, even with the high numbers, there’s still a shortage in drivers and logistics companies are estimating that they will have a substantial delay in filling 36% of the vacancies as they look for the right candidates and 15% of the vacancies will not be filled at all.
Age is Just a Number
When it comes to working in the HGV industry, you will come across all kinds of demographics. There are male and female drivers, people who have done nothing but drive since they left school and even some who used to be insurance salesmen. However, did you know that the average age of an HGV driver is 48 years? Not just that, but 13% of the drivers are EU nationals.
The Industry is Worth a Lot
Other than being one of the biggest employers in the United Kingdom, the haulage industry is worth a lot. According to estimates, this industry is worth about £124 billion. So, when we say that this is the backbone of the UK economy, we mean it. Haulage makes a lot of money for the UK each year and the numbers are only bound to increase. However, due to the uncertainty regarding Brexit, experts are not so certain about the future of this currently stable industry.
Heavy Goods Ahead
At this point, you already know that HGV stands for a number of things. However, when it comes to the heaviest, things get a bit interesting. For example, there are over 520,000 commercial vehicles that weigh over 3.5 tonnes registered in the United Kingdom. This is around the same weight as that of an African elephant in the adolescent stage. Over half of those vehicles are driven by the Road Haulage Association (RHA) members, which is usually a stamp for a high-quality driver.
As you can see, there is actually a lot about the heavy goods vehicle to know. These are all interesting facts that certainly make you appreciate this impressive industry.