University of Alaska consolidates to single College of Education, UAS takes lead

first_imgInterior | Juneau | Southcentral | Southeast | University of AlaskaUniversity of Alaska consolidates to single College of Education, UAS takes leadDecember 14, 2016 by Quinton Chandler, KTOO Share:University of Alaska Southeast’s Juneau campus on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KTOO)The University of Alaska is bringing its three colleges of education under one roof at the University of Alaska Southeast.The University of Alaska’s Board of Regents voted unanimously Wednesday morning for UAS to lead the College of Education — though originally the regents planned to vote whether to give University of Alaska Fairbanks authority over the college.City and Borough of Juneau Assembly member Jesse Kiehl said UAS is the obvious, best choice.“Roughly as many teachers use University of Alaska Southeast programs as the other two universities put together and in some categories, even more than that,” Kiehl said.City and Borough of Juneau Assembly member Jesse Kiehl in May, 2013. (Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO)Kiehl, the Assembly’s liaison to a UAS campus advisory council, said UAS has already been leading the University of Alaska in innovative education programs and not being chosen would’ve have been devastating.“That College of Education is nine-tenths of the graduate degrees that the University of Alaska Southeast offers. … Without a leadership role in one of the major missions of the university system statewide, UAS was in terrible danger,” Kiehl said.The regents’ decision means the College of Education’s administrative services will be based at UAS but all three branches in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Southeast will still offer academic programs on their campuses and online.UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield said after a board meeting in September that the decision is part of a larger cost savings strategy called Strategic Pathways.“Our hope is that in the end, we’re going to be a leaner university, we’re going to reduce costs, we have to, we know that,” he said. “But at the same time that we can continue to focus on quality in our academic programs.”For months the University of Alaska has been considering what its branches in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Southeast should specialize in.Caulfield said UAS was uniquely qualified to lead the College of Education.“UAS has long had a really robust array of teacher education training programs,” Caulfield said.University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor Rick Caulfield listens to a presentation by President Jim Johnsen in the Egan Lecture Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KTOO)Kiehl said UAS is a key economic and cultural driver for Southeast Alaska.Recently the City and Borough of Juneau and the Juneau Community Foundation decided to give the school’s College of Education a $1 million endowment.The next academic programs Strategic Pathways teams are scheduled to evaluate for consolidation are social sciences, arts and humanities, physical sciences and mine training.Caulfield said he is “grateful” to many Southeast residents and elected officials who voiced support for UAS to take this new leadership role.He believes that support was largely why President Jim Johnsen eventually recommended the regents give the College of Education to UAS.Share this story:last_img read more

Stassi Schroeder Wants Women to Embrace Their “Basic Bitch” Tendencies

first_imgBooksPop CultureTVStassi Schroeder Wants Women to Embrace Their “Basic Bitch” TendenciesSometimes you just want to talk about The Bachelor. This Vanderpump Rules star gets that.By Hailey Eber – April 15, 20194507ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItWith her new book, Next Level Basic: The Definitive Basic Bitch Handbook, 30-year-old Vanderpump Rules star Stassi Schroeder is urging everyone to reclaim the idea of the “basic bitch” and revel in their Starbucks-swilling, Grove-loving, spray-tanner-obsessed selves.“I realized that I can contribute to the world,” says Schroeder, who also confesses to loving bedazzled shoes, Sex and the City, and musical theater. “I might not be curing cancer or doing major shit, but at least I can help someone feel good about themselves and just embrace their basic bitch tendencies and have a laugh.”Doing so hasn’t always come naturally to her, and she says Los Angeles and its pretensions don’t make it easier.“It’s judgey central…in the worst way possible,” says the West Hollywood resident. “There have been so many times where I have been out at parties…and I’m just like. ‘I just want to talk about The Bachelor right now, but I can’t.’” she’s not extolling the virtues of basicness in the book, Schroeder dishes on her castmates. Her ex-boyfriend, Jax Taylor, is lovingly raked over the coals for getting a girl pregnant in Las Vegas while they were dating, but Schroeder says she believes Taylor is a changed man and he and his fiancée, Brittany Cartwright, are good together—though there’s always the chance he could revert to his old man-whoring, sunglass-stealing ways.“I have seen such a transformation in Jax over the like last year and a half,” she says. “But do I know what’s going to happen? If he fucks up or does anything, I’m just going to blame myself for trusting in it…but I’m choosing to root for them and believe in this.”She’s set to be a bridesmaid in their upcoming wedding, and she admits that there’s been the usual bridesmaid drama, such as co-star Kristen Doute being upset about not being chosen maid of honor.“All this is doing is making me realize that when I get married, I probably won’t choose bridesmaids at all,” says Schroeder, who definitely sees marriage and kids in the future for her and her boyfriend, Beau Clark., she applauds SUR server Scheana Marie for her basicness. “I honestly really admire Scheana,” writes Schroeder. “She uses the pretty/flower/animal filter on everything, she only takes photos on one side of her face, she does the duck face in every photo, and thinks being called a ‘bootleg Kardashian’ is a compliment.” Schroeder concedes that she’s a little nervous about Scheana reading such passages, but insists that her praise is sincere.“We’re not best friends, but we’re friends and I appreciate her for who she is,” Schroeder says. “I’ve always really admired the fact that she just totally leans in [to being basic].”While her bitchy brashness has made her a divisive character over the show’s seven seasons. Schroeder says she feels that she’s portrayed fairly. And while the program has been criticized for seeming less real this season as its stars grow older, (slightly) wiser, and more restrained in front of the camera, Schroeder says there’s still plenty of drama and it’s real.“What makes good reality TV is not thinking about it,” she says. “You really have to like live with your emotions and your feelings and your impulses and kind of just like not censor yourself. When people do censor themselves, you can see through that. During filming, I almost pretend like no one is ever going to see it. And then I deal with the repercussions afterward.”Her fights with Clark, such as one in Mexico on a recent episode, have been especially hard for her to go back and watch.“It’s mortifying,” she says. “Even in those moments, knowing I’m being filmed, I still just can’t control it.”Next Level Basic: The Definitive Basic Bitch Handbook is out April 16 from Gallery Books.RELATED: Vanderpump Rules Is the Anti-Housewives in the Best WayStay on top of the latest in L.A. food and culture. Sign up for our newsletters today. TAGSBooksStassi SchroederSURTVVanderpump RulesPrevious articleThe Best Things to Do This Week in L.A.Next article5 Things that Happened at Coachella that People Will Be Talking AboutGwynedd Stuart RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORA Glimpse at the People and Cars of L.A.’s Lowrider SceneBetter Than Beach Reads: A Guide to This Summers Buzziest BooksMeg Stalter’s Awkward Characters Were the Breakout Stars of a Weird Yearlast_img read more

News / Asian volumes still switching to Canadian ports from US hubs as fears grow over rates

first_img Growth at US west coast ports has been overshadowed by increases for the Canadian hubs of Vancouver and Prince Rupert and, to a lesser extent, by east coast ports.Drewry’s 10-month analysis of the Asia-North American headhaul trade reports that between January and October US west coast imports increased 1.4% year-on-year, while east coast ports recorded a 6.6% volume rise.However, the Canadian berths saw a massive 18% hike in Asian imports as the US terminals faced an “uphill struggle” to “limit the seepage”, said Drewry.A report last year from the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) noted several reasons for the continued migration of US traffic to Canadian west coast ports, including the shortage of truck chassis (exacerbated by the introduction of mega-containerships), a shorter transit time from Asia and an efficient rail service to Chicago and the US Midwest hinterland.The transpacific headhaul 12-month rolling average showed growth of 5.7% as of October, and Drewry said it now expected trade to surpass the annual rate achieved in 2016 of 4.6% growth.Nevertheless, despite headhaul ship utilisation levels remaining at just over 90% – a load factor usually sufficient to support profitable freight rates – spot rates on the trade have not responded.Indeed, members of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) – which will only represent 65% of the trade after the resignation of Maersk Line – have announced no less than 18 general rate increases (GRIs) this year so far, all of which have failed to stick.The failure of the GRIs, of between $400 and $1,000 per feu, has seen USWC spot rates tumble from a peak of over $2,200 per 40ft in January to some $1,100 recently. And for east coast ports, rates also halved, to around $1,800.In fact, this disconnect between load factors and rates was in evidence even in July and August when transpacific eastbound ships were reported to be “running full”.Although the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) recorded a 9.7% uplift for the US west coast last week and a 9% increase for east coast port rates, analysts do not expect the trend to last.Drewry said its prognosis was despite the fact that the number of blanked sailings on the transpacific trade, the capacity on offer had “continued to creep up”.According to its preliminary analysis, capacity will have increased by around 10% in the final months of this year and into January 2018, exerting more downward pressure on freight rates.Meanwhile, Alphaliner said last week the transpacific carriers must introduce the “capacity discipline” that had once been imposed by the TSA, or risk rates falling to an “unprecedented low”.Transpacific carriers will be “pinning their hopes on a strong pre-Chinese New Year cargo rush”, suggested Drewry, noting that the container lines need to “revive flagging spot rates” before the annual contracting season begins in March and April next year. By Mike Wackett 18/12/2017 © Jpldesigns last_img read more

Teacher donates kidney to her school’s custodian

first_imgFormer Florida teacher sends suspicious powder to schools as ‘punishment’ for being fired March 28, 2021 AdvertisementThe school community organized a “Hats for Pat” fundraiser on January 31 to help pay for Mertens transportation to dialysis, according to CNN. But no one knew the severity of his health woes until his daughter, Kayla Matten, posted a plea for a kidney donor to social media that night.In 2017, doctors diagnosed Mertens with congestive heart and kidney failure. His kidneys were functioning at 12 percent. And due to his blood type, Mertens could wait as much as five years for a deceased donor transplant, according to M Health Fairview, the hospital that performed the surgery.Durga said she saw the post and without hesitation decided she would be the one to help. Florida school board to rename six schools named after Confederate leaders June 7, 2021 Collier County woman arrested for hitting boy with car in school zone May 17, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments “I’d been wanting for a while to do something big for someone. I just didn’t know what it was going to be,” Durga told CNN. “When I read the post from his daughter, I just got chills. I had a feeling it was going to be my something. I knew from that moment that I was going to be a match.”Mertens’ wife, Lynda, shared the same feeling. The next day, Durga contacted Lynda to inform her of her plans to be a donor. “She was sitting next to her daughter and she turned and said it’s going to be Erin,” Durga said. “We both just knew.”The transplant process was delayed when the coronavirus pandemic hit. However, they were able to move forward with virtual lab visits and appointments, and even through the mail.On June 12, Durga found out she and Mertens were a match. She organized a celebration at his home and wore a green shirt to represent kidney disease, with “Donor” written across the chest. The two were overwhelmed by emotion.The transplant surgery took place on July 3. Durga says she was never nervous because she knew this was an event that was supposed to happen.Today, both patients have recovered. And both returned to work at the school when it reopened in the fall, with social distancing measures in place. Due to the increase in conronavirus cases in the area, the school changed to a distance learning model on November 16.Mertens says he feels amazing with his new kidney and is thankful to Erin and all his doctors and medical stuff.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.center_img Third-grade teacher Erin Durga said chills ran through her body the moment she learned a school custodian needed a kidney donation. She had an unshakable feeling that she would be the match to save him.Durga and school custodian Pat Mertens started working at Kimball Elementary School in Kimball, Minnesota, in the same year, 2011, CNN reports.For the past nine years, their families have been well acquainted. Durga’s children called Mertens “Papa” as they grew up in his wife’s daycare.It was known at the school that Mertens was on dialysis, given that the 64-year-old left school for treatment three days a week. DeSantis signs bill requiring moment of silence in Florida schools June 16, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementTags: Kidney transplantSchoollast_img read more

2019 Remembered: REVEALED: Laois’s Top 10 Hottest Red Heads of 2019

first_img WhatsApp WhatsApp By LaoisToday Reporter – 23rd December 2019 Pinterest Facebook Facebook Home We Are Laois Hottest Men 2019 Remembered: REVEALED: Laois’s Top 10 Hottest Red Heads of 2019 We Are LaoisHottest Men Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News TAGS2019 Remembered Electric Picnic For those who made it – congratulations!And for those who didn’t, well, there is always next year!Stay tuned for the rest of the week where we will reveal the Top Ten in the remaining four categories before naming the overall Top 10 Hottest Laois Men for 2019.10 – Eoghan KehoeEoghan KeoghEoghan was nominated for this spot on the list, and with these Instagram worthy bikini shots, it’s easy to see why.Stellar goalkeeping skills, luscious red hair and a man who knows how to work the angles. The Mountmellick man gets a nod of approval and spot at number 10 on our list.9 – Bernard O’SheaBernard O’SheaHow could we complied a list of Laois’s hottest red heads and not include Mr O’Shea in on the action?The famous comedian managed to make our Top 10 last year and announced his reaction to the ninth place spot on his then Breakfast Show on 2FM with Keith Walsh and Jennifer Zamparelli.Hilarious, modest, and a man who knows how to dance… kind of. All worthy components of a spot on this list.8 – Brian GlynnBrian GlynnWhen we opened nominations for this segment, we lost count at the amount of times this orange-bombshell was sent in to us.Brian Glynn, or ‘Gingey’, as he is affectionately known as, is not only good looking, but he is also a qualified physiotherapist. Brains and beauty – what a combination. Oh and he is also very good at football.7 – Colm Murphy2019 has proved to be an extremely fruitful year for Murphy. He broke onto the Laois senior football team this year, and has now made it into the Hottest Men’s list for the very first time.This Portarlington man has proved to be a scoring force on the pitch, and this list might even help him to be on off of it.6 – Nathan CarpenterNathan Carpenter could be described as ‘strawberry blonde’ but that makes him a red-head in our book.A former footballer with The Heath, soccer is Carpenter’s main sport and after stints with Portlaoise AFC, he is now at home with Towerhill Rovers where he was one of their leading scorers.5 – Scott LawlessScott Lawless is another man who could fall into the ‘strawberry blonde’ category but as we’ve stated before, that qualifies him here.The ‘Otter’ as he is known, comes highly recommended with a flood of nominations arriving for him to make the list from all over the place.4 – James KellyJames Kelly, rightIs there a man with redder hair in all of Laois than James Kelly?The St Joseph’s clubman was nominated on more than ten occasions and his stock will have risen further following his fine display for his team in their win over Blalyroan-Abbey at the weekend.3 – Chris Booth Chris BoothInto the top three we go and the second Portarlington red-head to make this list is Chris Booth.The Colaiste Iosagain teacher was described by those who nominated him as ‘one of the few red-heads on the planet with the ability to tan in the sun’. What a phenomenon this man is!2 – Evan O’CarrollEvan O’Carroll and Danny O’Reilly celebrate Laois win over WestmeathO’Carroll can now hold his head up high and say for definite certainty that he is the best looking red head on the Laois football team – finishing ahead of county team-mates Colm Murphy and James Kelly.Forget the accuracy in front of the posts, or steering UCD to Sigerson Cup glory last year, this will be the accolade the Crettyard man will bring up most for the rest of the year (or lifetime).1 – Sean Mangan Sean Mangan2016 marked the year when Sean Mangan impressed the nation with his charm on First Dates Ireland.Three years later, the 26 year old continues to impress with his style. Extremely frank and candid, the Kilcavan man is a breathe of fresh air on social media.Besides, what’s hotter than a man on the junior football team of the year?!SEE ALSO – Check out more from the 2019 Remembered Series Twitter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Pinterest Out of our brand new categories, this was certainly the most hotly contested of them with nominations and suggestions flooding in on all social media platforms for the last week.Our judging panel had a really hard job narrowing it down to just 10 but they feel they have got it just right.Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments. Twitter Laois’s Hottest Red Heads 2019 We thought it was time to bring attention to the hottest red heads the county has to offer. You’re welcome!Brought to you in association with The Laser Suite, PortarlingtonAnd here we have it – our first list!After hundreds and hundreds of nominations and days of deliberations, our judging panel bring you the list of the ten hottest red heads in Laois. 2019 Remembered: REVEALED: Laois’s Top 10 Hottest Red Heads of 2019 Previous article2019 Remembered: 22 players who really impressed at the Laois Divisional Football CompetitionNext articleHere is the 2019 LaoisToday Intermediate football Team of the Year LaoisToday Reporter Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

The 21 Foods in the Chosun Food Encyclopedia

first_img “Uriminzokkiri (being amongst our nation),” a propaganda website operated by the North Korean Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, has been running a series on what it claims are the 21 “typical North Korean foods” since last August. The website calls the foods “‘traditional foods’ enjoyed since ancient times until the present day.”However, according to Lee Ae Ran, head of the North Korean Traditional Food Culture Institute, those foods introduced by the website are pure symbolic propaganda, only visible in international hotels or the exclusive restaurants of Pyongyang.In Lee’s words, “The normal citizens of North Korea can’t even dream of eating such foods.” In its “Chosun Food Encyclopedia,” Uriminzokkiri waxed lyrical about the virtues of Pyongyang Cold Noodles, Rabbit Tartare, Soup of Carp and Chicken, Chilled Vegetables with Fruit, Stir-fried Egg Plant & Potato, Steamed Octopus, Catfish in Soy Sauce, Steamed Rice Cakes, Soy Bean & Sesame Noodles, Roasted Mandarin Fish with Glutinous Rice, Stir-fried Dog Meat & Paprika, Stir-fried Pine Mushrooms, Grass Carp Pancake, Fried Chicken Dipped in Honey-Water, Coastal Rice Punch, Stir-fried Rocky Fungus, Mung-Bean Jelly & Green-Lentil Jelly, Oyster Kimchi Rice, Frozen Potato Noodles, Boiled Down Atka Mackerel and Frozen Potato Stuffed Rice Cake.“Probably the only food on the list eaten everywhere is Rabbit Tartare, or raw rabbit,” Lee believes.This, Lee explained, is only because citizens breed several rabbits of their own to submit the pelts to the Party. North Korean defectors agree that rabbit meat is often consumed, at least relative to other meats. In North Korea, chickens are raised on grain; however, a rabbit is raised on grass. This means that raising rabbits is much cheaper and easier than raising chickens. The following list indicates how easily or otherwise citizens can get access to the traditional foods introduced by “Uriminzokkiri,” in Lee’s opinion. The foods are subdivided into categories of high (easily accessible), medium (Often accessible) or low (Usually inaccessible or difficult to access).Meanwhile, the truth of the matter is that the only thing most North Koreans see on a daily basis is corn. “Corn, which is the main food of the North Korean citizens, only contains about 70% of the nutrients found in rice,” Lee explains, “Eating only corn causes indigestion, malnutrition and eventually stunted growth.”FoodMain IngredientsAccessibility Level for North KoreansPyongyang Cold Noodles: buckwheat flour, radish water, beef, pork, chicken, egg, cucumber, pear, salt, soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, red pepper oilLow: A ‘specialty’ food which only tourists and the upper class in Pyongyang can consume. North Korean citizens can’t purchase buckwheat flour, meats.Rabbit Tartare: rabbit, chestnut, garlic, green onion, sesame oil, ground sesame mixed with salt, mustard, seasoned soy sauce mixed with vinegarMedium: North Koreans breed rabbits privately. They consume rabbit meat relatively often, though not in raw form.Soup of Carp and Chicken: carp, chicken, oyster mushroom, pine nut, rocky fungus, egg, green onion, garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce, ground pepper, sesame, salt, paprikaLow: Used as a medicine more than a food. Carp is very expensive, which means common citizens can’t consume it.Chilled Vegetables with Fruits: watermelon, tomato, apple, pine nut, pear, salt, granulated sugarLow: It is very difficult for common citizens to obtain fruit.Stir-fried Egg Plant & Potato: eggplant, red pepper, potato, garlic, starch, green onion, egg, oil, ground sesame mixed with saltLow: Eggplant is a high-grade vegetable.Stir-fried Egg Plant & Potato is a very precious food in North Korea.Steamed Octopus: octopus, vinegar, sesame, sesame oil, red pepper paste, chili powder, granulated sugar, green onion, lettuce, garlic, meat brothLow: Octopus is very expensive in North Korea.Catfish in Soy Sauce: catfish, oil, green onion, sesame, green pepper, salt, granulated sugar, soy sauce, soupLow: Catfish is a very rare food. Common citizens can’t get hold of it.Steamed Rice Cakes: polished rice flour, glutinous rice flour, granulated sugar, mung beans, powdered milk, salt, oilLow: The main ingredients, polished rice and glutinous rice, are very difficult to obtain. It is a food which isn’t easily consumed, even during holidays when it is traditionally eaten.Soy Bean & Sesame Noodles: noodles, soy bean, sesame, saltHigh: This is a more easily accessible food for North Korean citizens.Roasted Mandarin with Glutinous Rice: mandarin fish, glutinous rice, salt, oil, pepper, ginger, beefsteak plant leaf, dry grapesLow: This is a food using Mandarin, which lives in the Chungchun River.However, even residents in the area can’t consume such a food.Stir-fried Dog & Paprika: dog meat, paprika, onion, soy sauce, oil, sesame, vinegar, cinnamon, salt, ground pepperMedium: The only meats common citizens can fairly easily obtain are rabbit and dog. Stir-fried Pine Mushrooms: pine mushroom, garlic, ground sesame mixed with salt, green onion, soup, starch, sesame oil, red pepperLow: Only some citizens in mountainous North Hamkung Province can obtain it. It is not a common food.Grass Carp Pancake: grass carp, flour, egg, salt, oil, shredded red pepper, soy sauce mixed with vinegar, ground pepperLow: A pancake made with Grass Carp is inaccessible to common citizens.Fried Chicken dipped in Honey-Water: chicken, salt, green onion, oil, garlic, carrot, ginger, boiled sugar mixed with soy sauce and seasoning, pepper, wineLow: A food which can only be seen in international hotels and restaurants in Pyongyang. Common citizens can’t consume it.Coastal Rice Punch: clam, polished rice, malt flour, dry jujube, pine nut, salt, sesame oilLow: Unlike South Korean rice punch, which is a beverage, the North Korean version is more like fermented rice with Many other ingredients. It is a very rare food.Stir-fried Rocky Fungus: rocky fungus, sesame oil, shredded red pepper, salt, green onion, soy sauce, garlic, oil, sesameLow: Rocky Fungus is a very rare ingredient and very expensive as well.Mung-Bean Jelly & Green-Lentil Jelly: mung beans, ginger, green onion, sesame flour, garlic, onion, soy sauce, sesame oilLow: It is only accessible in some areas including Hwang-hae Province.Oyster Kimchi Rice: rice, oyster, cabbage kimchi (fermented, spiced cabbage), green onion, garlic, shredded red pepper, sesame oilLow: Polished rice is a very rare ingredient. Frozen Potato Noodles: frozen potato flour, beef, cabbage kimchi (fermented, spiced cabbage), egg, sesame noodle soup, soy bean noodle soupMedium: Beef is a very rare ingredient for common citizens.Boiled Down Atka Mackerel: Atka mackerel, radish, oil, soy sauce, garlic, red pepper Low: Atka mackerel sells at a high price. So people usually sell it when they catch it rather than eating it.Frozen Potato Stuffed Rice Cake: frozen potato flour, peanut, sesame oil, salt, granulated sugarMedium: It is only accessible in some areas, including Yangkang Province during the holidays. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News The 21 Foods in the Chosun Food Encyclopedia AvatarKim Tae Hong By Kim Tae Hong – 2010.02.03 3:02pm center_img SHARE News Facebook Twitter News News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Survey Shows Need to Reduce Tensions

first_img Survey Shows Need to Reduce Tensions News News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE Facebook Twitter By Kim So Yeol – 2010.08.18 2:43pm Critical consciousness and wariness of North Korea have risen in the South Korean people, with most people generally agreeing on the need to reduce military tensions and induce changes such as improving the human rights situation. Seoul National University’s Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, in association with Korea Gallup, conducted the “2010 survey on consciousness of reunification” last month, targeting 1,200 adults over 19 years old from 16 cities across South Korea. Among a range of choices, the respondents chose “reducing military tension” (83.6%); “improving the North Korean human rights situation” (82.8%); “opening and reform of North Korea” (78.2%); and “solving other humanitarian issues such as separated families due to division and POWs” (75.7%) as the top priorities for reunification. To the question of whether or not North Korea is South Korea’s enemy, 12 % answered “yes” while 50.7% think South Korea should cooperate with North Korea this year. In 2009, the responses were 9% and 44.7%. Additionally, 67.3% worry about the possibility of North Korean military provocations this year, but in 2008 and 2009, just 52.1% and 63.6% respectively worried about the same possibility. The results seem to show that a sense of wariness and crisis regarding North Korea has grown in the people since the Cheonan incident of March 26th. The interpretation of the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies is that, since then, distrust of North Korea has increased among the South Korean people.” At the same time, people take a dim view of the Lee Myung Bak administration’s North Korea policy. Just 39.5% of respondents are satisfied with the administration’s policy on North Korea, while the other 60.5% are not satisfied with it. People are also discontented by the administration’s unilateral decision making: only 28% think that the policy on North Korea has reflected public opinion well; 72% do not agree.To the question of why reunification is needed, 43% of respondents think it is because of the two Koreas being “the same nation”; in 2008 and 2009 57.9% and 44% thought reunification was needed for the same reason. Other reasons put forward by respondents were to eliminate the threat of war (24.1%) and to become an advanced country (20.7%). Overall, 59% of respondents think “reunification is necessary.” That percentage is the highest since 2008: in 2008, 51.8%, and in 2009, 55.8%, thought so. Meanwhile, to the question of when reunification will come, 20.8% think it may take more than 30 years, while 20.6% regard it as impossible. In analyzing the results, the Institute notes, “It is necessary to prepare a reunification plan which corresponds to the people’s opinion.” This survey was done to a 95% confidence level, plus or minus 2.8 % error.center_img AvatarKim So Yeol Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

U.S. jobs growth could avert recession

first_img U.S. businesses added a robust 271,000 jobs in December. Payroll processor ADP said Thursday that last month’s job gains marked a sharp upturn from November’s gain of 157,000. The gains, if backed up by government numbers due Friday, could be strong enough to reduce the unemployment rate.The burst of hiring last month comes as financial markets are dreading a broader economic slowdown, causing stock prices to collapse. But job growth at December’s pace suggest that the U.S. economy is unlikely to fall into a recession, said Mark Zandi, who prepares the ADP report as chief economist at Moody’s Analytics. workforce team work business people in motion success corporate ladder employees appointment notice ramcreative/123RF Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Related news Keywords Economic indicatorsCompanies Moody’s Analytics Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan Leading indicators signal steady rebound: OECD IE StaffAssociated Press “The job market is key for keeping the economy together and ensuring that the economic expansion goes forward,” Zandi said.Zandi cautioned that an unseasonably warm December might have caused job growth to appear stronger than it actually was, but he noted that the figures were still remarkably healthy given that the economy is in the middle of its 10th year of expansion.ADP reported a solid increase of 37,000 construction jobs. But the services sector was particularly strong with gains of 66,000 in the professional and business sector, 61,000 in education and healthcare, and 39,000 in leisure and hospitality.Economists forecast that the Labor Department will report Friday that employers added 180,000 jobs, with the unemployment rate holding at a five-decade low of 3.7%.If hiring continues at this pace, the Federal Reserve Board could face pressure to increase a key, short-term rate that influences the flow of money in the economy, Zandi said. Investors are currently anticipating no rate hikes this year after four increases in 2018.In other economic news, U.S. factories grew last month at the slowest pace in more than two years.The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, says its manufacturing index dropped to 54.1 in December, down from 59.3 in November and lowest since November 2016. Anything above 50 signals growth, and U.S. manufacturing has been on a 28-month winning streak.Still, the December drop was bigger than economists had expected.New orders, production and factory hiring all grew at a slower pace last month. Eleven of 18 manufacturing industries reported growth last month, led by textile mills and apparel makers.Several respondents cited higher costs and uncertainty arising from President Donald Trump’s import taxes on steel, aluminum and hundreds of Chinese products.Today’s manufacturing data resulted in lower yields and a lower U.S. dollar, noted CIBC economist Katherine Judge in emailed commentary. The data also reinforce the bank’s below-consensus call for GDP of 2.3% in the fourth quarter, she said.Despite December’s disappointing manufacturing data, Judge said, the index remains “entrenched in expansionary territory, indicative of decent growth to end 2018.” Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Minister Grange Urges Labour Day Planning Committee to Speed Up Work

first_imgRelatedMinister Grange Urges Labour Day Planning Committee to Speed Up Work RelatedMinister Grange Urges Labour Day Planning Committee to Speed Up Work Minister Grange Urges Labour Day Planning Committee to Speed Up Work CultureMay 10, 2009 Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Preliminary work on National Labour Day projects are scheduled to begin next week.This was announced at a Labour Day National Planning Committee meeting, held Friday (May 8) in the conference room at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, New Kingston.Three projects have been selected for Labour Day, Monday, May 25. These are – the installation of a multi-purpose court in Riversdale, St Catherine; sprucing up of the St Ann’s Bay Hospital, St Ann; and the starting of a Tissue Culture Ginger Project at Top Alston, Clarendon.The committee discussed preparatory work to be done prior to the event. Work will begin on the Multi-purpose Court on Monday, May 11, while work on the Ginger project will start on Wednesday, May 13.Speaking at the meeting, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Olivia Grange, urged committee members to work quickly in completing their respective tasks.“We do not have much time left, and whatever has to be done must be done today. It cannot be put off for tomorrow,” she said.Miss Grange, who is also Chairman of the Labour Day Committee, noted the importance of the projects; that they have been well-received; and that people were feeling good about them.“We can, maybe next year, highlight a main project in each parish and really make the country buy into Labour Day, (as) not just a day when you do clean-up, but a day when you take on other projects that can be lasting and meaningful,’ she said.In an interview with JIS News, Deputy Chairman of the National Labour Day Committee, Sydney Bartley, said that activities should not be limited to physical work, but people could also help to make a difference in their communities.“You can do anything that would help to make a difference in someone’s life. If you are a retired nurse, you could spend a day at the hospital and help the people who work there. If you are a teacher, and you know some youths on the corner whom you are concerned about, you could decide that you are going to spend the day with them, teaching them something,” he suggested.He said there was a need to revive the spirit of volunteerism, noting that the theme for this Labour Day was focussing on social intervention and community interaction. In light of the global economic challenges facing the country, there was a need for citizens to help each other.“We want our young people to develop that sense of collective identity, that sense of understanding that if you help somebody else to grow and feel good, then you will have a better country and all of us will live in a better situation,” Mr. Bartley said.Persons can register their projects with the Parish Council; the Social Development Commission (SDC); Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC); or the National Labour Day Secretariat, at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture at RelatedMinister Grange Urges Labour Day Planning Committee to Speed Up Worklast_img read more

Statement on Department’s Representatives to Congressionally-Mandated Commission on Naming of Items

first_imgStatement on Department’s Representatives to Congressionally-Mandated Commission on Naming of Items U.S. Department of DefenseI am pleased to announce today the names of four outstanding leaders who have agreed to serve as the Department’s representatives to the Congressionally-mandated commission on the naming of items of the Department of Defense that commemorate the Confederate States of America.They are:Admiral Michelle Howard, U.S.Navy, retiredGeneral Bob Neller, U.S.Marine Corps, retiredDr.Kori Schake, Director of Foreign & Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise InstituteBrigadier General Ty Seidule, U.S.Army, retired (Emeritus Professor of History, U.S.Military Academy)Each of these individuals possesses unique and relevant experience, in and out of government, that I know will inform this important effort.I am enormously grateful for their willingness to serve the nation again, and I thank them in advance for the wise counsel I am confident they will provide.I also thank the Congress for establishing this process, and I continue to pledge my personal commitment – and that of the Department – to making sure it succeeds.I look forward to seeing the results of the commission’s work in the months ahead. /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:america, american, army, Commission, Congress, director, Government, Howard, military, navy, Pentagon, Professorlast_img read more