Sitka’s Kreiss-Tomkins wins third House term

first_imgPolitics | Southeast | State Government | SyndicatedSitka’s Kreiss-Tomkins wins third House termNovember 9, 2016 by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News Share:Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, center, campaigns with supporters in Sitka on Election Day, Nov. 8, 2016. (Photo courtesy Jonathan for State House)Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins has won his third term in the state House of Representatives. Voters in Sitka, Petersburg and most Southeast villages gave him a 60-40 victory over Republican challenger Sheila Finkenbinder.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Kreiss-Tomkins said he felt optimistic about his re-election chances. But he didn’t want to be overconfident.“I work really hard and I do my job well and that record, I think, will be ultimately be reflected in elections,” he said.His first race was his tightest. In 2012, he beat incumbent Republican Bill Thomas of Haines by only about three dozen votes.He did better two years later, defeating Petersburg Republican Steven Samuelson by a 60-40 margin. It was about the same this time around.Republican candidate Sheila Finkenbinder waves to passing cars in Sitka on election day. (Photo by KCAW)Finkenbinder, his opponent, said she thought she’d do better than she did.“I had a lot of positive feedback from people who were supporting me. And I was more hopeful than it turned out,” she said.Finkenbinder campaigned as a candidate who would join a Republican-led House majority, giving her more strength than the incumbent.And Kreiss-Tomkins has been in the minority for the past four years, which limited his political clout. But a new majority coalition of Democrats, Republicans and independents has formed and he will play a stronger role.The Sitka Democrat said he doesn’t have a specific to-do list — because he’s a generalist.“I guess my interest is good ideas – and good ideas of every kind. That might seem like a non-answer. But if I were to look at the bills I’ve introduced over the past four years they’re really kind of A to Z,” he said.This was Finkenbinder’s first run for public office, but she wasn’t a political newcomer.She worked as a legislative aide to Rep. Peggy Wilson, a Wrangell Republican whose district used to include Sitka and Petersburg.She also ran the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce and was active in the city’s Republican Party organization.I Voted Today stickers were popular accessories on Election Day in Alaska. (Photo by Maggie Schoenfeld)But the future? She’s not sure whether she’ll run again.“I’m really not ready to answer that at this point. I’m not sure where my life will take me in the next two years. That’s a lot of time,” she said.Finkenbinder said she wishes Kreiss-Tomkins well. But she hopes he’ll take on her top priority, promoting economic development.“You can’t just raise taxes and take in each others’ laundry. You have to have an economy,” she said.She said that should include continued oil development. But there should be a wider focus.“We need to encourage timber, fisheries, mining, sea otter (products), seaweed. Whatever it is, we need to develop our resources and grow the economy,” she said.Kreiss-Tomkins said he too wants to create jobs. But they might not be in the same professions.“I’ve been particularly focused on new small-business entrepreneurship as well as fisheries and maximizing the value of the Alaska fisheries for Alaskans. But that interest extends to all sectors of our resource economy,” he said.As in all elections, questioned and absentee ballots must still be counted. But that won’t change these results.Share this story:last_img read more

‘People really pulled together’: Volunteers help fix Nenana’s frozen-up water plant

first_imgCommunity | Interior | Weather‘People really pulled together’: Volunteers help fix Nenana’s frozen-up water plantFebruary 9, 2021 by Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks Share:City staff and volunteers worked throughout Monday at the Nenana water-treatment plant to repair damage from subzero-cold air that the system was exposed to after a malfunction left an overheard door open overnight. Workers included Dan Richardson, foreground, who did welding and fabrication work; (in background) plant Operator Clint Berry; master plumber Mike Hirt; City Councilman Rob Bennett; city maintenance tech Olaf Trettevik; and Elijah Verhagen. (courtesy of Josh Verhagen)Nenana’s water treatment plant froze up Monday, leaving about 150 homes without water for some 12 hours until city workers and volunteers got the system back up and running.Nenana Mayor Josh Verhagen says he and a couple of city employees got to work around 3 a.m. Monday, so they could finish plowing snow from city streets before the regular workday began. He said it’s a good thing that they got there early, because they discovered an overhead door in the city’s water-treatment plant had been left open overnight — and the temperature had plunged to 36 below zero.“It’s a miracle that we happened to be early to see it this morning,” he said, “because most days we wouldn’t be in ’till around 8 o’clock. So, it could’ve been a whole lot worse.”When workers pulled apart pipe joints, they found solid ice. (courtesy John Verhagen)Verhagen suspects the mechanism that opens and closes the overhead door had malfunctioned because they tried to close it Monday morning, but it kept reopening. And he didn’t have a lot of time to investigate further because pipes in the facility were bursting and water was spraying — and he had to inform residents that they won’t have water when they get up.“We needed to let everybody know, because people were going to be waking up and trying to use their water,” he said.Verhagen says he posted a notice on the city’s Facebook pages that said, “The rest of the snow plowing will have to wait. Huge emergency at the water plant. Burst pipes, including the main…”He told people on the system to not use water and to keep their circulation pumps running and heat traces on while repairs were under way. And he put out the word for anyone who could to meet at the treatment plant to lend a hand.Before long, more than a dozen area residents gathered at the water plant. And then they got to work.“Thankfully, we had our water treatment operator here, and a couple other experts who knew what needed to be done, and how to bypass the right thing and what else to do,” they mayor said. “Because, literally, I mean it was like a maze of pipes.”The workers replaced pipes, valves and other components in the water plant that were split open by the force of the expanding ice. (courtesy Josh Verhagen)At about the same time, Vehargen says he started getting calls from other local residents and officials, like Fire Chief Joe Forness and Nenana Native Association Tribal Administrator Jessica Shaw, both of whom offered to help distribute drinking water. Offers of help also came in from the Tanana Chiefs Conference, Representative Mike Cronk, the district’s legislator, and even an aide in Senator Lisa Murkowski’s office.“People really pulled together — even without having to be asked,” he said.Verhagen says the volunteers worked through the day, patching the leaks, rerouting pipes and fabricating work-arounds. And by the end of the afternoon, water was flowing again. He says more work will be required, and until the system is fully restored, residents will have to boil their water before they drink it or cook with it.The mayor says he hopes an overhead-door repairman from Fairbanks will be in today to fix the problem that caused the whole ordeal.Share this story:last_img read more

What the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s October meeting tell us

first_imgWednesday 19 November 2014 4:32 pm Joe Hall The minutes from the Federal Reserve’s October 28 – 29 meeting showed little debate between its members on the key aspects of last month’s statement. Last month, the Fed stuck to its pledge to keep interest rates near zero for a “considerable time” but gave little indication as to when interest rates would raise. None were forthcoming in the minutes. Here’s the key takeaways from the minutes and the reaction to them. What was the market reaction? Well, there wasn’t much of one. With few new developments, markets largely carried on as normal. The key US markets have all drifted down slightly following an initial uptick. Here’s how they stood after closing time: Dow Jones Industrial Average: -0.04 per cent.S&P 500: -0.15 per cent.New York Stock Exchange Composite Index: -0.13 per cent.Nasdaq Composite Index: -0.57 per cent. The dollar weakened against the euro and the pound, falling 0.11 per cent and 0.33 per cent respectively. Ending the asset-purchasing program was a no-brainer The Fed voted nine to one to end its historic asset-purchasing programme last month. The same number all agreed to stick with its pledge to keep interest rates at a historic low of zero to 0.25 per cent for a “considerable time”, however the minutes revealed extensive discussions on this matter.  Some argued that, but others said it gave the impression it would ignore any positive incoming data.  In the end, the committee agreed to qualify the language by adding that “if incoming information indicates faster progress toward the committee’s employment and inflation objectives… then increases in the target range for the federal funds rate are likely to occur sooner than currently anticipated.” The Fed doesn’t want to appear too pessimistic The Fed appeared unsure whether or not to make reference to a weakening global economy in last month’s statement, worried it would come off as too pessimistic. The minutes state:A couple of participants noted that it was likely too early to draw conclusions regarding these developments, especially in light of the recent market volatility.  However, many participants observed that the committee should remain attentive to evidence of a possible downward shift in longer-term inflation expectations; some of them noted that if such an outcome occurred, it would be even more worrisome if growth faltered. whatsapp What the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s October meeting tell us center_img Share whatsapp Tags: Federal Reserve Show Comments ▼last_img read more

News / Fleet management drives Ryder on despite supply chain contract losses

first_img US forwarder and truck lessor Ryder saw its first-half revenues grow year-on-year by 4% to reach $3.29bn. Profits for the first six months grew a significant 22% to reach $124.8m, against the $103.4m achieved in the same period last year.The company is a strange hybrid – a freight forwarder that also has a large asset base from which it derives significant leasing revenues – which earned it $2.32bn in the first six months of the year, compared to the $1.22bn revenues that came from its supply chain solutions division, which represented a 5% growth.However, supply chain division earnings before interest and tax were down 9% to $52.5m due to the loss of some business and start-up costs associated with a new account, said chief executive Robert Sanchez.While its fleet management services appear to be benefiting from the upturn in the US economy and the demand for more capacity, its logistics arm was hit with the loss of two automotive contracts, although John Williford, president of the company’s global supply chain solutions division, claimed that its pipeline of business was “very strong”.“We sold a record amount in the first half and we will grow eventually – the growth rate is likely to drop a little in the third quarter due to the loss of the automotive contracts and the start-up costs, but will come back in the fourth quarter and will be very strong in 2015.“We have won a lot of projects recently in contract logistics, consumer packaged goods and hi-tech and we have a lot of business scheduled to come in and it will begin to impact from the fourth quarter onwards.”He said the two automotive contracts it lost were “low margin accounts” that had reached the end of their term and were lost when re-tendered, “which was mostly to do with price and were won by competitors offering lower rates”.The company has been keen on entering new sectors, especially the retail and consumer markets, and reducing its dependence on the automotive and electronics sectors – a reliance that some observers perceive as a potential weakness.In addition, Ryder’s almost total dependence on the US market has left it unable to take part in the faster rates of growth on offer in many emerging markets.According to the recent Transport Intelligence (Ti) into contract logistics providers, the company suffers from a lack of international clout, having effectively shut down its international operations as the recession kicked in. Some 84% of its revenues are earned in the US market.“Ryder has to solve the problem of its failure outside the US. At some stage it must globalise if it is to continue to be a big player. The inability to establish successful largescale operations outside of the US leaves Ryder vulnerable to any deterioration in the US market,” Ti said.However, its huge asset base – it owns around 70,000 trucks, 60,000 tractors units and 40,000 trailers – could also be an advantage, as it gives the company a scale to broaden into new service segments, said Ti.“Potentially Ryder’s physical resources could enable it to evolve new services in areas such as fulfilment,” it said, referring to one sector in which it is perceived to continue to be weak: “Failure to re-position strategically in the face of e-commerce could leave Ryder vulnerable to being side-lined in its new market of retail and consumer.” By Gavin van Marle 24/07/2014last_img read more

FDA approves an Ebola vaccine, long in development, for the first time

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Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. “Ebola virus disease is a rare but severe and often deadly disease that knows no borders,” Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said in a statement. “Vaccination is essential to help prevent outbreaks and to stop the Ebola virus from spreading when outbreaks do occur.”The road to approval has been long for this vaccine, which will likely be stockpiled by some countries — the United States among them — as a hedge against a possible bioterrorism attack.advertisement The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday it has approved an Ebola vaccine developed by Merck, making it the first for the deadly disease approved in the United States.The vaccine, Ervebo, protects against Zaire ebolaviruses, the species of the virus that has been the most common cause of Ebola outbreaks. Ebola Zaire is the virus responsible for the current long-running outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.The FDA’s decision follows similar action taken earlier by the European Commission, which licensed the vaccine on Nov. 11.advertisement By bringing to market a vaccine to protect against Ebola, Merck qualifies for a tropical disease priority review voucher, an incentive meant to spur development of treatments for diseases that would otherwise be neglected because of a lack of financial incentive for the pharmaceutical industry.Merck can use the priority review voucher to secure a fast-tracked FDA review of a future drug or vaccine it wants to bring to the U.S. market. Priority review vouchers can also be sold. Prices for the vouchers have varied as more of them have been issued in the past few years, falling from a high of $350 million in 2015 to around $100 million more recently. In December, Bavarian Nordic sold a priority review voucher it had earned to an undisclosed purchaser for $95 million.Ervebo has been used in the current outbreak in DRC under “compassionate use,” a research protocol similar to one used in a clinical trial. It will continue to function in this manner for the foreseeable future because the vaccine currently being used was manufactured while the vaccine was unlicensed. The company is moving to start producing licensed doses of the vaccine, but that is a process that takes the better part of a year.Merck announced it has submitted Ervebo for approval to the regulatory authorities in a number of African countries at risk of having Ebola outbreaks. The vaccine has been prequalified by the World Health Organization, a process that could speed approval in African countries. Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Leave this field empty if you’re human: The vaccine is also likely to make up a substantial portion of an emergency stockpile for outbreaks being put together by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, for use in outbreaks. Gavi recently announced plans to establish a 500,000-dose stockpile. The Merck vaccine, given in a single dose, generates a quick immune response, with protection occurring within about 10 days. Those two features make it attractive as a tool for battling an outbreak.Work on the vaccine stretches back to the 1990s, when a Yale University researcher, John “Jack” Rose, turned a virus that infects livestock — vesicular stomatitis virus — into a vector that could be used for vaccines. In the 2000s, scientists at Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory led by Dr. Heinz Feldmann modified the vector to make it a delivery system to show the immune system a critical Ebola protein — creating a safe way to teach the immune system to defend against Ebola virus infection.Though the vaccine appeared highly promising in animal testing, it languished for years; the lack of a traditional commercial market for Ebola vaccines meant pharmaceutical companies showed little interest in partnering on its development. That changed with the catastrophic Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014, which reignited interest in the vaccine.Clinical trials performed in North America, Africa, and Europe culminated in a Phase 3 trial conducted in Guinea, one of the countries ravaged by the West African outbreak. There the vaccine was proven to be effective.Ervebo has been a key part of the effort to control the current outbreak, the second largest on record, with more than 258,000 people having been vaccinated to date. More than 3,350 have contracted the disease in the outbreak and at least 2,220 have died.“Approval of this vaccine by the FDA represents another important milestone in the global response to Ebola Virus Disease and stands as a tremendous accomplishment by a unique global partnership,” Dr. Roger M. Perlmutter, president of Merck Research Laboratories, said in a statement Friday.“In acknowledging this event, I wish in particular to recognize the heroic efforts being made by frontline responders to the ongoing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We are proud and honored to play a role in supporting their vital activities, and we remain focused on the important work ahead,” he said. By Helen Branswell Dec. 19, 2019 Reprints Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. About the Author Reprints Tags public health Helen Branswell @HelenBranswell HealthFDA approves an Ebola vaccine, long in development, for the first time Nurses working with the WHO prepare to administer vaccines in Mbandaka, DRC, during the launch of an Ebola vaccination campaign in May 2018. JUNIOR D. KANNAH/AFP/Getty Imageslast_img read more

Felon cyclist runs stop sign, arrested for gun possession

first_imgAdvertisementTags: FelonLee County Sheriff’s Office AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Man found guilty in 2018 murder of two Alva teens June 12, 2021 Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS Traffic Homicide Unit investigates Sanibel crash that left one man dead June 14, 2021 Advertisementcenter_img LEE COUNTY, Fla. — A ‘prolific offender’ was arrested after running a stop sign on his bicycle, officials said. Deputies with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office tried to pull over Robert Diaz, 28, after he ran a stop sign on his bike. Diaz tried to get away from deputies but was eventually caught and detained.As deputies investigated Diaz, they found that he was a convicted felon and was a ‘prolific offender’ who had a 16 gauge shotgun and a flare gun on him.Diaz was arrested and faces charges of resisting without violence, fleeing and eluding, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to a post on LCSO’s Facebook page. North Fort Myers man sentenced to over 2 years in prison for counterfeiting money June 16, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Child dies after drunk Texas man causes three-car crash in Lehigh Acres June 11, 2021last_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, May 26, 2020

first_img Pinterest Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Twitter TAGSDeaths in Laois Twitter News WhatsApp Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Mary Kelly (née Rowan)Coole Raheen, Portlaoise, LaoisPeacefully in St. James’ Hospital Dublin. Predeceased by her daughter Mary. Deeply regretted by her loving husband Jimmy, sons James, Andrew, Paddy, John and Kevin, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Rest in PeaceDue to Covid-19 Directive a private family Funeral will take place. A memorial Mass will take place later.Michael (Mick) LawlessSaggart, Dublin / LaoisMichael Lawless, Fork Truck Services, late of Balllingar, Killeen, Co. Laois.Peacefully, at his home, surrounded by his loving family, loving husband and best friend of Mary, dear father of Peter, Maria, Shelly and Mikey, their partners Sarah, Niamh and Rob, doting grandad of Emma and Dara, predeceased by his brother Ted; sadly missed by his sisters Rita, Mary, Geraldine and Claire, brothers Jack and Dominic, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, extended family, neighbours and friends.May Mick Rest In PeaceIn accordance with Government Directives and in the interest of public health, a private funeral will take place. Mick’s family would like to thank you for your co-operation and understanding at this most difficult time.Mick’s Funeral Mass can be viewed on Wednesday morning at 11.00a.m. on the following link: McEvoyHowth, Dublin / Vicarstown, LaoisFormerly of Raheenaniska, Vicarstown, County Laois. Peacefully at St Francis Hospice Raheny, Dublin. Loving daughter of the late John and Maureen and dear sister of the late Ann. Deeply regretted by her loving partner Hugh, heartbroken sister Mary, uncle Jim and aunt Ann, brother-in-law Adrian, nephews David and Adam, grandniece Croiadh, grandnephew Fionn, cousins, relatives and many friends.May Paula Rest In Eternal Peace.Due to the Covid 19 Directive a Private Family Funeral and Cremation Service will take place. A Memorial Mass for Paula will take place at the Church of the Assumption Vicarstown County Laois at a later Date. The family would like to thank you for your understanding and support at this sad and difficult time.Hannah MeehanStation Road, Portarlington, Laois / Drimnagh, DublinDeeply regretted by her loving brother Joseph, nephews John, Liam and Paul, niece Marese, grandnephews, grandnieces, relatives and friends.Rest in PeaceIn accordance with current Government guidance and restrictions, a private Funeral Mass will take place for Hannah. The funeral will be live streamed from St. Michael’s Church, Portarlington at 11am Tuesday 26th May. See link .Patrick (Pat) ScullyGarrymaddock, Vicarstown, LaoisPat passed away peacefully in the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. Greatly missed by his loving family, brother Dan, sisters Anne (Hyland), Phil (Whelehan) and Breda. Sadly missed by his nieces, nephews, grandnephews, brothers in-law, family, relatives, Neighbours and friends.May Pat Rest In Peace.Covid 19 protocol in place. Social distancing to be observed. Private family Requiem Mass on Wednesday at 12 noon in the Church of the Assumption, Vicarstowns. Requiem Mass will be broadcast live on Whelehan Funeral Director’s Facebook page. Interment to follow in Moyanna cemetery. Memorial Mass to be organised at a later date. The Scully family would like to thank you for your co-operation, understanding and support during this sensitive and difficult time.Hollie Brown-QuailChantiere Gate, Portlaoise, Laois / Castlewellan, DownHollie Brown-Quail, aged nine, Chantiere Gate, Portlaoise, passed peacefully at her home, holding the hand of her brother Oliver and sister Maura, surrounded by her much loved family and friends. Hollie, the cherished and much-loved daughter of Paul and Teresa and adored sister of Oliver and Maura. Hollie will always be in the hearts of her devoted uncles, aunts, cousins, (especially her country cousins) and her great friends, especially those from Kolbe school and Laura Lynn. Family flowers only, donations if desired to Kolbe School or LauraLynn.Codladh sámh ár n-aingealGiven the exceptional climate and to protect the welfare of everyone who knew her, a funeral, with family only, will take place, at 12 noon on Tuesday, with Mass of the Angels in SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise and will be streamed on the webcam. Burial afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Monday, May 25, 2020 Previous articleCoronavirus Daily Noticeboard – Monday, May 25, 2020Next articleLaois business selling a large selection of PPE equipment LaoisToday Reporter Facebook Electric Picnic Pinterest Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, May 26, 2020 Deaths RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook Electric Picnic By LaoisToday Reporter – 26th May 2020 Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, May 26, 2020 Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Inflation on the Rise in 2011

first_img US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again Shenyang, China — Overall average prices in North Korea have doubled since the end of last year. Sources say that the reason behind the price rises is insufficient supplies within North Korea coupled to the effect of relatively strict crackdowns on the smuggling of goods in from China. Rice is now reportedly 2,000 won per kilo (as of the 11th). Late last year it was between 900 and 1,000 won. In late January, rice even reportedly reached 3,000 won in some areas. A source explained why, “There were rumors that state rice stores were empty, because even those people who are targeted for state distribution didn’t get any food in late January in some areas.” So, he went on, “Around that time, wholesalers colluded to fixed the price at 3,000 won.” Thereafter, the source said, “Now, rice has dropped to around 2,000won,” explaining that, “When the price went up, the supply increased, so the price was amended again.” According to the latest research by The Daily NK, rice is now selling for 2,000 won in Pyongyang and Shinuiju, while in Nampo it is 1,900 won and 1,800 won in Hyesan.. Corn, which generally costs half as much as rice, now sells for between 1,000 and 1,200 won, which is exactly double the price at the end of last year. Pork, which sold for 3,500 won per kilo in December last year, now goes for 6,500 won.Sugar is even worse, having tripled: late last year it was 1,700 won per kilo, but has now reached more than 5,000 won. Red chilli pepper powder has also gone up from 7,000 won per kilo to 15,000 won. Even though the North Korean authorities emphasized improving light industrial and agricultural production in the New Year’s Common Editorial, in reality the country is experiencing serious inflation due to a lack of goods in the markets. Therefore, it seems inevitable that people’s lives will get harder. [imText1] North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) By Park Jun Hyeong – 2011.02.13 8:41pm SHARE AvatarPark Jun Hyeong Inflation on the Rise in 2011 Facebook Twittercenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News News News NewsEconomylast_img read more

Ryu and Ban Talk Aid

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News In the midst of an official visit to the U.S., Minister of Unification Ryu Woo Ik announced on Saturday that humanitarian assistance to North Korea conducted through the U.N. will be “actively reviewed.”Ryu made his comments during a meeting with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at the latter’s official residence in New York.Following the meeting, Minster Ryu remarked, “U.N. Secretary General Ban expressed deep concern for the malnutrition of children and suggested that support is one way to stop the misfortune of the people and realize human justice.” In particular, Secretary General Ban reportedly pointed out that the longer the duration of malnutrition occurs the more serious it could become in terms of real DNA changes in the North Korean people and the greater the subsequent burden on reunification it could present. Responding to Ban, Ryu explained, “We are considering restarting the provision of humanitarian assistance like pharmaceuticals and medical equipments through international organs.” Although the May 24th Measures are officially still in place, it seems that moves towards restarting aid are gaining momentum. According to one government official in Seoul, “Even if official support through U.N. organs were to occur, this would be from the perspective of expanding flexibility and would not undermine the basis of the May 24th Measures.”In actuality Minister Ryu said, “We hope that domestic flexibility and flexibility through international organizations will help overcome the current fractious relationship and ease us into an atmosphere of solving problems through dialogue.” AvatarKim So Yeol News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHAREcenter_img News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News By Kim So Yeol – 2011.11.07 3:56pm Facebook Twitter Ryu and Ban Talk Aidlast_img read more

Emergency motels have taxpayers over a barrel

first_imgEmergency motels have taxpayers over a barrel The New Zealand National PartyLabour’s lack of solutions to the housing shortage has seen the Government fork out millions in emergency housing grants to some motels and hotels, which are raking it in at the expense of taxpayers. /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:Emergency, Government, New Zealand, New Zealand National Party, nzpollast_img read more