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first_img James Warrington After taking up the job in 1999 he began siphoning off funds, which he used to purchase luxury goods and cars. James Ibori, who was governor of the oil-rich Delta State from 1999 to 2007, was convicted at Southwark Crown Court in 2012 on 10 counts of fraud and money laundering.  So far £4.2m has been recovered from Ibori and his associates following operations by law enforcement agencies, who identified assets bought in Britain with illegal funds. A Bombardier Challenger private jet was among assets listed on a confiscation order against James Ibori (Getty Images) He was sentenced to 13 years in prison, of which he served four years. Prosecutors accused him of stealing around £117m from the state, which is the source of much of Nigeria’s oil. Show Comments ▼ A Bombardier Challenger private jet was among the items listed in court documents for a confiscation order against the former government. Share whatsapp James Ibori: UK returns £4.2m of jailed politician’s stolen assets to Nigeria A Bombardier Challenger private jet was among assets listed on a confiscation order against James Ibori (Getty Images) Also Read: James Ibori: UK returns £4.2m of jailed politician’s stolen assets to Nigeria center_img Ibori moved to London in the 1980s, taking a job as a cashier in a DIY store. In 1991 he was convicted for stealing from the store, after which he returned to Nigeria and became involved in politics. whatsapp A spokesperson for Nigeria’s attorney general confirmed the £4.2m had been received. The funds were seized from Ibori’s family and associates, with more money expected to be recovered from Ibori himself. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryBrake For It40 New Features In The 2021 Ford BroncoBrake For ItBleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseBleacherBreakerAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Cadillac’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsMoneyWise.comMechanics Say You Should Avoid These Cars In 2021  MoneyWise.comLivestlyPlugs Have These Two Holes At The End, Here’s WhyLivestlyFactableAluminum Foil Uses You’ll Want to KnowFactableDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost Fun The British government has handed back around £4.2m in assets stolen by a former Nigerian governor to his home country. Tuesday 18 May 2021 7:50 pm Ibori returned to Nigeria in 2017 — a homecoming that was met with celebrations among his supporters in his native south. The first return payment to Nigeria comes after the country signed an agreement with the UK in 2016 to manage the return of assets. During his campaign for Delta State governor Ibori lied about his conviction, which would have banned him from standing for office. A Bombardier Challenger private jet was among assets listed on a confiscation order against James Ibori (Getty Images) Also Read: James Ibori: UK returns £4.2m of jailed politician’s stolen assets to Nigeria last_img read more


first_imgEnvironment | Science & Tech | Southeast | WildlifeCitizen scientists contribute to jellyfish researchDecember 1, 2015 by Theresa Soley Share:Jellywatch worldwide (Image courtesy of Steven Haddock)Crystal. Lion’s mane. Sea nettle. Moon. Comb. The Big Red. These are some of the species of jellyfish that live in Southeast’s waters.Eric Lunde, a scuba diver in Ketchikan, describes one he encountered:“It was this gelatinous moon-like greyish orb with just a little bit of a translucent skirt. It was just very still, drifting in the water.”A California researcher is incorporating public observations like these, posted on jellywatch.org, into his research.Dr. Steven Haddock from the University of California, Santa Cruz said jellyfish can survive, even thrive through cold and dark Alaska winters. He said a common perception people have of jellyfish is that they “like warmer water for some reason. But in Alaska, the species like the lion’s mane, are really restricted to colder water.”Haddock researches marine bioluminescence, zooplankton and jellyfish in the deep sea, off the California coast. But he typically doesn’t study nearshore jellies.He hopes citizen science data will help paint the big picture of jellyfish blooms across the planet.“We can actually get a lot of insight into what’s happening on a large scale with regard to jellyfish abundances,” Haddock said.His citizen science project has two main objectives. One goal is to document a wider ocean range than he, the scientist, can observe on his own.“Citizen science in general is valuable because it is multiplied with such large numbers,” he said.Haddock said that his research boat charters are expensive and he can only be out on the water for a limited period of time.Meanwhile people worldwide experience the ocean every day, and make valuable observations.“To tap into that pool of citizen scientists has huge advantages for the data set,” he said.While some hypotheses contend that a warmer climate has increased jelly blooms, Haddock said more widespread data are needed to determine if these theories are accurate.Citizen science research also has educational benefits. Haddock hopes it will help combat a misconception that jellyfish are evil invaders of the ocean.He said that posts to his website that include a photo are useful, but documenting an observation without a photograph is better than no posting at all.Haddock described the value of one posting by a Ketchikan diver:“He gave a perfect description. So he didn’t have a photo, but he gave a description of this jelly that sounds like a deep-sea species that we discovered here in Monterey, and a colleague of mine just described it recently,”Haddock said. “It’s called Tiburonia. We call it ‘The Big Red’ because it’s like the size of a beach ball. So this guy diving said ‘I feel like I’m reporting a big-foot sighting.’”The Big Red (Image courtesy of Steven Haddock)He added: “I think it actually could be a sighting of this relatively newly discovered deep-sea species that he saw just while scuba diving off Ketchikan.”Haddock only knows this citizen scientist by Jellywatch username, yet he reported a valuable observation to the scientific community.What Haddock really needs are observations of “no jellyfish sighted,” posted on his website. He said “clean seas reports” give documented sightings greater research validity. Haddock wants to know whether a lack of postings means an actual deficit of jellyfish, or just a lack of human observations. Seeing no jellyfish is just as significant as seeing many.Share this story:last_img read more


first_imgElection Coverage | Juneau | Local GovernmentFour candidates file to run for Juneau Assembly, five for school boardAugust 12, 2019 by Adelyn Baxter, KTOO Share:Traffic moves down Marine Way past Juneau City Hall in September 2017. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)Nine candidates have filed to run in Juneau’s 2019 municipal election.Monday was the deadline to be included on the ballot on Oct. 1. Four seats on the Juneau Assembly and two school board seats will be up for grabs.AssemblyAssembly incumbents Wade Bryson, Alicia Hughes-Skandijs and Carole Triem all filed early to keep their seats.Bryson represents District 2 and Triem holds one of two areawide seats. Both are running unopposed as of now, although write-in candidates have until Sept. 26 to file.District 1The only competitive Assembly race so far is in District 1, where two seats are open. One is a three-year term and one is a one-year term.Hughes-Skandijs was appointed to finish out this year in former Assembly member Jesse Kiehl’s District 1 seat after he resigned last January to take a seat in the Alaska Senate. That seat has one more year remaining in its term.Greg Smith also filed to run in District 1 shortly before the deadline.The District 1 candidate who receives the most votes will win the three-year term and the runner-up will take the one-year seat.School boardFive candidates are running for school board. Former school board member Emil Mackey filed to run again after running unsuccessfully for the Assembly last year instead of seeking re-election.The other candidates are Bonnie Jensen, Deedie Sorensen, Amanda Ryder and Martin Stepetin Sr.This is Stepetin’s second recent attempt seeking a seat in municipal government. Stepetin also applied to be considered for Kiehl’s seat at the beginning of the year. At the beginning of the filing period, Bryson said he thinks the community recognizes that the current Assembly has been effective and largely uncontroversial.“It doesn’t surprise me that community saw how well this Assembly was working and it didn’t generate a tremendous amount of new candidates,” Bryson said.All candidates have until the end of the week to withdraw their names if they change their minds.The municipal ballot will be finalized next week.Share this story:last_img read more


first_imgAleutians | Crime & Courts | Sexual Abuse & Domestic Violence‘We deserve to feel safe:’ Unangax̂ activists speak up about missing, murdered Indigenous peopleMay 11, 2021 by Kanesia McGlashan-Price, KUCB – Unalaska Share:“We have the responsibility now, to take care of our kin and our women, our sisters,” said Haliehana Stepetin, an Unangax̂ dancer and scholar from Akutan. (courtesy Mariza Tovar)Indigenous women in the United States are murdered 10 times more often than the national average, and nearly half of all Alaska Native and Native American women have experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetime, according to the Department of Justice.Since 2017, May 5 has been recognized as National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-spirit People. The day is often referred to as MMIWG2S or MMIW.Indigenous activists leading the movement are speaking up about the issue, saying this day of awareness is not enough, and it’s time for action.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/06mmiwg2s_210506.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Taytum Robinson is one of the people working to shed light on the MMIWG2S movement. She uses her creative work as an artist to help advocate for those who have been murdered or gone missing. She said she believes that MMIWG2S is a transnational crisis.“I wouldn’t describe it as a pandemic or epidemic because, in my opinion, it’s a crisis that is directly linked to genocide,” Robinson said. “It’s a very serious topic. And unfortunately, Indigenous peoples don’t have the support from law enforcement that I feel they really deserve.”In 2018, a survey by the Seattle-based Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) reported  almost 6,000 Alaska Native and Native American women and girls were missing from 71 urban cities. Of these missing women, less than 120 were registered in the Department of Justice database.According to Robinson, missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people fall under the radar far too often.“I think it’s really important to keep spreading awareness and to hold each other accountable, not only for women to speak up and speak on this, but also for the men as well,” Shaishnikoff said. (Kanesia McGlashan-Price/KUCB)“One time is too many to see a post saying ‘this person is missing [in] Fairbanks, Anchorage, etc.; height, weight, details about what they were last wearing, who they were last with,’” Robinson said. “When you see that on a post on Instagram or Twitter, any social media, it’s like that sinking feeling of , ‘god, I really hope that they make it home. And I hope that the police take it seriously.’”Social media has become a large platform for sharing information about MMIWG2S. Posts are shared to raise awareness, but have also become a form of searching for missing people. By creating a public post about a missing person, people are able to reshare the content, which helps spread information quickly. The ultimate goal is to help bring a missing person home or find a lead to their whereabouts, but that doesn’t always happen.“It’s a sobering realization, especially as an Indigenous person and knowing Indigenous people and having tight-knit communities and friends and family, that if myself or any one of them were to go missing, that there’s a possibility that the report and support that we would need from law enforcement wouldn’t be as big of an impact as you would regularly see for [a non-Indigenous person] who was missing or murdered,” Robinson said.According to Robinson, harmful stereotypes about Alaska Natives and Native Americans contribute to the lack of response from law enforcement.“We deserve to feel safe,” Robinson said. “We deserve to feel valid, regardless of our background, habits — whatever it might be — our story, our upbringing, that we deserve the same treatment. We really do because there is a drastic inequality that I feel like will only be addressed if we keep being loud about it.”While there may be more effective ways to take action in the future, Robinson said she believes that having a vocal and aware community is the most reliable way to bring home missing persons.Robinson recently graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Hawaii Manoa and is the artist behind Qawax̂ Creations, a seal intestine jewelry line. She uses her social media platform to raise awareness about various social justice issues, including MMIWG2S.As part of raising awareness, Shayla Shaishnikoff, climate resilience coordinator for the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska, said attention must also be brought to those who might be causing these crimes. And according to Shaishnikoff, there is a direct connection between resource extraction and violence against Native women.“MMIW is an epidemic that we have in our country, as well as in other countries, as a result of the presence of extractive industry, largely due to man camps and things like that,” Shaishnikoff said. “And that’s only one form of violence that we’re seeing from extractive industries. There’s a lot more that come with that, but missing and murdered Indigenous women is definitely a consequence.”Man camps, or work camps, are temporary housing communities set up for laborers hired by extractive industries. In the case of oil, pipelines often cut through or around reservations and other marginalized communities.Kaye Gumera paints an original design to honor MMIWG2S at the Qawalangin Tribe office. (Kanesia McGlashan-Price/KUCB)While migrating across Native land, the transient workers in these camps may also be committing violent crimes, Shaishnikoff said. And for reservations already underserved by law enforcement, responses to missing persons cases are low.With little action being done to protect Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people, Indigenous groups have been the stewards bringing this crisis to the light. According to Shaishnikoff, while it is important for Indigenous people to do that work, it’s also unfortunate that those communities have to bear the weight of providing support.“A lot of the people committing these crimes are slipping through jurisdictional cracks,” Shaishnikoff said. “And so it’s left to us to stand up and say something about it and make sure that these voices are heard because Indigenous women are oftentimes sexually assaulted and murdered at rates that are like 10 times higher than any other ethnicity.”According to Shaishnikoff, the responsibility is a community-wide effort.“I think it’s really important to keep spreading awareness and to hold each other accountable, not only for women to speak up and speak on this, but also for the men as well,” she said.Last year, the Qawalangin tribe had a fundraising event where they encouraged people to wear red and post it on social media using the hashtag #nomorestolensisters.For every person that shared a picture, the tribe donated to MMIWG2S. This year, in partnership with other local organizations, the tribe hosted a socially distanced craft night to honor those lost and murdered and to spread awareness.Shaishnikoff has helped plan MMIWG2S events at the tribe for the last two years and is a vocal activist in the cause. She is currently finishing her second Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, attending classes at Western Washington University remotely. Last summer, she also completed her first traditional iqyax̂, or Unangax̂ skin-on-frame sea kayak build. She hopes to continue living in the Aleutian region and being a passionate advocate for her people.Haliehana Stepetin is an artist, scholar and activist from Akutan. As an Unangax̂ dancer and PhD candidate at University of California Davis, she uses her performance and knowledge as a form of activism for the MMIWG2S movement.According to Stepetin, safety rests in the hands of community, and it’s in part their responsibility to take action to protect women, girls and two-spirit people alike. But she said that responsibility requires more than just recognizing the problem.“Awareness is just the first thing,” Stepetin said. “And I don’t even think awareness is what we need to be focusing on. We need to be focusing on the safety of missing and murdered Indigenous women — of living Indigenous women so that they don’t become missing or murdered. And that’s something that’s always in my head — how do I protect my kin from becoming missing or murdered?”For Stepetin, the question of how to help is a call to action.“We have the responsibility now, to take care of our kin and our women, our sisters,” Stepetin said. “It’s our responsibility to ensure their safety. And so safety to me is community-based. It’s community-created, and it’s community-constituted. It doesn’t rest outside of our communities. It’s our own responsibility.”One of the ways that Stepetin creates space for dialogue is through dance.In 2018, Stepetin performed with Indigenized Productions, an Indigenous production company based in Seattle, Washington. Stepetin’s performance was dedicated to MMIWG2S, but also to all of the Unangax̂ that were forcibly relocated during World War II.After the Japanese invasion of the Aleutian Chain, many villagers from the region were forced to relocate to Southeast Alaska. Poor living conditions and a lack of medical care led to the death of one in 10 people, she said. Many were buried there and never made it home, similar to the Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people that are still missing today.Stepetin’s performance materializes the resilience of those Unangax̂ who never returned home.“The performance is called Slaĝux̂ Chiĝanax̂ Alakax̂, which means, ‘the wind is not a river,’” Stepetin said. “And this was a common phrase that they said in the World War II internment, as a way to remind us that nothing is permanent, like the wind.”Some of the inspiration for her performance was influenced by traditional hunting stories told by her late father, Thomas Stepetin.“My dad said we would use the soot of the fire and put it on ourselves to cleanse and before hunting to hide your scent,” Stepetin said. “And I was like, ‘I need a fire. And I need like black paint. I’m going to paint myself, smudge myself, as a performance.’ But I was also like, ‘I think I need red paint because I want to bring in the MMIWG movement and bring attention to the fact that a lot of our people never came home after that.’”“We deserve to feel safe,” Robinson said. “We deserve to feel valid.” (Kanesia McGlashan-Price/KUCB)Stepetin said WWII was a significant marker in history that changed the way culture was embraced by Unangax̂ people.“It affected our dance, the transmission of our dance, and our language and our spirituality,” she said. “It affected a lot of these things — it interrupted them. I’m not going to say that we lost anything because I don’t like the rhetoric of loss. I don’t like saying that and allowing outside influences to have that sort of impact on us. We’re stronger than that.”She said those outside influences shouldn’t determine what Indigenous communities get to lose and keep.“So I don’t ever say that we lost anything,” Stepetin said. “It went to sleep. And it went to sleep for good reason, we were mourning.”According to Stepetin, that lack of permanence means that cultural practices can be reawakened. For example, when she received traditional tattoo markings from Unangax̂ artist Dustin Newman, that was a chance to recover a sleeping tradition. And with each transmission of ink, stories old and new were being weaved.“We reawoke a tradition of, [about] 150 years that was [practiced] before the WWII internment,” Stepetin said. “Because in Russian Orthodoxy, we’re not allowed to tattoo. So it had been stopped for a long time, but these things are reawakening now.”Making jewelry, building traditional iqyan and dance are just some of the ways Unangax̂ are leading the revitalizing movement in the region. Robinson said, with a growing sense of community among Indigenous people, voices are growing louder — and these voices want protection.As it is said in Unangam tunuu, tumaniin ayagan agliisax̂tan — protect our women.Share this story:last_img read more


first_img There’s nothing like getting a new TV – and the team in Telfords Electric in Portlaoise are currently holding a massive three-day sale with incredible value on offer.32″ TVs are on sale from from €169 while 55″ TVs are available from as little as €449.“With the World Cup getting down to the business end and a great summer of sport, people often see this as a good time to buy a new TV,” said Telfords Electric store manager Colin Maher.“We’ve some brilliant offers available but it’s for three days only and ends this Saturday, July 7.”Telfords Electric stock a range of electrical appliances and have a very comprehensive selection of home entertainment products.From TVs to headphones, home cinema to sound bars and digital boxes to remote controls, they have all your home entertainment needs.SEE ALSO – Check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday.ie Facebook Twitter Twitter Community Home Sponsored There’s an absolutely brilliant TV sale on in Telfords Electric in Portlaoise… Sponsored Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By LaoisToday Reporter – 5th July 2018 WhatsApp Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding WhatsApp Previous articleGardai fear ‘for safety’ of man who is missing from Portlaoise HospitalNext articleLaois has lowest cervical screening figures in Ireland LaoisToday Reporter Pinterest Rugby TAGSTelfords There’s an absolutely brilliant TV sale on in Telfords Electric in Portlaoise at the moment Facebook Community Pinterestlast_img read more


first_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Twitter By Jamie Dowling – 29th September 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Pinterest Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Facebook Twitter News Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Tuesday, September 29, 2020Next articleAll the latest Laois GAA fixtures as attention switches back to football Jamie Dowling Pinterest The Irish wheelchair Association launches ‘Without You, We’re Stuck’ appeal Facebook Electric Picnic Home News Community The Irish wheelchair Association launches ‘Without You, We’re Stuck’ appeal NewsCommunity The Irish Wheelchair Association in Laois is appealing for your support after they decided to cancel their annual street collection because of Covid-19.The charity has launched an online appeal called ‘Without You, We’re Stuck’ and is asking people to make a donation through its website, www.iwa.ie.Irish Wheelchair Association’s annual collection, which normally takes place across the country, raises €300,000 towards the charity’s work with people with physical disabilities.This is the first time in the collection’s 30-year history that it has been cancelled.Josephine Kenny of the Irish Wheelchair Association in Laois is very worried about the loss of income from fundraisers which is going to affect their services.She said: “The loss of this critical income is concerning at a time when our local fundraising events have already had to stop.“We estimate that we will have lost almost €1 million in fundraising income nationally by the end of the year. Without this support, our services and the people we support, will be stuck.“We rely entirely on the generosity of the public to fund our wheelchair accessible buses, which are a lifeline for connecting people who cannot access public transport, to our services.“Our children’s sports clubs, driving school and many other services are also supported through local fundraising efforts”.Kenny hailed the efforts of the frontline workers here in Laois during the crisis and pleaded with the public to donate to the appeal.“We have had to postpone many plans, our frontline workers throughout Co. Laois have redoubled their efforts to ensure that nobody we support has been left alone and isolated throughout the crisis.“Our members in Co. Laois depend on our services, and as an organisation, we are working tirelessly to keep everyone we support connected to their communities.“Our local community centres were turned into outreach services within hours of the lockdown being announced.“Our assisted living team, which provides home support, has continued their essential work in people’s homes, with an emergency team of courageous frontline staff ready to work in full PPE with people who have to isolate.“Our services are needed now, more than ever. We would be incredibly grateful if people could remember Irish Wheelchair Association services in Co. Laois this week and make a donation through our website.” she finished.To support Irish Wheelchair Association’s ‘Without You, We’re Stuck’ appeal visit www.iwa.ie.SEE ALSO – Six-in-a-row for Laois trainer as filly scoops €24,000 in the Curragh TAGSIrish Wheelchair Association last_img read more


first_img SHARE News News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) A North Korean soldier provides assistance during a smuggling operation along the Chinese border. Image: Daily NK photo archive Facebook Twitter AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Trading companies and donju (North Korea’s nouveau rich) are actively involved in smuggling operations in the Ryanggang Province region, according to new testimony from a defector. Largely seen as a way to circumvent the international sanctions campaign targeting the North, military personnel from both countries (border guards and frontier guards) are also said to be actively involved.   The information comes from the testimony of a Mr. Lim (pseudonym), who left North Korea’s Ryanggang Province, Samjiyon County in the fall of 2017. “The smugglers moved about in groups of 20-30 people, and I’ve even seen groups as large as 50,” Mr. Lim told Daily NK during a recent interview. “There was a lot of smuggling being managed by the donju, not just the state trading companies.”   The donju have earned significant profits and employ teams of people in the smuggling business. “This is one example showing that even North Korea is becoming a market economy,” Mr. Lim said.Employees are hired by the donju for specific tasks, such as porters who carry the goods across the border. “First, people with experience are recruited, and then people without experience are trained,” Mr. Lim said. There are even recruiting agencies to connect the smuggling outfits with applicants.  A wide variety of goods produced in the Mt Paektu region are smuggled. Mr. Lim noted that larch tree cones and vines are moved for sale, as well as medicinal ingredients found on the mountainside like dandelion roots and angelica plants.   In many cases, individuals will load up about 50 kilograms worth of the goods in bags and cross the Tumen River into China to sell them. The labor is extremely intense. “The amount you have to pay in bribes is significant, so it’s best to load up with a lot of product, people say. The donju don’t bother employing people unable to carry more than 30 kilograms,” Mr. Lim said.When asked if China’s implementation of sanctions was affecting business, Mr. Lim said, “It’s not a problem at all. The Chinese merchants have taken the necessary measures. The frontier guard doesn’t patrol the border roads. Bribes have already been given.”   He added that there weren’t any major issues on the North Korean side of the border either, explaining, “They don’t mind because smugglers generally return; they’re not trying to escape. The smugglers leave in the evening and don’t even stay the night before crossing back.” The North Korean border guards are actively involved in the smuggling operations. In exchange, they can demand up to 50% of the total profit from the donju. Asked about this, Mr. Lim said, “This amount is factored into the market cost. The remaining amount is split between themselves and the porters. The porters get 20% of the total profit and the donju get the remaining 30%.” This means that if the total profit from a day’s smuggling operation yields 10,000 yuan ($1,590), 5,000 yuan goes to the border guards, 3,000 goes to the donju, and 2,000 is split between all of the porters (as mentioned, there are sometimes groups as large as 50).  “The porters are paid according to the size of their haul, earning about 0.8 yuan per kilogram. That means someone carrying 50 kilograms only earns 40 yuan ($6.40).” Mr. Lim said. Although the amount earned is disproportionate to the intensity of the labor by Western standards, four such runs a month can earn 200 yuan – enough to purchase 48 kilograms of rice in North Korea.“Smuggling is an opportunity for the border guards, the donju, and locals to earn money,” said Mr. Lim. “Therefore, unless the Ministry of State Security (MSS) steps in, it will continue to occur.” North Korea’s foreign currency earning agencies are also involved in illegal smuggling operations. All entities going through North Korea’s customs office are required to hand over 30% of their profit to the authorities. Smuggling allows them to circumvent this costly expense.  There are other reasons to resort to smuggling as well. Certain products are deemed illegal by the authorities, so it remains impossible to obtain permission to trade them through the official routes. “The MSS knows all about this. But they have to learn a living somehow, so what are they going to do? The MSS is also involved in shipping kilogram batches of bingdu (methamphetamine) to China to earn money.” Mr. Lim said.Daily NK reported last month that North Korea’s intelligence agencies are working with Ryanggang Province border guards to earn money for the Party through smuggling operations. North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55% Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store By Daily NK – 2018.04.16 7:24pm Smuggling operations heat up, feature state-civilian cooperation News Newslast_img read more


first_img Related news Ian Bickis Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Alberta’s NDP government said Tuesday that it will not sign on to a national securities regulator because the province’s economy is “unique.” Budget promises funding for national regulator effort New Alberta law to give SROs greater powers Keywords National securities regulatorCompanies Alberta Securities Commission National regulator effort effectively dead Morisset’s term as CSA chair extended Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Finance Minister Joe Ceci told a news conference that his government will maintain the province’s opposition to the plan. “The size and scope of our energy sector is an area of pride for Albertans. It makes us unique,” Ceci said in Calgary. “A unique economy deserves a unique regulator.” He said local regulators with “street-level knowledge” can better respond to regulatory challenges in real time. “When regulators oversee highly localized and specialized markets, as they do in Alberta and many regions across Canada, it is more valuable to be local than thousands of kilometres away on Bay Street,” said Ceci. Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Yukon have all signed on to the national securities regulator. Quebec remains opposed and has launched a legal challenge, arguing that the regulation of securities should remain within provincial jurisdiction. When asked if Alberta would also push against the national regulator, Ceci said it was something he would consider. If implemented, the national body would be expected to help oversee stock markets by policing abuses and securities fraud. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said in January that the government would push ahead with creating the national securities regulator and work with the provinces that support it. Canada is the only G20 country without a national securities regulator. While Alberta won’t join the national regulator, Ceci said the province would continue to work to harmonize capital markets and that it supports the so-called passport system in which the decisions of one provincial commission are applicable in other provinces. All provinces except Ontario have signed onto that “single window of access” system. Ceci’s comments came as he announced the appointment of Stan Magidson as chairman and chief executive of the Alberta Securities Commission. Magidson said there is expertise on areas of energy regulations and disclosure that make Alberta best suited to regulate the province’s securities market. “It’s having a regulator that really understands the nuances of its industry that I think informs the discussion,” said Magidson. Ceci said Alberta has the second-largest capital market in Canada with roughly 25% of the total. Photo copyright: chelovek/123RFlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisements Related14,000 Persons Benefit from Services of Poor Relief Departments since January Related14,000 Persons Benefit from Services of Poor Relief Departments since January Related14,000 Persons Benefit from Services of Poor Relief Departments since Januarycenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail As at January 1, 2006, Outdoor Poor Relief Departments under the Ministry of Local Government and Environment, catered to approximately 14,000 of the nation’s poor, including their dependents and spouses.This is according to the Ministry’s Performance Report, which was tabled in the House of Representatives on July 26.In order to ensure optimum care and protection of destitute persons, the Board of Supervision networked with various government and non-government agencies including the Food for the Poor, Juici Patties and other faith-based organizations, said the report.The board also made “deliberate efforts to enhance service delivery to the residents of infirmaries and the Golden Age Home, through the Training and Retooling Infirmary Ancillary Staff (TRIASP) programme.TRIAS was developed in conjunction with HEART Trust/NTA and certification is provided through the National Council on Technical Vocational Education and Training. The programme includes basic healthcare, home maintenance, nutrition, security and safety as well as personal development modules. At the end of 2005/2006, 64 ancillary staff from Trelawny, St. Mary and Portland were trained, the report said.According to the report, the Board of Supervision has also completed a draft strategic plan to end chronic homelessness in Jamaica. This plan will be discussed with Poor Relief Officers island wide with a view of identifying their role in the care of homeless persons.The board also developed two pilot projects – drop-in-centre and residential facility for males on the Bellevue Hospital compound, for implementation this fiscal year.Meanwhile, for the year 2006/2007, the Board of Supervision will be undertaking a number of activities such as encouraging occupational therapy and rehabilitation of residents to facilitate shared burden of expenditure between residents and the state. “This will involve residents being in farming projects (poultry rearing, etc) to minimise costly purchases,” the report stated.In addition the board will also aim to improve laundry conditions in the institutions through the provision of larger and more efficient equipment, and will facilitate the refurbishment or replacement of dilapidated infirmary structures.Other activities of the Board of Supervision include establishing a residential facility for males on the grounds of the Bellevue Hospital. “Males are being targeted because they constitute a large percentage of the homeless population in Kingston,” the report explained.The persons being targeted under this programme are those who require minimal supervision. They will also be encouraged to seek employment and engage in social activities as part of the efforts to ensure their re-integration into the society.The board will also seek to continue training interventions targeting ancillary staff at infirmaries. Staff of the Clarendon, St. Ann, St. Catherine and St. Elizabeth infirmaries and the Golden Age Home will be trained in 2006/2007.Another activity the board will undertake will be to “implement four regional seminars on the case management of homeless persons for poor relief officers”. The board will also seek to develop a homelessness policy.As at January 1, 2006 a total of 1,412 residents were being cared for in the island’s infirmaries and the Board of Supervision continued to facilitate and monitor the rehabilitation exercise at infirmaries island wide. The board has conducted 19 visits to the infirmaries, the Golden Age Home and offices of the Inspectors of Poor since the beginning of January 2006. 14,000 Persons Benefit from Services of Poor Relief Departments since January UncategorizedAugust 2, 2006last_img read more


first_imgCOVID-19 Select Committee ignoring nursing in vaccine rollout The Senate Select Committee on COVID-19 cannot be effective as they have overlooked inviting the most influential profession to the delivery of a successful vaccine rollout, according to the Australian College of Nursing (ACN).Without hearing the nursing profession share their concerns and ideas, the Committee is missing a real opportunity to offer solutions to the challenges of Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout.Australian College of Nursing Chief Executive Officer, Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN, said the Committee should be directly engaging with the role of nurses in the rollout, particularly given that nursing is responsibly for the vast majority of immunisation in the community.“Immunisations in Australia are mostly delivered by nurses. Nurse immunisers are responsible for supporting the bulk of our community in vaccination, but there’s been no consideration of using already effective vaccine delivery systems.”Adjunct Professor Ward said the committee was quick to be critical of the Federal Government’s current plans but was not examining alternative models for rolling out the vaccine program.“We already have a solution for mass vaccination in Australia which is not being examined. School vaccination programs deliver thousands of vaccines in mass-delivery setups every year; this is a model which can and should be examined by the Senate Select Committee as an alternate to current suggestions,” Adjunct Professor Ward said.Adjunct Professor Ward also criticised the Senate Select Committee for focusing on the voice of doctors while not taking on similar advice and support from the nursing profession.“Nurses have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic but have had very little opportunity to feed back into the COVID-19 Select Committee,” Adjunct Professor Ward said.“Given nurses are both supporting those who are unwell due to COVID-19, as well as underpinning the health system under this additional strain, it is extremely disappointing that the Committee hasn’t continuously engaged nursing in the same way as doctors, and we welcome the opportunity to be engaged.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, Australian College, Australian College of Nursing, community, covid-19, Federal, federal government, Government, Immunisation, missing, nurse, pandemic, Professor, vaccination, Vaccines, Wardlast_img read more

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