Air Products at SEMICON Europa 2008

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Shoosmiths profits fall by more than half

first_imgNational firm Shoosmiths today reported profits down by more than half, with a slight reduction in turnover. Profits at the firm tumbled to £5.6m in 2008/09, down 54% on 2007/08. Profits per equity partner dropped from £318,000 to £150,000 over the same period. Turnover fell 4% from £103m in 2007/08 to £99m for the 2008/09 financial year. Chairman Andrew Tubbs said: ‘Our profit was hit hard because we chose to put people before profit. We delayed our restructuring programme for as long as possible last year, which means that the impact of these savings will start to take effect halfway through this financial year.’ The firm reported income falls in its corporate and property departments, blamed on a falling number of deals and investment projects being shelved. However, it reported growth in lender services, employment, litigation, debt recovery and insolvency. ‘Our priority for 2009/10 is to ensure that we are in the best possible shape for the future upturn in the market by continuing to look for more efficiencies and cost savings within the firm and to monitor capacity within our teams,’ said Tubbs. ‘We are focusing our efforts on client relationships because we recognise that they will light our way out of this recession.’last_img read more

Chinese project cargo delivered to India’s new Dhamra port

first_imgThe cargoes were carried onboard the Zhenhua 11.Dhamra Port is a joint venture of Tata Steel and Larson & Toubro and according to the Indian media, the port’s first phase will be operational by mid 2010.The new port will handle containers, bulk and breakbulk cargo for regional power, steel and mining sectors in which there is significant local investment. The port’s website says that the new port will have 13 berths, an 18 m draft, and the capacity to handle 83 million tonnes of cargo per annum, including dry and liquid bulk, project, breakbulk and containers.last_img read more

PEP hits £1m at Mishcon de Reya

first_imgCentral London and New York firm Mishcon de Reya has reported a 5% rise in average profit per equity partner to £1m.Net profit totalled £35m for the year ended 9 April.Revenue in London climbed to £127.9m from £110m in  2014/15, with Litigation (£44m), Real Estate (£31m), and Corporate and Private (both £19m) the major contributors. In New York revenues totalled £4.8m.Mishcon has made global headlines in recent weeks for handling a legal claim against Brexit brought by what is reported to be a ‘group of concerned British citizens’. Earlier this month a number of self-styled democracy campaigners held a noisy protest over the action outside the firm’s offices on Kingsway, London.The firm has also signalled an interest in a John Lewis-style ownership model.last_img read more

Baker & McKenzie rolls out agile working

first_imgInternational firm Baker & McKenzie will roll out agile working across its global network, offering flexible working to its entire headcount. The change will be brought in with immediate effect across the firm’s 77 offices, a spokesperson confirmed today. The firm told the Gazette the programme will include alternative working hours, remote working, and regular working time outside of the office.The initiative is being led by Peter May, chief talent officer at the firm, and global executive committee member Claudia Prado.May told the Gazette the decision came off the back of a global engagement survey conducted last year in which one of the issues that surfaced was a desire for ‘flexible working’, including remote working and flexible hours.’We understand that in the 21st century workers needs change and that there should be a new approach that realises people have different needs,’ he said.May said while demands on physical premises may change eventually the benefits of the programme would have a ‘positive effect on staff including on productivity and morale’.The firm will now enter into an 18-month implementation period where it will bring its working policy across its global offices into line with those that already offer flexible working, including the UK and Spain.Baker & McKenzie has 4,607 lawyers including 1,580 partners.last_img read more

Barbados cracks down on financial crimes by foreigners

first_imgBarbados police say they will continue to crack down on attempts by foreign nationals who attempt to conduct financial crimes in the country, after two eastern European nationals appeared in court charged with theft.On Tuesday, Bulgarian Anton Nedev and Ukrainian Ruslan Leskev were remanded in police custody after appearing in court on theft and money laundering charges. They were expected to return to court yesterday, when the court was expected to secure the services of a translator.Police said they executed a search warrant on April 1 at the men’s apartment and seized a quantity of money as well as articles and devices in connection with skimming – the practice of fraudulently copying credit or debit card details of unsuspecting card holders.Both men were charged with going equipped and money laundering, while Nedev is facing an additional charge of “going equipped”.Nedev and Keskey are the latest set of foreign nationals to appear before the courts here on charges of financial crime.Last month, three British nationals appeared in the Supreme Court and pleaded guilty to credit card fraud shortly after arriving on the island earlier this year.Michael Akinwale Akingbade, 33, Joseph Adedapo King, 30, and Mukhtar Mohamed Muctar Abbasheikh, 19, had been on remand at HMP Dodds for one month before their court appearance. A fourth individual who was arrested with the men, 30-year-old Barbadian Melissa Latoya Cumberbatch, was released on BDS$15,000 bail (US$7,500).The men admitted to obtaining Rolex watches from luxury stores using credit cards that did not belong to them.Abbasheikh reportedly told the police that he was acting under instructions from a south London gang to participate in the crimes, and that they had threatened to harm him and his family if he did not cooperate.In February, police released photographs of two foreign nationals who were suspected of tampering with local automated teller machines. No details of the men were released at the time.Officers of the Financial Crime Unit of the Royal Barbados Police Force told a recent press conference that they had received numerous complaints that customers bank accounts had been tampered with.last_img read more

Regional Leaders to Meet to Discuss Travel Bubble in the Region

first_imgCMC The bubble usually includes countries that have demonstrated considerable success in containing and combatting the COVID-19 pandemic within their respective borders. ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders are due to meet later on Monday to discuss arrangements that would allow their nationals to enter Caribbean countries without taking the various tests for the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Antigua and Barbuda has opted for the fact that we are saying, no. According to the dictates of the Ministry of Health in Antigua and Barbuda, once you are coming into Antigua and Barbuda, irrespective o where you coming from you must have a COVID-19 negative PCR test. “So even if we were allowed into that bubble, we would have been outstanding in that we would not have allowed their people in without the test. What is being now is that there is a meeting of the heads this afternoon at 3.30 pm (local time) where they looking to see if they could find a way to harmonise the whole aspect of entry and exit amongst the CARICOM islands,” the official said. In recent times, the regional countries which have been reopening their borders, have created so-called “travel bubbles” allowing for nationals from several countries to freely move in and out without having to undergo many of the tests required for entry and exit from the islands as a result of the COVID-19. However, some countries have removed others and a senior government official, speaking on a radio programme here, said that Barbados, for example had created a bubble indicating that if you are coming from a number of islands you don’t need a COVID-19 test.last_img read more

Sierra Leone’s doctors end nationwide strike

first_imgHawanatu Conteh, a nurse at Connaught Hospital, tends to a patient while the hospital’s doctors strike over pay and conditions, in Freetown, Sierra Leone December 4, 2018. Picture taken December 4, 2018. REUTERS/Cooper Inveen/File Photo Doctors in Sierra Leone have ended a 13-day strike pushing for better pay and working conditions that had paralyzed the country’s hospitals.Hawanatu Conteh, a nurse at Connaught Hospital, tends to a patient while the hospital’s doctors strike over pay and conditions, in Freetown, Sierra Leone December 4, 2018. Picture taken December 4, 2018. REUTERS/Cooper Inveen/File PhotoThe health ministry said it had agreed a timeline with doctors to respond to their demands, announcing the agreement in a statement signed by the heads of two doctors’ associations.The strike impacted an already threadbare health system in one of the world’s poorest countries, leaving its biggest and busiest hospitals in disarray and the sick unattended.“At this point we can only trust their word,” said Abdul Njai, president of the junior doctors’ association.“It’s not exactly how we wanted things to go, but our patients need us now. They can’t wait any longer.”Striking doctors had been demanding pay rises, equipment purchases, and health insurance for medical professionals.“The ministry has agreed to meet the doctors’ demands over the course of the next year and asked them not to disclose further details, Njai said.Sierra Leone is still recovering from an Ebola epidemic in 2014-2016 that killed nearly 4,000 people, including more than 250 medical staff.Related Dealing with Ebola in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Defends Lockdown center_img China offers to help Sierra Leonelast_img read more

UWP announces nominee for Speaker of the House

first_img Tweet 355 Views   3 comments Sharing is caring! LocalNews UWP announces nominee for Speaker of the House by: – February 4, 2015 Judith Pestaina (Photo credit:, February 4, 2015 – The United Workers Party today announced that the Parliamentary Opposition will nominate former Commonwealth Political Advisor and Senior Public Service Manager Judith Eleanor Pestaina for the post of Speaker of the House of Assembly when the new parliamentary term opens on February 20, 2015.Mrs. Pestaina, the Managing Director of Garraway Hotel, is a certified career professional with over 25 years experience across a variety of leadership and management positions in the public and private sectors. As a former Chief Protocol Officer, Permanent Secretary, Chief Personnel Officer and Acting Cabinet Secretary in the government of Dominica, she has an impressive track record of customer focused teamwork and effective alignment of resources to agreed organizational development strategies. As a former Deputy Director of the Political Affairs Division of the London based Commonwealth Secretariat, she led and served on a number of missions observing Elections in several Commonwealth member states designed to help strengthen and protect democracy. She also collaborated with the senior leadership team in the development and delivery of a variety of solutions for Governance challenges facing small island states in particular and the Commonwealth grouping in general.Opposition Leader Lennox Linton says the UWP nominee for the post of Speaker is well prepared to do justice to the challenging responsibility of guiding the business of parliament to higher levels of achievement in the public interest. “We are extremely pleased that she has made herself available to serve if elected… When you combine the professional accomplishments of Mrs. Pestaina with her passion for excellence, her well-known capacity for fairness and objectivity, and her outstanding oral and written communication skills, you have a mix of skills and competencies ideally suited to this important public service engagement”.Parliament will elect a Speaker by secret ballot at the start of proceedings on February 20, 2015. The ruling party’s nominee is Alix Boyd-Knights who has held the position since 2000.center_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

Toko Tanpa Pegawai di Stasiun Gateway Takanawa Dilengkapi Teknologi Kecerdasan Buatan melansir laman (23/3/2020), bahkan sistem AI di toko tersebut juga bisa mengenali perilaku yang mencurigakan dan terus menerus menyadari apa yang telah diambil dari rak. Pengembang toko Touch To Go Co telah menjalankan tes dan menemukan bahwa ada pengunjung yang menyembunyikan barang-barang di bawah pakaian atau menghindarai kamera sambil menempatkan barang di dalam tas masuk.“AI kami belajar dengan mengambil gambar dari berbagai sudut. Ini tidak sepenuhnya anti-gagal, tetapi hampir tidak mungkin untuk mengutil,” Presiden Touch To Go, Tomoki Akutsu.Toko serba ada di Stasiun Gateway Takanawa ini menjual sekitar 600 item termasuk makan siang kotak bento minuman dan makanan ringan. Uniknya lagi, toko serba ada ini juga hanya melayani sistem pembayaran otomatis.Sehingga pembeli yang membayar barang belanjaan mereka akan bisa keluar dari toko karena pintu terbuka secara otomatis. Sedangkan jika pembeli tidak membayar, maka pintu tidak akan terbuka.Namun sampai saat ini belum jelas seberapa populer toko serba ada dengan teknologi AI ini. Waktu akan memberi tahu apakah pelanggan akan menemukan toko tanpa awak itu nyaman atau apakah mereka akan dimatikan oleh kurangnya sentuhan manusia.Baca juga: Takanawa Gateway Menjadi Stasiun Modern dengan Robot Pemandu PenumpangNamun, untuk saat ini, tampaknya toko tanpa petugas ini adalah jalan masa depan. Mereka menghemat biaya tenaga kerja dan memberikan peningkatan keamanan, membuatnya lebih efisien daripada toko konvensional.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedEnam Jenis Robot Beroperasi di Stasiun Gateway Takanawa13/04/2020In “Darat”Wuih, Ada Robot Desinfektan Beroperasi di Stasiun Takanawa Gateway29/07/2020In “Darat”Takanawa Gateway Menjadi Stasiun Modern dengan Robot Pemandu Penumpang26/03/2020In “Darat” Stasiun Gateway Takanawa Stasiun kereta Gateway Takanawa yang dibuka pada Maret 2020 menghadirkan berbagai macam teknologi canggih di dalamnya. Salah satunya adalah sebuah toko serba ada tanpa pegawai yang dilengkapi dengan 50 kamera dan fitur kecerdasan buatan atau Artificial Intelligence (AI).Baca juga: Enam Jenis Robot Beroperasi di Stasiun Gateway TakanawaDalam uji coba dengan sistem AI, toko ini berhasil menemukan pencurian barang. Sebab sistem AI ini terpasang pada 50 kamera yang tersebar dalam toko serba ada tersebut. Meski hanya seluas 60 meter persegi, kamera-kamera yang terpasang akan mengidentifikasi setiap item yang diambil oleh para pembeli.last_img read more