‘How the heck he got to Alaska, we have no clue’: Furry stowaway sails from Washington to Kenai

first_imgSouthcentral | Transportation | Wildlife‘How the heck he got to Alaska, we have no clue’: Furry stowaway sails from Washington to KenaiNovember 6, 2020 by Sabine Poux, KDLL – Kenai Share:Panda went without food or water for over a week during his journey from Washington to Alaska. (Courtesy of Christina Clevenger)A Washington cat walks into a shipping container. Over a week and 2,500 miles later, he’s in Kenai.It’s a story that could have ended in tragedy. But it didn’t, thanks in part to the help of some local businesses and the magic of social media.Panda, a tuxedo cat, went missing from his home in Thurston County, Wash., Oct. 13. His owners, Christina and Josh Clevenger, had been searching their neighborhood and posting in Facebook groups for over a week when they were on the verge of giving up the search.On Oct. 24, Panda showed up bewildered and hungry in a shipping crate at the Kenai Home Depot. An employee posted his picture in a group for Seattle lost pets, which is where D.D. Ponder, also from Thurston County, saw him.“I had been communicating with the owners of Panda for a few days and giving them advice and tips and whatnot on how to find their lost cat,” Ponder said. “And then, coincidentally, Christina’s aunt had noticed a post in another lost and found pets group up in King County. And then we were able to determine that, in fact, this is definitely Panda. And how the heck he got to Alaska, we have no clue, but more importantly, how are we going to get him back.”Clevenger was shocked when her aunt showed her the post.“And was like, ‘Wasn’t Panda’s collar green?’ and I go ‘Yeah…,’ she said. “And she turns her phone around for me to look at it, and she goes, ‘Isn’t this Panda?’ I dropped my phone, I dropped my poor little chihuahua Annie, who was in my lap, I just … I started bawling.”Aside from operating the lost pets group, Ponder is also the leader of United Angels, a Washington-based nonprofit that raises money for medical pet emergencies. United Angels got to work raising money to get Panda home, including costs for his flight from Anchorage and veterinary expenses.Ponder said a Home Depot employee, who wanted to remain anonymous, took Panda to the Kenai Veterinary Hospital to get a health certificate so he could be cleared to fly. The clinic also updated his vaccinations and gave him a microchip.That same employee offered to drive Panda to Anchorage from Kenai. But Grant Aviation offered to fly him for free.“The morning of the flight, we heard from Grant Aviation that the trip was going to be complimentary,” Ponder said. “And that basically all the employees pulled together to make it all happen.”They also got help from the Kenai Animal Shelter, which leant a kennel for transport.Ponder said it’s the craziest lost-and-found pet story she’s ever seen.Owner Christina Clevenger and family were waiting for Panda at the Seattle airport when he flew in from Anchorage. She said the reunion was very emotional. (Courtesy of Christina Clevenger)“First of all, we don’t know how he got onto that container, from a 48 property in Rochester, Wash.,” she said. “I mean, it’s farm country where he lives. And there are no semi trucks, I mean, not that they don’t drive by. But it’s not like they live close to a truck center.”She thinks he could have gotten on a mail truck that was headed to a transit center, and from there may have jumped into a container.“But, what we do know, is he was in that container for nine or 10 days,” she said. “It traveled to Kenai via a barge, and so he was stuck in that container for a week and a half — no food, no water. And dark and cold. And then to top it all off, we happen to find out about it. And for him to then, after all that traveling, for him to get home is just as crazy.”One of the most surprising parts was that Panda fared just fine in that shipping container. He was hungry and scared but OK, Ponder said.Panda is back with his owners and their eight other pets in Washington. Since he got back, Clevenger said he’s been a little grumpy.“He’s definitely had to get readjusted. He’s not getting along with his brother cat, my cat Batman. And they grew up together, like they’re the only two that we didn’t have any problems with. But apparently he’s copped a little attitude on his little vacation. But other than that, he’s been amazing.”Clevenger says she’s so grateful for everyone in Kenai who helped them get reunited. As for Panda, he won’t be leaving the house for a while.Share this story:last_img read more

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US corporate results round up

first_img whatsapp Express KCS Share Wednesday 29 October 2014 8:22 pm Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Wishes He Made South Asian Roles ‘More Human’The Wrap Show Comments ▼center_img US corporate results round up by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMedical MattersThis Picture Shows Who Prince Harry’s Father Really IsMedical MattersNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost Fun whatsapp HERSHEYHershey reported a 5.8 per cent rise in quarterly net sales yesterday as demand for chocolates ahead of Halloween was stronger than the company had expected. However, the maker of Hershey Kisses and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups said net income fell to $223.7m (£140m) in the third quarter ended 28 September, from $232.9m a year earlier.GOODYEARGoodyear Tire & Rubber posted a three per cent drop in quarterly profit, due to lower vehicle production in Latin America, particularly in Brazil. Sales in the company’s Latin American unit, which contributes about 10 per cent to Goodyear’s total revenue, fell to $451m (£281.5m) from $527m. Revenue fell 6.8 per cent to $4.66bn. Net income in the quarter ended 30 September fell to $161m compared with $166m a year earlier.RALPH LAURENRalph Lauren warned yesterday that full-year sales would miss its earlier targets as foreign exchange headwinds hit results abroad. For the second quarter ended 27 September, it posted a profit of $201m (£125.5m) compared with $205m in the year-earlier period. Revenue grew four per cent to $1.99bn from $1.92bn a year earlier.REVLONCosmetics giant Revlon yesterday said third-quarter net income climbed to $14.6m (£9.1m) from last year’s $9.5m. Earnings per share grew to $0.28 from $0.18. Net sales climbed to $472.3m from $333.1m in the previous year. Consumer segment net sales edged down 0.9 per cent to $348.2m, compared with pro forma net sales of $351.3m in the third quarter of 2013. Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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News / Don’t get too excited by spike in Asia-Med box rates, there’s ‘weakness in the east’

first_img© Ahmet Ihsan Ariturk The recent increase in Asia-Mediterranean container spot rates “shouldn’t be mistaken as a sign of permanent recovery”.Consultant Drewry suggests there is weakness in the east-Med region of the tradelane.Last week’s Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) recorded a spot rate of $1,028 per teu for Mediterranean ports. This compares with the reading on 30 September last year of $583 per teu.Drewry said the steady growth in the more “mature” west-Med economies was in contrast to the weaknesses in the North Africa, and east-Med regions – particularly in Egyptian and Turkish trades.The consultant expects to see a final growth figure in the Asia-Med westbound trade for 2016 of 2.5%, compared with the previous year. This would result in the tradelane exceeding a yearly total of 5m teu for the first time.The west-Med market was the main driver of the growth last year, recording a 4.4% increase in the first 11 months, thanks to “solid volume growth” from Italy, Spain and France, noted Drewry.Despite some political upheaval, which did not appear to have an impact on its consumer spending, Italy posted a 5.6% traffic increase, while France recorded a 3% uplift and Spain 2.9%.Meanwhile, Turkish imports, which Drewry said accounted for nearly one-third of all Asian imports into the east-Med region, declined by 4.4% in the 11-month period, compared with the previous year.“This brought an abrupt end to the country’s bull run,” said Drewry – Turkey having seen a 44% spike in container volumes between 2012 and 2015.But the failed coup in July, a weakened currency and a retreat by investors spooked by political uncertainty halted growth in its tracks and shrank the economy in the third quarter of the year.Moreover, tourism – a major growth component of Turkey’s success – has been badly dented by a spate of terrorist attacks.Drewry’s view is that “a downturn in Turkish imports will continue to act as a drag on the trade’s performance in 2017”.Egypt, where tourism is a major contributor to the health of its economy, also suffered as a result of terrorist attacks. And according to Drewry, the flow of imported consumer goods from Asia slumped by a massive 16.4% in the 11-month period, compared with the previous year.However, Ukraine was a “shining beacon” in the east-Med/Black Sea region last year, its imports spiking by a third. Nevertheless it has much ground to make up on the lost volumes caused by the 2014 civil unrest and Russian intervention, noted Drewry.The Asia- Med trade remains overtonnaged, with utilisation levels “hovering around the 80% mark since March”, said Drewry, adding that the new alliance schedules “do nothing to address this issue”.Drewry concluded: “It is encouraging to see growth returning to some of the big Mediterranean markets, but the 2017 demand outlook will be tempered by weakness in places such as Turkey and Egypt. More big ships entering the trade will also serve to suppress freight rates.” By Mike Wackett 16/01/2017last_img read more

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News / Cargo expansion at Chicago Airport just in time to buffer peak impact

first_imgBy Ian Putzger 24/08/2017 ORD handled 921,046 tons in the first six months of this year, an increase of 15.3% on 2016, and is on course for a record north of the 1.8 million ton mark, according to the airport authority.Except for the normal dip during the Chinese new year holiday, which keeps factories in China closed, this year has seen steady traffic, and demand indicates a strong peak season ahead, Mr McWhorter said.NCA, which claims to be the largest international freighter operator at ORD, runs 16 B747-8 freighters a week through the airport and is planning to add one more weekly frequency for the peak season.“We don’t have much extra capacity,” Mr McWhorter said, indicating that demand would justify a larger increase in lift in the coming months.While the facilities on airport look set to cope well with the rise in tonnage, roadside access may be an issue, Mr McWhorter said, noting that road access would be strained if all the truck docks at the facilities that have come on stream since last year were occupied.NCA’s facility is located in the southern periphery of the airport, whereas the new cargo area is rising in the north-east section of ORD.Much of the development of the North-east Cargo Center, which is built and managed by cargo property developer Aeroterm, is geared to bring operations on-site which have so far operated off airport, due to space constraints as well as higher costs, Mr McWhorter noted, adding that the airport had moved to curtail off-airport activities.Operators that continue to stay off site will have to use at least some facilities on the airport or move their freight through points where fees are levied, effectively killing off the previous cost advantage of off-airport locations.With a slew of leases due to expire next spring and summer, the airport authority recently announced a uniform rate structure for ground and facility leases at ORD, with the new annual rates set at $2.25 per sq ft for hangar and ground rents and $10 per sq ft for cargo buildings, while carriers that do not occupy space on airport property will face a fee of $5 per ton for cargo moved on or off the airport.According to the airport authority, all new revenue from the new leases will go to capital investment in airport facilities. The new fees are expected to generate an additional $41m annually for investment.Phase three of the North-east Cargo Center is expected to come onstream in two or three years. It will bring the area up to 915,000 sq ft of warehouse and office space and apron to park up to 13 large widebody freighters. Overall, Aeroterm is investing $160m in the project, with another $62m coming from airport funds. Chicago O’Hare airport (ORD) has added capacity in its cargo area – with impeccable timing.The second phase of the airport’s expansion of its cargo section is coming onstream just as freight volumes are building for a strong peak season.After the opening of the first phase of the three-stage development project in December, the second stage added a 240,000 sq ft cargo building, which houses handling companies Swissport and Burak Handling as well as Cargolux.“The timing has been good for the airport,” said Shawn McWhorter, president for the Americas at Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA). “This adds a lot of warehouse space and parking outside at a time when traffic is going strong.”last_img read more

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Rare disease treatment may not be a ‘real winner.’ But it’s definitely a miracle maker

first_img Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Children with MLD who have been helped by a new gene therapy attend a Calliope Joy Foundation event. Courtesy Peter KurillaWorkers at GSK took tremendous pride in the project. When I was invited to the company’s U.S. headquarters in suburban Philadelphia and told researchers and other GSK employees about the hope that gene replacement therapy was bringing to families, there was hardly a dry eye in the house.I pointed out that published papers could not show the amazing things I had witnessed, like kids with MLD eating hot dogs, running outside, and talking to their parents. They were getting a chance to grow up because of the work GSK was doing.As a patient advocate, I appreciated that the members of the rare disease team answered my phone calls, circulated my memos, and endured my nagging and prodding to get gene therapy for MLD to the U.S. sooner rather than later. They understood that I had to be relentless because I was acting as a champion for Cal and others like her. I was also honoring kids with MLD who died before getting a chance to take advantage of this breakthrough therapy. I make it a point to write letters to their parents, promising that I will not stop until gene therapy for MLD is available to children in the U.S. Not long after Cal was diagnosed, I learned that GlaxoSmithKline had licensed research on gene therapy for MLD from the Telethon Institute in Milan. GSK’s involvement in a disease that affects just 1 in every 100,000 children born (about 1,300 children around the globe each year) gave me hope. Learning that one of the largest pharmaceutical companies on the planet was going to take on your kid’s ultra-rare disease was like having your big brother stand up to a schoolyard bully.Experts in the field called the results from GSK’s clinical trials of gene therapy for MLD “stunning.” Children who should have been unable to talk or walk, who needed feeding tubes and hospice care, were instead attending school and riding bicycles and living remarkably normal lives.advertisement Related: Adobe By Maria Kefalas March 8, 2018 Reprints Tags advocacydrug developmentpediatricsrare disease Maria Kefalas When I learned that Emma Walmsley, GSK’s chief executive officer, had decided to divest the company of its gene therapy assets for MLD, along with those for severe combined immunodeficiency due to adenosine deaminase deficiency and for Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, it felt like GSK was abandoning families like ours.Walmsley wants the company to focus on “real winners” — medicines that generate substantial returns. She’s correct in her assessment that GSK would have had trouble making money on gene therapy for MLD. These kinds of therapies have astronomical price tags, ranging from $300,000 to $1 million per patient. Payers and politicians will balk at paying six figures for a treatment we are still finding the words to describe. Companies will struggle to construct sustainable business models for these treatments in the years to come.I get that. But the decision that gene therapy for MLD wasn’t worth GSK’s time and resources seemed to suggest that Walmsley didn’t fully understand the great value of what GSK had already accomplished in developing this therapy.Metachromatic leukodystrophy was teaching GSK researchers how they could tame HIV to build lentiviral vectors. This means stripping HIV of its harmful properties, adding to it working copies of the failed gene that causes MLD, and using the virus to deliver that gene to children with the disease.GSK researchers understood that if they could stop MLD in this way, they would be able to take on thousands of other disorders caused by a single faulty gene.Ironically, one of the goals for GSK under Walmsley’s leadership is to pursue the admirable aim of treating HIV/AIDS. I’m not sure why she didn’t seem to appreciate how the company was already using the virus that causes this disease to save children’s lives and conquer other diseases. About the Author Reprints First OpinionRare disease treatment may not be a ‘real winner.’ But it’s definitely a miracle maker When GlaxoSmithKline, long a global leader in the effort to pioneer gene replacement therapies, announced it would halt its drug development program for rare diseases, I understood that the decision made practical sense for the company. But as the mother of a child with a rare disease — one for which GSK was developing a highly effective treatment — I was devastated.My daughter, Cal, was diagnosed with metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD) at age 2. Within three months, she lost the ability to walk, talk, and eat. She uttered her final word — “Daddy” — five years ago. Now age 8, Cal is paralyzed, blind, and receives hospice care. We are grateful she still laughs and smiles.MLD is caused by a mutation in a single gene. That error causes fats known as sulfatides to accumulate in cells. An abundance of sulfatides in cells that make myelin, the substance that insulates and protects nerves, causes progressive destruction of tissue throughout the brain, spinal cord, and other parts of the nervous system.advertisement [email protected] Trending Now: My daughter is fighting a rare disease. A ‘streamlined’ FDA won’t help her Sticking with its rare disease drug development program for a while longer would have been a bit of a financial sacrifice for GSK. But I must point out the huge sacrifices that MLD families have already made to advance this research.Gene therapy needs time to take effect. It doesn’t work for children with symptoms of MLD, like my daughter Cal. It works only in children who are diagnosed with the disease before it begins causing any trouble.MLD is so rare that children aren’t tested for it at birth. It’s discovered only when a child develops symptoms, which is too late to begin gene therapy. But his or her younger siblings can be tested for the disease and treated if they have it. Imagine a clinical trial in which most every family watched one child succumb to the disease while they fought to save another.I wish that Walmsley had the chance to meet children with MLD whose lives were saved and forever changed by the gene therapy her company developed. Had that happened, I suspect she would have felt differently about research she did not believe was a “winner.” She would have realized that GSK had something that was far better: a miracle.Maria Kefalas is a professor of sociology at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and co-founder of the Calliope Joy Foundation. She writes about her work as a patient advocate and her experiences with MLD at The Calliope Joy Foundation blog, where an earlier version of this article appeared, and is working on a memoir about her life as a patient advocate, to be published by Beacon Press in 2020. @profkefalas last_img read more

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REVEALED: The top-earning Laois solicitors on the Legal Aid system

first_img Twitter Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Facebook Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival REVEALED: The top-earning Laois solicitors on the Legal Aid system Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Three Laois solicitors claimed well over €100,000 each in legal aid fees in 2019, according to new Department of Justice and Equality figures.Barry Fitzgerald was Laois’s highest earner as he received €154,349.42 while Josephine Fitzpatrick received €143,342.71 and Philip Meagher €139,812.14. All three are based in Portlaoise.All three were in the top 100 highest earners in the country with Fitzgerald 68th, Fitzpatrick 74th and Meagher 77th.Other Laois solicitors to feature on the list are Declan Breen (€37,393.87), Thomasina Connell (€18,335.78), Elaine Dunne (€929.56) and Eimear Dunne (€805.60).John M. Quinn, a solictor based in Smithfield in Dublin, was the highest earner in the country with just over €645,000, almost €100,000 higher than the next person on the list, Michael Hennessy who has a practice in Tallaght.In total almost €37 million was paid out to just over 800 solicitors around the country – ranging from John M. Quinn’s €645,011.32 to Carla Bannan, who got €50.39. The figures are inclusive of VAT.Under the state-funded legal aid scheme, payments are made to practices which may have a number of solicitors participating in the criminal legal aid scheme.Criminal legal aid is granted to people who can prove that they do not have enough money to pay for a solicitor or barrister to represent them in court. WhatsApp TAGSBarry FitzgeraldFree legal aidJosephine FitzpatrickPhilip Meagher Previous articleLaois U-20 boss Kinsella on refereeing, taking on Dublin and hoping for supportNext articleNew faces to the fore as Laois senior hurling clubs confirm managers ahead of 2020 season LaoisToday Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Electric Picnic Unlike civil legal aid, criminal legal aid is free and people do not have to make any financial contribution, as it is completely funded by the taxpayer.SEE ALSO – Laois’s Leinster U-20 football final to be shown live on TV Pinterest Facebook Electric Picnic WhatsApp News Pinterest Home News Business REVEALED: The top-earning Laois solicitors on the Legal Aid system NewsBusinessCrime By LaoisToday Reporter – 4th March 2020 last_img read more

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OSC to report on exempt market deals

first_img New exemption aimed at savvy investors in Alberta, Saskatchewan Related news James Langton The summaries will be posted as Excel files on the OSC website in order to allow users to more easily search and analyze the data, the OSC says in a staff notice. Earlier this year, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) proposed a new harmonized reporting regime for exempt securities, which would give issuers a single report to use throughout the country, and would increase the information that regulators collect in these reports. The comment period for that proposal ended in mid October. See: CSA proposes harmonized reporting for the exempt market The OSC is also expected to unveil a couple of important new exemptions in the near future, including an offering memorandum (OM) exemption, and a new equity crowdfunding exemption, that aim to make it easier for firms to raise capital in the exempt market, and to give a broader range of investors access to these sorts of investment opportunities. PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Keywords Exempt marketCompanies Ontario Securities Commission The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) announced on Thursday that beginning this month it will start regular reporting of deals that raise capital in the exempt market. Deal summaries, which will be based on information contained in exempt distribution reports that are filed with the regulator, will include information on the number of purchasers and the amount of capital raised in Ontario, among other things. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Strong May growth reinforces forecasts for interest rate increase

first_img Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Stronger-than-expected growth in the Canadian economy in May points to another interest rate hike this autumn, but economists don’t think it will happen at the next Bank of Canada (BoC) rate announcement in September.On Tuesday, Statistics Canada (StatsCan) reported the Canadian economy grew by 0.5% in May thanks to strong performances by both domestic and export-oriented sectors. Dan Healing That was above market expectations of 0.3%, said Josh Nye, senior economist with Royal Bank of Canada’s economics research division, who pointed out that with activity rising month-over-month in 19 of 20 industries, it was the most broadly-based gain in more than a decade.“Today’s solid growth numbers simply improve our confidence that the overnight rate is set to move higher again this year,” he said, adding that he believes the BoC will hold off until October to raise interest rates.The central bank raised interest rates for the fourth time in a year in July and has indicated that more hikes are coming as economic growth raises the risk of inflation heating up.The BoC has forecast gross domestic product growth of 2.8% in the second quarter, ended June 30, slightly less than analyst expectations of 3%.CIBC Capital Markets Inc. chief economist Avery Shenfeld said he also expects a rate increase in October, but added the central bank will leave rates alone after that until 2019.“Even with a flat June, we’re on target for 3% growth in Q2, but remember, that follows three quarters averaging only 1.5%,” he said. “Thus, the underlying trend isn’t that far above the 1.9% growth rate that the Bank of Canada sees as sustainable without inflation pressures.”The month-over-month increase of 0.5% in May compared with a rise of 0.1% in April, StatsCan reported, adding the April number was reduced by weather that included an ice storm across Central and Eastern Canada as well as the temporary shutdown of some oilsands projects in Alberta for maintenance.The oil and gas sector led the way in May with a 2.5% increase as those oilsands facilities returned to production.The utilities sector contracted by 2.4% in May as warmer weather returned across the country, reversing growth of 1.4% in April prompted by increased demand for heating due to colder-than-usual temperatures.Activity at the offices of real estate agents and brokers was down by 2.7% in May, in part due to declining home sales in British Columbia. It was the fourth decline since the beginning of 2018.The retail trade sector rose by 2%, its largest monthly increase since October 2017, sparked by activity from motor vehicle and parts dealers and springtime activities from building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers, clothing and clothing accessories stores and general merchandise stores.Construction increased 0.7% in May, essentially compensating for April’s decline. Residential building construction and repair construction were both up after decreases in April.Export-oriented sectors also registered gains, with wholesale trade rising 1.4% on strength in building material and supplies and building material.The manufacturing sector edged up 0.1% as non-durable manufacturing rose 0.9% on higher chemical output and durable manufacturing fell 0.7% on decreased activity in transportation equipment and fabricated metal products. Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Leading indicators signal steady rebound: OECD Share this article and your comments with peers on social media graph with canadian flag grkistock/123RF Keywords Economic indicators Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscanlast_img read more

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Employment Facilitators to help job seekers back into work

first_imgEmployment Facilitators to help job seekers back into work Nine new Employment Facilitators will help job seekers find work as part of the Morrison Government’s $62.8 million Local Jobs Program.The Employment Facilitators will work on-the-ground to support employers and job seekers to connect with employment and training opportunities.Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said Employment Facilitators will help support the nation’s recovery from COVID-19.“The Morrison Government wants as many job seekers as possible to upskill and reskill, using solutions developed by their local community,” Minister Cash said.“Our Employment Facilitators will provide a local presence to support employers and job seekers to connect to local employment and training opportunities.“They’ll drive innovative ideas to address their region’s unique challenges by bringing together local businesses, training providers and job seekers.“Employment Facilitators will chair Local Jobs and Skills Taskforces in their communities, addressing the needs of their region and identifying projects that can be funded by the Morrison Government through the Local Recovery Fund.”The Fund forms part of the Local Jobs Program, which is being rolled out to 25 regions across Australia.As well as working with employers, and providing support to retrenched workers and job seekers, Employment Facilitators will also ensure better leverage of existing strategies, as well as a valuable source of information on labour market developments in their region.The nine new Employment Facilitators are in the following regions:Employment RegionEmployment FacilitatorGold Coast, QLDJodi BrackenburyWivenhoe, QLDJohn PerryMid North Coast, NSWJanine CulnaneNorth Coast, NSWPeter SkorupanovicSydney South West, NSWJoudy LazkanyNorth Western Melbourne, VICTony CoppolaSouth Eastern Melbourne and Peninsula, VICDarrell HewtonAdelaide North, SA Paul WilliamsPerth South, WA Caroline Marshall /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, community, covid-19, education, employment, Gold Coast, Government, Melbourne, Morrison Government, NSW, Perth, QLD, SA, Sydney, VIC, WA, Williamslast_img read more

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Telenor books loss on $780M Myanmar write-off

first_imgHomeAsiaNews Telenor books loss on $780M Myanmar write-off Asia AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore9 04 MAY 2021 Related Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Myanmar operators restore internet service Tags Authorcenter_img Myanmar presses operators to expand website blocks Previous ArticleChina targets 33 apps for illegal data collectionNext ArticleVodafone, Google Cloud team on data drive Ant Financial set for Wave Money stake Joseph Waring Norway-headquartered operator group Telenor plunged into the red after booking an impairment loss of NOK6.5 billion ($779.4 million) on its operations in Myanmar, citing the deteriorating security and human rights situation and worsening economic and business outlook.In an earnings statement, Telenor said the overall situation in the country is unstable and it sees limited prospects for improvement. With limited visibility on developments in Myanmar, it excluded its operations in the country from its full-year outlook.Telenor Myanmar said prolonged mobile internet restrictions cut daily subscription and traffic revenue by about halve since authorities ordered a nationwide shutdown of mobile data on 15 March, following a coup on 1 February.Total revenue fell 25 per cent year-on-year to NOK1.39 billion, while the operator posted an operating loss from the country of NOK6.34 billion compared with an operating profit of NOK408 million in Q1 2020.On the positive side it added 2 million subs in Myanmar Q1, increasing its user base to 18.2 million at end-March. Mobile ARPU dipped 3.7 cent to NOK26.00.Telenor called on the authorities to “immediately reinstate unimpeded communications and respect the right to freedom of expression and human rights”.The impairment charge led to Telenor booking a total group net loss of NOK3.89 billion in the January to March quarter, compared with a profit of NOK698 million a year earlier, with total revenue slipping 6.7 per cent to NOK28.9 billion. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back TelenorTelenor Myanmarlast_img read more

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