POSING with a tiger on his Instagram page Feezan “Fizzy” Choudhary enjoyed the high-life while scamming £113million from 750 hapless victims. Choudhary was Britain’s biggest ever bank transfer fraudster and his case provides an insight into the alarming rise of financial scammers in the UK. Earlier this week it was revealed online bank transfer fraud has rocketed – with customers tricked out of almost £1m per day by scammers. But banks often refuse to offer refunds by blaming the victims for being duped. In the first six months of this year, £145m was stolen – a jump of 50 per cent compared to amount stolen in that period last year. Banks recorded 34,128 cases of so-called "authorised push payment fraud", where criminals convince victims to transfer money directly into the fraudster's account. That amounts to around 200 victims a day, but just £31million of the stolen £145million was returned to customers, trade body UK Finance … [Read more...] about UK’s biggest cyber fraudster who lived high-life after scamming £113m from Lloyds and RBS customers poses with TIGER in social media snaps
Masters in social work
When Thalia Elena Hernández Durán moved from Mexico to London to study for a masters in management, she did not think she would need an MBA. After all, the MiM teaches similar technical and leadership skills to MBAs but can be finished faster and more cheaply.Hernández Durán enrolled in London Business School’s one-year MiM in 2012 — a course that takes half the time and, at £31,400 today, costs about one-quarter of the tuition fees for a two-year MBA at a top US school.On graduation she spent a year working in the social impact sector and three years consulting for Bain & Company. The exposure to a broad range of industries on the MiM helped her in her job at Bain, which deals with diverse and global clients.Then, last year, Hernández Durán quit Bain and enrolled in the two-year MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business in California. She wanted to expand her network and learn from more experienced peers. The MiM is a pre-experience … [Read more...] about Do I need an MBA as well as a Masters in Management?
You were with Caritas for 12 years; what are your feelings, having left for this new job? I was Director for four of those 12 years, and leaving was a very difficult decision. My experience there brought me much closer to people, which was one of my main aims - to make people the centre of our work at Caritas. One of our major achievements was that we succeeded in this, and that we were the voice of the most vulnerable. Our motto was 'Be on the side of people in need'. We also strengthened a number of services. We opened Dar Papa Franġisku and Dar Maria Dolores, which are emergency shelters, and also drafted the minimum essential budget for a decent living, which aimed at setting a policy benchmark for low-income earners, helping the policy-makers focus on this section of society. Through this, the campaign to revise the minimum wage was launched. As a team, we became a major stakeholder, and policy-makers wanted the Caritas perspective on budgets, etc. We did not just want to be … [Read more...] about 12 years at Caritas: ‘Making people central to our work’
A young woman who grew up in care is following her dream of becoming a social worker after graduating from the University of Chester. Inspirational Cheryl Thompson credits her time as a student at the university with changing her life – and now she plans to use her new-found confidence and skills to change the world. Growing up in the care of a local authority, 25-year-old Cheryl struggled throughout her school life, leaving without any GCSEs. Now, thanks to the supportive learning environment at the university, she is about to graduate with a first class honours degree and ‘make a difference by being a great social worker’. Cheryl explained: “Growing-up as a looked-after child had its challenges. It involved multiple moves from placement to placement, often with little or no notice – it meant my whole world was packed in bin bags. “I met some amazing social workers, and some not so great ones. “One day I realised I wanted to be that amazing … [Read more...] about Cheryl grew up in care
Pakistani women who had pledged to defy men in their village by voting for the first time ultimately did not exercise their democratic right in Wednesday's election, citing intimidation by their husbands. Male elders banned females from voting in Mohri Pur, some 60 kilometres (35 miles) from the central Pakistan city of Multan, around 1947 and the women have obeyed ever since. This year many had vowed to cast a ballot following changes to Pakistan's election laws and amid shifting attitudes towards women in parts of the deeply patriarchal South Asian country. Some 3,200 women were listed on the electoral register in Mohri Pur -- but not one voted, according to election officials and an AFP journalist at the village's sole polling station. "We have threats from our husbands that they will divorce us if we cast our vote," 25-year-old Tanya Bibi told AFP as she walked past the polling station, without going in. Around 8,000 men were registered to vote in the village. Large queues of them … [Read more...] about No Pakistani women vote in village where wives had vowed to defy husbands