NK Circulates Its Draft Resolution on Human Rights at UN

first_imgNews 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 Facebook Twitter By Kang Mi Jin – 2014.10.16 5:10pm News NK Circulates Its Draft Resolution on Human Rights at UNcenter_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] Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak North Korea’s delegation to the UN is said to havecirculated on Wednesday a self-issued draft resolution on the human rightsconditions in its country.Sources from the UN said the North invited some 60 diplomatsto a closed-door session in the afternoon at the UN headquarters and circulatedthe draft resolution.Earlier on the 8th, Pyongyang’s representatives held abriefing on the issue of human rights during which it expressed opposition tothe UN adopting a resolution condemning the country on how it treats it people.The following day, it sent a letter to each delegation informing them Pyongyangwould submit its own resolution.In its draft resolution, North Korea argued it has workedwith the international community to improve the rights of its people, accordingto the sources. During the briefing, Pyongyang is said to have emphasized thatit ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in August, which aimsto root out child trafficking and prostitution. It also reportedly stressed there are no problems with itshuman rights conditions in the country and stated, “Human rights should not bepoliticized and no double standards should be allowed.”In this preliminary version, the North is said to have notedthat all countries must be equally evaluated on the issue and “selectivereview” of targeted countries should not be allowed.North Korea is believed to have circulated this draft inorder to collect opinions from other member states before finalizing its resolution.Some countries reportedly voiced their thoughts on the draft, but not muchdetail is known.This proactive movement from Pyongyang comes as the EUpushes for a resolution that aims to prosecute North Korea’s leadership for theinhumane treatment of its people.Meanwhile, China said during the briefing that it “stronglyopposes any resolution that interferes in other countries’ internal affairs andhurts mutual trust,” according to The Associated Press. News News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Government Willing to buy Places in Private Schools

first_imgRelatedGovernment Willing to buy Places in Private Schools Advertisements By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporter Government Willing to buy Places in Private Schools EducationMarch 13, 2012 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Education Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, says the Government is willing to buy places from people who establish private schools, in a bid to provide additional spaces for the nation’s students, particularly at the primary and secondary levels. Speaking at a meeting of the Jamaica College (JC) Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), at the school’s Old Hope Road campus in St. Andrew, on March 12, Rev. Thwaites contended that if the educational system is to acquire the additional 100,000 spaces deemed necessary to phase out the shift system in secondary schools, and the 50,000 primary school places needed to have a more practical pupil-teacher ratio, then there  is a need to emulate the efforts of early pioneers.   “It was men like the great (Bishop Percival) Gibson and Wesley Powell; Rev. Madge Saunders, as well as the Roman Catholic nuns and the Jesuit Priests who saw their eternal life as bespoken by the benefits that they gave to start schools of all sorts,” he pointed out. Noting that many of the schools were started on the “back verandah of the church’s rectory,” or under a mango tree “in front of the convent,” the  Minister contended that it was an opportune time to solicit the society’s input in building additional educational institutions.   “We need, perhaps, to say to our Jamaican people, we need to let down our buckets in those old wells and draw up some new sweet water of good schools – good places (of learning). The government is willing to buy places from people who set up private schools, because the Consolidated Fund won’t be able to afford all those new places (which are needed in the system),” Rev. Thwaites said. RelatedGovernment Willing to buy Places in Private Schools RelatedGovernment Willing to buy Places in Private Schoolslast_img read more

Minority long-term care residents, staff bear heavy COVID burden

first_imgAdding to mounting evidence of racial health inequities in the United States, two University of Rochester in New York studies published yesterday in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society show that minority residents and caregivers in nursing homes and assisted living facilities have suffered the most amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The studies include data from 7 of the 13 states that reported cases and deaths to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services through May 29: Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, and South Carolina.Testing capacity, infection prevention protocolsIn a modeling study on disparities in coronavirus infections and deaths in 12,576 nursing homes the week of May 25, researchers found that facilities with low proportions of minority residents had, on average, 0.4 new COVID-19 residents each week (0 cases in 93% of facilities), versus 1.5 in those with higher proportions of minorities (0 in 78.9%).In multivariable regression analysis, the likelihood of one or more new resident cases was 76% higher in the high-proportion minority group. Likewise, COVID-19 weekly deaths were 0.1 in the low-proportion group, versus 0.4 in the high-proportion group.Weekly new coronavirus cases in staff members were 0.3 in low-proportion nursing homes, compared with 1.3 in those with high proportions. Self-reported shortages of staff and personal protective equipment (PPE) did not significantly differ between the two groups.But “it is likely that nursing homes predominated by racial/ethnic minority residents face more of other institution-wide issues, such as poor testing capacity, and inadequate staff knowledge and training in infection control and prevention,” Yue Li, PhD, lead author of the study, said in a University of Rochester news release.Nursing home staff in communities of color, who provide most of the direct patient care in such facilities, are more likely than whites to live in crowded homes, rely on public transportation to get to and from work, have low pay, and lack benefits, the authors said.Assisted living centers ‘ill prepared’A second study evaluated 2,542 COVID-19 infections and 675 deaths in assisted living centers. Statewide case-fatality rates ranged from 3.3% in North Carolina to 9.3% in Connecticut, in contrast with 12.9% and 31.6% among assisted living residents in those two states.Of assisted living centers with one or more COVID-19 cases, mid-sized communities had fewer overall cases than smaller ones. And facilities with higher proportions of minorities and residents with dementia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and obesity had the most coronavirus cases—but not deaths.In the news release, the authors said that the pandemic has worsened disparities between facilities with divergent levels of resources and quality of care. Assisted living facilities, they said, are usually “ill prepared” to care for sicker residents and often have limited oversight, inexperienced or low-level staff, and PPE shortages. They are also subject to only state—not federal—regulations, which may or may not be rigorous.They added that the federal government has given funding meant to address testing, PPE, and staff shortages only to the roughly 16% of assisted living facilities that serve Medicaid-eligible residents.”Relying on [assisted living] communities to muster a rigorous response to the COVID-19 pandemic largely on their own is clearly unrealistic,” the authors concluded. “Assisted living communities and their residents urgently need local, state, and the federal governments to pay at least the same level of attention as that given to nursing homes.”last_img read more