State forecasts decline in new coronavirus infections after July surge

first_imgCoronavirusState forecasts decline in new coronavirus infections after July surgeAugust 14, 2020 by Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Public Media Share:A screenshot of a chart from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services showing the number of COVID-19 infections among Municipality of Anchorage residents since March. State health officials say case counts are generally trending downward.State health officials say they’re predicting a decline in coronavirus infections in Alaska after cases surged last month.In a call with reporters Thursday, State Epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin said the forecast is driven by a drop in COVID-19 outbreaks and fewer new infections in the state’s largest city.“The case counts are really on the decline or have been on the decline in Anchorage,” McLaughlin said. “And so this is a real positive sign that things are improving right now in Anchorage, and may well be an indication that the mandates that are in place in Anchorage are working. So that’s really encouraging.”The Municipality of Anchorage put new capacity restrictions in place at businesses in late July, and then cracked down even further earlier this month. It closed indoor dining at restaurants and bars, and further limited the size of gatherings.The state reported Wednesday that COVID-19 cases in Alaska are now predicted to decline by half every 38 days. That’s a sharp reversal from last week’s prediction that cases would double every three weeks.But Alaska chief medical officer Dr. Anne Zink cautioned that the number of COVID-19 cases will continue to rise and fall. She said the future of the virus in the state will depend on how well Alaskans continue to follow preventative measures like wearing face masks and social distancing.“You can see that our fate with COVID is not fixed,” she said on Thursday’s call. “Our fate with COVID is directed by what we’re all doing as individuals collectively, together to minimize the spread of COVID.”The state reported 95 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, with 30 of them tied to the Municipality of Anchorage. The number of people hospitalized with the virus in Alaska also hit a new high at 39.Meanwhile, the state is tracking at least two significant outbreaks. At the Anchorage Pioneer Home, 10 residents and two employees have tested positive for the virus, and there are 19 known cases among workers at a Southeast Alaska mine.Share this story:last_img read more

A Lighter Shade of Gray

first_imgUncategorizedA Lighter Shade of GrayBy Shayna Rose Arnold – September 13, 2010468ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItMuch has been made of God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise, Ray LaMontagne’s fourth studio album, the first he’s made with his new band, The Pariah Dogs. After a slew of good reviews and some mainstream attention (People magazine gave God Willin’ 3.5 out of 4 stars in a recent issue), the album debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the digital album chart. I half-cringed when I heard the news.It’s not that I don’t think LaMontagne deserves his success. In fact, just the opposite is true; I own all of his CDs and his 2009 concert at the Hollywood Bowl was one of my favorites of the year. It’s just that fans come with a price, one that LaMontagne is openly hesitant to pay. He told Elvis Costello just last year that he wouldn’t perform his music live if the songs didn’t require it of him. At the bowl last summer, he didn’t so much as open his eyes. But at the Greek Theatre on Wednesday night, LaMontagne proved he’s adjusting just fine to fame and fortune. He sang new material like “Beg, Borrow, and Steal” and older love songs like “Trouble,” and “Let it Be Me” with his signature rasp, then performed a rendition of “Jolene” that was so beautifully sad it tore my attention away from a couple a few seats over that was having a spectacularly bad first date. And then, out of nowhere, LaMontagne cracked a joke. It was a “Freebird” joke, but a joke nonetheless: “If I had a nickel for every time some asshole yelled out “Freebird” I’d be a wealthier man, and I’m a pretty fucking wealthy man. I can take it, I’ve already got your money.”Maybe he’s learned a thing or two from David Gray, who he has been touring with this summer. Dressed in a nicely tailored three-piece suit, Gray and his band lit up the stage with a strobe-heavy, 80-minute set of career-spanning hits that got people up and dancing despite it being chillier than any September L.A. night should be. That first date couple down the way? They linked arms during “Flame Turns Blue,” one of Gray’s personal favorites, which he sang and played on the piano before closing the night with a Beatles cover that he dedicated to—who else?—all the lovers.   TAGS2010L.A. CultureSeptember 2010Previous articleShoppingNext articleComin’ Up RosesShayna Rose Arnold RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORFollow in Pee-wee Herman’s Footsteps Across L.A.What Defines a Successful Immigrant?The Undocumented Immigrants Who Are Redefining ‘American’last_img read more

U.S. panel considers giving a nod to new vaccine, and a competitor objects

first_img @HelenBranswell U.S. panel considers giving a nod to new vaccine, and a competitor objects What is it? Tags infectious diseaseSTAT+Vaccines Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP About the Author Reprints Log In | Learn More By Helen Branswell June 22, 2017 Reprints Helen Branswell Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. ATLANTA — If you want to avoid shingles — a condition that comes with a painful rash — there is a vaccine available. But studies have shown that protection generated by the vaccine declines quickly.A new vaccine, however, is being considered for approval, and if and when the Food and Drug Administration gives it the green light, its may hit the market with a highly desirably preferential rating from an influential panel of vaccine experts. GET STARTED STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Pharma What’s included? Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development.last_img read more

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New risk rating system could make flood insurance cost five times as much

first_imgFEMA 3-year flood insurance policies expiring this year September 30, 2020 Advertisement 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 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 AdvertisementThe new risk rating system will be based on the specific features of an individual property. RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementTags: flood insurance A new flood risk rating system means the price of flood insurance for your home could go up starting Oct. 1, according to the First Street foundation.“FEMA has been working on something called risk rating 2.0 for the past few years. Which is the idea of charging risk based pricing vs. a zoned based approach. Homes that have the most risk that are very high value are going to have to pay more because they do have more risk. What we’ve done for our model at first street, is actually calculate this risk based approach for each individual property based on the structure value, the risk it faces, and our results are right around what you can imagine risk rating 2.0 will charge,” said Matthew Eby, founder at First Street.Eby said the ‘Risk Rating 2.0’ model suggests rates could increase five times to cover the insurance risk. Recent storms have highlighted the need for a new flood plan.The flood insurance calculations have been unchanged since the 1790s.“It could be about five times higher and as the climate changes, as the environmental and flood risk continues to grow, so too will the cost of these policies. In 30 years, we’re forecasting that these homes would actually be paying nine times more than they pay today,” Eby said. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Residents on ‘war footing’ as ‘200-Day Battle’ rages on

first_imgNewsEconomy Kang Mi JinKang 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] In a push to ratchet up productivity, North Korean authorities have been ordering residents to “live as if under wartime conditions” in political lectures. This is seen as a maneuver to boost solidarity while continually mobilizing people for the ongoing “200-Day Battle.” “From July 1 there have been frequent lectures ordering residents to be on ‘war footing,’” the source in North Hamgyong Province said. “We’ve been told to live with the same sense of self-restraint one would during wartime; on the production front, we’ve been ordered to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps just as we did following the Korean War.”The more effort the authorities put into rallying support for the “200-Day Battle,”–visible in related signboards and posters plastering major cities, and audible in propaganda performance troupes–the more negative public opinion turns, not least because of the difficulties presented by the annual lean period that occurs before the rice and corn is harvested in July and August.State factories keep “combat logs” to document “dedication to exponentially increase production” as proclaimed by state media reports featuring Kim Jong Un touring various factories. To keep complaints in check and participation up, compulsory self-criticism sessions have been initiated daily for the duration of the “200-Day Battle.” The call to boost output extends beyond production, according to a source in Ryanggang Province: the state-enterprise workforce has been divided up to keep half on top of “200-Day Battle” mobilization matters while sending the other half off to military training. This is especially trying for local reserve forces, comprising approximately 600,000 soldiers, already weary from prevailing mobilizations. Encumbered by full combat gear in blistering heat and sweltering humidity, reserve forces are engaged in military marches and training alongside the Worker and Peasant Red Army, a reserve force with 5.7 million members. News Facebook Twitter News US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHARE North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) By Kang Mi Jin – 2016.07.14 4:50pm Residents on ‘war footing’ as ‘200-Day Battle’ rages on News last_img read more

Improving client services at the CRA

first_imgRudy Mezzetta Highlights from Budget 2018 Industry has mixed reaction to Budget 2018 Gender equality at the heart of Budget 2018 Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news The government says it will also undertake a comprehensive departmental review of the CRA’s service model, examining all aspects of the agency’s work to ensure Canadians who deal with the CRA “feel like valued clients, not just taxpayers.” The government says it will provide further details about this review in the coming months.The government’s additional resources will be directed toward improving the following three areas:1. Telephone ServicesThe government indicates in this year’s budget that Canadians have been frustrated in their attempts to interact with the CRA by telephone in recent years, suffering “frequent busy signals, dropped calls, and long wait times.Building on previous investments made in the area, the government says it will direct additional resources toward enhancing telephone technology and hiring more agents. The government says it will also provide additional training to CRA staff to make sure “Canadians get the correct information they need.” 2. Community Volunteer Income Tax ReturnThrough the community volunteer income tax program, community organizations host tax preparation clinics and arrange for volunteers to prepare tax returns, free of charge, for individuals with modest or low incomes. Last year, more than 700,000 individuals were helped via the program, the government says.In the budget, the government proposes to double the size of the program, helping hundreds of thousands more individuals prepare their returns and access benefits. The extra resources will be directed toward additional “year-round” benefit clinics and more outreach activities to vulnerable groups including seniors, newcomers, people with disabilities, youth and Indigenous communities. 3. Strengthening Digital ServicesA majority of Canadians now interact with the CRA digitally, with almost 90% of tax returns filed electronically and roughly 77% of payments completed online, the government says. Millions of Canadians also access CRA’s online services every year to apply for benefits, or to ask questions.“A secure, reliable and modern online system is vital to the service that the CRA provides to Canadians,” the government says in its budget documents.The government says that additional resources will be directed towards updating and modernizing information technology infrastructure to deliver a better digital experience, ensuring that services remain available and uninterrupted, even during peak hours.center_img Keywords Budget 2018Companies Canada Revenue Agency Federal Budget 2018 Ottawa backtracks on key tax measures for small business The federal government is proposing to spend $206 million over the next five years, starting in fiscal year 2018-19, and $33.6 million per year thereafter, to help the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to address what the government says are long-standing service deficiencies in Budget 2018.“Canadians continue to face unacceptable delays and challenges in dealing with the CRA,” says the government in the budget documents. “More needs to be done to make the agency and its services, fairer, more helpful and easier to use.” Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

6,000 Invited to Swearing in Ceremony of New Prime Minister

first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Arrangements have been put in place to accommodate some 6,000 persons, who have been invited to the historic inauguration ceremony for Jamaica’s first female Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller.The ceremony will be held on the lawns of King’s House on Thursday, March 30.But, even while organizers have catered for 6,000 persons, there will be contingencies in place to accommodate a further 4,000 persons if the need arises, said chairman of the Inauguration Committee, Commerce, Science and Technology Minister, Phillip Paulwell.Mr. Paulwell, who was addressing journalists at a special press conference held at Jamaica House this morning (March 28), said that there have been overwhelming requests for invitation to the function. “We were only able to fill 6,000 of those requests and so we do anticipate that there will be some persons, who will come without invitation,” he said, adding that those who would be unable to attend, could view the ceremony on television as well as via web cast on the Jamaica Information Service’s at website www.jis.gov.jm.The ceremony, which is expected to begin at 5:00 p.m. sharp and end before sunset, will include the taking of the oath of office by Mrs. Simpson Miller followed by the lowering of the standard of outgoing Prime Minister, P. J. Patterson, and the raising of the standard of the new Prime Minister.This will be followed by brief statements from Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Professor Kenneth Hall, Prime Minister Patterson and then the new Prime Minister will address the nation. There will also be the symbolic exchange of the Prime Minister’s motorcar in which Portia Simpson Miller will be transported around King’s House.A brief musical programme, with performances from the Jamaica Military Band as well as a combined choir featuring the University Singers and the Kencot Youth Choir, with soloist Shirley Lewis and saxophonist Dean Fraser, will also take place.The evening’s proceedings will culminate with a reception in honour of the new Prime Minister, on the grounds of King’s House. Related6,000 Invited to Swearing in Ceremony of New Prime Minister Related6,000 Invited to Swearing in Ceremony of New Prime Ministercenter_img Related6,000 Invited to Swearing in Ceremony of New Prime Minister 6,000 Invited to Swearing in Ceremony of New Prime Minister UncategorizedMarch 28, 2006last_img read more

Bybrook Water Supply System to Benefit 1,500

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Government’s intention to provide every Jamaican with access to a safe water supply by 2015, has been underscored by Minister of State in the Ministry of Water and Housing, Everald Warmington.Giving the main address at the handing over ceremony for the Bybrook Water Supply system in Portland on Wednesday, December 3, Mr. Warmington said that intention was in keeping with the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal of providing by the year 2015, an adequate and reliable water supply to people who are currently without that service.The project was completed at a cost of $14.3 million, with the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), providing $13 million and the community contributing $1.3 million.It involved the construction of a small dam, the building of a tank, chlorination and filter system, and the laying of 6,700 metres of pipelines.A total of 1,500 persons in the communities of Bybrook and Skibo are expected to benefit from the system. Noting that while Jamaica has been able to achieve much in pursuit of the objective to provide water to every citizen by 2015, Mr. Warmington said there was still a lot of work to be done in the seven years to go before the target date, adding that the mission is not one that is simple or without challenges.Pointing out that some of the difficulties in providing water to rural communities sometimes make the private sector unwilling to invest in that venture, he said the Rural Water Supply Limited, was created specifically to address that problem and provide for the water needs of those communities.Asserting that that organisation was also in the process of developing a Rural Water Master Plan to identify areas presently served with water and the level of service provided, he said that while this plan is being developed, Government and its partners and stakeholders are working hard to ensure that rural communities are provided with an adequate supply of water.In congratulating the Jamaica Social Investment Fund for the work it is doing in filling the gap in the provision of water to small rural communities, where it would not be economically practical for the National Water Commission to supply water, Mr. Warmington said the cost effective ways in which it pursues its mandate of implanting poverty alleviation projects in targeted communities, are making a major contribution to the community and national development process.Also addressing the function were Minister of State responsible for Project Implementation in the Office of the Prime Minister, and Member of Parliament for Western Portland, Daryl Vaz, and JSIF Operations Manager, Omar Sweeney.Mr. Vaz thanked the JSIF for the role it has played in enabling the residents of the community to have potable water, and reiterated his commitment to work to ensure that every community in the constituency be provided with it, adding that he has already made available a total of $22 million from his Constituency Development Fund, for that purpose.Mr. Sweeney asserted that the JSIF is pleased to be associated with the project and urged the residents of the community to give the best care and protection to the system. Advertisements Bybrook Water Supply System to Benefit 1,500 UncategorizedDecember 6, 2008 RelatedBybrook Water Supply System to Benefit 1,500center_img RelatedBybrook Water Supply System to Benefit 1,500 RelatedBybrook Water Supply System to Benefit 1,500last_img read more