Day of the Sun Passes Much Like Any Other Day

first_img Day of the Sun Passes Much Like Any Other Day News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News News Facebook Twitter AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Information from inside sources indicatesthat North Korean authorities did not distribute special rations for Kim IlSung’s Birthday celebrations on April 15th. Middle-school uniforms were alsoexpected to be handed out during the anniversary of Kim Il Sung’s birthday – or“Day of the Sun” – but these hopes were met with disappointment aswell. “Although news broadcasts were chockfull of enthusiastic chatter about the Suryeong’s birthday, there were zerospecial rations distributed: no rice, alcohol, or oil. The children – whoreceived small candies – were the only ones to get anything,” a YangkangProvince-based source told the Daily NK during a telephone call earlier today. He added, “Since no uniforms wereprovided for students on the first day of the new semester, lots of people wereexpecting that they would get doled out on the Day of the Sun. These hopes wentunfulfilled. An inminban [people’s unit] head explained the absence of the rationsby blaming a logistical delay, but no one is gullible enough to actuallybelieve that.” According to the source, North Koreans werecelebrating the Day of the Sun by making offers to Kim Il Sung statues,pledging their loyalty to the Suryeong, and gathering together to sing songs. “There may have been a fireworkspresentation in Pyongyang, but I’m not sure. I can say that things were prettyquiet around these parts. Seeing the lack of rations and the subdued nature ofthe events, some people are saying that it seems like the Suryeong’s birthdayis no longer much of a holiday anymore,” he asserted. Most were expecting at least a smalldistribution this year due to the lack thereof in the last few years. When thisyear proved to be no different, some expressed their exasperation by saying, “I’m glad it worked out this way! Even if we did get special rations, theyprobably would have been lower quality than the stuff we can buy in themarkets.’” In July of 1997, the Central Committee ofthe Workers Party, the Central Military Commission, and the National DefenseCommittee passed a resolution to “shine a light on the immortal deeds ofrevolutionary comrade Kim Il Sung” by marking his birthday as the “Day of the Sun.”After the passage of the law, North Koreanauthorities distributed rice, meat, alcohol, and other goods as specialholiday rations to honor the leader, whipping up loyalty to and respect for him. The past few years, however, have seen no such special disbursements.center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Daily NK – 2015.04.15 5:50pm SHARE North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) NewsEconomy US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img read more

200 Medical Personnel Selected for ICC CWC 2007

first_imgRelated200 Medical Personnel Selected for ICC CWC 2007 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A team of 200 health and medical personnel have been selected from a pool of 400 volunteers to assist during the staging of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.“We have selected persons based on their skills, training, and experience to put together the team for matches at both the Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium and Sabina Park. They represent a cross section of the health sector – doctors, nurses, pharmacists and physiotherapists,” Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse, Director of Emergency, Disaster Management, and Special Services in the Ministry of Health told JIS News.She assured that the selection of the team would not in any way, affect the regular routine services, provided at the nation’s hospitals and health facilities.“The hospitals will be able to cope, because not every volunteer is from within the government sector. We also have volunteers from the private sector, but we have established a system where some persons are deployed on a full time basis and others are for three days and some for the entire six matches.so it varies,” she pointed out.All volunteers have received training in basic life support, while some of the doctors and nurses have also been trained in advanced cardiac support and advance trauma life support.“We still have some training courses that we are still undertaking, bearing in mind that training started from 18 months ago and we have been conducting training right across the island,” the Director informed.The training has been provided by an experienced team of doctors, who are employed by the government and are also certified as trainers.Among the duties of the health and medical volunteers will be to provide coverage for the stadia and offer 24 hour services for heads of state and government, who will be in the island, as well as the other VIPs.The team will be deployed at various locations and at each stadium there are a number of different medical stations and posts.“For example there is a main medical station that will act as the referral point for the other areas. There is a special medical station, a VIP medical station and medical posts throughout the facility to ensure that we have coverage where every person may be located,” she explained.In addition, there will be special medical stations at some hotels and these will be linked in terms of service delivery.As for the state of preparedness of the medical facilities at both venues, Dr. Bullock Ducasse disclosed that they were now being completed in terms the fittings. A week prior to the first match at each stadia, the facilities will be equipped and supplied.“There is also a plan for the use of a tent on the outside of a temporary stand at Sabina because the stand does not have an enclosure, but the rest of the medical stations for the stadium are all within the buildings,” she stated.“We will be ready. We are just waiting for the day to come,” she said. 200 Medical Personnel Selected for ICC CWC 2007 UncategorizedFebruary 19, 2007 Related200 Medical Personnel Selected for ICC CWC 2007center_img Related200 Medical Personnel Selected for ICC CWC 2007 Advertisementslast_img read more

State Minister Stern Highlights Importance of Food Safety

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Michael Stern, has commended the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division of the Ministry, for seeking to promote food safety across the country.“The intervention is very timely and is of critical importance to all sectors in the food supply chain: importers, exporters, producers, distributors and the consumer,” Mr. Stern said, noting that the prevention of risks associated with the storage and consumption of food and feed could not be over-emphasised.He was speaking at a seminar on the National Food Compliance Programme recently, held at the Club Riu Hotel in Mammee Bay, St. Ann.Mr. Stern pointed out that the mission of the Division, is to ensure the safety and wholesomeness of food and related feed products entering commerce, through the application of sound scientific principles in a timely and professional manner.“In fulfilling its role the Division has intensified its programme of inspection, sampling, disinfestations, laboratory tests, training and research into problems of post harvest and product-storage management, pesticides and biological toxin management,” he informed.Highlighting the work of the Division, he further informed that it has been working with the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), to accelerate the phasing out of the use of harmful chemicals in Jamaica, such as methyl bromide, and preventing the use of environmentally unfriendly substances, mainly ozone depleters, which are used in pest control.“As a matter of urgency, the Division must now continue the modernisation initiatives and move towards updating the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division Act, and regulation, to reflect present day realities.“This includes the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), which is the internationally recognised approach for ensuring food security,” he said, pointing out that the methodology would shift the focus of the management of chemical, physical and biological hazards that affected food products, away from costly end-product inspection and testing, to the more rigorous management of food processing activities.The State Minister stated that the Division was also focussing on having all its laboratories gaining international accreditation under the Swedish Board for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment (SWEDAC) Project. He said also, that planning is underway, in collaboration with NEPA, for the introduction of an initiative to convert from methyl bromide as the main fumigant to alternative methods and chemicals.He lauded the Division for its efforts, noting that it must remain the focal point for the transfer of this technology to the wider public. RelatedState Minister Stern Highlights Importance of Food Safety RelatedState Minister Stern Highlights Importance of Food Safety State Minister Stern Highlights Importance of Food Safety UncategorizedSeptember 27, 2008center_img RelatedState Minister Stern Highlights Importance of Food Safety Advertisementslast_img read more

Mentoring Valuable in Fostering Growth and Increasing Skills and Competences

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Director, Office of Student Affairs and Development at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Dr. Thelora Reynolds, has highlighted the value of mentoring in fostering personal growth and understanding, and increasing skills and competences.“A good mentorship programme or a good mentor is going to cause the mentee’s skills to increase. (For example you are) faced with a problem, how are you going to solve the problem. The mentor is going to say, let us analyse the situation, let’s see who knows how to solve this and let us work it through,” she explained.“This means that when they (the mentees) are finished, they should be better persons than when they started the programme,” Dr. Reynolds stated at a mentoring workshop held today (Aug. 5) as part of the inaugural Future Leadership Jamaican Diaspora Conference 2009 at the University of the West Indies’ Mona Visitor’s Lodge.She stated that mentors should share the knowledge available to them and help uncover any talents that are present within those whom they mentor. She noted that the key to successful mentoring is to recognise and respect each other’s strengths and weaknesses.According to Dr. Reynolds, a good mentor should have the ability to listen to their mentees; possess adequate situation coaching skills, effective confrontational techniques or new methods of resolving conflicts; and keep abreast of new developments and their implications.The conference is a joint effort of the Jamaican Diaspora Future Leaders; the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and Youth, Sports and Culture; and the Mona School of Business.It is being convened under the theme: ‘Connecting Diaspora future leaders, solidifying our places in our homelands and Jamaica’.The August 3 to 10 conference involves some 400 youth leaders from Jamaica and the Diaspora converging on the Mona campus to discuss critical developmental issues. RelatedMentoring Valuable in Fostering Growth and Increasing Skills and Competences RelatedMentoring Valuable in Fostering Growth and Increasing Skills and Competences Advertisementscenter_img RelatedMentoring Valuable in Fostering Growth and Increasing Skills and Competences Mentoring Valuable in Fostering Growth and Increasing Skills and Competences EducationAugust 6, 2009last_img read more

Executive Order on Ensuring Access to United States Government COVID-19 Vaccines

first_imgExecutive Order on Ensuring Access to United States Government COVID-19 Vaccines The White HouseBy the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:Section 1. Purpose. Through unprecedented collaboration across the United States Government, industry, and international partners, the United States expects to soon have safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines available for the American people. To ensure the health and safety of our citizens, to strengthen our economy, and to enhance the security of our Nation, we must ensure that Americans have priority access to COVID-19 vaccines developed in the United States or procured by the United States Government (“United States Government COVID-19 Vaccines”).Sec. 2. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to ensure Americans have priority access to free, safe, and effective COVID-19 vaccines. After ensuring the ability to meet the vaccination needs of the American people, it is in the interest of the United States to facilitate international access to United States Government COVID-19 Vaccines.Sec. 3. American Access to COVID-19 Vaccines. (a) The Secretary of Health and Human Services, through Operation Warp Speed and with the support of the Secretary of Defense, shall ensure safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are available to the American people, coordinating with public and private entities — including State, territorial, and tribal governments, where appropriate — to enable the timely distribution of such vaccines.(b) The Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense and the heads of other executive departments and agencies (agencies), as appropriate, shall ensure that Americans have priority access to United States Government COVID-19 Vaccines, and shall ensure that the most vulnerable United States populations have first access to such vaccines.(c) The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall ensure that a sufficient supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses is available for all Americans who choose to be vaccinated in order to safeguard America from COVID-19.Sec. 4. International Access to United States Government COVID-19 Vaccines. After determining that there exists a sufficient supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses for all Americans who choose to be vaccinated, as required by section 3(b) of this order, the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of State, in coordination with the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, the Chief Executive Officer of the United States International Development Finance Corporation, the Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and the heads of other agencies, shall facilitate international access to United States Government COVID-19 Vaccines for allies, partners, and others, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law.Sec. 5. Coordination of International Access to United States Government COVID-19 Vaccines. Within 30 days of the date of this order, the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs shall coordinate development of an interagency strategy for the implementation of section 4 of this order.Sec. 6. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.DONALD J. TRUMPTHE WHITE HOUSE,December 8, 2020. /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, Constitution, covid-19, executive order, finance, Government, health and safety, Human Services, industry, operation, President, Secretary, security, United States, vaccination, White Houselast_img read more

Ellen Pascoe is working hard to keep Dubbo community safe

first_imgEllen Pascoe is working hard to keep Dubbo community safe After completing a Bachelor of Criminal Justice, Dubbo’s Ellen Pascoe couldn’t decide whether to become a police officer or parole officer. She eventually chose the latter and is this week one of 10,000 Corrective Services NSW staff celebrated on National Corrections Day for her commitment to reducing reoffending.The Dubbo Community Corrections officer has only been in the job for two years and in that time has put numerous offenders on the path to rehabilitation.“I like working with people and being a parole officer is more welfare-based and about helping people, rather than being in police, which is more about locking them up,” she says.“I’ve had a few cases that I would describe as big successes and they are with offenders that I’ve been working with for a long time.“One was an offender who came from a very traumatic background and was living in an isolated area before he came to Dubbo.“Now he has his own unit and is engaged in tertiary education, a goal I believe would have not been achieved without the assistance of Community Corrections and our interagency programs.”The 2021 National Corrections Day theme is Working together to reduce reoffending, focusing on the ways corrections staff assist offenders with programs, education, promoting a good workplace culture and positive interactions.Ellen, 27, says the key to reducing reoffending is getting people to address their offending behaviour and learn how to make better decisions.“Rehabilitating these men and women is the sole focus of my role,” she says.“I do that by assisting offenders to develop management plans and recognise that thoughts, choices and actions are linked together. This will hopefully guide them in making better decisions in the future.“Behaviour change is not an easy task, so from the beginning we set clear boundaries and steps around what we aim to achieve. Then we have the offender comment on what may be hard to achieve and we assist them with overcoming any perceived barriers.“It can be a rollercoaster ride to get there, however our staff work hard at this each day and I am proud to be a part of that journey.”CSNSW includes about 5,000 custodial officers, 1,800 Community Corrections staff, 750 industries workers, 720 psychologists and programs officers and 1,170 Security and Intelligence staff. /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, community, corrections, Criminal, criminal justice, culture, Department of Communities and Justice, Dubbo, education, future, Government, intelligence, justice, NSW, police, securitylast_img read more

Vaccines are essential but employment rights must be protected

first_imgVaccines are essential but employment rights must be protected The government has made vaccinations mandatory for border and MIQ workers. The Public Service Association says unvaccinated border staff should be redeployed, and their employment rights must be protected.The union will closely monitor any such process and represent members involved. Thousands of public servants were redeployed to new roles in 2020, where some remain, and the government’s ability to effectively organise this has grown accordingly.“Vaccination is a health and safety issue and a form of collective action. It works best when everyone takes part, so we want to see every border worker who is able to, get the vaccine,” says PSA National Secretary Erin Polaczuk.“There are overworked and understaffed teams throughout the public sector, which means there are plenty of areas where unvaccinated workers could be redeployed through a fair, negotiated process.”As the rollout continues, the PSA encourages employers to communicate clearly, early, and often with staff about the vaccine. Workplaces should make it easy to access without losing pay or using up leave.The union notes that even with all border workers vaccinated, complacency is dangerous and other safety measures must continue.“PSA members on the border take safety very seriously. They don’t want to get infected, they don’t want to infect their mates, and that’s why they’ve done such a fantastic job keeping Covid-19 out of our country,” says Ms Polaczuk.“Unfortunately, they don’t always feel listened to. Border staff have spent the year calling for work bubbles in our airports, but progress has been uneven and slow. Health and safety policies are always most effective when you involve workers in designing and implementing them.”“We’ve seen people become a lot more comfortable about the vaccine once they know a colleague, friend or family member who’s had it. If employers remove every barrier and support staff to get vaccinated, the overwhelming majority will do it. Those who don’t can do useful work elsewhere, with their privacy and employment rights respected.” /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:Border, covid-19, employment, Family, Government, health, health and safety, New Zealand, PSA New Zealand, Public Service, Public Service Association, Safety, Secretary, vaccinations, Vaccineslast_img read more

The Genesis X Concept looks just absolutely—wow

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New technique could slash energy used to produce many plastics

first_imgCategories:AcademicsScience & TechnologyEnvironmentCampus CommunityNews Headlines Published: April 14, 2015 A new material developed at the University of Colorado Boulder could radically reduce the energy needed to produce a wide variety of plastic products, from grocery bags and cling wrap to replacement hips and bulletproof vests.Approximately 80 million metric tons of polyethylene is produced globally each year, making it the most common plastic in the world. An essential building block for manufacturing polyethylene is ethylene, which must be separated from a nearly identical chemical, ethane, before it can be captured and used.The similarities between ethylene and ethane have made the purification process difficult and costly. Today, an extremely energy-intensive distillation technique is typically used.In a new study recently published in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition, a team of CU-Boulder researchers demonstrates that a new material made of molecules containing silver ions could vastly reduce the amount of energy needed to separate ethylene and ethane.“This silver ion can be thought of as working like a hand,” said Matthew Cowan, a CU-Boulder postdoctoral researcher and lead author of the paper. “This ‘hand’ can tell the difference between ethylene and ethane and it ‘grabs’ the ethylene out of the mixture. When all the ethylene has been grabbed, the ethane is removed and the hand releases the ethylene.”The new material—which has 13 times more separating power than previous materials used to separate ethylene and ethane—requires much less energy than the traditional distillation technique. In the United States alone, it now takes more than 46 million megawatt-hours of electricity a year to produce ethylene, about the same amount of energy produced by seven average-sized nuclear power plants.Despite their potential for saving energy, silver ions can be more sensitive to contaminants, a problem that would have to be addressed before the technique could be commercially viable. The gas mixtures of ethylene and ethane are a byproduct from petroleum refineries, and they can contain impurities that could deactivate the silver ion “hands.” But researchers are hopeful that the molecule they are packaging the silver ions into may be able to protect them from contaminants.Other co-authors of the paper are William McDanel, Hans Funke, Yuki Kohno, Douglas Gin and Richard Noble, all of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering in CU-Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science.Research was funded by the Membrane Science, Engineering and Technology Center, a National Science Foundation industry/university cooperative research center.Contact: Matthew Cowan, [email protected] Jim Scott, CU-Boulder media relations, [email protected] Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail “This silver ion can be thought of as working like a hand,” said Matthew Cowan, a CU-Boulder postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and lead author of the paper. “This ‘hand’ can tell the difference between ethylene and ethane and it ‘grabs’ the ethylene out of the mixture. When all the ethylene has been grabbed, the ethane is removed and the hand releases the ethylene.”last_img read more

Property Services to hold live auction of surplus property, equipment

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Feb. 16, 2018 CU Boulder Property Services will hold a public auction of surplus property and equipment on Saturday, Feb. 24. Items—including computers, furniture, lab equipment, athletics equipment and more—will be available for preview beginning at 8 a.m., and the auction will begin at 9 a.m.Auctions are held on the east side of the CU Boulder Distribution Center, 3300 Walnut St., in Boulder.Thursday, Feb. 22, is set aside specifically for departmental viewing only, giving CU Boulder departments a chance to acquire surplus items before they go on sale to the public. Preview times for CU Boulder departments are from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Friday, Feb. 23, is set aside for a public preview of items from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Items may not be purchased at this time.State of Colorado (including CU) employees are welcome to participate in the live auction. State of Colorado employees will be required to sign a non-conflict of interest certification stating they were involved with neither procurement nor the decision to dispose of the item(s) purchased at CU Boulder’s public auction.For more information, including a list of auction items, visit Property Services’ webpage and click on the “Property Sales and Auctions” section. You may also contact Steve Marvel at 303-492-1120 or [email protected], or visit the CU Boulder Surplus Facebook page.Categories:GeneralEvents & Exhibitslast_img read more