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UK HR directors have top pay packages in Europe

first_img Previous Article Next Article HR directors in the UK are the highest paid in Europe, claims research by HRconsultants Towers Perrin. The study claims that the average basic salary for a HR director working inBritain is £110,946 – a year-on-year rise of nearly £7,000. When bonuses andshare options are taken into consideration, the annual pay package rises to£217,570 a year on average. The Worldwide Total Remuneration Survey shows that Belgium comes next with atotal package worth £210,365. However, surprisingly, HR directors are valued alot less by employers in France and Germany with average remuneration deals of£148,210 and £156,688 per year respectively. Damien Carnell, principal of the executive compensation unit at TowersPerrin, said, “UK companies value HR more than their Europeancounterparts. The pay results of the survey do not surprise me as HR thinkingis not as advanced in Europe. They do not see the results an engaged andcommitted workforce can bring.” But European pay scales in HR lag behind those in the US. HR directors inthe US receive the largest total remuneration in the world at an average of£313,751, and a basic salary of £125,742. Long-term incentives are better inthe US with share options averaging £81,732. “In the US, they have a high- pay, high-performance culture and arequick to restructure organisations and move people on if their performance isnot good enough – it is why they have the highest productivity in theworld,” said Carnell. Consultants Towers Perrin used HR salary data from 26 different countries. By Paul Nelson Comments are closed. UK HR directors have top pay packages in EuropeOn 18 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

UK ‘job jumpers’ dream of their ideal kind of job

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. UK ‘job jumpers’ dream of their ideal kind of jobOn 9 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Britons are becoming a nation of ‘job jumpers’ spending just two-and-a-halfyears on average at a company before moving on, according to a report. The Career Progressive Report by internet bank Cahoot finds almostthree-quarters of staff want to change career, and half the 1,100 workerssurveyed (47 per cent) thought they would be likely to change the course oftheir careers at least three times. Personal fulfilment is rated as the most important factor in a career andunfulfilled workers are not willing to stick at a job they are not enjoying forthe rest of their working years. Of the 25-34 age group, just 12 per cent believe they will stick with thesame career. This compares with 30 per cent of those aged 55 and over who saythey are likely to stay loyal to one employer throughout their workinglifetime. Women are more likely than men to change jobs within two years (17 per centcompared to 8 per cent) with one in eight changing career plans because theywant to have children. Cahoot managing director Deborah Cutler said: “It is tragic that somany of us are sitting in jobs we find unsatisfying because we think we can’tafford to change.” The report also reveals that a quarter of Britons’ dream career would be tobecome a writer and one in 10 say they would like to be in the movies. Thirteen per cent of men reveal they dream of being a professional sportsmancompared to just 1 per cent of women. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Galilee Energy accelerates Kumbarilla gas project in Australia

first_img Image: Galilee expects the initial programme to provide early definition of the CSG potential at Kumbarilla project. Photo: courtesy of skeeze from Pixabay. Australian oil and gas explorer Galilee Energy has accelerated its initial drilling at Kumbarilla gas project in Queensland, to more than one year ahead of schedule.Spread over 384km², the Kumbarilla exploration tenure has dual prospectivity in both the Walloon Subgroup coal seam gas (CSG) fairway and the oil and gas prone eastern flank of the Taroom Trough in the Bowen basin.Drilling to commence in Q1 2020 at Kumbarilla projectDrilling at the Kumbarilla project is scheduled to commence in Q1 2020, and involves three core-holes that target the interpreted Walloon Subgroup CSG “sweet spot”, where prospectivity is estimated to be highest.Galilee Energy plans to undertake extensive formation and flow testing at each core-hole to acquire core across the complete 300m of Jurassic coal-bearing stratigraphy.The firm expects the initial programme to provide early definition of the CSG potential at Kumbarilla as well as support acceleration of the subsequent exploration programme that would advance maturation of the Contingent Resource base to Reserves.In August 2019, MHA Petroleum Consultants has independently certified a total of 504 PJ of CSG 2C contingent gas resource+ in the Walloon Subgroup, confirming Kumbarilla’s material prospectivity.Galilee is currently nearing completion of 667km of 2D regional seismic reprocessing for the Kumbarilla project, to improve visualisation of structural elements for enhanced coal seam gas fracture permeability.Galilee managing director Peter Lansom said: “Acceleration of the exploration program by more than twelve months reaffirms Galilee’s confidence in the prospectivity of the Kumbarilla project and the company’s drive to deliver material CSG and conventional oil and gas reserves to a structurally short east coast gas market.“Acquiring early, high-quality core and seismic data is integral to fast-tracking success and is consistent with Galilee’s approach to each of its exploration assets.”Galilee Energy was granted 100% working interest in the Kumbarilla prospect for a term of six years, following tender as part of the Queensland Government’s 2019 new petroleum resource areas release.Last year, Galilee Energy has reported first production of CSG from a pilot programme at the Glenaras gas project in the western portion of the Galilee Basin in central Queensland. Galilee is also nearing completion of 667km of 2D regional seismic reprocessing for the Kumbarilla projectlast_img read more

Miss Crustacean Pageant and Sand Sculpting on Wednesday in Ocean City

first_imgMartin Z. Mollusk sees his shadow and predicts the arrival of summer a week early in Ocean City, NJ. A hermit crab beauty pageant and crab races are scheduled for Aug. 6.The Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant and Hermit Crab Races are set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the Sixth Street Beach in Ocean City.Crab beauties and crabathlete racers may register starting at noon. Entry is free, and prizes are awarded. In the event of rain, events will be held inside the Sports and Civic Center at Sixth Street and Boardwalk.Past Miss Crustaceans include Crabapatra, Copa Crabana, Taxi Crab, Crabunzel, Pirates of the Crababbien, Craberet, etc. Entries are judged on the originality of the displays featuring the crustacean.No painting on crab’s shell is permitted. The winner creeps down a flower bedecked runway while an enthralled crowd cheers and sings, “Here It Comes, Miss Crustacean.” The winner is also presented the “Coveted Cucumber Rind Cup,” a large loving cup with a cucumber stuck inside. A cucumber represents a year’s supply of food for a hermit crab.The Miss Crustacean Pageant is followed by the exciting King of Klutz Hermit Crab Races held at the same location on the Sixth Street Beach. Crabathletes race over a 6 ft. plywood oval with the winner receiving the King of Klutz Plaque. Entry is free. Register day of event at noon.A Sand Sculpting Contest will be held before the hermit-crab events. The low-key competition open to individuals and families will start at 9 a.m. on the 6th St. Beach. Entry is free. Categories include 5 years and under, 6-8, 9-12, Teens, Single Adults and Families. Bring buckets, shovels and your imaginations.last_img read more

Exploring Coke’s role in obesity strategy in China, elsewhere

first_img Researcher finds Coke’s fingerprints on health policy in China GAZETTE:  You break the report into two parts. The first is an institutional story of how ILSI works both at global and local levels to advance corporate interests. It takes a behind-the-scenes look at the organization. Then, the report highlights the gap between the public narrative about ILSI as a charitable organization that adheres to IRS rules on nonprofits, and contrasts it with set of private channels within the organization used to influence ILSI science and health policy in branches around the world. What were some of the biggest revelations you came across here?GREENHALGH: ILSI was created more than 40 years ago by then-Coca-Cola vice president Alex Malaspina and it now has 15 branches worldwide, including one in China — but nobody had looked closely at how it operates. The biggest discovery was the incredible complexity and sophistication of the organization. Tracking it over six years, I discovered that there were four specific features of its structure and organization that enabled it to serve industry interests while appearing to serve the public. You just mentioned two of those features: ILSI has a dual character — visible and invisible, public and private — and a host of informal, hidden mechanisms by which companies can influence the science. But there are two more as well. One is a hierarchical global structure that concentrated power in D.C. and made the branches subject to the authority of ILSI-Global. Last but not least are exclusionary rules of participation. Participation in ILSI events — especially by speakers — was by invitation only, creating a quasi-closed world of ILSI science in which critics of corporate intervention in science were not invited. They were excluded by definition.GAZETTE:  What do you hit on in the second part of the report?GREENHALGH: The second part is a detailed story of science-making and policymaking over 20 years, both at the global level of ILSI headquarters in the U.S. and at the local Chinese level. This story shows how Coke and other corporations used the ILSI apparatus to promote an industry-friendly approach to obesity calling for some dietary changes, but prioritizing exercise and remaining silent about soda taxes. In this section, I trace the process step by step to show how Coca-Cola managed to leave its mark on every phase of the process of making obesity policy. You can find Coke’s fingerprints on everything from framing the obesity problem and solution as matters primarily of physical activity, to naming the key, industry-friendly actors in the policy process, to creating activity-focused policies and programs. You can see Coke’s involvement too in the construction of the scientific rationales to support the physical-activity solution, primarily “energy-balance science,” which says you can eat as many calories as you wish, as long as you burn them off. Finally, you can detect Coke’s role in incorporating these activity-centered approaches into Chinese policy and programs. That’s pretty remarkable. GAZETTE:  What triggered this study, along with the previous two, and how did you go about completing this body of work?GREENHALGH: When I started this project back in 2013, there was already growing concern about corporate intervention in science and policy on human health. There were important studies of the tobacco and pharmaceutical industries, some by colleagues here at Harvard, but there was virtually no research on the food industry. At that time, the media were devoting massive attention to the growing epidemic of obesity, not just in the U.S but all around the world. It seemed highly likely the food industry was trying to skew the science of obesity to protect profits, and so I set out to study what the industry was doing in China, my area of expertise.There, I spent 10 weeks doing in-depth field research that involved, among other things, two dozen interviews with obesity experts, including those who had been instrumental in making China’s obesity policy. The interviews raised more questions than they answered, though. The biggest puzzle was ILSI, whose leaders in China claimed to create disinterested science despite being industry-funded. To understand developments in China, I needed to expand the project to include the entire ILSI-Global network, the Coca-Cola Co., and other global programs active in China, like the Exercise Is Medicine program. Over time, my research became a two-part project, with one part centering on China and the other on developments at the global level, which became interesting in their own right. “No one I was studying wanted me to be studying them. And so they put many obstacles in my way.” Last year, anthropologist Susan Greenhalgh, the John King and Wilma Cannon Fairbank Research Professor of Chinese Society, revealed how the Coca-Cola Co. worked through an industry-funded global scientific nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., to influence obesity science and policy solutions in China. In a follow-up study, published Monday in the Journal of Health Policy, Politics and Law, Greenhalgh went deeper into how the nonprofit, the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), was so successful at this. She traces the history of ILSI (the chief scientific nonprofit of the processed food and sugary drinks industry), exploring how it operates, and how Coca-Cola used it to influence the scientific agenda and shape obesity science and policy at global levels and in China. The Gazette interviewed Greenhalgh about the new study and what it says about industry influence on health science and policy.Q&ASusan GreenhalghGAZETTE:  What’s the story you’re trying to tell here, and how does it expand on the 2019 report?GREENHALGH:  This is fundamentally a story about Coke and ILSI protecting the soda industry from threats posed by the obesity epidemic — threats of soda taxes and government restrictions on marketing to kids. Since 2015, when The New York Times exposed Coke’s efforts to promote activity as the main solution for obesity, we’ve known that Coke was involved in distorting the science of obesity. My work reveals the scale of the impact and the inner workings of the organizations involved. The 2019 papers I published in The BMJ and the Journal of Public Health Policy documented Coke and ILSI’s success in getting the “exercise-first” approach embedded in China’s science and policy on obesity. This article digs into the operations of ILSI to explain that success during the two decades between 1995, when ILSI took up the obesity issue, and 2015, when Coke abandoned the exercise-first approach. “ … we’ve known that Coke was involved in distorting the science of obesity. My work reveals the scale of the impact and the inner workings of the organizations involved.” Related Soda company worked through nonprofit to shape obesity strategy, professor says GAZETTE:  Did you encounter any challenges collecting the data and information?GREENHALGH: Absolutely. Everything was surrounded in secrecy. Many of the claims made by people involved with ILSI-funded science didn’t add up; the closer you looked, the more problematic some of them became. Over time, I came to see that the main actors — both ILSI leaders at global and local levels and the core scientists — were engaged in deliberately concealing what was going on. So, much of the research involved constantly trying to peel back layer after layer of obfuscation.The second major challenge was there was no roadmap to what I should study — which actors, which organizations, which activities. As a result, I had to adopt an open-ended, exploratory process of investigation and follow every lead to see where it would take me. It was an energizing process, because the more I looked, the more interesting — and often concerning — material I found.GAZETTE:  What are some of the study’s limitations?GREENHALGH: No one I was studying wanted me to be studying them. And so they put many obstacles in my way. Because of the extreme sensitivity of the issues I was probing — especially after The Times’ expose — I was unable to interview the core scientists in the U.S.Fortunately, this problem didn’t affect the China research. Partly because it was done before the 2015 expose came out, but also because the political culture in China is very different. In China, corporate funding of scientific research is just routine. It’s business as usual, so people were willing to talk about it.GAZETTE:  Why is it important that these issues be brought to the light?GREENHALGH: It’s important for two major reasons. First, despite some important critical work on corporate intervention in science, rich and powerful companies like Coca-Cola are continuing their efforts to create industry-friendly science, and that science threatens both the integrity of health science and the soundness of health policy. We’ve long known that food companies are meddling in the science, but we still know little about how they’re doing it and with what effects. If we are to intervene in these harmful dynamics, we need to know much more about how sophisticated, secretive quasi-corporate organizations like ILSI work.The second reason we need to keep these issues in the public eye — even in the midst of a viral pandemic — is that the impact of these companies may be much greater than is currently appreciated. Industry impact is likely to be greatest not in the U.S. or Western Europe, where the critical research is concentrated, but in countries in the Global South that are part of the ILSI network. If China is any indication, the political culture, especially in poor countries, may be welcoming to big companies offering financial and technological support. Substantial evidence suggests that ILSI operates in similar ways across the globe. We need to put much more energy into in-depth research on the effects ILSI is having on scientific understandings and official policies on chronic diseases around the world.In China the impact of that exercise-first approach promoted by Coke and ILSI continues to this day. Despite the findings of the 2019 articles, China has not questioned how it’s tackling its epidemics of obesity and related chronic diseases. I see this new work as both a call to action to the research community, and a concrete guide to the kinds of analytic strategies and research methods that are needed to call the food industry to account.This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity.last_img read more

Build a Last Line of Defense Against Cyber Attacks

first_imgChannel partners looking for new revenue sources should consider qualifying to sell the Dell EMC Isolated Recovery solution. It’s the last line of data protection defense for your customers against cyber attacks that could deal their businesses a devastating blow if an attack corrupted or compromised their mission-critical or system-of-record data.Since cyber attacks are increasing in frequency and sophistication — such as ransomware spread by phishing, which is hard to defend against — the need for large enterprises to protect their most important data has never been greater. Now you can help them protect their most important data with the Dell EMC Isolated Recovery solution, for another layer of defense-in-depth protection.Hardware, Software and High-Margin Professional Consulting Services NeededThe Dell EMC Isolated Recovery solution requires hardware, software and high-margin professional consulting services to set up. It complements existing backup-and-recovery systems, which themselves can be subject to malware infection and data corruption simply via their 24×7 network connections.What’s more, the unique Dell EMC Isolated Recovery solution is an extremely competitive offering. While many of our data protection competitors talk about hardened approaches to critical data, we have fully operationalized it. And this solution has many years of maturity and proven deployments behind it that you can use to help in your presentations to prospects.Two of the world’s largest business consulting firms are already selling and deploying the solution to their large enterprise clients, generating professional services fees as well as commissions on Dell EMC data protection hardware and software. As a Dell EMC channel partner, you can find plenty of candidates for this solution among your own customers and prospects in virtually every industry, with a heightened awareness among these industries:FinanceGovernmentEducationHealthcareUtilitiesHow the Dell EMC Isolated Recovery Solution WorksIn short, the Dell EMC Isolated Recovery solution works by replicating a copy of backup data from the most critical applications to a physically and logically isolated and protected “gold copy.”Once the update completes — in minutes or hours, depending on the change rate from the prior update and the total volume — the data streaming stops and automated software reestablishes an air gap between the source and target servers. It’s like opening and closing a vault door.The diagram below illustrates how to implement this architectural approach using Dell EMC Data Domain hardware. (Note that Dell EMC VMAX servers or RecoverPoint appliances can also be used). The Data Domain hardware provides the capability to replicate data securely and asynchronously between systems with the connection air gap implemented when replication is idle. This isolates the replica Data Domain system, safeguarding a no-access vault copy of your critical data for the purposes of recovery.Ultimately, the goal of the Dell EMC Isolated Recovery solution is to streamline the process of isolating a trusted gold copy of critical data, while keeping that copy updated. This will help enable the fastest possible recovery to a trusted state. Below are the four key elements of the Dell EMC Isolated Recovery solution:Isolation: The solution requires a physically isolated data center environment — sometimes called a vault — that is normally disconnected from the network and restricted to IT personnel with the proper clearance. It is normally located in a cage at the production site; no third site is necessary.Data copy and scheduled air gap: This core process is automated, using purpose-built software developed by Dell EMC, and manages the process of copying data to the isolated target. The software also manages the air gap’s scheduled window between the production environment and the isolated recovery zone. Automation is essential to managing the air gap and data movement.Integrity checking and alerting: These are workflows to stage copied data in the isolated recovery zone and perform integrity checks to rule out that it was affected by malware, and mechanisms to trigger alerts in the event of cyber attack or breach.Recovery and remediation: The solution includes validated procedures to perform recovery and remediation processes after an incident by leveraging a customer’s regular restore procedures, according to specific recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs).How to Sell the Dell EMC Isolated Recovery SolutionTalk to your customers and articulate the risks posed by Hacktivist Cyber-attacks. Highlight to them that the Dell EMC Isolated Recovery Solution leverages long proven EMC infrastructure and software and isolates their critical data from cyber-attack.Along with the sale and deployment of Dell EMC’s Isolated Recovery solution, you have the opportunity to generate revenue from the comprehensive operationalization services that the solution requires. Alternatively, you can sell the solution as a package, with Dell EMC experts doing the work. Either way, we invite you to find out more here or by contacting [email protected]last_img read more

UPL Actions

first_imgUPL Actions September 15, 2003 Regular News T he Florida Supreme Court recently issued five court orders permanently prohibiting seven persons and/or corporations from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law.The following entities are prohibited from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law: All People’s Financial Group, Inc. and Joseph Battista, Margate, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law following a March 6 court order, based on a stipulated injunction. Battista allegedly assisted individuals who were defendants in foreclosure lawsuits. (Case no. SC03-295) Tito Eli Gonzalez, Arcadia, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law following a March 13 court order, based on a stipulated injunction. Gonzalez allegedly provided legal assistance in immigration matters. (Case no. SC02-1746) Paul Douglas Morrison, Clearwater, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law, following an April 17 court order. Morrison allegedly held himself out as an attorney and provided legal services to others regarding Florida law. (Case no. SC02-852) Jack Mousa, individually and d/b/a Foreclosure Assistance Bureau and Florida State Foreclosure Administrators, Inc., a/k/a Florida State Foreclosure Administration, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law following an April 17 court order, based on a stipulated injunction. Mousa allegedly assisted individuals who were defendants in foreclosure lawsuits. (Case no. SC01-1461) Madelone Sprouse, Jacksonville, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law following a Feb. 20 court order, based on a stipulated injunction. Sprouse allegedly provided legal assistance to others in family law matters. (Case no. SC02-891) Court orders are not final until time expires to file a rehearing motion and, if filed, determined.last_img read more

Surf’n’Fries self-service fries as a game changer in the QSR segment

first_imgThe first such automated machine for making potatoes in the world has already been set up on the beach in Crikvenica, and in just 35 seconds it will throw out fresh and hot potatoes with sauce. The whole story is only in the test phase, and yet it is the result of many years of thinking and working. But that’s just the beginning of the story.  The Surf’n’Fries Vending machine opens up a totally new business perspective and a new market, as well as a phenomenal extension of the Surf’n’Fries brand. The possibilities are really wide, and the market is all over the world. I have no doubt at all about the success of Čolak’s new business venture, which has so far more than successfully proved that in spite of everything it is possible to make a globally competitive product and tourist export product in Croatia through a franchise model, which is a huge success. It is worth mentioning that Čolak was the co-founder of the world’s first smart umbrella Kisha, also a Croatian product, and that a year ago he opened the first franchise consulting agency – CFCG. And Čolak is also responsible for the Croatian application for booking nautical berths – PortHop. However, as much as some ideas, ie solutions, seemed logical and natural to us, in their simplicity lies their genius, and behind which stand hours and hours of creative thinking, trial and error… but persistence still paid off. Namely, this year the third franchise of Surf’n’Fries was opened in Egypt. Interestingly, Egypt is among the world’s largest exporters of potatoes. According to the data OEC, Egypt with over $ 300 million in exports ranks 4th in the world ranking of the largest exporters of potatoes. A similar paradox can be stated that some counties in Slavonia boast that they brought a company from Israel to learn how to irrigate Slavonia, instead of the other way around. Kudos to the Israelis for making “Slavonia” out of the desert and exporting products, but when we talk about exporting knowledge, then Slavonia should sell know-how in the context of irrigation for agricultural purposes to Israelis, and not the other way around. While the Israelites made Slavonia out of the desert, we made Slavonia a desert. An interesting parallel, isn’t it? Čolak and Surf n Fries are certainly the pioneers of the franchise model in Croatia, especially in the * QSR segment (quick service restaurant franchise ). As Colak himself concludes, that was crucial. “If we didn’t have that innovation as a business franchise model we probably wouldn’t even come close to a new product today and the question of whether we would exist as a Surf n Fries brand”Concludes Čolak. But that’s a different story. Let’s go back to Colak and his new innovation and product – Surf’n’Fries the first automated machine for making and selling fries When you sell fries, sauces, juice the imperative arises and the question is how to put all three things in one hand? And there has also been a new innovation in packaging i.e. Surf n Fries packaging. By the way, the whole story is a Croatian product, which is an added value and proof that it is possible to make global competitors products and innovations in Croatia, in spite of everything. How to make an innovation when it comes to fries?  Of course, everything is currently in the test phase, and later more options will be added according to the plan, from more sauce options even to the production of fresh breaded chicken medallions. Of course, fries are just the beginning of the story, and to this day, Surf’n’Fries offers a much wider and richer offer, as well as three types of business franchise models. After all, if you haven’t by now, be sure to get acquainted with the story of the global brand Surf’n’Fries. Another interesting fact is that Čolak also sells his fries in Egypt, one of the world’s largest exporters of potatoes. 12 years ago, a successful story about the development of the Surf’n’Fries brand, with an emphasis on the global brand, started from Rijeka and a small restaurant of a little more than 25 m2. Today, Surf’n’Fries fries are sold through franchise models in over 20 countries with hundreds of partners. “Everything is still in the testing phase and we follow every step of how it works because there are a lot of challenges that we have to solve. The device is currently being tested on Monty’s Dog beach in Crikvenica, and will later be installed at the Zagreb railway station and in a shopping center. The biggest advantage is that it works 0/24 so the best locations will be the ones that are open 24 hours. This is a very challenging mechanic, because making french fries within 35 seconds is very difficult to achieve. Also, we have to make sure that the whole complex process works properly, that the french fries do not header, that it withstands all external conditions, etc.… Also, there is our software that is connected to the internet, which allows us to see remotely or from the office all key information. Is it full, empty, something needs to be filled or something is not working, etc.… ” says Colak. Following the global story of the Surf’n’Fries brand, the whole story expands to automated Vending machine for making and selling potatoes. (Vending machine or vending machine. I honestly don’t know how to translate exactly into Croatian, maybe an automated machine that sells food, drinks or cigarettes when a coin, banknote or token is inserted into it) “We have been working on this for three years because there is a big trend in the world of kitchen automation, both due to labor problems and due to the automation of the whole process. We recognized this and of course took everything to a higher level, so we set out to fully automate our entire process. We are looking for a solution to create a “vending machine” that does not require any employees”Points out Colak. And that brings us to an interesting fact or rather a paradox. While we import potatoes from Egypt and other countries, according to the data of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, in 2018 the import of potatoes increased by 50%, Čolak exports Surf n Fries potatoes. All in One / French fries, sauces, juice and breaded chicken medallions or chicken nuggets This example reminds me, although they are not connected in the same way and it is about other industries, of one of the great achievements of Dr. Davor Pavuna who for the Swedish company Tetra Pak doo thinned the aluminum on the packaging by one micron and thus made the company millions in annual savings. packaging production. The very initial vision to launch a globally successful franchise from Croatia is admirable, let alone realized. The story of Surf’n’Fries can be divided through two key phases: Idea and innovation and perseverance and effort. The packaging itself is a top solution at the global level in the context of “on the go” food packaging. The All in One solution made it possible to hold french fries, sauces, juice and breaded chicken medallions or chicken nuggets in one hand, while with the other hand we can eat in peace, while still on the move. Also, an innovative solution from Čolak’s workshop. In fact, these are four innovations from Čolak’s laboratory. As I stated: fries, packaging, now also vending manchine, and we should definitely emphasize the innovation through the franchise business model, which was not bought or copied, but the result of Čolak and his team. At first, an impossible mission, but Andrija Čolak managed just that. And in a way that he made a hollow through the middle of the potato, ie he hollowed out the potatoes so that the sauce would “fit” into it perfectly. A brilliant idea, and as much as it was impossible to talk at all at the beginning and think about an innovation when we talk about fries, that’s exactly what Colak did. “We already have a lot of interest and inquiries, but first we have to be a million percent sure that the whole story works in every way before we go with this product on the market, so we will not rush to market in the context of sales until everything is 100% tested ” Colak points out. Now that I am writing this article and listing what Čolak is responsible for, my admiration for this genius who works diligently and shyly under the radar is only growing, but he has achieved very measurable success. And he was just beginning to spread his wings. Imagine bringing together all our geniuses in different sectors and turning our incredible potentials into quality resources. Photo: Surf’n’Frieslast_img read more

KPK tracks wealth, possible money laundering in Nurhadi graft investigation

first_imgThe Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is tracking the wealth and assets of former Supreme Court secretary Nurhadi Abdurrahman, who is a suspect in a bribery case.Nurhadi and his son-in-law, Rezky Herbiyono, were named as suspects for allegedly accepting nine checks and Rp 46 billion (US$3.2 million) in cash as bribes in connection with three Supreme Court cases between  2011 and 2016.KPK commissioner Nawawi Pomolanggo told the Koran Tempo daily that the antigraft agency would continue to investigate Nurhadi’s wealth and assets, as well as possible laundering efforts. “We will continue to [track his wealth] during the investigation,” Nawawi said on Monday.According to the wealth report Nurhadi filed in 2012, he possessed Rp 33.4 billion in assets that ranged from land to luxury cars. Antigraft activists expressed their suspicions over his unusually large wealth, suggesting that some of it came from illicit sources.Nawawi declined to comment further, “considering that this investigation is in the realm of pro justitia, which is strict and confidential”, he said, referring to a mechanism that guarantees legal certainty according to existing laws.Since arresting the two suspects earlier this month, the KPK has summoned several witnesses in the case, including Nurhadi’s wife Tin Zuraida. The KPK summoned Tin, who has also been detained but is not a suspect in the case, for questioning on Monday.Ali Fikri, the KPK’s acting spokesperson for law enforcement, said that the commission sought to confirm several receipts of money that Tin transferred to Nurhadi and several assets the couple owned.The investigation was also looking into Tin’s relation with Kardi, a Supreme Court employee who allegedly managed some of Tin’s wealth. “Among other things, our investigator is looking to [clarify] the ties between [Tin] and Kardi,” Ali said on Monday as quoted by on June 10, the KPK summoned Kardi and his driver for questioning. On June 15, it questioned businessman Sofyan Rosada and obtained a statement from him that substantiated the connection between Tin and Kardi.Meanwhile, Indonesian Anticorruption Community coordinator Boyamin Saiman stated that Tin and Kardi had eloped in 2001, alleging that the wedding was held at an Islamic boarding school belonging to Sofyan.Also on Monday, the KPK questioned Edward Danny Suhendra, an employee of San Diego Hills Memorial Park, regarding the alleged purchase of cemetery plots for Nurhadi and Tin. investigators also summoned Andy Kurniawan, the general manager of the luxury funeral home and cemetery.The memorial park and cemetery provides exclusive funeral services, and sells burial plots for Rp 57.1 million to Rp 101.7 million each at the private cemetery it manages in Karawang regency, West Java.Hiendra Soenjoto, the director of PT Multicon Indrajaya Terminal who is also a suspect in the case, allegedly purchased the plots for the couple as a bribe when Nurhadi was still on the run.Antigraft activists have urged the KPK to identify those parties that may have helped hide Nurhadi, who was arrested in South Jakarta six months after he was named as a bribery suspect. It was suspected that Nurhadi had been hiding in the luxury neighborhood the entire time.During Nurhadi’s arrest, the KPK seized three vehicles, cash and documents as evidence. The commission questioned Nurhadi’s daughter Rizki Aulia Rahmi on June 18 over the seized items.The KPK has said that it planned to charge Nurhadi with money laundering.Bambang Widjojanto, who served as the KPK commissioner from 2011 to 2015, previously said that proving Tin’s involvement in the case could lead to money laundering charges, claiming that she managed and couriered Nurhadi’s illicitly gained wealth.Bambang also suggested that Nurhadi and Rezky could have been involved in more than three Supreme Court cases, as Nurhadi’s position allowed him to control the judicial flow at the country’s highest court.He urged the KPK to use Nurhadi’s bribery investigation as an opportunity to uncover other corruption cases in the judiciary. (mfp)Topics :last_img read more

Ibrahimovic shrugs off positive COVID-19 test

first_imgAC Milan’s talismanic forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and the 38-year-old responded in typically irreverent style, saying it was a bad idea for the virus to challenge him.Milan said that Ibrahimovic, who will miss the Europa League match at home to Bodo/Glimt later on Thursday, was placed in quarantine at home and the health authorities had been informed.The announcement came one day after his team mate Leo Duarte returned a positive test, however Milan said the rest of the squad, who were also tested, were negative. Topics : “I tested negative for COVID yesterday and positive today. No symptoms what so ever. COVID had the courage to challenge me. Bad idea,” said Ibrahimovic on Twitter.Former Barcelona, Juventus, Ajax and Inter Milan forward Ibrahimovic, who will be 39 in October, is the highest-profile Serie A player to test positive since play resumed in June following a three-month stoppage.One of Europe’s most charismatic players, he has scored 14 goals in 22 matches since returning for a second stint at Milan in January, helping revive his team.He began the new Serie A season in style on Monday by scoring twice in the 2-0 win over Bologna.His remarkable form led Ibrahimovic to give himself the nickname Benjamin Button after the main character in a 2008 Oscar-winning Hollywood movie about a man who ages in reverse.last_img read more

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