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As coronavirus pandemic worsens, health officials fear nationalization of drugs and supplies

first_img“That would be a disaster,” he said.There is precedent for such hoarding. During the 1976 swine flu scare — when it was feared a 1918-like flu pandemic was starting in the United States — President Gerald Ford declared there would be vaccine for every man, woman, and child in the country. Canada placed an order with American-based manufacturers, but shipments of the vaccine were blocked by the U.S. government. (In the end, there was no pandemic and the vaccine program was halted after a number of people who received it developed Guillain-Barré syndrome.)The World Health Organization worked for years to ensure that developing countries would have access to H5N1 bird flu vaccine in the event the virus triggered a pandemic. Countries that produced flu vaccines or that had secured contracts for pandemic flu vaccine had to commit to donate one-tenth of their supply to the WHO to be redistributed to countries that had no means to secure their own.But when the H1N1 pandemic hit in 2009, the vaccine was difficult to produce. Countries didn’t fulfill their commitments up front and, by the time they donated vaccine, it was clear the pandemic was a mild one and developing countries no longer wanted it.For weeks, as this new virus has spread around the world, WHO officials have insisted that global solidarity is the only way to get through this crisis.“We have to absolutely focus now on equity and access. We cannot have a situation where people who need the drug don’t get it and people who don’t need the drug do,” insisted Mike Ryan, head of the agency’s health emergencies program. Tools to fight this virus, he said, must be distributed “on the basis of need and the basis of benefit.”“WHO is already working on mechanisms by which we can achieve that, working with our partners both in the north and the south,” Ryan said. Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. APStock An allegation that the Trump administration tried to secure exclusive rights to the production of an experimental coronavirus vaccine in Germany has revived health officials’ concerns that countries worldwide might move to nationalize key supplies to respond to the growing pandemic.The allegation, first reported on Sunday in German media and later echoed by the nation’s health minister, centered on the suggestion that the Trump administration sought to strike a deal with CureVac, a drug maker that is based in the city of Tübingen but that also has operations in the United States.Exactly what the Trump administration was offering, and how CureVac responded, was unclear. A U.S. official denied the reports, and the company’s main shareholders — including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — immediately made clear CureVac’s vaccine would not be sold to a single country.advertisement Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. About the Author Reprints By Helen Branswell March 15, 2020 Reprints HealthAs coronavirus pandemic worsens, health officials fear nationalization of drugs and supplies Nevertheless, the ugly episode underlined very real concerns that the coronavirus could prompt some countries to nationalize drugs, personal protective equipment needed by health workers, or vaccines when they eventually become available. Earlier this month Germany banned the export of personal protective equipment, and India moved to block the export of some essential drugs. Please enter a valid email address.center_img @HelenBranswell Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Helen Branswell Trending Now: Leave this field empty if you’re human: “Most countries have laws that are analogous to the Defense Production Act in the U.S. that allows the government to requisition stuff manufactured within their borders if it serves the purposes of national defense or national security — which is understandable,” Richard Hatchett, the CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, told STAT last month.“But what we do not want to have happen in this epidemic is to have vaccines be developed in the places where vaccines are currently developed and manufactured — which is mostly in developed countries — and then used exclusively in those countries.”advertisement It will take much longer to produce vaccines than drugs, if vaccines can be produced at all in the time frame in which they are needed. But ensuring those vaccines are used where the virus is circulating when they become available will be a challenge in the current global climate, Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, told STAT in an interview Sunday.“In the world today … [it’s] not like the G7 is going to get together and say, ‘We together are going to finance this.’ Or the G20. It’s a much more complicated time,” Berkley said.What happened in the 2009 flu pandemic cannot be repeated, he said.“If there is a shortage of vaccine, if there is eminent domain-type concern, and if there are obviously people who want this and have put orders in and locked in the market, we’re not going to see it going to the poorest countries,” Berkley said. “Which is why access initiatives are going to need to have some teeth until you get to the point where there’s excess capacity.”In Berkley’s view, countries should keep in mind that their own manufacturers might not be successful in developing vaccines, and the vaccine they hope to acquire may end up being made abroad.“No one country has adequate capacity to supply the world. Therefore we will need cooperation in thinking through how we will get adequate quantities of vaccines for whichever countries need them at that period in time,” Berkley said.“If you’re paying the nationalist game, they may want to play the nationalist game as well.” Privacy Policy Tags BostonCoronavirusinfectious diseaselast_img read more

Minister of National Revenue publishes two new reports in tax gap series

first_imgMinister of National Revenue publishes two new reports in tax gap series From: Canada Revenue AgencyToday, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, announced the release of two new tax gap reports on federal excise duty on cigarettes and the payment gap.Today, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, announced the release of two new tax gap reports on federal excise duty on cigarettes and the payment gap. This stems from a commitment made in 2016 by the Government of Canada to calculate the tax gap as a way to target compliance activities and ensure Canada’s tax system remains fair to all Canadians.The CRA is committed to ensuring the integrity of the tax system to protect Canada’s revenue base and provide the necessary benefits that improve the lives of all Canadians. We know that the vast majority of Canadians pay their fair share and we’re committed to making sure that all taxpayers abide by tax laws.A better understanding of the tax gap allows the Agency to maximize investments from federal budgets to modernize its collections activities, improve communication with Canadians, and increase activities to encourage compliance.The sixth report found that the federal cigarette duty gap before audit results is estimated to be around $486 million for tax year 2014. This represents 16% of cigarette excise duty revenue, or about 4% of overall federal excise duties, taxes and other specific levies revenue. The vast majority of tobacco licensees (legal producers) comply with their tax obligations. In general, non-compliance is primarily a result of smuggling or unlicensed tobacco production and the CRA works with provinces/territories, as well as other federal organizations, to implement targeted compliance activities.The seventh report found that, generally, as a result of the successful compliance and collections measures the CRA has implemented, the payment gap for 2014 has been getting smaller each year. This report examined the payment tax gaps for individuals, corporations, Goods and Service Tax (GST)/Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) registrants, and excise duty and tax licensees/registrants for a specific time range. For example, in December 2015, the total payment gap for tax year 2014 was $5.29 billion. In July 2020, the total payment gap for tax year 2014 was $2.19 billion, a decline of 59%.Canada is part of a select group of countries that estimate and publish their tax gaps, including the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. The CRA intends to build on this series of tax gap reports by publishing a future report on Canada’s overall tax gap in 2021.Quotes“Our government is delivering on its commitment to calculate the tax gap, in an effort to ensure our tax system is fair and equitable for all Canadians. A better understanding of the tax gap can help the CRA to better target its compliance activities and improve the integrity of the tax system.”-The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National RevenueQuick factsThe tax gap is the difference between the taxes that would be paid if all obligations were fully met in all instances, and the tax that is actually paid and collected.This report is part of a series of reports: a conceptual study (June 2016), a report on the GST/HST (June 2016), a report on the domestic personal income tax (June 2017), a report on the international personal income tax (June 2018) and a report on the corporate income tax gap (2019). Tax year 2014 was examined in all seven reports.The CRA consulted other tax administrations, government departments, and experts to refine the methodologies used in the report, and will continue to engage with them on methodology and research moving forward. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:audit, Australia, Canada, communication, corporate, fair share, future, Government, Minister, production, research, revenue, sales, study, United Kingdom, United Stateslast_img read more

A31 cash boosts cycling and pedestrian access to Ringwood street

first_imgA31 cash boosts cycling and pedestrian access to Ringwood street The work, which is being carried out by Hampshire County Council on behalf of Highways England, will improve safety and accessibility for non-motorists and will begin the process that will ultimately see access from West street to the A31 closed.At the same time, the footpath will be widened along the north side of the street, and a new footway built over the ‘brick bridge.’ Highways England is planning further footway and cycleway improvements to coincide with its main scheme to improve capacity on the A31.Funding for the scheme comes from a dedicated pot of money within Highways England, known as designated funds. Additional funding can be applied for from this pot and used alongside the main scheme to make potential improvements that will have a positive impact on local communities.To keep disruption to a minimum for residents of Ringwood, Highways England is bringing forward the work planned for West Street. This much anticipated work will now start on Monday 15 February and is scheduled to finish by the end of July 2021. The work includes:Widening the footpath along the west side of West Street to improve accessibility for cyclists and walkersNew kerbs and environmental plantingBuilding a new footpath over the ‘brick bridge’Widening the footpath over the ‘old Stony’ bridgeIntroducing new priority give way signs at both bridges to accompany the new and improved footpaths over themResurfacing both bridgesLaying new electrical cable along the length of West Street in advance of the main A31 work.Highways England will be putting up signage on the A31 to advise drivers of the West Street closure.Highways England Project Manager for the A31 improvement scheme, Daniel Kittredge said:We are delighted to be able to fund this work along West Street and improve cycling and pedestrian access for the residents of Ringwood. We have worked hard with Hampshire County Council to cover as much work as possible at this time and minimise disruption to local residents.It’s exciting to see this work get underway, which will not only improve the environment of West Street but also enable us to complete essential cable diversions which is necessary to get ready for the main A31 upgrade work.Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said:Hampshire County Council has been working collaboratively with New Forest District Council and Ringwood Town Council to develop a programme of small-scale measures that support the Ringwood Town Access Plan. These measures will help improve pedestrian and cycle safety, while ensuring good access to the town remains after the closure of West Street.The work taking place on West Street are weather dependent and may need to be re-arranged at short notice. If this is the case Hampshire County Council will update signage on site and also the Hampshire County Council website.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Accessibility, building, cash, council, cycling, Economy, environment, Government, Impact, money, Pedestrian, project, Safety, Transport, UK, UK Government, weather, websitelast_img read more

Federal budget must invest in better roads, rest areas and bridges

first_imgFederal budget must invest in better roads, rest areas and bridges The Australian Trucking Association has called on the Australian Government to improve road safety and boost industry productivity by investing in safer roads, rest areas and bridges.Today releasing the ATA’s 2021-22 pre-budget submission, ATA Chair David Smith said upgrading the road network would have enormous benefits for safety and productivity.“While we welcome the Australian Government’s existing $110 billion infrastructure pipeline, it should be strengthened with further investment in truck rest areas, freight routes, regional roads and bridge upgrades,” Mr Smith said.“Studies show that the road is the cause of about 30 per cent of all crashes, and plays a significant role in how severe all road crashes are.“The Government should ensure best-practice safety and productivity standards on national highways by adopting infrastructure standards for rest areas, safety and High Productivity Freight Vehicle (HPFV) access,” he said.Mr Smith said that investment in safer and more accessible infrastructure for HPFVs would reduce the number of truck movements, reduce congestion, lower freight costs, and use trucks that are safer, quieter, and greener.“Infrastructure investment should target projects that will improve road access for HPFVs, including upgrading the Sheahan Bridge on the Hume Highway,” Mr Smith said.In the submission, the ATA has called for prioritising better outcomes and policy by investing in improved capability and resourcing of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, and Infrastructure Australia.“We recommend the Government should support industry and remove barriers to reducing emissions from transport, lead national reform agendas for removing stamp duty and payroll tax, and not proceed with the mandatory super increase,” Mr Smith said.“There should also be investment in extending safety-focused crash investigations for heavy vehicles.“Trucking plays a crucial role in the Australian economy and keeping our communities supplied and connected. It is vital that an industry of such significant importance is supported with the proper infrastructure to ensure it remain safe and productive,” he said.View the submission /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, Australian Government, communications, Federal, federal budget, Government, infrastructure, Investment, outcomes, payroll tax, pipeline, regional development, road safety, stamp duty, Transport, truck, truckinglast_img read more

Vulnerable kids must have birth certificates

first_imgVulnerable kids must have birth certificates Liberal Party VictoriaThe Andrews Labor Government must urgently make changes to ensure the births of children in care are registered, and they have birth certificates.While there is no data on the scale of the problem, carers report that it can take many years and constant advocacy to get a birth registered. Foster care agencies also say a very significant number of vulnerable children currently have no birth certificates.This has huge implications. To cite just one example, these at-risk children are unable to access early learning services – which they desperately need.Kinders understandably require documentation for enrolment. Experts in agencies who work with children known to child protection estimate that between 20 and 30 per cent go to kinder.The most recent figures for the specific kinder program for vulnerable kids, Early Start, show only 36 per cent of children known to child protection have ever attended.To put this into context, almost 90 per cent of all Victorian kids attend kindergarten. This discrepancy is unacceptable.Other dire implications include access to health care.Over many years, foster care groups have called on the Labor Government to fix this very serious problem by:giving Child Protection the power to register births under all court orders;clarifying that the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing is a person of interest and can apply to register a birth under the Birth Deaths and Marriages Act Vic 1996;giving Child Protection the power to obtain the necessary personal parental information to complete a birth registration.All of these are simple and sensible proposals, which the government has failed to consider.With huge numbers of additional children coming into Victoria’s care system, the Andrews Labor Government must finally address this very serious issue as a matter of urgency.As stated by Shadow Minister for Child Protection, Matt Bach:“Children in the care of the state have so many barriers to overcome. Instead of seeking to remove obstacles in their way, the Andrews Labor Government is making their lives even harder.“Urgent action is needed to make sure the births of all vulnerable kids are registered, and they all have birth certificates.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Andrews, Australia, children, court, Foster, foster care, Government, housing, Liberal Party, Liberal Victoria, Minister, VIC, Victorialast_img read more

Four candidates compete in Vancouver School District Position No. 1 race

first_imgName*Email*Website Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). Four candidates compete in Vancouver School District Position No. 1 racePosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Thursday, August 1, 2019in: Newsshare 0 Incumbent faces three challengers for the position on the Board of Directors VANCOUVER — There is no shortage of candidates for the three openings on the Vancouver School District’s Board of Directors. Just as is the case with positions 4 and 5, there are four candidates on the ballot for the Aug. 6 primary election vying for Position No. 1.Two of the four candidates will advance from the top two primary to the general election in November.Incumbent Dale Rice will be challenged in the race for Position 1 by Thomas Higdon, Caressa Milgrove and Kyle Sproul.Here’s a brief look (in alphabetical order) at the candidates’ profiles offered in the voters’ pamphlet:Thomas HigdonFour candidates compete in Vancouver School District Position No. 1 raceThomas HigdonHigdon is a retired independent promoter and fundraiser. He has elected experience (twice) as a Precinct Committee Officer. He received an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1972 and has completed Continuing Education courses at Clark College.“As an accomplished writer and essayist, I have submitted letters to the editor in support of worthy candidates and have helped craft campaign material intended to inform and enlighten Clark County voters,’’ Higdon said of his community service.As far as his vision for Vancouver Public Schools, Higdon said, “A school district is a team and functions as one. No greater responsibility and privilege has the present generation than guiding the Vancouver School District students preparing to assume the role of informed responsible adults. Their right to a tradition-rich education in a secure environment is paramount.“If violence in a school setting is to be prevented, security measures as now exist should be examined with an eye to enhancing and refining them, including regular monitoring of the system to ensure against laxity,’’ Higdon said. “Mathematics, Science, Civics, American History, English and literature are indispensable and should be so regarded. Since graduates will immediately find themselves in a competitive setting, English should be highly prioritized as this is the arena where communication skills develop. Here is where we can dramatically reduce such illiteracy as has characterized so many contemporary graduates. “No academic facility has the power to confer an education, but in the hands of the right instructor, a student may be infused with a thirst for knowledge and provided with the tools whereby he may educate himself,’’ Higdon added. “I pledge myself to work untiringly to build upon the work others have brought to the VSD.’’Caressa MilgroveFour candidates compete in Vancouver School District Position No. 1 raceCassie Milgrove Milgrove lists her professional experience as hospitality auditor. She received an Associate’s of Arts Degree from Clark College and majored in Public Affairs with a minor in Business at Washington State University Vancouver.Milgrove has no elected experience but says she is an “advocate for education at all levels, most notably around ensuring children have enough time to eat and expanding access to higher education. I have volunteered in our schools, planted trees, harvested fresh produce for our food bank, and put together care packages for homeless women and children. I am drawn to serving others and embrace opportunities to do so.“For the last several years, I’ve dedicated myself to speaking up for what our children need,’’ Millgrove said. “Through countless conversations with parents, educators, and community stakeholders, I’ve heard concerns about issues they consider paramount in our school system. It is clear the health and well-being of every student should be our top priority. I have demonstrated my commitment to improving our schools through my advocacy and activism at the state level, working on successful legislation protecting lunch times for students. “As a mom of two VPS students, I’m deeply invested in the future of our schools,’’ Millgrove added. “Vancouver Public Schools are excellent and innovative places for our children to learn and grow. However, I believe improvements can be made by better involving families and the community in the district’s decisions. Our community has always supported its schools. We care deeply about public education. But too often our questions and concerns seem to go unheard. Honest communication and transparency are needed to assure the public that their dollars are being responsibly and efficiently spent in accordance with our community’s values. My devotion to service and equity, fresh perspective, and experience navigating various levels of government are needed assets on the board.’’Dale RiceFour candidates compete in Vancouver School District Position No. 1 race Dale Rice Rice has 29 years experience as a director for Vancouver Public Schools. His professional experience includes 20 years as vice president of Northwest National Bank; five years as president of Northwest Investment Management and 20 years as owner of Dale Q. Rice Investment Management.Rice has securities licenses (Series 7, 24 and 63) and also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Economics from Western Washington University. He has served the community as a member of the Vancouver Public Schools Management Task Force.“For 29 years, I have been honored to serve the students of Vancouver Public Schools,’’ Rice stated. “With my banking and money management experience, I have helped negotiate lower interest rates on more than $700 million in bonds for school construction, saving taxpayers millions of dollars. VPS has received a clean audit report from the Washington State Auditor’s Office for the past 13 consecutive years. “Additionally, I have helped VPS evolve into a district highly respected for innovation,’’ Rice added. “Tablet or laptop computers have been provided for every student in grades 3-12, along with technology tools, training and support for teachers. VPS has created dynamic educational choices including Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, Vancouver iTech Preparatory, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement courses, second language learning pathways, career-technical education, and many other offerings. “U.S. News & World Report in its 2019 ranking placed five VPS high schools among the best in the state and nation,’’ Rice said. “The on-time graduation rate has increased from 64 percent to 85 percent and continues to improve. Community partnerships have expanded through 18 Family-Community Resource Centers and two mobile FCRCs. I am proud of the entire VPS team and all of our accomplishments. I respectfully ask for your vote to sustain our progress.’’Kyle SproulFour candidates compete in Vancouver School District Position No. 1 raceKyle SproulSproul has professional experience in commercial marketing and management at Target and Gap corporate headquarters. She later transitioned into small business, developing new business initiatives, managing business strategy and marketing, and participating in budget review and contract negotiations. Sproul has a Master of Business Administration Degree in Strategic Business Development from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and a Bachelor’s Degree (English and Art) from Georgetown University. Sproul said she “spends countless hours in classrooms and on sports fields volunteering for Harney, Eisenhower, and Felida elementary schools; Salmon Creek Little League; and Vancouver Parks and Recreation.In her statement, Sproul said she “is a VPS parent of three and a business professional with 19 years of experience in Strategic Business Development.’’ She added that she “is uniquely qualified to serve as school board director.’’Sproul said she “knows how to strategize effective, long-term solutions to address the district’s budget shortfall.’’ She said she “volunteers in our schools to directly support teachers and classroom learning’’ and “understands the changing needs and demographics of our school district and community.’’Sproul also states that she “is committed to achievement, accountability, and action’’ and “was spurred into action by VPS’s shockingly low achievement scores on standardized tests and its substantial achievement gap among certain populations.’’Sproul said, “There is no excuse for VPS to perform so far below the state’s average.’’ She indicated she “is determined to represent VPS’s underserved populations to ensure consistent and improved achievement for all.’’Sproul also promised to “challenge the VPS administration to raise the achievement bar and quality of education for all students.’’CVTV coverage of League of Women Voters Candidate ForumHere’s a link to CVTV’s coverage of a League of Women Voters Candidate Forum held on July 16 with candidates vying for positions on the Vancouver Public Schools Board of Directors:https://www.cvtv.org//program/election-2019AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Man with gun arrested after confronting deputies Next : Four candidates compete in Vancouver School District Position No. 4 raceAdvertisementThis is placeholder text I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. 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Protesters block traffic on Interstate Bridge

first_imgProtesters block traffic on Interstate BridgePosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Saturday, June 20, 2020in: Newsshare 0 Several hundred Black Lives Matter protesters marked Juneteenth observance with event in downtown VancouverSeveral hundred Black Lives Matter protesters held an event Friday in downtown Vancouver in observance of Juneteenth.Participants in the event gathered in Esther Short Park before walking together to Interstate 5 and on to the Interstate Bridge, blocking traffic for more than an hour, before returning to the Washington side of the bridge and dispersing.Clark County Today gathered the following visual images of the event: blankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblankblank© ClarkCountyToday.comAdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Clark County Hispanic population hit hard by COVID-19 Next : Commentary: Saluting the dads who raise more than their own childrenAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Wigton Windfarm Returns to Profitability

first_imgEconomic ImpactWigton’s operations continue to have a positive impact on the country’s economy and environment as the clean energy generated reduces the country’s carbon footprint and lessens the consumption of imported fuel whereby lowering the national oil bill. In 2013/14 approximately 93,745 tonnes of carbon dioxide were avoided.In addition, oil consumption was reduced by 70,687 barrels which resulted in savings of US$7 million on the country’s energy bill.Over the past 10 years of Wigton’s operation, the wind farm has saved Jamaica close to J$3 billion by reducing oil consumption by approximately 405,687 barrels.During the previous fiscal year Wigton submitted a successful bid to the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) for the supply of electricity generating capacity from renewable energy sources.  As a result, the company began implementing plans to expand its wind farm with an additional 24 MW wind energy plant.The expansion will be financed with 20% equity and the balance via a loan from the PetroCaribe Development Fund.  The expansion project will provide approximately one hundred and twenty five (125) temporary jobs during its construction phase and three (3) additional engineers will be permanently employed after commissioning.Projected plant output is 63,072 MWh per year which should further reduce the national oil consumption by more than 37,100 barrels annually and result in yearly savings of approximately J$400 million.In addition, the increased generating capacity will: Provide power for 31,963 homes (based on average household usage of 1971 kWh/yr.); generate revenue of US$8.4M annually, using a projected rate of US13.3 cents/kWh; earn 45 Metric Tonnes of Carbon Credits annually.Wigton’s expansion project will contribute favourably to the achievement of the Government of Jamaica’s target of 20% renewable energy input to the national grid by 2030.  The 24MW Wigton III will increase the installed renewable capacity from 7.00% to 9.36%.Based on a recent national Wind Resource Assessment study, Wigton has identified four locations suitable for wind energy development in addition to its existing operations. The sites are Winchester at the foot of the John Crow Mountains in St. Thomas, Kemps Hill in Clarendon and Rose Hill and Top Lincoln in Manchester.These locations have combined potential generating capacity of 212 million KWh annually which, if exploited, could reduce national oil consumption by at least 124,706 barrels per year which would trim close to J$1.27 billion off the annual fuel  bill. Of the proposed areas, Rose Hill is already slated for development and is the site for Wigton III.Wigton is now in expansion mode now that the Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) for Wigton III has been executed. In addition the company continues to pursue the “Verifications for Issuance of Carbon Credits” under the new Emissions Reductions Purchase Agreement. Advertisements Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister, the Hon. Phillip Paulwell said that the “significant profit of just over J$210 million earned by state owned Wigton Wind Farm for 2013/14 fiscal year was big boost for potential investors in renewable energy and a vote of confidence for the country’s energy diversification programme.According to the recently released Audited Financial Statements prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Wigton Windfarm Limited recorded revenues of J$1.679 billion for the 2013-14 fiscal year representing a 27% increase when compared to the previous fiscal year. For the similar period, expenses increased to J$1.469 billion recorded in fiscal 2013/14 from the J$1.393 billion recorded in fiscal 2012/13, an increase of 5%. However net profits before tax for the 2013/14 fiscal year was J$210 million which represents an upturn from the previous year when the company recorded a loss of J$68 million.Throughout the year, Wigton experienced high plant availability at both generating facilities. Wigton Two operated at an availability rate of 97.2% resulting in 63,735,201 kWh being sold to the national grid. At the same time, Wigton One experienced 89.6% availability and sold 56,429,249.00 kWh to the grid.During the year Wigton supplied a total of 120 GWh to the JPSCo grid with Wigton Phase One exceeding its budgeted kWh production of 52,154,474.18 by 4,274,774.82 with an actual production of 56,429,249.00 kWh. On the other hand, Wighton Phase Two exceeded its production target by 18,340,621.55, of 45,394,579.45 to record production of 63,735,201.00. Total production of the combined operations was 120,164,450.00. RelatedIT Resource Centre Opens in Caribbean Palm Estate FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedResidents of Barry Get Electricity Story HighlightsMinister Paulwell said that the “significant profit of just over J$210 million earned by state owned Wigton Wind Farm for 2013/14 fiscal year was big boost for potential investors in renewable energy.Wigton Windfarm Limited recorded revenues of J$1.679 billion for the 2013-14 fiscal year representing a 27% increase when compared to the previous fiscal year.Wigton’s operations continue to have a positive impact on the country’s economy and environment as the clean energy generated reduces the country’s carbon footprint. Related$12 Billion Collected From Universal Service Fund Wigton Windfarm Returns to Profitability TechnologySeptember 29, 2014Written by: Allan Brookslast_img read more

Swanepoel set for run at flyhalf

first_img‘ ‘ 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo From the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVSA Rugby MagUndo Fresh from signing a new deal with the Lions, Tiaan Swanepoel is set to get a run of games at flyhalf in the preparation matches. DYLAN JACK reports.Swanepoel, who joined the Lions at the end of 2019 from Australian club side West Harbour, has signed a new three-year contract, which will keep him with the Lions until 2024.The 24-year-old finished the 2020 Currie Cup season in the top five for most points (63, rank second), most tries (three, rank second), highest kicking accuracy (84.21%, rank three) and ball carries (38, rank three).SARugbymag.co.za understands that, starting from this weekend’s match against the Pumas in Johannesburg, Swanepoel will be playing a few games at flyhalf in an intriguing positional change.With Elton Jantjies leading the Lions last season, Swanepoel was primarily fielded at fullback, where he formed an effective combination with his skipper during Super Rugby Unlocked and the Currie Cup.Swanepoel is not a rookie in this position, however, as he played at flyhalf during his stint in the Shute Shield with West Harbour, as well as during his days as a 1st XV rugby player at Stellenberg Hoërskool.‘I was playing at flyhalf for the last two years in Australia, but then I started playing fullback again when I moved to the Lions,’ Swanepoel told SA Rugby magazine in January.‘I played at flyhalf for most of my life, actually. To get the opportunity to play at fullback and watch Elton [Jantjies] play at 10 is part of the learning curve on how to play at flyhalf. It’s also a growing process for me at fullback, to get the best out of me.’Even though the plan at the moment is just to play Swanepoel at flyhalf while Jantjies gets an extended break, the potential is there to make the position switch more permanent as the Lions captain has reportedly received an offer from a French team.Jantjies last year extended his contract with the Johannesburg franchise until 31 October this year and is unlikely to leave before then.ALSO READ: What’s in our new issue?Subscribe herePhoto: Anton Geyser/Gallo Images ‘ Post by Dylan Jack ‘ SumabisThis Is What Happens To Your Body If You Sleep With Socks OnSumabis|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Published on February 23, 2021 center_img Posted in Currie Cup, Lions, Top headlines Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby Magazine takes a look at five players who have only represented South Africa once but might do so again in the future.SA Rugby MagUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndoBuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMoneyMorningPaperThe 10 Richest Families Of The World. Especially No. 6 Is A Complete Surprise.MoneyMorningPaper|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo  675  30 FoodeliciouzLiving in Hong Kong? These Are the Richest and Poorest Countries in Europe 2019Foodeliciouz|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Swanepoel set for run at flyhalf Elton Jantjies and Tiaan Swanepoel ‘ ‘ GoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWorld Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVSA Rugby MagUndoWatch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeSA Rugby MagUndoAlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

SL Green moves to foreclose on Thor’s 590 Fifth Ave

first_imgShare via Shortlink SL Green CEO Marc Holliday, 590 Fifth Avenue and Thor Equities CEO Joseph Sitt (Holliday via Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images; Google Maps)SL Green Realty, which has been looking to its loan books for cash in recent months, is foreclosing on a Fifth Avenue office tower.Joe Sitt’s Thor Equities has defaulted on a $25 million mezzanine note on 590 Fifth Avenue from SL Green, according to Business Insider. The real estate investment trust has scheduled a foreclosure auction on the 19-story, 100,000-square-foot building for Oct. 15.Read moreSL Green still believes in New YorkChopard moving flagship to Fifth AvenueValentino sues to quit Fifth Ave — maybe forever Thor had reportedly tried to reposition the building’s store space into a flagship retail opportunity but was not successful, according to the publication. The property sits between west 47th and 48th streets.Several tenants at the building had stopped paying rent amid the pandemic, resulting in Thor’s default on the loan, a source told Business Insider. Among those tenants was Knotel, but a spokesperson for the company declined to comment on the status of its rental payments at the building. A spokesperson for Thor also declined to comment to Business Insider.Foreclosing on a property as a mezzanine lender means SL Green will have to take over payments on the building’s $83 million senior mortgage. [BI] — Akiko Matsuda Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsRetailSL GreenThor Equitieslast_img read more