Space race at central London offices

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Unite founder raises £21m from share sale

first_imgThe shares, which represent 3.66% of Unite’s share capital, were sold at 466.5p each.Porter’s stake has been reduced to 2.48%, but he said today that he had no intention of reducing this holding within the next 12 months. Today’s sale is the third-largest tranche that Porter has sold since he announced in March that he was stepping down as chief executive of the company he founded in 1991 at the age of just 21.In June, he sold 3.4 million shares, and in September, a further 1 million, which made him a combined £17m.last_img

Myers Industries Appoints Chief Human Resources Officer

first_imgMyers Industries, Inc., an international manufacturer of polymer products for industrial, agricultural, automotive, commercial and consumer markets, recently announced that Tom Harmon has joined the company as vice president, chief human resources officer. In this role, he will be responsible for leading all aspects of human resources, including talent acquisition, talent development and learning, business partnerships, compensation and benefits, employee engagement and culture.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Harmon holds a Master of Industrial and Labor Relations fromCornell University and a Bachelor of Science from State University of New Yorkat Geneseo.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Harmon joins Myers from Gryphon Investors where he was managing director,human resources. Previously, he held HR leadership positions with Dawn FoodProducts, Armstrong World Industries and Pfizer. Harmon brings with himextensive experience leading organizations through growth and change and indeveloping high performing teams. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Banyard said, “I am excited to have Tom joinour team. His demonstrated ability to provide leadership while aligning the HRfunction with the strategy and needs of the business will be fundamental as wecontinue to execute our strategic initiatives and foster a culture built aroundcontinuous improvement.”center_img LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. last_img read more

Asian lawyers recognised in awards

first_img SAL chairman Sundeep Bhatia said he was heartened by the calibre of award winners and nominees. He said: ‘This year’s awards highlighted how far diversity has progressed within the profession, and showed that SAL is a broad church encompassing solicitors, young and old, from private practice and public service, as well as members of the bar.’ Law Society vice-president Linda Lee, Solicitors Regulation Authority chairman Charles Plant, Crown Prosecution Service director of equality and diversity Dale Simon, and Sir Desmond De Silva QC of Argent Chambers presented the awards at SAL’s annual ball. The Society of Asian Lawyers (SAL) has announced the winners of its annual awards to recognise the exceptional achievements of Asian solicitors and barristers practising in the UK. The award winners were: Young lawyer of the year: Naim Rahman of London firm Duncan Lewis Commercial lawyer of the year: Deepa Deb of City firm Berwin Leighton Paisner Pro bono/human rights lawyer of the year: Katie Gosh, director of the British Institute of Human Rights Criminal lawyer of the year: Ali Naseem Bajwa of 25 Bedford Row Chambers Public service lawyer of the year: Jaswant Narwal, chief Crown prosecutor, Lincolnshire Lifetime achievement award: Makbool Javaid of London firm Simons Muirhead Burtonlast_img read more

Human rights

first_imgDetention – Drug trafficking – Right to life – Death of drug smuggler The appellants appealed against a decision to strike out their claim based on the European Convention on Human Rights 1950 as bound to fail because it arose out of criminal conduct. The appellants were the widow and father of a professional drug smuggler (D). D was also a drug user, with a cardiac debility probably caused by drug abuse. He was detained at Heathrow airport. At the time his body contained a kilo of raw cocaine in 116 sealed packages which he had swallowed. He was X-rayed, charged and remanded in custody. In custody he refused all food and almost all drink for a week, despite being warned by staff, as well as by two NHS general practitioners, by his solicitors and by his father that he could suffer severe harm if he had packets of cocaine in his system. He then took a little food and fluid, but began to show signs of acute cocaine poisoning, although none of the packages had burst. An ambulance was called promptly, but D died. The cause of death was certified as acute cocaine toxicity and cocaine-related heart damage. The appellants brought a claim alleging breaches of articles 2 and 3 of the convention which protected the right to life and the right not to be subjected to inhuman or degrading treatment. Their case was that with a better policy for handling such cases and with better care D’s life could have been saved. The respondent successfully applied to strike out the claim on the basis of the maxim ex turpi causa non oritur actio because the events arose out of D’s own criminal conduct. The respondent argued that the absence of any affirmative jurisprudence in favour of a defence of criminality or ex turpi causa to a convention claim did not exclude it; the European Court of Justice had held that Community law could not be relied on for abusive or fraudulent purposes and there was no reason why the same should not be true of convention law. Held: The common law defence of criminality did not operate in Convention law so as to bar a claim. The silence of the European Court of Human Rights in at least three cases where the point was starkly open was eloquent, McCann v United Kingdom (A/324) (1996) 21 EHRR 97 ECHR, Makaratzis v Greece (50385/99) (2005) 41 EHRR 49 ECHR and Jalloh v Germany (54810/00) (2007) 44 EHRR 32 ECHR considered. It was not permissible simply to read across from Community law to Convention law. It was one thing to discountenance the manipulative use of a Community right for a purpose for which it was not meant; it was another to create a gateway to human rights which only the virtuous could enter. There were perceptible and sound policy reasons why the criminality defence did not form part of the Strasbourg jurisprudence, save when it came to just satisfaction. To introduce it into a claim under the Human Rights Act 1998 would be to create a barrier which citizens of other member states did not face (see paragraph 21 of judgment). Appeal allowed. Ayesha Al Hassan-Daniel (in her own right and as representative of the estate of Anthony Daniel, deceased) & Anor (appellants) v Revenue & Customs Commissioners (respondent) & Justice (intervener): CA (Civ Div) (Lords Justices Neuberger, Maurice Kay, Sedley): 15 December 2010center_img Hugh Southey QC (instructed by Hickman Rose) for the appellants; Jason Beer (instructed by Treasury Solicitor) for the respondent; Paul Bowen, Alex Gask (instructed by the in-house solicitor) for the intervener.last_img read more

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MTU builds engine R&D facility

first_imgGERMANY: Tognum’s MTU Friedrichshafen subsidiary held a groundbreaking ceremony for a €60m engine research and development facility on May 6. The facility will have seven test stands for the study of combustion processes, control systems, exhaust after-treatment and gas engines for rail and maritime applications. ‘These test stands will be used to develop new series and in particular they will play an important role in the development of the gas engine as the engine of the future for ships and rail vehicles,’ said Dr Ulrich Dohle, Chief Technology Officer at Tognum. ‘They represent a vital addition which will complement our test stands in Augsburg where we develop gas engines for stationary operation’.last_img

Office of NAO hosts monitoring & evaluation training

first_img Share 196 Views   no discussions Share Share A training in monitoring and evaluation for twenty (20) programme and project co-ordination staff from various ministries is ongoing in Dominica.The training being held between January 12th and 16th 2015 is being funded by the European Union, through the Office of the National Authorising Officer (NAO) for the European Development Fund.Monitoring and Evaluationis one of the important activities forming part of the Office of the NAO’s programme for Public Financial Management and Visibility, a press release from the Office of the National Authorising Officer for the European Development Fund on 15 January 2015.The release notes that “Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E) is a critical area for development of skill sets because it would have direct impact on all key Public Financial Management (PFM) areas.The goal of Monitoring and Evaluation is to improve current and future management of outputs, outcomes and impact in order to enhance performance and achieve results.Evaluation involves the objective examination of the relevance and impact of activities in the light of specified objectives. As it relates to the Public Financial Management, effective evaluation reinforces the link between the medium term Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP), sectoral policies and strategies and the Growth and Social Protection Strategy (GSPS).Monitoring is a continuous assessment of the progress of ongoing activities. With reference to PFM, successful monitoring contributes to credibility of the budget by strengthening the budget process and fiscal discipline; ensuring that expenditure is in line with projections; and increasing the implementation rates of PSIP projects.This training programme is intended for twenty (20) programme and project co-ordination staff members from the ministries of Finance, Agriculture, Health, Public Works, Energy, and Water Resource Management, who are involved in, or have responsibility for, monitoring and evaluation within their departments, particularly for development programmes and projects.The UK-based agency RIPA International is facilitating training in Dominica based on its track record of delivering high quality programmes. It is anticipated that the training will produce the following results:• Twenty (20) participants trained in the Monitoring and Evaluation.• Improvement in the operation and management of the M&E function of the Government.• Improvement in the effectiveness of the M&E process to help assess programme impacts.• Achievement of desired development goals and ensure ‘early warning’ and other strategies for preventing failures.center_img Sharing is caring! Tweet LocalNews Office of NAO hosts monitoring & evaluation training by: Dominica Vibes News – January 15, 2015last_img read more

Andray Blatche makes Gilas comeback in FIBA qualifier

first_imgAndray Blatche made his return to the national men’s basketball team after serving his FIBA suspension for his involvement in Gilas-Australia brawl last year. SPIN MANILA – Naturalized center Andray Blatche made his return to Gilas Pilipinas after being named as part of the 14-man pool for the final window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifier on Feb. 21 and 24.Blatche made the comeback to the national men’s basketball team after serving his FIBA suspension for his involvement in Gilas-Australia brawl last year.Back-up naturalized center Christian Standhardinger of San Miguel Beermen is in the roster, too.Also making a return after missing the previous window were Roger Pogoy of TNT KaTropa, Raymond Almazan of Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and Magnolia Hotshots’ Andy Mark Barroca, who was part of the original Gilas under Rajko Toroman. Still part of the Gilas pool were KaTropa’s Jayson Castro and Jeth Troy Rosario, San Miguel Beermen’s June Mar Fajardo and Marcio Lassiter, and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings’ Earl Scottie Thompson and Japeth Aguilar.Completing the national team pool of head coach Joseller Guiao were Hotshots’ Paul Lee, Painters’ Gabriel Norwood and NLEX Road Warriors’ John Paul Erram.Gilas is currently at fourth place in Group F with a 5-5 record and still have a good chance of qualifying for the FIBA World Cup in September but cannot afford to lose their last two games against Qatar and Kazakhstan./PNlast_img read more

7th Annual Autism walk slated for Saturday

first_img Share RelatedAutism Awareness Walk this SundayThe Point Isabel Independent School District will be sponsoring the Autism Awareness Walk and Fun Run on Saturday, April 27, at 8 a.m. April is National Autism Awareness Month. The district hopes to raise awareness about Autism, the fastest growing developmental disorder in the United States. The walk of 2.2…April 24, 2013In “South Padre Parade”A walk and fun run to rememberBy ROBERT COHEN Special to the PRESS One would think that the ocean had flowed over Port Isabel by the burst of blue that took over Beulah Lee Park last Saturday. Approximately 250 or so blue clad participants of the 7th Annual Autism Walk and Fun Run flooded the park…April 13, 2018In “News”PIISD Autism Awareness Walk nearsBy CRAIG ALANIZ Reporter/Photographer  The Point Isabel Independent School District will be sponsoring the Autism Awareness Walk and Fun Run on Sunday, April 27, at 8 a.m. April is National Autism Awareness Month. The district hopes to raise awareness about Autism, the fastest growing developmental disorder in the United…April 18, 2013In “News” By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comJoin the Point Isabel Independent School District and other community sponsors for the 7th Annual Autism Awareness Walk and Fun Run this Saturday, April 7.The free event will begin at 8 a.m. at Beulah Lee Park along Highway 100 in Port Isabel. Participants will walk 2.2 miles from the park to Port Isabel High School.At the end of the walk and run participants will find a number of fun activities and various vendors. Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers (children) and transportation will be available from the high school to the starting line at the park.There will also be numerous door prizes and food available. Event organizers will also be selling t-shirts commemorating the walk.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more