The simple changes that could save the Lifetime Isa

The reality is that things happen in life that we can’t predict. We’ve seen situations at Moneybox where people want to take their money out early for all sorts of reasons.They may have met someone who already owns a home, chosen to invest in their education, or decided to move to another country – normal life events that are penalised under the current rules.The second quick fix would be to either remove the £450,000 house price cap, or link it to house price inflation. Friday 31 August 2018 10:30 am whatsapp The average first home in London is £420,000, which means the average Londoner risks becoming ineligible and potentially facing the withdrawal penalty with just a small rise in prices.If both changes were brought in now, I think uptake would fly and many of the seven million potential first time buyers in the UK would have a real helping hand in saving for their deposit.But what if the government were to combine the Lifetime Isa, self-invested pensions, and workplace pensions under one “Super Isa” umbrella? You could then add a first home purchase as an allowable withdrawal event.For those that take up the house buying option, swapping stock market exposure for housing market exposure is probably no bad thing over the long term. Alongside this could be a regular Isa used for easy-access shorter term goals.Whether it’s the small tweaks, or a more radical rethink, we’d love to see some changes included in the next budget. Reducing the penalty to 20 per cent would mean you only lose the bonus. Swapping stock market exposure for housing market exposure is probably no bad thing over the long term whatsapp Ben Stanway It’s never been harder for young people to get on the property ladder, and yet they’re not being given the tools or information they need.The Lifetime Isa was supposed to help, but ended up leaving a lot of people confused. While some are calling for it to be scrapped altogether, I think the Lifetime Isa has a future – and a stellar one at that. The simple changes that could save the Lifetime Isa Share With just a few small changes, this ugly duckling become the default option for most young savers.First, cutting the early withdrawal penalty from 25 per cent to 20 per cent would be the first easy fix, and would encourage more people to sign up.At the moment, potential customers – who are often in their twenties – are reluctant to commit to this new Isa. And from our experience, this penalty is one of the main reasons why.Say you put £1,000 into a Lifetime Isa, you’ll be entitled to the 25 per cent bonus, taking your savings up to £1,250.But if you want to take your money out early, you’ll be charged a 25 per cent penalty on the whole amount. So that’s 25 per cent of £1,250. That leaves you with £937.50 which is less than you put in to begin with. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likemoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTrading BlvdThis Picture of Prince Harry & Father at The Same Age Will Shock YouTrading BlvdHouse CoastPregnant Beggar Was Asking for Help, But Then One Woman Followed HerHouse CoastBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldHealthyGemBaby Has Never Eaten Sugar Or Carbs, Wait Till You See Her TodayHealthyGemBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDGive It LoveThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayGive It Love read more

Former Stobart boss reduces stake in company after being sacked in boardroom bust up

first_img Former Stobart Group chief executive Andrew Tinkler has reduced his stake in the company after being sacked over a boardroom bust up earlier this year. Tinkler, who was fired from the board after an unsuccessful attempt to topple chairman Iain Ferguson in July, has sold part of his 7.7 per cent stake in £800m infrastructure company.Read more: Stobart Group appoints female director in aftermath of boardroom disputeHis stake in the company, which has expressed a desire to dilute Tinkler’s shareholding as soon as possible, has now dropped to 6.93 per cent.The Southend Airport owner fired its former boss in July after Ferguson as chairman with 51.2 per cent of the vote, despite Tinkler putting forward The Edinburgh Woollen Mill owner Philip Day for the role.The pair then traded lawsuits with Tinkler, the logistics firm accusing its former boss of acting in his own self-interest to “line his own pockets”. Callum Keown whatsapp Former Stobart boss reduces stake in company after being sacked in boardroom bust up Sharecenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comRest Wow68 Hollywood Stars Who Look Unrecognizable NowRest WowWTFactsHe Used To Be Handsome In 81s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimWTFactsZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen Heraldzenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushOceandraw29 Brides Who Took Their Wedding Gown Way Too FarOceandraw Read more: Passenger numbers soar at Stobart-owned London Southend AirportStobart claimed Tinkler had breached his contract and fiduciary duty to shareholders – the case is due to be heard next month – and Tinkler claimed his dismissal was invalid. Tuesday 2 October 2018 7:12 pm whatsapp Tags: Trading Archivelast_img read more

Police evacuate Soho over suspected World War 2 bomb

first_img whatsapp The Met had earlier cordoned off a large section of London’s Soho, spanning Oxford Street, Charing Cross Road, Shaftesbury Avenue, Poland Street and Lexington Street. Monday 3 February 2020 5:45 pm Angharad Carrick Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorUndoRest Wow68 Hollywood Stars Who Look Unrecognizable NowRest WowUndoFactablePut Baking Soda Around The Base Of A Tomato Plant, Here’s WhyFactableUndoMoneyWise.com15 States Where Americans Don’t Want To Live AnymoreMoneyWise.comUndoAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Acura’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsUndoZen HeraldShe Inspired Three Of The Most Popular Songs EverZen HeraldUndoCrowdy FanCouple Who Waits 9 Years To Open Their Wedding Present Gets A Rude AwakeningCrowdy FanUndoMoneyPailOnce A Famous WWE Superstar, Now Working 9-5MoneyPailUndo Share Officers continue to work in Soho following the discovery of suspected World War II ordnance at a building site.Emergency services were called to the site, in Dean Street W1, at 13:42hrs on Monday, 3 February.Cordons were put in place and the item is being assessed.Initially, wider cordons were put in place covering much of Soho. We thank residents, local businesses and everyone else affected for their patience while we work to ensure public safety.We expect to soon reduce the size of the cordons significantly to affect only Dean Street and the immediate area. We will provide further information via @metpoliceuk as soon as possible. The Soho Hotel, the Soho Theatre and the Groucho Club were all evacuated, the BBC reports. Twitter users shared pictures of the police on the scene in Soho. Photo by Dave Scullion The Met said it had reduced its cordons to roads surrounding Dean Street and Wardour Street, with all other roads now open. center_img They were called to Dean Street after reports of an unexploded ordnance at 1.48pm today. The London Fire Brigade is also on the scene. More to follow. The cordon extends to encompass parts of Soho Square (Picture credit: Dave Scullion) Shaftesbury Avenue is one of the roads cordoned off by the Met (Picture credit: Dave Scullion) Show Comments ▼ Main image credit: Dave Scullion Police evacuate Soho over suspected World War 2 bomb whatsapp The Metropolitan Police have evacuated an area in Soho as they assess whether an old World War 2 bomb has been uncovered. The Met said: last_img read more

21-year-old faces felony burglary charge after allegedly trying to break into residence

first_imgCrime & Courts | Juneau21-year-old faces felony burglary charge after allegedly trying to break into residenceSeptember 10, 2016 by Tripp J Crouse, KTOO Share:One man is being held without bail after officers responded to a reported break-in attempt at a Juneau residence early Saturday morning.Demetrius Campos, 21, was arrested on one class B felony charge of first-degree burglary, and two misdemeanor charges: one count fourth-degree assault and one count of fifth-degree criminal mischief.Juneau Police Department received a report at about 2:48 a.m. that  one or two people were attempting to break into a residence in the 2500 block of Teslin St., according to a news release.The release stated that residents reported Campos tried to climb through a bedroom window and that he threatened the residents. A resident, armed with a rifle, reportedly struck Campos in the head with the rifle’s buttstock. Campos allegedly jumped back out of the window and broke the screen from a second window in an attempt to re-enter the residence.On arrival about two minutes later, officers located a male suspect, later identified as Campos, walking away from the residence through a side yard toward a wooded area, the release said.Officers told him to stop, but he ran into the woods and hid. Officers searched the wooded area and apprehended Campos several minutes later.Police took Campos to Lemon Creek Correctional Center, where he was held without bail per bail schedule.Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this case.Police have no other suspects.Share this story:last_img read more

One harvester hopes for herring eggs

first_imgShare this story: Fisheries | Food | Oceans | SoutheastOne harvester hopes for herring eggsApril 10, 2017 by Emily Russell, KCAW-Sitka Share:Leonty Williams grew up harvesting herring eggs. He says subsistence is in his blood. (Photo by Emily Russell/KCAW)Every spring millions of herring return to spawn in Sitka Sound.The small, silvery fish are prized by commercial fishermen, who sell them for  their eggs, known as herring roe.Those eggs also are coveted by the Tlingit people, who harvest them by anchoring hemlock branches in shallow waters where herring spawn.Many are saying the herring is being threatened: by environmental change and by poor management. Others simply question the health of the stock, their branches this year coming up bare.Audio Playerhttps://kcaw-org.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/11BRANCHES.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Hope — it’s a word Leonty Williams uses a lot, especially when it comes to herring eggs.“We’re kind of still holding out hope here,” said Williams, who was headed out to Kasiana Island, a couple miles northwest of Sitka in his a 24-foot fiberglass outboard boat he keeps docked in town. Williams has been setting branches there all his life. “We’ve never had to pull our branches up this late or anything. It’s just never happened.”He turns the engine on and lets it warm up.It’s springtime in Sitka and for once it’s not raining. It’s also pretty warm out, which Williams said is a good sign for the herring.“The herring kind of wait until usually the water warms up a little bit, to about 42-, 44 degrees, (that’s when) they start doing their spawning,” Williams said.Williams is young– just 26 years old, but he’s full of little facts like this.He grew up harvesting herring eggs and as we wind our way through the harbor, he said subsistence is in his blood.“Full-blood Alaska Native:  half Tlingit and my mom is from up above the Arctic Circle, a little village called Noorvik,” Williams said. “She’s full-blood Inupiaq, so (I’m) half-Tlingit, half-Inupiaq.”He spent the first nine years of his life with his family on an island about an hour from Sitka. It was there that he learned how to hunt and fish and forage.“This boat actually gets used quite a bit for quite a few different things,” Williams said. “Seaweed is starting to sprout on the rocks here, so we’ll be heading out to harvest seaweed soon, too.”He also harvests sea otter, harbor seal and sea lion from this boat. He’s got a business selling fur hats and slippers. But today, it’s all about herring eggs.“We started getting a little hopeful once the herring did spawn over towards Middle Island,” William said. “Usually Middle Island hits then and maybe a week or a little sooner after they start moving towards Kasiana (Island), which is where we’re going to go check on them now.”Once we’re beyond the breakwater, Williams speeds up and over the waves. It’s just a 10 minute ride to where he’s set his branches. He swings the boat around into a little cove, where the water is calm.“Yeah, you’ve got all these islands around this area to protect from the waters,” Williams said.The water is dark green, almost black, speckled with bright colored buoys, but others are makeshift, from clear plastic water bottles or old plastic oil jugs.There are probably 25 to 30 sets of hemlock branches suspended below the surface from these buoys.“We’ve got four branches set out here,” he said. “I think we’re just going to try to cruise on up and check out this orange buoy.”Williams slows the boat to a crawl. He slides open the cabin door and swings around to the front.“This is a little bit more difficult today. I usually have one or two other people with me,” Williams said.He grabs onto the orange buoy and pulls it out of the water, peering down to just below the surface.“About what I expected.”The branches are bare. No signs of spawn.It’s what a lot of people have been expecting this year.Elders like Harvey Kitka say the water was so thick with herring it would sound like a hail storm.Even Williams says he remembers waves full of herring washing up on shore. But now?“There’s undoubtedly less herring now,” Williams said. “If you want to go back five years, 50 years, 100 years — there’s undoubtedly less herring.”The fear is that commercial fishermen are taking too many herring, sweeping up thousands of tons of the silver fish before they can lay their eggs.Management biologist from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are supposed to set sustainable limits, but Williams doesn’t think that’s happening.He’s worried about not getting eggs for his family. He’s worried about hundreds of other who are finding their branches bare.“I grew up doing this, but there are kids in our culture right now who are growing up and not learning how to do all that,” Williams said. “It’s alarming.”Still, he says, maybe if the water was a little warmer, if the tide was a little lower, maybe we’d see some signs of spawn.“We’ll see,” Williams said. “Hope is about all we can have right now.”last_img read more

British Airways flight BA479 lands safely after circling Heathrow for over an hour with landing gear problem

first_img Share Tags: Company International Consolidated Airlines Group SA Joe Hall Thursday 2 July 2015 9:25 am whatsapp British Airways flight BA479 lands safely after circling Heathrow for over an hour with landing gear problem center_img Show Comments ▼ Video Carousel – cityam_native_carousel – 426 00:00/00:50 LIVERead More Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoTotal PastAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongTotal PastUndo A British Airways plane is circling Heathrow at 5,000ft sue to a landing gear problem.Read more: Standard and Poor’s upgrades British Airways’s outlook Flight BA479 was meant to land at 1.05pm but made loops around the capital before safely landing on runway 27R at around 2.30pm.The flight travelling from Barcelona landed at a vacated runway.British Airways did not comment on the situation.   whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wraplast_img read more

News / China’s strategy is to link its global supply chain investments by ‘one belt, one road’

first_img China’s plan to develop a “one belt, one road” (OBOR) transport network should be understood in the context of the country’s strategic geopolitical objectives rather than simply providing the infrastructure for its exports, delegates at this week’s TOC Container Supply Chain conference heard today.Veteran transport consultant Hercules Haralambides, president of Haralambides & Associates, that while “the century of Eurasia is coming”, the OBOR policy was part of a wider strategy to solidify China’s presence at key nodes in global supply chains.He said: “There are investments in the Australian port of Darwin, as well as the Nicaragua canal, which despite financing difficulties is still on the table, and so I see the OBOR becoming a global ‘around-the-world’ policy that will sit in competition with the Transpacific Trade Partnership (TTP).”He said the Chinese authorities had conceived OBOR as “a $1trn idea which they believe will have an economic multiplier of 2.5”.Both Prof Haralambides and fellow speaker Olaf Merk, administrator of ports and shipping at the OECD’s International Transport Forum, emphasised that the traditional GDP-trade growth multiplier of 1:2.5 had declined to a little over 1:1 since the the onset of recession in 2009.Prof Haramblides said the two European ports Chinese authorities were focusing on were Piraeus, where Chinese terminal operator Cosco Pacific now has the concession to manage container operations, and the Italian gateway of Venice.“Venice is important because it has good rail connections with North Europe as well as a proximity to the logistics parks around the industrial centre of Turin. In Venice, they are looking at developing a €1bn offshore container terminal designed by Royal Haskoning. The Chinese have said that they would fund €750m of this if the Italian government funds the remaining 25%.“In Piraeus, the fact that Cosco Pacific has taken control of the port means that the Ocean Alliance will come there.”He added: “You should also look at Port Said – the Chinese are taking a great interest in east Port Said because they see Suez as an alternative to Panama. The picture is that the Mediterranean and Suez are becoming more important vis-à-vis serving the US east coast, which can possibly be done better from there than via Panama,“This is not just about transport investment, but should also be seen in the context geopolitics and strategic objectives.”Mr Merk added that Chinese port investments were inherently linked with the country’s wider policy, regardless of the actual organisation making the investments.He said: “It is important to realise that a lot of the Chinese terminal operators are acting as an arm of the Chinese government, so it really is a case of geopolitics acting in concert with supply chains.“The other point is, how does this investment align with the EEU’s TEN-T programme?“The orientation of the two are very different – EU policies are primarily internal, about linking the continent’s transport networks, whereas for the Chinese, it is about entry points to the wider market.” By Gavin van Marle in Hamburg 14/06/2016last_img read more

Episode 8: With some help from salamanders, will humans one day be able to regrow limbs?

first_img Watch: Episode 3: Scientists are building mini-brains to understand the human mind Related: Watch: Episode 6: This is what happens to DNA in space Jessica Whited, a biologist at the Brigham Regenerative Medicine Center, is studying how salamanders are able to regrow amputated limbs, complete with bones, muscles and nerves. She hopes her findings will one day help humans regenerate their own limbs, too. Matthew Orr/STAT Related: By Carl Zimmer Aug. 25, 2016 Reprints Our bodies can heal themselves — at least up to a point. We can fuse bones back together again. We can clot a bleeding wound and close it with new skin.But the human body’s powers of regeneration have their limits. If you lose an arm in a car accident, you won’t grow it back in the days that follow.There are other species, however, that can regenerate an entire limb. Scientists have long marveled at the ability of salamanders to grow back a new leg that’s no different than the one they were born with. They can rebuild bones, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels, guiding them all into the correct position.advertisement Tags animalsregenerative medicine Science Happens!Episode 8: With some help from salamanders, will humans one day be able to regrow limbs? Watch: Episode 7: How flies might help us understand human circadian rhythm Watch: Episode 2: Peek inside a lab trying to create living medicine — from bugs in your gut Related:center_img Related: Episode 8: With some help from salamanders, will humans one day be able to regrow limbs?Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.statnews.com/2016/08/25/limbs-regeneration-science-salamanders/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0004:1004:10  Her research may help solve the evolutionary puzzle of why axolotls can regenerate so much more of their own bodies than we can. That puzzle is all the more intriguing because axolotls and we are kin. We share a common four-legged ancestor that crawled around on land around 350 million years ago.That shared history also means we inherited many of the same genes from that common ancestor. We just use them differently. Someday, scientists like Whited hope, axolotls may help us unlock our hidden healing powers. Watch: Episode 5: Everything you thought you knew about the shape of DNA is wrong Today, scientists are studying these salamanders — especially a Mexican species called the axolotl — with the tools of 21st-century biology. They can track the cells that produce new limbs, watching them perform their astonishing developmental dance.Jessica Whited, a faculty member of the orthopedic surgery department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, is doing some of the most important research on the mysterious powers of axolotls. She and her colleagues are discovering key genes that axolotls switch on in order to create a limb from scratch.advertisement Related: Related: Watch: Episode 4: Can a worm’s lifespan hold the secrets to human aging? Related: Watch: Episode 1: Could playing a dolphin in a video game help stroke patients recover? last_img read more

Gloomy Prospects for Inter-Korean Military Talks

first_img Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Analysis & Opinion AvatarJeong Jae Sung Even though North Korea suggested high-level military talks and even acquiesced to putting the Yeonpyeong Island and Cheonan incidents on the agenda, a suggestion the South Korean authorities accepted, many experts on North Korea still view the prospects for any progress as gloomy. North Korea sent its latest missive by telephone in the name of Minister of the Chosun People’s Armed Forces Kim Young Chun to the South’s Minister of National Defense Kim Kwan Jin, putting forward an agenda “with regards to clarifying opinions on the Cheonan incident and Yeonpyeong Island artillery battle and easing military tensions on the Korean Peninsula.”The notion of clarifying opinions probably means the reporting of Pyongyang’s existing stance on the two incidents to the South; that is, in terms of the Cheonan incident, “we were nothing to o with it,” while the Yeonpyeong Island attack was “in self-defense.” Just as in 2008, when North Korea tried to put the responsibility for the Mt. Geumgang tourist shooting on South Korea, the reason why North Korea described the Yeonpyeong Island shelling as an “artillery battle” is to imply that the North was not solely responsible for it. Professor Yoon Duk Min of the Institute of Foreign Affairs and Security said in an interview with The Daily NK, “It is highly likely that the North will not admit to being responsible for the Cheonan incident and will refute the results of the investigation into it,” while Cheong Young Tae, a senior researcher with the Korean Institute for National Unification said, “(The meeting) is to lay out the logic that it is not connected to the Cheonan incident, and that the Yeonpyeong Island shelling was only to defend itself.” Accordingly, this North Korean suggestion seems to have been made mostly to ease military tensions on the Korean Peninsula, while the North is likely to use the opportunity to emphasize its position over the nullification of the Northern Limit Line and the need for the construction of a peace zone in the West Sea to help mollify a global conflict area.Professor Yoon agreed, predicting that the North may well “insist on the implementation of the October 4 Inter-Korean Summit Agreement and making the West Sea into a buffer zone,” and Cheong said he imagines North Korea will “emphasize the West Sea region as a troubled area and re-negotiation of the NLL.” Therefore, the North’s suggestion of talks can be seen as part of the latest charm offensive, aimed at proffering a “man of peace” image to the South and the international community. The fact that the North released the suggestion only eight hours after the release of the stance of the U.S. and China, that “inter-Korean dialogue is necessary,” backs this assertion. North Korea, Professor Yoon said, “intends to try and say to the international community that the confrontational situation is all South Korea’s responsibility.” Cheong agreed, asserting, “It is an extension of tactics to take the initiative in inter-Korean relations using the military as a tool,” adding, “Raising the issue of re-negotiation of the NLL and relaxation of the tensions in the West Sea will add fuel to the fires of conflict in South Korea.” Other experts also pointed out that talks will be less a place to hear the North’s response to the South’s demands for both an apology for the Cheonan incident and Yeonpyeong Island attacks and the punishment of those officials responsible, and more a place simply to listen to the North’s existing claims. Kim Young Sun, a professor at Sogang University said, “There is a high chance that preparatory contacts will break down. North Korea is unlikely to accept our demands for an apology.” Song Dae Sung, the president of the Sejong Institute concluded, “These preparatory contacts will be a litmus test of the North’s stance,” and added, “They have stepped forward into dialogue only because inter-Korean dialogue was mentioned as necessary at the U.S. and Chinese Summit, but we may not be able to find sincerity.” Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gloomy Prospects for Inter-Korean Military Talks By Jeong Jae Sung – 2011.01.21 6:35pm center_img Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Facebook Twitter Analysis & Opinion SHARE Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? last_img read more

Les tentatives de l’État de contrer la canicule font plus de…

first_img News News Facebook Twitter AvatarChoi Song Min Alors qu’elle se dirige vers les forteschaleurs de l’été, on raconte que la Corée du Nord a avancé les heuresd’ouverture des administrations, des usines, et des écoles à 5h du matin.Toutefois, cette heure excessivement avancée n’aura pas pour seule conséquencele fait que les employés arriveront en retard au travail : l’heure de fermeture,elle aussi avancée, entraînera de nombreux désagréments pour les citoyens, aappris Daily NK. Avec le début de « chobok » (lepremier jour de « sambok », qui marque les trois journées les pluschaudes de l’été), toutes les administrations de la capitale, comme celles dureste du pays ainsi que les écoles ont reçu l’ordre de suivre « leshoraires de sambok », a déclaré une source de la province de Pyongan duSud à Daily NK ce 21 juillet. « Pour cette raison, le travail commence à5h du matin au lieu de 8h, et termine à 13h. » Cette nouvelle organisationa été corroborée par d’autres sources de deux autres provinces, que Daily NK nepeut nommer pour des questions de sécurité. Ces températures étouffantes sontparticulièrement insupportables à Pyongyang ainsi que dans les terres del’ouest et du nord du pays. « C’est difficile de travailler tant àl’intérieur qu’en extérieur » a ajouté la source, expliquant par ailleursqu’il est requis pour tout le monde d’arriver au travail avant le levé dusoleil et de le terminer pour midi, afin de pointer avant que le soleil ne soitau zénith. Ces horaires avancés durant l’été furent misen place pour la première fois au tournant du siècle sur les ordres de Kim JongIl. Mais si les administrations centrales à Pyongyang, les bureaux régionaux duParti des Travailleurs de Corée (P.T.C.), et les bureaux des personnalités hautplacé dans les entreprises soient climatisés, la sécheresse limite lescapacités de production hydro-électrique, et rend impossible l’utilisation deventilateurs, et donc encore moins de climatiseurs. Compte tenu de cette situation, la source aindiqué que ces nouveaux « horaires de sambok » pourraient permettreaux employés d’accroître leur efficacité au travail, si l’on ne comptait surles problèmes imprévus. En l’occurrence, ce changement soudain d’organisation aprovoqué la confusion dans les usines et les écoles. « Même les jeunes enfants doivent sepréparer pour aller à l’école vers 4h du matin. Beaucoup sont incapables de selever et finissent par manquer une ou deux heures de classe, faisant ainsichuter le taux de présence parfois de moitié à certains moments de lajournée », a affirmé la source. Selon elle, le fait que lesadministrations aux niveaux du district et de la région sont fermées l’après-midi,moment auquel nombreux sont ceux qui envisagent de s’y rendre, présente uninconvénient majeur. « Les restaurants d’État sont ouverts jusqu’à l’heuredu déjeuner, mais ferment aux heures de pointe habituelles – l’après-midi et àl’heure du dîner. Les officiels en déplacement dans le pays se plaignent dufait qu’ils n’ont nulle part où dîner le soir. » Ainsi par exemple, lescitoyens peuvent rentrer chez eux et y manger. Par contre, un officiel dePyongyang en déplacement à Hyesan se voit dans l’impossibilité de trouver unquelconque endroit où se restaurer après 13h. Aller chez le coiffeur ou auxbains publics n’est pas un problème en ce que ces actions peuvent êtrereportées, mais le problème est très différent lorsqu’il est question de la nourriture.Bien que l’officiel en question puisse trouver quelque chose à grignoter aujangmadang (marché), les prix y sont extraordinairement plus élevés que dansles restaurants publics. Par ailleurs, et malgré les tentatives dugouvernement de vendre ces « horaires de sambok » comme étant lamanifestation du souci exprimé par le maréchal Kim Jong Un pour le bien-être dupeuple, la source a affirmé que les gens considèrent cette nouvelleorganisation comme « une tentative désespérée d’apaisement. » « Lesgens expliquent que ça ne sert à rien d’aller au travail si tôt puisqu’il n’y apas d’électricité et de surcroît pas assez de travail pour s’occuper. Ceshoraires ne font que rendre les gens encore plusfatigués », a conclu la source. * Le contenu de cet article a été diffusé à lapopulation nord-coréenne via Unification Media Group. By Choi Song Min – 2015.08.04 11:03am News Les tentatives de l’État de contrer la canicule font plus de mal que de biencenter_img Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more