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South Korea: Farming goes underground in Seoul subway station

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For the past month, commuters at Seoul's Sangdo subway station have been met with a surprising sight: a fully functioning farm growing leafy lettuce, sprouts and microgreens. This underground farm doesn't rely on soil and sunlight but uses special LED lighting, hydroponic growing trays and a smart…
          

The Death of Sulli Exposes the Dark Side of the K-Pop Industry

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Social media bullying and the grueling standards of the South Korean pop music industry could have played a part in the star's untimely passing.

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North Korean hackers targeted Tamil Nadu Nuclear plant, top nuclear scientists: South Korean intel group

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South Korea based Issue Makers Lab has shared “evidence” online claiming that the malware attack on Tamil Nadu’s Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant was done from N Korea which allowed hackers to contact anyone in India’s nuclear energy sector. As per IML, Pyongyang is interested in the thorium-based nuclear power in which India is a world leader.
          

Success: South Korean Capital Now Dog-Meat Free

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The last dog slaughterhouse has been shut down in Seoul, South Korea in response to public pressure from animal rights activists. Thank the mayor of Seoul for bowing to such pressure and saving the lives of many dogs.
          

IBK Altos vs Incheon Hungkuk, Nov 07, 2019 – Preview, Where to Watch, Score

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IBK 알토 – 인천 흥국 (local team names) South Korean V-League Women, IBK Altos – Incheon Hungkuk, Thursday, 5:00 am ET Score, Highlights Probability of winning IBK Altos 29.5% Incheon Hungkuk 70.5% Short Preview IBK Altos is in awful shape (in the last 5 games wins – 1). Recent matches Incheon Hungkuk is playing uncertain…
          

Seoul can help to regulate Mekong’s flow

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Asean nations urged to embrace South Korean river management know-how.

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South Korea: Non-life business faces profitability pressure

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Increasing losses and intense competition in the automobile and long-term insurance lines, as well as rising interest obligations, may pressure the Korean non-life insurance sector's overall profitability, says AM Best.
          

#EatsForEveryone: World Class Cuisine Under One Roof at My South Hall by Chef Josh Boutwood

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The fast casual dining and food hall scene continues to grow in popularity among urban dwellers, and there's no slowing down for this emerging trend. And one food hall elevates the dining experience with a wide food selection, a modern yet homey ambience and excellent customer service backed by some of the iconic names in the local food business...


Chef Josh Boutwood and The Bistro Group collaborate for their own version of the ultimate food hall, My South Hall by Chef Josh Boutwood, at S' Maison. The new dining concept features a diverse and varied array of kitchen counters offering some of today's popular and most craved cuisines. Think of it as world-class cuisine under one roof...at My South Hall by Chef Josh Boutwood.

The Bistro Group's Chef Josh Boutwood and Lisa Ronquillo welcomed guests at the exclusive preview of My South Hall by Chef Josh Boutwood. The new concept takes into account the collective taste of the Filipino palate, so you'll find Japanese, Chinese, Italian, American and even Milk Tea all in one place.


The different offerings at My South Hall by Chef Josh Boutwood reflect the core strengths of The Bistro Group, and you'll find dim sum to ramen, pasta and burgers all prepared a la minute by the different live kitchens. Each dish is prepared fresh to order so you get it hot at its flavorful peak. But before you dive in for a sumptuous feast, why not have a refreshing beverage...


...from the freshest seasonal harvest of fruits?

At My South Hall by Chef Josh Boutwood, you'll find Korea's number one fresh fruit juice brand, Juicy Fresh Bar, with their selection freshly-squeezed juices like Watermelon Pineapple (P 115 Medium/P 180 Large) and Kiwi (P 145 Medium/P 195 Large) to open up your palate before the feast.


Juicy Fresh Bar offers refreshing and healthy juices blended from fresh fruits for real flavors. With over 800 outlets in South Korea alone, local diners can now enjoy refreshing sips at My South Hall by Chef Josh Boutwood made from hand-picked fruits delivered fresh to their outlet. Indulge in soothing fruit beverages like Chocolate-Banana, Blueberry, Honeydew, Strawberry-Mango, Orange-Pineapple, Peach, Watermelon-Strawberry and Peanut-Banana. A few more soothing sips and you're just about ready to feast at My South Hall by Chef Josh Boutwood...

Craving Japanese? My South Hall by Chef Josh Boutwood's got that covered. First stop, Tabemashou with their wide selection of popular Japanese dishes. From ramen to yakitori, aburi sushi and tempura to chicken karaage and stone pots, Tabemashou should satisfy any hefty appetite.Turning Japanese? Go ahead and indulge...


Literally translated to "let's eat," Tabemashou's wide selection of Japanese favorites include grilled skewers like Roasted Beef & Spring Onion Roll (P 110), Saikoro (P 195) or juicy Wagyu beef cubes, Chicken Thigh (P 55), Chicken & Leeks (P 65), Pork Enoki (P 105) and Chicken Wings (P 125).  


Not to be missed is Tabemashou's crisp Chicken Skin (P 35) seasoned with salt...


...and Chicken Liver (P 50) draped in a sweet tare glaze.


No Japanese feast is complete without tempura, and Tabemashou's Ebi Tempura (P 185-3 pcs/P 295-5 pcs) and Shrimp & Vegetable Tempura (P 225) are spot on with that rich and briny notes from the succulent prawns and the lightly crisp batter.  


Tabemashou also offers an array of fresh, hand rolled sushi including Tuna Nigiri (P 125-2 pcs), Salmon Nigiri (P 145-2 pcs), California Maki (P 195) and Salmon Spicy Maki (P 275). But it's the aburi that will have you coming back for seconds...


...like the Salmon Tako Maki Aburi (P 175), Shrimp Aburi (P 225) and Salmon Aburi (P 245). Other popular Japanese offerings include the Chicken Karaage (P 195) served with rice, the Pepper Beef Rice in Stone Pot (P 255) and Salmon Stone Pot (P 255).


Tabemashou's comforting ramen also hits the spot. Choose from Chasu Tonkotsu Ramen (P 255) or the Spicy Miso Ramen (P 275) for that kick of soothing heat.


 It's a comprehensive menu featuring all your Japanese favorites, but there's more at My South Hall by Chef Josh Boutwood...

At Golden Treasures, diners can indulge in traditional Chinese dishes like dim sum and noodles. The open kitchen allows diners a sneak peek on their orders, prepared a la minute to ensure freshness. Straight from the steamers, your first batch of dim sum is ready...


From the classic Steamed Siumai (P 188)...


...to the delicate Steamed Hakaw (P 188), Golden Treasures' dim sum offerings deliver fresh and clean flavors. 


Each bite of the steamed hakaw begins with a fresh snap laying a briny richness to the palate. Other dim sum items include Chicken Feet (P 168), Eggyolk Bun (P 148), Steamed Pork Buns (P 148) and Steamed Pork Dumplings (P 128). 


One tasty surprise at Golden Treasures is the Birthday Noodles (P 198), a hearty dish with seafood, pork, chicken and vegetables. Richly seasoned, you don't have to add anything else. This one's ready to go once it's served. Other savory dishes at Golden Treasures include the Shanghai Mien Noodles (P 228), Sauteed Beef & Scallions (P 248), Chopsuey (P 168), Yang Chow Fried Rice (P 168) and Beef Broccoli (P 248). 

True to its concept of world-class cuisine under one roof, My South Hall by Chef Josh Boutwood offers even more comforting flavors at Roast'D. Chinese style roasts served with rice becomes a satisfying and complete meal at Roast'D, simply choose from roast duck, pork or chicken.


Diners can see the barbecued meats displayed at the counter to complete that Chinatown vibe. The Roast Chicken with Rice (P 248) at Roast'D not only delivers on flavor, it's excellent value too. Tender and juicy with a subtle sweet and smoky glaze, the Roast Chicken with Rice is the perfect one-dish meal anytime of day. Other offerings at Roast'D include the Crispy Pork with Rice (P 298), Roast Asado Pork with Rice (P 288) and Roast Duck with Rice (P 298). 

From Asia, go on a culinary journey to Italy with Roma at My South Hall by Chef Josh Boutwood. The pasta dishes, each one prepared with fresh pasta and sauces made in-house, are the key attractions at Roma. And the Truffle Pasta (P 355) with fresh conchiglie is on my list of personal favorites.   


The distinct texture of handmade pasta, firm yet soft to the bite, makes every pasta dish at Roma special. The Truffle Pasta is an indulgent dish with the bold, earthy and nutty notes of truffles rounding out each bite. Other pasta dishes at Roma include the Pesto Pasta (P 195), Spicy Diavola (P 255), Puttanesca (P 225), Carbonara (P 195) and Shrimp Alfredo (P 255). Then, there's Roma's hearty soups, salads and Herb Chicken to complete your Italian feast at My South Hall by Chef Josh Boutwood.


I know I'll be back for the Truffle Pasta with fresh conchiglie at Roma.

Burgers and wings? Chix is your next stop at My South Hall by Chef Josh Boutwood. Chef Josh simplifies the burger going back to basics using handcrafted premium all-beef patties, garden-fresh veggies and soft and fluffy buns for the Classic Burger (P 195) and Cheese Burger (P 215) paired with a side of crisp Fries (P 85).


The patty is perfectly grilled, remaining juicy delivering a savory richness after each bite while its delicately charred edges add that subtle crispness. The fresh onions, tomatoes and lettuce add to the overall crisp texture of the burger with their distinct flavors coming together capped by the cheese and the soft bun just as a proper burger should. No frills, all deliciousness. This Cheeseburger is way up there on my list of favorites at My South Hall by Chef Josh Boutwood.


Serving all-American comfort food, Chix is your go-to spot for juicy and mouth-watering burgers. Then, there's the signature wings at Chix. With ten flavors to choose from, you'll have your crisp and juicy wing fix at Chix from that first bite all the way to the last piece. Choose from Asian BBQ Glaze, Barbecue, Italian Parmesan, Chili Barbecue, Sour Cream, Sriracha, Japanese Sesame, Sweet Chipotle, Buffalo Wing and Honey Garlic. Plus, you can have a meaty boneless option too. 


Go for the 6 Pcs (P 195-1 Flavor), 12 Pcs (P 390-2 Flavors) and 18 Pcs (P 575-3 Flavors). I go for the 12 Pcs option with Honey Garlic...


...and Sour Cream Wings. The sharp and mildly tart notes of the sour cream and the sweet nutty flavors of the honey garlic glaze complement the juicy and crisp chicken without overpowering it. Just perfect.

The popularity of Taiwanese milk teas are also included in the mix at My South Hall by Chef Josh Boutwood. WICKD is the latest entry in the milk tea market, straight from Taiwan. Using the finest black and green tea leaves for that soothing brew, you'll also find equally refreshing coffee variants at WICKD. 


WICKD's absolutely wicked selection of milk teas include Pearl Milk Tea, Taro, Wintermelon, Black Sugar, Oreo Cheese Cream, Strawberry Cheesecake and the Ulteamate, a creamy concoction flavored with fresh tea leaves and topped with chewy tapioca pearls, grass jelly and indulgent pudding.  


And here's my top pick at WICKD, the Choco Hazelnut Coffee (P 130/P 155). The robust yet soothing and deep notes of coffee with the indulgent hints of chocolate and hazelnuts combine for a refreshing beverage to complete your My South Hall by Chef Josh Boutwood dining experience. Other coffee variants include the Caramel Coffee (P 120/P 140), Classic (P 120/P 140) and rich and creamy Cheese Cream (P 130/P 155) for a different and unique caffeine fix.


If you're craving for a comforting hot pot, Seoul Hotpot is your spot, serving Chuck Eye and Angus Beef Sirloin Hotpots with a variety of vegetables. But after hitting seven of eight specialty counters at My South Hall by Chef Josh Boutwood, my belly just gave up before I could try the signature hotpots at Seoul Hotpot. But that's more than enough reason for a second visit. Soon.


At My South Hall by Chef Josh Boutwood, it really is #eatsforeveryone. Each kitchen at My South Hall by Chef Josh Boutwood offers comfortingly familiar flavors perfectly executed in the style and quality we can expect from Chef Josh Boutwood and The Bistro Group. And the price points are reasonable so you won't be busting your wallet for a hearty meal here at My South Hall by Chef Josh Boutwood. A wide range of choices and options, value for money, a space with a modern yet homey vibe and excellent service, Chef Josh Boutwood and The Bistro Grid clearly has another winning concept. It's the food hall experience, refined and elevated. At My South Hall by Josh Boutwood...now open at S"Maison.   

My South Hall by Cef Josh Boutwood is located at Level 1, S'Maison, Pasay City. Follow on Instagram and Facebook at @MySouthHall. 

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SOUTH KOREA JAPAN - Top US diplomat in Seoul amid South Korea-Japan stand-off

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Empty Capsules Market: Opportunities and Challenges

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The prominent players in the market are Capsugel (US), ACG Worldwide (India), Qualicaps (Japan), Suheung Co. Ltd. (South Korea), CapsCanada Corporation (Canada), Qingdao Yiqing Medicinal Capsules Co., Ltd. (China), Shanxi
          

Samsung to shut down US CPU research division

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Exynos mobile processor chips are considered a hallmark of the South Korean firm's attempts to reduce its reliance on memory chips and increase sales of logic chips that are used to power mobile devices and autonomous vehicles.
          

Air Premia Announces Commitment for Five Boeing 787 Dreamliner Jets

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Boeing and Air Premia today announced the Korean startup airline plans to buy five 787-9 Dreamliner airplanes, following an agreement to lease three 787-9 jets from Air Lease Corporation earlier this year. Air Premia, which plans to launch operations in 2020 is poised to become South Korea’s second Dreamliner operator. The commitment, valued at $1.4... Read More ›
          

HEE JEUNG OH

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HEE JEUNG OH has been named assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Pennsylvania State Univer-sity, effective January 2020. She previously was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and a graduate re-search assistant at the University of Texas at Austin. Oh earned a bachelor’s degree from KAIST in South Korea and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.
          

The Haves and Have-Nots of Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite

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Director Bong Joon-ho at his very best. by Jasmyne Keimig

Going into Parasite, it’s hard to know what to expect. Advance reviews and discussions of the film—which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year, the first South Korean film to do so—speak of the film obscurely. For good reason: There’s a gleeful and terrifying twist—which I won’t spoil—that radically and dramatically alters the tone of the film.

But Parasite is director Bong Joon-ho at his very best. It’s a departure from the sci-fi bent of his recent movies (the post-apocalyptic Snowpiercer in 2013 and the factory- farming-themed Okja in 2017), though it’s no less concerned with the state of society. Set in Seoul, South Korea—a city within a country that has experienced an immense amount of economic growth in the past few decades—the families and class issues at play reflect our global era, in which the disparity between the haves and have-nots seems to be widening.

Parasite follows the Kim family, who secretly scam their way into the lives of the wealthy Park family. The Kims live a rather miserable existence, crammed together in a tiny apartment in the city, folding pizza boxes for money, stealing wi-fi from a nearby cafe. When a friend of the son, Ki-woo (Woo-sik Choi), recommends him for a job as an English tutor to the Parks’ young daughter, he poses as the worldly and educated “Kevin,” forging credentials from the top university to get the position.


Parasite is director Bong Joon-ho at his very best. It’s a departure from the sci-fi bent of his recent movies, though it’s no less concerned with the state of society.


Slowly and methodically, the Kims begin to drive out the other domestic workers at the Park residence, each time referring another family member (who they pretend not to know) for the vacant position. The sister (So-dam Park) becomes the Parks’ art therapist, the father (longtime Bong collaborator Kang-ho Song) becomes the driver, and the mother (Hye-jin Jang) becomes the housekeeper. And so the poorer family starts to settle comfortably into the grift—until a sudden realization turns their lives upside down.

The spaces in the film that each family inhabits crucially mirror that family’s dynamics. The Kims live at the end of a busy street, occupying a sub-basement apartment with only a single street-level window—which the neighborhood drunk often pisses near—to let in the light. Every surface is covered in their stuff, and both the family and their belongings are cast in a grimy sheen. The lack of space only heightens the claustrophobia and unsavoriness of the Kims’ financial situation, but it also speaks to their closeness as a family unit.

This is in direct contrast to the Parks, who live in a house designed by a revered architect. Their home is spacious, with large windows looking onto a lush green lawn—clear privilege in a crowded metropolis like Seoul. The lines are sleek, the house’s rooms are minimal and elegant, the fridge is full. But the familial relationships feel distant. And the house has secrets, too—for as much beauty as it contains, there’s just as much darkness.

Both residences were carefully constructed by Bong and his crew to show the important connection between physical home and family while creating the perfect structures for the events in Parasite to unfold. The resulting film offers an at turns hilarious and deeply unsettling look at class and survival, its essence echoed in the environments the characters inhabit.

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Reintegration: The Road Back After Korea - Part 1 - The Beginning

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AWC > Military Life > Reintegration:  The Road Back After Korea

As most or all of you know, my husband spent the last year at Camp Hovey in South Korea.  As most people would be, I was so excited for my husband's homecoming that I forgot, that one of hardest part was yet to come.

A hardship tour is a lot different from a deployment in a lot of respects because during deployment there are reintegration meetings and FRG's are there to assist you with anything that you might need right before a deployment ends.  However, during a hardship tour you don't have any of that.

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 I personally don't have any friends who's husbands have went away on a hardship tour during their marriage.  This was all new territory for me, and I spent most of the time he was gone feeling alone and misguided.  If there are Army programs available to assist spouses during a hardship tour I have yet to hear about it.  I have been through a deployment with my husband back in 2008 when he deployed to Iraq.  I was not a spouse yet, so I didn't have a lot of Army experience nor did the Army even care that I existed.

The last couple of months before the tour ended, I did a lot of preparing mentally but I also began to get the house super organized in preparation for his arrival.  All of this was new to me because my husband was only home with my daughter and I for 11 days before he left.  Having a baby is always an adjustment, but we did a lot of adjusting in the first month of her life.  Over the year, I set a routine and had it down with just Madison and I.  Now I had to think about where my husband fits into all of this, and how to make him part of our family, again.  Thankfully, I have a resilient daughter who blows my mind with every milestone and never ceases to amaze me when it comes to her ability to adjust. Thankfully, that took a lot pressure and stress off my shoulders.  My husbands homecoming was perfect and the first week was honeymoon like, of course.  Then the anxiety, pressure and confusion came, not to mention housework, laundry, dishes... you name it for 3 people.  I never could believe how adding just one more person complicates your routine.

I had a terrible time adjusting to the newness of all of it, in addition to having PPD.  It was the first time, on a permanent basis that we would be a family under one roof.  Where is my husband supposed to fit in our "life"? How is everything going to play out??  These are all questions that I still ask myself to this day!  I do not know what the answer is when it comes to reintegrating from a hardship tour, but I do know that patience, understanding and faith largely come into play.

If you have questions about my hardship tour and the experiences I had, feel free to follow me on twitter-- @CourtneyAWC.  If you have had any experiences with a hardship tour, please feel free to pass on any tools that you used, so that in the future these resources can be available to other spouses!

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Companies like Google and Microsoft are making big investments in startups looking to disrupt healthcare. Here's where 5 top tech giants are placing their bets.

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Tech giants like Google's parent company Alphabet and Microsoft have taken their time figuring out how to approach the massive $3.5 trillion US healthcare industry. 

But the big tech players haven't been shy about investing in companies looking to disrupt healthcare. Their investments hint at how the tech giants could ultimately succeed in healthcare. 

In October, CB Insights pulled together a report analyzing the investments tech companies had made in digital health startups looking at the last five years. In particular, Alphabet, Microsoft, and Chinese tech giant Tencent accounted for about 70% of the deals, the report found. 

Read more: Tech giants like Google and Amazon are beefing up their healthcare strategies. Here's how 7 tech titans plan to tackle the $3.5 trillion industry.

The report highlights that most of the deals have been in data management and analytics, with 40 deals in the space. That finding isn't surprising for He Wang, a healthcare analyst at CB Insights. 

"A common thread across all ten companies is data. Every tech company is leveraging some sort of data in all verticals they're going after, and that's no different in healthcare," Wang told Business Insider. "They're playing to their strengths and that's reflected in their investments." 

Here are the top 5 companies with the most investments in digital health and where they're placing their bets, from fewest investments to most, as determined by the CB Insights report. 

Samsung - 15 companies

Samsung is primarily focused on chronic disease management. 

The South Korean company, known for Galaxy phones and headsets, wants to expand into wearables and other tech monitoring systems that can track peoples' health. In total, it's invested in 15 companies. 

Samsung bought Neurologica, a medical imaging company and the US healthcare equipment maker, Nexus

"Samsung essentially wants to help people manage their health, using their wide adoption of hardware to distribute software that has healthcare applications," Wang said.  

 



Intel - 16 companies

A big area of focus for Intel is AI or machine learning in medical imaging, drug discovery and drug diagnostics, Wang said. In total, Intel has made investments in 16 digital health companies, according to the report. 

This can be seen with its investment of $30 million in startups working on cloud computing software innovation. The company, along with Microsoft, invested in CognitiveScale, a data analytics product for healthcare providers like hospital systems. 

Wang noted that Intel's healthcare investments align with the company's broader investments in AI across all verticals.  

"Intel is one of the most technologically advanced companies. They're still a worldwide provider of chips," Wang said. "So at the end of the day they're just trying to make a broader market place with chips." 



Tencent - 40 companies

Tencent has also been prolific in its dealmaking, investing in 40 companies. 

When delving into healthcare, the company is drawing on two main company strengths.

The first is Tencent's data on its users. The company has some of the most-used messaging apps and software, with over one billion active users on the company's WeChat platform alone. With this vast user base, Tencent is leveraging this asset to help it monetize and make investments, Wang said. 

The second asset is its investment in medical content marketing, allowing Tencent to analyze what users want in healthcare. An example of this an investment in SoYoung, the China-based medical aesthetic company which went public in the US earlier this year. 



Microsoft - 42 companies

As the second-most-active investor on the list, Microsoft made 42 investments in the space. But the company has a different approach than Google. Unlike Google, the majority of Microsoft's investments come from its accelerator and incubator programs.

These programs have actively worked with digital health companies at the earliest stage of investment, for startups like SWORD Health, Genoox, KenSci and SigTuple

"Microsoft is playing a little bit of a catch up in terms of services for cloud providers," Wang said. "They're using this incubator to build on this digital health startup ecosystem, to not only impact some of the most interesting companies out there but to also market or encourage people to use for their cloud computing capabilities." 

But Microsoft also has a long term strategy with its venture arm, M12, which invests in bigger startups, such as the chronic disease management company Livongo Health

The majority of its investments since 2016 have been in data management and analytics, and genomics companies. 

"Microsoft has made it very clear that cloud is the most important strategy they're going after," Wang said.  

 



Alphabet - 57 companies

Alphabet is the biggest and most active investor in the healthcare space. Google parent company Alphabet has backed 57 companies, making 70% of its health investments through corporate funds like Google Ventures, CapitalG, and Gradient Ventures. 

Google's accelerator and incubator programs have invested in 17 digital health companies primarily in genomics, clinical research, insurance and benefits. 

When it comes to genomics, Google's venture arm GV has invested in companies like 23andMe, Foundation Medicine, and Flatiron Health, while Alphabet's life sciences arm Verily has invested in Freenome.

The companies have collected clinical and genetic data, with the hope of finding new ways to use that information and keep people healthier. Google doesn't have access to the data these companies collect, but can draw insights from how the companies approach working with large amounts of information.

"They can use that data and tie it into advanced technology to drive better drug delivery, or diagnostics," Wang said. "Google is focused on healthcare data assets and how to use advanced technology to drive insights from there." 

Google has also invested in some of the biggest health insurance startups like Oscar Health and Clover Health, which collect information on how people use and navigate the healthcare system. 

 




          

Development Of Modern South Korea Ju Kim Kyong

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Update Hp Samsung Galaxy Luna Latest

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Update Hp Samsung Galaxy Luna Latest - After Samsung Galaxy On7 previous review, it is time we review its twin, the Galaxy On5. Yes, the Samsung Galaxy Galaxy On7 On5 with proven is the last one gene product of the company South Korean tech giant, Samsung. Both products were proven to be formulated by using the same base. This factor can be seen from the physical form Samsung Galaxy On5 that is synonymous with the Samsung Galaxy On7. Starting from the concept of zoom, layout and panel-panel buttons, until the material used is the same.

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Google launches Play Points rewards programme in the US

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After testing the service in Japan and South Korea over the past year, Google on Monday launched its Google Play Points rewards programme for...

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Shiseido 3Q19 Earnings Preview: Quantamental Analysis Points to a Revenue Surprise

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Shiseido is set to release 3rd quarter 2019 results on 7th November 2019. In this insight, we look at Shiseido’s chances of outperforming consensus estimates. We have taken a numbers-based approach to estimate Shiseido’s 3rd quarter earnings. We have used domestic industry data to forecast domestic cosmetics revenue. The revenue from China and other main countries are forecasted using trade data. Furthermore, we have also used Truedata POS in determining the direction of the domestic cosmetics segment EBIT margin.

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Consensus

LSR Estimates

Difference

Revenue

296,323

303,704

2%

YoY Growth

8%

11%

 

Operating Profit

39,719

36,952

-7%

YoY Growth

31%

22%

 

OP Margin

13.4%

12.2%

 

Source: Cap IQ 3Q19 Consensus Vs LSR Estimates

Our analysis shows that Shiseido’s revenue could outperform consensus by about 2%, mainly driven by stronger than expected domestic demand. The revenue surprise could have been larger if not for the slowdown in cosmetics exports.

Over the previous four quarters, cosmetics exports to China grew at an average YoY growth rate of about 45%. However, we believe they only grew 17% YoY in 3Q19.  Furthermore, the fractured diplomatic relationship between Japan and South Korea and the protests in Hong Kong have also had a negative impact on cosmetics exports to the respective countries.

Our OP estimate is lower than consensus despite us estimating higher revenues than consensus. Consensus OP has been substantially higher than the actual results for three out of the past four quarters. We believe the OP margin in the range of 12% is more likely to be achieved by the company considering the slowdown in the YoY growth of exports as well as the high weighting of domestic sales.

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Tutankhamun blockbuster will head to Boston

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South Korean Hwang the 'bee's knees' for Bordeaux

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Bordeaux (AFP) - Bordeaux captain Benoit Costil said South Korea's Hwang Ui-jo is the "bee's knees" after the forward scored his second goal in four Ligue 1 appearances in Sunday's 2-0 victory over ...
          

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South Korea Bourse May Be Stuck In Neutral On Thursday

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The South Korea stock market has moved higher in five straight sessions, climbing more than 60 points or 3 percent along the way. The KOSPI now rests just beneath the 2,145-point plateau although it may spin its wheels on Thursday.
          

You Sunk My Battleship

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Preface

People who make military policy and amateurs who follow it alike are in something of a vacuum when it comes to naval warfare.  While the Navy is a very large share of the United States Defense Department budget, there have been so few skirmishes in the past fifty years or so that it is hard to get a reality check on the multi-billion dollar expenditures involved. The few incidents which have occurred, meanwhile, have taken on disproportionate importance.  

While some naval history is too distant to be of much use, from the ramming battles between glorified rowboats of the Greeks, to the days of sails and cannons, it is fair, at least, to look at the experience of World War II, the last full fledged blue sea naval campaign in world history.  This experience has informed much of the current conventional wisdom regarding naval warfare, and while the lessons learned in World War II need to be updated to reflect technological advances that have taken place since then, they are too recent to safely ignore.

Among other things, World War II taught the lesson that the heavy armor of a battleship was no match for modern offensive weapons. 

As the Wikipedia article linked above explains:
Battleships were the largest and most complex, and hence the most expensive warships of their time; as a result, the value of investment in battleships has always been contested. 
As the French politician Etienne Lamy wrote in 1879, "The construction of battleships is so costly, their effectiveness so uncertain and of such short duration, that the enterprise of creating an armored fleet seems to leave fruitless the perseverance of a people". The Jeune École school of thought of the 1870s and 1880s sought alternatives to the crippling expense and debatable utility of a conventional battlefleet. It proposed what would nowadays be termed a sea denial strategy, based on fast, long-ranged cruisers for commerce raiding and torpedo boat flotillas to attack enemy ships attempting to blockade French ports. 
The ideas of the Jeune École were ahead of their time; it was not until the 20th century that efficient mines, torpedoes, submarines, and aircraft were available that allowed similar ideas to be effectively implemented. The determination of powers such as Germany to build battlefleets with which to confront much stronger rivals has been criticised by historians, who emphasise the futility of investment in a battlefleet that has no chance of matching its opponent in an actual battle.
Large Warships In Existing Navies

Today, there are only two ships of the battleship class in the world, both in the Russian Navy, only one of which is in active service, the 28,000 ton Admiral Nakhimov commissioned in 1988 is currently undergoing refit and is out of service, and the 28,000 ton Pyotr Velikiy, of the same class commissioned in 1998 is in active service.  

The 14,564 ton Zumwalt class destroyer of the U.S. Navy, the largest warship in the U.S. Navy that is not an aircraft carrier or non-combatant logistics ship, and is is arguably misclassified as a destroyer deserves a battleship designation. Just three Zumwalt class destroyers have three have been built (and no more have been ordered). One was commissioned in 2016, one was commissioned in 2019, and one is awaiting a commission later this year. It cost $7.5 billion per ship of total cost to build and has been severely criticized:
Mike Fredenburg analyzed the program for National Review after Zumwalt broke down in the Panama Canal in November 2016, and he concluded that the ship's problems "are emblematic of a defense procurement system that is rapidly losing its ability to meet our national security needs." Fredenburg went on to detail problems relating to the skyrocketing costs, lack of accountability, unrealistic goals, a flawed concept of operations, the perils of designing a warship around stealth, and the failure of the Advanced Gun System. He concludes:

"The Zumwalt is an unmitigated disaster. Clearly it is not a good fit as a frontline warship. With its guns neutered, its role as a primary anti-submarine-warfare asset in question, its anti-air-warfare capabilities inferior to those of our current workhorse, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, and its stealth not nearly as advantageous as advertised, the Zumwalt seems to be a ship without a mission."
Indeed, only twenty navies in the world have surface warships (including aircraft carriers, but not transport ships) larger than a frigate: U.S. (111), Japan (48), China (33), Russia (20), India (14), France (14), United Kingdom (7), Norway (5), Italy (4), Taiwan (4), Netherlands (4), Denmark (3), Germany (3), South Korea (3), Egypt (3), Saudi Arabia (3), Spain (2), Brazil (1), Thailand (1), and Morocco (1).

Only seven of these countries (China, Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Thailand and Morocco) would plausibly be U.S. naval warfare adversaries in the foreseeable future (while many of the remaining thirteen countries would likely be allies of the U.S. in an future naval warfare in their region). These seven plausible adversaries have 62 large surface warships ships combined. Of these only China and Russia are really serious concerns militarily and they have 53 large surface warships combined.

The Russian fleet's large ships, moreover, are split between several global regions that are distant from each other in some case (Northern, Baltic, Black Sea and Pacific). The aircraft carrier, the battleship, one smaller cruiser, and six destroyers are in Russia's Northern fleet. One smaller cruiser and five destroyers are in Russia's Pacific fleet. One of its smaller cruisers and one of its destroyers are in Russia's Black Sea fleet. Three of its destroyers are in Russia's Baltic fleet.

Several other plausible U.S. naval warfare adversaries such as Iran and North Korea have submarines but no large surface combatants.

Currently, the U.S. has 20 aircraft carriers (11 "super carriers" of 100,000 tons or more, and 9 amphibious assault ships which can carry helicopters, Osprey aircraft, Harrier aircraft or F-35B aircraft of 40,000-45,000 tons), Italy has 2, Japan has 4, France has 4, Australia has 2, Egypt has 2, and Brazil, China, India, Russia, Spain, Thailand and the United Kingdom each have one. In all there are 42 aircraft carriers in active naval service in the world.

Five aircraft carriers (one each from the U.K., China, Russia, India and France in order of size) are between the size of a U.S. super carrier and the smallest U.S. amphibious assault ship ranging from 42,000 to 65,000 tons (and only four of these from the China, Russia, India and France, and the ten U.S. super carriers, allow for something other than a vertical landing). The other eighteen aircraft carriers range from 11,486 tons to 27,100 tons (eleven of which are restricted to vertical takeoff and landing aircraft such as helicopters and the MV-22 Osprey). All twenty-seven carriers under 42,000 tons and two larger aircraft (one from the U.S. at 45,000 tons and one from the U.K. at 65,000 tons) are restricted either to short takeoff vertical landing aircraft such as an F-35B or a Harrier, or to vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.

Eleven more carriers (including two that are only VTOL carriers) are undergoing sea trials or ordered: the U.S. 3, China 3, and South Korea, India, Italy and Turkey one each.

Currently, the U.S. has 22 cruisers (10,000 tons each) and Russia has 4 (one battleship with 28,000 tons and three cruisers with 12,500 tons) in active service. In all there are 27 cruisers in active naval service in the world. The U.S. cruisers are virtually indistinguishable from its destroyers and slightly inferior to them as they are older designs.

Currently, the U.S. has 69 destroyers (including 2 of the Zumwalt class), Japan has 44, China has 32, Russia has 15, India has 13, France has 10, the U.K. has 6, Norway has 5Taiwan has 4, the Netherlands has 4Germany has 3, Denmark has 3South Korea has 3Saudi Arabia has 3, Italy has 2, Egypt has 1, Morocco has 1, and Spain has 1. The largest destroyer in active service (other than the two Zumwalt class destroyers in active service) is 10,290 tons and many of which are considerably smaller. Some of the destroyer class ships are larger, more capable ships actually called frigates in an effort to make comparisons comparable. All ships classified as frigates for these purposes are under 5,000 tons, although a few particularly capable frigates between 4,000 and 5,000 tons are classified as destroyers. There are 219 destroyers in all of the world's navies combined.

In all there are 42 aircraft carriers over 11,000 tons and 7 other surface combatants over 11,000 tons in naval service in the world. Of those, 20 aircraft carriers and 2 other surface combatants are in the U.S. Navy and 1 aircraft carrier and 4 other surface combatants (one battleship and three cruisers) are in the Russian Navy. The other navies of the world have 21 aircraft carriers, only 10 of which are more than VTOL helicopter carriers. There are 244 other surface combatants bigger than frigates in the world in active naval service (of which 67 are in the U.S. Navy and 15 are in the Russian Navy).

The Japanese Naval Experience

The case that really brought this home for the Japanese was the sinking of the battleship Yamato.  This 71,000 ton ship with massive 18 inch guns was tough.  It  had previously survived a hit from a torpedo delivered by a U.S. submarine on Christmas Day in 1943, and two bombs that hit it in October of 1944, in the Leyte Gulf.  Two more 36,000 ton Japanese battleships, the Fuso and the Yamashiro, were sunk by naval gunfire and torpedoes in that same October battle.  Bombs damaged the 39,000 ton Japanese battleship Nagato in the battle of the Leyte Gulf badly enough to remove it from action. Ultimately, air power prevailed over the big guns and heavy armor of the pinnacle of the battleship era.  On April 7, 1945, the Yamato was sunk by carrier based U.S. aircraft and it took 2,498 Japanese sailors with it.  The 32,000 ton Japanese battleship Ise (already removed from service nine months earlier by a mine), and Japanese battleships Hyunga and Haruna were sunk by carrier based U.S. aircraft in July of 1945.

Japan had already lost its 32,000 ton battlecruiser Kirishima to 16” naval gunfire from the 47,000 ton American battleship Washington in 1942 in one of the last of the battles that went according traditional naval models of close range ship to ship combat, in this case, at a range of a mile and a half.  The 28,000 ton Japanese battleship Kongo was sunk by a submarine in November of 1944.  Its three sister ships were sunk by U.S. aircraft in World War II.

The American Naval Experience in World War II

Americans remember Pearl Harbor.  Yes, this carrier based air attack was a surprise.  But, a heavily armored hull did not prevent this attack from sinking the 32,000 ton U.S. battleship Arizona and three other battleships.  Four more battleships were seriously damaged, the 29,000 ton American battleship Nevada among them, although the Nevada was ultimately returned to service and survived further battle damage on multiple occasions.  Few naval strategists before Pearl Harbor had realized how vulnerable the fleet was to aerial attack.

The 33,000 ton American battleship Idaho ran aground off Okinawa in June of 1945.  American battleship Pennsylvania,  a sister ship of the Arizona, was taken out of action by enemy aircraft in August of 1945.

The 45,000 ton American battleship Indiana did exhibit the resilience in the face of damage which battleships are legendary for notwithstanding a mixed experience in real life.  It survived both a collision and a hit by a kamakazi pilot in 1944, and serious storm damage in 1945, yet survived until decommissioning in 1963.  The 45,000 ton South Dakota similarly sustained and survived repeated battle damage. The 56,000 ton American battleship Iowa likewise survived serious damage from shore fire sustained in March of 1944, and the 47,000 ton battleship Washington survived a 1942 torpedo hit from a Japanese submarine and a 1945 friendly fire incident.

The German Naval Experience in World War II

Germany’s 51,000 ton battleship the Bismark found its fate at the bottom of the sea in May of 1941.  The British Royal Air Force damaged the 40,000 ton German battleship Gneisenau to the point that it never again was useable as a battleship in 1942.  Sister German battleship Scharnhorst, however, survived in the face of a seemingly never ending barrage of hits sustained.

The Italian and Vichy French Naval Experiences in World War II

Both Italy and Vichy France both saw battleships destroyed in port before they were ever launched.  

The planned 48,000 ton battleship Clemenceau was destroyed in its French port during a bombing raid in August 1944.  The 36,000 ton battleship Dunkerque, in the hands of the Vichy French, was damaged sufficiently to be taken out of action, and lost one in seven of its crew members, in July of 1940, by a combination of British warship attacks and torpedoes in two separate incidents.

The 30,000 ton Italian battleship Duilio wasn’t actually sunk, but a British bombing raid in November of 1940 took it out of service for about a year, and the ship served only a brief secondary role in World War II thereafter.  The 46,000 ton battleship Vittorio Veneto was taken out of action by British aircraft in 1941, then by a submarine, and then 1943 by another aircraft.  The 47,000 ton Italian battleship Littorio was taken out of commission by British aircraft by June of 1942.

The Spanish Naval Experience in World War II

The 16,000 ton battleship Espana was sunk by a “friendly” mine in July of 1937 during the Spanish civil war, killing a third of the sailors on board.

The British Naval Experience in World Wars I and II.

While it predates World War II, it is worth recalling that the 22,000 ton British battleship Dreadnought (the second of that name launched in 1906) which became synonymous with the very notion of a battleship, sank only one enemy vessel, a German submarine, in all of World War I.  It achieved this end not with its ten 12” guns, but with a methodology as old as Greek naval warfare.  It rammed it.

German dive bombing planes took the 30,000 ton British battleship Iron Duke out of service on October 17, 1939.  It Italian airplane’s torpedo took the 38,000 ton British battleship Nelson out of service for a year on September 27, 1941.  The British lost the 42,000 ton battleship Prince of Wales in December of 1941 to an attack by Japanese aircraft, after having suffered serious damage from naval guns, which was repaired, earlier that same year.  The 33,000 ton British battleship Queen Elizabeth was removed from service when an Italian frogman bombed it while it was in harbor that same month.

          

MBK Partners targets $6 bln buyout fund: Reuters

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MBK Partners is seeking to raise as much as $6 billion for its fifth buyout fund, Reuters reported. MBK, set up in 2005 by ex-Carlyle Group Asia executives, plans to reach a first close by the end of November and a final close by the second half of next year, the story said. MBK targets companies in consumer, tech and financial services in South Korea, China and Japan, Reuters said.
          

LU students travel to South Korea, place 2nd in business plan competition

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FireEye Research Reveals 51% of Organizations Don’t Believe They Are Ready for or Would Respond Well to a Cyber Attack or Breach

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FireEye, Inc., the intelligence-led security company, released its inaugural FireEye Cyber Trendscape Report.

FireEye surveyed over 800 CISOs and other senior executives across North America, Europe, and Asia to uncover attitudes towards some of cyber security’s most prevalent topics. Further, this global snapshot offers context that can aid critical planning discussions with key stakeholders.

“Our new FireEye Cyber Trendscape Report highlights the overall beliefs and perceptions of senior leaders regarding top cyber security priorities for 2020 and beyond, as well areas where they differ across the globe,” said Eric Ouellet, Global Security Strategist at FireEye. “These critical data points will help organizations to bring focus and clarity to their cyber security programs, while helping to expand the dialogue with senior leadership and the board.”

Vast majority of organizations to increase cyber security budgets
With the perpetually shifting threat landscape, most of the organizations surveyed (over 90%) believe that the cyber threat landscape will stay the same or worsen in 2020. Further, the majority (51%) of organizations do not believe they are ready for or would respond well to a cyber attack or breach event. Moreover, 29% of organizations with cyber attack and breach response plans in place have not tested or updated them in the last 12 or more months.

To address concerns regarding the potential loss of sensitive data, customer impact, and business operation disruptions, the vast majority (76%) of organizations plan to increase their cyber security budget in 2020:

  • Organizations most commonly expressed plans to bump cyber security spending by 1-9% over 2019 allocations

  • The greatest number of U.S. participants indicated budgetary increase plans of 10% or more (39%), followed by the UK (30%) and South Korea (22%)

  • However, 25% of organizations in Japan and 24% in South Korea indicated plans to keep their security spend the same year over year

Participating organizations were remarkably consistent in their views and perspectives of cyber security. The following sheds light on some of the more differentiated global viewpoints.

Japan organizations to prioritize detection capabilities in 2020
Globally, organizations allocated their cyber security budgets into four main categories with the largest allocations going to the areas of prevention (42%) and detection (28%), followed by containment and remediation. However, Japan was the only country to break away from this order, expressing a greater emphasis on detection (40%) and then prevention (35%).

U.S. organizations take the lead in fully transitioning to the cloud
Over 44% of global respondents expressed having transitioned some of their environment to the cloud, and that they were monitoring cautiously. Additionally, 35% had transitioned some of their environment with plans to continue, and 17% had completed a full cloud deployment. U.S. organizations reported being furthest along in adopting a cloud-first approach with 37% having finished a complete cloud migration.

Germany and Japan participants express concerns regarding cloud security
Of the responding participants globally, 45% felt that the cloud was about as secure as on-premise, and a further 33% believed that the cloud was more secure. However, in both Germany and Japan, 24% of responding organizations perceived the cloud as being less secure – highlighting a disparity from the global average (18%).

France participants believe employee training to be a top protection measure
Globally, participants consistently identified the same solutions as having the most positive impact on their organization’s ability to prevent a cyber attack. Vulnerability management and security software took the lead (slightly above 16%). Employee training was the third (14%) followed by response plans and security hardware (both slightly above 12%).

When it came to cyber security investment areas with the greatest potential positive impact to an organization’s ability to prevent a cyber attack or breach, [France participants were the only ones to identify employee training as their top priority, if they did not have constraints. Further, research revealed that 1% of organizations surveyed in France do not have an employee cyber security training program in place, compared to the global average of slightly above 11%. In contrast, 25% of organizations in Germany and 23% in Canada report not having employee cyber security training in place. These numbers are especially concerning considering that a cyber attack can often result from just one employee clicking on a single hyperlink.

For more FireEye Cyber Trendscape Report insights, please visit https://www.fireeye.com/offers/rpt-cyber-trendscape.html


          

Asian stocks mostly lower after US indexes hit pause

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BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly lower Thursday after a meandering day of trading in the U.S. left stock indexes close to their record highs.

The Shanghai Composite Index declined 0.3% to 2,969.81. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 was down 0.1% at 23,275.17. Hong Kong's Hang Seng sank 0.4% to 27,589.65 and South Korea's Kospi shed 0.2% to 2,140.64.

Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 advanced 0.9% to 6,717.40, making it the best performer across regional markets. India's Sensex gained 0.5% to 40,651.44. Benchmarks in New Zealand advanced while Taiwan and Singapore declined.

Earlier, a Reuters report that the United States and China may delay signing "Phase 1" of their trade deal until December sent U.S. shares decisively lower by midday. However, the drop didn't last long.

After sinking 0.3%, the S&P 500 erased its loss within about two hours. The index closed 2.16 points, or 0.1% higher, at 3,076.78. It's within two points of its record.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average less than 0.1% to 27,492.56, and the Nasdaq composite fell 0.3% to 8,410.63.

The U.S.-China trade war has been a top concern for investors since early 2018, and momentum has recently been tilting toward at least a partial agreement. That, combined with encouraging reports on the economy and corporate profits, have recently propelled U.S. indexes past their prior peaks from July to all-time highs.

While acknowledging that trade talks could easily falter again, Jeff Mills, chief investment officer at Bryn Mawr Trust, said both sides have an incentive to come to a deal. China's economic growth has slowed under the weight of increased U.S. tariffs. President Donald Trump's chances of re-election, meanwhile, likely hinge in large part on the economy, and a worsening trade war would only sour it.

Mills is optimistic...


          

The Hit Movie 'Parasite' Puts Basement Structures In Structural Inequality

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In the South Korean film, architecture is a symbol of class conflict. Director Bong Joon-ho knows that mansions are all over — but a certain humble subterranean apartment is particular to Seoul.
          

South Korea deports North Koreans who fled after killing 16

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South Korea says it has deported 2 North Koreans after finding they had killed 16 fellow fishermen and fled to South Korea
          

South Korea says it deported 2 North Koreans after finding they had killed 16 fellow fishermen and fled to South

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South Korea says it deported 2 North Koreans after finding they had killed 16 fellow fishermen and fled to South
          

Sydney Morning Herald: Dying for a better life: South Koreans fake funeral for life lessons

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A South Korean service is offering free funerals - but only to the living. More than 25,000 people have participated, hoping to improve their lives by simulating their deaths.
          

South Korea deports North Koreans who fled after killing 16

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says it has deported 2 North Koreans after finding they had killed 16 fellow fishermen onboard and fled to South Korea. South Korea’s Unification Ministry said Thursday the two North Koreans were initially found aboard a boat south of the sea border last Saturday. It says a South […]
          

North says US-S. Korea drills ‘throw wet blanket’ on talks

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Thursday planned U.S.-South Korean military drills would amount to “throwing a wet blanket over the spark” of nuclear negotiations that are “on the verge of extinction.” Since the start of the nuclear talks last year, the U.S. and South Korea have cancelled or scaled back their regular […]
          

Topic "Returning to Canada" a message from PMM

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Hi


CynCardew wrote:
I'm a Canadian married to an English man (UK) and together we have 2 Canadian Children, both born in Canada. We've lived in France for 7 years.

My husband had a Permanent Resident Card in Canada but as it had expired while we were living in France, as we were planning a visit back to Canada, he needed to renounce it in order to apply for an ETA. We plan on moving back permanently next year, will he have to reapply for a Permanent Resident Card all over again?
If yes, can he start the application process from France before our return? Knowing he'd have to go back to Canada for appointments or signing paperwork.
For me and the kids, do we just start on paperwork (licence, healthcard etc) once we return?

Thanks for any help or advice.


1. No, the PR card is only the indication that a person has PR status, your spouse renounced his PR status. (He didn't have to do that, as he was accompanying a Canadian citizen spouse residing abroad he would have maintained his PR status, and only would have required a PR Travel Document to return to Canada) But that's water under the bridged.
2. You will have to sponsor him. As a Canadian citizen residing abroad you can start the process, but will have to demonstrate what steps you have made to return to Canada if he is issued a PR visa (COPR). \
3. If you sponsor abroad, any interviews would be held at the overseas processing office.

4. You and your children will (depending) on the Province where you intend to settle, will most likely have a 3 months waiting period for Health Insurance after your arrival. Depending on what Drivers License you hold, it will be a straight swap for a Provincial DL. DLs that can be swapped


  • Austria

  • Australia

  • France

  • Germany

  • Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey

  • Ireland

  • Japan

  • Netherlands

    • Except former territories in Antilles: Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St. Eustatius, and St. Maarten.

  • New Zealand

  • South Korea (not motorcycles)

  • Switzerland

  • Taiwan (not motorcycles)


          

CRISPR-Cas9 Used to Alter Anthocyanin Production in Black Rice

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Researchers from Hankyong National University, South Korea, edited three rice genes (OsF3′H, OsDFR and OsLDOX) involved in anthocyanin production. Modifying a trait using CRISPR-Cas9 mutagenesis has been proven to provide advantages in identifying gene function and crop improvement. The results of the gene editing are published in Plant Biote...
          

Canada's Hadwin named to Presidents Cup for second time; Conners just misses out

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By The Canadian Press

The last time Adam Hadwin played in a Presidents Cup, he went home disappointed. But next month, he's getting another shot at winning the international team event.

Hadwin, from Abbotsford, B.C., made his Presidents Cup debut two years ago when the international team lost 19-11 to the United States at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J. South Africa's Ernie Els made Hadwin one of his four captain's picks on Wednesday night, along with Australia's Jason Day, Chile's Joaquin Niemann and South Korea's Sungjae Im.

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Envirostream Australia Confirms Offtake Deal with Korean Battery Recycler

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Lithium Australia’s 24 percent subsidiary Envirostream Australia has signed a MoU with a South Korean battery recycler.

The post Envirostream Australia Confirms Offtake Deal with Korean Battery Recycler appeared first on Investing News Network.


          

The Seventh Fleet protects Freedom of Navigation. With Christopher Sharman @HooverInst

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Image:  The Seventh Fleet's area of responsibility, 2009. Public domain: USN Fleets (2009).png @HooverInst . Christopher Sharman, Captain, USN, Seventh Fleet, and Naval Intelligence; & Hoover National Security Affairs Fellow, starts with military intell work in Asia: the Japan-US alliance is as strong as ever; we coordinate in myriad ways, especially maritime. South China Sea and East China Sea. We have some challenges in Okinawa but, overall, Japanese people are amazingly welcoming to us. Five Eyes partners: Australia has helped us significantly in South China Sea – have sent their ships, is one of the countries that have pushed back against some of the things China has done. Operating methods are transparent: Americans can speak to an Australian ship same as to a US ship. Indians have traditionally relied on Russian equipment; we’d like to see them move away from that, but they work with many different neighbors so they’ll probably never be an ally but we work well together. South Korean navy has been at risk from provocations.  We do have an alliance with them; they participate in our largest exercises, and we send ships to theirs. We break down cultural issues and each learns how the other operates. Vietnam:  Vietnamese and US navies; Vietnamese view everything through the prism of “what will China’s reaction be?” After a thousand years of Chinese occupation, it’s a delicate balance. Taiwan: US does not make port calls there, but we have relations, and collaborate with their military. We’re not nearly as present there as elsewhere. Under an attack, will we respond?  We certainly are preparing. Scarborough Shoal:  USN has great relations with the Philippines. The 2012 Scarborough incident is fascinating: China entered, convinced the Philippines to back out. Philippines then raised a case in the UN anent the Law of the Sea, and won the case under arbitration; since then, have been careful not to push too hard.    
          

South Korea and Japan: GSOMIA front and center. David Maxwell. @HooverInst

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Image: Comfort Women rally in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, August 2011.  Permissions*: see below . David Maxwell, senior Fellow specializing in North Korea and East Asia Affairs at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, covers the spat between South Korea and Japan, but it’s being smoothed out now, starting with military cooperation to lead to trade cooperation. The best case would be for Pres Moon to set aside historical indignities and improve relations by reviving the GSOMIA  [pron: jeh-somia; general security of military information agreement].  Also, there’s a dispute ‘twixt the two over some islands that the US carefully and dispassionately calls “rocks.” International concern over the military sharing agreement between Seoul and Tokyo, but Moon may be able to set aside some worries to focus on the real threat, North Korea. Moon’s peace and reconciliation effort with North Korea has wholly failed, as Kim has no intention of coming to a working agreement, and all he does is aim to undermine Moon. https://www.wsj.com/articles/south-korea-is-having-fewer-babies-soon-it-will-have-fewer-soldiers-11573039652 https://finance.yahoo.com/news/japan-south-korea-face-looming-210000548.html . ‪Author:  Claire Solery (https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:Claire_Solery&action=edit&redlink=1) I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby publish it under the following license: ‪This file is licensed under the Creative Commons (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/en:Creative_Commons) Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en) license. |    | ‪You are free: ‪to share – to copy, distribute and transmit the work ‪to remix – to adapt the work ‪Under the following conditions: •       ‪attribution – You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. •       ‪share alike – If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same or compatible license (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/licensing-considerations/compatible-licenses) as the original.
          

Japan

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Without a doubt, Japan’s relations with South Korea are at one of the lowest points in the period since the normalization of relations in 1965. For some time now, officials in Tokyo have found the relationship with Seoul frustrating and difficult. Public opinion seems to be following. In annual binational polling by Genron NPO, 23% […]
          

South Korea

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This article focuses on the case of anti-Korean sentiment and the rise of an ultranationalist “netizen” (a citizen of the Internet) movement in Japan—a topic which resonates particularly in South Korea, where images of anti-Korean attitudes in Japan abound exacerbating Japan-ROK relations. In particular, the article advances two objectives. First, it addresses the ambiguity in […]
          

South Korea deports two North Koreans after finding they had killed 16 fishermen

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SEOUL, South Korea South Korea deported two North Koreans on Thursday after finding they had killed 16 fellow fishermen on a boat and fled to South Korea across the sea border over the...
          

South Korea deports North Koreans who fled after killing 16

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SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says it has deported 2 North Koreans after finding they had killed 16 fellow fishermen onboard and fled to South Korea.
          

South Korea deports North Koreans who fled after killing 16

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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA South Korea says it has deported 2 North Koreans after finding they had killed 16 fellow fishermen onboard and fled...
          

Asian stocks mixed after US indexes hit pause

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A currency trader holds a phone at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. Asian stocks are mostly lower after a meandering day of trading left U.S. stock...
          

South Korea deports North Koreans who fled after killing 16

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By The Canadian Press

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea deported two North Koreans on Thursday after finding they had killed 16 fellow fishermen on a boat and fled to South Korea across the sea border over the weekend.

The two North Koreans, both men in their 20s, were found aboard a boat south of the eastern sea border last Saturday, according to Seoul's Unification Ministry. It said a South Korean investigation later found the two had killed 16 colleagues aboard a fishing boat and escaped to South Korea.

Details of the alleged onboard killings weren't immediately known.

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Washington Wants Seoul to Pay $4.7 Billion for US Forces Stationed in South Korea - Reports

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SEOUL (Sputnik) - The United States has demanded that South Korea pay $4.7 billion to cover the cost of US servicemen stationed there and maintaining armaments in the region, South Korean media reported on Thursday.
          

Hyundai Autron’s next-gen autonomous car software to be powered by BlackBerry

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Wartsila Inert Gas Units With Groundbreaking Titanium Construction Selected for Worlds Largest Ever Spar Platform

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A new spar platform being built for Statoil’s Aasta Hansteen field off the coast of Norway will feature Wärtsilä’s Inert Gas and Nitrogen Generator systems. The contract has been issued in the first quarter 2014 by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) of South Korea, the yard building the platform. The Wärtsilä Inert Gas Generator will utilise titanium in its construction, the first time ever that this material has been used in such a system. Titanium was preferred due to its superior corrosion
          

Kakao's profit doubles as chat app ad revenue soars

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South Korea deports North Koreans who fled after killing 16

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SEOUL: South Korea expelled Thursday two North Korean fishermen suspected of killing 16 colleagues before crossing the border into the South last week, South Korea's Unification Ministry said.
          

The cities of the future, here today

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About 12,000 years ago, the Neolithic Revolution marked the transition in human history from nomadic hunting and gathering to settling in permanent communities. In all probability, from that time forward mankind has fantasized about a city of the future.

Plato’s Atlantis was the source of inspiration for numerous literary and Utopian concepts, some of which have survived to this day.

Many a child of the Silent Generation can vividly recall watching the 1939 movie “Wizard of Oz” — following Dorothy and the gang along the yellow brick road to the gleaming Emerald City. And how many kids in the 1960s were left wishing they too lived in Orbit City where, like the Jetsons, they could fly to school and have a robot maid.

More recently, we can thank Walt Disney Studios for creating Tomorrowland, a 2015 movie filled with sleek buildings and teeming with robots, jet packs and space ships. The plot merited a barrage of rotten tomatoes but the filmmaker’s vision of what a city of the future might look like certainly fired the imagination.

Fictional renditions of the post-modern metropolis aside, we’ve discovered a number of real-life brick-and-mortar — or rather, glass, steel, ashcrete and carbon fiber — developments that suggest that cities of the future may be nearer at hand than we think.

Songdo, South Korea, is generally recognized as the world’s first smart city. Built on 1,500 acres of reclaimed land near Incheon, it is a low-carbon, eco-friendly, master-planned metropolis that is loaded with technological innovations.

The city’s buildings and streets bristle with sensors that monitor everything from energy use to traffic flow. The district boasts more than 20 million square feet of LEED-certified space, the highest concentration of LEED-certified projects in the world.

Pneumatic tubes send trash from residential units to an underground waste facility where it’s sorted and then recycled or burned for energy generation. Lighting, temperature controls and appliances can be adjusted via a central control panel or remotely from a cellphone. There’s a state-of-the-art water recycling facility and generous swaths of greenery sprinkled throughout — the largest one being the 100-acre seaside park modeled and named after New York City’s Central Park.

Trikala, Greece, may seem an unlikely candidate for a leading smart city, owing to its remote location in the country’s agricultural heartland. Inspired by an innovative, tech-savvy mayor who collaborated with the European Commission and some of the continent’s major tech companies, Trikala has taken a big step into the future.

The most substantial impact on residents’ lives was the digitalization of municipal operations, including an e-complaint system to help speed up services, traffic light monitoring and control, a driverless bus system, and the implementation of robotics labs in the city’s public schools.

A few American communities have made some promising futuristic advances as well.

Thanks to a huge 75 MW solar facility built by Florida Power & Light, the small Florida town of Babcock Ranch, just northeast of Fort Myers, has become the country’s first completely solar-powered community — and the first to introduce a self-driving public shuttle network. The town, with a potential for 50,000 fiber-optically connected residents, was designed and constructed from scratch by developers Kitson & Partners, in coordination with state and local governments.

Emerging from a gritty railyard on Manhattan’s West Side, Hudson Yards is a bold $25 billion development that touts itself as “Tomorrow’s City Today,” and is on its way to becoming the largest real estate development in United States history. This grove of crystalline skyscrapers comprises a mixed-use business, retail and residential complex, encompassing 18 million square feet of built space and about 15 acres of open public space.

Hudson Yards is seen as a cutting-edge model for the future of so-called smart cities, i.e., those with fully integrated infrastructures where internet and communications systems, water services, and electrical and power grids are all connected and unified. Although one critic described it as a “surface spectacle,” big name business (BlackRock, Warner Media, L’Oreal) and retail (Neiman Marcus, Dior, Gucci) have enthusiastically embraced the development.

Apartments and condos are reportedly filling at a rapid clip. A second phase of the project is slated to open in 2025.

Another exciting smart city concept being advanced internationally is Saudi Arabia’s planned Red Sea city of the future, named Neom. A master-planned smart city and tourist destination on the Red Sea coast near the borders of Egypt and Jordan, it is a pet project of controversial Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has pledged $500 billion to get the project moving.

Some of that funding is to come from the bounty the kingdom expects from its planned IPO of state-owned Saudi Aramco. That IPO, however, has been delayed until late 2020, so development of Neom could be slowed. Toxicity surrounding the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, widely believed to be at the hands of the prince, has turned off some international investors in the project, but analysts suggest the smell of money will eventually find them back on board.

The Neom initiative emerged from Salman’s Saudi Vision 2030, a plan that aims to reduce Saudi dependency on oil by diversifying its economy and developing its long-neglected tourism industry.

Plans call for robots to perform functions such as security, logistics, home delivery and caregiving — and for the city to be powered solely with wind and solar power. The first phase of Neom Bay Airport was completed in June 2019, and the facility is now capable of handling international air traffic.

Perhaps the most interesting and feasible future city concept comes from no less than (trumpets, please) Google. The search engine giant’s parent company, Alphabet, has tendered a proposal to build a smart city named Quayside on 350 currently unused acres of Toronto’s eastern waterfront.

“Googleville,” as pundits have tagged it, would feature a long list of high-tech amenities such as solar power, geothermal heat, fiber-optics, and wireless 5G internet for everyone. A subterranean network of tunnels would be used for robotic waste collection and walkways and bike lanes would be heated in the winter.

The design relies on a vast range of data collection, including sensors literally everywhere to track things like the speed of people crossing the streets and park bench and restroom usage.

This has raised suspicion among those who distrust large tech companies that Google will use its vast financial resources and surveillance powers to usurp privacy and exert control over the populace. The project is estimated to cost about $3 billion, with Alphabet putting up $900 million. The plan still needs approval from Canadian regulators and the city of Toronto.

Looking a bit farther into the future, we will likely see such seemingly radical concepts as floating cities and self-contained biospheres become realities. If it can be imagined, there’s no doubt it will be built one day.


          

Sonam Kapoor's Film With Sujoy Ghosh to Go on Floors Soon?

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N Korea calls Abe an ‘idiot’ over criticism of weapons test

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe an “idiot” after he criticized a recent weapons test by the North. In a statement attributed to a foreign ministry official, North Korea described Abe as an “idiot and villain” who was overreacting to what the North described as a test-firing […]
          

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South Korea Deports North Koreans, Says They Killed 16 Co-Workers

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Screening: Returning, After Seventy Years

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Wednesday 29 October 2019, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm SOAS | Russell Square | College Buildings Room: 4429 Register online here Synopsis In September 1950 the Daily Worker journalist Alan Winnington released his pamphlet “I Saw The Truth in Korea” which documented atrocities in Daejeon during the Korean War presided over by the South Korean […]
          

'Transformative electronics systems' to broaden wearable applications

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Imagine a handheld electronic gadget that can soften and deform when attached to our skin. This will be the future of electronics we all dreamed of. A research team at KAIST says their new platform called 'Transformative Electronics Systems' will open a new class of electronics, allowing reconfigurable electronic interfaces to be optimized for a variety of applications. A team working unde
          

South Korea’s outdoor-fashion industry in ‘dire’ state

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South Korea’s outdoor-fashion industry is in “dire” condition according to a report by Korea Bizwire, with brands and retailers once the leaders of the fashion industry “slowly fading into obscurity”. Ashley Son writes that LF, the apparel affiliate of LG Group, plans to gradually shut down all Lafuma stores, a French outdoor brand, by next […]

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Japan hit with steep decline in visitors from South Korea

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TOKYO >> A worsening relationship between Japan and South Korea has had a negative impact on tourism.


          

South Korea deports North Koreans who fled after killing 16

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South Korea deports North Koreans who fled after killing 16In an extremely unusual case, South Korea deported two North Korean fishermen on Thursday after finding they had killed 16 other crew members on their boat and then fled to South Korean waters, Seoul officials said. The two North Koreans, both men in their 20s, were captured in their boat south of the countries' eastern sea border last Saturday, according to Seoul's Unification Ministry. South Korea has a policy of accepting North Koreans who want to resettle in the South to avoid political oppressions and economic poverty at home.



          

South Korea deports North Koreans who fled after killing 16

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Koreas_Fishermen_Killings_83624In an extremely unusual case, South Korea deported two North Korean fishermen on Thursday after finding they had killed 16 other crew members on their boat and then fled to South Korean waters, Seoul officials said.
          

North says US-S. Korea drills 'throw wet blanket' on talks

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This one I'd never heard of before

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The North American AJ Savage (later A-2 Savage) was a carrier-based medium bomber built for the United States Navy by North American Aviation. The aircraft was designed shortly after World War II to carry atomic bombs and this meant that the bomber was the heaviest aircraft thus far designed to operate from an aircraft carrier. It was powered by two piston engines and a turbojet buried in the rear fuselage. The AJ-1 first became operational in 1950 and several were based in South Korea during 1953 as a deterrent against the Communists. Of the 140 built, plus three prototypes, 30 were reconnaissance aircraft. Inflight-refueling equipment was deployed on the Savage in the mid-1950s. The bomber was replaced by the Douglas A3D Skywarrior beginning in 1957.


          

All the cuteness in latest Crash Landing On You teaser!

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Y’all, this teaser is ADORABLE. And who wouldn’t want to watch a rich girl from South Korea try to hide out in North Korea and fall in love with the soldier who’s protecting her? Watch the teaser and tell me I’m wrong. What do you think, k-fans? Are you in? Crash Landing On You starts … Continue reading All the cuteness in latest Crash Landing On You teaser!
          

Sir Alex Ferguson's Reveals Incident Relating to Park Ji-Sung as One of His Biggest Regrets

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​Legendary ​Manchester United manager ​Sir Alex Ferguson won every possible trophy a club manager can win and despite that, he still has few regrets from his incredible 26 years at Old Trafford and one of them involve another Red Devils' legend ​Park Ji-Sung. The now retired South Korean legend was often Sir Alex's go-to man when it came to bringing out performances in big matches. Park, was involved in many matches in United's 2008 Premier League winning season, but he was not selected for...
          

Google Debuts Play Store Rewards System So You Can Exchange Points For Purchases

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Google is encouraging Android users to make full use of their smartphones through apps by introducing an incentive system. Google Play Points, previously available only in Japan and South Korea, is now open to US customers, and rewards users for downloading apps.

Android users can earn Google Play Points when they purchase in-app items, subscriptions, movies, books, and even featured free apps and games. The rewards program also conducts weekly point events to multiply your earning rate.

Points can be exchanged for “special items and discounts” in popular games like Pokémon GO and Candy Crush Saga—where you’ll be able to buy characters or gem—or stored as credit to purchase apps, movies, games, and books.

Google Play Points is free to join, and consists of four tiers: Bronze; Silver; Gold; Platinum. Advancing to higher levels boosts your earning rate per dollar, which can go up to 1.4 Play Points per dollar. Each tier also has its own weekly events, so the more you level up, the more lucrative the reward system gets.

For those who wish to convert their points into something more meaningful, Google also offers the option “to help support a great cause—or causes—of your choice from a rotating list of nonprofits,” beginning with Doctors Without Borders USA, Save the Children and the World Food Program USA.

To register to the free Google Play Points program, simply open the Play Store app via your phone, tap menu, and then select Play Points.

To further motivate you to download more apps, the program even triples your points during your first week. Score.

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How can the land of K-pop fail to innovate?

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Socioeconomic Attainments and Suicidal Ideation in South Korea: How Are Young Adults Different from Middle-Aged Adults?

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Greetings from Tokyo l Travel Sketcher

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I am in Tokyo this week. This is Akaji Shrine. I sketched this while sipping tea in the cafe. Wherever you may be this week, take a moment to sip some tea and savor the moment. Next sketch will be from Seoul, South Korea. Terry - the Travelsketcher is a Mukilteo resident who sketches anything interesting that catches his eye. To see more of Terry's sketches, visit...
          

Latest World News, World News, Current Affairs, Daily Current Affairs

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Picture Of The Day

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:24 PM PST

A B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber, assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, sits on the flight line, Oct 24, 2019. Consistent training and exercising validates the B-2Õs ability to respond to challenges all over the globe. (Sr. Airman Thomas Barley/Air Force)

WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... Best photos of the week: Nov. 4, 2019 (Defense News).

Majority Of U.S. Voters Say President Trump Will Be Re-Elected In 2020 Despite Impeachment Process

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:16 PM PST

U.S. President Donald Trump sits for an exclusive interview with Reuters journalists in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Daily Mail: Comfortable majority of voters say Trump WILL be re-elected in 2020 despite impeachment process – including one-third of Democrats

* A new poll found that 56 percent of registered voters believe President Trump will win again in 2020
* That includes 85 percent of Republicans, 51 percent of independents and 35 percent of Democrats, according to the Politico/Morning Consult survey
* Pollsters found that voters believed that Trump's voters were twice as likely than Hillary Clinton's to be 'very motivated' to go vote
* Another poll found that the percentage of voters who believe Trump should win re-election hasn't significantly changed since the impeachment inquiry opened

A majority of registered voters believe President Trump will win again in 2020.

A new Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 56 percent of all voters said Trump will be re-elected next year. The president obviously has an edge with Republicans, with 85 percent saying a Trump 2.0 is happening.

But a majority of independents - 51 percent - agreed. Even a third of Democrats, 35 percent, said they believed there would be four more years of President Trump.

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WNU Editor: He will be difficult to defeat. President Trump has the advantage of the incumbency and the bully-pulpit. The economy is also doing well, and his base overwhelmingly supports him. The Democrat candidates for President are also not inspiring, and I have trouble seeing them being able to attract independent voters. But the election is still far away. A lot can happen in 12 months.

Should CIA Director Gina Haspel Protect The Ukraine Whistleblower From President Trump?

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:10 PM PST

CIA Director Gina Haspel is sworn by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence as President Donald Trump looks on and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds the bible during ceremonies at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia, U.S. May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque © Reuters

NBC: Intel officials want CIA Director Gina Haspel to protect Ukraine whistleblower from Trump

As Trump allies denounce the whistleblower, pressure is building on CIA Director Gina Haspel to take a stand, say current and ex intelligence officials.

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump and his allies continue to denounce the CIA whistleblower whose complaint led to an impeachment investigation, pressure is building on the spy agency's director, Gina Haspel, to take a stand on the matter, current and former intelligence officials tell NBC News.

"It will be incumbent on her to protect the whistleblower — and by extension, the organization — moving forward," Marc Polymeropoulos, a recently retired CIA officer who oversaw operations in Europe and Russia, said in an interview. "This is a seminal moment for her leadership, and I'm confident she will do the right thing."

So far, Haspel has been publicly silent as Trump has railed about the whistleblower, a CIA analyst, on Twitter. So has the director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire.

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WNU Editor: There is a problem with this "CIA analyst". He was removed from the White House for lying and leaking. He is implicated in filing a complaint against President Trump and Ukraine that has led to this impeachment inquiry, even though his complaint is at odds with the transcript that was released. He is a well known Democrat activist who is closely affiliated with former Obama intelligence officials whose opposition to President Trump is well known. Bottom line. This is a person who has used his CIA position to pursue a political agenda against the President and his policies. In this context, this is someone that I am sure CIA Director Gina Haspel does not want to step in and defend.

Democrats' 'Star Impeachment Witness' Admits He Was Not On The Trump-Ukraine Call, And That His Sole Source Of Information Was From The NY Times

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 09:17 PM PST


Zero Hedge: Democrats' 'Star Witness' Admits He Wasn't On Trump-Ukraine Call, Sole Source Was NY Times

House Democrats have released the latest in the series of heavily-redacted transcripts of the secret hearings they had undertaken in recent weeks - that of Bill Taylor - the top US diplomat in Ukraine - ahead of his public testimony next week.

As The Hill notes, Taylor is viewed as a key witness who previously testified in meticulous detail about what he considered an effort by Trump and his allies to pressure Ukraine into opening investigations that would benefit Trump politically.

In leaked copies of his 15-page opening statement, Taylor voiced concerns that the Trump administration had withheld nearly $400 million in aid as leverage to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open investigations into interference in the 2016 election and former Vice President Joe Biden, one of his leading 2020 political rivals.

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WNU Editor: When you listen to the main stream media they are saying that Ambassador Bill Taylor is a critical witness to President Trump's demand for a quid-pro-quo from the Ukraine government on military aid and an investigation on the Bidens .... Why William Taylor's testimony is central to the impeachment inquiry (PBS). But when you read his transcript .... READ: Testimony Of William Taylor, Acting U.S. Envoy To Ukraine (NPR), the story is very different where he admits that his source of information comes SOLELY from the New York Times?!?!?! You gotta be kidding me. His sole source of information that he is basing his testimony on is from the New York Times?!?!?! It is not surprising that the main stream media is ignoring this critical admission. Kudos to the above post from Zero Hedge and The Federalist .... Testimony Transcript Shows William Taylor Never Talked To Trump, Wasn't Even On July 25 Phone Call (The Federalist) for their summary and analysis on Bill Taylor's testimony. As for the Democrats hoping that he will be their "star witness" next week, my advice to them is that they find a better witness.

Saudi Arabia Recruited Twitter Workers To Spy On Critics Of Saudi Regime

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 08:47 PM PST



CNBC: Justice Department charges two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia

* The Department of Justice on Wednesday charged two former Twitter employees for spying on users on behalf of Saudi Arabia.
* The charges allege that Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo used their employee credentials to access information about specific Twitter users, including their email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and internet protocol addresses.

The Department of Justice on Wednesday charged two former Twitter employees for spying on users on behalf of Saudi Arabia.

The charges allege that Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo used their employee credentials to access information about specific Twitter users, including their email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and internet protocol addresses. A third individual, Ahmed Almutairi, was also charged for acting as an intermediary between the Twitter employees and the Saudi government, the Justice Department said.

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More News On Saudi Arabia Recruiting Twitter Workers To Spy On Critics Of Saudi Regime

US: Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on users -- AP
Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia -- Euronews/Reuters
Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia -- The Hill
Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics of Saudi regime, U.S. charges -- NBC
Twitter employees recruited by Saudi Arabia to spy on kingdom's critics, US prosecutors say -- The Independent
Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into the accounts of kingdom critics -- The Washington Post
Three charged in US with spying on Twitter users for Saudi Arabia -- Twitter

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 6, 2019

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 04:00 PM PST

Jesse Barajas searches for the remains of his brother José, who was was dragged from his ranch on 8 April 2019 and has not been seen since, last month near the town of Tecate. Photograph: Emilio Espejel/The Guardian

Tom Phillips, The Guardian: 'The disappeared': searching for 40,000 missing victims of Mexico's drug wars

José Barajas, who was snatched from his home, joins the ever-swelling ranks of thousands of desaparecidos, victims of the drug conflict that shows no sign of easing

As he set off into the wilderness under a punishing midday sun, Jesse Barajas clutched an orange-handled machete and the dream of finding his little brother, José.

"He's not alive, no. They don't leave people alive," the 62-year-old said as he slalomed through the parched scrubland of tumbleweed and cacti where they had played as kids. "Once they take someone they don't let you live."

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 6, 2019

Deadly ambush shows Mexico lost control of area -- Peter Orsi and Maria Verza, AP

The epic struggle behind Iraq's protests -- CSM Editorial

A Month of Anti-government Protests in Iraq -- Alan Taylor, The Atlantic

As US dithers over human rights, China opens its arms to Prabowo Subianto, the Indonesian defence minister with a chequered past - Amy Chew, SCMP

From Singapore to Sweden, China's overbearing campaign for influence is forcing countries to resist and recalibrate relations with Beijing -- Drew Thompson, SCMP

New Silk Road money is paving the Old Silk Roads -- Alexander Kruglov, Asia Times

Why India pulled out of the RCEP free trade deal -- Rahul Mishra, DW

Why is India's pollution much worse than China's? -- BBC

One year to go for Tanzania's President Magufuli and the reviews are mixed -- Cristina Krippahl, DW

Study: Russia's web-censoring tool sets pace for imitators -- Tami Abdollah, AP

UK election campaign: Who wants what on EU issues? -- Rob Mudge, DW

Explainer: Chile's constitutional conundrum - To change or not to change? -- Natalia A. Ramos Miranda, Reuters

Revisiting the End of the Cold War -- John Lewis Gaddis & Elmira Bayrasli, Project Syndicate

Why Are So Many Countries Witnessing Mass Protests? -- The Economist

World News Briefs -- November 6, 2019

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:36 PM PST

An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo

Reuters: Iran fuels centrifuges, resumes uranium enrichment at Fordow

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran resumed uranium enrichment at its underground Fordow nuclear facility, the country's Atomic Energy Organisation (AEOI) said on Thursday, further stepping away from its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers.

The agreement bans enrichment and nuclear material from Fordow. But with feedstock gas entering its centrifuges, the facility, built inside a mountain, will move from the permitted status of research plant to being an active nuclear site.

"After all successful preparations ... injection of uranium gas to centrifuges started on Thursday at Fordow ... all the process has been supervised by the inspectors of the U.N. nuclear watchdog," the AEOI said in a statement, Iranian media reported

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MIDDLE EAST

Turkey's Erdogan speaks with Trump, to visit Washington next week.

Houthis fire missiles at Yemen's Mokha port, military coalition says.

Iraqi security forces break up protests in Battle of the Bridges.

Civilian deaths as Idlib hospital struck by Russian air raids.

Turkey says Kurdish fighters still remain in safe zone near Syrian border.

Iran begins process of fuelling centrifuges at Fordow.

Riyadh has 'open channel' with Yemen rebels: Saudi official. Riyadh in talks with Yemen rebels, Saudi official says.

Lebanon protesters seek to shut down key state institutions.

World Bank urges Lebanon to form govt, warns of recession.

Jordan police arrest man after stabbing attack at popular tourist site.

ASIA

China urges re-elected Canadian government to free Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

Over a dozen killed in attack in Thailand's Yala province. 15 defense volunteers killed in Thailand attack. 15 killed in suspected rebel attacks in Thailand's south.

Tajikistan: 17 killed in border outpost attack. ISIL blamed for deadly attack on Tajik border outpost.

Two suspected suicide bombers from Egypt killed in Philippines.

Hong Kong protesters don Guy Fawkes masks to mark month since mask ban. Water cannons deployed in Tsim Sha Tsui as Hong Kong protesters wearing 'V for Vendetta' masks test new 'flash mob' tactic of assembling at short notice.

Pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho stabbed in Hong Kong.

Facebook video shows PNG police kicking, hitting and stomping on group of men.

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy announces Saturday return.

South Korea promotes DMZ 'peace zone' with new video.

AFRICA

At least 37 killed in attack on Canadian miner Semafo convoy in Burkina Faso.

Water crisis builds in Egypt as dam talks falter, temperatures rise.

France says its troops killed a leading jihadist in the Sahel.

10 civilians killed in militia attack in eastern DRCongo.

Sudan rebels insist new parliament be formed only after peace deal.

UN calls for action as Somalia floods affect 200,0000 children.

US Nile talks 'not a negotiation', says Ethiopia.

Two killed in strike on Libya police station: ministry.

Libya migrant attack: UN investigators suspect foreign jet bombed centre.

Mozambique detains elite police chief over election observer's murder.

EUROPE

Mike Pompeo carries divisive US messages to Germany.

Sweden charges man with spying on Iranian exiles.

Johnson tries to shake off rocky start as UK election begins.

PM's election campaign launch marred by gaffe, resignation and doctored video.

Spain's far-right Vox surges in wake of Catalan independence protests.

Local German conservatives cause uproar with call for talks with far right.

Putin: New weapons will offer Russia reliable protection.

EU urges faster Greece vetting of migrants as arrivals soar.

Hungarian mayor resigns after yacht orgy video.

Netherlands: '4,000 schools shut' in teacher strike.

Italy to become first country to make studying climate change compulsory in schools.

AMERICAS

Exclusive: Brazil likely to vote with U.S. against Cuba at U.N. over embargo.

US Diplomat had 'clear understanding' of Ukraine quid pro quo.

McConnell says Senate would acquit Trump if trial held today.

Democrats win control of Virginia Legislature. Democrat declares upset victory in Kentucky governor race.

Heavily armed hitman of rival El Chapo cartel is arrested over Mormon massacre after a stand-off at the US border where he held two HOSTAGES as heartbreaking photos show devastated relatives visiting the scene of the massacre.

Mexico ambush: Boy, 13, walked 23km for help after gun attack.

United States sanctions 5 Venezuelan officials.

Chile: president promotes minimum wage hike to quell unrest.

Chile's Pinera resists call to resign over protests.

Chilean protest footage captures police officers on fire after molotov cocktail explosion.

Thousands of Bolivians march over disputed election.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Pakistan failed to stop terror groups from recruiting & raising funds, US report сlaims.

German man fighting for Kurds killed in Syria.

Turkey captured al-Baghdadi's wife and didn't make fuss like US – Erdogan.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Wall St. ends near flat; healthcare shares gain but trade deal delay weighs.

Europeans look to China as global partner, shun Trump's US.

Xi Jinping's Brazil trip 'may be too soon' for China to sign partial US trade war deal.

Macron in China: Xi hails $15 billion trade contracts as 'strong signal of free trade'.

Michael Jackson's iconic moonwalk socks are tipped to sell for over $1MILLION at auction... more than a decade on from his passing.

Israel Expects To Be Engaged In A Major War Very Soon

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:01 PM PST

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Michael Oren, The Atlantic: The Coming Middle East Conflagration

Israel is bracing itself for war with Iranian proxies, as Tehran escalates its provocations. But what will the United States do if conflict comes?

The senior ministers of the Israeli government met twice last week to discuss the possibility of open war with Iran. They were mindful of the Iranian plan for a drone attack from Syria in August, aborted at the last minute by an Israeli air strike, as well as Iran's need to deflect attention from the mass protests against Hezbollah's rule in Lebanon. The ministers also reviewed the recent attack by Iranian drones and cruise missiles on two Saudi oil installations, reportedly concluding that a similar assault could be mounted against Israel from Iraq.

The Israel Defense Forces, meanwhile, announced the adoption of an emergency plan, code-named Momentum, to significantly expand Israel's missile defense capacity, its ability to gather intelligence on embedded enemy targets, and its soldiers' preparation for urban warfare. Israeli troops, especially in the north, have been placed on war footing. Israel is girding for the worst and acting on the assumption that fighting could break out at any time.

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WNU Editor: The Syrian conflict, unrest in Iraq, and the Yemen war is where the focus in the Middle East is right now. Another Hezbollah - Israel and/or Hamas - Israel war is not on people's radar.

Media Upset That Trump's Son Tweets Name Of Alleged Whistleblower Even Though His Name Was Revealed Last Week

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 01:00 PM PST


AFP: Impeachment: Trump's son tweets name of alleged whistleblower

Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump's son published on Wednesday the name of the alleged anonymous whistleblower whose complaint fired the impeachment inquiry against Trump, breaking strict conventions for protecting officials who reveal wrongdoing in government.

Amid calls by the president himself to expose the whistleblower, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the name of a CIA analyst which has circulated online for weeks, and linked to a Breitbart news article implying the person was pro-Democrat and anti-Trump.

AFP could not independently verify the whistleblower's identity and is not publishing the name.

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WNU Editor: This is actually old news. The identity of the "whistle-blower" was revealed last week .... The Identity Of The Anonymous 'Whistleblower' Who Triggered Impeachment Proceedings Against President Trump Is Suspected To Be A Well Known Democrat Activist (October 31, 2019). A picture of the "whistle-blower" is below.

Special Operations Air Force Member Goes Missing During Training Jump Over Gulf Of Mexico

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 12:40 PM PST

The airman was a part of the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field in in Okaloosa County, Florida. He disappeared four miles south of the field over the Gulf of Mexico

Daily Mail: Desperate search launched for airman who fell out of Special Operations military plane 1,500 feet over the Gulf of Mexico and was last seen treading water after deploying his parachute

* A search is underway for a staff sergeant in training who disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday afternoon during a training exercise
* The unidentified Air Force airman was from the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida
* He exited a C-130 four engine aircraft around 1.45pm from a height of 1,500 feet
* He deployed his parachute and was last seen treading water in the Gulf, approximately four miles south of Hurlburt Field
* As the aircraft turned to retrieve the man, crewmen lost sight of him
* Several vessels, three Air Force aircraft were deployed in the search
* The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Coast Guard are also on the scene

A desperate search is underway for a missing airman who disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico after suffering a parachute-jump mishap while exiting a Special Operations military plane.

The unidentified Air Force airman from the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field was exiting a C-130 four-engine aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico during a training exercise around 1.45pm Tuesday when he suddenly vanished into the water below.

'The fall happened during a parachute-jump training exercise out of Hurlburt Field,' a report from the Air Force Times said.

The Coast Guard said the airman was a staff sergeant in training and fell out of the aircraft at 1,500 feet, according to WEAR.

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More News On A Special Operations Air Force Member Going Missing During A Training Jump Over The Gulf Of Mexico

Special tactics airman missing in Gulf of Mexico; search underway -- Air Force Times
Airman who fell from plane above Gulf of Mexico still missing -- NBC
Mobile area Coast Guard continue search for airman who fell from plane into Gulf of Mexico -- Al.com
Air Force member goes missing during training jump over Gulf of Mexico -- CBS
Airman fell from C-130 military aircraft while training over the Gulf of Mexico -- Defence-Blog
Coast Guard, Air Force, local agencies searching for a airman in the water near Destin -- FOX 10

ISIS Launched A Failed Attack On A Tajikistan Border Outpost With Uzbekistan

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 11:00 AM PST


DW: Tajikistan: 17 killed in border outpost attack

Twenty masked gunmen launched a failed attack on a Tajik outpost on the border with Uzbekistan. The rare attack was quashed when border forces launched a counter operation and killed most of the raiders.

At least 17 people were killed in an overnight raid by armed men on an outpost on the border between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Tajik authorities said on Wednesday.

"An armed group of 20 unknown masked individuals attacked a border outpost … using firearms," said Tajikistan's national security committee, according to Russian state-run news agency TASS.

Tajikistan's border forces said the assailants were members of the "Islamic State" (IS) militant group in Afghanistan.

At least five of the gunmen were detained and later provided critical intelligence during interrogations, authorities said.

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WNU Editor: I agree with this analysis .... Reported Attack In Tajikistan Could Have Broad Implications For Central Asia (RFE).

More News On Today's ISIS Attack On A Tajikistan Border Outpost With Uzbekistan

Many dead in Tajikistan 'firefight with IS' -- BBC
Fifteen IS jihadists killed in Tajikistan border attack -- AFP
Tajikistan: 17 killed in attack on border checkpoint -- Eurasianet
ISIL blamed for deadly attack on Tajik border outpost -- Al Jazeera

World Leaders Warn Iran To Stick To Nuclear Deal

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:24 AM PST



ABC News Online: World leaders warn Iran to stick to nuclear deal, as it begins injecting uranium gas into centrifuges

World leaders have called on Iran to fulfil the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal, after it begins injecting uranium gas into centrifuges at its underground Fordow nuclear facility.

Iran has begun to further distance itself from a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers that curbed its atomic work, local media reported on Wednesday (local time).

The deal bans nuclear material from Fordow and, with the injection of uranium gas into its centrifuges, the facility will move from its permitted status of research plant to become an active nuclear site.

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WNU Editor: Aside from their rhetoric that everything is still OK .... Long way before JCPOA collapses, says Rouhani's chief of staff (MEHR News Agency), the Iranians are becoming more and more nervous .... Exclusive: Iran briefly held IAEA inspector, seized travel documents - diplomats (Reuters).

          

Son reveals he sent text message to Andre Gomes to apologise for his role in causing horror injury

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GPS seeking TS/SCI Korean Instructor to deploy to South Korea ASAP

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GPS is seeking a Korean Instructor willing to deploy to South Korea ASAP. 

Candidates MUST have a TS/SCI Clearance and must have experience teaching Korean. Salary is $90-100k - tax free for being overseas for 330 days or more per the IRS. 

Job Title: Korean Instructor 

Location: Camp Humphries, South Korea 

Salary: $90K -$100k (negotiable with experience)

Start Date: Immediate 

Minimum Qualifications: TS/SCI Clearance 

Korean Language skill Instructor Experience (able to teach Korean to the ILR 4 scale) 

Cryptologic language instruction experience Understanding of Sino Korean language 

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Remittances and diversification in Timor-Leste

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Last year remittances became Timor-Leste’s largest non-oil source of income, before coffee but after aid. There is success and failure in this strange fact. In their willingness to back themselves by working abroad, the people of Timor-Leste have proven, again, how determined and adaptable they are. The quality of the economic management that led to a situation where many of this remarkable nation’s most highly educated youth feel that picking fruit in Australia is the best option open to them is more open to debate.

The idea that Timor-Leste’s economy needs to be diversified has been a mantra around Dili for decades – a particular favourite of virtually every NGO and foreign development agency that has ever operated there. Tourism and agriculture (including, but not limited to coffee) could have become the basis for a sustainable and relatively equitable economy, but it just hasn’t happened. Education, health, agriculture and water accounted for less than a fifth of state expenditure in the 2019 budget. Why, is neither unique nor hard to understand. As oil money filled Timor-Leste’s coffers from 2011, people have understandably done whatever they could to stake a claim, either directly or through various sorts of patronage networks. Despite the work of some inspired leaders and thinkers, the critical mass of political will to make the creation of a successful non-oil economy a priority isn’t there. The result of this is that many people who, given their choice, would prefer to make a living at home, feel that they no longer have a choice but to work abroad.

People from Timor-Leste have been going abroad to work since independence in May 2002, when those born during the 1975-99 Indonesian interregnum were granted, via Portuguese citizenship, the right to work in Europe. Many of them ended up in the United Kingdom. Encouraged by this, Dili has been relatively effective in its pursuit of bilateral agreements allowing Timorese to work in South Korea and Australia, and there are rumours that similar avenues to work in Japan and New Zealand might open up in the near future. What is surprising, or perhaps just disappointing, is how this income source has attained such a level of economic importance. For the majority who are unable to find some sort of place on the government payroll, there is very little else. People going overseas to seek a better life is a good thing. People being forced to go overseas for a complete lack of other options is not.

Recently I spoke to a young man in Dili, Xisto, whose comments threw this situation into relief. Having helpfully introduced me to some of his family who had just returned from Australia he told me that he was now hoping to go himself. While his relatives had done short-term fruit picking with the Seasonal Workers Programme, he wanted to sign on with the Pacific Labour Scheme – three years working in an abattoir.

Me: You can save a lot of money, but it’s heavy work and you will be in Australia for ages.
Xisto: OK Mike, but it’s difficult to find a job in Timor-Leste. I really need a job in order to get money to support my younger brother to continue his school and also feeding my family.

My friend is an exceptionally affable and hard-working individual. A university graduate, English enthusiast and veteran of any number of workshops and courses. And for him the best option is chopping up meat in Australia. One would be tempted to talk about a brain drain, but that would assume that he had even an outside chance of finding stimulating work in his homeland, which there absolutely is not.

The number of Timorese working abroad is only going to grow. Although accurate figures are hard to come by it is estimated that there are no more than 20,000 resident in the United Kingdom, with smaller numbers elsewhere. From a population that is approaching 1.3 million this is still a relatively small overseas diaspora compared with places like Nepal or the Philippines. Even so, the implications of this trend are a surprisingly divisive issue. People (including myself) have written glowingly of the potential for funds from abroad to stimulate grassroots development. Others talk of a remittance trap that, ‘can spark a vicious cycle of economic stagnation and dependence’. The truth, as usual, seems to be in between.

Domestically, tourism, coffee and agriculture remain Timor’s hopes. Improved health, education and connectedness remain its great needs. If the state becomes serious about prioritising development, money and ideas remitted from abroad would have the potential to enhance these sectors and perhaps open up new ones, seeding businesses and contributing to a healthy and well-educated new generation. The alternative, which seems to be the direction things are headed, is that Dili’s policy makers continue to avoid seriously confronting potentially existential social and macro-economic issues.

In either case, labour sending will become increasingly important to how the people of Timor-Leste live. But no country has got prosperous on the back of labour mobility. As increasingly important as labour mobility is becoming for Timor-Leste, its prosperity and prospects will continue to depend on its domestic policies.

Michael Rose will present a seminar 'Overseas work and national development: a new path for Timor?' in Dili at the National University of Timor-Leste Auditorium on Thursday 7 November at 4pm.

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South Korea – the Male Makeup Capital of the World!

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If you’re still not sick and tired of Korean rap sensation, Psy, and his super catchy “Gangnam Style” song that’s sweeping the U.S., then here’s something even more interesting…South Korea is THE male makeup capital of the world! Over the past decade, South Korean men have been leading the pack straight to the makeup counter, […]
          

Samsung Galaxy S11e Tipped to Pack 3,730mAh Battery, Much Larger Than Galaxy S10e's

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Dying for a better life: South Koreans fake their funerals for life lessons

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A South Korean service is offering free funerals - but only to the living.

          

Singer in K-pop boyband BTS investigated after car crash "error"

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A member of South Korean boy band BTS is being investigated by police after admitting he was at fault in a crash between a car he was driving and a taxi, the group's management said.

          

Asian-Pacific markets mixed after delay of US-China trade deal

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Asian-Pacific markets were mixed following an announcement that the signing of the US-China trade deal is being delayed. Japan's Nikkei 225 Index edged up 0.1%; Hong Kong's Hang Seng declined 0.6%; Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 1%; China's Shanghai Composite was flat; South Korea's Kospi was unchanged and India's Sensex was up 0.4%. CNBC (07 Nov.)
          

11/09/2019 - November Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT

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This November, the Geary Gallery of Darien is proud to present, “Visual Poetry,” featuring the bold, impressionistic New York-inspired paintings of South Korean native, Chin H. Shin....

          

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11/14/2019 - November Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT

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11/19/2019 - November Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT

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11/23/2019 - November Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT

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HDC, Hanwha join forces on Tongyeong LNG-fueled power plant project

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HDC Hyundai Development Company and its South Korean compatriot Hanwha Energy Corp. have joined forces for the development of the Tongyeong natural gas power plant.
          

EPIK tags ANZ as financial adviser for Newcastle GasDock LNG terminal

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EPIK, a South Korea-based LNG project development company, has appointed Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) to serve as a financial adviser for its Newcastle GasDock LNG import terminal.
          

Industry Report

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Nedaa signs MoU with Safe-Net Forum to promote Public Safety Networks

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DUBAI: Professional Communication Corporation – Nedaa, Dubai Government secure networks provider, and Safe-Net Forum, a south Korean based non-profit organization maintaining the fairness and transparency of the government’s policies related to the nationwide construction of Public Safety networks; recently signed a MoU in the presence of H.E. Mansoor BuOsaiba, Nedaa’s Chief Executive Officer and Daehyoung HONG, …

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Seoul deports North Koreans accused of killing 16 people

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Comment on BREAKING: North & South Korea Fire Artillery For 1st Time In 5 Years by Gangus Khan

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EXO - Electric Kiss: Song Of The Week

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Apple iPhone 7 Price in South Korea – Apple iPhone 7 Price ...

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Rescuers Retrieve Two Dead Bodies From South Korea Chopper Crash

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Two bodies were retrieved from among  the seven that went missing after their chopper crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from islets disputed with Japan, officials said Sunday. The helicopter had just picked up an injured fisherman from Dokdo, which is known as Takeshima in Japan, when it went down on Thursday night. …

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STUDY IN USA : Bachelor’s and Master’s Scholarships from Hult International Business School for international students, Deadline : 15th February 2020.

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STUDY IN USA : Bachelor’s and Master’s Scholarships from Hult International Business School for international students, Deadline : 15th February 2020.

The Undergraduate Business Degree Program

With business at its core, our undergraduate degree program is designed to take you beyond business. You’ll learn about the world, the future, and yourself to graduate with so much more than a degree.

Bachelor of Business Administration at Hult

At Hult, you will be immersed in a global environment without even leaving campus, and every topic you study will be approached from a global point of view, from marketing to law to career planning. Throughout your undergraduate experience, you will be challenged to think creatively, be resourceful, and work together with your fellow students in our international and collaborative learning environment.

Put theory into practice as part of your everyday classroom experience. Gain real insight into your individual strengths and weaknesses, as well as improving your team and leadership skills as you take part in:

  • Live client consulting
  • Business challenges
  • Team projects
  • Internships

Methodology

Learn by doing
Put theory into practice and gain firsthand experience throughout your degree by working in diverse teams to solve real-world problems.
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Lead with confidence
Develop deep self-awareness through self-assessments and skills diagnostics, and continually improve through practice, coaching, and peer feedback.
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Shape the future

Learn to thrive in a time of constant change, understand the technologies driving change and how you can harness their power to shape the future.
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Courses and electives

No matter where in the world you’ve attended high school, or how intensely you want to study while you’re at Hult, our flexible curriculum is built to adapt to your needs and goals. So you can study the topics you choose, at the speed that suits you.

Global Standard Track: Three years

In some parts of the world, you will spend five years in high school. This means you can qualify to bring up to 30 “Advanced Placement” (AP) credits with you, effectively skipping your first year and graduating in as little as three years. The table below shows the four-year U.S. format, use it to explore a sample of mandatory courses and challenges. The electives you choose will be based on your goals and interests.

U.S. Standard Track: Four years

If you come from any four-year high school, you will be on this track and will typically take four years to complete your degree. This is the standard length of an undergraduate program at most U.S. colleges and universities. Below you can explore a sample of mandatory courses and challenges. The electives you choose will be based on your goals and interests.

Locations

Global campus locations

Each academic year you will have the choice of studying at any of our undergraduate campuses in London, Boston, and San Francisco. Accelerate your studies as you explore the world through Summer Programs abroad at any of Hult’s global campuses except New York and Ashridge.

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The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) to the U.S. Educational system, culture and values. Deadline : 31 December 2019

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The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) to the U.S. Educational system, culture and values. Deadline : 31 December 2019

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) brings future leaders to the U.S. to experience the U.S. educational system, share their culture, and explore U.S. culture and values.

Application is open November 4th, 2019 through December 31st, 2019.

Global UGRAD is administered by World Learning on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by World Learning.

Since 2008, World Learning has provided this opportunity to over 2,200 Global UGRAD students.  Participants leave the U.S. with the tools to become leaders in their professions and communities. Global UGRAD alumni go on to receive Fulbright grants, obtain prestigious international internships, and work in business and government in their home countries and regions.

Countries: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Zimbabwe

 

 

Program Goals

To promote mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries.

  • Provide a fulfilling exchange experience to drive academic, cross-cultural, and leadership competencies for students from Global UGRAD countries.
  • Enhance students’ academic knowledge and professional skills needed to pursue long-term academic and career goals.
  • Cultivate students’ comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the U.S.
  • Facilitate opportunities for students to establish social networks with U.S. host institutions and local communities.
  • Empower students to engage constructively in the civic life of their local and global communities.               CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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Thomson Foundation Journalism Scholarships competition (win all expenses paid trip to the 2020 Thomson Foundation summer course in London). Deadline :13th December, 2019

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Thomson Foundation Journalism Scholarships competition (win all expenses paid trip to the 2020 Thomson Foundation summer course in London). Deadline :13th December, 2019

Journalism Now Scholar programme

Our Journalism Now Scholar programme is back! Hone your newsgathering, storytelling and multimedia journalism skills in our five-week programme with the help of internationally renowned journalist, Ewen MacAskill.

You will take seven of our CPD-accredited online courses including Mobile Journalism, Social Media Newsgathering, Journalism Across Multiple Platforms, and Data Journalism, and will work on one or more stories that you will publish.

The highest performer will be invited on an all-expenses-paid trip to London to attend the 2020 Thomson Foundation five-week summer course, which includes a mixture of masterclasses, workshops and practical training and a week’s placement at a leading UK media organisation. A small number of top performers will also be acknowledged on our website and social media.

Deadline to complete the Scholar programme:

Friday 13th December, 2019

Starting 1st November until 13th December, 2019, you will:

  • Know what good journalism looks like and why.
  • Improve your newsgathering skills, including social media verification and the use of data journalism techniques.
  • Use smartphones to produce multimedia storytelling.
  • Engage your audience by making your content engaging and relevant.
  • Understand how to optimise your content for your chosen platforms.

Ewen MacAskill will guide you through the programme with interactive live sessions and ongoing feedback.

Sign up here.

Next, start taking the courses listed below. You can follow the link to a course and enrol. We recommend taking the courses in the order listed as their topics will be covered in sequence during the Scholar programme.

You will then be invited to join the platform and Ewen’s first webinar on Friday 8th November.

 

 

How to enter: Journalism Now Scholar

What you will need to do, in three steps:

1.

Complete seven Thomson Foundation online courses (you don’t need to re-take a course if you have previously completed it).

2.

Attend or watch the replay of up to four webinars with Ewen MacAskill.

3.

Work on and publish a multimedia story.

 

About Journalism Now

Journalism Now is a series of online interactive courses designed and led by industry experts providing the latest in digital and multimedia skills. The global learning environment gives exclusive access to live training and mentoring sessions, run by leading journalists, and a unique knowledge-sharing platform.

Terms, help and questions

For any queries relating to your application for the Journalism Now Scholar programme, please email: enquiries@thomsonfoundation.org

The small print:

  • The competition is open to entrants aged 18 or over.
  • The winner is responsible for ensuring they are able to accept the prize as set out and in accordance with these terms and conditions. In the event they are unable to do so, then Thomson Foundation reserves the right to select another winner.
  • Only one entry per person. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted and joint submissions are not allowed.
  • Thomson Foundation accepts no responsibility for entries that are delayed or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason.
  • The prize is subject to a successful visa application, is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and not redeemable for cash or other prizes.
  • Participants may be required to take part in promotional activity related to the competition and shall participate in such activity on Thomson Foundation’s reasonable request. The winner will consent to the use by Thomson Foundation of the participants images, names and voices for publicity purposes (in any medium, including still photographs and videos, online, including the websites hosted by Thomson Foundation), and in marketing and promotional material.
  • Thomson Foundation will take care of any personal information supplied to it as described in its privacy policy, and in accordance with data protection legislation. By entering the competition, you agree to the collection, retention, usage and distribution of your personal information in order to process and contact you about your competition entry, and for the purposes outlined in the above bullet point.
  • Entrants into the competitions shall be deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions.

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STUDY IN BONN (GERMAN): UNU-EHS /University of Bonn for International joint MSc programme: Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security, Deadline : 15 December 2019

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STUDY IN BONN (GERMAN): UNU-EHS /University of Bonn for International joint MSc programme: Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security, Deadline : 15 December 2019

UNU-EHS and the Geography Department of the University of Bonn welcome applicants who possess a first degree (Bachelor’s) in a higher education programme in Geography or a related discipline. The ideal candidate has a strong interest or experience in working in the field of human-nature relations and risk governance in the Global South. Applicants from developing countries are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Joint Master’s Programme has an annual intake. The next programme will start in October 2020. Applications are accepted during the application period from 15 September 2019 to 15 December 2019.

In order to apply for our programme, please fill in the following online application, and send us your documents via e-mail to master-georisk@ehs.unu.edu.

Please make sure that the information provided in the online form is accurate! The provided data will be directly entered in our Application Database and will be used for your assessment during the Selection Process.
You can submit the online application form only once! Please make sure that your application packet/s is/are complete and correspond/s to our requirements (see FAQs for applications 2019/2020 – “How to apply to this Master’s Programme & Epos scholarship?”).

After filling in the online form, you must send us your application packet/s via e-mail in (if applying for Epos, in 3) PDF files – including the required (merged) documents – accordingly:

  1. Master’s Programme application packet
  2. Academic writing sample
  3. Epos scholarship application packet (if applying).

 

 

 

Each file should not exceed 8 Megabytes (MB). Send your application packet/s online to: master-georisk@ehs.unu.edu.

A complete application packet consists of the following documents:

  1. Completed, signed and dated Joint MSc GEO RISK Application Form 2020
  2. A signed resume/CV
    • An up to date Résumé or CV including a chronological listing of employment and other significant activities must be submitted with your application. Make sure your CV information corresponds precisely to the certificates and letters of recommendation attached to your application!
  3. Letter of motivation
    • A written statement, one to two pages in length, describing motivation, area of proposed research, background, past work in the intended field of study, plans for further postgraduate study and any other information that is relevant. Applicants who are currently registered in a postgraduate programme at another university should explain why they wish to change programmes.
  4. Official transcripts reflecting the courses and grades achieved per each year and semester
    • Applicants must submit an official transcript from each college or university in which they were enrolled for any period of time, showing all courses, grades and degrees received;
    • Only transcripts that have been certified by the university where the degree was awarded will be accepted;
    • Additional Certified Transcripts in cases where additional academic credits were earned outside of Degrees awarded, or in case of courses attended within exchange programmes (i.e. Erasmus, student exchange etc.);
    • In cases where the transcript is written in any other language than English, a certified translation of the transcript into English is also required. Translated versions can be certified either by the originating university or an official national or international institution.
  5. Bachelor’s and, if applicable, Master’s Degree Certificate in English
  6. Certificate of English language proficiency; please check the language requirements
  7. A sample of academic writing written as part of the fulfillment of the first degree (preferably in English)
    • any academic writings (Essay, Research paper, published academic article etc.) written as part of the fulfillment of your university studies;
    • an Essay related to GeoRisk topic;
    • Bachelor’s Thesis or its extract
  8. Recommendation letters from your current and/or previous lecturers (these must be signed, dated, stamped, and on a letterhead); any other relevant documents – optional
  9. If the candidate wishes to be considered for the EPOS funding by the DAAD the candidate should submit in a separate PDF file the following documents (all REQUIRED):
  • DAAD application form
  • CV / Résumé signed and dated
  • Motivation statement
  • Bachelor’s and, if applicable, Master’s Transcript of Academic Records reflecting the courses and grades achieved per each year and semester
  • Bachelor’s and, if applicable, Master’s Degree Certificate in English
  • Certificate of English language proficiency (check the language requirements)
  • Academic Recommendation Letter/s from your current and/or previous lecturers; these must be signed, recently dated, stamped, and on a letterhead
  • Professional Recommendation Letter/s from your current and/or previous employers; these must be signed, recently dated, stamped, and on a letterhead
  • Work certificate/s from your current and/or previous employers
    • Must reflect the period of the mandatory min. 2 years professional experience after Bachelor’s studies;
    • These must mention the period of employment, must be signed, dated, stamped, and on a letterhead;
    • The certificates must correspond chronologically to the info reflected in your CV/ Résumé.

All application documents for the Master’s Programme must be sent in one PDF (merged), and Epos scholarship application documents in another PDF file (merged). If the academic work is exceeding the accepted size, the applicant may submit it in a separate PDF file as well. Each file should not exceed 8 Megabytes (MB). Send completed application packet/s exclusively online to: master-georisk@ehs.unu.edu

Only digital versions sent via email will be accepted. We do not accept applications sent via post.

Completed application packets must be received before the application deadline = December 15th, at 23:59 CET (Central European Time) for Bonn, Germany.

All candidates get a notification on their application status by mid May 2020.

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Thursday poker quiz: November 7, 2019

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Welcome to the weekly poker quiz on PokerStars Blog. Test your knowledge on the latest news, as well as some poker history and strategy.

NEWS: Which former Team PokerStars Pro won the 2019 World Series Player of the Year?
NEWS: The UK has hosted three "Road To PSPC 2020" tournaments recently, each offering a Platinum Pass to their winners. What was the buy-in for all of them?
NEWS: Knitting and poker star Jennifer Carter booked a return trip to the PSPC after winning a second Platinum Pass in the Mega Path. But what was the nationality of the first player to win two Platinum Passes?
HISTORY: Who has never won World Series Player of the Year?
HISTORY: Who won the first ever EPT Main Event?
HISTORY: What is the correct nickname of a former WSOP Main Event winner?
GEOGRAPHY: The latest Red Dragon festival starts this weekend in Jeju, an island off the southern coast of which country?
GEOGRAPHY: Which country has never been visited by the European Poker Tour (EPT)?
GEOGRAPHY: The Road to PSPC venues of Aix-en-Provence and Divonne are in which European country?
STRATEGY: We're playing 6+ hold'em (otherwise known as short deck) and four players are still involved at the river. Here's the board: 6c-Kd-9d-8c-Ah
Who wins at showdown?


          

Samsung's quest to reinvent the TV in the age of convergence

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2.jpgSamsung's Park with the latest QLED TV model. The company believes rivals in the so-called OLED camp will eventually follow their technology.

Eleven years ago, a year before Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone, Samsung Electronics swept past then arch-rival Sony to become number one in liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs. At the time, the company was known more in the business world as an enterprise memory chip supplier, an underappreciated commodity both then and now. In the mass market, it was making its name known to consumers with its slider feature phones, challenging the hegemonies of Nokia and Motorola.
It was a symbolic and energizing moment for the South Korean tech giant. It spurred its growth and gave the company the confidence that is now integral to its DNA. Today, Samsung is the only rival to Apple in smartphones and its memory chip unit has grown to a massive cash generator.
In TVs it still holds the world's top position. Samsung LCD TVs, according to Statista, had a market share of 21.6 percent in 2016, near double that of LG Electronics' 11.9 percent. Samsung is also the largest vendor of smart TVs. Samsung's Visual Display (VD) business, the company's own TV unit, is proud of that achievement even today, despite being overshadowed by the higher margins of Samsung phones and semiconductors. But in contrast to Sony's 35-year reign in CRT TVs, arguably a lot more has happened in the past decade in technology and society.
Of course, there is the smartphone, which changed the way content is consumed content and shifted consumer expectations; the continuing evolution of flat-panel displays, with Samsung's move to QLED and the formation of the B2B Display unit; artificial intelligence (AI); big data and the cloud; and new services emerging from the "abundance of data" that are changing what devices can do when grouped together. For Samsung, global leadership brought with it new objectives and new anxieties.
Today, Samsung believes that with changing consumer expectations, crisper image-rendering displays, and new data-intensive services, we are at the dawn of a paradigm shift in the definition of a TV. The company's VD executives shared with ZDNet the challenges they face as the world's largest innovation vendor.

'OLED is a dead-end; QLED is the future'

Like the insatiable desire for faster connectivity and more storage, the desire for life-like TV images will never change. Samsung's introduction of quantum-dot (QD) LCD TVs in 2015 -- branded SUHD then but now QLED -- was a statement of where the future lay, said Changbae Park, senior manager at product strategy team of the VD business.
Just a few years ago, the South Korean tech giant was heavily promoting OLED (organic light-emitting diode), butting heads with compatriot LG Electronics. It seemed OLED would be the next fight between the Koreans in their half-century-long rivalry in TVs.

Until Samsung introduced QD LCD TVs, that is. Put simply, a QD film is layered on the LCD that enhances the colour accuracy and range. Samsung began researching the core technology of QD materials 10 years ago with display applications in mind. But while Sony gave up on QD LCD in 2013 due to the need to use cadmium, which is harmful to humans, Samsung managed to overcome this. (Sony also gave up on OLED in 2010 after being the first to introduce an OLED TV in 2007.)
"We concluded that OLED was a dead-end," said Park. "There were a lot of fundamental problems with OLED, such as the burn-in, especially for over 65-inch large size TVs, which is difficult to overcome, and a limited brightness that's inadequate for HDR (high dynamic range).
"The choice was neither easy nor difficult. It was just an inevitable, logical choice on our part, if you consider what the consumers would want," the senior manager said. "I can categorically say that we do not plan to shift back to OLED. As a leader, it is not a responsible choice. Not now or in the future."
OLED uses organic materials that fundamentally limit the display's lifespan and causes burn-in, Park said. "Ask any retailers about burn-ins, and they will know."
Conversely, QLED uses inorganic materials that are more stable, meaning it doesn't have this problem. "We believe, ultimately, that the so-called OLED camp will, in the end, move towards QLED, and follow our lead," Park added.

qe65q8c006dynamic1silver.jpgThe latest curved QLED TV. Flat-panel display technology has done wonders for TV designs.

"Internally, we have a roadmap. I don't want to say when, but we are heading towards an even more sophisticated technology with self-light-emitting quantum-dot diode. It will most likely be faster than people think it will be." Backlight will be removed and the QD material will emit light on its own.
Brightness matters
One of the key advantages that OLED does have over QLED is the black levels. Park admitted that OLED has better black than QLED in pitch-darkness, but do the majority of consumers really watch their TVs in the dark?
Samsung surveyed TV owners in five countries -- South Korea, the US, Germany, Mexico and Vietnam. It asked those who bought a TV within three months which of three statements best describes how they watch their most recently purchased TV: In a bright environment with lights on; in a dimly-lit environment with adjusted lighting; or in a dark environment with all lights turned off.
In South Korea, 46.8 percent said they watch in a bright environment, while 32 percent said they dim the lights, and 21.2 percent said they turn off the lights. In the US, this was 16.4 percent, 49.6 percent, and 34 percent, respectively. In Germany, it was 17.2 percent, 56.8 percent, and 26 percent; in Mexico it was 16.8 percent, 41.6 percent, and 41.6 percent; and in Vietnam, it was 46 percent, 46.8 percent, and 7.2 percent.
Overall, Samsung found that more than two-thirds of regular consumers globally watch with the lights on or dimmed, but never completely off.

201707311402076pymc4cbb.gifSamsung claims TV's brightness is the most important for the best picture in real use environment.

Only when the lights are completely off does OLED's black standout, and therefore, the company argues, the advantage is really minimal. The US' IES (Illuminating Engineering Society) and Germany's DIN (German Institute of Standardization) recommend living-room lighting of between 50 to 100 lux. Korea Standards Association suggests 150 to 300 lux.
Park hit out at the current procedure for of TV testing, where new releases are tested in dark rooms, close to a theatre setting. "When the majority of consumers watch TV at bright settings, shouldn't the way experts measure TV change?" Park is among several figures in support of the need for this change, arguing that display measurement must be considered in use case environments.
Samsung is now keen to expand HDR availability. Earlier this year, it partnered with Amazon in HDR10, and is working with Hollywood to make it the de factor standard in film making.
"HDR is of keen interest in the display, broadcasting, content, and film industries," Park said. "Life-like picture quality is the key to maximizing the potential of HDR. You need wide colour gamut and colour volume. The bar for brightness and width of colour gamut will get higher and higher, and QLED [which Samsung claims to have brightness up to 2000 nit] is the only one that can deliver. QLED also reduces the light reflect to extremely low levels, thereby producing an optimized black fit for bright settings."
QLED TVs accounted for 6 percent of Samsung's total shipments in 2016. In revenue it accounted for 16 percent, while in profits, it contributed 27 percent. This has near doubled this year -- accounting for 10 percent of Samsung's total shipment as of June, 23 percent of revenue, and 38 percent of profits. The total contribution for 2017 may decline overall but it will still be a strong growth from last year, Samsung believes.
"Our yield rate for quantum dot materials has increased drastically since 2015," Park added. "Like LED TVs before it, as we become more cost-effective and receive positive reception from consumers, QLED TVs will become a mass market product, eventually."
"We believe that QLED will be the future of TVs. The industry will follow," said Kim Hyun-suk, president of the VD business -- the top boss of TVs at Samsung. "By strengthening this momentum, we will stay committed to maintaining our status as the top global TV manufacturer."
Trial and error
Samsung first put the app store in its convergence TVs in 2010, and the following year, it renamed them smart TVs. "It worked for phones, so we thought, 'why can't there be a smart TV," said Sangsook Han, vice president of Service Business team under the VD unit. "In the beginning, we did think of it more in terms of a 'TV version' of the smartphone.
"We didn't think seriously enough that those who use TVs had different expectations to those who use a smartphone," the VP said. "It was a learning experience. Looking back, I think it was a worthwhile attempt. It didn't increase our profits, but it shows our commitment to try something new as the leader."

1.jpgSamsung's Han and the service team at the VD unit started to focus on the smart TV as a content hub. ReLim Studio 1

The initial reaction to smart TVs was tepid globally. It was deemed too gimmicky, with rudimentary features that didn't suit how consumers interacted with the TV. And the demand was relatively small compared to today.
"There was a demand from consumers to have internet or internet-streaming services on the TV," Han said. "People knew they wanted water. But the question is whether they want their water hot or cold, or in a bottle or a cup? So what [we found] is important is 'how'?"
So the experiment continued. Moving from basically putting smartphone features into TVs, the company made new services with TV hardware specifically in mind. It added Family Story, a photo app for sharing among family members. In 2012, it added cameras that allowed users to see their fitness moves on screen (since removed due to privacy issues). In 2013, Samsung launched HiTV, which allowed simple conversations with the TV -- "ahead of its time," Han said with a chuckle. These services didn't last long, however.
"What we realized is that consumers didn't really want something new, really," said Han. "And we realized that TV was a medium that you watched, not a medium you use. Like the phone, more passive than active. It seems obvious in hindsight, but there was demand for, say, 'we wish there was calendar' or this or that. We only realized that it didn't work after we applied it.
"Our core lessons were, first, not to forget the main function of the TV -- something that is watched. [Consumers] want media content, more than anything else. And second, you couldn't change the way consumers watch TV, which is more or less on the sofa, leaned back. Many found the features hard to use. And you can't call it smart TV when you are asking consumers to become smarter. You had to allow them to stay the way they are and facilitate their use and their demands. We wanted effortless engagement," she said.

kfione-remote-control.jpgSamsung has improved UI for content viewing and simplified control for consumers, such as with the One Remote control. Image: Samsung

At the same time though, the demand for internet services continued to rise. According to Samsung's surveys, in 2012, demand for internet services was ranked 10th out of all consumer demands. In 2014, it jumped to sixth and in 2016 it reached fourth. In 2017, the demand for internet services, primarily internet-streaming, is ranked between second or third. "The goal was to give consumers what they want. We cannot turn back from smart TVs now."
Content hub
After the experiments of 2012 and 2013, Samsung pressed the reset button in 2014. After conducting research, the company found consumers judged a TV as smart based on the whole experience -- from when it is turned on to when it is turned off -- rather than individual services. So the focus was now on user experience, from start to finish. Services, meanwhile, were focused on media content. Simply put, the goal was -- and still is -- to become an easy-to-use content hub.
The company applied Tizen to all its TVs that year in preparation, and in the following year launched the One Remote and Smart Hub -- as well as a simplified UI that aggregates all content into an easy-to-view menu with previews. The goal was to make the smart TV experience smarter without taxing the consumer. Voice commands and smartphone control were also added to help consumers reach media content faster. Today, users can control their TVs via the Galaxy S8 or newly-launched Galaxy Note 8 through the Smart Hub app.
Previews are now decided by the content partners themselves, such as Netflix and Amazon. "So instead of making new services, we invited content vendors to use our smart TVs as their hub to deploy their content. We don't want to force our services on the consumer anymore," said the VP. "This kind of collaboration was unimaginable when we started. Apple's set-top box is available too now."
"Smart TV is an eco; what I mean is that it can only be done through collaboration and communication with departments," said Han. "Inside the company, the hardware, software, UX, UI, and service team, and other businesses besides VD [are] working together. Starting in 2014, we have extended this cooperation with our outside partners. Our fundamental attitude changed. And [since] 2016, the reception for our smart TVs has been very warm."
Samsung launched the TV Plus this year, which aggregates 4K and HDR content. "We have UHD resolution, and we have committed our partners on 4K (UHD) and HDR. We want to keep that promise and become their hub as well," Han added.
OTT content partners, film studios and gaming firms are reevaluating the TV as a content hub, said Han. "Facebook now has a TV app exclusively for us. This was unimaginable only a few years back. Content makers are seeing the value of the new smart TV and how it can help them reach a wider consumer base."
Internet of Screens: From picture frames to trucks
11 years as the top vendor drastically changed internal processes. As well as picture quality and smart convergence, design and form factor became more and more important.
"When we were the fast follower, it was easier," said Park of the Product Strategy team. "We saw everything logically. All we needed to worry about was the step-by-step evolution of picture quality. Now everything starts with imagination.
"What we do in Product Strategy is basically come up with a concept from scratch. We try to look beyond the conventions of TV. We look at new values that the TV can create in the consumers' lives. Therefore, we look at their lifestyle and we think a lot about design and form factor that will ultimately become a part of their lifestyle. It's not just about picture quality anymore. It's about the form and what the TV can do."

the-frame-0031.jpgFrame TVs double up as decoration when not being used to watch content. Image: Samsung

The South Korean tech giant's technological sophistication wasn't always taken for granted. The firm's Bordeaux TV, its 2006 hit that helped it surpass Sony, was more known for its crystal wine glass-inspired frame design. The design focus that started then has now moved on to form factor.
The first major tweak in form came with the Curved TV, featuring a curved screen for the first time in a flagship product. This year, the company launched the Frame TV, a picture frame-shaped TV that can be put on a stand or mounted on a wall.
"It's not just the form factor," said Han. "Our Frame TV has a picture store, where users can decorate their houses by using it as an art gallery, which is possible from our crisp picture quality and smart features."
The VD unit kicked off its B2B display business unit in 2015, and is now deploying QLED signage, such as screens that are used as mirrors in barbers. Samsung has also put screens at the back of trucks for the Safety Truck concept, allowing cars behind to see the view ahead. Huge LED screens are being installed on stadiums and movie theaters, while the flexible screen has been applied to prototypes, although yield rate is preventing commercialization.
"These projects are not about profit. It is about leadership. We have to imagine things, apply them, and see if they work."
"Samsung has been the leader of the TV industry for 11 consecutive years," added Park. "Part of it stems from our continued effort to discover new usage cases. Technology and innovation are very important. These projects are not gimmicks. They are our experiments. Many experiments fail. That is not the point. The point is that we continue to try and find what the consumers want."
So what is a TV?

q9flifestyle-05.jpgSamsung believes boundaries between devices are blurring and that the TV will be integrated into our lives in ways previously unimaginable. Image: Samsung

It can be argued that, besides picture quality, the fundamental function of the TV has never changed from its inception up until the 1990s. From JFK's address during the Cuban Missile Crisis to OJ Simpson's trial, the TV was the king of the home -- where families gathered to learn the latest goings-on in the world.
Today, however, people have their smartphone for content consumption. Samsung seems to be moving away from the TV-centric Internet of Things strategy to one more balanced between devices, with TVs, home appliances, and smartphones considered equally. To illustrate this, the conglomerate announced it will apply more AI and voice recognition features to home appliances, seemingly to compartmentalize "command points" in the home. So where is the TV headed in the next five years?
"The TV today is not the TV of old. In the CRT age, people watched three to four hours of it, and it was off," said Han. "Do consumers really buy one TV today? TV comes in so many different sizes now, from 20 inches to 70 inches. Do people enjoy the same family time of old? Are the houses we live in the same? Do people use TVs the way did before? These are all questions to consider when you look at the fast-changing market.
"What we think about is the role of the TV in those remaining 20 hours, besides the four-hour average when it is being watched. We imagine it to be a screen that gives new functions. It won't just be in the living room. It will be in places we haven't thought of ... as windows, picture frames, and music players. And outside the home.
"In five years, we think TVs won't be called TVs. They will be a smart device. Don't get me wrong, there will always be demand for the best picture viewed on a large screen. That interest won't fade. But today, near 60 percent of all TVs are smart TVs. Monitors and tablets do what TVs do. There is a convergence unlike anything we've seen before," she said.
"The point is that any service, technology, or platform we have will in the end serve our greater purpose of giving consumers a better experience."
She declined to comment on whether Bixby was coming to TVs next year. However, Injong Rhee, Samsung mobile CTO, has said that the firm's Bixby AI platform will be coming to devices outside of smartphones. Samsung Mobile boss DJ Koh said the firm will introduce a Bixby service that connects the Note 8 with TVs in China, though he didn't provide details.
The way departments communicate has also changed, Han added, both pro-actively and in reaction to changes. Frame TVs, for instance, sport a sensor made by the semiconductor business.
"Inter-business communication has improved remarkably. We are following consumer demand for convergence," Han said. "The VD unit no longer thinks in terms of 'we have to sell TVs', but more in terms of 'how this helps the combined experience of the consumer'."

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Samsung is near obsessive about consumer feedback. In the first half of this year, VD conducted over 80 consumer survey projects in North America, Europe, the Middle East, CIS nations, Southeast Asia, South Korea, China, and India. These surveyed consumer living and viewing environments, spatial roles, and how people watch TV depending on where they are in the house. The firm also does a lot of focus group interviews and home visits.
"We try to find unmet consumer needs and pain-points, and these are our concept seeds that we develop into a prototype. These prototypes are lent to consumers for us to review and make assessments of what makes the most sense in their lives."
Then there is the conglomerate's long experience in supply chain management (SCM). Samsung's system for managing inventory makes it well-known in South Korea as a "well-oiled machine". It has a strict protocol for checking healthiness of remaining stocks, and TVs are delivered by a total of 13 transportation methods.
"Consumer behavior is changing rapidly, so I can't say our TVs will always be a content hub. Those trial services in the early days of smart TV might come back, but in an evolved way that reflects the changes," said president Kim.
"We have been leading the TV industry for 11 years and will continue to be at the forefront of bringing about meaningful changes."
"For 2018, one of our keywords will be personalization," Han added. "We are also planning a big announcement, which will be a result of collaboration among the businesses. TV is no longer king. A paradigm shift is imminent, and there will be an important role that the TV plays."


          

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Bridging the Week by Gary DeWaal: October 21 to November 1, and November 4, 2019, (CFTC Settlement Undone; Aiding and Abetting Liability Potentially Broader; Spoofing = Wire Fraud)

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Two weeks ago, a federal court of appeals sided with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ruling that a district court could not require the testimony of three commissioners and various staff to assess whether the agency committed civil contempt in connection with its handling of an enforcement settlement with two food giants. In response, the district court confirmed it would solely evaluate the existing record to determine whether to grant the defendants’ motion for a contempt finding against the Commission and sanctions; however, it also set aside the settlement consent order and instructed the parties to propose a trial date – although they could also propose new resolution terms. Last week, a law firm filed its own lawsuit against the CFTC for the agency’s non-provision of documents related to the settlement in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act. Unrelatedly, the House Committee on Agriculture proposed to reauthorize the CFTC for another five years and to expand the reach of potential aiding and abetting liability to reckless acts in addition to purposeful acts. As a result, the following matters are covered in this week’s edition of Bridging the Week:

  • District Court Judge Calls for Do Over in Settlement of CFTC Enforcement Action Against Food Giants After Court of Appeals Mostly Grants Commission’s Mandamus Request (includes Legal Weeds);
  • House Ag Committee Proposes CFTC Reauthorization That Includes Aiding and Abetting Expansion (includes My View);
  • Spoofing Can Violate Wire Fraud Statute Rules Federal Judge (includes Policy and Politics); and more.

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  • District Court Judge Calls for Do Over in Settlement of CFTC Enforcement Action Against Food Giants After Court of Appeals Mostly Grants Commission’s Mandamus Request: On October 23, the federal court judge in Chicago presiding over the 2015 enforcement action by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission against Kraft Foods Group, Inc. and Mondelez Global, LLC set aside the settlement agreement among the parties confirmed in an August 14, 2019 consent order. The CFTC originally charged the defendants with manipulating and attempting to manipulate December 2011 wheat futures contracts and cash wheat.

The Hon. John Blakey revoked the settlement order following a decision by a federal court of appeals to grant, in part, relief requested by the CFTC in a mandamus petition precluding him from requiring the Chairman of the CFTC, two commissioners, and various employees of the Commission to provide testimony in a contempt proceeding against the CFTC and the individuals. Previously, the defendants requested that the CFTC and the individuals be held in contempt because they claimed the CFTC and the individuals had violated terms of a mutual gag agreement contained in the consent order when the Commission and two commissioners issued statements contemporaneously with publication of the order. The defendants also sought sanctions against the CFTC.

Under the agreement, defendants agreed to remit a fine of US $16 million and not to violate various provisions of law relating to manipulation, wash sales, and speculative limits. The consent order made clear, however, that nothing in the order reflected an agreement or determination that the defendants violated any provision of applicable law. (Click here for details regarding this dispute in the article “Contempt and Sanctions Hearing Against the CFTC Arising From Manipulation Complaint Settlement Delayed to October 2” in the September 2, 2019 edition of Between Bridges.)

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that only the CFTC could potentially be held in contempt for violating the gag order and not any individuals, and that the determination of whether the CFTC was in contempt should be made by Judge Blakey solely on the basis of the existing record without any consideration of collateral evidence, including the testimony of any CFTC commissioners or employees.

In response, Judge Blakey issued a docket entry noting that he would resolve defendants’ motion for contempt, sanctions and other relief relying solely on the existing record. He also set aside the consent order on the grounds that the “factual record” does not support a proposition that the parties agreed to settle their dispute with an understanding that the settlement terms were binding on the Commission but not on agents of the Commission, including commissioners and staff. Additionally, Judge Blakey requested that the CFTC and defendants renew their motions for summary judgment and propose a trial date during a hearing on November 20. Judge Blakey indicated that the parties may still try to settle this matter, however.

Separately, the New York-based law firm of Kobre & Kim sued the CFTC in a federal court in NY, claiming that the Commission failed to produce documents related to the CFTC-Kraft/Mondelez settlement that it requested under the Freedom of Information Act. The law firm claims that it requested the documents because the original settlement failed to contain any findings of fact or conclusions of law, and thus the CFTC has left “the public in the dark” regarding its current theory of manipulation. According to the law firm, “[i]n effect, the CFTC negotiated a private resolution that left the industry without any intelligible guidance and with a potential misimpression that the legal theories asserted against [Kraft/Mondelez] had a sound legal basis.” (Click here to access a copy of Kobre & Kim’s Complaint.)

Legal Weeds: In its petition for mandamus, the CFTC also requested that the civil contempt proceeding against it be ended. However, the Court of Appeals rejected this request, claiming that if a decision ultimately is rendered adverse to the CFTC, the Commission can appeal that outcome in the ordinary course. The Court of Appeals also declined to transfer the contempt proceeding to a different judge as asked by the CFTC, saying that Judge Blakey was in the “best position to decide as an initial matter” if a contempt determination was warranted.

Following the Court of Appeals’ decision, Judge Blakey indicated that not only would he be considering the CFTC’s possible violation of the consent order, but also possible violations of the court’s prior orders, “including this Court’s orders making the settlement conference discussions private in conformity with traditional trial court practice.”

Judge Blakey previously had suggested that the Commission as well as individual commissioners and staff might be subject to criminal contempt determinations. However he withdrew this threat on September 19. (Click here to access the relevant docket entry at 336.)

Judge Blakey’s pronouncement on the wide scope of his contempt determination coupled with Kobre & Kim’s FOIA lawsuit against the CFTC on Halloween serve to underscore how the Commission’s initial handling of its settlement with Kraft and Mondelez will continue to haunt the agency for some time.

  • House Ag Committee Proposes CFTC Reauthorization That Includes Aiding and Abetting Expansion: The House of Representatives' Agriculture Committee proposed a bill to reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission through fiscal year 2025 that includes a material expansion of potential aiding and abetting liability. Currently, under relevant law, any persons who willfully aids and abets a violation of law can be held liable for such violation as a principal (Click here to access 7 U.S.C. § 13c(a)). As proposed by the Agriculture Committee, any person who recklessly provides substantial assistance to such a violation could also be liable as a principal. 

Additionally, the proposed reauthorization bill would (1) amend core principles for contract markets and swap execution facilities to require the CFTC to adopt rules detailing trader data and other information such trading venues must be able to access from cash markets and other data sources related to contracts referencing digital commodities and (2) expand the reach of the CFTC’s enforcement authority outside the United States to circumstances where certain prohibited activities (e.g., fraud and manipulation) “have or would have a reasonably foreseeable substantial effect within the United States.” 

As proposed, the CFTC would also be required to adopt policies to safeguard proprietary information it receives whether through investigations or otherwise proportionate to the “level of sensibility of the information” and limit access to the information to “appropriate” Commission staff.

My View: In light of the CFTC’s relentless prosecution of Jitesh Thakkar for developing software used by Flash Crash Spoofer Navinder Sarao despite the dropping of parallel criminal charges by the Department of Justice, the proposed expansion of potential aiding and abetting liability for non-registrants is a significant red flag. Potentially holding programmers of futures trading, advisory or surveillance systems liable for the non-intentional development of software that might be used for illicit purposes could have a material chilling effect on software development for legitimate purposes and inhibit US leadership in creating new fintech innovations for the derivatives industry. (Click here for background regarding the CFTC’s pursuit of Mr. Thakkar in the article “Department of Justice Declines to Retry Alleged Programmer for Flash Crash Spoofer” in the April 28, 2019, edition of Bridging the Week.)

  • Spoofing Can Violate Wire Fraud Statute Rules Federal Judge: A federal district court in Chicago declined to dismiss criminal charges alleging violations of wire fraud prohibitions against James Vorley and Cedric Chanu related to alleged spoofing trading activities on the Commodity Exchange, Inc. from at least December 2009 through November 2011. Both individuals were formerly associated with Deutsche Bank and were named in a criminal complaint filed in July 2018. (Click here for background in the article “Alleged Spoofer Exonerated in Criminal Trial Agrees in Principle to CFTC Settlement; Two More Purported Spoofers Criminally Charged” in the August 5, 2018 edition of Bridging the Week.) The defendants were charged both with wire fraud (Click here to access 18 U.S.C. §1343) and with conspiracy to commit wire fraud (click here to access 18 U.S.C. §1349).

​The defendants had argued that they could not be convicted of wire fraud because a violation under the relevant statute requires the making of affirmative misrepresentations and spoofing trading does not entail false statements. According to defendants, their orders – even if spoofing orders – entailed no representations beyond their stated terms and solely communicated an implied commitment that if their orders were accepted before cancelled, they would be filled according to their terms.

The Hon. John Tharp, Jr., the presiding judge in this matter, disagreed with defendants’ arguments. He wrote that omitting or concealing material information, even absent a duty to disclose, constitutes a violation of wire fraud prohibitions “if the omission was intended to induce a false belief and action to the advantage of the schemer and the disadvantage of the victim.” Judge Tharp claimed that when orders are placed with an intent to cancel them before execution in connection with spoofing, the intent is to create a “false belief about the supply or demand for a commodity” so that a market moves in a direction to execute resting orders of the spoofer on one side of the market to the detriment of other traders on the other side of the market who are not knowledgeable of the spoofer’s trading intent.

The court also rejected defendants’ argument that the wire fraud statute is unconstitutionally vague. Judge Tharp wrote that spoofing is similar to pump and dump schemes that have frequently been prosecuted under wire fraud prohibitions.

The Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that contained an express spoofing prohibition was not signed into law until July 21, 2010, and the anti-spoofing provision was not effective until July 16, 2011. Thus, the DOJ could not prosecute defendants utilizing the prohibition for the overwhelming majority of their purportedly illicit spoofing transactions. (Click here for background regarding the effective date of the anti-spoofing prohibition and other provisions of Dodd-Frank.)

Policy and Politics: In February 2019, the Futures Industry Association filed a friend of the court brief in this matter arguing that prosecuting defendants for wire fraud (and not spoofing) raised issues of concern to the business community because such action implied that orders entered without an intent of execution for any reason constituted fraudulent statements to the marketplace. However, observed FIA, such a view would challenge “the vitality of the established legal precept” that market participants have no obligation to disclose any information in connection with open orders including their intentions regarding such orders. According to FIA, criminalization of “a market participant’s failure to disclose trading intentions opens the door for arbitrary prosecutions and vexatious private claims.” (Click here to access a copy of the FIA filing.) The US Chamber of Commerce, the Bank Policy Institute and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association made similar arguments in a friend of the court brief they also filed in this matter.

More Briefly:

  • CFTC Chair Says Position Limits Proposal Coming Soon; Head of DSIO Says Thematic Reviews Coming Soon Too: In a kick-off speech before FIA Expo in Chicago last week, Heath Tarbert, Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, said the Commission will propose new position limits rules within the next few months. He also said that, among his other objectives, were issuance of a framework for principles-based regulation generally, principles guidance for digital assets, enforcement penalty guidance, and a cross-border rule for swap dealers. Although he associated no specific time frames with his other objectives, Dr. Tarbert quoted Thomas Edison in saying that “vision without execution is hallucination.”

Separately, Joshua Sterling, Director of the CFTC’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight, indicated that his Division staff would soon commence targeted thematic reviews of swap dealers and commodity pool operators. In a speech before the Alternative Investment Management Association, Mr. Sterling said the purpose of the review would be “both to mitigate the potential for blind spots in our oversight and enhance our engagement with registrants.” According to Mr. Sterling, firms subject to reviews are those likely “to have a significant impact” on derivatives markets and each review would be completed onsite within five business days. The objective of the reviews is not to refer matters to the Division of Enforcement, he said, but to provide general guidance to the industry and determine potential rulemakings.

  • US and Non-US Companies Charged by CFTC for Acting as Unregistered FCMs: XBT Corp. SARL d/b/a First Global Credit (FGC) settled charges brought both by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission that if offered and sold investment products to US person in return for payments in bitcoin in violation of certain legal provisions. According to both regulators, FGC is a Switzerland-based company that maintains a website and platform to solicit customers to trade futures and securities products.

The CFTC alleged that, from March 2016 through July 2017, FGC solicited and allowed US persons to trade futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s Globex platform without being registered as a futures commission merchant. The SEC charged that from 2014 through 2019, the firm offered and sold instruments based on US and internationally listed stocks to US persons that did not meet certain minimum financial standards by qualifying as “eligible contract participants” under applicable law (Click here to access a definition of an ECP at 7 U.S.C. §1a(18)). However, as these instruments constituted security-based swaps, they could only be sold to nonqualified US persons if the instruments were subject to an effective registration statement and were traded on a national securities exchange. FGC met neither of these requirements, alleged the SEC.

FGC settled with the CFTC and SEC by agreeing to pay each a US $100,000 fine. FGC additionally agreed to remit to the SEC US $32,952 as disgorgement and interest.

Unrelatedly, Upstream Energy Services LLC, a Texas-based crude oil and natural gas advisory firm, was also charged by the CFTC with operating as an FCM without registration. The CFTC claimed that between April 2017 and September 2018, the firm accepted orders for futures and options on behalf of two clients owned by the same person, and entered the orders and carried the resulting trades in its own trading accounts. Upstream extended credit to the clients for margin but was subsequently reimbursed by the clients for Upstream’s costs; Upstream also received fees from the clients for its trading services. Upstream agreed to pay the CFTC a US $75,000 fine to resolve its purported violation.

  • No Action Granted by SEC to NY Digital Trust Company to Settle Equities Transactions Without Clearing Agency Registration: Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission granted Paxos Trust Company, LLC no action relief to act as a clearing agency for two years without registering as a clearing agency in connection with a private and permissioned distributed ledger system designed to facilitate simultaneous delivery vs. payment securities settlements. As a condition of its no action relief, Paxos will provide its offering to no more than seven participants; limit its services to a de minimus amount of activity; and solely settle equities that meet certain criteria. Paxos’s proposed settlement system will piggyback on existing structures by creating and utilizing digital representations of cash wired by broker-dealer participants to a Paxos bank account and digital representations of securities transferred by the same broker-dealers from their The Depository Trust Company accounts to a Paxos DTC account. According to a press release issued by Paxos, Credit Suisse and Société Générale will be among the first participants to use Paxos’s settlement services (Click here to access Paxos’s press release).

In other legal and regulatory developments involving Fintech:

  • DOJ Relies on Bitcoin Block Chain Analysis for Indictment of Leader and Users of Darknet Child Pornography Website: The Department of Justice quarterbacked the indictment of the founder of a darknet child pornography website – Welcome to Video ("WTV") – by a grand jury in the District of Columbia, and the arrest and charging of 337 site users nationwide and abroad. According to the DOJ, by tracing transactions on the bitcoin blockchain, it was able to identify the site’s alleged leader – Jong Woo Son — and the location of the site’s server’s physical location in South Korea. With analytic help from a private company, Chainalysis, DOJ was also able to identify the exchanges on which bitcoin was initially purchased for use on WTV, thus allowing the DOJ to identify potential users by relying on the exchanges’ know-your-customer information. (Click here to access background by Chainalysis.)

  • CFTC Chair Stresses Need for Principles-Based Regulation to Accommodate Fintech and Announces Elevation of LabCFTC to Operating Office: Heath Tarbert, Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s, indicated that innovation in the derivatives industry can best be encouraged by providing a “principles-approach to regulation.” Contemporaneously, during a presentation at the beginning at the CFTC’s Fintech Forward 2019 conference on October 24, Dr. Tarbert announced the elevation of LabCFTC to an independent operating office within the Commission (as opposed to a part of the Office of General Counsel) and the CFTC’s new membership in the Global Financial Innovation Network. GFIN is an organization of global regulators that encourages cooperation in the development, execution and distribution of new technologies. In connection with the Fintech Forward conference, LabCFTC also issued a primer on Artificial Intelligence (click here to access). The Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation  and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency also announced they joined GFIN last week (click here for background).

  • OCC Loses Effort to Have Scope of DFS Judgment Limiting National Fintech Charters Narrowed: A federal court in New York City granted the New York Department of Financial Services’ request for an order precluding the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency from approving fintech applicants who do not accept deposits for national bank charters. Both parties had agreed to the general framework of a proposed order mandating such outcome, but OCC had sought to limit its application solely to fintech applicants that had a nexus to New York State. Previously, the same court had ruled that NYS had standing to bring its legal action. (Click here for background in the article “Federal Court Opens Spigot Permitting NY DFS Lawsuit to Proceed Against Federal Bank Regulator for Planning to Issue Fintech Charters” in the May 5, 2019 edition of Bridging the Week.) In September 2019, a federal court in the District of Columbia ruled that the Conference of State Bank Supervisors had no standing to bring an analogous action against OCC, writing that the organizations' claims were unripe as, to date, no fintech company has applied for a relevant charter. (Click here for a copy of the relevant court decision.)

  • Purported Faulty Block Trade Reporting, Prearranged Trading to Obtain Exchange Incentive Fees and Failure to Supervise Result in NYMEX Disciplinary Action Settlements: McNamara Options Ltd. agreed to pay a fine of US $70,000 to resolve charges brought by the New York Mercantile Exchange that it failed to accurately reflect execution times on multiple block trade submissions and failed to report such block trades within required time frames. NYMEX also alleged that the firm did not “properly” train its employees regarding its requirements to accurately reflect the execution time of block trades on submissions. 

Unrelatedly, Ze Qian, a nonmember, resolved an unrelated disciplinary action by NYMEX that claimed he prearranged the execution of transactions involving steel futures between an account he traded for his employer and an account owned and controlled by another person to enable Mr. Qian’s employer to receive trade credits from a market-maker incentive program administered by the exchange. To resolve this matter, Mr. Qian agreed to pay a fine of US $5,000 and serve a two-year all CME Group exchanges’ access ban. 

Additionally, three nonmembers were all fined either US $40,ooo or US $50,000 by the Commodity Exchange, Inc. or NYMEX and permanently barred from accessing CME Group exchanges for trading for engaging in spoofing trading. The three persons are Shiv Agarwal, Krishna Lakani and In-Ho Hwang. Finally, Boston Metal Co., Ltd was also sanctioned US $40,000 for failing to supervise one of its employees who allegedly engaged in spoofing trading and for not ensuring that each of its traders used a unique Tag 50 identification when placing electronic orders.

  • Two Affiliated Broker-Dealers Agree to US $15 Million Sanction for Purported AML Program and Supervisory Deficiencies: BNP Paribas Securities Corp. and BNP Paribas Prime Brokerage, Inc. agreed collectively to pay a fine of US $15 million to resolve allegations by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority that, from February 25, 2013 through March 31, 2017, they failed to maintain and administer an adequate anti-money laundering program. Among other matters, FINRA claimed that until 2016, the firms did not conduct surveillance of penny stock transactions or transactions outside of traditional exchanges despite the heightened risks of such transactions including fraud, money laundering and lack of registration of such stocks with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firms reviewed wire transfers involving US dollars, acknowledged FINRA, but purportedly failed to monitor wires involving foreign currencies or any wires to assess whether they involved high-risk jurisdictions or entities. FINRA claimed that during the relevant time, some employees of the firms escalated concerns regarding the adequacy of their AML program to senior management; however, said FINRA the firms “did not act in a timely manner to address the deficiencies its personnel identified.” FINRA indicated it considered the firms’ remediation efforts which commenced during its review in computing the amount of the firms’ fine.

  • Trader Accused by SEC of Making Misstatements Regarding Bond Pricing Asks for Summary Judgement Claiming Practices Were Industry Norm: James Im, who was sued by the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2017 for purportedly engaging in fraud by misrepresenting information related to commercial mortgage-backed securities he sold to customers, supported a motion for summary judgment in his favor by arguing that while his statements may have been misleading, they were not materially misleading and, in any case, none of his customers relied on them. This is because, claimed Mr. Im, none of Mr. Im’s customers would have considered his statements in assessing the value of the bonds he sold or whether to purchase them as they engaged with him solely on a principal to principal basis and he never acted on their behalf as an agent. Moreover, said Mr. Im, at no time did he act with scienter or recklessly because his misstatements were solely “negotiating positions [and] nothing more”, and “market participants understood that such misstatements were not uncommon.” Mr. Im was previously co-head of the CMBS desk at Nomura Securities International, Inc. (Click here for a copy of the SEC’s original complaint against Mr. Im.)

For further information

CFTC Chair Says Position Limits Proposal Coming Soon; Head of DSIO Says Thematic Reviews Coming Soon Too:

CFTC Chair Stresses Need for Principles-Based Regulation to Accommodate Fintech and Announces Elevation of LabCFTC to Operating Office:
https://www.cftc.gov/PressRoom/SpeechesTestimony/opatarbert1

District Court Judge Calls for Do Over in Settlement of CFTC Enforcement Action Against Food Giants After Court of Appeals Mostly Grants Commission’s Mandamus Request:

Court of Appeals:
http://media.ca7.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/rssExec.pl?Submit=Display&Path=Y2019/D10-22/C:19-2769:J:Easterbrook:aut:T:fnOp:N:2417645:S:0

District Court:
/ckfinder/userfiles/files/Kraft%20Docket%20Notice%2010-23.pdf

DOJ Relies on Bitcoin Block Chain Analysis for Indictment of Leader and Users of Darknet Child Pornography Website:
https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1210441/download
https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1210461/download

US and Non-US Companies Charged by CFTC for Acting as Unregistered FCMs:

House Ag Committee Proposes CFTC Reauthorization That Includes Aiding and Abetting Expansion:
https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AG/AG00/20191030/110178/BILLS-1164895ih.pdf

No Action Granted by SEC to NY Digital Trust Company to Settle Equities Transactions Without Clearing Agency Registration:
https://www.sec.gov/divisions/marketreg/mr-noaction/2019/paxos-trust-company-102819-17a.pdf

OCC Loses Effort to Have Scope of DFS Judgment Limiting National Fintech Charters Narrowed:
/ckfinder/userfiles/files/Lacewell%20v_%20OCC%2010%20-23(1).pdf

Purported Faulty Block Trade Reporting, Pre-arranged Trading to Obtain Exchange Incentive Fees and Failure to Supervise Result in NYMEX Disciplinary Action Settlements:

Spoofing Can Violate of Wire Fraud Statute Rules Federal Judge:
/ckfinder/userfiles/files/USA%20v_%20Vorley.pdf

Trader Accused by SEC of Making Misstatements Regarding Bond Pricing Asks for Summary Judgement Claiming Practices Were Industry Norm:
/ckfinder/userfiles/files/SEC%20v_%20IM%20SJ.pdf

Two Affiliated Broker-Dealers Agree to US $15 Million Sanction for Purported AML Program and Supervisory Deficiencies:
https://www.finra.org/sites/default/files/2019-10/bnp-awc-102419.pdf

The information in this article is for informational purposes only and is derived from sources believed to be reliable as of November 2, 2019. No representation or warranty is made regarding the accuracy of any statement or information in this article. Also, the information in this article is not intended as a substitute for legal counsel, and is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute, a lawyer-client relationship. The impact of the law for any particular situation depends on a variety of factors; therefore, readers of this article should not act upon any information in the article without seeking professional legal counsel. Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP may represent one or more entities mentioned in this article. Quotations attributable to speeches are from published remarks and may not reflect statements actually made. Views of the author may not necessarily reflect views of Katten Muchin or any of its partners or employees.


          

40 Local Food Blogs to Follow Around the World

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If you're anything like us, food is a very important part of your travel plans. Whether we're on the road for work or flying halfway across the world for fun, we always try to sample the best local food.

That's why the coolest thing about traveling to London, San Francisco and New Orleans with Chowzter over the past two years has been meeting all the other contributors from around the world. They write blogs, run tours and share incredible photos of the local food/culture that we're dying to experience.

Even better, we've realized that they are just like you and me - regular people who love to eat/drink, love their cities and love the communities that are built around food. That's the perspective we trust and want to lead us to our next meal.

If you're traveling to any of the following cities this summer, please check out these great local writers we've met for their posts, videos, podcasts, tweets, instagrams, etc. with ideas on what to eat. And remember that much of what they write about are "fast feasts" - not fast food and not fine dining, but all the great local, affordable dishes in between (can you say Rotolo?) And if you don't see your destination city here, check out Chowzter.com and their new video site www.foodiehub.tv for quick suggestions in about 100 other cities.

Best croissant in Paris at Grenier a Pain,
as told by Paris blogger Mathilde!
North America:

Austin - Man Up Texas BBQ
(great name! he does BBQ tours too)
Buffalo - Buffalo Eats
Charleston - Charleston Food Bloggers
(check out his video of San Francisco, too)
Chicago - Roam & Home
Dallas - FoodBitch
Detroit - The Hungry Dudes
Houston - Urban Swank
Los Angeles - Gourmet Pigs  
New York - Feisty Foodie
Orlando - Tasty Chomps
Portland - Talk. Eat. Drink. Portland.
(middle school teachers write on happy hours!)
Queens - Chopsticks & Marrow
San Diego - Kirbie's Cravings   
San Francisco - FoodHoe's Foraging
Toronto - Food Junkie Chronicles  
Vancouver - Follow Me Foodie
Washington, DC - Capital Cooking

Around the World:

Bankok, Thailand - Thai Street Food
Barcelona, Spain - Forever Barcelona (hosts food tours!)
Baja California and western Mexico - A Gringo in Mexico
Beirut - No Garlic No Onions
Bristol, England - Bristol Bites
Buenos Aires, Argentina - Pick Up the Fork
Caracas, Venezuela - Milsabores
Dubai - Ishita Unblogged
Glasgow, Scotland - The Glasgow Food Blog
Hanoi, Vietnam - Sticky Rice
Istanbul, Turkey - Istanbul Food
Jakarta, Indonesia - Eats and Treats
London, England - Eat Like a Girl
Manila, Philippines - Our Awesome Planet
Mumbai, India - Finely Chopped
Paris, France - Mathilde's Cuisine
Puebla, Mexico - All About Puebla
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Eat Rio
Seoul, South Korea - Seoul Eats
Singapore - Camemberu
Sydney, Australia - Simon Food Favourites
All around Latin America - New World Review

          

Points shared in landmark World Cup qualifier between North and South Korea

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Gianni Infantino looked on but there were no fans in attendance as North Korea and South Korea drew 0-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.
          

Gary Lineker's two-word reaction to Son's apology to Andre Gomes

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Gary Lineker's two-word reaction to Son's apology to Andre Gomes - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-Min apologised to Everton midfielder Andre Gomes after scoring his first goal against Red Star Belgrade last night. Instead of celebrating after scoring, Son Heung-Min appeared to send an apology to André Gomes 💙 pic.twitter.com/scbRlFF3XT — ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 6, 2019 Spurs blew the Serbian Super Liga side away in their Group B Champions League clash to edge closer to the knockout stages, with the South Korean bagging a brace in the 4-0 win. Son decided against celebrating after scoring the opener, instead choosing to apologize to the Everton star with his gesture. The Tottenham

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Park Min-woo. Lee Jong-yeol

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South Korea’s Park Min-woo, right, celebrates with first base coach Lee Jong-yeol after hitting an RBI single off Canada’s pitcher Dustin Molleken during the 9th inning of the group C of the WBSC Premier12 2019 world baseball tournament at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
          

Park Min-woo

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South Korea’s Park Min-woo hurls his bat after hitting an RBI single off Canada’s pitcher Dustin Molleken during the 9th inning of the group C of the WBSC Premier12 2019 world baseball tournament at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
          

Dalton Pompey. Yang Ui-ji

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Canada’s Dalton Pompey slides safe into home plate against South Korea’s catcher Yang Ui-ji on a hit from his teammate Wesley Darrell during the 8th inning of the group C of the WBSC Premier12 2019 world baseball tournament at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
          

Christopher Leroux

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Canada’s pitcher Christopher Leroux tags out South Korea’s Kim Hyun-soo near the first base during the 7th inning of the group C of the WBSC Premier12 2019 world baseball tournament at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
          

Kim Jae-hwan

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South Korea’s Kim Jae-hwan reacts after hitting a RBI double off Canada’s pitcher Christoper Leroux during the 6th inning of the group C of the WBSC Premier12 2019 world baseball tournament at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
          

Kim Jae-hwan

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South Korea’s Kim Jae-hwan hurls his bat after hitting an RBI double off Canada’s pitcher Christoper Leroux during the 6th inning of the group C of the WBSC Premier12 2019 world baseball tournament at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
          

Lee Jung-ho

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South Korea’s Lee Jung-ho hits a single off Canada’s pitcher Robert Zastryzny during the fourth inning of the group C of the WBSC Premier12 2019 world baseball tournament at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
          

Jordan Lennerton

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Canada’s Jordan Lennerton hits a single off South Korea’s pitcher Kim Kwang-hyun during the 5th inning of the group C of the WBSC Premier12 2019 world baseball tournament at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
          

Kim Kwang-hyun

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South Korea’s pitcher Kim Kwang-hyun walks to the dugout against Canada during the 5th inning of the group C of the WBSC Premier12 2019 world baseball tournament at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
          

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress Theatre Festival

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7h8Um_kDlJU Estuvimos en Suwon Hwaseong Fortress Theatre Festival, South Korea. ¿Quieres ver qué pasó? Carros de Foc es la primera compañía de Alicante (España) invitada a participar en Suwon Hwaseong Fortress...

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La entrada Suwon Hwaseong Fortress Theatre Festival se publicó primero en Carros de Foc.


          

AmorePacific, South Korea's biggest beauty firm, is struggling

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AmorePacific, South Korea's biggest beauty firm, is struggling

I street in a glitzy part of Seoul’s Gangnam district sits a sleek building covered in a shimmering grid of gold-effect metal. Inside the flagship store for Sulwhasoo, a luxury skincare line, looks less like a shop and more like a museum. Tiny $150 jars of face cream are backlit for effect; metal plaques next to miniature bowls of green tea and ginseng extol the wondrous properties of the ingredients. Upstairs, customers can book an eye-wateringly expensive facial or sip coffee on the roof terrace. A few streets away Dr. Jart, a brand aimed at younger women, woos them with talk of high-tech lotions. Monthly redecorations in line with themes like “sleep” or “staying cool in the heat”, and face masks in bright-coloured milkshake cups, with straws for home-mixing and lids depicting baby faces, are the main draw.

Welcome to the world of cosmetics as entertainment, which has attracted women (and a few men) around the globe to Korean beauty trends. “The element of fun distinguishes -beauty from more traditional European brands,” says Son Sung-min of the Korea Cosmetic Industry Institute, a government-sponsored body that aims to improve the industry’s global competitiveness. People started noticing that Korean celebrities appear to have good skin (never mind that most have also had plastic surgery). Aided by influencers on YouTube and Instagram, where young women in Europe and America look for trends, -beauty’s ten-step cleansing programmes, snail-slime facials and panda face masks are following in the footsteps of -pop and Korean barbecue as a global phenomenon. South Korean cosmetics exports quadrupled from $1.6bn to $6.3bn between 2014 and 2018.

You would, then, expect the country’s biggest cosmetics firm to be thriving. Yet AmorePacific Group (which owns Sulwhasoo and other brands) has struggled. Its sales, two-thirds of which are generated at home, with most of the rest from China, have not recovered since a Chinese boycott following the installation of an American missile-defence system in South Korea two years ago. Profitability has plunged, giving investors a black eye that even a panda mask cannot conceal (see chart).

Although the missile spat did not help AmorePacific, its other problems are self-inflicted. Most important, it was late to a shift in the market. South Korea’s cosmetics business, once dominated by own-brand shops and department stores, is increasingly about online sales and shops selling multiple brands. This benefits smaller, nimbler companies. Unlike , a sprawling conglomerate best known for electronics that is its main domestic competitor, AmorePacific may have relied too heavily on its mass-market products at the expense of the luxury segment, where margins are plusher.

Timothy Park, AmorePacific’s chief strategist, thinks it can catch up. Rather than -beauty, a term he dislikes partly owing to its pop associations, “the focus now is more on organic ingredients and -beauty,” he says, where the stands for Asian. Accordingly, the Sulwhasoo website is liberally slathered with mentions of “Asian wisdom” and “natural harmony”. The company has poured vast amounts of money into luxury-segment marketing in Asia, in the hope of improving competitiveness at home and in China. It is also hoping to expand farther afield; it recently opened Sulwhasoo outlets in Galeries Lafayette, a famed Parisian department store, and plans to establish a presence in 20 new countries over the next five years.

The dominance of local conglomerates will be hard to break in Europe and America, says Kim Ju-Duck of Sungshin Women’s University. Consumers there are familiar with -beauty trends but not yet its brands. In the short run success will hinge on Mr Park’s ability to convince Chinese consumers to pick his brands over those of or Japanese and European competitors like Shiseido or Estée Lauder, which have long dominated luxury cosmetics. Home-grown Chinese firms look set to hang on to the lower end of the market.

At home, meanwhile, a new challenger is emerging not in the form of upstart producers but the year-old “corset-free movement”. These women spurn make-up, long hair and tight clothes, and post pictures of crushed cosmetics and shorn locks on social media. AmorePacific will be hoping that this salvo against the prevailing ideal of Korean beauty will inflict less damage than the missile dispute. ■


          

SoftBank stock falls after terrible earnings report

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Shares in SoftBank fell as much as 4% in Tokyo on Thursday after the company reported worse than expected losses for the third quarter.

Japan's broader Nikkei was mostly flat in afternoon trade. South Korea's Kospi Index declined 0.1%.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index edged down 0.4%, while China's Shanghai Composite fell 0.2%.

SoftBank reported operating losses of $6.5 billion after market close on Wednesday, weighed down by a massive hit to its tech fund. The Vision Fund has been hit by big losses in portfolio companies such as Uber and WeWork.

The stock recovered some of its losses by mid-morning Thursday and was last trading down about 2.5%.

SoftBank founder and CEO Masayoshi Son admitted he turned a "blind eye" to governance problems at WeWork, and said he learned a "harsh lesson" from the office sharing company's botched IPO attempt.

Bernstein analyst Chris Lane said in a research note Wednesday that Son's rescue package of WeWork "will vastly improve the return profile." He predicts that with better corporate governance and cost controls, WeWork "will turn cash flow positive in [about] 18 months."

Toyota, meanwhile, rose 0.9% in Tokyo after the company reported strong profits. The carmaker reported net profit of 1.27 trillion yen ($11.7 billion) for the first half of the year, a 2.6% increase over the same period last year.

In Hong Kong, shares in Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing fell 0.5%.

The company, which operates the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, reported net profits of 2.2 billion Hong Kong dollars ($280 million) for the third quarter, slightly lower than market expectations. The exchange abandoned a bold, $37 billion bid to buy London's Stock Exchange last month.

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Do’s and Don’ts On Your Trip to South Korea

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You’ve got countless reasons to fall in love with South Korea, the land of dramatic fall foliage, delicious samgyeopsal, and massive K-Pop phenomenon. But before your excitement takes you too far, know that South Korea has a deep respect for their culture. Locals will appreciate your effort as a traveler to learn and value Korean […]

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Kudankulam cyber attack: North Korean hackers stole technology data

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Suspected North Korean hackers stole technology-related data from the computers at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. The cyber attackers, who deployed a malware designed for data theft, were backed by the North Korean government, said IssueMaker Labs, an expert group of malware analysts based in South Korea. “We have found that Nuclear Power Plant technology-related data […]

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Abe, Moon Break Ice After Worst Japan-South Korea Fight in Years

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Six weeks ago sentiment was skewing rather negatively towards the opinion that acrimonious disputes between neighbours like Japan and South Korea, the UK and EU and competitors like China and the USA were going to get worse, a lot worse. Today peace seems to be breaking out globally and that is removing a risk premium from markets.


          

Pearl Abyss Announces Three New Games: MMO Shooter, Collectible MMORPG, And Open-World MMORPG

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Black Desert Online developer Pearl Abyss announced three new games that it currently has in development and will be revealed in more detail at G-Star 2019 in Busan, South Korea next week, on Thursday, Nov. 14. PLAN 8 is described as an “exosuit MMO shooter,” while DokeV is a “collectible MMORPG for all ages. The […]

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Ronan Manly: The power of gold in times of crisis

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9:05p ET Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Bullion Star gold researcher Ronan Manly tonight details some of gold's great rescues in extreme political circumstances, from Vietnam to South Korea to Argentina to Venezuela and to Zimbabwe.

Manly's commentary is headlined "The Power of Gold in Times of Crisis" and it's posted at Bullion Star here:

https://www.bullionstar.com/blogs/ronan-manly/the-power-of-gold-in-times...

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.
CPowell@GATA.org



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Seoul deports two men to North Korea for murdering 16 fishermen

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In an extremely unusual case, South Korea on Thursday deported two North Koreans after finding out they killed 16 fellow crew members on their boat then fled to South Korean waters, Seoul officials said.The two men in their 20s were sent back to the North through the truce village of Panmunjom on the border.“The government has decided to deport them as they have committed a heinous crime. They cannot be treated as refugees under international laws,” ministry spokesman Lee Sang-min said. “They…
          

South Korean couples are breaking up over feminist film Kim Ji-young, Born 1982. Why?

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It was date night for Han Ah-eum. The 27-year-old office worker and her boyfriend decided to catch a screening of Kim Ji-young, Born 1982, South Korea’s critically acclaimed drama and box office hit about a woman who becomes a stay-at-home mother.She did not expect to find herself in an argument with her partner afterwards.“My boyfriend said he wondered if his mother and aunts had faced such struggles,” Han said.“He also thought the main character’s husband was unrealistically perfect because…
          

ANZ on board for Epik's NSW LNG terminal

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Hyundai campaign to demonstrate automaker's commitment to future of mobility

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Hyundai Motor Co. hoping to get its mobility message across to consumers? There's an ad for that.

The South Korean automaker is getting creative in how it demonstrates its vision for the future of mobility to everyday drivers.

Tuesday the company released five commercials as part of its #BecauseofYou campaign to demonstrate its recommitment to micromobility and autonomous, fuel-cell and robotics technologies.

The spots were meant to spur real-life connections between people and Hyundai's mobility offerings and illustrate the ways the automaker's mobility offerings "empower people to pursue their passions," according to a statement.

"Hyundai Motor will continue to communicate its vision of prioritizing progress for humanity, and help make real-life connections and deliver meaningful experiences for our customers," Wonhong Cho, chief marketing officer of Hyundai, said in the statement.

Four of the videos illustrate how Hyundai vehicles fit into the mobility landscape in major cities: Chongqing, China; Amsterdam; Seoul; and Los Angeles.

The Amsterdam video shows a worker operating a Nexo fuel-cell crossover that parks itself and a Hyundai "last mile" electric scooter. The Seoul-themed clip shows a para-athlete using Hyundai's robotics technology, and the Los Angeles-centered video displays more of Hyundai's autonomous technology. The Chongqing video shows the Nexo plugged in, "powering" a mother-daughter moment.

The final video summarizes these four storylines into the ways people can "overcome the boundaries of time and space to enhance the quality of their experiences" using Hyundai technology.

Much like most other major automakers, Hyundai has been upping its investments and partnerships in mobility, especially autonomy. The automaker's recent joint venture reveal with automotive technology supplier Aptiv will advance the companies' development of Level 4 and 5 technologies.

--Alexa St. John


          

Europa parlament Dokumente delegationen: General documents - 21st EU-Republic of Korea Inter-Parliamentary Meeting, Brussels, 4 November 2019 - Delegation for relations with the Korean Peninsula

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21st EU-Republic of Korea (RoK) Interparliamentary Meeting (IPM)

A South Korean delegation from the National Assembly along with its Ambassador had a fruitful two-day visit in Brussels on the occasion of the 21st Inter- Parliamentary Meeting.

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BWorld 380, Prosperity and demography in Asia

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* My article in BusinessWorld last October 24, 2019.


“The man of system… is apt to be very wise in his own conceit; and is often so enamoured with the supposed beauty of his own ideal plan of government, that he cannot suffer the smallest deviation from any part of it.”

— Adam Smith,
Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), Part VI, Section II, Chap. II.

SINGAPORE — I came here to be one of the speakers in a forum on “Intellectual Property Rights and Economic Growth” organized by the Adam Smith Center, a new independent think tank headed by a young and dynamic leader Bryan Cheang. The event was held at the Singapore Management University (SMU) School of Law.

In my presentation on “Importance of Brands and Government Policy,” I used that quote from Adam Smith, the father of market economics, to highlight the fact that too much central planning and over-reaching regulations and prohibitions by governments are wrong, that they invite the law of unintended consequences.

The other speakers in the forum were Lorenzo Montanari of the Property Rights Alliance (PRA), Dr. Sary Levy-Carciente, author of the International Property Rights Index (IPRI) 2019, and Dr. Linda Low of the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) School of Business. Dr. Chandran Kukathas, Dean of the School of Social Sciences of SMU gave the welcome message.

Among the things that Dr. Low discussed in her presentation was their ageing population and the rise of migrant workers from neighbor Asia engaged in “3D” work — dirty, dangerous, demeaning — that the locals are not inclined to take.

Having an ageing population when the economy is already prosperous and developed would invite cultural and fiscal problems someday. Who will take care of the many old and retired people when their children and grandchildren are busy in work or school, like changing adult diapers — robots or migrant health workers?

I checked data for age dependency of young people — the higher the number, the better for a future “army” of workers and entrepreneurs and hence, for economic growth — and here is what I got. (See Table 1.)
  
True enough, in our hotel here, while the concierge staff are young Singaporeans and some Filipinos, many in the restaurant are locals looking to be in their 40s to 60s. The room cleaners are young migrants perhaps from Indonesia, India, and Bangladesh.

Past policies of high government intervention in family planning can backfire today or tomorrow. And this reminds me again of state-sponsored and taxpayers-funded population control measures under the controversial RH Law of the Philippines. If it was a good idea, it would not require legislation and rely on civil society voluntary funding (like Gawad Kalinga, Rotary Homes, Books for the Barrios, etc.) but because it was a bad idea, it needed legislation to coerce more taxpayers funding.

One noticeable thing in highly developed economies like Singapore is the seeming absence of many informal enterprises that compete with the formal sector. Thus, the sidewalks are really wide and clean, with no ambulant vendors that spring up from anywhere and often impede the paths of pedestrians or cars.

One interesting bit of data I came across while I was scrolling the World Bank database is competition by unregistered firms (see Table 2). Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore have no data, so either they cannot get reliable data, or all firms there are registered.


And this further shows one result of too much business regulation by governments, especially by socialist ones like China, Vietnam, and Laos. India’s constitution also declares itself as socialist.

The Philippines’ three new laws — Ease of Doing Business (EODB), Anti-Red Tape, and One Person Corporation — would encourage more Philippine entrepreneurs to go formal while restricting the grubby hands of corrupt bureaucrats from prolonging the agony of business registration and renewal of permits to solicit extortion and bribes. Kudos to the Department of Trade and Industry and Secretary Ramon Lopez for leading these reforms.

We need more economic reforms like even lower personal and corporate income taxes. The ASEAN Economic Community has unleashed tax competition among member countries to attract more investors from the region and rest of the world.
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BWorld 379, Energy security and fast growth

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* This is my paper in BusinessWorld last October 22, 2019.


KUALA LUMPUR — I came to the capital city of Malaysia to speak at the Liberalism Conference of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) last Saturday, along with the launching of the International Property Rights Index (IPRI) 2019 by the Property Rights Alliance.

Whenever I go abroad I always observe how high or low the energy use is of the cities that I visit. It is obvious that energy use here in Kuala Lumpur is high — streets, tollways, buildings and other structures are well lit at night, there are many MRT, LRT, and Monorail (running on electricity) trips per hour and the MRT/LRT stations underground are well lit and air-conditioned.

Malaysia has only 32 million people and its total electricity generation in 2018 was 168 tera-watt hours (TWH). In contrast, the Philippines has 108 million people and its electricity generation last year was only 100 TWH. Malaysia depends largely on natural gas plus coal (65 + 68 TWH) for power generation and this energy mix is similar to Japan’s.

I revisit two data sets that I put in my two recent energy columns here. Again, data on coal consumption in million tons oil equivalent (mtoe) is from the BP Statistical Review of World Energy (June 2019), data on population and GDP growth are from the World Bank, World Development Indicators database (August 2019). Dividing coal consumption over population, the kilos of oil equivalent (koe) per capita is derived. Growth rates in coal use and GDP are averaged per 10 years.

  
Three trends and facts emerge from the numbers in the table.
  
One, countries with high consumption of cheaper energy like coal, represented by their high coal koe per capita, also have higher income — Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Japan, and Malaysia.

Two, the Philippines has the lowest, the smallest coal consumption among the major and emerging Asian economies — only 153 koe per person in 2018. Only one-fourth of Malaysia, one-sixth of Japan, one-ninth of China, and only 1/11 of South Korea and greenie Australia. Hong Kong’s per capita was 662 in 1998 and 837 in 2018 while Singapore’s was 0 in 1998 and 163 in 2018 or slightly higher than the Philippines. And the anti-coal groups and people in the Philippines say that ours is already high and scary that we should stop building new coal plants and retire soon existing ones? Lousy and idiotic argument.

Three, there is clear correlation between growth in cheap energy coal consumption and growth in GDP, at least for the countries covered above. Australia, Japan, and South Korea decelerated coal use from 2006 to 2018 and they also experienced growth deceleration. Malaysia, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines retained their high coal use and they also retained their high GDP growth.

While most anti-coal groups are watermelon (green outside, red inside) activists, some are outrightly pushing for their natural gas business. Demonize coal, prevent the construction of more coal plants so that the big distribution utilities and electric cooperatives will be forced to buy from their soon imported and more expensive LNG power to prevent massive blackouts in the country due to insufficient power supply.

Again, climate change is cyclical and natural, the warming-cooling cycle having been going on since planet Earth was born some 4.6 billion years ago. This is nature-made global warming and global cooling, not man-made or anthropogenic. The deceptive and dishonest “man-made” Climate Change narrative is part of global and national corruption to justify endless and rising oil/carbon taxes, renewables subsidies, climate loans, climate bureaucracies, and junkets.

We need more energy security to sustain fast economic growth and job creation. Cheap, stable and reliable energy that is dispatchable on demand, requires less land per MW of power generation. It is not dependent on the weather and requiring huge tracts of land that can otherwise be used for more food production and forest protection.
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BWorld 375, Property rights and agrarian lefts

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* My article in BusinessWorld on October 08, 2019.


“CARP has instead effected a massive de-formalization of agriculture! Time to allow agriculture to march out of the informal into the formal sector. It is time, in other words, to stop redistributing poverty!”

— Dr. Raul Fabella, “CARP: Time to Let Go,” 
UPSE Discussion Paper 2014-02, February 2014

Unlike agrarian reform in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan that lasted only for several years before forced land redistribution was halted, the Philippines’ agrarian reform is endless, with no timetable — a forever program.

Former President Marcos declared his own agrarian reform in 1972 and when he was ousted, former President Cory Aquino implemented another version, the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP, RA 6657, June 1988). CARP should have ended by 1998 but it was extended under RA 9700 (August 2009). So from 1972 to 2019, there have bee 47 years of agrarian reform and there is no plan to end it.

Endless agrarian reform is wrong because it creates endless business uncertainty in two sectors, agribusiness and mass housing programs.

First, an agribusiness person develops an idle or ugly piece of land into a productive, revenue-earning fruit orchard. Rural jobs are created, food production is expanded, and that is also where the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) can come, knock on the person’s door to inform him/her that the land will soon be forcibly distributed to the workers. And this contributes to why many rural areas remain planted to traditional low-value crops.

Second, real estate developers endure many years of waiting for the DAR to approve land conversion from agricultural to mass housing projects.

I spoke with Jeffrey Ng, a fellow alumni of the UP School of Economics (UPSE) and President of our UPSE Alumni Association. He is also the Chairman of the Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA). Jeff said that they have to “get approval from National Irrigation Administration, Philippine Coconut Authority, Sugar Regulatory Administration, then the Department of Agriculture itself. Only then can we apply for actual conversion with DAR. After which comes LGUs, DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) and HLURB (Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board). All these delays cost money and interest, which unnecessarily raises the cost of socialized and mass housing projects.”

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered that this entire land conversion process should not take more than 30 days. Jeff said that it can be done if all these government agencies and departments will put up a one-stop shop under the new Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development.

Some 6.5 million Filipino families do not own a house yet, so the supply of buildable land for affordable mass housing should increase. And DAR and endless agrarian reform is part of the problem. This is agrarian and property leftism.

Related to this is the low score and global ranking of the Philippines in property rights protection like land. Small- and medium-size landowners are unsure if they can continue ownership and control of their land in the next 10 or 20 years.

In the International Property Rights Index (IPRI), an annual study by the Property Rights Alliance (PRA, Washington DC), the Philippines ranks low. The index is composed of three components: Legal and Political Environment (LPE), Physical Property Rights (PPR) and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). LPE has four sub-components, IPR has three, and PPR also has three — Protection of physical property, Registering property, and Ease of access to loans.

In overall IPRI, the Philippines ranked 77th out of 118 economies in the 2010 Report, improved to 70th out of 125 economies in the 2018 report. In PPR, the Philippines has significantly improved over these years, ranked 80th in the 2010 Report and 63rd in the 2018 Report (See Table).
  


IPRI 2019 will be launched on Oct. 16 at Fairmont Hotel. How will the Philippines rank then, both in IPRI overall and PPR?

Report author, Dr. Sary Levy-Carciente, an economist from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Boston University, Center of Polymer Studies, will come to discuss the report. PRA Executive Director Lorenzo Montanari will accompany her. The local partners of this event are the Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) and Minimal Government Thinkers.

The words of Dr. Fabella, a National Scientist, my former teacher, and our former Dean of UPSE, should be heeded by legislators and the administration, to finally end the endless forced redistribution of private lands.
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BWorld 372, Energy leftism will plunge the Philippines into darkness

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* My column in BusinessWorld last September 26, 2019.


The continuing anti-coal paranoia of many leftist political groups and greenie environmentalists is largely based on emotion and alarmism, far away from reason and energy realism. And based on watermelon activism — green on the outside, red on the inside.

I constructed this table below to show why I said this. The data on coal consumption in million tons oil equivalent (mtoe) is from the BP Statistical Review of World Energy (June 2019), the data on population is from the IMF World Economic Outlook database (April 2019). Simply dividing coal consumption over population we can derive the kilos of oil equivalent (koe) per capita. (See Table 1).


Does the Philippines’ coal consumption of only 153 koe per person in 2018 appear to be “too scary, too Frankensteinin,” that the country should limit — if not stop building — new coal plants and phase out old coal plants? If it is too scary, then how would the watermelon activists call the coal consumption per capita of Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, and China which are nine times to 11 times larger than the Philippines’ — horribly Frankensteinly scary?

Aside from the mythical claim that the Philippines already has big coal power capacity, another dishonest claim by the paranoid anti-coal groups is that coal power will only produce more expensive prices as “stranded costs” that the consumers have to pay for decades. Far out.

The biggest private distribution utility in the country, Meralco, has successfully conducted a Competitive Selection Process (CSP) bidding and got contracts for 1,200 MW of baseload (power plants running 24/7) power with the following all-in prices, VAT inclusive: South Premiere Power for 670 MW, P4.93/kWh; San Miguel Energy for 330 MW, same P4.93/kWh, and PHINMA Energy 200 MW, P4.88/kWh.

Two things are notable about these future fixed generation prices: One, they are cheaper than recent generation charges by the company which were P5+ per kwh. (See Table 2) 


And two, coal prices would go up further in 2020 and beyond because of the higher excise tax on coal under the TRAIN law, from P10/ton to P50/ton in 2018, P100/ton in 2019, and P150/ton in 2020. And yet future prices of coal power for electricity will go down to below P5/kWh.

Another group of energy leftists rallied to oppose the 1,200-MW Atimonan One power plant because it is a coal plant. Going back to Table 1 as previously mentioned, we have very little coal power consumption despite having zero nuke power, little natgas power from the ageing Malampaya gas field, and ageing hydro, geothermal, and coal plants. If the lefties succeed in opposing new coal plants, we are courting a scenario of frequent blackouts in the coming years.

The anti-coal groups and activists can only mouth slogans and emotional statements, not facts-based research. They should not brag in their lousy and emotional campaigns, they should be ashamed instead because they are dragging the country towards darkness and frequent blackouts, of less power reserves but more political noise.
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Mapping the Stage Differently: Theatre #MeToo Movement and Internet Culture in South Korea

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Me Too movement in South Korea has exploded since 2018 with prosecutor Seo Ji Hyun’s interview on major news network JTBC. She testified against her superior and senior prosecutor, Ahn Tae-geun, who had sexually assaulted her in public.[1] Her interview was powerful not only because of her intrepidity to expose her own perpetrator; it was her uncovering of how the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office of the Republic of Korea, the towering presence that has a significant impact on the South Korean legal and judicial system, was trying to cover up the assault case and then retaliate against Seo by demoting her.[2]

Seo’s interview resonated powerfully, especially with those of who had been under the impression that women in the upper echelon of the society, especially a prosecutor, would be relatively more safe from sexual violence in the workplace. As was somewhat expected, a series of other high profile sexual harassment and assault cases both in and beyond the political offices and government bodies would soon follow, similar to the way in which #MeToo had started a chain of reactions in the US where the hashtag movement first became mainstream. Seo’s interview, however, prompted a series of posts shared on Facebook and other online platforms against sexual assault perpetrators by an unexpected group of people amidst the explosion of high-profile Me Too cases: theatre actors.

As was somewhat expected, a series of other high profile sexual harassment and assault cases both in and beyond the political offices and government bodies would soon follow, similar to the way in which #MeToo had started a chain of reactions in the US where the hashtag movement first became mainstream.

The fact that theatre actors’ Facebook posts were met with a complete surprise and that they sent a shock wave throughout the entire nation is partly shaped by the general public’s skewed perception: somehow, theatre as an artistic genre and a form of community is considered to be detached from the real world, and that theatre world has just recently come to reckon with its own history of sexual violence only after the initial #MeToo circulation. This stereotype, or what one might call antitheatrical prejudice, tends to treat theatre as exceptional space and overlooks the fact that theatre actors have had to deal with sexual violence, but only internally due to the potentially fatal risks associated with speaking out. This prejudice has had an impact on performing arts not just in South Korea but globally. As a result, theatre actors’ efforts to bring justice to the field of performing arts received widespread media coverage.

However, how online and digital cultural practices have enriched, if not enabled, the movement deserves more attention. Describing what could only be considered as decades-long serial rape and sexual harassment cases, several actors chimed in on Seo Ji-hyun’s interview by publicly posting on Facebook and one of the biggest South Korean online forums DC Inside about their own experiences with artistic directors and producers Lee Youn-taek, Yoon Ho-jin, Oh Taeseok and Ha Yong-bu, to name a few. These internationally acclaimed artists, whose works focus on nationalized decolonial theatre-making by adapting and rewriting well known dramatic canons of Shakespeare and other European playwrights, have been much studied and praised in South Korea and abroad in the field of performing arts and regarded as champions of theatre innovation.[3] The actors’ posts struck many readers as shocking, not simply for the fact of sexual assault perpetrated by respectable artists, but more because the entire performing arts industry had been able to normalise rape culture for as long as several decades.

What has partly shaped this normalisation is that performing arts troupes in South Korea often function like a tightly-knit clan or a closed network of fictive kinship (many of the accused artists were leaders of theatre collectives and communes, where they would live, train and rehearse with actors for months in preparation for large scale productions and international tours), where leading male directors are regarded as “masters” and father figures to young actors and directors in training. This hierarchical relationship relies on a constant performance of intimacy and emotional labour, often sustained by what is infamously known as gapjil, bullying and intimidation by someone who abuses their power and privilege, and wiryeok, a form of power that one may wield using their position especially in a workplace. Unwanted physical contact, verbal abuse and sexualisation of actors have been tolerated and inherited from a generation of theatre-makers to another all under the guise of teaching theatre methods, practising pedagogic relationality, and building a stronger community.[4]

This hierarchical relationship relies on a constant performance of intimacy and emotional labour, often sustained by what is infamously known as gapjil, bullying and intimidation by someone who abuses their power and privilege, and wiryeok, a form of power that one may wield using their position especially in a workplace.

Theatre actors are also bound by the legal hurdles and risks specific to the South Korean context, which often act as a silencing mechanism for victims, activists and whistleblowers. Some point out that the cartel-like culture amongst powerful perpetrators, like that of the theatre community, feeds on the gaps in the existing legal and institutional structure. For instance, sexual offenders have used a defamation and libel suit to retaliate against victims, who may then feel the pressure to retract their statement or drop an ongoing lawsuit. The withdrawal potentially affects the accusing victims adversely, for the offender can then file a criminal complaint against them for having made a false statement in the first place. Thus, anti-sexual violence activists and legal experts criticize the relative convenience and expediency in bringing a defamation suit against accusing victims. For example, an offender may simply submit a screenshot of texts on a social media platform posted by an accusing victim as a piece of evidence of defamation. In such a case, victims will be summoned by the police to “disprove” the offender’s claim. Compared to this, accusing victims must often endure a long, arduous and often traumatizing process, at various levels of which they must rehearse their statement of experiences and details of sexual assault over and over again until they are proven truthful enough.

#MeToo movement in South Korea has thus brought the public’s attention to the vague expressions in the existing Article 307 of the Criminal Law, and many have called for a revision of the article to protect sexual assault victims against further victimization and legal liability. The existing clauses may as well be abused to mean that simply making public statements about the “facts” of sexual assault will constitute a criminal offence. Indeed, defamation suits were swiftly filed against activists and victims in high-profile #MeToo cases involving Kim Ki-duk, internationally acclaimed and award-winning film director, and Ko Un, poet and Nobel Prize front runner. The court found that their defamation complaints had no grounds, and both Kim and Ko lost their cases. However, cases like these have a long-lasting impact, which continues to haunt not just the victims but also the involved activists, journalists and lawyers. Anti-sexual violence activist groups and victims in the arts now demand that the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism implement measures to protect and support sexual assault victims threatened with legal actions.

While the theatre Me Too movement gained traction thanks to the wave of support through successful albeit difficult legal battles and anti-sexual violence public discourse, there has been little to no serious attention paid to how digital culture and its practices actually affected and enabled the movement beyond the more general impact of the #MeToo circulation, with regard to the theatre Me Too movement and the broader anti-sexual violence movement online. To be sure, hashtag activism like the #MeToo movement is not without its own limits, especially considering its potentially colonising effect. At times, it seems to undermine and flatten out complex and nuanced discussions within an ongoing political discourse unique to a local context, and capitalises on what Khoja-Moolji calls the “affective intensities” that often rely on outdated and hegemonic understandings of survivors and various agents involved (such as the young women in the Nigerian Boko Haram kidnapping case, the concerns around which were shared through #BringBackOurGirls).[5]

To be sure, hashtag activism like the #MeToo movement is not without its own limits, especially considering its potentially colonising effect.

Nevertheless, it is equally important to recognise that, in the South Korean context, #MeToo also builds upon and is in dialogue with ongoing uses of hashtags such as #연극계_내_성폭력 (“#sexualviolenceintheatre”) or #예술계_내_성폭력 (“sexualviolenceinthearts”), which had been circulating since 2016, predating Seo Ji Hyun’s interview and the actors’ public posts.[6] This calls for more engaged and digital culture-specific discussions around how #MeToo, in return, has had an impact on the existing online spaces where other forms of hashtagging were already calling out perpetrators and various fields of the arts and culture in 2016.[7] Some of these hashtags include #__내 성폭력 (“#sexualviolencein___”), which Facebook and Twitter users filled with “literature,” “filmmaking,” “dance” and so on.[8] Facebook users like myself participated in a “relay tagging,” or what is more widely known as a hashtag challenge, to call attention to sexual violence in South Korean literature and publishing industry by using #참고문헌없음 (“#withnoreferences”) and #문단_내_성폭력(“sexualviolenceinliteraryworld”) in 2017. The hashtag was in reference to the women writers’ refusal to be part of the tradition and legacy of the literary world dominated by male writers and their normalisation of sexual violence within literary circles. The campaign was initiated by women writers, who contributed to an anthology, <참고문헌 없음> (With No Reference) as a result of this hashtag movement.[Fig1] The anthology was funded through a crowdfunding campaign, which collected over sixty million Korean won (the equivalent of sixty thousand U.S. dollars) from over two thousand donors.

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Figure 1. My Facebook post in 2017, where I tagged friends to join the #withnoreferences campaign

Taking this context into consideration, what I suggest here is that the long-term, sustained online cultural practices by the theatre fandom have given much-needed support and momentum for the theatre actors in the 2018 Me Too movement. At the same time, the theatre Me Too movement has, in turn, prompted the fandom to renew their interests in and sense of belonging to the field of performing arts. These have evolved into a series of collective actions that demand more accountability and self-reflexivity from both theatre-makers and audiences.[9] This dialogue between various old, new, and extant online communities of people also signals a new way of producing, sharing, disseminating and archiving knowledge of sexual violence in performing arts, in which “insider knowledge” and the interior workings of the artistic prerogative of the select few “masters” have always remained somewhat opaque to a general audience. For example, the theatre Me Too movement was unique in that the fandom mobilised theatregoers primarily on online platforms and fan forums to boycott productions staged by the accused directors. They then expanded this and took to streets to stage sit-ins, rallies and audience-led post-show gatherings, during which they used a hashtag, #With_You, as a response to #MeToo.

Theatre and Musical Gallery (연극뮤지컬갤러리), a public subgroup within the popular online forum DC Inside, played an especially crucial role in helping both actors and fans’ interests and concerns coalesce. DC Inside, which originally opened in 1999 as an online forum where users exchanged information about digital cameras (hence the name, “DC”), has produced a wide array of subcultures and grown to host around two thousand open boards, or “galleries,” where users discuss topics ranging from cars to K-pop idols to current political affairs. Despite the rampant culture of misogyny and radical right-wing politics within DC Inside, Theatre and Musical Gallery remains to be a rich deposit of news clippings, video documentations, diverse user remarks and survivors’ accounts of sexual assault cases posted and compiled by the frequent posters. The site was a place where, in addition to Facebook and Twitter, a number of actors and university students majoring in acting came forward to call out their teachers, directors, playwrights, choreographers and senior members of performing arts troupes. Theatre and Musical Gallery and the theatre Me Too movement erupted into what could be considered a unique way of sharing narratives of and assembling fragmented information about gender and sexual politics in performing arts.

Theatre and Musical Gallery and the theatre Me Too movement erupted into what could be considered a unique way of sharing narratives of and assembling fragmented information about gender and sexual politics in performing arts.

These instances partly illustrate how both online cultures and “offline” mobilization continue to synergize one another. Rather than understanding online data to be simply feeding the “offline” movement or merely mirroring what happens physically “on site,” online communities and digital cultural practices associated with the theatre Me Too movement show us how a new network of previously disparate individuals can emerge, connecting feminist activists, legal experts, theatre actors and theatre audiences together. This also calls for an initiative to theorize how the linkage between online cultural practices, discursive circulation, theatre stage and pre-existing activism is sustained or challenged in an unexpected direction compared to the non-North American and non-European context, where consent, theatre-making and terms of labour conditions may be defined and applied very differently.[10] A case in point is also demonstrated by one of the theatre Me Too survivors, Park Younghee, who wrote that the theatre Me Too movement, which had started with a series of separate, individual survivor stories online, quickly grew to help form a group of twenty-three plaintiffs and a coalition of legal and academic experts who brought down Lee Yountaek in a legal battle.[11]

These initial cases of online mobilization and hashtag circulation have also resulted in Theater with You, an online coalition of theatre actors against sexual violence on Facebook, which organizes online petitions, seminars, workshops, press conferences and group visits to trial hearings to name a few of its various activities. One of its achievements is its online distribution of a handbook about how to challenge and survive an exploitative situation on stage, in rehearsals, in practice spaces and on backstage as actors or junior staff members. Modelled after the Chicago Theatre Standards (CTS) and the hashtag campaign, #NotInOurHouse, the handbook becomes a toolkit for actors and creative staff to imagine and map a creative space that protects and allows for a more ethical and democratic relationship among the theatre community as a whole. Despite how some of the mainstream think pieces characterize the Me Too movement as having only just arrived in South Korea, the sustained engagement of the actors, activists and theatre fandom with a series of culture-specific online practices, online community spaces and offline mobilizing urges us to reconsider the ways that the Me Too movement maps a different geography in the South Korean context.

Despite how some of the mainstream think pieces characterize the Me Too movement as having only just arrived in South Korea, the sustained engagement of the actors, activists and theatre fandom with a series of culture-specific online practices, online community spaces and offline mobilizing urges us to reconsider the ways that the Me Too movement maps a different geography in the South Korean context. 

 

 


[1] I refer to both the hashtag (#MeToo) as a circulating reference point, and the label “Me Too movement” to specifically recognise the local context, in which protests as well as legal and political acts have been part of mitu undong (미투운동 The Me Too movement) in South Korea.

 

[2] This piece follows the Korean naming convention, in which the last name comes first, followed by the first name.

 

[3] See, for example, Global Shakespeares: Video and performance archive. https://globalshakespeares.mit.edu/director/oh-tae-suk/; Lee, H. (2015). Performing the Nation in Global Korea: Transnational Theatre. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan; Modern Korean theatre. In K. J. Wetmore, Jr., S. Liu, & E. B. Mee (Eds.), Modern Asian Theatre and Performance 1900-2000. London; New York: Bloomsbury.

 

[4] Lee Youn-taek, the internationally renowned theatre artist and sexual assault perpetrator who led theatre company Yeonheedan georipae (Yeonhee Street Theatre Troupe) and theatre commune Milyang Theatre Village, reportedly said that he was being punished for doing what the theatre world had always considered its tradition, and that the general public did not seem to understand the prerogative of theatre artists.

 

[5] Khoja-Moolji, S. (2015). Becoming an ‘intimate publics’: Exploring the affective intensities of hashtag feminism. Feminist Media Studies, 15(2), 347-50. See also https://www.hashtagfeminism.com/research.

 

[6] See also, Kim, M. (2017, 28 April). 가해자가 기록한 #예술계_내_성폭력 (#Sexualviolenceinthearts documented by a perpetrator). 문화플러스서울 (Culture plus Seoul). https://brunch.co.kr/@sfac/233

 

[7] The phrase itself had been introduced by Tarana Burke in 2006 on MySpace before it spread globally in a hashtag form primarily prompted by the women who spoke out against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in 2017. See Abby Ohlheiser, “The woman behind ‘Me Too’ knew the power of the phrase when she created it - 10 years ago.” The Washington Post 19 October 2017.

 

[8] Kim, B., & Kim, B (Eds.) (2019). 그것은 연기가 아니라 성폭력입니다 (It is not acting; it is sexual violence). 스스로 해일이 된 여자들 (Women who have become tidal waves). 서울(Seoul): 서해문집(Seohaemunjip). 128-51.

 

[9] Recent studies on the uses of hashtags in online feminist activism and progressive social activism commonly point out how the personal/private narratives of survivors of sexual assault and workplace harassment have taken to online where their voices are amplified, and where they can share the sense of solidarity with a mass group of sympathetic yet anonymous users. See 김효인 Kim, H. (2017). SNS 해시태그를 통해 본 여성들의 저항 실천 - ‘#00_내_성폭력’ 분석을 중심으로 (Women’s resistance action seen through SNS hashtags -- Focusing on ‘sexual violence in 00’”). 미디어, 젠더 & 문화 (Media, Gender, and Culture), 32(4), 5-70; 김희정 Kim, H. (2016). 우리는 모두 ‘사건’에 응답해야 한다 -- ‘00 내 성폭력’ 해시태그 운동에 부쳐 (We all have to respond to the ‘incident’ -- on ‘sexual violence in 00’ hashtag campaign). 진보평론 (The Radical Review), 70, 278-88; 조서연 Cho, S. (2016). 남성 연대의 구성과 균열 - 성폭력 폭로 해시태그와 박근혜, 최순실 게이트에 부쳐 (Construction and fissures in male solidarity – on anti-sexual violence hashtags and the Park Geun-hye-Choi Soon-sil scandal). 문학과 사회 (Literature and Society), 29(4), 35-49.

 

[10] See the forthcoming issue of Performance Paradigm, in which co-editors Caroline Wake and Emma Willis critique how research on feminism of the Southern Hemisphere in theatre and performance studies has provided “raw data” to the studies in “metropole,” notwithstanding the continued regional differences as well as consistent efforts to theorize feminist theatre and performance. https://www.performanceparadigm.net/index.php/journal/announcement.

 

[11] 박영희 Park, Younghee. (2018, 8 October). 기울어진 극장 미투 이후, 건강한 예술계를 위해 싸우는 여성들 (Unlevel stage After the Me Too movement, women fight for a healthier world of the arts). 여성신문 (Women News). http://www.womennews.co.kr/news/articleView.html?idxno=144899.


          

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