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first_img News Forging Your Own Path By Daily NK – 2015.02.03 3:13pm Currently a doting husband and father, aswell as the owner of a business carving out its place in the market economy, Lee countshis blessings every day. Life finally affords him a bit of spare time andmoney, but he has decided to redirect this good fortune to pursue further study.   Lee, who, due to demands in his field, lamented not taking up Japanese earlier, is currently enrolled in theJapanese department at Korea National Open University. His plans extend far beyond solely learning Japanese, he said, with hopes to continue to learn asmuch as possible, perhaps even attain a doctorate degree. “Even if one hasall the strength to move the world, without knowledge he or she cannot doanything,” he pointed out when pressed on the motivations behind his tireless dedication to study.Frequently asked by defectors about his successful settlement, and how they might achieve their own, Lee concluded by offering some words of wisdom. “Although it was a bit of a different situation for me,I advise that you be patient and make decisions only after carefuldeliberation. While encountering hardships iscertain, you may also be tempted to become dependent on the money you get fromthe country or the help you get from others around you. However, truesettlement is being able to live on your own without the support of others. After realizing that, you can say you’ve trulysettled,” he said.*This article was made possible by supportfrom the Korea Hana Foundation [the North Korean Refugees Foundation]. News News Facebook Twitter Defector Lee Geon Yeong (alias, pictured left; Image: Daily NK) is originally from a small village in North Hamkyung Province, NorthKorea. The eldest of three, he was an inquisitive, precocious child,always questioning, “What does the outside world look like? Is where I am nowbetter than out there?” Naturally, these thoughts sparked a desireinside Lee to discover what lay beyond the borders of North Korea. Afterconfessing these impulses to a close friend, he unwittingly imparted this sense of curiosity to his confidant. These words eventually transformed intoaction: after a few years passed, the same friend asked Lee if he wanted toescape. The notion’s origins as a quixotic joke cast away, the two successfully arrived inChina after making the perilous journey across the Tumen River.Fortunately, and rather surprisingly, Leeand his companion crossed paths with a kind stranger who provided them withfood and knowledge on how to avoid detection and subsequent apprehension bythe police. After spending two years in China together, his friend headed toSouth Korea, and Lee followed soon thereafter. “As the plane landed, my misgivings crept in. I thought, ‘This isn’t North Korea right?’ That’s how worriedand nervous I was at the time. But after seeing the brightly lit night view ofSeoul, I felt an overwhelming sense of relief, realizing that I had finallyarrived.” Studying: the shortcut to success Following his time at Hanawon, thegovernment resettlement center for North Korean defectors, Lee officially beganhis life in South Korea, inundated with advice from those around him urging him to securework, the best route to a steady flow of money, as quickly as possible. Lee, on the other hand, felt differently. “I felt that I should first try to experience life here beforediving into a career. As I was completely unfamiliar with the South Koreanlifestyle, as well its culture, it made me question if it was such a good ideato thoughtlessly find a job,” he said.Instead, Lee resolved to first hone his skills and learn a trade, in his case, mechanical engineering, of which he had some prior experience in North Korea. This provedto be more of an undertaking than he realized–the highly advanced South usedcomputers for everything. The ability to operate machinery manually, ahighly-valuable skill in the North, was outdated, if not nearly obsolete, in the South.“It was at this time that I became very well aware of how much I needed tocontinue studying,” Lee recalled. “At the time, I thought to myself, ‘Koreansare very familiar with the computer processing involved with mechanical engineering,but not the hands-on work. If I learn the science behind mechanics, and combineit with my hands-on work experience, I can become an even better engineer,” he explained.Lee promptly devoted himself to improvinghis computer skills, and the complications arising from language divergencesnotwithstanding, was able to rapidly retain and apply large quantities ofcomplex information. He graduated with impressive grades and earned theattention of a woman who admired his passion for hard work and study–the twomarried soon thereafter. Lee secured a job at a semiconductorcompany for a few years before going to establish his own business specializingin super precision machinery in 2006. Shortly after establishing his business, it earned the status of a venture certified company, a term affiliated with SouthKorea’s special measures for promotion of venture start-ups, and began receiving shipment orders from anumber of major companies. Never stop studying  Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Image: Daily NK There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHARE AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? 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first_imgAdvertisements RelatedGround Broken for New Barracks at Up Park Camp RelatedPublic Servants Agree to Wage Restraint Inner-City Housing Project Will be a Success – PM Office of the Prime MinisterMay 4, 2013center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, is expressing confidence in the ability of the National Housing Trust (NHT) Board to make the Inner City Renewal Programme a success. Mrs. Simpson Miller, during her 2013/14 Budget Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (April 30), announced the resumption of the housing project beginning next financial year. Addressing a post-Budget press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister today (May 3), the Prime Minister affirmed her faith in the initiative and its ability to transform lives. “Look at Denham Town, look at Majesty Gardens. Look at all the areas (where) we have done it and check the people, their lives, and the change in attitude and behaviour from those who are still living in the shacks and the squalor,” she stated. The Prime Minster pointed out that the programme involves more than the building of houses, noting that the Government works with the beneficiaries to improve their lives. “We have programmes with the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and a number of other organisations working with the people to ensure that training is also a component, so that those who do not have the money or who are not employed, will be able to get jobs,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said. She noted that the beneficiaries are required to pay their mortgages. “When they do not pay, their houses are put on the auction block like everybody else,” she said. She further pointed out that the NHT has been building a mix of housing solutions catering to both low and middle income earners. The Inner City Renewal Programme was established as part of an urban renewal project aimed at addressing the repair, refurbishment and upgrading of downtown Kingston. Housing units completed under the project in the Corporate Area included: 94 units on Little King Street; 186 units at 88 Spanish Town Road; 256 units in Trench Town; 48 units in Monaltrie; 344 units on Block J, Denham Town; and 248 units at 231 Spanish Town Road. The programme was discontinued by the previous administration. Contact Andrea Braham RelatedPrince Michael Lauds Jamaicanslast_img read more

first_img By Alex Lennane 04/11/2020 © Pavlo Syvak As Atlas Air prepares to announce (presumably strong) third-quarter results tomorrow, the increasingly bitter battle with its pilots continues – out of the view of the keen eyes of investors.Negotiations appear to have gone from worse, to even worse and worse still.At The Loadstar’s request, both parties have explained their differences – but one thing in particular stands out: there is no end in sight, not even if a deal is reached, apparently.“Regardless of what happens, this acrimonious war against pilots and unionism will guarantee a very angry and dissatisfied pilot labour force for decades,” said pilots’ union leader Capt Robert Kirchner.Facts have become fairly hard to ascertain, both sides alleging the other to be incorrect. Take one example: pilots have claimed that Atlas spent just one hour negotiating in the latest round of talks in October, while a spokesperson for Atlas said that was “not correct”. It said: “Union leaders know that the company continues to invest significant time in these important negotiations for our valued pilots. The company provided the union with its comprehensive economic supposal last week during bargaining, and walked the union through it in detail.“The company followed up with the union several times last week after providing it with the supposal to see if the union wanted to meet again. The union repeatedly declined and therefore we did not meet again.”The pilots: “Factually we only met with them for one hour.”Captain Kirchner added that the ‘supposal’ the company put forward can’t be referred to in arbitration. And it offered “a very modest” pay increase, while simultaneously the company “took back key work rules”, thus reducing the offer.He said: “The other part of their statement that is blatantly false is that the union declined to meet again.” Capt Kirchner claimed the company delayed its ‘supposal’, and that, in fact, it never asked to meet again.The pilots also claim that the company’s own negotiators have admitted its actions are not, in fact, negotiations.There appears to be nothing on which they can agree – including on who is procrastinating.The company spokesperson said: “The company is working hard to expedite the process. The suggestion that the company is stalling is absurd as the company has been litigating to move this process forward to a conclusion for the last four years.”Meanwhile the pilots claim they offered to take the FedEx or UPS pilots’ contract, but were refused. And Captain Kirchner said that Atlas’s characterisation of the pilots’ proposals, as “more than double the company’s current overall cost structure”, were “grossly inflated” and made “outrageous” assumptions.There is a whole lot more, of course, but two key things stand out: Mr Kirchner’s prediction that bitter relationships would continue for “decades” due to the damage already wrought; and his concluding statement “Atlas is afraid to negotiate honestly, and has no one at the table that can do so”.The other is that, interestingly, Atlas was willing to comment on the process during its pre-results quiet period, when it can say nothing which could influence the share price. As Loadstar Premium’s Alessandro Pasetti noted: “The market has been shown to shrug off this type of news in the past few years.”And if the investors don’t care, it could well be the case that Atlas and its pilots will continue with this protracted and tiresome battle to the detriment of all: including investors and customers.The next bargaining session is scheduled to start next week, on 9 November.last_img read more

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first_imgJoe Faraoni/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Yet another Olympic gymnast is claiming she was abused by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.Following accusations of sexual abuse by gymnasts McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman, their former teammate Gabby Douglas came forward Tuesday with her accusation.Douglas said in a statement Tuesday posted to Instagram that she had not previously spoken in public about the alleged abuse it because she felt she was “conditioned” to stay silent.“I didn’t publicly share my experiences as well as many other things because for years we were conditioned to stay silent and honestly some things were extremely painful,” she wrote. “I wholeheartedly support my teammates for coming forward with what happened to them.”ABC News has contacted a lawyer for Nassar for comment on Douglas’ accusation.Last week, after Raisman posted a tweet encouraging women to “wear what you feel good in” without fear of shame, Douglas replied, saying, “it is our responsibility as women to dress modestly and be classy. dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd.”Douglas’ tweet caused backlash on social media and even drew criticism from teammate Simone Biles.“I didn’t view my comments as victim shaming because I know that no matter what you wear, it NEVER gives anyone the right to harass or abuse you,” Douglas wrote. “It would be like saying that because of the leotards we wore, it was our fault that we were abused by Larry Nassar.”Douglas later deleted the tweet and apologized to her teammates and followers, saying, “regardless of what you wear, abuse under any circumstances is never acceptable. i am WITH you. #metoo.”Douglas reiterated her apology in her statement on Tuesday.“it’s very humbling when many people look up to you as an example,” she said. “I take my job as a role model very seriously and I always want to do my best to represent all the best qualities that a role model should embody. I admit there are times that I fall short.”In February, Nassar was charged in Michigan with 22 counts of criminal sexual conduct from his time working at Michigan State University. Five of those counts relate to victims who were under 13 years old, prosecutors said.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more