Investigation derails Namibia’s key argument for sale of endangered elephants

Support us and go ad-freeNamibia confirmed on 11 August that it’s going ahead with a controversial sale of endangered elephants. Officials claim the sell-off will “minimise human-elephant conflicts” in the areas from which they’ll take the elephants. But an investigation threatens to derail this assertion, as it’s apparently found that such conflicts are minimal in most of the targeted areas. An investigation by the NGO Fondation Franz Weber (FFW) also raises other serious issues with Namibia’s unpopular plan. Fire sale News broke of Namibia’s proposed sell-off of 170 wild elephants back in December 2020 and caused an uproar. Despite opposition, the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT)…

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Pressure on the Jewish Chronicle grows after calls for a press regulator investigation

Support us and go ad-freeA group of interested parties has asked the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) to investigate the Jewish Chronicle (JC). It’s over the media outlet’s repeated breaches of the regulator’s standards. Many of the people calling for the probe have won cases against it. IPSO is reportedly considering whether to carry out such an investigation. The JC: various misdemeanours As Labour councillor Jo Bird tweeted: We urge @IpsoNews to launch a Standards Investigation into the Jewish Chronicle without delay. We have seen 28 recorded breaches of the Editors’ Code and four libel defeats in just three years. @pressgazette @journalism_news pic.twitter.com/BUdXIhXkAL — Jo Bird (@bird4riv) August…

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Auditors for Greensill Capital and Sanjeev Gupta-linked bank face investigation

Support us and go ad-freeThe UK’s accounting regulator has opened an investigation into Saffery Champness over its audit of Greensill Capital. The latter has faced scrutiny over the role its advisers, including former prime minister David Cameron, played in lobbying the government during the pandemic. The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) will also investigate accounting giant PwC in relation to its audit of Wyelands Bank. The bank, which went bust earlier in 2021, is owned by steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta, to whom Greensill Capital was a major lender. The watchdog will investigate PwC in relation to its audit of the bank for the year ending April 30 2019. Former…

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Google’s advertising tech faces EU investigation over competition concerns

Support us and go ad-freeGoogle’s advertising technology is to be probed by EU investigators amid concerns the tech giant could be distorting competition. The European Commission said its latest antitrust investigation will focus on whether the firm has breached competition rules by favouring its own online display advertising technology services over rivals. Google’s use of data for advertising purposes on websites and apps will also be examined, to determine whether the company unfairly restricts competitor access to such data and reserves it for their own use. #EUAntitrust Commission ???????? opens investigation into possible anticompetitive conduct by Google in the online advertising technology sector ⬇️https://t.co/l9rcOeuP1e pic.twitter.com/CVs2jKtHrW — EU Competition…

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Labour calls for investigation into Michael Gove over Cabinet Office unit

Labour has called for the government’s ethics watchdog to investigate whether Michael Gove has broken the ministerial code and misled parliament. The party’s deputy leader Angela Rayner has written to Boris Johnson demanding an investigation. She’s asked that lord Geidt, the adviser on ministers’ interests, investigate a unit known as the Clearing House. The unit is based in the Cabinet Office and handles Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. Information rights tribunal ruling As chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster, Gove is the minister in charge of the Cabinet Office. Its Clearing House unit has been criticised for how it operates. There are fears journalists were blacklisted and transparency…

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Labour calls for investigation into Michael Gove over Cabinet Office unit

Labour has called for the government’s ethics watchdog to investigate whether Michael Gove has broken the ministerial code and misled parliament. The party’s deputy leader Angela Rayner has written to Boris Johnson demanding an investigation. She’s asked that lord Geidt, the adviser on ministers’ interests, investigate a unit known as the Clearing House. The unit is based in the Cabinet Office and handles Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. Information rights tribunal ruling As chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster, Gove is the minister in charge of the Cabinet Office. Its Clearing House unit has been criticised for how it operates. There are fears journalists were blacklisted and transparency…

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Boris Johnson facing ‘sleaze’ investigation over £15k Mustique new year getaway

Boris Johnson remains under investigation by the Commons “sleaze” watchdog over his controversial new year break in Mustique 16 months ago, it has been disclosed. The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Kathryn Stone has confirmed for the first time that she is inquiring into whether the prime minister has properly declared the £15,000 stay on the luxury Caribbean hideaway. Johnson appears on a list of nine MPs currently under investigation by the commissioner published under new Commons rules. Only one inquiry predates that into the Prime Minister. Previously the commissioner was not permitted to say whether she was inquiring into a complaint against an MP. In the Register of…

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Apple’s App Store under investigation by UK competition watchdog

The UK competition watchdog has launched an investigation into Apple over complaints that its terms and conditions for app developers are unfair and anti-competitive. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will look into concerns that Apple uses its dominant position to control the distribution of apps on Apple devices in the UK. App Store As well as manufacturing the likes of the iPhone and the iPad, Apple controls the App Store. This is the only way for developers to distribute apps on to Apple’s ecosystem, and the only way for the public to access them. We’re investigating complaints about Apple's terms and conditions for third party developers on…

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A child poverty investigation wants to hear from you

A parliamentary committee is running an inquiry into child poverty. And it wants to hear people’s voices on the issue. It may seem like the committee wants to hear from professionals, but this can also involve people who’ve actually lived through child poverty. Child poverty: out of control? The Canary has previously written about child poverty. In the last decade, it began to rise again – after falling previously. The Conversation summed this up in a graph: But herein lies the problem. Because the figures above are based on one way of measuring poverty. If you take another method, devised by the Social Metrics Commission, then it’s higher but has remained fairly stable:…

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A Labour group linked to Starmer is under investigation by the Electoral Commission

Labour Together, a group linked to Labour leader Keir Starmer, is under investigation by the Electoral Commission for alleged breaches of electoral law. Failure to declare Business Insider’s exclusive reports that Labour Together (LT), “which counts among its current directors” shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy, failed to declare “over £800,000 in donations within the time required under law”. Just £165,000 of the £970,492 donated to LT was declared within the 30 day period required. Another possible irregularity is the failure by LT to register a “responsible person within 30 days of accepting a reportable donation”. According to Business Insider: Figures published on the Electoral Commission website in February…

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