The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission instituted proceedings in the Federal Court on Thursday against Acquire Learning & Careers Pty Ltd for allegedly engaging in unconscionable conduct, making false or misleading representations and breaching the unsolicited consumer agreements provisions in the Australian Consumer Law. The Acquire Group was founded by former AFL boss Andrew Demetriou’s nephew, Tim Demetriou, along with group managing director John Wall and chief executive Jesse Sahely. Mr Demetriou joined the group’s advisory board as executive chairman last July. There is no allegation of any wrongdoing by these individuals. The action relates to Acquire Learning’s conduct in telemarketing VET FEE-HELP funded courses between July 2014 and March 2015. The cost of the diplomas ranged from $19,000 to $52,000, on which Acquire was paid a percentage as commission by the training company. News.com.au first revealed allegations against Acquire in November … [Read more...] about Phone script reveals how Acquire Learning talked job seekers into expensive diplomas
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A Federal Court in NSW on Friday found Unique International College Pty Ltd made false or misleading representations and engaged in a pattern of behaviour that amounted to unconscionable conduct, in a case brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The court found that in 2014 and 2015, Unique sales staff targeted vulnerable communities using door-to-door sales tactics to sell diploma courses ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 under the now abolished VET FEE-HELP government loans scheme. Several of the people enrolled by Unique lived in former Aboriginal missions in Bourke, Wagga Wagga, Walgett and Taree. In the 2014-15 financial year, Unique enrolled over 3600 students and was paid approximately $57 million by the Commonwealth. In total, the college accessed $139.9 million in Commonwealth funds. “The Court found that Unique’s marketing deliberately targeted people from disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, including regional Aboriginal communities,” … [Read more...] about Dodgy college gave away iPads to ‘supercharge exploitation’ of vulnerable communities, court finds
UPDATED | More victims have been named in the Las Vegas concert shooting on Sunday.Jack BeatonCalifornia resident Jack Beaton was shot protecting his wife of 22 years, Laurie Beaton, and died at a hospital. Beaton attended Bakersfield College and reportedly lived in California for most of his life. He leaves behind two kids, and according to his Facebook, celebrated his wedding anniversary on Oct. 1.His son Jake posted on Facebook, "Lost my best friend. I love you so much more then you could ever imagine. Please watch over our family. You will forever be remembered as our hero! #atruehero"Quinton RobbinsQuinton Robbins, 20, lived in Henderson, Nevada, studied at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and worked in the city government of his hometown."Quinton was a pay-it-forward kinda guy," said Tyce Jones, who has known the Robbins family for 14 years and goes to church with Robbins, who was a recreational assistant at the City of Henderson. "Always had a smile on his face and was a nice … [Read more...] about Who Are the Las Vegas Shooting Victims?
Hong Kong Airlines is trimming its North American frequencies while Cathay and United bulk up Hong Kong Airlines is trimming its North American frequencies while Cathay and United bulk up Photo: Chris McGinnis Photo: Chris McGinnis Image 1 of / 10 Caption Close Image 1 of 10 Hong Kong Airlines is trimming its North American frequencies while Cathay and United bulk up Hong Kong Airlines is trimming its North American frequencies while Cathay and United bulk up Photo: Chris McGinnis Routes: A shake-up in Hong Kong schedules + Air Canada, Contour, Delta, AA, more 1 / 10 Back to Gallery More Information In route news, service to Hong Kong is getting a shake-up, with more United flights from San … [Read more...] about Routes: A shake-up in Hong Kong schedules + Air Canada, Contour, Delta, AA, more
Communities across the Bay Area and California were stunned by news that their friends, colleagues and loved ones were killed aboard the dive boat that caught fire and sank morning of Aug. 2 off the coast of Santa Barbara. Five crew members of the 75-foot vessel, which was named Conception, survived the inferno, while 33 passengers and one crew member sleeping below deck at the time of the fire died. As of Wednesday, officials had recovered all but one body. Authorities have identified victims using the same rapid-DNA technology officials relied on after last year’s Camp Fire in Butte County. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department released the names of five more victims Tuesday. Most of the victims had already been identified by friends, relatives, schools or employers. Others whose names have not been released by the Sheriff’s Department have been identified by friends, family or associates. Here is a list of passengers who have been identified: More Dive … [Read more...] about Victims of the Conception dive boat fire: Here’s what we know about them