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Every man’s office is his castle: Chris Morling tells us about the time his business unintentionally spread fake news

first_img whatsapp   What kind of boss decides to buy a castle and use it as an office? Apparently, a boss like Money.co.uk founder Chris Morling. Over the next two years, he hired a commercial director and his first developer (both employees still work for him now). While many entrepreneurs start with a “vision”, Morling admits that this wasn’t really the case with Money.co.uk.“I’ll be honest, at the start, it was rather opportunistic and haphazard. There was no direction – it was a case of ‘that’s shiny, let’s do that’. We worked in a professional manner, but we were very amateur in our approach. You do feel a bit of a fraud, because many entrepreneurs set out to disrupt a market. For me, I was just enjoying learning and doing something different.”This directory soon progressed into several affiliate marketing websites – where you sell the products of other companies. Each website was selling different financial services and products, such as personal loans, car insurance, or credit cards. Katherine Denham Every man’s office is his castle: Chris Morling tells us about the time his business unintentionally spread fake news “My starting point wasn’t that I wanted to save money for millions of people. It was that I wanted a change of lifestyle and to be master of my own command. That was really the trigger.” When people found out that it was fake, the whole journalist and SEO community came down on us like a tonne of bricks Monday 17 September 2018 2:22 pm Tags: Google Insurancecenter_img whatsapp In 2008, Morling saw that the affiliate sector was starting to mature, and he decided to up the ante by bringing all the websites together under one umbrella, overhauling the brand, while also incorporating Defaqto data, and introducing a series of guides to help consumers understand the products.Fake newsPeople rarely become successful without making a few mistakes along the way, and Morling is refreshingly honest about one particular incident in 2008.“We started creating content that people would link to online, and – through a third-party writer – our SEO consultant pushed out a fictional story about a 13-year-old boy who stole his dad’s credit card, spent thousands of pounds, and ended up in a hotel room with a couple of prostitutes playing Xbox. It was a stupid story, but it got picked up in the media and went viral.“I genuinely thought that it was obvious that the story was made up. But when people found out that it was fake, the whole journalist and SEO community came down on us like a tonne of bricks.”Google didn’t take it lightly either, blacklisting Morling’s company so that the website no longer appeared in search results. It took three months for Money.co.uk to reappear in a Google search, and up to 12 months for it to rank again. While some might presume that purchasing a castle is merely a grandiose way of making a statement, Morling is far from a show-off.In truth, the idea started out as a joke. “One of my colleagues emailed me with a link to an advert for a castle that was for sale, and we went to have a look as a bit of a laugh,” says the founder of the comparison website.With a growing team that was in need of more space, Morling realised that it wasn’t such a crazy idea after all, and bought half of the Grade II Listed building – turrets and all. “It had 15 rooms, and we only took up two at the time. Then a year later, we were growing so rapidly that I decided to snap up the whole shebang.”As luck would have itIn many ways, the castle epitomises Morling’s sense of fun – his refusal to take life too seriously. And you can see that come into play in the building of his business.In 2000, Morling decided to pack in his day job as a web developer to build his own finance directory business. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndomoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comUndoZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoCleverstTattoo Fails : No One Makes It Past No. 6 Without LaughingCleverstUndoTrading BlvdThis Picture of Prince Harry & Father at The Same Age Will Shock YouTrading BlvdUndoBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushUndoTotal PastThis Woman’s Obituary Was So Harsh, Her Son Was Left ReelingTotal PastUndoMedical MattersThis Picture Shows Who Prince Harry’s Father Really IsMedical MattersUndo Share Morling admits that it was painful at the time, but he took two important lessons from the experience. First, obviously don’t push out fake news. And second, base your SEO strategy on creating a great product, rather than trying to game the system.“Learning this early on meant that we built a solid SEO strategy that is now the backbone of the business.”But Morling never worried that the saga could permanently damage the company, and it has since gone from strength to strength.“In 2015, I don’t think we had the self-belief that we could compete with the big boys like MoneySupermarket, which had millions to spend on TV advertising. But, even with a very small team, we really started to compete, so we have focused on becoming bigger and better at what we do.”Princely sumSoon the website’s success garnered interest from potential buyers. And in September last year, Morling decided to sell Money.co.uk to ZPG Plc for a princely sum of £140m – fitting for a business based in a castle.“It was a tough decision, and one I’d been chewing on for many years. It was similar to the decision to have a children – in that I knew I wanted kids, that I would never feel 100 per cent ready for them, and that the opportunity would pass by if I left it too late.” He also wanted the challenge of building another startup from scratch.But he stresses that finding the right buyer was really important. “You also need to clearly understand the reasons in your own mind why you want to sell, as well as what’s best for your team.”Morling is now pursuing various other projects. Next year, he’s starting a full-on chief exec role at BigChoice Group, which places international students at universities abroad. He’s also currently advising two other fledgling businesses, including electrical comparison website Kagoo, and motorcyclist platform RideTo.Royal waveLast year, Morling was dubbed “Britain’s best boss”. He says his family – who work in the civil service – have instilled a strong sense of how to treat people. “That gave me a natural head-start, because if you genuinely care about the people who work for you, they will pay you back in commitment and effort – it’s not something you can fake.”This businessman almost sounds philosophical. “I’m a strong believer in making the most of the opportunities that present themselves to you. Success has got nothing to with money.” I think it’s funny that the premise of his successful website revolves around money.But of course, the business is more than that, and Morling is more than a guy with a castle. 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Downing Street upbeat about gaining post-Brexit EU access for the City

first_img Share “We know the business we’re likely to lose in any case, but we also know London stands head and shoulders above the competition in Europe.” Stefan Boscia “It wants almost free rein for service suppliers to fly in and out for short-term stays. 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(Getty Images) Also Read: Downing Street still upbeat about gaining post-Brexit EU access for City of London whatsapp Show Comments ▼ The row over financial services comes as a part of a wider range of disagreements in Brexit trade talks. Valdis Dombrovskis, a European Commission executive vice president, told the Financial Times yesterday that the UK had not given enough information over to make a judgement on whether equivalence could be granted. However, veteran City commentator David Buik said the vast majority of UK companies in the sector were prepared for a no-deal situation. City A.M. reported in May that the equivalence assessment for the financial sector could be used as a bargaining chip in talks, with the EU using it as a tool to extract compromises in other areas from the UK. “We continue to to have the belief that [regulatory equivalence] is in the best interest of both parties.” The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson today blamed the EU for missing the deadline, saying that Brussels only gave them the 1000 pages of forms on 24 May which was later than expected. Many UK financial institutions have set up bases in the EU to ensure they are not completely shut off from mainland Europe if the worst case scenario happens. “As the UK and EU start from a position of having similar financial services regulation this should be a straight forward process,” they said. However, the spokesperson added that Downing Street was still upbeat about the prospects of securing equivalency for the UK’s financial services industry. “They’ve had four years now to prepare for it and I don’t know of a single financial institution, law firm or chartered accountant who hasn’t made some sort of preparations,” he said. He cited the UK’s request to maintain freedom of movement for City professionals as one example.center_img Downing Street is still confident it can secure post-Brexit access to EU markets for the City of London as it blames Brussels for missing a key deadline in negotiations. Brussels must use these documents to assess whether it grants the City of London access to lucrative EU markets after the post-Brexit transition period ends on 31 December. Much is riding on the City of London retaining access to the EU as almost half of all debt and equity issuance for non-financial Eurozone firms between 2012 and 2018 came from banks based in London. Wednesday 1 July 2020 4:53 pm “It wants to ban residence requirements for senior managers and boards of directors, to ensure that all essential functions remain in London,” he said. Before the Open newsletter: Start your day with the City View podcast and key market data EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier was not as positive yesterday about the future relationship, warning the City that it would have to expect “big changes” next year. Negotiations are at a stalemate after months of talks, with little movement on key areas of EU access to UK fishing waters and business competition policy. The EU has the power to unilaterally grant access to Square Mile firms based on whether UK regulations are similar to their own. (Getty Images) Also Read: Downing Street still upbeat about gaining post-Brexit EU access for City of London whatsapp “We must look beyond short-term adaptation and fragmentation costs, to our long-term interests.” The UK missed yesterday’s deadline to hand in 28 regulatory equivalency assessments to the EU relating to Britain’s financial services industry. Downing Street still upbeat about gaining post-Brexit EU access for City of London Barnier said the UK was trying to keep too many benefits of EU membership without any of the responsibilites. The EU has the power to unilaterally grant access to Square Mile firms based on whether UK regulations are similar to their own. (Getty Images) The EU has the power to unilaterally grant access to financial services firms based on whether UK regulations are similar to their own – known as equivalence.last_img read more


Summer camp directors prepare to welcome Alaska’s campers during the pandemic

first_imgArts & Culture | Coronavirus | Education | Outdoors | SouthcentralSummer camp directors prepare to welcome Alaska’s campers during the pandemicMay 13, 2020 by Tegan Hanlon, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage Share:Vicki Long-Leather is the director at the Trailside Discovery Camp, a popular outdoor summer program with sites in Anchorage and Palmer. The kids’ camps are adapting to the new social-distancing reality. (Tegan Hanlon/Alaska Public Media)Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2020/05/12SummerCamp.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Trailside Discovery Camp director Vicki Long-Leather always has a lengthy list of supplies to order for her summer programs in Anchorage and Palmer. But, this year, there’s even more to buy, including more hand sanitizer, thermometers, disinfectant wipes, face masks and art supplies.“Every camper is going to have to have their own individual Ziploc full of glue sticks and scissors and markers, crayons, paints,” Long-Leather said.That’s because, at summer day camp during the coronavirus, there won’t be any sharing or high-fives or trading snacks or even sitting close together.“We’re basically taking a few weeks to completely change something that we’ve been planning for the whole year,” Long-Leather said.Right now, Long-Leather is among camp directors across Alaska who are redoing their summer programs to prepare to welcome campers during the pandemic. As businesses reopen and more people are called back to their workplaces, some parents are anxiously waiting to find out their camps’ plans.“I do not have care if summer camps or schools don’t go,” said Erica Jensen, an Anchorage mom who depends on summer camp for her 9-year-old son Orion.This winter, she registered Orion for Trailside programs for the entire summer. Then, came the coronavirus and classroom closures. Her child-care concerns began.“It’s been on my mind since March when all this happened,” she said. “And I’ve been trying to take it one month at a time like, ‘Okay, I know I’m set through the end of May. Alright, what am I doing in June?’”This week, Jensen got confirmation that Orion can attend Trailside starting in late May, just a few days after the end of the school year. It’s a huge relief, she said.But that won’t be the case for everyone. Overall, there will be fewer camp spots for Alaska’s children this summer, in a state already strapped for child care.Programs are wrestling with new state requirements and the money needed to implement them, said Thomas Azzarella, director of the Alaska Afterschool Network.The state is requiring day camps to limit groups to no more than 10 campers. Staff must use cloth face coverings, and older children are encouraged to wear them too. Everyone also needs to go through daily health screenings. Field trips involving other groups are not allowed. There’s a list of other rules.Since early April, Camp Fire Alaska has offered emergency child-care programs to healthcare workers and first responders. Supplies are sorted into individual bags for each child to limit the spread germs. It plans to follow similar procedures at its summer camps. (Photo courtesy Camp Fire Alaska)The state also continues to discuss when and how overnight camps can open, according to a spokesman with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.But already, some programs have called off their camps, like the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. Camps at the Anchorage School District where students learn Chinese or Spanish were canceled. Others programs will reduce the number of children served. And some are moving from in-person camps to virtual ones, like the Girl Scouts of Alaska and the Anchorage Museum.“This was a way that we could provide something consistent for the entire summer,” said Hollis Mickey, the museum’s chief learning and access officer.Others, like Trailside, are adapting their in-person programs. Azzarella said his organization is helping camps navigate the new social-distancing reality.“We recognize summer camps are a critical part of getting our state economy open,” he said. “So it’s something that we are really, again, assessing and determining what are those best practices to ensure programs can open and do so safely and effectively.”Long-Leather said since Trailside is based outdoors, it’s easier to keep campers farther apart. The popular program usually serves about 250 children each day. This summer, Long-Leather hopes to maintain the capacity, but spread campers across more locations.Also, to help develop new guidelines, Long-Leather formed a parent advisory group and hired a consultant. They created a 54-page coronavirus handbook that includes a six-step response plan if a camper or employee tests positive for the disease.“This isn’t just camp opening up and trying to make it work,” Long-Leather said. “This is camp opening with consultant backing.”Camp Fire Alaska, the state’s largest child care provider, plans to hold its day camps in Anchorage and Eagle River this summer, said chief program officer Melanie Hooper.But it has called off its overnight camps for June and July, and will “continue to explore options for later in the summer,” Hooper said.It has also canceled its in-person camps in rural Alaska, and won’t fly staff to remote communities because of concerns about spreading the virus. Instead, it will provide activity kits for children, families and elders, with an emphasis on delivering certain items including food, Hooper said.Camp Fire isn’t new to caring for children during the coronavirus. Since early April, it has offered emergency child care to kids of health-care workers and first responders.Hooper said camps opening this summer should prepare for everything to take more time, from pre-packaging snacks to keeping up with health guidelines.“They can’t underestimate the amount of time and man hours it’s going to take to just stay on top of that health guidance and know that you’re going to be changing that sometimes weekly or daily,” she said.Hooper said it’s important for parents to assess and manage the risk for their own family when deciding whether to send their children to camp this year, and know: “It’s not if there’s a COVID exposure at some point in the future for any camp or school or program, it’s when.” And camps are focused on mitigating that risk, she said.At their child-care sites currently operating, Camp Fire has put tape on the floor so children know how far apart they should stay. They’ve removed stuffed animals, puppets, bean bag chairs and other items that are harder to clean. To play tag, children are using pool noodles instead of their hands, Hooper said.“When I’m putting together our summer supply lists, we’re like, ‘Okay, well, certain board games don’t work well for physical distancing, and not sharing supplies,’ but the ones that have become very wildly popular are Battleship from afar, and Guess Who,” Hooper said.As programs cancel and more Alaskans return to work, Dan Dillehay, who runs a smaller outdoors camp with his wife in Anchorage called Into the Woods, said he’s receiving more and more calls.“Our phones have been ringing nonstop with parents asking about camps,” Dillehay said. “Parents are kind of scrambling to find care.”Dillehay said they’re brainstorming socially-distant activities for the summer. They already do a lot of hiking, he said, so he plans to use a rope with knots tied at least six feet apart for campers to hold onto, to keep them spread out.“We’ll encourage games like rather than tag where you touch another kid, you play some shadow tag, and tag their shadow,” he said.But before there’s any playing, all children will have their temperatures checked.Azzarella, from the Alaska Afterschool Network, encouraged families considering camp to send their children to the same program over several weeks instead of hopping between different sites to limit the spread of germs.Share this story:last_img read more


Retail sales unexpectedly slip in March as petrol sales plummet

first_img Retail sales unexpectedly slip in March as petrol sales plummet Jessica Morris Thursday 23 April 2015 6:29 am Show Comments ▼ The easter bunny failed to help retail sales, which unexpectedly fell last month as motorists stayed away from petrol pumps, adding to the mixed picture currently being painted for the economy.Retail sales fell 0.5 per cent in March from a month earlier, as petrol stations said sales slipped 6.2 per cent, according to data released today by the Office for National Statistics. The figures took City economists by surprise – many had expected a rise of 0.4 per cent.”It had seemed likely that Easter being right at the start of April would lift sales in March,” Howard Archer, chief economist at IHS, said.However, economists are now looking to the release of first quarter GDP next Tuesday, with many forecasting growth to have slowed slightly from the previous quarter.”Concern that gross domestic product growth could have slowed appreciably in the first quarter of 2015 has been fuelled by disappointing industrial production … construction output data for February as well as weaker trade data,” Archer said. Share Tags: NULL whatsapp Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat is ‘Ranked-Choice Voting,’ the New System for New York’s MayoralFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof whatsapplast_img read more


Female bosses make banks more stable, report shows

first_img Show Comments ▼ Share Sarah Spickernell Including women on the boards of banks makes them more financially stable, according to a new report by the IMF.  Called Financial Inclusion: Can it meet multiple macroeconomic goals? It shows that the higher the proportion of senior positions occupied by women, the greater the institution’s “distance to distress”. A larger distance means the bank is more protected against shocks to earnings.  Read more: The UK’s gender pay gap is not a moral issue, but a business one “In both banks and supervisory institution decision-making boards, the share of women is low,” the authors say, adding that this could have an impact on the “risk-taking behaviour of banks, on the quality of bank supervision, and ultimately on financial stability outcomes”.  There is a positive correlation between the share of women in supervisory boards in 2011 and the banking system’s average distance from distress, controlling for supervisory quality, various governance indicators, the level of financial access, GDP per capita, GDP growth and the level of nonperforming loans.Few women at the topWomen may have a positive influence on financial stability, but the report says there is an “acute lack of women in financial governance.”  Across the world, the IMF found that less than 20 per cent of directors on boards of banks were women, and the vast majority of banks have no women on their boards at all.   More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.com Female bosses make banks more stable, report shows whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirrorzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comTheFashionBallAlica Schmidt Is The Most Beautiful Athlete To ExistTheFashionBallOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent Express whatsapp Tuesday 15 September 2015 5:19 pmlast_img read more


Fear of forced repatriation rising among defectors in China

first_img News 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 Yanji, Jilin Province, China. The largest number of North Korean defectors in the country is thought to reside here. The city is also known to have the largest number of defector arrests. Image: Daily NK Fear of forced repatriation rising among defectors in China By Daily NK – 2017.10.12 4:09pm News North Korean defectors living in northeast China continue to fear for their safety as North Korean and Chinese authorities ramp up efforts to arrest and repatriate them back to the North. Although such individuals have always been mindful of their illegal status, the past year has seen a shift in policy to a point where even the children of defectors are being forcefully repatriated to North Korea. Daily NK has been collecting their stories since June last year and found over 120 instances of forced repatriation of North Koreans residing in areas across China’s northeast, including Shenyang in Liaoning Province, Kunming in Yunnan Province, Changbai, Tumen, and Yanji in Jilin Province, Qinhuangdao in Hebei Province, and other regions. While a considerable number of defectors have already been repatriated to North Korea, many more sit languishing in detention centers in China, awaiting their own deportation.A portion of these arrests appear to be conducted by Chinese police along routes previously considered amongst brokers as the safest and most reliable, such as at train stations, secluded mountain paths, and even safehouses. Many are beginning to worry that these and other routes are no longer safe for North Koreans.A source in China informed Daily NK that “unlike previously, when defectors could easily pass through these routes simply by blending in, the authorities have stepped up their surveillance and questioning, establishing more checkpoints and generally making it much more challenging. Making their way to third countries like Thailand or Laos has now become much harder than crossing the China-North Korea border itself. Brokers who make a living by aiding North Koreans in defecting to South Korea are worried now too, saying things like, ‘with the way things are going, this seed (source of income) may be drying up.’” International human rights organizations are also sounding the alarm at the increase in arrests and forced repatriations in China. Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported earlier this month that in July and August of this year alone, at least 41 North Koreans were detained on suspicion of defection. From July 2016 until this June 2017, HRW recorded 51 separate instances, bringing the total during this period to at least 92 persons, including a newborn baby, an 11 year-old child, and four elderly women. Typically, international human rights organizations first ascertain the name, gender, age, and other information of the arrested before tallying up the number of those being forcefully repatriated, but these efforts inevitably leave out cases that go unnoticed by the international community. With no one to help get the word out about their case, those without family members residing in South Korea suffer such injustice alone.55 year-old former broker Lee Song Il (alias), who spent 4 years guiding North Koreans out of the country until last year, spoke about the situation with Daily NK. “There were a couple of instances where I helped a person cross who did not have any family in the South at the time. Whenever news got out that a North Korean was arrested in China, typically I would want to first inform their family members in South Korea about what’s going on, but when a person has no such contacts, there’s no way to later follow up on their situation or receive other reliable details,” Lee said.  RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The next installment of this series will focus on human rights violations that are arising from a system of profit-seeking brokers to which North Koreans defectors have no alternative in their desperation to escape the country.center_img Chinese police in Dandong, Liaoning Province. Considered to be illegal migrants rather than refugees, North Korean defectors are currently experiencing unprecedented crackdowns by Chinese public security officers. Image: Daily NK AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Facebook Twitter News News SHARE Facing torture and forced abortions back in North Korea, many commit suicideAccumulating evidence supports allegations of torture, rape, and other inhumane treatment inflicted by the North Korean authorities upon an individual’s forced repatriation from China. A considerable number of defectors have testified to the now common practice of defectors carrying poison or a knife by which they plan to commit suicide if they are ever caught, to avoid the torture that awaits them back in the North. In July, there was an incident in which a North Korean was caught in Shenyang and committed suicide by drinking poison before the authorities had a chance to send him back. According to the North’s criminal code Article 221 (revised in 2015), illegal border crossing warrants a sentence of 1 to 5 years of hard labor, where prisoners are punished depending on whether or not official judicial proceedings are carried out. However, the truth is that they are more often prosecuted under Article 63, ‘Treason against the Motherland’, bringing a minimum 5 years of hard labor, but also often without any specified sentence length at all. By deeming defectors as traitors to the state, the authorities justify indefinite detention and even the execution of defectors.When defectors arrive back in the North, they are typically sent to some sort of police or military facility along the border, enduring anywhere from a few days to a few months of interrogation. Once the authorities decide they have accumulated a sufficient number of prisoners at the border, they are then transferred inland to face further questioning by State Security agents. For the majority, Daily NK has determined that they are sent to facilities in Hoeryeong, Musan, Onsong, Hyesan, and Sinuiju.Prisoners are first subjected to forced cavity searches by officials at the border, ostensibly to collect money or other illegal items, but many have testified that it is done to belittle and humiliate them. State Security agents then interrogate the prisoners, asking about their motives for defecting, the process and route taken, the names of those who assisted in the defection, and where they stayed while in China. They are widely known to subject prisoners to torture and other inhumane treatment while trying to extract such information. Numerous testimonies of instances of security agents raping female prisoners and performing forced abortions on those suspected of becoming pregnant while in China have also been reported.  The UN Commission of Inquiry on North Korea released in 2014 provides details of this kind of treatment as well. “Prisoners receive extreme beatings and other violent measures at the hands of North Korean Security agents, who do not stop until they are completely satisfied with the prisoner’s confession,” the report stated, adding that “security agents enforce such inhumane conditions in order to increase pressure on the prisoners to confess.”Through the interrogation process, prisoners may receive different sentences depending on the reasons for their defection or their whereabouts during their stay in China. If they are found to have interacted with South Koreans or church members while in China for example, they may be sent to their provincial State Security center to be immediately sentenced to imprisonment in a political prison or labor camp, without any judicial proceedings. On the other hand, those found to have defected in order to find food or work may be sent for interrogation in their own hometown, but are also then summarily sent for a shorter stint at a labor camp.  North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more


Canada invests in training to help Canadians in Woodbridge, Ontario become certified in skilled trades

first_imgCanada invests in training to help Canadians in Woodbridge, Ontario become certified in skilled trades From: Employment and Social Development CanadaIn order to help maintain a strong workforce and better position our country for a prosperous economic recovery, the Government of Canada is investing in the skilled trades to ensure that Canadians have the training they need to access good, well-paying jobs. The Government is making targeted investments, so that key groups facing barriers-such as women, newcomers, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and Black and racialized Canadians-can better find work in the skilled trades through projects led by unions and their partner organizations.In order to help maintain a strong workforce and better position our country for a prosperous economic recovery, the Government of Canada is investing in the skilled trades to ensure that Canadians have the training they need to access good, well-paying jobs. The Government is making targeted investments, so that key groups facing barriers-such as women, newcomers, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and Black and racialized Canadians-can better find work in the skilled trades through projects led by unions and their partner organizations.Today, Member of Parliament for Vaughan-Woodbridge and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue, Francesco Sorbara, on behalf of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced an investment of nearly $890,000 to the College of Carpenters and Allied Trades, for a project funded under the Union Training and Innovation Program (UTIP). With this investment, the College will implement online learning as a means of supporting a more diverse and highly skilled carpentry workforce. This funding is part of the Government of Canada’s $62 million investment over five years to help develop a highly qualified skilled trades workforce, and prepare Canadians to fill available jobs as our economy restarts.The UTIP supports union-based apprenticeship training and works to reduce barriers to participation and success in Red Seal trades. The first stream, Investments in Training Equipment, helps unions across Canada improve the quality of training through investments in equipment and materials. The second stream, Innovation in Apprenticeship, supports innovation and strengthened partnerships to address challenges that are limiting apprenticeship outcomes in Canada.The project will establish an innovative delivery model for five courses traditionally taught in the classroom to both apprentices and journey carpenters. The delivery of this course will mitigate some significant challenges limiting apprenticeship outcomes for women, newcomers, and persons with disabilities, and increase employment opportunities and flexibility by increasing efficiency in learning.In Budget 2021, the Government of Canada proposed to provide $470 million over three years, beginning in 2021-2022, to establish a new Apprenticeship Service. This initiative will help 55,000 first-year apprentices in eligible Red Seal trades connect with opportunities at small and medium-sized employers. Employers could receive up to $5,000 for first-year apprenticeship opportunities to pay for costs such as salaries and training.In addition, to increase diversity in Red Seal trades, the Government of Canada will double the incentive to $10,000 through Budget 2021 for employers who hire Canadians from under represented groups, including women, racialized Canadians, and persons with disabilities. It has also proposed to waive interest on the Canada Apprentice Loans until March 31, 2023. These measures will help to ensure that those who want to build a career in the skilled trades get the support they need to succeed.Quotes“As we continue to fight COVID-19, our support for workers remains strong. Skilled tradespeople across the country have been critical to essential sectors during this pandemic, and they will continue to be so as Canada continues to recover. This investment will help Canadians, including Canadians from key groups facing barriers, get the training they need to launch exciting and well-paying careers in the trades.”– Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough“Skilled tradespeople are a key component of Canada’s workforce, and are vital to the strength and diversity of our local economy. This investment will help build a pool of qualified tradespeople in Vaughan-Woodbridge, and in communities across the Greater Toronto Area who are ready to take on critical jobs as our economy continues to recover.”– Francesco Sorbara, Member of Parliament for Vaughan-Woodbridge and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue“The College of Carpenters and Allied Trades is very grateful for the federal government’s UTIP investment over the next four years. This investment will be used to support the development of on-line learning courses as a means of supporting a more diverse and highly skilled carpentry workforce.”– Cristina Selva, Executive Director, College of Carpenters and Allied Trades Quick factsThrough the UTIP, the Government of Canada provides $25 million annually to support union-based apprenticeship training, innovation and enhanced partnerships in the Red Seal trades.Demand for skilled tradespeople is expected to remain strong as the economy moves toward recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic. Between 2019 and 2028, about 700,000 skilled trades workers are also expected to retire. Meeting these demands will require the recruitment and training of thousands of additional skilled workers.In Canada, young women continue to be less likely to express interest in a career in the skilled trades. According to an OECD survey, only 2% of 15-year-old female students indicated they were planning to pursue a career in the skilled trades.The Government of Canada invests significantly in apprenticeships through grants, loans, tax credits, Employment Insurance benefits during in-school training, project funding and support for the Red Seal program. The Government is also working with the provinces and territories to harmonize apprenticeship training requirements in targeted Red Seal trades. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). 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King-size deals on Crew Cab pickups

first_imgManufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $57,898Nissan Canada Incentive*: $15,000Unhaggle Savings: $500Total Savings: $15,500Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,935Total Before Tax: $44,333 Click here for exclusive local dealer pricingHeading into 2018, the Nissan Titan is now offered with an extended cab and longer bed — otherwise it stands pat. The featured Pro-4X Crew Cab is nicely attired with a seven-inch infotainment system along with a 12-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system and navigation with voice recognition for both, NissanConnect and Siri Eyes Free. Throw in the front captain’s chairs with an eight-way power driver’s seat and you have a comfortable interior.Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, front/rear park assist with back-up camera and rain-sensing wipers are standard. Other safety features like lane keep assist are not offered.The Pro-4X’s five-foot-six short box features a spayed-in bed liner, an elaborate rail system for lashing down loads and a handy 110-volt outlet for power tools. It’s rated for a 731-kg payload.The Titan is powered by a 5.6L V8 that puts 390 hp and 394 lb.-ft. of torque at the driver’s disposal. It powers all four wheels through a seven-speed automatic. The 4×4 system features two-wheel-drive, four-high and four-low. It is part-time so the four-wheel-drive modes should not be used on high traction surfaces. Nissan also says four-high should not be used at speeds over 100 kilometres an hour. The Titan has trailer brake control and checking the trailer lights is a one-person operation thanks the Remote Trailer Light Check system. The combination brings a 4,195-kg towing capacity and a posted average fuel economy of 14.1 L/100 km.The Pro-4X features Bilstein off-road shock absorbers, electronic locking rear differential to shift the power from a spinning wheel to the one with traction and front tow hooks. The ride is firm without being uncomfortable when the road takes a turn for the worse and the steering is accurate to the feel. This and decent roll control makes it sportier (a term used advisedly) than most of its peers.The Nissan Titan Pro-4X Crew Cab Short Box arrives with the largest combined Unhaggle discount of $15,500, which drops the sticker to $44,333.Transport Canada lists two recalls for the featured Ford F-150 SuperCrew. The first (#2018165) states, “On certain vehicles, a clip that locks the gear shift cable to the transmission may not be fully seated.” Dealers will inspect the shift cable locking clip and reseat it as necessary. The second (#2018164) says, “On certain vehicles, a roll pin attaching the park pawl rod guide cup to the transmission case may not have been installed.” Dealers will inspect and install the missing roll pin as necessary. There are no recalls listed for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or Nissan Titan.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab a Marginal for the small front driver-side offset test, but Good ratings for the other crash tests. It has a Basic rating for forward collision prevention and a Poor score for headlight performance. The Ford F-150 SuperCrew has Good scores for all crash tests, including the small front driver-side offset impact, and a Superior for forward collision prevention with optional equipment, but a Poor for headlight performance. The Nissan Titan Crew gets the same Good crash test scores as the F-150, but a Marginal for headlight performance. It is not rated for forward collision prevention.The projected resale value of these full-sized 4×4 pickups in 2023, after being driven an average of 20,000 km/year, is $21,190 for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2LZ Crew Cab, $23,790 for the Ford F150 Lariat SuperCrew and $19,740 for the Nissan Titan Pro-4X Crew Cab.When buying a pickup truck finding a knowledgeable sales person is as important as picking the truck itself. The build permutations — wheelbase, cab type, box length, rear-drive/4×4 and engine/transmission choices plus extras ranging from axle ratios and trim levels to options, packages, paint colours and add-ons like box extenders and tie-downs — make it a daunting task. When you factor in the possibilities there are millions of different ways of building a Ford F-150 and Chevrolet is not far behind, so get it right at the time of purchase! Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” advertisement Graeme Fletcher combines manufacturers’ incentives from Unhaggle.com with resale value, dependability and overall ratings to find you the best deal for your money in new cars. This week, we look at full-sized, four-wheel-drive pickups. The hot deals are on the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 Crew Cab, Ford F-150 Lariat SuperCrew and Nissan Titan Pro-4X Crew Cab.Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71. OnStar with Automatic Crash Response is part of the package; blind spot monitoring is conspicuous by its absence. Forward collision warning with low speed automatic braking, lane keep assist, front/rear park assist, auto high beams and power-adjustable pedals requires the $1,095 Enhanced Driver Alert package.Out back, the 5-foot-8 short-box is equipped with Chevy’s EZ-Lift/Lower tailgate, a sprayed-in bed liner and a payload rating of 798-kg.The featured Silverado arrives with Chevy’s 5.3L EcoTec3 V8. It makes an effortless 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque — 300 lb.-ft. being available between 2,000 and 5,000 rpm. To improve fuel economy it shuts down cylinders when the loads are low and uses active grille shutters to improve aerodynamics. It drives all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic. The transmission is smooth and has a tow/haul mode. Although designed for those disciplines, it does work like a sport mode when engaged. The 4×4 system includes two-wheel-drive, four-high, four-low and an Auto setting. The featured Silverado is rated to tow 4,128-kilograms and has a posted average fuel economy of 13.8 litres per 100 kilometres.The Z71 package includes an off-road tuned suspension with Rancho shocks, skid plates and a rear Eaton Locker differential. The ride is firmer and the steering heavier than its mainstream siblings, but push hard and the body does roll. All of that stated the Silverado is still easy to live with on a daily basis.The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 Crew Cab short box arrives with a $50,286 sticker after the combined Unhaggle discount of $9,800 is applied.RELATEDx4“>Pickup Review: 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 4×4 Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 From top: 2018 Ford F-150 Lariat SuperCrew, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 Crew Cab and Nissan Titan Pro-4X Crew Cab Ford The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Which of these three full-sized 4×4 pickups is the Unhaggle hot deal boils down to use. If it is for personal use the Nissan Titan has a solid combination of value, features and drivability, although it is thirsty. If it is to see as much work use as personal driving the Chevrolet Silverado or Ford F-150 makes better sense — both have built enviable reputations for long-life toughness over many years. With brand loyalty being what it is, it takes a very brave person to tips the Chevrolet/Ford scale one way or the other — Chevy fans will not buy a Ford and vice versa! See More Videos Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $57,575Chevrolet Canada Incentive*: $7,300Unhaggle Savings: $2,500Total Savings: $9,800Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $2,511Total Before Tax: $50,286 Click here for exclusive local dealer pricingChevrolet has been building pickups since 1918, and a hundred years later the Silverado sees some revisions — a rearview camera and seven-inch touchscreen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is now standard. The featured LTZ Z71 ups the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment touchscreen to a larger eight-inch unit — the buttons and knobs are readily reached and it recognizes smartphone gestures. 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Fees): $1,940Total Before Tax: $47,589 Click here for exclusive local dealer pricingHeading into the 2018 model year the F-150 gets new-looks front and rear, an interior freshening and some powertrain improvements — a new base engine and idle start-stop for all engines. The Lariat’s cabin has heated/cooled, 10-way power front seats and power adjustable pedals, which makes finding the right driving position is a snap. It also features the usual power items, a 60/40 flip-up rear seats and Sync3. The latter has an eight-inch touchscreen, an easy-to-use interface and it supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.A back-up camera and reverse sensing is standard. Blind spot monitoring is a stand-alone option ($650) and should be considered a must. Getting the rest of the safety equipment is more expensive. Lane keep assist and a top-view camera add $1,350 and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and auto braking another $1,750.Out back, the SuperCrew’s five-foot-six box supports Ford’s BoxLink Cargo Management System, which allows items to be fixed in place securely, and a 767-kg payload rating.The Lariat’s 2.7L twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 pushes 325 hp and 400 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,750 rpm, which is up 25-lb.-ft. this year. It drives a multi-mode 10-speed automatic transmission and a 4×4 system. It features two-wheel-drive, four-high, four-low and an Auto setting. This powertrain combination works well, bringing brisk acceleration, a strong mid-range and a 3,447-kg tow capacity — 3,692-kg with the $400 Payload package in place — and a posted average fuel economy of 11.8 L/100 km.The F-150 drives and feels like a truck. At lower speeds the ride is quiet and nicely compliant considering its payload and towing capabilities. At higher cornering speeds it begins to roll and feels, well, like a 2,204-kg pickup.The Ford F-150 Lariat SuperCrew 4×4 with a short box arrives with a large $11,000 combined Unhaggle discount and a per-tax sticker of $47,589.Nissan Titan Pro-4X Crew CabCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Nissan Titan half-ton Trending in Canada Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more


Dish on the Best Santa Monica Restaurants with Santa Monica Travel & Tourism’s Latest Contest

first_imgHomeOpinionColumnsDish on the Best Santa Monica Restaurants with Santa Monica Travel & Tourism’s Latest Contest Aug. 15, 2019 at 5:30 amColumnsFoodNewsTourism TalksDish on the Best Santa Monica Restaurants with Santa Monica Travel & Tourism’s Latest ContestGuest Author2 years agoBib Gourmand AwardcassiaChinoisculinaryLunetteMichael’sMichelin Guide CaliforniaMichelin Platerestaurantsrustic canyonthe lobster By Misti KernsWith more than 400 restaurants, four weekly farmers markets and an array of talented and award-winning chefs, Santa Monica locals have long known that our city is home to a preeminent culinary scene. Earlier this summer, top restaurant critics recognized seven Santa Monica restaurants in the newly launched 2019 MICHELIN GUIDE CALIFORNIA. The famous Michelin stars identify establishments serving the highest quality cuisine – taking into account the quality of the ingredients, the mastery of techniques and flavors, the levels of creativity and consistency.Local restaurants Dialogue and Rustic Canyon both received one-star distinctions and Cassia was recognized with a Bib Gourmand Award, which indicates inspectors’ favorites for good value. Four more Santa Monica restaurants are included in the guide with a Michelin Plate, indicating good cooking, fresh ingredients, capably prepared, or simply a good meal –Chinois on Main, The Lobster, Lunetta and Michael’s.Michelin has spoken, but now it’s your turn to dish on the best restaurants! To celebrate our award-winning culinary scene, Santa Monica Travel & Tourism wants to hear from you about what Santa Monica restaurants you love and consider a “must-visit” when in our beach city. Dish on your favorite Santa Monica eatery using #DineSaMo for a chance to win a $500 gift certificate to one of seven Santa Monica restaurants featured in the Michelin Guide California 2019 – the restaurant is your pick!To enter, simply share your favorite Santa Monica restaurant on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using #DineSaMo. For more details and full terms and conditions, visit https://www.santamonica.com/dinesamo/.Tags :Bib Gourmand AwardcassiaChinoisculinaryLunetteMichael’sMichelin Guide CaliforniaMichelin Platerestaurantsrustic canyonthe lobstershare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentA Field of Beautiful LightProgram expands to help seniors pay rentYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author13 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agolast_img read more


KDDI-backed MPT quietly notches up 1M September SIM sales in Myanmar

first_img Joseph Waring HomeAsiaNews KDDI-backed MPT quietly notches up 1M September SIM sales in Myanmar Asia While most of the attention in Myanmar’s mobile sector has been on the two new foreign players Ooredoo and Telenor, state-owned incumbent Myanma Posts & Telecommunications (MPT) sold more than one million SIM cards in September.MPT, which signed a joint operating agreement with KDDI-Sumitomo in July, now has 9.2 million mobile connections, according to GSMA Intelligence.The deal with the Japanese firms is intended to help the operator upgrade its infrastructure in the capital Yangon and other cities as well as improve its marketing efforts. The operator has refreshed its logo, expanded its call-centre operations and was the first in the country to introduce discounts for calls to a designated list of friends/family.KDDI and Sumitomo are expected to invest about $2 billion in the country over the next ten years.Qatar-based Ooredoo was the first of two foreign firms to launch commercial service in the country’s three major cities and said it had one million customers at the end of August. The company has committed to investing $1 billion this year to roll out 800-1,000 3G base stations to cover 30-40 per cent of the country’s population by the end of the year.Telenor Myanmar launched mobile service in Yangon at the end of October, after a two-week delay, and claims to have “released” one million SIMs in the capital in just one day. The company said it had needed more time to optimise its network as it has faced difficulties rolling out the network during the rainy season as well as delays processing approvals for cell towers.Telenor officially launched service in the country’s second-largest city of Mandalay on 27 September and coverage in Nay Pyi Taw followed about a week later. It now has more than one million SIM cards in circulation in the two cities (giving it a total of well over two million across the country).Given the difficulties Ooredoo and Telenor have faced in negotiating site rentals and securing legal tenancy due to land ownership and documentation challenges in the country, some analysts think MPT is in a strong position to defend its market share since it has an existing base of about 2,000 sites and established connections at the local and national level. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 03 NOV 2014 Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Myanmar operators reveal spyware move Relatedcenter_img Previous ArticleXL reports another loss as network costs soarNext ArticleTelstra brands LTE carrier aggregation service ‘4GX’ Tags Telenor books loss on $780M Myanmar write-off Author KDDI focuses on cost cuts KDDIMPTMyanmarOoredooTelenorlast_img read more