North-east woman jailed over claims she had a connection to Hillary Clinton

A North-east woman has been jailed after duping film-makers into believing she could get them behind-the-scenes access to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Ann Leuser fraudulently claimed to have a close connection with the former US secretary of state and tried to enter into a contract for a fly-on-the-wall documentary.

The 56-year-old, of Fraserburgh, even paid an actress £5,000 to impersonate Mrs Clinton’s director of communications Jennifer Palmieri over the phone.

During a period of 10 months, she sent fraudulent e-mails to a producer claiming to be from members of the Clinton campaign team.

The scam saw her get several all-expenses paid trips to London as well as being flown to New York under the premise of getting an access letter signed.

It had been agreed that if Leuser presented an access letter from the presidential candidate to the UK-based production team she would be paid £30,000 immediately.

She would also receive three further payments of £30,000 during the filming process.

During questioning, Leuser maintained she had a close connection with the then-presidential candidate and her campaign team but refused to comment further.

Leuser was sentenced to 44 months at Inner London Crown Court on Friday for fraud by false representation.

Detective Sergeant Barry Murray said: “Hillary Clinton’s campaign for US president was at the centre of extensive media scrutiny.

“Leuser used her personality to capitalise on this opportunity, deceiving industry professionals and gaining a trip to New York along the way.”

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Source:: Evening Express – All articles

10 things in tech you need to know today (NFLX, BABA, AAPL, FB)

Tim Cook

Good morning! Here’s the technology news you need to know this Monday.

1. SoftBank’s investment into Uber is a done deal, according to a statement from Uber. “We’ve entered into an agreement with a consortium led by SoftBank and Dragoneer on a potential investment,” Uber said.

2. Netflix cancelled its second Louis C.K. standup special after sexual misconduct allegations. “Louis’s unprofessional and inappropriate behavior with female colleagues has led us to decide not to produce a second stand up special,” Netflix said.

3. Dyson’s electric car will have driverless elements. The car will also be completely self-made, as opposed to using parts from external companies.

4. Alibaba sold $25.3 billion (£19.3 billion) worth of goods on Singles’ Day. The 24-hour event includes everything from an interactive fashion show to virtual games.

5. Uber lost an appeal in its landmark UK case over its drivers’ employment rights. The judge upheld the decision to force Uber to treat its drivers in the UK as employees, not self-employed contractors.

6. Apple will release a software fix for iPhones that stop working in cold weather. The iPhone X has an issue where the touchscreen stops working when it gets very cold.

7. British startup Graphcore raised $50 million (£38 million) for its specialised artificial intelligence chips. Sequoia Capital lead this round of funding.

8. Reddit banned Incel, a community that advocated rape and violence against women. The group was estimated to have as many as 40,000 members.

9. Facebook is reportedly looking to create a new office over the road from Google’s London HQ. It’s keen to move into the King’s Cross area.

10. Some iPhone X units suffer from crackling speakers at high volume. It comes weeks after a similar issue happened in the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

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Source:: Business Insider

Monday 13 November 2017

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Business leaders to warn May over Brexit ‘urgency’

Theresa May will meet European business leaders today to hear their concerns about the future of UK-EU trade. Representatives from the CBI, BusinessEurope and other groups will push the case for a transitional deal that preserves the status quo after Brexit. CBI director general Carolyn Fairbairn told the BBC: “The urgency that’s shared by business across Europe is growing by the day.”

Richard Desmond to bid for National Lottery

Controversial businessman Richard Desmond plans to bid for the right to run the National Lottery, reports the Financial Times. Desmond, the owner of the Daily and Sunday Express newspapers, already runs the Health Lottery. A challenge to Camelot’s monopoly on the lottery would be the first since Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group failed to win the franchise in 2000.

Bet365 founder now Britain’s best-paid boss

The billionaire founder and boss of Bet365 paid herself £217m last year as her company made a £525m profit from a record £47bn of bets. Denise Coates, who started the gambling firm in a Portakabin in a Stoke car park 17 years ago, is now Britain’s highest-paid boss. Coates’s £199,305,000 pay is more than 1,300 times that of the prime minister. …read more

Source:: The Week – All news

Denver homeless find winter clothes lovingly hung on trees in Civic Center park

Nicole Uriona

A Denver woman and dozens of helpers repeated an annual ritual of hanging out winter clothes on trees in Civic Center park on Sunday, continuing her “Take This and Keep Warm” campaign to help the homeless despite a tragedy that almost caused her to quit.

When Nicole Uriona began the campaign three years ago, she was inspired by her father, Craig Uriona, who had been homeless for 13 years.

Bruce Finley, The Denver PostNicole Uriona

The idea was to help him and others on Denver’s streets as temperatures dip and public space shrinks. She used Facebook, soliciting donated clothing and rallying volunteers — there were 80 this time — and then draping items on tree branches. A name tag-sized note attached to each piece of clothing read: “I am not lost. If you find yourself stuck out in the cold, please take me and keep warm.” The volunteers this year also prepared packs of personal care items such as soap and toothpaste.

“I knew his struggle, how it was,” said Uriona, 33, a structural designer for a Denver engineering firm. “He was in a shelter when I started it.”

An estimated 300 Denver residents struggling to get by, most of them homeless, benefited on Sunday. Down coats went fastest, followed by the hygiene kits. Knit scarves and gloves also proved popular, even if the gloves didn’t match.

It was one of a growing number of small-scale aid efforts happening in Civic Center park, where Denver police say heroin use is rampant. Two officers patrolling the park Sunday checked an elderly man slumped against a tree trunk, aiming a small flashlight at his pupils, to make sure he didn’t need emergency attention. A park ranger also patrolled.

Church groups sometimes hand out food near the art museum and library, but Uriona said her effort is not part …read more

Source:: The Denver Post