UK and US should have mutual recognition of financial sectors on ‘day one’ of a post-Brexit trade deal, says new report

first_imgTuesday 18 September 2018 2:43 pm UK and US should have mutual recognition of financial sectors on ‘day one’ of a post-Brexit trade deal, says new report “Given the experiences after the 2007–2008 financial crisis, we believe the two regimes are generally already synchronized and seek to achieve the same outcomes.”City of London Corporation Policy Chairman Catherine McGuinness welcomed the report, saying bringing the financial centres of New York and London closer together would “bring benefits to millions of businesses and individuals across the world.”She added: “Maintaining and boosting the transatlantic financial and professional services industry is a top priority for the City of London Corporation.”A UK Finance spokesperson said:“The US is and remains an important market for the UK banking and finance sector, and we support proposals to allow more efficient cross-border trade in financial services across the Atlantic.“This should go hand in hand with securing an effective transition and future market access agreement between the EU and UK, which will be an important element in building future trade with key markets such as the US.” whatsapp The UK and US should seek an immediate system of mutual recognition to deepen trade in financial and professional services, according to a new report produced by policy experts from both sides of the Atlantic. Owen Bennett Earlier this month, James Bardrick, head of Citi UK and chief executive of Citigroup Global Markets, warned MPs the government’s plan for ‘enhanced equivalence’ with the EU instead of mutual recognition could have “knock on” effects for the rest of the economy.Appearing before the Treasury Select Committee on September 11, Barclays Ireland chief executive Kevin Wall echoed those concerns, saying:  “Enhanced equivalence, for it to be of value to financial services sector, would have to be as close to passporting as possible.”As well as calling for mutual recognition in the financial sector, the report also calls on the UK to scrap tariffs on virtually all goods and give complete freedom of movement to American workers – providing the US offers the same deal in return.The report argues opening up the NHS to “foreign competition” would improve the health service – although the authors acknowledge this would be “extremely controversial.”US firms should run schools and legal services first to “test the waters” before the NHS is brought into play, it claims.The think tanks who contributed to the report include the Adam Smith Institute, The American Enterprise Institute, the Centre for Policy Studies, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Institute of Economic Affairs, the Manhattan Institute, Mercatus, Politeia, and the Heritage Foundation. whatsapp The proposal is one of a range of suggestions put forward by a group of 11 think tanks in a document titled “The Ideal US-UK Free Trade Agreement”, co-authored by Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan.It calls for a post-Brexit free trade deal between the UK and US to include mutual recognition in the finance and services sectors from “day one” as a way to increase competition.The call comes as the UK seeks a so-called ‘enhanced equivalence’ relationship with the EU’s financial sector after Brexit, with Brussels blocking any move for mutual recognition between the two markets.The report says: “Both sides have strong financial services sectors, which could thrive when subjected to greater competition.”It is proposed that mutual recognition exist across all financial sectors (including banking, investment banking, dealing, broking, fund management, custody, derivatives dealing, clearing, financial infrastructure, and, where possible insurance and reinsurance) from day one. More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org Share Tags: Brexit UK trade US marketslast_img read more

People / Lure of air cargo too great for Des Vertannes as he joins e-Cargoware

first_imgLast month Mr Vertannes was appointed into TIACA’s “hall of fame”, and despite claims on LinkedIn that he is “enjoying retirement”, its seems the lure of air freight was too strong to resist.Mr Vertannes said he was “looking forward” to working with a team that has “built a niche of its own” and hoped to play his part in bringing in paperless freight.He began his career in 1970 at British Airways and went on to hold management positions at several companies including Menzies Aviation, where he was appointed chief executive in 1999.After six years in the role he moved to Gulf Air in 2005 to head up its cargo division and was named executive vice president of cargo at Etihad in 2007.In 2010 he took over as global head of cargo at the International Air Transport Association, holding the role for four years before announcing his retirement. By Gavin van Marle 02/11/2017 Air cargo Industry veteran Des Vertannes has joined cloud-based cargo management platform e-Cargoware as its non-executive chairman.e-Cargoware’s platform eliminates paper and conforms to IATA e-AWB specification and has been adopted by several ground handlers, GSSAs and airlines to manage cargo, sales, and operations.Co-founder Arun Singh said: “Having known Des personally for many years and having convinced him to join our team, I am excited to work with him.”“[With his help] we will make a significant difference to our industry that’s going through a transformation with the likes of Amazon and Alibaba’s challenging our assumptions “last_img read more

Why one analyst thinks a Sanofi and Regeneron cholesterol drug will be yanked

first_img Expert view: New guidelines on cholesterol drugs are flawed About the Author Reprints @Pharmalot Earlier this week, Gbola Amusa of Chardan Capital Markets released an investor note in which he took a contrarian view. He wrote that the Street is underestimating the likelihood of a permanent injunction being issued and predicted that it is “reasonably likely” that Sanofi and Regeneron’s Praluent will be taken off the market later this year.As he views it, “when patent owners win (patent) infringement suits against products that are their sole competitors … such dynamics have historically led to a permanent injunction.” Since Praluent is the only current competitor to Amgen’s Repatha in this market, “precedents suggest that Praluent, too, will be removed from the US market.”Moreover, he believes Sanofi and Regeneron will not win a stay — or a halt in the proceedings — while the companies simultaneously appeal last week’s verdict. Most Wall Streeters, however, believe the drug makers will win a stay so that the appeals process can be allowed to play out. And the appeals process is likely to take a year or more, which means Praluent will, meanwhile, remain available. Please enter a valid email address. Leave this field empty if you’re human: Amusa, though, writes that most investors “could be disappointed.” With a decision on a stay for a permanent injunction expected by May or June, he believes it is “possible that Praluent could come off the shelves in the US soon after.” And his outlook is boosted thanks to flubs that Sanofi has committed in the past with filing patents, he added.As Amusa noted, the outcome of the hearing that began today will not be known for several weeks. But if he is proven to be correct, Amgen will be a big winner, especially since the company will soon face stiff competition for its key products from biosimilars. But another winner will be Amusa. Then again, he could also be one of the losers. Related: A court hearing gets under way today that one Wall Street analyst believes may significantly alter the fortunes of three big drug makers in the outsized market for cholesterol treatments.Amgen is seeking a permanent injunction to prevent Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals from selling their injectable cholesterol drug called Praluent. The move comes after a federal court jury last week upheld two Amgen patents on its own Repatha medication in response to a patent infringement lawsuit filed in late 2014. Both drugs, known as PCSK9 inhibitors, debuted several months ago to considerable fanfare because they can lower cholesterol considerably. Sales for these drugs, however, have gotten off to a lower-than-expected start because insurers have pushed back on the cost — list prices for both injectables exceed $14,000 annually. Nonetheless, eagerly awaited cardiovascular outcomes data is expected to be released over the next year or so, and if the results are positive, the drugs could become important products for each of the companies.advertisement [email protected] Ed Silverman Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. PharmalotWhy one analyst thinks a Sanofi and Regeneron cholesterol drug will be yanked This explains why the patent dispute has been closely watched. Wall Street, however, is largely discounting the likelihood that Amgen will win a permanent injunction and looks for a settlement to be reached that will involve Amgen receiving a royalty payment on sales. Leerink analyst Geoffrey Porges, for instance, believes such an injunction is a “remote possibility.”But one analyst thinks otherwise.advertisement A cholesterol drug from Sanofi and Regeneron could be taken off the shelves in the coming months as the result of a patent fight with Amgen, an analyst says. Jacques Brinon/AP By Ed Silverman March 23, 2016 Reprints Newsletters Sign up for Weekend Reads Our top picks for great reads, delivered to your inbox each weekend. Tags AmgencholesterolRegeneron Pharmaceuticals Privacy Policylast_img read more

A serious stomach bug: Norovirus costs billions of dollars of lost productivity

first_imgQuick TakeA serious stomach bug: Norovirus costs billions of dollars of lost productivity By Ike Swetlitz April 26, 2016 Reprints Privacy Policy A norovirus particle. Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Read the most popular stories this hourBut keep in mind:When comparing the cost of norovirus to the cost of other diseases, it’s important to take into account how each of the numbers was derived, said Lee-Ann Jaykus, a professor at North Carolina State University and the scientific director of the NoroCORE project, a multi-institution collaboration in which two of this study’s authors are involved. There isn’t one correct way to interpret the numbers, she said.What’s next?More research is needed in order to develop and deploy a vaccine, Lee said. For example, norovirus is often underreported, making it difficult to know how to target interventions.The bottom line:There is still much work to be done, but this study indicates a norovirus vaccine could be a valuable public health investment. Perhaps best known for causing chaos on cruise ships and at Chipotle, the gastrointestinal disease norovirus may contribute to tens of billions of dollars of economic loss worldwide, a new study finds.Why it matters:There is currently no vaccine or treatment for norovirus, which sickens nearly 700 million people annually. Though some 200,000 people die of the virus annually, for the majority of sufferers it’s not that bad of an illness. However, researchers wanted to capture the lost productivity that days of sickness caused.The nitty gritty:Researchers used World Health Organization estimates and computer models to calculate the direct medical costs of norovirus, as well as economic losses that come from things like sick individuals taking time off from work. Those come out at about $4.2 billion and $60.3 billion, respectively, every year.advertisementcenter_img Please enter a valid email address. Charles D. Humphrey/CDC Leave this field empty if you’re human: “This suggests that there is a substantial need for a vaccine,” said Dr. Bruce Y. Lee, an associate professor of international health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and senior author on the study published Tuesday in PLoS ONE.Lee pointed out that since the costs associated with norovirus are so significant, a vaccine would not have to be perfect in order to make an impact.advertisement Tags norovirusviruseslast_img read more

Scoil Chríost Rí launches Christmas Book Drive for the Peter McVerry Trust

first_img TAGSScoil Chriost Ri GAA Scoil Chríost Rí launches Christmas Book Drive for the Peter McVerry Trust Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Facebook This Christmas Scoil Chríost Rí are calling on all staff, students and parents to donate their once loved children’s books to those who are less fortunate, children who find themselves living in temporary emergency accommodation this Christmas.The Book Drive launched last week and already the girls involved are energised by the thoughts of letting the books they once loved, live again.It involves the Green School’s Committee, the Development Education committee, the WellRead Committee, the Library committee and a collection of students from across all year groups. WhatsApp Twitter The books can be donated in two categories. 0-5 years old and 5-13 years old.As a school we know the importance of spreading a love of reading and what better way to do it than by giving the magical gift of a book this Christmas, allowing children to explore their imagination.The aim is to collect 600 children’s books which will be carefully and beautifully wrapped by our students and donated to the Peter McVerry Trust with a touching poem composed by a 6th Year English student Jill Cushen.‘These books have been loved treasured and used,Now its their time to keep you amused, A dog ear on the corner or the rip of a page,Only means they should be cherished for their old age, A scribble down the side or a name at the start, Points to its history in which you will play a part,Now it’s your turn to read, enjoy or adoreJust as another reader did before.’SEE ALSO – Huge jobs fair planned for Laois in February 2020 Pinterest Home News Community Scoil Chríost Rí launches Christmas Book Drive for the Peter McVerry Trust NewsCommunityEducation Pinterestcenter_img Previous articleIn Pictures: Huge turnout at Laois Chamber business breakfast in KilleshinNext articleMidlands Basketball glory for Heywood Community School Eamon Donnelly RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook Twitter GAA GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory By Eamon Donnelly – 26th November 2019 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, June 2, 2020

first_img Pinterest Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, June 2, 2020 Twitter Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, June 2, 2020 Deaths Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role By LaoisToday Reporter – 2nd June 2020 Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Paddy LalorAbbeycresent, Abbeyleix, LaoisLate of Grennan Attanagh, Laois. Dearly devoted husband of Rena died peacefully today in her presence. Deeply regretted by Rena, his daughter Mary, son Vincent, sisters Ann and Margaret, brother Martin, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbours, relatives and friends .You were loving and kind in all your ways. Upright and just to the end of your days. Sincere and true in hearth and mind. Beautiful memories left behind. Rest in peace Paddy.Due to Covid -19 directive a private family funeral will take place . Condolences can be left on the Online link below.Lar DempseyClondoolusk, Portarlington, LaoisPeacefully in the loving care of the staff of Oghill Nursing Home Monasterevin. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Josie, sons Laurence and Oliver, daughter-in-law Karen, grandsons Tadgh and Harry, brother Fran, sister Margaret (Fitzgerald), brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.Due to the Covid 19 Directive a Private Family Funeral will take place. A Memorial Mass for Lar will take place at a later Date. The family would like to thank you for your understanding and support at this difficult time. Lar’s Funeral Mass will be streamed Live on Sunday at 11am on https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-michaels-church-portarlingtonWesley O’Brien47 Heather Lane, Esker Hills, Ridge Road, Portlaoise, LaoisBeloved father of John, much loved son of Aishling and Tim and brother Lorcan. Depply regretted by his loving family, Aunt’s ,Uncle, Grandparents, and family in Cork, extended family, relatives and friends.A mass to celebrate Wesley’s life will be held at a later date. In accordance with current guidelines a private family funeral will take place.Christopher (Christy) RowanTolerton, Ballickmoyler, Carlow/Ballickmoyler, LaoisChristy Rowan, recent resident of St. Fiacc’s House, Graiguecullen died May 29th 2020 at Portlaoise General Hospital. Sadly missed by his sister Sheila, nephews, nieces, grand-nephews, grand-nieces, cousins, relatives and friends.In accordance with Government directives and in the interest of public health a private funeral Mass and burial will take place.The family would like to thank you for your co-operation and understanding at this most difficult time.Jimmy WalshMayo, Crettyard, Laois/Crettyard, CarlowAt St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny. Pre-deceased by his father Joe. Jimmy will be sadly missed by his wife Clare, sons Killian and Emmett, mother Mary, siblings John, Mary, Billy, Anthony, Jody, and Patrick, sisters-in-law, nieces, aunts and uncles, extended family, relatives and friends.Due to the Covid 19 Directive a Private Family Funeral will take place in the coming days.A Memorial Mass for Jimmy will take place at a future date.The Family would like to thank everyone for their co-operation, understanding and help at this sad and difficult time.Margareth O’Gorman (née Boswell)Beladd, Portlaoise, LaoisO’Gorman (nee Boswell) Beladd, Portlaosie, May 25th 2020, suddenly at her residence, Margaret (Marty). Dearly loved mother to Tara and Susann. Deeply regretted by her loving family, sisters Elizabeth, Ursula and Thelma, and her brother Martin. Also her late brother Alan. Cherished grandmother to Brody and Elliot, her loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Due to Covid-19 Directive a private family funeral will take place. A memorial Mass will take place later. Family flowers only , donations if desired to Charity.Anne Marie Grogan (née Coy)Woodlawn Park, Ballysimon, Limerick/Errill, Laois/Templemore, TipperaryAnne Marie Grogan, Woodlawn Park, Ballysimon, Co. Limerick and formerly Templemore, Co. Tipperary. May 27th 2020. Sadly mourned by her husband Charlie and her family Deirdre, Elaine, Catriona, Martina and Ciara. Sons-in-law, grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and friends.Due to the COVID-19 Directive on public gatherings a private funeral will take place. Charlie and family thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Monday, June 1, 2020 News Twitter Previous articleJoe Mallon Motors Car of the Week: 161 Renault Kadjar from €49 per weekNext articleMoment in Time: Cumann na mBunscol football action from 2001 LaoisToday Reporter Electric Picnic WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook TAGSDeath in Laois Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Pinterest Facebook Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Continuing challenges facing Central Africa

first_imgContinuing challenges facing Central Africa Thank you, Mr President.On behalf of the United Kingdom, I want to express our thanks to SRSG Fall for his continued efforts to support and promote peace, stability, and security in Central Africa, particularly under the difficult circumstances engendered by the COVID-19 pandemic.We welcome the recent progress in the region, particularly the establishment of the new ECCAS Commission. But as SRSG Fall has set out, Central Africa continues to face serious political, economic, and security challenges, which have been exacerbated by the impacts of COVID-19. As ever, it remains important that the countries of the region work with the support of the UN, and together, to strengthen regional peace and security, protect civilians in conflict, and promote human rights and resilient to economic recovery.In this regard, I commend UNOCA’s ongoing work on conflict prevention and mediation efforts across Central Africa. And I would encourage greater coordination between UNOCA and UN country teams in the sub-region, with a particular focus on strengthening early warning.Mr President, the United Kingdom remains deeply concerned by the ongoing crisis in the North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon, which SRSG Fall described. The impacts on civilians continue to be profound. The conflict in this region has driven around 770,000 people from their homes and forced 60,000 people to seek refuge in neighbouring Nigeria. Only 30 percent of schools are currently open.This conflict, compounded by the effects of COVID-19, has exacerbated humanitarian needs across the country. In September, the United Kingdom announced a further $6 million to fund humanitarian actors in Cameroon. This funding will provide vital assistance, including food, medical supplies, and sanitation provisions to tens of thousands of vulnerable people and brings our total humanitarian support to Cameroon in 2020 to $18 million.We remain deeply concerned by reports of human rights violations and abuses committed by both security forces and separatists in the North-West and South-West regions. Among the many reported acts of violence against civilians, the killing of seven children by unidentified gunmen in Kumba in October was particularly shocking. We continue to support the Secretary-General’s call on all actors not to attack civilians, and we call for an end to violence and for unhindered humanitarian access.The UK urges respect by all parties for human rights, including freedom of expression, association, and assembly. We continue to urge full cooperation by the Government of Cameroon with the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.I commend the steps taken by the Government of Cameroon to address the crisis and respond to the recommendations, throughout the dialogue on October 2019, including the holding of regional elections on the 6th of December. These elections were an important step towards decentralisation. Inclusive dialogue remains and achieving a just, peaceful, and durable resolution to the North-West, South-West crisis, which meets the reasonable demands of the moderate majority. All parties should remain engaged in good faith, in dialogue and peacebuilding efforts, including the Swiss-led efforts to facilitate talks between the Government of Cameroon and separatist groups. I hope that Cameroon’s international and regional friends and partners will also continue to support efforts to restore peace and security in the North-West and South-West regions.Mr President, The United Kingdom also strongly condemns the terrorist attacks on civilians in Cameroon’s Far North and across the wider Lake Chad Basin area. We express our condolences to the innocent lives lost, including the 70 civilians killed in Nigeria’s Borno state on the 28th of November. We welcome the efforts of the Multi-National Joint Task Force to tackle Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa in the region. We urge the Governments of the Lake Chad Basin countries, with the support of international partners, to redouble their efforts to tackle the root causes of conflict. This should include efforts to improve governance, demobilise, and reintegrate former combatants, and mitigate the impacts of climate change on regional security.Mr President, I would like to end with a few words about the Central African Republic. The upcoming presidential and legislative elections on the 27th of December will be an important milestone in the Central African Republic’s journey towards lasting peace. We urge the Central African Republic Government and all political actors in the country to ensure the elections are inclusive, peaceful, free, and fair. The UK has committed $640,000 to fund the elections through the UN and support the participation of women, youth, and marginalised groups. But elections are, of course, only one element of democratic governance. We hope to see continuing efforts by all stakeholders in the Central African Republic, to strengthen political inclusivity, protect and promote human rights, and meet the needs of the population, including with respect to basic security and humanitarian needs.Thank you, Mr President. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. 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All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Africa, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, climate change, Commission, Commissioner, Government, Human Rights, Humanitarian, Nigeria, resolution, Secretary-General, UK, UK Government, United Kingdomlast_img read more

Champagne Lanson Retains Feast PR as Its Agency of Record

first_img TAGSFeast Public RelationsMaison Lanson Pinterest Home Industry News Releases Champagne Lanson Retains Feast PR as Its Agency of RecordIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessChampagne Lanson Retains Feast PR as Its Agency of RecordBy Press Release – September 10, 2020 198 0 Share Facebook ReddIt Twitter Linkedin AdvertisementCommunications Strategy will Highlight 260th Anniversary + New Manifesto “It’s All About Love”NEW YORK, NY, September 10, 2020 – Champagne Lanson has announced Feast Public Relations – a fine wine and food public relations agency – as its agency of record beginning this year and continuing through 2021. FeastPR will develop and execute a comprehensive communications strategy to support Lanson’s dynamic new developments and manifesto, “It’s All About Love.”  Established in 1760, Maison Lanson, an independent, family-owned business, is one of the oldest Champagne Houses, and is proud to have stayed true to the values that have guided it for 260 years. With a history of surpassing limits to produce Champagne appreciated around the world, it is renowned for its invention of the iconic Black Label in 1937, and for a range of cuvees with a signature style that combines fruit, freshness and vitality. This aromatic signature is the result of expertise based on four pillars: a meticulous attention to selecting the crus, a traditional vinification method with predominantly non-malolactic fermentation, a rich collection of reserve wines, and longer aging in cellars.With an eye towards future environmental health, Lanson is one of the only Champagne Houses to farm organic and biodynamic vineyards at its Malmaison estate, the largest such vineyard in the Champagne region. The resulting Lanson Green Label – now part of its permanent range – is the only Champagne to have achieved every organic and biodynamic certification. In other recent developments, the Maison is introducing a new capsule range – which includes deep insight about its blends on the back label – and is launching the Lanson Academy, an on-site training center for trade and media.The new manifesto “It’s all about love,” reflects the Maison’s belief that “the world, like happiness, is better when shared”. It reflects their love for the soil and the terroir, the love of sharing and being together, and their commitment to the values of openness, kindness, humility, authenticity, and elegance. “We are thrilled to represent such a prestigious producer as Champagne Lanson in its 260th year,” commented FeastPR Founder Jennifer O’Flanagan. The partnership will encompass a dynamic messaging campaign focused on the Lanson’s rich 260-year history, its Core and Rare & Exceptional Ranges, new packaging, and unique, on-site experiences via the new Lanson Academy.  This will include the Maison’s commitment to the environment and its growers, as overseen by Lanson Winemaker Hervé Dantan with support from Viticultural Relations Managers Hervé Galimand and Delphine Garza.About Maison LansonFounded in 1760, Maison Lanson, one of the oldest in the Champagne region, celebrates its 260 years this year. Rich in family heritage and unique expertise, our Maison is driven by a passion for a job well done and caring for others.  2020 marks the year of renewal for our Maison, which is anchored even more firmly in the values we hold dear: kindness, humility, authenticity, openness and elegance.About Feast Public RelationsFounded by Jennifer O’Flanagan in 2011, Feast PR is a boutique Brooklyn-based marketing and public relations consultancy specializing in the strategic development of 360-degree brand-building campaigns for artisanal food, wine, spirits, and beverage clients. With strong media and trade relationships, it wraps personal storytelling into its educational approach, ensuring brands unique selling points resonate with consumer lifestyles – elevating awareness, excitement, and loyalty among target audiences.Advertisement Email Previous articleArdagh Group and Heaven Hill Brands Collaborate to Launch Premium Spirits BottlesNext articleWomen of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Awards More Than $100,000 to 2020 Scholarship Recipients Press Releaselast_img read more

Mercom Capital Group release a report on Healthcare IT / Digital Health sector for the third quarter

first_imgMercom Capital Group release a report on Healthcare IT / Digital Health sector for the third quarter MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story News Global VC funding in 9M 2017 was 31 per cent higher than the same period in 2016 with $5.5 billion raised in 586 deals compared to the $4.2 billion raised in 463 deals in 9M 2016Mercom Capital Group released its report on funding, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Healthcare Information Technology (IT) / Digital Health sector for the third quarter and first nine months (9M)of 2017. Mercom’s comprehensive report covers deals of all sizes from across the globe.Global VC funding in 9M 2017 was 31 per cent higher than the same period in 2016 with $5.5 billion raised in 586 deals compared to the $4.2 billion raised in 463 deals in 9M 2016. Q3 2017 VC funding came to $1.5 billion in 227 deals, a 38 per cent decrease compared to the record $2.4 billion raised in 194 deals in Q2 2017. The 227 deals in Q3 2017 were the most recorded in a single quarter since 2010.The Digital Health sector has now received $24 billion in 3,258 VC funding deals since Mercom began tracking in 2010.Total corporate funding in Health IT companies – including VC, debt, and public market financing – came to $1.7 billion in Q3 2017 compared to $2.4 billion in Q2 2017.“The record breaking funding year continues for digital health companies. The 227 funding deals in Q3 was the most ever for a single quarter. The third quarter was all about Data Analytics with those companies garnering almost a third of the funding in Q3 and artificial intelligence companies receiving more than $200 million,” commented Raj Prabhu, CEO and Co-Founder of Mercom Capital Group.Healthcare practice-centric companies received $731 million in 78 deals, accounting for 49 per cent of the funding in Q3 2017 compared to $745 million in 63 deals in Q2 2017. Consumer-centric companies accounted for 51 percent of the funding in Q3 2017, raising $751 million in 149 deals compared to $1.6 billion in 131 deals in Q2 2017.The top funded areas in 9M 2017 were: Data Analytics with $1 billion, Patient Engagement Solutions with $686 million, mHealth Apps with $549 million, Telemedicine with $529 million, Booking with $407 million, and Mobile Wireless with $407 million.The top funded categories in Q3 2017 were: Data Analytics companies with $554 million, Telemedicine companies with $232 million, mHealth Apps companies with $150 million, and Mobile Wireless companies with $132 million.There were 69 early stage deals in Q3 2017, including 29 accelerator and incubator deals.The Top VC deals in Q3 2017 included: $165 million raised by WuXi Nextcode, $75 million raised by M2Gen, $70 million raised by Tempus, $37 million raised by AbleTo, and $34 million raised by HealthEdge.A total of 401 investors (including seven accelerators/incubators) participated in funding deals in Q3 2017 compared to 454 investors in Q2 2017, of which two were accelerators/incubators.Healthcare IT VC funding in Q3 2017 was distributed across 26 countries.In the first nine months of 2017 there were a total of 146 Digital Health M&A transactions compared to 163 transactions in 9M 2016. There were 56 Digital Health M&A transactions in Q3 2017 compared to 41 in Q2 2017.Healthcare IT Service Providers were involved in seven M&A transactions in Q3 2017. Healthcare IT Consulting companies and Telemedicine companies had five transactions each.Notable M&A transactions in Q3 2017 included: health information provider WebMD’s acquisition by KKR portfolio company Internet Brands for $2.8 billion; the acquisition of the healthcare technology and consulting business of Advisory Board Company by Optum for $1.3 billion. Konica Minolta acquired Ambry Genetics Corporation for $1 billion; Navicure acquired ZirMed for $750 million; FNFV Group acquired T-System for $200 million; and Allscripts acquired McKesson’s EHR and revenue cycle tools for $185 million.This report is 103 pages in length, contains 64 charts, graphs and tables, and covers 738 investors and companies. Share Read Articlecenter_img WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” By salil sule on October 23, 2017 Related Postslast_img read more

In ‘Solo,’ a battle for the soul, and tone, of ‘Star Wars’

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Abrams was a “Star Wars” novice, Lawrence Kasdan, the writer of “The Empire Strikes Back” and “The Return of the Jedi,” had some advice for him: “Star Wars” is not important.“But what is important is the way people feel about it,” said Kasdan. “And they are very committed to it. What they’re committed to is a certain kind of film.”The question of what constitutes a “Star Wars” film — how it should feel and what it should sound like — was at the center of the battle over the Han Solo spinoff “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and the dispute that resulted in directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord being replaced in mid-production with Ron Howard. Though the pace and improvisational manner of Lord and Miller’s direction was part of the clash, the main issue was, simply, tone.Lord and Miller, the filmmaking duo of irreverent, highly meta comedies like “21 Jump Street” and “The Lego Movie,” wanted to push “Solo” into “Guardians of the Galaxy” territory. Kasdan did not.“You can have fun with the tone but you never make fun of the tone, in my world,” Kasdan said in an interview alongside his son and co-writer John Kasdan, the morning after the “Solo” premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. “We live in a very meta culture and there’s a tendency to make fun of these things before they’re even anything.”The pains of finding the balance between recapturing the feel of Lucas’ original trilogy and allowing a new generation of filmmakers to put their own stamp on “Star Wars” may be the most pressing creative issue before Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. Beneath the billions of dollars in box office and merchandise, there are hints of a growing existential crisis in the far, far away galaxy as it gets further and further removed from George Lucas’ original vision.The first spinoff, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” saw Gareth Edwards booted for Tony Gilroy. Colin Trevorrow (“Jurassic World”) was to helm 2019’s Episode IX before “Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams was brought back in the fold. And even Rian Johnson’s “The Last Jedi,” which according to critics succeeded the most in freshening up “Star Wars” with a distinct filmmaking sensibility, was very divisive among fans.Some applauded Johnson’s changes and some reviled them — and the split hurt business. “The Last Jedi” grossed $1.3 billion worldwide, but ticket sales fell sharply after the first two weeks of release and it made only $42.6 million in China. “Solo” came to Cannes — the world’s largest film festival — with an eye toward boosting global awareness.Much of the conversation leading up to the release of “Solo” has been estimating how much of the film is Lord and Miller’s and how much is Howard’s. But the highest percent might belong to Kasdan, who initiated the film’s premise years ago, and who — when the comic tenor started shifting — felt some ownership of the film.“There is that, no question. I got excited because I wanted it to sound like a certain thing. It’s all about sound and tone and voice,” Kasdan said. “We were very excited to get Phil and Chris onto the movie. It was a very difficult movie and they shot a lot of it. And it was a struggle to maintain that voice and hear that tone.”When George Lucas exited any active role in the science-fiction soap opera he created, that left Kasdan as the primary — and most widely respected — connective tissue between the past and present of “Star Wars.” The 69-year-old Kasdan, who also co-wrote “The Force Awakens,” has emerged as something of a guardian of the soul of “Star Wars.”“Larry, having had written ‘Empire’ and ‘Jedi,’ just figures into this equation differently than any writer could,” said John Kasdan. “He’s in a very funny and challenging position, to be kind of the keeper of the flame and to help usher it into a new era with new filmmakers.”Lord and Miller, who have taken executive producer credits, have only spoken publicly once about the fallout. In November, Lord said there was simply a “really big gap to bridge and it proved to be too big. Sometimes people break up and it’s really sad and it’s really disappointing, but it happens and we learned a lot from our collaborators.”Reviews for “Solo” have been a little tepid (70 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes as of Thursday) but critics have been impressed by how little evidence there is of the film’s schizophrenic production. John Kasdan believes the finished product is actually aided by “the tension between Larry’s sensibility and Chris and Phil’s sensibility.”“It was brutal and painful but what also came out of it are moments like the Han and Chewbacca meeting,” says the 38-year-old writer.Advance tracking has estimated a possible weekend opening of around $170 million, suggesting fans remain excited for the film starring Alden Ehrenreich in Harrison Ford’s iconic role — and perhaps more crucially, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. (Kennedy, sensing the clamor for Glover, has naturally suggested a Lando spinoff could happen.)The popular Howard also helped stabilize “Solo.” He shares some continuity with Lucas, too, having worked with him on 1973’s “American Graffiti” and 1998’s “Willow.” A longtime friend of Howard’s, Lucas even stopped by the set on the director’s first day.“George has a real understanding of what the medium can do in terms of really transporting audiences — which I discovered in great detail when I came onto ‘Solo.’ I began to see how dimensionalized the tone is,” said Howard. “It’s playful but it’s also thematically centered and serious. It’s visual and imaginative and yet there’s something connected to our past experience, in a way.”Ultimately, the elder Kasdan doesn’t think the soul of “Star Wars” is anything too deep — nothing about the Force or political metaphor, anyway.“What drew me to it was there was this guy who walked into the cantina,” says Kasdan. “A gunslinger with a great sidekick.”___Ryan Pearson in Los Angeles contributed to this report.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPlast_img read more