News July 6, 2020 Find out more North KoreaAsia – Pacific April 1, 2020 Find out more Links:The Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human RightsA government site to promote tourismThe government news agency KCNA News Help by sharing this information News The Internet officially does not exist in the world’s most isolated country, but a handful of privileged people are allowed to go online through the phone system or via satellite. The regime also uses the Internet for its own foreign communications and in early 2002 even set up a website (Arirang) to attract tourists.China hosts the official DPRKorea Infobank site (in Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese), that describes the delights of the North Korea. A dozen other official sites, including the government’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), are hosted in Japan or China. The KCNA site contains descriptions and articles about the “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-il and happy peasants and workers. There is no mention of the country’s famine situation.A North Korean scientific magazine, The World of Science, printed a diagram in 2000 showing a plan to instal filters between the Internet and the country’s Intranet to control material passing between the two.This ambiguous attitude to the Internet is denounced by human rights organisations using the Web to fight the repressive regime. One of the most active is the Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights, which is based in South Korea and heavily involved in helping those who manage to escape from the country via China or Russia. Its site contains many reports on the situation. Receive email alerts Follow the news on North Korea Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world November 18, 2019 Find out more to go further As doubt persists on North Korea’s “zero” coronavirus cases, RSF urges for transparency “Without independent journalism, this would be the news” – RSF’s new ad RSF_en Organisation June 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 North Korea North KoreaAsia – Pacific Campaigns
Harvard chemistry professor Sunney Xie was one of six recipients of the 2009 E.O. Lawrence Award for his outstanding contributions in research and development supporting the Department of Energy and its missions.Specifically, Xie will be honored for his innovations in nonlinear Raman microscopy and highly sensitive vibrational imaging, his scientific leadership in establishing the field of single-molecule biophysical chemistry, and his seminal work in enzyme dynamics and live cell gene expression. Xie is in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, who announced the six winners on Dec. 16, said, “The contributions made by these researchers to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States are wide-ranging and meaningful. I congratulate the winners and look forward to their discoveries still to come.”The award recipients will receive a gold medal, a citation, and $50,000. They will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., early this year.The Lawrence Award was established in 1959 to honor the memory of Ernest Orlando Lawrence who invented the cyclotron (a particle accelerator), and after whom two major Energy Department laboratories in Berkeley and Livermore, Calif., are named.
Scientists working with NASA’s Kepler satellite reported Thursday that they might have spotted a planet just 1.5 times the diameter of Earth around a Sun-like star 2,000 light-years away…“We’re still in the process of confirming this candidate is a planet,” said Matthew Holman, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, at a NASA-sponsored news conference on Thursday. Dr. Holman is the lead author of an article describing the discoveries that the journal Science published on its Web site…Read more here
IMCA Modifieds – 1. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 703; 2. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 684; 3. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 626; 4. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas, 606; 5. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., 558; 6. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 543; 7. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., 535; 8. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 497; 9. Chad Melton, Mineral Wells, Texas, 492; 10. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 486; 11. Brandon Hood, McGregor, Texas, 441; 12. John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz., 432; 13. Spencer Wilson, Queen Creek, Ariz., 411; 14. Robert Scrivner, Waco, Texas, 410; 15. Cody Shoemaker, Decatur, Texas, 401; 16. Jeremy Thornton, Tucson, Ariz., 370; 17. Jeff Hoegh, New Caney, Texas, 366; 18. Scott Sluka, Casa Grande, Ariz., 362; 19. Jerry Frydrych, Austin, Texas, 355; 20. David Goode Sr., Copperas Cove, Texas, 351.IMCA Late Models – 1. Jake Neal, Omaha, Neb., 169; 2. Luke Goedert, Guttenberg, Iowa, 168; 3. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 167; 4. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, Iowa, 160; 5. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa, and Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, Iowa, both 159; 7. Jeff Tharp, Sherrill, Iowa, 150; 8. Curt Martin, Independence, Iowa, 149; 9. Richie Gustin, Gilman, Iowa, and Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, both 143; 11. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 138; 12. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, 137; 13. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 113; 14. Paul Conrad, Colo, Iowa, 110; 15. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, Iowa, 107; 16. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 103; 17. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 101; 18. John Emerson, Waterloo, Iowa, 91; 19. Nick Marolf, Wilton, Iowa, and Jay Johnson, West Burlington, Iowa, both 86.Highway 20 Triple Crown point standings – 1. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa 117; 2. Richie Gustin, Gilman, 112; 3. Jake Neal, Omaha, Neb., 109; 4. Luke Goedert, Guttenberg, Iowa 108; 5. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 105.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 430; 2. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, 380; 3. Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, 325; 4. Jeb Sessums, Burleson, Texas, 301; 5. Justin Fifield, Mesquite, Texas, 287; 6. Tyler Russell, Abbott, Texas, 254; 7. Blake Baccus, Crandall, Texas, 250; 8. Kyle Jones, Kennedale, Texas, 241; 9. Logan Scherb, Decatur, Texas, 226; 10. Chip Graham, Lewisville, Texas, 225; 11. Andy Shouse, Mustang, Okla., 215; 12. Britney Bryant, Granbury, Texas, 209; 13. Austin Mundie, Dallas, Texas, 204; 14. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., 192; 15. Dale Wester, Ovilla, Texas, 189; 16. George White, Fort Worth, Texas, and Weston Gorham, Colleyville, Texas, both 187; 18. Jacob Harris, Vidor, Texas, 179; 19. Corby Scherb, Decatur, Texas, 178; 20. Tyler Reeser, Orwigsburg, Pa., 177.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 728; 2. George Fronsman, Surprise, Ariz., 675; 3. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 553; 4. Jerrett Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 483; 5. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 477; 6. Race Fisher, Dove Creek, Colo., and Steve Kihle, Williston, N.D., both 452; 8. Brandon Taylor, Granbury, Texas, and Manny Baldiviez, Yuma, Ariz., both 432; 10. Aaron Spangler, Dove Creek, Colo., 428; 11. Cody Center, Mesa, Ariz., 426; 12. Tony Hill, Cortez, Colo., 408; 13. Tommy Phillips, Abilene, Texas, 406; 14. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 367; 15. April Phillips, Abilene, Texas, 365; 16. Ryan Powers, Crowley, Texas, 356; 17. Dillon Smith, Hewitt, Texas, 352; 18. Jay Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 350; 19. Jody York, Lubbock, Texas, 346; 20. Joe Haines, Yuma, Ariz., 310.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Merle Zachrison, Surprise, Ariz., 378; 2. Dean Zachrison, Surprise, Ariz., 365; 3. Jason Beshears, Somerton, Ariz., 361; 4. Jim Robinson, Yuma, Ariz., 359; 5. Damian Snyder, Copperas Cove, Texas, 317; 6. Wesley Warren, Fairfield, Texas, 311; 7. Gerald Spalding Jr., Abilene, Texas, 293; 8. Zach Olmstead, Overton, Neb., 292; 9. Jay Crowe, Surprise, Ariz., 284; 10. Shawn Miles, Midland, Texas, 282; 11. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines, Iowa, 263; 12. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 261; 13. Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa, 260; 14. Joe Vlasity, Glendale, Ariz., and Craig Ebers, Yuma, Ariz., both 256; 16. Brent Wofford, Yuma, Ariz., 251; 17. Ryan Wilkerson, Midland, Texas, 246; 18. Damon Richards, David City, Neb., 229; 19. Shannon Dulock, Axtell, Texas, and Scott Jeffery, Yuma, Ariz., both 226.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods -– 1. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 734; 2. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 696; 3. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 649; 4. Ronnie Bell, Lorena, Texas, 483; 5. Allen Montgomery, White Settlement, Texas, 459; 6. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 440; 7. James Guyton, Moody, Texas, 439; 8. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 415; 9. Jeff Toler, Decatur, Texas, 392; 10. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 383; 11. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 365; 12. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 359; 13. Sid Kiphen, Gatesville, Texas, 327; 14. Don Painter, Austin, Texas, 314; 15. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 312; 16. Thomas Bennett, Bastrop, Texas, 294; 17. Tyler Bragg, Springtown, Texas, 293; 18. Chris Cogburn, Robinson, Texas, 290; 19. Ronnie Allison, Dallas, Texas, 283; 20. Quentin Noel, Dublin, Texas, 276.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., 826; 2. Dale Kunz, Buckeye, Ariz., 511; 3. Kenny Wyman Jr., Avondale, Ariz., 510; 4. Dennis Gates, Claypool, Ariz., 508; 5. Miles Morris, Yuma, Ariz., 433; 6. Mark Madrid, Phoenix, Ariz., 401; 7. Kyle Smith, Yuma, Ariz., 399; 8. David Harrington, Peoria, Ariz., 388; 9. Austin Kiefer, Pahrump, Nev., 366; 10. Dale Irby, Buckeye, Ariz., 362; 11. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif., 348; 12. Adolfo Noriega, Yuma, Ariz., 337; 13. Ron Poe, Phoenix, Ariz., 333; 14. Shane DeVolder, Pacifica, Calif., 324; 15. Johnathon Logue, Boone, Iowa, 315; 16. Chris Toth, Holtville, Calif., 311; 17. James Dupre, Yuma, Ariz., 299; 18. Keith Brown Jr., Pittsburg, Calif., 295; 19. Jim MacNeil, Phoenix, Ariz., 276; 20. Mike Tanner, Smithville, Mo., 271.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Dillon Richards, Beatrice, Neb., 388; 2. Julia Childs, Weatherford, Texas, 364; 3. Danny Baggerly, Rio Vista, Texas, 360; 4. Dakota Dees, Weatherford, Texas, 299; 5. Brandon Segura, Weatherford, Texas, 279; 6. James T. Morehead, Cleburne, Texas, 261; 7. Shawn Hein, Beatrice, Neb., 260; 8. Mike Jacobs, Weatherford, Texas, 244; 9. Jake Newsom, Sioux City, Iowa, 224; 10. Matthew Barnard, Weatherford, Texas, 221; 11. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 220; 12. Brandon Wise, Hays, Kan., 219; 13. Levi Heath, Wilton, Iowa, 205; 14. David Norquest, York, Neb., 191; 15. Jacob Dietrich, Keokuk, Iowa, 190; 16. Cody Van Dusen, Atalissa, Iowa, 188; 17. Darwin Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 184; 18. Carl Boatright, Azle, Texas, 180; 19. Matthew Covey, Midlothian, Texas, 176; 20. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 175.
Chris Baird makes his first start of his second spell at Fulham in one of two changes to the line-up to face Leeds at Elland Road.The on-loan Derby man replaces Alex Kacaniklic while Michael Madl, who came off the bench to score his first goal for the Whites in the win over Charlton on Saturday, comes in for Scott Parker.It means Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic reverts to a 3-5-2 formation, with Ryan Fredericks and Luke Garbutt at wing-backFormer Leeds striker Matt Smith is on the bench.Leeds make four changes, two of them coming at the back.Lewie Coyle comes in at right-back ahead of Scott Wootton, while Liam Cooper is fit to start at centre-back in place of the suspended Giuseppe Bellusci.Liam Bridcutt and former Brentford midfielder Stuart Dallas drop to the bench, with Alex Mowatt and ex-Bees loanee Tom Adeyemi selected instead.Fulham: Lonergan; Madl, Burn, Amorebieta; Fredericks, Cairney, O’Hara, Baird, Garbutt; Dembele, McCormack.Subs: Lewis, Richards, Stearman, Hyndman, Tunnicliffe, Kacaniklic, Smith.Leeds: Silvestri; Coyle, Bamba, Cooper, Taylor; Adeyemi, Diagouraga; Cook, Mowatt, Doukara; Antenucci.Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Wootton, Berardi, Murphy, Dallas, Botaka, Erwin.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
For complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — Jon Gruden isn’t oblivious to public opinion.“Can I sense outside negativity piling on who, me?,” Gruden said Monday at his weekly press conference. “I mean, it’s justifiable. I have a pretty good idea of what this business is all about. But I’m also realistic. I’m also very optimistic.”So while the Raiders have sputtered to an 0-3 start with the Cleveland Browns coming to town Sunday, their head coach believes he’s …
Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson has vowed to resurrect commercial supersonic flight in 2023, the 20th year since the grounding of Concode, after backing a new technology venture that promises to slash the cost of fares.Boom Technology, the brainchild of former Amazon executive Blake Scholl, reckons it will be able to have the first commercial flights of its 45-55-seat supersonic transport (SST) in operation just seven years after the project was launched in March this year.Underlining the urgency of the venture, Boom yesterday “rolled out” a one-third scale model of the new plane, dubbed the XR1 or “Baby Boom”, at its hangar in Denver, Colorado – a mere eight months after the project was first announced in March, 2016.XR1 is scheduled to begin flight testing in a year from now to prove the design before the construction of a full-scale prototype.Scholl says the venture is keeping costs down by using existing engine technology and new lightweight composites developed for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350 over the past decade.It will also operate within existing regulations, which ban supersonic flight over land.He says operators will be able to charge the equivalent of current business class fares – about $US5000 return, or a quarter of what Concorde was charging before its demise – with the potential for “enormous” margins at Mach 2.2 or 10 per cent faster than Concorde, taking just three and a half hours for the 5500-kilometre trip between London and New York.Branson is connected to the project through his space flight company, Virgin Galactic, and its manufacturing arm, the Spaceship Company, which is providing engineering and construction services, as well as participating in the flight test program.The Boom Technology team includes engineers from Boeing and NASA, among others.The Virgin Group has taken options on the first 10 airframes to be built.“I have long been passionate about aerospace innovation and the development of high-speed commercial flights,” Branson says.While Branson says the initial focus of commercial services will be over the north Atlantic between Europe and America, the new SST will also be able to halve the travel time between America and Japan or America and Australia.Even with the necessary fuel stop en route, the travel time between Los Angeles and Sydney, for example, would be under eight hours, instead of the current subsonic 13-14 hours.“Sixty years after the dawn of the jet age, we’re still flying at 1960s speeds,” says Scholl, who is backed by a number of Silicon Valley venture capitalists.“Concorde’s designers didn’t have the technology for affordable supersonic travel, but now we do.”“Ultimately I want people to be able to get anywhere in the world in five hours for $100. This is supersonic passenger air travel, no bullshit, and it’s actually affordable.”
Delegates at the recent Brand South Africa Stakeholder Summit in Mpumalanga included, from left, Pinkie Nqeto, Belu Mdlalo, Lindiwe Ngcobo, MEC Norman Mokoena, Miller Matola and Paresh Pandya. (Image: Nicky Rehbock)Brand South Africa recently extended its reach to the east of the country by encouraging all residents of Mpumalanga province to help build the nation’s reputation, or brand, and position it for global competitiveness.“Nation-branding can close the gap between rich and poor nations. Countries that are very good at branding are also the wealthiest, competing for their share of investors, consumers and visitors in a global economy,” the Brand South Africa’s Dimape Serenyane said at the Brand South Africa Stakeholder Summit in Mbombela, formerly known as Nelspruit.“If we all act with unity of purpose, we will contribute to growing our reputation in South Africa and internationally,” he added.Initiated by Brand South Africa and taking place in each of the nine provinces, the summits aim to increase regional participation in the nation-branding effort and encourage active citizenship – which, in turn, will help position the country as a top investment and tourism destination.Addressing summit delegates, Mpumalanga’s MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism Norman Mokoena said: “We are happy to welcome Brand South Africa to our province to share ideas on improving the image – or the brand, if you wish – of South Africa.“This will help to build a better country and would be to the benefit of all of us in the east of the country.”With a regional economy built on tourism, agriculture and mining, Mpumalanga needs greater access to export markets, investors and more tourists in order for it to grow, Mokoena said.The province attracted 1.4-million international tourists in 2009 and generated 800 000 domestic trips in 2009. Its 2016 vision is to attract 2.8-million international tourists and generate 8-million domestic trips, according to the MEC.“A positive identity or favourable reputation will promote and consolidate Mpumalanga’s global competitiveness,” Mokoena added, provided there are enabling government policies and support from every resident in the province.Having an outward vision and an international presence will lead to inbound benefits, the MEC said.“Being globally competitive allows us to address our socio-economic challenges – including unemployment – at home.”Despite these challenges, Mpumalanga is one of the powerhouses of South Africa with a regional economy comparable to the total GDP of Tanzania, Iceland, Panama or Jordan – and more than twice the size of Botswana and Zimbabwe’s economy.The province is blessed with deposits of coal, gold, chrome, manganese and iron ore; and boasts a thriving agricultural sector that produces maize, citrus, subtropical fruit, sugar, tobacco, cotton, wool, nuts and dry beans.Mpumalanga is also known for its paper and pulp industry, timber and manufacturing base which produces fertilisers, tar products and petrochemicals – among other goods.“It is up to all of us to pool our significant resources, our experience, our depth of knowledge and our creativity to collectively market our destination to an exceptionally lucrative global market,” Mokoena said.Showcasing local innovationEach summit presents South Africans who, through their work and community initiatives, are already active ambassadors for the country. These individuals epitomise the unique characteristics, or pillars, of the South African brand – ubuntu, diversity, sustainability, possibility and innovation.Strong, successful nations “draw on their comparative advantages – or brand pillars – to attract the people, businesses and investment they need to stimulate growth”, Serenyane said.Mpumalanga’s Bird Machines is at the forefront of showing how local innovation can boost a province’s regional economy and thus help the country at large to be more globally competitive.The company was established in 1952, designing and developing equipment for the agricultural industry in South Africa. Many of its machine designs are still used in the agricultural sector today, according to the company.Over the years the company shifted to specialising in mining machinery, where it now focuses all its efforts. With more than 80% of the country’s coal being sourced in Mpumalanga, Bird Machines is ideally situated to exploit opportunities offered by the local market.Its entire product range – including towing vehicles, articulated vehicles, load-haul dumpers, graders and concrete mixers – is manufactured in the province.“The Bird Machines philosophy is based on quality products, exceptional service, and innovative solutions to customers’ needs,” said sales manager Mike Brueton.So successful has this approach been, that the company has been able to break into markets elsewhere in Africa and overseas. Its export destinations include Zimbabwe, Botswana, China, Chile, Zambia, Argentina and Australia. “We’re also making inroads into Peru and Tanzania as well,” he added.Bird Machines’ reputation received a boost recently when the company tendered in Chile to supply readymix concrete vehicles to the underground mining sector there.“We competed against suppliers from Germany, Finland and Canada and emerged as the company of choice,” Brueton said.
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Katy Perry has revealed that getting over her divorce from Russell Brand took a lot of therapy.The couple got married in 2010 in a traditional hindu wedding ceremony in RajasthanThe ‘Roar’ singer told Cosmopolitan Magazine that she happened to be attracted to high-frequency men, the Daily Star reported. The 29-year-old singer said that sometimes one had to go through all that sh** to get their grips on life, and figure out what their next boundaries in their love life and world were going to be. Perry added that one had to go through the mud in order to find that peaceful place and in the long run, it was necessary for her to have more of a teammate.