Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion By Kim Yong Hun – 2010.09.04 9:10pm Following Kim Jong Il’s own positive evaluation of Chinese economic reforms made in a recent meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao, Rodong Shinmun has released an editorial also praising Chinese development. Experts say that this is the first case of the North Korean leadership publicly supporting Chinese economic reforms in such a positive way. The editorial, entitled “Groundbreaking Event Bringing a New Milestone in the History of the North Korea-China Friendship”, asserts, “Under the leadership of the Communist Party of China led by the Secretary General, Comrade Hu Jintao, the Chinese people have been struggling powerfully for the construction of a socialist society with Chinese characteristics under the banner of Deng Xiaoping’s Theory, the three representative theories and scientific development.”Some are even saying that with Kim Jong Il’s sudden second visit to China in only three months and now this unprecedented praise in Rodong Shinmun, Kim Jong Il must have made the momentous decision to reform North Korea in the near future. However, an official with the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT) foresaw something less impressive, saying, “Kim’s visiting the northeast rather than Beijing was also for economic purposes. Since he has had intensive discussions with the Chinese leadership, he may adopt policies which encourage foreign investment in North Korea, claiming reform and opening.” In 2001, Kim Jong Il also expressed his envy at the achievements of Chinese reform and opening during a visit to Shanghai, and thereafter many predicted that the Kim regime was going to change direction; however, the regime only carried out one major practical reform. That was the July 1st Economic Management Reform Measure of 2002, but it retained fundamental, structural economic shortcomings and ended in failure. Upon the latest predictions of impending reform, experts point out that it is unlikely that Kim Jong Il would follow such a path because of the nature of the North’s system. There are natural limits because in the North Korean system, the regime, whose core survival mechanism is isolation from the outside world, and reform and opening cannot exist simultaneously. Reform and opening naturally causes circulation of information about the world, and in North Korea’s case it would obviously expose the propaganda and lies endemic in the Kim Jong Il system. Therefore, previous attempts to develop Shinuiju and Rajin-Sunbong into free economic zones failed, as the areas could not overcome the system’s inherent limitations. Hwang Jang Yop, President of the Committee for the Democratization of North Korea is always pointing out that although Kim Jong Il has learned about Chinese reform and opening, he is not able to go that way. Kim Jong Il will never do that, Hwang asserts, since outside information will flow into his world and threaten him if he does.A researcher with the Sejong Institute, Oh Gyeung Seob agrees, stating categorically to The Daily NK, “Kim Jong Il’s comment is a merely diplomatic rhetoric; not particularly significant.” While some experts say there is a possibility that Kim Jong Il may unleash a “surprise show,” such as establishing a new special economic zone, they also generally agree that overall reform and opening is highly improbable in the North. Cho Myeong Cheol, a researcher with the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, explained, “The Kim Jong Il regime prefers special economic zone because within those zones they can block foreign information. Since they cannot block the circulation and inflow of foreign information in full-blooded reform, it is not feasible. However, a surprise show may be possible such as the construction of a new special economic zone.” He emphasized, “Even when Kim Jong Il tries to build up new special zones, there is no environment into which capital can be invested, so the rate of success is quite low.” Oh added, “Kim Jong Il may be offering an affirmative gesture to the development of the three northeast provinces of China in the light of economic interests. However, Kim has a strong repulsion to reform and opening, so no body knows whether or not it will succeed.” Rodong Weighs In; Is North Korea Set to Reform? RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kim Yong Hun Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion SHARE Facebook Twitter Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke”
5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dennis Zuehlke Dennis is Compliance Manager for Ascensus. Mr. Zuehlke provides clients with technical support on tax-advantaged accounts (including individual retirement accounts, health savings accounts, simplified employee pension plans, and Coverdell education … Web: www.ascensus.com Details In the 10 years since health savings accounts (HSAs) first became available, HSA ownership has grown considerably. According to the annual census by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), as of January 2014, 17.4 million people had enrolled in HSA/high deductible health plans (HDHPs). This is up from 15.5 million in January 2013 and represents an average annual growth rate of 15 percent since 2011 (Center for Policy and Research, America’s Health Insurance Plans, “January 2014 Census”, July 2014, accessed August 2014, www.ahip.org/Press-Room/2014/HSA-Census-Survey). This double-digit growth rate creates several opportunities for credit unions to maximize their HSA programs.Much of the increase in HSA/HDHP coverage is occurring in the large group market, defined as employers with more than 50 employees. In 2014, the AHIP census found that 74 percent of all individuals enrolled in an HSA/HDHP were in the large group market. This percentage has increased each year since 2005 as HSA/HDHP adoption has shifted from individuals and small businesses to large businesses. Among large employers—those with 500 or more employees—32 percent offered an HSA/HDHP in 2013.The number of HSA/HDHP enrollees has grown each year since AHIP conducted its first census and reported that enrollment in HSA/HDHPs reached one million people in March 2005. And this trend is likely to continue and accelerate in the future, driven by a number of market forces that include the following.Annual increases in health insurance premiums. Testifying before the House Committee on Ways and Means, then Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that health insurance premiums are “likely to go up” in 2015, just as they did in 2014. The annual rate of increase in health insurance premiums is now greater than the average annual wage increase and the rate of inflation. These premium increases make HSA-compatible HDHPs a more attractive insurance option, as HDHPs have lower premium rates than other types of health plans, and the rate of premium increases for HDHPs tends to be lower than for other types of plans.Wide availability of HSA/HDHPs on healthcare exchanges. Despite predictions that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) would be the demise of HSAs, HSA/HDHPs are available on www.healthcare.gov and many of the state-run healthcare exchanges. These HSA/HDHPs generally are among the least expensive plans available on the exchanges, making them an attractive option for consumers.Large employers switching to HSA/HDHPs. As healthcare costs continue to rise, employers are continuing to switch to HSA/HDHPs to curb costs. Two-thirds of employers participating in the 2014 Health and Well-being Touchstone Survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) offered HDHPs. And 47 percent of respondents offered an HSA/HDHP plan (up from 39 percent last year). Average enrollment in those plans increased from 20.5 percent in 2010 to 39.2 percent in 2014. And, while just a few years ago, large employers offered an HSA/HDHP as one of several options, increasingly they are offering an HSA/HDHP as the only option. Among survey respondents, 44 percent are considering replacing their existing health plan with an HDHP, and 18 percent of respondents already offer an HDHP as their only option (PricewaterhouseCoopers, “2014 Health and Well-being Touchstone Survey”, June 2014, accessed August 2014, www.pwc.com/us/en/hr-management/publications/health-well-being-touchstone-survey.jhtml).Although the AHIP census tracks the number of individuals covered by HSA/HDHPs, it does not track the number of HSA enrollments. But there is a direct correlation between the census findings on the growth of HSA/HDHPs and data on the growth of HSAs. As the number of employers offering HSA/HDHPs increases, along with the number of people covered by the plans, so do the number of HSAs and the dollar amounts held in them. This is good news for credit unions and is reflected in account growth at credit unions offering HSAs.Credit unions offering HSAs recorded a more than 27 percent increase in HSA deposits last year. HSA deposits at credit unions increased from $667 million in December 2012 to over $850 million in December 2013, according to call report data analyzed by the Credit Union National Association’s Economics and Statistics Department. Credit unions also recorded double-digit growth in the number of HSAs, with credit unions participating in the Ascensus Fully-Administered HSA Program reporting a nearly 20 percent increase in the number of HSAs from 2012 to 2013. As of December 2013, more than 780 credit unions offered HSAs to their members.We expect this growth trend to accelerate in the future. Although some credit unions initially offered HSAs to accommodate member requests, increasingly credit unions see HSAs as a must-have product for their self-employed and small business members. If your credit union currently is not offering HSAs, you should consider offering them, given the number of employers adopting HSA/HDHPs. And with the changes in the healthcare marketplace, HSA/HDHPs are an attractive health insurance option.
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If you’ve ever worked at a restaurant, this is going to send you into a rage. And possibly trigger some tipping-related PTSD.A guy recently posted on Facebook about the new strategy he and his wife use to TIP when they go to restaurants.They put five $1 bills on the table, and every time their server does something they don’t like, they remove one bill without saying a word. Then whatever is left at the end is the tip. Quote, “You will receive the best service of your life.”The post is getting a LOT of responses from people, and they seem much more negative than positive. Words like “disrespectful,” “tactless,” and “I hope you like the taste of spit in your food” seem to come up the most often.
A view of Ohio Stadium during a game against Penn State on Oct. 17 at Ohio Stadium OSU won 38-10. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorFor the second year in a row, the Ohio State Buckeyes have been named the most valuable football program in the NCAA. A study composed by Ryan Brewer, assistant professor of finance at Indiana University-Purdue University in Columbus, Indiana, valued the Scarlet and Gray at a whopping $946.6 million. Findings from the study first appeared in the Wall Street Journal. To put the figure in perspective, it nearly doubles the worth of the average NHL hockey team, which is about $505 million. In fact, the Scarlet and Gray are valued higher than every NHL team except for the New York Rangers ($1.2 billion), the Montreal Canadiens ($1.18 billion) and the Toronto Maple Leafs ($1.15 billion), according to Forbes Magazine. Astoundingly, the Buckeyes’ value is worth more than 19 of 30 NBA franchises as well, including the Oklahoma City Thunder ($930 million) and the Cleveland Cavaliers ($915 million), according to Forbes.OSU Vice President and athletic director Gene Smith said he believes Brewer’s numbers are accurate. Smith leaned toward several reasons why OSU is valued so high, but he primarily pointed to fan support. “We are the most watched (Football Bowl Subdivision) program since 1991,” Smith said in an email. “Last year only four regular season games drew over 8 (million) viewers, and we were part of three. Buckeye Nation is the largest and most passionate fan base in the world.”Joe Odoguardi, the university’s chief financial officer of athletics, said in an email the Buckeyes’ TV media rights revenue earned $24.7 million alone in 2015. Smith said donations to the university are at an all-time high, exceeding more than $200 million over the last few years. Pair that with OSU’s apparel deal with Nike, which after being extended late last week, is valued at $252 million over the next 15 years, and the recipe for OSU’s financial supremacy is clear.Performance from the student-athletes is also a large contributing factor to OSU’s success, Smith said, as the Buckeyes’ football team was ranked in the AP Top 10 for the entire 2015 season, including holding the top spot for the first nine weeks.“I am extremely proud of our student-athletes, coaches and staff,” Smith said. “Our focus on the total student-athlete development model continues to be a national model.” OSU was the only school to place above $900 million in the study. Texas ($885 million), Michigan ($811.3 million), Notre Dame ($723.6 million) and Alabama ($694.9 million) round out the top five schools in the study.In 2016, OSU athletics will be represented by more than 1,000 student-athletes across 36 intercollegiate sports, which, in turn, requires a lot of funding. Odoguardi said OSU’s athletic budget is set at $153 million for the new year. Smith said in OSU’s yearly strategic plan, “A Higher Purpose,” it is the athletic department’s goal to develop the student-athletes while continuing to build on the university’s rich history.“The department exists to motivate student-athletes to develop into exemplary champions, who in turn inspire future Buckeyes,” Smith said. “The department of athletics also is committed to financial self-sufficiency while contributing to the university’s academic priorities.”In what may come as a surprise to some, the Buckeyes projected value actually dipped from the previous year, as in 2014, Brewer’s study valued OSU at $1.1 billion, but that was mainly due to the championship run it had in the inaugural College Football Playoff.Without that occurring again, the dip below the $1 billion mark took place, but Smith said he does believe it to be possible for OSU to surpass that value plateau again in 2016.“As long as we stay the course with our values and focus on the student athlete, we have a chance to,” Smith said. Brewer, the study’s author, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
France captain Hugo Lloris insists his international teammate Paul Pogba is being judged unfairly because of his hefty transfer fee.The World Cup-winning midfielder sees his every move, including his lifestyle off the pitch criticized by pundits and the media alike.Pogba, who resigned for United from Italian side Juventus in August 2016 for a then world record fee of £89million has been criticized this season by a host of people including United boss Jose Mourinho.Spurs shot-stopper Lloris, who won the World Cup with Pogba in the summer, says the midfielder shows his worth with France and “when it matters he is there” for United.“He has a status in the UK, maybe because of his huge transfer fee,” Lloris said on Mirror.co.uk.“Sometimes people judge him not very fairly. Now he has more maturity, he knows what he needs to do, he proves that with us.”Report: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….“I think his performances at United are far from being as bad as people say.“He is part of a team which has worse results than we could have expected, that’s for sure, but they are still a very strong team. When it matters he is there.”Pogba has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford after falling out with manager Jose Mourinho, and Barcelona rumoured to be interested.
After his really difficult win against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium, there is no doubt that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must remain at Man United.While there has been a constant conversation about which manager should take the job at Man United next season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has earned his right to keep the job after making history this Sunday when the Red Devils defeated Tottenham Hotspur.The Norwegian coach was already in presence of greatness after winning his first five matches as the manager, as only legendary Sir Matt Busby had been able to accomplish that in the club’s history.Everybody knew that this match would be the one that would test Solskjaer real capabilities to take this club to a better life, even he knew that the chances of losing the match were high and he was even willing to accept a defeat but not without getting all the best from his players.The game itself was a concert of David de Gea’s saves, so much luck in a single match could only mean that destiny is smiling upon this manager and it’s telling him to remain at the club after the season is over.Never in the Premier League’s history, had a goalkeeper made an incredible 11 saves and De Gea accomplished it against Spurs this Sunday.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has equalled Sir Matt Busby’s all-time record of winning his first five league matches in charge of Man Utd#TOTMUN pic.twitter.com/Ly2Ua6bQw7— Premier League (@premierleague) January 13, 2019Anybody could give credit to the goal that Marcus Rashford scored during the first half of the match, but De Gea was the real hero of the night and he did it in style by getting this all-time record with Solskjaer’s record also included in the mix.This latest result must have stricken a nerve on the Manchester United board of directors, Solskjaer and all his technical staff’s vibe does bring back memories from the times of Sir Alex Ferguson when everything was better controlled and the squad worried more about playing good football than a result.Apart from the already familiar sensations that the Norwegian manager brings to the Manchester United fans, there is also his demeanor when he speaks to the press or even addresses his players.There is an undeniable bond that former players who were successful tend to have with the current footballers inside any club, there has been a tendency that has spread throughout many clubs in Europe and they find the highest rate of success with these managers.It happened with Johan Cruyff decades ago in Barcelona, with Frank Rijkaard, Pep Guardiola, Zinedine Zidane, Carlo Ancelotti, and it could also happen now with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.“Fantastic, when you make 11 saves that’s a top, top performance. One or two were really good saves” – Solskjaer on De Gea#TOTMUN #PL pic.twitter.com/ZfOBSeO9N2Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.— Premier League (@premierleague) January 13, 2019Despite not being considered one of the best players in football history, we can’t forget that this former striker is the man responsible for giving Manchester United their historic treble back in 1999 with an extra time goal against Bayern München in the Champions League final played at Camp Nou.All the young players who are die-hard Manchester United fans, were part of that historic moment and many of them regard Solskjaer as a true hero of the Red Devils’ history.The man already has that record that no one else has, he passed the test against Tottenham Hotspur with flying colors and it appears that he will reinforce the squad’s morale for the upcoming Champions League round of 16.All the roads lead to him staying in the hot seat, keeping this momentum will convince the club’s board completely and there won’t be anything that can stop him from getting what he earned through hard work and victories.While there certainly are more tests to pass for the whole squad, it’s safe to say that this beginning is not bad for a novice manager like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.🔴 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer announced as manager:5⃣ @Arsenal (34 Points)6⃣ @ManUtd (26 Points)🏟 After 5 matches in charge:5⃣ @Arsenal (41 Points)6⃣ @ManUtd (41 Points)🎶 “Ole’s at the wheel…” pic.twitter.com/Mlsto1zsTg— SPORF (@Sporf) January 13, 2019How far do you think Solskjaer will take Manchester United this season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Recommended for you Little Mr & Miss Pageant for new high school Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 27 Nov 2015 – It was a big moment for the PNP Administration as the government not only broke ground Thursday night on phase two of construction of the Long Bay High School but presented to the people on one of their ‘go for the gold’ campaign promises. The multi-million dollar construction is finished its first step and while the adults in attendance rained down accolades for the delivery of the first public school in the country in two decades, it was the perspective and enthusiasm of the students which spoke volumes.Students:“What I think about this school is this school is so beautiful…”“When I pictured it in my head it was good, but when I came to this place it was better…”“I hope we can obtain a nice education in this school and get more children to this school…”“How its finished now, it wasn’t how it looked before, it looks way better…”“I think this school is going to be the best school in the TCI…”Those youngsters will be led by Carlton Mills, new principal and will take up occupancy of Long Bay High in January. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Long Bay High to Open this Week Salt Cay being ignored, Member & Native demand better Related Items:carlton mills, LONG BAY HIGH SCHOOL, phase II, pnp administration