The ‘Joy’ of Kim Il Sung’s Forced Firework Fun

first_img News The ‘Joy’ of Kim Il Sung’s Forced Firework Fun NewsEconomy SHARE News Facebook Twitter There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againcenter_img News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Kang Mi Jin – 2014.04.17 2:01am The North Korean authorities regularly organize a fireworksdisplay to commemorate the anniversary of Kim Il Sung’s birth on April 15th. In fact, there have been two such displays since the Kim Jong Eun regime took power at the end of 2011: one on April 15th, 2012, and anotherthis year.However, while spectators watching the shows, which take place around the Juche Tower in central Pyongyang, appear to be enjoying them, sourceshave long alleged to Daily NK that this is not actually the case. Rather, they say the authoritiestreat the events as highly political in nature, and therefore compel watchers to express positiveemotions.This is because the displays provide the leadership with the opportunity to not only reinforce the filial piety of Kim Jong Eun, but also to promote the supposedly “monolithic governing system,” and advertize the overall stability of the state. All these elements require that people react positively to what they are watching. As one source from northerly North Hamkyung Province reported to Daily NK on the 16th,“I heard that they held a fireworks display in Pyongyang to celebrate Taeyangjeol [Day of the Sun], and itmade me think, ‘People will be out there acting their part yet again.’ They wouldn’thave been able to complain even if they had wanted to.”Although Pyongyang can seem distant from other regions of North Korea, there are still a lot of interactions between the capital and provincial areas. These allow the transmission of information about the events, and inform perceptions nationwide. The source revealed, “In 2012 a group of a few dozen model members of the Unionof Democratic Women in this province were taken up to visit Kumsusan Palace [inPyongyang, where Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il’s embalmed corpses are stored],” thesource recalled. “They were then taken to watch the fireworks, and got told by the authorities that they hadto show joy and excitement […] Heads of units ordered their people not to disperse whilewatching the fireworks, and to raise the atmosphere by cheering and expressing awe any time cameras appeared.”“Most of the people who went to Pyongyang at that time now reckon that the people ensuring that everyone plays their part in these events areactually from the military or SSD (State Security Department),” the source concluded. “They hadalways assumed from watching television that they were just students, butchanged their minds after going there and checking their appearance and way ofspeaking at close quarters. They say you can tell frompeople’s faces that their ‘enjoyment’ is forced.” North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] last_img read more

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Distimo: Christmas sees app download spike but growth slows

first_img App analytics firms join forces Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Previous ArticleZTE looks to 4G with management revampNext ArticleChina’s Xiaomi plans assault on smartphone market Tags Distimo warns devs to choose wisely on Google Play game genres Steve Costello App Store feature categories give mixed fortunes — Distimo Relatedcenter_img HomeAppsNews Distimo: Christmas sees app download spike but growth slows Author Distimo said the new Christmas tradition of a global spike in app downloads and revenue continued, with downloads from Apple’s App Store increasing by 53 per cent and revenue by 56 per cent compared with the December 2013 average.But the company noted that while impressive, the figures are lower than for previous years. For example, in 2011 there was a threefold growth in download volume compared to the December average, while in 2012 download volume doubled.Distimo also noted that contrary to in 2012, the rate of increase in revenue was greater than download numbers. The growth in revenue from one-off fees was stronger than the growth of revenue from in-app purchases.Unsurprisingly, it was observed that the main contributors to this year’s spike were Western countries, for example with download volume in the UK increasing by 161 per cent on Christmas Day, and revenue in the US almost doubling.“In the large Asian app markets like Japan and Korea this trend was hardly visible,” Distimo said.The company also noted that some publishers planned the release of new apps just before Christmas in order to optimise their success.This included Rovio’s Angry Birds Go and ZeptoLab’s Cut the Rope 2.Over-50-percent-growth-on-Christmas-Day-2013 Apps AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 02 JAN 2014 Distimolast_img read more

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Coronavirus updates: New York City to freeze bodies of COVID-19 victims

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and ELLA TORRES, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A global pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 178,000 people worldwide.Over 2.5 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks. Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected nation, with more than 825,000 diagnosed cases and at least 45,075 deaths. Here’s how the news is developing Wednesday. All times Eastern: 10:05 a.m.: 759 new deaths reported in UKThere were 759 new daily deaths reported in the United Kingdom, bringing the country’s total fatalities to at least 18,100, according to the Department of Health and Social Care. An additional 4,451 people also tested positive, according to the department. In total, at least 133,495 people have tested positive out of the 411,192 people who have been tested in the country.9:34 a.m.: New York City to freeze bodies instead of temporary burialsNew York City will freeze the bodies of COVID-19 victims rather than burying them on Hart Island, the city’s potter field that has long been used as a burial ground for unclaimed bodies.The temporary measure to freeze bodies is meant to lessen the burden on hospitals and funeral homes, which are running out of space due to the high number of deaths in the city, according to the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.Freezing the bodies means there will be no temporary burials on Hart Island and allows families more time to make funeral arrangements. However, bodies that cannot be identified or claimed by next of kin will still be buried on Hart Island.The Office of Chief Medical Examiner, with assistance from Air Force Mortuary Affairs, will transfer bodies from five temporary morgues and 200 refrigerated trailers that are now parked outside five dozen hospitals around the city to freezer trucks that will be placed in Brooklyn.9:30 a.m.: Rail industry suffers huge costRail volumes are at 10-year low because of the lack of overseas imports, with the coronavirus pandemic expected to cost the railroads $9 billion in lost freight, according to a record from FEMA’s National Business Emergency Operations Center reviewed by ABC News.8:36 a.m.: Netherlands, France plan to reopen primary schools next monthPrimary schools are set to reopen next month in both France and the Netherlands, as several European countries announce plans to ease their coronavirus-related lockdowns. French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer presented the details of the plan with a parliamentary commission on Tuesday, explaining that children would return to school in staggered groups, with no more than 15 students allowed in each classroom.Primary school students aged from 5 to 11 would be the first to go back on May 12, one day after France’s nationwide lockdown is set to end. Older children in selected years at secondary schools and high school would return the following week, according to Blanquer. The plan is for all students to be back in school by May 25, he said. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte also confirmed Tuesday that primary schools and day cares would reopen in the Netherlands on May 11, followed by high schools in early June.7:40 a.m.: Germany, UK approve human trials for COVID-19 vaccinesScientists in both Germany and the United Kingdom will soon begin clinical trials using human volunteers in the race for a vaccine against the novel coronavirus. Germany’s federal institute for vaccines and biomedical drugs announced Wednesday that it has approved its first human clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine. The potential vaccine is being developed by German firm BioNTech and is an RNA vaccine. In the first phase of the clinical trial, 200 healthy volunteers between the ages of 18 and 55 will receive one or more variants of the vaccine candidate, according to a press release from the Paul Ehrlich Institute in Germany. “Trials of vaccine candidates in humans are an important milestone on the road to safe and efficacious vaccines against COVID-19 for the population in Germany and internationally,” the institute said.The clinical trial is only the fourth worldwide in which a preventive vaccine candidate targeting COVID-19 is tested in humans. Meanwhile, the first human trials for a COVID-19 vaccine begin in the United Kingdom on Thursday. The potential vaccine is being developed by researchers at the University of Oxford.6:28 a.m.: Eight babies test positive for COVID-19 at Japanese children’s homeAt least eight babies at a Tokyo care home for infants have contracted the novel coronavirus, officials said Wednesday.After a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 on April 16, tests were subsequently conducted on all infants at the facility in Japan’s capital, which is run by Saiseikai Central Hospital. Eight of those tests returned positive results, according to a statement from the hospital.The infected children have been hospitalized as staff continue to monitor the health of those who tested negative. The facility has been disinfected and strict infection control measures have been put in place, the hospital said.Staff members who have shown symptoms have already been sent home, though the hospital didn’t specify how many.The children’s care home is a separate building from the main hospital, which will continue inpatient and outpatient treatment as usual.Last week, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expanded a state of emergency, which was initially limited to Tokyo and six other prefectures, to all of Japan as the virus continues to spread. The country has recorded more than 11,500 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 and at least 281 deaths, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.5:50 a.m.: Singapore surpasses 10,000 casesSingapore now has more than 10,000 diagnosed cases of the novel coronavirus.The island city-state’s health ministry on Wednesday confirmed another 1,016 newly diagnosed cases of COVID-19 as of 12 p.m. local time, bringing the total number to 10,141.The vast majority of the new cases are work permit holders who live in dormitories for foreign workers. Just 15 of those newly diagnosed are Singaporean nations or permanent residents, according to the health ministry.5:21 a.m.: Man who claimed to have COVID-19 jailed for spitting at London policeA 21-year-old man in London was sentenced to six months behind bars for domestic assault and spitting at officers while claiming he was infected with the novel coronavirus, U.K. police said Wednesday.The man was arrested in East London on Monday on suspicion of domestic assault on a woman and criminal damage to her property. The suspect also told authorities that he had COVID-19 and, while being put into a police van, he spat at two officers. He was further charged for assault on emergency workers, according to a statement from London’s Metropolitan Police Service.While in custody, police said the man told them he did not have COVID-19 nor any related symptoms. He appeared in custody at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday where he pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to prison.“I hope he spends his period in prison to reflect on his behavior, and that his prison sentence sends a message to others who are willing to commit domestic offenses and to target police officers whose job it is to protect Londoners,” police inspector Alexis Manley said in a statement Wednesday.3:30 a.m.: California officials find earliest known US deaths from virusCalifornia officials have confirmed what are now the earliest known deaths from the novel coronavirus outbreak in the United States.Santa Clara County announced late Tuesday that new autopsy results show two individuals who died at home on Feb. 6 and Feb. 17 were positive for COVID-19. The individuals were not tested for the virus because they died when very limited testing was available only through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a statement from the county in Northern California.“Testing criteria set by the CDC at the time restricted testing to only individuals with a known travel history and who sought medical care for specific symptoms,” Santa Clara County said in a statement.The United States previously recorded its first official fatality from COVID-19 on Feb. 28 — an individual in Washington state’s King County.However, health officials later discovered that two people at a Seattle-area nursing home had also died from the disease on Feb. 26. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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St. Thomas University celebrates Red Mass

first_img St. Thomas University celebrates Red Mass St. Thomas University School of Law’s St. Thomas More Catholic Law Society recently hosted a “Red Mass” in the campus Chapel of St. Anthony. More than 150 attorneys, judges, students, and faculty attended the service. One of the law school’s first-year students, Daniel P. Smith, is a priest and participated in the Mass. The Red Mass paid special tribute to the St. Thomas University School of Law alumni who serve their communities as members of the judiciary: Nuria Saenz de la Torre, John Bowman, Margaret T. Courtney, Pedro Dijols, Mindy Glazer, Don Hall, Michael Orlando, Elizabeth Reisman, Sam Slom, and newly-elected Victoria Del Pino. The luncheon following the Mass featured remarks by Rep. J.C. Planas, R-Miami, who spoke about his own faith and how it helped him persevere through difficult times. “The things you do as a law practitioner will affect people’s lives, and will have lasting repercussions,” he said. “When faced with tremendous challenges, your faith can give you the strength you need to do the right thing.” “Public service is a defining quality of St. Thomas’ students and alumni,” said Dean Bob Butterworth. October 15, 2006 Regular News St. Thomas University celebrates Red Masslast_img read more

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Grieving mother speaks out

first_imgLocalNews Grieving mother speaks out by: – May 23, 2013 Share Claude Oscar was found hanging in his father’s house about 6am on ThursdayThe mother of a Newtown man is trying to come to terms with his sudden death. Claude Lionel Oscar, 28, was found hanging by his neck from a wire in his father’s house on Victoria Street at 6am on Thursday morning. Bernadette Harve told an exclusive interview with Dominica Vibes on Thursday, that her son was suffering from a broken heart and that this may have led to his death. She described Claude as a bit stubborn but a “very loving child” nonetheless.“He fall in love with a girl and that it didn’t have no other person I think he wanted to be with than her, but he got some disappointing news so that may blow off his mind,” Ms Harve said.She explained that her son used to speak to his friends about his jilted love situation but he didn’t tell her personally.Ms Harve said she had a vision last night that her son had taken his life but she rebuked it. Claude Oscar. Photo credit: Bernadette Harve“Last night while I was in my room I saw a vision that he kill the girl and I say that is not true so while I there again about minutes to nine, I saw another vision that he hang his self then I say Lord I don’t think is that that happen. So I take a paper and I start writing the ones I love and I just wrote family members name that I love on the paper and that was it after and I went to bed,” she said. She said if she had followed her heart to go and check on him after the vision maybe his death could have been prevented. “I see visions and sometimes when I tell people about it they call me stupid and telling me is devil work and that kind of thing so that’s why I didn’t call them to say anything and I didn’t go either, and this morning they calling me telling that but I saw it before it come,” a tearful Ms Harve said. She is thankful to God for the gift to see things and has learned a valuable lesson through her son’s death to follow her heart when she receives visions.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweetcenter_img Share 79 Views   14 comments Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Savi advances to singles semifinal of USTA/ITA National Small College Championship

first_img FORT MYERS, Fla. – West Florida tennis senior Bruno Savi (Santana do Livramento, Brazil/Auburn Montgomery) defeated Juuso Ojanen (Concordia) 6-3, 2-6, 6-0 on Thursday morning in the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships. Savi and Felipe Frattini (Sao Paulo, Brazil/New Mexico State University) fell in the doubles quarterfinal but went on to win in first match of consolation round to play for fifth place tomorrow afternoon.Savi won the first set in his singles quarterfinal match 6-3 but Ojanen drew even in the second set with a score of 2-6. The senior would go on to sweep the third set 6-0 to advance to the semifinal round tomorrow morning.Savi and Frattini fell to M. Boskovic/V. Oliveira (OBU) 5-7, 6-3,11-9 in the doubles quarterfinal but went on to defeat M. Ringlstetter/R. Semal (Findlay) 6-4,6-4 in the consolation round to advance to the fifth-place doubles match tomorrow afternoon.The top-seeded Savi will face Jan Meyer (Azuza Pacific) tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. ET in the semifinals. Savi and Frattini will face C. Breaux/C. Rico (McMurry) tomorrow afternoon at 2:15 p.m. ET in the fifth-place match.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#Men’s Singles:QF     Bruno Savi (UWF) def. Juuson Ojanen (CU) 6-3,2-6,6-0Men’s Doubles:QF     M. Boskovic/V. Oliveira (OBU) def. Savi/Frattini (UWF) 5-7, 6-3,11-9CON Savi/Frattini (UWF) def. M. Ringlstetter/R. Semal (Findlay) 6-4, 6-4Print Friendly Version Bruno Savi advances to the singles semifinal of the 2013 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships. (Photo by Bill Stockland) Savi advances to singles semifinal of USTA/ITA National Small College Championshipcenter_img Sharelast_img read more

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Real Sociedad renew Mikel Oyarzábal deal until 2024

first_img RELATED STORIES La Real Sociedad renueva a Mikel Oyarzábal hasta 2024 Upd. on 15/08/2018 at 12:50 CEST Oyarzabal arrived at La Real as a 15 year old and made his debut at 18. He is currently 21 years old and a very promising prospect indeed. The club accelerated their offer to him after Athletic Bilbao became interested in him, with 80m euros to burn after Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga. Sport EN 14/08/2018 In a statement Sociedad said he has shown his “commitment and loyalty again for the club he arrived at as a boy of 15”.  IN SPORT.ES Real Sociedad announced on Tuesday the contract renewal of striker Mikel Oyarzabal for two more seasons, until 2024. Sergio Ramos fires back at final failure Jurgen Klopplast_img read more

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Beaming and basking in glory

first_imgPam Burns with her grandson Brodie Sanza and Cranbourne Cup winner Arvo’s Florence. 42197 By Ben HopeKOOWEERUP greyhound trainers Terry…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Koowee jobs assured

first_imgEMPLOYMENT in Kooweerup was cemented last week as a Kooweerup business was given the go-ahead to build larger premises in…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Foodbelt for thought

first_imgBy Melissa MeehanMore than 100 people from the agricultural industry gathered at the Cardinia Cultural Centre for breakfast and tips…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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