Bookshop.org: How a ‘scrappy’ online bookseller wants to take on Amazon

first_imgBut for Hunter the immediate focus is on expanding his platform in the UK ahead of the crucial Christmas trading period. But many in the industry have been calling for a new rival to Amazon for years, and the launch of Bookshop has been hailed as a breakthrough moment. A ‘revolutionary’ moment Instead, it earns its keep through an affiliate programme. This grants a 10 per cent commission to registered partners who link to Bookshop’s site. This is matched by an equal contribution to a profit-sharing pool that is split between the indie stores. Bookshop earns a further 10 per cent cut to cover its technology and staff costs. The target market is well-heeled consumers who want to support indie booksellers, with the platform positioning itself as a “socially-conscious alternative” to Amazon, rather than a direct competitor. But this does not stop Hunter’s “scrappy band of passionate believers” from putting the tech giant in its sights. For the bulk of sales, which come through the storefronts of the sellers on its platform, Bookshop does not take a cut. Bookshop founder Andy Hunter wants to offer consumers a socially-conscious alternative to Amazon Also Read: Bookshop.org: How a ‘scrappy’ online bookseller is trying to take on Amazon US bookstore sales have dropped from highs of more than $17bn (£12.9bn) to less than $10bn, while Amazon’s market share has grown to over 50 per cent.  Show Comments ▼ Instead, the venture is “mission-focused”, and has applied for B Corporation status in the UK — a community of companies striving to balance purpose with profit. Bookshop’s rapid rise has undoubtedly been spurred on by the coronavirus pandemic, with lockdown measures fuelling a surge in book sales. Hunter says he moved the UK launch forward in response to this booming demand. The Black Lives Matter movement has also boosted sales, driving up interest in anti-racist literature and support for black-owned bookshops. Bookshop founder Andy Hunter wants to offer consumers a socially-conscious alternative to Amazon While the tech revolution has worked its way into all parts of daily life, few industries have experienced as extreme an overhaul as publishing.  “Like every publisher of long standing, I tend to be an incorrigible – some would say deluded – optimist, but nonetheless I am finding it impossible not to see the arrival of Bookshop as being a positively revolutionary moment in the history of bookselling in the UK, and in the evolution of the relationship between writers and readers,” says Philip Gwyn Jones, publisher at Picador. “We definitely want to take some of Amazon’s market share — absolutely,” he says. “I want to take five per cent of Amazon’s market share, but I don’t think we are going to beat Amazon.” It launched in the US at the beginning of the year and grew from 250 to 900 stores in its first six weeks. The site ballooned from sales of $50,000 in February to a peak in June, when it sold $1m worth of books in a single day. In its first two weeks in the UK, Bookshop has pulled in revenue of around £100,000. Virtual shopfronts “A high-profile alternative to Amazon in the lead up to Christmas can only help high street independents achieve cut-through online.” In the US, Bookshop has secured affiliate partnerships with publishers including Buzzfeed and Esquire. Thousands of social media influencers — from cookbook authors to so-called Bookstagrammers — have also signed up. Sunday 15 November 2020 11:30 amcenter_img Bookshop allows indie booksellers to create their own free, virtual shopfronts on its platform — similar to a social media profile. They are given the full 30 per cent profit margin on each sale, with roughly 50 per cent going to the publisher and the remainder used to cover fulfilment costs. Bookshop has partnered with wholesaler Gardners, offering same-day delivery for all orders made before midday. “We are anti-disrupting the industry,” Hunter says. “We’re using all the tools of Silicon Valley, but we’re trying to reverse an industry disruption. We’re trying to reinforce the culture that existed before, because we think it’s a more human and a more positive and healthy culture.” Tags: Amazon But now there’s a new kid on the block. Bookshop.org, which provides a platform for independent bookshops to sell their wares to socially-conscious consumers, launched in the UK this month with the express purpose of loosening Amazon’s iron grip on the industry. “We’ve seen Bookshop emerge as an innovative partner for US indie booksellers, and its mission to support and empower bookshops online is ever more important in the UK,” says Meryl Halls, managing director at the Booksellers Association. Bookshop founder Andy Hunter wants to offer consumers a socially-conscious alternative to Amazon Also Read: Bookshop.org: How a ‘scrappy’ online bookseller is trying to take on Amazon Bookshop.org: How a ‘scrappy’ online bookseller is trying to take on Amazon Bookshop is now mulling a move into audiobooks and ebooks, while the company has also had discussions with magazine and newspaper publishers. “We’re not slick or well-funded,” he says. “We’re not backed by venture capital or Silicon Valley. We’ve got it in our corporate bylaws that we’ll never sell to Amazon or any other major US retailer.” Further international expansion is also on the horizon, and the platform has received interest from Spain, France and Germany, as well as India and parts of South America. In many ways, Bookshop embodies a sector that has come full circle. Amazon was once the bolshie startup trying to disrupt the ecommerce market. Now it is the incumbent, and the old hands are fighting back.  James Warrington whatsapp Anti-disrupting the industry Share whatsapp Andy Hunter, who runs the site from a small apartment in Brooklyn, where he lives with his two young children, describes the launch as “the most intense period of my life”. More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org For Bookshop, this purpose is serving the needs of independent booksellers and, through them, the wider publishing community. Bookstores, Hunter says, are the “passionate foot soldiers in the battle to keep books a relevant part of our culture”.last_img read more

Wall St focus on jobs report – New York Report

first_img Show Comments ▼ THIS WEEK brings another crush of earnings reports, and the season has shown tech, industrials and global-focused companies having a harder time of it than financials and healthcare names. Tomorrow sees a report from Disney, which is expected to report third-quarter profit just six months before Star Wars helps the Hollywood giant even further. Also tomorrow, CVS Health, the second-largest US pharmacy operator, is likely to report second-quarter sales above analysts; average estimate.Media company 21st Century Fox reports on Wednesday fourth-quarter results for the first time since James Murdoch, the son of Rupert, took over as chief executive.Jobs figures are out on Friday, as investors ready for the first rate increase from the Fed in nearly a decade. whatsapp Sunday 2 August 2015 10:30 pm Share whatsapp Wall St focus on jobs report – New York Report center_img 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 WeekGameday 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 ExistTheFashionBallBuzzdaily WinnersCasinos Don’t Expect You To Do This; But They Can’t Stop You.Buzzdaily WinnersTaco RelishKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItTaco Relish More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com Express KCS Tags: NULLlast_img read more

News / ‘Dear Niall’: IATA responds to load factor reporting criticism

first_imgThe airline association added: “Of course it’s easy to cite a single example of one shipment on a 737 aircraft and calculate various forms of ‘load factor’. However this industry is a bit more complex than that, with over 100,000 daily flights performed by over 900 airlines connecting 20,000 city pairs via a fleet of over 220 different aircraft types.  In this environment, statistical reporting is about standard data aggregation and analytics, comparatives over time are indicative of trends and directional movements.”However, Mr van de Wouw argued that IATA’s statistics were not inaccurate, just failed to reflect the realities of the market.“Imagine a hotel publishing its occupancy rate based on the number of beds used, instead of rooms used. It would be far lower. In the air cargo industry, load factors are counted as if it was bed occupancy.”And while he agreed that comparatives did indeed reveal trends, he stressed that the base point itself was “misrepresentative”.Responses to the column from the industry back Mr van de Wouw’s stance.Some sources acknowledged that load factors appearing to be so low – currently hovering at less than 44%, even on major trades such as Asia Pacific (55%) – stymied the industry’s ability to stress its importance to regulators, as well as enabling airports to argue that freight does not need additional slots, as airlines appear to be unable to fill their aircraft.Year-on-year freight load factors rose just 3% in July, while freight tonne km were up 11.4% and available tonne km rose 3.7%.Despite the defence of its position, IATA noted it may consider new methodology.“IATA always welcomes constructive suggestions as to how the industry reporting mechanisms can be improved,” it said.Mr van de Wouw responded: “We might well take IATA up on that. Watch this space.” © Thodonal IATA has robustly defended its methodology after a column in The Loadstar this week claimed current load factor reporting was doing the air cargo industry a disservice.Niall van de Wouw argues in his piece that the standard methodology for calculating freight load factors is misleading: dividing freight tonne km (FTKs) by available tonne km (ATKs) does not account for the volume capacity (in cubic metres) – which is essentially the bottleneck, not the weight capacity (in tonnes).But IATA defended its position.“IATA totally refutes accusations that the reported figures by airlines are inaccurate, they do take into account both the mass restrictions as well as volumetric restrictions that may occur on a per-flight basis, on top of any other operational restrictions that would limit the amount of effective available payload. They are also based on long-standing industry practices for comparative reporting.”center_img By Alex Lennane 08/09/2017last_img read more

Pharmalittle: U.S. judge rules drug makers must face opioid trial; Purdue threatens bankruptcy

first_img [email protected] 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. By Ed Silverman Sept. 4, 2019 Reprints Alex Hogan/STAT Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. 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. Ed Silverman About the Author Reprints Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Rise and shine, everyone, another busy day is on the way. And the Pharmalot campus is no exception. Our shortest person has left for the local schoolhouse, the other short one is gearing up for a new round of gainful employment, and our official mascot is breathing heavily nearby. All of which means we are, more or less, left to our own devices. Scary thought, yes? Well, take heart. We have faithfully assembled the latest menu of tidbits for you to peruse. Hope your day is smashing and, as always, do keep in touch. …A U.S. judge rejected efforts by major drug makers, pharmacies, and distributors to dismiss claims that they caused the nation’s opioid crisis, clearing the way for a scheduled landmark trial even as he pushes for a nationwide settlement, Reuters reports. U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, who oversees roughly 2,000 opioid lawsuits by states, counties, and cities, ruled the plaintiffs can try to prove that deceptive marketing of the painkillers caused a harmful, massive increase in supply that pharmacies and distributors did not do enough to stop.center_img Pharmalot GET STARTED What’s included? Pharmalittle: U.S. judge rules drug makers must face opioid trial; Purdue threatens bankruptcy @Pharmalot Log In | Learn More What is it? Tags drug pricinglegalopioidspharmaceuticalspharmalittleSTAT+last_img read more

Taking stock of Alzheimer’s research: Experts offer takes on Biogen, the NIH, and the amyloid hypothesis

first_img 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. By Nicholas Florko Oct. 29, 2019 Reprints WASHINGTON — Is seeking a cure for Alzheimer’s disease hopeless? Is Biogen’s recent decision to repurpose a failed Alzheimer’s trial an elaborate parlor trick? And what about Pfizer’s decision to walk away entirely from neuroscience entirely?The unanswered questions in the field of Alzheimer’s research can make the average observer’s head spin. Health Nicholas Florko Unlock this article — and get additional analysis of the technologies disrupting health care — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED The experts on stage at the Milken Institute’s Future of Health Summit. Milken Institute 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. Washington Correspondent Nicholas Florko reports on the the intersection of politics and health policy. He is the author the newsletter “D.C. Diagnosis.”center_img @NicholasFlorko Taking stock of Alzheimer’s research: Experts offer takes on Biogen, the NIH, and the amyloid hypothesis GET STARTED Log In | Learn More [email protected] About the Author Reprints What’s included? Tags dementiadrug developmentgovernment agenciesneuroscienceresearchSTAT+last_img read more

How Does North Korea Prevent Infectious Diseases?

first_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News Since the 1990s, infectious diseases such as measles, typhus, typhoid, malaria and scarlet fever have been rampant in North Korea, due to weak sanitation and the collapse of the national healthcare system.Widespread infectious diseases mostly erupt in the summer and, in response, the North Korean authorities usually propose measures such as quarantining patients and emphasizing the need for sanitation to prevent their spread.North Korea, at the time of an infectious disease outbreak, leans mostly towards quarantine rather than treatment.People afflicted with infectious diseases are quarantined in rooms in designated hospitals, and civilians who have come into contact with such persons have to undergo a health check-up at a Center for the Hygienic Prevention of Epidemics, hospital or clinic.Also, if an infectious disease breaks out in any given region then migration into and out of the region without a proper permit is prohibited. The policy is designed to isolate the disease outbreak. The citizens of the region where an infectious disease outbreak has occurred can only travel outside the area after obtaining a “health inspection verification card” from a designated hospital, in addition to holding evidence of an urgent matter requiring immediate travel.When malaria broke out in the rural area of Gosung in Kangwon Province last year, entry and exit from the town was prohibited, so a significant number of deaths resulted from the inability to secure outside assistance. This was exacerbated by food shortages at the time.In particular, due to a chronic shortage of medicines, and thus the inability to adequately treat patients, the number of deaths resulting from infectious diseases has increased, even with normally non-lethal infections. It was so with scarlet fever, which broke out in Yangkang Province last year and then spread nationwide. The disease, which causes a rise in temperature and a breakout of red spots on the face, does not normally lead to death, but nonetheless, in this case, a number of deaths were reported. At the time, the health authorities took their standard measures such as prohibiting travel and the sale of food in the jangmadang in order to prevent the spread of the disease, but were unable to do so from the outset. As a result, many patients were left to deal with the disease on their own. The Korea Institute for National Unification, in the “2009 White Paper on North Korean Human Rights,” announced that with a worsening economic crisis, the medical system and services in North Korea have become virtually paralyzed and diseases such as tuberculosis, due to a lack of medical goods and equipment, have rapidly increased.During the summer season, when the outbreak of infectious diseases is at its highest, the North Korean authorities have urged all citizens to boil their water and thoroughly wash their hands and feet. The authorities also advertise dental hygiene techniques such as brushing with salt water or consuming vinegar as low-budget folk remedies against diseases such as cholera. News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter NewsEconomy SHAREcenter_img By Daily NK – 2009.05.05 12:49pm There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest How Does North Korea Prevent Infectious Diseases? News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img read more

Does North Korea Celebrate Lunar New Year?

first_imgNews Does North Korea Celebrate Lunar New Year? North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News SHARE Facebook Twitter News For much of North Korean history, this Friday’s holiday could not be openly celebrated in North Korea, because then-leader Kim Il Sung regarded Lunar [Chinese] New Year as a “vestige of feudal society.” Instead, the North Korean peoplewere allowed a single day off over the alternative New Year, which was based on theGregorian calendar.However, in 1989 the North Korean state and media started to energetically emphasize Kim Jong Il’s deep reserves of consideration and care for the NorthKorean people, and thus Lunar New Year came to be openly celebrated once more. Despitethe fact that many ordinary families still suffer chronic food insecurity, most enjoy the holiday, though the quality of a given family celebration depends toa great extent on relative purchasing power.As in South Korea and other parts of Asia,food is one of the defining elements of the North Korean Lunar New Year’s celebration.Where North Koreans prepare small rice cakes called songpyeon, South Koreans traditionally eat rice cake soup; but both countriestreat the holiday as a moment for families to gather and pay their respects to ancestors.The holiday itself spans three or four days,but preparations often begin a month in advance. Though powershortages and security matters render long-distance travel extremely trying inthe North, meaning that many do not make the pilgrimage back to their hometownsto perform ancestral rites, families enjoy the day together at home to the greatest extent possible. A single suchupper-middle class family of four might consume in the vicinity of 4kg of rice, 2kgof flour, 3kg of starch flour or noodles, 2kg of pork, as well as oil and alcohol. Dishes madeof beans or tofu are highly sought after, also.On the morning of Lunar New Year’s Dayitself, men must go to exchange greetings with neighboring households.  Women do not partake of the former tradition, as itis still widely believed that bad luck will befall a household for the coming yearif the first New Year’s visitor to the home is female. Instead,women are more likely to pass the time by playing a traditional Korean boardgame called Yut Nori, as well as sharing food, singing and dancing. Children focus on bowing to their elders.However, the laughter and chatter thataccompanies Lunar New Year’s celebrations cannot be enjoyed universally. As one should expect, just as there are plenty of people for whom food is in abundance, so many others are driven to crime out of hunger. Unfortunate,and unwelcome, guests target the family gatherings; homeless families and kkotjebi, or street children, must seize thechance presented by the special day to obtain both food and firewood where they can. One defector who maintains regular contactwith family in the North reported on this year’s scenario for his family toDaily NK. “My eldest brother has received his distribution of alcohol and pork,so he will celebrate properly,” he said. “But my aunt and cousins in the countrysidedon’t have any special food this time around. They’ll just make do with a plainmeal.”center_img News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest By Daily NK – 2014.01.30 8:04pm AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] last_img read more

Government/JNBS sign land titling MOU

first_imgAdvertisements Government/JNBS sign land titling MOU UncategorizedNovember 9, 2006 RelatedGovernment/JNBS sign land titling MOU RelatedGovernment/JNBS sign land titling MOUcenter_img RelatedGovernment/JNBS sign land titling MOU FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A Memorandum of Understanding to provide a special loan facility through which Jamaicans can finance minimal fees charged for land titles under the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP) was signed on Wednesday (Nov. 8) between the government and Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS). In welcoming the initiative, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller asked that interest charges be set at a reasonable rate so that loans can be more accessible to the poor.The MOU was signed by the Minister of Agriculture Hon. Roger Clarke and General Manager of JNBS Mr. Earl Jarrett at the handing over of approximately 120 titles to beneficiaries in the parish of St. Catherine. Loans of up to $50,000 may be accessed through JN Small Business Loans offices islandwide.In her address, Prime Minister Simpson Miller said that many Jamaicans had potential wealth in the lands they occupied, but that due to the absence of titles, they were unable to use these lands as collateral. She said land ownership was an issue which dates back to the days of slavery and that she was committed to empowering Jamaican land owners by ensuring that they had security of tenure.“People need land and they need the security of tenure that a title guarantees,” the Prime Minister said.She expressed concern that of an estimated 730,000 parcels of land in Jamaica, only 440,000 are registered. She said the problem lies in the cost of obtaining titles and that it was for this reason the LAMP has embarked on an islandwide exercise that would allow land owners to secure titles at reduced costs.Prime Minister Simpson Miller stressed that the economic base of the country must be broadened and that this could be achieved by increasing land ownership among the majority of the people. She said it was for this reason that the government has given priority attention to land ownership as well as providing homes for more Jamaicans.Mrs. Simpson Miller commended the LAMP project for its introduction of a Geographical Information System that facilitates the preparation of Cadastral Maps from which the titles are easily generated. A Special Provisions Act was also passed which substantially reduced the statutory fees involved in obtaining titles. Approximately 29,000 parcels of land in St. Catherine were surveyed at no cost to beneficiaries.Since the beginning of the programme over 500 titles have been completed and handed over to beneficiaries. Mrs. Simpson Miller said the project is on target to hand over 4000 titles by April next year, as more Jamaicans were seeking to acquire titles under the new arrangements implemented by the LAMP project.The LAMP project is funded jointly by the government and the Inter-American Development Bank and its representative who spoke at the function has expressed satisfaction with its implementation.last_img read more

JBI Vigorously Monitoring Bauxite Plants

first_imgRelatedJBI Vigorously Monitoring Bauxite Plants JBI Vigorously Monitoring Bauxite Plants MiningSeptember 14, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI) is rigorously monitoring the island’s bauxite plants, to ensure that these operations are maintained and poised for maximum marketability.Executive Director, Parris Lyew-Ayee, gave this assurance at a press conference called by Minister of Energy and Mining, Hon. James Robertson, at his New Kingston offices, recently.“We are busy working with the Commissioner of Mines and other agencies, in monitoring the plants as they stand now, and we also continue having monitoring teams going out, to ensure that maintenance is on-going. Each plant has a set of contracts that they have taken on, to make sure that when we are ready to get the plants back up, that we will be able to do it well. We’ve had experience in the past when Alpart was closed, and we were ready to get that plant back up within three to four months,” Mr. Ayee pointed out.The Kirkvine and Ewarton (Windalco) and Alpart bauxite plants are now closed.The Executive Director pointed to high energy cost as one of the main areas of concern as it relates to technical capability and marketability of the plants.“That is an area that we want to work on, for higher production. All the plants are pretty old. The youngest one was set up in 1972…we have to do upgrading work with the companies,” he said.For this purpose, the JBI has established working groups with Alpart, Windalco and Jamalco to look at the areas in which it can assist with research and development. “One of the main ones has to do with the bauxite itself. Research and development never ends. Things keep changing all the time. What today seems impossible to process or to use, tomorrow with research and development, it’s a cinch to work out,” he said.To this end, the Institute is collaborating with the bauxite companies, and overseas consultants to decide on the best approach to dealing with difficult bauxite, as part of the way forward.Mr. Lyew-Ayee also noted that the JBI remains committed in its close relationship with bauxite mining communities, to ensure that in this difficult period, they receive as much assistance as is possible. “We must say thanks to Alpart and Windalco in particular. Although they are closed, they have still maintained, to a lesser degree, the community outreach programmes,” he said. RelatedJBI Vigorously Monitoring Bauxite Plantscenter_img Advertisements RelatedJBI Vigorously Monitoring Bauxite Plantslast_img read more

A ‘momentous day’: PSA welcomes start of vaccine roll out

first_imgA ‘momentous day’: PSA welcomes start of vaccine roll out Pharmaceutical Society of AustraliaA ‘momentous day’; PSA welcomes start of vaccine roll outThe Pharmaceutical Society of Australia – the peak organisation representing Australia’s 34,000 pharmacists – has labelled today a momentous day in Australia’s history as Phase 1a of the COVID-19 vaccination strategy commences.PSA National President, Associate Professor Chris Freeman, said pharmacists across Australia are excited by the first doses being administered today as the COVID-19 vaccine roll out marks the beginning of Australia’s exit from the pandemic.‘Australia’s health response to the pandemic has been led by expert scientific health advice, and our national COVID-19 vaccination strategy is no different,” A/Prof Freeman said.‘All Australians can have confidence in the safety and effectiveness of approved COVID-19 vaccines which will be administered by competent, well-trained vaccinators, including pharmacists.”Pharmacists working in Victoria’s COVID-19 hubs are among the first frontline health workers to be immunised against COVID-19 today ahead of going into quarantine hotels to support the workforce vaccination program this week.PSA has worked with the Australian Government as well state and territory health departments in preparing for today’s roll-out. This includes consultation to support recent regulatory milestones, including: Victoria has issued a Public Health Emergency Order providing approval for pharmacists and nurse immunisers to administer COVID-19 vaccines; South Australia has issued approval for pharmacists to administer COVID-19 vaccine; and The Northern Territory Parliament passed regulations last week to allow all authorised immunisers, including pharmacists, to administer COVID-19 vaccines.These jurisdictions join Queensland in authorising pharmacists to administer COVID-19 vaccines. PSA will continue to inform members as other states and territories update their regulations.Pharmacists have shown enthusiasm in the COVID-19 vaccinator workforce:“Around 1,000 pharmacist registered for a PSA COVID-19 webinar last week – keen to learn how they can support the COVID-19 vaccine roll out, and stand willing and able to protect the Australia community against this awful disease,” A/Prof Freeman said.‘PSA will continue to support the profession through the COVID-19 vaccine roll out, including training more pharmacists to become vaccinators, maintaining our leading COVID-19 microsite and working with governments around the country to ensure the roll-out reaches as many Australians as possible.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. 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:Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Emergency, Government, health, Northern Territory, parliament, President, Professor, public health, quarantine, Queensland, South Australia, vaccination, Victorialast_img read more