Senate passes budget, motion funding $1,100 PFD fails

first_imgJuneau | State GovernmentSenate passes budget, motion funding $1,100 PFD failsJune 16, 2021 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:The Alaska Senate during a floor session on June 16, 2021. (Screen capture Gavel Alaska)The Alaska Senate passed a state budget by a margin of one vote on Wednesday, the day after the House passed it. This year’s permanent fund dividend would be $525 if the Legislature doesn’t add more funding later. A motion that would have funded the dividend at $1,100 failed to receive support of three-quarters of the members of each chamber, which was required for it to pass. A program to lower the cost of electricity in high-cost areas and university scholarships also are not funded in the budget due to the failure of the votes to draw from the Constitutional Budget Reserve. Lawmakers in both chambers have said they support funding these programs. But a compromise may not be possible before Friday. The special session must end by then. That means the Power Cost Equalization program and university scholarships may not be funded starting on July 1, the first day of the new budget. The Senate budget approval came after drama. It failed in an earlier vote. But Bethel Democratic Sen. Lyman Hoffman moved to rescind the vote. On the second vote, Hoffman changed from no to yes, allowing it to pass, 11 to 6.Hoffman has said the state should make changes that would allow for higher dividends without drawing down the amount of money available in the permanent fund’s earnings reserve.Share this story:last_img read more

Limited data may be skewing assumptions about severity of coronavirus outbreak, experts say

first_img Helen Branswell “I think right now things are so chaotic in China it may be hard to collect data on the whole spectrum of illness,” said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.Officially, an estimated 20% of cases in China are severely ill, according to the World Health Organization. But that calculation is derived based on known cases, and would not reflect mild, undetected ones.advertisement By Helen Branswell Jan. 30, 2020 Reprints Please enter a valid email address. Tags Coronavirusinfectious diseasepublic health Medical staff arrive with a patient at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in China. HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images Health officials in China, racing to try to contain a fast-growing coronavirus outbreak, are principally recording severe cases of disease, using a case definition that cannot capture patients with mild illness, according to experts familiar with the surveillance efforts.The approach, the experts told STAT, is likely resulting in both an underestimate in the total number of cases and flawed assumptions about fatality rates calculated by those who ignore the repeated caution that it’s too soon to do that math.The experts were quick to note that the Chinese are not willfully underreporting cases. Rather, the approach is a testament to how challenging data collection can be during the early days of an epidemic. When thousands of sick people show up at hospitals looking for care, there is no time to go searching for people who have mild symptoms and who have stayed home.advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: If it cannot — or if exported infections seed outbreaks in other parts of the globe — the world could be looking at a more disseminated epidemic, admitted Tedros, as he is called.Among other factors, epidemiologists are interested in the severity of the outbreak and what is known as the virus’ “attack rate.” The attack rate means the percentage of people who will develop the disease if it spreads.With seasonal influenza, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates between 3% and 11% of people become sick with flu every year. But immune systems have experience with influenza; the attack rate might be higher with a virus that is wholly new to humans.Likewise it’s unclear how many mild infections are being missed. The Chinese are currently only testing people who are sick enough to seek medical care because they have pneumonia — a criterion that automatically excludes anyone on the mild end of the disease spectrum.With some diseases, there isn’t much mild illness. In the case of the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak, for example, most people who became infected ended up in hospital, noted Dr. Gabriel Leung, dean of medicine at Hong Kong University and a veteran of that city’s battle against the disease.It’s clear there are at least some mild cases with this new infection. Many of the 100 or so exported cases are people with mild illness; to date there have been no deaths among these cases. Some of the five cases in the United States are only in hospital to ensure they don’t infect anyone else. Such cases would not be tested in China using the current case definition.“The look and feel of the exported cases, I think, really support the argument that there’s a lot of mild disease that is not being detected in China at the moment for the very good reason that they just can’t do it,” said Dr. Allison McGeer, who fought SARS in Toronto and helped contain hospital outbreaks of MERS in Saudi Arabia. Both SARS and MERS are coronaviruses, related to the new virus.McGeer, an infectious diseases researcher at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, noted the types of studies needed to estimate how much mild disease this virus causes are very difficult to do.Infectious diseases experts use the analogy of an iceberg when they talk about the spectrum of a disease. The most severe cases represent the tip of the iceberg; they are visible, because they are sick enough that they seek health care.But the portion of the iceberg that is under water is harder to calculate, especially with a new disease. And without having a clear picture of total cases, it’s difficult to come up with an accurate fatality rate.Wang Linfa, director of the program in emerging infectious diseases at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, is convinced there are a lot of mild infections. “Mild cases don’t go to hospital and there’s many, many cases that remain to be confirmed,” he said, noting laboratories are struggling to keep up with testing amid a reported shortage of test kits.Leung agreed: “It looks like the submerged bit of the iceberg is fairly large for this thing.”Some of the answers China cannot currently generate will come from watching what happens with the exported cases, said Dr. David Heymann, who oversaw the WHO’s SARS response and now teaches at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. “Now we are really going to begin to see things,” he said.Countries outside of China are using a broader approach to testing, looking for anyone who has recently traveled to or from Wuhan who has respiratory symptoms. These people, who the CDC calls “persons under investigation” or PUIs, do not need to have pneumonia in order to be tested. Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. Privacy Policy @HelenBranswell Support STAT: STAT is offering coverage of the coronavirus for free. Please consider a subscription to support our journalism. Start free trial today.Without knowing for sure what percentage of cases is severe — and how easily the pathogen that causes the disease can be transmitted — it’s impossible to forecast what might happen if the virus continues to spread globally, the WHO’s emergencies chief, Mike Ryan, told reporters Wednesday.“We don’t understand either of those parameters well enough to make accurate predictions,” he said. Still, he added a warning for people who are concluding that the virus may be less fatal than some other known pathogens: “A relatively mild virus can cause a lot of damage if a lot of people get it.”The outbreak has infected upward of 7,700 people on the Chinese mainland, and killed 170 since the new virus, known provisionally as 2019-nCoV, was reported to the WHO on Dec. 31. Nearly 20 other countries have reported diagnosing infections in travelers from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, but to date there has been little local spread of the virus in other countries.WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Ryan, who were in China earlier this week to consult with the Chinese government and assess the situation, praised the response by officials there. “The challenge is great but the response has been massive,” Ryan told reporters.The effort, which is of an unprecedented scale, involves quarantining whole cities that are home to tens of millions of people to try to stop spread of the virus. The WHO is still hopeful, Ryan said, that China will be able to stop the outbreak. Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. About the Author Reprints HealthLimited data may be skewing assumptions about severity of coronavirus outbreak, experts say last_img read more

Great horned owl recovering after slamming into pickup truck

first_imgAdvertisement Conservation group working to protect local pelicans May 20, 2021 AdvertisementConservancy of Southwest Florida staff expect the owl to recover. Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS NAPLES, Fla. — A great horned owl is on the road to recovery after getting hit by a pickup truck.As the owl was flying across the road, he got hit by a pickup truck and broke through the front grill. When the driver finished their 300-mile drive, they found the injured owl inside the truck.A volunteer with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida picked up the injured owl that had some swelling and a cut on one elbow. The volunteer brought the bird to a rehabilitation facility. The owl was given some fluids, pain medicine and a laser therapy treatment. He will need another week of treatment before being place in an outdoor enclosure. Officers pull unconscious teen from burning car April 29, 2021center_img Video: Railroad worker saves child from oncoming train April 20, 2021 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: Conservancy Southwest FloridaGreat horned owlRescue VIDEO: Police save osprey on Naples Pier April 27, 2021 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 commentslast_img read more

Toronto luxury home sales hit record in 2020

first_imgHouse. 123RF Keywords Housing,  Real estate,  Economic indicators,  Coronavirus Leading indicators signal steady rebound: OECD Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Ontario unlikely to balance budget by 2030: FAO Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Although the “uber-luxe” homes highlighted in the Re/Max report are a small fraction of the overall home sales market, Re/Max’s Christopher Alexander said the luxury home market reflects broader trends emerging from the pandemic. Toronto average home prices hit a new high of $929,699 in 2020, the Toronto Real Estate Board said on Wednesday, as the number of homes sold rose to 95,151, up from 87,751 in 2019.“(Pre-pandemic), you didn’t really notice the shortcomings of your existing living arrangements because you were out of the home so much,” said Alexander, the chief strategy officer for Re/Max Ontario-Atlantic Canada.Wealthier homebuyers tracked by Re/Max fell in line with another trend that was apparent in the overall home buying market: buying in the suburbs. The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board said on Wednesday that South Simcoe County homes saw the biggest price growth in December, while homes within Toronto city limits saw the least appreciation. Homes over $3 million in the greater Toronto regions of Halton, Peel and York saw the biggest spike in sales last year, Re/Max said, as buyers tried to stretch their price-per-square-foot and take advantage of low interest rates.“You may have moved to an area because you wanted to be there: you want to be close to the action, or you want it to be close to the subway,” said Alexander.“But then you spend so much time at home during the pandemic, and you’re like, ‘wow, I really need a home office,’ or ‘I need a bigger backyard.”’But the luxury market does have notable differences that allowed it to set a record during a pandemic that sparked an economic downturn, Alexander said.“The majority of people that have lost their jobs are not the typical homebuyer. A lot of them are in the service sector and low wage workers. Executive level positions were relatively unaffected,” Alexander said.Economists speaking at an annual breakfast hosted virtually by the Economic Club of Canada on Thursday noted that sales of high-end homes could shift the prospects for the middle class.“The high end homes in Toronto have done really well, making it difficult for people with middling houses to move up. That could cause the high end market to actually stall a little bit,” said Avery Shenfeld, chief economist at CIBC Capital Markets.Nonetheless, Alexander said the “tremendous price appreciation” in southern Ontario is a good sign for the rest of the market because picky luxury buyers are typically slower to finalize a home purchase.“If the market is really good, people that have been trying to get into the uber luxury market have gained equity in price appreciation in their current homes, and now have enough equity,” said Alexander.“On the flip side, those top-level executives and entrepreneurs that typically own multimillion-dollar properties are usually the last segment of the market to be affected by a downturn.”Engel and Volkers, which also tracks the luxury market, said last year that despite Covid-19 lockdowns, there was growing interest during the pandemic from international buyers who saw Canada’s cities as “blue chip” investments. Despite the general softness in the condo market last year, Engel and Volkers said its Tremblant, Que., office sold $36 million in pre-construction condos in the first half of last year over video conference.By the end of the year, however, Re/Max said it was domestic buyers who drove the luxury market in Toronto higher, “offsetting a decline in the international homebuying activity.” Nonetheless, Alexander said he will be watching what happens when travel in and out of Canada resumes, since foreign investors have played a “huge role” in the luxury real estate market up to last year.“I really expect the condo market to rebound tremendously this year,” said Alexander. “ I think as soon as immigration does kick in, you’re going to have a lot of people needing a place to live.” Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan Anita BalakrishnanCanadian Press A record number of Toronto homes priced over $3 million sold last year, Re/Max said in a report this week, even as amid the economic downturn during the Covid-19 pandemic.Real estate agents sold 1,062 Toronto homes over $3 million in 2020, up 55.7% from the 682 sold in 2019, the report said. Related newslast_img read more

PM Urges Graduates of Alma Mater to Pursue Excellence

first_imgRelatedPM Urges Graduates of Alma Mater to Pursue Excellence RelatedPM Urges Graduates of Alma Mater to Pursue Excellence RelatedPM Urges Graduates of Alma Mater to Pursue Excellence PM Urges Graduates of Alma Mater to Pursue Excellence UncategorizedMay 9, 2007center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, has urged graduates of her Miami-based alma mater to strive for excellence and to set no limits in pursuit of their goals.The Prime Minister, who was the guest speaker at the Union Institute and University’s commencement exercise held last Sunday (May 6) at the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, told the 70 graduates that they were now equipped with the primary tools of knowledge and self-development, which would empower and enable them to shape a brighter future.“We were all equipped to be winners each with our different talents, skills and experiences, and we do not have to be stopped by challenges,” she stated.She said that in pursuit of excellence, they must be guided by purpose and passion and leave a “legacy that would make the world a loving and better place.”Noting some of the factors contributing to the degradation of the society, Mrs. Simpson Miller told her audience that elevating the qualities of caring and compassion, and pooling positive energies, would create more wholesome communities.The Prime Minister paid tribute to the institution for preparing her to expand her horizons and strengthening her capacity as a leader, and providing other adult students with the opportunity to enrich their knowledge base while pursing their careers goals.She further shared with the graduates of the university, which caters to adult learners, the joy of embarking on higher education as a mature person, noting that the experience has created a heightened appreciation for the application of knowledge through life’s experiences.Prior to the graduation ceremony, the Prime Minister was guest at a luncheon in her honour at the same venue.The Prime Minister holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from the university, in addition to a honorary degree in recognition of her “enduring efforts to improve the quality of life for all Jamaican citizens, regardless of race, class, colour of creed.” Advertisementslast_img read more

U.S. Position on Relocation of Rohingya Refugees to Bhasan Char

first_imgU.S. Position on Relocation of Rohingya Refugees to Bhasan Char The United States has long noted its appreciation for the Government of Bangladesh’s commitment to hosting the Rohingya refugees but is concerned about the relocation of 1,642 Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char and plans to carry out further relocations. The United States concurs with the UN that any such relocations must be fully voluntary and based on informed consent without pressure or coercion.Bangladesh has stated that Rohingya refugees may return to camps on the mainland if they choose. The United States calls on the Government of Bangladesh to adhere to this commitment and demonstrate respect for the human rights of refugees relocated to Bhasan Char, including freedom of movement, by facilitating refugees’ ability to move to and from Cox’s Bazar. Refugees on Bhasan Char should have access to livelihoods and basic services, such as education and health care.With the UN and likeminded donors, the United States has asked for Bangladesh to accept the UN’s offer of thorough and independent technical and protection assessments to determine the safety, feasibility, and desirability of relocating refugees there. Independent access to Bhasan Char will help to confirm whether refugees were relocated voluntarily and remain there voluntarily, and suitability of the site to withstand cyclones and seasonal flooding.The United States also calls again upon Burma to create the conditions conducive for Rohingya refugees’ voluntary, safe, and dignified return. We are coordinating closely with the international community, in consultation with affected communities, to promote such efforts. The United States supports the pursuit of comprehensive solutions for Rohingya refugees and internally displaced persons. We are the leading contributor of humanitarian assistance in response to the Rakhine State crisis, providing nearly $1.2 billion since the escalation of violence in August 2017, of which nearly $962 million is for programs inside Bangladesh; these programs provide support to host communities, as well as Rohingya refugees. On October 22, the United States hosted, together with the EU, UK, and UNHCR, a virtual donor conference entitled “Sustaining Support for the Rohingya Refugee Response” that attracted participation from 34 additional countries and generated nearly $600 million in funding announcements from 25 donors. We encourage the Government of Bangladesh to continue coordinating with the international community to ensure funding for this crisis response and to work toward durable solutions in a manner that is consistent with international norms and respects the human rights of each individual. /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:Bangladesh, community, conference, crisis, Department of State, education, Government, Human Rights, Humanitarian, pursuit, Rakhine, refugees, Rohingya, Safety, UK, United States, violencelast_img read more

India added to red list as cases of new variant rise

first_imgIndia added to red list as cases of new variant rise travel ban implemented for visitors from India from 4am on Friday 23 AprilBritish, Irish and third-country nationals with residence rights (including long-term visa holders) arriving from India will be required to self-isolate in a government-approved hotel quarantine facility for 10 daysmove follows new data showing an increased risk of importation of new variantIndia has been added to England’s red list to protect the country against a new variant of coronavirus (COVID-19) and against other existing variants.The situation in India has deteriorated with an extremely rapid rise in cases detected throughout April, which is accelerating. Over the last week, local rates have almost doubled, increasing to 111 cases detected per 100,000 per week – higher than any other point in the outbreak. Despite the current travel measures, there is a high volume of travel between India and the UK, and we have already seen 103 cases of the variant under Investigation (VUI) in the UK.From 4am on Friday 23 April, international visitors who have departed from or transited through India in the previous 10 days will be refused entry into England. Only British and Irish citizens, or those with residence rights in the UK (including long-term visa holders), will be allowed to enter and they must stay in a government-approved quarantine facility for 10 days. They will also be required to arrive into a designated port. Direct flights from India will continue to be permitted, but passengers are advised to check their travel plans before departing for England.During their managed quarantine stay, passengers will be required to take a coronavirus test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8, and they will not be allowed to shorten their quarantine period on receipt of a negative test result or through the Test to Release scheme.With over 42 million vaccinations delivered in the UK so far, the move will help to reduce the risk of new variants entering England.Decisions on travel restrictions are taken by ministers and are informed by evidence including Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) analysis as well as other wider public health considerations. The JBC risk assessments cover a range of factors for each country, including:assessment of surveillance and sequencing capabilityavailable surveillance and genome sequencing dataevidence of in-country community transmission of COVID-19 variantsevidence of exportation of new variants to the UK or other countriestravel connectivity with the UKBritish nationals currently in the countries on the red list should make use of the commercial options available if they wish to return to England. Commercial routes that will enable British and Irish nationals and residents to return to England continue to operate.British nationals in these countries should check Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice and follow local guidance. The FCDO will continue to offer tailored consular assistance to British nationals in need of support overseas on a 24/7 basis.Border Force will continue to carry out thorough checks at the border to keep the public safe. /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:biosecurity, Border, British, commonwealth, community, coronavirus, covid-19, Government, India, investigation, Outbreak, public health, quarantine, risk assessment, surveillance, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Sonoma State Offers New Wine Business Financial Planning and Strategy Seminar

first_imgTwitter AdvertisementRohnert Park, CA – On September 11th the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University will offer a new seminar as part of their fall professional development programming.  The new seminar, “Financial Planning and Strategy for Wine Businesses” is an elective seminar that can be combined with core seminars to earn the Wine Industry Finance and Accounting Certificate.Jeanette Tan, Proprietor of QB Winery Solutions, will give a focused review of the key elements to consider when creating a financial plan and strategy including forecasting cash flow, why gross profit is more important than sales and which metrics are critical in measuring a business’s performance.  During the half day seminar, students will work through examples of financial plans and strategies and will leave with useful templates and tools.For more information or to register for this seminar and/or the Wine Industry Finance & Accounting certificate please contact Erin Ringstad, [email protected] or 707-664-3235.About Wine Business InstituteWBI is an education and research institute of the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University.  SSU is the first institution of higher learning in the U.S. to offer an undergraduate degree and advanced degrees focused on the business of wine, and the first school of business in the world to offer an executive-level wine degree.   With its unique location, outstanding faculty, and deep relationships in the world of wine, SSU and WBI attract current and future professionals from California and around the world.  They come to experience first-hand the expertise and wealth of connections among students, alumni and industry leaders.    Learn more at ReddIt Share Home Industry News Releases Sonoma State Offers New Wine Business Financial Planning and Strategy SeminarIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessSonoma State Offers New Wine Business Financial Planning and Strategy SeminarBy Press Release – August 25, 2015 25 0 Pinterest Facebook Email TAGSfeaturedSonoma State UniversityWine BusinessWine Business InstituteWine Education Linkedin Previous articleNapa Valley Grapegrowers’ Harvest STOMP Raises Funds and Highlights the 2015 VintageNext articleAfternoon Brief, August 25 Press Releaselast_img read more

Brewers Publications Presents Session Beers: Brewing for Flavor and Balance

first_img TAGSBrewers Association Facebook Twitter AdvertisementBoulder, CO • September 5, 2017 – Sharing a beer or two with friends is one of life’s many joys. Session beers, whose mild strength invites more than one round, adhere to high quality standards and are dedicated to balance and drinkability above all. The latest release from Brewers Publications, Session Beers: Brewing for Flavor and Balance by Jennifer Talley, explores the history behind some of the world’s greatest session beers, past and present.In recent years, brewers have reinvented traditionally stronger classic beer styles to something more suitable for casual drinking sessions – giving beer lovers the freedom to celebrate community while consuming less alcohol. Such beers can be challenging to brew, but they present many opportunities to showcase skill, flavor and refreshment. In Session Beers, Talley provides valuable information about the brewing processes and ingredients that can be used in development and explores popular recipes from some of the best brewmasters in America.“A veteran of low-ABV ‘session’ brewing, Jennifer Talley brings an enormous amount of practical and technical information to this subject. It’s obvious her time at Squatters Pub Brewery in Utah fostered respect for the art and soul of brewing beers under 4.0% ABV,” said Tomme Arthur, co-founder and brewmaster, Lost Abbey and Port Brewing Co. “As someone who has been at this business of brewing for over 20 years, I can honestly say this book provided some keen insights into the thought processes and execution behind these fickle beer styles. I guess you actually can teach an old dog new tricks. I for one cannot wait to share this information with my brewers.”Talley’s brewing career began in Salt Lake City as brewmaster at Squatters Pub Brewery. She honed her skills through a variety of positions at Salt Lake Brewing Company, Redhook Brewery, Russian River Brewing Company and Auburn Alehouse in Auburn, California. She is a Cicerone Examiner, craft beer industry speaker, technical committee member for the Master Brewers Association of the Americas and a national and international beer judge. She has received over 20 awards from the Great American Beer Festival® and World Beer Cup℠ and was awarded the Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Craft Brewing in 2011. She resides with her children in Grass Valley, California.Brewers Publications supports the mission of the Brewers Association by publishing books of enduring value for amateur and professional brewers as well as titles that promote understanding and appreciation of American craft beer. With over 50 titles to choose from, it’s the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers, homebrewers and beer enthusiasts.Session Beers: Brewing for Flavor and BalanceISBN: 978-1938469411Cover Price: $19.95About the Brewers AssociationThe Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 4,000-plus U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer CupSM, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, Homebrew Con, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications™ is the largest publisher of brewing literature in the U.S.Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association and the free Brew Guru™ mobile app. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.Advertisement Pinterest Share ReddIt Home Industry News Releases Beer Business Brewers Publications Presents Session Beers: Brewing for Flavor and BalanceIndustry News ReleasesBeer BusinessBrewers Publications Presents Session Beers: Brewing for Flavor and BalanceBy Press Release – September 5, 2017 26 0 Linkedin Email Previous articleGiò and Wine Trees Partner to Introduce Giò Italian Wines to the U.S.Next articleAfternoon Brief, September 5 Press Releaselast_img read more

Schutt Selected to Fill In for Steenson as HD 8 Legislator

first_imgThe Flathead County Commission has appointed Bryan Schutt as the interim legislator for Kalispell’s House District 8. Schutt, a Democrat running for the HD 8 seat in November, was chosen during an August 2 meeting to fill in for Cheryl Steenson, the former legislator holding the seat, after she resigned her post in July to take a teaching job in Colombia. Secretary of State Linda McCulloch received Steenson’s letter of resignation July 20. State law mandates that when a legislator steps down or is otherwise unable to perform their duties, the county central committee of the lawmaker’s party, in this case Democrats, provides the county commission with a list of three nominees to fill the vacancy within 45 days. The commission must make its selection within 15 days of receiving that list and notify the secretary of state. Since Joe Brenneman is the sole Democrat serving on the county commission, the other commissioners deferred to him, allowing him to choose from a list that also named Eve Dixon and John de Neeve. According to a letter from Scott Wheeler, chairman of the Flathead County Democratic Party, the three names were voted on with secret ballots during a recent meeting of the central committee. Schutt found out two days later he had been appointed the interim HD 8 representative, and as of last week had not yet taken his oath of office. Though some legislative committees are holding hearings in the interim before the next session, in January, Steenson’s seat on the House Appropriations Committee is not scheduled to meet – which means Schutt might not have that much to do. “It’s quite possible that there may be no legislative duties between now and Nov. 3,” Schutt said. House District 8, which encompasses downtown Kalispell, regularly swings from Democratic to Republican control. In 2008 Steenson defeated incumbent Republican Craig Witte by just 14 votes, evidence that even a small advantage could be helpful in winning the seat. But Schutt said he was concerned, should he be listed as an incumbent on the ballot in November, it could prove a disadvantage in the current electoral climate. “I didn’t want the position if it was listed as ‘incumbent,’ because I think it’s going to be a tough year on incumbents,” he said. (Schutt will not be listed as an incumbent.) With the House currently split 50-50, virtually any House race could hand either party the majority, making HD 8 a key election. Despite what is likely to be a close election, both Schutt’s opponents – Republican Steve Lavin and Independent Bill Jones said they felt the legislative vacancy had been handled properly. “I expected it,” Lavin said. “I believe it would have been the same way if a Republican would have stepped away from the seat.” “I feel it’s good the Flathead’s represented; I would encourage him to start attending committee hearings,” Jones said. “What would be inappropriate would be to let it sit there blank.” As for whether holding the seat for a few months could give him an edge, Schutt wasn’t sure. “How many people will it influence?” Schutt said. “Eh. Maybe a few – but a few can be all it takes to win HD 8.” Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more