In an effort to save money, the Alaska Marine Highway considers sinking one of its oldest ferries

first_imgSoutheast | State Government | TransportationIn an effort to save money, the Alaska Marine Highway considers sinking one of its oldest ferriesMarch 25, 2021 by Mike Swasey, KHNS – Haines Share:Deckhands prepare to tie-off the Malaspina in 2014. In March 2021, the Alaska Department of Transportation suggested scuttling the ferry, which has been out of service since late 2019.  (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)In Monday’s House Finance Committee meeting at the state capitol in Juneau, a Department of Transportation official suggested some cost-saving measures, including ridding the fleet of one of its unused vessels, the MV Malaspina.The Malaspina and its twin the Matanuska are the fleet’s oldest ships, built in the 1960s. The Malaspina has been moored at Ward Cove in Ketchikan since 2019. It costs about $450,000 each year just to store the ship.The state is currently considering a variety of options to remove that red line from its budget. They’ve looked into selling the ferry, but there’s an overabundance of decommissioned cruise ships available, so there’s very little interest in the open market. That leaves selling the boat for scrap metal or sinking it and creating an artificial reef on the ocean floor.Rob Carpenter from the Department of Transportation presented this idea to the legislature on Monday.“Other options we’re considering are scuttling her,” he said. “We’re talking to the EPA on that option of cleaning her up, taking all the asbestos, etc, off, and then creating a reef somewhere.”That plan would cost somewhere between $500,000 and $1 million. But, compare that to the estimated $16 million it would cost to repair the nearly 60-year-old ship.Recent mechanical issues sidelined the Matanuska earlier this month forcing Skagway and Haines to charter a private vessel to transport passengers from Juneau while leaving their vehicles behind. With fewer boats in the water these days, every breakdown taxes an already stressed ferry system.Earlier this month the state sold off two of its fast ferries, the Fairweather and the Chenega, for $5.1 million. Those boats were originally purchased for $68 million. This leaves the Alaska Marine Highway with a fleet of 10 ships serving the entirety of coastal Alaska.Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget plan slashes an additional $7 million dollars from the Alaska Marine Highway System’s budget for 2022. The House Finance Committee disagrees and has suggested keeping the funding similar to the budget for 2021.Share this story:last_img read more

From $360 a year to $179,000: Drug price hike in the Netherlands prompts call for investigation

first_img What’s included? Tags drug pricingpharmaceuticalsrare diseaseSTAT+ Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Log In | Learn More A new organization dedicated to eradicating high drug prices in the Netherlands has found what it believes is its first example — and will ask the government to investigate.At issue is a medicine known as CDCA that is used to treat people with cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis, or CTX, a rare genetic metabolic disease. An earlier version had been available for decades at a low cost, but was purchased by a company that later took the drug off the market. Last year, however, the company was granted marketing exclusivity by regulators and, at the re-launch, boosted the price many times over. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. @Pharmalot By Ed Silverman Aug. 27, 2018 Reprints Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. [email protected] center_img About the Author Reprints Ed Silverman Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Pharmalot APStock GET STARTED What is it? From $360 a year to $179,000: Drug price hike in the Netherlands prompts call for investigation last_img read more

Vertex’s new cystic fibrosis drug needs to be far cheaper to be cost effective, analysis finds

first_img Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. What is it? A newly approved treatment from Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) that targets roughly 90% of all cystic fibrosis patients may be a groundbreaking therapy, but requires a steep discount of at least 73% to be cost effective, a new analysis finds. And three older cystic fibrosis treatments sold by the company would also have to be similarly discounted in order to justify their pricing.Notably, the Trikafta medication, which was approved last fall by the Food and Drug Administration amid widespread praise, would need to be priced at $67,900 to $85,500 a year, according to the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, a nonprofit that conducted the analysis. This is dramatically less than the current wholesale price of $311,740 for the drug, which patients must take for their entire lives. Log In | Learn More Pharmalot About the Author Reprints Ed Silverman @Pharmalot By Ed Silverman April 27, 2020 Reprints GET STARTEDcenter_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Vertex’s new cystic fibrosis drug needs to be far cheaper to be cost effective, analysis finds Bill Sikes/AP What’s included? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. [email protected] Tags drug pricingpharmaceuticalsSTAT+last_img read more

Health Matters: Local Parathyroid Surgery

first_imgAdvertisementBut if doctors believe the lump is suspicious, patients may need to undergo surgery to remove a portion of the entire gland. Both procedures can be done at Lee Health. Keeping patients close to home for care.View More Health Matters video segments at LeeHealth.org/Healthmatters/Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health – Caring People. Inspiring Care. Advertisement 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 Health Matters: Scoliosis Treatment for Children June 13, 2021 Health Matters: A Partnership in Medical Care June 13, 2021 Advertisement While their names sound similar, doctors say the thyroid gland and the parathyroid glands function very differently. “Anatomy, they are close to each other but they are completely separate gland and separate function,” said Dr. Moutaa BenMaamer, a general surgeon with Lee Health.Both glands are located in the neck and serve a powerful purpose—The thyroid gland produces a hormone that regulates metabolism, while the parathyroid is actually four smaller glands that produce hormones to control the calcium levels in the blood. “The parathyroid, the problem is not well known,” he said.Doctors say parathyroidism is common and can cause symptoms like bone pain, kidney stones, and GI symptoms. “The surgery is very efficient and should give you the cure for this disease,” Dr. BenMaamer said.Other things patients should pay attention to is if they develop a lump in the neck—this could be related to the thyroid gland. “The issue with the thyroid, it’s very common to have what they call a nodule, a nodule is simply an overgrowth that the gland has. It’s extremely, extremely common, especially with women,” he said.center_img AdvertisementTags: Dr. BenMaamergeneral surgeonHealth MattersLee Healthparathyroidsurgery Donors with O+ blood type needed at Lee Health June 17, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Health Matters: Helping Children with Chest Wall Malformation June 13, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentslast_img read more

Tusla-Child and Family Agency reaching out to Laois families for urgent foster care

first_img Previous articlePositive vibes as Minister Flanagan meets Simon Harris in relation to Portlaoise HospitalNext articleWATCH: Santa arrives at Portarlington school amidst busy schedule Aedín DunneAedín graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Journalism and New Media. She is a proud Townie with a passion for all things sports and doesn’t like to speak about the 2016 blip in Portlaoise’s bid to 10-in-a-row. Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Home News Tusla-Child and Family Agency reaching out to Laois families for urgent foster… News WhatsApp Tusla-Child and Family Agency has issued an urgent appeal for a foster carer(s) for a child in Laois and the Midlands.Tusla is seeking a foster carer for *Scott, a very affectionate young boy with a warm smile. He has a diagnosis of autism with moderate learning needs.Tusla Service Director, and Operational Lead for Children in Foster Care, Patricia Finlay said: “Scott’s life would be transformed if he had the opportunity to live with a foster family. We are appealing to any member of the public to get in touch with Tusla if they think they have capacity to care for Scott, and the ability to provide him with the experience of a warm and loving family life.“Scott loves to play and enjoys the sensations of bubbles. He loves to read books, and really enjoys any type of water activities, especially swimming. He also really enjoys social activities such as going to the cinema or a play centre.“This young boy needs a carer to provide him with a loving home and give him much-needed stability which will nurture his development. Scott will require a carer(s) who is kind and patient, and who can give him their full attention and commitment.“Scott’s foster carer will be given bespoke support and training from Tusla to help care specifically for him, and this training will be tailored for his personal needs over time.”It is likely there will be a transition period to this placement. Initially the prospective carer would provide a befriending service for Scott where they would take him out on activities such as a trip to the zoo, the cinema, or just spending a few hours with this child.This could then progress to weekend respite with a view to caring for Scott long term.Applicants interested in fostering Scott can contact Tusla’s national freephone fostering number 1800 226 771 or email [email protected] More details on Tusla fostering services can be found on fostering.ie.We recently held a major public information campaign to recruit additional foster carers. Since Tusla’s National Fostering Week took place in October, the agency has received 410 enquiries across Ireland from members of the public interested in becoming foster carers in the future.*Scott is not this boy’s real nameSEE ALSO – Funding approved for further CCTV schemes in Laois Facebook Tusla-Child and Family Agency reaching out to Laois families for urgent foster care Twitter GAA GAA TAGSLaois familiesurgent appeal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest By Aedín Dunne – 20th December 2019 GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

More women showing interest in CFA designation

first_imgwoman with a laptop 123rf IE Staff Fifty-six per cent of CFA candidates passed the Level III CFA program exam in June, according to a press release issued by the CFA Institute on Tuesday.That means more than 21,400 of the 38,377 candidates who wrote the exam in June are one step closer to becoming CFA charterholders, pending verification of their professional experience. Currently, more than 167,000 investment professionals worldwide hold the CFA charter, the release said. Macklem points to child care, education to help ease protracted employment recovery Related news Level I and II CFA Program candidates received their exam results on Aug. 6. Forty-one per cent of the 83,656 candidates who wrote the Level I exam passed. Of the 74,735 candidates who took the Level II exam, 44% passed.The CFA Institute said it had “record global participation” in exams this year, adding that the number of women taking CFA tests “has more than doubled” over the past five years. Women now account for 39% of CFA candidates, and female participation among Level 1 candidates in markets such as Australia and the United Kingdom has “reached or surpassed parity.”“The pockets of gender balance emerging in global candidate pools is a positive sign for the future health of the industry and for investors because research shows that divergent perspectives improve investment outcomes,” Stephen Horan, managing director for credentialing and for the Americas region at the CFA Institute, said in the release.The release noted that, among the top 10 CFA markets, Australia has recorded the highest increase in CFA candidate growth, with the number of exam-takers up 23% over the previous year.The June Level I, II and III exams were administered in 343 test centres in 192 cities worldwide, the release stated. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Return to Bay Street program reboots Keywords CFA — Chartered Financial Analyst,  Women,  Women in financial services JPMorgan elevates two women to run bank’s biggest division Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

OBSI creates consumer interest post on board

first_img Related news The Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI) has created a new board position to defend consumer interests.OBSI’s board of directors approved a change to its bylaw that will require it to designate a consumer interest director focused on representing consumers, OBSI says. FSRA updates title reg proposal Rudy Mezzetta Partners discussing new plans iStock “Given the increasing range and complexity of issues that consumers of financial services face, the board felt the time was right introduce this director designation,” said OBSI chair Jim Emmerton in a release.OBSI’s board consists of 10 directors, seven of whom are community directors who have not been part of industry or government for at least two years; three are industry directors appointed from shortlists of nominees provided by designated industry bodies.OBSI’s board has one vacancy among its community directors, which will be filled by the new consumer interest director. It’s currently identifying candidates for the position.OBSI is a national body that seeks to resolve disputes between consumers and financial services firms. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Title protection in Ontario on track for 2022 Keywords Regulation,  Consumer protectionCompanies Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments Merger of B.C. financial services, real estate regulators nears completion Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Knockalva Technical Recognizes Teachers and Ancillary Staff

first_imgKnockalva Technical Recognizes Teachers and Ancillary Staff UncategorizedDecember 20, 2006 RelatedKnockalva Technical Recognizes Teachers and Ancillary Staff RelatedKnockalva Technical Recognizes Teachers and Ancillary Staff FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Twenty teachers and five members of the ancillary staff of the Knockalva Technical High School in Hanover were honoured at a Christmas luncheon and awards ceremony, held at that institution recently.Collectively, the teachers have given 318 years of service, while the ancillary members served for 113 years.Of the teachers, Cynthia Dwyer, and Vice Principal, Yvonne Gallant have each served for 33 years.Among the ancillary staff, Farm Hand and ancillary staff representative on the School’s Board, Jonathan Harvey, has served the longest with 32 years.Citations were read for all the awardees, outlining their years of long, dedicated and faithful service to the institution, and expressing appreciation on behalf of past and present students, parents, the Board of Management and the Ministry of Education and Youth. They were also presented with certificates, plaques and trophies.Principal of the institution, Reverend Ephraim Morgan, said that workers serving any institution for an extended period of time had to be viewed as very important. He said that such a situation allowed for continuity and was a symbol of strength.“When you have to change staff regularly you sometimes lose that kind of sustainability, and therefore I strongly believe that this is a good signal. I do not think that people are just complacent and do not want to explore possibilities, but it also suggests that they are satisfied, they are comfortable and that they feel that they can make a contribution,” he said.In his response on behalf of the recipients, teacher of 13 years at Knockalva, Askew Watson, thanked all responsible for organizing the ceremony, “for recognizing their service, and making them feel appreciated”.He said that working with the students was not always easy, but the reward was witnessing them become successful and responsible men and women.center_img Advertisements RelatedKnockalva Technical Recognizes Teachers and Ancillary Stafflast_img read more

Warning about myGov impersonation email scam

first_imgWarning about myGov impersonation email scam Joint media release between the ATO and Services AustraliaThe Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and Services Australia are warning the community about a new email impersonation scam that is doing the rounds. The fake emails claim to be from “myGov” and include screen shots of the myGovID app. The email asks people to click a link to verify their identity using a “secure form” which takes them to a fake myGov page requesting personal identifying information and banking details.myGovID is an app that can be used to prove who you are when accessing government online services. ATO systems, myGov, and myGovID have not been compromised.ATO Assistant Commissioner Ben Foster said this new phishing scam contains classic warning signs that it is not legitimate, for example, asking people to click a link to confirm their details and spelling errors.“The ATO and myGov does send emails and SMS messages, however will never send you an email or SMS with a hyperlink directing you to a login page for our online services,” Mr Foster said.“In the lead up to tax time, we expect to see more of these malicious attempts to harvest identity details. So we encourage everyone to be on alert and take the time to remind family and friends to be on the lookout and stay safe online.”Mr Foster confirmed that this scam was all about collecting personal information from victims rather than gaining access to live information via myGov or myGovID.Services Australia General Manager Hank Jongen said scams were becoming more sophisticated, and people should be wary of emails asking for identity documents or personal identifying information.“If you’ve opened an email that looks suspicious, don’t click any links, open any attachments or reply to it,” Mr Jongen said.“If you’ve received the suspicious email and provided your myGov sign in information you should take immediate action. /Media 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:ATO, Australia, Australian, Australian Taxation Office, banking, Commissioner, community, email, email scam, Family, Foster, Government, identity, online, screen, Suspicious, taxlast_img read more

Take your pick among educational resources available online

first_imgEducational resources for community available online Back to news By Sue Postema Scheeres April 3, 2020 Share:LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmailShareDiscover online resourcesThis list will be updated as CU Boulder researchers share new online materials.Are you a CU Boulder faculty or staff member with online resources not listed?Contact our office to learn how to create your own outreach program page.Community members can access university library resources, watch research lectures, follow an Arctic expedition, discover Latino history and more, thanks to online resources at CU Boulder.Faculty and staff from around campus have always provided online K-12 curriculum, lectures, training information and links to databases for teachers, parents and community members. However, these online materials can now help support at-home learning and research for all ages during the coronavirus pandemic.“This is a challenging time for all of us, and for many it means physical isolation,” said David Meens, director of the Office for Outreach and Engagement. “CU Boulder offers numerous online resources for our community members, whether you are a teacher or parent who may need materials for K-12 students or are simply interested in discovering more about cutting-edge research and creative work.”The office administers CU Boulder’s community outreach and engagement program website, where CU Boulder researchers have shared more than 250 programs that benefit 450,000+ Coloradans each year. Many of these programs provide online resources as well.Browse the online resource list, or click on the links below to explore some specific programs that faculty and staff members have shared through our program website.Computing ResourcesLISA 2020: Building Statistical Analysis and Data Science CapacityResearch ComputingEnvironment and Sustainability ResourcesAssessing Drinking Water Quality on Colorado’s Western SlopeEngaging Spanish-Speaking Coloradans in the Fracking DebateEveryday Colorado: Generating Local Knowledge about Health & EnvironmentIntermountain Oil and Gas Best Management Practices ProjectSource Water Protection in Oil and Gas DevelopmentWestern Water AssessmentGeneral ResourcesColorado Law’s Executive EducationContinuing Education at CU BoulderCOVID-19 Webinar SeriesUniversity LibrariesK-12 ResourcesA Year in the Ice: Bringing the MOSAiC Arctic research expedition into classroomsBuild a Better Book ProjectCenter for Asian Studies K-12 OutreachCooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness NetworkCIRES – Education and OutreachCIRES – Climate Education and ResiliencyCurricular Library: TeachEngineering.orgEngineering and Science Inquiry Projects in Rural SchoolsFossils in the ClassroominquiryHubK-12 Engineering Education InitiativesLatino History ProjectMeet the InstrumentsMuseum at HomePhET Interactive SimulationsRead with the BuffsScalable Game DesignShakespeare Education ResourcesUniversity LibrariesVirtual AstronomyLectures and PanelsConference on World AffairsCU on the Weekend Lecture Series (recordings available online)Miscellaneous ResourcesAmerican Music Research CenterBusiness Research DivisionCenter for the Study and Prevention of ViolenceICT-Enabled Mental Health Support Service in Puerto RicoNAGPRA comics about repatriation from tribal perspectivesStartup ColoradoRelated News Better air quality in some Colorado schools will last long after the pandemicOne team of engineers is working to make sure when children come back to school in the fall, the air they breathe will be cleaner and healthier. Read More  Anthropologist wins support for Indigenous history comicsCU Boulder Museum of Natural History Curator Jennifer Shannon garners fellowship to ‘deploy the humanities for the public good.’ Read More  Students transform pandemic chaos into a performanceCU Boulder class wanted to depict the feeling of a cacophony of chaos, echoing their feelings from this past year. Read Morelast_img read more