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  • ‘Benign sexism’ intrudes at a meeting of the world’s brightest minds

    first_img [email protected] Leave this field empty if you’re human: Make no mistake about the antagonist here. This isn’t the fault of a host or a white man or a conference. Indeed, we’d be well-served with more Aspen Ideas Festivals.But these remarks and microaggressions are proxy measures of the power and discriminatory culture permeating personal and professional spaces. What we need is for people to listen, to initiate conversations, to be OK with discomfort, to be honest when they mess up, and to challenge each other to do better and do differently.At the Aspen Ideas Festival, we didn’t quite get there.We did, however, learn something about ourselves that we hope we all take home.To the physician who raised your hand during our session on burnout, we apologize for our silence and thank you for your contributions to the field of medicine. And to Dr. Torres, thank you for your willingness to engage with us as we developed this article. We’re all in this space together, and grateful that when mistakes are made, we have an opportunity to learn from and with each other.Together, let’s break some more glass ceilings — and break the silence.Elizabeth Métraux is director of external affairs for Primary Care Progress. Nicolas Nguyen, M.D., is director of physician experience at Beth Israel Deaconess Health Care. Kelsey Priest is a fifth year M.D./Ph.D. student at Oregon Health and Science University. Tags advocacymental healthphysicians By Elizabeth Métraux, Nicolas Nguyen, and Kelsey Priest July 3, 2018 Reprints Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. Later, we raised our concern privately in a phone conversation with Torres, who welcomed what could have been a hostile exchange with both humility and interest. And as we spoke about his time in the media, military, and health care, and how those male-dominated cultures affected him, we also spoke about his daughter, now a medical school student, and how a culture of misogyny in medicine affects her. It was the conversation we should have had in Aspen — that we all need to have when confronted with sexism.A landmark report published this month by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine paints a damning picture of sexual harassment faced by women physician trainees and faculty. The 300-page report reveals that the academic workplace has the second-highest rate of sexual harassment (58 percent) when compared with private sector and other workplace environments.Of the many disturbing quotes from respondents to the National Academies survey, several underscored the systemic and perpetuating nature of the issue, like this one by a young resident: “I still don’t think that the prospect of being sexually assaulted was as bad as watching the next generation of sexual harassers being formed. I think that was the worst part for me.” Elizabeth Métraux Related: About the Authors Reprints [email protected] Please enter a valid email address. Which is why, when a question from a member of the audience — an experienced female emergency pediatrician — elicited a comment from moderator and NBC correspondent Dr. John Torres, also an emergency room physician, about her being “good-looking” — jokingly referring to E.R. doctors as attractive — we laughed it off. She continued with her question and the session moved on. And there we sat, in a room infused with well-worn complicity. No one said a thing about the comment.It was both ironic and fitting that in a session dedicated to the issue of burnout and the drivers of clinician dissatisfaction, Torres’ casual sexism did more to illustrate why so many health care providers — particularly women — feel isolated to the point of depression and suicide. Sexism, power, and a culture of silence is precisely part of the problem. Unbeknownst to him, Torres had hit the nail on the head with his comment.advertisementcenter_img @kelseycpriest In addition to their exposure to sexually harassing behavior as a training and occupational hazard, according to a Medscape report, female physicians have significantly lower wages than their male counterparts. Equally staggering is the minuscule percentage of women who have advanced to leadership positions within medicine compared to men. Similar discrepancies affect people of color and LGBTQ communities. So it seems that even in a field such as health care, which prides itself on evidence, science, and progress, we still miss the mark when it comes to gender issues, cultural diversity, and human equity.As women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community, we’ve learned to silently swallow micro- and macro-aggressions in professional areas dominated by straight, cisgender, white men. We’ve done this despite being aware that for all of these groups, discrimination in the workplace still afflicts approximately 40 percent of individuals. We bite our tongues — not only because we know that a flash of passionate conflict could jeopardize our physical and emotional safety and our professional reputations, but at the end of the day it just feels futile when our calls for action are ignored, buried, or dismissed.With the fear of being labeled as the woman, the minority, or the gay clinician, we “take the high road” by staying silent and pretending we don’t internalize it. As noted by an assistant professor of medicine in the National Academies report, we don’t want to be “labeled as the troublemaker.”After the burnout session at the Aspen Ideas Festival, a few folks in the crowd approached us to apologize for their silence. We, too, apologized. The collective silence had hurt us all.During the closing ceremony, a moderator again brought gender into the dialogue in his interview with Sen. Cory Booker. We had spent the prior 30 minutes listening to filmmaker Ava DuVernay and activist Ai-jen Poo celebrate the powerful role of women as catalysts for social change. After a question about Booker’s opinion of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the moderator quipped that perhaps Sanders had “a crush” on Booker.Again, we all laughed. No one seemed to bat an eye at the inappropriateness of the remark. First Opinion‘Benign sexism’ intrudes at a meeting of the world’s brightest minds Kelsey Priest Nicolas Nguyen It’s 2018. We’re in the wake of the #MeToo moment. Increased reporting is exposing rampant sexism in medicine, media, and beyond. Women are now more empowered than ever to speak up in response to bias and harassment. One could think we’ve come a long way.And yet, for all our expressed outrage at widespread sexual harassment and our newfound “wokeness” about gender equity, we still find ourselves confronting sexism in what we perceive to be the most progressive, sophisticated spaces.That was driven home at the Aspen Ideas Festival, where two of us (E.M. and N.N.) were honored to be part of a panel discussing the growing epidemic of clinician burnout in the United States. Needless to say, the room was occupied with accomplished, highly educated individuals.advertisement [email protected] From left, Dr. Nicolas Nguyen, Dr. Victor Dzau, and Elizabeth Métraux participate in a panel at the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival. Dan Bayer, The Aspen Institute/Spotlight Health Privacy Policy Sexual harassment is rampant in science — and current policies aren’t cutting it, landmark report finds last_img read more

  • Democrats’ new logic on drug pricing: Developing slightly fewer medicines is OK if it means lower prices

    first_img GET STARTED WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers in recent weeks have begun to advance an argument long seen as something of a third rail in U.S. politics: that slightly less biomedical innovation might be worth a dramatic reduction in drug prices.The surprising candor has come amid pushback to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s high-profile drug pricing bill, which the trade group PhRMA this month said represented “nuclear winter” for the development of new medicines. Some Democrats, in response, have attempted to reframe the discussion in purely utilitarian terms, asserting that dramatically lower costs now justify a marginal reduction in new treatments in the coming decades. Lev Facher Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. What is it? Washington Correspondent Lev Facher covers the politics of health and life sciences. Politics Log In | Learn More By Lev Facher Oct. 28, 2019 Reprints Tags Congressdrug pricingpharmaceuticalscenter_img About the Author Reprints [email protected] What’s included? Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Democrats’ new logic on drug pricing: Developing slightly fewer medicines is OK if it means lower prices @levfacher Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.) Steve Cannon/APlast_img read more

  • Pharmalittle: India to ramp up ingredients production; CIA warns employees about taking hydroxycholoroquine

    first_img Alex Hogan/STAT Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. [email protected] Ed Silverman @Pharmalot Pharmalot Rise and shine, everyone, another challenging day is on the way. We can tell because our short person is up early for another day of online learning, such as it is, and the official mascot is running about in search of tasty things to chew. As for us, we are resorting to our usual habit of brewing cups of stimulation — our choice today is glazed doughnut — and, as always, we invite you to join us. Remember, no prescription is required. Meanwhile, here are some tidbits to help you along. Stay in touch and stay safe.India plans to ramp up production of pharmaceutical ingredients and become an alternative supplier for global drug makers hit by factory shutdowns in China due to the coronavirus outbreak, Bloomberg News says. The Indian government has aggressively begun implementing a policy to ramp up local output and emerge as an alternate to China. The “China-plus one” strategy involves identifying essential drug ingredients, providing incentives to domestic manufacturers, and reviving ailing state-run drug makers. Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. By Ed Silverman April 14, 2020 Reprints Log In | Learn More center_img GET STARTED What’s included? About the Author Reprints Tags pharmalittleSTAT+ Pharmalittle: India to ramp up ingredients production; CIA warns employees about taking hydroxycholoroquine What is it? Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond.last_img read more

  • Lightning strikes road in Walton County causing car crash

    first_imgRELATEDTOPICS Advertisement Advertisement“The blacktop in front of us and it just exploded and shot it through our truck,” said the Wilkersons. The couple said they thought a bomb had gone off in front of their car. “It went through the front windshield all the way through the back window on the truck and it took out one of the headrests in the back seat and was laying on the bed cover on the back of his truck,” Cheryl said. Person pinned in McGregor palm tree crash March 30, 2021 Ohio man smashes his car after a cicada hit him in the face June 15, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Woman falls asleep & crashes into tree on Fowler Street March 18, 2021 Car mows down palm trees in Naples May 11, 2021 AdvertisementTags: car crashWalton County The couple was rushed to the hospital. Wayne suffered cuts and bruises on his face from the broken glass and asphalt. “I was still picking glass out of my face last night,” Wilkerson said.Cheryl said she also had cuts and bruises but the extent of her injuries were much more serious. “My main injury was the head. It kind of scalped  the whole layer of the top of my head,” Cheryl said.Cheryl’s surgery was successful and now the Wilkerson’s are back home in Kentucky, thankful to still have each other.“We’ve been married 43 years and we’ve been through a lot together but I would say this is the biggest thing we’d ever have to go through together,” the Wilkerson’s said.Credit: Walton County Fire Rescue WALTON COUNTY, Fla.– Walton County Fire crews responded to a crash on Monday morning. Wayne and Cheryl Wilkerson were traveling from Kentucky to Cape Coral on Interstate 10.“We’d been doing like 40 because it’s been raining so hard,” said Wayne Wilkerson.Lightning struck the road in front of a car, causing a chunk to blast through the windshield. First responders described the the hole in the highway as ‘dinner plate sized’. Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentslast_img read more

  • Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, February 2, 2021

    first_img Below are the recent deaths in Laois.May they rest in peace.John (Ulick) ConroyBeladd, Portlaoise, LaoisJohn (Ulick) Conroy. Beladd. Portlaoise. January 31st 2021. Peacefully at St James’ Hospital. Surrounded by his loving family. Dearly beloved husband of Betty, much loved father to Conor, Audrey and Rory. Sadly missed by son-in-law Fergal and daughter-in-law Zoe. Cherished grandad to TJ, Nadine, Dara and Odin. Deeply regretted by his brother Joe, sisters Ann, Rita, Mary and Eleanor, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews, and a wide circle of friends.Family flowers only.Due to current government advice regarding public gatherings, a private family funeral will take place, for family only, in St Peter and Paul’s Church on Wedneday at 12 noon. The Mass can be viewed on the parish webcam: https://www.portlaoiseparish.ie/webcam/ Interment afterwards in St Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.Friends and neighbours are very welcome to line the route to the cemetery in a safe and socially-distanced manner, as a mark of respect.The family appreciate your co-operation and understanding at this time.Michael O’BrienKilamuck, Abbeyleix, LaoisHong Kong and late of Kilamuck Abbeyleix, Michael, beloved son of the late Gladys and Pat O’Brien and brother of Kevin, Tony and the late Denis. Deeply regretted by his brothers, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. He will be dearly missed by his many close friends in Hong Kong, in whose kindest care he passed away, and also by his many former teaching staff, colleagues and devoted pupils.Michael wished his remains to be donated to medical and scientific research. A memorial service will held in Hong Kong and will be available to join/link.This website will be updated with the link over the coming days.Bernie Fitzpatrick (née Meade)Cloncullen (Ringstown), Ballyfin, LaoisDied peacefully at home in the presence of her loving family. Dearly beloved wife of the late Tommy, much loved mother of Deirdre (Fraser), John, Sinead (Lenehan), Niamh, Elaine (Scott), and Brian. Sadly missed by her loving grandchildren Niamh, Rachel, Eoghan, Ciaran, Eimear, Annie, Emma, Lauren, Eve, Robyn and Isla Rose, sons and daughters in law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, February 2, 2021 Due to Covid 19 regulations, a private family Funeral Mass will take place on Monday, February 1st in St. Fintan’s Church Ballyfin. Those who would like to attend the Funeral but cannot due to government guidelines may join in the Funeral Mass at 2pm by logging onto the live streaming link below.www.Ballyfinparish.ieChristopher Laurance PhelanLoon, Castlecomer, Kilkenny/LaoisChristopher Laurance Phelan, Loon, Castlecomer, Co.Kilkenny, Died 28th January 2021, surrounded by his loving and devoted family. Sadly missed by his loving wife Bridget, sons, daughters, 27 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, brothers, sisters, extended family, relatives and friends.A private family Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Fintan’s Church Mountrath on Saturday 30th January 2021, followed by Burial in St. Fintan’s Cemetery Mountrath.Martin CoonanDromagh, Crettyard, Carlow/Crettyard, LaoisMartin Coonan, Dromagh, Crettyard, Co. Laois, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on January 28th, 2021, at St James’s Hospital, Dublin.Beloved husband of Elizabeth, much loved father of Amanda, Tracy, Gillian and Stacy, adored grandfather of Leah, Jake, Luke and Erin, cherished brother of John, Anastasia, Josephine and the late Mary and son of the late Tommy and Margaret.He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, daughters, grandchildren, son-in-law Dominic and extended family Orla, Sean, Aaron and Mick, brother, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, friends and his beloved farm animals.Due to continued restrictions on public gatherings, Martin’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the presence of his family on Sunday, at 11am, in The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mayo, Co Laois and will be followed by a private CremationFamily flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to The Irish Heart Foundation and The Irish Lung Foundation.Please use the following link to donate.Bernadette Duggan (née Byrne)Upper Beladd, Portlaoise, Laois/Timahoe, Laois/Athy, KildareBernadette Duggan (née Byrne). Upper Beladd, Portlaoise, Co. Laois and Formerly The Heath Golf Club, Portlaoise. Passed away peacefully on 29th January 2021. Surrounded by her loving family at her daughter’s Deirdre and Liam McEvoy’s residence, Aughoney, Timahoe, Co. LaoisPredeceased by her Husband, Gerald Fitzpatrick and Bill Duggan. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her loving family, Anthony, Deirdre and Geraldine, cherished grandmother to Liam, Gerald, Steven, Niall, David, Eoin, Ciaran, Gillian, Leona, Stephanie and Katie, great-grandchildren, daughter-in-law Mairead, sons-in-law, Liam and Tom, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law nieces, nephews extended family and friendsFuneral Mass for Bernadette will take place at 1:30pm on Sunday (31st of January) in St. Michael’s Church, Timahoe and afterwards Bernadette will be laid to rest in St. Michael’s New Cemetery Athy (Via Timahoe & Stradbally).Funeral and Interment will be live streamed on: www.youtube.com/laoisfuneralslive/liveThe Live-Stream will Start in St Michael’s Church, Timahoe at 1:25pm and will go Offline after the Funeral Mass. Interment will be back live on the same link from St Michael’s New Cemetery, Athy at approximately 2:45pmSympathisers are welcome to stand along the route, in the churchyard and cemetery grounds with Social Distancing to be observed at all times. In Accordance with current Government and H.S.E Guidelines, and in the interest of public health and safety of our most vulnerable, a private funeral for Bernadette will take place. Strictly for Family Members.Rita Duggan (née O’Callaghan)Kellyville, Athy, Kildare/LaoisPeacefully, in the loving care of the staff of Cloverlodge Nursing Home, Athy. Wife of the late Paddy. Deeply regretted by her loving children Maureen, Janet, Pat, Karen, Deirdre and Lisa, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and friends.Due to government restrictions a private family Requiem Mass will take place at 12 noon on Sunday (31th January) in St. Joseph’s Church, Ballyadams, limited to 10 people. The Mass will be livestreamed on the Ballyadams Parish facebook page. Burial afterwards in Ballintubbert Cemetery.Nora Browne (née Ryan)Daly Terrace, Rathdowney, LaoisNora Browne (nee Ryan) wife of the late Connie. Peacefully at home, January 29th, 2021. Deeply regretted by all her heartbroken sons and daughters. She will be sorely missed by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, her brother Mick and her sister Joan, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, her aunts Bunt and Ann, nieces, nephews and all her extended family, neighbours and friends.As per COVID-19 Directive a private funeral has been arranged. Due to the increased risk of infection and in the interest of public safety and in compliance with current guidelines you are asked not to attend the funeral or congregate in the church yard or the cemetery. You can express your condolences on the condolence page below. House Private. The Funeral Mass will be live streamed from The Church of The Holy Trinity, Rathdowney on Monday at 2pm.(parishwebsites.ie/rathdowney)Noel GrahamBallinagall, Ballickmoyler, Carlow/Ballickmoyler, LaoisHusband of the late Síle and brother of the late Seamus and Carmel. Deeply regretted by his loving son Damien, daughter Concepta, brother Joseph, sisters Úna and Gemma, daughter-in-law Breda, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandchildren Katie and Laura, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Due to government restrictions a private family Requiem Mass will take place at 11am on Saturday morning (30th January) in The Church of the Sacred Heart, Arles, limited to 10 people. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Monday, February 1, 2021 Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, February 2, 2021 Deaths Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Electric Picnic Facebook Previous articleJOB VACANCY: Greenfeet Lawncare seeking to fill General Admin/Sales Order processing roleNext articleLaois daughter of Mother and Baby Home survivor pens open letter to Taoiseach Micheal Martin LaoisToday Reporter Electric Picnic By LaoisToday Reporter – 2nd February 2021 Twitter Pinterest Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festivallast_img read more

  • Works on Laois train station to begin in the second half of 2021

    first_imgHome News Community Works on Laois train station to begin in the second half of… NewsCommunity Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival By Alan Hartnett – 10th March 2021 Facebook Twitter Works on Laois train station to begin in the second half of 2021 Ballybrophy Train Station Improvement works on a Laois train station are to begin in the second half of 2021.So says Fianna Fail TD Sean Fleming who was speaking about Ballybrophy train station today.According to the Minister for State, Irish Rail have confirmed that the project will take seven weeks.These will include the replacement and upgrade of the existing lift and the installation of additional car park spaces.Deputy Fleming said: “Ballybrophy Train Station has become very busy over the last number of years and a large number of people use it on a daily basis going to and from work and for other journeys.“This train station serves a large area in south Laois and is a key station on the rail network in Ireland.“The new works to be carried out will see replacement and upgrade of the existing lift to help people access both sides of the railway line. These works will be commencing shortly.“Additional new car park facilities will be provided which is necessary due to the large number of people who drive to the station to get a train.“Many people have contacted me on this matter and I am pleased my contacts with Irish Rail have resulted in a commitment that these works will commence in the second half of this year.“There is a substantial amount of work to be completed which will take approximately seven weeks.“This is good news for all people who use the station and I hope it will encourage more people to use Ballybrophy Station which is an excellent facility with tremendous potential.”SEE ALSO – In Pictures: Laois school develop outdoor classroom and gardens Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months Facebook Previous articleCoronavirus: 47 further deaths and 631 new cases as no outbreaks reported in schoolsNext articleJoe Mallon Motors Deal and Deliver Car of the Week: 191 Renault Megane Sport Tourer from €67 per week Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Pinterest Electric Picnic WhatsApp WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSBallybrophy Train StationSean Fleming Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic Pinterest Twitter Council last_img read more

  • Jang Sung Taek Does Not Have Power over Military

    first_imgNews North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News News Facebook Twitter Jang Sung Taek Does Not Have Power over Military Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak By Daily NK – 2008.12.06 1:19am center_img SHARE News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest There is a limit to Director of the Ministry of Administration of the Chosun (North Korea) Workers’ Party Jang Sung Taek’s domination over the North Korean military, although he is on the inside track to take power. Cheong Seong Chang, a North-South relations researcher at the Sejong Institute, asserted so in his report, “Predictions for North Korean power structure change in the post-Kim Jong Il era.” Cheong pointed out that, “Jang Sung Taek has a good reputation with the authorities and administrative power over the National Security Agency (NSA) and the People’s Safety Agency (PSA), so he is in a better position to grasp power in an emergency. However, he does not lead the military.”He stated in the report that, “The First Vice-Directors of the Guidance Department Lee Jeh Gang and Lee Yong Cheol who are in charge of the Party apparatus and the military could face an expulsion crisis if Jang Sung Taek takes power. This is because they were significant characters in the battle to suspend Jang, while siding with Ko Young Hee in the past.”Therefore, he predicts that, “They may keep their current rights by having Jong Choel or Jong Woon, the second and third sons of Kim Jong Il, stand as the successor. However, if one of them becomes the next leader, he cannot help but control the state by significantly relying on elder statesmen.” “For now, there is no one who holds real power over the Party, the military and the government, so whoever gets the power after Kim Jong Il’s death can’t hope to have concrete influence as Kim Jong Il currently does,” he said. He predicted that, “It is hard to imagine that the North will change its system into a collective leadership system just like the Chinese have. Therefore, in the post-Kim Jong Il era, the system may be relaxed a bit more than the current system, nevertheless concentrating power in the Party and the country in an individual dictatorship.”The National Defense Commission and other governmental organizations cannot substitute for the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Party, so in the post-Kim Jong Il era, there may be no choice but for the Party to be the core of power, according to his report. He released his view regarding possible emergency situations after Kim’s death saying that, “The North Korean authorities are incapable of economic development, but have at least the know-how to survive. We should not underestimate the durability of the North Korean system, because the North Korean regime concentrates on its military power, ideological unity, and systematic control instead of solving economic problems, which are the fourth priority.” Regarding the view that the military authorities are increasing their power, he explained the connection between the Party and the military structure. “The General Political Bureau of the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces, a Party apparatus within the military, leads the military and the Guidance Department of the Central Committee of the Party dominates the implementation of personnel management of military high officials. Therefore, it is systematically impossible for the military to take power over the country while leaving the Party behind.” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

  • AFWERX Agility Prime partners with Kitty Hawk in first medevac exercise with electric aircraft

    first_imgAFWERX Agility Prime partners with Kitty Hawk in first medevac exercise with electric aircraft AFWERX Agility Prime and new partner Kitty Hawk reached a milestone in May with their first operational exercise.“This exercise produced important data that will bolster the program going forward,” said Lt. Col. Martin Salinas, the mission design team lead in the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center.The technology and companies in the AFWERX Agility Prime program continue to mature rapidly with a new partner Kitty Hawk joining the government/industry team. In the program’s first exercise, a diverse group of industry and government operators, engineers, and test professionals assessed the ability to do medical evacuation, personnel recovery, and logistics with Kitty Hawk’s Heaviside electric vertical takeoff and landing, or eVTOL, aircraft. The Kitty Hawk team also demonstrated Heaviside’s remote flying capabilities.The multi-disciplinary team gathered a rich catalogue of data to inform dual-use utility at the prototype stage that will inform future developmental and fielding decisions. Besides assessing different loading scenarios, the team also observed demonstrations of remotely piloted and fully autonomous flights with Heaviside.“The world is going to need new modes of transportation and Heaviside is one path to getting us there,” said Sebastian Thrun, Kitty Hawk CEO. “We are excited to be working with Agility Prime and look forward to our continued collaboration as we bring eVTOLs to more people.”Founded in 2010 and based in California, Kitty Hawk, has developed numerous eVTOL vehicles including the Heaviside vehicle, named after the English engineer, Oliver Heaviside. Designed to be fast, small, quiet and green, the aircraft flies at up to 180 mph with a potential range of 100 miles plus reserves on a single charge, according to Kitty Hawk’s website. Heaviside takes off and lands in a 30×30 foot space, reaches sound levels of 38 dBA at 1,000 feet, is 100x quieter than a helicopter and requires less than half the energy per mile of a conventional electric car.“The Agility Prime and Kitty Hawk teams facilitated the convergence of Air Force and Marine Corps testers and operators to engage with Heaviside, all while experimenting within the context of Personnel Recovery and logistics use-case scenarios,” Salinas said.Salinas attributed the success of the California tests to the eagerness of those involved. “Pushing experimental tests in an operational context is challenging and exciting,” he said.Col. Don Haley, Air Education and Training Command Detachment 62 commander, who leads a team in developing training syllabi for these new electric aircraft, noted, “this collaborative commercial/DoD use-case exploration revealed common attributes that serve both urban air mobility and search and rescue operations: High-reliability, responsive launch & recovery, minimal logistical footprint, accessibility for mobility-challenged, low acoustic signature, and high levels of autonomy.”“We are pleased to welcome a new partner and happy about the progress in this first Agility Prime exercise,” said Col. Nathan Diller, AFWERX Director. “This is just the beginning of many examples that the team will be exploring in the coming months to partner with commercial companies in a way that accelerates maturity for commercialization, while providing the Department of the Air Force with decision-quality data for future force design.”About AFRL /U.S. Air Force 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. 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  • Bill would require ‘lactation spaces’ at all courthouses

    first_imgBill would require ‘lactation spaces’ at all courthouses Dec 14, 2020 By Jim Ash Senior Editor Top Stories The St. Pete Courthouse opened a lactation room last year. The Pinellas County Chapter of the FAWL and the Clearwater Bar Association worked to provide a space to not only serve attorneys but also litigants, employees and visitors to the courthouse, providing greater access to the justice system for all breastfeeding mothers.Florida courthouses — trial and appellate — would be required to set aside “lactation spaces” under a bill filed by a South Florida lawmaker.Sen. Lori Berman, D-Boynton Beach, filed SB 196 on December 7.“When Floridians elected us to serve in their Legislature, they did so with the hope that we would improve their quality of life in a period of great uncertainty,” Berman said in a written statement.The measure has the backing of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and the Guardian ad Litem Program.“Women should not have to choose between their careers and their families,” FAWL President Kimberly Hosley said. “By providing them a safe space for their lactation needs, they won’t have too. Additionally, this allows nursing mothers the opportunity to participate in the judicial process by serving on juries without concern for how it could impact their family choices. This is the right thing to do for the women of this state.”The bill would set a January 1, 2022, deadline for county courthouses to provide a least one dedicated lactation space “outside of the confines of a restroom for members of the public to express breast milk or breastfeed in private.”The bill states that the spaces “must be hygienic, be shielded from public view, be free from intrusion while occupied, and contain an electrical outlet.”The bill also would mandate that “the county designated…as the headquarters for each appellate district shall be responsible for at least one lactation space…for the facility housing the district court of appeal within a county.”The bill is just one of 10 that Berman is calling her “Quality of Life” legislation.One measure, SB 186, would expand the circumstances under which domestic violence perpetrators are forced to surrender their firearms.“Since the pandemic began, Florida has seen a spike in domestic violence numbers,” Berman said.The measure would force defendants convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence to surrender their firearms and ammunition to law enforcement “upon conviction.”Another measure would create a state “Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.”During the COVID-19 pandemic, state government needs to become more proactive, Berman said.“The pandemic has taken far too many lives while exacerbating the socioeconomic disparities among racial minorities; federal gridlock and a disinterested state Legislature obstructed much needed economic relief; incidents of domestic violence have surged; and calls for restorative racial justice persist,” she said.In 2018, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers received the Public Service Award from the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations for its “Nursing Rooms in Courthouses Project.” The group was lauded for publishing a “Courthouse Lactation Room Handbook” on its website.last_img read more

  • Dish acquires Ting as Tucows makes services play

    first_img Diana Goovaerts AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 03 AUG 2020 T-Mobile, Dish, Amazon tap debt markets Blog Author Canadian telecommunications company Tucows offloaded its Ting Mobile MVNO business, but redeployed the underlying systems in a new play as a mobile service enabler (MSE), with Dish Network signing on as its first major customer.As part of the deal, Dish Network acquired 272,000 subscribers and the right to use the Ting Mobile brand for two years, bolstering its recent entrance into the US mobile market. It also provides MVNO service to approximately 9.3 million subscribers under the Boost Mobile brand.A Tucows representative told Mobile World Live it will continue to run Ting Mobile on Dish Network’s behalf in the near term under a multi-year transition agreement, with customers able to keep their devices and pricing for the time being.Dish Network will pay Tucows a monthly fee for access to its MSE platform, which covers billing, device activation, provisioning and marketing services. It plans to use the MSE platform for both Ting Mobile and Boost Mobile, the representative added.John Swieringa, Dish Network retail wireless president, said in a statement the deal will enhance the company’s “digital and operational capabilities”.With the sale of Ting Mobile, Tucows CEO Elliot Noss said the company will “refocus our mobile business on building and maintaining platforms that simplify complex systems”. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Dish picks Oracle cloud-based control plane Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more center_img Home Dish acquires Ting as Tucows makes services play acquisitionDish NetworkTing Mobile Blog: Why Dish could break new ground for public cloud and open RAN Previous ArticleOfcom presses ahead with 5G auction plansNext ArticleApple makes $100M move on Mobeewave Tags Relatedlast_img read more