Theresa May should be included in inquiry into Huawei leak, say cabinet ministers

first_img Cabinet ministers are calling for Theresa May to be included in a government inquiry into a high-profile leak about Huawei’s role in the future of the UK’s 5G network.Those making the calls say the Prime Minister should have her phone searched to see if she was behind the leak, which emerged after a meeting of the government’s National Security Council and revealed that the Chinese telecoms giant would be able to bid for ‘non-core’ parts of Britain’s 5G network, despite warnings from the US that Huawei is being used by China to act as a spy on other countries, allegations the technology giant has denied. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm Oraclebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionPost FunA Coast Guard Spotted Movement On A Remote Island, Then Looked CloserPost FunZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGemDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStory whatsapp More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com Cabinet sources told the Sunday Times that it would be “fair” for May to face similar scrutiny to other cabinet ministers present at the council meeting, who have been asked to fill in a questionnaire about whether they know or have the contact details for the journalist at the Daily Telegraph who broke the story.Read more: Ministers pressured to cooperate with probe into Huawei leakSir Mark Sedwill, the cabinet secretary, ordered an inquiry into the leak and has urged members of the cabinet to co-operate.The decision to allow Huawei to work on the UK’s 5G network has divided the Tories.Tom Tugendhat, chair of the influential Foreign Affairs Select Committee, said allowing Huawei into the UK’s 5G infrastructure would “cause allies to doubt our ability to keep data secure and erode the trust essential to Five Eyes cooperation” , while​ Damian Collins, chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, said the decision was “serious cause for concern”. Alexandra Rogers Read more: Inside Huawei: Spies, spin and billions at stakeMeanwhile, culture secretary Jeremy Wright has said the government will not rule out the possibility of a criminal investigation into the leak, which he said was a potential breach of the Official Secrets Act. Sunday 28 April 2019 1:52 pm Theresa May should be included in inquiry into Huawei leak, say cabinet ministers whatsapp Share Tags: People Theresa Maylast_img read more

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Friendly House Luncheon

first_imgUncategorizedFriendly House LuncheonThe 60-year-old women’s recovery program honors ….Russell Brand?By Kari Mozena – November 10, 2011431ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddIt“I’ve only known her a little while and she’s already hijacked my life,” Russell Brand noted about Friendly House Executive Director Peggy Albrecht. The actor/comedian has gotten the women’s recovery program (this was their 60th birthday-there were numerous cakes) press from Rosie O’Donnell’s new show on OWN to many others. Brand arrived at the Hilton, water bottle in hand for the fundraiser showing me his “shirt with dots on it and what they call a waistcoat in my country, a vest in yours.” He received the Man of the Year Award while other deserving accolades went to Karl McMillen and veteran activist/photographer Aloma Ichinose. I wish more awards were as heartfelt and honest as this one, where folks didn’t thank their agents, they thanked their exes for not letting them get shock treatment. Also in the Hilton’s Ballroom? Philanthropist Wallis Annenberg, Christopher Kennedy Lawford (who looks exactly like his father, Peter), actress Katy Sagal and model Amber Valletta. It was hard not to be charmed by Brand as he leapt to the stage and shouted, “This room’s full of junkies, isn’t it?” Which was met with a cheer from everyone in the ballroom. “I think I peed my pants laughing so hard,” Amber Valletta said at the end of the afternoon. Brand simply ended with “Hare Krishna, Cheers!” For more information, go to friendlyhousela.org.Russell Brand and Friendly House Board Prez Bill Cunningham Barbara Alyn Woods with Emily and Natalie Alyn Lind Honorees Karl McMiller, Iloma Ichinose and Russell Brand Pat O’Brien and Christopher Kennedy Lawford Friendly House Exec Director Peggy Albrecht and Russell Brand Katy Sagal Photographs by Carl Bagdonas TAGS2011L.A CultureNovember 2011Previous articleEddie Murphy Quits Oscar GigNext articleOccupy Los Angeles March Planned for 11/11/11Kari Mozena RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORThe Holiday Season Officially Starts with These L.A. Tree Lighting EventsGorgeous Hotel Pools in L.A. Where You Can Cool Off Without Booking a RoomWhy You Should be Listening to Mexican-Born, L.A.-Based Rapper Niña Diozlast_img read more

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People / Henrik Ambak tops list of new directors at IATA’s Cargo IQ

first_imgBy Gavin van Marle 01/06/2018 “The Cargo iQ journey of close industry collaboration has rendered air cargo as the only mode of transport with a standard cross-industry quality management and measurement approach – quite a feat,” he said.Mr Sultan (pictured above) has over 18 years’ experience in air transport, including roles in cargo network operations, cargo sales & marketing, safety and security compliance, and freighter operations. He joined Qatar Airways Cargo in 2014 after working with Atlas Air.Mr Leyssens (pictured below) joined Swissport in 2012 to develop and implement quality standards and KPIs at Swissport Cargo Services, and now oversees the global management of its cargo processes, standards and systems, including Cargo iQ.“Swissport was one of the first members to join Cargo iQ and our commitment to quality delivery in our cargo operations is well recognised,” said Mr Leyssens.“This shall encourage us to continue delivering best-in-class services.”Meanwhile, Max Sauberschwarz, vice president and global head of carrier & gateway air logistics at Kuehne + Nagel and Jens Appel, vice president performance management at Lufthansa Cargo have been re-elected to continue to represent their companies.The Cargo iQ board consists of 13 seats that are elected by members for two years, and this year there were seven seats up for election. IATA’s Cargo iQ organisation has appointed Emirates SkyCargo’s senior vice president of global operations, Henrik Ambak, (pictured above) as its new vice chairman.And Nadeem Sultan, vice president of global cargo operations at Qatar Airways Cargo, and Hendrik Leyssens, head of global operations of cargo at Swissport, have also joined the Cargo iQ board – the first time either company has had a seat. Also joining the board are KLM Cargo’s director of performance management, Rutger Jan Pegels, and Panalpina’s global head air freight procurement and product management, Markus Muecke.Mr Ambak joined the freight forwarding industry over 30 years ago, and then moved to the ground handling sector, before joining Cargolux to oversee all aspects of cargo and ground operations.He joined Emirates in 2014, where he is responsible for all Emirates SkyCargo’s operations at its hub in Dubai, as well as over 150 outstations globally.last_img read more

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Pharmalittle: White House eyes suspending patent rights on Covid-19 vaccines; J&J supplier may be a vaccine bottleneck

first_imgPharmalot What is it? Ed Silverman Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED By Ed Silverman March 29, 2021 Reprints Alex Hogan/STAT Tags STAT+ What’s included? Log In | Learn More @Pharmalot center_img Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. About the Author Reprints GET STARTED Good morning, everyone, and welcome to another working week. We hope the weekend respite was refreshing and exhilarating, because that familiar routine of deadlines and meetings has returned. And given that high winds have descended on the Pharmalot campus, we are in particular need of several cups of stimulation. Perhaps, you can relate. So please join us as we hoist a cup and proceed with the task at hand. As always, here are some tidbits to get you started. Have a great day, and stay in touch. …The White House is weighing whether to suspend intellectual property protections for Covid-19 vaccines and treatments, in response to pressure from developing nations and subsequent support from progressive lawmakers, according to CNBC. A temporary suspension of intellectual property protections would apply to all medical technologies to treat or prevent Covid-19. South Africa and India made a formal request to the World Trade Organization to waive the protections until the pandemic is over, but the issue was tabled without a resolution. [email protected] Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Pharmalittle: White House eyes suspending patent rights on Covid-19 vaccines; J&J supplier may be a vaccine bottleneck STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond.last_img read more

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Laois Open Door Theatre in full swing with rehearsals for new play

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleFormer Laois footballer appointed new Courtwood managerNext articleExplained: Everything you need to know ahead of the General Election this Saturday, February 8 Megan ShielMegan is currently studying English and New Media at the University of Limerick. A Raheen native, she’s happiest when talking sport, especially soccer but just don’t mention the 2019 champions league final By Megan Shiel – 6th February 2020 Pinterest SEE ALSO – Portlaoise College students set to make life-changing trip to Gambia WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Twitter Facebook 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Twittercenter_img Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role WhatsApp Laois Open Door Theatre in full swing with rehearsals for new play TAGSLaois Open Door Theatre GAA News Electric Picnic Home News Community Laois Open Door Theatre in full swing with rehearsals for new play NewsCommunity Laois Open Door Theatre are in full swing once again rehearsing for their new play.‘Move Over Mrs Markham’ is a spicy, saucy comedy of mistaken identities, ludicrous situations, characters in various states of undress and some risque remarks!Complications arise when when different sets of lovers all converge on the bedroom of the Markham’s supposedly empty flat.The hectic and hilarious mayhem which follows is sure to leave audiences crying with laughter.Laois Open Door Theatre will present ‘Move Over Mrs Markham’ by Ray Cooney and John Chapman in the Dunamaise Arts Centre Friday April 24 and Saturday April 25 at 8pm.Another showing of the play will take place May 15 in the Manor Hotel Abbeyleix.The cast consists of: Sarah O Sullivan, Aaron Shiel, Keith Clarke, Jane Doheny, Aoife Fingleton, David Whelan, George Russel, Joan O’Connor Quinn.Tickets are €16/€14. Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festivallast_img read more

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CLHIA applauds Ontario adoption of PRPPs

first_img Related news IE Staff “PRPPs increase Canadians’ access to workplace retirement plans and improve their retirement income outlook. These low-cost, efficient solutions complement the recent proposal to expand the Canada Pension Plan, and provide precisely what millions of working Canadians need — a simple, viable way to build a comfortable retirement,” says Frank Swedlove, president of CLHIA, in a news release. As of Nov. 8, Ontario joins British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Nova Scotia and the federal government in adopting PRPPs. “Ontario’s involvement is important to ensuring PRPPs have the scale needed to provide all Canadians with access to simple, low cost, retirement plans,” adds Swedlove. “PRPPs draw on our industry’s expertise and present infrastructure in delivering pension and retirement plans for small and medium-sized businesses. We encourage the remaining provinces to quickly move to make PRPPs available to their citizens.” Photo copyright: uulgaa/123RF PRPPs a more effective option for Ontario: IFIC Expanded CPP better than PRPPs: Mercer Industry applauds Sousa’s regulatory proposals The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) on Friday welcomed Ontario’s adoption of regulations to make Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPPs) available to the province’s workers. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Pooled Registered Pension PlansCompanies Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Defer Ontario pension implementation for one-year: CLHIA Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Ramp up of Infection Control Training to strengthen ICT’s revenue base

first_imgRamp up of Infection Control Training to strengthen ICT’s revenue base iCollegeSero Institute secures letter of appointment from Aegis Aged Care Group to train their 3,400 staff in infection control following LOI announced in mid-NovemberiCollege continues to work closely with The Pharmacy Guild branches in WA, ACT, NSW and VIC to roll out the training to members – 100 employee enrolments received from WA alreadyAgreement signed with ACT’s largest taxi company to provide infection control training; 100 drivers have already completed the course with a further 300+ to undergo mandatory trainingLeading vocational training provider iCollege Limited (ASX: ICT) (‘iCollege’, or the ‘Company’) is pleased to update shareholders on the ramp up in the government subsidised infection control training with three revenue-generating programs now underway.Senator The Hon Michaelia Cash, the Minister responsible for establishing the $80 million Infection Control Training Fund to fast-track fee free (or low cost) infection control training, designed to support the safe re-opening of customer-facing businesses nationwide, is actively supporting the program and participated in the first course hosted by iCollege on the 2nd of November. (see images below). /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Act, aged care, agreement, cash, Government, infection, Minister, NSW, pharmacy, revenue, shareholders, taxi, VIC, WAlast_img read more

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Music for a runner’s ear

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail -CU- Published: Nov. 19, 2015 Audio ScriptMusic for a runner’s earNov. 20, 2015                       Annaka PriceFor Annaka Price the ideal cadence for running is 180 steps per minute and to make sure she stays at that pace she’s creating unique music to help her stay in step. Price, who is studying for a doctorate of musical arts and also is a teaching assistant at CU-Boulder’s College of Music, arrived at that cadence number after injuring herself training for a marathon. CUT 1  “It took me a year to learn how to run again. I read lots of material on websites and I eventually went to a class and in this class they videotaped us and gave us four different principles of good running form and one of them was cadence. (:14) For me that was the magical thing and being the good student that I am I ran with my metronome for a long time. It was a little monotonous and a lot of people laughed at me.” (:24)But for Price the goal of finding the perfect cadence for running was no laughing matter as she discovered that a cadence of 180 beats per minutes is ideal running efficiently with less chance for injury.CUT 2 “When you increase your cadence it more naturally facilitates a smaller step size and it also more naturally facilitates a mid-push strike. (:11) And with both of these things it allows your skeletal system to operate more efficiently and to reduce the impact from each of the steps you’re taking. So there’s less force as you hit the ground.” (:24)Except for her monotonous metronome she says there is little music she has found to match her needs. So to advance her goal a step further she has created Operation Cadence – a project where she is commissioning pieces from composers that will hit 180 beats per minute and at the same time be diverse with a broad appeal.CUT 3 “I’m working with composers from across the country to write pieces specifically at 180 beats per minute. So it’s specifically designed for running and there hasn’t been, as far as I’m aware, other classical music composed with this intention. (:16) The composers I’m working with have come from very different backgrounds. There’s some composers who are influenced by film music or jazz or dance or video games, which I think will create a very diverse and appealing playlist.”  (:31)Price says she created Operation Cadence for two reasons that are very close to her heart.CUT 4 “Ultimately I have a desire to teach people about running form. I think a lot of people don’t run because they don’t know how and we think it’s something that should be easy because as kids we played tag or we played dodge ball and so it seems like it would be something that would be really easy. (:15) So I wanted to teach people about that while also increasing awareness for contemporary classical music because I think that’s something that’s misunderstood frequently.” (:24)Price says once the playlist is completed people will be able to purchase it on the Operation Cadence homepage where you also can now listen to a sample by composer Alan Eikins: http://www.operationcadence.com/#!support/cnec.last_img read more

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School Board to debate new community-specific bonds

first_imgHomeNewsEducationSchool Board to debate new community-specific bonds Jul. 18, 2018 at 5:00 amEducationNewsSchool Board to debate new community-specific bondsAngel Carreras3 years agoMalibuSanta Monicaschoolssmmusd After the creation of separate School Facilities Improvement Districts for the Santa Monica and Malibu communities, the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District will now seek an election in both communities to seek approval of bonds to improve the respective community’s school facilities.At the upcoming July 19 Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District board meeting, SMMUSD will likely approve the plan to hold elections to approve the bonds.According to the agenda item report, the district “has undertaken facilities studies, and has determined that critical facilities improvement needs need to be addressed and SMMUSD needs to find a funding source in the very near future.”The District will present bond measures to voters, one that supports construction/facility upgrades in Malibu and the one that supports the same in Santa Monica.Santa Monica’s prospective general obligation bonds to be issued and sold in this bond measure would come out to the maximum principal amount of $485 million while Malibu’s would be $195 million.This money would solely be used for construction, reconstruction, and replacement of school facilities, including the acquisition or lease of school facilities, and not for any other purpose, such as staff salaries or other school operating expenses.November 6 is the date of the statewide general election as well as an election date where local bond measures that provide facilities funding can be placed on the ballot. To appear on the November ballot, adopted Resolutions Calling Bond Elections must be filed to the Los Angeles County Elections office at least 88 days prior to election date.To call the elections, the proposed resolutions would require a 2/3 vote of the Board.Rounding out items on the dais include amending the master agreement between SMMUSD and the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (soon to be just Santa Monica Education  Foundation) due to the district split, a Financial Oversight Committee annual report, and updates from the Parent Teachers Association council, Santa Monica Classroom Teachers Association, and the Service Employees International [email protected] :MalibuSanta Monicaschoolssmmusdshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentHomegirl Cafe offers ‘platos’ by ex-gang members with hopeNOTION, PART 1You Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall9 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor20 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours agolast_img read more

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New Zealand on the verge of banning rate-setting conferences

first_imgBy Gavin van Marle 09/04/2013 New Zealand moved a step closer to banning freight rate discussions between container shipping lines serving its markets, after commerce minister Craig Foss announced that the government’s cabinet had decided to back his plans to reform the sector.Reform of New Zealand’s Commerce Act, which would see the removal of liner shipping’s exemption from collective rate-setting legislation, has been on the cards since last year, when the country’s Productivity Commission published a report in which it recommended that: “New Zealand require shipping companies wishing to collaborate to fix prices or limit capacity to demonstrate to the Commerce Commission that there will be a public benefit which will outweigh any anti-competitive effects.”Yesterday, Mr Foss announced the government’s intention to bring shipping under the same anti-trust legislation that covers most other industries. “New Zealand is well served by international shipping operators, with 18 companies operating here, but the current industry-specific regime is outdated and no longer appropriate,” he said.He continued: “By bringing international shipping services under the Commerce Act, we are ensuring there is effective oversight of an industry vital to our exporters. “The Government’s Business Growth Agenda lays out our ambitious goal to increase the ratio of exports to GDP to 40 per cent by 2025. A healthy, competitive and well-regulated shipping industry is an important part of achieving this.“This bill promotes economic growth by enabling pro-competitive collaboration between firms, while also deterring hard-core cartel conduct.”Since the publication of the Productivity Commission’s report, New Zealand’s Commerce Select Committee has been receiving submissions from carriers and shippers alike over the past year. What is most surprising, sifting through them, is how widely opinion diverges.Compared to the tortuous process through which the European Commission brought about the end of the conference system, when carriers and shippers took diametrically opposed positions, responses to the New Zealand authorities have been surprisingly varied.Some were predictable enough, however. The New Zealand-based International Container Lines Committee (ICLC), an association of the major deepsea carriers serving the country, expressed strong objection to the change as well as voicing its suspicion that the arguments for changing the legislation were ideologically driven.“The proposal does not have the backing of the major exporter and importer communities in New Zealand and is at odds with recommendations from the Ministry of Transport. All things considered, the ICLC submits that the proposed changes are not in New Zealand’s economic interests short term or long term, and will put at risk the quality, reliability and scope of sea freight services currently enjoyed by this country,” it said.However, this view was countered by the New Zealand Shipping Federation, which observed that the current regime was detrimental to the country’s domestic shipping operators.“We hold the view that the New Zealand coastal shipping sector is fundamentally disadvantaged by international shipping operators being in a position to marginally price while operating within New Zealand’s coastal waters. Their primary business is to move cargo into and out of New Zealand and any business they pick up here is a bonus and can be charged at a marginal rate. Domestic operators cannot marginally price and stay in business,” it said.While reaffirming that it opposes cartel behaviour business group, the Employers and Manufacturers Association, submitted its opposition to reform on the grounds of practicality. “We believe this suggested amendment will be both ineffective and virtually unenforceable in most instances.“Such a change attempts to extend New Zealand jurisdiction to other markets which may be highly problematic in any enforcement action in getting the parties to court and on whom might be held accountable locally,” it said, adding it was unlikely the country would be “the deliberate target of any shipping cartel action.”However, the New Zealand Shippers Council pointed out that the country had levied fines on airlines found guilty of price fixing fuel surcharges and argued that, irrespective of whether “hard-core” cartel behaviour had taken place in the past, legislation covering it was required.Part of the problem, as many observed, is that the country’s trading fortunes are entwined with those of its larger neighbour, Australia, in which it is jointly engaged in a programme to strengthen economic ties with the ultimate aim of creating a single economic area. There is concern that should New Zealand move ahead of Australia in introducing further anti-trust legislation, this would create issues over the larger process of unifying the two regimes.However, a joint study by the Australian and New Zealand Productivity Commissions Strengthening trans-Tasman economic relations recommended that both countries remove the liner services’ rate-setting exemption – essentially suggesting that Australia should follow New Zealand’s lead.A related fear for New Zealand’s shippers, outlined by the ICLC, is that by making the New Zealand regime stricter it would discourage container carriers from including it on deepsea services altogether and instead tranship New Zealand cargo through Australian container hubs.“If New Zealand takes more radical reform, it creates a real compliance problem for offshore [international] participants. Given the small size of the New Zealand market, some may choose to simply opt out,” the ICLC said.This possibility was compounded by the huge imbalance between export and import cargo flows, to the extent that: “one of New Zealand’s largest imports is simply empty containers to keep the system in balance.”The Commerce Select Committee’s report is due to be published on 14 May.last_img read more

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