Month: August 2018

Greenwich Man Prosecuted For £24,000 Fraudulent Carer’s Payments

A 62-year-old man from Abbey Wood has been prosecuted by the Royal Borough of Greenwich after fraudulently receiving over £24,000 in Direct Payments, for supposedly acting as a carer to a man claiming to be disabled and in need of care.

Charles Dickson, of Bastion Road, SE2, was sentenced to 20 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, for having fraudulently received money totalling £24,118.00.

Direct Payments are payments for people who have been assessed by the Council as needing assistance with their daily care needs, and provides them with a personal budget to employ their own carers.

From 4 January 2012 to 23 July 2015 Mr Dickson received regular payments into his bank account which he knew had been fraudulently claimed by a Direct Payments recipient, Mr Z, who had falsely provided Mr Dickson as his carer.

Evidence obtained by the Council’s Internal Audit and Anti-Fraud team identified that Mr Z had been out of the United Kingdom for a total of 37 months in the last five years but had continued to claim Direct Payments, stating that he had been receiving care at his home address in Nuthatch Gardens, Thamesmead, SE28. Throughout this period Mr Dickson submitted regular timesheets to the Council claiming that he had been providing care to Mr Z.

Previous investigation

In June 2016 Mr Dickson was interviewed but provided a “no comment” response to the questions put to him. Council investigators and the Metropolitan Police attempted to interview Mr Z, however they learned that he had returned to his home country of Ghana and refused to return to the United Kingdom to answer questions.

In December 2017 Mr Dickson was summonsed to appear at Bexley Magistrates Court to face four charges under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 relating to the £24,118.00 fraudulently obtained. On 11 December 2017 at Bexley Magistrates Court Mr Dickson pleaded guilty to all four charges and the matter was passed to Woolwich Crown Court for sentencing. On 16 April 2018 at Woolwich Crown Court Mr Dickson repeated his guilty pleas – His Honour Judge Raynor gave Mr Dickson three months to repay the money that he had fraudulently obtained.

On 6 August 2018 at Woolwich Crown Court, His Honour Judge Raynor heard that Mr Dickson had repaid the Royal Borough of Greenwich the full amount of money. His Honour Judge Raynor made it clear that he considered Mr Dickson to be a thoroughly dishonest man and that “he was a wolf in sheep’s clothing and has always been dishonest.”

As well as being sentenced to 20 months’ imprisonment (suspended for two years), Mr Dickson was ordered to undertake 220 hours of unpaid work in the community and was given a three-month curfew to remain at his home address from 8pm to 6am each day. His Honour Judge Raynor took into consideration the affect the curfew would have on Mr Dickson’s railway job and indicated he may well have to lose his job. Mr Dickson was also order to pay the Royal Borough of Greenwich legal costs of £2,887.52 and a victim surcharge of £150.00.

‘Learned a valuable lesson’

Councillor Christine Grice, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, said: “It is essential that only people with a genuine need for assistance receive monies, so it was satisfying to hear that the fraudulent Direct Payments claim made by Mr Z has been stopped and that his co-conspirator has been brought to justice, and that the amount defrauded has been repaid. I hope Mr Dickson has learned a valuable lesson and that this case will serve as a deterrent for anyone who may wish to consider a similar criminal path.”

Help report fraud

If you suspect someone of committing fraud against the Royal Borough please call 0800 169 6975 or email fraud@royalgreenwich.gov.uk. Any information you give will be treated in confidence.


Theresa May Rocks Jacket Made By Nigerian Designer On Visit To Lagos

The British Prime Minister is currently on the Nigerian leg of her tour of Sub Sahara Africa.

But tongues have been wagging and questions asked about the striking jacket spotted by the Prime Minister while visiting the Lagos State Governor Ambode and later the President, Mohammadu Buhari in Abuja yesterday.

Well, it has now emerged that the jacket is from the Summer Spring Collection of an up-and-coming Nigerian fashion designer Emmanuel Okoro.

The Prime Minister sported the mustard-colour blazer which has got the fashion world all fired up.

emma okoro

The designer, who runs the Emmy Kasbit brand, took to Instagram to say he’s “honoured” to have the British leader wear a jacket from his brand’s Spring Summer 2018 collection.

Award winning novelist Adichie Chimandada is another celebrity that has been seen in EmmyKashit creation.screenshot_20180830-160502_facebook7493377932128543807.jpg kass

The 27 year old Abia State indigene is a Computer Science graduate of the University of Calabar, Nigeria.

fb_img_15356429385226030782046269932089.jpg

 

 

Disgruntled Trump Supporter To Launch Sadiq Khan Flying Blimp

Sadiq Khan was accused of putting a dampener on Donald Trump’s visit to London last month by allowing a giant balloon of him dressed in a nappy to fly over the capital.

But now the Mayor of London is to face his own humiliation as protesters prepare to launch an inflatable showing the London mayor dressed in a bright-yellow bikini.

Organisers raised more than £58,000 online to pay for the blimp of Mr Khan following the furore over the 20ft balloon, dubbed ‘Trump Baby’, which was granted permission to rise above Parliament Square during the US President’s visit last month.

The inflatable depicting a bikini-clad Mr Khan, which is slightly larger than its rival at 29ft, will be flown in the same Westminster location on Saturday morning.

Yanny Bruere, the 28-year-old marketing manager behind the effigy, said he had been angered by the Mayor’s focus on political point scoring instead of dealing with soaring crime.

He said: ‘I was just so irritated that Mr Khan took it upon himself to speak on behalf of the UK over the President’s visit.

Whatever anyone thinks of Mr Trump, he is still leader of the free world and should be accorded the respect of that position, especially at such a critical time for the UK as we face separation from the EU.

‘It feels like the Mayor of London prioritises personal enmity over the good of the country.’

The design of the inflatable showing Mr Khan dressed in a bikini pokes fun at one of his first decisions upon taking office when he banned adverts on the London Underground that promote an unhealthy body image.

Read more: Sadiq-Khan-bikini-clad-blimp-flown-London-protest



Theresa May Will Be First British PM To Visit Nigeria In 5 Years And Kenya In Over 30

Theresa May will lead an ambitious trip to Africa this week on her first visit to the continent as Prime Minister.

She’ll be the first British Prime Minister to visit Sub-Saharan Africa since 2013, and the first to go to Kenya for over 30 years.

This visit comes at a time of enormous change across Africa with a unique opportunity, as the UK moves towards Brexit, for a truly Global Britain to invest in and work alongside African nations, with mutual benefits.

The Prime Minister’s central message will be focused on a renewed partnership between the UK and Africa, which will seek to maximise shared opportunities and tackle common challenges in a continent that is growing at a rapid pace – from the Sahara to South Africa.

She will use a speech on the opening day of the visit in Cape Town to set out how we can build this partnership side by side with Africa, particularly by bringing the transformative power of private sector trade and investment from the UK to a continent that is home to 16% of the world’s people but just 3% of FDI and 3% of global goods trade.

As Africa seeks to meet the needs of its growing population the visit will also emphasise that it is in the world’s interest to help secure African stability, jobs and growth because conflict, poor work prospects and economic instability will continue to encourage migration and dangerous journeys to Europe.

Because nations cannot prosper without security, the Prime Minister will also use the visit to announce further support to tackle instability across the region.

Prime Minister Theresa May said:

Africa stands right on the cusp of playing a transformative role in the global economy, and as longstanding partners this trip is a unique opportunity at a unique time for the UK to set out our ambition to work even closer together.

A more prosperous, growing and trading Africa is in all of our interests and its incredible potential will only be realised through a concerted partnership between governments, global institutions and business.

As we prepare to leave the European Union, now is the time for the UK to deepen and strengthen its global partnerships. This week I am looking forward to discussing how we can do that alongside Africa to help deliver important investment and jobs as well as continue to work together to maintain stability and security.

I am proud to be leading this ambitious trip to Africa and to become the first UK Prime Minister in over 30 years to visit Kenya.

The Prime Minister will be joined by a business delegation made up of 29 representatives from UK business – half of which are SMEs – from across all regions of the UK and its devolved administrations. The delegation shows the breadth and depth of British expertise in technology, infrastructure, and financial and professional services.

Delegates include:

  • the London Stock Exchange
  • Cardiff-based cooling technology firm Sure Chill
  • solar tech provider Northumbria Energy from North Tyneside
  • London-based start-up Farm.ink who have created a knowledge-sharing mobile platform for farmers
  • Northern Irish agri-tech leader Devenish Nutrition
  • the world-renowned Scotch Whisky Association and Midlands manufacturing giant JCB.

Also travelling are Trade Minister George Hollingbery and Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin. Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns will join the visit in South Africa to support the Welsh companies in the business delegation, while the Lord Mayor of London Charles Bowman is also accompanying the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister will begin her trip in Cape Town in South Africa where she’ll see President Cyril Ramaphosa and meet young people and business leaders.

While in South Africa the Prime Minister will present the Mendi bell to President Ramaphosa in a ceremony at Cape Town’s presidential office the Tuynhuys – over a century after it was lost in a shipwreck.

Over 600 troops, the majority black South Africans, died when the Mendi tragically sank in the English Channel in 1917, on their way to join the Allied forces on the Western Front. It was the worst maritime disaster in South Africa’s history, and the Mendi has become a symbol of the country’s First World War remembrance.

In Nigeria the Prime Minister will meet President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja and spend time in Lagos meeting victims of modern slavery – a cause Theresa May has worked passionately to tackle.

In Nairobi she will meet President Uhuru Kenyatta and see British soldiers training troops from Kenya and other African countries in the techniques needed to identify and destroy improvised explosive devices before they go to fight Al-Shabaab in Somalia.

She will also commit to helping support the next generation of energetic, ambitious young Kenyans as they seek to build a more prosperous country in the years ahead.

Gov.uk

For The Brothers: How Not To Attract A Gold-digger

I cringe everytime I see social media posts by men whingeing and whining about gold diggers and women who have scammed them, taken their money and left them bereft and broken hearted.
I also think of the fair share of men I know that their way to “toast” or court a woman they like, is by offering her a reward of cash and properties such as cars, houses, expensive holidays and designer wears.
Many men like to show off and present themselves as that which they are most definitely not, just to win a woman. The not so affluent ones feign success and accomplishments to attract a woman, and the truly accomplished and affluent ones flaunt their wealth to the woman in the hope that that will make her fall for him.
Unfortunately, this behaviour also makes women believe that you are buying their love and they will not be anything other than an appendage, a bought possession, an accoutrement in your life. Something that can easily be replaced when a more attractive and shinier version comes along.
They will also live with the assumption that while they are in your life and being kept by you, they owe you a great gratitude for being the recipient of your generosity.
There is a great difference between the person who you make to feel like you are doing them a favour by being with them and those who are with you because they feel really needed by you.
 
If you go after someone flashing your wealth and other wordly possessions, then that is all they are going to be attracted to.
Gold-digger
Unless you expose yourself, open up your heart and your true vulnerability to someone, then they are never going to be attracted to the real you.
 
Because the person you never offered your heart to, is never going to feel they will have it at any point, so they go after that which is on offer. Many men make the mistake of thinking that when they offer a woman their wealth and connections, that is enough to make them fall in love.
Like the meaningless adage that says “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”, believing that the way to a woman’s heart is through your bank account is also ridiculously false. True you will get some women that way, but don’t for a second believe that that guarantees you her heart. Also, be aware that as soon as the bank account dries up and the connections line breaks, they too are out of the door.
Afterall, that is all you brought them in to get, isn’t it? 
A gold digger – or trophy wife expects the gold to keep coming and once she has become accustomed to that lifestyle, heavens help you if you try to keep her from it.
There are of course, women who deliberately go out seeking the “gold-flasher”. Men with means and money who are out to get women with nothing but their assets, or men who simply want a trophy wife on his arm – or in his bed – a stunning, glamorous young slay queen who needs other people’s money to keep herself in style. So like he who wants to kill and the one who wants to die both meeting –  really, there is no story. Both are happy and satisfied.
golddigger
But a man who truly wants a woman who will want him for him, will be a big fool to go after a slay queen, a glamour puss or a gold-digger. And such men who end up getting burnt definitely deserve everything they get. You cannot punch above your weight and not expect to be knocked out!
Unfortunately, these are the whingers and the whiners on social media who have bitten off more that they can chew. Though needing women who can give then real love and care genuinely for them, they have been attracted by shiny, glamorous slay queens who after taking the small change they have flashed, have left their asses for richer gold-flashers!
 
Women are by nature, nurturers.
That is why from the moment a woman gives birth to a tiny little baby, or even from the first moment she feels that tiny flutter in her belly, she is bound to that baby for life. That tiny, innocent, vulnerable, helpless, naked baby that is completely dependent on her for everything – including it’s survival. A mother will do anything and go to any length to keep that baby warm, safe and secure. And the love of a mother for her baby is sacred and unbreakable – even when that child betrays it’s mother or breaks her heart, a mother’s love never dies. Because that love is unconditional and not dependent on any promise or offers from the child.
She gives it freely in response to the baby’s naked vulnerability and dependence on her.
 
So it is also, when a woman feels the genuine vulnerability and honest dependence of another human being – or man, she gives back her all and will do anything to make that person happy. Because she feels needed, wanted and important to that being (or man)
 
men-money-and-gold-diggers-stage-play
 
So the next time you see a lady you really want to be with, do not go telling them you will take care of them, or like a father christmas, promise them gifts and money for agreeing to be with you.
 
This is how you attract “golddiggers”
 
But let them feel like they are the only woman in the world and your life is completely incomplete without them in it.
i-give-you-my-heart
 
Convince her that she is your dream woman that you can open and pour your heart out to…and not a trophy that you must win and show off, and she will love you forever. Even when you are broke and penniless.
If you go out flaunting gold, you will surely by all means, attract a gold digger.
BaronessJ

See Stunning Images From This Year’s Ojude Oba Festival

The annual Ojude Oba festival took place on Friday amidst the mandatory pomp, fanfare and pageantry the world know festival is famous for.

The Ojude Oba is a Yoruba festival held in Ijebu Ode, a town in Ogun State, Southwestern Nigeria. It is held annually the third day after Eid al-Kabir, the annual Muslim Festival.
The festival which began over 100 years ago, is attended by over bundreds of thousands of Ijebu sons and daughters and other Nigerians many who travel from out of the country and from across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.

It also attracts many dignitaries and special guests who are personally invited by the Awujale himself.

The special guest at the festival this year was the Senate President Olubukonla Saraki.

The festival is often sponsored by the incumbent Awujale, the people of Ijebu-Ode, individuals and corporate organizations.

The main attractions of the festival are the horse parades of prominent Ijebu Ode families and the flamboyant processions of the various Ijebu age groups also known as the Regbe-regbes, each of which appears in glamourously traditional and beautifully colourful uniform attires.

*Pictures by Bravo_Photography, Ijebu Ode

www.kenbravo.com

Greenwich And Woolwich MP Pennycook Raises Petition Against Cuts To Route 53 Bus

Greenwich & Woolwich MP Matt Pennycook has launched a petition against plans to cut bus route 53 back to County Hall, after saying they will “punish” his low-paid constituents who rely on the service.

The plan to cut the 53, which currently runs from Plumstead station to Whitehall, was among a batch of oroposals revealed by 853 last week , causing a flurry of local, London and even national media coverage.

While Mayor Sadiq Khan has said that resources are being reallocated from central to outer London, the cuts are part of an overall plan to address Transport for London’s budget problems, which stem from the abolition of its government grant, the mayor’s fare freeze and falling public transport ridership.

Earlier in the week, wrote on his Facebook page that “the service needed increasing, rather than cutting”

He said: “I appreciate that they are facing cuts like other public services but I’m genuinely surprised that TfL are proposing cuts of any kind on this route. There is no doubt in my mind that any cut to services on this route would be bad news for huge numbers of people living in Blackheath, Charlton, Woolwich and Plumstead. Indeed, as things stand in rush hour most 53 buses are frequently overcrowded by the time they get up the hill to Charlton.

Greenwich & Woolwich MP Matthew Pennycook

“We need more frequent services on this route, not cuts to services.

“But my main concern is the impact on the large numbers of my constituents who get up at the crack of dawn to make the long journey into central London on the 53 to work low-paid jobs (if you think I’m exaggerating just catch one before 6.30am one morning and see for yourself).

“For them, the long journey on the 53 all the way to Whitehall is the only means of transport that is affordable into central London and it is therefore indispensable.

“As such, difficult to escape the conclusion that cuts to this service will punish my working-class constituents and at the very moment that a new Crossrail station is opened in Woolwich that will inevitably pile pressure onto our already over-stretched local transport network.

“So let me be as clear as I can possibly be: I will do absolutely everything in my power to fight cuts to the 53 bus service.

“Expect more from me on this one in the days and weeks ahead.”

Greenwich Council leader Danny Thorpe has also pledged to “stand up for residents” when boroughs are consulted on the proposals.

The changes are part of the biggest shake-up to the bus network since the early 1990s. They also affect the 171 from Bellingham to Holborn, which faces being cut to the Elephant & Castle, and the 172 from Brockley Rise to Clerkenwell Green, which is set to be cut back to Aldwych.

A public consultation on the cuts is due to start next month.

Pennycook also spoke out on the mayor’s decision to block Greenwich Council’s refusal of controversial plans to build 771 homes on the Charlton riverside, saying the council’s masterplan for the area should be respected.

The petition can be signed on Pennycook’s website.

**More local stories at 853london.com