Worker fired for demanding pay raise, overtime compensation

first_img Facebook Twitter AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] NewsEconomy News SHARE By Daily NK – 2015.09.22 9:56am A 15-year-old working at a bakery run bythe donju, or ‘money masters,’ is said to have been wrongfully discharged fromher job after demanding a pay raise and compensation for overtime, Daily NK haslearned. “Workers had recently raised questionsabout management at the individually-run bakery that produces high-endconfectionery goods and bread,” a source from South Pyongan Province told DailyNK over the telephone on September 20th. “A 15-year-old female employee, speaking for otherworkers, asked that the owner provide a pay raise and offer overtime for workat night. This is what seems to have rubbed the owner the wrong way.” Daily NK cross-checked news of thisincident with an additional source in the same province. While the ins and outs of shops like thisbakery are overseen by the donju, permission to operate and official ownershiprights, like most scenarios in today’s North Korea, trace back to the state. Inthe case of this bakery and presumably all like it, donju split the revenuewith an affiliated state-run enterprise to secure a buffer from legalrepercussions and stay in business. This arrangement is typically coupled with additional kickbacks to the same state-run enterprise in exchange for labor. More specifically, this bakery and similar operations gain the right to pluck 20-something female workers from their state-designated workplace and employ them at their shop instead.A typical donju-run confectionery operationhas family members looking after accounting, supply delivery, and productmanagement. Production itself is carried out by workers who run on day andnight shifts, carrying out individual tasks. Hiring young teenagers isofficially illegal, but, as in the bakery mentioned in this case, owners areknown to pay Ministry of People’s Security [MPS] units  ample bribes tolook the other way.   Other workers are the bakery reportedlyencouraged this adolescent to speak for the group, wagering that hercomparatively young age would result in more leniency for her forthrightattitude from the boss. When the plan went sideways and the young girl wasfired, the source said her fellow workers were racked with guilt forpersuading her to take a stand. They “never imagined the head of the operationwould take such drastic measures,” she asserted. Many from the grouphave, surreptitiously, condemned the current management, calling it “nothing but extreme exploitation.” The source quoted residentswho have dealt with parallel cases firsthand, noting, “They’re even worse thancapitalists, whom are so hated by the republic [North Korea].” This, distressingly, is still the lesser oftwo evils for most. “They lament the reality of wanting to work at thesefacilities that are still far superior in terms of supporting people’slivelihoods and come with much greater flexibility than the Kim Jong Unleadership,” she pointed out. Donju first started renovating home storageareas at the turn of the century to start up production and sales, and thesesmall factories led to the employment of regular workers who get paid wages bythe month and those that are paid on a daily basis. On the whole, these operations opened with one or two workers but have been rapidly growing.Most day laborers are female workers intheir teens or 20s, sought out for the pervasive reputation for being fastlearners and come without the burden that comes with being married. These youngwomen can withstand the intense heat from the ovens and are recognized as“skilled laborers that come with a good eye for detail,” according to thesource. “These individually run confectioneryfactories far outstrip state-run factories in their popularity because they payworkers according to market prices, so a lot of people want to work there. That said, regardless of how talented you may be, ifyou fall out of favor they’ll sack you without even blinking,” she explained. Predictably, profit trumps all othermatters. “Management at donju operations is mostly arbitrary, with no considerationfor workers’ opinions and is strictly based on maximizing returns,” she said. “Even if things go wrong, they can’t go backto the affiliated state-enterprise from which they came and end up with nowhereto turn.”*The content of this article was broadcastto the North Korean people via Unification Media Group. News center_img News Worker fired for demanding pay raise, overtime compensation Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) last_img read more

Investors see shine in gold as markets fall

first_img The December gold contract was ahead US$16.70 to US$1,279.30 an ounce. The precious metal is usually seen as a safe haven to investors at a time of geopolitical uncertainty. With U.S. President Donald Trump warning North Korea of “fire and fury,” some investors have become concerned that the war of words between the two countries could escalate. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 36.64 points to 22,048.70, the S&P 500 index inched down 0.90 of a point to 2,474.02 and the Nasdaq composite index lost 18.13 points to 6,352.33. The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of US78.71¢, down 0.20 of a U.S. cent. Elsewhere in commodities, the September crude contract was up US39¢ to US$49.56 a barrel, September natural gas advanced US6¢ at US$2.88 per mmBTU and September copper declined US2¢ at US$2.93 a pound. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Major North American indices fell on Wednesday and investors flocked to gold amid growing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 39.02 points to 15,217.33 in a broad-based decline that saw many sectors finish in the red while bullion stocks surged almost 1.9%. Related news S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectorscenter_img TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Canadian Press Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Marketwatch last_img read more

Rural TDs revolt against 5km exercise limit

first_img By News Highland – March 25, 2021 WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Twitter Facebook Twitter Rural TDs revolt against 5km exercise limit Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Rural TDs in Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are revolting against the 5km exercise limit – insisting it must be lifted on April 5th.They expressed frustration at the lockdown measure during parliamentary party meetings last night.Speaking to his party, the Taoiseach acknowledged people are “fed up” but said the country’s progress remains “fragile”.A decision on whether to ease the lockdown is expected next week.It comes as a further 683 new Covid-19 cases and 18 deaths have been confirmed.68 of the new cases were in Donegal.UCC virus expert, Professor Gerry Killeen, doesn’t believe easing restrictions right now is the correct call:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/kileen7am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articlePlans afoot for old Ebrington Army BaseNext articlePositives to take from defeat for Captain Coleman News Highland Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Daniel Coyle and Cita Win $36,500 CSIO5* tbird Cup in Langley

first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* After winning the CSIO5* Longines Grand Prix at Thunderbird Show Park in 2018, Daniel Coyle (IRL) and Cita returned to their winning ways with a facile victory Saturday evening in the CSIO5* $36,500 tbird Cup in Langley.The week marked the first outing for the 13-year-old Holsteiner mare since September. The penultimate pair to contest the six-horse jump-off, Coyle and Cita posted a time that could not be beaten, crossing the timers of Peter Holmes’ (CAN) shortened 1.50m track in 38.03 seconds. First to go in the jump-off, Karrie Rufer (USA) and Georgine d’Auvray EC finished second (39.93 seconds), and Jordan Coyle (IRL) and Picador were third (40.85 seconds).Patricio Pasquel (MEX), winner of Friday’s $235,000 CSIO5* Longines Grand Prix, had Coyle’s time with Pomerol, but the duo pulled a rail halfway through the track to finish fifth.“If you asked her for everything, she’ll always give it to you,” Coyle said of Cita, “but I knew I had Patricio behind me, and he was going to be very fast. I said, ‘Okay, I’ll be as fast as I can,’ but at the same time, she has to have a lot of fun. She’s that age. She’s not that old, but she’s older, and if a horse that’s older doesn’t enjoy herself, she’s not going to have much time left.”Coyle identified his mount’s stride and their track between the jump-off’s first two fences as the keys to victory.“I had [Irish Chef d’Equipe] Michael Blake at the gate, and he said that I could do eight strides on a straight [path] from [fences] one to two,” Coyle explained. “Once I had that done, the rest of the round was just about being neat and tidy. [Cita] is incredibly quick anyway. She has such a big stride for a smaller horse. I didn’t really see Karrie and wasn’t sure if beat her, but I’m happy!”Thunderbird Show Park COO Chris Pack, Boehringer Ingelheim’s Val Mica and owner Ariel Grange, of Lothlorien Farm, present the winning cooler to Daniel Coyle and Cita. Photo by tbird/Cealy Tetley.Knowing his mount’s talent, Coyle is carefully mapping out Cita’s return to a 100-percent fitness level.“I didn’t expect her to come back so quickly the way she has,” he said. “She feels incredible and probably as good as she has in the last year. I won’t push her too much now.”Menezes Wins $36,500 CSI2* Jump for Uryadi’s Village Grand PrixBesting a 15-horse jump-off, Eduardo Menezes (BRA) took home the victory with Ennebel van het Posthuijs in the CSI2* Jump for Uryadi’s Village Grand Prix.But that wasn’t close to being his biggest victory of the day.Menezes contributed to more than $100,000 being raised for Uryadi’s Village, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support vulnerable children, particularly orphans and children with special needs, around the globe in countries like Ethiopia. The organization is spearheaded by Jennifer Crooks, a former international show jumper who, together with her husband Mike, has adopted 13 children, many with special needs.“My son Matteo has Down Syndrome,” Menezes explained, “and what [Jennifer] does is unbelievable. It’s really breathtaking. I can’t talk to her without getting emotional.”The Jump for Uryadi’s Village Grand Prix has a charitable component. Each time the first fence—the Uryadi’s Village jump—was cleared, a pledge was made to the organization. An anonymous Canadian donor also agreed to match donations up to $50,000. By day’s end, a record amount of fundraising took place.Menezes, however, supported Uryadi’s Village long before entering the arena. He has sponsored two children through the Uryadi’s Village program. One child was adopted, so he sponsored another, this time a little girl in Ethiopia.“We were involved as soon as we knew about it,” Menezes said. “We love the program. For me, it’s an opportunity. Jennifer and [the people involved with the organization] are not ordinary people. We’ve tried to help as much as we could, and we for sure will be there as much as we can.”Menezes’ winning mount is a new partner for him. He acquired the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare at the end of 2018 and is excited about her future.[When I got her], she had no experience,” Menezes explained. “Basically, these have been the first classes that she’s done at this height. She’s just fantastic and has great character. She’s like having a pet—a big one!”For more information, visit Thunderbird Show Park’s website at tbird.ca. Tags: Thunderbird Show Park, show jumping, Daniel Coyle, Cita, tbird, tbird Cup, SIGN UP Horse Sport Enewslast_img read more

Open Rank (Professor/Associate/Assistant)

first_imgThe Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology is looking toexpand the diversity of its faculty by recruiting multipletenure-track faculty. Expected rank is Assistant Professor;however, rank and tenure status are dependent on candidate’squalifications. The candidate should hold a Ph.D. and/or M.D. anddemonstrate a strong record of scholarly activity, funding, goodcitizenship, as well as supporting equity, diversity and inclusion.We are interested in candidates whose research complements existingstrengths in the Department, including sensory perception &pain, neural circuits of motivated behaviors & addiction,social behaviors, learning & memory, aging, andneurodegeneration. Underrepresented minorities, those fromdisadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, and women are especiallyencouraged to apply .New faculty will be actively mentored to achieve success in anexceptionally collaborative environment comprised of highlyproductive research programs, state-of-the-art equipment, andoutstanding core facilities. We offer highly competitive salary andrecruitment packages. All department faculty are members of theGraduate Program in Life Sciences interdisciplinaryProgram in Neuroscience .Qualifications :Candidates should submit their application materials (curriculumvitae, brief statement of research interests and vision, andcontact information for three references) via the UMB Taleo System (position 210000GY) to theattention of the Chairs of the Faculty Search Committee Drs. MichyKelly and Joseph Cheer.The University of Maryland, Baltimore and the University ofMaryland School of Medicine are equal opportunity/affirmativeaction employers. All qualified applicants will receiveconsideration for employment without regard to sex, genderidentity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, nationalorigin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any othercharacteristic protected by law or policy. We value diversity andhow it enriches our academic and scientific community and strivetoward cultivating an inclusive environment that supports allemployees.last_img read more

Vulfpeck’s Jack Stratton Pens The Meaning Behind “Christmas In L.A.” In “The Santa Clause Loophole”

first_imgThe genius behind Vulfpeck and their social media brilliancy is Jack Stratton. Stratton likes to share things. Music, words, videos, content content content. This is how it’s always been, but some of us are only just catching on. If you dig deep enough, you’ll find some of the best gems in the deepest corners of the Internet. Whether or not they are meant to be found, we will never know. (I’m looking at you, DJ Paradiddle).While posted in October of 2015, this excerpt from Vulfmon is ever-so relevant. Paired with the anthemic “Christmas In LA”, Stratton writes The ‘Santa Clause’ Loopehole: Earlier this year I was denied Israeli citizenship. Read the glory:My maternal bloodline wasn’t Jewish. Apparently my dad wasn’t Jewish either. He had misheard an uncle at a young age. The crisis was consuming all my mental real estate. I confided in a friend. He recommended a good lawyer. “You’re a songwriter?” the lawyer asked. “Yes.” “Are you notable? You write using traditional song structure? You know, verse, chorus type stuff?” “Yes.” The lawyer looked up over his glasses. “I have good news. Hidden in the citizenship legislation there’s a loophole. It’s referred to as the ‘Santa Clause’; it states that if you pen a Top 40 Christmas song, you’ll be granted immediate Israeli citizenship. It’s considered the purest act of Judaism in the modern world. Irving Berlin (“White Christmas”), Mel Tormé (“Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”), Johnny Marks (“Rudolf, the Red-Nosed Reindeer”) . . . These are great Jews!” The lawyer wished me luck and handed me David T. Walker’s phone number.Vulfpeck – “Christmas in L.A.”In an interview with Theo Katzman, he told us “For ‘Christmas in L.A.’, we had an instrumental, and Jack was like, ‘I’m hearing like na-na-nana-nana-da-da-da-dee-dada-da Christmas!’ and I remember being like, ‘Aw man, that’s just like a steady stream of 16th notes. That’s just so many words. I don’t know if I can do that. Whatever.’ Then I forgot about it and it came to me one day, and I was like, ‘All the little children and all the big children, it’s Christmas!’ Anyway, that was a collaborative thing, and then I wrote the verses for that one ahead of time.” Read the full interview, about what it means to be Vulfpeck, here.[Originally published 12/22/18]last_img read more

Carroll best choice for sheriff in Dem primary

first_img Next Up For the first time in almost two decades, Jefferson County voters in the Democratic Primary will be selecting a candidate for sheriff without one of the choices being incumbent Mitch Woods, who is retiring at the end of his term. Three candidates have tossed their hats into the ring and of those three, Rod Carroll, assistant deputy chief/corrections, would be the best choice for Democrats to elect to face Ray Beck in the general election in November. Beck is uncontested in the Republican Primary. The police officer associations for Port Arthur, Port Neches, Nederland, Groves, Beaumont and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department have all endorsed Carroll, as have the Beaumont Firefighters Local and Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas. His 27 years of experience along with two Officer of the Year awards and two Life Saving Awards plus numerous other commendations are strong indications that Carroll has the passion for law enforcement needed in the county’s top law enforcement position.The safety of Jefferson County’s residents and meeting the required standards for the jail would be Carroll’s priorities as sheriff. He believes that sheriff’s deputies must do a better job of communicating with the public and wants to bring a community policing program to the department. He believes having experienced deputies in high schools teaching criminal justice would build relationships with teens that would be beneficial to the students and to law enforcement far into the future. He also is a proponent of a law enforcement Explorer program for teens that would train the people who would be the future work force for law enforcement agencies throughout the county.The Sheriff’s Department has a $41 million budget and of that, $27 million — about two-thirds —is for jail operations. Carroll is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a master’s degree in public administration, strong qualifications for protecting taxpayers’ dollars in the county’s largest department. Carroll is a graduate of the Texas A&M Regional Police Academy and also has a master’s degree in criminal justice leadership from Sam Houston State University. He also earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Texas A&M University.Degrees and endorsements don’t necessarily qualify a person for a position like Jefferson County sheriff, but Carroll’s lifetime of learning and applying the lessons as CEO of State Care EMS, as a volunteer firefighter, as a paramedic, as a police officer and as a sheriff’s deputy have given Carroll the experience needed to serve the people of Jefferson County and the vision needed to lead the Sheriff’s Department into the future.last_img read more

Monitoring tank wagons via satellite

first_imgEUROPE: Chemical supplier SABIC is to equip its fleet of 500 chemical tank wagons with ATEX Ovinto Sat M2M tracking and monitoring systems developed by Ovinto based on Globalstar satellite communications technology.Ovinto Sat collates data from various sensors and GPS devices on each of SABIC’s wagons, and sends information including the location, pressure, temperature and whether it has been loaded or unloaded by satellite to the customer headquarters at user-defined intervals. Ovinto Sat uses Globalstar’s STX3 chipset, which offers low power consumption compared to GSM, with a battery life of up to eight years.last_img read more

Jugones: “Brahim Díaz was a Barça fan and his idol was Messi”

first_img Although Real Madrid have snapped up the Spanish youngster, a video has emerged which shows that Diaz hasn’t been a Los Blancos supporter all his life. Brahim, in an interview he gave at the age of 12, admitted that his favourite team was FC Barcelona and that his footballing idol was Messi. It’s unknown whether the player still feels the same way about Madrid’s rivals now. What’s clear is the video is unlikely to sit well with the supporters at his new club. IN SPORT.ES 08/01/2019 Brahim Díaz was presented as a Real Madrid player yesterday after the club decided to pay Manchester City €17m – plus a further €7m in variables – for his services. The 19-year-old midfielder signed a six-and-a-half-year contract and has a buyout clause which is higher than both Isco’s and Asensio’s (€750m). Upd. on 09/01/2019 at 15:03 CET Jugones: “Brahim Díaz era del Barça y su ídolo era Messi” Juan Linares (@Jlinares91)last_img read more