Wednesday 1 May 2019 12:00 pm American prosecutors claimed that he conspired with US soldier Chelsea Manning to hack into government computers. They are asking British authorities to hand him over to face trial in the US.Wikileaks has confirmed that there will be an extradition hearing in London tomorrow.“On Thursday at 10am there will be a hearing in Westminster Magistrate Court on the US extradition request,” it said.Manning herself served seven years in a US prison before being pardoned by then President Barack Obama as one of his last acts in office.The Wikileaks founder had found refuge in Ecuador’s embassy during the reign of former President Rafael Correa, who supported the leak of US documents. whatsapp Wikileaks founder Julian Assange given 50 weeks in prison for skipping bail Tags: Trading Archive The Wikileaks founder entered the embassy in 2012, when facing an extradition order to Sweden over allegations of attempted rape.Assange, who headed the network which released classified US military cables in 2010, told the court he had “strongly held fears” that he would be sent to the US from Sweden and end up being detained in Guantanamo Bay.“I apologise unreservedly to those who consider I have disrespected them by the way I have pursued my case,” Assange said in a letter read out by his lawyer.“I found myself struggling with terrifying circumstances. I did at the time what I thought was best.”The Australian was hit by charges in the US just hours after he was ejected from the Ecuadorian embassy last month. However, after a long deterioration in relations, and suspicions that Assange was fuelling corruption allegations against new President Lenin Moreno, his hosts turned him over to British authorities.Read more: Assange found guilty of breaking bail conditions as US unveils chargesWikileaks has strongly denied that Assange was responsible for leaks of damaging information against Moreno, which included a photograph of him eating a lobster in bed, embarrassing the President who is preaching austerity. Share August Graham whatsapp Julian Assange was this morning sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching bail by hiding out in the Ecuadorian embassy for seven years.Read more: MPs urge government to extradite Julian Assange to Sweden
Community | Education | Public SafetyAlaska high school students address gun violence and preventionMarch 23, 2017 by Caroline Halter, KTOO Share:Kodiak student council members Solomon Himelbloom, Beatriz Recinos-Pineda and Esmerelda Lopez with their advisor Lindsey Glenn (Photo by Caroline Halter/KTOO)High schoolers from across the state wrapped up an annual student government conference at Juneau’s Thunder Mountain High School this week. This year, they tackled a serious topic: gun violence at school.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2017/03/22sandyhook_mixdown.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Mark Barden addressed the auditorium full of students from across Alaska by video.“In 2012, I lost my sweet little son Daniel in the Sandy Hook School Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut,” he told them. “Daniel was just seven years old, and the youngest of our three children.”Following his loss, Barden founded an organization called Sandy Hook Promise.“Through my work with Sandy Hook promise, I have learned that Daniel’s death was preventable and that so many deaths to gun violence and other forms of violence are preventable, if we know the signs.” he said.Barden’s address was part of a presentation by Paula Fynboh, Sandy Hook Promise’s field director. Fynboh spoke to the students in person about preventing social isolation and recognizing the warning signs of violence.“Most school shootings are planned at least six months ahead of time. And in 4 out of 5 cases, the attacker told somebody their plans before it happened,” she explained.After the presentation, students headed to the cafeteria to have dinner and discuss.Lillian Martin attends Hutchinson High School in Fairbanks, and she said she thought the presentation was “pretty cool.”She said it’s possible to feel lonely even when you’re surrounded by peers.“When I’m sitting in a big group it seems like sometimes I’m not really ‘in’ the group and I don’t really have anyone to talk to,” she said. “So I think it’s a really good idea to just go to someone who’s sitting alone and just sit with them because it really helps out.”Simple acts, such as making sure no one eats lunch alone, are what Sandy Hook Promise teaches kids to do. That’s in addition to speaking up about typical warning signs of violence.Students at Kodiak High School have already started. In February they participated in Sandy Hook Promise’s “Start With Hello” week– 5 days of events designed to foster inclusivity at school.“On Monday, we decided to greet all of the students, and it went so great that we ended up staying for the rest of the week. Every morning, student council members would come in early in the morning and say hi,” said student council member Esmerelda Lopez.Lopez noticed some changes after the week was over.“I’ve had a couple students come to me about a particular student. It reached administration… everybody’s starting to speak up and that’s what we needed,” she said.Solomon Himelbloom, the sophomore class secretary, put together a video to share with the conference attendees. In it, student council members at Kodiak High School give high fives to students as they walk onto campus before school starts.“It had a positive impact on our school. And I hope that other schools, not only in Alaska, but other schools throughout the nation and maybe the world they echo what happened,” said Himelbloom.The Kodiak students say they will do more events in the future.Share this story:
Politics | Southcentral | Southeast | State GovernmentDeep differences remain with two weeks to go in Alaska’s legislative sessionMay 4, 2017 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Department of Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck listens during a House Finance Committee in February. He said on Thursday that a Permanent Fund draw without other new revenue would make it difficult to plan. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)There are two weeks remaining until the legislative session is scheduled to end, but there are few signs of progress on reaching compromises on the budget and a long-term plan to pay for it.Members of the mostly Democratic House majority say the Senate must finish more budget-related bills to allow negotiations to advance.Homer Rep. Paul Seaton, a Republican who caucuses with the majority, says the Senate should take further action on bills that reintroduce a state income tax and raise oil and gas taxes.“We’re having conversations, but you can’t get down to negotiations until you have solutions on both sides to look at and figure out what will work and what compromises might be necessary to be made,” he said.But the Republican House minority wants the majority to start negotiations on bills where the two sides agree.House Minority Leader Charisse Millett said the Legislature should concentrate on the budget, eliminating some oil and gas tax credits, and a bill drawing money from the Permanent Fund.“We’ve seen in the past, at the end game on Day 119, you’re rushing around, trying to get your conference committees done trying to negotiate a budget,” she said. “And we would like to have those conversations start now.”But state Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck said passing the Permanent Fund bill without other new revenue would leave the state with too large of a budget gap.He said it could hurt the state’s credit ratings, which would add millions of dollars in borrowing costs. And Hoffbeck says it would be difficult to plan for spending cuts that the Legislature hasn’t shown a willingness to make.Hoffbeck said if the Legislature passed a budget without a long-term plan, the state would continue to deplete the Constitutional Budget Reserve, an account that’s shrunk from $13 billion to less than $5 billion in the past four years.“The one thing that we are not assuming one way or the other is wherever this Legislature is ultimately going to land when this is all said and done this year,” he said. “We are hoping for a broad solution. But is there a possibility that when it is all said and done, we get a budget and a CBR draw … it could happen.”The session is scheduled to end on May 17, though it could be extended for up to 10 days if two-thirds of each chamber agree. If lawmakers fail to agree on a budget, Gov. Bill Walker would likely call them into a 30-day special session.Share this story:
By Mike Wackett 26/04/2021 Notwithstanding Covid skewing comparison, OOCL’s huge 24% year-on-year volume growth in Q1, revealed in its operational results on Friday, is still likely to be ahead of most of its rivals.And the Cosco Shipping subsidiary recorded an above-industry par 7.3% growth in its liftings for 2020, evidence of its aggressive market share aspirations.Exporters from Asia are facing weeks of delay in shipping their goods, at any price, but OOCL and some of its peers are adding capacity and piling on extra loaders to accommodate the demand.THE Alliance member HMM alone has deployed more than 20 extra sailings since last August, mainly to the US, to ease the backlog of cargo for major compatriot customers like Samsung and LG.The South Korean carrier also is loading a second extra sailing to North Europe, outside of THE Alliance, from Busan this week.However, some carriers are keen to “keep a lid” on extra loader capacity, preferring a more cautious approach to supply and demand, instead focusing on recovering their network schedules following the Suez disruption.An abundance of cargo on the spot market, at freight rates at least five times higher than a year ago, guarantees voyage profits for standalone services, even for panamax-size ships and smaller, that would have been impossible a year ago.The newest entrant into the lucrative Asia-North Europe market, where shippers are being offered very limited space by carriers at up to $14,000 per 40ft, is Chinese domestic carrier CULines.It took on round-trip charters on two small ships from China to North Europe last week and seems to have garnered the support of Dusseldorf-based XSTAFF, an international purchasing association, formed by the Swiss COOP group and Belgium Colruyt group five years ago, which was expanded in 2019 by the membership of Spanish fashion giants Mango and Tendam.XSTAFF partnered with CULines on its maiden voyage to North Europe in February, operated by the 2,702 teu Laila, but confirmed to The Loadstar it was just a customer of the carrier.A spokesman told The Loadstar that, while it was “the driving force and initiator” of the first trip, subsequently it had not had any operational or financial involvement in the service.“We are grateful for this possibility of shipping and will certainly use this option in the future,” said XSTAFF chairman Bodo Knop. “However, XSTAFF does not assume any operational activities or act as an operator.”The Loadstar understands CULines is actively marketing further sailings in May and June from China to North Europe, having secured base cargo support from XSTAFF and other shippers.Meanwhile, forwarders, such as DSV and Geodis have fixed one-off charters from Asia to North Europe to mitigate some of the impact of the capacity crunch on the route, as well as to fire a warning shot across the bows of the major carriers to help ensure they respect their contracts.However, open tonnage in Asia is now almost impossible to find, so the DIY option for the big forwarders is now virtually closed off.By comparison, CULines has access to the Chinese domestic fleet charter market that, hitherto, has seldom appeared on the radar of the traditional containership brokers.In addition to CULines, the abundance of cargo and sky-high rates is sure to attract new entrepreneurs to the liner market – providing they can find open ships and equipment.
News Regime Pushing to Stem Defection Tide Facebook Twitter SHARE North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Kang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] NewsEconomy By Kang Mi Jin – 2014.01.15 9:02pm News News The North Korean authorities have formed new inspection teams to address border security concerns, and have been explicitly branding defection anact that “defames our Highest Dignity,” Daily NK has learned. The stepcomes after the Ministry of People’s Securitydistributed new guidelines in order to ramp up public surveillance following theexecution of Jang Song Taek last month. “An‘anti-Socialist inspection team’ has been created out of the graduating class ofa university of politics under the Ministry of People’sSecurity in Pyongyang, and it’s making people very nervous,” a source from northerlyYangkang Province reported to Daily NK on the 15th. “Border securitywas tightened at the time they started their inspections, and I hear that thenumber of people getting caught trying to cross the border has been rising.”“Onthe 13th a family attempting to go across the border wasapprehended by a border patrol and some members of the inspection team,” the source went on to allege. “The students have fire in their eyes and reallywant to get some inspection results. Admittedly they’re just students, butbecause they are about to graduate they really want to show loyalty to theauthorities. There’s little chance of avoiding punishment for people caught by them.”The inspection team stationed in Hyesan has beentasked with cracking down on defection, smuggling, human trafficking and drug-related activities, the source explained. Defection is being addressed as both betrayal of the nation and refusal to follow the leadership of Kim Jong Eun. It is thus harshly punishable as defamation of NorthKorea’s “highest dignity,” meaning Kim Jong Eun himself.Meanwhile, the Ministry of State Security has been linking up withsmugglers to help track would-be defectors. “They wantto block off the flow of defections across the border; that’s why they are getting re-defectors to criticize the South and have been enhancing border security,” the source said. “Atthe same time they are turning smugglers to their side to find andarrest those who do try it.” A second source from Hoeryeong in North Hamkyung Province reported asimilar situation there, saying, “Just recently a family heading for South Korea via a broker was arrested on the border. Even border guards and agents who would normally be willing to take a bribe tohelp defectors are doing this crackdown properly because they don’t want to getcaught up in anything bad during the inspection period.” “Acrossthe whole border area around Musan they’ve been stepping up efforts against defectors,those who help them, and the smugglers who deal in drugs and illegal recordings,” athird source from Musan in North Hamkyung Province disclosed. “When it comes tonabbing defectors, the authorities have gotten smarter than before. Even peoplewho’ve paid a bribe to defect have been getting caught recently.”“They’reoffering rewards for catching defectors,” the souce said. “They say that anyone crossing the Tumen River without permission will be shot at,but if you apprehend a defector you’ll receive a commendation and Partymembership.”
US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again News Choi Song Min By Choi Song Min – 2017.01.09 3:11pm In a sign of growing influence from South Korea, an increasing number of North Korea’s rich are remodeling their homes to match South Korean aesthetics. The troops mobilized for construction to complete and receive remuneration for such work belong to a special division tasked with building Kim Jong Un’s personal villas. “Of late, more and more donju (North Korea’s newly affluent middle class) are remodeling their homes to reflect the South Korean style,” a source in South Pyongan Province reported in a telephone conversation with Daily NK on January 6. “This isn’t just restricted to Pyongyang, but is a trend that we see in other cities as well. Donju and Party cadres generally spend about 6,000 USD to hire expert construction teams who remodel the interiors of their homes.” News North Korea’s privileged class renovate homes in South Korean style Facebook Twitter According to Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) TV, Kim Jong Un personally inspected buildings on Future Scientist Street. The images above show interior views of apartments constructed for scientists and educators. Image: KCNA When asked what aspects of interior design receive the most attention, the source noted, “South Korean-style kitchens and living rooms in particular are rising in popularity.”She added, “In Pyongyang, the donju and cadres consult with officers from units said to be famous for their construction skills: the 8th Bureau [part of the Ministry of People’s Security] and Guard Command. Donju and cadres who live in Pyongyang then hire active duty soldiers from these units. Those located outside Pyongyang don’t have access to the active duty soldiers, so they hire discharged soldiers. The officers from the units handle the materials and personnel, and consult with the homeowners to plan and deploy a group of three workers for a number of days to finish the job.” Personnel from the Guard Command and the 8th Bureau have become known as the top builders of one-story villas in all of North Korea, and have constructed national buildings such as the Moranbong Grand Theater. The troops from the Guard Command and 8th Bureau are usually engaged in construction projects ordered by Kim Jong Un. On the side, these troops subcontract remodeling projects from the donju and cadres, a trend reflecting the power of capitalism in today’s North Korea. “The donju want superior craftsmanship and can afford to pay in foreign currency. They tend to employ the soldiers exclusively. In return, the mobilized troops execute the remodeling job to the homeowner’s exact specifications.” a source in North Pyongan Province explained.There are South Korean interior design catalogs available for homeowners to pick out the exact features they desire. The builders then smuggle in the necessary supplies to match the client’s demands. “Old-fashioned kitchens are being removed and more spacious living rooms are being installed. Built-in storage space for electric rice cookers and utensils are popular kitchen features. In the bedroom, double beds are being installed and old wardrobes are being replaced with built-in closets,” the North Pyongan Province-based source said when asked to describe some specific aspects of the renovations.“Large aluminum frames are being used to switch out the windows, and ornate double-layered curtains are hung in front of the new windows. In the bathrooms, large mirrors are installed along with new toilets. There are even some devices available that detect the homeowner approaching and open the front door in advance.”These types of renovations do not come cheap, costing far more than the average resident is able to afford, she continued, noting, “The materials for this kind of South Korean-style remodeling job cost about 4,000-5,000 USD, but when you factor in the cost of labor and lodging for the workers, the total price comes to about 6,000 USD. That means that the cost for this kind of interior design is more than the total price of an average single-story house in North Korea.”As love for South Korea culture – known as Hallyu (or Korean Wave) – continues to thrive in North Korea, some members of the upper class are asking for their newly built homes to be outfitted entirely in the South Korean style. A Pyongyang-based source added, “Some of the newly-built apartment buildings in Pyongyang elicit responses like, ‘Wow, it looks just like the kitchen I saw in a South Korean drama.’ The very fact that the donju and cadres are renovating their home interiors like this is indicative of South Korean influence.” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) SHARE NewsEconomy
The regulator’s consultation comes in response to requests from the industry seeking clarity on whether certain activities fall under its oversight, the FCA said in a release.Also readBuilding confidence in digital assets“This is a small but growing market and we want both industry and consumers to be clear what is regulated, and what isn’t. This is vital if consumers are to know what protections they’ll benefit from and in ensuring we have a market functioning as it should,” said Christopher Woolard, executive director of strategy and competition at the FCA.The FCA it will launch another consultation later this year on a proposal to ban the sale of derivatives linked to certain types of cryptoassets to retail investors, the FCA said, including options, futures and CFDs based on cryptoassets such as exchange tokens.The FCA is asking for comments on the consultation paper by April 5. It will publish final guidance on the regulatory perimeter by the summer 2019. How should banks allocate capital for crypto? Bitcoin should face tough capital rules, Basel Committee says Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news James Langton New York attorney general secures receiver for crypto firm Keywords Cryptoassets pfongabe33/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has launched a consultation that aims to define the regulatory perimeter when it comes to cryptoassets, the U.K. regulator announced Wednesday.It sets out the crypto-related activities that it will regulate in a new consultation paper.
Share this article and your comments with peers on social media TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Related news Jeff Carney is retiring as president and chief executive of IGM Financial and IG Wealth Management due to health reasons.Carney says that he has been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Canadian Press Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The company says James O’Sullivan, a former group head for Canadian banking at Scotiabank, has been appointed as president and CEO of IGM Financial. O’Sullivan will also replace Carney as a director.Damon Murchison, executive vice-president, head of retail for Mackenzie Investments, has been appointed president and CEO of IG Wealth Management.The changes are effective immediately.IGM Financial is a diversified wealth and asset management company with about $173 billion in total assets under management. Keywords Appointments, Wealth managementCompanies IG Wealth Management, IGM Financial Inc. CETFA elects new board leader PenderFund names new SVP for investments
Study into links between traumatic childhood experiences and sexual violence launches Lead researcher Associate Professor John RynneGriffith University researchers are exploring the possible links between childhood exposure to domestic and family violence and the emergence of sexually violent behaviour in a new study.Around 600 client files for young people between 10-17 years of age, who engaged in sexual offending in Queensland and referred to Griffith Youth Forensic Service (GYFS) or Mater Family and Youth Counselling Service (MFYCS) will be analysed for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), with a focus on family and domestic violence affecting several generations.ACEs are potentially traumatic childhood events and environmental factors which can influence youth offending says GYFS Director and lead researcher Associate Professor John Rynne.“This study opens possibilities for fresh insights into this type of sexual violence. We don’t know how ACEs specifically contributes to sexual violence committed by young people in Australia.”“This is the first study to address this gap. Our depth of clinical experience and research expertise, alongside the collaboration and trust we’ve built up with our partners, makes Griffith University one of the only places in Australia where this type of project can happen.”Announced as part of the 2020-2022 Core Grant Research Program from Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS), the project received $130,865 in funding and is one of eight projects chosen to address research gaps into the impact of domestic and family violence on children and young people.Associate Professor Rynne said his team was honoured to be working with ANROWS.“They are a fantastic organisation and to be selected among a highly competitive field is a significant opportunity to understand more about a topic that is difficult to discuss. Our research has the potential to inform policy responses and early intervention.”GYFS has provided specialist clinical assessment and field-based treatment services for young people across Queensland who have committed sexual offences for more than 20 years.GYFS and MFYCS are funded by the Queensland Government Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs.The final report will be delivered in 2022. /University 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:Australia, childhood, director, domestic and family violence, domestic violence, early intervention, family violence, Government, Griffith, Griffith University, Professor, Queensland, treatment, university, women, Youth
COVID vaccination program needs community to be patient and well-informed The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the start of the 1b phase of the COVID vaccination roll out to older people and other vulnerable groups, urging the importance of the need for community patience and two-way communication between health authorities and consumers.The success of Australia’s response so far in keeping the spread of COVID to relatively low levels should not make us complacent about the priority of prompt vaccination of all Australians in the interests of our health and of the economy.We also welcome the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s approval of Australian manufactured Astra Zeneca vaccine which will substantially boost vaccination capacity.It is vital that people get the facts about the vaccine and the rollout from authoritative and readily accessible sources, including government websites and their GPs who, from this week, will be scaling up vaccination availability.“The early stages in Australia’s vaccination rollout have made it more important than ever that the Government engages with the community, not only with up-to-date information on the vaccination program but also by listening and responding to communities about their experiences,” the CEO of the Consumers Health Forum, Leanne Wells, said.“The knowledge shared by community health leaders at CHF’s inaugural Australasian conference last week made clear the great value of supporting consumer involvement in the policies and administration in response to COVID.“The conference heard there was still a lack of information among both consumers and some health providers about the implications of the vaccine for some vulnerable groups. On the positive side, there have been encouraging developments in getting the right information to the ‘unheard yet most vulnerable’ people such as in some migrant communities.“A convincing example of just how effective community-based responses can be, has been the success in countering pandemic infections achieved by the member groups of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (NACCHO).“The 107 NACCHO groups achieved among the best results in preventing COVID compared to similar entities anywhere in the world and that was because of the strong community engagement and leadership,” Ms Wells said. /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:Aboriginal, Australia, Australian, communication, community, community engagement, community health, conference, Consumers Health Forum, Government, health, healthcare, leadership, NACCHO, older people, Therapeutic Goods Administration, vaccination