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first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Climate Change | Environment | WeatherAlaska logs 200 days of above normal tempsSeptember 7, 2016 by Annie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:Almost every day of 2016 has been above normal in Alaska. (Graphic courtesy of Brian Brettschneider)Tuesday marked the 200th day in a row of above normal temperatures for Alaska. Even in a string of unusually warm years for the state, that’s a remarkable run.Brian Brettschneider is a climatologist in Anchorage who closely tracks Alaska climate data and trends. Alaska’s Energy Desk is checking in with him regularly as part of a new segment- Ask a Climatologist.The daily average statewide temperature is based on an index of 25 cities across Alaska.Interview transcriptBrian: Individual cities may have a few below normal days sprinkled in here and there, but on the aggregate it’s been above normal every single day of 2016 except for one and that was Feb. 9.Annie: And how unusual is that?Brian: The last two years, 2014 and 2015, were the two warmest years on record, dating back to 1925, when they started keeping stats. Each of those two years had at least 60 days that were in the lowest third of temperature categories. And this year we’ve had no days in the lowest third of temperature categories and only one day that was even slightly below the normal. So it’s almost a near certainty that 2016 will be the warmest on record for Alaska.Annie: And we keep talking about these warm ocean temperature around Alaska. How much is that a factor?Brian: Well it’s definitely a factor. You’ve got this unlimited reservoir of warm ocean water which facilitates warm temperatures in the air right above that water, so it really acts as a floor for how low temperatures can go.Annie: And what are you seeing in the August data for those ocean temperatures?Brian: For the ocean temperatures surrounding Alaska, and I’m talking mainly south- so Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea- the summer of 2016 was the second warmest on record. Last year was the warmest on record. And 2014 was the third warmest on record. So it really goes to show how anomalously warm the atmosphere and the environment is around Alaska that really is preventing us from having even normal temperatures. Share this story:last_img read more

first_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Anti-defection tactics add to disillusionment with regime Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Facebook Twitter By Daily NK – 2016.12.13 1:45pm Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke”center_img This year saw a number of interesting defection cases, including group defections by overseas laborers and a high ranking diplomatic official who was granted asylum. Meanwhile, the regime has invested significant resources in attempting to crack down on defection attempts. Tightened border controls, surveillance, and restrictions on movement have been implemented to block would-be defectors from leaving the country. In parallel, the authorities have tried to induce defectors overseas to come back to North Korea in return for lighter penalties for their families. Daily NK recently learned that orders have been issued to border guards to shoot residents caught fleeing the country on sight, without issuing a warning. Residents are also being offered five million KPW (approximately 600 USD) for informing on others who are planning to defect. Chinese public security officers are also eligible for financial rewards for tracing and apprehending defectors. It is currently believed that there are 38 defectors being held in China’s Liaoning Province. There are also North Korean agents living in China who identify and apprehend defectors after pretending to assist them. Due to these preventative measures and crackdowns, those in the border areas are becoming increasingly uneasy. The authorities are known to cover up any reports of successful defections.The most striking change relates to the treatment of defector’s families. In the past, the families of defectors were deemed guilty by association and subject to punishment or demotion to the hostile class, – the lowest rung on the social ladder. However, although the authorities are still likely to place families under surveillance, severe punishments are in decline. For example, the high profile defection of North Korean diplomat Thae Yong Ho from his post in England did not damage his elder brother’s reputation. His brother, Thae Hyong Chol, remains the president of Kim Il Sung University, according to the Dong A Ilbo newspaper. Moreover, the authorities have not informed the public about Thae Yong Ho’s defection. When former Party Secretary Hwang Jang Yop received asylum, he was widely ridiculed by the authorities and an order was handed down to “annihilate three generations of his family.” The situation has changed significantly since then.The strategy of using the defector’s families as an enticement to get defectors to return to North Korea represents a change in tactics. In the past, defectors were labeled as “traitors” by the state media. However these days, the defector’s family members are shown making tearful pleas for their relative to return, or making accusations that their family member was the victim of kidnapping by South Korea. Indeed, North Korea’s state security agents are reportedly visiting defector’s families and promising clemency if they are able to entice their family members to return home, according to sources inside North Korea.The fact that the regime is employing these various methods is proof that threats alone are no longer sufficient to stem the tide of defections. If Kim Jong Un were to punish and purge the family members of all 30,000 defectors who have thus far arrived in South Korea, a large proportion of the North Korean population would be under threat. Moreover, such an approach would also likely lead to a further rise in defections. It can be reasonably expected that we will see a continuation of border tightening, surveillance, and crackdowns in the border regions in future. Last month, two North Koreans were shot without warning for trying to escape into China across the Tumen River (story here).Despite the regime’s aggressive use of a diverse range of tactics, it will be difficult to slow the growing number of defections. Tight controls in the border areas can temporarily bring down the numbers, but as long as the root cause of the problem remains–dissatisfaction with the regime– it will be difficult to resolve the issue.“Surveillance and controls were tighter at the beginning of the Kim Jong Un regime compared to the present day, but the decrease in the number of defections that are occurring is slowing, and the trend is reversing,” a high ranking defector said on condition of anonymity during a conversation with Daily NK on December 9. “Right now, defectors aren’t leaving because they are hungry. They are leaving in search of freedom. The measures that the regime is using to prevent these defections is only increasing the people’s disillusionment with the regime. Because of this, they will not succeed in the long run.”   North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity Chief Kim Kwang In added, “As long as North Korea does not solve its economic problems, they will never be able to use force to fix the situation. For example, if the border guards tasked with keeping people from leaving the country are not paid properly, they are more likely to accept bribes to allow people to escape.”  Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Analysis & Opinion Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? last_img read more

first_img NEI offering PFIC statements for U.S. taxpayers Share this article and your comments with peers on social media IE Staff Manulife will provide Passive Foreign Investment Company (PFIC) Annual Information Statements for 54 funds. These statements contain information that will enable U.S. taxpayers to elect to treat these funds as QEFs should they choose to do so based on the advice of their tax advisor in light of their tax circumstances. “It is important that investors both have the information to complete their tax filing obligations and consult with their advisor and tax professional on these issues as they can be complex,” said John Natale, assistant vice president, tax and retirement Services, Manulife. PFIC Annual Information Statements for the 2014 calendar year will be available for 54 Manulife mutual funds. Click here for the list of funds. On or about March 23, 2015, PFIC Annual Information Statements will be posted to manulifemutualfunds.ca on Mar. 23, 2014. Manulife Investments is a division of Manulife Asset Management Ltd. BlackRock revises iShares PFIC list Keywords PFIC rulesCompanies Manulife Asset Management center_img U.S. taxpayers investing in Manulife mutual funds will be provided with information to allow them the option to make a special tax election, the Qualified Electing Fund (QEF) election, when filing their U.S. tax return for 2014, Manulife Investments said Wednesday. “Taxes are an important consideration of any investment decision” said Derek Saliba, assistant vice president, Manulife Investments. “We are providing this information to U.S. taxpayers investing in our funds so that they have the option to make the QEF tax election when filing their U.S. tax return.” RBC Global Asset Management announces PFIC reports Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgFinancial services firms contribute to new fund to promote inclusiveness joggi2002/123RF IE Staff Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter In her new role, Renaud-Tinker will be responsible for carrying out the bank’s strategic objectives and managing business priorities in Quebec.Currently regional vice president of commercial financial services in Quebec, Renaud-Tinker leads the commercial banking team as well as the teams covering RBC Quebec’s financial services and major industry specializations.“During her tenure, Nadine has enabled her teams to deliver excellent results in a very competitive market. She is recognized as a dynamic and impactful leader who fosters strong relationships with her teams and instills an exceptional client focus,” the bank says in its announcement.Renaud-Tinker joined RBC in 1998. She has held various roles,including branch manager, financial planner, commercial account manager, RVP integrated markets, and within group risk management.She also leads a number of RBC’s mentorship, talent development and women in leadership programs on an ongoing basis. In addition to several leadership roles in the community, she is also a member of the board of directors of the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital Foundation as well as the Jeunes en Tête Foundation.Originally from Montreal, Renaud-Tinker has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Ottawa and a personal financial planning diploma from the Institute of Canadian Bankers. She also holds an executive MBA from Athabasca University. TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Royal Bank of Canada Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) on Friday announced the appointment of Nadine Renaud-Tinker as president, Quebec headquarters. She will be taking over the helm from Martin Thibodeau, who has headed the bank in Quebec for the past five years. Thibodeau has been appointed regional president, British Columbia.The effective date of the appointments has not been determined yet. PenderFund names new SVP for investments Related news CETFA elects new board leaderlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedPM Golding Announces Improvements for Supreme and Appeals Court RelatedPM Golding Announces Improvements for Supreme and Appeals Court FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding, announced that a prominent area of Downtown Kingston will be reorganised as Justice Square, to better serve the needs of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. The Prime Minister made this announcement in Parliament on January 13.The boundaries of the designated area would be: Barry Street to the north and Tower Street to the south; Church Street to the east and Orange Street to the West.The Prime Minister said that plans are already in place to relocate the General Post Office and the office of the Accountant General, which are both within these boundaries. The Government is also negotiating with the National Commercial Bank to acquire its premises at the corner of Barry and King Streets, to be used as Court offices. The offices of the Director of Public Prosecutions will be relocated to another area of the designated Justice Square area to the former Attorney General’s Office on Barry Street.The Prime Minister also said that until all these arrangements were in place, the Civil Court section of the Supreme Court will continue to operate from the Jamaica Conference Centre.On the matter of human resources to serve the Court, the Prime Minister noted that there was a move to have more and better trained legal clerks.center_img RelatedPM Golding Announces Improvements for Supreme and Appeals Court PM Golding Announces Improvements for Supreme and Appeals Court UncategorizedJanuary 14, 2009last_img read more

first_imgDisgraceful disregard for safety in asbestos work safety fine A house painter’s failure to protect his workers and the public from asbestos has been labelled disgraceful by a Brisbane magistrate.The defendant recently was fined $3000 after pleading guilty to three charges in the Brisbane Magistrates Court. The charges related to breaches of Queensland’s workplace safety laws by failing to ensure the health and safety of others and directing or allowing a worker to use a high-pressure water spray on asbestos or asbestos containing material.He also was penalised for not complying with an improvement notice, with the $48,291.09 cost to clean and make safe the property and its neighbours left to the Queensland Government.The court heard that the defendant breached the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and regulation while painting a Norman Park house, which he was aware contained asbestos. He also did not hold a current QBCC trade contractor’s licence after failing to renew.Work commenced on 21 February 2019 when witnesses saw a worker cleaning the roof using water and a subsequent ‘muddy splotchy’ substance adhering to a neighbour’s external wall. In response to complaints, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland inspectors found that the roof was corrugated asbestos cement sheeting.Testing revealed asbestos contamination caused by high-pressure water spray blasting of the roof. The defendant received an improvement notice to make the property safe and ensure all asbestos was contained, labelled and disposed of, which did not happen.In sentencing, Magistrate Michael Quinn observed the seriousness of the offending, particularly as the safety of the community was put at risk. Magistrate Quinn was of the view that the defendant’s conduct was very close to a wilful disregard of his duties and responsibilities.Note:Low density asbestos fibre board (LDB) will be classed as a friable asbestos containing material from 1 May. LDB is a lightly compressed board which looks like cement sheeting or plasterboard but crumbles easily (friable) and can release asbestos fibres into the air. A class A licensed asbestos removalist must be engaged to remove LDB from a property.Read further information on asbestos.The magistrate also commented that the defendant’s behaviour in receiving $6000 for the work, failing to repay any portion of it, and subsequently claiming he was impecunious, was an aggravating factor as it demonstrated a near callous disregard for the safety of the public. He had regard to the difficulties the defendant suffered as a migrant and in speaking English.When considering the penalty to be imposed, the magistrate took into account the defendant’s difficult financial circumstances and the fact he was paying a $6500 fine related to his unlawful conduct in carrying out work without the appropriate licence. He said the defendant’s conduct was ‘disgraceful’ and imposed a $3000 fine and costs of $1000.No conviction was recorded.More prosecutions are at owhsp.qld.gov.au /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:asbestos, Brisbane, community, contamination, English, failure, Government, health, health and safety, licence, magistrates court, property, Queensland, regulation, testing, work safety, WorkCover Queenslandlast_img read more

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Sept. 12, 2018 Turning Point USA Founder and Executive Director Charlie Kirk and Communications Director Candace OwensCharlie Kirk, founder and executive director of Turning Point USA, and Candace Owens, the organization’s communications director, will speak at CU Boulder on Oct. 3. The CU Boulder student chapter of Turning Point USA will host the event, which will be the first stop on the speakers’ Campus Clash tour this fall.Kirk and Owens will be discussing limited government and political culture. The location of the evening event and the start time will be announced soon.“Whether people agree or disagree with them, Charlie and Candace’s message has resonated with others and has provoked people to dig deeper into why they believe what they believe,” said Ashley Mayer, president of the TPUSA organization at CU Boulder. “Their intellect and message have inspired thousands of young conservatives to become passionate activists.”Tickets to the free event are available through the Turning Point USA website.Attendees can expect airport-like screening to be in place. You must have a ticket to gain admission, but the event will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. No bags, backpacks or purses of any size will be allowed. Categories:Lectures & PresentationsEvents & Exhibitslast_img read more

first_img Feb 10, 2020 News in Photos Blan Teagle, center, has been named executive director of the Judicial Qualifications Commission. Teagle has worked in the Office of the State Courts Administrator for 27 years, most recently as deputy state courts administrator. He previously served as an attorney in the Legal Affairs and Education Division and as the chief of Court Education. Teagle is pictured here with the justices of the Supreme Court.Blan Teagle is moving to serve Florida’s judicial branch in a different role as the new executive director of the Judicial Qualifications Commission later this month.On February 6, justices of the Florida Supreme Court marked his years of service, most recently as deputy state courts administrator.“Blan L. Teagle has always conducted himself in a manner that reflected credit to the state courts system, performed his duties in a most distinguished manner, earned the esteem and respect of jurists at all levels of the court system, and exhibited leadership on matters of great importance to the Florida Judicial Branch,” said Chief Justice Charles Canady, reading a proclamation of the court presented to Teagle.Teagle has worked in the Office of the State Courts Administrator for 27 years, previously as an attorney in the Legal Affairs and Education Division and as the chief of Court Education.“You have made great contributions to our branch and we are deeply grateful,” Chief Justice Canady said after presenting the Court’s proclamation.Teagle’s work includes helping found the College of Advanced Judicial Studies and working to establish the mentor judge program, as well as initiatives regarding access to justice, judicial ethics, and guardianship.Later in February Teagle will take over at the Judicial Qualifications Commission following the retirement of its previous executive director, Michael Schneider, in 2019. The commission was established as an independent body by the Florida Constitution in 1966. Its 15 members investigate allegations of judicial misconduct and, when it is found to have occurred, the commission recommends sanctions to the Florida Supreme Court. Teagle named Judicial Qualifications Commission executive directorlast_img read more

first_img 1 Comment May 9, 2019 at 2:15 PM Gordon Santa Monica says: HomeFeaturedBird introduces new, more durable scooter for purchase May. 08, 2019 at 9:54 amFeaturedNewsBird introduces new, more durable scooter for purchaseMadeleine Pauker2 years agoBirdbird onebird zeroscootersshared mobility Bird Rides Inc. introduced Wednesday a new electric scooter model in Santa Monica and Los Angeles that riders can buy outright.The Bird One, which is available in black, white and rose for $1,299, is more durable than the five models Bird has previously deployed. The Bird One’s battery is double the size of any scooter on the market and has a 30-mile range, according to a press release. It also comes with anti-theft features, such as GPS and a digital lock.The model is available to rent locally and the company will soon offer it in other North American cities.This is the second model Bird has designed in-house. The Bird Zero, which launched last year, has lasted more than 10 months on the street on average, said CEO and founder Travis VanderZanden.The lifespan of each scooter is critical to the company’s profitability. Earlier models from Xiaomi and Ninebot, Segway’s parent company, broke down frequently. Bird lost money on each scooter and is now planning to transition its fleet to in-house models.“Bird One builds on the benefits and learnings of Bird Zero and is forecasted to last in the sharing environment for well over a year,” VanderZanden said. “Given the excitement and demand for our next generation e-scooter, we are also making a limited supply of Bird Ones available to own.”The $1,299 scooter comes with a one-year warranty and repairs from Bird’s contract mechanics. Riders who pre-order a scooter now can expect it to be delivered this summer.Bird, which launched in Santa Monica almost two years ago, is one of four scooter companies authorized to operate within city limits under the City of Santa Monica’s shared mobility pilot [email protected] :Birdbird onebird zeroscootersshared mobilityshare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 1 comment Coastal Commission could issue record fine to Shore Hotel2019 Most Loved Santa Monica BusinessesYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours ago FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT WANT TO BUY THIS CON SCOOTER I HAVE A BRIDGE TO NO WHERE THAT IS SAFER. Comments are closed.last_img read more

first_imgTAOYUAN CITY, Taiwan – Nelly Korda shot a 3-under 69 to share the lead with Wei-Ling Hsu after three rounds of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship on Saturday. Playing in front of a home crowd, Hsu finished with an even-72 on Saturday after shooting 68 and 67 in the first two rounds. Korda and Hsu have a total of 9-under 207 and both will be looking for their first LPGA titles in Sunday’s final round at the Ta Shee Golf and Country Club. ”I think I’ll definitely be a little nervous,” Korda said of Sunday’s round. ”Anyone who is in contention on a Sunday will obviously feel those types of feelings. But I’ll also be excited and just happy to be in that position.” Full-field scores from the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship Korda will be playing in the final round with Hsu, who she knows will be the crowd favorite. ”Wei-Ling was playing right behind me (today), but you heard a couple roars,” she said. ”I think it’s awesome to see how much they support women’s golf out here and just how they support a home player is really great. It’s really nice to see.” Korda, the sister of fellow LPGA player Jessica Korda, dropped a shot on No. 13 but birdied two of the last five holes to move into a tie atop the leaderboard. Five players are within two shots of the leaders: Jin Young Ko (69), Bronte Law (69), Megan Khang (70), Lydia Ko (72) and Jodi Ewart Shadoff (73). ”There’s a lot of girls stacked up on the leaderboard,” Korda said. ”So you know, I’m just going to be one of those girls that’s fighting for it.’last_img read more