SHARE News News The “direction” of the Lee administration’s policy towards North Korea has been confirmed as the “development of the mutual-prosperous inter-Korean relations based on the pragmatism and productivity.” The four principles of the policy towards North Korea are pragmatism and productivity, a flexible, principled approach, national consensus, and harmony between international cooperation and inter-Korean relations. An affiliate with the Lee administration said, “To put it briefly, the motto of the Lee Myung Bak administration’s policy on North Korea is confirmed as ‘co-existence and co-prosperity.’”According to the affiliate, the standards of the policy are do the people agree with the policy; can the policy affect the improvement of North Korean people’s quality of life; can it promote North Korean development; can it contribute to peaceful reunification? Regarding the “Vision 3000,” the affiliate explained that, in accordance with the conclusion of a nuclear solution, the Vision 3000 will be pursued. Regarding humanitarian aid, which is currently controversial, it is a basic position to supply aid to North Korea from the view of universal humanitarian and brotherly love. The Lee administration will actively try to solve the POWs and abductees problems as a national basic duty to protect its people. By Daily NK – 2008.07.29 3:18pm Facebook Twitter News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Daily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News Co-existence and Co-prosperity North Korea Policy Confirmed There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak
Just a few days back, I saw a woman buying a fairness crème at the store. Honestly speaking, I didn’t know what to feel. Several thoughts crossed my mind; I was shocked at someone valuing fair skin tone even today.On the other hand, I questioned does someone really feels it’s possible to change one’s skin tone. But what bothered me the most was that how deep-rooted this obsession is that even though we might be all aware that one can’t really change one’s skin tone, we still can’t reject the idea of buying skin fairness cremes.I remember someone categorically telling me that if I eat enough beetroot through my pregnancy, the newborn child will have a milky white complexion. Our obsession with fair skin tone starts in the womb, even before the child is born.No wonder the skin fairness industry was growing by leaps and bounds and was valued at USD 8.3 billion in 2018. Is there truly an end to this? Can we all be equal for once?The Global ParadigmBut is the discrimination based on skin colour so much an Asian thing? Well, not really. We all know black and white bias all across the world, especially the USA and Europe. Not long back, we know that people were used as salves primarily because of their skin colour irrespective of their skills, talent, education, interests, or anything for that matter.It was a colossal denial of their existence. Even back home, in Asia, when the Britishers came to India, the white supremacy over brown was established for well over two hundred years.Moving forward in the 21st century, one would imagine such discrimination and oppression would have stopped. Well, it doesn’t exist in the same tone, but the fact that we are still talking about some discrimination, whether skin colour or race is no less than shameful.Research shows that some of this still continues, especially in the hiring process. A paper on “Ethnic discrimination in hiring decisions” published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration studies identifies that minority candidates end up sending 50% more applications to be considered for a position.Inequality is prevalent. But I think only in Asia, is it a gender construct, not just a social one. In Asian countries, it is so much harder for a dark-skinned girl than a boy. And not so much in the hiring process but to be socially acceptable.Young girls are conditioned to believe that no boy will be attracted to them because of their dark skin. It’s almost like questioning the very essence of someone’s existence. It is not surprising these women grow up to value fair skin more than the darker ones.Cosmetics Industry – The new RulerIt would be unfair to say that it was only the developed countries, which oppressed people or made them feel a little less than themselves. The industry crashed on the predominant belief that “white is right” and started selling fairness cremes.It naturally led to deeper conditioning that dark is not beautiful. No wonder, “Hindustan Unilever’s “Fair & Lovely” cream dominates the Indian fairness products market valued at USD 450mn”. And now they have a Fair and Lovely for Men too. As if it not enough to cripple women with this mindset.The beauty pageants have added to it where the winners were almost always lighter skin toned women. It is commonly believed that Indian women started winning the beauty pageants when the cosmetics industry wanted to capture India. No wonder, Indian women grew up obsessed with looking beautiful.The only problem there is that they were beautiful before this infringement. Still, the cosmetic industry made them feel a little less of themselves to sell their products. But at least we know better now, and we don’t have to get swayed away by their tall claims.Dark is Beautiful! Unfortunately, the attempt to look fair didn’t stop at cremes. People started turning to cosmetics and dermatologists, hoping for instant results. Some of us may have damaged our skin in the process of getting a slightly lighter skin tone.But, like any negative thing, always ranting that it’s negative doesn’t make it go away. It needs to be replaced with something positive. We need to find a way to communicate to our girls that its who we are that defines us, not our skin tones.It is essential to address the inherent need for dark-skinned people to want to be beautiful. These girls have to fight decades of conditioning. To top it all, the market is flooded with fairness products. How can they fight against a 9-billion-dollar industry which continues to throw this message in our face that only fair is beautiful?Campaigns bring awareness but don’t necessarily get rid of the deep-rooted beliefs. We need to be able to find a way to help all dark-skinned women beautiful in their own skin. Causal statements like “You are fair. Therefore, everything will look good on you” need to go away consciously.Feel Beautiful, no matter what your skin toneWhile the social narrative needs to change, what is also essential is for the industry to propagate awareness, about the possibility, and side effects of using so many skin fairness cremes such as thinning of the skin, discolouration of the face, increased visibility of the capillaries, severe acne, hypersensitivity to sunlight, rebound paradoxical pigmentation, unwanted facial hair growth, and skin allergy.We need to understand that it is medically impossible to lighten one’s skin tone. Any over the counter products, which promise skin whitening to pose significant damage to our skin.There are many healthier options available. Like Dr Rekha Singh from Oliva Skin and Hair Clinic states that many USFDA approved treatment options for skin lightening, including laser toning, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels are available, which are safer options that one must consider when looking to attain our natural glow, even skin tone and remove pigmentation.If you check for any skin lightening treatment, they will say that the treatment can reduce dark spots, uneven skin tone, and pigmentation, which brightens our skin. This makes it look like our skin tone has lightened a little bit.However, our skin tone does not change. It merely brightens a little. It is much safer to go for these treatments compared to the skin fairness cremes, which can actually damage our skin more than repair it. Whosoever or whichever company makes that claim is primarily trying to mislead you.The journey starts at homeThe billion-dollar fairness industry indeed needs to stop misleading our women. It is also true that the government needs to put stricter laws and practices in place to make sure such damaging beliefs are not propagated within the society for the benefit of a few industrialists.While all of this is important in its own place and time, I feel we, as educated members of this community, need to change the dialogue at home. This journey of not conditioning our girls into favouring fairness over darkness needs to start in front of our mirrors. Each comment about dark or fair skin needs to stop.We need to teach our girls to appreciate themselves irrespective of their colour, size, or any other differences. As they say, beauty is skin deep needs to be communicated in so many ways that the social narrative about our skin tones can finally rest in peace.
Email LinkedIn Share on Twitter Pinterest When you’re a teenager, what your friends say and do really matter. Even for the most nonconformist adolescents, the clothes you wear, the music you listen to, whether or not you drink or take drugs, and even your attitudes and opinions about the world are often hugely influenced by your peers.But does this effect extend to your mental health? Social factors such as living alone or experiencing abuse in childhood play a large role in whether someone becomes depressed. On the other side, social support (having people to talk to) is important for recovery from depression. So can the social impact of being friends with people who are depressed drag you down as well? And does having a positive mood keep those around you in high spirits?To answer these questions, my colleagues and I studied data on more than 2,000 adolescents in a network of US high school students to see how their mood influenced each other. This involved modelling the spread of mood using similar methods to those used to track the spread of infectious diseases. Share Share on Facebook The difficulty with this method was the existence of examples that indicate something has spread when in reality it hasn’t (a false positive). In this case, a possible cause of false positives is the tendency for people to have friends who are like themselves. For example, if a group of friends all drink large amounts of alcohol and several become depressed it may be the alcohol rather than the friendships that cause the depression.To deal with this issue, our analysis used longitudinal data (information recorded repeatedly over time). This allowed us to directly model changes in mood by noting each individual’s depression at one time point and whether or not this has changed at a second time point. This meant it did not matter what the other characteristics of the people were.We found that depression does not “spread” between friends. But, on the other hand, having five or more friends with a healthy mood can halve the probability of developing depression over a six-to-12 month period. And having ten healthy-mood friends doubles the probability of recovering from depression compared to those who have just three such friends.“Spreading” moodsIt’s important to note that we don’t believe a healthy mood literally “spreads” like a disease but rather that it emerges from the behaviour of a complex social system. This behaviour is possible through a number of mechanisms. Research has shown people who are, or tend to be, depressed are less able to maintain a positive outlook from moment to moment. For these individuals, having sufficient exposure and interaction with healthy friends could address this issue. This can keep their own mood healthy or aid their recovery.Additionally, depression has been associated with social withdrawal, meaning that depressed individuals would be expected to exert less social influence than adolescents exhibiting a healthy mood. This offers a possible explanation for why we found that depression didn’t spread.These findings show that when it comes to mental health, parents shouldn’t be worried about who their teenagers are friends with. Having depressed friends does not put them at risk, but having healthy friends is both protective and curative. What’s more, the research supports the idea that depression should be a public health issue rather than an individual one and should be used to help counter the stigma attached to the condition.It also suggests that one cheap, low-risk way to tackle depression among young people would be to simply encourage friendships, for example by providing youth clubs. If every teenager had more friends it could go some way to providing them with a protective effect against mental health problems.By Edward Hill, University of WarwickEdward Hill is PhD candidate in mathematical epidemiology & complexity science at University of WarwickThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.
Tuscor Lloyds assisted the exporter in reviewing various methods of shipping and it was decided that in the interest of speed a container carrier was the most suitable method of transport, since the shipper would have the ability to track the vessel and make alternative arrangements if there were any unforeseen delays.The cargo was carried to Russia on three 40 ft flat rack containers. www.tuscorlloyds.com
Soweto’s Vilakazi Street was once home to former President Nelson Mandela, but now has another drawcard.A mother-and-daughter team is educating members of their community about snakes. The 19-year-old Lwandle and her mother, Lindiwe Mngomezulu, run an educational snake “show” from their home in Orlando West, in Vilakazi Street, Soweto.The street has become a buzzing tourist hub, and when Mngomezulu gives you directions to her house over the phone, she directs you past “Tutu’s house” and the “Nelson Mandela Museum”.The mother and daughter team has become so well-known that they have made international headlines. Lindiwe allows curiosity-seekers to get a close-up look at the non-venomous snakes she keeps in her home, and she drapes them over tourists’ shoulders for a small fee.CCTV’s Julie Scheier has more.
The National U22 Mens and Womens Championship Finals takes place at the National stadium in Dublin tonight with three Galway Boxers all looking to add U22 Titles to the National Senior Titles they won before Christmas. Monivea’s Adam Hession faces Mark Corcoran from Corinthians in the 52 Kg Final followed by Gabriel Dossen in the 75Kg Final where he faces John Joe Nevin from Crumlin. The final fight of the night is the 91+ Kg Final between Gytis Lisinskas from Celtic Eagles and Luke Hall from Crumlin. Gabriel Dossen, Adam Hession and Gytis Lisinskas who all fight for Irish U22 Titles this evening at the National Stadium.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Unai Emery’s men started the clash strongly and took the lead early thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty.Tottenham, however, suddenly came back into the game thanks to Eric Dier’s header, and even finished the first half 2-1 up.But after the break Spurs’ players could rarely touch the ball as the Gunners completely dominated the match.In fact, Tottenham star Dele Alli made only six passes in the second half… and four of them came from kick-offs.Aaron Ramsey and Dele Alli fight triggers mass Arsenal v Tottenham brawl – even Mauricio Pochettino gets involved!3 Dele Alli completed only six passes in the second half against Arsenal – four of them came from kick-offsCredit: AP:Associated Pressmost read in footballPicturedHARRY’S HEROES Kane says goodbye to Tottenham team-mates Vertonghen and VormLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordLive BlogTRANSFER NEWS LIVESalah admits he could LEAVE Liverpool, how Sancho will fit in Utd XILive Blogblues newsChelsea transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeRevealedFORTUNE TELLERIncredible Hawkeye blunder saved Villa’s lives – but Smith says it was karmaNEXT SEASONAaron Connolly says ‘see you next year’ after scoring goal to end seasonLive BlogJU BEAUTYJuventus vs Sampdoria LIVE: Stream, TV channel, kick-off time, team newsPED’S GONEPedro’s goodbye to Chelsea before Roma move as Cesc takes credit for signing himBANK LAMPARDChelsea scoop £50m Euro bonus as Lamps learns ‘a million things’ in debut yearAlli made only one pass on the opposition’s half after the break.Apart from that, the England international could only get the ball at his feet while restarting the game from the middle of the pitch.That came after three second-half goals from Arsenal, securing the Gunners’ victory over bitter rivals.Both Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira joined Aubameyang on the scoresheet as the Gunners went on to extending their unbeaten run to 19.Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shines as Arsenal come from behind to beat Tottenham in explosive six-goal thriller3 Both Aubameyang and Lacazette scored against Tottenham in the second half taking Arsenal’s tally after the break to 24 goals this seasonCredit: AP:Associated PressEmery’s men seem to transform into a completely different side in the second 45 minutes this season as they have scored 24 goals – the league’s most – after the break so far.That is three more than Manchester City.And also two more than the total Manchester United managed to score in the Premier League in the current campaign.After the victory over Tottenham, Arsenal are now fourth – eight points behind Citizens. ARSENAL managed to turn the tide in the second half yet again, coming from behind and decisively beating Tottenham 4-2.And Dele Alli’s shocking passing stats that emerged after the game perfectly displayed the extent of the Gunners’ dominance in the second period.3 Dele Alli rarely touched the ball as Arsenal came from behind in the second half to win the North London derby 4-2Credit: AFP or licensors
With the lead at 10 points (46-36), Cooke hit three straight 3-pointers on assists from Little to push the lead to 55-38 with 16:40 to play. That seemed to be the key stretch in the run as Cooke found the range from beyond the arc. He finished 5 of 11 from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range, and also hit all eight of his free throws. With his 22 points Sunday, Hawkins has scored 75 points in the Wildcats’ last four games since moving back into the starting lineup. Williams has come off the bench in the last four games and with his 16 points on Sunday he’s averaging 15.5 points per game in those four contests. Cooke – whose previous career-high was 14 points – had more than those 14 points in the 30-13 run that started the second half and pushed the Wildcats’ lead to 24 points (71-47) with 10:43 to play. Cooke had 15 points in the run, LaDarrien Williams had seven, Hawkins had five points and Wentz a 3-pointer as ACU opened a big lead. The win evens the Wildcats’ overall mark at 7-7 and they improve to 1-0 in the Southland Conference, while the Bears drop to 0-12 overall and 0-1 in the league. ACU is off until Saturday when it hosts Nicholls at 4 p.m. at Moody Coliseum. The Wildcats shot a blistering 53.7 percent from the field Sunday (29 of 54), including 11 of 18 from 3-point range (61.1 percent). UCA wouldn’t go away as the Bears were able to cut the lead to 12 points on a couple of occasions inside the final five minutes before Hawkins hit a pair of free throws and a a layup, Williams hit a couple of free throws and Little a pair of free throws with 28 seconds to play to make the final 87-70. Abilene Christian 87, Central Arkansas 70 ABILENE, Texas – Austin Cooke poured in a career-high 22 points and Harrison Hawkins continued his tremendous play on the offensive end of the floor Sunday afternoon as the Abilene Christian Wildcats opened Southland Conference play with an 87-70 win over Central Arkansas at Moody Coliseum. The first half was a bit of a back-and-forth affair until the last six minutes when ACU turned a one-point lead into a nine-point lead with an 8-0 run. Hawkins hit back-to-back 3-pointers before Jalen Little hit a layup on a feed from Hawkins to make it 33-24 with 4:09 left in the half. The Bears were able to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 38-34 with 16 seconds to play, but Parker Wentz buried a 3-pointer with six seconds left on a feed from Little to make it a 41-34 game at halftime.
Below is a guest blog from Ketan Paranjape, director of personalized medicine at Intel. He is speaking tomorrow, May 22, at the Big Data in BioMedicine Conference at Stanford University starting at 2 p.m. You can watch the live stream of the conference here and get an inside look at what’s going on with big data and bio IT. Follow the #bigdatamed hashtag on Twitter during the three-day conference. Over the weekend I was perusing the latest edition of the New York Magazine and read this article about a cancer doctor who lost his wife to cancer. After I put my tablet down, I hugged my wife, grabbed the “honey do list” from her hand and got to work. Whether I was comparing the right mix of fertilizers for my lawn at the neighborhood home improvement store or driving my son to his tennis practice, all I could think about was, “what could we have done to prevent what happened and also help the 9 million or so cancer patients worldwide?”Here at Intel, we are trying our best to answer that very question. We have laid out a vision for delivering “Personalized Medicine at the touch of a button…Everywhere…Everyday…and for Everyone…” I suppose you need an app for everything these days.But you would wonder how could a hardware company that makes “chips” for computers make a difference? The answer from our vantage point is Big Data Analytics. If we can create an ecosystem of hardware, software and services players in healthcare and life sciences that generate, manage, share, and analyze data across the multiple silos of payers, government, providers, clinics, pharma, clinical trials, genomics, and wellness data, we should be able to help the key decision makers with the right amount of well curated information.So starting out with what we do best, we optimized software programs for analyzing data. We were able to cut the run time of Broad’s Genome Analysis ToolKit (GATK) from three days to one day and speed up Ayasdi’s Cure software by 400 percent. These reductions in run times and performance improvements help speed up the number of tests you can do and help the researcher or clinician get to an answer quicker.We then built appliances – highly optimized hardware and software solutions that target specific genomics or clinical problems. The appliance with Dell reduces the RNA seq run times from seven days to three hours and the Genalice appliance can map 42 whole genomes in 18 hours. As you start running out of machines or clusters in our backyard, we go to the cloud. Working with Novartis, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cycle Computing and MolSoft, we were able to provision a fully secured cluster of 30,000 CPUs and completed screening 3.2 million compounds in about nine hours compared to 4-14 days on existing resources.We have also embraced the power of both Hadoop and in-memory analytics. Working with Nextbio (now part of Illumina), we were able to get a 90 percent gain in throughput and 6x data compression enabling researchers to discover biomarkers and drug targets by correlating genomic data sets. Working with SAP and Charite we built a ‘real-time’ cancer analysis platform on SAP-HANA that analyzed patient data in seconds compared to two days. BTW, this data set had 3.2M data points per patient and up to 20 TB of data/patient.These are just a subset of projects we have completed working with our broad range of ecosystem partners. For more details please visit – www.intel.com/healthcare/bigdata or drop me a line – [email protected] I’m also speaking tomorrow, May 22, at the Big Data in BioMedicine Conference at Stanford University starting at 2 p.m. You can watch the live stream of the conference here By the way, regarding the fertilizer we decided on a good Nitrogen mix (2 lbs of Nitrogen per 1000 sq. feet) and my son moved from level 1 to level 1.5 in his class.What questions do you have?
FILE- In this Friday, July21, 2017, file photo, Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani talks in his first televised speech since the dispute between Qatar and three Gulf countries and Egypt, in Doha, Qatar. Qatar’s emir has warned against any military confrontation over the ongoing diplomatic dispute between his country and four other Arab nations, saying it will only engulf the region in chaos. (Qatar News Agency via AP, File)LONDON — The unsolicited tweets started appearing on timelines over the last week. No website, company or individual is publicly associated with the accounts. But the message Twitter is being paid to promote and spread is clear: Qatar is an unsuitable host of the 2022 World Cup.Twitter is cashing in from anonymous attacks on Qatar just as it faces scrutiny over the limited disclosure of information about political advertising in the 2016 U.S. election. Twitter leaders are testifying this week before congressional investigations looking into how social media networks provided a platform for Russian meddling.ADVERTISEMENT The online assaults on Qatar promote the talking points amplified by the four Arab nations who in June cut ties with the first Middle East host of the World Cup. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates all cut diplomatic ties and began a boycott of Qatar on June 5 over allegations that Doha supports extremists and has overly warm ties to Iran.But the Twitter users who received the posts accusing Qatar of supporting extremism alongside images of World Cup preparations are offered no indication of the authors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingA promoted post from the QatarExposed account asks: “Why does the richest country in the world support terrorism?”An accompanying video shows images from the soccer game between France and Germany in Paris in November 2015 that was targeted by suicide bombers as the narrator states: “Financing and promoting extremism has become state policy.” The sequence continues with footage of Qatar winning the FIFA vote in 2010. The video concludes saying: “Its sovereign neighbors have taken a stand, they won’t back down.” Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES A second account being promoted on Twitter, KickQatarOut, features similar branding — with the same typeface and header graphic — and also posted its first message on Oct. 20. With an illustration of a hand showing a red card, the account advocates calls for FIFA to strip Qatar of the World Cup and highlights concerns about conditions for migrant workers.A promoted tweet claims there are “projections of 4,000 dead workers,” as Qatar hosts the World Cup.“This is naked and embarrassing corruption,” another KickQatarOut tweet states, “it will destroy international football, for the sake of one country.”The Qatar World Cup organizing committee declined to comment on the promoted tweets from accounts. The natural gas-rich nation has long denied funding extremists.The anti-Qatar Twitter accounts mirror the tone of other material put out by the Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee, a Washington-based influence firm run by Saudi citizen Salman al-Ansari. The committee, known as SAPRAC, has a $1.2 million contract with Bahrain to produce videos and material about “adversary countries in the Middle East,” according to filings with the U.S. Justice Department.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ SAPRAC’s television and online ads include those targeting Qatar for hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup. One of the Twitter accounts in question, QatarExposed, also retweeted material by The Qatar Insider, a website run by SAPRAC.SAPRAC told The Associated Press that the QatarExposed and KickQatarOut accounts “are neither run nor arethey associated with SAPRAC in any way.”Twitter declined to discuss the nature of the anti-Qatar promoted tweets and the lack of information about the holders of the accounts. The company only pointed the AP to plans to launch a “transparency center that will offer everyone visibility into who is advertising on Twitter, (and) details behind those ads.”Twitter’s plans only reference requirements that “electioneering advertisers identify their campaigns,” and do not cover political operations not directly linked to an election.Asked if it would be looking into the lack of transparency surrounding the QatarExposed and KickQatarOut accounts, Twitter told the AP: “We don’t comment on individual accounts.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Sore knee could sideline Cavs’ Shumpert for another week