North Korea

first_img to go further March 12, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 North Korea Organisation Campaigns July 6, 2020 Find out more News News News North KoreaAsia – Pacific As doubt persists on North Korea’s “zero” coronavirus cases, RSF urges for transparency RSF_en North KoreaAsia – Pacific April 1, 2020 Find out more Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world Help by sharing this information “Without independent journalism, this would be the news” – RSF’s new ad Follow the news on North Korea Receive email alerts Kim Jong-iI’s death showed the full extent of the regime’s tight grip on the media and information inside the country inasmuch as the news was only announced on North Korean state-controlled television after it had been kept secret for two days. North Korea online: the digital “self-reliance” theoryRecently, North Korea officially entered the World Wide Web to wage a propaganda war against South Korea and the United States. The regime equipped itself with an army of hackers instructed to destroy websites and practice espionage. Most were trained at Mirim College, an authentic ultra-secure, and clandestine hacker training center. The regime has simultaneously been keeping the great majority of the population away from the Web, even the very limited and ultra-censored national intranet (see the North Korea chapter of the 2011 “Enemies of the Internet” report).The development of new technologies was one objective of the latest “New Year Editorial,” which set the priorities for the coming months, in keeping with the country’s ”self-reliance” theory, the juche. On the blog NorthKoreaTech.org, Martyn Williams discussed the publication in the official media, of a staged photo of workers inspecting computers in a factory. Mere propaganda? Yet more and more North Korean media are launching their own Internet websites, such as Voice of Korea. The newspaper of the Workers’ Party, Rodong Shinmun, appears to be adapting to new technologies by sending news to its subscribers’ mobile phones. Transmissions are being made via MMS to compensate for the lack of smartphones.The popularity of cell phonesCould economic factors be fueling the current telecommunications boom? In January 2011, Kim Jong-il’s warm reception of Orascom Telecom’s Chairman, Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris, who set up the country’s 3G mobile phone network via Koryolink, was interpreted by the elites and general public as a sign that the security services would approve an expanded use of the networks – provided, of course, that doing so would not prove a threat to the regime. North Korea is allegedly planning to allow access to the Internet and mobile phones in the Mount Kumgang Special Tourist District, which had previously been the subject of a development agreement with Hyundai.The explosion in the number of mobile phones – one million 3G subscribers as of early February 2012 out of a population of 24 million inhabitants – may constitute a factor in the opening of this market. However, the network only functions within the country and is still subject to close surveillance. The government, now incapable of monitoring everything, is setting a few examples to keep other users in line. In addition to the official network, North Koreans living within a radius of about 12 miles of the Chinese border have the (illegal) option of connecting to the Chinese mobile network. The authorities have intensified the crackdowns and fines for simply making an international call, which can run as high as 1 million wons (about $1,100) along with one week of detention. In addition to jamming telephone networks, the North Korean regime has established a surveillance system for calls placed from North Korea. Moreover, the high cost of calls for a portion of the population, and geographical constraints, have limited the use of mobile phones among the rest of the population.News smuggling along the Chinese borderNews smuggling along the Chinese border creates a hard-to-eradicate situation, yet several special units, such as “Group 109,”have been set up – some by Kim Jong-un himself before assuming leadership of the country – to thwart these clandestine activities. The government is also monitoring citizens who travel to China. Any person who criticizes the regime or engages in reprehensible activities such as using the Chinese Internet – which is by no means free – can be denounced.Despite harsher crackdowns and the illegal nature of such markets, they are extremely active and their use is spreading. They are the place of transit for Korean and U.S. series DVDs and CDs, as well as USB flash drives. Korean associations also distribute, through other channels, stealth USBs containing news about democracy and human rights, and designed to appeal to the country’s dissidents, students and intellectual elites.Many questions concerning the country’s future and its communications system remain unanswered. Will Kim Jong-un be a more open-minded successor? Or just a front for a regime actually led by a military junta? His past experience as head of a unit responsible for using terror tactics to control the smuggling of “impure” media is raising concern. Yet one thing is certain: the development of an underground economy and the permeability of the Sino-Korean border, combined with an expansion of regime-approved mobile telephony, are key factors for the prospect of a gradual opening up of North Korea. The world’s most closed country’s absolute control over the media became evident during the events surrounding the death of Kim Jong-il and the meticulous staging of his succession. Yet official and unofficial telecom markets have been booming. The new leader Kim Jong-un’s policy regarding basic freedoms appears to be a continuation of his father’s, which understandably worries the international community. November 18, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Farming News & Views 20/11/19

first_img Google+ Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleBuncrana Gardai apprehend speeding motorists and one driving under the influenceNext articleWalter Figueira signs up at The Brandywell News Highland Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Farming News & Views 20/11/19 Google+ Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/farming-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.A Weekly Programme presented by Chris Ashmore every Wednesday at 7.05pm highlighting all that’s happening in the farming community. AudioNewsPlayback Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterest By News Highland – November 20, 2019 WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Video: Knapp runs offensive linemen through hands drill

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Scott Shafer announced that Kyle Knapp would end his Syracuse playing career last April, citing three concussions that occurred “in a short period of time” as the reason. Shafer also said that Knapp would stay with the program as a special assistant, and he’s been an active part of the staff in the first week of training camp.Knapp worked with a group of offensive linemen at the start of practice Wednesday, putting six of them through a drill that worked on hand quickness by smacking a dummy back and forth with a partner. Before freshman Aaron Roberts came over to the drill, Knapp stood across from junior guard Seamus Shanley and outworked the other five players before stepping to the side.While watching from the side, Knapp gave advice to Roberts and freshman Denzel Ward and provided commentary for the older groups. When junior center Jason Emerich and Washington transfer Taylor Hindey started using one hand, Knapp smiled and said, “Oh, aren’t you guys fancy?”Here’s a short video of the drill: AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on August 6, 2014 at 6:28 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Column: NBA still must deal with the race issue

first_imgIn this Jan. 8, 2014, file photo, then-Cleveland Cavaliers forward Luol Deng talks with reporters after practice in Independence, Ohio. Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry has been disciplined by CEO Steve Koonin for making racially charged comments about Luol Deng when the team pursued the free agent this year. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)ATLANTA (AP) — While the NFL was rightfully being hammered over turning a blind eye to domestic violence, the NBA got a bit of a pass on its latest brouhaha.No longer.Training camps are starting up around the NBA, so it’s time to ask a blunt question: Does the league celebrated for its diversity and inclusiveness actually have a race problem?Any thought that Donald Sterling was just an isolated case of bigotry was quickly erased by a nasty situation in Atlanta, where racially charged comments made by both a co-owner and the general manager have left the Hawks mired in turmoil.On Friday, team officials met with civil rights leaders at Philips Arena, while Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was in New York to huddle with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver over the future of the Hawks.Silver, who acted so decisively in running Sterling out of the league after the Los Angeles Clippers vile owner was recorded telling his girlfriend he didn’t want Blacks at his games, faces a more complex predicament when it comes to the Hawks.This could be an even bigger test for the rookie commissioner, who has faced some mighty big challenges since taking over for David Stern in February.There’s no easy escape plan for the Atlanta problem, no Steve Ballmer waiting in the wings to pay whatever it takes to purchase the franchise of a disgraced owner. In this case, Bruce Levenson, who agreed to sell his share of the Hawks after the revelation of a 2-year-old email in which he complained about the fan base having too many African-Americans and not enough Whites.Also, what to do with general manager Danny Ferry? He remains on a leave of absence after casually tossing around horrific racial stereotypes while discussing the pros and cons of signing free agent Luol Deng.The NBA caught a break in this whole mess, the headlines dominated in recent weeks by Ray Rice and the NFL’s domestic abuse scandal. But the Hawks case should be at least as alarming to the NBA as Sterling’s racist blathering in a private setting, caught by a scheming girlfriend and her recorder.Levenson put his feelings in writing and sent them to Ferry and the other team owners (none of whom, it must be noted, were offended enough to do anything about it in 2012). Ferry was on a recorded conference call with the ownership group when, as the story goes, he read from a scouting report that said Deng has “some African in him” and went on with some nonsense comparing him to a store that looks legitimate out front but sells counterfeit goods in the back.“It is troubling that it could happen in the workplace,” said Richard Lapchick, founder of The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida. “I think teams really need to adopt a zero-tolerance policy for anything that would smack of racism or sexism or homophobia.”Going by the example he set in the Sterling case, Silver would have already made it clear that someone like Ferry has no place in the NBA, or at least deserve some serious time on the sidelines.Instead, it looks like the wheels are in motion for Ferry to return at some point this season.Early on, Silver said he didn’t think the GM deserved to lose his job. This week, Hall of Famer Magic Johnson met privately with Ferry and changed his previous stance that a firing was in order. Even Deng, who signed with the Miami Heat, said Friday that he has forgiven Ferry and doesn’t think he’s a racist.But before we all give him a pass, the commissioner needs to address some very real issues, such as:— When the Hawks and the NBA announced that Levenson was selling his share of the team, why didn’t they bother to say the whole thing came to light because of an internal investigation into Ferry’s comments this past summer?— If Ferry was merely repeating someone else’s assessment of Deng, who wrote the offensive scouting report?— Why would Ferry feel comfortable enough to repeat those comments in such an official setting, even if they weren’t his own?— Does it even matter if Ferry was reading someone else’s words? Aren’t all stereotypes passed along in one way or another? Would Sterling have deserved a break if he had claimed he was merely repeating views he heard as a child?Lapchick, whose annual reports on racial and gender equality have always given the NBA the highest marks of any professional league, said he’s confident Silver will do the right thing.“If this happened in any other league, I would be more concerned,” Lapchick said Friday in a telephone interview. “But because it’s the NBA, with its record across the board in hiring practices and progressive policies and getting teams working in the communities … all that is a counterweight.”Fair enough.But Silver must act, thoroughly and completely, before clearing the way for Ferry’s return — or, if called for, firmly instruct the Hawks to go in a different direction.Even more than giving Sterling the heave-ho, that might be the best way for Silver to really prove racism has no place in his game.___Paul Newberry is a national writer for The Associated Press. 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Nikhat Zareen demands trial against Mary Kom to be televised in interest of fairness

first_imgAdvertisement clkNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vskp40cWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ela( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9dtxchWould you ever consider trying this?😱m5lsCan your students do this? 🌚9g3Roller skating! Powered by Firework Nikhat Zareen was to face bronze medalist, Mary Kom in a private league organised by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) on Tuesday, but since the match did not take place, Nikhat is now worried about her place in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics Quantifies that is to held in New Delhi on December 27th. She does not trust BFI and is doubtful whether she will be allowed to take part in the Tokyo Selection Trials.Advertisement Nikhat was hoping to take take part in the private league, give strong competition to Mary Kom and show off her skills to the public as well as the presenters. She claimed that she took part in the private league because the match was going to be televised. This way she could announce to the world, that there is yet another boxing champion that the nation should look forward to other than Mary Kom, but it turned out luck was not at her side, when Mary withdrew from the match because she suffered a back injury and needed rest.Advertisement Disappointed Nikhat doubted BFI’s intention and decided to approach to the media and ask for a televised trial between her and Mary Kom. She further added that she is unable to trust, anyone, at this crucial time in her career, not even BFI which is why she is bent on having a televised trial for the public to judge on their own and keep BFI’s dirty politics at bay.“At the trials there will no live TV and camera. The bouts will be video-graphed, but again it will be done by the BFI. So, there’s a doubt over the fairness of the trials. As a boxer who is going through all this (unfair treatment), I can’t easily trust anyone. I am a bit about the decision. I demand it to be televised and live-streamed.”Advertisement Nikhat Zareen is gunning for the fourth contender place in the 51kg category. The Tokyo Selection Trials are conducted privately and will be video graphed by BFI. Nikhat’s demand caused quite an uproar in the sports world, what is left to be seen is whether the higher authorities will agree to her demands.Predicting who the teams will buy in the IPL 2020 auctionPredictions On How The Manchester United Will Finish The Season  Advertisementlast_img read more