European Commission raises Eurozone growth forecast to 1.3 per cent on crumbling oil prices and weak euro

first_imgThe European Commission nudged up its official growth forecast for the single currency bloc today, citing crumbling oil prices, a weaker euro and the European Central Bank’s (ECB) generous stimulus package unveiled earlier this year.The Eurozone will grow at a rate of 1.3 per cent this year and 1.9 per cent in 2016,  the European Commission said in its winter forecast. This is better than gloomier predictions of 1.1 per cent this year and 1.7 per cent next year, which were initially laid out in November. It marks the first time in eight years that all Eurozone economies are expected to grow, a brighter outlook for the region which has been battling against stagnation.Germany, the region’s “star economy,” is expected to hit 1.5 per cent this year compared with an earlier forecast of 1.1 per cent. Other major Eurozone economies – namely France and Spain – also received upgrades.Bucking the trend somewhat, the UK’s growth is expected to be 2.6 per cent this year, down slightly from an earlier forecast of 2.7 per cent.Greece’s projected growth forecast was lowered to 2.5 per cent for this year, down from 2.9 per cent laid out in November. “Europe’s economic outlook is a little brighter today than when we presented our last forecasts. The fall in oil prices and the cheaper euro are providing a welcome shot in the arm for the EU economy.” said Pierre Moscovici, commissioner for economic and financial affairs, faxation and customs. “Meanwhile, the Investment Plan for Europe and the ECB’s important recent decisions will help create a more supportive backdrop for reforms and smart fiscal policies. But there is still much hard work ahead to deliver the jobs that remain elusive for millions of Europeans,” he said. European Commission raises Eurozone growth forecast to 1.3 per cent on crumbling oil prices and weak euro whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Thursday 5 February 2015 5:39 am Share whatsapp Jessica Morris by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableySenior Living | Search AdsSenior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look At The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinitionArticles SkillHe Left Wife For Her Sister, Then She Wins It AllArticles Skill Tags: Eurozone Eurozone inflation Oil priceslast_img read more

News / Report clears top IRU men of financial wrongdoing, but union may have ‘misused members’ funds

first_img© Bwylezich An international road association, the IRU, says allegations of financial misconduct against it, made in April, should be dismissed following the findings of an independent report.The allegations relate to the IRU’s TIR insurance scheme and date back to 1995 and the financial model used to calculate the union’s reserves.But while the report clears individuals of any wrongdoing, it reveals that the IRU had indeed been involved as an organisation.In addition, the IRU appears to have offered Sfr30m ($29.5m) in exchange for “‘silence” from its members following allegations that it hid more than Sfr550m of membership fees in offshore tax havens, including the Isle of Man.Former IRU deputy secretary general Marek Retelski delivered a 343-page complaint to Swiss prosecutors in April alleging that secretary general Umberto de Pretto and chief operating officer Boris Blanche diverted some Sfr558m that should have been returned to members.This amount included Sfr93m from a “secret retro-commission from member associations’ insurance contracts, through which 40% of the national premium was subsequently returned to a shadow company”. Mr Retelski claimed Mr de Pretto refused to notify member associations of the money, or return it to them.Another Sfr56.7m was profit commissions from global insurance premiums paid by IRU members to Zurich and AXA.The balance was said to relate to IRU reserves, which had a surplus of Sfr409m. It had been claimed that Mr Blanche hid a 2014 Deloitte analysis into the IRU’s funding requirements in the context of the TIR Carnet issuance activities, in which the consultant concluded there was a surplus.The Loadstar understands that the funds have been used for various real estate investments projects in Turkey, Russia and Ukraine. It is not known whether members knew or approved of the projects.On Friday, the IRU released a statement claiming that an independent audit by Ernst & Young had found no evidence against its management.But in a report for the UN’s Inland Transport Committee, Paul Wang, a partner at Ernst & Young, said that the external audit was scoped on the personal involvement of Mr de Pretto and Mr Blanche in the allegations and did not include a financial audit of the IRU as an organisation.While this report seems to clear the two men of any wrongdoing, it does note that as an organisation, the IRU had in fact been involved in forming the alleged schemes and had failed to notify members of them or their structure.However, it found no evidence of an obligation to communicate the Deloitte analysis to corporate bodies or to its members.However, Mr Wang also noted that the report was not focused on the legal aspects of the case, stating that as external auditor he was not mandated to provide judgment on the legal nature of any of the findings, including potentially illegal acts, neglects and wrongdoings.Despite the IRU’s claims of innocence, a copy of its General Assembly meeting at the beginning of November has been made available to The Loadstar. In it, the IRU appears to offer its members a payment of Sfr30m in exchange for a full waiver of claims to stakeholders and audit rights.When contacted for comment, the IRU declined, while whistleblower Mr Retelski would only say that he believed proceedings were ongoing. By Alexander Whiteman 28/11/2016last_img read more

News / Continued lack of airfreight capacity has created a ‘battlefield’ for forwarders

first_img Shippers should expect to pay “bullish” carriers higher freight rates next contract season.According to Ludwig Hausmann, partner at McKinsey & Company, upcoming freight contracts will be characterised by “very high” rates.“Carriers in air, ocean and rail are being very bullish in the short term, but very insecure about the middle and end of next year,” he said during a webinar by Xeneta.“Shippers that commit to certain volumes and block space capacity for the entire year might be in a position to benefit from carriers incentivised by long-term commitments, and therefore reduce the exorbitant yields a little.” The key, Mr Hausmann advised, would be to “strike a balance” in the portfolio.“Long-term contracted volumes could drive down the average price shippers will pay, but they should keep some volume reserved for ad hoc and short-term bookings when new capacity comes online,” he explained.Thomas Sorbo, co-founder of Xeneta, agreed and added: “There might be a different market situation in March or April next year than what we have today [with limited capacity].”He pointed out many shippers had been “fire-fighting” over the past few months due to a lack of equipment and blank sailings, “so they found themselves going more frequently to the spot market than ever before”.Another factor influencing freight contracts will be the pressure on supply chains in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, according to Mr Hausmann.“Compared with pre-crisis levels, the demand to create more resilient supply chains, as opposed to cost-optimal ones, has increased dramatically,” he explained.“The safety and security of getting supplies in the right quantity at the right time seems to trump cost efficiency, at least for the moment, meaning shippers will focus more on reliability.”Mr Hausmann said the poor service reliability of ocean carriers and the continued lack of airfreight availability had created a “battlefield”, where forwarders should focus on securing contracted capacity for their most important customers and suppliers, despite the high rates.“Committing to what you really need as a minimum capacity might be the name of the game for next year,” he added. “Because, while long-term commitments and big capacity bets are risky, the incremental approach of always being short-term could be more dangerous, as you end up either without capacity or with the most expensive capacity.”Mr Hausmann also predicted an ongoing shift from air to ocean freight for many of the southern hemisphere trades, due to the wide disparity in lost air freight capacity resulting from grounded passenger fleets.“For transpacific and China-Europe, the air freight capacity drop was actually not that bad; all the capacity shifted there as they’re the most important and highest-paying lanes.“But any southern lanes going to South America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, for example, have been cut in half, in terms of capacity.“So we will see a struggle for the perishables exporters in Africa and Latin America, because the value density of these goods cannot be carried at higher rates, which might see a shift to cheaper ocean freight,” said Mr Mr Hausmann. By Sam Whelan 21/09/2020last_img read more

Medical students are skipping class in droves — and making lectures increasingly obsolete

first_img Wang isn’t alone. According to 2017 data from the Association for American Medical Colleges, 1 in 4 preclinical students watches educational videos — like those on YouTube — on a daily basis. And according to two video developers, tens of thousands of medical students subscribe to their products — one of which costs $250 for two years, the other $370 for one year.Leaders in medical education have begun to scramble. Some medical schools, like Harvard, have done away with lectures for the most part. Instead of spending hours in an auditorium, Harvard students learn the course content at home and then apply the knowledge in mandatory small group sessions.Other institutions, like Johns Hopkins, are moving in the same direction, but have yet to make a full switch. Hopkins cut down on lectures and boosted sessions that require active student participation. Preclinical lecture attendance hovers around 30 to 40 percent, according to Dr. Nancy Hueppchen, associate dean for curriculum.For many students, she said, licensing exam prep begins on day one of medical school: “They have this parallel curriculum going along with what we’re teaching them.”Step 1, an eight-hour multiple choice test, is a big deal. Performance on the exam, though it’s taken before most students even begin training in a hospital, heavily influences which medical specialties they can eventually pursue after school and at what hospitals they can pursue them.With medical schools grading pass-fail, the Step 1 score is an increasingly significant piece of information that’s used to sort through residency applications, Hueppchen said. When she took the exam, it was only used as a pass-fail test. Today, residency programs rely on the score more heavily; students and faculty suspect that it’s used as a cutoff for making admissions decisions.Ryan Carlson, a third-year M.D.-Ph.D. student at the University of Washington, said that his school focused on teaching “what they thought was important for a physician to know.” But medical students have to know more than what is relevant to a practicing clinician to succeed on Step. The exam focuses on rare diseases and other minutiae, said Carlson, who now tutors for the test.Hueppchen acknowledged that students at Hopkins and elsewhere “express some distrust that they’re getting everything they need — or that we’re being meticulous in pointing out what they need — to study for and excel on the Step 1 exam.”SketchyMedical produces visual memory aids with elaborate illustrations, like this one of the major drugs targeting the sympathetic nervous system. Stephen Wang at SketchyMedicalThe medical tour guidesThat distrust has spawned a cottage industry of online study aids. Most are a far cry from your high school SAT prep course.SketchyMedical is one of the most popular guides. The company, built in 2013 by three then-medical students at the University of California, Irvine, produces visual memory aids with elaborate illustrations to help students learn and retain the voluminous material they’re expected to know.Dr. Andrew Berg and his co-founders, Drs. Saud Siddiqui and Bryan Lemieux, started sketching pictures and pairing them with stories while taking microbiology in their second year of medical school.“We were just bombarded with different names of bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and we were having a tough time keeping them all straight,” he said. “That was the biggest learning curve of med school — it wasn’t so much how do I do well in it, it was, how do I use all these crazy resources that are being marketed to me to best meet my goal of passing Step.” Ryan Carlson, third-year M.D.-Ph.D. student at the University of Washington These self-guided med students are akin to a group of American tourists wandering through Tokyo without a map. Like a tour guide hired on the street, the online learning tools — including memory aids, videos, and online quizzes — can enhance the educational journey, or send the students down a dead end.advertisement In ‘Drop Out Club,’ desperate doctors counsel each other on quitting the field Privacy Policy Leave this field empty if you’re human: The sketches helped them, and now other students are using them, too.Imagine it’s test day and a med student is asked which drug she would use to treat a patient’s postoperative gastrointestinal blockage. The student closes her eyes and mentally enters the world of “Acetyl-Cola,” a bustling port town that’s depicted in one of SketchyMedical’s cartoons. Outside a storefront, the student finds construction workers, motorcyclists wearing brain-shaped helmets, piles of dripping-wet fish, and a man sporting an adrenal gland-shaped beanie.A colon-shaped mixing truck pouring out cement is an unfortunate, but effective, symbol for defecation, and a worker wearing a name tag reading “Beth” and drinking a cola reminds the student of the drug bethanechol, given to treat intestinal obstructions.The illustrations are turned into narrated videos, which teach drug names and their mechanisms and side effects. SketchyMedical has also produced videos on microbiology and pathology.Berg compares the work of Sketchy to hieroglyphics in ancient Egypt. But for many, Sketchy evokes a different technique used a thousand years later in ancient Greece: method of loci, also called a memory palace or journey.Memory palaces are typically imagined spaces in which a person can store information like a string of numbers or a series of words. Each piece of information is placed somewhere inside the palace. When the palace builder wants to recall an item, she can take a mental stroll through the space to retrieve it. This technique famously enabled Cicero, the Roman statesman and philosopher, to commit his speeches to memory.“We accidentally stumbled upon these visual learning techniques, but now looking back we see there’s a lot of evidence supporting visual learning,” Berg said. The future doctors of America cut class. Not to gossip in the bathroom or flirt behind the bleachers. They skip to learn — at twice the speed.Some medical students follow along with class remotely, watching sped-up recordings of their professors at home, in their pajamas. Others rarely tune in. At one school, attendance is so bad that a Nobel laureate recently lectured to mostly empty seats.Nationally, nearly one-quarter of second-year medical students reported last year that they “almost never” attended class during their first two, preclinical years, a 5 percent increase from 2015.advertisement HealthMedical students are skipping class in droves — and making lectures increasingly obsolete Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Related: Please enter a valid email address. STAT+: Related: Alex Hogan/STAT Hueppchen said that the outside resources “may have value in day-to-day studying, they may have value in studying for Step 1,” but Hopkins has not vetted them so it doesn’t recommend them to students either.The National Board of Medical Examiners, which works with state medical boards to set the minimum standards for medical licensing and administers the Step exam, also doesn’t endorse these products — or their use as hard lines for residency admissions, said Dr. Michael Barone, vice president of licensure programs. The group “is aware of some secondary uses of scores,” he said, but the test’s primary purpose is to report licensure alone.So long as Step still requires intensive rote memorization, companies like SketchyMedical and Boards and Beyond will likely remain in business.Both Berg and Ryan agree that physicians no longer need to memorize as much as they did in the past. Ryan’s grandmother was one of the first female physicians to graduate from her medical school in the 1940s. Back then, he said, she had to remember everything. “If she had to go to a book every time she saw a patient, she’d never be able to work through the day.”Today, there’s much more to know, and medicine is evolving so rapidly — with new drugs, guidelines, and practices — that physicians can’t possibly remember it all. Instead, they look information up on their cellphones, using a variety of apps on the clinic floors. But preclinical students still need to commit board-tested material to memory, a task often compared to drinking from a firehose.Needing to memorize for boards and learn in parallel for their institutions is the breeding ground for anxiety that Hueppchen said “has truly detracted from the joy of learning.” It has even detracted from the joy of teaching, she added.Berg said he tries to bring joy to memorization: “I think that what I hope to contribute the most is making studying more fun.” The AWOL students highlight increasing dissatisfaction and anxiety that there’s a mismatch between what they’re taught in class during those years and what they’re expected to know — or how they’re tested — on national licensing exams. Despite paying nearly $60,000 a year in tuition, medical students are turning to unsanctioned online resources to prepare for Step 1, the make-or-break test typically taken at the end of the preclinical years. Exclusive analysis of biopharma, health policy, and the life sciences. NYU says it will cover tuition for all its medical students — both now and in the future Lawrence Wang, a third-year M.D.-Ph.D. student at the University of California, San Diego, and the National Institutes of Health, said he relied heavily on these resources during his first two years of medical school.“There were times that I didn’t go to a single class, and then I’d get to the actual exam and it would be my first time seeing the professor,” he said. “Especially, when Step was coming up, I pretty much completely focused on studying outside materials.” Tags educationphysicians SketchyMedical is not the only extracurricular resource students rely on. An entire industry cropped up in the last few years, marketing videos and self-quizzing features to preclinical students. Dr. Jason Ryan, the creator of Boards and Beyond, is a name (and voice) familiar to medical students across the country.Ryan, a faculty member at University of Connecticut School of Medicine, creates explanatory videos that track along with the content in First Aid, a Step preparatory book that Ryan said is more like “an encyclopedia of terms” than a real study aid. Ask any medical student if they use First Aid, and they’ll point you to their heavily annotated, tattered copy.While both Ryan and Berg consider their products supplements to regular medical education, many students view them as necessary investments for success. Choosing which ones to use can be a challenge, however.“That was the biggest learning curve of med school — it wasn’t so much how do I do well in it, it was, how do I use all these crazy resources that are being marketed to me to best meet my goal of passing Step,” Carlson said.The old players reactThis expanding corner of the medical education industry is both a product of a new attitude among students — born from anxiety surrounding exam prep — and a disrupter of the traditional classroom education. Med schools now have to think more creatively about how they train their future doctors, Berg said.In 2015, Harvard Medical School revamped its curriculum for the first two years to enable clinical exposure and boost class attendance with a flipped-classroom model: Students learn the content at home, and then apply it during in-class exercises. Dr. Richard Schwartzstein, director of education scholarship, said the program now emphasizes problem-solving and critical thinking — skills seen as essential to practicing medicine — instead of factual recall.But while medical schools are de-emphasizing pure memorization, the national licensing exams have yet to reconsider, he acknowledged. Still, Schwartzstein is not a huge fan of external resources, citing their focus on memorization and pattern recognition as major weaknesses.“You don’t have to actually teach pattern recognition,” he said. “We all are born with the capability of recognizing pattern.” He advises students to stick to Harvard-developed videos and their recommended readings. Like many medical schools, Harvard gives students a dedicated study period — six to eight weeks without coursework — to “prepare in whatever way they deem most appropriate to take the boards,” he said. By Orly Nadell Farber Aug. 14, 2018 Reprintslast_img read more

Minister Flanagan furious over St Mary’s sports hall debacle

first_img Electric Picnic Facebook By John Whelan – 16th December 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter St Mary’s Sports Hall in Portlaoise has served the community well but is in need of refurbishment works. Ultimately it will have to be replaced by a modern indoor sports hall to cater for growing demand. Minister Charlie Flanagan has reacted angrily and expressed his dismay at the abject failure by Laois County Council to take up a Government grant to carry out badly needed refurbishment works to St Mary’s Sports Hall. He has pledged to sort it out.Furthermore the local Minister has vented his frustration that proposals for a new indoor sports facility in Portlaoise have not been actively progressed by the local authority.He was under the impression all this was well in hand and could not conceal his disappointment over the way the plans for the much-in-demand facility have been allowed to languish.LaoisToday revealed earlier this week that local municipal area Portlaoise councillors are livid after discovering that no application for funding for a new sports hall had ever even been processed or lodged by the Council.The matter was first highlighted by Cllr Caroline Dwane-Stanley who went so far as to say that what had happened was a scandal and that they had been misled. Councillors have sought an urgent meeting with senior local authority management to get to the bottom of what went wrong. News Pinterest Under-fire officials will have to contend with Minister Flanagan also as he too is looking for answers.“This is dreadful to hear about St Mary’s Hall. I thought all this was in hand and I intend to sort it out,” asserted Minister Flanagan this weekend.He was reacting in particular to the news that €68k which had been allocated for vital refurbishment works at St Mary’s Hall in Portlaoise were not drawn down, as the required matching funding could not be sourced. Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival TAGSLaois County CouncilMinister Charlie FlanaganPortlaoisePortlaoise Municipal DistrictPortlaoise PanthersSt Mary’s Hall Pinterest Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp St Mary’s Hall, which has served the community well is no longer regarded as suitable for the demands being placed on it in the long term. The Council did commission consultants earlier this year to carry out stakeholder consultations and conduct a needs analysis report on sports facilities.This report emphatically concluded that there is demand and a need for a new indoor sports facility and went so far as to identify potential sites. But apparently that’s where the matter was left.In the interim funding was allocated to carrying out remedial works at St Mary’s which is used virtually round the clock.It also emerged this week that the highly successful Panthers Basketball Club, which is lining out over 30 teams in all grades, is being forced to use multiple halls to cope with demand and is spending over forty grand a year to pay for hiring halls.“I insisted that the refurbishment grant was secured for St Mary’s and I don’t know what happened since. The Council have access to millions for the Town under the regeneration status, so there is no reason this money should not have been drawn down and put to good use,” maintained Minister Flanagan.“This is one of the most important and much needed facilities in the Town,” he added.Regarding the plans for a new sports hall he was equally emphatic that he would be intervening with the local authority to get it back on track.“I’m so disappointed to see a complete lack of progress on such an important project for Portlaoise.“This is just not good enough. I have repeatedly said that the greatest challenge facing us in Portlaoise is to provide the essential services and facilities to keep pace with the residential and population expansion and growth.“St Mary’s Hall is a great facility but it’s totally outdated. I worked hard with Pat Critchley and others to secure almost €70,000. That represented the first phase of a badly needed revamp. This project needs to get back on track and intend speaking to senior Council officials without delay.“Over the past two decades Portlaoise has seen its population almost double. It’s essential that sport, recreation and community services meet the needs of the people.“There are various Government schemes across a range of Departments and I will explore all avenues and options to ensure this work is advanced in the county town,” committed the Minister.SEE ALSO –  Laois Sports Hall fiasco – no application for funding was ever madeSEE ALSO –  The Laois Today store is open for all your Christmas goodies Electric Picnic Facebook Twitter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Minister Flanagan furious over St Mary’s sports hall debacle Home News Community Minister Flanagan furious over St Mary’s sports hall debacle NewsCommunity WhatsApp Previous article‘I was just so proud of my family for what we achieved’ – Maeve Maher looks back on Ireland’s Fittest Family experienceNext articleIn Pictures: Staff and friends help celebrate 40th birthday of Laois business Finline Furniture John WhelanJohn Whelan has been a journalist, commentator, columnist, political analyst, campaigner, politician and publisher ever since he was 17. Having been Editor of the Leinster Express, Offaly Express and the Leinster Leader he has also contributed extensively on a number of issues to all of the country’s flagship titles and programmes including the Irish Press, The Irish Independent, the Star, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Business Post, The Sunday Times and Prime Time. He is founder of Communicate Ireland a PR, public affairs, event management and media services company.He is the author of the popular camping blog, Vanhalla – Camper Heaven.last_img read more

The Midweek Podcast: New cars, Laois’s own Glendalough and Drops of Green brothers Lee and Robbie Campion

first_img Pinterest Facebook The LaoisToday Podcast · Midweek Podcast: New cars, Laois’s own Glendalough and Drops of Green brothers Twitter TAGSDrops of GreenJoe Mallon MotorsLee CampionRobbie CampionRoghan HeadenStephen ButlerThe Midweek PodcastTimahoe By LaoisToday Reporter – 20th January 2021 Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp Pinterest SEE ALSO – Check out all the recent LaoisToday Midweek Podcasts here Electric Picnic Facebook Electric Picnic Twitter The Midweek Podcast: New cars, Laois’s own Glendalough and Drops of Green brothers Lee and Robbie Campion WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home We Are Laois Podcasts The Midweek Podcast: New cars, Laois’s own Glendalough and Drops of Green… We Are LaoisPodcasts Previous articleCoronavirus: 61 more deaths and 2,488 new cases – 38 of them in LaoisNext articleDeaths in Laois – Thursday, January 21, 2021 LaoisToday Reporter Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic Who doesn’t love a new car? The look, the new car scent and that first drive. Stephen Butler is the Sales Manager for Joe Mallon Motors in Portlaoise, and in this week’s episode of the Midweek Podcast, we talked to him about sales so far in 2021 and how they’ve been working throughout the pandemic.Roghan Hayden is part of an organisation set up to enhance Timahoe. Tigh Mochua Le Cheile, have recently been granted €100,000 to carry out remedial works on the Timahoe Round Tower and Visitor Centre. Roghan tells us how Timahoe is better than Glendalough.Continuing with our local artist interviews, Drops of Green are a fantastic band on the Irish music scene at the moment and we speak to two of the members of the band, brothers Robbie and Lee Campion from Don’t forget to like, share and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festivallast_img read more

Why Still Utllizing Public Execution in N.K

first_imgAnalysis & Opinion Facebook Twitter Analysis & Opinion [imText1]It is confirmed that North Korea is still utilizing public execution as a means to secure the regime. The footage of public execution of a factory worker, Yoo Bun Hee, carried out in Hamju County, South Hamkyong Province last July, divulges NK authorities’ such intention. The public execution featured in the video clip released by Japanese Asahi Television on Wednesday can be divided into two separate parts of show trial; a public trial and execution, and subsequent forced rally against crime. The rally is distinctive with other mass meetings in its purpose of condemning criminals in an open space. A security official declares, before show trial, to start ‘a mass rally to conduct public execution of a murderer and to convict other criminals.’ Do Hee Yun, director of the Citizen’s Coalition for Human Rights of Abductees and North Korean Refugees, says in an interview that there are reports of public execution not only in Hamju County but also in Dancheon and other areas. The North Korean regime, argues Do, is sustaining by killing people amid international isolation and food shortage. Current situation inside North Korean society is serious enough to threaten the regime to collapse. The U.S. financial sanction drains off Kim’s private funds and isolation in the international society is deepened since the missile launch. In addition, food shortage is getting worse after flood. It is understood that North Korean regime endeavors to strengthen the control of the society through a reign of terror. Other sources report that government agencies including security office start to tighten social discipline to prevent infiltration of outside information and foreign movies. In the mid 90s, during the worst period of famine, thefts and murders were all over the country and millions defected to China. Public executions might be preventive measures against similar kind of disorder. Also, North Korean authorities’ lack of awareness in human rights is the problem in the first place. If so, Pyongyang regime would continue to execute people publicly regardless of international pressure against the brutality. A Kim Il Sung University bulletin number 2, published last month, argued for ‘effectiveness of ‘public trial (execution)’ to educate the mass and necessity of compelling the people to follow law and order.’ According to a defector and former security officer, it has been ordered to execute 2000 per year. However, execution was carried out without consideration of the class of the criminals to reach the goal, many previous Proletarian class members were degraded. From around 2000, North Korean authorities have changed its policy of abundant public execution to that of closed execution with the aim of avoiding further disorder and alienation of the people from the regime. Still, public execution for the purpose of ‘mass education’ has not been interrupted. It is expected that international pressure for human rights in North Korea would increase and South Korean government’s will to improve NK human rights, if any, would be in question, once again. North Korea, however, will continue public execution because of its effectiveness in securing the regime. In the end, a call for regime change in Pyongyang, to prevent anymore victims of the wicked dictatorship of Kim Jong Il, would revitalize. Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Why Still Utllizing Public Execution in N.K Analysis & Opinion RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img By Shin Joo Hyun – 2006.09.22 9:33am SHARE Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Analysis & Opinion AvatarShin Joo Hyun last_img read more

Monitoring reveals possum reduction at Pirongia

first_imgMonitoring reveals possum reduction at Pirongia As part of DOC’s ongoing nationwide Tiakina Ngā Manu programme, predator control was carried out at Pirongia Forest Park in September 2020, using aerially applied 1080 over 14,000 hectares.The work is part of long-term conservation efforts at the site, which is an important home to a huge range of forest birds, insects, lizards and plants including threatened species such as pekapeka (bats), kōkako and Dactylanthus – a rare parasitic plant.“Possum monitoring, before and after the control operation shows we’ve reduced the possums in the forest park, providing rata trees, Dactylanthus, kokakō and a multitude of other valuable New Zealand species the opportunity to thrive,” says DOC Biodiversity Ranger Cara Hansen.Possum monitoring was undertaken by an independent contractor using leg hold traps spread throughout the forest park in the weeks after the Tiakina Ngā Manu operation was completed. 240 traps were checked over three nights and no possums were caught.Monitoring at the same site, undertaken in January 2020, showed 5.4% of the traps had caught possums.“This further demonstrates the value of our predator control operation and the detailed and lengthy planning and consultation we put into undertaking that work,” Cara Hansen says.“The removal of possums – and other predators such as stoats and rats – at Pirongia means the many forest bird species found there will be able to successfully raise clutches of chicks. Controlling predators also allows the forest canopy to recover, improving the forest’s health and providing important habitat for native species.”Over the last 25 years, DOC and a range of government and community organisations have undertaken extensive predator control and species protection efforts within and around Pirongia Forest Park.Monitoring at Pirongia over the past 20 years shows a downward trend of possum numbers and, through ongoing predator control work, there is an opportunity to maintain the benefits of keeping possum numbers down.Tiakina Ngā Manu contributes to Predator Free 2050 through the sustained control of introduced predators over large areas of conservation land to protect taonga native species and forests until predators can be removed permanently.“We are now lucky to hear the calls of the hauntingly beautiful songbird kōkako across the maunga, which have been successfully reintroduced by Pirongia Te Araroa o Kahu Restoration,” she says. /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:biodiversity, bird, community, conservation, Department of Conservation New Zealand, Government, habitat, New Zealand, operation, Pirongia, specieslast_img read more

Built Ford Fluff: SEMA Bronco shows cool accessories you can’t actually buy

first_img See More Videos First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. RELATED TAGSFordSUVNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesAccessoriesbroncoFordNon-LuxuryOff-RoadSEMA New Vehicles Ford is throwing its entire accessory catalog at the Bronco from launchby Matthew Guy | February 26, 2020 Trending Videos Trending in Canada PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | advertisementcenter_img This concept you see here features a tough stepover replacement panel in place of real doors, providing what Ford calls “maximum thrill and open-air feeling” compared to traditional doors. Taking a page from the Book of BentleyTM, which created a series of Bentayga SUVs for various leisure activities like hunting and crocheting tea towels horse racing, this concept is built around one of the Bronco program’s customer-use scenarios. Here, a comfortable Monday-through-Friday Bronco has been converted for a weekend of extreme off-roading, and then back to stock Badlands spec for the week ahead.Of interest is a unique process that enabled the concept to have swappable front fenders and rear quarters. Said to be an easy install before hitting the trail, these concept accessory parts are made from impact-ready materials that replace stock painted parts. The general idea with these removable panels is that one can protect the machine on which they are making monthly payments but still enjoy its off-road capability.Alert readers will note this Bronco’s side portals, showing up here as a throwback cue to the first-generation Bronco U13 Roadster model built from 1966 to 1968, a workhorse of which it is said roughly 200 remain.RELATED This year’s SEMA show in Vegas, an annual soirée in the desert featuring miles of aftermarket parts and custom vehicles, was moved entirely online thanks to the continued scourge of disease and pestilence that plagues many areas of the continent.Now called SEMA360, it provided the opportunity for manufacturers to draw out their reveals longer than a dramatic death in an old-fashioned Western flick.Nevertheless, Ford revealed a brace of Broncos last night, more than two weeks after the start of SEMA360. Chief among the concepts is this Badlands Sasquatch 2-Door, laden with some accessories that are readily available and some which are still firmly in the design stage. While these are crazy good details, the chances of these U13-style doors making production is virtually slim-to-none. After all, Ford showed but then cancelled a set of ‘donut doors’ possibly thanks to challenges with crash-testing. If doors with holes in them didn’t pass muster, no doors at all likely won’t either. However, I welcome the opportunity to be wrong in this particular case. ‹ Previous Next › The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTSlast_img read more

Global Wine Industry Experts to Present at California Wines Export 2020…

first_imgAdvertisementRegistration Open Now – Space Is LimitedSAN FRANCISCO — Wine Institute will host “Export 2020: The California Wine Global Export Conference,” featuring leading voices in the global wine trade on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the Culinary Institute of America at COPIA in Napa Valley. Keynote speaker Jancis Robinson, MW, will be joined by international industry leaders to present perspectives on California wine in the global marketplace and stimulate discussion on the dynamic changes facing the world’s wine industry today.“We are pleased to present an outstanding slate of international experts who will address the significant opportunities for exporting California wines worldwide,” said Robert P. Koch, Wine Institute President and CEO. “Our high-quality wines, leadership in sustainable winegrowing and the aspirational lifestyle of the Golden State continue to attract consumers worldwide, and the program will help our vintners take their exports to the next level.”Jancis Robinson, MW, with wine writer and educator, Elaine Chukan Brown, will open the program with insights into the role and potential of California wine globally, followed by a panel discussion, “Global Trends by Sales Channel: What is the Impact on California Wine.” Moderated by Andrew Catchpole, Editor, Harper’s Wine & Spirit, the panel will feature George Soleas, President & CEO, Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), Canada; Troy Christensen, CEO, Enotria & Coe, U.K.; Kenichi Ohashi, MW, owner, Yamajin Co., Ltd., Japan; and Sara Norrell, Vice President of Assortment, Purchasing and Supply Chain, Systembolaget, Sweden. Other speakers include Charlotte Galving, Wine Buyer & Category Planner Overseas Wines, Co-op Denmark; Laura Santander, leading restauranteur and sommelier from Mexico City; and Michael Camuñez, President & CEO, Monarch Global Strategies, Los Angeles.“We are excited to bring together professionals with a depth of knowledge and experience in our top global markets. This is a rare opportunity to gain critical intelligence for successful export marketing,” said Honore Comfort, Wine Institute Vice President of International Marketing.Following the morning program, guests will attend afternoon breakout sessions focusing on topics such as upcoming changes to the retail environment in Canada, emerging markets and opportunities across Europe, and strategies for success in up-and-coming regions of Asia. There will also be sessions specifically for wineries that are new to export sales or considering how it could fit into their business model. Wine Institute international trade directors will be in attendance to meet with attendees who wish to learn more about key markets.Export 2020 is intended for winery owners, senior sales and marketing executives, and leaders in the wine trade from Europe, North America and Asia. Registration and program information are available at: Seating is limited so early registration is advised. Advertisement Email TAGSJancis RobinsonWine Institute Linkedin Pinterest Twitter ReddIt Home Industry News Releases Global Wine Industry Experts to Present at California Wines Export 2020 Conference…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessGlobal Wine Industry Experts to Present at California Wines Export 2020 Conference Feb. 18, 2020By Press Release – December 9, 2019 269 0 Facebook Share Previous articleHawk and Horse Vineyards Appoints E-CorpNext articlePortrait(s) Wine Auction Generates 5.6 Million Press Releaselast_img read more