With the Fabian Society predicting Labour could win just 140 seats at the next election, is the party in terminal decline?

With the Fabian Society predicting Labour could win just 140 seats at the next election, is the party in terminal decline? whatsapp Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary, University of London, says Yes.Businesses and political parties both operate in markets where competition can be cut-throat, where mistakes can be costly, where leadership and branding matter, and where, ultimately, the customer is king. Yet there’s one big difference: businesses – even firms so familiar we assume they’ll always be around – often go belly-up; parties – especially well-established outfits – rarely disappear completely. But rarely doesn’t mean never.Once in a while, parties face perfect storms and, as a consequence, go under. Labour has a leader that the public can’t take seriously and a membership whose left-liberal leanings leave the majority of voters cold. Subject to a three-way squeeze between Ukip (trump card: immigration), the Lib Dems (trump card: moderate centrism), and the Tories (trump card: economic credibility), the party’s only lifeboat is our unfair electoral system. Share Tim BaleTim Bale is professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London, and co-author of Footsoldiers, a forthcoming book on Britain’s party members. and Chris Rumfitt RumfittChris Rumfitt is founder and chief executive of Field Consulting. Wednesday 4 January 2017 4:01 am If Labour does capsize, a few brave souls may survive by clinging onto the upturned hull until time and tide rescue them. Who knows, though, whether they will ever be able to right the ship and set sail again?Chris Rumfitt, founder and chief executive of Field Consulting, says No.The Fabian Society’s report concluding that the Labour Party is on course for a cataclysmic defeat at the next election is a statement of the blindingly obvious. During 2016 the polls went from bad to atrocious and Jeremy Corbyn is probably the least attractive personality, with the least appealing policies, ever to lead a major British political party. But this decline need not be terminal.The electorate is febrile as never before, and they are fed up with the status quo. The hopes 52 per cent of the public invested in Brexit will not be satisfied, and before long they will be seeking a new vehicle to push their desire for change. With the Tories intent on Hard Brexit and right-wing obsessions like grammar schools, there is a huge vacuum in the political centre.The Labour Party can reverse its decline. But it needs to ditch Corbyn and the hard-left policies that go with him, and return to the only place from which the party has ever won – the centre ground. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictUndoZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldUndoMedical MattersThis Picture Shows Who Prince Harry’s Father Really IsMedical MattersUndomoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comUndoAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorUndoGive It LoveThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayGive It LoveUndo whatsapp More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.com read more

Anchorage to double its Housing First capacity

first_imgCommunity | Housing | SouthcentralAnchorage to double its Housing First capacityJuly 21, 2015 by Zachariah Hughes, KSKA Share:Anchorage’s Housing First facility, Karluk Manor. (Photo courtesy of RurAL CAP)Anchorage is struggling with how to address serious and expensive problems stemming from chronic homelessness. On Tuesday, the new mayor’s administration announced a dramatic plan to more than double the city’s capacity for housing the most severely affected population living on the streets. The sudden move isn’t without controversy.Melinda Freemon is the director for the Department of Health and Social Services, and she says the addition of 56 housing units fits within Anchorage’s Comprehensive Plan for addressing homelessness.“DHSS is supportive of this model because it is considered the nationwide best practice: permanent supportive housing actually does end chronic homelessness for high users of safety centers across the nation,” Freemon says.The plan also funds “intensive case management,” the official term for the comprehensive help clients receive to regain control over their lives.“They provide assistance with accessing medical care for the tenants, they provide them with shopping opportunities, employment opportunities,” Freemon says. “They would facilitate substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, and all of the services that go along with helping people retain their housing.”Providing shelter and help is not cheap, but advocates and city officials are quick to point out the cost of treating symptoms instead of the causes of homelessness is even more expensive. The municipality has spent millions of dollars on studies proving how costly it is just managing the most high-cost users of emergency services.That’s partly why news from the mayor’s office was such a surprise: the Administration is chipping in just $200,000, but the funding is essential for accessing a much larger pool of grant funds $3.5 million ($3,595,717 to be exact) for a multi-year budget paying for the treatment. Originally that money was dropped into the city’s budget by the Sullivan Administration for a controversial pilot program that would have sent 10 people for a short-term course of aversion therapy in Seattle. Now, the funds are helping renovate the Safe Harbor facility by 4th Avenue and Sitka Street to accommodate long-term tenants.“All the units needed upgrading–so just new flooring, new paint on the wall, but in order to make it serve a special needs population or a highly disabled population, like many people who are long-term homeless, we’ve had to make some safety improvements.”Corrine O’Neill is a housing director at RurAL CAP, which is administering the project. The statewide nonprofit bought the Safety Harbor facility last winter, but had struggled to find funds to keep it up and running.“And Rural CAP felt it was really important to save this housing and that it would exacerbate the homeless problem in Anchorage if we didn’t save these assets. But we also inherited some of the same struggles they had in terms of operational costs.”Long-term residents are expected to start moving in by September. The funding will also make vouchers available for subsidized housing spread across different parts of the city. The project will end up similar to Karluk Manor, a wet-housing facility that’s just a few blocks away–a factor that’s hardly insignificant for critics of the plan.Christopher Constant is president of the Fairview Community Council, and says the neighborhood wasn’t consulted ahead of the decision to support more long-term supportive housing–an issue with a contentious history in the area.“We take on more as a community than any other neighborhood in this town–between Mountain View and Fairview, you know, we are the city’s social service epicenter,” Constant says.Constant says it’s not only unfair to residents, but it makes for bad treatment policy, keeping those people in the middle of treatment within the same geography and social circles they may be struggling to get away from.A spokesman for the Berkowitz administration says the president of Mountain View Community Council was contacted about the plan, along with the chair and vice-chair of the Anchorage Assembly.Share this story:last_img read more

Bank junction brought to standstill by cycle protest

first_img whatsapp Wednesday 24 June 2015 5:03 am Bank junction brought to standstill by cycle protest Catherine Neilan Hundreds of protesters brought Bank junction to a standstill this morning, as they gathered in a flash protest to highlight cycle safety.  The protest, organised by the London Cycling Campaign, had been called at short notice following the death of 26-year-old PwC employee Ying Tao, who was killed in an accident involving a tipper truck at Bank on Monday.  She was the eighth cyclist to die so far this year, and the seventh to be killed in a collision involving a lorry.  Cyclists met at Bank just before 8:30am. Many of them laid flowers, and a moment’s silence was observed.  https://twitter.com/DogNotDonkey/status/613622619515002880 https://twitter.com/london_cycling/status/613611778052894720 https://twitter.com/london_cycling/status/613620470047481856 https://twitter.com/GreenasErnestas/status/613616378071920641 Read more: London’s cyclists will continue to die until decisive action is taken Share whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoEliteSinglesThe Dating Site for Highly-Educated Singles in ScottsdaleEliteSinglesUndo Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Eight young players to watch out for in the intermediate football championship

first_img WhatsApp Eight young players to watch out for in the intermediate football championship Facebook Previous articleJOB VACANCY: Laois-Offaly Education and Training Board have a number of posts to fillNext articleEmo Rath’s Eoin bags another gold medal as Laois athletes excel Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Pinterest TAGSLaois IFC 2018 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Facebook Pinterest Home Sport GAA Eight young players to watch out for in the intermediate football championship SportGAAGaelic Football Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ WhatsApp Twitter The second most important competition in club football in Laois gets underway this week as the intermediate championship begins.There are four games to look forward to this week – two on Saturday and another two on Sunday.Mountmellick Gaels are the side who were relegated from senior last year and they will begin as favourites but it is likely to be wide open again.The likes of Courtwood, Timahoe and Rosenallis will all fancy their chances too.While there is also the beaten finalists from 2017, Portlaoise’s second team, who are likely to be very strong once more.But ahead of the start of the competition, and just like we did with the hurling last week, we’ve taken a look at one promising young star from each team who should make a real impression in the championship.Check them out below:BARROWHOUSE – Fergal MurphyBarrowhouse have lost Eric Mackey this year and will be in need of extra firepower to account for his departure.Emmett Malone has returned from injury but one young man who could also help on that scale is Fergal Murphy. Has been hampered with injury this year but if he returns to fitness, he is capable of scoring if given the chance.COURTWOOD – Seán O’FlynnFull back on the Laois minor and U-17 football teams last year, Seán O’Flynn is a young man with a very bright future ahead of him.Lined out at wing back for the Laois U-20s this year and then played wing forward Courtwood in their Division 2 success.Along with the likes of Matthew Byron, Niall Dunne, Cian Doyle and Jake Doyle, he adds a new dimension to Courtwood this year.MOUNTMELLICK GAELS – Jason CaffreyMountmellick Gaels have dropped into this championship from Senior and will be favourites to get out.They have assembled a side containing a number of players who came through together over the last number of years like Darren Fitzpatrick, Mark Dowling and Laurence Kenny.But one of their younger lights is Jason Caffrey – a classy corner forward with an eye for goal.PORTLAOISE – Michael DowlingPortlaoise had nine players on the Laois minor team last year and a number of them are now making the transition to adult football.One of those is tigerish corner back Michael Dowling. He played a number of senior league games for Portlaoise and may well end up there in the end.But for now he will prove a valuable asset to the intermediate team.ROSENALLIS – Eoin DunneEoin Dunne’s rise has been nothing short of meteoric. The young Rosenallis man failed to make the minor team last year but made a big impact at U-20 level this term.Lining out at midfield, he excelled and will hope to transfer that form to his club.ST JOSEPH’S – Jack LaceySt Joseph’s are operating at this level after defeating Kilcavan in the junior final last year.They have a nice blend of youth an experience at this level and one player who is set to catch the eye is wing back Jack Lacey.He has represented the club at senior level too, coming on it the league final defeat against O’Dempsey’s, and may well end up at that level again.THE ROCK – Anavil StoreyThe Rock reached the quarter final last year and will be hoping to go one step further after suffering defeat to Portlaoise following a replay.One player certainly worth keeping an eye out for is Anavil Storey.The pacey player can operate in defence or attack and his legs will be a big part of how The Rock will play this year.TIMAHOE – James O’ConnorTimahoe are embarking on their fifth Intermediate championship campaign in a row and will once again be one of the favorites to win it.Have added in some more young players this year in the form of Colum Dunne and Graham Devitt but James O’Connor, younger brother of Laois senior star Damien, will be one of the main men.He played very well for the Laois U-20s this year too.SEE ALSO – Looking ahead to this year’s Laois junior football championship Rugby Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Community Community By Alan Hartnett – 24th July 2018 last_img read more

The first LaoisToday football Team of the Week for 2019

first_img Community Home Sport GAA The first LaoisToday football Team of the Week for 2019 SportGAAGaelic Football TAGSFootball team of the week Previous articleSugrue confident his side are on track in preparation for Allianz National League openerNext articleRTÉ are looking for newly engaged Laois couples for their new wedding planning show LaoisToday Reporter Pinterest Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Community Twitter Council Facebook Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The first LaoisToday football Team of the Week for 2019 Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year By LaoisToday Reporter – 8th January 2019 Pinterest WhatsApp Last weekend saw the latter stages of two 2018 football competitions take place – although we now in 2019.The delayed U-21 ‘A’ championship took a step closer to its conclusion while the ‘B’ grade came to an end.St Joseph’s reached their fourth final in the last five years when they saw off Ballyroan-Abbey Gaels.The Kellyville outfit, who won two titles in 2015 and 2016 alongside Barrowhouse, will face reigning champions Portarlington.The lads in maroon were far too strong for Portlaoise in their semi final and will now look for two-in-a-row against St Joseph’s on Sunday in Stradbally.Meanwhile, the ‘B’ final saw O’Dempsey’s take on The Heath and win by 12 points.Our reporters were in all three venues and from those games, we bring you our first Team of the Week for 2019.Check it out below:1 – Shane Hogan (O’Dempsey’s)O’Dempsey’s U-21 ‘B’ 2018 winners13-a-side football is an extremely open form of the game with goals tending to fly in at both ends of the pitch due to the greater space available to forwards.So any keeper who keeps a clean sheet in that environment must be good. Shane Hogan achieved this by pulling off a number of point blank saves for O’Dempsey’s in their final win.2 – Cathal Bennett (Portarlington)Cathal BennettCathal Bennett had a hectic 2018 and 2019 has got off to a good start. He was vice-captain of the Laois minor team which reached the Leinster minor final and captain of the Portarlington team who lost the Laois minor final to Ballyroan-Abbey after a replay.He lined out in defence for the U-21s on Sunday and marauded forward at will while also managing to snuff out countless Portlaoise attacks.3 – James Kelly (St Joseph’s)James Kelly and his St. Joseph’s team have qualified for the U-21 finalPicture: Alf Harvey/HRPhoto.ieJames Kelly returned to the Laois panel this year for the O’Byrne Cup and he showed more promise in this game.He marshalled the full back line excellently for St Joseph’s and will need to continue that form against Portarlington this weekend where he will likely face Colm Murphy.4 – Eoin Carey (Portlaoise)The Portlaoise defenders were under siege for much of the game against Portarlington but one player who coped well with the constant bombardment was Eoin Carey.He made a string of fine blocks, particularly in the second half and stayed battling right to the end.5 – Colin Slevin (Portarlington)Colin Slevin’s first year at senior level was cut short when he picked up a nasty injury in the first round of the senior championship.But he is fully recovered now and he got up and down the pitch extremely well and chipped in with two points from play himself.6 – Robbie Pigott (Portarlington)Pigott burst onto the inter-county scene last year following his now infamous spat with Carlow’s Brendan Murphy.And he is now a rock in this Portarlington side as he holds the show together at centre back.7 – Dean Brophy (St Joseph’s)Dean Brophy St JosephsA lot of the good things that St Joseph’s did on Sunday came from the platform that their half back line gave them.Dean Brophy stood out here as the Laois U-20 player defended and attacked brilliantly, scoring a crucial point.8 – Eoin McCann (Portarlington)Portarlington dominated the skies in their win over Portlaoise with Sean Byrne and Eoin McCann ruling midfield.McCann also showed his running power for Portarlington’s second goal as he started the move with a pass to Jake Foster and then was there to palm home at the end of the move.9 – Shane Nerney (O’Dempsey’s)Shane NerneyO’Dempsey’s had seven members of their team that played against Portlaoise in the 2018 county final on show in the U-21 ‘B’ final against The Heath.One of those was Shane Nerney and despite playing most of his senior career in defence, he showed he is well capable of dominating a game from midfield as well.10 – Mark Barry (O’Dempsey’s)Mark BarryWe chose Mark Barry as our footballer to watch out for in 2019 and he started the year in fine form.He kicked 1-8 of O’Dempsey’s 4-8 in the final and his accuracy from frees is incredible.11 – Dylan Doyle (St Joseph’s)Dylan Doyle scored 2-1 in the semi final win and will be hoping his side can claim their third title in the last four years on Sunday.However, he was shown a straight red card just before full time meaning he will be suspended for the showdown. His performance against Ballyroan-Abbey shows just how much of a loss he will be.12 – Leon Holland (The Heath)Leon HollandIt was a difficult encounter for the Heath on Sunday against a powerful and physically superior O’Dempsey’s side.But one player who stood out for them was Leon Holland. He finished as their top scorer on the day and landed a number of tricky frees.13 – Enda McWey (Ballyroan-Abbey)Ballyroan-Abbey’s victorious minor captain Enda McWey lined out at corner forward for the U-21s on Sunday in their loss to St Joseph’s.He kicked two great points and popped up with a very late goal which made the closing moments very interesting but the Kellyville men held on.14 – Colm Murphy (Portarlington)Colm MurphySharp-shooting Colm Murphy kicked 1-5 for Portarlington in their win and also set up a high volume of scores for his colleagues.This will be a big year for him as he looks to get a place on the Laois senior team and he certainly has made a positive start.15 – Peter Kealy (St Joseph’s)Peter KealyPeter Kealy is a young man who has had a lot of his recent career blighted by various injuries.He played the semi final win over Ballyroan-Abbey with a heavily strapped leg and limped off towards the end. His three points were invaluable and the Kellyville out will need him fit for the final.SUBS OF THE WEEKSeamus Farrelly (St Joseph’s)Farrelly represented the Laois U-17s in 2018 and he came off the bench in the second half of St Joseph’s win on Sunday.With Ballyroan coming back into the game, he landed a great point from 30 metres to quell their revival.Lee Davis (Portlaoise)A first half substitute, Davis came on into defence for Portlaoise in the defeat to Portarlington.He competed well and did as good as he possibly could to snuff out attacks where possible.Ciaran Carroll (Ballyroan-Abbey)A half time substitute, Ciaran Carroll came on in midfield and helped Ballyroan-Abbey battle for possession far better in the second half.Bernard Wheatley and Brian Daly had been comfortably on top until that point so the introduction of Carroll certainly made a difference.SEE ALSO – Portarlington teacher bravely opens up about mental health journey WhatsApp New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening last_img read more

[Photos] Heat wave, sanctions bring increased hardship to Sino-North Korea border

first_img Residents in Namyang, North Hamgyong Province gather during the public holiday. Image: Daily NK 1 of 12 Water purification plant in North Pyongan Province. Image: Daily NK North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) North Korean residents catching fish on the banks of the Amnok River in North Pyongan Province. Image: Daily NK View of Namyang Station in North Hamgyong Province. / Image: Daily NK Due to the holiday, Wonjong-ri Customs Office was closed as Daily NK’s reporter passed through, likely explaining the lack of vehicles or people in the area. To the left of the bridge in the above photos is the Wonjong-ri International Market, which opened in July as reported by Daily NK.A separate source in the region said that the market has not been able to produce significant revenue yet due to sanctions which, in theory at least, prevent Chinese tourists from buying seafood products and returning with them to China.A local North Korean who had been in China on a personal travel visa for three months told Daily NK that life in North Korea had gotten harder recently compared to the last few years. “There’s plenty of people selling things in the markets but fewer people buying them because most don’t have the money. Those that do have a bit of money give it to cadres so that they can get a visa to China and earn money that way. That’s been the trend for a while now,” he said.“I really hope things go well with South Korea and we won’t have to worry so much about how to earn a living.” News North Pyongan Province as seen from along the Amnok River. Image: Daily NK chagang province Taxis and delivery/ transportation vehicles in North Pyongan Province as seen from the Amnok River. Image: Daily NK Residences in North Pyongan Province as seen from along the Amnok River. Image: Daily NK A taxi at the gate of a village in North Pyongan Province. Image: Daily NK Factory in North Pyongan Province, North Korea US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again Wonjong-ri Customs House in Rason,, North Hamgyong Province. Image: Daily NK Daily NK traveled to the Sino-North Korea border region in July to investigate whether international sanctions and the heatwave gripping the country are having visible effects on residents.Looking over the Amnok River from the Chinese city of Dandong into North Korea’s North Pyongan Province, one of the first things that can be noticed in the first set of photos below is that the riverbank is dotted with corn crops rather than trees. The surrounding hills feature a few propaganda signboards, but the general landscape is sparsely forested. 1 of 9 “A lot of houses in the city were completed flooded and the water damage was so bad that the only option was to tear them down and rebuild. But as part of the propaganda-driven campaign to show Kim Jong Un’s ‘love for the people,’ they only really focused on rebuilding dwellings next to the river and didn’t pay attention to other areas,” a local source told Daily NK.These photos were taken on Victory Day, a national holiday in North Korea (National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day in South Korea). The atmosphere was decidedly less rushed. Men were playing volleyball while women could be seen dancing. Most of the mountains in this area are used as farmland and residents can be seen riding an ox wagon using it to work the land. According to a source Daily NK spoke to in the area, the early corn harvest will serve as the primary staple for many North Korean residents this summer but that it’s “been really bad compared to last year.” Further upstream is Sakju County, North Pyongan Province. The houses in this area are notably run down. Potato and corn plots dot the mountains but the land is mostly barren and without trees. North Korean residents with precariously overloaded bicycles traverse the narrow roads snaking through the plots, while taxis and delivery vehicles navigate narrow paths along the mountain slopes. Residents cautiously fish by the river under the constant watch of the ever-present guard posts, as Chinese tourist vessels meander by.The water purification facilities in the surrounding industrial region are outdated or retired, with only a few operating at a reduced capacity evidenced by smoke billowing out of a chimney or two. A source in Dandong told Daily NK that the sanctions have further reduced factory operations due to sanctions targeting the country for its nuclear and missile programs. “Consequently,” he said, “most of the workers in this area aren’t getting regular rations or remuneration.”Below are images of Namyang, North Hamgyong Province, the site of a devastating flood in 2016. New apartments have been constructed in the area, but some older dwellings remain. Propaganda slogan in North Pyongan Province calling for tree protection. Image: Daily NK Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders Wonjong-ri Customs House in Rason,, North Hamgyong Province. Image: Daily NK A farmer heads home after working the land with an oxen and cart. Image: Daily NK Residents of Namyang, North Hamgyong Province. Image: Daily NK AvatarKim Song Il RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Overlooking Namyang, North Hamgyong Province. Image: Daily NK North Korean guard post in North Pyongan Province. Image: Daily NK View overlooking Namyang, North Hamgyong Province. Image: Daily NK Another panoramic view into North Pyongan Province from along the Amnok River. Image: Daily NK Factory in North Pyongan Province, North Korea. Image: Daily NKWater purification plant in North Pyongan Province. Image: Daily NK 1 of 8 Residences in Namyang, North Hamgyong Province. Image: Daily NK Wonjong-ri Customs House in Rason,, North Hamgyong Province. Image: Daily NK News All the following images are various shots of Wonjong-ri Customs House and the adjacent international market in Rason,, North Hamgyong Province. Image: Daily NK Wonjong-ri Customs House in Rason,, North Hamgyong Province. Image: Daily NK Farmland in Namyang, North Hamgyong Province, Image: Daily NK Residents in Namyang, North Hamgyong Province passing the time together during the public holiday. Image: Daily NK Corn being grown along the banks of the Amnok River in North Pyongan Province. Image: Daily NK TAGSsanctionsborder SHARE Facebook Twitter News North Korean residents on bicycles in North Pyongan Province as seen from the Amnok River. Image: Daily NK last_img read more

JAS Stages Road Shows to Inform Farmers about Receipt Book System

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedJAS Stages Road Shows to Inform Farmers about Receipt Book System JAS Stages Road Shows to Inform Farmers about Receipt Book System UncategorizedDecember 15, 2006 RelatedJAS Stages Road Shows to Inform Farmers about Receipt Book Systemcenter_img RelatedJAS Stages Road Shows to Inform Farmers about Receipt Book System FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Scores of farmers from St. Elizabeth gathered at the Salvation Army Church Hall at Top Hill yesterday (Dec.14), to learn more about the receipt book system, which has been put in place by government, to address the problem of praedial larceny.The sensitization session, organized by the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), was the first of a series of road shows being held across the island, which are targeted at farmers and purchasers of agricultural produce.In addition to informing farmers about how they can benefit from the use of the receipt books, the road shows are also intended to increase the registration of farmers and the distribution of receipt books; to enable the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) to become acquainted with genuine farmers and build a closer relationship with them; and also to respond to various queries that farmers and purchasers may have about the receipt books.Public Relations Officer at the JAS, Camille Beckford, told JIS News that while “the turnout of the farmers today is not as much as we would like.for the next road show that we are planning, we would hope to .get them out, because that is who we are targeting specifically and also purchasers of agricultural produce”.“Naturally we’re going islandwide with this and we hope that whenever we have the town criers, farmers do come out and find out more about how to use the receipt books,” Miss Beckford added, assuring that “the book does affect the farmers and helps in the fight against praedial larceny”.In her address to the farmers, the JAS Public Relations Officer pointed out that “praedial larceny is one of the greatest deterrents to food production, livestock development and continued investment in Jamaica,” costing the agricultural sector 25 per cent of potential earnings, which was about $4 billion per year.“The new Bill, the Amendment to the Agricultural Produce Act, is a workable solution,” Miss Beckford told the farmers, noting that, the legislation would strengthen the existing laws and allow for the protection of farmers’ produce.Under the Bill, the definition of agricultural produce has been extended to include fish, livestock and a myriad of other things that were not included in the original Act. The fine for breaches under the Act has also been increased from $1,000 to $250,000.The next praedial larceny road show will take place in the parish of Manchester. The shows will be staged for three months until March 31 next year. The ISCF and RADA are partners in the process.The JAS is recommending that a special hotline be established in every parish for the reporting of suspicious movements as it relates to the theft of agricultural produce.last_img read more

IMF Staff Completes 2021 Article IV Mission to Thailand

first_imgIMF Staff Completes 2021 Article IV Mission to Thailand End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF’s Executive Board. Based on the preliminary findings of this mission, staff will prepare a report that, subject to management approval, will be presented to the IMF’s Executive Board for discussion and decision. Thailand’s economy contracted by 6.1 percent in 2020 amid stringent measures to contain the COVID‑19 pandemic and a sudden stop in tourism flows. The authorities responded decisively with a multi‑pronged policy package to protect households, firms, and the financial system.The economic recovery in 2021 is expected to be sluggish with growth at 2.6 percent, and divergent across sectors. Uncertainty surrounding the outlook is high and hinges partly on the timely availability and distribution of an effective vaccine.The mission recommends an accommodative macroeconomic policy mix to support the recovery focusing on protecting vulnerable groups and scaling up of public investment. Structural reforms should contribute to limiting economic scarring from the pandemic and fostering a sustainable and inclusive recovery.Washington, DC: An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team, led by Mr. Lamin Leigh, held the virtual 2021 Article IV Consultation with Thailand from February 24–March 11. At the conclusion of the discussions, Mr. Leigh issued the following statement:“The Thailand economy is showing incipient signs of recovery from the COVID-19 downturn.At the onset of the pandemic, ample policy buffers underpinned by the country’s long-standing tradition of judicious management of the public finances, enabled the authorities to deploy a multi-pronged policy package to manage risks from the pandemic and protect households, businesses, and the financial system.“The COVID‑19 pandemic has significantly impacted the Thailand economy. Real GDP growth in 2020 contracted by 6.1 percent. Containment measures and the sudden stop in tourism flows have depressed activity. Subsequently, real GDP recovered in both Q3 and Q4 2020 and grew by 6.2 percent and 1.3 percent respectively on a quarter-to-quarter basis.“The outlook remains challenging. Growth is projected to reach 2.6 percent in 2021, led by a recovery in domestic demand. The recovery in tourism is expected to be slow for most of 2021, hinging partly on a successful vaccine deployment and resumption of global travel. Here, the authorities have taken important measures to access and distribute the COVID 19 vaccine. Exports are expected to pick up on a stronger recovery in global demand. Inflation is forecast to recover somewhat in 2021 staying near the lower bound of the Bank of Thailand’s 1 to 3 percent target range.“Against this backdrop, the mission recommends continuing accommodative policies to support the recovery, reduce scarring, and tackle long‑standing economic challenges, while avoiding a premature withdrawal of policy support until the recovery is secured. A fiscal expansion should focus on protecting the vulnerable through stronger social safety nets and scaling up of public investment in macro-critical and climate resilient projects. Once the recovery is firmly underway, a comprehensive consolidation strategy, including tax reforms and expenditure prioritization, will be needed to gradually restore pre‑crisis buffers and preserve fiscal sustainability over the medium term.“Targeted and more effective financial sector support to hard‑hit firms and households, complemented with additional monetary easing in a data dependent manner would also support the recovery. The authorities stand ready to implement additional financial measures, if necessary. The exchange rate should remain flexible as a shock absorber to volatile capital flows while using macroprudential policies to address possible financial stability risks.“Structural policies should aim to limit economic scarring from the pandemic, strengthen the resilience of the economy, and promote inclusiveness. The pandemic has had a profound impact on the labor market, particularly in contact‑intensive sectors and active labor market policies should be introduced in a coordinated fashion across government agencies to upskill workers dislocated by the pandemic. Coordinated and multi‑pronged policies are needed to shift to more sustainable tourism models over the medium term and promote green investment.“The IMF team exchanged views on recent economic developments and the outlook with officials in the government, the Bank of Thailand, other public institutions, and representatives of the private sector. The team would like to thank the authorities and other interlocutors in Bangkok for the productive discussions. The IMF’s Executive Board is tentatively scheduled to discuss the Staff Report in May 2021.” /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. 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CU Astronaut-Alum Steve Swanson Set for Space Station Mission March 15

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: March 12, 2009 Note to Readers: The launch of the space shuttle Discovery carrying NASA crew member and CU-Boulder alumnus Steve Swanson, which was originally scheduled for launch Feb. 12 but was delayed by mechanical problems, is now slated for launch on March 15. Making his second flight as an astronaut, University of Colorado at Boulder alumnus Steve Swanson will be the lead spacewalker aboard the International Space Station after NASA’s space shuttle Discovery blasts off from Cape Kennedy, Fla., on March 15.The 14-day Discovery mission, which will include delivery of a 35-foot-long truss and the final set of solar arrays for the station, will feature four spacewalks by teams on the seven-person Discover crew. The truss and solar arrays will provide additional electricity and allow the space station to support an expanded crew of six astronauts.Swanson, who earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from CU-Boulder in 1983, flew on the space shuttle Atlantis to the space station in June 2007 on a mission to deliver a $372 million solar-powered module to the orbiting facility. The new truss and panels to be delivered in February — which will reach nearly the length of a football field once they are assembled — are the final pieces of the outpost’s power grid.Launch is scheduled for 5:43 p.m. MDT on March 15. Swanson will be the 17th CU-Boulder astronaut-alumnus to fly in space. A UC-Colorado Springs alum also has flown one space mission, bringing the university total to 18.Together, CU alumni have flown 39 missions, beginning with a flight by Scott Carpenter in 1962 during NASA’s Mercury program. CU ranks in the top five universities in the nation excluding military academies in the number of alumni astronauts that have flown in space.The new solar array wings are expected to make the International Space Station an even brighter target for earthbound space buffs scanning the heavens. The wings will provide about 66 kilowatts of power, which could generate power for 30 homes.Swanson, who was born in Syracuse, N.Y., graduated from Steamboat Springs High School in 1979. After graduation from CU-Boulder in 1983, he earned a master’s of applied science from Florida Atlantic University in 1986 and a doctorate in computer science from Texas A&M University in 1998. He was selected as a NASA astronaut candidate in August 1998 and completed astronaut training a year later.Swanson will carry two University of Colorado medals with him on the mission, which will eventually be presented to the university.Swanson said he always will remember his first spacewalk in 2007. “I got myself in position for a task up there and that’s when the sun came out,” Swanson said in a pre-flight interview with NASA. “That was an amazing view. It was just heart stopping, hanging on the top of the station. You look out and the sun comes up and you can see the station with the Earth below. I couldn’t work for a few minutes. I just stopped and looked and took everything in. It was amazing.”For more information on the Discovery shuttle flight, including a mission summary, a NASA video and a NASA interview with Swanson, visit the Daily Camera news web site at: http://www.dailycamera.com/news/2009/mar/10/astronaut-alum-steve-swanson…last_img read more

Show some love to your favorite CU Art Museum artwork

first_img Published: Feb. 13, 2018 Now through Valentine’s Day, stop by the CU Art Museum to show some love to your favorite artwork. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 14.Step 1: Pick up a single heart and hold it close until you’re ready to choose your artwork Valentine.Step 2: Fall in love with an artwork and make it official by placing your heart on the floor in front of the artwork you love.Step 3: Snap a photo of your heart placed near your artwork Valentine and post it to your favorite social media site tagged with #cuartmuseum and #heartsforart.Categories:Arts & CultureEvents & Exhibits Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img