North Korea: Country behind a curtain

first_imgAs the world watches the succession process unfold in North Korea, countries such as China, Japan, and Russia, whose interests diverge on many important global fronts, are unified in hoping the process goes smoothly for the perennially troubled, nuclear-armed nation.“Everyone wants stability,” said Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies Director Andrew Gordon, summing up views from the neighboring states.Harvard authorities on China and Russia said during a panel discussion Monday that although those nations’ relations with North Korea are better than the West’s are, even Beijing and Moscow are left confused when trying to figure out North Korea.And when Russians — who know something about running a country that keeps outsiders guessing — describe a country as opaque, you know that clues are hard to come by, said Mark Kramer, program director of the Project on Cold War Studies at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.The situation isn’t much better in China, which is North Korea’s major — and perhaps only — ally, according to Anthony Saich, the Daewoo Professor of International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School and director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.“Most Chinese officials are just as baffled as we are by North Korea,” Saich said.Saich, Kramer, and Gordon, together with Carter Eckert, the Yoon Se Young Professor of Korean History, aired their views on events in North Korea since the death of leader Kim Jong-il in December and the succession of his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, as “supreme leader.”The program, “Succession in North Korea: Perspectives from Harvard,” filled the Center for Government and International Studies’ Tsai Auditorium. It featured Eckert, Kramer, and Saich, and was moderated by Gordon. Korea Institute Director Sun Joo Kim introduced the event, which was sponsored by seven Harvard organizations, including the Ash Center, the Asia Center, the Davis Center, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, the Kim Koo Forum on U.S.-Korea Relations at the Korea Institute, the Reischauer Institute, and the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.China wants a stable North Korea because it may have more at stake than other nations with respect to that nation’s future. Bound to North Korea by treaties and trade, China could face major problems if destabilization leads to war, Saich said. Japan, meanwhile, sees itself as a likely target if destabilization occurred and led to a desperate search for a common enemy to unify the people behind a North Korean leader, Gordon said. Stability is critical because the north has nuclear weapons, the further development of which those nations would like to see limited.While instability and war represent the darkest outcomes for a botched succession process, modernization and economic reform are possible positive outcomes, panelists said. China, which provides a large percentage of the country’s power and food, is hopeful that the north will undergo a Chinese-style economic awakening, Saich said. Russia is also hoping to see economic reforms, Kramer said.All that is in the hands of the new regime, which Eckert said may have been better prepared for succession than some give it credit for. One fear voiced about the accession of Kim Jong-un to power is that he has not had a lot of time to consolidate his own clout, unlike his father, who was groomed as a successor to the nation’s founder, Kim Il-sung, for 20 years.Though the process would have been invisible to outsiders, Eckert said that Kim Jong-il’s 2007 stroke may have sounded a warning that put preparations for succession in motion, meaning that Kim Jong-un may have a stronger grasp on power than it might appear.“The rapidity with which the North Korean state has embraced Kim Jong-un suggests plans have been in place for some time,” Eckert said.Eckert, who said the succession process seems to be proceeding well so far, also said that North Korea’s elite, who are taken care of by the regime, have a lot to lose if the government destabilizes.Though it has communist roots and has been run as a dictatorship, North Korea may be best understood if thought of as a monarchy, Eckert said. A member of the Kim family has ruled the nation since its founding in 1948. In monarchical succession, if the bloodlines are right, it doesn’t matter how old the new ruler is or what he looks like. If the ruler is considered too young, a regent can be appointed to help run things. In North Korea’s case, Kim Jong-un, who is not yet 30, has a prominent uncle to help him.Eckert warned, however, that North Korea remains such a closed country that all prognostications need to be taken with a large grain of salt.“There’s a good need for some modesty and humility about what we can say,” Eckert said.last_img read more

Fight fire ants

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaFootball games aren’t the only struggles cranking up on grass battlefields now. University of Georgia experts say fall is an ideal time to fight fire ants, too.”It’s appropriate to treat for fire ants anytime that they’re active,” said Dan Suiter, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “They’re active in warm months.”Since it stays warm well into the fall in the South, keep up the fight.”You hear about fall treatments sometimes in light of baiting programs,” Suiter said. “Many of the baits registered for fire ant control are very slow-acting growth regulators. It may take a half year or more to eliminate the colonies. So, the thinking is to bait in the fall, and the next spring the ants will not return.”New weaponsRed imported fire ants first made an appearance in Georgia in the early 1950s. By 1987 they had spread to 143 of 159 counties. Today the entire state is infested, as is much of the East Coast to southern Virginia.”While the basic biology of fire ants hasn’t changed, there have been some advances in control techniques and materials,” said UGA entomologist Will Hudson.”Baits remain the best options for large areas (more than 1 acre or so),” he said.Many brands fall into two basic groups: those with active ingredients that are toxic to the ants (like Amdro) and those that have as active ingredients insect growth regulators that sterilize the queen and stop development of the immature ants in the colony.”Baits work by taking advantage of the ants’ behavior,” Hudson explained, “so we can apply a small amount (1 to 1.5 pounds per acre) of material and let the workers take it back to the mound and feed it to the colony.”No mounds v. no antsApplied every six months, they often carry a guarantee of “no mounds” if applied correctly. Not “no ants,” but “no mounds.””As it happens, it takes about six months for a colony to grow from the founding queen to a size where there are enough workers to build the characteristic mound,” he said, “and the baits are good at breaking the cycle. There will, however, be ants there between applications, just not all that many.”Bait treatments generally cost $20-30 per acre.For smaller areas, or where you need zero ants, Hudson recommends a broadcast application of a contact insecticide.”The best of these include fipronil products such as Over’n’Out for homeowners or those with pyrethroids as active ingredients,” he said.Pyrethroids are active ingredients ending in -thrin such as bifenthrin, permethrin, cypermethrin or cyfluthrin.”There are lots of these on the shelves, as they’re all off patent now,” Hudson said.”Fipronil will usually give a season of ‘no ants,'” he said. “The pyrethroids are less long-lasting, but will give 1 to 3 or even 4 months of control. After that, the cycle starts over if the ants are flying (almost all year in south Georgia and April through October in Atlanta).”Costs range from less than $50 per acre for pyrethroids to more than $150 per acre for fipronil. “But, if your yard is 5,000 square feet, they aren’t that expensive,” Hudson said.A newcomer to the fire ant control market is indoxacarb, which is sold as Advion for commercial use and in the Spectracide line for homeowners. “It’s a bait, but instead of weeks to see a reduction in ants, they start to disappear in a couple of days. It’s still a ‘no mounds’ type, but fast,” Hudson said.last_img read more

Forage Management

first_imgAccording to Lisa Baxter, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s newest forage agronomist, an unusually wet winter will cause problems with summer forage crop quality in Georgia.Baxter, who started work on the UGA Tifton campus on March 1, expects to field her share of questions about forage management and quality concerns from Georgia producers this year.“This year, with all the rain we’ve had, we’re going to see fertility issues, weeds and potentially diseases like we haven’t seen in a long time. It’s something that we’re gearing up and preparing for,” Baxter said.Many of the issues facing forage producers will be discussed in greater detail at this year’s Georgia Forages Conference, held in conjunction with the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Convention in Perry, Georgia, on April 4.As an Extension forage agronomist, Baxter serves as the southern counterpart to UGA Extension forage agronomist Dennis Hancock, who is based in Athens, Georgia, and serves farmers in the northern part of Georgia. Baxter will serve south Georgia’s farmers with concerns ranging from pests and diseases to forage management and grazing issues.Because of south Georgia’s warmer climate and different soil types, the crops grown in Tifton, Georgia, and other south Georgia areas vary from what’s produced in more northern locations such as Blairsville, Georgia. For example, Bahiagrass is a long-lived perennial grass that’s grown in south Georgia but not north Georgia. Bermudagrass is used more extensively in the southern part of the state than in north Georgia.Baxter believes that these warm-season crops will be impacted significantly by the excess rain experienced this winter.“When Bermudagrass starts greening up, it’s may be struggling this year. We have already seen reports of warm-season weed species. It’s going to be competing with crabgrass and warm-season broadleaf species, and ryegrass is going to be hanging around with these cool, cloudy conditions. We are preparing for anything in the textbook that could potentially hit us this year,” Baxter said.One problem producers have had in managing their crops this year was the use of preemergence herbicides. To combat the weed pressure in most fields, producers normally apply chemical treatments, but it was too wet for many farmers to get in the fields during the winter. If the treatments were not applied at the right time, weed pressure will be high this summer.Baxter also expects the Bermudagrass stem maggot to be a problem again this year. Since first being discovered in 2010 in southern Georgia, the pest has damaged Bermudagrass hayfields and pastures throughout the Southeast U.S. If left untreated, Bermudagrass stem maggots can cause farmers to lose up to 80 percent of their yield during the peak season, which runs from late July to early September.Although farmers can’t fully control the pest, taking an integrated biological, cultural, physical and chemical approach will reduce economic damage.Baxter hopes to coordinate research projects in her new role so that growers will have additional options to combat this pest. “It’s a major problem throughout the Southeast. So much of our state’s hay production is Bermudagrass, so it hits Georgia a lot harder than other areas,” Baxter said.She also plans to continue several collaborative research projects, including those with Jennifer Tucker, a UGA Extension beef nutrition and forage management specialist; Bill Anderson, U.S. Department of Agriculture plant research geneticist; Tim Grey, UGA weed scientist; and Brian Schwartz, UGA Extension turfgrass breeder.For more information about Bermudagrass stem maggots, see UGA Extension Bulletin 1484, “Managing Bermudagrass Stem Maggots,” at extension.uga.edu/publications.For more information about forages, visit georgiaforages.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

NFL owners approve diversity measure and potential play-off expansion | NFL News

first_imgNFL owners also unanimously agreed to allow two more teams into an already expanded play-off field in the event the 2020 regular-season schedule is not completed in 18 weeks, NFL Network reported.The contingency plan has the potential to put 16 teams into a jam-packed race to the Super Bowl.In a March vote among owners, the playoff field was expanded to 14 teams for this season, meaning that 43.8 per cent of the teams would make it to the postseason. Now, a 16-team playoff – allowing half the teams to make it in the field – would happen if the COVID-19 pandemic further wreaks havoc on the schedule.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – NFL owners have approved a proposal which incentivises the development of minority coaches and executives.The proposal, which is subject to approval from the NFL Players Association, will reward a team with a third-round compensatory Draft pick in back to back Drafts if another team hires a member of their staff to a higher role.The coach or executive has to have been with their previous team for a minimum of two years for the compensation to apply.- Advertisement – The NFL is pushing to increase opportunities for minorities in coaching and executive positions While the NFL normally has each team complete a 16-game schedule in 17 weeks, an 18th week will be added as a buffer for any games that were postponed amid the pandemic. If any games with playoff implications still remain after 18 weeks, the 16-team play-off plan would go into effect.An original plan for a 16-team playoff would have seeded the teams by their record in the conference from best to worst. But a change Tuesday will make the division winners the top four seeds while categorizing the remainder of the field as wild cards.That decision has a major impact on the NFC East, whose winner would get a top-four seed in the 16-team playoff plan, even though they could finish under .500. At issue was a scenario where eight NFC teams had a better record than the NFC East winner.center_img NFL owners also unanimously agreed to allow two more teams into an already expanded play-off field in the event the 2020 regular-season schedule is not completed in 18 weeks; The contingency plan has the potential to put 16 teams into a jam-packed race to the Super Bowl. Last Updated: 10/11/20 11:09pm – Advertisement – The NFL is pushing to increase opportunities for minorities in coaching and executive positions
The NFL is pushing to increase opportunities for minorities in coaching and executive positions

‘Stop blaming us’: Surabaya mayor kneels down and cries over rising case number

first_imgThe doctor said that the hospital was overwhelmed with patients while also highlighting that there were still many residents of Surabaya who ignored the required health protocol to prevent further transmission of the highly infectious virus.The statement led to a temporary halt of the meeting as Risma started to kneel down and cry.“If you blame us [Surabaya administration], I won’t take it. We can’t even enter the hospital,” she said in tears as reported by tribunnews.com.Risma argued that her office faced hurdles in reaching out to the hospital even when it tried to offer aid, without explaining the details. She also said that her administration had undertaken various efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus. Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini knelt down on the ground and broke into tears as she held a meeting with doctors and hospital directors in Surabaya amid the spike of COVID-19 cases in East Java’s capital city, which has become Indonesia’s epicenter of the outbreak.Risma, as the mayor is affectionately known, was holding a meeting with the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) and local authorities to discuss COVID-19 management at the Surabaya City Hall on Monday.In the video, which went viral shortly after the meeting, the mayor, known as Risma, was seen kneeling down, crying and apologizing after a pulmonologist from Dr. Soetomo Hospital in Surabaya shared in the meeting that the hospital was overloaded with COVID-19 patients. “Please don’t keep blaming us,” she said while crying.Read also: ‘COVID-19 is real’: Virus ravages family in Indonesia’s second-largest cityEast Java is currently Indonesia’s COVID-19 epicenter with a tally of 11,805 confirmed cases as of Monday, surpassing the capital city of Jakarta that has recorded 11,114 cases.Based on the East Java COVID-19 task force report on Sunday, Surabaya recorded half of the case of the province with 5,510 cases and 418 fatalities.Despite the worsening situation of the pandemic in the region, the Surabaya mayor has been long caught in the ongoing feud with the East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa over how to handle the pandemic in the region. An official at the East Java COVID-19 task force suggested that the city reinstate the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the wake of soaring new cases. However, Risma said PSBB reinstatement was not in her administration’s plan for the time being as she would shift the focus to more testing and shutting down markets of shopping centers if positive cases were found, claiming that the numbers showed ‘downward trend’. (trn)Topics :last_img read more

Robin van Persie slams Arsenal boss Unai Emery and reveals why he’ll never compare to Arsene Wenger

first_img Skip Robin van Persie slams Arsenal boss Unai Emery and reveals why he’ll never compare to Arsene Wenger 1/1 Comment Full Screen Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Van Persie had a good relationship with Arsene Wenger at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)The Dutchman’s final criticism came for Emery’s lack of clarity, citing a training ground video which was published, showing the Spaniard shouting instructions at his players.Van Persie admitted that he couldn’t understand what the Arsenal boss was saying, and that compared to other great managers he has played under, this will leave Emery falling short.‘I’ve had [Arsene] Wenger, Louis van Gaal, [Alex] Ferguson, I had so many coaches, and their main quality was to be clear,’ said the 36-year-old.‘If I’m really honest…someone sent me a video last week of him [Emery] trying to explain something, and I couldn’t really figure out if he was saying, ‘calm, calm’ or ‘come, come.’‘That is very important, you have to be clear, you have to be the leader and the leader needs to be clear towards his players.’ Advertisement Manchester United captain Harry Maguire PLAY Video Settings Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More by Metro SPONSORED Read More Read More 1 min. story Coming Next Van Persie expanded on his point, suggesting that Emery is not a ‘strong coach’ which leads to players not putting in enough effort in games.‘As a player you want to have that feeling, you have to sprint back, now I see a couple of players jogging back, and there’s danger there,’ said Van Persie. ‘I don’t feel that in the team.‘If you have a very strong coach, and you are in midfield and you see danger somewhere, you sprint for your life, because you know if you don’t do it you get punished.’ / Read More About Connatix V67539 Phil HaighThursday 24 Oct 2019 10:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.6kShares Read More Skip Ad ‘I don’t think so,’ the former striker told BT Sport. ‘I don’t think that Emery really connects with his players.‘I think they are still weak on set pieces, which was a problem at my time, to be honest. But everyone should feel responsible. Arsenal lose 12 to 15 points per season by set pieces. That should stop.‘If you want to play for the first couple of places you have to sort it out, you have to find a way.’ Unai Emery has come under criticism from Robin van Persie (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Robin van Persie has heavily criticised Arsenal manager Unai Emery, saying he does not connect with his players and cannot give them clear instructions.The Dutchman was talking after Arsenal narrowly beat Vitoria Guimaraes 3-2 in the Europa League, coming from behind thanks to two Nicolas Pepe free-kicks to win in injury time.That kept up the Gunners’ perfect record in Europe so far this season, but their Premier League form has been patchy, losing at Sheffield United last time out.Van Persie was asked if he feels Arsenal have improved since Emery took over from Arsene Wenger last summer and his response was blunt.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT The late Pepe double has eased pressure on Emery for now, but failure to beat Crystal Palace in the Premier League this weekend would raise questions over his leadership again.BT Sport provided the statistic on the broadcast that Arsenal’s last 47 games under Wenger produced 26 wins, while the first 47 under Emery produced 25 wins.AdvertisementAdvertisementIf results continue to be inconsistent then the question of whether they are an improving side will be difficult to answer for the Spaniard.MORE: Nicolas Pepe saves the day for Arsenal with two stunning free-kicks in late win over Vitoria GuimaraesMORE: Ainsley Maitland-Niles is ‘wasting his talent,’ says Arsenal legend Martin Keown Top articles Advertisementlast_img read more

Weekend storms wreak havoc across southeastern Indiana

first_imgBatesville, In. — Meteorologists from the National Weather Service sat a rare spring-like pattern was responsible for unstable weather over the weekend. Julie Reed from NWS in Wilmington, Ohio says a warm, moist surge from the Gulf of Mexico along with a clashing cold front created perfect conditions for heavy rainfall.I southeastern Indiana consistent reports of at least three inches of rain have been received, some areas reported more. There limited reports of wind damage throughout the area.As a result of the storms schools in Decatur County were placed on a two hour delay and some school bus routes in Batesville were delayed. There were no other delays, damage or reports received.Possible tornado touchdowns are under investigation in Jackson, Blackford, Lawrence and Jay Counties by the National Weather Service.last_img read more

Kamaru Usman ready for Burns fight

first_imgRelatedPosts Masvidal calls for Kamaru Usman rematch Buhari salutes Kamaru Usman for retaining UFC title Masvidal seeks for Kamaru Usman rematch Welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, will headline the first card at Dana White’s “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi and looks more than ready for his upcoming welterweight title defence against Gilbert Burns, which is set to take place July 11 at UFC 251.Usman, 33, posted a training video of himself sparring with interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje under the watchful eyes of coach Trevor Wittman. In the 15 second clip, Usman and Gaethje can be seen sparring and then start trading body shots blow for blow, which appears to get the best of Gaethje.“Iron sharpens iron,” said Usman in the description of the Instagram post. “How much would you pay to watch this for a few rounds? Just two dudes having fun.”Usman last defended his title in December at UFC 245 against Colby Covington, where he won the fight via TKO in the fifth round.He previously won the welterweight championship (170 pounds) by beating Tryon Woodley at UFC 235 in March of last year.Gaethje, who shocked the MMA world when he beat Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 in May, is now set to take on Khabib Nurmagomedov in September to unify the lightweight title. He also posted the same video to his Instagram account, adding his own description: “Usman is looking like a straight killer. Glad to have him in the room.”Usman is in Colorado training under Wittman to prepare for the first card on Dana White’s “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.Tags: Gilbert BurnsKamaru UsmanTrevor Wittmanlast_img read more

Disney cruise employee charged with raping a 13-year-old

first_imgA Disney cruises employee has been arrested for raping a young girl multiple times over the course of about 3 years.53-year-old Keith Seitz who works for the for Disney Vacation Club, was arrested on November 25th after the victim told her mother about Seitz’ actions towards her.According to the report, the now 13-year-old told her mother that Seitz would rape her at his home and at one point took photos of her which he said he would use on the cruise.The victim told her mother that Seitz first began molesting her at his home in 2016 when she was 10-years-old. The abuse then escalated to rape when the victim turned 11 and the abuse continued until October of 2019.At the time the incident was brought to authorities, Seitz was said to have been out to sea but was scheduled to return to land the next day. When Seitz arrived, he was taken into custody.Seitz is now facing two counts of sexual battery on a child under 12, two counts of sexual battery on a physically helpless person, and one count of lewd or lascivious molestation on a victim under 12.He was also ordered not to have contact with the victim, or children under 18.Disney has since placed Seitz on unpaid leave.last_img read more

Cricket News Harmanpreet Kaur demoted from DSP to constable over fake graduation degree

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian Women’s T20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur has been demoted from the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) to constable in Punjab police after her graduation certificate turned out to be fake.Punjab’s Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh offered her the post of DSP last year after her power-packed performance in the Women’s World Cup 2017.If sources are to be believed, she is more likely to be demoted to the post of a constable as per her qualifications which is now Class XII.As per the reports, Harmanpreet Kaur submitted her graduation degree of Chaudhary Charan Singh University which on verification turned out to be fake.Earlier, Harmanpreet was employed with Indian Railways and she resigned from the Railways in order to join the Punjab Police.Harmanpreet’s family said, ‘’She did her schooling from Moga and was then selected in the Indian cricket team. She completed her remaining studies from Delhi and Meerut. She was provided a job by the Indian Railways on the basis of the same documents’’.However, Punjab chief minister had also taken up the matter with the Railway Ministry to waive off the bond condition and allow Harmanpreet, who is a native of Moga, to join as a DSP in Punjab. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more