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    • Which Court have you received the claim from ? Civil national business centre, Northampton       If possible please scan redact and upload a full page copy of page 1 of the claim form. (not the response page or AOS)     Name of the Claimant ? PRA group uk portfolios ltd   How many defendant's  joint or self ? self   Date of issue – top right hand corner of the claim form – this in order to establish the time line you need to adhere to. 14 june 2024   ^^^^^ NOTE : WHEN CALCULATING THE TIMELINE - PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE DATE ON THE CLAIMFORM IS ONE IN THE COUNT [example: Issue date 01.03.2014 + 19 days (5 days for service + 14 days to acknowledge) = 19.03.2014 + 14 days to submit defence = 02.04.2014] = 33 days in total   Date of issue XX + 19 days ( 5 day for service + 14 days to acknowledge) = XX + 14 days to submit defence = XX (33 days in total)  if your defence filing date falls on a W/End, you must file by friday @4PM     Particulars of Claim   What is the claim for – the reason they have issued the claim? Please type out their particulars of claim in full (verbatim) less any identifiable data and round the amounts up/down. state how many digits the account number has.. The claimant claims the sum of £6823 for an outstanding debt owed. On 29/8/2013 the defendant entered into an agreement with Barclays Bank UK for a credt card under ref *********. On 22/3/21 the defendant defaulted the agreement with an outstanding balance of £7074. On 26/7.22 the debt of £6937 was assigned to PRA Group lts who itself assigned the debt to PRA group UK portfolios ltd on 30/12/23. Notices of assignement were sent to the defendant in accordance with S136 Law and Propert act 1925. The claimant has instructed PRA group UK ltd to act on its behalf in the recovery of the outstanding debt and to pursue litigation on its behalf. Payments of £103 were recieved up to 5/12/23 and adjustments have been applied in the sum of £10, and the claimant claims 1. The sum of £6823.88   What is the total value of the claim? £7378.88   Have you received prior notice of a claim being issued pursuant to paragraph 3 of the PAPDC (Pre Action Protocol) ? yes   Have you changed your address since the time at which the debt referred to in the claim was allegedly incurred? no   Did you inform the claimant of your change of address? n/a Is the claim for - a Bank Account (Overdraft) or credit card or loan or catalogue or mobile phone account? credit card   When did you enter into the original agreement before or after April 2007 ? after   Do you recall how you entered into the agreement...On line /In branch/By post ? don't recall, likely online   Is the debt showing on your credit reference files (Experian/Equifax /Etc...) ?yes   Has the claim been issued by the original creditor or was the account assigned and it is the Debt purchaser who has issued the claim. assigned to purchaser   Were you aware the account had been assigned – did you receive a Notice of Assignment? yes   Did you receive a Default Notice from the original creditor? don't recall   Have you been receiving statutory notices headed “Notice of Sums in Arrears”  or " Notice of Arrears "– at least once a year ? yes   Why did you cease payments? account was marked unenforcable by PRA due to lack of cca   What was the date of your last payment? december 23   Was there a dispute with the original creditor that remains unresolved? no   Did you communicate any financial problems to the original creditor and make any attempt to enter into a debt management plan? yes  
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    • Thanks for your reply. After you didn't respond to the the paploc, what was their next step? Did they resend the paploc? I feel it's like others have suggested, it's a 'fish' to get someone to respond. Ref the email, I don't think I've ever had one, even when J and P took over with the first round of comms, then I received two within in a few days (both with same info) and a few days later, the J and P paploc. Any guesses what they're thinking changing between J and P to IDR and vice versa?
    • Please explain what you mean when you say that he hadn't followed pre-action protocols. How much of the original spec that you worked to do you have in writing.  Do you have photos? What other written evidence do you have?    
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      On 15/1/24 booked appointment with Big Motoring World (BMW) to view a mini on 17/1/24 at 8pm at their Enfield dealership.  

      Car was dirty and test drive was two circuits of roundabout on entry to the showroom.  Was p/x my car and rushed by sales exec and a manager into buying the mini and a 3yr warranty that night, sale all wrapped up by 10pm.  They strongly advised me taking warranty out on car that age (2017) and confirmed it was honoured at over 500 UK registered garages.

      The next day, 18/1/24 noticed amber engine warning light on dashboard , immediately phoned BMW aftercare team to ask for it to be investigated asap at nearest garage to me. After 15 mins on hold was told only their 5 service centres across the UK can deal with car issues with earliest date for inspection in March ! Said I’m not happy with that given what sales team advised or driving car. Told an amber warning light only advisory so to drive with caution and call back when light goes red.

      I’m not happy to do this, drive the car or with the after care experience (a sign of further stresses to come) so want a refund and to return the car asap.

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    • We have finally managed to obtain the transcript of this case.

      The judge's reasoning is very useful and will certainly be helpful in any other cases relating to third-party rights where the customer has contracted with the courier company by using a broker.
      This is generally speaking the problem with using PackLink who are domiciled in Spain and very conveniently out of reach of the British justice system.

      Frankly I don't think that is any accident.

      One of the points that the judge made was that the customers contract with the broker specifically refers to the courier – and it is clear that the courier knows that they are acting for a third party. There is no need to name the third party. They just have to be recognisably part of a class of person – such as a sender or a recipient of the parcel.

      Please note that a recent case against UPS failed on exactly the same issue with the judge held that the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 did not apply.

      We will be getting that transcript very soon. We will look at it and we will understand how the judge made such catastrophic mistakes. It was a very poor judgement.
      We will be recommending that people do include this adverse judgement in their bundle so that when they go to county court the judge will see both sides and see the arguments against this adverse judgement.
      Also, we will be to demonstrate to the judge that we are fair-minded and that we don't mind bringing everything to the attention of the judge even if it is against our own interests.
      This is good ethical practice.

      It would be very nice if the parcel delivery companies – including EVRi – practised this kind of thing as well.

       

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It's not what we were promised with Brexit.

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I've an idea that what this is is clearing out stock of old tech panels as there have been signs of major breakthroughs in solar tech - inc what is effectively solar paint

 

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So much for the Torys and Brexit protecting the UKs waters and fish

“Industrial fishing is designed to kill marine life as efficiently as possible,” said Hugo Tagholm, the executive director of Oceana UK. "Everything from sharks to starfish are hoovered up by bottom trawling, which can destroy whole ecosystems and empty our seas of life. This also threatens communities seeking to make a sustainable living from our seas.

“How can we call them ‘protected’ if we have such highly extractive industries in them?

 

 

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More indications that we are passing through the solar maximum - or our Suns activity has increased a significant tick

Lets hope its the former

 

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Yep, those 'requirements' not met to shareholders satisfaction seem to me to be:

1. Not being allowed to increase customer bills by 40% (of which well over 50% of the new total would NOT be investment)

2. 1 plus regulators not agreeing to letting them do 'things in their own time (ie carry on regardless)

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Amazing claims from South West Water. The public has no right to swim in the sea and SWW has no legal duty to keep waters clean.

Who does the sea belong to? EDIT: It seems it's the Crown Estate. Another thought I've had since this started is what happens if the pollution reaches French or Belgian waters the other side of the Channel? Can the UK be sued by them?

 

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As South West Water defends a court action from a Devon swimmer, it also claims it has no legal duty to keep waters clean

 

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The Boat race

“The warning was stern: Do not enter the water. Not because of the tide. Not because of sharks. Because of the sewage."

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"The New York Times, Fox News, ABC, CNN and numerous other international media have run stories in the buildup to Saturday’s race – although it is what is floating in the Thames, rather than on top of it, that has piqued their interest."

 

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Labour’s shadow environment secretary, Steve Reed, said: “It is sickening that this Conservative government has turned a blind eye to illegal sewage dumping that has put thousands of people in hospital. To make matters worse, consumers face higher water bills while water bosses pocket millions in bonuses.

“Labour will put the water companies under special measures to clean up water. We will strengthen regulation so that law-breaking water bosses face criminal charges, and give the regulator new powers to block the payment of any bonuses until water bosses have cleaned up their filth.”

 

That should also include blocking payments of dividends and any increase in domestic charges until the companies have improved infrastructure and reduced debt.

 

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That will be another nail in the tory coffin pre GE

maybe they will claim they are going to do something - after 14 years of just removing monitoring and gutting regulator power

- they will be lying

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and lets not forget

"Water companies in England and Wales have almost doubled their profits since 2019.

During this parliament, which started in 2019, pre-tax profits at water companies have climbed by 82%, according to a Liberal Democrat analysis of Companies House data.

It found that in 2022-23, England’s water firms made £1.7bn in pre-tax profits. This is up 82% since 2018-19, when the same companies made £955m. Since 2018-19, water firms have made £4.2bn in pre-tax profits."

 

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The president of Botswana has a good point.

Botswana is literally overrun with elephants. They've become an invasive species that destroys the environment for every other living creature and have to be controlled somehow. The devastation they cause has to be seen to be believed. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm not pro hunting but hunting has more than just the benefit of controlling numbers. It provides employment to an impoverished nation and most importantly, managed hunting reserves maintain pristine environments (to the benefit of all living species) that would otherwise be concreted over or turned over to intensive farming.

 

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Germany wants tougher limits on hunting the animals, but Botswana says it has too many of them.

 

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1 hour ago, cjcregg said:

Botswana is literally overrun with humans. They've become an invasive species that destroys the environment for every other living creature and have to be controlled somehow. The devastation they cause has to be seen to be believed. 

 

1. Elephants were there first for millions of years before Sapiens

2. They cause far less damage than the equivalent number of humans

3. There are orders of magnitude more humans than elephants

 

Surely we need to look at controlling our own numbers and planetary destruction tenancies first and foremost.

Looking at other species is just a distraction.

 

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1. Elephants were there first for millions of years before Sapiens

2. They cause far less damage than the equivalent number of humans

3. There are orders of magnitude more humans than elephants

 

Surely we need to look at controlling our own numbers and planetary destruction tenancies first and foremost.

Looking at other species is just a distraction.

 

Please stop editing my posts in your quotes. You've got form for doing this.

I said that ''Botswana is literally overrun with elephants'' (remember?) But you substituted ''elephants'' with ''humans'' presumably to distort my opinion to suit your argument.

I'm always happy to participate in informed debate, but only if it's in good faith.

 

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4 hours ago, cjcregg said:

Botswana is literally overrun with elephants. They've become an invasive species that destroys the environment for every other living creature and have to be controlled somehow. The devastation they cause has to be seen to be believed.

 

Surely you mean

Botswana is literally overrun with humans. They've become an invasive species that destroys the environment for every other living creature and have to be controlled somehow. The devastation they cause has to be seen to be believed. 

 

1. Elephants were there first for millions of years before Sapiens

2. They cause far less damage than the equivalent number of humans

3. There are orders of magnitude more humans than elephants

 

Don't we need to look at controlling our own numbers and planetary destruction tenancies first and foremost?

Looking at other species (even locusts) is just a distraction.

 

Example

WWW.BOTSWANACLIMATENETWORK.ORG

Botswana is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa with a rich cultural heritage and an abundance of natural resources...

 

 

that suit your preferences better @cjcregg?

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Now - want to consider how climate change, habitat shrinkage on a massive scale and human infestation of even those shrunken habitats to illegally log and hunt actually define the increased interaction between human and elephant - among other species?

 

Perhaps start with a simple question:

If elephants vanished from Botswana tomorrow, would the issues currently attributed to elephants in the reports related to your claim actually vanish - or would the situation actually get worse if the limited protections in place for elephants remaining habitats were rescinded with the elephants disappearance?

 

(of course the interactions would end - but would the environmental damage decrease or increase?)

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Surely you mean

Botswana is literally overrun with humans. They've become an invasive species that destroys the environment for every other living creature and have to be controlled somehow. The devastation they cause has to be seen to be believed. 

 

1. Elephants were there first for millions of years before Sapiens

2. They cause far less damage than the equivalent number of humans

3. There are orders of magnitude more humans than elephants

 

Don't we need to look at controlling our own numbers and planetary destruction tenancies first and foremost?

Looking at other species (even locusts) is just a distraction.

 

Example

WWW.BOTSWANACLIMATENETWORK.ORG

Botswana is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa with a rich cultural heritage and an abundance of natural resources...

 

 

that suit your preferences better @cjcregg?

Thank you for re-editing my post.

No, I don't mean Botswana is literally overrun with humans. Why would I when it's one of the most parsley populated countries in the world? Its population density is just 4.52 people per sq km, compared to 270 in the UK.

The human population isn't the problem, at least in Botswana, it's how we manage our co-existence with other species and conserve them, all of them.

Sure we need to control our own numbers but that's just an aspiration, it's not a solution to the immediate problem or even at all. The elephant population in Botswana has doubled in the last 20 years and Botswana's finite natural resources aren't capable of sustaining such exponential population growth. Something has to give, it's just a question of what.

 

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Botswana has massive resources. Britain is very densely populated. As you say - Botswana just 2M people - so loads of space?

I partly agree its how we manage our co-existance with other species - and our and their environment.

 

You do realise this is kicking off because of the threat to ban the very profitable sale of trophies - much of which trade seems to be illegal from poachers?  - ?despite? government intervention

(see the reports of hundreds of unidentified dead elephants and wildly varying elephant population densities )

 

I agree with understand culling species if absolutely necessary - NOT when that culling is wrapped up in illegal killing to sell the ivory. Rather like the illegal aspects of the diamond trade.

AND The elephant population is a major driver of Botswana's tourist industry - 20% of the countries economy

 

So, after basic sanity checking - do you think that the ecological damage would reduce or increase in the then ex-elephant' zones if the elephants were exterminated - or crowded in smaller areas despite all that space ?

 

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It has 'loads of space' but 70% of it is the Kalahari desert which can only support a very limited number of elephants.

Elephants don't eat diamonds or any of the other 'natural resources' you listed. Clearly I was referring to food resources ie vegetation.

Thanks for the links but I'm quite up to speed with pretty much everything I need to know about Botswana.

 

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It has 'loads of space' but 70% of it is the Kalahari desert which can only support a very limited number of elephants.

Elephants don't eat diamonds or any of the other 'natural resources' you listed. Clearly I was referring to food resources ie vegetation.

Thanks for the links but I'm quite up to speed with pretty much everything I need to know about Botswana.

 

Clearly not with such ridiculous responses as 'elephants dont eat diamonds'. Might be everything you want to know .. but clearly NOT what you need to know.

 

So, if you are such an expert you dont need to refer any further:

Why is the Botswana government not doing more to alleviate genuine issues with poached ivory?

How much cash has the government got (impressively mainly made from NOT doing what African nations leaders do with any money) - largely unused apart from a relatively small part keeping the elite rich

In a nation larger than France, but with only a bit over 2 million inhabitants, and loads of cash - why aren't they greening the desert and savanna rather than moaning about elephants moving from the areas that can either no longer support them  or they have been driven from?

and a key question:

Why is such a wealthy (relative to inhabitants) nation apparently so involved in elephant hunting and illegal trophy markets?

Why is such a sunny country not investing its 'spare' money in solar? Sticking rather with coal which puts money in the hands of a few?

Why is a country near the front line of climate change, with lakes etc retreating significantly, yet with an apparent strong will to stay with historic herding lifestyle not doing more to enable it?

Why is there such high unemployment in a relatively wealthy potentially developing nation?

Some useful background for a starter - if you bother to read it - its not complex at this stage. Half hour at most.

 

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Botswana - Democracy, Tribalism, Wildlife: Under the 1966 constitution (since amended), Botswana is a multiparty republic...

 

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The debate following the handing over of the social dialogue report on lifting of the hunting ban in Botswana continues.

 

what was done and can be grown upon - but it has rather stalled and changed direction

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How the southern African nation managed to make the best of its natural resources.

 

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A spate of arrests points to an elephant poaching increase in Botswana, shining a light on the efficacy of anti-poaching systems

 

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I wouldn't consider myself an expert as such but I do think I'm somewhat better placed to understand the issues that the over population of elephants is having on Botswana and other species. I don't pretend that I know what the solution is but I do speak with conservationists on the ground there who believe that the situation is so precarious now that hunting has to be considered as part of the solution.

My family owns shares in game reserves in both South Africa and Botswana and I have witnessed with my own eyes a single bull elephant completely destroy acres of mature woodland in just a few weeks. This has a devastating effect on all other life forms that depend on such environments, both directly and indirectly. It's not unlike the effect that logging has on the Brazilian rain forest.

You correctly identify that elephants are a tourist attraction but fail to recognise that so are many other species - whose existence is being threatened by the habitat loss caused by elephants. Nobody would be interested in safari tourism that just featured elephants, but that's where this is heading. If the elephant population in Botswana halved tomorrow, there would still be 100,000 elephants to see. And they're not exactly difficult to spot. 

At Limpopo Lipadi we can sustain a small population but many times that number of migrant elephants regularly enter the reserve via the Limpopo river, circumventing the game fencing and trashing the habitat. In 2020 alone it cost $150k (the entire annual conservation budget) to translocate 20 bulls and within 15 months that number had re-established itself in the reserve. Many arboreal species too numerous to mention are now absent from the reserve. This situation is replicated across Botswana and beyond. In Kruger National Park in South Africa the elephant population is at its highest level ever despite major culling programs. I've visited Kruger for decades and noticed that visitors don't even stop at elephant sightings anymore as they're so numerous.

You can criticise the Botswanan government all you like but bunny-hugging armchair conservationists Googling 'Botswana' are not going to identify the solution until they have a meaningful understanding of what the problem is.

 

 

 

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I wouldn't consider myself an expert as such but I do think I'm somewhat better placed to understand the issues that the over population of elephants is having on Botswana and other species. I don't pretend that I know what the solution is but I do speak with conservationists on the ground there who believe that the situation is so precarious now that hunting has to be considered as part of the solution.

My family owns shares in game reserves in both South Africa and Botswana and I have witnessed with my own eyes a single bull elephant completely destroy acres of mature woodland in just a few weeks. This has a devastating effect on all other life forms that depend on such environments, both directly and indirectly. It's not unlike the effect that logging has on the Brazilian rain forest.

You correctly identify that elephants are a tourist attraction but fail to recognise that so are many other species

 

 

Back to the point you ignored:

You do realise (that article) is really about Germany banning imports due to elephant hunting/poaching (err) and  internationally illegal trophies which many countries ban due to the entwined illegal poacher trade - not about humane culling

You also seem to ignore, despite referencing - that Botswana is reintroducing elephant HUNTING and trophy sale, while disarming the poaching wardens? Not unavoidable humanitarian culling/herd management?

 

You reference a bull elephant destroying some stuff while on a rampage - so why was the elephant on a rampage? and SURELY there are far better mechanisms for manage and culling occasional rogue elephants without reintroducing hunting and trophy marketing.

.. let alone raging against other countries who exercise their right to choose NOT to be party to those in hunting and trophy market

 

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The Tory Legacy

Record high: Taxes, Immigration, Excrement in waterways, energy company/crony profits

Crumbling: Hospitals, Schools, council services, businesses and roads

If only the Govt had thrown a protective ring around care homes

with the same gusto they do around their crooked MPs

 

However bad you think things are ..

Could be worse - could be Farage

Has he moved to clacton yet?

 

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