RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter News NewsEconomy North Korea has emphasized its significant growth inagricultural output thanks to the bunjo [cooperative farm productionunit] system, but the workers from these farms have yet to receive theiryear-end distribution, Daily NK has learned.“It’s because the managing committee of the cooperativefarms have been handing in portions that should be distributed to farmers tothe military,” a source based in North Hamkyung Province told the Daily NK onMonday.Year-end distribution usually takes place on each farm afterharvesting and threshing of the crops has been completed. After excludingproduction, maintenance, operation costs, and rice for the military from thefarm’s output, any surplus is distributed among the farm workers.However, due to measures that require farms to guaranteerice for the military as their top priority, the distribution that should havecome to a close in December is still underway. This exacerbates an alreadysubpar harvest and faulty policies that have seen farmers receive less thantheir fare share this harvest. “Because of the drought last year, corn and overallproduction don’t even come to half of the harvest for 2013,”the source explained. “Military rice procurement that should have beenfinalized by the end of November has yet to come to an end.”Because of this, roughly a dozen soldiers congregate aroundcooperative farms every day to receive rice donations and place more pressureon farmers to step up production.“These soldiers have even forced the leader of bunjo units to goaround people’s homes, either threatening them to give up hidden grains orsearch their residence,” he explained as reason behind why some farmers havelost their stocks.Cooperative farms receive guidelines from the State PlanningCommission and Ministry of Agriculture outlining the amount of military riceallotted to them. In turn, the farms must guarantee this supply, prioritizingit above all else. Each year an estimated 70 percent of total production isdonated as military rice or state rice, according to the source.“Some of the farms have been worried about makingpreparations for production, thinking it may cause disruptions if all the riceis donated to the military, so they sometimes ask workers to hide crops intheir homes,” he said. “This is why it’s not uncommon to see conflicts betweensoldiers and farmers.”Beleaguered with anxiety, many have commented on theseeming futility of their labor, pointing out that “there’s no use in workinghard all year round since it’s the same as being forced into labor for free.”Others have expressed their concerns about losing corn that they grew in smallvegetable gardens before getting to eat any of it. Farmers Yet to Receive Year-End Distribution North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) SHARE By Choi Song Min – 2015.01.27 9:21pm Choi Song Min News US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again News Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders
Golden moment for Eduard Folayang. Photo from ONE ChampionshipSINGAPORE—Eduard Folayang dropped to his knees then sprung back to his feet. He raised his hands in the air then was mobbed as he made his victory lap in the cage.For years, Folayang had been patiently for his time and he finally had his moment Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT We are young Hot Blue Eagles Folayang was ready from the get-go. He was taken down several times in the first two rounds and managed to get back up on his feet, already an achievement by itself considering Aoki’s mastery of the ground.READ: Fighters face off ahead of stacked ONE fight card in SingaporeFolayang’s golden moment #ONEFightNight pic.twitter.com/nLPNE10gaM— Mark Giongco (@MarkGiongcoINQ) November 11, 2016But as the fight went on, Folayang’s confidence grew. He flashed a huge grin in the middle of the second round then landed definitive blows to the body in an array of punches and kicks.So much have been said about Aoki’s ground game and how Folayang wouldn’t last long on his back.But it turned out to be the other way around. Folayang’s striking power was too much.READ: Folayang eyes ‘legend’ status vs AokiGold and silver confetti filled the air and finally—after a long and painful wait—Folayang had a gold belt shining around his waist. EDITORS’ PICK Folayang not only won his first world title by seizing the ONE lightweight belt, he did it in the most spectacular way after turning who had been deemed an indestructible legend in Shinya Aoki to a mere mortal.“I’m overwhelmed and really happy. I can’t explain it but I just looked up and said, ‘God really fulfills promises,’” an overjoyed Folayang, who was still in disbelief, said in Filipino. “Sometimes we rush but there are going to be upsets in life and we can’t turn our backs once we’re in those situations, so I learned my lesson in a different way [and it’s] a good story.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“Shinya is a vey strong ground fighter. I just really prepared well for this fight.”It was a crushing knee that made a snapping sound as it hit Aoki straight in the face that started the end for the fearsome Japanese star. Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus READ: ONE: Folayang primed for ‘make or break’ fight vs AokiThe conclusion came just 41 seconds into the third round with Folayang hammering Aoki with everything he’s got, leaving his opponent stunned and pressed against the cage.“I already saw he’s very open to get caught with that knee,” Folayang recalled. It took Folayang five years to get a title shot and everyone around him—from his coach to stablemates—knew he wasn’t going to pass up a chance to come home a world champion.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
“It’s going to be very difficult to survive this if you’re in the Keys,” Gov. Rick Scott said Saturday morning during an interview with The Weather Channel. “I’m begging you to get out.” This image from FlightRadar24 shows, all Florida Airports are closed with no air traffic moving in or out of the state. All Florida Airports are now closed as they await the arrival of destructive Hurricane Irma. With Miami, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale being the 12th, 13th and 21st largest airports in the U.S. respectively, delays and cancellations are expected as a flow on effect for days after the airports re open.Eerie scenes as flights are diverted around Hurricane Irma and Florida airports remain closed.The duration of any shutdown remains uncertain. American Airlines said ‘any timeline for resumption of flights will be governed by not only airport conditions, but also the ability of airport and airline staff to get to work’.Hurricane Irma has already flattened St Maarten’s Princes Juliana airport so the airports and airlines in Florida will take every precaution necessary to minimise damage and ensure everyone’s safety.Before the Florida Airports Closed, airlines put on extra flights to help evacuate people. The airlines also wanted their aircraft out of the state to avoid the billions of dollars of damage that would likely be caused if fleet were left on the ground. As this image from FlightRadar24 shows, airspace around Florida was, until Saturday, a hive of activity.Before the Florida Airports closed, airlines put on extra flights to help evacuate people. This image shows the mass influx and out flux of aircraft before the closures.More than 75,000 people statewide have sought refuge atat over 400 shelters, mostly schools, community centres and churches. Many tourists who were unable to get out of Florida have also been forced to seek shelter as the hotels are at capacity.Already some 30,000 of 2 million Florida Power and Light (FPL) customers were without power the utility company said on its website. This map from FPL shows how widespread the outage is.Power cuts are already widespread. The areas in Grey represent where there is currently no power, As precious preparation time ticked away and Irma inched closer to Florida, officials and meteorologists couldn’t be any clearer: get out of the Keys and other vulnerable areas, or risk being killed by the monster storm.
(AP) – Last year’s criminal case involving Missouri’s former governor is under the scrutiny of a second special prosecutor, this time to investigate allegations from St. Louis’ prosecutor.A judge on Tuesday appointed retired Judge Michael Bradley of Columbia to investigate allegations filed against Republican Eric Greitens’ attorneys by Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner. She alleges that Greitens’ attorneys threatened to “ruin” her if she didn’t back off the investigation of Greitens.Gardner charged Greitens with invasion of privacy in February 2018 for allegedly taking a compromising and unauthorized photo of a woman during an extramarital affair. The charge was later dropped but Greitens resigned in June 2018.Last month, a separate special prosecutor appointed over concerns from Greitens’ attorneys indicted an investigator hired by Gardner, William Tisaby, for perjury. That investigation continues.
Delhi Commission for Women chief Barkha Shukla Singh on Saturday dubbed the alleged sexual harassment case filed against a professor of Delhi University’s prestigious St Stephen’s College as “shameful” and called for a probe into the matter.”It is such a prestigious college and it is shameful if anything like this has happened. The matter should be investigated and the guilty should face action,” Singh said. “The cutoffs are so high for the college… the alumni are working on important positions across the country. The matter concerns the college’s reputation and should be investigated,” she added.FIR lodgedA PhD student on Friday lodged an FIR against an assistant professor she was working under the guidance of, in the Chemistry department. She has also complained that the college principal, Valson Thampu tried to hush up the matter and shield the accused.Though Thampu confirmed the fact that the victim had raised the matter with him, he denied allegations of trying to protect Kumar. He said the student had willingly insisted in writing that the issue not be treated as one of sexual harassment to ensure that her PhD is completed on time.The FIR has been registered under section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and other relevant sections of the IPC against St Stephen’s professor Satish Kumar in connection with the complaint.The complaint by the doctorate student had allegedly been pending with the college’s sexual harassment complaints committee for over a year now.advertisementThe victim alleged that the college principal had criminally intimidated her to give a written application to him expressing her consent to close the matter. This was in order to not cause any delay or problems in completion of her PhD. However, Thampu has not been named in the FIR.The college also issued a statement saying: Such a complaint was duly and promptly forwarded by the Principal to the Internal Complaints Committee and an inquiry, following proper procedure, is underway and nearing completion. It is reiterated that St Stephen’s is uncompromisingly committed to the safety and dignity of women on the campus and that no effort will be spared to ensure that justice is done.Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) also condemned the incident and demanded that the accused be suspended till the inquiry is completed. He is also the Bursar of the college, which is an important position in the college administration.”He was not asked to step down while investigation was on and it further led to harassment of the victim”, DUTA president Nandita Narain, who is also a professor at St Stephen’s, said.A group of St Stephen’s alumni has demanded the varsity administration to step in and ensure justice in the matter. “We demand Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh to initiate an inquiry in the case immediately,” Old Stephanians Association, which is not recognised by the college, said in a statement.The association, which has raised several allegations against Thampu in the past, also reiterated its demand of his removal from the office.”Thampu’s tenure as principal is replete with instances of illegalities and misdemeanours. We demand him to immediately step down as principal, failing which the Supreme Council should sack him,” it added.
Vanity Fair and Barneys New York hosted a private dinner at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood on Wednesday to honor “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle along with the cast of the film.Emma Stone Attends Vanity Fair EventThe evening benefited the American Civil Liberties Union.Vanity Fair Editor-In-Chief Graydon Carter, Vanity Fair Executive West Coast Editor Krista Smith, “La La Land” Director Damien Chazelle and cast Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt and additional special guests.
CALGARY – Crescent Point Energy Corp. says it plans to reduce its workforce by 17 per cent, sell some infrastructure assets and reduce its debt by more than $1 billion by the end of 2019.The Calgary-based company says the workforce reduction will lower expenses by more than $50 million annually, but it didn’t say how many people would be affected.According to a regulatory filing, it had 1,085 permanent employees at the end of December, including 462 at its head office.Crescent Point also confirmed Craig Bryksa is the new president and chief executive. He replaced long-time CEO Scott Saxberg on an interim basis in May.Bryksa says Crescent Point will become a more focused and efficient company with the restructuring.The company will focus on its Viewfield, Shaunavon and Flat Lake resource plays and to continue advancing emerging and early-stage plays in the Uinta Basin and East Shale Duvernay areas.It’s also reviewing the sale of some infrastructure assets.
The legislation overhauls Canada’s assessment of major national project proposals for their environmental, economic, health and social impacts.The Senate now has to decide whether to pass the bill without all of its proposed amendments or kill it off entirely, leaving it to the next Parliament to fix the environmental assessment process.That vote is expected later this week; on Tuesday, the federal cabinet will decide whether the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will be approved for a second time. OTTAWA, O.N. – A coalition of oil and gas industry groups, chambers of commerce and manufacturers associations say there is no room to fix the government’s environmental assessment legislation.The Save Canadian Jobs coalition is changing their slogan from “Fix Bill C-69” to “Stop Bill C-69” after the government rejected most of the changes proposed last week by the Senate.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said she would accept 99 Senate amendments but rejected those which she says would have made it optional to take into account the impact of projects on Indigenous rights and climate change.
Hyderabad: Claiming there is no ‘Modi wave’ in this Lok Sabha polls like in 2014, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi Thursday said a ‘non-BJP, non-Congress’ front is likely to form the government at the Centre with a regional leader emerging as a prime minister. Owaisi, a three-time MP from the Hyderabad parliamentary constituency, also said the upcoming Lok Sabha polls will be an “open election” and there will be a fight for every single seat of the total 543 constituencies. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Unlike 2014, there is no Modi wave this time. It is an open election and there will be a fight on every seat, including Hyderabad,” he told PTI in an interview. Owaisi, who will be contesting from Hyderabad seat again this time, said his party All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) is definitely a part of the ‘non-BJP, non-Congress’ front led by Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) founder and chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao. This front would be necessary to represent India’s political diversity and there are many regional leaders who are much more capable than Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Owaisi added. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K He claimed that the BJP out of “desperation” is bringing national security narrative in the poll discourse to “hide its failures”, but people will not fall again on his ‘jumlas’ (false promises) and will vote responsibly. “There was surgical strike, then Balakote air strike and now anti-satellite missile test (Mission Shakti) — the poll narrative is changing everyday. All these are signs of desperation to win this election” Owaisi said. “Why it took five years for such a crucial test? Why he waited for election time. Was he waiting some auspicious moment? Was he was worried about losing space along with people and TV? Why did he choose this time just days before polls? he asked, adding that the PM is only doing “jumlebazi” to divert focus from unemployment, inflation and other issues. As the BJP’s defeat is inevitable, going forward, its poll discourse will therefore change everyday, he stated. “You will hear how PM’s poll narrative will change going forward. Modi will warm up in the first phase and the debate will heat up from the second phase till the festival of Ramadan. But people will not fall for his gimmicks,” he said. Asked about the ‘non-BJP, non-Congress’ front, the AIMIM chief said, “I am definitely a part of it and I am supporting the TRS on this issue.” He, however, did not share details how the ‘non-BJP, non-Congress’ front will take shape post polls nor did he disclosed probable prime ministerial candidate who can lead the front, even as he expressed confidence that the regional parties will play a decisive role in the national politics. Owaisi, referring to a report, said there is a direct fight between the BJP and the Congress in 100 out of the 543 Lok Sabha constituencies. But in over 320 seats, there is a triangular fight between the BJP, Congress and the regional parties. “Regional parties will play key role in national politics. We tried the 280-plus NDA government, we tried 210 government of UPA, What came out of it? I want India’s diversity should be represented. Wait for the results,” he said. The BJP will not gain much in the five southern states, which comprise 130 Lok Sabha constituencies, except for a few seats in Karnataka. The saffron party is likely to lose its lone seat in Secunderabad this time, Owaisi added. Asked about the TRS considered as a B-team of the BJP that could support the saffron party post polls, Owaisi said, “Not at all. This narrative is given by the Congress. It is completely wrong. They have allergy with regional parties.” Expressing concern over the lack of political representation to the Muslim community, he said, there was no single Muslim MP in 280 seats won by the BJP in 2014 general election as the saffron force wants to run democracy represented by only the majority communities. “If I talk against Modi that does not mean I am against majority communities. I believe a majoritarian form of democracy will not run in Hindustan. There is no place for this in India’s Constitution. I was never against majority communities. I am against BJP and RSS, I will continue to be,” he added. The Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat is a stronghold of the AIMIM and the party has won this seat in the last eight elections. The Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat has seven Assembly segments — Malakpet, Karwan, Goshamahal, Charminar, Chandrayangutta, Yakutpura and Bahadurpura. Out of the seven assembly segments, six are currently held by the AIMIM and one by the BJP.