Legislature eyes limit on state government spending

first_imgPolitics | State GovernmentLegislature eyes limit on state government spendingFebruary 2, 2017 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, in February 2016.  He supports having a new limit on state government spending. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Some state legislators want to write into law a new limit on how much the state can spend each year. But policy experts say it’s a difficult strategy to put into effect. And Alaska already has a limit – one that critics say hasn’t worked.In 1982, Alaska voters amended the constitution to say that the state would never spend more than two and a half billion dollars – adjusted for inflation and population growth.But a drop in oil revenue in the following years, combined with inflation and population growth, made sure that the state rarely got close to the limit.Lawmakers in the Republican-led Senate majority – as well as the House minority – want a new limit. They say they’d like it in state law as soon as this year – as well as a new constitutional limit in two to three years.Eagle River Republican Sen. Anna MacKinnon said it’s important that the Legislature pick the right amount to base future spending limits on.“Having the right base number is the primary conversation that we’re having right now in the statutory consideration,” MacKinnon said.An amendment to the constitution proposed in the House – as well as House Bill 92 – would base the spending limit on the previous year’s spending. If the state’s economy were to grow faster than inflation and population, then government’s share of the state’s economy would shrink over time.Senate President Pete Kelly of Fairbanks, a Republican, sees this as a potential benefit of the limit.“Honestly, most people believe government’s too big, and if you have something like that, that would probably be a good thing,” Kelly said. “And I think as we go forward, if there are flaws in that – before it reaches the constitution – we should know about them and we will have had many discussions.”At least 30 states have some form of spending limit. And many of them have faced practical problems, like Alaska.Benjamin Zycher of the American Enterprise Institute said state spending limits aren’t effective.“The same sort of political pressures and interest group demands and all the rest that lead to fiscal irresponsibility – however that’s defined in the first place – tend to reassert themselves,” Zycher said.Iris Lav works for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which supports federal and state policies designed to reduce inequality. Lav noted that if state spending were to fall sharply one year due to drops in oil revenue, it would ratchet down future spending (if it was based on the previous year’s spending).“In Colorado, the business community banded together to get rid of the ratchet, because they felt that public services were really being hurt when the recession had cut revenues,” Lav said.She said that if a state decides it needs to limit spending, it should set the limit based on an amount – like Alaska did in its constitution.House Majority Leader Chris Tuck, an Anchorage Democrat, opposes a change. He said the Legislature can impose its own informal limit on spending by being fiscally responsible.“I don’t think it’s necessary, because we have capped our spending – self-imposed,” Tuck said.A Senate version of a spending limit bill hasn’t been introduced yet.Share this story:last_img read more

Crafting a story of romance and resiliency with Tongass bowls

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Business | Economy | Federal Government | Southeast | TimberCrafting a story of romance and resiliency with Tongass bowlsJanuary 31, 2019 by Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau Share:Zach LaPerriere’s workshop in Sitka. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska’s Energy Desk)There are very few products made in Alaska from lumber produced in state. That’s despite an ongoing battle over how the Tongass National Forest should be managed.While timber sales have declined for decades, there are some new initiatives on the table now that could open up more logging.But one Sitka craftsman doesn’t want that to happen. He’s content using dead old growth, and he makes his living creating bowls from the Tongass without cutting down living trees.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2019/02/sensualbowls.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Zach LaPerriere has heard some surprising comments about the wooden bowls he sells at markets.People reach out to touch them, admiring the detail of an exposed scar and the smooth curves.“Some would say even sensual,” LaPerriere said with a chuckle. “They’re not my words. I’m just repeating them. I’ve think I’ve heard even more racy words than that,” LaPerriere said.LaPerriere makes his bowls in an open-air workshop below his cabin, overlooking the water.Before his creations made customers blush, he was employed as a carpenter.But he said those skills didn’t necessarily translate when he took up professional woodturning five years ago.“It really took me a year to become even mildly proficient,” he said.For starters, the wood is spinning.While shaping a gnarly chunk of alder into a bowl with a sharp tool, LaPerriere had to think in three dimensions. He spotted a scar that looked like pair of lips, and ribbons of alder went flying.“I have to walk that line between being efficient and being creative,” he said.In Southeast Alaska, not many people do this kind of work for a living. There are plenty of hobbyists, but LaPerriere is spending a thousand hours a year creating wooden bowls. He helps support a family of five this way.Though one of his bowls can fetch up to $1,500, he admitted it’s not always a lucrative business.Still, LaPerriere said taking this huge career leap aligned with his values.He wanted to show people what’s inside the trees from nation’s largest national forest and help translate that story.“Being deeply in love with our rainforest here, I want to understand what’s going on in the tree,” LaPerriere said. “I look for whatever is most unique. It might be a scar. It might be tiny little ambrosia beetles.”Beetles that leave tiny black holes in the tree. Those are the kind of imperfections LaPerriere wants to highlight when he’s turning a piece of wood. He’s found bullet holes, axe marks from the turn of the century and one of his favorites: buck rubs. Those are the antler markings of a deer looking for a mate.“Hunters are always looking for buck rubs,” he said. “To see a buck rub from 20 or 30 years ago, that’s an exciting thing!”Especially spotting it as you dig into a salad bowl.So the characteristics of the trees vary wildly. But there’s a type of wood LaPerriere said he wouldn’t consider using.“There’s no need to cut a living tree,” he said.Some of the bowls LaPerriere creates will dry up to a year or longer before he can bring them to market, depending on the type of wood. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska’s Energy Desk)All of the wood piled up in his workshop comes from dead and down trees, which LaPerriere scavenges off the beach or hauls out of the forest himself. He has to goes through a permitting process to be able to do that on national land.Today, there’s less large-scale industrial logging happening in the Tongass. However, recent changes at the federal level could open up new sites.That doesn’t sit well with LaPerriere.“I would liken it to selling your furniture to make your credit card payment,” LaPerriere said.Instead, he imagines a future where fewer trees are harvested from the national land. And the old growth that is cut down is made into things produced in-state. Things people will want to buy and cherish. That was also identified as a priority by a former Tongass Advisory Committee, which included timber industry representatives.Even so, LaPerriere recognizes creating wooden bowls like his isn’t the boost to the region’s economy the state is looking for. After all, he’s just one guy. But he thinks there’s something to the model.“You know, I’m a logger, and I feel great about that because it’s something I can believe in,” LaPerriere said.Back at his workshop, LaPerriere prepared his alder bowl for a long hibernation in the drying shed. He scribbled the location of where he found the wood on the rim.In another six months or so, he’ll pull it out again and sand it — putting the finishing touches to get it ready to sell.He said he likes the idea of bringing beauty into people’s lives with trees from the Tongass. Or, as some customers see it, a little romance.Share this story:last_img read more

Sitka fired a police officer for assaulting prisoners, then they hired him back to work in the jail

first_imgLocal Government | Public Safety | Southeast | State GovernmentSitka fired a police officer for assaulting prisoners, then they hired him back to work in the jailAugust 3, 2020 by Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska Share:Sitka Police Department. (Photo by Karla James/KCAW)The head of the Alaska Police Standards Council is questioning a decision by the Sitka Police Department to rehire a decertified police officer to work in its local jail. Although the hiring is now more than 10 years old, it has relevance today: The police officer initially lost his job and his certification over allegations of excessive force against prisoners, but a legal loophole prevents the state from taking action.Dale Hanson has worked for the Sitka Police Department twice. The first time didn’t end well. He was originally hired in 1976, three years later, he shot and killed 28-year-old Peter S. James who had been reported flashing a gun at passersby near Sawmill Creek. An inquest ruled it justified as Hanson told a jury he had been fired upon.The Sitka Sentinel reported the city paid $100,000 (about $280,000 in today’s dollars) to settle a lawsuit brought by the man’s family.But it wasn’t the large payout that cost him his job.“In the very early 1980s there were allegations against him that he had allegedly assaulted an inmate in the jail,” said Bob Griffiths, executive director of the Alaska Police Standards Council which oversees licensing the state’s law enforcement officers. There were actually two allegations of assault — separate incidents in 1981.Old newspaper clippings from the Sitka Sentinel detail one of them: Hanson struck a young man he’d picked up the night before for underage drinking. He was charged with assault though it’s unclear if he was ever prosecuted.“But the city terminated him,” Griffiths said. “And this council at that time revoked his police certification.”Now when that happens it’s meant to be the end of the line for a person’s law enforcement career in Alaska. But not necessarily in Sitka.The Alaska Police Standards Council was created to keep troubled officers from bouncing around the state.“Part of the mission was to try to close the loopholes,” said former Sitka police chief Sheldon Schmitt, who chaired the commission for five years. “Because, Alaska had a bad reputation for years of bad police officers … rotated around the state.”It was actually Schmitt who rehired Dale Hanson in 2009. It had been 28 years since Hanson was fired, and Schmitt says he doesn’t recall any red flags during the routine background check.“I don’t think that we would have hired anybody if we had uncovered a decertification unless there was some sort of mitigating after action,” Schmitt said. “You know, things that happen later that somehow mitigated it. I just don’t think that that would have happened.”But apparently it did. So how? Here’s what’s known: Aside from the excessive force complaints in the jail, Hanson had reportedly asked a fellow officer to falsify evidence against another man. This is all documented in his 1983 decertification letter, which literally sat in a box of paper records and wasn’t checked when he was hired a second time, this time as a jailer.Griffiths says poor record keeping at the time may be partly to blame. Until files were digitized, records were separated by category — probation officers, jailers, police officers were separated.“And until about six years ago when the police Standards Council purchased and put in place a computerized system those records were not integrated,” he said.Hanson’s old police file probably would’ve remained forgotten, but a series of records requests by USA Today journalists led to the creation of one of the nation’s first databases of decertified police officers posted online last year. Dale Hanson’s name is among more than 33,000 listed across 44 states.Earlier this month CoastAlaska asked the police standards council if this former police officer — fired and stripped of his certificate for assaulting people — had been cleared to work in Sitka’s jail?Griffiths looked into it and notified the Sitka Police Department of possible concerns. He put the city on notice that Hanson’s continued employment as a jail guard could be referred to the standards council for possible action.Then on July 28, 2020, after receiving some updated legal advice, Griffiths reversed himself: the legislature had carved out an exemption for municipal jailers.“Sitka has not chosen to adopt or subject themselves to state regulation governing the municipal corrections officers in their facility — that’s the bottom line,” he said.That means the standards council — meant to regulate police department personnel in the state — lacks any authority over Sitka’s municipal corrections officers.“And they may just conclude that after this lengthy period of time that it’s not something they need to be concerned about,” Griffiths said, “but I don’t know that it’ll be up to them.”The exemption for municipal corrections officers was carved out by the legislature in 1998, noted Robert Henderson, a former deputy attorney general under Gov. Bill Walker overseeing the Department of Law’s criminal division. He’s now an associate professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Justice Center.“I don’t know why the legislature carved out this exception,” Henderson said in a phone interview. “If it is a loophole and it was a mere oversight by the legislature then it needs to be addressed,” he said. “But I hesitate to answer that precise question because I think it calls for some speculation.”Police personnel records — including allegations of abuse — are sealed. So it’s nearly impossible to check Hanson’s work history since he was re-hired in 2009.One high-profile case is known. Hanson was the jailer on duty in 2014 when two Sitka police officers stripped and repeatedly tased a Mt. Edgecumbe student inside his jail cell.Video was leaked online leading to community outcry over the teen’s treatment. A lawsuit was filed. Eventually $350,000 was paid to the man’s family.Schmitt notes that the nearly six-minute video shows Hanson on the periphery throughout the Taser incident.“The lawsuit wasn’t really directed at him,” Schmitt said. “It was directed at the officers with the Taser. But I don’t recall any complaints against him or excessive use of force complaints or really any type of complaints against Dale Hanson.”Sitka city officials declined to be interviewed. In a statement, City Administrator John Leach says Hanson is on personal leave until August 5.“Chief [Robert] Baty will be providing a quarterly update to the Assembly concerning his department at the August 11th Assembly meeting,” Leach wrote in an email.Messages left for Hanson seeking comment weren’t returned.“Regardless of Alaska Police Standard Council’s determination, we are still looking in to the matter,” Leach added in a follow up email.Share this story:last_img read more

Southeast Alaska community on Canadian border remembers unofficial mayor Wes Loe

first_imgSoutheastSoutheast Alaska community on Canadian border remembers unofficial mayor Wes LoeMarch 29, 2021 by Maria Dudzak, KRBD – Ketchikan Share:Wes Loe in Hyder, Alaska in 2012, before the road was paved (Photo from Loe’s Facebook page)The small Southeast Alaska community of Hyder, located on the Canadian border, lost a prominent citizen with a colorful past on March 18 — 74-year-old Wes Loe.Loe grew up in El Segundo, California. He served as a paratrooper in the Vietnam War and lived in Oregon for a while before moving to Alaska. Tracking down specific dates was difficult, but he lived in Ketchikan for 20 years.While in Ketchikan, he owned Blue Heron Gallery and Gifts on Stedman Street, was manager of Newtown Liquor and served as president of the Ketchikan Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association for 15 years.Dave Filyaw worked with Loe at the liquor store.“Wes was a very gentle man.  Irishman, 100%,” Filyaw said. “He commanded a room when he talked and spoke. He was just all around a really nice guy. Good guy.”Filyaw said Loe mostly kept to himself in his private life, but he recalls Loe loved sailing, fishing and animals. Filyaw took over as store manager when Loe moved to Hyder.Loe was president of the Hyder Community Association, and some referred to him as the unofficial mayor of the tight-knit community of about 60 people.The town’s only road access is through British Columbia, and Hyder has a close relationship with the Canadian town of Stewart. It relies on the town for supplies, fuel, groceries, medical facilities and schools.Gina McKay is the District of Stewart’s mayor. She said she’s known Loe since he first moved to Hyder, even before she became mayor in 2018.“Since that time — and especially in the last year with everything going on with our borders being closed — we’ve worked together quite closely, mostly to make sure that Hyder still had access to all the essential services that they needed over here in Stewart,” McKay said. “It was a pleasure to work with him these years.”McKay said Loe was full of life and always busy helping his community in his role as president of the HCA.“There’d be days where I would talk to him and he was either on the phone with Canada customs or Alaska state representatives, or jumping in a dump truck and doing the work that need to be done. He was a very ‘young’ man.”McKay said she hadn’t heard from Loe in a while and called him in early March to see how he was doing.“True to Wes fashion he said, ‘You know Gina, I’m fine. I don’t worry about me. All’s good,’” she said. “But you know he was really concerned about … it’s been a year [since the border’s been closed]. And the toll it was taking on the other residents of Hyder. He had great concern for them, much more so than for himself. And I think that sort of sums him up.”Wes Loe (Photo from Loe’s Facebook page)Carol Denton is the clerk and board secretary of the Hyder Community Association.“In addition to his rather dynamic personality, he did a lot of volunteer work for us in the town. From organizing cleanup projects to helping the highways crew. He’s going to be missed,” Denton said.Denton said Loe was also a talented watercolor artist.“But he also was very good at drawing cartoon characters,” she said. “And in fact, last year, when we had a school operating here in Hyder, he went up and did a couple of art lessons with the kids on how to draw cartoon characters.”Denton said his death was sudden and unexpected, but it appeared that he died peacefully.Isaac Medeiros was born in Ketchikan but grew up in Hyder. After learning of Loe’s death, he posted a tribute video to Loe’s Facebook page. Medeiros said as a teenager, he would hang out at the general store owned by Loe. He said Loe shared many stories with him about his travels, his time in the military, how he used to surf with one of the Beach Boys, and hung out on the set of the 60s TV series, “McHale’s Navy.”Learning that Loe grew up in Southern California, Medeiros told him he wanted to make movies.“Everyone usually ridiculed the idea or discouraged it, but Wes was one of the few guys to really inspire me to tell me I could do it and keep going at it,” he said. “I would definitely cite him as probably one of the biggest influences of my younger years and why I decided to do this.”Loe was featured in a student film Medeiros shot in Hyder. Medeiros is currently an independent filmmaker in Los Angeles. He said he kept in touch with Loe after moving to LA. Phone calls became less frequent over the years, but they would email and Facebook message each other on occasion.  He said the last message he sent was in early March.“And it was just to let him know that my new movie had come out on Amazon,” Medeiros said. “It was kind of a source of pride and I always wanted his approval and wanted him to know I was doing something. And so I sent that to him. It looks like he got to see it actually and passed away a week later, so I’m kind of glad I reached out there at the end.”Though sorry for his friend’s death, he was glad Loe lived a full and happy life.Carol Denton of Hyder said some of the town’s residents are snowbirds, heading to sunnier climes in the winter and returning to the community in the summer. She said a celebration of life will take place when summer residents return.Share this story:last_img read more

Federal Reserve officials divided over timing of interest rate hike

first_img Read This Next’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapBill Maher Pokes Fun at Joe Manchin: He’s a ‘Democrat Except on Matters ofThe WrapRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapRick Leventhal to Exit Fox News Just as His Wife Kelly Leaves ‘RealThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe WrapDoes ‘In the Heights’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?The WrapAzealia Banks Blasts Candace Owens’ Juneteenth Diss With Callback toThe WrapJason Whitlock, Former ESPN and Fox Sports Reporter, Resurfaces at BlazeThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap Wednesday 8 April 2015 9:41 pm whatsapp Federal Reserve officials divided over timing of interest rate hike whatsapp Share Show Comments ▼ US FEDERAL Reserve members clashed during their meeting last month over whether to begin hiking interest rates in June or to wait until the second half of this year, according to the minutes from the meeting released yesterday. Several thought it would be a prime time, but others argued the strong dollar and low global oil prices would continue to inhibit inflation, meaning the Fed should delay a rate hike.A couple of participants even suggested the economic outlook would not call for liftoff until 2016. The minutes show that “almost all” officials at the Federal Open Market Committee were in favour removing the forward guidance that the Fed would be “patient” in beginning to normalise monetary policy thanks to progress being made in achieving its target of maximum employment. However, they agreed that an increase in the target range for the federal funds rate was unlikely in April. Express KCS Tags: NULLlast_img read more

In pictures: Police offers and emergency services take part in Operation Strong Tower anti-terror training exercise in London today

first_imgUp to 1,000 police officers, as well as soldiers, intelligence officers and members of the emergency services gathered today to take part in the first day of a major counter-terrorism exercise in London.Officers descended en masse to the abandoned Aldwych tube station in Surrey Street, central London, where they took part in an operation simulating an attack similar to that on the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo earlier this year. The simulation was also partially based on a cafe siege in Australia last year.Police warned passers-by not to be alarmed as “bodies” were hoisted out of the station. Some “victims” were tagged “alive” (Source: Getty) The exercise involved members of 14 agencies (Source: Getty) “Sadly, London is no stranger to terrorism,” said Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Maxine de Brunner (Source: Getty)The exercise will continue until Wednesday afternoon (Source: Getty)Around 1,000 members of various emergency services are taking part (Source: Getty)Most of today’s action took place around the disused Aldwych Tube Station (Source: Getty) Emma Haslett Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL Share In pictures: Police offers and emergency services take part in Operation Strong Tower anti-terror training exercise in London today whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesBuzzdaily WinnersCasinos Don’t Expect You To Do This; But They Can’t Stop You.Buzzdaily WinnersComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirror whatsapp Tuesday 30 June 2015 10:07 amlast_img read more

People / Ted Stevens returns to aviation as Anchorage International manager

first_img Alaskan governor Bill Walker has appointed Jim Szczesniak as airport manager at Ted Stevens Anchorage International.Mr Szczesniak’s appointment sees him return to the aviation sector after nearly a decade as chief operating officer of a Chicago-based manufacturing business.Prior to this, he had held multiple roles for the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), overseeing the city’s Midway and O’Hare airports, having joined the organisation straight out of university.In 1998 he was appointed as CDA airport operations supervisor, with responsibility for airfield operations and FAA certification at O’Hare. After six years, he took over as director of aviation planning, gaining cargo experience after securing landing rights between Chicago and China for two cargo carriers. Alaska DoT By Alexander Whiteman 08/01/2018center_img Two years later and another promotion saw Mr Szczesniak in the role of deputy commissioner of aviation planning, policy, environment, real estate, and commercial development where he stayed for a further two years before moving to Windy City Silkscreening in 2008.As a certified pilot, it seemed only natural, however, that Mr Szczesniak would return to aviation, and he is due to start his new role at Anchorage later this month.Commissioner of the state’s transportation department Marc Luiken said Mr Szczesniak had a “proven track record” in the business.last_img read more

News / Maersk revises Q1 bullish forecast and follows Hapag-Lloyd with profit warning

first_img Maersk has been obliged to issue a profit warning ahead of the publication of its half-year results on 18 August after its earnings guidance proved to be “overly optimistic”, according to consultant Alphaliner.The Danish transport group issued the “adjustment to expectations” to the stock exchange, based on challenging trading in the second quarter.It said it saw profitability “negatively impacted”, with a 28% increase in bunker prices over the same period of 2017, and a 1.2% drop in average freight rates.In its Q1 results, published in May, Maersk confidently reiterated its full-year guidance of an ebitda of $4bn-$5bn with a net profit above the 2017 figure of $356m.However, CEO Soren Skou said spot rates suffered a “significant drop” in the second quarter and Maersk Line had continued to experience “very high” bunker prices, for which it had “not been able to get fully compensated in freight rates”.As a consequence, Mr Skou said, Maersk’s 2018 guidance was being downgraded to an ebitda of $3.5bn-$4.2bn and an, as yet unspecified, lower but still “positive” net profit.“While east-west spot freight rates are holding up well, freight rates on several north-south tradelanes have tumbled under pressure from overcapacity,” noted Alphaliner.“Maersk, which has a significant exposure on the north-south tradelanes, would be particularly impacted by the weaker rates on these routes.”Indeed, spot rates between Asia and South America, for instance, have fallen dramatically since the beginning of the year, and last week the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) recorded a further $355 slump in rates to Santos to $1,576 per teu, which compares with the market rate of over $3,000 in January.During Maersk’s Q1 earnings call, chief commercial officer Vincent Clerc conceded that the carrier had been unable to pass on to shippers the full extent of the fuel increase, and added that it had been “pretty dicey” to renegotiate contracts during a period of escalating bunker prices.Maersk reported an “unsatisfactory” underlying net loss of $239m in the first quarter and pledged that it had “a number of plans in place” to reduce its costs, including capacity reductions and feeder optimisation.But despite the profit warning, Maersk saw its shares bounce back by around 7% yesterday, as investors regarded the revised guidance as “not as bad as feared”, along with Mr Skou’s prediction of improved rates in Q3.Maersk’s stock price had tumbled around 22% on concerns of a “loss of focus” at the Copenhagen headquarters, along with fears of an escalating trade war between the US and China impacting liftings.Elsewhere, Hapag-Lloyd is scheduled to announce its H1 interim results on Friday. The Hamburg-headquartered carrier issued a profit warning on 29 June, based on the first five months’ trading and blaming the rise in fuel costs and charter rates together with “persistently low freight rates”.In the first quarter, the liner industry cumulatively lost around $1.2bn, based on the financials of the carriers that report their results. By Mike Wackett 08/08/2018last_img read more

News / CH Robinson will give birth to new tech in its ‘innovation incubator’

CH Robinson has begun to spend its $1bn tech investment, with the launch of an innovation incubator, CH Robinson Labs.With teams in Minneapolis, Chicago, Silicon Valley and Warsaw, Poland, it will create, test and scale “the next big ideas in logistics” for its customers and carriers.Data scientists and logistics experts will work with customers and carriers to create “personalised solutions for shippers’ challenges … built by, and for, supply chain experts”.Once ideas are approved and tested they will be scaled across CH Robinson’s business.“Our customers and carriers tell us they are hungry for tech solutions to strengthen their competitive position and increase their efficiencies,” said president and chief executive Bob Biesterfeld.“That’s why we have always been laser-focused on working together to solve our customers’ toughest logistics challenges.CH Robinson announced last year it would spend $1bn over the next five years on technology.The incubator is already under way, developing “robust” transportation management capabilities, accessible via TMS and ERP systems. The Labs are also further developing CH Robinson’s Navisphere system, which has been done with insight from customers including L’Oréal and Target.Adam Hall, vice president of transportation at L’Oréal, said: “Our work with the CH Robinson team has helped us address some of our toughest supply chain challenges. The Insight Analytics platform and Data Science solutions have delivered actionable intelligence and supported initiatives that are driving significant savings for L’Oréal.”The incubator will be led by Tim Gagnon, CH Robinson’s vice president of analytics and data science. By Alex Lennane 24/01/2020 read more

Can this man bring science back to the White House?

first_img What’s included? 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. By Ike Swetlitz Aug. 10, 2018 Reprints What is it? Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Log In | Learn More Kelvin Droegemeier, President Trump’s nominee to lead the Office of Science and Technology Policy Travis Caperton/University of Oklahoma 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. Politics WASHINGTON — For the past 19 months, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has operated with a skeleton crew. For over a year, the top-ranking adviser has not even been a scientist, but rather a 30-something political science major who most recently worked for Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel. Desperate former employees even set up a secret shadow network to provide advice to lawmakers.Gone are the days when science was high on the agenda, when a staff of more than a hundred helped coordinate the federal government’s response to the Ebola outbreak, launched the Precision Medicine Initiative to personalize health treatments, and spearheaded a $100 million BRAIN Initiative that boosted research into conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Gone, too, is the president who might fire off a marshmallow cannon at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Can this man bring science back to the White House? GET STARTED Tags policyresearchWhite Houselast_img read more