COVID-19 case shuts down Atwood Building in downtown Anchorage

first_imgCoronavirus | Southcentral | State GovernmentCOVID-19 case shuts down Atwood Building in downtown AnchorageJuly 24, 2020 by Lex Treinen, Alaska Public Media Share:Workers were leaving the Atwood Building in downtown Anchorage on Friday, July 24, after concern about COVID-19 cases closed the state office building. (Julia O’Malley/Alaska Public Media)The state Robert B. Atwood office building in downtown Anchorage is closing down due to COVID-19 exposure.Gov. Mike Dunleavy has offices in the building and has been giving regular COVID-19-related press conferences there as well.The state announced that the building had closed in a release Friday afternoon. It closed at noon, and will remain closed as janitorial staff come in over the weekend.“They’re going to clean the whole building,” said governor’s office spokesperson Jeff Turner.He said he expects the building to reopen on Monday.According to the news release, the decision to close the building was made after an employee tested positive, though the person did not show symptoms and was found through contact tracing.Earlier this week, the Department of Natural Resources said that an employee with the Division of Oil & Gas working at the Atwood Building tested positive. That employee got tested on July 15 after reporting feeling unwell the day before and the results came back positive on July 17, according to DNR spokesperson Dan Saddler in an interview on Tuesday. Several tests were conducted and several employees were sent home, but tests came back negative. A cleaning was conducted that weekend as well.Saddler said that “a handful” of employees were exposed in that case. He couldn’t say whether or not the employees were wearing a mask. While workers indoors are mostly required to wear masks in the Municipality of Anchorage, state Attorney General Kevin Clarkson wrote in a memo that the order didn’t apply to state buildings. On Thursday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced that all state employees would have to wear masks at work.On Friday, Saddler, speaking from the Atwood Building as he and his staff packed up their things, said he wasn’t sure if the first case was related to the original case, but that based on the pattern, he said he didn’t believe so.Share this story:last_img read more

News / Dallas Fort Worth set to position itself as the US hub of Asia-Latin America trade

first_imgAsiana Cargo4 AirBridgeCargo4 Air China Cargo3 United Parcel Service55 Korean Air5 Air Trans Int’l (BAX Global)5 AMF33 He added that the airport would likely finance the development of the facility but leave its operation to a third party.“We are talking to possible developers and operators and would like to make a decision by late summer.”Last year, DFW handled 668,000 tonnes, 5% more than 2014, but Mr Ackerman said it was only in the past year that the airport had begun to formulate a genuine cargo strategy.“We were a successful cargo airport, but it hadn’t been our focus. It is now.”Following a strategic review, DFW has concluded that it could develop itself as a key hub between Asia and Latin America – especially given its proximity to the fast-growing industrial regions of northern Mexico, the business cluster around Monterrey within easy reach by truck.“At the moment, a lot of traffic on that route goes via Los Angeles or Chicago, or in some cases is flown from Asia to LA, and then trucked to Miami before being flown to Latin America. We think much of that should go via Dallas,” Mr Ackerman added.In a related development, Air Canada and Cargojet last month launched a joint Toronto-Dallas-Mexico City freighter, the first Dallas-hubbed service to make use of fifth freedom rights to carry cargo from Mexico into the US.Also in June, Qantas launched a freighter service into DFW, connecting it with Sydney, Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai and Chicago. It is aimed at “bringing electronics, e-commerce and general cargo into the US from China, and is also an established gateway to pick up a range of energy, mining and aerospace cargo in the USA bound for Australia”, DFW added in a statement.Mr Ackerman also said that the recently announced joint-venture between American Airlines and Lan-Tam was expected to boost traffic.“When you join those two up you are starting to stitch together a very strong tradelane,” he said. “The next step is for us to begin attracting forwarders, shippers and the cargo.”DFW is served by 20 integrators and cargo airlines, and sees just over 200 pure freighter flights a week, as the table below shows. Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) airport is preparing major investment in cold storage facilities as it looks to position itself as a key cargo hub on the route between Latin America and Asia.The tradelane carries around 670,000 tonnes a year.John Ackerman, executive vice president of global strategy & development at DFW, said building a new, state-of-the-art facility at the airport would help it secure northbound perishable volumes – particularly high-value pharma products – sourced in Latin America.“We have several cold storage facilities already, but we recognise that they are not world-class standard and we want to invest in that,” he said. Cargolux3 Martinaire25 Air Canada Cargo2 Airborne Express7center_img By Gavin van Marle 05/07/2016 Cathay Pacifc6 Carrier/IntegratorFrequency per week EVA Air5 Singapore Cargo3 Lufthansa6 China Airlines5 Qatar Cargo1 Qantas Freight1 NCA Cargo3 FedEx35last_img read more

News / Freight booking platform 45HC the first to accept cryptocurrency payments

first_img© Elnur | Online freight booking platform 45HC is to accept CXO tokens as payment, becoming the first container shipping operation to accept cryptocurrency.But one shipping source has asked where the added value would come from for customers.Supplied by CargoX, CXO tokens are traded on several cryptocurrency exchanges and are available for anyone to purchase.A spokesperson from CargoX told The Loadstar the tokens were distributed at the start of the year, with over 10,000 investors from 95 countries registered for a crowd sale event. Some 2,000 managed to invest and the company is now seeing average daily trading volumes of approximately $500,000.Currently, the tokens represent a payment mechanism for CargoX’s blockchain-based smart bill of lading and smart letter of credit services.However, the spokesperson added: “CargoX believes that with strong current and future partners, CXO tokens will be used beyond the CargoX platform. And it believes it will become a de-facto crypto payment mechanism for logistics services of companies in the CargoX ecosystem or beyond.”As to the “added value”, the spokesperson said that not only were payment processing times reduced, but so were transaction costs when compared with the usual bank transfers.The spokesperson also cited the lack of daily or monthly limits, which often accompany credit cards, and improved security and privacy.“Blockchain secures over $350bn in crypto assets, and advanced cryptography protects blockchain technologies (and cryptocurrencies), which, to date, have never been hacked,” said the spokesperson.“In the current form of implementation of CXO tokens at 45HC, the company decided to use a unique payment address for every transaction.”This method reportedly prohibits third parties inspecting payments received by 45HC, identifying the sending party.While 45HC is the first company to accept the payment method, the spokesperson hoped it would attract others.“CargoX is a neutral technology provider for logistics companies, focusing on blockchain-based solutions, and will treat all partners equally,” said the spokesperson. “Our partners are free to use CXO as a payment mechanism, and CargoX can even help with integration.”Meanwhile, 45HC stressed that it would still accept “standard” payment options.center_img By Alexander Whiteman 22/03/2018last_img read more

Fund sales weaker in May

Keywords Fund salesCompanies Investment Funds Institute of Canada Mutual fund industry net sales slipped to $1.55 billion in May, as investors fled from equity funds, according to the latest data from the Investment Funds Institute of Canada. IFIC reports, based on data collected by Investor Economics, that overall net sales were down from $1.9 billion in April. Related news Canadian fund sales exceeded $23B in February James Langton Mutual fund sales outpaced ETFs in September Mutual fund sales slump continued in November Long-term funds generated net sales of $1.75 billion in the month, and money market funds produced net redemptions of $200.8 million. On the long-term side, balanced funds led the net sales in May, with $1.8 billion worth. However, this was down from $2.24 billion in net sales for April. Bond fund sales rose to $1.2 billion in May, up from $744.8 million in April. Equity funds saw net redemptions spike to $1.6 billion, which was more than double April’s total of $732.0 million. IFIC also reported that total mutual fund assets under management for May came in at $789.1 billion, down from $810.0 billion. The $20.9 billion decline in AUM represents a 2.6% slide. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Agriculture Ministry to Establish Centre of Excellence

first_imgAdvertisements Agriculture Ministry to Establish Centre of Excellence UncategorizedJune 16, 2008 RelatedAgriculture Ministry to Establish Centre of Excellence RelatedAgriculture Ministry to Establish Centre of Excellencecenter_img RelatedAgriculture Ministry to Establish Centre of Excellence FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Christopher Tufton, has said that a centre of excellence is to be established at the Bodles Research Centre in St. Catherine, which will bring under one umbrella, the range of agricultural research and best practices for the benefit of farmers.The Minister, who made the announcement at the launch of the Denbigh Agricultural Show on June 11 at the ACE Supercentre in Whitemarl, St. Catherine, said that the decision to create this centre of excellence is an attempt by the Ministry to ensure the longevity of the agricultural sector.He explained that the aim is to transfer the knowledge to farmers, “to address issues of quality, consistency, and reliability, which are fundamental to ensuring that we have a market that is guaranteed.” He informed that the Spanish government has approved US$3million to support the project and discussions have been held with local universities, the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), the Inter-American Institute of Co-operation on Agriculture (IICA), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on the initiative.Minister Tufton said that as a complement, renewed efforts are being made to strengthen the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA). A report is soon to be tabled in Cabinet, which will see an improvement in the quality of the personnel being placed in the field to interact with farmers.“For example, we are going to improve the livestock officers; we currently have three in the entire country, ensure a marketing officer for each parish and bring on board two marketing experts, one local and one overseas, so we can have better information to guide farmers,” he informed.The Agriculture Minister noted that a lot more needs to be done to address reliability and consistency in production as well as marketing issues, but Government is working assiduously to create viable options.In the meantime, the Minister said that he is eagerly looking forward to this year’s Denbigh Agricultural Show, which will be held from August 1-3.“I’m looking forward to going there and seeing financial institutions providing information to farmers about how they can access credit, how to develop a business plan, and other areas if agriculture is to become a viable entity,” he stated.The Denbigh Agricultural Show, now in its 56th year, is being staged under the theme: ‘Grow what you eat, eat what you grow’.last_img read more

RGD Steps Up Work on Vital Statistics

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedRGD Steps Up Work on Vital Statistics RelatedRGD Steps Up Work on Vital Statistics FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), Dr. Patricia Holness, toured the Victoria Jubilee and Kingston Public hospitals, downtown Kingston, on Friday (October 16), observing the institutions’ system of collecting and collating births, deaths and other vital statistics.Dr. Holness noted that Jamaica is developing a Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Manual, in which all components of the civil registration and vital statistics system will be documented and made available to the public.“We are observing the process of bedside registration, and how that feeds into the significant improvements in the timeliness of registration. We are also examining the death registry process, to ensure that the manual will really mirror the facts on the ground,” she explained.Dr. Holness, who is also Jamaica’s Deputy Keeper of the Records, was accompanied on the tour by a consultant from Jacaranda Consulting LLC of Florida in the United States, and officials of the Ministry of Health, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ).She told JIS News that the project is being funded by the UNFPA, with support from other agencies, including the PIOJ. RGD, as the body responsible for collating Jamaica’s vital records, will play a major role in the production of the manual.Jamaica has been developing a multi-agency Vital Statistics Commission (VSC) since 2004. The commission has a mandate to ensure that the country’s vital statistics and civil registration system meets international standards. The programme seeks to strengthen the capacity to collect, manage and use data, and conduct demographic, social and gender analyses for policy development and planning, particularly with regard to migration, brain drain and social and economic surveys.A comprehensive audit of the civil registration and vital statistics system has commissioned, and is being supported by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO).center_img RGD Steps Up Work on Vital Statistics Health & WellnessOctober 17, 2009 RelatedRGD Steps Up Work on Vital Statisticslast_img read more

Tesla now charging for two Model 3 colours to streamline production

first_img The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Tesla has struggled to make the change from small-production luxury car brand to a full-fledged mass-market automaker. The waiting list for a Model 3 is more than 400,000 strong, and some people have been waiting since March 2016. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. See More Videos ‹ Previous Next › Trending in Canada advertisement PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Obsidian Black and Metallic Silver will no longer be listed as colour options on the Tesla Model 3 order sheet, according to a recent tweet from Elon Musk.Instead, you’ll have to make a special request for them, and pay a premium on top of the $2,000 the company charges for every colour save its basic black. The move drops the standard colour count down to five, from seven.The decision to shrink the rainbow comes amid aggressive production deadlines and the push to deliver more cars. Tesla has been constantly behind in its production deadlines, despite Musk’s optimism Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Tesla Model 3 RELATED TAGSTeslaElectric CarsElectric VehiclesNew Vehicles COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Buy It! 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” In a widely released email, Musk writes: “We are about to have the most amazing quarter in our history, building and delivering more than twice as many cars as we did last quarter.” However, Tesla’s shares have fallen 18.6 per cent since the start of the third quarter, and shares are still way off the now-abandoned target of US$420 per share.Bloomberg‘s Model 3 production monitor suggests that the current weekly production number of the Model 3 is about 3,500 cars per week, not the 6,000 that Musk had suggested back in July. Trending Videoslast_img read more

You can now search people’s licence plates on Google, Facebook

first_img ‹ Previous Next › Trending in Canada See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Motor Mouth: Big Brother wants to know your business — even behind the wheelYou could also run the plate of somebody who dinged your car door, or perhaps find the phone number of somebody who left their dog in a hot car. Of course, all of this stuff sounds a little creepy, too, and much more nefarious motives are not hard to imagine. At any rate, this is some Stephen-King-level eerie stuff, and we’d rather not be a part of it. It’s a constant debate when taking car photos: to cover the licence plate, or not to cover? Well, today will be the day we all start covering up our licence plate in pictures; it’s the day we found out Google and Facebook can read them.Google and Facebook can actually scan a photograph and recognize the letters, turning the plate in the frame into a searchable alphanumeric sequence, something pointed out by, among others, Twitter user Jim Magill.This is likely a product of the image-searchable function, which can recognize similar images and patterns to help you find what you’re looking for. Pink auto insurance card goes digital for Ontario drivers If you want to try it for yourself, type “CJJR 265” into Google images, and you’ll get an image of the Volkswagen Golf R we reviewed earlier this year, with that plate number on it. You’ll even get similar plate numbers from other Volkswagens in VW Canada’s press fleet.All around the office, we’ve tried it with a few of our cars, and it seems to work with Google, as well as on Facebook, and possibly other social media sites.Maybe some good could come from this tech; like if you see a car you think might be for sale by the side of the road and want to know the price, you could just Google it and see if there’s a listing online somewhere.RELATED PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS RELATED TAGSFlexNew VehiclesFlex advertisement Trending Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2020 Porsche 911  Derek McNaughton / Driving Buy It! 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” We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information.last_img read more

The conference on ‘everything conceivable’

first_imgIn 1948, some of the world’s foremost politicians, economists, doctors and thinkers held what was intended as a one-time conference at CU Boulder to discuss the creation of the United Nations. Fast-forward 71 years, the Conference on World Affairs is now a “must attend” event for many of today’s top luminaries and people who want to know where the world is headed.This year’s Conference on World Affairs featured Sen. Amy Klobuchar, soccer star Hope Solo, The Simpsons writer Mike Reiss, journalists, filmmakers and designers from all over the world.The conference saw five days of roughly 200 panels, speeches and performances, all free and open to the public. Attendees had the chance to ask questions via the CWA app, and, for those who couldn’t join in person, many sessions were livestreamed. From aliens and genetics to the 2020 election, CU Boulder’s Brainwaves podcast had the chance to talk with some of this year’s featured CWA speakers on how they are thinking through tomorrow.The original conference was so popular, Howard Higman, a sociology professor, was able to make it into an annual event. Since its inception, the Conference on World Affairs has welcomed Eleanor Roosevelt, film critic Roger Ebert, and hundreds of other speakers. You can listen to those speeches, view photographs and even old programs via the conference’s archives. Learn More About CWA Share on Facebook More Education & Outreach Follow @CUBoulderCategories:ConferencesEvents & Exhibits Some of the world’s foremost thinkers, artists and decision-makers such as Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Hope Solo and Mike Reiss spoke at this year’s conference. Published: April 5, 2019  Livestreams were available for dozens of events through the week.center_img Key takeaways The 71st Conference on World Affairs featured roughly 200 panels, events and speakers. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Principals, Guidance Counsellors to be Trained in Restorative Justice

first_imgPhoto: JIS PhotographerMinister of Justice, Senator Mark Golding speaking during the sitting of the Senate on Friday, February 21, as he gave an update on the Restorative Justice Programme. RelatedSixty Community Facilitators Trained in Restorative Justice RelatedFull Implementation of Criminal Case Management Must Be Achieved – Chief Justice Principals, Guidance Counsellors to be Trained in Restorative Justice JusticeFebruary 24, 2014Written by: Latonya Linton FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Principals, Guidance Counsellors to be Trained in Restorative JusticeJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaycenter_img Principals and guidance counsellors from 95 schools across the island are to benefit from training in restorative justice over two days next month.The Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Education are collaborating in the initiative, which is aimed at applying the restorative justice principles in reducing conflict among students. The training will be held from March 4 to 5.“Restorative practices are an approach that has been used successfully in the education systems of other countries to proactively build positive school communities and reduce discipline referrals, suspensions and expulsions in school,” said Justice Minister, Hon. Mark Golding.He was speaking during the sitting of the Senate on Friday, February 21, as he gave an update on the Restorative Justice Programme.The Restorative Justice Policy was approved by Cabinet in 2013, and the programme has been implemented in 11 communities across Jamaica.These are: Tower Hill, Nannyville Gardens, Trench Town, and August Town in Kingston and St. Andrew; Granville in St. James; Effortsville and Canaan Heights in Clarendon; Homestead, March Pen and Ellerslie Pen in St. Catherine; and Russia in Westmoreland.“The programme has also established seven Restorative Justice Centres, which are servicing these volatile communities. We intend to open another centre to serve West Kingston,” Mr. Golding said.The Justice Minister also informed that at the national level, a total of 965 personnel from the Justice and National Security Ministries, Jamaica Constabulary Force and other stakeholder agencies, have benefitted from workshops.Since April 2013, the Restorative Justice Unit in the Ministry has been taking cases arising from disputes in communities.“To date, the Restorative Justice Unit has received 46 cases, many of which have been successfully resolved while others have entered the formal justice system,” Mr. Golding informed.He said that the unit also refers cases to the appropriate authorities in the Government services such as the Legal Aid Clinic, the National Land Agency and the police.Restorative Justice is a process whereby all the parties with a stake in a particular offence come together to resolve collectively, how to deal with the aftermath of the offence. It is a different way of thinking about crime and conflict.It focuses on holding the offender accountable in a more meaningful way. It repairs the harm caused by the offence, helps to reintegrate the offender into the community and helps to achieve a sense of healing for both the victim and the community. Story HighlightsPrincipals and guidance counsellors from 95 schools across the island are to benefit from training in restorative justice.The aim is to apply the restorative justice principles to reduce conflict among studentsThe Restorative Justice Policy was approved by Cabinet in 2013, and the programme has been implemented in 11 communities across Jamaica. RelatedJamaicans Urged To Fight Against Human Trafficking Advertisementslast_img read more