[Video] North Koreans watch foreign films in makeshift media rooms News By Daily NK – 2016.10.28 12:53pm At a recent event held by ISFINK (International Solidarity for Freedom of Information in North Korea) Daily NK released a video of exclusive footage recorded by a source in North Korea showing how residents in the country access foreign media. The recordings show a conversation between a North Korean man and a woman bargaining over prices to rent a North Korean-style video room (modified section of a private home). While there have been reports in the past of foreign films being rented on CDs and USBs, this marks the first time that video rooms operating within the country have been documented.In the footage, the man and woman talk about watching videos. A man, who appears to be a client, requests a video rental and the woman (presumed to be the vendor) asks for 500 KPW. Considering that the price of 1 kg of rice is between 5000~5300 KPW in North Hamgyong Province, the rental fee is relatively inexpensive and therefore relatively accessible to poorer demographics.It has been reported that 5000 KPW (worth 1 kg of rice) can be easily earned if one has a private house to rent out for such activities. An increasing number of citizens are finding business of this nature attractive, as they can quickly make enough money to feed a family of four. Another interesting aspect is the appearance of a notetel (portable multimedia player) in the media room. In the video footage, two North Korean residents who appear to be a mother and her son are watching a foreign movie on the notetel. Although it seems somewhat uncomfortable as they are required to sit in close proximity to the device due to the size of the screen, they seem to be making the most of the occasion and are eating snacks while watching the movie.The average North Korean citizen is strictly prohibited from viewing foreign media. To do so, they must avoid surveillance by the authorities and if caught, can expect to be sent to a re-education camp or receive other draconian forms of punishment. Daily NK’s source noted that in order to watch foreign movies in video rooms, people are required to show their identification cards. By examining such ID cards, the owners can distinguish law enforcement agents from ordinary people and determine whether it is safe to inform the client that there are foreign films on the premises.“The owners play a children’s movie instead if State Security Department or Ministry of People’s Security agents pay a visit, as they cannot be asked to leave,” the source explained.The video also features former Pyongyang resident Choi Seong Guk (currently a webtoon artist) who watched South Korean content through media devices including notetel while in North Korea. “When I first heard it, it gave me the chills from the head down. That’s how I felt. Outside information is not like any other information. It makes you ask questions about your life,” he said.The video also features a telephone conversation between a Daily NK reporter and a North Korean resident in South Pyongan Province, discussing South Korean radio broadcasts in the region. When asked, “How do you get outside news?” the source responds, “I usually listen to South Korean radio broadcasting. I believe almost everyone is doing the same.”Daily NK also recorded and released testimony detailing how a North Korean worker dispatched to a foreign country was able to acquire external information on the internet through his smartphone. According to his statement, which reflects separate information collated by Daily NK in its special coverage of North Korean laborers overseas, dispatched workers are known to be accessing South Korean radio broadcasts via smartphones, specifically seeking out news on North Korea from international sources. Although the North Korean authorities previously attempted to crack down on mobile phone usage due to their ability to access outside information, they are now implicitly permitting their usage.In the released video, the defector who was previously a dispatched worker says that for dispatched workers in foreign countries, every piece of information on our smartphones is new. It provides an opportunity to learn that South Korean society is not like what the regime’s propaganda tells them during the internal lectures.In the full interview with Daily NK, he added, “The more you listen to outside news, the more you become mistrustful. Now almost everyone knows what is true and what is false.” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter News News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHARE Daily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China
FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Health has commenced Phase Two of the vector control programme in order to further stem the flare-up in malaria cases in the island.Phase two involves field inspectors revisiting and re-treating the 16 confirmed breeding sites in sections the capital Kingston for the anopheles mosquito.Speaking to JIS News, Acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Sheila Campbell-Forrester said that the new phase started this week with the completion of the first stage, which involved the treatment of sites, among other activities, within the affected areas and also throughout all parishes.“Phase One has been fairly successful and we have been doing what we call human landing counts, which means that there are persons who go out at the time when mosquitoes will bite and we observe how many mosquitoes are landing on them, because that gives us an idea as to how effective our programme is,” she noted.“In the affected areas, we really have not been observing any landing of the anopheles mosquito,” Dr. Campbell-Forrester added.Elaborating on overall vector control operations, the Acting CMO said that it involved treatment and destruction of the affected areas, but also the fogging that knocks down the adult mosquitoes. “We are also trying to do weekly cycles in keeping with the lifecycle of the mosquitoes,” the Acting CMO informed.Dr. Campbell-Forrester also disclosed that the Health Ministry had asked Parish Health officials to identify the breeding sites and to also re-map them.“We realise that we will get additional breeding sites, because there are new areas where water will collect and we are also asking the parishes to treat those sites, destroy them and also fog in those high risk areas,” she said.Meanwhile, the CMO assured that the Ministry officials were in contact with beekeepers, who have expressed their concern about the vector control programme affecting their livelihood.“We have been in contact with them as they were very pro-active in writing to us. We have been giving them advice as to how to protect their bees and I think this is so important, especially when we have just heard that they have had a big order for honey,” she informed. Health Ministry Begins Phase 2 of Vector Control Programme UncategorizedDecember 15, 2006 RelatedHealth Ministry Begins Phase 2 of Vector Control Programme RelatedHealth Ministry Begins Phase 2 of Vector Control Programme RelatedHealth Ministry Begins Phase 2 of Vector Control Programme Advertisements
President Biden Sets 2030 Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Target Aimed The White HouseBuilding on Past U.S. Leadership, including Efforts by States, Cities, Tribes, and Territories, the New Target Aims at 50-52 Percent Reduction in U.S. Greenhouse Gas Pollution from 2005 Levels in 2030Today, President Biden will announce a new target for the United States to achieve a 50-52 percent reduction from 2005 levels in economy-wide net greenhouse gas pollution in 2030 – building on progress to-date and by positioning American workers and industry to tackle the climate crisis. The announcement – made during the Leaders Summit on Climate that President Biden is holding to challenge the world on increased ambition in combatting climate change – is part of the President’s focus on building back better in a way that will create millions of good-paying, union jobs, ensure economic competitiveness, advance environmental justice, and improve the health and security of communities across America.On Day One, President Biden fulfilled his promise to rejoin the Paris Agreement and set a course for the United States to tackle the climate crisis at home and abroad, reaching net zero emissions economy-wide by no later than 2050. As part of re-entering the Paris Agreement, he also launched a whole-of-government process, organized through his National Climate Task Force, to establish this new 2030 emissions target – known as the “nationally determined contribution” or “NDC,” a formal submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Today’s announcement is the product of this government-wide assessment of how to make the most of the opportunity combatting climate change presents.PUSHING PROGRESS, CREATING JOBS, AND ACHIEVING JUSTICEThe United States is not waiting, the costs of delay are too great, and our nation is resolved to act now. Climate change poses an existential threat, but responding to this threat offers an opportunity to support good-paying, union jobs, strengthen America’s working communities, protect public health, and advance environmental justice. Creating jobs and tackling climate change go hand in hand – empowering the U.S. to build more resilient infrastructure, expand access to clean air and drinking water, spur American technological innovations, and create good-paying, union jobs along the way.To develop the goal, the Administration analyzed how every sector of the economy can spur innovation, unleash new opportunities, drive competitiveness, and cut pollution. The target builds on leadership from mayors, county executives, governors, tribal leaders, businesses, faith groups, cultural institutions, health care organizations, investors, and communities who have worked together tirelessly to ensure sustained progress in reducing pollution in the United States.Building on and benefiting from that foundation, America’s 2030 target picks up the pace of emissions reductions in the United States, compared to historical levels, while supporting President Biden’s existing goals to create a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035 and net zero emissions economy by no later than 2050. There are multiple paths to reach these goals, and the U.S. federal, state, local, and tribal governments have many tools available to work with civil society and the private sector to mobilize investment to meet these goals while supporting a strong economy.SUPPORTING AMERICAN WORKERSThis target prioritizes American workers. Meeting the 2030 emissions target will create millions of good-paying, middle class, union jobs – line workers who will lay thousands of miles of transmission lines for a clean, modern, resilient grid; workers capping abandoned wells and reclaiming mines and stopping methane leaks; autoworkers building modern, efficient, electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure to support them; engineers and construction workers expanding carbon capture and green hydrogen to forge cleaner steel and cement; and farmers using cutting-edge tools to make American soil the next frontier of carbon innovation.The health of our communities, well-being of our workers, and competitiveness of our economy requires this quick and bold action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We must:Invest in infrastructure and innovation. America must lead the critical industries that produce and deploy the clean technologies that we can harness today – and the ones that we will improve and invent tomorrow.Fuel an economic recovery that creates jobs. We have the opportunity to fuel an equitable recovery, expand supply chains and bolster manufacturing, create millions of good-paying, union jobs, and build a more sustainable, resilient future.Breathe clean air and drink clean water and advance environmental justice. We can improve the health and well-being of our families and communities – especially those places too often left out and left behind.Make it in America. We can bolster our domestic supply chains and position the U.S. to ship American-made, clean energy products — like EV batteries – around the world.MEETING THE MOMENTThe target is consistent with the President’s goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2050 and of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as the science demands. To develop the target, the Administration:Used a whole-of-government approach: The NDC was developed by the National Climate Task Force using a whole-of-government approach, relying on a detailed bottom-up analysis that reviewed technology availability, current costs, and future cost reductions, as well as the role of enabling infrastructure. Standards, incentives, programs, and support for innovation were all weighed in the analysis. The National Climate Task Force is developing this into a national climate strategy to be issued later this year.Consulted important and diverse stakeholders: From unions that collectively bargain for millions of Americans who have built our country and work to keep it running to groups representing tens of millions of advocates and young Americans, the Administration listened to Americans across the country. This also included groups representing thousands of scientists; hundreds of governmental leaders like governors, mayors, and tribal leaders; hundreds of businesses; hundreds of schools and institutions of higher education; as well as with many specialized researchers focused on questions of pollution reduction.Explored multiple pathways across the economy: The target is grounded in analysis that explored multiple pathways for each economic sector of the economy that produces CO2 and non-CO2 greenhouse gases: electricity, transportation, buildings, industry, and lands. Each policy considered for reducing emissions is also an opportunity to support good jobs and improve equity:The United States has set a goal to reach 100 percent carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035, which can be achieved through multiple cost-effective pathways each resulting in meaningful emissions reductions in this decade. That means good-paying jobs deploying carbon pollution-free electricity generating resources, transmission, and energy storage and leveraging the carbon pollution-free energy potential of power plants retrofitted with carbon capture and existing nuclear, while ensuring those facilities meet robust and rigorous standards for worker, public, environmental safety and environmental justice.The United States can create good-paying jobs and cut emissions and energy costs for families by supporting efficiency upgrades and electrification in buildings through support for job-creating retrofit programs and sustainable affordable housing, wider use of heat pumps and induction stoves, and adoption of modern energy codes for new buildings. The United States will also invest in new technologies to reduce emissions associated with construction, including for high-performance electrified buildings.The United States can reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sector by reducing tailpipe emissions and boosting the efficiency of cars and trucks; providing funding for charging infrastructure; and spurring research, development, demonstration, and deployment efforts that drive forward very low carbon new-generation renewable fuels for applications like aviation, and other cutting-edge transportation technologies across modes. Investment in a wider array of transportation infrastructure, including transit, rail, and biking improvements, will make more choices available to travelers.The United States can reduce emissions from forests and agriculture and enhance carbon sinks through a range of programs and measures including nature-based solutions for ecosystems ranging from our forests and agricultural soils to our rivers and coasts. Ocean-based solutions can also contribute towards reducing U.S. emissions.The United States can address carbon pollution from industrial processes by supporting carbon capture as well as new sources of hydrogen-produced from renewable energy, nuclear energy, or waste-to power industrial facilities. The government can use its procurement power to support early markets for these very low- and zero-carbon industrial goods.The United States will also reduce non-CO2 greenhouse gases, including methane, hydrofluorocarbons and other potent short-lived climate pollutants. 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Read Article By EH News Bureau on February 11, 2019 MphRx announced that Columbia Asia Hospitals, a chain of 28 hospitals across India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam, has launched their patient engagement application suite, with patient-facing applications available on web, Android and Apple devices. Powered by MphRx’s FHIR based digital health platform – Minerva, the integrated patient engagement applications provide an aggregated view of patient’s health data across the network’s hospitals and enables online booking of health care services and physician appointments.Columbia Asia Hospitals had created a strategic direction to rollout an integrated patient engagement platform across its growing network of hospitals to provide its consumers with an improved digital health experience. The Minerva platform provides a unified and scalable infrastructure to expand their digital services with a seamless user experience across all digital touchpoints.“Minerva’s industry standards open platform approach enabled us to execute our digital patient engagement strategy,” says Deen Sulbigar Ali Ahamed, Group Head of IT, Columbia Asia Group of Hospitals. “Minerva is a unified platform that allows patients to book and manage appointments through any channel of their choice whether it’s website, mobile app or even by making a call to customer care. Patients can avoid hospital queues by registering online and paying for consultation and services through the app. Further, patients get notified when their reports are ready and they can easily view the lab results and download reports from anywhere. We are excited to roll out this solution, and look forward to giving our patients a simplified and seamless experience”.“We feel extremely proud and honoured to be chosen as the technology partner for Columbia Asia Hospitals in their digital transformation journey, providing health applications to improve patient engagement and drive clinical excellence,” quotes Mahesh Uberoi, President, and CEO of MphRx. “Columbia Asia is one of the largest network of hospitals in South East Asia and has been expanding its care network quite rapidly. This implementation was particularly complex with its multi-national requirements and we are proud to have deployed our product at this scale. It’s a one-of-a-kind deployment, where a health system has deployed a single digital platform across multiple countries that they operate in. With Minerva as the underlying platform, Columbia Asia Hospitals can easily scale up their IT infrastructure to support the broadening patient base and deliver a seamless user experience at the point of care across all its facilities.”The Minerva patient engagement suite allowed them to provide a single point of care solution on both web and mobile. The underlying Minerva platform, integrates clinical and non-clinical data across disparate health IT systems and facilities to provide a 360-degree view of patient data accessible instantly from anywhere and on any device. The applications allow patients to book and manage appointments, access all their lab results and radiology reports instantly, and get medication alerts and reminders.The Minerva customer care application provides marketing and helpdesk tools that enable the Columbia Asia customer care department to manage on-boarding of patients, book and manage appointments on the behalf of patients, and set up and manage appointment slots for all physicians.The physicians at Columbia Asia Hospitals, via the Minerva physician application will get instant access to aggregated medical records, order laboratory and radiology services for patients, add and edit progress notes, and view and edit discharge summaries of any in-patient episode.In a short span of nine months since the first Columbia Asia hospital went live on Minerva, hundreds of thousands of appointments have been booked through this platform. Governance Healthcare IT Infrastructure News Public Health Comments (0) Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Share Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Columbia Asia Hospitals launches its patient engagement suite Columbia Asia HospitalsMphRx’s Minervapatient engagement application suite Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Related Posts Add Comment
Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Telia targets cost cuts with new enterprise IoT play Telia reveals revamp to boost infrastructure assets Home Telia continues Eurasia sell-off with Turkcell stake cut Previous ArticleSprint undercuts AT&T with free iPhone 8 dealNext ArticleReliance Jio sees “astonishing” uptick in 4G speeds AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 19 SEP 2017 Related Tags Telia Company sold another seven per cent of its stake in Turkcell for TRY1.8 billion ($514 million), as the Sweden-based operator group continues the disposal of assets outside its core markets.The sale to institutional investors sees Telia divest the last of its directly held shares in the Turkish operator. It retains a further 24 per cent share through its stake in company Turkcell Holding.The size of its indirect investment still makes the company the largest single shareholder in the Turkish operator.Telia’s move fits with its strategy of asset disposal in its non-core markets – with a focus on exiting Eurasia.It sold seven per cent of Turkcell in May and completed the divestment of its 60 per cent share in the company that controls Tajikstan operator T-Cell in April. Rumours emerged in June it was mulling the reduction of its stake in Russian operator MegaFon as part of an ongoing review of its business.In the company’s latest financial statement – for the six months to the end of June – Telia said its remaining assets in Eurasia were “available for immediate sale”. It expects the last of its interests in the region to be offloaded by the end of 2017.Announcing the latest Turkcell stake sale, Telia CEO and president Johan Dennelind (pictured) said: “The sale of the remaining directly owned shares in Turkcell is in accordance with the strategy to focus on operations in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Telia Company will continue to be the largest shareholder in Turkcell and continues to work hard to find solutions to the ownership lock and to restore effective corporate governance.” Chris Donkin Telia claims positive start to strategy revamp Author TeliaTurkcell
Georgetown, ON – The second event in the central region of the 2010 Jump Canada Young Horse Series took place during the Halton Place Horse International II held June 2-6 in Milton, ON.Michelle Vandal and VDL Viper H dominated the Seven and Eight-Year-Old Division. The pair jumped double clear and had the fastest time in the jump-off to secure the win. Bred in Canada by Hogendoorn Sport Horses, VDL Viper H is an eight-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding by Corland and out of an Ahorn mare.Also jumping double clear, but not quite fast enough to catch the winners, was Kim Farlinger and Rivercross Winsome, owned by Rivercross Farm. Rivercross Winsome is a seven-year-old chestnut Oldenburg gelding by Flemmingh.Farlinger of Spencerville, ON, also placed third with a double clear performance riding her own seven-year-old bay Westphalian mare, Caprice van de Brouwershoeve, by Corofino II and out of a Gralserbe mare.In the Six-Year-Old Division, Frankie Chesler-Ortiz piloted Obelia, imported from Belgium in 2006, to double clear rounds to secure victory for owner Sarah Bellamy. A chestnut Belgian Warmblood mare, Obelia is by Obourg and out of Trappiste de Meia Lua by Fantastique.Placing second was Erynn Ballard on Sera, who also turned in a double clear performance. Owned and bred by Canada’s Braeburn Farms, Obelia is a chestnut Canadian Warmblood mare by Escudo and out of a Lacros mare.Michelle Vandal was also clear in the jump-off, but a slower time placed her third riding Futi’s Ray of Hope W. Owned and bred by Canada’s Augustin Walch of W. Charlot Farms in Stratford, ON, Futi’s Ray of Hope W is a chestnut Canadian Warmblood mare by Futurist and out of a Ritual mare.The Five-Year-Old Division was topped by Just for Fun 3E ridden by Roberto Teran. Bred and owned by KingRidge Stables of King City, ON, Just for Fun 3E is a black Canadian Sport Horse mare by Double Diamond and out of a Money Talks dam.Michelle Vandal guided Viva L’Amour W to a second place finish for owner and breeder, Augustin Walch. Viva L’Amour W is a bay Canadian Warmblood mare by Viva Voltaire and out of a mare by Esprit D’Amour.Jumping into third place were Miguel Elicagaray and Bob Suriwka’s ADC Chef Z, a bay Argentinean Warmblood gelding.The Four-Year-Old Division, all of the top six horses were bred in Canada. Michelle Vandal once again found herself in the winner’s circle, this time riding Futi’s Corino W for owner and breeder Augustin Walch. The pair jumped clear for the maximum 50 performance points, and was awarded 27 out of a possible 50 points by the style judges for a total of 77 points. Futi’s Corino W is a grey Canadian Warmblood gelding by Futurist and out of a Capitol II mare.Placing a close second was EWSZ’s Qualle, ridden by Stephanie Dubois-Emond and owned and bred by European Warmblood Stallion Zentrum. EWSZ’s Qualle had one rail down for a performance score of 45 points, and was awarded 29 points for style for a total of 74 points. Bred in Canada, EWSZ’s Qualle is a chestnut Rheinlander mare by Quebec and out of a Caretino mare.Claiming third place was Miro Frei riding EWSZ’s Quintess, another chestnut Rheinlander mare bred and owned by European Warmblood Stallion Zentrum. EWSZ’s Quintess had one rail down over the course to earn a performance score of 45 points, and was awarded 26 points by the style judge for a total of 71 points. EWSZ’s Quintess is by Quebec and out of a mare by Pajas.The purpose of the Jump Canada Young Horse Series is to encourage the development of young show jumping talent and to give Canadian breeders additional incentives to breed superior show jumping prospects. Competing on a level playing field, the horses are divided according to age and jump at a level suited to their development. This careful development allows the horses to gain valuable experience and advance to the higher levels of show jumping competition with confidence. The Jump Canada Young Horse Series also gives prospective buyers for the hunter and jumper markets an opportunity to view a large group of prospects in a competition setting.The 2010 Jump Canada Young Horse Series is truly national in scope with competitions being held from coast to coast. The *National Young Horse Finals *will take place at the Canadian Show Jumping Tournament held from September 22-26 in Palgrave, ON.For more information on the Jump Canada Young Horse Series, including rules and registration forms, please visit http://www.equinecanada.ca/jumpcanada/index.php?option=com_content&task=category&id=88&Itemid=3.Jump Canada Young Horse Series – Halton Place, ONSeven and Eight-Year-Old DivisionHorse/Owner/Rider1. VDL Viper H* Michelle Vandal Michelle Vandal 2. Rivercross Winsome* Rivercross Farm Kim Farlinger 3. Caprice v/d Brouwershoeve Kim Farlinger Kim Farlinger 4. Sly Bonaventure Farm Lauren Patava 5. Wupicor Warwick Double C Stables Ainsley Vince 6. Futi’s Calypso W* Augustin Walch Michelle Vandal Horse Sport Enews Six-Year-Old DivisionHorse/Owner/Rider1. Obelia* Sarah Bellamy Frankie Chesler-Ortiz 2. Sera* Braeburn Farms Erynn Ballard 3. Futi’s Ray of Hope W* Augustin Walch Michelle Vandal 4. Sioux de Ambar Z Bob Suriwka Claire Magee 5. Infinity 3E* KingRidge Stables Hugh Graham 6. Utopie des Hautes Ashford Farm Ainsley VinceFive-Year-Old DivisionHorse/Owner/Rider1. Just for Fun 3E* KingRidge Stables Roberto Teran 2. Viva L’Amour W* Augustin Walch Michelle Vandal 3. ADC Chef Z Bob Suriwka Miguel Elicagaray 4. EWSZ’s Jerevel* European Warmblood Stallion Miro Frei 5. Just for Fun 3E* KingRidge Stables Roberto Teran 6. Morrison Nancy Wetmore Erynn BallardFour-Year-Old DivisionHorse/Owner/Rider1. Futi’s Corino W* Augustin Walch Michelle Vandal 2. EWSZ’s Qualle* European Warmblood Stallion Stephanie Dubois-Emond 3. EWSZ’s Quintess* European Warmblood Stallion Miro Frei 4. EWSZ’s Le Salvan* European Warmblood Stallion Miro Frei 5. EWSZ’s La Soleil* European Warmblood Stallion Stephanie Dubois-Emond 6. Beam P* Susan Parker Natasha Smith-AveryNOTE – The star * beside a horse’s name denotes that it is Canadian-bred. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. 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More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. SIGN UP
On October 10th, prog-rock/jam outfit Umphrey’s McGee triumphantly wrapped their two-night drive-in run at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Atlanta, GA.The night’s outdoor performance was drenched by some dreary Atlanta rain, but that didn’t stop the band from delivering high-energy renditions of “There’s No Crying In Mexico”, “All In Time”, “Wife Soup”, “40s Theme”, “Phil’s Farm”, and more. To close the second set of the show, the band sent fans into the encore finale with a climactic, 10-minute performance of “Cemetery Walk II”. Thankfully for fans who couldn’t make it to the Atlanta drive-in show, Umphrey’s has now shared pro-shot footage of the performance in all its prog-rock glory.Pianist Joel Cummins led the way on keys and showcased his ivory-tickling abilities while guitarist Brendan Bayliss covered his eyes for a few moments. The rest of the band eventually joined in on the action as the instrumental built up momentum to sound more like an intense dubstep experience, Cummins continuing to deliver a fun mix of computer-like notation from his collection of keyboards and synths. All the while, lighting director Ben Factor put on quite the performance of his own with a chaotic array of colorful luminescence that filled the stage.Watch the pro-shot video from the October 10th performance below.Umphrey’s McGee – “Cemetery Walk II” – 10/10/20[Video: Umphrey’s McGee]Click here to revisit Umphrey’s performance of “Liberty Echo” as seen during Democracy Comes Alive on October 3rd.
Members of a federation of teachers on Tuesday trooped to the Lower House to urge lawmakers to “substantially increase” the budget of the Department of Education (DepEd) for 2021.ACT Secretary General Raymond Basilio(Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines is calling for a higher DepEd budget that would help ensure the school safety of students and education workers. ACT said that higher allocation for DepEd will also help “guarantee accessible quality education amid and despite the pandemic.”ACT argued that the proposed P606.5 billion allocation for the agency is “not responsive and resilient” to present and future crises. “Despite claims of pushing for a new normal, Duterte’s budget for education reflected more of the same insufficiency,” ACT Secretary General Raymond Basilio said.“Considering that the same state neglect we suffered for years mainly caused our inability to efficiently shift to remote learning and to safely and timely reopen schools this year, it’s appalling to see how little funds had been allocated to DepEd,” Basilio said. “Even more enraging is to find that the people’s money—instead of going to social services and aid—will be used to further infringe on our basic rights and endanger the lives of millions, and to line the pockets of the few,” he added.Basilio pointed out the absence of provision to ensure school safety and secure the health and welfare of learners and education workers. In particular, he noted that there “was no budget allotment for the establishment of functional clinics with enough equipment, while budget for sanitation facilities remained scant.”ACT is also calling on the Congress to re-channel “problematic allocations” and prioritize essential services such as education. In particular, the group is pushing a P16.9 billion funding to warrant a 1:1 nurse to school ratio; around P3.5 billion for every school district for the provision of least 1,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs); and an additional P9.7 billion for the minimum safety requirements such as alcohol, disposable masks, face shields, and foot baths.ACT said that education frontliners must also be subjected to regular testing. Citing Philhealth costing, Basilio noted that P7 billion can cover RT-PCR tests every 14 days for 10% of education workers. The group called on Congress to allocate at least P10 billion for a medical treatment fund for DepEd employees who may get infected with COVID-19.To fully implement the Basic Education -Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) of DepEd, ACT said that P27 billion is needed in order to provide laptops to every teacher, P15 billion to grant P1,500 internet allowance per month to all educators, and around P33.8 billion to provide gadgets to the most needy 5% of the 27.7 million estimated learners in basic education.“Likewise, bigger allotments should be given to the production of learning materials which will involve not only the printing of modules but also the procurement of textbooks that should be budgeted yearly and will continue to be a basic provision for the education agency,” Basilio ended. SIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP
Thai driving protégé Sandy Stuvik has decided, after discussion with his sponsors, to stay one more season at the Formula 3 level to gain additional experience before moving up to the highly competitive GP2 category. Stuvik will again race with the Italian RP Motorsport squad in the recently renamed Euroformula Open series, utilizing the Dallara Formula 3 chassis with Toyota supplied engines. The series specifications have been upgraded since last year with faster engines and better performing tires. The Thai racer was very competitive in the European Formula 3 Open series during last season and considering the huge learning curve that the formula 3 platform offers on the F1 circuits in Europe, Stuvik and his team considered this to be the best direction to prepare him for a successful transition to top level racing on his way to Formula 1.Stuvik was the winner of the Winter Cup Euro Formula Open race at the Paul Ricard Circuit in France on March 1, 2014.Stuvik said of his decision: “I am excited to race another season in F3, as this is a very competitive car which I now am starting to know well. This year the organizers have increased the engine power and we have faster tires, so overall in testing we have been 2-3 seconds faster than last season. During the official season warm up for the winter race at Paul Ricard at the beginning of March, I managed to set pole position, fastest lap and win the race, which is the best way to kick off the season. During March and April I have been testing at Catalunya, Spa, Nurbürgring, Hungaroring and Monza.” Besides the testing sessions around Europe, Stuvik devoted all available time to attending the Shape Driver development center in Italy, where mental and physical coaching at the highest athletic level is offered to F1 and F3 level drivers.“I feel really well prepared for the first round of the season and I appreciate all cheers from my Thai fan club,” Stuvik added.The Euroformula Open series starts this weekend May 3-4 at the Nurbürgring circuit in Germany.Sandy Stuvik tests out his new Dallara Formula 3 car in preparation for the new season.
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