Your career break is an asset, not a hindrance, to your job application

first_imgSo what’s stopping you?. As a business we’d be foolish not to welcome you with open arms. It is having a diversity of perspectives at UBS that challenges our own thinking and way of doing things. Your reasons for being out of work should be the asset that clinches the job, rather than a hindrance that stops you applying.  Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderUndoOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutUndoDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionUndoFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterUndoJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAUndo Share Show Comments ▼ Change upon your return is a given: processes, culture, and technology are in constant evolution. We firmly believe that continuous training is the best way to get the most out of our people.  This programme hasn’t locked down while the country has. In an unprecedented environment, where the contagion which has led to 95% of our workforce working remotely, we have continued to provide virtual coaching, virtual networking opportunities and education, and even a virtual white-glove onboarding. For each and every applicant we tap into their personal brand: your unique contribution to our business that sets you apart from other applicants. It could be as simple as your record-collecting hobby or as complex as your PhD in astrophysics – it is these idiosyncrasies that allow us to glean an insight into the real you, and help us to better understand how you might fit into our business. While the expectation is that you will work hard, you will be supported by executive coaches and a team of dedicated programme managers, tailored to get the absolute most out of you as an individual. When you join the programme, you immediately have a network of peers – be that other returners in the same boat as you, or the members of the vast returner alumni network who can help guide your chosen direction during your first year with us.  There exists in many organisations a bias that sadly overlooks those who have taken career breaks. At UBS, we’ve taken the opposite approach. We encourage those who have taken a career break of two years or more to apply for any job on our website, and to flag to us their time out. You will not be at a disadvantage, nor put on a temporary placement in a junior role. Rather, if we hire you, you will be enrolled in the UBS Career Comeback Programme, our award-winning permanent hire programme that combines on-the-job experience with classroom learning, mentoring, and coaching, to support you as you return to the corporate world. 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Whatever your reason for leaving – and whatever your reason for coming back – it can feel like you are at a disadvantage; that the fast-paced business world has moved on, and your chances of success with it.  Visit the UBS job board. Find out more and register your interest in the programme here. whatsapp Returning to the corporate world after a long break can be challenging at the best of times.   As a company which employs hundreds of people yearly across a range of roles and disciplines, we firmly believe that these transferable, real-world skills and experiences are what define us as a business: no applicant is ‘too old’ or has been out of the game too long. Your experience adds value to our workplace and richness to our culture, regardless of the reason for your career break.  Your career break is an asset, not a hindrance, to your job application Of the 2020 cohort, we’ve so far seen applicants with backgrounds as disparate as physics and marketing, with much in between. We welcome this diversity of skills and outlook. The UBS Career Comeback Programme works not to fit you into a job, but to find a job that fits you, your interests, skills and specialisms. last_img read more

Juneau man shares a painful memory from driving trucks in Iraq

first_imgCommunity | History | Juneau | Military | Nation & World | SpiritJuneau man shares a painful memory from driving trucks in IraqMay 29, 2017 by Quinton Chandler, KTOO Share:Richard Marshall at KTOO on Friday, May 19. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KTOO)Richard Marshall is a 66-year-old Vietnam veteran. He’s a Juneau resident and was a civilian contractor for the U.S. military in Iraq. He signed up to drive fuel trucks through combat zones because he wanted to help.During his first year in Iraq, Marshall drove 96 combat missions. In 2004 on Good Friday, he narrowly avoided a deadly attack. I asked him to share his memory of that day and he explained how it changed his life. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“Everyday we would line up and they would hand out keys and according to which key to which truck you got, you would be assigned a convoy commander and you’d form up into a group and leave.“I was living in a tent with a bunch of guys that I got very close to. So when we would go up to sort of hang around the place where they handed out the keys, we’d routinely walk up together. That morning, they’d awakened us very early in the morning. All of the roads had been shut down for a couple of days. The threat was so high, the danger was so bad, the combat was so furious that they wouldn’t let anybody leave any of the camp. We were (sitting) around waiting for them to line us up and I got up to go get a bottle of water. As I was getting a bottle of water from an area … they called for us to come line up. So we did and it just happened that I ended up a couple of spaces ahead of this group of guys that was behind me. That couple of spaces put me as the last man in the first convoy that day.“It was just horrible, we got shot at from the minute we left the gate and we got beat up and shot and blown up until we made it to Taji which is halfway to Baghdad. Finally got out of Taji and got south into Baghdad and we were able to supply enough fuel to keep the medevac birds going – that’s about all we could do at that point.Marshall, middle, and his fellow drivers wait to settle in for the night at Al Taqaddum Air Base in West Central Iraq after unloading a fuel shipment in 2004. (Photo courtesy Richard Marshall)“The following morning, they allowed that second group to leave. … The group of guys that I lived with were all in that convoy. That was the group that got hit with anti-aircraft guns. They pretty well wiped out the convoy. The convoy commander lost an eye; I think we lost seven — there were seven drivers killed, there were several injured. Three or four soldiers killed that day. Basically everybody … all my friends were killed that day.“So the fickleness is that even though I had it tough getting out of the gate that day and we had a tough time, had it not been for that bottle of water, that silly bottle of water, I would’ve been with them. So … that’s part of the reason why I stayed.”Now, do you still feel survivor’s guilt?“Oh sure, yeah, I don’t think — I don’t think that ever goes away. My response, my way of dealing with it, is to try and feel — feel very lucky every day. It’s tough to talk about, but in truth, I just don’t feel like I have the — I don’t have the right to feel bad about anything.“I’m sorry. In other words, now when I’m working, when I’m doing anything — I mean my gosh, any of those guys — on my worst, worst day, every one of them would love to have that day. I’m just blessed, that’s all. I’m very blessed.”Richard Marshall and his wife Teresa on Fish Creek Trail on Douglas in 2015. (Photo courtesy Richard Marshall)Richard Marshall left Iraq at the end of 2007 and returned in 2010. After a short break, he moved on to work in Afghanistan for two and a half years.Today he is semi-retired and works for Juneau Docks and Harbors in his spare time. He and his wife Teresa just celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary and plan to build a retirement home in Haines. Marshall said his biggest regret is spending so many years away from his wife.Share this story:last_img read more

Alaska guns sold in private sales discovered in shipments to Mexican drug cartel

first_imgCrime & Courts | Public Safety | SouthcentralAlaska guns sold in private sales discovered in shipments to Mexican drug cartelDecember 15, 2020 by Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media Share:Guns and ammunition seized in Mexico, at left, and the tractor-trailer unit where they were hidden, seen in photos included in federal smuggling charges filed in Alaska federal court Dec. 11, 2020. (District of Alaska U.S. District Court)Two guns purchased in private sales from Alaskans were discovered in a larger shipment of firearms on its way to a Mexican drug cartel last spring, according to charges filed recently in federal court.Smuggling charges against the now-jailed Miguel Moreno-Cortez allege he was an Alaska-based gun purchaser who was part of a larger network exporting guns from the United States to a drug-trafficking organization called Autodefensas de Michoacán Cartel in the Mexican state of Michoacán.According to the charging document, Moreno-Cortez bought a rifle and a shotgun in separate transactions in Alaska. Neither appears to have been bought directly from a licensed gun dealer. The charges do not mention how Moreno-Cortez met the seller of the rifle, but they say he found the shotgun for sale on Alaska List, an online classifieds site.Unlike licensed dealers, federal law does not require a private gun seller to conduct background checks on gun purchasers.According to the charging document, the investigation leading to Moreno-Cortez’s arrest started when police in Mexico conducted a random search of a tractor-trailer in April. The charges said a scanner found an “anomaly.” Then, inside two refrigeration units, police discovered 24 guns, ammunition, magazines and body armor.The charges say another search in June at a warehouse in a different Mexican city uncovered 54 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition that were also linked to the Michoacán cartel.According to the charges, federal investigators connected Moreno-Cortez to specific guns in the shipments through an analysis of his Apple iCloud account, which had photos of the firearms, according to the charges. The cloud-based storage service also allegedly showed audio chat messages in which Moreno-Cortez and man coordinating the gun shipments discussed prices for guns, as well as violent encounters between rival drug cartels.Court records show Moreno-Cortez was arrested in Florida on Dec. 10. He did not have an attorney listed as of Dec. 14.The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alaska did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Share this story:last_img read more

Alstom facing further charges in SFO inquiry

first_imgThursday 16 April 2015 9:23 pm FRENCH engineering group Alstom is facing further corruption charges filed by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) as part of its ongoing investigation.Both Alstom Network UK, a subsidiary of Alstom, and Michael John Anderson, a UK resident who was previously business development director for Alstom Transport in France, have been charged with two corruption offences and two offences of conspiracy to corrupt.The allegations centre around the supply of trains to the Budapest Metro, and the offences are said to have taken place between January 2006 and October 2007. The fraud office announced yesterday that the charges had been brought against the company and one of its employees in what it called “phase three” of its inquiry.The case will begin at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 12 May.The SFO began investigating the company in 2009 as a result of information it received from the Swiss Attorney General. Last July, the watchdog charged Alstom and two former employees with corruption in India, Poland and Tunisia. That case is due to go to trial in May next year. Share whatsapp Alstom facing further charges in SFO inquiry Express KCS Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ Read This NextThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayot’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat is ‘Ranked-Choice Voting,’ the New System for New York’s MayoralFamily Proof whatsapplast_img read more

Best of the Brokers for 25 June 2015

first_img Express KCS Show Comments ▼ whatsapp whatsapp Share More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comcenter_img Best of the Brokers for 25 June 2015 Wednesday 24 June 2015 8:26 pm Tags: NULL by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesBuzzdaily WinnersCasinos Don’t Expect You To Do This; But They Can’t Stop You.Buzzdaily WinnersComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirror To appear in Best of the Brokers, email your research to [email protected] raised its recommendation on the betting shop company from a “reduce” to a “hold”, citing the fact that “it appears that half the gambling sector is involved in, or has been contemplating, M&A”. However, the broker said it is “sitting out” until all outcomes become clearer.GLAXOSMITHKLINEAccendo Markets issued a “buy” rating on the pharma group, noting that Pfizer has agreed to acquire meningitis vaccines from GSK for about $130m (£83m) which would gain GSK regulatory approval for a deal to buy Novartis’ vaccines business – giving the firm a bigger global foothold.TULLOW OIL Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated its “sell” rating on the oil firm and reduced target price from 342p to 328p, after a disappointing update on the group’s Norwegian Sea project. The Zumba exploration well in the region has not encountered hydrocarbons and will now be plugged and abandoned. last_img read more

Learning to say no: Hospitals train emergency doctors to resist prescribing opioids

first_imgHospitalsLearning to say no: Hospitals train emergency doctors to resist prescribing opioids Related: Related: APStock I told my doctors my drug history. Yet they gave me opioids without counseling However, the new guidelines had little impact on prescriptions for patients who were already chronic opioid users prior to admission. So UK has stepped up training to help emergency physicians, who are often focused on the immediate need to save a life, to think more for the long term. That might mean prescribing fewer opioids for drug-dependent patients and guiding them toward substance abuse treatment when they’re ready to be discharged.Chang plans to roll out these new practices across other units of the hospital and then, if all goes well, take them to the statewide alliance of health care networks.“Everyone of us needs to feel like we’re responsible,” he said. “The feeling of, ‘I’m not an addiction specialist; that’s not my problem’ has to go away.” “Patients say, ‘Doc, I want the strongest thing you’ve got,’” said Dr. Daniel del Portal, an assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia. “But patients don’t always understand the risk the strongest pain medicine can create. Patients don’t appreciate that until it’s too late.”At the UK hospital in Lexington, Ky., Chang said the philosophy used to be to give an opioid painkiller right off the bat. And then, he said, “we’d just give more of it.” Slowly, he got doctors, pharmacists, and nurses on board with using non-opioid pain relievers like Advil or Tylenol first, and trying multiple regimens before finally considering something stronger. He also trained them on how to explain the shift to patients.“Sometimes it’s impossible to bring pain to zero,” Chang said. “But we’re trying to make it tolerable.”Since 2014, Chang gathered data on 900 patients treated after the new policies were implemented. He was surprised at what he found.The trauma unit managed to nearly halve the amount of opioids administered to patients who had no prior history of chronic opioid use. That might be helpful in a state that had the third-highest death rate from drug overdose in 2015. A ‘civil war’ over painkillers rips apart the medical community — and leaves patients in fear By Max Blau Jan. 23, 2017 Reprints Dr. Phillip Chang’s emergency room epiphany started with a wreck.A patient admitted to the trauma unit of the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital was prescribed opioid painkillers for injuries he sustained in a nasty car crash. Within days, the patient returned for more pills, the first of many trips to multiple doctors.“This guy was not a substance abuser before,” Chang said. “Because of the pain medicine, he became one. We asked ourselves: Were we responsible for it?”The incident prompted the emergency department to issue new guidelines that opioids be prescribed only as a last resort. It has worked so well in the past two years that Chang, now UK HealthCare’s chief medical officer, is hoping to roll out the same protocols in 10 health systems across the state, which could change practices in dozens of hospitals.advertisement And so, this month in eastern Mississippi, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle began limiting opioid pain medication only to patients in the most acute pain. St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in New Jersey, which has one of the nation’s biggest emergency departments, is pushing to replace opioids whenever possible with less addictive treatments, like nerve blocks to dull pain. The center has even hired a harpist to fill the noisy halls with calmer notes.It’s all part of a push “to stem the tide of the opioid epidemic,” said Dr. Jay Bhatt, chief medical officer of the American Hospital Association.But it’s not always easy. Similar changes are sweeping the nation. With heroin deaths now surpassing gun homicides, hospitals have been rewriting protocols and retraining staff to minimize prescriptions of narcotic painkillers.Emergency departments, in particular, feel a heavy responsibility to take action: Collectively, they’re one of the top prescribers of opioids nationwide, behind family and internal medicine practices.advertisement Tags hospitalsopioidspainpatientsphysicianslast_img read more

Spirited Laois hurlers go down to Dublin in Walsh Cup

first_img Spirited Laois hurlers go down to Dublin in Walsh Cup Community New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Previous articlePowerful Portarlington push on to U-21 football finalNext articleBarry to the fore as O’Dempsey’s claim U-21 ‘B’ title in style Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. By Steven Miller – 6th January 2019 Council Eamonn Dillon of Dublin in action against Ryan Mullaney of Laois during the Walsh Cup Round 3 match between Laois and Dublin at O’Moore Park. Picture: Sportsfile Dublin 1-18 Laois 1-16Bord na Mona Walsh CupThe Laois senior hurlers went down to Dublin in their concluding Walsh Cup game in O’Moore Park this afternoon – but there was plenty of positives for manager Eddie Brennan in what was a very spirited Laois display.The result means Dublin go through to the semi-finals and Laois face a break now until their league opener against Galway at the end of January.Laois got off to a bad start and were 1-3 to 0-1 down after just five minutes, the goal coming from Eamon Dillon after a brilliant flick across the square from centre-forward John Hetherton.Indeed Dublin could have had another goal early on only for a good save from Enda Rowland on Dillon.But Laois settled well after that slow start – and with Donncha Hartnett dropping back to play a sweeper role having started midfield and PJ Scully coming out from full-forward.Three Scully frees helped Laois to get back within four and then Aaron Dunphy struck for a great goal after brilliant work from Mark Kavanagh and a pass from Stephen Maher.An excellent point from Dunphy from way out on the wing levelled things up and frees from Scully and Enda Rowland had Laois two up in the 31st minute after hitting 1-5 on the trot.Two points, however, from John Hetherton had the sides level at 1-8 apiece at the break.Stephen Maher and Eanna Lyons swapped early second-half points with Jake Malone and Chris Crummey.But Laois hit another purple patch with four fine points from play – three from Scully and one from Dunphy to move two ahead in the 47th minute.But Dublin then hit the next four to take control again and while Laois battled hard to get it back to one, Dublin held on.SCORERS – Dublin: John Hetherton 0-7 (four frees), Eamon Dillon 1-1, Jake Malone 0-2, Cian Boland 0-2, Fergal Whitely 0-2,  Oisin O’Rourke 0-2, Chris Crummey 0-1, Sean Moran 0-1 (free) Laois: PJ Scully 0-7 (three frees), Aaron Dunphy 1-3, Mark Kavanagh 0-2 (one free), Enda Rowland (one free, one ’65) 0-2, Stephen Maher 0-1, Eanna Lyons 0-1DUBLIN: Alan Nolan; James Madden, Eoghan O’Donnell, Darragh Gray; Tom Connelly, Sean Moran, Shane Barrett; Rian McBride, Jake Malone; Cian Boland, John Hetherton, Fintan McGibb; Eamonn Dillon, Liam Rushe, Donal Burke. Subs: Lee Gannon for Madden (injured – 16), Fergal Whitely for Boland (injured – 30), Chris Crummey for Connelly (HT), Oisin O’Rourke for Burke (43), David Keogh for O’Donnell (48), Glen Whelan for McBride (49), Caolam Conway for Rushe (53), Conor Burke for Dillon (63)LAOIS: Enda Rowland (Abbeyleix); Padraig Delaney (The Harps), Matthew Whelan (Borris-Kilcotton), Joe Phelan (Camross); Jack Kelly (Rathdowney-Errill), Ryan Mullaney (Castletown), Eric Killeen (Rathdowney-Errill); Paddy Purcell (Rathdowney-Errill), Donnacha Hartnett (Mountmellick); Aaron Dunphy (Borris-Kilcotton), Mark Kavanagh (Rathdowney-Errill), Stephen Maher (Clough-Ballacolla); Eanna Lyons (Ballyfin), PJ Scully (Borris-Kilcotton), Eoin Gaughan (Camross). Subs: Sean Downey (Ballinakill) for Gaughan (51), Conor Phelan (Castletown) for Scully (63), Jake Cranny (Abbeyleix) for Killeen (68), Neil Foyle for Lyons (70)REFEREE: Michael Murtagh (Westmeath)SEE ALSO – Late Kingston goal helps Laois to O’Byrne Cup win over Wicklow Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook TAGSDublinLaois senior hurlersLaois v DublinWalsh Cup Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Twitter Twitter Community Home Sport GAA Spirited Laois hurlers go down to Dublin in Walsh Cup SportGAAHurling Pinterestlast_img read more

Kim Jong Eun Makes 6th Military Inspection

first_imgNews Kim Jong Eun Makes 6th Military Inspection There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Kim Jong Eun has extended his whirlwind tour of the country’s top military units to the decorated Air Force Unit 378, according to reports from the Rodong Shinmun on January 28.Kim has now toured six different military installations since the first day of this year, when he paid a visit to the Ryu Gyung Su 105th Tank Division. Five of the six have been officially decorated by the government as ‘O Jung Hup 7th Regiments’.Being an ‘O Jung Hup 7th Regiment’ is among the highest military honors in North Korea. The country claims that O Jung Hup 7th Regiment was responsible for protecting Kim Il Sung with their lives during his anti-Japanese guerilla days. Hoping to make more members of the military want to be like the fabled regiment, North Korea began touting the ‘O Jung Hup 7th Regiment title movement’ during the 1990s, with those in contention for the decoration first having to undergo an evaluation of their political loyalty.Confining his visits almost exclusively to military units which have received this title is not a coincidence on Kim Jong Eun’s behalf – it is most likely related to his recent emphasis to the military to ‘arm’ itself with ideology.The Rodong Shinmun reported that Kim Jong Eun was visiting Air Force Unit 378 for the first time in just 53 days, after visiting with his father, Kim Jong Il, on December 3.According to the newspaper, Kim Jong Eun received a guard of honor before inspecting security at the base, after which he then coordinated a flying exercise.According to a translation from the KCNA, Kim told officers that “No enemy dares intrude into Songun Korea, our country is standing high as an invulnerable bulwark and socialist fortress and the sky above it will always remain clear and blue as its territorial air is being defended by the dependable and proud pilots.”Kim toured facilities for pilots at their base, including their quarters, mess room and lecture theatre among others, as well as listening to problems about heating at the complex and discussing the provision of particular foods such as cheese and chocolate.Kim reportedly raised instructions left by Kim Jong Il during his visit to Unit 378 in December, telling commanders they need to “help the men feel the love and consideration of the Dear General by stocking cheese and feeding it to them.”“Commanders must complete fighting preparations, and be prepared to run until the studs in their boots wear out in order to solve any issues which might arise in the military lives of their men,” Kim was also claimed to have said. The paper added that Kim observed a parachute drop from members of the West End Air Club and a competition involving remote-controlled planes, before posing for commemorative photographs with the unit.Also on hand to observe were vice-chairman of the National Defence Commission, Jang Sung Taek, party secretary Park Do Chun, Military Security Command chief Kim Myung Gook, as well as Generals Kim Won Hong and Park Jae Gyung. Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] Facebook Twitter News News center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak By Kang Mi Jin – 2012.01.30 11:13am North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Traders eye Fed minutes for hints of end to stimulus

North American markets will focus this week on the release of the latest minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve for any clues on when the world’s largest economy will taper off its aggressive monetary stimulus program. The Fed minutes from the central bank’s April 30 to May 1 meeting will be released on Wednesday, amid a relatively quiet week for major economic data in both the U.S. and Canada. TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors Linda Nguyen Keywords Marketwatch S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news “Markets are sort of overly addicted to QE (quantitative easing) and Fed stimulus so if there are signs that the hawks were more hawkish or more members were uncomfortable with the continuation (of the program) — that’s what they’re going to look for,” said Tom O’Gorman, a portfolio manager at Bissett Investment Management. Through quantitative easing, the Fed has been buying US$85 billion a month in Treasurys and mortgage bonds in an attempt to keep long-term borrowing rates down. The move has pushed the prices of bonds up, while sending their yields lower and encouraged more consumer spending and investment. It has also lifted U.S. markets to record-highs by renewing confidence and making stocks more attractive by keeping interest rates low. But investors worry that once the Fed ends its monetary stimulus, the markets will experience a major pullback. “Any sign that they’re going to taper that program, or extend that program, or the numbers are beating expectations or not beating expectations — that’s all the markets care about,” said O’Gorman. Investors will also be listening carefully to a speech by Fed chairman Ben Bernanke who will comment Wednesday prior to the release of the minutes. Last week, a number of Fed members hinted that the central bank should consider ending its spending program as early as this summer, as signs of a recovery in the housing market continue. In Canada, traders will have a shortened week due to the markets being closed on Monday for the Victoria Day long weekend. On Wednesday, the country’s latest retail trade numbers will be released. The March figures were expected to be lower for the first time in three months, due to lower gasoline prices despite a predicted small uptick in vehicle sales. TD Bank (TSX:TD) will lead off earnings for the country’s big banks when it reports its second-quarter results on Thursday. In other U.S. economic news, existing home sales data is expected Wednesday. Recent figures from the U.S. Commerce Department said there was a 16.5 per cent drop in the seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts to 853,000 in April. While the previous month, March, had seen that figure at 1.02 million. The department also reported that applications for building permits rose 14.3 per cent to a rate of 1.02 million, the highest in five years. Weekly jobless claims figures will come out on Thursday, while key numbers on the durable goods orders will cap off the week of economic news in the U.S. Economists were expecting the figures, excluding the volatile transportation sector, to decline for the third straight month, on continued to soften on computing and electronic orders but be boosted by a possible rebound in aircraft orders. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media read more

Canada welcomes report from Industry Strategy Council

first_imgCanada welcomes report from Industry Strategy Council From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development CanadaThe Government of Canada recognizes that a smooth economic recovery will require continued collaboration between the public and private sectors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.December 11, 2020 – Ottawa, OntarioThe Government of Canada recognizes that a smooth economic recovery will require continued collaboration between the public and private sectors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why the government created the Industry Strategy Council, bringing together business leaders to offer experienced perspectives from key sectors of our economy and to engage with a diverse set of businesses and stakeholders from coast to coast to coast, including labour and Indigenous peoples.Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, welcomed a report from the Council’s Chair, Monique F. Leroux. While the Council has provided advice throughout its mandate, the report serves as a summary and conclusion of its work, which focused specifically on identifying the scope and depth of COVID-19’s impact on industries and informing the government’s understanding of specific sectoral pressures. In addition, the Council has outlined recommendations to support the recovery and growth of key sectors moving forward. The Minister thanked the Chair and each member of the Council for the time and energy they have put into this initiative.The Council provided valuable insight into pain points within sectors, noting the importance of support for heavily affected sectors. Looking at the longer term, the Council provided additional recommendations on connectivity, skills training, diversity and inclusion, research and development, and steps toward sustainability and lower emissions. In consultation with the Council, business communities and Canadians, the government has taken swift action on some of these themes. Beyond the priority of fighting COVID-19 and protecting Canadians, the Fall Economic Statement outlined measures for supporting workers and businesses through the second wave as well as our hardest-hit sectors.The report, Restart, Recover and Reimagine Prosperity for All Canadians: An Ambitious Growth Plan for Building a Digital, Sustainable and Innovative Economy, details findings on COVID-19’s impact on industries and added recommendations to position for recovery across sectors.Quotes“Our first priority remains to protect and support Canadians through this pandemic. To do so, we need first to understand the shifting and serious effects of the pandemic on our industrial sectors. Canadian business leaders on the Industry Strategy Council have helped with just that, sharing changes and challenges to industry from across Canada and sectors. Their insights have informed our government’s work to support workers and businesses, and we look forward to continued collaboration to help all Canadians through the COVID-19 pandemic, without losing ground on issues that will allow us to recover with more opportunities for all Canadians.”– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry“It is an honour to present to Canadians our report designed to shape our country’s economic outlook amidst this COVID-19 pandemic. We wrote this report in a spirit of dialogue between our industry leaders and government experts, through broad public consultations. These important insights have galvanized our desire to structure our economic recovery to benefit all Canadians and have urged us to be bold and ambitious in taking action to enhance our national competitiveness. This crisis calls for Canadians to stand together in building a promising future for the prosperity of all.”– Monique F. Leroux, Chair, Industry Strategy CouncilQuick factsThe Industry Strategy Council drew its inspiration from the innovative collaborative model that was established through the Economic Strategy Tables (EST), set up in October 2017 as part of the government’s Innovation and Skills Plan.The Council’s composition aligned with that of the ESTs, representing key industries: advanced manufacturing, agri-food, clean technology, digital industries, health and biosciences, resources of the future, and tourism and hospitality, adding two new tables for the retail and transportation sectors in response to economic pressures caused by the pandemic.The ESTs will relaunch in the near future, building on the Council’s insights on the current state of key sectors and potential recommendations for the future. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. 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