At Portage Glacier, business boom follows glacial recession

first_imgClimate Change | Southcentral | TourismAt Portage Glacier, business boom follows glacial recessionJuly 8, 2019 by Abbey Collins, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Share:The Portage Glacier, seen from the deck of the M/V Ptarmigan on June 30, 2019. (Photo by Amy Mostafa/Alaska Public Media)Portage Glacier Cruises, south of Anchorage, recently marked its 30th anniversary of shuttling visitors by boat to its namesake glacier.Over time, employees have seen the recession of Portage Glacier first hand. What does that mean for a company whose business is based on this particular piece of snow and ice?On the deck of the M/V Ptarmigan, Captain Marcelle Roemmich led a small crowd of visitors, employees and former employees in a toast.Behind Roemmich sits a massive, frozen variable in the company’s future. Portage Glacier stands tall on the far end of the lake. A wall of white and blue ice.A long time ago, the glacier filled the entire Portage Valley. But in the last century, the glacier has gotten way smaller — retreating farther and farther up the valley, opening up the lake, and making it difficult to see without traveling out on the water.Most of that retreat, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, was driven by the calving of unstable ice. The organization says a warming climate contributed on a smaller scale. Now, that’s the factor driving continued ice loss.Bill Lazarus — “Laz,” as he’s known on the boat — worked as an engineer for the company for 15 years, until 2012.Now, he stands on the ship’s deck again, looking at the smaller, but still-massive piece of ice towering over the lake.“When I started, this face of this rock was all that showed,” Lazarus said. “The ice was right on top of it. From here you could see ice on both sides, and it’s just gone back incredibly.”Lazarus says he even remembers when the glacier could be seen from shore, at the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center.“I can picture standing in the parking lot at the visitor’s center when the glacier went straight across the lake,” Lazarus said. “So it was all the way around the corner.”The visitor center was built in 1986. It’s run by the U.S. Forest Service. Alicia King, with the Forest Service, says it was built on glacial moraine. That’s dirt and rock that gets left behind by a glacier as it moves. When it was built three decades ago, the visitor center’s location was chosen for a reason.“Because of the spectacular view of Portage Glacier,” King said. “The theater of Begich, Boggs Visitor Center opens up into what’s now mostly lake.”Back on the shore, Tom Callahan is sitting at a picnic bench, watching the M/V Ptarmigan pull up to the dock. Callahan is recently retired boat captain. He worked for the company for 23 years.“I saw the glacier every day, five times a day. So it’s a bit like having a child,” Callahan said. “They look the same every day to you, and all of a sudden they’re borrowing your car.”As for the glacier, “I can’t say that I saw dramatic, big changes,” Callahan said. “It was just a little bit year by year.”In recent years, Callahan says he’s seen the rate of recession slow way down. And it has. According to the US geological survey, the most rapid period of recession happened in the 20th century.Still, as the earth’s climate warms, the glacier will likely continue to shrink.Even so, after 30 years in business, Portage Glacier Cruises is experiencing more business than ever.As the glacier shrinks, business is growing, with a record last year of 36,000 visitors.Video by Joey Mendolia Share this story:last_img read more

Joan Didion’s Prose Remains Peerless in ‘Let Me Tell You What…

first_imgMainBooksArts & EventsJoan Didion’s Prose Remains Peerless in ‘Let Me Tell You What I Mean’The iconic author’s latest collection of essays delves into her rejection from Stanford, the writing process, and her affection for Martha StewartBy Bret Easton Ellis – January 26, 2021326ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItJoan Didion is one of America’s greatest prose stylists, and reading her new collection is a genuine event—even if some of the pieces are more than 50 years old. Let Me Tell You What I Mean (Knopf) contains 12 fairly brief essays, half of them from 1968 and the most recent from 2000. Like Didion’s South and West from 2017—a fascinating series of fragments of two magazine articles she didn’t finish in the early 1970s—it’s a sparse book, coming in at just 150 pages with wide margins, narrow columns, and large type. The lengthiest essay is actually the smart introduction from Hilton Als.The first half of of the book spirals you back to the glory days of Slouching Towards Bethlehem—giving you brief glimpses into Gambler’s Anonymous and the writer’s distrust of mainstream media, while distilling the essence of San Simeon better than anyone I can think of. Reading it, you’re once again reminded that the observations and subjects might not be unique, but that the angles from which Didion looked at everything are totally different from anyone else’s. And, of course, the prose is peerless.There are three invaluable and nakedly emotional pieces I was previously unaware of, though they’ve been repurposed elsewhere. “On Being Unchosen by a College of One’s Choice,” from 1968, details her devastation about not getting into Stanford and attending Berkeley instead. “Why I Write,” from 1976, breaks down the process of why Didion composed novels like Play It As It Lays and A Book of Common Prayer. Two years later, in “Telling Stories,” Didion remembers a creative writing workshop she took as a junior at Berkeley—it was the only time she ever wrote short stories. That piece culminates with a series of rejection letters sent to her agent in the mid-1960s, and a note that the story in question was eventually published in The Denver Quarterly. “By winter 1967 I had begun a second novel, and never wrote another story,” Didion writes. “I doubt that I ever will.”Didion with husband John Gregory Dunne and their daughter, Quintana, near their home in Malibu, 1972.Reading the pieces from 1968—the year her first essay collection was published and made her almost instantly famous—sent me back to when I discovered Didion at 16 in a contemporary nonfiction class I took in high school, where Slouching Towards Bethlehem and The White Album were being read and everything changed for me as a writer. Now, 40 years later, I often think about our somewhat similar trajectories while reading the new book: how we were both raised in California and then moved east and then returned to Los Angeles, though Didion moved back to Manhattan in the late 1980s and never returned to the state where she was born.Throughout her career, the 86-year-old has shown herself to be a writer bewildered by rationality and reasonableness: two of the later essays are sympathetic takes on controversial gay artists (one out, one not) who both died from AIDS; “Some Women” is a 1989 intro to Robert Mapplethorpe’s coffee table book of the same name, and “The Long-Distance Runner” is a beautiful obituary for the freewheeling British filmmaker Tony Richardson, Didion’s close friend.“Last Words,” a love letter to Ernest Hemingway, is a reminder that Didion always had a thing for the rugged Bad Boy, whether it was John Wayne or Jim Morrison or Norman Mailer, someone who embodied a “kind of romantic individualism distinctly adapted to its time and source.” The only semi-sour note in the new book is a brief hit piece on Nancy Reagan from 1968 that scores its points too easily.The book ends with “Everywoman.com,” a surprising appreciation of Martha Stewart from 2000. “The dream and the fears into which Martha Stewart taps are not of ‘feminine’ domesticity,” Didion writes, “but of female power, of the woman who sits down at the table with the men and, still in her apron, walks away with the chips.”It’s a curious piece to close the book on, but in Stewart, Didion seems to have found a kindred independent spirit. The writer, of course, opted for a very different table than the domestic doyenne. But seated amongst the boy’s club of American literature, she too walked away with many of the chips, hardly removing her dark sunglasses.RELATED: Joan Didion’s Famous Former Hollywood House Is Now a New-Age Spiritual RetreatStay on top of the latest in L.A. food and culture. Sign up for our newsletters today. TAGSJoan DidionPrevious articleMorning Brief: New COVID-19 Variants Are Cause for ConcernNext articleAmerica’s Biggest Movie Theater Chain Is No Longer on the Brink of Disaster—and It Only Took $917 MillionBret Easton Ellis RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORThe Brentwood of My Youth—Joan Didion’s Brentwood—Is Long GoneWhat People Should Read About L.A. Before They Move to L.A.Joan Didion’s Famous Former Hollywood House Is Now a New-Age Spiritual Retreatlast_img read more

Instant $84m Karma for Microsoft boss

first_img Tuesday 21 October 2014 9:13 pm whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tags: Microsoft whatsapp Share Express KCS Instant $84m Karma for Microsoft boss Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap MICROSOFT just revealed how much it is paying its new chief executive, Satya Nadella. All told for the first year, it’s a $84m (£52m) package. Just 11 days ago, he urged women in technology not to ask for pay raises but trust in “karma” to get a fair salary. last_img read more

News / Forwarders and airlines eye tougher capacity negotiations for 2019

first_imgBy Alex Lennane 27/11/2018 “You can’t play that game with regular customers. But we did trim our commitments globally, from 50% to 60% contracted space, by 10-15%.He explained: “In Asia, the tactics of reduced blocked space agreements (BSAs) seemed to pay off this year. In Europe, it has not.“The BSA policy resembles hedging in financial markets  – it’s about educated, but entrepreneurial, decision-making; you never know you are right until you have hindsight.”One air freight forwarder told The Loadstar: “We just see it as a way of hedging. If the market is tight, we want BSAs. The spot market hasn’t gone up like it did last year.“We probably locked-in about 45% and we were more than happy. We’ll probably do the same next year. I expect there’s more capacity coming in, and I can’t see it being a stunning year for air freight. The PMI is falling and there is a lack of confidence in the market.”Volga-Dnepr Group is currently discussing what commitments it aims to make next year, said Mr van de Weg.“Forwarders are doing the same thing, on the other side. Both sides want to balance risk and costs. It’s also psychology; you don’t want to be fully exposed, you don’t want to bet it all – and you want to sleep at night.“We don’t fully know yet how this year has worked out for both sides. It’s a bit of a chess game.“The forwarders need to see their ‘BSA P&L’ – and so do we. It’s important to know that before going into negotiations. If the forwarders have stacked up losses, we’ll come into the next meeting with a black eye as they will aim to recover.”The forwarder agreed negotiations tended to be tougher in air freight.“The forwarder’s job is to make money out of freight. Shipping lines get direct business from shippers with different drivers – the logistics is not their main revenue stream. Airlines have to negotiate more, as their main customers rely on the freight market to make a return.”Both parties noted that this year’s slack summer season had been slightly better than normal.“This year, lots of people committed to aircraft charter capacity, and the slack was in the summer,” said Mr van de Weg. “Some lost money because it was slack, but then you had Nippon Cargo Airlines’ fleet partially out, so the slack was absorbed relatively quickly.”The forwarder added that one of his main retail customers had decided to bring in a lot of shipments during June and July, when the market was cheaper. Forwarders and airlines are looking to start negotiations for services next year, and are figuring out how much capacity to book.After record high demand – and prices – in 2017, forwarders were keen to lock-in capacity in advance this year, while airlines were equally keen to hold some space unblocked to capitalise on late-booked cargo when spot prices were high.Both sides have suggested that contracted space last year fell, from about 60% to about 50% of total capacity.“It’s been a balancing act, to get the right amount of contracted space and ad hoc,” said Robert van de Weg, vice president sales and marketing for Volga-Dnepr Group.last_img read more

America’s most popular baby names in 2020

first_imgThe Social Security Administration has released the official list of America’s top baby names from 2020.Liam and Olivia once again topped the list of baby names. It was the fourth year in a row that Liam has clinched the #1 spot on the boys’ list with 19,659 babies given that name in 2020. According to the SSA data, in 2020, there were 17,535 babies named Olivia. Last year, Olivia ended the five-year-run of Emma being America’s most popular name for girls. Two new names appeared on the boys’ list for 2020 — Henry and Alexander. Those names edged out Mason and Ethan for spots on the 2020 list. RELATEDTOPICS 2020 hurricane season marks a new record May 14, 2021 The year 2020 in space discoveries December 25, 2020 Here were the most popular TikTok songs by state in 2020 March 30, 2021 FGCU invites 2020 graduates back for in-person Grad Walk May 29, 2021 AdvertisementAt the time of a child’s birth, parents give the name to the agency when applying for a child’s Social Security card, so the SSA list is considered America’s official source for the most popular baby names. Over the last 100 years, Michael has held the top spot for boys most often (44 times), while Mary has been ranked number one for girls 35 times, according to the SSA.center_img AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementTags: 2020Baby names Advertisementlast_img read more

Laois students put finishing touches on community projects as school ends for Christmas

first_imgHome News Education Laois students put finishing touches on community projects as school ends for… NewsEducation Electric Picnic By Alan Hartnett – 23rd December 2020 Mountmellick CS  Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp They have been able to help SVP Vincent’s Portlaoise, SVP Stradbally, Laois Domestic Abuse Service, several of our local schools including Scoil Bhride NS Portlaoise, St. Francis and the Kolbe School, the Amber Refuge in Kilkenny and many in the community who came to light as needing that bit of extra magic this Christmas.The group said: “From the very impressive and festive coin box by Ella Byrne’s dad (and a bit of help by Ailbhe Quinn too) to the pretty professional social media interactions lead by our Instagram maestros (Aoibhinn O’Connor, Orla Sheridan, Tara Fahy and Lisa Keane), we have seen so much effort to reach this point.“We also had Kate O’Connor’s lovely Gorilla grace our presence and Danielle’s Husky and large teddy drum up interest in the raffle.“The generosity of the 5th year girls (Eleanor Healy, Danielle Brennan, Aoife O’Driscoll, Orla Ramsbottom, Fiadh McCann, Ava Prendergast) to donate their TY bank haul was amazing.“We had Mr. Coolahan ferrying around drops offs, Ms. Dollard harnessing the brilliant thinking and generosity of the Parents Council, teachers desperately buying raffle tickets to win Gary the Gorilla, so many girls emptying piggy banks and parents pockets to add to the coin box, the coin counters, the sweet eaters, the people who shared posts, the many girls who labelled and sorted the gifts, the girls who alerted us to particular families needing a bit of help.“We hear so much about kindness. Our social media feeds are awash with memes and pithy little slogans around the word “kind”.“But living your life through the lens of kindness, using your energy to drive home the importance of helping others is something that takes time, patience, self awareness and determination.“Our students have once again used their time and energy to live kindness, not just speak about it. Our girls have been so willing to help others in a time where it would be so easy to only worry about themselves and for that we know we are blessed.“A massive and sincere thank you to all those who helped and contributed as you have once again shown us how powerful a school community can be and how much we all look after each other.”In Mountmellick Community School, Ms Dwyer and the TY students have been busy collecting presents for those currently in hospital.The students wrapped all the presents and presented them to patients in St Vincent’s hospital in Mountmellick and St Brigid’s hospital in Shaen recently.Meanwhile, Knockbeg College students raised €650 for the Carlow Lions Club St Vincent de Paul Christmas Food Appeal with their Christmas Jumper Day.The students and staff in the school also brought in food items which were donated to St Clare’s Hospitality Kitchen in Carlow.Well done to all!Scoil Chriost Ri  Facebook Facebook Knockbeg College Twitter SEE ALSO – Coronavirus: 13 further deaths and 938 more cases, 10 in Laois, as Minister tests positive Laois students in secondary schools have really played a blinder this year.With Covid-19 limiting what they can enjoy, many of them have turned to community projects that have seen thousands of euro raised and many donations made to various different local groups and projects.When the Coiste Cineáltais (Kindness Committee) in Scoil Chriost Ri started off on their Christmas adventure to collect donations of new toys for children in need they could never have imagined the generosity they would find in our community.They have raised over €3,200 and over 500 brand new toys for children. Their coin box alone brought in €807 and it is a sign of how if we each contribute even a small amount, a few copper coins here and there, that we can create something positive and powerful.The Coiste spent so much time seeking out direct and efficient distribution pathways, coming up with fun and motivating ways of getting our fabulous girls to help build up a real movement of kindness. TAGSKnockbeg CollegeMountmellick Community SchoolScoil Chriost Ri Previous articleLaois musician and photographer come together to release unique bookNext articleDeaths in Laois – Thursday, December 24, 2020 Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Laois students put finishing touches on community projects as school ends for Christmas Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Pinterest WhatsApp Electric Picnic Electric Picnic Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festivallast_img read more

NK Defectors Condemn NK-Issued “Human Rights Report”

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NK Defectors Condemn NK-Issued “Human Rights Report” By Daily NK – 2014.10.09 3:40am Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News News The South Korea-based defector group, North Korea People’sLiberation Front, is scheduled to hold a press conference Wednesday, denouncingthe results of Pyongyang’s recently self-published human rights report. The group will refute claims in the report that argue theright to freedom of thought and religion are guaranteed in the North, accordingto a press release on Tuesday. It will also submit an English statementcondemning the report to the embassies of the U.S., China, and Japan [in SouthKorea] and the UN Human Rights Council. “Kim Jong Eun has put out this so-called human rightsreport, as he feels threatened by the growing voices in the internationalcommunity to hold him accountable for violating the rights of his own people.The report is an act of mockery for the 23 million North Koreans and some27,000 defectors,” Director Cho Seong Il of the Liberation Front said. “We strongly urge the UN and international community to pushfor Kim Jong Eun to be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court [ICC] asrecommended by the Commission of Inquiry [COI] and rally behind the issue,” Chosaid. Choi Yeong Ho, also a director at the defector organization,said, “This year in January, Kim Jong Eun ordered for defectors, who risk theirlives to escape the country, to be killed on the spot, saying they are a threatto the system. He has begun a governance of terror, ordering the expulsion ofdefector families to isolated areas in February, and in March tearing downvillages adjacent to the border areas.” He added, “All the defectors areenraged by this shameless human rights report issued by Kim Jong Eun.” On September 13th, Pyongyang published its own human rightsreport, countering claims from the COI findings and claiming that all NorthKoreans enjoy ample political, social, and cultural rights.center_img Facebook Twitter AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News SHARE News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

IPC to purchase IPG

“We have always viewed [IPG] as a great company,” says Chris Reynolds, president and CEO of IPC. “They have a very, very good culture, really good advisors – very focused on their clients needs – and we thought that kind of culture was very close to what we have here at Investment Planning Counsel.” At least in the short-term IPG will continue to under the same operational organization and management, says Reynolds. Although once the deal closes IPG advisors will work under the IPC brand. As well, Vince Valenti, president of IPG, will remain with the organization for the foreseeable future, Reynolds adds. As part of the acquisition IPG advisors will now have access to IPC’s broader services, says Reynolds, including an IIROC platform, portfolio management, and private wealth. Says Reynolds: “It’ll be business as usual with a much larger toolkit then they had before.” As well, IPC Portfolio Services Inc. (IPCPSI), also entered into an agreement to purchase the investment manager, Brigata Capital Management Inc. Brigata Capital will be merged with Counsel Portfolio Services Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of IPCPSI. The deal is subject to regulatory approvals and the approval of Brigata Diversified Portfolio unit holders. IPC is an integrated wealth management company with $17 billion in assets under administration. IPG is a mutual fund dealer with advisors in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia and over $2 billion in assets under administration. Related news Mississauga, Ont.-based Investment Planning Counsel Inc. (IPC) entered into an agreement to purchase Independent Planning Group Inc. (IPG), headquartered in Ottawa, the firms announced on Tuesday. The transaction includes the acquisition of IPG, Virtuco Technologies Inc. and IPG Insurance Inc. The deal is expected to close subject to regulatory approvals in late 2013. One in five Canadian investors plans to switch wealth providers: EY study Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Canaccord reports record revenues, drops proposal to acquire RF Capital TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Fiona Collie Keywords Mergers and acquisitions,  Wealth managementCompanies Independent Planning Group, Investment Planning Counsel Inc. read more

Scottish man faces U.S. charges in alleged Twitter stock manipulation fraud

first_img California fraudsman gets 10 years for $147M global investment scam Fraud in Canada continues to climb: StatsCan “This investigation dismantled a stock market manipulation scheme that operated with one goal in mind — to falsely defame a company in order to destroy its stock value for financial gain,” FBI Special Agent in Charge David Johnson said in a statement. It was not immediately clear whether Craig had an attorney. An email to a U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman after hours Thursday was not immediately returned. Craig targeted the San Francisco Bay area sound technology company Audience and the Washington-based biopharmaceutical firm Sarepta, prosecutors said. He Tweeted that Audience was being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice on rumoured fraud charges and that Sarepta papers had been seized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, prosecutors said. He is accused both times of using his girlfriend’s TradeMonster account to purchase shares in the companies and then later selling them at a higher price. Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter A U.S. federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted a Scottish man on Thursday for securities fraud after prosecutors say he manipulated stock prices using Twitter. James Alan Craig, 62, of Dunragit, Scotland, set up Twitter accounts in 2013 that appeared to be associated with real market research firms before sending out false Tweets that sent companies’ stock prices plunging, prosecutors said. He is accused of then buying the companies’ stock and profiting when the prices rebounded. Craig caused shareholders to lose more than US$1.6 million, according to prosecutors. center_img Keywords Fraud Hedge fund founders face OSC charges Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Associated Press last_img read more

Second inquiry into Pharmac vetoed by Labour

first_imgSecond inquiry into Pharmac vetoed by Labour The New Zealand National PartyThe Government has once again stopped the Health Select Committee from initiating an inquiry into Pharmac, despite widespread consensus during the campaign that such an inquiry is needed, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says. /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:campaign, Government, health, New Zealand, New Zealand National Party, nzpollast_img read more