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....”. An FT/FE Week investigation this week found that in the four years since privatisation, Learndirect’s parent firm had spent 84% of its mostly taxpayer-provided income on payments to managers and financiers. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The details of BAT’s promotion of cigarettes in troubled countries, come as BAT works to raise financing to conclude its purchase of Reynolds American, which will make it the biggest tobacco company in the world. The revelations also follow a Guardian investigation revealing that BAT and other multinationals have used threats against at least eight African nations, demanding they axe or dilute the kind of tobacco control measures that have saved millions of lives in the west. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....As it stands, large parts of UK agriculture are locked into the EU’s common agricultural policy, which is accused of driving the sector toward larger, more industrial and more environmentally damaging practices, including by failing to support farm diversity and directing payments to Britain’s wealthiest landowners. A 2005 investigation found that the £3bn ($3. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... As a result, PayPal has ruled in his favour leaving me owing £1,165 plus fees. Parcelforce will not even launch an investigation until a missing item form is filled out and returned. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Solicitors representing the group have issued a letter before claim to Ofcom, to which the watchdog has 14 days to respond before a formal judicial review can begin. It comes after the government asked the regulator earlier this month to provide further advice before culture secretary Karen Bradley decides whether the proposed tie-up should face an in-depth investigation. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....TalkTalk said: “We notified the ICO in 2014 of our suspicions that a small number of employees at one of our third-party suppliers were abusing their access to non-financial customer data. We informed our customers at the time and launched a thorough investigation, which has led to us to withdraw all customer service operations from India. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. Dominic Chappell, the former owner of BHS, is to be prosecuted by the pensions watchdog for failing to provide information for an investigation into its sale. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... That is slightly more than the £5m whack in May for its work at social housing group Connaught. Still, PwC found out the following month that it is in the clear at Tesco, where the FRC closed its investigation in the wake of the supermarket chain’s profits overstatement. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The company also admitted that its Vanquis Bank division is being investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority over the sale of repayment option plans (ROP), a product that helps people freeze credit card debt. The investigation relates to sales made between April 2014 and April 2016. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Adani Group and Vinod Adani fully deny the accusations, which they say are awaiting adjudication before an Indian financial crime authority. India’s opposition Congress party on Friday called for an immediate probe into the allegations by the central bureau of investigation, a federal crime-fighting agency, monitored by a judge from the country’s supreme court. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The Insurance Fraud Bureau said it believed most of these cases were likely to involve people taking out fake motor policies – typically bought online from illegal “ghost brokers” – in order to avoid having to buy a genuine policy. Cifas data is included in official crime statistics, and every day it sends about 800 fraud cases to the City of London police for potential investigation. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The cost of billing errors may be even higher than the £102m claimed, as more than a quarter of consumers admitted to not reading their energy bills properly. A spokesman for energy regulator Ofgem said: “We have taken action to address billing failures, with suppliers paying out over £40m as a result of our investigations in the last two years. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... This is an increasingly common ploy of car hire firms which help themselves without warning for alleged damage. In 2015, following a Europe-wide investigation, the biggest rental firms agreed to improve how they notify customers of this, and how they deal with disputes. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Identity fraud reaching epidemic levels, new figures show image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of August 2017 11:01:34 PM
....The Insurance Fraud Bureau said it believed most of these cases were likely to involve people taking out fake motor policies – typically bought online from illegal “ghost brokers” – in order to avoid having to buy a genuine policy. Cifas data is included in official crime statistics, and every day it sends about 800 fraud cases to the City of London police for potential investigation. ...
Ex-BHS owner Dominic Chappell prosecuted by pensions regulator image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of August 2017 11:38:09 AM
. Dominic Chappell, the former owner of BHS, is to be prosecuted by the pensions watchdog for failing to provide information for an investigation into its sale. ...
Provident Financial sees nearly £1.7bn wiped off stock market value image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of August 2017 09:40:50 AM
....The company also admitted that its Vanquis Bank division is being investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority over the sale of repayment option plans (ROP), a product that helps people freeze credit card debt. The investigation relates to sales made between April 2014 and April 2016. ...
Ofcom could face judicial review over Murdoch's Sky takeover image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 21st of August 2017 06:12:54 PM
....Solicitors representing the group have issued a letter before claim to Ofcom, to which the watchdog has 14 days to respond before a formal judicial review can begin. It comes after the government asked the regulator earlier this month to provide further advice before culture secretary Karen Bradley decides whether the proposed tie-up should face an in-depth investigation. ...
Flood damage repair: Leak victim is now home and dry image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 21st of August 2017 03:32:00 PM
.... . A new investigation revealed a bucket in the loft that was catching water was now overflowing. ...
I lost £1,165 to eBay fraudster when selling my electric guitar image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 20th of August 2017 05:59:35 AM
.... As a result, PayPal has ruled in his favour leaving me owing £1,165 plus fees. Parcelforce will not even launch an investigation until a missing item form is filled out and returned. ...
Indian opposition calls for investigation into Adani over financial fraud allegations image
....Adani Group and Vinod Adani fully deny the accusations, which they say are awaiting adjudication before an Indian financial crime authority. India’s opposition Congress party on Friday called for an immediate probe into the allegations by the central bureau of investigation, a federal crime-fighting agency, monitored by a judge from the country’s supreme court. ...
Energy customers overpaying to the tune of £102m image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 19th of August 2017 06:00:06 AM
....The cost of billing errors may be even higher than the £102m claimed, as more than a quarter of consumers admitted to not reading their energy bills properly. A spokesman for energy regulator Ofgem said: “We have taken action to address billing failures, with suppliers paying out over £40m as a result of our investigations in the last two years. ...
TalkTalk scam victims move closer to class-action lawsuit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 19th of August 2017 06:00:06 AM
....TalkTalk said: “We notified the ICO in 2014 of our suspicions that a small number of employees at one of our third-party suppliers were abusing their access to non-financial customer data. We informed our customers at the time and launched a thorough investigation, which has led to us to withdraw all customer service operations from India. ...
From airline cancellations to that ropey hotel, what to do about botched holidays image
.... This is an increasingly common ploy of car hire firms which help themselves without warning for alleged damage. In 2015, following a Europe-wide investigation, the biggest rental firms agreed to improve how they notify customers of this, and how they deal with disputes. ...
Revealed: how British American Tobacco exploited war zones to sell cigarettes image
....The details of BAT’s promotion of cigarettes in troubled countries, come as BAT works to raise financing to conclude its purchase of Reynolds American, which will make it the biggest tobacco company in the world. The revelations also follow a Guardian investigation revealing that BAT and other multinationals have used threats against at least eight African nations, demanding they axe or dilute the kind of tobacco control measures that have saved millions of lives in the west. ...
Brexit is a chance for farming reform – but we must get the policy right | Ngaire Woods image
....As it stands, large parts of UK agriculture are locked into the EU’s common agricultural policy, which is accused of driving the sector toward larger, more industrial and more environmentally damaging practices, including by failing to support farm diversity and directing payments to Britain’s wealthiest landowners. A 2005 investigation found that the £3bn ($3. ...
Learndirect owners still winning government-approved contracts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of August 2017 09:27:48 PM
....”. An FT/FE Week investigation this week found that in the four years since privatisation, Learndirect’s parent firm had spent 84% of its mostly taxpayer-provided income on payments to managers and financiers. ...
The fallout from Trump closing down his advisory panels is just beginning | Nils Pratley image
.... That is slightly more than the £5m whack in May for its work at social housing group Connaught. Still, PwC found out the following month that it is in the clear at Tesco, where the FRC closed its investigation in the wake of the supermarket chain’s profits overstatement. ...
Department for Education pulls all Learndirect contracts and funding image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of August 2017 07:03:32 PM
....The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) thinkthank calculated that the company has received £631m of public money since its controversial privatisation. An FT/FE Week investigation this week found that in the four years since it was sold off, it parent company spent 84% of its income, most of which came from the taxpayer, on payments to managers and financiers. ...
Sainsbury’s is right to delay Nisa deal after Tesco-Booker concerns | Nils Pratley image
.... At Wells Fargo in the US, chief executive John Stumpf only departed after a scandal involving bogus accounts when he was humbled by a senate committee. Meanwhile, Jes Staley stays at Barclays, but more in office than in authority until the regulator completes its investigation of his attempt to identify a whistleblower. ...
Sainsbury's Nisa takeover talks paused after competition concerns image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of August 2017 04:31:08 PM
....”. The CMA referred the Tesco deal for an in-depth competition investigation in July and published full details of its “theories of harm” this month. ...
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. ...
Trump trade investigation will 'poison' relations with China, media warns image
. Donald Trump’s decision to order an investigation into allegedly unfair Chinese trade practices will “poison” relations between the two countries, a state-run newspaper has said. ...
Tax return fines: HMRC wrongly hunts ONE MILLION taxpayers for late filing penalties  image
.... . Nicky Morgan MP, chairman of the House of Commons Treasury select committee, said her committee would consider an investigation into why HMRC had tried to fine innocent taxpayers. ...
Bell Pottinger faces hearing over claims it stirred racial tension in South Africa image
.... “Though legal action is effective‚ corporations respond to their bottom line faster than they do to judges‚” he said. Danny Rogers, editor-in-chief of PR Week, said it was shocking that Bell Pottinger had once again allowed itself to become the story following a 2011 investigation by the Independent into the firms alleged “dark arts” used to improve companies’ reputations. ...
Fox’s chances of securing Sky depend on the football result image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 13th of August 2017 05:59:06 AM
....Bradley has said she intends to call in the competition regulator to scrutinise media plurality issues (as the deal would see the Murdochs controlling UK assets ranging from Sky News to the Sun and Times newspapers), but has not made up her mind about whether to ask it to also look at broadcasting standards issues. Ofcom said it had found no grounds for asking the CMA to look at issues including the sexual harassment scandal at Fox News, but there are many opponents of the deal – including Ed Miliband, Vince Cable and campaign group Avaaz – and some have threatened legal action if the government does not launch a full investigation. ...
Battle for power at Uber as investor sues ex-CEO Travis Kalanick alleging fraud image
....Uber has never been uncontroversial, but the company was plunged into a huge crisis in February following the publication of a blogpost alleging widespread sexual harassment and gender discrimination. It precipitated two investigations into the company’s culture, the firing of 20 employees, an exodus of top executives and Kalanick’s eventual resignation in June. ...
TalkTalk fined £100,000 for not protecting customers' personal data image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of August 2017 05:27:22 PM
....TalkTalk has been fined £100,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after the telecoms giant was found to have placed personal data from 21,000 customers at risk. An ICO investigation found the company breached data protection laws after staff from an IT firm working with TalkTalk were able to access large amounts of customer data through an online company portal. ...
Contaminated eggs scare grows as UK supermarkets pull products image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of August 2017 12:38:40 PM
....The Food Standards Agency said the number of contaminated eggs estimated to have reached the UK was far higher than the 21,000 first supposed, and that egg salads from Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda, sandwiches from Morrisons, and sandwich fillers from Waitrose had been withdrawn. The FSA added that it still believed from its investigations into the fipronil contamination incident in Europe that it was very unlikely that the eggs posed a risk to public health. ...
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. ...
Eggs contaminated with insecticide may have entered UK, EU warns image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of August 2017 12:52:56 PM
.... The supplier is alleged to have mixed legal and illegal substances to improve the effectiveness of its product. Criminal investigations have been launched in the Netherlands and Belgium, where authorities are facing questions over their conduct, having learned of the contamination in June. ...
Trump challenging China on trade would spark 'very aggressive' response, expert predicts image
....Moves by Donald Trump to confront China on trade would elicit a “very aggressive” response, a former top US trade negotiator has predicted, as Beijing said an upcoming visit from the US president would help “map out” the next half century of ties between the world’s top two economies. There has been speculation since last week that Trump – who is due to travel to China this year – is preparing to launch a potentially incendiary investigation into its alleged abuse of intellectual property rights. ...
The strange case of Fox News, Trump and the death of young Democrat Seth Rich image
....The day before publication, it was revealed that Trump had spilled classified secrets about Islamic State to the Russian ambassador in the Oval Office. A memo by then FBI director James Comey emerged in which Trump pressured him to close the investigation into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn. ...
A decade after the financial meltdown, its underlying problems haven’t been fixed image
.... They can see what should be obvious: that lowering governance standards will damage London’s reputation and be bad for business in the long run. “Where’s Irene?” was a familiar refrain during 2010, when Kraft’s chief executive Irene Rosenfeld refused to turn up to a parliamentary committee investigation into the US company’s takeover of Cadbury. ...
RBS plans move to Amsterdam for post-Brexit EU hub image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 4th of August 2017 06:44:41 AM
.... The cost of setting up the hub will be in the “tens of millions”. Meanwhile, the news of the investigation into potential breaches of money laundering rules was contained in the more than 15 pages of legal warnings attached to the results. ...
Sports Direct loses biggest independent investor image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of August 2017 05:40:54 PM
.... This comes after 110 ambulances or paramedic cars were dispatched to the Shirebrook between January 2013 and April 2016, with 50 cases classified as life-threatening. A Guardian investigation in 2015 prompted a parliamentary inquiry last year, in which MPs likened the depot to a Victorian workhouse. ...
Carmakers accused of 'clutching at straws' over retrofitting polluting diesels image
....3 million people prematurely worldwide every year with emissions from diesel engines among the worst culprits. A joint investigation by the Guardian and Greenpeace showed hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren across England and Wales are being exposed to illegal air toxicity levels from diesel vehicles. ...
Millions of eggs removed from European shelves over toxicity fears image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of August 2017 10:52:41 AM
....Millions of eggs are being recalled from shops and warehouses in Germany and the Netherlands and being blocked from sale in Belgium after some were found to contain high levels of a toxic insecticide banned from use in the production of food for human consumption. About 180 Dutch farms have been temporarily shut down and a criminal investigation has been launched as authorities seek to establish the scale of the problem. ...
Air Canada near miss: picture shows how close planes came to crashing image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of August 2017 01:52:20 AM
.... Recorders are required to capture only the last two hours of a plane’s flying time. Peter Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for Air Canada, declined to comment, citing the investigation. ...
Serious Fraud Office opens investigation into BAT bribery claims image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of August 2017 09:34:35 AM
....The company later toned down its criticism, stating that it had appointed a team of external legal advisers to investigate the charges. The SFO’s inquiries have now become a formal investigation. ...
Dyson does well – but beware those taking its name in vain image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of August 2017 06:00:10 AM
....• Talking of Dyson, we would urge readers to only use Dyson-registered engineers for repairs and spare parts, as there are rogue traders out there falsely claiming to represent the company. Only this month, the mother-and-son team which ran Leeds-based Excel Servicing Ltd were convicted at Leeds crown court following an investigation by National Trading Standards. ...
ESSATI garage doors victim vows to fight warranty “con” image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 31st of July 2017 05:15:00 PM
....“They are now saying I put something in the way of the door and then closed it allowing it to break, it’s utter nonsense and more wriggling out of responsibilities,” says Charlie. As his wife Marguerite paid some of the door’s first costs with her Tesco credit card, the bank is now carrying out a Section 75 investigation. ...
HSBC chief sounds alarm over financial regulation and Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 31st of July 2017 07:02:10 AM
....2bn fine from the US Department of Justice (DoJ) for money laundering, which led to a monitor being installed at the bank as part of a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA). US lawyer Michael Cherkasky was appointed as the monitor five years ago and his concerns have prompted an investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority into potential breaches of money-laundering rules. ...
'No more brilliant jerks' – Arianna Huffington ushers in the new Uber image
.... In their in-tray will be a daunting array of problems and issues to resolve in the wake of Travis Kalanick’s high-profile departure last month. These include rehabilitating the company internally and externally as it recovers from scandals including the sexual harassment investigation that saw more than 20 people fired in June; video of Kalanick berating an Uber driver; and the company’s recent admission it had underpaid drivers in New York City by millions of dollars. ...
Saving Britain’s food supply: a manifesto to keep food on the table image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of July 2017 08:25:51 PM
.... He made serious and compelling commitments to openness and to his suppliers, recognising that he was running more than just a business. At the same time, the public was unaware that a criminal investigation was underway into gaping holes left in Tesco’s accounts and the way it dealt with its suppliers. ...
Jeff Bezos: how the world's richest man can change his stingy reputation image
....Conditions have been little better for the company’s white-collar workers. A 2015 New York Times investigation found that Amazon’s corporate headquarters was a brutal place to work. ...
Brexit likely to create a rise in UK megafarms image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of July 2017 12:00:18 PM
.... But in the densely populated UK, there is less space for such large developments and inevitably people will be affected. A joint investigation by the Guardian and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has found 789 farms in the UK that would meet the US definition of a megafarm, and a rise of more than a quarter in the number of intensive farms, which are now widespread throughout the country. ...
Barclays sets aside extra £700m for PPI claims image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of July 2017 07:25:34 AM
.... target range, and while we are also working to put conduct issues behind us, we can now focus on what matters most to our shareholders: improving group returns,” said Staley. The bank’s legal disclosures outline the investigation under way into Staley’s efforts to unmask a whistleblower and the fraud charges the bank’s holding company faces in relation to the way it raised billions of pounds from Qatar in 2008. ...
Airbnb agrees to close reviews loophole after intervention by UK regulator image
.... The change will come into force on 31 August. The CMA said it had been made aware of the problem as part of its bigger investigation into online reviews, which are now a vital tool for consumers thinking of using a site. ...
I’m trapped in my leasehold property by ever-doubling ground rent image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of July 2017 06:00:42 AM
.... Since leases can run for hundreds of years, a mechanism is needed to increase the rent throughout the term – but some builders are taking advantage of this and mortgage lenders are becoming wary of leases containing unreasonable terms. Taylor Wimpey (following an investigation by The Guardian) has agreed to provide £130m to alter leases where rents doubled every 10 years, and has confirmed that rents in new leases are now reviewed in line with inflation. ...
Mike Ashley wins high court battle over '£15m pub deal' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of July 2017 09:30:42 AM
....Sports Direct’s shares hit the £8 price target in February 2014. The shares have since collapsed below £3, in part because of reputational damage caused by a Guardian investigation that revealed workers at the retailer’s Derbyshire warehouse were being paid less than the minimum wage. ...
UK labour market tsar vows to jail rogue bosses image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of July 2017 05:01:01 AM
....”. Giving the example of investigations into firms paying less than the minimum wage – where fines average £400 a breach and HMRC conducts around 2,000 investigations a year in a country where 1. ...
SFO says it is investigating Rio Tinto over Guinea operations image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of July 2017 08:07:02 PM
. The Serious Fraud Office has opened an investigation into how the mining company Rio Tinto conducted business in the Republic of Guinea. ...
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 car industry has been fined billions of euros on both sides of the Atlantic in recent years for cartels related to various parts such as lighting systems, engine coolers and bearings. The industry’s record on exhaust emissions is also under close scrutiny after VW admitted in September 2015 to cheating US diesel emissions tests, with investigations showing many vehicles exceeding pollution limits outside of testing labs. ...
Revealed: the insidious creep of pseudo-public space in London image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of July 2017 06:30:29 AM
. A Guardian Cities investigation has for the first time mapped the startling spread of pseudo-public spaces across the UK capital, revealing an almost complete lack of transparency over who owns the sites and how they are policed. ...
Jared Kushner sealed real estate deal with oligarch's firm cited in money-laundering case image
....Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of Donald Trump, who acts as his senior White House adviser, secured a multimillion-dollar Manhattan real estate deal with a Soviet-born oligarch whose company was cited in a major New York money laundering case now being investigated by members of Congress. A Guardian investigation has established a series of overlapping ties and relationships involving alleged Russian money laundering, New York real estate deals and members of Trump’s inner circle. ...
Yes, the gender pay gap rules are flawed. But they’re the best hope of making things better image
.... Deflation will be a feature of the next downturn. MPs last week turned up at the offices of controversial ticket resale site Viagogo, fed up with the company’s reluctance to engage in a parliamentary investigation into ticket touting. ...
'London Whale' charges dropped against former JP Morgan traders image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of July 2017 11:45:22 PM
....The scandal briefly hurt the reputation of JP Morgan chief executive Jamie Dimon, who initially called it a “tempest in a teapot”. JP Morgan ultimately paid more than $1bn and admitted wrongdoing to settle related US and British investigations. ...
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. ...
Unaccompanied child taken off overbooked easyJet flight at Gatwick image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of July 2017 09:13:37 AM
. EasyJet has opened an investigation after an unaccompanied child was removed from an overbooked flight from London Gatwick. ...
The real cost of regeneration image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of July 2017 05:00:09 AM
....Rydon countered criticism with a residents survey of their own from 2014, citing 80% satisfaction with the cleanliness and quality of the work, rising to a massive 89% responding that they would recommend the estate as “a nice place to live”. Lambeth, likewise, were satisfied that they had conducted their own investigations, found a “busy, safe and efficient working site” and that “residents’ concerns have been carefully listened to”. ...
Recruitment sector tax scheme liquidates hundreds more firms image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of July 2017 02:17:53 PM
. An aggressive tax avoidance scheme, linked to one of the recruitment industry’s highest-profile names, is liquidating hundreds more companies, according to filings made after a Guardian investigation exposed how the exchequer could lose millions. ...
Culture secretary keeps Rupert Murdoch waiting over Sky deal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of July 2017 11:26:27 AM
....Bradley said she expected to deliver her final decision on the grounds on which to refer the deal in “the coming weeks”, a timeline that will provide Fox with some succour. Given that the CMA can take from 24 to 36 weeks to reach a conclusion, Fox was keen not to have to wait until parliament returns on 5 September to officially hear that the deal was to be referred and for the investigation clock to start. ...
Mike Ashley brushes off 60% dive in profits as shares in Sports Direct rise image
.... The latest development is a new strategic partnership with Japanese footwear brand Asics, which will take space in Sports Direct’s flagship stores. The company is also beginning to take action after being hit by a scandal over its treatment of workers after a Guardian investigation. ...
Deutsche Bank expects subpoenas over Trump-Russia investigation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of July 2017 11:26:20 PM
....Executives inside Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump’s personal bankers, are expecting that the bank will soon be receiving subpoenas or other requests for information from Robert Mueller, the special counsel who is investigating possible collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. A person close to the matter who spoke to the Guardian on the condition of anonymity said Mueller’s team and the bank had already established informal contact in connection to the federal investigation. ...
British American Tobacco to acquire Reynolds as activists decry merger image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of July 2017 06:51:28 PM
.... The deal is expected to complete by next Tuesday. BAT is one of the multinational tobacco companies that have threatened governments in at least eight countries in Africa to block or dilute new regulations to limit the harm caused by smoking, a Guardian investigation found last week. ...
US court overturns Libor convictions of ex-Rabobank traders image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of July 2017 02:35:28 PM
. An appeals court has overturned the convictions of two former Rabobank traders in the first US criminal appeal related to investigations into the manipulation of the Libor interest rate. ...
Primark recalls men's flip-flops after carcinogenic chemical discovery image
....The problem was discovered by Primark when it followed up an inquiry by a third party, it has been reported. The company has suspended any outstanding orders from the factory which makes the flip-flops and an investigation has been launched. ...
Provident Personal Credit fined for sending 1m spam texts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 17th of July 2017 06:11:34 PM
....Bradford-based Provident Personal Credit Ltd employed third-party companies to send 999,057 unsolicited text messages to promote personal loans for its brand Satsuma Loans. An investigation was launched by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after it received 285 complaints to a spam-reporting service between April and October in 2015. ...
Workers’ rights need more protection in the gig economy | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 16th of July 2017 04:37:34 PM
.... Who changed that?Ian DavidsonLondon. • The Guardian has been conducting investigations into the gig economy over the past few months. ...
GWR struggles to process refunds as customer service gets derailed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 16th of July 2017 05:59:13 AM
....Transport Focus became aware of the issue when its own contact team, which handles rail passenger complaint appeals, saw unprecedented numbers contacting them with issues linked to GWR’s backlog. It recently published the results of its investigation with “lessons to be learned” from this disastrous period. ...
Rupert Murdoch ‘could use Sky data trove for political ends’ image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of July 2017 09:00:03 PM
.... The FBI and Senate intelligence committee are investigating if this data was used by the Russian government to target US voters. The Information Commissioner’s Office here launched an investigation into the micro-targeting of individual voters with personalised messages after a series of articles in the Observer. ...
Why you might not be getting what you paid for image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of July 2017 06:00:45 AM
....Prosecutions are very rare. In 2015, Tesco was forced to withdraw 70,000 packs of garlic bread slices after an investigation found some were 20% underweight. ...
British companies must have voices heard on Brexit, says MP image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of July 2017 05:26:11 PM
....“It’s a mixture of both uncertainty, and where we might end up; and also the real risk that at the end of it we don’t have the same trading relationship,” she said. Reeves added that the new committee – whose other members yet to be chosen – would be likely to hold an investigation into Britain’s future relationship with Euratom, the EU-linked body that governs, among other things, the safe transport of nuclear materials. ...
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
. A group of high-profile senior MPs have claimed that Ofcom made a “serious legal error” in its handling of Rupert Murdoch’s bid for Sky and could face a judicial review unless the government orders a full investigation into the threat to broadcasting standards from the deal. ...
Philip Morris waging global effort to hobble anti-smoking treaty, files show image
.... A World Health Organisation treaty urges their adoption. Tobacco companies have fought them through the courts in a number of countries, as a major Guardian investigation this week revealed. ...
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
....This makes it highly likely that the culture secretary will just have time to announce that she is calling in the CMA before parliament breaks for summer recess at the end of next week. In June, Bradley told Fox she believed the deal – which would mean the Murdochs control the Times, Sun, Wall Street Journal as well as Sky News and the rightwing Fox News – should probably be subjected to an in-depth investigation following advice from Ofcom that it raises significant media plurality concerns. ...
Sports Direct buys 26% stake in Game Digital image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of July 2017 06:59:54 AM
....The stake acquisition will fuel speculation that Sports Direct could pounce on Game with a takeover offer. Sports Direct, Britain’s second-biggest sports retailer, has been under fire over its working practices since a Guardian investigation revealed that it was in effect paying warehouse staff less than the minimum wage. ...
The rehabilitation of RBS is painful, costly – and nowhere near over | Nils Pratley image
....2bn, said late on Tuesday that it was being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office. In itself, that development was not a surprise, since the risk, arising from the SFO’s investigation into Unaoil, the Monaco-based energy consultant, was signalled in the merger document. ...
Judge says Mike Ashley case is 'a lot more interesting' than others image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of July 2017 06:07:26 PM
....Blue claims that during a night of heavy drinking in the Horse and Groom in Fitzrovia, central London, in January 2013 Ashley agreed to pay him £15m if Sports Direct’s shares doubled to £8. The shares did hit £8 but have since collapsed, in part because of reputational damage caused by a Guardian investigation that revealed the retailer was in effect paying staff in its warehouse less than the minimum wage. ...
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
....”. An investigation by the BBC’s Watchdog programme into cars losing power is on BBC 1 tonight at 8pm. ...
Argos and Asda apologise over 'exploding' glass tables image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of July 2017 11:32:17 AM
....Argos and Asda have apologised to customers after similar models of glass-topped patio tables “exploded” in the heat, but rejected calls for a national product recall. Argos said it had launched an investigation into its Sicily table – still on sale as part of a set with six chairs for £219. ...

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