Illegal Number Plates Are Giving Police A Headache

Police forces across the UK are enjoying success in their fight against uninsured drivers with their new Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras but have discovered a loophole in the system which needs to be plugged. The cameras feed updated software which can actually read the registration number of the car and then compare it with databases of all cars that are taxed and insured. If the registration is missing from either database the vehicle can be stopped and the driver asked to prove existence of insurance and or tax. If they can not do this the car can be located until such time as the driver can furnish proof.

However many drivers that have bought personalized registration numbers have fitted number plates which do not comply with the spacing required by legislation, others have plates with characters which are not the standard font such as italics. These number plates confuse the software and the equipment can not function correctly, the operator then receives an error message. Offending cars may well be taxed and insured but the system just can not verify this and the driver will be stopped. They will be forced to buy new conforming plates and visit an MOT testing station to have these verified before reporting to the police station to produce their vehicle documents and proof of compliance with number plate laws.

Legislation suits that the characters on each plate plate should be 79mm high and 50mm wide with a stroke of 14mm, there is only one font which is legal and it based on the Charles Wright font. Character spacing must be 11mm between each character and there must be a 33mm gap in the middle of the registration numbers between the two blocks of characters. There are other rules but these should not affect the operation of the ANPRS cameras. It should be noted that speed cameras are not affected in the same way as each photograph is inspected by a human and they can work out the correct registration number of the vehicle.

Further legislation came into force in late 2007 making number plates compliance part of the MOT test but this had to be withdrawn temporarily due to technical problems, this is due to be re-introduced in 2008. This should be a faster way of getting rid of these offending plates. Owners of personalized registration numbers which need to be unlawfully spaced in order for them to make any sense may see a sharp drop in the value of their number as the clampdown takes effect.

Most people think that buying these registration numbers and displaying illegal plates to make them work is just a harmless bit of fun as a human brain can still work out the true registration number of the car, however automated systems are capable of copying this human gift and the police take a very dim view of this activity. Not only can the owner face a fine of up to £ 1000 but their personal registration number can be confiscated without rehabilitation and some offenders have paid thousands of pounds for their registration number.

The Very Best Gift You Can Give an Alzheimer's Patient

Christmas, birthday, anniversary – all days that call for a gift of some kind. But when it's a gift for someone with Alzheimer's disease, what do you do? I struggled with this problem for years as I thought to come up with the perfect gift for my dad, a victim of this cruel disease.

Over the course of his twelve-year struggle, I observed one gift that never failed to bring a sparkle to the eyes of these special people and joy to those around them.

The Gift

Create one-of-a-kind photograph albums containing both old and new pictures of their lives, their friends and families. Include photos from their travels and special occasions. Include photos and illustrations from each decade of their life.

Perhaps you do not have something from each decade, so here's a tip. Go to state and federal government websites to find royalty-free photos that you can use at no cost. The government of the United States keeps a huge library of photos that you can access from their website, . Do check the copyright carefully because a few photos may require special permission to use.

The Special Touches

  • Create your albums with scanned copies of the photos that will spark memories. Why not use the originals? Because you can easily replace damaged copies, and you will still have the originals. Many printers and photo shops will scan photos for you if you can not scan them yourself. Once scanned, you can print the copies on your color printer or have a local photo printer do it for you.
  • While you're making copies, be sure to make them as large as you can. Albums now days can hold photos as large as 8 "" by 11 ", so fill the pages with images large enough to be easily enjoyed by eyes that may not see as well now as they once did. You may sacrifice some photographic quality, but it will probably go unnoticed by the recipient.
  • Label each photo with large type on inexpensive, sticky labels available at your local office supply store. Your Alzheimer's patient might not be able to read the labels, but a friend or sitter they want to share the album with almost certainly will.

The Most Important Part

Spend time with your loved one looking at the pictures and reminiscing about the past. Even when they can no longer talk about them, they'll enjoy spending the time listening to you talk about the pictures.

A thoughtfully created photo album will become one of the most treasured possessions of an Alzheimer's patient. Make one for someone you love.

Discover How To Handle Emotional Release With Melissa Oil

Plant Origin : Utah, Idaho, France

Extraction Method : Steam distilled from leaves and flowers

Melissa oil is a therapeutic-grade essential oil that many people have not heard of, but it is an incredibly useful oil that is calming, soothing, strengthening and revitalizing all at once.

Melissa Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oil has a light, fresh, somewhat lemony scent, which makes sense since in the culinary world, Melissa is also known as lemon balm. It has a sweet, herbaceous smell and is considered one of the most powerful essential oils out there.

The ancient Romans used Melissa as a general tonic that was thought to help with nervous disorders, to strengthen the heart and to revitalize the spirit.

Melissa oil is thought to get rid of headaches, reduce agitation and balance the emotions. It is said that the therapeutic-grade essential Melissa oil can relate emotional barriers and give users an improved outlook on life.

It is both calming and uplifting, powerful but gentle, and is thought to be incredibly useful as an antiviral. It has been used as a treatment for flu, smallpox and mumps and even can be used to eliminate sores from the herpes virus. It can also be applied to cold sores to accelerate healing.

A seemingly paradoxical oil, but it is also incredibly versatile.

The main downside to the therapeutic-grade Melissa essential oil is that it is quite expensive. Sometimes oil is marked as Melissa oil that is really a mix of lemongrass and citronella, which makes a scent that is similar to Melissa but with completely different properties. It is important to make sure that you know what you are buying when you are shopping for the therapeutic-grade essential oils so you can ensure you are getting a high-quality product.

As with other therapeutic-grade essential oils, you want to be careful when using Melissa oil, particularly since you do not want to waste a drop of this precious oil. Make sure you wash and rinse your hands before and after using this oil, and avoid getting it into your eyes. Keep therapeutic-grade essential oils out of the reach of children.

Some people use Therapeutic-Grade Essential Melissa Oil neat, that is, without dilution, on the skin, but it can cause skin sensitivity and is better used diluted in a carrier oil before applying to the skin, particularly on sensitive areas like the face and neck. Likewise, Melissa oil should be diluted before taking it internally. Add one drop of oil to four ounces of rice or soy milk or another liquid before drinking for best results.

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How to Choose Your Infertility Consultant

Infertility is a $ 4 billion dollars a year industry. Nobody has your best interests at heart. You need an advocate to walk around you, warning you of financial and medical pitfalls and giving you the tools you need to make the best decisions for you and your family

There are not any guidelines or rules about who can become an infertility consultant and you have a number of different choices. How do you know which infertility consultant is the best fit for you?

Education matters
Many women have experienced infertility and find they want to encourage others on the same journey. However, many infertility consultant do not have any education or formal training in women's reproductive health or infertility.

No Biases
Make sure your infertility consultant does not accept marketing money from doctors – even if it is for a good cause on the side. How can you trust a referral once you know the doctor just made a hefty donation to her cause?

Respect is earned
Because you do not just need someone who keeps you company. You need someone that other doctors, health care providers and fertility partners know, trust and have seen evidence of their ability over time.

Read their work
Just because someone says they are knowledgeable does not make it so. Can you go read their books to verify their credentials? Can you read reviews of their research or publications?

Fees are reasonable
You can easily find out prices and the fees are within a typical couple's ability to pay. Some infertility consultants are only for those with deep pockets. Be wary of services that cost more than a cycle of IVF.

Infertility consultants do not determine a client's treatment plan, but once a plan is determined, My Fertility Plan consultants can help facilitate the treatment plan set by your doctor by sourcing donors, surrogates, or other professional resources. My Fertility Plan consulting also provides a Risk-Benefit analysis to help determine cases of success for a given treatment option.

Teenage Obesity

The incidence of teenage obsity has increased dramatically, despite the fact that we live in a culture where thin is beautiful. In our present society, thin is the only acceptable way to be, yet over half of the population of countries like the United States and the United Kingdom are overweight, and indeed around 20% of that group fall into the obese category.

With so much emphasis on appearance, it is hardly surprising that young people, especially young women are self-conscious about their looks. Celebrities are in the news all the time and many magazines take great delight in pointing out their physical "flaws", particularly when it comes to weight.

This creates a huge problem for teenagers, especially girls, who are expected to have the perfect figure, yet are constantly exposed to junk food, advertised in the same publications which are criticizing stars for having put on a few pounds. Of course, being constantly bombarded with these messages is difficult for everyone who struggles with their weight, but for young people who are still growing and at the same time trying to establish their identify as adults, it can be overpowering.

Young people need to be aware of the fact that they are worth individuals, irrespective of their weight or looks. They also need to learn about healthy eating, which will help them to avoid the extremes of over-strict dieting and obesity. A lack of self-esteem and fear of putting on weight can lead to eating disorders and so young people should be encouraged to have a healthy attitude towards their bodies and food.

If you have teenage children and are concerned about their weight, it is important to set a good example, by teaching them to cook healthy yet tasty meals – and eating properly yourself. You should also refrain from criticizing their appearance and encourage them to develop their strengths and do the things they enjoy in life.
Teenage obesity often leads to adult obesity, so do not think they'll grow out of it.

© Waller Jamison 2007