RBS on track for ninth straight year of losses, as struggling bank pressed to close branches and cut jobs in digital push

More From Our Partners UK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org RBS on track for ninth straight year of losses, as struggling bank pressed to close branches and cut jobs in digital push Hayley Kirton Royal Bank of Scotland looks set to announce a multi-billion pound loss for 2016, its ninth straight year wallowing in the red, while it is also being pushed to cut branches as customers flee to digital banking.The 73 per cent state owned bank, which will reveal its annual results on 24 February, racked up losses attributable to shareholders of £2.5bn in the first nine months of 2016 alone. Sunday 12 February 2017 3:39 pm Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeSunday DigestJennifer Lopez’s Net Worth Is HeartbreakingSunday DigestUndoillusion.funUse These Warnings From Nature To Avoid Emergencies Or Disastersillusion.funUndoShop Bras Online | Search AdsGorgeous Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search AdsUndoLutemaSend your kids Back to School with the right protection!LutemaUndoInteresticleHe Bought A House And Found A Golden Mine Right UnderInteresticleUndoEveryday WellnessWhat Happens To Your Body When You Eat Two Bananas A DayEveryday WellnessUndoBuzzDestination12 Hot Tips on How To Flirt With a ManBuzzDestinationUndoHealth.recetasget5 Warning Cancer Signs and SymptomsHealth.recetasgetUndoFlight 10Man Buys Plane For $100,000 And Turns It Into His Home – Take A Look InsideFlight 10Undo Share Its fourth quarter is unlikely to deliver a remarkable turnaround, considering the lender announced last month it would be adding £3.1bn to a provision for its as yet unresolved fine from the US Department of Justice for mis-selling mortgage-backed securities and, last October said it would be putting aside £400m to compensate small businesses which claim they were mistreated while in its Global Restructuring Group (GRG).Read more: Tyrie tells City watchdog to spill the beans on RBS’ GRGIt is understood RBS is continuing to scale back its costs. Although it is unlikely it will announce a large round of job losses as part of next week’s results, the bank had already whittled down its full-time equivalent staff numbers to 82,500 by the end of last September, down 9,900 compared with the end of September 2015.City A.M. also understands RBS is also considering closing the doors on some of its branches, as people increasingly go online to sort out their banking needs.The Sunday Times reported the bank could need to cull as many as 15,000 jobs as it struggles to sort out its books. However, a spokesperson said the bank did not recognise this report. whatsapp Read more: RBS no closer to privatisation despite £3.1bn US fine provisionRBS is weighed down by a number of outstanding issues as it desperately tries to turn its business around. As well as the US mis-selling mega fine, predicted by some to potentially be as big as $12bn (£9.6bn), the lender is also yet to sell its Williams & Glyn operation and its 300-plus branch network.Although RBS has now had some promising interest in Williams & Glyn, it will no doubt be feeling the pressure of meeting the end of 2017 deadline for ditching the network to comply with the terms of its 2008 £45bn state bailout deal.  whatsapp read more

Judge Gorsuch’s writings signal he would be a conservative on social issues

first_imgFederal Government | Nation & World | NPR NewsJudge Gorsuch’s writings signal he would be a conservative on social issuesMarch 16, 2017 by Nina Totenberg, NPR Share:With the Senate Judiciary Committee set to open hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, the game of confirmation cat and mouse is about to begin. Senators will try to get a fix on Gorsuch’s legal views — and the nominee will try to say as little as possible.Supreme Court scholars and practitioners on the right and left may disagree about whether they want to see Gorsuch confirmed, but in general there is little doubt about the nominee’s conservatism. Indeed, his conservative pedigree is the reason he was picked.“On issues like abortion and affirmative action and gun rights and states’ rights, we can expect him overall to be a reliable conservative vote and someone who is going to forcibly and eloquently put forward conservative positions on the court,” predicts Richard Hasen, professor of law and political science at the University of California, Irvine.Not that Gorsuch has ruled on all these issues. He has not. But the legal road signs are there.Gorsuch, for instance, has never ruled directly on an abortion question, but he has ruled on questions involving contraception and public funding for Planned Parenthood — unrelated to abortion. And in none of these cases has he sided with advocates of birth control or abortion rights.Setting the Supreme Court up for Hobby Lobby rulingOne of his most controversial opinions involved Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft stores that employs 13,000 full-time employees, most of them women. The company challenged the federal law requiring for-profit corporations to provide health insurance plans that cover birth control.Gorsuch and a majority of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the corporation had a religious right not to provide birth control coverage. A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court would later agree, ruling for the first time that certain for-profit corporations have protected religious rights.What makes this case particularly interesting is a concurring opinion that Gorsuch wrote about the corporate owners’ rights.“All of us face the problem of complicity,” he wrote. “All must answer … to what degree we are willing to be involved in the wrongdoing of others.” Here, he noted, the owners believe that for their company providing insurance that includes coverage for birth control drugs or devices “violates their faith.”In many ways, he continued, “this case is a tale of two statutes.” One, the Affordable Care Act, compels the owners to provide such inclusive health coverage. The other, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, “says they need not.” And the “tie-breaker,” Gorsuch said, is the religious protection law because it is a “super-statute” that trumps others, except in special circumstances.Debate over extent of religious freedomGorsuch critics disagree with his assessment.“To what extent do people with religious beliefs have to follow the law if they believe it violates their conscience? What is the outer limit of that?” asks Caroline Fredrickson of the liberal American Constitution Society. “I think that’s a potentially very frightening direction for the law to go.”What if, for example, a hotel or restaurant owner has a religious belief that bars serving African-Americans or non-Christians or gay people?Indeed, there are a variety of such legal clashes working their way up to the Supreme Court right now. One case pending before the court tests whether a bakery can refuse to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.Melissa Hart, director of University of Colorado’s Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law, knows and respects Gorsuch, who also teaches the school in Boulder. Still, she understands the wariness about his views on religious freedom.“I think it’s reasonable for people to look at Hobby Lobby and, for those who support marriage equality, to be concerned,” she says.But Mark Rienzi of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty says that the Hobby Lobby decision is in line with the religious freedom law that Congress passed by overwhelming margins in 1993.“It says that the baseline rule in America will be that we respect religious diversity and, for the most part, we’re not going to force people to violate their religious beliefs unless we have a really good reason to,” Rienzi explains.In other words, those like Rienzi believe that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the religious beliefs it protects supersedes the rights of employees to have comprehensive health insurance, even though for most women of child-bearing age, contraception is a substantial regular health expense.More confirmation fodderOther Gorsuch decisions relating to religion will undoubtedly come up in next week’s confirmation hearings. Among them, a vigorous dissenting opinion Gorsuch gave concerning a series of 12-foot crosses along the roadside on public land. The Utah Highway Patrol Association wanted to erect the crosses to memorialize fallen troopers.Gorsuch’s colleagues on the 10th Circuit ruled against the crosses because a reasonable observer would take them as a sign of a state endorsement of Christianity. The Supreme Court declined review, leaving in place the decision that forbids the crosses.Although Gorsuch has not written directly about abortion, he did write a book called The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, in which he writes that “human life is fundamentally and inherently valuable” and “the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong.” But he describes the court’s decisions on abortion in a straightforward way, without adding almost anything in the way of a personal opinion.The book, academic in tone but lucid in presentation, concludes that there is no necessary connection between the right to abortion and a right to assisted suicide. It does, however, quite clearly subscribe to the notion, adopted in most state laws, that individuals have the right to hasten their own deaths by refusing nutrition, water or medical treatment.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.Share this story:last_img read more

Man who feared Nazi SS officers, led police on high-speed chase sentenced to probation

first_imgCrime & Courts | Juneau | Mental HealthMan who feared Nazi SS officers, led police on high-speed chase sentenced to probationJanuary 8, 2018 by Tripp J Crouse, KTOO Share:Assistant District Attorney Bailey Woolfstead, left, walks past Cecil Trent Yeisley and his aunt Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, after Yeisley’s sentencing before Judge Philip M. Pallenberg in Juneau Superior Court. Yeisley was sentenced to probation as part of a plea agreement. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/01/YEISLEY_mixdown.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.A man who led Juneau police on a high-speed car chase in late 2016 claimed he was frightened by Nazi SS officers. He was sentenced to probation Monday in Juneau Superior Court as part of a plea deal.Cecil Trent Yeisley, 24, must serve three years on probation for felony assault and a misdemeanor charge of failure to stop for a police officer.The night before the police chase, Yeisley allegedly threatened property with a machete. Police responded, Tasered him and took him to Bartlett Regional Hospital for a mental health emergency.Yeisley’s public defender, Eric Hedland, said that incident lead to the underlying arrest. Hedland read from a prepared statement.“He was not supervised properly and was able to simply walk away. Eventually he arrived at his father’s residence downtown,” Hedland read. “His mother picked him up the following morning to bring him back to Bartlett.”Hedland said when he saw an officer, his client feared being arrested and Tasered again. Yeisley’s mother tried to stop him from driving away, and even reached into the car to hold him.Assistant District Attorney Bailey Woolfstead said the defendant was experiencing extreme mental health difficulties.“She was trying to get him help. His reaction was to push her out of a moving vehicle to lead police officers on a high-speed chase … because according to him — this man, this SS officer who had a gun and was threatening him — he had to kill someone, or he was going to die,” Woolfstead said.Superior Court Judge Philip M. Pallenberg said it was a scary and serious situation for all parties, including the defendant.“Whether it’s a mental health problem whether it’s an addiction drug problem, or whether it’s something else … the people who were frightened or placed at risk, it doesn’t make them feel any better about what happened to know that you were not in your right mind at the time.”Yeisley’s lawyer said his client plans to move to Ketchikan to live with his grandmother and seek mental health counseling. Other family members sat in court during the sentencing.He must have a mental health evaluation within 90 days and mental health counseling or treatment. He was also ordered to not drink alcohol, or go into a bar or liquor store without permission from his probation officer.If he violates his probation, he may have to serve the remainder of a four-and-a-half-year sentence. Yeisley has already served a  year and a half jail time.Other charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.KTOO’s Matt Miller contributed to this report.Share this story:last_img read more

Non-conformity should be banned, say tattoed British workers

first_imgJust one month after Barclays chief John McFarlane banned flip-flops and jeans at Barclays HQ in Canary Wharf, Britain’s businesses are now taking rather a dystopian stance on individuality….A survey by CV-Library has found over a third of Brits believe that people shouldn’t “express personal style” at work, despite half of them having tattoos, piercings and “alternative” fashion senses themselves. Meanwhile, 64 per cent of employees believe their bosses should instate a strict dress code for all staff to follow.And it’s even worse news for the brave souls who don’t conform to the expectations of “the man” – out of those who do have tattoos, piercings and outlandish hairstyles in the office, nearly 20 per cent feel uncomfortable about it.Despite the united front against self-expression, British workers seem perfectly happy to wear their personalities in the face of adversity. The survey suggested almost half of UK workers have visible tattoos at 47 per cent – but around 60 per cent think that their nose-rings are slowing down their career progression. CV-Library founder Lee Biggins said: “We are all judged by our appearances and it’s important that employees seriously consider the consequences of any choices they make.” Thursday 3 September 2015 3:04 pm Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Non-conformity should be banned, say tattoed British workers Share whatsapp Tags: NULL More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com Edith Hancock last_img read more

George Osborne puts all economic bets on China and plans to bring the London and Shanghai Stock Exchanges closer together

first_imgTuesday 22 September 2015 4:40 am Express KCS whatsapp whatsapp Chancellor George Osborne will today brush off concerns over volatility in Chinese markets and reveal new plans to connect British and Chinese stock exchanges. Unfazed by August’s market shocks, and the authoritarian response from Beijing, Osborne will say at the Shanghai Stock Exchange today: “Whatever the headlines, regardless of the challenges, we shouldn’t be running away from China.” The chancellor will acknowledge in his speech that Shanghai was the “epicentre of the volatility in financial markets this summer”. However, writing exclusively in today’s City A.M. Osborne says that he wants to “cement London’s position as China’s partner of choice as it raises finance on international markets”. “We want to see our stock markets formally linked, with UK firms raising funds from Chinese savers, and Chinese firms listing in London,” Osborne said, writing jointly with the government’s City minister Harriet Baldwin. The chancellor is expected to announce in Shanghai today a new “feasibility study” into connecting the UK and Chinese markets. Read more: Osborne: China is key to securing London’s future While City A.M. understands that the study is in preliminary stages, it is part of a wider package of deals announced by British and Chinese officials yesterday, including an agreement to extend and expand the renminbi/sterling swap line, as well as plans for the People’s Bank of China to issue short-term RMB bonds in London. “Our package of agreements with the Chinese this week will firmly establish London as China’s bridge to western financial markets,” Osborne writes. Diana Choyleva, chief economist and head of research at Lombard Street Research, told City A.M. that, while she would advise British clients against investing in China given recent volatility, the chancellor’s efforts could lead to a more open and transparent Chinese economy. Read more: Is Hinkley Point C nuclear plant a good deal for the taxpayer? “Ultimately, the more China opens up its capital markets, and the more the exchange rates and interest rates are determined by the markets, the better it is for China and the better it is for the rest of the world,” she said. Chris Philp, a Conservative MP who is also on the Treasury committee, told City A.M. that he also welcomed the chancellor’s announcement, saying: “It’s important that London, as a financial centre, gets the good market share of China-related transactions.” “All economies have ups and downs as they develop, and clearly the Chinese markets have a long way to go,” Philp added. “We should be encouraging the Chinese to have better transparency.” Wes Streeting, a Labour MP who sits on the influential Treasury select committee, told City A.M. that the chancellor was acting in the “national interest” by engaging with China. But Streeting added that there are “challenges that come with working with a country that is actually fairly closed”. “I’m not sure that we have a clear view of the Chinese economy,” he said, adding: “It’s really important that investors and partners with China have transparency and understand the degree of state intervention there.” In a separate announcement, the London Stock Exchange said today that the London branch of the China Construction Bank has become the ninth Chinese “member firm” of the exchange, a distinction shared by about 400 firms with access to trading directly with the UK markets. Meanwhile, HSBC Asia-Pacific boss Peter Wong said this week that the British bank planned to hire 4,000 more people in China, expanding its operations in the country while cutting costs elsewhere. The bank said earlier this year that it planned to get rid of 8,000 jobs in the UK in both its retail and investment banking operations.  Sharecenter_img Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com George Osborne puts all economic bets on China and plans to bring the London and Shanghai Stock Exchanges closer together last_img read more

From primary school coaching to All Ireland minor finals – Oliver Phelan on his remarkable GAA career

first_imgHome Gaelic Football Club Football From primary school coaching to All Ireland minor finals – Oliver Phelan… Gaelic FootballClub FootballSportGAA TAGS19961997BallyfinBallyfin gaaLaois SFCOliver PhelanOllie Phelan By Siun Lennon – 28th September 2019 While all this is going on, one man who has given a liftetime of service to Ballyfin GAA – and helped lead Laois to three All-Ireland football appearances – waits patiently in the background.Oliver Phelan has spent much of his life channeling his knowledge of the game and excellent people skills into coaching.The Ballyfin man was selector with the Laois minor footballers when they won the All-Ireland final in 1996, before completing a historic double All-Ireland win when he took over as manager in 1997 and to another final appearance in 1998.Before coaching, Oliver was a player. St Patrick’s was the football team in the area at that time, before they joined forces with Ballyfin hurling club to become Ballyfin GAA in the early 1970s.Interestingly, in one of the early years of the club, their adult team reached the intermediate final against Killeshin, who are the opponents in this weekend’s senior battle. From primary school coaching to All Ireland minor finals – Oliver Phelan on his remarkable GAA career Pinterest GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA Twitter Facebook A surge of hope and optimism has come over Ballyfin GAA this year, fuelled by the neccessary success it takes to get a relatively small dual club to the closing stages of both the football and hurling championships.In the hurling, Ballyfin now face The Harps in the senior ‘A’ semi-final, while also making it to the final four of the senior football championship – this coming for the first time in the club’s history.Such success has given an air of buoyancy around the club, which can be felt merely by driving past the green and white flags streamed through the area. Oliver came on in that game, and although Killeshin took home the intermediate trophy, he had plenty more to give to Ballyfin GAA in the years that followed.It was in the 1980s that Oliver was approached by his late, great friend, Liam Linden, to help train in Barnashrone NS.“Liam approached me to help out in Barnashrone – his sons and my sons would have been in school there together at the time. So we went up to the school four days a week to train them at lunchtime.“Liam was an exceptional man and an exceptional coach. That school team lost nothing for three years,” said Oliver.Liam and Oliver’s guidance over Barnashrone NS was certainly noticed, and both were approached to help out with underage intercounty squads.In 1991 Oliver was coaching the Laois U-14 and U-16 squads, while also managing Ballyfin underage teams, where his sons Donncha and Oliver junior played.Oliver helped build on underage systems in Laois, not just focusing on the talent of the player, but on tapping into getting to know the player as a whole – an extremely forward-thinking approach at the time.It was in 1996 that Oliver got the call to join manager Gabriel Lawlor in overseeing the Laois minor football team. The rest – as they say – is history. That minor football team went on to win the All-Ireland final, seeing off none other than Kerry, 2-11 to 1-11.The following year, Oliver took up the helm as manager. In what must have been enormous pressure after winning the All-Ireland the year before, Oliver didn’t let it get to him.“You have to take things one match at a time. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing against or what jerseys they’re wearing.“A team with 15 men working together and playing well can beat any team when their players aren’t playing well,” said Oliver.This calmness followed through, and Laois went on to complete a historic double as they brought home the Tom Markham Cup after seeing off Tyrone, 3-11 to 1-14 in 1997.It was a historic night too, for the Phelan clan, with Oliver managing the team, and son Donncha on the panel.They reached another All-Ireland final in 1998, with Oliver once again at the helm. This time Tyrone, under Mickey Harte, got their revenge for the previous year with a team packed with players that would go on to win multiple All Irelands over the next ten years.Oliver remains modest about helping to lead the squads to three All-Ireland finals, instead insisting, “we got good players coming up. It’s just about getting good players to play their best.”This knowledge has since been passed down to his sons Donncha and Oliver junior. The apple certainly didn’t fall far from the tree for Oliver senior and wife Nuala’s children, Donncha, Oliver and Annie. Both sons have gone into coaching teams.Donncha managed the Laois minor team which reached the Leinster final this year. Oliver junior is currently coaching the Ballyfin GAA U-13 and U-15 football teams.“Dad started off a process here in 1991 that was the spark that led to a lot of very good stuff here in the county,” says Donnacha.“And I think any of us who were lucky enough to be around to experience that, it was a high time in the county for Gaelic people and in general.“I’d still ask him things regards coaching. You’d be amazed at what a bit of perspective can do. It’s always great just to have him here.”As a former ambulance driver, postman and Citizens Information advisor for over 20 years, Oliver’s interpersonal and communication skills helped make him the coach he was – and continues to be, just from outside of the white lines!“I’ve always liked to meet people. I’ve loved coaching and coaching itself is a lot like advising people. If anyone asks me for advice I’ll give it, if anyone asks me for help I’d try give that too,” said Oliver.When asked by this reporter on his advice for the Ballyfin men aiming to see off Killeshin in the senior football semi-final this Sunday, Oliver re-stated his advice from before.“You have to take things one match at a time. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing against or what jerseys they’re wearing.“A team with 15 men working together and playing well can beat any team.”Ballyfin take on Killeshin in the Laois SFC semi-final on Sunday, September 29 at 3.30pm.SEE ALSO – The latest LaoisToday hurling Team of the Week as just two competitions remain Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Previous articleBig race day for Killeshin GAA as club developments continueNext articleWeekend Read: One hour from a senior football final – the rise and rise of Killeshin and Ballyfin 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. 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Crowley’s goal crucial as Laois suffer hard-fought defeat to Kilkenny in camogie league opener

first_img Council Facebook Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest TAGSLaois Camogie Laois 0-7 Kilkenny 1-10National Camogie League Division 2 Round 1Sarah Crowley’s first half goal proved crucial for Kilkenny as they inflicted a six point defeat on Laois in Callan this afternoon.It was nip and tuck between the two teams until Crowley struck four minutes before half time.John Desmond’s side kept battling throughout but could never get closer than with three points of Kilkenny in the end.In order to reach the league quarter final, Laois must defeat Wexford next weekend.Wexford defeated Kilkenny by seven points last weekend so Laois will need to win by at least six points in order to progress to the next phase.If not, they will face a relegation playoff against another of the bottom placed sides in the other groups.Laois began this one well with a free from Aimee Collier but that would prove to be the only time that they held the lead in the entire game.Kilkenny forward Eva Hynes reeled off three points to give the home side the advantage after ten minutes.Clodagh Tynan levelled things up at the water break but that would also be the final time that there was parity in the game.Sarah Crowley and Therese Donnelly regained the lead for Kilkenny before the former raised that all important green flag.In fairness to Laois, they responded well to the goal with Jessie Quinlan and Collier splitting the posts to leave it 1-5 to 0-5 at half time.Collier and Aoife Prendergast traded points on the resumption of play but Kilkenny got on top after that with Aisling Curtis, Eva Hynes and Laura Greene all pointing.Aimee Collier responded after the water break but Kilkenny made the game safe right at the end through Ciara Phelan.SCORERS – Laois: Aimee Collier 0-5 (four frees), Clodagh Tynan 0-1 (one free), Jessie Quinlan 0-1 Kilkenny: Eva Hynes 0-4 (three frees), Sarah Crowley 1-1, Therese Donnelly, Aoife Prendergast, Aisling Curtis, Laura Greene and Ciara Phelan 0-1 eachLAOIS: Aedin Lowry; Sarah Fleming, Roisin Kilmartin, Katie Dunican; Laura Finlay, Clodagh Tynan, Sarah Creagh; Jessie Quinlan, Alison McEvoy; Casey Conroy, Aimee Collier, Cathy Galbraith; Alice Walsh, Laura Marie Maher, Aisling O’Dea. Subs: Amy O’Callaghan, Sara Cuddy, Liadan C-Fennell, Fiona Scully, Andrea Scully, Amy Byrne, Grainne Hyland, Niamh Coss, Rachel Bergin, Karla Whelan, Kirsten Keenan, Ellen Meagher, Grainne O’Reilly, Roisin Dowling, Eireann Cole.KILKENNY: Sinead Farrell; Ciara Murphy, Roisin Phelan, Niamh Leahy; Ciara Phelan, Leann Fennelly, Aoife Prendergast; Aisling Curtis, Laura Greene; Eva Hynes, Hannah Scott, Danielle Quigley; Roisin O’Keeffe, Sarah Crowly, Therese DonnellySEE ALSO – Residents of Laois housing estate unhappy as ‘first time buyers to be excluded’ from 46 new houses Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Home GAA Camogie Crowley’s goal crucial as Laois suffer hard-fought defeat to Kilkenny in camogie… GAACamogieSport Electric Picnic Facebook WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleAndrew McDonald: Music affects the mind – for the positiveNext articleLIVE BLOG: Follow all of the action from O’Moore Park as the Laois footballers take on Cork Simon Hartnett Twitter Crowley’s goal crucial as Laois suffer hard-fought defeat to Kilkenny in camogie league opener Electric Picnic By Simon Hartnett – 22nd May 2021 Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

The New Year’s Greetings in North Korea

first_img [imText1]The government of North Korea published a “New Year Cooperative Column” using the name of the three main newspapers in North Korea; Nodong Shinmun, Chosun-In-Min-Gun (military newspaper), and Cheong-Nyun-Jun-Ui (young adults newspaper). When Kim Il Sung was still alive, Kim gave out the new year’s greeting every year in person, but after his death, the new year cooperative column is published. The greetings in text have much lower political significance than the speeches in the past. The “New Year Cooperative Column” for 2006 has not changed from of the previous years. The title is rather dry and abstract, “Let’s Make Bigger Progress with a Lofty Aspiration and Devotion.” The length is about the same as of the previous years, about ten thousand letters. The content lacks clear arguments and contains a mouthful of adjectives. In this year’s greetings, emphasis was made on a military-first construction of a strong state, our way of socialism, and safeguarding of revolutionary executives. Then in the economic part, agriculture was chosen to be the main goal, emphasis was also made on socialist culture, Minjok unity, and relations with South Korea, respectively. The main characteristic of this year’s greetings is that it is written in more a defensive voice. Although it has repeated what it has always emphasized in previous years, the general voice of the writing has lost its power and it generally defends Kim Jong Il’s military-first politics. Furthermore, there is no mention of the nuclear problem and some superficial criticisms were made about the US, but they eliminated criticisms of Japan. It seems that North Korea is expecting better diplomatic relations with Japan. Its mention of South Korea must also be noted. Although it emphasizes the 6.15 Declaration and Minjok cooperation and building unity, it also argues that it is important for the pro-North Korean groups to build “Anti-conservative Alliances,” a remark clearly made in reference to the coming presidential and local elections next year. It strongly criticized South Korea’s new-right movement calling it a “new kind of conservatism (neo-conservatism).” Some of the main characteristics of the new year’s greetings of 2006 are as follows. Characteristic 1. Continuous Emphasis on the Military First (Politics)In 1999, North Korea made up the word “military-first” meaning to put military above all else, using the word in all ways possible. For example, they use it as an adjective to make phrases such as military first line, military first leadership, military first character, military first great work, and military first revolution. In this year’s greetings, the word “military-first” was used 42 times. In 2005, it was used 41 times, and in 2004, 43 times. In 1999, it was used 2 times, in 2000, 2 times, in 2001, 13 times, in 2002, 19 times, in 2003 24 times, and the number of its use dramatically increased starting 2004. Such a frequent use of the word reveals that the North Korean regime believes that it can maintain the power only through force, and force will be used to control the population and as the strategy toward South Korea. North Korea already has lost much of its socialist characteristics even while it contains a military state. In this year’s greetings, it does not suggest any clear socialist planned economic goals but only military ones. Characteristic 2. Defensive Mood in GeneralFor the past few years, the “New Year Cooperative Column” was written in an offensive voice while containing defensive content. Unsurprisingly, this year it evaluated the past year as; “We have firmly fought against the American anti-regime isolationist actions with superceding power and was able to maintain the great progress of ours”, ▲We must well prepare the third and fourth generations, who form the main force, in political and ideological ways to maintain one-hearted unity, ▲We must never forget the mind of the “March of Tribulation” which has safeguarded socialism, ▲We must fight against the enemy’s psychological war where they use nasty cultural/ideological strategies to adulterate the socialist regime with revolutionary ideologies (emphasized multiple times).Although it has announced possession of nuclear weapons, there is no mention about it and considering the American actions against North Korea’s illegal activities such as money laundering, North Korea’s criticisms on the US were rather moderate. It seems as though North Korea has decided to keep its voice low to avoid confrontation with the US. On the other hand, anti-American sentiment in South Korea is expected to increase. Characteristic 3. Amplified and Clarified Policies toward South KoreaThe more notable characteristic of this year’s “New Year Cooperative Column” is that the content regarding the policies toward South Korea has been clarified and specified. There had also been content about policies toward South Korea in previous “New Year Cooperative Columns,” but the content this year is double the length of other years. Furthermore, unlike last year’s vague propagandistic argument, “(the nation) must cut out outside invasion and intrusion and must strongly stand in the struggle to protect the minjok sovereignty and dignity.” This year, it states specific and belligerent ideas such as; ▲ We must set June 15, the day the North-South Cooperative Declaration was adopted, as the day of celebration ▲We must root out the American military with a nation-wide movement campaign, and ▲It is important that a anti-conservative alliance be formed in South Korea. Compared to the ambiguous writings about the internal goals, the clear and specific statements about South Korea shows how confident the North Korean government feels about its policies toward South Korea. The most notable idea is the emphases on an anti-war movement and formation of an anti-conservative alliance. The “New Year Cooperative Column” states, “There is a gray cloud of war above our Minjok who desire for unification,” as though there is an imminent threat of war present on the Korean peninsula. Then it urges, “We must obtain peace with struggle,” calling for an anti-war movement. Just as it has for the past few years, it has called the movement for North Korean human rights as a plot for war against North Korea. It is foreseeable that North Korea will use the South Korean political force in power and amplify its own power upon South Korea.Regarding the formation of an anti-conservative alliance, it is an order for action, which had not been found in previous years. Below is the excerpt regarding the anti-conservative alliance. “The pro-American conservative force in South Korea is trying to return the nation back to the period of confrontation from the present 6.15 unification period, and this is their last outrage to win the political seat. They have no interest in the nation’s destiny, but jumping in madness only for factional gains. Leaving them will cause return of the “Yusin” dictatorship and dark years of the Middle Age and we will no longer be able to expect the movement for unification. Poisonous plants must be rooted out from the beginning. The people of South Korea in all classes must bring a total downfall of the traitorous groups though massive progressive alliance.”Such strong arguments, which may well be considered an intrusion from the South Korean part, were made without any hesitation in order to show off the kind of superiority it feels toward South Korea, yet it also reveals the fear it has against the rapid spread of the “near-right movement” of which it has named “neo-conservatism.” The New Year’s Greetings in North Korea News Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? 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North Korea Might Drag the Talks

first_img Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Analysis & Opinion By Shin Joo Hyun – 2006.12.19 1:14pm Analysis & Opinion [imText1]While the resumed six party talks started on Monday with initial skirmishes of keynote speech, the talks already seem following expected steps. North Korea’s delegate Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan strongly urged revocation of sanctions first in his opening speech. And he worsened the situation by emphasizing North Korea being a nuclear state and bilateral disarmament of nuclear weapons. In contrast, US head delegate Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill insisted on North Korea’s sincere approach toward denuclearization, although he was “not yet out of patience.” On BDA issue, Hill expressed his intention to talk about it. In the US perspective, which highlights North Korea giving up nuclear warheads in exchange of retrieval of sanctions, NK’s claim to be a nuclear state and bilateral denuclearization between Pyongyang and Washington makes the talks deadlocked. North Korea’s argument for bilateral denuclearization aims at obtaining as much US compromise as possible.Officially, North Korea is boasting a nuclear-state status, whereas, inside negotiation room, reassuring that it can give up nuclear weapons if the US calls off “anti-North Korea policy.” Pyongyang’s strategy is this; keep negotiation alive in order to satisfy China and South Korea, and procrastinate in the six party talks by blaming on the US for making NK’s nuclear weapons development inevitable. North Korea came back to the roundtable of negotiation not to give up its much-invested nuclear bombs but to end financial sanctions. North Korea was firm that denuclearization could only be negotiated if anti-North Korean policy was repealed. Saying retraction of anti-North Korean policy by the United States, Pyongyang includes BDA financial issue, US sanctions, recognition of regime, PSI and the US army in Seoul. In other words, North Korea is disguised to have negotiation while actually pursuing to become nuclear state. This true intention of Pyongyang can be proved by Kang Seok Ju, NK Vice Foreign Minister’s remarks “We did not make nuclear bombs to dump it back” and other similar words by senior officials. Although some experts anticipate progress in the talks through North Korea’s suggestion to stop operating nuclear reactors, the United States would be hesitant to reach a deal with Pyongyang unless Kim Jong Il provides more apparent evidence of steps toward denuclearization, such as freezing of reactors and acceptance of international inspection team.In sum, if North Korea does not change its position, the six party talks is doomed to be nothing more than Pyongyang’s tactical move to avoid more international sanctions and isolation. North Korea Might Drag the Talks Facebook Twitter SHAREcenter_img Analysis & Opinion RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” AvatarShin Joo Hyun Analysis & Opinion Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? last_img read more

Can Six Parties Get Results This Time?

first_img Analysis & Opinion Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The six countries’ envoys are trying to firm up the verification protocol for the North Korean nuclear program at the third round of the sixth Six Party Talks on Wednesday in Beijing.China suggested yesterday a draft verification protocol, as the chair country, and submitted an amended one after collecting the opinions of other countries. Today they will reportedly pursue an agreement on it. If the member countries agree with the amended protocol, this round of talks will likely close today. If, due to dissenting opinions, an agreement is impossible, the Six Party Talks would last a few days more. Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs of the MOFAT Kim Sook took a prudent position on the future of the Talks. The draft protocol suggested by China yesterday contains targets, methods and schedules for verification, and what parties will complete the verification, based on the agreements from the former rounds of talks held in July and October. Regarding the biggest sticking point, whether or not sampling from the North’s nuclear facilities will be put into the document, the six countries agreed with expressions in the draft that guarantee them sampling rights from the context of it, using “international standards and scientific procedures.” One reporter asked: some things you have demanding in the verification like scientific procedures, sampling – were those in the draft? U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill answered “It’s fair to say yes.”The Bush administration, which has not had any outstanding diplomatic results for eight years, wants presumably to complete the disablement of the North Korean nuclear program somehow. North Korea must have considered economic and energy aid, and also negotiations with the next Obama administration yesterday. Jeon Sung Hoon, researcher at the Korea Institute for National Unification pointed out that, “Sampling is only one way of verification. After sampling, there could be some different interpretations from North Korea about the ‘scientific procedures,’ and where sampling will be analyzed is also destined to be problematic.” The IAEA activities, standards and range of inspection over undeclared facilities A source from the South Korean government related to the Six Party Talks said that, “The pending question is definitely the role of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) in verification and the approach to undeclared facilities.” Additionally, it is known that the U.S. and Russia insisted on inserting a sentence requiring that North Korea should return to the NPT. In the heads-of-delegation meeting of the Six Party Talks held in July in Beijing, the six parties’ delegates agreed that the IAEA supply advisors and backup in the verification procedures. However, experts on the North Korean nuclear issue have pointed out that the role of the IAEA needed to be specified. The source said that, “The role of the IAEA, an expert group on verification, should be enlarged, so the verification of North Korean nuclear activities can be swiftly and correctly implemented according to international standards.”However, it is still unknown whether or not North Korea accepts it. Since the first North Korean nuclear crisis in the early-1990s, North Korea has shown reluctance to the IAEA.Negotiations on undeclared nuclear facilities are also unclear. In the results of the U.S. and North Korea Pyongyang meeting in October, the two countries stipulated that they would approach verification of the undeclared facilities “under a mutual agreement.” In practice, approaching such facilities under a mutual agreement means the five parties cannot access the undeclared sites without North Korean agreement, and the targets of the verification should be limited by the declaration submitted by North Korea. Jeon predicted that, “According to the North Korean precedent, we cannot expect North Korea to have a good attitude to verification. The most important issues are how much North Korea accepts the IAEA’s activities during the verification procedure and how wide a range of inspections of undeclared facilities North Korea grants.” “If the U.S. makes many concessions, an agreement could be reached. However, it is still uncertain that North Korea will practically go through the proper verification procedures,” Jeon added. Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Analysis & Opinion Facebook Twitter AvatarJeong Jae Sung center_img Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Analysis & Opinion SHARE Can Six Parties Get Results This Time? Analysis & Opinion By Jeong Jae Sung – 2008.12.10 5:46pm last_img read more