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New Zealand's scandal of exploiting foreign fishermen to end

21 Apr 2014

Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress

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Exploitation of Filipino fishermen on "foreign" vessels in New Zealand waters should end with new laws 

Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New...

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Premium processing for H-1B US visas

21 Apr 2014

On April 28, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin premium processing for H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2015 cap, including H-1B petitions seeking an exemption from the fiscal year cap for individuals who have earned a U.S. master’s degree or higher. USCIS first announced that we would begin premium processing for H-1B cap cases no...

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Aussie hardline leaves asylum seekers filling Indon immigration camps

21 Apr 2014

Since Ausralia started to shift asylum seekers to camps in Papua New Guinea, Indonesian immigration detention facilities are filling up

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The detention centre in Makassar on Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island, was holding 25 unaccompanied minors in one room when IRIN visited © Kristy Siegfried/IRIN

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Saleem Ali* was just 13 when his mother decided that paying strangers to smuggle him...

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£80,000 fine for broker who lied in mortgage application

19 Apr 2014

The British Upper Tribunal (Tribunal) has upheld the decision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to impose a financial penalty of £80,000 on Amir Khan, director of Sovereign Worldwide Limited (Sovereign), for dishonestly submitting false income details to a mortgage lender in a personal mortgage application. 

The judgement was issued by the Tribunal on 8 April 2014 after a two...

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Credit Suisse London trader banned & fined heavily over suspect bond deal

19 Apr 2014

Mark Stevenson, a bond trader with nearly 30 years' experience, has been banned from the industry and fined £662,700 for deliberately manipulating a UK government bond (gilt) on 10 October 2011

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Credit Suisse headquarters in Zurich; a rogue trader in their London offices tried to slip a fraudulent trade of bonds to the Bank of England. Photo credit: Georgia Xenakis...

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Illegal land bank firm loses appeal

19 Apr 2014

The Court of Appeal has dismissed, on all counts, an appeal by David Banner-Eve and Asset Land L.I. 

Asset Land L.I. was an illegal land banking firm, run by Banner-Eve and his associates, selling plots of land as investments in Stansted, Harrogate, Lutterworth, Newbury, Liphook and South Godstone.

The judgment makes clear that the law around collective investment schemes (CIS),...

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Viking, the classic Danish bike at €43K

18 Apr 2014

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The Viking Concept bike combines classic design with modern technology (larger photos below) 

  • Premium concept motorcycle unites two of Denmark’s most innovative industry names: Anders Kirk Johansen and Henrik Fisker
  • Viking Concept design study indicates possible future direction for bespoke Danish custom bike builder, Lauge Jensen
  • Viking Concept is the first motorcycle to be Euro IV compliant without compromising...
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    VW Touareg debuts at the Auto China show in Beijing

    17 Apr 2014

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    Volkswagen Touareg, larger photos below 

    The redesigned Volkswagen Touareg has made its debut at the Auto China show in Beijing.  With a refreshed styling front and rear, new features and trims and greater efficiency, Volkswagen’s rugged yet refined premium SUV is more competitive than ever.

    The front-end design of the Touareg features larger headlights (now bi-xenon as standard across...

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    Juliette D'Souza to stand trial in London court

    17 Apr 2014

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    Juliette D'Souza 

    A woman from Hampstead is to stand trial on theft & fraud charges on 28th April.

    The woman, who is described as a spiritual healer, is charged with fraudulently taking money from people to send to a Shaman (witch doctor) in the South American Amazon jungle ostensily for the purposes of healing.

    Juliette D’Souza, 59, of Perrin’s...

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    McLaren GT celebrate win at Monza

    17 Apr 2014

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    Celebrating McLaren's success; larger format HD race photos below  

    The 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series got underway this weekend at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Italy, with McLaren GT present for the third consecutive year.

    Customer teams ART Grand Prix and Boutsen-Ginion Racing both fielded a two car line-up with the 12C GT3, and showed early pace during...

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    Fake carer stole £50K from Alzheimer's victim

    16 Apr 2014

    A man has been jailed after stealing over £50,000 from an elderly man he was caring for

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    Sean Mockler robbed elderly victim with dementia while pretending to look after him 

    Sean Mockler, 47, of Gledhill Avenue, Ordsall in Manchester pleaded guilty to theft and was sentenced yesterday, Tuesday 15 April 2014, at Manchester Crown Court to two years six...

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    Bentley's strut their stuff at Monza

    16 Apr 2014

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    A Bentley Continental GT3 cornering on 2 wheels at Monza (with large high-definition photos)

    Team M-Sport Bentley opened their 2014 racing account with a strong performance at the first race of the Blancpain Endurance Series in Monza, Italy. After three hours of racing in sunny and warm conditions at the famous circuit, the two Continental GT3s finished line astern in...

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    Foreclosed Properties: UnionBank 216th auction of Luzon property 26th April 2014

    16 Apr 2014

    UnionBank of the Philippines will conduct another half-day Public Auction of real estate properties on Saturday 26 April in Pasig City

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    UnionBank's latest auction for Luzon contains many condominiums - lists below with pictures of the properties 

    Just bring PhP 20,000 show money (cash or manager's check) to qualify to bid for each property. The sale is on "as...

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    Toyota invent app for rice farmers

    15 Apr 2014

    Toyota is using its wealth of knowledge about production control systems and process improvements to help rice farmers with a new IT tool to manage their workload

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    Large-scale tests begin this month of the cloud-based system as part of a Japanese government-backed project to create advanced agricultural management models. These are needed to support the growing numbers of small-scale...

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    Jensen name comes back from the dead

    15 Apr 2014

    One of the most loved British marques of all time has a new champion in the classic car restoration industry

    Jensen Motors Ltd is now trading from its Oxfordshire premises.

    The company may be new, but the team has over 30 years' experience in all aspects of restoration and rebuild.

    Fully acquainted with Jensen-focused traditional techniques, machine presses, model range and history, Jensen Motors Ltd's...

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    Nine charged in conspiracy to steal millions of dollars using “Zeus” malware

    15 Apr 2014

    Hacking gang stole millions from people's bank accounts by getting into thousands of computers 

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    Yuriy Konovalenko left, and Yevhen Kulibaba, both Ukrainians were extradited from Britain to stand trial in the "Zeus" trial 

    Nine  alleged members of a wide-ranging racketeering enterprise and conspiracy who infected thousands of business computers with malicious software known as “Zeus” have been...

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    Lea Salonga's dad fired and indicted over graft charges

    15 Apr 2014

    The father of world famous Filipina singer and actress Lea Salonga is facing jail over a corrupt contract at Subic Bay

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    Lea Salonga may next see her father behind bars. Photo credit: Frank Tang 

    Feliciano Salonga, along with 17 other former and serving executives, has been charged in relation to the corrupt handling of a contract at ports...

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    Foreclosed Properties: BDO's latest lists of Philippine repossessed real estate

    14 Apr 2014

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    The BDO has released its list of Philippines properties on offer

    The Banco de Oro (BDO) has just released its foreclosed property lists for the Philippines.

    This one is for residential and commercial real estate throughout the archipeligo.

    The list has many various properties on offer, as well as very many condominiums which will be of interest to foreigners.

    The...

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    Foreclosed Properties: PNB auction of prime properties by sealed bids

    14 Apr 2014

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    The Philippine National Bank (PNB) are holding a special auction by sealed bids of prime foreclosed properties on 25th April 2014. This will be held in Pasay. Details on the flyer below. 

    Public Sealed Bidding is one of the channels traditionally engaged by PNB in the disposal of its foreclosed assets. It is a more proactive approach to ensure that... [More]
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    Raped woman & child, judge puts animal away for 18 years

    13 Apr 2014

    Stoke double rapist gets 18 years

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    Francis Gilbert raped  woman & a child 

    A man has been jailed for 18 years after being found guilty of raping a child and adult.

    Francis Gilbert, of Ridgway Road, Hanley, was sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court Fri 11 April following two earlier, separate trials.

    The 48-year-old was found guilty of raping a...

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    Car crash scam left innocent driver dead

    13 Apr 2014

    Crash for Cash fatal collision final defendant convicted – Denham, Buckinghamshire

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    Ireneusz Marek Staniak gets 9 years for insurance fraud crash leaving a man dead 

    The final defendant standing trial for the landmark case investigated by Thames Valley Police into a fatal Crash for Cash collision on 11 June 2011, was convicted and sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment 11th...

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    Greek rapist gets 9 years after extradition

    13 Apr 2014

    Fled to Greece but eventually brought to justice with a European Arrest Warrant

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    Andreas Ververopoulos thought he was safe in Greece but is now serving 9 years for rape 

    A 27-year-old man has, Friday, 11 April, pleaded guilty to the rape of a teenage girl in Ash seven years ago.

    He appeared at Guildford Crown Court in Surrey,...

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    Scotland Yard's gun gang net machine pistol, arrest 9 in major drugs raid

    12 Apr 2014

    A sub-machine gun has been removed from the streets of London following an operation by Trident officers

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    The Skorpion machine gun seized in the Mitcham drugs raid 

    Police recovered the Scorpion sub-machine gun and 70 rounds of ammunition during the operation in Mitcham in South London at approximately 2350 hrs last night, Friday, 11 April.

    Officers also found also...

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    Lifestyle brought crook with mansion in Pakistan to British jail

    12 Apr 2014

    A Birmingham man who built a house the size of Buckingham Palace by dodging taxes has been jailed after an "Al Capone" style investigation

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    • "Godfather" thought he was untouchable
    • Local community fears brought to police attention 
    • Police & tax officials mounted a similar operation to the FBI one that brought down Chicago Mafia...
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    Internal Home Office document reveals staff procedures for removing people from the UK

    11 Apr 2014

    Staff document reveals instructions for deportations from Britain 

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    An internally circulated Home Office document has come into the possession of Balita Pinoy detailing staff instructions for the removal of people from Britain.

    Although without any heading that it is Secret, Confidential or Restricted and is on the British government's own website, it is clearly not meant for public consumption....

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    Police warn on growing ATM courier fraudsters

    11 Apr 2014

    Detectives from Surrey Police are warning residents to remain vigilant after several recent reports of scams involving fraudsters obtaining bank details using bogus telephone calls. In one case a woman was persuaded to part with £45,000.

    All three incidents happened on Tuesday 1 April and each time someone with a Scottish accent has called the victim saying his name is...

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    Ferrari kit car destroyed after being stolen

    11 Apr 2014

    Detectives from North Surrey CID are appealing for information after a kit car was stolen from a property in Walton-on-Thames and later found burnt out in West Molesey

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    The car was last seen parked outside an address in New Zealand Avenue, Walton-on-Thames at around 6.30pm on Monday, 24 March. It is believed that the car keys may have been...

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    City of London police takeover Action Fraud

    11 Apr 2014

    Experts get hold of oft-criticized Action Fraud 

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    As a world financial center, the City of London is always prone to fraud, so the City's police are specialists in investigating this type of crime. Photo credit: KrakenHammer 

    The national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, Action Fraud, today becomes part of the City of London Police, strengthening the UK’s...

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    City of London cops get fraudster back from Dubai

    11 Apr 2014

    Criminal extradited from UAE jailed for £15m bank fraud

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    Sohail Qureshi was safe in Dubai until the extradition treaty was signed with the UK  

    The mastermind of a £15 million banking fraud against the Royal Bank of Scotland who was extradited from the United Arab Emirates to the UK to stand trial has been jailed for eight years at Southwark...

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    South London murderer gets life

    11 Apr 2014

    Man sentenced to life for murdering deaf man in Southwark  

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    Soufiale Essabri sentenced to life for homicide of disabled man 

    A man who strangled a deaf man with limited speech has been sentenced at the Old Bailey, Wednesday 9 April, to life imprisonment for murder.

    Soufiale Essabri, 23, an unemployed French national of Rathmore Road, SE7 was found...

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