Fraudster 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 Views
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If you thought the over-18s Halloween pop-up bakery shop last year was messed up, the Eat Your Heart Out team will up the ante from adults-only to snuff cake-making. This time it will be creating the world’s most anatomically correct cake inside and out.Medical experts will be consulted throughout to ensure accuracy, and a pathologist will carve it up, while giving a presentation on the anatomy. “Clearly there is only one fit end for this unique cake, which will be constructed by an international team of the world’s best cake and food creatives… a public cake autopsy conducted by a trained pathologist,” said organiser Ms Cakehead aka Emma Thomas.What’s more, you can’t be offended: it’s for charity. evilcakes.wordpress.com
The Jauntee—featuring guitarist Caton Sollenberger, keyboardist Tyler Adams, bassist John Loland, and drummer Scott Ferber—are rising stars on the jam circuit, steadily expanding their dedicated following in their hometown of Boston into a solid fan base across the country. Performing an average of 100 dates per year nationwide, the band has won over countless fans with their unforgettable live shows, next-level jams, and musical risk-taking.On September 14th, The Jauntee will release a brand-new album, Always Never Knowing. Mirroring the group’s high-energy live shows, the sixteen-track album was recorded during their two-night run at Cambridge, Massachusetts’ The Bridge Sound & Stage, with the whole album professionally recorded, mixed, and mastered by Alex Allison and Tom Waltz. Featuring nine previously unreleased tracks (which fans may know as staples of their live shows), the album reformats four live sets of music recorded in Cambridge, emulating The Jauntee’s high-octane live shows in the best way possible.Today, Live For Live Music is proud to premiere a new single, “Puppy In My Pocket”, off The Jauntee’s forthcoming release. “Puppy In My Pocket” is the first track off the second disc of Always Never Knowing. While the first disc features lyrically driven songs and classic “suites” from The Jauntee’s live catalog—like “Colorado” > “Dog Gone Blues” > “Regretless Acceptance”—the second disc showcases The Jauntee’s extensive improvisational abilities, which are on full display on this 19-minute-long release.As drummer Scott Ferber explains about “Puppy In My Pocket”,I like “Puppy In My Pocket” because it’s simple, catchy and open-ended. There’s no real chorus, yet the whole tune is a sing-along; it’s always a crowd favorite. It can open a show, close a set, be a three-minute rocker, or a 30-minute jam. In many ways, the song encapsulates The Jauntee’s sound. It’s basic yet musical, whimsical yet philosophical, and a perfect launch pad for improvisation.Adds bassist John Loland, “Fans seem to enjoy ‘Puppy in my Pocket’ live every time, which makes it fun to play. We chose it as single because the song itself is short and catchy while at the same time being able to tie in the live improvisational aspect.”You can check out the Live For Live Music premiere of The Jauntee’s newest single, “Puppy In My Pocket”, below or stream it on SoundCloud here.The Jauntee – “Puppy In My Pocket”<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Pre-order for the forthcoming Always Never Knowing will launch soon on the band’s website here before the album is formally released on September 14th. If you’re digging what you hear, make sure you check out The Jauntee’s Bandcamp here, which shows just how unforgettable the group’s live performances are. You can also check out a list of the band’s upcoming shows below, with new tour dates scheduled to be added in the coming weeks.The Jauntee Upcoming 2018 Tour Dates:9/1 – Your Mom’s House – Denver, CO~9/13 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY*9/14 – Wormtown Music Festival – Greenfield, MA9/15 – Infinity Hall – Norfolk, CT*9/16 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA*9/19 – Otus Supply – Ferndale, MI9/20-21 – Resonance Music Festival – Thornville, OH9/26 – The Firmament – Greenville, SC^9/27 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA^9/28 – Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN^9/29 – Saturn – Birmingham, AL^9/30 – Songbirds – Chattanooga, TN^10/5 – CukoRakko – Steele, AL~ Phish Afterparty* w/ Leftover Salmon^ w/ TwiddleView All Tour Dates
Swatkins & The Positive Agenda Tour Dates8/13 Rockwood Music Hall, NYC8/14 The Acoustic, Bridgeport CT8/15 Arch Street, Hartford CT8/16 Parish Public House, Albany NY8/17 Nectar’s, Burlington VT8/18 HOME, Portland MEView Upcoming Tour DatesYou can also catch Steve Swatkins at the upcoming Brooklyn Comes Alive, set to take place on September 29th at three fan-favorite venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive brings together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes, and collaborate in never-before-seen formations. Each attendee receives a wristband that grants them access to every venue, which makes getting from set to set a breeze, recreating and paying homage to the club-hopping atmosphere of Jazz Fest by night.***Tickets On Sale Now***Swatkins will take part in not one, but two unique sets at 2018’s fourth-annual edition of Brooklyn Comes Alive. Steve will help an all-star lineup of artists pay tribute to Prince with Purple Party, reprising a massively successful late-night performance in New Orleans during this past year’s Jazz Fest. For this special Brooklyn tribute to Prince, the band will include MonoNeon (Prince), Robert “Sput” Searight (Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note), Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note), Steve Swatkins (Allen Stone), Ryan Jalbert (The Motet), Lyle Divinsky (The Motet), Shira Elias (Turkuaz), Sammi Garett (Turkuaz), Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Mike “Maz” Maher (Snarky Puppy), Will Trask (Great American Taxi), Megan Letts (Mama Magnolia), and Casey Russell (Magic Beans). For more information and artist insight on the highly-anticipated Brooklyn Comes Alive debut of Purple Party, check out the band profile here.Swatkins will also take part in Soul Tracks, an old-school soul revue led by Turkuaz vocalist Shira Elias. Joining Swatkins and Elias for this soulful set will be Nikki Glaspie, Nick Cassarino, and Nate Edgar (The Nth Power), James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band), Lyle Divinsky (The Motet) and Joel Gonzalez.For more information about this one-of-a-kind live music experience, head to the Brooklyn Comes Alive website. Steve Swatkins has steadily made waves with his fiercely funky abilities behind the keyboards for years, making a name for himself both as a member of Allen Stone‘s band and as a thrilling special guest on a variety of projects. Now, the talkbox master has amassed a talented band of his own, Swatkins & The Positive Agenda, backed by drummer Tyrone Hendrix, bassist André Zapata, guitarists Peter Knudsen and Jimmy Russell, and Michael Elson on the Hammond B3 organ.Today, ahead of their Northeast run, Live For Live Music is thrilled to premiere the first full-band recording of Swatkins & The Positive Agenda—”Couldn’t Hurt To Try”, recorded live by Todd Gee of 366 Collective at The Falcon Arts Building studio in Portland, Oregon. The track, an irresistibly optimistic funk-soul cocktail that begs to be danced to, is just as infectious as you’d expect a Swatkins track to be.Explains Swatkins of the track,When you really believe strongly in something (like, for example, good music and the power of positivity), you know in your heart that you should try your absolute best, regardless of your inner critic telling you how much easier it would be to not try at all. We here at The Positive Agenda want to encourage you to give it a shot. Whatever that thing is you love very much but have been reluctant to expend effort towards… maybe it’s time to try. Couldn’t hurt. And remember to Have Your Most Best Time.Check out the live studio video of Swatkins & The Positive Agenda’s “Couldn’t Hurt To Try” below. Also, read on for more information about Steve Swatkins other upcoming projects and performances, including an all-star run with members of Turkuaz and Kung Fu.Swatkins & The Positive Agenda – “Couldn’t Hurt To Try” – Live at Falcon Arts[Video: Swatkins]The Positive Agenda will release music on all major streaming platforms later this year. Currently, Swatkins is bringing that positivity to the Northeast, with a run of shows featuring a band made up of Craig Brodhead (guitar, Turkuaz), Michelangelo Carubba (drums, Turkuaz), Beau Sasser (keys/bass, Kung Fu), and Moorea Masa (vocals).The run will see the all-star band performing across the Northeast, with the shows kicking off next week on August 13th at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall. From there, the group will continue to Bridgeport, CT’s The Acoustic on the 14th; Hartford, CT’s Arch Street Tavern on the 15th; and Albany, NY’s Parish House on the 16th. To close things out, the band will perform at Burlington, Vermont’s iconic venue Nectar’s on August 17th ahead of the run-closing final performance at Portland, Maine’s HOME on August 18th.You can check out a list of Swatkins & The Positive Agenda’s upcoming Northeast dates below. For more information, or to grab your tickets to see Swatty in action, head to his website.
The Black Crowes‘ longtime drummer Steve Gorman has announced a forthcoming, 288-page memoir, Hard To Handle: The Life & Death Of The Black Crowes, due out on September 24th via Da Capo Press.Gorman recruited journalist Steven Hyden to help co-write the forthcoming book. Gorman and Hyden cover The Black Crowes’ early days and rise to fame, drama between the band’s three founding members ahead of their 25th anniversary, and much more.Read a full description of the book below:The Black Crowes played big, Southern rock and became popular precisely while hair bands and grunge were rebelling against it. They stayed on the radio through hip-hop’s rise to the mainstream and dominated the charts no matter what the tastes of the day might have been. They’ve sold 35 million albums and they continued to tour up until they finally had enough of each other in 2013. Even then, more than twenty years after Rolling Stone named them the Best New American Band in a 1990 cover story, they drew thousands of fans across the country at over 120 nearly sold-out dates on what ended up being their final tour.That last tour was so successful that they planned to do a bigger, truly final 25th anniversary tour in 2015. Unfortunately, the animosity between the three founding members didn’t allow that to happen. Instead, they reverted to their old habits of fighting, blaming each other, drinking too much, and indulging all the other demons that the music industry seems to feed upon. While Steve Gorman may have felt relief at not having to head back out on the road, he did feel bad for the band’s fans. He felt he owed them one final show. This book is that final show. Following his tenure in The Black Crowes, Gorman worked as a sports talk radio host, hosting his own Steve Gorman Sports! on Fox Sports Radio. Gorman currently resides in Nashville, TN.Fans can head here to pre-order a copy of Hard To Handle: The Life & Death Of The Black Crowes.
Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn, a renowned proponent of applying the practice of mindfulness in schools, addressed the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) Wednesday evening in Longfellow Hall about the effectiveness of such training in countering the pressures and effects of anxiety, stress, chronic pain, and illness on the body, mind, and brain.The practice of mindfulness, a systematic way of paying attention and cultivating well-being, is becoming an increasingly important tool in education, from top-level leaders to elementary schoolchildren.Mindfulness has been used to promote social and emotional learning in children, to teach college students how to savor the joys and challenges of academic life with calmness and clarity, and to help educational leaders ease work stress and build vital attention skills to stay present and receptive in the moment.Kabat-Zinn is a professor of medicine emeritus and the founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.Over the last three decades, mindfulness has moved from the fringes of medicine to the mainstream as an effective tool to manage pain and stress. Many attribute the shift to Kabat-Zinn’s pioneering research and advocacy.“The reason I started this work in the first place is that I thought … it would be valuable if human beings actually knew how to meditate, how to really befriend themselves in a way that wasn’t to have an effect, not to get some good feeling … but because anything else is a kind of living a diminished life,” he said.Mindfulness “allows us to meet the full catastrophe of the human condition. Difficult things happen, terrifying things happen, unwanted things happen, but the real question is how we’re going to be in relationship to them. That’s the challenge. And that’s what mindfulness is about,” he said.Kabat-Zinn believes that mindfulness training in K–12 classrooms — what he calls “contemplative education” — can provide physiological benefits and useful tools for both students and teachers.“What we’re talking about is skill development. Compassion is a skill, kindness is a skill, attention is a skill, awareness is a skill,” he said. “So it’s not just for stress reduction.“The development of these deep, positive, pro-social qualities for interacting, for relating, for emotional intelligence, and also for all of the intellectual qualities” that can be subverted by lapses in “our capacity to pay attention, sustain attention, and penetrate to the root of what’s actually going on … to me, if you learn that in school, you’re going to be in really good shape as an adult.”Before that can happen, teachers first need to understand how mindfulness works, and then how to integrate it successfully in the classroom.“We really need” to master “how to completely tune the instrument of learning. I use the metaphor of an orchestra. You take the Boston Symphony Orchestra: great musicians, great instruments, playing great music. They do not just get together and start playing. They spend plenty of time … listening very, very carefully” to each other, Kabat-Zinn said.“So if you’re going to be learning in an environment like the classroom, why not learn to tune the instrument of learning and help them to get into some kind of alignment, calmness, clarity, emotional regulation, where they can be open to what’s actually available to them?”Such efforts will change not only the immediate experience of learning for students, but also their lifelong pursuit of knowledge, he said.“Real education never ends. You’re pulling on something that’s already intrinsic inside. It’s not like putting stuff in, it’s not like filling a pail. Instead, it becomes a love affair with learning. There’s very little that’s not really interesting if you, in some sense, are grounded in who you are.”
The Speak Up! campaign is challenging Notre Dame students to help end religious persecution. The project, sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Center for Civil and Human Rights, calls for students to “create effective and creative communication tools that will raise awareness and call for solidarity with one or more religious community that suffers from religious persecution,” according to the campaign website.Zahra Vieneuve, project manager for the international conference “Under Caesar’s Sword: Christian Response to Persecution,” said the campaign was prompted by the lack of media coverage on issues of religious persecution.“Usually, most of the stories of systematic religious persecution go unreported until there is a full blown crisis. Without media coverage of these stories, there will be no public interest in the issue of religious freedom, and so the voices of many people will remain silenced,” Vieneuve said. “And somehow [we must] ensure that these stories are shared and told whether or not there is interest from the mainstream media.”Vieneuve said students can submit works of any medium, as long as the work effectively raises awareness for religious persecution.“We’re not just asking for videos or essays. You can submit a song or a calendar that somehow reflects the stories of the groups being persecuted, a poster or an illustrated short story. Anything that will raise awareness of groups being persecuted and propose an action on behalf of these communities,” Vieneuve said.Students do not have to focus on religious persecution as experienced by Catholics, she said.“This challenge is about systematic persecution that is happening anywhere against any religious community,” Vieneuve said. “This is about choosing a certain persecuted religious group, researching the persecution they face in a certain country, and finding a medium — any medium — and expressing their stories in a way that would encourage in solidarity with them and action on their behalf.”The deadline for students to submit their work is Oct. 26 at noon, according to the Speak Up! website.“Speak Up! is part of a bigger initiative we hope to implement at Notre Dame to engage our community in showing solidarity with all religious communities who are facing serious violations of their right to religious freedom. Speak Up! is the first activity that we’ve launched under this initiative,” Vieneuve said. “The idea is to come together as a community to learn about the different violations that are happening to many religious groups world-wide. One of the questions that is most frequently asked is ‘What can we do about religious persecution?’ The idea is to invite students to respond to this question and come up with different strategies through which we can raise awareness of the violations that are happening and raise awareness of the right to freedom of religion and belief.”A committee comprised of five Notre Dame faculty and staff members will judge the entries, Vieneuve said, and the final results will be announced by Oct. 29.“Members of many different religions and faiths are oppressed. [This contest] is about showing how this oppression is multifaceted, how this oppression is happening in many different countries and how each and every one of us has a responsibility to do something and stand in solidarity with those who are persecuted for their religious beliefs,” Vieneuve said.According to the website, a first selection will be made to choose the entries that will be displayed first in O’Shaughnessy’s Great Hall and then at the Pontifical Urban University in Rome during the three-day “Under Caesar’s Sword” international conference that will take place Dec. 10 through 12. Conference participants will include Christian leaders, government officials, scholars, human rights activists, representatives of world religions, students and other stakeholders.Vieneuve said the competitions submissions of Notre Dame students will be displayed at the Pontifical Urban University in Rome during the conference to encourage a conversation between Notre Dame students and religious freedom advocates present at the conference.“We want to share a few strategies, a few ideas, that the students of Notre Dame have developed to share information about what’s happening or how to act on behalf of persecution communities. This will be a great opportunity for students to be in a conversation with different experts who will be in Rome for the conference,” Vieneuve said.Tags: Center for Civil and Human Rights, Nanovic Institute, Speak Up!
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Mike LawsonFinancial technology services are so exciting right now. There seems to be a mobile app for just about any monetary need today. And if it weren’t for events like Finovate, Money 20/20, and others, we may not hear about many of these solutions that can make life so much easier — especially for those who need a bit of assistance with their finances. (Me included!)That said, we invited DoubleNet Pay’s Brian Cosgray to discuss his easy-to-use app that takes a person’s paycheck and automatically pays bills on time and sets aside savings based on personal goals. So simple, yet so many of us get caught in a guessing game with this type of financial management. This app sets the stage for smart finance each time you get paid. It can be geared toward you and your company’s employees to automatically budget their paycheck or can be disbursed to your credit union’s membership to do the same — enhancing the value of your institution that much more. Check it out! continue reading »
Credit unions have always operated as centers of community, committed to the people they serve. So, it’s no surprise that amidst a global pandemic, credit unions have jumped into action to support their members, employees and communities.What that means for credit union operations is business practices changing more rapidly than we could have ever anticipated. In normal circumstances, we might study, consider, communicate broadly and then implement a change to our business practices in a phased and thoughtful approach.In these unprecedented times, we don’t have the luxury of time, but we must still be thoughtful in our efforts. At CUNA Mutual Group, we catalog risk challenges and considerations for our credit union partners. These unprecedented times are making some business resiliency plans difficult to uphold. But through open communication and staying informed on critical risks, we can work through these challenges together and continue to be there for those we serve.Review these risk topics to ensure your credit union is prepared:Remote/Flexible Work Arrangements: To minimize the spread of the virus, many credit unions have implemented remote work or flexible work arrangements. Be sure to provide clear and consistent policies for managing work in a new environment as it relates to availability, responsiveness and productivity.Employee Morale: Employees’ mental health and well-being should be a top priority. Consider ongoing check-ins with clear communications around Employee Assistance Programs, Employee Resource Groups, and other wellness resources available to your employees. Make sure your employees know that taking care of themselves and their loved ones is the most important.Remote Service Offerings: While so much focus has been put on cash availability, it’s critical not to lose sight of card and digital payment options. Expect an increase in use of debit and credit cards and mobile payments. In addition, consider how you will provide remote service offerings for the way you used to manage in-person transactions like loan closings, notaries or checks.Third Party Relationships: Though standard business continuity plans often include provisions for third party services, critical service providers will likely suffer levels of absenteeism and reduced levels of operations during this pandemic. Credit unions may want to review and assess vendors’ business resiliency plans to see that they are documented and tested to the same level as those of their own organization.New risks will continue to emerge as the coronavirus (COVID-19) changes the way we operate. No matter the impacted business area, having a plan in place can make all the difference. Be sure that you continue to openly communicate any changes throughout the organization in a timely manner.Keep an eye on new considerations for your credit union operations by visiting our website. Have questions or your own insights to share? Reach out to us.Now more than ever, our credit union community can rally around one another. Credit unions have always helped people through challenging times. I believe that by working together, we can keep our business operations strong so that we can do our best to support members, employees and local communities through this crisis and beyond. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Isaacson Jay Isaacson is the vice president of P&C Solutions and International Division for CUNA Mutual Group. In this role he leads commercial insurance underwriting, which includes credit union … Web: https://www.cunamutual.com Details