Proceeds from wine sale at Sotheby’s to be donated to Notre Dame rescue project

first_img Share Proceeds from wine sale at Sotheby’s to be donated to Notre Dame rescue project Proceeds from the London sale were originally designated to fund restoration projects at the Palace of Versailles, but the money raised in Hong Kong and New York will still go towards the restoration at Versailles.Read more: Notre-Dame fire: Paris rules out arson as L’Oreal donates €200mFrench billionaire Bernard Arnault has also pledged €200m (£173m) to rebuild Notre Dame in Paris today.Arnault, who is behind French firm LVMH, which controls fashion house Louis Vuitton and champagne maker Moet & Chandon, said the firm’s architects and creative team will also help repair the building. whatsapp Tags: Trading Archive The wine estate of Château Mouton Rothschild and the Palace of Versailles will donate the money raised from the sale of 25 limited edition cases of 25 Château Mouton Rothschild Versailles Celebration Cases to the Notre Dame rescue project, joining multiple business groups today that have promised contributions following yesterday’s devastating fire.Starting bids at the London auction will be £9,000.According to Sotheby’s, the cases on offer are “the result of an unprecedented and unique partnership between Château Mouton Rothschild and the Palace of Versailles”.They feature five Château Mouton Rothschild vintages with labels by artists including Giuseppe Penone (2005), Bernar Venet (2007), Anish Kapoor (2009), Jeff Koons (2010), and Lee Ufan (2013).The cases on sale tomorrow form part of a trio of international auctions at Sotheby’s throughout the spring season, which began in Hong Kong before coming to London tomorrow and concluding in New York early next month. Tuesday 16 April 2019 6:24 pm Sebastian McCarthy Proceeds from a rare London wine exhibition at Sotheby’s tomorrow night will be donated to the restoration project at Notre Dame, the auction house announced today.Read more: Sotheby’s annual wine sales hit $100m whatsapplast_img read more

Non-Standard Finance pushes forward with £1.3bn hostile takeover of Provident

first_img Share Non-Standard Finance pushes forward with £1.3bn hostile takeover of Provident Wednesday 15 May 2019 7:28 pm whatsapp Read more: Non-Standard Finance confident of watchdog support for £1.3bn Provident bidHowever, Provident hit back, branding the offer “woeful” in a war of words that has escalated since NSF launched its takeover bid in February.Last week NSF criticised the firm over its “flawed strategy, regulatory breaches, broken promises and underwhelming performance”.Meanwhile, Provident has questioned whether its rival has the financial resources required to complete the deal.A Provident spokesperson said: “This deal is not done. In three months, NSF has added just 3.5 per cent of support, which speaks volumes. Tags: Company Neil Woodford People Provident Financial Schroders “Three regulators still need to bless this and shareholders should continue to reject this woeful offer.”NSF said investors holding 53.53 per cent of Provident’s issued share capital had accepted the deal, substantially less than its original 90 per cent target. The firm has now lowered its acceptance level to 50 per cent plus one Provident share.”(The) NSF Board is now approaching the Provident Board again to establish a pragmatic and constructive dialogue, so that, as and when the remaining conditions are satisfied, the interests of all stakeholders will be safeguarded,” NSF said.Read more: Sparks fly as Provident accused of ‘scaremongering’ over hostile bidInvestors Neil Woodford, Invesco and Marathon have backed the offer from the beginning and together own more than 50 per cent of both firms.Schroders, Provident’s third largest shareholder has said it will not accept the offer. whatsapp Jessica Clark More From Our Partners Fans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm Oraclebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldPost FunA Coast Guard Spotted Movement On A Remote Island, Then Looked CloserPost FunDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGemMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStory Sub prime lender Non-Standard Finance has dropped the number of acceptances needed to push forward with its £1.3bn hostile takeover of rival firm Provident Financial.NSF said in a statement that its offer was now unconditional in terms of acceptances by investors, with 5 June the last date on which the takeover may be declared “wholly unconditional”.last_img read more

New study says global models sharply underestimate permafrost emissions

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Climate Change | InteriorNew study says global models sharply underestimate permafrost emissionsAugust 20, 2018 by Nat Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage Share:Permafrost-derived methane bubbles are trapped in the ice on a pond near Fairbanks, Alaska. Methane from lakes like this one could be a significant driver of global warming, according to a new study released last week. (Katey Walter Anthony/University of Alaska Fairbanks)A new study led by a Fairbanks-based scientist suggests global climate projections have been drastically underestimating carbon emissions from permafrost.Such projections had previously shown the Arctic absorbing as much or more carbon than it emits, thanks to enhanced plant growth that comes, in part, from warmer temperatures. But the new study found that permafrost emissions could more than double once models start accounting for methane that bubbles up from thermokarst lakes, a special type of lake that forms in permafrost. Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/08/EMISSIONS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“If we take into account these lakes, we realize, ‘Oh, we actually have a pretty significant source of permafrost carbon this century,’” Katey Walter Anthony, the lead author and associate professor at University of Alaska Fairbanks, said in a phone interview.Other scientists said the study, published in the journal Nature Communications, underscores the limitations and uncertainties of climate modeling – and how policymakers might need to take more aggressive steps if they want to keep global temperatures under control.While such global models currently describe permafrost as an insignificant source of carbon, Walter Anthony’s study said permafrost emissions could rival those from land use change like forest-clearing and burning – the second-largest human source of emissions, after fossil fuels.“The models that we’ve used to construct these carbon budgets, of how much CO2 we can emit and stay below a certain temperature threshold that we say is the edge of where things go from bad to really bad – those carbon budgets are probably made with models that are incomplete and may, in many ways, be very optimistic,” said Charlie Koven, a scientist who works on climate models at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. He added: “The magnitude of the uncertainty is really large.”Scientists have long known that permafrost, the frozen ground beneath most of Alaska, holds huge amounts of carbon. One study estimated that there’s twice as much carbon in permafrost as there is in the air.If global warming helps thaw the permafrost and puts more of that carbon into the air, it could warm the earth even more.But global climate models currently show permafrost thawing slowly, from the top down. And they also show increased plant growth, suggesting the plants are absorbing more carbon than is being released in the Arctic.Those models, however, don’t include the thermokarst lakes examined by the new study.Thermokarst lakes are formed when permafrost thaws and the ground sinks, forming a pool of water. The pool thaws more permafrost below and around it, in a process that happens much more quickly than the gradual, top-down thaw.Microbes then eat the thawed soil and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.Accounting for thermokarst lakes boosts projections of permafrost emissions in the later part of this century by as much as 118 percent, according to the new study.Why haven’t thermokarst lakes been included in global climate models before? Scientists have known about them for a long time; Walter Anthony has been studying them for years, using helicopters to help map the permafrost near Fairbanks.But because lakes make up a very small fraction of the overall land area in the Arctic, they’ve been difficult to represent on a global scale, according to Walter Anthony.Her study calls for the broader climate models to start incorporating thermokarst lakes so that there’s a more “comprehensive projection” of permafrost-related carbon emissions this century.Model experts said that’s more likely to happen now that the scale of the emissions from lakes has been estimated. But it’s still likely to take several years before the projections of emissions from thermokarst lakes can be refined enough to include, they said.“We don’t have large-scale data sets of the distribution of how these lakes are changing throughout the Arctic,” said Koven, the California scientist. Much of the scientific observation of the lakes has been in Alaska, while there’s also a lot of permafrost in Siberia, he added.Thermokarst lakes are not the only potential source of emissions that aren’t represented in climate models, experts said.There are all sorts of processes that could stabilize or destabilize the earth’s climate that aren’t included in existing versions.Insects or droughts could kill trees. Nutrients could flow through soil in unexpected ways. The Amazon rainforest could die off, or absorb more carbon.“Our uncertainty is a really big problem and we’re doing tons of work all across the field to try to reduce that uncertainty – understand it and reduce it,” said David Lawrence, a scientist who works on climate modeling at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Colorado. The study, he said, adds to an “already-large uncertainty range.”Share this story:last_img read more

Vaxxed, unmasked and ready to party: Juneau Drag brings hundreds out for live show

first_imgArts & Culture | Coronavirus | JuneauVaxxed, unmasked and ready to party: Juneau Drag brings hundreds out for live showMay 28, 2021 by Rashah McChesney, KTOO Share:Gigi Monroe (James Hoagland) performs during Juneau Drag’s first live show in 15 months on Saturday in Juneau. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)Over the weekend, Juneau Drag performers hosted their first live show in 15 months.  They invited people for a rowdy night of in-person, maskless entertainment — with just one catch.  You had to be vaccinated to get in the door of the Red Dog Saloon, and you had to prove it. A short line snaked out of the door just before the 10 p.m. show on Saturday night. People waited to show their vaccine cards and IDs as Gigi Monroe’s voice drifted out from the swinging saloon doors.“We’re putting the final touches on our drag backstage. Showtime in 5 minutes,” she said.Abi Spofford shows her COVID-19 vaccination card to get into a live drag show. Spofford said she would love to attend other events in Juneau where people are required to be vaccinated. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)Once you got inside, it was a little like stepping back in time — or maybe into an alternate reality where the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t exist. People are hugging. It’s hot and sweaty and vibrantly queer, there’s lots of glitter and gender-bending — there’s a shirtless bartender in suspenders. Virtually no one is wearing a mask. People are saying this is the first time they’ve gathered with so many other people in a long time. “It’s strange but it makes me feel safe,” said Abi Spofford, after she showed her vaccine card and walked into the bar. “I would support doing it in other places.”The music starts to come up, people start to settle into their seats and are looking up at the glittery black curtained stage expectantly.Gigi Monroe (James Hoagland) chats up the audience after her opening number for Juneau Drag’s live, in-person show on Saturday in Juneau. The drag troupe offered the maskless, in-person drag event to people who brought proof of being vaccinated against COVID-19. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO) Then suddenly, in a flouncy pile of black tulle and an impossibly tall rainbow feathered headdress — Juneau’s drag mom, Gigi Monroe (James Hoagland) appears behind the crowd.   “Get this party started on a Saturday night,” she crooned along with P!nk, whose iconic song set the tone for the night.It’s a classic bait and switch and it worked so well. People’s mouths dropped open comically. The energy is high and the excitement palpable — and for Monroe, whose non-stage this was a moment of realization. “As soon as I came out and I saw that our audience, instead of sharing like — the balcony level and the floor level to spread out more, everybody clustered together on the floor level and got as close as they could because they were just dying to have that experience and that was my signal that everyone was ready for it,” she said.Monroe and I caught up later in the week to chat about the show and days later, she’s still a little hoarse. “I completely forgot how to use a microphone,” she said, laughing.It was an adjustment to go from more than a year of digital drag shows — where she really only had to be dressed from the belly up — to a night of wearing high heels and cinching herself back into fully-corset outfits.And there were other worries too.  When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and City and Borough of Juneau guidelines relaxed vaccinated, indoor gatherings, Monroe said she wasn’t sure that people were ready to pack back into nightclubs and live shows.Audience members watch as Juneau Drag performers put on a show on Saturday in Juneau. Audience members were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and mostly maskless for the evening. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)She even mapped out possibilities with her husband Jeff Rogers — essentially things to do if the audience seemed uncomfortable or reserved.“He went through ‘well you know maybe, you might need to lead them through like ‘turn and wave to your neighbor and then shake your neighbor’s hand and then eventually throughout the show it ends with — you know — hug somebody. This incremental process of getting people ready for physicality and intimacy.’ But they were ready to go right out the gate,” Monroe said.And, for the most part, everything went smoothly — it was just like riding a bicycle. No one forgets how to be social or how to enjoy a live show. They just sometimes need to be coaxed back into it, she said.  Audience members packed in together to cheer on Juneau Drag queens and kings on Saturday in Juneau. It was the troupe’s first in-person, performance and they required audience members and Red Dog Saloon staff members to provide proof of full vaccination to attend. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)But, there were some things that were different. If you paid close attention, you’d notice that she kind of kept her distance from the crowd. The other performers did too. Usually, they weave through the audience — amping up the crowd, teasing tips out of them. But, Monroe says they discouraged that during this show and asked people to consider tipping digitally or toss money into buckets near the stage.Audience members were asked to tip by throwing money into buckets by the stage or by tipping digitally during Juneau Drag’s first in-person show in 15 months on Saturday in Juneau. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)For the most part, people complied with all of the rules. They kept their distance from performers. No one at the door seemed to mind showing their vaccine cards. Though, I did see one woman get in mid-show who hadn’t bought a ticket or brought her vaccine card. She swore up and down to the door guy that she had been vaccinated though. At any other time, that would have been a normal part of going to a live show — but it felt particularly weird when show organizers were clearly trying to create a safe space for people.  The troupe did two shows, one early and one late. Each was capped at 100 tickets. Both sold out. Monroe says there was some uncertainty in hosting an event that large. “I kept waiting for someone else to do it – someone else to be the first big event, whether it was for vaccinated-only or not. But just to try to host something indoors that was for a larger audience. And no one had done it, so. As time went on I said ‘ok, I really didn’t want to be the first one to push this. But, I really believe in it,” she said.Some people in the Juneau Drag troupe were hesitant too. “I think on the performer side of things, it was a smaller cast because not everybody was ready to take that leap with me,” she said.For now, they’re done with digital drag. Monroe says for those performers or audiences who don’t want to be indoors yet, they got two live outdoor shows in Skagway and Sitka coming up this summer. Audience members and performers gather after a drag show on Saturday at the Red Dog Saloon in Juneau. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)Share this story:last_img read more

After 21-year journey, Esperion to test market for a cholesterol pill that is less expensive than some competitors

first_img Log In | Learn More Biotech Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. What is it? After 21-year journey, Esperion to test market for a cholesterol pill that is less expensive than some competitors Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED About the Author Reprints What’s included? APStock By Matthew Herper Feb. 21, 2020 Reprintscenter_img Senior Writer, Medicine, Editorial Director of Events Matthew covers medical innovation — both its promise and its perils. GET STARTED A new cholesterol-lowering medication manufactured by Esperion Therapeutics was approved by the Food and Drug Administration on Friday, a decision that will allow the company to test whether price is the biggest barrier to new heart medications on the market.Heart drugs have had a tough go of it in recent years. Repatha and Praluent, expected to be multibillion sellers, instead saw sales stagnate. Their makers took the unusual step of cutting the drugs’ prices by 60%. Entresto, a Novartis heart failure drug, had a slow start before sales took off. But now there is broadened interest. Amarin expects sales of its fish-oil-derived pill, Vascepa, of upwards of $650 million this year. And, early this year, Novartis spent $9.7 billion to buy The Medicines Company, which is developing a long-acting cholesterol lowering medicine.  Tags biotechnologycardiologySTAT+ @matthewherper [email protected] STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Matthew Herperlast_img read more

Sanofi suffers major setback in development of a Covid-19 vaccine

first_img “That will be up to the regulators,” she said, adding that “for the public to be confident in the choice of a vaccine, it would have to be pretty close to what’s been established now.”The Sanofi vaccine would have one advantage compared to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines: It wouldn’t require ultracold storage and could instead be kept in standard refrigerators, making it easier to distribute.Pfizer and Moderna are poised to receive emergency use authorizations from the FDA this month — an FDA advisory panel endorsed the Pfizer shot on Thursday — and vaccine rollout in the United States is expected to begin within days of the FDA’s green light. The Phase 3 trial for Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine — the only one-dose vaccine currently in clinical trials in the U.S. — is about to finish enrollment; if it is effective, it could get an EUA in the first quarter of 2021.The Sanofi vaccine is made with an approach the company uses for one of its flu vaccines, Flublok. That in theory is an advantage; the FDA knows how this vaccine system works. It’s called a recombinant protein vaccine, with the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, generated in insect cells.Sanofi is also developing a second vaccine, a messenger RNA vaccine, like the Pfizer and Moderna shots. For this project, it is collaborating with Translate Bio, a Lexington, Mass.-based biotech. Clinical trials for that vaccine have not yet begun. Tags Coronavirusglobal healthVaccines Helen Branswell Related: Leave this field empty if you’re human: In effect, participants in the trial received too little vaccine. While the too-small dose generated adequate levels of neutralizing antibodies in adults aged 18 to 49 in the trial, adults 60 and older generated lower levels of neutralizing antibodies than are seen in the blood of people who have recovered from Covid-19 infection, Ng said.Perplexed by the findings, the company set out to figure out why the vaccine underperformed. It discovered two commercial reagents used to measure how much antigen — active vaccine — was included in each dose were giving false readings. In fact, Ng said, the concentration of the antigen “was insufficient.”A revised formulation, tested recently in non-human primates, showed the vaccine prevented damage in the lungs, which is what triggers severe Covid disease in people, and led to rapid clearance of the virus. “We’re disappointed that there is a delay,” she said. “I think, though, that we’re encouraged that we have enough information, enough of the results from preclinical and clinical [studies] to tell us that we have a path forward. We need to optimize this formulation.” Please enter a valid email address. STAT+: Privacy Policy One of the world’s leading vaccine manufacturers has suffered a major setback in its work to produce a Covid-19 vaccine. The problem will push the timeline for deployment of Sanofi Pasteur’s vaccine — if it is approved — from the first half of 2021 into the second half of the year, the company said Friday.The news is not just disappointing for Sanofi and its development partner, GlaxoSmithKline, which is providing an adjuvant used in the vaccine. The companies have contracts with multiple countries, including the United States and Britain, as well as the European Union.Sanofi had hoped to start a Phase 3 trial of the vaccine this month and had projected it could produce 100 million doses of vaccine in 2020, and 1 billion doses in 2021.advertisement By Helen Branswell Dec. 11, 2020 Reprints JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images The vaccine’s path will be more challenging because of this delay; the Covid vaccine landscape is changing daily and placebo-controlled trials may not be feasible for much longer, with the first vaccines soon to be deployed. If people know they may soon have access to an authorized vaccine, there is less motivation to enroll in a trial where they might get a placebo.Sanofi knows this and is proposing to the Food and Drug Administration that its Phase 2b trial compare its vaccine to one that is already authorized, not a placebo.“To continue to provide confidence that we’re going to have a vaccine that meets the expected standard of care, we propose the comparison with an authorized Covid-19 vaccine instead of placebo control,” Ng said.That would set a very high bar for the Sanofi vaccine. Pfizer and Moderna, the front-runners in the vaccine race, have reported vaccine efficacy of about 95% in their Phase 3 trials. If the Sanofi vaccine doesn’t reach that level of efficacy, can it be brought to market, STAT asked Ng. FDA advisory panel endorses Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine The problem relates to inadequate results in older adults in Sanofi’s Phase 1/2 trial, which the company traced back to an inadequate formulation of their vaccine, Su-Peing Ng, global medical head for Sanofi Vaccines, told STAT in an interview.Ng said both Sanofi and GSK are committed to continuing work on the vaccine, and plan to begin a Phase 2b trial in February.advertisement About the Author Reprints HealthSanofi suffers major setback in development of a Covid-19 vaccine Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. @HelenBranswell Exclusive analysis of biopharma, health policy, and the life sciences. last_img read more

Clonaslee St Manman’s hurlers claim first championship trophy of the year

first_img Previous articleLIVE BLOG: Follow all the action as Ballyroan-Abbey and Portarlington clash in SFC Round 2 ReplayNext articlePortarlington march into quarter finals with replay win over Ballyroan-Abbey Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. TAGSClonasleeLaois JHC ‘C’ Clonaslee v RosenallisRosenallis GAA WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Clonaslee St Manman’s 2-11 Rosenallis 2-7Laois Shopping Centre Junior ‘C’ Hurling Championship FinalClonaslee St Manman’s are proud claimants of the first county championship title of the year after a four point victory over Rosenallis in Mountmellick tonight.Although Rosenallis earned an early lead in this clash of the neighbouring clubs, Clonaslee took a hold on the game after 20 minutes, one they refused to relinquish.Clonaslee looked to have the game wrapped up towards the end of the first half – hitting two goals and six points unanswered. Sweeper John Rigney and Niall Corbet were hugely influential in tonight’s clash – Rigney surpressing each Rosenallis attack from his role just perched in front of their full-forward line, while Corbet was the source of the two goals and a handful of points.The second half was a much lower scoring affair, just 1-5 hit between the two sides in the 30 minute spell.The eventual winners finished off their scoring after just 34 minutes, raising the white flag just twice in the second half.However their lead from the opening stages tied them over to come out four point victors this evening.Rosenallis got off the mark via Pearse Kelly as he pinged his shot over in the first minute.Clonaslee met this with two points – sweeper John Rigney being crucial to this.Jack Owens spotted his unmarked number six with a short free for Rigney to get on the board, before Niall Corbet punished loose marking with a point of his own.A soaring ball up from Rigney to Fitzpatrick resulted in Clonaslee’s third point of the evening.Rosenallis hit back with 1-2, Darragh McEvoy providing the goal with a dinger into the top corner of the net, while Jack Friel and Sean Dunne (free) provided the points.However from here, Clonaslee took a chokehold on the game.Rigney had a nullifying effect on the Rosenallis forward line, picking up on every loose ball in the area.Corbet was unlucky not to hit a goal after dispossessing Rosenallis keeper Shelly to leave him one on one with a open goal, his shot just soaring over the crossbar.Captain Tom Horan made a fine run through the centre to lay-off the sliotar to Mark Duggan for Clonaslee’s fifth.Jack Owens added a sixth to level the game on 16 minutes before Clonaslee tipped the scales in their favour.Two goals, courtesy of Corbet, gave Clonaslee the edge they needed, with two Cian Barrett frees and a point from PJ Fitzpatrick bringing their tally to 2-9.They went in nine points the better at half-time.Rosenallis managed to regain composure in the second half, points from a Darragh McEvoy free and Enda McEvoy 65’ reducing their deficit to seven.Brendan Duggan struck Clonaslee’s first of the half after five minutes.An off-the-ball incident saw a foul on Rosenallis goalkeeper Thomas Shelly by Fitzpatrick resulting in a red card for the full-forward, with Shelly also needing to go to the line with his injury.It would be 12 minutes before the next score was hit – Darren McEvoy again raising the white flag for The Village.Rosenallis missed a number of goal chances, before Simon Smith struck gold for his side to bring it back to five between the teams with his goal.Rossa Duffy cut it to four with a point of his own but it was too little too late.Although Clonaslee only scored two points at the beginning of the half and hit six wides afterwards, their lead from opening half carried them over the line to win this junior ‘C’ championship final.SCORERS – CLONASLEE: Niall Corbet 2-2, Cian Barrett 0-2 (0-2 frees), Pj Fitzpatrick 0-2, John Rigney 0–1, Mark Duggan 0-1, Jack Owens 0-1, Brendan Duggan 0-1 ROSENALLIS: Darragh McEvoy 1-2 (0-1 frees), Simon Smith 1-0, Pearse Kelly 0-1, Jack Friel 0-1, Seán Dunne 0-1 (0-1 frees), Enda McEvoy 0-1 (0-1 frees), Rossa Duffy 0-1CLONASLEE: Martin Fallon; Ciaran Fitzgerald, Shane Conroy, Dylan Flynn; Brendan Duggan, Willie Murray, Seamus Rosney; Jack Owens, Tom Horan; Cian Barrett, Mark Duggan, Niall Corbet; John Rigney, Pj Fitzpatrick, Pakie Delaney. Subs: Darren Hogan for P Delaney (46 minutes), Sean Condon for J Owens (54 minutes)ROSENALLIS: Thomas Shelly; Shane Dooley, Ciaran White; James Redmond, Enda McEvoy, Nicky Dunne; Paul Lynch, Jack Friel; Seán Dunne, Simon Smith, Joey Shelly; Pearse Kelly, Joe Dooley, Darragh McEvoy. Subs: Gary Kelly for J Redmond (half-time), David McKane (half-time), Rossa Duffy for P Kelly (half-time) Pearse Kelly for T Shelly (40 minutes-injured), Niall Doolan for J Shelly (52 minutesReferee: Anthony StapletonSEE ALSO – In Pictures: The new Laois GAA LOETB Centre of Excellence is absolutely class GAA WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Facebook Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA By Siun Lennon – 14th August 2019 Facebook Clonaslee St Manman’s hurlers claim first championship trophy of the year Home Hurling Club Hurling Clonaslee St Manman’s hurlers claim first championship trophy of the year HurlingClub HurlingSportGAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

“North Korean Human Rights, More Serious Than We Think”

first_img AvatarYang Jung A Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? SHARE Analysis & Opinion RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Facebook Twittercenter_img [imText1]Currently as a honorary professor at Seoul National University and chair professor at Myungji University, Lee In Ho, is the first Korean woman ambassador who served as the South Korean ambassador to Finland and Russia. Through interviews with news, she recently expressed her opinion on confusion in South Korean identity. She presently holds the position of co-chair of the North Korean human rights international conference in Seoul held by Freedom Hous and human rights NGOs. At the press conference held in October 24 notifying the international conference to be held, The DailyNK met her to hear from her of her causes to participate in the North Korean human rights movement. Lee pursued a quiet life devoting herself in the scholarly work, but said she could no longer tolerate the urgent North Korean human rights problem, thus became publicly active. Lee emphasizes that through the coming conference, the South Korean society must actively search for the ways to increase domestic and international awareness about and improve the serious North Korean human rights situation. – Is there a reason who decided to accept the chair position of the conference? Personally, I tried to avoid political activities, and I wanted to live a quite life as an intellectual. However, it was a burden in my heart how cold-heartedly we are responding to the problem of North Korean human rights. Recently I heard stories told be defectors in person, and realizing how dire the situation is, I felt moral obligation to participate. Especially at this time when the world is involved in the problem, there is no one putting a name card from South Korea, so I wanted to contribute my strength to them. – The problem of North Korean human rights is a sensitive issue still in South Korea. It is not an easy problem, and I do not want to directly affect the government either. We must be effective in the humanitarian way in which it directly assists the suffering people in North Korea, not to satisfy people’s curiosity or for a political purpose. I hope many participate regardless of whether they are left or right. We should be ashamed of how the problem grew to be an issue from outsiders, when we, the insiders have not done much. This conference too, was initiated by the US, so of course there could be arguments on whether or not we are American puppets, but such questions does not diagnosis the core of the problem. It is about time that we seriously evaluate what we can do as the same nation (minjok). – What are the expected results of this conference?I expect to give right impression about the reality of North Korea. We think about the Korean unification only in abstract way, but we must know what we must be prepared of and thus how to prepare for the unification where peace coexists. The purpose of the unification is so that both South and North Koreans can live life of human being. We could let the South Korean society know the reality of North Korea, where the people are dying suffering. – What do you think about the South Korean government’s passive attitude towards the North Korean human rights issue? The problem of North Korean human rights has been raised around the world and our government’s official position of which we should live peacefully by ourselves only seems to be apathetic. I feel heart broken and guilty as a human being. I served as an ambassador, so it is in my big interest how Korea is perceived to other countries in the world. Morally rightful also signifies political democratization. Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center By Yang Jung A – 2005.10.25 2:24pm Analysis & Opinion “North Korean Human Rights, More Serious Than We Think” Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke”last_img read more

Lessons from German reunification for NK 25 years on

first_img Lessons from German reunification for NK 25 years on Facebook Twitter News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest While the reunification of Germany remainsan indispensable prism through which we can understand and begin to prepare forunified Korean Peninsula, it is a lone tool in what should be a much larger kitaimed at a successful and prosperous unification scenario, according to expertsand scholars at a recent event looking back at 25 years since the reunificationof Germany. Joined by experts in the field, a group ofuniversity students from both Germany and South Korea joined in the discourseat the event,  hosted by  the Free University Berlin, Seoul NationalUniversity, the Korea Foundation, and the embassy of the Republic of Korea inBerlin.  Opening speeches were given by SouthKorea’s foreign minister, Yun Byung Se, and Peter Lange, chancellor of theFree University Berlin, both of whom stressed the importance of a unificationof the Korean Peninsula but also referred to the myriad obstacles therein bydrawing on  examples from Germany. Additionally, Prof. Sangtu Ko of YonseiUniversity gave the keynote speech during which he pointed out that the year 2015is the 70 anniversary of Korean independence from the Japanese occupation, but “onlyone half of the Korean people are able to enjoy this independence,” adding thatfor the North Korean people, “70 years of division also means 70 years ofsorrow.” According to Professor Ko, a surveyconducted among South Koreans aged 19-29 revealed that 43% of respondents wereinterested in and hoped for unification. This number, however, can be construedin both positive and negative lights—that is, akin to a glass half-full orhalf-empty context, according to the expert.   Prof. Dr. Everhard Holtmann, director ofthe center for social research in Halle, Germany, followed with a presentationexploring how residents of both Germanies consistently lost interest inunification as the division carried on. Decades of separation heavily influencedpeople’s perspectives; this, in turn, served to make the very nature of livingin a divided nation feel perfectly natural, almost as though it had always beenso. Holtmann added that residents from EastGermany were decidedly more relieved after the two states unified and that manyof the differences between East and West Germany are evident even at present,particularly considering that the unemployment rate in former East Germany isstill [after 25 years] double that of its previous counterpart. A panel debate comprising eight studentsfrom Seoul National University and eight students from Free University Berlinfollowed. These young scholars discussed issues and potential plans for aunified Korean Peninsula. Most interesting was the fact that no two studentsbrought the same ideas to the table, fostering a poignant and insightfuldiscussion for a complicated issue with no clear answers. One student from Seoul National University,for example, expressed concerns on the environment awaiting North Koreans inSouth Korea, specifically regarding the discrimination they face currently– tothe degree that many fear admitting their status as refugees from the North. On plans and the actual prospects ofunification, the panel was divided, with some saying even the best laid planswould be difficult, if not impossible, to manage if unification is triggeredsuddenly, as seen in Germany.  Othersfocused on the plans themselves, concerned that they must reflect the minds ofboth Koreas and especially urged South Koreans to warm to the notion of Northand South Koreans working and living together side by side. This latter pointin particular drove the panel’s division, with part of the group positing thatperhaps unification is not necessarily the best answer.   The audience chimed in thereafter, with onestudent from south Korea saying, “Instead of thinking on how to approachunification, we need more reasons for unification itself and determine if thosereasons are strong enough to still push ahead with unification.” Another student referred to the statednumber of students who are interested in the Korean reunification, noting that 43%should be seen as a decidedly positive statistic considering South Korea’syounger generation maintains little to no connection to the North. Eventually, the panel members reachedthe joint conclusion that unification cannot be planned, but that Germany’s reunificationprovides a useful manual to guide preparations while still bearing in mind theeconomic and political differences between the two cases, as well as NorthKorea’s human rights conditions. News News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Image: A conference attendee who shared this photo on the condition of anonymity. Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak By Daily NK – 2015.08.25 5:30pm SHARE News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

N. Korea releases details about development of “real-time license plate recognition…

first_img Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55% Facebook Twitter North Korean authorities claim to have used artificial intelligence (AI) to develop real-time license plate recognition technology. Given that the technology was developed to work within North Korea’s low-level technological environment, the new system looks set to be applied across a wide-range of spheres. An academic paper entitled “A method of real-time license plate area recognition using deep neural networks” was published in a 2020 issue of the academic journal Gazette of Kim Il Sung University: Information Science, 66(4).“[The researchers] designed the structure of deep neural networks for a real-time system of license plate recognition. Then, they studied methods of the license plate based on this system,” the paper explained. “[The researchers] reduced memory use by 850% and shortened recognition time by 400% [when compared to previous methods]. [The new method] ensures real-time license plate recognition [with a CPU process duration of] under 100ms.”The paper claimed that the previous method took 300 milliseconds and had 96.8% accuracy (or 575 correct identifications out of 600 total example videos). In contrast, the new method takes only 70 milliseconds and correctly identifies plates with 96.1% accuracy.The paper explained that the speed of the new license plate recognition technology significantly improved upon the previous system, making it functionally indistinguishable from real-time recognition.Parts of the recently-published academic paper from Kim Il Sung University. / Photo captured from the Kim Il Sung University homepageIn addition, the paper emphasized that the scientists developed the system in consideration of the country’s low levels of technological development. “Previous methods of deep neural network target detection can process at high speed using GPU, but when [scientists] utilize CPUs for the process, they could not guarantee real-time detection,” said one passage in the paper. “Realistically, because too few computers have GPUs installed and the costs of GPU installation are too high, securing real-time recognition using CPUs is an important issue.”By design, CPUs can process only one task at a time. However, GPUs can process multiple tasks simultaneously. Because of this, GPUs are more suitable for the repetitive and simple tasks needed for deep learning. Developers originally created GPUs to perform calculations needed for 3D game rendering. However, the technology has recently received attention for its uses in AI development.In North Korea, however, it appears that researchers have developed a deep learning technology using CPUs due to the lack of high-performance graphics cards. The labs at Kim Il Sung University, one of the best research facilities in North Korea, use GTX-980 GPUs manufactured by the American company NVIDIA. The GTX-980, released in 2014, is a relatively older model. NVIDIA currently manufactures RTX-3090 and other 3000-series GPUs. These newer models are three generations ahead of the 900-series NVIDIA models used in North Korean labs.Proper deep learning processes are quite difficult to conduct with a GTX-980. If the scientists had conducted the research outside of North Korea, they would have found it easier to use Internet-based cloud computing.When one considers that Kim Il Sung University is one of the best research institutions in North Korea, it becomes clear that the performance of computers in other research facilities is likely much worse.Ultimately, the North Korean research team developed AI technology that utilizes CPUs, which is more suitable for North Korea’s current computer infrastructure.It appears the authorities are already using this new license plate recognition technology within the North Korean military and other institutions.Daily NK published a report in January 2020 that described the recent installation of automated systems at the front gates of military headquarters, the Ministry of Defense (formerly referred to as the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces), and other defense-related universities in Pyongyang. The source for that report mentioned that the system made it possible for the authorities to identify and block the entry of vehicles with unregistered or fake license plates from 20 meters away.North Korean authorities have installed the system in various military headquarters such as the Ministry of Defense, the General Political Bureau, the Ministry of State Security, the General Staff Department, and their related corps, branches, and command centers in Pyongyang. The front gates of military, political, security, and defense universities were also equipped with the new system. The authorities will likely expand the installation of the license plate recognition system to many other institutions in the future.It is possible that the “video surveillance system” developed by North Korea in 2019 also includes this new license plate recognition system. That system uses AI to conduct comprehensive monitoring of vehicle license plates and pedestrians’ identities in real-time.*Translated by S & JPlease direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] in Korean North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News center_img News News AvatarMun Dong HuiMun Dong Hui is one of Daily NK’s full-time journalists. Please direct any questions about his articles to [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARElast_img read more