Kim Young Hwan Press Conference Held

first_img Facebook Twitter There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest By Daily NK – 2012.07.25 3:05pm Kim Young Hwan Press Conference Held SHARE News [imText1][imText2][imText3][imText4] AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] center_img News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

15 children on trial for watching American films

first_img North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 15 children on trial for watching American films SHARE Facebook Twitter News Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] By Kang Mi Jin – 2016.01.22 5:45pm center_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest 15 teenagers in Yanggang Province wererecently put on public trial for watching American films and branded “traitorstainted by non-socialist ideology,” Daily NK has learned from sources who wereforced to attend the proceedings, which are conducted by the State SecurityDepartment to instill fear in the population and send a ghastly warning toothers secretly engaging in activities prohibited by North Korea’s drastic penal code.On the 21st, a Daily NK reporter spokewith a source in Yanggang Province, who told us that on Saturday, January 16th,a public trial was held in Hyesan City in front of the Hyesan Cinema. There, 16 and 17year-old-students were placed on trial for watching American films before beinghanded over to the provincial Ministry of People’s Security [MPS, who act asNorth Korea’s police force] unit, for the preliminary hearing. Two additional sources in the same provincecorroborated this news. “These were just kids who were giving intotheir natural curiosity and made a careless decision to watch and pass aroundthese films, which were interesting simply because they were [the morefamiliar, South] Korean ones. But then this happens,” our source lamented. She said that the children were all intheir second and third years of senior middle school [in effect, high school] and watched and shared the films with others before getting caught by aneighborhood informant [reporting to the State Security Department], sparkingoff the entire incident. Local residents forced to gather and attend the publictrial furtively shot the students pitying looks, despite the atmosphere of thetrial, which was “more frigid than winter.” Fresh cases labelingthe viewing of South Korean films treasonous and the subsequently grim punishments that were meted out has driven down the number of North Koreansviewing South Korean films more recently. The source speculated that thestudents might have watched the American movies thinking that the state’s tunnelvision on quashing South Korean cultural content would shelter them from severerepercussions. She added that state fear tactics do littleif anything to stamp out the inherent desire people have to absorb anything andeverything from the outside world. In fact, they often pique the interest ofthe populace all the more. Nothing can change the fact that most North Koreansoverwhelmingly find homegrown films stiff and monotonous and prefer the diverse content preferring to watch foreign films. At the trial, no mention was made of the origin ofthe disk that held the American film in question, but “everyone knew that itcame [smuggled] in from China,” the source pointed out. However, people do admit that punishingsensitive children harshly as a warning to others is by turns terrifying and infuriating. Criticism of the “hypocrisy of the regime”arose behind closed doors among many who were made to watch the show trial. “Itshould be the Party cadres who watch them regularly [on trial],” a number ofspectators pointed out afterwards. “Show me anyone of those accusers whohasn’t watched a foreign film at least once,” parents of some of the studentstold Daily NK’s source in private. North Korean defector Hyun Mi Yon (43),who was sent to a re-education camp [kyohwaso] in 2014 for the crime of watching aSouth Korean drama while in the North, said, “When I was being interrogated bythe MPS for watching a South Korean drama, I witnessed all of the personnel, right up to the chief, watching these dramas themselves. Theinterrogators would say to residents caught watching the [South Korean] dramas,‘Wow, you’ve seen all the latest South Korean stuff!’” According to testimony by both defectors and those still residing in North Korea, after Kim Jong Un took over the country, surveillance unitscomprising personnel from various law enforcement bodies doubled down onpunishments and crackdowns for those caught watching media from beyond thecountry’s borders, with a particular focus on rooting out South Koreanprogramming content. Such draconian measures derive from theregime’s perennial attempts to hinder the flow of outside information, whichthe leadership well knows to be a powerful force in diminishing people’sloyalty to and belief in the political and social structure of the country.  News NewsEconomy News US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img read more

Firms engaged in illegal distributions in Gold-Quest scheme: OSC

Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news Former Alberta planner fined, banned for illegal distribution scheme The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has found that a couple of unregistered companies and several people traded without registration and carried out an illegal distribution for their role in an alleged Ponzi scheme. The OSC issued its decision Monday in a case against Simply Wealth Financial Group Inc., K&S Global Wealth Creative Strategies Inc., and several individuals, following a three-day hearing back in January. BCSC sanctions founders, companies in failed insurance venture James Langton Keywords Illegal distributionsCompanies Ontario Securities Commission The commission found that the two firms, neither of which were registered, their directors, and several others, traded without registration and effected an illegal distribution by facilitating investments in Gold-Quest International, a company that pledged high returns on foreign exchange investments. Back in 2010, the Alberta Securities Commission permanently cease-traded Gold-Quest, and sanctioned numerous individuals a total of $4.1 million, after finding that it was “a sham investment scheme, a classic Ponzi scheme and a classic pyramid scheme”, that raised approximately US$29 million from more than 2,900 investors. Sanctions were not handed down Monday; they will follow in a separate hearing. Compensation funds available for Phoenix group victims read more

Isabelle Hudon leaving Sun Life

first_img Isabelle Hudon, executive chairwoman, Sun Life Financial Quebec and senior vice president, client solutions, is embarking on the next chapter in her career as newly appointed Canadian Ambassador to France, Sun Life Financial Inc. announced on Friday. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Sheila Murray to retire from CI Financial in March “I’d like to congratulate Isabelle and wish her every success in her new role,” says Dean Connor, CEO and president of Sun Life Financial, in a statement. “This is a special achievement in her career and the opportunity of a lifetime.” Hudon joined Sun Life in August 2010 as SLF Quebec president, a role she held until 2015. Under her leadership, the insurer experienced impressive growth in all business lines in Quebec and is a significantly more prominent brand within that marketplace. Robert Dumas, who succeeded Hudon as president in 2015, will now assume the role of executive chairman, SLF Quebec. Hudon will be leaving Sun Life as of Oct. 31. Kevin Dougherty, president, Sun Life Financial Canada, will be announcing Hudon’s successor as senior vice president, client solutions in the coming weeks. In the interim, Véronique Dorval, vice president, client engagement and sponsored markets, and Kate Nazar, vice president, client solutions centre, will report to directly to Dougherty. Photo copyright: argus456/123RF Related news IE Staff BMO announces executive retirements Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Resignations and retirementsCompanies Sun Life Financial Inc. CI Financial CEO to retirelast_img read more

IFRS to boost banks’ credit loss provisions: DBRS

first_img The introduction of new accounting rules is likely to boost provisions for credit losses among Canada’s Big Six banks, reduce their capital positions, and to heighten earnings volatility, says a commentary released Thursday by Toronto-based DBRS Ltd. Beginning on Nov. 1, 2017, the banks will begin reporting under International Financial Reporting Standard 9 Financial Instruments (IFRS 9). This new accounting standard will change how the banks “establish and record their allowance for credit losses”; and will affect the flow of their credit loss provisions, the DBRS report says. Keywords Banking industry,  IFRS Related news “Overall, the new expected credit loss model under IFRS 9 aims to make credit loss accounting more responsive to expected changes in the macro environment by enabling banks to be more proactive in building up credit loss provisions in advance of an expected economic slowdown,” the report says, noting that this change was prompted by the financial crisis. DBRS does not expect the adoption of the new standard to impact the banks’ creditworthiness. However, the new approach to accounting for credit losses is expected to increase provisioning by banks, and could lead to greater volatility in quarterly earnings, the report says. With the new rules taking effect, DBRS says that the big banks are expected to increase their collective provisions on their opening balance sheets for fiscal 2018, “which will be recorded as a charge to retained earnings.” The full impact of this new accounting standard will be reflected in the banks’ financial results for the first quarter of 2018, the report says. For smaller banks, the new standard won’t be implemented until fiscal 2019. “Adoption of IFRS 9 will likely lead to an initial negative impact on capital ratios of the large Canadian banks and has the potential to increase earnings volatility going forward,” the report says. “The impact on each of the banks is not expected to be the same given differences in factors such as their geographic footprint, duration of assets and loan mix.” Despite the expected impact on the banks’ financials, DBRS does not expect the new standard to negatively impact their credit ratings. G7 tax pledge may be upstaged by CBDC work High debt levels threaten banks’ strong results: Fitchcenter_img James Langton U.S. action on climate benefits banks, asset managers: Moody’s Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Tribute to growers on Cyclone Yasi anniversary

first_imgTribute to growers on Cyclone Yasi anniversary Queensland sugarcane growers’ organisation CANEGROWERS is paying tribute to the resilience of its members a decade on from a horror 2011.“After a sodden 2010 harvest, 2011 started with flooding in January before the 500km wide, severe Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Yasi ripped and smashed through northern regions in February causing a further estimated $500 million impact on the sugarcane industry,” CANEGROWERS CEO Dan Galligan said.“Experiencing wind gusts in excess of 200 km/h, some growers had their homes, sheds and 100% of their crop for that year blown apart. Others were left to harvest battered and broken cane for a greatly reduced income.”The weather impacts meant 2011’s Queensland sugarcane harvest came in under 28 million tonnes – well below the usual 32-35 million tonnes of cane usually harvested in Australia at the time.“A lot of that drop was the effect of Cyclone Yasi’s winds and the weeks of flooding and overcast weather that followed,” Mr Galligan said. “In the worst hit region, north of Townsville, the harvest went from 10.69 million tonnes in 2010 to just 6.5 million in 2011.“CANEGROWERS lobbied to secure government assistance across the industry and the following years saw a massive rebuilding, replanting and recovery effort.“Through that disaster recovery effort, the earlier work towards securing our industry’s sustainability credentials were progressed – farm recovery included improved layouts, drainage and adoption of technology such as GPS guidance for machinery to reduce soil disturbance.“We now have international sugar market recognition that our farms produce sugarcane that meets sustainability certification.“Anniversaries such as this are a time to reflect, recognise how far we’ve come and re-focus on where we are going.“They provide an opportunity for us to acknowledge the remarkable resilience of the farmers and communities of North Queensland to survive and rebuild to continue to contribute positively to Queensland.” /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:Australia, Cyclone, disaster, Effect, Government, GPS, Impact, industry, market, Queensland, resilience, sustainability, technology, Townsville, weatherlast_img read more

What a baby hears while asleep matters more than previously thought

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: May 10, 2017 • By Lisa Marshall An infant prepares for EEG testing. Small sensors are placed on the infant’s head, which allows researchers to see changes in the infant’s brain activity while listening to sounds. Credit: Elyse Tierney.Afterward, Gilley used an algorithm developed in his laboratory to identify and measure these different brain patterns.The findings, published in March in the journal BMC Neuroscience, came as a surprise.When the “standard” sound hummed along—ah, ah, ah—the infant’s brainwaves remained primarily in  a theta, or low frequency, wave. But within a few milliseconds of hearing the oddball sound the brainwave pattern shifted to a complex blend of gamma, beta and theta frequencies, a signal of neurons in different regions of the brain oscillating and harmonizing.In essence, the brain quickly learned what the expected sound was, anticipated it, and reacted with surprise to a different one. In the process, Gilley notes, new neuronal pathways key to discriminating sounds were likely formed. That’s important, because knowing how to discriminate between distinct sounds is key to learning speech and language.“The most surprising finding here is how quickly these infants’ brains are able to make those predictions. Within the span of one test, their brain learns a pattern and begins to respond to it.”The paper is the first of a series the group will be rolling out as part of a five-year, multi-center grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research.The goal is twofold: To use EEG to better understand precisely when and how a child’s brain begins to process sound; and to aid development of better diagnostic tests.Helping babies with hearing impairmentsToday, while EEG is used to determine—at the brainstem level—whether a newborn responds to sound, it can’t show how well they distinguish between sounds. That can make it hard to tune hearing aids for babies with hearing loss. Studies show 50 percent of hearing aids may not be properly calibrated for young children.“Within the next five years, a clinician could put a few small sensors on a newborn’s head for less than 30 minutes and detect not only that an infant can hear speech, but also how well they tell the difference between speech sounds,” says Gilley.What should infants be listening to? It’s too early to say, Gilley notes, although he admits to preferring ocean sounds and other soothing repetitive sounds for his children. Gilley does recommend that if a child has a hearing impairment, they wear their hearing aids as much as possible.“Otherwise, they may be missing out on essential environmental sounds that help their brain to learn.”Kristin Uhler, an assistant professor at the CU Anschutz School of Medicine, Kaylee Watson, a doctor of audiology candidate in the CU Boulder department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, and Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, a professor with ICS, co-authored the study.Categories:Health & SocietyNews Headlinescenter_img What an infant hears during sleep has an immediate and profound impact on his or her brain activity, potentially shaping language learning later in life, suggests a new University of Colorado Boulder study of slumbering babies.“We found that even while babies sleep, they are still processing information about their acoustic environment, and their brains are using that information to develop pathways for learning,” said lead author Phillip Gilley, PhD, principal investigator of the Neurodynamics Laboratory at the Institute of Cognitive Science (ICS). (Listen to Gilley talk about the research.) Research dating back to the 1970s suggests that newborns can already recognize their mother’s voice. What has remained unclear, however, is how early, and to what degree infants can distinguish between the rapid-firing sounds—such as long or slow vowels or consonants—that serve as the building blocks of human language.The science of sleeping babiesTo find out, Gilley and his colleagues enlisted the parents of 24 healthy infants under the age of 5 months to bring their newborns to a lab. Each infant had electroencephalogram (EEG) electrodes attached to their heads, then fell asleep. Researchers tested sleeping infants because they are more still and infants spend up to 80 percent of their time asleep. A speaker nearby played a sequence of repeated sounds—“ah, ah, ah” or “bah, bah, bah”—interspersed with an occasional oddball sound—“eeh” or “dah,” respectively. Meanwhile, EEG measured the child’s brainwaves.last_img read more

State of the City shares grief, resilience, and optimism in touching virtual event

first_imgA far call from the usual joyous gathering, Thursday’s State of the City event was nevertheless a poignant one peppered with tales of tenacity, reflections of loss, and renewed hope for the road ahead.This year’s annual summit, hosted by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, brought residents together over Zoom for a moving evening with speeches from Mayor Sue Himmelrich, Chamber President Laurel Rosen, Interim City Manager Lane Dilg, and Congressman Ted Lieu.Space was held to honor and acknowledge the losses and sacrifices of community members over the past year, including the 135 residents who passed away due to Covid-19.“We need to recognize this struggle and how it has impacted us and left an imprint on our community, from small business owners, restaurants and retailers who struggled to stay afloat, to frontline workers who have risked their lives to keep services running, to the many left to seek out basic necessities like food and shelter,” said Himmelrich.Although far from the hardest hit community in Los Angeles, Santa Monica suffered its share of trauma in 2020.In the last year more than 7,000 residents experienced unemployment, 72 percent of businesses reported struggling to cover expenses, and some 200 newly food insecure households came to depend on the Virginia Avenue Food bank.The City had to reduce expenditures by almost 25 percent due to budget shortfalls and laid off almost 300 full time employees. Then on May 31 looters ransacked downtown and severely damaged many struggling local businesses.“On top of the pandemic, the murder of George Floyd, the reexamination of systemic racism that followed, and the ease with which criminal elements were able to take advantage of May 31 protests to loot and damage our downtown all expose deep flaws in our city and our nation for which we both apologize and resolve to address,” said Himmelrich.Despite what seemed at times like insurmountable or hopeless challenges, the City and its residents found ways to come together like never before, all while staying six feet apart.In the past year, community members raised over one million dollars for the We Are Santa Monica recovery fund; Big Blue Bus provided 287 days of fare-free travel and transported essential workers every day; and the fire department deployed personnel to fight 17 wildfires in the worst fire season on record.The City worked rapidly to adapt to the pandemic and was one of the first communities to launch many programs, including parklet street dining and the eviction moratorium, which quickly spread across the County and state.“In Santa Monica we have continued to lead the way in keeping the approximately 70% of our community members who are renters in their homes,” said Dilg. “We have provided more than 600 families with direct rental assistance and 145 senior households with cash-based assistance.”All of this was done with minimal external support, as very little federal aid was allocated to cities with small populations like Santa Monica.Fortunately, Congressman Ted Lieu said that under the Biden administration this is about to change. If passed successfully, the American Recovery Plan will provide an estimated $27 million in funding to the City of Santa Monica and $9.3 million to the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District.The event ended on an encouraging note and local leaders implored all residents to get involved in the City’s recovery efforts.“The government has the ability to point us in the direction we need to go, but for meaningful outcomes, we have to turn toward the common effort of advancing the common good,” said Himmelrich. “We do this by rebuilding our economy, our connections to one another, and also our hearts.”[email protected] :city council.COVID-19Economic Recoveryessential workersLane Dilglaurel rosenSanta Monica Chamber of Commercestate of the citySue HimmelrichTed Lieushare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentEditorial: Thoughts on school openingResidents beg L.A. city services to remove burnt out RV ‘drug den’ on Rose AveYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours ago HomeLifeHealthCovid-19State of the City shares grief, resilience, and optimism in touching virtual event Feb. 27, 2021 at 6:00 amCovid-19FeaturedNewsState of the City shares grief, resilience, and optimism in touching virtual eventClara Harter3 months agocity council.COVID-19Economic Recoveryessential workersLane Dilglaurel rosenSanta Monica Chamber of Commercestate of the citySue HimmelrichTed Lieu last_img read more

Donegal GAA on their bikes for Better Life for Livie Campaign

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Previous articleIrish tourism may not recover until next year – AndrewsNext articleWorks to begin tomorrow from Circular Road Roundabout, Letterkenny News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Donegal GAA on their bikes for Better Life for Livie Campaign Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsAppcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal GAA Players are in the saddle as they shake buckets across the county today raising funds for the Better Life for Livie campaign.They’re taking donations to help 11-month-old Co Meath girl Olivia Mulhern, who has a severe degenerative genetic condition called spinal muscular atrophy.Unless she travels to the United States for cutting-edge gene therapy at a cost of 2.1 million dollars, it’s unlikely she’ll live past her second birthday.Caolan Hogan is urging people across the county to give generously.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can follow updates on the Official Donegal GAA Facebook page. By News Highland – July 19, 2020 Pinterest Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Facebook Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

80 new Gardai on the way to north west region

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA 80 new Gardai on the way to north west region Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Pinterest Twitter Previous articlePressure on Council to revamp Oldtown pitch in LetterkennyNext articleEmergency package of measures to be announced for north News Highland Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – March 20, 2020 WhatsAppcenter_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ 319 new members of the gardaí will be sworn into the force in Tipperary later.Many of the recruits will be required to go back to Templemore after the Covid-19 emergency is over to complete their training.However, this cohort will have full powers of other members of the force and will be deployed across the country with 80 of them assigned to the north west region.Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan says it is a necessary measure:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Community Enhancement Programme open for applications AudioHomepage BannerNewslast_img read more