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Fraudsters jailed for £107m 'cynical' green tax scam

Fraudsters jailed for £107m 'cynical' green tax scam

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Six men who orchestrated an "audacious and cynical" tax fraud have been jailed for between 11 years and 20 months.They persuaded wealthy people to invest in environmental projects in exchange for tax breaks, but then used the money to fund lavish lifestyles, buying overseas property and luxury holidays.HM Revenue & Customs said it could have lost up to £107m as a result.HMRC's Simon York said the men showed "complete disregard" for the ecological causes they claimed to be supporting."These individuals thought they had worked out the perfect fraud," he said, adding that work had started to recover the proceeds of their crime.'Bare-faced dishonesty'HMRC said the group, led by "self-styled ringleader" and scientist Michael Richards, enticed 730 high earners to invest in research and devel
Northern Ireland 0-1 Switzerland: Green and White Army's World Cup hopes hang in balance

Northern Ireland 0-1 Switzerland: Green and White Army's World Cup hopes hang in balance

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Northern Ireland experienced their own Thierry Henry moment in a World Cup play-off as Switzerland gained the upper hand in Belfast with a controversially-awarded penalty.Eight years after Henry handled in the build-up to the goal which sent France through against the Republic of Ireland, referee Ovidiu Hategan awarded a penalty in Belfast when he ruled Xherdan Shaqiri's volley struck Corry Evans' arm, which was tucked into his side, as he turned his body from close range.Ricardo Rodriguez converted the spot-kick in the 58th minute to give the visitors an away goal and a 1-0 lead ahead of Sunday's return leg in Basel, where Michael O'Neill's men have it all to do. They will be driven on there by a sense of injustice because of a decision that may well have been overturned had a video ...
Jermaine Whitehead: Green Bay Packers sign safety to active roster

Jermaine Whitehead: Green Bay Packers sign safety to active roster

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Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The Green Bay Packers have added safety Jermaine Whitehead to the active roster from the practice squad.Packers executive vice president, general manager and director of football operations Ted Thompson announced the signing on Saturday.Whitehead, 24, entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent signing by the San Francisco 49ers in 2015. The 5 foot 11, 195 pound defender spent most of his first season with the 49ers' practice squad. He was added to the Baltimore Ravens' active roster on Dec. 23, 2015, but was inactive for the final two games of the season. Baltimore waived Whitehead in May of 2016 before he signed with the Packers. Whitehead made two special teams appearances last season for the Packers. He was on the Packers' practice squad for the rest of the seaso...
Locals may have helped Islamic State ambush Green Berets in Niger

Locals may have helped Islamic State ambush Green Berets in Niger

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Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The 12-man team of Green Berets ambushed in Niger were delayed as they left a meeting with local leaders -- which may have been part of the plan to attack them, Army officials told UPI.Officials suspect that some people in the Oct. 4 Tongo Tongo meeting may have been working with the Islamic State. Some people from the town have been arrested.The attack, in which four U.S. soldiers were killed -- including one who was not found until nearly 48 hours later, was a surprise. Intelligence had indicated the likelihood of an attack was low.Five soldiers from Niger were also killed.Defense Secretary James Mattis said Thursday he had little information to share about the ambush."We at the Department of Defense like to know what we're talking about before we talk," Mattis told repo...
'Cyborg' bacteria deliver green fuel source from sunlight

'Cyborg' bacteria deliver green fuel source from sunlight

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Scientists have created bacteria covered in tiny semiconductors that generate a potential fuel source from sunlight, carbon dioxide and water.The so-called "cyborg" bugs produce acetic acid, a chemical that can then be turned into fuel and plastic. In lab experiments, the bacteria proved much more efficient at harvesting sunlight than plants.The work was presented at the American Chemical Society meeting in Washington.Researchers have been attempting to artificially replicate photosynthesis for many years. Solar panel bugsIn nature, the green pigment chlorophyll is key to this process, helping plants to convert carbon dioxide and water, using sunlight, into oxygen and glucose.But despite the fact that it works, scientists say the process is relatively inefficient. This has also been a big ...