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Estate agent avoids jail following sickness insurance fraud

first_imgA fraudster estate agent in Lancashire has escaped prison after being given a suspended jail sentence for scamming his insurer out of £25,000.Forty-year-old Adam Reason was working at a leading multi-agency NW regional Countrywide brand in a suburb of Blackpool when he contacted his insurer Aviva in 2016 to claim against his sickness insurance policy, saying that he was too ill to continue working, largely because he was unable to drive his car even short distances without difficulties.Aviva assessed his conditions and accepted the claim, but told Reason that he would have to complete regular reviews to prove he had not been working and was not receiving any other benefits.But the insurer also completed subsequent background checks after it began paying Reason £2,000 a month.These discovered that over a two-year period he had continued working as both a music teacher, a wedding photographer and a commercial property snapper, including one day during which he travelled 275 miles to complete a job.Reason also received £100 a gig to play guitar in a local band, investigators discovered.After being found out, the former estate agent was reported to the police, who told a court hearing last week that Aviva’s exposure to the former estate agent’s fraud was £648,000 if he had continued claiming the cash until the policy expired.The most recent data from the Association of British Insurers shows that in 2019 some 107,000 fraudulent insurance claims worth £1.2 billion were uncovered by insurers. That is a new scam uncovered every five minutes or 300 a day.Read more about Aviva.fraudster estate agent adam reason February 22, 2021Nigel 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 » Agencies & People » Estate agent avoids jail following sickness insurance fraud previous nextAgencies & PeopleEstate agent avoids jail following sickness insurance fraudBlackpool estate agent Adam Reason received payments totalling £24,000 despite having three other jobs.Nigel Lewis22nd February 202104,953 Viewslast_img read more

Jesus-Somerville Ball guests write open letter of complaint

first_imgThe night is also slated in the letter for lack of vegetarian food, and speaks of “suspicions of deliberate misrepresentation” of the entertainment prior to the ball. The letter finally calls for the Committee to disclose “details of its expenditure”, arguing that “the demand to examine these [figures] are perfectly valid given we have not received any justification, before or after the ball, for the unprecedented ticket price of £110/50 (compared to the £85/95 of 2010)”.One second year student, who wished to remain anonymous, told Cherwell, “I had a really good time at The Last Ball. There was as much alcohol as I wanted to drink and I really enjoyed the music that was there. Still, I think it’s fair enough for students to complain about aspects of the night which didn’t live up to their expectations, especially when they paid so much for a ticket. While I recognise and commend the efforts of the Ball Committee, they have a responsibility to answer for the supposed shortcomings of the night.”The author of the open letter told Cherwell, “Whilst the page was set up to provide a new platform for guests to freely express their complaints about the ball in order to build up evidence of the breadth and strength of the views expressed in the letter, it does not represent our final communication to any of the parties involved. The Bursar is only included as an addressee as we believe he will be able to most effectively bring the situation to the college’s attention, and the page was set up with the intention to be formally forwarded onto him when enough support could be evidenced.”In addition to publishing the open letter, the Facebook page encourages guests to show their support for the letter by liking the page or writing comments on it. Should guests wish to submit comments anonymously they are encouraged to do so by messaging the page.Ball Committee Chairman, Sam Levin, and Vice-Chairman, Alwyn Clarke, were both unavailable for comment on Thursday night. Levin previously declined to give a comment to Cherwell. ‘Last Ball’ goers have written an open letter of complaint to the Jesus-Somerville Ball Committee. The letter was posted online by ‘Somerville-Jesus Ball 2013: An Open Letter to the Committee’, a Facebook page which aims “to give balanced feedback” on the event. The ball, hosted by both Somerville and Jesus on Saturday 4th May was billed as “one last night of decadence, debauchery, and indulgence’’. It saw criticism from guests for various shortcomings, including the presence of only one stall to cater for all attending the Ball.The letter acknowledges the “hard work” the Committee put into organising the event, and their dedication “spend[ing] the evening attending to guests rather than enjoying the results of their efforts”. Nevertheless, it concludes that “the prevailing consensus has been one of markedly condemning and widespread criticism”. The letter also slates the Ball Committee for having “unceremoniously censored… the many attempts to convey to the Committee the extreme dissatisfaction we felt in the execution of the ball.”The letter continues, “Our initial disappointments with the ball’s offerings have been considerably hardened by the real sense of unfairness felt at the Committee’s subsequent pointed refusal to make any form of public response to our concerns. It is outrageous that the Chairman, whose overall responsibility this is, has apparently had the time to send out angry letters to a few gatecrashers but has still refused to make any public acknowledgement of the near-1000 guests paying £110/50 — except to erase the prominent evidence of our demands for one by shutting down the ball’s Facebook page.”The letter then calls for Ball Committee Chairman Sam Levin and Somerville’s Domestic Bursar — who is understood to have overseen the student management of the ball — to respond to the criticisms made by guests. Complaints listed include “the unfathomable logic behind a single food stall to cater for nearly 1000 guests”, and the letter further claims that “at least two guests have reported being forced into direct physical contact with the grills…both coming out with irrevocable damage to their expensive dresses and even minor burns to their leg”.last_img read more

Commodities tracker

first_imgInformation from 64,000 wheat samples and 22,000 barley samples has been received and analysed by HGCA for its final Cereals Quality Survey.It shows the UK has harvested another good quality wheat crop. Compared to recent years, average Hagberg and protein content is higher with specific weight slightly down and moisture content very similar.”After what was seen as a good quality wheat crop in 2005/06, these results suggest that quality levels will be quite similar this year. Given a slightly lower crop size, there could be slightly less wheat available to millers. However, the HGCA Cereal Quality Survey suggests that quality is likely to be fairly uniform across Great Britain, making it less likely that large amounts of grain will need to be transported large distances to meet millers needs,” said Michael Archer, HGCA Economist.”Great Britain seems to have harvested another good quality wheat crop, with average Hagbergs the highest since 2003. Regional variation seems to be limited, with Hagbergs in all regions being at least 279 seconds on average,” he added.The final barley results suggest quality is mixed compared to last season but superior to most of the three-season averages. Average GB specific weight for barley is 67.7 kg/hl. This is 0.6 kg/hl above 05/06 and 0.7 kg/hl above the three-year average. The average nitrogen content of barley is 1.74%, down slightly from last season’s 1.76% and the same as the three-yearlast_img read more

Geordie Bakers doubles turnover since takeover

first_imgGeordie Bakers has grown sales in its business almost 100%, and has taken on new staff, since it was acquired by Minhoco 21 in May 2013.The Newcastle upon Tyne business was on the verge of going into administration, but when former customer Mike Henderson, of The New Zealand Gourmet Pie Company, found out about its situation, he formed a new holding company in order to purchase the assets of the business.Ian Thomson, who ran Geordie Bakers with his wife Jan, had previously been the contract manufacturer for the fellow Newcastle-based pie business.Henderson told British Baker: “The business was losing money when we acquired it. There were around 17 employees and sales were really quite low.” He said the bakery was 80-90% bread-based, and supplied a number of blue chip companies as well as coffee shops and delis.Following the acquisition of the business, three staff were made redundant, and Henderson said the business focused on “active selling initiatives”, in order to increase turnover.“We had almost doubled sales by the end of November, and we then recruited five or six new employees with more baking skills than previously, so we are now stronger in that area,” said Henderson.The bakery has also established a partnership with social enterprise Artisan Baking Community (ABC) – a group of ex-bakers who don’t have their own facility but borrow facilities at bakeries, and sell their products at farmers’ markets, for example. They then re-invest the cash, as they are a not-for-profit organisation, and also are keen to train young people with their skills.Henderson said the bakery had essentially licensed the technology and will pay them a royalty for the products produced.He said he was keen to use the recipes from this group of artisan bakers, as he felt this was an area that Geordie Bakers wasn’t as strong in. “We have gourmet pies, so we felt we really needed a good range of artisan breads,” he said.Geordie Bakers has identified a small range of eight breads, including sourdoughs, a beer bread, and walnut and treacle bread, which are produced by hand, and will be launched this week.He said the feedback from existing customers that have tested the range has been “extremely positive”, so it will look to supply this new range to both existing customers as well as attracting new business with them.“We are paying a royalty, but the breads have credibility and it is a shortcut to the new product development,” he said.Henderson admitted the business had hit a quieter period over the New Year as was customary for it, but he said he was confident sales would now pick up again, and were still well ahead of the previous year. “We are working hard to try and get the underlying volume up to where it was in October/November,” he added.“We have also transferred the gourmet pie business to the site of Geordie Bakers,” he explained, adding that instead of two separate businesses running alongside each other, the finances have been integrated and the The New Zealand Gourmet Pie Company will now be a brand of Geordie Bakers rather than a separate business.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Anne Hathaway on Mary Poppins Rumors & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Hathaway on Poppins RumorsSpit-spot! As soon as it was confirmed that a new Mary Poppins movie was in the works, speculation started about who would play the world’s favorite nanny. Top of the list was Anne Hathaway. How would she feel about taking on the iconic role? “Cool! No one’s talked to me about it,” the Oscar winner and off-Broadway alum told ET. We would add the word “yet” to her statement, concurring with Hathaway’s The Intern co-star Robert De Niro, who revealed that he thought she’d be a “terrific” pick. Check out the interview with the pair below. View Comments Jersey Boys Walk Like Men Past Miss SaigonOh what a night! As of the September 22 performance, the Tony-winning Jersey boys will surpass Miss Saigon with 4,093 performances, becoming the 12th longest-running show in Broadway history. And that’s not the only milestone on the cards. On November 6, Jersey Boys will reach its tenth anniversary on the Great White Way. Hats off to the big men in town, currently playing at the Main Stem’s August Wilson Theatre!Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Wins BigPlaywrights Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Dominique Morisseau will be honored at the 2015 Steinberg Playwright Awards on November 16; they will each receive $50,000 for their distinctive and compelling voices. Congratulations to both for the prestigious honor.last_img read more

Produce Pantry.

first_imgYou spend extra time at the supermarket selecting the perfectapples, pears, tomatoes and lettuce only to throw half of themaway a few days later. But soon you’ll be able to prolong thelife of your produce with the help of the controlled-environmentpantry.Similar to a refrigerator, the pantry is a new appliance beingdeveloped by Jim Dooley, president of Silverbrook, Limited, inFederal Way, Wash.Scientists at the University of Georgia College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences are working with Dooley under a SmallBusiness Initiative Research grant he received from the U.S. Departmentof Agriculture.The Fridge Isn’t the Perfect Place”Right now, most consumers don’t have much choice whenit comes to storing their fruits and vegetables at home,”said Stan Prussia, a CAES biological and agricultural engineer.”Home refrigerators are OK for convenience. But all the produceis stored at the same temperature, and that’s not good from aquality point of view.”UGA researchers say another downside to storing produce inthe refrigerator is the loss of flavor.”You may be able to extend the shelf life by putting producein the refrigerator, but you’re also sacrificing quality,”said Rob Shewfelt, a UGA food scientist working on the pantryproject.”Quality is the key,” Shewfelt said. “Take theBelgians for example. They won’t sell chocolate that’s more than7 days old because of the reduction in quality.”The new controlled-environment pantry is designed so the temperatureand humidity can be controlled precisely in separate drawers.”A refrigerator has only one temperature, but productsrequire different temperatures for the best quality,” Prussiasaid. “Even if you could control the temperature in yourrefrigerator, you couldn’t keep it the right temperature for allyour produce. The conditions needed don’t match what’s available.”Prussia says crops like green beans, squash and oranges needhigher temperatures than crops like peaches, raspberries and strawberries.Don’t Put Bananas Next to LettuceAnother plus to storing produce separately is the reductionin gas exchange.”Ethylene, a natural product that comes off bananas, avocadosand cantaloupes, can be harmful to other crops like lettuce andcelery,” Prussia said.But if produce is stored separately, this is no longer a problem.The controlled-environment pantry is about two years away frombeing available to consumers. And then it will begin as an upscale,novelty product.”It’ll be a lot like when automatic bread makers firsthit the market,” Shewfelt said. “They weren’t for everyoneat first. But now just about everyone has one.”Countertop VersionUGA scientists are also conducting research to support thedevelopment of another Dooley product: the electronic fruit bowl.Like the larger pantry, the bowl will include temperature andhumidity controls, but will be small enough to sit on your kitchencountertop.”Many times, produce is discarded because we forgot itwas in the bottom drawer of the refrigerator — out of sight,out of mind,” Shewfelt said. “By putting them in thisbowl, they’re out where you can see them. Yet they’re still beingstored efficiently.”Shewfelt says certain fruits, like peaches, plums and grapes,could be put in the bowl together. But you wouldn’t want to addbananas to the mix.”Certain fruits would be compatible and certain ones wouldnot,” he said. “But the main thing is they are whereyou can see them, and this encourages more consumption.”The overall goal of both devices is to help consumers keeptheir produce at their standards of good quality. “When peoplebuy good-quality produce, they want to keep good quality and eatgood quality,” Shewfelt said.On the flip side, Shewfelt says mixing your produce can behelpful at times.”To speed the ripening of a peach, just put it in a brownpaper sack with a banana,” he said.last_img read more

People helping people: The silver lining of tropical storm Harvey

first_imgCommunities provide an important support structure. Throughout the devastation that Tropical Storm Harvey has caused in Southeast Texas and Louisiana, members of the community have come together to help strangers get to shelter, access food and water and, in many cases, save their lives. This people helping people spirit is alive and well within the credit union community, and we have a tremendous opportunity to support other credit union people in Texas and Louisiana impacted by the tropical storm.CUAid is an online disaster relief system organized by the National Credit Union Foundation. Money raised is for credit union employees, volunteers and members affected by the powerful tropical storm. Credit union supporters in every state can learn more and make donations at www.cuaid.coop.CO-OP Financial Services is donating $10,000 to CUAid. The donation augments the nationwide CO-OP Shared Branch and CO-OP ATM networks used extensively in credit union business continuity and recovery during times of disaster. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

36th Children’s Miracle Network Telethon raises a record $360,031!

first_img continue reading » The 36th annual Children’s Miracle Network Telethon raised a record-breaking $360,031.26 to benefit equipment, programs, and research at Penn State Children’s Hospital. The event, which was rescheduled from June due to COVID-19, aired Aug. 31 – Sept. 3 on WGAL8.“We are incredibly humbled by this community’s continuous generosity,” said Danielle Sunday, director of Children’s Miracle Network. “The telethon looked a bit different this year because our kids and families had to participate virtually, but the goal was still the same – to save kids’ lives and give local sick and injured children the #GiftofGrowingUp. Kids can’t wait for COVID-19 to be over. They continue to need our children’s hospital now, and we are so grateful our community supports their medical journeys. We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to the incredible crew at WGAL8 and all of the event’s donors and sponsors.”Gifts to the telethon were raised through a pre-event mailing, online donations, and sponsors including Highmark, The Hershey Company, The Giant Company, Turkey Hill, Geico, Shollenberger Januzzi and Wolfe, PSECU, and Central PA Credit Unions. For more information, visit CMNHershey.org/Telethon20. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Scott Disick, Amelia Hamlin Have Dinner Together After Halloween Date

first_img“My love,” he wrote over a dish of linguine and clams.Hamlin, 19, shared a photo of the same table, which also included gnocchi with truffle cream, farfalle with pesto and linguine with a pomodoro sauce. “Family dinner,” she captioned the pic on her Instagram Stories.Scott Disick, Amelia Hamlin Have Dinner Together After Halloween DateCourtesy Scott Disick/InstagramMarie Lou Bartoli, the model’s stylist and friend who is also a longtime pal of Disick’s, joined the pair for dinner.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The dinner date marked the second time in a week that the Flip It Like Disick star has spent time with Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin‘s daughter.On Halloween, the pair were spotted arriving together at Jenner’s 25th birthday party at Harriet’s Rooftop at 1 Hotel in West Hollywood.- Advertisement – Together again. Scott Disick and Amelia Hamlin caught up again over an Italian dinner just a week after they attended Kendall Jenner‘s Halloween-themed birthday party together.The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, 37, shared a photo on his Instagram Stories on Saturday, November 7, showing his table at Tre Lune restaurant in Montecito, California, loaded with a variety of pasta dishes.Scott Disick, Amelia Hamlin Have Dinner Together After Halloween DateScott Disick and Amelia Hamlin Larry Marano/Shutterstock; KCR/Shutterstock- Advertisement – The outing came two months after Disick finally called it quits with Sofia Richie after nearly three years together. Since then, he’s been spotted on dates with models Bella Banos and Megan Blake Irwin and has also been spending time with his ex Kourtney Kardashian.The pair, who share three children — Mason, 10, Penelope, 8, and Reign, 5 — joined Kim Kardashian on her private island 40th birthday bash, with a source telling Us Weekly that the pair, who split in 2015 after almost a decade together, are “spending more time together and being more kind with each other.”“Scott has always loved Kourtney, and the door is open on his side in case she ever wants to take their relationship back to a romantic place,” the insider added.But for now, it seems he is keeping his options open, with another source telling Us that “Scott is doing his own thing” and “is in a good place and dating around.”Richie, meanwhile, has moved on with Cha Cha Matcha founder Matthew Morton.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories!last_img read more

USDA funds avian flu vaccine bank for poultry

first_imgNov 5, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – An Iowa company will develop an avian influenza vaccine antigen bank that could produce up to 40 million doses of vaccine for poultry, the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced recently.APHIS’s Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB) has awarded a 5-year contract to Fort Dodge Animal Health to manufacture and store killed, frozen bulk viral antigens that can be used to produce vaccine for the H5N2, H5N9, H7N2, and H7N3 subtypes of avian flu, according to an APHIS news release. The company will produce and store the antigens in Charles City, Iowa.The antigen bank will speed production of poultry vaccine if it is needed, Bruce Carter, DVM, global vaccine manager for the CVB, told CIDRAP News. The vaccine could be produced quickly and used to help contain an outbreak of avian flu in some situations, decreasing shedding and spread of the virus. The bank is scheduled to be fully stocked by January 2005, APHIS said.Vaccine is often used in conjunction with other strategies to control and eradicate the disease. Along with other measures, vaccine was used in the United States as recently as 2003 in a successful effort to eradicate a low-pathogenic virus in layer flocks in Connecticut, Carter said.Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is an extremely infectious and fatal form. Once established, it can spread rapidly among flocks. An HPAI outbreak in 1983-84 cost the industry nearly $65 million, and an H5N2 outbreak last February in Texas forced the slaughter of 7,000 broiler chickens, according to APHIS.The new antigen bank is intended to help counter HPAI, APHIS Administrator W. Ron DeHaven said in the press release. “The [avian influenza] vaccine antigen bank will be a great asset in helping APHIS work to keep highly pathogenic avian influenza from becoming established in the US poultry population,” he said.In the event that vaccine from the new bank is administered to a poultry flock, a vaccine that doesn’t precisely match the strain affecting the flock could be used intentionally, said Carter. At least 80% of the efficacy of an avian flu vaccine is due to the hemagglutinin (H) antigen, he said. So, for example, using H5N9 vaccine to vaccinate birds exposed to H5N2 flu helps protect the birds while allowing veterinarians to distinguish between vaccinated and infected birds on the basis of the neuraminidase (N) subtype. This procedure is known as DIVA (Differentiating Infected from Vaccinated Animals), he added.APHIS guidelines allow H5 and H7 vaccines to be used as tools in potential outbreaks of HPAI in the United States, but only under APHIS supervision or as part of an official animal disease control program, the news release said.In the first phase of the project, worth $800,000 to Fort Dodge Animal Health, the company will grow the viruses in eggs, as is done for human flu vaccines, Carter said. Next, the allantoic fluid containing the virus will be harvested from the eggs and the virus inactivated. Then the killed bulk viral antigens will be frozen. The antigens can be thawed and mixed with adjuvants to boost the strength of the vaccine, and the resulting vaccine used to immunize poultry.Fort Dodge Animal Health will store the frozen antigens for 5 years. If vaccine is needed during that time, Carter said, it can be produced relatively quickly. Completing vaccine production if needed is the second phase of the project.If the bank is activated, Fort Dodge Animal Health’s contract calls for the company to receive an additional 1.2 cents per dose, or $120,000 for 10 million doses of a subtype. The maximum possible value of the contract is $1.28 million, Carter said.”I can’t predict how and when we’re going to use the vaccine,” Carter added, noting that using avian flu vaccine isn’t always the best response, depending on the circumstances of an outbreak. “Some years it seems like we just get hammered with outbreaks of avian influenza.”See also:February 2003 journal article on DIVA [Abstract]last_img read more