Kim Jong Il an Outside Bet for Nuclear Summit

first_img Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Kim Jong Il an Outside Bet for Nuclear Summit Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” By Kim Yong Hun – 2011.05.11 8:47pm Analysis & Opinion AvatarKim Yong Hun RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Analysis & Opinion The 2nd Nuclear Security Summit is to be held in Seoul during March, 2012, and it was with some fanfare that President Lee Myung Bak revealed on Monday that he would like to invite Kim Jong Il to attend. Giving a press conference in Berlin, President Lee stated, “I am willing to invite Chairman Kim Jong Il to the Nuclear Security Summit to be held on March 26th next year if North Korea agrees sincerely and firmly with the wishes of the international community to give up its nuclear weapons.”President Lee elaborated, “An apology from North Korea for its actions [the Cheonan and Yeonpyeong Island incidents] is the most basic prerequisite for the Six-Party Talks and North-South relations.”This represents the South’s active strategy to respond to the charm offensive that the North has been pursuing since the beginning of this year, and serves as a counter proposal to the North’s suggestion, delivered through former U.S. President Jimmy Carter at the end of April, of an inter-Korean summit.Park Young Ho, a senior researcher of the Korea Institute for National Unification interpreted the President’s statement as, “attempting to provide North Korea with an opportunity to come to the place for a dialogue in the present atmosphere, which has been created in favor of the resumption of talks. The backdrop to why President Lee stated to the international community that he would guarantee the North Korean regime and economic support once its attitude changes stems from the same.” Professor Lim Jae Cheon of Korea University agreed, before adding, “Since past administrations have made similar statements to show their willingness to reunify while in Germany, this was to return the ball to the North’s court.” Of course, despite all the publicity, the chances of the North actually taking part in the event next March are not very high.The publication of the Chongryon (General Association of North Korean Residents in Japan), Chosun Shinbo gave the President a withering review in a news report today, claiming, “President Lee Myung Bak’s ‘Seoul Invitation’ suggestion was a dirty attempt to try and connect forcefully two different issues.”It added, “The statements from Berlin do not offer a direct response to Carter’s message. It broaches playing up to the South’s passivity and its continued approach to conditional diplomacy.” Nevertheless, experts are unwilling to completely rule it out. Park of the Korea Institute for National Unification conceded, “As of now, the chances of Kim Jong Il coming to Seoul are very low. However, should attending the Six-Party Talks continue to invite the same added benefits as this recent invitation to South Korea and constructive discussions on actualizing those benefits can take place, there is a chance that one such visit to South Korea may occur given a greater sense of the security of Kim Jong Eun’s succession.” “With the risk of Kim Jong Il’s health condition being revealed and other problems regarding security, the chances of a visit to South Korea are low,” Professor Lim agreed. However, “Given how beneficial a visit may be, one cannot completely exclude that possibility.” SHARE Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Facebook Twitter Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? last_img read more

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Orioles allow MLB record 259th HR of season: 5 fun facts

first_img Brandon Morrow injury update: Cubs reliever (elbow) shut down for season The Royals’ Whit Merrifield went deep in the third inning off right-hander Aaron Brooks, moving the Orioles into a tie with the 2016 Reds — for now.“We give up a ton of homers,” manager Brandon Hyde told reporters afterward. “If it’s 259 or 330, I don’t care. I just want us to get better on the mound and obviously, we have to finish this year and go into next year and try to do a better job of keeping the ball in the ballpark and staying off the barrel.”Here are five fast facts about Baltimore’s homer (un)happy season:1. The Orioles are allowing more than two HRs per game.They’ve allowed 258 through 127 games.But they’re not alone in giving up the long ball in 2019. The Yankees, in first place in the Orioles’ AL East, also are on a pace to allow more homers than the 2016 Reds, as are the Mariners, Angels and Phillies.”Home runs are up. We play in a nasty division where guys are looking to launch the baseball, and really, really good hitters,” Hyde said. “We just have to do a better job going forward. The past is the past with the home runs. We’re all tired of seeing them, and hopefully we can get better going forward.”2. The Orioles tied the HR record on a rare HR night.Although Merrifield went deep, he did it only once.And no other major-leaguer Wednesday hit more than one home run, the first time since July 14 that no MLB player had a multi-homer game.That ended a more than five-week streak of at least one MLB player having a multi-homer game, according to Stats Perform.Today is the first time since July 14 that no MLB player had a multi-homer game.It ends a streak of 37 consecutive days with at least one MLB player having a multi-homer game, what was the longest streak in MLB history.— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) August 22, 2019The night was rare in another sense: The Orioles (41-86) won, 8-1, to win a series for the first time since July 25-27 against the Angels.3. The Orioles set the AL record for HRs allowed a while ago.They broke the American League record of 242 on Aug. 12 in New York against the Yankees, breaking a record set jointly by, yes, the 2017 Orioles and the White Sox.And the Orioles have done it systematically: They were the fastest in history to 50 and 100 allowed — and every amount of home runs thereafter by default, the Sun noted.Speaking of New York, the Orioles allowed a record 61 home runs in 19 games against the Yankees — the most any MLB team has ever given up to a single opponent — and a record 13 to Gleyber Torres alone.The good news? The Orioles don’t face the Yankees the rest of the way.4. The Orioles, as the record indicates, give up HRs in bunches.They’ve allowed four or more homers in 23 games, that’s more than the number of games they’ve had without allowing one (21).“We hear it a lot,” reliever Richard Bleier said. “It’s not like we’re trying to. I think we’re all trying to keep the ball in the park, regardless of the record or anything like that. I just think home runs are going to become more and more prevalent, and we’re just not doing a good enough job of keeping the ball in the park. And everybody’s trying to hit them.”Of the 33 true pitchers to appear in games for them this year, only three — Nate Karns, Hunter Harvey and Chandler Shepherd — didn’t allow a home run.Footnote: Karns pitched only four times before going on the injured list and eventually being designated for assignment. Harvey pitched twice and Shepherd pitched only once in an Orioles uniform.At the opposite end of the spectrum, David Hess leads the way with 28 of the 258 allowed, followed by Dylan Bundy (25) and Dan Straily (22 … in only 47 2/3 innings). Footnote II: Forty-four of the 258 home runs were allowed by pitchers no longer in the Orioles organization, a list that features Andrew Cashner, Mike Wright, Josh Lucas, Yefry Ramirez and Matt Wotherspoon.5. The Orioles have a shot at another HR record, too.Baltimore’s 258 home runs allowed are distributed among 127 hitters, and every team the Orioles have faced has hit at least two off them. The battered and bruised Orioles pitching staff allowed its 258th home run of the season Wednesday night, tying the MLB record.Footnote: There are more than five weeks remaining in a regular season “full of records the Orioles would rather not set,” the Baltimore Sun noted. Related News UPDATE: A solo home run by Austin Meadows of the Rays in the third inning of Thursday night’s game marked the 259th home run allowed by Orioles pitchers, breaking the single-season record held by the 2016 Cincinnati Reds. The following story originally was published Thursday, after the Orioles tied the Reds for the single-season mark.—center_img But wait, there’s more: The next record on the HRizon — after some Orioles pitcher surrenders the record-breaking homer — is the MLB mark for homers allowed in August.The 2002 Rockies (hello, Coors Field!) allowed 56.The Orioles enter Thursday’s play having allowed 51 this month with — tick-tock, people! — 10 days to go until September. Marcus Stroman injury update: Mets ‘aren’t worried’ about starter’s hamstring tightnesslast_img read more

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Is the TV Channel Dead?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market According to Toeman, the current broadcast infrastructure is set up to support all 110,000,000 households in the US watching the same content at once, in real-time. But for if every individual wanted to have different content streamed to them on their own schedule, there’s nothing in place that can support that.“Let‚Äôs say that at any given time, all 110MM households want to watch a recent episode of a show (say, last week‚Äôs Heroes). Best method possible? Give them all DVRs, use the broadcast pipe to get it to the house, let them watch it time-shifted however they‚Äôd like.But now let‚Äôs say that all 110MM households want to watch radically different content, such as the episode of The Facts of Life where Blair learns a very important lesson, or that very special Blossom. Then, having access to a personalized, on-demand IP network is ideal. It‚Äôs costly to build, costly to maintain, and time-consuming to construct (not to mention dealing with the graphical user interface complexities), but it‚Äôs the right model.”The technical specifics are probably a bit over my head (and I’m not totally sure on demand has to be done over IP), but as last100 reported earlier today, ISPs are seething over IPTV projects like the BBC’s iPlayer in the UK. Their networks simply can’t support the strain.That said, I think the answer to the Techdirt question is that yes, the notion of a TV channel is a dying. It’s certainly not dead yet, but the increasing popularity of web video and the “on demand” nature of the Internet will force television networks to begin rethinking their delivery methods and eventually upgrade their networks to be able to handle completely on demand services.What do you think? Is the the concept of a TV channel going out the window? What do you think the future of TV will look like? Tags:#Analysis#web josh catone 1 This morning Techdirt posed an interesting question: is there any need for the concept of a TV channel anymore? With the rise of TiVo, which allows users to watch time-shifted content on their schedule, downloading, which lets people download television shows (not always legally) whenever they want, and now IPTV (like Joost), the traditional channel model may be falling by the wayside.As Techdirt notes, the idea that the channel is an outmoded format is gaining steam, “especially in the UK, where some are wondering why they should wait many months for American TV shows to show up on UK TV when they can (or will soon be able to) simply watch the shows online at the same time everyone else can.”During an OSX vs. Vista debate on the ScobleShow last January, there was an interesting tangent in which the participants, particularly Fred Davis and Jeremy Toeman, debated the merits of IPTV vs. the traditional broadcast model.I’ve long envisioned a future television landscape where shows are “released” at a certain date (akin to air times on the current set up), but people could stream them whenever they want, paying a la carte for only the shows they want to watch — perhaps subscribing to an entire season for a reduced fee. Unfortunately, the infrastructure for such a future simply does not exist yet. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Scientist Uses Google Earth to Find Ancient Ancestor

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… An anthropology professor from South Africa has successfully used Google Earth to find a new human ancestor. To be exact, he found two partial skeletons, dating from between 1.78 and 1.95 million years ago, that belong to the species now known as Australopithecus sediba.“Professor Lee Berger from Witswatersrand University in Johannesburg started to use Google Earth to map various known caves and fossil deposits identified by him and his colleagues over the past several decades,” according to the Official Google Blog. Berger developed a correlation between the appearance of caves in satellite images and the presence of fossil deposits.He started with 130 cave sites in the region around the Cradle of Humankind area northwest of Johannesburg, and about 20 fossil deposits. Using Google Earth’s high-resolution satellite imagery, he was able to identify 500 previously unidentified caves and fossil sites. It was at one of those sites he found the new hominid. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img curt hopkins Tags:#Google#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Columbia woman faces federal child porn charge

first_imgA Columbia woman is now facing federal child pornography charges.Brittany Bailey, 29, was arrested on Wednesday.Court documents claim Bailey was a moderator of a group called Taboo Parents on the social media site KIK. Members discussed sexual abuse of children and shared graphic nude pictures.Bailey has a hearing on Tuesday, May 6.last_img

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