By Gavin van Marle 15/11/2019 Crane Worldwide Logistics has appointed Eric Brandt (pictured above) as its new vice president of sales in its US east regionMr Brandt will be based in in New York and has worked in the logistics industry for almost 20 years. He has significant experience in freight forwarding, contract logistics solutions and final-mile distribution, with specialisation in the consumer and retail verticals.He was recently head of global logistics for food conglomerate Kraft.“Eric’s expertise will help drive our strategy as we continue our growth focus in the east region,” said Rob Keuten, regional vice president. “We have clearly defined our goals for 2020 and I am very glad he is on board and know he will be a valuable member to our team on a local and global scale.”Tim Zubradt, chief sales officer, said: “As a privately owned company, Crane Worldwide Logistics strives to be the employer of choice for logistics experts around the world.”
STAT staff By STAT staff Oct. 23, 2020 Reprints On October 22, 2020, STAT convened several leaders across the health tech industry for a virtual roundtable discussion on digital health technologies. Over the course of the hour-long event, the group discussed two key questions: “What are the biggest barriers facing new digital health technologies and how do we overcome them?”You can watch a full recording of the conversation below.advertisement About the Author Reprints [email protected] STAT virtual roundtable on digital health solutionsVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.statnews.com/2020/10/23/stat-virtual-roundtable-how-can-digital-health-overcome-its-next-hurdles/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:001:00:191:00:19 Adobe Video ChatSTAT Virtual Roundtable: How can digital health overcome its next hurdles?
News SHARE Cadres divided on likelihood of fifth nuclear test Following Kim Jong Un’s announcement at the 7th Worker’sParty Congress of the intent to pursue the “Byungjin Line,” or paralleldevelopment of nuclear weapons and the nation’s economy, reaffirming the regime’sdetermination to pursue nuclear development, sources inside the country reportthat a fifth nuclear test may be imminent.A high-ranking source in Pyongyang confirmed this report,stating that although the planned date for the fifth nuclear test launch hasyet to be announced, Kim Jong Un appears to be following through onannouncements made during the 7th Party Congress.“The regime is ready and able to conduct a nuclear test atany time, which seems even more likely given the related training directivestargeting cadres that were also recently announced,” the source explained,adding that Kim Jong Un will likely continue to trumpet the regime’s pursuit ofnuclear weapons both domestically and internationally.Hushed speculation among some Party cadres sees the emphasison nuclear weapons as an expression of discontent by the young leader overChina’s active participation in sanctions against the country. Still otherstake this point further, claiming that increasingly frayed bilateral ties atthe government level have driven North Korea to seek reprisal against itslongtime ally for “bending to US demands (i.e. sanctions).”Apparently bolstering Kim Jong Un’s resolve is wordcirculating among pockets of senior military cadres, who assert that in thelikely event that China swiftly dispatches a delegation in an attempt topreclude another nuclear test, North Korea should not bend to the former’swill. “They see China as looking down on North Korea and want the leadership touse this opportunity [the nuclear test] to highlight its displeasure,” thesource said, speculating that Kim Jong Un’s order to prepare for the fifth testis tied to his awareness of these sentiments.As ever, there are competing interpretations of both theParty Congress and the recent ordinance to prepare for the nuclear test.According to a separate high-ranking Party cadre in Pyongyang, who cited sentiments sharedin his circles, Kim Jong Un’s emphasis on economic progress at the PartyCongress illustrates his potential to negotiate over nuclear development withthe international community. This, they think, renders his threats little morethan propaganda and severely diminishes the actual likelihood of a fifthnuclear test.“All the talk coming down with concerns about the nucleartest notwithstanding, the fact is the country is deep into rice-planting seasonnow, meaning there is no plausible reason for this to erupt into a politicalissue for the time being,’ he said, adding, “Moreover, to turn around and carryout another nuclear test after announcing plans to improve the economy for thepeople would further isolate the country and exacerbate domesticdissatisfaction with the leadership.” They are also concerned that such an event will result inNorth Korea suffering disproportionately, and therefore predict that if NorthKorea takes up its usual posturing, it may ultimately end up “trying toextricate itself from the situation with its tail between its legs.” News Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsEconomy Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders News Kang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again By Kang Mi Jin – 2016.05.20 7:12am North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only)
Purpose looks to fill retirement income gap with longevity fund IG Wealth amends product shelf Keywords Mutual fundsCompanies Great-West Life Assurance Co., Sentry Investments Inc. Tessie Sanci The income-producing fund joins GWL’s product line-up, which includes both fund-of-fund and stand-alone, multi-manager platforms that are built primarily to preserve capital while generating income. “Combining our wealth-management skills with Great-West Life’s high-quality segregated fund contracts will help provide Canadians with the investment solutions they require as they look for income-producing alternatives,” says Gaelen Morphet, chief investment officer of Sentry Investments, in a statement. The agreement will also bring Sentry’s investing strategy to GWL’s sister companies, Toronto-based Canada Life Assurance Co. and London, Ont.-based London Life Insurance Co. “The Sentry Global Income Fund will be a valuable addition to our fund line-up, which will continue providing Canadian investors with access to global high-quality fixed-income and equity securities,” says George Turpie, senior vice president, investment products, wealth management for GWL, in a statement. Photo copyright: nonwarit/123RF Related news Toronto-based Sentry Investments Inc. announced on Thursday that it had entered an agreement with Winnipeg-based Great-West Life Assurance Co. (GWL) to act as sub-advisor on its Global Income (Sentry) Fund. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Franklin Templeton launches new real asset fund Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
Related news Keywords Tax audits andreypopov/123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media O’Toole calls for pause on CRA audits for businesses struggling due to Covid-19 Canadian Press The U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA, requires financial institutions in countries outside the United States to report information about accounts held by U.S. individuals, including Canadians with dual citizenship.Deegan and Highton challenged the constitutionality of Canadian provisions implementing an agreement between the countries that makes the information-sharing possible.They argued the provisions breached charter guarantees that prevent unreasonable seizure and ensure equality of people under law.Mactavish concluded that although the provisions do result in the seizure of the banking information of Americans in Canada, the affected people have only a limited expectation of privacy in their data. A judge says a Canada-U.S. deal aimed at zeroing in on tax cheats north of the border does not violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.In a ruling today, Federal Court of Canada Justice Anne Mactavish dismissed an appeal from two American citizens, Gwendolyn Louise Deegan and Kazia Highton, who now live in Canada and have no real ongoing connection with the United States. CRA promotes public database to track employers using wage subsidies Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
RelatedHundreds Attend Business Clinic RelatedHundreds Attend Business Clinic Hundreds Attend Business Clinic Health & WellnessApril 8, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Hundreds of small business operators and stakeholders from western Jamaica are preparing themselves to meet the challenges of the present economic recession, by attending the first of two business clinic and sensitisation sessions, at the Montego Bay Civic Centre, in St. James, on April 7.The sessions are being carried out by the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), under the theme: ‘Capitalising on today’s business opportunities for tomorrow’s prosperity’. They are geared toward exposing participants to various means of growing and strengthening their businesses and surviving the economic crisis, through a series of four workshops focusing on topical areas of business, such as business planning, record keeping, creating a market-ready product and customer service.“We want small business operators and prospective entrepreneurs to understand that even though we are experiencing an economic downturn at this time, this period will pass, the recession will finish and when that time comes, we want them all to be ready, so that their businesses will pick right back up and prosper once again. We are therefore targeting all types of small businesses, in an effort to guide persons towards enlarging their business vision. We want to show the micro and small business people that we are here to help you if you allow us to,” Public Relations Officer at the JBDC, Sancia Campbell, told JIS News.Public Relations Officer at the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), Sancia Campbell, addressing participants at a business clinic, put on by the JBDC, at the Montego Bay Civic Centre, in St. James, on April 7.She explained that business operators are given a kind of ‘hand-holding’ assistance and are taken through a process, where they are screened to see whether the business is viable, so that a business plan can be produced.“So far the sessions have been very well supported and have been very rewarding, as people crave for the type of assistance that we are providing. The attendance has been good and this goes to show that we are doing the right things as we can hardly find sufficient space for participants. I am convinced that small businesses have a place in Jamaica’s economy, as they provide some 80 per cent of the country’s employment. I therefore urge these business operators to respect what they are doing and strive to be the best at what they are doing, as this is a sure way at ensuring their financial security and future,” Ms. Campbell said. Advertisements RelatedHundreds Attend Business Clinic
What People with Disability Want from Federal Budget People with Disability Australia (PWDA) has released a list of asks for the next Federal Budget in a document called A Fair Go for People with Disability (see below).The disabled people’s organisation is calling for a raft of measures to be urgently funded and implemented to meet Australia’s responsibilities under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability.PWDA President Samantha Connor said today that widespread improvements to many disability policy areas were urgently required, but they must be developed in conjunction with people with disability.“Over the past six months, the National Disability Insurance Agency has been trying to ram through changes to the NDIS that were designed without meaningful input from disabled people and which will almost certainly result in perverse outcomes,” Ms Connor said.“We need a seat at the table to talk about any proposed changes to our NDIS, to have full access to the scheme’s raw data, to enter into legitimate co-design processes if any changes are required and to be sufficiently resourced in order to do so.“PWDA and the entire disability sector is united in standing against changes which will adversely affect people with disability, especially exceptionally marginalised groups.”Like other disability organisations, PWDA has been lobbying the Australian Government to urgently prevent sweeping changes to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.PWDA is among 11 key disability sector organisations that called on government to halt its plans for so-called NDIS independent assessments. The group last week put its foot down, setting its terms of engagement for any future cooperation with the government.The government’s proposed privatised assessment system has been robustly blasted by people with disability, their families, academics, service providers and allied health professionals.Use the budget to level the playing fieldPeople with Disability Australia will be one of the first organisations to see the latest Federal Budget this week and will enter the budget lock-up on Tuesday.It will be the only disability organisation in the lockdown.Ms Connor will attend the budget lockdown in Canberra.“The budget will be critically important for many disabled Australians who are facing heightened anxiety and significant disadvantage during a period of disruption, unrest and fear about the pandemic,” she said.“We call upon government to ensure that we are able to access society on a level playing field, get the support we need and to have a fair go, just like other Australians.” /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, Canberra, disability, disability sector, Federal, federal budget, Government, insurance, insurance scheme, National Disability Insurance Scheme, NDIS, People with Disability Australia, President, United Nations
Published: Dec. 8, 2002 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The Council on Research and Creative Work at the University of Colorado at Boulder has awarded 14 faculty fellowships for the 2003-04 academic year. “We are pleased to provide these fellowships to faculty who have demonstrated clear research objectives, who have distinguished track records and whose research shows significant potential impact,” said Jerry Peterson, associate vice chancellor for research in the Graduate School, who recently announced the fellows. The primary function of the Council on Research and Creative Work is to provide faculty with financial assistance and time from teaching responsibilities so that faculty can focus on a specific project for their research, scholarly or creative work. Faculty fellowships are awarded for a full academic year, and fellows receive full salary from their department during the time of the fellowship. The 2003-04 faculty fellowship recipients include Deane Bowers of the environmental, population and organismic biology department; Dan Dessau, physics; Steven Epstein, history; Joseph Falke, chemistry and biochemistry; Shemin Ge, geological sciences; Martha Hanna, history; and Kelly Hurley, English. The other fellowship recipients are James McGoodwin, anthropology; Nina Molinaro, Spanish and Portuguese; Richard Noble, chemical engineering; Rishi Raj, mechanical engineering; Andrei Rogers, Institute of Behavioral Science; Pierre Schlag, School of Law; and John Wahr, physics. With the goal of maintaining its status as one of the nation’s major research universities, CU-Boulder created the Council on Research and Creative Work in 1935 to encourage and strengthen research and creative work conducted by its faculty members. A faculty fellowship is one of several awards funded by the council each academic year. The fellowship is a highly competitive award, and the selection is determined by the quality of the proposal, the record of the faculty member and the probability of contribution to their field and to society in general.
Nearly one in 10 U.S. watersheds is “stressed,” with demand for water exceeding natural supply, according to a new analysis of surface water in the United States. What’s more, the lowest water flow seasons of recent years—times of great stress on rivers, streams, and sectors that use their waters—are likely to become typical as climates continue to warm.“By midcentury, we expect to see less reliable surface water supplies in several regions of the United States,” said the study’s lead author, Kristen Averyt, associate director for science at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder. “This is likely to create growing challenges for agriculture, electrical suppliers and municipalities, as there may be more demand for water and less to go around.”Averyt and her colleagues evaluated supplies and demands on freshwater resources for each of the 2,103 watersheds in the continental United States, using a large suite of existing data sets.They identified times of extreme water stress between 1999 and 2007, and they estimated future surface water stress—using existing climate projections—for every watershed. In the paper, published online in Environmental Research Letters on Sept. 17, the authors also diagnosed the reasons contributing to stress.Across the United States, the team found that water supplies are already stressed (i.e., demands for water outstrip natural supplies) in 193 of the 2,103 watersheds examined. In addition, the researchers reported: The U.S. West is particularly vulnerable to water stress, for two reasons: 1) the differences between average demand and average supply are relatively small, so slight shifts in either supplies or demands can trigger stress, and 2) Western water users have long relied on imported and stored water to supplement natural supplies, in order to meet demands. In most parts of the country, agriculture requires the most water, and contributes most to water stress. In Southern California, thirsty cities are the greatest stress on the surface water system. In scattered locations, the cooling water needs of electric power plants represent the biggest demand on water.“A single power plant has the potential to stress surface supplies in a local area,” said co-author James Meldrum, a researcher in the Western Water Assessment, a program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and CIRES. It’s critical to understand how various sectors contribute to the stress on a water system, Meldrum said, because effective remedies depend on accurate diagnosis.Agricultural and municipal demands are spread among many users, for example, allowing flexible changes in water use and efficiency of use. “But because power plant decisions are so capital intensive, they tend to be locked in for a long time,” Meldrum said. “With the potential for increasing water stress in the next few decades across parts of the United States, power plants—and our access to electricity —may be put at risk when water is not adequately considered in planning.”The authors deliberately didn’t account for future changes in demand for freshwater. Rather, this analysis was designed to identify the sensitivity of U.S. watersheds to changes in surface water availability.The researchers hope that the analysis will provide useful information for people reliant on surface waters. “We hope research like this helps us understand challenges we might face in building a more resilient future,” Meldrum said.The research was funded by the Union of Concerned Scientists; NOAA, through the Western Water Assessment; and CIRES. Other co-authors are Peter Caldwell, Ge Sun, and Steve McNulty from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service at Raleigh, N.C.; Annette Huber-Lee from Tufts University, at Medford, Mass.; and Nadia Madden from the Union of Concerned Scientists, Cambridge, Mass.CIRES is a joint institute of NOAA and CU-Boulder.Contact: James Meldrum, CIRES scientist, [email protected] Katy Human, CIRES communications director, [email protected] “By midcentury, we expect to see less reliable surface water supplies in several regions of the United States,” said the study’s lead author, Kristen Averyt, associate director for science at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder. “This is likely to create growing challenges for agriculture, electrical suppliers and municipalities, as there may be more demand for water and less to go around.” Categories:Science & TechnologyNews Headlines Published: Sept. 18, 2013 Nearly one in 10 U.S. watersheds is “stressed,” with demand for water exceeding natural supply, according to a new, CIRES-led analysis of surface water in the United States. This map shows all stressed watersheds in the continental United States (1999-2007), with color indicating increasing levels of stress, from light green to red. (Map courtesy CIRES) Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail
Image: C. S. Lewis, by Anca Budisan.On a new episode of ID the Future, we bring you the second half of John West’s documentary The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis and the Case Against Scientism. Download the podcast or listen to it here. Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Faith & Science C. S. Lewis Foresaw Scientism’s Totalitarian PotentialEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCAugust 30, 2020, 7:34 AM Lewis wrote with great concern about scientism’s totalitarian potential, but never more prophetically than in That Hideous Strength, published 75 years ago this month, in which scientists forget the limits of their discipline, cast off ethical restraints, and assume control of public policy. According to Lewis, science steps dangerously outside its bounds when it assumes it has all knowledge, especially moral knowledge. Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Recommended Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All TagsC. S. LewisethicsID the FutureJohn Westknowledgemoralitypublic policyscientismscientistsThat Hideous StrengthThe Magician’s Twintotalitarianism,Trending Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour