WEDDING PROPOSAL

As a celebration of Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year, Esther took to the streets of Covent Garden to talk to the great British public about another romantic and significant moment in our lives -the day someone proposed marriage. And Esther hit the romantic jackpot when she met Jason from Hastings, who’s girlfriend Kristina had been waiting 21 years for Jason to get down on bended knee.

Esther invited Jason and Kristina on to the show. What Kristina didn’t know was that Jason would propose to her in front of our entire audience and viewers at home. Fortunately, Kristina said yes! To celebrate their special moment on Do The Right Thing Ruth and Eamonn gave the loving couple VIP tickets to see Take That and a night at a top London Hotel.

FREE CAKES FOR KIDS

Ruth meets volunteers from Free Cakes for Kids, a movement of local volunteers and community groups, who share a simple belief: every child deserves a birthday cake. With nearly 60 groups across the country, they have baked for thousands of families who’ve found it difficult to provide a birthday cake for their child.

Ruth rolled up her sleeves and got baking with Isla, Katie and Catalina from The Hackney branch of Free Cakes for Kids. Their extra special cake was a dinosaur cake for a local 2-year-old birthday girl in the Hackney area.  As Ruth beat the butter and frosted the icing she found out how the movement matched local amateur bakers with families in need referred by partner organisations such as the Young Carers, the local Food Bank, or Children’s Centres.

If you would like to get involved in baking a cake or wish to nominate a child for a Free Cakes For Kids Cake, then do visit their website on: http://www.freecakesforkids.org.uk/

INVISIBLE CITIES

Esther took a city walking tour with the amazing initiative called Invisible Cities. It’s a social enterprise which runs tours lead by former homeless people in the cities where they once slept rough.

Esther headed to Manchester to meet with Danny, a former soldier and rough sleeper turned poet tour-guide, to hear how the enterprise has turned his life around. Danny, like all their initiatives tour guides, has been trained in public speaking and customer service. The enterprise also works hard to improve each of their guides confidence, which many have lost. Invisible Cities believe by empowering people who have spent time literally being stepped over on the streets to have their voices heard by a paying group, you can tackle stereotypes and change lives.

To find out more about Invisible Cities, and their tours in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester and York head to their website: https://invisible-cities.org/

To connect a rough sleeper to support and outreach services in their local area, visit StreetLink: https://www.streetlink.org.uk/

HERO DOG BOWZA AND THE TUNELESS CHOIR

Eamonn and Ruth were joined in the studio by Bowza and his owner Don Cox. They’d found out that Bowza is a hero dog having helped save the life of  79-year-old woman who had fallen whilst out on a walk.

On a cold winter’s day Don was also out walking with Bowza and his other dog Little Kaz when they came across the woman and her daughter who’d been waiting for an ambulance. As it was so cold there were concerns that hypothermia might become an issue for the casualty. Guided by Don, Bowza lay next to the injured woman helping to keep her warm. When the paramedics did arrive, they thanked Bowza and Don for acting so heroically saying Bowza had undoubtedly helped to save her life in such extreme cold conditions.

Having heard about Bowza’s heroism Do The Right Thing wanted to reward Bowza for his life saving actions so Eamonn and Ruth awarded Bowza with ‘Eamonn and Woof’s 2019 Dog of The Year’ award.

But saving lives is just one of Bowza’s impressive skills. Bowza has a fine singing voice and is also a huge fan of the Tuneless Choir having sung along at home with them when they first featured on an earlier episode of the Do The Right Thing series. By popular demand The Tuneless Choir returned to Do The Right Thing and Bowza sang his heart out as they performed their tuneless rendition of Bonnie Tyler’s Holding Out For A Hero.

FAKE VILLA SCAMS

At this time of year many of us are all looking forward to long lazy days on sun-drenched beaches, but for some what they’ve paid for is not what they get.  Ruth and Eammon heard Debbie Coventry in Berkshire. She told them how last June she’d arranged a last-minute sunshine getaway. She’d found the perfect villa in Greece on the holiday villa website Estate Luxury Home. The web-site featured over 100 amazing villas. Debbie was spoilt for choice. Keen to secure her last minute booking she emailed the manager of the site, Maria, who responded quickly and efficiently, and confirmed Debbie’s dream villa for the dates she wanted and for the amazingly affordable price of £3,200 for 2 weeks.

Debbie paid the full amount up front with a bank transfer.  She also sent a copy of her passport and the signed agreement by e-mail to confirm her booking.  A week later Debbie got back in touch via e-mail with Maria at Estate Luxury Home, but Maria didn’t e-mail back. Debbie rang the office phone number in Spain listed on their web-site. But there was no response other than an automated phone message in Spanish. Concerned, Debbie checked out a popular review site and finding over 150 posts from other disgruntled customers saying their entire web-site was one massive scam.

Devastated, Debbie phoned her bank but there was no money left in the fake company’s account and what’s more there was nothing they could do as she’d authorized the payment. Debbie was also worried that as well as losing her £3200 she could also become a victim of identity fraud as the scammers had a copy of her passport.

Eamonn explained that the villa Debbie had booked was actually owned by a genuine rental company called Villa Plus. They are based in St Albans in Hertfordshire, and are a totally legitimate company and  a member of ABTA – Association of British Travel Agents. The fraudsters had taken all their details and photos from the Villa Plus site. Nick Cooper the co-owner of Villa Plus explained he’d worked in the travel business for 40 years and for over 30 years he’d been renting villas to holiday-makers. In the last 2 years alone, he’d been made aware of 200 fake villa web-sites that have scammed innocent holiday-makers out of millions of pounds.

Nick explained – “The scammers advertise their fake web-site and take hundreds of fake bookings and poor Debbie is just another innocent victim. Villa Plus spend many hours every week trying to get the fake web-sites taken down. No sooner is one taken down, the scammers create a new fake web-site and name, and then start all over again”.

Eamonn also spoke to Sean Tipton from ABTA who warned not to book in haste, to check online the villa actually exists and is owned by the company advertising it, check out review sites, never to pay for a holiday or villa by bank transfer and to check that the company you are dealing with is a member of travel trade body.

To avoid becoming the victim of holiday scams, Action Fraud has this advice:

  • Stay safe online: Check the web address is legitimate and has not been altered by slight changes to a domain name – such as going from .co.uk to .org
  • Do your research: Don’t just rely on one review – do a thorough online search to check the company’s credentials. If a company is defrauding people there is a good chance that consumers will post details of their experiences, and warnings about the company.
  • Look for the logo: Check whether the company is a member of a recognised trade body such as ABTA. If you have any doubts, you can verify membership of ABTA online, at www.abta.com.
  • Pay safe: Wherever possible, pay by credit card and be wary about paying directly into a private individual’s bank account.
  • Check documentation: You should study terms and conditions and be very wary of any companies that don’t provide any at all.
  • Trust your instincts: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Action Fraud website: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/a-z-of-fraud/holiday-fraud

FIRE SAFETY

There are now more mobile devices in this country than there are people. And that means that those devices need charging.

Daisy Goodliffe got in touch with Do The Right Thing. Daisy’s a student from Beckenham in Kent. She told Ruth and Eamonn she has three mobile devices – her laptop, her phone and her tablet and that she’s always leaving one of them on charge. She bought a charger online – it wasn’t one of the manufacturers, it was a cheaper version. Daisy plugged it in and left the tablet charging.  When she returned to her room about an hour later the plug was red hot, so she pulled it out of the socket. Daisy said smoke started pouring out of the charger – if I hadn’t got to it then I’m sure there would have been a terrible house fire. Daisy asked that Ruth and Eamonn please warn viewers these cheaper chargers can be dangerous

Eamonn revealed the charity Electrical Safety First say these cheap chargers can be deadly. They found that 98% of them could cause a fire or electric shock. Millions of them were bought in this country last year. The dangerous chargers are made in China and the Far East for as little as 3p because they’ve got really poor quality components.

Eamon also met up with London Fire Brigade’s Deputy Commissioner Charlie Pugsley who said: “The longer chargers are plugged in the more likely you are to get a fault. Particularly a concern for us is if the charger is left on unattended, if it’s covered with clothing or bedding or something like that, that is going to hold the heat in which means that a failure is going to be even more likely and if a fire does start there is lots of fuel there to spread to. So, it does make you realise that instead of paying up to £40 plus pounds for your charger you might spend £1 or £2 pounds for a fake from an online auction or from a high street store but really you are taking a big risk”.

Eamonn warned that genuine chargers contain over 60 components and they are fire retardant – that’s why they cost more.  The more expensive ones could save your home and possibly save your life.

For help and advice on how to use electricity safely, head to the Electricity Safety First website on: https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/

ONLINE BULLYING – WEEK 6

Every week Dame Esther has been focusing on the growing issue and concerns regarding cyberbullying. Esther has been asking the question – do we actually know how many tragic young lives have been lost this way?

Documentation from the Department for Education stated that sixteen children a year take their own lives due to being bullied.  However, Esther believed that due to the prevalence of cyber-bullying there may be many more.

At the beginning of the series Esther asked Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England if she could find out the tragic truth of the true statistics for young suicides due to bullying.

Subsequently, Do The Right Thing revealed that in the UK in 2017 there were 223 suicides of children aged 10 to 19.  And researched showed that in almost a quarter of suicides bullying was a factor.  Esther explained that this would mean 50 bullied children have taken their lives, that’s nearly one death a week.

Anne Longfield told us we could and should do better, and we agreed. Esther explained she believes we must not only count the suicides but recognize that suicide is a symptom of something else, and the underlying cause must be determined and documented.

Do The Right Thing, contacted the Department of Health and social care. They told us they do want to make sure that young people are safe online. They told us there was a meeting last week called by Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which discussed this very issue, but the meeting really focused on self-harm. Esther explained she felt they should also investigate the effect of online-bullying, because only when we map the problem, and understand it, can we save the lives of children.  Children like Katherine, and Felix, who we heard about earlier in our series, who should not have been driven by bullies to end their young lives.

If you have been affected by bullying and need support or advice you can visit the following sources for help / information:

Childline is also there day and night if you need someone to talk to. If you would like to get in contact with Childline, you can call them on 0800 1111 or visit their website www.childline.org.uk for more ways to get in touch.

If you are under 25 and need someone to talk to The Mix offer support and advice for young people. They can help with all sorts of problems from mental health to self-harm, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. You can call them on 0808 808 4994 or visit their website www.themix.org.uk for more ways to get in touch.

For support and advice about bullying and cyberbullying, visit the NSPCC website on: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect/bullying-and-cyberbullying/

If you need help, because your child is refusing to attend school as a result of bullying or other trauma, you can find out more about Red Balloon on www.redballoonlearner.org or by calling 01223 366052 or emailing admin@group.rblc.org.uk.

If you would like to know more about The Diana Award and their work in schools to combat bullying, visit their website on: https://diana-award.org.uk/anti-bullying/

If you’d like to get in contact with the National Bullying Helpline, visit nationalbullyinghelpline.co.uk

If you’d like to get in contact with Bully Busters, visit bullybusters.org.uk

If you’d like to get in contact with Anti-Bullying Pro, visit www.antibullyingpro.com/support-centre

If you would like to visit the Ofsted Parent View website use the following link: https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/

WORK OUT LIKE A DOG

 

Ruth and her gorgeous four-legged friend, Maggie, signed up to Born Barikor’s  Exercise Like A Dog class having heard about the benefits for both pet and owner.

Born Barikor is a former athlete from East London. and decided he wanted to make exercise classes available for everybody. He came up with the idea for OurParks, which brings free group exercise classes to city parks.

Born has grown Our Parks to cover 32 boroughs. One of newest classes addresses the growing issue of obesity ….in dogs. Exercise Like A Dog is a 45 minute workout which aims to ‘channel the joy a dog feels playing their favourite games in the park, as well as the physical benefits’. In addition, it raises awareness of the importance of fitness in humans, as well as their four-legged friends.

For more information about OurParks and all their classes, including Exercise Like A Dog, visit: https://www.ourparks.org.uk/

ASCOT HOLOCAUST BOYS

After the Second World War, 732 young holocaust survivors came to the UK on a two year visa in to recuperate. They were homed in hostels across the country, including in the Lake District and Glasgow. Of these young survivors, 35 of them came to Woodcote House in Ascot.

Eamonn and Ruth met longstanding Ascot residents Margaret Nutley and Irene Buldock at Ascot Racecourse, a location that had been a playground for the survivors and locals. Margaret, 85, remembers playing with the boys as a young teenager. Irene, who is in her late 70s, remembered her mother working at Woodcote House in the kitchens and how her older sister was friendly with one of the boys, Sam Diament.

Eamonn and Ruth introduced Margaret and Irene to New Yorkers Jason and Jeff Diament, who’d flown into meet Margaret and Irene. Their father, Sam Diament, had never told his sons about his time at Ascot and it was only when he’d passed away did they discover photographs documenting his stay in Berkshire.  Irene and Margaret could barely believe their eyes when the boys, Jeff and Jason, entered the room bringing back fond memories of that time.

And, as a final surprise for Margaret, Irene, Jeff and Jason, Eamonn and Ruth introduced them with all to Ivor Perl, a Holocaust survivor who’d also recuperated at Woodcote House and fondly remembered Sam and the time he’d spent in Ascot. Ivor was 13 when the Holocaust ended and remembers how he was brought to the sanctuary of the UK.

In the studio, Irene, Margaret and Ivor were reunited once again. As a final surprise them all Sam Freiman, Holocaust survivor and former Ascot Boy joined them all on stage.

http://www.holocaustsurvivors.org/

VIACOM INC. & SUBSIDIARIES GLOBAL TAX POLICY STATEMENT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

This policy describes Viacom Inc.’s approach to arranging the company’s tax affairs and applies to Viacom and all of its subsidiaries. By making this policy publicly available, we regard this policy as compliant with the UK tax strategy publication requirement under paragraph 16(2) and/or paragraph 22(2), Schedule to the Finance Act, for the financial year ending September 30, 2018.

Our Businesses
Viacom is a global entertainment content company. Viacom’s media networks, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Logo, Nicktoons, TeenNick, Channel 5 (UK), Telefe (Argentina) and Paramount Channel, reach over 4.4 billion cumulative television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. Paramount Television develops, finances and produces programming for television and other platforms. Viacom currently employs well over 10,400 employees worldwide.

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We comply with tax laws and practices in all of the territories in which we operate, which means that we adhere to all of the rules that are relevant with respect to determining the bases for our worldwide tax liabilities, the timing for our tax payments and disclosing all relevant facts and circumstances to applicable tax authorities. We seek to develop open working relationships with tax authorities worldwide based on transparency and trust, while seeking consensus and avoiding conflict. We make any required disclosures to tax authorities promptly and take a proactive approach to resolving any tax disputes with tax authorities. Viacom, on a continual basis, makes substantial investments in human capital and technology to ensure adequate controls over its tax compliance processes are in place.

Our Responsible Approach to Structuring Our Operations
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Given the scale and diversity of Viacom’s global operations and the complexities of international tax laws, risks inevitably arise in the interpretation of international tax law in regard of specific transactions and business operations. Viacom’s Tax Department proactively seeks to identify, evaluate and manage these risks to ensure they remain in line with Viacom’s overriding risk management policies. Where the exposures resulting from the uncertainties are deemed significant, Viacom will seek external expert advice and, where possible, eliminate or reduce the exposure through transparent dialogue and communication with the tax authorities.
Viacom provides training to relevant staff to ensure that risk assessment processes are adhered to. In addition, staff is instructed to raise concerns regarding tax risk assessment mechanisms in general or in application to specific transactions.
Viacom engages in and seeks dialogue with tax authorities in all of the countries where it conducts major business operations on a continual basis.

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Viacom adheres to, and operates in accordance with, the changes in the way international transactions are taxed as a result of the OECD’s BEPS program and Action plans.