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Red Flag Alert measures corporate distress by drawing on legal and financial data from a range of sources to identify companies with ‘significant problems’ or ‘critical problems’. Companies with significant problems are likely to be facing court action and insolvency, and have out-of-date accounts. Companies with ‘critical problems’ are those with county court judgments of at least £5,000 and/or wind-up petitions against them. There has been a 61% increase over the last 12 months in the number of law firms and other professional service providers facing financial distress, according to a report by business consultants Begbies Traynor. The Red Flag Alert report said that the number of professional services firms with financial issues has increased to 15,526, a 61% rise on this time last year. The number grew 87% in the first quarter (Q1) of 2011, although the report adds that financial distress typically increases in Q1. Across all sectors, Begbies Traynor found that almost 187,000 companies were suffering serious financial problems, 15% more than last year, and the second successive year-on-year increase. Begbies Traynor partner Nick Hood said: ‘Downward pressure on fees remains a problem for many firms, as well as the increasing difficulty of supporting partner drawings out of shrinking profits. ‘The worst of the UK recession may be over, but it is hard to see any genuine indication of a sustainable recovery in most professional areas, especially in legal and accounting services where increased competition is prompting much consolidation among middle market and smaller firms.’
The first unit weighed 2,050 tonnes, with a diameter of 21.8 m and a height of 26.5 m; the second weighed 1,798 tonnes, with a diameter of 37.4 m and a height of 14.1 m – a shipment which breaks the company’s internal record.The project has been in the planning process for over a year and a similar shipment is scheduled for later this year. www.martin-bencher.com
A team from the company’s Dubai head office and operational support centre recently performed exacting risk assessments before carrying out specialist training for security officers and senior personnel. The risk management solutions featured such scenarios as terror attacks and suicide bombers, kidnap, civil unrest and uprisings as well routine health and safety checks. Neptune’s business development manager, Jeremy Johnson, said: “Major port operators are becoming increasingly aware of potential risks at their facilities worldwide. “Companies must not only meet International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code standards and meet routine health and safety requirements but also ensure their emergency response plans are updated.” Johnson explained that Neptune’s latest solution delivered a bespoke risk assessment and training programme to help its client focus on operations rather than worry about potential dangers. The risk assessment covered such factors as staff, office facilities within the port and terminal and the company’s vessels. A risk register was drawn up with possible impact and company liabilities from a wide range of potential factors, including economical, operational and environmental incidents, as well as potential disruption caused by local community action which could affect production. The client then selected training options for its senior management team and security officers in a variety of areas. They included potentially troublesome local officials, behavioural and scenario training, which also factored in the potential for civil uprising and possible terrorist action, along with health and safety training. Jeremy Johnson. www.neptunemaritimesecurity.com
SHARE MEMORIAL VILLAGE, Texas (KHOU) – Police near Houston are looking for a health care provider who was caught on a webcam hitting the elderly woman she was supposed to be caring for.According to Memorial Village Police, Brenda Floyd is wanted for assault with bodily injury on the elderly/disabled.Dorothy Bratten has Alzheimer’s and can’t speak for herself, but the video tells a disturbing story.Police say Floyd was supposed to be helping Bratten at her West Houston home on Jan. 1. The victim was “seen feeding her dog people” food, which upset Floyd.“Why you feed that dog human food!” she yells.Floyd can then be seen on video striking the victim numerous times on her side as well as to the back of her head.Bratten’s family became concerned after noticing a few bruises, and put up the camera on New Year’s Eve.They were reviewing the video the next day and saw the shocking assault.Floyd, 59, is described as a white female with black hair and brown eyes. She is about 5’2″ tall and weighs approximately 215 lbs.Police tell us she has no criminal history and had worked for the family for about three years. They hired her through a popular website called care.com.“The family felt very comfortable with her and even assisted her with purchasing a vehicle in order to be able to get transportation to come to house to provide care and were very, very disappointed when the saw the abuse,” said Asst. Chief Ray Schultz with the Memorial Villages Police Department.A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered by Crime Stoppers for an arrest in the case.Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org. Tips may also be sent via a text message by texting the following: TIP610 plus the information to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous. Related Articles:Teens put in charge at Lehigh Acres senior home Author: CBS News Published: January 25, 2017 4:56 PM EST Updated: January 25, 2017 5:07 PM EST Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Caregiver attacks woman, 94, for feeding dog ‘people food’
The home secretary Theresa May will confirm today that government plans to exercise its right to opt out of 130 EU cross-border measures on law and order. She is expected to tell MPs that under an opt-out agreed by the last government when negotiating the Lisbon Treaty, the UK will drop out of the European Arrest Warrant, membership of bodies such as Europol and Eurojust, as well as arrangements to share databases. Under the Lisbon Treaty, which came in to force in 2009, European-wide policing and crime prevention measures will become mandatory and enforceable through the European Court of Justice in November 2014 unless the UK opts out of the entire package by June that year. The government could opt back in to individual measures – as long as the rest of the EU agrees. The decision to exercise the opt-out was revealed by the prime minister earlier this month. It was condemned by legal professional bodies. Law Society president Lucy Scott-Moncrieff said the that a decision to remove the UK from so many criminal justice measures, most of which are procedural and promote practical co-operation between member states, ‘could have far-reaching implications’. She urged the government to engage with practitioners to seek their views in an open and transparent consultation process. Bar chief Michael Todd QC echoed the concern: ‘Those who advocate an opt-out of EU criminal justice measures assume that it will remove the UK from the scope of EU criminal justice, and that it may save money.’ But he said the UK’s opt-out can relate only to measures established before the Treaty of Lisbon came into force in 2009, which would be a ‘recipe for confusion and greater costs’. Todd said that the practical considerations involved in the fight against cross-border crime would mean that the UK would almost certainly need to seek to opt back into them. Timothy Kirkhope MEP, a former Home Office minister who is Conservative spokesman on justice and home affairs in the European Parliament, said Britain had been left with no real choice but to opt-out because of terms in the Lisbon Treaty. ‘Accepting the authority of the European courts would be incompatible with the UK’s common law system and legal traditions which have been developed over hundreds of years,’ Kirkhope wrote in the Politics Home website. But he warned that by opting out the UK would no longer be able to use the agencies, shared databases, funding and instruments in law enforcement created by the EU. Instead the UK would have to make bilateral arrangements with each EU member state. ‘Expecting this decision to be the end of the story, and believing it to be a silver bullet for all the UK’s legal and immigration problems is naive at best. We cannot sign up to the full body of EU law, but the signals we send to our European partners in exercising our opt-out will be crucial if we wish to have the luxury of cherry-picking our way back into those areas that are to our benefit.’
EUROPE: The ceremonial launch of Deutsche Bahn Class 407 trainsets on the Frankfurt to Paris Est route on July 23 was followed by the signing of an agreement to extend DB and SNCF’s Alleo cross-border operating partnership for a further five years to 2020.Around 12 million passengers have travelled on ICE and TGV services between France and Germany since the launch of the Alleo partnership when phase one of LGV Est opened in June 2007. There was a 44% increase in ridership from 2008 to 2014, and 4% growth in the first half of 2015.Speaking at the signing ceremony, SNCF President Guillaume Pepy said the partnership had strengthened the links between the two countries and two companies, with on-train and technical staff and management having learned much from each other. ‘DB and SNCF are often in competition, but we also know how to co-operate when it is in the interests of our customers and our two countries’, he said.The opening of the Baudrecourt – Vendenheim second phase of LGV Est in 2016 is expected to reduce journey times by 30 min, putting Stuttgart 3 h 10 min and München 5 h 40 min from Paris. There will be a fifth daily return service from Paris to Stuttgart and a sixth to Frankfurt, with two Frankfurt trains operating via Saarbrücken and two via Strasbourg from where there will be a TGV connection to Marseille.The Class 407 Velaro D is the latest variant of DB’s ICE3 family, and the fourth generation of Siemens’ Velaro. It offers 444 seats, 31 more than the Class 406 design it succeeds, and includes a 16-seat dining car. It also meets the latest accessibility standards with the provision of a wheelchair lift, and has lower energy consumption than the previous model.The Class 407 entered passenger service in Germany on December 21 2013. Regular services to Paris began in June 2015, after authorisation for operation in France was granted in April; multiple operation is not yet permitted in France.
The Nigerian commercial capital of Lagos has always been a huge attraction for foreign investors.And of course Chinese investors are not to be left out. Over the years the number of Chinese investments in the city has grown tremendously.Besides the investments, China is also helping to transform the city’s infrastructure.
Sharing is caring! Share Share 222 Views 2 comments Tweet Share LocalNews Protestors criticize police response by: Dominica Vibes News – May 12, 2015 Protestors involved in the Monday 11 May protest at Salisbury have criticized the police’s response especially after an episode involving the use of tear gas in the afternoon.The protests, mainly over the deplorable condition of the community’s farm access roads, began at about 3AM and ended shortly before 6PM.Makeshift barriers were set up on the E. O. LeBlanc Highway, next to the Salisbury junction.Protestors interviewed indicated that police started firing tear gas on them between 4PM and 4:30PM while some were removing barriers to allow for the free flow of traffic.Protestors threw stones from a hill overlooking the Salisbury Catholic Church and the highway, where police were gathered and strategizing.The protestors had requested an audience with the Minister of Agriculture, Johnson Drigo and Minister for Public Works, Ian Pinard to seek a resolution to their grievance however; when no government representative showed up, this created a lengthy stalemate.The government, indicated to the protestors through the police, that it would meet with about ten residents in Roseau to discuss their concerns but that offer was rejected.One protestor, an elderly person, said there was little time for people to go back in the village by the time the police decided to clear the barriers.“There was a police [officer with a megaphone] and he was talking to [protestors], as [soon as] he finished talking to them – tear gas. My eyes, my throat [were irritated]. I [ran] on the savannah. I couldn’t see [anything], I almost fell.”She explained that it was the first time experiencing tear gas and questions why it was necessary in a “peaceful demonstration”.“No quarreling, no trouble…it was a peaceful demonstration and I do not see why that had to happen. [This] is a beginning because the Prime Minister is very, very rude for him to tell us ten men have to come up in town and meet him when he could send [Minister of Agriculture] Mr. Drigo.”Another protestor said that a senior police officer aggressively handled the Parliamentary Representative, Hector John and her relatives, at which point some people got upset and resorted to throwing missiles at the police.“From [about] 4PM they started [firing] tear gas. I got a lot of tear gas. I have my rag, [presently] it is wet. My throat is aching. My nose is sore. Tear gas I get like that. I mean just get a minister and tell him to come and talk to us. That is what we wanted.”A young protestor said that when police arrived on the scene, it was made clear to them that protestors would not move until government ministers came to speak with them however “they came with their guns and they started using force”.“So what [protestors] did, they lit some tires. Then the police just started [firing] tear gas on innocent people – babies, children, anybody. They were just [firing] tear gas regardless of who the person was, [whether] they were sick [or] what not, one actually took my mother in her stomach and people had to carry her to a safer place because she fainted.”He said protestors were further provoked when police removed the blockade and began chasing villagers into the village and firing tear gas after them indiscriminately.The government has indicated that it recognizes that the road requires urgent repairs but the people have been consulted and informed on the progress related to undertaking the works.– / 9
by Beverly ChurchThe Costick Activities Center, normally a beehive of activities for older adults, is quiet. No gatherings for lunch or a card game, no pickle ball, no swim aerobics. The coronavirus pandemic has put an end to all that for now.Meals on Wheels volunteer Richard Ketelhut loads up Meals on Wheels for delivery to local seniors. (Anna Durham)Yet, behind the scenes, the City of Farmington Hills staff members and a core group of volunteers continue to take care of the most vulnerable older adults in Farmington and Farmington Hills with food and other services.Meals on WheelsMeals on Wheels, which many seniors depend on for nutrition, is still delivering meals, though on a more limited schedule. Teresa Bryant, Nutrition Coordinator for the City of Farmington Hills, said they’re currently serving 227 clients, up from 177 before the stay-at-home orders.“Right now, we’re (delivering) an average of about 395” meals a day, said Bryant. And, since they’re only delivering on Tuesdays, Thursdays Fridays (down from five days a week), they sometimes deliver as many as 800 meals in a day to cover days they don’t deliver.“We’ve always offered the option of three meals a day,” including a hot meal, a cold meal and a breakfast, said Bryant. “On Fridays, we offer weekend meals so they have something on Saturday and Sunday.”To qualify for Meals on Wheels, people must be over age 60 and a resident of Farmington or Farmington Hills. Typically, those who have transportation and are able to get to a store don’t qualify. But for now, they are relaxing those rules.“Many have limited support, they don’t have family around,” said Bryant. “During this time, we’re able to provide meals for them.”Safety firstA small group of staff and volunteers prepare, pack and deliver the meals. Anna Durham, Senior Division Supervisor, said they are limiting numbers in order to keep everyone safe.“Normally, we have around 200 volunteers who help with the Meals on Wheels program,” she said. “But because of the circumstances, we have 16 drivers each day who deliver and five volunteers who pack.”Added Bryant, “We are very grateful for all the people who are calling to volunteer. We can’t use them right now, but we appreciate their offer to help.”For the Meals on Wheels team, safety comes first.“We are doing everything we can to keep our drivers safe and participants safe,” said Bryant. “Everyone is wearing gloves and everyone is more frequently washing their hands. The drivers are all equipped with gloves, masks and hand sanitizer. And they are not having physical contact with participants. They are knocking on the door and stepping away. The participant needs to come and signal that they’re OK and take the meal.”Delivering kindnessBryant praised the volunteers who deliver meals.“Our volunteers are just wonderful and go above and beyond,” she said. “They’re not just delivering a meal, but they’re also bringing flowers, bringing magazines, taking out their garbage, getting their mail and kindnesses we don’t even know about. I know these are troubling times, but there is a lot to feel good about the people we have in this community.”For the Easter holiday, the staff worked with a group of local children to make more than 200 greeting cards that were delivered with the meals.In addition to Meals on Wheels, Marsha Koet, Senior Adult Supervisor, said the city also makes outreach calls to seniors to make sure they’re okay.“We call our Meals on Wheels clients, and we’re calling those who used to come (to the Costick Center) two or three days a week,” said Koet.She said they’re also calling “particularly frail” people who typically rely on the city’s Transportation Program to take them to and from doctor and physical therapy appointments. However, since most of those appointments have been cancelled due to the virus, city staff and volunteers call to check in on them. The city continues to transport dialysis patients, Koet said.The city’s Outreach Services Coordinator, Teresa Jergovich, connects seniors with other services they need, such as getting medicine or food delivered. She also works with local groups, such as CARES of Farmington Hills (a local organization that provides food, clothing and other services) and churches, and handles referrals from the fire and police departments to help seniors in need.How you can helpWhile the Meals on Wheels program is limiting volunteers, they welcome donations. Make checks payable to the City of Farmington Hills with “Meals on Wheels” in the memo section. Mail them to: Costick Activities Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile, Farmington Hills, MI 48336.If you or someone you know would like to sign up for Meals on Wheels, call 248-473-1825. For questions or information about other services for older adults, call the Center for Active Adults’ main number at 248-473-1830. 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