Pharmalittle: Novartis heart drug scores a win; J&J, Endo sued by Missouri over opioids

first_img Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Ed Silverman About the Author Reprints What’s included? @Pharmalot Alex Hogan/STAT [email protected] Log In | Learn More Pharmalot By Ed Silverman June 22, 2017 Reprintscenter_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. GET STARTED Pharmalittle: Novartis heart drug scores a win; J&J, Endo sued by Missouri over opioids What is it? Hello, everyone, and welcome to another busy day, although one could not tell from the unusually quiet Pharmalot campus, where the short person and official mascots are all sleeping in. We, however, are wide awake, thanks to multiple cups of stimulation — we are back to Hazelnut Creme, for those who track this sort of thing. On that note, time to get cracking. Here are some tidbits for you to peruse. Hope your day goes well and you conquer the world …A Novartis anti-inflammatory drug cut cardiovascular risk for heart attack survivors in a notable trial, which could change ideas about treatment, Reuters reports. The drug, which is called Ilaris, is already approved for rare autoimmune conditions and was also found to reduce further heart attacks or strokes, when used with current therapies. Industry analysts said the findings were unexpected. 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. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Tags Donald Trumpdrug pricingopioidspharmaceuticalspharmalittleSTAT+last_img read more

Sandals Awards $150,000 in Bursaries

first_imgSandals Awards $150,000 in Bursaries UncategorizedAugust 3, 2007 RelatedSandals Awards $150,000 in Bursaries RelatedSandals Awards $150,000 in Bursaries RelatedSandals Awards $150,000 in Bursariescenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Six students, who are children of employees of Sandals Royal Caribbean Hotel in Montego Bay, were recently presented with bursaries totalling $150,000 to assist with their high school education for the new school term.The presentation of the bursaries, which saw students Amoy Streete, Nickalia Sterling, Britania Nickle, Britania Myers, Taenia Russell and Jessica Evans each receiving $25,000 has been made available by the hotel for the second consecutive year.According to the hotel’s bursary committee representative, Karen Brown, the objective was to assist as many parents as possible with the various expenses they face in enrolling their child/children in high school.“The committee was seeking to provide any assistance that would ensure that each child’s performance was maximized. The committee, along with parents were committed to the view that every child can learn and must learn. For the parents this year I encourage you to work with your child in ensuring that his or her full potential is realized, which as you know means supervision of home work, encouraging them to read and helping them by ensuring that you sit with them and read with them,” Ms. Brown implored.She encouraged the awardees to “work hard, be obedient, use every day to learn something new and to read, as those who read achieve”.Addressing participants at the presentation ceremony, which was held at Sandals Royal Caribbean on Friday (July 27), the Regional Director of the Child Development Agency (CDA) Sydney Grant, said that receiving the bursaries was the beginning of an exciting journey towards the enhancement of the children’s educational growth and development.He told parents and guardians that they have a responsibility to their children and should ensure that they spend time with them and show them love.“Sometimes I think that the expectations we place on our children are too early and too much. We need to grade them. We also need to understand our children’s capabilities, how they can build and manage. I want to commend Sandals for making these bursaries available to children as this represents an investment in children,” Mr. Grant told participants.He urged awardees to be honest in their total educational development and to be appreciative of what was entrusted to them, to work hard and make their parents, communities and country proud. Advertisementslast_img read more

Digging Deep On North East Link This Autumn

first_imgDigging Deep On North East Link This Autumn VIC PremierThe state’s largest ever road project, North East Link, will make significant progress as part of a packed calendar of Autumn transport infrastructure works with the first of three mini-tunnel boring machines (TBMs) arriving on site.The 40-tonne mini-TBM, which was transported from Queensland to Melbourne, will tunnel up to six-storeys underground to help move the 1.8-kilometre Yarra East Main Sewer in Bulleen out of the way to allow for North East Link.As works take place, there will be a range of lane and road closures on the Eastern Freeway, Greensborough Road, Bulleen Road and other roads in and around Bulleen throughout autumn. Two water mains in Bulleen and Balwyn North will be moved to make way for big upgrades to the Eastern Freeway as part of the project.North East Link will connect the M80 to an upgraded Eastern Freeway, slashing travel times by up to 35 minutes, taking trucks off local roads and creating 10,000 jobs.In a first for Victoria, each mini-TBM will have remote access functions to allow overseas-based technicians to provide technical support for the TBMs during works, while Australia’s borders remain closed.On top of this significant milestone for North East Link, a massive amount of work will intensify during autumn on transport projects across Victoria including the Metro Tunnel, the West Gate Tunnel, the Cranbourne Line Upgrade and more than 20 different level crossing removals.Cherry Street, Werribee, will be the next level crossing to go on 11 March, when a new road bridge is opened to traffic. Buses will replace trains at times on the Ballarat, Geelong, Werribee, Mernda, Craigieburn, Seymour and Cranbourne lines while we get on with these works.There will be delays for six weeks on the Monash Freeway as part of the second stage of the $1.4 billion upgrade with Forster Road closing under the freeway for the safe installation of beams to widen the freeway overpass.Nightly asphalting will result in lane closures between Warrigal Road and EastLink as part of a huge maintenance program.In Epping, the O’Herns Road Upgrade, which will add three new intersections as well as extra lanes to the Hume Freeway, will see the freeway close at the end of March and for two weekends in April and May.In the south-east, buses will replace trains between Dandenong and Cranbourne for a week in March as part of the huge Cranbourne Line Upgrade which will remove the last four level crossings along the line as well as build a brand new Merinda Park Station.The Metro Tunnel is set for several breakthroughs, with the main tunnelling works focused on the heart of the CBD. TBMs Joan and Meg will travel from State Library Station to Town Hall Station in the coming months, while TBMs Millie and Alice are travelling the 1.8 kilometres from the Anzac Station box towards Town Hall Station.Work on the Sunbury Line Upgrade – which will maximise the benefits of the Metro Tunnel – will see buses replace trains between the city and Sunbury over the Easter long weekend, and on May 15-19.Tram track renewal works will take place along Plenty Road, Preston as well as Spencer Street and La Trobe Streets in the CBD to deliver a smoother ride on Routes 86, 30 and 35.Upgrades to Victoria’s regional passenger rail lines as part of the more than $4 billion Regional Rail Revival program will see coaches replace trains on sections of the Geelong, Warrnambool, Shepparton and Gippsland.V/Line’s annual maintenance program will focus on the Warrnambool and Geelong lines for 10 days from 26 February, the Ballarat line from 27 April to 7 May and the Bairnsdale line in late May.A range of measures are in place across the transport network to keep people safe as we emerge from the pandemic, including adding more than 450 extra train services to the timetable.For more information about the changes today, for better transport tomorrow visit stated by Premier Daniel Andrews“The North East Link not only slashes travel times in Melbourne’s north, south and east – it is creating thousands of jobs and time when Victoria needs them most.” “Over autumn, our massive infrastructure works continue across the state – from the TBM underground in the city centre to the roundabout at the end of your street, we’re getting it done.” As stated by Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan“Our first mini-TBM is getting to work as we get on and build Victoria’s biggest road project.” “Our $80 billion road and rail big build is critical to our recovery from the pandemic – delivering the projects we need for the future, supporting thousands of jobs.” /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:Andrews, AusPol, Australia, Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Dandenong, Eastern, Forster, Geelong, Government, Melbourne, Monash, Queensland, Seymour, Shepparton, Sunbury, Victoria, Warrnamboollast_img read more

Search For Life On Other Planets Continues At CU-Boulder With $5 Million NASA Grant

first_img Published: June 24, 2003 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The University of Colorado at Boulder’s Center for Astrobiology will continue helping NASA search for extraterrestrial life after winning a $5 million grant from the agency. “We have been asking whether we are alone in the universe for literally thousands of years,” center Director Bruce Jakosky said. “Ours is the first generation that might have a chance to answer that question within our lifetimes. This makes for an extremely exciting program, and I’m proud and excited that CU can be a part of it.” Jakosky is a professor in the CU-Boulder Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, where the Center for Astrobiology is housed and operated, and in the department of geological sciences. A scientist on several NASA Mars missions, he has directed the CU-Boulder Center for Astrobiology since 1998, when NASA chose CU as one of the original 11 institutions in its Astrobiology Institute. In 1998 NASA awarded the CU-Boulder center a five-year, $3 million grant. The agency’s new grant increases funding to $5 million over the next five years, and CU-Boulder’s center also will receive substantial contributions of non-NASA funds from the university and other partners. “Although we know of no life beyond Earth at present, we are studying the planets both in our solar system and those orbiting other stars in order to understand where life might exist,” Jakosky said. “In addition to understanding the habitability of planets, we are searching for life on Mars and Europa in our solar system over the next two decades, and planning for ways to search for life in planets orbiting other stars using Earth-orbiting telescopes.” NASA officials said that the small group of institutions participating in the agency’s Astrobiology Institute will generate groundbreaking research to help guide space exploration priorities. CU-Boulder is collaborating with Ball Aerospace Corp. and Lockheed-Martin Astronautics to develop technology for exploration. “The technology will address Earth-orbiting telescopes, instruments that will fly on spacecraft to other planets, and entire spacecraft that can address astrobiology-related issues,” Jakosky said. In addition to research, the CU-Boulder center offers a graduate certificate program in astrobiology and related courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. “The faculty who are involved in our program are truly outstanding, with both national and international reputations, and we have been able to build a world-class program in astrobiology over the last few years,” Jakosky said. The CU-Boulder Center for Astrobiology involves researchers in the astrophysical and planetary sciences; atmospheric and space physics; the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics; geological sciences; environmental, population and organismic biology; molecular, cellular and developmental biology and philosophy. Their common goal is learning about the origin, nature and distribution of life in the universe. The CU-Boulder center is partnering with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for public education and outreach. “Our efforts will provide materials that they can use in their museum directly, as well as materials that can be distributed around the state for use in classrooms,” Jakosky said. “We also have a concerted effort to take the excitement of astrobiology research around the state, especially to institutions and places that normally do not have access to the results of cutting-edge research.” To view the center’s site go to:… . Of the initial eleven members of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, CU-Boulder and five others have been selected to continue their programs and six new teams have been added. Other universities chosen in 2003 for funding and participation in the NASA institute were the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Arizona, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Hawaii. Research institutes include the Carnegie Institute of Washington D.C., the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., and the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif. The NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffet Field, Calif., and Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., are the participating NASA centers. The NASA Astrobiology Institute is an international research consortium with central offices located at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. NASA Ames is the agency’s lead center for astrobiology, the search for the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. For further information about the NAI, visit read more

Tips for negotiating your salary and benefits

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via Google PlusShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Getting an offer from a company means they are excited about you as a candidate and want to work with you. While the idea of negotiating your salary may be uncomfortable, it’s a normal part of the job search and most employers expect it. Here are some tips to help you prepare for negotiating.Do researchRemember, your compensation isn’t just your annual salary. It also includes things like healthcare benefits, paid time off, transportation perks, bonuses and more. When it comes to negotiating, doing research to get an idea of what a typical offer is for similar job positions can help ensure your counteroffer is within reason.Glassdoor allows you to see self-reported salaries from current and former employees at specific companies. Also, Payscale will evaluate your offer letter and compare it to industry and area statistics. Both of these resources can provide data to strengthen your negotiation.Take note of cost of livingIn addition to compensation data, you should research the cost of living for the area you’ll be working in. When you get an offer, you will want to make sure it’s enough to pay for food, rent and bills. Ideally, you’ll also have enough for savings, fun and any other expenses you have. NerdWallet’s cost of living calculator can help you compare two cities and how much you’ll need to earn to meet the cost of living.Open the door for conversationTo start, reaffirm your interest and enthusiasm in the company’s mission and the job position. You can demonstrate this by allowing the negotiation to be a conversation. Include questions in your negotiation, like “is this feasible?”, or request a conversation if you’re following up on an offer over email. For example, “I am excited about the opportunity to work at this company. Please let me know if it is better to talk more about this over the phone or in person.”State your caseUsing what you found in your research, present a clear justification for the negotiation. If you are asking for increased pay or benefits, share the reason for it based on your evidence. And talk about your experiences that make you a more standout candidate. If you’re asking for more vacation time or a later start date, do you have a commitment that warrants this? If so, it may help if you share it, but isn’t required. In the end if you don’t get the salary you were hoping for, consider the benefits you’ll be getting from the job or other areas that may be up for discussion, like work schedule or flexible work arrangements. Overall, it’s all about deciding if the job is the right fit for you. If you feel hesitant about your offer or negotiations, meet with a career development advisor to help you through the decision making process. Stop by drop-in hours Monday – Thursday from 12-4 p.m. or make an appointment on Handshake.last_img read more

Tourism Ministry to Adjust Advertising in US

first_imgRelatedTourism Ministry to Adjust Advertising in US RelatedTourism Ministry to Adjust Advertising in US RelatedTourism Ministry to Adjust Advertising in US Tourism Ministry to Adjust Advertising in US TourismNovember 16, 2012center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment has decided to adjust the country’s advertising schedule for the US market, after discussions with its team in the United States (US). “We will start advertising on November 26 to shore up our bookings in the US, and will have a three-week advertising blitz that will take us into the period before Christmas,” says Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill. The Minister was speaking at a press briefing, held at the Ministry’s New Kingston Offices on Thursday (November 15). Dr. McNeill pointed out that the US elections, held on November 6, would normally have a dampening effect on arrivals. However, with Hurricane Sandy affecting the north east US, it has “complicated the marketing challenge going forward.” “We are now considering the possible longer term strategies that will help us regain momentum in North America, while reinforcing our efforts in Russia, Central Europe and Scandinavia,” Dr. McNeill said. Sandy hit Jamaica on October 24 and caused the cancellation of 32 flights. When it hit the north east USA, 36 more fights were cancelled. Despite this, arrivals for the month of October were just marginally down over the similar period last year, less than one per cent at -0.9 per cent. “This was partly due to the positive performance we were having up to that point. In discussions with our partners, none of the airlines that fly out of the northeast have decided to reduce service, so we expect to see an improvement as we regain momentum,” Dr. McNeill said. He noted that there was no doubt that in the short and even medium term, the Hurricane’s impact on the northeast states could present challenges for Jamaica. “As I had indicated immediately after the hurricane, this is not a time for panicking, but a time for strategic planning on the way forward and reinforcing our relationship with our partners,” the Minister emphasised. He said based on the feedback from the Jamaica Product Exchange, and World Travel Market, the outlook for the upcoming winter tourist season in Jamaica “seems encouraging.” Advertisementslast_img read more

Japanese Gov’t Providing US$482,000 for IOJ Technological Upgrading

first_imgRelatedDancers to Take Stage at Arts in the Park RelatedNational Labour Day 2015 to Focus on Children Japanese Gov’t Providing US$482,000 for IOJ Technological Upgrading CultureMay 8, 2015 Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img Story HighlightsThe Japanese Government is providing funding of US$482,000 to enhance the technological capacity of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ).Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, said the funding will go towards a number of initiatives, including the building of a world-class technology-driven natural history exhibition gallery at the Natural History Museum.The exhibit will showcase Jamaican plants and animals “as we would see them in their natural habitat.” The Japanese Government is providing funding of US$482,000 to enhance the technological capacity of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ).Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, said the funding will go towards a number of initiatives, including the building of a world-class technology-driven natural history exhibition gallery at the Natural History Museum.The Minister, who was making her contribution to the 2015/16 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 6, informed that the exhibit will showcase Jamaican plants and animals “as we would see them in their natural habitat.”“These will be presented in the form Diaromas, which is life-size models of the various species that are both native and endemic,” she explained.“The significance of this initiative is, of course, the educational value that will be imparted to students and the wider population, who will visit the space. This is another major step towards preserving the natural heritage of our island,” she noted.Ms. Hanna informed that the Japanese Government has already committed funding for this specific initiative estimated at over US$60,000.Additional funding will also go towards other special projects to include the technological upgrading of the audiovisual capacity of the lecture hall, which continues to host annual events such as the Musgrave Awards.Funding will also be made available for the establishment of an information technology training facility at the Junior Centre.The IOJ is the oldest cultural agency mandated to preserve and safeguard Jamaica’s tangible and intangible heritage. RelatedJamaicans Urged to Make Child Care and Protection Their Businesslast_img read more

Scott Adams Explains: How to Be an ID Critic

first_imgEducation Well, not exactly, but what he says here comes awfully close to hitting just that mark. I love Scott Adams, the Dilbert cartoonist turned daily video commentator on the world at large. Watch this in which he “Teaches the First Class of Troll College.” Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis He facetiously proposes to teach Internet trolls how to up their game, as trolls. Notice anything familiar? Yes, you do. As described by Adams, trolls behave almost exactly the way Internet Darwinists do. Not only the anonymous Darwin trolls (that would be obvious) but tenured biology professors and mainstream journalists who write under their own name, aka “the critics.”His tips for trolling include, “Misstate then criticize,” “Context doesn’t matter,” “You understand science” (and nobody who disagrees with you does), and “Mind-reading is real.”An example of that last might be: Via mind-reading, you can determine that ID proponents seek to mandate intelligent design in the public schools despite their years of urging against precisely such an extremely misguided idea. Or by looking deep into their minds, you know that ID advocates are really creationists despite their persistent affirmations that the world is billions of years old, the Cambrian explosion of animal life occurred some 530 million years ago, and so on.How to be a troll — or I would add, an ID critic — on science in particular starts at about 11:48. As Adams summarizes, “It’s all in the attitude.” Again, in the context of our critics, none of this is limited to mere trolls. Scott Adams is quite funny. Enjoy. Share Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour TagsbiologycartoonistcriticsDarwinistsDilberteducationintelligent designInternetmind-readingprofessorspublic schoolsScott Adamstrolls,Trending Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Recommended Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Intelligent Design Scott Adams Explains: How to Be an ID CriticDavid [email protected]_klinghofferNovember 30, 2018, 6:47 AM “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guidelast_img read more

The Strong Legacy of the Class of 2015

first_imgWhen a young student needed advice or direction at Glacier High School, he or she was usually directed to a pair of sturdy seniors for guidance.Hunter and Harrison Kauffman, fraternal twins towering over 6-feet-1 and combining for nearly 500 pounds of brawn, are a pair of scholarly sentinels, versatile leaders who set goals and tackled them one by one, balancing duties as co-captains of the state champion football team with excelling near the top of their class.In other words, the Kauffman brothers represent the best of this valley’s graduating class, a group of over 1,000 young men and women who started as wide-eyed underclassmen with hopes and goals and have now grown into the leaders of tomorrow. In the next two weeks, the class of 2015 will toss its caps in the air, celebrating a milestone.Glacier High School will hold its graduation ceremony June 6 while Flathead and Stillwater Christian will hold their events the night before. Whitefish, Columbia Falls and Bigfork will celebrate graduation on June 6. Linderman Education Center will graduate its largest class ever, with 122 students receiving diplomas June 4.At each ceremony, students will earn recognition for accomplishing greatness over the past four years. Of course, greatness is defined differently for each student. For some, greatness is achieving a 4.0 grade-point average while others overcame untold odds to simply receive a diploma, which is no less noteworthy.Each and every student has a story worth telling. Like the Kauffman brothers.Their family moved to Kalispell from Pennsylvania when the boys were in sixth grade. This rather remote corner of the state seemed far gone from the urban landscape on the other side of the country. The brothers had each other.As freshmen at Glacier High School, the boys were fortunate enough to meet upperclassmen who became significant mentors. Students like Luke Halliburton and Mack Sutherland helped the boys understand the importance of integrity and hard work.“The role models in my life have pushed me to do more. When you decide you want to give everything you’ve got to your activities and your academics, it just goes into all facets of your life,” Harrison said.The brothers set ambitious goals, academically and athletically. They also established a moral compass that would guide them past the pitfalls of high school.“A lot of those guys didn’t focus on being just a great athlete. They wanted to be good people too,” Hunter said. “They took care of us, not just for the program but coming to a new high school from all these different schools. They looked out for us. It’s really nice to have somebody who can look out for you.”The Kauffmans excelled. By their senior year, they were co-captains on the Glacier football team, which went undefeated and won the Class AA state championship, the first in the school’s history and first for a Kalispell team in over 40 years. The two bulky linemen were both named all-state.In the classroom, their drive and achievement was no less impressive. Hunter is graduating with a 4.0 GPA and will attend Johns Hopkins University. Harrison will attend Lehigh on a football scholarship and study business and pre-law.“They’re just a couple of great kids. They’re amazing,” said Jan Twamley, administrative assistant at Glacier.Walk the halls at each school and similar stories of leaders emerge. The class of 2015 is well represented and is leaving quite the legacy.“The nice thing about being a senior is people will look up to you and they’ll come to you with their problems or if they need guidance and it gives you a great platform to take people under your wing and help them,” Hunter said.“I think one thing that is really important about senior year is legacy,” Harrison said. “You want to teach the things you’ve learned to the younger kids. The role of a senior is to help them become the leaders they’ll become next year.” Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.center_img Graduation ScheduleGlacier High SchoolJune 6, 11 a.m.Glacier High School gymClass of 2015: 270Summa Cum Laude4.0 GPA cumulative all four yearsKaitlyn AndersonMegan BridwellAlicia FryeNoah HillTacey HoweHunter KauffmanGabriel LeopoldKali Ann MathisonKelsi McGinnisKatelyn ParmeleeMcKenzie SmithSamuel SternChazz UptonKatelyn WileyMaxima Cum Laude4.0 GPA cumulative through seven semestersCharmayne GlasmanMakenzie MertzKeele NouqueFlathead High SchoolJune 5, 7 p.m.Flathead High School gymClass of 2015: 340International Baccalaureate DiplomaAt least 3 higher level courses and 3 standard level courses during junior and senior yearsMackenzie ArtnzenMarshall BessetteHeather BodenhamerMackenzie BoumaCamas CarlsonChloe ClevidenceSiri DanielsonJackson DaveyDevina GillisSteele JochimTia KohsJade LeGasseyMallorie MasonWyatt McGillenAlaina MothersheadGavin PirrieKatie PostonConnor RoettigEmma SauveEllen SchusterKelsey WeedMeredith WilsonZoe ZanderWhitefish High SchoolJune 6, 1 p.m.Whitefish High School gymClass of 2015: 113Valedictorians4.0 GPA cumulative all four yearsGeorgia DonaldsonKeaton GroveSarah LatchumMicah McFeelyMalia MorrisColumbia Falls High SchoolJune 6, 11 a.m.Columbia Falls School gymClass of 2015: 180Honors DiplomaMinimum GPA of 3.95 with minimum number of AP classes and four years of math and scienceColter NorickCiera FinbergMeredith StolteWinter KemppainenDalton HaldenConnor BowmanIke SchweikertCarla NicosiaBreanna FriarTy MorganBigfork High SchoolJune 6, 11 a.m.Bigfork High School gymClass of 2015: 65Valedictorian4.0 GPA cumulative all four yearsVeronica FarrierMarissa MazziottiMegan PancoastSalutatorianRanking second highest in the graduating class with a 3.978 GPAMakena MorleyStillwater Christian SchoolJune 5, 6:30 p.m.Stillwater Christian School gymClass of 2015: 21Valedictorian4.0 GPAs all four yearsSarah PaoliniSalutatorianRanking second highest in the graduating classSophie GeorgeLinderman Education CenterJune 4, 7 p.m.Linderman Education Center gymClass of 2015: 122last_img read more

News / Containerisation – or rather the lack of it – hammers another nail in air cargo’s coffin

© Spongecake “I can’t take an air container to the factory for stuffing. The air industry hasn’t worked it out with Customs. It’s not just the data transfer, it’s the physical process itself.“In air, the transport, handling, and airline all need to transfer the shipment correctly. The ease of handling sea cargo cannot be matched.”It is something that has been noticed, and even could be addressed by Boeing. In December it patented a design for an aircraft which drops down and locks on to a standard sea freight container, although the execution of this idea is likely to remain many years away, if appearing at all.Others argued that the price discrepancy between sea and air would always be the main factor.“Air prices are coming down and it’s becoming more attractive. But sea reliability has only been improving. Quality is very important, and transit times, but at the end of the day it comes down to price,” said Peter Scholten, CEO of Fast Logistics Solutions Group, which specialises in the African market.“In the middle of Africa it’s easier to sell air freight than sea freight – but it’s more expensive, and we are seeing more activity in sea freight.”A supply chain consultant delegate noted that “the supply chain doesn’t add any value to the product. It just protects the product’s value. The value created in the factory must be maintained. So shippers want to spend the least amount of money [while maintaining the value].”With $100 the going rate for a 20-ton shipment from India to Europe by sea, “there’s no way you can say air is the preferred mode”, added Mr Shah.While the air cargo industry was called upon to ensure quality and smoother processes, Des Vertannes, former chief of IATA Cargo and Etihad Cargo, pointed out that most airlines – many of which this year are making record profits from passengers – didn’t have the incentive to do so.“It is also about airlines’ attitudes to cargo. It’s nothing more than a contributing factor [to revenues] for them.”But he also urged the air freight industry to analyse and market its speedy services better. “Air freight has got faster, but there are no KPIs to tell anyone. The traditional air cargo supply chain doesn’t have key milestones and measures.”Sam Katgara, partner of forwarder Jeena & Co, called for airports to introduce benchmarking for services such as handling and Customs efficiency, which would have the added benefit of showing where individual bottlenecks were.The ports industry is currently undergoing a similar process, with increasing amounts of focus on how to measure port productivity. Containerisation – or rather the lack of it – continues to plague the air freight industry, delegates heard at Air Cargo India in Mumbai this week.Falling fuel prices and overcapacity have seen rates drop across the board, making air freight at least marginally more affordable. But rising reliability from shipping lines – and the inherent benefits of containerisation –continue to mean that air freight appeals only to the few.“The sea mode is becoming more efficient and quicker,” said FIATA’s vice president, Keshav Tanna. “There are weekly schedules and it’s exceedingly difficult to market just air freight.”Samir Shah, chairman of the Indian Freight Forwarders’ Association (FFFAI), agreed that the container was a key advantage for sea. By Alex Lennane in Mumbai 26/02/2016 read more