Intensifying trade war could devastate global growth and cost jobs, WTO chief warns

first_img   Continued escalation of the trade war between the US and China could cut global growth by 70 per cent and cost jobs, the director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has said. Intensifying trade war could devastate global growth and cost jobs, WTO chief warns whatsapp Tags: Trading Archive whatsapp A full-blown trade war, with a breakdown in international cooperation, would reduce global trade growth by around 70 per cent and GDP growth by 1.9 per cent, he claimed.“There would be no winners from such a scenario and every region would be affected – clearly we cannot let this happen,” Azevedo said.President Donald Trump hit China with tariffs on a further $200bn of US goods on Monday – on top of the duties on $50bn worth of products imposed earlier this year.Beijing hit back with tariffs of its own on $110bn of US products.Read more: Theresa May says she trusts President Trump WTO chief Roberto Azevedo said the “warning lights are flashing” amid the growing trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies.The pair slapped more tariffs on each other’s products on Monday and the war of words between the two has continued this week.Read more: Peanut butter, orange juice, bourbon, steel: EU warns of US tariffsAzevedo, speaking at a Berlin industry event, said: “The warning lights are flashing.“A continued escalaton of tensions would pose an increased threat to stability, to jobs and to the kind of growth that we are seeing today.”center_img Callum Keown Share Tuesday 25 September 2018 1:15 pm Chinese vice commerce minister Wang Shouwen said the country was being forced to retaliate and US exporters would “certainly” be hurt by the tariffs.Shouwen said on Tuesday that it would open up opportunities for other countries to trade with China, adding that Australia was an important source of fuel for China.Trump has also threatened to impose tariffs on a further $276bn worth of Chinese products.last_img read more

Calorie labelling to cost British businesses ‘tens of millions’ each year

first_img (Getty Images) Share It is thought Johnson made the change after his own experience of being admitted to intensive care with Covid-19.  In a review of the government’s weight loss plans, the Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) said the new measures will cost businesses £600,000 to implement calorie labelling, £100,000 in staff familiarisation costs, and £100,000 in menu redesign and printing costs over the next year. The sweeping plans are expected to save the NHS £4bn over that timeframe, with further savings of £5.7bn to individuals. Health secretary Matt Hancock added that coronavirus was the “deadly wake-up call” Britain needed to tackle obesity. Poppy Wood “The consultation on alcohol calorie labelling is another example of the shift away from childhood obesity to tackling obesity across the entire population. Although many major drinks manufacturers are voluntarily electing to show calories mandating this is a radical move which will not be popular in the drinks industry,” said Anderson. It comes as the government seeks to improve the nation’s health amid growing fears of a second wave of coronavirus later this year. The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) said that the measures would be “prohibitively expensive” and that “making calorie labelling mandatory for all beer is unnecessary and burdensome”. (Getty Images) Also Read: Calorie labelling to cost British businesses ‘tens of millions’ each year The Prime Minister’s announcement that restaurant and takeaway firms must introduce calorie labels on their menus will cost British businesses “tens of millions” of pounds each year, according to a new report. Tuesday 28 July 2020 1:31 pm Writing in the Telegraph, Hancock said: “If everyone who is overweight lost 5 lbs, it could save the NHS over £100million over the next five years. And more importantly, given the link between obesity and coronavirus, losing weight could be life-saving.” Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutUndoBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderUndoNoteableyAirport Security Couldn’t Believe These Jaw-Dropping MomentsNoteableyUndobonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comUndoBleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseBleacherBreakerUndoFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterUndoPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunUndoJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAUndo However, industry figures have warned that businesses should not carry the financial burden of tackling Britain’s obesity problem. Sophie Medlin, founder of City Dietitians, told City A.M: “This sort of language can make people who struggle with their weight feel threatened.”  Johnson yesterday said: “Losing weight is hard but with some small changes we can all feel fitter and healthier. If we all do our bit, we can reduce our health risks and protect ourselves against coronavirus — as well as taking pressure off the NHS.” RPC added that food companies will have to introduce calorie calculators that could carry “ongoing costs” of more than £500,000 each year.  whatsappcenter_img whatsapp Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the BBPA, said: “Forcing pubs to display calorie content will likely reduce the food offer available to customers. It will be prohibitively expensive for pubs to implement, especially when they have had nearly four months without trade due to the lockdown.   Others have warned that the fresh measures will do little to stub out eating problems, and may trigger eating disorders across the country. Katrina Anderson, a lawyer from law firm Osborne Clarke’s food team, added that the move would likely result in lobbying for a lifting of food and drink restrictions. “It is essential that any strategy offers support to individuals rather than just piling on pressure that was already felt. We need to have adequate systems in place to ensure that every person who is ready to take steps towards weight loss has access to appropriate lifestyle guidance and that the public are not left to navigate all of the dangerous fad diets we see online.” Boris Johnson yesterday announced the government will introduce compulsory calorie labels for restaurant, supermarket and takeaway meals as part of measures to crack down on Britain’s obesity problem.  Obesity is estimated to cost the NHS more than £10bn each year due to its strong correlation with diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other illnesses. It has also been proven to increase the likelihood of fatality for those infected with Covid-19. The move marks a sharp U-turn for the Prime Minister, who once lambasted government intervention over the public’s diet as “nanny statism”. “As our sector recovers now is not the time for burdensome red tape and we would urge the government to look at more collaborative ways to work with our sector instead, including promoting the growing range of low and no alcohol beers.” Meanwhile, a 9pm watershed on junk food adverts also announced yesterday is expected to take two years to implement, as ministers seek to give companies time to make food healthy enough to promote. Compulsory calorie labels on restaurant and takeaway meals will be imposed over the next 12 months on all chains with more than 250 staff.  However, an impact assessment report for the proposals published today said that compulsory calorie labels will cost British companies up to £2.2bn over the next 25 years. “It is likely that the drinks industry will respond by lobbying for a lifting of restrictions on health claims such as low sugar on alcohol packaging.” Calorie labelling to cost British businesses ‘tens of millions’ each year (Getty Images) Also Read: Calorie labelling to cost British businesses ‘tens of millions’ each year It said the new measures will also require local authorities to carry out premises inspections to check businesses are adhering to the new rules, which could cost taxpayers around £1.6m over the next 25 years. Show Comments ▼last_img read more

New: Mishcon de Reya plot IPO by end of the year

first_imgMishcon said today it “continues to engage” with the SRA on “historic matters which it reported to (the regulator). Show Comments ▼ whatsapp The IPO would see every member of staff become a shareholder in the listed business, the London-HQed outfit confirmed. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images) by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Cadillac’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsFactableAluminum Foil Uses You’ll Want to KnowFactableBrake For ItSay Goodbye: These Cars Will Be Discontinued In 2021Brake For ItLivestlyPlugs Have These Two Holes At The End, Here’s WhyLivestlyMoneyWise.comMechanics Say You Should Avoid These Cars In 2021  MoneyWise.comDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyZen HeraldShe Inspired Three Of The Most Popular Songs EverZen HeraldExplored Planet30 Things Not To Do While Traveling InternationallyExplored PlanetLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search Ads Mishcon have brought on board JP Morgan to advise on the IPO which the firm said “might take place as early as the fourth quarter of 2021.” In recent years, Mishcon have branched out into venture capital, offering funding to legal tech start-ups. whatsapp Kevin Gold, the firm’s Executive Chair, said an IPO would “enable us to invest in talent, our core areas, our allied services as well as technology and Asia.”center_img Law firm Mishcon de Reya is set to float on the London Stock Exchange later this year after the firm’s partners voted to explore an IPO today. New: Mishcon de Reya plot IPO by end of the year The IPO, the firm said, would enable to firm to accelerate its expansion as it aims to establish market-leading position in areas such as complex litigation. James Silver Wednesday 28 April 2021 1:12 pm Share Read more: Sign up to three daily City A.M. Newsletters It expects to report revenues of around £188m for the year to April 9. The firm remains under investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority over a series of allegations in 2017 and 2018. last_img read more

As cases rise in Yakutat, health officials ask residents to hunker down

first_imgCoronavirus | SoutheastAs cases rise in Yakutat, health officials ask residents to hunker downJuly 28, 2020 by Erin McKinstry, KCAW – Sitka Share:The Yakutat Harbor in August 2017. The small community of around 600 people now has five cases of coronavirus, according to local health officials. (Emily Kwong/KCAW)The City and Borough of Yakutat reported four new coronavirus cases over the weekend.Yakutat’s incident command said Sunday there are now five known cases in the small community of around 600 people — four residents and one nonresident. They announced the community’s first case July 23.The Yakutat Community Health Center sent the tests to the state lab for analysis. Because of privacy concerns, officials generally aren’t releasing demographic information for patients in communities with populations under 1,000.Local and state health workers are reaching out to everyone who tested positive to give them more information on what to do, according to a press release from Yakutat Public Safety.The health center has offered free, drive-through COVID-19 testing as well as testing at the airport for passengers.In a Facebook video, health officials asked residents to return to the practices of an earlier hunker down order. Yakutat Tribal Health Board Chair Cathy Bremner said that means returning to smaller household bubbles and wearing a mask when socializing within six feet of anyone outside the household.“It is up to us as community members [whether] this virus will spread rampant in our village, to our babies and our elders,” Bremner said. “Or whether we contain and significantly slow the spread over the next 14 days.”In response to the recent outbreak, the clinic cancelled regular outpatient visits but remains on-call for emergencies. Health officials also asked businesses to consider temporarily requiring masks, if they don’t already.Share this story:last_img read more

News / European freighters compete for Canada-LatAm traffic as air cargo yields ‘go crazy’

first_img Air Canada (AC) is facing some odd competition for its new freighter operation to Latin America.In tandem with Canadian all-cargo carrier Cargojet, AC launched a weekly freighter run from Toronto to Bogota and Lima via Atlanta in June, alongside a twice-weekly freighter from Toronto via Dallas/Ft Worth to Mexico City.Canadian forwarders have welcomed the move. For years the absence of maindeck lift to Latin America and scant direct bellyhold capacity has forced them to truck their cargo headed for the region to US gateways, notably Miami.But AC’s new venture does not face competition only from US and Latin American carriers, European airlines are also vying for Canada-South America flows. “All European carriers do that – at rates lower than we offer,” said Joe Lawrence, president of GSA Airline Services International. His company, which represents Avianca in Canada and also sells lift on UPS, offers direct flights to Latin America on narrowbody planes, widebody bellyhold lift out of New York and freighter capacity on Avianca ex-Miami and out of multiple Canadian points on UPS freighters via Louisville and Miami.The same transatlantic game is being played out of the US.“We regularly use TAP (Air Portugal) to Brazil from New York. Go figure!” said Joe Delli Carpini, president of New York-based forwarder Cargo Tours. “The routing via Europe to South America is not new.”Rich Zablocki, vice president, global product development, North America, at CEVA Logistics, noted that prices to South America out of Florida were at all-time lows.“The real challenge is the dismal economic conditions for air cargo into and out of South and Central America,” he said, pointing to the troubles experienced by LATAM Group.But one senior US forwarder said: “LATAM runs an excellent group of carriers and provides premium service in the market, but margins are slim and there is very strong competition from the Avianca group as well as from the others, such as UPS Airlines, Atlas, Amerijet and many other good Latin America-based cargo carriers.”For carriers serving Latin America, the downturn in Brazil has been compounded by the expansion of the Middle Eastern carriers into Latin America bypassing Miami, which has taken a toll on southbound load factors, added Mr Zablocki.“New and expanding entrants from the Middle East and from Russia are chasing market share and are very aggressive in their pricing,” he said.“We’ve definitely seen a decrease in traffic into Brazil,” said Mr Lawrence.According to some forwarders, imports into other Latin American countries have also been affected by the rise of the dollar against their own currencies as demand for their commodities slowed down, but Brazil has fared significantly worse than the other countries in the region, bar Venezuela.Besides the dismal state of Brazil’s imports, the yo-yo routing via Europe reflects the struggle for carriers to fill their flights from North America across the Atlantic. One forwarder described the pricing to Europe as disappointing. He suggests the airlines are trying to improve their gross revenues.“Airlines are doing crazy things on yields,” commented Mr Lawrence.According to one source, rates from Canada to Europe have dropped to C$0.35-0.40 per kg (US$0.27-0.31).For all their zeal in pushing for lower pricing, shippers are not the driving force in such transatlantic routings, Mr Zablocki says.“In most cases it’s not the client asking for it. It is really coming from the airlines,” he said.For its part, Air Canada Cargo has signalled that Canada-Latin America traffic is only part of the business it has set its sights on for the new freighter.Lise-Marie Turpin, vice president of cargo, said the emphasis was on leveraging the carrier’s entire network, feeding in traffic to and from Europe and Asia. © Gabriel Petrescu |center_img By Ian Putzger in Toronto 29/06/2016last_img read more

Harvard panel explores challenges of Alzheimer’s drug trials

first_img By Sharon Begley April 15, 2016 Reprints Dina Rudick/The Boston Globe Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. [email protected] About the Author Reprints The challenges of clinical trials, particularly those testing Alzheimer’s disease drugs, was the focus of an hour-long panel discussion on Friday. The event was hosted by the Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in collaboration with STAT.The program was presented in partnership with HHMI Tangled Bank Studios and in association with NOVA, whose film “Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped?” examines the hurdles to developing and testing experimental treatments for the disease.Missed the event live? The video is available in its entirety below.advertisementcenter_img Sharon Begley In the LabHarvard panel explores challenges of Alzheimer’s drug trials @sxbegle Tags Alzheimer’sclinical trialsHarvard T.H. Chan School of Public Healthlast_img read more

WHO director issues thinly veiled rebuke of FDA critics

first_img Log In | Learn More What is it? @HelenBranswell What’s included? The director of the World Health Organization issued a thinly veiled rebuke of critics suggesting that the Food and Drug Administration should be overhauled, including several candidates reported to be in consideration to head the agency.Speaking at a conference in Seattle on Wednesday, Dr. Margaret Chan warned against loosening the rules governing the safety and effectiveness data that drug companies must supply to win marketing approval from the FDA. 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. Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. By Helen Branswell Feb. 9, 2017 Reprints Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Francois Mori/AP Helen Branswell Health WHO director issues thinly veiled rebuke of FDA critics About the Author Reprints 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. Tags drug developmentpolicypublic healthVaccineslast_img read more

Restoring trust in medical research among African-Americans

first_img To advance medicine’s future, the NIH tries to win the trust of communities mistreated in the past @CobbInstitute About the Author Reprints Adobe That distrust has deep roots. Men and women of color have been subjected to inequitable health care practices for centuries. In the mid-1800s, black bodies were illegally used as cadavers for teaching purposes. In the 1900s, the U.S. Public Health Service launched what would become known as the Tuskegee syphilis study, in which black men with syphilis were systematically and intentionally denied treatment and known cures for the disease for four decades so investigators could explore its “natural history.”This context helps explain the long-standing distrust of the medical establishment among African-Americans that still permeates our communities. It has led to African-Americans being underrepresented in biomedical research studies that inform treatment decisions for themselves and all Americans.In commenting on the consent-exempt research, Jennifer Miller, an assistant professor at Yale University School of Medicine, pointed out that we lack the data that could provide us with the demographic breakdowns of a range of diseases. That makes it difficult to know if the right types of patients are being enrolled in clinical trials. With no concrete data to inform these trial decisions, people of color have unknowingly been exposed to potentially high-risk procedures at disproportionate rates.My colleagues and I at the W. Montague Cobb/National Medical Association Health Institute (Cobb Institute), an organization dedicated to eliminating health disparities and racism in medicine, believe that consent-free clinical trials undermine all of our work to date and have no place in our society. First OpinionRestoring trust in medical research among African-Americans By Randall C. Morgan Jr. Oct. 17, 2018 Reprints The Harvard findings are appalling, and will continue to diminish black people’s lack of trust in the medical community.advertisement African-Americans are disproportionately enrolled in studies that don’t require informed consent [email protected] Our team has made great progress in building trust among the community of black doctors and other medical professionals. One of our key goals is to increase representation by blacks in biomedical research studies that seek to identify treatments for members of every ethnic and socioeconomic community in the United States.To further this work, we have partnered with the national All of Us Research Program currently being conducted by the National Institutes of Health. It was designed to advance precision medicine in the U.S. and ensure that health care providers have the data and information they need to make well-informed, individualized treatment decisions. One million or more participants are being asked to share their health data, creating a research database that will help medical professionals administer care based on a patient’s background, lifestyle, environment, and genetic makeup.Our team is working to engage African-Americans across the country to participate in All of Us. We regularly publish information about the project in our medical journals and across our platforms. We have also developed informational materials for our network of more than 50,000 African-American physicians so they can talk with the patients they care for about the benefits of participating in the program.All of Us requires informed consent. That means participants are able to learn all of the details of the program before deciding to join. This process was designed to encourage transparency and make the aims of the program clear. Enrollees can also withdraw from the research pool at any time.center_img Related: Related: When it comes to medical research, informed consent is a touchy subject among African-Americans. This essential component of research, which basically says, “I understand the work you are doing and agree to take part in it,” was long ignored for African-Americans. Many in the research community have worked tirelessly to make medical research less suspicious and more engaging for this community.That’s why a new Harvard study of 41 “exception from informed consent” trials conducted over the past 20 years came as a huge step backward.The Food and Drug Administration allows these trials only to investigate therapies for people incapacitated by life-threatening conditions, such as cardiac arrest or exsanguination. These people need treatment immediately, before a surrogate can be contacted for consent. That means the “participants” are unable to acknowledge they either do or don’t want to take part in the trial.advertisement What was shocking to me, and to many others, was that nearly one-third (29 percent) of the patients in these trials were African-Americans, despite the fact that they make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population. Equally alarming, only 8 percent of the trials showed that the experimental intervention was beneficial, while many of the interventions caused adverse effects, including an increased risk of dying soon after the intervention, neurological deficits, and heart attacks. Denied ‘life-extending opportunities’: Black patients are being left out of clinical trials amid wave of new cancer therapies Randall C. Morgan Jr. We believe that this model of informed consent, combined with sharing information about the program’s goals and recruiting more black participants, will help change negative perceptions in our community, one physician and one patient at a time, while also contributing to groundbreaking medical research that will benefit our society for generations.One of the many benefits of the All of Us database will be access to more specific demographic data that will identify the percentage of a population or subgroup affected by a particular disease. It’s our hope that, over time, African-Americans will be less represented in consent-exempt clinical trials and more equally represented in informed consent studies and trials.I’ve devoted my professional life to helping improve African-Americans’ trust in the medical establishment. All of Us is the kind of research that will drive that and other essential health advancements — research that will force us to be better and to strip away racially inequitable health practices from our society one at a time.Randall C. Morgan Jr., M.D., is executive director of the W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute. Related: Tags ethicsHealth Disparitiesresearchlast_img read more

Laois to vote against motion allowing U-17s play adult GAA

first_img Twitter Facebook Laois to vote against motion allowing U-17s play adult GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Facebook Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Home Sport GAA Laois to vote against motion allowing U-17s play adult GAA SportGAA GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp TAGSBrian AllenGAA CongressLaois GAA County BoardLaurence PhelanSean ConnollyU-17 Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Tuesday, February 19, 2019Next articleNeighbourly dispute over ‘poaching’ allegations rumbles on into County Board meeting Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. By Steven Miller – 19th February 2019 GAA Congress takes place this weekend when delegates from around the country – and from the association’s overseas units – gather to vote on a number of proposed rule changes.One of the motions that will be put to the floor is one from the Castlemitchell club from just across the Laois border between Vicarstown and Athy that would allow U-17 players permitted to play at adult grades again.Where previously players could play adult with their club at almost any age, a rule was first introduced in 2006 preventing 16-year-olds and this was later updated to 17 in recent years. It means that players have to be in their 18th year before they can feature at adult level with their club.A joint motion from Courtwood and Monasterevin failed in 2017 to have this reduced to 17 but now another Kildare club have moved to get the rule relaxed.Castlemitchell’s motion was discussed at Monday night’s Laois GAA County Board meeting – but failed to get the required support, meaning Laois’s delegates will vote to leave the rule unchanged.Former Laois GAA Chairman Brian Allen, who is now the Trumera delegate, was one of those to speak in favour of reducing the age. “It makes a big difference to rural clubs to have these players,” he argued.Another delegate supported his view by saying, “the change should never have been made in the first place” and “I’d like to see it coming back”.However, Sean Connolly, who is the Juvenile Board Chairman, supported leaving things as they were, as did Foootball Board Chairman Laurence Phelan.“My own young lad was effected at the time (it was introduced),” said Sean Connolly. “And I wasn’t happy at the time. But I don’t think it’s any harm. U-17 is for purely juvenile activities.“A lot of lads are not ready and pressure is being put on them.”Laurence Phelan echoed those comments, saying “it is putting pressure on players and their parents and there is no need for it”.In recent years, the minor grade changed from U-18 to U-17 and with U-17 players not able to play adult it has removed a traditional cross-over of players across grades, something that makes fixture planning far more straight forward.Chairman Peter O’Neill called for a vote by a show of hands and while there was support for change – primarily from smaller, rural clubs – the meeting agreed to leave things as they are.Laois delegates will now vote against that motion.A similar motion from a Kerry club calls for players U-17 to be allowed play in non-championship games – but only for clubs that are graded at junior and only have one team.Should either motion be carried, then it will be 2020 before they come into play.SEE ALSO – 2017 LaoisToday comment piece arguing for a lifting of the ban on 17-year-olds GAA last_img read more

Workers subjected to dismal conditions at North Korea’s Tanchon Power Station…

first_img Construction process at the Tanchon Power Station in North KoreaConstruction process at the Tanchon Power Station. Images: Rodong SinmunAmidst North Korean state efforts to construct the a hydroelectric power plant in Tanchon, South Hamgyong Province to resolve the country’s electricity issues, sources in North Korea report that residents mobilized to work on the project are dealing with very poor conditions, with food and even basic tools needed for the construction work not being provided.“The intensity of the work required on the power station is high and the workers are complaining that they are getting insufficient sleep and food, but the authorities have done nothing to address these issues,” said a Ryanggang Province-based source on March 13.“A woman in her early 20s, who had been working at the Hyesan Textile Factory before being mobilized to work on the Tanchon Power Station construction project for six months, had such a difficult time that she ran away after just three months.”According to the source, the laborers are required to work for 15 hours a day and sleep less than three hours per day. The authorities don’t provide them with basic necessities like gloves, so they are working with cement mixtures using their bare hands. They are forced to continue their work even when their hands start to bleed.“They are working in the extreme cold and digging through sludge, and the authorities force women to complete the same tasks as men,” said the source. “They have to dig through the sludge until they reach the bedrock and use their bare hands to clean it with water. Young women at the site have hands that are covered with blood, but the construction managers don’t care.”Malnourishment among the construction workers is another serious concern, according to a source in South Hamgyong Province, who said that “the food provided by the cafeteria is just boiled corn with salted soup or corn soup.”“These dishes don’t provide much in the way of nutritional value, so the workers end up still being hungry after the meal,” he said.Workers affiliated with central government-run trading companies work in slightly better environments; however, shock troop brigades deployed from the provinces and military units aren’t provided with enough food either, an issue that has led more and more workers to run away from the construction site.Kim Jong Un has designated the construction of the power plant in Tanchon a national priority to resolve the country’s electricity issues, but the lack of money and food has created a situation where laborers aren’t being provided with appropriate resources.According to the sources, the construction site is located far from major towns and cities, meaning that even if workers have money to spare, there are few places they can go to purchase anything.Some food merchants who are aware of the situation show up once a week at the construction site to sell tofu rice, soy-based mock meat, rice, cornbread, and corn soup at extravagant prices. Despite the high prices, the merchants sell their food very quickly to the hungry workers.“The poor living and working conditions are compounded further by the mistakes made by workers on the site, which means that construction has to be re-done in many areas,” said a separate source in South Hamgyong Province. “Quality control inspectors are frequently bribed to turn a blind eye to the defects in the construction work.”North Korean leader Kim Jong Un mentioned the Tanchon Power Station for the first time during his 2016 New Year’s Address. During the Seventh Party Congress in April that same year, he underscored the “need to complete [its] construction quickly.”The groundbreaking ceremony for the Tanchon power plant was held in May 2017 with Cabinet Premier Pak Pong Ju in attendance. North Korea is aiming to complete the plant’s construction by 2020, which is the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and the final year of the country’s National Economic Development Five Year Strategy.Kim has emphasized the need to focus the country’s resources on the Tanchon power plant’s construction each year during his New Year’s addresses. During his 2019 New Year’s Address, Kim said, “We should take the problem of easing the strain on electricity as an undertaking of the whole state, step up the construction of hydroelectric power stations including Orangchon and Tanchon power stations and create a capacity for generating tidal, wind and atomic power under a far-reaching plan.” News News NewsEconomy North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) SHARE AvatarHa Yoon AhHa Yoon Ah is one of Daily NK’s full-time journalists. Please direct any questions about her articles to [email protected] Workers subjected to dismal conditions at North Korea’s Tanchon Power Station construction sitecenter_img Facebook Twitter News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Ha Yoon Ah – 2019.03.19 5:38pm US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaderslast_img read more