Alaska’s Energy Desk | Climate Change | Environment | WeatherRains erase last of ‘severe drought’ in Southeast as conditions improve statewideNovember 14, 2019 by Eric Stone, KRBD – Ketchikan Share:This U.S. Drought Monitor map shows much of Southeast in “moderate drought.” For the first time since September of 2018, none of the state is in “severe drought.” (Courtesy U.S. Drought Monitor)Rains throughout October and November mean Southeast Alaska is finally out of “severe drought” status for the first time since September of 2018, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.However, places like Ketchikan, Wrangell and as far north as Juneau are still in “moderate drought.” Places like Sitka, Hoonah and Haines remain “abnormally dry,” though not in drought.Ketchikan International Airport, traditionally one of the wettest places in Alaska, got more than 20 inches of rain in October and has seen nearly 10 more since the beginning of November.Wetter conditions also mean Southcentral’s drought continues to abate. Drought eased for Wasilla and Kodiak Island in October, though conditions remain abnormally dry. Anchorage and the northern Kenai Peninsula are still in moderate drought.Forecasters expect drought conditions in Southeast to continue to improve throughout the winter. They also say Southcentral could be out of drought by the end of November.The U.S. Drought Monitor combines rainfall measurements with stream flow, soil moisture and other factors to determine a region’s drought status.This story was produced as part of a collaboration between KRBD and Alaska’s Energy Desk.Share this story:
Pharmalot Log In | Learn More Rafiq Maqbool/AP @Pharmalot Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. By Ed Silverman May 20, 2019 Reprints [email protected] Earlier this month, 44 states filed a sweeping lawsuit that accused 20 generic drug makers, including large players such as Teva Pharmaceutical, and 15 current and former executives of a widespread price-fixing conspiracy. This was the second such lawsuit over the past three years that alleged schemes in which one company would decide to raise prices on a particular medicine and others would follow suit. The 524-page lawsuit also detailed how companies would agree to divide a market, rather than compete by lowering prices. In some instances, the coordinated price increases were over 1,000%. The lawsuits come amid a national debate over rising drug costs. We spoke with Joseph Nielsen, an assistant attorney general in Connecticut, which has taken the lead on these cases, about some of the details and what to expect next. This is an edited version of our conversation. What is it? About the Author Reprints Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Generic drug price-fixing suit is akin to earlier case, but ‘on steroids,’ Conn. prosecutor says What’s included? Ed Silverman STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Tags antitrustdrug pricesGenericsLitigationpharmaceuticalsPrice FixingSTAT+ GET STARTED Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED
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News NK Sternly Rejects Criticism over Repatriations News News News By Kim Tae Hong – 2012.02.24 3:58pm North Korea broke its silence on the subject of defector repatriation today, with ‘Uriminzokkiri’, the propaganda website operated by the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, insisting that both it and China are merely discharging their sovereign duty.“’Daily NK’ and ‘North Korean human rights’ groups keep blowing the trumpet for this while conservative politicians, conservative groups and every Tom, Dick and Harry in town is keeping the rhythm,” it asserted in a piece entitled ‘Foul Diplomatic Act’.“Of late, the South Chosun authorities have been making even more of an almighty uproar over ‘defectors’ than usual, while rashly attempting to internationalize the ‘defector repatriation problem’,” it went on to allege.The South Korean government, the piece added, “is making a disturbance out of a problem whose basic notion, that of a ‘refugee’, has not even been established.”Concluding that guaranteeing the security of national borders is the recognized duty of any state, the piece concluded, “For neighboring countries, taking administrative measures for problems arising in border areas in accordance with national laws and relevant agreements is the right and proper act of a sovereign state, and not a problem that anybody else can comment upon.”Daily NK is regularly singled out for criticism by North Korea’s propagandist media. On this particular occasion, it was the exclusive revelation on February 10th of the arrest of the latest group of defectors in Shenyang that earned it the ire of the North Korean authorities. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kim Tae Hong Facebook Twitter There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak SHARE North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China
Mutual fund sales slump continued in November Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Mutual fund sales outpaced ETFs in September Keywords Fund salesCompanies Investment Funds Institute of Canada Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Mutual fund net sales were down notably through the first quarter, according to a report published Tuesday by the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC). Overall industry net sales for March came in at $4.5 billion, down from $6.6 billion in February. Year-to-date, net sales were just over $11 billion, compared with $25.4 billion in the same period last year. James Langton Canadian fund sales exceeded $23B in February In March, long-term funds’ net sales totalled $4.9 billion, and net redemptions of money market funds totalled $320 million. Year-to-date, net sales of long-term funds were $10.9 billion (down from $26.3 billion in 2015), and net sales of money market funds were $81 million. Balanced funds continue to provide the bulk of the monthly net sales, with $3.1 billion worth in March, which was down from $5.3 billion in February, and down from $7.4 billion in March 2015. Equity funds generated $934 million in net sales for March, which was up from $744 million in February, and higher than the total recorded in the same month last year. Bond funds recorded $860 million in net sales for March, which was also up from $570 million in February, but down from the same month a year ago. Total mutual fund assets under management (AUM) grew by $37 billion in March to $1.234 trillion, IFIC reports. Monthly sales data are compiled from IFIC and other sources. Aggregate totals are provided by Toronto-based Investor Economics Inc.
Also readThe vast potential of blockchain technologyBlockchain is a record-keeping system that logs and tracks transactions or assets without any central arbiter, offering virtually endless applications.The fund seeks to replicate, to the extent possible, the performance of the Solactive blockchain technology and hardware index net of expenses. The Index tracks a portfolio of global companies focused directly on three specific subsectors of the broader technology industry:companies directly developing blockchain-related applications.companies focused on the hardware required for blockchain technology miningcompanaies supporting blockchain technology, such as memory and storage producers, and services important to large-scale mining on a commercial level, such as data centre real estate investment trusts“BKCH provides a diversified way to enter blockchain investing without taking on a lot of the risks of buying unknown, early stage technology companies,” says Steve Hawkins, president and co-CEO of Horizons ETFs, in a statement.“Investors get exposure to a global portfolio of some of the larger pure-play blockchain companies, alongside well-established, global technology service and semiconductor providers that are benefiting from the growing global investment in this transformative technology.”While the fund may provide exposure to miners, exchanges and other companies with cryptocurrency exposure, it will not have direct exposure to physical crypto-assets and/or cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin or initial coin offerings, Horizons says in a news release.Furthermore, the ETF will not be directly involved in cryptocurrency mining.The ETF will have substantial exposure to U.S.-listed securities as well as securities listed in other foreign countries. Toronto-based Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. has launched Horizons Blockchain Technology & Hardware Index ETF.Units of the ETF began trading Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange, under the ticker symbol BKCH. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Elnur/123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media
RelatedCare Awards Scholarships to Students RelatedCare Awards Scholarships to Students FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Members of the Caribbean Educators Association (CARE) have awarded scholarships to two graduating high school seniors of Caribbean descent, and have donated school supplies and toys to the Woodlawn School of Special Education in Mandeville, Jamaica.The scholarship recipients are Kaidero Hutchinson, a Jamaican national of Pahokee Senior High School, who intends to attend Florida State University in Tallahassee, and Judith Olicia Monroe, a Bahamian national, who attends the Boyd Anderson High in Fort Lauderdale, and is desirous of attending the University of Central Florida in Orlando.Dr. Janice Cover, President of the organization, which was launched in March 2005, commended members for the dedication and commitment through the growing stages.She was addressing the first annual banquet held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, recently.Dr. Cover indicated that members of CARE have begun discussions with the Jamaican Government Education Reform Task Force, to provide professional support and development to educators in the country.In his address, Jamaica’s Consul General, Ricardo Allicock lauded members of CARE for the work they were doing.He also extended congratulations to Prime Minister designate, Portia Simpson-Miller, and the newly appointed Principal of the University of the West Indies, Professor Elsa Leo-Rhynie.The Consul General urged his audience to believe in the Diaspora movement and the role it was playing in nation building.Mr. Allicock said in order for Jamaica and other Caribbean nations to achieve their full potential, it was necessary for all interested persons to become involved in efforts of nation building, through service and investment opportunities.Similar sentiments were expressed by Southeast USA Advisory Board member of the Jamaica Diaspora Foundation, Dahlia Walker-Huntington, who also called on persons to increase and unleash the potential of the Diaspora for the benefit of communities abroad and at home.Members of CARE include Caribbean nationals, representing teaching staff at all levels of education in Palm Beach county. Membership is open to persons in other counties in the State of Florida. RelatedCare Awards Scholarships to Students Care Awards Scholarships to Students UncategorizedMarch 23, 2006 Advertisements
Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica is expected to better its 41st position of last year, in the 2006 Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) e-readiness survey, which is due out at the end of the month.While the 2005 survey scored the country well in terms of its business, legal and policy environments, it fell down in the area of connectivity, but with improvements in this area over the last 12 months, the country is expected to score much higher, said Michael duQuesnay, Chief Executive Officer of the Central Information Technology Office (CITO).“That was a reflection really of the very poor level of penetration of Internet and the very low availability of broadband .but this has dramatically changed in the last 12 months,” he said, making particular note of the impending introduction of increased broadband accessibility to consumers.The survey, which is done annually by the EIU, the business arm of the well-respected Economist magazine, last year ranked Jamaica 41st of 65 countries in terms of e-readiness.Mr. duQuesnay told JIS News, that last year was the first time Jamaica was included in the survey. He noted that in carrying out the survey, the Unit selected countries that it considered to be more developed, and Jamaica was the only English-speaking country in the region to make the cut.Jamaica’s 41st ranking placed it in the middle in respect of the Caribbean, the United States and Canada. “There are four countries that are ahead us – Chile, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina, and there are four countries behind – Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador,” Mr. duQuesnay pointed out.In conducting the survey, six categories are used in determining a country’s rank and a possible score of one to 10 was assigned to each category.Connectivity, “which has to do with the extent to which broadband and Internet services and voice services are available”, is one category Mr. duQuesnay noted.The business environment, which refers to the legislative and regulatory framework, particularly associated with e-commerce, is another.The remaining four categories, he added, were consumer and business adoption; the legal and policy environment; the social and cultural environment; and supporting e-services.“We rank comparatively well in the areas of the business environment and in legal and policy environment, which is good, because those are hard things to set up,” Mr. duQuesnay remarked, noting that Jamaica had a low ranking in the area of connectivity.He said that he was awaiting the results of the 2006 EIU e-readiness survey, which were due out at the end of April, with the research typically having been done in January and February. RelatedJamaica to Score High in 2006 E-Readiness Survey RelatedJamaica to Score High in 2006 E-Readiness Survey Jamaica to Score High in 2006 E-Readiness Survey UncategorizedApril 26, 2006 RelatedJamaica to Score High in 2006 E-Readiness Survey
Construction to begin on expansion of Aboriginal Garden Construction is set to begin on an expansion to the Aboriginal Garden on Lake Benalla.The new designs include a path that connects the Aboriginal Garden to the Lake. The path will feature a granite edge and connect circular resting places designed for small group learning or quiet reflection.Mayor Cr Danny Claridge said the Aboriginal Gardens spoke to the importance of place and history on Lake Benalla.‘We are proud to be able to honour Benalla’s long history with this Aboriginal Garden and the enhancements in this development,’ said Cr Claridge. ‘We encourage the community to enjoy this space, connect with nature and reflect on our history’.Improvements are also planned for the existing Garden, including steel edging of the garden beds and interpretive signage. The effects of flood and the maintenance of the dam have been considered in the plans for the new development.Sally Gamble, Chair of the Tomorrow Today Foundation, said the Garden was an important community space for the region.‘The Foundation has been involved in the development of the Aboriginal Garden since inception because of its potential to bring people together and create conversations about our district’s history and heritage,’ said Ms Gamble. ‘The Garden is a place for sharing stories, having a yarn or quiet reflection’.The Council is proud to be part of the working group for this project, which includes representatives from Tomorrow Today and community members. This project received funding from the Victorian Government. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aboriginal, Benalla, Benalla Rural City Council, community, council, Government, local council, project, space, steel, Victoria
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Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” I was fooled by Volkswagen’s diesel hype – and I’m sorryWhile owners will have to parse the minutiae to come up with their own personal dollar amount, the fact remains that the combined buyback and punitive slap to VW for the 480,000 owners of affected vehicles in the U.S. and (not yet announced but no doubt expected) the 107,000 here in Canada, will effectively allow them to toss over their toxic beast and get something new. Good work, EPA and CARB. Excellent work, in fact.Jim Churchill of Caledonia, Ontario, has two TDIs in the household: a 2013 Golf and a 2013 Touareg. Both were purchased new and represent his tenth and eleventh Volkswagen purchases. “I’m interested in what differences there will be in a Canadian settlement with regards to determining valuation; insurance in the U.S. uses Kelley Blue Book, Canada uses Red Book.” While his starting point won’t be clear until Canada announces its own program, Churchill laughs when I ask if the entire event has made him leery of sticking with a brand he has loved for so long. “I haven’t lost any confidence in Volkswagen. In fact, I’m waiting to see what they’re going to do with all those 2015s and 2016s that have been embargoed since this began.”It’s a good point. Many of the third-generation cheaters can be fixed with a software fiddle, while many of the early ones would require too much of a retrofit to make financial sense. In the early days of the scandal, radio show callers out west pretty much told me they’d have to have their cold dead hands pried from their beloved VW TDIs and they’d be damned if they’d submit them for tinkering. This, of course, came on the heels of a Toronto woman who had parked hers, fearful for what she was doing to the environment. You can imagine the clash in philosophies between a Toronto tree hugger and a prairie cowboy. Before the announcement of very real compensation, conversations often felt like watching a tennis match between Al Gore and Jesse James. But oh how I think that money talk is going to change even the outlaws.Francois Desjardins of Toronto is another long-time Volkswagen customer and fan. His 2011 Golf Wagon TDI was his thirteenth or fourteenth; “I’ve lost count,” he says. In fact, he was in the midst of purchasing a new one when Dieselgate blew up. “I’d sold my wagon on September 14th. But because they were going to take delivery on the 21st, it got caught up in the announcement. I still have the car.” That’s actually why that $5,100 minimum in the American agreement for restitution is so important: Volkswagen’s admission of guilt and the long, drawn out – and most aggravating, silent – response has put all of the owners in limbo. “The unknown is worse than just knowing,” says Desjardins, echoing many callers and readers who have felt left in the dark.A friend of mine from Texas – we’ll call her Emily – is on her fourth, and perhaps last, Volkswagen. “I call it The Smoggle,” she admits of her 2015 Golf TDI, purchased just six months before VW admitted short-sheeting the bed. She’d made up her mind about the Golf purchase happily, and assuredly. “I drove 200 miles to a dealer who had one in stock.” Now? Now, while she waits for final numbers and options to settle in, she’s already looking farther afield, and definitely outside of Volkswagen. Like most buyers, she thought she’d found the best answer for day-to-day driving, sporty handling, environmental impact and fuel economy. “I might as well have bought the Wrangler I thought I wanted,” she muses.On top of the monetary makeup of the pending buyout offers, Desjardins points to the environmental impact: “I bought the car because I loved it; I was buying a fuel-efficient car that was winning awards, it was clean diesel! Now the thought that half a million cars or more might be just crushed is an insult to the environment, the whole process.” He remains uncertain of what his next purchase will be, and says not losing too much money will be a victory. Long-time Volkswagen owners sent a clear signal to the corporation with their repeated purchases; the company sent out its own clear signal to the world with its long-term, calculated cheat. Read more: VW’s Dieselgate could mean more competition for TeslaThe impact will be felt beyond Volkswagen’s borders, as diesel engines everywhere come under increased scrutiny. Ideas are being punted around from all quarters about what Volkswagen will do with hundreds of thousands of cars they’ll no doubt be able to buy back on the proposed and expected terms. Allocating to schools is a political win, parting them out, retrofitting where possible or calibrating software if buyers will bite are all nice ideas, but the fact remains that for too many of these cars, the cheapest, quickest death will be in a crusher. The overhead costs of doing the optically right thing will be onerous, and Volkswagen is probably hoping a fat cheque will square them with their customers. For those owners, the long, drawn-out soap opera was more than just a master class in how not to run a public relations campaign. As we approach the finish line for them, the real work is just beginning for Volkswagen Group. Are we going to see a punishment that fits the crime?To be fair, I’ve run across more than a handful of Volkswagen owners who are still not entirely convinced a crime has taken place. Oh, I don’t mean they disagree that VW fitted multiple model years of many of its badged diesel vehicles with cheating software; I mean there are people who think VW has been unfairly singled out or targeted, and others who don’t think spewing 40 times allowable particulate into the atmosphere is a big deal. They are not the loudest voices, but they are definitely there.But now we’re at the sentencing phase of this long, drawn-out affair, and the numbers on the table are real — if you can sort through the car calculus (that David Booth has helpfully outlined), that is. And I’m thinking even those with extensive theories up their sleeve will change their tune rather rapidly because money does that. Lots and lots of money. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI Highline.