Votes on Alaska state budget await resolution of legislative talks

first_imgEconomy | Juneau | Politics | Southcentral | State GovernmentVotes on Alaska state budget await resolution of legislative talksJune 15, 2021 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:The Alaska State Capitol in Juneau hosts legislative negotiations on a rainy day on Tuesday. Neither legislative chamber held a session on Monday. While the Senate held a three-minute technical session on Tuesday morning, the House delayed its session through the afternoon. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO and Alaska Public Media)The legislative special session is scheduled to end on Friday, and lawmakers have not passed a budget. Budget negotiators agreed to a compromise on Sunday. But neither chamber has held a regular floor session through Tuesday afternoon. There is still disagreement over the size of the permanent fund dividend, and how to pay for it. The compromise budget sets the permanent fund dividend at $1,100. But it would be reduced to $525 if three-quarters of either chamber fails to approve a separate motion after the budget vote. Legislators met in private, seeking agreement on the next step. The Senate held a three-minute technical session on Tuesday. Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, asks for a vote on the budget compromise during a brief technical floor session on Tuesday. Senators Robert Myers, R-North Pole, and Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau, are behind Wielechowski. (Screen capture from Gavel Alaska)Anchorage Democratic Sen. Bill Wielechowski objected to the short floor session, noting it had been scheduled as a regular floor session. “We have important business to do,” he said. “The session ends in a couple days. We need to vote on this conference committee report.”The Senate narrowly voted to adjourn today’s floor session. The House had delayed its scheduled floor session Tuesday afternoon. State workers are scheduled to receive layoff notices on Thursday if the budget isn’t approved. Share this story:last_img read more

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News / Capacity-constrained air cargo may be hit hard by peak season modal shift

first_img Air freight has lost market share to ocean, a pattern common during downturns, but rare at the start of an economic upturn, said IATA today.It notes that cheaper, slower sea freight becomes more attractive to shippers at the bottom of the cycle, but that air cargo rebounds when businesses need to rapidly refill inventories – but this has not happened.As sea freight sees some of its highest prices, container lines have added express services, while rail is also experiencing strong volumes, suggesting shippers may turn to these modes during the peak season as air freight grapples with low capacity.IATA, reporting August figures, said cargo tonne km (CTK) fell 12.6% year on year, with seasonally adjusted volumes showing a soft upward trend, but far below 2019 numbers. The association said this was due to insufficient cargo capacity, with available CTK down 29.4% on a year earlier. © Topgeek By Alex Lennane 29/09/2020center_img “International belly capacity is still scarce, and airlines have not been able to raise as much dedicated freighter capacity  as needed.”However, freighter utilisation is at its highest level, at 11 hours a day, since IATA started recording the data in 2012.But there are “significant divergences across trade routes”, it added, with Europe to North America seeing capacity down 56% year on year in August, with dedicated freighter ACTK up just 8.8%.Asia has also been affected by lack of capacity, down 35%, while weight-based load factors were up 14.8 percentage points. International cargo demand was down 18.3%, and stable from July.Middle Eastern airlines saw demand down just 6.8% in August, “a significant improvement from the decline in July (-15.1%)”.“Local airlines have rapidly added capacity after the nadir of the crisis, with international ACTK down 24.2% in August, the best performance across the main regions.”African airline demand grew 1%, while North American airlines registered a 4% year on year decline, up from July – and saw a strong domestic performance.Europe’s airlines, meanwhile, saw volumes fall 19.3% over the previous year in August, in a “slow, but regular” series of improvements since April, when volumes were 33% below 2019.Latin American airlines have now faced three consecutive months of lower demand, although air trade between Latin America and North America is stronger.IATA also noted that global manufacturing output and business confidence BMIs had strengthened, while other indicators pointed to stronger demand in the third quarter.“Improvement is being stalled by capacity constraints, as large parts of the passenger fleet, which normally carries 50% of all cargo, remain grounded,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general.“The peak season for air cargo will start in the coming weeks, but with severe capacity constraints, shippers may look to alternatives such as ocean and rail to keep the global economy moving.”You can see IATA’s full August results here.last_img read more

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It’s the Mo Show as Laois ladies footballers defeat Fermanagh

first_img Twitter Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Home Sport GAA It’s the Mo Show as Laois ladies footballers defeat Fermanagh SportGAALadies FootballLaois Senior Ladies Football Team Pinterest Electric Picnic Twitter News By Gavin Cooper – 8th March 2020 Previous articleWilliam and Kate, the Coronavirus and your family tree – It’s all in our Tweets of the WeekNext articlePortarlington force promotion playoff as Portlaoise miss out Gavin Cooper RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date It’s the Mo Show as Laois ladies footballers defeat Fermanagh Laois 0-15 Fermanagh 2-7Lidl Ladies Football League Division 3The Laois ladies recorded an impressive win over Fermanagh in McCann Park on Sunday afternoon.This win takes Laois to six points in the group as they remain in mid-table of Division 3.Fermanagh got the game’s scoring underway as Roisin O’Reilly pointed two early frees. Laois responded with two frees of their own, Kate Whelan pointed one while Mo Nerney pointed the other.O’Reilly scored her third point shortly after, once again coming from a free.Laois rattled off two unanswered scores as Emma Lawlor scored a sumptuous point while Nerney showed her reliability from frees with another score.Fermanagh ended the half on a high and went into the break two ahead as Brenda Bannon scored from play before O’Reilly got her fourth point from frees.Laois began the second-half with the wind as they needed a big second-half to get the two points on the board.O’Reilly scored yet another free to began the second-half scoring. Nerney had a goal chance for Laois but her effort narrowly missed the target.Laois then kicked on as Fermanagh were reduced to 14 players as Bannon received a yellow card which ensues a ten minute spell off the field.In those ten minutes, Laois went on to score an incredible eight points. Nerney pointed a free before Emma Lawlor opened her tally as she scored two frees of her own.Nerney scored a further four points with three of them coming from play. Aine McGovern stopped the Laois onslaught as she pointed from play.Nerney would add a further two points from play as she ran the show for Laois in the second-half.Down by five points, Fermanagh scored two quick-fire goals to go ahead. Sarah Jane Jones fired low into the corner before an effort from Aoife Flanagan bounced over Sinead O’Rourke’s head in the Laois goal.Nerney kicked Laois on again with two more points as she took her tally to a remarkable ten points. Meaghan Dunne fired over the game’s final point as Laois ran out victors by two points.Laois now have a two-week break before playing Down at home on Sunday, March 22, and then finishing up away to the current bottom side Sligo on March 29.Division 3 results Longford 0-12 Sligo 0-10Down 0-11 Wicklow 0-11Kildare 0-13 Roscommon 0-8SCORERS – Laois: Mo Nerney 0-10 (five frees), Emma Lawlor 0-3 (two frees), Meaghan Dunne and Kate Whelan (free) 0-1 each. Fermanagh: Roisin O’Reilly 0-5 (all frees), Aoife Flanagan and Sarah Jane Jones 1-0 each, Brenda Bannon and Aine McGovern 0-1 eachLAOIS: Sinead O’Rourke (St Paul’s); Andrea Moran (Ballyroan), Amy Potts (St Brigid’s), Ciara Hughes (Sarsfields); Casey Conroy (Sarsfields), Laura Nerney (Foxrock-Cabinteely), Anna Healy (Ratheniska); Fiona Dooley (Portlaoise), Eva Galvin (St Conleths); Caoimhe Simms (St Brigid’s), Mo Nerney (Timahoe), Aoife Kirrane (St Conleths); Meaghan Dunne (Sarsfields), Emma Lawlor (St Paul’s), Kate Whelan (Ballyroan). Subs: Leah Loughman (Portlaoise) for Whelan (38), Kate Jacob (Shanahoe) for Kirrane (64)FERMANAGH: Roisin Gleeson; Ciara Clarke, Erin Murphy, Eimear Keenan; Sarah McCarville, Courtney Murphy, Aine McGovern; Roisin O’Reilly, Aoife Flanagan; Aisling Maguire, Brenda Bannon, Roisin McDonald; Niamh McManus, Laura Grev, Aoibhin JonesSubs: Shauna Hamilton for Maguire (35), Sarah Jane Jones for McManus (45), Molly McGloin for McDonald (47), Molly Flynn for Bannon (50), Sarah McCausland for Grew (52)SEE ALSO – Laois U-20 football manager ‘proud’ of his side as Dublin prove too strong in Leinster final Electric Picnic TAGSLaois Ladies FootballersLaois v FermanaghMo Nerney last_img read more

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BREAKING: 390 new cases of Coronavirus in Ireland and 21 more deaths

first_img By Alan Hartnett – 5th April 2020 BREAKING: 390 new cases of Coronavirus in Ireland and 21 more deaths Electric Picnic Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Home News BREAKING: 390 new cases of Coronavirus in Ireland and 21 more deaths News News Previous articleThe Week That Was: The Top 10 stories of the past seven daysNext articleCoronavirus Daily Noticeboard – Sunday, April 5, 2020 Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival A total of 390 new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today.This is an increase on the 4,604 cases from yesterday and takes the overall total to 4,994.While now 158 people have died from the disease – an increase of 21 from yesterday.17 of the deaths today are located in the east, 2 in the south, 2 in the west of the country.The patients included 9 females and 12 males. 12 patients were reported as having underlying health conditions. While the median age of today’s reported deaths is 81.Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “This past week has proven that the nation is working hard, together, by staying at home to flatten the curve.“If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 you need to self-isolate and phone your GP. I ask that everyone inform themselves on what to do in the instance they develop symptoms, as well as how to maintain their health and wellbeing. Support and guidance is available on gov.ie/health and HSE.”People have been asking for the stats on recovered patients but as yet, the HSE have not released these.However, a website giving stats on worldwide figures of Coronavirus, says that 25 people have recovered in Ireland.Today’s data from HPSC, as of midnight, Friday 3rd April 2020 (4,443 cases), reveals:· 47% are male and 53% are female, with 236 clusters involving 903 cases· Median age of confirmed cases is 48 years· 1,203 cases (27%) have been hospitalised· Of those hospitalised, 165 cases have been admitted to ICU· 1,163 cases (26%) are associated with healthcare workers· Dublin has the highest number of cases at 2,490 (56% of all cases) followed by Cork with 343 cases (8%)· Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 63%, close contact accounts for 24%, travel abroad accounts for 13%Links to today’s other Coronavirus stories HSE release stats on Coronavirus in all hospitals including PortlaoiseStudying during Coronavirus: Heywood CS student on prepping for state exams in a pandemicBronwyn Cuddy: Remote learning – this isn’t even remotely funnyConor Stapleton: What the most recent research is telling us about Covid-19Guards continue to encourage people to comply with health guidelinesNorthern Ireland, the UK and globally There have been seven further deaths from Coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total to 63. There are 91 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total to 1,089.The death toll in the UK from Covid-19 has risen to 4,934, an increase of 621 since yesterday.New York state reported 594 deaths from the Coronavirus and 8,327 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, increasing the numbers to 4,159 dead and 122,000 cases since the outbreak began, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said today.Ethiopia has announced the first death of a patient suffering from Covid-19 as officials ramped up testing to get a clearer picture of the outbreak there.There are now more than 1,244,000 cases globally with at least one in almost every country on the planet. Almost 68,000 people have died. While 256,000 have recovered.She’s no Dr Tony Holohan Scotland’s chief medical officer has apologised for visiting her family’s second home in Fife, during the Coronavirus pandemic, against her own advice that all Scots should stay home.Dr Catherine Calderwood, who grew up in Belfast, said her reasons for visiting the house were “not legitimate” and she is “truly sorry for not following advice she gave to others”.Police have called to her home and issued Calderwood with a warning.Astonishing moment.Scottish Chief Medial Officer, Catherine Calderwood, apologises for going against her own social distancing advice by visiting her second home on two respective weekends. pic.twitter.com/Pol0p2nYSP— Tom Boadle (@TomBoadle) April 5, 2020Nursing Homes The number of clusters of Covid-19 in nursing homes around the country has risen by 10 in just one day. There are now a total of 50 outbreaks of the virus in nursing homes. Clusters in healthcare settings are increasing day by day.There are now 37 clusters in hospitals (up 7 on the previous day), 18 in residential institutions (up 5 on the previous day) and 11 in community hospitals or long stay units (an increase of 5 on the previous day).Community Assessment Hubs The first of an initial 12-15 Community Assessment Hubs around the country will open next week. They will be in primary care centres and by appointment only.People will be referred to them by their GP. It will help free up GPs for non-COVID-19 cases too. There is one set up on the grounds of St Fintan’s Hospital in Portlaoise.Meanwhile, the HSE also say it is working towards having 50 testing centres open soon.Testing solutionsA German laboratory is now completing 2,000 tests a day for Ireland but the HSE is still looking at other EU solutions as it continues to source the reagent supply.Paul Reid said that as well as the National Virus Reference Laboratory, 18 hospitals are now testing, and other laboratories, like one for the Department of Agriculture and Enfer, will also add to capacity from the end of next week.The head of the Health Service Executive has said that Irish laboratories will have the capacity to carry out 4,500 Covid-19 tests per day, but that this will be dependent on the availability of the testing reagent.Coronavirus MythsAs yet, there is no cure currently for COVID-19.So people suggesting/selling special remedies like vitamin C, garlic, home cures, drinking bleach, or putting half an onion in rooms around the house are – well you know don’t you?The World Health Organisation has advice on some of these urban legends.Cuisle Centre The Coronavirus outbreak has led to the Cuisle Centre in Portlaoise closing.They said: “The Covid-19 restrictions mean that we have had to temporarily close our doors, but we are still here to support you and your family.“As we know this is a confusing time for our patients as chemotherapy and surgery are been rescheduled – we will be continuing to give you support and guidance over the phone.“Just call 0578681492 and leave your name, number and a brief message and we will get back to you. You can also contact us on email: [email protected] or messenger us through facebook.“Stay safe everyone, wash your hands and take a little exercise.”Important information Symptoms of Covid-19 include:CoughShortness of breathFeverBreathing difficulties.Further resources:The HSE: Official advice on the coronavirus in Ireland. This is being updated based on the number of confirmed cases and how the virus spreads in Ireland.The Department of Foreign Affairs: Official advice on where to avoid travelling to. Also a resource for those who are abroad.The World Health Organization (WHO): The UN agency on global public health publishes statements and daily situation reports based on the latest data.European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC): The EU agency on the number of cases, deaths and how it’s spreading in Europe.The Johns Hopkins University map: A heat map of the confirmed cases across the world.A helpline for older people who are concerned about the coronavirus has been launched by Alone. The number is 0818 222 024, and it’s open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm.SEE ALSO – For more Coronavirus stories click here RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp Twitter TAGSCoronavirusCovid-19 Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

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Talking Sport: Laois footballers Mark Timmons and Sean O’Flynn on Coronavirus life, 7-aside teams and Quickfire questions

first_imgHome We Are Laois Podcasts Talking Sport: Laois footballers Mark Timmons and Sean O’Flynn on Coronavirus life,… We Are LaoisPodcasts Pinterest Electric Picnic Mark Timmons and Sean O’Flynn are up on our Talking Sport Our latest Talking Sport is here and this time we have a new host, a new format and some new guests.Alan Hartnett is in the presenter’s chair and he is joined on the line by two Laois footballers – Graiguecullen’s Mark Timmons and Courtwood’s Sean O’Flynn.The trio chat about life in the new Coronavirus world, haircuts and how they see a return to football – or don’t!And then Alan sets them a brand new challenge.Both Sean and Mark are asked the pick their best 7-aside teams – but the teams have to be made up of players that the other person has played with.It leaves Sean having to choose between legends like Tom Kelly, Joe Higgins and Noel Garvan while Mark is forced to pick between a number of his current teammates.It’s all a bit of fun and some of the choices are not who you may have thought before.You can listen to the first episode in full here and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Spotify as well as listen on Soundcloud and Podbean.Check it out below:Apple Podcasts  Facebook News Previous articleAll-Ireland champions set to entertain at increasingly popular Laois parish online lunchtime concertNext articleLaois man dies following tragic accident on local golf course LaoisToday Reporter By LaoisToday Reporter – 5th May 2020 TAGSLaoisToday podcastMark TimmonsSean OFlynnTalking Sport Twitter WhatsApp WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Talking Sport: Laois footballers Mark Timmons and Sean O’Flynn on Coronavirus life, 7-aside teams and Quickfire questions RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival The LaoisToday Podcast · Talking Sport: Laois footballers Mark Timmons and Sean O’Flynn on Coronavirus life and 7-aside teamsSEE ALSO – LISTEN: Clubs the priority when games gets underway again, says Laois GAA chairman Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Facebook Electric Picnic last_img read more

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Wage of a Construction Worker in NK, Only Enough to Buy…

first_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Wage of a Construction Worker in NK, Only Enough to Buy 2 kg of Grain News SHARE There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR [imText1]North Korean workers working for the construction Kiupso (state enterprises) receive monthly wage of 1,800 Won($0.9) and 476g of grain per day, only for the worker himself. Choi Keum Chul (pseudonym, age 47), a former construction worker at a Kiupso located in H. city, who defected in June testifies, “With the monthly wage of 1,800 Won($0.9), only 2kg of rice could be bought. They give 476 g of grain a day only for the worker himself. It is impossible to live and eat normally (enough to survive).” Following is the interview with Choi. – What did you do in North Korea? “I worked nine years at the City Construction Unit, a branch under the Construction Department of the H. City in North Hamkyong province. The construction kiupsos in North Korea are called “units” as for the military units. When given with a city construction task, it is called, “city construction unit,” and with a agriculture construction task, a “agriculture construction unit.” There were 87 workers in our unit, and my job was to make bricks.” Monthly Wage of a Chief Construction Worker Only 2,700 Won($1.35) – How much was the pay? “Monthly pay is 1,800 Won($0.9). They give it in cash. The workers in the construction unit get raise according to their working years. If you have worked over 15 years, you receive 9%-10% raise. At first you are level 1 and the highest is level 5. The chief construction worker is level 5. His wage is 2,700 Won($1.35). – Do they give food?“Since it is hard physical labor, they give food regularly. They do not give food to the normal civilians. I received 476g of mixed grain of rice, barley and corn. Family members do not receive food. There were more than 90 people in our construction unit including cadres. There were three women and the rest were men with families. The monthly wage is only enough to buy 2kg of rice. They receive food only for themselves, so men cannot support their family.” – Do they distribute food from the construction unit? “Once in two weeks, they distribute grain at the construction unit. They also give “ticket for rice” but it’s good for nothing. They try to give out the thought that in the future the state will go back to the regular food distribution system, but there is no food at the food policy departments.”– How many hours do you work a day? “You work 6 days a week and you take Wednesdays off. The Kiupso in North Hamkyong province take Wednesdays off. This is because of the difficult electricity situation, there’s no electricity on Wednesdays. In days off you get food. You work eight hours a day and once you go out, you work until late. 3D (dirty, dangerous, difficult) – I would assume there are many people willing to join the construction unit if money and food are provided…“There are only workers with technical skills in the construction unit. You cannot join without any skills. Nowadays, skilled people are few, and are unwilling to join. With 1,800 won a month and 476g of grain per day you cannot even feed yourself. If is hard to make a living already, who will be willing to join the construction unit? Everyone went out to business.”– How are the National Construction Kiupso(s) doing? “Light industry kiupso or daily necessaries factories stopped working. So there is no work even if you want to. Worker’s pay the state certain amount every month to not go to work. However, the construction unit is different. The construction unit is directly controlled by the state. The work department of the city controls coming and going of the workers. One worker who did not come to work for two weeks in March was called a “(self) unemployed wanderer” and was taken to the labor concentration camp.” Construction Work for Cadres to Earn Merits – North Korean economy is bad these days, is there that much work for the workers to do everyday? “The City Construction Department is under the management of the Provincial Construction Agency. However, all the work they make up are to award themselves. It is used for propaganda purposes, “We have constructed ten new apartments in 00city and improved living standard of the residents.” Also the high level cadres can make some profit. When they say they build new apartments, it means they move to the new apartments themselves and they sell (distribute) to others. If they construct buildings in the markets, the state collects tax from the sellers in the markets. The benefits created by the constructions go to the cadres or the state rather than the people.” – Are the materials and equipments provided by the state? “They do, but it’s nothing more than cement. They bring cement from “Komu Mountain Cement Factory.” We have to bring sand from the river backs or dig sand from the bottom of the river in the H. city. All the equipment we had was an old tractor. When it broke down, it cost tons of money to fix. They buy the broken parts from the market and even the small parts such as a 208 or 308 bearing cost 300 Won($0.15) to 500 Won($0.25) each. Even the tools such as shovel or hoe were bought by the unit.” Construction Materials Sold in the Market– How does it buy tools itself? “The construction department can use “non-cash bills” (similar to checks – editor’s note) within the budget given by the state. They bring back the construction tools from the tool making Kiupso by giving them the bills. When they take the bill to the bank, the can get cash as much as it is written on the bill. All the North Korean Kiupsos do their business with these bills. However, the national banks do not have cash, so the Kiupsos refuse to accept the bills and demand for cash. For this reason they take the money to the market and buy the tools there with cash.” – Where to they get cash?“The easiest way is to sell brick in the market. There is a high demand for bricks because when people rebuild or fix their houses, they need bricks. Sometimes they sell gasoline or coal they receive from the state in the market instead of using them in the construction to make cash.” A Bowl of Gruel for the People Involved in the Construction– You said there were 90 people in your unit. Can you do such big construction projects such as building of apartments with such a small number of workers?“They do not conduct the construction only with the people in the unit. We are responsible for the technical part, and simple labor is done by the people who were sent to the construction site. Although the workers in the unit have pretty hard time, the situation of people involved in the simple labor is worse. Those people involved do not receive food either. They are simply given a bowl of corn gruel. Of course, there is no wage for them.” – Did you regret your defection? “My wife who went out during the March of Suffering period (during the mass starvation period in the mid-1990s) saying she will bring food back from her family never came back and I do not know whether she’s alive or not. I took care of my two daughters for six years now. My oldest daughter sold soup and rice in the market when she was eighteen years old. One day she came back home bruised and bleeding all over her body. She said on the way home she met burglars, they beat her up and robber all her money. On that day, I lost all my motivations to live in North Korea, so I crossed the Yalu River with my two daughters.”center_img North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) By Daily NK – 2005.08.29 5:46pm Facebook Twitter NewsEconomy News US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img read more

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Smuggling routes frozen in Dandong after crackdown

first_img Facebook Twitter By Daily NK – 2017.09.17 1:31pm Smuggling routes frozen in Dandong after crackdown News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News “The Chinese authorities have intensified crackdowns even on small-scale individual smugglers in Dandong. As it’s difficult to avoid these crackdowns, most smugglers have just stopped,” a source familiar with North Korean affairs in China recently told Daily NK.“The authorities have blocked the major smuggling route near the Amnok (Yalu) River with sand and rocks.”Smuggling ships in Dandong have also reportedly stopped operating.According to the source, most smugglers in Dandong have drawn their boats onto the land for repairs, as they can no longer do business. “The smuggling boats weigh about 40-50 tons and mostly trade in North Korean marine products like fish, crabs and shellfish,” he said.The Chinese authorities have strengthened crackdowns in order to show their willingness to implement the new UNSC resolution against North Korea. China’s public security officers and border guards have intensified crackdowns on maritime smuggling since May. Following the adoption of UNSC Resolution 2371 on sanctions against the North in August, they began to monitor roads near the Amnok River area in patrol cars.The Chinese government has actively arrested North Korean residents as well as its own citizens during the intensified crackdowns.It appears likely that the crackdown on smuggling in the Dandong region will continue for the foreseeable future, with the explanation that the measure is to “protect China’s own citizens.”“After an incident in August in which a smuggling ship overturned leaving 10 Chinese people dead or injured, the Chinese authorities have further strengthened their crackdowns on smuggling,” a separate source in China with knowledge of the matter said.The North Korean authorities, despite being in desperate need of foreign currency, are also taking actions of their own. “Recently, it has become difficult to make phone calls due to North Korea’s strengthened jamming of radio signals, but as it has in the past, phone calls are likely to resume soon.” Sources in North Korea report that smuggling in the border regions of Dandong (Liaoning Province) and Sinuiju (North Pyongan Province) have come to a virtual standstill following recent crackdowns by China’s Ministry of Public Security. SHARE News NewsEconomy US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) last_img read more

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IOSCO seeks comment on proposals to support audit quality

first_img Despite dissent, SEC softens auditor independence rules The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) is requesting feedback on its proposed good practices for audit committees to support audit quality, the group announced on Tuesday.“Findings of reviews by audit regulators indicate a need to improve audit quality and consistency of audit execution,” IOSCO says in a news release. Standard setters seek to enhance auditing Accounting firm to pay $3.5 million for substandard audits of Crystal Wealth Keywords AuditorsCompanies International Organization of Securities Commissions Related newscenter_img Audit firms are primarily responsible for ensuring the quality of their work, IOSCO acknowledges, but effective audit committees can also contribute to this objective. Effective committees would, in turn, increase investor confidence in the quality of financial reports, IOSCO says.The paper sets out qualifications and experience requirements for audit committee members. It also proposes best practices for assessing potential auditors, evaluating audit fees, facilitating the audit process and communicating with the auditor.Comments on the proposals are due by July 24. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton last_img read more

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Proposed changes to Canada’s Criminal Code relating to sports betting

first_imgProposed changes to Canada’s Criminal Code relating to sports betting From: Department of Justice CanadaBackgrounderOn November 26, 2020, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada introduced a bill that proposes to decriminalize single event sport betting. Single event sport betting is placing a bet on the outcome of one single sporting game.The proposed changes will give provinces and territories the ability to offer single event sport betting products and the discretion to manage single event sport betting in their respective jurisdictions. In provinces and territories that choose to offer single event sport betting, Canadians would have an opportunity to engage in this activity in a regulated environment, either online or in physical facilities.To complement this legislative initiative, the Government of Canada is proposing to engage with provincial and territorial counterparts and Indigenous communities on gaming more generally. This includes the federal government hearing from Indigenous communities and organizations that have expressed an interest in the role of Indigenous communities in the regulation of gambling. The federal government will also be engaging with provinces and territories and key industry stakeholders within the horse racing industry on the impact of decriminalization of single event sport betting.Sports betting in Canada’s Criminal CodeCurrent Criminal Code provisions related to sports bettingThe Criminal Code currently prohibits all forms of gambling, with the exception of provincial and territorial “lottery schemes”, betting between private citizens in limited circumstances, and betting regulated by the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency. Provinces and territories are permitted to conduct and license a broad range of “lottery schemes”, including betting on the outcome of more than one sporting event.Proposed Criminal Code amendments related to sports bettingThe Bill proposes to amend paragraph 207(4)(b) of the Criminal Code to permit provinces and territories to regulate and conduct single event sport betting on any sporting event except horse racing. The Bill would maintain the federal government’s role concerning pari-mutuel systems of betting with respect to horse racing.Pari-mutuel bettingPari-mutuel betting is a process of betting that takes all bets and places them in a pool. In Canada, pari‑mutuel betting systems are currently only regulated by the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) in relation to live horse racing. The CPMA is a special operating agency under the purview of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and regulates betting on horse races across Canada.Problem gamblingIn partnership with the provinces and territories, the Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that all gambling is conducted responsibly and with appropriate supports. To that end, the Government of Canada provides funding to the Canadian Centre for Substance Use and Addictions (CCSA). The CCSA developed Canada’s first ever low-risk gambling guidelines: https://www.ccsa.ca/developing-canadas-first-national-lower-risk-gambling-guidelines /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:Agriculture, attorney-general, Canada, Criminal, environment, federal government, gambling, Government, Impact, Indigenous, industry, justice, Lottery, Minister, regulation, sportslast_img read more

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Canada and Ontario invest in new recreational complex for Town of Prescott

first_imgCanada and Ontario invest in new recreational complex for Town of Prescott From: Infrastructure CanadaCanadians everywhere are feeling the impact of COVID-19, on their families, their livelihoods, and their way of life. Together, Canada and Ontario are working to reduce the impact of the pandemic, ensure health and safety, rebuild businesses, and promote job creation, growth and investment.Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Neil Ellis, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte; the Honourable Steve Clark, Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Member of Provincial Parliament for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, on behalf of The Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; and His Worship Brett Todd, Mayor of the Town of Prescott, announced joint funding for a new multi-use recreational centre in Prescott.The Government of Canada is investing over $5.3 million in this project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing more than $4.4 million, while the Town of Prescott is contributing over $3.5 million.The project will see the construction of an all-year, multiuse recreational complex in Prescott. The new recreational complex will include an indoor single ice pad surface with seating capacity of 800 on both sides, a walking track, multiple community rooms with multiuse functions, outdoor softball diamonds and outdoor soccer fields. This new complex will provide residents in Prescott, and surrounding communities, access to a modern and reliable recreational facility where they can enjoy sports, maintain healthy lifestyles, and partake in recreational programs for years to come.All orders of government continue to work together for the people of Ontario to make strategic infrastructure investments in communities across the province when needed most.Quotes“As someone who enjoys being active, I know how important recreation centres are to maintaining our physical, mental and social health – and the pandemic has made that even more clear. By investing in the construction of a new, multi-use recreation complex in Prescott, the federal government is supporting local job creation, helping the economy recover, and providing residents with a safe and accessible place to stay active and socialize with friends and family. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities“Recreational facilities are the heart of Canadian communities. The construction of a new recreation complex will not only ensure increased access to modern sport and recreation programs for residents to enjoy all year long, but it will also create jobs and economic opportunities for year to come.”Neil Ellis, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte, on behalf of The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities“Today’s much anticipated announcement will provide the people of Prescott and area with a new arena and a new community focal point. A community centre is a place for many, diverse activities and gatherings and contributes to a healthy community. I’m honoured that this project, which I’ve championed, has been supported by all levels of government and the impact will be significant.”The Honourable Steve Clark, Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Member of Provincial Parliament for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, on behalf of The Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure“I am elated that the support of the federal and provincial governments is making the dream of our Prescott recreational complex come true. This generous funding will allow us to build a first-class arena replacing our greatly missed Leo Boivin Community Centre and getting our local hockey teams and figure skaters back on the ice. And new facilities such as the indoor walking track and community rooms will greatly expand on what we can offer for residents of all ages across the region.I want to thank both the governments of Canada and Ontario for their incredible support here, and make special note of all that local MPP Steve Clark has done for us. Huge thanks also go out to our fundraising chairs, Judi Baril and David Beatty, who did so much to make the arena a reality by raising over $2.5 million and counting in private donations, all of those very generous donors, our friends and neighbours in the Township of Augusta for their partnership and vision, all town council and staff, and of course the countless citizens who have supported us over the past three years of our arena campaign.”His Worship Brett Todd, Mayor of the Town of PrescottQuick factsThrough the Investing in Canada plan, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.Across Ontario, the Government of Canada has invested more than $8.6 billion in over 3,100 infrastructure projects.Across the province and over the next 10 years, Ontario is investing approximately $320 million and Canada is investing approximately $407 million under the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. This stream supports the construction of new facilities and upgrades to existing facilities that improve community infrastructure (community centres, libraries), recreational venues (arenas, recreational spaces) and cultural spaces (theatres, museums).Ontario is investing over $10.2 billion under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to improve public transit; community, culture and recreation; green, and rural and northern community and other priority infrastructure. /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:Agriculture, Augusta, campaign, Canada, community, covid-19, federal government, Government, health and safety, housing, infrastructure, Investment, Minister, pandemic, parliament, Secretarylast_img read more

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