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May 28, 2012

Bark & Co has developed a formidable reputation in the area of serious crime. Over the past few years, criminal work has expanded and diversified, whilst remaining at the top end in terms of quality and complexity. Current cases range from complex murder and drug crimes to the sale of false identity documents involving anti-terrorism forces in UK and around the world.

Bark & Co have forged a particular niche in ‘cold cases’ relating to what we believe had become an over reliance by prosecutors on evidence from unreliable ‘supergrasses’.  Similarly, we have been at the forefront in defending a high-profile case testing the application of new rules on hearsay evidence. As an example of the extremely sensitive and diverse nature of our criminal work, Bark & Co were brought in to act in criminal cases involving occupying forces in Iraq.

Amongst other recent high profile matters we are involved with several murder cases, in one of which we made a successful application to have the principal ‘supergrass’s evidence excluded. We also raised pertinent questions about police conduct during the investigation in relation to this evidence.

We have just received instructions in one of the biggest drug smuggling multi-jurisdictional cases stretching from Columbia via the Caribbean to Europe. This involved high grade cocaine worth hundreds of millions of pounds on the streets of London and money laundering.

Our successes at Bark & Co are characterised by our detailed research and analysis which enable us to challenge customary practice and regulations and find the best possible outcome for our clients. 

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Posted: May 28, 2012 6:10pm
May 23, 2012

Kweku Adoboli has given no indication how he will plead against charges he gambled away huge sums while working at UBS

A trader accused of gambling away a record £1.4bn will enter a plea in court on Monday.

Kweku Adoboli, 31, from east London, allegedly lost the cash while working for Swiss bank UBS.

He will appear for a plea and case management hearing at Southwark crown court accused of two counts of fraud and two of false accounting.

Adoboli, who is in custody, worked for UBS’s global synthetic equities division, buying and selling exchange traded funds, which track different types of stocks, bonds or commodities such as metals.

He is accused of dishonestly using his position to try to make a personal gain, and causing UBS losses or exposing the bank to the risk of loss.

City watchdog the Financial Services Authority and its Swiss counterpart have launched an investigation into why UBS failed to spot allegedly fraudulent trading.

The son of a former Ghanaian official to the United Nations joined the bank in a junior capacity in 2002.

Charges relate to the period between October 2008 and September last year.

Prosecutors allege he gambled away the cash while buying and selling exchange traded funds.

Adoboli, who has appeared in the dock in tailored suits at previous hearings, has given no indication of how he will plead.

Judge Alistair McCreath granted Adoboli’s new defence team an extra month to consult with their client after a previous appearance.

Adoboli switched legal teams in November.

He has hired London law firm Bark & Co, which specialises in fraud cases, in place of Kingsley Napley.

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Posted: May 23, 2012 5:26pm
May 23, 2012

Former UBS trader Kweku Adoboli accused of unauthorised trading that cost the Swiss bank $2.3 billion (£1.5 billion) was due to enter a plea for the first time on Tuesday.

In a case that led to the resignation of UBS's chief executive, Adoboli 31, who worked as a director of exchange traded funds, has been charged with two counts of fraud and two of false accounting and will appear at Southwark Crown Court at 2:00 p.m.

UBS said it had uncovered rogue trades that took place between October 2008 and December 2010.

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Posted: May 23, 2012 5:26pm
May 19, 2012

Watertours of Hong Kong Ltd, a subsidiary of Wing On Travel, is a fully licensed cruise company operating sightseeing cruises in the Harbour and to the exotic outer islands of Hong Kong by motorised Chinese-style sightseeing vessels.

Being established in 1959, Watertours currently operates 2 tour vessels. Both are built to the traditional Chinese theme which can accommodate 250 and 220 persons respectively. The cruiser for 250 persons is fully air-conditioned and suitable for any style of outing. Our vessels are licensed to the highest Hong Kong Government Marine Department standard and can carry excellent insurance. Watertours proudly served and provided satisfactory services to over several millions passengers over the years.

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Posted: May 19, 2012 5:31pm
May 19, 2012

http://www.e-architect.co.uk/hong_kong/kai_tak_cruise_terminal.htm

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Hong Kong

Foundation stone laid at new cruise terminal in Hong Kong

A foundation stone laying ceremony, attended by the Chief Executive of HKSAR, senior government officials and representatives of the architects Foster + Partners and Dragages team, has been held today to mark the start of construction of the new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong. Reinventing the site of the former Kai Tak airport as one of the world’s foremost cruise terminals, the project will create a sustainable new gateway to the city and a major entertainment destination for residents.

The site on the south-western tip of the old runway has dramatic unobstructed views of the eastern entrance to Hong Kong harbour, framing both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. The terminal has a large, rectangular footprint and is arranged over three main levels, punctuated by four atria that draw daylight deep inside the building. A pedestrian promenade rises up through the terminal and opens onto a large public roof garden, with open and sheltered spaces for picnics, outdoor dining and more formal events such as wedding banquets, all set against the stunning backdrop of the city.

The terminal will have the capacity to disembark a total of 8,400 passengers and 1,200 crew and its design also anticipates the demands of a new generation of larger cruise liners currently being designed. The spacious interior, which spans 70 metres, is highly flexible – the concourse areas can be converted into a venue for performances, events and exhibitions, supported by the terminal’s wide variety of restaurants and shops – this ensures that the building will be used all year round and can fully utilise down time. The sustainable design combines a number of energy saving measures and will generate power from renewable sources, as well as making use of recycled rain water for cooling.

Mouzhan Majidi, Chief Executive of Foster + Partners, commented: “Today’s ceremony marks an exciting moment in the reinvention of Kai Tak – we were delighted to win the competition to design such an important new gateway to the city. The terminal will establish Hong Kong as a major cruise hub in Asia and, together with the West Kowloon Cultural District, will further enhance the city’s position as a centre for tourism and culture.”

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Hong Kong - Building Information

Title: Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Building
Location: Hong Kong
Date: 2010-13
Foster + Partners Team:
Norman Foster, David Nelson, Luke Fox, Jonathan Parr, Richard Hawkins, Brian Timmoney, Randy Liekenjie, Steven Chiu, Daniel Pang, Benedict Lu, Simon Mok, Lawrence Wong, Howard Chung, Lea Faber, Veronica Kan, Marian Lee, Connie Luk, Eric Po, Stanley Pun, Reine Kit Shun Wong, Yan Ting (Joyce) Chan
Client: Hong Kong SAR Architectural Services Department
Executive Architect: Wong Tung & Partners Ltd.
Structural Engineers: AECOM
Mechanical Engineers: AECOM
Landscape Architect: AECOM
Interior Design: Barrie Ho Architecture Interiors Ltd.
Retail Design: Benoy
Wayfinding Design: Graphia
Fire Consultant: AECOM
Facade Consultant: ALT
Main Contractor: Dragages Hong Kong
Cruise Terminal Planning: Passenger Terminal Amsterdam

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Hong Kong - design by Foster + Partners

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Posted: May 19, 2012 5:30pm
May 5, 2012

Vrennetyt shkpostiviestit levivt muka Yhdysvaltain suurlhettils Afrikkalainen maa Ghana, joka kytt shkisen Uutiskirjeen muodossa 2010 demokraattisen jsenMike Thompson oli muotoillun, nimenomaan kirist rahaa, julkaistu SONOMA pivtty23 helmikuu 2012.


Edustaa yksi "Nigerian huijaus" epilyttv shkpostin suuntaa vastaanottajanremittoiva 55 dollaria on ilmeisesti vrennetty osoite, jotta suurlhettils saattaa jopavaltava summa-of-rahaa, toisin kuin alati ennen Yhdysvaltoihin.


Siell on mys allekirjoituksen sisll e-mail, joka on Robin Renee suurlhettils, kunonline-hakuja Google nytt, ett Yhdysvaltain suurlhettils, vuonna 2007, lhetettyNigeria nimeksi Robin Renee Sanders.


Kertoa ihmisille tst petoksesta e-mail, Thompson totesi, ett se lhetettiin yleisllevaltakunnallisesti. Oikeastaan, hnen tarkoituksenaan oli varmistaa, ett kaikki edelleenvarovaisia huijaus viestin, jotta kukaan siirt kteist vaihtoehtoisesti henkilkohtaiset tiedot. Tmn Thompson lhetetn ilmoituksia lehtiin, siet viesti kiinni hnenFacebook sek jaetaan yksi e-tiedote on lukuisia ainesosia, ett hn edusti tekeeyleisn tietoisuutta huijaus, Thompson lissi. Times-Herald julkaisi 25. helmikuuta 2012.


Turvallisuus tutkijat kommentoida, ett aivan kuten internetin, Nigerianshkpostihuijaukset nekin ovat nyt lhes yht yleisi. Toinen muoto tm huijaus on"Advance Fee huijaus" muotoillun huijaavat shkpostin vastaanottajat aaltomaisestikteisen ja / tai yksityisi tietoja tietoverkkorikolliset.


Viime aikoina toinen tunnettu tyypin Nigerian e-mail huijaus nimeltn "Lottery e-mailpetos" esiin tekeytyneen British 

National Lottery. Tss, irtotavarana shkpostitlhetetn vittvt, ett shkpostin vastaanottaja on voittanut 1.500.000 kiloa allemyynninedistmistarkoituksessa ohjelma British National Lottery. Lisksi he toteavat, 

ett onnistunut numerot aikana arvonta oli viestin vastaanottajan e-mail id mukana. nytvoittaja edellytt kutsuvan "edunvalvontaa agentti" kohti virallisesti kert palkinnonrahaa toimittamisen jlkeen tiettyjen "tarkastus / rahasto Release muoto" pyyt nimen, yhteystiedot sek muita henkilkohtaisia tietoja. Tss prosessissa, huijarit voivatkert riittvsti henkilkohtaisia tietoja, jotka sitovat ID-varkauden.


Luonnollisesti, kun shkpostit yll erilaisia saapuvat, on suositeltavaa, ett ihmiseteivt lhet rahaa vaihtoehtoisesti paljasta mitn henkilkohtaisia yksityiskohtia.


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Posted: May 5, 2012 1:28am
May 5, 2012

PEKING de Chinese inflatie daalde in februari, waardoor Peking meer speelruimte te stimuleren zijn zwakker wordende economie. 

De inflatie daalde tot een 20-maand laag van 3,2 procent is gedaald in vergelijking met Januari is 4,5 procent, bleek vrijdag. Inflatie in politiek gevoelige levensmiddelen kosten nog sterker verminderd sterk kan dalen tot 6,2 procent van de vorige maand 10,5 procent. 

De daling geeft Peking kamer renteverlaging of gemak andere stoepranden te stimuleren economische groei vertraagt zonder bezorgdheid over ontsteking een nieuwe prijs spiraal.De Wereldbank en het Internationaal Monetair

Fonds hebben gewaarschuwd China en andere ontwikkelingslanden om zich voor te bereiden op een mogelijke wereldwijde recessie dit jaar. Chinas Februari prijs data maakt duidelijk dat de bandenspanning zijn verlichting, zei Moodys Analytics econoom Alaistair Chan in een rapport. Dit geeft de overheid mogelijkheden om gemakkelijk monetair beleid. Inflatie is politiek gevaarlijk voor de Communistische Partij omdat het toevallig economische voordelen die ten grondslag liggen aan de partij het monopolie op de macht.

EEN prijs spike vorig jaar gehakketak frustratie bij een publiek dat corruptie wijdverspreid is boos over een gapende kloof tussen arm en rijk, vervuiling en productveiligheid schandalen. Inflatie daalde gestaag vanaf juli de 37-maand piek van 6,5 procent in januari maar tot,Vonken zorgen dat prijzen stijgen niet was gedoofd. 

De regering vraagt om de officile target holding inflatie onder 4 procent dit jaar. Liu Chunhui Shanghai, een arts, een klacht dat de prijzen nog steeds stijgt snel hoewel de officile cijfers blijkt het percentage versoepeling. Hij zei een markt waar hij winkels omhoog de prijs van brood 20 procent afgelopen maand. De gegevens komen niet overeen met wat ik voel, zei Liu, 46. Prijzen zijn nog steeds stijgt, vooral voor voedsel, fruit, brood en koek, melk en ga zo maar door.

Lei Shujie, een freelance ontwerper, heeft gezegd dat ze bezuinigen op eten omdat restaurants zijn krimpende porties te kampen met hogere kosten. De hoeveelheid van het schaaltje is natuurlijk minder dan voorheen, maar de prijs is nog steeds dezelfde, zei Lei, 27. IK vind ook dat geld niet zo belangrijk als vroeger. 

De inflatie in de periode januari/februari/gecombineerd was 3,9 procent van het Nationale Bureau voor de statistiek. Analisten vaak kijken naar de twee maanden samen om te compenseren voor de weeklong Lunar Nieuwjaar vakantie valt op verschillende momenten tijdens die periode per jaar gegevens over vervalst en productiecontrole in de fabriek en de Economische groei zwakt af naar een 2 1/2jaar laag van 8,9 procent in het laatste kwartaal van 2011 

Chinese leiders geprobeerd te sturen een snelle uitbreiding naar een meer duurzame koers. Zij omgekeerd loop in December en beloofde gemakkelijker leningen na exporteurs werden gewond door zwakke wereldwijde vraag. 

Maar zij zeggen controles stijgende betekende voor cool woonlasten blijft op zijn plaats. De regering heeft grote veranderingen nog aankondigen, maar financieel analisten zeggen regelaars zijn geruisloos gemakkelijker krediet. Huis prijzen zijn begonnen met gemak maar nog steeds nabij recordhoogten en Chinese leiders zeggen ze willen verder afneemt. 

Het IMF waarschuwde vorige maand dat China met een verwachte groei dit jaar bezuinigd kan worden door bijna de helft tot 4 procent als Europa en de grootste handelspartner, maar vertoont een sterke daling vanwege de schuldenproblematiek aan te pakken. De Wereldbank waarschuwde eerder dat een mogelijke wereldwijde recessie kan raken ontwikkelingseconomien harder dan de 2008 crisis heeft.

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Posted: May 5, 2012 1:28am
Apr 19, 2012

Starships, warp speed, transporters, phasers. Think Star Trek technology is only the stuff of fiction? Think again.

Dr. Peter Jansen, a PhD graduate of the Cognitive Science Laboratory at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, has developed a scientific measurement device based on the tricorders used by Captain Kirk, Spock, Dr. McCoy and other space adventurers on the classic TV series that has spawned numerous spin-offs in more than 45 years.

“Star Trek inspired me to be a scientist” said Jansen, who has been formally working on his tricorder prototypes since 2007, but toying with the idea of making a functioning device since he was “a kid in high school.”

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The 29-year-old Jansen’s school days spanned the late 1990s when Star Trek: Voyager was on the air. It featured his favorite tricorder, a model with screens on top and bottom.

The first tricorder appeared on the original show’s initial episode in 1966, when Capt. Kirk swaggered toward audiences with his phaser weapon holstered to his side but a tricorder in his hand. The hand-held devices for data sensing, analysis and recording, have been a part of Star Trek ever since.

But if Jansen, a self-confessed “addicted maker” of things, is successful at developing, testing and bringing his instrument into the public, the tricorder may not be just the stuff of Star Trek prop rooms. It may be used for real.

Jansen said his tricorder can take atmospheric measurements, or ambient temperature, pressure or humidity. It can take electromagnetic measurements to test magnetic fields, and it can make spatial measurements of distance, location, or motion.

Fascinating, as Spock might say.

Jansen thinks of his tricorder as a “general tool” – a kind of “Swiss Army Knife” – with practical uses in building inspection, for instance, where it might help taking temperature and humidity readings or be a distance sensor to measure rooms.

It resembles the device carried by countless “Away Team” members in Star Trek – The Next Generation – his favorite of the Star Trekshows, he notes.

No science fiction

No independent group has yet verified his claims for the device which, he said, is one reason for placing his designs on a public website as an “open source” that technology makers can utilize to test and tinker.

Jansen has posted schematics and designs of his first and second prototypes, the Mark 1 and Mark 2, for anyone to see and build. Jansen expects to have his latest version, the Mark 4, produced for “about $200.”

“Everything you need to build one is on line” at www.tricorderproject.org, said Jansen. He hopes others will follow his lead.

While it may sound like the stuff of science fiction, Jansen isn’t the only one to take notice of just how useful a real functioning tricorder would be – especially as a medical tool.

Telecommunications giant Qualcomm this year launched the “Tricorder X-Prize Contest” with the slogan “Healthcare in the palm of your hand.” Qualcomm hopes to motivate developers with a $US10 million prize to make medical tricorders a reality.

Wanda Moebus of the Advanced Medical Technology Association, who is not affiliated with Jansen or Qualcomm, told Reuters the X-Prize “is really cool,” but cautioned that making a real medical tricorder device “would have to be measured on its safety and effect, like all other medical technologies.”

Jansen said he has been approached by “a couple of teams” about the X Prize, but added that his prototypes are more for science research than medical tools.

Besides, he said he already is on to his next frontier, making a sort of “replicator,” another Star Trek device that will create 3D objects and foods that are dimensional copies of real items.

Jansen’s “replicator” is a 3D printer, which in itself is not really new, but the scientist thinks about it in terms reminiscent of Star Trek’s famous prologue. It’s “like nothing we’ve ever seen before,” Jansen said.

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/scientist-beams-up-a-real-star-trek-tricorder-20120416-1x27z.html

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Posted: Apr 19, 2012 4:50pm
Apr 19, 2012

Many investment policies have guideline asset allocations that target a constant 

proportional weighting between stocks and bonds during both bull and bear markets.  A 

“Constant Mix” asset management approach is defensible under a variety of commonly 

held assumptions.  Generally, a recommendation to “stay the course” during volatile 

market conditions implicitly assumes that investors, will benefit from a Constant Mix 

approach.  Investors, however, are not a homogeneous group; and, for some, changes in 

wealth may cause changes in risk tolerance.  Wealth management, therefore, may require 

dynamic changes in both asset allocation as well as other aspects of investment policy 

such as rebalancing, distribution and monitoring & surveillance policies.   

This article outlines several asset management approaches and discusses the importance 

of aligning Investment Policy with investor risk preferences.  If the investment policy 

ignores this critical “calibration,” there is little hope that the investor will be able to 

maintain the policy during recessionary periods.  It presents a follow on simulation study 

to illustrate the range of possible portfolio evolutions under various asset management 

approaches.  Finally, it focuses on how investment advisors can transition from static 

(“blueprint” oriented) to dynamic (“systems engineering” oriented) investment policy by 

using advanced simulation tools and by transforming set-in-stone asset management 

guidelines into a sequence of periodic decisions regarding the exercise of asset 

management options.    

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Posted: Apr 19, 2012 4:50pm
Apr 12, 2012

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