Management of lines – Sail Theory http://sailtheory.com/ Mon, 09 May 2022 22:29:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://sailtheory.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-25T011712.182-150x150.png Management of lines – Sail Theory http://sailtheory.com/ 32 32 San Rafael, Crooks and Tunnel Fire Updates https://sailtheory.com/san-rafael-crooks-and-tunnel-fire-updates/ Mon, 09 May 2022 20:23:32 +0000 https://sailtheory.com/san-rafael-crooks-and-tunnel-fire-updates/ The Arizona wildfire season started early and is expected to be intense. To a press conference in MarchGov. Doug Ducey said Arizona’s wildfire season could be even more catastrophic in 2022. “I hesitate to call it wildfire season because, as our firefighters and fire officials know, Arizona faces the risk of wildfires year-round,” Ducey said. […]]]>

The Arizona wildfire season started early and is expected to be intense.

To a press conference in MarchGov. Doug Ducey said Arizona’s wildfire season could be even more catastrophic in 2022.

“I hesitate to call it wildfire season because, as our firefighters and fire officials know, Arizona faces the risk of wildfires year-round,” Ducey said.

In the first three months of 2022, approximately 90 fires were reported with a total of 627 acres burned. The state’s wildfire season typically begins in May.

Fires this summer:90 forest fires were reported in March. What can we expect for the summer?

Get ready:What is a red flag warning? What Arizonans need to know about wildfire status

The big picture:How climate change has affected wildfire preparedness

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Analysts say local measures will stabilize the housing market https://sailtheory.com/analysts-say-local-measures-will-stabilize-the-housing-market/ Sun, 08 May 2022 00:24:58 +0000 https://sailtheory.com/analysts-say-local-measures-will-stabilize-the-housing-market/ A construction site in Chengdu, Sichuan province. [Photo/Xinhua] In the real estate sector, further steps to stabilize the market are likely at the local government level, industry analysts said Thursday. If recent regulators’ meetings are any indication, relevant authorities will likely seek to keep the real estate market developing stable and orderly by assuring buyers […]]]>

A construction site in Chengdu, Sichuan province. [Photo/Xinhua]

In the real estate sector, further steps to stabilize the market are likely at the local government level, industry analysts said Thursday.

If recent regulators’ meetings are any indication, relevant authorities will likely seek to keep the real estate market developing stable and orderly by assuring buyers that demand will remain firm, they said.

Generally, statements made after important meetings convey the spirit of the central leadership, represented by the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.

After the Politburo meeting on April 29, the People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank, the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission and the China Securities Regulatory Commission all expressed support for ensuring that the demand in the real estate market will remain firm.

The PBOC highlighted prudent financial management, optimized credit policies and prudential financing in the real estate sector.

“The central bank’s emphasis on prudent financial management has two meanings: loosening credit lines a little if the market crashes; and tightening them if house prices soar. The goal is to ensure that the housing market behaves in a stable and healthy way in the medium to long term,” said Li Yujia, senior researcher at the provincial residential policy research center of Guangdong province.

The CBIRC said it had asked commercial banks and insurers to ensure that the principle that “housing is for living in, not for speculation” is strictly adhered to, that first-time home buyers and demand for improved quality of life are supported, and personal mortgage repayment schedules are adjusted flexibly for those affected by COVID-19.

While emphasizing support for rational demand for housing purchases, the CBIRC for the first time distinguished project risk from business risk, indicating that it is keen to minimize risk through legal and focused solutions. in the market, Li said.

The CSRC said it would actively support the demand for reasonable financing from real estate businesses and extend real estate investment trusts or REITs, which are currently being tested, to infrastructure projects.

“Statements by the central bank and financial regulators on the real estate sector adhered to the spirit of the meeting, and they showed that relevant government departments are continuously promoting stability in the real estate market through financial means,” said Yan Yuejin, director of the Shanghai-based agency. E-house China Research and Development Institution.

“They have systematically and thoroughly summarized various financial requirements related to property, so we can expect better progress in financial policies in the real estate market from this month,” Yan said.

More than 85 cities have eased their housing market regulations as of April 29. Their measures include easing restrictions on purchases, increased lending limits, eased selling restrictions, lower down payments and interest rate cuts on home loans, all lending aids for lending funds benefits and more, according to data from the Zhuge Real Estate Data Research Center.

“Since the meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee called for more refined real estate market policies, we believe that more cities will follow in a bid to encourage rational demand for home purchases and boost confidence. market,” said Wang Xiaoqiang, chief analyst at Zhuge. Real Estate Data Search Center.

The meeting highlighted efforts to ensure that no systemic risk emerges and reiterated the principle that “housing is for living in, not speculation”. Efforts should be made to improve housing policies according to local market dynamics and meet a firm demand for quality housing, he said.

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Latest news on the Russian-Ukrainian war: live updates https://sailtheory.com/latest-news-on-the-russian-ukrainian-war-live-updates/ Fri, 06 May 2022 14:06:15 +0000 https://sailtheory.com/latest-news-on-the-russian-ukrainian-war-live-updates/ WASHINGTON — The United States provided intelligence that helped Ukrainian forces locate and strike the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet last month, another sign that the administration is easing the limits it has. is imposed as to how far it will go to help Ukraine fight Russia, US officials mentioned. The targeting assistance, which […]]]>

WASHINGTON — The United States provided intelligence that helped Ukrainian forces locate and strike the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet last month, another sign that the administration is easing the limits it has. is imposed as to how far it will go to help Ukraine fight Russia, US officials mentioned.

The targeting assistance, which contributed to the eventual sinking of the flagship Moskva, is part of an ongoing classified effort by the Biden administration to provide real-time battlefield intelligence to Ukraine. The intelligence also includes sharing of planned Russian troop movements, taken from a recent US assessment of Moscow’s battle plan for fighting in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region, the officials said.

The administration has sought to keep much of the battlefield and maritime intelligence it shares with the Ukrainians secret, lest it be seen as an escalation and provoke Russian President Vladimir V. Putin into a larger war. But in recent weeks, the United States has sent heavier weapons to Ukraine and requested an extraordinary $33 billion in additional military, economic and humanitarian aid from Congress, demonstrating how quickly US restrictions on support for Ukraine are evolving.

Two senior US officials said Ukraine had already obtained the Moskva targeting data on its own and the US had only provided confirmations. But other officials said US intelligence was essential to Ukraine’s sinking of the vessel.

US intelligence assistance in striking the Moskva was reported earlier by NBC News.

On April 13, Ukrainian ground forces fired two Neptune missiles, hitting the Moskva and starting a fire that eventually led to the sinking of the warship. Attention also focused on the proper functioning of the aging ship’s radar systems. Ukrainian and US officials said the Moskva may have been distracted by Ukraine’s deployment of a Turkish-made Bayraktar drone nearby.

Immediately after the strike, Biden administration officials remained scrupulously silent, refusing to even confirm that the Moskva had been struck. But in recent days, US officials have confirmed that targeting data from US intelligence sources was provided to Ukraine in the hours before the Neptune missiles were launched.

Officials declined to say what specific information was passed on, but one official said the information went beyond a simple report of the ship’s location in the Black Sea, 65 nautical miles south of Odessa. .

Credit…Al Drago for The New York Times

The sinking of the ship was a blow to Russia and the largest loss for a navy in 40 years.

Russia has denied that Ukrainian missiles played a role in the Moskva’s disappearance, saying instead that a fire on board caused an explosion of munitions that doomed the ship. Independent Russian media based outside the country reported that about 40 men died and 100 others were injured when the battleship was damaged and sank.

Biden administration officials have declined to publicly confirm that US intelligence provided the targeting information that allowed Ukraine to strike the Moskva.

Pentagon press secretary John F. Kirby asked about a report in the Times of London that a Navy P-8 spy plane from Sigonella Air Base in Italy was tracking the Moskva before it was hit by Ukraine, spoke of air policing missions in the Black Sea in part of a carefully worded response: “There was no provision of targeting information by any US Navy P-8s flying in these air policing missions,” he said.

A US official said the Ukrainians questioned the Americans about a ship sailing in the Black Sea south of Odessa. The United States identified it as the Moskva and confirmed its location. The Ukrainians then targeted the ship. The Ukrainians carried out the strike without the knowledge of the United States. The official said the United States had provided confirmation to the Ukrainian military, but other officials said it was uncertain whether Ukraine could have hit the ship without the help of the United States. United.

After the article was published, Mr. Kirby added in a statement: “The Ukrainians have their own intelligence capabilities to track and target Russian Navy ships, as they did in this case.”

US officials have publicly acknowledged that actionable intelligence was provided to the Ukrainians in preparation for the February 24 Russian invasion, and that the practice continued in the weeks that followed. But those officials were hesitant to confirm American involvement in Ukrainian operations that resulted in the deaths of Russian soldiers.

The US assessment of Russia’s war plan for the Donbass region allowed a senior Pentagon official to say last week that Russia appeared to be “several days behind schedule” on its offensive there in due to strong Ukrainian resistance and persistent supply problems.

Credit…Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

Russian forces can always deviate from their plans, but U.S. officials said the intelligence allowed Ukrainian forces to evade attacks in some places and position themselves to strike at the Russians in others.

Although the administration remains cautious about provoking Mr. Putin to the point that he further escalates his attacks – President Biden has said he will not send US troops to Ukraine or establish any ” no-fly zone” – current and former officials said the administration found some value in warning Russia that Ukraine had the weight of the United States and NATO behind it.

Officials said Moscow had its own calculations to weigh, including whether it could handle a larger war, particularly one that would allow NATO to invoke its mutual defense charter or enter more directly into the war.

The New York Times reported on Wednesday that US intelligence on Russian movements provided to Ukraine allowed kyiv to target and kill a number of Russian generals. On Thursday, Mr. Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman, acknowledged sharing intelligence with the Ukrainians but provided few details.

But Mr Kirby said the Ukrainians had their own sources of intelligence, which they combined with others and chose which targets to hit. “They make their own decisions,” Mr. Kirby said. “And they take their own actions.”

In an interview with CNN on Thursday, Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the California Democrat who heads the House Intelligence Committee, said the Biden administration has shied away from discussing intelligence sharing for fear of saying anything. or “which would aggravate the conflict”.

“We are providing real-time intelligence to Ukraine to help it defend itself,” Schiff said. “I don’t think the administration wants to go into detail about the type of circumstances, but we want to make sure Ukraine does well.”

For decades, the Moskva, a mighty embodiment of Russian naval power in the Black Sea, bristled with missiles and loomed ominously on the horizon, inspiring the admiration of those who saw it.

But US Navy officials who visited Russian cruisers when there was US-Russian military cooperation in the late 1990s and early 2000s said the Moskva had problems. There was little visible damage control equipment aboard the warship to quickly extinguish fires on board.

Officials said they could not see any fire extinguishers or fire hoses in the passages through the ships. On US ships, this equipment is stored close at hand to allow the crew to quickly extinguish fires, which is critical at sea.

Russian media reported that a fire on board had ignited an ammunition store, severely damaging Moskva. US officials say Neptune missiles most likely caused the fire, which the crew could not contain before the aging ship finally sank while being towed to port.

“The Russian military had long debated whether to retire the Moskva,” said Michael Kofman, director of Russian studies at CNA, a research institute in Arlington County, Virginia. “She was an aging Soviet cruiser in dire need of modernization.”

But with a shortage of cruisers and destroyers, Moscow finally decided to expand its service. It was the cannons of the Moskva, in fact, that fired at Snake Island in Ukraine in the early days of the war.

Credit…Maxar Technologies, via Associated Press
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| Cooks Peak Daily Update – 5/2/2022NM Fire Info https://sailtheory.com/cooks-peak-daily-update-5-2-2022nm-fire-info/ Mon, 02 May 2022 17:43:09 +0000 https://sailtheory.com/cooks-peak-daily-update-5-2-2022nm-fire-info/ Red flag warning again today Updated 5/02/2022 Acres: 59,065 acres Location: North of Ocate NM, about 46 miles north of Las Vegas, NMContainment: 69%Start date: Sunday April 17, 2022Cause: Human, under investigationFuels: ponderosa pine, oak brush and grass Fire Update: Firefighters once again faced red flag conditions yesterday due to high winds and low humidity. […]]]>

Red flag warning again today

Updated 5/02/2022

Acres: 59,065 acres
Location: North of Ocate NM, about 46 miles north of Las Vegas, NM
Containment: 69%
Start date: Sunday April 17, 2022
Cause: Human, under investigation
Fuels: ponderosa pine, oak brush and grass

Fire Update: Firefighters once again faced red flag conditions yesterday due to high winds and low humidity. Areas of heat persisted on the southwest slope of Gallinas Mesa and on the northwest side of the fire in heavy wood and uneven terrain. The heat also persisted south of Sweetwater where overhead fires were conducted on Saturday April 30, 2022. Crews held and secured lines in these areas, and continued clearing and extinguishing fires as needed.
Today, red flag warnings were once again issued due to high winds and very dry air. These warnings alert fire managers that conditions conducive to dangerous fire behavior and the growth of wildfires are expected. Due to red flag warnings, the Cooks Peak fire still has the potential for rapid growth. Firefighters will maintain, reinforce and secure lines where hot spots continue to threaten containment. Helicopters will assist with water drops when flying conditions are safe. Crews will continue to monitor and patrol secured fire lines, mopping up existing smoke sources. Suppression repair will continue around the perimeter of the fire where necessary.

Current evacuations for Mora and Colfax counties: There is no change in evacuation status due to the Cooks Peak Fire.

Colfax County Evacuation status for areas in TO GO: Philmont Scout Ranch Back Country West of State Road 21 in Colfax County; Areas in POSITION status includes Sweetwater, Rayado and Sunnyside; Areas in READY status includes residents of Miami and Philmont Scout Ranch Headquarters.

Mora County residents who were previously in the Cooks Peak Fire evacuation footprint can now be under the Calf Canyon/Hermit’s Peak evacuation status. Mora County residents should refer to the Mora County Sheriff https://www.facebook.com/moracountysheriffoffice and Calf Canyon/Hermit’s Peak Fire Information https://www.facebook.com/santafeNF for the most recent evacuation status.

The Mora County and Colfax Sheriff’s Offices use the Ready! Adjust! To go! (https://www.emnrd.nm.gov/sfd/fire-prevention-programs/ready-set-go-new-mexico/) evacuation status program that provides information on evacuation and preparation for evacuation.

An evacuation center is based at Old Memorial Middle School, 947 Old National Rd, Las Vegas. The Colfax County Fairgrounds was closed.

Livestock: The Taos Rodeo Grounds is available to residents of Mora if they need a place for horses. Contact: Livestock Inspector Ruben Baca 505-770-1490.

Weather: Red flag conditions will recur today with sustained winds of 25-35 mph from the west to northwest, gusting to 45 mph. Temperatures will be in the 60s and relative humidity in the teens above the fire zone. A fire weather watch has been issued for Tuesday. Conditions will be warmer, drier and windier.

Motorway closures: New Mexico Route 120 remains closed from mile marker 26 3 miles west of Ocate due to fire activity and equipment entering the area to support firefighting efforts . Motorists are advised to delay their journey or seek alternative routes. State Road 21 from Polo Ranch to Cimarron is open to local traffic only and remains closed to through traffic. To visit https://nmroads.com/mapIndex.html for more information.

Smoke: Minimal smoke impacts are expected today due to wind direction. This will provide good air quality in Cimarron, Miami and Springer. Air quality in Wagon Mound will be moderate due to smoke from fires in the area. As the wind direction shifts to the south and southwest late in the day and Tuesday, moderate air quality due to smoke is expected. Residents are encouraged to stay informed of potential changes by visiting the interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov which allows you to zoom into your area to see the latest smoke conditions.

Air restrictions: There is a temporary flight restriction over Cooks Peak Fire. Firefighting aircraft cannot fly if this restriction is violated by any aircraft, including drones. This leaves firefighters on the ground without air support.

Fire Restrictions: The New Mexico State Forester has implemented statewide fire restrictions. Smoking, fireworks, open campfires and open fires are prohibited. For more information, see https://www.emnrd.nm.gov/sfd/forestry-news/ The Bureau of Land Management, Farmington District also has fire restrictions in place. Fireworks, campfires, smoking and operation of machinery, including off-road ORV use, are prohibited. To visit https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/new-mexico/fire-restrictions for more details.

More information:
Inciweb
: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8066/
Information on the fires in New Mexico: https://nmfireinfo.com/
Smoke Outlook: https://outlooks.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlook/b335b9f4
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CooksPeakFireInfo/
Evacuations: https://www.facebook.com/moracountysheriffoffice/
Colfax County: http://www.co.colfax.nm.us/government/sheriff_s_department.php;

Cooks Peak Fire Daily Map for 02/05/2022
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Semperit maintains the value of the Malaysian glove factory with six new production lines https://sailtheory.com/semperit-maintains-the-value-of-the-malaysian-glove-factory-with-six-new-production-lines/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 06:42:06 +0000 https://sailtheory.com/semperit-maintains-the-value-of-the-malaysian-glove-factory-with-six-new-production-lines/ Semperit maintains the value of the Malaysian glove factory with six new production lines Kamunting/Malaysia, Vienna/Austria, April 30, 2022 – The listed Semperit Group has invested 21 million euros from autumn 2020 in the construction of six additional dipping lines (“P7+”) for the production of gloves in the Malaysian branch of Kamunting. Today, the new […]]]>

Semperit maintains the value of the Malaysian glove factory with six new production lines

Kamunting/Malaysia, Vienna/Austria, April 30, 2022 – The listed Semperit Group has invested 21 million euros from autumn 2020 in the construction of six additional dipping lines (“P7+”) for the production of gloves in the Malaysian branch of Kamunting. Today, the new production lines with a production of 1.8 billion pieces per year were inaugurated in a festive ceremony by CEO Karl Haider and COO Kristian Brok in the presence of the Chief Minister of Perak and the Austrian Ambassador.

The most modern industrial complex at the Kamunting site, called P7, now has 18 production lines with a target capacity of 5.4 billion gloves in total; 12 production lines had been built in a first phase of investment between 2015 and 2017. “The construction of P7+ serves to preserve the value of our Malaysian Sempermed plant and represents the completion of the successful restructuring initiated in 2017, on the basis from which we have achieved considerable efficiency gains,” says Karl Haider, CEO of the Semperit Group.

“Because P7+ consists of semi-automatic lines, the use of labor is less than in other parts of the plant. Overall plant efficiency is also excellent and gas consumption is lower than other areas of our Malaysian site,” adds COO Kristian Brok. Thanks to greater flexibility, new types of gloves in colors such as cobalt blue and black can be produced in the future at Semperit’s Malaysian production facility.

For requests:
Monika Riedel
Group Brand Management Director,
Corporate spokesperson
+43 676 8715 8620
monika.riedel@semperitgroup.com

Judit Helenyi
Investor Relations Director
+43 676 8715 8310
judit.helenyi@semperitgroup.com

www.semperitgroup.com
www.linkedin.com/company/semperit-ag

About Semperit

The listed company Semperit AG Holding is an internationally oriented group that develops and produces highly specialized polymer products for the industrial and medical sectors, selling them in more than 100 countries around the world: hydraulic and industrial hoses, conveyor belts, escalator handrails, building profiles, cable car rings, products for railway superstructures, examination and surgical gloves. Founded in 1824, this long-standing Austrian company is headquartered in Vienna, Austria. The Semperit Group employs around 7,000 people worldwide, including around 3,800 in Asia and around 900 in Austria (Vienna and production site in Wimpassing, Lower Austria). The Group has 15 manufacturing plants around the world and numerous sales offices in Europe, Asia, Australia and America. In 2021, the Group generated revenue of €1,182.2 million and EBITDA of €361.8 million.

30.04.2022 This press release was distributed by EQS Group AG. www.eqs.com

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Forward Air will reach EPS 2023 target one year ahead of schedule https://sailtheory.com/forward-air-will-reach-eps-2023-target-one-year-ahead-of-schedule/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 17:47:07 +0000 https://sailtheory.com/forward-air-will-reach-eps-2023-target-one-year-ahead-of-schedule/ Forward Air management said Thursday that March was the best month in company history, with its LTL segment experiencing three of the highest tonnage weeks on record. The comments came during its first quarter call, which highlighted the progress the light trucking company has made in moving from its low-cost light shipments to heavier loads. […]]]>

Forward Air management said Thursday that March was the best month in company history, with its LTL segment experiencing three of the highest tonnage weeks on record. The comments came during its first quarter call, which highlighted the progress the light trucking company has made in moving from its low-cost light shipments to heavier loads. Efforts have been made to improve density and yields.

Forward posted record revenue, operating profit and earnings per share during the first quarter and announced that it expects to exceed these results in terms of turnover and profit during the second quarter. . EPS’ future goals have also been advanced as essential business elements – trade shows, conferences and concerts – come back online.

First-quarter EPS of $1.57 was well above management’s initial guidance of $1.15-$1.19. First-quarter operating profit and EPS are not adjusted for any one-time items, but are compared to prior-year results, which excluded costs associated with a cyberattack and activist shareholder activities.

Consolidated revenue of $467 million increased 29% year-over-year and beat forecast growth of 18% to 22%.

“During the first few weeks of the second quarter, we saw continued strength and believe we will see similar strong performance in the second quarter,” Tom Schmitt, chairman and CEO, said in a press release. “The momentum is expected to continue as more cruise lines, conferences and trade shows return.”

Before (NASDAQ: FWRD) released second-quarter guidance forecasting revenue growth of between 18% and 22% with EPS ranging from $1.59 to $1.63. The outlook implies revenue of $505 million, which was slightly higher than the consensus estimate of $498 million provided by Seeking Alpha at press time. The expected EPS range brackets the consensus estimate of $1.62.

Management said it’s “optimistic” the company can reach the bottom of its previously published 2023 financial target (EPS $6.30 to $6.70) in 2022. It’s also confident the high end of the range can be reached in 2023 without the benefit of “any major acquisitions.” The previous guide depended on transaction flow and oversized terminal additions.

Schmitt also indicated that there could be other benefits to improved advice. “Everything we do would tell me: the momentum is still there, we like what we see, more importantly, we like what our teams are doing and there are benefits to what we offer.”

He said the company was more successful in loosening up contracts because it could make more use of its mostly dedicated independent contractors instead of relying on true third-party capacity. Everything from service and claims ratios to cost profile improves with the use of regular drivers.

Freight shipments related to in-person events only accounted for about $40 million in revenue in 2021. That figure could rise to $140 million in 2022. Forward also expects to see continued success selling directly to smaller and medium shippers. In the past it mainly worked through freight forwarders and 3PLs, which it will continue to do, but blending into more direct business with SMEs is very profitable. Removing the middleman can double margins to around 30%.

“The profitability of small and medium-sized businesses is enormous. The profitability of the event business is huge,” Schmitt said on the call.

SMB sales currently represent only about $20 million in revenue, but are expected to increase to $100 million within one to three years. The company is still focused on what it estimates to be a $10 billion high-end LTL freight market, which is comprised of high-value, heavier cargo requiring expedited “precision execution.” Management estimates that SMEs represent 30% of this subset.

First Quarter Highlights

Forward’s expedited segment, which includes LTL, FTL and Last Mile, saw year-over-year revenue growth of 24% to $377 million. LTL offering led the way (+36%) with TL (+7%) and last mile (+6%) making more modest contributions.

Freight swapping to heavier loads caused shipments per day to drop 15% year-over-year in the quarter, but daily tonnage was up 9%. The difference was a 27% increase in weight per shipment.

Tonnage increased (year-on-year) by 5.5% in January, 16.5% in February and 5.5% in March. So far in April, tonnage has increased by a similar amount to that recorded in March. The February competition benefited from severe winter storms last year. Additionally, the company hadn’t started the transition from light, non-palletized freight until the end of 2021, which was a tailwind for all monthly comps.

Accelerated margin increased 460 basis points year-on-year to 12.7%. A 12% increase in yields, or revenue per hundredweight (excluding fuel), paved the way for improved margin performance. All of the segment’s expense brackets were lower year-over-year as a percentage of revenue, with the exception of fuel, which was nearly flat. The two largest spending lines were the biggest declines. Purchased transportation expenses decreased 90 basis points, with salaries, wages and benefits decreasing 220 basis points.

Management said LTL margin was 19.5% in the quarter (80.5% operating ratio) and expects to see an OR in the 70s at some point this year .

Intermodal revenue increased 55% year over year to $90 million. Revenue per shipment increased 61%, with operating margin also improving by 460 basis points to 12.3%. Purchased transportation expenses (-770 basis points) and compensation expenses (-420 basis points) fell the most as a percentage of revenue.

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Roswell Park experts will share the latest advances in the treatment of blood-related cancers https://sailtheory.com/roswell-park-experts-will-share-the-latest-advances-in-the-treatment-of-blood-related-cancers/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 00:58:00 +0000 https://sailtheory.com/roswell-park-experts-will-share-the-latest-advances-in-the-treatment-of-blood-related-cancers/ Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center specialists will share the latest advances and developments in the treatment of blood-related cancers at the 2022 Tandem Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Meetings of the American Society for Transplantation and Cellular Therapy (ASTCT) and the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) in Salt Lake City, Utah, April […]]]>

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center specialists will share the latest advances and developments in the treatment of blood-related cancers at the 2022 Tandem Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Meetings of the American Society for Transplantation and Cellular Therapy (ASTCT) and the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 23-26.

Highlights of guest presentations from Roswell Park at the meeting include discussion of highly anticipated results from an ongoing clinical trial of a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy for multiple myeloma as well as the management of graft versus host disease (GVHD) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Promising results for a new indication of CAR T-cell therapy for multiple myeloma

Jens Hillengass MD, PhD, Head of Myeloma, will share results from CARTITUDE-2, the first study to use a recently FDA-approved CAR T-cell therapy, ciltacabtagene autoleucel (cilta-cel), in patients with multiple relapsed or refractory myeloma after only one to three prior lines of treatment.

“For the first time, patients on the first lines of treatment have received this CAR-T cell therapy,” explains Dr. Hillengass. “The results of CARTITUDE-2 were very encouraging. A single infusion of cilta-cel produced early and profound responses, with 85% of patients showing a complete response and good tolerance.”

Presentation Details: 73 – Cartitude-2 Updated Results: Sunday, April 24, 4-4:15 p.m. MDT, Salt Palace Convention Center, Ballroom D

Customizing therapy for patients with chronic GVHD

In an ASTCT spotlight session, Nataliya Buxbaum, MD, assistant professor of oncology in the Department of Pediatrics and physician in the Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders Program at Roswell Park Oishei, will discuss Roswell Park’s work to develop a much-needed pathway to personalized therapy for patients with chronic GVHD, which occurs when transplanted donor immune cells attack healthy recipient cells.

“Although we have several FDA-approved drugs and other therapies that are sometimes effective for some patients with chronic GVHD, finding the right treatment usually requires trial and error,” says Dr. hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. “Sometimes patients end up trying multiple lines of therapy for several months before a significant clinical response is achieved. This remains the main challenge in our field, and it can be overcome with personalized therapy – selecting the right drug for the right patient at the right time.”

Presentation details: Biology of chronic GVHD: what we know and don’t know? Sunday, April 24, 8:45 a.m. MDT, Salt Palace Convention Center, Hall C, PIT Room 1

Impact of COVID-19 and socio-economic disparities on the treatment of blood cancers

In poster sessions on Sunday, April 24 (6:30-7:30 p.m. MDT, Salt Palace Convention Center – Hall A), Muhammad Salman Faisal, MD, member of the Department of Medicine, will present the results of two Roswell Park-directed studies:

  • Poster 256 “Socioeconomic and Racial Barriers to Access to CD19 Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CART) T-Cell Therapy” highlights the disparity that currently exists in access to CD19 chimeric antigen receptor (CART) T-cell therapy. CAR T cells based on race or access to adequate health insurance, with African Americans and uninsured patients being much less likely to receive needed treatment.
  • Poster 496 “Bamlanivimab monoclonal antibody therapy in patients with graft versus host disease (GVHD) diagnosed with COVID-19 infection” discusses the safety and efficacy of bamlanivimab, a monoclonal antibody that has been granted emergency use authorization for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19. 19, in immunocompromised GVHD patients with COVID-19 who had undergone transplantation.
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Cloud Customers Must Adopt FinOps to Control Costs https://sailtheory.com/cloud-customers-must-adopt-finops-to-control-costs/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 09:35:10 +0000 https://sailtheory.com/cloud-customers-must-adopt-finops-to-control-costs/ As cloud computing has become mainstream, gaining visibility into and controlling cloud costs has become an ongoing issue for businesses. And the cost management tools offered by cloud providers don’t do the job. Cloud costs continue to rise and the amount of unnecessary spending remains high, according to the Flexera 2022 State of the Cloud […]]]>

As cloud computing has become mainstream, gaining visibility into and controlling cloud costs has become an ongoing issue for businesses. And the cost management tools offered by cloud providers don’t do the job.

Cloud costs continue to rise and the amount of unnecessary spending remains high, according to the Flexera 2022 State of the Cloud Report survey published in March. For the sixth year in a row, optimizing their use of the existing cloud for cost savings – sometimes referred to as FinOps – was the number one cloud priority this year for enterprise technical and business professionals. Improving financial reporting on cloud costs was also a major initiative.

FinOps and all of this optimization and cost management is a critical part of the cloud operating model that customers need to put in place when migrating to cloud domains,” said Chris Wegmann, chief technology and practice officer. Accenture’s AWS Business Group. “[It’s] usually a function that is ignored or missed or not invested as much.

Deploying FinOps encourages data-driven management of cloud spend while simultaneously increasing efficiency and typically reduces cloud spend by up to 20% to 30%, according to Accenture.

While cloud providers provide some tools and support through technical account managers, customers must play a very active role, according to Wegmann. This means knowing what their workloads need and making the necessary changes to optimize them, or risk paying more than they should.

“This is a shared responsibility because…AWS cannot make these changes on your behalf,” Wegmann said. “Many customers in their on-premises environments don’t have that visibility, so they don’t know where the spend is. But that’s a big advantage in the cloud.

It’s all about data

Cloud providers offer basic cost management services, but they usually need to be supplemented with third-party software and require cloud users to do some of the heavy lifting.

“Data is absolutely essential for cloud cost management, optimization, and it usually comes down to markup,” Wegmann said. “This means that you label each element of your cloud domain and then [make] sure that the data model brings it all together. The tools themselves don’t automatically create this data model or mapping, and that’s something that needs to be done.

AWS’ cloud cost management product suite includes AWS Cost Explorer to help customers view and manage their AWS costs and usage across all accounts; AWS Budgets to improve planning and cost control with budgeting and forecasting; and AWS Cost Anomaly Detection, a machine learning model that learns customers’ historical spending patterns to detect one-time cost spikes and ongoing cost increases. AWS Trusted Advisor inspects a customer’s AWS infrastructure and provides best practice recommendations when there are opportunities to save money and optimize system availability, performance, and security.

If you know what kind of computing performance your application requires, AWS offers more than 475 instance types for customers to choose from to give them the best price-performance scenario, noted Chris Grusz, AWS business development director, AWS Marketplace, Service Catalog, and Control Tower.

“We have over 15 different database types…so you can choose the exact database that will be what you’re really looking for, then run it on the exact instance type you need,” said Grusz. “And then, of course, we’re always looking to lower that price wherever we can. [AWS] Marketplace also integrates with a number of our partner solutions, so if a customer wants to view third-party spend for SaaS applications alongside their AWS consumption, we also have ways to power many of the management products. popular costs that are on the market.”

Accenture itself has a very large AWS presence that it constantly seeks to optimize, and it uses the same internal tool it uses with its clients – the Accenture myNav platform – to optimize its cloud architecture, track and manage consumption and adjust spending accordingly, according to Wegman.

“We have tens of millions of lines of billing data coming in; that means tens of millions of different services are running,” Wegmann said. “We aggregate that and bring that to about 1,000 different teams. Through this, we are constantly looking to optimize, save money, disable things when not in use, switch expensive instance types to lower costs. Sometimes it’s cheaper storage or just a change… to more serverless, which is usually cheaper than having servers sitting around to process things.

Accenture and nearly all of its AWS customers use a combination of native AWS and third-party tools such as CloudHealth by VMware or Cloudability to help monitor and control their cloud costs because no one tool can do it all. do, Wegmann said.

“Unfortunately, it takes two or three different tools, as well as what’s from Amazon, to do this,” Wegmann said. “We spend a lot of time with our clients, helping them make those decisions. Some of them do reviews or do free trials [of third-party software] or things like that to understand capabilities and understand where it fits into their shortcomings.

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According to Amit Zavery, Managing Director and Head of Platform for Google Cloud, helping customers control their cloud costs is all about maintaining long-term relationships.

“If they’re successful, we’re successful,” said Zavery, who manages Google Cloud’s commerce, billing and monetization product team. “If they have budget constraints or budgetary requirements, or if they want to have a future plan around their use, we give them control. Otherwise, it would be very difficult for them to scale and ultimately use many more services. »

The Zavery team expands the cost control and management capabilities provided to customers through Google Cloud Console, which integrates cloud usage and historical customer data.

“We’ve tried to ensure that we provide as many tools and capabilities so customers can review their usage, manage costs, and optimize their capability utilization so they can achieve better results using our products from the point from an economic point of view,” Zavery said. “That data is also available to them to extract and put into any kind of analytical tool. We also have value advisors within Google Cloud who can work closely with clients.”

Google Cloud announced a series of price increases for its infrastructure services in March that will take effect on October 1. It adds new data replication and network egress charges, and doubles the prices of some services, such as cold-line storage operations.

“We just brought our pricing somewhat up to industry standards compared to anything else,” Zavery said. “We have of course worked closely with customers whenever we make price changes, and we also try to provide our customers with information on how their invoices will look.”

Microsoft declined to discuss how it helps customers monitor and control their cloud costs.

“Tracking cloud usage and associated costs should be a transparent process for any customer using the cloud,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement. “That’s why Microsoft offers a suite of services, like Azure cost management and billingto ensure customers have the tools to accurately forecast and manage their cloud usage. »

Unsolvable problem”

While the big three cloud providers say they help customers or make it easy for them to monitor and control their costs, Corey Quinn begs to disagree.

“All three will tell you they absolutely do, but they don’t,” said Quinn, chief cloud economist for The Duckbill Group, which helps AWS customers manage their cloud costs. “They offer different tools, different points of visibility and so on, but part of the problem is that they’re far enough away from their customers that they don’t fully understand the scope of the problem. And on some level, let’s be clear, it’s an unsolvable problem to solve.

The convoluted pricing structures of cloud providers have effectively become impenetrable, according to Quinn.

“For virtually all customers, the monthly cloud bill is what the provider tells them, because who will even have the energy to dissect it, let alone discuss it,” he said.

The complexity of understanding and controlling cloud costs depends on what an organization looks like (as it is, how it interfaces between functions) and its technology stack.

“The more elastic, cloudy, and higher-tier a cloud provider’s services, the less predictable the spend becomes,” Quinn said. “Yes, it becomes much more efficient, but also much more difficult to predict.”

Quinn typically starts customer conversations about cloud costs with a series of questions: Is their cloud bill accurate? Are there a bunch of things that should be disabled? Are there any configuration errors in the technical sense that relatively minor changes would have a big impact on? Do they have contract negotiations coming up?

“All vendors offer deep discounts for incurred spend, but that commitment is measured over multiple years to a point where it’s not just ‘predicting your cloud bill next month,’ but ‘predicting what it will look like. your spending on what curve for the next half-decade,” Quinn said. “It’s an incredibly daunting task because you’re about to sign on the dotted line, but it determines what it’s going to look like.”

“One thing that’s often a duck is people thinking, ‘Ah, I’m going to move to the cloud, because it will save me money,'” Quinn said. “I did the TCO in depth [total cost of ownership] analysis, and I’m left with the conclusion that if you’re taking this route to the cloud from your data center to save money, you’re almost certainly wrong.

After all, cloud computing is not just a server rental market; it’s a whole new way to build and maintain apps.

“You won’t see any appreciable savings for at least five years — probably never, depending on what you’re doing,” Quinn said. “So the reason to do that instead is because of a capability story – it allows you to move faster as a business.”

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PMC and MPCB receive notices for construction of rubbish dump along Ram Nadi flood lines https://sailtheory.com/pmc-and-mpcb-receive-notices-for-construction-of-rubbish-dump-along-ram-nadi-flood-lines/ Sat, 23 Apr 2022 17:34:37 +0000 https://sailtheory.com/pmc-and-mpcb-receive-notices-for-construction-of-rubbish-dump-along-ram-nadi-flood-lines/ Bhukum and Bhugaon gram panchayats located in Mulshi Taluka issued notices to the Municipal Commissioner, Chief Engineer, Irrigation Department of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Regional Officer of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) for illegally commencing rubbish collection center works along the Ram Nadi flood lines. Villagers and residents of Bhugaon, Bavdhan and Bhukum sounded […]]]>

Bhukum and Bhugaon gram panchayats located in Mulshi Taluka issued notices to the Municipal Commissioner, Chief Engineer, Irrigation Department of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Regional Officer of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) for illegally commencing rubbish collection center works along the Ram Nadi flood lines.

Villagers and residents of Bhugaon, Bavdhan and Bhukum sounded the alarm when excavation activities were spotted in the red and blue line areas of Ram Nadi including the river bank.

The gram panchayat gave 15 days’ notice with a request to halt solid waste management development works in the prohibited area. These illegal constructions have created an obstruction in the natural course of the river. If not acted upon, the gram panchayat will approach the National Green Tribunal (NGT)

Kishor Moholkar, an environmental activist and local resident, said: “We tried to find out the exact nature of the work and the workers told us that a rubbish dump was being built. We met with relevant officials at the PMC and confirmed that the PMC has received a green signal to build a solid waste management project to be developed on the river bank. Work began on April 11. We wrote letters to the authorities to stop the works.

Kunal Khemnar, the additional commissioner who gave the order to start work on the site, said: “The plant we are building is not a garbage treatment plant but a modern garbage transfer station, it is is a closed capsule system. Residents and the gram panchayat may have doubts that we will clear up. We have given Metro the green light to start work as it is part of the land transfer agreement at the Kothrud landfill site.

Bhuagaon Sarpanch Nikita Sanas said, “We raised an objection earlier when the garbage dump was proposed in 2021. We are not against the PMC project, but against the choice of the area. This will further pollute Ram Nadi. Many people have worked to restore this river.

According to the gram panchayat and residents, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has issued guidelines to specify adequate separation distances between solid waste management facilities and their surrounding area. The objectives are to minimize the risk of negative environmental impacts, support strategic land-use planning decisions and prevent encroachment into controlled areas. They also stated that the Secretary in charge of the States Department of Urban Development is required to notify the buffer zone for solid waste treatment and disposal facilities. The distance criteria for the establishment of waste management facilities, as specified in the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, must also be followed.

The NGT also said that as a precaution abundant, at the time the final blue line is reserved, it should be treated as a zone without development according to a GR dated July 25, 2019.

The PMC had previously canceled the site, but the administrator who was appointed after the dissolution of the general body approved the construction of the garbage dump.

“We call on the PMC to stop the project in the prohibited areas for the benefit of the public and to protect the river bed,” said resident Anil Chondhe.

MPCB ​​officer Pratap Jagtap said: “We will look into the matter and make a decision once we have discussed the matter.”

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City Push to Replace 400,000 Lead Service Line Dropouts at 74: Data | Chicago News https://sailtheory.com/city-push-to-replace-400000-lead-service-line-dropouts-at-74-data-chicago-news/ Fri, 22 Apr 2022 00:49:57 +0000 https://sailtheory.com/city-push-to-replace-400000-lead-service-line-dropouts-at-74-data-chicago-news/ (US Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal) City crews have replaced just 74 of the nearly 400,000 lead service lines responsible for contaminating Chicago residents’ tap water in the 19 months after Mayor Lori Lightfoot said it It was “way past due” to make sure Chicagoans had clean water in their […]]]>

(US Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal)

City crews have replaced just 74 of the nearly 400,000 lead service lines responsible for contaminating Chicago residents’ tap water in the 19 months after Mayor Lori Lightfoot said it It was “way past due” to make sure Chicagoans had clean water in their homes, according to data obtained by WTTW News.

Department of Water Management Commissioner Andrea Cheng said during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing chaired by Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) that took place Thursday at the Shedd Aquarium that city officials remain committed to removing all lead service lines. in Chicago.

The $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill approved in November 2021 includes $15 billion to fund mainline service line replacement efforts and $3 billion slated to flow to states and cities in 2022. Biden administration’s plan calls for all major service lines to be cut within a decade. It would cost $45 billion.

“Lead pipes are a health crisis in our country,” Duckworth said. “We need to figure out how to replace these pipes fairly and efficiently.”

Cheng said the federal funding will “jumpstart” Chicago’s efforts to cut major service lines, but acknowledged that logistical challenges have meant the program has failed to deliver what Lightfoot promised in September 2020, when she swore the city would remove 650 pipes by the end of 2021.

Despite these hurdles, federal funding gives Chicago “an opportunity to make real, meaningful, and equitable progress,” Cheng said.

Lead service lines connect more Chicago homes to water lines than any other U.S. city, largely because authorities have mandated that lead pipes be used to carry water to single-family homes and small apartment buildings for nearly a century.

Federal law banned the use of lead pipes in 1986.

There is no safe level of lead in drinking water, according to federal authorities. Lead is a neurotoxin and can be particularly harmful to children and pregnant women.

City officials estimate it will cost between $15,000 and $26,000 to remove lead utility lines from every home or apartment in Chicago, or $8.5 billion in total.

In September 2020, Lightfoot said the city would begin removing lead service lines from homes and two apartments in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods with $15 million in federal grants.

But that program was slow to get off the ground, and only 54 households that qualified for the effort had their primary service line removed, according to Department of Water Management data obtained by WTTW News.

City officials received a total of 886 applications for the program, but only 262 were approved, according to data obtained by WTTW News.

Under another program, owners willing to foot the entire bill for the lead service line replacement program can get $3,500 in fees waived if they do the removal themselves.

Twenty homes had their lead service lines removed under the program, according to data obtained by WTTW News.

Cheng also told the committee that his department was still evaluating the best method to replace lead service lines along an entire block.

This will minimize construction disruption and save money, Cheng said.

Contact Heather Cherone: @HeatherCherone | (773) 569-1863 | [email protected]


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