Estate agents must step up to mark on money laundering, says senior government crime expert

first_imgHome » News » Estate agents must step up to mark on money laundering, says senior government crime expert previous nextRegulation & LawEstate agents must step up to mark on money laundering, says senior government crime expertNumber of Suspicious Activity Reports from agents has increased but still represents a tiny proportion of all reports filed alongside those from banks and accountants.Nigel Lewis18th February 201902,551 Views The number of estate agents filing suspicious activity reports has increased by 30 percent over the past 12 months but still only represents a tiny minority of the total number submitted, it has been revealed.Speaking at last week’s NAEA Propertymark conference in London, the government’s Director for Economic Crime, Cyber Crime and Corruption Richard Riley (pictured, below) revealed that estate agents filed 710 Suspicious Activity Reports or SARs last year, an improvement on previous efforts but representing just 0.15% of the national total.Riley also admitted that such a huge volume of SARs being submitted each year meant the system overall was ‘creaking’ but that a review was in place and serious investment planned to ‘completely transform the regime’.He also revealed that the property industry can expect more government action on money laundering and that he wanted to see the ‘full power of the state’ including law enforcement agencies, regulators as well as the private sector brought to bear on the ‘dirty money’ problem.“We need to know more about the dynamics and the pressures on estate agents, lawyers, accountants and other professionals and their priorities,” he said.Riley also said estate agents should expect to see greater efforts by government to help the property industry, banks and accounts share information more easily in order to spot money laundering and other criminal activity.Riley was brought in to speak at the NAEA event after Ben Wallace, the Minister of State for Security at The Home Office, was called to parliament at short notice to participate in a vote.For more on SARs and how to protect your business from money launderers, click here.NAEA Propertymark NAEA Conference anti money laundering Richard Riley SARs Suspicious Activity Reports Cyber Crime and Corruption Richard Riley Director for Economic Crime February 18, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

UPP: Solaris

first_imgby Connie HanThe plot of Solaris, such as it is, can be summed up in one faintly absurd sentence. Kris Kelvin, a psychologist, goes into space, and is haunted by his dead wife; confusion ensues. There is more to Solaris than any summary or review can tell. It’s not a film you can dip into: it immerses you for almost three hours and leaves you astounded and breathless. It is a film both uncompromisingly beautiful and bleak. Even under the burden of Soviet censorship, Tarkovsky refused to bow to creative pressures, crafting his films to produce a unique and enduring vision. With Solaris, Tarkovsky hoped to transcend science fiction. He was disappointed that he had not succeeded and that Solaris was categorised and trapped within a narrow genre. Yet to describe Solaris as ‘sci-fi’ is like describing The Seventh Seal as a film about chess. If general consensus means anything to you, Solaris is regarded as an astounding film. ‘An extraordinary film of great sensitivity and lyrical power…engrossing and gravely beautiful,’ gushes Newsweek. ‘In every way a majestic work of art…a masterpiece’ writes Mark leFanu in The Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky. On the other hand, Stanislaw Lem, the author of the book on which Solaris was based, famously disliked it, feeling it concentrated too much on the relationship between Kelvin and his wife, and too little on the book’s main theme: the incomprehensibility and unrelatability of alien life. Yet many feel that the focus on the relationship enriched, not detracted, from the film’s alien atmosphere. ‘Man needs man,’ declares Snaut, one of the scientists. Later, Kelvin tells his wife; ‘you mean more to me than any scientific truth.’ Science and love, knowledge and delusion, humanity and the Cosmos; these are the themes juxtaposed continually in Solaris. The performances are low-key and taut. Kelvin’s dead wife, Hari, is at once both eerily alien and more human than any of the scientists. She is played by then 18 year old Natalya Bondarchuk, who was catapulted to fame by her performance. The film has almost no musical score, proceedings being interrupted either by mechanical beeps and clicks or by strange, unsettling swells of sound. The only actual music is Bach, played during moments of intense emotion and unsettling beauty. Solaris is about time, grief, perception, reality; guilt and memory; man’s quest for knowledge and the failure of science. It is also about a man adrift in space around an alien planet with his dead wife. Though at times it verges on pretension, it sails gracefully on where a lesser film would have lapsed into self indulgence. It is one of the films you need to see before you die. Make of it what you will.last_img read more

Northern sees bakery rise

first_imgNorthern Foods has reported a strong performance in bakery sales for the year to 29 March.The Goodfellas pizza and Fox’s biscuits manufacturer saw total pre-tax profits rise 25% year-on-year to £50.1m. In its bakery division, revenue rose to £205m in 2008, from £197.3m in 2007, with profits up to £14.9m in 2008, against £12.7m the previous year. Chief executive Stefan Barden said the firm’s bakery performance was “particularly pleasing”.Sandwich sales grew at 4.2% over the year, while chilled pizza sales grew by 2%.last_img

Organic pie firm expands

first_imgOrganic pasty and pie specialist Jones Organic has announced plans to expand its production facilities, with the addition of a new site, to cope with increased demand from specialist retailers in London and south-east England.The firm, based in Bridgend, began distributing its pies through Stratford Fine Foods in September, and now has orders coming in from London-based speciality retailers, including Planet Organic and As Nature Intended.It signed the lease for a neighbouring 750sq ft factory unit, in October. “We’ve been really tight for space in the bakery to meet orders recently,” explained founder and MD Mike Sweetman.“Both our Organic Bake-Off range and our Baked Chilled range are selling very well – we’ve had no choice but to extend our bakery to cope.”The office and storage has been moved from its existing 1,500sq ft site, releasing space in the existing unit for: the doubling of its goods-out freezer capacity to house bake-off lines; the doubling of its baking capacity with a new rack oven for baked-chilled lines; and a new packing area, explained Sweetman.The work is due to be completed by the end of November this year. Jones Organic’s pies are available throughout the UK, frozen-unbaked from Stratford Fine Foods, Bako Western or Bako Wales, or baked-chilled directly from the bakery.last_img read more

The String Cheese Incident Shares New Single With Elephant Revival’s Bonnie Paine [Listen]

first_imgThough The String Cheese Incident has been sharing singles through their new “SCI Sound Lab,” perhaps the most prolific musical scientist of the group has been keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth. Hollingsworth has already released two of his own singles on the new summer playlist, and also introduced a brand new song, “My One And Only,” to the group during their recent band retreat.The Sound Lab has hosted four singles thusfar, and Hollingsworth’s new song is the fifth from their ever-expanding collection. “My One And Only” really comes together with the addition of Elephant Revival’s Bonnie Paine, who lends her hand on both lyric writing and vocals for the track.Hollingsworth explains the song’s origins:This is a tune I brought to our first retreat in Sedona, AZ. The whole band flushed it out and left me to write lyrics. As I sat with the song for a while, I thought it would be nice to have a woman’s voice on the track. Bonnie Paine of Elephant Revival came to mind right away. So she and I sat down and wrote lyrics. The addition of her vocals really made the song come alive. Very excited to get this one out and into the world. Enjoy! – KyleListen to “My One And Only” below:Don’t miss The String Cheese Incident at Kings Theatre this weekend in Brooklyn, NY. For more information about the run, you can check out this article!last_img read more

GSD MDesS program announces new concentrations for fall 2011

first_imgThe Master in Design Studies program has announced two new areas of concentration for students enrolling in fall 2011: Anticipatory Spatial Practice and Critical and Strategic Conservation.Anticipatory Spatial Practice will address the inevitability of unpredictable shocks to the built and natural environment, whether due to earthquakes and floods or radical social ruptures. It acknowledges that the certainty of catastrophic disruptions demands anticipatory plans and practices that provide people and societies with the tools to effectively prepare for, cope with, and manage rapid change. The concentration will provide students with the intellectual skills to develop preemptive, anticipatory practices in the areas of design, analysis, urban and territorial management, and development. Associated faculty will include Michael Hooper, Rahul Mehrotra, Joyce Rosenthal, and Christian Werthmann.Critical and Strategic Conservation uses the techniques and procedures of design to extend the social, economic, and cultural usefulness of buildings, landscapes, and cities. While it is related to historic preservation and shares a concern for the built environment, it is distinct insofar as it construes the contexts for analysis very broadly, including the cultural histories of a place, and attempts to consider a wide range of possible strategies for intervention. The area coordinators are Michael Hays and Rahul Mehrotra; associated faculty include Anita Berrizbeitia, Timothy Hyde, Mark Laird, Toshiko Mori, Mark Mulligan, Erika Naginski, Antoine Picon, Jorge Silvetti, and Charles Waldheim. These two new concentrations complement the six existing MDesS tracks, two of which were launched last year and admitted their first students in fall 2010. Krzysztof Wodiczko, professor in residence of art, design, and the public domain, is area coordinator for Art, Design, and the Public Domain, and Charles Waldheim, professor of landscape architecture serves as area coordinator for Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology. Each of these areas has 11 students enrolled. These programs join with History and Philosophy of Design, Technology, Real Estate, and Sustainable Design to comprise a strong entering class of 48 students. Read Full Storylast_img read more

When eyeing research findings, media focus should be on the big picture

first_img Read Full Story When news media report — and consumers read —  stories about the latest scientific and medical discoveries, more emphasis should be placed on studies that summarize a large volume of research, Acting Dean David Hunter,  Vincent L. Gregory Professor in Cancer Prevention at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said in a April 21, 2016 Boston Magazine article.With findings and recommendations often changing and sometimes even conflicting, Hunter sympathizes with the public trying to make sense of the continuing flow of new information.last_img

New Expanded HCI Options Deliver Flexibility and Choice

first_imgDell EMC Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack familyMicrosoft’s partner conference – Microsoft Inspire – is taking place this week. While it will look a little different this year, we are looking forward to virtually networking and discussing what’s coming in the year ahead. This year, Dell Technologies is announcing several new expanded platform options for the Microsoft Azure Stack portfolio that further simplify and automate management as well as provide flexibility and choice.For those of you not familiar, Dell Technologies offers two comprehensive Azure Stack solutions: Dell EMC Solutions for Azure Stack HCI and Dell EMC Integrated Systems for Azure Stack Hub. While both of these solutions fall under the Azure Stack portfolio, customers deploy them in very different scenarios. Azure Stack HCI is ideal for businesses looking to refresh, modernize and consolidate their traditional on-premises virtualization platforms, while Azure Stack Hub is ideal for businesses wanting to run Azure on-premises due to regulatory compliance, for disconnected or edge use cases, or to address data sovereignty concerns. Dell Technologies makes ordering, deploying and supporting easy by fully certifying, testing and validating all the components plus providing single source solution level support.First, what’s new with Dell EMC Solutions for Azure Stack HCIRefreshed AX nodes with enhanced lifecycle management Since its early preview, Dell Technologies have added value and driven innovation into Azure Stack HCI. To continue down that differentiated path, today we are announcing the refresh of the Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes (S2D RN) to AX nodes as the foundation for Dell EMC’s Azure Stack HCI solution. These new nodes still contain all the goodness from leveraging the industry leading PowerEdge servers as well as Hyper-V, S2D and SDN features but now enable – for the first time – clusters to be seamlessly updated to the Azure Stack HCI solutions catalog using the native OpenManage Integration with Windows Admin Center with zero impact to running workloads. The AX nodes will be available in three flavors – AX-640, AX-740xd and AX-6515 – to meet the needs of various use cases and locations.Additional choice and flexibility with AMDWe are also announcing, for the first time, a new Dell EMC solution based on AMD EPYC processors for Azure Stack HCI as part of the PowerEdge R6515 platform. These new all-flash AMD 1U single-socket platforms offer dual socket performance making them ideal for general purpose virtualized workloads, VDI and databases. They are available for order now as model number AX-6515 for Azure Stack HCI.Not to be missed!As Microsoft Inspire happens this week, look out for the exciting news for what is coming next with Azure Stack HCI and how Dell Technologies will be participating. For those of you attending, our resident Microsoft SME, Michael Wells, will be participating in two Ask the Experts sessions around Azure Stack HCI. The first, Ask the Experts: Intel, Microsoft and OEM Partners Share How to Grow your Business with Hybrid Cloud, hosted by Intel takes place Thursday, July 22nd from 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm ET. The second, Ask the Experts: Discover HCI, hosted by Microsoft, takes place Thursday, July 23rd from 6:45am – 7:15am.Now on to Dell EMC Integrated Solutions for Azure Stack HubGPUs now available to orderEarlier this year we announced, in conjunction with Microsoft, a private preview for GPU-accelerated ML scenarios using NVIDIA GPU’s (V100) and for remote visualization scenarios using AMD GPU’s (Mi25). These new GPU hardware configurations are now available from Dell Technologies with Microsoft software support coming later this summer. In addition to providing customers with increased performance density and workload flexibility, they come fully loaded with automated LCM capabilities and exceptional support.Extend Azure storage by expanding your on-premises data capacityAzure Stack Hub is powerful because it enables you to replicate your Azure services on-premises in a consistent manner for a true hybrid cloud experience. However, the amount of data you can extend from Azure has been limited by your Azure Hub configuration. Until now. Now, you can expand the on-premises data storage capacity of Azure Stack Hub by using integration with Dell EMC PowerScale. Dell EMC PowerScale is an optimal storage extension for Azure Stack Hub because it provides a powerful yet simple scale-out storage architecture for massive amounts of unstructured data while dramatically reducing cost and complexity.last_img read more

Court upholds order for Dakota Access environmental review

first_imgFARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a district judge’s decision to order a full environmental impact review of the Dakota Access pipeline, but has declined to shut the line down while the review is completed. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled last year that a more extensive review was necessary than the assessment conducted earlier by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The pipeline crosses beneath the Missouri River, just north of the the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation that straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border. The tribe draws its water from the river and fears pollution.last_img

Broadway.com Again Named #1 Theater Source in Broadway League Report

first_img Every year, the League surveys theatergoers to create an extensive report titled The Demographics of the Broadway Audience. In the just-released 2013-14 report, which was based on the completed questionnaires of 9,431 responders, when asked the question “Where do you look for theater information?” 33.1% (up 2% from last year!) chose Broadway.com. “Personal recommendation” was the second most chosen answer, earning 28.4% of the responses. Broadway.com was the clear frontrunner of online resources, receiving double the responses of any other website. In other interesting stats, the use of the Internet was up all around, with 70% of all theatergoers turning to the web to look for theater information. 60% of seniors looked online, an increase from 37% in the 2012-13 season. So click here, and we’ll see you at the theater! You still like us, you really like us! For the fifth year in a row, Broadway.com is the number one source for theater fans to find out information about the Great White Way, according to an independent report by The Broadway League that analyzes the habits of theatergoers. Broadway.com outranks other sources such as word of mouth from friends and family, television, The New York Times.com, Facebook, Twitter and all the other theater-related websites out there.center_img View Commentslast_img read more