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....Initially, Ryanair was making available only lists of cancelled flights up to Wednesday 20 September. Ryanair rejected allegations that the real reason for the cancellations is a shortage of pilots. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The company is already facing corruption investigations in various jurisdictions, including the UK. The Serious Fraud Office announced last year that it had started investigating allegations that the firm had lied about its use of middlemen in order to secure financial backing from the British government. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... A month before, a number of staff were sacked after a company investigation into sexual harassment and bullying. In the UK there were concerns that the company had failed to report assault allegations against its drivers to police. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Shocked domestic staff at Bettencourt’s mansion west of Paris whispered how the flamboyant Banier would pee in the flowerbeds, lie on Bettencourt’s bed with his shoes on and make requests for money. Banier denied the allegations, but it was just the start of a multi-layered legal inquiry that became the nation’s soap opera. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Ryanair is now facing fury from customers who fear they will be left out of pocket and has also been warned by the Civil Aviation Authority that it could face penalties for refusing to reroute passengers with rival airlines. It is also fending off allegations from the Irish pilots’ union that it is making European regulations a scapegoat, rather than acknowledging its own failure to allocate enough pilots for its schedule. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....TfL is adamant that the licence decision is not about Uber’s technology, despite past courtroom tussles over the app’s workings. Instead, the issues are Uber’s conduct and approach – noises that chime with global concerns right up to its Silicon Valley head office, where allegations of a culture of sexism and bullying led to co-founder Travis Kalanick stepping down as chief executive. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Why Uber’s fate could herald backlash against ‘digital disruptors’ image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of September 2017 11:05:29 PM
.... A month before, a number of staff were sacked after a company investigation into sexual harassment and bullying. In the UK there were concerns that the company had failed to report assault allegations against its drivers to police. ...
Head of G4S detention centre quits after abuse allegations image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 22nd of September 2017 05:21:52 PM
. The head of a G4S-run immigration removal centre, which was the subject of an undercover BBC Panorama investigation over allegations of bullying and abuse, has resigned with immediate effect. ...
Uber's rivals ready to fill the gap but cab giant puts up a fight image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 22nd of September 2017 05:10:10 PM
....TfL is adamant that the licence decision is not about Uber’s technology, despite past courtroom tussles over the app’s workings. Instead, the issues are Uber’s conduct and approach – noises that chime with global concerns right up to its Silicon Valley head office, where allegations of a culture of sexism and bullying led to co-founder Travis Kalanick stepping down as chief executive. ...
World's richest woman Liliane Bettencourt dies aged 94 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 21st of September 2017 04:39:57 PM
....Shocked domestic staff at Bettencourt’s mansion west of Paris whispered how the flamboyant Banier would pee in the flowerbeds, lie on Bettencourt’s bed with his shoes on and make requests for money. Banier denied the allegations, but it was just the start of a multi-layered legal inquiry that became the nation’s soap opera. ...
Ryanair offers pilots £12,000 bonus to tackle cancelled flights fiasco image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 19th of September 2017 01:25:39 PM
....Ryanair is now facing fury from customers who fear they will be left out of pocket and has also been warned by the Civil Aviation Authority that it could face penalties for refusing to reroute passengers with rival airlines. It is also fending off allegations from the Irish pilots’ union that it is making European regulations a scapegoat, rather than acknowledging its own failure to allocate enough pilots for its schedule. ...
Ryanair to tell 400,000 passengers of cancelled flights after roster 'mess-up' image
....Initially, Ryanair was making available only lists of cancelled flights up to Wednesday 20 September. Ryanair rejected allegations that the real reason for the cancellations is a shortage of pilots. ...
Airbus launches internal corruption investigation after Guardian exposé image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 18th of September 2017 04:42:22 AM
....The company is already facing corruption investigations in various jurisdictions, including the UK. The Serious Fraud Office announced last year that it had started investigating allegations that the firm had lied about its use of middlemen in order to secure financial backing from the British government. ...
Barclays' head of whistleblowing to leave after dropping employment case image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 15th of September 2017 03:32:40 PM
....The bank stunned the City in April when it announced the investigations after Staley’s attempts to use Barclay’s internal security team to track down the authors of two anonymous letters sent to the board and a senior executive at the bank last June. The letters made allegations about a former colleague Staley had hired. ...
Head of scandal-hit G4S detention centres is put on administrative leave image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 15th of September 2017 03:13:59 PM
....Neden told the committee chair, Labour MP Yvette Cooper, that he was not “at liberty to disclose the profits”. She replied: “The fact that some very serious allegations have been made about G4S not providing full and accurate information to the Home Office and, also, the fact that this is profit on a service in which there has now been very serious evidence of abuse and mismanagement taking place, means that actually it is not acceptable for you simply to provide no information about the profitability on these contracts. ...
KPMG chiefs in South Africa quit amid Bell Pottinger scandal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 15th of September 2017 12:21:12 PM
....“Despite the deficiencies in the audit work, KPMG International found no evidence of dishonesty or unethical behaviour on the part of the audit partners and audit teams working on the audits for the Gupta group of companies,” the report says. The report also cleared KPMG of allegations that it was involved in facilitating tax evasion for the Guptas. ...
Premier Inn owner quits ethical trade body after union row image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 15th of September 2017 10:49:40 AM
....Whitbread said it was “a leader in responsible sourcing within the hospitality industry” and remained “100% committed to ensuring ethical and sustainable practice across our global supply chain”. “Since we joined the ETI in 2016, we have been subject to false allegations from Unite about our employment practices, specifically around our policy towards union membership, and Unite allege that we do not comply with the ETI base code. ...
FCA refuses to publish report on RBS and small business customers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 14th of September 2017 11:01:17 PM
.... “I am very keen that this situation should continue and that it would not be in the public interest to limit the effectiveness of this process,” Bailey said. The FCA told the bank, which is 70% owned by the taxpayer, to commission the report after allegations were made about the way its business restructuring unit – the global restructuring group (GRG) – treated small business customers. ...
Google 'segregates' women into lower-paying jobs, stifling careers, lawsuit says image
....Despite doing very similar work to men in the higher tier, she was not promoted and resigned in 2015 due to “lack of opportunities for advancement for women”, the suit said. Google did not respond to detailed inquiries about the plaintiffs, but a spokeswoman, Gina Scigliano, contested the allegations. ...
Sports Direct challenged by MPs over claims it underpays couriers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 14th of September 2017 01:32:43 PM
....Frank Field, Labour MP and chair of the Commons work and pensions select committee, said he had written to Mike Ashley, the billionaire Sports Direct founder, to demand answers following concerns raised by a whistleblower at delivery company Hermes. Hermes “categorically” denied the allegations, saying: “We have stringent processes in place to check that parcels are not mislabelled and placed in the wrong weight category. ...
James Murdoch warns No 10 not to shun Fox's Sky bid in Brexit run-up image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 14th of September 2017 12:44:18 PM
....Bradley referred the deal on broadcasting standards after raising concerns about a lack of compliance procedures at Fox News and corporate governance at the Murdochs’ companies. Letters between Bradley and Ofcom, the media regulator, show the culture secretary raised issues such as sexual harassment allegations at Fox News, the broadcaster’s discredited story that the murdered Democrat aide Seth Rich was the source of leaked emails, and the risk of Fox trying to “Foxify” Sky News. ...
Murdochs' £11.7bn Sky takeover bid referred to competition watchdog image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 14th of September 2017 09:38:30 AM
....It had been expected that Bradley would order an inquiry by the competition regulator on the grounds of media plurality. But the minister in effect overruled Ofcom, the media regulator, in also calling for a broadcasting standards investigation after misconduct allegations at Fox News in the US. ...
G4S may make more profit than allowed from removal centres, figures suggest image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of September 2017 05:36:45 PM
....The revelations of the scale of the profits come at a difficult time for G4S, the world’s largest security group, which is currently in the process of bidding to renew its multimillion-pound contract to run Brook House. They follow a series of allegations about abusive treatment of detainees. ...
Chocolate industry drives rainforest disaster in Ivory Coast image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of September 2017 12:30:10 PM
....The Guardian travelled across Ivory Coast and documented rainforests cleared for cocoa plantation; villages and farmers occupying supposedly protected national parks; enforcement officials taking kickbacks for turning a blind eye to infractions and trading middlemen who supply the big brands indifferent to the provenance of beans. When approached for comment, Mars, Mondelez and Nestlé, and traders Cargill and Barry Callebaut did not deny the specific allegation that illegal deforestation cocoa had entered their supply chains. ...
Murdochs' Sky takeover bid to be referred to competition watchdog image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of September 2017 12:33:35 PM
....It had been expected that Bradley would order an inquiry by the competition regulator on the grounds of media plurality. But the minister effectively overruled Ofcom, the media regulator, in also calling for a broadcasting standards investigation after misconduct allegations at Fox News in the US. ...
JD Sports Fashion rides athleisure boom as sales rise by more than 40% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of September 2017 12:10:58 PM
....Late last year JD was accused of poor conditions at its Rochdale warehouse. The company said it had responded to all the issues raised by an independent report into the allegations by accountancy firm Deloitte. ...
DUP convinces May to raise Northern Ireland plane jobs with Trump image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of September 2017 01:20:43 AM
....Seattle-based Boeing accuses its rival of receiving state aid to “aggressively target the US market”. Bombardier has dismissed the allegations as “absurd” and insisted the injection of cash complies with laws and regulations in the jurisdictions where it does business. ...
American Apparel founder Dov Charney: ‘Sleeping with people you work with is unavoidable’ image
.... The reason we are here today is because he is launching a new label, Los Angeles Apparel, and if you think that sounds like his old label you should see the clothes: cute pleated skirts and 1980s-style sportswear are modelled by mannequins in the factory, making the place look an awful lot like an American Apparel shopfloor. Hey, why fix something that only broke because of a few allegations of sexual impropriety?. ...
The debt trap: how the student loan industry betrays young Americans image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 6th of September 2017 10:00:28 AM
....Earlier this year, as complaints grew, the CFPB sued Navient for allegedly misleading borrowers about the repayment options it is legally obligated to provide. A central allegation is that Navient, rather than offering income-based repayment plans, pushed some people into a temporary payment freeze called forbearance. ...
New M&S chairman faces tough task turning round high-street institution | Shane Hickey image
.... The three men could face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty of fraud and seven years for false accounting. The allegations relate to accounts records which the company said left a hole of up to £326m. ...
Home Office employee suspended at G4S-run immigration centre image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 2nd of September 2017 01:17:38 PM
....A Home Office employee has been suspended after claims of abuse and assaults against detainees at a G4S-run immigration centre. G4S said on Friday that nine members of its staff had been suspended pending an investigation into BBC Panorama allegations of “chaos, incompetence and abuse” at the Brook House immigration removal centre near Gatwick airport, in West Sussex. ...
G4S abuse claims prompt call for contract suspension image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 1st of September 2017 04:29:22 PM
.... Several other staff members have been moved to other duties. G4S said it had opened an investigation into allegations of “chaos, incompetence and abuse” and had passed details to Sussex police. ...
Sports Direct workers invited to press sad or happy emoji clocking in image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 1st of September 2017 03:33:38 PM
....Sports Direct warehouse staff who say they are unhappy with their working conditions are being identified by their fingerprints and asked to explain their grievances to management, according to the trade union Unite. The leisurewear company has introduced a staff survey system at its Shirebrook warehouse, Derbyshire, which was at the centre of allegations of “gulag” conditions last year after a Guardian investigation. ...
New Uber CEO meets staff as emotional Travis Kalanick gets standing ovation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of August 2017 06:45:55 PM
....The incoming Uber CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, former CEO of Expedia, addressed the ride-hailing company in an all-hands meeting Wednesday at the company’s San Francisco headquarters. Khosrowshahi, who starts next Tuesday, replaces the ousted leader and co-founder Travis Kalanick, who resigned following a string of controversies including allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and intellectual property theft. ...
Viagogo: ACCC launches legal action against 'misleading' ticket reseller image
.... On Monday Choice welcomed the legal action, saying it “highlights the need for urgent reform in the industry”. A Guardian Australia investigation last year revealed further allegations against secondary ticketing outlets. ...
Uber chooses Expedia boss Dara Khosrowshahi as new CEO image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 27th of August 2017 07:08:36 PM
....Uber has chosen Dara Khosrowshahi, the chief executive of travel company Expedia, to be its new boss, ending a contentious search that has been marred by boardroom spats and leaks. The announcement, made on Sunday, comes as the ride-hailing service fights allegations of sexism and racism that led to the ousting of its founder, Travis Kalanick. ...
Mining giant Adani cleared in second case over allegations of financial fraud image
. India’s customs authority has cleared the Adani Group of illegally siphoning money into overseas tax havens, dismissing one of two sets of power equipment fraud allegations known to be facing the mining conglomerate. ...
Bell Pottinger faces sanction over claims it stirred racial tension in South Africa image
. Bell Pottinger will be given a “disciplinary sanction” by the UK’s public relations trade body over allegations that the leading PR firm ran a secret campaign to stir up racial tension in South Africa on behalf of its billionaire clients. ...
Sexual harassment and the sharing economy: the dark side of working for strangers image
....Airbnb said the man had not been convicted of a previous crime and was banned from the platform after the woman reported him. The host vehemently denied the assault allegations. ...
Ofcom could face judicial review over Murdoch's Sky takeover image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 21st of August 2017 06:12:54 PM
....The activist group alleged Ofcom had set too high a bar for finding 21st Century Fox “unfit and improper” to hold a licence. It also claimed the regulator had made errors when assessing 21st Century Fox’s compliance with the UK broadcasting code, drew “wrong conclusions” from allegations of sexual and racial harassment at Fox News, and ignored the role James Murdoch would play as chief executive of 21st Century Fox. ...
Diesel scandal is a risk to German economy, says ministry image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 21st of August 2017 03:37:43 AM
....3m diesel cars to cut pollution and try to repair the industry’s battered reputation. EU antitrust regulators are also investigating allegations of a cartel among a group of German carmakers, a measure that could result in hefty fines for the companies. ...
Indian opposition calls for investigation into Adani over financial fraud allegations image
. India’s main opposition party has called for a fresh, supreme court-monitored probe into allegations mining giant the Adani Group fraudulently siphoned nearly $235m into overseas tax havens. ...
Bad break? KitKat maker accused of copying Atari Breakout game in ad image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 18th of August 2017 12:38:53 PM
.... The ad no longer runs and we have no current plans to rerun it. “We are aware of the lawsuit in the US and will defend ourselves strongly against these allegations. ...
Revealed: how British American Tobacco exploited war zones to sell cigarettes image
.... Hopkins tried suing BAT for unfair dismissal but an employment tribunal in London ruled that his employment contract was governed by Kenyan rather than English law preventing him from further pursuing his claim in the UK. The Serious Fraud Office said earlier this month that it was investigating his allegations. ...
Will 2017 be Rupert Murdoch's summer of despair? | Jill Abramson image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of August 2017 10:00:36 AM
.... But the deal must clear Ofcom, the British regulatory authority over broadcasting. The endemic allegations of sexual misconduct inside of Fox may, justifiably, have caused Ofcom to think twice about approving the deal and giving the Murdochs greater global reach over the news. ...
Adani $900m rail line loan should be ruled out after fraud allegations, opponents say image
. The government should immediately suspend any consideration of a federal loan to Adani or an any associated entity, environmental groups have said in response to the Guardian’s reporting on Wednesday about fraud allegations faced by Adani in India. ...
Diamond tycoon Beny Steinmetz detained in fraud inquiry image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of August 2017 01:13:14 PM
. One of the world’s wealthiest men has been detained after appearing in court in Israel during a police investigation into allegations of fraud, forgery and money laundering. ...
Uber to offer tipping for UK users – and introduce waiting charges image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of August 2017 12:00:33 PM
....The organisation, which worked with Uber to give drivers access to illness and injury cover this year, said the changes would “help reduce the inherent risks of self-employment without damaging the flexibility that so many drivers cite as their primary reason for working in this fashion”. As well as the saga over the status of drivers, Uber’s public image has been tarnished by a series of allegations about the behaviour of drivers and executives alike. ...
Telit Communications chief fired after fraud allegations image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of August 2017 11:30:14 AM
....The company’s shares rose sharply on the news of Cats’s exit, before falling back, but they still closed up nearly 6% at 131p. The shares had been changing hands at more than 250p before a profit warning and the revelation of the identity allegations last week. ...
Bell Pottinger faces hearing over claims it stirred racial tension in South Africa image
. Bell Pottinger, the public relations company founded by Margaret Thatcher’s spin doctor Lord Bell, will on Friday be hauled before the public relations and communications association (PRCA) disciplinary committee over allegations it ran a secret campaign to stir up racial tension in South Africa on behalf of billionaire clients. ...
Danny Glover and Bernie Sanders seek France's help after Nissan union vote image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 12th of August 2017 02:22:17 PM
....The actor Danny Glover and Senator Bernie Sanders are preparing to lobby the French government for help in the heated attempt to unionize a Nissan car plant in Mississippi. The United Auto Workers suffered a historic defeat of the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi, this month after a long campaign marred by allegations of bribery and intimidation. ...
How I took on a car hire company – and won image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 12th of August 2017 06:00:37 AM
.... She was adamant the cleaning charge was justified and was only being returned as a “goodwill” gesture. She was either a very good actor or genuinely did not believe my allegations were true. ...
Battle for power at Uber as investor sues ex-CEO Travis Kalanick alleging fraud image
.... It demands redress for the alleged “fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and breaches of contractual obligations” perpetrated by Kalanick. The former CEO has hit back at the lawsuit, saying through a spokesperson that the case against him was “completely without merit and riddled with lies and false allegations”. ...
Armed police called to Heathrow over British Airways flight delay image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of August 2017 08:22:04 AM
....Should that go ahead, cabin crew will have been on strike for the whole of July and August, the union said, accusing BA of making a “half-hearted offer” in its attempt to alleviate the situation. Unite also said it was pursuing legal action over allegations that BA has imposed sanctions on striking staff. ...
UK defence contractor billed US more than $50m in expenses image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of August 2017 09:56:22 PM
....Grunberg also said the purchase of the weapons was done properly and at the direction of the US-led command overseeing the training and equipping of the Afghan security forces. Asked to respond to the allegations by the Guardian, Grunberg said it would be “inappropriate for us to comment on an ongoing matter”. ...
Murdoch’s Sky takeover bid delayed as Ofcom is asked for further input image
....Rupert Murdoch’s proposed takeover of Sky has met with further delays after the government asked the media regulator to conduct further analysis of the mogul and his company’s adherence to broadcasting standards. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport made the intervention after the government and Ofcom faced calls to deepen their investigation into the Murdoch family’s suitability to buy Sky because of allegations that Fox News had colluded with the White House on a story that contained fabricated quotes. ...
The strange case of Fox News, Trump and the death of young Democrat Seth Rich image
....It has also resurfaced memories of the phone-hacking of missing schoolgirl Milly Dowler by the News of the World, Murdoch’s UK tabloid flagship that was closed in the wake of the scandal. The allegations are toxic at a time when 21st Century Fox is awaiting the British government’s decision on its £11. ...
RBS plans move to Amsterdam for post-Brexit EU hub image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 4th of August 2017 06:44:41 AM
.... RBS is cooperating with the investigation,” the bank said, without providing further details. There was a separate disclosure about a previously announced investigation into allegations that Britain’s banks processed vast amounts of tainted money from Russian criminals. ...
The Guardian view on Grenfell and the housing crisis: no more excuses | Editorial image
.... Significant parts of it will have been part of a money-laundering exercise, or a safe place for money that the rich and powerful prefer out of their own country. Last week Pakistan’s prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, resigned over allegations of corruption that appeared to suggest he was treating London property as a bolthole for family cash, in a deal hidden behind a company registered in the British Virgin Islands. ...
Nissan attacked for one of 'nastiest anti-union campaigns' in modern US history image
....Nissan has denied all the charges including the most recent one issued by the NLRB and plans to appeal them. “Today, the UAW has launched another set of baseless allegations against Nissan Canton,” wrote the Nissan spokesperson Parul Baraj in a statement. ...
Serious Fraud Office opens investigation into BAT bribery claims image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of August 2017 09:34:35 AM
....Allegations that British American Tobacco was involved in bribery and corruption in Africa are being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office, despite the cigarette company’s attempts to downplay the significance of a whistleblower who handed over a dossier of evidence. BAT, now the largest tobacco company in the world after the recent merger with Reynolds, has consistently denied the allegations of Paul Hopkins, whom it employed in Africa for 13 years. ...
HSBC chief sounds alarm over financial regulation and Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 31st of July 2017 07:02:10 AM
....Cherkasky’s final report is scheduled for next March after which it will be up to the DoJ to decide whether the terms of the DPA have been met. The results were accompanied by pages of legal warnings, including a legal case which began in April 2017 into allegations that HSBC conspired with other banks to manipulate the the US bond market. ...
'No more brilliant jerks' – Arianna Huffington ushers in the new Uber image
....It was a situation that would inspire most board members and executives to retreat – but not Huffington, who could have easily stepped away to focus on her wellness startup, Thrive Global, an initiative meant to encourage better work-life balance and end the “global pandemic” of burnout. Instead, she addressed the scandal extensively, speaking about the allegations in blogposts, company meetings and conference calls with reporters. ...
Can Bozoma Saint John repair Uber's troubled image? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of July 2017 12:00:21 PM
....Last month she joined Uber as the company’s first chief brand officer, with a remit to “change the perception of the brand”. The company is in desperate need of an image overhaul after months of allegations of toxic work culture, sexual harassment and a series of high-profile executive departures, including that of the bad-boy chief executive Travis Kalanick. ...
Mike Ashley wins high court battle over '£15m pub deal' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of July 2017 09:30:42 AM
....Newcastle United owner and Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley has won a high court battle over a £15m deal allegedly made in a London pub, calling time on a case that will be long remembered for days of evidence concerning excessive alcohol consumption. The case revolved around investment banker Jeffrey Blue’s allegation that during a “night of heavy drinking” at the Horse and Groom pub near Sports Direct’s Oxford Street store in January 2013, Ashley agreed to pay him £15m if the company’s shares doubled to £8. ...
SFO says it is investigating Rio Tinto over Guinea operations image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of July 2017 08:07:02 PM
....6% stake in the Simandou project to state-owned Chinese metals producer Chinalco. Authorities and the industry have sought to improve governance in a sector that has faced several allegations of illegal payments to secure business in some countries. ...
VW calls crisis meeting to discuss EU cartel inquiry, source says image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of July 2017 01:46:00 PM
. The whiff of scandal around the German car manufacturing industry may be set to intensify, as Volkswagen prepares to hold a top-level meeting to discuss allegations that carmakers colluded to bring down the cost of components – including some used to control diesel emissions. ...
Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé accused of complicity in illegal rainforest destruction image
....A spokesman for Pepsico, singled out by RAN as “the ultimate snack food 20 laggard”, said “We take this issue very seriously, and we are making significant investments to improve every aspect of our palm oil supply chain. After being informed of the allegations, we immediately initiated a thorough investigation. ...
Pensioner left shocked after price of monthly phone contract nearly doubled image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 17th of July 2017 11:18:00 AM
....The customers currently slowest to switch are ones with only a landline for calls such as Sheila. Carefree Communications wasn’t too pleased to hear from Crusader, accusing us of being like all reporters, guilty of “bending the truth” and presenting “false allegations”. ...
Aramco may be big, but fawning to Saudis diminishes London image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 16th of July 2017 06:00:14 AM
.... It would also have been acceptable to create a purely “sovereign” label and keep Aramco well away from the “premium” club. Instead, the FCA has exposed the London market to the allegation that a whiff of foreign money can produce favourable rulings. ...
A weighty issue: is there something fishy about tins of tuna? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of July 2017 06:00:45 AM
....”. This is the first time anyone has approached Guardian Money with allegations about underperforming tins of tuna. ...
Ofcom made serious errors over Murdoch Sky bid, say high-profile MPs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of July 2017 03:31:40 PM
.... Fox is controlled by Rupert Murdoch and his sons, Lachlan and James. The MPs say that the media regulator did not properly consider allegations of sexual harassment at Fox News and the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World as part of a review into whether a combined Fox and Sky would be committed to meeting broadcasting standards. ...
Rupert Murdoch will not offer new Sky deal to culture secretary image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of July 2017 03:18:55 PM
....As the timeline for scrutinising the deal extends, Fox may also run into issues as the spectre of the phone-hacking scandal returns with the Sun facing a new trial later this year. And the Murdochs have come under pressure as allegations of sexual harassment have blown up at Fox News in the US – which have so far claimed the jobs of the late chief executive Roger Ailes, co-president Bill Shine and top presenter Bill O’Reilly. ...
Thousands of drivers suffer loss of power following VW emissions 'fix' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of July 2017 03:02:18 PM
....VW has so far refused to compensate those affected in the UK and has vowed to fight the legal action. Last month it also faced fresh allegations that the the “fix” for affected cars may not make a difference in the real world, following a leak of internal documents in German media. ...
Threats, bullying, lawsuits: tobacco industry's dirty war for the African market image
....Concerns have been raised about links between politicians and the tobacco companies. “There are allegations of some of them having been bribed in the past,” said Joel Gitali, chief executive of the Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance. ...
British PR firm Bell Pottinger apologizes for South Africa campaign image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 10th of July 2017 07:42:03 PM
....This time, it worked on a campaign to raise awareness about what was termed “economic apartheid”, representing Oakbay, a company owned by the family of Indian businessmen thought to hold the levers of power in Jacob Zuma’s government. Critics say the purpose of the campaign was to deflect attention from allegations of corruption surrounding the South African president, and that the PR firm has “left deep scars” in the country’s social fabric. ...
G4S awarded £25m government contract despite fraud inquiry image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 10th of July 2017 04:50:36 PM
.... A three-year attempt to develop a “bespoke” GPS tag by the justice ministry was abandoned in 2016. An SFO investigation into allegations of overcharging in the main electronic monitoring contracts of offenders in England and Wales began in 2013, when a general ban was imposed on G4S and a second company, Serco, bidding for any government work. ...
Carillion has paid a heavy price for too many risky contracts | Nils Pratley image
....Sam Woods, a deputy governor of the Bank of England, didn’t express himself so bluntly, but his warning that financial firms are engaged in games of “pure regulatory arbitrage” is serious. The allegation is that some banks and building societies (though he named no names) are obeying the letter of the rulebook but circumventing its spirit. ...
Spotify denies filling popular playlists with 'fake artists' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 10th of July 2017 09:39:31 AM
....Spotify has denied filling its most popular playlists with “fake artists”, after it was accused of creating songs to bulk out its most popular ambient playlists at low cost to itself. The allegation, first made by industry website Music Business Worldwide and brought to wider attention by culture publication Vulture, is that some playlists on Spotify are full of bands with no public profile, few songs, but millions of song plays – all as a result of their position on the service. ...
'Battle mood' EU threatens bourbon whiskey in US steel trade row image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 7th of July 2017 11:17:26 AM
....1bn), according to the European Steel Association. EU officials insisted they were happy to examine allegations of Chinese steel dumping, but could not endorse any unilateral measures, even if only trained on China. ...
UK workers earning £2.50 an hour prompts call for government action image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 6th of July 2017 09:00:07 PM
....50 an hour and can be cancelled at any moment. The allegations are detailed in the latest report by the former work and pensions committee chair, Frank Field MP, into the gig economy, where people work flexible hours on short-term or freelance contracts without the rights of permanent employees. ...
Mike Ashley tells high court: I'm a power drinker, I like to get drunk image
....”. Ashley is defending himself against allegations that during a “night of heavy drinking” in January 2013 he agreed to pay Blue £15m if Sports Direct’s shares doubled to £8. ...
British Gas investigated over switching fees image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 6th of July 2017 09:11:18 AM
....Those planning a switch before a fixed-term deal expires can do so for free for up to 49 days before the deal ends. But Ofgem is to examine allegations that British Gas told some customers they would have to pay a termination fee within that period. ...

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