Adventure-bound Juneau couple moves into $8,600 tiny house on wheels

first_imgArts & Culture | Economy | Juneau | SyndicatedAdventure-bound Juneau couple moves into $8,600 tiny house on wheelsJuly 10, 2015 by Elizabeth Jenkins Share:Curtiss O’Rorke Stedman and Kelly Tousley’s new tiny home. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins)A 1,200-square-foot house is considered small by today’s standards. But one Juneau couple is leaving their home for something with less than 100 square feet of livable space. They’re hitting the road, but that doesn’t come without sacrifice.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.On the curb in front of a brown house sits a bookshelf, a suitcase and empty picture frames. Passersby might think the tenants are moving out or spring cleaning.“We don’t really have enough time to do a true yard sale so this is our, like, piecemeal please-everybody-come-take-our-stuff-so-we-can-move-into-98-square-feet,” Kelly Tousley says with a laugh.There’s also a sign: “Knock on the door for more items for sale in the house.”Kelly and her boyfriend are getting rid of nearly everything they own to fit into a tiny house on wheels parked outside their rental. From the outside, it looks like a glossy white travel trailer.“I mean, picture opening up the back of a U-Haul and that’s what we started with,” she says.But the inside is more like a home with vinyl hardwood floors and lime green walls. They’ll pull the trailer with a truck for a yearlong trip through the Alaska road system and down to the Lower 48.A curtain separates the small bathroom from the kitchen. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)For such a small space, it’s remarkably plush. A bench folds out into a queen-sized bed.“We had the conversation of, if we’re living in this and this is our house, we don’t want to be sitting on milk crates with cushions on top of them and feeling like we’re going to get slivers in our fingers when we touch the walls,” she says.Electricity runs off solar panels. There’s a small bathroom separated by a curtain and a kitchenette but no running water.It’s their version of the tiny house movement, downsizing and taking a do-it-yourself approach to home ownership. Many tiny houses are palaces compared to their trailer. But the couple needed something smaller and road worthy. It only cost $8,600.“The coolest thing that I built to date was a birdhouse in sixth grade,” says Kelly’s boyfriend, Curtiss O’Rorke Stedman. “And to look at a box and say we can turn this into a house, that was daunting. And that fact that it actually worked so far is great.”Curtiss is a high school English teacher and musician. Last summer, he toured the interior for his solo music project, Cousin Curtiss.“So when I got back, I said, ‘You know, this is it. I’m hitting the road. I want to do this full time,’ and Kelly was 110 percent behind me all the way,” he says.Kelly remembers it differently. She thought he was talking about taking a vacation.“Whereas, I think when the conversation happened, Curtiss more so took it as I’m hitting the road with him full time,” she says. “And I think it took a couple of months of that conversation to happen. Is it realistic for both of us to hit the road, for both of us to quit our jobs?”Curtiss O’Rorke Stedman and Kelly Tousley’s “living room” bench doubles as a bed. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)Together, they decided it was. Kelly would quit her job working with autistic kids. They would sell everything and go on tour indefinitely. Traveling from Tok to Chicken, then down south through Montana and Michigan.Friends and family had mixed reactions. But no one said it was a terrible idea, don’t do it.“I don’t think anybody said that,” he says. “I think a few people may have said, ‘Why would you do that?’ They didn’t understand it.”One of those people was Kelly’s grandfather, a professional builder. Kelly recounts telling him about their first big project.“‘Grandpa, we’re going to cut in windows. We’re going to install our own windows.’ And he said, ‘You can’t do that. You can’t install windows in a trailer. That doesn’t make any sense.’ And I sent a picture of us installing the first window and he said, ‘Huh, they did it!’”Window installation wasn’t easy in the 98-square-foot trailer. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)They completed the tiny house in eight months. Then came the time to purge all their stuff. For Curtiss, the most difficult thing to give away was his plants, grown from his great-great-grandmother’s clippings.Kelly says it was her clothes.“You know, I’ll look at a shirt and be like, ‘I love that sweatshirt! I wore that every home track meet in high school.’ But the reality is I have those memories of track and I don’t need that sweatshirt to hold onto,” she says.Kelly is giving the tiny lifestyle a year. After that, she says she’ll reassess.Curtiss wrote the song “Here and Now” about missing Kelly on tour. But now he won’t have to. The couple is setting off for miles of open road, pulling behind them what they’ll call home.“I think it’s a blessing to be able to ditch everything you own and be able to take off in true nomad style like humans used to be and go hunter-gatherer across the country looking for adventure,” he says.To see where Kelly and Curtiss are on their journey, visit paygasnotrent.comShare this story:last_img read more

Interest in kelp farming drives state tideland applications

first_imgFisheries | Southcentral | SouthwestInterest in kelp farming drives state tideland applicationsJuly 18, 2017 by Aaron Bolton, KBBI-Homer Share:Like in Alaska, kelp forests in California provide habitat and shelter for a variety of fish species. (Photo courtesy Sonia Ibarra)The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is beginning to work through tideland lease applications for the mariculture industry.Current and potentially new farmers are applying to use state tidelands to grow Pacific oysters and geoducks.Those are all typical requests, but what’s different this year is the acreage farmers are requesting and the increasing interest in kelp farming.The number of applications for mariculture tideland leases this year are the highest DNR Leasing Unit Manager Christy Colles can remember.“This was a large year. We actually got 18 applications, 15 of those being new,” Colles said.The roughly 1,000 acres requested are staggering compared with last year’s three applications for about 18 acres.Most of the spike for this year can be attributed to an increasing interest in kelp farming.Just under half the applications are for kelp permits, but they make up about two-thirds of the requested acreage.“Kelp farming requires more acreage, and a lot more people are putting in for acreage,” Colles said. “We also have a lot more oyster farmers that are putting in larger areas. They’re at least requesting larger areas for growing Pacific oysters.”The mariculture industry can be difficult to break into with long turnarounds for profits.Geoduck farmers just starting out can wait up to 10 years before money starts rolling in and pacific oysters typically take about half that time.A 2015 Alaska Division of Economic Development study shows that larger mariculture operations generally make profits faster because of efficiency. Farms that also diversify their harvest are more likely to see profits sooner rather than later.Director Britteny Cioni-Haywood began overseeing the division as the study concluded. She’s not surprised by the interest in kelp and the increasing acreage that follows.“I think throwing in kelp now, if we were to go back and redo this study, that you would find that incorporating kelp would increase the success of those farms because it allows a cash flow much sooner,” she said.The division also oversees the Mariculture Revolving Loan Fund.Farmers can borrow up to $300,000 to plan, construct and operate their mariculture businesses.Established businesses typically use it to expand their operations, Cioni-Haywood said.The fund could also see a spike in applications as DNR and other state agencies, such as the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, work through the necessary permits for mariculture applicants.“We always have a steady stream on inquiries, but we haven’t seen an increase in the number of loan applications,” Cioni-Haywood said. “Now, those tend to follow business planning. You’re going to do your business plan. You need to get the application through fish and game. We tend to come after all of that.”Public notices have begun to go out for some of this year’s tideland applications.Leasing manager Colles hopes to wrap up the public process this fall, but doesn’t know how long it will take with a larger load.Kodiak-based commercial fisherman Nicholas Mangini is among this year’s applicants.His business, Kodiak Island Sustainable Seaweed, harvested about 15,000 pounds of ribbon and sugar kelp on one acre this spring. He hopes to expand his operation to 18 acres.Mangini sold to one buyer last year. He plans to sell to that buyer again, but he also hopes to develop new kelp products and directly market them.Mangini adds that those jumping into the evolving kelp industry should know it’s not easy.“I think there’s a lot of people excited about it, but I think the application process is a lot more rigorous than people are realizing.  It’s not just as easy as throwing some lines in the water and growing some kelp,” he said. “There’s quite a bit to it. I did a lot of research and read a lot of manuals, other peoples’ issues for year before I even got involved.”Mangini plans to harvest his first large batch in May 2018 if his expansion is approved.Share this story:last_img read more

Kwethluk and electric utility to build battery system

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Energy & Mining | WesternKwethluk and electric utility to build battery systemSeptember 5, 2019 by Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:Kwethluk is about 12 miles (by air) west of Bethel, Alaska.Kwethluk is partnering with Nuvista Light and Electric Cooperative to build a battery storage system. It will keep the power on during outages, and could one day help wean the community off diesel fuel.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Last year, Tuluksak residents endured several multi-day power outages where many residents lost subsistence food that was stored in freezers. Leaders in nearby Kwethluk want to avoid a similar disaster.Kwethluk and Nuvista Light and Electric Cooperative have $477,050 from the Department of Energy, or DOE, to build a 675 KWh lithium-ion battery. Kwethluk had to match half of the funds.“Basically it’s for promoting community resilience for community facilities and tribal members,” said Natalie Hanson, Nuvista’s executive director.A battery that size has enough power to light up every home in Kwethluk for an hour during its highest demand. Or it can keep a couple of critical buildings, like the health clinic and community hall, going for more than two hours. Hanson estimates that the project will create two temporary jobs for local people.In the future, Nuvista hopes to include wind energy. Battery storage is necessary to move the village off of costly diesel fuel because it can store extra wind energy to use later, and smooth out any fluctuations from too much electricity flowing through the power lines at one time.“You don’t have storage, you always have to have your diesel on, running low, so you are always using some amount of diesel,” Hanson said.Hanson says that a wind farm proposal for Kwethluk is currently being reviewed by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, but it’s likely that the battery will arrive first.This project is similar to ones in Kongiganak and Kwigillingok. Kongiganak installed a lithium-ion battery so that it could meet half of its energy needs with wind.This month, Sen. Lisa Murkowski visited both of those villages with Energy Department Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette to show off those projects. In a statement, Murkowski wrote that it was “a great opportunity for Dan to visit more of Alaska, to see firsthand how we contribute to our nation’s energy security, and to learn about the innovation taking place throughout our state.”Share this story:last_img read more

Monopoly places real money in French sets of board game with euro notes worth €20,000

first_img Show Comments ▼ Monopoly places real money in French sets of board game with euro notes worth €20,000 Monday 2 February 2015 12:32 pm Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof whatsapp Share Do not pass Go, do not collect £200 – take €20,000 instead.The makers of classic board game Monopoly are giving wannabe property tycoons a treat. In celebration of the game’s 80th birthday in France, the paper money found in the set is being replaced with real euros to the tune of €20,580 (£15,526).Hasbro, the maker of the game that’s been the cause of many a family feud, has placed real money in 80 sets of the board game in the country.One lucky buyer will scoop the total jackpot- the equivalent of all the money in the game-  while another 79 will win between €10 and €100 notes slipped into boxes to replace the more-familiar Monopoly money.”We wanted to do something unique. When we asked our French customers, they told us they wanted to find real money in their Monopoly boxes,” Hasbro France brand manager Florence Gaillard told AFP.The 80 special sets will be in classic Monopoly sets as well as junior, electronic and vintage sets of the board game from Monday.More than 500,000 games of Monopoly are sold every year in France and more than 275m have been sold around the world to date. Tags: NULL whatsapp Lynsey Barber last_img read more

Comment / DCSA’s Thomas Bagge and the quest to digitise container shipping

first_img Former Maersk executive Thomas Bagge has been chief executive and statutory director of Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) for nearly 18 months, in an attempt to pull the shipping industry into the 21st century. It is, he says, not an easy quest, but the first fruits of his labour are starting to show. “The container shipping industry is currently not a digitally advanced industry. We are, however, seeing a shift as many companies are thinking about how to change their supply chain to be more efficient and reliable through digitalisation. “There is a clear and increasing demand for more digitalisation in the industry,” he explained. DCSA membership comprises nine of the largest container shipping lines, which aim to create a “digitally interconnected” industry, which will give customers “seamless, easy-to-use services”. Non-profit and independent, the association’s aim is to drive and develop technology standards and frameworks – a crucial step forward. “Taking a standardised approach to digitalisation is crucial to enabling interoperability, as this industry depends on collaboration from all industry stakeholders to maximise the benefits of digitalisation,” explained Mr Bagge. “Since the launch of DCSA in April 2019, we are encouraged by the support we’ve received from many industry stakeholders for digital standards. We look forward to collaborating more with shippers as well and all supply chain participants.” One of its major efforts has been introducing an e-bill of lading (eB/L), which, it believes, could save the industry up to $4bn a year, even if only half the B/Ls were digital. The DCSA worked with IATA on the data, which has spent a decade trying to introduce e-freight and e-air waybills, and which currently have about 68% market penetration. “If we start on standardising eB/L now, we have reason to believe a 50% adoption rate is feasible by 2030,” said Mr Bagge.But he admitted: “As part of the overall digitalisation of documentation effort, it is a major undertaking for the container shipping industry. Carriers cannot do it alone. It requires key stakeholders such as regulators, banks and insurance companies to accept eB/L as the equivalent of paper bills of lading to drive widespread adoption. Not every government has provisions for an electronic form.” Covid, as has been found in many other areas of business, has accelerated digitisation, and Mr Bagge said progress was now being made. “A number of DCSA members have reported a sharp increase in eB/L adoption in an effort to keep trade moving. By developing an industry-standard language and definitions for eB/L, DCSA aims to make it easier for government authorities and other stakeholders to accept an electronic replacement.” While Covid had accelerated some trends, such as a move towards more digital documents and use of technology, it had slowed other aspects, explained Mr Bagge. “The Covid-19 pandemic has caused many companies to shift their priorities to deal with operational issues. However, while the impact of the pandemic may slow some projects down, the focus of our standardisation work and the commitment from our member carriers to drive standards adoption remain unchanged. For eB/L, adoption has even accelerated as the industry acted quickly to find solutions for not being able to pass paper BLs from location to location.” It is not just the $4bn in savings that will shipping line customers could enjoy; digitisation boosts efficiency.  “There are significant time benefits to digitisation in addition to cost benefits, and eB/L is a good example. When the cargo is loaded onto a ship, eB/L will enable the destination port to have visibility of the cargo and expedite processing upon its arrival. Regulators can reduce clearing time; shippers, ports and other stakeholders will all benefit from the time saving. As Covid-19 continues to cause disruptions around the world, digitalisation enables people to work from home and minimise or even eliminate potential delays.” ‘Digitisation’ covers a multitude of facets, and to bring the industry into line, the DCSA had to prioritise; it decided on track and trace and operational vessel schedules (OVS) as its first moves. “We set the DCSA priorities jointly with our carrier members and they bring insights from their customer base. For shippers and freight forwarders, having visibility of where the cargo is has been an issue for more than a decade. This is why we published the track & trace standards in January 2020, simplifying shipment visibility across multiple carriers to enable better planning and shipment handling for shippers.  “OVS is another area that’s in urgent need of improvement,” he added. “Today carriers lack a standard and digital way of sharing vessel schedule data between themselves, their vessel sharing agreement (VSA) partners and operational service providers. OVS standards will enable automatic sharing of vessel schedule data among different parties and build a higher degree of effectiveness and efficiency into the fabric of container shipping processes.” Port call optimisation technology is also on its way, to drive both efficiencies and environmental gains. “Today ships often speed across the ocean, burning more fuel than necessary, only to find themselves waiting outside of a congested port, burning more fuel in the process.  “DCSA port call optimisation (PCO) standards will aim to enable the just-in-time port call by aligning operational processes and data communication between carriers, ports, terminals and other stakeholders.  PCO standards will create a more efficient and harmonious ecosystem that will drive increased trust and visibility among stakeholders, reduced ship waste and emissions, and improved schedule reliability,” he said. He urged forwarders and other stakeholders to get involved with the association. “At DCSA, we actively invite all stakeholders to engage with us in order to develop standards that are useful for the industry and drive rapid adoption of standards. We have been working with the freight forwarder community and welcome more feedback.  “DCSA standards are open source, free for everyone to use. It is our strong belief that by adopting digital standards, supply chain participants can improve efficiencies and unlock opportunity to innovate.” This article was first published in Voice of the Independent’s August issue. By Alex Lennane 01/09/2020last_img read more

California moves closer to adopting a drug pricing transparency law

first_imgPharmalot California moves closer to adopting a drug pricing transparency law Ed Silverman [email protected] Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. By Ed Silverman Sept. 12, 2017 Reprints What’s included? What is it? A California bill that would require drug makers to report and justify price hikes took a big step toward reality on Monday night. The state Assembly overwhelmingly passed the legislation and it now goes to the Senate for approval, which legislative sources say may occur as soon as today.The bill, which has been vociferously fought by the pharmaceutical industry, could become one of the most comprehensive state efforts to address pricing transparency. For instance, drug makers would have to provide 60-day notice to insurers and government health plans before increasing list prices of a medicine that costs more than $40, by 16 percent in a two-year period.center_img STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. GET STARTED Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. About the Author Reprints California state Sen. Ed Hernandez, who co-sponsored a bill to provide drug-pricing transparency. Rich Pedroncelli/AP Tags drug pricinglegislationpharmaceuticalsSTAT+ @Pharmalot Log In | Learn More last_img read more

White Catholic school headmaster on leave for telling Black boy to kneel & apologize ‘the African way’

first_imgLONG ISLAND, NY / CNN — A White headmaster of a Catholic school has been put on leave after he allegedly told a Black student to kneel in apology, calling it “the African way” to apologize.The headmaster was removed from his position at St. Martin de Porres School in Hempstead, New York, after parent Trisha Paul went to the local press regarding the comment made to her 11-year-old son’s treatment at school.Paul said she noticed her son seemed sad after school one day late last month. When she asked him what was wrong, he said that he’d been sent to the headmaster’s office for working on an assignment in his Literature class during designated reading time.Paul said her son’s teacher took the assignment, tore it up, and brought her son to the headmaster’s office. Once there, Paul said, the headmaster told her son to kneel before the teacher in apology. AdvertisementWhen the headmaster called a few days later to discuss dates for her son’s first communion, Paul said she brought it up.The headmaster, according to Paul, told her about a former student whose father had once told him to bow when apologizing, calling it “the Nigerian way.”“I was just at a loss for words,” Paul, who along with her son is Black and of Haitian descent, said. “I didn’t understand the relevance.” Florida school board to rename six schools named after Confederate leaders June 7, 2021 Sikh boys harassed, attacked by older teens at mall June 6, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementTags: New YorkSchool DeSantis signs bill requiring moment of silence in Florida schools June 16, 2021 She said she tried to convey to the headmaster that he’d “humiliated and degraded my son,” but said she didn’t feel heard. She removed her son from in-person classes, and he currently attends remotely.“St. Martin’s neither condones nor accepts the actions of our headmaster,” Brother James Conway, the school’s acting headmaster, said in a statement. “The incident does not reflect our long, established values or the established protocols regarding student-related issues.”Paul said she was never notified of the disciplinary incident by the school.“I do believe that had my son not told me about this incident, it would have been brushed under the rug,” she said. “I’m hoping there’s some kind of resolution where he does step down,” she said of the headmaster. “I want there to be change. I want my child to be that person who makes a difference.”The headmaster, who has not been named, did not respond to requests for comment.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Collier County woman arrested for hitting boy with car in school zone May 17, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Advertisementlast_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Thursday, March 1, 2018

first_img WhatsApp Community By LaoisToday Reporter – 1st March 2018 Facebook Previous articleLaois people warned to be ‘at home by 4pm’ ahead of blizzardNext articleDisappointment over the awarding of contracts to non-Laois companies LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp  Mary Callan (née Nolan)Monasterevin, Kildare / Portarlington, LaoisLate of Monasterevin, Co. Kildare & Sycamores, Portarlington, Co. Laois. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. Predeceased by husband Jim, son Michael and sister Rose. Much loved mother of Linda and Mandy. Sadly missed by her grandchildren, relatives and friends. Reposing at her daughter Linda’s home at Castlecreevy, Corundulla, Co. Galway tomorrow (Sunday) between 4pm and 8pm. Removal on Monday morning to the Church of Ss. Peter and Paul , Monasterevin, Co. Kildare, arriving for 12pm funeral mass. Burial afterwards in Monasterevin Cemetery.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Rugby Facebook Community Beechlawn, Portlaoise, LaoisFanning. Beechlawn, Portlaoise 20th Feb. 2018. Peacefully at St. James’ Hosp. Christine beloved wife of Thomas and dearly loved mum to Vincent and Jacquie. Deeply regretted by her loving grandchildren, Katie, Michelle, Natalie, Mark and great-grandchildren Lauren, Tianna, and Scarlet, son-in-law Kevin, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Reposing at Keegan’s Funeral Home from 6 pm on Wednesday till 7 pm. Requiem Mass at 10 am on Thursday in SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise followed by removal to Newlands Cross Crematorium.Paul MaherBallymorris Manor, Portarlington, Laois / Ballybrittas, Laois Paul Maher, Ballymorris Manor, Portarlington and late of The Hermitage, Ballybrittas, Co. Laois. Feb 25th 2018. Son of the late Tommy and Elizabeth Maher and brother to Sadie and John. He was a dearly loved dad to Adrian, Lianne and Katie and their mam Caroline, grandchilden Jack, Mason, Lyla . Tomás and Oisin. Also sadly missed by Deborah and Derek, his partner Denise and her daughter Cleo. Deeply regretted by all his relatives neighbours and friends. Rest in peaceReposing at Adrian and Deborah’s residence at Ballymorris Manor from 3 pm on Tuesday with rosary at 8 pm. Removal on Wednesday morning to arrive at St. John’s Church, Killenard for 12 noon Mass via Jamestown. Interment afterwards in the adjoining churchyard. House private on Wednesday morning please. Deaths in Laois – Thursday, March 1, 2018center_img Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Twitter Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Pinterest Pinterest Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Thursday, March 1, 2018 Deaths Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Annie Flynn (née Hogan)Ross, Clonaslee, Laois / Tullamore, OffalyAnnie Flynn, (nee Hogan), Ross, Clonaslee, Co. Laois and Cappincur, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Died peacefully on the 26th February 2018 at the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Predeceased by her husband Martin.She will be sadly missed by her loving daughters Nancy Guinan, Bridie Gorman and Margaret Treacy, sons Martin and Michael, grandchildren, great-granchildren, great-great-granchild, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Her remains will repose at Lawless Funeral Home, Mucklagh, Tullamore, from 3pm on Wednesday with removal at 5pm to St. Manmam’s Church, Clonaslee arriving at 6pm. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 11am with burial afterwards in St. Manman’s Cemetery, Clonaslee.Teresa Flanagan (née Muldowney)Dr Murphy Place, Portlaoise, LaoisFlanagan. Dr Murphy Place, Portlaoise, Feb. 26th 2018. Peacefully surrounded by her loving family. Teresa, beloved wife of Edward and dearly loved mum to Brendan, Eamonn, Mary, Tim and Robert. Deeply regretted by her loving family, sisters Sr/Mary, Marjorie and Susan, brothers John and Robert, grandchildren Rachel, Hannah, Eilis, Finn, Isla, Anya and Elodie, daughters-in-law Misa, Heather, Manjit, Becky and son-in-law James, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.Reposing at Keegans Funeral Home from 8 pm on wednesday evening with rosary at 9 pm. Removal on Thursday morning to SS Peter and Paul’s Church to arrive for 12 noon Mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise.Jeremiah FitzpatrickKillasmeestia, Ballybrophy, LaoisJeremiah Fitzpatrick, Killasmeestia, Ballybrophy, Co. Laois. February 25th 2018. Peacefully at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin. Deeply regretted by his brothers Bernard and Thomas, sisters Mary and Winnie, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. R.I.P.Reposing at O’Sullivan’s Funeral Home, Rathdowney, Co. Laois this Tuesday evening from 7pm with rosary at 8pm. Funeral mass in Killasmeestia Church on Wednesday at 11am followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Christine Fanning Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img read more

Kim’s Special Envoy Gives Residents Pause

first_img SHARE Kim’s Special Envoy Gives Residents Pause Facebook Twitter NewsEconomy AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders News of secretary of the Chosun Workers’Party Choe Ryong Hae’s visit to Russia as a special envoy for Kim Jong Eun hasbecome a hot topic of debate and criticism among North Koreanresidents, the Daily NK has learned.The visit to Russia follows a 2013 trip by Choe, at that time the director of the Chosun People’s Army Political Department, to China as an envoy for the young leader. These incidents have given many residents reason to question why the leader has failed to follow in the stepsof his father and grandfather and make such a visit personally.After the announcement of Choe’s trip by all state media outlets,  reactions on the ground have been largely negative, according to sources within the country. “Including Russia and China, the Suryeong [Kim Il Sung] and the General[Kim Jong Il] almost never sent special envoys abroad,” a source in Yangkang Province reported to Daily NK on November 20th.“Kim Jong Eun sent an envoy just last year, and now that it’s happened again everybody’s talkingabout it.”Kim Il Sung began making diplomatic trips abroadin 1950, and received heads of states in North Korea and traveled abroad to meet others at their invitation. Sending an envoy in his place was a raremove for the former leader.When Kim Jong Il succeeded his father, hesent delegations of Party members and other administrative officials abroad, but visits to important powerhouse allies, namely Russia and China, are mostly known to have been carried out by the leader himself.“The whole thing is a propaganda show forKim Jong Eun to flaunt his status,” many residents have remarked about the delegation. “He doesn’t have any experience; what kind of country would even dealwith such a young, inexperienced leader?”Others are dubious that the visit will bring about any changes, “Even though he sent the envoy to Chinalast year, they haven’t been very accepting of him. What are the odds that Russiawill?” According to the source, residents are already predicting that next year, already circulating thatnext year, no matter which country, “poor Choe” will be the one to appear on the scene.A different source in North HamkyungProvince confirmed these sentiments to be on par with those among the people inhis region, but noted that while in public places, like the market or state-runenterprises, people are careful with their words, saying, “The young Kim JongEun is engaging in foreign activity with powerful nations.” Behind closed doors at home, however,people are quick to voice their blatant criticism of the situation. “Sending only an envoy is just asign that he is basically begging to be recognized as a leader and wants to beinvited by powerful foreign leaders,” they remark among themselves.“He’s trying to show off his power in being able to designate a high-level Party cadre many years his senior to go abroad at his behest,” manyhave speculated, according to the source. “It’s all a ploy to try to dispel criticism that he’s a noviceleader who hasn’t made even a single diplomatic trip abroad while in power.”center_img North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) By Daily NK – 2014.11.21 8:07pm News News US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Yanggang Province women’s union members asked to find new “arable” land

first_img Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store TAGSfarmingwomenyanggang province SHAREcenter_img Members of the Socialist Women’s Union of Korea (SWUK) in Yanggang Province have recently been tasked with finding new arable land. A Daily NK source in the country said the orders were handed down as part of an effort to get all citizens involved in producing more food. The source, who is based in North Hamgyong Province, told Daily NK on Friday that the country’s Workers’ Party has continuously encouraged people to “find new land [to cultivate]” and that “this year, each work unit was given a task [to do so].” According to the source, members of the SWUK were told this “issue” would be discussed with great importance during the “annual evaluation” at the end of the year.The communist party’s demand for people to “find new land” is part of broader efforts to expand the country’s arable land by turning unused land into agricultural plots. In essence, North Korea is searching for various ways to overcome economic difficulties brought on by COVID-19, international sanctions and damage from recent monsoons and typhoons. North Korean authorities appear to believe that asking members of the Socialist Women’s Union of Korea to help will lead to reasonable returns.“During recent meetings of the Socialist Women’s Union of Korea, [officials] are stressing that members ‘must find new land anywhere they can’ and that ‘the more they look, the more prospective sites there will be,’” said the source. “More specifically, they are saying new land can be found anywhere, including highland areas and rivers, along major roads and waterways, the ridges between rice paddies, and even the spaces between vegetable gardens.” Farmer harvest SariwonNorth Korean farmers conducting the fall harvest in Sariwon, North Hwanghae Province. / Image: Rodong SinmunThe source pointed out, however, that union members continue to be told that they are “not allowed to harm forests.” “Model work units” are apparently being introduced at the meetings to add a competitive edge to the campaign.The source said people generally feel that the effort “won’t be as easy as they say” because ordinary people’s financial situations “are not as good as previous years.” According to him, union members are simply “farming their own small plots of land while looking for new arable land nearby.” “With little time available because of their livelihoods, union members are trying to identify new land mainly by narrowing the boundaries between their small plots or by clearing rocks along or in their fields,” the source said. “Farms and companies have been assigned specific amounts of new land to identify, but members of the union can carry out this task in other ways,” said the source. “The union’s national committee or local branches can find new land, but [members] can just offer up what they have produced from land nearby their own fields.”Please direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] in Korean Facebook Twitter News North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55%last_img read more