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Posted by Lady Grace Mountbatten on April 21, 2017 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

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Dear Lady Grace Mountbatten,


The Government has responded to the petition you signed – “Make online abuse a specific criminal offence and create a register of offenders”.


Government responded:


We recognise that behaviour that is not tolerated offline is now common online. DCMS is working on an Internet Safety Strategy which aims to make the UK a safer place for young people to be online.


The internet has provided everyone with some amazing opportunities. It can help isolated individuals find safe communities and can be an amazing resource for people to develop their creativity. However, government recognises that behaviour that would never be tolerated in the real world has become increasingly common online with potentially devastating impacts.


The law does not differentiate between criminal offences committed on social media or anywhere else. Where something is illegal offline it is also illegal online and there is already legislation which applies in relation to online abuse. A variety of different offences already exist covering communications which are grossly offensive, obscene, indecent or false. It is also an offence to send certain articles with intent to cause distress or anxiety.


While we will continue to monitor the situation, we believe that our current legal approach is the right one. The House of Lords Communications Select Committee stated in their report into Social Media and Criminal Offences in July 2014 that the criminal law in this area, almost entirely enacted before the invention of social media, is generally appropriate for the prosecution of offences committed using social media.


The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) published revised guidelines on prosecuting cases involving communications sent via social media on 10 October 2016. The guidelines provide prosecutors with a clear framework for a consistent approach to all cases involving social media and are available to the public on the CPS website.


The revised guidelines contain a number of new sections, including on:

● Hate Crime, which makes it more likely that a prosecution is required

● Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG), including potential cyber-enabled VAWG offences, such as “baiting”, humiliating peers online by labelling them sexually promiscuous

● False or offensive social media profiles

● Vulnerable and intimidated witnesses

● Reporting and preventing abuse on social media

This update also includes types of offences that may be committed, such as hacking into social media accounts in order to monitor and control them or potentially menacing or threatening actions such as posting pictures of the complainant’s workplace or children on social media sites, even if no reference is made to the complainant.


The issue of keeping people safe online is a top priority for this Government. DCMS is leading a new cross-Government drive on online safety, on behalf of the Prime Minister. We will involve ministers and officials from departments across Government as part of a coordinated effort to make the UK the safest place in the world for children and young people to go online.


We want to know more about the scale of the problems that young people face online, identify where the gaps are and start to think about solutions, which we will develop in a Green Paper to be published before the summer. The work is expected to centre on four main priorities: how to help young people help themselves; helping parents face up to the online risks and discuss them with children; how technology can help provide solutions; and importantly, industry’s responsibilities to society.


While the initial focus will be on children and young people, the Strategy will consider how to make the online world a safer place more generally, including by examining concerns around issues like trolling and other aggressive behaviour. The Strategy will draw out relevant links between solutions that will protect children online that will also help in the fight against online violence against women and girls.


The Strategy will build on the good work that has already been done in this area by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) which brings together government, industry, law enforcement, academia, charities and parenting groups to work in partnership to help to keep children and young people safe online.

In December 2015, UKCCIS published a practical guide for providers of social media and interactive services. The guide has examples of good practice from leading technology companies (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube), and advice from NGOs and other online child safety experts. Its purpose is to encourage businesses to think about “safety by design” to help make their platforms safer for children and young people under 18.


We already expect industry to improve online safety provisions at the same speed and with the same determination with which they bring out new products and innovations. We expect social media companies to have relevant safeguards in place, including access restrictions, particularly for children and young people who use their services. Social media companies should have reporting tools that are easy to access and act promptly when abuse is reported, removing content which does not comply with acceptable use policies or terms and conditions, and, where appropriate, suspend or terminate the accounts of those breaching the rules in place.


Department for Culture, Media and Sport


Click this link to view the response online:


This petition has over 100,000 signatures. The Petitions Committee will consider it for a debate. They can also gather further evidence and press the government for action.


The Committee is made up of 11 MPs, from political parties in government and in opposition. It is entirely independent of the Government. Find out more about the Committee:



The Petitions team

UK Government and Parliament

Happy Holidays

Posted by Richard Daniel Washburn on December 28, 2015 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)
My Wonderful Friends, Have a Great New Year !!!


Posted by RYON PATTERSON on March 31, 2015 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

A very wise woman once saw me in distress and wasted no time in delivering her message. I tried to hide and deny my conflict within, but she dispelled such folly as skillfully as she shared her message.

Once convinced to shut my mouth and listen, she told me that I did not have to be around people who did not value me, did not honor me, respect me or treat me well. I took it to heart and God Blessed me for choosing self-worth, self-esteem and self-respect. God Blessed me in so many ways that I am still counting my Blessings to this day!


Let the Spirit of Love be in which you receive and act upon this sharing...

If you find yourself around the kind of people who dishonor you, disrespect you, etc., act with dignity and remember that

they are not respecting you because they do not respect themselves.


Act with compassion.



Private Placement Programs 2013 Style

Posted by RYON PATTERSON on February 3, 2013 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This brief blog will be focused on a few of the realities of private placement as of 2013. My goal for this quick rant is to prevent some of my friends/clients/brokers from wasting their time and risking their money inappropriately. In order to meet this goal, I will need to explain the two most important aspects of ANY private placement deal:


“Collateralizing Funds” and “Profit Distribution“.


If this is something you are interested in, please continue reading. Below, you will find that problems are identified as well as viable strategies offered that could prove to be solutions.


“Collateralizing Funds”


The primary issue with most PPPs (Private Placement Programs) is naturally, the risk factor.


In complying with a “MT760″ in favor of a “trader’s trust,” you are in effect collateralizing your assets in favor of that particular trust. In more clear terms, YOUR FUNDS ARE AT RISK if the trader was to default on the line of credit they drew against the asset. Also, the cost for blocking funds usually is 1-2% of the face value, which is actually paid upfront to the bank. Trust me when I say that this is not a desired position to be in. Upfront fees, the trader is now in control of your money, and you are really clueless as to how your funds are being invested.

To continue reading:


Posted by Naomi Jallow, The Jallow Foundation, The Gambia on April 12, 2012 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)



The Jallow Foundation, The Gambia are a Charity set up to aleviate poverty and hardship in The Gambia, West Africa, particularly in the provinces where poverty and hardship are at their worst.

Families are in a daily struggle to survive, so if it is a choice between feeding your family and sending children to school there is no choice. Consequently there are a lot of illiterate adults whose parents could not afford to send them to school and who subsequently unable to find any employment or send their own children to school.


Recently The Jallow Foundation, The Gambia undertook a survey in just one District of The Gambia and 770 illiterate adults came forward wanting to learn to read and write. An Adult Literacy Project submitted to Global Giving was accepted but it is necessary for The Jallow Foundation to raise £2,000 from 50 donors by 2nd May 2012 in order to obtain a permament place on the Global Giving website. To obtain such a place would mean that the Charity can raise the money necessary to provide an Adult Literacy Course for these 770 adults, with the hope being that the course can be subsequently rolled out in other districts of The Gambia, helping thousands of illiterate adults.

The web address to go to, to find out more or to donate is: http:///


People in The Gambia want to provide for themselves and their families but extreme poverty is preventing them. Enabling people to read and write is one way in which they can be helped to help themselves and the circle of poverty stopped from going from one generation to another.


The web address for the Charity is:

The email address is: [email protected]

To My Very Special Friends

Posted by Antonio Azevedo on December 25, 2011 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (4)

I want to wish all my very special friends a Merry, Merry Christmas with much happiness and cheer and lots of Love. Thank you for making my life so much better !!!

Kind Regards your friend


A thought for all.

Posted by Philip, Lord Lightfoot on June 15, 2011 at 1:06 PM Comments comments (2)

,,God gave you not a spirit of faithlessness, not a spirit of despair."

Lord JB Lightfoot 


Posted by Yusuf Gamawa on April 8, 2011 at 3:24 PM Comments comments (0)

I wish to send congratulatory message to Her Majesty the Queen,Prince Charles and to Prince William and his wife on this historic marriage ceremony.