Inflation is back — let us hope Bank of England does not panic

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Official opening of Chemical-Biotechnological centre

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BOC launches 300-bar cylinders with EVOS Ci™

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Gas Innovations delivers 100 ISO containers

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Short memory

first_imgLet me say at the outset, I am not a luddite. My firm is quite happy to work in a paperless environment and we have for many years been asking the Crown Prosecution Service why we cannot receive evidence by electronic means. In fact, our first request mentioned floppy disks! However, I must comment on the statement of David Jones, director of the CPS’s efficiency programme, that all criminal defence firms need to do is join the secure email system (CJSM) (see [2011] Gazette, 8 December, 1). Those unfamiliar with CJSM may imagine some type of snappy, intuitive, email interface similar to other online email providers, such as Gmail or Yahoo! Mail. If only that were so. The truth of the matter is that the CJSM system software is several years past its ‘sell-by’ date and I do not believe it is now fit for purpose. Problems start as soon as you access the site. There is a notice on the log-in page telling you that users of Internet Explorer 8 or 9 (easily the most commonly used software for internet access) may experience problems. They will. CJSM does not work with IE8 or 9 without switching to ‘compatability mode’. It does not work very well with Google Chrome. The warning of this problem has been there for over six months, but no improvements to the interface have been made as I write. I could go on at length about the slowness of the secure email system, the poor search system, the needlessly complicated way of assigning an email addressee from one’s contacts, and even the way in which contacts are displayed. There are other problems too. My main concern, though, is the lack of memory. We are a small firm in a small market town. We use the system to email the police for bail-back information, and we send all correspondence to the Crown court and CPS via the system. The vast majority have been simple emails with no attachments. In the first six weeks of using the system, we had used 25% of the available memory. The emails cannot be forwarded to another email system and thus we are left with no choice but to print off the email and then delete it. So much for a paperless office. Once we start receiving electronic files, I anticipate we will run out of memory within three months. Larger firms will be experiencing difficulties within weeks. We actually welcome this new way of working in the criminal justice system, but for it to be a success, the CJSM system needs a major overhaul and upgrade before the Transforming Through Technology project kicks in from April. It is my understanding this is unlikely to happen. John Storer, Criminal Defence Associates, Boston, Lincslast_img read more

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Building buys a pint … (and rather a lot of nuts)

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KitKat’s four fingers crumble before Court of Appeal

first_imgNestlé has once again failed to gain trade mark protection for the shape of its four-finger KitKat bar, in the latest twist in a long running battle with fellow confectionery giant Cadbury.A decision handed down by the Court of Appeal today upheld a High Court ruling from January last year. In that ruling, Mr Justice Arnold said the shape had not acquired distinctive character and that Nestlé had not promoted the shape as a selling point because packaging hid the design.Sally Britton, an intellectual property lawyer at London and New York firm Mishcon de Reya, said the ruling ‘sets a high bar’ for the registration of shapes, sounds, colours and smells as trademarks. ‘Non-traditional trade mark registrations covering shapes, sounds, colours and smells are becoming increasingly popular as brands look to experiences to drive brand value.’She said the case is interesting as it examines the type of use and consumer recognition required to obtain monopoly protection over a shape mark. ‘Businesses seeking to protect non-traditional trade marks such as shapes or packaging will need to provide evidence that consumers are relying on that trade mark to identify the origin of the product,’ she added.Nestlé and Cadbury (appearing in court under the name of its owner Mondelēz International) have been involved in an IP battle spanning close to a decade.In another decision in December last year, the EU’s General Court annulled a previous ruling by the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) that granted Nestlé a trademark in various EU countries.According to the court, the EUIPO erred by failing to determine whether the shape had acquired distinctiveness in every EU member state – though the court did accept the shape had acquired distinctiveness in the UK. Robert Guthrie, a partner in the IP litigation department at international firm Osborne Clarke, said the contrast with the general court ruling may be that the Court of Appeal was less inclined to follow the approach as a result of Brexit and that this is an early indication of the ways in which UK and EU trade marks may diverge. ‘It seems likely that in the future it will be harder to register shapes as trade marks in the UK than in the EU,’ he said. A Nestlé spokesperson said the company is disappointed by the judgment and considering next steps. ‘This judgment does not mean that our four finger-shape is now free for use in the UK or elsewhere. KitKat is much loved around the world and its four finger-shape is well-known by consumers,’ they added.A spokesperson for Mondelēz International said: ‘We are pleased with the Court of Appeal’s decision today and welcome their conclusion. As we have previously stated, we do not believe the shape of the KitKat bar should be protected as a trade mark in the UK.’last_img read more

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Fire down below

first_imgEUROPE: Investigations have started into the cause of a fire on a freight shuttle in the Channel Tunnel, which is likely to result in considerable disruption for Eurotunnel and its customers over several months.The fire was detected in the French end section of the north running tunnel shortly before 15.00 on September 11, and despite the deployment of more than to 200 firefighters it was not declared extinguished until 09.00 the following day. The fire is believed to have started close to the front of the 700 m long train, less than 100 m from the club car in which 32 lorry drivers and Eurotunnel staff were travelling, immediately behind the leading locomotive. All 27 lorries on the shuttle were reported to be burnt out or damaged.Eurotunnel says that experience gained since the last major fire occurred on November 18 1996, and following many less serious equipment failures and incidents over the intervening years including a minor freight shuttle fire in August 2006, should enable repairs to be carried out more quickly this time.The fire burned intensively, with temperatures reaching 1 000°C for at least 16 h, over a longer length than in 1996, so spalling of the concrete tunnel lining is likely to be more severe.Nevertheless, Eurotunnel was able to resume services rapidly, following the withdrawal of the firefighters on the morning of September 12. Two freight shuttles ran empty through the undamaged south running tunnel that evening, and freight trains began running again that night. Loaded freight shuttles and Eurostar services resumed on September 13, with passenger shuttles restarting the following day. In 1996, rail freight did not resume for four days and Eurostar for 16 days, although the damaged section was not re-opened until May 15 1997 and the freight shuttles were out of action for seven months while an intensive safety investigation was completed.Because the burning freight shuttle had already travelled for 39 km before it stopped, there was a likelihood that it had caused damage to cables and equipment, and not least the catenary. For this reason, Eurotunnel decided to re-open only the south running tunnel, sending trains through in flights one way and then the other on a 2 h cycle. On September 19 Eurotunnel reported it was handling 80 shuttle trains, 36 Eurostars and six freight trains/day through the one bore. It expected to re-open the UK end section of the north tunnel the following week, after smoke pollution had been cleaned off equipment, but the condition of the mid-Channel section was ‘still being evaluated’.last_img read more

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Oakland County nurses will help schools reopen

first_img jonihubred Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Reported by Oakland County commissioners are expected to take action this week to fund a program that would put trained nurses into school districts reopening after COVID-19 closures.The $2 million Oakland Together School Nurse Initiative, a collaborative effort between the Oakland County Health Division and Oakland Schools, aims to prevent the spread of the virus through public health strategies. The Health Division will hire 68 nurses who will provide communication, training, consultation, and recommendations, working in schools through December, County Executive David Coulter said in a press release.Funding would come from the federal CARES Act. The program is believed to be the first of its kind in the state.“We know the concern the virus has caused among students, parents, school faculty and staff,” Coulter said. “We are working closely with our partners at Oakland Schools to provide prevention strategies that will allow our schools to resume the important work of educating our young people.”Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson, superintendent of Oakland Schools, said the partnership comes at an important time for education and families.“After the child’s home, school represents the second most influential environment in a child’s life,“ she said. “Nurses working in the schools will have a crucial role in supporting health services to children and youth during this pandemic as they will be instrumental in implementing practices that will help prevent the spread of COVID-19.”Initiative details are posted at oakgov.com.Learn how to view the June 26 Board of Commissioners meeting at oakgov.com/boc/Pages/default.aspxlast_img read more

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Beermen repulse Kings in PBA Cup

first_imgThe Kings went on a strong push in the fourth quarter behind Bernabe Teodoro and LA Tenorio to come to within 89-94 but a triple by Lassiter and a basket from Ross to wrap up Beermen’s win.Tenorio finished with 24 points, while Japeth Aguilar and Gregory Slaughter had 20 and 11 markers, respectively, for the Kings, which dropped to 1-1.In the first game, NorthPort Batang Pier survived an endgame surge by the NLEX Road Warriors for a 95-90 victory, its second in the season-opening conference.After seeing its 81-75 lead chopped down to 87-89 by the Road Warriors, the Batang Pier banked on conversions by Sean Anthony and Moala Tautuaa to eke out the win.Anthony led the way with 22 points, nine rebounds and five assists, while Tautuaa and Robert Bolick added 18 and 14 points, respectively, for the Batang Pier (2-0).John Paul Erram finished with 19 points, while JR Quinahan chipped in 18 markers for the Road Warriors, which suffered its second loss in as many games./PN Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings’ Gregory Slaughter foils the layup try of San Miguel Beermen’s June Mar Fajardo during their 2019 Honda PBA Philippine Cup game last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. PBA MANILA – San Miguel Beermen barged into the win column of the 2019 Honda PBA Philippine Cup after a 99-91 victory over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.Christian Standhardinger led the way with 26 points, while Chris Ross and Marcio Lassiter combined for 10 triples to finish with 22 and 16 points, respectively, for the Beermen (1-1).Holding to a slim 20-17 lead, the Beermen drew strength on inside conversions of Standhardinger and back-to-back outside hits from Kelly Nabong for a 44-35 halftime lead.The swelled further in the third frame with Ross and Lassiter finding their shooting touch from outside and Standhardinger and June Mar Fajardo scoring inside for a 73-51 edge.last_img read more

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