Back in Juneau, legislature faces uncertain path in fifth special session

first_imgEconomy | Politics | State GovernmentBack in Juneau, legislature faces uncertain path in fifth special sessionJuly 11, 2016 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:A small group rallies in Capitol Park asking legislators to pass a long-term fiscal plan. (Photo by Mary Uyanik/360 North)Legislators returned to Juneau on Monday for the fifth special session since last summer. And lawmakers were greeted by a group of 20 protesters who want them to close the state’s budget shortfall.The protesters chanted: “Act now! Pass a fiscal plan!”But it’s not clear if there are enough votes in the House to pass a bill to restructure Permanent Fund earnings to pay for state government. Several proposals to raise taxes on industries or introduce a new state income or sales tax may have even less support.Sen. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, and Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, chat after the Senate’s opening special session floor session Monday. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)The legislature also may not be able to muster the three-quarter majority needed to overturn Gov. Bill Walker’s veto of half of this year’s Permanent Fund dividend money. The veto essentially cuts dividends in half.Walker said the House should follow in the steps of the Senate and pass the Permanent Fund legislation. He noted that he’s taken the unpopular steps of cutting PFDs and delaying oil and gas tax credits.“As a result of that, I expect them to come back and finish up what I would call the lighter lifting associated with fixing Alaska’s fiscal situation,” Walker said.The House took a long break Monday afternoon, as members of the Republican-led majority met to decide their next step. The Senate is scheduled to meet again Friday.Mary Uyanik of 360 North contributed to this report.Share this story:last_img read more

Ask a Climatologist: Traditional knowledge is critical to climate research

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | WeatherAsk a Climatologist: Traditional knowledge is critical to climate researchMay 8, 2018 by Annie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:Pacific walrus resting on sea ice. Traditional knowledge and community observations are used to inform the Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook.  (Photo courtesy National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association)Scientists use lots of expensive sensors and satellites for studying climate change in Alaska. But more and more, they’re also relying on something that’s a lot more low tech — traditional ecological knowledge.Brian Brettschneider, with our Ask a Climatologist segment, says traditional knowledge involves getting out into communities to ask residents for their climate observations and experiences.He says in Alaska it’s considered best practice to use traditional knowledge in climate research.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Interview highlights:I like to think of the climate system as a puzzle and we have lots of pieces to the puzzle. Some of those pieces are thermometers, satellite images and river gauges. When we put those pieces together in the puzzle and we can start to get an idea of what the system looks like. But there are more pieces. So if we go to the communities and ask where do ice jams form? And when did the brush start to move in? And when did the permafrost thaw out? Those are more pieces of the puzzle.A really good example is up on the North Slope, there was a time they thought bowhead whales were critically endangered. But the local Inupiat hunters really had a better feel for what those whale populations were like and they worked with, say, US Fish and Wildlife Service to come up with a new way to track populations. And it turns out they were correct.It’s really transitioned over the last 20 years or so where it was viewed at one time as an afterthought or an add on. But it really has become an integral part to studying remote areas in Alaska and all of the Arctic North. There’s a lot of benefit to using this data to better understand the world we live in.Brian Brettschneider is a climatologist based in Anchorage, with the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Share this story:last_img read more

The Best Things to Do This Week in L.A.

first_imgThings to DoThe Best Things to Do This Week in L.A.Stereolab, spicy soup, and the style of WakandaBy Brittany Martin – February 18, 2019815ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItIt’s a short week for some, but regardless of if you have the day off (we’re jealous) or if you’re on the clock every day, there’s still time to enjoy some music, film, and other fun things to do in the city this week.Harriet Brown Residency at the EchoMonday, February 18 Monday in February, Harriet Brown takes over the stage at the Echo–which would be worth seeking out even if tickets weren’t free, but somehow, magically, they are.Desert Daze Presents Stereolab NightTuesday, February 19 it already festival season? Apparently so. One of our fave fests, Desert Daze, is celebrating the announcement that Stereolab will be returning to the U.S. for the first time in over a decade to take their stage in October. Get in the mood with this free night of DJs spinning tunes that span the UK band’s career.“The Style of Wakanda” with Black Panther’s Ruth E. CarterWednesday, February 20 E. Carter is the Oscar and CDGA-nominated costume designer who gave the characters of Black Panther their impeccable looks. For this conversation, she’ll be joined by actress Danai Gurira and Entertainment Weekly editor Clarissa Cruz for a look behind the scenes of the blockbuster.Alain de Botton Presents the School of Life PressThursday, February 21 and philosopher Alain de Botton visits the Last Bookstore downtown to debut a new series of books from his School of Life project. He’ll be talking about what it means to develop true self-knowledge, and how his team helps individuals find a path to it.The Coathangers at Teragram BallroomThursday, February 21 yourself over to the brash and infectious energy of garage rockers The Coathangers. The all-female group is as bold about their sound as they are about their stances on important issues; one of their anthems has the unapologetic title of “F the NRA.”PhoLaoSouphy Pop-Up at Hey HeyFriday, February 22 out any cold weather blues with the bright flavors of this Lao food pop-up in Echo Park. Lao cuisine might be a bit familiar–some dishes have made their way into what Americans label “Thai” cooking–but to find a true expression of the region is rare in L.A., and worth seeking out.RELATED: L.A.’s 10 Best New Restaurants of 2018Stay on top of the latest in L.A. food and culture. Sign up for our newsletters today. TAGSTheaterMusicFilmComedyPrevious articleYou Can Kill Two Gross L.A. Stereotypes with One Stone This WeekendNext articleHow California Has Paved the Way for the Green New DealBrittany Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORHollywood Is Embracing a Post-Vax Slate Made to Fill TheatersSong Catalogs Are Selling for Big Bucks, but Will the Trend End on a Bum Note?Young Filmmakers Set Out to Capture the Complexity of L.A. and the Results Are Beautifullast_img read more

News / Maersk and MSC upgrade Asia-Europe sweeper to a weekly service

first_img The 2M Alliance has upgraded its fortnightly Asia-Europe sweeper service to weekly, as demand and freight rates continue to rise on the tradelane.Dubbed The Griffin by MSC and simply “a sweeper” by Maersk, the inducement sailing was launched at the end of June to mitigate the impact of the temporary suspension of the AE2/Swan loop.Both the 2M partners initially advised their customers that the service would only be maintained if there was sufficient support. But from the first sailing from Shanghai by the 14,036 teu MSC Taranto, load factors have been over 90%.“Maersk assumed at the time of the launch of the sweeper service that three or four extra sailings from the Far East to Port Said and North Europe would be offered, while MSC was aiming for a fortnightly sailing frequency, if the cargo volumes would sustain it,” said Alphaliner.The consultant added that the expectation was that the service would run until the end of the month, to cater for peak season demand, with the final sailing arriving in North Europe in the first week of October. The rotation is: Shanghai-Ningbo-Yantian-Singapore-Tanjung Pelepas-Port Said-Rotterdam-Antwerp-Felixstowe-Tanger Med-Singapore-Ningbo.The 2M is yet to officially confirm the reinstatement date of the AE2/Swan loop, which has been stemmed for a mid-October return from China.Meanwhile, THE Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd, ONE, Yang Ming and HMM, which in response to expected weak demand attributed to the pandemic, suspended its FE4 loop until October, followed the 2M by deploying a weekly “extra loader” from 20 July. Initially deploying a 6,000 teu ship, THEA upgraded the next two sailings to 10,000 teu vessels.THEA also said the continuation of the extra loader was “dependent on continued demand”. However, The Loadstar understands the programme has now been extended until early September.The Ocean Alliance, unlike its rival alliances, instead opted for a strategy of ad-hoc blank sailings.This gamble by partners CMA CGM, Cosco (OOCL) and Evergreen appears to have paid off handsomely, with reports suggesting sailings from Asia are continuing to run full, confounding analyst predictions of soft demand and the absence of a peak season.Indeed, The Loadstar has sighted a customer advisory issued by CMA CGM this week indicating its allocations for North Europe from Asia are full right up to the week beginning 24 August.Thereafter, the carriers are offering “limited space availability” for contract cargo and containers booked at their full FAK rates. By Mike Wackett 06/08/2020 © Denys Yelmanov |last_img read more

Science’s arbiter of disputes, the meta-analysis, is falling prey to bias

first_imgThe WatchdogsScience’s arbiter of disputes, the meta-analysis, is falling prey to bias Many clinical trials’ findings never get published. Here’s why that’s bad Related: NewslettersSign up for The Readout Your daily guide to what’s happening in biotech. By Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus Sept. 19, 2016 Reprints (We note, hanging our heads in a moment of self-reflection, that journalists are responsible for some of this. In an attempt to avoid potentially misleading readers, we often value meta-analyses and reviews above individual study results.) Leave this field empty if you’re human: Such “living documents” — suggested in an editorial that accompanies Ioannidis’s paper — would be one solution. Another could be rethinking incentives, so that a high-quality meta-analysis or systematic review would be worth more at promotion time than a bunch of weak ones. “A scientific culture that values methodological rigor, research transparency, and data sharing over rampant productivity will hopefully yield systematic reviews and meta-analyses that are necessary and nonduplicative and that do not compromise on quality,” write Matthew Page and David Moher in the editorial.Other scientists are raising similar concerns about meta-analyses. The scientist-blogger Hilda Bastian, for example, has pointed out that, among other flaws, meta-analyses are prone to positive publication bias because negative findings rarely find their way into print. They’re also a “snapshot in time” that can be — and often are — obsolete by the time they’re published.The solution to this problem is not to dismiss meta-analyses. Rather, as Bastian says, it’s to make more data available by publishing all studies, positive or negative. In a new paper, John Ioannidis, of Stanford University, argues that scientists are being deluged with a “massive production of unnecessary, misleading, and conflicted systematic reviews and meta-analyses.” Rather than present objective evidence, these articles are afflicted with the very illness — assumptions, biases, and wishful thinking — that they ostensibly try to filter out, he says.The surge in reviews — a 2,500 percent increase since 1991, according to Ioannidis’s PubMed analysis — is precisely because of their strength. People pay attention to their conclusions. As a result, “Many scientists now want to do them, leading journals want to publish them, and sponsors and other conflicted stakeholders want to exploit them to promote their products, beliefs, and agendas,” Ioannidis writes in a Q&A about the paper.advertisementcenter_img Please enter a valid email address. To be sure, scrupulous reviews are valuable, Ioannidis says. And his vision is indeed of a field of science where meta-analyses and reviews are the “main type of primary research.”“The problem is that most of them are not carefully done and/or are done with predetermined agendas on what to find and report,” he writes, a major blown chance for scientists to create bedrock in the literature of truly solid results.To fix that, says Ioannidis, we should flip our thinking. “Any new study should start from a systematic review of what we already know (to even justify the need for its conduct and its design) and should end with an updating of what we know after this new study, again in the systematic review framework,” he writes. That could give rise to living documents that change as new findings augment or reverse old conclusions. Privacy Policy APStock Science headlines can be notoriously flip-floppy: One week something causes cancer, another week it protects against it. A cholesterol drug works. Oops, no it doesn’t. Well, maybe it does, a bit.To help prevent whiplash, researchers developed the meta-analysis — a means of combining the data of previous studies into a larger pool to get a better sense of what’s happening. Meta-analyses — and their close cousins, systematic reviews, which take the same approach but stop short of statistical analysis — are considered the pinnacle of scientific evidence, the dispassionate and orderly adults in a roomful of clamoring children.But now one of the leading critics of the quality of biomedical research — who himself has published a number of meta-analyses — says he believes such studies have a problem of “epidemic proportions.”advertisement Tags biomedical researchpeer reviewscientific researchlast_img read more

Bob Dylan sells entire song catalog to Universal

first_imgAdvertisementRecommended 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 RELATEDTOPICS FORT MYERS, Fla. / CNN — Bob Dylan has sold his entire catalog of music, which includes more than 600 songs over 60 years, in a “landmark agreement” with Universal Music Publishing Group.The agreement between Dylan and the company is a major shift for the singer and songwriter, who has controlled much of his own intellectual property, according to multiple reports. Financial terms weren’t disclosed, but the New York Times reports it’s estimated at more than $300 million.“It’s no secret that the art of songwriting is the fundamental key to all great music, nor is it a secret that Bob is one of the very greatest practitioners of that art,” added Sir Lucian Grainge, the CEO of Universal Music Group. “Brilliant and moving, inspiring and beautiful, insightful and provocative, his songs are timeless—whether they were written more than half a century ago or yesterday.”Dylan, 79, has numerous hits, including “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” “Like a Rolling Stone” and “Mr. Tambourine Man.” AdvertisementAfter an eight-year break in releases, Dylan released a track called “Murder Most Foul,” a 17-minute song about the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. No Content Available Advertisementcenter_img In 2008, he won a Pulitzer Prize special citation for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” In 2016, Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. AdvertisementTags: Bob DylanUniversal Music Publishing Group AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisementlast_img read more

China in Bind Due to SK Efforts

first_img By Tang Hwa Kwee – 2011.10.13 2:26pm Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHARE News Facebook Twitter AvatarTang Hwa Kwee Newscenter_img News China in Bind Due to SK Efforts [imText1]Of 35 defectors arrested in China last month, reports suggest that 15 are set to be repatriated to the North. Conversely, word is that the fate of the remaining 20 is still hanging in the balance thanks to the efforts of the South Korean government.Speaking at a symposium on violations of human rights resulting from the forced repatriation of defectors at the National Assembly yesterday, Secretary-General of The Commission to Help North Korea Refugees (CNKR) Song Bu Geun asserted that the Chinese government is currently torn between whether to send the remaining 20 back to the North or accede to the South’s request for them to be released into Seoul’s custody.Song explained that the remaining defectors are currently being held at a detention center in Yanji awaiting their fate. Meanwhile, the South Korean government has entered into talks with its Chinese counterpart on the case, and these efforts are, he believes, “slowly pushing the Chinese authorities to budge.”However, regardless of the outcome of this case, Peter Chung of the Association of North Korean Human Rights Organizations said that too little is being done overall, saying, “On average, four out of ten defectors are caught and forcibly repatriated back to the North and nobody knows what eventually happens to them. Incidents like this are happening every day and we need to think about whether the South Korean government can step in more effectively to resolve the issue.”Discussants at the symposium yesterday included Chairman Kim Tae Hun of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea, Professor Park Seung Jun from University of Incheon, as well as Professor Shin Sang Jin from Kwangwoon University. The general consensus was one of inadequate action on both the Chinese and South Korean governments’ part. Professor Park pointed out that for many years, South Korea has been active in assisting United Nations peacekeeping missions in various parts of the world. And yet, when it has come to the issue of the forced repatriation of North Korean defectors, the government has chosen to remain largely silent.“I think the main reason for this is that the government does not see it as a very important issue, particularly when it is a problem that will lead to further difficult entanglements in Sino-South Korean as well as in inter-Korean relations,” he explained, adding however, “This does not mean we should turn a blind eye to it. NGOs should work more closely with the international community to find a viable solution.” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Using ETFs in portfolios

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Deborah Fuhr Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:54Loaded: 0%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -2:54 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.last_img read more

IC/PM referral agreements in focus at compliance forum

first_img Rapport Credit Union partners with Wealthsimple Investment Counsel/Portfolio Manager (IC/PM) referral agreements will likely pose reporting challenges for fund dealers as the make up of such agreements evolve, according to panelists at the Association of Canadian Compliance Professionals (ACCP) 13th Annual Compliance Forum on Monday. IC/PM referral agreements are likely to become more complicated for dealers as more financial planners decide to forgo licensing with a regulator, panelists said. “We are seeing kind of the advent of the non-regulated entity,” said Francis D’Andrade, vice president, HAHN Investment Stewards & Co. Inc., who spoke as part of a panel at the Toronto event. D’Andrade gave the example of one financial planning firm that his company deals with where the principles, who provide tax, retirement income and estate planning advice, have all given up their mutual fund licenses. “This is now on the radar of the CSA [Canadian Securities Association],” said D’Andrade, “so it’s going to get some attention.” Fellow panelist, Karen McGuinness, senior vice president, member regulation, compliance, Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA), said the movement of some registered individuals into non-registered roles has not gone unnoticed by regulators. “Obviously as a regulator this causes us concern,” said McGuinness, “because we wonder how different are the activities that you’re preforming now that you’re unregistered then when you were registered.” As such, McGuiness said referral arrangements with former registrants could become particularly difficult for dealers. Just as who fund dealers make referral arrangements with changes so to will the agreements themselves. “I suspect that that type of activity will continue to increase although I’m not sure it will be through a referral structure,” said McGuinness. Instead, McGuiness said many dealers are considering moving portfolio managed solutions into their own operations. However, due to the new client relationship model (CRM) requirements those agreements will not likely to resemble a referral structure. Agora partners with Pascal Financial Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img Insights from an audit of a referral business Keywords Mutual fund dealers,  Referral relationships Fiona Collie Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

TSX slips on lower commodity prices

first_img Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors The Toronto stock market turned lower Thursday amid falling commodity prices and a warning by the Bank of Canada about ongoing risks to the economy as a result of low oil prices and high debt levels. The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 58.16 points at 14,830.88, while the loonie retreated 0.08 of a U.S. cent to 81.47 cents. Brian McKenna Keywords Marketwatch Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twittercenter_img TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Related news S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector On the commodity markets, the July crude contract closed down 66 cents at US$60.77 a barrel, while the August gold contract fell $6.20 to US$1,180.40 an ounce. American markets were modestly higher after major gains Wednesday that saw the widely watched Dow Jones industrial average shoot up more than 230 points. Enthusiasm in New York was helped by a report from the U.S. Commerce Department showing shoppers returned to stores in a big way in May, with retail sales rising a seasonally adjusted 1.2% last month after a 0.2% gain in April. The Dow added 38.97 points to 18,039.37, while the Nasdaq advanced 5.82 points to 5,082.51 and the S&P 500 gained 3.66 points to 2,108.86. “I think the main data point for the day globally was basically U.S. consumer sales, retail sales,” said Patrick Blais, senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management. Although many economists pointed to the breadth of uptick in consumer spending, Blais said he felt it was just the fact that the overall gain came in line with expectations. “I think there has been a lot of confusion in the marketplace where the U.S. economy stood,” as a result of the weak start to the year, he said. Now, with retail sales added to last week’s strong employment numbers, it’s giving investors confidence. “The assumption that the U.S. economy can continue to gain traction is coming back to the forefront,” Blais said. That has some economists predicting U.S. gross domestic product will come in better than expected in the April-June quarter. “I think the estimates are sort of in the mid-twos,” Blais said. In Ottawa, the Bank of Canada said in its latest financial system review that the oil slump on its own is unlikely to set off considerable systemic stress and that the probability of a severe recession remains low. But it warned that the weakness caused by cheaper crude has put the Canadian system more at risk to any event that would lead to widespread job losses and falling incomes. Part of the risk to the system is historically high debt levels in Canada. Blais said the warning came as no surprise, adding that the central bank wants to see “some normalization when it comes to credit formation, housing prices, borrowing trends.” “I don’t think there is any need to panic but I do think the Bank of Canada is using messaging to encourage some normalization within balance sheets as well as asset levels. The last thing they want to do is actually have to use interest rates or other measures to try to contain the risks.”last_img read more