PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 February 2019 | UPDATED: 09:21 20 February 2019 Hannah Somerville Members of the Leverage 'family' at an event in November 2017. Picture: Submitted Archant Members of the Muslim community have spoken of their fraught experience with the global “investment” scheme called Leverage, which scores of households in North and East London paid into. On Monday we reported ongoing fallout over the scheme run by the Muslim Entrepreneur Network, which has prompted at least 18 complaints to Action Fraud.Members left the scheme in droves over 2018 after being promised a profitable business within 12 months that had not materialised, even after they put in hours of unpaid work.Many have received money back and the founders said everyone entitled to a refund has had one, but a number of people say they are still waiting.At the same time the embattled scheme now appears to be undergoing a restructure and the founders have publicly clashed … [Read more...] about Muslim Entrepreneur Network investors speak out as co-founders clash over alleged fraud
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PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 February 2019 | UPDATED: 07:48 18 February 2019 Hannah Somerville Al-Madina Mosque in Barking, MEN's former base of operations. Right from top: Co-founder Harun Rashid, current MEN CEO Haroon Qureshi and "consultant" Rafaqat "Rocky" Mirza. Pictures: Ken Mears/Submitted Archant A global “investment” scheme that targeted the Muslim community over two years has left some people claiming to be thousands of pounds out of pocket. Promotional material for the L5000. Picture: SubmittedThe Muslim Entrepreneur Network (MEN) was launched in 2015 by two east London businessmen as an online resource for subscribers to learn from each other.Early on the organisation partnered with two Canadian venture capitalists described as millionaires, Rafaqat “Rocky” Mirza and Aziz “Com” Mirza.With their encouragement, from January 2017 members were encouraged to join what was described in video marketing materials as an … [Read more...] about Fraud complaints over get-rich-quick scheme that attracted dozens of investors from north London
To find out how this movement began from another campaign to secure the vote for millions of disenfranchised Brits abroad, read Part One of this story. Part Three: January 11th. Ask most British nationals living abroad where they were that night Britain voted to leave the EU and they can remember. Some watched in tears in their living rooms, others were left to console themselves in the waiting room of an airport. Most Brits living in the EU watched the coverage in horror as they reaslised the shock Brexit referendum result would change their lives forever. And what made it worse for many of them was that they had not even been allowed to vote. “On the night of the referendum a group of friends came to my house and watched the results come in,” Fiona Godfrey, co-founder and co-chair of citizens’ rights umbrella group British in Europe, tells The Local. “People were sitting on my living room floor crying," she adds. Fiona Godfrey, co-chair of … [Read more...] about Battling Brexit: How a group of Brits in Europe took on the fight for citizens’ rights
By Jeff Horseman | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: November 21, 2018 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: November 21, 2018 at 6:00 am Early after the election of President Donald Trump, a small but vibrant part of America’s political debate played out in old-school, face-to-face events involving elected representatives and the constituents who pay their salaries, events also known as town halls. And the conflicts that often erupted in those town halls – scenes often recorded on video and posted to the Internet – helped shape the results of the 2018 midterms. Except when they didn’t. In the past 12 months or so, many elected reps – primarily Republicans – became so frustrated with the lack of true discourse and the bad publicity that they stopped holding town halls altogether. Instead, many turned to telephone town halls, which didn’t generate viral videos and typically are built around pre-screened questions. So the lack of conflict, … [Read more...] about Town halls helped shape the midterm. Will they in 2020?
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