A British based business woman, Ms Yelene Aust, whose family and herself invested £3.3 million in an Irish based frozen yogurt business, has claimed that their joint investments have been misappropriated by a Tipperary based Company Director.
Ms Yelene Aust, a resident of Oxford, England, claims the money which she and her family invested in a Frozen Yogurt Business and its related Companies has been improperly used by Clonmel-based businessman Mr Michael English, to purchase other assets in his own name and in the names of other firms he now controls.
In a sworn statement to the High Court, Ms Aust has stated that finance within the businesses are missing and company monies were used by Mr English to purchase assets including a villa in Portugal.
The companies, which she alleges Mr English controls are; “My Frozen Yogurt Ltd”; “Yogen Fruz Ireland Ltd”; “Thriving Brands Ltd” and “My Culture Sands Ltd.” Freezing orders were sought over fears that any remaining value in these companies maybe dissipated.
Acting for Ms Aust, Barrister Mr Robert Beatty informed the court that his client now believes that she has been wrongly deprived of her investment by Mr English and she further believes that clear evidence of deception and fraud exists.
Ms Aust has now secured a temporary High Court order to freeze the assets of both Mr. English, latter with an address at Two Mile Bridge, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, and several companies of which both she herself and Mr English are registered directors and shareholders.
Mr Justice Paul McDermott granted her the temporary injunction freezing the assets of several Irish registered companies and Mr English from reducing, moving or dissipating their assets below a value of £2.4 million. The defendant is also required to provide Ms Aust with a list containing details of all assets and bank accounts held within the state.
While Ms Aust became a shareholder and director of the company, her father also invested £2 million and her brother invested £400,000 in this business venture. Ms Aust has stated that Mr English was also due to invest £600,000, but had so far failed to comply.
The very lovely Thurles, Co Tipperary native and leading actress Ms Kerry Condon, has confirmed that she has been selected for a role in the upcoming ‘Breaking Bad’ spin-off ‘Better Call Saul’.
Ms Condon, who won ‘Best Supporting Actress,’ at the 2009 Lucille Lortel Awards for her performance in the Atlantic Theatre’s Off-Broadway production of “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” will be even better known for her performance as Octavia in ‘Rome,’ and her other screen characters which include ‘Theresa’ in Frank McCourt’s ‘Angela’s Ashes,’ ‘Masha’ in ‘The Last Station,’ ‘Rachel’ in ‘This Must Be The Place,’ the Cafe Waitress in the comedy romance and crime drama ‘Intermission,’ and ‘Mairead Reilly’ in ‘Ballykissangel,’ to name but a few.
Ms Condon, who returns regularly to Thurles will be well remembered in the town for her annual talented performances as a teenager in local school plays and her community routines undertaken as a leading performer in the now, alas, defunct community variety show “The John Player Tops,” where she took on roles in song and dance routines here in the local Premier Hall.
Ms Condon remains tight lipped about her upcoming role in ‘Better Call Saul’. “The production is so top secret, it’s crazy,” Ms Condon has stated. “It’s probably the most top secret work I’ve undertaken to-date. When I arrived on the job I didn’t even know my own character’s name, I’d no idea what my storyline was going to reveal, I’d no clue of anything.” She continued, “I think understandably when something has such a cult following like ‘Breaking Bad,’ fans can be very over inquisitive, so I think that’s probably why the production crew are keeping everything so secretive.”
Ms Condon also can be seen shortly in ‘Gold,’ opening Friday October 10th next, appearing alongside James Nesbitt, Maisie Williams and David Wilmot.
Options For Farm Families
Picture hereunder shows a section of the large group attending the first ‘Options Workshop’ at the Thurles Teagasc Office. The workshop commenced last night under the guidance of Mr Michael White, Teagasc Options Co-Ordinator in the Tipperary Region.
Teagasc have been running some 12 ‘Options for Farm Families’ workshops nationwide beginning since September / October 2014. These Teagasc Options workshops are expected to provide attendee’s with new thinking, the ability to generate new ideas and hopefully generate additional income both on and off the farm into the future.
Through these workshops, attendee’s will be introduced, each night, to guest farmer speakers who has succeeded in other forms of associated business diversification, and Teagasc specialists will also be on hand to answer your questions and cover a large range of topics discussed.
Just some of these topics which will be covered over the coming weeks are: Assessing your enterprise, Developing your ideas, Food enterprise possibilities, Energy crops, Forestry, Renewables, Organic opportunities, Rural tourism, Marketing, Direct selling, A Business Plan – The Basics, Applications for Grant Aid, Family farm finance, Business supports and Succession.
Booking is essential for these workshops and there is no course fee required to attend, however a small charge will be made in respect of where a bus is required for future farm visits.
The Thurles ‘Options Workshop’ will continue to run for five nights over a period of five consecutive weeks.
For further information contact the Thurles Teagasc Office, (Tel: 0504 21777).
The Commission for Energy Regulation has announced that customers of Irish Water will have their metered charges capped at an assessed rate for the first nine months of use. Same has also revealed that all home owners who receive water not fit for human consumption will not have to pay any water supply charges.
The charges announced today, confirm that a family of two adults and two children will pay an annual water bill of about €278, with home-owners billed for water use with effect from tomorrow.
The Commission also identify two types of customers; those with meters who will pay for the water they use and those without meters who will pay an assessed charge. The former metered customers will be charged €2.44 per 1,000 litres, but charges will be capped at the unmetered rate for the first nine months of usage. The latter consumers without meters will pay an annual rate of €176 for a household with one adult – or €278 for a home with two adults, while children will be given a free allowance of 21,000 litres, which will be monitored on a quarterly basis and adjusted. People who own a second home will pay a charge of €125 on their non-primary residence.
Customers who live in areas where the water is unfit for human consumption will not pay any water supply charge, once a boil water notice has been in place for at least 24 hours. However, they will continue to be charged for waste water services.
Customers who have been overcharged during their billing period will receive a rebate after six months and all the caps and charges announced today will apply to the end of 2016.
The European Union has been called on to back a proposal to bridge the digital divide in the rural communities of Tipperary Clare, and Limerick which are unable to access fibre or wireless broadband services.
The Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly Mid-West Office (formerly Mid West Regional Office) and Clare-based Slí Nua Development are partners of an EU-funded Satellite Broadband for European Regions project (SABER).
The network met in Brussels today to launch a Satellite Broadband Voucher Scheme which it said should be implemented by the members of the EU and their regional governments, to encourage awareness and take-up of satellite broadband solutions across Europe’s most rural regions.
The meeting brought together representatives from 21 European regional authorities, satellite experts and key influencers, including Eutelsat, SES Broadband Services, Airbus Defence and Space, to examine how to accelerate broadband adoption in rural areas.
Majella O’Brien, EU Projects Officer, SERA Mid West Office said the Satellite Broadband Voucher Scheme would be of assistance to communities in the Mid West which have yet to benefit under successive National Broadband schemes and are unlikely to be able to access affordable broadband services in the near future.
“Satellite broadband is a practical and viable solution today but the expense associated with setting up and subscribing to the service can be prohibitive for many. Unlike in North America and Australia, Europe has been relatively slow to drive awareness, acceptance and adoption of satellite technology,” she explained. Ms. O’Brien continued: “Satellite broadband is a viable option for many rural communities which find themselves in a broadband black spot. The Satellite Broadband Voucher Scheme is one method of increasing its take up and helping rural households and business to bridge the digital divide.”
Patrick Sullivan of Slí Nua Development, an economic development company and SABER project member based in the rural East Clare village of Ogonnelloe, is also backing the proposed Satellite Broadband Voucher Scheme.
“In this digital world, it has been widely accepted that business competitiveness relies on having access to affordable broadband services,” he explained, “However, businesses that are located in remote and rural areas of Tipperary, Limerick, and Clare for example, are disadvantaged because they are not able to access affordable broadband services; especially at the higher broadband speeds that are necessary for them to exploit the increasing number of ICT applications and services that are now available on the market.”
Mr. Sullivan said one solution to addressing the digital divide is the delivery of Broadband Services through satellites, in the same way as many of us receive our television programmes. He continued: “Significant technological advancements have been made in satellite technology which has resulted in this being a reliable medium for the delivery of broadband services. Businesses in rural and remote areas can therefore now gain access to broadband services through satellite technology.”
Mr. Sullivan said that the SABER project has developed guidance, in particular targeted at Regional Policy makers, to make them aware that Satellite technology is available to deliver broadband services. The guidance, written by Slí Nua Development and Eutelsat, and which has been reviewed by 17 regions from across Europe, has focussed on the selection of appropriate technologies and deployment models; building the business case for investing in broadband support programmes; exploring funding options; dealing with state aid; and procuring satellite solutions.
“Through supporting the development of this guidance, the European Commission has sought to encourage Regional Policy makers from across Europe to consider satellite solutions when preparing their plans to bridge the digital divide in their respective areas,” added Mr. Sullivan.
Led by CSI-Piemonte in Italy, the 24-month SABER project is partially EU-funded and involves 26 partners, 21 regional authorities and ICT public and private organisations supporting regions in broadband deployment representing 13 countries. During its lifespan, the SABER project has published important, practical information, guidelines and toolkits (some available in several languages) to help national and regional governments close the European Digital Divide by using satellite broadband technology.
For more visit www.project-saber.eu.