Deloitte, the accountancy firm that is conducting Woolies’ administration, said that it had received “more than a dozen inquiries”, with interest coming from raft of rival retailers, private equity firms and individuals.Naghshineh, a property entrepreneur who owns London’s Centrepoint building, is this weekend thought to be putting together a deal team and a financing package. His plan to resurrect the fortunes of Woolies includes the disposal of key leases to rival retailers that would yield around £150m and the sale of the retailer’s stake in 2Entertainment, a DVD publisher, to the BBC.Alongside Naghshineh, John Moulton, the outspoken founder of Alchemy Partners who has expressed an interest in the struggling retailer in the past, is also thought to have registered his interest.Independent on Sunday, Financial Times
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*The Law Society is keeping the coronavirus situation under review and monitoring the advice it receives from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Public Health England. Find advice and updates here. Cybercriminals are eyeing up lawyers working from home as potentially easy targets for online fraud, the profession has been warned.The Solicitors Regulation Authority said today it has received specific reports about law firms being targeted by criminals during the lockdown. In one attempt, fraudsters tried to create a standing order for £4,000 a month from a firm’s client account.It is thought that perpetrators are trying to take advantage of lower levels of security brought about by remote working. Lawyers working from home for the first time may also drop their guard when outside of the office environment.At the same time, solicitors are still handling sensitive information and large amounts of money, making them an ideal target for cybercriminals.Paul Philip, SRA chief executive, said there was no sign that the threat of cybercrime was going away during the pandemic.‘Criminals are always looking to take advantage and they know that security arrangements are likely to have changed as people move to homeworking,’ he said. ‘Several agencies have reported a spike in cyberattacks and we are beginning to get reports from firms that have been targeted.’The National Cyber Security Centre and Action Fraud have already warned of the rising threat of cybercrime at this time. Spikes have been noticed in attacks on smaller businesses, while the NSCS reported a 400% increase in attacks across all businesses during the first two weeks of lockdown.In the last month, the agency has removed more than 2,000 online scams, including 200 phising sites seeking personal information such as passwords or credit cards, and 555 malware distribution sites set up to cause significant damages to any visitors.The SRA, which has published advice on stopping attacks, says firms should be training individuals about how to spot and combat fraud attempts, as well as introducing sensible and pragmatic security arrangements.Laptops should be encrypted and systems installed to track and delete data from tablets and phones if they are lost or stolen.Many firms are using remote meeting systems for team communications, but there have been cases of unauthorised people hijacking meetings where this platform has not been used securely.Meeting hosts should set a password for access, set screen sharing to ‘host only’ and not leave meetings set to ‘public’. Please see the Gazette’s dedicated coronavirus page here >>
Popstar to receive the Rock Star AwardBajan popstar Rihanna will be honored at BET’s “Black Girls Rock!” awards. The singer will receive the Rock Star Award at the annual event honoring black women.Rihanna took to her social media accounts to express her gratitude for the honor.Other honorees include writer-producer Shonda Rhimes, R&B icon Gladys Knight, “Walking Dead” star and playwright Danai Gurira and actress Amandla Stenberg.Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, will also be honored.Tracee Ellis Ross, star of ABC’s “black-ish,” will host the event.“Black Girls Rock!” will tape April 1 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey. The show will air April 5 on BET.
The task force has recommended that nursing homes allow family members to visit their loved ones no more than two at a time, and that they wear protective gear including masks. Facilities would also need to go 14 days without any new COVID-19 cases before family and friends are allowed to visit. There can also be no visits by minors. But yesterday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the statewide ban on visits to these facilities has been lifted, with some safety conditions. The new rules also authorize all facilities, regardless of infection rate, to permit designated “essential caregivers” — loved ones who help bathe, dress, feed or provide critical emotional support to a resident. Only those essential caregivers will be allowed to touch residents, at least initially. Other visitors will need to maintain a social distance from residents for now. DeSantis lifted the ban with an executive order, following recommendations from a nursing home task force that has met in recent weeks. Below is the full report of recommendations from the task force: Since mid-March, Florida residents living in nursing home and long-term care facilities have been unable to see their loved ones.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visits Tunisia Foreign Ministers meet in Tunisia to Resolve Libya Crisis The drones in question did not cross the Tunisian airspace and they were flying inside the Libyan territory, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.PHOTO/TelesurEnglish The drones in question did not cross the Tunisian airspace and they were flying inside the Libyan territory, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.PHOTO/TelesurEnglishTunisia’s Ministry of Defense denied on Friday that foreign drones have penetrated into the Tunisian airspace.The drones in question did not cross the Tunisian airspace and they were flying inside the Libyan territory, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.The ministry ensured that military patrols are deployed along the Tunisian borders with the neighboring Libya, “ready to shoot any suspicious body that infiltrates Tunisian airspace.”Tunisian media had earlier quoted Tunisian political activist Mostafa Abdel Kabir as saying that foreign drones were flying over South eastern Tunisia, “and they seemed to belong to one of the parties in the Libyan conflict.”Related Tunisia Beach Massacre: Atleast 28 People Including Foreign Tourists Killed
LocalNews Reduced charge and sentence for Portsmouth man by: Dominica Vibes News – June 13, 2015 Share 202 Views 2 comments Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! David St Jean (file photo)David St Jean of Portsmouth, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter, has been sentenced to serve an imprisonment term of thirteen years and three months by Justice Errol Thomas on Friday 12 June 2015.St Jean, who was found guilty by a jury of murdering Clement James of Good Hope in 2012, had this conviction and twenty-five year sentence quashed by the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in November 2014. David St Jean reportedly confronted Clement James for looking at him in a sexual manner. This confrontation, on the Indian River Bridge in Portsmouth in September 2010, led to an argument, following which James was stabbed and later died.The Justices of Appeal upheld the appeal filed by St Jean’s attorneys; Bernadette Lambert and Wayne Norde and ordered a retrial on the basis that the trial judge Birnie Stephenson misdirected the jury on excessive force and failed to put the Appellant’s case of self-defense to the jury.Earlier in the January court session, director of public prosecutions Evelina Baptiste reduced David St Jean’s charge to manslaughter, to which he pleaded guilty.At the sentence hearing on Friday 12 June at the High Court in Roseau, St Jean’s attorney Bernadette Lambert told the court that he had made a remarkable turnaround in prison.According to Ms Lambert, St Jean is being used as a motivational speaker for young inmates and that he is willing, if given the opportunity, to apologize to Clement James’ relatives.She informed that St Jean was 21 years old at the time of the incident and has had adequate time during incarceration to reflect on his actions. However, Justice Thomas said this was a senseless murder and the court should show its abhorrence to that kind of behavior.Justice Thomas also said that St Jean needs counselling as to murder someone because he looked at you in a sexual manner is unacceptable.
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