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News in brief

first_imgNews in briefOn 1 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article This week’s news in brief– London-based learning and knowledge management consultancy XOR haslaunched an online course in risk management, aimed at organisations such asairports, local authorities, and the emergency services. The programme takes twohours to work through and draws on lessons from disasters to highlight howaccidents happen.  www.xor.ltd.uk– IntraLearn LE is an integrated Learning Management System (LMS) that canbe installed and configured in a “few hours”, claims IntraLearn. Coursescan be created directly within Intralearn or imported from other providers. Itis distributed in the UK by Traineasy.  www.traineasy.com– Royal and SunAlliance will be using Saba to provide learning solutions to50,000 employees in 50 countries worldwide. It is using Saba software to turnexisting content into an online learning format. The Saba configurationincludes the Saba LMS and its learning content management system (LCMS).  www.saba.com Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Mother of disgraced letting agent pleads guilty to her part in £266,000 fraud

first_imgA second Cornish letting agent featured in a BBC TV investigation is facing jail after admitting helping defraud landlords and tenants of £266,000 over an eight -year period.Angela Treneer, 72, had originally denied four allegations of fraud but after discussions between her lawyer and the Crown Prosecution Service, she yesterday changed her plea.The charge that she later admitted to at Truro Crown Court is fraud by dishonestly abusing her position as a letting agent and receiving £110,000 personal gain from the fraud.Treneer is the mother of Elizabeth Treneer, 38. The pair co-owned Truro-based Premier Property Management (PPM) and Elizabeth has already admitted two counts of participating in a fraudulent business and perverting the course of justice.BBC investigationPremier Property Management was the subject of a BBC Inside Out investigation in late 2017 during which widespread abuses were highlighted by the mother and daughter including not returning deposits and failing to pay rent to landlords.Before the BBC programme gave the pair’s activity widespread publicity, PPM was referred to The Property Ombudsman by several landlords over unreturned deposits totalling £20,600. It was initially expelled from the scheme for two years, which was later extended after more cases came to light.Seven awards were eventually made by TPO against the company, none of which were ever paid and PPM was eventually struck off at Companies House.Both Elizabeth and Angela Treneer are to return to court later this month for sentencing and have been told to expect custodial sentences.Premier Property managment Angela Treneer Elizabeth Treneer April 9, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Mother of disgraced letting agent pleads guilty to her part in £266,000 fraud previous nextAgencies & PeopleMother of disgraced letting agent pleads guilty to her part in £266,000 fraudAngela Treneer and daughter Elizabeth have admitted guilt in fraud that took place over eight years at Premier Property Management in Truro, Cornwall.Nigel Lewis9th April 201902,089 Viewslast_img read more

Property particulars should include prominent fraud warnings, says leading finance firm

first_imgA leading finance company has called for estate agent sales particulars to include warnings about property fraud after its Freedom of Information request to the Land Registry revealed a mounting ‘fraud crisis’ in the UK.ABC Finance says its research shows that 71% of all fraud attempts now come via property-based scams.It blames this on the Land Registry’s programme of taking title registration online, which means it is now easier for criminal to impersonate property owners, it is claimed.The finance firm reckons that the average cost of a property scam is just over £100,000 and that they are ‘shockingly simple’.“Scammers target vulnerable properties and uninformed people looking to buy using basic identity spoofing and spear-phishing tactics,” its reports says.“One of the most direct and harmful methods fraudsters will use to try to go after your home is by either requesting a change to the Land Registry to either transfer assets into their ownership or impersonate the current owner for financial gain through the property.”Paul Higgins, of the Home Owners Alliance (left), says: “Unfortunately, the value of successful frauds of property sales have more than tripled – from £7m in 2013 to £25m in 2017.”She claims that email and IT systems, especially those of conveyancers, are being attacked continuously.“Scammers are becoming more sophisticated – fake emails can now be very hard to spot, and people may find themselves caught out especially when under the stress of buying a home,” she adds.The Land Registry says agents should be particularly careful when dealing with vacant properties, those owned by overseas residents and high value ones.ABC Finance Home Owners Alliance property fraud Paula Higgins September 3, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Property particulars should include prominent fraud warnings, says leading finance firm previous nextHousing MarketProperty particulars should include prominent fraud warnings, says leading finance firmABC Finance says the Land Registry’s programme of digitising its property titles and processes has opened the doors to rising property fraud attempts.Nigel Lewis3rd September 20190727 Viewslast_img read more

Indian Defence Minister Tours INS Hansa

first_img View post tag: Indian View post tag: INS Hansa View post tag: Naval Air Station Share this article View post tag: asia Authorities View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defence Back to overview,Home naval-today Indian Defence Minister Tours INS Hansa center_img Indian Defence Minister, Shri Manohar Parrikar, visited Naval Air Station INS Hansa on November 14, 2014.He was received by Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Flag Officer Commanding In Chief, Western Naval Command and Rear Admiral BS Parhar, NM, Flag Officer Commanding Goa Area.An impressive guard was paraded in honour of the Defence Minister of India. He was apprised of naval operations, progress and issues pertaining to coastal security and future development plans of Indian Navy at Goa by the Commander-in- Chief.On taking over as the 36th Defence Minister of the country, the Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar had said he would maintain the fast pace of acquisition set in motion by the government for the defence forces while ensuring transparency at every stage.Before being inducted into the union council of ministers on Nov 09, 2014, Shri Manohar Parrikar was the Chief Minister of Goa, first from 2000 to 2005 and later from march 2012 to Nov 2014. He is the first IIT graduate to become a chief minister of any Indian state.[mappress mapid=”14453″]Press release, Image: Indian Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: Minister Indian Defence Minister Tours INS Hansa View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Tours November 17, 2014last_img read more

HMS Queen Elizabeth sailors hone workboat skills

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMS Queen Elizabeth sailors prepare for new workboats Authorities Share this article January 25, 2018 HMS Queen Elizabeth sailors prepare for new workboatscenter_img View post tag: HMS Queen Elizabeth Sailors assigned to the recently commissioned Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth will be using a new type of personnel transfer boats with improved maneuvering characteristics.As the new workboats are powered by two water-jets, unlike the current fleet of small boats operated by the Royal Navy, four seaman specialists from the HMS Queen Elizabeth visited HMS Raleigh for a two-week training course, manoeuvering the craft on the River Lynher, Tamar and out in Plymouth Sound.“These boats react very differently in the water compared to the Pacific 24 Ribs, which operate with a single jet,” Petty Officer ‘Smudge’ Smith, the lead instructor for the course, said. “One of the main differences is the way the boat is brought alongside.“These need far less space as we can use a maneuver called crabbing, which is basically moving the boat side-ways through the water, so there is a lot more scope for going into smaller areas.”The workboats will be used as passenger transfer boats (PTB) on HMS Queen Elizabeth, which will be essential, as due to her size many ports will not be able to accommodate her and she will be at anchor.The PTB’s will be an essential lifeline to shore, transferring personnel and stores.Therefore the normal navigation training package has been tweaked to include more in depth transit routes instruction in and out of ports. Each of the carriers will carry four PTBs on board.HMS Raleigh will take delivery of a new class of workboat later this year and are currently using a boat from the Army for twin jet training.The UK defense ministry awarded a contract for the design and construction of up to 38 workboats last year.Ranging in length from 11 to 18 metres, the boats will perform other tasks including Officer training at Britannia Royal Naval College, diving tender and will also replace the current class of Survey motor boat.The PTB variant assigned to the carriers will carry up to 36 passengers at one time.The boats have been designed and built by Atlas Elecktronik Uk in Dorchester. Other companies involved in the supply chain include E P Barrus in Bicester, KPM-Marine in Birmingham and Mashfords in South East Cornwall. View post tag: Royal Navylast_img read more

Briefs

first_imgn Consumer confidence in the internet means that 65% of shoppers want to buy their Christmas gifts online this year. A report by Visa reveals that 81% of Britons believe shopping online saves time; 70% think it saves money.n Warburtons’ health and safety officer Derrick Watson is the first person in Scotland to achieve a level six diploma in occupational safety and health.n Brian Ridgeway, managing director of Discovery Foods group, has become the first non-American to be voted to a senior position on the Washington DC-based Tortilla Industry Association. In the US, annual sales of tortillas exceed all other ethnic and speciality bread sales, including bagels, croissants, muffins and pitta bread. Recent independent research by the association predicted that 68 million fajita wraps will be consumed in the UK over the next 12 months.n A new trade event aims to encourage communication between retailers and local suppliers. Offers4profits is sponsoring the one-day event on Tuesday 21 November 2006 in Nottingham to give local suppliers a voice. Suppliers from within 50 miles of Nottingham city are invited to showcase their products to buyers. See [http://www.offers4profits.co.uk] to rent a £50 pitch.n The Scottish company Campbell’s Shortbread, the marketing and distribution firm Petty Wood and the freight firm Tudor Rose will be some of the British food and drink sector companies exhbiiting at the Food, Hospitality and Catering China Exhbition in Shanghai on 30 November to 22 Dcember.last_img read more

Kingsmill reveals Northern Ireland’s best sandwich

first_imgA sandwich of smoked cheese, pesto, roasted peppers and onions with sun-dried tomatoes and rocket leaves has been named as the tastiest in Northern Ireland.Michelin star chef Michael Deane picked Avril Armstrong’s concoction in the Masterpiece sandwich competition, run by Kingsmill, and will now arrange a private cookery experience for the prize-winner and her five friends. Regional winners from the province took part in a Masterchef-style cook-off at Deane’s Restaurant in Belfast; each finalist took home a sandwich grill and a year’s supply of Kingsmill bread. Kingsmill general manager Peter Henry said he was impressed by the finalists’ efforts. “Our search to find Northern Ireland’s best sandwich has been a huge success and has enabled us to interact with our customers and find out how they like to enjoy the Kingsmill brand,” he said.last_img read more

Press release: Attacker jailed following Solicitor General’s referral

first_imgA man who attacked a woman in her own home has been sent to prison after the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP, referred his original sentence for being too low.Steven Ridings, 55, attacked, forcibly restrained, and threatened to kill the victim with kitchen knives.Ridings was originally sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment suspended for 2 years at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court. He was also required to fulfil rehabilitation and unpaid work requirements, and a restraining order was made.Today, after the Solicitor General’s reference, the Court of Appeal increased his sentence to 21 months in prison.Commenting on the sentence increase, the Solicitor General said: I am pleased that the Court of Appeal has agreed with my referral and sentenced Mr Ridings’ to immediate custody. His victim went through a terrifying ordeal, and I hope that this decision will bring her some comfort.last_img read more

Birds Bakery raises £10,000 for charity from doughnut sales

first_imgSource: Birds BakeryBirds Bakery has raised £10,000 for The Children’s Trust as part of its own Doughnut Week celebrations this month. After National Doughnut Week was cancelled due to Covid-19 in May, the bakery decided to hold its own celebratory week to support The Children’s Trust, a charity for children with brain injuries.Birds Bakery sold 45,758 doughnuts and donated 20p from every sale throughout 12-19 September.It relaunched two of its specials for one week only, including the lemon & lime doughnut and strawberry doughnut.“We are absolutely delighted to have raised £9,152 for The Children’s Trust, which we topped up with an additional £848 to raise the total amount to a fantastic £10,000. The Children’s Trust is a charity that we have supported for a number of years and is incredibly close to our hearts,” said chief operating officer Lesley Bird.“We also donated a number of doughnuts to nearby police, ambulance and fire stations, as our way of saying thank you for all their hard work, particularly in recent challenging times.”Birds Bakery has supported the charity for more than 16 years. It raised £9,000 last year, by selling around 45,000 doughnuts during National Doughnut Week in May 2019.“We’re extremely grateful for Birds’ continued support. To keep our vital services running, we need to raise £7 million a year and the Covid-19 crisis has hit our fundraising hard. The money raised from Doughnut Week will help us to support more children and families across the UK, affected by brain injury,” said Harrison Galliven, community fundraising executive at The Children’s Trust.last_img read more

Watch Out! Edge Computing Is Sharper Than You Think: 3 Key Requirements to Consider

first_imgToday, IoT data is driving an explosion in computing located at the edge of the network. Gartner believes that by 2020, an astonishing ~50% of all enterprise-generated data will be created and processed outside of a traditional centralized data center or cloud environment – up from just 10% today*. With a multitude of IoT-enabled applications and their requirements for low latency, autonomy, and security, it is becoming critical to get the compute function physically closer to where the data is being generated.The demands at the edge are driving three key requirements IT architects must consider for any effective edge computing solution.Requirement 1: Rapid Decision MakingMany modern IoT applications need to quickly make critical decisions as new data is created and/or arrives. Transporting data back to a central location with a distant compute device isn’t realistic. A round trip of data to the cloud and back does not meet the latency requirements of applications that are emerging at the edge. Decisions such as how to avoid traffic collisions to keeping factory equipment from failing need to be made rapidly in order to provide the type of outcomes these modern applications demand.Requirement 2: Fast Data Compression and CleansingIt’s believed that over 500 zettabytes (1 zettabyte = 1 trillion gigabytes) will be generated by 2019**. Managing, sifting through, and analyzing the massive datasets being created at sensors requires an efficient means for cleansing and aggregation. Not only will large volumes of data need to be analyzed close to the source but they will need to be aggregated and cleansed for transport back to the data center or the cloud. Providing effective data compression and cleansing near the data source reduces the cost of transport and compute in the cloud, ensuring the best use of compute resources across all points within the IT infrastructure.Requirement 3: Security for Local OperationsOne estimate states that the number of access points through IoT will grow from over 8 billion devices in 2017 to over 25 billion devices by 2021*. These devices span highly sensitive areas where tight security is essential such as in retail, banking, military, as well as other verticals. Each additional access point increases the surface area of attack and presents an additional opportunity for security intrusion. Edge computing demands compute nodes be designed from the ground up with integrated security in mind.Announcing Two New Server Solutions for the EdgeToday we’re announcing two new exciting PowerEdge servers uniquely suited for this new era of edge computing. The PowerEdge R6415 and R7415 exceed expectations in meeting the key requirements for edge computing. Both servers drive fast decision making with up to 2TB of in-line memory and up to 32 cores. For fast data compression and cleansing, both systems have up to 128 PCIe lanes enabling abundant amounts of low-latency storage. The 1U R6415 supports up to 10 NVMe drives and the 2U R7425 can provide up to 24 NVMe drives! Efficiency is an important criteria for edge computing and both of these servers are ideal – delivering outstanding TCO. Both are single socket servers yet are still able to support large amounts of storage, memory, and cores. With software such as vSAN licensing priced per socket, having single socket servers with rich storage, memory, and core counts provides the balance of performance and optimal cost for the life of the investment the edge demands.Finally when it comes to security – the R6415 and the R7415 offer the outstanding security capabilities found in all of our 14th generation PowerEdge servers. With the PowerEdge, security is not an afterthought but is built in and integrated into the entire solution. This includes a number of industry-leading features such as System Lockdown, drift detection, Boot Guard, BIOS recovery, Rapid OS Recovery, Silicon Root of Trust, and System Erase. PowerEdge servers are the only servers with an end-to-end security ecosystem and lifecycle – absolutely essential for any edge deployment.At Dell EMC, we’ve seen these three critical requirements consistently with our customers. We are really excited about these two new server solution offerings as an excellent combination of technologies to meet the challenge of the edge. For more information on compute at the edge listen to this conversation I had with Scott Aylor from AMD for our Luminaries podcast, where we discuss this emerging trend in depth. For more information on today’s launch of these new PowerEdge servers, check out this blog by Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, President and General Manager, Server Solutions Group.Join the conversation with me on Twitter at @Ravi_Pendekanti_______________________________________________________________________________________* Forecast Analysis: Internet of Things — Endpoints, Worldwide, 2017 Update, Dec 2017, Gartner**Business Insider, Edge Computing in the IoT: Forecasts, key benefits, and top industries adopting an analytics model that improves processing and cuts costs, Oct 2016last_img read more