Former Sitka reporter publishes YA novel about growing up in Alaska

first_imgArts & Culture | SoutheastFormer Sitka reporter publishes YA novel about growing up in AlaskaFebruary 23, 2016 by Robert Woolsey, KCAW Share:Former Alaskan Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock’s new book The Smell of Other People’s Houses was released Feb. 23. (Image courtesy of Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock)Former Sitkan and public radio reporter Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock has published her first novel.The Smell of Other People’s Houses is a novel for young adults about growing up in Alaska, and the powerful stories we build around home and family.Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock’s novel The Smell of Other People’s Houses is available in bookstores and online Tuesday, February 23.It wasn’t until Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock left Alaska that she began to feel like writing about it.“I was really homesick. And that’s when I started tapping into those old, old memories. Not just my time in Sitka, which was more recent, but really going back to my childhood and my time spent with my family.”Hitchcock grew up in Alaska, eventually moving to Sitka where she worked two stints as a reporter at KCAW, the last ending in 2009.She was also the host of the nationally-syndicated program Independent Native News.Hitchcock says it took a while for her to shed her journalistic sensibilities, and look at the world through the lens of the novelist.“It’s really fun to just play with this world and not constantly have to have attributions, and double-check, and make sure that this source was correct. It took me a while, too. I’d Google the 1970s — what was on the street in Fairbanks at that time. And then slowly, slowly I loosened up and I was able to create my own world.”The Smell of Other People’s Houses began as a writing exercise, as Hitchcock was working towards her Masters of Fine Arts degree in children’s and young adult literature. She and a friend would sit down and prompt each other with ideas, then write for 20 minutes. One of those prompts is now the title of the novel.The book is told through teenage narrators. Hitchcock says her publisher told her to balance some of the darker issues in the story with hope.She discovered that fiction was a powerful tool for examining ideas that might have been hard to cover in reporting.“The cool thing about writing fiction is that the issues are real, but the characters are fiction. But as a journalist, I was constantly thinking about how these people’s lives are being represented in the press and my hand in that. And that was a huge responsibility. And with a fictional character, it’s just a fictional character, and you can dig deeper into the subject matter. That was a pretty great realization: That I could almost be more truthful writing fiction.”The Smell of Other People’s Houses was originally a series of short stories. Transforming it into a continuous narrative was one of Hitchcock’s biggest challenges after she made the sale.The first chapter was also a murder mystery. A lot has changed since then.“In the end, it became a much different story. And they wouldn’t let me kill anybody. Which was sad.”Melissa Marconi-Wentzel contributed to this report.Share this story:last_img read more

Metro Bank gets the ball rolling on long-awaited London float

first_img Metro Bank gets the ball rolling on long-awaited London float Share Express KCS Show Comments ▼ whatsapp CHALLENGER retail bank Metro Bank, is in talks with advisers as it gears up for a float on the London Stock Exchange that could value it at more than £1bn.Metro Bank has asked investment bankers to pitch for roles advising on an initial public offering (IPO), according to Sky News. The IPO could come as soon as the first three months of 2016. Metro Bank declined to comment.A long-awaited IPO would come as the Treasury plans to introduce a new corporation tax surcharge as it phases out the Bank Levy. The tax changes are set to have a disproportionate impact on challenger banks relative to their established rivals. Challenger banks are protesting the tax. whatsapp Tuesday 8 September 2015 9:15 pm Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap Tags: NULLlast_img read more

News / Booking again: Maersk cashes in on Europe-Asia capacity crunch

first_img By Mike Wackett 03/03/2017 However, all is not so rosy for transpacific carriers, which saw the SCFI record a fourth consecutive week of spot rate declines.From Asia to the US west coast, rates slumped by 9.3% on the week, to $1,496 per 40ft, and for east coast ports, there was a drop of 3.3%, to $2,955 per 40ft.The timing of the softening spot rates on the route is not good for carriers negotiating new contract rates with shippers for 1 May. After a short block on bookings this week, Maersk Line is again accepting cargo from North Europe to Asia.However the line said the capacity situation remained “tight”.On Wednesday, Maersk stopped booking export containers from Europe to Asia and the Middle East – a temporary block it expected to run until 27 March.But yesterday Maersk sent an e-mail to The Loadstar to confirm it has now begun to accept bookings again.The carrier said: “We have been reviewing our options to minimise the backlog with the least possible impact on the business of our customers,” and concluded: “We are now happy that customers can book with us.”Rumours suggest that the 2M alliance has added ad-hoc vessels to its network, with MSC also taking delivery of three 19,500 teu newbuilds this month.The partners can thus take advantage of eastbound rates that have soared by as much as 200% in the past six months and are continuing to climb, due to the dearth of capacity.Maersk added it was not the only carrier experiencing backhaul space shortages – it was “a general issue affecting all carriers”.Indeed, The Loadstar has learned that several carriers have effectively implemented a‘booking stop’ for new enquiries and are declining to take scrap, wastepaper and plastic for the remainder of the month.One carrier source said the aggressive blanking of westbound voyages during and around the Chinese new year holiday last month was the root cause of the capacity crunch, which also impacted empty container availability.According to one forwarder, another factor was the repositioning of vessels by carriers in preparation for the reshuffle of alliances next month.Unsurprisingly, freight rates have soared, with North Europe to Asia FAK (freight all kinds) rates now higher than headhaul prices. And rates for wastepaper and plastic scrap have soared more than 200% to over $2,000 per 40ft.The shipping manager of one major UK recycler, which ships some 60,000 40fts of cardboard and wastepaper a year from the UK to China and Vietnam, told The Loadstar today that allocation uncertainty and extreme rate volatility was “very challenging”.“I am talking to all the major carriers on a daily basis to check on space availability, together with a few selected forwarders… it is becoming a problem to keep a steady supply to our mills,” she said.Meanwhile, container spot rates from China to Europe ticked down slightly this week, while the transpacific suffered another significant drop.After a 7% increase last week, Asia-North Europe spot rates, as recorded by the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI), fell by 4.9% to $876 per teu. For Mediterranean ports there was a 3.2% drop to $854 per teu.However, despite this, according to ocean freight pricing platform Xeneta’s spot rate index, rates are not only much higher than last summer but are significantly higher than this time last year.Xeneta chief executive Patrik Berglund said today: “While rates have slid slightly since the Chinese new year, the market average from Chinese main ports to North Europe is currently up a massive 252% on the average of 12 months ago.center_img © Vladimir Serebryanskiy |last_img read more

People / Ex-Cargolux CEO Dirk Reich invited to join Panalpina board

first_imgHowever, after 12 months, Mr Reich put R+R on the backburner to take up shop as chief executive and president of Cargolux for two years. This coincided with board appointments at Champ Cargosystems and the China-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce.In July last year, Mr Reich announced he would be walking away from Cargolux.While the company maintained the line that it was happy with Mr Reich’s performance and the decision was based around personal matters, speculation over reasons for his departure grew.Local media, however, suggested that it was more likely down to the company losing $20m and, in turn, Mr Reich losing the support of the Luxembourg government.Prospects of his retirement were cut three short months later when he re-established R+R Aviation, naming himself chief executive and chief financial officer – his current LinkedIn status is noted as founder and chairman.Panalpina chairman Peter Ulber said the company was “pleased” to be able to propose Mr Reich’s election at the upcoming AGM.“We believe his extensive knowledge of contract logistics and e-commerce, as well as his experience with an airfreight carrier, will be important to us,” he added.The appointment will do nothing to boost the board’s diversity, however, with just Pamela Knapp breaking the white-male dominance of the board, whose members have an average age of more than 57. The executive board has no women, giving Panalpina just one woman out of 15 in a top role. Panalpina has proposed the appointment to its board of former Cargolux chief executive and founder of R+R Aviation Dirk Reich.The forwarder intends to elect Mr Reich at its annual general meeting in May, to replace Roger Schmid who announced he would not stand for another term.Mr Reich’s appointment would add to his commitments on the boards of in-flight catering company LSG Group and B2B warehousing market place Long-Hub, which he joined last month.He has also served on Kuehne + Nagel’s board for 12 years, before going on to found R+R Aviation in 2013. By Alexander Whiteman 30/03/2017last_img read more

News / Air cargo and technology adoption: ‘it’s an embarrassing performance’

first_img The air cargo industry has an “embarrassing” track record in technology adoption, one senior airline executive said today.Speaking at the Air Cargo China event in Shanghai, Lufthansa Cargo chief commercial officer Alexis von Hoensbroech said the industry’s slow progress was not for lack of ideas.“I think, in general, the air cargo industry is still pretty traditional and it’s not really embracing technology.“Although there are many ideas on what technology can bring, the ability of this industry to embrace change is actually very slow. We’re full of buzzwords and everybody talks about them without really knowing what’s behind it,” he said.He highlighted the “awful” implementation of electronic air waybills (e-AWBs) as an example.“People started talking about them in the late nineties, but it took more than a decade to actually turn the idea into a product. Now in 2018, we’ve just achieved 50% e-AWB penetration. This is 20 years after we started talking about it. It’s a really embarrassing performance in terms of implementation.” By Sam Whelan in Shanghai 17/05/2018 © Boarding1now center_img Greater e-AWB implementation,  combined with artificial intelligence-powered quotations that bypass the need for back-and-forth emails, could help to automate 70% of all air cargo transactions, he claimed, which would save the industry “$1bn or $2bn”.Mr von Hoensbroech said: “If we don’t take this first step, we will not be able to take the next, necessary, steps to eventually get rid of all the paper documents in air cargo. This is not rocket science; once you have digitalised these documents, we can send 70% of all cargo without paper.“It would also allow the centralisation of data, which would massively improve the efficiency of the whole supply chain. Once the paper is gone we can start moving away from the sequential movement of data. Today the freight moves and the data moves with it, but this is the most primitive way of doing it.”He added that the rise of online freight marketplaces and digital forwarders would not mean carriers doing business directly with shippers.“I don’t think air cargo carriers will change their approach. We don’t deal directly with shippers and we don’t see this changing, even though there might be some competitors coming up, simply because we don’t offer certain forwarder services that shippers need.“Regarding the platforms; from our perspective, we’re ready to offer rates there, but only if there’s lots of forwarders on the same platform, which will then facilitate the transaction.“This will increase transparency, because rates will become more visible in the market. But without the forwarder as part of the transaction I don’t think it’s going to happen.”Mr von Hoensbroech is to leave Lufthansa Cargo to join sister carrier Austrian Airlines as chief executive in August.last_img read more

Imprisonment of Korean American Reverend in China for Three Months

first_img Imprisonment of Korean American Reverend in China for Three Months RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE Facebook Twitter Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak AvatarYang Jung A News Newscenter_img North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest [imText1]It was recently revealed that an American citizen of Korean origin had been arrested by the Chinese police and imprisoned for three months. Radio Free Asia reported that Rev. John Yoon (age 68), who has been protecting and assisting North Korean defectors in the areas of Qingdao, Beijing and Yanji, got arrested on May 9 by the Chinese police and had been imprisoned in the Yenji city prison. Rev. Yoon’s wife explained the reason for this sudden notice to the public as “because he (Rev. Yoon) was not officially under indictment, we were worried that it would have a negative influence for him if we let the media report on him, so we have been watching silently. Because he will be officially indicted on August 24, we have decided to report it to human rights organizations and media.” “The consulate in Shenyang made an opportunity so our son visited him. He said (Rev. Yoon) is keeping up, but is having a difficult time,” said Mrs. Yoon. It has been known that Rev. Yoon have not stopped evangelization activities in the prison, and has been praying for forced deportation back to the US. Grace Yoon, Rev. Yoon’s last daughter, said, “what father mainly did was to secure lodgings for defectors, and to be mostly responsible for their living. Because the danger of arrest is so great when defectors work outside, father gave them work to do inside home in order to protect them more safely.” Rev. Yoon have sold in South Korea and US crosses and other handmade goods made by North Koreans, and supported the living of the defectors with the earnings and donations. In 1997, Rev. Yoon went into Najin-Sunbong Area (another one of the special areas) in North Korea and managed a noodle factory for one year in order to feed hungry North Korean brethren. Ms. Grace Yoon added, “For father’s release we have requested help, and reported to the US State Department, the House of Representatives and the aides. We also requested assistance from South Korean and American human rights organizations and soon we will hold signature seeking campaigns in South Korea.”Bae Je Hyun, board member of the Citizen’s Coalition for Human Rights of Abductees and North Korean Refugees, who had been discussing about the problem of Rev. Yoon and assistance of North Korean defectors issue said, “We have requested to hold special prayer sessions to South Korean and American church leaders (for Rev. Yoon) and we are going to officially plead to the government of China.” By Yang Jung A – 2005.08.23 3:19pm last_img read more

Park Touches Down for Beijing Summit

first_img News By Daily NK – 2013.06.27 6:09pm Park Touches Down for Beijing Summit SHARE AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News News Facebook Twittercenter_img North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China 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 [imText1] News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Sentry cuts fees to certain series of mutual funds

first_img Desjardins to close four ETFs Tessie Sanci Toronto-based Sentry Investments Inc. has cut management fees to certain series within its mutual fund lineup in response to consultation with the financial advisor community and a review of pricing practices within the mutual fund industry. The lower fee structure is applicable to Series A/T securities, purchased with the front-end option, and Series F/FT securities, according to the firm’s announcement released on Tuesday. HSBC changes strategy, lowers fees for global equities fund The change, which is effective immediately, comes through a combination of fee discounts, a reduction of the management fee retained by Sentry as manager and a reduction to dealer compensation on select funds. “Sentry has always been focused on delivering superior long-term, risk-adjusted returns for investors,” says Sean Driscoll, Sentry’s CEO, in a statement. “We are now providing access to our disciplined investment process and award-winning funds with more competitive fees. We are confident this announcement will be well received by our advisor and investor clients.” Other fee changes include extending Sentry’s automatic preferred pricing program to investors who purchase Series A/T securities under the front-end option and those who purchase Series F/FT securities. Sentry is also increasing the fee discounts across the asset tier levels for each fund, which will now be applied back to the first dollar invested, once an investor qualifies for a discount. These enhancements apply to Series P/PT, F/FT, PF/PFT and O. The change will also apply to Series A/T securities, which were purchased with the front-end option. And household account linking is now being offered to investors holding Series A/T securities, with the front-end option, and Series F/FT. This program allows investors within the same household to aggregate their assets across multiple Sentry accounts in order to receive reduced management fees or satisfy applicable investment minimums. The asset manager is also reviewing its mutual fund lineup in order to simplify the number of mutual fund series offered, with the goal of making it easier for advisors to navigate the firm’s products and obtain the best possible pricing for clients, according to Sentry’s announcement. Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords MERs and management feesCompanies Sentry Investments Inc. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Unitholders approve changes to NEI fundslast_img read more

Bank of England to open settlement system to non-banks

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Fintechs elude official statistics: BIS Facebook LinkedIn Twitter At the same time, Carney said that the Bank of England will also safeguard the system by: imposing appropriate standards on participating firms; removing legislative barriers to non-bank access; and designing the account arrangements for new entrants. Additionally, the regulatory agencies that supervise these institutions, “are committed to developing a strengthened supervisory regime for those who apply for [a central bank] settlement account, to give assurance that non-banks can safely take their place at the heart of the payment system,” he added. The U.K. authorities aim to hold a consultation on these plans later this year, running from September to November. They aim to publish a blueprint for the future settlement system in early 2017. In response to the announcement, Hannah Nixon, managing director of the U.K. Payment Systems Regulator (PSR), said, “Today’s announcement marks a significant milestone in the drive to create open access for non-banking organizations.” “It’s one piece of the puzzle, but it’s an important one. If you can open settlement access, organizations will have greater choice in access to payments systems. The wider ripple effect is that with greater access, more companies may innovate and both consumers and businesses will have a greater choice of payment services available to them,” she added. In the same speech, Carney also announced that the Bank of England has launched a fintech accelerator, which will work with tech firms to “help us harness fintech innovations for central banking.” The Bank of England has already carried out initial work in the areas such as data anonymization, cybersecurity and distributed ledger technology. Other areas of potential future interest include new ways to structure and analyze large datasets, machine learning, and data protection. ESMA launches digital finance consultation Regulators must avert looming irrelevance: IAPcenter_img Keywords United Kingdom,  Fintech Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, announced Friday that the U.K. central bank will expand direct access to its settlement system to non-bank payment providers. “By increasing the proportion of settlement in central bank money, diversifying the number of settlement firms, and driving greater innovation in risk-reducing payments technologies, expanding access should bring financial stability benefits,” Carney said in the prepared text for a speech. “It should also enable more efficient, effective and inclusive payments, including in ways that we cannot fully anticipate.” James Langton Related newslast_img read more

Morneau names new BoC governor

first_imgParliament buildings on a sunny day 123RF PenderFund names new SVP for investments Canadian PressIE Staff TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Related news “After pursuing an exhaustive domestic and international selection process for this crucial role, I’m delighted to say that Tiff Macklem has the exceptional qualities to fulfil this role,” said Claire Kennedy, chair of the special committee of the Bank of Canada’s board of directors, in a release.“Tiff has deep knowledge of monetary policy and financial stability issues, a proven crisis management track record, and extensive senior leadership experience. We are confident Tiff will make an outstanding contribution to promoting the economic and financial welfare of Canada, and to upholding the bank’s exemplary reputation as a leading central bank.”Finance Minister Bill Morneau says Macklem brings a deep knowledge of and expertise in financial markets and will serve the central bank well as it navigates the an economic crisis like no other. Speaking at a morning press conference, Macklem says he found out about the appointment yesterday and is hoping for a seamless transition over the coming weeks.Poloz calls leaving the bank “bittersweet,” but says the central bank will be “in solid hands” when Macklem officially takes over.Macklem was considered a top candidate to become governor in 2013, but was passed over when Poloz was appointed. Before Macklem’s term as senior deputy governor, he was associate deputy minister at the Department of Finance, serving as Canada’s representative at the G7, G20 and Financial Stability Board.Macklem first joined the BoC in 1984, after graduating from Queen’s University in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He also holds a master’s degree and a PhD in economics from Western University.Many industry observers had pegged Carolyn Wilkins, BoC senior deputy governor, as the likely successor to Poloz.The bank controls the country’s money supply, trying to support economic growth and stability while keeping inflation low.Its governor’s statements about the economy and the financial system set trends and move markets. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media CETFA elects new board leader Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Bank of Canada Tiff Macklem is the new governor of the Bank of Canada.The dean of the business school at the University of Toronto was senior deputy governor of the bank from July 2010 to May 2014. Macklem will begin his term on June 3; current governor Stephen Poloz’s seven-year term expires June 2. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more