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Bacterial infection to blame in Kachemak otter die-off

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first_imgEnvironment | WildlifeBacterial infection to blame in Kachemak otter die-offDecember 28, 2015 by Daysha Eaton, KBBI Share:A dead sea otter on the beach at the Homer Spit on December 22, 2015. Photo by Daysha Eaton/KBBI)Tests results are back on dead sea otters from Kachemak Bay. About 82 percent of them had streptococcus syndrome, according to biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Leslie Slater is a USFWS wildlife biologist at the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge in Homer.“So also in this stretch of beach, which has been under 200 yards or so that we’ve walked, we’ve come across now, looks like a yearling sea otter that’s died and a sub-adult male that’s died too,” said Slater.Along the black pebbled beach at the Homer Spit, we step closer to a frozen otter near the Land’s End Hotel and condominiums.“So you can tell that it’s a sub-adult because of its size and the tooth wear is pretty minimal, it’s got very white teeth. And this one happened to freeze in shape so you can see that the skin is sort of draping against the rib cage and it looks to me like it probably did die of starvation. We’ll have to thaw it out and do a necropsy on it to see what really happened with this one,” said Slater.Since summer, more than 300 otters have died around Kachemak Bay. Joel Garlich-Miller, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Marine Mammals Management office in Anchorage, says they’re still finding them.“Things have dropped off quite a bit but we’re still getting reports of three or four animals a week, primarily from Homer area beaches,” Garlich-Miller said.He added that test results recently confirmed that it was the streptococcus syndrome that killed the otters in most cases.“This is a syndrome caused by bacterial infection, streptococcal infection and it manifests itself in a variety of ways such as valvular endocarditis or septicemia or encephalitis. It looks like a pretty high percentage of the animals that we recovered this year, about 82 percent, appear to test positive for this syndrome,” said Garlich-Miller.Garlich-Miller says most of the otters appeared to have deteriorated rapidly and succumbed to encephalitis.The Fish and Wildlife Service has been tracking a streptococcus illness in Kachemak Bay area otters for some time. Otters with the illness usually appear sickly and emaciated. But many of the otters that have died since August appear healthier.Garlich-Miller says although strep syndrome appears to be the main cause of the deaths, there are hints that some could have had a virus as well. Garlich-Miller says biologists are now collecting more dead otters to test for viruses.Back at the beach, biologist Leslie Slater explains what you should do if you come across a dead otter.“It’s best to call the sightings into the marine mammal stranding hotline, whether they’re alive or dead, and then there is another group of folks in town who will come and evaluate the carcass to see if it will be forwarded on for further pathology studies,” said Slater.Biologists hope those studies will shed more light on whether viruses had anything to do with the huge number of sea otter deaths this year.Dead or dying sea otters and other marine mammals should be reported to the Alaska SeaLife Center’s Marine Mammal Stranding Network hotline at 888-774-SEAL (7325).Share this story:last_img read more

Pre-K in Igiugig is all in Yup’ik

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first_imgAlaska Native Arts & Culture | Arts & Culture | Education | Family | SouthwestPre-K in Igiugig is all in Yup’ikSeptember 21, 2017 by Avery Lill, KDLG-Dillingham Share:Evelyn Yanez points to pictures and says the Yup’ik name of the animal, object or activity, during a Yup’ik immersion program for infants to 5-year-olds in the village of Igiugig. (Photo by Avery Lill/KDLG)Four kids toddle around a cozy room. There are all the items typical for a pre-kindergarten classroom — stuffed animals, puzzles and teachers.The puzzles are the kind with a hole cut out for each piece, and each piece is labeled in Yup’ik.Audio Playerhttps://cpa.ds.npr.org/kdlg/audio/2017/09/unglu_9.20_pkg.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.School has been underway in the village of Igiugig for a couple of weeks now. This year even the youngest set are included.The village has opened its only early childhood education program, Unglu. It is a Yup’ik immersion program for infants to 5-year-olds.Unglu means “nest.” It’s a part of the larger endeavor, Wangkuta Qanriarait Nanvarparmiut Yugestun, which means “We all speak Lake Iliamna Yup’ik.”The village started the project with an $850,000 Language Preservation and Maintenance Grant from U.S. Administration for Native Americans.The grant is in its third and final year.For the past two years, language apprentices have learned the language from elders who speak Yup’ik fluently.Apprentices have also taught in the village school 30 minutes a day, four days a week during the school year. Now, they are expanding their efforts, and elders and apprentices are teaching a handful of toddlers three hours a day, five days a week.“It’s far more than language. It’s spiritual, mental and physical,” said project director, AlexAnna Salmon. “It’s everything into becoming what the Yupik really were,” The vision behind Unglu is for kids to learn to speak Yup’ik from their earliest days.Loretta Peterson grew up speaking English, so she is learning her native language alongside her 16-month old daughter.“It’s just better for her to grow up with her original language. I only knew a small handful of words before I started,” Peterson said.And the kids are learning.They dance to the Yup’ik songs and listen as instructors point to pictures and say the names of animals and activities in Yup’ik.Most of children are too young to talk, but when Salmon told her son to point to different parts of his body, like his knees and toes. The 3-year-old did it without hesitation.Share this story:last_img read more

Alaska recyclers find new overseas markets

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first_imgBusiness | Environment | Juneau | Southeast | Syndicated | Talking TrashAlaska recyclers find new overseas marketsMay 2, 2018 by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News Share:Cardboard and plastics pile up at the Juneau Recycling Center on April 28. Some recyclables are no longer accepted by China, one of the world’s largest buyers. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Almost a year ago, recycling businesses in China announced plans to stop buying mixed paper and some types of plastic containers. That worried Alaska and West Coast businesses that collect, sort and ship those materials overseas.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/05/02Recycle-L.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.At least one major wholesaler said it would remove the paper and plastics from its recycling stream and dump it in its landfill. But so far, that’s not happening much.China began restricting its recycling intake Jan. 1.Waste Management Communications Manager Jackie Lange said it was a big deal.“In the broader region and across the country and in fact, around the world, there are a lot of changes that are being driven by what China is doing,” she said.Waste Management operates about 150 recycling centers around the nation, including Juneau’s. It’s the biggest garbage company in the U.S.Republic Services is another large recycler and trash collector. It takes reusable materials from Ketchikan, Sitka and Petersburg, along with more than 60 other U.S. cities.Washington state General Manager Don Tibbets said his company continues to collect and sort the same things it did before Jan. 1. But not all newspapers, magazines, junk mail and other mixed paper is being shipped.“We’re having to stockpile and store this material until we can find markets that are able to accept all of it,” he said.Tibbets said Republic found new markets in India, Malaysia and Vietnam. But those nations don’t have as much capacity as China.“Unfortunately, paper degrades rather fast and rather quickly in the natural environment. So after some time of being stored, it degrades to the point where it’s just no longer marketable,” he said.Tibbets said about three-quarters of Republic’s mixed paper is being recycled and the rest is being thrown away.Republic Services’ Don Tibbets looks over piles of garbage at the Roosevelt Regional Landfill in Washington state on Sept. 7, 2017. Tibbets served as general manager of the landfill, which takes in about 22,000 tons of Southeast Alaska garbage each year. (Photo by Tom Banse/Northwest News Network)Tibbets said plastics are less of a problem.“They’re actually a small portion of the recycle stream. So that amount of material, we’re still able to move overseas,” he said.China still accepts most plastic bottles and containers marked Nos. 1 and 2, but not Nos. 3-7. But few local recycling centers accept that material.Learn about other garbage issues and solutions in Southeast Alaska through CoastAlaska’s Talking Trash series.The new restrictions have sent worldwide recycling wholesalers searching for new markets. In some cases, that’s driven prices down.It’s of concern, especially in the 49th state.“In Southeast Alaska, recycling is a very financially based enterprise,” said Petersburg Utility Director Karl Hagerman.He’s also been active in the Southeast Alaska Regional Solid Waste Authority, a regional organization of cities that barge recycling and garbage south.He said selling recyclables lower the expense.“If the cost to recycle exceeds the cost to ship as solid waste, then it doesn’t really pencil out financially and we may have to look at doing something differently,” he said.Juneau residents drop off cardboard, paper, aluminum and plastics at the city’s recycling center on April 28. It’s operated by Waste Management. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)While the worldwide market has changed, many collection sites have not.Tibbets of Republic Services said it’s a bad idea to alter recycling habits.“We don’t advise that because the consumer curve or learning curve can be very steep. So, we don’t want to change any practices. We don’t know if this is going to be a long-term or a short-term market correction,” he said.Recycling companies and buyers do want to see one change. That’s less food, liquids and non-recyclables mixed into the stream.Waste Management calls it “WishCycling.” That’s when customers put what they think should be recycled in bins and at collection sites.The company said the problem means an estimated one-quarter of what its customers recycle has to be thrown out.Share this story:last_img read more

Six Talking Points after Saturday’s club GAA action

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first_img Pinterest Twitter News A small panel was always going to struggle with losses like that but their senior status is safe for another year and they will welcome in some new young faces in 2021.2 – Stradbally survive; Kilcruise must go againRelegation playoffs have become far too familiar for Stradbally and Arles-Kilcruise with Stradbally featuring this year for the fifth time in seven years and Kilcruise for the third time in four years.But Stradbally are the ones that can breathe easily for now though they were forced to work hard for their win against a well-organised Kilcruise side.After playing with the wind, Kilcruise were 1-4 to 0-6 up at half time, their goal coming from David Conway. But Stradbally slowly got on top in the second half with Garry Comerford’s goal the turning point. He finished with 1-6 while a late strike from Darragh Carolan sealed a 2-9 to 1-6 win for Stradbally who were massive 1/20 favourites before the game.Kilcruise now play Courtwood in the relegation decider with the losers dropping to the intermediate grade for 2021. WhatsApp Six Talking Points after Saturday’s club GAA action WhatsApp Home Sport GAA Six Talking Points after Saturday’s club GAA action SportGAAGaelic Football 1 – The Heath hang on; Killeen bow outThe Heath’s 0-16 to 1-10 win over Arles-Killeen sends them through to the Laois SFC quarter-finals for the first time since 2016 and coming off the back of successive relegation battles, 2020 already represents a positive season for them.As they can’t face Graiguecullen again, who beat them in Round 2, their quarter-final opponents will be Emo, Ballyfin or Portarlington. They won’t fear any of them and their well-balanced side – which had nine different scorers – will be confident of causing a shock in the last eight and reaching the semi-finals for the first time in a long number of years.For Arles-Killeen, injuries certainly didn’t help their situation. Dermot Julian, who picked up a bad facial injury in their win over Arles-Kilcruise, was ruled out from the start while Enda O’Rourke and Ian Scully were forced off injured before half time. 3 – Familiar foes to meet in ladies finalFor the fourth time in five years, the Laois Ladies SFC final will be contested between Sarsfields and Portlaoise after they won their respective semi-finals on Saturday.Portlaoise, who have been very impressive all year, were far too strong for St Brigid’s with a 5-14 to 0-7 win while champions Sarsfields were pushed all the way by St Conleth’s and had the heroics of goalkeeper Becky Williams to thank for keeping them in the championship.Having won all before them at underage level, can Portlaoise now step up and win their first ever senior title? Or will Sarsfields claim an historic eighth title in a row, something which has never been done before in Laois. Their seven-in-a-row last year equalled the record of the fine Heath team of the 1980s.4 – Timahoe on top to send Annanough downTimahoe’s intermediate status for another year is safe after they recorded a 0-16 to 1-10 win over fellow parishioners Annanough in Crettyard.Despite playing against the wind, Timahoe led 0-5 to 0-0 at the first water break and it was that fast start that laid the foundations for the win.Points from Damien McCaul and a goal from Elliott Scully helped Annanough to a 1-4 to 0-5 lead at half time and they went four points up early in the second half and it could have been more had a Scully goal not been disallowed.But Timahoe replied by kicking nine points in a row to take control with Ruairi O’Connor, Sean Ramsbottom, Martin Bergin, Mark O’Connell and Brendan Quigley all on target.It’s Timahoe’s second year in a row to win the intermediate relegation final while for Annanough it’s their second time in four years to make the drop. They’ll be hoping they can bounce back straight away, just as they did in 2018 when they won the junior title at the first attempt.5 – Junior picture becomes somewhat clearerSpeaking of junior, six of the eight quarter-final places are now confirmed after Saturday’s action.St Joseph’s had 12 points to spare over neighbours Barrowhouse in a game that they had to win to go through. Barrowhouse, however, also join them ahead of Camross on scoring difference.Park-Ratheniska’s big win over The Harps also sends them through in first place while The Harps lose out and last year’s beaten finalists Castletown go through.Portlaoise and Ballyroan-Abbey are also through while the final two places will be decided this evening when The Heath host Portarlington.If Portarlington win, they and Kilcavan are through. If The Heath win by three points, they and Portarlington are through. But if The Heath win by five or more, Kilcavan will join them.Quarter-final lineup: Portlaoise v Barrowhouse; St Joseph’s v Ballyroan-Abbey; Portarlington or The Heath v Castletown; Park-Ratheniska v Portarlington/The Heath/Kilcavan6 – Laois interest continues in Offaly and KildareRhode, who are managed by former Portlaoise player and manager Malachy McNulty, are through to the Offaly senior final though they needed extra time to get the better of Edenderry.And there could be a Laois manager on both sidelines if Sean Dempsey’s reigning champions Ferbane beat Tullamore today in the second semi-final.In Kildare, Billy O’Loughlin’s Sarsfields side continued their quest for back-to-back titles as they were comfortable 2-14 to 2-6 winners over Raheens in the quarter-final. Moorefield beat Johnstownbridge in yesterday’s other quarter-final.The remaining quarter-finals take place today where Round Towers meet Athy and Celbridge take on Clane.SEE ALSO – Seven Talking Points from Friday night’s Laois GAA club action Electric Picnic Facebook Twitter Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic Previous articleLooking ahead to Sunday’s Laois GAA club championship actionNext articleAdditional car charging facilities sought for Abbeyleix LaoisToday Reporter Facebook By LaoisToday Reporter – 20th September 2020 TAGSTalking points Pinterest Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

‘We will miss her friendship, her kindness and unlimited generosity’ – warm tributes following sad passing of Laois teacher

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first_img Pinterest She had been working in Gaelscoil Phortlaoise up to her sad passing and principal Dominic O’Braonáin has paid a heartfelt tribute to her.He said: “It was with great shock and sadness we learned of the untimely passing of our dearest friend and colleague Sinéad Ní Nualláin, or Múinteoir Sinéad as she was affectionately known here in Gaelscoil Phortlaoise.“Sinéad was a gifted teacher and a true inspiration to all of us. She had a heart of gold and it was an honour to witness first-hand the love, kindness and attention she showered on each and every one of her pupils.“An invitation to Sinéad’s classroom was sure to be an exhilarating experience, often involving the celebration of a good news story or the declaration that her ‘star’ pupil had just mastered his tricky words or completed his first reader unaided.“To see the pride in the Múinteoir’s eyes as she regaled these precious milestones was a joy to behold. Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Home News Community ‘We will miss her friendship, her kindness and unlimited generosity’ – warm… NewsCommunity Twitter By LaoisToday Reporter – 2nd February 2021 WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Electric Picnic Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Pinterest “Parents will testify to her kindness and compassion when they needed reassurance. They knew their children were in safe hands and that Múinteoir Sinéad had their back at all times.“We will greatly miss Sinéad’s bubbly personality and positive disposition in the staffroom, around the playground and on the corridors, her enduring passion for the Irish language, Laois GAA and of course her beloved Graiguecullen.“Above all we will miss her friendship, her kindness and unlimited generosity.“Sincerest condolences to her parents Séamus and Jane, her brother James, his partner Magdalena and her beloved niece Emily.“Codladh sámh, a Shinéad“Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar d’anam uasail.”As well as being a much loved teacher, Sinead was also heavily involved in her local GAA club.She had recently been pushing the promotion of the Irish language strongly in the Graiguecullen GAA club, offering extra lessons to students out of school hours.This year she had started the process of integrating Graiguecullen GAA into the Joe McDonagh Foundation, a support service provided by Glór na nGael and the GAA to further the Irish language in the community.The Nolan family are steeped in the Graiguecullen GAA community and Sinéad played a very active role too.She was particularly involved at juvenile level and in fundraising efforts like Strictly Come Dancing, standing on the gate at matches and supporting the club in their big games in O’Moore Park.And Graiguecullen have also paid tribute to Sinead on their Facebook page.They said: “As a club we are heartbroken with the news that we got yesterday afternoon.“It’s in deep sadness that we have lost our Múinteoir, our sister, daughter and friend to so many people our dear Sinéad Nolan.“A shinning light to so many people young and old over the last number years Múinteoir Sinéad kindness and love of life would always be inspiring. Our thoughts are with all her family and friends and we think of you all so dearly.“The proudest Graiguecullen woman we all know and done so much for us all, we are heartbroken.“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.”Sinead is the beloved daughter of Séamus and Jane Nolan, adored sister of James (Danny, Belle, Bob, Maggie, Dotty, Wisp, Katie and Seve), cherished sister-in-law of Magdalena and much loved aunt of Emily, Peter, Kate, Danny, Páraic and Eliza.She will be sadly missed by grand aunt, many aunts, uncles and cousins.Sinead was blessed with a wide circle of friends, especially “cuz” Sharon, “her two blisters”, her ladies, school friends, college crew, Gaeilgeoirí and her many wonderful work colleagues, most recently those from Gaelscoil áta í and Gaelscoil Phortlaoise.Funeral arrangements will be confirmed soon.May she Rest in Peace.SEE ALSO – Laois woman designs cards for Irish family of US President Joe Biden Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival TAGSGaelscoil PhortlaoiseGraiguecullen GAASinéad Ní NualláinSinead Nolan Previous article‘Don’t leave items in your car overnight’ – Laois Garda on how to prevent a very common crimeNext articleLaois farmer wins award at National Herds Competition LaoisToday Reporter Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival ‘We will miss her friendship, her kindness and unlimited generosity’ – warm tributes following sad passing of Laois teacher Twitter Electric Picnic Warm tributes have been paid following the sad and sudden passing of a Laois teacher.Sinéad Ní Nualláin, of The Vale in Graiguecullen, passed away suddenly on Sunday January 31.Sinead had been a founding member of the Gaelscoil in Athy, where she also served as principal.last_img read more

Shaw Thanks Flying Dentists

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first_imgRelatedShaw Thanks Flying Dentists Shaw Thanks Flying Dentists Health & WellnessMarch 6, 2009 RelatedShaw Thanks Flying Dentists RelatedShaw Thanks Flying Dentistscenter_img Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw, has expressed gratitude to the American Flying Dentists, for more than 30 years of invaluable service to communities in and around Manchester.Speaking at a function put on by the Rotary Club of Cristiana at the Mandeville Hotel in Manchester, on March 4, to honour the group, the North Eastern Manchester Member of Parliament noted that the dental volunteers, who have returned to Jamaica every year since 1978, have demonstrated a clear commitment to service.“Over the years, thousands of individuals have benefitted from the programme, particularly young people and the most vulnerable in the society. The programme has not only focussed on damage control, but has emphasised prevention and the promotion of self-care and healthy lifestyle practices,” he stated.Outlining the work of the Flying Dentists in the parish, Minister Shaw said that in addition to meeting the dental needs of rural residents, the group donated the first computer to Holmwood Technical High School, which provided the platform for the establishment of two computer laboratories at the institution, with 40 work stations.The group also helped with research into the effects of water fluoridation in primary schools; provided assistance in the establishment of a small business revolving loan fund; and facilitated overseas funding and support for a dental programme, as well as medical goods for the Percy Junor Hospital.“The true value of the contribution of the Flying Dentists is reflected in the improvement in the quality of life of rural folk, the positive interaction that has been generated, which seems to grow stronger with each passing year,” Minister Shaw stated.last_img read more

Experienced leadership crew to take controls at CASA

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first_imgExperienced leadership crew to take controls at CASA The Australian Government has today announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director of Aviation Safety (DAS), and a new Chair of the Board of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) – the statutory authority that regulates aviation safety in Australia.Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said Ms Pip Spence (CEO and DAS) and former Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC (Board Chair) would bring vast experience to these critical roles.“These appointments are a critical part of shaping the makeup of the CASA Board and the culture of the organisation more broadly,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.“The depth and breadth of experience that Ms Spence and Air Chief Marshal Binskin bring to bear show the Government is serious about ensuring CASA performs its critical role effectively.“Their combined skills and experience will be essential for leading this critical regulator in keeping Australians safe while flying, as well as supporting an efficient, effective and reliable aviation industry – which is economically crucial for communities right across the nation.“Ms Spence comes to CASA from a senior leadership position within the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications. She offers substantial experience in aviation policy and regulation, as well as government administration and public policy – including a strong track record of leading organisational change.“Air Chief Marshal Binskin brings outstanding leadership and expertise in both aviation and defence, including significant experience within general aviation.“These appointments send a strong message about our commitment to high-quality leadership for Australia’s aviation safety regulator, while providing certainty to CASA personnel and industry.”Ms Spence will commence in her new role in the coming weeks for a period of up to five years. Air Chief Marshal Binskin will commence in August for a period of three years, when the term of the current Chair concludes. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Aviation, CASA, civil aviation, Civil Aviation Safety Authority, communications, Deputy Prime Minister, Government, infrastructure, leadership, Prime Minister, regional development, regulation, Transportlast_img read more

Minister Ng speaks with Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry about strengthening economic relations

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first_imgMinister Ng speaks with Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry about strengthening economic relations From: Global Affairs CanadaReadoutThe Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, spoke yesterday with Kim Yong Gan, Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore.The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, spoke yesterday with Kim Yong Gan, Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore.Minister Ng congratulated Minister Gan on his recent appointment and expressed that she looked forward to working closely with him on important trade initiatives that support economic growth for Canada and Singapore. This includes as partners under the CPTPP and through ongoing efforts to improve rules-based trade through multilateral forums such as the Canada-led Ottawa Group on WTO Reform.Minister Ng also expressed her appreciation for Singapore’s support for a Canada-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement as the Government of Canada seeks to increase trade and investment opportunities for Canadian businesses in Southeast Asia.Minister Ng noted that Canada is exploring ways to build on the Canada-Singapore Infrastructure MoU and other arrangements that connect innovative Canadian companies with opportunities in Southeast Asia. She also looks forward to participating in the Asia Infrastructure Forum at the end of June to discuss how investments in the wide-reaching sector can contribute to the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.Minister Ng and Minister Gan also discussed opportunities for increased collaboration in science, technology and innovation, the green economy and agri-tech. Minister Ng highlighted programs such as the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) in Singapore, which supports high-growth, high-potential Canadian firms in key global tech hubs in these sectors, by offering tailored and enhanced services to help them scale-up, grow and expand into new markets. /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:accelerator, agreement, Asia, Canada, free trade, Government, industry, infrastructure, innovation, International trade, Investment, Ottawa, Singapore, Small Business, technology, WTOlast_img read more

Sigfox attracts big names in latest round

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 NOV 2016 Sigfox pushes IoT solutions to the cloud French IoT firm Sigfox closed its Series E funding round of €150 million and aims to “accelerate the expansion of its global network and soon reach worldwide coverage.”Salesforce Ventures, the investment arm of the CRM firm, and Total Energy Ventures, part of the French oil and gas giant, joined Alto Invest, Henri Seydoux, Swen CP and Tamer Group as new investors.Existing shareholders including Bpifrance, Elliott, Intel Capital, Air Liquide, Idinvest Partners and IXO, will also re-invest in the company.The firm, which provides Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technology for the Internet of Things (IoT), believes its ability to connect objects to the cloud at minimal cost by relying on surrounding energy sources has contributed to the successful round.Currently, 10 million objects are registered on the network in 26 countries and Sigfox plans to expand to 60 countries by 2018, representing 90 per cent of the worldwide GDP, and reach financial break-even point.It also wants to integrate with Salesforce’s IoT Cloud, “unlocking insights from the connected world that empower any business to take the right action, for the right customer, at the right time across global consumer and business use cases,” the company said in a statement.“Sigfox and Salesforce IoT Cloud can facilitate deep and meaningful customer experiences via its global, homogenous and scalable network,” it added.Sigfox is competing against other proprietary (non-cellular) LPWA technologies such as LoRA and Ingenu, all of which use unlicensed spectrum. Back in July it struck partnerships to bring its network to Mexico and Singapore.The round comprises a “greenshoe” that will allow new partners to join the share capital of Sigfox shortly.Additional new investors are also expected to join this financing round shortly to reach the €150 million level. Sigfox traslada sus soluciones de Internet de las Cosas a la nube Home Sigfox attracts big names in latest round Saleha Riaz Tags Sigfox names new CEO as co-founder steps down Related Author Sigfox Previous ArticleGlobe CTO highlights cell site challenges in PhilippinesNext ArticleEC competition chief highlights 5G, IoT patents Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more last_img read more

News / Air freight rates still depressed, but China-US starts to gain height again

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first_img Following one of the softest markets in air freight seen for some time, comes the news that China-US is starting to rise again. Air freight rates in February are thought to have fallen to their lowest point in perhaps 18 months – an early drop so severe that IATA was forced to downgrade its annual growth forecast from 3.7% to 2%, just to account for the first quarter of the year.  But, according to The TAC Index and Freight Investor Services (FIS), China-US, at least, has already hit rock bottom – in both air and sea. “The China-US basket continues to reflect an improvement of rates, indicating that the lane has already reached its base for 2019. This correlates with indications that China exports have already reached their low point in both air and sea modes,” noted FIS. According to new weekly data, air freight rates have risen 3.3% on the tradelane, to $3.44/kg. Hong Kong-US has gone up 5.2%, while Shanghai-US has risen 1.7%. A Hong Kong–based forwarder this morning confirmed to FIS that demand was improving, and added that, generally speaking, the index was highly reflective of the market. However, China to Europe rates have not improved. The basket drop has been 1.1%, to $2.70, “reflecting an overall decrease in Europe imports”, noted FIS.  “Rates into Frankfurt and Amsterdam present high levels of volatility, while rates into London remain at fairly flat levels,” it continued. “Historically China-Heathrow has shown severe and sudden reactions to macroeconomic events; the same can be expected given the final results of the ongoing exit of Britain from the EU.” On the transatlantic, which reportedly didn’t suffer the same declines in February as routes out of Asia, there remains some volatility, said FIS, based on Frankfurt to North America data. Airlines are appearing to be more upbeat. “The hope is that the worst is over, after a big Chinese new year dip,” said Lufthansa Cargo chief commercial officer Dorothea von Boxberg. “We are seeing a nice upward trend.”FIS is also publishing a Forward Curve, created by amalgamating previous and prospective market data along with live market information. The current FIS Forward Curve – which only runs up to September so far – anticipates a bump in rates in China-Europe in July and August, while China–US will see the bump in September. “At the moment the curve reflects the seasonal trends found in 2017 and 2018 on both lanes, factoring in the year-on-year change that we see as the year progresses,” said Peter Stallion of FIS. “Importantly, the forward curve doesn’t cover the bulk of the peak season where we expect both lanes to rise.” FIS offers air cargo derivatives, which can use the Forward Curve to try to determine where the market will go next. By Alex Lennane 27/03/2019 © Igor Zakharevich last_img read more