Fletchers awarded for blaze turnaround

first_imgFletchers Group of Bakeries has been awarded a top accolade after turning around the business following a massive blaze at its Sheffield manufacturing site six years ago.The Wadsley Bridge bakery firm was awarded the Yorkshire Grit accolade at thebusinessdesk.com Yorkshire Business Masters awards in Leeds last week. Fletchers’ management team was recognised for its efforts to turn around the profit-losing business when a fire broke out at its manufacturing facility back in 2006. It took 80 firefighters to control the fire, which was believed to have started in a processing plant where a cooler may have exploded, and destroyed 40% of the site’s production capacity.Stephen Holding, managing director at Fletchers Group of Bakeries, said: “This has been a long, hard challenge for the team, with many hurdles to overcome. But we have successfully turned Fletchers from an historic family firm into a 21st century food manufacturer supplying the major multiples.“All this [has been achieved] within the challenging demands of the food business – price inflation costs have escalated and wheat has increased by 60% with a major impact on margins.”Last year, Fletchers recorded an operating profit of almost £500,000 on a £93m turnover, in contrast to its 2007/08 financial year when the business made a loss of almost £10m on a £91m turnover. The company has forecast further growth this year.Holding added: “This award recognises the team’s hard work and we are thrilled to have won. Looking forward to the year ahead, we have exciting plans and great ideas to deliver increased value for the business and continued growth.”The Group consists of Fletchers Sheffield, La Baguette Dorée in Barnsley, Kara Food Service in Manchester and Grain D’Or in London, employing more than 800 people. The firm produces speciality fresh and frozen bakery products for a number of industries, with 60% of its turnover accumulated from blue chip contracts including Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Marks & Spencer. Products include Tesco Finest croissants and M&S focaccia bread.The company said it has invested more than £3m last year, including in a new plant at its Sheffield site to make English muffins a significant growth area.last_img read more

Putting a crown on OMNIVAX

first_imgIn in vitro neutralization assays, the sera could prevent the infection of cultured cells by a SARS-CoV-2 pseudovirus, which is commonly used in coronavirus research as a key step to analyze the protective function of a vaccine. The team is currently pursuing studies in which they aim to protect animal models that are challenged with the actual coronavirus to confirm the efficacy of the vaccines. Besides these first promising observations on the COVID-19 OMNIVAX vaccines, the team’s new approach could also provide protective solutions for many common unmet infectious diseases that have been threatening people in different environments. Cheap, frequent COVID tests could be ‘akin to vaccine,’ professor says Related Single-shot COVID-19 vaccine proves successful with primates Chan School’s Michael Mina urges federal regulatory approval, widespread use Some human testing begun, with phase 3 trials possible as soon as September Vaccines may arrive in record time, but the virus has been faster To confront the many challenges that infectious diseases pose to mankind head-on, a multi-disciplinary team of bioengineers, materials-scientists and immunologists at Harvard’s Wyss Institute has developed a broadly deployable biomaterials-based infection vaccine technology called “OMNIVAX.”OMNIVAX was inspired by a fundamentally new cancer vaccine approach created by David Mooney’s group in the immuno-materials platform that he leads at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Mooney is a Wyss core faculty member and the Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). The vaccine platform approach is rooted in the idea that antigens, when they are incorporated together with immune-activating adjuvants in a longer-lived biomaterial scaffold that concentrates immune cells at the site of vaccination, can be presented to the immune system in a more controlled and sustained way than when merely provided transiently in soluble form. As a result of this, the immune system’s protective responses can be more effective and prolonged.  Soon after COVID-19 started to spread across the globe, devastating a millions of lives and pushing the health systems and economies of many countries to their limits, Mooney’s team, which had previously focused on other infectious diseases, pivoted and used their OMNIVAX platform to generate vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the pandemic. It is widely accepted that a safe and effective vaccine that creates broad immunity against the coronavirus, and can be made quickly and distributed almost universally will be critical to address this pandemic. Experts estimate that it might take around 12 to 18 months to achieve this goal, which still would be record time for delivering a vaccine — and the race is on in many corners of the world.The secrets of OMNIVAXinationUsing OMNIVAX’s fast and effective vaccine strategy, the team created a collection of vaccines against the COVID-19-causing SARS-CoV-2 virus. Their approach is highly modular, based on the simple and rapid combination of a mesoporous silica material, an adjuvant, the dendritic cell-recruiting factor GM-CSF, and one or more antigen(s). Many different antigens and adjuvants can be combined in a plug-and-play fashion. The researchers believe that OMNIVAX vaccines with their unique structure and mechanism could provide protection against a number of infectious diseases caused by uncontrollable viral and bacterial pathogens, including those that will be responsible for forthcoming epidemics. Researchers believe it may have great potential to become a vaccine technology of the future.,The Wyss Institute recognized the potential of the technology early on, years before COVID-19 changed our world in a matter of a few months, and had designated the OMNIVAX platform technology “Institute Project” status. This prioritization is reserved for its most prestigious projects to accelerate their translational path to becoming the main assets of future startup companies with special business and technology development support.The uniqueness of the OMNIVAX approach is based on its design that directs dendritic cells, the key orchestrators of pathogen-directed and other immune responses, to be actively recruited into the porous scaffold structure. Once in the structure, they are reprogrammed more effectively against a pathogen by specific antigen/adjuvant combinations. The trafficking of the dendritic cells can occur for the duration of the vaccine, allowing a significant multiplication of the resultant immune response. Then, just like after their normal activation in the body, the reprogrammed dendritic cells migrate to nearby lymph nodes where they initiate a complex immune response involving both, fast-acting T cells and antibody-producing B cells that attack pathogens using different mechanisms. By allowing the activation of dendritic cells to be more prolonged, the OMNIVAX approach essentially adds a fourth dimension, namely time, to the three dimensions of the physical vaccine structure, which sets it apart from other vaccine approaches, and generates significantly more robust and durable responses than standard vaccines. Vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 and beyondTaking advantage of the modular nature of the OMNIVAX approach, the Wyss team generated their SARS-CoV-2 vaccines incorporating different combinations of viral antigens in combination with a general immune-activating adjuvant, and recently reported their preliminary findings in a bioRxiv paper. After receiving virus-specific antigens,  it took the team merely three days to complete vaccines that were ready for injection.   A single injection of the vaccines into mice stimulated the rapid production of significant levels of antibodies that were specific to the viral antigens, and maintained for at least 96 days. In addition, the researchers analyzed blood sera from the vaccinated animals, the liquid component of blood which contains antibodies previously made by the immune system’s B cells like, in this case, SARS-CoV-2-directed antibodies. Panel outlines efforts to find COVID-19 cure, including phase 3 trials at BWH last_img read more

Reed Says A Stimulus Package Deal Is ‘Within Inches’ Of Completion

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image via PxHere / United States House of Representatives.WASHINGTON — A COVID-19 relief and stimulus package is a lot closer to being a reality than people realize and negotiators need to step forward and renew negotiations, according to Congressman Tom Reed.Reed, in a conference call Wednesday, said he spent all night Tuesday working the telephones to implore lawmakers to get back to the table.“The parties were extremely close to a deal that would have given relief to the people today. I am not giving up hope on the Covid-19 package because I think we were so close and we continue to be close,” Reed said.Urging continuing negotiations, Reed said “We are within inches of getting this done so let’s not walk away now.” While President Trump has offered to sign a stand-alone bill to give $1,200 to people, Reed said the government shouldn’t surrender the idea of finishing a package.“We need to do more in my humble opinion (than a stand alone bill),” Reed said. “The airlines, restaurants, small businesses with PPP, farmers, child care, K-12, they need to be in a position to get relief.”“If they just took the time to listen to each other and iron out the wrinkles,” a deal can be reached, he stressed.He said there are some differences regarding aid to local and state governments, but thinks there is room for movement on the issue.“I do believe there is a compromise position on state and local aid, however there is objection to state and local aid and you just have to recognize that.”He went on to say citizens will not be happy is they see money being spent on non-COVID related issues.“It’s clear that the question now has been called and its clear the last and best offers should be out on the table,” Reed said.As for Trump’s saying that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have not been negotiating in good faith, Reed advised all parties to step back, take a deep breath, and get back to work.“I encourage the president and others to just take a deep breath, stand down and take a look at the bigger picture,” Reed said.One key concern among some law makers is whether those receiving unemployment should receive more money than they made while working, he said.He predicted the Problem Solvers Caucus will be a vital part of any solution.“We have been critical in showing that this can be done and needs to be done and I think we will be critical in getting this done in the next 24 to 48 hours.”last_img read more

5 ways to save on common household expenses

first_img 65SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to save. Sure, you can take drastic measures like living in a tiny house, but there are far easier ways to save money. Here’s a look at a few ways you can easily save a few bucks on your common household expenses.Bundle upWe’ve all got internet, and some of you have yet to cut the cord on cable services. If you plan on keeping it around, the least you can do is bundle up your services. If you’re paying two different companies for those services, you’re crazy! Check out allconnect.com and find a bundle package that’s available in your area.Clip those couponsThis doesn’t sound complicated, and for good reason. Even if your grocery bill is smaller than most, remember that you don’t have to be a family of five to save money at the checkout. Check out the weekly ads at your grocery store and keep those coupons that come with your receipt.Cancel that gym membershipThat gym membership sounded good around New Year’s but now you’re only going a few times a month. You can save that money and buy a bike and some dumbbells, or even just a new pair of running shoes. Only keep that gym membership if you’re truly committed.Find cheap entertainmentI love movies. For some films, I’m counting down the minutes until the release date and I’m more than likely going to shell out 10-12 bucks to see them on opening night. But those aren’t the only movies I like to see. My local theater has $5 movies on Tuesday nights and another local theater releases movies a few months later at an even cheaper rate. If you don’t have those options where you live, head to the Redbox and make it a double feature for way cheaper.Make coffee at homeYou’ve probably heard this one before. You like your Starbucks coffee and don’t want to settle for making your own. Grab a Keurig, buy some K-Cups, and get over it. That 3-4 dollars per day will really add up. In fact, if you start putting that cash away every day, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see what you’ve got in a year from now. Next year’s summer vacation may be paid for.last_img read more

“The pizza place incident”

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Winn What do you get when you mix auto loan programs with a desire to help others? Well, approaches that make a difference, of course. So what do you get when … Web: credituniongeek.com Details This post highlights what I’ve come to call, “The Pizza Place Incident”.  In reality, it was nowhere near as exciting as the title implies.  Or was it?  (Cue dramatic chipmunk)Here’s how it going to work.  I’ll share the story first.  After each section, we will discuss the key points the restaurant missed and how you can avoid them at your credit union (yes, pizza and credit unions relate).It was a rainy evening in south Florida. Which, for those not from here, means, “between July and November”. My family sought shelter and sustenance at our favorite local pizza shop. Braving the tropical squalls in our trusty four-wheel-drive while SiriusXM played songs of sun and sand, we safely arrived, our only sufferance the delay of a few red lights. Upon sitting at the lone remaining table, we steal a glance at the menu we know so well. Only it’s different. Prices crept higher. Some choices gained a dollar or so, others more. One in particular changed in an odd way. Of course it happened to be my mom’s favorite meal. Instead of just raising the price, the core items were now extras. Like broccoli.  On a dish previously called, “Pasta With Broccoli and Garlic”. How much? $4. The same, I should mention, as the cost for shrimp or chicken. Yes, chicken, shrimp, and broccoli all carried the same up-charge. When we asked the owner about it, their response was equally perplexing. “Yeah, that’s the way it is.”Did she end up getting the dish? Yes. With the broccoli. But she was less happy about it. Which brings us to our first lesson break. Make sure to stand up and stretch. It’s important to remain active throughout the day.If you’re going to raise prices, you must add value, perceived or otherwise, that is worth more than the increase. Otherwise, customers get angry and may leave negative reviews or seek out a competitor. In this case, charging the same for broccoli as shrimp made it even more frustrating.This wasn’t the only issue faced that night. Another item we ordered was a large pizza. Theirs happens to reheat especially well, making it great for future meals. After taking far longer than it should, we asked our waitress on the status of the pie. She begins to profusely apologize, as she served it to another table (who, oddly enough, didn’t turn it down). They had ordered a small, and it was just coming out of the oven. We could have it in lieu of waiting for a fresh one to be prepared. Sure, pizza is pizza, despite fewer leftovers. Our waitress, who raced around the restaurant the entire evening, managed to stop running long enough to explain it was her first night. “They just don’t do things the same at this location.” (The owner has a few shops around the area). Ah, ha! Another lesson point to be made. Let your slice cool for a moment while we do some learning!When your processes are unpredictable or nonexistent, you make it challenging for anyone else to create a consistent experience. I watched as the owner micro-managed every action of the kitchen staff, the front register, our waitress, the delivery guy, and the baker. Worse, she gave conflicting instructions depending on when she walked by. It was obvious no processes were in place, and, as a result, mistakes were made.Consistency is essential. There’s a reason every Big Mac, across the planet, comes out identically. And, for those who eat such things, that is part of the appeal. You know what you’re going to get. It doesn’t matter if Jan or Steve is out that day. Anyone can follow the process to prepare the same burger.Despite the issues, we still had a delicious dinner. Even the weather cooperated on the drive home. But it was a night of lessons.Pricing: Your members want to pay less and get more. That’s normal. So brainstorm how you can deliver value throughout their relationship to rationalize any costs. It could be a value-add fee checking account that helps protect members’ identities and more*, or inclusive services paid though outside relationships. Consider what you can do to grow ROA (or return more to members and your community) without imposing NSF or other punitive fees.Processes: Too often, I’ve been interacting with a credit union (client or otherwise) and their reason for a random delay is, “Bob handles that and he’s really the only one who knows how to do it.” Worse is, “Beth ran that, but she transferred to another credit union, and we’re not sure where she left things.”Avoid “The Credit Union Incident” by following this guidance. Beth’s replacement will thank you.*Disclosure: My company offers such a service and produced a white paper to help credit unions determine if it or a similar solution might be a fit for their institution.last_img read more

Titans star Nathan Peats has had a victorious weekend including scoring at auction

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-28:f6b21a2697ddd1bb03c38b8 Player Element ID: vjs_video_922 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.00:00 Related videos Drawing in a crowd of over 60 people Mr Leonie said the property is perfect for a family.“Palm Beach is becoming a sought after suburb, especially with infrastructure and cafe businesses popping up,” he said.The Palm Beach home is perfect for a family Nathan Peats . (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)TITANS star Nathan Peats has made a million dollar move to Palm Beach after hitting the highest bid at auction yesterday.The 26-year-old was one of nine registered bidders who battled it out to secure the four-bedroom home on Twenty Fifth Ave.The football stars new kitchenLasting half-an-hour the auction finally came down to three bidders, including the Titans star, a Sydney investor and a local family before it cracked under the hammer for $1.2 million to the Titans hooker.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North5 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe win is the second for Peats after the Titans pulled off a stunning 30-10 victory over the Sharks on Saturday night.The home isn’t on a canal or on the beach but it sold for an eye-watering $1.2 millionLJ Hooker agent David Leonie was marketing the property and said the house sold $104,000 over its reserve.“The big attraction is the location of the property, especially these northern avenues at Palm Beach,” Mr Leonie said.The outdoor area at Peats new place comes with a dart board and pool.More sports stars and their property picks…Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality LevelsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWNlast_img read more

Laid-back family living on offer at Seventeen Mile Rocks

first_img4 Eucalyptus Court, Floor Plan“It is just a really lovely house to have friends and guests over to entertain,” she said.“It is quite peaceful and tranquil and it is contemporary and modern.” The home is on the market now through Estate & Co. MOVIE NIGHT: The media room is like a small theatre.“Because we have a golden retriever having a beautiful park across from us was a major drawcard.”She wanted a larger home to make it inviting for when her extended family from Britain came over to visit without making them feel cramped. They have made a few changes to the house since they moved in, including new solar panels onthe roof, a new ducted aircon-ditioning system and some changes to the pool to make it more child-friendly. 4 Eucalyptus Crt Seventeen Mile RocksKATE Milliken had never heard of Seventeen Mile Rocks before she bought this home.A native Brit, she and her husband Brad had been renting in the bayside suburb of Wynnum for a few years after moving to Australia for a change of scenery.When their landlord informed them they would be selling the Wynnum property they needed to find a place quickly. 4 Eucalyptus Crt Seventeen Mile RocksWith their second child expected in a few months they have moved to a bigger house in the same neighbourhood. Perfect for summer.They searched through dozens of listings when they came across a photo of 4 Eucalyptus Court. “We had an open mind as to what location, so we fell in love with this house first, and then we got to know more about the location,” Mrs Milliken said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoModern living.The modern home had all that they wanted, with plenty of space and an expansive open plan, in a laid-back community that felt separate from the hustle and bustle of inner Brisbane.“We had already fallen in love with the house, after that we got to know the suburb,” she said.last_img read more

Climate bond standards aim to attract institutional investors

first_img“These new rules help investors identify green bonds that make a difference from paler green bonds, where the ambition levels are too low to make a real contribution to tackling climate change,” he added.Hermes Real Estate’s head of responsible property investment Tatiana Bosteels, also chair of the Property Working Group of the Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) said there was a “huge opportunity” to unlock the potential for energy efficiency within the real estate market.“But to do this effectively and at scale will require more confidence in the tools, standards and models available to measure green buildings and their financial performance.”The 16-strong working group includes a representative from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre; Brian Rice, lead investment officer in the corporate governance department of the $183bn (€133bn) California State Teachers’ Retirement System; and Simon Brooker, executive director at Australia’s state-backed Clean Energy Finance Corporation.It said it imagined climate bond opportunities would stem from green mortgage-backed securities in countries where building codes met the requirement of the standard, but also from opportunities to finance improvements within the existing stock as long as these would achieve a 50% or higher emissions reduction.Kidney added: “In the long run, we expect green property and urban improvement bonds to be more than 50% of the green bonds market.“But this will depend on confidence among investors that the buildings are making a genuine contribution to the transition to a green economy we need to head off catastrophic climate change.”The standards will now be put out to consultation and then submitted to the Climate Bond Standards Board for confirmation.The working group cited New York, Toronto, Tokyo, Sydney and London as cities targeted for an initial rollout of the standard due to the high volume of property already within the top percentile.A number of pension funds have committed to reducing the carbon footprint of buildings, with the UK’s Environment Agency Pension Fund and the Clwyd local authority scheme last year investing in the Threadneedle Low-Carbon Workplace Trust.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to public consultation on climate bond standards Climate bonds backed by property should be barred from drawing returns from more than four-fifths of the real estate market, according to draft standards.The Climate Bonds Green Property Working Group has proposed that buildings used for Climate Bonds should be within the top 15% of their regional market and able to achieve “deep cuts” to carbon emissions.The standards – covering commercial and residential property, as well mortgage-backed securities and finance schemes that would reduce emissions within buildings – aim to increase the scale of all green property initiatives to attract institutional investors “needed to drive significant improvements in the building environment”, the draft said.Sean Kidney, chief executive of the not-for-profit Climate Bond Initiative, said the cuts to a property’s emissions were needed if “catastrophic” climate change were to be avoided.last_img read more

Jeremy Woolfe: In Brussels, tomorrow never happens

first_imgThe authority, the Paris-based European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), says it needs an extra year. Otherwise, it cannot achieve spelling out highly complex legislative details – the flesh on the bone of the basic package. ESMA has to produce both the necessary regulatory technical standards (RTS) and the implementing technical standards (ITS). This is necessary to enable fund management interests, including pension funds, to set up compliance systems in time for the implementation deadline.The present situation? Pretty clearly revealed in Brussels is that the situation is, simply, “confusion”. The European Parliament has yet to agree to a new programme. Delay for a year acceptable? Delay to be agreed by a period yet to be set? No delay at all? Commentary is varied.One qualified bystander, Finance Watch, an NGO, has it officially that “MEPs have agreed there is no need to delay the entire package … the entire package should start to apply as planned, on 3 January 2017”.Conversely, MEP Kay Swinburne appears to accept the delay, possibly of a year. At a Parliamentary committee’s “roasting”, but politely called a “public exchange of views”, the British Conservative stated: “I would prefer us to do it correctly, even if it takes longer.” She is seeking a better model for “the proposed changes to our capital markets”. In fact, she advocates a list of changes.Sheenagh Gordon-Hart, formerly of JP Morgan and now of 2020 Regulatory Consulting, tells IPE: “We just have to hope the Commission comes up with a sensible [time] framework.”Financial regulation expert and former regulator Elizabeth Todd at law firm Pinsent Masons said a substantial postponement was unlikely, adding: “What should firms do with this conundrum?” The investment industry, she says, should do what it reasonably can before 3 January 2017, including anticipating any necessary IT systems changes arising as a result of new reporting requirements.She adds: “We should not expect any changes to agreed policy positions.” It appears any delay would be primarily for the purposes of allowing national regulators and companies to cope with the impact of regulatory change to their systems.Todd concludes: “Sitting back and waiting for more certainty on delay is not an option. This is now a clear message from the FCA”.Another commentator raises the spectre that parts of the financial services industry may, actually, be happy about any delay. A muffled giggle in some quarters? Overall, what’s at stake? Obviously, a lot. To use words from Ernst & Young, the Directive “will bring about fundamental changes to distribution of wealth and asset management products and services in the EU”.For instance, it will set up an EU-wide ban on independent financial advisers or discretionary portfolio managers accepting or retaining payments/inducements. Among other upgrades, it would, says the Big Four firm, apply stricter controls on algorithmic trading, and open non-discriminatory access to trading venues and central counterparties. Consternation is rife as the European Commission delays new financial rules and regulations, writes Jeremy WoolfeDelays to new financial rules and regulations from Brussels are hardly something new. Being on time would seem to be the exception.  Blame for the notoriety lands on different targets. Perhaps the European Parliament?  More likely in gatherings of member state representations. Or, to be safe, pin the blame on rogue-ish lobbyists! But probable delays caused by the European Commission itself, together with its affiliated authorities? Never!But now it’s happened. And to MiFID II, the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, the cornerstone of building towards a more efficient, safer financial sector. Europe’s most far-reaching securities reform to date comprises a package laboriously put together in response to the 2009 Pittsburgh G20 meeting, in response to the 2007-08 crisis. The Directive was finally endorsed by the EU leaders in April 2014. It was to be transposed into national legislations by July 2016 and be in force by 3 January 2017. In August 2015, the Commission ruled out notions of delay. Now, it is considering requests for delay.Hardly surprisingly, consternation in Brussels is rife. The predicament has arisen simply because there are insufficient resources in the authority charged with the task of writing a mountain of pages of interpretative “delegated acts” to the package.last_img read more

Ighalo sends Man Utd fans message ahead of Man City cracker

first_imgRead Also: Ighalo to start against Man City in 4-2-3-1 line up“I want to thank them for the support, not only for me, but for the team. Even though some games we have not played up to our level they have chanted, and I am very happy and I thank them.“I want them to keep doing that. On Sunday it is going to be a massive game, they should cheer us to victory again. It is a big game, we are looking forward to that and make sure on Sunday we have a good result.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Red Devils know another win this week could see them move up to fourth place in the Premier League as they look to close the gap on Chelsea after a fine run of form.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were backed to victory against Derby on Thursday night by some incredible vocal support, and Ighalo believes similar scenes this weekend could make the difference against City.“They have been great, not only today, but since I came the support I have been getting from the fans is amazing,” he told MUTV after defeating Derby in the FA Cup. Loading… Odion Ighalo believes Manchester United fans can play a pivotal role in their derby fixture against Man City this weekend.Advertisementcenter_img Nigerian forward Ighalo is set to experience his first taste of the Manchester derby when United host Pep Guardiola’s side on Sunday afternoon. Promoted ContentTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneBest Car Manufacturers In The World8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee8 Most Expensive Mistakes In The History Of MankindCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Waylast_img read more