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Couriers Unwittingly Smuggling Migrants

Road Haulage - the stowaway migrant problem

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. The following piece from an international courier service in Glasgow, explains the growing problem.

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. There's more information on this at the Road Haulage Association website.

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.

Three Tips to Get the Most Long-Term Value from Your Dental Implants

You finally have your dental implants in place and are ready to enjoy your brand new smile for many years to come. However, taking care of the dental implants is going to require a lot more effort than you might think at first – especially if you want them to last without experiencing any complications. Here are a few tips to follow in order to do just that.

Clean the Teeth Thoroughly

In most cases, you would hear from a general dentist that you need to brush and clean your teeth thoroughly each day. When you have dental implants, however, special emphasis needs to be placed on this procedure. Your artificial teeth will need to be thoroughly cleaned every single day. Otherwise, you will provide plenty of room for plaque bacteria to infect the tiny spaces that exist between your gums and the posted implant. If you want to make sure that your implant remains in place and maintains its stability, daily cleaning should be taken seriously.

Reduce the Stress Inside of Your Mouth

Keep in mind that the same stressful tension, clenching, grinding and gritting that you were able to do successfully with your real teeth for years without any permanent damage will completely destroy your implants. Even if you only have one dental implant, you can still crush it with nighttime clenching, excessive biting or even just an accidental injury to your mouth.

While it is not necessary for you to "walk on eggshells" when it comes to how you handle your mouth and oral health in general, you do need to pay close attention to these seemingly minor details in order to keep your implants safe and secured.

Make Significant Lifestyle Changes

Another tip to remember is that your oral health can be detrimentally affected by your overall health and lifestyle decisions as well. You might brush and floss your teeth religiously. However, if you are abusing drugs or even smoking cigarettes, you can drastically increase the risk of being diagnosed with some form of gum disease and further tooth loss.

Pay close attention to what you are putting inside of your body, because you need to always remember that those foods and beverages will have to pass your dental implants first before going any further into your body. Following these tips will allow you to enjoy your dental implants for many years to come as well as the beautiful and shiny smile that comes right along with it.

Cosmetic Dentistry - What Is It and How Can It Help You?

Nowadays you may hear more about cosmetic dentistry than you do any other kind of dentistry work, however, you may be wondering - just what is cosmetic dentistry and why are so many people talking about it?

First things first, cosmetic dentistry covers many different procedures, from the straightening and lightening of your teeth to the implantation of new ones - you really can gain a lot from cosmetic dentistry.

As cosmetic dentistry is something which improves the overall appearance of a smile, many people are looking to have the procedures carried out on them and this is exactly why it is so popular among many people around the world.

Although many people may not know, orthodontic procedures, such as the fitting of a brace, are actually considered to be a cosmetic service.

So, How Can It Help Me?

Cosmetic dentistry can help people in many different ways. Alongside improving your overall appearance, cosmetic dentistry can also help you to restore your oral health and the appearance of your teeth.

Not only are you improving your looks and health you are also gaining a higher quality of life as you will feel a lot better about the way you smile, laugh and generally feel around others, boosting your self confidence levels along the way!

There are many different benefits that you can reap for cosmetic dentistry, such as just some of the following:

• The replacement of missing teeth
• The whitening of your teeth
• The restoration of damaged teeth
• The straightening of any crooked or misaligned teeth

As the smile is one of the most prominent features on your body, we feel that it should be one you look after and cosmetic dentistry allows you to do this. A beautiful smile can be a vital investment in any social or career opportunities you take in the future. For more information on cosmetic dental procedures visit the Dental FX website.

The Teeth Whitening Process

Teeth whitening is simply a process of removing stains, discolouration and lightening teeth. It is among the most popular cosmetic dental processes, since it greatly improves the look of the teeth and it is reasonably affordable.

Whitening is never a one-time process as it will be repeated from time to time in order to achieve and maintain the brighter colour.

Teeth Whitening Procedures

Whitening has two main types of procedures. Vital whitening is a process performed on teeth that have live nerves. Non-vital whitening is another procedure done on a tooth, which has undergone the root canal treatment and that has got no live nerve anymore.

Enamel is the outer layer of a tooth. In this case, the colour of natural teeth is generated by the reflection and spreading of light out of the enamel, joined with the dentin’s colour under it.

It is the individual’s genes that affect both the smoothness and thickness of the enamel. So, thinner enamel permits more of the dentin’s color to show through. Having rougher or smoother enamel also affects the light’s reflection and the colour as well.

Each day, a thin coating called pellicle forms on the enamel and later picks up stains. It is good to note that tooth enamel contains pores hence holds stains.

Common reasons why teeth get stained or yellow:

• The use of tobacco
• Continuous drinking of dark-colored liquids, e.g. cola, coffee, tea and red wine
• Neglecting teeth by not taking good care

Aging also contributes to stained teeth since dentin becomes darker and the enamel gets thinner. Having stains inside the tooth is referred to as intrinsic stains and can be caused by too much exposure to fluoride in children when the teeth are still developing.

Other causes which can stain child’s teeth are tetracycline antibiotics (drugs / chemicals) if either taken by a mother in the second half of pregnancy or by a child at the age of 8 years and below.

Risks of Teeth Whitening

Whitening is not likely to cause any serious side effects, even though some people's teeth may be more sensitive for a short while. However, one may get mild gum irritation.

Teeth whitening should not be carried out on pregnant women because the effect of the whitening materials on the development of the fetus is not known and guaranteed therefore the exercise should be postponed until after delivery.

Teeth whitening treatments are only safe when procedures are adhered to as directed. However, there exist some risks associated with bleaching:

Sensitivity - teeth whitening can cause a temporary rise in sensitivity to pressure, temperature and touch, especially when higher concentration bleach is used. Whitening sensitivity lasts only for less than a day or two though in some cases it may persist up to a month and it is here where dentists recommend a potassium nitrate toothpaste for sensitive teeth.

Gum irritation - this is mostly found on those individuals who use peroxide whiteners resulting from contact with the whitening trays or the bleach concentration. Gum irritation may last for several days and dissipates when bleaching stops or when the concentration of peroxide is lowered.

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