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Rental deposit scams stole nearly £1m off tenants during 2017, says campaigner

first_imgFraudster on the run: James BennettRental deposits protection campaigner and insurance-based scheme operator Ajay Jagota (picture,below) has claimed that £926,000 in deposits has been stolen from tenants during 2017.The figure, which only shows the tip of the iceberg because it only reports reported cases, reveals that 25 landlords and letting agents were convicted this year of stealing various amounts ranging from a few hundred to, in one case, £130,000.The most common way deposits are taken illegally is through simple scams – people posing as landlords or letting agents and then taking deposits for fake properties or homes they haven’t been instructed to market or have the authority to rent out.A good example of this is James Bennett, who was sentenced to six years in prison last week after conning at least 17 people in South London out of £10,000 in total using this method.Rental depositsBennett, who failed to appear in court and is now on the run, used listings on SpareRoom.com to advertise rooms to rent in Brixton, Walworth, Clapham, Elephant & Castle and Tooting despite not having permission to do so.Ajay JagotaIn each case he was staying at the property but, prior to being evicted, advertised the rooms to rent, pretend to be the landlord, and then took deposits from desperate renters looking for places to rent at £725 a time.Unlike other deposit fraudsters, Bennett made no attempt to hide who he was and provided his passport as proof of identity when issuing rental contracts.Despite his obvious guilt, Bennett pleaded not guilty but then failed to attend court on December 11th. Anyone spotting him should call DS Adam Clifton at Southwark CID on 07747 765719.Read Eddie Hooker’s view on insurance-based deposit schemes like Dlighted.Ajay Jagota scams deposit fraud deposits Eddie Hooker December 22, 2017Nigel 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Rental deposit scams stole nearly £1m off tenants during 2017, says campaigner previous nextProducts & ServicesRental deposit scams stole nearly £1m off tenants during 2017, says campaignerAjay Jagota, owner of insurance-based deposits scheme Dlighted, says “it doesn’t have to be like this”.Nigel Lewis22nd December 201701,628 Viewslast_img read more

PHONY PROPHETS PAINTING AN ALTERNATE GLOBAL WARMING REALITY?

first_imgBy Susan Stamper BrownOn December 28, President Trump wrote on Twitter: “In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!”Predictably, social media lit up with comments by agitated alarmists who apparently believe everything, including the gas problem their great uncle had during Christmas dinner, is caused by global warming. They won’t be happy until the Earth freezes over and everyone dies.They must have missed the news that Escambia County Florida had nearly two inches of snow on December 10, Erie, Pennsylvania just broke a 59-year-old snowfall record and  International Falls, Minnesota had a record-breaking 37 degrees below zero Christmas week. This happened thanks to a phenomenon scientists call a “Rossby wave” — not global warming — whereby Alaska blows it’s arctic air south while simultaneously “inhaling” warm air from the tropics. We get a break from the cold while folks in the Lower 48 get to experience what living in Alaska is like without buying a plane ticket. You’re welcome.Besides record-breaking cold, alarmists ignore that snowfall has increased for more than a century.Up here in my little slice of paradise, researchers were recently shocked that the snowfall has doubled on Mt. Hunter in the Alaska range since the mid-1800s. In that same time frame, southcentral Alaska has experienced a 117 percent increase in winter snowfall and a 49 percent increase in summer snowfall. In addition, from 1950 to 2011, many coastal Alaskan towns have experienced winter snow increases ranging from 26 percent in Yakutat to 67 percent in Kodiak. On December 6, 2017, in the Chugach mountains I call home, Thompson Pass, experienced one of history’s most intense snowfalls at a rate of 10 inches per hour. That’s a record even for Thompson Pass which often gets between 600 to 900 inches of snow per year.Additionally, the sea ice improved this year. The Anchorage Daily News reports that Alaska’s “cool late-summer weather over the central Arctic Ocean helped preserve sea ice, slowing its melting enough to rank this year’s annual ice minimum as only the eighth lowest in the satellite record, far from the worst it’s been.” Record cold. Record snow. Recovering sea ice. But, things are not always as they appear. The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology announced in February 2017 they are investigating the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for alleged climate data manipulation after whistleblowers stepped forward, including Dr. John Bates, former principal scientist at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville North Carolina who claims NOAA scientists put a “thumb on the scale” to favor their global warming argument. Maybe this is not about science at all. Maybe it’s more about phony prophets painting fake pictures to produce an alternate reality.Alarmists are not interested in the indisputable evidence the Earth goes through cyclical periods of cooling and warming. The Earth experienced periods of glaciation, then melting, long before the construction of Al Gore’s energy-devouring Nashville home and Leonardo DiCaprio’s excessive use of private jets.Gore said the Arctic would be ice free by 2014 and the guy Democrats call a “prophet,” James Hansen, former director of NASA’s Godard Institute for Space Studies, predicted the Arctic ice would melt by the end of 2017. Oops.Hansen recently published a paper suggesting we are now on the brink of a short ice age caused by…wait for it…global warming. He claims global temperatures are an “unreliable diagnostic of planetary condition as the ice melt increases” and predicts “large scale regional cooling by mid-century” for the North Atlantic and Southern oceans.Obviously, climate alarmists have the same answer for every weather pattern, so the rest of us normal folks should forget them and focus on reality. Right about now, a little global warming sounds nice as we dream of white sandy beaches, not the white powdery stuff outside our windows waiting to be shoveled.FOOTNO)TE: ©2018 Susan Stamper Brown Susan lives in Alaska and writes about culture, politics and current events. She is a regular contributor to Townhall and The Christian Post. Susan’s nationally syndicated column is published in scores of newspapers and publications across the U.S.  She was selected as one of America’s 40 Best Conservative columnists for 2017, and one of the 50 Best for 2015 and 2016. The City County Observer posted this article without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

At 71, he earns his third degree

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.As a boy in the early 1950s, Henry S. Hacker would hop on his bicycle with a 50-cent piece burning in one pocket and set off in search of baseball cards to buy. Collecting in general became his lifelong passion and avocation, running like a thread though successful careers in law, finance, and marketing.Along the way, Hacker, now 71, also collected a bachelor’s degree at Yale University and a J.D. at Cornell. Now he is getting his third sheepskin, a master of liberal arts (A.L.M.) in museum studies from the Harvard Extension School. In 2008, after 40 years in or near New York, and with his three children grown, Hacker partly retired and moved to Cambridge, easing a transition back to the classroom. Back then, he asked himself, “What would I do if I don’t go to school? I don’t play golf.”Museum studies, with its correlation to collecting, seemed a natural. “I’m a serial collector,” said Hacker, who has bought fine art, photographs, and even — one more time — baseball cards. “I go from genre to genre,” he said.Hacker eventually acquired the adult equivalent of that boyhood 50-cent piece, but even earlier he had acquired what he called “a pretty good eye.” As a young lawyer in a prestigious New York firm, he daydreamed about curating the art on the walls. “Sometimes,” said Hacker, “I would lose focus and start thinking about art.”In the 1970s, his eye for art and his urge to collect led him to buy photographs “from these young German kids who became rock stars of the art world,” he said. (One was Thomas Struth, whose photos today fetch six figures.) In the ’80s, Hacker and a friend curated a gallery exhibit of art photographs.Then came another step natural to many collectors: giving everything away. Serial collectors often become serial donors, said Hacker. “If you give your collections to a museum, you can always go visit them.”Then came his passion for artful posters depicting 20th-century modes of British transportation. He assembled 500 pieces, and donated most of them to the Yale Center for British Art. A 2010 show there, along with a handsome hardbound catalog of images and essays, was “my crowning achievement,” said Hacker.He started his museum studies coursework in the fall of 2008, and finished by the following summer. After a 2010 internship at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Hacker set out to write a thesis on a collection of art posters amassed decades ago by Hans Sachs, a German-Jewish dentist. Sachs had started collecting in 1895, and by 1938, when the Nazis seized the artworks, he had more than 12,000 items.Sachs escaped the Nazis and moved to the United States, as Hacker’s parents did. The thesis evolved and took a wider view of Nazi-looted art, examining the puzzles of ownership and restitution that emerged after World War II, and summarizing the legal disputes that in 1999 led to the Washington Principles, a code of behavior regarding disputed art. Hacker, who suggested further reforms, concluded his thesis on a somber note. “The proper care and treatment of this art,” he wrote, “remains the unfinished business of the Holocaust.”Hacker said that the rigor of the museum studies program came from “a self-imposed desire to do well.” He plans to audit courses this fall in the visiting fellows program at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Hacker may study the economics and psychology of collecting, a subject he once taught at the New School in New York.“Collecting to me has a kind of behavioral primacy,” he explained. It is a nexus of ageless desires for acquisition and display that invites study. Collecting also pits Adam Smith against Karl Marx, said Hacker, since it expresses the enduring human tension between private and communal property.Next fall, he may follow threads laid down in his thesis about a dark era. “Rich Jewish collectors struggled to get their art out of Europe at a time when owning modern art could bring arrest or worse,” said Hacker. “What paintings you liked were a matter of life and death.”For a full list of the Extension School’s annual award recipients, visit its website.last_img read more

New Reds deal for Rodgers

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has signed a new and improved contract to keep him at Anfield for the long term. The deal has been in the offing for the last couple of months and is reward for the significant progress the club have made in two years under the Northern Irishman’s leadership. Rodgers, who had a year remaining on his existing agreement with an option for a further 12 months, guided the Reds to second in the Barclays Premier League this season from seventh 12 months ago and always said he would sign his new contract once the campaign was over. Press Association “I am both humbled and privileged to be offered the chance to extend my stay at this great club,” he told liverpoolfc.com. “I am very happy to build on the foundations we have built over the last two years and now we move on to the next phase which I believe will be as exciting, challenging and rewarding.” Rodgers added: “I would like to place on record my thanks to the players and staff, who have been absolutely brilliant for me since the day I started at this great football club. “I am grateful to our owners and senior management team who have supported me and who share my vision of how we can progress on the field. “Finally, I must thank the supporters who are at the heart of everything we do here. “I am honoured every day to lead this team and I thank the fans for their continued support as together we strive to bring success back to Liverpool Football Club.” Rodgers has impressed club owners Fenway Sports Group not only with the way he has improved the team without the need for numerous and expensive signings but with the manner in which he has handled himself during his two years in charge. In a joint statement principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner said: “We are very fortunate to have a hugely-talented individual leading our football performance and in whom we place our trust to deliver the vision we share for Liverpool Football Club. “Brendan is at the heart of what we, as an ownership group, are trying to achieve on the pitch. “This season has reaffirmed everyone’s belief that we can bring football success to Liverpool and we are all committed to working together to achieve that. “Players and supporters have made it clear how important Brendan is to our success and so to have him commit to us for the long term is a great boost for everyone going forward.” last_img read more

Coca-Cola, Eva Water Join Okpekpe Race

first_img“Remember we are the first road race to be granted a label race in Nigeria nay West Africa which means we are the first road running event to be internationally recognised. We didn’t stop there as we also moved a step up to a silver label race and our target now is to go for gold.“A label certifies the global sporting significance of the race, the organisational quality and the compliance with relevant IAAF competition rules,” explains Amodu who restated the organisers resolve to use a gold label template to organise this year’s event in a fortnight.“Our target is to get a gold label for the race next year and the new IAAF road race rules have made it compulsory that we use the template of the label we are aspiring for in the event preceding the label. This means that this year’s race will have a gold label standard written all over it especially in terms of the quality of the elite field.”Amodu reveals Coca-Cola and Eva will be providing cash and all its products in Nigeria for the race.“We will have 350 cases of Eva Water 50cl (4,200 bottles) supplied by our latest partner. Some of these will be used along the race routes at intervals of three kilometres from the starting point,” revealed Amodu who added that 30 cases of sparkling PET 35cl (360 bottles)-Coke, Fanta, Sprite will be used to refresh the VIPS at the main venue where race ends and prize presentation holds.”Amodu added that Coca-cola and Eva will also provide ice for chilling the drinks as well as ice coolers.“They will also provide us branded ladies (15 in all) for the race. Four of them will be deployed (in pairs) along the race route at intervals of three kilometres and will be handing out Eva water to the runners as they race by. They will thereafter move to the finishing point to join the other 11 to cheer runners and also serve drinks to the Runners as well as the VIP,” Amodu explained.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Coca Cola and Eva Water will refresh athletes, officials, spectators and VIPS when the 7th edition of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) silver label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race holds on May 25, 2019 in Okpekpe, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State.Director of Organisation for the race, Zak Amodu revealed at the weekend that Coca-Cola, and Eva Water have come on board as Refreshment Partners of the historic race.“This is a big development for us at Okpekpe to have unarguably the best soft drink and purest processed water join us as we strive to make more history for Nigeria and West Africa,” said Amodu.last_img read more