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BBC World Service: Business Matters, US advises citizens against UK travel standard

Chief Revenue Officer, Les Williams featured on BBC's Business Matters. Listen now as he covers: the CDC's travel advice and the Surfside condo collapse, among other topics. Listen Here In a blow to the UK's tourist and aviation industries, the CDC has advised US citizens against travel to the country. We hear more from travel expert, Simon Calder. In Germany, catastrophic flooding has left at least 160 people dead and more than 170 others missing; later this week, Angela Merkel is expected to roll out an emergency aid package for those affected. We hear from the BBC's Damien McGuinness in the village of Nuerburg. And we examine the causes of last month's collapse of Champlain Towers South in Florida with Ana ...

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BBC World Service: Business Matters, Major countries outline vaccine donation plan standard

Chief Revenue Officer, Les Williams featured on BBC's Business Matters. Listen now as he covers: ransomware, taxes, and vaccines, among other topics. Listen Here The group of seven industrialized nations are to donate one billion coronavirus vaccines to the rest of the world by the end of next year – we look at how realistic that aim is. One big US business says it paid cyber hackers a multi-million dollar ransom. But should companies pay up? Ireland's finance minister tells the BBC’s Rob Young why he'll be arguing to lower the global minimum corporate tax rate that world leaders recently agreed. Plus, we look at the international row over the name of a type of rice with food historian Lindsay Middleton ...

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The Colonial Pipeline Attack Proves We Urgently Need Minimum IoT Cyber Security Thresholds for Our Nation’s Infrastructure standard

A recent ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline left much of the Eastern U.S. in fear of serious fuel shortages. This attack highlights inconsistencies and weakness within the U.S. IoT cyber security capabilities. Stay informed. Our Insights Newsletter highlights the latest news and analysis on global strategy, policy and risk.  Subscribe to Insights It seems that Texas’ energy infrastructure simply cannot catch a break this year. The February winter storm that crippled the Lone Star State’s power grid was rivaled by the virulent cyber attack that crippled the 5,500 mile Colonial Pipeline in early May, which transports fuel from the Gulf Coast to locations throughout the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. This attack serves as a national security threat from several perspectives, not only does it expose vulnerabilities in ...

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BBC World Service: Business Matters, England Lockdown Restrictions Ease standard

Chief Revenue Officer, Les Williams featured on BBC's Business Matters. Listen now as he covers: easing on lockdown restriction in London, accusations against Alibaba, and diversity among BAFTA award nominees, among other topics. Listen Here Pubs, restaurants, beauty salons and non-essential shops have reopened with the easing of lockdown restrictions across England. We hear from the heart of London’s shopping district and from a pub garden near Reading. The e-commerce giant Alibaba has been accused of anti-competitive practices and fined more than $2.5 billion by Chinese regulators. We discuss what this will mean for the future of the company. Also in the programme, the BBC’s Ivana Davidovic gives us the lowdown on Telegram, the messaging app - and one of the ...

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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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