Coronavirus | Federal Government | Southeast | TourismThere have been two attempts in Congress to save Alaska’s cruise season in the last week. They’ve both failed.April 29, 2021 by Eric Stone, KRBD – Ketchikan Share:Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski urges Senate colleagues to support a bill that would waive a federal law and allow Alaska-bound cruises to bypass Canada Thursday. (Still from U.S. Senate video)The U.S. Senate on Thursday blocked consideration of a waiver that would have allowed foreign-flagged cruise ships to visit Alaska ports this summer. The Passenger Vessel Services Act, a 19th-century law that aims to protect the domestic shipping industry, requires Alaska-bound foreign-flagged cruise ships to stop in Canada. With Canada’s ports closed to cruise ships though next February due to COVID-19 concerns, the law effectively prevents Alaska’s cruise season from going forward.Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski asked the Senate to fast-track a short-term waiver of the law for voyages between Washington and Alaska. She said hope for a 2021 season was fading in Alaska.“Back home right now, people are not talking about the season for 2021 coming up. The motto is: ‘Get through to ‘22,’” Murkowski said on the Senate floor. “That’s an awful way to be approaching our situation, and so they have asked for help. They realize that anything that we can do to try to salvage even a few weeks of a tourist season is going to be important to us.”She offered an amendment to the waiver bill, dubbed the Alaska Tourism Recovery Act, that would require cruise lines to carry defibrillators, provide passengers with a bill of rights and ask regulators to draw up new rules for cruise lines to return human remains when a passenger dies at sea. She said the amendment had been negotiated with two Democratic colleagues: Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell. Blumenthal described the amendment as a “negotiated compromise” with Alaska’s Senate delegation.“These are simple, common-sense changes that ensure cruising is safe for passengers and for crew,” Murkowski said. She said the industry already adhered to two of the three provisions, though she did not specify which.Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah objected, stalling the bill. He said he was amenable to waiving the Passenger Vessel Services Act — he said he’d like to see it repealed entirely — but the amendment was unacceptable.“Unfortunately the bill that’s now before us has deviated from that purpose. It now has poison pill provisions that add duplicative, unnecessary and unrelated regulations that will harm, not help the cruise industry,” Lee said.Because Murkowski’s fast-track maneuver required consent from all present senators, Lee’s objection was enough to derail the waiver for the time being. But Alaska Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan, who co-sponsored the waiver, said he’s optimistic.“Here on the Senate floor, despite what you’ve seen, there’s actually been momentum and movement, and I’m confident we can get there,” Sullivan said.Federal maritime law is only one barrier to a summer 2021 Alaska cruise season. Orders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have prevented large cruise ships from sailing since last March. The CDC’s No-Sail Order was instituted after COVID-19 outbreaks aboard cruise ships spread rapidly in the early months of the pandemic. A 2020 Miami Herald analysis linked cruise ship outbreaks to more than 100 deaths among nearly 4,000 cases.Last year, after pressure from the White House, the CDC replaced that blanket ban with what it calls the Conditional Sail Order, billed as a way to resume cruises safely. It requires that cruise companies submit detailed COVID-19 mitigation plans and conduct training and drills before sailing. But the CDC has yet to tell cruise lines what those should look like. So, progress towards the resumption of U.S.-based cruises has been slow. Last week, Sullivan and Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott asked to fast-track the CRUISE Act, which would require the CDC to lift its order by July 4. Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray objected, blocking its passage. Murray said she was concerned that lifting the CDC rules would risk lives.But there’s a ray of hope from the CDC. A letter sent to cruise industry figures said the agency “remain[s] committed to the resumption of passenger operations in the United States following the requirements in the CSO [the Conditional Sail Order] by mid-summer, which aligns with the goals announced by many major cruise lines.” The letter clarified guidance issued by the CDC in April regarding crew testing, vaccination and pandemic preparedness measures at ports that receive ships.A CDC spokesperson told USA Today that if cruise lines submit their port plans promptly, passenger voyages could resume in mid-July. When the CDC issued updated rules for cruise ship sailings in early April, the mayor of the small Southeast cruise port of Skagway said he was concerned that some CDC rules on medical capacity at ports would leave small towns without a chance to receive ships.Alaska’s cruise season generally runs from about May through September.Share this story:
Friday 31 July 2015 5:07 pm whatsapp Tags: Green energy whatsapp Germany just set a new record in renewable energy, with solar, wind, biomass and hydro accounting for 78pc of the country’s energy consumption Germany set a new record in renewable energy, with over three-quarters of the country’s consumption coming from green energy.A few sunny hours last Saturday were enough for a new high in renewables, as green energy accounted for 78 per cent of Germany’s energy consumption. Solar and wind alone accounted for 40.65 gigawatts of the country’s power last weekend, thanks to a sunny day and strong winds in the north of the country, where most of the wind farms are based, according to Craig Morris, writing about Germany’s transition to renewable energy:The combination of sunny weather in the south with strong wind throughout the country is rare – and led to a new record.Factoring in biomass and hydropower put the total renewable energy consumption at 47.9 gigawatts, or 78 per cent of all power consumed.The previous record was 74 per cent.Despite this new high, Germany remains some distance away from being fully powered by green energy, as coal continues to make up 40 per cent of the country’s power consumption. The growth in renewables is instead largely replacing nuclear energy. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday Newszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTheFashionBallAlica Schmidt Is The Most Beautiful Athlete To ExistTheFashionBallLoan Insurance WealthGrab A Tissue Before You See Richard Simmons At 72Loan Insurance Wealth Share Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com Clara Guibourg
Hauliers remained in limbo today as governments on both sides of the Channel seek a resolution to the border closure imposed by France after the UK identified a new variant of Covid-19.UK prime minister Boris Johnson is to provide an update later today, with expectations that French authorities will reopen the border to accompanied freight by tomorrow for drivers who test negative for the virus.Nonetheless, the queue of trucks waiting to leave the UK continues to build, alongside concerns over driver welfare and the spoilage of fresh produce.Chief executive of Scotland Food & Drink James Withers slammed the “upbeat assessment” of the UK government, noting not only that the situation is continuing to deteriorate, but that the number of stranded trucks exceeds reported figures.“Contrary to an upbeat assessment from the prime minister yesterday, the situation has been deteriorating,” Mr Withers said.“We understand the number of lorries parked up in the wrong place in the UK is now in the thousands. There has been a very small amount of seafood that was caught in the backlog that has managed to switch to unaccompanied freight and get to France. But the vast bulk of the problem remains and is worsening.“Government should be holding a COBRA meeting again today and focusing all efforts on agreeing a protocol with France.”Other reports suggested the prime minister had failed to reference the impact on goods sent via Eurotunnel, which makes up 26% of the trade between the EU and UK.Chief executive of the Road Haulage Association (RHA) Richard Burnett accused the government of issuing “misleading” figures.Mr Burnett tweeted: “Why mislead the public regarding vehicles parked on the M20? At 11.30am yesterday there were 700 in the queue. By 6.30pm last night there were 945 and a further 600 in Ashford truck stop. Where did you get 170 from?”Yesterday, both the RHA and Logistics UK urged government to keep driver welfare front and centre of their efforts to address the situation. RHA MD of public and policy affairs Rod McKenzie said “major question marks” surrounded the facilities available to truckers, who “deserve to be treated better”.Mr Burnett added: “Truckers typically have low Coviod-19 infection rates, given the nature of their jobs and minimal contact they have with others, so it doesn’t make sense that they can’t cross the border into France.”Director of food & sustainability at the British Retail Consortium Andrew Opie said the situation raised fresh concerns over driver availability in the UK.“While goods can enter from France, few haulage firms will be willing to send trucks and drivers to the UK without a guarantee they can return to the EU in a timely manner. This is a key supply route for fresh produce at this time of year,” said Mr Opie.“Channel crossings see 10,000 trucks passing daily during peak periods, such as in the run up to Christmas. We urge the UK government and the EU to find a pragmatic solution to this as soon as possible, to prevent disruption for consumers. Retailers have stocked up on goods ahead of Christmas which should prevent immediate problems.“However, any prolonged closure of the French border would be a problem as the UK enters the final weeks before the transition ends on 31st December.”For suppliers, concerns are now building over the financial impact of the ban, with Mr Withers stating that discussions with the insurance industry presented a bleak picture.“The focus is, rightly, on seafood, as it is the most time-sensitive and threatened sector, but there are other Scottish food exporters and importers whose worries are significant and growing,” he said. “Based on discussions with the insurance industry, we aren’t aware of any companies that will be able to claim for losses, despite suggestions otherwise from UK ministers yesterday.“Also, the options for alternative markets are minimal. The major supermarkets in the UK are well supplied for Christmas and the hospitality sector is facing another Covid lockdown.” By Alex Whiteman, Brexit reporter 22/12/2020 Photo 56162041 © Sue Martin – Dreamstime.com
GET STARTED Merck is probed by Spain’s antitrust regulator for allegedly delaying competition for a contraceptive About the Author Reprints @Pharmalot Ed Silverman 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. Pharmalot What is it? 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. Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. By Ed Silverman Nov. 25, 2019 Reprints Log In | Learn More Tags legalSTAT+women’s health Alex Hogan/STAT [email protected] The antitrust regulator in Spain has accused Merck (MRK) of working with other companies to hinder the entry of generic versions of a hormonal contraceptive, the latest effort by a European government to crack down on anti-competitive practices in the pharmaceutical industry.In a statement issued last Thursday, the National Commission on Markets and Competition announced that it is pursuing sanctions against Merck Sharp & Dohme, its European affiliate, and MSD Human Health Holding, the European parent, for possibly delaying competitors from entering the market for a vaginal ring in Spain. What’s included?
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Previous articleLaois hits hottest temperature in midlands as possibility of further weather warningNext articleLaois minors suffer Kildare defeat in sweltering conditions 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. LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action as the Laois minors face Kildare Home Sport GAA LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action as the Laois minors face Kildare SportGAAGaelic Football Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding By Alan Hartnett – 27th June 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Twitter While there are three new faces in the forward line. Ballyroan-Abbey’s Cathal Doyle replaces clubmate Enda McWey at half forward and there are two changes in the full forward line.Arles-Killeen’s Oisin Byrne and Portarlington’s Rioghan Murphy drop to the bench with Killeshin’s Ross Bolger and St Joseph’s Seamus Farrelly coming in.This is potentially a must win game for Laois if they wish to reach the Leinster championship semi finals.If they fail to defeat Kildare, they may be overtaken by Longford or Carlow who both also clash tomorrow night and then have one further game remaining each while Laois will be finished.And you can follow all the action as it happens below: Rugby We are live from St Conleth’s Park in Newbridge Community SEE ALSO – Where Things Stand: A rundown of all the adult GAA leagues in Laois Pinterest Pinterest Brought to you in association with Joe Mallon Motors PortlaoiseThe Laois minor footballers will be looking to reach the Leinster semi finals when they face Kildare this evening.At 7.30pm today, they will go head to head against their opponents in St Conleth’s Park Newbridge in the fourth round of the Leinster championship.It is potentially a season defining match for Laois.Manager Donncha Phelan has made five changes to the team which drew with Carlow a few weeks ago.Mikey Bennett returns to the team at full back with his Portarlington cousin Cathal Bennett moving to centre back and Stradbally’s Eamonn Delaney moving to the bench.There is another change in midfield as Seán Michael Corcoran starts there with St Joseph’s Josh Lacey also dropping to the bench. WhatsApp WhatsApp Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Community Twitter TAGSLaois v KildareLeinster MFCLive Blog Facebook
NewsEconomy US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News News Kang 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] Koryolink changes numbers for Kim Il Sung’s birth year Facebook Twitter By Kang Mi Jin – 2015.11.25 10:04am Koryolink, one of two majortelecommunications providers in North Korea, has recently amended its numberassignment policy to incorporate Kim Il Sung’s birth year, Daily NKhas learned. Koryolink, a joint venture with theEgypitan company Orascom, provides service for inland regions includingPyongyang while Kangsung Net services more northern areas such as Yanggang andboth Hamgyong Provinces. Areas serviced byKoryolink, which includes Pyongyang, have phone numbers beginning with ‘191’ (191O-OOO-OOO), while areasthat are under the service provider Kangsung Net have phone numbers beginningwith ‘195’ (195O-OOO-OOO). But recently, according to a Daily NK source in thecapital, as part of a propaganda campaign to celebrate Kim Il Sung’s year ofbirth–1912–the authorities have required that Koryolink add a ‘2’ to the endof its ‘191’ numbers so that all citizens have phone numbers beginning with‘1912’. Daily NK crosschecked this information withan additional source in Pyongyang. She added that this change will also apply to foreign residents.The southern areas, such as South HamgyeongProvince, have many Koryolink subscribers with 191 numbers, although thenorthern areas including North Hamgyong Province are primarily serviced byKangsung Net, so phone numbers beginning with 195 are the norm there. Althoughthe services available through each provider, including access to the Party-runpublication Rodong Sinmun, are nearly identical, Kangsung Net is slightlycheaper and thus preferred by customers. Kangsung Net’s service comes with a baserate of 200 minutes, and there is a charge of 30 KPW for exceeding this limit.In addition, subscribers to Koryolink must use a foreign currency card in orderto purchase additional minutes. Kangsung Net allows subscribers to pay theirphone bills in local currency–an increasingly rare case amid a prevalence of and preference for foreign currencies. Koryolink subscribers must pay a fee of3000 KPW [0.35 USD] each quarter, which comes out to an average of 1000 KPW [0.12 USD] more than whatKangsung Net subscribers pay. The first 200 minutes of phone calls are free,but for citizens who run businesses or do other commercial activities, this isoften inadequate. As a result, many people purchase cards worth about12,000-25,000 KPW [1.40-2.90 USD] to make phone calls. Meanwhile, as previously reported by Daily NK, cell phone coverage for domestic networks now extends into China. Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders SHARE North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only)