Swan Lake fire grows, moving closer to Sterling Highway

first_imgCertain access routes within the refuge were closed earlier this month.While crews are fighting this blaze, Casey said it’s important for residents and visitors to be careful not to start any new fires — especially as hot, dry weather is expected to continue in Southcentral.National Weather Service meteorologist Shaun Baines says there’s no significant precipitation in the forecast, but temperatures in the mid-70s are expected.Anchorage set a daily high temperature records on Sunday and Monday. Environment | Outdoors | Public Safety | Southcentral | WeatherSwan Lake fire grows, moving closer to Sterling HighwayJune 25, 2019 by Abbey Collins, Alaska Public Media Share:Smoke from the Swan Lake fire lingers in the air over the Kenai River on Saturday, June 22. (Photo by Abbey Collins/Alaska Public Media)The Swan Lake fire has grown to 37,430 acres and is 10% contained as of early Tuesday afternoon. The fire has been burning since early June in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.This past weekend, winds spread the fire to within 2 miles of the Sterling Highway. Fire crews have stopped the progression of the fire toward the town of Sterling. But on the Sterling Highway, travelers should prepare for continued delays.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2019/06/ann-20190624-02.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Smoke from the wildfire sparked by lightning in early June is making its way around Southcentral.“That smoke has been shifting from impacting Seward and Cooper Landing, all the way to shifting up to Girdwood and Anchorage and even Talkeetna,” said Kale Casey, a public information officer with the Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team.Casey said wind is determining how fast and in which direction the fire grows. He said the first priority for firefighting crews was to stop the progression of the fire toward Sterling. And, Casey said, that has been accomplished.He said the wildfire is impacting black spruce forests. The trees burn every 60-100 years — and haven’t done so since 1947.“On the one hand, nobody wants the smoke,” Casey said. “But this forest, once burned, will protect Sterling for quite a long time. And that’s a benefit to the community and it’s a benefit to the moose and the habitat in the refuge, because this is like a loaded gun sitting on a landscape to the east of Sterling.”Casey said efforts are now focused on the area north of the Homer Electric Association power line along the Sterling Highway.Homer Electric has de-engergized that power line, but that won’t impact residents’ day-to-day power.As the fire continues to burn and winds shift, the situation is dynamic. Casey said travelers should be prepared for delays.“It’s going to become the new normal on the Kenai until we have this fire under control, that there will be delays,” Casey said. “Motorists and tourists and commuters can just simply expect delays.”Within the refuge, all Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area trails, campgrounds and day use areas are closed until further notice. A number of other trails and campgrounds are closed as well. There’s a list of closures on the refuge’s Facebook page. Baines says southerly winds are expected through Tuesday, bringing more smoke to the Anchorage area.On Monday, the state Division of Forestry announced a burn suspension for the Kenai Peninsula. That means no open burning, or burning in barrels, until further notice. Small campfires are permitted, but must be properly extinguished.Open fires are also prohibited in Anchorage right now, due to high fire danger.Share this story:last_img read more

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What’s Funnier Than Going To A Party At The Walgreens? Not…

first_imgUncategorizedWhat’s Funnier Than Going To A Party At The Walgreens? Not Being Able To Get In.By Kari Mozena – December 4, 2012708ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItThe new Walgreens is here! The new Walgreens is here! I was literally that excited when, after numerous calls and emails from publicists, I RSVP-ed to their big opening bash. The chain’s flagship store (their 8,000th) opened this weekend on the corner of Sunset and Vine (or if you believe John Corbett in the ads—“the corner of happy & healthy”). I slipped on my sparkly shoes to see this L.A.-ified store which boasts an eyebrow bar, beauty consultants, sushi, a huge wine section and fro-yo. The tip sheet said Fergie, Lamar Odom, and Tim Gunn were confirmed to attend, among others. Publicists told me to arrive between five and six. I got there closer to six, and when I did… I couldn’t get in. Once the party actually started, they kicked the press out anyway. Your intrepid reporter tried the big fellas at the front door, the spent publicist who had finally plunked down at the bus stop on Sunset, and other gents standing watch at the back entrance. Denied. They did, however, let Fergie in. Whew! I ended up going across the street to see the Life of Pi at the Arclight since I am sure to run into the film’s cast on the upcoming award circuit (great flick). I gotta hand it to Walgreens–what tactics!–because what could be more Hollywood than not being able to get past a velvet rope? TAGSL.A. CultureSunset and VineWalgreensPrevious articleThe Foam Finger: Bowling for Pride, DignityNext articleAfternoon Cram: Hef is Getting Hitched!Kari Mozena RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORFollow in Pee-wee Herman’s Footsteps Across L.A.What Defines a Successful Immigrant?The Undocumented Immigrants Who Are Redefining ‘American’last_img read more

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Retails sales increase in UK after fall in 2014

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Local councils own 580 restaurants, 378 pubs and 174 hotels – among other assets

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Y Combinator to fund more academic spinouts developing small-molecule drugs

first_img SAN FRANCISCO — The startup incubator Y Combinator plans to fund more early-stage drug makers, with a partnership designed to bring academic spinouts developing small-molecule drugs into its famed accelerator program. And in a Silicon Valley twist, the compounds it’s backing will often be recommended by an algorithm.The push will start slowly, with only a handful of such startups expected to be accepted into Y Combinator’s winter 2020 batch of companies. But down the line? “If we get 50 great companies from [this partnership] applying to YC, we’ll fund all 50, no problem,” Jared Friedman, a partner at the incubator, told STAT. Log In | Learn More 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. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Tags biotechnologydrug developmentfinanceSTAT+ Y Combinator to fund more academic spinouts developing small-molecule drugs GET STARTED What’s included? By Rebecca Robbins April 29, 2019 Reprints Biotech 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. What is it? Kristoffer Tripplaar/ Sipa USAlast_img read more

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New public charge rule amounts to child abuse

first_img [email protected] By Leah Zallman and Steffie Woolhandler Sept. 11, 2019 Reprints Tags advocacyDonald Trumpimmigrationpediatricspolicy Child abuse occurs when a child suffers serious harm due to the actions, or failure of action, of those entrusted with her or his care. The government is the ultimate caregiver, vested with the duty to ensure the safety of America’s children. So by that definition, under the public charge rule the Trump administration is abusing children. By forcing families to give up access to nutrition and health care, the government has rewritten its role from protector to perpetrator.According to research that we published with several colleagues in JAMA Pediatrics, the Trump administration has chosen to jeopardize the health and well-being of children in immigrant families, most of whom are legal citizens of the United States. Even though the children of immigrants are, on average, slightly healthier than other children, two-thirds of the 8 million children in immigrant families have or will have medical needs for routine immunizations and require doctors’ visits for serious illnesses like asthma, diabetes, and epilepsy. The families of up to 2 million of these children are expected to pull out of these benefit programs and are thus likely to go without care and adequate food.Let us be perfectly clear: Some of the children who will go without adequate food and medical care will suffer permanent injury and even die. A toddler without medications for asthma will find herself unable to breathe because her airways will close, denying her organs the oxygen they need to survive. A child with diabetes whose family cannot afford enough insulin will develop permanent kidney and nerve damage, and can slip into a coma and die. A teenager will go to school with hunger pains, unable to focus on his studies or change the trajectory of poor health and productivity that await him due to this lack of food.This suffering is completely preventable with routine medical care available across the country and the food stamps that people are legally eligible to use.Some of our patients have been asking if they should disenroll from Medicaid, SNAP, and housing assistance. When we ask how they will feed their children or get the care their families need without the benefits, they share that they aren’t sure. But, they say, returning their families to the violence and hunger that awaits them in the countries of their birth is worse, so for now they will forgo public assistance to steer clear from getting caught by the public charge rule.Many of those who already have green cards aren’t sure that taking part in these program is worth the risk, even after we explain that the public charge rule does not apply to them. As mothers ourselves, and knowing the fierce drive to protect our children at all costs, we find ourselves at a loss of words.If physicians like us can report parents who withhold food or medicine or housing from their children for committing child abuse, we should be able to charge the Trump administration with the same thing and use that leverage to overturn the new public charge rule.Leah Zallman, M.D., is a primary care physician at Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, Mass., the director of research at the Institute for Community Health in Malden, Mass., and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Stephanie Woolhandler, M.D., is professor of health policy at Hunter College, City University of New York, in New York City and a lecturer in medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School. Redefining the public charge rule aims to punish immigrant parents — including those who have entered the U.S. legally — by punishing their children, most of whom were born in the United States and so are U.S. citizens. For the first time, it takes prior use of health, nutrition, and housing benefits into consideration when determining if an immigrant can get a green card. It forces low-income families that are legally eligible for food stamps and Medicaid to decide whether or not to enroll in these vital benefit programs, knowing that if they do they risk being deported back to countries where violence or hunger await them.The rule’s more than 200 pages of byzantine language are designed to create fear and confusion among immigrants, prompting parents to forgo benefits for their families. The public charge proposal “presents immigrant families with an impossible choice: keep yourself or your children healthy but risk being separated, or forgo vital services like preventive care and food assistance so your family can remain together in this country,” said Dr. Colleen Kraft, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, in a statement.advertisement First OpinionNew public charge rule amounts to child abuse About the Authors Reprints If one of our patients withheld food or medication from her child, we would report her for child abuse. But come Oct. 15, when the Trump administration’s new public charge immigration rule goes into effect, we’ll have to rethink that strategy.The public charge rule refers to a term used in immigration law to identify an individual who is primarily dependent on the government for support. The Trump administration has broadened the definition of what can be taken into account when denying green cards to include immigrants who use one or more of three government programs: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps), some federal housing subsidizes, and adult Medicaid.Although the new rule would, in theory, not penalize Medicaid enrollment by individuals who are pregnant, have given birth within the past 60 days, or are under age 22, fear and confusion are causing many immigrant families to disenroll from these governmental assistance programs.advertisement Steffie Woolhandler @icommhealth Leah Zallman [email protected] Rosa, second from right, an undocumented immigrant who asked that her family’s last name be withheld, is surrounded by her son Edgar, far right, daughter Olga, far left, and grandson Logan at their home. Rosa used to receive about $190 per month from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program but stopped taking that benefit fearing deportation. Bebeto Matthews/APlast_img read more

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Kim Faces Battle to Get to Xi’s Side

first_img By Kim So Yeol – 2013.08.14 1:35pm Kim Faces Battle to Get to Xi’s Side Analysis & Opinion RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Analysis & Opinion Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? center_img Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” AvatarKim So Yeol Analysis & Opinion There have been rumors of Kim Jong Eun visiting China ever since he came to power. However, North Korea’s addiction to making trouble in Northeast Asia has led China to reject North Korean advances on more than one occasion. Nevertheless, North Korea is certain to keep knocking on the door of Beijing, since such a visit is important to the cohesion of the ruling consensus in Pyongyang. If Kim Jong Eun does not travel to China this year, he will risk losing the confidence of his supporters. Currently Kim is not being treated as a leader by North Korea’s biggest ally. He is also in need of greater economic support.Yet the two sides’ relations have worsened since President Xi Jinping came to power in Beijing because of Kim’s need to show off his possession of nuclear weapons. In May, Xi pressured North Korea by telling Choi Ryong Hae, who had travelled to China as an envoy from Kim, that no matter how the situation may change, denuclearization should be pursued.Xinhuna News Agency recently reported that when Vice President Li Yuanchao visited North Korea in late July, he also passed on a message to Kim Jong Eun, namely that “China wants to realize denuclearization, peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, and solve problems through dialogue and compromise.” It is also said that Kim Jong Eun visited Vice President Li himself during the latter’s visit, in order to express his desire to visit China. However, Vice President Li rejected his overtures, telling him that it would do no good to visiting Beijing at the current time, and that Xi and other top leaders would be unable to meet him.On this, Park Hyung Jung, a senior researcher with the Korea Institute for National Uniffication, told Daily NK, “The key factor in the North Korea-China relationship is whether North Korea is on the way to denuclearization. China wants to hold the Six-Party Talks, but North Korea wants to enter into dialogue as an established nuclear power.” “China is unlikely to accept Kim Jong Eun’s visit until North Korea changes its attitude,” he predicted, going on, “I predict that North Korea will try various conciliatory proposals with South Korea and the United States during the second half of the year. That way they can tell China that their efforts have been in vain because of the stiff attitude of the United States and South Korea.” SHARE Analysis & Opinion last_img read more

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CCGG issues guidance to directors on environmental and social issues

first_img University of Waterloo will teach sustainable financial management CPP Investments launches sustainable energy group Environmentalists press Bank of Canada to be more active on climate change The Toronto-based Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG) outlines how directors should oversee companies handling of environmental and social (E&S) issues in new guidance published on Tuesday.The Directors’ E&S Guidebook provides recommendations for effective board oversight and company disclosure on issues such as climate change, extreme weather, and employee health and safety. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news In recent years corporations have come under increasing pressure to demonstrate that they are properly identifying and managing these issues, CCGG says in a news release,  and, at the same time, investors are under growing obligations to consider these kinds of factors in their investment decision-making.In response, the group launched a consultation process in 2016 to strengthen its guidance for directors in this area. The Directors’ E&S Guidebook reflects its consultations with corporate directors in Canada and abroad, an extensive literature review, and input from CCGG members, the group says.“Companies and investors around the world are realizing that there must be a greater focus on E&S management as a critical driver of long-term shareholder value,” says Stephen Erlichman, executive director, CCGG, in a statement.“CCGG hopes that the guidebook’s 29 principles-based E&S recommendations covering eight key governance areas will provide boards of directors with practical information that they can utilize to effectively oversee their company’s management of E&S factors,” he adds.“The oversight of all significant risk factors is a core function of a corporate board. Every company should have a robust risk management system that includes E&S factors as a fully integrated part of the identification and assessment process. We encourage all company boards to use this guidebook for practical insights on how they can enhance their frameworks,” says Barbara Zvan, chief risk & strategy officer at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP), and chairwoman of CCGG’s E&S Committee. plant growing in savings coins solerf/123RF Keywords Corporate governance,  Responsible investingCompanies Canadian Coalition for Good Governance Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton last_img read more

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Metallurgy buyout raises competition concerns

first_imgMetallurgy buyout raises competition concerns Both companies are involved in the supply of materials used in the production of titanium dioxide, a white powder found in every-day items such as paint, sunscreen, paper and plastics. TiZir Titanium & Iron (TTI) is one of the 2 main global suppliers of chloride slag, one of the most important minerals used to make titanium dioxide pigment and Tronox is one of the main producers of titanium dioxide pigment.The Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) initial, Phase 1, investigation found that Tronox intends to use all of TTI’s chloride slag in its own production of titanium dioxide and halt future sales of chloride slag to third parties. This would leave Rio Tinto, TTI’s main chloride slag competitor, with what is effectively a monopoly position.The CMA has found that the removal of TTI as a main competitor from the market could significantly limit customer supply and lead to higher prices for chloride slag globally, as well as for titanium dioxide in the UK and Europe. Although other minerals are available to make titanium dioxide, the CMA found that customers have limited substitutes for chloride slag.Andrea Gomes da Silva, the CMA’s Executive Director for mergers and markets said:Our investigation showed that Tronox’s purchase of TTI removes a key player in the global supply of chloride slag which, in turn, could have a knock-on effect on the creation of titanium dioxide pigment.Any deal that leaves one company as the only significant supplier in a market deserves closer scrutiny and, in this case, the acquisition could leave buyers and their customers facing higher prices.Tronox now has the opportunity to address the CMA’s concerns within 5 working days. If they are unable to do so, the deal will be referred for an in-depth, Phase 2, investigation.F /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:acquisition, deal, Effect, Europe, future, Government, investigation, market, production, purchase, Rio Tinto, sales, sunscreen, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

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Statement – Brimbank Council response to State Budget 2021

first_imgStatement – Brimbank Council response to State Budget 2021 “Brimbank Council welcomes State Government investment in mental health, education, transport and other services – including a new local mental health service for Brimbank, trees for the West and funding for the Calder Freeway.“We are eager to learn more detail about initiatives in the budget and how they will support Brimbank thrive as we continue our recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.“It’s exciting to see the State Government’s commitments to projects which will make a real difference to liveability in Brimbank.“This includes $50 million in response to Brimbank’s ‘Fix the Calder’ campaign, and $5 million for the ‘More Trees for a Cooler, Greener Melbourne’s West’ initiative.“We also delighted that the budget will include $1.084 million towards development of new sports facilities at Bon Thomas Reserve in Deer Park.“We particularly welcome the State Government’s commitment of $264 million to build the first 20 of up to 60 new local mental health services across the state – including a centre at Brimbank to open by the end of 2022.“With Brimbank experiencing high levels of anxiety and depression, along with significant socio-economic challenges, it’s vital that we improve access to mental health support in our community.“Council also welcomes $200 million to establish the School Mental Health Fund which schools will use on support programs, staff and other resources and we look forward to seeing this support flow into our local community through schools.“Education and wellbeing are huge priorities for Brimbank, and we know that our children and young people did it tough during lockdown. We are delighted to see funding for school upgrades – including $7.9 million for St Albans East Primary School.“Brimbank Council is committed to early years’ education, so we’re delighted to acknowledge $400.7 million allocated to making three-year old kindergarten accessible across all communities from 2022.“We are also pleased that Brimbank-Melton area has been named as one of two locations for the $18 million Putting Families First program – a new whole-of-family support model for families with complex needs.“The trial would see interdisciplinary teams led by a family practitioner work with vulnerable families with multiple health, justice or human services needs to improve their safety, health and wellbeing, and divert them from long‑term acute and tertiary service usage.“Council has in the past advocated to the State Government for primary health services to tackle drug and alcohol issues in Brimbank, and welcomes $9.4 million towards alcohol and other drugs residential rehabilitation treatment expansions, including funding to deliver an additional 10 beds and refurbish support areas at Westside Lodge in Sunshine.“More broadly, it is pleasing to see investment in issues that are important to our community – such as $521.6 million to implement 227 recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence; $193 million to support programs and initiatives for people experiencing homelessness; and more than $383.8 million investment in skills and learning.“Having State Government commit to these important projects for Brimbank is a great outcome for our community. Many of these will serve as anchor investments in helping us to create local jobs, support local businesses and local community outcomes,” Cr Rasic said. /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:alcohol and other drugs, Brimbank, Brimbank City Council, Commission, depression, family violence, Government, health, health services, homelessness, Investment, liveability, local council, Melbourne, mental health, royal commission, St Albans, Transportlast_img read more

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