First COVID-19 case reported in Petersburg

first_imgCoronavirus | Health | SoutheastFirst COVID-19 case reported in PetersburgApril 6, 2020 by Angela Denning, KFSK – Petersburg Share:This transmission electron microscope image shows particles of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes the disease known as COVID-19. (Image courtesy of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility)The first case of COVID-19 in Petersburg was identified on Sunday.The Petersburg Medical Center informed the Petersburg Borough of a positive test result. The Petersburg Emergency Operations Center sent out Code Red text messages and emails Sunday evening to residents who are signed up for the emergency notifications.According to the statement, the infected person is in quarantine and State of Alaska public health officials are monitoring their condition. The individual had traveled to the Lower 48, returned to Petersburg in mid-March, and quarantined at home. The person noticed mild symptoms and was tested in late March. The individual is said to be following isolation guidelines and is improving.The Alaska Division of Public Health is investigating other people the patient might have been in contact with and will notify them if needed. Anyone who was in direct contact with the person will be in self-quarantine for at least 14 days.Another Petersburg resident, Pete Erickson, was infected with COVID-19 while he was in Washington State getting medical treatment. Erickson eventually died, March 16 in Washington.Petersburg’s Incident Commander, Karl Hagerman, urged the community to remain calm. He wrote in the community message that the medical center has been prepared for a positive case and was ready. He urged the community to continue with quote, “the positive and healthy behaviors that we have all been working on.”Alaska is under a shelter-in-place mandate meaning that people are only supposed to leave their homes for essential needs. When away from home, people are asked to practice social distancing, staying six feet away from others.Share this story:last_img read more

What to look for when buying probiotics

first_imgHealthWhat to look for when buying probiotics Probiotic supplements abound in health food stores these days. The science doesn’t back up many of the bold health claims, though, and there’s minimal federal oversight or quality control of the products, which contain live bacteria meant to supplement or alter the microbial community already present in your gut.Read more: Probiotics make bold health claims, but the science is shakyDoctors say there’s no proven medical reason for most people to take probiotic supplements. But they’re unlikely to cause any harm. If you do want to give them a try, here are some tips to make sure you’re getting what you expect:The bacteria should be present in adequate amounts, which means billions of CFUs, or colony-forming units. The human gut contains trillions of resident bacteria, so scientists estimate at least one billion probiotic organisms are needed to make an impact via the intestine. Tags dietary supplementsnutritionprobiotics The bacteria should confer a health benefit, backed up by human trials that showed the probiotics had a positive effect on a specific condition. A group of experts recently compiled the clinical evidence for 40 brand-name probiotic products in Canada, many of which are also sold in the United States. Check out their ratings for each product, Levels I-III, based on the strength of evidence for specific health conditions. Be wary of products sitting on a shelf or in high temperatures for long periods of time. If bacteria experience any moisture or heat, they’ll begin to grow, use up the resources around them, and die. “If you pick a product in a shop window in Texas in the middle of summer, good luck,” said Gregor Reid, director of the Canadian Research and Development Centre for Probiotics at the Lawson Health Research Institute. Megan Scudellari A variety of probiotic drinks, powders, and chocolates available at health food stores. Alissa Ambrose/STATcenter_img Keep in mind that certain individuals should not take probiotics. Those with bowel damage due to injury, surgery, chemotherapy, or severe infection should steer clear due to the risk that the bacteria could migrate out of the intestines and into the bloodstream, said Dr. Shira Doron, a physician and epidemiologist at Tufts Medical Center. Individuals with compromised immune systems should also be wary, she added, since the immune system is needed to keep gut bacteria in check. [email protected] The bacteria should be living. If they are dead or inactivated, they’re not probiotics. By Megan Scudellari Jan. 21, 2016 Reprints About the Author Reprintslast_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Sunday, February 3, 2019

first_img TAGSDeaths in Laois WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Sunday, February 3, 2019 Deaths Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Community Previous articleIDA and Enterprise Ireland representatives coming to Laois – FlemingNext articleYour guide to Laois’s Round 2 Allianz Hurling League clash v Waterford Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Community Facebook Twitter Deaths in Laois – Sunday, February 3, 2019 Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest Council New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Brian O’LearyTinweir, Durrow, LaoisFuneral Arrangements LaterJames CoffeyDerryguile, Mountmellick, LaoisJames Coffey died Feb 2nd 2019 James (Jim) Snr passed away peacefully this morning in the kind care of Naas General Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Predeceased by his dearest wife Sarah and his infant son. Beloved father of Mary Keyes (Raheen), Elizabeth Hamilton (The Curragh), Peter (Rathgar), James (Derryguile) and Sarah Morgan (Rosenallis). Deeply regretted by his family and sixteen adoring grandchildren, sons-in-law Paddy, James and John, daughter-in-law Cliodhna, his brother Peter, his sister Sr Anthony, sisters-in-law Betty, Nan and Ena, brothers- in-law Pat and Alo, his niece Mary, nephews Peter and Michael, neighbours, relatives and many friends.Rest in PeaceReposing in his home R32 Y193 from 8pm this Saturday evening with recital of the rosary at 9pm and Sunday from 2pm. Removal at 6.15pm on Sunday evening to St. Joseph’s Church, Mountmellick, arriving at 7.00pm. Requiem Mass on Monday at 2pm. Burial afterwards in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Mountmellick, County Laois.Rev. FR. John Cummins Ballinakill Road, Abbeyleix, Laois / Newbridge, KildareFollowing an accident. Former administrator Carlow Cathedrial,Chaplain I.T. Carlow and CC Naas. Predeceased by his father Con. Deeply regretted by his loving mother Renee, brothers Con and Gary, sister Maria, sister-in-law Yvonne, niece Caoimhe, nephews Conor and Daniel, extended famiy, Bishop Denis Nulty and the Priests of Kildare and Leighlin.Reposing in the Chapel Of Adoration adjoining the Church Of The Most Holy Rosary, Abbeyleix from 4pm on Friday with removal at 6.30 pm To The Church Of The Most Holy Rosary, Abbeyleix concluding with night prayer at 9pm. Requiem Mass on Saturday at 12 noon. Removal afterwards to his family home in Newbridge. Mass at 11am on Monday morning in St. Conleth’s Parish Church, Newbridge with interment afterwards in St. Conleth’s Cemetery, Newbridge.John Byrne Ballacolla, Laois / Lucan, DublinVery deeply regretted by his family and a large circle of friends. Reposing in Guilfoyles Funeral Home, Castletown, (Co Laois) on Friday from 5 30oc to 8oc. Funeral Mass on Saturday at 10oc in St Edmund’s Church, Castletown followed by cremation in Newlands Cross Crematorium at 1 30oc. No flowers please.Erika Leinung (née Zimmezmann)Bishopswood, Portarlington, Laois / Portarlington, OffalyFormerly Hannover and Berlin Germany. Peacefully at the Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Sadly missed by her loving family, son Jochen, daughter-in-law Emer, grandchildren Kieran and Lucia, relatives and friends.Funeral Service in the Victorian Chapel at Mount Jerome Crematorium Harolds Cross Dublin on Friday (Feb 1st) at 3pm followed by cremation.Family Flowers Only Please. Donations If Desired To The Irish Cancer Society.Bridget Duggan (née Maher)Ross, Rathdowney, LaoisDuggan (née Maher), Ross, Rathdowney, Co. Laois. R32 E168. January 29th 2019. Peacefully at her residence. Bridget, predeceased by her husband Paddy. Sadly mourned by her family, Billy, Judy, Jim, Noreen, John, Jarlath, Regina and Alvara, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, her sister Mary Kenny, brother-in-law Paddy Kenny, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Reposing at her residence today Wednesday from 5pm with rosary at 9pm and reposing tomorrow Thursday from 3pm with funeral prayers at 7pm followed by removal at 7:30 to The Church Of The Immaculate Conception, Galmoy arriving at 8pm. Funeral Mass on Friday at 11am followed by burial in the adjoining Cemetery.Family flowers only by request. Donations in lieu to Laois Hospice. Donations box at the House and at the Church.Brigid Keenan (née Dunne)Harbour Street, Mountmellick, LaoisBrigid Keenan (née Dunne) 47 Harbour Street, Mountmellick and formerly Killeshin, Co. Carlow, died peacefully, in the loving care of the staff at St Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick, surrounded by her loving family. Deeply regretted by her daughters Joan and Brigid and son Jim, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, neices and nephews, neighbours, relatives and friends.Reposing Moloney’s Funeral Home, Mountmellick, from 5pm Wednesday. Removal at 6.50pm to St. Joseph’s Church, Mountmellick, arriving for 7pm. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 11am. Burial afterwards in St Joseph’s Cemetery, Mountmellick.Donations, if desired, to St Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick. A donation box will be in place in the funeral home and in St Joseph’s Church.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Saturday, February 2, 2019 By Alan Hartnett – 3rd February 2019 last_img read more

EXPLAINED: What are the restrictions in Laois, Offaly and Kildare for new lockdown?

first_img EXPLAINED: What are the restrictions in Laois, Offaly and Kildare for new lockdown? By LaoisToday Reporter – 7th August 2020 Previous articleLaois sports matches tonight cancelled ahead of midnight lockdownNext articleJOB VACANCY: Oakdale Nursing Home seeking to hire full and part-time Health Care Assistants LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp Twitter Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Facebook Pinterest TAGSCoronavirus RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR For the next two weeks – from August 8 to 22 – Laois will be one of three counties under a new partial lockdown after the Government announced this evening the reintroduction of restrictions in Kildare, Offaly and Laois.It follows concern at the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the three counties where almost half the cases in the country in the past two weeks have been concentrated.In Laois alone, the number of cases has risen from 265 to 322 in two weeks. A number of the cases are in Direct Provision Centres in the county and many of the cases in the county are linked to outbreaks in meat factories in Kildare.“The National Crisis Management Team met this afternoon to consider the advice of NPHET that additional measures be taken in the counties of Laois, Offaly and Kildare to contain and supress recent outbreaks of Covid-19 in that region,” said a statement this evening.“We have decided to provide additional resources in support of our public health teams in the region, particularly in their contact tracing work.“The National Ambulance Service have mobilised to provide additional pop up testing facilities in the region from tomorrow.“Our regional Community Response Teams will provide communications and any necessary support to Long Term Residential Care facilities in Laois, Offaly and Kildare, including all nursing homes, both public and private.“We will also be providing isolation facilities for those who cannot self-isolate in their homes or communal settings.”HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid said, “We have worked so hard as a people to suppress this virus.“Our success to date in containing the spread of this virus has been as a result of the solidarity of all of our people in following public health advice.“We all need to redouble those efforts now, particularly in the three counties worst affected.“I want to urge everyone to continue to wash their hands, maintain social distance, wear a face covering on public transport and in shops and sign up to the COVID App.“If you have any symptoms, or are a close contact of a case, please come forward for a test.“The people of Laois, Offaly and Kildare I know will be particularly disappointed tonight to be taking a step back.“I want to assure them that the HSE will continue to bring every resource at its disposal to support them in reducing the spread of Covid-19.”The restrictions come into effect at midnight tonight and remain in place for two weeks.But what does it mean for you. Who can go to work? Can you go on a pre-booked holiday? How many people can you have in your house?Travel and transportYou can only travel within your county, other than for the following reasons:to travel to and from work where that work cannot be done from hometo attend medical appointments, collect medicines and other health productsfor vital family reasons, like providing care to children, elderly or vulnerable people, but excluding social family visitsfor farming purposes, food production or care of animalsYou should not travel into any of these counties, other than for the reasons above, and unless travel through these counties is for the purpose of reaching a destination outside of these specified counties. In this regard, people should not stop in the specified counties, unless for essential purposes.Public and private transportYou should not use public transport unless it is absolutely necessary to do so, and where possible you should not share private vehicles with others from outside your household.Public health measuresYou should continue do the things that will protect yourself and others. This is the best way of interrupting the transmission of the virus:frequent hand washing, cough and sneeze etiquette, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaceskeep a safe distance of 2 metres from other people, especially those not among your close contactsminimise your number of close contacts as much as possible and keep a record of your daily contacts in order to facilitate rapid contact tracing if you are diagnosed with COVID-19wear a face covering when using public transport, in retail settings or any other indoor setting where physical distancing cannot be maintainedknow and self-monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19. If you have symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately and contact your GP without delaydownload the COVID Tracker appstay informed through trusted information sources and follow official public health adviceEducation and childcareThe following services remain open with appropriate protective measures in place:education and childcareoutdoor playgrounds, play areas and parksEconomic activity and workAnyone in these counties who can work from home should work from home.SocialCafes and restaurantsAll cafes and restaurants, including bars operating as restaurants, should only offer takeaway or delivery, or outdoor dining (maximum 15 people with strict physical distancing).Hotels can remain open but must limit occupancy to essential non-social and non-tourist reasons. Existing guests can remain for the duration of their booking.Indoor gatheringsAll indoor gatherings should be restricted to a maximum of 6 people from no more than 3 households in total, while maintaining physical distancing.Outdoor gatheringsOutdoor gatherings should be limited to a maximum of 15 people, while maintaining physical distancing.Cultural and religiousAll cinemas, theatres, casinos, betting shops, bingo halls, gyms, leisure centres, swimming pools, exercise and dance studios are required to close.Attendance at a funeral service and burial or cremation ceremony should be limited to 25 outdoors. Indoor events connected to the funeral are limited to a maximum of 6 people.Places of worship remain open for private prayer, while services are to be held online.SportNo sporting events or matches should take place, with the following exemptions:non-contact training outdoors in a maximum group of 15 people may continueprofessional and elite sports and horse-racing may continue behind closed doorsinter-county training (max 15 people) and fixtures may continue behind closed doorsResidential and healthcare facilitiesVisiting in long-term residential care facilities, acute settings and prisons will generally be suspended in the first instance with the exception of the most critical and compassionate circumstances (for example end of life).The impact of COVID-19 on society in general and especially those living in nursing homes has been considerable.We recognise that the proposed social distancing measures and restrictions on visiting, while introduced for the overarching public health good and for the protection of people, including those most at-risk, have an unprecedented impact on people’s daily lives, and recommending them is on foot of considered reflection of the potential risk at this time.The serial testing programme in nursing homes will recommence next week on a fortnightly basis, with a focus on ensuring that facilities in the specified counties are tested early in the programme.Advice for those over 70 years or medically vulnerableThe over 70s or medically vulnerable are advised to exercise individual judgement, and to stay at home as much as possible, and limit interactions to a very small network for short periods of time, while remaining physically distanced.They are also advised the following:if exercising outside, keep 2 metres apart from others and wash your hands as soon as you get homeavoid public transportyou should shop during designated hours and wear a face covering. Family, friends and neighbours may be able to provide assistance with shopping once they adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Alternatively, online services may be consideredshops should ensure that there are designated hours for over 70s and medically vulnerableif these options are not available to you, you can contact your local authority who are working with local organisations to make sure that people have access to food, essential household supplies and medicinesSEE ALSO – Coronavirus: Four new deaths and 98 new cases as face coverings confirmed for secondary school Pinterest WhatsApp Electric Picnic Home News Community EXPLAINED: What are the restrictions in Laois, Offaly and Kildare for new… NewsCommunity News Electric Picnic Twitter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Lectures Pushing Need to Stay Alert

first_img News News Lectures Pushing Need to Stay Alert News Having raised its military readiness posture on the 30th of last month, the North Korean authorities have been following up with lectures emphasizing the need to remain vigilant.A Hyesan-based source told Daily NK on the 4th, “The authorities are having every agency and enterprise hold daily lectures on the subject of the state of emergency, and keep ordering people to maintain their level of mobilization. In the lecture held on the afternoon of the 4th they said that the current readiness status means that martial law applies, and therefore all people must take an active part in community actions.”In fact, martial law does not apply in the current situation; it only applies in a state of war. Therefore, it is unclear if this was an empty warning designed to elevate societal tension, or if the authorities actually plan to enforce martial law.According to the source, the lecturer even went on to claim, “Six countries including the U.S. and South Chosun voted to declare war against us for our recent satellite launch. Their excuse is that we are threatening the world with our nuclear weapons, and using that as a justification for the sanctions against us.” However, the source said that the effort to instill fear and tension in society is having only limited effect. People have experienced this type of situation many times before, and where once it would have been an effective social glue, people’s diminishing trust in the words of the North Korean authorities are undermining the effect in the modern day.“People here already know that the [joint ROK-U.S.] military exercises are going on in the peninsula, but they’ve never invaded us before so it is unlikely that they would do so now,” the source pointed out. North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest NewsEconomy By Daily NK – 2013.02.05 8:18pm US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] SHARElast_img read more

More robust cross-border broadcasts could help both Koreas find common ground

first_img Facebook Twitter Cross-German radio broadcasts played animportant role in German unification. In the same regard, South Korean radiobroadcasts can contribute to bringing about Korean unification. There have beencalls, however, for the international community to help support the SouthKorean people in this effort. Just as West German broadcasters got plenty ofinternational support to produce programs beamed over to East Germany, SouthKorean efforts need the same kind of assistance. German media experts have advised that South Korean broadcasters need to consider the age and socioeconomic positions oftheir various listeners in order to create customized programs that stimulate achange in the ideology and outlook of their listeners in North Korea. Theexperts also advised that widespread social backing and support will aid in theproduction of this sort of content. They also recommended that medium wavefrequency broadcasts be started so that more North Koreans could access theSouth Korean radio shows. In addition, the experts stressed theimportance of reaching North Korean residents through multiple channels. Theypointed out that the effectiveness of cross border megaphone broadcasts andelectronic borders was confirmed by the emergency high-level meetings betweenNorth and South Korea on August 25, 2015. In assessing the transformative powerof the media, it becomes apparent that it will also be important to reach NorthKoreans through the use of television and the internet, the experts suggested.    ◆ More support needed for cross- borderbroadcasts and content dissemination Starting in 1970, West Germany started theLook East Policy, which kickstarted a limited program of postcard and personalexchanges. But changing the communist East German system through such methodsalone was viewed as impractical. Therefore, West Germany strove to use‘assertive means’ to establish a connection with Easterners through TV andradio broadcasts.   The result of this was that the West Germangovernment was able to continually support high quality, popular platforms suchas RIAS, Deutschlandfunk, and Deutschewelle, which extended the promise offreedom to faraway listeners in East Germany. The three broadcasters did notsimply make content for their domestic audience. With the support of the WestGerman government, they made content that helped foster the ideologicalfoundations for democracy in East Germany. According to the experts, RIAS wasinitially funded by the American government, but after it won the wholeheartedsupport of East German listeners, the West German government began funding thestation. Deutschewelle was funded through tax revenue from its inception andDeutschlandfunk also received public funds until it began receivingsubscription payments from viewers in 1990. The experts agreed that the highquality and diversity of the cross-border programming was a result of thedirect government support. Son Gi Woong, a researcher at the KoreanInstitute for National Unification, said, “Compared to the German examplewherein person-to-person exchanges were allowed, the role of radio broadcastersto the North Korean people is even more important. They have very little accessto information about the outside world. Of course, it is also important tosupport North-South cooperation on cultural, economic, and social endeavors,but radio broadcasts into North Korea should be looked at as an essentialcomponent of helping the peninsula prepare for unification.” Mödlareuth Border Museum Director RobertLebegern (pictured right) said, “There is a need to transition from the short wave frequenciesbeing used now in favor of a more far reaching and clear signal from mediumwave or satellite technology. Because censorship is so strictly imposedby the regime in North Korea, it won’t be easy, but the radio strategy willneed to be complemented by attempts via TV or internet as well.”Former Executive General of Bundesstiftungzur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur (Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal ofthe SED Dictatorship) Anna Kaminsky (pictured left) said, “In Germany, the radio was moreeffective than megaphone and electronic boards. But Germany and the KoreanPeninsula are different in this regard. Megaphones and electronic boards mightindeed prove effective since the North Korean regime is so thorough in theircensorship and blockade of outside information.”  *This article has been brought to youthanks to support from the Korea Press Foundation.  ◆ ‘It won’t be easy, but it’s necessary totry to expand the North-South media exchange’  There was a consensus among the expertsthat South Korea should follow in Germany’s footsteps by pursuing radiobroadcasts alongside personal exchanges. They argued for the need for “mediaexchanges” between the two sides as well. Through such official exchanges, itwould become easier to thoroughly understand the North Korean situation and toget North Koreans much needed information about the outside world. Die Zeit reporter Theo Sommer (pictured right) said, “In1964, East and West Germany started an editorial exchange called ‘Das neueDeutschland.’ At the insistence of the East German side, this program stoppedafter 3 or 4 short weeks. This was because the East German governmentrecognized what a strong impact the West German editorials were having andcould continue to have on their population.” Sommer continued, “Even though there aren’tany exchanges set up, there are currently broadcasts going into North Korea.However, if exchanges were started, the amount of information reaching theisolated Northern population would be increased. As long as the cross borderbroadcasts do not alternate between joy and fear in reaction to the waveringNorth Korean response and stick to the principle of continuing to reach theNorth Korean people, the effect of said broadcasts will be pronounced.” Executive Director Kaminsky added, “In theWest, people were not punished for watching or listening to East Germancontent. This was just one indicator of the superiority of the West Germansystem. This also enabled Westerners to understand what was going on insideEast Germany. Even though it is obvious that the South Korean government issuperior to its northern neighbor, the fact that there are restrictions foraccessing Northern media is troublesome. I think that if South Korea moves inthis direction, the frankness and effectiveness of South Korean broadcasts canbe improved.”  Roland Jahn (pictured left) was Head of the Stasi RecordsAgency. He was deported from East Germany on suspicion of democratizationactivism in 1983 and then continued to conduct his efforts from the West. Hesaid, “To this day, the amount of North Koreans who are able to access SouthKorean media on a regular basis are in the minority. We also have to admit thatthere are restrictions to the amount of info that can be transmitted throughradio broadcasts. To overcome this, it might be a good ideato use Europeans who are permitted to enter North Korea in order to facilitatecivil exchanges. “Seeing people from the outside world coming into the reclusivecountry could have a silent effect on North Korean people,” he explained.The experts agreed that efforts like theaforementioned could play an important role in kick starting the liberation ofinformation inside North Korea. Even though the proportion of North Koreansable to consistently tune into cross border broadcasts isn’t overwhelminglylarge at the moment, the outside information that does get through doesn’tsimply stay with the listener. It gets spread and shared in a process thatcontributes to the changing consciousness of the North Korean people.Reporter Sommer traveled to North Korea in1990. About the experience, he said, “I’ve had the chance to speak with NorthKorean laborers. My preconception that North Korea had no culture for debatingideas and was highly uniform was a very bad misjudgment. While it is apparentthat North Korea is bleaker than East Germany ever was, there are likely peoplein the country already who know what is what. But we need to show patience andcontinue to broadcast radio above the 38th parallel.” Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (Central GermanBroadcasting, MDR) reporter and former East German democracy advocate SiegbertSchefke (pictured right) said, “Even autocratic countries are filled with rational people.Through cross border radio, the outside world can extend a voice to thevoiceless and give them the strength to endure. Such efforts will help bringabout the destruction of the authoritarian regime and plant the seeds fordemocracy.”  Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News SHARE News More robust cross-border broadcasts could help both Koreas find common ground News News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) By Daily NK – 2016.02.17 1:24pm When Germany was divided by the Cold War, East Germans watched fellow citizens engage in democratic protests through the West German TV broadcasts that they tuned in to. The above picture shows one East German family’s setup for watching said broadcasts, which is preserved for viewing at an exhibit in the Leipzig Museum of Modern History. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April last_img read more

Interest rate hike won’t help equities volume: Greenwich

Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Interest rates,  Institutional investors An expected shift out of fixed-income assets, and into equities, won’t necessarily reverse a long-term decline in U.S. institutional equity trading, suggests a new report from Greenwich Associates. The firm reports that in the first quarter daily trading volume in U.S. equities was down by about a third from its high in 2009. “Equity brokers suffering from the pronounced slowdown in U.S. equity trading volumes had been hoping that an increase in interest rates might jump start trading activity,” it says. “But recently, brokers have started planning for a new market normal in which trading volumes, commission payments and brokerage revenues hover close to today’s depressed levels.” Facebook LinkedIn Twitter James Langton RBC CEO sees inflationary pressure building as economy bounces back CRA announces prescribed interest rates for Q2 Fed is in no hurry to raise interest rates, Powell says Greenwich says that brokers are scaling back their businesses, expecting annual institutional commissions of about $9 billion-$10 billion, as opposed to the $13.9 billion peak reached in 2009. As part of that process, brokers are taking aggressive steps it says, including cutting jobs, internal consolidation, and reducing compensation. While higher interest rates should drive some flow out of fixed income and into equities, Greenwich suggests that this asset shift is unlikely to lift to trading volumes and brokerage commissions back to prior highs. It reports that 81% of buy-side institutions participating in its research think that U.S. equity market turnover will fail to rebound to pre-crisis levels by 2014. And, it notes that the longer-term decline in trading activity has taken place amid historically strong equity markets. “Institutional commission payments track with market volatility and, in recent years, have been inversely correlated with rising market valuations. This reflects investors’ confident buy-and-hold behavior on market ups and heavy trading on fear-induced sell-offs,” it says. “Given these patterns, it’s possible that even with a strong rally sparked by an influx of assets from investors fleeing fixed income, trading activity could be dampened by a continuation of the low volatility and volume that has characterized the recent run-up,” says Greenwich Associates analyst, Kevin Kozlowski. Greenwich points out that institutional funds have been reducing their U.S. equity allocations for years and are increasingly turning to passive U.S. equity strategies. It reports that average allocations to domestic equities have declined from 45% of total assets in 2001 to just 27% in 2012, for U.S. pension funds, endowments and foundations. “Any major shift of assets into U.S. equities would seem to go against the long-term plans of most U.S. institutional funds, which as a group have embarked on a multi-year effort to reduce their exposure to domestic stocks,” it says. The firm also notes that the drop in trade volumes and commission flows has also slowed the rush to electronic trading, with institutions executing trades through higher cost traders, as opposed to lower cost electronic executions, in order to compensate the sell side firms for research and other services. “The slowdown in the growth of electronic trading can be attributed in part to the fact that institutions are routing trading volumes to high-touch execution in order to generate commissions to compensate brokers for research and other services,” says Greenwich Associates consultant John Colon. “Investors still have plans to significantly increase the share of their business done electronically over the next three years, but it remains to be seen if they will be able to achieve that goal.” read more

Volunteers clear floating pennywort from 10km of River Cam

first_imgVolunteers clear floating pennywort from 10km of River Cam Thanks to the determination of volunteers the 10 kilometres stretch between Byrons Pool and Jesus Green lock is now clear of floating pennywort.The invasive non-native aquatic plant had formed thick mats along the river and was growing at a rate of 20 centimetre a day. This meant back channels were lost, navigation for boaters and canoers was difficult and repercussions for wildlife and plants was more likely.The Environment Agency and the Cam Conservators undertook the initial surveys and worked together to remove large masses of the invasive plant with weed boats.The Floating Pennywort on the river Cam before the volunteers helped to remove it.Mike Foley, a retired volunteer at Cam Valley Forum, continued the work and has spent years tackling the invasion on the River Cam. Mike has worked relentlessly to clear the invasive plant. Over the last year he worked extra hard to ensure the momentum carried on when meeting in groups has been difficult to coordinate.Anne Miller, a volunteer who worked closely with Mike, helped raise funds so they were able to prune 3 kilometres of overhanging branches. This allowed them to remove pennywort which was trapped, this was critical in the elimination of the invasive plant.The same stretch of the river Cam as above but with the Floating Pennywort removed.Anne Miller, a volunteer from the Cam Valley Forum, said:I was saddened to see the river above Cambridge getting clogged with this invasive weed and was inspired by Mike to start tackling it. There was hundreds of tonnes of material to remove and the pennywort was tangled in tree branches, so I thought we needed help.Thanks to funding from the Environment Agency and others, I engaged some contractors who did a brilliant job in removing drooping tree branches on a 3 kilometre stretch above Cambridge. This sort of partnership working is very satisfying.Mike Foley, a volunteer from the Cam Valley Forum, said:It is great to see this stretch of the River Cam free from pennywort. Once you start to remove this invasive plant it is impossible to stop as you just want to see the job done. I would like to thank everyone who got involved and helped us along the way. This project is evidence that hard work pays off and we are better working together.James Brokenshire- Dyke, a project engineer at the Environment Agency, said:Mike has gone above and beyond to clear the pennywort. He digs and handpicks the plant, he conducts numerous walks to check it hasn’t grown back, and talks with various people to raise awareness and so much more.Without him the pennywort would have spread further and we would not be aware of new outbreaks. Mike’s work is invaluable to us, as is all the volunteers who have contributed.Tom Larnach, river manager at Cam Conservators, said:Working with Mike and the volunteers has been great, we are only a small team so we really appreciate all their help. This project has been a good example of partnership working. Normally this time of year we start to see pennywort mats forming but I haven’t seen 1 bit.Mike Foley, a volunteer from Cam Valley Forum, standing on the riverbank.Pennywort can change the availability of oxygen in the water which threatens fish and invertebrates. It can also choke drainage systems and crowd native water plants.Members of the public can stop the spread of this invasive species by recording any sightings on the iRecord App.Boaters and other users can also help by following the Check, Clean and Dry procedures.Check: Check your equipment and clothes for live organisms – in particular areas that are damp or hard to inspect.Clean: Clean and wash all your equipment, footwear and clothes thoroughly. Use hot water if possible. If you find one of these organisms leave them at the water body where you found them.Dry: Dry all equipment and clothing – some species can live for many days in moist conditions. Make sure you don’t transfer them somewhere else. /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. 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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:Cambridge, environment, fish:, Government, invasive species, oxygen, project, species, UK, UK Government, volunteers, Water, wildlifelast_img read more

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance cancelled for first time in 60 years

first_imgIf there are two jurisdictions that illustrate the gulf in policies that typify this coronavirus crisis, it is the states of Georgia and California. Though it’s still more than four months away, the organizers of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance have just announced they are cancelling this year’s exposition.The governor of Georgia, meanwhile, is opening his state’s bars, restaurant and tattoo parlours. Yes, one state is worried about the communal spread of COVID-19, the other is looking to bypass the inefficiency of aerosol transmission and skipping directly to needles.“My heart goes out to all of the people who are involved in the Pebble Beach concours,” said Sandra Button, concours chairman, in her announcement of the postponement of the 70th rendition of the famous vintage car show, from August 16 of this year to August 15, 2021. “Many of our entrants have been working on a special car for years. Some of our overseas entrants were nearing the point of putting their cars on boats and planes.” Trending Videos Trending in Canada Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Eleven wild classics from the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’EleganceIf it’s any consolation to those hard-working billionaires – as you can imagine, flying your classic Ferrari over the Atlantic doesn’t come cheap – next year’s concours will replicate this year’s scheduled events and displays.For the 70th anniversary of what many consider the world’s most prestigious classic car show (the organizers of the Villa d’Este would surely disagree with that contention) there will be a display of past Best of Show winners and classes and displays focusing on Pininfarina coachwork; the Talbot-Lago Grand Sport; Porsche’s 917; Miller racing; Iso; and the famed Carrera Panamericana race. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisement The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information.center_img RELATED TAGSLuxuryClassic CarsClassic Cars & TrucksLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles Canadian cars vie for best in show at the Pebble Beach concours (again) PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca RELATED See More Videos Most importantly, all tickets purchased for this year’s concours will be valid for the event on Sunday, August 15, 2021 and, for those who can’t fit late summer, 16 months hence, into their plans, a refund is available simply by emailing [email protected] ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Guarachi Wine Partners Introduces Tenshən Rosé

first_imgEmail ReddIt Linkedin Share AdvertisementLOS ANGELES, CA (March 2017) – Guarachi Wine Partners is pleased to announce the launch of tenshən rosé.  This new varietal is a line extension of the highly successful tenshən red and white wines.Crafted by winemakers Joey Tensley and Alex Guarachi, tenshən rosé is poised to follow suit, with a masterful expression of Rhône varietals from Santa Barbara County.  The 2016 vintage blends Syrah, Mourvédre, and Viognier, creating a brilliant pink color, phenomenal structure and texture with a clean, fruity finish.  SRP $19.99.Tensley has built a reputation for his aptitude with California Rhônes under his other renowned label, Tensley Wines. The tenshən brand was created in partnership with vintner and veteran importer, Alex Guarachi, who is President and CEO of Guarachi Wine Partners.“The tenshǝn brand has rocketed to instant success since we first introduced the brand in late 2014,” said Guarachi.  “The reception of the Rhône-style red and white blends has been phenomenal.  Both have been highly praised by critics and consumers, so it seemed like a natural progression to make a bit of rosé from the high quality Syrah, Mourvédre and Viognier we were already working with.”tenshən rosé may be found in stores nationwide. To find the nearest store, visit www.tenshenwines.com.ABOUT TENSHƏNThe name tenshən is a play on words that nods to Tensley’s winemaking acumen and the tension that occurs with harvesting.  Tension is a tenacious energy that a wine possesses, inspired by the process of picking at the just-ripe-enough precipice and then getting out of the way.  Alex Guarachi and Joey Tensley believe that great wine is all about tension and the elusiveness of this characteristic.  As such, the labyrinth design of the label is emblematic of this puzzle or challenge that winemakers face.ABOUT GUARACHI WINE PARTNERS Founded by Chilean wine visionary Alex Guarachi in 1985, Guarachi Wine Partners celebrates 32 years of enduring connections with supplier, distributor and retail partners. Guarachi Wine Partners pioneered Chilean and Argentine wines in the U.S. and today is a leading global importer, marketer and innovator of fine wines. Guarachi Wine Partners’ portfolio consists of Black Ink, Bodega Norton, Castillo de Monseran, Fleur, Guarachi Family Wines, Kaiken, King Malbec, Lea, Montes, Nobilissima, Riccitelli, Santa Ema, Surf Swim, tenshən and Tensley Wines.Advertisement Twitter Facebook Pinterest TAGSConsumerGuarachi Wine Partnerstenshən Home Industry News Releases Guarachi Wine Partners Introduces Tenshən RoséIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessGuarachi Wine Partners Introduces Tenshən RoséBy Press Release – March 7, 2017 76 0 Previous articleCanadian Wine and Grape Industry Contributes $9 Billion in Economic Impact to Canadian EconomyNext articleGuarachi Wine Partners Launches Fleur Rose Press Releaselast_img read more