A Softhearted Leader, a Touching Hope for the People

first_imgAnalysis & Opinion Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center By Park Hyun Min – 2010.02.02 3:46pm Analysis & Opinion Facebook Twitter AvatarPark Hyun Min RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR “My heart bleeds for our people who are still eating corn. Now what I have to do is feed our great people as much white rice, bread and noodles as they want.” Who would say such a thing? It sounds like the comment of a benevolent king from a feudal age watching his people starve following a poor harvest. However, they are the words of Kim Jong Il, released in the main publication of the North Korean Workers’ Party, Rodong Shinmun on February 1. Rodong Shinmun also previously reported on January 9 some words which almost suggested Kim Jong Il had suddenly discovered how to empathize, “We have already reached the status of a strong country in the military field, let alone politics and ideology, but there are still quite a number of things lacking in people’s lives,” he said, “I am trying to implement the will (of Kim Il Sung) by solving these problems,” explaining, “Although the Suryeong (Kim Il Sung) told us that we have to let the people eat rice with meat soup, wear silk clothes and live in a tiled roof house, we have not accomplished his will.”It sounds as though he has worked tirelessly day and night to feed the people white rice and meat soup, but failed despite his colossal effort. However, every semi-intelligent person on earth knows that he is not a softhearted leader, but a tyrant who left more than two million people to starve to death during the March of Tribulation while pouring the better part of $800 million, enough to buy six million tons of corn, into eternally preserving his father’s decaying corpse. Additionally, lest we should forget, according to the latest report released by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) in the U.S., Kim has spent around $7 billion of South Korean economic cooperation funds on developing his nuclear weapons. Moreover, a book by Kenji Fujimoto, Kim’s former private chef, long ago revealed that on the menu at the leader’s dinner table during the famine one could still find coconut shark fin soup, caviar, barbecued piglet and goat, steamed turtle and many, many more. Indeed, when the famine was at its peak in the mid-1990s, Fujimoto was travelling the world searching out Kim’s favorite things; the freshest caviar, Japanese traditional rice cakes, tropical fruits and more. And what was Rodong Shinmun saying at the same time? “During the March of Tribulation, the General slept restlessly on just a few rice balls out of his concern for the people.”In any case, there are two reasons why Kim Jong Il will have decided to unleash such unabridged, unbelievable lies on the people at this point.First of all, it shows off his pride at being a nuclear power to the world. Regarding the January 9 report, President of the Committee for Democratization of North Korea Hwang Jang Yop explained, “This was not a real admission of failure, but a bold-faced excuse,” and added, “It means that he thinks he has achieved everything in politics and the military, but has come up short on economic policies. He is someone who cares not one bit about people’s food security, but pretends to have great concern for people’s problems.”Second, it suggests that internal unrest and resentment at the system among the people has been emerging. That is, Kim Jong Il is trying to soothe the people so as to smooth the path to the succession by emphasizing his interest in improving the people’s lives and promoting light industry and agriculture, as the authorities stated in the 2010 New Year’s Statement. Anyhow, while it may be far, far too late for this kind of humility, sincere or otherwise, we can all agree that there is no reason to oppose feeding the people white rice, bread and noodles. However, the real problem, which Kim seems to be doing his best to ignore, is “how.”The clear answer is to abandon nuclear development and open the country’s doors wide. The dilemma of what kind of reform to adopt; Vietnamese, Chinese or somewhere else, is largely irrelevant. The status quo is the problem.But if Kim is trying to reach a breakthrough with his recent provocations around the Northern Limit Line in the West Sea, dire warnings of “sacred wars of retaliation” or whatever else, he is badly mistaken. His shallow, transparent tactics have finally sunk in for both the South Korean and U.S. administrations. Rodong Shinmun claims that Kim Jong Il plans to “implement definitively (Kim Il Sung)’s last testament… so that the people can live a contented life as soon as possible.”Well, a contented life for the people will only come when Kim gives up his nuclear weapons and opens the country to international investment and assistance. Then, perhaps, Kim Il Sung’s dying wish will have a chance of becoming reality.center_img Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Analysis & Opinion A Softhearted Leader, a Touching Hope for the People Analysis & Opinion SHARE Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke”last_img read more

Humanitarian Aid Back on the Agenda

first_imgNews News By Namgung Min – 2010.08.24 2:44pm There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News Humanitarian Aid Back on the Agendacenter_img AvatarNamgung Min SHARE News Facebook Twitter The possibility of South Korea sending North Korea food aid is rising after recent floods hit the northwest of the country, something that has received a mixed response from South Korea’s politicians.Both the ruling and opposition parties welcome the idea, but the administration itself is taking a more cautious approach. Ahn Sang Soo, the leader of the ruling Grand National Party, suggested the resumption of rice aid to North Korea in a closed meeting between party representatives, the administration and the Blue House on Sunday. He suggested that rice aid may help improve inter-Korean relations, and added that North Korea is facing a food shortage due to the latest floods while South Korea pays out enormous sums to store its rice surplus. A GNP spokesperson said the administration has agreed to examine Ahn’s suggestion, and the GNP will then discuss the issue after the administration makes its position known. Some GNP lawmakers say they agree with the suggestion because South Korea needs to have room for dialogue with North Korea in order to take the initiative should an emergency happen. Therefore, the South should both sanction but simultaneously aid North Korea, in their view. The opposition parties unanimously agreed with the humanitarian aid proposal. Park Jie Won, the leader of the Democratic Party said, “The thing the Lee Myung Bak administration has to do is to start unconditional humanitarian rice aid to North Korea as soon as possible in order to relieve (South Korean) farmers’ difficulties in a way that will not hurt (North Korea’s) pride.” Lee Hoi Chang, the leader of the Liberty Forward Party, noted, “Humanitarian food aid is an exception to the reciprocity principle of policy on North Korea. The administration should find ways to give rice, a stockpile that is overflowing in South Korea.” However, the administration is keeping to a prudent attitude on the issue. A Blue House official said, “Ahn suggested rice aid out of the blue, but this topic is not the kind of matter which can just pop up from a party and be dealt with, it is a matter to be carried out through close negotiation between the administration and the parties. We have not reconciled the opinions on aid to North Korea of the two sides.” The Ministry of Unification revealed through its daily briefing on Monday, “The administration has not examined the issue of rice aid yet.”A researcher with the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU), Kim Su Am cautiously welcomed the suggestion in a telephone interview with The Daily NK yesterday, saying, “Aiding North Korea on a humanitarian basis is welcome work, but the administration should keep its distance from the aid policy of Kim Dae Jung and Roh Moo Hyun, in which the South tried to improve relations with the North through humanitarian aid.”Kim pointed out, “The main thing the Lee Myung Bak administration should do is solve the matter of distribution transparency so that North Korean residents can get aid materials directly from the South.”Meanwhile, the administration’s new Special Affairs Minister, Lee Jae Oh from the GNP revealed his stance on it during his National Assembly confirmation hearing yesterday, saying, “From the humanitarian aspect, we need to examine the rice aid issue,” and adding, “There are reportedly many casualties from the floods in Shinuiju. We should think of it from the humanitarian aspect. We should think separately about humanitarian and political matters.” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

UK regulator looks to permanently ban CoCo sales to retail investors

first_img NASAA approves model act for establishing restitution funds Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Investor protection,  United KingdomCompanies Financial Conduct Authority OSC finalizes DSC ban British regulators are considering a permanent ban on selling banks’ regulatory capital securities to retail investors, suggesting they are too complex. Back in August, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) introduced temporary rules restricting the retail distribution of so-called contingent convertible securities (CoCos) that banks are issuing to meet rising capital requirements. The rules took effect on Oct. 1 and are set to expire on Oct. 1, 2015. Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe sayscenter_img On Wednesday, the FCA said it is consulting on proposals to make the ban permanent. “CoCos are risky, highly complex financial instruments. The FCA believes they are unlikely to be appropriate for ordinary retail investors, so has stepped in to restrict their retail distribution to investors who are sophisticated or high net worth,” it says. The distribution of these securities to professional and institutional investors remains unrestricted. At the same time, the FCA is proposing to adopt new requirements that would apply when a mutual society sells shares to ordinary retail investors in order to raise capital. It’s also concerned about risks inherent in these issues, such as a lack of liquidity, and the risk of capital loss. The proposed rules would require firms selling these investments to ensure the investor has read specified risk warnings and does not to invest more than 5% of their net assets. “One of our objectives is to ensure that consumers have the right degree of protection. That is why the new rules we are proposing will make sure that there are appropriate safeguards in place so these complex instruments are offered only to investors who are able to make informed decisions about them,” said Christopher Woolard, director of policy, risk and research at the FCA. The consultation on the proposed new rules will be open until Jan. 29, 2015. James Langton Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

FIA trio merges into single organization

first_img RJO Canada joins Montreal Exchange MX launches incentive program for firms to hire, train futures traders The three organizations have been working closely together since June 2013, under an affiliated global structure, which enabled them to better coordinate their policies and priorities. However, they maintained separate governance structures, membership, staffing, and infrastructure. The newly merged organization will represent the global and regional needs of the futures, options, and cleared swaps industries around the world. It will be governed by a global board, and will be headed by Walt Lukken as president and CEO. “The merger is the next step in enhancing global representation for the cleared derivatives industry,” the trade groups say in a statement. The merger will mean that policy and advocacy for the futures, options, commodities and cleared swaps markets will be coordinated on a global level, “so that our industry speaks with one voice across the Americas, Europe and Asia,” the organizations say. The newly merged organization will also have regional advisory boards to deal with local issues and maintain relationships with local government officials and industry. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter A trio of trade associations for the global derivatives industry are formally merging into a single organization, enabling them to speak with a united voice. The Chicago-based Futures Industry Association (FIA) on Thursday announced that the three separate trade groups, FIA, FIA Europe, and FIA Asia, have all signed onto an official merger into a single group, which will take effect on Jan. 4, 2016. Algorithmic trading, HFT do not affect price volatility: studycenter_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Futures James Langton Related newslast_img read more

Significant updates to Queensland’s defamation laws

first_imgSignificant updates to Queensland’s defamation laws Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence The Honourable Shannon FentimanFreedom of expression, modern media reporting and protection of individuals from reputational harm are on the agenda of the Palaszczuk Government with significant amendments being introduced to defamation law provisions today.The Defamation (Model Provisions) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 (the Bill) has been introduced to Parliament and, if passed, the amendments to the Defamation Act 2005 are proposed to commence on 1 July 2021.Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Shannon Fentiman, said updating the national approach to defamation laws would provide greater clarity to the courts, the community and the media.“This is a significant step to protect freedom of expression for Queenslanders, and ensure open and transparent reporting in our state,” Minister Fentiman said.The proposed legislative amendments would apply to defamatory matters published after the commencement of the amendments, meaning existing proceedings will continue under the prior laws.Minister Fentiman noted some of the key reforms introduced in the Bill would include:a single publication rule (for multiple publications of the same defamation matter) to provide simplicity around the one-year limitation reporting period;a serious harm threshold to be established by a party taking action for defamation and a requirement to issue a concerns notice prior to going to court;two new defences, including a public interest defence and a defence applying to peer-reviewed statements/assessments in a scientific or academic journal; andgreater clarification around the cap on damages for non-economic loss, setting the upper limit on a scale and applying regardless of whether aggravated damages apply.“These updates to our laws around defamation have been proposed after considerable consultation with the public, legal and academic experts, and stakeholders,” Minister Fentiman said.“Guidance has also been provided by case law from both Australia and overseas, and having regard to advancements in technology during this time.”In July 2020, Attorneys-General from each state and territory came together to support the enactment of major reform to the law of defamation that would be consistent at a national level.Stage two of the review of the Model Defamation Provisions is currently underway and will focus on the responsibilities and liability of digital platforms for defamatory conduct and the defences applying to disclosures of criminal conduct and misconduct in the workforce. /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:amendment, Australia, community, Criminal, digital, Government, justice, legislation, Minister, Palaszczuk, parliament, public interest, QLD, Queensland, Shannon, technology, workforcelast_img read more

Video Roundup: Sport sedan underdogs, big pickups and Jeeps folding in half

first_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS RELATED TAGSChevroletLuxuryNon-LuxuryLuxury VehiclesNew VehiclesNon-Luxury ‹ Previous Next › We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending Videos Jeep Cherokee literally folds itself in half in a mud holeHow tough are Jeeps, really? Well, pretty damn tough, as this video proves. The older Jeep Cherokee is a staple in the off-roading community because they’re cheap and there are a ton of equally cheap upgrades available. Rustproofing was never its strong suit, though, exemplified by the frame in this one totally detaching from the body while falling into a puddle. But no, that doesn’t stop the little Cherokee — it soldiers on and eventually makes it way out of a mud-soaked death (with the help of a friend, and a winch, mind you). Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” advertisement This week in video, the Toyota RAV4 and Audi R8 show off their new faces, we take a look at the Chevrolet Silverado’s countless improvements for 2019, Genesis takes on Mercedes-Benz, and an old Jeep Cherokee just refuses to die.First Drive: 2019 Toyota RAV4Toyota’s Canadian-made crossover gets a big refresh that sees the shape become a little more truckish and aggressive. In Canada, the RAV4 is fighting to become the top-selling crossover over the Honda CR-V; in the U.S., it’s already done that with over 50,000 sold per year.Pickup Review: 2019 Chevrolet SilveradoChevy’s new Silverado is huge — maybe a little too huge for some buyers — and so is the price tag, topping out at $76,630 with all the option boxes ticked. That’s a lot of money for a pickup truck, but the new Silverado could offer enough comfort and utility to make it worth the money, thanks to 420 horsepower, a 12,200-pound towing capacity, and almost luxury-car-like ride quality. Trending in Canada See More Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 A Jeep Cherokee XJ folding itself in half.  Screenshot / Viral Hog 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 | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever First Drive: 2020 Audi R8The Audi R8’s days may be numbered, but it will surely go out with a bang with its normally aspirated V10. Base R8s make 570 horsepower, but that’s cranked up to 620 in the V10 Performance version. Although the styling hasn’t changed significantly, the small improvements make this one of the best-looking supercars on the market today — even finished in a boring slate grey colour.Car Comparison: 2019 Genesis 2.0T vs. 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300In a fight, who do you cheer for — the underdog, or the reigning champion? It’s a classic question embodied in these two luxury sport sedans fighting for supremacy. In one corner, we have the Mercedes-Benz C300 — the old standard with German quality and a nameplate that says money. In the other corner, we have Rocky Balboa — a.k.a. the new Genesis G70; it has a lot of fighting to do before it reaches the top, but this punk stands up to the godfather and proves itself worthy. last_img read more

This shop just fitted Johnny Cash’s old Rolls-Royce with Tesla EV power

first_imgThis Mustang-inspired Russian EV mates a carbon-fibre body to a Tesla chassisThe little modern bits like Tesla’s giant infotainment screen were put in the trunk where they couldn’t be seen, and the original steering wheel was left inside. A 75-kWh battery pack fit just right.Everything else was drilled out so the motors would fit and with a little bit of help from some adapter kits, Shift EV had that engine running like a very quiet song.The owner tried to get Tesla to help out, but the automaker declined (it had its doubts), but now you just open the door and take it for a spin. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. These companies will convert your classic into an EV Trending Videos Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSRolls-RoyceLuxuryClassic CarsElectric CarsLuxury CarsClassic Cars & TrucksElectric VehiclesLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened An Oregon company has taken a 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow previously owned by Johnny Cash and converted it to electric power, courtesy the drivetrain from a 2016 Tesla Model S.The current owner watched this beauty roll by but at 130,000 miles they began to cry, because the original engine was dead and wasn’t coming back.So Shift EV devised themselves a plan that should be the envy of most any man, a sneaky conversion of a Tesla drivetrain under the floor-pan. center_img We’re guessing they didn’t start with the fuel pump, but they definitely moved on to the engine in the trunk. Then they threw out the transmission but kept all the chrome.RELATED The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever See More Videos So what do we think? Is it worth at least 100 grand? One thing is for sure, it’s the only one around. The new owner can ride around in style and drive everybody wild. advertisement 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 | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

CU-Boulder Researcher Awarded Prestigious Cancer Research Award

first_img Published: June 11, 2000 A University of Colorado at Boulder researcher has been awarded a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship from The Cancer Fund of the Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Foundation of New York.Jeffrey Mandell, a postdoctoral fellow in the chemistry and biochemistry department, was one of only 24 researchers nationwide to be awarded Runyon-Winchell postdoctoral fellowships this year. His sponsor is Distinguished CU Professor Thomas Cech, who recently was named president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute of Chevy Chase, Md., but retains his university faculty standing and continues to oversee his laboratory at CU-Boulder.The recipients of the awards are promising young scientists conducting theoretical and experimental research relevant to the study of cancer, including the search for causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention. Mandell received his doctorate from the University of California, San Diego, in April. The three-year fellowships are worth about $130,000 each, said Claire Cahill of the Runyon-Winchell Cancer Research Fund. Mandell will carry out his work in Cech’s lab on campus with a team of students, researchers and faculty from CU-Boulder and the Howard Hughes Medical Foundation.Mandell will study an enzyme known as telomerase, which is expressed in most types of cancer cells but not in most normal cells, providing a unique opportunity to search for cell-specific cancer therapies. In particular, he will search for proteins associated with telomerase in yeast.”Yeast cells are easier to study in the laboratory than human cells, and it is hoped that the proteins discovered in yeast will have human counterparts that will help us to fight cancer,” Mandell said.The end portions of chromosomes, called telomeres, contain repeating sequences of DNA that protect the chromosomes from damage. Since portions of the telomeres are lost each time a cell divides, telomere shortening is thought to act as a molecular clock of sorts by signaling the cell to stop dividing after repeated cell divisions. In 1997, researchers from Cech’s CU-Boulder lab and scientists at Geron Corp. of Menlo Park, Calif., discovered the human gene for the telomerase enzyme, which lengthens the ends of chromosomes. The telomerase enzyme counteracts telomere shortening by adding DNA back onto the chromosome ends. Normal cells do not contain telomerase and their telomeres shorten with each cell division until they stop dividing. In cancer cells, however, telomerase is thought to grant the cell immortality by maintaining telomere length.Several years ago, Cech’s team cloned telomerase genes in two evolutionarily diverse species — yeast and humans. The genes were found to be similar, indicating telomerase was first developed by an ancient organism and subsequently inherited by all eukaryotes — organisms whose cells have a separate nucleus and cytoplasm, including humans. The discovery indicated that studies on simple organisms like yeast are relevant to important human health issues, said Cech, a CU Nobel laureate. Of the more than 450 scientists who submit proposals to the Runyon-Winchell Cancer Research Fund annually, only about 60 are awarded postdoctoral fellowships. There currently are 164 Runyan-Winchell Fellows at leading cancer institutions in the United States and other countries. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

CU-Boulder Announces Details On Budgetary Cutbacks

first_imgDetailed information on budget reductions totaling about $11 million at the University of Colorado at Boulder was announced Tuesday, Dec. 10, by Chancellor Richard L. Byyny at a campus-wide open forum. In his remarks at the forum in the Glenn Miller Ballroom, Byyny said the campus will eliminate 33.5 vacant faculty positions, 26.25 vacant staff positions and 21.55 filled staff positions resulting in layoffs. Also, he said, selected operating budgets will be cut by nearly $2.1 million. “As a campus, we have struggled to find the most humane – and least damaging – ways to respond to budget cutbacks brought on by reduced state government revenues,” Byyny said. He noted that many of CU-Boulder’s peer institutions also are facing shortfalls and massive layoffs are common in the private sector. “But I find little solace in knowing we are not alone. I deeply regret the impact these budget reductions will have on people – people who make valuable contributions everyday to the success of this great university.” In mid-October, the Boulder campus administration predicted that CU-Boulder would be required to cut the budget by about $11 million. Byyny noted that those predictions were confirmed by recent statements by state officials. The campus administration will address about $5 million of the reduction through strong enrollment income, improved debt and accounts management, an increase in the overhead charge to auxiliary units and other actions. The remaining $6 million in mandated cuts for CU-Boulder must be covered by reductions in general-funded departmental budgets, Byyny said. In addition, some departments in the Administration Division will be affected by reallocations of about $533,000, which will be redirected within the division for other needs of the campus. Administrators decided to identify reductions that are focused rather than broad “in areas that are less harmful to the quality of our education,” Byyny said, and avoid across-the-board cuts that might harm overall quality. To preserve as much funding as possible for academic programs, the budgets for student affairs, administrative and financial units were cut by a larger percentage than academic units. The process included regular consultation with members of the campus community, including the Council of Deans, Council of Chairs, Boulder Faculty Assembly committees and leadership, Staff Council, Academic Affairs Budget Advisory Committee, Campus Executive Committee, student government and others. Byyny said he asked the vice chancellors to work with their units to propose reductions according to a set of established criteria. They were asked to consider the effects on the campus’ long-term quality, financial viability and necessity to basic campus operation. He also asked them to consider using vacant positions and retirements to minimize impacts. “Nevertheless, I regret to say that some layoffs are unavoidable,” Byyny said. “And we will be forced to discontinue or reduce some academic programs.” Among the 33.5 vacant faculty positions being eliminated are positions in arts and sciences, music, law, business, engineering, journalism, education and the libraries. Cuts of 26.25 vacant staff positions will occur in: the law school; Information Technology Services; business school; the libraries; Student Affairs; Business Services; Planning, Budget and Analysis; Bursar’s Office; Chancellor’s Office; Facilities Management; Human Resources and University Communications. Staff layoffs will include 21.55 full-time-equivalent positions in arts and sciences, Information Technology, engineering, Student Affairs, Graduate School, Facilities Management, Business Services and Human Resources. Cuts of nearly $2.1 million in selected departmental operating budgets will include reductions in general operating expenses, travel, official functions, faculty development, low-enrollment elective courses, the Faculty Computer program, campus marketing programs and publications, student recruitment materials and others. Included in the campus cutbacks are elimination of the Integrated Marketing track in journalism and the tourism program in business. Courses associated with those programs will be handled through other academic programs, as appropriate. Also, the cuts include elimination of, or reductions in, about 20 small centers from the campus’s more than 100 academic centers. Byyny said that most of the laid-off staff members have already been notified; the remainder will be notified by Dec. 13. Sixty-day notices will be provided, rather than the required 45-day notice, to allow more transition time, he said. Byyny outlined steps taken to “reduce human impacts as well as negative effects on the quality of our core mission as a public research university.” He announced formation of a new Separation Incentive Pilot Program, designed to lessen some of the impacts on staff and the organization. This voluntary program provides financial incentives to classified employees facing layoffs, who may choose to waive their retention rights as part of the layoff process. Byyny said the program will help those directly affected by layoffs and will reduce the disruption caused by a prolonged “bumping” process. In addition, the Human Resources Department will provide information about retention rights for classified staff, insurance continuation, transition support, career decision-making, handling stress and other support services, he said. Byyny said he remains optimistic about the campus’ future, citing its stature among public research universities, the achievements and dedication of the campus community, and a long tradition of eventually emerging stronger and better from difficult times. He said he will continue to promote the “Quality for Colorado” proposal, “not as a solution to the current budget cutbacks, but as a means for making strategic investments in a great university.” Published: Dec. 9, 2002 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Graduating CU senior promotes local gardens, sustainable food

first_img Published: April 20, 2011 With commencement quickly approaching and spring temperatures warming, University of Colorado Boulder senior Bryant Mason is working hard to prepare vegetable gardens and get crops in the ground before he graduates.As one of the founders of the student group “CU Going Local,” Mason and the other members of the three-year-old student organization work to promote local and sustainable food on campus and in the Boulder community.The group operates two vegetable gardens – both on University Hill just off campus – growing kale, spinach, lettuce, carrots and beets in the spring and about 20 other vegetables during the summer, according to Mason.”We also help low-income communities and elementary schools set up gardens of their own, so they can learn how to grow their own healthy food at home,” said Mason, an economics and environmental studies major who will graduate on May 6. “When we’re not working in our gardens, we do outreach to teach people about the benefits of eating sustainable and organic food.”Mason’s interest in sustainable food and food in general began more on the sustainability side, he said. “I am an environmental studies major and I realized that food systems impact just about every aspect of a community, not only the environmental aspect but also the social and economic aspects as well,” Mason said. “The more I got involved, the more I realized that there are so many other benefits to eating locally grown, organic and sustainable food.”When he was starting to develop CU Going Local as a sophomore, Mason was part of the Puksta Scholars program on campus.”The program really helped me develop civic engagement skills and gave me a lot of mentorship that allowed me to run this club,” he said.When he isn’t working on schoolwork or with CU Going Local, he is most likely training for his next triathlon. A member of the CU-Boulder triathlon team that has won two straight national championships in 2010-11, Mason enjoys the challenge of training in the sport.”I put in a lot of hours training on the bike, on the trails and in the pool,” Mason said. “It’s what I like to do. It’s incredibly difficult, but I love training and I love my teammates.”After Mason graduates on May 6 he plans to start a sustainable food business.”I want to help individuals, communities and businesses set up gardens and garden networks for local food consumption,” he said. Categories:AthleticsGetting InvolvedCampus Communitycenter_img Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more