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first_imgI am absolutely thrilled for Martin Lightbody! The celebration cake maker who also makes bakery snacks has agreed to sell the company to Finsbury Foods for £37.5m (see pg 4). Martin led the sale of Lightbody’s 26 retail shops in 1995 to set up a wholesale company. In that time he and his team have driven turnover from zero to £50m.While one may lament that the proposed acquisition by Finsbury means the end of a 100-year-old independent family company, you also have to look at the benefits it will bring. Martin tells me he is looking forward to driving innovation in other parts of Finsbury Food, where he will shortly be the major shareholder with almost 30% of the overall shares. He is relishing the thought of his new role as strategic development director and entering the Baking Industry Awards, where his past trophies are testament to Lightbody’s success.The proposed deal also means more opportunities in cross-selling because while Lightbody has Marks & Spencer and Carrefour as customers, Finsbury has the Co-op, Tesco and Waitrose, for example. Group turnover will now shoot up to £140m a year and group staffing to 2,500.Finsbury Food, which owns several premium cake companies and two bakeries, is run by chief executive Dave Brooks, who, like Martin Lightbody has boundless enthusiasm, tempered by commercial and common sense. The chartered management accountant was appointed chief executive of Finsbury in November 2002 and has led growth of the group by acquisition. Lightbody is the best buy yet.Also this week, a new supermarket is coming to town in the shape of Whole Foods Market (pgs 6,24). I have always been struck by the fact that there have been no words to bridge the gap between organic and standard foods. All that may be about to change. The debut of Whole Foods in this country in June, with its emphasis on the word ’natural’ (no artificial additives, colours, flavours or preservatives) may mean we see a lot more ’natural’ breads and cakes.But across the whole bakery sector, the problem would be one of policing. Organic, which we focus on this week and next, means you have to have accreditation from a specific body. ’Natural’ would be nigh impossible to monitor.last_img read more

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Julian Hunt, communications director, Food and Drink Federation (FDF)

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first_imgAnd lo, from the land of the batty folk came a new report calling for a fat tax on food products. Even though the report was riddled with inconsistencies, the boffins who authored this nonsense still managed to claim that as many as 3,000 lives would be saved by a tax on ’unhealthy’ products such as cakes, pastries and biscuits.Never mind that, in the process, and by the authors’ own slightly bizarre calculations, food prices would be pushed up, consumption of fruit and veg would decline and – oh yes – the report’s estimates on how many lives would be saved should be treated as ’crude’.This nonsense came out earlier this month in a paper published in the rather grand-sounding Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health and, sadly, created a mini media storm as to whether a fat tax would result in a healthier nation.It all blew over very quickly, thank goodness, but only after we had spent a couple of days forcibly reminding people that such a move would actually be a tax on the poor, who tend to spend more of their disposable income on food. Moreover, there’s certainly no compelling evidence to suggest such a regressive taxation policy would make us any thinner.The work the industry is doing to reformulate its products with alternatives that are lower in fat or salt will have a far bigger impact on the nation’s health than any new food tax. But the authors of this report clearly don’t live in the real world. So now they are safely back in their ivory tower, let’s hope someone locks ’em in.last_img read more

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Government response: Russian briefing on Syria chemical weapons use, 21 June 2018: UK response

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first_imgThe Russian MFA’s briefing today on chemical weapons in Syria included unfounded criticisms of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)’s independent and objective investigations in Syria.It is well known that the Syrian regime has a long history of using chemical weapons against its own people. The OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism was set up by the United Nations Security Council in 2015 to attribute responsibility for chemical attacks in Syria. Russia agreed to the working and investigative methods of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM).The JIM has confirmed the use of chemical weapons in Syria by the Syrian regime on 4 separate occasions. Despite this clear evidence, the international community has been unable to respond due to repeated Russian vetoes at the UNSC.A significant amount of information indicates that the Syrian regime was also responsible for the chemical weapons attack in Douma. An independent OPCW report is due to be published soon.We hope that Russia will constructively cooperate with the OPCW investigation into Douma, rather than disrupt and undermine. Russia has a right to submit any relevant evidence to the OPCW for independent analysis.It is vital all countries work together constructively to ensure the Chemical Weapons Convention is upheld.last_img read more

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CLC discusses GSA proposal, Morris visits

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first_imgMembers of Campus Life Council (CLC) discussed various viewpoints and implications surrounding the proposed Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) during their meeting Monday afternoon. Student body chief of staff and senior Claire Sokas said Student Senate decided to reassess how students feel about forming a GSA. In response, CLC met with a representative from the 4 to 5 Movement, a student initiative in support of creating a GSA, to gain further insight on student opinion. Alex Coccia, sophomore and co-president of the Progressive Student Alliance (PSA), spoke for the movement. “I would like to clarify that PSA is not a substitute for GSA,” he said. “We are inherently an activist group and LGBT is only one of the things we work on. With that said, the 4 to 5 Movement is our initiative to get allies involved and voicing their opinion.” Coccia said the movement is based on the statistic that four out of five people are part of a supportive majority that remains silent. The movement works to encourage allies to voice their opinion and remain in contact with the unrecognized student LGBTQ group on campus, he said. “The unofficial group is AllianceND. Because it’s not recognized, it’s not allowed to publicize or promote itself on campus,” he said. “It meets regularly, but you have to be in tune and know who to talk to in order to know when meetings are.” He said members of the PSA meet often with AllianceND and remain informed on student opinion. He said students advocate the creation of a GSA for several reasons. “First, people who want to take leadership roles without publicizing their sexuality, like being on the Core Council brochure, would benefit from a GSA. Second, because it’s membership oriented, it has growth potential,” Coccia said. “Having more students involved is extremely important in promoting the campus atmosphere we want.” Coccia said beyond these points, a student-run organization would encourage the involvement of straight allies. A club devoted to the elimination of homophobia on campus with help from classmates and dormmates is essential, he said. Sr. Sue Dunn, assistant vice president of Student Affairs, said the Core Council holds meetings in the Gold Room each month as an opportunity for people to come together. “We have an educational topic to discuss and it’s confidential,” she said. Coccia said while meetings in the Gold Room are helpful and welcome allies, they do not meet all of the needs of the community. A GSA would increase participation on a weekly basis, he said. “My impression and what I’ve been told by people interested in GSA — the truly committed attend the Gold Room each month,” he said. “Whereas in a GSA with weekly meetings, you can come and go as you like.” Coccia said the involvement of LGBTQ community members and allies is essential to ending homophobia on campus. The lack of a GSA makes this difficult, he said. “In the Notre Dame family, this means including everyone,” he said. Dunn said the strength behind this student push came from the increased organization among the LGBTQ community in the past three semesters. “It was not clear before what direction to go in or what involvement they wanted to have with other groups,” she said. “There’s more of a presence and student energy is being put into what they want to do now.” Student body president Pat McCormick said the discussion would continue in Senate on Wednesday in hope of deciding on a resolution. “I think it’s a sign of hope in being creative for developing support for a community that has expressed a need. Thank you to Sr. Sue and Core Council for a transformative set of years,” he said. “Now, we need to figure out how we could get something off the ground either in Core Council or on its own.” After closing the discussion on a GSA, McCormick added that the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend is interested in increasing student attendance at its shows. McCormick said he addressed the concern about transportation when meeting with representatives from the Center in downtown South Bend. “The city, Morris Center and student government hope to work together on this project to get some exciting performances and spur economic growth in the city,” he said.last_img read more

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Notices 1/1/03

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first_imgContinuing its practice of public involvement, The Florida Bar seeks a new member of the public to serve on its governing board.The board member will replace Royce Walden of Orlando, whose second two-year term expires June 2003.Since 1987, two public members have served on the Bar’s 52-member governing board, after the Supreme Court of Florida approved the organization’s request to have nonlawyer representation on the board. Only seven other state bars — Alaska, Arizona, California, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Wisconsin — and the District of Columbia have public members on their governing boards.A screening committee of The Florida Bar Board of Governors has been appointed to review the applications for the public member position, conduct final interviews and make recommendations to the Bar’s governing board during its April meeting in Kissimmee. The board will then recommend three persons to the Supreme Court of Florida and the court will appoint one of the three nominees to the board. The Board of Governors oversees the Bar’s lawyer discipline program, continuing legal education programs, legislative activities, and the overall administration of The Florida Bar.In addition to the two public members on the Board of Governors, one-third of all members of the 81 local grievance committees which hear complaints against attorneys are nonlawyers, as are one-third of the members of the 32 committees which oversee the Bar’s unlicensed practice of law investigations. These committees report to the Board of Governors, which in turn reports to the Supreme Court.Board members average 200-300 hours per year on Bar business depending on committee assignments. Although attorney members of the Bar’s governing board pay all expenses related to their attendance at six board meetings and other events held each year, nonlawyer board members are reimbursed for “reasonable travel and related expenses for attending official bar functions.”The new board member will serve a two-year term commencing June 27. Public members are not allowed by rule to serve more than two consecutive terms. Most of the Bar’s board is apportioned according to Florida’s 20 judicial circuits, with attorney members elected by lawyers in their locality. There are four additional out-of-state representatives. The other public member currently serving on The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors is Dr. Vivian Hobbs, Ph.D., of Tallahassee.Persons interested in serving as a public member may obtain the application form from the Bar’s Web site at www.FLABAR.org or call The Florida Bar at (850) 561-5600, ext. 6802 to request an application to be mailed. Completed applications should be mailed to John F. Harkness, Jr., Bar executive director, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, 32399-2300. The deadline for submission of completed applications is January 31.January appointments to be filled This year the Bar’s committee preference form will only be available on The Florida Bar’s Web site: www.FLABAR.org. It was posted December 1 (instead of being an insert in the News ) with a January 10 deadline. You will have the ability to fill it out and submit it online, which will eliminate the previous mailing or faxing of the completed form. It is in the same format as usual and should only take a minute to complete and submit. The form cannot be submitted without your attorney number. Who should file a preference form?• new members (not currently serving)• current members whose term ends 2003 (who are not term limited) if seeking reappointment• current members whose term ends 2003 and wishing to move to another committeeFlorida Federal JNC seeks applicants for U.S. district court judge The Supreme Court’s Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases currently has several vacancies.Any lawyer licensed to practice law in Florida and any member of the Florida judiciary may apply for appointment. An application form can be obtained from Gerry Rose by e-mail at [email protected]; by mail at The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300; by telephone at (850) 561-5706; or by fax (850) 561-5817.Applications are to be sent to Judge Deedee Costello, Bay County Courthouse, P. O. Box 1089, Panama City 32402-1089. The deadline for submitting applications is January 15.Court sets argument Bar seeks a public member for the Board of Governors The Florida Supreme Court has set oral arguments for Re: Amendment to The Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, case no. SC02-1574 for 9 a.m. February 5.A maximum of 20 minutes to each side has been allotted for the argument.Proposed Board of Governors actions Notices 1/1/03 January 1, 2003 Regular News Pursuant to Standing Board Policy 1.60, the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar hereby publishes notice of intent to consider or take final action at its January 29-31 meeting on the following items. These matters are additionally governed by Rule 1-12.1, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, where applicable.Most amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar that are finally acted upon by the board must still be formally presented to the Supreme Court of Florida, with further notice and opportunity to be heard, before they are officially approved and become effective.To receive a full copy of the text of any of these proposed amendments call (850) 561-5600, ext. 6802 — please reference any requested proposal by its title or item number and date of this publication. RULES REGULATING THE FLORIDA BAR Chapter 3 Rules of DisciplineSubchapter 3-6 Employment of Certain Attorneys or Former Attorneys 1. Rule 3-6.1 GenerallySummary: Adds a prohibition against a lawyer, who is barred or suspended from practice, from being employed or supervised by another attorney who was previously supervised by that barred or suspended lawyer at the time of their discipline. Chapter 4 Rules of Professional ConductSubchapter 4-1 Client-Lawyer Relationship 2. Rule 4-1.5 Fees for Legal ServicesSummary: Within title, subdivisions (a) & (b), and commentary relating to excessiveness versus reasonableness of fees, codifies that an attorney’s costs also must be reasonable; establishes criteria to determine reasonableness of costs; provides safe harbor for written cost disclosures; amends title, to read “Fees ‘and Costs’ for Legal Services”; also within subdivision (f) requires that the petitions and applications, along with the resulting order, only be served on The Florida Bar when the petition or application is denied.Subchapter 4-8 Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession 3. Rule 4-8.4 MisconductSummary: Within subdivision ( i ) and commentary, amends existing language prohibiting lawyer-client sexual conduct, to further recognize instances of sexual relations with “a representative of a client,” “including but not limited to a duly authorized constituent of” a corporate or other non-personal entity. Chapter 5 Rules Regulating Trust AccountsSubchapter 5-1 Generally 4. Rule 5-1.1 Trust AccountsSummary: Within subdivision (a)(1), clarifies that a lawyer may maintain funds belonging to the lawyer within a trust account in an amount no more than is reasonably sufficient to pay bank charges related to the account; deletes unnecessary cross-reference within subdivision (g)(2). Chapter 6 Legal Specialization and Education ProgramsSubchapter 6-9 Standards for Certification of a Board Certified Real Estate LawyerSummary: New subchapter, setting forth standards to establish a new board certification in the field of real estate law. 5. Rule 6-9.1 Generally 6. Rule 6-9.2 Definitions 7. Rule 6-9.3 Minimum Standards 8. Rule 6-9.4 Recertification STANDING BOARD POLICIES 500 Series – Committees, Sections and Divisions 9. Standing Board Policy 5.10 Standing CommitteesSummary: Conforms name changes, additions, or deletions of various committees, and revises existing alphabetical listings as necessary. BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION AND EDUCATION (BLSE) POLICIES 400 Series – Florida Certification Plan 10. BLSE 4.03 Standard of Review S ummary: Clarifies standard of review for area committees, and confirms that an appellant bears the burden of demonstrating by clear and convincing evidence from the record below that the decision at issue was the product of a BLSE procedural violation or of fraud, discrimination, or arbitrary or capricious action. 11. BLSE 4.09 Consideration of AppealSummary: Within subdivision (b) deletes “supporting material filed by the petitioner” from the codified definition of “record”; within subdivision (c), deletes the restrictive bases for an appeals committee decision without oral argument; within subdivision (d) adds that tie votes of the appeals committee are considered favorable to the review panel decision, as well as the BLSE decision at issue. The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies to be filled during its January 31, 2003, meeting: Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors: Two lawyers to serve three-year terms, commencing July 1, 2003, on this 30-member board of directors which administers Florida’s IOTA program. Applicants must also be members of The Florida Bar Foundation.Persons interested in applying for these vacancies may download and complete the application on-line from the Bar’s Web site, www.FLABAR.org, or may call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5600, extension 6802, to obtain an application form. Completed applications must be submitted to the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 no later than close of business, Thursday, January 9, 2003. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of applications.Bar’s Committee Preference Forms Must Be Filled Out Online Applications are now being accepted by the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the position of United States District Court judge for the Southern District of Florida (Northern Division).Applications are available from Roberto Martínez, Commission Chair, 255 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables 33134, telephone (305) 476-7430, e-mail [email protected] colson.com.The completed applications must be mailed to Chair Martínez and all the commission’s members by January 15.Nunes petitions for Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, David Smith Nunes has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Nunes was suspended for three years after being found guilty of violations arising from making disparaging remarks about judges and opposing counsel, filing a frivolous lawsuit, representing clients after being discharged, and making false representations to a tribunal.Any person having knowledge bearing upon Nunes’ fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Eric Montel Turner, chief branch disciplinary counsel, The Florida Bar, 5900 North Andrews Ave., Suite 835, Ft. Lauderdale 33309, telephone (954) 772-2245.Positions available on jury instruction panellast_img read more

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Veteran trooper hangs up stetson after over 3 decades of service

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first_imgOriginally born in Johnson City, Heggelke returned home to Troop C in 2015, where he would become the Zone Commander at State Police Binghamton. Heggelke began his law enforcement career in 1984, eventually becoming a New York State Trooper in 1988. Despite his retirement, Heggelke’s career in law enforcement is not over. He recently accepted the position of Chief of Police with the Skaneateles Police Department. (WBNG) — A veteran of the New York State Police for more than three decades, Troop C Captain Scott Heggelke is hanging up his stetson and retiring. Heggelke says his time with the New York State Police has been memorable, and praised the men and women he worked so closely with over the years. He later became Bureau of Criminal Investigation Captain at Troop C.center_img “Broome County and the Southern Tier in general, the seven counties of Troop C, we’re very fortunate. I think the people are very fortunate. I hope they know that the heart and soul of the men and women of law enforcement down there is in the right place,” Heggelke said. “The one thing that’s remained constant is to always treat people with respect. Always be fair with people. That’s the number one thing that is the key to success in law enforcement,” he explained. Heggelke also discussed the many experiences he’s had over the span of three decades as a State Trooper, saying he’s seen the nature of the job change dramatically. However, he reminds all that one thing remains unchanged. With the Skaneateles Police Department, Heggelke says his goal is to connect with community members and foster a healthy relationship between police and those they protect.last_img read more

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FDA recommends steps for reducing Salmonella risk in peanut products

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first_img Ensure that their own manufacturing processes adequately reduce Salmonella contamination The FDA’s action follows a 2-month investigation of a nationwide Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to peanut butter, peanut paste, and other items made by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) that has sickened 683 people in 46 states and has led to the recall of more than 2,833 products. The FDA published the documents on its Web site. In its guidance for the food industry, the FDA said the document isn’t a set of guidelines, but rather its current thinking on addressing the risk of Salmonella contamination in foods that contain peanut products. It pointed out that Salmonella can become heat resistant as the water activity of a food becomes lower, conditions found in peanut butter and peanut paste. The effectiveness of processing methods to reduce Salmonella in food products may depend on if and how much an ingredient with low water activity is rehydrated. Processing methods are more effective at killing the pathogen when the peanut ingredient is completely mixed into a high–water activity food, given time to fully rehydrate, and heated or acidified adequately. However, the pathogen may remain when lumps or swirls of peanut butter remain in the food product. See also: In its advice to food service establishments and retailers, the FDA issued the same warning about Salmonella survivability in low-moisture foods and warned that routinely cooking peanut-containing food items may not always ensure safety for consumers. Mar 10, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday issued two sets of recommendations for reducing the risk of Salmonella contamination in peanut products, one aimed at the food industry and the other at food service establishments and retail stores. Adjust processing conditions to account for the food’s specific characteristics Keep in mind that the most reliable way to gauge if a manufacturing process reduces Salmonella in a peanut-containing food is to conduct microbiological challenge studies The FDA also advises food manufacturers to be aware that the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and other food-industry groups have recently published an industry guidance document aimed at controlling Salmonella risk, particularly in low-moisture foods. In instances when manufacturers must use raw shelled or blanched peanuts or when Salmonella concerns have been raised about a particular lot or lots of peanut ingredients, the FDA recommends that manufacturers: The FDA urged the two groups to work with suppliers to ensure that the peanut products have been made and packed using current good manufacturing practices. The FDA recommends that food manufacturers obtain peanut products only from suppliers that have validated procedures to reduce Salmonella contamination. Avoid depending on negative tests by themselves in finished products to measure the efficacy of processes that reduce Salmonella Mar 9 FDA peanut ingredient recommendations for industrylast_img read more

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Farming out the estates

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Netherlands extends bans on public gatherings to June 1

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first_imgAuthorities on Monday reported 34 more COVID-19 deaths in the Netherlands and 545 new cases, both figures down slightly from Sunday.In total there have been 213 deaths and 4,749 confirmed cases.  The Netherlands is extending a ban on all public gatherings from April 6 until June 1 to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus, the justice minister said on Monday.”This will hit hard for some,” Ferd Grapperhaus told a news conference. “But we have no other choice if we want to stop the coronavirus.”Prime Minister Mark Rutte warned that if the ban did not work the next step would be a full lockdown, after ministers were alarmed by large crowds at Dutch beaches at the weekend. “I hope that’s not necessary,” Rutte added.The rule applies to all sizes of gatherings including those less than 100 people, which was the previous rule announced by the Netherlands earlier this month, the government said.Shops and public transport services must also take extra steps to make people stay 1.5 meters apart, include entry restrictions if necessary.The Dutch government has already ordered the closure of schools, bars, restaurants and gyms, as well as the country’s famous cannabis cafes and sex clubs.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Technology to play major role in RI’s ‘new normal’: HP Indonesia

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first_imgHow has the COVID-19 pandemic affected HP Indonesia’s business?As a business, our teams at HP will continue to work from home as we prioritize employee health and safety. We took swift action to ensure compliance with guidance for operations, which include the deployment of business continuity plans across all functions, enhanced safety and health protocols as well as strict access and physical-distancing procedures.We have moved quickly to address these changes by making a proactive shift by, for example, enabling our retailers to grow their online business across the archipelago for HP PC and print devices. This was to ensure our customers have access to our products no matter where they are in Indonesia.We have also ramped up our customer support with 24/7 virtual agents, contact center access via phone and WhatsApp, and self-service features. HP Inc. also provides pick up, repair and return services for cities where our service centers are not available.Can you share with us HP’s initiatives for its customers to enjoy a safe and productive workspace at home?Security threats evolve and disrupt business every day especially with the recent surge in remote working. We found that over 80 percent of home office routers are vulnerable to potential cyberattacks. Emails also pose a significant risk to organizations with over 90 percent of PC infections originating from attachments and 96 percent of security breaches are not discovered until months later.HP Inc. recently announced its newest security solutions to help protect businesses and their remote workforces. One of our products is HP Sure Click Pro, which allows users to contain potentially harmful documents and destroy malware. We are making it free for download on HP and non-HP devices through September 30 given the unique circumstances companies are experiencing right now.What will become the new normal for how people work after the pandemic?The Jakarta government has said more than 1,500 companies, with more than half a million employees, have shifted to work remotely. As a result, companies are now being challenged to maintain productivity and security while being nimble enough to continue adjusting to a new micro-mobile workplace that is more dynamic than ever before.The “new normal” is not necessarily a business world without working in an office, it is a world where we focus on work instead of the office. Going back to the office after this situation will be followed by changes on how people interact and work, and companies need to equip their employees with reliable tools.In this unique work environment, technology will continue to play a major role in Indonesia’s response to the new normal as it supports the business continuity, delivery of public and social services and education, all while keeping communities and families connected, even though they are far apart.And finally, how have you as an executive responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and guided your team during this unprecedented event?I see leadership as a team effort and not the result of one individual. At HP Indonesia, it is all about our HP family coming together to build our business, understanding our customers’ needs and challenges ahead. Together, we embrace changes with resilience and grit.During this time, leaders should also be proactive in ensuring that employees are well equipped to be productive such as advising them to set working hours at home, set breaks to also allow them some down time and setting clear expectations for your team.Editor’s note: The article has been updated to include a correction on HP Indonesia company name.Topics : The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way people work. With social restrictions in place to prevent the virus from easily spreading, many businesses have applied work-from-home policies for their workers.This new way of working has created challenges for companies, and workers, in regard to adequate home office appliances and maintaining cybersecurity. Data from the National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN) showed that Indonesia recorded more than 88 million cyberattacks during the first four months of the year, with March seeing the highest average of daily attacks.The Jakarta Post’s Eisya A. Eloksari interviewed HP Indonesia president director Fiona Lee on July 6 to learn more about how people can leverage technology for a better work-from-home experience with enhanced cyber safety measures, while also discussing how HP Indonesia is dealing with the current pandemic.  Question: Has HP Indonesia seen any observable changes in market trends during the COVID-19 period in Indonesia and the Southeast Asia region?Answer: We recognize the current pandemic and the upward trend in working from home have created an increased need for technology, especially in Indonesia – a key growth market for HP Inc. We are seeing higher demand for technology and services that enable customers to work and learn better from home such as noise cancellation on our laptop speakers or privacy and security features.Our home printer portfolio and original ink and toner supplies have seen improving demand as people work in their homes and kids take on learning and creative projects at home. Consumers are also still purchasing laptops during this time.Our study on small businesses in Southeast Asia showed that 70 percent of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Indonesia are still dependent on their printers to cater to their business needs. Even though businesses’ advertising budgets have gone down, we still find banners and posters at stations.last_img read more

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