‘No time for a show of virility’: Sadiq Khan on getting London moving again

first_imgThe mayor will find out just how committed his predecessor is to devolution when TfL’s £1.6bn bail out runs out in October. Khan says that City Hall is already negotiating the new terms of a funding deal as passenger revenue is still far below regular operating levels. “I’ve been unhappy with some of the conditions [from the first bail out], some of them are fine,” Khan says. Stefan Boscia “What we don’t want is strings attached, all we want is for the government to realise that London is the engine of the country. If they put conditions on our ability to run our city that will inhibit our ability to contribute to the wealth and prosperity of our country.” Despite this, Khan has not become the champion of various “back to office” campaigns that many would like him to be. When posed with this fact, Khan told City A.M. that it just was not his style to “bully” people to go back to the office in a bid to repopulate central London.  Downing Street’s rumoured assault on the mayor comes after Khan recently laid out plans to move City Hall from its iconic Southwark location to the far less fashionable Crystal building in East London’s Royal Docks. “I love my office, I love working in City Hall, but actually given the choice of saving that sum of money or having a nice luxurious office with a great view, I know what I’d choose,” Khan says. One of the largest criticisms of Sadiq Khan over his first mayoral term has been that he is more concerned about his personal PR and with making political gestures than with his job of running the nation’s capital. Sadiq Khan talks to City A.M. about London’s economic recovery, TfL’s finances and his ongoing battle with 10 Downing Street. (Getty Images) “If we can have employers staggering start times and finishing times, we can have more people using public transport safely, which would increase the number of people using public transport in the course of the day.” Tags: Future of Work Khan appears to have shunned the very brand of gesture politics for which he is so often maligned in his response to London’s new economic realities. Instead of taking the easy path of relying on a few selfies on the London Underground, there actually does appear to be a semblance of a plan to get the cogs of London’s economy moving again.   Sadiq Khan talks to City A.M. about London’s economic recovery, TfL’s finances and his ongoing battle with 10 Downing Street. (Getty Images) Also Read: ‘No time for a show of virility’: Sadiq Khan on getting London moving again “I think berating workers and shouting at employers is not the way to do it.” Khan acknowledges that a fresh bail out could act as a prime opportunity for Downing Street to hand even more control of TfL to Whitehall’s Department for Transport. It could also provide the perfect backdrop for Johnson and his team to ratchet up its attempts to politically neuter the office of the mayor of London. This approach comes alongside a new City Hall survey of London’s businesses to see how much of their workforce they can have at their workplaces at any one time. This data can then be used to make estimates on the future prospects of businesses that rely on hordes of Tube passengers spilling out onto the High Street.  In the meantime, the mayor has called for targeted support for sectors that have suffered most from the coronavirus lockdown and its after effects – the hospitality, retail, leisure and culture industries. It is the type of position that is beginning to gain traction among some Tories as well, with backbench MP Neil O’Brien today calling for targeted support for Northern businesses affected by second lockdowns. Figures showing the latest levels of inner-city footfall must be grim reading for bricks and mortar businesses. It is still only at half of pre-Covid levels and Tube numbers are down 70 per cent year-on-year. With the government’s furlough scheme about to end next month, there are fears that thousands of London’s High Street businesses will go bust by Christmas if people do not go back to their workplaces.  Sadiq Khan talks to City A.M. about London’s economic recovery, TfL’s finances and his ongoing battle with 10 Downing Street. (Getty Images) Also Read: ‘No time for a show of virility’: Sadiq Khan on getting London moving again When asked if he felt threatened by a putative Downing Street power grab, Khan revealed little and instead opted for a cautious tone replete with unfortunate platitudes. center_img whatsapp “In the short to medium term – with the current guidance we have whether you agree or disagree with it – with a virus without a vaccine, I can’t see the same levels of people returning to central London as we had before March,” he says. “London is hugely important to the country’s wealth and prosperity, we contribute far more than we take back, and actually when you speak to the Prime Minister privately he’s a firm believer in devolution and he understands the power of mayors across the country.” “The way to increase public confidence is not for politicians to show their virility by using the Tube and being photographed doing so – the way to give them confidence is by having a [coronavirus] test that’s effective and a contact tracing system that works,” he says. While the move may make commercial and budgetary sense for the Greater London Authority, it could also put the mayor’s office further out of sight and out of mind. The mayor of London has been beset by attacks that he has increased spending on City Hall spin doctors, that he focuses too much on issues he cannot control, i.e. Brexit, and that he is a little too eager to take up photo opportunities. It would perhaps come as a surprise to his critics that Khan has not capitalised on his carefully managed brand to be more pro-active on social media and on TV to encourage people back into a near-deserted central London. whatsapp Show Comments ▼ The mayor said he would rather recoup the losses by leaving Southwark than by cutting spending on police, the fire service or TfL. Share Sadiq Khan talks to City A.M. about London’s economic recovery, TfL’s finances and his ongoing battle with 10 Downing Street. (Getty Images) Also Read: ‘No time for a show of virility’: Sadiq Khan on getting London moving again ‘No time for a show of virility’: Sadiq Khan on getting London moving again More crucially, he said it would not make much of a difference with the government’s social distancing guidelines. The current restrictions mandate that everyone must stay between one and two metres apart on public transport and in offices, making it impossible to get central London properly humming again in the foreseeable future. “We think on the Tubes a safe number at any one time is about 25 per cent [capacity] and a safe number on the buses is 40 per cent.” Sadiq Khan talks to City A.M. about London’s economic recovery, TfL’s finances and his ongoing battle with 10 Downing Street. (Getty Images) Also Read: ‘No time for a show of virility’: Sadiq Khan on getting London moving again It is unlikely he will get much credit for this though as Khan is a favourite target for many on the right, including the occupants of Downing Street. Speculation has been rife that Boris Johnson and his team have their eye on stripping away powers from the mayor of London’s office as a part of their push to transform Whitehall. Some of the government’s conditions on the Transport for London’s (TfL) £1.6bn bail out – such as installing government officials to TfL’s board – were thought to be an example of this in action. The move will save City Hall’s budget £55m at a time where Khan’s £18bn budget now faces a £450m shortfall thanks to Covid-19. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funnybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen Herald “The key thing for the government is not to cut their nose to spite their face, not to allow their dislike of a Labour mayor in City Hall to take away from the bigger picture of London,” he says.  Monday 7 September 2020 7:20 pmlast_img read more

BT threatened with strike action over job cuts and pay

first_img“After decades of industrial stability, we are now seeing BT Group embark on a vicious programme of compulsory redundancies, site closures and attacks on pay, terms and conditions,” he said. Also Read: BT threatened with strike action over job cuts and pay “This will result in a smaller number of people in the business in five years’ time, largely by not filling roles as and when they become vacant, but we will prioritise providing retraining and reskilling, unlimited learning and redeployment opportunities where we can. Despite this, BT raised its earnings guidance for the full year to between £7.3bn and £7.5bn. BT could be facing its first major strike action in more than 15 years after union members accused the company of “putting profit before people”. The potential industrial action, which would be the company’s first national strike since 1994, comes amid complaints about job security and pay. Also Read: BT threatened with strike action over job cuts and pay The ballot papers will be dispatched later this month, with voting set to close on 10 December. James Warrington Show Comments ▼ The FTSE 100 telecoms giant, which is led by Philip Jansen, said the moves were an essential part of BT’s modernisation plans, but CWU general secretary Dave Ward accused the company of pursuing profits at the expense of employees. The company last week said profit for the first half of the year had dropped 20 per cent, while revenue slipped eight per cent to £10.6bn. “If we stand by and let the company implement these changes without serious opposition, then the floodgates will open.” Sharecenter_img Strike action would come as a major blow to BT, which has suffered a hit to revenue and profit as a result of the pandemic. whatsapp “If we don’t improve our productivity and efficiency, BT Group will fall behind in the highly competitive, highly regulated markets in which we operate.” BT is currently undergoing a major restructuring programme, cutting 13,000 jobs and shuttering offices in a bid to find £2bn in cost savings each year. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comPast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USANoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyArticles StoneTeacher Throws Marine Out, He Gets The Last LaughArticles Stone A BT spokesperson said: “BT is going through a period of immense change and investment for the future. As the market continues to evolve and the needs of our customers change, we’ll need the right skills and capabilities in the business to adapt and respond.  BT threatened with strike action over job cuts and pay Thursday 5 November 2020 11:40 am The Communication Workers Union (CWU) today asked members to vote on whether to hold a strike ballot at the company over an “increasingly aggressive” approach by management across BT, Openreach and EE. whatsapp Tags: BT Grouplast_img read more

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

first_imgFilmUncategorizedRemembering Philip Seymour HoffmanHe was the proverbial actor’s actor who somehow always successfully concealed the flashy mechanisms of actingBy Steve Erickson – February 3, 2014726ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItThe usual clichés that attend a departure as shocking as Philip Seymour Hoffman’s this past weekend have about them, in this particular case, the added tragedy of being more true than we could ever calculate. Hollywood deaths are routine enough that it’s a measure of the esteem in which Hoffman was held that even the jaded were jolted; one renowned, long-time movie critic I know said that he “gasped” when he saw the news.RelatedPhilip Seymour Hoffman: The Man With the Golden TouchThe proverbial actor’s actor who somehow always successfully concealed the flashy mechanisms of acting, Hoffman easily had before him several decades of splendid work. He seemed the last actor who was going to flame out and exhaust his gift because, even over a wide range of indelible performances—from Willie Loman in Broadway’s Death of a Salesman to the squirmy gay hanger-on in Boogie Nights to the scheming creep in The Talented Mr. Ripley to the seen-it-all CIA agent in Charlie Wilson’s War to the celebrated author in Capote for which he won the Academy Award to what have may his best work, the quietly charismatic and scarily commanding L. Ron Hubbard-like guru in The Master, for which he should have won another Oscar—Hoffman conveyed the gravitas and world-weary perspective of someone who knew who he was and successfully marshaled his sense of himself to his gift. The respect he earned from his peers had to do with both the immensity of his talent and his gritty commitment to it. Hoffman’s life wasn’t given to tabloid fodder, but apparently that world-weary perspective was wearier than we knew, since the manner of his death at the age of 46 was, if anything, more stunning than the fact of it. Hoffman’s overdose from heroin—the habit of an earlier life that, for those who knew about it all, seemed well behind him—is bleak testament to the demons that lurk even in those who would seem to exorcise them so brilliantly and therefore, we conclude, completely. But the creative psyche always teeters precariously on the edge of never taking for granted the good things and always taking for granted the bad. Every artist, including those occupied by the gentlest of souls, is a ticking bomb.    TAGSDeathL.A CultureMoviesActorObituaryPhilip Seymour HoffmanRIPActingPrevious articleLOVE is in the Wear: Café Gratitude is Selling ShirtsNext articleChefs Jason Neroni & Chloe Tran Bring Vietnamese Comfort to Culver CitySteve Erickson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres Are Permanently Shutting DownShe Built a Bustling Business Providing Cremations for Less, but Nothing Prepared Her for COVID-19L.A. Movie Theaters Can Reopen Next Week—but Some Cinemas Aren’t Quite Readylast_img read more

Irish government takes first step towards re-listing Allied Irish Banks

first_img Irish government takes first step towards re-listing Allied Irish Banks Jessica Morris whatsapp whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Ireland’s government has taken its first step towards re-listing Allied Irish Bank with a little help from banking titan Goldman Sachs.The Irish government announced it had appointed Goldman Sachs to advise on the bank’s relisting, the completion of which would return some €21bn (£16.4bn) to the taxpayer following a bailout in 2010. Finance minister Michael Noonan wrote in an opinion piece in today’s Irish Times:I am confident that over time we will at a minimum fully recover the funds that this government invested in Allied Irish Banks, Bank of Ireland and Permanent TSB.He also said the government hopes to sell at least some of its stake in Allied Irish Banks and Permanent TSB. The latter had been part of the former Irish Life and Permanent which was split during the global financial crisis.It had rescued the banks after they became one of the country’s biggest casualties from the global financial crisis. When Ireland’s property bubble burst, the government was forced to pump €64bn into its financial system. center_img Share More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org Tags: NULL by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementElvenarIf You Like to Play, this Fantasy Game is a Must-Have. No Install.ElvenarNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For Seniors Monday 12 January 2015 9:02 amlast_img read more

Pharmalot, Pharmalittle: Glaxo touts a two-drug regimen for HIV

first_imgPharmalot Alex Hogan/STAT What is it? Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Rise and shine, everyone, another busy day is on the way. And it is also a frigid on here on the Pharmalot campus, where the shortest person is staying home to nurse an illness and the official mascots are looking for a cozy spot to snooze. As for us, we are keeping warm by — you guessed it — quaffing cups of stimulation. As always, you are invited to join us, because no prescription is required. Meanwhile, here are the usual tidbits. Hope you have a lovely day and accomplish great things. Keep in touch …GlaxoSmithKline says that two major clinical studies successfully tested a new two-drug treatment regimen to control the virus that causes AIDS, Reuters tells us. The results are a boost for its ViiV Healthcare venture, because the approach is a departure from conventional triple drug cocktails that can cause troublesome side effects, especially among older patients who make up a growing proportion of those treated for the disease. @Pharmalot Log In | Learn More About the Author Reprints Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Tags AIDSfinancepharmaceuticalsSTAT+center_img STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. GET STARTED Pharmalot, Pharmalittle: Glaxo touts a two-drug regimen for HIV Ed Silverman Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED [email protected] What’s included? By Ed Silverman Dec. 20, 2016 Reprintslast_img read more

Combination of two drugs can help treat methamphetamine addiction for some, new clinical trial data shows

first_imgHealthCombination of two drugs can help treat methamphetamine addiction for some, new clinical trial data shows  Related: Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. A selection of meth seized by the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office’s narcotics enforcement team in South Dakota. Pennington County Sheriff’s Office via AP FDA blasts Alkermes for underselling the risks of opioid addiction drug Vivitrol Please enter a valid email address. Tags addictionpublic healthresearch Leave this field empty if you’re human: Because scientists have not been able to develop treatments for methamphetamine addiction specifically, clinicians have turned to existing drugs to see what might provide some benefit. A 2019 clinical trial, for example, found that another antidepressant called mirtazapine helped some people reduce their meth use.Doctors can prescribe drugs already approved by the Food and Drug Administration for other purposes “off-label” to try to treat methamphetamine addiction. But experts say having clinical trial data validates the approach and could also help convince payers to cover the medications.In recent years, the country has started to grapple more with its addiction crisis, though much of the attention has been focused on opioids, which have caused the highest number of fatal overdoses. But quietly, overdose deaths from stimulants, including cocaine and methamphetamine, have been on the rise. In the 12-month period ending in June 2020, for example, there were more than 19,600 deaths from methamphetamine, according to preliminary federal data. In 2016, there were 6,700. (Many overdose deaths involve multiple drugs.) Related: General Assignment Reporter Andrew covers a range of topics, from addiction to public health to genetics. @DrewQJoseph One of the challenges of using naltrexone to treat opioid addiction is that, because of the way the medication works in the brain, people can’t have used opioids for several days before getting the injection. Otherwise, naltrexone can cause debilitating withdrawal symptoms.But because methamphetamine interacts with the brain differently than opioids, people who use meth but not opioids should be able to be treated with naltrexone without having to wait, said Trivedi, who also consults for pharmaceutical companies, including Alkermes, the maker of Vivitrol. The new clinical trial started with more than 400 patients who used meth regularly. In a first stage, the patients were randomized to receive either the medications or placebo. Then, those in the placebo group who did not respond initially were randomized again, either to stay on the placebo or to start the treatments. Taken together, 13.6% of people who were given the treatments in either round had at least three negative urine tests out of four taken at the end of the trial stages, versus 2.5% of people who were given placebos.Men made up about two-thirds of participants. White people made up about 71% of participants, while 12% were Black and 13.6% identified as Latino or Hispanic.The trial had a “number needed to treat” of nine, which means that nine patients would have to be given the medications in order for one to have a positive response. While that number might sound low, experts said the trial’s results are in the ballpark of the effectiveness of treatments for other types of addiction, like alcohol and tobacco. The exceptions, experts said, are methadone and buprenorphine, which have shown far higher levels of success in treating opioid use disorder. Andrew Joseph Clinicians do not just rely on medications to treat addiction. Behavioral therapies like counseling are often involved as well. And with stimulants in particular, a practice called contingency management, which pays people or provides other rewards if they remain abstinent, has been shown to be effective.Stefan Kertesz, an addiction medicine physician at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, who was not involved in the new clinical trial, said he could imagine offering the medication combination to patients who expressed a desire to stop using meth, while also recommending therapies like contingency management.“This new trial suggests that for the people with methamphetamine use disorder who are beginning a very challenging process of recovery, a combination of medications can improve their chance of success,” Kertesz wrote in an email. “And that is promising.” Trending Now: [email protected] Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson The two drugs used in the trial were injectable naltrexone and oral bupropion. The former is a treatment for opioid use disorder — it’s more commonly known by the brand name Vivitrol — and is also used for alcoholism. The latter is an antidepressant and smoking cessation medication.Some outside experts said they would like to see longer-term data beyond the trial’s 12 weeks to see what lasting benefits the medications provide. And Ayana Jordan, an addiction psychiatrist at Yale University, said she would have liked to see more information about different kinds of outcomes, such as whether the treatments improved people’s social connectedness or ability to work, even if they did not stop using meth entirely.She also said that while it helps to have data indicating this combination treatment can help some people, the findings underscored the need for better medications that can help a greater swath of patients. “It’s easier to have a more optimistic perspective because we don’t have anything that works right now,” Jordan said. Some experts not involved with the trial were similarly enthused.“Methamphetamine use disorder is a really difficult disorder to treat, and a really devastating illness,” said Miriam Komaromy, the medical director of Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction. “This study provides one of the very few medication tools that we have reason to believe is helpful for treating methamphetamine use disorder, so I’m actually quite excited.”advertisement ‘It’s something I have never seen’: How the Covid-19 virus hijacks cells About the Author Reprints As rates of methamphetamine overdose soar in the United States, one of the biggest challenges for both people who use stimulants and clinicians is that there are no approved treatments for this type of addiction — unlike the three medications authorized to treat opioid use disorders.But in a new study, researchers found that a combination of two existing drugs — one, a treatment for opioid addiction, and the other, an antidepressant — can help some people who use methamphetamine regularly cut back. In a clinical trial, the researchers reported Wednesday, 13.6% of participants treated with the two drugs had repeated urine tests free of methamphetamine, compared to just 2.5% of those who were given placebos.“This is a very serious illness with fatal consequences for which there are no available treatments,” said Madhukar Trivedi, the chief of the mood disorders division at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the lead author of the paper, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. “There is hope now for methamphetamine use disorder.”advertisement By Andrew Joseph Jan. 13, 2021 Reprints Privacy Policylast_img read more

Florida man becomes first person with Down syndrome to complete Ironman triathlon

first_imgPANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (CNN) – Special Olympics athlete Chris Nikic crossed the finish line on Saturday and became the first person with Down syndrome to complete an Ironman triathlon.Nikic’s achievement was recognized by Guinness World Records. He finished a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile marathon run at the Ironman Florida competition in Panama City Beach. “Ironman. Goal set and achieve,” said Nikic in an Instagram post. “Time to set a new and Bigger Goal for 2021.” Nikic, 21, completed the race in 16 hours, 46 minutes and nine seconds — 14 minutes under the 17-hour cutoff time. Websites, apps globally hit by major internet outage June 9, 2021 Two suffer shark bites off Florida beach 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 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments RELATEDTOPICS Florida nursing homes report COVID-19 infection rates nearly double the national average June 16, 2021 AdvertisementTags: cnnFlorida AdvertisementHe fell off his bike and was attacked by ants at one point, but pushed forward and finished the competition, the Special Olympics said. “We are beyond inspired, and your accomplishment is a defining moment in Ironman history that can never be taken away from you,” the Ironman Triathlon organization said on Twitter.The organization documented the historic race on social media on competition day — the last two miles of Nikic’s run were even streamed live on Ironman’s Facebook page. Over 1,000 unemployment claim call takers let go as DEO cancels contract June 12, 2021 Nikic’s accomplishment earned him congratulatory messages from celebrity athletes, such as tennis great Billie Jean King and runner Kara Goucher. Now, Nikic plans on focusing on competing in the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games and continuing to raise money for Special Olympics, Down syndrome and RODS (Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome) through his platform.“I achieved my goal and now I want to help others like me,” he wrote on Instagram.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The truth behind the propaganda: Kim boasts, but the people suffer

first_imgUnification Media Group (UMG): With 2017 drawing to a close, Kim Jong Un has made a spate of public appearances showing his apparent concern for the people’s economic welfare. In parallel with these photo-op visits to production sites, the state media has been touting the leadership’s economic achievements. But in reality, the regime often forcibly mobilizes the population to access free labor, and prisoners in particular are significant contributors to the regime’s “loyalty fund” generating capacity. For more details, we turn to reporter Seol Song Ah.     News Facebook Twitter US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Daily NK – 2017.12.20 5:00pm SHARE North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) The truth behind the propaganda: Kim boasts, but the people suffercenter_img NewsEconomy News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Seol Song Ah (Seol): It has been an eventful year. After a series of missile tests, the Kim regime declared that it has successfully developed nuclear weapons. Since a period of hardship during the spring ended, the people of North Korea have been struggling with food insecurity and the daily challenges of eking out a living. The state media, seemingly oblivious, has been printing dozens of articles showing Kim Jong Un conducting on-the-spot-guidance at factories to show his apparent concern for the people’s welfare. In the month of November, Kim Jong Un visited a bicycle factory in South Pyongan Province and a catfish farm in Sunchon City. On December 6, he visited the Samjiyon Potato Flake Factory and was quoted saying, “This factory gives tteok to the people.” [Tteok, a glutinous rice cake, is a symbol of wealth and luxury]. Some residents have noted that the very existence of the factory is likely to result in higher taxes over the next few years.   UMG: When Kim Jong Un visited the catfish farm in Sunchon City, some of the fish were alive and some were frozen. Why was this? Seol: I was surprised to see this. Looking at the pictures in the November 28 issue of the Rodong Sinmun on pages one and two, there were some catfish as big as a person’s forearm swimming in the indoor tanks, and there were also tall stacks of frozen catfish. But catfish normally grow to around 10-20 centimeters in the first year, and then to 20-40 centimeters in the second year. With good care, it’s possible to get them to 30 centimeters within a year. The Rodong Sinmun noted that “[t]he facility has been in operation with catfish since October.” How would it be possible for catfish to grow so large in such a short time? The article attempts to show Kim Jong Un’s prowess, but by exaggeration to unrealistic proportions, it’s easy to see that the propaganda must be false. Some residents have ridiculed the article.  UMG: If they weren’t grown on site, where do you think they were able to get all of the fish for the photo-op? Seol: A South Pyongan Province source told Daily NK that local party officials were informed one year in advance that Kim Jong Un would be visiting the catfish farm. So the provincial party leadership instructed fish farmers to go and catch catfish in the local lakes and rivers so the factory would be full when the leader came to inspect the factory. “It isn’t clear whether the frozen catfish were sourced locally or imported, but it is difficult to imagine that so many could be acquired locally,” the source added.Construction began on this particular catfish farm five years ago. The Women’s Socialist Union was obliged to contribute mandatory labor to construct the building over the course of this time. UMG: So that means that local housewives were forcibly mobilized for five years. Were they properly compensated for their time and effort?Seol: As is often the case in North Korea, there was no compensation. Groundbreaking occurred in October of 2012. The facility is located about 8 kilometers from the city center, so women without a bicycle had to walk for about an hour both ways. They were ordered to dig down into the ground to construct the building’s foundations in freezing conditions in swampy farmland filled with icy water. Those women who were unable to contribute labor on any given day were forced to pay 5,000 KPW. Well-off families were able to pay a lump sum upfront to skip the mobilization. But this was not possible for most women. They worked on the construction site, and then went to earn a living for themselves in the market during the evenings. The very selection of the site for the catfish farm was controversial from the beginning. The area was quite productive as a rice farm, which prompted some residents to say, “Rice farming should take priority, why are we building this catfish farm? We locals won’t even get a single fish. Our efforts will be praised as an accomplishment of the leader, and the fish will disappear.” UMG: So who do you think the authorities will give the catfish to?Seol: According to the source, these fish farms will send their produce to the airports located in Sunchon City. There are two airports nearby: the Pyong-ri Airport and the Chopyong Airport. These are air force bases built for the defense of Pyongyang. The airfields house North Korea’s most elite air force squadrons. It is thus apparent that the purpose of the catfish farm is to keep these essential battalions well supplied to reinforce the regime’s security needs. Sunchon is located along the Taedong River. On the banks of this river sits another fish farm enterprise that produces fish for central party cadres. UMG: The amount of money needed to build the catfish farm would be significant. How was the capital raised?  Seol: It takes thousands of US dollars to build a private home in North Korea, so building a project that will be visited by the country’s top leadership costs much more. I was surprised to learn that the capital for the construction was sourced from a disciplinary labor facility. According to the source, the Sunchon Disciplinary Labor Center has 150 male inmates and 100 female inmates. 60% of the convicts have been charged with manufacturing and distributing illicit drugs. Most of them are donju [North Korea’s nouveau riche]. The minimum punishment for such a crime is 5 years in the comparatively more grueling Kyohwaso internment facilities, but the donju pay bribes and get sent to the labor centers instead. The authorities accept the money and record that the prisoners are ill so that they can be sent to the labor centers. The source explained that Sunchon City government officials are continually doing this: catching and releasing drug dealers to raise money. UMG: How is it possible that the authorities can be so corrupt without getting punished? Seol: In North Korea, loyalty funds [the regime’s way of funneling money from the residents] and illicit practices are intimately related. The chief of the Sunchon City Ministry of People’s Security (North Korea’s police agency) oversees the disciplinary labor facility and is thus able to collect a large amount of bribes. However, if he’s too brazen about it, he can be kicked out of the party.   That is why it’s important for him to be meticulous. The source explained, “The chief of the disciplinary labor center can earn as much as $1,000 a day in bribes, but he can’t keep all of it for himself. In order to keep his spot at the table, he gave the head of the Sunchon City Party Committee the funds to build the catfish farm last year.”“Since the factory was visited by Kim Jong Un, the Municipal Party Committee Head and the Head of the labor center will no doubt be rewarded for its construction. These visits by the ruler make good propaganda material, but they need to be funded and that’s where the prisoners come in handy,” the source added.New livestock farms, chicken farms, and fish farms have recently been built in Sunchon. The labor used to construct the facilities often comes from inmates, as does the money used to fund the construction. According to state media, the meat, eggs, and fish produced are symbols of Kim Jong Un’s love for the people, but the truth is that these end products are used for gift politics to protect the regime’s hold on power and are sold at the markets to earn money.   Kim Jong Un provides on-the-spot guidance at a newly built catfish farm in Sunchon. Image: Rodong Sinmun News Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaderslast_img read more

Canadian defined benefit plans saw negative returns in 2018

first_img Mature single women are wealthier than mature single men, StatsCan finds Keywords PensionsCompanies RBC Investor Services Facebook LinkedIn Twitter IE Staff Surging bond yields take a bite out of Canadian DB plans Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Canadian equities were hit hard in the fourth quarter, with the TSX Composite Index returning -10.1%, bringing annual returns down to -8.9%. That compares to a 9.1% annual gain in 2017.“Geopolitical and economic uncertainty reverberated through the market all year,” said Ryan Silva, director, head of pension and insurance segments, global client coverage at RBC Investor andTreasury Services, in a statement.“With the Fed pausing on rate hikes as well as trade negotiations between the U.S. and China showing progress in January, markets have started the year strong but investors need to remain vigilant as we are approaching the end of the market cycle and volatility is unlikely to go away.”The RBC survey found Canadian fixed income returns performed better in Q4, returning 1.8%, bringing annual returns to 1.2% after a negative third quarter. Related news 123RF Fourth-quarter losses for defined benefit pension plans in Canada reversed gains from the rest of 2018, resulting in an annual return of -0.7%, according to a survey from Toronto-based Royal Bank of Canada Investor and Treasury Services.In Q4 2018, plans posted a 3.5% loss after a 0.1% gain in Q3. In 2017, DB plans’ annual return was 9.7%, RBC said. DB plan solvency in best position since financial crisis: FSRAlast_img read more

Tourism Minister Announces $40 Million Beautification and Public Education Programme

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A six-week beautification and public education programme, estimated to cost $40 million and targeting the island’s tourist resort areas, will be launched next week.Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, who announced the programme in Montego Bay recently, following a meeting with stakeholders in the tourism industry, said that the initiative will be financed through the Tourism Enhancement Fund and private sector support. “We are expecting an overall budget demand of perhaps $40 million, of which we are going to be providing $24 million and the rest will come from our private partners. This expenditure is not strictly in terms of dollar payments and disbursements, but by way of the value of the resource support that we will be getting from the various teams that are involved in the programme,” he explained.According to the Tourism Minister, the programme will involve improving the physical outlook of the resort areas, and sensitizing Jamaicans about the value of tourism, its significance in terms of the enrichment of the country, and impacting every facet of the society.“Tourism has the capability to link more than 23 other industries, some of which are not yet even in existence in Jamaica, but can come on stream to provide more jobs, to provide more earnings, to provide more revenue,” he pointed out.He said it is important that the money earned from tourism penetrate the society, so that people will embrace the industry.President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry Pauline Reid, in the meantime, pledged her organization’s full support and commitment to the programme.“We have to clean up our resort cities,” she said. “This is a product that has a lot to do with the way we look and the way we project ourselves as a resort destination, and I think it is very commendable that he (Minister Bartlett) has chosen to spruce up the resort cities before the start of the winter season. You have our full support Minister, and whatever we have to do to work with you to ensure that this programme works, we will be there to give our full support,” she stated.The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) also pledged support for the initiative, which is scheduled to be officially launched on October 26 in St. Ann. Advertisements RelatedTourism Minister Announces $40 Million Beautification and Public Education Programme RelatedTourism Minister Announces $40 Million Beautification and Public Education Programmecenter_img RelatedTourism Minister Announces $40 Million Beautification and Public Education Programme Tourism Minister Announces $40 Million Beautification and Public Education Programme UncategorizedOctober 17, 2007last_img read more