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The Boyz (II Men) Are Back

first_imgMusicThe Boyz (II Men) Are BackIn honor of the R&B group’s new album (out October 21), here’s a tribute to our favorite boy bands of the pastBy Marah Alindogan – October 17, 20141177ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItWhether they were setting the mood with “I’ll Make Love To You” or getting you through a bad break up with “End of the Road,” it’s safe to say that R&B group Boyz II Men is an essential and integral part of the boy band canon. They are the OGs of buttery, mind-melting a cappella harmonies, but more than that they are, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, the most commercially successful R&B group of all time.Seeing as they’ve been relatively quiet since dominating the first half of the ‘90s, it might be easy to assume they had either retired or disbanded (heaven forbid). But you know what they say about people who assume: Sometimes they’re wrong. In reality, Boyz II Men has never stopped making music: They spent much of the last decade touring and making cover albums. In the past year, the band has been performing shows at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. They also made an appearance on Andi Dorfman’s season of The Bachelorette, where a slew of men made fools of themselves trying to perform one of the band’s classic tunes.The boys have also been back in the studio, and they are set to release their highly anticipated new album Collide on October 21. Diehard fans are in for an even bigger treat: The group will perform at a free concert on Monday, October 20 at The Americana at Brand to celebrate the album’s release.Inspired by Boyz II Men’s resurgence, we couldn’t help ourselves—we had to check in on the other boy bands of our tweeny pasts. Read on to see what some of our favorites were up to in their prime and where you can find them now.Backstreet BoysPhotographs courtesy of Flickr/Starbright and facebook.com/backstreetboysThen:The Backstreet Boys skyrocketed to fame after the debut of their eponymous album in 1997, which included chart toppers like “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” and “As Long As You Love Me.” Eventually, the album rose to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and went platinum a whopping 14 times. The band’s third studio album, Millennium, found even more success: With the single “I Want It That Way” leading the charge, it sold over one million copies in its first week. In fact, having sold more than 130 million albums over the course of their career, Backstreet Boys are the best selling boy band of all time.Now:Their famed song may say that “Backstreet’s back,” but in reality, they never really left. Despite Nick Carter and Brian Littrell’s solo careers, A.J. McLean’s battle with drug and alcohol addiction, Kevin Richardson quitting the group (but coming back!), five weddings, and the birth of several children, BSB has never taken much of a break when it comes to performing and producing albums (they have 14). In 2011 they formed a superalliance with New Kids On The Block (#NKOTBSB) and embarked on a world tour in May of 2013 to promote their newest album, In a World Like This. Recently, the band has been making the rounds in movies (they appeared in This Is The End), at awards shows, and even at the White House, where they performed two of their original songs at the Christmas in Washington television special. For the hardcore BSB devotee, the band hosts a four-day fan cruise each year. Yes, their wives and children go; no, no one cares, because even in their late 30s and early 40s, those boys know how to work a crowd.*NSYNCPhotographs courtesy facebook.com/nysncThen:Riding on the coattails of BSB’s success, *NSYNC catapulted to stardom after the Disney Channel aired a concert special featuring the newest boy band in town. (Coincidentally, *NSYNC was only offered the gig because the Backstreet Boys had other plans.) Before the special, their self-titled album sat at #82 on the Billboard charts. After it aired, it went all the way to #9. Their second album, No Strings Attached, sold nearly 2.5 million copies in its first week alone, and they had no problem saying “Bye, Bye, Bye” to the bottom of the charts.Now:The group took a hiatus in 2000. And then, you know, that whole Justin Timberlake thing happened, Lance Bass tried to go to the moon, and JC Chasez became a judge on America’s Best Dance Crew. *NSYNC surprised fans at the 2013 Video Music Awards when they reunited for a few short minutes during Timberlake’s epic performance, after which Lance Bass crushed the hopes and dreams of loyal *NSYNC-ers when he said that the group has no future plans to reunite.98 DegreesPhotograph courtesy facebook.com/98degreesThen:The mention of 98 Degrees dredges up memories of Nick Lachey’s brief marriage to Jessica “is tuna fish or chicken?” Simpson, but in reality they were one of more popular boy bands of the ’90s. Hits like “Thank God I Found You” (a collaboration with Mariah Carey and Joe) and “True To Your Heart” earned the band several platinum awards. In the early ’00s, the group decided to pump the brakes.Now:With a newfound commitment to each other and the glorious pursuit of pop music, 98 Degrees reunited in 2012. The group embarked on a joint tour called “The Package” with New Kids On The Block and Boyz II Men in 2013 and released their fourth studio album, 2.0, in May of the same year.New Kids On The BlockPhotograph courtesy facebook.com/nkotbThen:Also known as “NKOTB,” the group found much success in the late 1980s and early ’90s. After dismal fan reactions to their first two singles “Be My Girl” and “Stop It Girl” (a situation which nearly caused Columbia Records to drop the group), fans listened to the boys’ last-chance pleas in the single “Please Don’t Go Girl,” a hit that rose to #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. Rough start aside, they became one of the most popular boy bands ever with over 80 million records sold worldwide. The band’s most successful album was Step By Step, which went triple platinum and sold nearly 20 million copies. NKOTB also had one heck of a fan base; its official fan club had over 200,000 members, one of the largest in the United States.Now:The group disbanded in 1994, just in time for BSB to have their day in the sun. The band quietly reunited in 2007, and a year later they began releasing singles and going on tours with other groups (including Boyz II Men) with mild success. This past summer, NKOTB took a page out of BSB’s book and brought their swoon-worthy vocals (and looks) up to the skies when they put on a “#NKOTB Party Plane.” Fans hung out with NKOTB as they flew to Las Vegas for a concert at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. Recently, they were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where it was apparent that they have not lost their touch: in spite of their heyday being long over, one woman fainted during the ceremony.O-TownPhotograph courtesy facebook.com/otownofficialThen:Despite rising to fame on MTV’s Making the Band (and Ashley Parker Angel’s totally dreamy face), the band could not compete with its more successful counterparts. Their first single, “Liquid Dreams,” peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Their second single, “All or Nothing” reached #1 on the U.S. Top 40 chart, making it the biggest song of the band’s short-lived career.Now:After the group split in 2003, its members took on solo careers. Their reason for disbanding, sent out in e-mail to all their fans, was due to the changing climate of the music industry (a.k.a the death of the teen-pop genre). In January of 2011, the group solidified plans for a reunion, but APA was noticeably absent to every O-Town fan’s dismay. “O-Town was one of the greatest chapters of my life, so when the idea of a reunion was brought to me, of course I was intrigued,” Angel said in a statement. “However I have made the decision not to be a part of an O-Town reunion. It was a difficult decision, but ultimately necessary to move on with the next chapter of my career.” Not sure what that chapter is (he was most recently on our radar for taking a nearly naked selfie for a good cause), but hey, best of luck to him. In the meantime, the other four members of O-Town released a new album, Lines & Circles, in August of this year. TAGS*NSYNC98 Degreesbackstreet boysBoyz II MenBrian LittrellJC ChasezJessica SimpsonJustin TimberlakeLance BassMirage Hotel and CasinoNew Kids On The BlockNick CarterNick LacheyNKOTBO-TownPlanet Hollywood Resort and CasinoThe BacheloretteThis is the EndPrevious articleBreeders’ Cup: Sights and SoundsNext articleThe Weekender: San Miguel de AllendeMarah Alindogan RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORWatch *NSYNC Accept Their Star on the Hollywood Walk of FameLance Bass Shares His Personal Guide to Brunching in L.A.“Tell Me Why,” Or, a Sound Argument for Seeing the Backstreet Boys in Las Vegaslast_img read more

 

‘We never talked about it’: As opioid deaths rise, families of color stay silent

first_img 52 weeks, 52 faces: Obituaries narrate lives lost to the opioid epidemic But interviews here and around the country by STAT found that the invisibility of blacks, Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans in the opioid crisis also reflects a cultural divide that comes both from outside and within minority communities.Nationally, deaths from opioids — primarily fentanyl, prescription painkillers, and heroin — continue to climb. From 8,400 opioid overdose deaths in 2000, the fatalities now surpass 33,000. White Americans made up 82 percent of those deaths in 2014; blacks and Latinos comprised just 8 and 7 percent respectively.But those thousands of deaths are rarely publicly discussed.The stigma of addiction is one factor. Contending with shame and the real or imagined judgement of others is hard for any family. Addiction also brings with it the baggage of long association with criminality, unemployment, and violence — characteristics that have been stereotypically attributed to blacks, Latinos, and immigrants.“I’m a black person,” said Dr. Helena Hansen, a New York University psychiatrist and anthropologist who researches addiction and race. “And if I were to die of an opioid overdose, my mother would not say anything about my overdose death, because she is working against stereotypes of black women as addicts and sex workers.”“As Mexicans, we get called enough names,” Noriega said. “And then to be called a junkie, too? No. We’d just rather take care of our own and keep it quiet.”Instead, said Devin Reaves, a social worker and drug counselor in Philadelphia, “there are code words. So [the obituary] might say, ‘Johnny died suddenly in his sleep.’ But if Johnny is 25 and not 70, and he didn’t have a heart condition, he probably overdosed. And nobody knows he died of an overdose until we see it on Facebook.” Iman Numan holds an obituary for her nephew, Peter Alraihani. Rachel Woolf for STAT Related: Privacy Policy Inside a DEA drug lab, a race to identify dangerous new opioids Related: Tags addictionHealth Disparitiesopioidsrace That’s if there is an obituary at all, said Albert Gilbert, an addiction counselor in Detroit.“[Black families] don’t have funerals for those people,” he said. “We cremate those people. You’re kicked out of the family for that behavior, and the family is often glad when [the addict dies] and it’s finally over.”Hansen, who works at a public hospital, sees this often.“Sometimes I have to go and identify the body of a client who has overdosed,” she said, “because they’re estranged or have lost touch with their families.”Iman Numan stands in the funeral home her family owns in Hazel Park, Mich. Rachel Woolf for STATA similar silence often surrounds overdose deaths among immigrant families. Iman Numan, an Iraqi-American who owns a funeral home in the Detroit suburb of Hazel Park, lost her 26-year-old nephew Peter Alraihani to heroin in 2014.Recalling his years-long struggle with addiction, she said, “there was always a question in his eyes, and it was there when he died.”His obituary didn’t mention his drug use, nor have his immediate family spoken publicly about it.Since then Numan, who is also a social worker, has started a support group at her church for families struggling with addiction.“We first had a good turnout,” she said. “Some people would just come and sit and listen and never talk about their own families. And then they would stop coming. For most of the families we know, there is still some denial and closed-mindedness, still some shame.”But she admits her own family members have wrestled with similar feelings. “We left Iraq for a better life. We are very loyal to this land and we feel very bad when our children fail in this society that has welcomed us.” By Leah Samuel Feb. 13, 2017 Reprints Health‘We never talked about it’: As opioid deaths rise, families of color stay silent Leave this field empty if you’re human: Hansen sees the racial stigma on drug use as a vestige of the war on drugs that began in the 1970s. As heroin (and later, crack cocaine) ravaged black and Latino communities, policies designed to fight the epidemic were largely punitive, with many addicts getting jail time rather than treatment.Now, she says, with more white deaths, that approach to addiction has gotten more scrutiny. “When the victims are coming from white, suburban and rural areas where people are better organized and feel that they deserve better, we no longer blame addicted people because it’s no longer politically supportable,” she said. “Instead, we’re taking a harm reduction approach and expanding access to naloxone kits. And we have Good Samaritan laws to maximize the reporting of overdoses and save lives. It’s the image of the epidemic that drives policies.”Numan pointed out those policies as reason for families like hers to acknowledge addiction in their community.“They have all these ways of getting help, and we don’t know about them because we don’t want to accept that our kids are using,” she said. “But we need to come up with a way to voice this or more of them are going to overdose.”Noriega agrees. A recovering addict herself, she said that being open and honest is more helpful than secrecy.“I’m done being quiet about it,” she said before heading off to join the march. “That doesn’t keep anybody sober and it damn sure doesn’t keep anybody alive.” In part that reflects the makeup of the epidemic itself: While deaths among white Americans have soared, those among blacks and Latinos have stayed relatively steady. There’s a new honesty these days about drug abuse. In obituaries, media interviews, and letters to lawmakers, families that have lost loved ones to overdoses are naming the drugs that killed them.As more and more people emerge from the shadows to put a face on the nation’s opioid epidemic, however, faces of color are notably absent.advertisement Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Please enter a valid email address. DETROIT — When Ria Noriega’s cousin Manuel died of a heroin overdose six years ago, his obituary mentioned his quick wit and his model-car collection. But it made no mention of the overdose that killed him.“We never really talked about it,” Noriega said, standing near the banks of the Detroit River at a rally against heroin earlier this month, where about 30 people were gathered on a chilly afternoon.“It was kind of a Mexican pride thing, I guess. I mean, people already don’t want us here, so being a drug addict kind of makes it worse.”advertisementlast_img read more

 

St. Matthews House fighting food insecurity in the community

first_imgWhere to get free food in SWFL April 26 – 29 April 26, 2021 Where to get free food in SWFL this week June 15, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Warehouse to help St. Matthew’s House better serve SWFL residents in need May 11, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementTags: St. Matthew’s House Advertisementcenter_img AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments One year later and many are still in need of food. Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 42 million people may experience food insecurity. That includes around 13 million children.“Pre pandemic we might’ve served around 400 households or families in one month. During this pandemic we are now serving 10’s of thousands of people,” said Ashlie Johnson, Director of Engagement at St. Matthews House.She says they’ve fed over 130,000 families in the last year of the pandemic.They are on pace to feed over 180,000 families in 2021. St. Matthews House already fed over 45,000 families in the first 3 months of this year. Advertisement“We know the need hasn’t gone down. We hope it does eventually and people be better off but the need is still there so we want to continue to help as many people as possible,” said Johnson.To help meet the need, local parishes have volunteered their time in an effort to stop hunger in our counties.“We have found that our need has grown in this area alone. We used to serve just 448 homes and now we have one more pallet of 112 more families that we can help,” says Diane Scherer, a volunteer with St. Elizabeth Church. Hungry? St. Matthew’s House is giving away food in SWFL today June 3, 2021 Advertisementlast_img read more

 

16 things to keep in mind as Silage Season comes to a conclusion

first_img WhatsApp Facebook Home We Are Laois A Bit of Fun 16 things to keep in mind as Silage Season comes to a… We Are LaoisA Bit of Fun Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest TAGSSilage 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin By Donal Miller – 21st June 2019 GAA Twitter GAA 16 things to keep in mind as Silage Season comes to a conclusion Twitter Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory If you see farmers in Laois out frantically watching the weather, it is because Silage Season is coming to an end and it has been tricky this year.The promised Leaving Cert weather didn’t materialize this year meaning that silage cutting was severely delayed and some of it still has to be done.Here are the most common occurrences experienced on our typical Irish farm and some advice for the farmers, their wives and possible contractors.1 – Fathers, refer to your wife as ‘Mother’ in front of the contractors or extra help. It gives your business that formal tone and let’s the wife know her husband means business. “Mother, have you got the tae ready”… Almost akin to the other statement said the remaining 50 weeks of the year, “Mother have you got the blue cards?”2 – Wives – keep the dinners simple. Bacon and a bit of cabbage will do. These lads would eat standing up and no one wants to be caught short on a tractor. The reliable dock leaves are no more and the few that remain are laced with roundup.3 – Miwadi sales reportedly go through the roof this time of year! We all know the farmers who skimp on the MiWadi. “Sure lads you may as well be drinking cat p***!4 – There’s always that one farmer that likes Brown Chef sauce on everything. Including the salad.5 – Most farmers have a dog called Shep. If being chased by said dog, loudly scream, “go home Shep”. If Shep fails to respond, he is possibly more used to, “Go home you f*****g eejit of a dog!”. That’s sure to do the trick.6 – Farmers’ wives have an unusual habit of organising trips here and there with their like-minded friends at Silage Time. Trips to Dublin should not be tolerated. Commitment is paramount.7 – For years farmers have relied on looking up to the skies for weather reports. Ye may forget about the Sailor’s Sky and get the young lad (your own or the fella’s down the road) to download a good weather app. Hour by hour updates. You won’t know yourself.8 – Don’t be ‘that’ farmer the contractors visit when no one else wants them because a tornado is due any minute. Hold steadfast, don’t be the pushover! There’s a massive difference between a ‘light mist’ and a torrential downpour!9 – Speaking of the pushy contractors, try and get them to cut down in the evening, when the sugars are at their highest. Sure didn’t you learn that on the Green Cert?! Even better, a 24-hour wilt on the ground! This is the season we find out who was listening to the ‘young wan’, fresh out of an Ag Science Degree from UCD. Thanks Teagasc!10 – Expect breakdowns. They’re part and parcel of the season and this is when the socialising takes place. Appreciate all the like-minded people around you. God knows it’ll be another month or two before the harvest.11 – When fixing breakdowns make sure you gather up all tools. Many an evening has been lost due to said tools going up through a harvester. The clatter can be heard miles away!12 – Don’t forget the cool beers when the lads finish for the evening! Avoid leaving them in the parlour. No one likes a warm Carlsberg. A few cheese and onion crisps go down a treat too! ‘Something tasty’ as the fella says.13 – No man is fond of a salad. That’s for the women. We’d love a feed of steak in the evening, but we’ll settle for a few rasher sandwiches.14 – Recruit your lazy sons. No point in hiring lads when you’ve one or two of your own who are too damn lazy to gather up a four-grain fork. No one wants to be rearing the useless lad the contractors talk about! Acting the part is so important, as is putting on a good show!15 – Finally, all hands on deck to cover the pit! No excuses. Women, children and whatever neighbour you can find. Even the toddler, when placed correctly, can hold down a black plastic corner!16 – Most importantly, BE SAFE. The above is all for laughs but we want our farmers and contractors home safe every night. And remember, enjoy these hours and the excuse of not having to be home at night by six! If you leave it until ten, she’ll have the children in bed and the bins out.SEE ALSO – Major supermarket chain returning to Electric Picnic once again Previous articleInjury problems for Laois footballers ahead of Qualifier clash with DerryNext article‘Hunter’ has arrived at The Heritage Hotel & Spa Donal MillerDonal Miller hails from the picturesque village of Vicarstown. Married to Emma, they have one daughter Beth-Anne. He enjoys football, politics, farming and generally anything that’s newsworthy. His proudest achievement is kicking a point in the Leinster final in 2003 as well as winning the Laois Javelin. You can follow him on Twitter on @millerdonallast_img read more

 

Antipodean Group Pushing Engagement Line

first_img Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The recently released UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) reportinto North Korean human rights has reinforced the sense that addressing thesystemic abuses perpetrated by the regime in Pyongyang has never been a moreurgent task.   At the same time, hints of a fourth nuclear test amid aprotracted period of regional tension imply that the current status quo ofinternational sanctions and condemnation is unlikely to change for theforeseeable future. North Korea certainly appears to perplex the geopoliticalplayers of Northeast Asia. Even more so in South Korea, where advocates ofPresident Park Geun Hye’s principled stance and backers of variations ofengagement continue to publicly lock horns over the most effective way toinduce change in the North. Since March 1974, the NZ-DPRK society has taken a differentapproach, openly engaging and exchanging with the North via a number of small-scaleprojects. These range from a friendship school in Pyongyang to a cooperativestudy of migratory birds. Its leaders hope that awareness and understandingwill grow out of the process. As other organizations engaging the North Korean regime haveundoubtedly been asked, is any engagement good engagement? For some, the Westdoes not have a glowing record on human rights and should not comment onothers. For many, however, a relativistic approach falls spectacularly flat inthe face of damning evidence of extraordinary human rights abuses.For better or worse, as one of only a handful oforganizations on amicable terms with North, the organization possesses insightinto a society insufficiently understood by the outside world. Daily NK satdown with Chairman Don Borrie and Secretary Peter Wilson to hear their views onunification, the nuclear threat and building trust with the North.  Could you brieflyexplain the origins of the NZ-DPRK Society?Don Borrie (DB): I wanted to form a society after beinginvolved in the Peace Movement during the Vietnam War. I had come to realizeNew Zealanders knew nothing about Korea, just as they knew nothing about Vietnam.Shortly after I became the General Secretary of the Student Christian Movement,I was contacted out of the blue by the [South] Korean Students’ Association.  The Korean Student Christian Federation in Seoul were beingpersecuted by their government for supporting the traditional farmers when thegovernment was seeking to amalgamate farm ownership and squeeze the littlefarmers out. They were accused of being communist, subverting South Korea andsupporting the North Koreans. As I discovered later they had had next to nocontact with North Koreans, but were nevertheless accused of beingcollaborators and were put in prison. We then developed support actions ontheir behalf from here in New Zealand.  During my time as secretary I formed a relationship withGerman economist Wolf Rosenberg to collaborate and form a friendship society justas socialist countries used to do as part of their foreign policy outreach.  We formed the society with the idea that itwasn’t going to be mass movement, but would be made up of volunteers who wouldconcentrate on the DPRK, as we felt the DPRK voice was not being heard. New Zealand in the 1970s saw deep-seated intellectualbattles in the world of the left between the Maoists and the Trotskyites. TheNorth Koreans, however, claimed to be an ally of both and sought to walk amiddle path.  We accepted this as we weredetermined to portray a position true to the DPRK.  In doing so we walked a tightrope between thetwo planks of international socialism, while at the same time appreciating the traditionsof the ancient Korean civilization. We have not been overly influenced by the [NorthKorean] administration. But I think that we have been not as critical of them asmany in the West who are instinctively hostile.              So the society’s foundingphilosophy was one very much embedded in the politics of the time?DB: When we founded the society America was still engaged inVietnam, which led to their defeat. They have since been working to reasserttheir control. But from the DPRK’s point of view they had never wanted to breakwith the Americans in any fundamental way until they had to cope with theiraggression that culminated in the Korean War. There were more casualties per capita in that war than in World War II.The DPRK have been mixed in their attitude toward the Americans ever since. Is the North Koreangovernment open to anyone who shows an interest?DB: To my surprise they have been open to right-wingAmericans. For example, in the mid-1990s I took a group of Polynesian dancersto the April Festival in Pyongyang and Billy Graham was also there with a groupof musicians. They used to welcome most outsiders who expressed aninterest in their society.  They havesince learned that people come into the country with a variety of motivations,ranging from hostility to genuine interest in them as a people. Journalistshave borne the brunt of this, and are now seen as untrustworthy.  While they are not adverse to journalists,they’re certainly very reluctant.   How do you reconcileyour approach with the known atrocities carried out by the regime?DB: International relationships are multifaceted and I don’tthink New Zealanders can take a position of being “pure.” For instance, NewZealand rates with the America in having one of the highest incarceration ratesof indigenous peoples in the world. We are conducting our own racist policies.However, it’s true that DPRK doesn’t have our libertarian traditions and there areelements in both North and South Korea that are, in my view, quite cruel to peoplewho don’t toe the line.Peter Wilson (PW): Prison camp numbers have actually beendropping since the early 1990s. While these things exist, we have to rememberthat China has announced it will be closing its last work camp by the end ofthe year. This would not be the case if Nixon and Kissinger had never gone toChina, and the rest of the world kept them isolated. Just criticizing a countrydoes nothing to help the situation. There will be change if you bring them intothe fold, create dialogue and establish trading relationships, which issomething the North wants. You’re suggesting thefull removal of sanctions?PW: Yes. They shouldn’t be there in the first place.DB: Sanctions are the first staging post of a war, and weare still at war with the DPRK. We have not taken the initiative to change theArmistice Agreement to a Peace Treaty, and we have politicized our developmentpolicy in relation to the DPRK. It’s gone from a humanitarian tool to a weapondesigned to destabilize the regime. The economic sanctions have to go. We need to allow theKoreans to benefit from what we can offer but at the same time we have to beprepared to become an honest nation that admits our own faults, weaknesses andfears.  It is not for us to assume thatour form of society is the world’s best. There is no society which is theworld’s best. If we find a way to communicate and exchange our ideas, skillsand talents, we can live in peace.Assuming thesanctions stay, how can the international community best serve the North Koreanpeople?DB: We must get off their backs. We’ve got to change [NewZealand’s] policy from being one dominated by the United States, which ischaracterized by the lynchpin of fear.  TheAmericans are motivated by fear – fear of the enemy. The enemy is assumed to bethe people that America doesn’t agree with. We must wake up to the reality thatthere are other civilizations that we must live with, and learn to appreciatethem. We must also be rid of the pervasive propaganda with respect to ourenemies and open up our relationships to establish friendship and trust.How have you managedto build trust with the North?DB: I think that our small group has forged significantrelationships with the North Koreans and I think they really appreciate ourstickabiltiy. I’ve spent most of my adult life working on this question, and ina sense have come to be recognized as someone who is prepared to standalongside people who are strange and not walk away.  PW: There is currently a level of trust at the civil societylevel, but not at the governmental level as the New Zealand government at leastis perceived to be too close to Washington. They are not seen as taking anindependent line.  Do you get any senseof how the North Koreans perceive the Park Geun Hye administration?DB: It seems the relationship between North and South variesfrom verbal denunciations of the other in very lurid terms, to periodicexchanges of military might. But underneath all this I think there are avariety of conversations going on that we are not party to.PW: We get little glimpses of this. We hear the Ministry ofUnification saying, “If our cousins to the North are prepared to do X then wewould be prepared to do it.” These are symbolic things, like hiking and cyclingtours. You could say this is separate from politics but it’s all part of thebigger picture. The oceans are made up of many little drops. How did you rate thesunshine policy?DB: I was skeptical initially but I did feel a window hadbeen opened at the presidential level. That the DPRK leadership was open todialogue was a revelation to the skeptical West. It is a tragedy that themomentum generated on that dialogue was cut short. I put this down to theAmericans who became perturbed over the possibility of a Korean rapprochement thatwasn’t conducted by them. The Americans in my view are using South Korea – notfor the sake of the South Koreans but for the sake of themselves.How do you respond to those in the South that embrace the U.S. military presence?DB: We can see that aspects of the South Korean culture havebeen mesmerized by the West, and there has been an uncritical acceptance of theconcept of the accumulation of wealth as a central feature of development. Oneof the deepest anxieties of the North and one of their motivations for hangingon to their own values and systems is the danger that westernization will leadto a loss of “Koreanness.”  They areproud of their identity and history. However, their homogeneity probably has to adapt to therealities of global diversity. When a North Korean delegation visited NewZealand in 2012 they were surprised and troubled by our cultural diversity, andwere in disbelief that we could live together. Their attitude is that Korea isfor Koreans. It’s almost a feeling of anxiety and anger that their cousins inthe South have become so enmeshed in the ways of the West. I don’t think,however, that the West doesn’t have anything to offer. South Korea should adopta more independent policy and pursue economic and political social contactswith their neighbors. What form ofunification do you support?DB: Kim Il Sung talked of unification happening in stages,which is probably realistic. He talked of the returning to the common identity,and a reunification of the two nations under the state of Koryo. He acceptedthere were fundamental differences in the two Koreas’ economic systems and hedidn’t believe change could be forced. The development of a relevant Koreansystem of economic activity was always going to take a generation or two, butit’s supposed to be gradual. In a deeper sense it’s about the coming togetherof the two societies. But at the same time not destroying the integrity thatthe [North] had fought for in standing up to the Americans. PW: Unification is really something for the Korean people todecide. It can’t happen while there is still an Armistice Agreement in place ofa peace mechanism. The agreement was foisted on the peninsula by external actors.Thus we could argue that it’s really the international community’s responsibilityto work to end this state of war – whether that is through a peace treaty or apeace mechanism or something else. Then the decision to unify should be left tothe Koreans themselves. What has stopped aPeace Treaty going forward?PW: Apathy, and that others are scared of the United States.Nobody is prepared to stand up to them as they are beholden to things liketrade. The Americans want to keep their troops in Asia, close to China. Thecurrent situation is one of benign neglect. Obama talks of “strategic patience”but that’s just ignoring the problem. What’s your take onthe North Korean nuclear issue?DB: [New Zealand] is currently following a dangerous line inallowing its policy to be formed alongside the United States vis-a-vis theDPRK, because the DPRK are now in a position where they face being eliminatedby nuclear weapons. We must remove this fear. They are convinced they have toplay the US at their own game, that they are only a little power, and that theycan only take symbolic action. Thus they have elected to engage in nuclearthreats. I’m deeply disturbed by this but I can see it from their point ofview; if they hadn’t developed some way to retaliate then they could have gonethe way of Iraq.PW: Last year there were reports in the Chinese and SouthKorean media that North Korea had diverted more than 250,000 of their militaryinto building infrastructure. When I was there in July I asked a senior DPRK officialabout this and he said, “Yes, now that we have a basic nuclear deterrent, wecan afford to relax a bit and put our labor to more constructive uses.” What next for thesociety?PW: We will continue to engage in low-key contacts.  This leads to better understanding on allsides which is what we are really all about. DB: We are engaged in a variety of things to bring together smallgroups of New Zealand society with small groups of Korean society. In this waywe can develop friendships and build trust with each other. Antipodean Group Pushing Engagement Line Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Analysis & Opinion AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] center_img Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion By Daily NK – 2014.05.06 7:50am Facebook Twitter Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke”last_img read more

 

Basel toughens capital rules for banks’ trading books

Share this article and your comments with peers on social media OSFI seeks to step up sector’s cyber resilience James Langton Global banking regulators issued a new set of proposals Thursday that aim to improve the setting of capital requirements for banks’ trading books. The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision first issued a consultation paper proposing a fundamental review of capital requirements for trading books back in May 2012. This second paper sets out more detailed proposals, and provides a draft text for a revised market risk framework. Keywords Banking industryCompanies Basel Committee on Banking Supervision How should banks allocate capital for crypto? “This initiative forms part of the Committee’s broader agenda to reform regulatory standards for banks in response to the financial crisis,” it says. The committee says the proposed revised framework includes: a revised boundary between the trading book and banking book that reduces the incentives for regulatory arbitrage; a shift from value-at-risk to expected shortfall in an effort to better capture “tail risk”; and, the incorporation of the risk of market illiquidity. It also aims to create a revised standardized approach that represents a credible fallback to internal models, and is appropriate for banks that do not require sophisticated measurement of market risk. For banks using an internal models-based approach, it introduces a more rigorous model approval process, and more consistent identification and capitalization of material risk factors. And, it establishes a closer calibration of the two approaches, by requiring mandatory calculation of the standardized approach by all banks, and mandatory public disclosure of standardized capital charges by all banks. The Committee is also considering the possibility of introducing the standardized approach as a floor, or surcharge to the models-based approach. It says it will only make a final decision on this issue after undertaking research to assess the impact and interactions of the standardized and models-based approaches. Comments on the consultation paper are due by Jan. 31, 2014. Translating climate risks into financial risks takes work Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

 

ShEqual launches to transform advertising in Australia with support from industry and government leaders

first_imgShEqual launches to transform advertising in Australia with support from industry and government leaders Women’s Health VictoriashEqual – an Australian first initiative to realise equality in advertising – launched Monday with the support of industry and government leaders.An initiative of Women’s Health Victoria, CEO Dianne Hill said: “Women’s Health Victoria is proud to launch shEqual. shEqual aims to positively transform Australia’s advertising landscape. I hope shEqual will start a national conversation about how advertising can be a powerful force for driving gender equality and ending violence against women.”shEqual launches with support from strategic partners in the advertising industry, government and beyond including: Clemenger Group, Respect Victoria, The Shannon Company, OMD Australia, Our Watch, Venus Comms, Marmalade, RMIT University and City of Melbourne.Remarking on the broad support for shEqual, Ms Hill said: “I look forward to seeing advertising agencies and brands taking the shEqual pledge and committing to changing the advertising they produce, and how they do business. Advertising equality is a benefit to our community and a win for business.”shEqual is supported by funding from the Victorian Government, with Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams MP launching the brand at the event. Reflecting on the launch, Ms Williams remarked: “The Victorian Government is committed to taking serious action on gender equality. shEqual represents a unique opportunity to work collaboratively with the advertising industry to achieve this outcome.”CEO of Respect Victoria, Tracey Gaudry, also attended the event, said: “Respect Victoria is proud to be a strategic partner of shEqual and champion this leading initiative with the advertising industry. With 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence commencing Wednesday, this is a timely reminder of the importance of taking action on gender equality, and the role we can all play – individuals, organisations, industry and government – to achieve a society where everyone is safe, equal and respected.”Chris Howatson, CEO of CHE Proximity; Priya Patel, Managing Director of DDB Sydney; Martin Cowie, Chief of People at OMD Australia; and Neysa Goh, Head of Marketing – Oceania for the Puma Group joined legendary social /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. 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). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:activism, Australia, Australian, business, City of Melbourne, community, gender equality, Government, industry, Melbourne, Minister, Oceania, RMIT, RMIT University, university, Victorialast_img read more

 

Audi will showcase these four new hybrids in Geneva

first_imgTrending in Canada ‹ Previous Next › The electric motors delivering those kilometres are integrated into the transmission and work alongside turbocharged direct-injection gas engines. In the A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro, that engine is a 3.0-litre V6 engine that, when mated with the electric motor within the Tiptronic transmission, is good for 443 horsepower and 516 lb-ft. of torque. The other three come with a choice: comfort or sport. In the base 50 TFSI e comfort trim, the A6, A7 and Q5 each make 295 horsepower and 332 lb-ft. of torque; while the sport 55 TFSI e trims put out 363 horsepower and 369 lb-ft. of torque when combined with the electric motors in the dual-clutch transmission. Opting for the sport trim also gets you a more athletic suspension and style. 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 Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Audi’s new plug-in hybrid models for 2019, the Q5, A6, A7 and A8  Audi We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Power recuperation, meanwhile, happens similarly to in the Audi e-Tron, with braking resulting in the recovery of up to 80 kW of energy. No price just yet, but expect more details at the Geneva Motor Show. RELATED TAGSAudiHybridLuxuryGenevaGeneva Motor ShowHybridsLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles Audi has announced it will be adding four new vehicles ranging from a mid-size SUV to a luxury sedan to its ongoing push for electrification, and that the PHEVs will soon be heading to Geneva for the motor show. The Audi Q5, A6, A7 and A8 plug-in hybrids will fall under a new ‘TFSI e’ signet, allowing the e-Tron name to separately represent the brand’s fully electric offerings.All four of the vehicles stake claim to an electric range of over 40 kilometers in the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) cycle, with electric power coming from a lithium-ion battery located under the luggage compartment floor. last_img read more

 

Facebook to acquire WhatsApp for $19B

first_img Facebook agreed to pay a total of $19 billion to acquire WhatsApp, the world’s most popular mobile messaging app.Although Facebook already offers its own messaging app in the form of Facebook Messenger, the deal will allow it to tap into WhatsApp’s user base which is significantly larger in Europe, Brazil, Russia and China.WhatsApp now has 450 million monthly active users and is adding around one million new registered users per day. Around 70 per cent of users are active daily and the volume of messages sent and received is approaching the global total for SMS messages.The deal will see Facebook pay $4 billion in cash and $12 billion in shares, along with $3 billion in restricted stock to be paid to WhatsApp’s founders and employees which will vest four years after the deal closes.WhatsApp will retain its brand and continue to operate independently under the leadership of co-founder and CEO Jan Koum, who also joins the Facebook board of directors. Facebook Messenger will also continue as a standalone app.If the deal is not able to take place, Facebook will pay WhatsApp $1 billion in cash and $1 billion worth of shares.In keeping with its Internet.org initiative, Facebook said the acquisition will help accelerate its “ability to bring connectivity and utility to the world by delivering core internet services efficiently and affordably”.“WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO.In a post on the WhatsApp blog, Koum said that the deal will give the company “the flexibility to grow and expand” and give the team “more time to focus on building a communications service that’s as fast, affordable and personal as possible”.In the face of the Facebook-WhatsApp deal, it seems that Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten got somewhat of a bargain last week when it agreed to acquire messaging app Viber for $900 million.The news also had an impact on BlackBerry which, according to Bloomberg, saw its share price surge by as much as 9 per cent as investors placed greater value on the struggling vendor’s BBM messaging app. Tags WhatsApp sues India over new internet regulations Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more Previous ArticleAmerica Movil eyeing state accord to gain Telekom Austria control — reportNext ArticleBraintree uses Bluetooth to share the bill Home Facebook to acquire WhatsApp for $19B Español India amenaza con actuar contra la nueva política de privacidad de WhatsAppcenter_img Author FacebookTechnologyWhatsApp Related WhatsApp shrugs off India privacy update pressure AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 20 FEB 2014 Tim Ferguson last_img read more

 

ZTE set for full year profit hike

first_imgHomeAsiaNews ZTE set for full year profit hike Previous ArticleHutch, O2 in talks to create UK market leader — reportNext ArticleAT&T completes $2.5B Iusacell acquisition ZTE eyes slice of 5G boom AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 19 JAN 2015 India moves to block Huawei, ZTE Steve Costello Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more FinancialZTEcenter_img Author ZTE expects its 2014 profit to almost double, bolstered by growth in its domestic 4G business as well as its international handset sales.In preliminary results issued today, the company reported a profit attributable to shareholders of CNY2.64 billion (US$424 million), up 94.2 per cent year-on-year, on revenue of CNY81.24 billion, up 8 per cent.In addition to its 4G and devices growth, ZTE also said that ongoing improvements in contract profitability has boosted its gross profit margin for the period.The company has been focussing its efforts on profitability for some time, and it has benefitted from the efforts of China’s operators to rapidly build-out 4G networks.And this particular revenue stream is not yet exhausted: last week ZTE picked up a contract to supply FDD-LTE equipment to China Telecom.It also noted “enhanced” control of financial expenses, such as the reduction of interest payments and the management of foreign exchange exposure.ZTE’s full annual results for 2014 will be announced on 25 March 2015.Last week major rival Huawei also posted strong unaudited financial results for 2014. The vendor expects an operating profit of CNY33.9-34.3 billion – an increase of almost 18 per cent over 2013 – with revenue up 20 per cent to CNY287-289 billion. Tags India to shun China vendors in 5G trials Related Asia last_img read more