Sullivan details some Alaska success stories

first_imgEconomy | Energy & Mining | Local Government | Military | Southeast | State Government | TimberSullivan details some Alaska success storiesSeptember 6, 2016 by Leila Kheiry, KRBD-Ketchikan Share:Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, speaks during a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch on Aug. 31. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)During his visit to Ketchikan last week, Sen. Dan Sullivan covered a variety of topics.Alaska’s junior senator touched on a number of topics during his talk to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce.Alaska’s economy in the face of low oil prices has been a big topic for a while, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future.Sullivan said that as a U.S. senator, there are three primary areas where he can offer support as the state figures out to respond.The federal government’s main areas of influence and responsibility are infrastructure building, resource development and taking full advantage of Alaska’s strategic military location, he said.In support of infrastructure, Sullivan said Congress was able to approve a five-year highway bill last year, rather than a continuing resolution as it has in recent years.“What we were able to do as your delegation is defend a very favorable formula, put in there by Don Young and Ted Stevens, in terms of what Alaska pays in and what Alaska pays out,” he said. “So, we have a highway bill. It passed. The president signed it. For the next five years, it’s going to bring the state close to $3 billion dollars.”Sullivan said $20 million of that will go to the Alaska Marine Highway System in the first year, with increases for the ferries each year following.Regarding resources, Sullivan said he defines that term broadly to include not only timber and mining, but fisheries.Alaska is the “superpower of seafood,” and needs to be able to maintain that resource, he said.“Almost 60 percent of all fish and seafood products landed in the United States of America comes from Alaska shores — 60 percent,” he said. “We are the 800-pound gorilla in the industry.”Sullivan said he’s worked with Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young to push for healthy management of fisheries, and to encourage research for the industry.When it comes to timber, though, Sullivan said it’s challenging to get bills approved if they include measures favorable to logging.The delegation has had some success with small land transfers, such as easements to allow road construction, he said.“When you go off on smaller chunks, you can start to do that,” Sullivan said. “I think that’s really important: more federal lands to Alaskans, so we can develop those for the private-sector employment opportunities we need here.”Sullivan said another extremely valuable resource in Alaska is the children, and it’s essential to provide a useful education for future generations.He touted the Every Student Succeeds Act, which he said passed the Senate overwhelmingly.“Essentially, over the last 20 years, the power to educate our kids has been going to Washington, D.C.,” he said. “What we were able to do with this bill is take that power and start shifting it back to where it belongs: Teachers, local school administrators, local school boards and the states.”Regarding Alaska’s strategic military use, Sullivan said the state offers the ability to deploy troops quickly to many different locations, and a great base for missile defense and air-combat power in the Pacific.“Let me give you just one example,” he said. “You may have seen that the F35 announcement, that Eilson Air Force Base is going to get two more squadrons. This is in addition to the F22s.  Those are called Fifth-Generation fighter aircraft. Alaska is going to have over 100.”Sullivan said he plans to continue encouraging U.S. military investment in Alaska.Share this story:last_img read more

Watch: Trump, Putin meet after new charges over Moscow’s 2016 election interference

first_imgFederal Government | Nation & World | NPR NewsWatch: Trump, Putin meet after new charges over Moscow’s 2016 election interferenceJuly 16, 2018 by Scott Horsley, NPR Share:Updated at 10:58 a.m. ETPresident Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, just days after an American grand jury indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers on charges related to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.The meeting, in Helsinki, was the first stand-alone summit between the two leaders.Trump and Putin met privately for about two hours before being joined by their aides for a working lunch.“I really think the world wants to see us get along,” Trump said. “I think we have great opportunities together as two countries that frankly we have not been getting along very well for the last number of years.”In a tweet before the meeting, Trump blamed “U.S. foolishness and stupidity” for strained relations, ignoring Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in the United Kingdom and Russian interference in the U.S. presidential race.Trump told reporters he would raise the issue of Russia’s role in the election, though he doesn’t expect Putin to acknowledge any wrongdoing.“I will absolutely bring that up,” Trump said Friday, during a joint news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May. “I don’t think you’ll have any, ‘Gee, I did it. I did it. You got me.’ There won’t be a Perry Mason here, I don’t think. But I will absolutely, firmly ask the question.”In the past, Putin has denied any Russian involvement in the U.S. presidential contest. And Trump has argued there is little to gain from pursuing the issue.“What am I going to do?” Trump asked. “He may deny it. I mean, it’s one of those things. All I can do is say, ‘Did you?’ and ‘Don’t do it again.’ ”The indictments unveiled Friday allege that agents from Russia’s GRU military intelligence service hacked email servers used by the Democratic National Committee, along with state election systems and other targets. Embarrassing information was then passed along to WikiLeaks, which made the emails public.Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said he briefed Trump on the impending charges before the president left for Europe last week.Hacking indictments overshadow meetingIn an interview that aired Sunday on CBS, Trump said it hadn’t occurred to him to ask Putin to extradite the accused agents to the U.S.“I hadn’t thought of that,” he said. “But I certainly — I’ll be asking about it.”No Americans were charged with knowingly taking part in the hacking scheme, although that is thought to be a continuing subject of investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion between his campaign and Russia, often dismissing the special counsel’s probe as a “witch hunt.” Speaking to reporters on Friday, the president acknowledged that suspicion surrounding the ongoing investigation complicates his dealings with Putin.“It makes it very hard to do something with Russia. Anything you do, it’s always going to be, ‘Oh, Russia. He loves Russia,’ ” Trump said. “I love the United States. But I love getting along with Russia, and China, and other countries.”Conciliatory with Russia, combative with NATO and EUTrump’s conciliatory tone toward Putin is a stark contrast to his combative attitude at last week’s NATO summit, highlighting once again the president’s transactional approach to foreign policy. In his CBS interview over the weekend, Trump drew little distinction between Western democracies that share history and values with the United States and authoritarian regimes in Moscow and Beijing.“I think we have a lot of foes. I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade,” Trump said. “Russia is foe in certain respects. China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe. But that doesn’t mean they are bad. It doesn’t mean anything. It means that they are competitive.”The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, rejected Trump’s description of the EU as a “foe” of the United States.“America and the EU are best friends,” Tusk tweeted. “Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news.”Once the indictments against Russian agents were made public last week, Democrats urged Trump to cancel the summit with Putin, or at least not to meet with the Russian leader with no aides present, but those warnings went unheeded.“Glad-handing with Vladimir Putin on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement.“Russia attacked our democracy,” added Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee. “That’s all the more reason why [Trump] must not meet one-on-one with Vladimir Putin, who, in the absence of U.S. experts or advisers, will undoubtedly take full advantage of an ill-prepared president.”That warning was echoed by Bill Burns, who served as U.S. ambassador to Russia during the George W. Bush administration.Burns acknowledged that previous presidents, including Ronald Reagan, have sometimes met privately with their Russian counterparts.“The difference here is those were relatively small parts of very well-planned summits,” Burns told NPR’s Morning Edition. “In this case, the one-on-one is a central part of a very loosely and in fact poorly planned summit.”Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., who is frequently critical of Trump, said Russia’s election interference should not be a partisan issue.“All patriotic Americans should understand that Putin is not America’s friend, and he is not the President’s buddy,” Sasse said in a statement. “We should stand united against Putin’s past and planned future attacks against us.”National security adviser John Bolton anticipated this kind of criticism weeks ago when the Putin summit was announced. But he said Trump would not be deterred by what he called “political noise.”“He judges, correctly in my view, that this bilateral summit between himself and President Putin is something he needs to do and will do, regardless of political criticism here at home,” Bolton said during a news conference in Moscow last month.Trump told reporters after his one-on-one meeting with Putin that their talks were off to a “very good start.”Arms control, Syria, Ukraine also on the agendaIn addition to Russia’s election interference, Trump said he wants to discuss arms control with Putin, as well as the ongoing fighting in Syria and Ukraine.“I’m not going in with high expectations, but we may come out with some very surprising things,” Trump said during his U.K. news conference.Trump downplayed his ties to Putin, saying they’ve met only a few times. The two leaders held talks on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, last year, as well as at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam.“He’s representing Russia. I’m representing the United States. So in a sense, we’re competitors,” Trump told reporters after a meeting with NATO allies in Brussels last week. “Not a question of friend or enemy. He’s not my enemy, and hopefully, someday, maybe he’ll be a friend.”Although U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia’s interference in the 2016 election was intended to help Trump and hurt his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, Trump insisted he hasn’t done Moscow’s bidding as president. He pointed to his efforts to boost U.S. oil exports and increase military spending as measures that would not win any points with Putin.Trump also expelled dozens of Russian diplomats earlier this year in response to the poisoning of a former Russian spy in the U.K. And he agreed to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons, a step that former President Barack Obama had resisted.“I guarantee whoever is in Russia, they’re saying, ‘Oh, gee. Do we wish that Trump was not the victor in that election,’ ” Trump said. “We have been far tougher on Russia than anybody.”At the same time, Trump has floated the idea of allowing Russia back into the G-7, making it the G-8 once again. Russia was suspended from the group in 2014 in response to its illegal annexation of Crimea.Trump refused to say last week whether he was prepared to recognize Crimea as Russian territory, even though his national security adviser has said that is not the position of the United States.“That’s an interesting question,” Trump said in Brussels. “What will happen with Crimea from this point on? That I can’t tell you. But I’m not happy about Crimea.”Trump also told reporters that he is willing to discuss ending joint military exercises with the Baltic states if Putin asks. The president granted a similar concession to North Korea last month, halting U.S. military exercises with South Korea at the request of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.“You can’t solve problems if you’re not talking about them,” said Jon Huntsman, the U.S. ambassador to Russia in a briefing before the Trump-Putin summit. “The president hopes that a meeting can help reduce tensions and lead to constructive engagement that improves peace and security around the world.”At the same time, Huntsman had cautioned the meeting might not produce any breakthrough agreements.“The fact that we’re having a summit at this level, at this time in history, is a deliverable in itself,” he said.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.Share this story:last_img read more

America counts midterm election results

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunElvenar#StayAtHome and Play this Fantasy Game. No Install.Elvenar America counts midterm election results More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com Show Comments ▼ Share whatsappcenter_img Tuesday 4 November 2014 8:48 pm Express KCS AS THE first results began trickling in for the American midterm elections last night, the evidence looked promising for the Republican Party. The result will determine control of the Senate, currently held by Barack Obama’s Democratic Party by a slim margin. whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

News / Financial troubles mount for grounded Jet Airways – and its creditors

first_img Lenders to grounded Jet Airways may have to partially write off outstanding debts if the airline is to be taken over.Yesterday was the deadline for interested bidders to submit a final resolution plan.There appear to be only two bidders: Latin America’s Synergy Group, an airline operator and Avianca’s largest shareholder; and Russia’s Treasury RA Creator, an international finance organisation.Jet owes 2,400 creditors nearly $4.2bn, but they are only likely to recover some $300 to $400m from the sale of assets, sources told Reuters. By Alex Lennane 15/10/2019 The Indian bankruptcy process allows lenders to sell the company as a whole or in parts to maximise recovery for creditors. But Jet is also facing action in a Netherlands bankruptcy court where debts of some RS280 crore ($39.16m) have been cited.Wallenborn Transport and H Esser Finance have both put in claims, while in April WFS applied to a Dutch court to seize a 777-300ER in Amsterdam – one of the few owned rather than leased by Jet. The aircraft remains at Schiphol Airport, according to eye witnesses.“We are making a claim in both the Netherlands and India,” said Jason Breakwell, commercial director of Wallenborn. “Jet has a separate Dutch entity, and we thought a Dutch court might be more sympathetic and quicker.”Wallenborn provided RFS services for Jet in Amsterdam, Paris and London and he said the company had concerns over the amount Jet owed it before the carrier was grounded.“After about two months of not being paid, we said enough was enough.”India’s National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has now allowed the Dutch court administrator to attend the Committee of Creditors (CoC), reversing the decision of a previous court.The grounded airline’s liabilities continue to mount. Jet Airways had total liabilities of more than Rs 26,000 crore, ($3.6bn), which has now reportedly gone up to Rs 30,558 crore.Meanwhile Naresh Goyal, Jet’s largest shareholder and former chairman, has been facing questioning from India’s Enforcement Directorate, over claims that he diverted loans to Jet to other companies abroad.The directorate claims to have found several linked foreign bank accounts holding large amounts of money. Mr Goyal has been accused of taking the loans abroad through a network of companies, including an Irish aircraft lessor, in fact a shell company, which was alleged to have helped to divert inflated payments that were two to three times the market price.center_img © Studioportosabbia last_img read more

Cape Coral officials prepare for blue-green algae in waterways

first_imgCAPE CORAL, Fla. – With blue-green algae appearing in some Southwest Florida waterways, the City of Cape Coral is preparing with a plan. “Our hope is to get ahead of this prior to it coming into our canals,” said Cape Coral City Councilor Jennifer Nelson. The plan has several parts. First, the city will be working with state and county agencies. The bubble curtain at the Mandolin canal will be reactivated. City staff will also look into developing and procuring additional bubble curtains for high-impact canals. Additionally, they will even look into producing in-house bubbler systems with coarse air and fine air diffuser plates from Aeration Basins.   Advertisement“We just hope that residents understand and know we are trying to get ahead of the issue before it becomes a problem,” Nelson said. A dedicated blue-green algae website with information on sightings, contact information, and reporting details will be republished.The city will also perform blue-green algae surveys on Mondays and Fridays.  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 comments WATCH: Porch pirate targets newly moved in Cape Coral residents June 16, 2021 The costs, timeline and other details related to the nanobubble technology are still being worked out.  One year later: Still no answers about Cape Coral mother’s disappearance June 16, 2021 ‘Fun Mobile’ program to bring free meals to Cape Coral children over summer June 16, 2021 Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS 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 Cape Coral applies for FWC grant to improve Yacht Club Park’s marina June 16, 2021 AdvertisementTags: blue green algaeCape Corallast_img read more

Russell Investments launches new multi-asset product

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Tessie Sanci Toronto-based Russell Investments Canada Ltd. is expanding its lineup of multi-asset products with the launch of Russell Multi-Asset Growth Strategy, which provides diversified exposure to both traditional and non-traditional asset classes. The fund’s portfolio aims to achieve equities-like returns but with lower volatility. It targets a specific return objective above inflation using an outcome-oriented design and gives investors access to multiple asset classes, including equities, fixed-income, real assets and absolute return instruments, according to the firm’s announcement released Wednesday. Keywords Mutual funds Franklin Templeton launches new real asset fund Share this article and your comments with peers on social media “Our multi-asset approach differs from that of typical balanced funds, as it also offers exposure to non-traditional asset classes like real assets, is outcome-oriented rather than benchmark-constrained, and can be tactically adjusted,” says David Feather, president and CEO of Russell Investments Canada, in a statement. IG Wealth amends product shelf Purpose looks to fill retirement income gap with longevity fund Related newslast_img read more

Digital entry coming to NSW National Parks

first_imgDigital entry coming to NSW National Parks Visiting a NSW National Park will soon become much easier with the introduction of digital park passes from 20 April 2021. National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Executive Director Andrew Nicholls said visitation to parks surged during the COVID-19 pandemic and the Service experienced one of its busiest summers.“With more and more people visiting national parks we want to make their trip as enjoyable and relaxed as possible, including streamlining the collection of entrance fees,” Mr Nicholls said.“From 20 April 2021 digital passes will be available when people purchase or renew their annual or concession pass.“This means no more waiting for stickers in the mail or needing to display them on your vehicle, you can get your digital pass from your mobile or other connected device.“Digital passes will be linked to vehicle registration and NPWS will start to use number plate recognition technology to confirm that entrance fees have been paid.“The move to digital passes will occur in stages over the next two years, starting with annual and concession passes and day tickets in Sydney.“Ticket machines in Royal, Ku-ring-gai Chase, Lane Cove and Sydney Harbour National Parks will soon have the option to link your day entrance fee to your vehicle license plates so you don’t need a ticket on your dashboard.“This new way of paying will help to reduce queues at entrance stations, ticket machines and visitor centres.“Eligible pensioners and concession card holders will continue to get free entry to national parks.“They will soon be able to move to this more secure system that links their pass to their vehicle, or one registered at their home address,” said Mr Nicholls. /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:AusPol, covid-19, device, digital, director, environment, Government, mobile, National Park, New South Wales, NSW, pandemic, purchase, Sydney, Sydney Harbour, technology, vehicle, wildlifelast_img read more

Plan for Jobs is working with 1.3 million employees moving off furlough in March and April

first_imgPlan for Jobs is working with 1.3 million employees moving off furlough in March and April 1.3 million fewer employees accessed the furlough scheme in March and April according to new data showing our focus on jobs continues to pay offthe furlough scheme will remain in place until the end of September to ensure jobs are protected as businesses get back on their feetnew figures also show that a total of 2.8 million people have benefitted from the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)The figures show that more than one million fewer employees accessed this government support across March and April, with some of the biggest falls in the under 18s and 18 to 24 age groups.Since the start of the pandemic, more than 11.5 million employees and 1.3 million employers have now been supported by the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.New figures also out today show that 2.8 million individuals benefitted from the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme which has provided over £24 billion in support.There are also other reasons to be optimistic about the outlook for the labour market, as ONS survey results released today estimate that the number of employees on furlough fell even further in early May.HMRC data released last month showed that the number of payrolled employees jumped by nearly 100,000 in April. Together, this makes it clear that our Plan for Jobs is working to protect and create jobs across the country.Alongside the furlough and self-employed schemes, the Kickstart scheme is creating thousands of new jobs for young people and a range of business grants and loans have provided a bridge so that businesses could make it through the pandemic.Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said:Today’s data is another welcome sign that our Plan for Jobs is working and that the route we have taken is the right one.These figures show the scheme is naturally winding down as people get back to work and take advantage of the opportunities out there in the jobs market.We’ll continue to support those who need it through to September but I am hopeful that we’ll see more people moving back in to work as we continue on the road to recoveryThe furlough scheme will continue until the end of September, to provide support well beyond the end of the roadmap.The government is taking a tapered approach, with employers starting to make a small contribution to paying their employees who are still on furlough from next month.As the economy reopens and demand returns, the government will ask employers to make a small contribution of 10% towards the cost of paying for unworked hours from July. This employer contribution will increase to 20% in August and September.This is the same approach the government successfully introduced last summer and the majority of employees went back to work.As the economy continues to recover and demand returns, the government will shift its focus towards helping the economy to adapt and supporting people to grab hold of new opportunities, rather than keeping workers on furlough indefinitely.This provides the right balance supporting thousands of firms and millions of employees as they get back in business. /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:business, coronavirus, covid-19, Economy, Employees, falls, Government, jobs, market, pandemic, survey, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Washington hospitals await next steps in COVID-19 vaccine rollout

first_imgThe state still hasn’t provided guidance on who will be included in the next phase of the vaccine distribution planVANCOUVER — Time and patience.Those two words sum up the best advice of state and local public health officials working to determine how COVID-19 vaccines will be doled out.While the state initially estimated they would receive up to 400,000 doses of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines by the end of the month, the Department of Health now says it anticipates the actual number will be closer to 300,000.Currently, the state is in the process of distributing vaccinations to people who qualify for Phase 1a. That includes between 300,000 and 500,000 frontline healthcare workers, paramedics and long-term care facility employees. The arrival of the first Pfizer vaccine shipments at the University of Washington on Dec. 14 marked a turning point for many in the battle against COVID-19, but it could be many more months before average citizens can get vaccinated. Photo courtesy University of Washington Medical CenterThe arrival of the first Pfizer vaccine shipments at the University of Washington on Dec. 14 marked a turning point for many in the battle against COVID-19, but it could be many more months before average citizens can get vaccinated. Photo courtesy University of Washington Medical CenterA total of 3,900 doses arrived at the UW on Monday that will be distributed among UW Medicine’s four hospital campuses.Photographed on December 14, 2020.Since each vaccine requires two doses (21 days apart for the Pfizer vaccine and 28 days between Moderna doses), nearly a million total doses will be required just for the first phase.With limited supplies of the vaccine available, hospitals around the state say they’ve had no shortage of medical workers willing to line up for a shot when they’re able to schedule it.Prior to the arrival of the vaccines, several hospitals conducted polling of employees to see how many planned to receive the shots.Somewhere around 55 percent said they planned to receive it as soon as possible, while a quarter intended to wait for more information. Almost 20 percent said they didn’t plan to get vaccinated at all, said Cassie Sauer, CEO of the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) last week.But that equation may have shifted since the vaccines arrived.“I think actually, ironically, the fact that it is such a scarce resource is increasing its appeal,” she added. “It’s sort of like the reservation you can’t get or the toy for your kids you can’t find. That seems to be making it more attractive.”So far, no serious side effects from either vaccine have been reported in Washington state. “I’ve had a little bit of a sore arm, but no other symptoms,” said Dr. Ellen Schur, director of clinical research at the University of Washington’s Diabetes Institute in Seattle. “I was able to go for a long walk the day I got it. And it was all, you know, pretty comforting.”Others have reported some fatigue the day after receiving the vaccinations, but no allergic reactions or other serious side effects, although the second dose of each vaccine is said to carry a slightly higher risk of adverse reactions.Even as the first shipments of vaccine are doled out around the state, and optimism increases that they might represent the beginning of the end of the pandemic, healthcare officials know plenty of work remains.“One of my infection control nurses said getting the vaccine itself is like reaching base camp at Mount Everest,” said Schur. “Once you get that shot, you’re happy and excited. But it’s a long journey. It’s a lot of planning, it’s a lot of logistics.”That will only become more pronounced once vaccine shipments pick up and the state issues guidance for who will be included in Phase 1b of the rollout.“Scheduling is really challenging,” said Cassie Sauer, CEO of the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) during a media availability just before Christmas. “So the sooner we can know who’s in the 1b category, the sooner we can start reaching out to those people and getting them put on a schedule.”The Centers for Disease Control recommends that Phase 1b include frontline essential workers, and people over the age of 75. The state can choose to follow those guidelines directly, or take its own path.“It would be great to see law enforcement and teachers, grocery store workers and agricultural workers who are in these facilities that prepare and pack our food for us get some of the protection, as well,” said Dr. Francis Riedo, medical director of infectious disease at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland.Once the vaccine is more broadly available, many pharmacies nationwide have already announced they will provide it free of charge through a partnership with the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “I guess what I can say to the folks out there who feel like they’re in a very, very, very long line of millions of people waiting to get this vaccine, the front of the line is moving,” said Dr. Schur. “And it’s actually moving more quickly than we anticipated. So I find that really hopeful.”In the meantime, health experts warn that it is far too soon to let up in our efforts to slow the spread of the virus.While Washington is one of the few states with an agreement amongst all hospitals to share the load of patients in order to avoid crisis-level care, other parts of the country have struggled with overloaded emergency departments, full ICUs. In parts of Los Angeles County, patients were being wheeled on gurneys into gift shops due to a lack of space and some ambulances were turned away.“We would have seen places like El Paso if we did not have that agreement,” said Sauer, who noted the eastern half of the state has been especially hard hit in recent weeks.“Without significant intervention, we’re on pace to exceed the number of all the Americans that died in the Second World War probably in less than one year’s time,” warned Dr. Riedo, who was the first in the nation to document a case of community transmission during the first major outbreak at a Kirkland adult care home. “We’ve lost friends and co-workers, patients that we’ve cared for for years, and it’s something that can’t be denied.”While many hospital systems have seen COVID-related hospitalizations back away from highs, the statewide total is still at the highest level since the beginning of the pandemic, showing that certain pockets of the state remain active hotbeds for the virus.“The strain is less on actual beds than it is people to take care of the patients who are in the beds,” said Susan Stacey, chief nursing officer for Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. “We continue to have staffing challenges.”While medical experts feel increasingly confident in their ability to limit fatalities from COVID-19, mortality rates have climbed in places where patient capacity is strained.“Death from this disease is miserable. It is essentially suffocating alone, with very, very limited chance for family to be with you,” said Sauer. “So, for those who are dying, it’s a really challenging way to end their lives.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyCovid-19LatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : WATCH: Clark County TODAY LIVE • Tuesday, December 29, 2020 Next : Pat King’s wrestling idea turned into Pacific Coast ChampionshipsAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Washington hospitals await next steps in COVID-19 vaccine rolloutPosted by Chris BrownDate: Tuesday, December 29, 2020in: Newsshare 0 last_img read more

CU-Boulder Business Professor Elected To Academy Of Management Board Of Governors

first_imgJulio DeCastro, associate professor of organizational management at the CU-Boulder Leeds School of Business, has been elected to the board of governors of the Academy of Management. The Academy of Management, based at Pace University in New York, is the premier organization of management professors, bringing together 12,000 members from the United States and throughout the world. The board of governors both manages and sets policy for the organization. DeCastro teaches entrepreneurial environments and other courses in the areas of strategy and entrepreneurship. His research examines entrepreneurial and cross-cultural aspects of firm management and strategy, often focusing on less developed and former communist countries. DeCastro received his industrial engineering degree from Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic and his doctorate from the University of South Carolina. In 1995, he earned the Robert S. McNamara Fellowship from the World Bank to study the privatization of state-owned enterprises in the Dominican Republic. Published: May 18, 2003 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more