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Floatplane crashes on Prince of Wales Island with 7 aboard

first_imgSoutheast | TransportationFloatplane crashes on Prince of Wales Island with 7 aboardJune 1, 2018 by Maria Dudzak, KRBD Share:Emergency personnel help survivors of a floatplane crash at the Taquan dock in Ketchikan on Friday. A floatplane operated by Ketchikan-based RdM with seven people aboard had crashed on Prince of Wales Island. (Photo courtesy Ketchikan Fire Department)A floatplane crashed Friday afternoon near Dora Bay on Prince of Wales Island. All seven people aboard survived.According to a Ketchikan Fire Department statement, the aircraft had mechanical problems and crash landed.  Fire Chief Abner Hoage said emergency responders were contacted at about 12:45 p.m. Friday saying multiple people were being brought to the Taquan Air dock in Ketchikan.“There were six (passengers) onboard the aircraft at the time that it crashed and one pilot. All seven were brought back to Ketchikan, and after medical evaluation we ultimately transported two of those passengers to the Ketchikan hospital for further evaluation with minor injuries.”Hoage said the other five were released at the scene.The plane is with RdM, a company in Ketchikan that operates Alaska Seaplane Tours (which is unrelated to Juneau-based Alaska Seaplanes). Hoage said the passengers and pilot were transported from the crash site to Ketchikan by an RdM plane and a plane from Taquan.Multiple ambulances from the Ketchikan Fire Department, the North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department and South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department responded. Additional information was not available by story deadline.A representative from RdM declined to comment.Share this story:last_img read more

Samsung picks British startup Bango for billing

first_img whatsapp Wednesday 22 October 2014 8:26 pm Show Comments ▼ Tags: Samsung Startups CAMBRIDGE-based carrier billings startup Bango has signed a deal with Samsung to preload its software on the South Korean tech giant’s smartphones, letting consumers charge games, music and videos directly from their mobile phone bills.Shares in the Aim-listed company jumped 5.76 per cent on the news to 101p in London, valuing Bango at over £50m.“Under the terms of the agree­ment, Bango will provide carrier billing, collection and settlement for digital content – such as games, e-books, music and videos – purchased through the Samsung Galaxy Apps app store,” said Bango in a statement.Bango recently raised £6m via a shares placing to fund its expansion plans and accelerate the pace of its global rollout. Bango also provides carrier billing services for Amazon, BlackBerry, Facebook, Firefox, Google Play, Windows Phone and a number of individual app publishers such as EA and CNN.Bango said its incorporation into Samsung smartphones would begin immediately rolling out across a wide range of countries.Neither company revealed financial details of the deal. Oliver Smith whatsapp Share More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com Samsung picks British startup Bango for billing last_img read more

Apprenticeships will be treated same as degrees under new law

first_img Share Read This NextYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBest Wine Gifts & Wine Accessories at Every PriceGayotChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Express KCS Apprenticeships will be given protected legal status under a new law to be introduced later this year, the government announced yesterday.The business department said that the forthcoming enterprise bill will make the term “apprenticeship” protected in law, in the same way as a university degree.“If university graduates have their moment in the sun so should people who undertake apprenticeships,” skills minister Nick Boles said. “Businesses know their value so it’s high time they were recognised both by the public and in law as being equal to degrees.”The government also said that in order to meet its goal of creating 3m apprenticeships by the end of the current parliament, it would assign public sector employers, such as schools, hospitals and prisons, their own targets for taking on more apprentices.[custom id=”21″] Apprenticeships will be treated same as degrees under new law Sunday 14 June 2015 11:36 pm whatsapp Tags: employment and wages UK jobslast_img read more

Allergy treatments enter a new era — with a focus on stopping reactions before they start

first_img NewslettersSign up for The Readout Your daily guide to what’s happening in biotech. Sean Parker, the internet mogul of Napster fame, donated $24 million to set up an allergy research center at Stanford University. Nestlé this month invested $145 million in a startup aimed at tackling peanut allergy. And the Broad Institute of Cambridge, Mass., recently launched a new initiative to unravel the basic biology of food allergy.The potential market is huge: It’s estimated that 50 million Americans have allergies. As many as 10 percent of children suffer from hay fever, nearly 12 percent have skin allergies, and 5 percent have food allergies, most commonly peanuts, dairy, and shellfish, according to the 2014 National Health Interview Survey.advertisement WATCH: How EpiPens — and epinephrine — stop a serious allergic reaction Why poison ivy is so itchy — and how scientists are working to quell the rash BusinessAllergy treatments enter a new era — with a focus on stopping reactions before they start “I foresee that a lot of allergy therapies will become more and more specific and targeted, and more customizable to the individual patient,” said Andrew Long, the lead investigational drug pharmacist at Stanford’s Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy & Asthma Research. Answering ‘home brews’ with scienceThe experimental treatment that may be closest to market is also one of the simplest. Bay Area startup Aimmune, backed in part by Nestlé with that $145 million investment, is creating a methodical peanut desensitization pill that slowly weans patients away from allergy.The company has identified the peanut proteins that trigger allergic reaction and is filling little capsules with the stuff. Patients start out by taking half a milligram of peanut protein, and gradually work their way up — over the course of about six months — to the equivalent of eating a single peanut.“The people who need it the most are the people who have the most profound and potentially life-threatening reaction,” said Dr. Daniel Adelman, chief medical officer of Aimmune.The capsules are science’s answer to previous efforts from allergists, who would concoct “home brews” of peanut protein to desensitize patients under the table. Aimmune’s peanut powder is in Phase 3 trials — and, despite its relative simplicity, is still considered something of a trailblazer in allergy science.Tackling multiple allergies at onceResearchers at Stanford University are building on the concept of desensitization.One of the drugs Long is excited about: omalizumab, a biologic drug made by Genentech under the trade name Xolair.To understand how it works, you have to back up and look at why you get all itchy and wheezy when you encounter an allergen. Such responses make sense from an evolutionary standpoint: They initially came into being to protect our bodies against toxins, like snake venom, or to ward away parasites. But they can be deadly in the modern era. Please enter a valid email address. APStock Two types of immune cells — called mast cells and basophils — are the biggest culprits behind allergic reactions. When a person encounters an allergen, let’s say peanut protein, a type of antibody called immunoglobulin E, or IgE, gets activated. This stimulates the mast cells and basophils to release a storm of chemicals that provoke an allergic response to help exorcise peanut protein from the body.Genentech’s drug is an engineered antibody that binds to human IgE, blocking it from triggering that chemical storm.It was approved by the FDA in 2003 to treat a form of asthma often triggered by allergens, but Stanford researchers are now testing it on patients with food allergies — and finding that it might help speed along classic allergy desensitization therapy, in which patients are slowly introduced to escalating quantities of the allergen, via allergy shots or those “home brew” concoctions.“Right now, the process of immunotherapy is painstakingly long — it takes not just weeks or months, but years, to treat a single allergy this way,” said Dr. Toshi Kawakami, a researcher at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology.This timeline becomes untenable for patients with multiple allergies — and about 70 percent of people who have an allergy to one type of food will also be allergic to another, Long said.So Stanford has paired Xolair with desensitization therapy to treat up to five different food allergens at any given time. Instead of taking years to gird a patient’s body against peanuts, they’re able to help her control her reactions to, say, hazelnuts, fish, dairy, and wheat as well. Privacy Policy Biotech Correspondent Meghana covers biotech and contributes to The Readout newsletter. By Meghana Keshavan Nov. 29, 2016 Reprints About the Author Reprints Tags biotechnologygeneticsresearch Related: @megkesh Allergy treatments haven’t advanced much in decades, even as hundreds of millions around the world suffer from wheezing, itches, and rashes — and in severe cases, risk death — from exposure to allergens ranging from eggs to pollen to dog dander.But hope may be on the way.Scientists who study the immune system are beginning to understand the root cause of allergies — and are starting to work on next-generation therapies that could stop allergies in their tracks, rather than simply treating symptoms. Private investors and corporations are pouring money into the field.advertisement Looking at IgE from a different angle, Harvard statistical geneticist Liming Liang has been hunting for new drug targets that might modulate how, exactly, the antibody is expressed. In a paper published last year in Nature, Liang’s team found 30 genes that are involved in kicking off the allergic response.“We think we’ll be able to identify a potential drug target here for allergy reaction — but, of course, it’ll take quite a long time to turn that into a medicine used by patients,” Liang said.Testing a DNA vaccine for allergensAnother compelling approach is being taken by Japan’s Astellas Pharma, which is developing a DNA vaccine meant to protect the body from cedar pollen. (Hay fever has been called a “national affliction” in Japan, affecting a quarter of the population.)The underlying research, from Immunomic Therapeutics and Johns Hopkins University, involves attaching a fragment of DNA from, say, cedar pollen to a template vaccine that can embed itself inside the cell. Once there, it revs up an aggressive immune response and imprints an “immunological memory,” which means the immune system will respond even more quickly to future exposures to the allergen.The idea is to create resistance to an allergen without ever having to expose the patient to that substance. If it works, it’d be fairly easy to swap out the cedar pollen DNA for a different allergen — for instance, the genetic material that codes for peanut or cat antigens — and tack it onto this vaccine template.“The beauty of this is that, unlike food desensitization or skin patches, patients aren’t exposed to the circulating antigen,” Long said. “That hypothetically decreases the risk for adverse events.”Overcoming an industry’s fearsFor all the research on allergies, none of the drugs in the pipeline is a sure thing.For a cautionary tale, look no further than Circassia Pharmaceuticals, which has been working on an experimental immunotherapy drug to forestall cat allergies. Interest in Circassia had been sky-high — the small biotech’s market value had shot up to $1 billion earlier this year on speculation that its drug would prove effective.But in a Phase 3 study, it turned out that the placebo effect was as effective as the drug itself. The company’s stock plummeted on that news this past June. Related: Meghana Keshavan Leave this field empty if you’re human: It’s not just that solving allergies is hard. Current medications — such as Benadryl, Claritin, and epinephrine (best known for powering the EpiPen) — do a decent job controlling symptoms in most patients, so there’s little incentive to innovate.“There’s a dearth of new allergy products because antihistamines work so well,” said Dr. Todd Brady, CEO of Aldeyra Therapeutics, a startup in Lexington, Mass., that’s developing a drug to reduce eye irritation from allergies.“They’re generic, they’re cheap, they’re safe, and easy to use — but unfortunately, a lot of patients suffer because of that phenomenon, because not everyone responds to antihistamines,” Brady said.Another reason for the hesitancy: liability concerns. It’s a risky proposition to give patients the foods they’re deathly allergic to — inducing anaphylactic reactions simply to test drugs in clinical trials.“At the end of the day, it’s a fairly 19th-century approach,” said Dr. Wayne Shreffler, a researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital who is working on the Broad Institute’s Food Allergy Science Initiative. “There’s really no doubt that there have been cold feet in the industry about this issue.”But investigators around the world have shown they can carry out these “food challenge” trials safely — which could help hasten the development of new drugs.“In school, we didn’t learn anything about allergy treatment, except antihistamines and epinephrine,” Long said. “But now, we’re seeing this whole new spectrum of treatments. It’ll be interesting to see how this translates into making it into a pharmacy, and into the hands of patients.”Correction: A previous version of the story misstated some aspects of Aimunne’s work on peanut allergies. Related: [email protected] 5 reasons why no one has built a better EpiPen last_img read more

Laos Scandal Enrages Chinese Netizens

first_imgNews Laos Scandal Enrages Chinese Netizens North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News Facebook Twitter By Daily NK – 2013.05.30 5:00pm Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News SHARE Chinese netizens have spoken out against the repatriation of nine young North Koreans from the Laotian capital, Vientiane, through China, using social media networks such as Weibo to attack the Kim Jong Eun regime, their own government, and that of President Park Geun Hye.One going by the name ‘Paris’ harshly criticized the situation, saying, “This example shows how Chosun (North Korea) is truly a country under dictatorial rule.” Another commented, “This was a really inhumane, terrible act the Chosun authorities did,” adding, “An executioner-state like Chosun is not normal; I just worry for those poor kids.” “The whole families of those caught will be taken to political prison camps and will suffer for the rest of their lives,” a third netizen commented. “If not, they will be executed for their crimes in front of everyone as an example.”Yet another critically evaluated the broader situation, saying, “Since Kim Jong Eun came into power, any defector trying to cross the Amnok (Yalu) River has been shot and killed. Bodies can be seen floating in the river afterwards. They need to think about why people feel they have to leave the country despite the risks to their lives.” There has even been some criticism for the South Korean government, which is accused of turning a bline eye to the Laotian case. “This shows that the Park Geun Hye administration has no policy,” one noted. “This situation could be used to wake the rest of the world up to the tyranny of Chosun! What an amazing strategy that would be.” Finally, some users even opted to criticize their own government for not taking active preventive measures. “Why didn’t you take them to South Korea directly when they came to China? For those who believe in humanitarianism and freedom, this is not understandable,” one said. News last_img read more

Olympian Implores Students to Pursue Excellence at All Times

first_imgOlympian Implores Students to Pursue Excellence at All Times UncategorizedOctober 8, 2008 RelatedOlympian Implores Students to Pursue Excellence at All Times FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Olympian, Aileen Bailey, has implored students to be persistent and determined in their quest to turn their dreams into reality, and to pursue excellence at all times.“Hard work, hard work, hard work! Everything you dream can be a reality. We all had a dream, and we stuck with it. Today, we are Olympians and University graduates. We are simply the best, and I want us to continue to be the best,” she urged.Miss Bailey was addressing students at Vere Technical High School, her alma mater, yesterday (October 6). She was among five Olympians and past students who visited the school, after performing outstandingly at the recent Olympic Games in Beijing, China.The other athletes were: gold medal winner, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shereefa Lloyd, Mardrea Hyman, and Michael Blackwood.Miss Bailey recounted Vere’s record of success in its various areas of endeavour, and appealed to the students to ensure that only positive associations are made with the school’s name, so as never to bring it into disrepute.“Great things come from this institution. I’m looking forward to hearing good things about Vere Technical. No negatives,” she pleaded to the students.In her address, Miss Hyman also made a similar appeal, pointing out that she became a Vere Technical student because of her strong desire to be among champions.She emphasised the importance of the students being strong enough to cross over the barriers and obstacles scattered along life’s journey, even as she encouraged them “not to be afraid to dream.dream big, set your goals, you can achieve.”Meanwhile, Miss Lloyd urged the students to hold fast to the values of yesteryear, remaining “strong and respectful to peers, parents, and students.”Vere Technical track student, David Bailey, who is the brother of Veronica Campbell-Brown, told JIS News, that he has been motivated by her success over the years, and particularly at the Olympic Games, and would remain even more focussed on his own dreams of becoming a sports star.Fellow student, Bishane Ellington, who specialises in the 400 and 800- metre events, believes the Olympians have opened doors to successive generations of Vere Technical students.“We are very grateful to God for this. It shows us that the sky is the limit. Knowing that we are training on the same track that they trained on, is a great motivator. Personally, I have my eyes set on 2012, the London Olympics,” he said.The visit, dubbed ‘Pass the Torch’, forms part of the Olympic Homecoming Celebrations, which will end on October 10. RelatedOlympian Implores Students to Pursue Excellence at All Timescenter_img RelatedOlympian Implores Students to Pursue Excellence at All Times Advertisementslast_img read more

These are 2020’s most and least reliable new cars brands, per ‘Consumer Reports’

first_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Consumer Reports’ annual reliability survey results bowed late November, and named Mazda’s new cars as the most reliable in the world.  Consumer Reports (CR) calculates its brand-level rankings on a 0-to-100-point scale by averaging the predicted reliability scores for all models it has enough data on. It also requires “sufficient survey data for two or more models” for a brand to be included. So, if your brand or model isn’t included, that’s why.  The Mazda victory feels like a minor coup over the Lexus/Toyota dynasty that dominated the list up to last year, but one differentiating factor worth pointing out here is Mazda’s lack of electrification in the models considered. Could the reliability ratings essentially be punishing those brands focusing on pushing the electric envelope? Tesla’s second-to-last-place rating says “yes,” while the top-ranked Prius Prime suggests there’s hope for EVs. 1. Mazda — 83/100Mazda clambered one spot to replace Lexus as the most reliable brand of the year. The average score of 83 was earned by crushing it with five vehicles scored at 80 or higher, including the 2021 Mazda CX-5, which snuck onto the top-10 most reliable models of the year list with a score of 85. None of Mazda’s listed vehicles is electrified in any way, however, indicating a correlation between CR’s definition of “reliability” and the good old-fashioned gas engine. 2. Toyota — 74/100Toyota also rose one place, displacing its luxury relative Lexus to earn the silver medal spot and prove – to Mazda and everybody else – that winners can do electric, at least partially. The 2021 Prius led the international pack with a 93 score, the highest for any model this year. The Prius Prime plug-in hybrid was also included on the top-ten most reliable list at sixth place with 88 points. 3. Lexus — 71/100The third position this year went to Lexus, which is a regular in the top few. The LS lagged behind the rest of the lineup with a score of 13 (it’s tough out here for sedans) but the crossovers and SUVs (GX, NX and UX) all made up for it with scores in the 90s and, for the former two, spots on the top-ten most reliable list. 4. Buick — 70/100Buick sells just four cars. This small product offering has apparently allowed the American brand to tighten things up in the quality department and leap up 14 spots on the list this year. CR only looked at the Encore and Enclave, but found few enough issues to give it a fourth-place placement. 5. Honda — 63/100CR attributes “steady improvements and some outstanding models” for Honda’s fifth-place ranking, up from 12th last year. The Odyssey and Passport dragged the fleet down a bit, likely due in part to the August recall that affected over 50,000 vehicles in Canada alone. Star models include the top-ten HR-V and, representing the sedans, the Insight and affordable Clarity PHEV. 22. Ford — 38/100The Blue Oval found itself in the red chez CR this year, landing at fifth from the bottom of the reliability pile. The 2021 Ford Explorer scored particularly poorly in reliability this year, tipping the scales at 1 point. The Escape had similar issues and earned just ten points, followed by the EcoSport at 28, and Ranger at 29. Only the 2021 Ford Edge got a recommendation.23. Mini — 37/100There were big problems for Mini this year. It fell 13 spots from last year and neither its Cooper (28 points) or Countryman (45 points) earned the ‘Recommended’ status.24. Volkswagen — 36/100Despite VW’s popular and reliable Golf (82/100 model score), and the fact that it’s stationed in the upper half on another prominent organization’s reliability ranking, the German automaker bottomed out at 24 of 26 on the CR list.At 19 points each, the VW Atlas and Jetta more than offset the Golf’s high score. In fact, the Atlas made CR’s list of ten least reliable models of the year thanks to issues with the climate system, exhaust, fuel system, and more.25. Tesla — 29/100Tesla is sitting at 25 of 26 on the list, with only one of its vehicles, the Model 3, being recommended by CR this year. For fans of the Musk and his products, this isn’t really news, as the EV maker has only fallen two slots since last year, but it is still a clear warning that along with that new EV tech comes new EV issues.The brand’s Model Y crossover, for example, got snubbed for “basic” manufacturing mistakes like poorly installed body panels and colours that don’t match. And the Tesla Model S found itself on the least reliable models of the year list, which is no high honour. Trending Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever 26. Lincoln — 8/100Somebody call Matthew McConaughey because his favourite car brand is stinking it up this year, having fallen from mid-pack last year to the bottom this year. Not “alright, alright, alright.” With a dismal score of 8/100 and only three of its vehicles ranked, Lincoln is the least reliable automotive brand of the 26 included in the survey.  center_img RELATED TAGSMazdaFlexShopping AdviceNew VehiclesShopping AdviceFlex PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? 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From Vine to Table: The Case for Sustainability

first_imgEmail Share Advertisement TAGSExpert EditorialJim NordmeyerO-ISustainability Twitter Home Wine Business Editorial Expert Editorial From Vine to Table: The Case for SustainabilityWine Business EditorialExpert EditorialFrom Vine to Table: The Case for SustainabilityBy Expert Editorial – January 18, 2019 261 0 AdvertisementBy Jim Nordmeyer, Vice President of Global Sustainability, O-IWe are at a critical juncture in the consumer packaged goods space. And it can’t be ignored. The combination of product integrity, recyclability, and overall environmental impact is driving shoppers’ buying decisions.In a “sea of same” on the shelf, more and more wine brands, in particular, are looking for ways to convey value and sustainability. Yet, the concept of “sustainability” means more than how a grape is grown and harvested or how a wine is produced. It touches the complete value chain from vine to table, and packaging plays an important role.Beautifully crafted, pure and locally sourced, glass has an undeniably clear message: it protects and preserves the integrity of the wine that has defined North America, and particularly California, as a premium wine producing region. Glass packaging has always carried an excellent sustainability story and lends itself perfectly to a circular economy.While many alternative packaging options have sustainability advantages, the traditional bottle is by far the most preferred choice by wine brands and consumers alike. As the world’s most endlessly recyclable packaging option, winemakers can choose glass bottles to further their sustainability commitment and convey intrinsic value to consumers.From an environmental standpoint, glass is the most endlessly and infinitely reusable packaging option. Made in a closed loop process, it is produced entirely from all-natural, sustainable raw materials: sand, soda, ash and limestone. A glass bottle recycled in the U.S. can go from a recycling bin to a store shelf in as little as 30 days. Plus, glass bottles are inert. Unlike other forms of packaging, glass poses no negative impact on the environment. It’s non-toxic and has the least impact on polluting oceans or harming marine life.While glass has been produced for thousands of years, today’s manufacturers continue to give it new appeal through cutting-edge improvements, design innovations and sustainability enhancements. Along with many of our peers nationwide, we continue to set and exceed rigorous sustainability goals. Numerous recycling initiatives are in place throughout the U.S. to make the entire process easier and more efficient for companies, supplier and end-users. To date, we’ve successful reduced energy and C02 emissions per container packed while increasing post-consumer recycled glass (cullet) use.To lighten the load, glass providers are creating lighter-weight bottles to improve transportation and recyclability across the U.S., making it more affordable and ultimately better for the environment.From a supply chain standpoint, U.S. winemakers are turning to North American glass manufacturers for the quicker, more efficient and cost-effective supply chain. These winemakers are also discovering the advantages that come with access to a network of manufacturing locations that are cost effective regardless of their location. From an economic perspective, our U.S. customers who harvest, produce and bottle their wines domestically are continuing a sustainable circuit and creating jobs for those in their area. Similarly, glass manufacturers employ a North American workforce, supporting local economies and ensuring a consistent and high level of quality. Consumers also help to perpetuate this economic sustainability by buying local and domestic wines. And, with the booming U.S. wine market and vineyard cultivation in all 50 states, more and more people are discovering the endless options available to them, from coast to coast.Expert EditorialBy Jim Nordmeyer, Vice President of Global Sustainability, O-IJames (Jim) Nordmeyer is Vice President of Global Sustainability at Owens-Illinois Inc. (O-I). Jim has responsibility for development and execution of O-I’s global sustainability strategy. This strategy is aligned with O-I’s customers growing interest on sustainability, enhance business performance and support the long-term growth of the organization.As a North American glass provider, O-I prides itself on making a truly sustainable product and offering the speed of innovation, knowledge of the regional customer and overall capacity to create packaging that embodies a brand’s identity. Wineries of all sizes are discovering the benefits that North American glass manufacturers offer. To learn more, visit upgradetoglass.com and join the conversation at @ChooseGlass.center_img Linkedin Facebook Pinterest ReddIt Previous articleOpen Wine Like an ExpertNext article2019 Somms Under Fire™ Announces Featured Restaurants and Broadbent Selections as VIP Sponsor Expert Editoriallast_img read more

Trump looks to curb landmark environmental act for projects

first_imgHomeNewsEnvironmentTrump looks to curb landmark environmental act for projects Jul. 16, 2020 at 5:00 amEnvironmentPoliticsTrump looks to curb landmark environmental act for projectsAssociated Press11 months agoenvironmental protection laws.landmark environmental actNational Environmental Policy Acttrump AAMER MADHANI and KEVIN FREKINGAssociated PressPresident Donald Trump is ready to roll back a foundational Nixon-era environmental law that he says stifles infrastructure projects, but that is credited with ensuring decades of scrutiny of major projects and giving local communities a say.Trump was in Atlanta to announce changes Wednesday to the National Environmental Policy Act’s regulations for how and when authorities must conduct environmental reviews, making it easier to build highways, pipelines, chemical plants and other projects. The 1970 law changed environmental oversight in the United States by requiring federal agencies to consider whether a project would harm the air, land, water or wildlife, and giving the public the right of review and input. The White House said the final rule will promote the rebuilding of America.Critics call the Republican president’s efforts a cynical attempt to limit the public’s ability to examine and influence proposed projects under one of the country’s bedrock environmental protection laws.“This may be the single biggest giveaway to polluters in the past 40 years,” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group that works to save endangered species.Trump has made slashing government regulation a hallmark of his presidency and held it out as a way to boost jobs. Environmental groups say the regulatory rollbacks threaten public health and make it harder to curb global warming. With Congress and the administration divided over how to increase infrastructure investment, the president is relying on his deregulation push to demonstrate progress.“The United States can’t compete and prosper if a bureaucratic system holds us back from building what we need,” Trump said when first announcing the rollback of National Environmental Policy Act rules.Among the major changes: limiting when federal environmental reviews of projects are mandated, and capping how long federal agencies and the public have to evaluate and comment on any environmental impact of a project.Opponents say the change will have an inordinate impact on predominantly minority communities. More than 1 million African Americans live within a half-mile of natural gas facilities and face a cancer risk above the Environmental Protection Agency’s level of concern from toxins emitted by those facilities, according to a 2017 study by the Clean Air Task Force and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.“Donald Trump is taking away the last lines of defense for front-line communities, and continues to demonstrate a total disregard for our environment and for those demanding racial and environmental justice,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.Mustafa Santiago Ali, a former associate administrator in the Obama administration’s EPA environmental justice office, said Black and other minority communities “will pay with their health and ultimately with their lives” for these latest proposed rule changes.For his announcement, Trump chose Georgia, a swing state in the general election. Trump won the Republican-leaning state by 5 percentage points in 2016, but some polls show him trailing former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee. This will be Trump’s ninth trip to Georgia and his sixth visit to Atlanta during his presidency.The president’s trip also comes as the state has seen coronavirus cases surge and now has tallied more than 12,000 confirmed cases and more than 3,000 deaths.Jon Ossoff, a Democrat who is running against incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue, said Trump’s decision to come to Georgia to discuss infrastructure as the state’s coronavirus crisis worsens demonstrates that the president is “in denial and out of control.”“Coming here for a routine photo-op is, frankly, bizarre, surreal against this unprecedented health and economic crisis,” Ossoff said.Judd Deere, a White House spokesman, said that if Ossoff views a major policy announcement to expedite critical infrastructure projects as anything other than about job growth and economic expansion, then it might explain why he lost a congressional race in 2017.The White House said the administration’s efforts will expedite the expansion of Interstate 75 near Atlanta, an important freight route where traffic can often slow to a crawl. The state will create two interstate lanes designed solely for commercial trucks. The state announced last fall, before the White House unveiled its proposed rule, that it was moving up the deadline for substantially completing the project to 2028.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce cited a North Carolina bridge in its letter as an example of unreasonable delays, saying the bridge that connected Hatteras Island to Bodie Island took 25 years to complete, but only three years to build. “The failure to secure timely approval for projects and land management decisions is also hampering economic growth,” the business group wrote in support of the rule change.Trump’s trip to Georgia comes one day after Biden announced an infrastructure plan that places a heavy emphasis on improving energy efficiency in buildings and housing as well as promoting conservation efforts in the agriculture industry. In the plan, Biden pledges to spend $2 trillion over four years to promote his energy proposals.Freking reported from Washington. 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MTG increases investment in InnoGames, forms new holding company

first_imgMTG increases investment in InnoGames, forms new holding companyGamingCo will include MTG’s entire gaming business, including KongregateRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterMonday 7th December 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleInnoGamesMTG has announced it has increased its investment in German game developer InnoGames once again, and has also formed a new holding company for its entire gaming business.The investment company purchased an initial 21% stake in InnoGames in 2016, which increased to 35% in Q1 of 2017 and again to a controlling 51% stake a few months later.With this new increase, MTG now holds a 68% stake in InnoGames, and while the parties have cancelled MTG’s option to purchase the remaining 32% of shares in the studio, it does have the option to purchase an additional 17% of InnoGames for €106 million.Related JobsLead Game Programmer – Quebec Province Quebec Big PlanetSenior Build Engineer – AAA Studio – Yorkshire UK & Europe Big Planet3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games Also as a part of this transaction, the companies have formed a new holding company, MTG Gaming AB, or GamingCo, which will hold all shares of InnoGames and Kongregate, as well as any future acquisitions.MTG will hold 72% of the shares in GamingCo.”We already have a successful long-term relationship with MTG, and we see great values in aligning even closer by building up a strong gaming group together with a clear focus on free-to-play casual and mid-core games,” said Hendrik Klindworth, InnoGames CEO.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesForge of Empires reaches €500m in lifetime revenueInnoGames’ strategy title brought in over €250m in the last two yearsBy Rebekah Valentine A year agoWhat Brexit means for your recruiting effortsInnoGames COO Michael Zillmer offers advice on securing the best talent amid uncertainty in the UKBy Michael Zillmer 2 years agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more