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DPRK mounts strong response to U.S.-led ‘war games’

first_imgAug. 25 — Once more, the U.S. imperialists have threatened the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea with the Pentagon’s formidable war machine, carrying out annual “war games” from the territory of south Korea. Imperialism’s warships and planes simulated an attack on the northern part of the Korean peninsula beginning Aug. 17. The war practices are scheduled to run to Aug. 28.Progressive anti-war group in Seoul, south Korea, on Aug. 17.Photo: SparkAnd once more, the people and leaders of the DPRK have shown that they will not be intimidated by this kind of saber-rattling.According to the U.S. military publication Stars and Stripes of Aug. 17, some 30,000 U.S. and 50,000 south Korean troops were mobilized for the “war games,” which the U.S. had the gall to describe as “non-provocative.”Having 80,000 combat forces practice war against their country, and the DPRK is supposed to just take it lying down?Such a claim of innocence is preposterous, especially given the horrible and tragic history of the 1950-53 U.S. war against the Korean people, in which the Pentagon tried to completely obliterate the socialist north. Only the most craven apologists for imperialism — read almost the entire U.S. corporate media establishment — could swallow such a lie and then regurgitate it to the public.Certainly the DPRK took it seriously.The current president in south Korea is Park Geun-hye, daughter of Gen. Park Chung-hee, a military dictator who ruled the south from 1961 to 1979, after seizing power in a coup with U.S. blessing.There is widespread opposition in the south to the right-wing grouping now in power. This could be seen last year when protests erupted over the role of government corruption in the unsafe conditions on a passenger ferry that sank, killing 304 people, most of them high school students.The reactionary government in Seoul, which is totally subservient to the dictates of the U.S. and its continued military occupation of southern Korea, prepared for the “war games” by planting huge banks of loudspeakers on the edge of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates the two halves of the Korean nation and started blasting hostile and insulting propaganda toward the north.‘An open act of war’The DPRK reacted by calling an emergency enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea — the political party that has led the DPRK since 1946.A press release from the country’s U.N. mission issued Aug. 21 read: “Psychological warfare against the DPRK is, in essence, an open act of war against it. In this regard, the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army on Aug. 20 sent an ultimatum to the south Korean puppet Ministry of Defense that a strong military action would be launched at once unless it stops the anti-DPRK broadcasting for psychological warfare and removes all psywar means within 48 hours. …“The meeting discussed the measures to convert the party and power bodies, working people’s organizations, state security, people’s security and judicial and prosecution organs, factories, enterprises, cooperative farms and other units in the relevant areas into the semi-war system as the semi-war state has been declared in the area along the front. It also set forth the duties and tasks of officials in charge of external affairs to fully lay bare the truth about the prevailing situation caused by the enemies’ undisguised and surprise aggression.”The people were organized and prepared in case of war. The DPRK moved troops closer to the DMZ and reoriented other defense units.It seemed as though real war could be imminent under cover of U.S.-led “war games.”But this strong response by the DPRK and its young leader, Kim Jong Un, brought results. Within a day a meeting was held at Panmunjom, where a building straddles the DMZ and has been used ever since the 1950s for meetings between the two sides.As of this writing, the regime in south Korea has agreed to dismantle its offensive and provocative loudspeakers and the crisis appears to have been forestalled. But the U.S.-led war exercises are continuing and the DPRK is maintaining its vigilance.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Roger Waters Shares Political “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” Footage On Inauguration Day

first_imgThere’s no denying that the inauguration of Donald J. Trump has caused a controversial response in America, and there’s also no denying that Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters has been an outspoken voice against political corruption for decades. Thus, it’s no surprise that Waters would react to the Trump inauguration, much like he reacted the Trump’s candidacy many months ago.In late September of 2016, Waters held a performance in Mexico City that came packed with a politically charged message. During the song “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” from Animals, Waters shows incendiary images of Trump, with messages like “Trump es un pendejo” (Trump is an asshole) to rally the Mexican fans. He also released inflatable pigs over the crowd of 300,000, and used Trump’s own direct quotes to complement the song’s refrain of “charade you are.”On Inauguration Day, hours after Trump was sworn into office, Waters shared official footage of the “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” performance. The caption simply reads “A note from Roger: The resistance begins today.” Watch the official video below.last_img read more

Australian regulators see big benefits in Tesla’s big battery

first_imgAustralian regulators see big benefits in Tesla’s big battery FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ABC News:[Australian Prime Minister] Scott Morrison said it would be about as useful for the electricity system as the Big Banana at Coffs Harbour or the Big Prawn at Ballina in NSW.“By all means have the world’s biggest battery, have the world’s biggest banana, have the world’s biggest prawn like we have on the roadside around the country,” he mocked when the Tesla big battery in South Australia was commissioned. “But that is not solving the problem.”Yet no less an authority than the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) disagrees.“Its ability to respond very, very quickly to the different types of conditions that we see on the power system has been very encouraging for us,” AEMO’s executive general manager of operations Damien Sanford told the ABC.AEMO’s data shows that it can dispatch power far more rapidly and precisely than conventional thermal power stations and more swiftly and accurately than the market operator thought possible — while also pushing down prices.“We’ve been pleasantly surprised and would encourage more of this technology into the grid,” Mr. Sanford said. “This technology, as it becomes more common in the system, can actually contribute to a more secure and reliable system.”More: Tesla battery proves a leading source of dispatchable power, AEMO sayslast_img read more

Benthic to Carry Out Caspian Sea Geotech Survey

first_imgBenthic, a geosciences company, has secured a contract for an offshore geotechnical investigation in the proposed Azeri Central East platform location in the Caspian Sea.Benthic will execute the geotechnical scope of work from the Topaz Caspian Supporter in Q1 2018.The Benthic Portable Remotely Operated Drill (PROD) will collect a number of geotechnical borehole samples and PCPT samples across the pipeline, platform and pipeline crossing location.Following the completion of offshore operations and laboratory testing, relevant geotechnical data reports will be prepared.last_img read more

Front Street Convenience Store Debate Continues

first_imgOwners want a 24-hour operation, neighbors disagreeRED BANK — The owners of a convenience store expected to replace the Welsh Farms on East River Road and Spring Street want the store to remain open around-the-clock, but neighbors say the plan will disturb the peace.The borough Planning Board on Monday continued to hear the application for Dina Enterprises, Inc., which is seeking the board’s approval to convert the Welsh Farms convenience store, 9-11 Spring Street, into a 7-Eleven, much to the consternation of area residents who have expressed strong opposition to the store remaining open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.When the lawyer and representatives for Dina first appeared before the board on March 5, the lawyer, Philip San Filippo, began making his case that the original approval, which the borough Zoning Board of Adjustment granted back in 1975, never limited the number of hours the location could operate, and given the provisions of the borough zoning, could not now prohibit 7-Eleven from staying open.In response, Mayor and Planning Board member Pasquale Menna recommended that the borough planner evaluate the application, borough master plan and the nearly 40 year approval for the site and offer an opinion for the location and this use.Richard Crammer, the borough planner said on Monday the original approval never intended to allow for an around-the-clock operation.Crammer said the original approval did not specifically mention operating hours, either by the zoning board or the borough council. However, he continued, the original site plan the applicant submitted contained a notation indicating they intended to be open 7 a.m.-11 p.m. And that should “be construed as part of the conditions,” he said.“If the mayor and council felt so strongly about the hours of operations couldn’t they have made it one of the conditions?” San Filippo asked.“The board relies on the totality of what is presented,” including the notations on the site plan documents, Crammer responded.San Filippo detailed that the approvals and those meetings’ minutes contained no specific mention of limiting when the business could operate. And he and his engineer and planner, Robert P. Freud, went on to argue that this zone, the BR-1 Zone, is the same as the section of Bridge Avenue and the NJ Transit commuter rail station, which has a WaWa convenience store, open all day. “A wholly permitted use,” according to Freud.Menna suggested that borough council and zoning board members who served in 1975 offer insight as to what they were thinking in making their decision.“That is for the board to decide if that is an important fundamental issue,” said Board Attorney Michael Leckstein.The East Front Street site, “sits in a special place, between the downtown and the residential zone,” Crammer said. And the original approval was for a gas station and grocery store.Asif Khalid, a senior real estate representative for the 7-Eleven Corporation, said the chain may have originally operated 7 a.m.-11 p.m. in the company’s nearly 80-year existence, but needs to expand hours to compete in the modern marketplace. “Every decision we make is in the best interest of the customer,” Khalid said, noting the company doesn’t call them customers, instead calling them “guests.”“Honestly, customers’ needs have changed considerably,” he said.The board is expected to again hear and very likely vote on this application on April 16.last_img read more

Killybegs regeneration project to benefit under new €62m rural scheme

first_imgThe Government has announced funding of €62 million for 26 projects across the country designed to boost rural towns and villages – including projects in Donegal. The round of funding is made under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, which is part of Project 2040.One of the beneficiaries is the Killybegs town regeneration project. Details were outlined by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring.He described the fund as “a game-changer for rural Ireland”.Mr Ring has said that the fund will have delivered €148m for 110 projects when the current round is spent.“I believe that it is vital that we continue to build resilience in rural communities and make our towns and villages vibrant places for families to live,” he said. The €62m from the Government is supplemented by another €33m from State-funded bodies, rural communities themselves and philanthropic sources. Killybegs regeneration project to benefit under new €62m rural scheme was last modified: November 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warriors mailbag: Warriors might make adjustments in Game 6

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!LOS ANGELES — Should the Warriors make adjustments? Or should they just execute their game plan better?It’s an interesting thought that most NBA playoff teams wrestle with between games. After all, coaches often argue outcomes usually have to do more with effort than schemes.So when the Warriors play the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 6 of their first-round series …last_img read more

5 Essential Tips for Editing Professional Interview Soundbites

first_imgQuality audio is the key to any interview. Here’s how you can clean up your interview soundbites and make them sound clear, natural, and professional.Cover image via Shutterstock.When you’re filming interviews, whether for documentaries, corporate videos, or anything in between, it’s always a challenge to work with soundbites, which can be full of pauses, interruptions, and awkward phrasing.However, with the right editing tools (and things like B-roll to cover your edits), a creative editor can work with awkward interview audio and turn it into clear, natural, and professional soundbites, which will impress clients and audiences alike. Check out these five simple (and essential) tips to help you clean up your interview soundbites in post.Distinguishing Good Soundbites from Bad OnesImage via Shutterstock.When you’re starting off, your goal (more often than not), is to look for crisp, concise, and insightful soundbites to work with. However, while there may be a few home run quotes you find right off the bat, you’re much more likely to find staggered soundbites here and there. I’d recommend going through, marking the obviously good ones for later, then finding the best bits and pieces that you may need to fill gaps or help finish thoughts later. Go ahead and delete any parts where the audio is beyond repair (for any reason) to clear space for later.Remove “Umms” and PausesImage via Shutterstock.Once you have your solid soundbites, you may want to start doctoring them right away. We’ll assume you either have B-roll to use in your video (or something else to cover, like a second camera angle, stock images, etc.). This will help you hide your cuts. Watch your footage and listen to the soundbites a few times to catch all the “hmmms” and “ummms” and long pauses that your subject might deliver during the interview. It’s hard work talking on camera, so people usually speak a little out of their natural cadence. A few short pauses are okay if you’re looking for conversational or thoughtful soundbites, but you should be able to tell what sounds unnatural or unflattering. Find these segments, delete the awkward beats, and ripple edit everything back together.Refining the SoundbitesImage via Shutterstock.After you remove all the blips and pauses, you’ll have a full set of soundbites. If you were asking one-off questions, the soundbites should all be pretty coherent from start to finish, but that doesn’t mean people don’t tend to ramble or repeat themselves. Listen to the soundbite all the way through a few times again to see what information they’re really conveying. If you like to look at text, you can transcribe here (or if it’s for a client, you may have to). From here, you can mark any parts that seem superfluous.Look for ValleysWhen picking your points to cut soundbites, the first place to look is for natural valleys in the audio files. The best valleys are obviously ones that include full pauses. However, if you’re looking to make some tricky cuts in the middle of sentences, you may find some valleys between words (or sometimes even syllables) where there is still some sound, but it’s much quieter and deeper in the valley. The trick then is finding a comparable valley to connect it to to create the sound of a natural speech pattern.Find Similar Syllable PeaksWhich brings us to our next trick. If you cannot find suitable valleys to cut on, you can try to match syllable sounds to create natural transitions in dialogue and soundbites when a person starts to say a word. This one is a little trickier, but if you mess with the timing, it can be pretty effective.This is all to say that soundbite editing requires a great deal of creativity and problem-solving skills — as well as technical tips and tricks. Your goal is always to reflect what your subject intended to say — just a little cleaned up and more professional. And while there may come a day where soundbite editing can be completely synthesized (and that day may already be here), it’s important to never use these doctoring techniques for disingenuous purposes or, for lack of a better expression, to put words in peoples’ mouths.If you’d like to learn more about soundbite and audio editing, check out some of these great resources below.Organize Your Interviews Using Subclips in Premiere ProProduction Tips: Making Interviewees ComfortableSound Editing vs. Sound Mixing: What’s the Difference?12 Video Editing Tips for Cutting a DocumentaryThree Ways to Sync Audio to Videolast_img read more

9 months agoAtletico Madrid defender Godin agrees Inter Milan terms

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid defender Godin agrees Inter Milan termsby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid defender Diego Godin has assured Inter Milan he’ll join them in the summer, it has been revealed.Off contract in June, El Larguero says Godin has assured Inter he’ll make the move in June.He has agreed terms over a two-year deal worth €5.5m-a-season with the option for a third.Godin has made the decision after Atletico refused to offer more than a 12-month deal for the veteran to renew.The captain had been seeking a two-year contract and is disappointed by Atletico’s unwillingness to meet his demands. last_img read more

23 days agoTottenham captain Hugo Lloris: We gave up

first_imgTottenham captain Hugo Lloris: We gave upby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham captain Hugo Lloris says the players let the club down last night.Mauricio Pochettino’s side were obliterated 7-2 by Bayern Munich, who scored five goals in the second half of the group game on Tuesday night. “I feel really bad for the fans mainly because we gave up a little bit too easily and the score was even worse,” Lloris said.”It is a night that affects a lot. Now it’s about character, clearing the mind.”The next two games against Red Star will become even more important, we cannot lose any more points.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more