State Pension worries? I’m buying UK shares in an ISA to protect myself from retirement poverty

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Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. State Pension worries? I’m buying UK shares in an ISA to protect myself from retirement povertycenter_img Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Relying solely on the State Pension to financially support you in retirement is extremely dangerous. The number of British pensioners living in poverty has exploded over the past decade as the ballooning cost of social care has outstripped the rate of annual State Pension rises.Things threaten to get even worse given the huge stress that Covid-19 has placed on the public purse. The pace of future State Pension hikes is in jeopardy as calls to scrap the ‘triple lock’ mechanism grow.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Also, the age at which Britons can claim retirement benefits has been steadily rising in recent years. And it’s likely to keep getting further away as the government struggles to balance the books.11.1m heading for retirement poverty?It’s clear Britons need to take action like buying UK shares in a Stocks and Shares ISA to protect their standard of living in retirement. Yet very few citizens are taking the necessary action to build a financial buffer for their autumn years.Research just released by investment specialists EQi reveals the extent of the problem in Britain today. It shows a staggering 18m people have never reviewed their pensions or retirement plans.Yet this wasn’t the most shocking result of the survey. Of the 2,000 adults which it questioned, EQi says that “29% of people surveyed are either fairly confident (16%) or very confident (13%) they will not be able to save enough for their retirement.”This is equal to a staggering 11.1m people in the UK.Offsetting the poor State Pension with UK sharesIt doesn’t have to be that way though. With a little research and a commitment to regular investing it’s possible to not just avoid poverty in retirement. You might actually build a handsome nest egg to help you live the Life of Riley once you ditch your work gloves. Studies show that the long-term UK share investor makes an average annual return of between 8% and 10%. This means someone who invests £350 a month can, after 30 years, expect to have built a retirement fund of at least £492,000. At the top end, they can realistically expect to have made close to £723,000.These proven rates of return mean Britons don’t have to pull their hair out worrying about retirement. They also mean those who are closing in on retirement can build a healthy sum of money to live on once they’ve stopped working.Let’s say you’re aged 50 and hope to retire by 66. That £350 a month invested in UK shares could have made you as much as £157,000, based on those previous rates of return.I’m financially preparing for retirement with a tax-efficient Stocks and Shares ISA. I’ve continued to buy UK shares in 2020 despite the uncertain economic outlook too.As those figures above show, long-term investors can still make BIG returns despite temporary trouble for the global economy. And those that invest today can pick up some terrific bargains following the 2020 stock market crash. Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. 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Forestview House / Atelier st

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Solidarity rally backs locked-out Honeywell workers

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Honeywell workers stay strong against union-busting tactics in Indiana.South Bend, Ind. – Hundreds of supporters rallied Feb. 11 in South Bend, Ind., to support United Auto Workers Local 9, whose 320 members are locked out by Honeywell. The workers in South Bend, along with 42 members of UAW Local 1508 in Green Island, N.Y., were locked out May 9, just two days after workers voted to reject a contract that would have eradicated 80 years of bargaining advances.Among the core issues that drove Local 9 to overwhelmingly reject the contract in May and again in November were provisions to eliminate seniority rights and to make workers pay an unaffordable share of health care costs. Honeywell would also have had the right to make additional changes to health care coverage unilaterally.Organizers chose the rally date to honor the 80th anniversary of the victory of the Flint Sit-down Strike. That was the 44-day occupation of General Motors plants that forced the company to recognize the UAW. Local 9 actually pioneered the sit-down tactic in the UAW when it held the union’s first occupation in November 1936, winning union recognition from Bendix after holding the plant for six days.The union’s supporters rallied at UAW Local 5, which offered its space in solidarity with the locked-out workers. Local 5, one of the original locals that founded the UAW in 1935, represented Studebaker workers until the company folded in 1965. This local still represents workers at several companies.Paul Mishler, director of Labor Studies at Indiana University-South Bend, chaired the rally and gave a presentation about the 1936 sit-down. Other speakers included Local 9 Vice President Todd Treder; UAW Local 551 Vice President Scott Houldieson, representing the Autoworker Caravan, which initiated the rally; St. Joseph Valley Project/Jobs with Justice Chair Joe Carbone; United Steelworkers staff organizer Robin Rich; and South Bend Common Council member Regina Williams-Preston.Also speaking were April Lidinsky, director of Gender Studies at Indiana University-South Bend and organizer of the Jan. 21 women’s march in South Bend; Frank Hammer and Melvin Thompson, former presidents of UAW Locals 909 and 140 respectively; and representatives of Local 5, Detroit’s Moratorium Now! Coalition and Steelworkers locals and retiree chapters.Hammer and Thompson drew the link between the locked-out workers’ struggle and the fight of GM workers in Bogotá, Colombia, who were fired after they were injured. The Association of Injured Workers and Ex-workers of GM Colmotores (Asotrecol) has been maintaining a tent encampment outside the U.S. Embassy for over five years. Local 9 donated one-third of what was collected for their members to Asotrecol.The combined take of the collection at the rally and two previous collections by a progressive church came to over $2,500. More churches are planning Sunday collections or pancake breakfasts to assist the workers, who ran out of unemployment benefits in November.After the rally, supporters caravanned to the plant, where they yelled at the scabs going in. Many scabs are from Strom Engineering, a union-busting firm brought into the plant prior to the contract vote. Strom employees shadowed the workers while they worked, in order to learn their jobs and be able to run production in the event of a strike or lockout. Union members now assume the lockout was planned in advance.Chants included “Hey, hey, Honeywell! Take your scabs and go to hell!”last_img read more

Progress in China Trade Talks, but it Won’t Fix U.S. Soy…

first_img SHARE Progress-in-China-trade-talksThe U.S. and China are at the table in Beijing talking trade and signs a deal could be reached have come from China the last two days. One of those signs is adding a third day of talks Wednesday. INTL FC Stone chief commodities economist Arlan Suderman says the additional day of negotiating suggests positive developments, but he cautions any trade deal reached will not fix the current U.S. soybean balance sheet.“It’s not going to fix it at all,” he said. “There are simply too many soybeans in the world. Obviously, we’ll take any business we can get, that is very important, that we have access to China once again. But, what does that mean when both South America and North America are over-producing soybeans? It means that they have to fight to get China’s business and that means a race to the bottom perhaps, pricewise, until we get a price that absorbs that demand and discourages production.”He says another sign of progress in the talks is the report from Reuters Tuesday that China has approved five genetically modified crops for import.“That’s seen as positive,” he told HAT. “It’s seen as a step forward, but there are still some (GM crops) that they have not yet approved, so they didn’t go all the way. It’s a good faith type of a gesture, but they still have not gone all the way to move forward the approvals of everything. We just don’t want to run into a situation where they can say ‘oh we’ve got a cargo of corn and it had some seeds in it from an unapproved hybrid.’ We’ve been down that road before and don’t want to see it happen again. But it is a good faith gesture and suggests that progress is being made in the talks.”Suderman added FC Stone’s boots on the ground report China has interest in purchasing 8-12 million metric tons of corn and there are continued rumors they’ll purchase up to 6 million metric tons of wheat. But, due to African swine fever risks, hog feeding in China is felt to be down 15 percent, resulting in a downturn in soy meal and corn demand. Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Jan 8, 2019 Home Indiana Agriculture News Progress in China Trade Talks, but it Won’t Fix U.S. Soy Balance… Progress in China Trade Talks, but it Won’t Fix U.S. Soy Balance Sheet Previous articlePurdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer Declines in DecemberNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for January 9, 2019 Andy Eubank SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Shamrock Capital Announces Acquisition of Bayard Advertising

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – January 27, 2021 LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 27, 2021– Shamrock Capital, a Los Angeles-based investment firm, today announced that it has acquired Bayard Advertising, an established leader in the recruitment marketing industry. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Bayard serves as a trusted recruitment marketing partner for clients, offering a full suite of services including employer branding and creative, digital media strategy and campaign execution, programmatic buying, social media engagement and content management, metrics and analytics capabilities, and technology and recruitment platform consultation. Bayard works with leading enterprise clients across a diverse group of end markets, including healthcare, transportation, retail, real estate, food service, and technology. “For nearly 100 years Bayard has operated as a family-owned business,” said Louis Naviasky, Bayard CEO. “We’ve excelled by focusing on our core strengths in employer branding and talent recruitment, while at the same time continuing to innovate as the market evolves. To capitalize on the numerous opportunities ahead of us, we felt it was time to bring in an experienced investor. We are thrilled to be partnering with Shamrock Capital, given their deep expertise in media as well as their partnership and growth-oriented approach.” “Bayard is a leader in the dynamic and evolving recruitment marketing space,” said Laura Held, Partner at Shamrock Capital. “The company has established itself as a go-to, strategic partner for an impressive roster of clients. We are excited to work with Louis and the broader management team in Bayard’s next chapter. We see enormous potential to continue to expand upon Bayard’s best-in-class talent acquisition and recruitment marketing solutions while maintaining top-notch client service.” CG Petsky Prunier, part of the Canaccord Genuity Group, served as financial advisor and Davis & Gilbert served as legal advisor to Bayard on the transaction. Cooley served as legal advisor to Shamrock on the transaction. About Bayard Advertising Bayard Advertising is a full-service Recruitment Marketing Partner with focus and expertise in talent attraction, employer branding, and recruitment marketing. With close to 100 years of experience as an industry leader, Bayard helps clients target and attract top talent while guiding them on media, employer branding, technology, and recruiting solutions that provide the best return on investment. Bayard acts as a trusted recruitment marketing advisor to its clients. For more information, visit About Shamrock Capital Shamrock Capital is a Los Angeles-based investment firm with approximately $2.5 billion of assets under management, investing exclusively in the media, entertainment, and communications sectors. Shamrock was originally founded in 1978 as the family investment company for the late Roy E. Disney and has since evolved into an institutional money manager with a leading group of investors including endowment and pension funds. Shamrock partners with strong management teams and takes an active, collaborative approach to creating value in each investment. In addition to its diverse portfolio of Entertainment IP, Shamrock’s current investments include Ad Results Media, Adweek, Appetize, Branded Cities, DeCurtis, Excel Sports Management, Iyuno Media Group, Maple Media, Mobilitie, Omega Wireless, Pixellot, and Wpromote. For more information, visit View source version on CONTACT: Bayard Advertising Media: Zachery Tweddell (443) 453 8130 [email protected] Capital Media: Jaimee Pavia Prosek Partners 310-695-1413 [email protected] KEYWORD: CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: BANKING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FINANCE SOURCE: Shamrock Capital Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 01/27/2021 09:00 AM/DISC: 01/27/2021 09:01 AM WhatsApp Shamrock Capital Announces Acquisition of Bayard Advertisingcenter_img TAGS  Pinterest Twitter Facebook Facebook Previous articleNew RapidAPI Developer Survey Highlights Accelerated API AdoptionNext articleGo365® by Humana Announces Winners of Third Annual National Step Challenge, Resulting in 8.6 Billion Steps Taken and One Million Meals Donated to Feeding America® Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

YSRCP MP Krishna Raju Has Called Upon People Of Different Castes/Religions To Kill Each Other : AP Govt Tells Supreme Court

first_imgTop StoriesYSRCP MP Krishna Raju Has Called Upon People Of Different Castes/Religions To Kill Each Other : AP Govt Tells Supreme Court Radhika Roy19 May 2021 9:46 AMShare This – xThe Andhra Pradesh Government has filed an affidavit opposing Raju’s bail in the sedition case taken against him.”Petitioner has not even fallen short of calling upon people of different castes/religions to kill each other”, the State of Andhra Pradesh told the Supreme Court in YSR Congress Member of Parliament (MP) K. Raghu Rama Krishnam Raju’s plea against Andhra Pradesh High Court’s order which refused to entertain his bail application. Raju was arrested on May 14 on charges of sedition and promotion of communal hatred over his critical remarks against the ruling party in State of Andhra Pradesh and was taken to the Crime Investigation Department (CID) office in Guntur district. Advertisement On May 15, the Andhra Pradesh High Court had refused to entertain his bail application saying that he should approach the Sessions Court first.In the affidavit filed by the Andhra Pradesh Government opposing the plea filed by Raju, the State has submitted that being an MP, Raju has “consistently and consciously and with a mala fide intent, abused his authority/reach as a public person with the sole intention of creating enmity between various class of citizens and to excite disaffection towards the Government”. Advertisement The Affidavit goes on to highlight that a bare viewing of the videos shared on social media exhibit that the incendiary speeches by Raju are not a one-time slip or an error of judgment, but “have been made in furtherance of a deliberate design and a conspiracy hatched by several individuals including the Petitioner herein to create unrest in the State by dividing people on the basis of caste and religion”. The Affidavit further reproduces multiple statements to showcase the same. Advertisement Advertisement “A bare perusal of the aforesaid statements would reveal that the same can, by no stretch of imagination, be said to be an exercise of the right to freedom of expression. Indeed, in his design to create a wedge amongst people and thereby create unrest in the State, the Petitioner has even gone to the extent of encouraging one group of persons for not only beating but also killing persons from other group.”Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Acknowledging that the MP has an inalienable right to criticize the Government, it has been contended that the right cannot be extended to creating a situation where public order is disturbed and that the statements made by the MP should not be tolerated in any civilized society.The Affidavit refers to various cases as Hardik Patel v. State of Gujarat, Akhil Gogoi v. NIA, Gautam Navlakha v. NIA and Sudha Bhardwaj v. NIA, to highlight that the Apex Court has, on several occasions, refused to exercise its discretion when charges of sedition are involved. It has additionally been averred that it is a settled position of law that the police can register an offence suo moto and that the State was constrained to initiate appropriate action when it was realized that the words and actions of the MP were manifesting into actual incidents of violence, thereby creating disharmony between various classes of citizens.”The State had no option but to take action. The arrest was not a knee jerk reaction, as is clearly reflected from the fact that such statements have been consistently made over a period of one year. The Statements made by the Petitioner were thoroughly examined. It is only thereafter that the FIR was registered. The Petitioner cannot be heard to say that the State ought to have waited with folded hands till an actual complaint was filed”. The Affidavit also submits that the Petitioner “has not even fallen short of calling upon people of different castes/religions to kill each other” and that he cannot be permitted to use his status as an MP to claim any immunity as being an elected representative bestows upon him a higher level of responsibility.The Andhra Pradesh Government has also refuted the allegations of police torture, contending that they “have been made pursuant to a design and are aimed solely to create a euphoria around the arrest”. “Has there been an iota of truth in such allegations, the State would not have consented to examination of the Petitioner. It is pertinent to note here that even before the Hon’ble High Court, the constitution of the board was as per the suggestion of the Petitioner”.The Affidavit concludes on the note that the Police Department of the State works in a completely unbiased and impartial manner, and that they were constrained to take action only after becoming cognizant of the disastrous effects of the statements of the MP. On May 17, a Supreme Court Bench of Justices Vineet Saran and BR Gavai directed the MP to be taken to Army Hospital, Secunderabad for medical examination with respect to allegations of custodial torture. The order was passed after the Court took note of the fact that the Magistrate had noticed injuries on the feet of the MP and that he had undergone a heart surgery last year. TagsRaghu Rama Krishna Raju #Sedition YSRCP Andhra Pradesh Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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‘ENUFF SAID’: Bikers Club raises funds for Boys & Girls Club

first_img By The Penny Hoarder Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Sponsored Content Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen “Our club members have different bikes and the bigger the bike the more the questions,” he said. Following the charity ride, the bikers and boys and girls enjoyed a burger lunch together.“We like talking with the kids,” Carlisle said. “That’s the best part of a ride like this. Giving back to kids is the most important thing we can do.”Jamie Thomas, club president, said giving back is the main objective of the ENUFF SAID Bikers Club. ‘ENUFF SAID’: Bikers Club raises funds for Boys & Girls Club By Jaine Treadwell Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Published 3:00 am Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Skipcenter_img “Whatever we can do to support the community is what we want to do, Thomas said. “Helping the elderly is a main objective. We visit local nursing homes during the holidays and donate supplies that patients often need.“We also especially like do give support to youth clubs and organizations like the Boys and Girls Club. The money that is raised with our charity ride will help fund some of the needs of the club here in Troy.”Thomas and Carlisle said helping the youth of today is ensuring a brighter future for them and for the community.  “Our bikers club members hope to serve as role models for these young people,” Carlisle said. Email the author The ENUFF SAID Bikers Club hosted a charity ride Saturday with all proceeds benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Pike and Surrounding Counties. The ride raised $300 for the club to use as needed.The Troy-based ENUFF SAID Bikers Club participated in a charity ride to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Pike and Surrounding Counties Saturday morning.The 30-minute loop ride from the Boys and Girls Club to Banks, Brundidge and back to Troy raised money to be used for programs at the local Boys and Girls Club, said Roman Carlisle, a bike club member. “We are an all-male bikers club that is dedicated to giving back to the community,” Carlisle said. “We’ve been together for about four years and this is the second charity event that we’ve had to benefit the Boys and Girls Club.”Members of ENUFF SAID Bikers Club and supporting bikers began registering around 9:30 a.m. and spent time talking with the kids who gathered to admire their bikes and answering questions about everything from cost to speed. Print Article Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like WICKED WEATHER: Trees topple, power lines snap as storms blow Storms with strong winds ripped through parts of Troy Monday, particularly affecting the Lakewood Drive area off U.S. Highway 29… read more Latest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemsonlast_img read more

Christie’s auctions 1st piece of art created by artificial intelligence

first_imgTimothy A. Clary/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It took 15,000 paintings and more than eight centuries to produce the Portrait of Edmond Belamy, but the artist’s signature is the big reveal: a mathematical algorithm.Conceived by the Paris-based Obvious Collective, the resulting image — a blurry face of a European man that evokes centuries past — is the first piece of art generated by artificial intelligence sold by a major auction house.Christie’s New York is conducting the auction for the computer-printed portrait on Tuesday. The piece may fetch as much as $10,000, the company said in a statement. Edmond is a member of the 11-person Belamy family of AI-generated portraits.The portraits are the brainchild of Obvious, a trio of lifelong friends who live and work together in an apartment near Gare du Nord. One of the three, Hugo Caselles-Dupré, discovered the Generative Adversarial Network class of algorithms while working on his Ph.D. in machine learning.“The images they were creating were really amazing,” his fellow collective member Pierre Fautrel told ABC News. “We are really fascinated by the power of algorithms. We begin to discuss, if you create art like this, is this art?”The conversation, which originated with 25-year-olds lounging in their apartment on sofas, manifested in the Belamys.“Can an algorithm be creative? We decided to make a discussion about this through our art and have an open discussion because we don’t have the answers,” Fautrel said. “A lot of people everywhere in the world could have this interesting conversation.”They ran 15,000 portraits scanning the 14th to the 20th centuries through the algorithms. They focused on portraits, Fautrel said, because they wanted a form of art that “my mother and my little brother could understand.”The fictional Belamy family is a winking homage to the creator of the Generative Adversarial Network, Ian Goodfellow. In French, a rough translation of his last name is “Bel ami” or “Belamy.”The result, printed on canvas and hung in a gilt frame, could pass for a work by the Old Masters from a distance. Up close, the lack of texture and paint is obvious, and the image seems vaguely flat.In February, a French collector, Nicolas Laugero-Lasserre, bought the portrait of the Belamy family patriarch, Le Comte de Belamy, aka The Count of Belamy, for €10,000 ($11,430), hence the guidance for this auction, which ends on Thursday.Obvious caught the eye of Christie’s Richard Lloyd, the international head of the Prints and Multiples Department, who then reached out to the collective, he said.“I have always been interested in AI art and have been following the space for quite some time,” Lloyd wrote in an email. “After speaking with them, we decided to include a piece from their La Famille de Belamy series [in this sale].”Technology-enabled art is not unprecedented. Painter David Hockney embraced iPads and styluses for an extensive series of digital art.As for whether AI is threatening to replace human artists, at least one, English painter Jonathan Huxley, is unconcerned.“The threat of digital art has been around for 15 to 20 years. Real art is like prostitution: It’s one of the oldest businesses in the world,” Huxley said. “As people get saturated with the digital world, they’ll want the blood, sweat, and tears in their living room. It’s rarer and rarer so it will be worth more.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Rogue agent starts seven-year prison sentence after ‘sophisticated fraud’

first_imgHome » News » Rogue agent starts seven-year prison sentence after ‘sophisticated fraud’ previous nextRegulation & LawRogue agent starts seven-year prison sentence after ‘sophisticated fraud’Employer, Martin & Co. dismisses property manager, compensates clients and says it is reassured internal system picked up the fraud.Sheila Manchester4th November 201905,124 Views A rogue agent who inflated invoices to scam customers whilst working at a Truro estate agent has had 10 months added to an already lengthy sentence.Gareth Griffith, 39, was jailed for seven years at Blackfriars Crown Court for his part in a sophisticated investment fraud in which 1,200 people across the world have been defrauded of up to £4 million.In addition to this, Griffith also defrauded customers during his time at Martin & Co Letting and Estate Agents in New Bridge Street, Truro, between February and June 2017.Website Cornwall Live reported that Griffith was due to appear at Truro Crown Court to be sentenced for three counts of fraud but because he failed to board the prison bus, the case proceeded in his absence.The frauds relate to Griffith inflating invoices and pocketing the extra money whilst employed as a property manager at Martin & Co.Sentencing the rogue agent (left), Judge Robert Linford said, “You pleaded guilty to three offences of fraud, offences committed whilst on bail for other offences.“You were, whilst employed at Martin & Co. inflating invoices that were sent to customers and effectively creaming off the money additional to what the company was entitled to for your own personal gain.”Judge Linford explained how Griffith gained nearly £10,000 from two of the other frauds, and had one foiled with a potential gain of a further £7,000.He added, “I’ve read a large number of character references speaking highly of you and a letter from your fiancé explaining how hard it is without you around but it is so often the case that the relatives suffer more than the offender themselves.”For the Truro crimes Judge Linford added a further 10 months to Griffith’s existing seven year sentence.A Martin & Co. statement released following the sentencing, says: “We are pleased that our company procedures and due diligence in uncovering his actions so quickly and subsequent immediate dismissal led to this conviction and sentencing.“We wish to state that all of our affected clients have received full compensation though our client money protection scheme, which is a requirement for all regulated agents.”Read more about Truro rogue agents. Gareth Griffith Truro Martin & Co November 4, 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 2021last_img read more

Sheriff’s Office Announces Passing of K-9 Hunter

first_imgPictured : Deputy Mike Bishop and K-9 Hunter FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office announces the passing of K-9 Hunter. Hunter (a Yellow Labrador) was placed in service in 2004 and was retired in 2014.Hunter and his handler Deputy Mike Bishop were responsible for over 1000 pounds of seized marijuana, as well as the seizure of multiple pounds of methampetmaine and cocaine. Hunter enjoyed bringing joy to thousands of kids by performing demonstrations at schools, churches and community events. He was known for his ability to jump relentlessly like a “tigger”.Sheriff Dave Wedding stated, “Hunter was a real handful, but Deputy Mike Bishop’s ability to effectively channel that dog’s energy resulted in a career of impressive narcotics seizures. I thank Hunter for his decade of service to the Sheriff’s Office and to the citizens of Vanderburgh County.”last_img read more