FCA chief says ‘evidence not there’ for action on RBS GRG unit

first_imgThe head of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Andrew Bailey has defended his organisation’s report into RBS’s disgraced turnaround unit, saying “the evidence is just not there” to support action against the managers involved. whatsapp Yet he insisted that the rules on whether or not certain managers are “fit and proper” to run a financial scheme such as the GRG have undergone a “big change” since the 2008 financial crisis. whatsapp Read more: City watchdog accused of using legal red tape to delay RBS GRG report Read more: MPs brand watchdog’s RBS GRG report a ‘complete whitewash’ MPs raised allegations that the Asset Protection Agency (APA), an arm of the Treasury, directed the actions of the GRG through the Asset Protection Scheme (APS). It was Bailey’s first grilling by the Committee since the FCA published its long-awaited report into RBS’s Global Restructuring Group (GRG). The group was accused of asset-stripping thousands of small businesses to shore up its balance sheet following the crisis. Bailey said the contracts small and medium-sized businesses entered were outside the “perimeter” of the FCA and were governed by contract law. “In the absence of rules and regulation we don’t have the means to counter that,” he said. Quizzed on the APS’s role, he said: “The question is did it ultimately change the approach of RBS. We do not think it did.” Harry Robertson center_img MPs condemned the report, released earlier this month, as a “complete whitewash”. The all-parliamentary group on fair banking harshly criticised the FCA’s conclusion that it could not hold RBS to account for its misconduct. But Bailey said that the new “senior managers regime” was a “big change”. It says every senior manager must know what they are responsible and accountable for. He defended the FCA’s conclusion that there were no managers at RBS who were not “fit and proper” to run a financial scheme such as the GRG. He said under the rules in place at the time there was no evidence to say they were not. Tuesday 25 June 2019 5:43 pm He told MPs: “I can’t operate outside the law, I’m sorry.” by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OraclePost FunA Coast Guard Spotted Movement On A Remote Island, Then Looked CloserPost FunPsoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsWhat Is Psoriatic Arthritis? See Signs (Some Symptoms May Surprise)Psoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUnderstand Solar$0 Down Solar in Scottsdale. How Much Can You Save? Try Our Free Solar Calculator Now.Understand Solar Bailey said: “It would not be appropriate for us to investigate an agency of government”. He said the watchdog had laid out the evidence and left it to other bodies to decide whether to launch an investigation. But Bailey said to bring such an action “you’ve got to prove that [managers] deliberately set out” to damage small businesses, which is something the FCA could not do. FCA chief says ‘evidence not there’ to take action on RBS GRG unit Sharelast_img read more

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Follow-up studies vary widely for FDA drugs approved on limited evidence

first_img As the Food and Drug Administration increasingly relies on just one key clinical trial or surrogate markers for approving certain medicines, a new study suggests that sufficient follow-up evidence demonstrating these drugs actually work varies substantially.The study examined 117 novel drugs that were approved by the FDA between 2005 and 2012 for 123 indications on the basis of a single pivotal trial, which is intended to provide evidence that a drug works; pivotal trials that used surrogate markers to gauge whether a drug can work; or both approaches. The researchers then sifted through medical literature in search of follow-up, or post-approval, studies. Follow-up studies vary widely for FDA drugs approved on limited evidence By Ed Silverman May 5, 2017 Reprints Ed Silverman What is it? Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Pharmalot GET STARTED Log In | Learn More STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond.center_img What’s included? @Pharmalot [email protected] Andrew Harnik/AP Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. About the Author Reprints Tags pharmaceuticalspolicySTAT+last_img read more

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Seema Verma: CMS’s ‘expanded pathway’ for new antibiotics can help fight antimicrobial resistance

first_img Giving vouchers to pharma to develop antibiotics could be a costly move Americans are under siege by drug-resistant bacteria. The challenge of antimicrobial resistance, or AMR as it is referred to in the medical community, has become a public health crisis. Thousands of deaths every year are attributed to drug-resistant microbes, as well as billions of dollars in health expenditures.And the problem is only going to get worse, which will certainly be a topic of discussion at this week’s World Antimicrobial Resistance Congress.Why? In part because front-line antibiotics are becoming less effective. Access to new antibiotics today is so limited today that the United States — the land of patient choice — has desperate patients like Roger Poser stuck on waiting lists to get the right drug for their drug-resistant infections.advertisement Related: By Seema Verma Nov. 6, 2019 Reprints @SeemaCMS Fixing a ‘market failure’: To develop new antibiotics, upend the incentive structure, experts urge In the short-term, CMS has finalized an expanded pathway for certain new antibiotics to receive additional payments and to increase payments for them. This will help people who need these medications get access to them. The agency also updated its payments to hospitals to provide them with appropriate resources to treat sick patients with drug-resistant infections. We’re also committed to scaling up antibiotic stewardship protocols — clinical guidelines for antibiotic prescribing that CMS has already implemented in nursing homes — to hospitals, which is where the majority of patients with drug-resistant infections receive care.In the long-term, CMS will lead a broader effort to modernize Medicare’s payment systems for antibiotics and other endangered innovations.The road ahead won’t be easy. The same bacteria that once terrorized hospital wards are back with a vengeance. Antibiotic drug resistance is like a hydra — cut off the head of one infection using a drug and another emerges in its place with newly acquired defenses. To keep Americans safe, we need to be vigilant in our care and focused on transforming Medicare to bring payment policies in line with public health needs.By removing regulatory roadblocks and reimagining financial incentives, we can fire up the engine of American innovation to arm our doctors for their battle against drug-resistant bacteria.Seema Verma is the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Many of the 2 million Americans who develop antibiotic-resistant infections each year are Medicare beneficiaries. Because of their age and other clinical complications, our nation’s seniors are particularly vulnerable to harmful microbes and are more likely to be inappropriately prescribed antibiotics and experience severe side effects. About the Author Reprintscenter_img The commercialization of dozens of new antibiotic drugs in the mid-20th century coupled with the development of standardized procedures for hospital sanitation made it easy to assume that bacteria and other microbes had become a plague of the past. But health care providers and patients turned to antibiotics all too often. Their widespread and nonspecific use led to the development of new and stronger bacterial strains as our quiver of effective antibiotics began to narrow.This complacency led us to neglect antimicrobial research for the past few decades. Older Americans today are treated with drugs developed when they were children. Drugs like fluoroquinolones and carbapenems, which once seemed to be silver bullets against infection, have grown rusty as bacteria and other microbes have steadily evolved to become aggressively resistant to existing treatments, leaving America’s physicians with dwindling treatment options.Our antiquated systems for reimbursing physicians and hospitals for antibiotic treatment have disincentivized both the development and use of new antibiotics, steering scientists towards more lucrative fields of research, like heart disease and cancer. The business model for developing new antibiotics is fundamentally broken: Antibiotics for drug-resistant bacteria are meant to be used as a last resort, but no one wants to develop drugs that will rarely be prescribed. Unless we act now to address the financial barriers to drug development, doctors will be powerless to fight off the drastically increasing number of cases of antimicrobial resistance.The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — the federal agency I lead — has the responsibility of both caring for America’s seniors and serving as the largest health care payer in the country. The Trump administration is determined to unravel the regulations binding the hands of America’s innovators to resolve this public health crisis. Internal analyses of Medicare data indicate that the elderly account for the majority of new cases of antimicrobial resistance and deaths from it, with drug resistance forcing seniors to collectively be hospitalized hundreds of thousands of additional days each year. For them, time is running out. And for the rest of us, each new case of resistance is pushing American health care to the brink of a public health disaster.advertisement Related: Seema Verma A microbiologist works with tubes of bacteria samples in an antimicrobial resistance and characterization lab at the CDC in Atlanta. David Goldman/AP First OpinionSeema Verma: CMS’s ‘expanded pathway’ for new antibiotics can help fight antimicrobial resistance Tags antibioticsglobal healthMedicarelast_img read more

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COVID-19 campus updates: April 29 edition

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 29, 2021  View prior updates Categories:SafetyCampus Community Through the spring semester, campus officials are providing weekly updates through CU Boulder Today.COVID-19 vaccine required for faculty, staff and studentsIn support of the university’s commitment to health and safety, CU Boulder will require faculty, staff and students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before the fall 2021 semester.This is in alignment with the decision to institute this requirement for the CU system. The vaccine requirement will allow the campus to more fully return to a traditional campus experience for the fall 2021 semester.Read more on the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements and Process webpage.Study shows vaccination level needed to reduce public health restrictionsAccording to a new study, at least 70% of Colorado residents will need to get vaccinated against COVID-19 before the state can safely roll back all public health restrictions and return to “normal.”Those results come from a mathematical study led by researchers at two University of Colorado campuses—CU Boulder and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Read more about the study.Student-led spring study shows high mask compliance on campusMore than 98% of people at CU Boulder wore a mask indoors on campus this semester, and 93% of them wore it correctly, according to a Centers for Disease Control-sponsored study tracking mask compliance at 53 U.S. universities.Read more about the study.Vaccine guidanceFour reasons to get the COVID-19 vaccine.Vaccine safety and information from Medical Services.Answers to common vaccine questions.Finals week building accessBuilding access during finals week will remain the same, with most academic buildings on campus open to students, faculty and staff via Buff OneCard access from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. This includes the first two days of finals, Saturday, May 1, and Sunday, May 2. For students needing access to on-campus computer labs during finals for taking tests or accessing the internet, there will be additional access for all CU Boulder students for two labs in the Engineering Center, ECCE 141 and ECCR 252, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day April 30 through May 5. If you encounter access issues, please contact the Operations Control Center at 303-492-5522 for immediate assistance.Summer and fall 2021 transition updatesCampus leaders are analyzing the campus health and safety policy, mitigation measures on campus, events and activities guidance and other COVID-19 response efforts within the context of expected changes to public health conditions and restrictions.An update will be provided the week of May 10 with more information on how the campus will adjust summer operations under shifting public health guidance in the transition to a more traditional in-person experience this fall.Staffing transition guidance for returning to on-campus workHuman Resources provided guidance to supervisors regarding the process and timing for assessing work environments and planning for increases in employee presence on campus beginning in June. The Research & Innovation Office is providing guidance on the timing and process for increasing on-campus research and creative work. Campus leaders will be working with their supervisors within each unit to develop their staffing plans.COVID-19 testing, Buff Pass requirements change May 10COVID-19 monitoring testing will not be required after May 10.Monitoring testing will continue to be available through Aug. 6 with reduced locations and hours. Starting May 10, monitoring testing sites will be available only at the following locations:Village Center and Community Commons10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.Closed weekends and holidays.The testing site’s last day of operation is Friday, July 30.University Memorial Center (UMC)10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.Closed weekends and holidays.The testing site’s last day of operation is Friday, Aug. 6.Mobile testing siteMonday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pleasant Street Athens North, 1855 Athens St., in parking lot 13.Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Athens North, 1855 Athens St., in parking lot 131.The mobile testing site’s last day of operation is to be determined.In the fall semester, the monitoring testing program will not be operating. Medical Services will continue COVID-19 diagnostic testing for faculty, staff and students.Buff Pass becomes optional May 10The daily completion of the Buff Pass form will be optional as of May 10. Monitoring test results will still appear in Buff Pass through Aug. 6. The weekly report to supervisors will no longer be sent after the Buff Pass requirement ends May 10.Boulder County approves new COVID-19 dialBoulder County is anticipated to remain in Level Blue until May 16, 2021, as Boulder County Public Health adopted a Boulder County COVID-19 dial framework.Reminders:Summer 2021 Event GuidanceAn update to the campus’s Events and Activity Policy will be published the week of May 10 to align with the local BCPH COVID-19 dial and go into effect May 17 for the summer term.Travel approval Concur has been updated to reflect final approval for domestic travel for university-related business to be considered “approved” once the appropriate officer-level (dean or associate vice chancellor) is achieved. Provost or chief operating officer approval is no longer required for domestic travel. International travel for university-related business still requires approval from the appropriate officer and the provost or COO. Further guidance related to travel approvals is forthcoming from the CU System offices.Find your study spotVisit the Find Your Study Spot webpage to see more about spaces available to reserve for studying or eating. Bookable rooms also have posters outside the door with links directly to the CU Boulder Room Scheduling tool.Campus affiliates can sign in with their IdentiKey and password and no longer have to wait for account approval. Get detailed instructions for scheduling a space with the room scheduling tool.Interviews continue virtuallyJob interviews and other recruitment activities should continue to be conducted virtually until further notice. COVID-19 hiring guidance is provided by Human Resources.Building accessCU students, faculty and staff Buff OneCard holders have access to most buildings with scheduled in-person classes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday. The University Libraries, Recreation Center and UMC publish their respective hours on their websites. Get building access information and see FAQs. State COVID-19 resourcesExposure notification service: The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment launched its statewide COVID-19 exposure notification system in partnership with Google and Apple.Contact informationAvailable from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, contact Buff Info via email or by phone: 303-492-INFO (4636). last_img read more

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District to participate in new initiative

first_imgHomeSportsCollegeDistrict to participate in new initiative Oct. 08, 2019 at 6:00 amCollegeCommunityFeaturedNewsStudentsDistrict to participate in new initiativeBrennon Dixson2 years agoLACOESanta Monicaschoolssmmusd With discussion on the Muir Woods Mural postponed until Oct. 17, governing board members of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District focused their attention on a new program that could benefit Santa Monica students.District staff said the newfound Community School Initiative would have a substantial effect on the academic, emotional and physical well-being of local students, which is why SMMUSD board members unanimously agreed to partner with the county’s office of education to participate in the initiative.Once the prospective memorandum of understanding is signed by both parties, SMMUSD would become one of 15 districts across the state chosen to participate in the program, said Jacqueline Mora, assistant superintendent of education services.“LACOE has done the community schools initiative with many different districts,” including Compton, Bellflower and Inglewood, Mora said, mentioning the purpose of the initiative is to improve the lives of students in the community so they are healthy, prepared for college and are career and civic ready.“We want to increase student graduation rates. We want to decrease chronic absenteeism and dropout rates, (as well as) reduce suspensions and increase family engagement,” Mora said. The district will look to accomplish these goals with support from LACOE, which will provide the district with a new full-time program coordinator as well as a facilitator who will be tasked with increasing parent engagement.Students will have access to school-based mental health services that include workshops, counseling and referral services, according to Thursday’s presentation. Local partnerships with various organizations in the city will also be strengthened so additional resources can be provided to youth in the future.The initiative is part of a broader push to “support the whole child,” county officials said earlier this week, mentioning the program should allow additional opportunities for the community to educate themselves or collaborate in their child’s education as local libraries, health clinics and workforce professionals will be available to assist in the execution of the program.Mora said the district originally considered designating Olympic High School as the site that would house the program’s crisis prevention, family therapy and arts education services, but staff settled on Santa Monica High School because of the grant’s requirements.Mora mentioned that she believes Olympic students will still be able to benefit from the initiative, before sharing the MOU is ready to be signed if the district decides it is willing to participate in the program.“Mental health is huge with students and with their learning because if their mental health isn’t solid, they don’t learn,” Mora said. “And so I think this is so important that we focus on this and I know this has been a priority of our board… and I’m excited about it.”Superintendent Ben Drati agreed, sharing during the meeting that he thinks the district can be a success story of the program and pave the way for a similar initiative to be rolled out across the state.“The Community Schools Initiative is our way of fighting poverty and addressing longstanding inequities,” said Dr. Debra Duardo, Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools. “The goal is to ensure that all students receive the services and resources they need to succeed and that those services are accessible right at school where they feel safe.”“We are looking forward to this valuable partnership with LACOE to expand our current services we offer students,” district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker said. “This will benefit our students tremendously and we feel fortunate to be one of the school districts selected for this program.”Once signed, the memorandum of understanding with LACOE would extend through June 30, [email protected] :LACOESanta Monicaschoolssmmusdshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentAdobe cuts off Venezuela clients, citing US sanctionsSerious crime down by 15% so far this yearYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agolast_img read more

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Council urged to delay roll out of 5G

first_img By News Highland – January 24, 2020 Facebook Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction DL Debate – 24/05/21 Council urged to delay roll out of 5G Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Donegal County Council is being urged to do what in its gift to delay the roll out of 5G in Donegal. In tandem, there are also calls on the new Communications Minister to initiate a report, detailing a full assessment of any potential health and environmental implications 5G may have.Cllr Gerry McMonagle says the facts about any possible radiation impact must be fully established before the plans can proceed.He says this report must be initiated and the findings presented to the Oireachtas without any further delay:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/gerry1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterestcenter_img Pinterest Twitter Previous articleAdding a striker is now the main target for Ollie HorganNext article64 vacant posts in Letterkenny Hospital – Cope News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+last_img read more

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News / FMC green light for 2M Alliance co-operation with HMM on transpacific

first_imgTriple ULCS Call at APM terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles February 2015 At the time MSC issued a statement which said: “The agreement primarily sees Hyundai purchasing slots on 2M vessels with the 2M partners also purchasing a number of slots with Hyundai on selected routes… the detail of the agreement, its structure and guarantees have been carefully considered with this in mind.”Mr Doyle said: “Maersk’s statement was widely interpreted as a response to shippers’ concerns in the wake of the Hanjin insolvency – meaning that having shippers take affirmative action on which carrier is ultimately used was viewed as a safeguard for those wary of having containers on a HMM vessel.“MSC’s statement provided no shipper option to exclude carriage on the HMM services.”However, MSC subsequently told The Loadstar: “We have responded to the FMC regarding their concerns, and we are pleased that the agreement has now been approved.“MSC is committed to providing shippers clear and transparent communications, including when slot purchases, exchanges or VSA’s are involved.“It will normally be apparent to customers when the booked vessel is not a MSC vessel, and we will always do our best to keep customers informed if vessel is changed.”In allowing the agreement, just ahead of the formation of new alliance structures on Saturday, Mr Doyle said the FMC would “continue to have the authority to monitor this and other agreements for compliance with the law”.Maersk, MSC and HMM signed a cooperation agreement on 16 March for an initial two-year period, although it is understood that the 2M partners can terminate the agreement without cause before 1 October 2018.At the signing ceremony in California, HMM chief executive Yoo Chang-keun said: “We believe that all three partners will strengthen competitiveness through this strategic cooperation.”He added that through the cooperation HMM could “acquire a more stable basis of profit improvement by utilising 2M’s competitive networks and mega-vessels”.However, according to Alphaliner, the deal “will impose restrictions on HMM that will limit the carrier’s ability to grow on east-west routes”.The consultant said HMM was required to consult with the 2M partners “prior to introducing any new services or cooperating with other carriers” on the transpacific, which included slot sales or exchanges.Saturday will see HMM launch three standalone transpacific services, deploying 6,600 teu ships on which the 2M partners will have an allocation.Elsewhere, after the supply chain chaos caused by the sudden receivership of Hanjin Shipping last August, THE Alliance has built into its vessel-sharing agreement a contingency fund to be triggered that would enable ships to be berthed and cargo to be discharged in the event of the bankruptcy of one of its members .According, to alliance member Hapag-Lloyd’s chief executive, Rolf Habben Jansen, the safeguard was included “in response to customer feedback”.Mr Doyle concluded: “Shippers should review their options with all ocean carriers: make sure you know which actual ocean carrier vessel will carry your goods.”This article was amended on 30 March to include a response from MSC. By Mike Wackett 29/03/2017center_img The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has approved the Maersk Line and MSC (2M Alliance) cooperation agreement with Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), effective tomorrow, but with a proviso on shipper safeguards.Commissioner William Doyle said: “Maersk confirmed this week it would honour its commitment to shippers as to having a say on the vessels their cargo will be loaded onto. I expect MSC to afford some measure of protection for its shippers as well.”After signing the strategic cooperation agreement with HMM in December – which is still subject to creditor restructuring – and following shipper concerns, Maersk said 2M cargo would only be loaded onto HMM vessels “with customers’ express agreement”.It added this would be “only on the HMM-operated service that is part of the Asia to US west coast slot swap agreement. These HMM services are not part of the 2M network today”.last_img read more

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News / Investors see potential in the new logistics ‘disruptors’

first_img By Alexander Whiteman 03/07/2019 © Vetkit So–called disruptors in the logistics space are continuing to gain investment as shippers look to improve supply chain efficiency: this week Cubyn and Wakeo were the latest to reap new funds.  On-demand logistics and fulfilment platform Cubyn announced today it had raised €12m from a variety of backers, including French bank BNP Paribas.  Chief executive and founder Adrien Fernandez Baca said the money would be used to launch the Cubyn Fulfilment platform, which integrates shippers’ e-commerce inventories. The launch is made  in partnership with refurbishment e-commerce platform Backmarket.“Fulfilment disrupts the old e-commerce third-party logistics market from the ground up, with a better, faster and fully integrated service at a 30% lower price point,” said Mr Baca. “We are giving merchants a way to outperform their competition in terms of cost, delivery quality and speed​.”  center_img Mr Baca said the system leveraged shipping data from millions of parcels to improve quality.  And software-as-a-service provider Wakeo this week announced it had raised €1.8m in funding from multiple investors, including the former CEO of Bolloré Logistics, ‘tech stars and business angels’, including the co-founders of PriceMinister and Algolia and the chief of Qapa.Wakeo’s system alerts clients to delays in shipments via real-time visibility and is interoperable across multiple systems.   Co-founder Loïc Marzin said: “We will leverage this funding to double the team size to respond to the strong demand, while maintaining an outstanding quality of service.   “We will also continue our R&D investments and grow our platform of leading shippers and carriers.”last_img read more

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Premium / Tech Q&A: Kontainers’ Graham Parker expects huge cost savings as freight tech rolls on

first_img << Go back Please Login Premium subscriber LOGIN Password* New Premium subscriber REGISTER Reset Your Password Please either REGISTER or login below to continue Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium Reset This week the chief executive and founder of Kontainers, Graham Parker (pictured above), kindly shared with me his thoughts about the latest strategic developments for the company he leads as well as the competitive environment in freight tech.He discussed what works and what doesn’t in this new IT age which so often reminds me of a goldrush for many established players and outsiders. It’s the land of opportunity that could determine the fortunes of IBM, McKinsey, Wisetech and others.Toll Global ... LOGIN By Alessandro Pasetti 09/10/2019 Email* Email* Forgotten your password? Please click herelast_img read more

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A Lengend was Born Today

first_imgJune 24 is a day to be celebrated because 33 years ago in Garibaldi Hospital in Argentina at six o’clock one winter morning a legend was born and was named Lionel Andres Messi Cuccitini! No one knew that this baby boy of the head [father: Jeorge] of the department at steelmaking company Acindar will become a footballer and not just a footballer but the world’s greatest Legend.The player started his career at the Newell’s old boys team, smallest of all, born in ’87 but playing with the ’86 team and not ready to give up, and same was his grandmother, who never wanted to give up on her grandchild. His first coach, Apa as was his nickname didn’t want to take him, but after he saw him playing he never wanted to take him off the field.Messi enjoyed milanesa a la napolitana — a breaded beef cutlet with tomato sauce and softened cheese cooked by his mother. But during Messi’s early days, his youth coach Carlos Marconi from Rosario noticed Messi’s affection towards alfajores, a kind of chocolate wafer. Marconi made a deal with Messi that the latter would get a cookie for each goal scored and it became tough for Marconi to keep count as Messi would score four to five goals in every game.To make it simpler for himself, Marconi came up with a new contract where he promised Messi two cookies per goal, provided each goal was a header.The next game saw Messi, as usual, bamboozling his opponents and taking the ball ahead and just as he was about to score he paused, flicked the ball in the air and headed the ball into the vacant net. He then turned towards his coach with an increasing smile on his face and showed him two fingers to ask for the two cookies that he had obtained. His eye for goal endures the same even now, although he might not be scoring for cookies anymore.Now came the year of records. Already Messi has made so many records that the coaches and player including his teammates started praising Messi.“I feel sorry for those who want to compete for Messi’s throne – it’s impossible, this kid is unique.”– Pep Guardiola after Messi became Barcelona’s all-time top scorer at age 24 in March 2012.“In Leo, we are talking about the best player in the world and when things are not going well you have to use him. Even if he is half lame, his presence on the pitch is enough to lift us and our play in general.”– Defender Gerard Piqué explains Barcelona’s reliance on an unfit Messi against Paris Saint-Germain in April 2013.these all started when Messi became the top- scorer of Barcelona and had won many precious awards.Messi’s Golden Shoe collection started in 2010. The 23-year-old won his first Golden Shoe and the collection continued!After 2010, it was again Messi in 2012,2013,2017,2018 and then 2019 making him the only footballer to win the award 6 times and that of 3 times in consecutive three years. Then comes the other major award for this legend, Ballon d’Or which he first won in 2009 and then in 2010, again in 2011 and 2012. Already winning the award in 4 consecutive years. And then the 5th time he was awarded the same award in 2015 and the recent one in 2019. Making him again the only player with six Ballon d’Or award, leaving Cristiano Ronaldo behind in the bot hof his records [ Golden She and Ballond’Or]. Some other awards are with his professional career with Barcelona, where he has won a club-record 34 trophies, including ten La Liga trophies, four UEFA Champions League titles and six Copas del Rey. Some titles with Argentina include:-Copa America Award For The Best Young Player-2007IFFHS World’ Best Top GoalscorerOzone d’Or-2009-12, 2018IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker-2015-17Globe Soccer Award-2015La Liga Foreign Player Of The Year-2007,2009,2010FIFA U-20 World Cup Golden Shoe- 2005IFFHS World’s Best Top Division Goal Scorer-2012,2013,2017Firpo Special Young Player Of The Year-2006-2008UEFA Champions League Final Man Of the Match-2011Trofeo EFE Best Ibero-American Soccer Player Of The Spanish League-2007, 2009-2012UEFA Club Forward Of The Year-2009World Soccer Young Player Of The Year-2006-2008Best International men’s Soccer Player ESPY award-2019La Liga Award For The Best Player-2008-2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018Firpo World Young Player pf the Year-2006-2008La Liga Award for Best Forward-2008-2012,2014,2015Premio Juventud for Most Electrifying Athlete – 2014FIFA U-20 World Cup Golden Ball Award-2005UEFA Champions League Top Goalscorer-2008-2011,2014,2018Alfredo Di Stéfano Trophy-2009-2011Marca Leyenda-2009Best International Athlete ESPY Award-2012,2015Milliyet Sports Award for World Athlete of the Year-2013-13,2016UEFA Club Footballer of the Year-2009Bravo Award-2007Creu de Sant Jordi-2019FIFA world cup Golden Ball-2104Footballer of the Year of Argentina-2005, 2007-2013,2015,2016, 2019Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year-2020FIFA FIFpro-2007-20019Golden Boy-2005World Soccer Player of the Year-2009,2011,2012UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award-2011,2015The Best FIFA Men’s Player-2019Ballon d’Or-2009,2019Ballon d’Or-2009Pichichi Trophy-2009,2011,2016-2018These titles are just a glimpse of Messi’s collection of awards. Messi has separated gallery for his awards and these are just a few of them! And, as we all know that legends are not just judged on their trophies, what if he hasn’t won a trophy for which he was deserving, Messi will remain a legend.Messi added another successful year in his life appreciated by all his fans and mates. Once again very happy birthday to the all-time top scorer for Barcelona and Argentina. Happy birthday to the world-record holder for most goals in a year. Happy birthday to the only six-time Ballon d’Or winner, Happy birthday to the only six-time Golen Shoe winner.Happy birthday Messi!! Support from a 13-year-old fan, wishing you another successful year!!On this occasion, I can only say ‘ Messi,’Keep calm and stay legendary’.last_img read more

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