Draghi’s ECB reign ends with Eurozone ‘close to stagnation’

first_img Draghi chairs his final interest rate-setting meeting of his eight-year tenure today before he hands over to former International Monetary Fund (IMF) boss Christine Lagarde on 1 November. Read more: Eurozone inflation slumps to three-year low Williamson said the jobs market is “being hit as firms retrench amid signs of excess capacity and uncertainty about the year ahead intensifies”. Rising unemployment could further choke the services sector, which relies on consumer spending. FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 12: Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank, departs after speaking to the media following a meeting of the ECB governing board on September 12, 2019 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Draghi announced the board had agreed to drop the ECB’s key rate by 10 basis points in an effort to stimulate Eurozone economies. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) Draghi’s ECB reign is set to come to an end with a whimper rather than a bang. The Bank is expected to hold fire on any further stimulus, due in large part to strident opposition by some board members. A rebound in business activity in France helped the euro area escape contraction, IHS Markit said, offsetting a second successive month of contraction in Germany. The recession in the euro area’s manufacturing sector continued with another steep decline in output. Meanwhile, the crucial services sector suffered one of its weakest expansions since 2014. (Image credit: Getty) Jessica Hinds, European economist at Capital Economics, said: “All in all, the PMIs will make for uncomfortable reading at the ECB’s policy meeting later today and will lend weight to the doves’ calls for further policy action.” Demands for goods and services fell for a second month in a row to leave the bloc with a measure of just 50.2 on data firm IHS Markit’s flash Eurozone composite purchasing managers’ index (PMI). Mario Draghi’s ECB reign ends with Eurozone ‘close to stagnation’ Sharecenter_img Today’s weak statistics will pile pressure on Lagarde to find a cure to the Eurozone’s malaise. The ex-IMF chief has already said that “central banks are not the only game in town,” signalling that she will push euro area governments for fiscal stimulus. Joe Curtis Manufacturing and services’ weak performance sent business confidence to its lowest level since 2013, while jobs growth posted its worst numbers since 2014. The closely-watched gauge measures the health of the zone’s private sector, with a score of under 50 representing contraction. Chris Williamson, chief business economist at IHS Markit, said the reading pointed “to a quarterly GDP growth rate of just under 0.1 per cent”. Thursday 24 October 2019 10:11 am The Eurozone economy stayed “close to stagnation” in October as European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi prepares to step down. Read more: Two highs and two lows of ‘Super’ Mario Draghi’s reign at the ECB whatsapp whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryYourDailyLamaHe Used To Be Handsome In 80s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimYourDailyLamaMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStorybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBezenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.com Tags: Eurozonelast_img read more

Lockdown extended until at least 8 March

first_imgSo far, just over 6.8m have received their first dose of the vaccine — around 13 per cent of the UK’s adult population. Poppy Wood Tags: Coronavirus Re-lockdown However, concern over a slew of new coronavirus mutations around the world has raised doubts over the short-term future of international travel. (Getty Images) Also Read: Lockdown extended until at least 8 March Johnson today confirmed all arrivals to the UK from 22 countries earmarked as at risk of carrying a new Brazilian variant will be required to quarantine in government-provided hotels for 10 days. “If we achieve our target of vaccinating everyone in the four most vulnerable groups by 15 February, and every passing day sees more progress towards this goal, then we hope by three weeks later — 8 March — it will be safe to begin the opening of schools,” he said. (Getty Images) Also Read: Lockdown extended until at least 8 March (Getty Images) Also Read: Lockdown extended until at least 8 March The PM added he was “acutely conscious” of the pressures of working from home with childcare, adding that it would be “incredibly frustrating” news for parents and pupils. “I know parents and teachers need as much certainty as possible, including two weeks’ notice of reopening,” he said. “I must inform the House it will not be possible to reopen schools immediately after the February half-term.” The Prime Minister called on the public to “hold our nerve in the endgame in the battle against the virus,” adding that the vaccine rollout promised the light at the end of the tunnel. Lockdown extended until at least 8 March whatsapp “I know the measures I am setting out today will be disappointing for all of us. But the way forward has been clear ever since the vaccines arrived,” he told MPs. Show Comments ▼ England’s third national lockdown will be extended until at least 8 March, the Prime Minister has announced, as ministers ramp up plans to get the nation vaccinated before easing restrictions. whatsapp Ministers have doubled down on plans to vaccinate the 14.9m most vulnerable members of the public by 15 February — in less than three weeks’ time. Wednesday 27 January 2021 1:48 pm The government will prolong current Free School Meals arrangements, including the national voucher scheme and food parcels until children return to the classroom. Share Johnson said a “programme of catch-up” would provide an additional £300m to schools for tutoring, alongside a “Covid premium” to support long-term support for pupils affected by the pandemic. Speaking in the Commons, Boris Johnson said schools in England will also stay closed until the spring, rather than mid-February as originally planned. The government has vowed to immunise all over-18s in the country by the second half of the year, after the Prime Minister earlier this month promised a return of the “Great British summer”. ‘Endgame’ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsBrake For ItSay Goodbye: These Cars Will Be Discontinued In 2021Brake For ItLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthMoneyWise.comMechanics Say You Should Avoid These Cars In 2021  MoneyWise.comMoney PopThe Most Overpriced Vehicles On the Market Right NowMoney PopExplored Planet30 Things Not To Do While Traveling InternationallyExplored PlanetBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure SolutionTaco RelishSuspicious Pics That Are Fishier Than The SeaTaco RelishQuizscape8 Out Of 10 Men Fails This Car Engine Quiz. Can You Pass It?Quizscape (Getty Images) last_img read more

Broken ice machine stymies commercial fishing in Marshall and Russian Mission

first_imgBusiness | Fisheries | Southwest | WesternBroken ice machine stymies commercial fishing in Marshall and Russian MissionJuly 20, 2016 by Anna Rose MacArthur Share:Maserculiq’s broken ice machine. (Photo by Nick P. Andrew Jr.)The first commercial fishing opening for fall chum started Wednesday for Marshall and Russian Mission, but still no solution has been found for the villages’ broken ice machine, forcing fishermen to either stop fishing or travel 60 miles and back to the village of St. Mary’s to get ice.Marshall’s Maserculiq Native Corp. owns the machine but has made no effort to fix it since the compressor quit working two weeks ago. Replacing the part would cost $15,000.Ten fishermen testified at the Maserculiq monthly board meeting Tuesday, asking the corporation to replace or repair the ice maker’s compressor. One of the fishermen was Nick P. Andrew Jr.“Majority of the fishermen stated lost fishing time, used the words ‘affecting the economy,’ and basically stating that for a lot of fishermen this is their only income opportunity,” Andrew said.Andrew is also the Marshall tribal administrator and said he’s applying for a grant to buy a new machine that would be owned and operated by the tribe. If awarded, the grant he’s considering would deliver in fiscal year 2018.Maserculiq board member Lena Sergie said the corporation is trying to find ways to purchase a new ice machine but haven’t solidified anything so far.St. Mary’s-based Boreal Fisheries can buy the chum, but only with the right ice.  Owners Randy and Edna Crawford won’t send a boat to pick up the fish unless it’s in flake ice, which fishermen can’t make at home and which Edna calls a necessary industry standard.“It has to be flake ice,” Edna Crawford said, “because that’s the only way you’re going to keep the temperature of the fish down, especially with the weather we’ve had over here.”Since the machine broke, Marshall commercial fisherman Leonard Fitka Sr. has missed two fishing openings. He’s been boating the four and a half hours to fetch ice and fears the trips are unsustainable.“Fishermen are working harder, staying up longer, (spending) more time away from family. It’s hurting the economy,” Fitka said.Fishermen in Russian Mission travel even further for ice. Myron Edwards, a commercial fisherman there, said with gas over $4 a gallon he won’t make a profit, and he doesn’t know when he’s going to fish next.“We’re not too sure how we’re going to do this,” Edwards said. “Some of us don’t have enough money to pay for gas to pitch in for one boat to go all the way up to Boreal to pick up ice.”The Crawfords, who own Boreal, have known the commercial fishermen in Marshall and Russian Mission for decades and have built a close relationship with them. Boreal has provided free labor multiple times to fix their ice machine, and last year the Crawfords donated a generator. They run a small operation and Randy Crawford said they’ve done all they can.“Edna and I are really frustrated because we’ve put so much effort into it, and we can give no more,” he said.Boreal pays an average of $400,000 a year to Marshall fishermen. Randy said it’s an important part of the Marshall economy and he wants Maserculiq to invest in its community.Marshall commercial fisherman Nick Andrew Jr. had sent letters to shareholders and fishermen in Marshall and Russian Mission asking them to attend Tuesday’s meeting.“We are imploring the village corporation for them to take ownership and invest in the ice machine,” Andrew said.The Maserculiq CEO and board members did not respond to KYUK’s emails asking about the machine.Share this story:last_img read more

Dozens of Anchorage neighbors come together to buy solar panels in bulk

first_imgAlaska’s Energy DeskDozens of Anchorage neighbors come together to buy solar panels in bulkAugust 28, 2018 by Joey Mendolia Share:More than 30 residents of the Airport Heights neighborhood in Anchorage are installing solar panels on their roofs this year. It’s part of “Solarize Anchorage” a program that brings together neighbors to purchase solar panels in bulk.Share this story:last_img

BHP Billiton weathers oil storm with rig cuts

first_img Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org whatsapp Share whatsapp AUSTRALIAN mining group BHP Billiton reduced the rig count at its US onshore oil operation by 35 per cent in the three months to March 2015.The company’s boss Andrew Mackenzie said the move had been made in a quick response to current market conditions, and added: “With higher oil prices expected over the medium term, we believe deferring development will create more value than producing today.”In an operational review published yesterday, the group revealed that total petroleum production for the nine months to the end of March had increased by six per cent compared to the same period of the previous year, up to 192.5m barrels of oil equivalent.Meanwhile, copper production was up by one per cent and iron ore was up by 17 per cent in the first three quarters of the 2015 financial year.Shares in the company were up by 1.37 per cent yesterday. Express KCS Tags: NULL BHP Billiton weathers oil storm with rig cuts Wednesday 22 April 2015 8:48 pmlast_img read more

Innovent starts China’s first trial of a novel cancer immunotherapy

first_img About the Author Reprints Biotech Innovent starts China’s first trial of a novel cancer immunotherapy Human oral squamous carcinoma cell Anne Weston/Francis Crick Institute/Wellcome Cancer drug developer Innovent Biologics started an early-stage clinical trial for its monoclonal antibody IBI939, the first anti-TIGIT drug to be tested in China.The Suzhou biotech is hoping to develop the antibody into a potential treatment for advanced forms of cancer, either as a monotherapy or in combination with Tyvyt, its approved PD-1 drug for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Log In | Learn More What is it? By Jonathan Chan June 2, 2020 Reprints Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED 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. What’s included? [email protected] 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. GET STARTED @JChanPharma Jonathan Chan Tags biotechnologycancerChinaSTAT+last_img read more

Invest in community-based organizations to put health dollars where they are really needed

first_img Related: Leave this field empty if you’re human: With basic needs met, the men can start to address any underlying chronic conditions exacerbated by homelessness and reduce relapses that send them back to the hospital for another costly stay. Through its value-based payment arrangement with AmeriHealth and other plans in the market, Volunteers for America Chesapeake and Carolinas can secure revenue based on successful outcomes.The thousands of community-based organizations in the U.S. represent an untapped source of health care value, waiting to be identified, properly compensated, and scaled up. There is also strong growth in the $500 billion impact investing market, which aims to generate positive social and environmental results along with financial returns. The evolution of value-based payments for human and social service providers will increasingly allow them to tap into the pool of impact capital to expand their footprints.While investors are important to this growing industry, the critical foundational work is being done by managed care and community-based organizations: the former by investing in prevention and reducing low-value health care spending, and the latter by creating more innovative programs where performance is tied to specific and measurable outcomes.Their efforts could be accelerated by continued pressure from state Medicaid agencies in the form of rules, bidding processes, and contracts that encourage managed care organizations to invest in partnerships and programs that focus on holistic health needs and deliver better outcomes at lower cost.In the midst of a pandemic and a surge in unemployment that is rapidly adding to the ranks of the needy, we should seize this opportunity. Redirecting resources to services that clearly drive better health can make big improvements in people’s lives, reduce overall health care spending, and help insulate millions of Americans from this crisis — and others to come.Eric Letsinger is the founder and CEO and Alison Rein is vice president of health and human services at Quantified Ventures, which works with managed care organizations and community-based organizations to create and finance programs that address social determinants of health. [email protected] [email protected] Increases in federal spending have traditionally been viewed as the remedy for this resource shortfall, but those proposals end up competing for scarce discretionary dollars and usually come up short. And if recent events teach us nothing else, we can’t afford a strategy of wait and hope.Instead, we need to see more managed care organizations rewarding community programs that deliver results. When health care companies pay community-based organizations to achieve outcomes, everybody wins: The recipients of the services are healthier and happier, health care spending decreases, and community-based organizations have service contracts that provide the solid financial platform they need to fully meet their missions.The real magic happens when community-based organizations use the income from these service contracts to borrow money, scale up operations, and invest more deeply in the communities they serve. The model can spark a virtuous cycle of payment based on outcomes while creating a revenue engine that is self-sustaining and independent of traditional funding sources.Right now, those with the biggest incentives to partner in this way with community-based organizations are Medicaid managed care organizations. These are health plans that contract with states to provide for the delivery of Medicaid health benefits and additional services at fixed payment rates. As Medicaid managed care organizations assume increasing responsibility for managing the health and cost of Medicaid beneficiaries in 41 states, more are seeking contracts with community-based organizations to increase spending on prevention and reduce spending on “sick care.”This trend is being accelerated by state Medicaid agencies like those in the District of Columbia, Louisiana, and Ohio that are looking to managed care organizations to invest in solutions that address the underlying causes of poor health, including food and housing insecurity.Covid-19 is putting far more pressure on states, and therefore on managed care organizations, to do more with less. And as jobless claims and Medicaid rolls expand, many of the needs of those new plan members are likely to be best addressed through programs offered by community-based organizations. This should serve as both a wake-up call and a massive opportunity for managed care organizations and community-based organizations to innovate new service and payment models together.That’s what’s happening in Washington, D.C., where the nonprofit Volunteers for America Chesapeake and Carolinas is working with managed care partner AmeriHealth Caritas D.C. to create a new care model for homeless men in which the provider is paid for improving health outcomes for participants and reducing health plan costs. Instead of going back to the streets or a shelter after a hospital stay, plan members are offered temporary housing in a community setting where they can get the medical care needed to recover as well as substance-use counseling and support to access more stable housing. @QuantifiedVTS Medically tailored meals save lives. Health plans should cover their cost First OpinionInvest in community-based organizations to put health dollars where they are really needed Yet programs like these operate on razor-thin margins and are supported by a patchwork of grants, donations, and government contracts that rarely cover actual program costs. This impedes innovation, expansion, and long-term planning. The lack of sustainable funding also inhibits widespread adoption of these solutions as service providers are unable to invest in infrastructure and attract the support of payers who require scale to comfortably contract out their services. Georgette Penzavecchia (left) delivers bags of groceries to a home health care worker caring for a senior in her home in Stamford, Conn. Local government and seniors aid organization SilverSouce have partnered to provide weekly food deliveries to seniors in Stamford to help keep them fed and stay at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. John Moore/Getty Images @QuantifiedVTS Privacy Policy If it wasn’t already clear that the U.S. does a poor job of investing in things that keep people healthy, the coronavirus crisis and its disproportionate effects on people of color has made this abundantly clear — even though we spend more per capita on health care than any other nation.If we could tie more of that investment to low-cost preventive services that deliver positive health outcomes, we could keep more people healthy in “normal” times as well as during a pandemic. The Trust for America’s Health has estimated that community-based interventions in areas like obesity prevention, wellness screening, asthma prevention, and pedestrian safety could return more than $5 for every dollar invested.Take Meals on Wheels. It provides a crucial service for home-bound seniors in the form of the “More than a Meal” program. By coupling food delivery with a short social visit and check around the home, it has been shown to help seniors avoid expensive trips to the hospital and support their ability to live at home as they desire instead of moving into costly nursing facilities.advertisement About the Authors Reprints Eric Letsinger To change this problematic cycle, we need new ways to channel funding to these underresourced community-based organizations and provide them with the capital they need to expand the essential services they offer, especially to vulnerable populations.advertisement Alison Rein By Eric Letsinger and Alison Rein July 15, 2020 Reprints Please enter a valid email address. Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. Tags financeMedicaidlast_img read more

Coming for the king: Keytruda dominates the immunotherapy market, but challengers are lining up

first_img 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’s included? Coming for the king: Keytruda dominates the immunotherapy market, but challengers are lining up About the Author Reprints “You come at the king, you best not miss.”— Omar Little in “The Wire”Keytruda is the immunotherapy king. In the U.S., the Merck anti-PD1 checkpoint inhibitor is approved to treat 16 cancers and has 26 indications overall. Sales were $11 billion in 2019 and $6.7 billion through the first half of this year. Keytruda is not only the most successful cancer drug ever developed, but it ranks among the best medicines ever. Biotech Log In | Learn More @adamfeuerstein Tags biotechnologycancerSTAT+ GET STARTEDcenter_img Senior Writer, Biotech Adam is STAT’s national biotech columnist, reporting on the intersection of biotech and Wall Street. He’s also a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. Scanning electron micrograph of a cell cultured lung cancer cell. Anne Weston/Francis Crick Institute via Wellcome What is it? Adam Feuerstein By Adam Feuerstein Sept. 22, 2020 Reprints [email protected] Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED 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.last_img read more

Moment in Time: Durrow says ‘Howya’ with their 2009 festival

first_img Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Previous articleJOB VACANCY: The Legal Aid Board are seeking to recruit a temporary clerical officer in PortlaoiseNext articleLaois minor camogs top off incredible season with Leinster crown 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. Pinterest Twitter Twitter Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA GAA Held on International Friendship Day, the atmosphere in Durrow was electric.Face painting, puppet show, children’s talent competition, fun sports events for adults and the Moyne Polo club summer tournament were just a few of the activities on display.Popular among senior citizens was a nostalgia evening held at Castle Durrow.Despite showers, people came prepared and the wet weather didn’t put a dampner on the fun.Marquees were put in place for the crowds to enjoy free entertainment including the Wacky Entertainers and Michael Jackson Tribute. One of the most popular events of the festival was the ‘Handshake for Hospice’, an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records for the world’s longest handshake.Brothers Seán and Ger Conroy shook hands from 5am until 4pm, a whopping 11 hours, smashing the previous record by an hour.“It was a massive test of endurance but I never doubted their mental ability to do it”, said Mr Sheppard.The brothers had to face each other and shake hands constantly while being observed and recorded by a nurse and stewards.A Guinness Book of Record was present, provided by the brothers’ uncle to remember their own grandfather Tommy Murphy’s record for world’s longest puck in hurling – 129 yards.The event was in aid of Laois Hospice and we have some great photos taken by Alf Harvey of the event below:Durrow Brothers Ger (left) and Sean Conroy celebrate after they create a new World handshake record at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Sheila, Br’d and Carmen Roberts at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Jackie and Tony Campion at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Aoife Phelan and Jenny McDonnell at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Liz and Kirsty Dowling with Jade and Siobhan McCarney at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Enjoying the music at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Enjoying the music at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Cormac O’Grady and Fiona O’Donoghue at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Darren and Clodagh Cooney at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.A full square for the music at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Watching Durrow Brothers Ger and Sean Conroy celebrate after they create a new World handshake record at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Enjoying the bumpers at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Aaron Holohan enjoying the rides at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Having fun at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Enjoying themselves at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Ava and Ellen Robbois at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Daragh Ryan on the amusements at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Enjoying the music at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Durrow Brothers Ger (left) and Sean Conroy celebrate after they create a new World handshake record at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Sam and Anne Vaugh with Jimmy Stapleton at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Molly and Katelyn Cummins at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Jodie and Ellen Deegan, Stradbally at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Sarah Broderick and Hannah Collier at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Abbey Starnes, Valerie Daly and Alanna Starnes at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Having fun at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Babs Conroy (mother of the Conroy brothers handshake World record holders) Joe Murphy and Dave Conroy at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Stephen and David Ryan at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.Enjoying themselves at the Durrow Laois “Howya” Festival.Picture: Alf Harvey.SEE ALSO – Moment in Time: Some classic photos from the Castletown Vintage Rally in 2009 TAGS2009DurrowMoment in Time Facebook For the week that’s in it with another very successful Durrow Scarecrow festival taking place, we thought we’d look back at an equally charming event in Durrow 10 years ago; the Howya Festival.Taking place in August 2009, the festival attracted a massive crowd of all ages.The Chairperson, Hugh Sheppard, described it as ‘one of the best festivals since the early days of the carnival’. Pinterest By Siun Lennon – 4th August 2019 GAA Facebook Home We Are Laois Moment in Time Moment in Time: Durrow says ‘Howya’ with their 2009 festival We Are LaoisMoment in Time WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Moment in Time: Durrow says ‘Howya’ with their 2009 festival 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Residents call state bluff on tablet technology

first_imgThe “Myohyang” tablet (left). Kim Il Sung’s birthday absent on the tablet’s calendar application (right). SHARE AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Residents call state bluff on tablet technology Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News By Daily NK – 2016.07.22 4:22pm center_img NewsEconomyTechnology Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store News Facebook Twitter The tablet computer “Myohyang,” lauded in North Korean state media as the product of  homegrown technology, features a calendar absent of two of the country’s most significant holidays: the respective birthdays of former leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Naturally, this has raised suspicions that the tablet may actually be a foreign product outfitted for the North Korean market, Daily NK has learned. Released last year by the company Pyongje, “Myohyang”–which comes preset with Mt. Paektu’s Lake Cheonji as the background image– houses applications allowing users to read and archive pieces online [the intranet] from state mouthpieces including Rodong Sinmun and Uriminzokkiri, and a camera that can also record video. However, according to a source in North Pyongan Province, “it’s inconceivable that a product made in the North would not mark the Day of the Sun [Kim Il Sung’s birthday] nor the Day of the Shining Star [Kim Jong Il’s birthday].” This news was corroborated by additional sources in South Pyongan Province and Pyongyang.Moreover, most of the tablet’s applications appear in Chinese, including the calendar, which features Chinese characters instead of the usual English or Korean.“Everyone points out that it’s hard to understand why Chinese characters would be used for a domestic product,” she said.  “Unless [the state] is just to try to make things deliberately harder for people for some reason, the simplest explanation is the most rational: the North doesn’t have the technology to override and alter the [Chinese] programs.”“But most people think the missing holiday on the calendar is just an oversight because adding it in couldn’t have been that complex,” she added. Likewise, the Korean language dictionary function on the tablet contains an entry for the “Day of the Sun,” lending further weight to the mistake theory and prompting sardonic university students to call it “a sign that the most powerful propaganda machine in the world is losing its edge.”Irrespective of its origins and limitations, the dictionary is one of the most popular features of the tablet. The application boasts a cache of over 120,000 words, available in seconds at the user’s convenience, unlike the unwieldy, outdated, and rarely consulted bound version. The Grand People’s Study House (central library in Pyongyang) and Kim Il Sung University websites are also said to be popular resources for research purposes, according to the source.“Quite a number of curious college students are using the tool to look up terms like human rights, market economy, succession, Seoul, Pyongyang [no entry, see photo below], and historic incidents to compare the state-sanctioned definition [and their connotation in state media] with the situation on the ground,” she said, adding that some are even bold enough to use memory sticks to secretly read illegal foreign books on their new devices. News “Myohyang’s” Korean dictionary lacks an entry for the  North Korean capital, Pyongyang; however, the South Korean capital, Seoul, has an entry.  When Pyongyang is entered, into the search function, the first result to appear is “Pyongyang Naengmyun (cold noodles)”last_img read more