Threats to an Internet radio run by North Korean defectors

first_img to go further Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” South KoreaAsia – Pacific May 27, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Threats to an Internet radio run by North Korean defectors Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) has expressed concern about threats and harassment of a group of defected North Koreans who run the independent Internet radio Free North Korea.The Institute of North Korean studies, linked to South Korean intelligence, on 8 May 2004 asked the radio to quit premises they were using. The decision followed a complaint from Pyongyang and death threats against the members of the radio.The international press freedom organisation has urged the Unification Minister Jeong Se-hyun to intervene with the relevant authorities to ensure free expression for the radio and the staff’ safety.It added that it was disturbed to see that the station’s staff should be forced to leave a building, just three days after an official North Korean complaint.Radio Free North Korea (wwww.freenk.net), the first independent radio run by North Korean exiles, has received threats ever since its launch on 20 April 2004.Individuals, probably of South Korea’s extreme-left who back the North Korean regime, have regularly tried to disrupt programmes by getting into the building that houses the station. Security personnel have had to intervene on several occasions. The radio’s presenters have also received death threats by phone, email and post. An unidentified woman has several times warned them, saying: “Traitors, you should watch out”.A North Korean delegation made an official complaint on 5 May to the reunification minister about the launch of the website and the radio. The minister reportedly replied that it was only one website among the tens of thousands in South Korea.But on 8 May, head of the institute, Kim Chang-soon asked Kim Seong-min, head of Free North Korea to leave as soon as possible the offices that had been loaned to them. He said the decision had been taken to protect the staff of the institute that was privatised in the 1990s but still receives support from South Korean secret services (NIS). According to some sources, the institute’s boss had had to act under pressure from the authorities.Radio Free North Korea staff left the offices on 19 May and moved into a privately-rented office. Broadcasts have not however been interrupted as a result of the harassment and threats.Kim Seong-min, former official North Korean poet, launched the Internet radio with about half a dozen other North Korean defectors living in Seoul. The station, in a very “North Korean style” broadcasts daily giving one hour of news about the situation in the peninsula and accounts by exiles. It strongly denounces the Stalinist regime in Pyongyang. The website claims 10,000 hits a day. RSF calls for the release of South Korean journalist jailed for defamation South KoreaAsia – Pacific Organisation Receive email alerts News News November 19, 2020 Find out more On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Follow the news on South Korea November 11, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en Help by sharing this information News August 18, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Bread inflation rises YOY to 4.1%

first_imgInflation is expected to remain a resilient feature of the bread and cereals category through to the summer at least, a City analyst has warned.Shore Capital said the year-on-year inflation rate of bread goods and cereals rose to 4.1% during January, following what the firm described as “a surprise dip” to 3.2% for the category in December, with the annual rate of food inflation in the UK increasing to 4.5%.It comes as the Office of National Statistics (ONS) published the latest UK consumer price inflation rate for last month, revealing the annual level stood at 2.7% as of January, remaining unchanged for the last four months.The food and non-alcoholic beverages was earmarked as one of the biggest contributors to the level of inflation, second to alcohol and tobacco, with the ONS highlighting the upward pressure from bread and cereals in addition to fruit and vegetables.Analysts at Shore Capital said: “We have been writing for some time now of the upward pressure from rising food inflation, with concerns driven by the poor 2012 northern hemisphere harvest on soft commodity prices, and the impact as it feeds through the supply chain into bread, dairy and meat production.“However, such concerns have been compounded by recent sterling weakness, which is feeding through into the cost of imported goods, notably in fruit, vegetables and bread, according to the ONS report.”The firm added that a further increase in food inflation is likely to put further pressure on UK food industry volumes.last_img read more

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Xcel seeks to close two more coal plants, add renewables

first_imgXcel seeks to close two more coal plants, add renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press: Colorado’s largest electricity provider said Wednesday it wants to retire two coal-fired units a decade early and nearly double the share of power it gets from renewable sources.Xcel Energy said the changes would reduce its carbon pollution in the state by 60 percent and increase its share of renewable energy to almost 55 percent, up from about 28 percent now. Xcel said the plan would save consumers $215 million by 2054, citing the “historically low” cost of renewables.Colorado regulators would have to approve the proposals before they go into effect.The coal-fired units affected are at Xcel’s Comanche Generating Station in Pueblo. One would be retired in 2022, 11 years early, and the other in 2025, 10 years ahead of schedule. A third would remain in operation.Xcel’s plan calls for purchasing two existing gas-fired generating plants in Colorado and adding five solar farms and three wind farms. Xcel would also renew its contract to buy power from an existing solar farm. Three of the new solar farms would include battery storage.The company said building and buying the natural gas plants and solar and wind farms will cost $2.5 billion. The facilities would be located in Adams, Baca, Boulder, Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Morgan, Park, Pueblo and Weld counties. The plan calls for adding 1,100 megawatts of generating capacity to Xcel’s system from wind, 700 from solar, 380 from natural gas and 275 from batteries. More: Colorado utility plans to retire coal plants, add renewableslast_img read more

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Trojans stay undefeated in dominant fashion

first_imgRemaining undefeated early in the regular season, the men’s volleyball team took down Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rival Long Beach State in straight sets Wednesday at the Galen Center.The No. 2 Trojans (6-0, 5-0 MPSF) maintain their spot atop the conference standings and trail only defending national champions No. 1 Loyola-Chicago in the American Volleyball Coaches Association national poll.The Trojans  took down the No.11 ranked 49ers by a final score of 25-17, 25-18, 25-19, and finished the match swinging just under 35 percent.Senior middle blocker Robert Feathers led the team with eight kills, while redshirt sophomore  outside hitter Christopher Orenic added seven kills on the night and senior setter Micah Christenson orchestrated the attack with 27  assists. The team, which has put an emphasis on aggressive serving throughout the season, recorded six aces.Senior Cristian Rivera got the start at opposite in place of junior opposite Josh Kirchner, who had started the last two matches.USC began last weekend with a three-set win at UC San Diego by a score of 25-14, 25-16, 25-19 on Thursday, Jan. 22. The following night, USC pulled out a five-set win at UC Irvine by a score of 28-30,      25-17, 21-25, 25-23, 15-13.Kirchner led the way against UC San Diego with 12 kills, then also led the team in kills against UC Irvine with 15. Rivera was recovering from a sprained ankle from earlier in the season.Kirchner, who grew up in Sussex, Wisconsin, converted to an opposite after playing as a middle blocker most of his career.He started 13 matches as a middle blocker his freshman year in 2013, appeared in only one match last year as a middle blocker, but should factor into the rotation much more at opposite this season.In an interview with the Athletic Department after the UC Irvine win, Christenson said the team’s deep bench is a real strength of the team. He noted Kirchner as well as freshman outside hitter Larry Tuileta as key pieces to the team outside of the usual starting rotation.“We’ve had some injuries,” Christenson said. “Tuileta came in and really swung strongly, and [Kirchner] replacing the injured [Rivera] didn’t miss a beat. It’s really nice knowing we have that team depth. There really is no step down, they can come in and raise the level.”Tuileta recorded six kills off the bench against UC Irvine but did not make an appearance against Long Beach State.Tuileta, a Honolulu native, is also a member of the football team.In head coach Bill Ferguson’s weekly video recap with the Athletic Department, he likened the squad’s depth, resilience and team-oriented style of play to that of the San Antonio Spurs, the defending champions and            five-time winners of the NBA title.“They understand the greater concept of team,” he said. “I’d like to think of us, if things are going well, like the San Antonio Spurs where sure everybody in the world knows who Tim Duncan is but by and large, their concept of team and ‘next guy up’ […] is what I think this team can be.”While Rivera is the more experienced of the two at the position, having started at opposite frequently last season, Ferguson referred to the two as a “1a and 1b” at the position.The Trojans will next host Cal State Northridge in another MPSF match on Friday Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Galen Center.The match will feature the jersey retirements of former USC National Players of the Year Tom Duke (1988) and Bryan Ivie (1990, 1991).last_img read more

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Preparing the World for Aliens

first_imgSome people are so convinced there are alien intelligences in the universe, we should be getting ready to meet them.    The Telegraph, a UK newspaper, reported that NASA has partly financed a creative writing class on “interstellar message composition” at the University of Wyoming.  Professor Jeffrey Lockwood wants to help the 11 students think about what we might say to an alien intelligence.  One student “created a poem about menstruation with syllables arranged in a mathematically harmonious order, known as the Fibonacci sequence.”  The course is being advised by Douglas Vakoch, director of interstellar message composition at the SETI Institute (see 04/17/2008).  Who better than writers, he said, to express the human condition to our stellar neighbors.  “It could be tomorrow that we’ll need to be ready to decide if we reply,” he said.  Don’t expect a lively dialogue, though; each one-way message could take thousands of years.    Over the Rockies at Denver, Jeff Peckman is asking the city council to create an “Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission,” reported the Denver Post.  He believes the federal government is already aware of extraterrestrials and is spending a great deal of taxpayer money to conceal the fact.  Peckman is gathering signatures for a ballot initiative to create an 18-member commission, at the cost of $75,000 a year, to decide on policies for dealing with space beings.  The Rocky Mountain News said that Peckman believes he saw an alien winking through a window on a video of a UFO.Which of these stories is absurd, pseudoscientific and an egregious abuse of taxpayer money?  Pick any two.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Empowerment paddling in Knysna

first_img17 August 2005The Paddle Cruiser, South Africa’s only paddle-driven ship – and the Western Cape coastal town of Knysna’s newest tourist attraction – is proving a model for black economic empowerment.“We knew from the start that the vessel would have to be managed by a crew of highly skilled and dedicated people,” says William Smith, director of the Featherbed Company, which owns and operates the Paddle Cruiser.“But the problem was that South Africa had never had a vessel like this one – so we had to train new people from scratch.“We recruited and began training the boat’s managers – the men who would become its skippers – while it was still under construction,” says Smith. “Because we’re good corporate citizens, we made sure the successful candidates came from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.”Neither Floyd Herwels nor Stanley van Rooyen had had any maritime experience when they started with the Featherbed Company, but both have taken to life afloat with gusto.“I applied for the job because I wanted a change from the admin work I was doing for an insurance company,” says Van Rooyen. “And I took it on because it was a challenge.“Our training took nearly two years and earned me a Class 6 port operations license – a qualification recognised around the world.”Van Rooyen and Herwels are now equipped to take responsibility for the safety and smooth operation of the vessel and for the comfort of its passengers. This they do at least twice a day, almost every day of the year.The Paddle Cruiser experienceBuilt over a period of 18 months by Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing and launched in Cape Town in October 2003, the Paddle Cruiser was delivered to Knysna by sea.The boat is 22.7 metres long, 7.5 metres wide in the beam and has a draft of 1.4 metres. Her propellers are powered by twin Caterpillar 3056 turbodiesel engines. Electrical energy for the paddles – the boat can make four knots on its paddles alone – is supplied by two 70kVA generators.“The Paddle Cruiser has become a must-do attraction in Knysna,” says Featherbed marketing manager Debbie Stanley, “and a popular fine dining experience.“A team of top chefs prepare Mediterranean style meals: a limited Tapas menu at lunch time and an extensive hot and cold Tapas buffet at dinner. The boat is becoming increasingly popular for functions, product launches and – a trend we didn’t expect – as an unusual conference venue.”In addition to the Paddle Cruiser, the Featherbed Company operates the John Benn and Three Legs cruise boats – as well as catamaran sailing – on the Knysna lagoon, and offers visits to the Featherbed Nature Reserve at the river mouth.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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NY14 Passive House Conference Announces Speakers

first_imgThe NY14 Passive House Conference opens on June 17 with an address by Diana Ãœrge-Vorsatz, a climate change scientist whose work on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) helped the group to a shared Nobel Prize in 2007.Organizers of the one-day event at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City said Ãœrge-Vorsatz will discuss several issues, including the role of building efficiency in reducing carbon emissions.The IPCC shared the 2007 prize with Al Gore for their collective efforts to increase public understanding of man-made climate change.A panel that includes Richard Leigh, director of research at Urban Green Council, and Passive House Academy founder Thomas O’Leary will discuss the relationship between efficiency and a green power grid in a session titled “The Energy Puzzle.”Organizers said other presentations would focus on particular building projects, including a multi-family apartment building in New York, a primary school and university buildings in London, dormitory housing in Ireland and a green city district in Brussels.Another session will discuss retrofit projects in New York.There are more details about the program in this post online.last_img read more

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Belga laments costly miscommunication as Rain or Shine misses out on semis

first_imgPBA IMAGESThe phrase “breaks of the game” were thrown a lot during Beau Belga’s impromptu press conference after Rain or Shine lost to TNT 118-114 in the quarterfinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup.From missed shots to bricked free throws, every thing fell under “breaks of the game,” but there was none bigger than the Elasto Painters’ final offensive set.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary A miscommunication episode between Belga and import J’Nathan Bullock erased Rain or Shine’s hopes of advancing to the semifinals and that’s something the power forward regretted deeply right away.READ: Rice, Castro deliver as TNT survives Rain or Shine for semis berthFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Coach Caloy [Garcia] said the play was for J’Nathan to attack the defense one-on-one and I will sag off outside for a jumper,” said Belga in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I was surprised when he made a drop pass instead of a kick-out and I was already too far away from the rim.”“My momentum was going to the corner and if the pass was in my direction, well who knows? Maybe we could’ve had a chance.” View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Robinson not losing sleep over Pirates’ 28 turnovers Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Rain or Shine trailed 116-114 in the final 10 seconds of the game after Glen Rice Jr. tipped in Jayson Castro’s missed triple and the Elasto Painters had that much time on the clock to force a tie or go for the win.The Elasto Painters decided to shoot for the tie with Bullock supposedly connecting with Belga but the pass went awry and that mistake ultimately doomed Rain or Shine.What made it more painful for Belga was that he was confident he could have made the game-tying jumper to force overtime.“I felt lucky during the game,” said Belga who finished with 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting. “Just one chance but the pass was off and I tried to chase the ball but I was already too far away. If the pass was directed to the corner, maybe we could’ve made a surprise shot.”“So yeah, what happened were just breaks of the game.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

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