Audit recommends changes to state’s commercial fisheries commission

Share this story: Business | Fisheries | State GovernmentAudit recommends changes to state’s commercial fisheries commissionOctober 29, 2015 by Molly Dischner, KDLG Share:A report by the Legislature’s audit division said changes to the state’s Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission, or CFEC, could result in $1.2 million in annual savings within three years. CFEC manages participation in the state’s limited entry fisheries, like Bristol Bay.The report suggests moving to three part-time commissioners, instead of the three full-time commissioners it’s currently allotted, and hiring an executive director to oversee day to day operations. It also suggested having the Alaska Department of Fish and Game take on the agency’s administrative work, like issuing annual permits.Kris Curtis, from Legislative Audit, said it would take about three years to make the reforms that would result in the savings.The report was requested by Homer Rep. Paul Seaton in 2014. Fieldwork began last winter, and the report was released after the legislature’s joint budget and audit committee Oct. 21.Much of the report looked at efficiencies and savings. The agency is funded primarily by fishing permit fees, and takes in more than it spends, with the extra revenue supporting other state functions, including commercial fisheries management.Critics have complained that despite that, the organization spends more than is necessary, and has been slow to perform its work in recent years. The audit notes that there are about 28 applications for fishing permits that have been ongoing for more than 10 years, and not yet resolved.The audit also recommended finishing some long-term projects.“The audit also concluded that in general, the commissioners have not adequately managed the daily operations,” Curtis said. “Two projects specifically, the licensing system upgrade and the archival of agency documents had not been prioritized or properly managed.”While the audit raised some criticism about CFEC’s work during his time there, longtime commissioner Bruce Twomley said it also validated the need for the agency.“The auditors were quite strong in their recommendation that it is important and consistent with the original legislative intent that CFEC does continue,” he said after it was released. “I think that’s the most significant finding of the report.”A bill to eliminate the commission and move its duties to other bodies was introduced last session, but hasn’t yet been voted on. When the Legislature reconvenes in January, it’ll be up for discussion first in the House Resources Commission.Twomley said the audit reiterated the need to keep the two organizations separate.“The legislative intent underlying that notices that the kinds of decisions we make affect people individually, just like court decisions,” Twomley said. “And that’s very different from decisions that the department and the board of fisheries make, which affect whole classes of fishermen alike. It’s a different animal. And one of the notions mentioned by the report is keeping biological management separate from the economic management that we do so that one doesn’t influence the other.”Twomley said some of the report’s other recommendations made sense.“We’ve had an executive director in the past and we eliminated the exec director to absorb some budget cuts but the notion of an executive director is consistent with current needs,” he said.Changes to CFEC would have to be made by the Legislature.Rep. Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, said he’d like to see the governor spearhead an effort to introduce the recommendations in the report.“Personally, I’d like to see the Walker administration come forward with a bill. I’d like to see a neutral party bring legislation to the Legislature so we that we can look at this, again, very carefully from all aspects, and to look at it particularly from a cost-benefit analysis to fishermen throughout the state.”This is the second report this year to suggest changes to the organization. Last winter, Fish and Game issued its own report that offered five different options for reform, from some light restructuring to eliminating the agency and moving some of its functions. read more

Premium / Analysis: a bruised and battered FedEx is dead; long live FedEx!

first_imgFedEx (FDX) shareholders are a bit troubled these days, although those who invested in the Memphis-based behemoth at the turn of the century would likely be pleased with the way things have gone in the past 20 years.With hindsight, one would have been better off betting on the transport index over the long run – yield considerations also play a part over the 2000-2020 period – but that is mainly due to the latest correction in FDX stock price, which … Email* Password* Please either REGISTER or login below to continue LOGIN Premium subscriber LOGIN Reset Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium New Premium subscriber REGISTER Reset Your Password Please Login << Go back Forgotten your password? Please click here Email* By Alessandro Pasetti 20/01/2020last_img read more

Graffiti criticizing Party Congress surfaces in Hyesan

first_img North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News News NewsEconomy Graffiti criticizing the upcoming 7th PartyCongress has surfaced in Hyesan, Ryanggang Province, prompting officials withinthe State Security Department to launch an investigation into who was behindthe act, Daily NK has learned.“On Sunday, SSD personnel suddenly showedup at inminban (people’s unit), state-run factories, and schools, demandingeveryone present to submit handwritten samples containing a few song phrasesand lines from a poem,” a source from Ryanggang Province told Daily NK onTuesday.“People were really taken aback by thesudden request but it soon made sense when the graffiti connection was made.Most have kept quiet on the issue, well aware of the severe consequences thatwould unfurl if they were to be accused of talking about political issues andput in the wrong light.”Additional sources in Ryanggang Province corroborated this news.While collecting the handwriting samples,the SSD officials emphasized the case has been classified as “espionage”.Especially given the fact that the Party Congress has not been held for 36years and is occurring for the first time under the orders of Kim Jong Un, anycriticism of it can be seen as an act of subversion.What is notable is the degree of concernsecurity officials are showing with regards to the possibility of rumorsspreading. Similar incidents in the past have typically led to public lectureson “stepping up revolutionary awareness” in the face of “anti-Party,anti-revolutionary agitators,” but none have yet taken place.The tight security has prompted quietgossip on what exactly the graffiti said and where it was found, leading manyto believe that the nature of the incident must be “out of the ordinary,” andfueling more speculation that the writings must have directly attacked theregime or the “highest dignity” (Kim Jong Un) himself, claimed the source.  Facebook Twitter 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] SHAREcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Graffiti criticizing Party Congress surfaces in Hyesan By Kang Mi Jin – 2016.04.14 2:59pm US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again News Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaderslast_img read more

Mining company director breached securities laws: BCSC

first_img Back in 2013, the BCSC found that two other directors illegally sold shares of the company to seven investors between April and July 2011. It says that the company claimed that the seven investors fell under the family, friends and business associates and accredited investor exemptions, but the panel found they did not. The panel did not hand down any sanctions in the case yet. It directed the two sides to make submissions on sanctions on a schedule set out in the ruling. By signing exempt distribution reports when no exemption was available a mining company director breached securities laws, a British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) panel has ruled. The BCSC said Wednesday that a hearing panel ruled that former director of B.C. miner, Cinnabar Explorations Ltd., breached the prospectus requirements. It found that Daniel Grant McGee allowed illegal distributions to occur by signing exempt distribution reports when no prospectus exemption was available. “Ignorance of his obligations does not relieve McGee of liability,” the panel said. Related news Compensation funds available for Phoenix group victims BCSC sanctions founders, companies in failed insurance venture James Langton center_img Keywords Illegal distributionsCompanies British Columbia Securities Commission Former Alberta planner fined, banned for illegal distribution scheme Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

TD halts credit card purchases of cryptocurrencies

first_img Related news Bitcoin surge doesn’t affect damages, B.C. court says Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter BoC digital currency would be greener than Bitcoin, deputy says U.S. businesses may have to report crypto assets to IRScenter_img Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) is halting the use of its credit cards to buy cryptocurrency as it conducts a review of the “evolving market.”The recent decision follows moves by several U.S. banks to stop allowing credit card purchases of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. “At TD, we regularly evaluate our policies and security measures, in order to serve and protect our customers, as well as the bank,” a TD spokesperson said in an emailed statement Friday.The value of bitcoin soared last year, trading for more than $20,000 per bitcoin. Since then, the value of the cryptocurrency has come off its all-time highs and trades for around $13,000, but remains up significantly from where it was a year ago.Also readCryptocurrencies and your clientsRoyal Bank of Canada (RBC) said Friday it does allow its credit and debit cards to be used for transactions involving cryptocurrency in limited circumstances. However, the lender also cautioned clients about the possibility of a sudden drop in the value of cryptocurrencies which “could expose them to substantially higher debt levels than they are able to repay.”“We do recognize that regulatory, risk and other external environmental factors relating to cryptocurrency continues to evolve,” an RBC spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “As such, we continue to review our policies to consider how we can best support clients.”The Bank of Nova Scotia is also looking closely at its cryptocurrency transaction policy.“We understand that regulatory and risk factors related to cryptocurrency continue to evolve and as a result, we are closely reviewing our policies with respect to cryptocurrency transactions,” a Scotiabank spokesperson said in an emailed statement.Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Bank of Montreal did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Keywords Cryptoassets Bitcoin Electronic Crypto Currency Exchange Concept Illustration arrow/123RFlast_img read more

Ancient settlements and modern cities follow same rules of development, says CU-Boulder researcher

first_img Published: Feb. 13, 2014 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Recently derived equations that describe development patterns in modern urban areas appear to work equally well to describe ancient cities settled thousands of years ago, according to a new study led by a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder.“This study suggests that there is a level at which every human society is actually very similar,” said Scott Ortman, assistant professor of anthropology at CU-Boulder and lead author of the study published in the journal PLOS ONE. “This awareness helps break down the barriers between the past and present and allows us to view contemporary cities as lying on a continuum of all human settlements in time and place.”Over the last several years, Ortman’s colleagues at the Santa Fe Institute (SFI), including Professor Luis Bettencourt, a co-author of the study, have developed mathematical models that describe how modern cities change as their populations grow. For example, scientists know that as a population increases, its settlement area becomes denser, while infrastructure needs per capita decrease and economic production per capita rises.Ortman noticed that the variables used in these equations, such as cost of moving around, the size of the settled area, the population, and the benefits of people interacting, did not depend on any particular modern technology.“I realized that if these models are adequate for explaining what’s going on in contemporary cities, they should apply to any settlements in any society,” he said. “So if these models are on the right track, they should apply to ancient societies too.”To test his idea, Ortman used data that had been collected in the 1960s about 1,500 settlements in central Mexico that spanned from 1,150 years B.C. through the Aztec period, which ended about 500 years ago. The data included the number of dwellings the archaeologists were able to identify, the total settled area and the density of pottery fragments scattered on the surface. Taken together, these artifacts give an indication of the total population numbers and settlement density of the ancient sites.“We started analyzing the data in the ways we were thinking about with modern cities, and it showed that the models worked,” Ortman said.The discovery that ancient and modern settlements may develop in similar and predictable ways has implications both for archaeologists and people studying today’s urban areas. For example, it’s common for archaeologists to assume that population density is constant, no matter how large the settlement area, when estimating the population of ancient cities. The new equations could offer a way for archaeologists to get a more accurate head count, by incorporating the idea that population density tends to grow as total area increases.In the future, the equations may also guide archaeologists in getting an idea of what they’re likely to find within a given settlement based on its size, such as the miles of roads and pathways. The equations could also guide expectations about the number of different activities that took place in a settlement and the division of labor.“There should be a relationship between the population of settlements and the productivity of labor,” Ortman said. “So, for example, we would expect larger social networks to be able to produce more public monuments per capita than smaller settlements.”The findings of the new study may also be useful to studies of modern societies. Because ancient settlements were typically less complex than today’s cities, they offer a simple “model system” for testing the equations devised to explain modern cities.“The archaeological record actually provides surprisingly clear tests of these models, and in some cases it’s actually much harder to collect comparable data from contemporary cities,” Ortman said.Other co-authors of the study include Andrew Cabaniss of Santa Fe Institute and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Jennie Sturm of the University of New Mexico.The study is available at http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0087902. Read the press release from the Santa Fe Institute at http://www.santafe.edu/news/item/bettencourt-ortman-plos-one-cities-on-spectrum.last_img read more

Jamaica and Canada Sign MoU for Support Hub

first_imgRelatedJamaica and Canada Sign MoU for Support Hub FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica and Canada have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of a Canadian Military Operation Support Hub. The MoU was signed at the Ministry of National Security’s Oxford Road offices by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting and Canada’s National Defence Minister, Hon. Peter MacKay, on June 26. The establishment of the Operational Support Hub (OSH) in Jamaica will provide a legal framework that enables the Canadian Government, through its military forces and other government departments, to provide logistical support to routine operations throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. This support will be strengthened by the collaboration, co-operation and assistance of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). In his remarks, Minister Bunting said the government of Jamaica is honoured to be a part of the effort, which enables both governments to combine and effectively utilise scarce human and material resources to offer peacekeeping and humanitarian services.    He said the establishment of the operational hub will also enable the Canadian government, through its military forces, to provide support for special disaster relief operations throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Mr. Bunting noted that the longstanding and close relationship between the governments and militaries of both countries made it a natural choice for Jamaica to be selected as host of the OSH. “We feel privileged to be host of this support hub, as it is our understanding that this is one of only six across the entire world,” he said. The Minister also recognised Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Antony Anderson, and his team for the “tremendous” work they have been doing, and cited the “two-way” relationship between Canada and Jamaica. “The relationship is such that it’s not only Canada contributing to us in Jamaica and the JDF, but Jamaica also provides useful support, useful expertise…in other training efforts, which are conducted jointly, either here in Jamaica,  in the region or in Canada,” he informed.  For his part, Minister MacKay said the MoU is a “historic” agreement, which builds on a long and highly successful history of partnership and co-operation between both countries. He noted that Canada recognises that the security of the Caribbean is very much linked, not only to that of the broader western hemisphere, “but to our own security as well.” “We know that a concerted and timely response to those in need after earthquakes and hurricanes and weather incidents is critical. In fact, it’s fair to say that the ability to respond quickly is very often what contributes to the saving of lives and the lessening of suffering,” Mr. MacKay said. With the MoU, Canada will secure access to existing airports, seaports and other logistics support facilities in Jamaica that will allow Canada to respond rapidly to regional crises when they occur. The MoU outlines operational procedures that will be followed to activate the OSH in Jamaica. Minister MacKay, who is on a two-day visit to Jamaica, has also toured the Canada-funded infrastructure at Up Park Camp, which includes the Joint Information and Operations Centre (JIOC), the foreign student accommodations for the Jamaican Military Aviation School (JMAS), which Canada has been instrumental in establishing, and the location of the future facilities that will be used for aviation deployment and training. Mr. MacKay is scheduled to the leave the island today. Jamaica and Canada Sign MoU for Support Hub Foreign AffairsJune 27, 2012 By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter RelatedJamaica and Canada Sign MoU for Support Hub RelatedJamaica and Canada Sign MoU for Support Hub Advertisementslast_img read more

FCC accuses operators of slow hurricane response

first_imgHome FCC accuses operators of slow hurricane response Chris Donkin Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai slammed the progress made by US operators to restore services in regions hardest hit by Hurricane Michael as completely unacceptable.In a statement, the FCC chief demanded providers waive monthly contract charges for those impacted and announced the matter had been passed on to the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau for further investigation.“Even though efforts to restore communications services have been going well in most of the areas affected by Hurricane Michael, the slow progress in restoring wireless service in areas close to where the hurricane made landfall is completely unacceptable,” Pai said.“While the FCC has been in regular contact with companies serving the affected areas, I’m concerned that their actions on the ground aren’t matching the urgency that we have conveyed during those conversations.”The hurricane hit a number of counties in the south west of the US on 10 October with regions in Florida and Georgia the hardest hit.According to yesterday’s (16 October) FCC update, the majority of cell cites in Georgia knocked out of service are now operational, but in parts of Florida the percentage of sites still unusable was “much more significant”.One coastal area reported more than 60 per cent of sites were still unusable, while a number of other regions had more than 20 per cent out of service.In a statement dating 15 October, AT&T said its network had performed well during the disaster, and the company was supporting portable cell sites to aid subscribers and public safety organisations working in the area.Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg in a Tweet noted its crews were “working day and night in dangerous conditions to repair fibre cuts” in a bid to restore services. The company has also offered three months of free service to customers in specific areas.T-Mobile US said it was also working on restoring service and has waived some charges and offering a month of free service to qualifying customers.Sprint has waived charges from 10 October to October 18 and is also still attempting to restore a full service. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 17 OCT 2018 Related Verizon shuffles executives Ajit PaiAT&TFCCSprintT-Mobile USVerizon Previous ArticleAmerica Movil in the black on forex, mobile gainsNext ArticleNetflix 7M subscriber gains beat expectations Author T-Mobile US chief predicts market rebound FCC mulls expanded Huawei, ZTE bans Tags last_img read more

Jackson says Dail protest will continue despite letter from committee chair

first_img WhatsApp Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Twitter By News Highland – September 22, 2017 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Homepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Previous articleRuaille Buaille le Colm Feiritéar 19/9/17Next articleFirst language plans approved under the language planning process News Highland Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jackson says Dail protest will continue despite letter from committee chair The Chair of the Oireachtas Abortion Committee Senator Catherine Noone has writen to anti abortion protestor Tim Jackson saying she has watched an abortion video and the Taoiseach has no difficulty in doing so.However, Mr Jackson, a former Independent Election Candidate in Donegal who is continuing to refuse food, says that is not enough…………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/timfri.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Atlanta-Based Yik Yak Messaging App Is Shutting Down

first_img Related Stories 0:44 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List 0:44This is the last week in business for Atlanta-based technology startup Yik Yak. Co-founders Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington announced recently that operations for Yik Yak, an anonymous messaging app, would be shutting down.Yik Yak users used the app to create and view posts – called Yaks – within a five-mile radius.Like us on FacebookOnce valued at more than $300 million, Yik Yak launched in 2013 and quickly became Atlanta’s darling startup success story.Droll and Buffington founded the company shortly after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Since then, Yik Yak quickly became a popular app for college students on more than 2,000 college campuses.One of its early investors was Atlanta Ventures and it became one of the first startups to graduate from the Atlanta Tech Village‘s incubator program. Last week, several Yik Yak employees left to work for the Atlanta financial technology company Square.But ultimately, the anonymity of the mobile app led to its downfall. Several universities blocked the app on their Wi-Fi networks after students protested how it handled hate speech and cyberbullying posted by anonymous users.Last year, students requested that Emory ask Yik Yak for a geofence around the university and its Oxford College campus. ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Share For Whom The Bell Rings last_img read more