first_img Forwarders are being warned to consider themselves the ‘principal’ when it comes to container transport, amid mounting anger at unexpected storage and quay charges.The British International Freight Association (Bifa) issued the warning on Friday saying questions regarding abandoned containers rank among its most frequent queries.Director general Robert Keen said most of the problems arise from forwarders incorrectly seeing themselves as agents, rather than principals, when negotiating capacity.“Although some may act as an agent periodically, the majority of transactions see a forwarder buying space from a shipping line or airline at one price and selling on at its own,” he said.“In this scenario, the forwarder is a principal, so if there’s a problem – for example, goods not collected – the carrier will look to the forwarder for quay rent, etc, as the contracted party.”According to Mr Keen, forwarders some are “flummoxed” when charges for storage and quay charges arrive from the shipping line.But he said forwarders “cannot simply abandon the cargo”, especially where the goods have been transported but neither the consignee nor shipper can be contacted.“It is impossible to safeguard against getting into this sort of situation if the shipping file has been closed, and the consignee does not take delivery at destination,” said Mr Keen.“Under Bifa’s standard trading conditions, the customer has indemnified the forwarder and is liable for such costs. However, if the customer has ceased trading, or simply disappeared without trace, the forwarder may still find itself liable for the unpaid charges.”In some instances, he said carriers will take a lien if the commodity is something that can be sold on with ease, but in many cases the goods in question will require specialist handling.Then, noted Mr Keen, carriers would then look to the contracting party – in many cases the forwarder – to cover the additional handling charges.“Most of the enquiries we have received on this involve scrap materials, personal effects and charity goods, all of which tend to be low value,” he continued.“In regard to scrap materials, members should note countries such as China are tightening regulations, which may lead to increased amounts of such commodities being abandoned.”Container storage charges have been in the news recently, with one group of forwarders slamming the lack of regulation and monopolisation carriers have in setting these fees.The president of Latin American forwarding association Alacat, Galo Molina Aguilar, recently told The Loadstar the Ecuadorian government had agreed to address the issue. ID 120892750 © Uladzimir Zuyeu | Dreamstime.com By Alexander Whiteman 11/03/2019last_img read more

first_img Related: By David Nather Jan. 6, 2016 Reprints It also would almost certainly not involve Medicare officials sitting around a table, haggling with drug company executives over the price of every medication.“There’s a huge gulf between the political talking points and the practical execution,” said Dan Mendelson, president of the Avalere Health consulting firm and a former health care official in President Bill Clinton’s budget office. “It’s extremely difficult to structure the program so the negotiations desired by Congress would be productive.”advertisement That’s one reason the Congressional Budget Office, the official budget scorekeeper of Capitol Hill, has been reluctant to predict any actual savings through negotiations alone. Without a stronger ability to say “no,” the office wrote in its most recent analysis, the savings would be “negligible.”But if Congress takes the handcuffs off of the private plans and lets them use formularies that are more like large companies’ health plans, Outterson said, “that would save billions.”There’s just one problem: The Obama administration tried to do that on its own in 2014, proposing a change in the rules to get rid of some of the protected classes. A massive protest erupted, with drug makers teaming up with patient advocates and others to complain that Medicare drug coverage was being undermined. Congressional Republicans and Democrats complained, too. The administration quickly withdrew the changes.Another, simpler option is to have Medicare press for rebates similar to the kind Medicaid gets for drug coverage for low-income people.“That is a way to implement a negotiation. Of course, it’s not a true negotiation. It’s more the government using its executive authority to say, ‘We will get this discount’” or walk away, said Jack Hoadley, a Medicare Part D expert at Georgetown University and a former HHS official.Negotiating drug prices “almost certainly means some kind of automatic pricing (or rebating) formula, as Medicaid has,” health care economist Austin Frakt, the creator of the Incidental Economist blog, wrote in an email.A narrower version of that option would be to give the drug rebates to just one group of people: the 9 million low-income seniors and younger people with disabilities who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. That’s the option both Clinton and Sanders chose for their plans.This group — called “dual eligibles” — used to get the Medicaid rebates before the Medicare prescription drug program was created, but those discounts ended when Medicare Part D was launched. It’s also an option that can be manipulated, critics say: If a drug company knows it has to provide a certain discount off of its base price, it can just raise the price.Even so, it is the rebates — not the negotiations — that are most guaranteed to produce actual savings. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the rebates could save the federal government as much as $103 billion over 10 years — a fact that both Clinton and Sanders noted in their drug plans. APStock PoliticsWashington has big hopes, but little power, to negotiate drug prices WASHINGTON — It sounds simple enough: Let Medicare negotiate drug prices and help bring down prices for consumers.With growing public frustration over the price of prescription drugs, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have made that idea a centerpiece of their campaigns, and congressional Democrats have been kicking the notion around in broad terms for years.But policy experts say the candidates and lawmakers are exaggerating how much power the government actually has to drive down drug prices on a large scale. The reality is that any attempt to negotiate with drug makers would be challenging, without any guarantees of an outcome that would make a significant difference to most consumers’ bottom line.advertisement The Clinton campaign declined to provide more details on its plan. A Sanders aide said details would be left to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is part of HHS, and any legislation would just broadly define the federal government’s authority.That could be a problem.“I don’t know of anyone who has thought this through as a realistic policy innovation because it has never been even close to happening,” said John McDonough, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and a former aide to Senator Edward M. Kennedy.Still, some Democrats are quietly working through the mechanics of drug price negotiations — aided by the work of researchers who have written about the subject for health care journals.It’s not practical to expect the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to negotiate every drug in the program, a process that would be unwieldy and time-consuming, Democratic health care experts say. It’s better, they say, to focus the effort on the most expensive treatments — and to allow the government to insist that they prove an added value over the drugs the program already covers.The Clinton drug prices plan hints that this is where she would put her focus, saying she would allow Medicare to negotiate prices “notably for high-cost drugs with limited competition.” That’s more in line with the Obama budget, which limited its proposal to biologics and high-cost drugs. The Sanders bill doesn’t suggest any such limits.For drugs where there is more competition, the most likely approach would be to give individual, private drug plans more power to negotiate on their own — because their ability to say “no” is significantly restricted right now.The current Medicare rules require drug plans to cover “all or substantially all” medications under six protected classes. They include drugs that combat depression, tumor growth, schizophrenia, epilepsy, and viruses, as well as those medicines that make it less likely to reject an organ after a transplant.The rule is there because the Medicare agency wanted to make sure the drug plans wouldn’t end up subtly screening out seniors who need those medications. But it also weakened the drug plans’ leverage with pharmaceutical companies — because there are large categories of treatments where they have no real ability to tell price-hiking drug executives to get lost.“To negotiate, you have to have a credible threat of saying no,” said Kevin Outterson, co-director of the health law program at Boston University, who has written about Medicare drug pricing options for the journal Health Affairs. STAT-Harvard poll: Dismayed by drug prices, public supports Democrats’ ideas Tags Bernie Sandersdrug pricesHillary ClintonpolicyPresidential campaign The idea of negotiating with drug makers dates back to the creation of the Medicare prescription drug benefit in 2003, when Republicans — who controlled Congress at the time — wrote a section into the law that banned the Department of Health and Human Services from getting involved in talks over prices. Individual, private drug plans that provide the coverage for Medicare can negotiate — with some significant restrictions.Ever since then, Democrats in Congress have floated proposals that would lift the ban. President Obama called for letting Medicare negotiate the prices of biologics (which are often made from living cells) and high-cost drugs in his budget proposal to Congress last year. And Sanders has introduced a bill that would get rid of the restriction, and says HHS “shall negotiate” drug prices for people with Medicare drug coverage.These proposals have made good political sense. About three-quarters of the public believe the prices of brand-name prescription drugs are unreasonable, according to a poll last year by STAT and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. About 7 out of 10 Americans, including two-thirds of Republicans, said Medicare should be able to negotiate lower prices for all prescription drugs. But none of the proposals to empower Medicare to begin negotiations has spelled out how that would work. Related: Related: Nobody knows if candidates’ drug-price plans will actually work One reason for high drug prices: a huge backlog of unapproved generic drugs last_img read more

first_img Related news S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector The Canadian dollar and the Toronto Stock Exchange’s main index fell Wednesday amid reports that the United States may soon announce its intent to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The loonie closed at an average trading price of US80.03¢, down 0.27 of a U.S. cent. TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Keywords Marketwatch Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectorscenter_img The S&P/TSX composite index lost 71.29 points to 16,247.95, with industrials among the main decliners. ‘That’s the sector that’s getting hit the most this afternoon because of the NAFTA news,” said Anish Chopra, managing director with Portfolio Management Corp. in Toronto. “You’ve got the auto parts companies in that area.” Separate reports from Reuters and Bloomberg said Wednesday that two Canadian government sources believe it’s increasingly likely that U.S. President Donald Trump will give six-months’ notice to withdraw from NAFTA in late January. With the exception of metals and materials, few sectors on the commodity-heavy TSX finished the day out of the red, as the February gold contract gained US$5.60 to US$1,319.30 an ounce. “The markets sold off this afternoon on the NAFTA news and that’s really been a driver of performance later in the day,” Chopra said. Even rising oil prices — the February crude contract was up 61¢ to US$63.57 per barrel, its highest level since Dec. 9, 2014 — couldn’t prevent energy stocks from losing ground. “That would be unusual given the change in price of the commodity,” Chopra said. “I think it’s in sympathy of just trying to understand what’s going on with NAFTA. … You don’t know if it’s actually going to happen or if it’s a negotiating tactic.” South of the border, U.S. stock indices pulled back from their record setting pace. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 16.67 points to 25,369.13. The S&P 500 index edged back 3.06 points to 2,748.23 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 10.01 points to 7,153.57. Elsewhere in commodities, the February natural gas contract was down US2¢ to US$2.91 per mmBTU and the March copper contract added US2¢ to US$3.24 a pound. Canadian Press Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

first_imgEnsuring equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines in contexts affected by conflict and insecurity UK proposes new Security Council Resolution for temporary ceasefires and co-ordinated action on equitable access to vaccinesUK urges coordinated effort to enable vaccine distribution and for the protection of humanitarian and health workersRemarks by UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab at the UN Security CouncilYour Excellencies,I am very pleased and honoured to address this first ever Security Council meeting on vaccinations.It is I think right that we bring the full weight of the Security Council and wider UN system to bear on ending this appalling pandemic.The virus is still on the rise globally, with the emergence of new, more transmissible variants, which has itself driven increased transmission in most regions, I think it’s fair to say. But, with vaccines approved and being rolled out, we now have that opportunity to fight back.At last, we can genuinely say that we see the light at the end of the tunnel, or at least a light that is drawing closer to us. But this has to be a global effort.The pandemic isn’t under control anywhere until it’s under control everywhere. And we need to think of ourselves as a team working together against a common and very deadly enemy.That is the reality of our struggle. No nation is truly safe until we are all safe.In terms of what that means for us, I think it means have to work to secure access to vaccines around the world, including in the hardest to reach places, including places of conflict and other types of insecurity.And at present, we know that more than 160 million people worldwide are at risk of being excluded from vaccinations because of instability and conflict.So we’ve got a real challenge meet the shortfalls in securing supplies, delivering vaccinations on the ground.There are many challenges to achieving this – from securing comprehensive humanitarian access to managing vaccine storage.Overcoming all of these challenges and the compound challenge they present will require greater national, regional and international cooperation and the UN playing a key coordinating role as we bring those efforts together.Local ceasefires are essential to enable life-saving vaccinations to take place. And they are essential to protect the brave health workers and humanitarian workers working in incredibly challenging conditions in conflict zones who are striving to deliver that help, that vital lifesaving help to those who need it most.Ceasefires have been used to vaccinate the most vulnerable communities in the past. There is no reason we can’t do this. There’s no reason why we can’t, with the will that we can muster, come together to overcome the challenges. We have seen it in the past to deliver Polio vaccines to children in Afghanistan, just to take one example.Likewise, the suspension or postponement of routine non-COVID vaccination campaigns during the pandemic I think is another grave concern for all of us. The rollout of COVID vaccines shouldn’t displace those programmes. They have to go hand in hand.On 1 July last year, the Security Council adopted Resolution 2532 on fighting COVID-19 in the most vulnerable countries. Further action is needed now by the Council to call for ceasefires specifically to enable COVID vaccines to be carried out in those areas so badly affected by conflict.That’s why we are proposing a new Resolution for the Council’s consideration.The COVAX Facility is due to start rolling out vaccines this month. We were proud to host its launch at the Global Vaccine Summit last June – and we’re proud to be one of Gavi’s largest donors. We will continue to keep up that support.By calling for vaccination ceasefires – and by calling for COVID-19 vaccination plans to include all high-risk populations, including refugees – this Resolution and this Council really has an opportunity help get vaccines distributed to the most vulnerable communities across the planet.It would help ensure full access for humanitarian and medical personnel. It would help protect them as they go about their challenging work.So I would just close my remarks on behalf of UK by urging all members of the Security Council to support the swift and full adoption of this Resolution.Our scientists have done incredible work in developing the vaccine.We must work together now to get those vaccines to the most hard to reach communities. And those most vulnerable in those hard to reach communities.We cannot turn away while those in conflict zones are denied this essential, critical protection from the virus.We in this This Council have an opportunity – and I believe we have a moral duty – to act.Thank you. /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. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. 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first_img Published: Jan. 5, 2016 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Categories:Deadlines & AnnouncementsCampus Communitycenter_img There are a few days left to designate monthly payroll deductions to benefit Colorado nonprofits. Have you explored how you can give a little, and make a big difference over the course of the coming year?As state employees, you show your commitment to fellow Coloradans each and every day. When you join with other Colorado state employees and make a donation to a nonprofit organization through the Colorado Combined Campaign, your impact is increased. Just a few dollars per paycheck allows partner nonprofit organizations to strengthen Colorado communities. For example:$3/paycheck provides a child with an individual counseling session$3/paycheck provides backpacks and school supplies to two homeless youths$5/paycheck provides parenting skill classes for a teen family$5/paycheck provides lunch for 60 preschoolers$20/paycheck provides a month of shelter, food and counseling for a family in crisis $25/paycheck sponsors one-on-one therapy sessions for a child with special needsLast year, state employees donated over one million dollars to support more than 600 important causes. Contributing to the Colorado Combined Campaign is another way to support Colorado, and we hope you will continue to show your generous spirit.Donate online at http://www.ipledgeonline.org/_coloradocombinedcampaign.Pledging online is easy:If you are a returning donor, enter the username and password you chose last year. Click the blue “RECOVER” button in the top right corner of the pledge page if you have forgotten your username or password.If you are new to the iPledge sytem, click “Register” or “Yes – this is your first time logging into this system” in the green box above.Select your state agency and division, if applicable.Complete your personal registration information and choose your own username and password,Pledge to support the charities of your choice through payroll contribution or a one-time gift by check or credit card.And you’re done! Thank you for giving, caring and sharing for Colorado.last_img read more

first_imgCHONBURI, Thailand – Marcus Fraser of Australia shot a 2-under 70 Saturday to take a one-shot lead after the third round of the Thailand Golf Championship. Fraser is playing only his second tournament since returning from a long break because of a wrist injury, but has been among the most consistent players off the tee at the Asian Tour event at the Amata Spring Country Club. His 5-under total of 211 put him one shot ahead of Anirban Lahiri of India, who carded a 68. ”I drove it really well on the first day as well, only missed one fairway on Thursday and I think I only missed a couple today,” Fraser said. ”You definitely have to stay out of the rough out there, it’s pretty brutal.” Martin Kaymer (70) and Lee Westwood (72) were tied for third along with Tommy Fleetwood of England, another shot back. Fleetwood led after the second round but only managed a 73. Kaymer, who is making his first appearance in Thailand, had an inconsistent round with six birdies and four bogeys. ”I had a couple of dropped shots and that was painful, but I think I put myself in a good position,” Kaymer said. ”If the putter is warm enough then I might have a chance.” Defending champion Sergio Garcia recovered from Friday’s 75 to shoot a 71 to sit tied for 10th, six shots behind Fraser.last_img read more

first_img Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 ABP to rule on hotel and residential development plan for Letterkenny Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life Google+ Twitter Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre Twitter Newsx Adverts Google+ Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored By News Highland – December 3, 2010 Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp An Bord Pleanala will have to decide if a major retail and residential development will be allowed go ahead in Letterkenny.Allen, George and John  Robinson applied to Letterkenny Town Council for the major residential and retail development, which would be located on a 16 hectare site in the Gortlee area.The project includes the construction of a 100 bed hotel, restuarant and pub, as well as 125 Town houses, along with 112 apartments and office units.The plans also include for the contruction of  a neighbourhood centre incorparating a creche.Letterkenny town council granted conditional approval, however that decision has been appealed – one local resident is objecting to the scale of the project and the impact it would have on their property. The applicants are also appealing aspects of the conditional permission.A decision on whether the project goes ahead will be made in April on next year. WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articlePearse Doherty named SF Finance Spokesperson in DailNext articleFears for the future of Community Welfare outreach service News Highland Pinterest LUH still not ready to restore IT systems Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project last_img read more

first_img Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook Twitter Facebook Previous articleStorm Ophelia: People urged only to attend LUH in case of emergencyNext articleAudio Update – DCC response to storm Ophelia progresses News Highland Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – October 16, 2017 Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Google+center_img WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Storm Ophelia: The latest on closures and cancellations Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter WhatsApp A Red Weather Alert is in force for the entire country with Hurricane Force Winds expected to hit every county.All Schools, Colleges and Childcare facilities will be closed and EVERYONE is advised to stay at home.The Government says NO unnecessary travel or other outdoor activities should be undertaken.And you’re advised to secure any garden furniture, bins and other outdoor equipment before the storm hits.Glenveagh National ParkVisitors should avoid Glenveagh National Park and Inch Wildfowl Reserve which will be closed for the duration of the weather warning.Heavy rainfall is expected and there will be a risk of injury from falling trees and wind blown debris. Smart Farming Progress Event The event to launch the Smart Farming Progress Report, due to take place tomorrow, Monday October 16th has been cancelled due to the severe weather warning.Driver Theory Test CentresDriver Theory Test Centres and National Driver Licensing Centres are closed to the public.Postal Deliveries All postal deliveries cancelled for todayBus EireannBus Eireann will continue suspension of all services for the remainder of the day (October 16th), in line with advice to the public not to travel.It is planned that a full schedule of services will resume from tomorrow morning (October 17th) at 5am.This includes all Bus Éireann services, the Expressway network, School Transport Scheme, Eurolines and GoBE services.Some School Transport Scheme services – which travel on minor roads – could be curtailed tomorrow morning or diverted due to flooding or fallen trees.Scallys Medical Practice Scallys Medical Practice are asking patients to attend the clinic as early as possible this morning as they will be closing at 11am.All Ulster Bank branches in Donegal & Sligo closed(Letterkenny Buncrana Ballybofey Donegal Town & Killybegs)The Seascape SpaThe Seascape Spa will be closed today due to severe weather conditions. For any urgent queries please contact the Silver Tassie Hotel reception on 074-9125619Tullyarvan Mill BuncranaTullyarvan Mill Buncrana is closed today with classes cancelled tonight.Donegal Women’s CentreDonegal Women’s Centre is closed today & the young women’s health clinic -Ilash will not run this evening. The next young women’s health clinic will be Monday 23rd October.Malin Head Community Centre & Northern BitesMalin Head Community Centre will close today at 12.30pm and Northern Bites at 1pm due to storm Ophelia.The DealerThe Dealer “Free-Ads” Paper’s office will be closed from lunchtime today. Their phone lines are down at the moment are receiving emails and adverts through our website: thedealer.ieJJ Reid MotorsJJ Reid Motors is closing at 1pm today (Monday October 16th) Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

first_imgCarriers, freight forwarders, agents and 3PLs of all sorts have signed up from all over the world, yet we have also catered to major financial institutions in London and New York, which was pleasing.With just over 1,100 sign-ups in 12 months and benchmark retention rates in the industry, this is a story that goes beyond the numbers, however.The good news for you is: We are nowhere near where we want to be.Our initial goal was to create a marketplace where, say, a couple of hundreds professionals would interact via a “very innovative” chatroom. In a world where even basic Skype calls are often problematic cross-continents, we thought that idea would rock the logistics media industry to its core.After only one interaction in six weeks, the eagerly awaited feedback came – “get the hell rid of this, I cannot read the content” – and we soon moved on.LinkedIn became the natural extension of Premium, where many of you reach out daily to me and from which I reached out to many of you. In short, we haven’t re-invented the wheel.At the cost of two or three cappuccinos a month, one year ago we promised one “Against the odds” commentary every now and then and a weekly “Market Insight” column.That turned out to be a bargain as we’ve produced far more than that: at least one post/note/story/personal rant a day, on average, often backed by hard data, while several other columns were created – think about the “On the wires“, “M&A radar“, “Supply chain radar” formats.These are all the natural extension of our free offering, “Analysis“. It’s working and we look forward with excitement to our next stage of development.As far as the content is concerned, after one f*ck-up or two we continued relentlessly, caring less about the wins and more about the losses upon which to build our next success.This, this and this are just few examples of stories read by clients hours, days or months, respectively, before others smelled the coffee, and it was fun to see how many other stories developed after you read them here first.Best of all, though, was the appointment of several new team members in the first half of the business year.One, Hessel Verhage, after just one column for us was recruited by DB Schenker to head their Americas business as chief executive officer. Lucky guy, pity he doesn’t get to join our Xmas party next month.Another, our “Macro View” columnist Aongus Buckley, took a breather soon after he started due to family reasons, so we are still actively looking for contributors.As Mike, Russell and I continue to strengthen our senior editorial team – Mr Murphy joined in early August and has been motoring since then – we are still looking to add the right market professionals who would contribute daily/weekly/monthly to deeper analysis and commentary in logistics, keeping the highest accuracy standards.We could do better and more and we will, on the long and fun road to building a 24/7 investigative team before retirement. If you want to be part of it, give us a shout here.Thanks again for your support, what comes next will be even better.Sincerely,Ale PasettiGlobal Head, Loadstar Premium+44 740 22 555 [email protected] By Alessandro Pasetti 08/11/2019 It’s our birthday today at Premium – our first birthday, already!Thank you, thank you, thank you all!In a nutshell, we have learnt lessons. We have sometimes been right, sometimes been wrong, but as The Loadstar publisher, Alex Lennane, put it to me today:“Premium has gone from strength to strength in its first year. While not always liking what they read, the major logistics companies recognise that its unique blend of insight, financial analysis and information from top industry sources make it essential reading.”last_img read more