Fire Expert On How Indigenous Land Management Could Help With Fires In California : NPR

NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with Don Hankins, a fire expert at California State University, Chico, about how Native Americans’ “cultural burning” could be folded into the state’s fire management plans.


This year, wildfires have burned more than 4 million acres in California. That’s more than any other year since record-keeping began in the 1930s. Long before that, 4 million acres might have burned in a typical year. California’s Indigenous people intentionally set fires centuries ago. They were known as cultural burns. Don Hankins is a Plains Miwok fire expert and professor at Chico State University in California. He says cultural burns cleared out forests, helping prevent the megafires we’re seeing now, and they helped biodiversity.

DON HANKINS: You know, one of the bigger things that we’re really missing in California in terms of habitat conditions is the fine-grained mosaic that fires do create. So that fine-grained mosaic

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Trump Demands a Plan to Withdraw U.S. Troops From Somalia

(Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump has told top advisers he wants to withdraw U.S. troops from Somalia, according to people familiar with the matter, allowing him to make good on campaign pledges to bring soldiers home even though the country remains beset by insurgents linked to al-Qaeda.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie

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Donald Trump

The Pentagon has begun drafting plans for the president, and discussions have involved National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley, according to the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private deliberations.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie

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Donald Trump

The U.S. has 650 to 800 troops in Somalia, according to the U.S. Africa Command, including special forces that are helping train Somalia’s army. All or almost all were sent during Trump’s presidency.

Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi said in an interview that he’d like U.S. forces to

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SIMON Expands Digital Wealth Management Platform to Include Exchange Traded Funds; Launches New Marketplace with Innovator’s Defined Outcome ETFs

Innovator Capital Management’s Defined Outcome ETFs, including their Buffer ETFs, are now available on SIMON’s centralized platform for risk-managed solutions

SIMON Markets LLC (“SIMON”) today announced it has expanded its digital platform to deliver financial professionals access to exchange traded funds (“ETFs”), launching its ETF Marketplace with the Buffer ETFs from Innovator Capital Management (“Innovator”). Innovator’s Buffer ETFs are part of their Defined Outcome ETFs family and are the first ETFs that seek to offer exposure to the upside performance of major market indices with known levels of downside buffers. Buffer ETFs seek to offer downside risk management features over predetermined outcome periods in a similar fashion to other risk-managed solutions on the SIMON platform. In direct strategic alignment with the missions of both firms, financial professionals using SIMON will now be able to explore adding the attractive attributes these products can bring to a client’s portfolio—with the depth of

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$29.1 Billion Supply Chain Management Solutions Market – Global Trajectory & Analytics to 2027


The “Supply Chain Management Solutions – Global Market Trajectory & Analytics” report has been added to’s offering.

Global Supply Chain Management Solutions Market to Reach $29.1 Billion by 2027

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Supply Chain Management Solutions estimated at US$15.1 Billion in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$29.1 Billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 9.8% over the analysis period 2020-2027.

Food & Beverages, one of the segments analyzed in the report, is projected to record a 9.4% CAGR and reach US$9.4 Billion by the end of the analysis period. After an early analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the Automotive segment is readjusted to a revised 11% CAGR for the next 7-year period.

The U. S. Market is Estimated at $4.5 Billion, While China

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City council president says plan for police pay raise in the works

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Police pay was again front and center at a Jackson City Council meeting.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Councilman Aaron Banks

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Councilman Aaron Banks

On Tuesday, the council discussed at length plans to give police officers higher salaries.


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A proposal to increase pay for officers failed to gain traction, but council members did commit to finding a way to raise police compensation during the 2021 fiscal year.

“We’re going to act and move soon,” said Council President Aaron Banks.

The fiscal year runs from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021.

Conversations were sparked by a proposal from Ward Three Councilman Kenneth Stokes, who was backing raising hourly pay for officers, corporals and sergeants.

The councilman proposed raising police pay to $18 for patrol officers, $21 for corporals and $25 for sergeants.

Council members urged Stokes to allow the measure to be placed in a committee for

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Counterfeit Drugs Harm Patients, Economy, Innovation; Drug Importation or Price Controls Would Make Problem Worse

New Brief: Counterfeit Drugs Harm Patients, Economy, Innovation; Drug Importation or Price Controls Would Make Problem Worse

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SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 13, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A new brief released today by the Center for Medical Economics and Innovation at the nonpartisan Pacific Research Institute shows that counterfeit drugs put patients in harm’s way, hinder drug innovation, and lead to job losses. Proposals like drug importation or price controls, if implemented, would exacerbate the problem and result in more health and economic consequences.

Click here to download the brief.

“Counterfeit drugs expose patients to potentially lethal contaminants, and may also increase public health risks by failing to effectively treat contagious diseases like COVID-19 or tuberculosis,” write the brief’s authors, Wayne Winegarden, Ph.D. and Henry I. Miller, M.S., M.D. “There are also negative economic impacts created by counterfeit drugs, including reduced pharmaceutical innovation,

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Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Management on Q3 2020 Results – Earnings Call Transcript

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) Q3 2020 Results Conference Call October 13, 2020 8:30 AM ET

Company Participants

Chris DelOrefice – VP, IR

Joe Wolk – Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Jennifer Taubert – Executive Vice President and Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals

Ashley McEvoy – Executive Vice President and Worldwide Chairman, Medical Devices

Thibaut Mongon – Executive Vice President and Worldwide Chairman, Consumer Health

Mathai Mammen – Global Head of Janssen Research & Development

Conference Call Participants

David Lewis – Morgan Stanley

Chris Schott – JPMorgan

Larry Biegelsen – Wells Fargo

Josh Jennings – Cowen & Co

Danielle Antalffy – SVB Leerink

Terence Flynn – Goldman Sachs

Louise Chen – Cantor Fitzgerald


Good morning, and welcome to Johnson & Johnson’s Third Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call. All participants will be in listen-only mode until the question-and-answer session of the conference. This call is being recorded. [Operator Instructions]

I would now

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Lakeside Software Welcomes New Chief Revenue and Chief Marketing Officers

BOSTON, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Lakeside Software, a leader in digital experience monitoring software, today announced the addition of two industry veterans to its executive team. Eric Fischer has joined the company as Chief Revenue Officer, and Bill Hobbib has joined as Chief Marketing Officer. With Lakeside fueled by a recent investment from global venture capital and private equity firm Insight Partners, Fischer and Hobbib are joining the company to build out a world-class go-to-market team focused on driving long-term customer and partner relationships and accelerating the company’s growth.

With the rapid transformation of the distributed workforce and need for analytics and automation to cost-effectively improve the computing experience of employees, the demand for Lakeside’s digital experience monitoring (DEM) platform, SysTrack, is dramatically increasing. Widespread deployment of Lakeside’s platform in 20% of Global 500 accounts as well as the strong adoption of its cloud solution has further propelled

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Will Baker’s $171M Plan to Fight Evictions Be Enough?

Gov. Charlie Baker. Photo by Chris Van Buskirk | State House News Service

Expanded rental assistance, rapid rehousing efforts and streamlined application processes are cornerstones of a $171 million plan announced Monday by the Baker administration to keep tenants in their homes and support landlords after the state’s eviction moratorium expires on Saturday.

The plan represents an alternative to extending the moratorium, which Baker is authorized to do under a law passed earlier in the pandemic and is a path that many community activists and some lawmakers say is preferable for the safety of tenants struggling due to job losses and other COVID-19 pandemic hardships, but which landlord groups and a federal judge have warned may be unconstitutional.

At least 80,000 households in Massachusetts, including both renters and homeowners, will struggle to cover the costs of both housing and basic needs this month, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council concluded last

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Blockchain Can Give $1.7T Boost to Global Economy by 2030: PwC Report

Blockchain technology stands to boost the global economy by $1.7 trillion in the next decade with Asia seeing the most economic benefit, according to a new report by consulting company PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

  • PwC economists forecast a tipping point in 2025 if blockchain technologies are adopted at scale across the world, and expect blockchain applications to boost global gross domestic product (GDP) by $1.76 trillion, (1.4% of global GDP) by 2030.  
  • According to the report, blockchain will make the biggest impact on Asia’s economy with China, India and Japan driving adoption in the region.
  • China stands to gain the highest potential net benefit at $440 billion, with the U.S. following at $407 billion. 
  • Germany, Japan, U.K., India and France are each estimated to benefit by more than $50 billion in the same period.
  • The report identified five key application areas of blockchain with potential to generate economic value: product tracking
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