North Korea goes to the polls to approve the next Parliament

Millions of North Koreans, including leader Kim Jong-Un, went to the polls on Sunday to show their support for the nearly 700 members of Parliament.

More of a sign of support than a real political game, the exercise does not allow voters to choose their elected representatives: on the ballots there is only one candidate per seat, chosen by the Korean state.

Every five years, this call to the polls determines who will sit on the Supreme People’s Assembly. In principle, its elected representatives come from all over North Korea and represent all strata of society.

The Korean Workers Party, led by head of state Kim Jong-un, is responsible for the selection of candidates.

Freshly returned from Vietnam, where he met with US President Donald Trump at a summit in Hanoi, the strongman of North Korea is also in the running. Although there is no chance of his power being threatened by this seemingly democratic exercise, Kim Jong-un introduces himself to Pyongyang District.

Unsurprisingly, candidates usually win with a rate of 99% or more. In North Korea, the right to vote is seen as a duty and a responsibility of every citizen. In other words, staying at home is not an option.

Under the law, North Koreans can take part in the exercise from the age of 17.

Members chosen to sit in Parliament usually meet once or twice a year, in March or April, to approve policies already developed by the Korean Workers Party.

“Nobody votes against the [proposed] candidate,” concedes Jin Ko Chol, the chairman of a committee that monitors elections in the polling stations in the center of the capital.

“In general, everyone knows the candidate, since he has served citizens well over the past five years. So they come to show their support, “he says.

According to the government, this day is an “important occasion” to strengthen and reaffirm the power of the state, while demonstrating “the solidity and invincibility of the socialist system in which the leader, the party and the masses form a whole. harmonious “.

Santa Fe Participates in The International Tourism Fair

Once again the city of Santa Fe will participate in the FIT, which is held every year at the La Rural Estate in Buenos Aires. The booth for the city will be located in the National sector and will aim to show the tourist offer of the provincial capital.

The city of Santa Fe will be present again in the most important event of the tourist industry of the country and Latin America: the International Tourism Fair that will be held from Saturday 28 to Tuesday 31 October.

This year the proposal of the city is structured on the offer of educational tourism, linked to the Library Park of the National Constitution. In addition, other aspects of the activity will be promoted, such as tourism of meetings and events, historical-artistic circuits and the options that the city offers in terms of nature tourism and nautical activities fundamentally.

This time the city will be located in the national pavilion, at booth 1351 and will count as a neighbor to the city of Rosario, with the support of the province’s Tourism Secretariat.

During four days the city will show through images, different printed materials, talks and business rounds the best of the tourist offer to thousands of people, general and specific public as wholesale agencies and providers of tourist services. This is possible thanks to FIT bringing together the public and private sector (wholesale agencies, retailers and service providers) and is visited by thousands of potential tourists.

In the window of the world

The Fair, which takes place every year in the La Rural Estate in Federal Capital, has different sectors, where local destinations are grouped, from the mainland and other parts of the world. Thus it is divided by sectors like National, Caribbean, Europe, East, etc.

The city will be located in the National Pavilion and will offer a large agenda for those who visit the fair. During the days of greater attendance of general public, Saturday and Sunday, there will be tastings of beer, alfajores and regional products. This is possible thanks to the collaboration of the private sector that integrates SAFETUR, the autarquic entity of local tourism.

On Monday and Tuesday, business roundtables will be held with travel and tourism wholesale and retail agencies to show packages offered by the city of Santa Fe.

In that sense on Monday 30 at 16.30 will be held the institutional presentation “Santa Fe, city of the Constitution” and will be in charge of the undersecretary of Tourism Claudia Neil, the president of the Chamber of Business Entrepreneurs (CET Santa Fe) Norberto Verde and the secretary of the Santafesina and Entrerriana Association of Travel Agencies and Tourism (ASEAVyT) Marcelo Gimenez. The same will be in the Auditorium “Atrápalo” located in the red pavilion.

In addition, in the stand of the city located in the national pavilion, there will be tastings of beer, alfajores and cheeses of local brands. There will also be presentations such as the Diving School of the Santa Fe Regattas Club and business rounds between local businessmen and other cities in the country, as well as working meetings between the Undersecretariat of Tourism of the City Government and pairs of other destinations in the country. country.

Having a Dog at Home Could Reduce Asthma Symptoms

Having a dog at home not only serves to keep company, it could also protect children from asthma and eczema , revealed two studies presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting.

The first study shows that babies born in a home with a dog during pregnancy are protected against allergic eczema, a disease characterized by various types of swelling of the skin. Scientists determined that this protective effect declined only after 10 years.

“Although eczema is very common in children, many people do not know that there is a progression associated with it in which children can develop food allergies, nasal allergies and asthma,” said Dr. Gagandeep Cheema, a member of ACAAI and one of the authors of the study: “We wanted to know if the presence of a dog would have a positive effect on that progress that would slow it down.”

To perform this study, scientists examined mothers and children exposed to a dog for at least an hour each day.

“We found that exposure of a mother to dogs before the birth of a child is significantly associated with a lower risk of eczema by age 2, but this protective effect decreases by 10 years,” said Dr. Edward M. Zoratti.

In the second study, researchers examined the effects of two different types of dog exposure in children with asthma. The first type was the protein, or allergen, that affects children who are allergic to dogs. The second type were elements, such as bacteria, that a dog might have.

Scientists concluded that exposure to the elements (bacteria) that dogs carry can have a protective effect against asthma symptoms. However, exposure to allergen may lead to more asthma symptoms among children with a dog allergy.

New Mexico Will Adopt School Science Standards

The New Mexico Secretariat of Public Education said that the state will comprehensively adopt school science standards that have already been widely used in response to public outrage over proposed changes that have omitted references to climate change, evolution, and antiquity of the Earth.

In an interview Wednesday night, Secretary of Public Education Christopher Ruszkowski said in the final version of New Mexico’s standards it would resemble the Next Generation Science Standards developed by a consortium of states, adding half a dozen passages linked to local achievements in science and industry.

A previous proposal included about 35 passages related to New Mexico, which undermined the central mission of science education, many critics claimed.

During a public hearing of the previous version of standards, many people asked the state to reconsider and adopt a draft. Some of these critics were scientists from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, science teachers’ associations, religious leaders, as well as teachers and administrators from various school districts in New Mexico.

FBI Searching Man Who Robbed Albuquerque Bank

FBI Media Alert: Man With Goatee Robs Albuquerque Bank, Might Have Fled in Pickup Truck

A man with a dark goatee robbed an Albuquerque bank on Friday, October 27, 2017, and possibly fled in a white Dodge Ram pickup truck.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male approximately 25-30 years old, about 5’7” to 5’9” tall, with dark hair and a goatee.

He wore a black hooded sweatshirt, a dark baseball cap, and blue jeans.

At approximately 2:40 p.m., the suspect entered Bank of the West, located at 5228 Central Avenue, SW.

The suspect gave a teller a note demanding money and stating the suspect had a gun.

The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect, who left the bank and possibly fled in a white Dodge Ram pickup truck with a crew cab.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call the FBI at (505) 889-1300, or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (505) 843-STOP.

Tips can also be submitted online at

Information about other bank robbers wanted by the FBI can be found at