Residents stress as fee season closes in

first_img News Residents stress as fee season closes in Facebook Twitter There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] SHARE News By Daily NK – 2015.10.12 1:28pm This is “NK Market Trends,” bringing youweekly updates on the North Korean economy. This week we sat down with reporterKang Mi Jin to discuss the latest trends; but first, let’s take a look at howthe jangmadang (market) has been doing.*We’ll begin by providing a rundown of theprice of rice, the currency conversion rates, and the cost of other goods inNorth Korean markets. The price of 1 kg of rice was 6,000 KPW in Pyongyang andSinuiju, and 6,200 KPW in Hyesan. The USD was trading at 8,260 KPW inPyongyang, 8,200 KPW in Sinuiju, and 8,320 KPW in Hyesan. Moving along, the cost of 1 kg of cornkernels was 2,300 KPW in Pyongyang, 2,250 KPW in Sinuiju, and 2,300 KPW inHyesan. One kg of pork was selling at 14,500 KPW in Pyongyang and 15,000 KPW inboth Sinuiju and Hyesan. Gasoline was trading at 9,000 KPW per kg in Pyongyangand Sinuiju, and at 7,000 KPW per kg in Hyesan. Finally, 1 kg of diesel fuelwas selling at 5,500 KPW in Pyongyang, 5,100 KPW in Sinuiju, and 5,000 KPW inHyesan. This has been a rundown of the latest market prices in North Korea. 1. Thank you for the update on markettrends. I heard that starting next month, each family is required to pay theirannual fees, which looks like it will cause setbacks for homemakers at all levelsof society. Obviously, many people are upset with this. Today, let’s hear fromReporter Kang on how these fees are affecting those around the country.Well, I started working one month afterfirst coming to South Korea and have been paying taxes annually ever since.Isn’t it mandatory for all citizens? I’ve never missed a tax deadline so Iguess I’m fulfilling my national duty. I’ve heard that many North Koreans areupset with the upcoming fee season. South Koreans might not be able tounderstand why those up North would be so distressed during the plentifulautumn harvest, but I think people listening to this broadcast are noddingtheir heads in approval. The fee season officially begins in midOctober. During this time, Party cadres, Women’s Union members, GeneralFederation of Trade Union members, Youth League members, and Children’s Unionmembers are all required to finish organizational campaigns and pay annualfees. I bet you’re curious how much Party membership runs? 1-1 I know that South Korean politicianseach pay roughly 2,000 KRW, but how much is it for Workers’ Party cadres? It’s over 150 KPW per month. This reallymight not seem like a lot to South Koreans, but to a North Korean, who doesn’teven receive a proper monthly salary, it adds up quickly. But it’s not evenjust the Party cadres that have to deal with this burden. 2. I feel like it would make sense for theParty fee to come directly out of the cadres’ salary. Would you mind explaininga bit about the average salary in North Korea?Sure. I think if South Koreans heard aboutwages in the North, they would be speechless. The average salary runs fromabout 3,000 KPW to 5,000 KPW per month. And 3,000 KPW equates to roughly 375KRW. Can you imagine the type of lifestyle you could afford on just 375 KRW amonth? Isn’t minimum wage in South Korea around 1,200,000 KRW per month? That’sabout 8,600,000 KPW. So, as you can see, the 2,000 KRW that South Koreanpoliticians pay doesn’t even compare to the 150 KPW paid by Party cadres in theNorth. 3. So, you mentioned that Women’s Unionworkers also pay membership fees. Would you mind covering how the fees are paidand what kind of organization the Women’s Union is? Of course. Women’s Union is actually anabbreviation for the “Korean Democratic Union of Women”, which is anextra-departmental body of the Workers’ Party made up mostly of homemakers.Currently there are around 200,000 members. It’s well known in the North thatthe Women’s Union is quite powerful, enough that authorities say “they are onewheel of the wagon of revolution.” They have become a force to reckon with inboth the working world and daily life. As of 2013, the monthly membership fee forWomen’s Union members rose from 20 to 50 KPW. While it might not be a lot ofmoney, the members criticize the policy, asking, “How can a nation that givesnothing to its citizens and demands money from them be so poor?” They are alsorequired to attend a general meeting for annual fees from mid-October throughmid-November. Because they have to pay fees and finish the end-of-year foreigncurrency earning campaign at the meeting, it can be quite stressful. I canvividly recall attending these meetings in the past. 4. I know that most North Koreans join theChildren’s Union around age 10, but are they required to pay fees as well? As far as I remember, there wasn’t amembership fee in the Korean Children’s Union. However, that changes once theyjoin the Youth League. It’s been over 30 years since I was in the Youth League(it was known as the League of Socialist Working Youth at the time), so I don’tremember the specifics, but I know that the group has a regulation requiringfees every month on the 10th. Also, those who are married end up joining theWomen’s Union, Trade Union, or the Party, while those who are single areremoved from the Youth League upon age 30 and either accepted into the Party orautomatically relegated to the Trade Union. All of these organizations mandatemembership fees, of course. Having to join various groups and pay fees fromsuch a young age leads to a lot of dissatisfaction amongst the people. Whowould enjoy being forced to fork over hard-earned cash while getting nothing inreturn? 5. I was thinking that the drop in marketprices due to the autumn harvest would make people more cheerful this time ofyear, but I guess that isn’t the case. You mentioned that there is a generalmeeting for annual fees. Is that the case for each and every organization? Yes, that’s right. First of all, becauseall North Koreans must be a part of an organization, most of them end upparticipating in the general meetings as well. Some of the recent defectorshave mentioned that these meetings are a large source of stress and I couldn’thelp but think about how nothing has changed since I worked and lived in theNorth. I was a part of the Women’s Union for along time and became super busy every October when the annual fee meetingsbegan. It’s the same case for Party cadres and the various workers unions. Inaddition to the end-of-year foreign currency earning-campaign and settling upon fees, members are criticized by their peers on mistakes made throughout theyear. There is also an additional fee for missing out on annual mobilizations,which increases for every mobilization missed. Now you see why people are so unhappy thistime of year. Again, so much is asked of them with nothing in return. It’sabsurd to fine people for not participating in hard labor, when they aren’teven compensated in the first place. This “missed labor fee” is surprisinglycommon. Those who missed mobilizations pay it without exception. 5-1 When do they pay this fee? The “missed labor fee” refers to the moneythose who could not participate in mobilization must pay in return for notworking. Because all capable individuals are required to work, those who cannotare penalized with the fee. There is no actual law mandating this fee and itwas started by the people as a loose system of equality. The system waseventually organized, however. Current as of this autumn, Women’s Unionmembers would have to pay an annual fee of 250,000 KPW to be recused frommobilization. That’s actually quite a bit of money, considering that for250,000 KPW one can purchase around 50 kg of rice. That’s why most members trytheir best to participate in mobilizations. But, even trying one’s best, it’spretty difficult to work the whole year without missing a day here or there,right? In that case, Women’s Union members pay 5,000 to 6,000 KPW per day ofmissed work. This fine applies to regular workers as well. 5-2 Why is there both a 5,000 KPW and 6,000KPW fine? According to our sources, “The 5,000 KPWfine is for relatively less difficult work while the 6,000 KPW fine is forstrenuous labor. Seeing as 5,000/6,000 KPW is only about 700/750 KRW, it mightnot be a big deal to a South Korean, but that amount can purchase 1 kg of ricein the North. That’s why people try their best to make it to each mobilizationday.” 6. It seems like collecting money from peoplelike this would result in a rather large pile. Can you elaborate on how thecollected fee money is spent? That’s a really important question. Itwould certainly put the people at ease if they knew where and how the money wasbeing spent. It’s said that the inminban [people’s unit] spend every last bit of the moneythey collect each day. In the summer, they buy ice cream or juice to cool down,and noodles or watermelon to share while they work. In the autumn and winter,they buy twisted bread sticks, candy, or other snacks from the local jangmadang(market) to enjoy. Sometimes, when a lot of people are absent frommobilization, they even collect so much money that they can’t spend it all in aday. Of course, they just end up using it next time. In the Women’s Union, thehead of the each committee’s economic department manages the collections. Inthe People’s Unit, it’s managed by the unit leader or the head of the PublicHealth Unit. Wow, time really got away from us. I hopethe vendors are flourishing with the start of the autumn season, but I’m stillworried that these end-of-year fees will cause a huge setback. To the NorthKorean people, I wish you an abundant autumn harvest and will see you next timewhen we discuss regional “servi-cha” prices and train prices.*This segment reflects market conditionsfor the week of October 5-9. Newslast_img read more

Three strikes and you’re out, BCSC says

first_imgAccording to the settlement agreement, Kim supplied the false information to an investment dealer that was seeking to reactivate his registration.Specifically, Kim informed the dealer that he’d successfully passed the Wealth Management Essentials course, when in fact he’d failed the course three times.“To support the false information…Kim forged a notice of completion of the WME course and provided it to the dealer,” the settlement noted.While the forgery aggravated the misconduct, the settlement also indicated a mitigating factor was that “Kim is remorseful” and admitted to the misconduct early on. James Langton Keywords EnforcementCompanies British Columbia Securities Commission Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case BFI investors plead for firm’s sale A gavel rests on its sounding block with a several law books and a justice scale out of fucus in the background. A cool blue cast dominates the scene. (A gavel rests on its sounding block with a several law books and a justice scale out of fucus in t iStock Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator A former rep has been banned after falsely claiming that he’d passed a required proficiency course that he repeatedly failed.The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) settled with Hyongsuk Kim, a former rep based in Surrey, B.C., who agreed to a permanent ban and a $10,000 fine after admitting to providing false information to a prospective new dealer. last_img read more

People who survived modern slavery face significant barriers to good quality legal advice

first_imgPeople who survived modern slavery face significant barriers to good quality legal advice People who suffered modern slavery face significant barriers to accessing legal aid funded advice and representation in England, despite this being key to their ability to obtain formal support and the stability required to recover, new research has found.The report, entitled Access to legal advice and representation for survivors of modern slavery, was developed by the University of Liverpool in collaboration with the Anti Trafficking Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU) and the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham and was commissioned by the Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre (the Modern Slavery PEC), a publicly funded body created to transform the effectiveness of laws and policies designed to overcome modern slavery.The researchers analysed the experience of immigration lawyers and support providers working with people with lived experience of modern slavery in England about their experience of the system providing legal aid, particularly those working at the nexus of the UK immigration system and the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), the framework designed to identify and support potential victims of modern slavery in the UK.The research found that modern slavery survivors’ access to legal aid funded advice is severely hampered, despite evidence strongly pointing to it being key to their recovery, securing their rights, immigration status and protection from re-trafficking.The research identified a secure immigration status as particularly important for survivors to achieve stability allowing them to make progress towards recovery.Dr Samantha Currie, from the University of Liverpool’s Law School and Centre for the Study of International Slavery (CSIS), who led the research, said: “People who suffered modern slavery often deal with hugely complex situations, trying to access support, securing the formal status as a victim through the NRM, whilst navigating the NRM processes, immigration law and sometimes criminal cases against people who exploited them. All whilst trying to recover in safety and stability.”The research identified two key barriers for people who endured modern slavery in accessing good quality legal advice in England.Firstly, there is a lack of clarity amongst many lawyers and practitioners supporting survivors about what legal aid people referred to the NRM are entitled to receive, especially for immigration related cases.Secondly, the current funding structure of immigration legal aid discourages lawyers from taking on complex modern slavery cases and seriously limits the time they can spend on the case work. The fixed fees don’t reflect the time legal aid lawyers spend working on them and are insufficient to cover the complex and lengthy work necessary to resolve survivors’ legal issues. Relying on meeting the threshold for “escape fees”, available only when the work carried out on a case exceeds at least three times the value of the fixed fee, is too much of a financial risk for many lawyers to take.This means that cases involving clients who have survived modern slavery are often financially unviable for lawyers to take on. Those who do may have to limit the time spent on the case, which impacts on the quality of the advice; or work without receiving payment, in their own time and at personal cost.“The system which should provide people who suffered modern slavery with good quality advice currently fails many of them. We need to put the needs of people who went through modern slavery at the centre and make changes to improve it”, said Dr Currie.“Trafficking and slavery cases are often complex and can take a long time to resolve. The current legal aid system simply fails to enable lawyers to provide the quality of legal support that survivors need. “, said Victoria Marks, Director of the Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit, a charity specialising in providing legal representation to survivors of trafficking and modern slavery.“As a result, fewer and fewer lawyers are taking these cases which makes it even harder for vulnerable survivors to navigate our complicated legal systems so that they can access protection and rebuild their lives.” she added.The research also found that the process of referring people who have endured exploitation into the NRM can be disempowering and disengaging, leaving them not fully understanding that they have been referred into the identification framework and what it entails.The report urged the Government to change the way legal aid is funded to make sure lawyers have capacity to provide good quality support. A key change would be to switch payments available to lawyers when working on immigration cases involving survivors to an hourly basis. This would ensure that lawyers could be paid appropriately for the work carried out.Victoria Marks said: “Paying lawyers for their casework on an hourly basis is a clear way to making such cases financially viable.”The report also recommended that survivors be entitled to receive legally aided advice prior to referral into the NRM, to improve their understanding of the referral and its implications.Victoria Marks said: “When there are signs of modern slavery it is important that people can access advice, so that they can consider whether they want to enter the NRM and understand the legal processes before they embark on them.”The report also urged the Government to take steps to ensure people with lived experience of modern slavery with insecure immigration status are protected.Dr Currie said: “Those without a secure immigration status who are identified as victims of modern slavery through the NRM, should automatically receive a minimum of one year Leave to Remain.“This would provide survivors with some stability and time to begin to recover in safety.”Liz Williams, Policy Impact Manager at the Modern Slavery PEC, said: “This evidence shows that we need to put access to legal advice at the centre of any considerations around support for people who experienced modern slavery and provides practical solutions to implement necessary changes.“We note the Government’s announcement to consider how to improve survivors’ access to legal advice in its New Plan for Immigration. There is much to be done to make sure people who lived through modern slavery can receive good quality representation that they need to recover safely, and we’re hoping to working together to improve access to this.”To read the full Access to legal advice and representation for survivors of modern slavery report, please visit: /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. 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All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:charity, Criminal, Currie, director, Government, Human Rights, immigration, liverpool, modern slavery, research, UK, university, University of Liverpool, University of Nottingham, Victoria, Williamslast_img read more

Volvo recalling 79K cars in U.S. and Canada over seatbelts

first_img Trending Videos RELATED TAGSVolvoNewsAB VolvoCanadaCars and Car DesignCulture and LifestyleSUVs and CrossoversUnited StatesVolvo S60Volvo XC90 We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Volvo is recalling about 79,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada because the front passenger seatbelt may not hold people in a crash.The recall covers certain S60, S90, V60, XC60 and XC90 vehicles from the 2016 and 2017 model years. Volvo says a buckle stud can come loose, allowing the buckle to separate from a bracket. If that happens, the belt may not hold the front passenger in a crash.The company said it has no reports of injuries. It does not expect to find any loose studs, but says it’s recalling the vehicles as a precaution. Dealers will replace the buckle if needed at no cost to owners starting Dec. 12. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson doesn’t think the company will be pumping out diesels after 2023. See More Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car evercenter_img advertisement 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” Trending in Canada Volvo began investigating the problem after getting reports of buckle failures starting in August. It traced the trouble to cars made from Feb. 16, 2015, to Aug. 22, 2016. ‹ Previous Next › 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 | last_img read more

Macbeth Goes To Africa In Annual Colorado Shakespeare Festival At CU-Boulder Beginning Wednesday

first_imgShakespeare’s “Macbeth” will take on an African flavor at this year’s Colorado Shakespeare Festival with the creation of a tribal setting for the production by Director Sean Kelley and Choreographer Onye Ozuzu, based on West African and ancient Mayan cultures. Two Ghanian drummers will perform in the show to help convey the classic tragedy as a folk tale. “Macbeth” opens with a preview performance Wednesday and runs through Aug. 17 at the Mary Rippon outdoor theater on the Boulder campus.Kelley, who also is artistic director of the CU theatre and dance department’s production staff, performed in the 1988 festival as Horatio in “Hamlet,” which also featured Val Kilmer. He is a founding member and past artistic director of the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre in Fairbanks, Alaska. Ozuzu is an assistant professor in the theatre and dance department and teaches African dance. For information, schedules and tickets, call (303) 492-0554 or visit the Colorado Shakespeare Festival Web site, Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: June 24, 2002 last_img read more

Beet Armyworm Infestation Falls to Under Five Per Cent

first_imgRelatedRoger Clarke was a Special, One of a Kind Politician Says PM The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is reporting that the Beet Armyworm infestation, that has been plaguing St Elizabeth, has declined to less than five per cent in cultivations still affected by the pest.Acting Deputy Director of the Crop and Plant Protection Unit in the Ministry’s Research and Development Division, Michelle Sherwood, says this decline results from extensive field work undertaken by the Ministry, in collaboration with the farmers, and other stakeholders, across the parish.These efforts have been supported by technical and financial assistance to from international organizations such as the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Speaking with JIS News following the recent graduation ceremony for participants in the Ministry’s nine-week farmers capacity building training programme, at the Junction Guest House in St. Elizabeth, Mrs. Sherwood said while the worm is still present in the parish, assured that it exists “in very low numbers.”She informed that the last major pest outbreak in St. Elizabeth, since the worm first surfaced in 2009, was in 2012.“Since that, we have not had an outbreak. We may have small flare-ups in numbers, but nothing compared to the devastation that occurred between 2009 and 2012,” she indicated.Based on the contents of the recently concluded nine-week programme, which targeted training for 150 farmers in St. Elizabeth in combating the pest, Mrs. Sherwood expressed confidence that the knowledge imparted will go a far way in helping to eventually eliminate the worm.Mrs. Sherwood explained that the exercise, titled: ‘Strengthening a National Beet Armyworm Programme’, focused on administering environmentally friendly control strategies, as against the application of chemicals and pesticides.She said the farmers are now more informed and better able to identify problems associated with the worm at earlier stages and, thereby, undertake timely application of the appropriate interventions.“We do (believe) that the training has been (and will be) a benefit to both the farmers and also to us, the facilitators, as we also learnt a lot of things from the farmers. I believe (that the) interaction (which) the farmers field school provided will also help us, in the long run, to further enhance the pest management programme,” she stated.Mrs. Sherwood advised that, as part of the ongoing work plan of the Research and Development Division, there will be continuous training and information sharing between farmers and field extension officers.She added that even with the pest’s lingering presence, albeit at a lower percentage, with proper management, good crop outputs and high production yields can be achieved.The training programme was funded by the FAO under a two year agreement with the Government of Jamaica, with technical assistance provided by USAID. Advertisements Related$27.8 Million Sorrel Processing Plant Opens in Bethel Town FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img Story HighlightsActing Deputy Director of the Crop and Plant Protection Unit in the Ministry’s Research and Development Division, Michelle Sherwood, says this decline results from extensive field work undertaken by the Ministry, in collaboration with the farmers, and other stakeholders, across the parish. She informed that the last major pest outbreak in St. Elizabeth, since the worm first surfaced in 2009, was in 2012.She added that even with the pest’s lingering presence, albeit at a lower percentage, with proper management, good crop outputs and high production yields can be achieved. Beet Armyworm Infestation Falls to Under Five Per Cent AgricultureSeptember 14, 2014Written by: Bryan Miller RelatedJamaica Embarks On Commercial Bamboo Productionlast_img read more

Vodacom ups sustainability goals with UN

first_img Torching of MTN, Vodacom towers linked to 5G claims Related Home Vodacom ups sustainability goals with UN Mobile industry reaches climate action breakthrough Author Tags Vodacom Group renewed its commitment to achieving targets set in the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, alongside a broader collaboration involving the UN Global Compact (UNGC) initiative.In a statement, the operator noted Covid-19 (coronavirus) had slowed progress on the SDGs, but reiterated its aim to contribute towards programmes to improve health, well-being, education and gender equality.The SDGs are an element in the UNGC initiative. The programme aims to create a global platform of corporate sustainability which Takalani Netshitenzhe, Vodacom South Africa’s chief officer of external affairs, explained covers principles on “human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption”.She added membership complemented Vodacom’s “social contract”, and boosted its efforts “to improve the lives of the next 100 million customers and halve our environmental impact by 2025”.On SDG progress, the operator highlighted efforts made during lockdowns to provide connectivity services and devices to health workers, inform customers, provide access to Covid-19 testing and medical consultations, and deliver free education resources.Last week, Nokia signed a UN pledge to boost efforts in creating technology to solve societal issues. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Yanitsa joins Mobile World Live as a Reporter based in London. She has more than 5 years’ experience at various media outlets in her home country Bulgaria. She started her career as a political reporter, followed by taking editor roles… Read more SDGsUnited NationsVodacom AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 02 OCT 2020 Previous ArticleNokia reaches 5G deal milestoneNext ArticleCzech Republic set to move on delayed 5G auction MTN, Vodafone still standing in Ethiopia contest Yanitsa Boyadzhieva last_img read more

Canada-US Pipeline on Hold Amid Oil’s Recent Woes

first_img Email BISMARCK, N.D. – The steel is staged, and crews are waiting to lay the last and most expensive leg of TransCanada Corp.’s multibillion-dollar pipeline network that would carry Canadian oil to refineries along the Gulf Coast.Yet final U.S. government approval for the massive project, once assumed to be on a fast track, is now delayed indefinitely, with little official explanation. The company had hoped to begin laying pipe by the end of the year, but those prospects have dimmed.Some experts conclude the negative publicity surrounding oil-related disasters, particularly the offshore BP leak that polluted the Gulf Coast for months, has made the Keystone XL pipeline a victim of guilt by association.“I think it’s fair to speculate that BP fouled the nest for TransCanada,” said Richard Fineberg, a pipeline analyst with Ester, Alaska-based Research Associates. “There is much more attention to the industry and its dark side. It’s going to be harder to get things done at this moment.”If the Calgary-based company is battling poor timing on this leg of the project, it enjoyed much better timing during the previous leg. The Keystone pipeline — separate from Keystone XL albeit part of the same 3,800-mile underground network — sailed through the approval process when Americans were clamoring for the government to do something about record gas prices.The delay is frustrating for some business and labor leaders who were counting on the new revenues from the pipelines.“I think all that safety stuff has already been done by now. Let’s do something,” said Ken Mass, president of the Nebraska AFL-CIO.The massive pipeline network — about five times the length of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline — is designed to move 1.5 million barrels of Canadian oil daily to U.S. refineries.TransCanada won approval two years ago for the first Keystone pipeline, which carries crude oil across Saskatchewan and Manitoba and through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois.Oil began coursing through the 36-inch Keystone pipeline in June, and it appeared that permitting and construction would go as slickly for TransCanada’s Keystone XL. That $7 billion leg of the system is designed to carry crude oil from tar sands near Hardisty, Alberta, to the Gulf Coast via Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.Because both pipelines cross the U.S.-Canadian border, presidential permits from the State Department are required. But department officials have given no signal about when they might approve the final permit for Keystone XL, despite enthusiastically touting the Keystone pipeline as a project with little opposition when it was at this stage three years ago.“I don’t know that it was expected to take this long, but it’s not a simple process,” State Department spokesman Bill Cook said last week. “It’s cross-border, across several states, and all these interests have to be reconciled.”In April, the State Department published a draft report giving the Keystone XL pipeline a favorable environmental score, but that was just days before the Gulf Oil spill hit. Other oil-related disasters followed, including Enbridge Inc.’s broken pipeline that spilled hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan.Some elected officials and federal agencies have expressed skepticism about the positive environmental findings. The Environmental Protection Agency called the State Department’s review inadequate, while the Department of Energy concluded Keystone XL couldn’t act as a safeguard against global price shocks.Crude for the pipeline comes from oil sands, a tar-like bitumen that is mined or extracted by using steam injected in the ground. Refining the oil creates more greenhouse gases than traditional crude, leading opponents to argue that it doesn’t justify the fuel produced.Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., sent a letter last week to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton questioning whether alternative routes were considered that would have been less environmentally risky.House Energy Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., has argued that using crude oil from the Alberta tar sands would increase greenhouse gas emissions.TransCanada insists the pipeline won’t harm the environment but will deliver a dependable source of oil to the U.S. from a friendly trading partner. Still, company officials acknowledge recent oil spills have brought more scrutiny to Keystone XL.Keystone spokesman Terry Cunha said the only difference between the two pipelines is the routes.“It’s the same kind of pipeline and the same kind of oil,” Cunha said.Not everyone is alarmed by the delay. Kevin Cramer, chairman of the agency that regulates North Dakota’s pipeline industry, speculates offshore drilling fears may actually help get Keystone XL and other U.S. pipelines built.“I think we will be seeing a lot more onshore investment and that onshore crude would be coming to the same ports that the offshore crude would be coming,” said Kevin Cramer, chairman of the North Dakota Public Service Commission.Opponents of the Keystone XL project describe the 1,980-mile pipeline as an ecological disaster waiting to happen, and land owners are angry that TransCanada has threatened to use eminent domain to obtain the easements it needs for the project.“We really see this pipeline as a problem that’s bad for people at every step of the route,” said Alex Moore, spokesman for Friends of the Earth.TransCanada says Keystone XL would inject more than $20 billion in new spending into the U.S. economy and about $585 million in state and local taxes to the six states along the pipeline’s path.Some residents still aren’t convinced, including Janie Capp, whose eastern North Dakota farm sits above the Keystone pipeline. She calls the entire system a “risky experiment.”“Anything manmade will eventually leak: a garden hose, a hose on your car or your plumbing,” she said. “Everything will leak.” Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

Fugitive sex offender, originally from North, arrested in Cavan

first_img Pinterest Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook Fugitive sex offender, originally from North, arrested in Cavan Twitter A high-risk sex offender who was on the run from UK authorities has been arrested by gardai beside a children’s swimming area.A major hunt was launched to capture William John Paden because he posed a “significant risk” of reoffending.56-year-old William John Paden (Pay-den) absconded from his address in Blackpool last month, despite being wanted by police for recall to prison for breaching his release terms.A search was launched after reported sightings emerged in the Northern Ireland, where he was originally from, and in Co Donegal.He was arrested yesterday after a local spotted him near a popular swimming area in Ballyhaise, Co Cavan.He contacted local gardai, who swooped and caught the sex offender lounging in the grass beside the river.Garda sources said, that Paden was lying in the grass and he had a hat over his head, adding that he was arrested at 4pm.Gardai reassured parents that Paden did not make any attempt to speak to children or “do anything untoward”.He’s expected to appear in court today because he has breached the terms of his prison release. As a registered sex offender he is required under European law to register in whatever country he travels to within seven days.He did not register in Ireland. It is also likely that the Lancashire police will seek his extradition. Twitter By News Highland – July 1, 2010 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+center_img Pinterest Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project WhatsApp WhatsApp News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Previous articleFarren family finally get their voices heard on road safetyNext articleNew Mayor of Donegal wants to tackle Countys unemployment News Highland Facebook LUH still not ready to restore IT systemslast_img read more

Damning report identifies 15 non-compliance issues at Donegal nursing home

first_imgHomepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Damning report identifies 15 non-compliance issues at Donegal nursing home RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLUH now has highest number of Covid-19 patients nationwideNext article‘Lockdowns not the solution’, says Donegal GP News Highland Twitter A damning report has identified 15 issues of non-compliance during a recent inspection of a Donegal nursing home. Larissa Lodge at Carnamuggagh in Letterkenny provides care to 40 residents over the age of 18, both male and female who require long-term and short-term care for the likes of rehabilitation and respite.The unannounced HIQA inspection was carried out at the centre in August in response to a number of concerns received by the Chief Inspector during and following a Covid-19 outbreak there in April during which 4 residents died.The provider has since set out a plan in response to the issues highlighted in the report, including hiring more staff while the infection control plan has been reviewed.Issues of non-compliance included: The provider submitted a notification of an outbreak of COVID-19 in the centre to the Chief Inspector on 2nd April 2020. During the course of the outbreak, the provider had access to a sufficient supply of PPE and access to COVID-19 testing for staff and residents via the community services Crisis Management Team.The provider and the person in charge worked with nursing and care staff in order to maintain staffing levels in the centre throughout the outbreak.It’s reported that there had been significant changes in the designated centre following the outbreakwhich included a high level of staff turnover and a change of person in charge.Inspectors found the provider did not have adequate oversight of the service and as a result a number of regulations were found to be non-compliant.The arrangements for monitoring the quality and safety of care being delivered to residents were found to not be robust and did not provide assurances that care and services were delivered in line with the centre’s statement of purpose.This was reflected in the fact that inspectors issued three immediate and one urgent action plan during the course of this two day inspection.The three immediate action plans were implemented prior to the end of the inspection and the improvements were monitored by the inspectors following the inspection in order to ensure that staffing levels were maintained.The staffing levels and skill mix were found to not be appropriate to meet the needs of residents taking into account the layout of the designated centre. Inspectors observed call bells not being answered in a timely manner and the a lack of staff available to support residents at lunch time.The report says this was verified by the residents who told the inspectors that they did not always feel safe in the centre with current staffing levels and the number of new staff working in the centre.Inspectors also noted an accident which resulted in a resident receiving an injury and requiring treatment in hospital that had not been notified to the Chief Inspector as required within three working days.A number of residents reported that they did not feel safe at night-time. They described how two residents wandered at night-time and often wandered into their bedroom.Infection control practices were non compliant and did not meet the current best practice guidance.Managers and staff were found to not be familiar with the current guidance in relation to the prevention and control of COVID-19 infections in long term care facilities.The report highlights that there was a lack of oversight of infection control practices which resulted in poor practices going unnoticed by the management team. As a result residents were not adequately protected against infections.Inspectors found that poor medication management practices over a period of weeks had gone undetected by the management team that resulted in a number of medication errors not being identified.The provider recently stopped visits in the centre due to the increased risk in three other counties in the country which inspectors say there was no clear rationale for the complete cessation of visits in the centre and the restrictions were not in line with the public health guidance at the time.An allegation of verbal abuse by a member of staff had not been investigated and followed up in line with the centre’s own policies and procedures.Link to full report here: Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Facebook Google+ WhatsApp By News Highland – November 17, 2020 Pinterest Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic last_img read more