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Day: 6 June 2022

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Untouchable to badly tarnished, from adored to disdained, it's hard to see how Johnson recovers from this

It was a vote the PM was desperate to avoid.And when it came, one that Boris Johnson was keen to put behind him quickly, calling the vote as soon as possible after the trigger threshold (54 letters of no confidence) had been reached, and then declaring the result "decisive" and "convincing" once it was over. Mr Johnson is a leader who is clear he has won and who wants to draw a line under this whole sorry saga and move on.But the PM knows too, despite his bravado, that 148 MPs declaring no confidence in his leadership is a body blow.His supporters are left privately disappointed, and so they should be. Boris Johnson's victory on Monday was less convincing than that of Theresa May's confidence vote in 2018 when she commanded the support of 63 per cent of her MPs against 59 per cent for the current PM. Six months after that vote Ms May was forced to resign. Advertisement To really have had any hope of turning the page on Monday, the PM would have needed a far bigger show of support than this. Read more:Conservative confidence votes in numbersConservative MPs back PM , but only just - so what happens now?Boris Johnson survives for now... But who are the frontrunners for his job if PM's time runs out? More from Politics Others point out that, while the PM survived the vote, protection is not guaranteed. While under current rules a sitting PM should not have to face another challenge for 12 months, there's nothing to prevent MPs sending in letters once again and asking 1922 committee chairman Sir Graham Brady to change the rules if the situation dramatically deteriorates in the coming months. Such a move has been considered before. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 1:55 PM 'not interested' in snap elections But what is perhaps the key question is how sustainable Mr Johnson's leadership now is, regardless of the specifics of the Conservative Party rules.To have 148 of your own MPs decide they don't have confidence in you matters, whether it meets a threshold for action or not.How will the PM run his programme of government if even a portion of those rebels decide to go on strike? Forty serial rebels are enough to rob the prime minister of his majority in the House of Commons, and with it his ability to get any legislation through. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 0:23 Gale: PM should consider his position The only thing this vote really settles is the contours of the Conservative party's internal civil war. The rebels appear emboldened not cowed, with one very senior figure telling me shortly after the vote that it was now "time for the cabinet to show some leadership and realise the game is up for the PM".It is but two-and-a-half years ago that Mr Johnson won that landslide victory and in that time he has gone from being all-powerful to deeply damaged, from untouchable to badly tarnished, from adored to disdained - or worse. It is hard to see how he recovers from this, even if he limps on.His allies like to say never write Boris Johnson off, but history tells us that Tory leaders never shake off the damage of a confidence vote once it comes, whatever the outcome. For now he stays in office, but is he really in power?

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India's loan scams leave victims scared for their lives

SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, Getty ImagesWhen Raj took out a loan for $110 (£87) in March, he thought it would swiftly solve his financial problems, instead it has made his life much, much worse.The Pune-based man had been lured into one of India's many digital loan scams. Like many, Raj (not his real name), was attracted by the quick and easy loan approval process. All he had to do was download an app to his phone and supply a copy of his identity card to qualify.He quickly received some money - but only half of the amount he requested. Just three days later the company started demanding he pay back three times the amount they loaned him.His debts spiralled as he took loans out from other finance apps to pay off the first. Eventually, Raj owed more than $6,000 (£4083), spread across 33 different apps. Many of the people running those apps began threatening him over repayments but he was too scared to go to the police.The people running the apps gained access to all the contacts on his phone and his pictures, and have threated to send nude pictures of his wife to everyone on his phone.Image source, RajTo pay off the scammers he has sold all of his wife's jewellery, but says he is still frightened."I don't think they will let me go. I am scared for my life. I get threating calls and messages everyday," Raj says.In India, this type of mobile phone scamming has become all too common. Between 1 January 2020 and 31 March, 2021, a study by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) identified 600 illegal lending apps.During that period, Maharashtra state recorded the highest number of complaints relating to lending apps, with 572 reported to the RBI."These apps promise hassle-free loans, quick money, and people are lured into them, not realising that their phones get hacked, their data gets stolen and their privacy is comprised," says Mr Yashasvi Yadav, special inspector general of police, Maharashtra Cyber Department."I would say it's a scam which is spreading because so many people in India are not eligible for [legitimate bank] loans," he adds.Image source, Getty ImagesOften the apps are run via servers in China, but the scammers themselves are usually located in India, says Inspector Yadav.He says many scammers have been caught by tracking their bank accounts and phone numbers.But one scammer the BBC spoke to said it was relatively simple to evade detection by the Indian authorities."The founders of apps, or people like us who work for them, are very difficult to trace as we use all fake papers to get a mobile number."We operate from all across India. Most of us don't have a fixed location to work from. All I need is laptop and a phone connection. One operator like me has more then 10 numbers to use for threatening the customer."This particular scammer told us that they are trained to find "gullible and needy" people, who are then loaned just half of what they ask for. Then, as in the case of Raj, the scammer will demand that three times that amount is paid back.If the victim fails to pay, more pressure is quickly applied."The first step is to harass. Then threaten. Then the actual game starts of blackmailing the person, as we have loanees' phone details," the scammer told us."Many don't go to authorities out of shame and fear."Image source, Getty ImagesThe BBC has seen messages sent to victims - they include threats to tell family and work colleagues about the victim's debts. But some are more brutal, with threats to make and distribute porn videos using the victim's image. The government has made some efforts to stamp out loan scam operators. In May last year, it urged Google to review the apps available from its Play app store.Google is a key component, as almost all Indians with a smartphone will have its operating software, called Android, and use its app service, Play.But when shut out from such services. the scammers move elsewhere, and use simple text messages to advertise.Following its study of digital lending the RBI has asked the government to come up with new legislation to help curb illegal lending. It includes a central agency at the RBI which could verify apps.The government is expected to respond within the coming weeks.More technology of business:How artificial intelligence 'blew up' tennisSoaring fertiliser prices force farmers to rethinkCan contact lenses be the ultimate computer screen??Will swappable electric car batteries catch on?Why the volatile price of aluminium mattersBut any new rules will come in much too late for some.According to his family, Sandeep Korgaonkar committed suicide on 4 May, due to the threats and harassment he was receiving from loan scammers.According to his brother Dattatreya, Sandeep had not even taken out a loan, he had just downloaded the app.Soon after that agents began calling Sandeep's work colleagues telling them he had bad debts. They also manipulated his images to make nude photographs and forwarded them to 50 of his colleagues."The harassment did not stop, even after he filed a police complaint," says Dattatreya."His life had become a living hell, he could not sleep or eat," he adds.The police are now investigating the case.

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Tiger King star Doc Antle charged with money laundering in US

Tiger King star Bhagavan "Doc" Antle has been charged with laundering more than half a million dollars alleged to be the proceeds of an operation to smuggle immigrants across the Mexican border into the US.The charges were disclosed during a federal court hearing in Florence, South Carolina, on Monday. Federal prosecutors claim Antle and one of his employees at Myrtle Beach Safari, Jon Sawyer, laundered $505,000 (£402,990) over a four-month period by doling out cheques from businesses they controlled.The pair allegedly received a 15% fee for the money that passed through their hands.The cheques falsely purported to be payment for construction work at Myrtle Beach Safari, prosecutors said, but they were actually intended to serve as evidence that the recipients had legitimate income. Advertisement Antle planned to conceal the cash he received by inflating tourist numbers at his 50-acre wildlife tropical reserve, according to the complaint disclosed in court. He had previously used bulk cash receipts to purchase animals for which he could not use cheques, prosecutors said. More on Tiger King Related Topics: Authorities say Antle and Sawyer both face a maximum of 20 years in federal prison if convicted.Antle stars in Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness - a 2020 Netflix documentary miniseries that featured tiger breeders and private zoo operators in the US.Oklahoma zoo operator Joe Exotic was the focal point of the series and was also targeted for animal mistreatment, as well as being convicted over a plot to kill a rival, Carole Baskin. Image: The Tiger King series followed the eventful working life of Joe Exotic Animal rights advocates have also accused Antle of mistreating lions and other wildlife, and he was charged in Virginia in 2020 for animal cruelty and wildlife trafficking.Separately, Antle is facing two charges of wildlife trafficking and conspiracy to traffic wildlife, as well as 13 counts of conspiracy to violate the Endangered Species Act and animal cruelty charges tied to trafficking lion cubs.Those charges are scheduled to go to trial in Virginia in July.The 62-year-old has a history of convictions going as far back as 1989, when he was fined for abandoning deer and peacocks at his zoo in Virginia by the US department of agriculture.

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Yen falls to 132 against dollar, hitting 20-year low

New York – The yen tumbled briefly to around the 132 line Monday in New York, its weakest level in 20 years and two months, as traders flocked to sell the Japanese currency for the U.S. dollar on speculation of further widening between the two countries’ interest rates. At 5 p.m., the dollar traded at ¥131.85-95, compared with ¥130.76-78 at 5 p.m. Monday in Tokyo. The euro was quoted at $1.0691-0701 and ¥141.00-10 against $1.0742-0743 and ¥140.47-51 in Tokyo late Monday afternoon. Unable to view this article? This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software. Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites. If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page. We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

TransFIRe has been established to develop a self-sustaining hub of expertise to support the foundation industries' transformation into non-polluting, resource-efficient, modern, competitive businesses, working in harmony with the communities in which they are situated. Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are recognised as central to attracting and enabling a future industrial workforce with the required skills to enable the industries to grow and develop, while working to achieve the UK Net Zero 2050 environmental targets. We are looking for a Post Doctoral Research Associate with a passion for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and the future of industrial work. You will report to and support Professor Sue Black OBE with the management of the EDI workstream of the TransFIRe project. Our primary aims for the role are to identify EDI challenges and opportunities affecting the foundation industries, towards embedding good EDI practice across the TransFIRe programme and the foundation industries, to create sustainable positive change. Role Specific Responsibilities: To conduct interdisciplinary research that spans the breadth of the foundation industry and the transformation goals, from the perspective of equality, diversity and inclusion To provide expert EDI advice to ensure inclusive practices internally and externally To work with internal and external stakeholders to develop new areas for research, research methods and research objectives for EDI in the Foundation Industries To present findings and outcomes of activities to a broad stakeholder group, including academic, industry, and NGO partners General Responsibilities for a Post Doctoral Research Associate: To understand and convey material of a specialist or highly technical nature to the team or group of people through presentations and discussions that leads to the presentation of research papers in conferences and publications. To prepare and deliver presentations on research outputs/activities to audiences which may include: research sponsors, academic and non-academic audiences. To publish high quality outputs, including papers for submission to peer reviewed journals and papers for presentation at conferences and workshops under the direction of the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder. To assist with the development of research objectives and proposals. To conduct individual and collaborative research projects under the direction of the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder. To deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines by discussing with the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder and offering creative or innovative solutions. To deliver training in research techniques/approaches to peers, visitors and students as appropriate. To be involved in student supervision, as appropriate, and assist with the assessment of the knowledge of students. To contribute to fostering a collegial and respectful working environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. To engage in continuing professional development by participation in the undergraduate or postgraduate teaching programmes or by membership of departmental committees, etc. and by attending relevant training and development courses. This post is fixed term for 2.5 years.

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U.K.’s Boris Johnson clings to leadership after thwarting rebels

Boris Johnson held off a challenge by rebels to remain leader of the governing Conservative Party, though the hollow victory leaves the British prime minister weakened and exposed the divisions that may ultimately sink his premiership. In a secret ballot in the U.K. Parliament on Monday evening, 211 Tory MPs voted for Johnson compared with 148 against. The rebellion was bigger than the one suffered by predecessor Theresa May, who was ousted as prime minister six months later after failing to unite the party. Unable to view this article? This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software. Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites. If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page. We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

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Student Experience and Success Support Officer

Job Summary - The College of Life and Environmental Sciences is seeking to recruit a Student Experience & Success graduate business partner to help support and extend the range of activities we provide for our students. You will be embedded within Sport and Health Sciences to support the Director of Education and the education team with delivering and extending the range of academic support, community building and student experience activities within the department and College. This role is part of the Graduate Business Partnership (GBP) scheme and you will be primarily based on the St Luke’s campus but may be required to also work on the Streatham campus. Dependent on the requirements of the role there may be some opportunity to work from home for part of the week with agreement. The work duties will be variable each week and may require occasional evening / weekend work. For more information on the GBP scheme please visit www.exeter.ac.uk/internships  About You - You should be a graduate who excellent interpersonal, communication, IT, planning, organisation and time management skills, and has attention to detail. You should have an aptitude for producing high quality, accurate work, be able to manage a varied and demanding workload and to work to quickly changing deadlines, and have an interest in improving the student experience at Exeter. You should be self-motivated, enthusiastic, work effectively in a tea, be reliable, have a creative approach to problem solving, and have experience of organising/leading events. Prior experience of working within a collaborative and stakeholder focused environment, of supporting learning and with social media platforms in a professional context are desirable but not essential. The Benefits to You - You will have access to a wide range of benefits, rewards and recognition from the University including a generous pension, a holiday allowance of 39 days per year, Totum Card (student discount), Salary Exchange Schemes such as the Cycle to Work Scheme, Discounted membership to the university's sports facilities including cricket centre, indoor/outdoor pools, squash courts and fitness centres. The university offers extensive support to staff, including a structured Professional Development Review and Wellbeing Service plus 1:1 support from the Internships Team. You will be offered a ‘How to Make the Most of Your Internship’ guide, bespoke mentoring, work shadow and career consultancy opportunities. If you are not currently in Exeter / Cornwall please have a look at our website for some further information on what a beautiful part of the country we are based in. Application Closing Date: 15 June 2022 Interviews: Week commencing 20 June 2022 For the full details and application process visit Handshake.  Non-Exeter Graduates can request the full job description and application form by emailing [email protected] The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive About Disabled People': if you have a disability, you should mention this in your application. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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