In Bristol Bay, spring means salmon — and thousands of fishermen from coronavirus hot spots

first_imgAlaska Native Corporations | Alaska Native Government & Policy | Aleutians | Coronavirus | Economy | Fisheries | Health | Local Government | ProPublica | Southwest | WesternIn Bristol Bay, spring means salmon — and thousands of fishermen from coronavirus hot spotsApril 6, 2020 by Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica Share:Sockeye salmon delivered in Bristol Bay. (File photo by KDLG)ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox.Later this spring, Alaska’s Bristol Bay will blossom into one of the largest annual salmon fisheries in the world.The regional population of about 6,600 will triple in size with the arrival of fishermen, crews and seasonal workers on jets but also private planes and small boats, many traveling from out of state.And yet the heart of the health care system in southwestern Alaska, in a corner of the state where the Spanish flu once orphaned a generation, is a 16-bed hospital in Dillingham operated by the Bristol Bay Area Health Corp. Only four beds are currently equipped for coronavirus patients. As of Wednesday, the hospital had a few dozen coronavirus tests for the entire Florida-sized region, tribal leaders said.If those newly arrived workers need to quarantine for two weeks, as mandated by the state, residents said it’s unclear where everyone will hunker down. Local store shelves are already bare of Clorox, Lysol and rubber gloves.Dillingham, the largest community in the Bristol Bay region with a population of 2,300, is 320 miles from Anchorage by air.“We’re scared. … People come from all over the world for Bristol Bay fishing,” said Gayla Hoseth, second chief for the Dillingham-based Curyung Tribal Council. “There’s 7,000 of us who live here, and this hospital cannot handle the 7,000 of us if we get sick. Imagine (when) our population triples and quadruples in the summertime.”Compounding matters, the hospital executive who ran daily operations for the health care system is out of a job after downplaying the coronavirus threat to colleagues.A March 16 email from the executive — which repeated a conspiratorial meme suggesting the coronavirus is somehow a politically motivated phenomenon — set flame to a deep anxiety among some tribal leaders over the vulnerability of Alaska villages in a pandemic.“Just a reminder that FLU kills many every year!” wrote Lecia Scotford, who was the chief operating officer. (The coronavirus is not like the flu. It appears to be more contagious and more lethal.)The message soon began to circulate in the Bristol Bay region, drawing a blistering response from some tribal and local leaders.Robert Clark, president and chief executive of Bristol Bay Area Health Corp., said Scotford’s last day was Monday. He would not say if she was fired, citing “personnel stuff,” but said “she was separated.”Scotford did not respond to emails, phone calls and Facebook messages requesting comment. Her email to lists of “division managers” and “department managers” within the regional health organization also emphasized the need for calm, common sense and good hygiene, and for the hospital to be prepared to serve the public.“That (email) was very concerning to me because that kind of lets people’s guard down,” Norman Van Vactor, president of the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp., said in a phone interview.Bristol Bay is a magnet for people in the summer, with a seasonal migration of about 13,000 workers for the lucrative fishing season. The commercial salmon fishery here is the largest in the state, but as of 2010, about 60% of earnings went to out-of-state permit holders.Almost all the major Bristol Bay seafood processing companies are based in Seattle, an early hot spot for coronavirus, and two thirds of Bristol Bay processing workers live in West Coast states at other times of the year, according to the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage.The Alaska Department of Fish and Game forecasts some 34.6 million sockeye salmon will be harvested there this year.“When it comes to wild salmon, we are over half the world’s sockeye and over half of the Alaska salmon value,” said Andy Wink, executive director for the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association.The nonprofit industry group on Thursday issued an advisory urging the fleet to delay travel to Bristol Bay until May 1.“Keep in mind, it is possible to carry this virus without symptoms and unknowingly infect others leading to overtaxed medical capacity and/or death(s),” the advisory said. “You do NOT want to be the outsider photographed or seen around town in public spaces if this situation turns for the worst,” the group warned its fishermen.Wink said his nonprofit is working with local governments on a plan to avoid overcrowding Bristol Bay Area Health Corp. clinics and the Dillingham hospital with sick fishermen, processors and support workers.“We are taking the stance that we don’t want to rely on the local clinics or if we do, the need to be bolstered substantially,” Wink said.As the health care provider for the region, Bristol Bay Area Health Corp. operates the only regional hospital and the clinics in 21 surrounding villages. It employed 470 people and reported revenue of $76.7 million in 2017, according to a tax form that Scotford submitted to the IRS.Clark, the health corporation chief executive, said the Dillingham hospital is seeking more equipment to meet the potential for coronavirus patients among the local and visiting fishing industry patients.Chief nursing officer Lee Yale said the hospital had 37 tests on hand as of Wednesday, and that all tests performed had returned negative. The Dillingham facility has no ICU beds, four negative pressure rooms to treat COVID patients without infecting others, plus two ventilators for the region.“We have staffing but if they get ill we will be in a tight spot,” she wrote in an email. “(The) fishing industry will devastate our surge plan and we can not support and cover our villages if this season opens.”Meantime, for many in Bristol Bay, the looming COVID-19 threat recalls family histories of death and loss in the face of past epidemics.“We are the survivors of the survivors of the orphans of the Spanish flu,” said Hoseth, the Dillingham tribe second chief.Another member of the tribe, tribal administrator Courtenay Carty, said her great-grandmother was orphaned in Dillingham by the 1919 flu and raised by family members, and her grandfather was orphaned by tuberculosis in the 1940s.“The fact that all of our contemporary families are descendants of those children and few adults that survived 1919 is one of (the) major reasons why we are so passionate about protecting ourselves from this pandemic,” she said. “What is history to others is our tribal and familial identities.”Her tribe declared a state of emergency because of the coronavirus on March 24, calling for a stop to all but essential travel to the city.Clarification, April 3, 2020: This story was updated to more accurately describe who raised tribal administrator Courtenay Carty’s great-grandmother.Filed under:Health Care Share this story:last_img read more

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Last-ditch Obamacare repeal bill could upend markets for the elderly, women, people with health problems

first_img 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. Tags CongressinsuranceMedicaidpolicy 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. About the Author Reprints By Associated Press Sept. 20, 2017 Reprints Log In | Learn More Andrew Harnik/AP What’s included? GET STARTED Politics Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Last-ditch Obamacare repeal bill could upend markets for the elderly, women, people with health problems Associated Press What is it? WASHINGTON — The GOP’s last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare would redistribute hundreds of billions of dollars in federal financing for insurance coverage, creating winners and losers among individual Americans and states in ways not yet fully clear.Independent analysts say the latest Senate Republican bill is likely to leave more people uninsured than the Affordable Care Act, and allow states to make changes that raise costs for people with health problems or pre-existing medical conditions.last_img read more

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North Korean cadres prefer regional dispatch over nexus of power

first_imgNewsEconomy US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News North Korean cadres prefer regional dispatch over nexus of power News center_img Facebook Twitter There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korean officials working for the Ministry of Agriculture are reportedly vying for dispatch to the Manjongbo collective farm in Ryanggang Province, which has been designated as a “potato revolution region” by the authorities. Officials are increasingly preferring dispatch to posts in the provincial areas rather than in the capital, which brings them close to the nexus of power and the danger posed by Central Party cadres.  “Every year, the Ministry of Agriculture dispatches instructors to the Manjongbo Farm and there is fierce competition for this position. The ministry cadres consider the dispatch to be a sort of ‘vacation’ and covet the position,” a source in Ryanggang Province told Daily NK on February 14.“If dispatched to the farm, cadres can demand the best treatment, emphasizing that they are sent by the central authorities. They can eat pork whenever they want, while ordinary farm workers only eat it on the holidays. They can also enjoy various kinds of canned food, adding to their luxurious life on the farm.”North Korea has been attempting to increase potato production in Paekam County, Ryanggang Province for nearly a decade by dispatching large groups of discharged soldiers and guaranteeing the provision of agricultural machinery. At the same time, the regime sends instructors from the Ministry of Agriculture to the farm to oversee the workers.However, the dispatched officials tend to focus more on their own interests rather than resolving issues at the farm, which has led to these posts in the provinces becoming more desirable. The attractiveness of a provincial dispatch has also increased since Kim Jong Un came to power, due to his affinity for fearpolitik and purging high-ranking officials.“The dispatched cadres act like they are the ‘Highest Dignity’ [a title reserved for Kim Jong Un] at their post. The Ministry of Agriculture changes instructors every year, but most of the officials regret that they are only out there for a year,” the source said.As the end of their dispatch period approaches, the officials pressure the farmers to contribute food and gifts to be given to senior cadres back in Pyongyang.“The cadres take hundreds of kilograms of potato starch and rice produced in Paekam County along with large volumes of kidney beans, red peppers, and bracken. They are only interested in preparing these gifts for senior cadres while ignoring the fact that the produce is taken from the farmers’ own provisions,” a separate source in Ryanggang Province said.“The farmers complain, ‘In reality, we must acquiesce to the cadres to avoid punishment for failing to achieve the production goals. But it’s the workers who have to pay for the gifts that are sent to Pyongyang.’” By Kang Mi Jin – 2017.02.17 5:15pm SHARE Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] last_img read more

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Credential partners with CUSO Wealth Strategies

IE Staff Related news There’s $149 million in B.C.’s lost and found Vancouver-based Credential Financial Inc. announced a strategic partnership with CUSO Wealth Strategies Inc. on Wednesday to provide managing general agency (MGA) services to six credit unions. A full suite of MGA services will now be available to insurance advisors at MoneyWorks East Kootenay Credit Union, MoneyWorks Grand Forks District Savings Credit Union, MoneyWorks Nelson & District Credit Union, Osoyoos Credit Union, Summerland Credit Union, Sunshine Coast Credit Union. Keywords Credit unionsCompanies Credential Financial Inc. Ontario regulator to provide $500M credit facility to PACE Credit Union In addition to providing services, the partnership also offers the credit unions integrated technology support and back office operations to sales and marketing consultation and access to insurance experts. “We’re thrilled to partner with Credential Insurance Services. As one of the top MGAs in Canada, Credential can help define distribution and growth strategies for each of the partner credit unions and assist through consultation and training,” said Jay Corrado, General Manager, CUSO Wealth Strategies. “With the wide range of insurance solutions available through Credential, the credit unions are well equipped to meet the insurance needs of their members.” Credential Financial is a national wealth management firm offering a full suite of products and services to over 225 organization and more than 1,300 advisors. CUSO Wealth Strategies is a management and leadership company formed by credit unions. IE Merger of B.C. financial services, real estate regulators nears completion Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

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Disclosure needed to ensure human rights in the supply chain, SHARE report finds

first_img Corporate reporting transparency in Canada is currently voluntary and inconsistent and the Canadian government has not mandated reporting, or provided consistent guidelines, the report says: “The lack of domestically legislated supply chain disclosure means Canadian investors have difficulty comparing Canadian public equity investments with global competitors and/or privately-held competitors within Canada.” Companies are exposed to a variety of risks stemming from concerns about the protection of human rights within their global supply chains, including reputational, operational and legal risks, which is key information for investors too, the report notes. SHARE’s report examines best practices in supply chain reporting from other jurisdictions and makes recommendations for Canada, including that a reporting regime should be consistent, but flexible; that it should be publicly accessible; updated annually and certified by top management; and that there should be mechanisms to ensure compliance. Read: Opportunity knocks for investors who want to make an impact Read: Good corporate governance matters “A regulatory framework for supply chain transparency reporting ensures consistency and comparability between the information provided by each company in a sector,” says Delaney Greig, an analyst with SHARE and co-author of the report, in a statement. “Reporting requirements should help companies to approach supply chain due diligence in a way that ensures efforts are effective and transparent while allowing companies flexibility to do what is best for their situation.” SHARE reports it’s engaging with companies, policymakers, institutional investors and others about the emergence of supply chain transparency legislation and its implications for Canada. It’s also addressing these concerns for its clients through proxy voting, shareholder engagement and filing shareholder proposals with Canadian and international companies. “At the end of the day, investors want assurance that poor human rights practices, and the associated legal, reputational and operational risks are being identified and addressed,” Greig says. Photo copyright: weerapaty/123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Environmentalists press Bank of Canada to be more active on climate change University of Waterloo will teach sustainable financial management Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Responsible investingCompanies Shareholder Association for Research and Education Investors could benefit from disclosure standards for Canadian companies around the issue of ensuring human rights in global supply chains, according to a new report from Vancouver-based Shareholder Association for Research & Education (SHARE) issued on Thursday that examines supply chain transparency legislation around the world. CPP Investments launches sustainable energy group Related news weerapaty/123RF James Langton last_img read more

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TSX proposes flat fee for retail market data

first_imgupclose stock market arrows green and red piren/123RF TMX caps stronger 2020 with Q4 profits growing to $71.8 million In response to long-standing complaints about the cost of market data, TSX Inc. is proposing to introduce a new flat fee model that will allow investment dealers to provide their retail clients with easier access to data.In a notice published today, the TSX details a proposed new program that would set a flat fee for dealers to buy certain data for their retail clients. Related news Keywords Stock exchanges Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton TSX proposes new order type The optional program would have two tiers, charging $9,500 per month to firms with over 10,000 clients receiving the data, and $4,500 for dealers with less than 10,000 clients.Among other things, the program is designed to alleviate the burden for dealers of assessing whether their clients are considered “professional” users or not, allowing them to estimate the number of “wealth” clients they have and to pay a flat monthly rate to provide those clients with data.The proposals follows discussions between the exchange and industry firms that began in 2018 regarding the cost and administrative complexity of market data consumption.“The exchanges believe that the proposed program… is a great benefit to distributors as well as the Canadian capital markets as it encourages accessibility of real time data to a broader number of Canadian investors,” it said.The proposal is out for comment until Dec. 14. U.S. exchanges scrap political contributions Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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POLL: Do you support Congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler’s vote to impeach President Trump?

first_imgPOLL: Do you support Congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler’s vote to impeach President Trump?Posted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Monday, January 25, 2021in: Newsshare 0 Do you support Congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler’s vote to impeach President Trump?YesNo2148 votesVoteResultsAdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestshare 0 Previous : VHA rent subsidy program to assist low-income households Next : WATCH: Clark County TODAY LIVE • Monday, January 25, 2021AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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Rolls-Royce has fashioned a US$47,000 champagne chest

first_img For those who aren’t into champagne, the chest can be converted into a caviar station that houses two thermal 30-gram tin containers and comes with mother-of-pearl serving spoons.But if you’re the kind of Rolls-Royce owner who isn’t into frills like champagne and caviar, the chest can be configured in a third way to display three porcelain bowls that you can fill with peasant food like Ruffles chips, Heluva Good french onion dip, and honey roasted peanuts. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. ‹ Previous Next › Trending Videos Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” The custom chest retails for approximately US$47,000 plus taxes, and interested buyers can drop by any Rolls-Royce dealership to place an order.  COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisementcenter_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Trending in Canada The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever See More Videos In true Rolls-Royce fashion, the hyper luxury automaker has released a champagne chest so owners of the vehicle can one-up their wealthy friends at yacht parties and high-end picnics.The design of the champagne chest takes inspiration from a V12 engine, the brand explains, and is crafted from carbon fibre and aluminum with accents of wood and leather. The chest is activated by the push of a button, elevating up to four hand-blown crystal champagne flutes embossed with the “RR” emblem as well as a bottle cooler and napkins. The oak lid turns into a tray for your help to serve the bubble-filled flutes to your waiting guests.Just as you can customize the colours and materials inside of a Rolls-Royce vehicle, the chests can be colour-matched to suit your taste, too. RELATED TAGSRolls-RoyceLuxuryLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicleslast_img read more

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Dodge keeps 50th Anniversary Gold Rush paint option around for 2021 Challenger

first_imgDodge marked the Challenger’s 50th anniversary last year with a ‘70s throwback Limited Edition Gold Rush paint option, among other things. Now, the 2021 Challenger T/A, T/A 392, SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye cars will also be available in the gilded finish. FCA says the option won’t cost any extra, but requires the vehicles to have the Satin Black hand-painted hood, roof and decklid, which comes standard on the T/A but costs US$3,495 on the Hellcat. Gold Rush is the latest “heritage-inspired” swatch in the 2021 Challenger’s catalogue, joining the other available – and seemingly named-by-11-year-olds – colours like Go Mango, TorRed, Hellraisin, Sinamon Stick and Frostbite. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened The 2021 Dodge Challenger is slated to hit driveways early 2021.  Trending Videos RELATED TAGSChallengerDodgeCoupeNon-LuxuryNews We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTScenter_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca See More Videos ‹ Previous Next › advertisement Trending in Canada The 2021 Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shaker and T/A 392 are now available in the Widebody Package with wider wheels and tires, while the Challenger GT AWD will receive 20-inch wheels as standard. The SXT AWD can also opt in for those same 20-inch kicks. The only other change announced for the 2021 models is the presence of some SRT branding on the standard Brembo brakes on the Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye, available on Scat Pack.   last_img read more

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Men's Health Services Available At Wardenburg

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail College-age men often feel pressure to act strong and independent and that attitude is detrimental when it comes to taking advantage of health care services, physicians at Wardenburg Health Center say. That is why the Men’s Health Services program at the CU-Boulder health center is aimed at encouraging male students to use services that they typically tend to avoid, including preventative care and a general assessment of risk factors. Young men are at greater risk for certain health problems such as testicular cancer, said Dr. James Schlegel. “I remain very surprised that students can go through four years of high school and four years of college and yet I see people who have not performed the self-exam,” Schlegel said. Young men also are at greater risk for sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and hepatitis B, he said. Men’s Health Services at Wardenburg includes information on sexually transmitted diseases and self-examinations for testicular cancer, routine annual check-ups and low-cost screenings for prostate cancer, among other services targeted to men. “Men, as a whole, have traditionally not been good users of preventive health care,” said Dr. Thomas Kunstman, one of the organizers of Men’s Health Services. “We aim to change that. We encourage men to bring all their specific health issues to the clinic.” Some of men’s risk factors for ill health include alcohol and substance abuse, risk-taking behavior, smoking, family health history, sexual activity, lack of exercise and troubled interpersonal relationships. “There’s definitely a large lack of knowledge out there,” said Schlegel. Risk assessments are most helpful at an early age, and often consist mainly of talking with a physician. “It is amazing when people come in for one reason and then take the opportunity to discuss all kinds of questions and concerns,” Schlegel said. The idea behind Men’s Health Services is to provide a comfortable setting for men to receive better all-around health care and to provide education on men’s health issues that are often neglected, including psychological health, Schlegel said. Students, staff and faculty may call 303-492-5432 for an appointment, or call 303-492-0675 for more information. Published: Sept. 22, 1998 last_img read more

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