At 31, she runs one of the hottest biotech companies in the country

first_img NewslettersSign up for The Readout Your daily guide to what’s happening in biotech. “It makes me feel incredibly lucky,” Haurwitz said. “I am here because I was in the right place at the right time, with the right people and the right science around me.”But even if she was the beneficiary of some good fortune, Haurwitz, associates say, deserves ample credit for helping to transform the company from a one-person operation into a growing enterprise with tens of millions of dollars in investment — all as a 31-year-old woman working in an industry still dominated by men.advertisement Privacy Policy BERKELEY, Calif. — The question on the test was about CRISPR, but Rachel Haurwitz, then a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, botched it. She had never heard the term.Less than a decade later, Haurwitz is the CEO of Caribou Biosciences, one of the leading companies pursuing commercial applications of CRISPR, a remarkable gene-editing tool that could help scientists develop new medical treatments and advance other industries.Haurwitz readily admits she chanced into running a company at the forefront of one of the hottest areas in science. As a graduate student, she happened to land in a lab that was starting to explore CRISPR systems, just a few years before the field exploded.advertisement @DrewQJoseph Leave this field empty if you’re human: None of the other three cofounders wanted to leave academia, and Haurwitz had known she wanted to pursue a career outside an academic lab. She became Caribou’s CEO, and started working on the company full time when she finished her PhD in 2012.(“Caribou” is a combination of Cas, a term meaning CRISPR-associated, and ribo, as in ribonucleic acid, or RNA. Haurwitz’s boyfriend at the time came up with it. He’s now her husband.)Haurwitz’s first office was in a startup incubator in the basement of the same building as Doudna’s lab; it lacked some of the lab equipment she needed and didn’t have cell service. Now with about 30 employees, Caribou has office and lab space here in West Berkeley, just a few blocks from the bay.The company has raised more than $40 million.“She really grew into [being CEO],” said Jinek, now on the faculty at the University of Zurich. “At the beginning, she worked at the bench when it was really small. But then she transitioned and did this, I would say, flawlessly.”Caribou is often described as the nontherapeutic CRISPR company. It helped launch a separate business, Intellia Therapeutics, in 2014 to build treatments with CRISPR, a goal also pursued by companies including Editas Medicine and CRISPR Therapeutics. Related: By Andrew Joseph June 22, 2016 Reprints Related: [email protected] Disciplined, competitive, and decisive, Haurwitz has been eager and quick to learn new skills as an executive, growing as a leader as the company has advanced, people who know her say.“She was always cool under pressure — she never got rattled,” said Jennifer Doudna, a Caribou cofounder and the UC Berkeley CRISPR pioneer in whose lab Haurwitz did her PhD research. “I was always struck by that. I think that plays to her strength in the business world.”Haurwitz acknowledges that much of the excitement around the company is because it is working with CRISPR, considered a biotech darling. That’s helped Caribou avoid the painful slogs that trip up many young biotech companies, though she added, “No doubt that’s coming.” Meet ‘CRISPR’Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.statnews.com/2016/06/22/rachel-haurwitz-crispr-caribou/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0000:5700:57  CRISPR is a tool that acts as a microscopic pair of scissors with the ability to slice DNA. Dom Smith/STAT Haurwitz, who grew up in Austin, Texas, first caught the science bug as a kid, and it was at Harvard where she picked up an interest in RNA, specifically. She then headed to graduate school in 2007, where she spent time in a few labs studying RNA before winding up in Doudna’s in 2008.It was there she met CRISPR again.“She pitched to me the project that she wanted me to join,” Haurwitz said. “There was one scientist in the lab working on it, and it was something she called CRISPR.”At the time, Doudna told her that it appeared to be a bacterial immune system but that people were not sure how it worked. It had some interesting biochemistry, structural biology, and RNA components, and it became Haurwitz’s job to help understand parts of it.“I felt, well, that sounds wacky. I like wacky, let’s do it,” Haurwitz said.Blake Wiedenheft, the postdoctoral researcher with whom Haurwitz worked, said Haurwitz jumped into the research, demonstrating her determination and commitment to the project during an experiment that required them to remain in the lab for 24 hours.“Rachel would seem to get stronger, while I was certainly fading,” said Wiedenheft, now on the faculty at Montana State University.Haurwitz in the Caribou offices in Berkeley. Elizabeth D. Herman for STATOf course, scientists in Doudna’s lab and others soon realized much more was going on. Researchers discovered they could harness CRISPR systems to cut and edit DNA in plant, animal, and human cells. As scientists uncovered more about CRISPR, Doudna and Haurwitz started discussing the commercial possibilities.Eventually in 2011, Doudna and Haurwitz teamed up with Martin Jinek, then a postdoctoral researcher, and James Berger, then a professor at UC Berkeley and now at Johns Hopkins University, to found Caribou. A debate: Should we edit the human germline? General Assignment Reporter Andrew covers a range of topics, from addiction to public health to genetics. Federal panel approves first use of CRISPR in humans Caribou, meanwhile, has been focused on enhancing what CRISPR can do and thinking about how the tool could be adapted for use in agriculture, industrial biosciences, and other fields. It has research partnerships with Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research and DuPont, and recently finalized a deal with the animal genetics company Genus that will allow the company to use Caribou’s technology in some livestock.Haurwitz said the goal for Caribou is to strike more partnerships and licensing agreements, and possibly create more spinouts like Intellia. But it also intends to pick a few fields to design and build its own products, which Haurwitz said could include human therapeutics.Another issue that the company will have to deal with is the dispute over key CRISPR patents. Caribou licensed some of its technology from the University of California and its research partners. UC, however, is in a fight with the Cambridge, Mass.-based Broad Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before the US Patent and Trademark Office over which side deserves the intellectual property for that technology.The uncertainty used to cast a cloud over companies working with CRISPR. But if UC loses, Caribou would likely license technology from another institution. Executives at other companies have echoed that point, and they say investors have come to realize that, as well.“The last time we were out fundraising, the first five questions, the middle five questions, and the last five questions were always IP, IP, IP,” Haurwitz said. Now, she added, investors see some risk, but “it’s just a question of who’s going to be paying a royalty to whom.”Despite Caribou’s successes so far, as a young woman leading a company, Haurwitz stands out in the industry. But she said there have only been a few times when she felt disrespected, which she attributed more to her age than her gender.Still, she seems to take some pride in making others realize they have a gender imbalance.“I have, multiple times, been in a boardroom with a bunch of VCs who are proudly going through their deck of who their team is … and at some point they’ll be about halfway through the slides and freeze,” Haurwitz said. “Because they realize they’re showing me a slide of [only] men.” About the Author Reprints BusinessAt 31, she runs one of the hottest biotech companies in the country Rachel Haurwitz is the CEO of Caribou Biosciences, a biotech pursuing commercial applications of CRISPR. Elizabeth D. 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Update on seriously ill Laois man in Tenerife as fundraisers continue

first_img Update on seriously ill Laois man in Tenerife as fundraisers continue Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Community Twitter WhatsApp On Sunday the girlfriend of a seriously ill Laois man stranded on a Spanish island launched a heartbreaking plea for funds to get him home.Sara Lukaszewska made the plea for her boyfriend Daniel Wolski, who are both originally from Poland but are now Irish citizens, were on holiday in Tenerife when Daniel fell seriously ill.Daniel lost consciousness as he was sitting on a wall that was dividing the pathway from the beach and fell approximately three meters down. Home News Community Update on seriously ill Laois man in Tenerife as fundraisers continue NewsCommunity Twitter Pinterest TAGSDaniel Wolski Previous articleElectric Picnic announce a second set of stage timesNext articleElectric Picnic Diary: Looking back on the first sell out year, Sleeping bags for sale and how to make back some money Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. The fall resulted in a spinal injury which caused an instant paralysis in his legs. Daniel was placed in Intensive Therapy Unit and underwent a spinal surgery.Just when things seemed to be improving, Daniel and Sara were hit with another set back.Daniel was diagnosed with Anemia, due to a huge blood loss. He underwent two serious operations within five days. Although he is now recovering – he cannot come home without medical assistance – something which is very costly.The people of Laois and Ireland sat up and listened, and as of this morning just over €14,000 was raised on the GoFundMe account Sara set up for her boyfriend.Now, both Sara and Daniel’s employers, The Killeshin Hotel, have launched a fundraiser for 20 year old Daniel.Cavan Dunne, from the Killeshin Hotel group, told LaoisToday: “We want to help them raise awareness of their situation in whatever way possible. The hotel will run a coffee morning – with the support of Bewleys Coffee, we will provide treats too. All will be for free with a box for people to leave donations and we will then add this to the fund also.”The coffee morning will take place on Thursday, 6 September in the hotel’s ‘Kafe’.A message from Sara Sara wished to thank all those who have supported her and Daniel in their plea to get the young man home.“Daniel is feeling a bit stronger and I am so happy with the support we have received. I still cannot believe how good the fundraiser is going. So happy I’ve decided to do it. I just want the best for him,” she said.Speaking to the Sun, Sara said: “At the moment, Daniel is OK. I told him about the fundraiser and he is really touched by the support he has got from so many people.“I think that kind of made him feel a little bit better because he’s not alone you know. Overall, he’s getting better. Last night he didn’t have the fever which is a good sign.“This could happen to any of us. If you do good things they come back to you. If I was ever to be helping anyone in this position I would because it helps so much. We have already gotten so much support for Daniel. I’m honestly thrilled.”We continue to wish Daniel a speedy recovery and that he and Sara make it home soon.SEE ALSO – In Pictures: €2,850 cheque raised in honour of little Lucy presented yesterdaycenter_img Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Council Community Facebook By Siun Lennon – 28th August 2018 Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official openinglast_img read more

In Pictures: Laois Africa Day gets the backing of Laois County Council

first_img In Pictures: Laois Africa Day gets the backing of Laois County Council Facebook Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, May 29, 2019Next articleLaois ladies football championship panel announced ahead of Leinster campaign Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Twitter TAGSLaois African DayLaois County Council GAA Home Lifestyle In Pictures: Laois Africa Day gets the backing of Laois County Council LifestyleOut and About Facebook Pinterest GAA Twitter Clr. John King ( Cathaoirleach ) with members of the Adeyanju and Osumah families, pictured at the launch of Africa Day Laois 2019 at County Hall, Portlaoise.Photo: Michael Scully- no reproduction fee. Laois County Council, together with Laois Partnership Company and Laois African Support Group, has a jam-packed programme of events to mark Africa Day from Thursday May 30 to Saturday June 1.Africa Day is an initiative of the African Union, which celebrates African diversity and success and the cultural and economic potential of the continent. Laois County Council, together with Laois Partnership Company & Laois African Support Group, is among a number of organisations around the country that have been supported by Irish Aid to host Africa Day events this year. Portlaoise will be transformed by the sights, sounds and smells of Africa as we gather to celebrate Africa Day Laois. As part of the Africa Day celebrations, Laois African Support Group and Dunamaise Art Centre, Portlaoise have come together to screen an African movie, Queen Of Katwe, the film depicts the life of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl living in a slum in Katwe. This will take place Thursday May 30 2019 in the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise at 6pm. The main Africa Day Laois event is taking place in St Peter & Paul Parish Centre Portlaoise on Saturday, June 1 from 1pm to 4.30pm. This will feature the Sounds of Africa live music by well-known African and Irish musicians such as Royal Vessel Gospel Choir, and many more together with Taste of Africa where guests will be invited to sample a variety of foods from African countries. Africa’s rich culture will be showcased through family-friendly activities, along with music, performances, sport and educational elements.  There will also be children’s entertainment; traditional African drumming and dance workshops, African arts and crafts and much more. As always, this event is free.  In the interest of sustainability there is MINIMAL PARKING available at the Parish Centre, help reduce omissions and traffic congestion, use public transport, walk or cycle to your local Africa Day. In addition as part of Ireland’s development programme in Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals, please bring your own reusable water bottle and keep cup.All photos below have been taken by photographer Michael Scully.Sandra Adeyanju and Julie Scully, pictured at the launch of Africa Day at County Hall, Portlaoise.Photo: Michael ScullyGroup pictured at the launch of Africa Day at County Hall, Portlaoise, including Brenda Corbett (Community Section L.C.C. ), John Mulholland (Chief Ex. Laois Co Council ), Clr. John King ( Cathaoirleach, Laois Co Council ), Anne Goodwin ( CEO Laois Partnership Co. ) and Michael Rainey( Director of Services ) and Laois African Support families. Photo: Michael ScullyCathaoirleach John King with members of the Adeyanju and Osumah families, pictured at the launch of Africa Day Laois 2019 at County Hall, Portlaoise.Photo: Michael Scullycenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp By Siun Lennon – 29th May 2019 SEE ALSO – Tributes paid to Laois man and son following tragic crash GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory WhatsApp Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results last_img read more

IIROC proposes market volatility controls

Companies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Securities regulators are considering the adoption of volatility controls for Canadian marketplaces. The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) is requesting comment on possible approaches for establishing and operating price and volume thresholds, or volatility controls, for marketplaces. The regulator says that this initial consultation is the first step in a process that may lead to it making a formal proposal to establish price and volume thresholds to be employed by marketplaces. IIROC says that the measures would complement initiatives undertaken, or proposed, by IIROC for controlling short term, unexplained price volatility — such as the introduction of single-stock circuit breakers — which are designed to prevent the sort of market action that led to the so-called ‘flash crash’ in May 2010. Marketplace thresholds would represent another line of defence. In its paper, IIROC suggests two guiding principles for the development of these sorts of controls. That marketplace thresholds “should operate to generally preclude the execution of orders at prices that would otherwise, on execution, require regulatory intervention…”; and, that the volatility control mechanism used by a marketplace “should have the least amount of impact on the market-wide operation of the price discovery mechanism and access to ‘tradable’ liquidity.” Comments are due by August 8. After considering the comments received, among other things, IIROC plans to issue for public comment a formal proposal on marketplace volatility controls. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton read more

C.D. Howe Institute appoints Kim Shannon to National Council

first_img TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Veteran fund manger Kim Shannon is joining the national advisory council at the C.D. Howe Institute. Shannon has been appointed to the think tank’s National Council, which provides advice on its research program. Related news The council, which is chaired by former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge, includes a number of financial industry luminaries. Last month, Susan Wolburgh Jenah, former president and CEO at the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), also joined the council. Shannon founded Sionna Investment Managers in 2002 and has more than 30 years of investment management experience. Previously she was former chief investment officer and senior vice president at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers Canada Inc. “Kim’s insights into business and economics, her rich knowledge of global capital markets, and her commitment to good policy will make her a tremendous contributor to the council,” said William Robson, president and CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute. Shannon is currently a member of the CFA Institute Board of Regents, she is a past president of the CFA Society Toronto, and she’s on the board of the Brandes Institute. She’s also on the boards of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, the Canadian Board Diversity Council, the Women’s College Hospital Investment Committee, and United Corp., a closed-end fund. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter PenderFund names new SVP for investmentscenter_img CETFA elects new board leader Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Fund managers,  Appointments James Langton last_img read more

Ontario government passes legislation to create ORPP

first_imgIndustry applauds Sousa’s regulatory proposals Ontario to introduce ORPP legislation Ontario’s legislature has passed a bill to create the proposed provincial pension plan, the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP), on Thursday, ahead of upcoming discussions between federal and provincial finance ministers on enhancing the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), which are scheduled to take place in Vancouver June 20-21. Finance ministers reach CPP agreement James Langton Keywords Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Related news The legislation establishes some of the central features of the ORPP, including participation requirements, contributions, benefit types and sustainability provisions. Further details will be set out in regulations, which are expected to be released this summer. Under the act, enrolment in the ORPP will start in January 2017 and the collection of contributions will begin Jan. 1, 2018. It requires every eligible worker between 18 and 70 in Ontario to belong to the ORPP, or a comparable workplace pension plan, by 2020. Employees and employers will each contribute 1.9% of an employee’s annual earnings up to $90,000 (2017 dollars). Benefit payments would begin in 2022, starting at age 65. The bill also establishes a compliance and enforcement framework to ensure that employers and plan members comply with the ORPP legislation, address issues of non-compliance (including fines for non-compliance) and to resolve disputes. “The ORPP is the most significant improvement in retirement security since the introduction of the Canada Pension Plan in 1966,” says Mitzie Hunter, associate minister of finance, in a statement. “This legislation will expand workplace pension access to more than four million Ontario workers, meaning greater security and confidence in retirement for current and future generations.” Despite the effort to create the ORPP, the provincial government maintains that it would prefer to reach an agreement with the other provinces and the feds on expanding the CPP. “Our main objective is to intensively look at ways to meet the goals of the ORPP through an enhanced CPP framework, while preserving our ability to implement the ORPP, should that not be possible,” says Charles Sousa, Ontario’s finance minister, in a statement. Photo copyright: uulgaa/123RF Nominating committee to recommend ORPP board members Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Bellevue Drop-In Centre Opens on Wednesday

first_imgRelatedBellevue Drop-In Centre Opens on Wednesday RelatedBellevue Drop-In Centre Opens on Wednesday FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Plans to establish a Drop-in Centre for the homeless on the grounds of the Bellevue Hospital will come to fruition on Wednesday, November 8 when the centre will be officially opened.A collaborative effort between the Committee for the Homeless under the aegis of the Board of Supervision for the Relief of the Poor in the Ministry of Local Government and Environment (MLG&E), and the Ministry of Health, the Drop-in Centre will cater to the needs of some 50 homeless persons within the Corporate Area, each day.Head of the Fund-Raising Committee for the venture, Mr. Ezroy Millwood told JIS News that the Centre will “see to the cleaning up of homeless persons when they are taken from the street, offer them medical checks to identify their medical needs, and will also provide them with a hot meal twice per day.”Housed in what was once a ruined building on the Bellevue grounds, the Drop-in Centre was renovated for its current purpose with financing of $4.28 million from the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.Mr. Millwood indicated that the Centre would be staffed by “employees of the Bellevue Hospital for the time being, until resources become available for us to employ fully paid staff”.Meanwhile, plans are in place to raise funds to help sustain the Centre. Among these plans, is a gala concert to be held at the Karram Speid Auditorium, Merle Grove High School on Friday, November 10, beginning at 7:00 p.m.The concert will feature artistes such as Fab Five, Gem Myers, Clive Edwards, Commissioner John McFarlane, and others.Tickets may be obtained at a cost of $2,000 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, the Hotel Four Seasons, LG Service Station at the corner of Constant Spring Road and Dunrobin Avenue, the National Transport Co-operative Society (N.T.C.S.) Office, Red Hills Mall and Mayfair Pharmacy. A gate prize of $25,000 is also a feature of the concert.Mr. Millwood has issued an appeal for financial support for the initiative. Persons who wish to respond may lodge their contributions to the MLG&E Homeless Programme account number: 30-4483989 at the National Commercial Bank, Half-Way-Tree branch, or deliver donations to the Secretary of the Board of Supervision at 85 Hagley Park Road, Kingston. RelatedBellevue Drop-In Centre Opens on Wednesdaycenter_img Bellevue Drop-In Centre Opens on Wednesday UncategorizedNovember 6, 2006 Advertisementslast_img read more

Tribute to the Late Sir John George Melvin Compton, KCMG, OCC by Most Hon. P.J. Patterson, ON, PC, QC Former Prime Minister of Jamaica

first_imgRelatedTribute to the Late Sir John George Melvin Compton, KCMG, OCC by Most Hon. P.J. Patterson, ON, PC, QC Former Prime Minister of Jamaica RelatedTribute to the Late Sir John George Melvin Compton, KCMG, OCC by Most Hon. P.J. Patterson, ON, PC, QC Former Prime Minister of Jamaica FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I convey to the Government and people of Saint Lucia my deep personal sympathy on the passing of Sir John George Melvin Compton, KDMG, OCC. In his passing, St. Lucia and indeed the Caribbean, has lost one of its finest sons. I feel the special loss of a sincere colleague and close friend.I had the good fortune to work with and learn from Sir John in a variety of circumstances beginning in the days of the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA). I have seen him at work in the various Councils in the Region, in our bilateral and multilateral negotiations with other world leaders and in the multilateral system, St. Lucia and indeed the Caribbean, were well served by Sir John.He was a visionary and builder who was prepared to put and hold the stone in position until it had cemented. He contributed enormously to the political, social and economic development in St. Lucia over several decades. He was also integral to the growth and cohesion in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), and the Caribbean Community he was instrumental in fashioning.Sir John was a passionate nationalist, sub-regionalist and regionalist. He had no difficulty in reconciling the three levels of governance and cooperation which he saw as mutually re-enforcing and fulfilling.Sir John was never passive. He lent his tremendous experience, expertise, energy and astute legal mind to every area of regional and sub-regional endeavour. I remember him well for his contribution to the negotiation and resolution of difficulties at every level of the regional integration process from CARIFTA to CARICOM and to the CSME; in external trade negotiations, in particular the negotiations to protect our banana market; in the effort at development and rationalization of a regional air transportation system.He spearheaded the development of our relations with the multilateral financial institutions; in the creation, strengthening and/or operation of regional institutions such as the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). He strongly supported the CXC and the University of the West Indies. He spared no effort in the search to develop a regional approach to tourism. Sir John was often called to shoulder leadership for the Region in these areas.He was easily the longest serving Co-Chairman of the Caribbean Group for Co-operation in Economic Development (CGCED) and Chairman of the Caribbean Development Bank. He discharged these functions quietly and effectively, often at great personal sacrifice but without a murmur.Sir John was always available to his colleagues, in particular to the younger leaders. He was respectful, dignified, quiet and persuasive with an infectious sense of humour.Sir John has been recognized as a Caribbean Man and integrationist with the conferral of the Order of the Caribbean Community (OCC). The present generation of leaders can however best honour his memory and legacy by a resolute effort to make the accommodations and speed the process of Caribbean integration for which he dedicated his life.Sir John’s passing leaves a void, a virtual chasm, in St. Lucia and the Caribbean. He has left an indelible mark with large and bright footprints for those who are now challenged to pursue the path ahead. RelatedTribute to the Late Sir John George Melvin Compton, KCMG, OCC by Most Hon. P.J. Patterson, ON, PC, QC Former Prime Minister of Jamaicacenter_img Tribute to the Late Sir John George Melvin Compton, KCMG, OCC by Most Hon. P.J. Patterson, ON, PC, QC Former Prime Minister of Jamaica InformationSeptember 13, 2007 Advertisementslast_img read more

Helping Victorians Pay Their Power Bills

first_imgHelping Victorians Pay Their Power Bills VIC PremierSpending more time at home this year has meant bigger power bills for many households. To reduce this burden, the Andrews Labor Government will invest $797 million to help Victorians cover the cost of their power bills and make homes more energy efficient.The Victorian Budget 2020/21 will deliver the biggest household energy efficiency package in any state’s history, creating thousands of jobs, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.The investment includes $335 million to replace old wood, electric or gas fired heaters with new energy-efficient systems that are safer and cheaper to run, while also driving down emissions. The program will be open to low-income earners and save 250,000 households between $300 to $900 each year on their energy bills.A further $112 million will seal windows and doors, and upgrade heating, cooling and hot water in 35,000 social housing properties – slashing bills and making homes more comfortable.To reduce energy bills for tenants, the Labor Government will introduce minimum efficiency standards for rental properties. The standards are expected to benefit renters living in around 320,000 poor-quality accommodation, ensuring they don’t have to have to put up with old, dodgy heaters and cold, poorly insulated homes.The Labor Government is also providing funding to help set Victoria up for the move to 7-star efficiency standards for new homes, supporting skills, training and jobs in our construction sector.The Labor Government will also step in and help those facing more immediate hardship, with a one-off $250 payment for eligible concession card holders, including anyone receiving JobSeeker, youth allowance or pension payments.The direct bill relief is available to help an estimated 950,000 Victorian households who would otherwise struggle to pay the bills and put food on the table.Every single Victorian household will be able to access rebates for more smart appliances, with a $14 million expansion of the existing Victorian Energy Upgrades program.More than 100,000 households have now installed power stations on their roof through the Labor Government’s Solar Homes program. To help more Victorians get the benefits of solar, the Labor Government will provide $191 million to expand its landmark Solar Homes program.This includes 42,000 additional solar rebates, meaning a total of 140,000 households will be able to install solar panels on their roof at no upfront cost over next two years. And for the very first time, small businesses will also be able to apply – with 15,000 solar rebates for businesses.In addition, Victorians in every corner of the state will now be able to apply for a Solar Homes battery, with the Labor Government providing 17,500 household battery rebates over the next three years.As stated by Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio“Most Victorians have spent more time at home this year – and more on power bills – than they ever have. That’s why we’re helping those struggling to pay their bills and making homes across the state more energy efficient.”“This pandemic has been hard enough without worrying about whether you can pay the power bill. Not only will we help cover that cost – we’ll help Victorians make their home more efficient and fight climate change.” /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:Andrews, AusPol, Australia, battery, climate, climate change, efficiency, Electric, energy, energy efficiency, environment, Government, Investment, Minister, power station, Solar, Victoria, Waterlast_img read more

Satellite tracking supports blue whale survival

first_imgSatellite tracking supports blue whale survival Photo: Getty ImagesExtensive satellite tracking has revealed important new knowledge about the little known pygmy blue whale population of Southern Australia.Marine scientists from Flinders University, Australian Marine Mammal Centre, Blue Planet Marine and Macquarie University tracked the movements of foraging and migrating blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus brevicauda) along the Australian continental shelf on a journey towards breeding grounds in Indonesia as part of conservation efforts for the endangered species.A team of researchers led by Flinders University Associate Professor Luciana Möller tracked the movements of 13 of the blue whale subspecies to determine important environmental habitats along foraging grounds and migratory routes in Southern and Western Australia, which incorporate major shipping and fishing routes, and areas targeted for oil and gas exploration – all activities known to negatively impact whale behaviour.The research team travelled 4236 kilometres deploying tagging equipment and recording photos of individual pygmy blue whales before tracking them up to 382 days as they travelled as much as 15,120km during the study.Published in Scientific Reports, the results shed light on the movements and distribution of the pygmy blue whale population to facilitate future conservation efforts for the endangered species.Senior author and whale expert at Flinders University, Associate Professor Luciana Möller, says the study for the first time sheds light on the movements and occupancy patterns of the pygmy blue whales along Southern Australia’s foraging grounds and migration routes to develop an understanding about potential impacts on their behaviour.“Our tracking results provide new information and highlight the importance of understanding the movements and behaviour of pygmy blue whales in their migratory routes from Southern Australian foraging grounds to a Western Australian migratory corridor, and towards breeding grounds in Indonesia,” says marine biologist Associate Professor Möller, who leads the Cetacean Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution Lab (CEBEL) and Molecular Ecology Lab at Flinders University.“When combined with previous movement data, this information could be used to predict future whale presence and behaviour based on the forecasted effects of climate change, including in coastal and upwelling systems.“More importantly, the ecological data can help mitigate the potential impacts of human activities such as oil and gas exploration on the little known pygmy blue whale population.”Associate Professor MöllerAssociate Professor Möller says tagging information for the first time reveals the importance of foraging grounds in the Great Southern Australian Coastal Upwelling System, by identifying the importance of the Bonney Upwelling region and other smaller upwelling centres in Southern Australia.“This new information, along with acoustic, sighting, genetic and past catch data, will substantially expand knowledge about the spatial distribution of this recovering blue whale population and its potential exposure to impacts from human activities throughout its travels.“The data can contribute positively to various conservation management decisions for policymakers to consider in Australian, West Timor and Indonesian environmental legislation and forward planning, and for the development of international government collaborations to protect this little known subspecies of blue whales.”The paper, ‘Movements and behaviour of blue whales satellite tagged in an Australian upwelling system‘ (2020) by LM Möller, CRM Attard, K Bilgmann, V Andrews-Goff, I Jonsen, D Paton and MC Double is published in Scientific Reports DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-78143-2. /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:Australia, Australian, climate change, endangered species, exploration, Flinders, Flinders University, Government, legislation, Macquarie University, marine biology, pygmy blue whale, Scientific Reports, Scientists, Timor, university, Western Australialast_img read more