These are the dangers of listening to mad people on motorbikes…some people take them seriously.
South Korean troops fired “hundreds” of rounds at a man who was killed while trying to swim across the border to North Korea, a top army officer says.
In the first official press briefing since the highly unusual incident on Monday, Brigadier General Cho Jong-Sul defended the border guards’ actions, saying they had followed the correct protocol.
Nam Yong-Ho, a 47-year-old South Korean man, was fatally shot at around 2.30PM (5.30PM NZST) while trying to swim across the Imjin river that makes up part of the western border with the North.
Cho said soldiers manning a nearby guard post had repeatedly shouted warnings at Nam to turn back, but he ignored them.
The commander of the unit then ordered his men to open fire, and 30 of them discharged their weapons.
“Several hundred shots were fired,” Cho said. Read more »
Gareth Morgan is proving himself to be a friend of dictators after his short and supervised journey through North Korea.
I wonder then what he has to say about this news.
A SOUTH Korean man has escaped four decades after he was kidnapped by North Korea while fishing near the disputed Yellow Sea border, officials say.
The 68-year-old, identified as Jeon Wook-Pyo, made it to Seoul recently after escaping from North Korea in early August, a government official said.
“He is now under investigation by security authorities,” the official said, declining to give details.
South Korean says more than 500 of its citizens – most of them fishermen – have been abducted by North Korea in the 60 years since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. Read more »
Gareth Morgan is incensed that his view of North Korea has been challenged. He specifically singles out Liberty Scott for some treatment, calling him ignorant.
As you will see it is Morgan who comes off looking ignorant.
Liberty you are ignorant.
My concern is the 25 million Koreans suffering because of this 68 year impasse. The relevant question is whether it is the only way or can we be smarter. I am not supporting the authoritarian regime of North Korea’s or that in Russia (Pussy Riot) or that in China or for that matter, that in Singapore. What I’m saying is that the US as leader of liberal democracies has normal relations with totalitarian regimes when it suits them but push for “regime change” through crazy talk like the vacuous “Axis of Evil” accusation, and demonising the DPRK regime when they sniff the possibility of engineering a Saddam-like collapse. I think it’s called double standards.
I do not see it as defensible to punish 25 million people for a totalitarian regime they are powerless to change. The only way to effect sustainable change is contact, demonstration and persuasion. Not isolation, escalation and humiliation. The DPRK’s reinstigation of its nuclear programme is a direct result of provocation – it’s terrified the US is going to invade it.You need to think more.
Get it? Read more »
North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un must have inherited the roneriness of his father, he has recruited a troll army of over 3000.
North Korea has put together a team of 3,000 cyber warriors as part of attempts to build support for the regime of leader Kim Jong-Un and destabilize its enemies, according to a South Korean think tank.
The hackers include 200 agents who post anti-South Korean comments online to try to demoralise the population of the neighbouring country. Read more »
Obviously this article won’t be about any teachers in New Zealand, though there are surely bound to be some that deserve the sort of title and rewards that come from such a title.
In enlightened countries, where the teacher unions are non-existent and performance garners rewards there certainly are rock star teachers and they earn a significant amount of coin for their efforts.
Kim Ki-hoon earns $4 million a year in South Korea, where he is known as a rock-star teacher—a combination of words not typically heard in the rest of the world. Mr. Kim has been teaching for over 20 years, all of them in the country’s private, after-school tutoring academies, known as hagwons. Unlike most teachers across the globe, he is paid according to the demand for his skills—and he is in high demand.
Mr. Kim works about 60 hours a week teaching English, although he spends only three of those hours giving lectures. His classes are recorded on video, and the Internet has turned them into commodities, available for purchase online at the rate of $4 an hour. He spends most of his week responding to students’ online requests for help, developing lesson plans and writing accompanying textbooks and workbooks (some 200 to date).
“The harder I work, the more I make,” he says matter of factly. “I like that.” Read more »
When the Green/Labour bloc launched their re-nationalisation of our power industry one of the models they suggested that we should look to was that of KEPCO in South Korea.
Gutless Green party staffer and blogger at The Standard, Clinton Smith aka James Henderson aka Steve Pierson had this to say at the time.
Steven Joyce says NZ Power & lower power prices is like North Korea. Actually, its same as they have in SOUTH Korea, where prices are low
— Clint Smith (@ClintVSmith) April 18, 2013
Which sounds great doesn’t it? But what is reality? Read more »
South Korea has highest suicide rate. One of the most common methods is jumping off bridges and there is one notorious bridge in Seoul. They decided to do something about it.
Labour and the Greens first held up South Korea as the model of their electricity reforms, that didn’t work out so well, so now they are talking about California as the nirvana. Quite apart from the fact that the Socialist Republic of California is flat broke and slashing jobs their electricity sector isn’t much chop either.
This from the California Consumer Energy Centre:
To understand the situation facing California, there are three terms that need to be defined- blackouts, brownouts, and rotational outages or “rolling blackouts.” A rotational outage or “rolling blackout” is when the utility company shuts off the power to an area, turns it back on, and then shuts the power off in a different area. The power outage typically lasts 60 to 90 minutes.
A brownout is when the electrical current flowing to your home or office is temporarily reduced (an average household can barely notice the difference). You may notice that the lights may slightly dim temporarily. These power reductions can be uncontrolled and controlled.
They also have a grading system for their “rolling blackouts”: Read more »