Posted: July 23rd, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: CRIME!, CRIME! | Tags: Australia, CRIME, Hitman sms | Comments Off
Police around Australia are investigating a series of text messages in which it is claimed a hitman will kill the recipient if they do not pay out $5,000 The message says the texter has been hired to kill the owner of the phone and demands the cash be sent to an online account. It warns the phone user not to contact the police.
Police in South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia are investigating the hitman text scam, while authorities in New South Wales say they are looking into a number of threatening texts. Police believe the message has been generated from an international account and say there is no credibility to the threats. They have urged people, however, not to reply by text or email.
“We’re just advising people not to be alarmed by it,” said WA Police spokeswoman Susan Usher. ”The best thing to do is delete the message, don’t pay any money, it’s really not something to contact police about.”
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s scam watch service has received about 100 reports so far today. Officials in NSW say they have been inundated with phone calls about threatening texts. Police say it has caused a major increase in calls to the 000 emergency phone line and to local police stations.
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Posted: July 23rd, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Business News | Tags: $32 Trillion, Business Economics and Finance, Hiding Wealth, Tax Evasion, Tax Havens, Wealth | Comments Off
Up to $280bn is lost in tax revenues as wealthy individuals park financial assets in offshore tax havens. Rich individuals and their families have as much as $32 trillion of hidden financial assets in offshore tax havens, representing a huge bundle of lost income tax revenues, according to research published on Sunday.
The study estimating the extent of global private financial wealth held in offshore accounts – excluding non-financial assets such as real estate, gold, yachts and racehorses – puts the sum at between $21 and $32 trillion. A new report has found that as much as $US21 trillion is being held in offshore tax havens around the world, the worlds top ten banks - including UBS – are apparently out front in this game.
“What’s shocking is that some of the world’s biggest banks are up to their eyeballs in helping their clients evade taxes and shift their wealth offshore.” John Christensen, the Tax Justice Network told al Jazeera :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 23rd, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: BLOGGING | Tags: An Angel At My table, Crazy Lazy Sunday, film, Jane Campion, Janet Frame, New Zealand, Stuart Dryburgh | Comments Off
I’ve just re-watched An Angel At My Table, Jane Campion’s stunning biopic of New Zealand writer Janet Frame. I saw the movie in 1990, at it’s cinematic realease, and loved it. I have a slightly different take this second time around, caught nuances that slipped straight by the mid twenties version of myself.
It’s not a largely known fact – possibly because I don’t have a tongue tangled accent – but I was born in New Zealand, raised in the docile arms of that most passive of nations until I was 11.
And thats what I got from Campion’s movie, the pace, the calming colours and temperament are unbelievably captured. The cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh is astoundingly beautiful, and quite specificaly New Zealand, no other land has this green green grass and blue sky combination :: Read the full article »»»»