Press release: Construction suppliers accused of colluding to keep prices up

first_imgThe CMA’s findings are, at this stage in its investigation, provisional and do not necessarily lead to a decision that the companies have breached competition law. The firms now have the opportunity to consider the detail of the CMA’s provisional findings and respond to it. The CMA will carefully consider any representations made before issuing its final findings as to whether the law has been broken.Find more information on our case page.Some recent examples of the CMA’s action against cartels affecting the construction industry include: These are 3 major suppliers of equipment used to keep construction workers safe. It is crucial that builders and their customers benefit from genuinely competitive pricing for this essential equipment. Everyone must follow competition law, which protects customers from being exploited and paying more, as well as encouraging companies to compete for business in other ways – through innovation, quality and service. The CMA uses its powers vigorously and robustly to root out illegal cartels. Enquiries should be directed to the CMA’s press team: [email protected], or 020 3738 6460. The Statement of Objections is addressed to the following parties, which the CMA provisionally considers were directly involved in the alleged infringements or are liable as parent companies of the undertakings directly involved: M.G.F. (Trench Construction Systems) Limited and its parent company MGF Limited; Vp plc; Mabey Hire Limited and its parent companies Mabey Engineering (Holdings) Limited and Mabey Holdings Limited. The CMA provisionally considers that MGF and Vp were involved during three periods between 23 September and 4 October 2011, 14 February to 24 November 2014 and 12 November 2015 to 28 November 2016, and that Mabey was involved between 14 February to 16 July 2014. A Statement of Objections gives addressees notice of a proposed infringement decision under the Competition Act 1998 and the equivalent EU law prohibitions. It is a provisional decision only and does not necessarily lead to an infringement decision. Addressees have the opportunity to make written and oral representations on the matters covered. Any such representations will be considered by the CMA before any final decision is made. Fining office fit out companies £7 million after they participated in cover bidding for competitive tenders, colluding on the prices they would bid for contracts. Typically, cover bidding involves companies agreeing with each other to place bids that are deliberately intended to lose the contract, which reduces the intensity of competition and can lead to customers paying an artificially high price or receiving poorer quality services. The Chapter I prohibition in the Competition Act 1998 prohibits agreements and concerted practices between businesses which have as their object or effect the prevention, restriction or distortion of competition within the UK. Article 101(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) covers equivalent anti-competitive agreements and concerted practices which may affect trade between EU member states.center_img Any business found to have infringed these prohibitions can be fined up to 10% of its annual worldwide group turnover, taking into account a range of factors including the seriousness of the infringement and any mitigating or aggravating factors. The CMA also runs a Stop Cartels campaign, which aims to educate businesses about which practices are illegal and urges people to come forward if they suspect a business has taken part in cartel behaviour, such as fixing prices or rigging contracts.Notes for editors Fining water tank firms over £2.6 million after they formed a cartel, agreeing to fix the price of tanks, divide up customers and rig bids for contracts. Anyone who has information about a cartel is encouraged to call the CMA cartels hotline on 020 3738 6888 or email [email protected] The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is investigating M.G.F. (Trench Construction Systems) Ltd (MGF), Vp plc and Mabey Hire Ltd (Mabey) – 3 major suppliers of groundworks products to the construction industry.The CMA has provisionally found that the 3 businesses formed a cartel to reduce competition and keep prices up. This involved sharing confidential information on pricing and commercial strategy and coordinating their commercial activities. In a Statement of Objections issued today the CMA states its provisional view that Vp and MGF operated the cartel for periods totaling nearly two years and Mabey took part for a single period of 5 months.Groundworks products (including braces, props and sheeting) are used to protect excavations – such as those made for foundations or for laying pipes – from collapse and are important for keeping construction sites safe. The 3 companies supply these products for a range of major housing and road developments, railway line works and water pipe upgrades.The companies’ behaviour came to light after one of the firms blew the whistle and brought information about the conduct to the CMA’s attention. Mabey has confessed its role and will not be fined in accordance with the CMA’s leniency programme – provided it continues to co-operate with the CMA’s investigation.Michael Grenfell, the CMA’s Executive Director for Enforcement, said:last_img read more

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Meet Drummer Tikyra Jackson, The Heartbeat Of Southern Avenue [Interview]

first_imgThe latest band on the rise out of Memphis, Tennessee is Southern Avenue. Named after a street that runs through parts of the city and ends in an area known as Soulsville, the home for Stax Records (the label that signed them), their sound truly captures the heart and soul of Memphis. The band is simply on fire and is wasting no time getting the music out to the masses.They released their self-titled debut album in February, and the group has been nonstop ever since. We chatted it up with the band’s drummer, Tikyra Jackson, also known as TK, to get a more intimate scoop on how this band formed, as well as getting a personal look at one of the members.Credit: David McClisterL4LM: Who were your biggest role models growing up and helped shape who you are today, musically?TK: My role models growing up definitely had to be my parents, first and foremost. They are both ministers and they had me in church almost every day of my life. They are also musicians. My mom’s an organist and my dad plays guitar, so growing up I was watching them. My older siblings are musicians and singers as well. I’m the sixth child out of seven. Those are my biggest influences – my family.L4LM: Your sister, Tierinii, is also in the band. Growing up, were the two of you creating music together? Was that a natural thing that morphed into a band? What is it like working with your sister?TK: Our parents had all of us singing in the church choir every Sunday. Southern Avenue is our first project together. Working with her, it’s fun. I get to wear her clothes all the time.We’re already close because we’re sisters. Being able to share this experience together makes everything so much more fun.The band itself feels like family. We all feel like family, not just me and my sister. Only occasionally we get into arguments.L4LM: Who are your most inspirational drummers and what drew you to playing the drums?TK: Steve Gadd is one of my favorite drummers. My big brother is one of my favorite drummers as well. Funny story though. There’s a Beyonce concert from 2008, The Beyonce Experience, and she had an all-female band. That was the first time I saw a live band and a live show.  That was the first time I thought, ‘I want to do this. I want to play drums and perform for the rest of my life.’ That was probably the biggest influence.L4LM: Where do your ideas come from and what is the creative process when forming a new song?TK: It’s different each time for each song. We all have different angles. A lot of the songs in the beginning were from Tierinii and Ori [Naftaly]. When we would be in rehearsal, I would just hear them play, then I would play whatever I felt and envisioned for it. That’s pretty much how the songs come about for the drum part. It also involves a large box of pizza, as we always get that during rehearsal.L4LM: Your debut album has been really well received, and you’re gaining new fans daily. What has been the most surprising part of this journey so far?TK: We created our music, so we understand what it means to us, but when the fans come and tell us how it got them through their day, how it means a lot to them, or how it resonates with them, that’s probably the most rewarding thing to hear. We’ve been creating music our whole lives and to finally be able to share and have it be received so well is a blessing. We also like to travel, so getting to meet everybody in different places is a lot of fun.L4LM: Southern Avenue has a unique blend of musicians from different backgrounds which only adds to the unique flavor of your sound. Was there a defining moment when the band was forming that you said, ‘This is it. This is the group of people that is going to make this band’?TK: That’s hard to say. We’ve been together for almost two years. I know when Tierinii and Ori met, they instantly felt the connection as music partners and being able to write music. From the beginning, Ori had a dream to make it as a musician. When he met me and my sister, he told us his dream and we believed in him. It became a group effort and not just a one person thing. Southern Avenue is all of our making.L4LM: Now that your tour is well underway, do you have any great van stories, or stories from the road? TK: O.M.G. What’s the rating of this interview? We definitely have had some amazing experiences. One of which is my favorite. We went to Colorado and we played at this festival called Blues From the Top. Eric Gales headlined but Samantha Fish and a lot of other great artists were there. The festival took place over the whole weekend, like four or five days, and each night was something different, like a jam session. The guy that put the festival on, his name is John Catt and he has cancer, so it was a very spiritual event for everybody. To be able to share with so many people, that was probably one of the most memorable band stories. We have so much family in Colorado now because of that.Credit: Taylor RowellL4LM: Southern Avenue is lined up for a bunch of festivals coming up. What are you looking forward to most this summer? TK: I’m definitely looking forward to meeting more musicians. That’s the most fun for me. It’s cool to meet other people who are on the same road as you, doing what they love. It’s exciting. You play music, you do your show and then you get to relax and hear other bands. That’s the most exciting, and creating more music. It never gets old.L4LM: Has there been a band that you connected with really well?TK: That’s hard to say. We played with Marcus King and that was amazing. He’s amazing. My sister and I sang on stage with him and they are great people.We played with this band called Gedeon Luke & the People, who are actually from Memphis, but we met them in New York. There’s been so many great bands and opportunities for us.L4LM: Do you have any words of advice that you would like to say to any young drummers out there, and more specifically, female drummers out there?TK: First, to the female drummers, I would like to say, always know who you are. Always keep your head up and stand your ground. Men cannot exist without women in this world. As a woman, you can do anything, whether it’s playing the drums or doing whatever it is that you want to do. To all the female drummers that are coming up, keep the beat going and never give up.For the young musicians out there, anything is possible. Anything that inspires you to write music and create music, always go for it. Always believe in yourself and know anything is possible. All of these fantasies and movies had to come from somewhere. They all came from somebody’s story, so it’s achievable for anybody.L4LM: Any last thoughts to the fans of Southern Avenue?TK: Southern Avenue loves our fans and we always keep you guys in mind. We love you guys and thank you for the support. We definitely feel it and appreciate it.Check out their music below and be sure to visit their website for more information, including tour dates.Southern Avenue – “Don’t Give Up”[Video: Concord Records]last_img read more

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New chief justice Syarifuddin takes his oath to lead Supreme Court

first_imgRead also: Heavy task awaits new Supreme Court chief to tighten monitoring of judgesMany believe Syarifuddin faces a great challenge, as he is expected to restore public faith in the country’s judicial system by imposing stern sanctions against judges who violate its code of ethics, an issue that Hatta was criticized for during his term.In 2019, the Judicial Commission recommended sanctions against 130 judges who allegedly violated the code of ethics, a staggering increase from the 37 judges who received sanctions in 2018.Also on Thursday, Manahan Sitompul took his oath as a Constitutional Court justice for his second five-year term before the President. Manahan’s first term ended on April 28.Topics : Muhammad Syarifuddin is officially at the helm of the country’s highest court after taking his oath to serve as the new Supreme Court chief justice before President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the State Palace on Thursday.Syarifuddin, formerly the court’s judicial division deputy head, is set to lead the Supreme Court for the next five years until 2025, replacing his predecessor Hatta Ali, who was due for retirement next month after previously serving two terms at the court.The 65-year-old career judge won the majority vote with 32 votes during an election held in a plenary meeting attended by 47 Supreme Court justices on April 6. The other candidate, Andi Samsan Nganro, received 14 votes. last_img read more

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Quick Action Contains Boat Fire at West Bay Marina

first_imgSubmitted by City of OlympiaOlympia Firefighters responded to a boat fire at West Bay Marina, 2100 West Bay Drive NW. The call came in at 2:40 pm, with first units seeing a plume of smoke well before arrival. The first fire unit arrived at 2:45 and reported a working fire on the dock with possibly multiple boats involved.The first arriving engine extended lines to the fire and began extinguishing the fire. Due the potential for spread, a second alarm was called to bring more equipment and personnel to the scene. It was quickly determined that only one boat was on fire. The fire was knocked down while boats from the Olympia Harbor Patrol, Port of Olympia and the marina moved adjoining boats to safety. The fire was contained to the boat of origin which burned down to the deck line, several feet above the waterline. The vessel did not sink but did sustain heavy damage.One person on a nearby boat was treated by paramedics at the scene and transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital with non-specific complaints following being in the area of the fire. He is expected to be fine.Olympia Fire Department responded with 4 engines, 1 ladder truck, 2 medic units, and a command unit. The call for a second alarm brought units from Fire Districts 3, 6, 9, 13 and City of Tumwater. There were no injuries to firefighters.The State of Washington Department of Natural Resources and Department of Ecology also responded to assure that the environment was being protected during the firefight. The boat did not sink, little or no fuel was released and the marina staff quickly used booms to prevent anything from the boat floating away.Olympia Fire Department remained on scene to assist the marina personnel and investigate the fire. The restaurant at West Bay Marina, Tug Boat Annie’s, remained open throughout the event. Facebook56Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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SUPERSTAR UNIQUE BELLA CRUSHES FOES IN GRADE II, $200,000 LAS VIRGENES STAKES AS SMITH POINTS HER TO 8 ¾ LENGTH WIN; TRAINED BY HOLLENDORFER, SHE GETS FLAT MILE IN 1:35.66

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2017)–A stalking third around the Club House turn, America’s newest superstar 3-year-old could wait no longer with five furlongs to run and in the blink of an eye, Unique Bella, with Mike Smith at the controls, left last year’s Eclipse Award winning Juvenile Filly and three others in her dust en route to a commanding 8 ¾ length win in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita.  Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Unique Bella cruised a flat mile in 1:35.66.“The way she settled, I could’ve taken her even farther back (early),” said Smith, who has been aboard Unique Bella in all four of her career starts.  “At some point you have to let them be who they are; let them do what they’re good at.  I just let her do what she wanted to do and she picked it up and was well within herself.  It was an amazing race.“She’s very talented.  She created that move down the backstretch until about the quarter pole and she was well within herself from that point on.  Honestly, even then, and I didn’t want her to, she switched to her right lead and it took her there.”A Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Tapit, out of the Unbridled’s Song mare, Unrivaled Belle, Unique Bella, who was trying two turns for the first time following a 7 ½ length win in the seven furlong Santa Ynez (Grade II) here on Jan. 8, was the overwhelming 1-9 favorite in the tote board and with no show wagering, paid $2.20 and $2.10.“…I was pretty confident when Mike kind of made his move early, but I knew that he knew he had a lot of horse, so he just went for it and it turned out well,” said Hollendorfer.  “I really like to concentrate on the filly races…I’d like to keep her in California (for the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks on April 8) just like I did with (Eclipse Champion) Songbird last year.”Owned by Don Alberto Stable, Unique Bella is now 4-3-1-0 and with the winner’s share of $120,000, she increased her earnings to $282,400.In what developed into a separate race, Champagne Room, who had been idle since winning the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 5, hooked up with recent maiden winner Mopotism turning for home, and it was “Mo” who proved best today, finishing second by 1 ¼ lengths.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Mopotism, who showed the way for the first quarter mile, was off at 13-1 and paid $4.00 to show.Champagne Room, who was ridden by Mario Gutierrez, was the second choice at 9-2, but had to settle for third, finishing 11 ½ lengths in front of Miss Southern Miss.Fractions on the race were 22.82, 45.62, 1:10.27 and 1:22.71.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday with first post time at 1 p.m. PENNSYLVANIA-BRED FILLY BY TAPIT TO BE POINTED TO GRADE I SANTA ANITA OAKS APRIL 8last_img read more

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