Riau Islands Police arrest Chinese national in connection with death of Indonesian sailor

first_imgA joint task force arrested the vessels Lu Huang Yuan Yu 117 and Lu Huang Yuan Yu 118 off the coast of Riau Islands last week, following a report of the death of an Indonesian crew member aboard one of the ships.Read also: Indonesia reiterates concern about alleged mistreatment of crewmen on Chinese vesselsHasan’s body was found in the freezer of the Lu Huang Yuan Yu 117. He is believed to have been a victim of human trafficking.Tanjung Pinang Naval Base commander Cdre. Indarto Budiaro said there were strong signs that both vessels were involved in human trafficking, money laundering and physical abuse. In May, a video on Facebook appeared to show a group of sailors on another Chinese vessel, the Lu Qing Yuan Yu 623, throwing the body of an Indonesian sailor into the sea. Prior to that, there was public outrage at the death of four Indonesian sailors registered to another Chinese fishing ship.The NGO Destructive Fishing Watch has alleged that 30 Indonesian crewmen have been subject of exploitation aboard Chinese fishing vessels between November 2019 and June this year, including seven who have died and three who are missing. (kmt)Topics : Riau Islands Police have arrested a supervisor of a Chinese fishing vessel in connection with the death of an Indonesian crew member.Riau Islands Police general crimes director Sr. Comr. Arie Darmanto said that the supervisor, a 50-year-old Chinese national named Song Chuan Yun, was suspected of physically abusing Indonesian crew member Hasan Apriadi, who was found dead aboard the Chinese fishing vessel Lu Huang Yuan Yu 117 last week.“The suspect and the evidence have been secured at the Riau Islands Police general crimes division headquarters for further investigation,” Arie told The Jakarta Post on Monday.last_img read more

Diversion Road as ‘traffic discipline zone’ mulled

first_imgConlu said these included the speedlimit ordinance, the ordinance against modified mufflers, points where to loadand unload passengers, the use of helmets by motorcycle riders, the use ofseatbelts, non-use of cellphones while driving, and windshields must be freefrom gadgets that directly distract the driver’s line of sight, among others. An ITS involves the use ofclosed-circuit television cameras capable of determining the speed of vehicles(if they are overspeeding) and of recording them. It would also entail theestablishment of a command/monitoring center. The city government’s Public Safetyand Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) will be tasked to enforce the planin coordination with the Land Transportation Office and the Highway PatrolGroup of the Philippine National Police. After the Diversion Road, next to bemade a “traffic discipline zone” is McArthur Drive from Barangay Tabuc Suba toBarangay Balantang in Jaro. Mabilog thought of having an ITS forthe city to address traffic congestion, stop illegal parking and curb recklessdriving that mostly result to vehicular accidents. Going ahead with the ITS without acomprehensive study on the city’s traffic situation would not be an intelligentmove, explained Espinosa. But in October 2017 Mabilog wasdismissed from the service by the Office of the Ombudsman for unexplainedwealth. Then vice mayor Espinosa who assumed Mabilog’s post put the project onhold. Treñas said giant telecommunicationscompany Philippine Long Distance Telephone offered to establish a trafficcommand center with closed circuit television cameras on the Diversion Road forthe monitoring of vehicles. ILOILO City – Imagine the 14-kilometerstretch of the Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue (Diversion Road) from Mandurriaoto Jaro district teeming with traffic auxiliaries enforcing local and nationaltraffic rules and regulations round the clock. “I want this scheme initially tried onthe Diversion Road para mapakita ngapwede maobra ini,” said Treñas. Like the Diversion Road, McArthurDrive is also “problemado pirmi satraffic because of lack of discipline,” said Treñas.center_img By January 2020 if not before thisyear is over, the avenue would be made a “traffic discipline zone”, accordingto Mayor Jerry Treñas. “All vehicles passing throughDiversion Road should observe local traffic ordinances and the National TrafficCode 24/7 or they would be apprehended,” said PSTMO chief Jeck Conlu. What are these traffic rules andregulations? In January 2017 Mabilog formed atechnical working group and the city government allotted P25 million for thesystem. Phase II would be on the coastal road,Phase III on the McArthur Highway Drive going to the municipality of Leganes,Iloilo and Phase IV on the Circumferential Road going to Oton, Iloilo./PN It was unclear, though, if Espinosaordered a comprehensive study right after suspending his predecessor’s project. He said an ITS would discouragedrivers from disregarding traffic rules and regulations, and it would also helplaw enforcers to easily identify and catch violators. As proposed by Mabilog, the firstphase of the ITS would be on the Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue because thishighway is prone to vehicular accidents due to overspeeding drivers. The mayor previously said he wouldpush through with the intelligent traffic system (ITS) that former mayor JedPatrick Mabilog proposed in 2017.last_img read more

Robust quarter sees IGT adjust 2018 earnings forecast

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon New York-listed gambling technology and lottery systems provider International Game Technology PLC (IGT) has revised its full-year 2018 earnings expectations, publishing a better than anticipated Q3 2018 trading update (period ending 30 September).Updating the market, IGT governance details solid lottery performance, combined with improved gaming KPIs which have helped the company deliver a 3% increase in adjusted EBITDA to $443 million (Q3 2017: $428m).  The technology group delivers a robust EBITDA performance despite recording a 5% decline in period corporate revenues to $1.15 billion (Q3 2017: $1.22bn) due to negative impacts on ‘ASC – revenue from contracts’ and client product adjustments.Closing its Q3 2018 trading, IGT declares a group operating profit of $200 million, reversing corresponding 2017 losses of $550 million, a period which saw the company write-down a North America Interactive gaming unit.“Global Lottery same-store revenues for instants and draw games rose mid-single digits. The installed base of gaming machines was up, and unit shipments of gaming machines increased 10%. And, we enjoyed particularly strong sales and profit growth in Italy, confirming the vitality of that important market. We are firmly on track to achieve our 2018 financial and operational goals.” Marco Sala, CEO of IGT.Posting a solid Q3 trading performance, IGT governance narrows its full-year 2018 EBITDA outlook to $1,740 – $1,780 billion range, in-line with the firm’s top half of corporate guidance.“We’ve delivered Adjusted EBITDA growth of 4% and 7% for the third quarter and year-to-date periods at constant currency and scope,” said Alberto Fornaro, CFO of IGT. “As a result, we are narrowing our Adjusted EBITDA outlook for 2018 to $1,740 – $1,780 million, the top half of the prior range.” Submit Brazil to issue initial plans on Caixa Loterias sale August 17, 2020 Share IGT ‘prudent on recovery’ as company absorbs H1 losses of $291m August 4, 2020 Share Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020last_img read more

Are You Open to Being Wrong

first_imgEditor’s Note: This is the second post in a two-part series featuring Help Scout co-founder and CEO, Nick Francis. The first post talked about the company’s resolve to create value before asking for anything in return.It’s hard to admit you were wrong. It’s particularly difficult for CEOs. What will everyone think? Will my team start questioning my ability to lead? Will the board start looking for my replacement? Do I even know what the hell I’m doing?It’s easier to just stick to your guns. But at what cost?“One of the most important things I’ve learned is to be open to changing your mind on basically everything,” says Nick Francis, co-founder and CEO of Help Scout. “Lots of people read the Steve Jobs biography the wrong way and began thinking that visionaries are gifted with a special intuition to make decisions others are incapable of. And I completely disagree.”Francis learned this lesson first-hand. For the first five years of Help Scout, he was adamantly opposed to having a sales team. But Help Scout now has a sales team, and he wishes he had started earlier.Why was he opposed to sales? What made him change his mind?Your Biggest Strength Can Become Your Stumbling BlockHelp Scout is a product led organization. And that’s not a surprise because Francis is a product guy. And this naturally informed how Help Scout approached customer acquisition, user onboarding and customer support.This product-first philosophy has become the company’s litmus test for success. “As a product person, I wanted to build a self-serve product where users can sign up, get onboarded and get value out of the product, all without talking to anyone at Help Scout,” Francis explains. “The true measure of a well-designed product is whether people can become experts without assistance.”Striving for this gold standard in self-service is influenced by his values and beliefs. As Francis says, “I feel like a lot of companies use sales and customer success as a crutch to cover up weaknesses in a poorly designed product.” Help Scout was embracing constraint in order to yield a better end result.But purist values can burn brighter as compensation for a lack of experience in certain areas. “Honestly, part of my reluctance to do sales was intimidation. I had no idea how to build a sales team,” explains Francis. “Plus I’m an introvert, so I don’t like to talk to people. Self-service was perfect for me,” he laughs.Overcoming a Negative BiasHelp Scout lives and dies by customer feedback, and Francis famously called every customer personally in the early days, not to sell anything, but attempting to understand their business challenges more deeply. “We talk to hundreds of customers every day because only they can determine whether or not the product is great,” he says.What do salespeople do? They talk to prospects who are evaluating your product. It’s totally up to you how your salespeople approach those conversations. Are they trying to understand the prospect’s pain and help alleviate it? Or is the salesperson focused on solving their own problem (i.e., hitting quota)? It’s a blank canvas and you can decide.“My negative bias against sales totally shifted once I realized that salespeople get feedback that you won’t ever get otherwise,” Francis says. “The sales team talks to people in the buying process who are evaluating your product alongside a bunch of other products.” Francis realized that without salespeople, there is a lot of extremely valuable feedback you’re not getting.“Once I understood this dynamic, I was all-in on sales. Because I want all sorts of feedback to make the product better.”Doing Sales in a Help Scout WayOne of Help Scout’s goals is to create value before asking for anything in return. What does that look like in the context of sales? It looks a lot like collaborative problem solving with the prospect.“Doing sales in a Help Scout way means focusing on the prospect’s pain and trying to help them solve that pain through whatever means necessary. And sometimes that means recommending a different product,” Francis explains. “We want our people to feel free to recommend another product if another product is actually a better fit. We just try to help them solve the challenges they are having as quickly as possible, whether or not the solution is Help Scout.”When the customer wins, Help Scout wins.This is simply a more helpful and human way to approach sales qualification. Typically the goal is to spend as little time as possible with unqualified leads. But that would be inconsistent with Help Scout’s values. This is a rare approach that expects the sales person to truly be on the customer’s side as their champion.The Thin Line Between Principle and Stubbornness“I feel like it took me way too long to come around on the sales thing because I was somewhat stubborn,” Francis says. “I had a negative connotation of sales, and I felt like it conflicted with our values.” Help Scout is helpful. Sales is pushy. Those two things don’t mix well, right?But there’s a very thin line between principle and stubbornness. You can only know which side you’re on by openly questioning your assumptions. “Once I actually decided to understand what sales is at a fundamental level, I realized that we can totally do it in our own way,” Francis says. “I can’t believe it took me five years to figure this out. I felt really stupid.”Humility is a VirtueIt takes a tremendous amount of humility to question your assumptions and admit that you were wrong. It’s really uncomfortable, so most people just avoid it. “CEOs need to be much more coachable and open to other ideas or else stubbornness becomes a real issue,” Francis explains. “If you start to rely solely on your gut or your intuition as a founder, that’s really going to harm a lot more than it’s going to help in the long run.” Francis says it’s important to ask yourself the question, “Am I just being stubborn under some thin veil of principle, or is this a core assumption that we should reconsider as a company?”Humility is rare, but we should all channel our inner philosopher to realize that there’s a lot we still don’t know. Or as Nick Francis puts it, “Five plus years into building Help Scout, I’m more aware of all the things that I don’t know, as opposed to the few things that I do know.”It’s ok to be wrong. And good things happen when you embrace that.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more