See also:Cargiant plan ‘compelling’ Old Oak proposalQPR boss unsure over Faurlin returnRangers say public supports Old Oak plansInjured Taarabt no closer to QPR returnRangers not interested in Alvarez Argentine defender Pablo Alvarez is training with QPR ahead of a possible move to the club.The 30-year-old is a free agent, having been released by Italian side Calcio Catania in the summer.Alvarez, who is primarily a full-back but can also play in midfield, previously had spells with Boca Juniors and Estudiantes in his native Argentina.AdChoices广告He was on loan at Real Zaragoza in Spain in 2012 and is believed to have a Spanish passport. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
- News / Diversify post-Covid, but ‘shorter supply chains aren’t a shortcut to more efficiency’
A post-pandemic push to diversify and shorten supply chains poses new risks to cargo owners, a senior container transport executive has warned.Following the virus outbreak in China and subsequent ripples of supply chain disruption worldwide, calls for near-shoring and an end to over-reliance on a single sourcing location have grown louder.Governments in particular are likely to reassess supply chains for medical equipment and critical drugs.However, Mike Bhaskaran, chief technology officer at DP World, warned that supply chain diversification should not mean “spreading it too thin”.He told The Loadstar: “Anyone working in logistics will know that diversification is easier said than done, and shorter supply chains aren’t necessarily a shortcut to more efficiency.“Moving manufacturing operations and re-allocating trade flows across your supply chain is an immensely complex task.“Some companies are feeling pressure to shorten their supply chains in the hope it will mitigate against future disruptions, but they must not force premature decisions.”For example, he said, companies which over-diversify too quickly risk damaging their businesses, post-Covid.“Spreading a supply chain too thin, too quickly – whether geographically or in terms of 3PL partners – will hike costs and limit how competitive a company can be with its end-product prices,” explained Mr Bhaskaran.He said one way to mitigate the risk would be to maintain a “robust and flexible” storage strategy at different stages of the supply chain.“This should be a priority for companies wanting to safeguard against future disruption. Those responding well to the crisis are making smart use of their storage inventories at strategic locations across their supply chains to ensure consumer goods and manufacturing components can get to where they are needed.”Indeed, when demand plummeted in April, shipping lines quickly began offering shippers “storage in transit” products and longer voyages, via the Cape of Good Hope, to prevent cargo arriving too soon when warehouses were already full.Meanwhile, Mr Bhaskaran also recommended shippers diversify the trading partners closest to them.“In some cases, the answer lies in making smarter use of the markets and regions you operate in. DP World acquired Unifeeder and Feedertech for precisely this reason – to expand our end-to-end capability by creating tailored, localised shortsea networks between countries.“Leveraging services like this at different stages across the supply chain can help bring it closer to home and deliver solutions specific to a given market, without having to completely overhaul your wider trade flows,” he said. By Sam Whelan 12/06/2020
- Big changes could be coming to Florida’s Bright Futures Scholarship
A controversial bill introduced in the Florida Senate that would have added restrictions to which students qualify for financial aid through a state scholarship program has been put on hold.Senator Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, introduced Senate Bill 86 last month.It takes aim at Florida’s Bright Futures scholarships, which financially help more than 119,000 students attend state colleges and universities based on their GPAs, community service contributions, etc. The bill aims to tailor who could qualify for the scholarships based on several changes, including picking students from degree programs that the state can “determine lead directly to employment.” Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS Florida nursing homes report COVID-19 infection rates nearly double the national average June 16, 2021 Advertisement “They want to put it through general appropriation, which, basically, will cap a certain level of spending,” said Sterk. “If we go over that spending, it’s going to be a first come, first serve. So, if your student is a rising freshman, you’re going to be at a disadvantage comparatively to a junior or senior that’s already in college.”Sterk also said the bill also would not have allowed a student to stack state and federal aid.A group of Lake Nona High School students in Orlando created a petition group against SB 86, called “Save Bright Futures.” Their website’s homepage reads “Bright Futures is in danger,” and their Change.org petition had more than 92,000 signatures when this web article was posted.One of the group’s founders, Kaylee Duong, said whether she goes to college in-state depends on how this bill pans out.“I still haven’t picked a school I want to go to, but the biggest thing I’m looking at is the financial aid they’re giving me,” Duong said. “My parents work so hard and I want to be able to get a scholarship by working hard, getting good grades, doing the volunteer work, getting the GPA to kind of ease that burden on my parents.”Her peer, Lorenzo Urayan, worked on the group’s website’s graphic design. He wants to pursue art in college, but he’s not sure if he’s going to be able to if this bill passes as is.“I’ve known that I’ve wanted to be an artist for a really long time,” Urayan said. “I don’t want to feel like some pressure to have to possibly give that up because I just can’t afford to get that education.”Local Charlotte County high school senior, Amy Enberg, who’s currently dually enrolled at FSW, agreed with that. She’s trying to eventually pursue a degree in english or journalism.“For a lot of students, it would be almost like it’s taking away everything they’ve worked for,” Enberg said. “The career path that I could take would be in the state’s hands because, like many people, I would need Bright Futures funding to be able to go to college.”Sterk said more than 78% of Florida’s high school students choose to stay in-state, largely because of how affordable it is and because of financial aid like Bright Futures.“I think that if we change it…we’re going to lose some really great, great students to other states.” The bill is stalled in the state senate as it gets rewritten. Florida moves against foreign theft of intellectual property June 8, 2021 Two suffer shark bites off Florida beach June 16, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Over 1,000 unemployment claim call takers let go as DEO cancels contract June 12, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementTags: bright futuresFlorida Advertisement“One of the things the bill wanted to do was to create a list of what they would deem non-employable majors, such as sociology, and humanities, anthropology, some of those liberal arts degrees, specifically,” said Florida Southwestern State College Dual Enrollment Director Dr. Amanda Sterk. “They were saying, hey, we’ll pay for the first 60 credits, but after that if you’re on this list, we’re not gonna pay for you.”Other major changes include how the scholarship program is paid for, which is currently through the Florida Lottery.