News The North Korean authorities have once again given notice that the state distribution of rations will be normalized. According to internal Party documentation, the move will happen in September this year. However, local people are greeting the claim with great circumspection.According to a source, the document explained, “Now we have risen to the level of a nuclear-possessing powerful state, from September we will normalize distribution to all work units.” He believes the authorities plan to meet the obligation by distributing the contents of “No.2” grain stores, which were originally intended for distribution in times of war.Under the so-called ‘byungjin line’, which the Chosun Workers’ Party Central Committee adopted during a plenary session in late March, budget previously used for conventional arms procurement is able to be invested in the wider ‘People’s Economy’. Thereafter, at the start of April the state gave 4.5kg of grains to workers in North Hamkyung and Yangkang provinces, and 2kg to each dependent family member. The source explained, “It seems that the lecture basically meant that ‘We are a nuclear-possessing state now so from this moment on we won’t need military rice’. I think they just plan to take the rice for rations from the No.2 Stores.”“Rations have been already been expanded to include some factories,” he asserted, “but not everyone. Though now word is spreading, causing the price of rice to fall in the market.”However, ordinary people are doubtful about the official claim, and, while they welcome the delivery of any and all rations, most doubt that the situation can persist. Previous promises to normalize rations, in 2005 and again in 2011, were not kept. “The people at the top are saying that there will be normal rations now,” the source said, “but most people are just hopeful that the situation right now can be maintained. Though some are hopeful that the situation will get better given that the authorities mentioned a specific date.”The rice price in Musan, North Hamkyung Province has fallen 700 won in the last week or so, to around 6,000 won per kilo. The source agreed that the reason for the fall is likely to have been the distribution of rations in the area. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News News SHARE Park Seong Guk NewsEconomy There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Facebook Twitter By Park Seong Guk – 2013.04.12 11:52pm Ration Normalization Claim Returns US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again
HomeNewsEducationSMMUSD adds to Noguera’s contract Feb. 22, 2016 at 6:59 amEducationSMMUSD adds to Noguera’s contractJeff Goodman5 years agoachievement gapsboard of educationgail pinskerNewsnoguera contractpedro noguerasandra lyonSanta Monicasanta monica newsschool boardsmmusdsmmusd school board Pedro Noguera’s contract with the Santa Monica-Malibu school district has increased 68 percent over its original amount.The local Board of Education on Thursday allocated an additional $25,000 for the work being done by the renowned educator and sociologist, who was hired last year to address longstanding achievement gaps in the district.The changes account for additional assignments and corrected calculation errors, according to a Feb. 9 memo from Noguera to Supt. Sandra Lyon.The most recent amendment comes on top of a $50,000 increase that was approved last month, according to an SMMUSD report, bringing the entire contract to a total of $185,000.“This request is to revise the contract so that it includes equity review at all schools, expanded stakeholder interviews, and interviews with district leadership, in addition to a corrected calculation of the original work scope,” the memo reads.The number of interview days jumped from four to seven and the number of school visits went up from 12 in the original proposal to 17, including a sampling of preschool programs that is being counted as one visit.“We also came to the conclusion that it would be unwise not to include two days of interviews with senior district personnel in the central office,” the memo reads.Interviews are still in progress, SMMUSD spokeswoman Gail Pinsker said. The district expects a report from Noguera after spring break.“Unfortunately, a calculation error was made in the original proposal/contract which resulted in an underfunded contract,” reads Noguera’s memo. “In order to reduce the impact of the original miscalculation and wrong number of schools, we significantly reduced the cost per review from what it would have been based on the assumptions agreed in the original proposal.”In June, the school board discussed bringing on Noguera in an attempt to curb achievement gaps that persist across racial and socioeconomic lines. His original $110,000 contract was approved in September.Noguera gave the keynote speech at the district’s convocation at the beginning of the school year, saying solutions to the problem must be comprehensive.“We can’t just focus on what happens in the classroom,” he said. “It’s absolutely important, but it’s also important what’s happening outside in the community, especially for kids with more disadvantaged circumstances.”The hiring of Noguera was met by a mixture of hope and cynicism. Although some stakeholders were encouraged by the district’s attempt to address equity issues, others said the problems are too systemic to be solved by one consultant.The district’s achievement gaps were painted in stark terms on recent state tests. In English, pass rates ranged from 45 percent for African-American students and 48 percent for Hispanic students to 78 percent for white students and 83 percent for Asians. Similarly, just 30 percent of black SMMUSD test-takers and 33 percent of Latino students met or exceeded standards in math, while white and Asian students’ rates stood at 69 percent and 77 percent, [email protected] :achievement gapsboard of educationgail pinskerNewsnoguera contractpedro noguerasandra lyonSanta Monicasanta monica newsschool boardsmmusdsmmusd school boardshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentBoys basketball: Crossroads’ Shapiro chooses TuftsCity showcases innovative stormwater capture, water-recycling projects in townYou Might Also LikeBriefsNewsBeach House Begins Community Re-Opening June 15Guest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsInput Invited for Marine Park Improvement ProjectsGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsPublic Health Emphasizes the Importance of Vaccinations as Distancing and Masking Guidelines Relax Next WeekGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNews“Righting Our Wrongs” performance on June 11Guest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsSEATTLE Feds plan to curtail West Coast salmon fishing to help orcasGuest Author2 days agoColumnsNewsOpinionYour Column HereYour column hereGuest Author2 days ago
HomeNewsTwilight Concert Series attracting capacity crowds Jul. 20, 2016 at 6:47 amNewsTwilight Concert Series attracting capacity crowdsMatthew Hall5 years agobill walkercongestionentertainmentjay farrandjudy abdomusicpokemon gosanta monica eventsSanta Monica Fire Departmentsanta monica pier corporation boardsanta monica policesaul rodrigueztrafficTwilight Concert Series If you’re coming to the Twilight Concert Series with the intent of hearing the band, get here early and don’t leave the pier.Large crowds have filled the Santa Monica Pier’s concert venue to capacity in the past two weeks and officials are expecting another large crowd this week due the continued popularity of the series and the particular draw of the July 21 bands.Fire Chief Bill Walker said crowd estimates for the first two shows were about 35,000 people per week. He said the pier deck has a maximum capacity of about 4,500 with the remaining attendees spread across the beach. The July 7 and 14 shows reached capacity relatively quickly and many would-be concertgoers were redirected to the beach, a process that will repeat this week.Pier Board chair Judy Abdo said officials have a responsibility to manage the crowd, and crowd expectations, regardless of its size.“When the pier deck is closed because there’s a large crowd, we need to be really clear with people why it’s happening and that it’s happening and we need to watch really carefully to see if there’s room on the deck to see if we can let more people in,” she said.“It will be better this week from everything I’ve heard, including having signage as people arrive if the deck is closed, letting people know right away they can go on the beach rather than have them come to the entry and be frustrated because they can’t come to the show.”Both Police and Fire officials said larger crowds were requiring more staff but they were confident procedures were in place to address an emergency should one occur.“We got a little nervous with the crowds starting to become larger than we anticipated but we’ve had meetings with everyone involved and to an extent redesigned some things to ensure access and additional fire prevention people to assess the crowd and make good decisions,” said Walker. “We’re all working in concert to manage the overall event.”Pier officials are meeting with police and fire representatives following each show to make changes week to week. So far, both agencies have increased staffing each week to handle not only those on the pier, but the ever-expanding beach crowds.At the July 18 Pier Corporation Board Meeting, Pier Executive Director Jay Farrand said he expects to have the system refined by the third or fourth show. He said the series launch had been as smooth as possible with few problems and no major incidents to report.“It’s ben a success all the way around so far,” he said.Police and Firefighters have responded to a handful of calls related to the concerts but neither agency said the Thursday night shows were creating a significant spike in incidents.Police Lt. Saul Rodriguez said his public safety concerns extended beyond the Pier’s footprint.“Once the concert is over we get spillage out into the Downtown area and that brings some traffic control issues,” he said. “That’s part of what’s going into the assessment we’re doing.”Walker said firefighters are particularly focused on maintain access to allow emergency medical responders into and out of the show.“For us, access to get in to someone whose having an issue is a challenge because the crowd just is dispersed everywhere and they keep expanding to areas that they weren’t because there’s just more people,” he said.Officials said anyone planning to attend the show or visit the pier on a Thursday night needs to be patient and flexible to accommodate not only the show, but also the Pier’s other uses including Pacific Park, restaurants and the emerging Pokémon Go phenomenon.“The first two concerts have been very well attended,” said Abdo. “There are a couple of things that are question marks and wild cards. One is Pokémon. Is that bringing people to the pier in and of itself and that happens to correspond to the concert? Nobody knows that really. We’ll have to watch and see if that has any impact and I’m not sure we could do anything about that anyway.”[email protected] :bill walkercongestionentertainmentjay farrandjudy abdomusicpokemon gosanta monica eventsSanta Monica Fire Departmentsanta monica pier corporation boardsanta monica policesaul rodrigueztrafficTwilight Concert Seriesshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSylvia Rousseau contract up for SMMUSD approvalSanta Monica police arrest serial sexual assault suspectYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall12 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter23 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor23 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press23 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press23 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson23 hours ago
The heads of some state departments Wednesday addressed the House and Senate Appropriations Committees over the governor’s budget proposal.As heard on the radio1:47Just hours after Governor Nathan Deal’s State of the State address, state economist Ken Heaghney echoed the governor’s claim that budget projections are looking up for next fiscal year. His sunny outlook wasn’t lost on Republican House Appropriations Chair Terry England.“Well, Dr. Heaghney, over the last three or four years, I would say this is the most optimistic you’ve been in a while,” England said.Heaghney said for the fiscal year that will start in July, income taxes are expected to jump 4.4 percent to a little more than $18 billion, and the general fund will bump up 4.3 percent to just over $19 billion.Some of that money could go toward a proposed half-billion dollar boost to education spending, which Deal laid out in his State of the State speech earlier Wednesday. That allocation still needs approval by the committees.Superintendent John Barge, who’s running against Deal in the gubernatorial primary, said he was pleasantly surprised by Deal’s announcement. He said the money could be used for teacher salary increases or ending furloughs, but that’s not certain.“That would absolutely – the way the budget is written, the way I read it, that will be left up to each individual system,” said Barge of the possibility for a small teacher salary boost.Members of the state’s University System also applauded $1.9 billion funding allocation. If approved, that would be a $56 million increase over last year despite declining enrollment.John Brown is the system’s chief financial officer.“What I would point out most appreciatively, but there is a considerable amount of that money that is health related and retirement related,” said John Brown, the system’s chief financial officer. “It is money that is out there to keep us even where we are, and not really get ahead.”Brown asked lawmakers to consider appropriating more money for repair work and improvements to the library system, which both received about 20 million dollars less in funding than the university system initially asked for. Members of the Department of Community Health and Department of Transportation also testified Wednesday.The senate and house committees will approve a final budget in the coming weeks. For Whom The Bell Rings 1:47 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Related Stories Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Share
narvikk/iStock(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of a new respiratory virus that began in China just three months ago has tightened its grip around Europe and North America.The novel coronavirus, known officially as COVID-19, has spread to every continent except Antarctica as well as every single European country, infecting more than 222,600 people globally and killing at least 9,115 of them, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. While China still compromises the bulk of the world’s cases and fatalities, that proportion is shrinking by the day as the outbreak appears to ease up there and intensify abroad.There are 9,415 diagnosed cases in the U.S., spanning all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. At least 153 people have died in the U.S., according to ABC News’ count.Here’s how the news is unfolding Thursday. All times Eastern:11:06 a.m.: Prince Albert II of Monaco tests positive for COVID-19Prince Albert II of Monaco has tested positive for COVID-19. A statement posted to the palace’s Facebook account says his condition “does not cause concern.”The statement says the prince, who is the son of Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly, is working from his private apartment and taking containment measures to limit contact with others. 10:50 a.m.: 75% of New Yorkers must work from homeAs cases increase in New York state, no more than 25% of employees can be in the workplace at the same time, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo mandated. The other 75% must work from home.There are 4,152 people in New York diagnosed with coronavirus, though Cuomo cautioned that there’s many others who have the virus but haven’t been tested.Of those diagnosed in the state, 19% are in hospitals, he said.Cuomo chastised the young people still flocking to beaches for spring break, calling it “so unintelligent and reckless I can’t even begin to express it.”Cuomo also announced some economic relief for New Yorkers.“If you are not working, if you are working only part-time, we’re going to have the banks and financial institutions waive mortgage payments for 90 days,” the governor said.10:02 a.m.: White House aims to send most US adults $1,000, Mnuchin says The White House is working to send $1,000 dollar checks to most adult Americans and an additional $500 per child, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo in a phone interview.These checks would be part of the trillion dollar plan for “phase 3,” which would be the third stimulus package passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump in response to COVID-19.Mnuchin said another round of identical payments would be sent out in another six weeks if the country was still experiencing a national emergency. 8:25 a.m. ‘This is absolutely serious,’ U.S. surgeon general warnsU.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams is urging young Americans to take the novel coronavirus pandemic more seriously and cooperate with health precautions, as throngs of college students were seen crowding beaches and bars for spring break. “This is absolutely serious. People are dying,” Adams told ABC News in an interview Thursday on Good Morning America.“Think about your grandmother, think about your grandfather,” he added. ” You’re spreading disease and that could be what ultimately kills them.” Adams advised all Americans — young and old — to restrict non-essential travel, to stay home from work if possible and to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. “If we all do that across the country, then we can have our trajectory like China which overnight, good news, reported no new domestic cases,” he said. “Italy looks like the worst case scenario and it’s why we are ringing the alarm, why we’re telling America to take this seriously. But we have a better case scenario and China is reassuring. China shows us that if we do this, then in six to eight weeks we will hit our peak and start to come back down again.”The surgeon general emphasized that everyone has a role to play in fighting the epidemic and “little things that you do add up to big changes over time.” “If you are negligent, if you don’t practice good hygiene, if you go out and spread disease to someone else, then it can add up over time,” he said. “But good behaviors add up over time and what I tell people is, I want everyone to act as if you have the virus. Whenever you’re interacting with someone else, just imagine you have the virus and act as if you want to protect them or that they have the virus and you want to protect from getting it.”When asked about the frustration surrounding the lack of diagnostic tests for COVID-19, Adams said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “was never designed to provide millions of tests.” “What we’re really focused on now is making sure people who are at highest risk, including our health care workers, critically important, and people who have symptoms can get tested,” he said. “Thousands more tests this week, tens of thousands increasing by the day, and we’re not where we want to be but we feel like we’re moving in the right direction.” “Unfortunately, people who are asymptomatic or don’t really need to be tested based on priorities are out there getting tests and clogging up the lines,” he added. “Then our older people and sicker people, our health care workers won’t be able to get that testing.”7:51 a.m. CDC releases new data showing young patients are being hospitalized, tooOut of 508 patients known to be hospitalized for novel coronavirus in the United States, a decent portion of them were actually relatively young, according to data released late Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The new data shows that 20 percent of those 508 hospitalizations were patients who ranged in age from 20 to 44. Another 18 percent were between the ages of 45 and 54.COVID-19 is still significantly more dangerous for older people, with 80 percent of deaths associated with adults over the age of 65. But the new data is noteworthy considering evidence that young people may be taking warnings about social distancing less seriously. The more younger people who require hospitalization, the less resources there are for the older patients who are more likely to die from the disease.6:56 a.m. 50 new infections per hour in Iran, health ministry spokesman saysA spokesman for Iran’s health ministry revealed Thursday just how badly the novel coronavirus is ravaging his country.Kianoush Jahanpour said on Twitter that 50 people are contracting COVID-19 every hour in Iran, with one person dying from the disease every 10 minutes.“In terms of this information, make a conscious decision about travel, traffic, transportation, and sightseeing,” Jahanpour tweeted.More than 17,360 people in Iran have been infected with the new virus and 1,135 of them have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering. Iran has the third-highest national total of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world.Iran’s deputy health minister, Alireza Raisi, urged residents on Wednesday to “please follow the guidelines and stay at home.”6:30 a.m. EU’s Brexit negotiator tests positiveThe European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator revealed Thursday that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.Michael Barnier, a French politician serving as the European Commission’s Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom, made the announcement on Twitter.“I am doing well and in good spirits. I am following all the necessary instructions, as is my team,” Barnier tweeted. “For all those affected already, and for all those currently in isolation, we will get through this together.”I would like to inform you that I have tested positive for #COVID19. I am doing well and in good spirits. I am following all the necessary instructions, as is my team.For all those affected already, and for all those currently in isolation, we will get through this together.— Michel Barnier (@MichelBarnier) March 19, 2020Barnier was scheduled to hold talks over a future trade deal between Britain and the European Union on Wednesday with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Europe adviser, David Frost. But the negotiations were cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.Although the United Kingdom formally left the European Union on Jan. 31, the country is in a Brexit transition period as both sides work to agree on a trade deal before the end-of-year deadline.4:40 a.m. Honolulu denies two cruise ships from disembarkingPassengers and crew aboard two cruise ships set to dock in Honolulu won’t be allowed to disembark in Hawaii’s capital, officials said, even though there are no positive coronavirus cases on either vessel.State authorities and cruise line officials previously said passengers and crew would be allowed to leave the ships at Honolulu Harbor. But on Tuesday, Hawaii Gov. David Ige asked visitors to postpone their travel to the island state for at least 30 days as part of efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The two vessels were already at sea at the time.Now, the ships will only be allowed entry to refuel and restock on food and supplies. The Maasdam, operated by Holland America Line, is scheduled to arrive at Honolulu Harbor on Friday and depart the following day. The Norwegian Jewel, operated by Norwegian Cruise Line, is scheduled to arrive Sunday.“The health and safety of all people in Hawaii is always at the forefront of operational decisions. Presently, all state resources are focused and directed towards containing the spread of COVID-19. Allowing more than 2,500 passengers and crew to disembark will further strain these resources,” Hawaii Department of Transportation Director Jade Butay said in a statement Wednesday night. “HDOT and the State are allowing the ships to dock at Honolulu Harbor so they may refuel and restock. Neither ship had originally planned to make Hawaii its final port and both will carry on to mainland destinations, where more resources can be marshaled to handle the passengers and crew properly.”4:09 a.m. Virus shuts down Las Vegas air traffic control towerThe air traffic control tower at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas has temporarily closed after an air traffic controller tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.The Las Vegas Terminal Radar Approach Control has assumed control of the airspace. McCarran International Airport remains open and operations will continue at a reduced rate until the situation is resolved.The FAA continues to maintain close contact with airports, airlines and other stakeholders during the situation, a spokesperson told ABC News.“The safety of our staff and the traveling public is the FAA’s top priority,” the spokesperson said in a statement late Wednesday. “Our controllers, inspectors and others with critical safety or security sensitive roles are essential components of our national airspace.”3:50 a.m. Half of the world’s student population out of schoolMore than 861.7 million children and youth — roughly half of the world’s student population — are not attending school as 107 countries enforce nationwide closures of educational institutions in an attempt to contain the coronavirus pandemic, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.An additional 12 countries have implemented localized school closures and, should these become nationwide, millions of more students will be impacted, UNESCO warned.2:30 a.m. China reports no new domestic transmissions for 1st time since outbreak beganChina’s mainland has reported no new domestic transmissions of the novel coronavirus for the first time since the outbreak started — a major milestone in the country’s fight against the epidemic.The Chinese National Health Commission said on Thursday that there were 34 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the mainland during Wednesday, but all were imported from overseas. There were no new cases of any kind reported during Wednesday in the city of Wuhan nor its surrounding Hubei province, the original epicenter of the virus outbreak.The newly identified virus first emerged in Wuhan back in December and, within weeks, the city was reporting thousands of new infections daily at the height of the country’s epidemic. Overall, China has reported more than 81,000 confirmed cases, mostly in Hubei province.Earlier this month, Chinese state media reported that the last of a dozen makeshift hospitals built to house coronavirus patients in Wuhan had wrapped up operations and officially closed. The first groups of Chinese medical teams who were deployed to Wuhan to assist with the outbreak began leaving on Tuesday.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
RED ALARM IN PARIS: Sparkling Meshkov Brest upset PSG! ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThe 41st International Handball Tournament in Macedonian city of Struga is officialy opened on Wednesday. In the first three matches of the tournament, Macedonian teams and Belarusian Meshkov from Brest celebrated victories:RK METALURG – RK STRUGA 30:14RK VARDAR – HCM CONSTANTA 33:26MESHKOV BREST – VERSAILLE 34:19 ShareTweetShareShareEmail Recommended for you Panic “gun-machine” for Meshkov win over Vardar in CL opener Related Items:HCM Constanta, Meshkov Brest, RK Metalurg, RK Vardar, Struga 2013, Struga handball VIDEO: Meshkov Brest – RK Vardar from different angle Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Click to comment