North-Japan Set for “Strained” 2012

first_img Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? AvatarMok Yong Jae Analysis & Opinion SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Joint New Year’s Editorial released on the 1st did not mention Japan at all, raising the assessment that Japan will be kept far off in North Korea’s future. According to a professor with Kansai University and a North Korea expert in Japan, Lee Young Hwa, future North Korea-Japan relations will be strained.Professor Lee, speaking with Daily NK today, explained, “The main issue in North Korea-Japan relations is the ‘abductees’ problem, but for a while there will be no dialogue regarding this. North Korea will likely keep a hard-line stance toward Japan because Kim Jong Eun’s birth mother Koh Young Hui was a Korean-Japanese”.Were this fact to emerge, the legitimacy of the North Korean supreme leader’s bloodline could get diluted. Currently in North Korea, knowledge of Koh Young Hui’s birthplace is top secret, meaning that if anyone were to speak of it they would end up in a political prison camp. “Kim Jong Eun himself will attempt to conceal the fact that he is a descendant of a Korean-Japanese person, and that will be reflected in North Korea’s policies towards Japan,” Professor Lee commented, adding, “Chongryon(pro-Pyongyang Federation of Korean Residents in Japan)’s relationship with North Korea will get worse because of the previous relationship with Koh Young Hui. It will worsen. However, Chongryon is continuing to strengthen its allegiance to Kim Jong Eun by sending him loyalty funds.”“Koh Young Hui idolization, similar to that for Kim Jong Suk, will take place, fabricating her career to produce a fake myth,” he added.Meanwhile, regarding the idea of a ‘collective leadership system’ following Kim Jong Il’s death, Professor Lee said he believes it has “already settled in.”Even before his stroke, Kim Jong Il suffered from Alzheimer’s and a collective leadership system has been in operation for some time to deal with that, according to Lee. North Korea has been preparing since that time, and introduced the collective leadership system in late 2007. Furthermore, Professor Lee claims that the Yeonpyeong Island shelling was due to internal conflicts in this collective leadership system. “Kim Jong Il, had symptoms of Alzheimer’s since 2007. Since then the operation of a collective leadership system has bee in place and this is the reason why North Korea was not agitated by Kim Jong Il’s stroke or when he recently died.” Controversially, he also emphasized, “The 2010 Yeonpyeong Island Shelling was due to internal conflict in the collective leadership system. Generally thought to have been conducted by hard-liners, the Yeonpyeong Island Shelling was led by Jang Sung Taek and Lee Young Ho.”According to Professor Lee, at the 2010 Party Delegates’ Conference Lee Young Ho was appointed to a key post with Jang Sung Taek’s backing. But, other military groups had complaints about this, yet even before these could be expressed, Jang and Lee initiated the Yeonpyeong shelling. It was to turn attention outside of North Korea. He underscored, “There are many opposition groups in the Worker’s Party and the military against Jang Sung Taek and Lee Young Ho. Those groups do not have the power to fight against Jang and Lee but Jang and Lee also do not have the power to purge these opposing forces. Currently, the collective leadership system is setting this balance of power.”“Because of Kim Jong Il’s mourning period there are no ongoing disputes right now, but a dispute is likely to begin within six months. After that there could be cracks visible in the leadership,” he went on.Professor Lee further evaluated that Kim Jong Eun is Jang Sung Taek and Lee Young Ho’s figurehead. Due to a lack of reliable people around Kim Jong Eun, Jang and Lee will have more weight in power. Therefore, “Kim Jong Eun will likely be promoted to Chief-Secretary or Defense Commission Chairman on April 15th,” he said, but added that this is a mere formality to provide a skin for the ‘sole leadership system’. Analysis & Opinion Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center center_img Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Facebook Twitter Analysis & Opinion By Mok Yong Jae – 2012.01.04 5:41pm Analysis & Opinion North-Japan Set for “Strained” 2012last_img read more

What a coalition government would mean for markets

first_img Minority Liberal government has tax, pension implications A minority government outcome in Canada offers less drama compared to other countries, he said. Canada’s two major parties “aren’t as far apart as, for example, the extreme left and right in some European countries, or even the Republicans and Democrats in the U.S.”Consider that the respective plans from the Liberals and Conservatives both feature effective income tax cuts (the former party proposes raising the basic personal amount, and the latter proposes a cut on the first income tax bracket) and proposals for homebuyers. And, while the Conservatives have pledged lower deficits than the Liberals, neither plan would entail an escalation in the debt/GDP ratio, Shenfeld said.Still, the potential for a coalition government presents a caveat for deficits and debt. As a coalition is formed, “There will be horse trading that may be more likely to inflate spending rather than taxation revenues and thus, perhaps, risk larger deficits,” said Scotiabank’s Derek Holt, vice-president and head of capital markets economics, in a report.The more parties involved, the more complicated the horse trading. In a report, Douglas Porter, BMO’s chief economist, noted that, while coalition governments are nothing new to Canada, what is new is the potential for three parties to be required to hit the 170-seat majority threshold — and the various parties’ details on fiscal policy “differ wildly,” he said.If the New Democratic Party (NDP) and the Green Party of Canada form part of a coalition with the winning party, the energy sector would most likely be disproportionately affected, said Mike Archibald, associate portfolio manager at AGF Investments Inc., in a video.In such a case, pushing through with pipeline projects would be a challenge, if not impossible. “Both the Greens and NDP have said they will not support any more pipelines in Canada,” Archibald said.Potentially affecting telecoms, both the Liberals and NDP have put forth plans to limit cell phone bill pricing, which has seen some reflection in telecom share prices, Archibald said. With a Liberal coalition government with the NDP, “the knee-jerk reaction might be a little bit lower on those stocks initially,” he said.Election effects on other sectorsMore generally, carbon taxes and climate action would also affect the energy sector, with the Liberals having a definitive plan for raising carbon taxing, and the Conservatives promising to scrap carbon taxes and move to a plan that involves incentives and carbon-capture technology. Expect either outcome to drive energy stock sentiment, Archibald said.The best election outcome for the energy sector, he said, would be either a majority Conservative government, with the party’s pro-business stance, or a majority Liberal one, with its vested interest in the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Archibald also noted that the election’s effect on housing, with the Conservatives putting forth plans to change the stress test rules and extend the amortization period for insured mortgages to 30 years from 25. The changes would benefit the financial sector — both banks and alternative lenders, he said. (The Liberals wouldn’t change the stress test, and would sweeten incentives for first-time homebuyers in key urban centres.)While Canadians focus on local politicians today, a global focus will remain important. Regardless of the election’s outcome, TSX investors are likely to feel greater effects from macroeconomic events, Archibald said, including the outcome of U.S.-China trade talks and the ratification of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement.For full details, view the AGF video and read the reports from CIBC, Scotiabank and BMO. Polls are suggesting the new federal government could be a minority, which means the party with the most seats might have to consider a coalition government. That result could have effects both benign and bleak for Canada’s economy and markets.Despite the strong potential for a coalition government, economists aren’t forecasting related market volatility. “Don’t expect a huge market reaction when the results are announced,” said CIBC’s chief economist Avery Shenfeld in a report last Friday. Keywords Federal election,  Energy stocks Advisors’ reactions mixed following federal election Michelle Schriver How will the new government handle economic challenges? Will a minority government revisit small business taxation? Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter New rules for employee stock option deductions likely to move forward Related news Voter on an waiving Canada flag background last_img read more

Dr. Chang Calls for Mentors for Young Men

first_imgAdvertisements Dr. Chang Calls for Mentors for Young Men EnvironmentJuly 6, 2009 RelatedDr. Chang Calls for Mentors for Young Men RelatedDr. Chang Calls for Mentors for Young Mencenter_img RelatedDr. Chang Calls for Mentors for Young Men FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Water and Housing, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, has pointed to the need for more successful Jamaicans to become mentors for the country’s young people, especially the males.“Mentoring is an important part of growing our young people in Jamaica today, and that is particularly true for our young men,” Dr. Chang stated, as he addressed the annual banquet of the Green Island High School Alumni of North America, held on July 4 at the Negril Hills Golf Club in Westmoreland.According to Dr. Chang, a large number of Jamaican males grow up in single mother households, and some of them drop out of school before grade nine, and were at risk of becoming involved in crime.They need the influence of role models, who could have a positive impact on their thinking, and so curtail the country’s high crime rate, he said, noting that about 90 per cent of homicides were committed by youngsters between 15 and 25 years old.He urged organisations, such as alumni associations, to get involved in mentoring, as students need to see and associate with hard working and successful people from the communities that they live in and the schools that they attend.“I think part of it is to get our young males focussed on education and a more productive lifestyle, and those of us who have succeeded outside of the school, need to go back and mentor some of these young men. We have to try to reverse the trend and all of us can help,” stated Dr. Chang, who is also Member of Parliament for North West St. James.The banquet was part of the Green Island High School’s 40th anniversary celebrations this year.last_img read more

Agriculture Ministry Commended for Launching JAMIS

first_imgAgriculture Ministry Commended for Launching JAMIS AgricultureDecember 14, 2009 RelatedAgriculture Ministry Commended for Launching JAMIS FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Mission Director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Dr. Karen Hilliard, has commended the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries for its vision and dedication in establishing the Jamaica Agricultural Marketing Information System (JAMIS) website.She also highlighted what she described as the remarkable growth in the agricultural sector, despite the economic downturn.Dr. Hilliard was speaking at the launch of the JAMIS website at the Ministry’s Hope Gardens offices, today (December 14). The USAID has provided US$53,000 worth of Information Technology (IT) equipment to modernise the marketing teams’ data collection system. The items include 23 laptops; 23 smart phones; and an independent server to support the website.In addition, Dr. Hilliard said the agency has provided over US$150,000 worth of technical assistance to develop a non-biased data collection manual for the marketing team; to train 30 marketing officers in the data collection process; to develop the JAMIS software, and the website; and for price-collection review in a two-year timeline for a fully comprehensive, fully functional marketing information system.“The USAID is dedicated to supporting the system and continuing to help the Ministry to expand it to include production data and forecasting, a buyer-seller forum and other features over the next two to four years,” Dr. Hilliard disclosed.Pointing to the need for such a system, she noted that economists emphasise that free markets only work well when participants have equitable, timely access to quality price information within the agricultural market. “It is under that premise that the Ministry and the USAID, through the JA Farms project, have embarked on this ambitious endeavour,” Dr. Hilliard said.The assistance to JAMIS falls specifically under the USAID-funded JA Farms project, which comes to an end this month. Dr. Hilliard noted that a follow-on project – Marketing and Agriculture for Jamaican Improved Competitiveness (MAGIC) – will pick up where JA Farms left off. It will focus on increased production and marketing of horticulture crops, as well as the revitalisation of the cocoa sector.“We expect the new project team to be on the ground shortly. USAID intends to commit US$14 million to working with the Ministry over the next four years through this new project, and other smaller endeavours,” she said.JAMIS collects, compiles, and disseminates agricultural data, to aid producers, purchasers, consumers and distributors in the sale and purchase of agricultural produce, nationally, regionally and internationally. RelatedAgriculture Ministry Commended for Launching JAMIScenter_img RelatedAgriculture Ministry Commended for Launching JAMIS Advertisementslast_img read more

Tassie welcomes NBL teams for pre-season training

first_imgTassie welcomes NBL teams for pre-season training Jane Howlett,Minister for Sport and RecreationI’d like to extend a warm Tasmanian welcome to the two National Basketball League teams that have arrived in Tasmania to continue their pre-season training and preparation for the upcoming competition.Players from the South East Melbourne Phoenix and SKY Sport New Zealand Breakers arrived in Hobart this morning, temporarily relocating from Melbourne.Importantly, the NBL has strict COVID protocols in place which will apply for the players during their training sessions here in Tasmania and their travel is being managed in accordance with the current border restrictions required by Tasmania at our air and sea ports.It’s a coup for Tasmania to have both these teams here in our State as they prepare for the upcoming season and we’re looking forward to working with the NBL to see what opportunities might exist for locals to get the chance to watch the best in the country play in pre-season practice matches.The two teams that arrived in Hobart this morning will train at the Kingborough Sports Centre and will be supported by the Tassie JackJumpers staff already in place in Tasmania.The NBL has also indicated that it is also looking at temporary relocation options for the Sydney Kings and The Hawks, currently located in Albury. We are continuing our conversations with the NBL about Tasmania also hosting both these teams. Again, the teams would be subject to the same border restrictions that apply to other travellers, including quarantining on arrival if required.On behalf of all Tasmanians, I’d like to welcome the players to Tassie, especially as we continue in our preparations for the Tassie JackJumpers’ entry into the NBL in 2021/22. /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:Albury, AusPol, Australia, basketball, Border, Government, Hobart, league, Melbourne, Minister, New Zealand, season, Sport and Recreation, sports, Sydney, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, travellast_img read more

Boost for Australia’s business events sector

first_imgBoost for Australia’s business events sector Department of Foreign Affairs and TradeThe Gold Coast is open for business as one of Australia’s premier convention destinations and the Morrison Government is supporting local events through a $50 million program.Pre-COVID, the Gold Coast’s business events sector contributed $570 million to the economy, attracting event attendees from all over Australia and the world. Australia’s business events industry is worth $36 billion to the Australian economy and supports around 230,000 Australian jobs.The Morrison Government is supporting Australian jobs and businesses through the$50 million Business Events Grants Program to help cover the costs of attending business events, like conventions, trade shows and conferences.The Government is also launching a new domestic advertising campaign to support the business events sector by encouraging event planners and decision makers to host an event in Australia this year.Member for Moncrieff Angie Bell said the Business Events Grants Program was helping to reinvigorate the Gold Coast business events market with 22 Gold Coast events in 2021 already listed as approved business events. Event attendees can apply for a grant through the Government’s program to help cover out-of-pocket costs.“The people who attend business events on the Gold Coast also book hotel rooms, they eat at restaurants, buy coffees, visit shops and stay to enjoy our tourist attractions, so this support is greatly welcome,” Ms Bell said.“Every event on the Gold Coast means jobs for caterers, videographers, hospitality workers and opportunities for local businesses. I strongly urge all business event organisers to have their next convention on the beautiful Gold Coast at one of our world-class facilities and to apply to be an approved business event. I also encourage Australian businesses to send their staff to these in person events with the help of the Morrison Government’s $50 million support package.”Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan said Australia’s strong economic and health response to COVID-19 meant the domestic business events market was well-placed to rebound in coming years.“Australia is a world-leading host and with more than 190 business events already on the program’s approved list, there are plenty of opportunities for Australian businesses and producers to take advantage of the top-class destinations, facilities and professionals in their own backyard,” Mr Tehan said.“We want a pipeline of business events across Australia in 2021 to build momentum and generate jobs and opportunities in urban and regional centres. This program adds an incentive for businesses to invest in the professional development, networking and travel opportunities available through attending a business event.”Chair of the Business Events Council of Australia Dr Vanessa Findlay said the grants program initiative created motivation for businesses to get back to in person business events.“Prior to COVID-19, the value of business events to the Australian economy was significant– and that’s not just the tangible $36 billion contribution to the Australian economy but also the knowledge exchange, innovation and business to business relationships that deliver so much value to the Australian and international community,” Dr Findlay said.The Hire and Rental Industry Association’s (HRIA) annual industry event will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre this year and is an approved event under the Government’s Business Events Grants Program.HRIA CEO James Oxenham said: “Each year, more than 1,500 delegates attend the HRIA’s flagship event. This year even more than ever our members are looking forward to connecting, and meeting together in person, not only for the convention and exhibition, but also the networking opportunities and social events that make the convention such a success year after year. With the convention finishing on a Thursday, many also plan a long weekend, which should also be a great boost to the Gold Coast economy.”The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is hosting the Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference and Trade Exhibition 2021 (APP2021) event also at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in May this year, and attendees will benefit from the $50 million grants program.APP Conference Convenor Kos Sclavos AM said: “The $50 million Business Events Grants Program is a great initiative by the Federal Government to encourage more delegates and exhibitors to attend conferences in 2021. Our event is the largest pharmacy trade expo in Australia and the grant funding provides the opportunity for even more businesses in our industry to take part. Without events such as APP, businesses would not have the opportunity to meet with existing and new target audiences in this important, face to face setting.”Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre General Manager Adrienne Readings said: “Business events make up on one of the highest yielding sectors in our visitor economy and the Gold Coast is a major contributor, attracting nearly 50 per cent of all conferences, meetings, incentives and exhibitions held in Queensland. Hundreds of thousands of delegates visit the Gold Coast, filling our hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions, transport and retail outlets. Business events not only attract economic benefit to the Gold Coast but also leaders of industry and innovation, paving the way for future development.”Eligible Australian businesses participating or exhibiting at an approved business event in 2021 can now apply for upfront grants to cover up to 50 per cent of their costs ($10,000 – /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:AusPol, Australia, Australian, Bell, conference, DFAT, Exhibition, Federal, federal government, FM, Foreign Affairs, Foreign policy, Gold Coast, Government, grants program, Investment, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Morrison, Morrison Government, Pharmacy Guild of Australia, professional development, Queenslandlast_img read more

Queensland welcomes disaster assistance to support northern producers

first_imgQueensland welcomes disaster assistance to support northern producers Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services The Honourable Mark RyanCritical disaster assistance will now flow to primary producers in North Queensland impacted by Tropical Cyclone Niran.Financial assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).Queensland Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan said the activation of the DRFA was vital to help kick-start the recovery of impacted primary producers in Cassowary Coast, Cairns, Hinchinbrook, Mareeba and Tablelands.“This activation is critical to providing financial support so that impacted producers can begin to recover from the effects of the cyclone,” Minister Ryan said.“The Queensland Government has resources on the ground continuing to assess the damage and we’ll work with the Commonwealth to extend DRFA assistance as necessary,” he said.Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner said he was pleased to see support will flow to primary producers in the region.“I spent Saturday afternoon talking to growers and seeing the damage in Innisfail first hand, and it is imperative that we respond to the situation,” Mr Furner said.“I welcome the support producers can now access in the form of concessional loans of up to $250,000 to repair or replace damaged buildings or equipment affected by Tropical Cyclone Niran.“Subsidies to the value of $5000 are also available to assist with the freight costs of moving livestock, crops, fodder and water, as well as other farm equipment,” he said.Information on disaster assistance can be found on the Queensland Reconstruction Authority’s website at www.qra.qld.gov.au. /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, Cairns, commonwealth, disaster, Emergency, Emergency Services, Fire and Emergency Services, Furner, Government, industry, Innisfail, livestock, Mareeba, Minister, QLD, Queensland, resources, Ryanlast_img read more

New Laws To Make Schools Safer For Everyone

first_imgNew Laws To Make Schools Safer For Everyone VIC PremierThe Andrews Labor Government is giving Victorian schools the power to ban aggressive and violent parents from entering school grounds, to protect students and staff.Minister for Education James Merlino today introduced the Education and Training Reform Amendment (Protection of School Communities) Bill 2021, delivering on a key recommendation from the 2018 Protective Schools Ministerial Taskforce.The Bill will help empower authorised persons, such as school principals, to issue School Community Safety Orders to parents, carers and other people who engage in harmful, threatening or abusive behaviour.The new laws will also allow schools to ban parents that engage in threatening or abusive communication through social media and other channels.Schools will be able to impose requirements on the way parents, carers or other adult members of the school community interact with the school or school community – including stopping them from entering school grounds or other locations where school events are occurring, if reasonably necessary.Schools must ensure people issued with the new Orders are still able to communicate with the school and be informed about the child’s education, and make arrangements to ensure the child’s attendance at the school and school activities.The changes build on existing legislation and will provide greater procedural fairness to parents, carers and other adult members of the school community. This includes internal merits review, and external review at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal if the person doesn’t agree with the outcome.If a person fails to comply with a School Community Safety Order, an application can be made to the Magistrates’ Court for an order requiring compliance, a civil penalty of up to 60 penalty units, or any other order that the Court considers appropriate.The Bill is part of a broader strategy targeting the small minority of parents, carers and other members of school communities who engage in such inappropriate behaviour. It will also include an ongoing school-based communications campaign to address parent and carer aggression,The Government has undertaken targeted consultation with stakeholders including teacher unions, school associations, parent associations, Victoria Legal Aid, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, Foundation House, Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, and the Victorian Multicultural Commission.As stated by Minister for Education James Merlino“No one should be threatened or intimidated at work or at school – that’s why we’re introducing these new laws to protect staff, students and their families.” “These vital new measures will empower our senior school leaders to take necessary actions when inappropriate behaviour is being levelled towards people in the school community”. /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:Aboriginal, amendment, Andrews, AusPol, Australia, campaign, civil penalty, Commission, communications, community, education, Government, Human Rights, legislation, Minister, social media, students, Victorialast_img read more

Unique $17 Million Engineering Facility To Be Dedicated At CU-Boulder

first_img Published: April 6, 1997 Editors: A media tour of the ITLL will be at 10 a.m. April 22 beginning at the east entrance of the engineering college. The University of Colorado at Boulder will dedicate a one-of-a-kind, $17 million hands-on learning facility April 24 that was designed and built to provide real-world engineering experience to more than 1,200 undergraduates a day. The three-story Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory features two large learning plazas and 30 lab stations outfitted with advanced instruments and computers. Student teams are tackling hands-on engineering problems ranging from water-pollution mitigation and software design to the construction of spacecraft instruments and assistive technology devices for people with disabilities. “There is nothing like this facility anywhere in the United States,” said civil engineering Research Associate Jacquelyn Sullivan, co-director of ITLL. “We set out to create a learning environment in tune with the real world, a place where students team up, communicate and problem-solve on their feet.” One hallmark of the building is its “inside-out” design, exposing many of the building’s systems through transparent wall panels. Students can use more than 200 sensors throughout the structure to “take the pulse of the building,” including its foundation, structure and mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems. They also can monitor its temperature, airflow, humidity and vibration for various experiments, said mechanical engineering Professor Lawrence Carlson, co-director of ITLL. “We wanted to show the students what makes a building tick, so we designed this one with no secrets.” The dedication will include remarks by Joe Bordogna, acting deputy director of the National Science Foundation and Norman Augustine, president and CEO of Lockheed-Martin. Other speakers include CU president John Buechner, CU-Boulder Chancellor Richard Byyny and CU-Boulder engineering college Dean Ross Corotis. The ceremonies will include a symposium from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. with the formal dedication taking place from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Engineering Dean Eleanor Baum of The Cooper Union in New York and Joel Birnbaum, senior vice president of research and development at Hewlett Packard also will speak. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:25 p.m. will feature novel inventions created by freshman students to perform the task. “Our vision of ITLL is that of a K-16 facility,” said Sullivan. Special hands-on camps are scheduled this summer for elementary and middle school students from the region. “We would like to get more kids in the engineering pipeline and attract a broader range of students to CU-Boulder,” she said. The close proximity of lab stations to one another should enhance curiosity and cooperation among undergraduates from the college’s six departments, said Sullivan. Students can wheel experiment carts up to the lab stations and plug their projects into a state-of-the-art, high-tech world for data acquisition and analysis. Each lab station is equipped with two interactive computers. In one mobile experiment, students can simulate a groundwater aquifer complete with rivers, wells and various soil types to model effects of toxic spills. “We think ITLL will become the leading example in the nation of a new way to educate engineering undergraduates,” said Dean Ross Corotis. The new building also houses six “smart” classrooms featuring multimedia equipment, computers and high-resolution video projectors, including two for first-year engineering design labs. First-year teams are designing and testing products from scratch using computers, hand tools and workbenches. Past first-year projects have included devices for children with disabilities, inventions to make recycling easier, the design of pollution sensors and clever “Rube Goldberg” contraptions built to perform simple tasks in surprising ways. The facility also includes four large studios for year-long senior design and construction projects equipped with computers and instruments and arranged much like lab space in a corporate research and development environment. A simulation and data-visualization lab with 25 high-performance computer work stations in the new facility will help students model and predict the performance of designs before they are built, said Sullivan. “The goal is to make engineering more exciting and meaningful,” Carlson said. “Experience with teamwork and creative problem solving should make students more marketable and better able to function in today’s engineering world.” Funding was provided by private donors, foundations, the state of Colorado and from a tuition surcharge approved by CU-Boulder engineering students. Engineering college alumnus John Drescher donated $1.3 million and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation of Los Altos, Calif., donated $1.27 million. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

International Wine Associates Represent Oregon’s The Four Graces in the Sale…

first_imgLinkedin Previous articleAfternoon Brief, March 31Next articleCVNE – Compañia Vinicola del Norte de España (Cune) buys Mikuni Wine of Japan Press Release Pinterest ReddIt Home Industry News Releases International Wine Associates Represent Oregon’s The Four Graces in the Sale to…Industry News ReleasesInternational Wine Associates Represent Oregon’s The Four Graces in the Sale to Bill FoleyBy Press Release – March 31, 2014 37 0 Share TAGSBill FoleyFour GracesInternational Wine Associates Twitter Facebook Email AdvertisementIn second Oregon wine industry deal in last six months International Wine Associates sees increased interest in OregonHealdsburg, California – March 31, 2014 – Robert Nicholson of International Wine Associates, the mergers and acquisitions advisory firm that specializes in wine industry transactions, announced today that International Wine Associates served as exclusive advisors to Oregon’s The Four Graces Winery and Vineyard in the sale to Foley Family Wines.“This is the second transaction in Oregon that International Wine Associates has completed in the last six months. Last year Louis Jadot approached us to find them a top quality Oregon vineyard and we found them Resonance Vineyard. With Foley’s arrival in Oregon and interest from other large wine companies Oregon is now attracting the attention of the global wine industry” said Nicholson.The Four Graces was founded by Ms. Paula Marie Black and Steven L. Black and was established by the Black family in 2003 with the purchase of the Black Family Estate in Dundee and has quickly grown to become one of the most successful Oregon wineries. The winery was named after the founders’ four daughters.Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.About IWAIWA is the leading mergers and acquisitions firm that specializes in the wine industry and has closed more transactions than any other advisor or investment bank in the business. Incorporated in 1990, IWA has initiated and completed over $1 billion in transactions.In addition to the sale of The Four Graces, IWA has completed numerous other transactions, including among others the sale of Resonance Vineyard, Mayacamas Vineyards, Silverado Hill Winery, Lancaster Estate, Silver Oak’s acquisition of Sausal Vineyard, Edna Valley Vineyard’s sale to Gallo, Laurel Glen Winery, Pacific Rim Winemakers sale to Banfi, the Hangar One Vodka purchase by Jose Cuervo, the sale of various California and Pacific Northwest wineries and vineyards (Geyser Peak, Buena Vista, Gary Farrell, Atlas Peak, Columbia, Covey Run, Ste. Chapelle) for Constellation for $209 million, the  sale of Bonny Doon’s Big House and Cardinal Zin brands, Cline Cellars’ sale of the Red Truck wine brand, the sale of Wild Horse Winery to Jim Beam, the Hogue Cellars sale to Vincor, Jim Beam’s acquisition of Geyser Peak Winery, the Errazuriz Caliterra joint-venture with Robert Mondavi and Heublein’s sale of The Greystone building in the Napa Valley to The Culinary Institute of America.www.intlwine.comAdvertisement last_img read more