Running for U.S. House seat, Lindbeck says diversifying Alaska’s economy a key issue

first_imgArctic | Business | Energy & Mining | Environment | Federal Government | Nation & World | State Government | TimberRunning for U.S. House seat, Lindbeck says diversifying Alaska’s economy a key issueNovember 2, 2016 by Aaron Bolton, KSTK-Wrangell Share:Democrat Steve Lindbeck is challenging incumbent Republican Don Young for Alaska’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. (Photo courtesy Lindbeck for Alaska)Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives Steve Lindbeck was scheduled to be in Wrangell on Saturday, but fog prevented him from making one of his final Southeast campaign stops.The former public radio executive officially announced his candidacy in May, hoping to unseat Republican Rep. Don Young, the Alaska Dispatch News reported.Lindbeck spoke with KSTK by phone.One of Lindbeck’s key issues is diversifying Alaska’s economy.He said developing the arctic is one way the federal government can spur development and help the state’s economy.“We really should approve the law of the sea treaty because that will clarify boundaries and authorities as exploitation of minerals and fisheries takes place,” Lindbeck said. “There’s just a tremendous amount of opportunity and risk that comes with the way this place is opening up, and we are not prepared as a country today.”Lindbeck said building a deep-water port is one the key infrastructure components needed, as well as greater Coast Guard coverage.He promotes exploring for resources in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge before making decisions on its development.Lindbeck also supports Gov. Bill Walker’s push to build a natural gas pipeline.Lindbeck argues he would be a strong advocate for transboundary mining issues in Southeast and would like to see the International Joint Commission become involved. That’s a U.S.-Canada panel that handles transboundary water issues.“The State Department needs to push hard. The IJC obviously addresses this in other places and needs to do so here. We need to get President (Barack) Obama and Secretary (John) Kerry and President (Hilary) Clinton – presumably going forward – to stay after this problem,” Lindbeck said. “I think it’s probably a good idea to have a moratorium on approval of new Canadian permits until the government in British Columbia sort some of the recommendations.”Among other Southeast issues, Lindbeck said the Tongass should be able to supply timber for at least one mill, while protecting fisheries in the region.He said Alaska becoming exempt from the “roadless rule” would be one way of opening up logging lands.The federal regulation set aside millions of acres of forest across the country. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the state’s case for an exemption in March.Lindbeck also said the proposed Alaska Mental Health Trust land exchange would be good for the state.That’s been a contentious issue in Southeast.If Congress doesn’t approve the exchange by January, then Mental Health wants to log Ketchikan’s Deer Mountain and land above Mitkof Highway in Petersburg.Other issues Lindbeck is pushing for are broadband infrastructure expansion and legislation allowing college students to renegotiate loan debt.Linbeck’s campaign said it will focus on Anchorage and Fairbanks voters leading up to Election Day.Libertarian Jim McDermott and independent candidate Bernie Souphanavong also are  running against Republican incumbent Don Young.Share this story:last_img read more

Amid violence and breakdown, no clear intervention for Florida shooter

first_imgMilitary | Nation & World | Public Safety | SouthcentralAmid violence and breakdown, no clear intervention for Florida shooterJanuary 13, 2017 by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media Share:FBI Special Agent Marlon Ritzman addresses reporters at a press conference at Anchorage Police Department headquarters on Jan. 7, 2016. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media)A week after a mass shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport, questions remain about why an Anchorage man with multiple domestic violence incidents and a documented mental breakdown was allowed to transport a handgun across the country.Audio Playerhttp://media.aprn.org/2017/ann-20170112-04.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Much remains unknown about alleged shooter Esteban Santiago, and law enforcement officials caution that his brushes with the law in Anchorage bore no clear warning signs.In a court hearing in March, Santiago gave short answers as he took a deferred sentencing agreement in a domestic violence case.“No one’s forcing you to do this?” Judge Gregory Motyka asked in a recording of the hearing.“No, sir,” Santiago replied.“And you’re not under the influence of any medications, drugs or alcohol at this present time?”“No, sir.”Under the deal, Santiago pleaded to a lesser charge, agreeing to complete an anger management course and not engage in any violent behavior.The original charge was from incident two months earlier in January.“Mr. Santiago was with his girlfriend G.P.” the municipal prosecutor said in the recording, reading from a document and referring to Santiago’s girlfriend by her initials. “Mr. Santiago forced his way into the bathroom, breaking the door in the frame in the process, and hit G.P. on the side of the head.”Santiago had contact with police four times last year stemming from accusations of domestic violence.At a news conference in Anchorage the day after the shooting, Police Chief Chris Tolley laid out a chronology of those encounters, none of which led to any new charges.“Officers investigated, and no probable cause was established for arrest,” Tolley said of an Oct. 21 allegation of strangulation that bought police into contact with Santiago.This came just weeks before Santiago went to the FBI and complained of mind control by government agencies, characterized by law enforcement as a “mental health crisis” and leading to a short stay in a psychiatric treatment facility.Police held on to a handgun Santiago had with him, although they ultimately returned it a month later.There’s speculation it was the same weapon he used when he allegedly opened fire at the airport, shooting eleven people.While in retrospect the domestic violence incidents and psychological episode might look like red flags, officials in Anchorage said that is a very different view from how things looked in real time.“It’s very sad to say that what happened in this DV case is very par for the course with what we see every single day,” Anchorage Municipal Prosecutor Seneca Theno said during an interview in her office.According to Theno, there are a lot of reasons police wouldn’t have been able to make an arrest amid accusations of strangulation or assault.For one, police aren’t able to review someone’s full record of interactions with law enforcement and courts while they’re responding to an incident, which makes it difficult to spot a pattern of abusive behavior.Secondly, officers are trained to consult with prosecutors over whether there’s enough evidence to ultimately make a case down the line.Without probable cause, there’s no recourse available to law enforcement.“It happens all the time with DV cases,” Theno said. “Domestic violence cases are some of the most difficult (to prosecute), in part, because they happen in the privacy of a home, most of the time. And there often times aren’t witnesses, and, frankly, that’s often times by design.”Theno doesn’t see anything exceptional in Santiago’s police record, and described the mental health crisis as coming out of the blue.Santiago went to police to retrieve his gun on Nov. 30, but they didn’t hand it over, for reasons that APD has not made clear. But on Dec. 8 he got it back.Theno cautioned while that might look reckless in hindsight, public officials treat firearms like all other property, no different from a backpack or phone.Unless its being held as evidence, police have to return it.“They don’t get to look back and say ‘well, you’re kind of sketchy, you’ve had some things and we’re not quite sure what’s going on, and so we’re going to hold on to your stuff because we’re not comfortable with you,’” Theno said. “They don’t have the legal authority to do that, regardless of what other incident they’ve had with that person.”Even amid a mental health crisis, there is no law that would have kept Santiago from reclaiming his firearm, unless he’d been formally declared mentally ill by a state judge, an extremely high bar to clear.Alaska doesn’t have any its own laws when it comes to gun ownership or prohibitions, just the federal standards.Under those rules, anyone convicted of a domestic violence assault is prohibited from owning or transporting a gun.When Santiago pleaded down to a delayed sentence on a lesser charge of “creating fear of injury,” that federal provision wasn’t tripped.Share this story:last_img read more

News / ‘Whopping’ yield decline brings a ‘new normal’ to global air cargo markets

first_img Yields in the air cargo market fell by a “whopping” 15% year-on-year in 2015, according to the latest data by WorldACD.While the impact was mitigated by the falling cost of fuel, volumes increased by a mere 2% – even with the transpacific windfall at the start of the year.Growth slowed through the year: from 4% in the first quarter, to 2.5% and then dwindled to just 1% in both the third and forth quarters. December saw an increase of 2.1% in volumes, however, while Europe was one bright spot. Growth rose from 1.1% in Q1 to 3% and 4% in the second and third quarters, while the last three months enjoyed an impressive 6% growth.WorldACD data By Alex Lennane 03/02/2016 WorldACDcenter_img IATA’s figures, out this morning, broadly reflect those of WorldACD. Air freight volumes, it said, rose 2.2% in the year. But load factors declined from 45.7% in 2014 to 44.1%.It was, said IATA director general Tony Tyler, “a ‘new normal’ of cargo, growing in line with general rates of economic expansion”.“In 2016 we are not expecting revenue to exceed $51bn. Efficiency gains are critical as the sector adjusts to shortening global supply chains and evermore competitive market conditions.”UPS, announcing its fourth quarter results this week, supported the view that market conditions were still challenging in freight. Richard Peretz, CFO, said in an analysts’ call: “Total export shipment growth slowed, reflecting the execution of … pricing initiatives along with varying market growth rates around the world. Imports from Europe into the US were strong for the fourth consecutive quarter aided in part by the appreciating US dollar.”But he added: “Organic revenue growth declined due to two factors: first, ongoing weakness in both forwarding and US LTL markets; and secondly, the continuation of our targeted revenue management actions.“Market conditions continue to challenge UPS freight as they saw tonnage decline about 12%.”Jim Barber, president international, noted the “continued gap of demand and capacity”.  And the management added that inventory overhang continues to dampen the market.“US inventory sales ratio has come down slightly but it still remains elevated, certainly indicating we’ve got a continued overhang of inventories in the economy and customers are obviously attempting to work them down,” explained Alan Gershenhorn, CCO.However, UPS noted that despite a slowdown in freight, there remained considerable growth in some markets. CEO David Abney said: “Although the industrial side of the economy has slowed, the explosive growth of e-commerce continues to create great opportunity.”IATA’s Tyler, meanwhile pointed out that modernisation would help boost the air cargo industry’s value to its customers.“The industry is moving forward with an e-freight transformation that will modernise processes and improve the value proposition. The faster the industry can make that happen, the better.”Check out IATA or WorldACD for regional information.last_img read more

News / MyCargo Airlines 747-400F hits houses on approach to Bishkek, killing 32

first_img“The cause of the accident is unknown at this time and further details will be provided as they become available,” added the carrier.Kyrgyzstan’s prime minister was quoted in The Aviation Herald, stating that the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC, also known as MAK) would be investigating.The aircraft had been cleared for landing by air traffic control. Eleven other aircraft had landed without incident that morning, but a report by the UK’s BBC suggested the plane had attempted to land in fog.Boeing and Turkish Airlines have both offered condolences to the families of those killed in the crash, with Boeing adding that a technical team stands ready to help at the request, and under the direction, of the government investigation authorities. A MyCargo Airlines 747-400 freighter operated on behalf Turkish Airlines has crashed, killing at least 32 people after striking dozens of houses during an attempted landing at Manas Airport in Bishkek.Flight TK-6491 from Hong Kong to Istanbul was on its final approach to the Kyrgyzstan capital as part of a planned fuel stop when, according to The Aviation Herald, the aircraft struck a runway fence and subsequently fell onto a housing estate, destroying 30 of 43 houses.All four crew on board the 747 perished, along with at least 28 people on the ground, including children. A further eight received injuries and were rushed to hospital.A statement from MyCargo, formerly ACT Airlines, said that the firm was deeply saddened to report that an accident happened during the flight to Bishkek by the TC-MCL-registered freighter. Keremkanancenter_img By Alexander Whiteman 16/01/2017last_img read more

Startup Spotlight: Want to sell your DNA? Genos is here to help

first_img By Sharon Begley Dec. 15, 2016 Reprints Tags biotechnologyfinancegeneticsresearchSTAT+ What is it? @sxbegle GET STARTED Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. About the Author Reprints 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. Business What’s included?center_img Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Startup Spotlight: Want to sell your DNA? Genos is here to help Sharon Begley Genos CEO and co-founder Mark Blumling Genos 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. [email protected] Information may “want to be free,” as hackers proclaimed in the 1980s, but for anyone who thinks their genetic information is worth more than $0, there is now a middleman.Genos, a start-up spun out of Complete Genomics, on Thursday unveiled a crowd-sourcing platform where consumers can have their exome sequenced for $499 — and then connect to researchers who’ll pay them up to a couple hundred dollars to use that genetic data in studies. (The exome contains the DNA that codes for the production of proteins, and although it amounts to just 1 percent of the genome, it harbors more than 85 percent of the known variants linked to diseases.) Log In | Learn More last_img read more

Biologists find live turtle swallowed whole in largemouth bass stomach

first_imgImmokalee youth program honors fallen FWC officer June 16, 2021 Advertisement New video of Everglades Mink could be crucial in learning more about species June 14, 2021 Advertisement 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 AdvertisementTags: bassevergladesFWC 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 commentscenter_img EVERGLADES, Fla. – One largemouth bass in the Everglades was a little too enthusiastic at feeding time. Florida Fish and Wildlife biologists [FWC] were taking tissue samples from fish they’d caught, when the stomach of one of them started to move. When they opened up the fish, they discovered something unexpected — a live turtle swallowed whole. Biologists said they don’t typically find live turtles among the stomach contents of largemouth bass. FWC collected bass earlier that day on an airboat trip. They were running tests on them back at the lab bench when they made the discovery. After safely excavating the turtle from the fish’s innards, the biologists released him back into the water and watched him swim away. Black bear found lounging inside Fort Myers business June 9, 2021 FWC announces license-free fishing days June 14, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Advertisementlast_img read more

Changes to Excel’s fund lineup

first_img Related news Franklin Templeton launches new real asset fund Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The change will occur June 18 if it receives the required unitholder approvals. IG Wealth amends product shelf Keywords Mutual fundsCompanies Sun Life Global Investments (Canada) Inc., Excel Funds Sun Life Global Investments (Canada) Inc. (SLGI) — the mutual funds division of Toronto-based Sun Life Financial Inc. — and Mississauga, Ont.-based Excel Funds Management Inc. have announced proposed changes to the latter’s fund lineup.SLGI and Excel are proposing that the current master declaration of trust governing Excel’s suite of funds be amended to use the terms and conditions of the master declaration of trust governing SLGI funds. Leah Golob Financial accounting business sheet calculator awrangler/123RF Purpose looks to fill retirement income gap with longevity fundlast_img read more

North American markets post gains

first_img TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Ross Marowits “What that means is two to three quarters from now, if these trade wars actually hit the bottom line of corporations, they’re going to have a real surprise and selloff because you weren’t pricing it in along the way,” he said in an interview.“If it was a five-per-cent selloff, it’s not out of the question to see that traditional five-per-cent selloff now be a 10 or 15 per-cent selloff because the market does not price it in at all along the way.”He said the market is pricing in perfection even though they are late in nearly a 10-year positive cycle.“A correction this week, next week or next month should not be a surprise to any investors,” Pashootan said.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 35.34 points to 16,204.62 after hitting a high of 16,262.84 on 223.8 million shares traded.The index was led by the energy sector, which rose 1.77% on the back of higher oil prices.The November crude contract was up US55¢ at US$72.12 per barrel.Also gaining were the information technology, telecom, consumer discretionary and industrials sectors.The healthcare sector led on the downside on the back of large decreases by cannabis stocks.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 54.65 points to 26,439.93. The S&P 500 index was up 8.03 points to 2,914, while the Nasdaq composite was up 51.60 points to 8,041.97.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of US76.66¢ compared with an average of US77.07¢ Wednesday.The decrease in the loonie came a day after the Federal Reserve again raised interest rates and signalled that further hikes are likely. The Canadian dollar was hurt because those increases will come at a faster rate than Canada will be able to adopt because of the country’s high debt, said Pashootan.Uncertainty about NAFTA negotiations is also weighing down the Canadian dollar, he added.“It’s difficult to see a scenario where NAFTA gets settled and Canada negotiates a better deal than the one that’s in place now.”The November natural gas contract was up US7.6¢ at US$3.06 per mmBTU.The December gold contract lost US$11.70 at US$1,187.40 an ounce and the December copper contract was down US4.5¢ at US$2.78 a pound. Related news S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Oil well with the pump jack in action. Alberta habman18/123RF Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors Keywords Marketwatch Investors shrugged of ongoing trade risks to send North American markets higher on Thursday, raising the potential for a larger eventual correction, says an investment expert.By not pricing in uncertainties, equity markets are becoming inflated and overvalued as trade issues have so far not hurt corporate earnings, said Kash Pashootan, CEO and chief investment officer at First Avenue Investment Counsel Inc. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

MV Olivia Maersk Docks in Kingston

first_imgRelatedMV Olivia Maersk Docks in Kingston RelatedMV Olivia Maersk Docks in Kingston FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister P.J. Patterson on Friday (Mar. 17) welcomed the MV Olivia Maersk, the first vessel of the Maersk Shipping Line to dock at the Kingston Container Terminal under a five-year US$210 Million contract signed in November between the government and Maersk, which is the world’s largest shipping line.Mr. Patterson said the fact that the Maersk vessel was able to make its maiden call in mid-March ahead of the original April schedule, pointed to the extent to which the Port Authority of Jamaica had met the requirements for the provision of transshipment services under the agreement.He said the development of the maritime industry was a significant pillar of the National Industrial Policy and that the tremendous expansion of the sector had made the Kingston Container Terminal the leading transshipment port in Latin America and the Caribbean.Prime Minister Patterson was taken a tour of the US$213 Million fifth phase expansion currently underway at the terminal. Upon completion in 2007, the total TEUS (twenty equivalent units) will be increased by more than 100 per cent, from 1.5 Million to 3.2 Million TEUs.The Kingston Container Terminal is ranked 63rd among the top one hundred ports in the world and is rated 4th among the terminals managed worldwide by the APM group of Denmark. APM is the leading global commercial container terminal operator with interests in over 35 ports worldwide. RelatedMV Olivia Maersk Docks in Kingstoncenter_img Advertisements MV Olivia Maersk Docks in Kingston UncategorizedMarch 17, 2006last_img read more

WRA Continues to Facilitate Access to Water

first_imgRelatedWRA Continues to Facilitate Access to Water FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Water Resources Authority (WRA) will continue to facilitate access to water though the implementation of a number of projects, including phase two of the programme to upgrade the national hydrometric network of stream flow and groundwater gauges.Minister of State for Housing, Transport, Water and Works, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, made the announcement during his contribution to the 2007/08 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representative earlier this week.He outlined that the scope of work will include the construction of new gauges to increase coverage of the major rivers; the replacement of manual gauges with electronic gauges that will significantly improve accuracy of information; and the opening of blocked monitor wells.He informed that the government has provided $17 million for the project and together with the allocation in 2006/07, the WRA has a total of $30.5 million for upgrading and modernizing the data collection systems.Additionally, the WRA has put forward a proposal to ‘Assess the Water Resources of the Cabarita Hydrologic Basin’.“This project will be completed over the next two years and the initial allocation of $4.2 million has been made in this financial year,” the State Minister informed.The much anticipated Water Resources Master Plan will also be completed by June of this year. RelatedWRA Continues to Facilitate Access to Water WRA Continues to Facilitate Access to Water UncategorizedJune 9, 2007center_img Advertisements RelatedWRA Continues to Facilitate Access to Waterlast_img read more