Cambridge Pinay Loan Shark Trial, One Guilty, One Freed
Filipina nurse exposed over violent threats to victims
Told victims to use funeral money to repay illegal loans and promised to rub one victim's face in the concrete
Judge Gareth Hawkesworth at Cambridge Crown Court said Mallari was causing fear and anxiety to victim's families
Narcita Mallari, of Arran Close in Cherry Hinton pleaded guilty to two counts of illegal money lending just before she was due to stand trial. She was investigated and prosecuted by the England Illegal Money Lending Team working in partnership with Cambridge County Council.[More]
One Love Abra Concert In London 22 June 2013
Moved by recent photographs of elementary schools in Abra taken by a former London resident, Jomel Anthony Gutierrez, who now works for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Baguio City, the European Network of Filipino Diaspora-UK (ENFiD-UK) decided to organize a fundraising event.[More]
Young Pinay Promoted To US Army Company Commander
Captain Susan Barroga Lindsey
Captain B. Lindsey will assume the post as the Company Commander of Intelligence & Sustainment for the US Army 25th Infantry Division. She took on the position in a Change of Command Ceremony on June 6, 2013 at General's Field, Honolulu, Hawaii.[More]
"Marcos Daughter" Cheated Swedish Investors Of £300,000 & Involved In Failed British Port Project
Helena Skeggs, Helena Marcos, Helena Pedroche or even Helena Smith-Campbell - take your choice. These are all names used by the woman who claims to be the adopted or illegitimate daughter of former Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos
Documents which have surfaced reveal Helena Skeggs, the London based Filipina who pretends to be Ferdinand Marcos' daughter and has duped scores of Filipinos of money in London, was involved in a fraud of over £300,000 in 2002
She was also instrumental in trying to fool investors in the Hayle Harbour multi-million pound port regeneration project in Cornwall that she could raise the finance they needed leaving it later to collapse
Stole paintings on display in a Leeds hotel
Duped staffers at the same hotel, as well as trying to get out of paying hotel bills
Pretended the Marcos family owned British sports car company Marcos Cars
Jail For Filipino In British Illegal Jobs Racket
Fernando Salcedo, a Pinoy career criminal in northern England, gets jailed over massive illegal immigration & jobs racket
A Filipino gang leader based in the north east of England who used security firms as a front for money laundering and illegal working has been jailed for 30 months in Newcastle Crown Court.[More]
Online Poll Now In Operation For Filipinos & OFW's
Balita Pinoy has now set up an online poll section
First poll is regarding the lack of diplomatic representation in Ireland
This is specifically for Filipinos and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW's) to vote on an issue they consider either urgent, important or both.[More]
Balikbayan Boxes: PSB's Latest List Of Banned Companies
Balikbayan Boxes: The DTI's PSB are getting much more active in checking on the credentials and performance of cargo companies servicing OFW's
The Philippine Shipper's Bureau (PSB), a sub-section of the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) in Manila has issued its latest advisory to Overseas Filipinos Workers (OFW'S) and their consignees in the Philippines not to do business with the attached lists of unaccredited freight forwarding companies and Philippine Counterparts/ Agents of foreign principals/cargo consolidators.[More & Full Lists]
Another Dublin Outreach To Be Held 25th & 26th May 2013
Next Embassy outreach in Dublin expected to process 350 passport applications
It looks like the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila (DFA) and Embassy bigwigs in London have taken note of the complaints coming in from Filipinos in Ireland over the passport fiasco.[More]
Beware When Buying A Used Auto
"Clocking" as it is known in Britain, Ireland and elsewhere is also known as Odometer fraud and costs customers thousands when the readings are turned back
- The average value of a hatchback rises by 42% once it has been clocked - with popular vehicles such as the VW Golf rising by as much as 47%*
- 4x4s values rise by an average of 30% - with prestige models such as the Land Rover Discovery rising by 37%*
- Popular sports models have car fraudsters use ‘clocking' - illegitimately adjusting a vehicle's mileage - to make a swift profit from unsuspecting buyers, including dealers and their customers. Average of nearly 40% added to their value - examples include the Alfa Romeo Spider Convertible which can rise by over 46%*
- People carriers rise by an average 50% in value after they have been clocked - with the value of a VW Sharan rising by nearly 60%*
Filipino Events In The UK May 2013 Onwards
The following is a list of Filipino events in the UK and advisories issued by the Philippine embassy in London.
This is a big section, with a lot of notices of interest to Filipinos in the UK and Northern Ireland.[More]
Free Classified Adverts Service
Balita Pinoy has set up a Free Classified Adverts system for the benefit of Filipinos both in the Philippines and those ten million or so OFW's living and workng abroad.
We have tried to make it as simple as possible for ease of use[More]
PhP35,000 For A Philippine Passport
The most expensive passports in the world, if you're a Pinoy in Ireland it will cost you €650 to renew a passport
Filipinos in the Republic of Ireland are now faced with having to pay around €650 (Euros) or PhP35,252 to renew their Philippine passports. This staggering cost is a result of the embassy in Dublin having closed in tandem with the introduction of the new ePassport.
14,000 Philippine nationals are now faced with having to travel to London to renew their passports, which includes having to get a visa at the British embassy in Dublin costing €100, and hope that they can get the business completed in one day.
This problem is a direct result of the lack of foresight and advance planning by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila.
UK Philippine Community Events
The following is a list of forthcoming events in the UK related to Filipinos.
If you have a Pinoy related event, you can list it free of charge in Balita Pinoy; it does not have to be in the UK[More]
UK Vacancies For Nurses & Health Visitors (Central, W & NW London)
Required for Ealing and Central and Northwest London Various ongoing positions for
Paediatric community nurses
Emergency Nurse Practitioners
We are also recruiting for Twilight Nurses and band 3 HCAs in the community (car drivers)
Dolphin Care Looking For Nurses, Care Workers & Other Health Care ProfessionalsLondon based care company urgently need health care workers to cover NHS contracts
Dolphin Care are urgently seeking nurses, carers and other health care professionals for NHS contracts in London and the South East.
At present, we are working with clients who are amongst the leading NHS hospitals in Essex and London. We have a variety of RGN jobs available and we are keen to hear from nurses who are available to start work immediately.[More]
OFW Money Boosts PHL's International Credit Rating
Remittance money into the Philippines from the country's 10 million overseas workers has provided the bedrock for an improvement in PHL's credit ratings.
The rating agency Fitch has just released a report (republished in full) on the Philippines which essentially says it [the Philippines] has now moved into the investable grade of countries area and that OFW remittances are the main reason.[More]
OFW's - Share Your Story & Photos
This is your opportunity to share your stories, pictures and even videos with other OFW's.
There are over 10 million OFW's around the world, that is a lot of stories, and a lot of people would like to read the stories and see the pictures.[More & Details]
Filipinos Expected To Leave Cyprus In "Eurogedden" Mass Exodus
20,000 Philippine expat workers in Mediterannean island will find jobs hard to keep in the island's financial meltdown
One of the results of an impending fiscal cash in Cyprus will be thousands of Pinoys desperately looking for new jobs in other countries.[More]
Work & Study In Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver, the Pearl of Canada's Pacific Coast is a great place to live, study and work in - now the Vancouver Institute of Professional Management can help Filipinos get there
More than half of people around the world say they would abandon their homelands and emigrate to Canada if they could. 53 per cent of adults in the world's 24 leading economies said they would emigrate to Canada, a survey by the Historica-Dominion Institute concluded recently.[More]
London Police Warning Over New Type Of Card Scam
Mohammed Dulu Miah (left) & his brother Shilu Miah (right) two of the fraudsters jailed for 10 years in the new type of card scam - details in main article
London's Metropolitan Police are starting a campaign aimed at warning and highlighting a new type of credit/bank card scam which has netted crooks at least £5 million in just over a year.
One person had £155,000 taken from their account through this type of scam known as "Courier Fraud".
Police are urging Londoners to avoid falling foul of ruthless fraudsters who use courier firms to help defraud victims of their life savings.[More]
Party-List Alagad Targets OFW's In Forthcoming Election"A True Advocate For The Urban Poor And Global Filipinos"
Alagad, Ang Boses ng Maralita sa Kongreso, is reaching out to the electorate to continue its program to implement and document "good practices" in poverty alleviation; participatory, transparent and accountable governance; and inclusive and sustainable urban development.
Dodgie Osabel, Alagad's President-Founder, says: "Global Filipinos are the economic heroes who have kept the country afloat but the system has marginalized them out of the mainstream. They are a potent force for constructive change in national and local governance."[More]
UKBA NEWS: Guide For Skilled Workers
The United Kingdom Borders Agency (UKBA) have published a brief guide aimed at skilled workers and employers with, or hoping to get, visas for them to enter Britain.
This is in the week major changes have been announced to British immigration laws.[More]
ILO & EU To Conduct A Nursing Survey In The UK
The International Labour Organization (ILO), with funding support from the European Union (EU), is to implement a programme called "Promoting Decent Work Across Borders: A Project for Migrant Health Professionals and Skilled Workers."[More & Link To Survey]
Philippine Embassy London, Closures In March & April
The public is advised that, in observance of Philippine and UK holidays, the Philippine Embassy in London will be closed on the following weekdays of March and April 2013:[More]
UKBA NEWS: Important Changes To The Restricted Certificates Of Sponsorship (RCoS) Application Process From 6 March 2013
The United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) have just announced they are making very important changes to the codes of practice for skilled employers. This includes updating the list of skilled occupations to reflect the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) 2010 system.
This transition means that they are adjusting the arrangements for restricted certificates of sponsorship (RCoS) in March, April and May 2013.
Somali Pirates Arrested, With Luxembourg Joining Patrols
Suspected Somali pirates transferred into custody in the Seychelles
Dutch EU Naval Force frigate HNLMS De Ruyter transferred nine suspected pirates to the Seychelles authorities for prosecution. The transfers happened after te arrests by the Dutch, whohad in turn been alerted to the pirates' presence by a Spanish air patrol[Details with more photos]
Seafarers Get Apps From ITF
New ITF app releases to aid seafarers and charterers
The ITF is launching a new generation of free apps, including one to help seafarers and charterers[More]
PHL Ambassador Presents Credentials To The Irish President
The Philippine Ambassador to the UK & Republic of Ireland Enrique A. Manalo, left, presented his credentials to the Irish President Michael D. Higgins, while it was also officially announced that Mark Christopher Congdon, right, was installed as the new Honorary Consul in Dublin
A busy week in Philippine/Irish relations
Philippine Ambassador officially takes up as envoy to Ireland as he presents his credentials and New Honorary Consul also appointed as first outreach program is held[More]
Rating Agency Downgrades UK Care Home Bond To Junk Status
Southern Cross' corpse leaves the grave and starts biting successor HC-One - major employer of Filipino care workers
Titan bondholders could be headed for a freezing cold bath while outlook for British care home operators looks decidedly bleak
An innocuous looking report into a multi-million pound bond issued in Ireland 6 years ago points the way to a major crisis in Britain's care home industry
The financial report is from credit agency Fitch which has downgraded the bond issued by Titan Europe 2007-1 (NHP) Ltd to that of junk bond status, Moody's, another credit agency has issued a similar warning downgrading it as "speculative".
This bond totals a mouth watering £638 million is due to mature in 2017, and had stopped interest payments already when still linked to the now departed calamitous Southern Cross Healthcare care home operator (SCH). The bonds were issued on behalf of Nursing Home Properties (NHP) which was part of SCH, but then became one of SCH's largest landlords in a controversial finance deal and is now morphed into HC-One care homes group as a wholly owned subsidiary of NHP. HC-One is currently the UK's third largest care home group.[More]
UKBA Putting Up Prices For Visas & Immigration Applications
United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) hike visa & immigration application prices by around 3% - Full list of price rises in article
Today, Immigration Minister Mark Harper laid a written ministerial statement proposing fee increases for visa applications made overseas, and applications made in the UK.[More]
Filipina Loan Shark Escapes Jail In Cambridge Court
Norberta Pineda was sentenced to 250 hours community service over loan shark charges
A woman from Cambridge has been sentenced to community service after judge says she was a reasonable woman in spite of the conviction for illegal money lending.[More]
More Details On Embassy Outreach In Dublin
The Philippine Embassy in London has revealed further details reference their outreach in Dubln 1st & 2nd March.
Filipina In Cambridge Pleads Guilty To Loan Sharking
A woman from Cambridge has pleaded guilty to three counts of illegal money lending, following an earlier hearing at Cambridge Crown Court.
Norberta Pineda, 52 of Coldhams Lane by Cambridge airport, was arrested in July last year, after the England Illegal Money Lending Team executed a warrant at her home seizing documentary evidence, including signed cheques from borrowers which would be cashed if they did not pay on time.[More]
UK TB Visa Checks In Force End Of February
Visa applicants to Britain will require a tuberculosis examination from the end of February - checks will cost PhP 3,200 for the certificate
The UK Border Agency has today announced the arrangements for the introduction of pre-entry tuberculosis (TB) screening in the Philippines.[More]
Free Classified Adverts for Filipinos and OFW's
To view and or post an advert, click on the relevant category below. To post an advert, on the right hand side is a "Post" button, click on this and look for the category again, click on the "Add Message" button, a simple form comes up. Just ensure that the drop-down menu is on the category you want and post your advert.
Each classified ad is allowed 1,000 characters.
Your advert will be posted instantly.
If you wish to add a photo, click on the lnk below. Photos are checked by the editorial team first, and all ads should be live within 24hrs/1 working day.
As a category becomes popular and starts to get "crowded", it will be subdivided.
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Property & Real Estate
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