Pfizer says coronavirus drug could enter testing by fall

first_img About the Author Reprints Dolsten said human tests of the BioNTech vaccine should start this month, a timeline it had already disclosed. Pfizer will also try to shorten the timelines of a year or more before that product could become available, at least to high-risk first-responders, such as health care workers or firefighters. The vaccine is one of several in development. Like one leading candidate from biotechnology firm Moderna, Pfizer’s vaccine candidate uses an until-now untested technology that would produce a vaccine using messenger RNA, a genetic material used inside human cells.He said Pfizer would aim to turn “months to weeks, weeks to days, and days to hours” in attempting to deliver on the vaccine.On Thursday, Pfizer and BioNTech announced said they will work together to scale up manufacturing capacity before efficacy results will be available. Also, BioNTech will receive an upfront payment from Pfizer of $185 million, including an equity investment of approximately $113 million. In the future, it could be eligible to receive payments of up to $563 million for the vaccine work.Support STAT: If you value our coronavirus coverage, please consider making a one-time contribution to support our journalism. The treatment that Pfizer is testing, along with several backup compounds, is what is known as a protease inhibitor, a type of antiviral medicine that blocks a key enzyme viruses need to replicate. It was based on a series of compounds Pfizer had previously developed against the virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, which is related to the new coronavirus. Pfizer said that several compounds had blocked an enzyme used by the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, and that the lead compound appeared to have antiviral activity in a cell culture.Such medicines would be given intravenously. Dolsten expressed optimism that if other medicines, such as Gilead’s remdesivir, were to prove effective, patients might benefit from combinations of antiviral medicines, as they do in diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C.Still, Dolsten emphasized that the risks of drug and vaccine development at this speed are great. In the past, he has likened drug development to a game of chess, where one works out a slow, strategic series of moves. But he said that the battle against SARS-CoV-2 is much more like a game of chance (his example: backgammon), where skill can win the day but rolls of dice play a much bigger part in how quickly success is achieved.Correction: a previous version of this story misidentified Xeljanz. Matthew Herper @matthewherper Tags Coronavirusdrug developmentVaccines PharmaPfizer says coronavirus drug could enter testing by fall Pfizer said Thursday it now intends to start human tests on a potential drug to treat Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in August or September, three months sooner than it previously thought possible.That would still leave months more research before the medicines could reach patients, but it represents a significant acceleration of the traditional drug development timeline.The New York-based drug giant also said that it was making new data available on an old antibiotic, azithromycin, to help researchers study it as a potential Covid-19 treatment. It’s also initiating studies of its arthritis pill Xeljanz as a potential treatment for hospitalized patients with the disease and conducting studies to see whether the bacteria S. pneumoniae, which is targeted by its vaccine Prevnar, poses a risk to patients or health care workers who are infected with or will be exposed to coronavirus.advertisementcenter_img By Matthew Herper April 9, 2020 Reprints Senior Writer, Medicine, Editorial Director of Events Matthew covers medical innovation — both its promise and its perils. [email protected] Ruby Wallau for STAT “Given that this is the most threatening pandemic in a century, affecting human health in an unprecedented manner and disrupting society and business, we have mobilized our capabilities across multiple fronts,” said Mikael Dolsten, Pfizer’s chief scientific officer.The endgame, Dolsten said, would be “a vaccine that can protect our population and expel the virus from the soil of America and back to the empire of bats.” (The coronavirus originated in other species, with bats as a likely culprit.) Pfizer is developing a vaccine, which is completely separate from its drug efforts, with partner BioNTech.advertisementlast_img read more

Daily NK, toujours cible des hackers

first_img By Daily NK – 2015.05.19 4:58pm Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Selon un rapport de Korea Internet andSecurity Agency [KISA], le site et le serveur de Daily NK sont continuellementattaqués par des hackers nord-coréens. Il a été rapporté que les hackers introduisentdans certains éléments du serveur des virus et séquences de codes malicieuxpour l’affaiblir. Ces hacks sont vus comme des attaques délibérément menées parle pouvoir de Kim Jeong Eun, se sentant menacé par les rapports et critiquesmis en lumière par Daily NK.Selon le résultat des recherches de laKISA, rendu publique le 11 mai, la page d’accueil de Daily NK a été attaquéele 22 avril dernier. L’une des adresses IP (Internet Protocol) découvertesétait nord-coréenne. Sur le serveur de Daily NK, on a découvert qu’une couchede logiciel (web shell), y avait été implantée. Cette dernière permettaitd’accéder au serveur via une porte dérobée, comme via un cheval de Troie. Unedes adresses IP accédant à cette porte dérobée correspondait au numéro nordcoréen : 175.45.178.19.Cette technique du « web shell »est une technique d’attaque qui permet de contrôler à distance les fonctionsd’un site web via son système de contrôle interne d’administration des droitsd’accès, en utilisant des codes exécutables. Par ce biais, les hackers peuventaccéder au code source du site, y insérer des scripts malicieux, extraire desinformations du serveur. « Le hacker a pris entièrement lecontrôle du serveur de Daily NK. Il va falloir le reconstruire complètement carun des serveurs a vu son système de gestion des droits d’accès complètementaltéré explique un responsable de la KISA.Il ajoute : « Il y a certains casoù les hackers attaquent un serveur avec le nom de leur état, mais dans lamajorité des cas, ils vont utiliser l’adresse d’un autre pays pour attaquer.Donc même si dans l’adresse IP nous retrouvons la Corée du Nord, nous nepouvons pas affirmer à coup sûr que le hacker est nord-coréen ».Lors des précédentes cyber-attaques, laCorée du Nord utilisait des adresses IP provenant de pays d’Europe de l’Est, deShenyang (Chine), etc. Cependant, elle a aussi utilisé des adresses IPnord-coréennes à plusieurs reprises, ce qui porte à croire que cette foisencore, l’attaque a été menée par des hackers nord-coréens.Im Chae Ho, professeur à l’Institut CoréenAvancé de Technologies et Sciences (KAIST) dit à Daily NK le 12 mai : « Sil’on regarde les statistiques des hacks les plus récents, 80 % proviennent deChine et 20 % sont menés par des hackers nord-coréens. Dans certains cas, laCorée du Nord attaque des sociétés de jeux en ligne pour gagner de l’argent,mais la plupart des attaques sont menées afin d’obtenir des documents. Laprobabilité pour que cette attaque ait été menée par la Corée du Nord est trèsélevée ».Il ajoute : « Depuis peu, laCorée du Nord se concentre sur le hacking de sites tels que ceuxd’organisations de transfuges, tels que le comité pour la démocratisation de laCorée du Nord. Daily NK étant aussi très actif, les autorités nord-coréennesenvoient leurs hackers extraire des informations sur qui agit, comment et pourquoi ».« La Corée du Nord invente desprétextes pour contredire son implication mais dans la plupart des cas, telsque pour l’attaque de Sony, sa responsabilité est prouvée (par le FBI).Puisque, de toute façon, l’on trouve maintenant l’origine des hackersfacilement, il n’est même plus la peine de changer son adresse IP »transmet également Lim.Un autre chercheur exigeant l’anonymatajoute : « La Corée du Nord est dans les meilleurs classementsinternationaux pour les techniques de hacking. Les médias sud-coréens quicontredisent le pouvoir nord-coréen étant jugés comme des menaces qui nuisentau pouvoir sont des cibles continuellement privilégiées par les hackersnord-coréens ».Il ajoute : « Daily NK est viséen numéro un sur la liste, car il rapporte la corruption et la brutalité descadres du Parti ». De plus, les hackers ont laissé le 22 avril dernier nombre decommentaires sur certains articles du site pour y planter des séquences de codesmalicieux.center_img Facebook Twitter Daily NK, toujours cible des hackers News News SHARE North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Internal tipster gets big payday

first_imgWhistleblower lightwise/123RF A whistleblower who touched off an internal investigation is still collecting a large financial payout from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).The regulator awarded over US$28 million to a whistleblower who reported misconduct internally, prompting a company investigation, while also saving time and resources for SEC staff by providing testimony and identifying a key witness. James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news Zoom seminar debacle attracts OSC warning “In the past month alone, the commission has awarded four whistleblowers over US$150 million for their important contributions to the commission’s efforts to detect wrongdoing and protect investors and the marketplace,” said Jane Norberg, chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower.With these latest payouts, the SEC has awarded approximately US$715 million to 110 tipsters since issuing its first whistleblower award in 2012.“I hope our recent awards will continue to incentivize whistleblowers to come forward to report potential fraud or other wrongdoing,” Norberg said. Prospect of whistleblower riches causes friction Keywords WhistleblowersCompanies Securities and Exchange Commission Share this article and your comments with peers on social media SEC’s whistleblower payouts top US$900 millionlast_img read more

Russian River Vineyards Makes It a Double Header: Wins 2020 Experience…

first_imgHome Industry News Releases Russian River Vineyards Makes It a Double Header: Wins 2020 Experience Rosé…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessRussian River Vineyards Makes It a Double Header: Wins 2020 Experience Rosé Competition with Petite Sirah Rosé; Sweeps 2020 International Women’s Wine Competition with 2016 Horseridge Vineyard Pinot NoirBy Press Release – June 15, 2020 687 0 ReddIt Previous articleTrinchero Family Estates Named Importer, Sales and Marketing Partner for San Polo Wines TFENext articleNapa Valley Growing Season Strong Press Release TAGSRussian River Vineyards Linkedin Email AdvertisementSanta Rosa, Calif., —June 16, 2020— The results of the 2020 Experience Rosé and Women’s International Wine Competitions are in, and winemaker Gio Balestreri of Russian River Vineyards, has a lot to celebrate. His 2019 Russian River Vineyards Petite Sirah Rosé, Fountaingrove, Sonoma County, beat out several hundred entries in the Rosé only competition to take Best of Show. The competition was held in Santa Rosa on Tuesday, June 9. The following morning, at the Sweepstakes for the 2020 International Women’s Wine Competition, Balestreri’s 2016 Russian River Vineyards Horseridge Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, swept to a commanding Best of Show win, with 13 votes out of a possible 20. Originally scheduled to take place at the end of April at Bricoleur Vineyards in Windsor, the Experience Rosé Competition was delayed, along with many other such contests, by COVID-19. The competition had previously been held at the Soda Rock Winery, which was destroyed in the October 2019 Sonoma Wildfires.“To have the Experience Rosé Competition delayed was unavoidable,” said chief judge and competition owner, Debra Del Fiorentino, “It is the wineries who have really suffered from the impact of the COVID-imposed lockdown. We are grateful that so many chose to send us their wines, and are delighted to have awarded a healthy number of Double Gold and Gold medals, for a 24 percent Gold medal average. We know rosé season now lasts all year, and among our Best of Class winners, I believe there is truly something to please every palate.”The winning Russian River Vineyards 2019 Petite Sirah Rosé from the Wedge Family Vineyard in the Fountaingrove AVA, is a stunning color: sunset pink with a touch of blue. With aromas of flowers, red grapefruit and tangelo, it yields pomegranate, apple, blood orange, and ruby red grapefruit on the palate, with plenty of depth, grip and good length. Best of Class (BOC) winners in the 2020 Experience Rosé Competition:UrbanTree Cidery Rosé: Best Cider (Georgia)Donaldson 2019 Rosé: Best Domestic Sparkling (Sonoma: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay)Del Rio Vineyards 2019 Jolee Wines Rosé semi sparkling: Best Domestic Sweet (Oregon)Très Chic/La Grand Courtage 2019 Très Chic Rose: Best International Dry (France)Jean Philippe Moulin Champagne NV Rosé: Best International Sparkling (France)Benziger Family Winery 2019 de Coelo Rosé  (Sonoma Coast: Pinot Noir, biodynamic)Cass Winery 2019 Oasis Rosé (Paso Robles: Mourvedre and Grenache)Cellar Cru 2019 Rosé (California: Pinot Noir, Mourvedre, Carignan, Tempranillo)New Clairvaux Vineyard 2019 Syrah Rosé: (California)Belle Glos 2019 “Oeil de Perdrix” Pinot Noir Blanc (Sonoma County)Halter Ranch 2019 Rosé (Paso Robles: Grenache)Terra d’Oro 2019 Rosé (Amador: Grenache and Nebbiolo)The 2020 International Women’s Wine Competition took place as planned, June 9 and 10, with a robust number of entries, given the impact of the pandemic. Taking Best of Show Sparkling was the NV Domaine Carneros by Taittinger Cuvée de la Pompadour Brut Rosé, which beat out the rival Bricoleur “Flying By The Seat of Our Pants” North Coast Sparkling Brut (made by Rack and Riddle from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier), by a single vote.The contest for Best White was a horse race between an excellent 2019 Pinot Gris and 2019 Riesling, both made by Navarro (Anderson Valley), a 2019 Bordeaux Blanc from Les Hautes de Lagarde (Bordeaux), a 2018 Viognier from Crux (Geyserville), a 2018 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay from Sonoma-Cutrer, and the winner, a seriously grassy and sassy 2019 Chloe Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, made by The Wine Group. In acclimation voting, the Sauvignon Blanc bested the Pinot Gris by three votes. Navarro winemaker, Jim Klein, scored a Best of Show for his 2019 Pinot Noir Rosé from Anderson Valley, which beat out a biodynamically grown 2019 Biokult Zweigelt Rosé from Austria by a single vote. Klein also went home with bragging rights for Best Dessert of Show for his Navarro Late Harvest Riesling. Best of Show Cider went to Black Apple’s Cucumber Mint hard apple cider from Arkansas. Judges wrote in their notes, “It knocks your socks off.” The Best Red fight pitted wines from all over the world, and included a Wakefield/Taylors St. Andrews Shiraz from Clare Valley, Australia, a Tinta de Toro from Bodegas Familiares Matarromera, Spain, and a 2018 Holesinsky Malbec from Idaho. The label says, “Mile high wine by down to earth people.”The two top vote getters in the Best Red contest were the 2016 Russian River Vineyards Horseridge Pinot Noir and the 2018 “Sydney” Zinfandel from Wilson of Dry Creek. The Pinot won Best Red by one vote, and went on to be crowned Best of Show, handily besting the Best White, Best Dessert, Best Sparkling and Best Cider contenders in the final Sweepstakes round. Other popular choices in the Best Red sweepstakes were the 2019 Le Douleur Exquise Grenache from Pays d’Oc, the 2017 Imagery Barbera (Cloverdale), a 2018 Merlot from Francis Ford Coppola Winery, the 2017 “The Conspirator” Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville by Goldschmidt Vineyards, and the 2014 70s Love Wine Petite Sirah. Other choices garnering votes in the Best Red fight were the 2017 Imagery Cabernet Franc (Cloverdale) and the 2016 ONE HOPE Red Blend from the Adelaida district of Paso Robles, made by a Napa-based consortium dedicated to social causes and charities.Diane Wilson, winemaker for Wilson Family Wines, was named Women Winemaker of the Year, for outstanding results at the competition.  Both competitions are owned and operated by Wine Competition Management & Productions, and were held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, following strict protocols set by the Sonoma County Health Department. Winners will be listed on winecompetitions.com.  Further coverage will also appear online at www.spiritedbiz.com and in a future issue of award-winning Spirited magazine, a nationally distributed adult beverage trade publication.About Wine Competitions Management & Production (WCMP)This organization owns and operates a variety of competitions including West Coast  Wine Competition, International Eastern Wine Competition, East Meets West, International  Women’s Wine Competition, Harvest Challenge, the Craft Distillers Spirits Competition, Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, and Experience Rosé. WCMP also manages the California Cider Competition and the Mendocino Apple Show International Cider Competition.Advertisement Facebook Pinterest Twitter Sharelast_img read more

Security Ministry Moving to Strengthen Legislative Environment to Fight Crime

first_imgRelatedSecurity Ministry Moving to Strengthen Legislative Environment to Fight Crime FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of National Security will be seeking to strengthen the legislative environment, to ensure law enforcement agencies are able to directly tackle current and emerging forms of criminality. To this end, a draft of the Organised/Anti-Gang legislation is now ready and is being reviewed. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, said the bill is “an omnibus legislation targeting diverse and increasing range of criminal activities that will give us the means to target and dismantle criminal networks.” The Minister’s remarks came in a message read by Director of International Security Relations at the Ministry, Karl Hamilton, at a meeting with 63 members of the Diplomatic Corps on Feb.1, at the Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston, as part of activities to observe Diplomatic Week from January 29 to February 3. Mr. Bunting also informed that a DNA Bill is now with the Chief Parliamentary Counsel and its passing will enhance the police’s investigative capacity, as well as provide a real alternative to the use of witnesses in serious violent cases.  Additionally, the Ministry, with the assistance of a United Nations-based consultant, is introducing a small arms policy, to improve the regulation, movement and monitoring of small arms and ammunition, both legal and illicit, Mr. Bunting said. He told the diplomats that the Government, through the Ministry, is committed to continuing the transformation of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), and to accelerate the process of culture change to achieve organisational and procedural reforms in line with modern policing services.  “This year we expect to see the recommendations for legislative and administrative changes to the JCF Act to receive the nod of approval from Cabinet and drafting instructions issued for the enactment of the new JCF Bill,” he said. “With more than 80 per cent of police personnel now involved in operations, we are determined to continue the thrust to improve the physical conditions, mobility and use of technology of the JCF by providing additional equipment and space,” he added. He also noted that the seizures of cocaine and marijuana in 2011 increased substantially over 2010, while stating that the police force is aiming to maintain the focus on interdicting drug traffickers. “We are also increasing the spotlight on perpetrators of human trafficking as we are cognisant that transnational organised crime threatens the sovereignty of Jamaica and that of all our neighbours.  As a result, we intend to spare no effort on measures to undermine the strategies of these criminals,” Mr. Bunting said. The Security Minister informed that the Commissioner of Police has promised to increase in 2012, the JCF’s focus on targeting and dismantling criminal gangs across the island. He said there has been improvement in the performance of the police and the execution of their legitimate obligations, noting for example, that the number of fatal shootings by police declined by 25 per cent in 2011. “Contrasting this with the increase in the number of persons arrested and charged, we see the gradual movement towards a different style of policing that is consonant with modern policing practices,” Mr.  Bunting said. He said that notwithstanding these achievements, the government is fully cognisant that the level of crime and violence is still above what obtains in partner countries, particularly in North America and Europe and is committed to reducing the levels of all major crimes, inclusive of the technological threat of cyber-crimes. Advertisements RelatedSecurity Ministry Moving to Strengthen Legislative Environment to Fight Crime RelatedSecurity Ministry Moving to Strengthen Legislative Environment to Fight Crime Security Ministry Moving to Strengthen Legislative Environment to Fight Crime National SecurityFebruary 3, 2012 By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

$210 Million to Increase Competitiveness in Agricultural Sector

first_img$210 Million to Increase Competitiveness in Agricultural Sector AgricultureApril 8, 2013 Related$210 Million to Increase Competitiveness in Agricultural Sector Related$210 Million to Increase Competitiveness in Agricultural Sector FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, will spend $210 million this financial year to increase competitiveness in the agricultural sector, by facilitating access to international markets for small and medium sized farmers. The initiative also seeks to ensure the production of safe and good quality agricultural products and food; and stimulate public-private investment in the development of agribusinesses. Under the project, funds will go towards conducting research in export practises for non-traditional products in the United States, Canada, and European markets; conduct a study to determine the feasibility of establishing an export agency in Miami; as well as a study of domestic market opportunities, capacity building, and market linkages. This year, support will also be provided to strengthen the Jamaica Agricultural Marketing System (JAMIS), while local and international consultants will be engaged to conduct farmer field schools The project will also procure equipment and furniture for the Food Safety Agency and laboratories; the food borne illness surveillance and emergency response systems will be reviewed, and a proposal for a modernised food inspection and registration system prepared. The Inter-American Development Agency (IDB) funded-project, which began in November 2010, has seen a number of achievements up to February 2013. These include: the convening of marketing negotiation and skills workshops for producers and organisations; and the procurement of harvest kits for 13 marketing/extension officers, and 30 laptops for Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) staff. In the meantime, Cabinet has approved a Food Safety Policy, and an implementation plan is being developed to bring it into effect.  A performance evaluation report on food safety is also being prepared. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and risk analysis training was carried out, while computers were procured for the Quarantine and Veterinary Services Divisions. Additionally, three value chain managers were recruited and the Agro Investment Corporation network was upgraded, while desktop computers were procured for the Corporation’s accounting department. Contact: Alphea Saunderscenter_img Related$210 Million to Increase Competitiveness in Agricultural Sector Advertisementslast_img read more

PIOJ Reveals Top Growth Earners for September Quarter

first_imgRelatedBOJ Reports just under one per cent Growth for July to September Photo: Melroy Sterling Director General, Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Collin Bullock (centre), responds to a question posed at the quarterly media briefing at the institute’s New Kingston offices, on November 20. Flanking him are: PIOJ executives – Director, Economic Planning , Research and Policy Logistics Division, James Stewart (left); and Programme Director, Plan Development Unit, Richard Lumsden. The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) says agriculture, forestry and fishing, mining and quarrying; and construction, topped the industries recording growth during the July to September quarter of the 2013/14 fiscal year, which grew by 0.6 per cent.Director General of the PIOJ, Collin Bullock, who made the disclosure at a quarterly media briefing at the institute’s New Kingston offices, on November 20, said agriculture, forestry and fishing, and mining and quarrying both recorded second quarter growth of five per cent each, while construction grew by 2.5 per cent.He noted that the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry’s growth reflected the impact of improved weather conditions and growth inducing initiatives implemented by the Government.Mr. Bullock attributed the growth in mining and quarrying to increased output of the “heavier weighted alumina component”, and pointed out that crude bauxite production declined.“Alumina production increased by 10.2 per cent, reflecting increased production by JAMALCO, up by 3.1 per cent, and at WINDALCO, up by 27.8 per cent. Crude bauxite production declined by 11.5 per cent due to a reduction in the planned production to facilitate dredging activities to expand capacity at the main bauxite port(s),” he explained.The Director General indicated that growth in the construction sector reflected increased building development activities “due, largely, to an expansion in residential construction.” Additionally, he informed that the volume and value of mortgages increased by 71.7 per cent and 68.8 per cent respectively, relative to the corresponding quarter of 2012.He added that growth in other construction activities resulted from increased capital expenditure by government and various government agencies. “There was an estimated increase in the building installation category, in line with the expansion in building construction,’” he  said.Also recording relative growth was the hotels and restaurants sector, up 0.8 per cent. This, Mr. Bullock said, resulted from an estimated 0.7 per cent growth in stopover tourist arrivals consequent on an increase in the number of visitors coming from Canada, Europe, and Latin America.Correspondingly, he added, airport activities were estimated to have increased due to a 3.5 per cent increase in total air passenger movements. Preliminary tourism data for October show that airport arrivals grew by 12.5 per cent and cruise passenger arrivals increased by 30.4 per cent.The finance and insurance industry, which the Director General said grew by 0.4 per cent, reflected net interest income at deposit taking institutions as well as total assets, fees and commission income, and gains from foreign exchange transactions.Additionally, he said the stock of loans and advances outstanding at commercial banks increased by 19.1 per cent, while noting that credit to the private sector accounted for approximately 92 per cent.At the end of June 2013, non-performing loans, as a share of loans, was 5.9 per cent. This, Mr. Bullock pointed out, “compares favourably” with 7.4 per cent in June 2012.Other industries recording growth include: transport , storage and communication; and wholesale, retail trade, repair and installation of machinery. Sectors recording declines include: manufacturing, and electricity and water supply.Mr. Bullock said the short-term economic outlook and prospects for the October to December quarter are “positive,” with growth expected to be in the range of 0.5 to 1.0 per cent.This, he explained, is based on an expectation of continued strengthening of productive activities in most industries which are expected to grow, with agriculture and construction projected to record the strongest growth.Mr. Bullock said the PIOJ anticipates “strengthening” of confidence levels consequent on the successful completion of the second International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) quarterly review, for July to September.“The PIOJ welcomes the indication of a return to economic growth following six quarters of economic contraction. We are (also) encouraged by indicators and reasonable projections of a continuation of economic recovery in the current quarter and to the end of the financial year,” he added.Mr. Bullock, however, cautioned that the turnaround is of “modest proportions” and the growth being looked at “is still not where we want it to be.”“This means that until the tendency to grow strengthens, it remains susceptible to reversal if there are any sufficiently adverse social or economic shocks,” he said. RelatedBOJ Projects Moderate Inflation for Last Quarter Story HighlightsAgriculture, forestry and fishing, mining and quarrying; and construction, topped the industries recording growth during the July to September quarter.Agriculture, forestry and fishing, and mining and quarrying both recorded second quarter growth of five per cent each.Mr. Bullock attributed the growth in mining and quarrying to increased output of the “heavier weighted alumina component”. PIOJ Reveals Top Growth Earners for September QuarterJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaycenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedBOJ Reports Just Under One Per Cent Growth Third Quarter PIOJ Reveals Top Growth Earners for September Quarter Finance & Public ServiceNovember 21, 2013Written by: Douglas McIntosh Advertisementslast_img read more

Local Democrats prepare to endorse

first_imgHomeFeaturedLocal Democrats prepare to endorse Sep. 17, 2018 at 5:00 amFeaturedNewsLocal Democrats prepare to endorseMatthew Hall3 years agoNewspoliticsVoters cast their ballots at City Hall during an election. (File photo) Endorsement season is rolling out in the coming weeks for the November election and the Santa Monica Democratic Club will make its decisions on Sept. 20 and 26.Endorsements for the SMC Board of Trustees, Council, Rent Control Board and several local ballot measures will be held on Sept. 20. Endorsements for the SMMUSD Board, state ballot measures and the proposed school bond will be held on Sept. 26. The meetings are open to the public but only club members with at least 30 days of membership will be able to vote on endorsements.“We’re inviting representatives from as many of the campaigns as we can,” said Club President Jon Katz. “We’re trying to recruit the best possible speaker from all sides.”If the Club is unable to secure an official representative from a campaign, he said members of the audience will be able to make a case one way or the other. In the event no-one wants to argue a specific position, Katz said he will provide information from publicly available sources.“I’m still trying to recruit speakers to come but it may just be may as the president reading some information,” he said.Club members have been submitting questions for local candidates and Katz said there are some common themes.Questions for the Rent Control Board are likely to focus on the impact of Proposition 10 and the possible repeal of Costa Hawkins rent controls on new tenants. He said club members want to ask the College Board about affordability and the impact of homelessness on the campus. Questions for the school board include how the district is preparing students for the future.“Those races have been pretty straightforward,” he said. “For council, there’s a more interesting dynamic.”He said in addition to the perennial questions about traffic and development, topics like term limits and e-scooters have risen to the top of member priorities.“I’m just trying to keep an eye on things that are people are interested in for Santa Monica,” he said of the eventual questions.The Club’s meetings are open regardless of party affiliation but membership, and therefore the ability to vote, is restricted to registered Democrats. In addition, members must have joined at least 30-days prior to the endorsement meeting to be able to vote.“All of our meetings are free and open to the public,” he said. “Everyone is welcome to attend, everyone is welcome to join as long as you’re a Democrat.Those that can’t vote can still participate in the debate and discussion.“We’re a public forum,” said Katz. “All of our meetings out of principal are always open to the public and are free.”The endorsement meetings will be held Thursday, September 20. Doors open at 6 p.m., the program starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Santa Monica Main Library – MLK Auditorium. 601 Santa Monica Boulevard. The second meeting will be at the same time and place on Sept. 26.For more information, visit www.santamonicademocrats.com, call (215) 962-4357, email [email protected] or visit https://www.facebook.com/[email protected] :Newspoliticsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentFormer teacher helps parents navigate preschool pitfallsHigh Housing Costs Fuel HungerYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall9 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor20 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours agolast_img read more

Paisley tops Grace for first Euro win at SA Open

first_imgJOHANNESBURG – With his wife as his caddie, Chris Paisley beat hometown favorite Branden Grace to win the South African Open by three shots on Sunday and claim his first European Tour title. Starting the day ahead by a shot, Paisley shot a final-round 6-under 66 at Glendower Golf Club in Johannesburg to finish at 21 under and win by three. The Englishman made six birdies and didn’t drop a shot in a flawless finish on the way to his breakthrough win on the tour. Grace, an eight-time European Tour winner, started with a birdie and an eagle and held the lead briefly before his challenge faded after a double bogey on No. 6 and a bogey on No. 12. He finished strongly, with an eagle and two birdies in his last six holes to card a 68. Full-field scores from the BMW South African Open The 31-year-old Paisley, with wife Keri carrying his bag for the first time, kept his nerve during Grace’s early charge and kept the title in English hands after Graeme Storm won last year. Grace finished in second while another South African, JC Ritchie, finished third after a Sunday 65. Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent and South Africans Jacques Kruyswijk and Jacques Blaauw were tied for fourth at 14 under. Chase Koepka, the younger brother of U.S. Open champion Brooks, finished with a 71 and in a tie for seventh.last_img read more

Medical Marijuana Businesses Getting Back on Track

first_imgNate Prince could almost hear the sighs of relief from his clients when a district judge ruled that the new medical marijuana law should go into effect immediately.As the owner of FiveLeaf Organics medical marijuana dispensary in the Flathead Valley, Prince had been watching the November election closely to see what voters would do with ballot Initiative 182, which relaxed medical marijuana patient restrictions. The latest ruling, putting I-182 into effect, was a turning point.“For some of my cardholders, going back to pharmaceuticals was not an option they wanted to consider, so legal access is a wonderful gift for many people,” Prince said.It was also a relief for Prince, who has taken on the dispensary as a full-time job. Back in July, Prince was worried that his business would go belly up due to the law passed by the 2011 Montana Legislature limiting medical marijuana providers to three patients each.Despite being passed in 2011, the law was tied up in courts until it went into effect this August. The patient-number limitations forced many dispensaries and providers to close up shop.Voters approved I-182 on the Nov. 8 election, and District Judge James Reynolds of Helena has ruled that the effective date should be immediate, not July 1 as written on the initiative. That date, the judge determined, was a drafting error, and patients should not have to wait that long to access the drug.Since the judge’s Dec. 7 ruling, the state Department of Public Health and Human Services has reported receiving about 1,300 applications for medical marijuana cards. As of November, Flathead County had 894 cardholders and 78 providers.Total, there were 7,558 patients enrolled across the state in November, and more than 6,500 were without a designated provider. Before lawmakers changed the law in 2011, more than 30,000 people had enrolled in the program. This number was the impetus behind the 2011 law, which lawmakers said would close loopholes left open by the 2004 law approved by voters.Prince said he’s had “a lot of interest” from new cardholders.“People are so relieved to have legal access again,” he said.He currently serves fewer than 20 clients, and 70 percent of them are over the age of 60. Prince said as long as the law allows for it, he hopes to expand his business.But roadblocks remain. Other medical marijuana providers in the Flathead Valley, who asked not to be identified, said they would love to serve more customers, but the three-month hiatus on patients from August to December meant they couldn’t grow enough product to cover new people.Prince said he’s facing that as well, but he believes the bigger issues in medical marijuana are yet to be tackled.“This win for medical cannabis patients is not the end; it’s just the beginning,” Prince said. “As a group, we need to unify and focus on keeping access open for patients and building on I-182 to create a more workable law for both patients and providers.”This means increasing the legitimacy of medical marijuana businesses in the eyes of the public, Prince said. Another provider said he was relieved a judge finally saw his business as a legitimate business.“I don’t believe that we should have to operate from the shadows, tucked away in back alleys,” Prince said. “Medical cannabis has helped so many people, to keep suppressing its growth is a crime against humanity.” Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more