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BBC World Service: Business Matters, India halts Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine exports standard

Chief Revenue Officer, Les Williams featured on BBC's Business Matters. Listen now as he covers: COVID vaccine rollout, the Suez Canal crisis, and food delivery apps, among other topics. Listen Here India has placed a temporary hold on all exports of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. We speak to Prashant Yadav from the Centre for Global Development about what's causing the squeeze and what it could mean for the global vaccination effort. The Suez Canal, which carries 10% of global trade, has been blocked by a container ship.LoriAnn Larocco, the author of Trade War - Containers Don't Lie: Navigating the Bluster explains the global ramifacations of the blocakge. Also in the programme, The BBC's Manuela Saragosa reports on the growth in food ...

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RC Quick Takes – Will the February Freeze Spur Change in Texas? standard

While the debate over extreme weather causality rages on, the impact these harsh events have on U.S. infrastructure cannot be disputed.  Stay informed. Our Insights Newsletter highlights the latest news and analysis on global strategy, policy and risk.  Subscribe to Insights As Texas and U.S. authorities continue to analyze what went wrong in the aftermath of February’s winter storm, the future of our nation’s infrastructure once again remains front and center. This country, and the world for that matter, must take a two-pronged approach to remain resilient in the face of catastrophic weather events, which will continue to become more frequent and severe.  First, global economies must prepare to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourage citizens and businesses to engage in climate-friendly ...

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BBC World Service: Business Matters, Google to Pay News Corp for stories standard

Chief Revenue Officer, Les Williams featured on BBC’s Business Matters. Listen now as he covers: Google and News Corp, Facebook news in Australia, and Me Too in India, among other topics. Listen Here Google has agreed to pay Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp for content from news sites across its media empire. Meanwhile, Facebook has announced it is banning the publishing and sharing of news on its platform in Australia. This follows moves by the Australian Government to make digital giants pay for journalism. We get the thoughts of Peter Lewis, Director of the Centre of Responsible Technology and is based in Sydney. We discuss one of the highest-profile court cases to come out of the Me-Too Movement in India – ...

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Short Selling, GameStop and What Risk Management Has to Say About It All standard

The events unfolding in the wake of the GameStop drama involving “David” retail investors and “Goliath” institutional investors will be immortalized in investor lore for generations to come. Stay informed. Our Insights Newsletter highlights the latest news and analysis on global strategy, policy and risk.  Subscribe to Insights There is something about Wednesdays in January this year. On January 6, the nation experienced an insurrection. A week later on Wednesday, January 12, Congress voted to approve the articles of impeachment. On Wednesday, January 20th, the U.S. witnessed an inauguration. Finally, on Wednesday, January 27, Wall Street felt the impact of coordinated retail investors. The events unfolding in the wake of the GameStop drama involving “David” retail investors and “Goliath” institutional investors (i.e., hedge funds) will be immortalized ...

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Leader’s Edge: Moving Beyond Talk standard

Integrating minority businesses into the insurance ecosystem is no easy task, but doing so broadens opportunity and builds a platform for sustainable diversity in the industry. This article was written by Maureen Brody and published in the January/February 2021 issue of  The Leader’s Edge Magazine The diversity, equity and inclusion movement has gained considerable traction over the past year. But there is a sense among some that the insurance industry needs to go beyond roundtable discussions, guidance and sensitivity training to develop solutions that actually bridge the gaps in experience and trust that still exist between the races. Among The Council’s membership, partnerships with minority-owned enterprises are garnering good feedback and true opportunity for minorities in the insurance placement process. ...

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If JP Morgan, Amazon and Berkshire Hathaway Can’t Reform Healthcare, Who Can? standard

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase have announced their joint venture, Haven Health, would be shutting its doors. Stay informed. Our Insights Newsletter highlights the latest news and analysis on global strategy, policy and risk.  Subscribe to Insights The U.S. political discord of 2020 that spilled into 2021 will continue to dominate the headlines well into the New Year and for the foreseeable future. Disagreements over pandemic-driven mask mandates, foreign trade, stimulus checks and the election results themselves are indelible themes that will resonate throughout U.S. history. The one theme that remains intractable, even well before 2020, has been the pitiable state of the U.S. health care system. The recent disbandment of Haven Health has sent a clear signal that health care, like our tax system, ...

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Risk Cooperative Presents Cyber 360° to InfraGard standard

Given the highly systemic nature of cyber and increasingly interconnected world we are living in, organizations can no longer afford to focus on merely being cyber compliant. They must now evaluate all facets of their business to ensure operational and cyber resiliency. CONTRIBUTE TO THE SURVEY AND RECEIVE  AN UPDATED REPORT:  360° Cyber Risk Survey Exposing Cyber Vulnerabilities | Risk Cooperative outlines a current “state of cyber risk”, sources of risk and averaged survivability statistics for small businesses. Cyber risk assessments form the foundation of an organization’s risk mitigation strategy by not only developing organizational cybersecurity awareness, but also by identifying an organization’s unique vulnerabilities. Mitigating Cyber Threats | Risk Cooperative addresses best practices for protecting sensitive information, staff training, ...

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RC Quick Takes – Contingent Business Interruption Coverage in the Wake of Solar Winds standard

Businesses of all sizes should revisit their cyber insurance policies in the aftermath of this widespread attack.   Stay informed. Our Insights Newsletter highlights the latest news and analysis on global strategy, policy and risk.  Subscribe to Insights Adding insult to a severely injured year, the waning days of 2020 saw a massive breach aimed at the U.S. government and other private businesses.  Perhaps no entity experienced the greatest fallout than SolarWinds, an Austin-based company developing software that helps businesses manage their IT infrastructure. Orion, network monitoring software developed by SolarWinds,  became infected with malicious code which then infected approximately 18,000 SolarWinds customers.  Several of the impacted companies include household names such as Intel, VMware, Deloitte, and Belkin. Businesses of all sizes should ...

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Cyber Attacks, a Pandemic, Fiscal and Governance Instability: The 2020 Risks We Can’t Ever Forget standard

Many of the Top Risks to Prepare for in 2020 came to fruition as a direct result of the global pandemic. Stay informed. Our Insights Newsletter highlights the latest news and analysis on global strategy, policy and risk.  Subscribe to Insights The old saying “what a difference a year makes” is clearly an understatement as 2020 comes to a close. Wildfires engulfing large portions of California and Australia, the coronavirus pandemic, the unprecedented drop of U.S. oil below $0 a barrel, the global protests for racial equality ignited by George Floyd’s killing, and the debates surrounding the U.S. presidential election results were some of the indelible highlights of this tumultuous year. In the waning months of 2019, the World Economic Forum (WEF) identified the top 10 global risks headed into 2020 as fiscal ...

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Risk Cooperative’s Chief Revenue Officer Named Professor of Practice at the University of Virginia link

Accomplishment Follows a Year of Professional Milestones Washington, D.C. November 19, 2020 – Risk Cooperative, a leading provider of risk management services and comprehensive insurance solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Les Williams, Risk Cooperative’s Co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer, as a professor of Practice in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department at his alma mater, the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS).  As a successful entrepreneur, risk and resilience leader, this recognition of Les’ contributions to management practice are a capstone to a year of personal and professional accomplishments. Other notable achievements in 2020 include his nomination and acceptance of the Bert King Award for Service, an alumni achievement award from Harvard Business ...

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