Coal shipments at two Wisconsin, Minnesota ports dropped sharply in 2019, wind cargoes set record

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wisconsin Public Radio:A record amount of cargo containing components used for generating wind power moved through the Twin Ports during the 2019 shipping season. The surge in wind traffic comes as Duluth-Superior handled the lowest amount of coal in more than three decades.Around 8 million tons of coal moved through the Twin Ports last year, marking the lowest volume Duluth-Superior has seen since 1985. Jayson Hron, spokesperson for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, said the decline comes as demand for renewable energy sent a record 306,000 freight tons of wind turbines and other components through the port.“It’s becoming more competitive in the power generation price spectrum, and so it’s just making it a more viable, higher demand way of producing energy and power for our country,” said Hron.The cost of renewables like wind and solar have declined in recent years. In addition, natural gas prices are lower than coal as production has reached near record levels, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The agency found utility providers have announced retirement of more than 546 coal-fired plants in the last decade that produce around 102,000 megawatts of power.The transition is something people would not have thought possible until recently, said Greg Nemet, a public affairs professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who researches energy and policy. “We’re seeing plants that were built in the ’80s — some even in later — that are being prematurely shut down just because it’s much cheaper to make electricity with natural gas and with solar, even when you have to build new plants,” said Nemet.“It’s really a competition between coal, natural gas, and renewables. Over the last 10 years, natural gas especially has been the winner. In the last five years, renewables have really been the winner,” said Nemet. “Coal really can’t compete with either of those.”[Danielle Kaeding]More: Coal shipping in Twin Ports drops to lowest level in decades while wind cargo surges Coal shipments at two Wisconsin, Minnesota ports dropped sharply in 2019, wind cargoes set recordlast_img read more

A Pharma Payment A Day Keeps Docs’ Finances Okay

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This story was co-published with NPR’s Shots blog.This story has been updated.Few days went by last year when New Hampshire nephrologist Ana Stankovic didn’t receive a payment from a drug company.What the New ‘Collaborative Media’ Can MeanOur Dollars for Docs Database Search through nearly 15 million records to see if your doctor has received money from a drug or device company. Search for your physician.All told, 29 different pharmaceutical companies paid her $594,363 in 2014, mostly for promotional speaking and consulting, but also for travel expenses and meals, according to data released Tuesday detailing payments by drug and device companies to U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals. (You can search for your doctor on ProPublica’s updated Dollars for Docs interactive database.)Stankovic’s earnings were certainly high, ranking her about 250th among 606,000 doctors who received payments nationwide last year. What was more remarkable, though, was that she received payments on 242 different days — nearly every workday of last year.Reached by telephone Tuesday, Stankovic declined to comment. On her LinkedIn page, Stankovic lists herself as vice chief of staff at Parkland Medical Center HCA Inc. in Derry, New Hampshire, and as medical director of peritoneal dialysis at DaVita Inc., also in Derry.That doctors receive big money from the pharmaceutical industry is no surprise. The new data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shows that such interactions are widespread, with not only doctors, but thousands of dentists, optometrists, podiatrists and chiropractors receiving at least one industry payment from August 2013 to December 2014.What is being seen for the first time now is how ingrained pharmaceutical companies and their sales reps are in the lives of those who write prescriptions for their products. A ProPublica analysis found that 768 doctors received payments on more than half of the days in 2014. More than 14,600 doctors received payments on at least 100 days in 2014.Take Juichih Hsu, a Maryland doctor whose specialty is family medicine. She received payments on 286 days of 365, more than anyone else. Sometimes, she received meals from several drug companies on the same day. Hsu’s payments totaled $5,959 in 2014. She declined to comment when reached on Tuesday.“There are physician practices which have very deep relationships with pharmaceutical representatives, where they are a very integral part of the practice,” said Dr. Aaron Kesselheim, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School who has written about industry relationships with doctors. “Every day it’s another drug company coming in for a lunch. Sometimes it may be some drug companies are bringing breakfast and some are bringing lunch and it’s just part of the culture of the practice.”Sometimes there may be more at work than that.Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ServicesGraphic by: Cecilia Reyes/ProPublicaThe doctor with the second-highest number of interactions with drug and device reps, John Fritz, of Jersey City, N.J., logged payments on 256 days last year. His payments totaled $232,003. Fritz was indicted in June for referring patients to a medical imaging company from 2006 to 2013 in exchange for about $500,000 in kickbacks. He was charged with fraud and bribery, according to a release from the state attorney general’s office. A woman who answered the phone at his office on Tuesday said he declined to comment.Kesselheim said that to have such extensive contact with industry reps can indicate that doctors are getting their information about the drugs they prescribe from the companies that make them, and not from impartial sources. “There’s good evidence that that affects prescribing practices and physician behavior.”The drugs for which Stankovic received the most money to promote are costly. One, H.P. Acthar Gel, cost an average of nearly $39,000 a prescription, Medicare data from 2013 shows, and experts say there’s little evidence it works better than less expensive drugs. Another drug, Soliris, for which Stankovic received promotional payments is among the most expensive drugs in the world but is considered highly effective in treating serious kidney disease.ProPublica’s analysis turned up big differences in the number of industry interactions among physicians in different specialties. On average, doctors who received payments interacted with drug and device companies on 14 days last year, receiving an average of $3,325 in total.The nation’s 3,900 rheumatologists in the data averaged 40 days of interactions with drug and device companies, more than doctors in any other large specialty. They were followed closely by endocrinologists, electrophysiologists and interventional cardiologists. On the other end of the spectrum, dentists, chiropractors, neonatologists and pathologists had among the fewest interactions with drug and device makers.Some of the doctors who had the highest number of interactions were those ProPublica has previously identified as having high rates of brand-name prescribing in Medicare’s prescription drug program, known as Part D. Others have been mentioned in previous ProPublica stories about doctors who have received large payments from the drug industry. A number of experts, including Kesselheim, note that payments from industry may influence physicians’ choice of drugs.A spokeswoman for the pharmaceutical industry said in a statement that company interactions with doctors are important.“Collaboration between physicians and biopharmaceutical professionals is critical to improving the health and quality of life of patients,” the statement from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America said. “Clinical trials sponsored by biopharmaceutical companies have led to life-saving breakthroughs for people suffering from cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Physicians also provide real-world insights and valuable feedback to companies about their medicines to improve patient care. Educating the public about the nature of these collaborations helps patients understand in which ways these interactions can improve both their health and medical innovation.”ProPublica has been tracking industry payments to doctors since 2010. Our Dollars for Docs interactive database allowed people to search payments made by 17 companies between 2009 and 2013. Most of those companies were required to report their payments as a condition of legal settlements with the federal government.The data released Tuesday radically expands the amount of data available to patients — and ProPublica has overhauled Dollars for Docs to include these payments. The Physician Payment Sunshine Act, a part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, mandated that all drug and device companies publicly report payments to doctors. The transparency effort is called Open Payments.The government initially released some data last fall, covering the period of August to December 2013, but it was significantly redacted because of data inconsistencies. The data released Tuesday covers the period of August 2013 to December 2014. The data inconsistencies have been resolved.All told, 1,617 companies reported 15.7 million payments valued at $9.9 billion. Nearly all of those payments — 14.9 million — were classified as “general payments,” covering promotional speaking, consulting, meals, travel and royalties. They totaled $3.5 billion over the 17-month period.Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ServicesGraphic by: Cecilia Reyes/ProPublicaCorrection, July 2, 2015: This graphic included incorrect numbers for “Gift” and “Nonaccredited Training.” They have been corrected.There were far fewer research payments, 826,000, but they were valued at $4.8 billion. The remaining payments related to ownership or investment interests that doctors had in companies. Research and ownership payments are currently not shown in Dollars for Docs.Open Payments does not include money spent on drug samples left at doctors’ offices and doesn’t include the bulk of the money companies spend on independently administered continuing medical education, which they support with unrestricted grants. The government has tightened the rules for reporting such continuing education in the future.From August 2013 to December 2014, Genentech Inc. spent the most on general payments, $387.7 million, mostly royalties for its drugs Rituxan, Avastin and Herceptin to City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California. That was four times more than the second-ranked company, DePuy Synthes Products LLC, which spent $94.7 million, nearly all on royalties. Topera Inc., a small medical device company, came in third, with $93.1 million, almost exclusively acquisition payments to its physician founders from device maker Abbott Laboratories.Among other pharmaceutical companies, AstraZeneca spent the most on general payments ($90.9 million), followed by Pfizer ($82.1 million) and Allergan ($70.7 million). In a statement, AstraZeneca said that it believes “it is important to be open about the way we conduct our business and how we help people through our medicines and programs. We are committed to the highest standards of conduct in all of our operations, including how we partner with physicians and medical institutions.”Royalty fees, though few in number, accounted for $803.5 million in general payment spending in 2014, more than any other category. They were followed by promotional speaking ($632.4 million) and consulting ($369.4 million). Food and beverages accounted for the highest number of payments by far, 9.4 million, but these had a relatively low value of $224.5 million.ProPublica news application developers Mike Tigas and Lena Groeger and senior reporting fellow Annie Waldman contributed to this report.Update, July 8, 2015: Although Stankovic declined to comment for the initial story, she has now provided the following statement: “I am very passionate about clinical research and up to date medical information; and truly enjoy educating medical professionals on various complicated disease states. There is so much new information to be learned every day in medicine, but simply there is no enough time during the day, especially if provider has a busy medical practice. Many of the interactions that doctors have with pharmaceutical industry are needed in order to stay current with newer FDA approved therapies that may cure illnesses or slow progression of the complicated diseases. Patients should be able to appreciate those medical professionals who can thoroughly discuss all available treatment options on the market and warn them about possible side effects and contraindications.”Correction, July 2, 2015: This post has been corrected to change the average amount doctors received in payments in 2014. The graphic has also been corrected.Check Dollars for Docs to see whether your doctor has received payments from drug or medical device companies. Email us at drugs@propublica.org and tell us what you find.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. 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Chelsea chief accused of ‘espionage’ over Havertz negotiations

first_imgBild has accused Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia of underhand tactics in her efforts to bring Kai Havertz to Stamford Bridge. The Germany international has already told Bayer Leverkusen he wishes to leave after they failed to qualify for the Champions League. The versatile attacking midfielder has also agreed personal terms on a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge. However, the transfer remains some way from going through with Chelsea currently unable to agree on a fee with Leverkusen. Chelsea are not willing to pay more than £70million. The Bundesliga side, however, value their player at nearer £90m. Rudi Voller, who is Bayer’s sporting director, is in charge of negotiations from the Bundesliga’s side point of view. He is adamant there will be no discount for the player and is insistent Havertz won’t leave for less than their asking price. Get Sky TV, Sky Sports & Sky Cinema for £46 p/m for 18 months “There will be no corona bonus,” he said. “No matter who the player is, this is a special transfer window.” Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TV7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best Car Manufacturers In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Loading… center_img Voller also confirmed that Havertz will not be allowed to leave until after his side’s Europa League campaign comes to an end. He added: It is set in stone. There is no new stance.” Reports earlier on Thursday, however, suggested an agreement was close. That stated Chelsea would make an initial £70m payment and make up a further £20m in bonuses. And with Granovskaia still has to agree to a fee the paper says she has asked ‘several German player consultants’ for ways she can strike a cheaper deal. Furthermore, Bild claims she has been ‘digging around to find weaknesses in her Leverkusen counterparts’ negotiations.’ read also:Barcelona, Inter Miami offer contract to Chelsea winger Willian In the words of the paper, as relayed by the Daily Express, the Chelsea chief has been accused of ‘espionage’. Granovskaia, a Russian-Canadian, has been in charge of Chelsea transfer negotiations since 2013. Rated as one of Roman Abroamovich’s most trusted aides, she persuaded Real Madrid to pay £100m for Eden Hazard last summer. That’s despite the Belgian having just a year left on his contract. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

FB : Securing destiny: Four years after Super Bowl catch, Tyree uses fame to spread message

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm With one catch, David Tyree secured his spot in football history.During the fourth quarter in Super Bowl XLII, on Feb. 3, 2008, the New York Giants were faced with a third-and-5 from the 44-yard line with less than two minutes remaining. The Giants trailed the then-undefeated New England Patriots, 14-10.Giants quarterback Eli Manning dropped back, evaded two Patriots pass rushers and lofted the ball high up into the air.With Patriots safety Rodney Harrison draped over him, Tyree leapt in the air, clutched the ball to his helmet and hit the ground with the ball hovering a mere inch from hitting the ground. A miraculous catch that helped New York complete a game-winning drive a few plays later.‘I felt it was a moment that was imparted upon me which gave me a tremendous platform and opportunity even outside of football to energize people’s lives, which has been really exciting,’ said Tyree, who was a wide receiver for Syracuse from 1998-2002.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTyree’s memorable play is being revisited this week as the Giants and Patriots are set to meet again in Super Bowl XLVI this Sunday. It was a career-defining catch for the former SU wide receiver. Just not in the way many think. Tyree played just one season in the NFL following the Giants’ Super Bowl win in 2008, and he has used the catch to pursue endeavors in various ministries and charities to forge hopeful and positive relationships in society.For Tyree’s new view to take shape, though, his life needed to be completely restored.‘Ultimately, it was really just about the grind to me and going through my journey, and I finally found that sense of contentment,’ Tyree said, ‘and it kind of just led up to that moment in 2007, where I like to say eternity met time.’While at Syracuse, Tyree never thought about what the NFL could bring him. The 6-foot, 206-pound receiver was slightly undersized for the position, and his college stat-line proved it.Just 39 catches for 655 yards in his first three seasons at Syracuse.‘I guess I found out that I wasn’t the prototype wide receiver,’ Tyree said. ‘I always felt like there was more I could have done there, but for me it was always about being a complete football player, and that’s why I got into special teams.’Tyree’s effort was never in question. He embraced any role given to him and was one of the hardest working players on the field.‘I knew once I got into the secondary I could run blind because he would put his body in there to block for me,’ former Syracuse running back Dee Brown said. ‘He would sacrifice the catch to make a key block to spring one of the running backs or the quarterback.’In a collegiate career that Tyree told The New York Times was marked by drugs and alcohol, he may have found his biggest savior during his freshman year when he met his eventual wife, Leilah. During his SU career, Leilah became pregnant with their first son.The new responsibility made Tyree consider becoming an NFL player. Despite his mediocre college numbers, he was drafted by the Giants in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft.But his addictions caught up with him in 2004, when he was arrested for drug possession. His relationship with Leilah took a turn for the worse, and when he was released from prison, Leilah told him she was pregnant again.Tyree needed to make a decision to change his behavior or risk not seeing his children. At that point, Tyree said, he found faith, allowing him to change his ways and become an all-around better person — on and off the field.‘It’s really just an expression of the changed man that God has given me,’ Tyree said. ‘I just try to honor God through that and whether it’s on the football field, through my marriage or raising six children, everything I believe, it permeates from that.’In the NFL, Tyree found his greatest success on special teams.Tyree made 77 tackles in his six-year professional career and earned a 2005 NFL Pro Bowl appearance.Still, his greatest moment came as a wide receiver. Super Bowl XLII is the moment he will forever be known for, even if he only made four catches during the 2007 regular season.‘It’s like when the coaches tell you, if you just hustle good things will happen. He’s one of those guys,’ Brown said. ‘He’s just going to do everything he’s supposed to do and good things are going to happen, and inevitably, it did for him.’After making one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history, Tyree dealt with more hardship. During training camp in 2008, he suffered a meniscus injury and was sidelined for four to six months.He was eventually cut from the Giants and missed the entire season.The Baltimore Ravens signed Tyree in 2009. Despite being hampered with numerous groin and hamstring injuries, he was productive on special teams.But through the adversity, Tyree decided that he could do more off the field.‘It gave me the fortitude, and it rearranged my priorities in life,’ Tyree said. ‘Between my faith and my growth and maturity as a man, the game is going to fade away. And I had a piece of insurance that if I never played again I was going to be extremely fine, and not just fine but excited about it.’Tyree now lives in Wayne, N.J., and works with children through numerous philanthropic efforts. In 2006, Tyree and Leilah started a group called Next In Line, which served to mentor children ages 12-18 once a month, but it closed its doors in 2009.Tyree caused controversy last summer when he came out in opposition of same-sex marriage in a video. Tyree’s video for the National Organization for Marriage came on the heels of messages in support of marriage equality from former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan and Steve Tisch, Giants chairman and executive vice president.‘Everybody has a choice at the end of the day, and I think that’s what it boils down to,’ Tyree said. ‘It was just kind of an honor, and I think I really needed to take that opportunity to reinforce that backbone of culture anyway, of all civilizations starts with marriage.’He also sits on the board for the Children of the City group in Southwest Brooklyn, an organization that provides support for children in the city and guides them to success.Abby Meadows, the director of development and outreach for the program, said Tyree has been able to make a splash with his devotion to the children.‘David has been involved with (Children of the City) for several years and has devoted countless hours of his personal time to speak to the children and spread the word about the work of the organization,’ Meadows said in an email.Tyree feels the catch gave him the appropriate exposure to further reach the lives of others and promote the benefits of positive decision-making.With faith restored, Tyree continues to try and help those who try to conquer their own challenges, just as Tyree has done in the past.‘The catch really wasn’t for me, it wasn’t about me,’ Tyree said. ‘It was about having a visible presence in some way, shape or form to reach other people and touch their lives.’adtredin@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Sisters Overcome Hardship of Being Homeless to Achieve Academic

Three young Black sisters have resisted the pitfalls of their circumstances to achieve greatness as star athletes and cover models.According to Sports Illustrated Kids, runners Tai, Rainn and Brooke Sheppard are siblings whose goals soar higher than their past tribulations.But the shift wasn’t easy. In 2013, their 17-year-old half-brother died from gunfire, and the family wound up in a homeless shelter in Brooklyn, New York, with their mother, Tonia Handy, in Sept. 2015. Upon their arrival, they faced an infestation of vermin that Handy had to exterminate herself.However, after overcoming such adversity, the girls found their way to an indoor track meet last winter. Coached by Jean Bell as members of the Jeuness Track Club, it was then that their love of racing blossomed.The sisters have achieved astonishing results as runners and have now set their sights even higher. Eleven-year-old Tai and 10-year-old Rainn each qualified in the 4×400 relay at the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games in 2015, where they helped lead their team to a gold medal. This past year, Rainn also earned gold in the 3,000 meters.Tai said she would like to qualify for the Junior Olympics each year, and Rainn hopes to go back to the AAU Games.“I plan to go to the Olympics one day in [a distance race],” Tai said. “My track and field goals are just to keep getting emotionally and physically stronger. It’s all about what’s inside, in your mind.”Not to be outdone, youngest sister Brooke, 9, also seeks to improve her endurance.“My goals are to get faster as a runner and jump higher,” she said. “For college, I would want to stay nearby, so I can see how the team’s doing.”The Sheppard sisters (Sports Illustrated Kids)But athletics is not the only area where the Sheppard sisters shine. Handy said they earn stellar grades, too. Because of that, she initially had reservations about her daughters joining the team.“The first thing I thought about was, ‘Will their education be interrupted?’” she said. “Because these are great kids. When it comes to schoolwork, they are No. 1. They were never into sports, so I was kind of leery, but [the parents and coaches] were so welcoming.”That proved not to be a problem. The girls all earn A’s and B’s in their classes, and their training has led them to branch out into other activities, including participating in a school performance of “Alice in Wonderland.” The Sheppard sisters pose with coach Jean Bell and her sister, fellow coach Karel Lancaster (Al Tielemans/Sports Illustrated Kids) read more

Wheel of Fortune hosts in Providenciales show coming

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:beaches resort and spa, key west village, pat sajak, vanna white, wheel of fortune Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Nov 2015 – In February next year a very famous game show will spend a week on air in The Turks and Caicos at Beaches Resort Villages and Spa. Turks and Caicos Media will today meet the hosts of Wheel of Fortune: Pat Sajak and Vanna White at the Key West Village to learn more about the family week Wheel of Fortune on the World’s #1 Island, Providenciales. PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beaches Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Sandals drops major bomb, makes Misick brothers look terribly suspectlast_img read more