Some parties responsible for evaluating products and ensuring customer’s safety and satisfaction have raised alarms against the purchase of electrical products through online retail sites.
This is in light of incidents proving that these online retail companies do not give proper attention to the kinds of items that are sold on their site.
The backlash against Amazon, Wish, and eBay
Establishments like the Trading Standard Institute and “Watchdog Which?” have expressed their displeasure at how online retailers like Amazon, wish, and eBay conducts their business operations. They inferred that the safety and satisfaction of the buyers were not top of their list given how unfitting and dangerous products are sometimes gotten from these platforms.
This backlash against them was especially in the wake of a fire outbreak that happened in the house of a buyer. The buyer – Rachel Kent purchased a battery from Amazon and ended up with a burning laptop. She was thankful that neither her dogs nor children were caught up in the fire that was eventually quenched by the fire service.
However, this has not stopped the likes of the Trading Standard Institute and “Watchdog Which?” from publicly expressing their displeasure at the sort of (especially) electrical products sold on these platforms.
Advice for Online Buyers
Both establishments have particularly advised buyers to avoid purchasing electrical products from these online retail sites. This is to avoid the kind of incident that happened to Rachel Kent.
Furthermore, they stressed that any online purchase of electrical products should be made from well-known websites of manufacturers. This way, consumers get to know the products are certified safe, effective, and in good working condition.
This advice is also in light of how some of these online retail platforms have refused to take down certain products despite safety concerns raised by teams given to evaluating the effectiveness and safety of products.
In light of this, the Electrical Safety First’s chief executive – Lesley Rudd strongly advised that people making online purchases of electrical products “use the stores of websites of known manufacturers and retailers such as those found on the High Street, rather than resorting to third-party sellers on online marketplaces…”
Sia has been recently criticized especially by the autism community for her insensitivity to their reality and challenges. This backlash has come in the wake of the thriller of her film music which featured a person without autism – Maddie Ziegler; playing the role of someone that has autism.
Why the Backlash?
The autism community and some public analysts are angered by the fact that the Australian pop singer did not make use of an autism actor or actress. For them, this sends the wrong message concerning the abilities of people living with this condition.
In response, Sia explained that she initially cast an autistic actress who found the role challenging. She stated that it was in light of this that she eventually made do with Maddie Ziegler who happens to have featured a lot in her performances.
Secondly, the annoyance also stems from the fact that the video has portions where restraints were used on the autistic character. For them, this sends the wrong message as regards how people living with this condition should be treated by the larger community. The fact that the video has been nominated for some awards is not making things any better.
Sia Promises to Readdress things
The Australian Pop singer did admit that the use of restraining scenes was wrong and apologized as a result. She warned her viewers and the entire public to avoid such tactics as it should be unheard of. Furthermore, she promised to remove those parts of the video when aired in public.
She meant this when she tweeted that she plans to “remove the restraint scenes from all future printings. I listened to the wrong people and that is my responsibility, my research was clearly not thorough enough, not wide enough”
She went on to infer how music was supposed to be a platform for social reengineering rather than sending the wrong message.
Strategically located between Bangladesh in the northwest and Thailand in the southeast, things are hitting up in Myanmar. This is in light of the recent coup by the military and detaining of key political administrators in the nation.
The situation has been further complicated by the military administration’s decision to block the access of citizens to Facebook.
The Decision Violates Fundamental Human Right
The decision to block the citizen’s access to Facebook is a deceptive but strategic approach from all indications. As explained by the pertinent military leaders, the blockage which is intended to restore stability will be effective until the 7th of February.
This action by the military leaders violates the fundamental human right of the residents of the nation. This is because everyone should have access to information and the press.
Why the Decision to Block Access to Facebook?
Facebook is a tech platform used by many residents in the nation of Myanmar. For one, this is because it is a free alternative for many of the masses. Over half of the population has access to this online platform and cutting off access will keep them in the dark about troubling issues in the nation.
Furthermore, the platform is the avenue for many activists to gather support against the unpopular decision by the military administrators. So, this is apparently a well-planned decision by the military administrators.
The youths are the most affected. They play a key role in the political process by demanding justice when expected. By cutting off their access to communication with each other, the military administrators are undermining their ability to act.
However, this has not stopped various forms of coordinated civil disobedience from happening in the country. There has been consistent pot banging and blasting of vehicle horns in many parts. This is aside from key workers going on strike in protest.
With various quarters in the world dealing with the harsh realities of the Covid-19 outbreak, the United Kingdom’s administration intends to fund a study into the effects of mixing vaccines.
It is most likely that the research is born out of the need to deal with complications if the same vaccines cannot be administered repeatedly. The pertinent government’s taskforce is ready to stake about 7 million pounds as funding for the project. But more than this, over 800 volunteers over the ages of 50 will be required for this study.
UK Government has Already Spent Heavily on Vaccines
Just as many nations in the world, the UK government has spent heavily on the vaccination of citizens in a bid to combat the effects of the pandemic. This is especially in the wake of the new wave of the virus experienced in the nation.
As things are, over 10 million citizens have been reported to have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine. However, the intended study may be born out of the fear that the same vaccine may not be made available for subsequent vaccinations.
Scientists Anticipate Positive Effects of Mixing Vaccines
Once again, history is repeating itself as the study is proving this. This is because it is not the first time mixing vaccines have been engaged in dealing with a virus. The same happened with Ebola, Hepatitis, and several other health complications.
In all of them, the results were remarkable. This is because victims who were administered a combination of vaccines made a better and quicker recovery. The outstanding results were because the mixture of vaccines produced synergistic effects by making up for the weaknesses of each other.
However, scientists are trying to be analytical given the peculiarities of the COVID-19 virus and the need to ensure drug compatibility.
In recent research and observation by the ADP research institute, there is a glimmer of hope as unemployment rates have drastically reduced. This is thanks to the efforts of private corporations that are getting more people on board.
Improvement Beyond Expectation
The good news is apparently beyond expectation as studies initially showed that the increase in employment rate will not be as massive as what has been experienced in various industries.
Some initial reports stated that no more than 50,000 workers will be absorbed into the labor market as a result of the relaxations of lockdowns and strict COVID-19 restrictions.
However, recent data is proving how way more than 150000 new workers have been granted jobs in private corporations. This employment feat in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic is giving many people reasons to celebrate.
The Hospitality Industry is Not Fully Recovered
The hospitality industry was among the industries that improved the fate of many citizens. This is concerning how it added over 30,000 jobs in the past month.
However, the industry is still ravaged by the effects of the pandemic. This is because it was hit very hard and many players have gone bankrupt. As a result, there are still many past employees in the hospitality and leisure industry that are jobless and in need of a source of income.
The private healthcare and construction sectors are among the highest influence in the recruiting of new workers.
The impact of the private healthcare system is not surprising. This is considering that it remained a key player even during the pandemic. It should also be recalled that many retired medical practitioners had to come out of retirement to deal with the adverse effects of the pandemic.
However, the private construction sector can be said to be the major underdogs in all of this. This is considering how it has absorbed over 18000 workers. Other influences include the transportation, manufacturing, trade, and utility industries.