Monday, December 31, 2018
Saturday, December 29, 2018
Money Talks... But It Doesn’t Necessarily Tell The Truth, The Whole Truth And Nothing But The Truth.
We have had active bodies prostituting themselves, such as the IEA, which at that time was chaired by Linda Whetstone, mother of Rachel, one time Uber executive. They made a video, staring young women, calling for even more deregulation, and consciously telling other young females to use Uber, even though they were totally aware of the statistics tegarding Uber driver rape and sexual assault.
They shamed themselves and betrayed their sisters for money.
And now it’s all going Pete Tong again for the IEA, as members start leaving over new revelations.
Is the train ride running out of gravy?If it's irrelevant, why is it such a big secret?
Recent reports by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA)have been pushing back a crackdown on tax havens funded by Jersey-based banks. (Source Unearthed)
The IEA used the report to try to persuade a cabinet minister not to increase regulations on Jersey and Guernsey offshore financial centres, according to its director general Mark Littlewood.
Jersey Finance, which represents the island’s banking sector and is part-funded by the States of Jersey Government, funded a June 2018 report called "Offshore Bet: The benefits of capital mobility", that argued against increased regulation of offshore financial centres.
The IEA’s director general Mark Littlewood handed a copy of the ‘Offshore Bet’ report to an Unearthed undercover reporter during a meeting at the IEA’s offices last month and described how the report has been disseminated by the IEA:
"So we’re not lobbyists...we will tend to frame the argument and then say you know, so here is our paper on X and then we promulgate that argument endlessly and repetitively.
I think I’ve given you the paper on offshore tax havens that, will then frame every debate and discussion we go to, about why we shouldn’t be shutting down Jersey and Guernsey as offshore centres, how valuable they provides the ammunition."
"Some of it went straight to cabinet minister, if you can sit down with a cabinet minister and persuade him over the table to change policy immediately hoorah...but a lot of it is longer term informing Ads, getting it in the media you know, big article in the Daily Telegraph saying why don’t we do X."
Jersey Finance has been open about its support for the ‘Offshore Bet’ report. The IEA does not reveal its sources of funding as a matter of policy.
Molly Scott Cato, a Green Party MEP, told has publicly said: "It’s shocking that the IEA was given money to produce a report arguing in favour of tax havens by banks headquartered in tax havens. Such reports are cited in support of low-tax policies by many who fail to understand their true source."
Friday, December 28, 2018
Monday, December 24, 2018
FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR FUTURE, PLEASE READ THIS
Good morning everyone.
This is probably the last chance we have here at Taxi Leaks, to promote what we feel is your chance to safeguard your own future.
We apologise for bleating on about the Chris Johnson Employment tribunal, but this case has far reaching consequences for our trade’s future.
We are greatly disappointed that the orgs/associations have decided not to official support this case.
It shows the alleged depth of involvement that some of our trade representatives have with the things that are eroding our industry.
If you are happy to work the corporate apps, ask yourself...will you also be happy to be removed from the app for refusing to cover a job or refusing to do fixes prices, or possibly for not doing enough hours on their platforms?
This is why Chris Johnson’s case is SO important.
Whether you use the apps or not, it will still affect everyone of us, and that is a fact.
We’ve put information on Taxi Leaks multiple times regarding Chris’s "crowdfunding" page with the link to contribute... but we still need your help to see this through.
As we are not representative (just informative) we do not carry the same traction in terms of respectability or recognition, particularly from people within the platforms we normally post to...but it doesn’t stop us from asking for your to support.
We’ve seen the new wave of apps coming forward which aim to combine Taxi and Private Hire into a one tier service, is this the future you really want?
Remember it will affect you whether you see it as your responsibility or not...Chris Johnson is highlighting this on all of our behalf’s.
Chris is £1615.00 short with 5 days to go, please help get this over the line if you can.
Please don’t leave it thinking someone else will do it because that is where the trade trips up again and again.
You have just 4 days left over this festive period to protect and safeguard your future.
WE HAVE POSTED THE LINK FOR THE CROWDFUNDING PAGE AGAIN BELOW:
THANK YOU ALL AND MERRY CHRISTMAS.
Saturday, December 22, 2018
Taxi driver who helped save man threatening to jump from bridge says 'if I'd not stopped I would have never forgiven myself'
A taxi driver who stopped a man from throwing himself off a bridge said he would have 'never forgiven himself' if he hadn't pulled over to help.
AJ Singh, 25, was driving along the A666 in Bolton when he noticed a man standing on the wrong side of the railings.
AJ, who was driving home after dropping a customer off, pulled off the dual carriageway and talked with the man for around an hour.
The young taxi driver said other members of the public stopped to help too, and eventually coaxed the man back to safety.
AJ, from Altrincham, said: "I was just about to join the motorway when I noticed a man on the wrong side of the bridge.
"I put my hazard lights on and went over to him. My main worry was that he was going to fall off the bridge and into the path of an oncoming car.
"While I was speaking to him some other members of the public came over and they rang the police.
"I just kept talking to him. It's a shame it had got to that stage. I felt like the system had let him down.
"He was obviously in a really dark place, and it was scary to see somebody in that position.
"I just thought this man is somebody's loved one. I felt that could relate to him. I have family and friends who have had mental health problems. If I hadn't pulled over, I wouldn't have been able to forgive myself.
"At one stage I thought he was going to jump but eventually we managed to get him to come back and we pulled him over the barrier."
Police in Bolton praised AJ and the rest of the group for their actions on Thursday.
The man, believed to be in his 30s, was taken to hospital to be assessed by mental health workers.
In a message posted on the GMP Bolton page, officers said: "A massive thank you to those unsung heroes who helped to save the young man.
"Hopefully he will get the help he needs."
Source : Manchester Evening News
TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT : Don't Suffer Alone.
Childline (0800 1111 ) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.
PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
Depression Alliance is a charity for people with depression. It doesn’t have a helpline, but offers a wide range of useful resources and links to other relevant information. http://www.depressionalliance.org/
Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts. Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying. http://studentsagainstdepression.org/
The Sanctuary (0300 003 7029) helps people who are struggling to cope - experiencing depression, anxiety, panic attacks or in crisis. You can call them between 8pm and 6am every night.operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Friday, December 21, 2018
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
White van man is being offered a reprieve from daily pollution charges of £12.50 under plans to improve air quality with a vehicle scrappage scheme.
Small businesses employing fewer than ten people will be able to apply for a grant to help them to switch from a diesel van with high emissions to one of the cleanest new models.
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, announced the £23 million scrappage scheme after being accused of threatening the viability of small businesses under plans to introduce an ultra-low emission zone in central London on April 8 next year.
Pre-2016 diesel vans and cars that do not meet the latest European emissions standards will have to pay £12.50 a day to drive in central London.
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The Tory's have said that this will be seen as Sadiq Khan's Poll Tax and we could see riots with the backlash from thousands of angry drivers and small businesses.
The Mayor has chosen this morning, just ahead of the Christmas break to try and bury his really bad news for the trade, a ‘kick in the teeth’.
This is the Mayor’s Christmas present for the cab trade.
In the coming New Year, he will be consulting on reducing the taxi age limit to 12 years on all but the new electric, LPG and the latest Euro VI diesel cabs (roughly 65 plates and later)!
Now although the wording is consulting on reducing, we all know that this is just another done deal. With certain people who have financial interests in selling the TXe rubbing their hands.
To add insult to injury Khan will also be announcing that he no longer has control of the £40 million he assured us was ‘Ring Fenced’ to assist the trade to purchase the new electric cabs.
Apparently, he has somehow ‘lost’ £22 million, and now only has £18 million left!
Amazingly, none of the £1bn budget set aside for cycle lanes and Taxi exemption signs has “gone missing”.
Question of the day....HOW DO YOU LOSE £22 MILLION ?
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And now for the good news....after meeting with Mike Brown and Chris Grayling, Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has given his permission for Uber and other PH drivers to be charged congestion charges. This allegedly on the understanding that Uber minibuses will be allowed to use all bus lanes and restricted right and left turns.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
New Taxicard Contract A Disgrace : Users Protest As Free Journeys Decrease. Councillor Blames Government Funding.
Users of the ‘Taxicard’ service in Harrow handed in a petition at the borough’s civic centre on Monday – International Day of Disabled People – criticising the low number of journeys they are entitled to.
Harrow Council now offers just 40 free trips a year which, as the protesters pointed out, equates to less than one return journey every two weeks.
It is one of the lowest in London and, by contrast, neighbouring Hillingdon Council provides 104 annual journeys.
Adam Gabsi, vice-chairman of Harrow Association of Disabled People (HAD), organised the march to the Civic Centre alongside several other charities.
He said: “The council needs to speak to the very people that they are affecting to understand what impact their decisions are having on people’s physical and mental health.
“Disabled people want equality, justice and the freedom to live. The Taxicard scheme helps to facilitate this and should not have been cut.”
He added that blaming austerity for the cuts is an “excuse” and urged the council to come up with “innovative ideas” to help plug any funding gaps.
Nigel Long, chief executive of HAD, believes there is “room for manoeuvre” on the Taxicard issue and hopes to see the number of journeys at least doubled.
“We are sympathetic to the council’s financial situation, but disabled people should not have to bear the brunt of austerity,” he said.
“It seems as if they have taken the soft option and they have let disabled people in the borough down.”
Cllr Adam Swersky, who is responsible for finance at Harrow Council, agreed that it is important to find alternative sources but said it is impossible to ignore the impact of reduced government funding.
He said: “This is a symbol of how long austerity has been going on for. We’ve been facing cuts year-on-year and so, in that respect, things are only getting worse.
“These things affect the people who need our support the most, and that is why we are fighting for fairer funding in Harrow.”
He explained that the demand for adult social care does not meet the council’s budget and, as a result, it needs “as much help as possible” from outside bodies.
And he promised to work with HAD and other charities in the borough to see how they can move forward together.
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Funding for disabled cut, yet the Mayor found £1bn to fund cycle lanes which have crippled businesses all over London
DONT FORGET, JANUARY 2019 ....WHERE BUSES GO, TAXIS GO PROTESTS
Supported by ITA, LCDC, RMT, DDD and MM
Dates and venues will be posted in the New Year.
The country filed the first criminal charges against the U.S. bank in the global corruption probe on Monday, after publicly urging Goldman to come to the negotiating table or face litigation. The firm already is in the thick of investigations by U.S. prosecutors and regulators over Goldman’s conduct in the controversy.
Malaysian authorities allege that Goldman misled investors when the bank knew that proceeds from 1MDB bond sales it arranged would be misappropriated. The government is seeking fines in excess of both the $2.7 billion of allegedly misused funds and the $600 million in fees received by Goldman on the deals. Goldman has blamed rogue employees for any wrongdoing in relation to 1MDB, a state-owned investment fund.
"Their fraud goes to the heart of our capital markets," Malaysian Attorney General Tommy Thomas said in a statement announcing the charges. "If no criminal proceedings are instituted against the accused, their undermining of our financial system and market integrity will go unpunished."
Goldman Sachs’s role in raising about $6.5 billion for 1MDB in 2012 and 2013 has evolved into its thorniest scandal since the global financial crisis a decade ago triggered a public backlash against banks. Former Goldman partner Tim Leissner has pleaded guilty to U.S. bribery charges and his former deputy, Roger Ng, was arrested in Malaysia. And one of its senior investment bankers in Asia has been put on leave after being referenced in charging documents.
Along with targeting the firm, Malaysia filed related charges against Leissner and Ng, as well as former 1MDB employee Jasmine Loo Ai Swan and fugitive financier Low Taek Jho.
The indictment focuses on circulars and memoranda that Goldman prepared for the 1MDB bonds, saying that they contained statements that were false or misleading or both. Malaysia is pursuing the claim on the basis that the relevant bond documents were sent to the regulator in its offshore banking haven in Labuan, and therefore were covered by its securities law, Thomas said in the statement.
Malaysia is filing the charges against three of the bank’s units -- Goldman Sachs International (UK), Goldman Sachs (Singapore) and Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC -- the Edge newspaper reported, citing charge sheets from the Kuala Lumpur court.
"The criminal charges of this nature are grave, and it goes to the core of Goldman’s business as an investment bank," said Nizam Ismail, a partner at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP in Singapore. "If the outcome of the case results in a criminal conviction against the bank, there are potentially severe reputational and financial risks to the bank, as well as the bank’s standing as a licensed financial institution with regulators worldwide."
Officials in Malaysia had previously said they were seeking a full refund from Goldman Sachs for the fees it received for the 1MDB bond sales. The $600 million Goldman earned from the bond issues dwarfed what banks typically make from government deals.
Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho, the alleged mastermind of the schemes to siphon billions of dollars from 1MDB, was also charged in absentia in the U.S. He was accused of conspiring with Ng, then a Goldman Sachs banker, to launder billions of dollars embezzled from 1MDB, known formally as 1Malaysia Development Bhd.
A spokesman for Low issued a statement from his attorneys that he maintained his innocence.
The Federal Reserve, meanwhile, is ramping up an investigation into how executives dodged the bank’s internal controls while helping Malaysian authorities raise the money, people briefed on the matter said late last month. The probe examines the actions of Goldman Sachs as well as individuals and has been gaining momentum, the people said, asking not to be identified because the inquiry is confidential.
Leissner’s guilty plea suggests he’s helping U.S. authorities with their investigation of the bank. Other regulators are examining if its conduct points to a broader pattern of prioritizing lucrative business deals at the expense of following rigorous compliance standards.
And two Abu Dhabi funds -- International Petroleum Investment Co. and Aabar Investments -- have also filed a civil suita gainst Goldman Sachs in New York, seeking damages for alleged fraud in connection with embezzlement at 1MDB.
Source : Bloomberg
Monday, December 17, 2018
Two crooning black cab drivers from Islington have released a Christmas single about being in love.
Joe Cartwright, 49, and Jon Cox, 50, have written and produced their track Christmas Just Ain’t Christmas Without You from their studio space at Parkhurst Road’s Islington Arts Factory.
The festive tune features backing vocals courtesy from a True Stars Academy Theatre School choir, run by the Eastenders actor and anti-knife crime campaigner Brooke Kinsella.
"It’s a song that can be universal, said Joe. "So it doesn’t matter if you’re in Afganistan or away on an oil rig, because it just encapsulates the feeling of love for another person."
Jon, who grew up in Clerkenwell, told the Gazette: "I’m very excited to write this song because it’s an emotional time of year and if our song becomes part of that I’ll be happy."
You can listen to the track on Spotify or iTunes.
Source : Islington Gazette.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
The Federal Court of Justice, handing down a final decision, upheld lower-court rulings in favor of a complaint brought by a Berlin taxi business that the so-called Uber Black service had violated German laws governing car rentals.
Responding to the judgment, Uber said it had taken Uber Black out of service in 2014, adding that the services it now operates in four German cities complied with the law.
“This ruling has no impact on our current services in Germany as we changed our operating model more than four years ago,” the company said in a statement.
“We will continue to engage with local stakeholders as we develop services that address Germany’s growing transportation needs and shape the future of urban mobility in a responsible way.”
Uber, which could fetch a valuation of $120 billion when it floats next year in what would be the biggest stock market listing by a tech startup, has had a series of run-ins with regulators, courts and drivers around the world.
In Britain, the company has fought a long-running court battle over whether its drivers should be given workers’ rights, including a minimum wage. The company argues that drivers are self-employed.
In the German case, two lower courts had banned the Uber Black service based on the complaint brought by a Berlin taxi operator, Richard Leipold.
He had argued that its operations should be covered by laws covering car rentals. These require a car to return to its base after each trip and for trips to be awarded by a dispatcher.
Taxis, by contrast, can accept orders directly.
Uber now offers its services in four German cities - Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and Duesseldorf - and says it is in full compliance with German laws.
Its Uber X service operates in partnership with car rental companies whose drivers hold a license to carry passengers, a company spokesman said. Its UberTaxi service functions as a regular taxi service.
Establishing an important principle, the Federal Court found that Uber was subject to German transportation laws, dismissing arguments that European Union rules governing the provision of services should apply.
Lisson Grove Muggings Escalate : Police Have The Tools, So When Are They Going To Use Them? by Tony Casey
The police keep saying we need more drivers to report these crimes.
So I have been doing just that.
I have also written again to my own local MP, Frank Manning.
I have been working alongside the neighbourhood police teams and local MP’s for the Maida Vale and Harrow Road areas for some time, yet it is now even worse than ever.
Recently four muggers were arrested at their homes and their premises searched. Unfortunately for us, they are now back out on the street and are continuing to rob unsuspecting drivers.
Perhaps they believe we are all holding bundles of cash because of the christmas period.
The muggings have now become increasingly violent and our biggest fear is that a driver could eventually be seriously injured or even killed.
London Taxi Radio Interview with mugging victim Laurence.
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They have the intel, they have the tools...so when are hey going to use them?
During our recent show of strength of feeling towards TfL’s recent consultation about the closure of tooley street, Met police sent out two licensed taxi's complete with ID cards containing undercover police officers who mingling with the Taxi protesters, using hidden body cameras to try to identify the ring leaders.
The met police have currently 3 Taxis in their under covet fleet fully plated etc.
Why have'nt these vehicles been deployed around Lisson grove and Harrow Road?
Perhaps they are still awaiting a response on a risk assessment.
TfL’s enforcement officers have been using a vauxhall zafira with minicab indentifiers complete with blues and two's and ANPR cameras.
The police have no excuses to solving violent crime ,they have the tools, vehicles to get the job done, but appear to be holding back.
Mayor Sadiq Khan needs to divert money away from the vanity fountain fund and cycle super highways to fight crime and prevent further violence towards Cabbies which could eventually resort in murder.