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EU immigration to UK falls to lowest in six years

first_img Read more: Merkel: I can see possibilities for a Brexit solution Harry Robertson Just under 60,000 more EU nationals moved to Britain than left in the year to March, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. EU immigration to Britain has continued to fall since 2016, when the UK voted to leave the bloc. whatsapp Long-term migration from the European Union to the UK fell to its lowest level since 2013 in the year to March, official figures showed today, as fewer EU citizens moved to Britain to work. The overall net migration figures have remained broadly stable since the end of 2016, the ONS said. Non-EU immigration stabilised over the last year after a gradual increase since 2013. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryMedical MattersThis Picture Shows Who Prince Harry’s Father Really IsMedical Matterszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.combonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStory EU immigration to UK falls to lowest in six years (Image credit: Getty) Read more: No deal most likely Brexit outcome, says French aide “Much will depend on political outcomes and the relative buoyancy of the UK and wider EU economies in the face of the global economic slowdown.” Today, the CBI’s chief policy director Matthew Fell said: “The downward trend in EU net migration in the last couple of years – combined with record low unemployment – means that skills shortages are getting worse.” Gerwyn Davies, senior labour market adviser from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), said: “It remains to be seen what will happen to the rate of inflow in the months ahead.” Thursday 22 August 2019 10:34 am Share While the overall number of EU immigrants rose, the net amount of people moving from central and eastern European countries such as Poland and Lithuania fell by 5,000. However, the government of new Prime Minister Boris Johnson has hinted that it no longer considers this target government policy. At the end of last month a Number 10 spokesman said “wasn’t interested in a numbers game”. whatsapp Net migration to the UK from both EU and non-EU countries was 226,000 in the year to July, well the stated policy of both David Cameron and Theresa May’s governments to bring the figure down to the “10s of thousands”.  Fell said: “The announcement that free movement will end immediately in a no deal has left employers and their employees asking fundamental questions about what this means for them. They urgently need this clarified.” The flags of Britain (R) and the European Union flutter in front of the Chancellery in Berlin, where the British Prime Minister was expected on April 9, 2019. – German Chancellor Angela Merkel will host British Prime Minister Theresa May for talks, on the eve of a crucial EU summit when the British premier is hoping to convince the bloc to grant her a new Brexit extension to June 30. (Photo by MICHELE TANTUSSI / AFP) (Photo credit should read MICHELE TANTUSSI/AFP/Getty Images) The figures came just days after the government angered business groups by announcing that the free movement of EU citizens to the UK, and vice versa, would end instantly should there be a no-deal Brexit.last_img read more

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UK companies record highest impairment charges since 2012

first_img“While we are still unsure what the full effect of the Covid-19 pandemic will be, the outlook for European companies has deteriorated significantly from the beginning of the year and analysts have dramatically slashed earnings growth forecasts for 2020.” More From Our Partners 980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com And while the charges reached a record last year, the economic slowdown induced by the pandemic means charges will likely exceed the levels recorded in 2019.  The top three industries with the most significant charges were financials and real estate – nearly doubling from 9.6bn to 17.2bn in a year – in large part due to a slowing global economy and a low interest rate environment.  HSBC reported a goodwill impairment of $7.3bn at the start of the year primarily related to global banking and markets, as well as European commercial banking.  whatsapp Duff and Phelps research also found that financial institutions were also “negatively impacted by the continued Brexit uncertainty”.  As of early October 2020, the top 10 impairment events have nearly reached a combined 25bn, which almost matches the level of the top 10 amount disclosed for the previous year.  “The data is already showing that aggregate goodwill impairments will likely exceed 2019 levels as the effect of Covid-19 as well as Brexit negotiation uncertainty continue to weigh on companies’ outlook,” said Michael Weaver, Duff & Phelps’ managing director and head of valuation advisory.  (Getty Images) Share Angharad Carrick center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTaco RelishSuspicious Pics That Are Fishier Than The SeaTaco RelishBleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseBleacherBreakerSee What Full Mouth Dental Implants May Cost You | Sponsored ListingsSee what full mouth dental implants may cost youSee What Full Mouth Dental Implants May Cost You | Sponsored ListingsMold Removal | Search AdsRemove Mold Easily With These TipsMold Removal | Search AdsMoneyWise.comThe Worst City In Every State According To AmericansMoneyWise.comAll Around MoneyThis Was Found Hiding In An Oil Painting – Take A Closer LookAll Around MoneyFinancialAdvisorHeroesSean Hannity New Girlfriend Might Look Familiar To YouFinancialAdvisorHeroesMagellan TimesJada Pinkett Smith Opened Up About Her Son Saying The Words No Mom Wants To HearMagellan Times (Getty Images) Also Read: UK companies record highest impairment charges since 2012 (Getty Images) Also Read: UK companies record highest impairment charges since 2012 Show Comments ▼ Tuesday 15 December 2020 9:00 am The consumer staples industry also saw a rise in goodwill impairments from 1.2bn in 2018 to 7.5bn in 2019, while energy saw 3.2bn in impairments.  UK companies have recorded the highest goodwill impairments since 2012, new figures show, as Brexit uncertainty continues to have an effect on performance.  whatsapp UK companies also accounted for 64 per cent of the top 10 goodwill impairments combined in 2019, and over half of the total amount for the year.  In 2019 FTSE 100 companies recorded an aggregate impairment of 16bn, a 248 per cent increase from the previous year, according to research by Duff & Phelps. While UK companies within the pan-European Stoxx 600 recorded a 172 per cent increase in impairment charges, with an aggregate of 19.3bn.  UK companies record highest impairment charges since 2012 last_img read more

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Everything You Need to Know About That Yayoi Kusama Exhibition at…

first_imgArtEverything You Need to Know About That Yayoi Kusama Exhibition at the BroadKusama-rama is nearly upon usBy Marielle Wakim – September 29, 20171881ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItEli and Edythe Broad prefer their art with a side of showmanship, as evidenced by the selfie-centric pieces ensconced within their namesake museum. But one installation has captivated the masses unlike any other: Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away. More than 300,000 people have passed through the shimmering LED display since the Broad opened its doors in 2015; half as many would be lucky to score entry to Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors (opening October 21), an exhibition that brings five of the artist’s kaleidoscopic chambers together for the first time, plus paintings, sculptures, a living room covered in stickers, and more. Tickets went like hotcakes in September, but more will be released on October 2 at noon. Born in Japan in 1929, Kusama has been plagued by neuroses for most of her life (she lives by choice in a Tokyo psychiatric institution). As a child, she hallucinated sweeping fields of dots, using art to calm the chaos in her mind. After moving to New York in 1957, she created her Infinity Net paintings—canvases filled with minuscule mesh-like loops. (Back then the works sold for $200; in 2014, one went for $7.1 million at auction.) Stylized dotted works followed, including 1965’s Phalli’s Field—her first mirrored room and one that has been re-created for the exhibition at the Broad. Since then, Kusama has made 19 more rooms, each a self-contained universe that reflects her obsession with repetition.Infinity Mirrors stops at the Broad for ten weeks after stints in Washington, D.C., and Seattle, where record crowds waited hours to glimpse a glittering slice of Kusama’s psyche. Tickets for the L.A. engagement went on sale September 1, but standby tickets are released each day. Social media has given Kusama particular relevance in the here and now, though she hardly could have predicted the extent to which her work would beguile new generations. It makes her “prophetic”—and enduring, according to the Broad’s founding director, Joanne Heyler. “In the infinity rooms you have the sensation of feeling tiny and vast,” Heyler says. “There’s something about that paradox that resonates.” Heyler gives us the skinny on all the infinity rooms you’ll see:Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli’s Field“In Kusama’s first mirrored room,” Heyler says, “surfaces are covered in stuffed phallic forms.”Infinity Mirrored Room—Love Forever“Love Forever relates to aspects of the 1960s, including the sexual liberation, antiwar, and civil rights movements. The hexagonal room is mirror-lined both outside and in and has peepholes.”Dots Obsession—Love Transformed into Dots“In addition to a mirrored chamber, this artwork transforms the gallery space into an immersive environment with vinyl balloons.”Infinity Mirrored Room—Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity“Golden lanterns flicker inside a dark chamber. It resembles the Japanese tradition of toro nagashi, a ceremony where paper lanterns float down a river to guide spirits.”Infinity Mirrored Room—All the Eternal Love I have for the Pumpkins“Made in 2016, this artwork combines two of Kusama’s famed motifs: pumpkins and dots. She presented her first infinity room featuring pumpkins at 1993’s Venice Biennale.”The Obliteration Room“Visitors apply dot stickers to a pristine white space, which accumulate during the exhibition.” TAGSThe Broad MuseumYayoi KusamaPrevious articleThe 13 Best Things to Do in L.A. in OctoberNext articlePalm Springs’s New Rooftop SpaceMarielle Wakim RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORA Landmark Exhibit Celebrating Black Power Is Coming to the Broad—and It’s Almost Time to Get TicketsWhy an Artist in a Skin-Tight Suit Is Posing on L.A.’s Public SculpturesAnother Yayoi Kusama Installation Has Arrived in L.A.—and You Can See It For Freelast_img read more

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Global business confidence slumps to a five-year low: Europe, Japan and key emerging markets

first_img Chris PapadopoullosChris Papadopoullos was City A.M.’s economics reporter until February 2016. He is an economist at OMFIF. Global business confidence slumps to a five-year low: Europe, Japan and key emerging markets Tags: Emerging markets Global business confidence has slumped to a five-year low due to slow growth in Europe, Japan, and key emerging markets.The Markit global business outlook survey results released today shows business optimism falling sharply in October. However, UK companies were the most upbeat about the year ahead.A sharp downturn in business optimism has been registered in the US, hitting a five-year low. But US firms were still more confident than their counterparts in the Eurozone and Japan. There was divergence within the Eurozone, with confidence subdued in Germany and France, but buoyant in Spain and Italy. Economic growth has struggled to gain traction in the Eurozone, Japan and major emerging markets such as Russia and China.“Clouds are gathering over the global economic outlook, present­ing the darkest picture seen since the global financial crisis,” said economist Chris Williamson from Markit. More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.com by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likezenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorLoan Insurance WealthDolly Parton, 74, Takes off Makeup, Leaves Us With No WordsLoan Insurance WealthPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunElite HeraldKate Middleton Just Dropped An Unexpected Baby BombshellElite HeraldThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteabley Show Comments ▼center_img whatsapp whatsapp Share Sunday 23 November 2014 11:11 pmlast_img read more

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Report: Local government must reinvent itself in order to survive

first_img Share whatsapp whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe WrapTig Notaro Never Looks Right in ‘Army of the Dead’The Wrap Sunday 22 February 2015 11:16 pm Report: Local government must reinvent itself in order to survive Show Comments ▼ Express KCS Tags: NULL Local government needs a radical rethink if it is to survive, a new report says this morning.The MCA Think Tank has made 17 recommendations in the report. These include improving the calibre of those in leadership positions in local government, increased digitisation of services, and a further examination of the role of local councils.Emma Cornwall an expert on leadership at the Hay Group, which contributed to the report, added: “We have a cohort of leadership coming through local government now who could do better. But they are being crushed by the system and by their own slightly parochial concerns.” Alan Leaman, chief executive of the MCA, commented: “The next Parliament will be make or break for local government. This MCA Think Tank report draws on the insights, specialist knowledge and advice of a large number of the leading management consultants who work with local government clients.” last_img read more

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News / Ohio’s Rickenbacker joins US airport scramble to capture online retail traffic

first_imgBy Ian Putzger 07/02/2018 In recent years Rickenbacker, the cargo airport of Columbus, Ohio, has become a ‘poster boy’ for alternative gateways. Now it is eyeing the e-commerce sector.It used to attract charters hauling in apparel to stock retail outlets in the US north-east (and still does), but scheduled international freighter operations remained elusive until Cargolux started regular service five years ago.Subsequently, Cathay Pacific, Emirates and Etihad followed suit, and the addition of a third Etihad flight in October pushed Rickenbacker’s tally to 15 scheduled international widebody freighter flights a week.Now the Columbus Regional Airport Authority wants to make waves in e-commerce. Its ambition is to establish Rickenbacker as a major gateway for international B2C flows into the north-east. “We expect to be a big player,” said chief commercial officer David Whitaker.The drive to attract e-commerce streams hinges on rapid customs clearance. The airport authority recently obtained approval for an expedited customs clearance facility at Rickenbacker, which Mr Whitaker hopes to have up and running this year.Construction is not an issue, as the planned facility will be housed in an existing cargo building, it is mainly a question of how fast the US Customs & Border Protection service can ramp up for the operation, he said.According to Brian Bourke, vice-president of marketing at Seko Logistics, this is vital for the airport’s aspirations.“Expedited customs clearance is everything. If you’re able to offer that, you’re in the ball game,” he said.Many B2C shipments do not require clearance, as they do not exceed the de minimis threshold, but they still have to be declared and face possible scrutiny from customs. Any factor that adds a day to transit time seriously undermines e-commerce logistics ambitions, due to the ‘Amazon effect’ of customer expectations of short delivery cycles, he added.The airport authority and ground operators have worked to keep turnaround times to a minimum, which also helps with its push for e-commerce, Mr Whitaker said.Seko, which has focuses heavily on omni-channel and e-commerce logistics, has moved its facility in Columbus to Rickenbacker and is expanding it.Mr Whitaker sees Rickenbacker’s role in flows to and from Asia and the Middle East, thanks to its international freighter links. To Europe it would face an uphill struggle trying to compete with the New York airports, notwithstanding its throughput times and a good trucking network that puts half the US population within a 24-hour trucking radius. JFK airport is notoriously hard to reach by truck, but its connectivity – especially across the Atlantic – is too potent to ignore, Mr Whitaker explained.“The likes of New York and Chicago always have a leg-up in terms of capacity,” he said.On the Asian front, Rickenbacker faces strong competition from Dallas/Fort Worth, notably in the China-US market.The airport authority there is eager to complement the strong growth it has witnessed in domestic e-commerce traffic with international flows. The start of dedicated freighter flights for Amazon in 2016 has led to a surge in e-commerce volumes at DFW, and the e-commerce giant has almost tripled its footprint in the metroplex area, noted John Ackerman, executive vice-president of global strategy & development.DFW has scheduled freighter services by several Asian carriers, which should help with its transpacific e-commerce aspirations, but Mr Ackerman is particularly bullish on a link that has yet to fall into place.He pointed to a memorandum of understanding with the government of Henan on the establishment of a direct service between Zhengzhou and DFW. When the planned flight, to be operated by Henan Cargo Airlines, the Chinese joint venture offshoot of Cargolux, gets under way, it will accelerate DFW’s e-commerce growth, he predicted.Meanwhile, Miami International Airport intends to leverage its connectivity to expand its dominance in air cargo flows to and from Latin America to the e-commerce arena. The Miami-Dade Aviation Department has targeted e-commerce for a strategic initiative this year and beyond.“Our strategic goal is to become the e-commerce hub for the Americas,” said Emir Pineda, manager of aviation trade & logistics.“Miami is the natural place for this, but it cannot rely solely on its natural position,” said Mr Bourke. Atlanta’s efforts to position itself as a gateway to Latin America have not been overly successful to date, but it does offer some attractive options, he added.Overall, connectivity seems hard to beat, despite congestion and less-than-easy road access to cargo areas at the major gateways.Rickenbacker’s freighter links, speed and efficiency of ground operations and road access, plus expedited clearance capability, give it a fighting chance in the scramble to become an e-commerce gateway, but there is little cause for other second- or third-tier airports to pursue international e-commerce as a panacea for success.last_img read more

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Therapy dogs can spread superbugs to kids, hospital finds

first_img Puppies are making people sick — and it’s people’s fault One U.S. health official said the findings add to the growing understanding that while interactions with pets and therapy animals can be beneficial, they can also carry risk.advertisement Therapy dog Winnie at Johns Hopkins University’s hospital in Baltimore, Md. Therapy dogs who visit hospital patients can bring joy, affection, and superbug bacteria, according to a new study by the university. Johns Hopkins University via AP HealthTherapy dogs can spread superbugs to kids, hospital finds Related: Associated Press “Whether covered in fur, feathers, or scales, animals have the potential to carry germs that make people sick,” said Casey Barton Behravesh of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Pet therapy can help people recover from a range of health problems. Past studies have shown dogs or other animals can ease anxiety and sadness, lower blood pressure, and even reduce the amount of medications some patients need.But there have been episodes of the superbug MRSA riding around on healthy-looking therapy dogs.MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, often live on the skin without causing symptoms. But they can become more dangerous if they enter the bloodstream, destroying heart valves or causing other damage. Health officials have tied MRSA to as many as 11,000 U.S. deaths a year.The bacteria can spread in day cares, locker rooms, and military barracks, but public health efforts have focused on hospitals and nursing homes. Trending Now: The dogs were supposed to be experts at sniffing out C. diff. Then they smelled breakfast Later in the study, the researchers asked the dogs’ owners to bathe the animals with a special shampoo before the visits. They also had the dogs patted down every five to 10 minutes with disinfecting wipes at the hospital.Those steps dramatically decreased the bacteria level on the dogs, Dalton said.She hopes further study will show that such cleanings can reduce any risk of superbug infection.“I really had the opportunity to see how important these dogs were to the patients,” Dalton said. After the sessions with the dogs, the kids “would say how much this made their day.”— Mike Stobbecenter_img By Associated Press Oct. 5, 2018 Reprints The Baltimore study looked at 45 children who interacted with the four dogs — petting, hugging, feeding, or playing with them — over 13 visits in 2016 and 2017.Among kids who had no MRSA, the researchers found the superbug on about 10 percent of the samples taken from those kids after the dog visits. They also found MRSA on nearly 40 percent of the samples from the dogs. The researchers also determined that the more time someone spent with the animals, the greater the chance of ending up with the bacteria.The researchers think the dogs were generally clean of MRSA when they first came to the hospital, but picked it up from patients or others while they were there, said one of the authors, Meghan Davis.“Our hypothesis is it’s really person-to-person transmission, but it happened through contact with the fur,” said Davis, a Johns Hopkins public health researcher and veterinarian.Under hospital protocols, therapy dogs must be bathed within a day of a visit and are checked for wounds or other health problems. Children who see them are supposed to use hand sanitizer “but that wasn’t strictly enforced,” said Kathryn Dalton, another one of the researchers. NEW YORK — Therapy dogs can bring more than joy and comfort to hospitalized kids. They can also bring stubborn germs.Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore were suspicious that the dogs might pose an infection risk to patients with weakened immune systems. So they conducted some tests when Pippi, Poppy, Badger, and Winnie visited 45 children getting cancer treatment.They discovered that kids who spent more time with the dogs had a six times greater chance of coming away with superbug bacteria than kids who spent less time with the animals. But the study also found that washing the dogs before visits and using special wipes while they’re in the hospital took away the risk of spreading that bacteria.advertisement The results of the unpublished study were released Friday at a scientific meeting in San Francisco. Related: Tags hospitals Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson About the Author Reprintslast_img read more

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Laundry powder prices up as autumn approaches

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter By Daily NK – 2017.09.20 10:01am News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Kang: Yes, our sources report that laundry powder and soap sales have recently increased across the country. Some North Koreans are now taking soap to housewarming parties. I’m not quite sure if this is due to the influence of Hallyu or just a traditional Korean custom.  The North Korean source told me that many people give gas lighters to their new neighbors, but laundry powder is also becoming popular because it seems like a more generous gift. I mentioned to the source that it’s common for South Koreans to give laundry powder as a housewarming gift, and they replied in a low voice that, “Perhaps people here learned about it by watching South Korean dramas and listening to radio broadcasts.” When I heard that, I thought that Hallyu is slowly taking hold of North Korean residents. UMG: How much does the price of laundry powder increase during spring and autumn?   A picture of blankets being dried near new housing built in last year’s flood stricken regions surfaced on the internet recently. You can see similar sights of washing being hung out to dry in the rural and urban areas of North Korea during autumn. When I lived in North Korea, I would take my laundry to a relative’s house in the city because the reservoir water by the Samsu power station wasn’t clean. They had a washing machine, but there were times when the power supply would stop and I’d have to take out the laundry and hand wash it. Most North Koreans experience these sorts of situations and so a lot of people prefer to go down to the river and save themselves the hassle. Some of the North Koreans I talk to envy how we here in the South use washing machines to do our laundry in the comfort of our own homes. There are some reports of washing machines being used in certain households in major cities, but most residents say it’s very rare. Laundry powder prices up as autumn approaches North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China All prices shown in KPW and current as of September 5, 2017. News Kang: According to last year’s figures, the national average including in areas of Pyongyang, Ryanggang Province and Kangwon Province, was 10,000 KPW per bag. Currently, the price of laundry powder in Ryanggang Province is 10,845 KPW and 11,000 KPW at Pyongsong Market (South Pyongan Province), which is a large wholesale market, while prices at Kalma Market in Wonsan (Kangwon Province) are even higher at 11,300 KPW. Earlier in the spring this year, a bag of was selling for 9,640 KPW at Hyesan Market, 9,800 KPW at Pyongsong Market and 9,970 KPW at Wonsan Market. center_img Unification Media Group (UMG): Laundry powder and toilet paper are popular housewarming gifts in South Korea, so it’s no surprise to see these items in high demand now during the peak moving season. Similar trends are also evident in North Korea. To discuss this and more, we are joined by Daily NK reporter Kang Mi Jin.Kang Mi Jin (Kang): Housewarming parties in South Korea often host about 10 people. When I had my housewarming, I invited over 30 people. I’m still using the toilet paper and laundry powder I received as gifts that day. News During a recent phone call to check on North Korea’s market prices, a source told me that the price of laundry powder rose slightly during the early autumn weeks. This reminded me of when I was living in North Korea, where laundry powder sells quickly during spring and autumn. The increase in laundry powder sales is thought to correlate with the moving season here in South Korea, but in North Korea, I remember laundry powder would sell better in spring and autumn, regardless. This also made me think about the differences between North and South Korean traditional customs and the impact of Hallyu (the Korean cultural wave).  UMG: So laundry powder sales rise in spring and autumn because people are taking advantage of the weather to hand wash their laundry?  SHARE News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest UMG: Is laundry powder in the North Korean markets domestically manufactured or from China? Kang: Most of the laundry powder being sold is made in China, but there are also North Korean and Japanese brands. The most common brand of laundry powder comes from China, followed by North Korea. North Korea is trying to focus on domestic production of detergents and cosmetic products, and has expanded production targets. However, North Korean residents say there is nothing better than South Korean-made laundry powder, but it’s notoriously difficult to find in the markets.  Kang: Yes that seems to be the case in South Korea. I wash my sheets and blankets once a month and just put some laundry powder in the washing machine, press the button and it runs by itself until the washing is dry. It’s a luxury compared to North Korea. I had to wash everything by hand in North Korea, even the larger blankets. So you usually wash your family’s bedding only once or twice a year, and it’s usually in spring and/or autumn. Most families wash their winter bedding on a nice warm spring day by the river, and if the weather is nice, they hand wash other laundry while they wait for the blankets to dry, and then take them back home. It’s the same in autumn. The seasonal autumn rain has recently passed and I’ve been told more residents are going down to the riverside to wash their blankets. Such scenes were common in South Korea a long time ago.UMG: Yes, that’s right. You would see people hand washing their laundry by the stream 20 to 30 years ago, but this no longer happens. Do most North Korean residents hand wash their laundry?  Kang: Most North Koreans do. There are recent reports that some households are using washing machines, but there is a belief that blankets wash better under running water.  Children play as women wash laundry at the Amnok (Yalu) River. Image: Daily NK UMG:  In South Korea, laundry powder sales increase because of the moving season in spring and autumn. What’s the reason behind the rise during spring and autumn in North Korea? last_img read more

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Cabinet Approves Drafting Instructions for Amendment to Financial Administration and Audit Act

first_imgRelatedCabinet Approves Drafting Instructions for Amendment to Financial Administration and Audit Act RelatedCabinet Approves Drafting Instructions for Amendment to Financial Administration and Audit Act FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Cabinet has given approval for the issuing of instructions to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel (CPC) to effect amendments to the Financial Administration and Audit (FAA) Act, to include monetary penalties in the procurement regulations.Speaking at the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing held yesterday (Nov. 12) at Jamaica House, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Faith Innerarity explained that, “this particular Act is currently being amended to include the handbook of procurement procedures and Cabinet had previously approved the issuing of drafting instructions to the CPC. However, the amendments that were being done did not take into account the issue of penalties.”Currently, she noted, the Act only makes provision for penalties up to a maximum of $5,000 and these are not related to procurement. “The amendment being proposed is to ensure that there are monetary penalties included in respect of breaches of the procurement procedures and generally to affect amendments to Section 19B (of the Act) in respect of the responsibility of the Minister to regulate the full length of the procurement process,” she stated.On another matter, Parliamentary Secretary in the Information Ministry, Senator Warren Newby, informed that the Ministry was undertaking to capitalise the Youth Business Trust.He disclosed that a commitment has been made for $20 million to be made from the Information Ministry over four years, the first tranche of which has already been paid out.“A further commitment has been made by the Ministry of Commerce to provide a secondary loan facility of $30 million to youth business. We are now working out a Memorandum of Understanding to have the Trust relocated to the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), where it can become more intertwined with the operations there (so) that we can provide the necessary training and other support facilities to engender growth of the youth business sector,” he told journalists.In addition, he said the draft of a youth entrepreneurship policy has been prepared and is now ready. “Our intention is to have it presented to Cabinet by the latest January,” he informed. RelatedCabinet Approves Drafting Instructions for Amendment to Financial Administration and Audit Actcenter_img Cabinet Approves Drafting Instructions for Amendment to Financial Administration and Audit Act UncategorizedNovember 14, 2008 Advertisementslast_img read more

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UK Government hits vaccination target as PM praises “precious protection” offered by jabs

first_imgUK Government hits vaccination target as PM praises “precious protection” offered by jabs All adults over 50, the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers have now been offered a life-saving Covid-19 jab, as the government prepares to move into the next phase of the Covid-19 vaccination programme.The target was reached ahead of schedule, with the government having pledged to offer a first dose to priority cohorts 1-9 by 15 April.Nearly 40 million vaccines have now been given in total, with adults under 50 expected to begin to be invited in the coming days.Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:We have now passed another hugely significant milestone in our vaccine programme by offering jabs to everyone in the nine highest risk groups.That means more than 32 million people have been given the precious protection vaccines provide against Covid-19.I want to thank everyone involved in the vaccine rollout which has already saved many thousands of lives.We will now move forward with completing essential second doses and making progress towards our target of offering all adults a vaccine by the end of July.The JCVI are expected to publish their final advice on how the government should vaccinate those aged under 50.This advice will pave the way for the next phase of the vaccination programme, which is expected to begin this week.NHS organisations in the four nations, in collaboration with devolved administrations, will decide how to operationalise the JCVI advice.It is thought that people in England in their late 40s will be the first to be invited to book their jabs.Over 7 million second doses have now been given – with a record 475,230 given on Saturday – and we remain on track to offer a first vaccine to all adults by 31 July. /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:Boris Johnson, covid-19, Government, Minister, PM, Prime Minister, UK, UK Government, vaccination, Vaccineslast_img read more