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The Koyal Group Private Training Services: ‘It defies belief’: Snowden condemns UK’s new surveillance bill

NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, has denounced the UK’s emergency surveillance bill, criticizing the distinct lack of public debate it encompassed and its heightened powers of intrusion.

During an exclusive interview in Moscow with the Guardian, the whistleblower suggested it was highly unusual for a state to process legislation so hastily other than at a time of acutely endangered national security.

"I mean we don’t have bombs falling. We don’t have U-boats in the harbour”, he emphasised. Yet suddenly this legislation has become an absolute priority. "It defies belief", he said.

Snowden found the duress with which the UK government processed the Data Retention and Investigation Powers Bill to be remarkable, comparing it to the Bush administration’s introduction of the Protect America Act in 2007. The Protect America Act was issued after the New York Times exposed a “warrantless wire-tapping programme” that was both illegal and “unconstitutional”, he stated.

The UK government claims Britain’s emergency bill will preserve UK law enforcement and intelligence agencies’ access to data that is vital for “protecting national security and preventing serious crime.” According to Snowden, the case the US administration built to justify the Protection of America Act is notably similar.

"I mean the NSA could have written this draft…They passed it under the same sort of emergency justification. They said we would be at risk. They said companies will no longer cooperate with us", he observed.

Westminster’s rhetoric of UK intelligence services’ diminished investigative powers in the face of potential terror threats is certainly reminiscent of the Bush administration’s 2007 claims. As Snowden notes, both governments cited intelligence services’ waning assistance from communications companies in a climate of looming terrorist threats as requiring swift and decisive action.

And like Britain’s emergency surveillance legislation, the US’ Protection of America Act 2007 was enacted in the absence of fair and open public debate.

Snowden’s observations reflect the concerns of myriad UK civil liberties groups who are acutely skeptical of the coalition’s claims that the bill will not adversely compromise the privacy rights of Britons.

In an effort to secure cross-party backing from Labour and the Liberal Democrats, Prime Minister David Cameron vowed the legislation would not entail an extension of the state’s surveillance powers. But according to the Guardian, internal Home Office documents appear to indicate that British authorities’ surveillance powers will be expanded.

During his interview – a rare occurrence since he secured asylum in Russia almost a year ago - Snowden commented that the UK’s emergency legislation marked “a significant change” in Britain’s surveillance landscape. He also questioned why the UK government were pushing the bill through shortly after a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling confirmed existing surveillance measures were overly intrusive.

"If these surveillance authorities are…so invasive the courts are actually saying they violate fundamental rights, do we really want to authorize them on a new, increased and more intrusive scale without any public debate?”

Reflecting on a year-long government silence following his exposure of the depth and scale of NSA-GCHQ oversight, Snowden stated that Britain’s new surveillance legislation effectively “looks like it was written by the National Security Agency”.

The UK government has justified the new legislation on the grounds of feared terrorist activities emanating from an alleged Al-Qaida member in Yemen who is linked to fundamentalist Islamist groups in Iraq and Syria.

The Tories deny the bill raises privacy concerns, stating it does not necessitate public debate. Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats have demonstrated hesitance in contributing to public debate on the matter, perhaps fearful of repercussions they might endure were a terrorist attack to occur.

Despite having expert knowledge of surveillance and the cross-border agencies that sustain it, Snowden’s comments are unlikely to phase many UK parliamentarians. While his revelations previously sparked inquiries waged by two separate parliamentary committees, the privacy rights advocate is yet to garner vocal support among UK MPs.

Campaigners opposed to the UK’s new surveillance bill argue it contains unprecedented power for Britain to demand foreign companies comply with warrants for interception. It also increases the British government’s leverage to acquire sensitive communications data, they caution.

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The Koyal Group Private Training Services - Secret Technology Tracks Private Phones

TAMPA — When searching for dangerous criminals or missing crime victims, police have a covert weapon that can zero in on cellphones by pretending to be a signal tower.

The secret technology, often called Stingray, tricks mobile phones into communicating with investigators’ equipment.

Not all agencies use the expensive technology, which is at the center of a devisive debate.

It can gather information about cellphone use by anyone, innocent people as well as investigative targets, within its range.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says it has used the “cell site simulator” equipment about 1,800 times since 2000.

Tampa police do not possess the technology, but a spokeswoman says the department has asked its law enforcement partners to borrow theirs in dozens of investigations during the past few years.

One case was the manhunt in June 2010 for Dontae Morris, recently sentenced to death for shooting to death two Tampa police officers during a traffic stop.

The equipment did not locate Morris, said police spokeswoman Laura McElroy.

The department has turned to its partners to help “track down our most dangerous criminals” as well as missing children, McElroy said.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment on the covert technology, although the American Civil Liberties Union, a chief critic of the equipment’s use, says the agency is among many to sign an agreement with FDLE allowing the sheriff’s office to borrow it.

Clearwater police have also signed an agreement for borrowing the technology, the ACLU said, but police spokesman Rob Shaw said the department has not used it.

An FDLE spokeswoman said the agency doesn’t loan out the equipment but allows it to be “used jointly” by FDLE task force partners.

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The ACLU has tracked use of the technology and uncovered what it calls potential abuses across the country, including law enforcement agencies that have lied to or misled judges about use of the equipment.

Florida is one of about 14 states where state or local law enforcement are known to use the cell site simulators, the ACLU says, along with about a dozen federal agencies including the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and National Security Agency.

According to the ACLU, the equipment comes in a number of sizes, some handheld and some as big as a small suitcase, suitable for mounting in a car. Their signal ranges can be up to about a mile.

ACLU attorney Nathan Wessler said it’s possible investigators operating the equipment may not see bystanders’ phone information even though the equipment is capable of capturing it.

Stingray sends signals mimicking those sent by cellphone towers, forcing mobile phones within range to respond with information, including electronic serial numbers and locations.

“It’s sending signals through the walls of private homes and offices, forcing phones to report back their location,” Wessler said. “When you know a phone’s location, you almost always know a person’s location.”

There has been no evidence the equipment can intercept the contents of cellphone communications, such as conversations or texts, Wessler said.

Federal agencies’ use of the technology has been known for years, Wessler said. Use by local and state law enforcement was revealed only recently.

A key question, Wessler said, is whether the devices keep information obtained from the cellphones of people who are not investigation targets.

“We still don’t know the answer to that,” he said. “This is one of the most important pieces of information they should be making public for the public to understand whether their privacy rights are being violated, but we just don’t know.”

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FDLE uses the technology only when authorized by a court, spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said.

“FDLE does not use this technology to eavesdrop on conversations, read text messages, access emails or examine private data,” Plessinger said. “We do not collect or retain information from citizens who are not subjects of an investigation.”

But Plessinger could not produce any court document specifically authorizing use of the equipment. She said court orders are sealed and could not be released.

Wessler said FDLE and other agencies have failed to make available any policy governing the use and storage of information from people who aren’t targets, which suggests no such policy exists, he said.

Plessinger said the state’s laws governing this kind of information are “narrow in scope.” She said there’s no policy relating to innocent bystanders’ information because none is collected.

The equipment has been used to locate people wanted in homicide, home invasion and sexual battery investigations as well as missing children, she said.

The FBI declined to discuss the technology but did provide an affidavit filed in Tucson, Arizona, by a supervisory special agent who says details about the use of the equipment and how it works are not disclosed because they are considered sensitive.

Disclosure would enable criminals and foreign powers to create countermeasures, the affidavit states, and would “completely disarm law enforcement’s ability to obtain technology-based surveillance data in criminal investigations.”

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The FBI says the technology is so sensitive that information the agency maintains about it is exempt from court rules requiring prosecutors to share information with defense lawyers.

Wessler said the ACLU has filed at least 37 records requests with law enforcement agencies in Florida and has determined that three local departments, in addition to FDLE, have the equipment. Those departments are in Miami, Miami-Dade and Sunrise.

Wessler said 15 departments have either provided no records or have told the ACLU they don’t use the equipment.

Police departments in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, as well as the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, said they didn’t have any relevant records. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office was still searching for records.

The ACLU is challenging the Sarasota Police Department over the equipment in a case recently moved to federal court in Tampa. The ACLU filed a public records request for applications and state court orders related to the use of the devices.

Sarasota police initially agreed to provide the records, but before they could, U.S. marshals seized the documents, saying they had been created by officers serving on a federal task force. A state judge later said the court had no jurisdiction over what were deemed to be federal records.

The ACLU insists they are not federal records because they were prepared by state employees for use in state court.

“Nowhere else do we have this crazy situation where a federal agency swoops in and seizes the records,” Wessler said.

The ACLU did obtain what Wessler called a “smoking gun” in the form of Sarasota police emails showing police deliberately conceal use of the equipment from judges.

In the emails, Sarasota Sgt. Kenneth Castro says North Port Police had specifically described the technology in a court document. The sergeant asks North Port to either change the document or at least change procedure so that wouldn’t happen again.

The email says use of the equipment has not been revealed “so that we may continue to utilize this technology without the knowledge of the criminal element. In reports or depositions, we simply refer to the assistance as ‘received information from a confidential source regarding the location of the suspect.’ North Port responded that it can’t change the court affidavit but will submit an addendum. The department pledges not to refer to the specific technology in future documents.

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Wessler said his organization also has uncovered emails from federal prosecutors in California showing magistrates discovered investigators used the cell simulators after obtaining warrants to use pen registers and trap and trace devices, which record only the phone numbers that make and receive calls to and from a particular phone.

Warrants for that technology require a relatively low threshold of evidence because the information it gathers is much more limited than what is collected by cellphone simulators, Wessler said.

The magistrates, Wessler said, had “no idea” they were authorizing the cell site simulators when they signed the orders.

The ACLU recently won a court victory in Tallahassee when a judge unsealed a transcript of a 2008 hearing in which a Tallahassee police investigator discussed using the equipment to track a rape suspect after the victim informed detectives the attacker had taken her cellphone.

During that hearing, the prosecutor told the judge the courtroom needed to be closed because the investigator had signed a nondisclosure agreement with the equipment manufacturer.

The maker, Harris Corp., based in Melbourne, declined to comment for this story.

According to records obtained by the ACLU, FDLE has purchased more than $3 million worth of cell site simulators from Harris since 2008. Wessler said each device can cost tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Tallahassee court transcript provides a rare glimpse into how the equipment was used in a particular case. Investigator Christopher Corbitt testified he underwent six days of training from the manufacturer.

Corbitt said police contacted the victim’s cellphone provider, Verizon, which gave police information about the location of the cell tower the phone was communicating with. By emulating a cellphone tower with the equipment, Corbitt said, “we force that (cellphone) to register with us.”

Corbitt said he used a car-mounted device to follow the signals to a particular apartment complex and then used a handheld device, walking from door to door in the complex, pointing it at every apartment until the victim’s phone was found.

Wessler said it was particularly alarming that Corbitt said the equipment was “evaluating all the handsets in the area” to find the phone police were seeking.

This, he said, shows that innocent bystanders’ information is captured.

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The Koyal Group Private Training Services: Bringing the fraudsters to book

How one company is helping Thai businesses battle a problem that costs billions of baht every year

A car parts manufacturer in Thailand was puzzled when it found that despite turnover increasing substantially, there was a mysterious decline in profits.

When Vorapong Sutanont and his financial forensics team at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) were asked to look into the case, they performed an investigation based on the suspicion that this notable imbalance was due to fraud.

The team pulled hard disk drives from company PCs and searched emails between factory employees, reviewed accounting transactions and company records such as invoices and receipts, matching up purchase orders with actual material on the ground, and conducted interviews with suspects and employees.

“What we found was actually much greater than what was even suspected by the company”, Mr Vorapong said.

THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY

In today’s corporate environment, everything is stored electronically, and disk drives are a crucial part of any investigation.

Up to six people usually occupy PwC’s computer forensics laboratory on the 17th floor of Bangkok City Tower on Sathon Road, which was empty when Spectrum paid a visit last week as the staff were in Hong Kong for a two-week data analysis training course.

Equipped with notebook PCs and servers, the room also contains a 45 by 60cm black briefcase made of hardened plastic composite.

The computer forensics team preserves, extracts and recovers electronically stored information and uses it to gather evidence. This is done using special hardware and software - the same as used by the FBI in the US - through digital forensic procedures called electronic discovery, which allows the production of an exact replica of a disk drive for analysis.

Weighing 10kg, PwC staff sometimes take the briefcase containing the e-discovery tools to clients’ offices, working from 4pm, through the night to the next morning. When they are allowed to take the hardware back to their computer forensics laboratory, they will often say they are conducting a software licence audit or a procurement process upgrade to prevent raising suspicions among their clients’ employees.

"We need this kind of technology to go through hundreds of millions of transactions in a day," Mr Vorapong said, referring to cases involving banks"

After earning a degree in information systems at Indiana University’s business school, 37-year-old Mr Vorapong joined PwC in the US in 2002 as an associate. When Mr Vorapong returned to Thailand in 2009, he helped set up computer forensic services for PwC here. The current team consists of technologists, ex-journalists, people who understand business processes, accountants and information security people.

The world’s second-largest professional services network as measured by 2013 revenues, PwC is one of the Big Four auditors, along with Deloitte, Ernst & Young and KPMG.

“People often ask how is it possible there could be fraud if a company’s accounts are audited, and the answer is a regular audit is based on disclosure. As a result, the audit is done on a sampling basis,” said Mr Vorapong, who climbed the company’s ranks and became a partner two years ago. “A forensic adult is very different.”

THE CAN OF WORMS

The team investigating the car parts manufacturer discovered that one of the key managers actually owned a supplier the company used, which set off alarm bells.

After requesting corporate registration documents from the Commerce Ministry, the team went through the shareholder and director information and cross-checked it against the names of employees at the car parts company to discover if any of the employees were listed as directors or shareholders.

A check on market prices for the raw material (which we were asked not to name for reasons of confidentiality) supplied by the manager’s company found that he had inflated his prices by 30-45%.

Through the search of company emails, the team found that another of the company’s managers was having a romantic relationship with one of the owners of the producer of the raw material. The team also found evidence of payments going from certain suppliers to key employees in the factory.

“The reason this wasn’t detected is that part of that money was given to employees to keep their mouths shut,” said George McLeod, a manager of corporate investigations who took part in the case last year.

In addtion, it was also discovered that rather than using a proper tendering process to find a company to provide building services, one of the directors had set up their own building company that was given the work, resulting in higher costs.

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The Koyal Group Private Training Services: 30 Day Sharp Shooter

30 Day Sharp Shooter promises it can improve people’s shooting technique and give them a good chance of protecting themselves in any situation. This has caught the attention of GentlemensUniversity.com’s Stan Stevenson, prompting an investigative review.

"Our 30 Day Sharp Shooter review shows that it contains tips and techniques not widely known among the public that Jason learned in his career. It will help you improve your accuracy when shooting," reports Stevenson. "Whether you are a beginner or have shot thousands of rounds, this course could benefit you. If you are a beginner, you will learn how to shoot with accuracy and confidence, plus get a ton of knowledge about gun safety, storage, and usage. If you have been shooting for a while, but don’t feel completely confident in your shooting, then you will learn how to shoot with greater accuracy and greater confidence."

First, 30 Day Sharp Shooter teaches one a trigger control secret, which is the most important part of becoming a confident and accurate shooter, and it sets the foundation for the rest of the 30 days. Jason has included pictures to really give people insight into the technique. They will get some training that they can do from their home, such as the ‘blank panel drill’, which doesn’t involve any ammunition, but still improves their accuracy. Every day during the month, they will get a drill to practice that will improve their shooting.

"From a professionally trained shooter, this defensive pistol course that improves shot accuracy is available for a fraction of the price that you would have to pay in person. You can also learn everything about keeping a concealed gun with the bonus book. During the week, the drills require no ammunition, and during the weekend, the drills are live-fire drills that will require you to head out to the shooting range.," says Stevenson. "Broken down into 30 days to allow you to focus on each drill and master it, you get instant access to the fun and informative guide and the bonus material. You will also improve your shooting so much that you will be confident in a dangerous situation."

"30 Day Sharp Shooter review is a great guide for anyone who owns a gun, but doesn’t have the confidence to use it accurately in any situation. Only people who have been learning every technique possible would already know all the information contained in this guide. ‘The big secret’ is advanced techniques that not many people know. Anyone who wants to gain confidence with their gun and shooting will benefit from the guide and the bonus book included. The program does exactly what the title promises; it teaches you to be a sharp shooter in 30 days."

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The Koyal Group Private Training Services on Fraud investigation tips from Deloitte's Mike Little

The Koyal Group Private Training Services: Tips and Tools for Insurance Fraud Investigations

Technology and social media are great tools used to investigate insurance fraud, according to expert panelists who spoke at the recent Risk and Insurance Management Society conference in Denver.

Susan LaBar, a risk manager for the bus company Coach USA/Megabus, and Scott Catron, senior vice president of Titan Investigative Alliance, provided tips for adjusters investigating suspected insurance fraud.

LaBar said she regularly gathers comprehensive information on both workers’ compensation and general liability claims. When a claim occurs, LaBar requests a detailed, five page report. It contains requests for nicknames, email addresses, hobbies, children’s names and hobbies, work history, college information and even pet information. This information helps when it comes time to conduct an internet and social media background investigation.

Catron discussed several technologies currently utilized in claims investigations. These include 3 D laser scanning, cross referencing multiple databases, mapping claims, remote surveillance and GPS and black boxes. He provided an example where mapping claims helped him discover two claimants that lived on the same street. This helped him when it came time to set up surveillance of the claimants.

Used to monitor vehicles, GPS and black boxes can be can be programmed to provide tire and off route alerts, according to LaBar. In addition, she said they can help verify whether or not a bus was in an area that a claimant claims an accident occurred. She added that buses outfitted with surveillance cameras can document hop-ons, claimants who hop on to a bus after a crash and claim an injury.

Catron explained the difference between a surface search and a deep internet search and provided tips on conducting internet investigations. He said a surface search involves using google and other search functions while a deep web search involves searches that lead to other databases, like court websites. Catron described how a deep internet search helped him find a regional race track website that contained damning photos of a claimant.

The seasoned investigator warned against friending claimants on social networks. He also emphasized the importance of confirming that the correct person is being investigated.

Sometimes claimants can get creative, they said. During past investigations both have encountered claimants who had two Facebook pages, one with the alleged injury and one without.

When screen shots are used as evidence, Catron said that it is important to note that whoever takes the screen shot will likely have to appear in court.

Catron also provided some surveillance tips that adjusters should consider when working with an investigator.

Adjusters should be aware that investigators:

•           Can’t trespass;

•           Can’t zoom into a residence;

•           Can’t film over a privacy fence;

•           Can’t climb trees;

•           Must be in public view;

•           Can’t participate in hard following (obvious tailing) because it is considered harassment;

•           Can’t extract information by pretexting or lying about who they are.

 

 

The Koyal Group Private Training Services, US investigating possible multi-state unemployment insurance fraud scheme

The U.S. Inspector General’s office is investigating what could be a multi-state unemployment insurance fraud scheme that resulted in Massachusetts paying out at least $280,000 in fraudulent claims since March, according to state officials.

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development became aware of the suspicious patterns within the past two weeks, and officials say benefit payments obtained fraudulently have been stopped. An additional 500 claims were blocked before payments started, preventing $9.3 million in costs to the state had they gone undetected.

“I don’t know if they know it’s one individual or one entity but there are patterns that suggest it might be contained. These things are serious, but we also feel we have identified it and we expended very little before we were able to cut them off at the knees,” Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rachel Kaprielian said.

The Inspector General’s investigation involves claims made in Massachusetts, as well as Kansas, Nevada, New York, Texas, Florida and New Mexico, a state labor official said. In Massachusetts, just fewer than 600 fraudulent claims tied to the investigation have been made since March out of a total of 61,000 new claims filed with the state.

“We are notifying the effected residents that erroneous claims have been filed in their name and are preparing guidance for employers to alert us to potentially fraudulent claims. We count on them to help us verify,” said Ann Dufresne, spokeswoman for the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

The scheme, according to Dufresne, involved perpetrators stealing the identities of Massachusetts residents and using their personal information to make claims for benefits, which can be collected for up to 30 weeks.

Kaprielian stressed that the department is unaware of any data breach within the state’s unemployment insurance system database that could have exposed the personal information of residents lawfully collecting benefits. She also said it appears the claims may have been originating from outside Massachusetts, but cannot be certain at this time.

The state is working closely with the Inspector General and the other states involved so that whoever is responsible can be identified and prosecuted, officials said.

“We definitely have the gate up, but every now and again we have to be vigilant because they can get trickier or clever,” Kaprielian said. “The integrity of the system is key to its success and I feel confident saying this is a system with integrity.”

The office uses a fraud detection program called AWARE that can be used to track electronic patterns within claims filed with the department that could point to potential fraud. Since the program was launched in November, the administration has uncovered and shut down other schemes that Dufresne said saved taxpayers $24.6 million.

Kaprielian said she believes the system works, even in this case when fraudulent claims were being filed as far back as March. “It’s hard to tell on a onesie-twosie fraud. You need to see a pattern developing,” the secretary said. “But just because we’ve stopped this one doesn’t mean we can relax. The cyber world is always changing and we have to be ready for the next step.”

The Koyal Group Private Training Services, Wake-Up Call: "Unacceptable bureaucracy"

Good morning and welcome to Wake-Up Call, your guidebook to and roundup of the latest in city, state, and national political news…

From our Daily News team:

Members of the teachers union ratified their new $9 billion contract Tuesday, with 77% in favor. Roughly 90,000 eligible members of the United Federation of Teachers cast ballots on the nine-year contract that includes 18% raises through 2018. The lowest margin of approval for a recent contract was in 2003, when 63% voted in favor of a deal.“The new agreement gives teachers and parents a larger voice in how their schools are run, and how they can better serve their students,” said union president Michael Mulgrew.

If the City Council speaker has her way, the city’s minimum wage might not be so minimal. Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) said Tuesday she would like to see the minimum bumped to as much as $15 an hour in the city, nearly double the current statewide minimum of $8. She is ready to convene hearings on the matter, she said.

Calling it “unacceptable bureaucracy,” Mayor de Blasio ripped NYCHA on Tuesday for dragging its feet on installing security cameras in the housing project where two kids were attacked by a knife-wielding monster. The blast came as police were searching for a homeless man they suspect is the Brooklyn butcher who killed a 6-year-old with a steak knife on Sunday and badly wounded his playmate in an elevator. De Blasio said the housing agency has been sitting on $27 million earmarked for the security gear, and expressed outrage that officials didn’t “move more quickly” to install them in the Boulevard Houses.

If only he’d appointed a buildings commissioner. Mayor de Blasio was twice denied a Buildings Department certificate verifying that one of the two houses he owns in Brooklyn is a legit two-family dwelling - because he hadn’t filed all the right paperwork, according to city documents and officials.

The city’s libraries made a plea Tuesday for $65 million to keep all branches open six days a week. With the extra cash, officials could open all 207 branches for six days, increase the hours they are open from 43 to an average of 50 and add 600 jobs, New York Public Library President Tony Marx told the City Council.

Former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles (Joe) Hynes was in hiding Tuesday after a scathing report accused him of possibly committing larceny by misusing public funds for a failed reelection campaign. The embattled ex-lawman may have used money seized from criminals to pay more than $200,000 to political consultant Mortimer Matz, a stunning probe by the city’s Department of Investigations revealed Monday. “He’s underground,” said a close confidant of Hynes. “He’s not talking to anybody.”The DOI’s 27-page report cited emails allegedly showing that 89-year-old Matz, a former DA employee who began working for Hynes in 2003, focused on his boss’ reelection bid last year.

A Bloomberg-era plan to centralize training of taxi drivers is more than 18 months behind schedule —and would cost cabbies hundreds of dollars while putting private hack schools out of business. The new schools — to be operated by CUNY — are planning to charge applicants $500 for a 40-hour driver training course, plus a $35 English proficiency test, a Taxi & Limousine Commission spokesman said. That’s a steep hike from the $150 students currently pay for a 24-hour course at Master Cabbie Taxi Academy in Long Island City.

Republican Rob Astorino hasn’t put his money where his mouth is when it comes to beefing up mental health services. Astorino said better mental health systems — not tougher gun control laws — were needed to combat mass shootings, but he’s slashed funding and staffing for such services since taking office as Westchester county executive in 2010, budget figures show. Under Astorino’s helm, the county closed four mental health clinics and passed the care of their clients on to nonprofit organizations.

Our Bill Hammond’s column: “You’d think that after watching the Tea Party divide and weaken Republicans, Gov. Cuomo would know to steer clear of hard-line ideologues on his end of the spectrum. But there he was Saturday, bowing and scraping for approval from the Working Families Party. He finally won the endorsement he coveted — but at the cost of tarnishing his brand as a fiscally sensible Democrat.”

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The Koyal Group Private Training Services - Watching the detectives: behind the scenes with crime-fighting Sian Lloyd

She’s no stranger to Welsh audiences, but the BBC’s Sian Lloyd is now a familiar sight to viewers across the whole of the UK, too. She tells Kirstie McCrum about early starts, alternative careers and heading up her second series of Crimewatch Roadshow

Next time you see Sian Lloyd presenting BBC Breakfast, remember how much effort has gone into her pristine appearance on the sofa.

The petite blonde who started out in the BBC Wales Bangor newsroom around 13 years ago has become a regular fixture on the big red sofa over the last year, but she says that the real heroes are the makeup team.

“They do magical things – they’re magicians, those girls in the makeup department at Breakfast. They are fantastic. They can make anyone look good, which is a skill at that time of the morning.”

But as well as propping her eyelids open for those early starts – “you have to be up at half past three – the middle of the night!” she laughs – Lloyd is about to launch another month of crimefighting telly, as she hits our screens for her second series of the Crimewatch Roadshow.

The Crimewatch spin-off, now in its sixth series, is co-hosted by Lloyd and Rav Wilding, the programme’s male anchor since it started in 2009.

For four weeks from Monday, the Crimewatch Roadshow takes to the streets of Britain to appeal directly to the public for help with unsolved cases.

While Lloyd broadcasts out on location, Wilding appeals for help in the studio to find Wanted Faces, takes viewers through CCTV crime footage and highlights the new and innovative techniques police are using to catch criminals.

The programme will come live from nine different police forces, starting in Greater Manchester and heading to Northamptonshire in the first week, with week two in the West Midlands and South Wales, the third week in Northumbria, Cleveland and Durham, and finishing the final week with the Met Police and Surrey.

News journalist Lloyd, who started her career as a corporate lawyer based in London and Hong Kong, has spent the past few weeks filming everything from drug-driving detection techniques to kidnap driving courses.

It’s all part of a programme which gives equal weight to former policeman Wilding’s turn in the studio and Lloyd’s on-the-road reportage – not that she’s jealous of his cushy role in the studio.

Criss-crossing the UK means she’s had a fair taste of a career path she could have taken if things had taken a different turn.

“I was able to go to the police college (in the north of England) and experience what it was like being a forensic police officer,” she reveals excitedly.

“Obviously there’s a lot more training that goes into it, but they gave me a whistlestop tour of what they do and taught me how to fingerprint, which was really interesting, from bottles or clues that might have been left at a crime scene.

“Then I had to get suited and booted into the kit and was in a scenario – a serious crime had taken place and then I had to say what I would do from what they had taught me in practice. My brain was in overdrive – it was fantastic.”

That world of crime and policing is not so very far from a news journalist’s remit, and Lloyd says it was a fascinating insight into how it all works.

“I’d only ever seen it on the TV before, or standing outside a crime scene reporting for the news, when you see all the forensic officers going in and out in their white suits.

“It’s given me a good insight into what they’re actually doing inside these properties when the rest of the world is outside waiting to find out what’s happened.”

 

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Sandsynligvis nu mere end noget andet tidspunkt i de sidste adskillige år, private efterforskere og proces-servere er forpligtet til at blive deres egne cheerleaders. I økonomisk gode tider, professionelle på disse områder har koncentreret os om overvågning, springer, og andre relaterede områder af operationer og disse tjenester solgte sig selv. Men med gange at være magert overalt, de nødt til at sætte på endnu en anden hat for at ikke kun holde deres salgstal op, men i nogle tilfælde, for selv at overleve. Dette bruges sjældent hat, eller i nogle tilfælde helt ny hat er hat af private investigator markedsføring og reklame.

Reklamer kan være en del af markedsføring, men markedsføring er ikke udelukkende reklame. Marketing er noget, som en virksomhed gør for at fremme sig selv. Der er bogstaveligt talt hundredvis af bøger og artikler, der er blevet skrevet af succesfulde iværksættere på hvordan markedet detail og endda servicevirksomheder. Men undersøgende og proces virksomheder er ikke kun servicevirksomheder, men dem, der til tider touch på store følelser og privatliv for deres gæster. Denne kombination kan gøre markedsføring vanskeligt. Så hvad kan en opsøgende virksomhed eller proces servicevirksomhed gøre for at forblive levedygtigt?

Når du tænker om reklame og markedsføring for et detektivbureau, en masse ting kommer til at tænke. I modsætning til en typisk detailforretning hvis mål demografiske er inden for et par radius km, har denne forretning en demografisk, der er nogle gange på verdensplan. Der kan beløbe sig til en lille samlede procentdel af årets udgang i alt, men hver lille smule tilføjer længere. Så i stedet for en lokal avis, flyers, eller endda radio reklame for en typisk virksomhed, har et detektivbureau en masse flere muligheder, at det kunne holde.

Et detektivbureau skal virkelig sidde og kortlægge hvem deres kunder er eller der kunderne er, at de ønsker at tiltrække. De skal derefter finde ud af, hvor disse klienter er placeret og bare, hvordan de kan gå om at forbinde med dem. I modsætning til en mindre detailforretninger eller lokale virksomheder, der er sandsynligvis boksede-i til at være lokale eller måske regionale, kan denne type af business være lokale, regionale, statewide, landsdækkende, og endda på verdensplan.

En typisk detail eller lokale virksomheder kan drage fordel af at deltage i nogle foreninger. Men vil det bringe dem nogen reel yderligere business eller salg? Det meste af tiden, er det bedste de kan håbe på nyttige tips og råd. Sådanne råd eller tips kan omfatte: Hvordan til at lægge deres plantegning, hvad et nyt produkt kan være det er ved at komme ud, eller et vilkårligt antal koste skære metoder. Men dette er egentlig ikke tilfældet for et detektivbureau.

At deltage i en forening eller et lokale handelskammer kan hjælpe en privat detektiv i mindst to forskellige måder. Det kan eventuelt åbne op for agenturet skal enhver reklame eller reklame sponsoreret af gruppen som fagblade, shows og lignende. Det kan også sætte agenturet lige midt i en networking bonanza, især hvis investigator er i et mindre område med ikke meget konkurrence. Skulle et agentur, der er uden for dette område skal udføre noget arbejde inden for du er i, de har nu en mulig kilde til at få det gjort så de ikke behøver at rejse en stor afstand.

Taler om netværk, er der sandsynligvis en lokal kapitel af en business networking organisation i dit område. Den mest populære ene af disse er baseret i Californien med flere kapitler i hele USA. De mødes når en uge og medlemskab er omkring 300,00 dollar om året, give eller tage. Du har en valgfri frokost og derefter en networking møde. Det vigtigste mål er at holde så mange penge i gruppen som muligt. Der er kun én type af virksomhed i hver gruppe også. En advokat, en detektiv, en blomsterbutik, osv. De arbejder hårdt for at bruge penge frem og tilbage i gruppen inden jeg går uden for gruppen.

Hvad med forskellige hjemmesider, der samler efterforskere og papir servere og deres oplysninger? Abonnere på disse kan åbne dig op til landsdækkende og verdensomspændende eksponering for potentielle kunder. Det er ikke kun til target enkeltpersoner; men advokatfirmaer, forsikringsselskaber og igen, alle vigtige netværk aspekt, også. Nogle steder vil nævne din virksomhed under generelle overskrifter, mens andre giver dig en chance for at pynte dig selv og dine services. Omkostningerne varierer meget, og det gør stilen af webstedet, og fordel for dig.

De prøvede og sande metode til din lokale og regionale demografiske område er de pålidelig gule sider. Der er en ægte fordel til at blive placeret i telefonbogen. En masse mennesker stadig vælge det når de har brug for noget lokale, mens du søger på internettet, hvis det er uden for deres område. Jeg har kun prøvet denne metode til reklame en gang. Jeg lagde ikke mærke til et stort hop i erhvervslivet, men jeg kan ikke huske hvordan og hvad der er opført enten.

Lokal annoncering kan ske mange måder og har normalt en meget mere fleksibilitetend noget andet er nævnt. Nyhedsbreve, kan hvorvidt lavet in-house eller købt fra enkreditor, udrette en hel del. Samtidig oprettelse af navn anerkendelse, de vil ogsåopbygge troværdighed og vil uddanne læser på lige, hvad det er, at du kan gøre fordem. De fleste to-sidet nyhedsbreve kan gøres internt for omkring 10 cent stykket. Jegtror, nøglen til disse er at levere så mange som muligt. Mailing er fint også, men du fårikke mulighed for at gå ind i en anden persons virksomhed og se dem ansigt til ansigt.Tomgang samtaler kan nogle gange føre til en ny sag eller en ny klient.

Aviser, radio og tv kan hjælpe dig med din lokale og regionale markeder. Aviser, menstilsyneladende dyre, kan få dig ind i en lille demografiske, der er stadig derude. Skriveen lille artikel og tilbyde det gratis til en avis og se hvor mange kommentarer du fårned af gaden, hvis det bliver offentliggjort. De er stadig relevant, så langt. Problemet erat finde ud af, hvilke dage og hvor i papir til at sætte din annonce.

Radio og tv dækker meget mere område og er mere almindeligt anvendt. Uanset omdu ønsker at målrette et etableret område, du allerede har, tilbyde en ny vare ellertjenesteydelse, eller du vil udvide dit navn til et nyt område, disse to medier kan væremeget nyttig. Nice-ting om radio og tv er fleksibilitet. Du kan fremstille din steder ogfinde at de enten ikke virker eller du kan realisere en ny mulighed, der netop kom fremi lyset af nogle område omstændighed. En redigering kan gøres på en del af stedetuden at skulle gentage hele handels- og problemet løst.

Der er flere små ting, som et agentur kan gøre for at hjælpe sig selv, også. Visitkort,kuglepenne, og andre nyhed emner kan hjælpe. Har du nogensinde lagt mærke til atalle har brug for noget at skrive på på én gang eller anden? Hvor omkring bestillingnogle puder af papir med dine virksomhedsoplysninger på tværs i toppen? Næstegang du er i retsbygningen på offentlige terminaler, drop en pad på 100 sider ud forhver computer. Tre computere? Der er 300 lille visitkort, der er klar til at gå ud mednogle af netop de mennesker, der er i din demografiske!

Ikke tøve med at dukke op på et møde, lokale eller på anden måde, og holde etforedrag om noget relateret til dit felt, hvis du bliver spurgt. Ved at donere tid ogekspertise, har du bygget nogle goodwill og navn anerkendelse. Har du været til enskole eller en form for uddannelse siden sidst? Skriv op et afsnit om det og sende det tildin lokale medier. Radio, tv og aviser skal fyldstoffer for deres afsætningsmuligheder påforskellige tidspunkter. Og de vil offentliggøre disse gratis, så længe de ikke åbenlystreklame din virksomhed.

En af de ting, som jeg har gjort den sidste måned eller to, emailing svig beskeder gratistil alle, der ønsker at blive underrettet. Indberetninger kan være lokale problemer,ligesom en udslæt af indbrud, eller de kan være en landsdækkende kreditkortsvindel.Enten måde, folk spise slags ting og tror, du er en ekspert på dit område. Jeg sendte enpå nytårsaften og fik et opkald fra en Indianapolis radiostation. De ringede tilbagesenere på en aftalt tid og interviewede mig live på luften omkring indberetningen. Ikkekoster mig en skilling. Det gode ved disse er, at du kan subtilt (eller ikke) fremme dinforretning og tjenester, du tilbyder. De er dine e-mails, din kreation, og de er gratis. Dekan ikke klage alt for meget.

Endelig overveje at udgive en månedlig “Overbygning” ark til din county. Tage de civil-og strafferetlige poster fra County Degnens kontor og kompilere dem i et læsbartformat. Tilføje gerninger, realkreditlån, hæftelser og udgivelser, plus de føderalekonkurs oplysninger, og du har en samling af oplysninger, der er ønsket af banker, fastejendom mennesker, leasing selskaber, og kort sigt långivere. Jeg debitere $15,00 pr.måned. Dette også betyder noget andet for dig. Det lægger en masse folks navneforan dig, du søger sandsynligvis til enten tjene et papir til eller undersøge. Dette kanvære et væld af oplysninger til din abonnenter og for dig på samme tid.

Regne ud en måde at komme til den vigtige mennesker i et advokatkontor, sekretærer,af måske tage nogle snacks til dem hver gang i et stykke tid. Kom med nye ideer, derfår du anerkendt af de lokale advokater. Det er alle en produktion, så vær din egenstjerne.

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