Banned conveyancer worked for three firms after changing name

first_imgA conveyancer who changed her name after being banned from working in the legal profession has been jailed for five years for stealing more than half a million pounds from three employers.Oonagh Grant, 57, of Altyre Close, Beckenham, Kent, pleaded guilty in February at Croydon Crown Court to three counts of fraud by false representation and three counts of dishonestly failing to disclose information for personal gain or to expose others to loss. She was sentenced last week.Details of her crimes were highlighted by the Metropolitan Police on its website. Oonagh GrantSource: Metropolitan PoliceGrant was convicted in 2011 of stealing from a law firm she worked for by transferring funds into bank accounts which she controlled. She was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, suspended for two years. The Solicitors Regulation Authority banned her from working in the legal profession.In 2013 Grant changed her name by deed poll to Frances Bernadette Grant. Under her new name, she did conveyancing work for a law firm in Lewisham, south London, as a self-employed contractor. She began redirecting funds, was caught and dismissed by the firm. An audit showed she stole around £28,000. The offences were reported to the police.By this time, Grant had joined a law firm in Bromley, Kent, where she stole £223,950. She resigned when her employer was contacted by her previous firm.Grant was arrested by detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Falcon in December 2015. During the interview she denied all offences. She was released on bail on condition she did not work for a law firm.However, Grant subsequently worked for a firm in Reading. When the firm was alerted to the SRA order, she was dismissed. An audit showed Grant had diverted funds into her personal bank account.Grant was arrested in October 2016 for breaching bail conditions. Police say she was later released on bail by the court to have ‘planned surgery’. Grant failed to attend a Crown court hearing on 23 November 2016 and another appearance due to being ‘medically unfit’.However, the Met says letters supplied to the court purporting to be from Grant’s GP were fraudulent. She was arrested on 15 January this year on suspicion of fraud.Operation Falcon’s detective sergeant Daren Walby said Grant was a ‘serial fraudster who believed that she was above the law’ and who ‘even went so far as to send fake GP letters to the courts to delay her trial’.The Metropolitan police says Grant stole £536,250 from three companies between 1 January 2014 and 3 August 2016. Only one firm has been able to recover some of the stolen funds.Anyone who may have employed Grant is asked to contact Operation Falcon by dialling 101.last_img read more

Dairy Industry Report: Lower milk prices drive Dean Foods profits

first_imgLower milk prices drive Dean profitsDespite lower sales volume, lower raw milk costs improved profitability for Dean Foods.advertisementadvertisementFirst-quarter sales volume fell 3.2 percent from a year earlier; sales value fell from $1.88 billion from $2.5 billion during the first quarter of 2015. Dean Foods’ share of U.S. fluid milk volumes decreased to 34.6 percent in the first quarter of 2016.Yet the Dallas-based company posted first-quarter earnings of $39 million, compared with a loss of $74 million for the same period a year ago.The first quarter 2016 average Class I Mover, a measure of raw milk costs, was $14.49 per hundredweight, down 11 percent from the fourth quarter of 2015 and nearly 14 percent less than the first quarter of 2015.Gregg Tanner, Dean’s CEO, expects sales volumes and raw milk costs to decline further in the second quarter of 2016.The second quarter 2016 average Class I Mover is forecast at $13.49 per hundredweight, about 7 percent less than the first quarter of 2016 and down 15 percent decline year-over-year.advertisementAgropur fires shot in Canadian-U.S. border battleAgropur Cooperative became the first Canadian dairy processor to halt use of imported diafiltered milk from the U.S. under a temporary national program to encourage the use of Canadian milk in cheese manufacturing.The targeted pricing program gives dairy processors access to Canadian “Class 4(m)” milk protein concentrates at reduced prices, effective May 1 through July 31, 2016.Diafiltered milk, called ultrafiltered (UF) milk in the U.S., was given duty-free access into Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). However, in 2008, Canada adopted cheese-manufacturing standards requiring a minimum percentage of protein used in making cheese must be sourced directly from fluid milk.The temporary program does not ban UF imports from the U.S. It does, however, make those products less economically competitive for use by Canadian processors.Read Progressive Dairyman’s full article.Umpqua Dairy wins ‘Quality Chekd’ awardsOregon-based Umpqua Dairy Products Company received the 2016 Production Excellence Award in cultured products and ice cream categories within the Quality Chekd membershipadvertisementThe selection criteria includes a plant audit and evaluation of all plant processes and systems for assuring product quality, as well as monthly laboratory test scores.Quality Chekd Dairies, Inc. is a member-owned organization of 26 independent dairy processors with 59 manufacturing facilities located throughout the United States and Colombia.Saputo names new presidentKai Bockmann was named president and chief operating officer (COO) of Saputo Inc., effective April 1. He succeeded Dino Dello Sbarba, who retired.Bockmann, who joined Saputo in January 2012, will also continue to serve as president and COO of the company’s international sector. Sbarba will serve as his senior advisor.Saputo, one of the 10 largest dairy processors in the world, produces, markets and distributes cheese, fluid milk, extended shelf-life milk and cream products, cultured products and dairy ingredients. It is the largest cheese manufacturer and the leading fluid milk and cream processor in Canada, the third-largest dairy processor in Argentina, and the fourth-largest in Australia. In the U.S., Saputo ranks among the top three cheese producers and is one of the largest producers of extended shelf-life and cultured dairy products.Humboldt Creamery organic ice cream headed to WalmartCalifornia-based Humboldt Creamery will distribute its super-premium organic ice cream in more than 3,000 Walmart stores nationwide.The line initially includes four organic flavors: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and mint chip, sold in 40-ounce containers.Humboldt Creamery was founded in 1929 and has been owned by the Foster family since 2009. It produces a variety of premium organic dairy products, including fluid milk, ice cream, butter, cottage cheese and sour cream.Alpina expanding yogurt plantNew York yogurt producer Alpina Foods Inc. will expand its Batavia plant for a separate new line of drinkable yogurt products. The $1.1 million project is expected to start this summer, according to Buffalo Business First.Dean acquires Friendly’s Ice Cream Dean Foods Company agreed to acquire Friendly’s Ice Cream for $155 million in cash. The transaction is expected to close late in the second quarter of 2016.Friendly produces ice cream and other frozen dessert products, with distribution in more than 8,000 retail outlets in the northeastern U.S. It reported $166 million in net sales in 2015.In addition to acquiring Friendly’s manufacturing and retail ice cream business, Dean Foods will acquire the Friendly’s trademark and all intellectual property associated with the ice cream business.Friendly’s Restaurants will continue to be owned and operated by an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc. and will license use of the Friendly’s trademark under a license agreement with Dean.Prairie Farms adding to specialty milk lineupIllinois-based Prairie Farms Dairy is adding to its Chef’s Splendor line of specialty milks for summer.Three new flavors, blended with 100 percent real milk, include Honey Cookie Milk, Dark Chocolate Truffle and Sea Salt Caramel. The company has introduced 21 specialty milk flavors since 2015.Prairie Farms is a Midwest dairy cooperative with more than 600 farm family members. It has 35 manufacturing plants, more than 100 distribution facilities with a footprint covering more than 30 percent of the U.S. The co-op’s annual sales top $3 billion.Hiland Dairy launches organic milkMissouri-based Hiland Dairy Foods Company added organic milk to its product line, available in gallons and half gallons.Founded in 1937, Hiland operates processing facilities in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. It has distribution in 11 states throughout the Midwest.Burnett Dairy Cooperative introducing cheese flavorsWisconsin-based Burnett Dairy Cooperative will introduce new flavors of string cheese and artisan cheese at June’s Dairy-Deli-Bake Expo in Houston, Texas.Burnett Dairy’s new Garden Veggie variety of natural mozzarella string cheese joins the cooperative’s line, which already includes Pepperoni Pizza, Zesty Teriyaki, Hot Pepper Beef, Smoked and Creamy Original.Burnett Dairy said its Wood River Creamery artisanal cheese line will introduce five new flavors, and be sourced from dairy farms providing milk not produced using recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST).Midwest Dairy Association urges ‘Dairy 3 for Me’ pledgeThe Midwest Dairy Association (MDA) is urging consumers to commit to three daily servings of dairy products during June Dairy Month.Recently, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines reaffirmed dairy’s important place in the diet by maintaining its recommendation that people ages nine and older consume three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy foods every day.In celebration of June Dairy Month, consumers can visit the MDA website and take the “Dairy 3 for Me” pledge.By committing to the pledge, consumers are eligible to win three weekly prizes, and be entered in a drawing for a $250 retail gift card at a grocery store.March U.S. restaurant sales, traffic mixedSame-store sales and customer traffic results were mixed in March, but National Restaurant Association members remain cautiously optimistic about business conditions in the months ahead.The NRA’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) consists of two components: the Current Situation Index (measuring current trends), and the Expectations Index (measuring restaurant operators’ six-month outlook).Forty-six percent of restaurant operators reported a same-store sales gain between March 2015 and March 2016, while 38 percent reported a sales decline.Thirty-eight percent of restaurant operators expect to have higher sales in six months (compared to the same period in the previous year), down from 46 percent who reported similarly last month. Only 13 percent of restaurant operators expect their sales volume in six months to be lower.  PD Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave [email protected] Dean Foods reported lower milk costs and higher profits. Saputo ends use of ultrafiltered milk imported from the U.S. Also, dairy companies from California to New York announced new innovations. This and other U.S. dairy industry news can be found here.last_img read more

Ceres-Negros hopes to defeat Kaya-Iloilo anew today

first_img“Playing against a team that has fluidmovement in attack and an addition of a player that has pace and qualityfinishing, it will really be a test on our end defensively,” Kaya-Iloilo mentorNoel Marcaida said./PN The Ilonggos, meanwhile, aim todiminish its deficit against the Busmen. MANILA – Ceres-Negros FC aims to keepits dominance over regional rival Kaya Futbol Club-Iloilo when they clash inthe 2019 Philippines Football League today at the Aboitiz Pitch in Lipa,Batangas. It was the 14th consecutive win forthe Negros Occidental-based football club putting them in a great position toclaim a third consecutive crown and another AFC Asian Cup stint. The defending champion hopes to keepits hold of the solo edge in the standings. The Ilonggos, on the other hand, werealso in a hot streak and will be the fresher team heading into the game. Itslast match was on Sept. 7 yet —a 5-1 victory over Global-Makati FC.center_img The Busmen were fresh from a 7-0 winover the Philippine Air Force FC on Saturday where Robert Lopez-Mendy firedfour goals while Bienvenido Marañon, Jose Elmer Porteria, Mike Ott, and DennisVillanueva added a conversion each. Just like in their previous matches, a heated exchange is once again expected between regional rivals Ceres-Negros FC and Kaya Futbol Club-Iloilo this afternoon, Sept. 18, 2019. PFL PHOTO The match starts at 4 p.m. During their first encounter at thePFF National Training Center in Carmona, Cavite, Marañon came up withback-to-back goals for a 2-1 victory over Kaya-Iloilo, while in their secondmeeting in Lipa, the Busmen edged Kaya 1-0 on Porteria’s hit.last_img read more

What We Use: A Tour of RWW Desktops (Mac & PC)

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Features#How To#web It’s all about the web apps these days, right? Everything important’s in the clouds? Not so fast! Spend some time separated from your physical computer and you’ll likely be reminded just how much time and care you’ve put into setting it up like you want it. Even in this era of web app hype, we still love a good piece of desktop software, don’t we?Here at ReadWriteWeb, we’ll be honest with you – we love our computers. Not just the web. In that spirit we thought we’d offer readers some short video tours of the apps we use every day. You may discover some things you want to try out for yourself. Marshall’s Macbook Pro I recently got my baby back from the Mac shop and am so thankful! We kept these tours of our computers under five minutes, so they move pretty fast and don’t include everything. Following this video is a list of links to the apps discussed, followed by a video of Sarah Perez’s Windows computer. Click these images to open the 5 minute videos full size in a new browser window.Apps DiscussedJingProject Related: Screencasts Rock: Here’s Who’s Rocking Them NowFFFFound See also: 3 Cool Sites to Bookmark Your Favorite Images on the WebIterasi See our latest write upAgglom See our reviewURLBarExt See our reviewStumbleUpon Check out our latest coverageGreasemonkey See also start using greasemonkey in 5 minutesGreasedLightboxHeadUp See our reviewSmultronFluidApp Marvel at an awesome use caseAirFoilSnackr Here’s our reviewSkitch Here’s every time we’ve mentioned Skitch hereAdium Our latest coverageYuuguu Our Yuuguu mentionsScreenflowScreensteps Here’s our reviewCamTwistJungleDiskTweetdeckSongbirdAutomator – Comes with your Mac, I’d never learned to use it until just a few weeks ago and it is awesome! I ran out of time to describe it in this video but I’ll include a screenshot of one of its functions below just to give you an idea what it does and how easy it is.Multiclutch – didn’t get a chance to describe this, but if you have a Macbook Pro, just go try it! It’s awesome!Below: the AutomatorSarah’s PC Sarah Perez says of her Windows machine: “It’s a pink Dell. I love pink. I know, I know…I’m such a cliche! I’m dying to replace it with a netbook that fits in my purse.” Her computer is almost entirely unlike mine. I thought it was a lot of fun to see! Again, click on the image below for a full screen video and check out the links below. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick Software DiscussedFirefoxTwhirlWindows Live Writer (Windows Live Download)SkypeiTunesFileZillaGoogle Chrome (for Google Calendar) See our coverageRocketDockTumbleweed See 10 Adobe AIR Apps Bloggers Will LoveDigsby All our mentions of DigsbySnackrTweetDeckPandoDoomi See 6 Adobe AIR Apps to Check OutTrayEverythingLive Mesh See our reviewWhat About You?Are we missing out on anything that we really should try? Have you got a screencast of your computer laying around someplace? 🙂 Let us know in comments and we can all learn from each others’ computing experiences. We love web apps, but you still need a computer to use them! Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Don’t Get Stuck in the Past, 2 in 1 Devices are the Computers of Today

first_imgIn years past, before tablets and other mobile devices became mainstream, taking the time to set up a laptop in order to play a non-interactive presentation wouldn’t be considered outside the ordinary. But today, customers of all kinds expect a seamless, polished way of viewing presentations and other business materials.2 in 1 devices running Windows* 8 Pro are especially equipped for both customer facing tasks and everyday business needs. 2 in 1 devices act like a tablet when viewing documents and presentations that need to be shown to others or completing quick tasks like email and social updates, but can also work like a notebook with a keyboard for more labor-intensive projects.Don’t be stuck in the past due to yesterday’s technology. Today’s highly competitive marketplace demands small businesses be able to stand out, and 2 in 1 devices can help ensure your staff is able to be productive in the office or in the field. Are you considering a new 2 in 1 device? This video demonstrates how 2 in 1 devices are the small business tools that deliver the performance to keep you ahead.Join in on the social conversation on Twitter following @EmpowerSmallBiz and using #IntelSmallBiz. Small businesses have to be more agile than ever, often working outside any sort of traditional office and meeting with clients, vendors, and others over the course of a single day.So, are you working like it’s still five years ago?last_img read more

10 months agoNuno admits Wolves waiting for ‘special player’ amid Abraham interest

first_imgNuno admits Wolves waiting for ‘special player’ amid Abraham interestby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo says the club will only sign a “special” player during the winter transfer window.A move for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has been put on hold, although Wolves remain hopeful they will be able to sign the England international, who is currently on loan with Aston Villa.And Nuno says he will only bring in somebody who can dramatically change his team.”When you bring someone, you have to be careful what you bring,” he said.”It has to be something we don’t have already.”If someone comes, they have to bring something really, really special, because we already have something good.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Modern Vancouver a challenge for film crews trying to evoke the past

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter “The disadvantage of Vancouver is it doesn’t preserve its history. It reinvents it,” says Marcynuk, who has just come off an 11-year stint on the made-in-B.C. TV series Supernatural.He rhymes off properties, some of which he says the public likely saw as “dumpy warehouses,” but have been reliable for producers looking to evoke the past for the cameras. Login/Register With: Facebook The made-in-Vancouver TV series Timeless is about travelling into history, but the show’s production designer says recreating the past can be hard to do in Canada’s third-largest city because of a relatively short supply of old buildings.John Marcynuk, a Toronto-trained architect who got into the production sector about 20 years ago, says the series, now in its first season, gets by but it’s a challenge. “There are certain locations in Vancouver that have sadly disappeared,” he said, referring, for example, to warehouses in North Vancouver.Their absence creates hurdles for a show where scripts have taken the series’ time-travelling heroes to such locations as 1930s New Jersey, Watergate-era Washington and 1960s Las Vegas Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more