Seminar Pushes for Unification Education

first_img Facebook Twitter By Kim Yong Hun – 2013.09.25 2:58pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center SHAREcenter_img AvatarKim Yong Hun Analysis & Opinion Seminar Pushes for Unification Education Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? As pessimism toward unification soars among young South Koreans, experts have called for greater efforts to strengthen unification education and tackle unification-related conflict within the South.The Korea Policy Research Center is set to hold a seminar this afternoon entitled, “Developing a Plan for Strengthening Unification Capacity.” In the seminar pamphlet, Professor Jo Chol Ho of the Institute of Unification Education wrote, “Only one half of the Korean peninsula was liberated in 1945. The reason why unification with the other half has not yet occurred is due to insufficient unification education.”“Unification education is still plagued by restrictive political neutrality, and the clash between security and peace. Many have highlighted the importance of societal effort, agreements and the use of consistent educational materials,” Jo argued. “There is a need to develop rational material in accordance with universal values. We must also build systemic, political and legal mechanisms to prevent this educational material from the influence of vested interests from either side of the political spectrum.”It was alleged that while positive elements exist in the current curriculum, many areas require an overhaul. “There is the concern that unification education in elementary and middle schools is weakening. In universities it doesn’t exist at all. Moreover, the materials used are criticized as they are are insufficient in preparing students for a post-unification world. There is also a clash between multiculturalism and nationalism. Unification education requires a rich array of information on North Korea, and must coach students in how to approach practical integration issues.”“Rote learning” should also be avoided, and two-way discussion and debate between teachers and students encouraged. “Rather than state-run education, we need to create a system where civilians can take part in a flexible manner.”Professor Jo believes that this move would “strengthen those who support unification and weaken those who oppose it, both domestically and abroad.”Another speaker on the panel, Professor Lee Ji Su of Myongji University, argued “It’s possible to nurture the perceptions of ordinary people through unification education, and it should be provided to all South Koreans. But considering the urgency of the matter, the focus should first be on Korea’s youth, including university students. We need to find a way to link an understanding of North Korea with the future aspirations of the young.” In his opening remarks, Head of the Korea Policy Research Center Yoo Ho Yeol said, “Unification is more than just integrating two territories. Unification will only be complete when the two peoples are integrated. This in turn will only eventuate with the demise of conflict within the South and a burgeoning desire for unification.”Yoo concluded by stating, “Before any move toward Korean integration, we first need to unify our hearts and build up mutual trust to solve the South-South conflict. A plan must be enacted to form the right kind of education, and to strengthen regional capacity for eventual unification.” Analysis & Opinion last_img read more

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Le fils d’un ancien conseiller éliminé parvient à échapper à un…

first_img Le fils d’un ancien conseiller éliminé parvient à échapper à un r La police française et les responsables del’école dans lequel Han étudiait tentent de le localiser. News Facebook Twitter North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Des agents de la Sécurité nord-coréenne enposte dans une ambassade nord-coréenne d’un autre pays d’Europe ont faitirruption au domicile de l’étudiant, lui ont confisqué son passeport et sontéléphone portable, et ont tenté de le conduire à l’aéroport afin de lerapatrier en Corée du Nord selon des sources coréennes locales. By Daily NK – 2014.11.27 10:35am AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News Un ressortissant nord-coréen poursuivantses études à Paris se cache, selon certaines informations, depuis deux semainesaprès avoir échappé à un rapatriement forcé opéré par des officiels de laSécurité nord-coréenne alors qu’ils se rendaient à l’aéroport. News center_img Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April Si cette tentative de rapatriement forcéest avérée, cela entraînera des problèmes diplomatiques entre les deux pays. Il semble en outre que les agents de la Sécuriténord-coréenne ayant participé à cette tentative proviennent d’un paysfrontalier de la France, ce qui constituera une source de tensionssupplémentaires entre ce pays et Pyongyang. L’étudiant, qui étudiait l’architecture enFrance, au courant de l’exécution de son père et de l’internement des membresde sa famille et de proches en camp de prisonniers politiques, est parvenu àéchapper à ses ravisseurs sur le chemin de l’aéroport. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR La France et la Corée du Nord n’ont pas derelations diplomatiques. Cependant, Paris a permis à Pyongyang d’ouvrir unemission et mène des échanges limités avec la Corée du Nord. En 2011, legouvernement français a invité dix étudiants nord-coréens (tous enfantsd’officiels de haut rang), parmi lesquels Han, à étudier dans deux des plusprestigieuses écoles d’architecture : l’École nationale supérieured’Architecture de Paris-La Villette et l’École d’Architecture de Belleville. SHARE L’étudiant, appelé Han, est le fils de l’undes conseillers de Chang Song Taek, éliminé en compagnie d’anciens officiels dehaut rang. Cette tentative de rapatriement semble s’inscrire dans la continuitédes purges menées depuis l’année dernière en Corée du Nord. News Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department storelast_img read more

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Child malnutrition rate most acute in Ryanggang Province, WFP reports

first_img News Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) North Korea’s Ryanggang Provincehas the highest number of children suffering from malnutrition in the country, reported U.S.-based Voice of America, citing the recently released United Nations World FoodProgramme (WFP) report.The World Food Program conducted the nutrition survey last year for childrenbetween the ages of six months and five years in 85 cities and 8 provincesacross North Korea. Jagang Province was excluded as survey teams weredisallowed from the region on account of its high concentration of militaryfacilities.According to the report, released on June 27, 32 percent of North Koreanchildren residing at child care centers in Ryanggang Province were found to bemalnourished and underdeveloped. This marked the highest rate among theprovinces surveyed for the report. The average percentage of malnutrition for North Korean children under the ageof five is 25.4 percent, according to the World Food Programme. The samepercentage applies to the portion of underdeveloped children at child care centersin North Korea receiving food aid from the World Food Programme. Ryanggang Province also has the highest number of underweight children at12.2 percent. However, South Pyongan Province’s malnutrition rate was 19.8%, 6 percentlower than the average; the rate of underweight children in the southernprovince was also the lowest of those surveyed, standing at 7.5 percent.South Hamgyong Province trailed slightly behind Ryanggpang Province at 27.1percent, North Pyongan Province at 26.3 percent, North Hwanghae Province at25.7 percent, and North Hamgyong Province at 25.5 percent. Kangwon Province, SouthHwanghae Province, and South Pyongan Province came in at relatively lowermalnutrition rates, at 24.4 percent, 22.4 percent and 19.8 percent,respectively.Additionally, daily intake of protein and fat for North Korea’s overallpopulation was reported to range between 70 and 85 percent relative tointernational standards. Those residing in rural areas of North Korea are moreseriously affected than those in more urban areas.In response to these findings, the WFP plans to conduct a nutritionalassistance project for 1.7 million North Koreans across 60 cities and eightprovinces. The two- and-a-half year program is slated to start next month.  Facebook Twitter News News News center_img Child malnutrition rate most acute in Ryanggang Province, WFP reports AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] By Daily NK – 2016.07.03 3:07pm Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARElast_img read more

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FINRA preps for new “best interest” obligations

first_img Keywords Best interest standardCompanies Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Investment firms, dealers face MiFID II review Facebook LinkedIn Twitter law regulations paper flat illustration bakhtiarzein/123RF James Langton FCA seeks consumer duty standards FINRA to focus on retail investors in its reviews this year Related news The U.S. industry self-regulatory organization, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), will be testing firms’ readiness to adopt new “best interest” standards.In a letter setting out its compliance priorities for the coming year, FINRA said that it will initially focus on firms’ preparedness for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) new best interest rules, known as Reg BI, “to gain an understanding of implementation challenges they face.” After the new requirements kick in by June 30 of this year, FINRA will turn to reviewing firms’ compliance with Reg BI, and related SEC rules and guidance.The SRO’s other priorities for the year include firms’ compliance with their best execution obligations, controls over direct market access, order routing disclosure and cybersecurity.Additionally, FINRA said that it will continue to review compliance in critical areas, such as sales practice risks, insider trading and market manipulation.One new feature of the annual priorities letter is lists of “practical considerations and questions that firms may use” to help firms assess their processes and best practices. Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

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Air Jamaica/Virgin Atlantic Agreement will Adequately Cover Flights from Mo’bay to London

first_imgAdvertisements Air Jamaica/Virgin Atlantic Agreement will Adequately Cover Flights from Mo’bay to London UncategorizedJune 6, 2007 RelatedAir Jamaica/Virgin Atlantic Agreement will Adequately Cover Flights from Mo’bay to London FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. Omar Davies has expressed confidence that the code share agreement between Air Jamaica and Virgin Atlantic will adequately cover flight needs from Montego Bay to London.“Under the code share agreement, Virgin Atlantic will operate four round trips per week from London Gatwick beginning October 30, with two flights each week to Kingston in addition to the current two flights to Montego Bay,” he explained.Dr. Davies who was speaking in the House of Representative yesterday (June 5) further assured that Air Jamaica will ensure that daily flights will be made available to provide air links from London to Montego Bay, or from London to Kingston. “Regardless of which day, you can book from London to either Kingston or Montego Bay,” he said.He also told the House that the Government will be encouraging existing carriers to add more flights if the demand exists following Air Jamaica’s withdrawal from its London route in October.Meanwhile, Opposition Spokesperson on Finance, Audley Shaw noted that because of British Airways’ willingness to put in two new flights per week to Montego Bay, which would have meant some 560 additional seats, instead of the two new direct flights from Virgin Atlantic to Kingston, which requires transfers to Montego Bay from Kingston, British Airways would have been the better choice.Dr. Davies argued however that there were other factors influencing the decision to enter into the code share agreement with Virgin Atlantic.center_img RelatedAir Jamaica/Virgin Atlantic Agreement will Adequately Cover Flights from Mo’bay to London RelatedAir Jamaica/Virgin Atlantic Agreement will Adequately Cover Flights from Mo’bay to Londonlast_img read more

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CMA publishes final report in funerals market investigation

first_imgCMA publishes final report in funerals market investigation The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today confirmed its provisional conclusions, issued in August, which identified a number of issues in the funeral services sector and suggested a package of ‘sunlight remedies’ to address these.The final report sets out further detail on the remedies, which are intended to support customers when choosing a funeral director or crematorium and to place the sector under greater public scrutiny.They include:an obligation for all funeral directors and crematorium operators to disclose prices in a manner that will help customers make more informed decisions;that information must be provided in advance of a customer committing to purchase a service so that people know the price they will be charged and the key terms of business – for example if a deposit is required;that customers should be made aware of any relevant business, financial and commercial interests of the funeral director, and that certain practices – such as payments which may incentivise hospitals, care homes or hospices to refer customers to a particular funeral director – will be prohibited;a recommendation to government to establish an independent inspection and registration regime to monitor the quality of funeral director services as a first step in the establishment of a broader regulatory regime for funeral services.As set out in August, the exceptional circumstances of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic mean that some of the remedies the CMA might otherwise have pursued, including measures to control prices, could not be developed.However, the CMA continues to have serious concerns about the sector and one of the conclusions of the report is that it should consider whether a further market investigation reference is needed when conditions are more stable.In the meantime, the CMA will continue to monitor the sector using information provided by funeral directors and crematoria detailing their revenues and the volumes of the different services they provide. This will help the CMA ensure that consumers are being fairly treated and decide whether a future market investigation is necessary.Martin Coleman, CMA Panel Inquiry Chair, said:Organising a funeral is often very distressing and people can be especially vulnerable during this time.That’s why our remedies are designed to help people make choices that are right for them and ensure they can be confident that their loved one is in good hands.The CMA will be keeping a close eye on this sector to make sure our remedies are properly implemented and help it to decide whether further action is necessary when circumstances return to a more steady state.NotesUnder section 131 of the Enterprise Act 2002, the CMA makes a reference to the CMA Panel Chair to appoint a Group of members of the CMA Panel to carry out a market investigation. The investigation and decisions of the Group are required to be taken independently of the Board of the CMA, and the Board’s oversight and governance role does not extend into the substance of decisions taken by the Group. /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:business, coronavirus, future, Government, investigation, market, pandemic, purchase, quality, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

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Underutilised migrant skills a huge opportunity

first_imgUnderutilised migrant skills a huge opportunity Settlement Services InternationalA report looking at the contribution of permanent skilled migrants highlights the unrealised potential in newcomer communities and the need to provide income support and access to family tax benefits earlier in the settlement journey, according to Australia’s largest refugee and migration resettlement support provider, Settlement Services International (SSI).Nearly a quarter of permanent skilled migrants in Australia are working in a job beneath their skill level, the Committee for Economic Development of Australia found in a report released today, which made a series of recommendations to improve outcomes for migrants and the economy.The report’s findings point to the unrealised potential in migrant communities and aligns with anecdotal reports from the 37,600 people SSI supports each year, said CEO Violet Roumeliotis.“The main barriers facing migrant and refugee jobseekers include insufficient Australian work experience, limited support with resumes and interview skills, and limited English language proficiency,” she said.“We believe this challenge requires a number of solutions. One is tailored job seeker services for people of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds that address the unique barriers they face and support them across their employment journey.”The CEDA report recommended the establishment of a new government-regulated online skills-matching jobs platform that would allow permanent skilled migrants to register their skills, and let accredited employers hire migrants from within the platform.The report recommends the need to reduce newly arrived resident’s waiting period for unemployment benefits from four years to six months.“This is consistent with a recommendation of the Productivity Commission, which noted that a reduced waiting period would likely improve overall community outcomes in terms of social participation and integration, employment and health,” said Ms Roumeliotis.“Reducing the waiting period would give permanent skilled migrants a better chance to find a job that maximises their contribution. Research suggests increases to the waiting period since the late 1990s have exacerbated skills mismatch, while delivering only modest annual savings to the federal budget.”Ms Roumeliotis said the Australian government rightly waived these waiting periods until the end of March 2021 as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.“This forward-thinking is a great illustration of the dual nature of this pandemic. It has created huge challenges but it also offers us opportunities. In this case, it is the opportunity to rethink our approach to migration, taking into account new research like this, which illustrates the economic benefit of improving some areas of our migration program,” she said.“I would urge our government to consider this report’s recommendations in making a decision about where and how we resume migration when it is safe to do so.”Along with reviewing the waiting period for employment-based income support, SSI also advocates for the removal of the one-year waiting period for new permanent residents to access family tax benefits that help with child-care and school costs should also be considered. These waiting periods were waived during COVID-19 emergency measures but are set to resume on 1 April 2021.About SSI:Settlement Services International is a community organisation and social business that supports newcomers and other Australians to achieve their full potential. We work with all people who have experienced vulnerability, including refugees, people seeking asylum and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, to build capacity and enable them to overcome inequality. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. 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:Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Commission, Economic Development, Emergency, employment, English, federal budget, Government, inequality, interview, migration, Productivity Commission, settlement, unemploymentlast_img read more

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AUDIO: Brian McDonald on household products and urban pollution

first_img Downloads Urban Pollution CUT 1 Urban Pollution CUT 3 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Urban Pollution CUT 2 center_img Published: Feb. 14, 2018 • By Dirk Martin Household chemical products refined from petroleum, like cleaners, pesticides, paints and perfumes, now rival automobile emissions as the top source of urban air pollution, according to atmospheric scientist Brian McDonald, lead author of a CU Boulder-NOAA study. Urban Pollution Scriptlast_img

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Aegon Life announces launch of ‘Life Insurance with COVID-19 Cover’ along with Flipkart

first_img Related Posts Add Comment WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Aegon LifeCOVID-19e-commerce marketplaceFlipkarthospitalisationLife Insurance with COVID-19 Cover Share Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha By EH News Bureau on May 27, 2020 The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” The offering supports policyholder by covering hospitalisation costs of up to Rs 1 lakh on minimum 24 consecutive hours of hospitalisation on first-ever diagnosis of COVID-19 condition Aegon Life has announced the launch of ‘Life Insurance with COVID-19 Cover’ for hospitalisation expenses up to Rs 1 lakh along with Flipkart, India’s homegrown e-commerce marketplace. This launch is aimed to provide Flipkart customers with a comprehensive insurance cover against COVID-19, that can be availed on the Flipkart app instantly along with the base life insurance plan. This innovative offering of ‘Life Insurance with COVID-19 Cover’ supports the policyholder by covering hospitalisation costs of up to Rs 1 lakh on minimum 24 consecutive hours of hospitalisation on the first-ever diagnosis of COVID-19 condition along with death benefit from the life cover. This product available on Flipkart first, is aimed to help millions of people to financially protect themselves from the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic in an affordable way from the convenience and safety of their home.On the launch of ‘Life Insurance with COVID-19 Cover’, Satishwar Balakrishnan, CFO and Principal Officer, Aegon Life said, “The government across the nation has taken bold steps towards containing the outbreak. However, many Indians do not have health insurance. Our goal through Aegon Life’s ‘COVID -19 Hospitalisation Cover’ is to provide financial aid bundled with life benefits at an affordable premium. The policy takes care of hospitalisation costs, which will help curb the financial burden that may arise if a person is declared COVID-19 positive. In case of death, one can avail of the life benefit through the base plan, which will help in supporting the insured’s family.”Balakrishnan added, “At Aegon Life, we take pride in being a pioneer of digital insurance in India. The cover being available easily on the Flipkart app is a step in the direction of enhancing our digital offerings for our customers.”Ranjith Boyanapalli, Head– Fintech and Payments Group, Flipkart, said, “During these unprecedented times, businesses must come together, be agile and innovate for the hour. At Flipkart as we continue to cater to 200 million customers across the nation, we believe that a full cover product such as ‘COVID-19 Hospitalisation Cover’ will provide our customers the much-needed option of having life and hospitalisation cover rolled-up into one product. Our partnership with Aegon Life enables these innovations to reach consumers affordably and conveniently.” MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Comments (0) Aegon Life announces launch of ‘Life Insurance with COVID-19 Cover’ along with Flipkart News Read Article Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care applast_img read more

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Permanent Secretary Says Training Is Good For Competition

first_imgRelatedPermanent Secretary Says Training Is Good For Competition RelatedPermanent Secretary Says Training Is Good For Competition Permanent Secretary Says Training Is Good For Competition CommerceNovember 11, 2011 RelatedPermanent Secretary Says Training Is Good For Competition FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Reginald Budhan, has called on local companies to place greater emphasis on training their employees, to improve their competitiveness. “In the case of companies, you get employees with basic qualification, it is your responsibility to ensure that they continue the development process,” Mr. Budhan said. “You ensure that you build into your organization, structured ongoing training prgrammes, ensure that you set minimum training time for each category of worker and have a system in place to monitor it. Educated people are more likely to innovate,” he argued. The Permanent Secretary was speaking at the World Quality Day symposium organized by the National Certification Body of Jamaica (NCBJ), on Thursday (November 10), at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston. Mr. Budhan said that it was through innovation that competitiveness would move from a low level to a higher level. “And if we fail to innovate, it means that we are going to fail to keep abreast of competition,” he argued. He told the gathering of industry leaders and personnel representing different agencies, that much of the parameters in global trading has shifted toward accommodating the efficient and those who innovate, and Jamaica must move in that direction. “We are in a far more competitive environment than before, and our companies will have to be able to produce goods and services, not at the standards of when you had a protected market and could hold a certain market share. Now, you have to be able to compete with the rest of the world,” Mr. Budhan said. He urged the business sector to adopt and certify their operations, noting that countries that are ahead in technology advancement have seen erosion of their competiveness when they fail to move with the times. Manager of the CBL, Sheryl Anderson, said that the focus of the commemoration is to share information with stakeholders, and for companies to come together and network. “People need to know about innovation, the latest trend and what it is that the globe is expecting, and we have symposia to communicate with our stakeholders. They get the information and, once you can arm people with information, then they can apply it to their situation,’ she said. By Garfield L. Angus, JIS Reporter Advertisementslast_img read more

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