Property magnate suspected of money laundering stripped of 45 homes

first_imgHome » News » Property magnate suspected of money laundering stripped of 45 homes previous nextRegulation & LawProperty magnate suspected of money laundering stripped of 45 homesManni Hussain, who is alleged to have links to many of West Yorkshire’s leading gangsters, has agreed to hand over the properties worth £10 million.Nigel Lewis7th October 202003,058 Views The National Crime Agency (NCA) has made a ‘milestone’ Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) after a Leeds property magnate was forced to hand over properties worth £10 million.The NCA says 40-year-old Mansoor Mahmood Hussain, who is known as ‘Manni Boss’ on social media, presented as a flamboyant businessman but is suspected of being a major money-launder for gangsters including a murderer and drug trafficker.Hussain is suspected of using his huge West Yorkshire property empire to launder money for these criminals over the past two decades.But his downfall was his high profile lifestyle, which included meeting singer Beyoncé, which he splashed across several social media profiles.He also had a penchant for sports cars, executive jets and super-yachts.After launching the UWO against the property magnate last year, Hussain has now agreed to hand over 45 apartments, offices and homes.Four propertiesThis leaves him four small properties that are still mortgaged, and cash in a bank account that was not part of the original investigation.“This case is a milestone, demonstrating the power of Unexplained Wealth Orders, with significant implications for how we pursue illicit finance in the UK,” said Graeme Biggar, Director General, National Economic Crime Centre.“This ground-breaking investigation has recovered millions of pounds worth of criminally-obtained property.“It is crucial for the economic health of local communities such as Leeds, and for the country as a whole, that we ensure property and other assets are held legitimately.”The NCA said it became suspicious of Hussain because of his connections to local gangsters and also because they could find no legitimate source for his wealth. He had paid almost zero income tax in some years and many of his 77 companies were dormant.For guidance on anti-money laundering click here.Read more about money laundering. Director General National Economic Crime Centre: Graeme Biggar Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWO) manni hussain NCA National Crime Agency October 7, 2020Nigel 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 2021last_img read more

Dons clash over Shakespeare film

first_imgA new film which suggests that the Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere, was the real author of some of Shakespeare’s plays has divided the opinion of Oxford dons. Anonymous, directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Rhys Ifans and Vanessa Redgrave, focuses on the Oxfordian theory that the 17th Earl of Oxford wrote the plays and poems usually attributed to Shakespeare.The making of the film is a cause for concern for those who worry that audiences may begin to believe this controversial claim. Professor Katherine Duncan-Jones of Somerville College said, “I do think there is a risk that the film Anonymous may be seriously misleading…any film that is based on the premise that the works known to Elizabethan and Jacobean contemporaries as Shakespeare’s were in truth written by someone quite different is absurd.’Generally, the theory that Shakespeare’s plays were written by the Earl of Oxford are disputed by academics, who point to the use of Warwickshire dialect in Shakespeare’s plays, and to the fact that Shakespeare’s competitors, such as Ben Jonson, never challenged his authorship.Dr Colin Burrow, Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, said that “all of these reasons [for believing such a claim] are bad. They include social snobbery (a glover’s son? A genius?), and the conviction that a conspiracy must surround every interesting cultural phenomenon.”However, not all Oxford English dons feel that the film will have a negative effect on the public’s perception of Shakespeare. Dr Emma Smith, fellow and tutor in English at Hertford College and author of The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare, said, “I do not feel particularly bothered by the film it if it makes people interested in the period or the qualities that make Shakespeare special…the worst thing that could happen is people don’t believe Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare. That would be wrong, but it will not take away from the plays.”.Professor Duncan-Smith disagreed with Dr Smith, saying, “my view is that it will [take away from the plays]…in so far as it foregrounds the ‘authorship’ question as supposedly of more interest than the plays (and poems) themselves.”Ben Williams, a second-year English student at Hertford, agreed with Dr Smith, saying, “I think any film which increases the popularity of Shakespeare and the period in general is a positive thing. If people do take more of an interest in Shakespeare after seeing the film, then they will quickly encounter the myriad of opinions which challenge the Oxfordian theory and won’t be able to believe that whatthey have seen in the film is factual.”However, some tutors are unwilling even to give it this chance: Dr Burrow, looking forward to the film’s release, commented: “Wow. It sounds, like, unmissable. But somehow I think I will be giving it a miss.”last_img read more

UBUK updates for 2009

first_imgUnited Biscuits (UBUK) is making several changes to its product range. The go ahead! brand is to be relaunched in 2009, with a £3m campaign aimed at capitalising on the trend for healthier snacks. UBUK will also increase the prominence of the brand’s green colour scheme and plans to use the GDA labelling device on the packs.The branded snack business has reduced the saturated fat content in McCoy’s crisps by a further 30% compared to its 2008 levels, as well as redesigning the packaging and introducing new flavours and formats for 2009. A new Sizzling King Prawn handypack will be available from January and McCoy’s specials flavours, Thai Sweet Chicken and Oriental Ribs, will become part of the core range.Snack brand, Phileas Fogg, will be making a comeback in 2009. A £2m national TV ad campaign will support the launch of its savoury crisps, tortillas, poppadoms and nuts.”The New Year sees the biggest demand for healthier snacking alternatives and retailers should be ready to offer their customers products that satisfy this need,” said commercial manager, Nick Stuart.[http://www.unitedbiscuits.co.uk]last_img read more

Press release: Free flu vaccinations rolled out to over 50s from December

first_img To prepare for this challenging winter, we committed to protect as many people as possible from the flu, to keep those at risk safe and reduce the strain on our NHS. I am pleased we are now able to deliver on that commitment with those aged 50 to 64 invited to get their free flu vaccine from the start of December. These vaccinations are already being given to our existing priority groups and that vital work will continue. More vaccine is flowing into GPs and pharmacies throughout the next few months, and I would urge anyone eligible for their flu vaccine to get one, including all health and social care workers. Public Health Minister Jo Churchill said: adults aged 65 or over pregnant women those with certain pre-existing conditions NHS and social care workers all children up to year 7 household contacts of those who are clinically extremely vulnerable adults aged 50 to 64 Adults over the age of 50 will be able to get their free flu vaccine from 1 December in the next phase of this year’s expanded flu vaccination programme, the government has confirmed.Individuals aged 50 to 64 will be able to get a vaccine from their GP or pharmacy. This significant new group can now be included in the flu programme, with the initial phase of flu vaccinations well under way.Flu vaccine uptake is higher in all vulnerable groups except pregnant women compared with this time last year. Provisional data published by Public Health England on Thursday 20 November suggests 72.9% of those aged 65 and over, 45.0% of 2 year olds and 46.8% of 3 year olds have had their vaccine.GPs, trusts and pharmacists can order additional stock to vaccinate this new group from the centrally secured government supply of over 7 million vaccines.This has been secured amid high global demand for more flu vaccine and now means vaccines can be provided to this group over December and into the New Year. There is enough flu vaccine supply to vaccinate 30 million people throughout this year’s flu season in England.Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock said: The extended offer comes as part of the most comprehensive flu vaccination programme in the UK’s history this winter, alongside plans to support the NHS as it continues to respond to coronavirus, and to relieve winter pressures on A&E and emergency care.Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said: The roll-out of the flu vaccine to over 50s is separate to any future COVID-19 vaccine roll-out and people will be able to receive the flu and COVID-19 vaccinations in parallel. The NHS is well equipped to administer both.Further details on the COVID-19 vaccination deployment plan will follow.Background informationThe flu vaccine will be offered to 30 million people in England this year, our largest ever flu vaccination programme. The groups now eligible are: Individuals will be able to get free flu jab from their GP or pharmacist Centrally secured supply of vaccines available to GPs and pharmacies for newly eligible group Influenza vaccination is a critical tool this and every winter to prevent severe illnesses and potential hospitalisations for thousands of people. I urge all those who are eligible for the flu vaccine, including the new group of 50 to 64 year olds, to book their appointments as soon as they can. This winter is like no other, and we have to worry about the twin threats of flu and COVID-19. COVID means getting a flu jab is more important than ever this year. So we are delivering the largest ever flu vaccination programme. Free vaccinations for 50 to 64 years olds will now be available from GPs and pharmacies starting from 1 December.last_img read more

Watch Vulfpeck Perform At Tipitina’s For The First Time Ever [Full Show]

first_imgLast weekend, Vulfpeck made their New Orleans debut with performances at The Joy Theater, The Orpheum, and Tipitina’s playing alongside The Soul Rebels, The Revivalists, and Lettuce. The string of shows were a big deal for the band who’d never even set foot in the Big Easy. Closing out the weekend at arguably the most legendary concert venue in the city, the quartet brought the funk, the fun, and all of the dance moves while opening up for Lettuce at Tipitina’s. Vulfpeck Gets Brass Lovin’ From The Soul Rebels In New Orleans [Watch]Trading instruments throughout the night, as they do, Vulfpeck welcomed some of the room’s most talented musicians to the stage for the quintessential sit-ins that Jazz Fest late nights are meant for. Lovely vocalist Madelyn Grant joined in for a “Back Pocket” audience sing-a-long, triumphantly lifting the spirits of the Vulfpack tribe. Adam Deitch jumped behind the drum kit for a gut-wrenching “It Gets Funkier,” before another crowd favorite “Christmas In L.A.” brought chills to the Louisiana heat. A very appropriate “Outro” closed their set, with Lettuce’s Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, and The Shady Horns’ Eric “Benny” Bloom and Ryan Zoidis providing the funkiest of notes before a sold-out crowd.Thanks to Lins Hurst, you can watch the entire performance, up-close-and-personal, below:Thanks to Vulfpeck, we can zoom in on incredible happenings such as these:Setlist: Vulfpeck at Tipitina’s, New Orleans, LA – 4/24/16:Conscious Club, Fugue, Rango, Wong, Cripple Creek, My Favorite Cock, Back Pocket, Funky Duck, 1612, It Gets Funkier, Beastly, Christmas In L.A., Outrolast_img read more

Seeing cell membranes in new light

first_imgAdam Cohen, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology and of physics, is the lead author of a new study that challenges conventional theories about the fluid nature of cell membranes and how they react to tension.Scientists have long believed that membranes act like a viscous liquid, similar to honey, and that tension could be transmitted almost instantly from one side of a cell to the other. But Cohen and Zheng Shi, a postdoctoral fellow working in Cohen’s lab, discovered that they’re actually closer to a semisolid like Jell-O. The study was described in Cell.“The conventional picture is that the membrane is what we call a two-dimensional fluid, meaning the lipid molecules that make it up are stuck in the plane of the membrane … but within that plane those molecules can move around,” Cohen said. “It’s like people milling around in Grand Central Station — everybody is stuck to the plane of the floor, but they can move around.“People had assumed that because the membrane acted like a fluid, if you tugged on one side of it, it would flow until the tension was equalized again,” he added. “People thought this propagation of tension would be very fast, and that it might be a way for cells to signal from one part of the membrane to another.”But while there had been many studies suggesting that membranes worked this way, there was scant experimental evidence to support it.What evidence did exist, Cohen said, came from experiments in which researchers created “synthetic” membranes and then showed that tension was almost instantly transmitted from one side to the other.With those findings in mind, Cohen and Shi set out to capture that transfer by developing a fluorescent protein that would light up as the signal moved through the membrane.“The idea was that we have this incredibly sensitive sense of touch which acts through these tension-gated ion channels, and I thought it would be cool if, instead of just having touch generate electrical signals in our neurons … we could see the touch directly,” Cohen said. “So Zheng made these sensors and we were trying to calibrate them by pulling on one side of a cell and looking for changes in the signaling, and his experiments just didn’t make sense. He kept doing the experiment and not seeing any response.”It might have been easy at that point to simply decide the experiment didn’t work and give up. But Cohen and colleagues instead began to wonder whether basic assumptions about cell membranes were wrong.“Zheng set up a very simple experiment where he had two probes on mechanical actuators,” he said. “He tugged on the membrane in two places and measured the tension … and saw no coupling whatsoever. So he could pull all he wanted on one end, and there would be absolutely nothing on the other. Then he did the same experiment in free membranes disconnected from the cell, and he saw perfect coupling. That tells us there was something fundamentally different about the membrane when it was on the cell versus when it was isolated.”That difference, Cohen and colleagues hypothesize, is rooted in the proteins that sit in the membrane and are attached to the cell’s cytoskeleton.“Those proteins can’t move around,” Cohen said. “And each one acts like an immobile barrier, so any flow has to go around it. It’s as if you have a number of people in Grand Central Station who are simply standing still.”Cohen and colleagues estimate that those proteins occupy as much as 20 percent of the cell membrane — enough to have a profound impact on how the membrane works.“You might think that if you take up 10 or 20 percent of your space with obstacles you would see a 10 or 20 percent effect, but it turns out to have a 10,000-fold effect on the ability of the membrane to flow,” Cohen said. “The analogy that everybody is familiar with is Jell-O. When you make Jell-O, the gelatin is only about 5 percent of the recipe — the vast majority is just water.“A 5 percent solution of sugar flows just like water, but a 5 percent gelatin gel doesn’t flow at all, because the gelatin strands are tangled up and can’t move relative to each other, so water gets trapped because it can’t flow through the molecular-sized spaces between the strands. But if you take clear Jell-O and put a drop of dye on it, the dye molecules will diffuse through it … because the molecules are small enough to squeeze through.”The same principle appears to be at work in cell membranes, he said.Cohen sees two avenues for further research.“It still would be interesting to have a good way to image the membrane tension,” he said. “So we are back to the original question to explain how tension is regulated in cells as they get inputs of different sorts.”Cohen also plans to explore whether there may be some cells that do transfer tension across the membrane, with the hope of explaining what special roles those cells may be filling.This research was supported with funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.last_img read more

This Week’s Picks! Sip Martinis with Cheyenne Jackson & Meet Two Idina Menzels

first_imgSay Goodbye to GodotThrough March 30 at the Cort TheatreIt’s your last chance to see the cutest BFFs around, Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen, in a double dose of Broadway existentialism: Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett and No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter. With this talented twosome at the helm, these two haunting masterpieces playing in rep are both must-see shows. Click for tickets! Go Mad with Cheyenne Jackson & OrfehMarch 29 at BirdlandLet’s face it, we all want to live inside the TV show Mad Men—and now is your chance! Join Cheyenne Jackson and his special guest, Tony nominee Orfeh, for an evening of Mad Men-era tunes, as well as songs from Jackson’s original album “I’m Blue, Skies.” Bring your vintage highball glass. Click for tickets! Star Files View Comments March is bustin’ out all over! Because it’s March! March, March, March! (That’s how the song goes, right?) Finally, after weeks and weeks of waiting, spring is officially here, and what better way to celebrate than by venturing out of the house to see some awesome New York City theater? Check out our picks of the week! Defy Gravity with Ashley BrownMarch 30 at Avery Fisher HallEver wanted to see Mary Poppins favorite Ashley Brown as Elphaba? Well, now’s your chance (kinda). The songstress will lead the annual concert Defying Gravity: The Music of Stephen Schwartz and Eric Whitacre at Lincoln Center, featuring a chorus of more than 250 singers. No word on whether Brown will be wearing a witch hat and soaring high above the stage, but we can dream, can’t we? Click for tickets! Meet 14 Funny Girls (and Dudes)March 26 at 54 BelowDon’t tell them not to live, just sit and putta! 14 Broadway faves will channel Fanny Brice in honor of the iconic musical’s 50th anniversary at 54 Below. Emily Skinner, Julia Murney, Katie Rose Clarke, John Tartaglia and more will take the stage alongside Mimi Hines, who replaced Babs in the iconic role in Broadway’s Funny Girl. Don’t rain on all 14 of their parades. Click for tickets! Choose Your Own Idina AdventureMarch 30 at the Richard Rodgers TheatreYou have two choices. On one hand, you could sit at home pouting and wondering what Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s new musical If/Then, starring Tony winner Idina Menzel is like. OR you could get tickets now and actually see the new production in person! See Menzel imagine what could have been in the new tuner. Click for tickets! Idina Menzellast_img read more

Toews will succeed retiring West

first_imgMichael Toews has been named assistant dean of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to oversee the Tifton Campus.Toews, a UGA entomology professor, succeeds Joe West, who is retiring February 28 after a 34-year career with the college. The UGA Tifton Campus has 60 faculty and more than 400 staff supporting teaching, research and Extension programs for the college. The campus includes the Coastal Plain Experiment Station, the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory and the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.   “I look forward to building on the tremendous balance, breadth and professional reputation that our faculty enjoy,” Toews said. “One of my chief goals as the assistant dean will be to secure funding and resources that enable our campus to thrive for the next 100 years.”The Tifton campus, which celebrated its centennial year in 2019, now has 150 buildings and 5,000 acres of farmland to support the land-grant mission of the college. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) is co-located at the campus with approximately 20 scientists working in partnership with UGA scientists. The assistant dean also oversees the Tifton Campus Conference Center, a multiuse facility that brings in conferences and events from across the Southeast.“We are excited about the future direction of the UGA-Tifton campus. Dr. Toews brings a wealth of experience and vision to his new role as Assistant Dean in Tifton,” said CAES Dean and Director Sam Pardue. “I look forward to working with him as he directs the college’s efforts in South Georgia.”Toews BackgroundA native of Salina, Kansas, Toews completed a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Fort Hays State University. He then earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in entomology from Oklahoma State University. After completing post-doctoral fellowships at Kansas State University and the USDA-ARS, he joined the UGA Tifton faculty in 2006 as a research entomologist focused on insect ecology and cotton pest management.Toews acquired additional graduate teaching and Extension responsibilities in 2009 and was appointed co-director at the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health in 2014. He was promoted to professor in the UGA Department of Entomology in 2017.During his tenure at UGA, Toews has conducted extensive research to improve Georgia cotton production. He is most well-known for his work on thrips and stink bugs, as well as invasive insect pests including kudzu bug, brown marmorated stink bug and silverleaf whitefly.Teaching, Publications, Awards, GrantsToews has served on 27 graduate student committees and secured more than $16 million in competitive grant funding. His research program has resulted in nearly 200 publications, including 72 peer reviewed journal articles, six book chapters, 45 Extension publications and 62 miscellaneous publications. With collaborators, he has released eight smartphone apps and four e-learning modules. Former postdoctoral fellows and students from his lab currently work in academia, industry, Cooperative Extension, state government and federal government service.In 2015, Toews was the Southeastern Branch recipient of the Entomological Society of America Award for Excellence in Integrated Pest Management.(Faith Peppers is director of public affairs for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Conway joins Russell Industrial Services

first_imgJay Conway Joins Russell as Industrial Business Development ManagerJay Conway joins Russell Industrial Services as the Industrial BusinessDevelopment Manager. This new position at Russell focuses on developingrelationships and securing industrial repair, maintenance and metalfabrication business in various industries. Jay has 25+ years industrialsales experience most recently with NES Rentals where he managed theIndustrial Sales Department for the Northeast. Jay holds a Bachelor ofArts degree from Ricker College.The John A. Russell Corporation, Vermont’s oldest general contractor, hasbeen the innovative leader for construction and industrial services since1934. Russell Construction Services offers Design/Build, ConstructionManagement and General Contracting services throughout the northeast.Russell Industrial Services offers industrial repair, maintenance andspecialty metal fabrication services to clients throughout the UnitedStates from our Glens Falls, NY location.last_img read more

CO-OP re-launches CO-OP Mobile, following testing by Democracy FCU

first_img continue reading » by: Bill PrichardCO-OP Financial Services is re-launching CO-OP Mobile, its mobile banking application now featuring optional real-time, person-to-person payments and remote check deposit capabilities for credit union smartphone users.CO-OP Mobile enables credit unions to offer a leading-edge, custom-branded app tailored to the needs of their members – without the costly and time-consuming complexities involved in developing an in-house solution.Originally introduced in February 2009, CO-OP Mobile is being reintroduced to take advantage of CO-OP’s new person-to-person payments network called RealPay by CO-OP, incorporating the FIS PayNet platform. CO-OP Mobile is a fully customizable and configurable mobile app for credit unions, utilizing the same connection technology as CO-OP Shared Branch transactions, which expedites implementation for credit unions already participating in that network.The new CO-OP Mobile was tested prior to introduction by Democracy FCU of Washington, D.C.“CO-OP Mobile allows us to deliver more services to members through their smartphones, which is critical because surveys show 50 percent of adults have smartphones – and keep them handy all the time,” said Bill Cook, Vice President, Administration, for Democracy FCU. “This version of CO-OP Mobile enables P2P payments and remote deposit capture – features of mobile banking we will be able to offer our members for the first time. It also fits well with our shared branching concept – we want to be wherever our members go, and now we will be right in the palm of their hand. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more