Problems Dormant, Lying Unsolved Analysis & Opinion SHARE Counting from the day of Kim Jong Il’s demise on December 17th, the Kim Jong Eun system is now six months old. Despite a slightly shaky start, many now see the process as a success, at least from the perspective of the regime.All significant transfers of power were completed in the period between Kim Jong Eun’s elevation to the position of Supreme Commander last December through to the 4th Party Delegates’ Conference this April, and to celebrate this and the 100th anniversary of Kim Il Sung’s birth the country then attempted to launch the ‘Kwangmyungsung-3’ satellite and held a multitude of celebratory events on or around April 15th, the Day of the Sun. The failure of the long-range rocket launch could have damaged the new leader’s credibility, but he seems to have ridden it out, recently emerging to speak at recent Chosun Children’s Union events in Pyongyang with a smile on his face. Recent events have even reportedly led some local citizens to harbor hopes that Kim might be about to bring them change.However, the compressed succession process, the young man’s rather desperate and blatant imitating of Kim Il Sung, not to mention errors arising in the process of both U.S.-North Korea negotiations and the flunked rocket launch, all lead to the suspicion that existing potential causes of instability have not been overcome; rather, they have been sealed off temporarily.As one North Korea expert asserted, “It would be rash to believe that a lack of unexpected events in the succession process has resulted in systemic stability. Internal and external problems Kim Jong Eun faces include food, reform and opening, the nuclear question, human rights and the conclusion of a peace treaty; not one of these is easy. These problems have not been solved; they are just lying dormant.”▲ The harshest test of Kim Jong Eun’s leadership: food insecurityThere was absolutely no alternative to Kim Jong Eun because his father died suddenly. As an appointed successor, Kim thus had no problem inheriting power. Kim has since been ruling via his father’s amorphous “October 8th last instructions” for the sake of systemic stability. In January, North Korea made public these supposed instructions. In brief, they urge the regime to put Kim Jong Eun at its core and unite as one around him.North Korea has also been developing idolization projects to eulogize the deceased leader; renaming his birthday ‘Kwangmyungsung Day’, erecting statues including a large one on Mansudae Hill, and releasing pin badges featuring his image. Kim Jong Eun has shown a side which is noticeably different to that of Kim Jong Il during his six months in power. First, regime propaganda points out that he is a benevolent “man of the people”. To help with this assertion, he has given multiple speeches, sent handwritten letters to people at home and abroad, and tested the water supply in more than one People’s Army barracks. Crying children, soldiers and local citizens are core features of photos of Kim published in the North Korean media.On one occasion, Kim visited a Pyongyang amusement park and, again breaking with public tradition, scolded attending cadres, saying, “That the funfair could be this pathetic was unimaginable. The phrase ‘it is always darkest directly beneath the candle’ means exactly this.”Kim Jong Eun has supposedly penned a number of treatises, too, declaring, “We need to smoothly deal with the food problems the people are facing”, and demonstrating a seemingly impressive grasp of land management concepts to improve the fertility of soil.But he has also done as his father did in a number of key ways; primarily, by showing the military that he loves them above all else. On New Year’s Day, Kim visited ‘105th Ryu Gyung Su Tank Division’. This was not all; in January, 10 of Kim Jong Eun’s 14 public appointments were in the military sector. ▲ Choi Ryong Hae and friends in the Kim Jong Eun eraChoi Ryong Hae, who only became a military general in 2010, became a vice-marshal in April, just a year and seven months later. Days later, Kim Jong Eun was appointed to the newly minted positions of 1st Secretary of the Chosun Workers’ Party and 1st Chairman of the National Defense Commission. Kim Won Hong was made head of the National Security Agency too, and Lee Myung Soo also rose to the top of the People’s Safety Ministry. However, despite these examples there has not been that much reshuffling, perhaps suggesting a lack of alternate personnel. As one member of a state research institute told Daily NK when asked about Choi, “They’ve just put a civilian in a military uniform because there is nobody else they trust. What matters is whether the real military men will follow him.”The military could protest at the situation, he pointed out, saying, “There is the aspect that political power is weakening. That Kim Kyung Hee, Jang Sung Taek and Choi Ryong Hae have ‘strengthened’ the system proves that there are no other people who are similarly trustworthy or reliable.” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Analysis & Opinion Facebook Twitter By Kim So Yeol – 2012.06.19 3:18pm Analysis & Opinion Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Analysis & Opinion Kim So Yeol Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke”
Headed up by ceo and chairman, Mario D’Urso, and chief operating officer, Brian Potvin, GTA will provide local clients with access to global cargo charter services, including heavy and oversize shipments in support of Canada’s energy and mining industries.Through the new partnership – which was announced at TIACA’s International Air Cargo Forum in Toronto – the availability of Chapman Freeborn subsidiary Magma Aviation’s fleet of B747-400 freighters will also be shared with Canadian forwarders.Russi Batliwala, ceo of Chapman Freeborn, commented: “Through this partnership, Canadian customers will have greater choice and access to a wider range of charter products than before. GTA is a business with its roots firmly in Canada, and they are ideally placed to help us extend our reach in this market.”www.chapman-freeborn.commagma-aviation.com
The executive director of Levski Pavel Kolev will have to untie the knot around the parting with the former coach of the “blues” Petar Hubchev. The information was transmitted by Meridian Match.The new owners of Levski Konstantin Papazov and Nasko Sirakov have left the negotiations entirely on the shoulders of the executive director of the club. As it is known, the management of the “blues” announced that Hubchev will not lead the team anymore after the 0: 2 loss to Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the first match of the semifinals of the Bulgarian Cup.However, this separation is not yet a fact, as the former national coach expects to be paid all the remuneration due under his contract. The case before the bosses of Levski is aggravated by the fact that Hubchev signed the contract as a German citizen, which excludes the competence of the domestic labor regulations.
Ghana international and black stars midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang backs the appointment of assistant Coach Akwasi Appiah as a substantive coach of the senior national team.The 2009 Youth World Cup winner was full of praises for the Ex captain of the black stars on his appointment on Tuesday. In an interview on Multi Tv’s morning sports show “Agokansie” believes the appointment does not surprise him and that Coach Akwasi Appiah is a fine gentleman who commands respect in the team and believes he will do well at his new post.“I am willing to work with any coach who the GFA deems fit to handle the Black Stars team and even more than ready to give off my best to help the Black Stars meets its target by giving my 120% to help the team win laurels and sure my colleagues do the same” he said.Emmanuel Agyemang Badu is currently recuperating from an injury he sustained some few weeks ago when he played for Udinese. The Stars midfielder revealed to “Agokansie” that he has started training and will start ball juggling exercise very soon.The new Black Stars coach, James Akwasi Appiah who led Ghana’s U-23 team to an historic gold medal at the 2011 All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique will be unveiled at a press conference on April 17 at the GFA headquarters in Accra.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin shake hands following an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Tampa Bay won 27-24.(AP Photo/Don Wright/File)CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) _ Ten months ago, fans swarmed around Lovie Smith after his team’s open practice, eager to get an autograph from the former NFL coach who had just been hired to turn around the moribund football program at Illinois.Over the weekend was a much calmer scene with about 150 fans at Saturday’s practice and a line of about 40 waiting for his signature.After athletic director Josh Whitman fired Bill Cubit and then hired Smith on March 7, there has been the realization that it will take time to fix things. The 3-9 season spelled that out, too, but players say it is happening.“(The culture change is) on the rise, for sure. It’s definitely changed since the last coaching staff left,” senior running back Kendrick Foster said. “We’re definitely meaner and tougher, our mentality to compete is more fierce, I can say that. It’s a work in progress and you have to trust the process.”A year ago, Smith had little time to assemble a staff and moved spring practice to April. He didn’t even know his players’ names. He knows them now _ and they know him.“We’re not scrambling to get in and get things installed with the players and trying to get everything done,” defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson said. “We’ve had a little more time to meet with the players, get things installed so we have a better understanding of what we want to do on the field.”Many of the players here a year ago were either recruited by Cubit or former coach Tim Beckman, who was fired amid allegations of player mistreatment. Cubit didn’t last long, either, and the hope was that Smith would at least bring some stability.“We’re trying for a huge change in culture. We didn’t have a great culture in the past,” junior offensive lineman Nick Allegretti said. “All we’re trying to do is change the culture, make it tougher, stronger program in general that can make it through a Big Ten season.”The key is accountability, coaches and players agreed, and the staff has built a personal relationship with each player based on honesty. Players say they see Smith as a player’s coach: When they need something from him, he is there to help. When they are not doing well, he will let them know.“It’s been about looking yourself in the mirror,” senior wide receiver Malik Turner said. “If everyone’s doing that, then we’re moving in the right direction, because it starts with us.”Smith already had success in his first recruiting class despite questions whether he could land talent after spending nearly 20 years in the NFL. But his first class was ranked No. 34 by Scout.com and No. 45 by 247sports.com, and recruits have raved about Smith, who knows that he’s set to start building a Big Ten power for years to come.“We hopefully set a foundation that will help us win championships one day, that’s been the plan all along,” Smith said.Coaches like offensive coordinator Garrick McGee don’t think Smith has changed at all, though he has had to change the things he does compared to what he did while leading the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.He’s become accustomed to visiting families around the nation, making his pitch for why parents should send their sons to Illinois. Twitter has become a norm for the 58-year-old coach, tweeting at celebrities like Chance the Rapper, trying to get everyone involved in the Illini rebuild.He’s become a regular at men’s basketball games, sitting behind the basket and watching his favorite sport.It’s been part of a change that coaches and players know isn’t close to being done. It will take a few years to assess Smith’s progress, assuming he remains in place, but he and his players know it starts with workouts on those cool February and March days. The players have become accustomed to seeing Smith on the field, but there are still moments where they can’t believe that he is their leader.“Sometimes I do sit back and see how blessed I am to have this coaching staff that believes in me, and just believes in this team and program,” Foster said. “They just continue to surprise me with how much they care about us, that’s what you want from a coaching staff, just caring about the person, not the football player, they care about both, and that’s the amazing thing about this staff.”___More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
The Galway Seniors were beaten by Tipperary by just a single point 2-19 to 2-18. It was a day to forget for Galway in Senior and Minor Hurling with both teams beaten in All-Ireland Semi-Finals today. Galway led by two points at Half-Time by 1-10 to 0-11 but two Tipperary goals from John “Bubbles” O’Dwyer and John McGrath were body blows that Galway would not recover from.Despite an excellent performance from Conor Cooney, who scored 1-6, Galway could not find the equaliser that would have forced a replay and Tipperary go on to face Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Final.Tipperary: D Gleeson; C Barrett, J Barry, M Cahill; S Kennedy, R Maher (0-01), Pádraic Maher (0-01); B Maher (0-01), M Breen (0-03); D McCormack, Patrick Maher, N McGrath (0-03); J McGrath (1-01), S Callanan (0-09, 8f, 1 65), N O’Meara.Subs: J O’Dwyer (1-00) for O’Meara (45), J Forde for N McGrath (57), S Curran for Breen (68), T Hamill for Kennedy (70+2).Galway: C Callanan; A Harte, Daithí Burke, J Hanbury; A Tuohy, P Mannion, G McInerney; David Burke (0-01), J Coen; C Mannion, J Cooney (1-01), J Canning (0-05, 3f, 1 65); J Flynn (0-02), C Whelan (0-02), C Cooney (1-06, 0-04f).Subs: A Smith for Tuohy (h.t.), C Donnellan for Canning (h.t.), S Moloney (0-01) for Whelan (66), N Burke for C Mannion (66), D Collins for Harte (68).Referee: B Kelly (Westmeath)Meanwhile, The Galway Minors were well beaten by Tipperary in the All-Ireland Semi-Final with Tipperary winning by 7-12 to 2-12.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
After screenshots of the controversial questionnaire did the rounds on social media, a host of fans took to Twitter to state their outrage, with one calling it “unforgivable”.Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Women’s Equality Party said: “By entertaining the premise of these lazy sexist stereotypes, this survey has damaged the status of women in a sport which already has a huge problem with gender inequality.”Tottenham are right to apologise for the offensive question”It is particularly frustrating that this has undermined the efforts of Tottenham’s board – which has an even split between men and women – to promote women in football and to stamp out sexism and other forms of prejudice.” TOTTENHAM have been forced to issue a groveling apology after they posed a ‘sexist’ question on a fan survey.Spurs asked US-based supporters whether “a woman’s place is in the home?”4 Tottenham trained amidst a row regarding a sexist survey questionCredit: GettyThe question was met with outrage from supporters, with Tottenham issuing a statement calling it “wholly unacceptable”.The statement read: “The inclusion of this question in a club survey was wholly unacceptable and a regrettable oversight.”It has been immediately removed from the survey for any other fans now looking to fill this out.”We sincerely apologise to anyone offended by its initial inclusion.”4 Tottenham sparked controversy after a club survey posed a sexist questionCredit: Getty4 Tottenham fans in the US were asked if ‘a woman’s place is in the home?’Credit: GettyThe survey was sent around to fans via email – complete with club crest at the top – to “learn more” about their fans.A host of multiple-choice questions were posed to American supporters, who were asked to respond with an answer on a scale between “definitely agree” and “definitely disagree”.BEST BAR NONE Take a look inside Tottenham’s new stadium for the first time, including the UK’s longest barThe email read: “We have an ongoing commitment to learn more about the specific requirements of our loyal fans and everyone who interacts with the club.”Therefore, we’re seeking your help to increase our understanding of what you think about Spurs and football/sport in general.”Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen gets in row with ball boy, who is later spoken to by a steward4 Tottenham quickly apologised for the sexist question posedCredit: GettyMORE FOOTBALL FEATURESSHINE ON UK Weather – Brits to bask in 23C sun ahead of scorching 10-DAY heatwaveExclusiveCURSE FEARStrictly curse sees plans for stars and celebs to isolate together scrappedSAM SO SUMPTUOUSVictoria’s Secret Angel Sara Sampaio wows as she poses in racy lingerieExclusiveWAYNE’S AWAYWayne Bridge is selling his mansion — after John Terry moved in nearbyExclusiveRISKY BUSINESSRyan Thomas stops van on dual carriageway to treat himself to a Mr WhippyExclusiveBED GRIME STORYStormzy in talks to write series of children’s books about diversityTUNED INWhat the stars of Chris Moyles’ R1 show are doing now – from marriages to big jobsLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Follow all the latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive BlogUNITED LIVEMan Utd news LIVE: All the latest updates and transfer gossip from Old TraffordExclusive’IT’S BEEN TOUGH’Alan Carr reveals lockdown pressures tempted his husband to drink againHey, @SpursOfficial, a few of the questions in this survey you just sent out are…unforgivable. #coys pic.twitter.com/VcewE7mJT9— Jeff Maysh (@jeffmaysh) March 13, 2018
ATLETICO MADRID boss Diego Simeone is targeting his son Gio from Fiorentina – but faces competition from Spurs, according to reports.The Vicente Calderon boss’ son, 23, plays as a striker for the Serie A side and his old man was recently at the Stadio Artemio Franchi to see him score.3 Gio Simeone is a target for his dad Diego’s Atletico side and SpursCredit: Getty Images – GettyHis contract with Fiorentina runs till 2022 and Viola chief Stefano Pioli is eager to tie him down to a new deal amid interest from the European heavyweights.It is no surprise given Gio scored 14 goals last year, providing five assists along the way.And he netted the sixth in Fiorentina’s opening 6-1 win over Chievo.Atletico are already top heavy, with prime attacking talents in ex-Chelsea man Diego Costa and World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann.🇮🇹 @simeonegiovanni pic.twitter.com/XZtmdghXgq— Diego Pablo Simeone (@Simeone) August 27, 2018 3 Simeone Jr has already netted for the Serie A side this seasonCredit: Getty ImagesLatest football newsLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Follow all the latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive BlogUNITED LIVEMan Utd news LIVE: All the latest updates and transfer gossip from Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesAZPI BETTERAzpilicueta reveals turning off phone saved his season after horror startBut AS report Gio is being targeted as a “bet for the future”.He will be quite an expensive prospect, with a fee of around £36million reported as the going rate.But that is described as a price Atletico would be willing to pay.3 Simeone could be in the market to make a late move for his sonCredit: The Mega AgencyYet Simeone could provide back up to Harry Kane, with the Spurs striker currently facing questions over his form and fitness.
Box Score | Photo Gallery | Replay | Highlights | Tournament WebsiteHAMMOND, La. – No. 3 seed Sam Houston State defeated No. 5 seed Houston Baptist 6-1 in an elimination game in the Southland Conference Softball Tournament at North Oak Park in Hammond, La.Sam Houston State struck first with a three-run homer in the top of the first inning. Junior Hillary Adams hit her ninth home run of this season to score freshman Toni Koerselman and senior Taylor Gray. Adams led the Bearkats with three RBI, giving her 33 on the season along with her 35th hit this year.Houston Baptist would get on the board in the bottom of the first with a RBI single from junior Melissa Herman to plate second team all-conference player Lauren Schwirtlich. Schwirtlich reached base on a single to left field. Sophomore Shay Orsak sacrificed bunt advanced Schwirtlich to second to put HBU into scoring position. HBU would strand three as the Bearkats took a 3-1 lead heading into the top of the second inning.The Bearkats extended their lead in the fourth inning with a RBI single by senior Alyssa Coggins to score second team all-conference catcher Tiffany Castillo. Castillo went 2-for-4 on the day and would register her 33rd RBI in the fifth inning to plate Koerselman. Sam Houston kept the pressure on the Huskies after junior Jessica Slater singled to first base on a bunt, she would then steal second (18) to put the Bearkats in scoring position. Senior Amy Pelton sacrifice bunt would score Slater and Pelton would advance to second on error by HBU pitcher Kendall Stiefel. “When we hit the ball, we win,” Sam Houston head coach Bob Brock said. The Bearkats were shut out 1-0 by Central Arkansas in Thursday’s opening round, producing only four hits in the loss. “We know it’s a long haul to the finals today, but we’ve come through the elimination bracket to reach the finals the past two years and getting timely hits is how we did it.”Picking up the win in the circle was Shelby Lancaster (11-10), who gave up four hits while giving up only one run in a complete game effort. Shannon O’Connor fell to 8-8 on the year for Houston Baptist after giving up four runs on six hits in 3.1 innings of work. O’Connor was relieved in the top of the fourth by Stiefel who would finish the game after giving up five hits in 3.2 innings of work. Sam Houston State (27-26) advances to face the winner of the No. 4 seed Stephen F. Austin and No. 6 seed Central Arkansas elimination game later today at approximately 6:30 p.m. HBU finishes its season 22-28 after making its first tournament appearance in only its second season in the Southland.