News MOFAT Prepares for Reunification North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News News Kim Yong Hun Facebook Twitter News By Kim Yong Hun – 2010.12.29 7:10pm The Ministry of Unification determined its direction for next year to be bolstering preparations for reunification rather than focusing on the inter-Korean relationship. Likewise, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade plans to try to get international support for the process of reunification. Regarding MOFAT’s focus next year, an official of the Ministry said yesterday, “We need to win the necessary (international) support while examining all kinds of possible ways reunification may be realized, getting the green light from related international organizations, examining obligations we have under international law, and consultation (with international organizations and society).” President Lee Myung Bak justified preparing for reunification early this month when he said, “It is not far, I can feel reunification is close,” at a meeting with Korean residents in Malaysia.Therefore, MOFAT’s plan for the next year to get international support for its efforts for reunification presumably reflects the president’s intentions. The official said that, “We are going to make an effort to get international support for our plan through explaining to international society the need for reunification and making them understand our legal and administrative preparations.” The official said, “Through discussions of preparation for reunification on the Korean Peninsula and seeking ways to reunify, we are going to win support from major related countries. We have to explain our stance on fundamentally changing North Korea to neighbor countries and win their support.” However, he explained that work related to preparation for reunification does not focus on measures to cope with a sudden emergency in North Korea, but are “to accomplish reunification peacefully eventually.” But he also said that, “It is to cope with all the possibilities.” There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
Related Singtel lights SA 5G network Douglas Li, who has been at the helm of Hong Kong’s fourth ranked operator for almost two decades over two stints, is stepping down this week.In a candid and open interview, he told Mobile World Live that it was time to move on (he’s reached retirement age) and joked that his successor would likely be much less of a pain to the board than he has often been.Over the last year Li has spearheaded two diversification initiatives in segments where he anticipates strong growth. In early August the operator announced a mobile marketing platform designed to help retailers understand their customers better and act on the information generated. And a year ago it launched a healthcare app that allows users to track their exercise and diet and monitor everything from blood pressure to glucose level and share the data with healthcare professionals and family and friends.In our latest ‘Spotlight’ operator CEO feature, Li shares his views on those launches as well as the schizophrenic nature of pricing in Hong Kong, 5G vendor hype and the narrow value of analytics.MWL: More than a year ago, you said you were starting to see a more sensible approach to mobile tariffs in Hong Kong. Have you seen much progress since then?Li: I do see some progress, but it’s been very slow because for some peculiar reason no one has the nerve to push up prices by a reasonable amount. I mean doing it HKD10 [$1.29] at a time is very weak. And they are worried about losing customers. On the one hand they say these are the customers no one can make any money out of, and on the other hand their behaviour indicates that they are worried about losing them. They are kind of schizophrenic. I don’t understand it.Another thing is that none of us are getting a lot of business from new customers. The bulk of our revenue comes from existing customers on existing contracts. The trick is to renew them when they are out of contract at a new price. Surprisingly a lot of operators are not doing that. So you need to have the nerve to say to customers that time is up and we’re going to raise prices in 30 days.MWL: What is the long-term pricing trend?Li: We are getting more disciplined and saying to our customers they need to pay more because costs are going up. Some are also slowly following us, but others are still hesitant. So it’s moving along, but it could be a lot quicker and should have started long ago.MWL: Why is everyone talking about 5G now?Li: Because the equipment vendors want to. Honestly, that’s the whole problem with our industry — they have to be real careful. I know they are hungry for business, but the trouble is they are driving the industry into the ground. We’re barely recouping our investments, and now they’re asking us to plow more money in there for a purpose that is not yet entirely clear.“We’re barely recouping our investments, and now they’re asking us to plow more money in there for a purpose that is not yet entirely clear.”It’s based on speculation about the Internet of Things, or whatever else comes along, and all this hype about speed. Please! What is the biggest growth in mobile networks? Everyone knows it’s video, but can you watch a video quicker? Do you want to fast forward to view it? No you don’t. You don’t need that much bandwidth. Just do the optimisation of the video and make sure the quality is good and that’s already a great step up from what most people are experiencing in the rest of the world.Do it properly and you don’t need speed.MWL: But it’s not just the vendors making the push. Operators in Japan and South Korea are talking up their plans for launches by 2020.Li: That’s because they have nothing else to say. The marketing teams are saying let’s go for speed because that’s the easiest thing to sell. The fact that it’s misleading is kind of neither here nor there and lost on everybody.We’re supposed to believe all the promises, which they never deliver. And in any case, even if they deliver it’s of no consequence in the real world. I just want to watch a passable video on my screen – it’s not that big and I don’t need 4K and I don’t even need 2K. I just need a couple of megs.MWL: How is SmarTone making use of improved data analytics?Li: We have all the latest analytics in place, but quite frankly I’m not convinced that we have found what to do that is beneficial to the top line. We’ve been doing that years, but I still haven’t found the killer app for that.In a highly transparent, competitive market, there is not a lot you can analyse that the customers don’t already see themselves. We try to look at behaviours, but there isn’t a lot you can do when the market is giving away 15 gigabytes of data at a cheap price. You don’t need analytics for that. Overall globally the markets are degenerating to that.MWL: A year ago SmarTone launched an e-health app. What’s been your experience in working with the healthcare sector?Li: We’re trying to do something in healthcare, but the opposition we have come up against in the medical industry has to be seen to be believed. And the government has also been useless. The medical profession and the government need to vastly improve productivity in the handling of patients with chronic diseases.“We’re trying to do something in healthcare, but the opposition we have come up against in the medical industry has to be seen to be believed. And the government has also been useless.”They need to drive this improvement because the medical system won’t be able to bare the strain of all these people being afflicted. So there is a critical need for productivity enhancement, but it effectively has to be driven by the government. But when the Hong Kong Hospital Authority and the medical establishment are not moving, when none of them can see the big picture, it’s like blowing in the wind. They do nothing.They confess that their hands are tied because the whole structure is stuck.MWL: What is your goal and what can be done to push the initiative ahead?Li: You need to promote self-help and encourage people to be more disciplined in looking after their health and wellbeing and you need a system that can monitor and treat all these people without increasing headcount or facilities.That’s what our HealthReach app was suppose to do. But it has been very hard work. What we have is capable of making a major contribution to reducing healthcare costs.I think it has to be driven by government. We’re also trying to do a deal with an insurance company and they are very slow as well. That just goes to prove that as an industry we move very quickly compared to others.MWL: What’s your long-term view?Li: I have faith in the two areas that we’ve chosen: healthcare and e-commerce. With e-commerce we are taking a different approach and the consumer doesn’t have to pay at all. I’ve tried to come up with a free service. It’s the first time in SmarTone’s history that we offer something for free – we have a reputation for being stingy and charging for everything.“It’s the first time in SmarTone’s history that we offer something for free – we have a reputation for being stingy and charging for everything.”MWL: What advice would you give a new CEO joining a mobile operator?Li: Start on a path toward transformation if you’re not on the way to doing it already. I can’t say exactly what that would be, but you need to have the core enablement ready. We made that transformation long ago, which was essential to do the stuff we do. We started in the 2G days not knowing what the future would bring, but we knew it would generally be related to the open internet. Our focus was on the organisational structure and mindset – the soft skills. The focus wasn’t on the network, which is a given. We moved away from pure engineering and added a service platform driven by IT.That [transformation] affects the way you run things and the way you train people. If you leave it too late, it becomes very difficult.MWL: What are your plans after you step down?Li: To have some time to myself and my family, and perhaps move on to something away from telecoms. After all, I’ve been trying to push SmarTone away from telecoms for years. Joseph Waring Nokia scores Philippines 5G deal with Dito HomeAsiaNews CEO Spotlight: Douglas Li, SmarTone Previous Article4G to catch up with 3G in 2020 in Asia — Ericsson APAC CTONext ArticleSmarTone aims big with e-commerce platform AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 31 AUG 2015 Telkomsel turns on 5G in major cities Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. 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MOTORSPORT racer turned adult entertainer Renee Gracie has showed off her new bum after having an £8,000 Kim Kardsashian-style operation.It emerged earlier this year that the Aussie, 25, had ditched her Supercars jumpsuit in order to pursue a more lucrative career in porn.Gracie showed off the result of her new surgeryCredit: Instagram / @renee_gracieThe 25-year-old treated herself to a ‘Brazilian Butt Lift’Credit: Instagram / @renee_gracieAnd such has been her success, that she decided to treat herself to an £8,000 cosmetic surgery also undergone by reality TV icon Kardashian.The “Brazilian Butt Lift” involves doctors taking fat from the stomach and implanting it into the bum – while liposuction is also done on the abdomen, thighs and back.On having the procedure, Gracie told news.com.au: “It is the same surgery which Kim Kardashian and a bunch of celebrities have had done.”It was revealed earlier this summer that Gracie was earning around £13,000-a-week from her OnlyFans account.But since her spate of publicity, this figure has skyrocketed.I know the figures but let’s just say I made half a million in the month of JuneRenee GracieShe told Gina Stewart: “I was averaging about 70,000USD (£53,000)-a-month up until recently when I got a lot of media attention and I had a few stories go viral.“I know the figures but let’s just say I made half a million in the month of June. “When I raced, I got slammed for my looks and appearance, my weight and so on. To this day it still affects me. But the thing I love about Onlyfans is that it’s just people who support me and like me for who I am that join.”The Aussie switched careers earlier this yearCredit: InstagramGracie now has 730,000 followers on InstagramCredit: InstagramShe has hinted at a future return to motor racingCredit: Getty Images – GettyWhile Supercars bosses in Australia sought to distance themselves from Gracie back in June, her passion for the sport remains as strong as ever.And she has now suggested that she could make a stunning return to the track.She told the Aussie Daily Telegraph: “I now have the financial security to get back into it.“I can now afford to go racing without worrying about crashing the car. I can do it and afford to do it.“I can go racing and not have to worry about a budget. I won’t be reliant on sponsorships.”Gracie made ‘half a million’ in the month of JuneCredit: Instagram / @renee_gracieWho is Renee Gracie and why did the pro driver switch to porn? Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Source: Motorsport – thesun.co.uk
DONE DEAL: Watford winger Dion Pereira moves to Atlanta Utdby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford winger Dion Pereira is moving to Atlanta United.The 19-year-old midfielder spent 10 years at Watford and was a regular for their U23 team for the past three years, making 49 appearances and scoring 14 goals.Pereira was named Watford’s Young Player of the Season in 2017 and made his first-team debut last May, coming off the bench in the Premier League games against Leicester and Manchester City.”We’re pleased to welcome Dion to the club and look forward to him joining the squad as we head into the 2019 season,” Atlanta United vice president and technical director Carlos Bocanegra said.”We identified him as a young, technical player who we believe will adapt well to Atlanta United and MLS.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Larry Johnson, the defensive line and assistant head coach at Ohio State University, refuses to accept mediocrity from his players. He expects nothing but the effort to be extraordinary.In an inspiring pump up speech to the Buckeyes, Larry Johnson motivated the team to push past the edge – past slacking performance – and become elite.He explains that elite “is not going to the edge and saying, ‘I’m average, I’m good for the day.’” With the team’s full focus in his grasp, the coach proclaims, “We got a chance to step on the edge…To be elite, you’ve got to take the fall. You can’t be afraid to jump…There’s no more average in this program!”Head coach Urban Meyer shared the inspirational speech on Twitter. You can watch the message below.Very lucky to have a coach like Larry Johnson on this staff to push our team past THE EDGE to become ELITE pic.twitter.com/9eD0FiEd0i— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 17, 2016If you don’t have chills, you can’t possibly be a true Buckeyes fan.Ohio State kicks off its 2016 season at home against the Bowling Green Falcons.
With a sail away celebration, Royal Caribbean International’s (RCI) new ship, the Harmony of the Seas, departed on its maiden voyage from the vessel’s new permanent homeport of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on November 5, 2016. The cruise ship joined its sister ships, the Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas, on the east coast of Florida.RCI said the Harmony of the Seas will offer seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, sailing from the islands of the Caribbean to the shores of Mexico.The Harmony of the Seas spans 16 guest decks and encompasses 226,963 gross registered tons.Built at STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, the ship officially joined Royal Caribbean’s fleet in a delivery and flag changing ceremony held in May this year.The Harmony of the Seas is the first in a new generation of ships where architectural innovations of the Oasis class are combined with technologies of the Quantum class.The Harmony is bigger than Royal Caribbean’s two other ships from the Oasis class which makes it the largest cruise ship in the world.Image Courtesy: Royal Caribbean International
New Delhi: Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested two more armed killers as Delhi witnessed its second encounter in the last 24 hours.As per police sources, the shooting incident took place in the Shahdara area of East Delhi on Tuesday morning. The arrested accused were identified as Taj Mohammed alias Taju (21), a resident of Muzzafar Nagar in UP and Liyakat Ali (48), a resident of Sonepat in Haryana. “We were working on the input. We received a tip about these 2 contract killers who were on their way to kill somebody. We were able to trace the location of the incident and a team was immediately formed to lay the trap for the criminals,” DCP of Special Cell, Sanjiv Yadav said. Earlier on Monday morning, there was an encounter in a special cell and miscreants in Delhi’s Dwarka area. In this encounter, the police have succeeded in arresting Kuldeep Rathi. Rathi is extremely close to the infamous crook Kapil Sangwan.
New Delhi: Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday led a ‘padyatra’ here with a large number of party workers following him to Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial Rajghat. The ‘Gandhi Sandesh Yatra’ on Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary began from the Delhi Congress office Rajiv Bhavan at Deendayal Upadhyay Marg and headed to Rajghat, about three kilometres away, with enthusiastic party workers waving flags and chanting the slogan ‘Mahatma Gandhi Amar Rahein’. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Many youth sported Gandhi’s trademark spectacles and dhoti and walked with sticks in the march. A tableau of Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram and his iconic wooden spinning wheel was also part of the march. The march will conclude with an oath to be administered to workers and leaders by party president Sonia Gandhi at Rajghat. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is likely to participate in a foot march in Lucknow to commemorate the Mahatma’s 150th birth anniversary.
New Delhi: The Delhi Police have launched a crackdown on snatchers in city. The law enforcement agency had nabbed 18 snatchers and apprehended three juveniles after their involvement were found in cases of snatching. All police districts and units have launched operations to nab snatchers, who are mostly target women and senior citizens.Police nabbed Sanjeev Saini (26) and Sunil Chaudhary (27) from the southwest district, they said. Saini’s involvement has been found in 16 cases of theft, snatching and robbery. His accomplice Chaudhary is involved in 34 such cases, police said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAccording to police, a Raftaar motor cycle patrolling team of Rohini district nabbed 26-year-old Lalit Singh, who had allegedly snatched a mobile phone from a person near a school in Rohini’s Sector-3. The mobile was recovered, it added. Gautam (25) marked as a “bad character” at the Begampur police station under Rohini district was arrested along with his associate Aman near Sukhi Nahar, Karala, when they were on their way to target victims to commit robberies, police said. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaOne country-made pistol and two live cartridges were recovered from them, they said. In West, Vijay (26), who was previously involved in 17 cases of snatching, was arrested. Police said. A knife was seized from his possession. Karnail Singh (49), Jitender Kumar (36) were arrested by a team of New Delhi district for their alleged involved in cases of robberies and snatching in areas of Mandir Marg, Tilak Marg, Connaught Place, Parliament Street and Barakhamba Road, a police official said. The two had robbed a woman who was visiting RML hospital on September 17, while in another incident on September 25, they targeted another woman near Red Cross Society adjacent to Parliament house, he said. Tafseel (22) and his accomplice Mohsim (19) were arrested in connection with a snatching incident at North Delhi’s Burari and the stolen mobile phone was recovered from them, the official said. The Outer-North district police arrested Zakir and Sawan in connection with cases of snatching and auto-lifting. Eight mobile phones along two stolen motorcycle were recovered from them, he said. In northeast, Kaif and Murtza were arrested in connection with a snatching incident reported on September 28. the snatched I-phone was recovered, police said. Five men were arrested and three juveniles were apprehended by the Shahdara district police, they said. Kishan (19), Mithun (22), Iswar Chander (21), Rahul Kumar (32) and Karthik (22) were nabbed and 12 snatched phones and two two-wheelers were seized from their possession, police said.
New York: General Motors has laid off 6,000 workers in Mexico temporarily due to a US labor strike that has disrupted production at two plants south of the border that make pickup trucks, the company said Tuesday. The layoffs affect the Silao assembly and transmission plants in central Mexico, where work has been “disrupted as a result of a parts shortage related to the UAW strike,” a GM spokesman said. The Silao workers are expected to return to their jobs after the strike, the spokesman said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra The plants in Guanajuato, produce GMC and Chevrolet pickup trucks. The moves come on top of the furlough of more than 3,000 workers in Canada and at an Ohio plant where GM operates a joint venture with Isuzu to make diesel engines. Nearly 50,000 US workers are on strike at GM due to a United Auto Workers conflict over the labor contract now in its third week. Workers launched the strike on September 16 after contract talks failed to yield an agreement on wages, health benefits, temporary workers and job security. The strike also comes against the backdrop of GM’s decision last November to effectively shutter five plants in North America. A report Tuesday from JPMorgan Chase estimated that the strike has so far cost GM USD 1 billion, adding that the company has the potential to recover some of the lost profits in the fourth quarter if the strike ends soon.