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Leftists Should Pursue NK Democratization

first_img AvatarShin Joo Hyun News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Leftists Should Pursue NK Democratization SHARE News While pro-North Korea or left-wing NGOs remain silent, left wing Sogang University professor Sohn Ho Cheol has asserted that South Korean progressives and left-wingers should step forward into the North Korean democracy movement.Professor Sohn asserted in an article released today by a South Korean left-wing internet newspaper, “Criticizing the pre-modernist moves of the North Korean leadership such as the power succession may be ‘anti-Kim Jong Il’, but it is not ‘anti-North Korea.’ It is, rather, sincerely ‘pro-North Korea’ that we can love the North Korean people who are being oppressed by these a-historical moves by the North Korean leadership.” He added that even though left wingers harshly criticized former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Yu Myung Hwan for the scandal that led to his recent resignation, people have kept silent about the North Korean third generation succession, which is one hundred times worse than that. He said they should throw away their double standards whereby it is possible to advocate the North Korean situation on the basis that it was inevitable due to the special Korean situation. He confessed, “I had once refrained from criticizing the North Korean regime based on Sartre’s theory, but a few years ago I stated publicly that North Korean problems had already exceeded an acceptable level.” French existentialist Sartre offered an excuse in 1950s that his criticisms of the communist Soviet Union would be used to conceal capitalist problems; therefore he focused on criticizing French capitalist issues. He concluded, “Progressive North Korean democratization movements should focus on a way to help the North Korean people… so that they can be encouraged in order to empower the North Korean people’s democratic capacities.” Meanwhile, Network for North Korean Democracy and Human Rights (NKnet) released a statement criticizing North Korea’s succession yesterday, asserting, “The Kim Jong Il regime should stop this historically extraordinary comedy show now. We urge them to banish the feeling that they can extend the life of the dictatorship system through the third generation succession and take the policy direction of reform and opening for the people.” Newscenter_img News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Facebook Twitter By Shin Joo Hyun – 2010.09.30 5:45pm last_img read more

Park Calls for International Unity on NK

first_imgNews By Daily NK – 2013.04.17 5:53pm There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHARE North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Park Calls for International Unity on NKcenter_img President Park Geun Hye has called again for an end to the so-called “vicious cycle” of North Korean threats and support, and has urged the international community to play a role in ensuring that outcome.Speaking with a group of ambassadors based in Seoul earlier today, President Park declared, “We must break the vicious cycle of threat and provocation leading to negotiation and support, and then again threat and provocation leading to more negotiation and more support.”“We want to thank you for giving support to our North Korea policy, criticizing them with strong warnings despite their attempts to heighten tension through provocations and threats,” Park told the meeting, which included ambassadors from Denmark, Spain, Canada, Norway, New Zealand, Germany and Switzerland.She continued, “When the international community consistently sends that message with one voice, North Korea is forced to choose between being a responsible member of the international community or isolated from it. I want to ask for your cooperation to ensure that North Korea makes the right choice.” AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

A reality check for your clients

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Stuck in neutral Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news “Our expectations for government bonds — such as Canadian bonds, U.S. treasuries, or government bonds in Europe or Japan— are for very low single-digit returns,” says Stephen Lingard, senior vice president and portfolio manager with Toronto-based Franklin Templeton Investments Corp.’s multi-asset solutions team.In addition, yield spreads between government bonds and corporate issues are relatively low by historical standards, so investors aren’t being rewarded generously for assuming higher credit risks, he adds.Bonds still play an important role in asset allocation, says Lingard, who co-manages the $7.6-billion Franklin Quotential suite of six fund-of-funds portfolios. But, he adds, “they’re more of a diversifier for risk than they really are a significant generator of returns, just because interest rates are so low.”Nor should clients have unduly bullish expectations for equities markets returns either in what remains a low-inflation environment. Franklin Templeton’s multi-asset solutions team projects average equity returns to be mostly in the high single-digits during the next seven years, with emerging markets returning somewhat more than North American and developed overseas markets.The Franklin Templeton multi-asset team’s assumptions translate into projected average annual returns of at least 7.5% for all-equities portfolios; 4.5-5.5% for portfolios that are balanced between equities and fixed income; and 2.5-3.5% for portfolios invested entirely in a combination of domestic and foreign fixed-income.These seven-year projections are broadly in line with the “projection assumption guidelines” the Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC) and Institut québécois de planification financière (IQPF) published earlier this year.Assuming holding periods of at least 10 years, the FPSC projections are for average annual returns of 6.4% for Canadian equities; 6.7% for developed-market equities, including the U.S.; and a somewhat higher 7.4% for emerging-market equities.The two other asset classes for which projections have been made — fixed-income and short-term — are 3.9% and 2.9%, respectively. Updated annually, the FPSC/IQPF guidelines are derived from sources that include Canada Pension Plan and Quebec Pension Plan projections and historical returns from major benchmark index providers.The projections from the FPSC/IQPF and Franklin Templeton’s multi-asset team are similar, in some instances, to the actual experience of mutual fund investors during the past 10 years. For example, according to Morningstar Canada, the average 10-year return as of Sept. 30 was 5.8% for the Canadian equity category, 6.4% for international equity and 3.6% for Canadian fixed-income.But the projected returns are far more modest than the robust actual 10-year return of 11.3% for U.S. equities, and much higher than the miserly 0.4% 10-year average return for mutual funds in the Canadian money market category.“If we could say that the past would be indicative of the future, then we could rely only on historical rates of return,” says Joan Yudelson, vice president, professional practice, with the FPSC. “But we understand that’s not necessarily the case. What this guideline does is actually weighs historical returns, but it also uses forecasts of the future in order to create returns that financial planners can rely on.”In using the guidelines, Yudelson says it’s important for financial planners to exercise good judgment and take every client’s situation into account. For example, if a client has a tendency to want to buy high and sell low, the financial planner may want to factor in a projected return that’s below the guidelines, “recognizing that human behaviour may actually negatively impact clients’ expected returns.”Yudelson also notes that the projected returns of asset classes are before advisory fees charged directly to clients. Thus, fee-based “advisors need to be very cognizant that they need to deduct [their fees] when projecting investment returns.”In making asset-allocation decisions for the Franklin Quotential program, tactical considerations play a role. Lingard expects the U.S. equity market, which has been the top performer during the current market cycle, to lag other major markets, including Canada, during the next seven years. Yet, for now, he’s still overweighted in U.S. equities.“We are willing to own markets that are stretched in terms of valuation,” Lingard explains, “because of the momentum component, or because their outlook is still positive over the next three to six to 12 months.”For various reasons, the equity portions of the Franklin Quotential portfolios are overweighted in Japan, which has been a poorly performing market. Lingard cites positives in Japan, such as growing profitability, share buybacks, rising dividends and improvements in corporate governance. “The earnings have outgrown the valuations, so the stock market today is cheaper than it was five years ago when Abenomics came.”Projections of single-digit returns for equities go hand in hand with the assumption that inflation rates will continue to be relatively low. After adjusting for inflation, Lingard estimates real returns of 4%-5% on U.S. and European equities. This is consistent with the FPSC’s projected inflation rate of 2%, similar to where it is now.As a guideline for clients who are considering whether to borrow to invest, the FPSC’s projected interest rate is 4.9%, which is only 1.5 percentage points higher than its projected return for Canadian equities.In deciding whether to employ leveraging, both advisors and their clients should make sure they feel confident the strategy makes sense, says Yudelson: “In other words, your rate of return on investment will exceed the expected borrowing costs.” Convergence takes hold Regulators’ attention to mutual funds persists For long-time clients who invest in mutual funds, a 5% target annual return might bring to mind a portfolio consisting mostly or entirely of conservatively managed bond funds and short-term funds.If so, financial advisors had better provide a reality check. To achieve even a seemingly modest 5% long-term annual return, clients will need to hold a riskier asset mix than in past periods, when fixed-income yields were much higher. Keywords Mutual funds Man facing stock exchange, financial chart overlay welcomia/123RF Rudy Luukko last_img read more

Harbourfront acquires Vertex One’s private wealth division

first_imgDave Wallin, vice president of Vertex One’s private wealth division, will join Harbourfront along with the rest of Vertex One’s private wealth team. Wallin will retain oversight of Vertex One’s private clients, which include family offices and high net-worth families. Wallin joined Vertex One in March 2002.“We’re pleased to welcome Dave Wallin to the Harbourfront group of companies,” Popescu said. “The employees from Vertex One who will be joining our firm share a similar culture to our group and we’re excited to welcome them to the family.”Last year, Harbourfront grew its assets under management by more than 80%. This year, the firm hopes to add an additional $2 billion in assets. It has been adding about one team per month, Popescu said.In August 2019, Vancouver-based PenderFund Capital Management Ltd. acquired five investment funds from Vertex One. PenderFund had been appointed as sub-advisor for three of the funds in July 2019.Then, in October 2019, Toronto-based Picton Mahoney Asset Management acquired five hedge and alternative investment funds from Vertex One. Keywords Wealth management,  Mergers and acquisitions Close up of businessman hands making handshake - greeting, dealing, merger and acquisition concepts kritchanut/123RF Related news Canaccord reports record revenues, drops proposal to acquire RF Capital TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning One in five Canadian investors plans to switch wealth providers: EY study Harbourfront Wealth Management Inc. is acquiring the private wealth division of Vertex One Asset Management Inc. Both firms are based in Vancouver.Terms of the deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, were not disclosed, but Danny Popescu, president and CEO of Harbourfront, stated in an email that the acquisition would “boost Harbourfront’s already growing asset base” and enhance the firm’s institutional accounts business. Greg Dalgetty Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

SDC Boosted with $200 Million

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedSDC Boosted with $200 Million FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Social development will be further boosted with an allocation of $200 million to the Social Development Commission, as outlined in the 2008/09 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The Social Development Commission is charged with creating and deepening mechanisms for the involvement of civil society in the management of their affairs at the community and national level.This will be achieved through institutional capacity building, which includes the development of staff supported by an up-to-date information technology framework and public relations campaign to build awareness of its activities.Involvement will also be ensured through a community database. Research will be undertaken to revise and update the community database to provide quantitative and qualitative socio-economic profiles on 785 communities across Jamaica. Upon completion, this will be accessible to ministries, departments and agencies, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders for intervention at the community level. A Geographic Information System platform will also be developed to provide for evidence based planning at the community and national levels.Government structures will also be strengthened in order to promote and facilitate dialogue for community and parish development.Projections for the upcoming fiscal year include the assessment and strengthening of Community Based Organisations (CBOs), Community Development Committees (CDCs), Development Area Committees (DACs), and Parish Development Committees (PDCs); development and publishing of a Reformed System of Governance Manual and process charts; the engagement of local and national partners to undertake a ‘Best Community’ competition.Also expected for the financial year are the completion of 80 per cent of community profiles, updated on the database and distributed to communities; facilitation of broad based partnerships at the community and parish levels; facilitation of a national community cricket competition; execution of community based projects and undertake impact assessments.Computer and related equipment will also be purchased in order to establish a fully functional information technology framework. Office furniture and equipment as well as motor vehicles will also be bought. SDC Boosted with $200 Million UncategorizedApril 3, 2008center_img RelatedSDC Boosted with $200 Million RelatedSDC Boosted with $200 Millionlast_img read more

Launceston races

first_imgLaunceston races Jane Howlett,Minister for RacingThe situation around the late notice cancellation of the races last night at Mowbray was simply not satisfactory. I spoke to the Tasracing CEO last night and again this morning to receive advice on the issue.What happened had the potential to put horses and jockeys at great risk and has significantly inconvenienced trainers, strappers and owners among others. It cannot be allowed to occur again.The quick rescheduling of the race meeting to Saturday is welcome. With coverage of these races on the Sky 1 racing channel (taking over the South Australia metro slot) this ensures strong profile of the race meeting.Tasracing will be compensating trainers and owners under the existing Postponed and Abandoned Races policy, however, it will be increasing the applicable rates. Jockeys will also be compensated under this policy.I welcome Tasracing’s immediate review into this matter and it will work with the Office of Racing Integrity stewards to get to the bottom of this serious track management issue. This review will examine running rail move practices and track review processes.I look forward to receiving the results of this investigation once complete. Actions must come out of the investigation to prevent further similar events occurring again. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Government, investigation, Launceston, Minister, race, Racing, running, South Australia, TAS, Tasmanialast_img read more

West Coast Walks Strategy – Request for Proposals

first_imgWest Coast Walks Strategy – Request for Proposals The West Coast is one of the great walking areas in Australia with Frenchman’s Cap, parts of the Overland Track, the Next Iconic Walk and some of Tasmania’s best short walks within the Local Government Area. The Next Iconic Walk is in the final stages of a feasibility study.The West Coast has the strategic aim of increasing participation in sport and recreation opportunities and of increasing its appeal as a tourism destination. Sport and recreation is supported by a Sport and Recreation Plan adopted by Council which emphasizes the importance of recreation using the West Coasts natural outdoor environment.To support these aims the West Coast Council is seeking proposals to develop a Strategic Plan/Strategy to guide the future development of walks and associated infrastructure on the West Coast.The strategy will need to:Identify walking market trends and demand gaps in, the region, Tasmania, and Australia, considering existing and known planned developments. Identify the West Coast’s unique competitive advantages in that market. The recreation needs of residents for walks. An assessment of current walks including usage and barriers to increased use. Possible new west coast walks opportunities. The connection between walks and other outdoor activities existing and planned and how walks and those other activities can compliment each other. Potential cultural and education benefits from walks. Visitor experience gapsHow walks could lead to increased visitation (numbers and nights).The potential for multi-use trails. How walks could lead to increased participation in recreation. In creating the Strategy and Project List the successful organisation will be expected to:Conduct relevant research incorporating previous research and data where available. Council will provide data its holds and introductions to other organisations that may hold relevant data. Engage with the local community to both identify potential projects and understand which projects would increase resident usage of walks. Engage with relevant stakeholders. Relevant stakeholders include, but are not limited to:The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service Bush walking ClubsDestination West CoastWest by North WestHydro TasmaniaSustainable Timbers TasmaniaMineral Resources Tasmania.The strategy should consider the relative benefits of:Upgrades to existing walking infrastructure.Upgrades to associated infrastructure (such a parking or signage).Improved information relating to walks.New short walks (less than a day).New multi-day hikes (cabins or camping).New walks to facilitate other recreational activities (fishing, kayaking, rock climbing).New walks to viewing areas or scenic spots or other attractions. The Strategy should develop a list of projects based on an analysis of previous strategies and market information to identify a mix of projects that will provide achievement of the aims above. It should include relevant information on the market segments and requirements.The project list should include consideration of:Upgrades to current walking trails.New trail construction.Upgrades to infrastructure associated with current or new trails (parking, signage, picnic areas, viewing areas, etc.).Creation of or upgrades to ancillary infrastructure (i.e. walking guides, web guides, directional signage, marketing). The strategy should list all potential projects and provide a prioritised subset of at least $10 millon of projects.The strategy will be expected to provide cost estimates and schedules (low-median-high) with references to the methodology for the estimate. For larger projects such as multi-day hikes, there should be a broad estimate of total cost and the cost for the next stage of feasibility studies required.It is expected that project proposals will include a proposed research methodology, stakeholder engagement plan, and community engagement plan and proposed timeline. Proposals should provide hourly costs and an estimated total project cost. It should be noted that the successful proponent will have access to data previously acquired by Council and related parties and this may assist in the project. Proposals should provide information on the proposed consultancy team and their experience relating to walks strategies.Based on responses received the assessment of proposals may be based on this Request for Proposals or occur in two steps with an initial assessment and short listing, before inviting preferred providers to further clarify their proposal before a final procurement decision is made.Proposals are especially encouraged from organisations with relevant experience relating to walks and hiking.Proposals are due on 19 March 2021. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, community, community engagement, education, environment, Government, infrastructure, local council, Local Government, mineral resources, research, resources, Sport and Recreation, sustainable, Tasmania, Tassie, West Coast, West Coast Council Tasmanialast_img read more

Motor Mouth: New technologies I wish I had thought of

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Bosch is working on a synthetic fuel made with captured CO2. With our laser-like focus on electric vehicles and cars that drive themselves, it’s easy to forget that innovation comes in many forms. No stranger to the “now why didn’t I think of that” self-recrimination, Motor Mouth looks at some head-smackingly obvious inventions I wished I had thought of.A lightweight method to reduce carbon dioxideThis one may be old but is still so painfully obvious that one feels literally moronic as soon as you read the abstract. To wit: We have too much carbon dioxide, but we don’t have anywhere near enough carbon fibre so why not create one from the other? That’s exactly what some researchers at George Washington University have done, developing a methodology to extract carbon fibre from the CO2 in our atmosphere. And guess what the other byproduct of this electrochemical process is? 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Not only that, Licht claims that, if renewable sources of electricity are used, there’s a net reduction in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, so much so that he estimates that, given an area of constant sunshine 1/10th the size of the Sahara Desert, his system could remove enough CO2 to return the global atmosphere back to pre-industrial revolution pureness within 10 years.Indeed, Licht, and his fellow researchers, claim the process could be applied to coal-fired electricity plants that would emit no CO2 at all. Licht et al have formed a startup — C2CNT — that is developing a commercial process for the conversion. Closer to home, a Calgary company, Carbon Upcycling Technologies, has figured out a way to combine CO2 with waste products to create additives for concrete, plastic and batteries.Save a motorcyclist, split a laneThis one hits close to home because a) I am a motorcyclist and b) whether it’s legal or not, I have been known to split a lane. For those not aware of what “splitting lanes” is, it’s the motorcycling art of squeezing in between two rows of cars so that one might get ahead of the traffic jams caused by “cagers.” In California, where it’s legal, filtering, as it is sometimes called, can take 30 minutes out of what would otherwise be an hour-long commute.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Ford has patented a system that can detect lane-splitting motorcycles. See More Videos Nonetheless, there is a great deal research into conversion of carbon dioxide into fuel. For instance, Dan Nocera, a chemist at Harvard, inventing an electronic “leaf” that is capable of an efficient photosynthesis that is required in CO2-to-methanol (and ethanol) metamorphosis. Other start-ups — Catalytic Innovations and Opus 12 — are working at recreating photosynthesis, but at 10 times the speed occurring in nature. Of course, there’s the danger that one of the car drivers you’re squeezing by might not see you and change lanes right into your front wheel. Take my word for this; you really don’t want to get knocked off your bike on Los Angeles’ 405; or Ontario’s 401, for that matter.Enter Ford’s latest patent for Detection of Lane-Splitting Motorcycles. Essentially, what the Ford system does (or would do if it ever makes production) is use cameras like those in rear cross-traffic alert systems to spot motorcycles white-lining. If the car driver tries to switch lanes as the motorcyclist approaches, the onboard Advanced Driver Assistance Systems — that include such technologies like adaptive cruise control and Lane Departure Assist that you are already familiar with — would automatically prevent your from steering into his, or her, path. According to CNET, this new ability to recognize motorcyclists is actually quite important to the future of self-driving as current autonomous systems “have difficulty detecting motorcyclists in traffic” and Ford’s patent “could mean a big leap forward for autonomous four-wheeled vehicle and two-wheeled vehicle relations”Car washes and self-driving hardware don’t get alongFile this one under “who’d a thunk of that?” It turns out that, according to a study by the International Carwash Association (ICA), carwashes and the modern computerized automobile don’t always get along. For instance — and who hasn’t experienced this — almost 80 per cent of car wash owners report damage to automatic “rain-sensing” wipers because they sense, well, a soapy thunderstorm in the making. Some new fangled transmissions don’t like being dragged through the wash either (they engage their hill- or auto-hold mechanisms).Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Modern cars can have their safety systems activated by simply going through a car wash. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever More troubling is that almost 40 per cent of the association’s operators have reported problems with Automatic Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) being applied — the collisions avoidance system brakes when it shouldn’t, the Lane Departure Warning is triggered and more — during the wash cycle. Even keyless entry systems seem to go haywire when hosed down, almost a quarter of carwash operators receiving complaints of cars locking themselves while getting scrubbed.Thankfully, this all comes with a relatively easy solution, the ICA recommending that all automakers simply install a “car wash” button that would deactivate all these Fancy Dan electronics. And as ADAS technology becomes more common, sensors could wirelessly communicate with car washes so the computers were automatically deactivated. Of course, we could all just hand wash our own high-tech rides.And finally, once more with the carbon dioxide reductionSynthetic gasoline is not a new idea, the theory behind synthesizing fuel from coal put forward way back in 1913. The difference, 105 years later, is that Bosch is trying to accomplish the same task using the carbon dioxide we’re all trying to reduce in the atmosphere. According to Bosch, they get their hydrogen from the electrolysis of water and the carbon from captured CO2. In theory, if renewable energy were used for the entire program, the process could capture and synthesize as much carbon dioxide as is released in the internal combustion process. As Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of Robert Bosch GmbH said “Synthetic fuels can make gasoline- and diesel-powered cars carbon neutral.”Maybe we don’t have to give up on internal combustion engines quite yet.Author’s note: The carbon capture technologies noted above are very much still in their infancy, the CO2-to-carbon fibre process barely past the theoretical stage and synthetic fuel a long way from commercially viable. Indeed, Audi just announced that, together with Global Bioenergies, the company has just created the largest batch of synfuel ever produced, barely 60 litres. Trending in Canada ‹ Previous Next › advertisement RELATED TAGSMotor MouthMotor MouthNew Vehicleslast_img read more

National injunctions the focus of Rothgerber Conference April 5

first_img Panel 1 speaker, Susan Schulten (University of Denver). White Center Director Suzette Malveaux presents at the 2019 Rothgerber Conference Portia Pedro of BU Law Suzette Malveaux (Byron R. White Center Director) with (top to bottom) Sarah Parady (CO Women’s Bar Assoc.), Reva Siegel (Yale Law, Keynote), Dean Anaya (Colorado Law). Prof. Justin Levitt (Loyola Law)  Prof. Mary Ziegler (Florida State Univ. Law)   Panel 1: “Historical Perspectives,” with (top left to bottom right) Susan Schulten (University of Denver), Mary Ziegler (Florida State), Julie Suk (CUNY), Angela Boettcher (Student Moderator, Colorado Law), and Carolyn Ramsey (Colorado Law). The Ira C. Rothgerber Jr. Conference on Constitutional Law is an annual Byron R. White Center event that brings scholars and lawyers from across the nation to the University of Colorado Law School to discuss current Constitutional law issue. Topics have included the future of national injunctions, listeners’ First Amendment rights and litigation strategies that promote Constitutional change.2021 Rothgerber ConferenceThe 29th Annual Ira C. Rothgerber Conference: Pursuing Citizenship, occured virtually this year on Friday, April 9, 2021, with a special, pre-conference performance of Motus Theater’s UndocuMonologues.This year’s conference built upon Colorado Law Professor Ming Hsu Chen’s new book, Pursuing Citizenship in the Enforcement Era, in which she argues that the citizen/alien binary should instead be reframed as a spectrum of citizenship, a concept that emphasizes continuities between the otherwise distinct experiences of membership and belonging for immigrants seeking to become citizens. In addition, citizenship consists of economic, social, political, and legal dimensions; the modern era of intense immigration enforcement distorts the balance and produces a sense of citizenship insecurity. This conference charted a broad conception of citizenship, putting the law in its social context, and explored its inextricable relationship to immigration enforcement in the modern era. To read more about the conference, click here. Motus Theater’s UndocumonologuesMotus Theater presented UndocuMonologues, which weaves together autobiographical monologues from undocumented writers, interwoven with the music of Elisa Garcia. Story themes include the threat of deportation, the injustice of being sent into exile from the country in which you were raised, border patrol, the current human and civil rights threats to immigrants, and racial profiling. Two monologues were performed by the writers themselves, while the third was read aloud by special guest, the Honorable Mimi Tsankov, National Association of Immigration Judges, who reflected upon her experience connecting with that story. The event concluded with a 20 minute talk-back, where audience members reflected on their experience and posed questions to those involved. For more information about Motus Theater and how to get involved, please visit: https://www.motustheater.org.2021 Conference Panels & PanelistsOpening: Ming Hsu Chen (Colorado Law), author of Pursuing Citizenship in the Enforcement Era in conversation with Hiroshi Motomura (UCLA School of Law)Panel 1: Citizenship Theory Beyond Legal StatusModerator: Seema Sohi (Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado Boulder)Niambi Carter (Political Science, Howard University), Elizabeth Cohen (Political Science, Syracuse University), Allen Colbern (Political Science, Arizona State University), Amanda Frost (Washington College of Law). Lunchtime Panel: Stories of ImmigrantsModerator: Violeta Chapin (Clinical Faculty, Colorado Law)Salvador Hernandez (Colorado State Director, Mi Familia Vota), Alan Sanchez (CU Alumni), Shiyan Zhang (CU Alumni).Panel 2:  Citizenship, Integration, and Belonging Moderator: David Cook-Martin (Sociology, University of Colorado Boulder)Tomas Jimenez (Sociology, Stanford), Cristina Rodriguez (Yale Law School), Stella Burch Elias (University of Iowa College of Law), Shannon Gleeson (Labor Relations, Law & History, Cornell), Xóchitl Bada (Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago).Panel 3:  Noncitizens, Exclusion, and Enforcement Moderator: Hunter Knapp (Postdoctoral fellow, University of Colorado Law)Adam Goodman (Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago), Rebecca Hamlin (Political Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst), Laura Lunn (Detention Program Managing Attorney, Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network), Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia (Penn State Law). Opening, Panel 1 & Lunch Panel Panel 2 Panel 3  Ahmed White (Colorado Law) ScholarshipClimate Change Disinformation, Citizen Competence, and the First Amendment James WeinsteinIncredible Lies Catherine J. RossSex, Lies, and Ultrasound B. Jessie HillGovernment Lies and the Press Clause Helen NortonStanding Rock, the Sioux Treaties, and the Limits of the Supremacy Clause Carla F. Fredericks & Jesse D. HeibelFree Speech Hypocrisy: Campus Free Speech Conflicts and the Sub-Legal First Amendment Christina E. WellsTruth, Lies, and the Confrontation Clause Mark SpottswoodCategorizing Lies David S. HanDeveloping a Taxonomy of Lies Under the First Amendment© Alan K. Chen & Justin MarceauThe Law of Deception: A Research Agenda Gregory Klass24th Annual Rothgerber Conference: Recognizing Professor Robert NagelThe 24th Annual Rothgerber Conference offered attendees the opportunity to recognize the contributions of Colorado Law Professor Robert Nagel to constitutional scholarship over the course of his career. Speakers included:Professor Larry Alexander, San Diego Law SchoolProfessor Paul Campos, University of Colorado Law SchoolProfessor Mark Tushnet, Harvard Law SchoolDr. Matthew Franck, Director, William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the ConstitutionProfessor Michael Greve, George Mason University School of LawProfessor Stephen Presser, Northwestern Law SchoolProfessor Frederick Schauer, Virginia Law SchoolPanel OnePanel Two Panel 3 speakers, (top left to bottom right), Scott Skinner-Thompson (Colorado Law), Diana Flynn (Lambda Legal), Quentin Morse (Student Moderator, Colorado Law), Aya Gruber (Colorado Law), and Chinyere Ezie (Center for Constitutional Rights).  Panel 3 speakers (top to bottom), Quentin Morse (Student Moderator, Colorado Law), Aya Gruber (Colorado Law), and Chinyere Ezie (Center for Constitutional Rights).  Doug Rendleman of Washington and Lee School of Law 2019 Rothgerber Conference 2020 Rothgerber Conference Chinyere Ezie (Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights)  Reva Siegel (Yale Law) delivering her keynote address. Charlton Copeland (University of Miami School of Law) Prof. Bertrall Ross (Berkeley Law)  Prof. Julie Suk (CUNY, Graduate Center)  Panelist Zachary Clopton of Cornell Hannah Regan-Smith (’19), editor-in-chief of the University of Colorado Law Review Prof. Atiba Ellis (Marquette Law)   Zachary D. Clopton (Cornell Law School) Prof. Ming Chen (Colorado Law)  Panel 3 “Lived Equality: Beyond Formal Political Rights” Prof. Aya Gruber (Colorado Law)  Panel 3 speaker, Scott Skinner-Thompson (Colorado Law).center_img Mila Sohoni of San Diego Law Doug Rendelman, Alan Trammel, and Howard Wasserman Ahmed White (University of Colorado Law School), Portia Pedro (Boston University School of Law), and Howard Wasserman (Florida International University College of Law) Panelists with Colorado Law Dean James Anaya 23rd Annual Rothgerber Conference: Presidential Interpretation of the ConstitutionThe 23rd Annual Rothgerber Conference, “Presidential Interpretation of the Constitution,” brought academics from around the country to explore the themes raised in Professor Hal Bruff’s recently published Uncommon Ground: How Presidents Interpret the Constitution. Professor Bruff delivered a keynote address. Speakers included:Gabrielle Appleby, University of South WalesHenry L. Chambers, Jr., Richmond School of LawKathleen Clark, Washington University Law SchoolMartin Flaherty, Fordham Law SchoolHeidi Kitrosser, University of Minnesota Law SchoolDavid Pozen, Columbia Law SchoolPeter Shane, Ohio State University Moritz College of LawKevin Stack, Vanderbilt Law SchoolAdam Webster, University of Adelaide, South Australia22nd Annual Rothgerber Conference: Litigation Strategy and Constitutional ChangeAt the 22nd Annual Rothgerber Conference, on October 2, 2014, academics and attorneys from around the country gathered to discuss how litigation strategy has pushed and is continuing to push constitutional change. There were three panels during the conference, focusing on these topics: race and constitutional litigation; getting to same-sex marriage; and constitutional litigation and movement identity.21st Annual Rothgerber Conference: Federalism and its Impact on Constitutional DebatesThe 21st Annual Rothgerber Conference focused on federalism and its impact on the constitutional debates surrounding the legalization of marijuana, gay marriage, gun rights, and immigration. Yale Law School Professor Heather Gerken gave the conference’s keynote address, entitled “The Political Safeguards of Horizontal Federalism.”20th Annual Rothgerber Conference: Public Constitutional LiteracyThe 20th Annual Rothgerber Conference took place in November 2012 and focused on expanding Constitutional literacy to the public.  The Conference featured keynote speaker Professor Mark Tushnet of Harvard Law, a prominate advocate in popular constitutionalism. Video of Professor Mark Tushnet’s Keynote AddressVideo from Panel Discussion Panel 2 speakers, (top left to bottom right), Ming H. Chen (Colorado Law), Jane Waterman (Student Moderator, Colorado Law), Bertrall Ross (Berkeley Law), Atiba Ellis (Marquette Law), and Dara Strolovitch (Princeton).  Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser  Prof. Cary Franklin (Univ. Texas Law)  Panelists of the 27th Annual Rothgerber Conference Professor Suzette Malveaux and Colorado Law students 26th Annual Rothgerber Conference: Listeners and the First AmendmentAt the 26th Annual Rothgerber Constitutional Law Conference on Friday, April 13, 2018, speakers from around the U.S. explored a broad range of issues related to listeners’ constitutional interests and rights, including when and why listeners’ interests should matter to First Amendment law, how we might go about determining listeners’ interests, and what to do when listeners’ interests may be in tension with speakers’ interests — generally or in specific contexts involving speech to voters, consumers, workers, students, information users, shareholders, clients, consumers of the media, and other specific individuals or communities.ScholarshipListeners’ Choices, James Grimmelmann Limiting the Right to Buy Silence: A Hearer-Centered Approach, Burt NeubornePowerful Speakers and Their Listeners, Helen NortonWhen Audiences Object: Free Speech and Campus Speaker Protests, Gregory P. MagarianThe MacGuffin and the Net: Taking Internet Listeners Seriously, Derek E. BambauerPress Speakers and the First Amendment Rights of Listeners, RonNell Andersen JonesData Subjects’ Privacy Rights: Regulation of Personal Data Retention and Erasure, Alexander TsesisCommercial Speech Protection as Consumer Protection, Felix T. Wu25th Annual Rothgerber Conference: Truth, Lies, and the ConstitutionThe 25th Annual Rothgerber Constitutional Law Conference addressed the topic of “Truth, Lies, and the Constitution.” Speakers included:Professor Alan Chen, University of Denver Sturm College of Law Professor Carla Fredericks, University of Colorado School of Law Professor David Han, Pepperdine University School of Law Professor B. Jessie Hill, Case Western Reserve University School of Law Professor Gregory Klass, Georgetown Law School Professor Justin Marceau, University of Denver Sturm College of Law Professor Helen Norton, University of Colorado School of Law Professor Catherine Ross, George Washington University School of Law Professor Mark Spottswood, Florida State University College of Law Professor James Weinstein, Sandra Day O’Connor Arizona State University College of Law Professor Christina Wells, University of Missouri School of Law Keynote AddressPanel OnePanel TwoPanel Three Michael Morley of FSU Law speaking at the 27th Annual Conference 19th Annual Rothberger Conference: A Constitutional Right of Access to Justice On November 4-5, 2011, participants in the 19th Annual Rothgerber Conference spoke about “Toward a Constitutional Right of Access to Justice: Implications and Implementation.” The Conference explored the many facets of access to justice, with panelists discussing recent Supreme Court decisions on the civil right to counsel and taxpayer standing; the role of law school clinics, pro bono work and cause lawyering in providing access; and the crisis in funding and other barriers to operationalizing access. Past conferences28th Annual Rothgerber Conference: Women’s Enfranchisement: Beyond the 19th AmendmentThe 28th Annual Ira C. Rothgerber Conference took place on April 3, 2020. This year’s conference focused on the topic “Women’s Enfranchisement: Beyond the 19th Amendment”. 2020 marked the centennial of the 19th Amendment, formally extending suffrage to some, but not all, women, and is a presidential election year with an unprecedented number of female candidates running for national and local offices. But barriers to both political rights and social, lived equality persist, particularly for women at the intersections of race, sex, and class. The 28th Annual Ira C. Rothgerber Conference used the centennial to take stock of how far we’ve come—and how far we have to go—in terms of formal political enfranchisement as well as the social and economic empowerment of women more broadly.Introductory Remarks by Suzette Malveaux and Keynote Address by Reva Siegel (Yale Law)  Panel 1: “Historical Perspectives on the Nineteenth Amendment: Looking Back, Looking Forward” Prof. Carolyn Ramsey (Colorado Law)  Alan Trammel of Arkansas Law  David Hausman, Esq., ACLU Introductory Remarks (Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and Professor Suzette Malveaux)Panel I – Court Authority and Policy ConsiderationsProfessor Alan Trammell, Arkansas LawProfessor Doug Rendleman, W&L Law School of LawProfessor Suzette Malveaux, Colorado LawProfessor Charlton Copeland, Miami LawPanel II – Lessons from Various ModelsDavid Hausman, Esq., ACLUProfessor Zachary D. Clopton, Cornell LawProfessor Michael T. Morley, FSU LawPanel III – Other Conceptions of National InjunctionsProfessor Ahmed White, Colorado LawProfessor Howard Wasserman, FIU College of Law Professor Portia Pedro, BU LawProfessor Mila Sohoni, San Diego Law Panel 2 speaker, Bertrall Ross (Berkeley Law), with (left to right) Jane Waterman (Student Moderator, Colorado Law), Atiba Ellis (Marquette Law), and Dara Strolovitch (Princeton).  Rothgerber scholars together for a hike in Boulder Prof. Scott Skinner-Thompson (Colorado Law) Introductory Remarks & Keynote Address Panel 1 Panel 2 Panel 3 27th Annual Rothgerber Conference: National Injunctions: What Does the Future Hold? The 27th Annual Rothgerber Conference took place Friday, April 5, 2019, and was open to the public. This year’s conference focused on the topic, “National Injunctions: What Does the Future Hold?”, and featured an exciting panel of diverse scholars, with remarks by Phil Weiser, Colorado Attorney General; and Professor Suzette Malveaux, University of Colorado Law School.    Panel 1 speaker, Julie Suk (CUNY, Graduate Center). Panel 2 speakers (top to bottom), Bertrall Ross (Berkeley Law), Ming H. Chen (Colorado Law), Jane Waterman (Student Moderator, Colorado Law), and Atiba Ellis (Marquette Law). Prof. Susan Schulten (University of Denver, History)Panel 2: “Barriers to Political Representation” Prof. Dara Stolovitch (Princeton, Gender & Sexuality Studies)   Diana Flynn (Litigation Director, Lamda Legal) last_img read more

From feature phones to smartphones, the road ahead

first_img Read more Devices Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 03 FEB 2015 Tags HomeDevicesAnalysis From feature phones to smartphones, the road ahead Why emerging markets hold the key to smartphone success for Microsoft-Nokia AnalysisGSMAIntelligencecenter_img Previous ArticleIndosat tight-lipped on Hutch bid speculationNext ArticleIndia’s leading operators join rush for banking licences Is a ‘world’ LTE smartphone on the horizon? NEW ANALYSIS: The increasing number of smartphone models priced under the $10035 mark is the main driver of consumer migration from basic and feature phones to smartphones.GSMA Intelligence research shows that by 2020, around two thirds of all connections globally (excluding M2M) will be smartphones, illustrating the rapid shift away from basic and feature phones, which encompassed more than half of global connections in 2014. Data terminals (e.g, dongles, tablets, routers) make up the remaining share of connections (at just below 10 per cent in 2014).Smartphones began as a developed world phenomenon…In many developed markets, smartphone adoption is approaching the 70-80 per cent ‘ceiling’ at which growth tends to slow. Across the developed world, basic and feature phones represented only around a quarter of all connections in 2014, while only a residual share of the market is expected to run on these devices in 2020 as smartphones become ubiquitous.While heavy operator subsidies have contributed significantly to this shift in device migration in the developed region, the availability of smartphones at the same price as basic and feature phones shows that the latter device category is rapidly becoming obsolete.A study of Best Buy’s portfolio of ‘unlocked’ handsets in the US shows that the vast majority (84 per cent) of mobile phones offered in the country are smartphones (most of them running on Android), with a number of them priced at the same level as that of the remaining basic and feature phones – less than $100 (Average Selling Price, before discounts and subsidies). Around half of smartphones on offer are priced below $200, while 29 smartphones are priced between $47 and $80. Devices that form the portfolio of basic and feature phones on offer still hold a slight pricing advantage, but this may not be the case for long.33Figure 1 (click to enlarge): Best Buy USA, online portfolio of ‘unlocked’ handsets, December 2014Source: GSMA Intelligence… but the focus is shifting to developing economiesIn 2010, the global smartphone connections market was equally distributed between the developed and developing regions. However, almost seven in every ten smartphone connections were located in the developing world in 2014. We expect that the rate of smartphone adoption will continue to increase over the coming years, driving the region to encompass four in every five smartphone connections globally by 2020. The wider availability of more affordable smartphones is an important factor behind this trend, however we expect that the transition away from basic and feature phones in the region will take longer as the availability of low-cost smartphones (below the $50 price point) is still limited.As of 2014, less than a third of all connections in the developing region are smartphones, showing the large prevalence of basic and feature phones currently. By 2020, we expect that only around 30 per cent of connections in the region will still be running on basic and feature phones.34Figure 2 (click to enlarge): % of regional total connections (excluding M2M)Source: GSMA IntelligenceOur research shows that, while smartphone prices have declined since 2008 – by 30 per cent in Asia, 25 per cent in Latin America and 20 per cent in Africa – the majority of smartphones in the developing world are priced above the $100 mark, whereas the ‘sweet spot’ for these regions is considered to be in the $25-$50 range.Mozilla is one of the pioneers of low-cost smartphones, announcing a $25 smartphone design at Mobile World Congress in 2014. The company’s COO, Li Gong, explained that Mozilla’s success in driving down the cost of smartphones using its Firefox OS was down to optimising its software for lower-cost hardware.Gong noted that “sometimes the margin on the low-cost phones could be actually bigger than higher cost hardware because it’s a question of what OS you put on and what optimisation you can get from the OS. We heard lots of demand for lower prices — below $50, below $40 phones. And we hear loud and clear that the market for that sort of segment, where you convert feature phone users to smartphone users, [is] a huge market for us”.Last year, a number of smartphones priced between $25-$50 were introduced across the developing region, with new models from several handset manufacturers. These launches only mark the start of a price expansion trend towards low-cost levels that will spread to more developing economies, contributing to the adoption of smartphones in the region – but this will not happen overnight.Last May, Ooredoo Group explained that in the markets it operates in, “not everyone has got a smartphone. In fact, the majority have got feature phones or 2G phones […] certainly in the developing market in Iraq and Indonesia and Algeria. The smartphone revolution is happening but it is not there yet.”By Gu Zhang, Analyst – Forecasting, GSMA Intelligence Related Operators see smartphones beginning to dominate handset sales Guest last_img read more