© Rattana Rueangha As the prospect of a return to pre-Covid rate levels recedes ever further, relentlessly high airfreight pricing is prompting more and more shippers to look for alternatives.Forwarders are being tasked to understand their supply chains better and come up with creative solutions.But they and shippers see no sign of pricing descending from the stratosphere any time soon.“It will be some time before we return to pre-Covid rate levels,” said Jeff Cullen, CEO of Rhenus Logistics Canada. By Ian Putzger, Americas correspondent 17/03/2021 And Bob Imbriani, executive VP international at Team Worldwide, added that the capacity shortage and congestion at major gateways were unlikely to ease significantly either.“We see companies moving away from airfreight where they can,” he reported.“Our international air cargo has remained strong, but in ocean we’ve seen significant growth. We attribute this to the problems with space and rates and to customers getting better at finding alternatives.”Ocean is the first alternative, but this has been hampered by delays at major gateways, above all the Los Angeles-Long Beach complex, he said, adding that delays were affecting exports as well as imports, and not only on the US west coast.Some European importers are also turning away from airfreight.“Some of our customers have shifted from air to sea, but that means long transit times and different planning. Some are going by rail,” said Stephan Haltmayer, CEO of Quick Cargo Service.Rail transport from China is going well, but it is full, he added.Shippers are looking to their logistics providers for creative solutions, reported Mr Cullen. For traffic from Asia to Latin America, Rhenus has developed a sea-air offering, shipped by ocean to gateways in the southern US and then flown to Brazil, Argentina and Chile.“We’re seeing a real boom there,” he said.Team is also using multimodal solutions to move traffic from Asia or Europe to Latin America and the Caribbean. This is primarily routed through Miami, from where Team uses groupage sea and expedited air services to the region. However, rates out of Miami are still somewhat reasonable, Mr Imbriani said.Mr Haltmayer’s company has developed a sea-air solution in tandem with a partner for exports from Europe to Australia. Traffic is flown in consolidations to Singapore and transferred to ocean carriers going to Australia. With transit times of 16 days, the service has been well received and keeps going, he reported.Mr Imbriani added: “We have to be flexible to get goods where they are needed, when they are needed, at an acceptable price. This is constant working with customers and constant working with carriers.”And he has discerned a change in how clients look at their supply chain – many are focusing more on visibility and control than on price and transit times, he said.At the end of the day, though, price and transit times have prompted a number of shippers to revamp their supply chain altogether, and shorten distances.“Some of our customers have stopped buying from China and now source in their own region,” Mr Haltmayer said.
Sen. Edward Kennedy will receive an honorary degree from Harvard on Dec. 1 in a special convocation at Sanders Theatre.The honor is in recognition of Kennedy’s lifelong commitment to public service and his tireless efforts as a champion for a range of social issues including health care, civil rights, labor, employment, the environment, and education.Kennedy joins an elite group of individuals who have received their honorary degrees at special convocations. Past such honorees include Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, George Washington, Andrew Jackson, and James Monroe.Kennedy was initially scheduled to receive the degree at last year’s Harvard Commencement ceremonies, but he was unable to attend because of illness. The senator has been receiving treatment for a malignant brain tumor that was diagnosed in May.“This kind of an event is rarely done,” said University Marshal Jackie O’Neill, whose office is organizing the celebration. “Senator Kennedy has contributed over the course of his almost half century of service in the U.S. Senate to virtually every major public policy debate, and his influence has transformed individual lives and institutions in the Commonwealth and around the globe. People have been very enthusiastic about the idea that Harvard is giving one of its graduates this kind of recognition.”The afternoon convocation will feature a program of speakers and musical performances by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Harvard students. Speakers will include Harvard President Drew Faust and U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, who worked closely with the senator as chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary in the 1970s when Kennedy was its chairman.Tickets to the convocation will be distributed through a lottery system that begins Thursday, Nov. 13, and will remain open until noon on Nov. 20. Those interested in gaining access to the convocation can visit www.iop.harvard.edu to apply for the lottery. Winners will be notified the evening of the 20th. Tickets can be picked up the day of the event from noon until 3:45 p.m. at Sanders Theatre.Kennedy has served in the U.S. Senate for more than four decades. He has been a tireless advocate of the poor, powerless, and disenfranchised. From the beginning of his tenure in the Senate, Kennedy has fought for the right of every American to affordable, quality health care. His efforts on behalf of working families led to the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1994. He has worked on a broad array of domestic initiatives, including assisting the disabled, securing civil rights, fighting for cleaner air and water, and securing the safety of U.S. soldiers in harm’s way. Major recent legislative initiatives he has co-sponsored or helped pass include the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education Act (2000), the landmark No Child Left Behind Act (2001), the bipartisan Bioterrorism Preparedness Act (2002), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (adopted in 1975, amended in 2004), and, in 2006, the Family Opportunity Act, providing states the opportunity to expand Medicaid coverage to children with special needs and enabling low- and middle-income families with disabled children to purchase coverage under Medicaid.A champion of education reform, Kennedy has been equally committed to both early education and higher learning. He has supported No Child Left Behind and led the fight to make a college education affordable and accessible, advocating for expanded student loans and grants programs to bring down the cost of tuition. Over the years, Kennedy has become known as much for his dedication to liberal ideals as his ability to work with members of the opposing party to successfully enact legislation. He helped create the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School and continues to be involved in the Institute’s oversight.Kennedy was born on Feb. 22, 1932, in Boston, Mass., to a prominent political family. The youngest of nine children, he attended Milton Academy and studied government at Harvard, where he resided at Winthrop House. While in college he also distinguished himself on the football field as a member of the Harvard team.
World Learning/SIT,Declining enrollments will shift full-time graduate programs from flagship campus to foreign sitesby Randolph T Holhut/The Commons(link is external) The School for International Training in Brattleboro is about to undergo a major transition. SIT still will have its headquarters in Brattleboro, but according to its president, Dr Sophia Howlett, its educational programs will expand to the more than 30 countries where SIT has learning sites. Last week, SIT issued a news release saying it would no longer offer full-time graduate programs in Brattleboro. The emphasis will be shifted to developing a new, full-time, global master’s degree program that will instead use SIT’s overseas program centers.In a January 8 interview with The Commons, Howlett said that as result of this change, up to 30 positions on the Brattleboro campus would be eliminated by the end of fiscal year 2019.Dr Sophia Howlett, president of the School for International Training in Brattleboro. Randolph T Holhut/The Commons“This is not a case of SIT moving away from Vermont, or that we’re in trouble and shutting down,” she said. “We’re doing this precisely because we want to avoid being in trouble. We are not in decent shape [financially] and by doing this, we will be in decent shape by the end of fiscal 2019.”A new approachWhile Brattleboro will still be the headquarters for the SIT Graduate Institute, the Experiment in International Living, and the administrative and philanthropic staff of SIT’s parent, World Learning, Howlett said there will be fewer positions needed in Brattleboro and more needed at SIT’s international sites.SIT and World Learning employ about 160 people in Brattleboro, and Howlett said the SIT staff reductions will be made gradually over the next six months.The ultimate number of positions that will be cut are independent of how many people take early retirement or seek work elsewhere, Howlett said.Howlett said the financial issues afflicting SIT aren’t new, and aren’t a secret. They have been present for years, and people associated with the institution have been aware of them. But one trend in particular, she said, has been unmistakable.“We’ve been seeing declining enrollment for our graduate programs [in Brattleboro],” she said. “However, we have seen record-breaking enrollment for our study-abroad programs. We now have more than 2,500 students in our study abroad programs every year.”The trouble, she said is that the money SIT is making on the study-abroad programs is being swallowed up by the deficits in the on-campus graduate programs.Howlett, who took over as SIT’s president in January 2017, said the determination that something needed to be done became clear last month, when she learned that SIT wasn’t going to make its enrollment target for January. The target was about 40 new students, but by early December, only 10 had signed up.“The idea of this new model is to change it around, get us to the point where we’re not in deficit in 2019, and then we can say, ‘let’s take a breath and start building again,’” Howlett said.Pending accreditation, SIT hopes to launch a one-year Master’s degree program in Climate Change and Global Sustainability in the fall.Two semesters will be taught in Iceland and Tanzania, countries known for their innovative approaches to dealing with global warming and climate change. In the third semester, students will conduct their own practicums at any location in the world to apply what they’ve learned.Looking outwardThere has been a decline in international enrollment in U.S. colleges and universities, Howlett said — particularly in the programs that SIT offers. But the sharp increase in U.S. students wanting to study abroad gives her hope.The Experiment in International Living was started in Putney in 1932 by Donald Watt “to burst bubbles” Howlett said, and to expose U.S. students to other cultures. That tradition continues at SIT.“It’s important to get U.S. students out of the country and get them thinking more globally and approaching the things that affect us on a global level,” she said.Two programs will continue on the SIT campus. One is a low-residency program for international education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and the other is CONTACT, a summer peace-building program that brings together children from nations in conflict.Howlett said she has been talking with her peers, such as Marlboro College president Kevin Quigley and Landmark College president Peter Eden, “not to compare notes, but to make sure they know what’s going on.”“On one hand, there’s a lot of pain,” she said, “but there’s also a determination from faculty that what they created and invested in continues and hopefully improves for the better. It’s like a grieving process. You get anger, you get tears, you get people asking ‘why?’ Part of my role is to guide people through it.”That is why she has also been meeting with local alumni in the Brattleboro area to outline the changes. She said she wants to be as transparent as possible and to ensure that they understand “why it is necessary to make the changes.”“There’s so much about the old model that is loved — all the amazing faculty that devoted their lives to SIT and all the amazing alumni,” Howlett said. “Everyone has been working like crazy trying to get this right. It’s a tightrope, but if everything goes as planned, ultimately this will be positive.”Originally published in The Commons issue #441 (Wednesday, January 10, 2018). This story appeared on page A1. commonsnews.org(link is external).
Related US biking pressure group Bikes Belong has promoted one of its senior staff to recognise his commitment to furthering the cause of cycling across the country.Bruno Maier, who joined the Bikes Belong staff in June 2009 as Membership and Development Director, has been promoted to Vice President. Maier will continue to direct Bikes Belong Coalition and Bikes Belong Foundation membership and fundraising programmes, provide marketing guidance, and help lead the organisation’s growing staff.”Bruno’s been doing great all-around work,” said Bikes Belong CEO Tim Blumenthal. “He’s improved communication with all our members and enlisted many new supporters. He’s taken a leadership role in working with our entire staff. More than anything, he’s applying his 15 years of bike business experience to make Bikes Belong more effective and focused.”Maier joined Bikes Belong after many years as a top executive at Pacific Cycle and Cycling Sports Group, where he provided senior management expertise for the Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, and Mongoose brands. He was most recently Executive Vice President of Marketing at CSG.Maier began his work in the bike industry at his family’s bike shop in Ohio. He later worked for the Huffy Corporation and Brunswick Bicycles before joining Pacific/CSG in Madison, Wisconsin, in 2001.www.bikesbelong.org
Now that entries are sold out, the hard work begins in terms of planning for 2015.Hamilton added “The work starts now for us and will continue throughout the winter. A tremendous amount of planning goes into the Outlaw, not least the coordination of 400 volunteers, who are essential to the smooth running of the event; and for many people they are the ones that make the Outlaw so special, so we are always really grateful to them.”www.onestepbeyond.org.uk One Step Beyond has confirmed that The Outlaw Triathlon 2015 has now sold out in record time. The long distance event based in Nottingham, UK, opened VIP entries on Tuesday 2 September and sold all 1000 places. A further 360 general entry places sold out by 5 September.Cancer Research UK has the last remaining slots for the 2015 event, which takes place on 26 July 2015. To get a charity place and help beat cancer sooner visit, athletes can visit the Cancer Research website link.Organiser, Iain Hamilton said “The scramble for Outlaw Half places last month was crazy, and we’re aware that a lot of people were disappointed, but we didn’t expect the Outlaw to sell out quite as quickly!”He added “The entry process has been a lot smoother for the Outlaw and we’re looking forward to welcoming a new band of Outlaws to the event next year. As usual, we have a very large entry from Yorkshire, and this year there are a lot of people from Essex coming to the Outlaw.”Of the entrants, 16% are women. Although this sounds low, it puts the Outlaw ahead of a lot of other long distance races in terms of female participation.Hamilton commented “Obviously on the shorter distance races that we organise, the female percentage is a lot higher, but at long distance there are always fewer women taking part. Hopefully that will change in the future as there are plenty of fantastic role models, not just at an elite level but also across the board.” Related
(UN News) Overly expensive insulin could be a thing of the past – and life-changing news – for millions of diabetics under a plan launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday to diversify production globally, just ahead of World Diabetes Day. Announcing the initiative in Geneva, the UN agency said that it had already had informal expressions of interest from pharmaceutical companies looking to produce insulin and have WHO assess whether it is safe for people to use. “The simple fact is, that the prevalence of diabetes is growing, the amount of insulin available to treat diabetes is too low, the prices are too high, so we need to do something,” said Emer Cooke, Director of Regulation of Medicines and other Health Technologies at WHO. Diabetes can be big problem for years to come – CARPHAPort of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago – Studies conducted by the University of the West Indies (UWI) estimate that 1 in every 4 adults in some Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States have diabetes. More worrying is the doubling of overweight and obesity in children less than five years, along with the high…April 7, 2016In “Anguilla”Here’s what to do about diabetes – 4th leading cause of death in AmericaTaxes on sugary drinks and limits on junk food advertising are part of the solution by Carissa F. Etienne* Think of 10 people close to you—family members, friends and coworkers. Chances are at least one is suffering from diabetes, though they might not know it. An estimated 10% of…April 7, 2016In “Anguilla”Regional Communicators Meet to Develop Campaigns to Address Non-communicable Diseases(CARPHA) – The Regional Health Communications Network (RHCN) made up of communications and health promotion specialists from across the English, French and Dutch Caribbean countries and territories, met from 29 to 30 April to develop region-wide public education campaigns to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and wellness. The RHCN was established…May 2, 2019In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Aug 11, 2020 Oct 6, 2020 CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… You may be interested in… Oct 16, 2020 WHO Chief Points to ‘Green Shoots of Hope’ in COVID-19… COVID-19 Vaccine May be Ready by Yearend – WHO’s… Coinciding with the project launch, which comes ahead of World Diabetes Day marked each 14 November, UN Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the impact of “catastrophic” medical expenses on sufferers. “Diabetes damages health and undermines educational and employment aspirations for many, affecting communities and forcing families into economic hardship”, he said, particularly in low and middle-income countries. The WHO’s two-year pilot project, unveiled on Wednesday, involves the evaluation of insulin developed by manufacturers to ensure their quality, safety, efficacy and affordability. Read more at: UN News Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… WHO Stresses Need for Quick Action Amid Reports of Fresh… Aug 24, 2020
Evans joins from residential developer First Base where he was a development director. He has also previously worked at Australian developer Lend Lease and has carried out a range of property developments across Asia. Peak performanceHe will be responsible for Heron’s developments including Stone House, part of the Heron Plaza development in the City of London, and The Peak in Victoria. Gerald Ronson, chief executive at Heron International, said: ‘Steven brings a wealth of experience and will play a key role in the development of Stone House, a major component in the overall Heron Plaza project, and The Peak, in a prime central London location.’Heron and joint venture development partner Co-operative Insurance Society also announced today they had secured a prelet to Halifax, part of HBOS at its118,000 sq ft The Peak scheme in Victoria. Halifax has taken the ground floor and the basement, totalling 18,840 sq ft, immediately opposite Victoria Station and Cardinal Place. Halifax has agreed a 15-year lease at the scheme which is being jointly marketed by CB Richard Ellis and DTZ. It is due to complete next spring.
Enyimba Goalkeeper, Theophilus Afelokhai has finally been given the opportunity to stake his claim to the Super Eagles number one shirt.He is replacing the custodian of the position Francis Uzoho, who was injured at the weekend in a Spanish second division game.Super Eagles’ Manager, Gernot Rohr disclosed yesterday that Afelokhai and the other two regular goalkeepers, Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa would get equal opportunity to fight for the position ahead of the African Nations Cup qualifier against Bafana Bafana of South Africa and the international friendly with Uganda this month.Nigeria will travel to Johannesburg to keep a date with the Bafana Bafana in the race to Cameroun 2019 and return to take on Uganda three days later in Asaba.In the first encounter between the Super Eagles and South Africa in Uyo, the Bafana Bafana ran away with a 2-0 victory. But Rohr is boasting that his lads will get their pound of flesh in Johannesburg.Speaking through Super Eagles Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, Rohr said he chose to replace the injured Uzoho with Afelokhai due to the Enyimba goalkeeper’s recent form, adding that he would give them equal opportunity to grab the number position.The Franco-German said he is not worried by Uzoho’s absence because any of the keepers in camp is good enough to mount the sticks in Johannesburg.Rohr also revealed that he has been working on getting his team ready for the game in South Africa, saying he is currently reviewing past videos of matches featuring the Bafana Bafana to have a clear picture of their strengths and weaknesses.He added that arrangement has been concluded to ensure the early arrival of the players in their new camp in Asaba, which will hold the international friendly against Uganda immediately after the African Nations Cup qualifier in Johannesburg.“The three goalkeepers now have the opportunity to prove their worth in training to ascertain who gets the first team shirt. There is no automatic shirt for any of the goalkeepers invited for the game.“Our camp will open on Monday in Asaba, Delta State and we are expected to depart Asaba on a chartered flight on Thursday or Friday for South Africa.After the game in South Africa, the Super Eagles will return to the country for the international friendly against Uganda taking place in Asaba,” he said.Newsmen learnt that one of the former regular goalkeepers in the team would be dropped after the matches if Afelokhai proved better than them.This is because the coaches want to maintain only three goalkeepers in the team at every campaign.
Rugby League Brad Fittler has been rewarded for becoming the first NSW coach to win back-to-back series in 14 years with a one-year contract extension. Fittler (pictured) was yesterday re-signed until the end of 2021, taking his tenure until at least a fourth year in charge of the Blues. It means he will become the third longest-serving NSW coach, behind Phil Gould and Laurie Daley. “I am really grateful for the NSWRL Board’s strong show of faith in me and our Origin and pathways program,” Fittler said. “It also means my coaching future won’t be a distraction throughout our preparation and defence of the Origin shield. “Given the year that the entire community has endured from droughts and bushfires to the Covid-19 pandemic, I can’t think of a better way to end the year and lift community spirits. “I can’t wait for Origin.” Fittler has revolutionised NSW’s approach to State of Origin since taking charge in 2018, providing a breath of fresh air for players. In his two successful series, he has barred mobile phones in camp, had players train without shoes in earthing sessions and promoted walking to the ground for matches. “Winning two from two series, the board obviously could not be happier with the way things are going with Origin,” NSW Rugby League CEO David Trodden said. “They were very pleased to extend Brad’s contract when they met today. They have every confidence the run of success will continue this year.” The venues for the November State of Origin series are expected to be confirmed by the NRL in the coming months. Part of that will include news that Game II will remain at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, putting off a move to the SCG that would have been forced with the ground’s now-abandoned redevelopment. – AAP