7/7 London bombings 10th anniversary: Sadiq Khan – “Our spirit of togetherness saw to it that the terrorists failed”

first_img Show Comments ▼ Catherine Neilan whatsapp I can remember all too vividly where I was on the 7th July 2005, when word started filtering through that there had been several explosions on London’s public transport network. I was with my staff in our House of Common’s office and all of us were in high spirits as we were still digesting the fantastic news from the day before that our magnificent city had been chosen to host the Olympic Games. But that air of jubilation and excitement in the room quickly gave way to a real worry as confusion first reigned – and then the sinking feeling as the pictures of the carnage flashed across the screens.  As the events unfolded right there in front of our eyes – the scenes of flashing blue lights, the images of Londoners wearing anxious expressions, and the sight of those emergency personnel rushing headlong to the aid of the victims with scant regard for their own personal safety – I felt a dread and a fear.  The dread was at what this meant –  what was behind this brutal act that’s caused this needless loss of innocent life and the fear was like every other Londoner – are my family and friends okay?  Where were they? Were they safe? Frantic phone calls were made and messages exchanged with my nearest and dearest. Every time I was able to establish contact with one of them I felt a huge sense of relief. But I knew it could so easily have been my wife and daughters, or my mum or brothers and sister, or their families, killed or injured down there in the dark or riding on the top deck of that Number 30 bus. And I also knew that men and women, young and old, married and single, would not be returning home to their housemates or loved ones that night. I felt shock at the thought of Londoners killed while aboard public transport – travelling along the very arteries that keep the city’s beating heart alive, that I’ve travelled everyday, all my life. The sense of trauma was followed by anger and disgust that men claiming to be Muslims were responsible for these attacks. I’m one of the 600,000 Muslim Londoners and I’m proud of my faith. But I felt utter revulsion when I heard that people who say they share my religion, pray to the same God and follow the same Quran, could inflict such horror on other human beings. Especially here where we are proud of our traditions of tolerance and respect.  They were not following the same teachings I had been taught from the Quran or our Prophet. A Prophet who preached compassion, mercy and forgiveness – who taught that killing an innocent person is like killing entire humanity. Neither was this my Islam – but a twisted and perverted form of it, a million miles away from the peaceful and tolerant version I and countless others follow.  I prayed for the victims of the attacks and their families and friends too. And then my thoughts turned to the inevitable backlash that would follow against the kind of communities I grew up in, where I knew this senseless slaughter would be abhorred and condemned unequivocally. But out of the darkness of that day, London’s irrepressible spirit shone through. The city simply refused to give in to the extremists or accept their narratives. Peace and solidarity triumphed over hate and the next day its people returned in their millions to the buses and tubes. It was a silent display of defiance that sent a powerful message to the terrorists – we stand together, side by side, and we will not be cowed nor divided by your actions. And so 10 years on, as I reflect on that tragic day, which affected me profoundly as it did so many other Londoners, I am acutely aware that we must never forget those who lost their lives. Their families are still suffering today. But equally I am aware also that we must never forget the unity we – Londoners – showed in its aftermath. Where an attack on London was viewed as an attack on us all. And where the confidence we placed in our values and our spirit of togetherness ultimately saw to it that the terrorists failed. Tags: 7/7 London bombings London mayoral election 2016 People Sadiq Khancenter_img Share whatsapp Monday 6 July 2015 6:08 am 7/7 London bombings 10th anniversary: Sadiq Khan – “Our spirit of togetherness saw to it that the terrorists failed” last_img read more

Analysis: will UASC provide some balance as Hapag-Lloyd walks a tightrope?

first_img The interim results of Hapag-Lloyd were uninspiring, to say the least.Not only is the world’s fourth-largest box line struggling to cope with a sluggish business cycle, but it is debatable whether the short-term benefits of its acquisition-led strategy outweigh the long-term risks such corporate actions could bring.Revenues continued to fall in the first half of the year, while front-loaded synergies stemming from previous deal-making seem to have vanished. Hapag booked almost €900m less in turnover than a year earlier, while its underlying profitability shrank at a rather fast clip.While it so far has bought precious time in a difficult environment – even managing to get away with a fully-priced float at end of 2015 – hefty losses have been the inevitable outcome for investors who committed to its IPO in November. Its quarterly trading update disappointed executives, but those who followed our coverage earlier this year likely knew that bad news had to be expected.Yet the good news now is that we’ll soon learn more about the acquisition of United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), whose assets, six Triple-E vessels, ought to give a fillip to the German container line – although it’s hard to fathom why growth at any price makes any sense in this market.ProblemsUndoubtedly, Hapag-Lloyd’s financial position has been highly problematic for some time, and the fact that its stock trades in distressed territory, based on price against tangible book value, testifies to that. It could get worse, however, while further deterioration in its equity value would heighten the risk of impairments and write-downs, which could have consequences on existing agreements with its lenders.Hapag is still walking a tightrope and, arguably, the situation might have soon become untenable had it not opted to engage with UASC this year – understandably, in a low environment for freight rates, urgency is now being felt to complete the deal.“In this difficult competitive environment, it is very important to complete the transaction with UASC as quickly as possible,” chief executive Habben Jansen told reporters last week, adding that annual net synergies of at least $400m are expected from “2019 onwards.”Beyond dwindling salesBased on first-half numbers, and excluding UASC’s figures, which are undisclosed but will be consolidated starting early 2017 if the deal receives the green light from regulators, Hapag’s annualised Ebitda could hit €500-550m in 2016. That implies a forward net leverage of up to 6.6 times, assuming unchanged cash balances on 31 December this year. It reported €3.8bn of gross debt and $473m of cash and cash equivalents at the end of June.The 17% drop in first-half sales to €3.8bn was more pronounced than the drop in core transport expenses, which came in at €3.2bn, yielding almost €40m of losses at Ebit level. Operational hurdles hurt its cash flow profile, with operating cash flow falling to €203m in H1, down 37.4% from €324m year-on-year.On the bright side, it burned less cash than in the first half of 2015, once investing and financing cash flows were added to operating cash flow, but Hapag used more debt and invested less than in the previous year. This was in order to shore up its finances as executives arguably paid full attention to working capital management.For a carrier with such a stretched capital structure, negative working capital can be highly problematic and could even trigger a debt restructuring, also because in Hapag’s case it widened significantly in the first half of the year. This clearly suggests that double or quits was the name of the game for its managers when they came up with the idea of acquiring UASC.Similarities Hapag had no choice but to buy cash-strapped Chile’s Compania SudAmericana de Vapores (CSAV) a couple of years ago, yet that tie-up only partly mitigated some structural problems.The UASC deal now resembles the CSAV transaction, at least judging from the $400m cash call that will ensue once the transaction is completed, as well as the amount of expected synergies.When the CSAV takeover was announced in 2014, Hapag-Lloyd said it had planned to inject $500m of new equity in the combined entity within a year, while now it expects a cash call of $400m within six months from closing. The level of targeted synergy in the UASC merger is also similar, although the UASC integration may take a bit longer to generate significant cost savings, meaning that Hapag and its advisors might have decided to bet on a rebound in container shipping rates and volumes to justify their projections.The carrier said last week that, following the purchase of UASC, “Hapag-Lloyd is expected to reach a transport capacity of approximately 1.6 million teu, an annual transport volume of around 10 million teu and revenue of approximately $12bn, putting it ahead of its nearest competitors”.At a time when everybody blames a glut of shipping capacity for the fall in rates – which might have further to fall, although the bottom “is now in sight”, one shipping expert told me today – Hapag is going for scale. It is bulking up to find an answer to its financial woes in a market where the odds are short that the idled fleet of containerships would grow rapidly in the coming weeks as owners decide to park redundant ships after their time charters expire, as we recently argued. By Alessandro Pasetti 19/08/2016last_img read more

Pharmalittle: FDA to reduce use of dogs in tests; another setback for a Pfizer immunotherapy drug

first_img Ed Silverman GET STARTED [email protected] What is it? Pharmalittle: FDA to reduce use of dogs in tests; another setback for a Pfizer immunotherapy drug Pharmalot Log In | Learn More What’s included? Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. By Ed Silverman Nov. 20, 2018 Reprintscenter_img Tags drug developmentpharmaceuticalspharmalittleresearchSTAT+ @Pharmalot About the Author Reprints Hello, everyone, and how are you today? We are doing just fine, thank you, especially now that things have quieted down on the Pharmalot campus. The short people have left for the local schoolhouse and gainful employment, respectively, and the official mascots are quietly dreaming of treats. As for us, we are firing up the trusty coffee kettle to brew a few cups of needed stimulation. Our preferences today are for peppermint mocha and butter pecan. Such a decision. Meanwhile, here are some tidbits to get you going. Hope today is a splendid and productive day. And, as always, do stay in touch. We appreciate your suggestions and tips …A recent acquisition streak by Novartis (NVS) is pivoting the company toward new treatments that bear little resemblance to traditional drugs, The Wall Street Journal explains. The drug maker has spent nearly $15 billion in the past year to build its presence in cutting-edge areas of medical research, including gene therapy, or treatments that introduce new DNA into the body, and radiopharmaceuticals, which are drugs that carry radioactive particles to tumors for close-range radiotherapy. Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Alex Hogan/STAT STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTEDlast_img read more

Pfizer and BioNTech speed up timeline for offering Covid-19 vaccine to placebo volunteers

first_img @matthewherper By Matthew Herper Jan. 1, 2021 Reprints 3 biotech trends to watch in 2021 [email protected] Privacy Policy Michael Tovar, a volunteer who had been publicly campaigning for Pfizer to offer the vaccine more quickly to participants in the 44,000-person clinical trial, thanked the company and its chief executive on Twitter. Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Senior Writer, Medicine, Editorial Director of Events Matthew covers medical innovation — both its promise and its perils. A pharmacist prepares the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for administration. Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images Leave this field empty if you’re human: Goodman laid out a complicated scheme, known as a double-blind crossover study, in which all volunteers who wanted to be sure they received the vaccine would be offered two more shots. Those who had received the vaccine would be offered placebo, and those who had received placebo would be offered the vaccine.William Gruber, one of Pfizer’s top vaccine executives, argued that this plan was unworkable. Essentially, it would require running a large part of the study a second time.Instead, Pfizer set out a plan in which volunteers who wanted the vaccine could receive it when they would be eligible to receive the vaccine in their local area. Health care personnel or residents in long-term care facilities, who were already eligible to be vaccinated, would get the vaccine immediately.“If you are not health care personnel or a resident in a long-term care facility (or in any other future added group), we will discuss an option to transition from the placebo group to the vaccine group at your fourth study visit, approximately six months after you originally received your second injection,” a letter sent to participants in late December said. “We respectfully ask that you wait until Study Visit #4 to discuss the Vaccine Transition Option.”This complicated process was moving forward quickly, because many of the participants in the study were health care providers. According to the letter obtained by STAT, 2,000 volunteers who received placebo have already gotten their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. But it was clear that others would have to wait.But then, on Dec. 17, the FDA held another advisory meeting, this time for Moderna’s vaccine, which had been developed more closely with Operation Warp Speed. Again, Goodman made his presentation. A researcher representing Moderna made a case, as Pfizer had, that his idea was impractical, and laid out a plan for giving placebo-receiving volunteers the vaccine much faster than Pfizer would. They would not have to wait until they were eligible to get vaccinated outside the trial.The FDA’s advisers spent considerable time comparing Goodman’s plan to Moderna’s, eventually agreeing that Goodman’s was unworkable. But they spent little time comparing Pfizer’s plan, which delayed vaccine longer, to Moderna’s.That left Pfizer in a bind, as more and more volunteers publicly protested that they should be offered the vaccine if they received placebo.Alan S. Goldsmith, a retired physician in Florida who volunteered for the Pfizer trial, told STAT that he and his wife, who also volunteered for the study, did not even expect they’d get the vaccine if they were in the placebo group. They just wanted to know if they had already received the vaccine. “What it would allow us to do is know our vaccination status which might allow a little more freedom to do things like visit our grandchildren,” he wrote.On Dec. 23, Moncef Slaoui, the head of Operation Warp Speed, told reporters that he thought volunteers who had received placebo should receive the vaccine at once, contradicting the FDA. He also called the Pfizer plan intellectually elegant but impractical, saying that with different requirements for vaccination in all 50 states, it would be difficult to administer.Pfizer was apparently already working to make its plan for crossover more like Moderna’s. New language posted on its website for trial participants on New Year’s Eve stated that vaccine doses had been secured, and that it and BioNTech aimed for all participants who received the placebo to have the opportunity to get their first dose of the vaccine by March 1, if they choose to.A letter from Nicholas Kitchin, a senior director in Pfizer’s vaccine clinical research and development group, struck a cheerful tone for a clinical document.“We recognize that our clinical trial participants are selfless volunteers who have made the important choice to make a difference and fight this pandemic,” Kitchin wrote.“While the study continues to be blinded to answer important public health questions such as persistence of protection, longer term safety and protection from asymptomatic infections, we are committed to ensuring that our trial participants are recognized for their contributions and that placebo recipients who wish to can receive BNT162b2 within the study.” HealthPfizer and BioNTech speed up timeline for offering Covid-19 vaccine to placebo volunteers Tags Coronavirusvaccine Pfizer and BioNTech revealed the decision on a website for clinical trial participants and in a letter, obtained by STAT, that was sent to researchers conducting the clinical trial.The letter to researchers indicated they are also asking participants to take additional Covid tests, to be conducted by clinical trial volunteers at home, to help understand whether the vaccine, which reduces symptomatic infections by 95%, also prevents asymptomatic infection. The answer to that question is important; currently, there is no way to know whether people who received the vaccine can still transmit it to others.In medicine, the most reliable answers about treatments and preventatives come from double-blind placebo-controlled trials. This means that patients are randomly assigned to receive either the treatment, in this case a vaccine, or placebo. Neither they nor their doctor knows what they have received. In many trials, such as those for cancer, it’s simply assumed that patients who received placebo will get the treatment once the study is completed. This step is known as crossover.But the matter of how placebo crossover should be handled during a pandemic was left open by both the FDA and the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed effort, which sped vaccine development, when the studies began in July. Consent forms given to volunteers, obtained by STAT, made no mention of when or if those who received placebo would get the two-dose vaccine.At a Dec. 10 meeting of an advisory committee regarding the emergency use authorization of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, the FDA discussed how the placebo crossover should be handled. At that session, Steven Goodman, associate dean of clinical and translational research at the Stanford University School of Medicine, argued that there was no ethical reason that volunteers in the placebo group deserved to receive vaccine before the general public. Matthew Herper Related: “Thank you for listening and for changing your study protocol to allow for speedy vaccination of your placebo arm,” Tovar wrote. “You have made this New Year so much brighter for the 22,000 placebo volunteers that stepped up for this vaccine.”advertisement Pfizer and its partner BioNTech plan to offer their Covid-19 vaccine to any clinical trial volunteer who received placebo by March 1, several months earlier than initially planned.The decision represents the conclusion of a complex and public kabuki dance between the Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, and vaccine volunteers, as well as with Moderna, which developed its own Covid-19 vaccine. The FDA and its advisers pushed hard for volunteers to remain on placebo as long as possible to gather more safety and efficacy data about the vaccines, while the companies argued volunteers should receive the vaccines sooner for both ethical and practical reasons.Among some trial participants, the issue had become fraught, with many protesting further delays in heated messages on social media and in letters to media organizations, including STAT.advertisement Please enter a valid email address. About the Author Reprintslast_img read more

Number of Appeal Court Judges to be Increased

first_imgRelatedNumber of Appeal Court Judges to be Increased RelatedNumber of Appeal Court Judges to be Increased Advertisements RelatedNumber of Appeal Court Judges to be Increasedcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Cabinet has approved a recommendation for the maximum number of Judges of the Court of Appeal to be increased to 10.Speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing, yesterday (June 4), at Jamaica House, Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia Grange, noted that this measure would increase the capacity of the Appeal Court to address, in a timely manner, its increased case load.This also forms part of a broader strategy to achieve significant improvement in the administration of the justice system.“Approval was also given for the issuing of drafting instructions to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel for the necessary amendments to the Judicature (Appellate Jurisdiction) Act, to give effect to the proposal,” Miss Grange informed.In the meantime, Cabinet approved the award of a contract for the supply of external audit services to the National Water Commission (NWC). Also, a contract in the sum of $50,234,800 was awarded to KPMG for the provision of external audit services to the NWC for an initial period of seven years.KPMG is a global network of professional services firms that offer audit, tax and advisory services.Additionally, Ackendown Newtown Development Company Limited (ANDCo.) (Sandals Whitehouse Hotel) has been awarded a contract for placement of an insurance coverage.Cabinet also gave approval for the award of a contract in the sum of US$999,648 to Allied Insurance Brokers Limited (AIB).“This contract relates to the provision of insurance coverage for ANDCo., in respect of the Sandals Whitehouse Hotel for the three-year period 2008/09 to 2010/11,” Miss Grange said. Number of Appeal Court Judges to be Increased UncategorizedJune 6, 2008last_img read more

Bringing Macquarie Point to life sooner

first_imgBringing Macquarie Point to life sooner Michael Ferguson,Minister for State GrowthThe inter-generational Macquarie Point waterfront development will be brought to life much earlier than ever envisaged, supporting jobs and stimulating the economy along the way.The Tasmanian Liberal Government is delivering an historic $5 billion infrastructure program across the state, underpinning 25,000 jobs and giving businesses the confidence and continuity they need.A key part of this plan is supporting major investments like the TT-Line vessel replacements, as well as projects like the Macquarie Point development.We will continue to take the opportunity to realise projects that are making a real difference to our state. Projects such as the Macquarie Point development, which has the potential to rival South Bank and other landmark waterfront precincts.The Government will provide $6.6 million this year for the Macquarie Point Development Corporation to continue advancing the site’s development.We will also provide around $71 million over the next three years, with the terms and conditions of the funding required to be worked through. It is expected that commercial land sales and other revenue will offset that amount in the longer-term.Not only will this mean Tasmanians can enjoy this first-class waterfront precinct sooner, but it will provide jobs for the civil and commercial construction sectors.This certainty will get the next development stage to market sooner, over the next three years, providing the foundation for around half a billion dollars of investment to take place, so that this fantastic waterfront precinct can come alive for all Tasmanians to enjoy.Since the Corporation received approval for its masterplan in October 2019, it has undertaken more than 80 per cent of the site remediation, is negotiating with the two shortlisted developers for the first parcel of land ‘The Escarpment’, has built the road and supporting infrastructure, and has undertaken a range of pre-feasibility work for future stages.This has all been achieved within the original grant deed funding.While we have delivered these remediation works under budget, there is still more to do, and now is the time to accelerate this work and attract investment in our state.I look forward to seeing cranes in the sky soon on this city shaping urban renewal project, the likes that Tasmania has not seen before. /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. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, bank, Economy, Ferguson, future, Government, infrastructure, Investment, jobs, market, Minister, project, revenue, sales, TAS, Tasmania, Tassielast_img read more

'Engineering Days' To Feature Egg Drop, Carnival, Sporting Events

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 12, 2001 Students in the College of Engineering and Applied Science will apply their design skills and engineering know-how for the sheer fun of it April 16-20 as they compete in the annual Egg Drop and Model Rocket Competition, two of the highlights of Engineering Days 2001 at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Engineering Days, or “E-Days,” is a weeklong, tongue-in-cheek celebration of the engineering profession organized by students each spring. Students throughout the Boulder campus are invited to participate. Engineering Days events are scheduled Monday through Friday of next week. Events are listed below and all events are free. For more information, call the University of Colorado Engineering Council at (303) 492-7475.o Monday-Friday April 16- 20Sporting Events – Ultimate Frisbee and Capture the Flag will feature weeklong competition at the business field and other campus locations, with prizes.o Wednesday April 18Concert – A capella groups will be featured including “In the Buff” and “Bufferzone,” at 7 p.m. in the Math Building Auditorium. o Thursday April 19Egg Drop – Students design and build contraptions that allow an egg to survive a seven-story drop from the Engineering Tower. Prizes are awarded for the best designs. Competition starts at 2 p.m. and spectators will gather at the Engineering Center’s west entrance. The drop is sponsored by Theta Tau professional engineering fraternity.Movie Night – Movies will start at 7 p.m. on the Engineering Quad, the residence hall quad west of the Engineering Center, and are sponsored by the Quad Squad.o Friday April 20Engineering Carnival – The carnival features a barbecue, music, carnival games and a model rocket competition from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Engineering Quad. Co-sponsors of the carnival are campus professional engineering societies and honor societies.last_img read more

Yard House to Tap Exclusive Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged IPA August 9…

first_imgFacebook AdvertisementFrench Pinot Noir Oak Barrels Give the Rogue Chehalem Spruce Tip IPA Its Unique Flavor ProfileIrvine, Calif. — (July 27, 2016) – On August 9 Yard House will tap the exclusive Rogue Chehalem Spruce Tip IPA as part of its popular Chalkboard Series, which features limited and small batch brews. The beer, available only at Yard House, will be offered by the goblet or 9-ounce shorty.Rogue Chehalem Spruce Tip IPA, the result of patience and dedication to the brewing process has been aged to perfection creating a one of a kind ale.  It began when the Yard House beverage and culinary teams traveled to Newport, Oregon, to collaborate with Rogue Ales & Spirits’ legendary Brewmaster John Maier and his team.  Together they created the Rogue Spruce Tip IPA, which was tapped in on December 7, 2015, to mark Yard House’s 19th anniversary.  After the brewing process was complete, a small portion of the Spruce Tip IPA batch was reserved and aged for seven months in Chehalem Vineyards Pinot Noir oak barrels, which hail from Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine growing region.  The wooden casks permitted the delicate nuances of French oak to seep and settle in.  The result is a rare Newport, Oregon-brewed IPA steeped in Alaskan spruce tips, aged in French oak barrels, and available exclusively at Yard House.“This is a very special beer,” said Gregory Howard, beverage manager for Yard House.  “The original Spruce Tip IPA produced a uniquely spiced and hoppy body, which was complemented by the sweetness of spruce tips in the finish.  This next generation, which was aged in French oak barrels that once housed pinot noir, has a unique flavor that beer aficionados will appreciate.  We’re very excited to share this beer with our guests.”Rogue’s Chehalem Spruce Tip IPA will be tapped on August 9 at all 65 Yard House locations and is part of the restaurant’s Chalkboard Series–seasonal beers and small-batch selections–that rotates frequently.   Each location will receive a highly limited quantity of five gallons or less that is expected to move quickly.   For more information on Yard House and its Limited-Release Beers, visit http://www.yardhouse.com/beers/new-limited-release-beers.Yard House is open daily for lunch, dinner and late-night dining and is known for its great food, classic and alternative rock, and more than 100 tap handles of beer. For more information, visit www.yardhouse.com or follow Yard House on Facebook at facebook.com/yardhouse or on Twitter @yardhouseAbout Yard HouseWhen Yard House opened in 1996 in Long Beach, California, it revolutionized the restaurant industry by creating a 250-tap draft beer system.  Its lofty design, warm wood accents, and industrial vibe with the use of steel and chrome, made it a dining destination from the start.Nearly 20 years and 65 restaurants later, Yard House still leads the way with great food, classic rock and a vast selection of draft beer while evolving into an award-winning dining destination known for its menu of American favorites, crafted cocktails and endless fleet of tap handles featuring the best American craft and import beers.  The exhibition kitchen creates more than 100 items made from scratch daily with quality ingredients and globally inspired flavors.   The menu reads like a road trip across America and guests can select from an array of items, including grilled burgers, gourmet salads, street tacos, steaks, seafood and house favorites.Each Yard House has its own distinct beer list with a handful of taps reserved for local and regional brewers along with an offering of seasonal and small-batch selections as part of the rotating “Chalkboard Series.”  The glass-enclosed keg room showcases hundreds of steel barrels containing as much as 4,000 gallons of beer that flow to the center-island bar through an extensive network of tubing positioned overhead.  From there the beer is fed to the taps where it’s served ice-cold by the pint, 9-ounce shorty, goblet or half-yard glass container.  Yard House is also well-known for its classic rock boasting a library of 10,000 songs with each location having its own distinct playlist.  Yard House is open daily for lunch, dinner and late-night dining.Advertisement Twitter Linkedin Pinterest ReddIt TAGSConsumerYard House Home Industry News Releases Beer Business Yard House to Tap Exclusive Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged IPA August 9 as…Industry News ReleasesBeer BusinessYard House to Tap Exclusive Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged IPA August 9 as Part of Its Rotating Chalkboard SeriesBy Press Release – July 27, 2016 35 0 Email Share Previous articlePioneers of Washington Wine Narrow the Generation Gap with Promotion of Millennial WinemakerNext articleAfternoon Brief, July 27 Press Releaselast_img read more

Women in Wine Scholarship Fund Announced in Honor of Distinguished Napa…

first_imgEmail ReddIt Advertisement$10,000 Annual Scholarship Fund for Undergraduate and Graduate Wine Business ProgramsRohnert Park, CA – The Wine Business Institute (WBI) in the School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University today announced the Debbie Lewis Women in Wine Scholarship Fund to provide two annual $5,000 scholarships – one for an undergraduate and one for a graduate student seeking a degree in wine business. Recipients of the Debbie Lewis Women in Wine Scholarship Fund, Karina Dulberg ’21, B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Wine Business Strategies, and Martha Vicedomini ’21, Global Executive MBA in Wine Business, were recognized along with other Wine Business Institute scholarship recipients at an awards ceremony and luncheon on Monday, May 13. Over $50,000 in wine business scholarships were awarded for the 2019/2020 academic year.“Our hope with this scholarship fund is to provide financial support for students who share Debbie’s passion for the wine business, while commemorating her and her life-long dedication towards mastering the business of wine and perfecting the winemaking process,” said Randy Lewis, co-owner of Lewis Cellars and surviving partner of Debbie Lewis. “Debbie was very involved in every aspect of vineyard management, winemaking, and sales and distribution. She was the rock and champion behind Lewis Cellars’ many successes and milestones.”  “Debbie Lewis was one of the early 20th century leaders of the California wine industry and made significant contributions to the prestige of the Napa Valley. We are pleased to honor Mrs. Lewis’ life and legacy as an award-winning winemaker with this scholarship fund,” said Ray Johnson, executive director of the Wine Business Institute.Debbie Lewis was co-owner of Lewis Cellars, an award-winning family winery in Napa Valley, California. In 2016, the Lewis’ 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet was named Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator, one of the elite wine awards in the industry. Mrs. Lewis grew up in California’s Central Valley on her family’s ranch and worked in wine wholesale and retail earlier in her professional career. She and her husband, Randy, shared a passion for rich, bold new world wines.For more information about the Debbie Lewis Women in Wine Scholarship Fund and other Wine Business Institute scholarships, please visit https://sbe.sonoma.edu/scholarships or email [email protected] For more information about our degree and certificate programs, please visit http://sbe.sonoma.edu/, or connect with us at [email protected] or (707) 664-3501. Advertisement TAGSWine Business Institute Previous article2019 Napa Valley Grower of the Year Announced: Pete Richmond of Silverado Farming CompanyNext articleAfternoon Brief, May 13 Press Release Home Industry News Releases Women in Wine Scholarship Fund Announced in Honor of Distinguished Napa Valley…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessWomen in Wine Scholarship Fund Announced in Honor of Distinguished Napa Valley Winemaker Debbie LewisBy Press Release – May 13, 2019 372 0 Linkedin Facebook Twitter Share Pinterestlast_img read more

Zain laments Covid-19 impact

first_img Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Tencent hails resilience in challenging 2020 Previous ArticleFrance mulls tighter smartphone sale rulesNext ArticleGoogle, Intel focus on cloud-native 5G Home Zain laments Covid-19 impact Maxis cautious on 2021 as Q4 profit tumbles AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 23 FEB 2021 Related Kavit Majithia Zain Group suffered a drop in net income and revenue in Q4 2020, as it joined a list of fellow operators in reporting declines due to disrupted economic activities resulting from the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.In a statement, Zain revealed net income fell 16 per cent year-on-year to KWD54 million ($178.2 million), while revenue of KWD432 million was down 2 per cent.Foreign currency headwinds cost the group $33 million in revenue and a total of $7 million in net income, it said.Mainly, the decline was attributed to the pandemic, which it said had an effect across all of its markets, due to lockdowns and travel bans.The company did not reveal a cost for the quarter, but for the full year the pandemic impacted group revenue by $417 million.To mitigate the health crisis, Zain said it had implemented a range of cost optimisation measures including contract renegotiations and management of cashflows, resulting in an operational expense reduction of $168 million.It also pointed to investment in 5G across Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, spending a total of $1.4 billion in capex predominately on the technology.  This was an increase from $1 billion in 2019.Zain ended the year with 47.8 million active customers, compared with 49.5 million.CEO Bader Al-Kharafi (pictured) said the group’s performance reflected the reality of Covid-19 disruption and its “unavoidable impact”.“The board and management are working closely together in minimising the impact across our footprint with a particular focus on driving efficiencies, cost optimisation and monetising our 4G and 5G networks.” Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Author Pandemic, forex blunts Telefonica in Q4 Q4 earningsZain Tags last_img read more