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‘Sunshine’ Has Failed..DJ Needs to Focus on Human Rights

first_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at daily[email protected] ‘Sunshine’ Has Failed..DJ Needs to Focus on Human Rights Facebook Twitter [imText1]One of the hardest things in the world must be admitting one’s mistake. When the mistake involves an authority with interest beyond an individual, it is almost impossible to admit it. That is why innovation is harder than revolution. For this reason, we must encourage and respect those who succeed in this very act that seems nearly impossible. One of the luckiest things in the world must therefore be being given the opportunity to redeem oneself for mistakes made. It has been decided that DJ will visit North Korea on June 27th, over land. At this point, it is uncertain how this visit will go down in history. It could equally be either the point where DJ is ridiculed by Kim Jong Il and leaves a legacy as a failure, or the point where DJ proves himself again as a proud former president and activist for democracy and human rights. Both the Sunshine policy and the Peace and Prosperity policies have failed. The declaration of the failure is heard from various places around the world, including both North and South Korea. The tourism project which somehow continued, despite the humiliation incurred, and the financial assistance delivered to the North, did not have any influence on the North Korean economy. The outcome shows that it only helped North Korea in its development of nuclear weapons. It Is Clear That the Sunshine Policy Has FailedSupporters of the Sunshine policy, including DJ, admit that the Sunshine policy did not contribute to the improvement of democratic or human rights of North Koreans, illustrating that supporters have accepted the failure of the policy. It does not make sense to separate human rights to life, and democratic human rights. However, let us shed light on this issue assuming that Former President Park Jung Hee was an activist for rights to life, and DJ was an activist for political human rights. Even under that assumption, it is still doubtful that Sunshine policy has improved the situation of rights to life for the North Koreans. The Food Distribution System has resumed in North Korea, signifying the regress of the liberal economy. Also, North Korea refused aid and monitoring from international humanitarian organizations, as a result of the food and fertilizer aid from South Korea at the end of last year. That refusal is tantamount to the removal of the only system by which to judge the state of affairs in the North. Aid from international humanitarian organizations, such as Word Food Program, has helped improved life in the North, while the Sunshine policy has hindered it. Accounts of Mr. Choi Chul Min, who was in Pyongyang on June 15, 2000, and defected in 2003, explained how DJ’s visit was delivered to the North Koreans. He said the North Korean media, such as Rodong Shinmun, said, “Look how great our leader is. An activist for democracy in South Korea has visited North Korea despite his old age, in order to meet and learn from our Great Leader”. North Korean defectors said DJ’s support was an encouraging development, when North Koreans were starting to be skeptical about the Kim Jong Il regime after the death of millions of people. Sunshine shed on darkness became the object of criticism for North Koreans. Regard for the failure of the Sunshine policy is not limited to only a few. Continued urging for improvement of human rights at the UN Assembly illustrates an expression of failure by the world. Similar sentiments are felt in the South as well. JoonAng Ilbo conducted survey on the comment made by President Roh “We plan to yield substantially to North Korea”. 49.5% said, “we should not yield more than we have”, 29.7% said, “continue the status quo”, and 9.9% said, “we need to yield more than we have”, showing that the majority thinks that the South should not yield more than it already has. The survey shows that 80% of South Koreans oppose additional yielding to the North, and support for the improvement of human rights in North Korea continues to grow. The Sunshine policy, which aims to send sunshine in times of trouble, is failing in South Korea. If DJ Wants to Remain An Activist for Democracy and Human Rights…Failure of the Sunshine Policy was confirmed by Kim Jong Il. DJ’s wish to visit North Korea by railway was cancelled without hesitation. After President Roh said, “we plan to yield more to North Korea”, North Korea demanded the change of NLL and cancelled the trial run of the cross border railway the day before. The South Korean government does not exist to serve Kim Jong Il. When the South no longer provides the sun, where will the sunshine come from? The Sunshine policy has failed, but it did not start with the intention of supporting Kim Jong Il and ridiculing the South Korean government. DJ attempted to execute it through his own philosophy, and people did expect an improvement of the situation as well. DJ’s legacy is what is at stake right now. Will he be remembered as someone who worked for democracy and improvement of human rights, or will he go down as someone who became a mockery of cruel dictator, obsessed by his unrealistic ideals? DJ should at least bring up the issue of the abducted and prisoners of war, and demand an answer. It is the least he can do for the current victims, but he must understand this well as he has suffered similar tragadies. 56% for Park Jong Hee, 25% For Kim Dae Jung, 3% for Chun Doo Hwan, 2% for Lee Seung Man and Kim Young Sam, 1% for Choi Kyu Ha, and 0.5% for Roh Tae Woo… Above is the result of a survey produced by JoongAng Ilbo on the public support for former presidents. It is both sad and strange, and it is distressing to see the current situation. For the deceased, evaluations will come with time, but DJ has an opportunity. It will be difficult, but I hope he has the opportunity to redeem himself through this next visit. Not only for his own dignity, but also with the duty as a former president to remain as a respectful leader of the country. Visit North Korea! It is both a critical period and an opportunity. DJ has reminded us of the importance of following through with goals. I hope that he recovers his dignity as an activist for democracy and human rights. People’s lives are more precious than one’s own philosophy. News News News SHAREcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Daily NK – 2006.06.01 3:18pm North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak last_img read more

Middle school students in Ryanggang Province caught watching South Korean movie

first_img North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) By Ha Yoon Ah – 2018.10.30 4:12pm Popular devices for consuming media in North Korea (clockwise: portable media player, radio, and mp4 player.) Image: Daily NKIn July, the North Korean authorities caught seven middle school students watching a South Korean movie. Although three months have passed since the arrest, the investigation is still ongoing and even the students’ parents are being questioned.   “In Paekam County, seven middle school students were caught noisily watching a South Korean movie. The media player was confiscated and they are still being interrogated,” a source in Ryanggang Province told Daily NK on October 18.“Even their parents are being questioned, but because further evidence keeps emerging, the case is still far from being closed. These days, there are so many units that call themselves surveillance groups and it’s very hard to distinguish between them.”According to the source, the North Korean government still heavily censors Hallyu (Korean cultural content) and recently, regular censorship by Group 109 others including Ministry of State Security (MSS) agents and regular police have been growing in strength. “Group 109 patrols through the towns almost everyday and people fear them the most. However, just like Group 109, MSS agents and police also appear without warning. Some units say that they are ordered by the administration but people say that whenever the state needs resources or money, these units show up once in a while and raid the markets,” she added.Another source in South Pyongan Province said, “Group 109 main duty is to crack down on video players, but police officers responsible for their district can arbitrarily make arrests as well. Recently, the MSS was also given authority to crack down, and so there are now three layers of surveillance.”“Because today’s media players are small, security agents use methods to search the entire house. If foreign films are found, the police deal with them and hand out punishment. Media players are frequently confiscated but no matter how the strict the enforcement is, there is a desire for information so it looks like video players will continue to spread,” she added.North Korean residents questioned by inspection unit agent in early 2017 in Chongjin City. North Hamgyong Province. Image: Daily NK“One female university student was caught copying a South Korean video and watching it and nine other university students who had previously watched the video were also arrested. The MSS stated that the distributor of the video is the main culprit and the most serious offender,” a source in North Hamgyong Province said.These incidents show that the North Korean authorities take the act of “distributing” South Korean movies, songs, and broadcasts very seriously and are focusing on stopping the spread of Hallyu among the population.  Along the China-North Korea border, there have been frequent arrests for using Chinese mobile phones, which the North Korean authorities forbid. However, the regime is particularly harsh on those caught calling people in South Korea. Calls to China can often be settled with the payment of a bribe, but calls to South Korea are more strictly handled. “There have been countless cases where people got into trouble for using Chinese cell phones along the border, but they were let go after paying bribes. Recently in Hyesan, a woman was arrested and her phone was confiscated for video-calling her sister who is in China but she was released after paying 1000 RMB (approx 160,000 KRW),” a separate source in Ryanggang Province said.“The police probably backed down after receiving money because she was not calling South Korea. Even if people are caught calling the outside, as long as it’s not to the South, the authorities are not that strict.”*Translated by Yongmin Lee RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again AvatarHa Yoon AhHa Yoon Ah is one of Daily NK’s full-time journalists. Please direct any questions about her articles to [email protected] News NewsEconomycenter_img Middle school students in Ryanggang Province caught watching South Korean movie News News SHARE Facebook Twitter Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaderslast_img read more

Investors hope Greek bailout deal could provide fresh impetus on stalled TSX

Keywords Marketwatch Facebook LinkedIn Twitter But the TSX has had an impressive runup with the main index up about 11% since the lows of early October and still ahead about four per cent from the start of the year. The top item on the agenda this week is a meeting of eurozone finance ministers on Monday, where it is expected they will give the green light for the €130 billion bailout. “It’s going to finally come to a head,” said Colin Cieszynski, market strategist for CMC Markets Canada. “And the last indication we saw was that it looks like they’re coming on a deal.” Markets were under a cloud for much of last week and tensions between Greece and the rest of the eurozone hit new highs as politicians in Athens and other European capitals blamed each other for the problems related to the bailout. But at the end of the week, a spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the leaders of Germany, Italy and Greece were “optimistic” the rescue package can be cleared this week. The French prime minister also warned against letting Greece default. Despite the ongoing drama of Europe’s debt crisis, investors have been encouraged by the fact that China seems to be pulling off the difficult task of slowing the economy in order to tame higher than wanted inflation. Also bolstering investor sentiment has been a string of stronger than expected American economic data, including two straight months of U.S. job gains in excess of 200,000 and indications of a strengthening manufacturing sector. Even the U.S. housing sector, the collapse of which triggered the severe economic downturn of 2008, is picking up. “What’s particularly encouraging to me as well is the housing data,”added Cieszynski. “At least now we’re getting the sense that the housing market seems to be stabilizing, it’s not in freefall, it’s been bouncing along a low level for several years now and we’re starting to see some pickup.” Existing home sales data comes out Wednesday. Bank of Montreal economists believe the data will show sales up 0.7% during January to an annual rate of 4.64 million, which would be a 20-month high. New home sales are released on Friday and BMO expects they rose 3.3% to an annual rate of 317,000, which would be a 13-month high. “In consequence, residential investment looks to contribute to real GDP growth in 2012 for the first time in seven years.” In Canada, the main report of the week is December retail sales. The consensus of economists called for a drop if 0.2%, but up 0.1% excluding auto sales. The result would coincide with consumer confidence that hit a two and a half year low in December. Meanwhile, it’s another heavy earnings week for Corporate Canada with earnings coming in from Sheritt International (TSX:S), Inmet Mining (TSX:IMN) and Taseko Mines (TSX:TKO) on Wednesday. On the following day, Centerra Gold (TSX:CG) and Iamgold (TSX:IMG) report on Thursday. Results from the gold miners could be disappointing if results last week from Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) are any indication. The world’s largest gold producer missed expectations on earnings and revenue on higher production costs. “What I think it showed was that the metal will do better than the miners are and will continue to do so,” said John Stephenson, portfolio manager at First Asset Funds Inc. “These guys can’t seem to get control over their business from one quarter to the next. Costs, or grades or geopolitical risk, the list is endless and they all seem to disappoint.” Other marquee names reporting this week include grocer Loblaw Cos. (TSX:L) and Tim Horton’s (TSX:THI), both on Thursday. 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 sectors TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Traders are looking to see if some definitive word on whether Greece gets a crucial bailout early this week can supply a spark to a stock market rally that seemed to have fizzled over the last two weeks. The Toronto market ended last week slightly higher. And the previous week, the main TSX had dropped almost 1.5%, snapping a seven-session winning streak that had taken the market up over five per cent from the beginning of the year. Malcolm Morrison Share this article and your comments with peers on social media read more

Samuda Proposes One Stop Facility to Establish Businesses

first_imgRelatedSamuda Proposes One Stop Facility to Establish Businesses FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda, has proposed the implementation of a “one stop shop” facility, to reduce the time it takes to establish businesses in Jamaica.He was speaking on May 28, at a Roundtable Discussion on the 2009 Doing Business Report held at the Jamaica Trade and Invest (JTI) on Trafalgar Road in Kingston.Mr. Samuda said the country’s ranking could be greatly improved if it moved towards automation of more of the processes involved in conducting business. “One main focus that we have to have is the question of establishing a virtual one stop shop. If there is anything that is a priority, that is a priority,” he emphasised.Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda (right), and President of Jamaica Trade and Invest (JTI), Robert Gregory, exchange ideas ahead of a Roundtable on the findings of the 2009 Doing Business Report, at the JTI, on Trafalgar Road in Kingston on May 28. For 2009, Jamaica is ranked 63 of 181 countries for the ease of doing business, in the survey conducted by the World Bank.Such a facility would allow business owners to go through many of the processes involved in establishing a business in Jamaica using the Internet. However, Mr. Samuda said doing this would require the linking of all the offices with which businesses have to interface, such as the Companies Office of Jamaica, the National Land Agency and the Tax Administration.The latest report, which was done by the World Bank, ranks Jamaica at 63 out of 181 countries with regard to the ease of doing business, dropping by one place. The report provides quantitative measures of a set of regulations affecting 10 key stages of a business cycle.Mr. Samuda pointed out that Jamaica placed ninth among the 32 Latin American and Caribbean countries.Kellie-Ann Murray of the Target Growth Competitiveness Committee (TGCC), which organised the function, said the improvement in the number of days resulted from the introduction of the “90-day turnaround principle” by the Government, in November 2007.Jamaica is also still one of the easiest places in the world to start a business and to close a business, the country being ranked 11 and 22, respectively, on these components.Last year, the country made significant improvement as it relates to the granting of construction permits, improving by 25 places in this area, moving up from 74 to 49, out of 181 countries.According to the report, while the number of steps remained unchanged at 10, the cost to procure permits improved and the number of days required for the process to be completed was drastically reduced from 236 days to 156 days.Ms. Murray is also predicting that Jamaica’s ranking with regards to the ease by which companies can get credit will improve with the passing of the Credit Registry Bill, now before Parliament.“We don’t have a Credit Registry at the moment, which the Report deems as critical with respect to promoting loans and development of the business sector,” she explained.Credit registries and a credit information index have been known to greatly increase access to credit, as they provide information to lenders that help with risk assessment and a more efficient allocation of credit.The TGCC is one of the 12 components of the European Union/Government of Jamaica funded Private Sector Development Programme. The TGCC is mandated to increase public awareness, lobby for appropriate policies and conduct research, with a view to improving growth areas in the Jamaican economy. RelatedSamuda Proposes One Stop Facility to Establish Businesses Samuda Proposes One Stop Facility to Establish Businesses CommerceMay 28, 2009center_img RelatedSamuda Proposes One Stop Facility to Establish Businesses Advertisementslast_img read more

Goat Breeders Association Looking to Boost Goat Farming

first_imgRelatedGoat Breeders Association Looking to Boost Goat Farming Advertisements Goat Breeders Association Looking to Boost Goat Farming AgricultureJune 19, 2009 RelatedGoat Breeders Association Looking to Boost Goat Farmingcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Goat Farmers Association is looking to put a number of projects in place to increase goat farming in Jamaica, which will boost animal stock, meet the high demand, and reduce the price for goat meat.These initiatives, which will be funded through an expected $81 million grant from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), include the setting up of eight pilot goat farms across the island, with quality goat houses, which will teach best practices and techniques in goat farming and management.President of the Jamaica Goat Farmers Association, Derrick Vermont, speaking at a goat farming seminar held earlier this week at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) office in Mandeville, Manchester informed that 10 to 20 satellite stations will operate around these farms.“We are going to be setting up these pilot stations. We are going to be having satellite farms around them wherever they are set up and we need at least 160 farmers,” he informed, adding there will also be four breeding stations where farmers will be engaged in purebred breeding.The Association is also looking to establish an abattoir, to international standards, which will prepare quality cuts of goat meat for export. The proposed site for the establishment of the abattoir is Amity Hall in St. Catherine, which has ample water supply.Mr. Vermont said that the Association will be approaching the St. Catherine Parish Council, which owns the lands, to secure access, and also the Bureau of Standards Jamaica, for the grading of the meat.“We are going to grade our meat because goat meat is not graded in Jamaica. We have tried it but we never went through the Bureau of Standards but we are going to go through with it this time. We have enough money now to set up things the right way,” he said.The grant proposal to the FAO, also includes the setting up of a central marketing unit, Mr. Vermont informed. “We are encouraging all goat farmers to come to this central marketing unit and we are going to put a brand name on the meat. We want to put it in every supermarket or sell it to the hotels, which have told us that if we can guarantee them a good supply, they will pay twice the price we are getting for the cuts that they want. So, if we can get twice the price, we can always get the rest easily sold cheap, because the main thing of the Jamaica Goat Farmers Association is to bring down the price of goat meat.”Only 16 per cent of the goat meat consumed in Jamaica is produced locally, with the other 84 per cent, amounting to about $700 million, being imported.Mr. Vermont pointed out, however, that most of the imported meat is mutton, which includes sheep. He said that the country needs 2.5 million heads of goat in order to be self-sufficient.In the meantime, he urged goat farmers to join the Association to benefit from various services and support. RelatedGoat Breeders Association Looking to Boost Goat Farminglast_img read more

Driving an electric vehicle saves you big bucks: B.C. Hydro survey

first_imgAutomakers question B.C.’s plan to phase out gas vehicles by 2040 Over half of Norway’s car sales are now electricShe said B.C. Hydro plans to add another 23 fast-charging electric vehicle charging stations this year to the existing network of 58. A fast-charge station can charge an electric vehicle to 80 per cent in 30 minutes or less.The province estimates that consumers can choose from among 44 clean energy vehicles in B.C. priced at $33,000 to $50,000, before incentives. The lowest EV starts at about $29,000. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Norway expects 50 per cent of new car sales this year will be electric. In March, the country set a new record with electric vehicles comprising 58.4 per cent of all new car sales. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisement Trending Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 A Ford Fusion Energi electric vehicle being recharged at a charging station.  Handout / Ford PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | See More Videos RELATED TAGSElectricGreenHybridLuxuryElectric VehiclesHybridsLuxury VehiclesNew VehiclesSustainability Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Driving a fossil-fuelled Honda Civic would cost an estimated $2,200, or about $1,700 more a year; a Toyota RV4, $2,519, or $2,000 more; and a Ford F-150, $3,779, or $3,200 more.The B.C. Hydro calculations are based on an electric vehicle costing the equivalent of 25 cents a litre in gasoline. on Thursday listed 10 gas stations in Vancouver with per-litre prices ranging from $1.55 to $1.66.“Fuelling costs for an electric vehicle are about 80 per cent less,” said Tanya Fish, a senior media relations adviser for B.C. Hydro. “The more you drive, the more you save on your fuelling costs.”Fish said B.C. Hydro wanted to look at the cost of commuting with an electric vehicle given that gasoline prices are so high in Metro Vancouver.“It’s very topical,” she said. “I think more and more people are exploring the switch to electric vehicles given that they’ll save significantly on fuelling and maintenance.”Fish said B.C. Hydro reported that last April that there were slightly fewer than 9,000 electric vehicles on the road. Now there are about 18,000.By 2030, B.C. Hydro estimates there will be about 350,000 electric vehicles in the province. They will use the equivalent of 1,050 gigawatts hours per year of energy—the same amount of power used by 97,000 homes.“It’s something we’re planning for to ensure we can handle the load on the system,” she said.RELATED The longer your commute, the more you save by driving an electric vehicle, according to a survey released Friday by B.C. Hydro.The provincial power utility estimates that consumers could save thousands of dollars a year by switching from a vehicle powered by fossil fuels to one powered by electricity.A commuter driving the 80-km round trip from Surrey to Vancouver, for example, would spend $409 a year in an electric Nissan Leaf, according to the survey. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending in Canada ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

CU-Boulder MBA Students Host Barney Ford Auction

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail CU-Boulder MBA students are hosting the eighth annual Barney Ford Auction at the CU-Boulder Museum on Saturday, April 29, to fund academic fellowships that support diversity at the College of Business. The event, held at 6 p.m., supports the Barney Ford Scholarships. The scholarships were established in honor of Barney Ford, a former slave who came to Denver during the 1850s. Ford became very successful in restaurant and hotel entrepreneurial ventures before making a considerable fortune in mining. Auction items include: a team autographed Avalanche jersey; a hockey puck autographed by Adam Deadmarsh; a football autographed by Jason Elam and Bill Romanowski; a Nuggets cap autographed by Nick Van Exel; a one-night stay at the Hotel Boulderado; a weekend stay at the Nordic Lodge in Steamboat Springs; a day of Powder Cats skiing/snowboarding; an overnight stay at the Sylvan Guest Ranch in Loveland; lift tickets to Winter Park Resorts; and a round of golf for two with a cart at Flatirons Golf Course. To purchase tickets or make a donation to the Barney Ford Scholarship Fund, contact the Graduate School of Business Administration at (303) 735-4765. Published: April 25, 2000 last_img read more

Wine Market Council Unveils New On-Premise Report and Announces Its Upcoming…

first_imgTwitter ReddIt TAGSfeaturedWine Market Council Pinterest Previous articleAfternoon Brief, October 31Next articleWine Spectator to Unveil Top 100 Wines of 2014 Press Release AdvertisementNew on-premise report provides insight into the relationship between wine, craft beer and cocktailsSt. Helena, CA, November 3, 2014—Wine Market Council, the non-profit association of grape growers, wine producers, importers, wholesalers, and other affiliated wine businesses, today unveiled the results of a recent “On-Premise Discussion Group Study Report” among members of the U.S. wine trade including sommeliers that work on-premise, as well as beverage professionals and mixologists.  Wine Market Council conducted two online discussion groups to gain insight into the relationship of wine, craft beer and cocktails.The discussion groups focused on: the role occasion plays in beverage choices; whether craft beer and cocktails are complementary or a substitute for wine; the crossover of craft beer drinkers, cocktail drinkers, and high frequency wine 
drinkers and/or high-end wine buyers; the other types of beer consumed by craft beer drinkers; and predictions for future craft beer, wine, and cocktail consumption.‘On-Premise Discussion Study Group’ participants included: – Adam Seger, Corporate Sommelier/Mixologist, Ipic Entertainment, Chicago– Alessandro Fagorzi, Captain/Sommelier, Del Posto, New York City– Alyse Mizia, Beverage Manager, Crosby Street Hotel, New York City– Andrew Fortgang, Co-Owner, Le Pigeon and Beverage Director, Little Bird Bistro, Portland– Bex Karnofski, Bar Team leader, Miller’s Guild Restaurant, Seattle– Brian Lee, Bartender, Canon Whiskey and Bitters Emporium and Toulouse Petite, Proprietor of the beverage catering company Cocktail Carpentry, Seattle– Chris Gaither, Wine Director, Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco– Cortney Lease, Company Wine Director, Ginsing LLC Group, Seattle– Eduardo Porto Carreiro, Beverage Director, DBGB, New York City– Francis Schott, Beverage Director, Stage Left and Catherine Lombardi, New Brunswick, New Jersey– Hristo Zisovski, Beverage Director, Altamarea Group, New York City– Jake Kosseff, Managing Partner, Miller’s Guild Restaurant, Seattle– Jeremy Merritt, Food and Beverage Consultant, Future Restaurant Group, Las Vegas– Molly Wismeier, Director of Beverage, Restaurant R’evolution, New Orleans– Sean Beck, Sommelier/Beverage Director, Hugo’s, Backstreet Café, Trevisio, and Caracol, Houston– Yoon Ha, Sommelier, Benu and Monsieur Benjamin, San Francisco“Overall we found that discussion participants believe that increases in the consumption of wine, beer, or spirits, is a benefit to all in the beverage industry,” said John Gillespie, President of Wine Market Council.  “They don’t think the rise of craft beer or cocktails should have the wine industry ‘running scared’ and the overall sentiment was that wine will always have a place at the table.”Other key discoveries from the “On-Premise Discussion Group Study Report” include:– Most discussion participants felt craft beer and wine can be complementary. However, the venue can dictate if beer or wine prevails. Higher end restaurants tend to be wine-dominant, while beer can be a wine substitute at bars, lower-end restaurants, and restaurants serving ethnic food that pairs well with beer. Also influential can be the wine-to-beer ratio of a wine list – customers may defer to wine on a wine-heavy list, or to beer on a beer-heavy list.– The larger the group of drinkers, the wider the variety of beverages ordered.  The more casual the occasion, the more interchangeable are wine, beer, and spirits. In addition, the consensus was that consumers spend more per drink the more special the occasion, no matter if they drink wine, beer or spirits.– That craft beer typically costs less than a glass of wine or a cocktail is a possible reason for some to choose beer instead of wine or a cocktail, and was a reason that discussion participants don’t think of craft beer drinkers also as high-end wine buyers. Also in this context it came up that wine and cocktail drinkers are typically willing to spend more money on drinks than craft beer drinkers.The complete report is being provided to Wine Market Council members only. The results of this study should be considered qualitative and directional, as they are based on a relatively small sample size and a combination of participant experiences and opinions.Save The Date: Wine Market Council’s 10th Annual Research ConferencesWine Market Council also announced today the dates for the 10th Annual Wine Market Council Research Conferences to be held Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Friday, February 6, 2015, at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville, California.  Registration for both conferences will open in December 2014 and is free for Wine Market Council members (up to 3 company representatives can attend) and $125 for non-members.  Attendees can register at  Media passes are available. For more information, contact Sherri Fidel at [email protected] or (707) 738-8796.About Wine Market CouncilWine Market Council is a non-profit association of grape growers, wine producers, importers, wholesalers, and other affiliated wine businesses and organizations.  The council’s mission is to establish the widespread acceptance of wine as a rewarding part of American culture and to report on timely issues and emerging consumer segments in the industry.  Wine Market Council provides its members with consumer research that is proprietary to Wine Market Council members, who incorporate it into their strategic planning, marketing and sales execution.  Wine Market Council was established in 1994 as a non-profit (501c6) trade association working through all tiers of the U.S. wine industry to grow the wine market.  More information can be found at and on Twitter @WineMktCouncil.Advertisement Facebook Share Home Industry News Releases Beer Business Wine Market Council Unveils New On-Premise Report and Announces Its Upcoming 2015…Industry News ReleasesBeer BusinessWine BusinessWine Market Council Unveils New On-Premise Report and Announces Its Upcoming 2015 Consumer Research Conferences By Press Release – November 3, 2014 40 0 Email Linkedinlast_img read more

Visit Napa Valley’s Industry Partners Rally to Support the Valley’s Second…

first_imgHome Industry News Releases Visit Napa Valley’s Industry Partners Rally to Support the Valley’s Second Largest…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessVisit Napa Valley’s Industry Partners Rally to Support the Valley’s Second Largest IndustryBy Press Release – April 1, 2020 312 0 Previous articleGoop Set to Launch Nanakatva Wines on Summer SolsticeNext articleLa Pivón Spanish Vermouth Announces Second Annual Vermouth Day May 15 Press Release Share TAGSVisit Napa Valley Facebook AdvertisementHotels, tasting rooms, restaurants get creative and share their compassion with those in needMarch 31, 2020 — With the current shelter in place order to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, the effect to the local Napa Valley community, and the tourism industry as a whole, has been especially devastating. Visit Napa Valley, the official destination management organization for the Napa Valley, has collected stories of creativity and compassion from its tourism industry partners, which include hotels, wineries, restaurants, and other attractions that welcome more than 3.85 million visitors to this wine region each year.According to Visit Napa Valley’s most recent economic analysis, the tourism industry supports nearly 16,000 jobs in the Valley and has an estimated total combined payroll of nearly $500 million. Restaurants account for 26 percent and hotels account for 25 percent of that payroll, followed by entertainment and sightseeing, retail, exhibition services and local transportation and car rental. Currently, the vast majority of those positions have been temporarily idled by the necessary restrictions on travel and gatherings.“The Napa Valley has gone through its share of economic hardships and crises in recent years, and each time, our tourism industry partners have come together to support one another and support the community,” said Linsey Gallagher, president and CEO of Visit Napa Valley. “The resourcefulness, collaboration, and genuine care and concern shown by our industry partners is truly inspiring.”“Meanwhile, the Visit Napa Valley team remains focused on our primary mission, which is to promote, protect and enhance the Napa Valley destination — which in turn will drive the economy to benefit our local Napa Valley community. As demand and business levels start to return, we look forward to resuming our promotional efforts to welcome back visitors who annually spend more than $2.2 billion in Napa Valley and generated more than $85 million in tax revenue for local services,” adds Gallagher.Programs to Help Tourism EmployeesChateau Montelena WineryAfter California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the temporary closure of winery tasting rooms on March 15, 2020, Chateau Montelena’s tasting room and hospitality staff were cross-trained and transitioned into other essential winery operations, which remain open. Matt Crafton, head winemaker of Chateau Montelena, said, “For the first time in recent history, our bottling crew will be staffed by the hospitality team, overseen by the production members. Our people are our family and despite the tasting room restrictions, we want to provide an option for those who wish to work during this time.”Gott’s RoadsideGott’s Roadside, a Northern California restaurant group, with locations in St. Helena and at Oxbow Market in downtown Napa, is giving 100 percent of sales from each of its seven locations, directly to their employees.HALL WinesTo encourage employees to give back to the community, Kathryn Hall, owner of HALL Wines in St. Helena, provides full-time team members with forty paid hours each year to volunteer within the Napa Valley community. Examples include senior living centers; homeless shelters; and food banks.Heitz Cellar Heitz Cellar in St. Helena will continue to pay the full salary for each of their employees during the mandated business closure period.PlumpJack Collection of Wineries The PlumpJack Collection of Wineries, which includes PlumpJack, CADE, Odette, and13th Vineyard, are giving 10 percent of all online sales generated from March 23 through April 3, 2020 back to their employees who are unable to work due to COVID-19 restrictions. PlumpJack Winery was founded by Gordan Getty and Governor of California, Gavin Newsom.Programs to Help the CommunityBeckstoffer VineyardsBeckstoffer Vineyards will donate $100,000 directly to individuals who are most in need in Napa, Mendocino and Lake Counties as a result of layoffs during the COVID-19 virus. Beckstoffer will   write 100 checks for $300 each, for each of the three counties, totaling approximately $33,000 per county, which will be distributed through their local Chambers of Commerce who will help determine those in most need of financial assistance.Compline Wine Bar, Restaurant and MerchantThe culinary team at Compline Wine Bar, Restaurant and Merchant has been preparing and delivering 60 complimentary meals each day for healthcare workers at Napa’s Queen of the Valley hospital. The public may also help sponsor the program by purchasing a meal for a healthcare worker on the restaurant’s website, Embrace CalistogaEmbrace Calistoga, the historic European bed and breakfast in downtown Calistoga, has converted its raised flower beds into a community garden, providing complimentary produce for its residents and staff.Heitz Cellar Heitz Cellar is providing relief to the community by donating an estimated $10,000 in beef to local charity partners. Heitz has joined forces with Abode Service Napa, The Table Napa, and The Salvation Army to donate 500 pounds of beef from Angus cattle from their biodynamic farm to families in need.Heritage EatsOwners Ben and Ali Koenig have updated their Dine & Donate philanthropic program. Now renamed Dine OUT & Donate, the program donates funds from to-go orders to different organizations in the community, the first being Community Action of Napa Valley. The couple also introduced “Heritage @ Home” which is a new staple grocery program that allows Napa locals to get fresh food and essential products delivered to their doorstop. The menu includes items such as eggs, milk, butter, meat and even toilet paper.Honig Vineyard & WineryHonig is offering half-off shipping on all online and phone orders. The remaining amount of the shipping fees will be donated to regional food banks. Honig is also continuing to run production duties to ensure the majority of their staff members are able to continue to work.La Toque Restaurant La Toque, located in The Westin Verasa hotel, and one of Napa Valley’s Michelin Starred restaurants, has been giving back to the South Napa Homeless Shelter for the past six months. As this COVID-19 crisis has progressed, the needs of the homeless shelter have increased dramatically, and, as a result, the La Toque team now provides a hot lunch every day for every shelter resident. Chef and Owner Ken Frank stated “This is a great way to keep my key kitchen staff working and The Westin Verasa has a substantial banquet facility that we can put to good use. We’ll be cooking with donated food from a number of sources including the food bank and the Farmer’s Market.Napa Valley DistilleryNapa Valley Distillery is putting their collective spirits to work to help fill the shortage of hand sanitizer. By using high-proof distilled grape and grain spirits, mixed with lime and spearmint natural oils and essences, Napa Valley Distillery has created 75-proof hand sanitizer which is free of charge to the local Napa community and law enforcement. The label reads “Be Strong Napa – Just Say NO to COVID-19.”Paper Napan WalkaboutsKnown for their local walking tour and tasting experiences, Paper Napan Walkabouts is encouraging people to support now to enjoy later. For every gift card purchased, 10 percent will be donated to Community Action of Napa Valley.The Prisoner Wine CompanyThe Prisoner Wine Company, along with other Constellation Brands partners, has committed more than $2.5 million to COVID-19 relief efforts. This commitment includes $1 million to the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, $500,000 to the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild, and $250,000 to support first responders. The company has also established a company COVID-19 Relief Fund and vows to match employee contributions 2:1.   Round Pond EstateWith their wine tasting room closed, Round Pond Estate is donating produce from their gardens, which was previously incorporated into food and wine pairings, to local food banks.St. Helena Chamber of CommerceThe St. Helena Chamber of Commerce has established a Gift Card Challenge encouraging the community to purchase gift cards now to enjoy later. They are encouraging locals to take a photo of themselves with the gift card and share using the hashtag #SHGiftCardChallenge and tagging a friend they want to enjoy the gift card with when the time is right. To date, the Gift Card Challenge has raised $11,000 for St. Helena businesses.E&J Gallo Winery’s premium wine division, which includes Napa wineries Louis M. Martini Winery; Orin Swift Winery; and William Hill Estate Winery; has provided a $100,000 donation to GuildSomm’s mission to deliver educational content to the Sommelier community. In addition to this initial commitment, Gallo will also support other local efforts during this challenging time.  Visit Napa Valley will continue to gather positive stories and charitable donations made by the tourism industry and its business partners.Advertisement Linkedin Twitter ReddIt Email Pinterestlast_img read more

Wolters Kluwer and Cloudnine Hospitals come together to provide effective clinical decision through UpToDate

first_img Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Share By EH News Bureau on March 12, 2021 CloudnineCOVID-19 outbreakRaviganesh VenkataramanUpToDateWolters Kluwer Related Posts WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Wolters Kluwer and Cloudnine Hospitals come together to provide effective clinical decision through UpToDate The clinical decision support resource to provide effective maternity and childcare in India Read Article Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Wolters Kluwer, Health in association with Cloudnine Hospitals to integrate its clinical decision support (CDS) resource, UpToDate to enhance patient care and quality throughout its group.Wolters Kluwer’s UpToDate will now be available to Cloudnine Group of Hospitals across geographies in India.UpToDate, a clinical decision support resource, which leverages evidence-based content to enable improved patient outcomes and quality care.Cloudnine Hospital selected UpToDate for its Pathways, which provide interactive guidance along critical decision points, personalised for each patient.UpToDate Pathways will also be used in the development of local clinical pathways that are specific to the hospital and designed to improve quality performance metrics through the adoption of evidence-based medicine. UpToDate is reportedly used by over 1.9 million clinicians around the world – is the “only clinical decision support resource associated with improved patient outcomes and hospital performance.”“We are honored to extend our support to Cloudnine Hospitals in their endeavor of providing the best clinical outcomes for every patient, commented Harish Ramachandran, Country Head for Clinical Effectiveness, Wolters Kluwer- Health. “Their profound commitment of bringing standardisation and quality care with UpToDate Advanced resonates with our values and mission to provide evidence-based clinical decision support in the clinical set-up for standardised and high-quality care throughout a patient’s care journey”, he added.Raviganesh Venkataraman, CEO, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals said, “Customer safety is our priority and innovation has always been core to our business. As more of the population ages, life expectancy increases, and as the nursing shortage continues, new age medical technologies are becoming more crucial for continued medical care. Thus, integrating UpToDate will help support the clinicians to drive consistent high-quality care, minimise errors and improve hospital efficiency to provide seamless maternity services.”Maternal and peadiatric care are one of the topmost priorities in India and digital solutions are a way to help healthcare practitioners to provide best medical practices for quality care to women and children. As the first mover and pioneer in this sector, Cloudnine has been innovating constantly to handle high-risk pregnancies and critical cases. With the adoption of UpToDate, they intend to improve healthcare delivery and provide interactive guidance along with critical decision points which is personalised for each patient.The technological innovation allows clinicians to develop a patient-specific pathway for every patient. CDS systems have become the need of the hour especially with the COVID-19 outbreak as it provides accurate and reliable information to healthcare professionals for the treatment of patients with different ailments. Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Clinical Research Happening Now News Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Add Comment The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Comments (0)last_img read more