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          Ethiopia Airlines crash: Which countries have grounded the 737 Max 8?      Cache   Translate Page      

A growing number of airlines around the world have grounded their Boeing 737 Max 8 jets following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that killed 157 people on Sunday. Here is a list of other countries that have grounded the aircraft so far: UK The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority has banned any commercial passenger flights by Boeing 737 Max aircraft from “arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace”. In a statement, the CAA said: “The UK Civil Aviation Authority has been closely monitoring the situation, however, as we do not currently have sufficient information from the flight data recorder we have, as a precautionary measure, issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace. “The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s safety directive will be in place until further notice. “We remain in close contact with the European Aviation Safety Agency and industry regulators globally.” Tui Airways, which has the only five 737 Max 8 aircraft operated by a UK-based airline and was due to begin flying a sixth later this week, said in response to the CAA announcement that other aircraft would be used to transport passengers who were due to fly in the jets. The statement said: “TUI Airways can confirm that all 737 MAX 8 aircraft currently operating in the UK have been grounded following the decision from the UK regulatory authorities today. “Any customers due to fly home today on a 737 MAX 8 from their holiday will be flown back on another aircraft. “Customers due to travel in the coming days will also travel on holiday as planned on other aircraft. “The safety and well-being of our customers and staff has remained our primary concern.” Ethiopia A spokesman for Ethiopian Airlines says it will ground its remaining four Max 8 jets as an “extra safety precaution” while it investigates Sunday’s deadly crash. Asrat Begashaw said investigations and the search for bodies and aircraft debris will continue. The airline is awaiting the delivery of 25 more Max 8 jets. Brazil Brazil’s Gol Airlines has suspended the use of 121 Max 8 jets. The airline said it is following the investigation of the Max 8 closely and hopes to return the aircraft to use as soon as possible. Gol said it has made nearly 3,000 flights with the Max 8, which went into service last June, with “total security and efficiency”. Cayman Islands Cayman Airways, a Caribbean carrier, said it stopped using its two Max 8 jets starting on Monday. President and CEO Fabian Whorms said the airline is committed to “putting the safety of our passengers and crew first”. Mr Whorms said the move will cause changes to flight schedules. Cayman is the flag carrier of Cayman Islands, a British overseas territory. It received its first Max 8 in November and its second earlier this month. China China has 96 Max 8 jets in service, belonging to carriers such as Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines. The civilian aviation authority directed the planes to be grounded indefinitely on Monday. It said the order was “taken in line with the management principle of zero tolerance for security risks”. There were eight Chinese citizens on the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed shortly after taking off on Sunday. The authority said it will consult the US Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing before deciding when to lift the ban. India India’s Jet Airways says it is “in contact with the manufacturer” of Max 8 jets and has grounded five of them starting on Monday. Indian airline SpiceJet also uses the aircraft, but it is unclear if those planes are grounded. On Monday, India’s aviation watchdog ordered a safety assessment of the aircraft. It also issued safety instructions for flying the Max 8 jet. Indonesia Indonesia says it will temporarily ground Max 8 jets to inspect their airworthiness. Director general of Air Transportation Polana B Pramesti said the move was made to ensure flight safety. A Lion Air model of the same plane crashed in Indonesia in October. Indonesian airlines operate 11 Max 8 jets. Lion Air, which owns 10 of them, said it will try to minimise the impact of the decision on operations. The other Max 8 jet belongs to national carrier Garuda. Mexico Mexican airline Aeromexico has suspended flights of its six Max 8 jets after the crash in Ethiopia. Aeromexico said it “fully” trusts the safety of its fleet but ordered the grounding to ensure “the safety of its operations and the peace of mind of its customers”. It said other planes will take over the routes usually flown by the Max 8. Singapore Singapore has temporarily banned Max 8 jets — and other models in the Max range — from entering and leaving the country. The civil aviation authority said it was “closely monitoring the situation” and the ban will be “reviewed as relevant safety information becomes available”. It added that it was in close communication with the FAA, Boeing and other aviation authorities. SilkAir, a regional carrier owned by Singapore Airlines, has six Max 8 jets. It said the ban “will have an impact on some of the airline’s flight schedules”. The authority said flights to Singapore by China Southern Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Shandong Airlines and Thai Lion Air will also be affected. South Korea An Eastar Jet official said that the planes will be replaced by Boeing 737-800 planes from Wednesday on routes to Japan and Thailand. She said the airline has not found any problems, but is voluntarily grounding Boeing 737 Max 8s in a response to customer concerns. She says the planes will not be used until the completion of a government safety review on the aircraft. An official from South Korea’s Transportation Ministry says it has yet to find any problems from safety reviews on Eastar’s planes that started on Monday. Australia Australia has suspended all flights into or out of the country by Boeing 737 Max aircraft. Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority says no Australian airlines operate the aircraft type, but two foreign airlines — SilkAir and Fiji Airways — fly them to Australia. Director of aviation safety, Shane Carmody, says that because of the two accidents, the temporary suspension of Boeing 737 Max operations is in the best interest of safety.  

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          North Korea rocket launch ‘would be catastrophe for diplomacy’      Cache   Translate Page      

North Korea using a possible rocket launch as leverage in negotiations with the US would be catastrophic for global diplomacy, a South Korean presidential adviser has said. US-based websites recently released satellite photographs indicating North Korea has restored structures at its long-range rocket launch facility that it dismantled last year at the start of diplomacy with the United States. Other satellite images show increased vehicle activities at a separate North Korean facility used to manufacture missiles, and rockets for satellite launches. Some experts say these suggest North Korea may be assembling a long-range rocket to carry out a banned satellite launch in the wake of last month’s North Korea-US summit in Hanoi that ended without any agreement. Moon Chung-in, a retired university professor who is now a special adviser to President Moon Jae-in, told a panel discussion that North Korea using a rocket launch or other nuclear activities as leverage in negotiations would be a “bad move”. Mr Moon said such a North Korean move could eventually cause a “catastrophic” consequence or a “big disaster” in the US-North Korea diplomacy. “I wonder if North Korea should avoid” such an action, Mr Moon said. He said both North Korea and the US must restrain themselves to keep diplomacy alive and start unofficial contacts to resume talks. He said the Hanoi summit showed how “difficult” and “painful” it would be to achieve de-nuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula. The Hanoi summit fell apart due to disputes over how many sanctions reliefs North Korea could win in return for limited nuclear disarmament steps. Washington and Pyongyang accuse each other of causing the summit’s breakdown, but both sides have avoided harsh criticism against each other and expressed hopes for future negotiations. No official meeting between the countries has yet to be publicly scheduled. The February 27-28 summit was the second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump since they met for the first time in Singapore last June.

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          Sample 3D Photos Part 2      Cache   Translate Page      
It has been a while since I posted the first set of sample 3D photos.  Now I will be posting these far more often.  These particular 3D photos were taken from a nearby park in Incheon, South Korea.

This 3D photo was taken and put into an interlaced 3D file format.

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This sample 3D photo is also in interlaced.  I saw this flower just sitting there in the field surrounded by grass and weeds.

Sample 3D Photo


Here is another sample 3D photo of the same flower from a different angle.  

Sample 3D Photo


I found a dragonfly resting and enjoying the weather.

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I thought this dragonfly was worth another 3D photo.  

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Here I thought I would start snapping some 3D photos of the park and the city together.

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Below is another 3D photo of the pond and the city from a different angle.

Sample 3D Photo

I hope you like these free sample 3D photos.  I will add more soon.


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          Offer - Passenger Car Motor Housing Casting - CHINA      Cache   Translate Page      
Shandong Taikai Investment Casting Co.,Ltd is Passenger car motor housing casting manufacturer and suppliers,Website:http://www.tkcasting.com, specialized production of Auto parts casting.IntroductionThe passenger car motor housing die casting parts is made by low pressure aluminum casting method(LPDC), of which can produce medium and larger casting parts(200kg and above). The motor housing die casting parts can be customized according to clients' specific requirements.Shandong Taikai Investment Casting Co.,Ltd is the access enterprise announced by national industry and information ministry, and member of Shandong casting industry association, the company was established in 1997 year, covering an area of 11 hectares and building area of 26 thousand square meters. The mainly product of company include aluminum alloy tank,conductors,contacts,bracket and shield covers series as accessary that used in power transmission industry, the battery box structure, motor shell series and water cooling integrated driver as parts that used in new resources vehicle industry. Copper and tungsten alloy contact head is core of copper product, nine series in total, thousands specifications, the output of aluminum alloy casting up to more than 10 thousand tons.The company possesses more than 500 sets of advanced melting, casting and metal cutting machines, including 5 sets of 600kg,750kg,1500kg melting furnaces, 56 sets of 400kg to 1000kg low pressure casting machines, 2sets of 280 ton and 420 ton cold chamber machines, 7 sets of continuous and well type heat treatment furnaces, 4 sets of shot blasting machines and 5 sets of shell core machines. In order to manufacture high quality and high performance products , the company invested 70 million yuan in early 2016 to import 50 sets of high precision and advanced processing equipment and automatic production lines, including Germany DMG  five-axis machining center, South Korea double-station horizontal machining center, high-speed drilling and milling,turning center.The company realized the independently design, processing and assembly of product molds, thus improving the processing accuracy and appearance quality of the casting. The company possesses casting technologies of low pressure casting,vacuum pressure casting,metal type gravity casting, with weight ranging from 0.03kg to 1000kg above,the products possess features of high strength,high conductivity,high gas tightness and so on. In accordance with national "New Energy Vehicle Development Planning",China enter into the high speed development period of new energy vehicle industry, the company adheres to the demand-oriented of market and customer, utilizing the advantage in craft and equipment of company to conquer technical barriers and have developed new energy vehicle series such as water cooled chassis, battery box structure, controller box structure etc. The company conduct technical innovation of sand core molding and cleaning based on former casting technique of aluminum alloy tank to design and developed spiral watercourse , several watercourse and single watercourse etc. that widely used in water cooled chassis series.The water cooled chassis series have been in the forefront of aluminum alloy casting of new energy vehicle, which parts production range from 12kg to 60kg .The products are widely used in the field of passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles and logistics vehicles etc. and quickly occupied domestic market. 
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A special adviser to South Korea’s president said a launch by the North would be a “big disaster” for diplomacy.
          Global Specialty Fibers Market Is Grow at a CAGR of 14.2% and Expected to Reach USD 46.90 Billion by 2026 from USD 14.19 Billion in 2017      Cache   Translate Page      

Lewes, DE -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/12/2019 -- Global Specialty Fibers market is expected to grow from $14.19 billion in 2017 to reach $46.90 billion by 2026 with a CAGR of 14.2%. Factors such as growing demand of light weight and high strength composite materials, increasing need of optical fiber cables and expansion of electronic industry, high strength to weight ratio of specialty fibers and Excellent mechanical properties, durability and thermal stability are some of the factors driving the market growth.

Based on Type, Carbon Fiber segment is estimated to have a substantial growth during the forecast period due to its high strength to weight ratio and growing demand from automotive and aerospace industries is expected to drive the market.

Some of the key players in the Specialty Fibers market include Dupont, 3M Company, Nv Bekaert Sa, Sgl Group, Dsm N.V., Teijin, Evonik Fibres Gmbh, Huvis, KOLON Industries, Shenma Industrial, Yantai Tayho Advanced materials, Kamenskvolokno JSC and Umeco Plc.

Types Covered:
- Partially Oxidized Polyacrylonitrile Fibers
- Polybenzimidazole (Pbi) Fibers
- Carbon Fibers
- Aramid Fibers
- Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) Fiber
- Other Types

Applications Covered:
- Reinforcement Materials
- Aerospace
- Commercial Marine
- Friction and Sealing Materials
- Security
- Body Armor & Helmet
- Sports Materials
- Tire
- Other Applications

Regions Covered:
- North America
US
Canada
Mexico

- Europe
Germany
UK
Italy
France
Spain
Rest of Europe

- Asia Pacific
Japan
China
India
Australia
New Zealand
South Korea
Rest of Asia Pacific

- South America
Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Rest of South America

- Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
UAE
Qatar
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa

What our report offers:
- Market share assessments for the regional and country level segments
- Market share analysis of the top industry players
- Strategic recommendations for the new entrants
- Market forecasts for a minimum of 9 years of all the mentioned segments, sub segments and the regional markets
- Market Trends (Drivers, Constraints, Opportunities, Threats, Challenges, Investment Opportunities, and recommendations)
- Strategic recommendations in key business segments based on the market estimations
- Competitive landscaping mapping the key common trends.
- Company profiling with detailed strategies, financials, and recent developments
- Supply chain trends mapping the latest technological advancements.

Spanning over 159 pages "Specialty Fibers - Global Market Outlook (2017-2026)" report covers Executive Summary, Preface, Market Trend Analysis, Porters Five Force Analysis, Global Specialty Fibers Market, By Type, Global Specialty Fibers Market, By Application, Global Specialty Fibers Market, By Geography, Key Developments, Company Profiling. This report Covered Companies - Dupont, 3M Company, Nv Bekaert Sa, Sgl Group, Dsm N.V., Teijin, Evonik Fibres Gmbh, Huvis, KOLON Industries, Shenma Industrial, Yantai Tayho Advanced materials, Kamenskvolokno JSC, Umeco Plc.

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          Global Linear Vibration Motor Is Expected to Grow at a CAGR of 0.4% and Reach 1 Million USD in 2024; Finds New Report      Cache   Translate Page      

Lewes, DE -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/12/2019 -- Linear Vibration Motor is a form of electric motor in which the stator and the rotor are linear and parallel. It can be used in a wide range of products, like cellphones, loudspeakers, game devices, GPS, and so on. Linear vibrator motors are also the main actuators for haptic feedback which is an inexpensive way to increase a product's value, and differentiate it from competition.

Scope of the Report:
Linear vibration motor is a huge market, and this industry continuously increases, with the development of global economy.

China is the largest market of linear vibration motor, which occupies average 80 percent of global Linear vibration motor procedures per year. Other main regions which take important part in this industry include Japan and South Korea.

According to the research, the most potential market in the main countries of linear vibration motor industry is China, determined by its rapid growth of number of procedures. Besides, Japan, South Korea should also be focused by the investors.

The linear Vibration Motor market is consolidated in nature. Various players are adopting competitive strategies such as collaborations, acquisitions and capitalizing untapped opportunities in the emerging economies of India and China, to sustain and gain market penetrartion across the globe. Some key players of this market include Nidec, AAC Technologies, Samsung, KOTL, Sanyo, DMEGC, JAHWA.

The worldwide market for Linear Vibration Motor is expected to grow at a CAGR of roughly 0.4% over the next five years, will reach 1 million US$ in 2024, from 1 million US$ in 2019, according to a new study.

This report focuses on the Linear Vibration Motor in global market, especially in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa. This report categorizes the market based on manufacturers, regions, type and application.

Market Segment by Manufacturers, this report covers
Nidec
AAC Technologies
Samsung
KOTL
Sanyo
DMEGC
JAHWA

Market Segment by Regions, regional analysis covers
North America (United States, Canada and Mexico)
Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia and Italy)
Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India and Southeast Asia)
South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia etc.)
Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa)

Market Segment by Type, covers
Moving-coil Type
Moving-iron Type
Moving-magnet Type

Market Segment by Applications, can be divided into
Cellphone
Loudspeaker
Game device

The content of the study subjects, includes a total of 15 chapters:
Chapter 1, to describe Linear Vibration Motor product scope, market overview, market opportunities, market driving force and market risks.
Chapter 2, to profile the top manufacturers of Linear Vibration Motor, with price, sales, revenue and global market share of Linear Vibration Motor in 2017 and 2018.
Chapter 3, the Linear Vibration Motor competitive situation, sales, revenue and global market share of top manufacturers are analyzed emphatically by landscape contrast.
Chapter 4, the Linear Vibration Motor breakdown data are shown at the regional level, to show the sales, revenue and growth by regions, from 2014 to 2019.
Chapter 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, to break the sales data at the country level, with sales, revenue and market share for key countries in the world, from 2014 to 2019.
Chapter 10 and 11, to segment the sales by type and application, with sales market share and growth rate by type, application, from 2014 to 2019.
Chapter 12, Linear Vibration Motor market forecast, by regions, type and application, with sales and revenue, from 2019 to 2024.
Chapter 13, 14 and 15, to describe Linear Vibration Motor sales channel, distributors, customers, research findings and conclusion, appendix and data source.

Spanning over 119 pages "Global Linear Vibration Motor Market 2019 by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2024" report covers Market Overview, Manufacturers Profiles, Global Linear Vibration Motor Sales, Revenue, Market Share and Competition by Manufacturer (2017-2018), Global Linear Vibration Motor Market Analysis by Regions, North America Linear Vibration Motor by Country, Europe Linear Vibration Motor by Country, Asia-Pacific Linear Vibration Motor by Country, South America Linear Vibration Motor by Country, Middle East and Africa Linear Vibration Motor by Countries, Global Linear Vibration Motor Market Segment by Type, Global Linear Vibration Motor Market Segment by Application, Linear Vibration Motor Market Forecast (2019-2024), Sales Channel, Distributors, Traders and Dealers, Research Findings and Conclusion, Appendix. This report Covered Companies - Nidec, AAC Technologies, Samsung, KOTL, Sanyo, DMEGC, JAHWA.

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          Exclusive: Pompeo to meet oil executives, push U.S. crude exports, Iran policy - sources      Cache   Translate Page      

Exclusive: Pompeo to meet oil executives, push U.S. crude exports, Iran policy - sourcesU.S. Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo will meet with top oil executives before he addresses a conference on Tuesday, seeking to get them to help the administration's effort to boost crude exports to Asia and to support its policy of isolating Iran, according to three people at two companies briefed on the agenda. The outreach represents a significant new effort to sway industry executives to the Trump Administration’s “energy dominance” agenda that seeks to advance diplomatic and policy objectives through rapidly expanding U.S. oil and gas exports. The effort has won success in convincing nations including China, Poland, Japan and South Korea to purchases more U.S. oil and natural gas.



          BTS announce release date for new album Map Of The Soul: Persona      Cache   Translate Page      
The hugely successful South Korean band will play two concerts at Wembley Stadium in June.
          K-Pop Star Seungri Quits Amid Prostitution Scandal      Cache   Translate Page      
South Korea's high-living "Great Gatsby" has been named in the operation of a prostitution ring.
          3/12/2019: It’s Hot: Seungri retires amid sex scandal      Cache   Translate Page      

A member of South Korean K-Pop band Big Bang, who goes by the stage name Seungri, has decided to quit showbiz after being charged with providing prostitutes to foreign investors in his private club, media reported on Sunday. The 28-year-old singer,...
          Democracy: The Keystone of our Society      Cache   Translate Page      
South Korea has flourished as a democracy, while the North is suffering under authoritarianism. "By offering uncensored education, freedom of speech, and the unbridled agency to act, democracy empowers its people to develop abilities to conjure and execute revolutionary solutions to these shortcomings. As a result, democracy is adaptable, progressive, and resilient," writes You Young Kim.
          Fuel Cells: Carbon-Free Breakthrough May Be Here      Cache   Translate Page      
South Korean researchers have developed a new electrochemical cell that produces electricity with hydrogen as its byproduct, and eliminates CO2, the worst offender in global warming. This could provide portable electricity, while simultaneously reducing carbon footprint.
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          Man tweets that his dad's new donut shop has no customers, response is overwhelmimg      Cache   Translate Page      

"My dad is sad cause no one is coming to his new donut shop 😭," tweeted the son of the proprietor of Billy's Donuts in Missouri City, Texas. The brilliant marketing move resulted in a sell-out of donuts and kolaches.

From Houstonia:

By Sunday afternoon his tweet was retweeted more than 150,000 times. By Monday morning? More than 260,000 times. To put that in perspective, the 30th most retweeted tweet in Twitter history (by South Korean boy band BTS) has about 630,000 retweets.

...

On Monday morning, Billy was being interviewed by other local news stations and working on a potential CNN spot, while representatives from Twitter were on hand greeting customers. Yes, Twitter. They bought out the store for the morning, meaning everyone’s order was on them. (Representatives wouldn’t comment on the record about their presence at the shop.) And while Billy played gracious host, Satharith kept busy in the back, and an aunt worked the cash register. It all seemed surreal that within 48 hours, this family-owned Cambodian donut shop in Missouri City had become something of an epicenter of social media

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          Dick Cheney Argues Foreign Policy With Mike Pence At Leaked "Off the Record" GOP Gathering      Cache   Translate Page      

What was supposed to be a relaxed conversation between Vice President Pence and former Vice President Dick Cheney quickly turned into a argument over President Donald Trump’s foreign policy at a private gathering last weekend, according to a report from LMTOnline

The gathering was a closed-door retreat hosted by the American Enterprise Institute on March 9 in Sea Island, Georgia. At the meeting, Cheney "respectfully but repeatedly" pressed Pence on concerns like President Trump taking a hard line towards NATO and deciding to withdraw troops from Syria "during the middle of a phone call".

Cheney also said to Pence, "we're getting into a situation when our friends and allies around the world that we depend upon are going to lack confidence in us," according to a Washington Post transcript.

The comments from the gathering were supposed to be "off the record", but a transcript leaked from a person who was "not authorized to share material" from the event. 

"I worry that the bottom line of that kind of an approach is we have an administration that looks a lot more like Barack Obama than Ronald Reagan," the former Vice President continued.



The critique of Pence from former VP Cheney highlights one of the many debates currently ongoing in the GOP party. Many former GOP "hawks", like Cheney have been at odds with Trump's engagement of autocrats like Kim Jong Un and his non-interventionist style in the middle easy. 

Pence reportedly "shrugged off most of Cheney's anxieties" and praised Trump as a "candid and transformational leader."

What was supposed to be a chat at AEI's annual world forum between Pence and Cheney turned into a nearly full blown "academic exercise" with Cheney questioning Pence while the current VP did his best to retort with force. The conversation surprised the conference attendees and caused murmurs in the room throughout the talk. 

After pleasantries were exchanged, Cheney immediately went after Trump, expressing concern about reports that he "supposedly doesn't spend that much time with the intel people, or doesn't agree with them, frequently." He also immediately expressed concern with suspending military activities with South Korea and Trump's handling of North Korea. 

"I don't know, that sounded like a New York State real estate deal to me," Cheney said of Trump's pursuit of a policy to have the Germans, the Japanese, and the South Koreans pay total cost for U.S. deployments there, plus 50 percent on top of that.

"It's a lot more complicated than just, 'Here's the bottom line. Write the check,'" Cheney continued. 

Pence retorted:

"We're going to continue [to] train. We're going to continue to work closely with South Korea. We have a tremendous alliance there. I think there is a tendency by critics of the president and our administration to conflate the demand that our allies live up to their word and their commitments and an erosion in our commitment to the post-World War II order."

The current VP continued, "But we think it's possible to demand that your allies do more to provide for the common defense of all of our nations and, at the same time, reaffirm our strong commitment - whether it be to the trans-Atlantic Alliance or to our allies across the Indo-Pacific."

Cheney again took exception to lack of troop deployments in certain areas and VP Pence finished by assuring the former VP that the Trump administration shared their devotion to defending the country. 

"When the American people elected this president, they elected a president who expressed concern about American deployments around the world," Pence stated. "And they knew this was going to be a president that came and asked the fundamental questions about - you know, where are we deployed and do we really need to be asking men and women in uniform to be deployed in that part of the world? But, you know, it should come as no surprise to anyone: This President is skeptical of foreign deployments, and only wants American forces where they need to be."

Pence concluded: "But you can be confident, as one of my favorite hawks, we're going to continue to stand strong for a strong national defense with President Trump in the White House."


          Heize to release first full album March 19      Cache   Translate Page      
South Korean singer Heize will release her first full-length album this month.
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The hugely successful South Korean band will play two concerts at Wembley Stadium in June.
          Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - March 12, 2019      Cache   Translate Page      
Robert Palladino
Deputy Spokesperson
Department Press Briefing
Washington, DC
March 12, 2019



Index for Today's Briefing
  • SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE ABRAMS/VENEZUELA
  • IRAN
  • VENEZUELA
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS
  • IRAQ
  • ALGERIA
  • AFGHANISTAN
  • IRAN
  • SOUTH KOREA
  • ETHIOPIA
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    2:42 p.m. EDT

    MR PALLADINO: Good afternoon, everybody.

    QUESTION: Good afternoon.

    MR PALLADINO: Afternoon. At the top today, we are privileged to have with us our Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams. He’ll be – make a few remarks and be willing to take some questions. At the conclusion of the briefing, we also have some subject matter experts from our Bureau of Consular Affairs. If there are additional questions on matters pertaining to American citizens that you’d like to dive into a little bit, we’ll make them available as well.

    QUESTION: American citizens anywhere or in Venezuela?

    MR PALLADINO: We’re talking – that’s for Venezuela we’re talking about today. Okay? Great. Mr. Abrams, thanks.

    QUESTION: Then you’re going to --

    MR PALLADINO: We have a normal briefing as well.

    MR ABRAMS: Thank you. Happy to be here for my daily briefing. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: You are becoming quite a fixture up there.

    QUESTION: You’re setting a good example.

    MR ABRAMS: Oh.

    QUESTION: There may be an opening for a spokesman. (Laughter.)

    MR ABRAMS: I wouldn’t touch that with a 20-foot pole. (Laughter.)

    On January 23rd and January 24th, we announced and began a process of bringing back to the United States the great majority of Americans who work at the U.S. embassy in Caracas. The decision announced yesterday is, in a sense, a follow-on to that initial decision and is the product of the same considerations for the conditions in Caracas, which make it so difficult to continue keeping the embassy staffed there, and for the general situation in Caracas.

    If you think back, it’s only six weeks ago, but the situation in Caracas has deteriorated very considerably in that period and especially in the last few days since the blackouts began on Friday. So the Secretary made that decision.

    You may have seen the interviews he did this morning. I’ll just read one paragraph: “We made the decision yesterday that it just was prudent to get these folks back. The situation there is deteriorating. The Maduro regime’s horrific leadership over the last year[s] has just made life there so difficult, it began to make it more difficult for the United States to take the actions that it needed to do to support the Venezuelan people. So we concluded this was simply the right step to take,” and it “was the right time to take it.”

    I should say that this does not represent any change in U.S. policy toward Venezuela nor does it represent any reduction in the commitment we have to the people of Venezuela and to their struggle for democracy. You will see very soon a significant number of additional visa revocations. You will see in the coming days some very significant additional sanctions and the international group, of which we are a part – that includes most EU countries, the Lima Group, Canada, the U.S. – continues to do its work.

    Why don’t I stop there and we’ll take some questions.

    MR PALLADINO: We’ll start with Associated Press.

    QUESTION: Thanks. I’m curious to know what the Secretary meant by saying that the presence of – continued presence of any American diplomats in Caracas was a constraint on policy. He didn’t quite explain. What exactly did their presence constrain, number one?

    Number two, you talked about the blackouts and all this kind of thing, but presumably there are no family members there. It was very, very – only a handful of staffers still at the embassy. Presumably, they have generators, right?

    MR ABRAMS: Generators require fuel, the embassy requires water.

    QUESTION: Okay.

    MR ABRAMS: The embassy’s own situation also had a – let’s say a finite number of days.

    QUESTION: Okay. All right. So can you explain what exactly the constraint was on – what kinds of policies were being constrained by the presence --

    MR ABRAMS: Well, I don’t --

    QUESTION: Especially because yesterday, the Secretary said that – when he was asked about support for – U.S. support for Juan Guaido, said that as long as our team is on the ground in Caracas, you’d continue to provide the same kinds of support that you do. Well, now that’s gone or very soon will be gone, so I don’t understand how these – those mesh.

    MR ABRAMS: Well, we will – we will – obviously it makes it more difficult to meet with all Venezuelans when the – we – when the team is not on the ground. I’m kind of reluctant to sort of try to parse the Secretary’s words, but let me just say that in every decision we made – every decision, decisions on diplomatic activities, on visas, on sanctions – the safety of that staff was a key consideration. And that was something that weighed very heavily on our mind every day, literally every day. So I think that’s – I think that was what the Secretary was referring to, and I’ll just leave it at that.

    QUESTION: Okay, but when you said it doesn’t reflect a change in policy --

    MR ABRAMS: No.

    QUESTION: -- it means that it was not intended to be some kind of hint or harbinger of military intervention or some kind of use of force?

    MR ABRAMS: Nothing has changed. We continue to say, because it is true, all options are on the table.

    QUESTION: But?

    MR ABRAMS: But they did not change yesterday.

    MR PALLADINO: There we go. Let’s go Michelle, CNN.

    QUESTION: So just hours before this statement came out from the Secretary we heard from the Secretary on Venezuela and he made no mention of the need to get people out. In fact, he really didn’t talk about U.S. people at the embassy there. So what changed between the time we spoke to him and close to midnight when he put this out?

    MR ABRAMS: He made his final decision. We have been talking about this literally – literally – every day. I’ve only been here six weeks, but that was right after the decision to move most of the people from the embassy back to the United States. We have had daily phone calls, daily meetings about this question, been before the Secretary, and he made his decision.

    QUESTION: And then that line that Matt mentioned, “constraint on U.S. policy” – that reads like a threat. I mean, it’s obviously curious. So should Maduro see that line as a threat?

    MR ABRAMS: I can only repeat what the President has said: All options are always on the table.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to AFP.

    QUESTION: Yes. Just to – thank you. Just to follow on on this constraint thing, is there a link between the decision of withdrawing all the diplomats and some actions you might want to take to make sure the aid, which is at the border, come inside Venezuela?

    MR ABRAMS: No.

    MR PALLADINO: Reuters.

    QUESTION: Hello, Mr. Abrams. Two questions. One is: Who do you leave the embassy to? Do you appoint a protective power? What happens to the embassy, how do you ensure, number one.

    MR ABRAMS: Right.

    QUESTION: Number two: We understand that the decision was made because the talks with the Venezuelans collapsed late yesterday and that that – this is according to the Venezuelans – that’s what led to this. Did you – did the U.S. get any kind of direct threat from Maduro’s government that something was going to happen?

    MR ABRAMS: On the first part, normally we would get a protecting power, and that is, I think, what we’ll do here, and we are in discussions now about that. What will happen to the embassy grounds, the embassy physically, let’s say, is something that we then discuss with the protecting power, with potential protecting powers. So we don’t have a final answer on that, and when we do we’ll announce it.

    On the regime, you know on --

    QUESTION: Are you in discussions with other countries to – as to who will be the protecting power?

    MR ABRAMS: Yes. We are in discussions.

    QUESTION: But it hasn’t been decided who?

    MR ABRAMS: Right. About – we are trying to decide on a protecting power. January 23rd, the Secretary said the United States does not recognize the Maduro regime as the government of Venezuela. Accordingly, the United States does not consider former President Nicolas Maduro to have the legal authority to break diplomatic relations with the United States or to declare our diplomats persona non grata. So from our point of view, the regime cannot make a decision about whether we stay or go. And as a matter of fact, the National Assembly yesterday said we have the legal authority to stay, and they are the legitimate government of Venezuela. But the regime also cannot, in our view, provide security for the embassy, and the situation in Caracas is deteriorating. So our decision was made really fundamentally without regard to what the regime wants or thinks.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go with Los Angeles Times.

    QUESTION: Thank you. Just to follow on Lesley, so there were talks going on between the Venezuelans and you guys about creating an interest section or something like that and then the Venezuelans gave you 72 hours to leave. Is that not true?

    MR ABRAMS: No, we have had – as you know, we’ve talked about this before. I have – I had a couple of meetings with the de facto regime Foreign Minister Arreaza. And those meetings were essentially about exactly this. So this subject has been out there for a long time. But we made a decision at one point, and you talked about it here – I’ve certainly talked about it in public – that an interest section was really not appropriate. You do an interest section where there is no government that you consider legitimate. There is a legitimate government in Venezuela, from our point of view. Maybe that would have satisfied some demands of the regime, but it was not something that the Untied States was going to do. So that really was off the table.

    QUESTION: And 72 hours? The deadline?

    MR ABRAMS: Well, as I said, we do not believe the regime, on the one hand, has the ability to tell us when to leave, on the other hand, doesn’t have the ability to protect us if we stay.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to Washington Post.

    QUESTION: Mr. Abrams, the Maduro government’s attorney general announced that Juan Guaido is going to be investigated for – on suspicion of sabotage in the blackout. Does the departure of the U.S. diplomats put him in a weaker position at all, at a time when he would seem to be under greater threat?

    MR ABRAMS: First, we’ve seen that as well, and it’s a threat against Interim President Guaido. They have made such threats before. They’ve talked about going after him on one basis or another, and we also know that the supreme court, the TSJ, has essentially been packed by the regime. So that’s a – that report is of real concern. I don’t think the regime is going to base its decision on that, on our presence or absence, any more than it made the decision on whether to arrest him upon his return on the basis of whether we were there or not there. I think it’s largely a matter of how they think the public, the Venezuelan public, will react.

    QUESTION: You have any warnings to the government or any message to them?

    MR ABRAMS: We have --

    QUESTION: Should they be contemplating arresting him on this?

    MR ABRAMS: I think – I hope they’re aware of the fact that there are 54 countries, some important countries, that consider Juan Guaido to be the legitimate interim president of Venezuela. And I think not only we but the other 53 will react immediately. There are a number of diplomatic and financial and economic steps that governments can take. We’ve taken many of them; other countries haven’t. I would think that the arrest, incarceration of Juan Guaido would lead a lot of countries to react very quickly.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to EFE.

    QUESTION: Thank you. I want to ask you a question about the possible scenario of the Maduro government collapses. The Spain’s foreign minister today said that the U.S. asked Spain to receive Venezuelan ministers loyal to Maduro in case the Venezuelan Government collapses. So I wanted to ask you if the U.S. has actually made this petition to Spain, and what were the terms in which these petitions were made?

    MR ABRAMS: This is an old discussion. When I was assistant secretary of state for Latin America, and there were a lot of military regimes, the question of what to do with dictators arose, and it was actually Felipe Gonzalez, who was prime minister at the time, who said maybe Spain can help by taking some of these people. We’ve had some conversations with Spain. I wouldn’t say we made a request, they made an answer. We have certainly had conversations. We’ve had them with a couple of other places too, because this question may arise, and we have talked about off-ramps and we have talked about wanting some of the regime officials to leave the country as part of a transition.

    So the question therefore obviously arises: well, where would they go? And they may prefer to go to Cuba or Russia, but there are other places, and so that is a conversation we’ll continue to have. Unfortunately, none of the people at the top of the regime have yet made that decision, the decision that they should make. And as we’ve said before, we are willing to help them out in those circumstances.

    QUESTION: Can I ask a follow-up of – on that? You mentioned that they’re – the U.S. Government with Spain and a couple other places. Which ones are these other --

    MR ABRAMS: I’m not going to say, because it has not been as public as it has in the case of Spain.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to Washington Times.

    QUESTION: Thanks for coming out to talk with us. Big picture question regarding all the – all of the options on the table. Can you discuss the military option for a minute? And specifically, has the administration asked the Pentagon to draw up such an option? And assuming that it has, are you satisfied with the option that the Pentagon has, which is headed by an interim defense secretary, provided at this point?

    QUESTION: He’s a legitimate interim defense secretary. (Laughter.)

    MR ABRAMS: The President has said all options are the table. They are. Further than that it would be foolish for me to go, and I’m not going to do it.

    MR PALLADINO: Bloomberg.

    QUESTION: Mr. Abrams, can you talk a little bit more about the finite resources that the embassy is facing? I mean, it seems to be a suggestion that they’re running out of fuel and water. What were the constraints on the embassy?

    MR ABRAMS: It’s a difficult situation for the embassy. It’s a difficult situation for Venezuelans, of course, far more. I don’t believe the embassy is at this point connected to any water system. So there’s a question of how would you get fresh water. Obviously, there are continuing blackouts on and off. So the question then is: How are your generators working, and do you have enough fuel? There’s also a question of communications. If there’s no electricity, there are no communications, which obviously speaks immediately to the safety of our people.

    So the deterioration of the general situation in Caracas doesn’t affect the embassy exactly as it effects Venezuelans, but it does affect the embassy.

    QUESTION: But were you – was there any concern that there was some new or imminent security threat that the embassy might be overrun, that the Maduro regime was unable or unwilling to provide or to guarantee security?

    MR ABRAMS: We do not think that the regime is really able to provide security, and I would note that in his most recent public statement, former President Maduro spoke about calling upon the colectivos to come forward. Now, that – that’s calling for armed gangs to take over the streets, and it is obviously going to be a great worry to Venezuelans, but we noted it.

    QUESTION: I’m sorry, was that part of the – was that the deciding factor?

    MR ABRAMS: That – actually, that statement by Maduro came today. So it was not part of the decision. But the background was – and as you know, they’ve been using colectivos more in Caracas, along the borders. Perhaps it is a sign of Maduro’s lack of confidence in his own security forces. But it is by definition a breakdown of law and order.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go Wall Street Journal.

    QUESTION: Thank you. You said that the decision to remove embassy personnel doesn’t represent a policy change by the United States, but you have acknowledged that it would make it more difficult to meet with Venezuelans, both the Maduro regime and the Guaido government. So functionally, how is the U.S. going to proceed without an embassy staff on the ground? Are you just – are you going to remove them to nearby countries? Are they coming back to the States? What is the plan?

    MR ABRAMS: Who to nearby countries? The Americans?

    QUESTION: Yes.

    MR ABRAMS: The Americans will come back here to Washington, which is what the much larger group of Americans from the embassy in January did. I am very – I am one of the beneficiaries of this, because my team is made up in great part of people from Embassy Caracas, and the WHA team on Venezuela was also greatly enriched by their presence. Now, obviously people in the summer will go on to whatever forward assignments they had.

    We will – as I said, it’ll be harder, because we’re not going to be able to do the face-to-face meetings we were doing. Admittedly, we were not able to do a lot of face-to-face meetings because the embassy staff had become quite small. But it wasn’t – so it will be something that we’re going to have to try to accomplish outside of Venezuela or by telephone or by emails and other forms of communication.

    QUESTION: And are you able to give us even just rough estimates of the number of people we’re talking about?

    MR ABRAMS: No, we – I’m told we just – by the Diplomatic Security people we just don’t do that.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to Fox.

    QUESTION: At the top you said that significant sanctions would be coming in the coming days. Can you elaborate a little bit on that? Are they targeting financial institutions or country-specific? The Secretary said yesterday a handful of nations are providing aid and comfort to the Maduro regime.

    MR ABRAMS: Well, we did, you know, Friday sanction a Russian-Venezuelan bank, one that was basically 50/50 owned by Russian and Venezuelan state institutions. There will be more sanctions of financial institutions – I think I would leave it at that – and more visa revocations coming very soon.

    QUESTION: Like today?

    MR ABRAMS: Possible. Possible.

    QUESTION: How about Turkey?

    MR PALLADINO: No, no Turkey. Voice of America, please.

    QUESTION: Well, Turkey and Venezuela is actually a thing.

    QUESTION: Yes.

    MR PALLADINO: Turkey and Venezuela. Okay.

    QUESTION: Yes, that’s what I – that’s what I mean.

    MR PALLADINO: Go ahead, Laurie. Okay, go ahead.

    QUESTION: Thank you. To follow up on this question, Turkey’s support for – is prominent among those countries supporting the Maduro regime, including through the gold trade. What – do you have a comment on that and are you considering the possibility of secondary sanctions?

    MR ABRAMS: Well, those are two different questions. We – Turkey’s support for the Maduro regime obviously is completely contrary to U.S. policy and very unhelpful, and we will continue to take a look at the ways in which that support takes place, and in the context of sanctions by Treasury. Maybe I should leave it at that.

    MR PALLADINO: Okay, fair enough. Voice of America.

    QUESTION: Thank you. So a follow-up on Nick’s question. Is yesterday’s sanction against the bank based in Russia a secondary sanction? And is it the beginning of more sanctions against foreign financial institutions? That’s number one, and number two: Can you please give us a sense if there is any diplomatic effort to bring China on board? Thank you.

    MR ABRAMS: The bank – the sanctions of Friday on the Russian-Venezuelan bank were not secondary sanctions. We have not done any secondary sanctions. The – we will continue to make efforts to bring China aboard. We have told – in various places have told the Chinese that we think if their concern is in essence getting their money back, they’ll never get it back from the bankrupt Maduro regime and from a basically destroyed Venezuelan economy. As the Secretary explained yesterday, the only way they’ll get it back is when Venezuela returns to prosperity, which it won’t do under Nicolas Maduro. Obviously they haven’t changed their policy yet, but we will continue to talk about that.

    QUESTION: Will they be subject to potential sanction?

    MR ABRAMS: Well, we have not done secondary sanctions. That’s always one of the options on the table.

    MR PALLADINO: Last one. Let’s – someone new. (Off-mike.)

    QUESTION: Really?

    QUESTION: NTN24, Emiliana Molina, Mr. Abrams. So removing U.S. diplomats and bringing them back to D.C., is this perhaps a show of lack of confidence from the U.S. in Juan Guaido’s government to restore democracy, and what does this mean for his government? Some experts are saying that this looks bad for Guaido.

    MR ABRAMS: It certainly is not a display of any lack of confidence in him. The fact is that today the regime has the guns. The National Assembly and Interim President Guaido are trying, through exclusively peaceful means, to bring democracy back to Venezuela, and that is obviously something we and dozens of other countries support. It is a reflection of the deterioration that we see on the ground in Venezuela, and it is in essence a follow-up to the major part of the decision, which was made on January 24th, to take most of the embassy staff. It’s – we left a few people there, not many, but it’s really the same logic. Our support for Interim President Guaido is absolutely undiminished, and I think, more importantly, the support of the Venezuelan people for him is undiminished.

    MR PALLADINO: Perfect. All right.

    MR ABRAMS: Okay.

    MR PALLADINO: Mr. Abrams, thank you very much.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MR ABRAMS: Thank you. Should I say see you tomorrow?

    MR PALLADINO: Yeah. No, no, no, no, no, no, no. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: Or later this afternoon. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: Robert, are some of these experts (inaudible)?

    MR PALLADINO: Some of our subject matter experts remain in the room, and so let’s get through some of our other issues today and then I’d be happy to make them available if you’ve got some specific questions that you’d like to ask on the subject of consular services in Venezuela, okay?

    QUESTION: You’re going to make them sit through the whole press briefing?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m going to apologize in advance. You are going to have to listen to some other things, it’s true, so all right. Thank you. All right.

    Let’s start with this: We are outraged to hear reports that the Iranian regime sentenced Iranian human rights defender and women’s rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. This sentence is beyond barbaric. Her alleged crime was advocating for Iranian women’s rights and for defending other Iranian women who were arrested by the regime for peacefully protesting the mandatory hijab law. Nasrin was sentenced in absentia without a fair trial by the notorious revolutionary court, which is led by Judge Moghiseh, an accused human rights violator.

    In addition, just this week, the regime cynically announced that as they enter the fifth decade of the Iranian Revolution, they would appoint Ebrahim Raisi, a man involved in mass summary executions of prisoners of conscience, as the head of the regime’s judiciary. The Iranian regime makes a mockery of the entire legal system in Iran, placing innocent people at the mercy of accused human rights violators. We condemn Nasrin’s sentence in the strongest possible terms and call on all of our partners and allies to speak out and demand the release of this courageous human rights defender and all those arbitrarily detained immediately. The Iranian people deserve a government that respects their legitimate demands and the human rights of all in Iran, not one that subjects them to prosecution in a justice system led by accused human rights violators.

    And we are pleased to have a group of teachers and students from Oakton, Virginia with us today. They’re in the back row. Welcome. They’re visiting the State Department as part of their history course and they are here to learn about American foreign policy. So welcome, we’re happy that you could join us, and – yeah, don’t ask questions. Perfect, all right. (Laughter.)

    Great. Questions?

    QUESTION: Yeah. Robert, I mean, this is going to be for the end. I would just like to know from the consular – roughly how many Americans or people, dual American citizens they estimate – I know that there’s no exact figure. You can never be exact, but like, is it tens of thousands, hundreds of – I mean, what’s the population? And how much of a difference is this going to be mean with – it was only a handful of people at the embassy in Caracas anyway, so there couldn’t – must have been very limited what they could do for people who needed assistance. So I mean, is – what’s the actual impact on that?

    And then more broadly on Venezuela, not for the CA people, although maybe: What is the – what’s the current standing of this debate over TPS or some other kind of – if that’s determined not to be applicable in this Venezuela situation, some other mechanism that would allow Venezuelans to stay in the U.S. beyond what Special Representative Abrams has spoken about, the 74,000 who are already in this asylum pipeline?

    MR PALLADINO: Regarding American citizens, I will defer on some of the more specifics on what we’re able to do to some of the folks that we have with us today, but we – I can say at the top that we will hold the Maduro regime directly responsible for the safety and welfare of United States citizens that are in Venezuela, and like our travel advisory says, we – U.S. citizens – U.S. citizens residing in or traveling in Venezuela should strongly consider departing Venezuela. That’s something we’ve said previously and something that we reiterate. We’re pursuing all possible possibilities to secure travel options for U.S. citizens, and we will be announcing additional information for foreign government partners in the days that follow. We continue to advise American citizens to avoid demonstrations and large gatherings and to monitor local media for updates.

    To repeat, the travel advisory in Venezuela remains the same, and that is Level Four, do not travel. And I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: TPS or some other --

    MR PALLADINO: I don’t have any updates on that issue today. I don’t want to get ahead. It’s something that’s being looked at, I know, but I don’t have any information to --

    QUESTION: But what exactly is being looked at? Some alternate mechanism? Has it been – has it actually been decided at some – by – has it actually – has the administration actually decided that TPS in the case of Venezuela is not the right – is not the applicable vehicle or mechanism for --

    MR PALLADINO: I don’t have any policy announcements to make on that. It’s just something – I don’t have any policy announcements to make.

    QUESTION: I have a follow-up just – I don’t know if I didn’t hear properly. Are you saying you’re pursuing all options as to get U.S. citizens out of Venezuela?

    MR PALLADINO: No, no. That’s something we do to help facilitate, not --

    QUESTION: To facilitate.

    MR PALLADINO: Yes, there’s no – yes.

    QUESTION: Okay.

    MR PALLADINO: Okay. Correct.

    Michelle.

    QUESTION: So with the situation deteriorating enough to now pull everybody out of the embassy, do you feel it necessary to put out additional information to all American citizens there, or do you feel like the “do not travel” sort of stands for itself?

    MR PALLADINO: Well, we routinely look at our travel information, and given that circumstances are changing, I would not think it – I would think – I would expect that additional information would be updated and provided in short order. I don’t think it’s going to change from Travel Four, that said, okay – from Level Four.

    QUESTION: Yeah, the advice that you – the advice that you last gave to – that you strongly, whatever that exact wording is, urge them to --

    MR PALLADINO: Yeah, “do not travel” was our – that’s our advice, okay?

    QUESTION: That’s – okay, that’s – but for those who are already there, I mean, the current language you said is, like, strongly suggest that they leave or something to that effect. Is that language from the alert going to be updated to, like, get out now?

    MR PALLADINO: That’s – I don’t want to preview what’s being done. It’s being looked at and reviewed, and in short order – safety of American citizens is one of the highest priorities of the State Department. It’s something that we are constantly reviewing, and as situations on the ground change, we review these things regularly and update them.

    Carol.

    QUESTION: Robert, after the American diplomats leave, will the local staff remain or will they – will they still be going into work and maybe protecting the property? And if not, will you be giving things like any remaining food and water that you have to them to take home, or can you tell me what --

    MR PALLADINO: I don’t have any additional information on that topic.

    (Inaudible.) Please, go ahead, Christina.

    QUESTION: Thanks. Can you give us – can you give us some guidance on when we might see the evacuation start? I’m hearing the end of the week. Does that sound about right? Is there an evacuation plan in the works? Can you give us, like, an update on where that is? Commercial? Are we going to send transports down?

    MR PALLADINO: We’re not going to get – the Secretary last night in his statement and tweet indicated this week, and we’re not going to get into details on when exactly or how exactly that will be transpiring.

    QUESTION: And just a follow-up, my colleagues asked a couple times but it wasn’t quite answered – Mr. Abrams didn’t quite answer the question when he was asked whether there had been some sort of new specific threat from the Maduro regime. He kept saying we don’t trust them to protect our diplomats, but can you say definitively, yes or no, if there had been some sort of new threat in the last couple hours that prompted this decision by the Secretary?

    MR PALLADINO: I have nothing beyond what Mr. Abrams said. I don’t.

    Please.

    QUESTION: Did you accept the premise of her first question, which was that this is an evacuation, or did you just not --

    MR PALLADINO: This is – no. This is – I did not. This is – we’re withdrawing U.S. personnel.

    QUESTION: Right, but do you consider it to be an evacuation?

    MR PALLADINO: No.

    QUESTION: Are you going in – is this Saigon ’75?

    MR PALLADINO: We’re withdrawing our personnel in an orderly fashion. The security of our people is paramount.

    Please. Said, please.

    QUESTION: Robert, thank you. Change topics. Okay.

    QUESTION: Could I just have one real quick question? Will the embassy be closed? Will that be the way to describe it? How would you describe --

    MR PALLADINO: I would not say it’s closed, no.

    QUESTION: How – when --

    MR PALLADINO: I would say – the legal status of the embassy – I would say we’re withdrawing from the embassy, but I believe closure is a matter of legality, and that’s not something that we have decided. So this is interim, I would say.

    QUESTION: One more on Venezuela?

    MR PALLADINO: Said, please go ahead.

    QUESTION: Yes, thank you. Changing topics, very quickly, Israel is set to deport the Human Rights Watch director for the West Bank because of a tweet, I guess. He’s a U.S. citizen. Are you aware of that? And what will you do to help him stay and conduct his job?

    MR PALLADINO: We are aware of those reports, and yes, the answer is --

    QUESTION: And what are you offering him? Aid? Help? Has he come – has he gone to the – not the consulate but the embassy?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not aware of anything like that, Said.

    QUESTION: Okay. All right. Let me move on to another --

    QUESTION: Well, wait a second. Let’s stay.

    MR PALLADINO: Sure.

    QUESTION: Just are you talking to the Israelis about this? Would you – or is it – is it that you come to the defense of American citizens any – in all countries except Israel?

    MR PALLADINO: That is not true. The United States has no greater --

    QUESTION: Okay. Well --

    MR PALLADINO: Let me finish – has no greater responsibility, priority than the safety of American citizens, the welfare of our citizens overseas. In this particular case, I’m not going to talk about specifics. But I can say, as a matter of general principle, we value freedom of expression, even in cases where we do not agree with the political views espoused, and I’ll stop there.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    QUESTION: But did he --

    QUESTION: Okay, let me just follow-up --

    MR PALLADINO: Go ahead.

    QUESTION: -- on another issue on the Palestinian-Israeli issue. The government signed agreement, the Israeli Government, to build 23,000 housing units in occupied East Jerusalem. And also, there’s been such an uptick in settlements and so on. I know that you stick to your policy, but has there been – I mean, past administrations would issue concern from time to time, say, “We’re concerned about the acceleration of settlement building,” and so on. What is your position on this latest thing, since we haven’t heard anything from this administration on settlements?

    MR PALLADINO: The President has made his position on settlements clear. This is something we’ve talked about before. The Israeli Government has also made clear that its intent is to adopt a policy regarding settlement activity that takes into account the President’s concerns, that takes those into consideration. And that’s something that we welcome.

    QUESTION: And do you think that they have – I mean since this President’s been in office for the past two years, that they took his concern into consideration?

    MR PALLADINO: We welcome the Israeli Government’s decision to take the President’s views into consideration, and I would just reiterate what the President has said repeatedly, that the administration is committed to pursuing a comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    MR PALLADINO: Laurie.

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

    QUESTION: The Western press yesterday ran headlines like, “Iran’s Rouhani in Iraq for His Third Visit to Offset U.S. Sanctions.” Is it still your position that Iraq has to abide by the Iran sanctions?

    MR PALLADINO: As far as sanctions go, as you know, a waiver was granted to Iraq to allow it to continue to pay for its electricity imports from Iran. And that has helped Iraq limit electricity shortages in the south since the re-imposition of sanctions that took place in November. And we’re going to continue to discuss Iran-related sanctions with our partners in Iraq to ensure continued compliance. And finally, any decisions related to those sanctions waivers, they’re at the discretion of the Secretary of State, and I would leave it there.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: And there are two issues in specific. One has to do with banking and reports that Iraq and Iran will establish a joint bank, which will allow Iran to circumvent sanctions. And the second has to do with a railroad from Iran to Basra, which would allow Iran to send military supplies to its proxies in Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria. Is that compatible with your understanding of sanctions?

    MR PALLADINO: Laurie, I don’t have any information on these proposals that you’re identifying today, so I’m going to refrain from talking on them.

    QUESTION: Robert --

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

    MR PALLADINO: Yep. Let’s go --

    QUESTION: Could you give us your reaction, the U.S. reaction, on President Bouteflika of Algeria not to seek a fifth term but to stay – to postpone the election and to stay in power, at least until the end of the year and probably after that?

    MR PALLADINO: We support efforts in Algeria to chart a new path forward based on dialogue that reflects the will of all Algerians and their aspirations for a peaceful and prosperous future.

    QUESTION: That’s all?

    MR PALLADINO: Well, we respect the rights of the Algerians to assemble and peacefully express their views, and we’re closely monitoring reports that Algeria’s elections have been postponed. We support the right of the Algerian people to vote in a free and fair election, as we do around the world.

    QUESTION: You think it’s a good thing that he’s not seeking a fifth term?

    MR PALLADINO: We support efforts in Algeria to chart a new path forward, and I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: Robert?

    MR PALLADINO: Please. Afghanistan.

    QUESTION: Ambassador Khalilzad tweeted a short while ago that they’re – the – the two parties agreed in – in draft to some sort of proposal on the U.S. withdrawal as well as the Taliban providing safe haven in Afghanistan to terror groups. Can you share any more details on what that draft looks like, whether it’s – there’s a timetable now on U.S. withdrawal?

    MR PALLADINO: I did see those tweets. Special Representative Khalilzad and a team representing agencies across the United States Government concluded today talks with the Taliban delegation in Doha, and that’s what he was tweeting about. These have been the most substantive talks with the Taliban to date. We’ve received reports back from Special Representative Khalilzad that they’ve had meaningful progress. The Taliban have agreed that peace will require both sides to fully address four core issues, and they are: counterterrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, intra-Afghan dialogue, and a comprehensive ceasefire.

    In this round of talks, we were able to move to agreement in draft on the first two principles – counterterrorism assurances and troop withdrawal. And when that agreement, in draft, is finalized, the Taliban and an inclusive Afghan negotiating team that includes the Afghan Government and other Afghans will begin intra-Afghan negotiations of a political settlement and comprehensive ceasefire.

    And I’d also add that Special Representative Khalilzad will be returning to Washington. He’ll be consulting with Secretary Pompeo as well as the interagency and also partner countries in this process. Much work remains to be done. As Special Representative Khalilzad has said before, “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.”

    QUESTION: So you can’t share any details then of what was agreed to in that draft?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not going to be able to go into details on the results of the just concluded and ongoing talks.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: Second part of this though, as you said and as the ambassador tweeted, once this agreement in draft is finalized, then those intra-Afghan party talks will begin. Is that a commitment from the Taliban that they will engage, once this agreement is finalized, with the Afghan Government?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not going to be able to go into more details on the agreement itself, because they’re private conversations, and we want to give the parties time to work things out and to work out these issues in private. But intra-Afghan dialogue that includes the Afghan Government as well as the Taliban and other Afghans encourages – is something that we’re very much focused on and remains part of what we’re pursuing.

    QUESTION: Can I ask you, on a separate topic, your statement at the beginning on Iran and the sentencing of a women’s rights activist: Why didn’t you issue a similar statement when Saudi Arabia arrested women rights activists there, including a State Department International Women of Courage Award winner, Samar Badawi?

    MR PALLADINO: We’ve – I mean, this particular case really was barbaric. Many others have spoken out on this as well. Thirty-eight – this is a – basically, a lawyer representing women clients that’s been sentenced to 38 years and 148 lashes. That kind of barbarism is something that must be called out.

    In regards to other countries, Secretary Pompeo – we’ve spoken about – we speak about human rights, frankly, when we engage – when we travel the world engaging partners, allies. We do this regularly. It’s something that we stand for. It’s something that we’ll continue to do.

    QUESTION: But why not do it from the podium in a similar fashion?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not sure what specific case you’re referring to. We choose different ways to communicate our – to promote the value – human rights values. It’s something we’re going to continue to be outspoken about and we raise this regularly with all partners.

    Sure, Janne. Please, go ahead.

    QUESTION: Thank you very much, Robert. On South Korea, not North Korea this time.

    MR PALLADINO: Okay.

    QUESTION: Okay. The – reported by the South Korean Channel A News, the former unification minister of South Korea, Jeong Se-hyun, said that the United States National Security Advisor John Bolton is a very unlucky person. I think the insulting language about John Bolton is a (inaudible) about – against the American people. How do U.S. react diplomatically?

    MR PALLADINO: Yeah, I haven’t seen that report and I’m – I have no reaction. Okay.

    QUESTION: Because he blaming about Hanoi talks, so John Bolton made the decisions break down this U.S.-North Korea summit. Can you find that out?

    MR PALLADINO: I would just say that the lead negotiator for the United States of America is the President of the United States, and that’s the President’s decision.

    QUESTION: Robert --

    QUESTION: That’s President’s decision. Okay. Thank you.

    QUESTION: Can I ask about the Ethiopian Airlines crash? It’s my understanding that Ethiopia has a lot of control over the investigation, at least at this point. Is the State Department working with Ethiopian authorities to make sure U.S. investigators have access to black boxes?

    MR PALLADINO: In response to the Government of Ethiopia’s request, we have sent a team from the United States National Transportation Safety Board. That includes the Federal Aviation Administration personnel as well. And they’re assisting in the investigation to determine the cause of death. Officials from the United States are also coordinating with INTERPOL and Ethiopian authorities in support of efforts to identify the remains of victims. These are some of the steps that the United States Government is taking to assist, and we – again, we extend our deepest condolences to all those families and the friends of those that lost their lives on that tragic accident.

    QUESTION: On Syria, Robert --

    MR PALLADINO: Please, right there.

    QUESTION: Thank you. If we can move to North Korea. Given the UN panel of experts’ findings on North Korea and sanctions, is the administration concerned that North – that the sanctions regime is not being enforced?

    MR PALLADINO: We made progress in Hanoi at the summit, and although we did not reach an agreement with North Korea, we were able to exchange detailed positions and to narrow the gap on a number of issues. Also made clear the United States expects complete denuclearization before sanctions relief. So I’d say that in response to your question, the United States and the international community have a shared understanding of what final, fully verified denuclearization entails, as well as meaningful progress, what that will constitute, what that goal looks like. And we remain ready to move forward. And I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: Can I just follow quickly? Does the administration believe that there should be more economic pressure applied on North Korea?

    MR PALLADINO: We remain ready to engage North Korea. We are looking – I’m sorry, what was your question again? Increased? So we – our policy’s been explained many times; the President explained that these sanctions are the world’s sanctions and that they will be maintained until denuclearization is achieved. And I’ll leave it at that for now.

    Let’s go – last question. Michel, please.

    QUESTION: Yeah. You tweeted on Syria and building a statue of Hafez Assad in Daraa. Can you make the statement on camera, please?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m sorry, can you say it one more time, Michel?

    QUESTION: On Syria. You tweeted on building a statue of Hafez Assad in Daraa. Do you remember?

    MR PALLADINO: When was this?

    QUESTION: Before noon today.

    MR PALLADINO: Before noon. Of course. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: If you can make the statement on camera, please.

    MR PALLADINO: (Laughter.) And what is your question? Help me establish --

    QUESTION: If you can make the statement on camera, please.

    MR PALLADINO: I need the tweet in front of me. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: Okay. I will retweet it. You can --

    MR PALLADINO: All right, I’ll do it afterwards. If you want me to read the tweet, I’d be happy to do that. All right. All right.

    QUESTION: Quick question on Israel?

    MR PALLADINO: Shri, go ahead. Oh, I’m sorry, not Shri. Shri, go ahead. There’s your hand there.

    QUESTION: I wanted to know if you have an update on the exemption from Iran sanctions for India on oil purchases. It’s been six months since they were granted, and I think the foreign secretary is – Gokhale is scheduled to discuss them with his U.S. counterparts.

    And a second question: Is the U.S. concerned that China might block the UNSC 1267 listing request for Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar? Because Beijing made some comments yesterday that would suggest that China was potentially going to put a hold on it or block it.

    MR PALLADINO: As you point out, Foreign Secretary Gokhale is in town for high-level meetings this week at the State Department. He met with Secretary Pompeo yesterday. He’s got meetings at the White House, Department of Defense, as well as on Capitol Hill on a range of diplomatic and security issues.

    Regarding Masood Azhar, the United States and India work closely together on counterterrorism efforts, and that includes at the United Nations. And our views on Jaish-e-Mohammed and its founder are well known. JEM is a United Nations-designated terrorist group. Azhar is the founder and the leader of JEM, and he meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations. JEM has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace.

    Now, the United Nations sanctions committee, their deliberations are confidential, and as such we don’t comment on specific matters, but we’ll continue to work with the sanctions committee to ensure that the designation list is updated and accurate.

    Regarding your specific question on China, I would say that the United States and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, and that a failure to designate Azhar would run counter to this goal.

    And with that, we’ll end.

    QUESTION: The National Security Advisor John Bolton welcomed the foreign – Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi. Do you have any readout of that?

    MR PALLADINO: The national security advisor works at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and I’d have to refer you to the White House for a readout on his call, but thanks. I don’t have a readout for you.

    (The briefing was concluded at 3:38 p.m.)


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[USA], Mar 12 (ANI) Boeing Company, which is facing backlash after its plane of model 737 MAX crashed on Sunday in Ethiopia killing all 157 passengers on board, said that it has "full confidence" in the safety of the plane. 

"Safety is Boeing’s number one priority and we have full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX," said Boeing in a statement on Tuesday. 

In the wake of several countries' decision to ban or suspend the services of their respective Boeing planes, the company said: "We understand that regulatory agencies and customers have made decisions that they believe are most appropriate for their home markets."

"We will continue to engage with them to ensure they have the information needed to have confidence in operating their fleets," said the firm.

Clarifying that no new guidance is coming, Boeing said: "The United States Federal Aviation Administration is not mandating any further action at this time, and based on the information currently available."

On Sunday, all 157 people on board lost their lives when the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet, operated by Ethiopian Airlines, crashed a few minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa's Bole International Airport.

The black box has since been recovered as investigators scurry to establish any links between the latest crash and last year's Lion Air crash, which involved a Boeing jet of the same make.

Earlier in the day, aviation authorities in Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, and Oman have also temporarily suspended Boeing 737 MAX services.

As many as 189 people were killed in October last year, when a Lion Air jet - a Boeing737 MAX 8 - crashed in the Java Sea, close to Jakarta, Indonesia.

Most of the countries and carriers where the said jets are being used have taken precautions following the tragic crashes. South Korea and India launched a special inspection of the planes, while China, Ethiopian Airlines and Cayman Airways have grounded their Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet. (ANI) 


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[Britian], Mar 12 (ANI): Britain's aviation authority on Tuesday banned all commercial Boeing 737 MAX passengers flighter from the UK airspace in the wake of the fatal plane crash in Ethiopia.

"We have, as a precautionary measure, issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace," the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said in a statement.

The authorities also expressed condolence for the "people affected by the plane crash".

"The UK Civil Aviation Authority has been closely monitoring the situation. However, as we do not currently have sufficient information from the flight data recorder we have, as a precautionary measure, issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace," said the statement.

Earlier in the day, aviation authorities in Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, and Oman have also temporarily suspended Boeing 737 MAX services

On Sunday, all 157 people on board lost their lives when the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet, operated by Ethiopian Airlines, crashed a few minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa's Bole International Airport.

The black box has since been recovered as investigators scurry to establish any links between the latest crash and last year's Lion Air crash, which involved a Boeing jet of the same make.

As many as 189 people were killed in October last year, when a Lion Air jet - a Boeing737 MAX 8 - crashed in the Java Sea, close to Jakarta, Indonesia.

Most of the countries and carriers where the said jets are being used have taken precautions following the tragic crashes. South Korea and India launched a special inspection of the planes, while China, Ethiopian Airlines, and Cayman Airways have grounded their Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet. (ANI)


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          China, Ethiopia, Indonesia, European Union ground Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft after crash      Cache   Translate Page      

Ethiopian Airlines(LONDON) -- A growing list of airline carriers and aviation regulators around the world are grounding fleets of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in the wake of a crash of the same model that killed all 157 people on board.

A new Boeing 737 Max 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines went down in clear weather on Sunday morning just minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport in Ethiopia's capital. The American-made jet was headed to Nairobi, Kenya.

A total of 149 passengers and 8 crew members were believed to be on board Flight 302, according to Ethiopian Airlines.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of the United States said it's sending a team of four to assist in the probe. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it plans to join the NTSB in assisting Ethiopian authorities.

Ethiopian Airlines said two black boxes -- the digital flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder -- have been recovered from the wreckage in the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa.

Another 737 Max 8 crashed into the Java Sea minutes after takeoff from Indonesia on Oct. 29, killing all 189 people on board.

Ethiopian Airlines, the flag carrier of the East African nation, decided to ground its remaining Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft "until further notice."

"Although we don't yet know the cause of the accident, we had to decide to ground the particular fleet as extra safety precaution," the state-owned airline said in a statement early Monday.

Airlines in other countries also have announced the grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8 fleets, including Cayman Airways, the flag carrier airline of the Cayman Islands, South Africa-based airline Comair, Aeromexico, Mexico's flag carrier airline, Aerolineas Argentinas, Argentina's largest airline and flag carrier, Gol, Brazil's largest airline, Royal Air Maroc, Morocco's national carrier, South Korean airline Eastar Jet, Turkish Airlines, Turkey's national flag carrier airline, and Norwegian Air Shuttle, Norway's largest airline.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency on Tuesday suspended all flight operations of Boeing 737 Max 8 and 737 Max 9 aircraft models from flying into or out of Europe, "as a precautionary measure," amid the ongoing investigation into Sunday's crash.

A number of nations had already issued restrictions on the embattled jetliner.

China's aviation regulator has ordered all Chinese airlines to suspend operations of the Boeing 737 Max 8, nearly 96 jets. Using those planes won't resume until "confirming the relevant measures to effectively ensure flight safety," the Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a statement Monday.

Indonesia has temporarily grounded its Boeing 737 Max 8 fleet while aircraft inspections are carried out to ensure "flight-worthy conditions." The country's Directorate General of Civil Aviation has been supervising operations of the 737 Max 8 since the crash in October.

Singapore's aviation regulator has indefinitely banned all Boeing 737 Max aircraft from flying into and out of the country. The suspension affects five airlines, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said in a statement Tuesday.

Australia has temporarily suspended operations of Boeing 737 Max planes to or from the country. While no Australian airlines operate these aircraft, two foreign airlines fly them to the country, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia said in a statement Tuesday.

Malaysia has also suspended operations of Boeing 737 Max 8 jets flying to or from the country "until further notice."

Oman's aviation regulator has indefinitely banned Boeing 737 Max aircraft from flying into and out of the nation.

The United Kingdom has ordered a suspension on any Boeing 737 Max 8 commercial passenger flights arriving, departing or overlying the country's airspace. The temporary ban is "a precautionary measure," the U.K. Civil Aviation Authoritiy said in a statement Tuesday.

The Irish Aviation Authority has temporarily suspended the entry and exit of all Boeing 737 Max aircraft from Ireland's airspace.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued a "continued airworthiness notification to the international community" on Monday evening for Boeing 737 Max 8 operators, signaling confidence in the jetliner.

The Boeing Company said it currently "does not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators" of its 737 Max 8 model.

"We have engaged our customers and regulators on concerns they may have -- and would refer you to them to discuss their operations and decisions," a Boeing spokesperson told ABC News in a statement Monday morning. "Safety is our number one priority and we are taking every measure to fully understand all aspects of this accident, working closely with the investigating team and all regulatory authorities involved. The investigation is in its early stages, but at this point, based on the information available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators."

In a letter sent to employees later Monday, Boeing's president, chairman and CEO said "the Max family has completed hundreds of thousands of flights safely. We are confident in the safety of the 737 Max."

The Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer has supplied more than 370 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft to 47 airlines since the model entered service in May 2017. Seventy-two of them are currently flying in the United States, according to Boeing.

At least eight Americans were among those killed. The U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia said it is "working to determine their identities."

ABC News has confirmed with family members that Melvin and Bennett Riffel from Redding, California, Antoine Lewis from Matteson, Illinois, and Matt Vecere, a California resident originally from New Jersey, died in the plane crash.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at least 21 U.N. staff were aboard the doomed flight.

"Our colleagues were women and men -- junior professionals and seasoned officials — hailing from all corners of the globe and with a wide array of expertise," Guterres said Monday. "They all had one thing in common -- a spirit to serve the people of the world and to make it a better place for us all."

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared Monday a national day of mourning.

Boeing said it was "deeply saddened" by the crash.

"We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board and stand ready to support the Ethiopian Airlines team," the company said in a statement Sunday. "A Boeing technical team will be travelling to the crash site to provide technical assistance under the direction of the Ethiopia Accident Investigation Bureau and U.S. National Transportation Safety Board."

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VCG/VCG via Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- A member of a K-pop boy band is being investigated by South Korean authorities involving prostitution at a nightclub in Seoul, according to reports.

BIGBANG member Seungri, whose birth name is Lee Seung-hyun, allegedly introduced "escorts to foreigners to encourage them to invest in his business ventures," according to news agency Yonhap.

Seungri allegedly communicated these requests via a social networking app, Yonhap reported.

Seungri’s management agency, YG Entertainment Inc, said in a statement that the alleged messages were "fabricated."

After the news broke, Seungri, 29, announced his retirement from show business on his Instagram account and apologized to fans.

“I decided to retire [from show business] acknowledging that the issue causing social controversy is too big to overcome. I will sincerely cooperate with police investigations,” he said in a statement.

Seungri denies all allegations, according to Yonhap.

Regardless of the investigations, Seungri is required to attend mandatory military service starting March 25. National Police Agency Chief Min Gap-ryong told reporters in a press briefing Monday that the investigation will continue regardless.

“Even when Seungri goes to serve in the military, we will cooperate with the Defense Ministry to continue on with investigations,” Min told reporters.

YG Entertainment did not immediately respond to questions from ABC News regarding Seungri.

Big Bang made its debut in 2006. Forbes Korea has ranked Big Bang as one of the most powerful celebrity groups in the country.

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          Dozens Of Countries Ground Boeing's 737 Max 8 Following Deadly Crash In Ethiopia       Cache   Translate Page      

Airline regulators across the globe are grounding Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, joining an ever expanding list of countries banning the plane from their airspace. This comes in the wake of Sunday's deadly plane crash in Ethiopia that killed all 157 people on board. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

The latest move came Tuesday from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) when it announced a suspension of two Boeing 737 Max models in all flights in the European bloc.

The wave of bans follows the Civil Aviation Administration of China's decision on Monday to order the country's airlines to suspend all commercial operations of their Boeing 737 Max 8 jets.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration does not plan to ground the jets in the United States but is facing growing pressure to do so.

The FAA announced Monday that it would require a series of design changes for the Boeing 737 Max fleet.

In the U.S., Southwest Airlines uses a fleet of 34 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft and is not planning any change in service. Likewise, American Airlines, which operates 24 of the planes, is not planning to ground them.

The full list of countries and airlines that have announced a ban is below:

—Argentina (Aerolíneas Argentinas)
—Australia
—Austria
—Belgium
—Brazil (GOL Linhas Aéreas)
—Cayman Islands (Cayman Airways)
—China
—Ethiopia
—EASA member states
—France
—Germany
—Iceland (Icelandair)
—India
—Indonesia
—Ireland
—Italy
—Malaysia
—Mexico (Aeromexico)
—Mongolia (MIAT Mongolian Airlines)
—Morocco (Royal Air Maroc)
—Netherlands
—Norway (Norwegian)
—Oman
—Poland
—Singapore
—South Africa (Comair)
—South Korea (Eastar Jet)
—Turkey
—United Kingdom (TUI Airways)

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I have to tell you the bad news. I got fascinated, too, of Kokdu, after many Koreans swept them in the past 10 years. Lots of the fake ones are still around, and, the older folks in the antique markets tell me that they are not supposed to be sold in such perfect conditions or vivid colors. And, many of them were dipped in the antique treatment from China, North Korea and they are brought to be sold for 70-150 bucks in all over Korea. The real ones didn't survive another funeral (not recycled) as each household removed those and just re-used the frames of Sangyo for the one time event, and, Japanese governent forced to abandon any costly adornment but paper flowers and tassles during 1910s-1945 during their occupancy. And, these antique dealers told me they don't believe there are so many of them all of sudden showed up. And, it is true that even Koreans do not know we had these wooden men, but, yes, I have seen the dragon heads or abstract coral shape patterns. The real stuff would not have the vivid color intact, like the museum versions. To me, they were all newly stained in the past 20-30 years, just like all palaces in Seoul. They were all newly pained in the past 20-30 years, with more colors added. And, I don't recall Korean traditional architecture was colorful from my own younger days. Although I was purchasing some of the Kokdu, I stopped, as I found out that there is no deep rooted story behind it once I researched further. It is like old Bronze Spoon of BC 200 old you can still find, in the market, which are smuggled, and, you are not supposed to buy something stolen. At least, this is what I have been finding so far as of December 2018. Kokdu museum is closed, and their little version their website mentions, in Samchong-dong hanok village area is closed, at random, when the website says it is open. When you call and no one answers, it is closed. I left 1 star review for not respondingthe calls on open days. I really advise you to get familiar with the Museum collections. And, make sure you don't run into knockoff Kokdus Knockoffs use different colors other than 5 colors (Obang-sek) and they are larger. The Korean ones look quite flimpsy, and they tend to be more authentic. More whimsical means modern creation with modern minds. Many Dapsimri (orange building) ground floor shop owners are jokes, to me. especially this older woman with the contemporary art, with acrylic painting-she has lots of tombstones and Jeju Harubang, but they are Chinese knockoffs. She offended me to drag me to the basement storage, filled with tones of unframed knockoff she hasn't framed yet. I concluded that it is too strange Kokdu is all of sudden too prevalent in the market, when I haven't seen a single one 20 years ago. Never heard of it. So, be cautious. I have a couple of ones, but, the seller clearly told me of its origin, from North Korea. via China. Nowadays, Chinese knockoff goes back to North Korea and processed and now shipped back out to South Korea with the cheated origin of North Korea of decades old. Luckily, mine was authentic, as I found the identical style from Kyongki area, in a house museum who got the same, donated 40 years ago to their collection. Mokin gallery in Insadong is closed when I visited the Insadong area in December, 2018, too. And, I think they will be re-open in far out in north outskirt of Old Seoul. It is getting harder to find what is authentic historical time pieces wherever I go
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BY NED STAFFORD - NOVEMBER 2012

Korean residents in the affected zone are still afraid to return home six weeks after the disaster that killed five workers
More than six weeks after eight tonnes of hydrofluoric acid was accidentally released at a chemical plant in South Korea, many of the thousands of local residents who fled the area at the time have reportedly not yet returned to their homes despite assurances from authorities that the area is now safe.
The highly toxic hydrofluoric acid was released on 27 September at the Hube Global chemical plant in Gumi, about 200km from Seoul. The leak killed five workers at the plant and severely injured at least 18 others, including workers and emergency personnel. The  plant is reportedly still idle after the accident with no date yet set for resuming operations.
Hydrofluoric acid is used to produce chemical precursors for the pharmaceutical industry and has other industrial   applications. Highly corrosive and an acute poison, exposure can cause death and serious damage to the skin, lungs, heart, bones and nervous system. MORE






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          Press Releases: Interview With Laura Rice of Texas Standard      Cache   Translate Page      
Interview
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Via Teleconference
March 12, 2019


QUESTION: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joins us now. Secretary Pompeo, thank you for your time.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Laura. It’s great to be with you.

QUESTION: The U.S. has recently become the world’s largest oil producer and new reports say it could soon be the largest oil exporter. I understand your address today will focus on how this strengthens our national security. How is that?

SECRETARY POMPEO: I wanted to come to Texas today to talk about that very fact. This is a game-changer for American national security. As America’s most senior diplomat, I travel the world, and boy, there’s not a country I go to where energy isn’t at the top of their list, and what this does – what all of this success here in American domestic energy production does for me and for Americans, to keep them safe – is it permits us to share with those countries our wealth, our resources, to cut deals that support their energy security in places as far off as Vietnam and the Philippines and Europe.

And it permits them too to wean themselves from energy that they’re taking from adversaries, countries that want to do their country harm. This is a big deal for American national security. It gives us lots of power throughout the world, and our capacity has increased during the Trump administration. We intend to – intend to continue to do that, not only to create wealth for and jobs here in the United States, but to enhance America’s national security posture around the world as well.

QUESTION: The big news today again is Venezuela. One statistic you mentioned in a press conference yesterday is that Venezuela’s oil production is down by half since Nicolas Maduro took power. You accuse Cuba’s involvement as being about oil. Is oil also at the center of U.S. interest in Venezuela?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Only in the sense that we want the Venezuelan people to have access to their own wealth and not the corruption – the corruption that has followed the Maduro regime, this oil wealth being stripped away by the kleptocrats of the Maduro regime, taken for their personal benefit and not shared with the Venezuelan people. The Cubans have done the same. This isn’t what the Venezuelan people deserve, it’s not what they want, and America’s efforts to restore democracy and the rule of law, and to help feed and have medicine for the Venezuelan people – that’s the purpose of our efforts in Venezuela. And when we get this right, when Maduro is gone and there’s fair and free elections and democracy is restored, the oil wealth of Venezuela will be returned to its people.

QUESTION: Along with Cuba, you point to Russia as helping to support Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. You just announced you’re withdrawing all diplomatic staff in Venezuela. In a tweet, you said, “The presence of U.S. diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a constraint on U.S. policy.” How do you mean?

SECRETARY POMPEO: We decided yesterday that it was important that we keep American diplomats safe, and so we made the decision that we would withdraw the remaining personnel there in Caracas and bring them back to the United States. So we’ll do that over the days ahead. Anytime you’re dealing with a situation that is deteriorating as fast that it is – as it is in Venezuela today, decisions you make are always encumbered by the fact that you know there’s real risk to your own people, people that you’ve sent into harm’s way. We wanted to get them back, we wanted to get them out of the country so that we could move forward in a way that provided that opportunity.

We have 200 metric tons of food sitting in the region, trying to deliver into Venezuela to feed the hungry and to provide medicine for the sick. We want to make sure that as we continue to work in the region alongside of our partners, we don’t have any constraints on action that we might need to take in order to achieve that.

QUESTION: That food that is waiting to support Venezuelan people, I assume part of the State Department budget goes out to pay for programs and food like that. What do you do with the Trump administration’s new budget proposal, which includes $13 billion in proposed cuts? Does that mean that support like this for places like Venezuela is lessened?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Oh, in fact just the opposite. Contained in the President’s budget request is up to $500 million, an enormous amount of resources that the Trump budget is proposing to provide to assist the Venezuelan people when the time is right. This budget will serve America well, America’s national security interests, because we’re prepared to help the Venezuelan people with real resources. The American taxpayers have been most generous, and President Trump has led that charge.

QUESTION: So as Trump’s budget decreases the spending for the State Department and also includes more military spending, should Americans be worried about policy shifting from diplomacy to boots on the ground?

SECRETARY POMPEO: You can take a look at the first two years of the Trump administration to see the effectiveness of our foreign policy. Our capacity to deliver really solid, really sound diplomatic outcomes – to build coalitions in a way that, frankly, the previous administration just chose not to do – a global coalition to put sanctions on North Korea, to hopefully get them to denuclearize. The world has come together – 50-plus nations – to recognize that Maduro’s time had come. A big, global coalition to take down the caliphate – over 80 countries in the Defeat-ISIS Coalition. We have worked diplomatic – incredibly successfully in the President’s first two years, and I’m very confident that we’ll have the resources, and I know we have the talent to deliver good outcomes for the American people in the days and weeks and months ahead as well.

QUESTION: You mentioned North Korea. The proposed cuts to the State Department come soon after a second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, where no agreement was made. Where do we stand now in that situation?

SECRETARY POMPEO: I’ve personally been working on this alongside the President for my entire time as the Secretary of State, and in fact even just a bit before. In Singapore, in June of last year, Chairman Kim made a historic commitment to denuclearize his country, and in exchange the United States and President Trump made a commitment to provide peace and security and stability on the Korean Peninsula and a brighter future for the North Korean people. Our Japanese partners, our South Korean partners are working alongside us to achieve each of those goals from Singapore.

We didn’t make as much progress as we would have hoped in Hanoi, but the conversations continue. And meanwhile, there are not missile tests being conducted, there aren’t nuclear tests being conducted. We’ve made progress. Obviously more needs to be done. This has been a problem of a long standing, and we continue to march down the path, hopefully leading to a place where the threat of nuclear weapons from North Korea will be enormously diminished.

QUESTION: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Houston today for the energy conference known as CERAWeek. Secretary Pompeo, thanks again for your time.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Laura. You have a great day.

QUESTION: You too.


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          Press Releases: Interview With Jimmy Barrett and Shara Fryer of KTRH Houston's Morning News      Cache   Translate Page      
Interview
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Via Teleconference
March 12, 2019


QUESTION: Joining us from our Secretary of State Department – the State Department, is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning.

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, welcome to Houston and thank you for joining us here this morning.

SECRETARY POMPEO: It’s great to be with you this morning.

QUESTION: Tell us a little bit about what’s going on in Venezuela and why we’re removing the last of our diplomats there.

SECRETARY POMPEO: We made the decision yesterday that it just was prudent to get these folks back. The situation there is deteriorating. The Maduro regime’s horrific leadership over the last years has just made life there so difficult, it began to make it more difficult for the United States to take the actions that it needed to do to support the Venezuelan people. So we concluded this was simply the right step to take and this was the right time to take it.

QUESTION: Now you’re more or less going around the country right now speaking to people. I understand we’re second on your tour. You’re here talking about energy policy. In Texas, energy security, border security, these are the foremost of Texans’ minds. How can you address both of those?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So that’s the reason I wanted to come down here. I – before I entered government service for the second time in my life, I was in that industry. I ran a company that made pumping units and sold (inaudible) equipment. I know the Permian Basin, I know East Texas well, and as the Secretary of State, energy turns out to be at the very center of what I do many, many days, whether I’m in the Philippines or in Europe. The issue of American energy, the ability of us to deliver that energy around the world, helps keep American safe. It’s an important diplomatic tool for the United States and the production boom that’s taken place over the past years is enormously important for American national security. I wanted to come to Texas today and share those thoughts with the people of Texas.

QUESTION: Okay. Do you have any thoughts on the border while you’re here as well? That’s an area that’s very, very important to the President is to secure more border wall funding to get that job done. Is there anything further we – that can be done in order to advance that agenda?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So you saw yesterday the President’s request for additional funding for the border wall and additional security measures as well. As the chief diplomat for the United States of America, I understand that we need to know who’s coming into our country. We need to make sure we can control the flow of not only people but drugs and other contraband across the border. So securing that border’s important. President Trump has made it an enormous priority and he is asking Congress to provide our administration the resources to achieve that goal.

QUESTION: We – how much cooperation are you able to get from these other countries? I mean, Mexico I know has been taking steps to try to help this blow-through that we’re getting from Central America, but how much influence can you really exert?

SECRETARY POMPEO: My relationship with the new Mexican Government has been fantastic. My counterpart Foreign Minister Ebrard has truly done a number of things which I think will, over time, have a real benefit, but we need them to do more. The number of folks crossing over the past weeks has increased. This isn’t good for Mexico to have these folks traversing. It’s not good for the people who are having to make this dangerous trek through Mexico as well. We need to do this collectively. We’re working closely with President Obrador and my foreign minister counterpart to come up with a comprehensive solution that will secure our border and also ensure that there’s less risk to the people who are sometimes living very desperate situations.

QUESTION: This is maybe a nonquitter here, but Europe, the EU is going to start requiring visas from Americans who want to head over to Europe. What’s that all about?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So I’ve seen those reports. I think we need to just learn a little bit more before we jump to too many conclusions.

QUESTION: All right, again, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is with us here on NewsRadio 740, KTRH. Obviously the President met not that long ago with Kim Jong-un in an attempt to try to move things a little bit forward in our dealings with North Korea. There’s been all sorts of reports about whether or not the North Koreans are restarting up some of their nuclear program. Is there anything you can tell us about that and bring us up to date on that story?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So the most important thing, I think, for folks to know is that the progress that we’ve made with North Korea over the past – goodness, year and change – has been real. They haven’t conducted any further missile tests, no more nuclear testing, two important tools for advancing their program. I was with the President in Hanoi. We didn’t make as much progress as we would’ve hoped achieving what Chairman Kim told us he would do. I’ve been with Chairman Kim I think now four or five times. He has promised to denuclearize. He did not arrive there prepared to do as much as we need him to do, and we’re going to continue to work to achieve that outcome. It is a real threat to the United States of America and we want to get North Korea to honor its commitment to denuclearize, and then there can be a brighter future for the North Korean people as well.

QUESTION: Stopping the war exercises or the naval exercises with South Korea, good idea you think?

SECRETARY POMPEO: The Department of Defense is confident it can maintain the readiness it needs to take whatever action it might need to take at some point to work with our allies, Japan and South Korea, and to keep the American people safe. President concluded that this made sense as we’re trying to develop a relationship with the North Koreans such that we can get this ultimate objective, something that frankly America has been trying to do for decades now without success. He concluded it made sense and I’m confident we can still protect American interests while reducing the number of major war games that take place there on the peninsula.

QUESTION: All right, Mr. Secretary, enjoy your time here with us in Houston.

QUESTION: We don’t have time to get to China, but thank you so much for --

SECRETARY POMPEO: Good enough. Good to talk to you. Thanks for having me on the show. It’s great to be here in Houston.

QUESTION: It’s good to have you here, sir. Thank you again.


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          Press Releases: Interview With Deneige Broom of KRIV Fox 26 Houston Morning News      Cache   Translate Page      
Interview
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Houston, Texas
March 12, 2019


QUESTION: Good morning. And the Secretary of State does have a packed schedule, but he was able to squeeze us in for a few minutes here. So thank you so much for being here this morning. Welcome to Houston.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Great to be here.

QUESTION: Now, in your keynote address tonight, right around 6 o’clock, you’ll be talking to people about – the title of your speech is the role of energy in this 21st century political system. So what do you plan to tell or talk to those American businesses about their role in this political ecosystem?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So what we’re doing in America with respect to energy is incredibly important to what I do every day, working to keep Americans safe through diplomacy. Our capacity to produce energy to convince adversary countries that we don’t rely on them for energy and to tell our friends that we can assist them by providing energy to their country to take leverage away from their adversaries has proven incredibly important. So the boom, the American energy boom is important. Our administration’s worked hard to make that happen, and it’s keeping Americans safe.

QUESTION: In talking about those foreign affairs, we do have to switch gears to Venezuela. Yesterday you announced that you’ll be removing all the diplomats from the embassy there, in part because of that deteriorating situation, but I want to also quote part of your tweet. You said, in part, “the conclusion that the presence of U.S. diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a constraint on U.S. policy.” Are you willing to elaborate on what constraint on U.S. policy is and where you see things going after this?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Oh, sure. So the conditions on the ground have deteriorated over the last days and weeks. The Maduro regime has wreaked a real tragedy on the nation, the people of Venezuela. Our mission has been to restore democracy and help the Venezuelan people. Our embassy was an important part of that; the people there have done great work. But it was time for them to come back. Their security is always paramount. And it’s just gotten very difficult.

It’s also the case that when you’re making decisions about how to proceed, you have to consider the fact that there are still many Americans there on the ground. We wanted to get our diplomatic team back so that our capacity to work with Brazil and Colombia, and all the countries who have joined this enormous coalition to try to benefit the people of Venezuela, can be made in a way that doesn’t create further risk to American diplomats.

QUESTION: And you were talking about the humanitarian crisis. There’s already been a lot of money for aid going there. What else moving forward, since it has really only gotten worse?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So the American taxpayers have been very generous. We’ve delivered a couple hundred metric tons of assistance, medicine, food, hygiene kits. We haven’t been able to get it in; the Maduro regime has prevented us from delivering that. It’s horrific to deny food to starving people or medicine to the sick, but that’s what Maduro has chosen to do.

We’re going to keep at that. We’re going to continue to work with coalition partners. We’re going to try to help build up democratic institutions in a way that will ultimately convince Maduro that his days are numbered, that he ought to leave, and he ought to allow the duly elected Interim President Juan Guaido to begin to take charge to start the process of rebuilding this country that can be such a tremendous place.

QUESTION: And switching gears to North Korea, with the last – I know you know that it was coming – with the last summit with President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, it was essentially a stalemate. At least that’s what it seems to us, because Kim Jong-un was saying he doesn’t – he hasn’t released a plan yet, at least, for denuclearization. President Trump says that he isn’t willing to lift the U.S. sanctions to make that happen. So it seems like a stalemate, but you’ve actually been on record saying you don’t see it like that. Why is that?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Look, this is a long journey. We’ve been at this for a couple decades in the United States. What President Trump has done is he has built a global coalition. These are UN Security Council resolutions; they’re not American sanctions, they’re global sanctions. The whole world understands the threat that Chairman Kim’s nuclear weapons present to the world. Chairman Kim’s now committed to giving them up. He said he would denuclearize. He’s told me that face to face, personally, no less than half a dozen times. Now we need to figure out how to do it, how to achieve it. Our goal is to keep America safe, to keep South Korea and Japan from being under this threat. And when we do, we hope we can make a brighter future for the North Korean people as well. That’s the deal we’re trying to get to. President Trump understood that what was offered wasn’t sufficient, so more work to do.

QUESTION: And you having talked to him directly, Kim Jong-un, what is it about his statements that you actually believe?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, we only will value action. We all – talk is cheap. It’s important that we actually begin to deliver on the commitments. The two presidents back in June of last year were in Singapore. Each made serious commitments to the other. Chairman Kim committed to denuclearize; we committed to working to make North Korea have a brighter future and to stability and security arrangements on the peninsula. Our allies, South Korea and Japan, are prepared to work alongside of us. What we’ll need to see is action, and that’s what we’re counting on, and it’s what I’m hopeful we’ll get in the months ahead.

QUESTION: Thank you so much --

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you.

QUESTION: -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. And we’ll send it on back to you, Jose and Melissa.


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          Tekken World Tour Announces Drastic Improvements For 2019      Cache   Translate Page      

It feels like only yesterday that the fighting game community watched surprise South Korean competitor Hyeon-ho “Rangchu” Jeong crowned global Tekken 7 champion in Amsterdam. It wasn’t, obviously, but it was only three months ago, and the folks behind the Tekken World Tour already have new details to share about what…

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Woo Yoon-keun said the country's government also plans to resume close cooperation with other countries, as well
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          South Korea passes bills to fight air pollution, says problem is 'social disaster'      Cache   Translate Page      
South Korea's parliament on Wednesday passed a set of bills to fight air pollution that has blanketed parts of the country in recent years, with one bill designating the problem a 'social disaster'.

          Even Brewers See Profit In Video Games!      Cache   Translate Page      
More and more franchises get beers, and one craft beer brand proves it.More and more franchises get beers, and one craft beer brand proves it. On Reddit, there’s a photo with the caption that it showed up in the store owned by the user. He holds a Persona 5 beer in his hand, although with Persona 4 artwork. The craft beer was created by Fuggles & Warlock. View post on imgur.com Fuggles & Warlock is present in four countries: Canada, Brazil, South Korea and Japan (we’re not surprised about the fourth one…). The company’s bio strictly says they are keeping beer weird, and they target the geek/gaming culture with their products. They are not wrong. The next image is from their website… No, it’s not just Persona they focused on. Fuggles & Warlock also made a White…

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I’m not afraid to bust out in song if I am in the mood, but my favorite place is either in my car (when I want to rock out) or around a campfire (when I want to sing with the family). I can’t wait to try out some karaoke! My husband and I taught in South Korea together, and it was one of our favorite things to do there!
           Fastest-growing Asian air routes revealed      Cache   Translate Page      
The ten fastest-growing major passenger routes in the Asia-Pacific region have been revealed in an exclusive study published by Routesonline, with a flight between South Korea’s capital city Seoul and a coastal city in central Vietnam taking the top spot. The research has been released as delegates gather for Routes Asia 2019, which is taking place in Cebu, Philippines.A 71 percent rise in the number of passengers flying between Seoul’s Incheon International Airport and Da Nang International Airport has placed the route as the fastest-growing in the Asia-Pacific region, research by Routesonline has found.More than 2.2 million passengers took a flight between the two destinations, which links South Korea’s capital and the largest city in central Vietnam, compared with 1.29 million just 12 months earlier. The growth is enough to place the route at number one in the rankings, comfortably ahead of Manila (MNL) - Iloilo (ILO) in second.Routesonline’s research found the top 100 passenger routes to/from and within the Asia-Pacific region during 2018 using the latest data provided by Sabre Market Intelligence. The list was then ranked by percentage annual growth when compared with the same period in 2017.According to OAG Schedules Analyser, two-way capacity on the Seoul (ICN) - Da Nang (DAD) route jumped by 73 percent in 2018 to 2.8 million available seats. A total of ten carriers served the market, up from nine in 2017.Jin Air had a 20.0 percent capacity share of the total number of seats on offer last year, with Korean Air on 15.1 percent and Jeju Airlines on 13.2 percent. In total there were almost 12,100 flight departures on the route, compared with fewer than 7,500 in 2017.In second place is Manila (MNL) - Iloilo (ILO), which connects the capital of the Philippines with Iloilo City on Panay Island. Total passenger traffic increased by nearly 48 percent in 2018 to more than 2.1 million passengers.Overall two-way capacity rose by 49 percent in 2018 compared with the previous year, OAG figures show, increasing to 2.53 million seats. Cebu Pacific commanded a 50.5 percent capacity share, followed by Philippine Airlines with 31.3 percent and Philippines AirAsia with 18.2 percent.In joint third in the list are two domestic routes. The first links Indonesia’s bustling capital Jakarta with the port city of Palembang, while the second connects Hyderabad in south India with Bengaluru, the centre of the country’s high-tech industry. Both routes increased passenger numbers by 20 percent in 2018.The research has been released as aviation professionals gather for Routes Asia 2019, taking place from 10 -12 March in Cebu, Philippines. The event is the only route development forum that unites the Asia-Pacific region, providing a meeting place for airlines, airports and tourism organisations to discuss new market opportunities and the evolution of existing services.  Steven Small, brand director of Routes, said: “Across Asia there is a huge amount to be optimistic about. Capacity increases are planned across many markets, while increasing liberalisation will enable the growth of airlines.“Routes Asia brings together senior decision makers from across the region to plan new air services and discuss increasing the frequency and capacity of the existing routes that are popular with passengers. The negotiations in taking place in Cebu could pave the way to the fastest-growing routes of the future.”Informa Routesonline

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          3/13/2019: Letters: Lamb is costing us a mint      Cache   Translate Page      
Unless you are of the vegetarian persuasion, you may have suspected that the price of meat is going up. This is no illusion. Due to the drought, blowouts in feed grain costs and ever-growing export demand from China, Japan and South Korea, red meat is...
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The United States media attention "Sade" in Korea: should think twice before the news – Sohu, South Korea announced against North Korea’s missile threat ", will be formally launched" Sade "to discuss the deployment of anti missile system in South korea. China believes that this move not only is not conducive to all parties to […]
          All the Korean enterprises have been withdrawn from the Kaesong industrial park, and the power suppl-ratatouille      Cache   Translate Page      
Korean enterprises personnel completely withdrew from the Kaesong Industrial Park Park supply has stopped the original title: Korean enterprises personnel withdraw Kaesong Park supply has stopped in new Seoul on 11 February, (reporter Wu Xu) the evening of 11, South Korea’s Unification Ministry said that 280 of Korean companies and all of them are from […]
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Li Changgao beat Zhao Zhixun won the event with military sub tribute masters Li Changgao beat Zhao Zhixun of sina sports news on February 14th, South Korean chess game Legend electronic Rand Cup final 1 Games finish, Li Changgao nine white section, 2 and a half victory over Zhao Zhixun nine. This round robin settled, […]
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          Foreign Investors Will Likely Continue U.S. Buying Spree in 2019      Cache   Translate Page      

U.S. real estate continues to look attractive to foreign investors from around the world.

Mega-deals helped spur foreign investment in U.S. commercial real estate to a near record level in 2018, and many are watching to see if that momentum can carry over into 2019.

According to research firm Real Capital Analytics (RCA), cross-border acquisitions of U.S. commercial real estate surged to $94.9 billion last year, jumping 73percent over the $55.3 billion reported in 2017 and nearly on par with the $100 billion recorded in 2015. That spike in volume shows continued confidence in the U.S. real estate market.

Investors are attracted to the stability and growth factors surrounding the U.S. economy, the ability for predictable cash flow and the strength of property fundamentals, notes Chris Ludeman, global president of capital markets at real estate services firm CBRE. “It also underscores the belief that the U.S. is not expected to experience any sort of economic downturn in the next 12 to 24 months, whereas the flow of capital in other parts of the world [is] a little more tenuous in terms of economic output,” he says.

Several sizable entity-level transactions provided a strong lift for that cross-border sales volume, including Brookfield’s nearly $15 billion acquisition of GGP and a second purchase of Forest City for $11.4 billion. Unibail-Rodamco also purchased mall operatorWestfield with U.S. assets that were valued at about $8 billion. “Those entity-level deals were really the headline behind that extremely strong volume,” says Maggie Coleman, managing director in the international capital markets group of real estate services firm JLL.

Platform level deals tilted the scales pretty significantly last year, notes Alex Foshay, vice chairman and divisional head of international capital markets at real estate services firm Newmark Knight Frank. “We don’t see any reason why that trend shouldn’t continue, and I think it will make up a very significant part of activity in 2019” he says. One potential target for international capital in the coming year could be REITs that are trading below net asset values, which could allow major overseas investors to come in and take significant positions in REITs at a discounted cost, he adds.

Capital expands outside of core markets

There has been a noticeable drop-off in volume coming from Chinese investors due to the tighter monetary policies in that country, but other investor groups are stepping into that gap. Canadians are typically one of the most active investors in the U.S. real estate market, and thanks in large part to Brookfield, the Canadians took credit for about half of all foreign-led acquisitions last year, according to RCA.

Singapore was also a major player in 2018, with $4.2 billion in acquisitions, which put it third behind Canada and France for cross-border acquisitions, notes Coleman. “There were some large-scale deals that Singapore entities purchased, and we certainly expect them to remain active in the U.S. going forward,” she says. Singaporean investors are looking to the U.S. for diversification, as well as the ability to capture higher yields in a relatively stable environment.

Foreign capital continues to move beyond core gateway markets and into other property types aside from office and hotels, such as industrial, multifamily and alternatives that include medical office, healthcare and data centers among others. “The story that has been most interesting in the last few years that seems to be gaining momentum is the flow of capital into strong growth cities other than gateways,” says Ludeman. That doesn’t mean that foreign capital sources are not interested in gateways, but foreign investors are recognizing that there are more attractive cities around the U.S. outside of those select markets, he adds.

In addition, more capital is targeting multifamily assets. Last year, there was an estimated $15 billion in foreign capital acquisitions in the multifamily sector, which represents about a 30 percent increase compared to the prior year, according to JLL.

Canadian investors were the dominant buyers in the multifamily space last year, and overseas investor pool for that asset class is expected to broaden significantly. “We are seeing the demand for multifamily rising in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and from certain investors in Europe,” notes Foshay. International investors are attracted to the strong performance metrics, and they also see it as a good inflationary hedge given the shorter term leases, he adds.

Hedging costs shift strategies

One of the biggest factors impacting international capital flows over the last 18 months is the increase in hedging costs for investors that seek to guard against fluctuations in the value of the dollar. Some major investors around the world, notably South Korean institutions and German pension funds, are required to hedge on currency values based on their own domestic laws.

Hedging costs spiked about 18 months ago due the Fed’s increase in interest rates, while other central banks around the world have yet to follow suit. “Those investors have seen the returns generated on their investments severely impacted by, at times, up to 250 basis points,” says Foshay. Hedging costs have retreated in recent months to about 150 basis points, but it is still causing those groups to look to higher yielding, emerging markets versus gateway cities.

For example, Samsung SRA Asset Management recently acquired the US Bank Tower in Denver and Commerz Real from Germany bought the National office building in Chicago. NKF is in the process of executing the sale of Micron’s headquarters in San Jose to Maury Trust of Japan for $430 million. Eighteen months ago, all of those groups were focused on gateway CBD office markets, and now they are looking at markets where they can make higher returns to compensate for the cost of hedging their investment, notes Foshay.

One of the biggest potential challenges ahead for international investment activity are rising interest rates that would increase hedging costs. However, interest rates have moderated in 2019. The 10-year Treasury, which was up well over 3 percent in 2018, has settled back around 2.7percent in recent weeks. In addition, the relatively flat yield curve between the 2-year and 10-year Treasury has widened slightly, easing concerns about a potential inverted yield curve.

“We have yet to see any caution exhibited by global capital coming into the U.S. for reasons other than hedging costs,” says Ludeman. “The sound economic footing that the U.S. is in relative to other economies around the world continues to be a positive. So, I think we’re in good shape for 2019.”


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Human Rights Watch would like to thank the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, for his ongoing work to address gross and systemic human rights abuses in North Korea.

The last year has been a challenging time to maintain pressure on North Korea to address its deplorable human rights situation. Several summits involving the leaders of North Korea, South Korea, and the United States, intended to address weapons proliferation issues, appear to have caused decreasing attention to North Korea’s human rights situation.

After the landmark 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry report that documented crimes against humanity, including murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions, sexual violence, persecution, deliberate starvation, and enforced disappearances, the UN Security Council began to debate North Korea’s human rights record during regular sessions. In 2018, however, the council held no formal debate on the country’s human rights situation and the United States as lead sponsor appeared unwilling to press for one. Several countries have indicated to Human Rights Watch an unwillingness to press for human rights for fear that doing so would jeopardize ongoing counter-proliferations negotiations.

This concern is misplaced. Addressing human rights issues is a prerequisite and a foundation for all other negotiations with North Korea, including on weapons proliferation. We share the Special Rapporteur’s view that “respect for human rights remains central to the peace and denuclearisation agenda in the Korean peninsula.”

Accountability for international crimes is essential. The Special Rapporteur has rightly stressed that “the establishment [by OHCHR] of the repository and database will be useful for any national or international accountability mechanisms to be established in future.” We join the Special Rapporteur’s call that the Human Rights Council “extend the mandate of the accountability project and allocate appropriate funding to OHCHR to meaningfully implement its mandate.”

We also support renewal of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur to ensure ongoing scrutiny of North Korea’s abuses. 


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          [老板骂走一半员工]_老板性情突变,“骂”走一半员工!-袁立晒生活照      Cache   Translate Page      
  杭州有一位年轻的老板,因为最近情绪暴躁、爱骂员工而整夜失眠,结果第二天恶性循环,数落员工变本加厉。当他找到杭州市七医院门诊办公室主任朱长江求助时,他说很担心自己再这样下去,员工都被他骂走,这样公司就要垮了。 每逢加班必请客的好脾气 入伏后像换了个人 这位年轻的老板姓李,才35岁,鼻子上架着秀气的无框眼镜,衬衫、领带打理得整整齐齐,一副文质彬彬的模样。 可走进朱主任的心理咨询门诊时,他说的第一句话竟是“医生,你快救救我吧,我的心里好像有团火在烧,动不动就爆发,一不顺心就朝员工发脾气,但我控制不住自己,好怕继续下去多年打拼下来的一切都给毁了。” 听李老板说,他大学毕业后跟好朋友合伙开了个公司,平日里都是由他主事。而他呢也是个出了名的“中国好上司”,遇到员工做事不到位甚至做错事情,他都是以教育鼓励为主,好像这么多年合作下来,大家从没听他大声批评过人,更别说扯着嗓门骂人了。对于完成得不理想的工作,最多也是叫相关人员留下来加班,而且每回都自己出钱买夜宵来犒劳大家。 但是,最近这段时间,特别是入伏之后,李老板的性情大变,不仅自己做事毛毛躁躁,对于员工们犯的错误或是做得达不到他的要求的,都被他无限放大,经常是当面骂一顿还不够,开会的时候再反反复复地数落,一场会议,一半时间在骂人。几次下来,有的员工就递辞呈了。 眼看现在被自己“骂”走的员工,人数都快超一半了,李老板自己心里也着急。 “其实,骂完以后我就后悔了,他们当中有很多人从创业之初就跟着我,不仅是上司和员工的关系,更是要好的朋友,我这样一发作,显然和大家的关系就疏远了许多。晚上安静下来的时候,我也经常会想,为什么自己会突然变得这么没有耐心,是不是得了什么心理疾病?要是这样继续下去,恐怕这些人全要被我吓跑了。”他说话的语气和表情中尽是无奈。 不过,对此,朱主任早已见怪不怪。“不用担心,你的问题就是老百姓口中所说的情绪中暑。这个问题分两种情况来看,一种是本身有精神疾病的人,天气热的时候病情会波动,需要及时调整治疗方案;另一种则是像你虽说够不上疾病,但整个人心浮气躁。”   夏天到了 你的小情绪上来了吗相关的主题文章: [杭州小区孝心车位]_杭州小区孝心车位是什么车位,杭州小区孝心车位在哪里-院士坐二等座走红 [female artist Korean female artist on the Korean]_ program program, South Korean government raised -体内抽出牛奶血 [海军访问土耳其]_中国海军远航访问编队抵达土耳其-打警察致嫌犯逃脱 [交警跪地救助老人]_交警跪地救助老人,怕老人被地面烫伤暖-老太落水老汉相救 [美女议员被泄裸照]_美女议员被泄裸照 在脸书被“围观”超过200万次-暴雨孩子塞买菜车 [女艺人上朝鲜节目]_女艺人上朝鲜节目,引发韩国政府关注-变魔术街头袭胸 [老板骂走一半员工]_老板性情突变,“骂”走一半员工!-苏州摇号买房争执 [山西侦破盗掘古墓]_山西侦破盗掘古墓案 案件正在进一步审理中-刘嘉玲庆侄子毕业
          [朴槿惠再度出庭]_朴槿惠再度出庭白发显眼 将至少面临10年有期徒刑甚至终身监禁 [park again appear]_ Park again appear conspicuous white hair will face at least imprisonment or life imprisonment for 10 years盐城工学院怎么样      Cache   Translate Page      
 朴槿惠再度出庭白发显眼 将至少面临10年有期徒刑甚至终身监禁  电据外媒报道,涉及韩国前总统朴槿惠腐败丑闻的核心人物崔顺实被判有期徒刑3年。首尔地方法院认为,崔顺实通过不正当手段帮助女儿进入梨花女子大学。 当地时间6月23日,崔顺实抵达韩国首尔中央地方法院参加宣判。 据报道,崔顺实是导致韩国前总统朴槿惠被国会弹劾,最终被罢免的关键人物。作为朴槿惠长年的知己,崔顺实尽管没有官职,但仍存在干政行为。 当地时间2017年5月25日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠被押送至首尔中央地方法院,接受第二次公审。 目前,被罢免的朴槿惠也在接受法庭的审理,检方对朴槿惠提出腐败、滥用权力和泄露国家机密罪名的指控。朴槿惠将至少面临10年的有期徒刑,甚至终身监禁。 报道称,朴槿惠须为崔顺实干政的行为担负责任,即干涉外交官和政府官员的任命问题。朴槿惠曾多次否认自己有违法行为,并指责其亲信崔顺实利用了和她的友情。 当地时间2017年4月7日,韩国首尔,首尔中央地方法院对包括三星副会长李在镕在内的4名三星集团高管进行开庭审理。这是李在镕首次以被告人的身份出庭受审。 当地时间2017年4月7日,韩国首尔,首尔中央地方法院对包括三星副会长李在镕在内的4名三星集团高管进行开庭审理。这是李在镕首次以被告人的身份出庭受审。 此外,检方称,包括现代、浦项制铁公司等韩国企业向崔顺实的两个基金会捐资774亿韩元。涉嫌卷入捐资丑闻的还包括三星集团。该集团继承人李在镕于今年2月底被控行贿。 检方也对韩国零售巨头乐天的负责人提出多项指控,乐天集团主席辛东彬涉嫌向崔顺实的体育基金会捐助巨额资金。 Pu Jinhui appear again, white hair conspicuous, will face at least 10 years in prison, or even life imprisonment     Electric according to foreign media reports, involving former South Korean President Park Geun hye corruption scandal of the central figure of […]
          [朴槿惠再度出庭]_朴槿惠再度出庭白发显眼 崔顺实被判3年监禁(图) [park again appear]_ Park again appear conspicuous white hair Cui Shunshi was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment (Figure)水晶虾养殖zadull      Cache   Translate Page      
 朴槿惠再度出庭白发显眼 崔顺实被判3年监禁(图) 涉及韩国前总统朴槿惠腐败丑闻的核心人物崔顺实被判有期徒刑3年。首尔地方法院认为,崔顺实通过不正当手段帮助女儿进入梨花女子大学。 当地时间6月23日,崔顺实抵达韩国首尔中央地方法院参加宣判。 据报道,崔顺实是导致韩国前总统朴槿惠被国会弹劾,最终被罢免的关键人物。作为朴槿惠长年的知己,崔顺实尽管没有官职,但仍存在干政行为。 当地时间2017年5月25日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠被押送至首尔中央地方法院,接受第二次公审。 目前,被罢免的朴槿惠也在接受法庭的审理,检方对朴槿惠提出腐败、滥用权力和泄露国家机密罪名的指控。朴槿惠将至少面临10年的有期徒刑,甚至终身监禁。 报道称,朴槿惠须为崔顺实干政的行为担负责任,即干涉外交官和政府官员的任命问题。朴槿惠曾多次否认自己有违法行为,并指责其亲信崔顺实利用了和她的友情。 当地时间2017年4月7日,韩国首尔,首尔中央地方法院对包括三星副会长李在镕在内的4名三星集团高管进行开庭审理。这是李在镕首次以被告人的身份出庭受审。 此外,检方称,包括现代、浦项制铁公司等韩国企业向崔顺实的两个基金会捐资774亿韩元。涉嫌卷入捐资丑闻的还包括三星集团。该集团继承人李在镕于今年2月底被控行贿。 检方也对韩国零售巨头乐天的负责人提出多项指控,乐天集团主席辛东彬涉嫌向崔顺实的体育基金会捐助巨额资金。 Pu Jinhui appear again, white hair conspicuous, Cui Shunshi was sentenced to 3 years in prison (map)     Involving former South Korean President Park Geun hye corruption scandal core character Cui Shunshi was sentenced to 3 years in prison. The Seoul District […]
          [朴槿惠再度出庭]_朴槿惠再度出庭 崔顺实被判处三年的监禁 [park again appear]_ Park Court again Cui Shunshi was sentenced to three years in prison异脑人生      Cache   Translate Page      
 朴槿惠再度出庭 崔顺实被判处三年的监禁 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次出庭受审,朴槿惠头上的白发引人注目。朴槿惠4……      当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次出庭受审,朴槿惠头上的白发引人注目。朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实及前文化观光部长官赵允璇和前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春等人同日受审。朴槿惠审判短短一个小时内结束。 仁川通讯社星期五报道,前南韩领导人朴荣喜的朋友崔顺实是影响力猖獗的丑闻的中心,震撼了该国的商业和政治精英,被判处三年的监禁。 法庭裁决是针对被驱逐的南韩总统长期以来的崔顺实的第一项裁决,他被捕并被关进监狱,贪污丑闻结束了政府。 检察官要求崔以七年的监禁期限为由阻止业务和与公园联系,以迫使大学给予她女儿优待。 在Yonhap引用的判决裁决中,首尔中央地区法院说,“接受崔i ired ired to give give give give give。”的证据。 法庭说:“崔违反了法律和适当的程序,使她的女儿受益。路透社不能立即向法院官员通报确认报告。 崔还面临着单独的指控,这些指控尚未被听取,勒索,滥用权力和企图欺诈企业从商业企业中受贿。她和公园都否认了对他们的一切指控。 检察官指责崔方便女儿入读有名望的梨花妇女大学,并与那里的教职员工阴谋,尽管班级出勤和抄袭报告不佳,但她的女学生记录仍然有所改变。 Yonhap报道说,法院也判处大学校长两年监禁。 蔡其二十岁的女儿,亚运会马术金牌得主锺瑜娜去年逃往欧洲。她本月初回到韩国,并声称要清除任何误解。 当局发现高中毕业后,她的入学大学和高中毕业文凭被取消,考试成绩已被伪造。 检察机关曾两度寻求逮捕令,锺先生扣留了贪污丑闻,指控三星电子(005930.KS)向她提供经济援助,以资助她的马术训练。 Chung已经否认了任何参与,并表示她不​​知道三星的赞助如何影响了她的马术生涯。然而,她后来在质疑中承认,她知道三星是她的顾客,而她的母亲则要求她保密。 法院否认检察机关要求锺先生,而她的母亲,公园和三星集团的首席执行长李肇星被关押。李也否认所有指控他。 最近,李在镕(49)试图找出特殊的律师是由律师在审判结束介绍,三星电子副会长,刘兴1233“国家其实进口中尉,也拒绝了声明。 该财侧李Gyeongjae律师呼吁反对派“像有些人作证公司的hagetdaneun拒绝”和“重复询问谁否认侵犯人权的指控调查的方式。” 专项调查和写作的人起诉检查这些报表是否卷宗和指控法令执法机构的报纸声称目击者说没有拒绝的目标. Pu Jinhui appeared in court again, and Cui was sentenced to three years in prison Local time June 26, 2017, South Korea Seoul, South […]
          [朴槿惠再度出庭]_朴槿惠再度出庭——朝鲜宣布“处决”朴槿惠 [park again appear]_ park once again appear North Korea announced the execution Pu Jinhui梧州学院教务系统登录      Cache   Translate Page      
 朴槿惠再度出庭 朝鲜宣布“处决”朴槿惠 6月26日讯 据外媒报道,涉及韩国前总统朴槿惠腐败丑闻的核心人物崔顺实被判有期徒刑3年。首尔地方法院认为,崔顺实通过不正当手段帮助女儿进入梨花女子大学。   (原标题:朴槿惠再度出庭 朴槿惠被弹劾对韩国股市影响几何?) 6月26日讯 据外媒报道,涉及韩国前总统朴槿惠腐败丑闻的核心人物崔顺实被判有期徒刑3年。首尔地方法院认为,崔顺实通过不正当手段帮助女儿进入梨花女子大学。   韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次出庭受审,朴槿惠头上的白发引人注目。朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实及前文化观光部长官赵允璇和前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春等人同日受审。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实被押往首尔中央地方法院,再度受审。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,“干政门”涉案人、前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春被押往首尔中央地方法院出庭受审。金淇春因涉嫌下令并主持制定“文艺界黑名单”。 朝鲜宣布“处决”朴槿惠 ,韩国回应:朝鲜的主张毫无根据 朝鲜28日宣布,将对朴槿惠和韩国前国情院院长等策划暗杀金正恩的“国家恐怖主义”犯罪分子处以极刑,并要求韩国立即向朝方移交朴槿惠等人。韩国国情院当天回应,称无法容忍朝鲜“公然威胁韩国公民的行为”。 据朝中社报道,朝鲜国家保卫省、人民保安省和中央检察院28日发表声明,称有确凿证据表明,韩国前总统朴槿惠在执政期间曾通过韩国国情院秘密策划暗杀金正恩的计划,并企图制造汽车或火车事故,但由于朝方警戒及此后朴槿惠遭弹劾,这一暗杀计划自动废止。 28日,朝鲜宣布对所有阴谋暗杀金正恩的人处以极刑 朝鲜宣布对朴槿惠等阴谋暗杀金正恩的人处以极刑,并要求韩国根据相关国际条约,立即向朝方移交朴槿惠等人,并警告韩国政府若无视朝方这一要求,可能会对北南关系造成负面影响。 据韩联社28日报道,韩国国情院当天紧急回应朝方的声明,批判朝鲜的主张毫无根据。并称无法容忍朝鲜“公然威胁韩国公民的行为”。 Pu Jinhui once again appear in court, North Korea announced the "execution" Pu Jinhui   June 26th – according to foreign media reports, involving former South Korean President Park Geun hye corruption scandal of the central […]
          [朴槿惠再度出庭]_朴槿惠再度出庭白发引人注目 崔顺实等同日受审 [park again appear]_ Park again appear white Cui Shunshi on trial is striking恶女绿萍      Cache   Translate Page      
 朴槿惠再度出庭白发引人注目 崔顺实等同日受审     朴槿惠再度出庭白发显眼 崔顺实等嫌疑人同日受审(组图) 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次出庭受审,朴槿惠头上的白发引人注目。朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实及前文化观光部长官赵允璇和前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春等人同日受审。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实被押往首尔中央地方法院,再度受审。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,“干政门”涉案人、前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春被押往首尔中央地方法院出庭受审。金淇春因涉嫌下令并主持制定“文艺界黑名单”。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,“干政门”涉案人、前文化观光部长官赵允璇被押往首尔中央地方法院出庭受审。赵允璇涉嫌参与制定“文艺界黑名单”。 Pu Jinhui appear again, white hair eye-catching, Cui Shunshi equal trial on the day       Pu Jinhui appear again, white hair conspicuous, Cui Shunshi and other suspects on trial the same day (Photos) Local time June 26, 2017, South Korea Seoul, South Korean […]
          [朴槿惠再度出庭]_朴槿惠再度出庭 朴槿惠被弹劾对韩国股市影响几何[park again appear]_ park once again appear Park impeachment affect the geometry of the Korean stock market英雄华清宫攻略      Cache   Translate Page      
朴槿惠再度出庭 朴槿惠被弹劾对韩国股市影响几何? 韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次出庭受审,朴槿惠头上的白发引人注目。朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实及前文化观光部长官赵允璇和前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春等人同日受审。 6月26日讯 据外媒报道,涉及韩国前总统朴槿惠腐败丑闻的核心人物崔顺实被判有期徒刑3年。首尔地方法院认为,崔顺实通过不正当手段帮助女儿进入梨花女子大学。韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次出庭受审,朴槿惠头上的白发引人注目。朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实及前文化观光部长官赵允璇和前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春等人同日受审。 朴槿惠再度出庭 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实被押往首尔中央地方法院,再度受审。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,“干政门”涉案人、前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春被押往首尔中央地方法院出庭受审。金淇春因涉嫌下令并主持制定“文艺界黑名单”。 韩国股市剧烈波动 日韩股市收盘涨跌不一,日经225指数涨0.1%,报20153.35点;韩国综合指数涨0.42%,报2388.66点,盘中刷新历史新高。 与此同时,本交易日韩国股市收于纪录高点,主要受三星电子和SK海力士等大型科技类股股价上涨的提振。 与此同时,本交易日外资小幅净卖出韩国股票,同时散户投资者则净买入韩股214亿韩元(1884万美元)。 为何中国纳入MDCI对韩国股市影响不大? 摩根士丹利资本国际公司(MSCI)近日公布2017年度全球市场分类评审结果,决定从2018年6月开始将中国A股纳入MSCI新兴市场指数和全球基准指数(ACWI)。 报道称,作为美国著名的指数编制公司,MSCI目前是全球最具影响力的指数提供商之一,旗下各项指数已成为绝大多数国际投资者的风向标。MSCI自2013年启动对中国A股纳入新兴市场指数的审议,但出于对中国市场透明度和开放程度的担忧,连续三年延迟纳入A股。中国当局为推动A股纳入进程进行了全方位努力,改善了A股市场的准入水平,并获得国际机构投资者的广泛支持。A股四度扣关MSCI,终于宣告成功。MSCI计划初始纳入22只大盘A股,这些A股约占MSCI新兴市场指数0.73%的权重,实际纳入计划预定于2018年5月和2019年8月分两步实施。 报道评论称,据推算,全球约有11万亿美元资金将MSCI作为基准指数,其中跟踪MSCI新兴市场指数的基金共约1.6万亿美元。中国A股是继美国纽约股市之后的全球第二大股票市场,此次正式被纳入全球基准指数,将给中国市场带来一定的增量资金。 韩国金融委员会副委员长郑恩甫21日表示,中国A股进入MSCI新兴市场指数,将降低韩股在该指数的权重,并导致部分资金外流,但整体上对韩国股市的影响不大. Pu Jinhui again to park Geun hye impeachment geometric impact on the Korean stock market? Former South Korean President Park Geun hye was transferred to the Seoul central district court trial, again, park Geun hye, head of white […]
          [朴槿惠再度出庭]_朴槿惠再度出庭 朝鲜宣布“处决”朴槿惠 [park again appear]_ park once again appear North Korea announced the execution Pu Jinhui上外贤达经济人文学院      Cache   Translate Page      
朴槿惠再度出庭 朝鲜宣布“处决”朴槿惠 涉及韩国前总统朴槿惠腐败丑闻的核心人物崔顺实被判有期徒刑3年。首尔地方法院认为,崔顺实通过不正当手段帮助女儿进入梨花女子大学。   6月26日讯 据外媒报道,涉及韩国前总统朴槿惠腐败丑闻的核心人物崔顺实被判有期徒刑3年。首尔地方法院认为,崔顺实通过不正当手段帮助女儿进入梨花女子大学。   韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次出庭受审,朴槿惠头上的白发引人注目。朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实及前文化观光部长官赵允璇和前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春等人同日受审。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实被押往首尔中央地方法院,再度受审。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,“干政门”涉案人、前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春被押往首尔中央地方法院出庭受审。金淇春因涉嫌下令并主持制定“文艺界黑名单”。 朝鲜宣布“处决”朴槿惠 ,韩国回应:朝鲜的主张毫无根据 朝鲜28日宣布,将对朴槿惠和韩国前国情院院长等策划暗杀金正恩的“国家恐怖主义”犯罪分子处以极刑,并要求韩国立即向朝方移交朴槿惠等人。韩国国情院当天回应,称无法容忍朝鲜“公然威胁韩国公民的行为”。 据朝中社报道,朝鲜国家保卫省、人民保安省和中央检察院28日发表声明,称有确凿证据表明,韩国前总统朴槿惠在执政期间曾通过韩国国情院秘密策划暗杀金正恩的计划,并企图制造汽车或火车事故,但由于朝方警戒及此后朴槿惠遭弹劾,这一暗杀计划自动废止。 28日,朝鲜宣布对所有阴谋暗杀金正恩的人处以极刑 朝鲜宣布对朴槿惠等阴谋暗杀金正恩的人处以极刑,并要求韩国根据相关国际条约,立即向朝方移交朴槿惠等人,并警告韩国政府若无视朝方这一要求,可能会对北南关系造成负面影响。 据韩联社28日报道,韩国国情院当天紧急回应朝方的声明,批判朝鲜的主张毫无根据。并称无法容忍朝鲜“公然威胁韩国公民的行为”。 Pu Jinhui once again appear in court, North Korea announced the "execution" Pu Jinhui Involving former South Korean President Park Geun hye corruption scandal core character Cui Shunshi was sentenced to 3 years in prison. The Seoul District Court […]
          [朴槿惠再度出庭]_朴槿惠再次出庭受审 朴槿惠戴着手铐前往法院 [park again appear]_ park once again appeared in court in handcuffs to court Park会飞的小毛驴中金博客      Cache   Translate Page      
 朴槿惠再次出庭受审 朴槿惠戴着手铐前往法院   韩国前总统朴槿惠昨日被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次接受公审。 朴槿惠戴着手铐前往法院 ,但她此次手上戴了与肤色相似的保护套,引人注目。 据报道,由朴槿惠发起的K财团前任部长卢胜日今天也作为重要证人出庭。卢胜日曾在今年1月出席对崔顺实滥用职权嫌疑的审判,5月出席李在镕贿赂嫌疑的审判。 亲信门主角崔顺实原定昨日与朴槿惠同台受审,但是崔顺实以头晕摔倒在房间全身受伤为由,向法院申请不出席庭审。 Pu Jinhui once again appeared in court in handcuffs to court Park   Former South Korean President Park Geun hye yesterday was transferred to the Seoul Central District Court, accept the trial again. Park Geun hye handcuffed to the court, but she wore a protective sleeve with […]
          [朴槿惠再度出庭]_朴槿惠再度出庭 无罪释放将成为事实![park again appear]_ Park court acquitted again will become a reality!你把我灌醉吉他谱      Cache   Translate Page      
 朴槿惠再度出庭 无罪释放将成为事实! 摘要:朴槿惠再度出庭,无罪释放将成为事实!当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次出庭受审,朴槿惠头上的白发引人注目。朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实及前文化观光部长官赵允璇和前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春等人同日受审。   (原标题:朴槿惠再度出庭白发显眼 崔顺实等嫌疑人同日受审) 朴槿惠再度出庭,无罪释放将成为事实!当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次出庭受审,朴槿惠头上的白发引人注目。朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实及前文化观光部长官赵允璇和前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春等人同日受审。   当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实被押往首尔中央地方法院,再度受审。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,“干政门”涉案人、前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春被押往首尔中央地方法院出庭受审。金淇春因涉嫌下令并主持制定“文艺界黑名单”。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,“干政门”涉案人、前文化观光部长官赵允璇被押往首尔中央地方法院出庭受审。赵允璇涉嫌参与制定“文艺界黑名单”。 朴槿惠再度出庭白发显眼,无罪释放将成为事实!  朴槿惠“亲信干政门”事件已经过去了八个多月,其中涉事的核心人物被审讯次数不下几十次。光前总统朴槿惠从3月30日起,被提审就不下四十次左右,有时审讯时间甚至长达十几个小时。尽管韩国法院的审讯强度很大,但是案件的进展却不怎么顺利,还一度陷入僵局。从昨天韩国法院对核心人物崔顺实的一审判决就可以发现,判决内容只是围绕在“走后门”当中,并没有提及其余细节。所以说,昨天崔顺实的获刑并不能对“亲信干政门”事件产生多大影响,韩国检方还在原踏步。 当地时间6月26日上午,韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,出席“亲信门”第24次庭审,这也是朴槿惠本周首次出庭。其多年闺蜜、“亲信门”主角崔顺实也于同一天出庭受审。 当天,青瓦台前秘书室长金淇春、前文体部长赵允旋出席“文艺界黑名单”案庭审。据韩媒报道,2014年4月“世越”号沉船事故后,不少文化界人士发表言论批评朴槿惠政府,因此总统府政务首席秘书室主导制定“黑名单”,并指示文体部禁止名单上人员参加政府赞助的活动或从相关活动中获益。时任文体部部长赵允旋以及总统府前秘书室室长金淇春因涉嫌参与制定黑名单而被逮捕。朴槿惠方面在两人被捕后否认与黑名单有关。 Pu Jinhui will appear again, acquitted will become a fact!   Summary: Pu Jinhui appear again, acquittal will become a reality! Local time June 26, 2017, South Korea Seoul, South Korean President Park Geun hye was transferred to the Seoul central district […]
          [朴槿惠再度出庭]_朴槿惠再度出庭白发引人注目-崔顺实等同日受审 [park again appear]_ Park again appear white Cui Shunshi on trial is striking姑娘爱情郎铃声      Cache   Translate Page      
朴槿惠再度出庭白发引人注目 崔顺实等同日受审   当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次出庭受审,朴槿惠头上的白发引人注目。朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实及前文化观光部长官赵允璇和前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春等人同日受审。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实被押往首尔中央地方法院,再度受审。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,“干政门”涉案人、前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春被押往首尔中央地方法院出庭受审。金淇春因涉嫌下令并主持制定“文艺界黑名单”。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,“干政门”涉案人、前文化观光部长官赵允璇被押往首尔中央地方法院出庭受审。赵允璇涉嫌参与制定“文艺界黑名单”。 Pu Jinhui appear again, white hair eye-catching, Cui Shunshi equal trial on the day Local time June 26, 2017, South Korea Seoul, South Korean President Park Geun hye was transferred to the Seoul central district court trial, again, park Geun hye, head of white hair striking. 40 years, […]
          [朴槿惠再度出庭]_朴槿惠再度出庭:白发引人注目 与崔顺实同审 [park again appear]_ Park again appear white hair and Cui Shunshi with a striking instance仰恩大学怎么样      Cache   Translate Page      
 朴槿惠再度出庭:白发引人注目 与崔顺实同审 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次出庭受审,朴槿惠头上的白发引人注目。   朴槿惠再度出庭:白发引人注目 与崔顺实同审 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次出庭受审,朴槿惠头上的白发引人注目。朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实及前文化观光部长官赵允璇和前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春等人同日受审。 Pu Jinhui once again appear in court: white hair eye-catching, and Cui Shunshi trial   Local time June 26, 2017, South Korea Seoul, South Korean President Park Geun hye was transferred to the Seoul central district court trial, again, park Geun hye, head of white hair striking. […]
          Second S Korean star quits as K-pop sex scandal spreads      Cache   Translate Page      
A burgeoning K-pop sex scandal claimed a second scalp as a singer who rose to fame after coming second in one of South Korea's top talent shows admitted…
          Offer - Passenger Car Motor Housing Casting - CHINA      Cache   Translate Page      
Shandong Taikai Investment Casting Co.,Ltd is Passenger car motor housing casting manufacturer and suppliers,Website:http://www.tkcasting.com, specialized production of Auto parts casting.IntroductionThe passenger car motor housing die casting parts is made by low pressure aluminum casting method(LPDC), of which can produce medium and larger casting parts(200kg and above). The motor housing die casting parts can be customized according to clients' specific requirements.Shandong Taikai Investment Casting Co.,Ltd is the access enterprise announced by national industry and information ministry, and member of Shandong casting industry association, the company was established in 1997 year, covering an area of 11 hectares and building area of 26 thousand square meters. The mainly product of company include aluminum alloy tank,conductors,contacts,bracket and shield covers series as accessary that used in power transmission industry, the battery box structure, motor shell series and water cooling integrated driver as parts that used in new resources vehicle industry. Copper and tungsten alloy contact head is core of copper product, nine series in total, thousands specifications, the output of aluminum alloy casting up to more than 10 thousand tons.The company possesses more than 500 sets of advanced melting, casting and metal cutting machines, including 5 sets of 600kg,750kg,1500kg melting furnaces, 56 sets of 400kg to 1000kg low pressure casting machines, 2sets of 280 ton and 420 ton cold chamber machines, 7 sets of continuous and well type heat treatment furnaces, 4 sets of shot blasting machines and 5 sets of shell core machines. In order to manufacture high quality and high performance products , the company invested 70 million yuan in early 2016 to import 50 sets of high precision and advanced processing equipment and automatic production lines, including Germany DMG  five-axis machining center, South Korea double-station horizontal machining center, high-speed drilling and milling,turning center.The company realized the independently design, processing and assembly of product molds, thus improving the processing accuracy and appearance quality of the casting. The company possesses casting technologies of low pressure casting,vacuum pressure casting,metal type gravity casting, with weight ranging from 0.03kg to 1000kg above,the products possess features of high strength,high conductivity,high gas tightness and so on. In accordance with national "New Energy Vehicle Development Planning",China enter into the high speed development period of new energy vehicle industry, the company adheres to the demand-oriented of market and customer, utilizing the advantage in craft and equipment of company to conquer technical barriers and have developed new energy vehicle series such as water cooled chassis, battery box structure, controller box structure etc. The company conduct technical innovation of sand core molding and cleaning based on former casting technique of aluminum alloy tank to design and developed spiral watercourse , several watercourse and single watercourse etc. that widely used in water cooled chassis series.The water cooled chassis series have been in the forefront of aluminum alloy casting of new energy vehicle, which parts production range from 12kg to 60kg .The products are widely used in the field of passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles and logistics vehicles etc. and quickly occupied domestic market. 
          Journalist and human rights defender Luis Carlos Díaz detained by state security in Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      
Communities inside and outside Venezuela demand his release Luis Carlos Díaz. Photo taken from his public Facebook profile. In the early hours of the morning on March 12, Venezuelan journalist Luis Carlos Díaz was confirmed to have been detained by the Bolivarian Intelligence Police (SEBIN). His wife, Naky Soto, also a well known political commentator, had … Continua la lettura di Journalist and human rights defender Luis Carlos Díaz detained by state security in Venezuela
          Groups denounce continuous cyberattacks against independent media in the Philippines      Cache   Translate Page      
Groups denounce cyberattacks against several independent media websites in the Philippines. Photo: Kodao Productions, used with permission. Several media groups in the Philippines marked the World Day Against Cyber Censorship on March 12, 2019, by holding a protest to denounce the ongoing cyberattacks against their websites which they claim are backed by the government. Since … Continua la lettura di Groups denounce continuous cyberattacks against independent media in the Philippines
          K-pop scandal widens as singer admits sharing secretly filmed sex videos      Cache   Translate Page      

Jung Joon-young apologises and says he will retire, one day after singer Seungri was charged with running a prostitution ring

A sex scandal swirling around South Korea’s K-pop industry has deepened after a singer and TV celebrity admitted he had secretly filmed himself having sex with a woman and sharing the footage online without her consent.

Jung Joon-young, who rose to fame after coming second in a TV talent show, said he would retire from show business and admitted he had shared footage of several women in a group chatroom.

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          South Korean seniors get taste for plastic surgery, Gangnam style      Cache   Translate Page      
Gangnam, the district of Seoul mentioned in South Korean pop star Psy’s 2012 hit song Gangnam Style, has some of the capital city’s most modern avenues. A concrete jungle with tall buildings full of entertainment and food outlets, its pavements are always brimming with youth.While many streets in Seoul have similar sights, one thing makes Gangnam stand out – almost every building in the district has a sign advertising a plastic surgery clinic.Among the hundreds of plastic surgery clinics in the…
          Offer - Know What You Eat - Why You Need to Eat Organic Foods Over Canned Foods - SOUTH KOREA      Cache   Translate Page      
The holy grail for weight loss is food that is tasty Therma-Tone Slim and enjoyable but low in calories, sugar and fat. That sounds like a tall order but there is a way of achieving that which few people have ever tried.That food is stored in your brain. It is the memories you have of your favourite "unhealthy" food. It is the experiences of you eating and enjoying it. By accessing those, you can enjoy your favourite food whenever you want to and eat as much as you want.Using this technique takes away any feelings of deprivation. In fact you may well end up naturally eating less of other foods as well if you use the same thought process when you are eating real food too.If you watch TV, check your social media or are distracted by something else when you are eating then you aren't getting the full value of that food. People tend to eat less when they focus on what they are eating because they are aware of the physical signals of fullness and also get the satisfaction of experiencing each mouthful rather than simply eating without tasting.Would you like to learn some leg workouts for women? Circuit training workouts are the best way to get a great workout in the shortest amount of time possible. In today's post I go over circuit training leg workouts for women. So if you would like a great leg workout read on...https://discountdevotee.com/therma-tone-slim-review/
          US stock indexes end mostly higher, extending market’s gains      Cache   Translate Page      
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were lower Wednesday amid continuing global uncertainties that weighed on stocks as some traders took profits from a rally earlier in the week. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 dropped 1.2 percent to 21,243.26 in morning trading. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.5 percent to 6,141.30. South Korea’s Kospi slipped 0.9 percent to […]
          Inside 3D Printing Seoul Opens Up The New Era Of Digital Manufacturing      Cache   Translate Page      
KINTEX holds the 4th annual Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo with Rising Media on June 28-30, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. Inside 3D Printing returns to Seoul with an unprecedented event scale of 73 exhibitors and sponsors in 210 booths, with an expected attendance of +9,000 visitors from 25 countries. Inside 3D Printing is […]
          South Korea to push for “sustainable” relations with North, more summits: MOU      Cache   Translate Page      
Vice unification minister pledges to increase "close communication" between the two leaders in 2019
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Seoul to spend USD$175,562 investigating potential for cross-border travel
          Don’t Let the Ilhan Omar Fight Hide Two Essential Truths      Cache   Translate Page      

Criticism of Israel—and AIPAC—isn’t anti-semitic By Michael Winship The other night, I was watching an NBC News report on the thousands of endangered red-crowned cranes whose migration route takes them through the DMZ between North and South Korea. Amidst land mines and other dangers, they somehow manage to survive. Right now, I feel a little […]

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          Galaxy S10 5G to have 2.7Gbps top speed in South Korea      Cache   Translate Page      
Galaxy S10 5G smartphone will eventually have data transfer speeds up to 2.7Gbps in South Korea, SK Telecom says, following its completion of 5G-LTE aggregation testing.
          Acupuncture, Dopamine, and Addiction      Cache   Translate Page      
Dopamine is a chemical messenger responsible for transmitting signals between nerve cells. It is very prominent in the transmission from the nerve cells of the substantia nigra to those of the corpus striatum, to facilitate smooth, purposeful muscle activity. Dopamine is the immediate metabolic precursor of norepinephrine (also called noradrenaline) and epinephrine (also called adrenaline), i.e., it is the raw material from which the other two chemicals are made. Dopamine can have either an excitatory or inhibitory effect on nerve cells, depending on the characteristics of the protein it combines with.
Dopamine is associated with the perception of pain and pleasure. Increased dopamine in the frontal lobes lessens pain and increases pleasure. If a person naturally has a higher level of dopamine because of a good personality, good genes and a diet, he or she tends to tolerate pain better. That is why even when different people have the same kind of arthritis or back problems, some people have unbearable pain while others have no pain at all. On the TV show House, the foster parents of a girl were suspected of abusing her. Although her body showed many signs of physical abuse, she did not complain about the pain to the physician. One of the residents used a bucket of ice to test her tolerance to coldness. Although the resident started screaming due to the extreme pain induced by the cold ice when he took the test, the little girl stayed very calm. Later, her physicians found out that she had a gene that made her pain threshold above average. She may have had increased amounts of dopamine in her frontal lobes, making her more tolerant to physical pain.
Dopamine is greatly involved in feelings of reward, alertness and purposeful behavior. Dopamine is commonly associated with the 'pleasure system' of the brain, providing feelings of enjoyment and reinforcement to motivate us to do, or continue doing certain activities. Dopamine is released by naturally rewarding experiences such as food, sex, the uses of certain drugs and stimuli that become associated with them. In milder disorders, too much dopamine in the limbic system (a network of brain structures) is associated with emotion and memory problems, and not enough in the cerebral cortex may produce an overly suspicious personality prone to bouts of paranoia that may inhibit social interaction.
Alcohol can increase dopamine levels in brain regions collectively called the mesolimbic system by curtailing the enzyme activity that breaks down dopamine. When alcoholics suddenly stop drinking alcohol, their dopamine levels plunge, causing dysphoria, an unpleasant feeling, and anhedonia, the inability to experience the pleasure from normally pleasurable events, such as eating, exercise and social interactions.
The sudden drop of dopamine might contribute to the intense ethanol craving experienced by addicts, explained by Weiss et al. in the Journal of Neuroscience 1996. These ethanol-induced changes in dopamine levels provide positive reinforcement that contributes to continued alcohol abuse. People that have stronger releases of dopamine when they drink alcohol or coffee tend to be addicted to alcohol, especially people who are very smart and do not enjoy social networks. Other people do not have enough enzyme to process alcohol, so they feel stomach pain, nausea, dizzy. A certain group of people will never be able to enjoy alcohol.
Acupuncture at the specific point Ht7 (at the ulnar end of the transverse crease of the wrist, in the depression on the radial side of the tendon of medial flexor carpi ulnaris), but not at control points PC6 (2 inches above transverse crease of wrist, between tendons of medial palmaris longus and medial flexor radialis) or tail, prevented both a decrease of dopamine levels in a specific brain region called the nucleus accumbens during ethanol withdrawal and an increase of dopamine levels induced by an ethanol challenge. Stimulation of Ht7 facilitates normalization of dopamine levels in the brain following chronic ethanol exposure. If people are trying to quit drinking, acupuncture 2 to 3 times a week can help their body stabilize their dopamine level so they do not get depressed or agitated.
Nicotine induces tolerance and addiction by acting on the central dopaminergic pathways (those using dopamine as a neurotransmitter), thus leading to pleasure and reward sensations. It stimulates the central nervous system, enhances alertness and reduces appetite. Many women are reluctant to quit smoking because they are afraid to gain weight. A 50% reduction of nicotine consumption may trigger withdrawal symptoms in addicted individuals including anxiety, anger, sleep disorders, hunger, cognitive dysfunction and cigarette cravings. Certain drugs that inhibit the reuptake of dopamine are used for quitting smoking. However, those drugs can be dangerous to people who have epilepsy, eating disorders, uncontrolled hypertension, recent alcohol abstinence, or are undergoing current therapy with mono-amine oxidase inhibitors (drugs increase norepinephrine and epinephrine levels).
If you have smoked for more than ten years, certain enzyme activities have changed. When you suddenly quit smoking, reduced dopamine levels will make you feel miserable. Ear and body acupuncture can help your body rebalance the brain chemicals, producing more feel-good hormones, such as dopamine, serotonin, and endorphin, and reducing stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. Acupuncture stimulates your own body to rebalance those complicated hormones instead of just inhibiting or stimulating the metabolism of specific hormones. It is hard to use just one chemical change to explain the response of the entire body.
One lady had smoked a pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years before she started acupuncture treatments. After her best friend died of lung cancer at the age of 50, she finally decided to quit. She had acupuncture twice a week for 6 weeks. Surprisingly, she did not have any withdrawal symptoms or even gain any weight. Another lady had a couple of ear needles for 3 months; she never went back to smoking. Her daughter said that she was extremely surprised because her mother had been a heavy smoker for more than 20 years. However, not everybody has successful stories. Two major factors affecting success are the extent of a person's determination to quit and the busyness of the person's schedule during the quitting process.
Morphine can also induce dopamine release, causing addiction. Acupuncture can suppress Morphine Withdrawal Syndrome. In 2005, Dr. Kim and his colleagues in South Korea reported results of a study on how acupuncture can change dopamine levels and influence behavior in rats sensitized to morphine. They posted their results in the magazine Neuroscience Letter. Acupuncture at the specific acupuncture point HT7, but not at control points (TW8 and tail), significantly decreased both dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens and behavioral hyperactivity induced by a systemic morphine challenge. These results suggest that the therapeutic effect of acupuncture on morphine addiction occurs through normalization of dopamine and reduction of behavioral sensitization by morphine.

          Sterling silver horsehair jewelry ring 3.0 x 2.5 mm with horseshoe - RG887814 by park2park925      Cache   Translate Page      

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          USWNT Files Lawsuit Against US Soccer for Gender Discrimination & World Cup Kits Revealed      Cache   Translate Page      
Lawsuit Against US Soccer



• Last week all 28 members of the USWNT filed a lawsuit against US Soccer alleging institutionalized gender discrimination.

• Players are seeking back pay and damages for any female player who's represented the United States at the senior national level since Feb. 2015.

• In 2016, five members of the USWNT at the time filed a wage discrimination action against US Soccer with the EEOC (ONTD Post). The complaint was never resolved, but the EEOC granted a right-to-sue letter to allow for a federal court filing.

• In 2017, USWNT & US Soccer agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement through 2021.

• Timing for the lawsuit was chosen not only to coincide with International Women's Day, but to capitalize on the attention on USWNT & US Soccer in the lead-up to the World Cup. US Soccer won't do anything to jeopardize the WNT's chances this summer so there's no threat of players being dropped from the squad in retribution and there will be a lot of discussion on equal pay, revenue produced, etc.











World Cup Kits



• Yesterday Nike launched national team kits for the Women's World Cup.

• The 2019 Women's World Cup is June 7 to July 7 in France.

United States (OP needs one of each.)



France


England


Norway


Australia


Brazil


The Netherlands


China


Nigeria


Chile


New Zealand


South Korea


South Africa



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I'm so excited! I have tickets to the WWC semifinals and final. I hope the USWNT is in at least one of them. Who are you rooting for in the World Cup, ONTD?

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          'Social disaster': South Korea steps up pollution fight      Cache   Translate Page      

Pollution in Asia's fourth-largest economy has been driven up by factors including coal-fired power generation and high vehicle emissions.
          Why Do We Need An Increase in Defense Spending?      Cache   Translate Page      

I thought we were pulling out of Syria and Afghanistan? I thought we were getting NATO to pay more of their fair share? I thought we were saving money by cancelling maneuvers in South Korea? I thought we would save money by negotiating a non-nuclear agreement with North Korea? I thought we were bullying our [...]

          Healthcare Claims Management Market to Achieve Significant Growth in the Near Future | athenahealth, Inc., Cerner Corporation, Cognizant, Conifer Health Solutions, LLC., eClinicalWorks, McKesson Corporation      Cache   Translate Page      
The North American Healthcare Claims Management Market offers lucrative growth opportunities owing to its developed economy, high public awareness, rising patient pool, and arrival of new multifunctional products. Developing countries such as India, China, Brazil, and South Korea are expected to boost the market growth with rapid change in healthcare infrastructure and increase in purchasing […]
          South Korea steps up fight against pollution, says problem is 'social disaster'      Cache   Translate Page      
South Korea on Wednesday ramped up its firepower as its battle pollution, passing a set of bills that designate the problem a 'social disaster' and which could unlock emergency funds to tackle the issue.

          Boeing 737 MAX 8: US Says 'no Basis' To Suspend Troubled Jet, But 45 Countries Disagree      Cache   Translate Page      

US aviation regulators said there was "no basis" to suspend flights of Boeing's 737 MAX jet after two fatal crashes that prompted several airlines and at least 45 countries to either ground the troubled aircraft or bar it from their airspace. "Thus far, our review shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft. Nor have other civil aviation authorities provided data to us that would warrant action," the Federal Aviation Administration's acting administrator Daniel Elwell, said. The groundings come after an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet crashed on Sunday, six minutes after take-off, killing all 157 people on board, including seven Chinese nationals and one Hongkonger. On October 29 last year, another MAX jet flown by Indonesia's Lion Air crashed into the Java Sea, 12 minutes after take-off, killing all 189 passengers and crew. China's Boeing 737 MAX ban signals challenge to US power in civil aviation As of Wednesday morning Hong Kong time, at least the US, Canada, Panama, Thailand, Mauritania and Kazakhstan permitted airlines to fly the 737 MAX, for now. The United Arab Emirates and New Zealand on Wednesday joined the growing list of countries to ban the MAX jet from their airspace. That came after the European Union followed China's lead in grounding the US aircraft. Hong Kong remained one of the handful of jurisdictions in Asia that had not imposed restrictions on the aircraft. It is unclear if the Civil Aviation Department would change its mind on Wednesday. China's decision to ground Boeing 737 MAX 8 driven by safety concerns Indian airline SpiceJet flies the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft between New Delhi and Hong Kong. However, flights have been suspended after India's aviation watchdog ordered a safety assessment of the aircraft. Russia's S7 Airlines, which flies the 737 MAX 8 between Novosibirsk and Hong Kong, was set to continue unless Russia also halted flights of the planes. Turkish Airlines, one of the largest carriers in the world, said it was suspending use of its 12 MAX aircraft from Wednesday, until "uncertainty" was clarified. Low-cost airline Norwegian Air Shuttle, South Korea's Eastar Jet and South Africa's Comair also said they would halt flights. The three US airlines using the 737 MAX - Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines - stood by the aircraft, as calls from members of the US Congress to ban the Boeing 737 MAX from US airspace increased. Republicans Mitt Romney and Ted Cruz joined several Democratic lawmakers in advocating for restrictions similar to those imposed by a growing list of nations. US President Donald Trump also weighed in with a blistering tweet on Tuesday: "Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly." "Pilot are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT," he wrote, referring to the prestigious university. Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT. I see it all the time in many products. Always seeking to go one unnecessary step further, when often old and simpler is far better. Split second decisions are.... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2019

Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders on Tuesday said it was too early to announce a meeting with Xi.

"In terms of whether or not we have a date set, not yet," she said at the White House. "We're continuing negotiations with China. When we have an announcement for the two leaders to sit down, we'll let you know."...


          Second S. Korean star quits as K-pop sex scandal spreads      Cache   Translate Page      
SEOUL: A burgeoning K-pop sex scandal claimed a second scalp as a singer who rose to fame after coming second in one of South Korea's top talent shows admitted secretly filming himself having sex and sharing the footage.
          K-pop star Seungri of Big Bang quits showbiz amid sex bribery scandal      Cache   Translate Page      
Seungri, a member of South Korean K-pop band Big Bang, says he's leaving the entertainment industry after his alleged sex bribery case swept the country. - Reuters
          Music Major Blends Experiences of International and Hometown Student      Cache   Translate Page      

OXFORD, Miss. – Jiwon Lee is not your typical international student at the University of Mississippi. Born in Daejeon, South Korea, Lee arrived in Oxford as an infant. Her father, Jongbok Lee, and mother, Aeran Moon Lee, were attending UM in the late ’90s, so the family moved to Oxford. Jiwon Lee learned to speak English –Read the story …

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          2019 Kia Telluride Price      Cache   Translate Page      

We saw Telluride concept a few months back. Now we have a Kia vehicle which is an SUV that appears like the named concept. This motivated the conclusion that we are in fact taking a look at a 2019 Kia Telluride. After a couple of months of wait, the South Korean carmaker took its new three-row SUV for a flight. 2019 Kia Telluride Review Kia did its ideal to hide any design information by loading heavy camouflage in addition to their brand-new SUV. Yet despite their initiatives, couple of points were easy to notice. For instance, Kia’s manufacturing variation of

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          Busan Dong-gu, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants.      Cache   Translate Page      
If you want to help fight the grisly South Korean dog and cat meat trade and make a difference in South Korea, here are a few quick actions you can take that could save millions of dogs and cats each year. In Busan Dong-gu District, there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are tortured ...
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HEJERE, Ethiopia – Much of the world, including the entire European Union, grounded the Boeing jetliner involved in the Ethiopian Airlines crash or banned it from their airspace, leaving the U.S. on Tuesday as one of the few remaining operators of the plane involved in two deadly crashes in only five months.

The European Aviation Safety Agency took steps to keep the Boeing 737 Max 8 out of the air, joining Asian and Middle Eastern governments and carriers that also gave in to safety concerns in the aftermath of Sunday's crash, which killed all 157 people on board.

Referring to the Lion Air crash in Indonesia that killed 189 people last year, European regulators said that "similar causes may have contributed to both events."

British regulators indicated possible trouble with a reportedly damaged flight data recorder, saying they based their decision on the fact that they did not "sufficient information" from the recorder.

Turkish Airlines, Oman Air, Norwegian Air Shuttle and South Korean airline Eastar Jet were among the latest carriers to halt use of the Boeing model. Ireland, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia and Singapore suspended all flights into or out of their cities.

A Turkish Airlines official said two Britain-bound planes returned to Istanbul after British airspace was closed to the aircraft. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

U.S.-based Boeing has said it has no reason to pull the popular aircraft from the skies and does not intend to issue new recommendations about the aircraft to customers. Boeing's CEO Dennis Muilenburg also spoke with President Donald Trump and reiterated that the 737 Max 8 is safe, the company said. Its technical team, meanwhile, joined American, Israeli, Kenyan and other aviation experts in the investigation led by Ethiopian authorities.

The Federal Aviation Administration also backed the jet's airworthiness and said it was reviewing all available data. It said it expects Boeing will soon complete improvements to an automated anti-stall system suspected of contributing to the deadly crash of another new Boeing 737 Max 8 in October.

"Thus far, our review shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft," acting FAA Administrator Daniel K. Elwell said in a statement. "Nor have other civil aviation authorities provided data to us that would warrant action."

Some U.S. airlines expressed support for the Boeing model, and American Airlines and Southwest continued flying them. A vice president for American, the world's biggest carrier, which has 24 Max 8s, said they had "full confidence in the aircraft."

Safety experts cautioned against drawing too many comparisons too soon with the Lion Air crash in October. But others in the U.S. began pressing for action.

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants, which represents more than 26,000 flight attendants at American Airlines, called on CEO Doug Parker to "strongly consider grounding these planes until an investigation can be performed."

Consumer Reports called on airlines and the FAA to ground the jets until a thorough safety investigation is complete.

Even Trump weighed in, tweeting that additional "complexity creates danger" in modern aircraft and hinders pilots from making "split second decisions" to ensure passengers' safety.

He did not specifically mention the crashes but said, "I don't know about you, but I don't want Albert Einstein to be my pilot."

The Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed six minutes after taking off for Nairobi, killing people from 35 countries.

A pilot who saw the crash site minutes after the disaster told the AP that the plane appeared to have "slid directly into the ground." Capt. Solomon Gizaw was among the first people dispatched to find the plane. The wreckage was discovered by Ethiopia's air force.

"There was nothing to see," he said. "It looked like the earth had swallowed the aircraft. ... We were surprised!" He said it explained why rescue officials quickly sent bulldozers to begin digging out large pieces of debris.

Ethiopian Airlines, widely seen as Africa's best-managed airline, grounded its remaining four 737 Max 8s until further notice. The carrier had been using five of the planes and was awaiting delivery of 25 more.

As night fell, the airline offered no new updates on the investigation. An airline spokesman said victims' remains should be identified in about five days.

Some insights into the disaster and its cause could take months, aviation experts said.

"The conclusions that will come out of its probe will be beneficial to the rest of the world," Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Tuesday at a news conference with visiting French President Emmanuel Macron. "These types of accidents break everyone's heart. I hope we will learn from this crash."

On Tuesday a group of officials from China, which also grounded planes, paused in their work at the scene to reflect with an offering of incense, fruit, bread rolls and a plastic container of the Ethiopian flatbread injera.

As the global team searched for answers, a woman stood near the crash site, wailing. Kebebew Legess said she was the mother of a young Ethiopian Airlines crew member among the dead.

"She would have been 25 years old but God would not allow her," she wept. "My daughter, my little one."

The British ambassador to Ethiopia, Alastair McPhail, visited the scene where at least nine of his countrymen died. "We owe it to the families to understand what happened," he said.


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1947年印巴分治后,两国为争夺克什米尔地区发生过两次战争。2003年,双方在克什米尔实际控制线一带达成停火协议,但此后双方仍时常指责对方破坏停火协议。近日,巴印军队再度发生交火,民众非常恐慌。 印度和巴基斯坦交火再升级。本月8日,印巴军队在克什米尔地区激烈交火,双方均指责对方朝己方开火并造成人员伤亡。 8日交火 双方互相指责 巴基斯坦外交部两度召见印度驻巴基斯坦副高级专员表示抗议。巴方表示,印军“故意以平民作为目标,违背了国际人道主义法则,应受到谴责”,要求印度遵守双方2003年达成的停火协议。 而印度国防部表示,“巴方先向印控克什米尔地区开火,印度军队进行了回击”。 9日再交火巴军方证实摧毁印军哨所 以回应印度“无故”开火 当地时间9日傍晚,巴基斯坦和印度在克什米尔地区再度发生交火。巴基斯坦媒体报道,巴方摧毁了2处印军哨所,并打死4名印度士兵。而印度方面也进行了回击。 根据巴基斯坦媒体的报道,巴方行动是对8日印军无故跨过双方实际控制线对巴境内炮击的强硬回应。巴军方在声明中称,对印军此类挑衅行为,巴军方都将采取一切措施保护平民。根据巴方公布的最新统计数据,今年以来,发生在巴印边境的交火冲突已造成巴基斯坦境内18名平民死亡,105人受伤。 印巴克什米尔问题由来已久 1947年印巴分治后,两国为争夺克什米尔地区发生过两次战争。印度认为,克什米尔是其领土不可分割的一部分。巴基斯坦则坚持克什米尔的归属应遵照克什米尔人的意愿,通过全民公决解决。2003年,双方在克什米尔实际控制线一带达成停火协议,但此后双方仍时常指责对方破坏停火协议。 这一次印巴交火原因是什么?是偶发事件吗?对地区局势又有何影响? 印巴克什米尔问题由来已久,其本质根源在于英国殖民者在1947年“印巴分治”时种下的地缘政治隐患。从这一意义上说,印巴之间的冲突,其实是在为英国“退出”时埋下的钉子“买单”。 克什米尔地区对印巴双方具有重要战略意义 由于地理特点,克什米尔地区对印巴双方都具有重要的战略意义。对巴方而言,如果印度完全控制克什米尔,巴基斯坦的核心利益将受到严重损害;对印度而言,如果巴基斯坦完全控制克什米尔,印度西北部也将“无险可守”,包括新德里在内的纵深平原地区均将失去屏障。 正因为如此,印巴双方在克什米尔争夺激烈,前后已爆发过两次战争。双方在2003年达成现行停火协议后,在停火线形成长期重兵对峙局面。沿着这条对峙界线,已经发生过多次小规模摩擦。关于历次摩擦与冲突的起因,多形成双方相互指责之势。 印巴交火助推南亚地区紧张局势 此次印巴两军的交火事件究竟是谁引发,目前尚难以清晰确认。但外界能够清楚的是:8日早上两军进行了互射,各有人员伤亡,巴方伤亡人员为平民;9日,巴军向印军进行报复性炮击,摧毁了印方的两处哨所,并声称打死4名印军士兵。类似这样的交火事件,与此前案例极为相似。严格意义而言,大量部队云集高原冰川地区,并在紧张局势下长期对峙,出现意外摩擦几乎是必然结果。 此次交火与过去不同之处在于近期的地区局势背景。由于南亚地区近期紧张局势升级,印巴之间的交火,无疑构成了推动局势的又一个因素,其背景超越了克什米尔问题本身,涉及到印巴之间的整体博弈,乃至于整个南亚次大陆的格局发展。 印度虽有称雄之心 却无相应实力 进入本世纪后,印巴双边关系总体保持稳定,未发生过大规模的武装冲突。但是,印度仍有在南亚次大陆“称雄”之心,因此其外交和军事动作整体上呈现出“强势”和“攻势”的特点。而且,印度的眼光并不仅限于陆地,还希望真正控制整个印度洋,掌控亚欧之间、东亚与中东非洲之间的联络通道,全面提升自身在国际社会的话语权。这与其希望成为联合国安理会常任理事国的目标也是想配套的。 在如此战略思维的指导之下,印度对周边地区四处伸手,也成为了一种必然。印度军方最近声称要打“2.5场战争”,这不仅体现了其将周边多个国家作为明确假想敌的心态,也体现了其对于自身能力认知的缺陷。 巴基斯坦与印度在中印对峙下交火 是为哪般? 印度虽有称雄之心,却无相应的实力。近年来,印度经济发展增速明显放缓,其国内经济社会发展问题多多,其东北部的独立运动和武装反抗也有抬头之势。作为一个没有经历过革命和社会改革的新兴国家,印度原本应该抓住世界经济发展的外部机遇,在国内推行大规模改革,真正将国家推上工业化道路,但目前看,印度似乎还要在旧的套路里走下去。 至于克什米尔问题,今后可能还会持续目前的紧张对峙局面。对于印度而言,如果其将其它方向作为首要目标,克什米尔将成为时刻在背的那根“芒刺”。相关的主题文章: [广州卖卵黑市]_广州卖卵黑市一次赚1.5万元 对女生身高学历都有要求-男子刮宝马车留条 [female artist Korean female artist on the Korean]_ program program, South Korean government raised -笨贼偷摩托不会骑 [四川4.9级地震]_四川4.9级地震系汶川地震余震 40余户房屋受损-章莹颖案告破 [吴昕谈网络暴力]_吴昕谈网络暴力失控痛哭 潘玮柏霸气护花-中美合拍动画片 [领导有特权可插队]_领导就有特权可以插队,公务员怒喝民众遭人民日报追问,插队的是谁?-杨洋手术不打麻药 [吴尊全裸海滩度假]_吴尊全裸海滩度假,儿子真会玩竟连高叉泳衣都脱光了太厉害-秋瓷炫于晓光领证 [台湾渔船遭抢劫]_台湾渔船遭抢劫,大陆协助并逮捕了14名涉案人员-呼市机场飞机倒滑 [领导有特权可插队]_领导就有特权可以插队,公务员怒喝民众遭人民日报追问,插队的是谁?-20万放床底3年
          Big Bang’s Seungri Implicated In Prostitution Scandal      Cache   Translate Page      

Seungri, G-Dragon, Taeyang, T.O.P, Daesung of South Korean boy band Big Bang attend the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011

Big Bang, a band whose fame made them the face of Korean Pop around the world, was once the largest K-Pop band. For over 10 years, they enjoyed plenty of popularity, wealth, and fame. Plus, their music won them several awards and accolades. However, the public hasn’t seen much of the band over the past few years, mostly because the band needed to take a break and fulfill their necessary duties to the South Korean military service. The band’s lead singer, Seungri, was set to enter the service in a few weeks; however, his duties may now be postponed.

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          [朴槿惠再度出庭]_朴槿惠再度出庭 朝鲜宣布“处决”朴槿惠 [park again appear]_ park once again appear North Korea announced the execution Pu Jinhui德保党建网      Cache   Translate Page      
朴槿惠再度出庭 朝鲜宣布“处决”朴槿惠 涉及韩国前总统朴槿惠腐败丑闻的核心人物崔顺实被判有期徒刑3年。首尔地方法院认为,崔顺实通过不正当手段帮助女儿进入梨花女子大学。   6月26日讯 据外媒报道,涉及韩国前总统朴槿惠腐败丑闻的核心人物崔顺实被判有期徒刑3年。首尔地方法院认为,崔顺实通过不正当手段帮助女儿进入梨花女子大学。   韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次出庭受审,朴槿惠头上的白发引人注目。朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实及前文化观光部长官赵允璇和前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春等人同日受审。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实被押往首尔中央地方法院,再度受审。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,“干政门”涉案人、前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春被押往首尔中央地方法院出庭受审。金淇春因涉嫌下令并主持制定“文艺界黑名单”。 朝鲜宣布“处决”朴槿惠 ,韩国回应:朝鲜的主张毫无根据 朝鲜28日宣布,将对朴槿惠和韩国前国情院院长等策划暗杀金正恩的“国家恐怖主义”犯罪分子处以极刑,并要求韩国立即向朝方移交朴槿惠等人。韩国国情院当天回应,称无法容忍朝鲜“公然威胁韩国公民的行为”。 据朝中社报道,朝鲜国家保卫省、人民保安省和中央检察院28日发表声明,称有确凿证据表明,韩国前总统朴槿惠在执政期间曾通过韩国国情院秘密策划暗杀金正恩的计划,并企图制造汽车或火车事故,但由于朝方警戒及此后朴槿惠遭弹劾,这一暗杀计划自动废止。 28日,朝鲜宣布对所有阴谋暗杀金正恩的人处以极刑 朝鲜宣布对朴槿惠等阴谋暗杀金正恩的人处以极刑,并要求韩国根据相关国际条约,立即向朝方移交朴槿惠等人,并警告韩国政府若无视朝方这一要求,可能会对北南关系造成负面影响。 据韩联社28日报道,韩国国情院当天紧急回应朝方的声明,批判朝鲜的主张毫无根据。并称无法容忍朝鲜“公然威胁韩国公民的行为”。 Pu Jinhui once again appear in court, North Korea announced the "execution" Pu Jinhui Involving former South Korean President Park Geun hye corruption scandal core character Cui Shunshi was sentenced to 3 years in prison. The Seoul District Court […]
          [朴槿惠再度出庭]_朴槿惠再度出庭 无罪释放将成为事实![park again appear]_ Park court acquitted again will become a reality!奇志大兵动漫版全集      Cache   Translate Page      
 朴槿惠再度出庭 无罪释放将成为事实! 摘要:朴槿惠再度出庭,无罪释放将成为事实!当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次出庭受审,朴槿惠头上的白发引人注目。朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实及前文化观光部长官赵允璇和前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春等人同日受审。   (原标题:朴槿惠再度出庭白发显眼 崔顺实等嫌疑人同日受审) 朴槿惠再度出庭,无罪释放将成为事实!当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次出庭受审,朴槿惠头上的白发引人注目。朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实及前文化观光部长官赵允璇和前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春等人同日受审。   当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实被押往首尔中央地方法院,再度受审。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,“干政门”涉案人、前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春被押往首尔中央地方法院出庭受审。金淇春因涉嫌下令并主持制定“文艺界黑名单”。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,“干政门”涉案人、前文化观光部长官赵允璇被押往首尔中央地方法院出庭受审。赵允璇涉嫌参与制定“文艺界黑名单”。 朴槿惠再度出庭白发显眼,无罪释放将成为事实!  朴槿惠“亲信干政门”事件已经过去了八个多月,其中涉事的核心人物被审讯次数不下几十次。光前总统朴槿惠从3月30日起,被提审就不下四十次左右,有时审讯时间甚至长达十几个小时。尽管韩国法院的审讯强度很大,但是案件的进展却不怎么顺利,还一度陷入僵局。从昨天韩国法院对核心人物崔顺实的一审判决就可以发现,判决内容只是围绕在“走后门”当中,并没有提及其余细节。所以说,昨天崔顺实的获刑并不能对“亲信干政门”事件产生多大影响,韩国检方还在原踏步。 当地时间6月26日上午,韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,出席“亲信门”第24次庭审,这也是朴槿惠本周首次出庭。其多年闺蜜、“亲信门”主角崔顺实也于同一天出庭受审。 当天,青瓦台前秘书室长金淇春、前文体部长赵允旋出席“文艺界黑名单”案庭审。据韩媒报道,2014年4月“世越”号沉船事故后,不少文化界人士发表言论批评朴槿惠政府,因此总统府政务首席秘书室主导制定“黑名单”,并指示文体部禁止名单上人员参加政府赞助的活动或从相关活动中获益。时任文体部部长赵允旋以及总统府前秘书室室长金淇春因涉嫌参与制定黑名单而被逮捕。朴槿惠方面在两人被捕后否认与黑名单有关。 Pu Jinhui will appear again, acquitted will become a fact!   Summary: Pu Jinhui appear again, acquittal will become a reality! Local time June 26, 2017, South Korea Seoul, South Korean President Park Geun hye was transferred to the Seoul central district […]
          [朴槿惠再度出庭]_朴槿惠再度出庭白发引人注目-崔顺实等同日受审 [park again appear]_ Park again appear white Cui Shunshi on trial is striking尼巫的守护手套      Cache   Translate Page      
朴槿惠再度出庭白发引人注目 崔顺实等同日受审   当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次出庭受审,朴槿惠头上的白发引人注目。朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实及前文化观光部长官赵允璇和前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春等人同日受审。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实被押往首尔中央地方法院,再度受审。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,“干政门”涉案人、前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春被押往首尔中央地方法院出庭受审。金淇春因涉嫌下令并主持制定“文艺界黑名单”。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,“干政门”涉案人、前文化观光部长官赵允璇被押往首尔中央地方法院出庭受审。赵允璇涉嫌参与制定“文艺界黑名单”。 Pu Jinhui appear again, white hair eye-catching, Cui Shunshi equal trial on the day Local time June 26, 2017, South Korea Seoul, South Korean President Park Geun hye was transferred to the Seoul central district court trial, again, park Geun hye, head of white hair striking. 40 years, […]
          [朴槿惠再度出庭]_朴槿惠再度出庭 朴槿惠被弹劾对韩国股市影响几何[park again appear]_ park once again appear Park impeachment affect the geometry of the Korean stock market伯明翰学联网      Cache   Translate Page      
朴槿惠再度出庭 朴槿惠被弹劾对韩国股市影响几何? 韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次出庭受审,朴槿惠头上的白发引人注目。朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实及前文化观光部长官赵允璇和前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春等人同日受审。 6月26日讯 据外媒报道,涉及韩国前总统朴槿惠腐败丑闻的核心人物崔顺实被判有期徒刑3年。首尔地方法院认为,崔顺实通过不正当手段帮助女儿进入梨花女子大学。韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次出庭受审,朴槿惠头上的白发引人注目。朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实及前文化观光部长官赵允璇和前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春等人同日受审。 朴槿惠再度出庭 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实被押往首尔中央地方法院,再度受审。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,“干政门”涉案人、前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春被押往首尔中央地方法院出庭受审。金淇春因涉嫌下令并主持制定“文艺界黑名单”。 韩国股市剧烈波动 日韩股市收盘涨跌不一,日经225指数涨0.1%,报20153.35点;韩国综合指数涨0.42%,报2388.66点,盘中刷新历史新高。 与此同时,本交易日韩国股市收于纪录高点,主要受三星电子和SK海力士等大型科技类股股价上涨的提振。 与此同时,本交易日外资小幅净卖出韩国股票,同时散户投资者则净买入韩股214亿韩元(1884万美元)。 为何中国纳入MDCI对韩国股市影响不大? 摩根士丹利资本国际公司(MSCI)近日公布2017年度全球市场分类评审结果,决定从2018年6月开始将中国A股纳入MSCI新兴市场指数和全球基准指数(ACWI)。 报道称,作为美国著名的指数编制公司,MSCI目前是全球最具影响力的指数提供商之一,旗下各项指数已成为绝大多数国际投资者的风向标。MSCI自2013年启动对中国A股纳入新兴市场指数的审议,但出于对中国市场透明度和开放程度的担忧,连续三年延迟纳入A股。中国当局为推动A股纳入进程进行了全方位努力,改善了A股市场的准入水平,并获得国际机构投资者的广泛支持。A股四度扣关MSCI,终于宣告成功。MSCI计划初始纳入22只大盘A股,这些A股约占MSCI新兴市场指数0.73%的权重,实际纳入计划预定于2018年5月和2019年8月分两步实施。 报道评论称,据推算,全球约有11万亿美元资金将MSCI作为基准指数,其中跟踪MSCI新兴市场指数的基金共约1.6万亿美元。中国A股是继美国纽约股市之后的全球第二大股票市场,此次正式被纳入全球基准指数,将给中国市场带来一定的增量资金。 韩国金融委员会副委员长郑恩甫21日表示,中国A股进入MSCI新兴市场指数,将降低韩股在该指数的权重,并导致部分资金外流,但整体上对韩国股市的影响不大. Pu Jinhui again to park Geun hye impeachment geometric impact on the Korean stock market? Former South Korean President Park Geun hye was transferred to the Seoul central district court trial, again, park Geun hye, head of white […]
          [朴槿惠再度出庭]_朴槿惠再度出庭——朝鲜宣布“处决”朴槿惠 [park again appear]_ park once again appear North Korea announced the execution Pu Jinhui山村小学校长艳史      Cache   Translate Page      
 朴槿惠再度出庭 朝鲜宣布“处决”朴槿惠 6月26日讯 据外媒报道,涉及韩国前总统朴槿惠腐败丑闻的核心人物崔顺实被判有期徒刑3年。首尔地方法院认为,崔顺实通过不正当手段帮助女儿进入梨花女子大学。   (原标题:朴槿惠再度出庭 朴槿惠被弹劾对韩国股市影响几何?) 6月26日讯 据外媒报道,涉及韩国前总统朴槿惠腐败丑闻的核心人物崔顺实被判有期徒刑3年。首尔地方法院认为,崔顺实通过不正当手段帮助女儿进入梨花女子大学。   韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次出庭受审,朴槿惠头上的白发引人注目。朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实及前文化观光部长官赵允璇和前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春等人同日受审。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实被押往首尔中央地方法院,再度受审。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,“干政门”涉案人、前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春被押往首尔中央地方法院出庭受审。金淇春因涉嫌下令并主持制定“文艺界黑名单”。 朝鲜宣布“处决”朴槿惠 ,韩国回应:朝鲜的主张毫无根据 朝鲜28日宣布,将对朴槿惠和韩国前国情院院长等策划暗杀金正恩的“国家恐怖主义”犯罪分子处以极刑,并要求韩国立即向朝方移交朴槿惠等人。韩国国情院当天回应,称无法容忍朝鲜“公然威胁韩国公民的行为”。 据朝中社报道,朝鲜国家保卫省、人民保安省和中央检察院28日发表声明,称有确凿证据表明,韩国前总统朴槿惠在执政期间曾通过韩国国情院秘密策划暗杀金正恩的计划,并企图制造汽车或火车事故,但由于朝方警戒及此后朴槿惠遭弹劾,这一暗杀计划自动废止。 28日,朝鲜宣布对所有阴谋暗杀金正恩的人处以极刑 朝鲜宣布对朴槿惠等阴谋暗杀金正恩的人处以极刑,并要求韩国根据相关国际条约,立即向朝方移交朴槿惠等人,并警告韩国政府若无视朝方这一要求,可能会对北南关系造成负面影响。 据韩联社28日报道,韩国国情院当天紧急回应朝方的声明,批判朝鲜的主张毫无根据。并称无法容忍朝鲜“公然威胁韩国公民的行为”。 Pu Jinhui once again appear in court, North Korea announced the "execution" Pu Jinhui   June 26th – according to foreign media reports, involving former South Korean President Park Geun hye corruption scandal of the central […]
          [朴槿惠再度出庭]_朴槿惠再次出庭受审 朴槿惠戴着手铐前往法院 [park again appear]_ park once again appeared in court in handcuffs to court Park五行健康操视频下载      Cache   Translate Page      
 朴槿惠再次出庭受审 朴槿惠戴着手铐前往法院   韩国前总统朴槿惠昨日被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次接受公审。 朴槿惠戴着手铐前往法院 ,但她此次手上戴了与肤色相似的保护套,引人注目。 据报道,由朴槿惠发起的K财团前任部长卢胜日今天也作为重要证人出庭。卢胜日曾在今年1月出席对崔顺实滥用职权嫌疑的审判,5月出席李在镕贿赂嫌疑的审判。 亲信门主角崔顺实原定昨日与朴槿惠同台受审,但是崔顺实以头晕摔倒在房间全身受伤为由,向法院申请不出席庭审。 Pu Jinhui once again appeared in court in handcuffs to court Park   Former South Korean President Park Geun hye yesterday was transferred to the Seoul Central District Court, accept the trial again. Park Geun hye handcuffed to the court, but she wore a protective sleeve with […]
          [朴槿惠再度出庭]_朴槿惠再度出庭白发引人注目 崔顺实等同日受审 [park again appear]_ Park again appear white Cui Shunshi on trial is striking辽宁一线通      Cache   Translate Page      
 朴槿惠再度出庭白发引人注目 崔顺实等同日受审     朴槿惠再度出庭白发显眼 崔顺实等嫌疑人同日受审(组图) 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次出庭受审,朴槿惠头上的白发引人注目。朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实及前文化观光部长官赵允璇和前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春等人同日受审。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实被押往首尔中央地方法院,再度受审。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,“干政门”涉案人、前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春被押往首尔中央地方法院出庭受审。金淇春因涉嫌下令并主持制定“文艺界黑名单”。 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,“干政门”涉案人、前文化观光部长官赵允璇被押往首尔中央地方法院出庭受审。赵允璇涉嫌参与制定“文艺界黑名单”。 Pu Jinhui appear again, white hair eye-catching, Cui Shunshi equal trial on the day       Pu Jinhui appear again, white hair conspicuous, Cui Shunshi and other suspects on trial the same day (Photos) Local time June 26, 2017, South Korea Seoul, South Korean […]
          [朴槿惠再度出庭]_朴槿惠再度出庭白发显眼 崔顺实被判3年监禁(图) [park again appear]_ Park again appear conspicuous white hair Cui Shunshi was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment (Figure)河北北方学院东校区      Cache   Translate Page      
 朴槿惠再度出庭白发显眼 崔顺实被判3年监禁(图) 涉及韩国前总统朴槿惠腐败丑闻的核心人物崔顺实被判有期徒刑3年。首尔地方法院认为,崔顺实通过不正当手段帮助女儿进入梨花女子大学。 当地时间6月23日,崔顺实抵达韩国首尔中央地方法院参加宣判。 据报道,崔顺实是导致韩国前总统朴槿惠被国会弹劾,最终被罢免的关键人物。作为朴槿惠长年的知己,崔顺实尽管没有官职,但仍存在干政行为。 当地时间2017年5月25日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠被押送至首尔中央地方法院,接受第二次公审。 目前,被罢免的朴槿惠也在接受法庭的审理,检方对朴槿惠提出腐败、滥用权力和泄露国家机密罪名的指控。朴槿惠将至少面临10年的有期徒刑,甚至终身监禁。 报道称,朴槿惠须为崔顺实干政的行为担负责任,即干涉外交官和政府官员的任命问题。朴槿惠曾多次否认自己有违法行为,并指责其亲信崔顺实利用了和她的友情。 当地时间2017年4月7日,韩国首尔,首尔中央地方法院对包括三星副会长李在镕在内的4名三星集团高管进行开庭审理。这是李在镕首次以被告人的身份出庭受审。 此外,检方称,包括现代、浦项制铁公司等韩国企业向崔顺实的两个基金会捐资774亿韩元。涉嫌卷入捐资丑闻的还包括三星集团。该集团继承人李在镕于今年2月底被控行贿。 检方也对韩国零售巨头乐天的负责人提出多项指控,乐天集团主席辛东彬涉嫌向崔顺实的体育基金会捐助巨额资金。 Pu Jinhui appear again, white hair conspicuous, Cui Shunshi was sentenced to 3 years in prison (map)     Involving former South Korean President Park Geun hye corruption scandal core character Cui Shunshi was sentenced to 3 years in prison. The Seoul District […]
          [朴槿惠再度出庭]_朴槿惠再度出庭:白发引人注目 与崔顺实同审 [park again appear]_ Park again appear white hair and Cui Shunshi with a striking instance狼狈不堪的意思      Cache   Translate Page      
 朴槿惠再度出庭:白发引人注目 与崔顺实同审 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次出庭受审,朴槿惠头上的白发引人注目。   朴槿惠再度出庭:白发引人注目 与崔顺实同审 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次出庭受审,朴槿惠头上的白发引人注目。朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实及前文化观光部长官赵允璇和前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春等人同日受审。 Pu Jinhui once again appear in court: white hair eye-catching, and Cui Shunshi trial   Local time June 26, 2017, South Korea Seoul, South Korean President Park Geun hye was transferred to the Seoul central district court trial, again, park Geun hye, head of white hair striking. […]
          [朴槿惠再度出庭]_朴槿惠再度出庭 崔顺实被判处三年的监禁 [park again appear]_ Park Court again Cui Shunshi was sentenced to three years in prison瑟缩的意思      Cache   Translate Page      
 朴槿惠再度出庭 崔顺实被判处三年的监禁 当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次出庭受审,朴槿惠头上的白发引人注目。朴槿惠4……      当地时间2017年6月26日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠被押往首尔中央地方法院,再次出庭受审,朴槿惠头上的白发引人注目。朴槿惠40年闺蜜、“干政门”主要涉案人崔顺实及前文化观光部长官赵允璇和前青瓦台秘书室室长金淇春等人同日受审。朴槿惠审判短短一个小时内结束。 仁川通讯社星期五报道,前南韩领导人朴荣喜的朋友崔顺实是影响力猖獗的丑闻的中心,震撼了该国的商业和政治精英,被判处三年的监禁。 法庭裁决是针对被驱逐的南韩总统长期以来的崔顺实的第一项裁决,他被捕并被关进监狱,贪污丑闻结束了政府。 检察官要求崔以七年的监禁期限为由阻止业务和与公园联系,以迫使大学给予她女儿优待。 在Yonhap引用的判决裁决中,首尔中央地区法院说,“接受崔i ired ired to give give give give give。”的证据。 法庭说:“崔违反了法律和适当的程序,使她的女儿受益。路透社不能立即向法院官员通报确认报告。 崔还面临着单独的指控,这些指控尚未被听取,勒索,滥用权力和企图欺诈企业从商业企业中受贿。她和公园都否认了对他们的一切指控。 检察官指责崔方便女儿入读有名望的梨花妇女大学,并与那里的教职员工阴谋,尽管班级出勤和抄袭报告不佳,但她的女学生记录仍然有所改变。 Yonhap报道说,法院也判处大学校长两年监禁。 蔡其二十岁的女儿,亚运会马术金牌得主锺瑜娜去年逃往欧洲。她本月初回到韩国,并声称要清除任何误解。 当局发现高中毕业后,她的入学大学和高中毕业文凭被取消,考试成绩已被伪造。 检察机关曾两度寻求逮捕令,锺先生扣留了贪污丑闻,指控三星电子(005930.KS)向她提供经济援助,以资助她的马术训练。 Chung已经否认了任何参与,并表示她不​​知道三星的赞助如何影响了她的马术生涯。然而,她后来在质疑中承认,她知道三星是她的顾客,而她的母亲则要求她保密。 法院否认检察机关要求锺先生,而她的母亲,公园和三星集团的首席执行长李肇星被关押。李也否认所有指控他。 最近,李在镕(49)试图找出特殊的律师是由律师在审判结束介绍,三星电子副会长,刘兴1233“国家其实进口中尉,也拒绝了声明。 该财侧李Gyeongjae律师呼吁反对派“像有些人作证公司的hagetdaneun拒绝”和“重复询问谁否认侵犯人权的指控调查的方式。” 专项调查和写作的人起诉检查这些报表是否卷宗和指控法令执法机构的报纸声称目击者说没有拒绝的目标. Pu Jinhui appeared in court again, and Cui was sentenced to three years in prison Local time June 26, 2017, South Korea Seoul, South […]
          [朴槿惠再度出庭]_朴槿惠再度出庭白发显眼 将至少面临10年有期徒刑甚至终身监禁 [park again appear]_ Park again appear conspicuous white hair will face at least imprisonment or life imprisonment for 10 years红豆社区贺州论坛      Cache   Translate Page      
 朴槿惠再度出庭白发显眼 将至少面临10年有期徒刑甚至终身监禁  电据外媒报道,涉及韩国前总统朴槿惠腐败丑闻的核心人物崔顺实被判有期徒刑3年。首尔地方法院认为,崔顺实通过不正当手段帮助女儿进入梨花女子大学。 当地时间6月23日,崔顺实抵达韩国首尔中央地方法院参加宣判。 据报道,崔顺实是导致韩国前总统朴槿惠被国会弹劾,最终被罢免的关键人物。作为朴槿惠长年的知己,崔顺实尽管没有官职,但仍存在干政行为。 当地时间2017年5月25日,韩国首尔,韩国前总统朴槿惠被押送至首尔中央地方法院,接受第二次公审。 目前,被罢免的朴槿惠也在接受法庭的审理,检方对朴槿惠提出腐败、滥用权力和泄露国家机密罪名的指控。朴槿惠将至少面临10年的有期徒刑,甚至终身监禁。 报道称,朴槿惠须为崔顺实干政的行为担负责任,即干涉外交官和政府官员的任命问题。朴槿惠曾多次否认自己有违法行为,并指责其亲信崔顺实利用了和她的友情。 当地时间2017年4月7日,韩国首尔,首尔中央地方法院对包括三星副会长李在镕在内的4名三星集团高管进行开庭审理。这是李在镕首次以被告人的身份出庭受审。 当地时间2017年4月7日,韩国首尔,首尔中央地方法院对包括三星副会长李在镕在内的4名三星集团高管进行开庭审理。这是李在镕首次以被告人的身份出庭受审。 此外,检方称,包括现代、浦项制铁公司等韩国企业向崔顺实的两个基金会捐资774亿韩元。涉嫌卷入捐资丑闻的还包括三星集团。该集团继承人李在镕于今年2月底被控行贿。 检方也对韩国零售巨头乐天的负责人提出多项指控,乐天集团主席辛东彬涉嫌向崔顺实的体育基金会捐助巨额资金。 Pu Jinhui appear again, white hair conspicuous, will face at least 10 years in prison, or even life imprisonment     Electric according to foreign media reports, involving former South Korean President Park Geun hye corruption scandal of the central figure of […]
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          Japan, Luxembourg, or Emirates: Which Passport is the Best?       Cache   Translate Page      

For some people, a passport is a portal to the world. For others, it is a barrier to the travel freedom they seek.

Henley Passport Index

The Henley Passport Index (HPI) is a global ranking of countries according to the travel freedom for their citizens. It started in 2006 as Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index (HVRI) and was modified and renamed in January 2018. The site provides a ranking of the 199 passports of the world according to the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free. The number of countries that a specific passport can access becomes its visa-free 'score'. In collaboration with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and based on official data from their global database. Henley & Partners has analyzed the visa regulations of all the countries and territories in the world since 2006.

In 2019, Japan’s passport is ranked the strongest in the world for the second year running, allowing visa-free access to 190 countries to an estimated 17.5 million outbound Japanese travelers last year.

Asian countries dominate the index’s top spots, with Singapore and South Korea ranked second, with access to 189 destinations visa-free or visa-on-arrival. China has also jumped 16 places in the past two years, from 85th in 2017 to 69th in 2019.

European countries still fare well, with Germany and France ranked third, with 188; and Denmark, Finland, Italy and Sweden fourth, with 187.

US, sharing its score of 185 with Austria, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, and UK, ranked sixths.

The past decade has seen a marked decline in many African countries’ rankings, including Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Gambia and South Africa, which have all dropped at least 18 places since 2009. Afghanistan and Iraq hold joint-last place for the third year in a row, with a current visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 30.

Despite a rising isolationist sentiment in some regions, global mobility is improving, with an increase in visa-free access and mutually beneficial agreements overall. Historical data from the index shows that in 2006, an average passport holder could travel to 58 destinations without needing a visa; by the end of 2018 this number had almost doubled to 107.

“The general spread of open-door policies has the potential to contribute billions to the global economy, as well as create significant employment opportunities around the world,” said Christian H Kälin, chairman of Henley & Partners and index founder. “South Korea and the United Arab Emirates’ recent ascent in the rankings are further examples of what happens when countries take a proactive foreign affairs approach, an attitude which significantly benefits their citizens as well as the international community.”



Passport Index

The competitive data monitoring agency Passport Index will give you completely different story and password ranking trend.

The Passport Index is an interactive online tool that provides users with insights on passports with the ability to compare and rank the world’s passports. Ranking is based on freedom of movement and visa-free travel open to holders. Methodology for its ranking is based on freedom of movement and visa-free travel open to holders.

Surprisingly, here is United Arab Emirates capture the highest ranking – power rank 1. USA passport is ranked 3, and Japanese passport is only ranked 4. May be that is because in 2017, The Passport Index was assigned to monitor the development of the newly launched UAE Passport Force Initiative, with the aim to position the Emirati passport on the list of the five most powerful passports in the world by 2021.

As you see, the target achieved ahead of the schedule.



Nomad Passport Index

The Nomad Passport Index ranks 199 citizenships on five factors, more than any other passport index.
It is designed to show the best citizenships in the world to hold on the basis of visa-free travel, international taxation, perception, dual citizenship, and personal freedom.

It also paints a different picture of the best passports in the World to hold, and neither Japan, USA, or UAE can be seen among top countries.




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          Sodomy Laws in the US and around the World      Cache   Translate Page      
A sodomy law is a law that defines certain sexual acts as crimes. The precise sexual acts meant by the term sodomy are rarely spelled out in the law, but are typically understood by courts to include any sexual act deemed to be "unnatural" or immoral. Sodomy typically includes anal sex, oral sex and bestiality. In practice, sodomy laws have rarely been enforced against heterosexual couples (Wikipedia)


Sodomy arrest sparks controversy… 34 years ago

Michael Hardwick is arrested for sodomy after a police officer observes him having sex with another man in his own bedroom in Georgia. Although the district attorney eventually dropped the charges, Hardwick decided to challenge the constitutionality of Georgia’s law.

“John and Mary Doe,” who joined in Hardwick’s suit against Michael Bowers, the attorney general of Georgia, maintained that the Georgia law “chilled and deterred” them from engaging in certain types of sex in their home. But in 1986, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Bowers v. Hardwick, ruling by a 5-4 vote that states could continue to treat certain types of consensual sex as criminal acts.

Apparently, Justice Byron White had characterized the issue not as the right to privacy in one’s own bedroom, but rather as the right to commit sodomy. Viewed in this narrow manner, it was no surprise that he was unable to find such a clause in the Constitution. Justice Lewis Powell, who also voted to uphold the law, later called his vote a mistake.

In June 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Texas law under which two men had been arrested for having consensual sex at home. The 6-3 Lawrence v. Texas decision reversed the infamous 1986 Bowers decision and finally dealt a death blow to sodomy laws throughout the country.

In its landmark ruling Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court ruled that anti-sodomy laws —sometimes referred to as “crimes against nature” laws — are unconstitutional. But 12 states continue to keep such laws on their books. Of 14 states that had anti-sodomy laws, only Montana and Virginia have repealed theirs since the Supreme Court ruling, while anti-sodomy laws remain on the books in Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.



You may believe anti-sodomy laws are not harmful because they can’t be enforced. But they are an important symbol of homophobia for those who oppose LGBT rights. What’s more, the laws create ambiguity for police officers, who may not be aware they are unconstitutional.

If a policeman looks it up, he will see that sodomy is a violation of Louisiana state law, for example, according to Marjorie Esman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana.

Sodomy Laws around the World

In the recent years, sodomy related laws have been repealed or judicially struck down in all of Europe, North America, and South America, except for Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.

There have never been Western-style sodomy related laws in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, or Vietnam. Additionally, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia were part of the French colony of 'Indochine'; so if there had been any laws against male homosexual acts in those countries, they would have been dismantled by French colonial authorities, since male homosexual acts have been legal in France and throughout the French Empire since the issuing of the aforementioned French Revolutionary penal code in 1791.

This trend among Western nations has not been followed in all other regions of the world (Africa, some parts of Asia, Oceania and even western countries in the Caribbean Islands), where sodomy often remains a serious crime. For example, male homosexual acts, at least in theory, can result in life imprisonment in Barbados and Guyana.

In Africa, male homosexual acts remain punishable by death in Mauritania, Sudan, and some parts of Nigeria and Somalia. Male and sometimes female homosexual acts are minor to major criminal offences in many other African countries; for example, life imprisonment is a prospective penalty in Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda. A notable exception is South Africa, where same-sex marriage is legal.

In Asia, male homosexual acts remain punishable by death in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Brunei, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen; but anti-sodomy laws have been repealed in Israel (which recognizes but does not perform same-sex marriages), Japan, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, and Thailand. Additionally, life imprisonment is the formal penalty for male homosexual acts in Bangladesh, the Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Qatar.





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          How Valentine’s Day is Celebrated in 28 Countries around the World?      Cache   Translate Page      
Every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from? Find out about the history of this centuries-old holiday, from ancient Roman rituals to the customs of Victorian England.

The Legend of St. Valentine

The history of Valentine’s Day – and the story of its patron saint – is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and, most importantly, romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.

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Origins of Valentine’s Day: A Pagan Festival In February

While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat’s hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.

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Valentine’s Day: A Day of Romance

Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”–at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England. Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

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What would you do if your beloved gave you a wooden spoon on Valentine's Day?

Although you might be confused if you are used to chocolates in a heart-shaped box, if you happen to have grown up in Wales, that would be perfectly normal. Young men there typically present "love spoons" to their paramours, a tradition inspired by Welsh sailors creating homemade gifts for their sweethearts while at sea. The "love spoon" exchange, along with many other global Valentine's Day traditions, shows that old-fashioned romance is not dead.

Countries around the world have one-of-a-kind customs that range from Estonia's "love bus" rides for singles to mass weddings in the Philippines. While the actual practices can vary in date and target audience (some traditions specifically celebrate the singles among us!), citizens of many countries set aside time to commemorate some sort of commitment. In some places, the difference in approach to the day is even more stark, as public displays of love and affection are outright banned on February 14.

While you probably will not want to adopt all of the cultural customs highlighted below, read and consider those, which may refresh your romantic relationship, show your creative approach, and make this day unforgettable for your partner and yourself. Or, maybe, make up your own unique ritual to show your love and affection.

1.       USA
In the United States of America, there have been many varieties of cards given over the course of the years, some of which have often been rude or even quite cruel in their humor. In the times of the Civil War, cards were flagged with rich colors accompanied by patriotic and/or political motifs. Early American valentine cards were especially lithographed and hand-colored, beautiful and distinctive in design, produced with intricate lace paper and decorated with such ornaments as beads, sea shells, cones, berries and all manner of seeds. Cards were also available decorated with seaweed or moss, in addition to dried and/or artificial flowers, all of which were attached to a string which was pulled and could then be suspended, thereby creating a three-dimensional picture. Many early American cards were imported from abroad, given the poor quality of American paper at the time which was not particularly suitable for embossing. Today, American children usually exchange valentines with their friends and there may even be a classroom party.

2.       Canada
Valentine’s Day festival is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Canada. Valentine's Day balls and parties are organized all over the country where people express love for their spouses and sweethearts and enjoy to the hilt. Roses, chocolates, candies and cards are the most popular gifts for the romantic occasion. As a tradition, children in Canada exchange Valentine's Day gifts with their friends. In several schools, classroom Valentine's Day Parties are organized where children put all the valentines in a decorated box. Later, teacher or a child distributes the cards. Kids are encouraged to prepare handmade valentine. Many children also gift fancy Valentine’s Day card to parents and teachers. Songs, skits, plays and concerts are also organized by schools and societies to celebrate Valentine's Day. Students in senior school hold Valentine's Day dance parties to cherish the joyful festival.

3.       United Kingdom
The aura of mystery is alive and well on Valentine's Day in the U.K. In a tradition dating back to the Victorian era, Brits traditionally send anonymous valentines to their romantic interests. The Victorians believed signing your name on the card was considered bad luck. The U.K. also claims responsibility for starting the practice of giving roses on Valentine's Day, since that flower was traditionally seen as the favorite of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.

4.       Australia
During the Australian gold rush period, miners who were suddenly in possession of money from the new-found wealth of the Ballarat Mines were willing to pay a princely sum for elaborate valentines and merchants in the country would ship orders amounting to thousands of pounds at a time. The most extravagant Australian valentines were made of a satin cushion, perfumed and decorated in an ornate manner with flowers and colored shells. Some might even be adorned with a taxidermied humming bird or bird of paradise. This treasure, contained within a neatly decorated box, was highly valued, being both fashionable and extremely expensive.

5.       Wales
So it's not technically a Valentine's Day tradition, but rather than professing their love on February 14, the Welsh celebrate St. Dwynwen's Day on January 25. Wales Online explains that St. Dwynwen is the "Welsh patron saint of lovers" and men traditionally give women hand-carved wooden spoons as a romantic gesture. The custom is thought to have originated when Welsh sailors carved designs into wooden spoons while at sea to bring back to the women at home.

6.       Scotland
In Scotland, Valentine's Day is celebrated with a festival. At this festival, there is an equal number of unmarried males and females, each of whom write their name (or a made-up name) on a piece of paper which is then folded and placed into a hat...one hat for the ladies and one for the men. The females then draw a name from the hat containing the men's names and vice versa. Of course, it is highly likely that the two drawn names will not match, in which event, it is usually expected that the male partner with the female who selected his name. This rite having been completed, the company split up into couples and gifts are given to the ladies. The females would then pin the name of their partner over their hearts or on their sleeves. A dance often follows and, at the end of the festival, it is not unusual for marriages to take place. According to another Scottish custom, the first young man or woman encountered by chance on the street or elsewhere will become that individual's valentine. Valentine's Day gifts in Scotland are frequently given by both parties in the form of a love-token or true-love-knot.

7.       Germany
In Germany, it has become customary for the young man of a courting couple to present his beloved with flowers on February 14. Valentine gifts in Germany are usually in the shape of love tokens, complete with endearing messages. However, these are not distributed solely on Valentine's Day, but on any occasion. Even early German baptismal certificates or marriage certificates were considered at one time to have been valentines, but were more likely simply decorative and pictorial documents which contained lovely verses.

8.       France
In France, a custom known as "drawing for" once occurred. Unmarried individuals, both young and not so young, would go into houses facing each other and begin calling out across from one window to another, pairing-off with the chosen partner. If the young man failed to be particularly enthralled with his valentine, he would desert her. As a result, a bonfire would be lit later where the ladies could burn images of the ungrateful sweetheart and verbally abuse him in a loud tone as the effigy burned. This ritual was eventually abandoned since it left much room for nastiness, ridicule or even outright malice and the French government finally handed-down a decree officially banning the custom. Elegant French greetings cards known as cartes d'amities, which contained tender messages, were given not totally as a Valentine but chiefly as a result of a fashion which was popular in England at the time.

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9.       Italy
In Italy, Valentine's Day was once celebrated as a Spring Festival, held in the open air, where young people would gather in tree arbors or ornamental gardens to listen to music and the reading of poetry. However, over the course of the years, this custom steadily ceased and has not now been celebrated for centuries. In Turin, it was formerly the custom for betrothed couples to announce their engagements on February 14. For several days ahead of time, the stores would be decorated and filled with all manner of bon-bons.

10.   Austria
Austria has some rather obscure courtship customs that may or may not be associated with Saint Valentine's Day. Nonetheless, it is customary for a young man to present his beloved with a bunch of flowers on February 14.

11.   Spain
In Spain, it is customary for courting couples to exchange gifts on Valentine's Day and for husbands to send their wives bouquets of roses.

12.   Slovenia
In Slovenia, February 14 is considered a great day for working in the fields, according to many reports. St. Valentine is one of the patron saints of spring, so what better time to get out on the farm or vineyard after the long winter and start working on the future harvest? All isn't lost for lovers, though. Roughly a month later, Slovenians traditionally celebrate St. Gregory's Day, March 12, as a romantic holiday.

13.   Poland
Many Polish people celebrate Valentine’s Day (Walentynki), a day associated with romance and love, on February 14. Valentine’s Day focuses on love, romance, appreciation and friendship. Chocolates, candies shaped in red hearts, and other gifts are given to loved ones on Valentine’s Day. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Women’s Day are also observed in Poland, in which friends, partners, and family members received gifts, cards or flowers.

14.   Ukraine
When the so-called Iron Curtain fell down, people of the Former Soviet Union saw that there are a lot of nice European and American holidays and have eagerly adopted some of them. There is no point in describing Ukrainian St. Valentine's Day as there is practically no difference from the Western holiday of the same name.

15.   Estonia & Finland
All aboard the love bus! While Estonia celebrates Friend's Day on February 14, the country also has an interesting tradition for single people. Those not romantically attached on Valentine's Day can take a ride on the love bus — yes, it’s really called that — in the hopes of meeting someone special. And even if you don't meet your match aboard the bus, taking the ride with your other pals is your Friend's Day consolation prize. In Finland, February 14 is also known as Friend's Day — a holiday traditionally celebrated with your entire squad, not just your significant other. Cards and gifts are still in order, but for everybody. Even if Friend's Day sounds a lot like a kinder name for Singles Awareness Day, there are still plenty of people in the Nordic country, where public displays of affection are rare, who celebrate their romantic relationships on February 14: it's a popular day to get engaged, and stores are full of heart-shaped Valentine's Day paraphernalia.

16.   Denmark
Although Valentine’s Day is a relatively new holiday in Denmark (celebrated since the early 1990s according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark), the country has embraced February 14th with a Danish twist. Rather than roses, friends and sweethearts exchange pressed white flowers called snowdrops. Another popular Danish Valentine’s Day tradition is the exchange of “lover’s cards.” While lover’s cards were originally transparent cards which showed a picture of the card giver presenting a gift to his sweetheart, the term is now synonymous with any card exchanged on Valentine’s Day. On February 14th, men also give women gaekkebrev, a “joking letter” consisting of a funny poem or rhyme written on intricately cut paper and signed only with anonymous dots. If a woman who receives the gaekkebrev can correctly guess the sender, she earns herself an Easter egg later that year.

17.   Japan
Japanese women do not wait for men to make the first move, at least on Valentine’s Day. For one day of the year, Japanese women traditionally give men gifts and affection, instead of the other way around. One particularly popular gift is chocolate — homemade honmei-choco for the object of your desire or store-bought giri-choco as a non-romantic sign of affection for friends and coworkers. The nation's men return the favor on March 14, known as White Day, when guys give women white chocolate or other white gifts.

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18.   China
The equivalent to Valentine’s Day in China is Qixi, or the Seventh Night Festival, which falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month each year. According to Chinese lore, Zhinu, a heavenly king’s daughter, and Niulang, a poor cowherd, fell in love, married and had twins. When Zhinu’s father learned of their marriage, he sent his queen to bring Zhinu back to the stars. Upon hearing the cries of Niulang and the children, the king allowed Zhinu and Niulang to meet once a year on Qixi. During Qixi, young women prepare offerings of melon and other fruits to Zhinu in hopes of finding a good husband. Couples also head to temples to pray for happiness and prosperity. At night, people look to the heavens to watch as stars Vega and Altair (Zhinu and Niulang, respectively) come close during the star-crossed pair’s annual reunion.

19.   South Korea
Many women in South Korea (as in Japan) spend Valentine's Day showering men with gifts, and the men do the giving on White Day, March 14. But South Korea takes things a step further with a third holiday. On April 14, known as Black Day, single friends gather to eat noodles and celebrate their (lack of) relationship status. The holiday takes its name from the noodle dish, which includes white noodles in a black bean sauce. Black Day celebrations are spirited and fun, but somber in origin — the black food symbolizes sorrow.

20.   Taiwan
Valentine's Day is celebrated in Taiwan on February 14, but there is also a special Valentine's Day on July 7 of the lunar calendar, based on an ancient Chinese folktale (**). Both dates are equally as important. Many men purchase expensive bouquets of roses and other flowers for their sweethearts on these days. According to Taiwan tradition, the color and number of the roses holds much significance. For example, one red rose means "an only love," eleven roses means "a favorite," ninety-nine roses means "forever," and one hundred eight roses means "marry me."

21.   India
Valentine's Day celebration is a recent phenomenon in India but has caught the fancy of people to a great extent. Though some see it as a western import and hesitate to celebrate, there exist a large and growing number of those who love the feeling behind the beautiful and romantic festival. Especially to the Indian youth February 14 signifies love - a day when people express their affection for others. Just as several other countries, people in India too celebrate the Valentine's Day by exchanging cards and gifts.

22.   Iraq
Exchanging over-the-top gifts for Valentine's Day may seem like a Western tradition, but Iraqis also celebrate February 14 in style. In Iraq, huge teddy bears, red roses, and traditional Valentine's Day cards are common. Al Arabiya explains that on Valentine's Day, all of Baghdad appears to be overtaken by the color red. That said, conservative Muslims don't celebrate the day and view it as a Western holiday.

23.   Saudi Arabia
Valentine's Day is officially banned in Saudi Arabia. In the days before February 14, it’s illegal to sell roses and love-themed greeting cards in the desert kingdom, where conservative Muslims believe the holiday promotes alcohol consumption and premarital sex. If you happen to be there, you're likely to encounter officers from Saudi Arabia's Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, especially if you engage in any public displays of affection (those are also punishable by law). One shop owner in Saudi Arabia told WorldPost that there's a sort of underground market for red roses; customers place the orders over the phone, and the secret gifts are hidden in the back of the store, in case police inspect the retailer. Saudi Arabia isn't the only country to clamp down on Valentine’s Day. Iran, Malaysia, and Indonesia have enacted similar bans.

24.   Philippines
How would you feel about sharing your wedding day with another couple? We think of brides and grooms as loving the spotlight, but that's not necessarily the case on Valentine’s Day in the Philippines, where couples line up for mass weddings on February 14. On Valentine's Day in 2013, 200 couples married in one ceremony in Quezon City, for example, and a total 4,000 couples were married throughout the country, Xinhua reports.

25.   Brazil
Brazil celebrates its version of Valentine's Day, Dia dos Namorados, in June. The holiday on June 12 is timed to coincide with St. Anthony’s Day on June 13. St. Anthony of Padua died on June 13, 1231 and is considered by some to be the patron saint of marriage. Dia dos Namorados, which roughly translates to "Lovers' Day," or "Boyfriends' /Girlfriends' Day," is celebrated with gifts and decorations similar to those traditionally found on Valentine's Day. Celebrating in June also leaves more time in February for Carnival, the raucous annual festival timed to coincide with the beginning of Lent.

26.   Argentina
One day isn't enough to celebrate Valentine's in Argentina, land of Tango.  Argentinians take a week to celebrate the occasion.  In addition to February 14th they set aside seven days in July for “sweetness week.”  From the 13th to the 20th, lovers and friends will exchange candies and kisses. This week typically ends with “Friendship Day”.

27.   Chile
Chile is known as “the land of poets”, and it is true that Chileans are really romantic too. The “Dia de San Valentin” is anticipated greatly by lovers. Chileans love to celebrate and Valentine’s Day is a special occasion for couples, who celebrate with true excitement. It’s typical to walk around the city and see decorations all around as shops, malls and streets are beautifully decorated with flowers, balloons, and heart garlands. Restaurants, pubs, clubs, travel agencies and hotels engage in huge marketing promotions to offer incentives to lovers to do something really special. Flowers, chocolates, love letters and jewels are typical gifts. Going out for a romantic dinner is also a tradition for couples and public concerts enhance the romantic mood throughout towns and cities across the country.

28.   South Africa
Like many parts of the world, South Africa celebrates Valentine’s Day with festivals, flowers and other tokens of love. It’s also customary for women in South Africa to wear their hearts on their sleeves on February 14th; women pin the names of their love interest on their shirtsleeves, an ancient Roman tradition known as Lupercalia. In some cases, this is how South African men learn of their secret admirers.


Sources and Additional Information:
http://www.internationalteflacademy.com/blog/bid/113268/Top-10-Valentine-s-Day-Celebrations-Around-the-World-While-Teaching-English



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The United States has long complained about allied contributions to its security partnerships. Every U.S. government has sought to recalibrate alliance burden sharing. Traditionally, Washington has sought more money from those partners, but in recent years the request has increasingly been for the ally to do more for the alliance, to take on more roles, capabilities and missions. The Japan-U.S. alliance over the last two decades has been a case study in this evolution.
No matter how contentious this process has been — and it has been very difficult at times — there has always been a mutual respect for both parties and for the institutions — the alliances — that are being discussed. There has been an understanding that while conditions have changed, these security partnerships benefit both countries, and that with some adjustments, they can and will continue to be relevant and mutually beneficial.

U.S. President Donald Trump is said to want to pursue a “cost plus 50 percent” formula for alliance financing; if so, he is rejecting the foundational premises of those partnerships. According to this proposal, host governments would pay all costs for stationing U.S. troops on their territory, along with an additional 50 percent. This formula would disregard all “in-kind” payments that other governments had made to support the U.S. presence, such as donations of land or construction, or taxes or duties that are foregone.
In some cases, allied government payments could increase 500 percent. Trump allegedly insisted on the formula in the recently concluded “Special Measures Agreement” negotiations with South Korea. He ultimately settled for an 8.2 percent increase, to $925 million, in a one-year deal, which means the “cost plus 50 percent” formula could be back on the table next year. Japan must be prepared for a similar demand when it commences negotiations over host nation support.
U.S. government officials have refused to comment on that specific proposal, but they insist that the Trump administration “is committed to getting the best deal for the American people.” If that is true, then the president should rethink his approach. Trump thinks of burden sharing in the narrowest possible terms: dollars and cents (and yen or won or euros). He explained his thinking in a speech to the Pentagon earlier this year, when he said “Wealthy, wealthy countries that we’re protecting are all under notice … We cannot be the fools for others.” In other words, he sees the forward-deployed U.S. military presence as only serving to defend allied countries: “protecting” them. He ignores the other value, both strategic and otherwise, of that forward presence.
For example, U.S. bases in Germany house medical facilities that have been critical in treating and saving the lives of countless U.S. soldiers injured in battle in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Those forward bases also allow the U.S. to project power more quickly to address regional contingencies. U.S. bases in Japan served as critical staging posts during the Vietnam War, and during the conflict in Afghanistan. They would be essential to efforts to defend South Korea in the event of another crisis on the Peninsula.
Those facilities are vital as the U.S. conducts freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea or defends sea lines of communication. Most critically, they are signals of U.S. commitment to the region. Japan may consider those bases vital to its defense, but other countries see them as tangible indications of the U.S. determination to stay engaged in Asia.
During the Persian Gulf War in 1991, Japan was criticized for pursuing “checkbook diplomacy”: It was accused of writing checks to other countries to defend its interests in the Middle East. The Trump proposal merits criticism for the same reasons. It implies that U.S. forces are essentially mercenaries, available for any government that is willing to pay the price.
There is a need to reassess burden sharing across U.S. alliances. U.S. allies can contribute more to their own defense as technologies proliferate, the capabilities gap between the U.S. and its partners closes and as the U.S. encounters more straitened financial circumstances. No matter what the ultimate division of labor and finances is, however, it is vital that U.S. decision-makers understand that those alliances do not exist merely to protect other countries.
Alliances are partnerships that advance the interests of both nations. They are foundations upon which rest a wide range of relationships: military for sure, but also diplomatic, economic and cultural. The failure to understand that basic premise is, in essence, a rejection of the core values and interests that hold a successful alliance together. Trump needs to understand that big picture before he does great damage to the U.S., its allies and the international system they support.

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When I visited the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in early February, I found that 96 percent of the plant grounds are now designated as “green zones.”
You can enter a green zone in normal work clothes without wearing special gear for protection against radiation.
In these areas, radiation levels have declined significantly due to measures including removing debris, cutting down plants and covering the soil with mortar.
Areas between the No. 2 and No. 3 reactor buildings are also green zones, and I could enter the areas in everyday clothes, wearing just an ordinary disposable mask. It was a dramatic change from several years ago, when I was restricted to seeing the facilities from the inside of a vehicle even though I was wearing a full-body radiation suit.
There are, however, still many gloomy vestiges of the nuclear devastation that occurred at this plant in March 2011.
The concrete walls of the No. 3 reactor building were blown off by hydrogen explosions and numerous iron reinforcing rods, violently bent and sticking out of the remnants of the walls, are visible. The outer walls of buildings remain colored a vivid green because of residues of an anti-scattering agent sprayed around immediately after the accident began to unfold to prevent radioactive materials from spreading.
Massive amounts of melted nuclear fuel debris remain in the No. 1 to No. 3 reactors.
Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the plant, recently succeeded in using a remotely controlled probe to make the first physical contact with debris inside the containment vessel of the No. 2 reactor. But it is still unclear whether all the debris will be eventually removed.
The plant is generating a rapidly increasing amount of radiation-contaminated water as the reactors are being flooded to cool the cores and underground water keeps pouring in. Even after being treated with a filtering system, the polluted water still contains tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, and has to be stored in on-site tanks.
The number of the storage tanks filled with contaminated water and placed within the premises has kept growing and is now approaching 1,000.
Obviously, a long, rocky road lies ahead for the work to decommission the reactors.

REACTOR RESTARTS CONTINUE
Serious nuclear accidents cause enormous damage and necessitate lengthy, costly and formidable cleanup work.
Japan, a nation that has learned these facts the hard way, should seek to build a society that is not dependent on nuclear power generation.
In an editorial in July 2011, The Asahi Shimbun argued that Japan should pursue the goal of transforming itself into a “zero nuclear power generation society.”
The process of achieving the goal would involve decommissioning reactors gradually, starting with high-risk and aging units, while keeping the operation of only the ones that are necessary to meet demand for the time being. Through this process, Japan should eventually eliminate nuclear power generation in the not-so-distant future.
Following the Fukushima disaster, it has been decided that a total of 21 reactors, mostly units that have been in service for decades, will be decommissioned. But this does not mean that Japan is moving toward a nuclear-free future.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration has continued to maintain that nuclear power is an “important core power source” even though it has pledged to lower Japan’s dependence on atomic power “as much as possible.”
Under the administration’s energy supply target, nuclear power generation should account for 20 to 22 percent of Japan’s total power output in 2030. During the current Diet session, Abe has contended that seeking to end nuclear power generation is “not a responsible energy policy.”
He has reiterated his administration’s policy of allowing the restarts of reactors that have been confirmed by the Nuclear Regulation Authority to meet the new, stricter nuclear safety standards that were introduced after the Fukushima accident.
The Abe administration also refuses to abandon the government’s policy of establishing a nuclear fuel recycling program, which has clearly become untenable.
Most Western industrialized nations have given up on their nuclear fuel recycling programs as they have proven economically unviable. But the Abe administration has not ditched the plan to start operating the plant to extract plutonium from spent nuclear fuel for recycling that is being constructed in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, at an estimated cost of 2.9 trillion yen ($26.02 billion).
Shinichiro Tanaka, a specially appointed visiting associate professor at the Chiba University of Commerce, has scrutinized the government’s draft budget for the new fiscal year and found that nuclear power-related expenditures account for 40 percent of the planned total energy policy spending by all ministries and agencies.
This clearly indicates what a large portion of government fiscal resources is being poured into nuclear power.

GLOBAL ENERGY SHIFT
In January, the Renewable Energy Institute released a report saying nuclear power generation is losing its competitiveness globally.
While the costs of nuclear energy have risen due to enhanced safety requirements following the Fukushima accident, the report says, those of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power have fallen, thanks to technological innovations.
Some countries, including Germany and South Korea, have decided to phase out nuclear power generation. In other major countries, including the United States and Britain, the share of nuclear power in the overall power supply has dropped because of the rise of renewable energy.
Even France, a leading nuclear power producer, plans to significantly lower its dependence on atomic energy. In China and India, where the government has been eager to promote nuclear power, renewable energy production is growing faster than nuclear power generation.
Nuclear power once accounted for 17 percent of the world’s total electricity production, but it is now responsible for only around 10 percent of the global power output. In sharp contrast, the share of renewable energy has risen to nearly a quarter of the total. The International Energy Agency predicts that renewable energy will contribute 40 percent of the world’s energy supply in 2040.
A big global energy shift from nuclear power to renewable energy is taking place.

RESPONSIBLE DECISIONS NEEDED
The Abe administration’s efforts to promote exports of nuclear power technology, a key component of its growth strategy, have run into the sands in Britain and Turkey.
It is a big irony that a nation that has suffered a catastrophic nuclear accident is making frustrating efforts to sell its nuclear technology to other countries while repercussions from the accident are driving the world toward a new energy future.
This nation’s government still continues devoting huge amounts of resources to maintaining nuclear power generation, which is clearly in decline worldwide, while putting renewable energy, which will assume growing importance in the coming years, on the back burner. Sticking to this policy would cause Japan to be left out of the emerging mega-energy trend.
It is by no means easy to pull the plug on all nuclear plants in Japan. That makes it all the more important for the government to adopt this policy goal and start taking steps to decommission reactors as soon as possible while making greater efforts to expand the use of renewable power.
This is also vital for Japan’s efforts to help stem global warming.
The sooner the policy shift is made the better. Ending nuclear power generation would also stop the growth in the amount of spent nuclear fuel.
Scrapping the nuclear fuel recycling program would save the government the enormous amount of additional funds needed to operate and upgrade the Rokkasho reprocessing plant.
Pursuing a goal of zero nuclear power is not an irresponsible policy. The Abe administration has taken an irresponsible stance toward the issue by allowing the opposition-drafted bill to phase out nuclear power generation to gather dust on the Diet shelf for as long as one year and permitting off-line reactors to be restarted one by one without serious debate on the steps.
It is the responsibility of political leaders to make the decision to phase out nuclear power generation and lay out a clear vision for the nuclear-free energy future of this nation.
--The Asahi Shimbun, March 12

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There are 500 days left until the start of the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Interviews for prospective games volunteers began last month, and applications for the lottery for regular events tickets will open in April.
The feeling that the games are on their way is almost tangible, and not just in Tokyo or regional areas hosting events. That's what the central government-backed Host Town Initiative is all about. The program works with local bodies to set up sports and cultural exchange events with foreign athletes, coaches and staff set to take part in the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, as well as related figures. As of March 5, 381 local governments across Japan had registered to host guests from 121 of the 207 countries and regions eligible for the games.
In a move related to recovery from the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and the ensuing nuclear disaster, the village of Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, in northeastern Japan has become the host town for Laos. The local Iitate Junior High School created its own IOC -- not the "International Olympic Committee," but the "Iitate Olympic Committee" -- and all 42 of the school's students are playing a role in the host city project.
In an effort to support the Southeast Asian athletes when they arrive, some of the students have launched a "culinary research" group to create dishes that combine local foods with Laotian specialties. Other students have set to building a one-tenth scale replica of Patuxai, an iconic triumphal arch in Laos' capital Vientiane.
The children are doing their best to brainstorm and pool ideas on how to best act as a bridge between Laos and Japan. All this is an example of one region's determination to embody the Olympic movement and spirit.
However, 86 countries and regions still do not have a Host Town Initiative local body to go to. Most of these are in Africa and Latin America, many of them unfamiliar to the Japanese or troubled by conflict. The problem for the Host Town Initiative is how to create ties between these places and local Japanese host governments.
It is tough to suddenly strike up exchanges with a place with which one feels no connection and without some kind of specific cue. If people from these places are to be accommodated together, then the host body has to prepare those facilities. That's a tall order for small local governments.
Host towns have also been approved to keep holding exchange events with foreign athletes after the games are over. Perhaps this long-term aspect of the program will make it easier for local bodies to sign up.
During the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan and South Korea, the then village of Nakatsue, Oita Prefecture (population approximately 1,300), put up the Cameroon side. The exchanges have continued ever since, setting a good example for what is possible. This kind of project is a major asset for a regional area.
Next summer, some 11,000 athletes from more than 200 countries and regions will descend on Japan. We would like to see preparations to accept them spread across the country, to deepen international exchange.

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The hugely successful South Korean band will play two concerts at Wembley Stadium in June.
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Project: Conan House Architects: Moon Hoon Location: Bangdong, South Korea Area: 1,130 sf Photographs by: Nam Goung Son Conan House by Moon Hoon The Conan House is a playful residence designed by the well-acclaimed South-Korean studio Moon Hoon. This home, […]

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          SFIAF Presents The US Premiere Of TOGETHER ALONE      Cache   Translate Page      

San Francisco International Arts Festival is pleased to present to US audiences the international husband and wife team of Zoltan Vakulya from Hungary and Chen-Wei Lee from Taiwan. Making their US debut at the Festival the couple will perform their signature work, Together Alone --a solo danced as a duet that counters individual loneliness with the power of being together.

Deprived of all external concealment and decorations, the two return to the primitive in dance and face each other as their most naked selves. In this intimate space they communicate and learn to move forward through compromise and cooperation. Giving and receiving, they explore the invisible border dividing the seemingly connected bodies. By constantly linking up and then separating they nd harmony in con ict and con ict in harmony. Through unceasingly merging, transferring, destroying and then reconstructing--eventually they squarely face their respective loneliness, together.

Profound on many levels there is also a pragmatic explanation for the work. As professional dancers and journeymen who both tour internationally with different companies, Ms. Lee and Mr. Vakulya find themselves occupying precious few moments in a shared physical space. So they spent their time together making a dance about the experience.

Chen-Wei Lee (Choreographer, Performer)
Chen-Wei is a Belgium based Taiwanese artist who began her career as a dancer with Batsheva Dance Company from 2009-2014, during which she worked closely with Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal, and Yasmeen Godder. She was also a guest dancer at GothenborgsOperas Danskompani in 2015-16, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in 2017 and VOETVOLK/Lisbeth Gruwez in 2017~2019. Chen-Wei also works all over Europe with Jerome Bel, Marina Mascarell, Marcos Morau, among others. She is a freelance dancer, choreographer and Gaga teacher.

Zoltan Vakulya (Choreographer, Performer)
Zoltan is a Belgium based dancer and choreographer, born in Budapest in 1986. He graduated as a dancer in SEAD (Austria) in 2011 after he studied dance and choreography in BKTF (Budapest). As a dancer/performar/collaborator he has worked with choreographers/composers/visual artists such as: Kendell Geers, David Zambrano, H d Adrienn, Octavi Rumbaou, Benjam Vandewalle, Radouan Mrziga and Georgia Vardarou.Since 2011 he has been creating on and off-stage performances (PAUSE (2012), OneTwoThreeOneTwo (2015), Together Alone (2016), It's time (2017), Etudes on machines (2018)/ which he presented across Europe, USA, Brazil, South Korea and Taiwan. Recently he began to collaborate with Shih Chien University (Taipei) with the new media design students in a format of cyclic atelier as a guest professor. He is currently working for Hodworks (Budapest) and Mal Pelo (Barcelona) while he is creating a new solo work with Chen-Wei Lee called kNown face.


          Strategic Air Command's Initial Deployment to South Korea-1950       Cache   Translate Page      
Extracted from "The United States Air Force in Korea" (1958) by RF Futrell of the USAF Historical Division.  The 1958 version of this book allows for small extracts of this book to be republished without royalty.

Asked his formula for winning battles, Confederate General Nathan B. Forrest replied: "Get there first with the most men." Recognizing that this axiom of the American Civil War was a vital truth in an era of global nuclear war, the United States Air Force had made determined efforts to instill the need for mobility into all of its tactical units. The story of the trans-Pacific movement of the organizations which were ordered to FEAF's support now provided examples of air mobility at its best and at its worst. On 13 July 1950, nine days after receiving word 8,000 miles away in the United States that the medium bombers were to move to the Far East, General O'Donnell sent the 22d and 92d Bombardment Groups on a combat mission to Wonsan, an achievement which demonstrated the mobility and striking power of the Strategic Air Command. To General Vandenberg this accomplishment indicated a "high degree of esprit, mobility, and technical competence."  Profiting from mistakes made in this initial deployment, the 98th and 307th Bombardment Groups got to combat even faster. The 98th flew its first combat mission from Yokota Air Base on 7 August, five days after it had departed the United States, and the 307th launched its first combat strike from Kadena Air Base on 8 August, exactly one week after its planes had left its home base in Florida.  

The swiftness of the medium bomber deployment to combat was possible only because of well-established Strategic Air Command mobility plans which had been designed for just such an emergency. In conjunction with the execution of its primary mission, the Strategic Air Command held the responsibility of maintaining air force units in readiness "for employment against objectives of air attack in any location on the globe." All units assigned to the Strategic Air Command were required to be "highly mobile organizations, capable of being dispatched without delay, to distant bases." Command letters, directives, and manuals gave, in complete detail, the various requirements for executing the mobility plan. Emphasis had been placed upon the equipment of all units for thirty days' operations with a minimum amount of support from operating bases. Flyaway kits contained spare parts and served as a kind of airborne base supply. Bomb-bay bins carried other essential supplies. Each wing commander maintained a reserve of spare engines, engine quick-change packups, and power packups. The wing mobility plans and preparations had been tested in overseas movements. The 22d and 92d Groups had been in the Far East and the United Kingdom; the 98th Group had been in the Far East, the United Kingdom, and at Goose Bay; and the 307th Group had served temporary duty in the United Kingdom and Germany.

The warning alert, followed by appropriate operations orders, went out to the 22d and 92d Groups on or soon after 1 July. Officers and airmen who had been planning Fourth-of -July holidays found themselves packing crates, loading cargo planes, or standing in line before the boarding ramps of planes bound for the Far East. After hurried hours of packing and preparation, the deployment airlift got under way. The two groups scheduled flights of ten B-29's each day, departing their home bases on 5 through 7 July. The 22d left March Air Force Base, California, stopped off at Hickam for a rest period, then flew on to Kadena, with stops at Kwajalein and Guam. The 92d Group took off from Spokane Air Force Base, Washington, and followed a similar flight plan, with a final destination of Yokota Air Base. The 98th and 307th Groups were equally well prepared for short-notice departures. The 98th departed Spokane Air Force Base for Yokota between 2 and 4 August, and the 307th left MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, between 1 and 3 August, headed for Kadena.  In the years of reduced military budgets prior to 1950, the USAF Tactical Air Command had become an operational headquarters under the USAF Continental Air Command in December 1948. Even though it realized that tactical air units required global mobility, the Continental Air Command had had no funds to stand the costs of such a program. Alerted at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, on 5 July, the 162d Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron (Night Photography) was hurriedly filled to near peacetime strength ( a part of the fillers were jet mechanics with little experience on the squadron's conventional RB-26's). Its ground echelon, traveling by water, reached ltazuke on 19 August.
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Second S. Korean star quits as K-pop sex scandal spreads  New Straits Times

SEOUL: A burgeoning K-pop sex scandal claimed a second scalp as a singer who rose to fame after coming second in one of South Korea's top talent shows ...


          'No basis' to ground Boeing 737 Max 8: US Aviation Regulator      Cache   Translate Page      

The United States Aviation Regulator, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday said that there is "no basis" to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8.

CNN quoted the acting administrator of the FAA, Daniel K. Elwell, as saying that the US aviation regulator has conducted a review of the Boeing 737 Max 8 and grounding of the aircraft is baseless.

"The FAA continues to review extensively all available data and aggregate safety performance from operators and pilots of the Boeing 737 MAX.  Thus far, our review shows no systematic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft.  Nor have other civil aviation authorities provided data to us that would warrant action," Elwell said in a statement.

He further assured an immediate and appropriate action, if any issues affecting the continued airworthiness of the aircraft are identified in the course of the urgent review of data on the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash.

This comes after most of the countries and carriers where the said jets are being used have taken precautions following the tragic crashes. South Korea and India launched a special inspection of the planes, while China, Ethiopian Airlines, and Cayman Airways have grounded their Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet.

It is pertinent to note that the recent Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash which killed all the 157 people onboard was a Boeing 737 Max 8. The model of the same make was also involved in another incident when a Lion Airlines plane crashed last year. As many as 189 people were killed in October last year, when a Lion Air jet - a Boeing737 MAX 8 - crashed in the Java Sea, close to Jakarta, Indonesia.


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IN JANUARY 2019, South Korea’s Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction closed down its shipbuilding operations in the Philippines.

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          Grow your indie game with Google Play      Cache   Translate Page      

Posted by Patricia Correa, Director, Platforms & Ecosystems Developer Marketing

Google Play empowers game developers of all sizes to engage and delight people everywhere, and build successful businesses too. We are inspired by the passion and creativity we see from the indie games community, and, over the past few years, we've invested in and nurtured indie games developers around the world, helping them express their unique voice and bring ideas to life.

This year, we've put together several initiatives to help the indie community.

Indie Games Showcase

For indie developers who are constantly pushing the boundaries of storytelling, visual excellence, and creativity in mobile we are announcing today the Indie Games Showcase, an international competition for games studios from Europe*, South Korea and Japan. Those of you who meet the eligibility criteria (as outlined below) can enter your game for a chance to win several prizes, including:

  • A paid trip and accommodation to the final event in your region to showcase your game.
  • Promotion on the Google Play Store.
  • Promotion on Android and Google Play marketing channels.
  • Dedicated consultations with the Google Play team.
  • Google hardware.
  • And more...

How to enter the competition

If you're over 18 years old, based in one of the eligible countries, have 30 or less full time employees, and have published a new game on Google Play after 1 January 2018, you can enter your game. If you're planning on publishing a new game soon, you can also enter by submitting a private beta. Submissions close on May 6 2019. Check out all the details in the terms and conditions for each region. Enter now!

Indie Games Accelerator

Last year we launched our first games accelerator for developers in Southeast Asia, India and Pakistan and saw great results. We are happy to announce that we are expanding the format to accept developers from select countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, with applications for the 2019 cohort opening soon. The Indie Games Accelerator is a 6 month intensive program for top games startups, powered by mentors from the gaming industry as well as Google experts, offering a comprehensive curriculum that covers all aspects of building a great game and company.

Mobile Developer Day at GDC

We will be hosting our annual Developer Day at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on Monday, March 18th. Join us for a full day of sessions covering tools and best practices to help build a successful mobile games business. We'll focus on game quality, effective monetization and growth strategies, and how to create, connect, and scale with Google. Sign up to stay up to date or join us via livestream.

Developer Days

We also want to engage with you in person with a series of events. We will be announcing them shortly, so please make sure to sign up to our newsletter to get notified about events and programs for indie developers.

Academy for App Success

Looking for tips on how to use various developer tools in the Play Console? Get free training through our e-learning program, the Academy for App Success. We even have a custom Play Console for game developers course to get a jump start on Google Play.

We look forward to seeing your amazing work and sharing your creativity with other developers, gamers and industry experts around the world. And don't forget to submit your game for a chance to get featured on Indie Corner on Google Play.

* The competition is open to developers from the following European countries: Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland).


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Seungri, a member of South Korean K-pop band Big Bang, says he's leaving the entertainment industry after his alleged sex bribery case swept the country.

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With wholesome looks and increasingly global fanbases, K-pop has sold its stars as the ultimate squeaky clean pin-ups. But a burgeoning sex scandal in the industry shows how pervasive discrimination and abuse are in South Korean society, activists say....
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A burgeoning K-pop sex scandal claimed a second scalp as a singer who rose to fame after coming second in one of South Korea's top talent shows admitted secretly filming himself having sex and sharing the footage.
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South Korea on Wednesday ramped up its firepower as its battles pollution, passing a set of bills that designate the problem a 'social disaster' and which could unlock emergency funds to tackle the issue.

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South Korea on Wednesday ramped up its firepower as it battles pollution, passing a set of bills that designate the problem a 'social disaster' and which could unlock emergency funds to tackle the issue.

          South Korea passes bills to fight air pollution, says problem is 'social disaster' - Reuters: World News      Cache   Translate Page      
South Korea's parliament on Wednesday passed a set of bills to fight air pollution that has blanketed parts of the country in recent years, with one bill designating the problem a 'social disaster'.

          'Social disaster': South Korea steps up pollution fight      Cache   Translate Page      

Pollution in Asia's fourth-largest economy has been driven up by factors including coal-fired power generation and high vehicle emissions.
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Asian market South Korea “exemplified” the momentum of U.S. beef exports in 2018, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
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South Korea’s high-living “Great Gatsby” has been named in the operation of a prostitution ring.
          Η τιμή της "προστασίας" των ΗΠΑ ανεβαίνει κατακόρυφα      Cache   Translate Page      
Manlio Dinucci
Δεν είναι μόνο η μαφία που απαιτεί λύτρα έναντι της "προστασίας" της. 
«Τις πλούσιες χώρες που προστατεύουμε  -προειδοποίησε απειλητικά ο Τραμπ σε ομιλία του προς το Πεντάγωνο- ειδοποιήθηκαν όλες: θα πρέπει να πληρώσουν για τη προστασία μας».
Ο πρόεδρος Τραμπ  -αποκαλύπτει η Bloomberg-  θα παρουσιάσει το σχέδιο «Cost Plus 50», το οποία προβλέπει το ακόλουθο κριτήριο: οι συμμαχικές χώρες οι οποίες φιλοξενούν τις δυνάμεις των ΗΠΑ στο έδαφός τους θα πρέπει να καλύπτουν πλήρως το κόστος τους και να πληρώσουν στις ΗΠΑ ένα επιπλέον 50% με αντάλλαγμα το «προνόμιο» να τις φιλοξενήσουν και ως εκ τούτου να «προστατεύονται» απ’ αυτές.

Το σχέδιο προβλέπει επίσης να πληρώνουν οι χώρες υποδοχής τους μισθούς των Αμερικανών στρατιωτικών και το κόστος διαχείρισης των αεροσκαφών και πολεμικών πλοίων που διατηρούν οι Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες στις χώρες αυτές. Η Ιταλία θα πρέπει να πληρώσει όχι μόνο τους μισθούς των περίπου 12.000 Αμερικανών στρατιωτών που σταθμεύονται στο έδαφος της, αλλά και το κόστος της διαχείρισης των F-16 και άλλων αεροσκαφών που σταθμεύονται από τις ΗΠΑ στο Αβιάνο και Sigonella, και το κόστος του έκτου Στόλου με έδρα τη Gaeta. Σύμφωνα με το ίδιο κριτήριο, θα πρέπει επίσης να πληρώσει τη διαχείριση του στρατοπέδου Camp Darby, του μεγαλύτερου οπλοστασίου των ΗΠΑ εκτός μητέρας-πατρίδας και τη συντήρηση των αμερικανικών πυρηνικών βομβών που αποθηκεύονται στο Αβιάνο και Ghedi.
Δεν γνωρίζουμε πόσο οι Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες σκοπεύουν να ζητήσουν από την Ιταλία και τις άλλες ευρωπαϊκές χώρες οι οποίες φιλοξενήσουν τις στρατιωτικές τους δυνάμεις, καθώς δεν γνωρίζουμε καν πόσο πληρώνουν σήμερα αυτές οι χώρες. Τα δεδομένα καλύπτονται από το απόρρητο μυστικό  Άμυνας. Σύμφωνα με μελέτη της εταιρείας Rand Corporation, οι ευρωπαϊκές χώρες του ΝΑΤΟ καλύπτουν κατά μέσο όρο το 34% του κόστους των δυνάμεων και των βάσεων των ΗΠΑ στις επικράτειες τους. Αλλά δεν γνωρίζουμε ποιο είναι το ετήσιο ποσό που πληρώνουν στις ΗΠΑ: η μόνη εκτίμηση - 2,5 δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια – χρονολογείται πριν από 17 έτη.
Το ποσό που καταβάλλει η Ιταλία είναι συνεπώς μυστικό επίσης. Γνωρίζουμε μόνο ορισμένα επιμέρους ποσά: για παράδειγμα, δεκάδες εκατομμύρια ευρώ για να προσαρμοστούν τα αεροδρόμια του Aviano και Ghedi για τα μαχητικά F-35 των ΗΠΑ και για τις νέες πυρηνικές βόμβες B61-12 τις οποίες θα αρχίσουν οι ΗΠΑ να αναπτύξουν στην Ιταλία το 2020 και περίπου 100 εκατομμύρια ευρώ για εργασίες στη ναυτικο-αεροπορική  βάση της Sigonella εις βάρος της Ιταλίας. Στη Sigonella μόνο η Νας I, η διοικητική περιοχή και χαλάρωσης χρηματοδοτείται αποκλειστικά από τις ΗΠΑ, ενώ η Νας II, λειτουργικές υπηρεσίες, και ως εκ τούτου η πιο ακριβή, χρηματοδοτείται από το ΝΑΤΟ, και συνεπώς και από την Ιταλία .
Σε κάθε περίπτωση, είναι σίγουρο -προβλέπει ένας ερευνητής στην Rand Corp. -  ότι με το σχέδιο "Cost Plus 50" το κόστος για τους συμμάχους "θα αυξηθεί στα ύψη". Μιλάμε για αύξηση κατά 600%. Θα προστεθεί στις στρατιωτικές δαπάνες, οι οποίες στην Ιταλία ανέρχονται σε περίπου 70 εκατομμύρια ευρώ ημερησίως και προορίζονται να ανέλθουν σε περίπου 100, σύμφωνα με τις δεσμεύσεις που ανέλαβαν οι ιταλικές κυβερνήσεις στην έδρα του ΝΑΤΟ.
Πρόκειται για δημόσιο χρήμα, από τις τσέπες μας, που αφαιρούνται από παραγωγικές επενδύσεις και τις κοινωνικές δαπάνες. Αλλά είναι πιθανό η Ιταλία να πληρώσει λιγότερα για τις δυνάμεις και τις βάσεις των ΗΠΑ που αναπτύσσονται στην επικράτειά της. Το σχέδιο "Cost Plus 50" προβλέπει πράγματι μια " έκπτωση για καλή συμπεριφορά" υπέρ «των συμμάχων που ευθυγραμμίζονται στενά με τις Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες, κάνοντας ό, τι ζητούν».
Είμαστε βέβαιοι ότι η Ιταλία θα επωφεληθεί από μια μεγάλη έκπτωση επειδή, από κυβέρνηση σε κυβέρνηση, παρέμεινε πάντοτε στα απόνερα των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών. Τον τελευταίο καιρό, στέλνοντας στρατεύματα και πολεμικά αεροπλάνα στην Ανατολική Ευρώπη με το πρόσχημα ότι θα συγκρατηθεί η «ρωσική απειλή». και ευνοώντας  το αμερικανικό σχέδιο για την ταφή της συνθήκης INF για την ανάπτυξη στην Ευρώπη, συμπεριλαμβανομένης της Ιταλίας, πυρηνικών πυραυλικών εγκαταστάσεων που στοχεύουν τη Ρωσία.
Δεδομένου ότι τα τελευταία θα γίνουν στόχοι πιθανών αντιποίνων, θα χρειαστούμε "προστασία" από άλλες δυνάμεις και βάσεις των ΗΠΑ. Τις οποίες θα πρέπει να πληρώσουμε, αλλά πάντα με την έκπτωση…
Μετάφραση από τα ιταλικά σε γαλλικά από  MA P.


US looks to get more cash from allies that host its troops
By LOLITA C. BALDOR  March 8, 2019
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive on Air Force One at Lawson Army Airfield, Fort Benning, Ga., Friday, March 8, 2019, en route to Lee County, Ala., where tornados killed 23 people. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is eyeing a plan to seek more money from allied European and other nations where American troops are based.
Several U.S. officials said Friday that the White House has asked the Defense Department to gather data on the costs of keeping troops in other countries and how much those nations contribute to the expenses. The officials weren’t authorized to publicly discuss internal deliberations and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
President Donald Trump has waged a lengthy, public campaign to get NATO allies to meet the goal of spending 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense. And in the last two years, a number of allies have increased their spending.
The officials said this latest effort is along those lines. They said the collection of data could be used in subsequent meetings and discussions to pressure allies to help offset the costs of having U.S. troops within their borders.
The plan was first reported by Bloomberg.
National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis said that getting U.S. allies to “increase their investment in our collective defense and ensure fairer burden-sharing” has been a long-standing U.S. goal.
“The Administration is committed to getting the best deal for the American people,” Marquis said in a statement issued Friday.
He declined to provide details on any ongoing deliberations.
Most NATO allies have a U.S. presence, but there are larger bases and military populations in countries such as Germany, England, Japan, Italy, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain.
Derek Chollet, former assistant defense secretary for international affairs, said that allies should pay their fair share. But, he said, the bases serve critical U.S. interests and must not be considered charitable contributions.
For example, key U.S. military commands that oversee operations in Europe and Africa are located in Germany as well as the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, where thousands of American troops were treated after injuries in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
“The fact is that U.S. bases are an essential part of protecting American interests — in Europe, Asia, Africa or the Middle East,” said Chollet, now with the German Marshall Fund of the United States. “Moreover, those countries that host our troops want to be our partners, and the message he (Trump) is sending is that we don’t care. This is totally self-defeating.”
Just last week, South Korea and the United States signed a deal that would increase Seoul’s financial contribution for the deployment of U.S. troops in the Asian country. After rounds of failed negotiations, chief delegates from the two countries last month agreed on Seoul paying about 1.04 trillion won, or $924 million, in 2019 for the U.S. military presence, up from about $830 million last year.
There are about 28,500 U.S. troops in South Korea.

US may demand ‘allies’ pay 150% for privilege of hosting troops


US may demand ‘allies’ pay 150% for privilege of hosting troops
Frustrated by its allies’ lagging military spending, the Trump administration is reportedly drawing up demands that countries where US troops are stationed pay the full cost – and then some – for the ‘privilege’.
The White House is drawing up demands that Germany, Japan, South Korea and eventually every other country ‘hosting’ US troops on its soil pay “cost plus 50” – 150 percent – for their upkeep, including the soldiers’ salaries, Bloomberg reports, citing “a dozen” sources in the Trump administration.
The Pentagon was asked to gather data on the cost of keeping US troops abroad and countries’ contributions toward these expenses, several officials – again, anonymously – told AP on Friday. Countries whose policies “align closely” with the US would get an unspecified discount, according to these sources.
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President Donald Trump is pushing the proposal personally, according to Bloomberg, going so far as to demand “cost plus 50" in a note to National Security Advisor John Bolton, when the US was negotiating the status of 28,500 or so troops in South Korea. The two countries eventually agreed on Seoul paying $924 million in 2019, up from $830 million the year before.
By way of comparison, Germany currently pays 28 percent of the cost of US troops being based on its soil – about $1 billion-a-year – according to Rand Corporation researcher David Ochmanek. At a recent congressional hearing, the top US general in Europe asked for even more troops, citing a “threat” from Russia. This was in addition to US demands for European NATO members to buy more US-made weaponry.
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Starting when he was on the campaign trail, Trump has repeatedly called for US allies to compensate Washington for the privilege of being ‘defended’ by Americans, but this reported proposal is the most specific suggestion as to how that would be done.
Such a move would ensure the allies have “skin in the game,” US ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland said in an interview, indirectly confirming the existence of the plan. The US foreign policy establishment was alarmed by the proposal, however, blasting it as a surefire way to alienate allies the US relies on for global projection of power and influence.
“Even raising this question feeds a misinformed narrative that these facilities are there for the benefits of those countries,”Douglas Lute, US ambassador to NATO under the Obama administration and now a fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center, told Bloomberg.
The truth is they’re there and we maintain them because they’re in our interest.
US bases are “an essential part of protecting American interests” across the world, and asking host countries for money would be “totally self-defeating,” said Derek Chollet, Obama’s assistant defense secretary, now at the German Marshall Fund.
Ivo Daalder, another former ambassador to NATO under Obama, blasted the proposal as “preposterous” and said it would turn the US military into de facto mercenaries.


The US troops deployed in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East enhance American national security by deterring threats to critical US interests and conducting military operations as necessary.
We are in Europe and Asia not just to defend allies, but to prevent the return of conflict and war, which would be far more costly to US security and prosperity. Deploying troops to keep the peace is a fundamental US interest—and much cheaper than fighting wars.

          What talent was the show about?      Cache   Translate Page      
A sex scandal swirling around South Korea’s K-pop industry has deepened after a singer and TV celebrity admitted he had secretly filmed himself having sex with women and sharing the footage online without their consent. Jung Joon-young, who rose to … read more
          Jung Joon Young Admits Guilt in Sharing Illegal Footage, Quits Entertainment Industry      Cache   Translate Page      
The South Korean rocker releases a statement upon his return to the country, apologizing to the women who were secretly filmed in the videos he shared in a social media chatroom.
          South Korea passes bills to fight air pollution, says problem is 'social disaster'      Cache   Translate Page      
SEOUL: South Korea on Wednesday (Mar 13) ramped up its firepower as its battle pollution, passing a set of bills that designate the problem a "social disaster" and which could unlock emergency funds to tackle the issue. Pollution in Asia's fourth-largest economy has been driven up by factors ...
          Second South Korean star quits as K-pop sex scandal spreads      Cache   Translate Page      
SEOUL: A burgeoning K-pop sex scandal claimed a second scalp as a singer who rose to fame after coming second in one of South Korea's top talent shows admitted secretly filming himself having sex and sharing the footage. Jung Joon-young, 30, announced his immediate retirement from show business ...
          Comment by "Truth" on One Cheer for Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Mogadishupolis), by John Derbyshire      Cache   Translate Page      
ure, we’re partial to Israel, perhaps more than we should be; but we don’t have a war guarantee with them, as we do with South Korea or our twenty-eight allies in NATO. If Russia attacks Estonia, we are treaty-bound to go to war with Russia, a major nuclear power. If North Korea attacks South Korea, we’re back at war with the Norks, a minor nuclear power. If Egypt attacks Israel I assume we’d take Israel’s side, with diplomatic and material support, but we’re not under any obligation to do so, and it’s highly unlikely we’d send an expeditionary force.
LMAO! Here's a visual representation of your column, Old Sod; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvGopsM1G9g
          Korea!      Cache   Translate Page      
We only got to spend a few days in South Korea (which was one more than we would have liked, but we unfortunately missed our flight and had to live in Incheon airport for a day). Other than our little camp-out, it was a great experience. We saw as much as we could in the time we had!

We asked the concierge at our hotel (co-op?) if there were any good vegetarian places. He only knew of one, but we got directions and made our way there.

It was a gorgeous little Buddhist temple, hidden around a few corners and down an alley, etc.
The menu was set, several courses including dessert. Not knowing what to expect, we ordered two servings, one for each of us.


We ended up with tempura, rice, curry and dozens of little bowls to season our plates with - as is Korean tradition. There were so many little dishes, and all vegan - kimchi, boiled spinach salad, spicy veggies, several kinds of seaweed. The curry was too spicy for me, sadly. Mochi with cinnamon syrup came for dessert, along with a traditional Korean dance/drum show. Pat even got called up with some other audience participants to play in the drum circle! Apologies for the poor quality of the photo, but it was dark and we took them with Pat's iPod.

Pat's friend Francis took us to one of the many palaces in Seoul, Gyeongbokgung Palace. It was a beautiful day for it. Pat had just gotten me my early birthday present - a new camera - so I was quite excited and took lots of pictures.


















There was a dress-up-like-a-traditional-Korean booth, but we got there just as it closed. We had to make do with putting our faces through the cutouts. The locals found us quite amusing.



There were plenty of museums we missed out on, but I'm sure there'll be more to see for the next time we stop through! Not the most vegan-friendly place in Asia, but still super cool! Lots of great shopping (oo, the night markets and malls!), nice helpful people and plenty of them. Check out Pat's post for lots more pictures: http://patswalkabout.blogspot.com/2011/04/seoul.html
          Cologne, Part 1      Cache   Translate Page      
This will be my first of at least six posts about the last four weeks. Pat and I went on globe-trotting adventure to Germany, Holland, Scotland and South Korea. Pat won a working grant to go to the city of Leverkusen, which is in between Cologne and Dusseldorf. He was working 8 - 4 on weekdays for two weeks, while I played tourist, since it was our first time in mainland Europe.

I spent most of my time in the city of Cologne, known there as Köln or Kölle or Colonia. There was so much to see, not the least of which was the gigantic Dom Cathedral. The whole city is a mixture of Roman, medieval and turn-of-the-century architecture. Just a sampling of the buildings I saw:













There was plenty to do in Cologne. I visited as many museums as I could, including:

The Wallraf-Richartz Museum , which had a Cabanel exhibit as well as works from Cezanne, Monet and plenty (as in a whole floor or) of Gothic religion works.

The Kolumba Kunstmuseum
, which was all about displaying quirky modern art together with ancient religious pieces in the same setting, which gives you a different way to perceive all the art. It didn't always work, but it was a very neat way of doing things. It was built on the ruins of the St. Columba church, which are still there on "permanent exhibition. That was very cool.

Museum Ludwig, which housed loads of modern art like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. There was also an exhibit of Australian Aboriginal art which made me smile since many of the pieces were by artists I've seen here in Brisbane!

There was also the Museum Of Applied Arts, which was filled with art as it appeared throughout the years on furniture, pottery, tapestries, dishware and decorations. Unfortunately very little of the descriptions were in English, so I had to make do just looking at all the pretty things!

Pat and I went to the amazing and delicious Chocolate Museum and the fascinating Roman-German Museum, check out the pics on his blog for those!

There were a whole bunch more on my list that I didn't get to see, because everything in the city shuts down for KARNEVAL!! Karneval takes place for the 6 days before Lent. Everyone dresses in costumes, drinks in public and there are 5-hour long parades where people throw candy from floats and exchange flowers for kisses. It was so much fun!!


A big part of Karneval is walking around with a large group of people who are all dressed the same.


Me, with a giant pig. Maybe a pink donkey. Either way, he was warmer than me.