Arson attack on popular Philippine tabloid’s printing house

first_img Receive email alerts This blow to the dissemination of news and information was perpetrated by four hooded gunmen who forced their way into the Abante Tonite’s printing presses in Parañaque City, on the southern outskirts of the capital, Manila, in the early hours of today. PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists PredatorsViolence May 3, 2021 Find out more PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists PredatorsViolence The Philippines is ranked 134th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index.  News Some of the damages caused by the fire that struck Abante News Group’s printing plant are irreversible (photo: Gil Cabacungan / Abante). Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa “This attack on the core of press production is targeted at the entire journalistic profession in the Philippines,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “We therefore urge the Presidential Task Force on Media Security to order a thorough, independent investigation to identify those responsible for this assault on press freedom. The prevailing impunity for this kind of violation can no longer be tolerated.” June 1, 2021 Find out more February 16, 2021 Find out more September 9, 2019 – Updated on September 10, 2019 Arson attack on popular Philippine tabloid’s printing house News In November, the Philippine media will mark the tenth anniversary of a massacre in Maguindanao province (on Mindanao island) in which 32 journalists were killed. The presumed instigators of this massacre – members of the Ampatuan clan, a family that wields a great deal of influence in this province – are still unpunished Follow the news on Philippines Organisation RSF_en Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by today’s arson attack on the presses where one of the most widely-read Philippine tabloids is printed, and calls for an independent investigation to identify those responsible for this intolerable attack on media freedom. After threatening and inflicting slight injuries on security guards, they poured gasoline over piles of newly-printed newspapers, set fire to them, and then left on motorcycles, RSF has learned. Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago Help by sharing this information News The Philippines is one of the most dangerous Asian countries for journalists. The latest fatal victim was Eduardo Dizon, a radio presenter who was shot five times at close range as he drove home on the southern island of Mindanao on 10 July. to go furtherlast_img read more

Lifting of state siege does not guarantee restoration of media diversity

first_imgNews to go further Help by sharing this information RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News HondurasAmericas April 27, 2021 Find out more October 7, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Lifting of state siege does not guarantee restoration of media diversity Reports Follow the news on Honduras Receive email alerts 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies December 28, 2020 Find out more HondurasAmericas May 13, 2021 Find out more News Organisation De facto President Roberto Micheletti’s decision yesterday to lift the state of siege after one week does not unfortunately mean that real press freedom has been restored. By suspending basic freedoms on 28 September, the government that took over after ousting President Manuel Zelaya in June has succeeded in silencing the two main opposition broadcast media, Radio Globo and the Canal 36 TV station.Despite the censorship, Radio Globo is managing to operate as web radio from a clandestine studio in a Tegucigalpa neighbourhood. But it has no prospect of being able to resume normal broadcasting until it has recovered the frequency that was taken away by the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) – probably a lengthy procedure.Radio Globo will also have to recover the equipment that was confiscated by the security forces on 28 September. As for Canal 36, its broadcast equipment was completely destroyed when soldiers raided its studios on 28 September.“In practice, the restoration of public freedoms changes nothing as the repression continues and the opposition mouthpieces have been reduced to silence,” Bertha Oliva, the coordinator of the Committee of Families of Detained and Disappeared Persons in Honduras (Cofadeh), told Reporters Without Borders.Radio Progreso, a provincial radio station that has been nominated for the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom prize in the “Media” category, has resisted all attempts to censor it. “The community has rallied around whenever soldiers or police have tried to invade its studios,” Reporters Without Borders has been told.“The return of Radio Globo and Canal 36 to the airwaves, one of the conditions set by Manuel Zelaya for a resumption of dialogue, is an indispensible step for restoring the rule of law in Honduras and we far from seeing this happen,” Reporters Without Borders said. “At the same time, how can the elections that the de facto government wants to hold at all cost on 29 November be regarded as democratic in the absence of media diversity,” the press freedom organisation asked. “The Organisation of American States mission must get the de facto government to return or replace the equipment and frequencies.”Reporters Without Borders added: “From the outset, we have condemned the de facto government’s treatment of the foreign media and opposition press but there is absolutely no question of tolerating any expression of hatred, whatever its origin. We therefore unreservedly condemn the horrendous anti-Semitic comments made by Radio Globo manager David Romero.”According to the Latin American Herald Tribune, President Zelaya has claimed on several occasions that the military is getting “support from Israeli mercenaries.” Alluding to this claim, Romero said on the air he regretted that “Hitler was not able to carry his project through to the end.” Romero subsequently apologised in an interview for the Associated Press, saying his grandfather was of Jewish origin. (Photo: AFP) RSF_en RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin Americalast_img read more

Winning numbers drawn in ‘Pick 3 Morning’ game

first_img TAGS  Winning numbers drawn in ‘Pick 3 Morning’ game WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – March 19, 2021 Local NewsState Pinterest AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The winning numbers in Friday morning’s drawing of the Texas Lottery’s “Pick 3 Morning” game were: 0-2-2, FIREBALL: 3 (zero, two, two; FIREBALL: three) WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleOAT021521_winter_wildart_43Next articleGobert, Jazz beat Bucks 129-115 for 6th straight win Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Analyzing Mortgage Customer Retention and Delinquency Rates

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Customers Refinance Servicers 2019-05-06 Seth Welborn Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Servicer retention hit a record low in Q1 2019 as customer retention became increasingly difficult, according to the latest Black Knight Mortgage Monitor report. Black Knight notes that around 18% of borrowers remained with the same servicer post-refi, the first time the retention rate has dropped below 20% since at least 2005.Black Knight states that customer retention has become increasingly difficult as a volatile refinance market and greater rate sensitivity shrink the number of remaining refinance candidates, further heightening competition.According to Black Knight’s Data & Analytics Division President Ben Graboske, low retention rates have created some challenges.”In Q1 2019, fewer than one in five homeowners remained with their prior mortgage servicer after refinancing their first lien,” Graboske said. “That is the lowest retention rate we’ve seen since Black Knight began tracking the metric in 2005. Anyone in this industry can tell you that customer retention is key—not only to success, but to survival.”Graboske notes that, with the slight increase in the 30-year fixed rate, around a million homeowners lost the incentive to refinance.“This is critical, because refinances driven by a homeowner seeking to reduce their rate or term have always been servicers’ ‘bread and butter’ when it comes to customer retention,” Graboske added. “Offering lower rates to qualified existing customers is a good, and relatively simple, way to retain their business. Unfortunately, the market has shifted dramatically away from such rate/term refinances.”Black Knight’s data for March also notes a continued decline in delinquencies and forelclosures. The Mortgage Monitor report reveals that the delinquency rate declined by 5.3%, the smallest decline for any March in six years, while foreclosure starts fell by 1.5%. According to Black Knight, March’s 39,700 foreclosure starts represented the lowest single-month total in more than 18 years, down 24% year-over-year.The Mortgage Monitor report notes that March’s “lackluster” delinquency improvement can be attributed in part to the month ending on a Sunday, which has historically slowed mortgage performance. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Customers Refinance Servicers The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Analyzing Mortgage Customer Retention and Delinquency Rates Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / Analyzing Mortgage Customer Retention and Delinquency Ratescenter_img About Author: Seth Welborn  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: The Week Ahead: Bringing Together Law Firms and Mortgage Servicers Next: How the Great Recession’s Foreclosures Impacted Voter Turnout Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Market Studies, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago May 6, 2019 2,304 Views last_img read more

Silent Majority in Moville backs waste water plan – Irish Water

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ By News Highland – May 16, 2019 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Silent Majority in Moville backs waste water plan – Irish Water WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Previous articleDonegal gearing ready for Bike Week 2019Next articleLocal Elections 2019 Debates – Lifford/Stranorlar MD Debate 2 News Highland Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter Irish Water says the ‘silent majority’ in Moville back plans for a new Waste Water Scheme, and it should proceed as quickly as possible.A senior Irish Water official expects work to begin on the scheme late next year, with a treatment plant located at a greenfield site in Carnagarve, and a pumping station beside the Bredagh River just north of River Row.Colm Cafferty, who is leading out Irish Water’s Regional Infrastructure Programme, says legal issues identified by the EU commission have been addressed, and An Bord Pleanala has found no issues with the plan as it stands……………Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Irish Water’s plans and FAQs can be accessed HEREcenter_img Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Facebook Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

For some, the quest for clean water complicates life amid the coronavirus

first_imgCourtesy Deanna Berry(DETROIT) — BY: BRIANA STEWART, ABC NewsFor Barbara, a 71-year-old grandmother caring for seven young children inside her Detroit home, daily life has boiled down to a vital quest to seek out and conserve clean water amid the coronavirus pandemic after she says her water was shut off last month.Barbara, who requested her last name be withheld to protect her financial privacy, told ABC News the Detroit Water and Sewage Department cut off her service after she failed to pay her utility bill for several months, and accrued a delinquent balance of roughly $2,000. The retiree is on a fixed income and said that sometimes it is tough to make ends meet. She has tried to limit her family’s use of bottle water, but with nine people in the household all home during this period of social distancing, that has become an incredible challenge. The family consumes about 15-20 cases of bottled water every two weeks.“We try to use the least amount as possible,” the Wayne County native said. Her family tries to use only one case of 28 water bottles, 16-ounces each, per day. They use the bottled water to cook, clean, wash their clothes and bathe.“We use some and whatever is left over, we boil it and reuse the water,” she said. To help ration the water use, bathing is limited to three times a week, per person.When water is hard to come byThe Centers for Disease Control has recommended for months that Americans frequently wash their hands to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. However, for people like Barbara and her family and others without access to clean water, hand washing and daily hygiene remains a major struggle, now more than ever.Approximately two million Americans do not have access to running water, according to a report from the U.S. Water Alliance published last year and the problem is especially acute in rural and urban communities. Experts say these challenges have been exacerbated during the pandemic and left vulnerable communities prone to contracting disease.“We know that the most important thing that people can do while social distancing is washing their hands and people who don’t have running water in the home simply cannot do that…So not having access to water is one of the things that we feared most would perpetuate an infectious disease outbreak,” said Dr. Nadia Gaber, a medical anthropologist and physician scientist trainee the University of California San Francisco and researcher at the We the People of Detroit Community Research Collective, a collaboration of community activists, academics, and researchers working to aggregate data on water, land, and education inequality in the Detroit.“There are many ways in which people have become creative, out of necessity, in terms of how to maximize the water that they have available, but it’s incredibly restricting,” she added.Michigan has the fourth-highest number of coronavirus cases in the U.S., and Wayne County, home to downtown Detroit, has 6,176 cases alone, making the county one of the most deadly hot-spots, according to the Michigan Department of Health.The state’s racial data on coronavirus cases reveals an even more grim and disproportionate vulnerability for African Americans. While blacks make up only 14% of Michigan’s population, they comprise 33% of overall coronavirus cases and 40% of coronavirus deaths in the state.Nationally, black Americans make up 30% of overall coronavirus cases, though they make up 13% of the population.So when water stocks run low, Barbara, who is African American and her long-time neighbors who also don’t have running water, take every precaution to practice social distancing while sharing water to meet their basic needs.“I have a big old note on my door that says, ‘no visitors allowed.’ And and what we do is, if the neighbors want something from us, we’ll set it on the porch, and then they’ll come get it. And vice versa. I don’t come in contact with people. I’m really scared,” Barbara said.Experts are concerned that a lack of clean water due to previous water and utility shutoffs, could be exacerbating the racial disparities in coronavirus virus cases and deaths.The Henry Ford Global Health Initiative examined the impacts of residents with water shutoffs and concluded in a study released in April 2017 that resident who have their water shutoff were more socially vulnerable and more prone to contracting infectious disease.“The effect of living on a block that has been affected by shutoffs results in increased likelihood that patients will be diagnosed with water-associated illness,” the study concluded.“It makes sense given what we know about water related disease, the spread of infectious disease and safe water treatment, that these handwashing practices and home hygiene are essential to curbing the spread of infectious diseases, many of which we hadn’t seen in decades. But did it begin to creep up as the water shutoffs began, and they all have their epicenter in Detroit… there’s probable data that says yes, the communities that are being hit [hardest by Coronavirus] are those don’t have access to water,” Gaber said.Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced the Water Restart Plan, a program to temporarily restore water services during the COVID-19 pandemic and help mitigate the potential spread of the disease in a city where 36% of the population lives in poverty. The launch happened as Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order to halt new water shutoffs across the state.“The only residents of Detroit who should not have water on are those who don’t reach out,” Duggan said during the announcement of his plan on March 9.Residents without water, or those who have an imminent service interruption are asked to call to make an appointment with Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency. DWSD will begin the process of restoring service and after the first month, residents will be required to pay the $25 per month until the COVID-19 outbreak passes.At least 30,000 people have called in DWSD customer service since the launch of the program on March 11, according to the Detroit Water and Sewage Department, though many of the calls were from customers looking to get a reduced bill. So far 1,130 have had their water turned on, and only 10 households are left without water, according to the department’s internal records.“We’ve done tremendous amount of outreach and media coverage to get this word out. Set up the call center to handle these calls and do the intake. We hired plumbers. We don’t see that many people still without line service, said Bryan Peckinpaugh, deputy director of Public Affairs for Detroit Water and Sewage.“We made sure to do things such as giving many community groups fliers and getting them translated to different languages so they could be passed out. We did a lot of social media advertising and web advertising we did. We 9000 door hangers and when we door-knocked, we informed people about the restart program,” he added.Barbara told ABC News she plans to apply for the program; however, she says connecting with an agent has been difficult after calling several times and getting a busy signal.A water crisis in the nation’s shadowsAs the U.S. hunkers down under stay-at-home orders, a lack of reliable, clean water has made daily life even harder for many residents in other part of the country that have long faced issues with such as Flint, Michigan and rural stretches in the South and Southwest and water access.Other areas in the U.S. with water disparities are emerging as deadly coronavirus hot spots, including areas with high native American populations in New Mexico. Johnathan Nez, president of Navajo Nation issued a shelter-in-place order earlier this month after warning President Trump that the rampant spread of COVID-19 could “wipe out” tribals nation if left without intervention.For years, dozens of people who live in the small town in Denmark about an hour south of Columbia, have been driving 20 miles to the to get drinking water from God’s Acre Healing Springs, a historic landmark in Blackville, after a non-EPA approved chemical was put into their local water supply.“In Denmark, it’s like a warzone. You have residents who walk around conducting business as usual and doing their day to day because the residents have become so use to crisis,” said Deanna Miller Berry, Founder of Citizens for Denmark, a local water advocacy group provides drinking water for residents.She is one of the plaintiffs in one of several class action lawsuits against the city wending through the court that mention the use of HaloSan, a chemical normally used in pools, to treat the public wells. Though the State Department of Health and Environment Control initially approved the use of the non-EPA approved substance, Denmark was ordered to end the use of the chemical in 2018 after residents complained.“We like many other cities and places across this country not only have this pandemic to worry about, but a water crisis on top of that,” she continued.Remella Duncan has lived in Denmark for most of her life, and like many of her neighbors in the town where, according to the U.S. Census, 20% of the population is disabled, she has developed severe health conditions including kidney disease, high blood pressure, diseases that leave her vulnerable to fatal contraction of COVID-19.“Some mornings when you turn on the water, there’s a smell… It can smell like sewage one day, and it can smell like the beach the next day, when I know that I’m nowhere near the beach,”Duncan does not have her own car and would usually rely on carpooling with family, or neighbors, to the park and its fresh tap for better water, but since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak and the enforcement of social distancing, carpooling has come to a halt.“Right now we’re almost at a standstill because this COVID has us and we don’t have the resources here in Denmark that we need. Our local officials are not reaching out to different government organizations to let them know that we need help here.” Duncan said.Denmark Mayor David E. Wright has maintained that the water is safe for consumption and that the city is in compliance with drinking water standards under the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Act, still mistrust lingers among residents and late last year the South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority approved a $1.6 million grant to replace the water system after years of enduring subsequent health complications from people in town rumored to be related to the water issue.With the help of local donors and a team of volunteers, Berry, the community water activist, is now safely providing water coolers to vulnerable families and elderly residents who have no access to transportation to retrieve safe water amid the coronavirus pandemic.“We’re not waiting for people. We’re not waiting for our elected officials.We’re not waiting for agencies to help us with the pandemic that we’re all dealing with globally and also with our water crisis locally,” Berry said.“We are showing citizen power, taking care of one another during this time of distress,” she added.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Vegetation cover in a warmer world simulated using a dynamic global vegetation model for the mid Pliocene

first_imgIn this study we employ the TRIFFID (Top-down Representation of Interactive Flora and Foliage Including Dynamics) Dynamic Global Vegetation Model (DGVM) and the Hadley Centre Atmospheric General Circulation Model version 3 (HadAM3 GCM) to investigate vegetation distributions and climate–vegetation feedbacks during the Mid-Pliocene, and examine the implications of these results for the origins of hominid bipedalism. The TRIFFID model outputs support extant palaeoenvironmental reconstructions for the Mid-Pliocene provided by the PRISM Group (Pliocene Research Interpretations and Synoptic Mapping). Compared to the pre-industrial, TRIFFID simulates a significant increase in forest cover during the Mid-Pliocene, composed of needle leaf trees in the higher latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere and broad leaf trees in other regions. Needle leaf trees extend from the Arctic Coast into the northern mid latitudes. The fractional coverage of bare soil declines in North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Australia and southern South America, a pattern that is consistent with PRISM’s assertion of less extensive arid deserts. A significant increase in the fractional coverage of both broad leaf trees in Africa and South America in the Mid-Pliocene scenario is not indicative of a major expansion of tropical rainforests. Rather, it represents an expansion of general woodland type habitats. The principal impact of using a DGVM on the GCM predicted climatology for the Mid-Pliocene is to reduce minimum and maximum temperature extremes, thus reducing the seasonality of temperature over wide regions. The predicted Pliocene expansion in broad leaf trees in Africa is difficult to reconcile with the ‘savannah hypothesis’ for the evolution of hominid bipedalism. Rather the results lend credence to an alternative hypothesis which suggests that bipedalism evolved in wooded to forested ecosystems and was, for several million years, linked to arborealism.last_img read more

Pacific Partnership 2014 Starts

first_img Authorities View post tag: 2014 View post tag: Pacific June 20, 2014 The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s JS Kunisaki (LST 4003), carrying a multinational crew of U.S., Australian and Japanese personnel, arrived in Sihanoukville June 19 for Pacific Partnership 2014. View post tag: partnership View post tag: News by topic Share this article The Deputy Commander of Ream Naval Base in Preah Sihanouk province, Royal Cambodian Navy Rear Adm. Ros Veasna, and members of his staff welcomed the ship and crew.PP14 Mission Commander U.S. Navy Capt. Brian Shipman, Deputy Mission Commander Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Capt. Yoichi Matsui, and mission Chief of Staff Australian Army Lt. Col. John Cronin met with Veasna and his staff aboard Kunisaki.Chief Warrant Officer Rob Goode, the officer in charge of the Cambodia team, said: “Our Pacific Partnership team will be working in several locations throughout the country side by side as a multinational force training for possible future humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.”Kunisaki has already visited Vietnam during this year’s mission and will continue on to the Republic of the Philippines after Cambodia. Simultaneous to the seaborne phase, an airborne phase is currently underway in Dili, Timor-Leste.Pacific Partnership is in its ninth iteration and is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Asia-Pacific region.[mappress]Press Release, June 20, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Pacific Partnership 2014 Starts View post tag: asia View post tag: Naval View post tag: starts Pacific Partnership 2014 Startslast_img read more

Press release: Maximum ban for director involved in multimillion VAT fraud

first_imgYou can also follow the Insolvency Service on: act as a director of a company take part, directly or indirectly, in the promotion, formation or management of a company or limited liability partnership be a receiver of a company’s property Email [email protected] Press Office Media Manager 0303 003 1743 LinkedIn Ulhaque Ahtamad was the sole director of Masstech Ltd, a carbon emissions allowance and metals trader based in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire.The Insolvency Service started to investigate Ulhaque Ahtamad after Masstech Ltd was wound up for debts owed to HMRC.The investigation uncovered that between June and September 2009, Masstech Ltd, made sales of more than £38 million in the wholesale trade of carbon emission allowances and metals with little initial finance in place.The company then filed quarterly returns with HMRC attempting to fraudulently reclaim UK VAT that ‘missing traders’ earlier in supply chains had failed to pay to HMRC. This was part of a Missing Trader Intracommunity (MTIC) fraudulent scheme.In the MTIC fraud trading chain, Masstech Ltd acted as a ‘buffer’ trader. The buffer is an intermediate trader between at one end the ‘missing trader’, importing goods and not paying over VAT due to HMRC, and at the other end, the exporter seeking to reclaim VAT that had not been paid.Buffers serve to increase the distance between the ends of the chain so that the exporter can deny knowledge of the default.However, it was found that Ulhaque Ahtamad obstructed HMRC and repeatedly stalled their investigations into the company’s trading. The court heard that Masstech Ltd entered into trading arrangements which were “too good to be true”, and against which the company had been expressly and repeatedly warned by HMRC.And Ulhaque Ahtamad made payments to unconnected third parties totalling at least £7.38 million, despite having been warned on more than one occasion by HMRC officers of the risks of third party payments in the context of MTIC fraud.The VAT fraud, including wrongful VAT reclaims against HMRC, resulted in tax losses of over £7.1 million.The court also heard that as the sole director with responsibility for all aspects of the company’s trading, Ulhaque Ahtamad was involved in pricing decisions which ran against any commercial logic and could only be explained in terms of this fraudulent scheme.And VAT registration and other due diligence checks on trading partners were superficial and inadequate and Ulhaque Ahtamad failed to act on standard commercial risk negative indicators and continued to trade regardless.The court concluded that Ulhaque Ahtamad must have been a knowing participant in this scheme and that a 15 year ban, the maximum period of disqualification, was appropriate.Justin Dionne, Official Receiver for the Insolvency Service, said:“Masstech Ltd was involved in trading and making wrongful reclaims in a fraudulent VAT scheme which had been costing the UK Exchequer significant amounts of money at the time the fraud was perpetrated.“This is not a victimless crime, the main impact being on honest tax payers and their families who as a result suffered the effects of funding shortages in healthcare, education and other front line services.“Regulatory changes, investigative action and legal proceedings have reduced the scale of this fraud from 2007 onwards.”“The Insolvency Service will not hesitate to use its enforcement powers to investigate and disqualify directors whose companies defraud the public purse.”Ulhaque Ahtamad’s disqualification effective from 3 May 2018 means that he cannot promote, manage, or be a director of a limited company until 2033.Notes to editorsMasstech Ltd (CRO No. 02737217) was incorporated on 4 August 1992 as Masstech Ltd. Its trading address was at Bishops House Market Place, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross, Bucks, SL9 9EA.The petition to wind up the company was presented by HMRC on 11 February 2013 for £7,484,940 in respect of unpaid VAT. The winding up order was made against Masstech Ltd on 25 March 2013.On 12 April 2018 a 15 year Disqualification Order was made at the High Court against UlHaque Lone Ahtamad.All public enquiries concerning the affairs of the company should be made to: The Official Receiver, Public Interest Unit (London), The Insolvency Service, 2nd Floor, 4 Abbey Orchard Street, London WC1B 3SS. Tel: 020 7637 6230 Email: [email protected] order was pronounced by Insolvency and Companies Court Judge Barber in the High Court of Justice . Tiran Nersessian, of 4 Stone Buildings appeared for the Insolvency Service and no one appearing for or on behalf of the defendant.A disqualification order has the effect that without specific permission of a court, a person with a disqualification cannot:center_img This service is for journalists only. For any other queries, please contact the Insolvency Enquiry Line.For all media enquiries outside normal working hours, please contact the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Press Office on 020 7215 1000. YouTube Office currently closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Twitter Persons subject to a disqualification order are bound by a range of other restrictions.The Insolvency Service administers the insolvency regime, investigating all compulsory liquidations and individual insolvencies (bankruptcies) through the Official Receiver to establish why they became insolvent. It may also use powers under the Companies Act 1985 to conduct confidential fact-finding investigations into the activities of live limited companies in the UK. In addition, the agency deals with disqualification of directors in corporate failures, assesses and pays statutory entitlement to redundancy payments when an employer cannot or will not pay employees, provides banking and investment services for bankruptcy and liquidation estate funds and advises ministers and other government departments on insolvency law and practice.Further information about the work of the Insolvency Service, and how to complain about financial misconduct, is available.Contact Press OfficeMedia enquiries for this press release – 020 7637 6498last_img read more

The Meters Hold Emotional Reunion, Welcome Haynes, Potter, Worrell, Trombone Shorty In New Orleans

first_imgThis weekend, New Orleans welcomed the return of all four original members of The Meters to the stage, performing the music that has come to define the NOLA funk sound. The four funky cats – Art Neville, Zigaboo Modeliste, George Porter Jr., and Leo Nocentelli – hit the Orpheum Theater, putting on a show that none will soon forget.The original Meters don’t often share the stage these days, only coming together for rare and priceless occasions. This was one of those nights, as an influx of special guests added to the magic. Whether it was “Just Kissed My Baby” with Bernie Worrell and Warren Haynes or a rendition of “Ain’t No Use” with Grace Potter, the mood was simply electric. Dumpstaphunk’s Ivan Neville was on hand for most of the night as well, and Trombone Shorty made an appearance on “Be My Lady” as well. There was also a full horn section for a majority of the show, composed of Tracy Griffin, Jeff Albert, Khris Royal and Clarence Johnson III.Watch videos of “Cissy Strut” and “Ain’t No Use”, featured below.Check out photos from the night, courtesy of Marc Millman:last_img read more