Technology for good:  Keeping truck drivers safe and deterring human trafficking

Journey Protector CEO Anne Lawlor (R) in an Enterprise Ireland promotional campaign. Haulage companies face huge losses daily due to theft, damage to their loads, and hefty fines arising from undetected illegal stowaways entering the rear of their vehicles. Under the new revision of the UK’s Clandestine Entrant Civil Penalty Scheme from 13 February 2024, fines for lorry drivers found with illegal immigrants hiding in their vehicles increased fivefold from £2,000 (approx. €2,250) per stowaway to potentially £10,000 (>€11,000). Considering that independent owner/drivers earn an average of around €200 per day, the added potential penalties and financial risks make crossing the UK border an unacceptable risk. The World Road Transport Organization(IRU) says the scheme puts supply chains at risk, stating…

9 Lessons That Charlie Munger Wanted You to Know

Charlie Munger interviewed after the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in 2015. Image by Kent Sievers on Shutterstock. Charles Munger, who stood as a remarkable pillar in Berkshire Hathaway's development for nearly six decades alongside Warren Buffett, passed away at 99 on 28 November 2023. Munger was fundamental in the transformation of Berkshire Hathaway from a struggling textile production company into a global powerhouse.  His passing occurred in a California hospital on Tuesday, as reported by the firm. Known for his long-standing residency in Los Angeles, Munger's vast contributions have not gone unnoticed. "Without Charlie's invaluable inspiration, wisdom, and involvement, Berkshire Hathaway wouldn't be where it is today," Buffett articulated in the statement. Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1924, Munger was…

The Enron Scandal: A Deep Dive into its Downfall and Lessons Learned

Image by rawpixel.com on Freepik Imagine - It's the dawn of the 21st century. The economy is booming, dot-coms are soaring high, and among them, a particular star shines the brightest - Enron. An energy company that at its peak carried a worth of about $70 billion. But within a span of few years, this magnificent empire crumbled into nothing, drowning in a sea of fraud and deceit.  "The Enron scandal drew attention to accounting and corporate fraud, as its shareholders lost $74 billion in the four years leading up to its bankruptcy, and its employees lost billions in pension benefits." What truly unfolded in this financially catastrophic event known as the Enron Scandal? You're about to uncover this riveting and…

Re-Defining the 21st Century Boardroom

There is always something elusive about the Boardroom. It is a place where strategies are devised, risks weighed, and the future of companies charted. Yet, amid its polished oak walls and hushed deliberations, there's an aspect that has begun to echo louder than ever before - diversity. But it's not just about ticking boxes; it's about steering towards an inclusive future. Still questioning the value of a diverse boardroom? It's time you rethink your strategy.  A study by researchers at Harvard Business School found that ethnically diverse organizations were 35% more likely to outperform their industry median. Notably, ethnically diverse boards are 43% more likely to deliver higher profits. Now that's a win you surely want on your side of the…

How Accounting Opened Doors to a Remarkable Stockbroker Career

Although he started his career as an accountant, Mr Loh Hoon Sun could never have foreseen that it would lead him into the dynamic world of stockbroking, where he would spend nearly 33 years with his current company. This reality unfolds for the Senior Advisor (formerly Managing Director) of Phillip Securities, a renowned financial institution spanning 15 countries worldwide. The 85-year-old finance expert, born in Fujian, China, shared some insights on how the path of accounting can unlock incredible opportunities and diverse career experiences. His remarkable journey serves as a testament to the boundless prospects that the field of accounting can offer. Humble Beginnings Even though Mr Loh was born in Fujian, he moved to Penang, Malaysia at the age…

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