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  • Monzo ‘absolutely not’ the next Wonga, says founder amid high-cost loan speculation

    first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldTotal PastJohn Wick Stuntman Reveals The Truth About Keanu ReevesTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNoteableyFaith Hill’s Daughter Is Probably The Prettiest Woman In The WorldNoteableymoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comLearn It WiseColleagues Find Woman’s Bikini Photos Inappropriate, Give Her UltimatumLearn It Wiseinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.com Blomfield added the company, which this year surpassed one million customers and gained the coveted Unicorn status in October after its value eclipsed $1bn (£790m), was still “not looking to IPO any time soon really”.“There’s plenty of private capital around but we’re not going to be profitable for the immediate future,” he said.But even so, Monzo is gaining around 100,000 customers a month, he revealed, and is on course to finish 2018 with 1.3m. By the end of next year, Blomfield added, the bank expects to boast “at least” 2.5m account holders.“Each customer is creating more revenue than they drive in extra cost. At the start of the year each customer drove an extra £35 of losses, now each customer drives an extra £5 of gross margin,” he said.On the fast-moving market of digital challenger banks Blomfield said he expected to see some market consolidation over the next year as smaller competitors snap at the heels of traditional high street banks. Share whatsapp Monzo is “absolutely not” going to be the next Wonga, its founder has said, amid speculation the digital bank was planning to move into the high-cost loan space.Tom Blomfield, whose up-and-coming challenger bank this morning completed a landmark £20m crowdfunding round powered by its own customers, told City A.M. he was “categorically not working on a high-cost credit product at all”. “I think you’ll see one or two be snapped up by either big banks here or in Europe,” he said.For Monzo and its smaller competitors, he added, “getting to scale is now the name of the game”. Alex Daniel More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com Monzo ‘absolutely not’ the next Wonga, says founder amid high-cost loan speculation But, he added, helping “people with spiralling debt and poor credit scores” was still an area the company intended to move into. “How we do so, I don’t know yet”.“Is Monzo launching a wonga competitor? Absolutely not,” he said.The company was popping the champagne corks today as it celebrated raising £17.96m in less than three hours this morning via crowdfunding.The digital bank, known for its coral-coloured cards and informal approach to customer relations, reached its overall crowdfunding target of £20m in the process, after two days’ fundraising among existing investors.Only the final sprint to the finish line this morning, which the company claims saw £2.94m raised in one minute of frenzied buying, was open to new investors, finishing at around 12.45 this afternoon. whatsapp Wednesday 5 December 2018 5:39 pm But the crowdfund, which City A.M. revealed exclusively earlier this year, has drawn criticism in recent weeks for allowing existing banking customers to take out a loan to participate.The bank allowed customers to take out an overdraft of up to £1000 to buy shares which, because they are not openly traded, can not then be sold on to repay the loan, The Times reported last week.Hitting back at the criticism, Blomfield claimed allegations of offering loans to buy shares were “just not true”.“We have existing customers who have overdrafts, and only existing customers can buy shares. So the question is should we disable those overdrafts for all or some customers? Our answer was no we shouldn’t, that’s not appropriate,” he said.”Overwhelmingly the response from both our customers and neutral parties was that this is a storm in a teacup. I really celebrate that we now have 35,000 new shareholders who can now share in the potential upsides of the business.” Tags: Challenger banks Crowdfunding Wongalast_img read more

  • Mertarvik to get airport by 2022

    first_imgClimate Change | State Government | Transportation | WesternMertarvik to get airport by 2022April 10, 2021 by Greg Kim, KYUK – Bethel Share:The road leading to the rock quarry on Nelson Island doubles as an airstrip for non-commercial flights in Mertarvik. A commercial airport is scheduled to be built by 2022. July 16, 2020 in Mertarvik, Alaska. (Katie Basile/KYUK)Newtok residents are one step closer to having an airport in the new village of Mertarvik, the replacement site for a community that is being forced out by flooding and erosion linked to climate change.On April 1, the Federal Aviation Administration announced in a press release that the Newtok airport project would receive $21.1 million in funding.Newtok residents first began moving over to Mertarvik in 2019. Located nine miles from Newtok, Mertarvik is built on more solid ground. Over 130 people, or about a third of the village, have already moved there. Now a construction company has won the bid to build an airport.But for over a year, Mertarvik has survived without a commercial airport. That has meant spotty access to groceries and dangerous delays accessing medical care.In September 2020, the Newtok Native Corporation sold land to the Alaska Department of Transportation to build a new airport after resolving a dispute over the terms of the deal.DOT spokesperson Shannon McCarthy said in an email that Cruz Construction won the bid for the airport project for $22.7 million. McCarthy said that the DOT and Cruz Construction will meet with the community to discuss the project schedule and potential job opportunities. She said that construction will begin this summer, and that the airport in Mertarvik is expected to open to air traffic in the fall of 2022.Share this story:last_img read more

  • Scotty Bowers, Storied ‘Facilitator’ of Old Hollywood’s Gay Underground, Has Died…

    first_imgL.A. HistoryLGBTQSex & DatingFilmThe IndustryScotty Bowers, Storied ‘Facilitator’ of Old Hollywood’s Gay Underground, Has Died at Age 96He claimed to have arranged hundreds of trysts for stars dating back to the 1940sBy Brittany Martin – October 14, 20193973ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItGeorge Albert “Scotty” Bowers–best known to the public for the explicit tales of mid-century Hollywood trysts that he carried in secret until his later years–died at his home in Laurel Canyon on Sunday, a source has told the Hollywood Reporter. Bowers grew up during the Great Depression, and served as a Marine during World War II–but after the war, he would find his niche, providing an outlet for sexual expression to stars for whom being discovered as gay could have dire consequences.“His story, which he waited to tell until he was in his late 80s—and for years refused to tell at all—forms an astonishing counter-narrative of Hollywood and exposes the mores of the movie capital in a time when gay men and women were forced to be sexual outlaws and were publicly shunned and often persecuted, or at least forced to live double lives,” said Matt Tyrnauer, who directed Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, a documentary about Bowers’ life.Bowers’s Hollywood story began in 1946, when he arrived in Los Angeles and found a job as an attendant at a Richfield Oil station at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Van Ness Avenue. He recalled in his 2012 memoir, Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars, that one fateful night Canadian actor Walter Pidgeon stopped by the station, and suggested Bowers hop in with him and go for a ride. That ride turned into an affair, which quickly turned into a thriving business.Pidgeon would pass Bowers’s name around amongst a circle of friends–and soon Bowers was making matches between celebrity clientele and a network of male and female sex workers. He installed a trailer behind the gas station to host the liaisons, though business was brisk enough that it would eventually expand to a nearby motel, and to the homes of Hollywood’s elite. Bowers claimed he had a client roster that included Carry Grant, Bette Davis, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, Rock Hudson, Cole Porter, Tyrone Power, George Cukor, Lana Turner, Laurence Olivier, Ava Gardner, and even J. Edgar Hoover.While Bowers has been labeled a “pimp” or even “male madame,” he insisted that he never accepted cash for his encounters with celebrities or the meetings he facilitated. Rather, he described what he offered as a discrete “introduction service.” He claimed that any money he made from his famous clients came from working as a personal assistant, landscaper, or private party bartender. His clients and friends tipped generously for those odd jobs; actor Beach Dickerson bequeathed Bowers three houses, and cinematographer Néstor Almendros gave him the Oscar statuette he won for Days of Heaven. Some have questioned if all of Bowers’s stories are true, but, as Todd McCarthy writes in a review of the 2017 documentary, they may be more fact than fiction. “At a certain point, anyone who reads Bowers’ book or sees this film has to decide whether to believe him or not,” McCarthy notes. “At this stage, there is no reason not to; Scotty does not seem remotely like a braggart or someone desperate for a sliver of late-in-life fame.”RELATED: Before Stonewall, the Queer Revolution Started Right Here in Los AngelesStay on top of the latest in L.A. food and culture. Sign up for our newsletters today. TAGSold hollywoodScotty BowersPrevious articleBefore You Feed That Meter, Here’s When L.A. Doesn’t Enforce Certain Parking RestrictionsNext articleDevo Made Us Watch Their Own Personal Version of ‘The Office’Brittany Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORA Movie About Legendary Hollywood Pimp Scotty Bowers Is in the WorksFormer House of Hollywood’s Most Famous Gay Pimp Is Up for SaleTake a Peek Inside the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Marilyn Monroe- and Howard Hughes-Inspired Bungalowslast_img read more

  • Uncertainty over future of Tesco executives suspended after discovery of £260m profits overstatement

    first_imgFriday 28 November 2014 4:32 am More From Our Partners Killer drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org whatsapp Emma Haslett Uncertainty over future of Tesco executives suspended after discovery of £260m profits overstatement by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementThe Chef PickElisabeth Shue, 57, Sends Fans Wild As She Flaunts Age-Defying FigureThe Chef Pick Sharecenter_img Tags: NULL One of the executives suspended by Tesco after it discovered a black hole in its accounts has left the company, it is understood.The BBC reported this morning one of eight executives who were suspended when it revealed it had overstated profits by £260m had stepped down.  Tesco announced in September that it had overstated its full-year profit expectations, causing shares to plummet. The supermarket promptly suspended executives including UK chief executive Chris Bush, UK finance director Carl Rogberg and commercial director Kevin Grace.The company has since been placed under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, while an internal investigation is being carried out by auditor Deloitte and Freshfields, the law firm. In the past year, 50 per cent has been wiped off the company’s market cap as it was hit by a series of catastrophes. Its rivalry with discounters Aldi and Lidl has caused it to lose market share – last month Kantar Worldpanel published figures showing its market share stood at 28.8 per cent, compared with 29.8 per cent this time last year.Tesco did not comment.Tap on the image, then pinch and zoom to see more detail on a mobile. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp last_img read more

  • Moody’s downgrades Greek bond rating to Caa3

    first_img whatsapp Moody’s has become the third ratings agency to downgrade Greece in three days. Read more: S&P downgrades Greece and puts chances of Grexit at 50 per cent Today, it lowered the struggling economy’s government bond rating from Caa2 to Caa3, and placed it on review for a further downgrade. Moody’s said it made the decision because of the breakdown in talks between Greece and its creditors, and the resulting uncertainty this had created around Greece’s future in the Eurozone.  In a statement, it said that without ongoing support from official creditors, Greece will default on its privately-held debt: Events of recent months have illustrated the distance between what Greece’s official creditors will demand as a condition of continued support over the coming years, and what Greece’s institutions are able to do to meet those demands with further meaningful economic and fiscal reforms. It added that there were now “significant difficulties” in achieving a long-lasting agreement, and that the referendum on a fiscal agreement put forward by creditors was also cause for concern. If Greece appears too unwilling to reach an agreement and votes “no” on Sunday, the agency may well downgrade its rating further.   A “No” vote would likely increase the risk of exit from the euro area which would impose significant losses on private sector creditors. Over the last two days, S&P and Fitch have both downgraded their Greece ratings to CCC- and CC, respectively. They gave similar reasons for the decision.  Wednesday 1 July 2015 5:55 pm Share Moody’s downgrades Greek bond rating to Caa3 center_img whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Sarah Spickernell Tags: Greek debt crisislast_img read more

  • Florida man caught in Collier County with over 20 stolen identities

    first_imgCape Coral financial advisor sentenced for over $1 million fraud June 3, 2021 COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – A St. Petersburg man is facing charges after troopers said he was found with multiple stolen identities during a traffic stop Monday.Eric Lemon, 42, was arrested in Collier County around 12:30 p.m. accused of having over 20 stolen identities, credit cards, and more, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Lemon was riding in the passenger seat of a Maserati on I-75 when the car was pulled over by troopers due to the window tint, troopers said. Troopers searched the vehicle after they said the driver seemed nervous and a K-9 alerted to something in the car. Lemon is facing charges of fraud including possession of stolen debit/credit cards and, possession of five or more identities. The driver told troopers the bag of cash was meant for the strip club. Lemon was taken to the Collier County Jail. Advertisement AdvertisementLemon had three wallets and three cellphones, according to the arrest report. A bag of cash in small bills was also found in the car. One wallet contained a social security card, six debit/credit cards, two Florida IDs, three food stamp cards, nine gift cards, and a piece of paper with five different names, license numbers and social security numbers written on it. Five of the nine gift cards had been re-encoded with stolen debit/credit card numbers, troopers said. The second wallet revealed another re-encoded gift card and two debit cards with different identities. Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS Man steals credit card, spends $1,400 in Lee County stores May 21, 2021 AdvertisementTags: fraudStolen Credit Cardstolen Identity 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 comments DEO trying to combat scammers running unemployment scheme May 19, 2021 Police officer fired after faking report to get out of a meeting May 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 commentslast_img read more

  • Historic meeting aims at consensus on human rights

    first_img Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Special Envoy for North Korean Human RightsIssues Robert R. King said, “I don’t see the glass as empty or full with regardto China and human rights. We’re pressing China on this front and will continueto do so. The Chinese have a mixed record on repatriation. First they prettymuch repatriated all the refugees they could capture. However, recently 13workers at a North Korean restaurant in China defected without incident.” Hesuggested that this reflects Beijing’s frustrations with North Korea, as wellas the importance of their relationship with South Korea.  When asked about what specific progress hewould like to see on the human rights front with regard to China, AmbassadorLee said, “The most immediate problem is the defectors. China does not abide byUN principle of non-refoulement. China does not recognize them as refugees.They round them up and repatriate them knowing full well that they’ll bepersecuted. Over 70% of defectors are women, and many suffer sexual assault.The fact that this is happening right underneath our eyes is unacceptable. Thefirst thing China should do is to stop repatriating the defectors.”  Minister in Charge of the Abduction IssueKatsunobu Kato was the person who initially proposed the idea for theconference. This might seem unlikely, given that Tokyo’s interests in NorthKorean human rights typically focus on the abductions issue and are looked uponas more narrow that Seoul or Washington’s. But Minister Kato presented acompelling case for the importance of unifying the approach, utilizing theprinciples of “dialogue and pressure,” and “action for action.”  Minister Kato said, “Without the resolutionof the abduction issue, which is as important for nuclear and missile issuesfor Japan, there can be no normalization of relations.” Until such time as North Korea engages in good faith measures to settle the issue, he explained, Japan will neitherprovide humanitarian aid nor lift sanctions against the former. According to the COI, while a mere five of the17 official abductees have been returned home, 886 potential kidnapping casesremain open.Following a pair of Summits in 2002 and 2014,Pyongyang prevaricated and dodged obligations, causing resentment in Tokyo.Some of the abductees have been gone for over 40 years. “Time is running out,”Minister Kato said. “The problem is that by continually defaulting oncommitments, North Korea has created conditions in which Japan has no choicebut to ratchet up their demands, including extradition of guilty parties of abductioncrimes to Japanese authorities.”Sensing the problematic nature of thiscycle, Dr. Green said, “North Korea has been far from forthcoming concerningthe abductees. Is the diplomacy on hold? What are the circumstances under whichthey might be resumed?”In his optimistic yet firm response, Minister Katosaid, “As we use pressure, we need to use dialogue as well to show them thatnegotiation and commitment to past resolutions will help improve theirstanding.”   Dr. Green then shifted the focus further afield–namely South Korea and the U.S, both of which he noted have elections on the horizon–asking the panel members, “What is your sense of thecontinuity of human rights policy in terms of the next administration?” Ambassador Lee responded,“I hope it doesn’t dissolve into a debate between engagement vs.accountability. Constructive engagement won’t be easy. Why? For North Korea,nuclear weapons and human rights violations go hand in hand. Both are used forregime survival. Nuclear weapons are used for external pressure, and humanrights violations are needed for internal repression. How can you convince themto move against their self-interest?”To the same question, Special Envoy Kingsaid, “On the human rights issue, there is a growing consensus that we need tocontinue to press. In the U.S., despite deadlock on budgets and Supreme Courtjustices, sanctions against North Korea passed the Senate unanimously and onlytwo votes in the House against it. South Korea adopted the Human Rights Law,which reflects growing consensus and unity there as well.”  Special Envoy King stressed the unity ofthe allies, saying “The three of us share the same values and ideals in termsof commitment to rule of law and the importance of human rights.” Concerning the abductions, Special Envoy King added, “This is not just a Japanese issue. It’spart of the larger spectrum of North Korea’s human rights violations.”  In terms of the international effort todraw attention to the violations occurring in North Korea, Special Envoy Kingsaid, “Pyongyang is feeling the pressure in terms of human rights, thanks to theCOI. North Korea came back very aggressively trying to defend their record. TheForeign Minister made an appearance at the UN assembly session for first timein 14 years. He persuaded their allies to oppose the COI resolution – countrieslike Belarus and Zimbabwe. In the end, they didn’t defend North Korea. Theysaid an individual country shouldn’t be singled out. So North Korea didn’tbother contesting the resolution. This reflects the fact that NK is feeling thepressure.”  Grace Jo is one of 180 defectors who havecome to America thanks to the US North Korean Human Rights Act and is now VicePresident of the support group NKinUSA. When her siblings died of hunger, sheescaped North Korea with her mother. But after gaining entry into China, shewas caught and repatriated over and over again. After five trips, she finallymanaged to get out of China.Ms. Jo began her speech by quoting US civilrights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Human progress is neitherautomatic nor inevitable…Every step toward the goal of justice requiressacrifice, suffering, and struggle–the tireless exertions and passionateconcern of dedicated individuals.”When asked about the meaning ofinternational efforts to help improve the human rights situation in NorthKorea, Ms. Jo told a story from 2002: “My cousin told me to put a bucket underthe faucet and fill it up. The water came out very slowly, one drop at a time.The villagers said that all water would stop soon. We would need to use whatwas in that bucket for three days. Every drop was precious. Efforts on humanrights are like those drops of water. They seem insignificant at first. But thedrops will eventually form a wave and produce big changes. Single drops ofwater, collected over time, have the power to pierce through stone.”She followed with a humble expression of gratitude.stating, “I want to thank the UN and the US for treating me like a human.” Ms. Jo then pointed to areas that need attention in the road ahead, noting, “Radiobroadcasts and USBs have a big effect on North Korea. That’s a very importantmethod–to reach out to the people individually to change their minds.”    SHARE From left to right: Special Envoy Robert King, Ambassador Lee, Minister Kato, Dr. Green, Vice Secretary General Koichiro Iizuka, Vice President NKinUSA Grace Jo. Image: Daily NK RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Historic meeting aims at consensus on human rights In a historic first, North Korean humanrights ambassadors from Japan, the U.S., and South Korea gathered to discussthe importance and challenges of harmonizing a regional approach to the humanrights problem. In the past, North Korea has been adept at playing the alliesoff one another in order to draw in as much aid as possible without makingimprovements on human rights. The conference, titled “Taking a StandTogether for Human Rights in North Korea,” was held on May 2 at theCenter for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C.Heavy emphasis was paid to the importanceand difficulties of regional cooperation in the modern political climate. Whatpractical steps can be taken in order to develop consensus for a unifiedapproach without sacrificing traction in strategic terms, watering downimportant measures, or marginalizing the interests of sub-groups?CSIS Korea Chair and Georgetown ProfessorDr. Victor Cha opened the event by admitting that international interest hasmainly focused on the nuclear/security issue and there has been disconnectbetween the human rights agendas of Washington, Seoul, and Tokyo. However, heargued that the UN’s Commission of Inquiry on human rights abuses in NorthKorea in 2013 has helped to create a groundswell of interest capable ofproducing results. He concluded by saying, “What we’re seeing today is unityamong the three countries as allies, not just in terms of the security issues,but also in terms of human rights.”  CSIS Japan Chair and Georgetown ProfessorDr. Michael Green agreed that grand strategy is too often painted as adispassionate endeavor that avoids human rights dialogues. The human rightsissue was once seen as an obstacle to diplomacy – for years, Seoul andWashington did not acknowledge North Korea’s abduction of Japanese citizens–but that sentiment has largely dissipated. Now, progress on human rightsefforts and strategic issues are viewed as complementary, he said.Ambassador for Human Rights of the Republicof Korea Lee Jung Hoon delivered a forceful and eloquent appeal to make seriousprogress. “The debate is over,” he said. “It’s time for enforcement andaccountability.” As liberal democracies, the U.S., South Korea, and Japanshould be at the forefront of defending human rights. North Korea is a litmustest for the strength of these values and our conviction to uphold them, he asserted.Ambassador Lee applauded the COI and therecent batch of U.N. sanctions (UNSCR 2270), but argued that the COI’srecommendations have not been followed up with enough urgency. The Kim regimecontinues to judge that the benefits of using human rights violations tomaintain control outweigh the costs. “We need pressure to clearly signal thatthis is unacceptable. We have to draw the line. There has to be change. Are wedoing enough? I don’t think we are,” the ambassador pointed out.A global campaign reminiscent of the globalanti-apartheid movement is needed to move the needle, Ambassador Lee stated.Instead of causing provocation, he insisted that human rights should be treatedas an effective tool for decreasing the security threat, because it providesleverage and opportunities for de-escalation.Ambassador Lee suggested some practicalmeasures to increase the pressure on North Korea to improve its human right’srecord. The threat of criminal prosecution in the ICC is a powerful weaponagainst Pyongyang; however, the Rome Statute limits the ICC’s jurisdiction. Tosurmount this jurisdiction problem, Ambassador Lee laid out the followingsolution: The regime runs a labor network of50,000-100,000 workers in 40 ICC countries. The forced labor issue can bereferred as an investigation to ICC prosecutors. China and Russia hold vetopower, making prosecutions difficult for human rights violators inside NorthKorea. Moscow and Beijing did go along with referrals in Darfur and Libya tothe ICC – giving hope that they might do so again under certain circumstances. The results of the Libya intervention, however, might have left a sourtaste in Beijing’s mouth. Regardless, China holds the key that can move theneedle.“Instead of complaining about Chinese inaction,” Ambassador Lee said, “weshould find ways to compel China to do otherwise.” By Daily NK – 2016.05.10 2:40pm There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Facebook Twitter News News News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Ambassador Lee at the podium. Image: Daily NK News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

  • Finance Minister, Audley Shaw – Special Guest on Jamaica House Live Tomorrow Night

    first_imgRelatedFinance Minister, Audley Shaw – Special Guest on Jamaica House Live Tomorrow Night RelatedFinance Minister, Audley Shaw – Special Guest on Jamaica House Live Tomorrow Night FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Finance Minister, Audley Shaw, will be the special guest on “Jamaica House Live”, the monthly call in radio programme hosted by Prime Minister Bruce Golding, when it returns to the airwaves tomorrow night (Wednesday Jan. 28).The programme will run from 8:30 – 10:00 p.m. and Jamaicans at home and abroad will have the opportunity to call in to speak with the Prime Minister. Minister Shaw will address issues or concerns that relate to the country’s economy.Listeners can tune in to Jamaica House Live through Nationwide Radio Digital AM, RJR 94 FM, Kool 97 FM, Irie FM, Bess 100 FM, Love 101, Hot 102, Power 106 FM, KLAS FM and Roots FM. They can also call 960-7739, 960-9853, 926-7527, 968-2019, local toll free 1 888-991-7785 and toll free from U.S.A. and Canada 1-888-527-6121 or email: [email protected] Finance Minister, Audley Shaw – Special Guest on Jamaica House Live Tomorrow Night Finance & Public ServiceJanuary 28, 2009center_img RelatedFinance Minister, Audley Shaw – Special Guest on Jamaica House Live Tomorrow Night Advertisementslast_img read more

  • CU-Boulder moves ahead on creating new colleges focusing on media, communication and information; the environment and sustainability

    first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Categories:AcademicsBusiness & EntrepreneurshipScience & TechnologyEnvironmentArts & HumanitiesSpaceCampus CommunityNews Headlines “These proposed new colleges will create exciting synergies among related disciplines,” said University of Colorado Boulder Provost Russell L. Moore. “They will build on CU-Boulder’s programmatic strengths and excellence, attract new high-quality students and faculty, and facilitate scholarship and teaching that will prepare students for careers in a wide range of exciting fields.” Published: May 1, 2013 University of Colorado Boulder Provost Russell L. Moore today announced the campus will be taking the first steps needed to formally propose the creation of the first new colleges on the campus in 50 years: a college focused on media, communication and information, and a college designed around CU-Boulder’s strengths in the environment and sustainability.  Both would require the approval of the Board of Regents.“These proposed new colleges will create exciting synergies among related disciplines,” said Moore. “They will build on CU-Boulder’s programmatic strengths and excellence, attract new high-quality students and faculty, and facilitate scholarship and teaching that will prepare students for careers in a wide range of exciting fields.”Moore said the college or school devoted to media, communication and information would house programs in journalism, advertising and design, communication, film production and film studies, media studies and a new department in information studies.“If approved by the Board of Regents, this college will create exciting opportunities for our students and will bring together a dynamic and creative faculty in these disciplines,” said Moore. “From this college, we will create working journalists, editors and media professionals, communication scholars, media experts, advertisers and media designers, filmmakers and film theorists, and experts in the emerging field of information architecture and design. The possibilities are truly exciting.”A college of the environment and sustainability, Moore said, if approved, will “bring together some of the finest researchers and teachers on the campus” in disciplines and programs that include environmental science, environmental policy and environmental design while “drawing upon assets from some of the campus’s most dynamic institutes,” including the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) and the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI). “This will bring together in one college a concentration of faculty who represent some of CU-Boulder’s mostly highly ranked, and highly successful, research in environmental sciences,” said Moore. “The graduates of the college we envision will be highly sought after in fields ranging from design of the built environment to alternative energy development to the formation of environmental and energy policy.”In both cases, said Moore, the move to create the colleges is supported by three years of work, by recommendations from internal and external committees who reviewed existing programs and structures on the campus, and above all, “by the clear economic, workplace and research demands of the world around us.”“This isn’t adding to an ivory tower – it’s breaking apart the ivory tower and investing in a bright and very real future for our students and our faculty,” said Moore. “This will challenge us to rethink how we teach, how we organize ourselves as a research and scholarly community, how we generate and use resources, and how we deliver graduates into the job market or into realms of further scholarship.”Moore said the next step in this process is to form implementation committees to create blueprints for forging the colleges, examining such issues as funding and fundraising, administration, curriculum development and how to integrate the work of the institutes with the role and mission of the new colleges. The goal is to submit proposals to form the colleges to the CU Board of Regents within the next 12 months, and to form the new colleges and begin enrolling students by 2015.Moore also thanked a host of individuals who drove the internal and external processes to help envision the colleges, including “Merrill Lessley, who chaired the ICMT Exploratory Committee, Andrew Calabrese who chaired the Information Communication Journalism Media and Technology Steering Committee, Helmut Muller-Sievers and Bob Craig who organized conversations in the social sciences and the humanities and arts around these issues last summer, Michele Jackson who conducted an online discussion group, and Sharon Collinge who chaired the Environmental Studies Visioning Committee.”CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip DiStefano lauded the work of the committees.“Forming new academic entities is no small task,” said DiStefano. “From the volunteer committee members who gave their time, to our faculty who gave their time and input into those committees, we have seen the best of what CU-Boulder is about: passion, vision, energy and ingenuity. We are confident our new colleges and schools will embody these same values.”Contact: Bronson Hilliard, CU-Boulder spokesperson, 303-735-6183last_img read more

  • Planning ahead for increased commencement traffic, parking congestion

    first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 25, 2019 Categories:Deadlines & AnnouncementsCampus Communitycenter_img On Thursday, May 9, the university will honor the class of 2019 during the spring commencement ceremony, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Folsom Field.Multiple department recognition ceremonies will follow on May 9, 10 and 11 at Macky Auditorium, the CU Events Center, Business Field, University Memorial Center, Recreation Center and numerous additional locations around campus. As always, it is sure to be a day filled with excitement and appreciation as the campus community celebrates graduates and their families.With all the activity and influx of visitors during a busy week, there will be traffic and parking impacts along Boulder roadways, on campus and in parking areas.Resources See Parking & Transportation’s commencement guide View the campus-commencement map View the CU spring commencement parking map (PDF)To help reduce these impacts, the campus encourages employees who have the ability to do so to explore transportation alternatives or other work options (in coordination with supervisors).Some options to consider may be:Alternative transportation: Includes walking and biking, or riding the bus to campus. If there is no bus route near you, your EcoPass allows you to drive to a Park-n-Ride, where you can ride to/from campus by bus. For help in planning your bus commute, review RTD’s trip planner and Park-n-Ride pages. Note that road congestion and the closure of Colorado Ave. west of Regent and 18th Street south to Euclid will create bus reroutes that may impact the Marine Street Express and routes 209, 209G and J. CU Boulder campus passengers will be accommodated at the 18th and Euclid Stop.Carpool with others: Plan now to ride-share with other employees who live near you.Remote opportunities: Employees who are not participating in commencement activities and whose work is conducive to telecommuting should immediately speak with their supervisor to make arrangements.Use accrued leave. Employees who want to use leave should plan this option with their supervisors.Arrive prior to 7 a.m. If you arrive after this time please know that parents, students and guests will be placed in main campus parking lots and there may not be parking spaces available for permit holders.Get a courtesy shuttle lift, with service in 15-minute intervals between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.:Regent Shuttle: Lot 436/Regent Parking Garage, the Buffalo Walk, Technology Learning Center, Center for Community/Regent Hall and CU Events CenterDiscovery Express: SEEC building, Space Science, Biotech, Buffalo WalkPermit holders will receive email notifications in early May from Parking Services if there are parking impacts specific to their lot for commencement day activities.last_img read more