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Tata Steels Billet Mill in Stocksbridge, Yorkshire, is like all steel mills a dangerous place. Tata Steel undertook a safety risk assessment relating to the lifting of a skip from a hole in the ground and found that there was a risk of injury which could be mitigated by installing a barrier around the hole. They didn't do it and someone fell in. It's cost a large fine.

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Last week, the USA's FBI "unsealed" an indictment against a North Korean who they say was involved in the hacking organisation "Lazarus" which has been responsible for, amongst other things, the WannaCry virus that brought government, corporate and personal computers running Microsoft Windows software, or Linux machines running Windows emulation software, to their knees.

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Just as AirAsia announced the "suspension" of its Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Jakarta (CGK) flights, Japan Airlines and Garuda Indonesia have said that they are to increase co-operation to improve connections between the two Asian countries.

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The UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been made aware that two UK laboratory supply companies have supplied schools and potentially other users with gauze mats which contain asbestos. The metal gauze mats are designed for use over Bunsen burners.

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Burt Reynolds
was born on: 
11 February 1936
Lansing, Michigan, USA
and died on: 
4 September 2018
Jupiter, Florida

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) yesterday issued for consultation proposed requirements for financial institutions (FIs) in Singapore to implement essential cyber security measures to protect their IT systems. These requirements will help FIs strengthen their cyber resilience and guard against cyber attacks, says MAS.

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German company Siemens and French company Alstom are facing immense competition, especially in developing markets, from China's state-backed CRRC. The plan is to create a new Joint Venture entity owned by both companies and to transfer their respective divisions into it. So, while it is being touted as a merger, it isn't and nor is it a take-over. However, the fact that it's neither of the usual methods of combining businesses doesn't mean that competition regulators won't look at it - and opposition is coming from an unlikely quarter.

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German company Seimens paid many bribes to officials all over the world to secure contracts with governments in a wide range of technology fields including telecommunications (in all its forms), rail and other transport and more. Brought before the US authorities in 2008, it paid what was then the largest ever penalty for payments made in breach of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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This really is a story about money laundering. Stay with us: first, it's not at all a done deal that whatever happens in Brexit, UK lawyers will lose out for any reason except sentiment. Yes, long term, international recognition may be more complex but that could well turn out to be to the advantage of English (specifically, but perhaps one or two South Wales firms might be included) lawyers as their gene pool becomes less diluted. But everyone acknowledges that there should be some kind of hedge against that risk and so large firms are putting in place measures to be, in effect, dual citizens (not legally accurate, of course). Now Theresa May, in need of a win, has done something that will both assist UK lawyers and really, really get up the nose of those Eurocrats who are trying to frustrate the will of the UK people. And there's a not-to-well hidden benefit for British businesses outside the legal sector, too.

Open Letter to ( CEO ): 
Gerry Harvey - Chairman
Open Letter to ( Company ): 
Harvey Norman

Kuala Lumpur


Sunway Pyramid


Dear Mr Harvey

Dealing with your company is an excruciatingly difficult and time wasting experience.

Here are ten (actually, it's eleven and that's because I stopped writing) reasons why no one should buy anything from Harvey Norman in Malaysia, starting with examples of how your terms and conditions are outrageously onerous on customers and moving on to how failures are dealt with at the customer's expense if at all.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has announced that in an agreed settlement before the Federal Court, Australian financial services group Westpac will pay a civil penalty of AUD35 million after admitting breaches of Australia's responsible lending rules. The door-of-the-court settlement avoids a lengthy trial that should have started yesterday.

*** Update: see Westpac's new best friend? Australian Federal Court rejects settlement with regulator ***

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Janus was a Roman god: the one with two faces. California's Attorney General Xavier Becerra has those traits: on the one hand, he's all about consumer rights, the rights of the under-privileged including immigrants but on the other he's in favour of allowing unions to compel non-members to hand over part of their wages. The idea that oppression is oppression is oppression seems to have passed him by and it's a case called Janus v AFSCME, Council 31 and others that has compelled him to nail his colours to the mast. Government bad, socialist bullies good. His defiance of Federal law is well recognised but this is a case where all the...

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In 2010, in the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, Jenson Button's McLaren Mercedes did not have the pace of Fernando Alonso's Ferrari. At his best, with a car that is good enough, Button was one of F1's fastest drivers and he proved it with a pole position that took everyone, including his team-mate Hamilton, by surprise. His only chance for victory in the race was to get in front before the first corner and hold position for the entire race, knowing that he would be under constant pressure from the Ferraris in particular....

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The US courts are busy with state Attorneys General challenging US President Trump in many ways. Deleting the hyperbole, fixing the reversal of terminology and expunging the adjectives that turn so many of the important statements made by e.g. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra into tabloid-style and undermines their credibility, we've picked out the salient points of one of the most important challenges: 20 Attorneys General have obtained an interim injunction to block the Trump administration's decision that it's OK to publish the blueprints for the making of a working gun using a 3D printer.