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New Administration to Actively Accept Defectors?

first_img Park Jin, a member of the foreign affairs-unification-national security subcommittee, said on the 29th, “The defector issue is an urgent and realistic issue in which South Korea should take leadership.” Park said during his visit to Hanawon, a facility for resettlement and education of defectors in Ansung, Gyeonggi Province, “The defector issue is a universal human rights issue and the first step for reunification.” He added, “While the South Korean government has neglected and disregarded the defector issue, defectors have chosen third-party countries as the path to survival. Those who have defected from the North are entitled to return to the embrace of the Republic of Korea and our administration has the responsibility of bringing them safely home.” He emphasized, “Even when the Chinese police had detained, imprisoned, and forcibly deported defectors to face gruesome deaths, the government said nothing about this. The position of not inciting the North due to North-South relations or avoiding friction with China cannot continue.” Park also pointed out, “Defectors who have entered South Korea have undergone psychological and physical suffering due to societal prejudice, discriminatory treatment, and unemployment and are defenselessly exposed to all kinds of criminal injury. Despite the seriousness of the issue, the administration has dealt with the defector issue these last five years in a passive, resistant manner.”Park said, “There is a need to accurately analyze the actual situation of defectors, to strive to eliminate prejudice against defectors, and to strengthen the education to prevent criminal injuries against defectors.”Team member Hyun In Taek said, “The defector issue should be treated from the dimension of universal human rights. The government should not neglect or avoid this issue any longer. It should confront and resolve the issue.” Hyun added, “I think that this process, regardless of the cost or effort, is ultimately not wasted. The previous administration should have hold an in-depth meeting and have a time of self-reflection regarding whether this issue was handled well. The next administration should make an epochal head-way into the issue.”20-some people, including Team members Park and Hyun and other related persons of the Presidential Transition Team as well as officials from the Ministry of Unification and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, met with six defectors and inspected the educational facility. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter By Jeong Jae Sung – 2008.01.30 5:06pm AvatarJeong Jae Sung New Administration to Actively Accept Defectors? News Newscenter_img News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News SHARE There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

North Korea’s distribution system takes from poor, gives to elite

first_img News News North Korea’s distribution system takes from poor, gives to elite By Daily NK – 2016.08.11 4:06pm SHARE News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) NewsEconomycenter_img US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter The North Korean authorities are reappropriating rice provisions from the breadbasket region of North and South Hwanghae Provinces under the pretext of distributing the foodstuffs to the military and the capital city of Pyongyang. Residents in North and South Hwanghae Provinces are becoming severely malnourished as a result of the policy.There has been some discussion that the rice yield has increased since Kim Jong Un instituted systems that acknowledge incentives, such as the June 28th Measures. However, the fruit of said harvests is getting diverted to Party cadres and military units, and is not reaching the general population. “Our provinces are known as the breadbasket, but the rice we’ve harvested has all been sent to the army, leaving us with nothing. Furthermore, the public distribution system is dispensing nothing. So people from this province haven’t been able to even taste the very rice they grew. They have to go as far as Ryanggang Province when they want to buy rice,” a source in North Hwanghae Province reported to Daily NK on August 5.The extent of the problem is severe, she added, noting that “even as recent as ten years ago, our living standard wasn’t this low. These days, there are more and more people who have been forced to live as kotjebi [homeless orphans]. We’ll starve if we’re forced to endure another year or two of this.” Worse still, there is nowhere for them to turn. Local leadership is of no assistance, “regional managers are incapable of helping the residents,” she said, “because they’re having a hard enough time making a living for themselves. How can they be expected to provide for the entire village? It’s enough to make you want to throw your hands in the air in frustration.”While nascent marketization has indeed raised the standard of living for many people in urban settings, residents in rural areas have actually seen a decline in their welfare. The economic divide between rural and urban areas is increasingly pronounced. According to the source, Kim Jong Un has focused the allocation of provisions on key populations (such as Pyongyang residents and military personnel) because keeping these groups satisfied is essential for maintaining his political legitimacy. Rural residents are comparatively disadvantaged because they lack access to both capital and information. This is another important reason that rural populations have struggled to hop on the marketization bandwagon. The region is indeed producing rice, but none of it is ending up on the dinner tables of the locals, and many of the residents do not have money to purchase any, thus leading to severe nutritional deficiencies. “People around here are forced to watch the rice they’ve harvested being sent to Pyongyang. Far from receiving public distribution rations, they haven’t even seen that system in action. It’s ironic that this province produces the largest rice yield in the country, and yet its residents are forced to purchase smuggled Chinese rice in Ryanggang Province at above market price.” This is in stark contrast to the cities, where markets are always open and bursting with a diverse array of goods. In the agricultural villages, however, product selection is scant and the markets operate on an irregular schedule (e.g. only on the 1, 11, and 21 of each month). Moreover, a poor logistics and distribution framework  means few products are available to rural dwellers, most of whom live hand to mouth.  The North Korean authorities have shown a preference for devoting food resources towards the military rather than ordinary people, inciting increased aggravation among the residents. Despite siphoning off foodstuffs for the military, troops report chronic shortages, saying that the provided amount is the equivalent of two spoonfuls and that they are constantly hungry. The amount of provisions being sent to the military has increased, but rampant corruption prevents the food from spreading from the military cadres down to the lower ranks.  A source in Ryanggang Province said the regulated amount of food for one meal in the public distribution system is 250 grams, but military units are rarely precise or generous. Each unit is different: some give 150 grams per meal; others, as little as 100 grams or even 70 grams. “It’s all gone in two bites,” the source said.“There are no side dishes provided by the public system, so hungry soldiers will sometimes go up into the mountains in search of wild greens. The more abusive commanders force their squadrons to collect 3 kilograms of wild greens each. This is an attempt to further reduce the amount of rice that they have to provide to their troops.”  According to a separate source in Ryanggang Province, some of the soldiers in Samjiyon are extremely sickly, malnourished, and sleeping out on the street. While troops stationed near the Chinese border can earn some money by participating in trading operations, “rural soldiers aren’t so lucky,” she lamented.“Many of them have very thin necks and walk around slowly. Some soldiers who have enough strength to walk around trespass on private property to scrounge for food. Most soldiers lack the strength required to run about doing such schemes, and so many simply lie down here or there, looking tired and defeated.”  There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] last_img read more

PM Challenges DHL to Prepare to Meet New Opportunities Coming Under EPA

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding has challenged DHL Express to prepare itself to step up its services so that when Jamaica begins to take advantage of the duty free, quota free benefits offered under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), it can interface with this new thrust to provide some of the critical services that will be required.Mr Golding said countries like Jamaica are no longer a part of a little world but a village that is becoming smaller and much of the interaction is taking place in the form of commercial transactions. Jamaica, he said, must assert itself and jump on board as failure to do so could mean that the country will be left behind.Mr Golding was speaking on Saturday night (March 15) at the 20th anniversary reception of DHL Express at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel.He said Jamaica can no longer go into the future with the precarious dependence on primary products such as sugar, banana and bauxite.“We cannot afford this not only because the markets for these products are so volatile and our competitiveness is so often overtaken by other countries, but there is so much more value and more assurance if we are able to have a range of products that are penetrating different markets. So that even if there is a market downturn in some commodities, we know we are not so dependent that they can undermine our own economy,’ he said.Mr Golding said that Jamaica is trying to position itself to find a niche in the enormous market of 450 million people in Europe, to demonstrate the quality and uniqueness of our goods under Brand Jamaica.Mr Golding said that another area of opportunity for DHL services could be the area of air cargo. Jamaica, he said had done tremendously well as a transhipment port for sea vessels based on its strategic location to North America, Latin America and Europe. He said through the Minister of Transport and Works, Mike Henry, a study has been commissioned to deal with the establishment of an air cargo transhipment hub in Vernamfield and as soon as this is completed, government would be meeting with investors on its implementation.DHL’s CEO for International Americas, Mr Steve Garside, announced that Jamaica is now rated number 5 out of 50 countries for improved quality of service and last year the company opened a new state of the art gateway in Kingston and will be opening another one in Montego Bay soon. The company operates 365 days a year with an aircraft fleet of 350 and has been voted the most global company in the world. RelatedPM Challenges DHL to Prepare to Meet New Opportunities Coming Under EPA RelatedPM Challenges DHL to Prepare to Meet New Opportunities Coming Under EPA RelatedPM Challenges DHL to Prepare to Meet New Opportunities Coming Under EPAcenter_img PM Challenges DHL to Prepare to Meet New Opportunities Coming Under EPA UncategorizedMarch 17, 2008 Advertisementslast_img read more

County Council makes a U-turn on allowing ATVs on some public roads

first_imgNegative reaction to the proposed rule change prompted the council to table the idea for nowCLARK COUNTY — A plan to allow wheeled All-Terrain Vehicles (WATVs) on some public roads in Clark County fell apart this week after the people who’d pushed for the rule change failed to show up and defend it.The change was first considered six months ago, after a number of people spoke out during a public comment period in front of the Clark County Council, saying there was a need to allow wheeled ATVs on some public roads, usually to get from one part of their farm to another more quickly and easily, or make a short trip.The Clark County Council has tabled a proposed rule that would have allowed ATVs on some public roads. Stock photoThe Clark County Council has tabled a proposed rule that would have allowed ATVs on some public roads. Stock photoA state law, adopted in 2013, allows counties to pass a law permitting ATVs on paved roads with posted speed limits under 35 mph. Clark County currently has no law on the books specifically pertaining to the use of ATVs on county roads.Under the proposed law, ATV operators on public roads would need to have a valid driver’s license, as well as current insurance.The ordinance was modeled after similar regulations already in place in Cowlitz, Thurston, and Lewis Counties.However, during a public comment period on the proposed rule change held during the council’s meeting on Tuesday, nearly a dozen people submitted written testimony and all were opposed to the idea.“Adding WATVs to the mix only adds to the potential for accidents and injuries to residents and drivers,” wrote John Erickson. “Not to mention the noise WATVs produce.”“People ride ATVs and motorcycles up and down paved county roads terrorizing everyone with the loud noise,” wrote another resident. “And this is while currently not permitted in areas that have 25 mile per hour posted limits.”The primary concern voiced by members of the council was the lack of a delineation between streets in the rural and urban areas of the county, and the potential for hazards created by ATV riders.“The mindset for an ATV is fun, speed and adrenaline,” wrote Kathleen Young. “They do not have the proper safety features and driver protections needed in emergencies such as collisions. This is a really bad idea.”“I think that we initially saw this as kind of a no-brainer easy thing to do out in the rural community,” added Councilor Gary Medvigy. “But we’ve only heard the negative today and some of them were good points.”“I think it makes sense in the rural area,” said Councilor John Blom. “But when you’re looking at allowing ATVs to cruise through Hazel Dell, Felida and Salmon Creek, I have some concerns about that.”The state law would have allowed the county to ban ATVs on some roads, even those with posted speed limits under 35 mph. It also requires the county to post a map online of which roads allow the all-terrain vehicles.Medvigy said he would like to see staff make adjustments to the rule, to restrict access only to public streets outside of the urban growth boundary. But other council members said it is worthwhile to note that the very people who asked for the rule change failed to show up to defend it.“If they want to cruise on their property and go from pasture to pasture, that’s fine. That’s already allowed,” Blom said. “But I don’t think, given the number of other issues that we have to deal with, I just don’t see this being the most valuable use of staff’s time.”Councilor Temple Lentz agreed, noting that the council could come back at a later date to address “specific needs” in the rural community with regards to ATVs. “But, right now, it seems like we’re trying to craft a policy for a theoretical need,” she added, “because we haven’t really heard from the folks who want it.”Ultimately, the council voted unanimously to table the rule change indefinitely, at least until constituents who support the idea return with a more compelling reason that it is needed.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Camas-based Fox and Bones launches custom song creation bringing joy-filled gifts during pandemic Next : UPDATE: Police locate vehicle involved in fatal hit-and-run collision in VancouverAdvertisementThis is placeholder text County Council makes a U-turn on allowing ATVs on some public roadsPosted by Chris BrownDate: Wednesday, September 2, 2020in: Newsshare 0 last_img read more

Android Wear 2.0 arrives, LG first to deploy

first_img Tags Android WearGoogleLG Related Steve Costello Previous ArticleSingtel grows Q3 profit, forecasts mobile weaknessNext ArticleALBtelecom, the biggest telecommunication operator in Albania is working to link the country with the Balkans and the world. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 09 FEB 2017 HomeDevicesNews Android Wear 2.0 arrives, LG first to deploy Authorcenter_img KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Google taps retail with NYC store Google refreshes Nest Hub Google launched the new (and delayed) version of its Android Wear platform, which will first be available on a pair of smart watches from LG Electronics – “designed in collaboration with Google”.Android Wear 2.0 was delayed from late last year and, in the meantime, the Android-powered smart watch segment struggled. With the new platform not available for the lucrative Christmas holiday sales period, vendors shied away from launching new products.Google said the new platform offers users “more innovative watch faces, better workouts, new ways to use apps, more ways to stay in touch and on-the-go help from the Google Assistant”.Also new is the ability to choose and download apps directly from an on-watch Google Play store, rather than this needing to be done via a paired smartphone.Google also talked-up the ability of mobile-connected devices to function away from smartphones, such as staying in-touch with calls and messages, music streaming from Play Music, and connected app use.With Google also placing a significant effort on its Google Assistant, Android Wear brings the technology “to your wrist, so you can find answers and get things done – hands free”. It is initially available in English and German, and will be available in other languages “in the coming months”.LG is offering two Android Wear 2.0 watches – LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport (pictured).Watch Style is said to be “thin, light, beautiful to look at and comfortable to wear”. It has a rotating power button – similar to Apple’s “digital crown” – to scroll through streams, bring up the app launcher, or access Google Assistant.LG’s Watch Sport is “Android Wear’s most powerful watch yet”, including NFC for payments, GPS for tracking and navigation, heart rate sensor and cellular connectivity. It has dedicated buttons for Google Fit and Android Pay, as well as the rotating power button.Android Wear 2.0 will also be available as an upgrade to some existing smart watches, from vendors including Asus, Casio, Fossil, Huawei, LG, Motorola and Tag Heuer. Devices Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more last_img read more

‘Boks can kick on once green light received’

first_img Post by Craig Lewis ‘  496  41 Published on September 11, 2020 Coach Jacques Nienaber has likened the Springboks’ wait for Test rugby’s return to ‘a jet standing on the runway without fuel’.In the latest SA Rugby magazine, Nienaber chatted to CLINTON VAN DER BERG about the unexpected challenges faced since the Boks won the World Cup back in November, while looking ahead to hopes of international action resuming.Subscribe hereThe opportunity to finally return to play now looks increasingly likely after Sanzaar confirmed the Rugby Championship is set take place in Australia, in November and December, this year.Although the Springboks still need to receive final approval to participate due to international travel restrictions, there is cautious optimism this will be provided in the near future. READ: Boks’ Rugby Champs participation still TBD ‘ ‘ No Bok coach in history has faced such a peculiar dilemma, but listen to Nienaber for long enough and you realise that the prevailing dread isn’t something that consumes him. He is all energy and keenness, his restless vigour a promising sign for a team anxious to get going amid the pandemic and its attendant terrors.Nienaber’s world might be rooted in the physical, given his background as a physiotherapist and strength and conditioning coach, but recent months have seen him adopt more abstract, cerebral realities.He says that being adaptable is important, reflecting on contact, communication and analysis all changing thanks to Covid-19. The familiar get-togethers, the impromptu chats at HQ, the formal white-board meetings are all gone.‘Now we’re in silos,’ he says wistfully, ‘talking online to one another in Cape Town, Ireland, PE, that sort of thing.’Innovation now shapes his world as he tries to coach effectively by remote control. There is no rugby and no gym, but he is thrilled by the possibilities.‘It’s like a jet standing on the runway without fuel,’ he offers as the perfect metaphor. ‘We’re planning so that when we get the green light, we can kick on from there.‘The world used to be small, we could all travel so easily,’ adds Nienaber. ‘But Covid has shown that it’s not that small. We lost [head of physical performance] Aled Walters because he wanted to be home, in the UK. I think of many family and friends and players who are coming back to South Africa. Their parents are old, some are sickly. The players want to be close by.’Nienaber hasn’t been able to dive in, but he has enjoyed engaging with local coaches from time to time. His newbie status means he’s little known beyond South Africa, but he’s quite happy to maintain a low profile.‘In Rassie’s team, I’d be the guy standing quietly at the back. I’d step into the other changeroom for a beer and people wouldn’t know if I was the doctor or physio.‘In 2018 I was on a World Rugby working group with All Blacks coach Ian Foster, so I know him a little. I’ve worked with most local coaches and they’ve all been phenomenal. There’s a real philosophy of sharing, which I enjoy.’He and Erasmus, the director of rugby, have already agreed on divisions of responsibility. Says Nienaber: ‘Rassie will be hands-on and I prefer it that way. It’s a role we are both comfortable with. To lose a guy with experience like that would be detrimental.’ALSO READ: ‘Transforming is a verb’*The full version of this article can be found in the latest SA Rugby magazine, now on sale!WATCH: SA Rugby magazine teaser videoPhoto: Hannah Peters/Getty Images The Springboks celebrate a try ‘Boks can kick on once green light received’center_img SumabisThis Is What Happens To Your Body If You Sleep With Socks OnSumabis|SponsoredSponsoredUndo 熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo From the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVSA Rugby MagUndo ‘ Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby Magazine takes a look at five players who have only represented South Africa once but might do so again in the future.SA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndoBuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMoneyMorningPaperThe 10 Richest Families Of The World. 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Call for papers: Migration in East and Southeast Europe

first_img Useful details.. I hate writing essays Lucky me I stumbled upon your web site accidentally, with this particular amazed precisely why this twist of fate decided not to took place earlier! I actually bookmarked this. December 3, 2014 Published by atredondo ← Krzysztof Michalski Junior Visiting Fellowships Call for Papers – Western Balkans Youth Conference: We Share the European Goals and Values (WBYC’21) Tweet Similar Stories on February 3, 2015 at 4:17 pm Pocket LinkedIn 0 One thought on “Call for papers: Migration in East and Southeast Europe” Deadline: 18 January 2015Open to: scholars from history, economics and related fields of the humanities and social sciencesVenue: 2-4 July in Regensburg, GermanyDescriptionThe Institute for East and Southeast European Studies announced the opening of the “Call for Papers” for the conference “Migration in and out of East and Southeast Europe: Values, Networks, Well-Being”, which will take place in Regensburg, Germany  from July 2-4, 2015. This conference aims at exploring a range of social, economic and cultural effects of migration on the countries of East and Southeast Europe. Especially since the 19th century intense international and domestic migration has had a significant impact on the societies of East and Southeast Europe. Many countries in the region have been prominent emigration countries , while at the same time being major destinations for immigrants and experiencing large-scale domestic migration.The presentations should concentrate on the period from the 19th century to the present and the specific topics may include (but are not limited to):Determinants, patterns, and consequences of migration;Expectations, risks and migrant strategies;Labour market impact;Education and skill levels;Remittances, changes in living standards and well-being;Transformation of values and attitudes, social capital and trust;Policy responses and impact on political development;Social networks and diasporas;Return migration and re-integration of repatriates;Long-term effects and path dependencies.EligibilityThis call for papers is open to scholars from history, economics and related fields of the humanities and social sciences.CostsIOS Regensburg will cover travel (up to 500 EUR) and accommodation costs of presenters.ApplicationIn order to apply you should submit and abstract (max. 300 words) and a short CV including your institutional affiliation and contact details to: [email protected] deadline for paper proposal submissions is 18 January 2015. For further information please visit the official call. By I hate writing essays says: ASEAN-KOREA Academic Essay Contest 2019 Share 0 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Log in to Reply The Annual Conference GIS 2020 in Romania- Understanding Border Securitization in Contemporary Societies Reddit +1 Call for papers: Migration in East and Southeast Europe Full Scholarships at South Australia University for International Students →last_img read more

Time to assess how Covid has affected retirement

first_img 3 The Gates divorce: Lessons for financial advisers Newsletters House panel unanimously passes SECURE 2.0 Why Tony Robbins, tax shelters and financial advisers don’t mix 2 You have read 79 of 3 free articles this week. Register now for increased access.Register for free access to this article.By registering, you can read up to 3 articles per week.RegisterAlready registered? Sign in to continue reading or subscribe for unlimited access.,MOST READ 4 InvestCloud to acquire Advicent and NaviPlan planning software 5 House committee poised to advance SECURE 2.0 retirement savings bill Subscribe for original insights, commentary and analysis of the issues facing the financial advice community, from the InvestmentNews team. 1last_img read more

Smart device alleviates Polokwane City water crisis this Mandela Day

first_img AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Read more about:Water resourcesSouth Africa Finance and Policy The monitoring device will alert the authorities of the water level in the tanks daily, by sending a notification whenever the tank requires to be refilled, when it is empty, and when it is full. Water crisis amid rainy season Generation TAGSSouth Africawater resources Previous articleChilling prospects for over 1bn people at risk from lack of cooling accessNext articlePowering Africa’s energy transition will take collective effort Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Although the current winter season has been fairly wet, with flooding incidents in some parts of the country, other provinces have faced persistent drought over the last five years. According to a statement issued by Lesira Teq, lack of water has become the norm for many residents in the Limpopo Province. Amid the global pandemic, COVID-19 provision of safe water, sanitation and hygienic conditions are essential to protecting human health against infectious disease outbreaks. A South African-based smart metering systems manufacturer, Lesira Teq, is donating two JoJo tank level monitor devices to Polokwane City to monitor the water crisis in the city, in honour of the Mandela Day initiative. The pandemic is making it evident that investments in the provision of basic water, sanitation and hygiene services must be a key priority in the coming years. “In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we deemed it appropriate to donate such a device to assist in solving the lack of water in communities. Collaborating with Polokwane City in this initiative is imperative and strategic because it is aligned to the mission and values of the City,” says Edwin Sibiya, Lesira Teq Group CEO. Washing hands with soap and water is the single most efficient measure against COVID-19. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter “Just as we work collectively to tackle new virus strains, we must adopt the same ethos in fostering a healthy water sector. Water is life, after all,” Sibiya added. Mandela Day has been recorded as a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world and have the ability to make an impact. It is a day where people are encouraged to collaborate and do good works in society. “Technology is a critical aspect of improving the availability and accessibility of clean water around the world,” the company noted. BRICS In recent weeks, Polokwane faced a water crisis after a contractor accidentally damaged a 350mm water pipe, hence this monitor device will come in handy to Polokwane City. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

The pain of losing both parents

first_imgWhile growing up I never, ever realized how blessed I was having both my parents around me. I was born and brought up in a simple middle-class family of North India. We were three sisters and mom-dad in our happy little family. In conservative Indian society, generally having no male child is considered a shame for the parents. So, my parents were constantly shamed and ridiculed by almost everyone around them including close relatives and friends. They were often asked silly questions like how will you marry off your three daughters? Implying you will require lots of money for the same which you won’t be able to arrange! Don’t focus on their education, rather save money for their marriage. Who will look after you when you grow old? Who will cremate you after your death and so many more disheartening taunts my father and mother were made to hear. But my parents never made us feel like they were not happy with our birth because we were all girls who are considered a burden by the society around! Such were my mom dad absolute rebels in a ruthless and highly conservative society. We obviously adored them.Though we were not rich, still our mom’s dad made sure we were looked after well. They fulfilled all our wishes. Brought new dresses, toys, and chocolates for us often. We were also always encouraged to study hard and score good marks in the exams. My dad believed if girls are given the opportunity to study they can notch top posts and get the same respect in the society as a well-earning boy gets. So, he always asked us to give our best in our academics and not to worry about finances, books, or coaching. He had the wish to see his girls on top government posts. Unfortunately, none of us could fulfil his dream. But we all got higher education and that has always helped us in our lives. My mom was also a very strong woman. She broke the stereotypes every day in her life. She was a rough and tough lady taking care of all her daughters, managing the household, and going to a job and doing all other works like paying bills, collecting rent from tenants of our other home, buying groceries and many more in absence of our dad who used to be posted in different parts of India due to his job in the Food Corporation of India. She was a role model to us always encouraging us to be confident and headstrong like herself.Time passed and we all grew up while our parents started growing old. We all sisters were married in good families and our parents became lonely in our absence. Though we were connected through phone calls and gave occasional visits to them the pain of separation from their beloved daughters was too much for them. My mom developed a heart disease while my father got an infection in his kidneys due to severe UTI. They carried on living with these diseases for some years. But three years back, my mom was hospitalized for severe pain in her heart and after spending a few days in ICU she lost her life to a cardiac arrest. This made our father heartbroken. Still, with his positive attitude towards life, he kept on managing his life without his life partner. But a few days ago, we lost him too to a sudden high fever. His demise left all of us to feel like orphans.After mom, dad was our only support. Losing him, we felt like nothing is left in our lives. We don’t have any parental house now, ’cause home doesn’t mean a brick structure, it means your mom and dad! In their absence, we are devastated after losing both our parents. Grief often overpowers us. But we are three sisters and find strength and consolation from one another. We all have been raised lovingly by our parents and our only aim in life now is to make them feel proud of us wherever they are.I only wish you all remain well connected to your parents. Even if they are away from you, give them a call or video call every day. Visit them as often as you can. Do the things which make them happy. Buy small gifts for them often. Never hurt them, they are the ones who gave you a happy life! They made you whoever you are today. Feel blessed if you still have them by your side ’cause the biggest truth of life is death! Enjoy all the moments you are getting to live with them. No one can ever love you like them, trust me!last_img read more