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first_img AvatarCho Jong Ik By Cho Jong Ik – 2013.05.06 8:56pm There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest The Ministry of Unification (MOU) has acknowledged that there are now fewer threats, accusations and criticisms of South Korea coming from North Korea than was the case in March and before.The Ministry of Unification noted the change, which began in mid-April, in a new report, ‘Trends and Policies Related to the Kaesong Industrial Complex,’ which was submitted to the National Assembly Foreign Affairs and Unification Commission today.According to the report, North Korea published or broadcast an average of 40 accusations and threats against South Korea per day on average in March; but this declined to 21 times in early April and just 13 times in late April. The main subjects of the attacks included the Kaesong Industrial Complex and other inter-Korean issues, as well as combined ROK-U.S. military exercises and cross-DMZ leafleting by South Korean NGOs. North Korea also mentioned issues such as the transition of wartime operational control and the cost to the South Korean taxpayer of housing U.S. troops on South Korean soil. Elsewhere, the ministry said that internal trends in North Korea reveal that the leadership is focused on inspecting enterprises, farms and public amenities, mainly in the economic sector, something that the report notes is in line with the latest propaganda trends, which emphasize the need for economic improvement as well as military development. Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Facebook Twitter News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img News SHARE North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News MOU Notes Declining Rhetorical Threat Level News last_img read more


Associated Press U.S. exchanges scrap political contributions U.S. regulators have approved the proposed US$8 billion sale of the venerable New York Stock Exchange to a much younger futures exchange. The deal is a symbol of the swift evolution of financial markets reshaped by technology. The Securities and Exchange Commission says it’s authorized the takeover of the two-centuries-old NYSE parent by Atlanta-based IntercontinentalExchange, or ICE. The acquiring company, founded in 2000, has expanded rapidly through acquisitions over the past decade. TMX caps stronger 2020 with Q4 profits growing to $71.8 million Share this article and your comments with peers on social media TSX proposes flat fee for retail market data Related news Keywords Stock exchangesCompanies IntercontinentalExchange, NYSE Euronext The SEC says in a filing that it’s determined that the proposed merger of the exchanges would comply with securities laws and regulations. The merger also must be approved by several market regulators in Europe. The NYSE’s parent is NYSE Euronext, which includes stock exchanges in Europe. The deal is expected to close in the fall. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more


first_img The appeal of annuities The product also allows clients to participate in changes in interest rates, so that if rates rise before clients lock their assets into the preservation phase, they can benefit from a higher guaranteed payout rate. “It’s absolutely an alternative for a client who may have in the past traditionally bought an annuity to get that guaranteed stream of income, but shied away from it given that rates are low and therefore the payouts are low,” says Steven Parker, assistant vice president, guaranteed investment products, retail markets with Manulife. “Here’s an opportunity where they can have the ability to get back to those higher payout rates through rising interest rates.” These features, however, come with a price. The RetirementPlus product has fees that are about 50 basis points higher than the management expense ratio (MER) on the underlying investment fund that the client chooses. Earlier this year, Toronto-based Sun Life Financial Inc. launched its own variation of an annuity, called SunFlex Retirement Income. It provides a guaranteed level of income in retirement, similar to an annuity, but with the opportunity for clients to earn potential bonus income in the form of market returns that are tied to the performance of certain mutual funds. Both products cater to clients who are drawn to the concept of guaranteed income, but who want some upside potential. “What we heard when we were designing this is that a lot of clients don’t want to lock into guarantees today that are based on low interest rates,” says Parker. However, these kinds of products are not necessarily suitable for the same clients who are strong candidates for annuities. Given that this new generation of products incorporates equity market investments and exposes clients to fluctuating interest rates, the solutions are designed for clients who are willing to take on more risk than that associated with a traditional annuity. “It’s certainly not for people who are risk averse, because you are taking some risk with what interest rates will do, and arguably, you’re also taking some equity risk there as well,” says Parker. “That traditional annuity investor, they don’t want any risk. They just want to give a lump sum of money and guarantee a stream of income for the rest of their life.” Indeed, these alternative products suit the needs of a client with different priorities, says Peter Wouters, director of tax and estate planning with Toronto-based Empire Life Investments Inc. “These products are great alternatives for people who want to take on some more calculated risk, but they still want that safety net,” says Wouters. “They still want some downside protection.” These products also provide greater flexibility compared to a traditional annuity. For instance, clients with Manulife’s RetirementPlus product can access their capital at any time. “It’s fully liquid throughout any phase of the contract, which is a differentiator from annuities,” says Parker. “We heard from consumers that they wanted flexibility.” Some advisors are wary of products that combine an income stream with too many other functions and features, due to their complexity, and the high fees that are sometimes associated with these products. “Everyone is trying to make [the annuity] better – new and improved, at a higher expense,” says Bruce Cumming, executive director, private client group, and senior investment advisor with HollisWealth Inc. in Oakville, Ont. “They’re fixing something that is really not broken.” Cumming prefers to use traditional life annuities for clients’ retirement income needs. This is the third article in a three-part series on annuities. Related news Term certain annuities: A high-return guaranteed income option Have annuity rates lost their lustre? Megan Harman center_img Keywords Annuities Amid low interest rates that have some clients shying away from traditional annuities, insurance companies are striving to bolster the concept of retirement income with annuity-like products that have new features and flexibility. Most recently, Toronto-based Manulife Financial Corp. launched RetirementPlus – a segregated fund product that combines the features of an accumulation tool with a retirement income product. Designed for clients who are between five and 15 years away from retirement, it features a savings phase, which allows clients to invest their assets in various funds comprised of up to 100% equities; a preservation phase, which protects assets until the client retires; and an income phase, which converts the assets into a stream of guaranteed income for life. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgRelated‘Daddy Sharpe’ Launched in Toronto ‘Daddy Sharpe’ Launched in Toronto CultureNovember 3, 2009 Related‘Daddy Sharpe’ Launched in Toronto Related‘Daddy Sharpe’ Launched in Torontocenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A book about one of Jamaica’s National Heroes was recently launched in Toronto, Canada.‘Daddy Sharpe’, written by Jamaican-born educator, Mr. Fred Kennedy, and published in 2008, is a “narrative of the life and adventures of Samuel Sharpe, a West Indian slave, written by himself.”Mr. Kennedy, who was a teacher in Toronto for many years and then returned to Jamaica as Principal of St. George’s College, said the book is “a fictionalised account of Sam Sharpe’s life, told, as I have been able to imagine it, from his point of view.”Explaining how Sharpe became known as ‘Daddy’, Mr. Kennedy said daddies were appointed by ministers of religion to help them administer to the large slave population. “So, they appointed those who were most reliable and in their opinion, could do the best work.”Author of ‘Daddy Sharpe’, Mr. Fred Kennedy (right), signs a copy of the book for President of PACE (Canada), Mrs. Lorna King (left), at the recent launch of the book in Toronto, Canada.Sam Sharpe was the leader of the largest slave rebellion to take place in Jamaica and was eventually hanged for his part in the rebellion. However, he has been credited with speeding up the date of Emancipation for the slaves in the British colonies.Mr. Kennedy said the hardest part of the book to write was Sam Sharpe walking bravely to the gallows, wearing a white suit, sewn by his owners. “His words are quoted directly from eyewitness accounts,” said Mr. Kennedy.Acclaimed author, Ms. Rachel Manley, praised Mr. Kennedy for creating a book that adds to “both our history and a growing body of Caribbean literature.”The author of ‘Drumblair’ and ‘Slipstream’, said that one of the many losses that the Caribbean sustained because of slavery was the loss of language, which created a legacy of voicelessness. “When others tell our stories,” said Ms. Manley, “they tell them from their point of view.”“But in recent years, we are at last starting to tell our own history, doing it ourselves and in our voice. With ‘Daddy Sharpe’, Fred Kennedy joins the company of West Indian writers who are trying to recreate that historic voice for us,” she said.Author of ‘Daddy Sharpe’, Mr. Fred Kennedy, reads excerpts from the book at the recent launch in Toronto, Canada.Ms. Manley, daughter of the late former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Michael Manley, said Mr. Kennedy has taken Sam Sharpe and given him “life, blood and being.”“Sam Sharpe will no longer be just a name we recite in school or at Heroes Day celebrations, or just a face we see on our paper money or a postage stamp. Fred Kennedy has recreated the mind and the man who seized the unique moment in history, to launch us on the road to eventual emancipation,” she argued.Vice-Consul at the Jamaican Consulate General, Ms. Andrea Anglin, encouraged the audience to get a copy of ‘Daddy Sharpe’.“We are free because of people like Sam Sharpe. In his narrative, Mr. Kennedy has reminded us of how suffocating and brutal slavery was. Let us keep the memory of those alive, who fought for our freedom.”‘Daddy Sharpe’ has already been launched in Jamaica and London, England. Advertisementslast_img read more


first_img$180,000 funding for Women’s Grants Program Applications are now open for the ACT Women’s Grants Program 2020-2021 with $180,000 which provides funding for initiatives aimed at improving the safety, status and lives of women and girls in the ACT.The ACT Government is committed to supporting women and girls through innovative programs that advance gender equality, address women’s safety and empower women to succeed.The Women’s Safety Grants, totalling $100,000, will support projects to reduce violence against women and their children.The Participation Grants, totalling $80,000, will support innovative projects that improve the status of women and girls in the ACT.Previous grants have gone towards some terrific programs which include:Women with Disabilities ACT using funding to establish a peer support group for WWDACT members who are currently parents or plan to be parents, to be able to share their unique experiences and the support of a strong network when they need it most.Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) developing a resource with information on DVCS services in a range of different languages.The Indigenous Marathon Foundation to deliver an online coaching program to improve fitness and self-confidence in Indigenous and non-Indigenous women.If you have an innovative idea or proposal to assist women in the community to feel safe, respected and reach their full potential, apply now. /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:Act, ACT Government, Australia, children, community, crisis, domestic violence, fitness, gender equality, Government, grants program, Indigenous, Internet, peer support, Safety, violence, womenlast_img read more


first_imgStatement from President Joe Biden on Tragedy in Israel The White HouseThe United States stands with the people of Israel, and with Jewish communities the world over, in mourning the terrible tragedy at Mount Meron. I spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu today to offer my profound condolences on behalf of the American people to our friends in Israel. The loss of life among worshipers practicing their faith is heartbreaking. I have instructed my team to offer our assistance to the government and people of Israel as they respond to the disaster and care for the wounded. We are also working to confirm reports that American citizens may have lost their lives or been wounded during the religious observance of Lag B’Omer. Our Embassy and Department of State will provide all necessary support to any U.S. citizens and their family members affected by this sad event. The people of the United States and Israel are bound together by our families, our faiths, and our histories, and we will stand with our friends. Our prayers are with those who were injured and all those who lost loved ones. May their memories be a blessing. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:america, american, Department of State, disaster, Family, family members, Government, Israel, Loss, Minister, Netanyahu, President, Prime Minister, religious, United States, White House, worldlast_img read more


first_imgThe department of civil, environmental and architectural engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder will host a special lecture April 8 on structural engineering and design in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Jeremy Isenberg, president of Weidlinger Associates Inc. in New York, will present the Richardson Lecture, titled “Structural Engineering in Homeland Security,” at 6 p.m., Monday, April 8. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be in room ECCR 265 of the Engineering Center, located at Regent Drive and Colorado Avenue. Weidlinger Associates is a highly recognized structural engineering and software development firm in the design and retrofitting of civilian and military structures to resist explosive blasts from conventional and terrorist weapons. The firm has been involved in research, assessment and protective design since the 1950s. The lecture will trace the development of blast-resistant structural engineering and protection efforts, which originated during the Cold War and were further developed in the early 1980s in response to the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut and attacks on U.S. embassies. Isenberg also will discuss timely issues emerging from current investigations into the structural performance of the World Trade Center including the development of probabilistic risk assessment for terrorist attack, a concept that has proved useful in the quantification of earthquake hazards. The response of tall building systems to fire also will be discussed and new trends in structural engineering and protection research will be delineated.The Richardson Lecture is being presented by the graduate program in Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics. For more information, call Cyndi Alvarado at (303) 492-7315. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 2, 2002 last_img read more


first_img Published: June 20, 2011 Categories:Education & OutreachGetting InvolvedScience & TechnologyNews HeadlinesCampus Community The University of Colorado Boulder will host the 2011 Linguistics Institute from July 7 to Aug. 2, a prestigious gathering of faculty and students from around the world that also will feature free films, workshops and lectures open to the public.The biennial event has never been held in Colorado and is expected to attract about 500 people to CU-Boulder. The previous three institutes were held at the University of California, Berkeley (2009), Stanford (2007) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2005).In addition to the free and public events, the institute will offer 80 courses taught by distinguished faculty, with enrollment available to the public through CU-Boulder’s Continuing Education and Professional Studies.For one class, Field Methods in Linguistics, a speaker of the Idi language of Papua New Guinea will travel to Boulder. The Idi language is spoken by only about 1,600 people and is barely documented. Students in the class led by Professor Nicholas Evans of Australian National University will work intensively for one month to provide the first extensive documentation of this language.On July 13 at 7 p.m. in Muenzinger Psychology and Biopsychology room E050 will be a free showing of “We Are Still Here,” a film examining language and culture revitalization efforts of the Wampanoag Native Americans in Massachusetts.And on July 20 at 7 p.m. in Muenzinger Psychology and Biopsychology room E050 there will be a free showing of “Speaking in Tongues,” a film following four children through the world of bilingualism and bilingual education in the United States.”Language is fundamental to virtually everything we do in life, and it is perhaps the single most important thing that separates humans from all other life forms,” said Andrew Cowell, associate director of the institute and a CU-Boulder professor of linguistics. “We take it for granted so much of the time until someone makes the smallest misstatement, a machine translation produces something goofy or we pick up on a subtle accent we recognize — and then political careers can be compromised, corporate initiatives can become the target of worldwide mockery or lifelong friendships can be initiated.”The institute will focus specifically on ‘Language in the World’ and the interdisciplinary connections between linguistics and other fields such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, law, computer science and the media,” he said.The institute is sponsored by the Linguistic Society of America, which is the main professional body for linguists in the United States, with major support from CU-Boulder.Students enrolled in a Colorado university, college or community college are eligible to register for the institute at about half the usual price, as are Colorado faculty. Information about this offer is posted at verbs.colorado.edu/LSA2011/registration-cofund.html.For more information and a complete schedule of events visitverbs.colorado.edu/LSA2011/.center_img Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more


first_imgFlorida lawyers earn board certification Jul 07, 2020 Top Stories The Board of Legal Specialization and Education congratulates the 60 lawyers who recently earned Florida Bar board certification, which recognizes attorneys’ special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. Board certified lawyers are “Evaluated for Professionalism and Tested for Expertise.”Only about 7% of Florida’s more than 107,000 lawyers have earned board certification. Florida offers 27 specialty areas for board certification, more than any other state.Lawyers who earned board certification in 2020:Admiralty and Maritime LawGino J. Buttó, Coral GablesRobert Alan Amicone, Lake Buena VistaAppellate PracticeKimberly Kanoff Berman, Fort LauderdaleThomasina Moore, TallahasseeEric Marc Levine, West Palm BeachMeredith Kempler Hall, BradentonAmy Marie Wessel, Fort LauderdaleBrian Carson Tackenberg, Key BiscayneJohn Andrew Crawford, Saint PetersburgSarah Todd Weitz, Fort LauderdaleElizabeth Siano Harris, MimsMary Hope Keating, TallahasseeAviation LawRichard Paul Morris, San Juan, Puerto RicoCondominium and Planned Development LawKatherine Hurst Miller, New Smyrna BeachAlejandro Isaac Alonso, PlantationDanielle Marie Brennan, Palm Beach GardensAlexandra Marcella Amador, Ponte Vedra BeachJames Joseph Roche, Ponte Vedra BeachCivil TrialAnthony Manuel Lopez, MiamiRamon A. Castillo, OrlandoKelly Jeanne McAuley, TampaDavid Michael Borrego, TampaTyler B. Everett, TallahasseeMichael John Wood, PlantationJessica Megan Bowen-Hentges, TallahasseeJordan M. Kirby, PlantationWilliam Eric Fasking, OrlandoBrent Matthew Reitman, Fort LauderdaleDavid Fernando Garcia, Coconut GroveMeranda M. Reifschneider, MiamiJohn David McBride, TampaChristopher Paul Janes, PensacolaAnthony Accetta, Coral GablesAllen Sims McConnaughhay, TallahasseeJason Lowell Odom, Vero BeachBonita Ann Herrmann-Navin, PlantationBrian Michael Beason, Port CharlotteMorgan Barfield, TampaMaximo Alexander Santiago, Coconut GroveChristopher Nemat Shakib, JacksonvillePaul Robert Cavonis, SeminoleJennifer L. Rosinski, SunriseAllison Haney Bruck, MiamiElder LawDana Clark Kemper, BrandonKole Joseph Long, ClearwaterMatthew David Barry, SarasotaDanielle Rachelle Faller, BrandonEducation LawSara M. Marken, MiamiMarital and Family LawAndrew Scott Lieberman, Boca RatonPeter John Trombadore, Boca RatonKelly Michelle Albanese, TampaChristie Guerrero, JacksonvilleInternational LawGrant Stanton Smith, MiamiImmigration and Nationality LawWilliam Michael Cavanaugh, West Palm BeachLabor and Employment LawAngeli Murthy, PlantationBret Carson Yaw, OrlandoRonald Paul Angerer, JacksonvilleTax LawKyle McMullin Johnson, JacksonvilleD. Kent Sausaman, JacksonvilleMatthew Jordan Scheer, West Palm Beachlast_img read more


first_imgTags :american street kiddocumentaryhomelesshomelessnessMichael Leonisanta monica daily presssanta monica homelesssanta monica youthSpare Some ChangeThe Dollar Projectvenice homelessshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentLetter to Editor: CompromiseFree speech? Don’t be sillyYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBoardwalk business recovery hamstrung by homelessness crisisClara Harter2 days agoFeaturedNewsWoman Arrested With Knife At Buscaino ‘Plan for Safer Los Angeles’ Press ConferenceGuest Author3 days agoCrimeFeaturedHomeless man loses an eye to BB gun assaultGuest Author1 week agoCovid-19FeaturedHealthLifeNewsLA’s unhoused population plagued by an epidemic of mental illnessClara Harter2 weeks agoState & NationalCalifornia governor proposes $12B to house state’s homelessAssociated Press1 month agoFeaturedNewsRichard Bloom gives deep dive into campaign for County SupervisorClara Harter1 month ago HomeNewsHomelessnessHomeless Documentary features Venice and Santa Monica Oct. 18, 2016 at 9:00 amHomelessnessHomeless Documentary features Venice and Santa MonicaGuest Author5 years agoamerican street kiddocumentaryhomelesshomelessnessMichael Leonisanta monica daily presssanta monica homelesssanta monica youthSpare Some ChangeThe Dollar Projectvenice homelessAmerican Street Kid documentary American Street Kid is a feature documentary about the homeless youth in America and the movie includes several local youth.Director, producer, writer and editor Michael Leoni committed himself to bring the issue of homeless youth to light with the goal of educating people about the causes of homelessness among kids.“This is a problem, and people need to realize that majority of the time these kids are not homeless by choice,” said Leoni.American Street Kid, shows the lives of young people in and around Hollywood, Venice, and Santa Monica. The film explains that an estimated 1.8 million kids are homeless in America and every day 13 kids will die. According to Covenant House, almost 40 percent of the homeless in the United States are under 18 years of age.Leoni began working with the homeless at nineteen in New York when he found himself on the verge of being on the streets. Since then he has felt some connection to the homeless youth community.He began traveling and meeting with young homeless individuals and learning their stories. He documented their stories and decided the best way to help these kids was to share the neglect, violence, abuse, and abandonment the youth faces. A bond was formed between Michael and two young girls, he became a mentor and a friend to them, shortly after he learned one was murdered and the other found dead with no explanation.After that incident, Leoni said the project grew from a two-minute public information announcement to a documentary that would take seven years.The documentary began as a mission to spread awareness and later transforms into a journey of friendship and family. He began to meet with the kid’s day in and day out, follow them around. The kids began to be inspired and showed him the life many people don’t see, the things they have to do to survive.Leoni and his crew hit the streets of Venice and Santa Monica.“The kids that live there are from all over the country,” said Leoni.The documentary focuses on eight kids, but the crew worked intensely with 300, and met thousands of homeless kids. Michelle Kaufer, producer of American Street Kid, said “We went to every state, mainly focused in Hollywood, Venice and Santa Monica. The kids would show up where they slept, and how they survived.”Leoni wanted the kids to be interactive, and gave them the opportunity to work directly with the filmmakers, directors, and more. Leoni did not stop there; he created Spare Some Change, a one on one mentoring program in Los Angeles. The hope is to enlighten and empower the homeless youth to create change in their lives. He also created The Dollar Project; the campaign video was also filmed in Venice and Santa Monica.The Dollar Project is a national grass-roots campaign with the goal of raising one dollar from as many people as possible with the funds helping take the film all over the country and ending in Washington D. C.The film has not hit theatres yet but the crew is showing the film in selective areas.“At the private screenings people are giving the film standing ovations, they are bringing their families. I see people crying and offering help in any way they can,” said Leoni. “This is beyond homelessness, this is love for humanity and how to treat one another.”Leoni would like to show the film in Santa Monica, being that Santa Monica was a crucial setting in the film. For now, the film is headed to the Hollywood Film Festival.For more information visit www.americanstreetkid.comMarina [email protected]last_img read more

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