Seoul mayor’s funeral held despite objections

first_img‘Deep reflections’ President Moon Jae-in sent flowers to the funeral and his chief of staff attended personally, as did other senior officials of the center-left Democratic party.But neither the acting leader of the main conservative opposition United Future party nor the leader of the centrist People’s party Ahn Cheol-soo did so.”I decided not to pay my respects,” Ahn wrote on his Facebook page.”Now is the time when deep reflections on the perceptions and behaviors of… high-ranking officials in this country are needed more than ever.”Around 100 people attended the service — where numbers were limited because of the coronavirus pandemic — on Monday, the final day of the funeral. Supporters wailed as family members arrived at City Hall carrying his portrait.Afterwards Park’s body was to be cremated and taken to his hometown in South Gyeongsang province.Park’s death means the investigation into the case will automatically be closed and his supporters have sought to identify the woman who complained, blaming her for his death.”It is questionable if a city funeral is a proper step,” an editorial carried by the Korea Herald said.The official ceremony “gives the impression that Park deserves respect and looks innocent”, it added.South Korea’s #MeToo movement has brought down scores of prominent men in multiple fields, with perpetrators including a former provincial governor who sought the presidency in 2017.That politician was jailed last year for sexual intercourse by abuse of authority after his female assistant accused him of repeatedly raping her. Despite the controversy over his death, the Seoul City government organized a five-day funeral for Park — two days longer than the normal Korean ritual, which begins on the day of death — and set up a memorial altar outside City Hall.More than 20,000 people came to pay their respects during the mourning period, and at the service on Monday his daughter said: “I could feel my father’s joy as I met the citizens one by one.”But an online petition on the presidential website opposing the ceremony garnered more than 500,000 signatures.”Does the public have to watch the fancy five-day funeral of a powerful politician who took his own life over sexual harassment allegations?” the petition asked. “What kind of message is this trying to send?” it added.Park is by far the most high-profile politician to be implicated in a harassment case in South Korea, a highly patriarchal society that has seen a widespread #MeToo movement in the last two years. Topics : The funeral service for Seoul mayor Park Won-soon, who took his own life after being accused of sexual harassment, was held Monday despite a petition against the city-run ceremony signed by half a million people.Former human rights lawyer Park was a heavyweight figure in the ruling Democratic party and ran South Korea’s sprawling capital — home to almost a fifth of the national population — for nearly a decade.He was found dead on a mountain Friday, a day after his former secretary filed a police complaint against him, widely reported to involve sexual harassment.last_img read more

Hundreds Join Wolf Administration in Gettysburg for Cabinet in Your Community Event

first_img February 08, 2018 Hundreds Join Wolf Administration in Gettysburg for Cabinet in Your Community Event SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release Gettysburg, PA – Today, Wolf Administration cabinet officials were joined by more than 200 people for a Cabinet in Your Community event at the Gettysburg campus of Harrisburg Area Community College. This was the fifth in a series of town-hall style events held across the state in which members of the community can talk with cabinet secretaries and discuss issues important to the region.“This is a great opportunity for communities to engage with their state government and learn about the commonwealth’s investments in their region,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “From events in Nanticoke and Lock Haven to Chester, Hawley and now Gettysburg, we are hearing from residents, college students, local elected officials, and more through a positive two-way dialogue between the community and Harrisburg.Featuring Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Teresa Miller, Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel and Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards, the department secretaries provided updates on regional projects and accomplishments and answered questions from the audience.The next Cabinet in Your Community event is currently scheduled for February 16 in Erie at 3207 State Street with cabinet secretaries from the departments of Community and Economic Development, Environmental Protection, Health, Revenue, and Transportation.last_img read more

Westport Winery Wins Community Involvement Award

first_imgFacebook161Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery Garden Resort and the Roberts family were honored with Seattle Business Magazine’s Community Involvement Business of the Year for 2018. Members of the winery team attended a gala dinner held on December 4, at Bell Harbor International Convention Center in Seattle. The judges selected Westport Winery because of the significant investment in local charities and in creating a public garden featuring collaborations with local artists to create sixty outdoor sculptures.Photo Credit: Seattle Business MagazineIn the acceptance speech for the award winery co-owner Kim Roberts said, “We have grown our business to include 30 employees in two states. That commitment to community means we take the responsibility of making sure our team earns enough to care for their families. We often say we are the ship of second chances. Everyone on our team has a story. Our job is to help them have a success story because of their contributions to our success story.”In her conclusion she said, “Grays Harbor is beautiful, if you haven’t visited, we invite you to take a day, a weekend, or a lifetime, and join us in this vibrant area. Ours is a humble community with great need and even greater opportunity. We feel fortunate to be part of its economic transformation.”In 2017 the Westport Winery was named Greater Grays Harbor Business of the Year. USA Today named the Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort one of the top five winery restaurants in the nation. The business has been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine.In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. The business earned Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015. They are finalist to the Best Washington Family Business competition by Seattle Business Magazine. And in 2011 they garnered Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest.In Oregon, Westport Winery Seaside is open daily from 11am to 6pm. Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The Sea Glass Grill at the resort is open daily or breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.last_img read more