Pub time: What Londoners and people across the UK can and cannot do from today

first_imgThe Scottish have a little bit longer to wait until they can enjoy more freedom. Lockdown is expected to ease further from 26 April, and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is due to give more details in the coming weeks. What can people in England do now? Outdoor sports training will be allowed for recognised clubs, in groups of up to 15, provided all indoor facilities except toilets remain closed. People can now make trips outside of Wales, but journeys to countries outside of the Common Travel area – the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Ireland – without a reasonable excuse are still banned. Also Read: Pub time: What Londoners and people across the UK can and cannot do from today Also Read: Pub time: What Londoners and people across the UK can and cannot do from today Also Read: Pub time: What Londoners and people across the UK can and cannot do from today Pub gardens and restaurants with outdoor dining are preparing for a surge of customers as lockdown eases, prompting Boris Johnson to urge the nation to “behave responsibly”. What is the picture in Wales? So how long will the Scottish have to wait? Share Also Read: Pub time: What Londoners and people across the UK can and cannot do from today Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts reopened, with organised adult and children’s sport – including grassroots football – able to return. It follows from a previous round of easing on 29 March, allowing six people from any number of households or a group of any size from up to two households to gather in parks and gardens. From Monday, the number of people who can meet outdoors in a garden, including children, will increase from six to 10. Lockdown easing will depend on the vaccine rollout continuing smoothly and evidence the vaccine is reducing hospital admissions and deaths. It is also back-to-school day for students, with university undergraduates set to return to campuses although some online learning will continue. What is going on in Northern Ireland? Outdoor retail such as car dealerships and garden centres will reopen, and click-and-collect services will resume. Also Read: Pub time: What Londoners and people across the UK can and cannot do from today Indoors, the rule of six or two households will apply – although the Government has said it will keep under review whether it is safe to increase this. From today, shops, hairdressers, nail salons, libraries and outdoor hospitality venues such as beer gardens will be allowed to reopen. All remaining restrictions on social contact could be lifted from 21 June, allowing for larger events to go ahead and nightclubs to reopen. Show Comments ▼ People are still being asked to work from home where possible, and overseas travel remains banned. It also depends on there being no evidence a surge in infection rates could potentially overwhelm the NHS, and the level of risk not being fundamentally changed by new variants of concern. Most outdoor attractions, such as zoos and theme parks, can reopen, although wider social-distancing rules will still apply to prevent indoor mixing between different households. From today, close-contact services such as hairdressers and non-essential shops shops will be permitted to open Also Read: Pub time: What Londoners and people across the UK can and cannot do from today From no earlier than 17 May, most social contact rules outside will be lifted, although gatherings of more than 30 will remain illegal. The “stay at home” messaging is to be replaced with a “stay local” and “work from home” message. People planning weddings will be permitted to view potential venues for ceremonies at a limit of up to four people. So, what happens next in Wales? Outdoor hospitality such as cafes, pubs and restaurants are due to open up on 26 April. What happens next in England? The Scottish government said “it is hoped” groups of four people from two households will be allowed to socialise indoors in a private home. Pub time: What Londoners and people across the UK can and cannot do from today Indoor hospitality, entertainment venues such as cinemas and soft play areas, the rest of the accommodation sector, and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes will also reopen. Limited crowds will also be allowed at sporting events. While the English are the only ones looking forward to a pub-pulled pint, people in Wales and Northern Ireland will now also enjoy more freedom. Here is the picture across the UK. As of Good Friday, the stay-at-home order was lifted across Scotland, allowing people to travel locally for non-essential purposes. whatsapp Michiel Willems After 17 May, the Welsh government will consider opening up indoor hospitality and remaining visitor accommodation to reopen in advance of the spring bank holiday. Also Read: Pub time: What Londoners and people across the UK can and cannot do from today The remainder of post-primary students, years eight to 11, will return to schools – after all other classes resumed before the Easter break. Also Read: Pub time: What Londoners and people across the UK can and cannot do from today All dates are “subject to the public health situation remaining favourable” and will be confirmed at a review of coronavirus regulations on 22 April, the Welsh Government said. Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people and wedding receptions for up to 30 people will be permitted outdoors from the same date – again a week earlier than previously announced. The number of people allowed to attend such ceremonies will also increase, at a level informed by a risk assessment for the venue. Londoners can look forward to getting a round in for the first time in months today. whatsapp It is likely children’s indoor activities, community centres, and organised indoor activities for adults for up to 15 people will resume from 17 May. Hairdressers and barbers reopened last week for pre-booked appointments, while click-and-collect shopping resumed, and homeware shops and garden centres began welcoming back customers. In-person teaching and outdoor sport also resumed for 12 to 17-year-olds. Also Read: Pub time: What Londoners and people across the UK can and cannot do from today Has lockdown eased in Scotland? Funerals can continue with up to 30 people, and the numbers able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise from six to 15. Last week, the Welsh government announced it would lift restrictions on household mingling earlier than planned – 3 May instead of 10 May – following a better-than-expected drop in coronavirus cases. Currently the plan is to allow some household mixing from May 17. Monday 12 April 2021 6:53 am Under current plans, cafes, restaurants, shops and gyms are due to open, and more people will be allowed to meet up outdoors. Libraries, museums and galleries, gyms and pools will also be allowed to open up. Cinemas and amusement arcades might be allowed to reopen with limits on capacity, along with resumption of small-scale indoor and outdoor events outdoor contact sports for adults and indoor group exercise. Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and swimming pools will also be opened, but for use by people on their own or in household groups. The reopening of gyms and leisure centres has also been brought forward by a week to May 3, including for one-to-one training, although group exercise classes remain banned. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBrake For It40 New Features In The 2021 Ford BroncoBrake For ItDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyFactableAluminum Foil Uses You’ll Want to KnowFactableMoneyWise.comMechanics Say You Should Avoid These Cars In 2021  MoneyWise.comFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorLivestlyPlugs Have These Two Holes At The End, Here’s WhyLivestlyThe Legacy ReportMan Who Predicted 2020 Crash 45 Days Early Issues Next Major WarningThe Legacy ReportMoney PopThe Most Overpriced Vehicles On the Market Right NowMoney PopHomeLight.comDon’t Make This Mistake When You Sell Your Home. Try these 7 The government has said there will be a minimum of five weeks between each set of restrictions easing, to give it time to assess the impact on public health. Tags: Coronavirus Re-lockdownlast_img read more

Why is there a sudden burst of COVID-19 cases in Chevak?

first_imgYKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges confirmed Tuluk’s explanation for what happened in Chevak.“The people who get infected, especially this time of year, may think that they just have a cold. They may not think anything of it,” Hodges said. “They may feel safe because there haven’t been any confirmed cases in their village. And they may not take the precautions that we know work, such as wearing a face mask and keeping our social circles small, which in some of our villages has allowed the virus to spread undetected.”In this scenario, Hodges said, someone eventually gets tested and YKHC travels to the village to conduct community-wide testing, which reveals how far the virus has spread.YKHC vice president of communications Tiffany Zulkosky said that COVID-19 testing was readily available at Chevak’s health clinic for anyone that wanted one even before the latest outbreak.Tuluk said that people are taking precautions seriously now, but it wasn’t always the case. Even after Chevak declared a lockdown on Oct. 12 after the first few cases in the village, Tuluk said that people were still visiting others.“There were still people out there going to other houses or allowing their kids to go visit their grandparents,” said Tuluk. “A lot of people at that time were not following instructions, so that contributed to probably spread a little more faster.”Tuluk said that the village instituted a stricter lockdown a few days ago. At this point, even residents of Chevak who traveled outside of the village are not being allowed back in.“We’re telling them to hold off until we get over this lockdown,” Tuluk said.The village announced the stricter phase of the lockdown on radio and VHF. Now, Tuluk says, almost everyone is following the instructions to stay home.“From the first one we did, it’s a lot better,” Tuluk said.Chevak resident Zackar Levi is staying positive about the lockdown.“It’s a good chance to catch up with the family all the time, staying in the house all the time,” Levi said.Levi’s little brother is one of the people in Chevak who have tested positive for COVID-19. He said that his brother is asymptomatic.“We’ve tried a lot not to let it bother him too much. Usually, he gets easily scared,” Levi said.To keep his brother’s mind off the virus, Levi said that he’s downloading fourth-grade homework from various websites and helping his little brother work through it.Educating has become even more difficult under the latest lockdown. Chevak’s superintendent, Dave Lougee, said that teachers can’t deliver paperwork packets, so they’re putting lessons and math problems on their classroom Facebook pages.“I don’t think we’re reaching them all, but we’re trying to get as many as we can,” Lougee said.Lougee also said that the school district recently received equipment from GCI to set up an intranet so that students can exchange files with teachers without using any internet data. But he doesn’t know how the district can set it up during the lockdown.As for play, kids are being told to do that from home as well. Earl Atchak said that his kids are sleeping more and talking on the phone more.“They’re being on the phone in the evenings talking, like having a seven-way call or however way they’re doing it right now, these younger kids,” Atchak said. “That’s how they’re keeping communication and keeping sane.”Despite the challenges of isolation, Mayor Tuluk said that people must follow the instructions of the lockdown and stay home if the village is to combat COVID-19.“The risk of spreading that virus will be to a minimum, or even can be stopped when everybody cooperates,” Tuluk said. “For those people that may not be caring about the whole situation, I ask them to look at their own family or their parents that may be Elders. And that they hopefully realize what they’re doing is putting out a risk to their family members.”On Oct. 23, YKHC announced that the state plans to send a team to Chevak to help Tuluk and other village leaders with emergency planning and quarantine response. Over 70% of the more than 1,000 residents living in Chevak have been tested. Hodges said that YKHC is planning to send a team next week to perform more testing.This story has been updated with new information about the number of COVID-19 cases in Chevak after it was released by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. Share this story: Coronavirus | WesternWhy is there a sudden burst of COVID-19 cases in Chevak?October 23, 2020 by Greg Kim, KYUK – Bethel Share:Chevak, Alaska (Photo by Mike McIntyre via KYUK)In the past week, the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation has announced over 180 new cases of COVID-19 in Chevak, seemingly out of nowhere. In a village of just over a thousand residents, almost 20% of the population has now been infected with the coronavirus.Mayor Richard Tuluk suggested that the virus had been undetected in Chevak for a long time prior to the explosion of cases over the last week.“Some of those first tests we did, we found out that it was not travel-related, that it had been here quite a while for quite some time,” Tuluk said.last_img read more

Rosie O’Donnell Shows Off Her Svelt New Bod At The National…

first_imgUncategorizedRosie O’Donnell Shows Off Her Svelt New Bod At The National Women’s History Museum ‘DoBy Kari Mozena – October 28, 2013747ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddIt Fran Drescher and Rosie O’DonnellRebecca Wisocky and Marianna KlavenoGeorge Chakiris and Rita MorenoMelina Kanakaredes. Rebecca Soni and NWHM Prez/CEO Joan WagesSusan Lucci“We’re here for the National Women’s Foundation of Museum … um … Helpers…” Rosie O’Donnell joked on the 12th Floor of Mr. C’s Hotel. We’d actually gathered to support the National Women’s History Museum and NWHM president Joan Bradley Wages’s goal of building a museum in D.C. O’Donnell stole the show (busting into a fifteen minute stand-up routine) while introducing pal Fran Drescher, who received an award. O’Donnell looks amazing. “Yea, I look great,” she agreed, “I had a heart attack.” She took a fun swipe or two at fellow honoree Rita Moreno, too. “Remember nanas at 80 dripping urine?” O’Donnell cried. “She’s in an f—ing unitard here!” Moreno looked fantastic (at 81!) as well. It was an evening that is still making me smile (Los Angeles magazine was a sponsor). As the drinks flowed, “I’ve already had three glasses of champagne,” Moreno said. “One glass and I can barely read. Two glasses and I belong to anybody.” Other attendees included six-time Olympic medalist/swimmer Rebecca Soni (she accepted an award for Girl Up), Devious Maids actress Rebecca Wisocky and Ana Ortiz (“Devious Maids and Orange Is the New Black are the best shows for women,” O’Donnell gushed), and legendary soap actress Susan Lucci.Photographs by Alison Buck / WireImage TAGSFran DrescherL.A. CultureMr. C’sRebecca SoniRita MorenoRosie O’DonnellThe SeenPrevious articleHalloween Food Costume Mash-Ups: Sexy Corn Dog, Cronut, and MoreNext articleLou Reed’s L.A. Culture CollideKari Mozena RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORFollow in Pee-wee Herman’s Footsteps Across L.A.Fran Drescher Gets Real in the First Episode of Our New Podcast, ‘The Originals’Rita Moreno Will Be a Grand Marshal of the 2020 Rose Paradelast_img read more

Major US study links cellphone exposure to cancer — at least in rats

first_img By Megan Thielking and Dylan Scott May 27, 2016 Reprints The one time WebMD didn’t tell me it was cancer, it was What you need to know about the new study on cellphones and cancer Spencer Platt/Getty Images “We feel that these findings are potentially of interest to the discussion over the cellphone safety issues,” Bucher said. “We felt it was important to get the word out.”However, “the results from our studies are far from definitive at this point,” he said. For human health, “this may have relevance. This may have no relevance.”advertisement “These data will probably raise the level of suspicion that there might be a problem. I didn’t see them as strong enough to say that there’s really a problem,” said Kenneth Foster, a bioengineering professor at the University of Pennsylvania who has studied radiation and health. “It’s really hard to know just how to interpret these results.”He noted in particular the finding that male rats exposed to radiation lived longer than those not exposed to radiation.Michael Lauer, deputy director of extramural research for the NIH, who provided comment to the NTP on the study, said that because of the small sample size, the study’s findings are suspect. “It is much more likely than not that this is not a true finding,” he said.As recently as Wednesday, the NIH said the study was still under review by unnamed additional experts.“It is important to note that previous human, observational data collected in earlier, large-scale population-based studies have found limited evidence of an increased risk for developing cancer from cellphone use,” the NIH said in a statement.The agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report’s release, which followed a Wednesday report by the website Microwave News that disclosed what the researchers had found.The researchers have more data stockpiled that they haven’t reported. They say the rest of the results from the study will likely trickle out starting in late 2017.Potential firestormThe new study has the potential to start a firestorm. Until now, there have been conflicting results from other research about whether cellphones cause cancer, but the general takeaway from official authorities was that there is no definitive link — as the NIH statement reiterates.Dr. Jonathan Samet, director of the University of Southern California’s Institute for Global Health, said one of the big takeaways is “we really need a more serious research agenda.”“I think the public needs to know if there’s any risk,” he said. “I think this is something that needs to be taken as a need for further research and investigation. … We should not say there is no risk.” HealthMajor US study links cellphone exposure to cancer — at least in rats Related: @meggophone [email protected] The study had some head-scratching findings. For instance, it found that despite developing more tumors, male rats exposed to radiation for about nine hours every day also lived longer than a control group not exposed to radiation. In addition, it was unusual that no cancers occurred in the control group in this study. The incidence of malignant gliomas in male rats exposed to radiation — 2.2 to 3.3 percent — was within the range seen in nonexposed rats in previous studies, the authors said.Still, the authors said that the brain and heart tumors observed in rats exposed to the radiofrequency radiation are similar to malignancies seen in some epidemiological studies of cellphone use. They say their findings “appear to support” the World Health Organization’s classification of cellphones as a possible carcinogen. (That’s the same classification given to coffee and talcum powder.)Elisabeth Cardis, the lead investigator on the study that spurred that classification, said the NTP report provided “really quite novel findings.”“A lot of people felt that the issue was closed; there’s nothing there and you can just move on. The release of these results now … really raises the question about whether, in fact, there is a real effect,” she said.Population implicationsBut other population-level studies in humans have found no increased risk, and the incidence of brain cancer has not risen in recent decades as cellphone use has exploded. Does exercise prevent cancer? Related:center_img Megan Thielking Please enter a valid email address. Newsletters Sign up for Weekend Reads Our top picks for great reads, delivered to your inbox each weekend. Tags cancerradiationWHO A major new study provides evidence of a possible link between cellphone exposure and cancer, at least in rats — findings that are likely to spark a fierce new debate about the 21st century’s most ubiquitous tech gadget.When researchers exposed rats to the radiofrequency radiation emitted by cellphones, they saw higher incidence of two types of cancer: malignant gliomas in the brain and schwannomas in the heart. The increased risk was relatively small, but if the findings translate to humans — still an unknown — it could have a large public health impact, given the widespread use of cellphones worldwide.The highly anticipated, $25 million study was conducted by the US National Toxicology Program. Partial results were released late Thursday, before full results were available, because of intense public interest, according to John Bucher, associate director of the NTP.advertisement Privacy Policy About the Authors Reprints The findings could jeopardize the conventional wisdom at a time when the number of Americans who own a cellphone has exceeded 90 percent in recent years.“None of us expected them to find anything in this study. I’ve been quoted as saying it’s a total waste of money,” said David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany.The results have been long anticipated. An NIH official told Congress in 2009 that the results would likely be released in 2014, but their release appeared to be prompted only by this week’s leak.“We’ve been waiting a long time for this study, far too long for this study,” said Joel Moskowitz, director and principal investigator at the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California, Berkeley.Still, he added: “The debate will keep going on, I’m sure. This is not going to be the definitive study.”This story has been updated with new details about the study and previous research on cellphones. Related: Leave this field empty if you’re human: News Editorlast_img read more

Where are all the new Alzheimer’s drugs? Q&A with an expert

first_img Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. Privacy Policy Here’s a transcript of the conversation. [email protected] Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. @sxbegle Live ChatWhere are all the new Alzheimer’s drugs? Q&A with an expert Please enter a valid email address. By Sharon Begley and Damian Garde Sept. 18, 2017 Reprints Damian Gardecenter_img @damiangarde Why are there no good drugs to treat Alzheimer’s? More than 20 years after scientists discovered that mutations in three genes can cause the devastating disease, and that the apoE gene increases people’s risk for it, there are only four FDA-approved drugs to treat Alzheimer’s. And they do little but slow symptoms (if that).Over the last decade, more than 99 percent of the new compounds tested against Alzheimer’s have failed in clinical trials, costing their developers billions of dollars and crushing the hopes of the 5.5 million (and counting) Americans with the disease.Readers joined STAT reporters Sharon Begley and Damian Garde on Monday as they moderated a chat with Alzheimer’s expert Dr. Reisa Sperling of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. We aimed to cover a lot of ground: What drugs are in the pipeline, the therapeutic approaches, and which diet and lifestyle habits might prove protective. Sperling, who has relationships with several biopharma companies, also talked about her “A4 Study,” which is testing a new therapy in patients who are at high risk for Alzheimer’s, but as yet have no symptoms.advertisement Sharon Begley Leave this field empty if you’re human: About the Authors Reprints [email protected] Tags agingdementiadrug development National Biotech Reporter Damian covers biotech, is a co-writer of The Readout newsletter, and a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast.last_img read more

When kids are vaccinated against chickenpox, they’re less likely to get shingles, too

first_img Tags patientspediatricspublic healthVaccines It’s old news that vaccines don’t cause autism. But a major new study aims to refute skeptics again Related: @HelenBranswell About the Author Reprints Related: One of the world’s best drug hunters went after Alzheimer’s. Here’s how he lost As the amount of immunity against a pathogen like the varicella virus grows in a given population, it becomes harder for the virus to find and infect children who aren’t vaccinated.“So the vaccine is not only preventing chickenpox, but there’s an added benefit thrown in that we had hoped would happen,” said Dr. Anne Gershon, a pediatric infectious diseases professor at Columbia University, said of the finding of reductions in shingles cases among children.advertisement By Helen Branswell June 10, 2019 Reprintscenter_img Children who are vaccinated against the virus that causes chickenpox are getting a twofer: Not only are they protected against irritating and potentially scarring chickenpox, but they appear to have a “dramatically” lower risk of developing shingles in childhood than unvaccinated kids who contract the disease, according to a large, new multiyear study.The rate of shingles cases in vaccinated children was 78% lower than it was among unvaccinated children who had contracted the virus, varicella, the authors reported Monday in the journal Pediatrics.Overall over the 12-year period studied, the rate of shingles cases among all children in the study fell by 72%, as increasing numbers of vaccinated children likely led to a decrease in infections among unvaccinated children through a phenomenon called herd immunity.advertisement The first study followed 322 children for four years. For the second study, the group looked at medical records of nearly 6.4 million children under the age of 18, calculating rates of shingles over 12 years.They did see a higher rate of shingles among vaccinated 1-year olds as compared to unvaccinated children. But that difference quickly reversed. Among 2- and 3-year olds, there wasn’t really a marked difference between the vaccinated and unvaccinated children. By age 4, the rates of shingles among unvaccinated children started to climb; among vaccinated children, it declined slightly and then remained at a low and relatively stable rate.The reason for the earlier shingles rate among 1-year-olds? They were being exposed to varicella virus before the unvaccinated children were. “If they hadn’t ever had chickenpox then they weren’t going to be likely to get shingles,” Weinmann said of the unvaccinated 1-year olds. How herd immunity worksVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Link EmbedCopiedLive00:0001:0001:00  Herd immunity protects those with vulnerable immune systems. Here’s how. Alex Hogan/STAT But given the highly infectious nature of the varicella virus, that quickly changed, as the rates among older unvaccinated children showed. In the era before the varicella vaccine came on the market, virtually everyone contracted chickenpox in childhood; the CDC estimated that every year about 4 million children were infected.So among older unvaccinated children, shingles rates rose after chickenpox infections. Overall there were 38 cases of shingles per 100,000 person years in the vaccinated group, compared to 170 cases per 100,000 person years among the unvaccinated children.Whether the vaccinated children will continue to have lower rates of shingles as they move into the later stages of life remains to be seen, Gershon said, as does whether those vaccinated in childhood will need a varicella booster vaccine at some point in adulthood. Gershon was not involved in the research, but she wrote a commentary on it that the journal published in conjunction with the study. “That the varicella vaccine prevents not only varicella but zoster as well is an exciting dual benefit from the varicella vaccine, further improving the health of children by immunization,” she wrote. Herpes zoster is the proper name for shingles.The study, which was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mined the medical records of more than 6 million children to try to tease out an answer of whether the varicella vaccine would protect against shingles, or potentially increase the risk of developing the painful condition.Shingles is a delayed complication of varicella infection. The virus hides in the body of people who have had chickenpox. Normally the immune system keeps it in check. But the virus can reactivate, causing painful rashes that can lead to long-term nerve pain. It is estimated that about one-third of people who had chickenpox will go on to have at least one bout of shingles.While the condition is more common in older adults whose immune systems are waning, children too can develop shingles.The varicella vaccine is made with a live but weakened varicella virus, which can also lie dormant and later reactivate to cause shingles.In 2013, the authors of the current study published an earlier investigation of shingles rates among vaccinated children. They found a substantially lower rate among vaccinated children overall, but a significantly higher rate among children between the ages of 1 (around the time the first dose of two doses of vaccine is given) and 2.They set out to dig further into that finding. Lead author Sheila Weinmann, senior investigator with Kaiser Permanente Northwest Center for Health Research, said they felt it was important to find out what was going on. Sean Gallup/Getty Images HealthWhen kids are vaccinated against chickenpox, they’re less likely to get shingles, too Helen Branswell Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development.last_img read more

‘Defense of Steel’ Destroying Enterprises

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News By Choi Song Min – 2015.03.27 4:29pm North Korea has annually made its citizenscollect and contribute steel scrap and waste under the slogan, “Let’s defend the steel war front.” However,the authorities have ratcheted up the initiative this year, resulting in a seriesof counterproductive side effects, not least of which have thrown a wrench in factory operations.“The collection of steel scrap and waste hastaken place since Kim Jung Eun’s 2015 New Year Address,” a source in South Pyongan Province reported to Daily NK on March 25th. “Contrary to the past when quotas were calibratedfor individuals, this year quantities are based on the total number of workers at a given enterprise. This means large factories arehaving to procure hundreds of tons of steel to hand over to the state.” He added, “The Party is trying to infuse residents with a sense of loyalty with this order–sending steel to Gangsun Steel Mill and Sungjin Steel Complex– particularly since this is the 70th anniversary of Korean Peninsula’s liberation from Japanese rule,” adding that the collected steel will be employed to build tanks and artilleries for use at propaganda events, keeping in line with a similar order from 2012 that utilized the steel to build tanks for the military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the nation’s military.Failure to fulfill the directive’s quota can result in severe repercussions for factory managers andaffiliated party secretaries. Party secretaries are subject to black marks intheir permanent file, of which more than three is grounds for expulsion from the Party. Legal implications include a warrant of detention to await penal administration, which can includetransfer to a labor-training camp. The watchful eyes of a provincial inspection team patrol enterprises to ensure they toe the line.Lacking sufficient scrap metal and waste, factory managers are left with little choice but to grudgingly dismantle presently unused or older machinery to fulfill the steel quotas. “The scrap metal collection yard near the trainstation is filled with more functional pieces of machinery than actual steel waste and scraps,” the source said. Instead of fixing the machinery for it to function and yield long-term results, much of it is being stripped for parts. He explained that the situation is “analogous to not using a rice cooker because you don’t have any rice. You wouldn’t throw away the rice cooker–you’d just wait until you found a way to get rice.” Along the same lines, many of the workers and enterprise heads have been pretending to cart the materials to the drop site for transfer to steel-production locations, only to craftily evade the prying eyes of the inspections teams and return the machinery back to the factory for repair and future use. These attempts, however, are met with limited success.Residents unaffiliated with factories see no exemption from the decree; these individuals are required to obtain 20kg per month to hand over for the cause. ”Youngchildren and university students are turning in their steel-based household appliances and some have been breaking into factories at night to try to find suitable parts to turn in,” he said.The looting further undermines an already grave problem, for which the source points out there is no viable solution. “Residents and workers alike are only goingto benefit if factories can actually operate and produce goods. How are theseplaces going to function if we break down intact machinery because of thismandate,” he said.“I really feel like it would be better if they just sold the whole building off.”  North Korea has annually urged factories and organizations to “pay more steel to the socialist war front,” using group names–such as the Chosun Democratic Women’s Union or the Children’s Union–for the resulting tanks ready “for inevitable war.” North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) NewsEconomy ‘Defense of Steel’ Destroying Enterprises News center_img News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Facebook Twitter SHARE AvatarChoi Song Min US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img read more

Seoul should respond strongly to dam water releases

first_img Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seoul should respond strongly to dam water releasescenter_img Following the unexpected release of water from North Korea’sHwanggang Dam earlier this month, concerns are mounting about a subsequentincident, which, if severe, could cause overwhelming damage to areas in SouthKorea’s Gyeonggi Province and further afield.The South must remain vigilant at the possibility ofintentional flooding induced by the North at all times. Throughout thisreporter’s tenure in the North Korean military in the late 1980s, he wasrepeatedly informed during political lectures that Kumgangsan Power Station(Imnam Dam) was constructed as an integral part of North Korea’s ‘wateroffensive’ and ‘flooding strategy’ with concerns to its southern neighbor.Pyongyang purported the dam was designed to provide power to Kangwon Provinceand areas near the demilitarized zone, but residents in the area wouldassuredly tell you otherwise–were they given the chance.High water levels on the Imjin and Han Rivers after heavyrainfall, the higher-ups at these lectures frequently postulated, coupled witha high tide in the West Sea, would create the perfect conditions for Pyongyangto open its sluice gates and “flood Seoul in an instant.” This is made possiblebecause Hwanggang Dam, located at the Imjin River, and Imnam Dam, positioned at the Bukhan River, are both tributaries of the Han River and run northto southwestward. In 2009, again without prior notification, Pyongyangreleased water from Hwanggang Dam. The reckless action claimed the lives of sixSouth Koreans who were camping or fishing along the banks of the Imjin River. Thistragedy led to a verbal deal in October, wherein the North agreed to notify theSouth ahead of dam water releases; however, with the exception of four cases,it has routinely unleashed walls of water on its end without warning.The potential for further disaster is irrefutable. Yet theauthor finds it very troubling that many, if not most, here in the South seem blaséabout the situation. Even more confounding are those, be it to comfortthemselves or because they genuinely believe it, who claim that this latestmove was actually just the North adjusting water levels on its side of the dam.North Korea doubtless grasps the foolhardiness of a waterrelease during a period of heightened scrutiny, and as such, at least in theshort term, we should expect to see Pyongyang employ more thinly veiled tacticsin a bid to ascertain the speed, diversity, and durability of Seoul’scountermeasures.South Korea must therefore send out a strong message ofwarning to the North. It must emphasize that ambush flooding is considered aprovocation that threatens lives and property, not unlike its nuclear andmissile tests. The new emergency preparedness measures implemented by Seoul’sKorea Rural Community Corporation are a promising start, but in order toprovide the public with a greater sense of reassurance, Seoul should strengthenits countermeasures and step up its monitoring of this and related developmentsin the North.   SHARE AvatarChoi Song Min Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion By Choi Song Min – 2016.07.12 9:39pm last_img read more

Silent pandemic of antimicrobial resistance

first_imgSilent pandemic of antimicrobial resistance Your excellencies, esteemed colleagues.It’s an honour to join this important conversation today.For me, some of the scariest moments of this pandemic were right at the start, when we were dealing with so many unknowns.Before it was even called COVID-19, what we saw was a novel threat to the world’s health.We didn’t yet know how to treat it and it was far from certain that we would ever have a successful vaccine.We owe so much of our progress against this deadly disease to the power and ingenuity of science and modern medicine.But if we fail to act on antimicrobial resistance, modern medicine as we know it can cease to exist.And the silent pandemic of AMR could have consequences far more deadly than COVID.In my view, it’s an existential threat as great as climate change.We must remind ourselves of what it’s like to be faced with an untreatable disease and never forget that feeling, so we don’t ever have to face it again.We need governments to recognise this and act now. And I pledge to do that.We need to get better at how we use existing antibiotics, whether for humans or for animals.We need to develop new antibiotics.We need to make sure the supply chain is safe and shared, with shared global standards.And crucially, we need to think always about the One Health interactions between humans, animals and the environment we all share.Because this pandemic has reminded us that when we don’t get this right, we are all vulnerable.So we must act together.The UK is determined to use our presidency of the G7 this year to bring partners together and take bold new steps on AMR.We’re determined to play our part, including through our international funding. The Fleming Fund is helping 24 countries develop their surveillance and systems for infection and AMR.And we very recently granted an additional £1.3 million of UK investment to the tripartite multi-partner trust fund on AMR, on top of our existing investments.We’re looking forward to working with any partner who shares our desire for ever more creative ways of addressing the threat of AMR.And it’s especially important AMR is at the heart of the conversations at the upcoming COP26 and UN Food Systems summits.So on behalf of the government of the United Kingdom, I welcome and fully endorse today’s call to action on AMR, because we have so much still to do together – learning from the lessons of this pandemic and learning those lessons quickly.Working across human, animal and environmental health to make sure that we tackle the next pandemic, so generations ahead of us will have the modern medicine that we are able to benefit from today. /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:antibiotics, climate change, environment, environmental health, G7, Government, health, infection, Investment, presidency, supply chain, surveillance, UK, UK Government, UN, United Kingdomlast_img read more

Honda revives Passport name for its new SUV

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2019 Honda Passport teaser, to be revealed at the 2018 LA auto show Honda is building a brand-new SUV with an old name to fit in between the CR-V and the Pilot.It’s been hit with the Passport badge, a name not seen since 2002.The teaser images or video don’t show much of the design of the new vehicle, but do demonstrate the Passport is more off-road-capable, which falls in line with Honda’s “adventure-ready” idea for the model. “The new Passport is a more personal, powerful and off-road-capable SUV that hits the sweet spot between daily driving comfort and weekend off-road, all-weather adventure capability,” said Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice-president of American Honda Motor Co.The video has a pretty intense soundtrack for something parents are going to buy to take the kids to school in, but it gets the point across.Powertrain options were not discussed, but we’re assuming they’ll fall in line between the CR-V and the Pilot, and be built around some form of turbocharged four-cylinder. RELATED TAGSHondaPassportNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury Designed, developed and built in America at Honda’s plant in Lincoln, Alabama, the new 2019 Honda Passport will be debuted at the LA auto show at the end of the month, where we hope to learn more about the interior, powertrain and towing capabilities. Trending in Canada We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisement See More Videos Trending Videos Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more