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Train delays hit 10-year highs for Square Mile commuters

first_img Tags: Trading Archive Thursday 13 December 2018 3:31 pm whatsapp Greater Anglia had its worst second quarter delays since records for its services began in 2004/5, with 13.7 per cent of trains not arriving on time. The operator runs services from London Liverpool Street, as well as regional services in the east of England.A Greater Anglia spokesperson blamed the hot summer and trackside fires for the delays and said: “The majority of our trains do run on time, as these figures also show, but we are sorry when this is not the case.”Chiltern, meanwhile, had its lowest punctuality rates for July to September since 2005/06. The operator, which runs services from London Marylebone and in the west Midlands, had 9.5 per cent of its trains not arriving on time.Second quarter punctuality for C2C was at its worst since 2003/04, with 6.8 per cent of its services between London Fenchurch Street and Essex arriving late.C2C said the increase in delays was primarily caused by a high number of train failures, and it has worked with its manufacturer, Bombardier, and Network Rail to address these issues. whatsapp Train delays hit 10-year highs for Square Mile commuters center_img Share Oliver Telling Punctuality rates for three London train operators – including two that take commuters directly into the Square Mile – fell to decade-lows in the second quarter of this year.The percentage of Chiltern Railways, c2c, and Greater Anglia trains arriving late between July and September were at their highest in over 10 years, according to the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). Throughout London and the south east, the ORR reported that 13.5 per cent of trains had not arrived on time over summer.“On time” is defined by ORR as arriving at the final destination within five minutes of the planned timetable for regional operators and within 10 minutes for long distance operators.Chiltern has not yet responded to a request for comment. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldTotal PastJohn Wick Stuntman Reveals The Truth About Keanu ReevesTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNoteableyFaith Hill’s Daughter Is Probably The Prettiest Woman In The WorldNoteableyGive It LoveThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayGive It LovePaws ZillaLily From The AT&T Ads Is Causing A Stir For One ReasonPaws Zillamoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comlast_img read more

DEBATE: Is ‘Equal Pay Day’ a valid part of the gender pay-gap debate?

first_img Unequal pay is a business issue, with serious implications for risk management, profitability, corporate social responsibility and governance, which will only be solved with a business-led approach. Just as an organisation would never publish their financial results without commentary, alongside this annual reminder, we need to have an open and honest dialogue about the causes for the gender pay gap, which clears the path for evidence-based solutions. What gets measured gets done. Equal Pay Day is calculated annually from the UK government’s datasets on the gender pay gap, and effectively represents the day each year that women are no longer paid for the work they do. While it is a fairly blunt tool, it does provoke the discussions which are (sadly) still very much needed. While it may be in the feminist lobby’s interests to perpetuate narratives of women as victims, blatantly misrepresenting data does more to damage their cause than help further gender equality. whatsapp Share City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Opinion The campaign runs with the crudest interpretation of the Office for National Statistics’ gender pay gap data, which fails to make like-for-like comparisons between jobs, education or experience. More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little It conveniently ignores all the good news: for women under 40 the pay gap has disappeared — perhaps unsurprising considering that the gender gap in university admissions now sits firmly in women’s favour. And in part-time work, the pay gap has reversed in favour of women. Emily Carver, media manager at the Institute of Economic Affairs, says NO. Main image credit: Getty 2020 will mark 50 years since the Equal Pay Act was passed, and 40 years of Women in Banking & Finance. While we are making progress toward genuine gender equality, I shall be looking forward to when there is no need for the debate at all. While the gap begins to widen from age 40, the claim that this is purely down to sexism ignores the impact that occupational differences and personal choices — including the decision to leave work to raise children — bear on life-long earnings. Vivienne ArtzVivienne Artz is president of Women in Banking and Finance UK (WiBF). and Emily CarverEmily Carver is media manager at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Thursday 14 November 2019 4:29 am Telling women that they start “working for free” from today makes for good headlines but distorts the narrative around women in work. Vivienne Artz, president of the industry networking group Women in Banking & Finance, says YES. Is ‘Equal Pay Day’ a valid part of the gender pay-gap debate? whatsapp DEBATE: Is ‘Equal Pay Day’ a valid part of the gender pay-gap debate? last_img read more

BP’s Alaska exit no surprise, say experts and industry insiders

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Arctic | Business | Economy | Energy & Mining | Nation & World | North Slope | State GovernmentBP’s Alaska exit no surprise, say experts and industry insidersAugust 28, 2019 by Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:BP’s operations center at Prudhoe Bay. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Oil industry insiders traded rumors about BP’s exit from Alaska long before it was officially announced on Tuesday.But that’s not the only reason experts aren’t surprised about the company’s $5.6 billion deal with Hilcorp to sell off its interest in the Prudhoe Bay oil field, the trans-Alaska pipeline and the rest of its Alaska assets.“When you’re BP and you’re a massive company and you’ve got assets all over the world, it’s hard for Alaska to compete with allocations in investments,” said Rowena Gunn, a research analyst for Alaska with Wood Mackenzie. “With BP being so large, often the majors aren’t quite so good with the mature, late-life fields because they’ve got such large overheads.”At this point, Alaska represents just around 2% of the company’s global portfolio, Gunn said. In other words, while BP is big for Alaska, Alaska is no longer big for BP.The company had largely stopped looking for new oil in Alaska, and in recent years, it sold its interests in other major North Slope assets to Hilcorp and ConocoPhillips. During that time, BP focused its efforts on stemming the decline of oil production at Prudhoe Bay.In a statement accompanying the announcement, BP’s chief executive Bob Dudley said, “Alaska has been instrumental in BP’s growth and success for well over half a century.”“However,” Dudley added, “we are steadily reshaping BP and today we have other opportunities, both in the U.S. and around the world, that are more closely aligned with our long-term strategy and more competitive for our investment.”BP and Hilcorp just announced Alaska’s biggest oil industry deal in years. Here’s why it matters.BP’s departure is part of a larger pattern in the oil industry, experts said.“There is a natural order of progress in terms of operators in Alaska and elsewhere as the majors tend to do big, complicated megaprojects … and then they tend to transition to smaller operators, particularly private or private equity-backed operators as you enter late-life and efficiency is very important,” said Cody Rice, research director with Wood Mackenzie.Hilcorp is known for buying older oil and gas fields and reviving production by streamlining operations. That’s exactly what the company has done in Cook Inlet since it arrived in the state in 2012 — it is now by far the biggest oil and gas operator there.“We are in a transition in Alaska from maybe what we call the legacy companies into a situation where we have a couple of legacy companies — they would be Conoco and Exxon — with a handful of these newer types of companies that have come in to pick up where other companies are leaving,” said Andy Mack, Alaska Department of Natural Resources commissioner under former Gov. Bill Walker. He added: “This is what we see today.”Hilcorp founder and executive chairman Jeffery Hildebrand has “proven that he can develop and wring out of oil fields lots of production that previously was not available,” Mack said.Industry insiders in Alaska said they long suspected the news was coming.“People have known for a while there was going to be some kind of a change with regards to operation of the Prudhoe Bay unit,” said Rebecca Logan, chief executive of the Support Industry Alliance, an oil and mining trade group.Since oil prices dropped in 2015, Logan said she has been paying attention to myriad oil company mergers and acquisitions on both a national and international level.“I think people have to recognize this is the trend in the industry,” Logan said.Logan said it’s likely jobs will be lost as BP transfers its assets to Hilcorp. But she added that the overall industry in Alaska got used to changes long ago.“We are coming off a horrible three years for our industry. Our members laid off close to 6,000 people, and nobody ever thought we would gain all of those jobs back,” Logan said. “And so people are pretty fluid right now and pretty efficient — they had to be. And so I think they are prepared to continue working in that environment.”Representatives from both BP and Hilcorp did not have firm answers Tuesday on the fate of the more than 1,600 employees who work for BP Alaska.In an emailed statement, Hilcorp spokesperson Justin Furnace said Hilcorp’s plans for BP’s North Slope workforce “will develop as we determine how we will integrate the acquisition into Hilcorp’s existing operations and we receive a list of eligible employees from BP so we can begin the interview process.”“We will be working to evaluate new opportunities at Prudhoe, but this process will take many months,” Furnace said.BP moves to exit Alaska, relinquishing role as operator of Prudhoe BayShare this story:last_img read more

It’s definitely winter in Alaska. Is it chill to go outside?

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Environment | Health | Juneau | WeatherIt’s definitely winter in Alaska. Is it chill to go outside?January 17, 2020 by Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau Share:People enjoy a winter walk in Juneau. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Statewide, Alaska is experiencing the most significant cold snap since 2012. Winters used to feel like this every two or three years. Now, this deep cold only comes along every eight or 10 years.And even though Juneau’s definition of “frigid” isn’t the same as Fairbanks’ or Kotzebue’s, the one thing that unites many Alaskans on a crisp winter day is the burning desire to go outside. But is it possible to safely brave the cold?Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.At Discovery Preschool in Juneau, winter days, though short on sunlight, can feel a little longer.Blue Shibler, who owns the preschool, is overseeing indoor recess. In one area, toddlers climb over plush blocks. In another, they dash down the hall.“I wonder how many balls you could move to the basket. Can you show me?” Shibler asks one of the children.Shibler says these kids are tough enough to withstand most of the weather Southeast Alaska has to offer.“Rain would never stop us. Rain? We can handle any amount of rain,” Shibler said.But the toddlers aren’t a fan of wind gusts up to 100 mph and 15-degree temperatures.“The second they get out there, their noses are cold. Even if every other part of the body is covered: their face, their cheeks, their nose … they just start crying,” Shibler said. “They don’t really understand it. Because they’re used to going outside everyday.”Young children and seniors can have a tough time regulating body heat. But depending on your tolerance to cold, you might also feel like crying.However, state epidemiologist Michelle Rothoff says adults should be just fine going outside in any weather. She cautions that people with chronic medical conditions should consult their doctor first.But generally, with the right preparations, you can be safe — even in the wind and subzero temperatures.“I think our bodies in general have a pretty incredible capacity to adapt,” Rothoff said.Rothoff says there are two things to consider before going out: frostbite and hypothermia. Factoring in the windchill, frostbite typically occurs at temperatures of -18 degrees.“The colder it gets below that, the more quickly it can happen,” Rothoff said.But Rothoff says your body is constantly sending you signals, especially when something’s not right.(Graphic by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)Flushed cheeks could be an early warning sign of frostbite. And if the skin appears patchy white or yellow, it’s time to take a break and warm up indoors.Constant shivering is another message that says you’re possibly headed for hypothermia.“That’s kind of (the body’s) last-ditch effort to generate more heat,” Rothoff said.But Rothoff says a good way to prevent that is to layer up in clothing made of synthetic fibers or wool — not cotton — and cover your most vulnerable body parts: faces, fingers and toes.She doesn’t think there’s a temperature that’s too cold for going outside. In fact, there are some upswings, like mental health benefits and boosting metabolism.But depending on the cultural norms, she says your friends might think you’re insane.Rothoff cheerfully walks her dog in Anchorage when it’s 7 degrees outside. She texted a friend a photo of what that looks like: Her eyelashes were completely frozen.“My friend in LA said, ‘Gosh, it was below (60 degrees) today, so I didn’t go for a run because it was too cold!” she said with a laugh.Rothoff says as far as what’s comfortable, that’s still a subjective experience.Winter cold snap brings added challenges for Juneau’s homeless populationShare this story:last_img read more

Why Key West voted to curb cruise ship traffic, which inspired a Juneau activist

first_imgBusiness | Juneau | Local Government | Nation & World | Southeast | TourismWhy Key West voted to curb cruise ship traffic, which inspired a Juneau activistApril 23, 2021 by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO Share:Before the pandemic, up to three cruise ships could be in port in Key West, Florida, at a time. Key West voters amended the city’s charter in November 2020 to limit the size of ships that can visit, how many people they can unload and to give priority to the cruise lines with the best health and environmental records. (Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Service)Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Voters in Key West, Florida decided last November to reduce cruise ship traffic in their town through amendments to the city’s charter. Sound familiar? The lead activist behind a similar effort unveiled in Juneau last week said Key West was her inspiration. Jeremy Hsieh spoke with longtime Key West resident and WLRN reporter Nancy Klingener about how it played out there. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.Tell me a little about Key West.Key West is a pretty small island. It’s about 3 by 5 miles. It’s densely populated, about 25,000 residents. And pre-pandemic, we got about 2 million tourists a year. … Cruise ships made up almost half of that. … So it can feel pretty crowded sometimes. … I should also say, there was a study done by the cruise ship industry that showed that the cruise ship visitors were responsible for about 7% of the tourism spending in Key West.So that’s how cruise ship business figures into Key West. Do you know how Key West figures into the cruise ship business?It is a place where, if for some reason you can’t make a port of call somewhere else because of weather, or whatever, we will often receive ships — we’re conveniently located for some extremely major cruise ship ports: Port of Miami, Port Everglades which is in Fort Lauderdale and Port Canaveral, which is central Florida. You know, Key West is an easy stop, either coming or going from the Caribbean.All right, so last November, folks in Key West voted on three ballot questions limiting cruise ship access to Key West. Where did these ballot questions come from?They came after cruise ships stopped sailing in March of last year, 2020.It wasn’t just the cruise ships that stopped sailing. The city shut down all hotels and vacation rentals. And the county even put a checkpoint up at top of island chain. The Keys are an archipelago that come off the bottom of the state of Florida, and they put up checkpoints at top of the Keys — there’s two roads that you can get in here on. … So basically, we shut down all tourism for the months of April and May of last year.And so we had this real pause in what had been normal life in the Keys. And there was a lot of discussion … about, maybe we should kind of take this as an opportunity to think about what we’re doing. And a group of locals here in Key West and the lower Keys started crafting a proposal to really change and cut way back on cruise ship visitation.Why single out the cruise ships versus, you know, independent travelers or day-trippers, that kind of thing?Yeah, there were really two issues that they brought up. One of which was the possibility of an infection breakout. Remember, during the early pandemic, cruise ships were a big focus of that. And the reason the Keys shut themselves off from tourism is ‘cause we also have very limited hospital capacity. There’s three hospitals along this 100-mile island chain. One for Key West, which is the biggest population center. And I believe we had nine ICU beds. So early in the pandemic, people were like, we don’t have capacity to deal with a real breakout.And cruise ships, you know, not just with coronavirus, but I’m sure you know with the norovirus outbreaks in the past, have been a source of disease outbreaks. So there was a lot of concern that Key West couldn’t handle that. And it wasn’t worth that risk to the local population and the greater tourism economy for what the cruise ships bring. … So their argument was, they are half the visitors, and they’re only providing 7% of our money.Their other argument was environmental, that the ships stir up sediment on their way in and out of the harbor, and that this damages the reef and the fishing right off Key West.You know, as it progressed, did it stay pretty grassroots? Or was there outside moneyed interests coming in and trying to influence how things went?There was definitely financial support for initiatives, came from locals, or people with an interest, you know, snowbirds, in Key West.The campaign against these initiatives, it was kind of funny. The local chamber of commerce came out against two out of three ballot questions. … Some local businesses that rely on cruise ships definitely campaigned against it.But we also in Key West started getting flyers that had these scary messages about how your taxes were gonna be raised and also that you would basically be defunding the police if these referendums passed, ‘cause they said that we would lose all this tax revenue. And there was like, a picture of this woman walking down the street, and a guy in a scary black mask behind her. And those were from this registered group that the Miami Herald did a big investigation and called it “dark money” and managed to trace it back to the cruise industry.And so what happened in the election in November?The two questions that would limit the number of passengers and the capacity of ships, both of those passed by more than 60%. And the one about prioritizing the cleaner, safer ships, that one passed by more than 80%.Just, the feeling in town, is it pretty divisive?Yeah, it’s pretty divisive, absolutely. And it has been a long time, the issue of cruise ships. I guess the feeling is, it’s an awful lot of people that don’t provide a huge benefit. Or provide a big benefit, but to only some businesses. And that it actually hurts the bigger business of, you know, the hotels. … Because they feel like, if downtown is really crowded, then the people who are paying those huge high room rates aren’t going to want to hang out there, eat at the restaurants, shop at the stores. Stuff like that.And we charge very high room rates. … Our February average daily rate was $370 and the preliminary for March was $436. It’s really high. Around Easter, I was talking to some friends who run a hotel, and the last minute bookings, I mean, it was four figures for a lot of the big resorts and stuff.Do you have anything else you want to add about it that I didn’t ask?There’s been this tension between what you would call “mass tourism” and the higher end resort tourism in Key West, for as long as I’ve been here, you know, 30 years. … That this is an elitist move, that the people who support this don’t want, you know, poor people, essentially, coming to Key West. You know, these are people who obviously would never be able to afford a $436 a night hotel room. You know, it’s a terrible thing to say, you can’t come here, unless you can afford that. And cruise ships are really where that comes to a head.Reporter Nancy Klingener works for WLRN and is based in Key West, Florida. (Photo by Nancy Klingener/WLRN)You can find Nancy Klingener’s coverage of Key West’s cruise ship limits and Florida lawmakers’ effort to overturn them at And here’s a link to the Miami Herald’s investigation into the industry-funded disinformation campaign against Key West’s cruise ship limits that she mentioned. Share this story:last_img read more

News / First freight train from UK sets off as China-Europe rail services soar

first_img The first train from the UK to China left London Gateway today, heading for Yiwu, where it is scheduled to arrive on 27 April, with 30 containers carrying whisky, soft drinks, vitamins and pharmaceuticals.Rail services between Europe and China have seen a surge in volumes as services grow and shippers take advantage of the cost and speed benefits available.Volumes in March were up 140% on last year, while first-quarter volumes of 30,600 teu nearly matched the fourth-quarter peak, according to United Transport and Logistics Company (UTLC), an intermodal freight operator set up by the national railways of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.“Despite the Chinese New Year celebrations, which normally cause decline in demand for transport in the first months of a year, first-quarter volumes are close to the  36,600 teu transported in Q4, and exceed the third-quarter result of 29,900 teu”, said Alexey Grom, UTLC president. By Alex Lennane 10/04/2017 The company said much of the growth was due to a launch of regular shipments in partnership with DB Cargo Russia.There has been considerable growth in interest in the rail freight option. UK forwarder Davies Turner introduced a fixed-day, weekly rail service for LCL shipments from Wuhan and Hefei, into the UK and Ireland.Chairman Philip Stephenson said: “We had been investigating the practicalities of a rail freight service from China to the UK and Ireland for some time, and conducted trials last year, before officially launching the service in January.“We knew there were operational difficulties to overcome, such as transitions from standard to broad gauge track and back again, but we are confident that this has been achieved by our partners and the rail companies concerned.“The big selling point is that the cost is around 70% less than shipping the cargo by air, and 16 days quicker than by sea.”The service takes 21 days from Wuhan, 23 days from Hefei and 25 days to Dublin.Meanwhile, on the eastbound leg, Hong Kong-based Kerry Logistics claimed it was the first Asian 3PL to offer backhaul capacity.William Ma, group managing director of Kerry Logistics, said, “We are extremely excited to be the first Asia-based global 3PL to move eastbound freight from Europe along the One Belt One Road trade route, turning part of the roadmap into reality. We are committed to developing an overland transportation network for road, rail and multimodal freight services in China to Central Asia and Europe.”There has also been some concern, from the air freight sector in particular, that the rail option would take significant chunks of market share. But Nick Platts, head of Heathrow Cargo, said at last week’s Multimodal event that he didn’t believe air would suffer.“Rail can’t offer the speed and reach that air can. And if you are worried about security, you have to give the volumes to air. On a train, the cargo has to be handled a number of times when the gauge changes. I think ocean will have more of a problem than air.”But Karl Gheysen, former chief executive of Kazkhstan’s inland port of Khorgos Gateway and now executive at Kazakhstan Railways, said: “Air freight will be more affected than shipping and the perception of security is much worse than it actually is.”He said Hewlett-Packard now accounted for 30-40% of total capacity and car makers were testing the service.There has also been considerable growth in the use of reefer containers and Mr Gheysen said companies were starting to look at certification for carrying temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals, while Alibaba and postal services were also eyeing rail as an option.He added that he had also seen some rail-air services.“We tested it with KLM via Almaty to Amsterdam. KLM had empty bellies, so we did some trial shipments. It’s a good back-up option. There are lots of opportunities and ideas.“2017 will be the year that China-Europe rail takes off,” he added.center_img © Tomas1111last_img read more

News / Tomorrow’s world today, as automated ‘rapid logistics’ begin to optimise supply chains

first_img By Sam Whelan, Asia correspondent 03/08/2017 © Chanwit Whanset Software start-up Yojee is using artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technology to optimise freight movements and develop a new type of “collaborative economy” logistics model.Currently used primarily for last-mile e-commerce deliveries, Yojee connects retailers and logistics providers by combining an online freight platform with AI-powered software that optimises transport capacity throughout the supply chain, including real-time tracking, pick-up and delivery confirmation, invoicing, job management and driver ratings.Yojee co-founder and chief executive Ed Clarke told The Loadstar he spotted an opportunity during a stint working in South-east Asia’s burgeoning e-commerce sector.“I saw first-hand the disjointed nature of logistics and the complete lack of information being shared in any sort of organised manner. We saw a huge opportunity for all the different players in the supply chain to work together on a single platform,” he explained.Based in Singapore, Yojee has 33,000 vehicles and 592 warehouses registered across 10 countries in South-east Asia and Australia. Launched in January, it moved over 20,000kg of parcel freight in its first six months.At the heart of Yojee’s service offering is “autonomous synchromodal transport”, what Mr Clarke dubs “rapid logistics” – a real-time algorithm that can perform 1,250,000,000 pieces of analysis in less than three seconds.This translates to optimising 400 jobs and 5,000 vehicles in under a minute, automatically assigning deliveries to drivers and ensuring the fastest routes are taken.AI ‘chatbots’ have also been introduced to handle many of the sales, customer services and operational tasks, which allows e-commerce companies to book deliveries without direct human contact.“The system starts to learn how you operate and then the AI runs your logistics for you and further optimises your assets and empty capacity,” Mr Clarke said.“It’s a bit like a ‘brokerage 2.0’, whereby everything is automated and all modes are linked up for resource planning and optimisation.“We’re able to provide a system that drops in on top of any type of logistics company with moving assets and optimise that company – any empty capacity is offered back to the wider network,” he added.Yojee’s plug-and-play capability is being utilised in Cambodia where it has signed up Post Media, the country’s largest print media organisation.“They’re probably the most efficient nationwide delivery network in Cambodia, but they’re getting lfewer newspapers in their vehicles.“We went to them and said you could be the best logistics company in the country if we drop our software on top. Suddenly you’ve got this digital express delivery network ready to go,” said Mr Clarke.As well as managing last-mile, Yojee has the capability to optimise all landside freight movements further up the supply chain, from the port gate onward. It also plans to expand into cross-border logistics, an area Mr Clarke said was “begging for” AI-enabled efficiencies.“AI is not used properly in cross-border logistics yet and even the container yards are not using it to manage those movements. There’s no resource planning between all the different segments in that supply chain, so there’s so much opportunity for efficiency growth through technology.”Yojee uses blockchain to create an indisputable record for every freight transaction, including GPS data, communications and status updates.“It also serves to build a reputation for all participants in the global supply chain, where the more jobs you do the system rates you higher and you have a better understanding of who is a good partner to use in different countries if you haven’t worked there before. It creates a sense of trust and truth and reputation,” said Mr Clarke.Blockchain encryption also allows logistics companies to partner together while safeguarding data and intellectual property. For example, with less-than-container-loads, companies can “share only the information that needs sharing with the people who need to know,” according to Mr Clarke.“So you can see where your items are in the wider scheme of things but not everything that is in that container,” he added.He claimed the company was seeking to help develop the supply chain industry, rather than revolutionise it.“We want to use our software to optimise as opposed to trying to disrupt. There’s some really good operators in logistics and people have potentially optimised it to the absolute maximum in terms of human decision-making.“But there’s a whole heap of new efficiencies that can be created with a system that works across the different sections of the supply chain using AI and machine learning, because if you can manage the item and plan the future resources, there’s so many efficiencies you can create with proper planning and decision making that take into account the future steps, and not just what’s best at a specific point in time,” he said.last_img read more

News / Global Shippers Forum renews attack on EC Block Exemption Regulation

first_imgPhoto 146413051 © Tonyv3112 – By Gavin van Marle 26/03/2021 The Global Shippers Forum (GSF) has renewed lobbying the European Commission’s competition directorate to take a closer look at the liner shipping industry.A year ago, almost to the day, the EC granted container lines another four years of exemption from its cartel competition laws under the Block Exemption Regulation (BER), under which container lines are allowed to share operational data and form shipping alliances.The GSF said the enormous rise in freight rates, coupled with all the other container supply chain issues, forced regulators from China, the US and South Korea to renew scrutiny of the sector, while “the EU has remained silent, yet four of the biggest shipping lines in the world fall within its jurisdiction”.GSF chairman James Hookham added: “Shippers feel sidelined by the granting of block exemptions and other anti-trust protections.“Their rights to a fair and open market have effectively been rejected in favour of greater supply-side efficiency and relief from the costs and ‘hassle’ of checking compliance with normal competition rules.“It is not unreasonable to expect that these exceptional privileges are kept under close review, especially during times of unprecedented market turbulence.”But, he said: “The commission has adopted a ‘legislate and forget’ approach and, seemingly, abandoned shippers and other users of shipping services, such as freight forwarders and port operators, to the fate of a deliberately distorted market.“Given the dependence of European trade on global container shipping services, this ‘supervisory deficit’ needs to be corrected.”The GSF has put forward a three-pronged “Data-Triggers-Meetings” matrix it would like the EC adopt, and which it claims would align European regulators with their counterparts in the US Federal Maritime Commission and China’s Ministry of Commerce.The matrix comprises: equipping itself with sufficient market data to be able to monitor the behaviour of the market; establishing performance thresholds that cover key service parameters, such as capacity, rates and reliability, and which will trigger further investigations if they are breached; and launch more frequent consultations with the industry’s stakeholders and representatives to understand the factors and experiences of ‘consumers’ of shipping line services, given its decision to abjure their rights to the protections otherwise enshrined in the EU treaties, similar to the FMC’s fact-finding missions.Mr Hookham added: “As I speak, all those involved in world trade are waiting to see just how damaging the closure of the Suez Canal will become to schedules, service and shipping rates.“With these additional factors yet to play out, it is vital that competition regulators engage closely with this market to monitor the consequences of the special privileges they have granted it.”last_img read more

We break down Macklemore’s new song about opioids, line by line

first_img Rapper Macklemore has released a new song, “Drug Dealer,” about prescription painkillers and other addictive drugs. Glenn Hunt/Getty Images In the latest sign of how the opioid crisis is permeating popular culture, the rapper Macklemore this week put out a remarkable new song about prescription painkillers and other addictive drugs.Titled “Drug Dealer,” the song parcels out blame for an opioid crisis that kills 78 Americans a day, up fourfold since 1999. It forcefully calls out Congress (as doing the business of billionaire chiefs of pharmaceutical companies), drug companies (including OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma), and doctors who prescribe potent painkillers and enable refill after refill. (In the song, featured artist Ariana DeBoo refers to a doctor as “my drug dealer” who “had the plug from Big Pharma”).Macklemore, it’s worth noting, has spoken publicly about his own experience abusing the opioid painkillers OxyContin and Percocet. He released the song in conjunction with this week’s television premiere of an MTV documentary in which he interviews President Obama about the opioid epidemic.advertisement “Subs” is a reference to Suboxone, an opioid medication that’s used to treat opioid addiction. It’s become a key tool in combatting the opioid crisis; the Obama administration over the summer raised a prescribing cap to widen access to Suboxone and other buprenorphine medications.But the drug has also been abused in and of itself, fueled by a vibrant black market and cash-only clinics that dole out the pills without proper counseling. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not tally deaths caused by these treatments for addiction, but there have been plenty of reports of deadly overdoses from Suboxone.Still, many addiction experts say the bottom line is that Suboxone saves far more lives than it takes.The whole while, these billionaires, they caked up Paying out Congress so we take their drugs Murderers who will never face the judgeHey, look, a (blistering) reference to federal lobbying made it into a rap song.The makers of prescription painkillers wield significant clout on Capitol Hill and in statehouses all over the country. Over the past decade, they spent more than $880 million on federal and state lobbying, often seeking to block measures meant to curb the opioid crisis. That’s more than eight times what the gun lobby spent over the same period, according to a recent investigation from the Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity.Executives at two of the companies that have been blamed for fueling the opioid crisis — John Kapoor of Insys Therapeutics and members of the Sackler family of Purdue Pharma — are indeed billionaires.And we dancin’ to a song about our face goin’ numb But I seen homies turn gray, noses draining blood I could’ve been gone, out 30s, faded in that tub“30s” is a reference to what has become among the most vexing street drugs in the last few years: pale blue oxycodone pills, in a 30-milligram dose.The opioid tablets typically go for $20 to $30 a pop on the black market, and people who get hooked later often turn to heroin. Law enforcement officials have recently reported a disturbing trend: Fake “30s” that look like oxycodone but actually contain far more deadly opioids, such as heroin or fentanyl.That’s Prince, Michael and Whitney, that’s Amy, Ledger and Pimp C That’s Yams, that’s DJ AM God damn they’re making a killingMacklemore’s recitation of the litany of celebrities whose deaths have been linked to prescription drug and alcohol use is a familiar one.The most recent such example, and perhaps the most potent symbol of the opioid epidemic, is the musician Prince, whose autopsy indicated that he accidentally overdosed last spring on the powerful painkiller fentanyl. Prescription opioids were also implicated in the overdose deaths, spread out over the past decade, of the hip-hop executive known as ASAP Yams, the DJ known as DJ AM, the actor Heath Ledger, and the rapper known as Pimp C.Alcohol or other non-opioid prescription drugs were blamed in the deaths of the singers Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, and Michael Jackson.Now it’s getting attention ’cause Sara, Katey and Billy But this shit’s been going on from Seattle out to South Philly It just moved about the city And spread out to the ‘burbs Now it’s everybody’s problem, got a nation on the vergeMacklemore’s message here — that the opioid epidemic does not discriminate in the type of communities it ravages — is strikingly similar in vision (if not in language) to the alarm being sounded by the public health community and the Obama administration.Just last week, in fact, the White House hosted Macklemore for a panel discussion on the crisis with federal drug czar Michael Botticelli.While drug abuse has historically been clustered in urban areas, it’s clear that this epidemic doesn’t fit that pattern, though there’s little good data about the breakdown. Suburban and rural communities in many swing states, including Ohio and New Hampshire, face few more pressing issues than how to fight the epidemic.The issue hasn’t come up so far in the presidential debates, though voters in some of the most devastated communities don’t think either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will save them.Take Actavis off the market, jack the price up on the syrup But Purdue Pharma’s ’bout to move that workHere’s a somewhat opaque reference to a prescription opioid cough syrup, prominently abused in the hip-hop community a few years ago as a way of getting high. In 2014, the drug’s maker, then known as Actavis, pulled it from the market in response to the abuse, a move that sent the street price of the suddenly scarce drug through the roof.And then, right before the chorus begins, there’s a reference to Purdue Pharma, which has been vilified for sowing the seeds of the opioid crisis by aggressively marketing OxyContin. My drug dealer was a doctorVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Link EmbedCopiedLive00:0000:0700:07  Dom Smith/STAT My drug dealer was a doctor, doctor Had the plug from Big Pharma, Pharma He said that he would heal me, heal me But he only gave me problems, problems My drug dealer was a doctor, doctor Had the plug from Big Pharma, Pharma I think he trying to kill me, kill me He tried to kill me for a dollar, dollarThe song’s haunting chorus, with vocals from DeBoo, holds doctors accountable for their role in fueling the opioid crisis. Research has demonstrated that widespread overprescribing of opioids for routine medical conditions got many people hooked and sent them down the path towards heroin.It’s clear that pharma companies targeted doctors with aggressive sales pitches to get them to prescribe potent painkillers. Some of the marketing material deliberately downplayed the addictive nature of the drugs. A trove of pharmaceutical company documents uncovered by STAT, for instance, shows how sales representatives used dinners, gifts, and even doughnuts to sway doctors to switch patients over to OxyContin.And these devils they keep on talkin’ to me They screamin’ “open the bottle,” I wanna be at peace My hand is gripping that throttle, I’m running out of speed Tryin’ close my eyes but I keep sweatin’ through these sheets, through these sheets Four horseman, they won’t let me forget I wanna forge a prescription, cause doctor I need some more of it When morphine and heroin is more of your budget I said I’d never use a needle, but sure, fuck it I’m caught up, I’m on one, I’m nauseous No options, exhausted This is not what I started Walkin’ carcass, I lost everything I wanted My blinds drawn, too gone to leave this apartmentMacklemore’s harrowing description of what it’s like physically to be dependent on opioids speaks to just how excruciating it is to get clean. Another survivor described the experience to STAT as “like you’re living in hell.”Forged opioid prescriptions have also exacerbated the epidemic. Though there doesn’t appear to be good data on their prevalence, it’s widespread enough to have sparked interest in electronic prescription and spurred drug stores to adopt stricter policies to avoid filling such prescriptions.Macklemore also gestures at some of the ways that prescription painkiller addiction can escalate. Take his reference to heroin: 80 percent of new users report that they got started on prescription painkillers. As for injection needles, sharing them can put users at risk of HIV. Ain’t no coming back from this percocetVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Link EmbedCopiedLive00:0000:1100:11  Dom Smith/STAT Death certificate signed the prenup Ain’t no coming back from this Percocet Actavis, Ambien, Adderall, Xanax binge Best friends with the thing that’s killing me Enemies with my best friend, there’s no healing me Refilling these, refilling these They say it’s death, death Institutions and DOCs So God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change Courage to change the things I can And the wisdom to know the difference And the wisdom to know the differenceWhile much of the concern is focused on opioids, addicts often use them in combination with other types of drugs — worsening the consequences. Sedative drugs like Xanax, known to scientists as benzodiazepines, are involved in nearly a third of accidental overdose deaths from prescription opioids.The prescription refills that Macklemore references are another key driver of the problem. A study last year found that more than 90 percent of patients continued to get refills even after overdosing on opioid medications.Five northeastern states have passed legislation aimed at limiting the number of pills doctors can prescribe. (Preliminary findings also suggest that increased awareness among doctors is helping stem prescriptions).Macklemore concludes with a reference to the Serenity Prayer, which became a popular fixture at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and has since migrated to recovery groups for opioid addiction. His new documentary, in fact, includes a scene at the Seattle recovery group that Macklemore attends, where the group recites the prayer. By Rebecca Robbins Oct. 13, 2016 Reprints Read on for STAT’s annotations of Macklemore’s lyrics — which are peppered with references to the faces and drivers of the epidemic — and the backstory on the problem that’s “got a nation on the verge.”They said it wasn’t a gateway drug My homie was takin’ subs and he ain’t wake upadvertisement Tags musicopioidsPurdue Pharma HealthWe break down Macklemore’s new song about opioids, line by line last_img read more

More opioids were prescribed here per person than anywhere else in the U.S.

first_img [email protected] By Andrew Joseph July 7, 2017 Reprints With that in mind, Martinsville still stands out. Even the jurisdictions ranked No. 2 (Norton, Va.) and 3 (Campbell County, Tenn.) on the CDC’s list trailed by comfortable margins — with about 3,375 and 3,300 milligram equivalents prescribed, respectively.(The report generally examined data at the county level, but Virginia has a number of cities like Martinsville that are not part of counties and are viewed as their own entities in federal studies.)advertisement Clay, Tenn.3002.02797.7 Andrew Joseph Walker, Ala.4079.32813.3 Campbell, Tenn.2305.03304.3 General Assignment Reporter Andrew covers a range of topics, from addiction to public health to genetics. Claiborne, Tenn.2581.72807.6 Jurisdictions2010 Per Capita MME*2015 Per Capita MME About the Author Reprints Norton City, Va.2647.53373.5 Martinsville, Va.5201.14086.9center_img @DrewQJoseph Martinsville, Va., is home to fewer than 13,500 people. Steve C./Creative Commons Pickett, Tenn.5542.62742.4 Wyoming, W.Va.2699.82660.1 From Washington, D.C., head southwest into Virginia for nearly five hours and put yourself due north from Greensboro, N.C. There you will find Martinsville, Va., where more opioids were prescribed per person in 2015 than any other jurisdiction in the United States.Clinicians in Martinsville, home to fewer than 13,500 people, prescribed almost 4,090 morphine milligram equivalents per person. The national average was 640 milligram equivalents per person.That contrast underlines the dramatic differences in opioid prescribing across the country as health officials try to tackle a national epidemic. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week found that while prescribing fell nationwide from 2010 to 2015, places that prescribed the most opioids were still doling out drugs at rates six times higher than the lowest tier of communities.advertisement Carbon, Utah2838.02817.0 HealthMore opioids were prescribed here per person than anywhere else in the U.S. *MME = morphine milligram equivalents.And from 2010 to 2015, Martinsville, like half the jurisdictions studied by the CDC, actually saw a decrease in opioids prescriptions, from 5,200 milligram equivalents per person to 4,090. And it’s likely that prescriptions have continued to fall since then.Since 2015 — the last year the CDC had data for — the agency and hospitals around the country have launched initiatives to rein in opioid prescribing. The CDC released guidelines for prescribing opioids for pain last year, and a Virginia hospital association came out with its own plan last April. Clinicians at Memorial Hospital in Martinsville also started working to reduce prescriptions in the middle of 2016, according to WSLS, a local news station.Representatives at the hospital as well as as the local health department were not immediately available for comment. Tags addictionopioidspublic health Dr. Anne Schuchat, who was serving as acting CDC director until Friday, told reporters that the overprescription of opioids has led to addictions and left people vulnerable to overdoses and deaths.That’s a pattern seen around the country, and recent state data from Virginia show how pervasive the problem has become in Martinsville.STATIn the city and adjacent Henry County, the rate of overdoses leading to emergency department visits was the highest in the state in January, at 32 per 100,000 people. Martinsville’s monthly overdose rate has fluctuated over the months, but it has generally been among the highest rates in the state.The demographics of Martinsville also reflect some — though not all — of the factors that the CDC researchers found were associated with high levels of opioid prescriptions. Data show more opioids being prescribed in areas with more white residents, higher unemployment rates, a greater concentration of doctors and dentists, and higher rates of disability and diabetes. The researchers estimated that the factors accounted for about a third of the prescribing differences seen among counties.Like many of the top prescribing places, Martinsville is a “micropolitan” area, essentially a big town or small city. It also has a higher unemployment rate than the average in Virginia, and a relatively high rate of people on disability. But its population is about 50 percent white and 46 percent black.There are a number of caveats to consider. The CDC data were based on the location of pharmacies where opioids were picked up, so people who lived elsewhere but filled their prescriptions in Martinsville could have contributed to its high rate. Many counties in the country also did not have data for the CDC to analyze.Top 10 places where opioids prescribing was highest in 2015 Galax, Va.2557.63119.4last_img read more