Samskip appoints Laaksonen

first_imgBased in Samskip’s offices in Rotterdam, Laaksonen will lead the management board of six executives, including Ásbjörn Gislason who will become group deputy ceo. Laaksonen will be tasked with executing the company’s growth plans, which are based on a customer-focused approach.Most recently, Laaksonen served as ceo for Finland-headquartered Containerships.Alongside the appointment of Laaksonen, Samskip subsidiaries NorLines and Samskip Logistics will merge into one group. HLPFI readers will recall, Samskip acquired NorLines in 2017 as part of the expansion of its shipping, transport and logistics businesses in Norway. www.samskip.comlast_img read more

M&A activity shrinks after 2015 high

first_imgThe value of mergers and acquisitions in the UK has halved year on year in the first quarter of 2016, on a slowdown at the top end of the market, according to analysis from Experian.The volume of M&A deals also fell, with 1,372 deals announced in the first quarter of 2016, a 15% fall from the 1,616 transactions recorded in the same period last year. The volume was also down by around 20% quarter on quarter.Experian said: ‘After 2015’s highs, this represents the most subdued quarter in almost three years, and mirrors a global trend for declining activity.’But it said it was not yet clear whether the fall represents a ‘small blip’ or an indication that the volume of deals will be more modest in the year ahead.In the first quarter of the year, there were just seven mega (£1bn-plus) transactions, down from 15 in the same quarter last year. This caused the value of deals to fall from £82.5bn in 2015 to £41.8bn this year.The number of large deals (£100m to £1bn) in the quarter fell 40% year on year, while mid-market deals (£10m to 100m) fell 29%, and small deals (£500,000 to £10m) declined by 22%.Deal volumes in London dropped sharply in the first quarter of the year, marking the slowest start to a year since 2009, when the UK was in the deepest point of its recession.The number of completed transactions fell to 509, a drop of 26% from the first quarter in 2015.Meanwhile the total value of London deals hit £17.5bn, down from £46bn in 2015, with high-value corporate deal-making, which was a prominent feature in 2015, largely absent at the start of this year.National firm Gateley was the busiest legal adviser in the quarter, advising on 31 deals, while international firm Davis Polk & Wardwell topped the table according to deal value, advising on £7.5bn worth of deals.James Turner, research manager at Experian Market IQ, said: ‘A more cautious approach, particularly evident amongst the large corporates, alongside reduced private equity activity, market volatility and fewer deals involving UK SMEs, has produced a more subdued start to the year than many expected.‘Still, the UK remains an attractive target for overseas investment, there are pockets of growth and, while deal volumes on last year’s scale look unlikely at this point, the outlook remains broadly positive for deal-makers as we move into the second quarter of the year.’last_img read more

Rwanda government, UNHCR urge refugees to return home

first_imgThe Rwandan government and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) have called upon Rwandan refugees in various countries to repatriate ahead of next year’s deadline.In a joint press conference held in the capital Kigali, Rwanda’s minister of disaster management and refugee affairs, and Saber Azam, UNHCR representative in Rwanda, urged Rwandan refugees still out of the country to go back to the country, saying they would lose their refugee status by December 31, 2017.The two advised the refugees to take advantage of the UNCHR and the Rwandan government’s help to repatriate.About 280,000 Rwandans are living as refugees in about 20 countries, with the majority, close to 245,000, living in the DR Congo.The majority of them left the country as a result of the 1994 genocide, which claimed close to 1 million Rwandans, mostly the Tutsi.Under the UN Cessation Clause, Rwandan refugees have until the end of next year to either repatriate or settle in their host countries as residents or acquire citizenship.Those who will not have repatriated then will be required to re-apply for new refugee status.last_img read more

Gunmen kill 12 Niger gendarmes in attack near Mali border

first_imgThe gunmen crossed over the border from Mali and drove up to the village of Ayorou, about 40 km inside, before springing their attack. Image courtesy: Aawsat The gunmen crossed over the border from Mali and drove up to the village of Ayorou, about 40 km inside, before springing their attack. Image courtesy: AawsatGunmen mounted on pick-up trucks and motorcycles killed 12 gendarmes and wounded several in an attack on their base in western Niger, near the Mali border, on Saturday, two security sources said.The village is a few dozen kilometres from where militants killed four U.S. soldiers in an ambush on October 4 that has thrown a spotlight on the U.S. counter-terrorism mission in Niger, which straddles a large expanse of the Sahara.The gunmen crossed over the border from Mali and drove up to the village of Ayorou, about 40 km inside, before springing their attack, the security sources said.“They were heavily armed. They had rocket launchers and machine guns. They came in four vehicles each with about seven fighters,” said a security source on the scene.One of the attackers was killed in an exchange of fire, he added. A spokesman for Niger’s military said he could not confirm any details of the attack.Several Islamist militant groups and well-armed ethnic militia are known to operate in the area near the border with Mali, and there have been at least 46 attacks recorded there since early least year.However, security officials suspect a relatively new militant group called Islamic State in the Greater Sahara to have been behind many of them, including the ambush on the joint U.S.-Niger patrol.last_img read more

Six steel bands to perform in annual festival

first_img Share Phase Five during a performance at the Fort Young Hotel. Photo credit:Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the Commonwealth of DominicaA number of steel bands on island will assemble at the Soufriere Bay front on Sunday, 26th May for the Dominica Festival of the Arts (DOMFESTA) Steel Band Festival.This activity forms part of DOMFESTA’s 30th anniversary celebrations which commenced on 26th April.Steel Bands to include, Phase Five, Mahaut Primary, the Dominica Institute for the Arts, St. Marks’ New Vision, St. Mary’s Academy and Pioneer Preparatory will display their skill at Sunday’s festival.The event is free and will commence at 5:00pmIn an interview with Dominica vibes News, chief cultural officer, Raymond Lawrence noted that DOMFESTA has been able to help to promote arts and culture.“It has given artistes another opportunity to showcase their talent and skills and we are hoping that with activities like DOMFESTA, our culture in Dominica can grow,” he said. Mr. Lawrence noted that the celebrations have been going “extremely well” so far.This year’s DOMFESTA program of activities included three plays, the primary schools Creole spelling competition, DAME High Scorers Concert, Giraudel/Eggleston Flower Show, Jazz n Creole, School Arts Gold, art and craft exhibition, Bagatelle Pork Festival and the African Liberation Day celebrations.The 2013 DOMFESTA celebrations will come to a close on 2nd June 2013.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share 52 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet LocalNews Six steel bands to perform in annual festival by: – May 25, 2013 Sharelast_img read more

Employers Federation Develops Enterprise Pandemic Plan

first_img 71 Views   no discussions                        Executive director of the Dominica Employers Federation, Achille JosephThe Dominica Employers Federation presented its Enterprise Pandemic Plan to businesses today which it says each business should include in its business continuity plan- something else which organisations should have established to guide business functions.Achille Joseph is Executive Director of the Employers Federation which represents, advises and looks out for the best interest of employers.He says the Enterprise Pandemic Plan is formatted as a template which businesses should customise to suit their own organisation’s structure and need.This is the first time that businesses will have a guiding document to help deal with global outbreaks.Joseph told Dominica Vibes, “Rather than focusing on natural disasters, because most business continuity plans focus on what if a hurricane hits us, what if the volcano erupts, what if we get a tsunami, a fire, an explosion, a river bursts its banks…”He says those plans had no reason to include pandemic management because “Historically and as the data seems to show, a pandemic happens in the world probably every 30 to 40 years, so a lot of people will not spend time and money developing a pandemic response plan”A pandemic plan is like an annex or an appendix to your business continuity plan,” he tells employers. “If you do not have pandemic continuity plan, try to develop one.”He says the Federation will be holding a training this year to help businesses develop their own business continuity plans.Joseph says times dictate now that employers plan for outbreaks like they plan for strikes, stock outs and natural disasters.Giving details of the template, he said, “It calls for the commissioning and functioning of a crisis management team or a committee… Do we know the contact numbers for all of our staff? What are the essential services? What is the bone structure here that we can operate on in case we have to do without staff who are either ill or in isolation? What are the basic people and functions we need here to keep running? If you shut down what happens from there? How do you keep the communication going from your staff? What kind of sign off you would require from your staff if they were sick and are coming back to work?” BusinessCoronavirusLocalNews Employers Federation Develops Enterprise Pandemic Plan by: – March 19, 2020 Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

Global Over-the-Air (OTA) Testing Market to Reach $3 Billion in Revenue by 2025

first_img In 2017, as per technology, the cellular segment is anticipated to dominate the global over-the-air (OTA) testing market, in terms of revenue. However, based on industry vertical, the consumer electronics segment is projected to lead the global over-the-air (OTA) testing industry in the same year. In 2017, the cellular segment is projected to account for the highest revenue. North America is expected to hold the largest global over-the-air (OTA) testing market share in 2017. The Asia-Pacific region is anticipated to exhibit the highest CAGR during the global over-the-air (OTA) testing market during the forecast period. The global over-the-air (OTA) testing industry is projected to reach $3 Billion in revenues by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 9.4% from 2018 to 2025. This industry was valued at $1,5 billion in 2017.At present, North America dominates the global OTA testing market with a revenue of $630.5 million in 2017, and is projected to reach $1,2 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 8.7% from 2018 to 2024. However, the Asia-Pacific region is anticipated to exhibit the highest CAGR of 11.7% during the forecast period.Over the Air (OTA) testing is a mandatory test to get the cellular telecommunications and internet association (CTIA) certification. In addition, it is also a requirement for various carriers, vendors, and standard organizations to determine if the wireless devices meet the applicable standards. Owing to increase in internet of things (IoT) and adoption of smart devices, the frequency of OTA testing is expected to increase, which would help to propel the OTA testing market growth. In addition, smart devices, such as fitness wearables, medical devices, and numerous mobile devices, connected with the help of cellular networks, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other wireless devices have been fueling the market growth of OTA testing. Furthermore, testing for IoT and smart devices has increased, owing to emerging standards and numerous wireless technologies that are used for connecting the devices. These factors altogether have been driving the growth of the OTA testing market.The number of smart cities worldwide has been increasing at a rapid pace, which is expected to significantly increase the number of wireless and smart connected devices. This will result in the rise of OTA testing of wireless devices to meet industry standards and facilitate assessment of antenna and receiver performance. The need for OTA testing is to check the reliability and accessibility of the wireless devices. In addition, numerous associations, mainly cellular telecommunications and internet associations (CTIA), vendors, carriers, and standard organizations, have mandated the OTA testing for wireless devices. Thus, the growth in smart cities is anticipated to lead to the overall market growth of the global OTA testing market.In 2017, on the basis of technology, the cellular segment is anticipated to dominate the global OTA testing market, in terms of revenue. However, by industry vertical, the consumer electronics segment is projected to lead the global OTA testing market share in the same year.These findings are according to a recent report published by Allied Market Research, titled, “Global Over-the-Air (OTA) Testing Market by Technology, Industry Vertical, and Application: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2018-2025.”The report includes a micro-level study of various regions adopting over-the-air (OTA) testing for various devices and applications. In addition, it discusses the potential opportunities for market players to enter the market. Moreover, it provides an in-depth market analysis of cable management, outlining current trends, key driving factors, and potential areas for product investments. In addition, it includes Porter’s five forces analysis to understand the competitive scenario of the industry and role of each stakeholder.Key Findings of the Study Click here to read this report.last_img read more

Bosan Menunggu, Pria Ini Buka Pintu Darurat dan Niat Lompat dari Sayap Pesawat

first_imgAtas kejadian ini, pria yang dikatakan bukan warga negara Spanyol tersebut, akhirnya mau kembali ke pesawat setelah dibujuk polisi. Seorang penumpang bernama Fernando de Valle Villalobos yang merekam kejadian tersebut mengatakan, dirinya mendengar orang tersebut berkata bahwa sudah bosan menunggu.“Saya tercengan. Pria tersebut sebenarnya saat itu juga berdiri di lorong kabin bersama yang lain dan menunggu untuk turun dari pesawat. Dia dengan tenang meminta izin untuk melewati saya kemudian membuka pintu darurat, melihat keluar, melihat sayapnya dan kembali keluar membawa tas dan barang bawaan miliknya yang lain,” kata de Valle.Saat pria tersebut keluar, kapten pesawat yang mengetahui kejadin tersebut juga keluar dari kokpit dan bertanya kenapa pria itu melakukannya. Kemudian de Valle yang mendengarnya kemudian  menjawab dengan jelas bahwa pria tersebut tidak sabar menunggu di dalam kabin untuk keluar.Baca juga: Tanpa Rasa Malu, Penumpang Ini Lepas Celana di Dalam Kabin PesawatPara penumpang lain, kecuali pria yang keluar dari pintu darurat tersebut harus menunggu 15 menit lagi di dalam pesawat sebelum turun. Polisi mengatakan, pada Rabu kemarin bahwa mereka telah mendapat laporan dan keluhan terhadap pria yang tidak diketahui namanya itu karena melanggar keamanan. Pihak Ryanair mengatakan, insiden tersebut saat ini sudah dipihak berwenang Spanyol.Pintu darurat di pesawat komersial memang terletak di bagian tengah, posisi tengah sayap. Dengan terbukanya puntu darurat, maka suatu pesawat memerlukan kondisi perbaikan dan penanganan khusus sebelum layak untuk dinyatakan terbang kembali. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedAkibat Kegerahan di Kabin, Pria Ini Tak Sengaja Membuka Pintu Darurat02/05/2018In “Bandara”Katanya Gerah, Wanita ini Buka Pintu Darurat Pesawat dan Berjalan di Sayap08/09/2020In “Bandara”Lakukan Pendaratan Darurat, Penumpang Southwest Airlines Dibuat Bingung dengan Sosok Misterius di Sayap15/03/2018In “Bandara” Penumpang pria yang bosan menunggu hendak melompat dari sayap pesawat (Yahoo) Hal mencenangkan dan mengagetkan baru saja terjadi pada pesawat Ryanair di momen pergantian tahun 2017/2018. Diketahui, pesawat Ryanair baru mendarat di kota Malaga di Spanyol Selatan, saat itu seorang penumpang pria yang tidak diketahui namanya ini keluar melalui pintu dari pintu darurat dan melompat ke sayap untuk turun.Baca juga: Inilah Beberapa Tipe Penumpang Pesawat, Anda Masuk Kategori Yang Mana? melansir dari laman (3/1/2018), penumpang tersebut bosan karena penerbangan Ryanair yang berangkat dari bandara Stansted London terlambat dan dirinya juga harus menunggu untuk turun dari pesawat serta mengantri dengan penumpang lainnya. Insiden ini terjadi pada Hari Tahun Baru, dimana 30 menit setelah pesawat mendarat.last_img read more

PT Len Gandeng Thales Kembangkan Sistem Sinyal Kereta Api Indonesia

first_imgTak hanya itu, dengan ini pun ternyata emisi karbon di langit ibukota ikut berkurang meski belum terlalu baik. Berbenahnya Jakarta juga terlihat dengan kemajuan layanan kereta listrik (KRL) CommuterLine dan kehadiran Light Rail Transit (LRT) serta proyek Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) yang dalam tahap finalisasi. Nah, ketiga moda transportasi tersebut didukung dengan sistem persinyalan dalam pengoperasiannya.Dan sebagai bentuk dukungan, BUMN PT Len Indonesia belum lama ini telah melakukan kerja sama dan menandatangani nota kesepahaman (MoU) dengan Thales untuk proyek pengembangan sistem sinyal (signalling) yang mutakhir bagi proyek-proyek kereta api di Indonesia. MoU tersebut merupakan perluasan kerja sama yang telah terjalin selama bertahun-tahun antara Thales dan PT Len, khususnya di sektor industri pertahanan.Baca juga: Stasiun Gumilir Punya Sistem Sinyal Computer Based Interlocking Buatan Anak BangsaSelain pengembangan, pengiriman dan pemasangan sistem sinyal terpadu untuk pengelola MRT dan LRT lokal yang potensial, pendekatan pengembangan bersama ini akan mendukung Thales agar bisa terus meningkatkan keahlian para SDM Indonesia setempat melalui transfer teknologi dan membantu PT Len supaya bisa mewujudkan ambisinya untuk menghadirkan berbagai sistem berteknologi tinggi yang dikembangkan sendiri kepada dunia, serta menjadi pemain regional di sektor transportasi.“Setelah bekerja sama dengan PT Len selama beberapa tahun dan menyadari kebutuhan Indonesia akan jaringan transportasi yang lebih baik, maka kami bertekad menjalin kemitraan dengan Indonesia sejalan dengan upaya mereka membangun infrastruktur transportasi masa depan,” tutur Erik-Jan Raatgerink, Country Director, Thales di Indonesia yang dikutip dari keterangan tertulisnya, Selasa (25/9/2018).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedBox Girder MRT Jakarta Terakhir Sambungkan Jalur Lebak Bulus-Bundaran HI01/11/2017In “Darat”Tarif LRT Jakarta Flat Rp5 Ribu, Lalu Kapan Beroperasinya?05/04/2019In “Darat”Emergency Walkway, Jalur Evakuasi Saat LRT Mogok14/08/2018In “Darat” Sistem sinyal (Semboyan35) Jakarta memiliki pertumbuhan penduduk cukup pesat dan kini tengah menghadapi urbanisasi dimana per tahunnya tumbuh sebesar 3,7 persen. Dalam menghadapi pertumbuhan tersebut lalu lintas juga akan semakin padat dan Jakarta mulai berbenah dengan menyiapkan transportasi massal.Baca juga: Lanjutkan Uji Coba Persinyalan, Ini Kali Pertama Kereta MRT Jakarta Masuki TerowonganMerespon kian padatnya lalu lintas di jakarta, baru-baru ini Pemprov Jakarta dianggap berhasil mengendalikan lalu lintas yang biasanya padat menjadi sedikit lenggang saat Asian Games 2018 berlangsung belum lama ini. Dimana memberdayakan pengelolaan ganjil genap yang biasanya hanya di sekitaran Jalan Sudirman-Thamrin, menjadi di beberapa titik jalan utama lainnya.last_img read more

Sakata set for third title defense

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 WBA flyweight champion Takefumi Sakata will meet compatriot Shingo Yamaguchi for the third defense of his title on March 29, the gyms of the two boxers announced Thursday. The bout at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture will be the first for Sakata since he narrowly retained his title with a draw against Thai challenger Denkaosan Kaowichit on Nov. 4. Yamaguchi, eighth in the WBA light flyweight rankings, failed in his bid for the WBC light flyweight title in 2002. He recently moved up to the flyweight division to fight Sakata. Sakata has a 31-4 record, including 15 knockouts and two draws, while Yamaguchi is 22-4-2 with eight KOs.last_img read more