Antwerp-based shipping company Seatrade Reefer Chartering has denied the allegations that it was withholding wages of the crew aboard the reefer vessel Pacific Breeze and planning to repatriate the seafarers upon the vessel’s arrival in the port of Oran, Algeria, as reported by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) earlier.Seatrade Reefer Chartering said that it “has been wrongly accused of withholding wages of the valued crew of the reefer vessel Pacific Breeze.” The company added that it “would like to reiterate that as the commercial managers of the Pacific Breeze it has no involvement at all in any direct funding of the vessel’s crew. Payment of wages is a joint responsibility of the owners and technical managers of the vessel.”“As an international shipping company Seatrade Reeder Chartering would like to express its deep concern that parties have fallen short of their financial obligations to the crew of Pacific Breeze,” the company said, adding that the seafarers “have eventually received their lawful payments.”Having fulfilled its legal and financial obligations, Seatrade Reefer Chartering informed that it has meanwhile terminated the commercial management of the 1990-built reefer Pacific Breeze.According to a statement released by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) on April 19, which has since been taken down from the ITF website, the federation said that the intervention of the ITF and Algerian port state control “won the full back pay owed to 22 crew members of the Pacific Breeze, owned by BSBS Ltd Moscow, before they were repatriated.”ITF further informed that the Russian crew had requested its assistance on April 3, claiming that the ship’s operator Seatrade Reefer Chartering had not paid their wages totaling USD 139,810 for February or March and was planning to repatriate them when the vessel arrived in Oran port in Algeria.When contacted by World Maritime News on the matter, ITF spokesman Sam Dawson said that “Seatrade approached the ITF objecting to the article. As a courtesy we suspended the article while we look into their complaint.”“Once that is done we will respond to the company and decide whether to repost the article,” Dawson added.World Maritime News Staff
Your privacy on Facebook and Twitter may be at risk even if you have never been on social media or have deleted your account, a study suggests. Individual choice has long been considered a bedrock principle of online privacy, said scientists from the University of Vermont in the US and the University of Adelaide in Australia. However, the study shows that if a person leaves a social media platform – or never joined – the online posts and words of their friends still provide about 95 per cent of the “potential predictive accuracy,” even without any of that person’s data. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPublished in the journal Nature Human Behavior, the study gathered more than thirty million public posts on Twitter from 13,905 users. With this data, the researchers showed that information within the Twitter messages from eight or nine of a person’s contacts make it possible to predict that person’s later tweets as accurately as if they were looking directly at that person’s Twitter feed. The research raises profound questions about the fundamental nature of privacy – and how, in a highly networked society, person’s choices and identity are embedded in that network.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 4 min read May 22, 2015 I spend a lot of time working in and around early stage startups that have figured out how to bootstrap their way through early IT needs. The good news is that technology has advanced to a point where many of the early needs are ready to be simply plugged into your site. In fact, I feel so strongly about the current ability to put plug-and-play technologies to use, that I’ve written about it quite frequently and have practiced it for the last year and a half with BottleKeeper.However, there does come a time when, well, you’re in over your head and need to bring in the seasoned IT professionals. “When” is a question that is and can only be appropriate for your business, but let’s look at a few warning signs that you need help sooner than later.1. The site crashes and you don’t have a clue where to start.Having your website go down is one of the most terrifying and frustrating things imaginable as a new company. The good news is that it’s not typically going to happen early on because you’re not driving enough traffic to really push the system. The bad news is that it’s inevitable once you are driving real traffic, which is precisely when you need to site up and running most.Related: 9 Tips to Make Your Ecommerce Business Wildly SuccessfulEarly on the fix can be as easy as calling your hosting provider to get help, but as your site grows and you plug more necessary components into it, things get a lot more complicated. As you grow, you’ll likely need to move away from early stage host providers such as GoDaddy — which are great because they’re inexpensive — into larger, more flexible and scalable systems such as Rackspace. This does come with an enormous technical learning curve as all of the pretty interfaces and help screens go out the window. You’re now in the proverbial “big leagues”.2. You don’t know what FTP means.In reality, FTP — or file transfer protocol — is quite simple, but requires you to have an understanding of the framework that the consumer facing aspect of your site is built on. This starts with your root folder and goes down through content, themes, cache, plugins and a litany of additional necessary files and folders.The positive aspect is that it’s not super complicated to figure out, the negative is that if you do something wrong, you might kill your site — possibly irreparably if you don’t have the appropriate backups, which would result in a complete restart. Yes, I’ve had the pleasure of three complete rebuilds due to my rookie errors.Related: 10 Tips for Finding and Hiring a Top DeveloperYou won’t typically need to mess with FTP until you’re out of the early stage hosts as they’ll likely have some version of a C-panel — or user interface — that will give you a better means of making adjustments while you’re not in the actual files, mucking things up. But what you should really look at doing is hiring or contracting someone that has the ability to manage these things for you.3. You’ve grown and are driving substantial traffic.Although every dollar earned is of importance in any stage of a startup, early on the values aren’t quite the same. If you’re generating $500 per day and your site goes down for 12 hours — equivalent to 50 percent of your daily income — you’ll lose $250 — a lot of money but not likely to break your budget. When you are earning $10,000 per day and your site crashes for 12 hours, you’ve lost $5,000. It’s certainly all relative to the startup and stage but that $5,000 pays for 25 to 40 hours of IT help and is likely spoken for in the budget.When you get to this point, your business depends entirely on a live site and you need to put the necessary pieces and infrastructure in place to ensure that it’s as fast and functional as possible — but doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to hire a full time IT person. Instead, look for companies to whom you can outsource your early IT needs, on an as needed basis, until you’re in the position to create a full-time position.Related: 10 Hacks to Help Your Website Generate More Leads, Sales and Revenue This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free