Top honour on Australia Day for Fire Officer

first_imgTop honour on Australia Day for Fire Officer Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services The Honourable Mark RyanA long-serving Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Fire Officer has been honoured with a prestigious medal as part of the 2021 Australia Day ceremonies.Minister for Fire and Emergency Service Mark Ryan congratulated Executive Manager Corey Bock, who received the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) today in recognition of his service to the organisation and Queensland communities.“To receive an AFSM, an officer must have demonstrated a high level of dedication, professionalism and willingness to go above and beyond what is expected of them in their role,” Mr Ryan said.“In his 28 years with QFES, Corey has shown all these attributes and more, so it is fantastic to see national recognition of his efforts.“I’d like to congratulate Corey on this award and look forward to seeing his work continue to benefit Queensland communities for years to come.”Since joining QFES in 1992, Mr Bock has served in a range of roles across multiple services, from frontline operations to strategic governance.As a senior officer in the Rural Fire Service (RFS), Mr Bock played an integral role in leading volunteer support and engagement in south east Queensland, whilst also supporting partner organisations and communities with bushfire management activities.QFES Commissioner Greg Leach said Mr Bock was held in high regard by his peers for his leadership in fire management, fire investigations, community engagement and knowledge management.“For more than 20 years, Corey has been on the front line of many significant fire and emergency disaster events, including the Grantham floods and Black Summer bushfires,” Mr Leach said.“He has been a trailblazer within the organisation, serving as the first Ministerial Liaison Officer from the RFS, representing QFES across all facets of government strategy and relations.“In addition to his permanent role, Corey is also an experienced RFS volunteer. He embodies the QFES values of respect, integrity and courage, and leads by example.“Corey’s commitment to sharing his specialist bushfire management knowledge will help ensure QFES can continue to deliver a world-class fire service into the future.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. 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:Australia, Australian, black summer, bushfires, Commissioner, community engagement, Emergency, Emergency Services, Fire and Emergency Services, Government, Grantham, leadership, QFES, QLD, Queensland, Queensland Fire, Ryanlast_img read more

‘Space Bridge’ across world will help UK and Australia get ahead in global space race

‘Space Bridge’ across world will help UK and Australia get ahead in global space race The world’s first Space Bridge will unlock improved access to trade, investment and academic research opportunities, better advice to businesses and innovative bilateral collaborations. The UK and Australia share future ambitions for space and have similar plans to increase the size and job creation potential of the sector. This agreement will further develop the longstanding relationship between the two countries which dates back to the 1970s when the Prospero satellite built in Farnborough, UK, launched from Woomera, South Australia.The arrangement enhances cooperation between the UK Space Agency, UK Department for International Trade, Australian Trade & Investment Commission, and the Australian Space Agency, coordinating opportunities for the UK and Australian governments and companies to work on space-related activities, including sharing Earth Observation data to collaborating on robotic and artificial intelligence.UK Science Minister Amanda Solloway said: The signing of today’s Space Bridge partnership, a world’s first, with one of our closet international allies, is another step forward in our ambition for the UK to become a globally-competitive space power.The bond will allow our most innovative space businesses and universities to collaborate and share best practice more effectively than ever. I’m excited to see how this partnership will unlock new space jobs in both countries while driving forward new ideas that could enrich all of our lives.Minister for Exports, Graham Stuart MP said:Space exports hit £5.5 billion in 2017 and it is this international demand for our space goods and services which is driving the development of the UK’s vibrant and innovative space industry.Like the UK, Australia recognises the enormous potential of space science and recognises that closer partnership and alignment between our two sectors can boost progress and jobs in both countries. I believe that UK exports to Australia could grow by £900 million as a result of a Free-Trade Agreement and the Space Bridge programme can play a critical role in space contributing to this growth, and further strengthening our UK-Australia relationship.The UK boasts strong Foreign Direct Investment levels into its space sector and the Australian space sector reports a strong appetite to expand operations into the UK. Leaders for Australia and UK’s space agencies recognise the importance of stronger space ties between both countries, as the UK ramps up plans to become a leading global player in space.The announcement comes as the UK and Australia begin the fourth round of negotiations on the Free Trade Agreement this week. We have already made good progress in several chapter areas including digital, telecommunications, customs, rules of origin, and procurement in previous rounds.Australia is influential in the Indo-Pacific and a Free-Trade Agreement will help us pivot towards this dynamic area of the world. This will help diversify our trade, make our supply chains more resilient, and make the UK less vulnerable to political and economic shocks.Dr Graham Turnock, Chief Executive Officer of the UK Space Agency, said:As the UK extends its ambitions in space, it’s only right that we forge new and stronger alliances with new and existing partners all across the globe. This agreement has the potential to unleash innovation, promote knowledge exchange and build relationships that will help both the UK and Australia maximise the vast economic and scientific potential that the space sector offers. It will help create better opportunities and greater security for people in both nations.Enrico Palermo, Head of the Australian Space Agency.The Space Bridge Framework Arrangement will help propel the Australian civil space industry into its next phase of growth, opening doors to build local capability, as well as significantly boost our collaboration with the UK Space Agency.The space sector is one of the fastest-growing UK sectors with 30,000 new jobs expected by 2030. The Australian space sector is also growing with up to 20,000 new Australian jobs expected by 2030.The Space Bridge Framework Arrangement was signed on Tuesday, 23 February 2021 at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Canberra, Australia, and at Westminster, in London, United Kingdom. The arrangement was signed by the Australian Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews, UK Minister for Science, Research and Innovation Amanda Solloway, in the presence of British High Commissioner to Australia Vicki Treadell CMG MVO, High Commissioner to the UK The Hon George Brandis QC, Australian Space Agency Head Enrico Palermo, UK Space Agency Chief Executive Officer Dr Graham Turnock, UK Space Agency International Director Alice Bunn, Chair of UKSpace Nick Shave and Space Industry Association of Australia Chief Executive Officer James Brown, who joined the signing virtually. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. 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:Andrews, artificial intelligence, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, British, Canberra, Commissioner, Earth, Government, International trade, London, South Australia, UK, UK Government, United Kingdom, Woomera read more

Winnipeg man seeks owner of car he accidentally stole 21 years ago

first_img See More Videos Elderly Texas couple’s van gets stolen, and returned, every night“I always felt guilty about it. I felt horrible that I stole someone’s car – accidentally, albeit – and I wanted to reach out to her in the beginning,” Freedman tells CBC. “I wanted to reach out to the police to let them know what happened [at the time] and I was talked out of it because it was pretty much, no harm no foul.” Trending Videos Ontario woman accidentally steals car she mistook for her rental ‹ Previous Next › Let’s just hope when and if he finds the original owner, she’s as willing to laugh about it as we are. Trending in Canada A Winnipeg man seeking to clear his conscience – after accidentally and temporarily stealing a car way back in 1998 – is getting some help from the Internet tracking down its owner. CBC Manitoba tells the story of the story of 38-year-old Kevin Freedman who, years after the random and kind of impressive event, has Tweeted out a plea for help.The incident took place nearly 21 years ago, when Freedman, then a teenage lifeguard, asked a coworker if he might borrow her Ford Taurus to head downtown to pay a parking ticket and pick up a Slurpee. It being a hot August day and she being a good friend, the deal was made. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 1996 Ford Taurus  Ford advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS When he got to the parking lot, he discovered what he believed to be his friend’s car with the windows down and doors unlocked, so he hopped in and, after a brief puzzle with the ignition, which he solved by doing up his seatbelt, started it up and drove off.https://twitter.com/MBKev/status/1112190320140345344?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1112190320140345344&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbc.ca%2Fnews%2Fcanada%2Fmanitoba%2Faccidental-car-theft-1998-winnipeg-1.5088345Downtown at the police station where he was to pay his ticket, however, Freedman came across another key-related issue; he couldn’t get the doors open again after he’d locked them. Luckily, a parking officer and unwitting accomplice was able to get the ‘really wonky’ keys to work, claiming it was ‘all in the wrist.’ After another 10-minute struggle to get the car going, Freedman drove on to complete his errands and, Slurpee in hand, returned the keys to his friend, apologizing for damaging them and possibly the ignition. But later that evening when he left for the day, he noticed the car sitting in the lot where he’d left it, despite his friend already having left with it. That’s when he put it together—he’d taken the wrong car. His friend said a 20-something woman had reported her car stolen to pool staff, but because she didn’t know her license plate number, waited to tell police until the next day. Then, when they returned to the last place she’d seen it, there it was, all locked up and secure.RELATED Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” RELATED TAGSFordTaurusNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesManitobaNon-Luxury We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca last_img read more

CU Team Maps Chromosome For Human Genome Project

first_imgA University of Colorado at Boulder research team has completed a two-year mapping project of a human chromosome associated with various diseases as part of the international Human Genome Project. Led by Professor Ken Krauter of the molecular, cellular and developmental biology department, the group’s map of chromosome 18 includes genes involved in colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, bipolar disorder and Nieman-Pick disease Type C, a neurological disorder. “Our map is useful for cloning genes involved in disease and for diagnosing genetic diseases,” said Krauter. “Its applications for sequencing the chromosome are its most valuable aspect.” The team presented its integrated physical map of human chromosome 18 at a national genome project meeting May 14-18 in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. Other team members are graduate student Deborah McDonough, research assistants Christie Friesen and Katie Lord, and research associate Alla Karnovsky. Although various Colorado research groups are involved in the Human Genome Project, the CU-Boulder team is only the second in the state to map an entire chromosome. A team from CU’s Health Sciences Center produced a map of chromosome 3 several years ago. The human body contains 23 chromosome pairs. The genetic material in chromosomes, DNA, contains subunits called bases which, when strung together, form the genetic code. One of the goals of the Human Genome Project is to determine the complete sequence of bases comprising the DNA of each chromosome. Maps like the one created by Krauter’s group are precursors to sequencing a chromosome, said Krauter. Chromosome 18 contains about 80 million bases, but current techniques allow for sequencing only a few hundred bases at once. To make human DNA manageable, a library of DNA clones was created by cutting human DNA into thousands of pieces and inserting them into yeast cells. The human DNA can then easily be replicated and manipulated. Known sequences of DNA unique to chromosome 18 were used as markers and a technique called the polymerase chain reaction was used to locate these unique sequences in the DNA clones. Using powerful computer programs, the CU researchers determined the order of the markers and clones along the chromosome. The next step is to correlate each DNA clone into several smaller, bacterially based clones that can be sequenced directly, said Krauter. Since the order of the clones is known, they can be sequenced individually and then strung together to form the sequence of the entire chromosome. The international Human Genome Project was launched in October 1990 to discover and characterize all of the estimated 60,000 to 100,000 genes in the human genome. The project is directed jointly by the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health the National Center for Human Genome Research. The Internet has played an integral role in the genome project, allowing data to be quickly updated and shared among researchers, said Krauter. By accessing information from other research teams electronically, Krauter’s group was able to integrate many types of data into their map, adding to its confidence level. At the current rate of progress, the Human Genome Project could be completed as early as 2002 — three years ahead of schedule, said the researchers. “The Human Genome Project will allow us to design new therapies for genetic diseases through understanding the mechanisms of disease,” said Krauter. “It also will aid our understanding of how humans develop and how multigene traits like behavior, hypertension and metabolic diseases are amenable to understanding through genetic analysis.” Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: May 22, 1997 last_img read more

James Randi To Lecture At CU-Boulder on May 21

first_img Published: April 29, 2003 James Randi, internationally recognized investigator of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims, will give a free, public lecture at the University of Colorado at Boulder on May 21. Randi will speak on “Search for the Chimera: An Overview of How Science Has Pursued Magic and Miracles in the 20th Century and Into the 21st Century” at 7:30 p.m. in Macky Auditorium. His lecture is intended for a general audience and no reservations are required. Randi has an international reputation as a magician and escape artist, but is best known as the world’s most tireless investigator and demystifier of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims. His lecture will address everything from UFOs to the Bermuda Triangle, from psychic “spoonbending” to simple magicians’ tricks certified as miracles. He is the author of nine books and has been featured on national television shows including “20/20,” “Dateline” and “Larry King Live.” He has lectured at the White House, Harvard, Yale, MIT, Oxford, Princeton, Stanford and Yale, and is the winner of a MacArthur Foundation “genius” fellowship. Randi will lecture as part of the 34th annual conference of the Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics of the American Physical Society to be held on the CU-Boulder campus May 20-24. About 750 scientists are expected to attend. For more information on Randi, visit the Web site at www.randi.org. For more information on the May 21 lecture call (303) 492-7789. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Beware of new fraud scheme involving unemployment claims

first_imgPublished: June 29, 2020 Investigating and prosecuting fraud is a high priority for the Division of Unemployment Insurance. Unfortunately, with the rise in unemployment insurance claims associated with COVID-19, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) has also seen a rise in fraudulent claims and other instances of fraud. CDLE is tracking a new fraud scheme involving unemployment claims that are filed using another person’s identity. If you received a U.S. Bank ReliaCard in the mail and have not filed for unemployment, please read the following guidance.Protect Yourself Against Fraud.  TIP: Never give out personally identifiable information over the phone. CDLE will never contact you and ask for your social security number (SSN), bank account numbers, your PIN, account passwords, or any other personally identifiable information.What You Need To KnowHuman Resources received the following information from a criminal investigator with the Colorado Department of Labor.This scam is widespread and they suspect the criminals are not stealing mail, but working to get PIN numbers the state uses to pay out benefits.Most likely the scams are originating out of Florida, Georgia and Alabama.The information the criminals have probably came from a large data breach in the last 10 years (Equifax, Target, Hilton, etc.) and has been sold on the dark web.Victims need to file police reports and lock down their accounts and credit files.  What to do if you believe someone is using your identity to collect unemployment benefits?If you received unemployment paperwork but did not file a claim, or otherwise believe you are a victim of identity theft related to unemployment benefits, please submit a fraud report.​​Note: This form was created by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE). For questions on how to complete the form, please visit the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment website.File a police report with the municipal police department where you reside. Please contact Employee Relations for additional questions.Additionally, there are several recommended steps to follow:If you received a U.S. Bank Reliacard for Colorado unemployment benefits but did not file a claim, contact U.S. Bank immediately at 1-855-279-1678 or complete the online form. Tell them that a fraudulent unemployment claim was filed using your information, and ask them to deactivate the card. Contact the three consumer credit bureaus and put a fraud alert on your name and Social Security number (SSN). It may be an automated system, so you may not talk to a live person and you will have to enter your SSN and date of birth.Equifax: 1-800-525-6285; www.equifax.com/CreditReportAssistancExperian: 1-888-397-3742; www.experian.com/fraudTransUnion: 1-800-680-7289; www.transunion.com/fraudIt is important to regularly review your credit reports from each of the three credit bureaus. Each will look different and may contain different information. If you discover any incorrect or fraudulent information on your credit report, you should dispute it with the credit bureau directly. Normally, you can receive one free copy of your credit report each year from each credit bureau. Due to increased fraud during the COVID-19 pandemic, each of the three credit bureaus is offering free weekly credit reports via annualcreditreport.com.It is also recommended that you file a police report. You can file a “counter report” with your local police department. As a victim, you have the right to file this report. It doesn’t mean the police will investigate it, but there will at least be a record of it on file and you can get a copy of the report for your records.You can also report identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission at identitytheft.gov. The FTC’s website includes valuable resources about how to recover from identity theft and protect your identity.Lastly, create a file where you can keep any records relating to this identity theft in one central place, in case you are notified of other fraud or breaches of your personal information.For more information regarding unemployment fraud prevention, please visit the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment website.  Tags:HR Newslast_img read more

Wards at Metcalfe Street to Benefit from Life Skills Training

first_imgRelatedWards at Metcalfe Street to Benefit from Life Skills Training RelatedWards at Metcalfe Street to Benefit from Life Skills Training FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government has set aside $18 million to equip wards at the Metcalfe Street Juvenile Centre with livelihood skills and increased access to work opportunities.As contained in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, currently before the House of Representatives, the money is being provided under the Support to Metcalfe Project, which is being funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).For this fiscal year, anticipated targets include: supplying wards with agricultural, vocational, and sport supplies; and fully equipping an operational computer laboratory and sick bay.Physical achievements to date include: skills training provided for 120 wards with 60 others trained in cash crop farming; establishment of a soundproof music room with music lessons provided to 50 wards; computer training provided to 120 wards; psychological counselling and assessment for 140 wards; basic medical examination administered to 110 wards; and the hiring of one nurse and four psychologists.The programme, which is being implemented by the Ministry of National Security, was originally scheduled to end in October 2012, but has now been extended to June 2013.By Chris Patteson, JIS Reporter Wards at Metcalfe Street to Benefit from Life Skills Training National SecurityApril 8, 2013center_img Advertisements RelatedWards at Metcalfe Street to Benefit from Life Skills Traininglast_img read more

Letterkenny awarded Five Blooms in Canada

first_img Facebook Google+ Google+ Pinterest 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Pinterest By admin – October 31, 2016 Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Homepage BannerNews Letterkenny has been awarded five blooms at the International Communities in Bloom Awards Ceremony and Symposium in Canada.The international awards ceremony recognises communities which foster civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national programme with focus on the promotion of green spaces in urban settings.On Saturday night past, the town was awarded the International Community Involvement Award and short listed for the International Youth Involvement Award.Letterkenny Tidy Towns Vice Chairperson, Denis Doyle says not only is it great recognition for Letterkenny but it also raises the towns profile internationally …Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/lkbloom.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Previous articleDonegal U21B title for Killybegs – Hugh McFadden reactionNext articleInvestigations continuing after man’s body found in Derry admin Letterkenny awarded Five Blooms in Canada WhatsApp Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Twitter Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

Pringle says Varadkar will look after the few and not the many

first_img WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – June 14, 2017 Twitter Previous articleUlster SFC Preview: Tyrone Manager Mickey HarteNext articleJoe McHugh TD named Chief Whip in new Taoiseach’s reshuffle News Highland Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Google+ Twitter Pringle says Varadkar will look after the few and not the many Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Facebook Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Harps come back to win in Waterford News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Deputy Thomas Pringle has said that the people of Donegal should not be fooled by Leo Varadkar’s notion of a ‘Republic of Opportunity’ as this will only serve those already privileged.Leo Varadkar became the new Taoiseach today after receiving his seal of office from the President.But Thomas Pringle claims that Donegal will not get to experience the opportunities he’s talking about as wealth and regional inequality will persist under his leadership.Deputy Pringle says under Varadkar, the few will be looked after at the expense of the many:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/thomas530.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady last_img read more

News / ONE container carrier network now predicting loss of $600m in its first year

first_img Japanese carrier Ocean Network Express (ONE) is set to see losses spiral to $600m in its first year, as it struggles to “restore the trust of customers” after the chaotic April launch.ONE has alerted shareholders of K Line, MOL and NYK to a $310m loss for the half-year period to 30 September.Moreover, the merged carrier network has drastically revised its forecast of a full-year profit of $110m to a loss of $600m, which would see it sink towards the bottom of the carrier profitability league table.Prior to the merger of the three carriers, chief executive Jeremy Nixon and his team were bullish about the prospects for ONE, predicting more than $1bn a year in synergy cost savings. They said this would bring a profit in the first year of $110m, followed by $313m and $648m in consecutive years. What followed, however – in the words of its own shareholder, K Line – was a “clumsy” launch, which left customers, loyal to the trio for decades, unable to book containers or obtain information about the status of their cargo.In a joint profit warning today, ahead of first-half results on 31 October, the Japanese trio – K Line and MOL each hold a 31% stake, while NYK has the remaining 38% – endeavoured to provide investors with explanations for the disastrous start.They said lifting and utilisation levels had fallen due to “teething problems” after a chaotic launch, which it attributed to not enough staff, and those they had not being familiar with the NYK IT system.In fact, ONE’s management was obliged to significantly revamp the rationalisation plans, which represented more than a third of the planned synergy savings, by putting in more staff and hiring new workers.The network said: “This caused significant inconvenience for customers.” But it added: “Issues such as staff skill levels and personnel shortages have already been addressed and operations have returned to normal.”However, several shippers and forwarders The Loadstar has spoken to recently said that they were still only supporting ONE with minimal bookings, having been obliged to reserve space with other carriers after the botched launch.As to why the full extent of the problems at ONE were not revealed at the end of July, when first-quarter results were published and trading concerns in the second quarter must already have been known, the companies said it had been expected that liftings and utilisation levels would improve during the peak season.But “ONE did not achieve these targets”, they admitted.ONE has also been impacted by the hike in fuel prices, leaving its strategy of recovering the additional cost of bunkers resulting in “underachievement”.And the Japanese lines said the impact of the US-China trade war, which could see volumes on the transpacific tank in the first quarter of next year when the 25% duty hikes fully kick in, had been factored-in to “a certain degree”. They added that ONE would “determine the need to revise” the 2019 and 2020 business forecasts “upon assessing the situation”.In a LinkedIn post today, Lars Jensen, CEO and partner at SeaIntelligence Consulting, likened the ONE integration problems to Maersk Lines’ ill-judged takeover of P&O Nedlloyd in 2006, resulting in the Danish carrier losing market share due to IT and other consolidation issues. By Mike Wackett 16/10/2018last_img read more