Employee recognition tops loyalty factor poll

first_imgEmployee recognition tops loyalty factor pollOn 4 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today The top three drivers of workplace loyalty in the UK are employeerecognition, open and honest communication and strong teamwork, according to aManpower international survey. The study also finds that only about half of the 347 UK HR managers polledbelieve their companies’ recruitment and retention strategies are effective increating loyalty. Manpower chairman and CEO Jeffrey Joerres unveiled the survey results lastweek in a keynote session at the WFPMA 9th World Congress in Mexico. The research reveals that almost a quarter of UK HR managers believeemployee loyalty has decreased over the last three years, while 23 per cent whobelieve it increased. Over the next three years, many HR managers take a more optimistic view: 42per cent expect employee loyalty to increase. Only 20 per cent of the 737 UKemployees surveyed expect their loyalty to rise. Joerres warned delegates against adopting a “one size fits all”approach to creating employee loyalty. He said: “You must change your programmes depending on your population.One challenge the HR director has is that they develop one programme and giveit to all employees. You can create ‘saboteurs’ and disloyalty even if you havea good programme for 80 percent of your population.” In discussion on the survey, John Steele, group personnel director for BTplc, said he believes effective line management is crucial to staff loyalty. “The challenge is that line management own these (loyalty) programmes.It’s very important that the line management experience, day to day, is a goodone. It is clear this is a major factor.” By DeeDee Doke Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

More Manhattan luxury contracts have been signed in 2021 than in all of 2020

first_img Full Name* Tags Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Donna Olshan, the report’s author, called it “an incredible market by any standard,” but also noted that 2020 was a “garbage year” that skews comparisons due to the low volume of deals during the first months of the pandemic. For example, during the final week of April in 2020, there was just one luxury contract signed.But even compared to the years before the pandemic, 2021’s numbers aren’t looking too shabby. In 2019, for example, there were 817 luxury contracts signed over 12 months.The average asking price per square foot for condominium contracts, which dominate the luxury market, is also on par with previous years.So far this year, it’s $2,835 per square foot, compared to $2,802 in 2019, and $2,733 in 2020.Olshan also noted that the average size of luxury condo units that have gone into contract increased about 8 percent so far this year to an average of more than 3,000 square feet. That’s compared to about 2,800 square feet, which was typical from 2013 until last year.Of last week’s 41 contracts, the most expensive was a penthouse at Silverstein Properties’ 30 Park Place in the Financial District. The five-bedroom duplex was initially asking $29.5 million when sales launched at the new development building in 2014. The price was later reduced to $25 million. The unit spans 5,937 square feet with a 434-square-foot outdoor loggia.The second priciest contract was for a penthouse at Midwood Investment and EJS Real Estate’s 150 East 78th Street on the Upper East Side. The 4,593-square-foot duplex has five bedrooms, an expansive living room with a fireplace and 594 square feet of outdoor terraces. It was last asking $20 million.Contact Erin Hudson Email Address* Share via Shortlink 150 East 78th Street and 30 Park Place (150east78th, Thirty Park Place)Four months in and 2021 has officially bested all of 2020 when it comes to luxury real estate deals in Manhattan.Last week saw 41 luxury contracts signed in the borough, bringing the total number of deals so far this year to 652, according to Olshan Realty’s weekly report. That’s seven more than were signed in all of 2020.And the total dollar amount for luxury contracts signed in the first four months of 2021 is more than $5.5 billion. That’s compared to the entirety of 2020, when the total volume of signed contracts was over $5 billion.The final week of April also marked the 13th week that more than 30 luxury contracts — for properties asking $4 million or more — were signed in the borough, the longest stretch of elevated contract activity for the luxury market since the Olshan report launched in 2006.ADVERTISEMENTRead moreManhattan luxury contracts continue winning streakJon Stewart’s old penthouse trades for 26% lessA FOMO market: Manhattan new development sees record activity Luxury Real EstateManhattan Condo MarketResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

Geochemistry of Palaeozoic–Mesozoic Pacific rim orogenic magmatism, Thurston Island area, West Antarctica

first_imgThurston Island, and the adjacent Eights Coast and Jones Mountains, record Pacific margin magmatism from Carboniferous to Late Cretaceous times. The igneous rocks form a uniformly calc-alkaline, high-alumina, dominantly metaluminous suite; some relatively fractionated granitoids are mildly peraluminous. The magmas were hydrous, a result of subduction. Gabbros have compositions outside the range of mafic volcanic and hypabyssal rocks, as a result of cumulate processes. Trace element compositions of the mafic magmas range from a low La/Yb, Th/Ta end-member close to E-MORB in composition, perhaps contaminated by crust, to a high La/Yb, Th/Ta end-member, close to shoshonite, with strong magmatic arc trace element character. This variation may be a result of mixing of tholeiitic and shoshonitic end-members. Most silicic rocks could have been generated batch-wise from mafic magmas by fractional crystallization of a phenocryst assemblage dominated by plagioclase, pyroxene ± amphibole, as seen in the cumulates. Cessation of magmatism at about 90 Ma approximately coincided with collison of a spreading centre between the Phoenix and Pacific oceanic plates with the continent margin subduction zone. The rifting of New Zealand from West Antarctica and associated extension probably was responsible for emplacement of a coast-parallel Cretaceous dyke swarm.last_img read more

New regulations to cover overseas and online agents, auctioneers, property guardians and rent-to-rent firms

first_imgThe policing of estate agents in the UK proposed by the final ROPA report published today by the government reveals that many non-traditional property players are to be regulated.The Regulation of Property Agents (ROPA) working group says that it came across many property professionals and intermediaries operating beyond traditional sales, property management and lettings models.“Some may count as property agents under existing legal definitions; others would not. We considered which of these types of agent should fall within the scope of a new regulatory regime,” says the report, which was chaired by Lord Best.Non traditional modelsThose ‘non-traditional’ models are to include auctioneers, rent-to-rent firms, property guardian providers, international property agents and online-only and hybrid agents.“In all of the above cases, the agent, or their company’s activity, shares the essential characteristics of traditional lettings, management and sales: they are offering services as an intermediary to a property transaction,” the report says.“Excluding any of these from the scope of regulation could create potential loopholes.”But the working group has decided to exclude two types of property company. Retirement housing providers which manage leasehold or rental properties they have developed will not be included, nor will ‘right to manage’ companies set up by freeholders or common-holders to manage blocks of flats or developments.The ROPA group has also decided not to include property portals within its proposed regulations, and also suggested that the laws will cover sales companies operating across the UK but only apply to lettings and property management firms operating in England.Lord Best Ropa regulation July 18, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » New regulations to cover overseas and online agents, auctioneers, property guardians and rent-to-rent firms previous nextRegulation & LawNew regulations to cover overseas and online agents, auctioneers, property guardians and rent-to-rent firmsROPA working group proposals to government published today reveal much wider scope of regulation that just high street sales and lettings agents.Nigel Lewis18th July 20190810 Viewslast_img read more

Rightmove points to a smartphone future as it hires Shazam’s former CEO

first_imgRightmove has finally revealed its replacement for outgoing chairman Scott Forbes, who is to depart at the end of December after 14 years with the company48-year-old Andrew Fisher will be the portal’s new non-executive chairman and comes from music discovery smartphone app Shazam, which enables users to identify songs they hear on the radio or in stores and is used by 100 million people worldwide.Fisher spent nearly 14 years at the company including as its CEO and later chairman.His mobile development experience would point to Rightmove’s future growth; at least 70% of traffic to portals like Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket comes from smartphone users these days.Fisher is also a non-exec board member at Marks & Spencer, Moneysupermarket.com and Merlin Entertainments, which owns Madame Tussauds and Alton Towers.Gong givenIn the past he has been a special adviser on the BBC to a government minister and received an OBE in 2016 for his contribution to the digital economy.Rightmove’s Chief Executive Officer, Peter Brooks-Johnson said: “I’d like to thank Scott for his invaluable contribution to Rightmove’s success over the past years and particularly the support he’s shown me over the past three years as CEO.I’m delighted to welcome Andrew to Rightmove and look forward to working with him as we continue to innovate to make home moving easier.”Scott Forbes said, “It’s been a privilege and pleasure to have been part of Rightmove’s journey from pre-IPO in 2005 to the FTSE 100 business it is today.”Andrew Fisher Rightmove Scott Forbes November 22, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 22nd November 2019 at 6:35 pmWhat does the imminent installation of Andrew Fisher means for the future of Rightmove, as its non-executive chairman?He is an extremely capable, intelligent, team player, who is also modest and to quote him,‘My specialty has been helping develop and drive the adoption of new technologies to hundreds of millions of people, and my ambition is to help others to continue to do this and encourage them to believe that they can have a positive impact on a global scale.’Now although Andrew’s background academically was not tech, the phenomenal success he had with Shazam, the app that apple can not get enough of, begs the question – is he going to steer Rightmove down the path of ‘vendors’ using apps to self list; or develop better tech for property agents?Time will tell, but with a very healthy bank balance it will be interesting to see what creature Rightmove turns into by the year 2025.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Marketing » Rightmove points to a smartphone future as it hires Shazam’s former CEO previous nextMarketingRightmove points to a smartphone future as it hires Shazam’s former CEOAndrew Fisher, one of the UK’s best-known and successful digital pioneers, is to be its new non-executive chairman.Nigel Lewis22nd November 20191 Comment1,081 Viewslast_img read more

Bluesky thinking on aerial mapping

first_imgHome » News » Bluesky thinking on aerial mapping previous nextProptechBluesky thinking on aerial mappingThe Negotiator21st December 2020065 Views Aerial mapping company Bluesky is releasing its entire catalogue of geographically referenced oblique aerial images of UK cities via a new subscription-based streaming service.Working with Geoxphere, a specialist in cloud-based geographic information systems, Bluesky will offer the MetroVista imagery via an easy-to-use web viewer which also includes measurement tools for detailed analysis of building features, façade details and street furniture locations.“Oblique imagery offers an unparalleled view of the built environment revealing real world features simply not present in any other type of aerial image or map,” commented Rachel Tidmarsh, MD of Bluesky. “The MetroVista imagery can be used to inform decision making with time-stamped intelligence, and even evidence, as well as improving engagement with colleagues through better communication of ideas. All of this without even leaving your desk!”With a Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution powered by Geoxphere’s XMAP geospatial cloud technology, the MetroVista Oblique Viewer is a fully managed subscription service meaning there is no need to download or store large volumes of data locally. Captured using the world’s first large format imagery and LiDAR hybrid airborne sensor, Bluesky MetroVista imagery collection includes simultaneously captured oblique and vertical aerial photography.Bluesky has already captured MetroVista data for cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Bournemouth and Nottingham.bluesky-world Oblique imagery time-stamped intelligence Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution Geoxphere’s XMAP geospatial cloud technology MetroVista Oblique Viewer LiDAR hybrid airborne sensor Aerial mapping company geographically referenced oblique aerial images of UK cities Geoxphere MetroVista imagery Rachel Tidmarsh MD of Bluesky Bluesky proptech aerial photography December 21, 2020Jenny van BredaWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

News story: Chair of the Civil Aviation Authority reappointed for extended term

first_img Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 Aviation, Europe and technology media enquiries Switchboard 0300 330 3000 Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 The government has extended the appointment of Dame Deirdre Hutton as Chair to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to serve for an additional 12 months from August 2019 when her current appointment expires.During her time as CAA Chair, Dame Deirdre has overseen a huge amount of organisational change within the CAA. Over the next year she will continue to steer the CAA’s modernisation and change programmes.Dame Deirdre became Chair of the CAA in August 2009 and previously served as Chair of the Food Standards Agency, Chair of the National Consumer Council and as a member of the Board of HM Treasury.She has served on a number of other public bodies, including the Better Regulation Taskforce, and has extensive experience of corporate governance, risk-based regulation and consumer policy.She is honorary Vice-President of the Trading Standards Institute and sits as a Non-Executive on the board of Thames Water Utilities Ltd and Castle Trust and is also Pro-Chancellor of Cranfield University.The process of identifying the next Chair of the CAA is expected to commence in the autumn of 2019.last_img read more

Detailed guide: Self-declare as a private sector COVID-19 testing provider

first_img9. For point-of-care testing: providers need to meet ISO standards ISO 15189 and ISO 22870 ‘point-of-care testing (POCT) – requirements for quality and competence’. Samples shall be processed by a UKAS accredited or applicant providerThese ISO standards and technical specifications set out the key components that should be considered to provide safe and reliable POCT service.It is expected that UKAS accreditation to ISO 15189 and ISO 22870 will become a mandatory minimum standard by summer 2021.Providers are encouraged to adhere to ISO 22583 “Guidance for supervisors and operators of point-of-care testing (POCT) devices”. clear governance and lines of accountability such as senior responsible officer, clinical lead, quality lead, training lead staff are appropriately trained and there is evidence of competency assessment and participation in relevant external quality assessment (EQA) liability and indemnity cover for staff a verification report for the laboratory element of the test (known as the assay), in line with national protocols for laboratory-based testing information management systems to monitor sample delivery and tracking systems to meet the provisions for handling, transportation and analysis of test samples working to containment level CL3 or CL2+ with Health and Safety Executive (HSE) approval for laboratory-based testing systems, processes and record management to support the delivery of safe and reliable service Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: guidance for employers and third-party healthcare providers ICO FAQs UKAS ISO 15189 ISO 17025 guidance on medical devices regulation from 1 January 2021 guidance on CE marking In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Directive RequirementsThe current minimum standards are summarised as follows (more detail is provided in the form):1. Requirement of a clinical or medical director or equivalent and healthcare scientistThe provider must have a designated resourced role that has oversight and approval of medical practices undertaken by the provider and responsibility for reporting medical issues. The individual must be a registered medical practitioner.The provider must also have a designated resourced role that has oversight of clinical practices undertaken by the provider and responsibility for reporting clinical issues. This individual must be a registered medical practitioner or a healthcare scientist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.The same individual can fulfil both roles (medical and clinical) providing they are duly registered.2. The test product must be permitted to be put into service in accordance with part 4 of the Medical Devices Regulations 2002, other than solely by virtue of an authorisation made under regulation 39(2) of those regulations.This requirement is to ensure that the test product has a CE marking (or, once the UK leaves the European Union on December 31st, a UKCA marking).A CE mark is a logo that is placed on an in vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical device to show that it conforms to the requirements of the In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Directive 98/79/EC, as implemented by the Medical Devices Regulations 2002 (note: it’s currently an offence under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 to place a device on the market or supply without a CE mark, unless a derogation has been obtained from MHRA under the Medical Devices Regulations 2002).A CE mark shows that the device is fit for its intended purpose stated and meets legislative requirements relating to safety.From 1 January 2021, tests with a UKCA mark can be used. Tests with a CE mark can be used until July 2023. 7. Clinical governanceThe provider must have clear clinical governance procedures in place. For example: The ISO standard and technical specifications set out the key components that should be considered to provide safe and reliable sample collection service.It is expected that UKAS accreditation to ISO 15189 or ISO/IEC 17025 will become a mandatory minimum standard by summer 2021.Sampling can be accredited as part of a wider lab-based activity, or sampling can be the scope of a standalone, separately accredited legal entity. Private providers must tell employers of any positive results for COVID-19, and employers must inform relevant staff to self-isolate. For more information on what employers should do in the case of a positive test result, please see employer guidance.8. For PCR lab-based testing: providers shall be or use a UKAS-accredited lab or applicant laboratory to either ISO 15189 (Medical Laboratories – requirements for quality and competence) or ISO/IEC 17025 (general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories)For polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, all samples must be processed by a UKAS accredited laboratory, or UKAS applicant laboratory (the laboratory has applied for UKAS accreditation but has not yet achieved it), and have quality management systems operating according to ISO 15189 and/or ISO/IEC 17025. ISO 15189 is the standard used in all NHS laboratories.UKAS accreditation provides an assurance of the competence, impartiality and integrity of laboratories. This accreditation is an important element in establishing and maintaining confidence in a testing service. The government envisages that UKAS accreditation will become a mandatory minimum standard for all private sector providers of COVID-19 testing by summer 2021. 10. Compliant with all legal and regulatory requirements for sample collection, processing and sharing of results including the requirements of data protection legislationThe legal and regulatory requirements for private testing are set out in the guidance for employers and third-party healthcare providers below. This includes GDPR considerations.The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has set out FAQs on data collection and data protection relating to COVID-19 that provide further information. The government has published this guidance on the minimum standards that private providers of COVID-19 testing services are expected to meet when offering services to organisations or members of the public.A list of self-declared private providers of COVID-19 testing will be published on GOV.UK. This is also the first stage of UKAS accreditation (UKAS Applicant stage). To complete this stage and to be published on the GOV.UK list of private providers, you must declare that your service meets these minimum standards by completing the form.To be published on the list you will also need to provide some additional information to support our due diligence checks and this will be reviewed by UKAS. See the list of successful self-declared private providers of COVID-19 testing. 6. Samples shall be taken by a provider meeting or working towards ISO standard ISO15189 or ISO/IEC17025MHRA has published target product profiles (TPPs) for different types of test, which outlines who should collect test samples under the ‘Target User’ description.The provider must have relevant competency-based trained test operators undertaking or overseeing sample collection dependent on test sample collection requirements. TPPs ISO 22870 Link to ISO 22583 Self-declare as a provider UKAS ISO 15189 ISO 17025 To become an accredited test provider, please visit the UKAS website and complete an application form before making a self-declaration. Start the private sector provider self-declaration process 5. Relevant systems in place to report adverse test incidentsThe provider must be able to demonstrate that it has systems in place to identify any adverse incidents or quality control issues in respect of the test device and be able to report them in a timely manner to the relevant regulatory body. MHRA has a dedicated COVID-19 Yellow Card portal to report adverse incidents with medicines, medical devices and diagnostics. 3. Alignment to DHSC MHRA target product profile scopeThe Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has published target product profiles (TPPs) for different types of test, setting out the ‘scope’ of what that test should be used for, including target use, target user and target use settings.The provider must declare that they’re using the test in line with its published scope. MHRA has set out guidance explaining how both virus and antibody tests work. MHRA COVID-19 Yellow Card portal Note: this standard only applies to providers solely providing COVID-19 testing services for domestic purposes. Providers of ‘Testing to Release for International Travel’ (or their sub-contractors, if relevant) must adhere to the more stringent minimum standard ‘Use of tests which meet minimum performance characteristics’. See the minimum standards for these services.4. Reporting of coronavirus test resultsThe provider must have a system in place for reporting positive, and negative and inconclusive test results cases to PHE in accordance with public health legislation. about MHRA For patients, the public and professional users: a guide to COVID-19 tests and testing kits Target Product Profile: antibody tests to help determine if people have recent infection to SARS-CoV-2 PHE guidance for reporting notifiable diseaseslast_img read more

Astra International’s profit plunges 44% in H1 as pandemic batters auto business

first_imgThe automotive industry has been among the hardest-hit sectors during the pandemic as customers stay at home to help curb the spread of COVID-19. National car sales fell 46 percent annually in the first half to just 260,933 units, according to Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo) data compiled by Astra.Car wholesales nosedived in April and hit rock bottom in May with a more than 95 percent annual drop before rebounding in June, the data shows.  “Surely, the outlook for the automotive industry is quite challenging as consumer confidence is still quite weak and auto financing has yet to recover,” BNI Sekuritas head of equity research Kim Kwie Sjamsudin told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.He noted that those two sectors accounted for a big chunk of the company’s business. Read also: Gold price surge blessing in disguise for IndonesiaThe company’s financial services segment saw its net profit decrease by 25 percent yoy to Rp 2.1 trillion as a result of the increase in provisions set aside to cover the losses from a growing number of bad loans in consumer and heavy equipment financing, the company reported. In May this year, Astra International sold its entire shares in Bank Permata, worth around Rp 16.83 trillion, to Bangkok Bank. From the sales, Astra made Rp 5.88 trillion in net profit, higher than the profit it booked from its business operations alone. Astra also reported that its heavy machinery, mining, construction and energy segment had generated Rp 2.37 trillion in net profit, making it the biggest contributor to the company’s total net profit, despite seeing a 29 percent annual decline in revenue due to lower sales and contract volume, driven by weaker coal prices. The agribusiness segment also experienced a rise in net profit, increasing a staggering 791 percent from Rp 35 billion to Rp 312 billion in the first half as a result of rising crude palm oil (CPO) prices, especially during the year’s first quarter. Average CPO prices increased by 26 percent yoy to Rp 8,109 per kilogram in the first half, the company said. “Most probably, Astra International will pin its hopes on the agribusiness segment and its gold mines going forward,” Jasa Utama Capital analyst Chris Apriliony said on Wednesday. The rise in the two business lines, he added, would be driven by higher CPO and global gold prices, which could cushion the adverse impact faced by its other cooling businesses. Read also: Automakers rev up discounts to beat coronavirus sales bluesKim of BNI Sekuritas, on the other hand, noted that the commodity sector was highly-dependent on global economic activities and with the easing of global lockdown, things would start to move northward.“We expect the second quarter of 2020 to be the bottom, earnings-wise,” he said. Astra’s shares, traded at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) with the code ASII, jumped by almost 1 percent as of 12:58 p.m. Jakarta time on Thursday while the main gauge, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), gained 0.25 percent.Its stocks have lost almost 26 percent of its value so far this year versus an 18.66 percent loss recorded by the JCI. Astra Group, which has over 230 subsidiaries working under seven business segments, namely automotive, financial services, agribusiness, property, infrastructure and logistics, information technology and heavy equipment, mining, construction and energy, has reported a decrease in almost all of the business sectors it operates in. However, its automotive business was the hardest hit.  Read also: Light at end of tunnel for auto industry as June car sales rebound: ExpertsNet profit in the company’s automotive segment crashed 79 percent yoy to Rp 716 billion because of a fall in sales volume in the second quarter of the year. The business segment went from being the biggest contributor to net profit in June last year to its third-largest contributor.Astra’s car sales fell by 45 percent during the first half of the year to 139,500 units. In the second quarter alone, sales fell 92 percent against the previous quarter. Honda Astra’s motorcycle sales, meanwhile, fell 40 percent to 1.5 million units in the first half and 80 percent quarter-on-quarter (qoq). Topics :center_img Diversified conglomerate PT Astra International has reported a drop in revenue and net profit in the first half of the year, largely because of the pandemic’s major impacts on the automotive industry and commodity prices.The company’s revenue has fallen by 23 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 89.8 trillion (US$6.19 billion) as of June 30. Its net profit, excluding revenue from the sale of Bank Permata shares, nosedived 44 percent yoy to Rp 5.5 trillion. “Countermeasures against the pandemic implemented in most regions in Indonesia, including the temporary closedown of manufacturing activities and automotive distribution, have impacted the group’s operations substantially,” Astra president director Djony Bunarto Tjondro said in a press statement on Wednesday. last_img read more

Tottenham or Ajax? Paul Merson makes prediction for Champions League semi-final

first_imgTottenham or Ajax? Paul Merson makes prediction for Champions League semi-final Tottenham face Ajax for a place in the Champions League final (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson is confident that Tottenham will reach the Champions League final as they will be ‘too strong’ for a relatively inexperienced Ajax side.Tottenham booked their place in the last four of the competition for the first time since 1961/62 following a dramatic quarter-final victory over Manchester City on Wednesday night.Fernando Llorente’s bundled finish in the 73rd minute of the quarter-final second leg sent Spurs through on away goals and Mauricio Pochettino’s men will do battle with giant-killers Ajax for a place in the final.Ajax have already knocked Real Madrid and Juventus out of the competition but Arsenal legend Merson has predicted that Tottenham will emerge from the semi-final triumphant.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySpeaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate, Merson said: ‘To go to Manchester City and beat them… everybody in Europe will be looking at this result. Everybody will be going: “wow!”‘It’s not just that they’ve gone through but they’ve scored three goals [away from home].‘I know they have let in four but these are two legged-games. Anybody wins on a one-off game, I’ve seen it a million times in FA Cup shocks and 90 minutes… but it’s two legs. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Apr 2019 2:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link226Shares Comment Llorente’s goal sent Spurs through on away goals (Picture: Getty)Merson believes Juventus and Madrid took ‘liberties’ with Ajax and Tottenham pose a more serious threat to their Champions League hopes.‘They play without fear but this is the Champions League semi-final now. This is not your league games or going to Juventus where you’ve got nothing to lose or to Real Madrid where you’ve got nothing to lose,’ he added.‘The other teams took liberties with them but Tottenham won’t do that. Tottenham will give them respect and they’ll give Tottenham respect.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘It’s the semi-final and there will be nerves both ways. It will be whoever handles the nerves the best.‘It will be a good game… but don’t open the game up, Tottenham. They will rip you to shreds.‘But I just think Tottenham will be too strong. Defensively they’re very good and I think Tottenham will get to the final, I really do.’MORE: Manchester United transfer target Jadon Sancho wants chance to return to north-westcenter_img Merson thinks Spurs will be ‘too strong’ for Ajax (Picture: Getty)‘And to show the bottle to have a go. Second half they were pinned back but they kept on going.‘Don’t take anything away from Tottenham, this is a phenomenal football result. They have every chance of being in the final.‘Ajax are good but if Tottenham play like they can and to their best ability they will be too strong for Ajax.’ Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more