first_imgIt was revealed by Pickles earlier this week that ex-mandarin Bill Crothers, the government’s former chief procurement office, had taken up an appointment with the recently failed finance firm in 2015 while still working in Whitehall. The government’s watchdog on business appointments has claimed there are no boundaries between ex-civil servants and the private sector and that the system needs urgent reform in light of the Greensill Capital lobbying scandal. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Cadillac’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsBleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseBleacherBreakerDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyBrake For It40 New Features In The 2021 Ford BroncoBrake For ItLivestlyPlugs Have These Two Holes At The End, Here’s WhyLivestlyFactableAluminum Foil Uses You’ll Want to KnowFactablePast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryMoneyWise.comMechanics Say You Should Avoid These Cars In 2021  MoneyWise.comNational Injury BureauJury Finds Roundup Responsible For Lymphoma | Bayer To Pay $10 BillionNational Injury Bureau whatsapp Lord Eric Pickles, chairman of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (Acoba), faced parliament’s Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee today (Getty Images) Share Acoba is charged with giving advice to ex-civil servants and former ministers on what jobs they can ethically take up after leaving government. The body has in the past been described as “toothless” by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee as it doesn’t have strong powers to hold government figures to account. Show Comments ▼ “Part of the problem we’ve got is that it has not been clear where the boundaries lay,” he said. whatsapp “I’ve been in public life a long time…and I’ve never come across something quite like this before.” The appointment was approved by the Cabinet Office, however Acoba was not informed about the appointment. He said it demonstrated the need for tougher rules on what positions in the private sector civil services and ministers can take up. “It’s fair to say, to misquote P.G. Wodehouse, my eyebrows did raise a full quarter inch when I heard about this,” Pickles said. Lord Eric Pickles, chairman of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (Acoba), has told MPs today that a former senior civil servant’s involvement with Greensill Capital “shouldn’t take place and couldn’t be taking place without a very clear, tight regulated system”. Stefan Boscia Greensill: ‘No boundaries’ between civil servants and private sector, says cronyism watchdog “In fact…there doesn’t seem to have been any boundaries at all.” “We’re talking about someone who was responsible for commercial dealings in government and had oversight of relations with a large number of major contractors and the handling of lots of public money. Lord Eric Pickles, chairman of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (Acoba), faced parliament’s Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee today (Getty Images) Also Read: Greensill: ‘No boundaries’ between civil servants and private sector, says cronyism watchdog Former Home Office permanent secretary Sir David Normington today told the BBC that he was “absolutely amazed” by Crothers’ case. “But worse, I think, this enabled him to evade scrutiny of his appointment after he had left the civil service, and that is completely unacceptable.” Lord Eric Pickles, chairman of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (Acoba), faced parliament’s Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee today (Getty Images) Also Read: Greensill: ‘No boundaries’ between civil servants and private sector, says cronyism watchdog Thursday 15 April 2021 10:48 am “We’re not just talking here about any old civil servant,” he said. It comes as a part of the wider Greensill Capital lobbying scandal, which saw ex-PM David Cameron pressure ministers and civil servants to give contracts and government bailouts to the firm. Pickles told parliament’s Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee today that he still did not know who from the Cabinet Office approved gave Crothers the green light to work at Greensill.last_img read more

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first_img© Bpfoto By Gavin van Marle 12/04/2018 Danish ro-ro and ferry operator DFDS is set to dramatically expand its presence in the Mediterranean market, agreeing to pay nearly €1bn to acquire Turkish operator UN Ro-Ro from its private equity owners, it announced today.DFDS will acquire 98.8% of UN Ro-Ro’s shares from Actera and Esas for €950m.UN Ro-Ro is Turkey’s largest operator of ro-ro freight vessels on five major routes between Turkey and the EU, connecting the Turkish ports of Pendik, Ambarli and Mersin with Trieste and Bari in Italy, Toulon in France and Patras in Greece.Currently, DFDS operates just one Mediterranean service, between France and Tunisia.UN Ro-Ro owns a fleet of 12 large ro-ro ships and operates terminals in Pendik, Istanbul, and Trieste in Italy, while a cooperation with rail operators also sees it offer intermodal transport between key EU markets and the ports.“The operation of ro-ro ships and operation of port terminals handling a high number of unaccompanied trailer units – and containers for reloading to rail transport in the ports – are very similar to DFDS’s business in the North Sea,” said DFDS chief executive Niels Smedegaard.“As are the goods transported: like machinery, automotive parts, vehicles, electronics, computers, plastic products, textiles, clothing, food, fruit and beverages,” he added.The deal also appears to be part of a strategy to develop a pan-European freight network by the Danish operator.Mr Smedegaard added: “UN Ro-Ro is a highly profitable company, and we are confident that joining forces will create new exciting opportunities as we can expand services to new customers and combine the two sales organisations.“Many of the trailers and containers transported between manufacturers and their customers via France and Italy will be using DFDS’ ferries in the Channel and North Sea.”last_img read more

first_img Things just got worse for South Africa’s perishables exporters: just as they were gearing up for the stone fruit season, struggling national carrier South African Airways (SAA) grounded its fleet.The move was not unexpected. The airline, which has only once produced an annual profit since 1994, had filed for creditor protection in December, but the impact of Covid derailed plans for a restructure.SAA has not operated commercial scheduled flights since March, so its capacity was already severely curtailed, but it did run repatriation flights as well as cargo charters.But according to one report, the airline will not entertain any more requests for such flights, which leaves exporters with even less lift to get their goods to international markets. © Andreas Häuslbetz By Ian Putzger 08/10/2020center_img This is yet another blow for perishables exporters, some of which rely heavily on airfreight – virtually all cherry shipments and about 13% of South Africa’s total stone fruit shipments are moved by air.Already the cost of shipping by air has doubled, with increases of up to $3 per kg, and for several types of produce, such as nectarines, this is too high to absorb into the retail price.In addition, growers in the Cape Town area have had to shoulder the additional cost of trucking their exports to Johannesburg, in the absence of international flights in the wake of the pandemic.Perishables exporters elsewhere face similar challenges. Australian growers have voiced concern over shortages of international lift for years to come, given the stuttering recovery of international passenger flights. And this has given rise to predictions that a greater portion of their produce will be sold in the domestic market.The federal government came to the rescue with an international freight assistance programme that has subsidised shipments of an estimated 63,000 tonnes of exports – chiefly seafood, prime meats, dairy products and horticulture (including premium fruits and packaged vegetables).First introduced in April, it has now been extended until June next year, with an additional A$317.1m (US$226m), with $95m earmarked specifically to address upcoming seasonal demand.In the US, many growers have shifted to the domestic market to avoid high volatility, limited capacity and extravagant airfreight rates. But for most Latin American producers such a turn is not possible, given the limitations of the domestic markets. Peruvian exporter Intipa Foods turned to ocean shipping, sending sugar snap peas to Japan using a novel technology .The load of 3,080 cartons travelled in a reefer container with controlled atmosphere technology that reduces oxygen and manages carbon dioxide levels while boosting the nitrogen level to put fresh produce into a state of hibernation. In addition, it conserves humidity in the reefer to prevent water loss.According to shipper and reefer provider, after it emerged from its 31-day transit (with 24 days at sea), the Japanese clients rated the quality of the cargo as excellent.However, for South African produce exporters, recent days brought one bright spot: Qatar Airways announced it would resume its flights to Jo’burg, Cape Town and Durban. The belly capacity will be most welcome as growers are expecting a strong crop in the coming weeks.last_img read more

first_img TAGSCoronavirusCovid-19 Home News BREAKING: 295 new cases of Coronavirus in Ireland and eight more deaths News By Alan Hartnett – 30th March 2020 News Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Electric Picnic BREAKING: 295 new cases of Coronavirus in Ireland and eight more deaths Twitter WhatsApp A total 295 of new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today.This is an increase on the 2,615 cases from yesterday and takes the overall total to 2,910.While now 54 people have died from the disease – an increase of eight from yesterday.Six of the deaths located in the east, 1 in the south and 1 in the west of the country. The patients included 5 females and 3 males.The median age of today’s reported deaths is 86. All six patients were reported as having underlying health conditions.Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “We are beginning to see encouraging signs in our efforts to flatten the curve. However, we cannot become complacent as we are still seeing new cases and more ICU admissions every day.“Our strategy remains the implementation of public health restrictions to interrupt the spread of the virus and prevent people from arriving to ICU in first place.”Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group (IEMAG), said; “We know what an unmitigated epidemic looks like, we are not on that track.“The model reveals that before restrictions were in place, daily growth rate of confirmed cases was at 33%. This has fallen in recent days to around 15%. But it is still growing and needs to fall further.“It takes time to see the impact of our efforts in the numbers. It will be another 7-10 days before we have a reliable picture of how effective our collective efforts have been.”The Department of Health recently published an “Ethical Framework for Decision-Making in a Pandemic”. Dr. Siobhán O’Sullivan, Chief Bioethics Officer, Department of Health, said; “Clinicians have to make tough decisions, often on a daily basis. This framework has been developed to support clinicians in making sound clinical judgement, within a very complex environment.“We will continue to support our healthcare professionals, especially in the toughest aspects of their work.”While, as of Saturday March 28, there are now 14 cases of Coronavirus in Laois.People have been asking for the stats on recovered patients but as yet, the HSE have not released these.However, a website giving stats on worldwide figures of Coronavirus, says that just five people have recovered in Ireland.Today’s data from HPSC, as of midnight, Saturday 28th March (2,475 cases), reveals:· 51% are male and 49% are female, with 111 clusters involving 428 cases· the median age of confirmed cases is 47 years· 645 cases (26%) have been hospitalised· Of those hospitalised, 84 cases have been admitted to ICU· 578 cases (23%) are associated with healthcare workers· Dublin has the highest number of cases at 1,393 (56% of all cases) followed by Cork with 217 cases (9%)· Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 50%, close contact accounts for 27%, travel abroad accounts for 23%Links to today’s other Coronavirus stories In Pictures: Portlaoise Hospital triple number of ICU beds as Coronavirus pandemic continuesLaois GAA referee’s song in aid of ‘Do It For Dan’ storms into the chartsStudying during Coronavirus: Portlaoise CBS student on prepping for state exams in a pandemicLaois school launch online well-being week for studentsMidlands Science provides fun at home with new initiativeTelfords in Portlaoise and Mountrath: We will supply goods for EMERGENCY PURPOSES ONLYKelton Cleaners open for business in Lyster Square in PortlaoiseNorthern Ireland, the UK and globally One more person has died after contracting Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, it has been announced. 123 new cases have been confirmed since yesterday.So far 22 people have died and the total number of confirmed cases is 533.In Britain, there are now 19,522 cases with 1,415 deaths – an extra 187 people passed away today.There are now more than 740,000 cases globally with at least one in almost every country on the planet. Almost 36,000 people have died. While 157,000 have recovered.These are notably in the United States which has reported 145,099 cases and 2,606 deaths and Italy with 97,689 cases and the world’s highest death toll of 10,779.Nursing Homes A meeting between Nursing Homes Ireland and the Minister for Health took place at the Department of Health today. Minister Simon Harris said afterwards that the National Public Health Emergency Team will tomorrow consider measures for nursing homes during the Covid-19 outbreak.New data on Covid-19 from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) shows that there are 22 clusters in nursing homes and 19 in hospitals in the Republic of Ireland.A cluster is generally considered to be 3 or more cases in the one place.Cheese trouble Irish cheese makers say there’s been a 75% drop in sales as a result of Coronavirus.The closure of farmers markets has been a big issue and the closure of many food services outlets has also hit demand.Coronavirus MythsAs yet, there is no cure currently for COVID-19.So people suggesting/selling special remedies like vitamin C, garlic, home cures, drinking bleach, or putting half an onion in rooms around the house are – well you know don’t you?The World Health Organisation has advice on some of these urban legends.Cuisle Centre The Coronavirus outbreak has led to the Cuisle Centre in Portlaoise closing.They said: “The Covid-19 restrictions mean that we have had to temporarily close our doors, but we are still here to support you and your family.“As we know this is a confusing time for our patients as chemotherapy and surgery are been rescheduled – we will be continuing to give you support and guidance over the phone.“Just call 0578681492 and leave your name, number and a brief message and we will get back to you. You can also contact us on email: [email protected] or messenger us through facebook.“Stay safe everyone, wash your hands and take a little exercise.”Important information Symptoms of Covid-19 include:CoughShortness of breathFeverBreathing difficulties.Further resources:The HSE: Official advice on the coronavirus in Ireland. This is being updated based on the number of confirmed cases and how the virus spreads in Ireland.The Department of Foreign Affairs: Official advice on where to avoid travelling to. Also a resource for those who are abroad.The World Health Organization (WHO): The UN agency on global public health publishes statements and daily situation reports based on the latest data.European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC): The EU agency on the number of cases, deaths and how it’s spreading in Europe.The Johns Hopkins University map: A heat map of the confirmed cases across the world.A helpline for older people who are concerned about the coronavirus has been launched by Alone. The number is 0818 222 024, and it’s open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm.SEE ALSO – For more Coronavirus stories click here Facebook Facebook Previous articleMoment in Time: Laois musicians shine at music showcase in 2010Next articleCoronavirus Daily Noticeboard– Monday, March 30, 2020 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. Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Pinterest Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic Twitterlast_img read more

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hanawon director offers glimpse into highs and lows of resettlement process for N. Korean defectors By Daily NK – 2015.07.09 4:45pm News A unified Korean Peninsula is something weall dream about. But what do the experts think that process will look like?It’s time for “Unification Table Talk” where we interview experts inthis field. Since Kim Jong Un rose to power, borderregions have been buttoned up and escape routes have been blocked off as partof a crackdown effort that has halved the number of defectors who are able toreach South Korea compared to years past. Although this is a dramaticreduction, some defectors do still manage to slip through the net in order tostart their new lives here in South Korea. At the present moment, there arenearly 30 thousand such defectors in South Korea. On this edition of “Unification Table Talk,”we sit down with Hanawon Director Kim Jung Tae to discuss what defectors do inorder to acclimate to their new surroundings and what the government is doingto help ease the transition. Hanawon is an agency dedicated to assistingdefectors adjust to their new lives in South Korea. It is funded and organizedby the Ministry of Unification. 1. Right now how many defectors are livingin South Korea? There are approximately 28 thousand peoplefrom North Korea living here right now. 2. What kind of trends do we see these daysin terms of defectors entering South Korea? In the 1990s, about one thousand peoplecame per year. That doubled in the 2000s when about 1,500-2,000 people came peryear. It jumped again in 2009 to its highest figure at 2,914. After that itstarted to come down again to about 1,500/year. Last year we saw about 1,396people enter the country.   2-1. The graph looks like it’s revealing adownwards curve…. That’s right. This year in the last threemonths, only about 300 people have come in. 2-2. Why do you think so many defectorswere able to escape in 2009? At that time there were a few instances ofgovernment level officials sneaking out and taking a large amount of peoplewith them. That ended up being the most we’d ever gotten. 3. Once the defectors come to South Korea,what kind of processes are in place to help them settle here in South Koreansociety? In some cases, there are planned entrances,in which case the government will be duly informed. But in most instances, thedefectors volunteer themselves to the North Korean Defector Resident ProtectionServices Center at the National Intelligence Service. At that facility, theresidents are interviewed and researched for approximately one month. Afterthat point, they are sent to the Hanawon facility, where they get three monthsof training in basic adaptation techniques. Then they are assigned to rented apartmentsin different regions throughout the city. Once they move into their newapartments, we show them our local assistance center. That’s where they willcontinue to get detailed advice about making their new lives.   4. I think we can all agree just howimportant it is that these defectors get settled and adapted to life here inSouth Korea. In your experience, what is the most difficult element of thattransition for them? They have a lot of struggles, honestly. Toexpress their feelings on the matter, there’s an expression. It goes, “In NorthKorea, we starve. In 3rd countries, we don’t know the language.When we come to South Korea, we don’t know how to live.” As the director ofHanawon, I can certainly understand what they mean by this. It has been 70years since our country has been divided. That means three or four generationsof living apart from one another. Now, we’re still the same people, still cutfrom the same cloth, so we look the same and can understand each other to adegree, but we’ve grown up in totally different sociopolitical circumstances.If you look at it from a cultural perspective, South Korea is like a totallydifferent country to defectors. I think that’s the most accurate way to sum uptheir view on things. 4-1. So even though we share the samelanguage, there are still cultural differences which present challenges for thedefectors. I’ve also heard some people say that South Koreans tend to use a lotof English loan words, and that adapting to South Korean dialects can betricky. Through the process of becoming exposed tothe globalized world, South Korea has started using an abundant amount offoreign words and concepts with a high frequency. There’s also a slightprejudice against those who speak pure Korean without dropping in these trendywords and ideas from other cultures.  For example, instead of “chae-so,”North Koreans say “nam-sae” for vegetable, and instead of “Ga-gae,” NorthKoreans say “sang-jeom” for store. So then they come here anticipating thatthey’ve finally come to a place outside North Korea where they can expressthemselves comfortably, and they are confronted with a really differentdialect, pickled with alien words and phrases. The ensuing attempt tounderstand and be understood can be quite stressful for them.   5. It must be difficult to adjust to lifehere. Just to review, Hanawon is an agency dedicated to assisting defectorsadjust to their new lives in South Korea. It is funded and organized by theMinistry of Unification. What kind of education and support does Hanawon giveto the defectors? Defectors start their new lives with us atHanawon. It’s no exaggeration to say that. In truth, the defectors havesuccessfully made it to the South in body, but in spirit they’re stillstruggling in terms of reconciling their values, emotions, and culturalexpectations with the new surroundings they suddenly find themselves in. Until they overcome these struggles, they haven’t completely escaped. At Hanawon, it’s our responsibility tounderstand this, and bearing it in mind, train them with the best copingmechanisms we can find. In just about 400 hours, we have to give them anunderstanding of South Korean society, and since many of them are going tostart working life shortly after release from Hanawon, we have to give themcareer guidance about working life expectations and job hunting as well. That’swhy we devote about ¾ of our time together to those sorts of issues. In theremaining time, we discuss emotional stability, health maintenance, andcultural differences. 6. Do men, women, and children receivedifferent training? First of all, we send women who come withtheir families to a dedicated facility in Anseong. They get their educationtogether over there. We send the men to Hwacheon Hanawon. We specialize theprograms to our trainees. We try to match up the program’s characteristics tothe needs of their specific population. Elementary school kids go to the nearbySamjuk Elementary School for their education. The middle school kids areeducated separately in separate school called the HanaDuel School inside theHanawon complex. They start out there getting their most basic education andthen when their placement gets settled, they can move out to one of many differentregions. 7. What kind of policies does the SouthKorean government have in terms of supporting and assisting the defectors? Whenthey first arrive, I imagine they’d need some financial support. What kind offiscal policies are in place to support that? When they first come here, we really try toeducate them in means for self reliance. We think that’s the best way to getsettled and adjusted. So the first thing they need to do when they come here isfind a job. So we have a job placement program. We also have job training, andonce they do find themselves employed we also offer employment bonuses. We alsotry to recognize and consider what sort of skills and work experiences thedefectors have had in North Korea and 3rd countries. Then we try to land theman opportunity in that field. And because we recognize that acclimating to theSouth Korean work style can be difficult, the government is extending the workprotection duration from two years to three. During this work protection time, the governmentoffers support, assistance, and legal protections to the workers. We also knowthat getting started here can be an expensive prospect, so we have createdsomething called the “Future Happiness Fund.” It’s a government supportedsavings plan. The government matches the donations of the defector, so insidefive years it’s possible to save up about KRW 50 million won (USD ~45,000).That fund is now being installed for the long term benefit of defectors. 7-1. I can see how that could significantlyimprove their ability to adapt. I think a lot of our listeners in North Koreawill be curious about the housing situation. Can you speak a bit about that? We have leased apartments available for theresidents in different regions all over. This is extremely helpful for thedefectors, but it also places some limitations. Unfortunately we can’t providehousing in the far out and rural regions such as Sanchon. So they tend tosettle down in areas with concentrated apartment complexes. The applicationprocess in place for securing these apartments is a bit different from the waythat most South Koreans procure a house. We use this advantage to try to ensurethat our defectors have a place to call home as soon as they leave Hanawon. 8. Every defector has different financialcapabilities and resources, different social experiences, and different levelsof adaptation ability. On that basis, there are some who argue that the supportpolicies in place should customize to each individual. Would that kind ofpolicy be possible in your opinion? I’m not so sure. Considering we are nownearing 30 thousand defectors living here in South Korea, individualizedsupport services would be an awfully difficult agenda to put into action. As Isaid before, we do customize our support services by gender and age, includingschool level. In terms of individualized support, there are volunteers at eachregional Hana support center who work one on one with the defectors and fulfillthat role. 8-1. I imagine that the psychologicaladaptation must be difficult and time consuming. Are there any specific supportservices aimed at easing the transition?   We run an emotional support program to helpthe defectors while they are at the Hanawon intake facility. Once they leave,we have a mentoring system that is administered through the Hana regionaloffices. This way, they always have someone close by to give advice and lend anear. They help the defectors overcome some of the emotional and psychologicaldifficulties through a long term personal relationship. 9. However, as you know, some defectorshave actually elected to live in a 3rd country after coming and spending sometime in Korea. What do you think prevented them from being able to successfullyadapt to South Korean society? There are myriad different stories andexplanations for one defectors choose to leave after arriving in South Korea,but the majority of these cases have to do with misunderstandings that arisefrom cultural differences. In North Korea, they had no experience at all withthe concept of freedom. Some think that freedom simply means the ability to doas they please. This can lead to some impetuous behavior that ends up causingdifficulties. So these particular individuals feel a sense of disappointmentwhen they realize that freedom does not mean that you can do whatever you wantwhenever you want. They end up leaving because they suspect itmight be better someplace else. Over half of them return after realizing thatthat really isn’t the case. Looking back at these cases, I think there is ademonstrated need to establish some preventative measures to clear up thesekind of confusions before they even happen. 10. Yes, it does seem like there should bea plan in plan along those lines. What kind of policies does the governmenthave in place to help the defectors who have trouble adapting? As I said, I think that those preventativemeasures need to be built into the education process at Hanawon. When thedefectors choose to leave South Korea, they lose all of the benefits that theyhad been enjoying. Some of them don’t realize this, so I think that they shouldbe warned about that as well during their education at Hanawon. When I givelectures at Hanawon about settlement procedures and advice, I’m sure to givethem specific examples about what the consequences are for those who elect toleave. It really isn’t a very attractive alternative. So even if the temptationarises it’s best to stick it out.11. I wonder what your evaluation is ofSouth Korea’s defector support policies.   First off, considering I’m an involvedparty and a beneficiary of these laws, I think there are definitely somelimitations to how objectively I’m able to evaluate the policies in question. Ithink that these policies have a profound impact on the way that the defectorssettle and on their ability to adapt to their new lives here. I have been doing a lot of thinking aboutwhat obstacles prevent defectors from adjusting to South Korean working life. Ithink it is related to the way that South Koreans and defectors think about oneanother. I wrote my doctoral thesis on this topic in 2014. I came out of thatwriting process thinking that cash contributions aimed at helping defectorsresettle are not entirely positive things. I think that the cash contributionsavoid the heart of the problem and reflect the prejudices that South Koreanshold about defectors. I think that ultimately that sort of policy has anadverse effect. It discourages and damages the ability and will of defectors tomake a happy life here. A large number of South Koreans believethat excessive monetary support is actually a hindrance to the defectors’ willand ability to adapt and resettle. There has been word that this has causedproblems for South Koreans as well, but the truth is that most defectors usethe resources we allocate to go on to live healthy, productive lives. It istrue that a small minority are looking to take advantage of the system byavoiding hard working and soaking up as many benefits as possible. You mightview this as a flaw in the system. 12. What is the most important aspect ofthe policies that support defectors? The most important thing to do is to equipthese individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to adjust to lifehere in South Korea. This kind of effort contributes to an optimistic portrayalof life in South Korea that the defectors can relay to their families in theNorth. Secondly, I think helping the defectors to live productive working andsocial lives in South Korea will help South Koreans have a positive view ofthem. We talk a lot about how unification iscoming and what we need to do to be prepared for that, but helping the currentgeneration of defectors adjust to life here forms the basis of a model that canbe used down the line. That’s why it is so important to create and sustain anenvironment that is mutually beneficial to defectors and South Koreans. Thefuture of unification depends on it.   13. In the future, we can expect evenlarger amounts of defectors to arrive here. What steps can average SouthKoreans make in order to smooth the transition for these defectors? It takes two to tango, doesn’t it? And wehave a saying that habits that you pick up as a child tend to continue onthrough old age. It’s certainly true that North Koreans have to work hard inorder to learn and lead prosperous lives here, but I think that us South Koreansalso have a responsibility to contribute to an atmosphere of tolerance,understanding, and collaboration. Understanding and forgiveness are the mostattractive attitudes for South Koreans to take with regards to assisting ourdefector friends. 13-1. Director Kim, I’d like to ask you apersonal question. You were the director of Hanawon’s Elementary School programfrom 1999 to 2001. I’m curious about that experience. What was the mostdifficult experience? What was the most rewarding? I believe that my time as director of thatelementary program was the most fruitful and rewarding period of my33-year-long professional life. Before starting that job, I was working at theMinistry of Health and Welfare on unification preparedness. I was then transferredto the Ministry of Unification. Before working at Hanawon, I was the sectionchief of resettlement support services. After my appointment to the elementaryschool program, I was tasked with handling over 3,000 students. I feel aspecial connection and affection for those students, even to this day. Theycontact me from time to time and I’m able to give them advice about this andthat. It is just such a rewarding job. 13-2. We’ve all seen that you are likelythe foremost expert on defector resettlement and it’s clear that you areworking hard to help these defectors. Given your experiences and position, I’mcurious about what your thoughts and predictions are about the future,especially as they relate to unification and North Korea.   My hope is that unification will cease tobe merely a talking point and an impossible wish. Let’s work to bring separatedfamilies together as fast as we possibly can. Let’s start a unification processthat is centered on helping people, rather than one built on national ideology.While it is true that the government has its work to do, every single person iscapable of making a small contribution. This important task of makingunification a reality is not the task of politicians in faraway places, butrather the duty of everyday South Koreans.  This has been “Unification Table Talk.”Today we sat down with Kim Jung-Tae, the director of Hanawon. We discussed themechanics behind the policies that support defectors. Mr. Director, thank youfor coming in to speak with us today.     News Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April Facebook Twittercenter_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? 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first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media rvlsoft/123RF Tessie Sanci Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Companies WisdomTree Asset Management Canada Inc. Toronto-based WisdomTree Asset Management Canada Inc. is looking to enter the Canadian exchange-traded fund (ETF) market with eight ETFs. Some of those products will use a dynamic currency hedging strategy that will allow the funds to be hedged as needed in order to protect the funds’ returns. The new ETF company is a subsidiary of New York-based Wisdom Tree Investments Inc., the sixth-largest ETF provider in the world, according to an ETF industry note released Wednesday by Montreal-based National Bank Financial Ltd. The U.S. firm announced in April that it would open an office in Canada. WisdomTree has filed prospectus documents for eight ETFs, some of which include currency-hedged, non-hedged or dynamically-hedged versions, according to the note. Through WisdomTree’s dynamic currency hedging strategy, a currency hedge can vary depending on market conditions. The firm aims to bring the following ETFs to the Canadian market: > WisdomTree Emerging Markets Dividend Index ETF, which will include dividend-paying companies within the emerging markets; > WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity Index ETF, which will invest in European companies that have at least $1 billion in market capitalization and generate at least 50% of their revenue outside of Europe. Companies will be weighted based on annual cash dividends paid. The fund will hedge foreign currency risk; > WisdomTree International Quality Dividend Growth Index ETF, which will hold 300 international companies with at least $1 billion in market capitalization and will be weighted based on annual cash dividends paid. The firm has filed a prospectus for unhedged, Canadian dollar (C$)-hedged and dynamically hedged versions of the ETF; > WisdomTree U.S. Earnings 500 Index ETF, which will track a corresponding WisdomTree index consisting of the 500 largest companies in the firm’s earnings index that have generated positive cumulative earnings in the past four quarters. The fund will offer unhedged and C$-hedged units; > WisdomTree U.S. High Dividend Index ETF, which will track corresponding WisdomTree indices that select U.S. companies from the firm’s dividend index universe and will be weighted by dividend. The firm filed a prospectus for unhedged, C$-hedged and dynamically hedged versions of the ETF; > WisdomTree U.S. MidCap Dividend Index ETF, which will be based on mid-cap companies from the firm’s dividend index universe and will be weighted by dividend. The fund will offer an unhedged version and one that is hedged to the C$; > WisdomTree U.S. Quality Dividend Growth Index ETF, which will hold 300 U.S. companies with at least $2 billion in market capitalization and will be weighted by dividend. The firm filed a prospectus for unhedged, C$-hedged and dynamically hedged versions of the ETF; > WisdomTree U.S. SmallCap Dividend Index ETF, which will track the corresponding WisdomTree index, which selects small-cap companies from the firm’s dividend index universe and then weights them by dividend. The fund will offer unhedged and C$-hedged units. Photo copyright: rvlsoft/123RFlast_img read more

first_imga serious business man thinking about serious problems Andriy Bezuglov/123RF Title protection in Ontario on track for 2022 Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Regulation,  CoronavirusCompanies Canadian Securities Administrators, British Columbia Securities Commission, Ontario Securities Commission At the Investment Funds Institute of Canada’s 2020 leadership conference on Monday, a regulatory panel spoke about the challenges and opportunities arising from the Covid-19 crisis.Regulators noted the collaboration that occurred between the industry and self-regulatory organizations (SROs), as well as with the International Organization of Securities Commissions. Michelle Schriver Covid vaccine-sharing discussions to dominate G7 summit talks Merger of B.C. financial services, real estate regulators nears completion Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Collaboration resulted in financial services firms receiving timely compliance relief, such as filing extensions and an increase on the cap on mutual funds’ short-term borrowing to ensure that the funds could meet redemption demands.“Industry and regulators came together in an incredibly co-operative fashion […] trying to ensure that our markets could continue to operate and that investors’ interests were being served,” said Brenda Leong, chair of the B.C. Securities Commission. “It was just a really impressive display of unity.”Leong said regulators collaborated with industry and government to ensure a broad definition of essential businesses so that all market participants would be covered, including exchanges, clearing houses, commissions, fund managers and dealers.With the demonstrated quick pandemic response, regulators now aim to maintain their efforts beyond the crisis.“We want [regulatory agility] to flow to the inevitable rebuilding phase,” said Grant Vingoe, interim chair of the Ontario Securities Commission. “Providing the circumstances for capital raising and recovery is going to go on for a long time.”Referring to technological transformation and the shift to working from home, Vingoe said he expects regulatory exams to be more tailored as regulators increasingly rely on data. He said regulatory oversight may continue to be remote.Vingoe also expects measures to be introduced to improve client interactions and efficiencies. “It’s necessary to focus on those things that are really impactful on the [client] relationship, and improve the delivery of services,” he said.Vingoe noted that Ontario’s Capital Markets Modernization Taskforce is oriented toward industry efficiency, including client service delivery.Despite the need to respond to the pandemic, regulators on the panel said their overall goals remain intact.The CSA’s priorities into 2022, established in its business plan published in June 2019, haven’t so far changed because of the pandemic. These priorities include such things as the client-focused reforms and regulatory burden reduction. Other work includes consulting on the SRO framework review.Louis Morriset, the CSA chair and president and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers, said he expects the pandemic to have only “a moderate impact” on the timing of “certain” initiatives.last_img read more

first_imgAll smiles for Fremantle’s bin tagging program The Southern Metropolitan Regional Council is rolling out a new bin tagging program to help educate Fremantle residents on how to recycle right.The program is focussed on multi-unit developments that are still using a dark green general waste bin and a yellow recycling bin.Bins that are being used correctly will be tagged with a smiling face, while bins that are contaminated or overflowing will be tagged with a sad face.City of Fremantle Facilities and Environmental Management Manager Tony Strickland said starting on Monday SMRC Waste Education Officers will be making a visual inspection of the contents of general waste and recycling bins.“The purpose of the bin tagging program is to help educate residents on how to sort waste and provide feedback through bin tags and cards in residents’ letterboxes,” Mr Strickland said.“The sort of thing the education officers will be looking for include a general overview of how properties are sorting their waste, contamination in the recycling bins, and bins that are overflowing.“Nothing will be removed from the bins, and the results are reported on a community level rather than for individual properties.“This is very much about education rather than enforcement because everyone using their bins correctly means less waste and recycling is sent to landfill and processing and disposal costs are reduced.”The SMRC is conducting the bin tagging program on behalf of the City of Fremantle using grant funding provided by the WA Local Government Association. /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:City of Fremantle, community, contamination, council, education, environmental management, Fremantle, Government, local council, Local Government, recycling, southern, WA, Western Australialast_img read more

first_imgU.S.-Mexico Joint Declaration The White HousePresident Joe Biden hosted Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on March 1 for a virtual bilateral meeting to review cooperation on migration and to advance joint efforts to promote development in Southern Mexico and the Northern Triangle of Central America. Building on their positive January 22 conversation, the two Presidents reaffirmed the enduring partnership between both countries, based on mutual respect, and the extraordinary bond of family and friendship. Both leaders committed to working together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, to reinvigorate economic cooperation, and to explore areas of cooperation on climate change. They also reaffirmed the importance of combating corruption and security cooperation.Bilateral and Multilateral Cooperation on MigrationBoth leaders recognized the many contributions of migrants to the economic strength, cultural diversity, and innovative spirit of the United States and Mexico, and committed to immigration policies that recognize the dignity of migrants and the imperative of orderly, safe, and regular migration. They agreed to collaborate on a joint effort to address the root causes of regional migration, to improve migration management, and to develop legal pathways for migration. Respectively, they directed the Secretariat of Foreign Relations and the Department of State to engage with the governments of neighboring countries, civil society, and private sectors through policies that promote equitable and sustainable economic development, combat corruption, and improve law enforcement cooperation against transnational criminal smuggling networks.Bilateral Cooperation for the Response and Recovery from COVID-19Both Presidents reaffirmed the importance of close collaboration to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in areas related to economic and health cooperation. They agreed to deepen cooperation on pandemic response, including by enhancing public health capabilities, information sharing, and the development of border policies. Recognizing the strategic importance of the bilateral economic relationship, they reaffirmed their shared commitment to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) as a driver for North American prosperity and labor rights in both countries by generating job opportunities, improving worker protections, and preventing forced labor. Both leaders agreed to strengthen supply chain resilience and security. The leaders also agreed to re-start the High Level Economic Dialogue to further these aims.Bilateral Climate Change CooperationThe two Presidents highlighted the importance of tackling the climate crisis and agreed to explore areas of cooperation. The leaders acknowledged the benefits of addressing short-lived climate pollutants, as well as the need to promote energy efficiency. They discussed how they can work together to support a successful outcome at this year’s Climate Leaders’ Summit on April 22nd hosted by the United States. /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, Central, climate change, climate crisis, Department of State, Economic Development, energy efficiency, Government, Mexican, Mexico, North America, pandemic response, public health, southern, supply chain, United States, White Houselast_img read more