News story: New CMA guidance on changes to UK merger thresholds

first_imgNew government rules set out revised UK merger control thresholds that broaden the scope for the Secretary of State to intervene in acquisitions of companies which develop certain types of military technology, computer hardware and quantum technology.The changes also apply to the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA) merger investigations in those fields. Following a consultation, the CMA is now publishing guidance on its approach to mergers that fall under the new rules.While there are likely to be more transactions in the 3 sectors that will technically come under the jurisdiction of the CMA, it does not expect to change how it will assess mergers within these sectors from a competition perspective.last_img

Adron Homes Unveil Rufai, Ali, Onyali as its Sports Ambassadors

first_imgPeter Rufai One of the Real Estate company in the country, Adron Homes on Tuesday unveiled the former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Peter Rufai and three others as a Sports ambassador of the company.The unveiling was done at the sports complex of the University of Ibadan.Others sports ambassador unveiled includes Bash Ali,  Mary Onyali and a famous Nigerian dancer, Kaffy are expected to promoting the image of the company through sports. Speaking, the Group Managing Director of the company,  Mr Emmanuel Olanipekun said the fourth edition which is named ‘Festival of Fitness’ and is schedule to hold between October 11-13.He said they are an agent to change the abilities of others saying the games is an extension of the celebration of their existence as the foremost Real Estate in Nigeria. “Adron Games is an annual fitness and bonding initiative of Management of Adron Homes aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle,  physical fitness, encourage friendships and networking that benefits every of our stakeholders.“Sport is a rallying activities in most cultures and is also considered as a big business all over the world; we have created this Games to cement friendship and unity within us as a corporate organisation and our nation. To achieve unity, the first three editions of the Games were held in Lagos but now the Games is going through different states in the country and hence the venue Ibadan, Oyo State this year.“As a corporate socially responsible organisation, we ar Adron Homes are convinced that sports and physical activity are essential to the enhancement of well-being and build a more virile and healthier working environment in our nation.Ali thank the managing director of the company for the opportunity of wellness and fitness he created.In her view, one of the ambassadors, Mary Onyali, a product of Lagelu 1983, said that was how she started before she headed for the United States through scholarship.Adding that sports is life, which has given her education and made her looks younger at 52 years with two kids.Peter Rufai, the former Super Eagle goalkeeper, added that he will be part of Adron Homes history. “Sports is back to live and stay”, he said.Present at the programme include ex-internationals, Mutiu Adepoju, Ike Shorunmu, Ajibade Babalade, Aisha Falode among others.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

ICBC reminds drivers to think safety when on the roads this Labour Day weekend

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – ICBC is reminding drivers to keep safety in mind when travelling on the roads this Labour Day weekend.According to ICBC, each year approximately five people die and 610 people are injured in 2,200 crashes across the province during the Labour Day weekend.To help ensure that everyone travels safely, ICBC is reminding drivers to share the road with motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians.- Advertisement -ICBC is also reminding drivers to avoid distractions while driving, such as the use of electronics, and avoid being impaired whether from the consumption of alcohol and drugs or from fatigue. Remember, if you choose to drink or use drugs, do not drive.Drivers are also being reminded to plan ahead to ensure a safe trip and to check the latest updates by visiting drivebc.ca.More driving safety tips can be found on ICBC’s website.Advertisementlast_img read more

Crusaders back in familiar territory

first_imgThe St. Bernard’s girls had to battle for every point on Wednesday night, pulling out a 33-31 win over University in the North Coast Section Division-5 semifinals.The No. 2 seed Crusaders will now play No. 1 Urban on Saturday night, the sixth consecutive year they have qualified for an NCS championship game, and the second straight year they get to face Urban.Getting there, however, wasn’t easy.St. Bernard’s had to battle hard all the way to the final buzzer with little separating the two …last_img

1time to start flying from Lanseria

first_imgRay Maota An aircraft from the 1time Airlines fleet.(Image: jetphotos.net) Gavin Sayce says Lanseria is known for itshigh service levels and convenience.(Image: Engineering News)MEDIA CONTACTS• Gavin SayceLanseria International Airport Manager+27 11 659 2750RELATED ARTICLES• Lanseria International Airport• New airport nears completion• Zambezi Airlines lands in SA• OR Tambo spreads its wingsLow-cost airline 1time will begin flying from Lanseria International Airport, north-west of Johannesburg, in 2011 – a move that will benefit the airport as well as the carrier.“There are also several African airlines which have also expressed interest in flying from the airport,” said Gavin Sayce, Lanseria airport manager.“The ending of a five-year exclusivity agreement between Lanseria and Kulula Airlines operator, Comair, has opened the market for new operators and has also prompted these upgrades,” said Sayce.Kulula Airlines is one of South Africa’s most popular budget airlines, the others being 1time and Mango. Kulula has been operating from Lanseria since 2006.“The sub-Saharan African air market is opening up rapidly and Lanseria is ideally placed to serve it,” he added.Facilities upgradedThe airport plans to build a new runway, a multi-storey parkade, improve its shuttle service and is also in talks with the hospitality industry about building a hotel in the airport grounds.Sayce said: “Plans for an upgraded runway have been on the drawing board for some time, but we put the project on ice due to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.”Lanseria’s apron, where the aircraft refuel, load, unload and park, can accommodate six narrow-body aircrafts at one time, but has capacity for this to be extended to nine.Last year the airport increased its parking to 1 800 bays. Additional parking will be accommodated in the new multi-storey parkade.“While the airport’s domestic terminal is reaching capacity, there is still room for expansion in international departures to cope with growing regional flights,” said Sayce.Tapping into exclusive market“We are in advanced talks with Lanseria’s management and expect to begin flights from the airport in the first half of next year,” said Glenn Orsmond, CEO of 1time Airlines, in the Business Day.“We have submitted our schedules and we are in the process of ironing out the final details of the agreement,” he added.In addition to various domestic routes, the airline already has flights to Livingstone in Zambia, Zanzibar and Maputo. Orsmond said: “We will continue to apply for rights to new African routes as they come up.”With 1time now also appealing to an exclusive market of travellers who prefer Lanseria to bigger airports such as OR Tambo, east of Johannesburg, Kulula plans to expand its presence there.Kulula has already secured the rights for flights between Lanseria and Maputo. Gidon Novick, joint CEO of Comair said: “We will also add further domestic flights once the new runway is in place.” The airline already flies, on average, seven times a day to Cape Town and six times to Durban from the airport.Sayce said: “In the past five years since Kulula launched its first flight, the airport has grown rapidly and this year more than a million passengers used the airport.“For us the challenge is to keep the service levels and convenience of a small facility, while expanding the airport. That is what sets Lanseria apart from other airports.”VIPs prefer Lanseria Lanseria is Gauteng province’s second international airport and is privately owned. The other is the more high-profile OR Tambo International, which is still the entry point for most commercial travellers into South Africa. Lanseria is the preferred entry point for celebrities, heads of state and other VIPs.Lanseria was launched in 1972 by two pilots from Pretoria, Fanie Haacke and Abe Sher. The facility was opened to air traffic by the then minister of transport, Hannes Rall, on 16 August 1974. On that day, a Learjet ZS-MTD was the first plane to land at the new facility.In 1975 Lanseria was chosen to host Air Africa International, an air show, which was a major event on the international aerospace calendar.When former president Nelson Mandela was released from prison in May 1990, he was flown to Johannesburg via Lanseria.In the same year, Lanseria’s co-owners, the Roodepoort and Krugersdorp Municipalities and the Transvaal Administrator, announced that the airport was to be sold. It was brought to tender and the tender was awarded to a consortium of private investors in 1991.Government concerns such as immigration; border police, which is part of the South African Police Service; customs and health; nature conservation; agriculture; national intelligence and veterinarian services are all represented at Lanseria.The airport has a large variety of aviation-related tenants, ranging from scheduled and charter operators to aircraft sales, freight services, flight schools, and other maintenance services such as engineering, upholstery and spray-painting. Wi-fi access, foreign exchange and duty-free shopping are also available.last_img read more

New year, new schools for Gauteng

first_img13 January 2010 One-and-a-half hours – that’s how long it would have taken learners from Lawley to get to school were it not for Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s drive to get a new school up and running in the suburb in the south of Johannesburg. Lawley Secondary School in Lawley opened on the first day of the 2011 school calendar, 12 January, with 200-plus learners from the local community. It is the first secondary school in the suburb and one of seven new schools opened across the province. “This school is a demonstration of government working together,” said Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, who attended the opening along with Motlanthe, Johannesburg Executive Mayor Amos Masondo, and Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy. After residents pointed out the need for a secondary school in the area, Motlanthe committed himself to ensuring that the need was met. It took only eight weeks to set up the school, which is made up of prefabricated buildings. Creecy spoke of the “Motlanthe magic” regarding Soshanguve Technical Secondary School, which improved its results by 50% after Motlanthe intervened. She hoped this same magic would stay with Lawley Secondary to ensure it produced 100% pass rates in the future. “This community has an excellent opportunity to set the standard for the school. You have a blank sheet, no baggage, so you can move straight to becoming a school of excellence. Those who will join the school in the future will measure themselves against the standard set by the learners in this court,” said Motlanthe. He appealed to teachers, students and parents to perform their roles to the best of their ability. “The future of the school depends on what both students and teachers put in.” Skumbuzo Sibanda, a maths and social science teacher, said there was a desperate need for a secondary school in Lawley. “It is the first non-school fee paying secondary school in the area and it cuts down on the great distances that the children had to travel to school every day. We are ready and willing to take the school to new heights.” In his vote of thanks, Masondo urged educators to arrive on time, not neglect their duties and refrain from abusing their learners. As to the learners, Masondo reminded them of their responsibilities to arrive at school on time, do their school work and respect their educators. Grade Eight pupil Mojalefe Masa said: “I’m happy to start my first day of high school at a new school. If the school wasn’t here I would have to go to Ennerdale and it would take me one hour 30 minutes every day.”Pupil numbers While there are only 200 children and 11 teachers at present, the school is able to accommodate many more. Creecy credits this to the fact that many parents had already enrolled their children at schools in neighbouring Lenasia and Ennerdale. “Now that the school is up and running we can say to the community, ‘Look it’s here,’ and start transferring those learners who are in Lenasia and Ennerdale to Lawley Secondary,” she added. She explained that while the government was unable to commit to a brick and mortar structure replacing the prefabs any time soon, residents must note that “the structures are insulated, they are SABS approved and have a 20-year life span … There are windows, doors and black boards. The structures serve the purposes for which they are meant.” Gauteng has a shortage of 212 schools, which Creecy accredits to the large number of people who migrate to the province. There were 13 other schools at different levels of completion that were to be opened this year, she said. While some were permanent structures, others, like Lawley, were temporary prefabricated structures. Both Creecy and Mokonyane stressed the importance of these prefab schools, which can be set up quickly and accommodate the thousands of learners needing a place to study. “We need to look at the use of alternative structures in the future … It is a myth that permanent structures must be brick and mortar. There are other schools here in Gauteng that have prefabricated classrooms as a means of additional classroom space,” Mokonyane pointed out. Creecy confirmed that there were 2 000 mobile classrooms on order to be delivered over the next few months, which would satisfy the high need for supplementary classroom space at existing schools and make up many of the new schools to be opened this year. Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

How to Keep Dropbox Employees’ Hands Off Your Data

first_imgYesterday Dropbox, the popular file storage Web application that enables users to easily sync a folder from their local computer with the the cloud, made a small change to its terms of service. Dropbox made it clear that it would decrypt and hand-over files if the U.S. government requested it.The issue is not so much that Dropbox is willing to hand over user data to the feds if requested – as RedMonk co-founder and analyst James Governor points out, the company doesn’t have much choice: “given I understand it runs on Amazon Web Services, which would give up the data if asked anyway.” The real issue, it seems, is that Dropbox has the ability to snoop on your encrypted files at all.Other Web-based backup services, such as JungleDisk (owned by Rackspace) and Mozy (owned by EMC and managed by VMware) give customers control over their encryption keys. That means that employees working on these services won’t be able to snoop on customers’ files, or turn it over to any government body.But as Governor points out, these services don’t do what Dropbox does. I use JungleDisk to backup my local files to the cloud. I use Dropbox to make it easy for me to access a smaller set of files on any device I happen to be using – my laptop, my Android phone or someone else’s computer.There’s still the option for users to encrypt their files themselves using a tool like Truecrypt before putting them in their Dropbox folders. You can learn how to do this here. But it seems this creates an opportunity for a competitor – like Box or Syncplicity – to offer and advertise simple encryption that the companies can’t access.For some background reading on why Dropbox has the ability to decrypt users’ files, see this article by Christopher Soghoian.For an enterprise look at the same issue – storing encrypted files in the cloud – see our article 5 Resources for Migrating to the Cloud Securely.Small businesses will want to take a look at our article How to Keep Company Data Safe on Employees’ Personal Devices.Update: Dropbox has issued the following statement in response:Every Dropbox employee understands that the most important value of the company is maintaining users’ trust. Employees are prohibited by company policy from accessing users’ files and there are technical access controls to prohibit unauthorized access by employees. As with almost every other online company, there are a limited number of employees who may access user data when legally required to do so, and to help troubleshoot users’ accounts with their consent.Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for considered Dropbox’s side of the story!I didn’t mean to imply that Dropbox employees were allowed to snoop through your files willy nilly. I never doubted whether Dropbox had explicit policies regarding who could access customers’ files, or that it only a very small number of people had the technical capability to do so. But having anyone able to decrypt your files and hand them over to anyone, legal order or not, is a problem here. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market klint finleycenter_img Tags:#cloud#Cloud Providers Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more

Check Out These 5 Super Simple Tips for Shooting Better Footage

first_imgStruggling to get a better composition? Here are five simple ways you can take your film or video project to the next level.If you’re like me, one of the biggest challenges you’ll face as a filmmaker is making something basic look cinematic. It’s a struggle I face on most shoots, but through trial and error, I’ve developed a  few simple tricks that can make all my coverage look much better in only a few seconds.5 Simple Tips for Better Footage1. Walk around to find the best positionTry filming your subject from a different position. If you’re shooting with the sun, try shooting against it to create depth and atmosphere.2. Zoom-in for a shallow depth of fieldZoom your lens into a tighter focal length, then take a few steps back to compensate for the scaled in frame size. This will create a shallower depth of field. It puts extra focus on your subject, and create a nice soft background. 3. Lower your frame to change perspectivePosition your camera at eye level with your subject. I even like to lower my it so that the camera is against my chest or stomach. This changes the perspective and makes your shots more stable.4. Add subtle movementAdd motion to your footage — I like to apply a subtle move. This can be anything from slightly swaying the camera side-to-side to a smooth sweep around your subject.5. Shoot in slow-motionPut it in slow-motion! Capturing 60fps or more will give you some room to play around when editing. You can simply speed the footage back up if you are working in a 24 or 30fps timeline.last_img read more

Renault XBA to compete against sub compact hatches in 2015

first_img2015 Datsun Redi-GoRenault India plans to launch a new entry level small car codenamed as XBA. This upcoming model will be based on a Renault Nissan CMF platform shared with the new Datsun Redi-Go and will compete against sub compact vehicles Maruti Alto, Hyundai Eon and Tata Nano.The entry level XBA hatch has been spied on test near the Renault plant in Chennai and sports many similarities to the new Datsun Redi-go. It is expected to be the most affordable car from the French auto manufacturer and with this vehicle, Renault will follow in the footsteps of Nissan which launched the low cost Datsun brand. The XBA roofline was spied under camouflage, where it appears that it sports larger dimensions than the Redi-GO, resulting in greater interior space.The new Renault XBA will be powered by a new sub-1.0 litre petrol engine that is currently under development. As the hatchback will be targeting first time buyers in the country, it will not be fitted with a diesel engine. Its petrol engine will be mated to a manual transmission, though Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) is also being considered.Renault XBA may be launched in India early next year and its prices are expected to range from Rs 3-5 lakh.last_img read more