Tense Times Down on the Farm

first_img AvatarJeong Jae Sung There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest By Jeong Jae Sung – 2012.08.18 6:35pm News The North Korean authorities are attempting to bring privately farmed land in and around existing cooperative farms back under the control of the state, Daily NK has learned. The move appears to be one of a number of farm management measures being implemented in the weeks prior to the launching of the country’s new economic management system later this year.The news was received on the 17th from a resident of North Hamkyung Province currently in China on business. According to the individual, “Homes scattered in twos and threes within the boundaries of cooperative farms are all being razed and everyone is being gathered in zones of what they are calling ‘modern residences’.”“The management committee told us that this is necessary because homes are currently too spread out so the land cannot be used effectively,” the source explained. “They also said that in the end farmers will benefit because they will get 30% of production once small plots and the land that houses currently sits on all reverts to the state.”However, the source said most farmers are not inclined to agree with the official version of the future. He went on, “They say that they are adjusting the basic norms of cooperative farming under the new agricultural reforms, but you’d struggle to find a farmer who thinks production will rise. People are rightly worrying that it is really just a means of taking away people’s private plots.”The farmland management project also reportedly involves redrawing the boundaries of farms, improving water supply management systems and more; however, local farmers, accustomed to mistreatment at the hands of the state, seem to see it as a means of enhancing control of the populace and nationalizing privately farmed land.“The authorities are coming up with all these reasons, like ‘This is designed to reduce the farmers’ inconvenience’, ‘It improves the supply system’ or ‘We are building modern socialist dwellings to suit the times’,” the source said, before adding dryly, “But who is going to believe that?”The source said that he was present at a meeting where a village cooperative farm management committee official described the current project as ‘Party-level farmland rearrangement’, but noted that he has not personally seen any documents to the same effect. News SHARE News center_img News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Tense Times Down on the Farm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

SpaceX’s big new rocket blasts off, puts sports car in space

first_imgHomeNewsSpaceX’s big new rocket blasts off, puts sports car in space Feb. 07, 2018 at 5:00 amNewsSpaceX’s big new rocket blasts off, puts sports car in spaceAssociated Press3 years agodaily presselon muskNewssanta monica daily pressspaceXAssociated Press SpaceX’s big new rocket blasted off Tuesday on its first test flight, carrying a red sports car aiming for an endless road trip past Mars.The Falcon Heavy rose from the same launch pad used by NASA nearly 50 years ago to send men to the moon. With liftoff, the Heavy became the most powerful rocket in use today, doubling the liftoff punch of its closest competitor.The three boosters and 27 engines roared to life at Kennedy Space Center, as thousands watched from surrounding beaches, bridges and roads, jamming the highways in scenes unmatched since NASA’s last space shuttle flight. At SpaceX Mission Control in Southern California, employees screamed, whistled and raised pumped fists into the air as the launch commentators called off each milestone.Two of the boosters— both recycled from previous launches — returned minutes later for simultaneous, side-by-side touchdowns on land at Cape Canaveral. Sonic booms rumbled across the region with the vertical landings. There was no immediate word on whether the third booster, brand new, made it onto an ocean platform 300 miles offshore.SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk owns the rocketing Tesla Roadster, which is shooting for a solar orbit that will reach all the way to Mars. As head of the electric carmaker Tesla, he combined his passions to add a dramatic flair to the Heavy’s long-awaited inaugural flight. Ballast for a rocket debut is usually concrete or steel slabs, or experiments.Cameras mounted on the car fed stunning video of the convertible floating high above the ocean with its driver, a space-suited dummy, named “Starman” after the Davie Bowie song. A sign on the dashboard read: “Don’t panic!” Bowie’s “Life on Mars?” played in the background at one point.“View from SpaceX Launch Control,” Musk wrote via Twitter. “Apparently, there is a car in orbit around Earth.”Minutes later, he provided a livestream of “Starman” tooling around the blue home planet, looking something like a NASCAR racer out for a Sunday drive, with its right hand on the wheel and the left arm resting on the car’s door.On the eve of the flight, Musk told reporters the company had done all it could to maximize success and he was at peace with whatever happens: success, “one big boom” or some other calamity. Musk has plenty of experience with rocket accidents, from his original Falcon 1 test flights to his follow-up Falcon 9s, one of which exploded on a nearby pad during a 2016 ignition test.The Falcon Heavy is a combination of three Falcon 9s, the rocket that the company uses to ship supplies to the International Space Station and lift satellites. SpaceX is reusing first-stage boosters to save on launch costs. Most other rocket makers discard their spent boosters in the ocean.Unlike most rockets out there, the Falcon Heavy receives no government funding. The hulking rocket is intended for massive satellites, like those used by the U.S. military and major-league communication companies. Even before the successful test flight, customers were signed up.“It was awesome like a science fiction movie coming to reality,” said former NASA deputy administrator Dava Newman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Apollo professor of astronautics. “They nailed it. Good for them.”Given the high stakes and high drama, Tuesday’s launch attracted huge crowds not seen since NASA’s final space shuttle flight seven years ago. While the shuttles had more liftoff muscle than the Heavy, the all-time leaders in both size and might were NASA’s Saturn V rockets, which first flew astronauts to the moon in 1968.Not counting Apollo moon buggies, the Roadster is the first automobile to speed right off the planet.The car faces considerable speed bumps before settling into its intended orbit around the sun, an oval circle stretching from the orbit of Earth on one end to the orbit of Mars on the other. It has to endure a cosmic bombardment during several hours of cruising through the highly charged Van Allen radiation belts encircling Earth. Finally, a thruster has to fire to put the car on the right orbital course.If it weathers all this, the Roadster will reach the vicinity of Mars in six months, Musk said. The car could be traveling between Earth and Mars’ neighborhoods for a billion years, according to the high-tech billionaire.Musk acknowledged the Roadster could come “quite close” to Mars during its epic cruise, with only a remote chance of crashing into the red planet.Also on board in a protected storage unit is Isaac Asimov’s science fiction series, “Foundation.” A plaque contains the names of the more than 6,000 SpaceX employees.The Heavy already is rattling the launch market. Its sticker price is $90 million, less than one-tenth the estimated cost of NASA’s Space Launch System megarocket in development for moon and Mars expeditions.SpaceX has decided against flying passengers on the Heavy, Musk told reporters Monday, and instead will accelerate development of an even bigger rocket to accommodate deep-space crews. His ultimate goal is to establish a city on Mars.“If people think we’re in a race with the Chinese, this is our secret weapon: the entrepreneurship of people like Elon and others like Jeff Bezos,” said Stanford University’s G. Scott Hubbard, NASA’s first Mars czar. Amazon’s Bezos heads Blue Origin, which is developing a big, reusable orbital-class rocket and already is making suborbital flights in Texas.Before launch, Bezos offered “best of luck” to Musk.___AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein in Washington contributed to this report.Tags :daily presselon muskNewssanta monica daily pressspaceXshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentAP BriefsSale of Los Angeles Times to billionaire being negotiatedYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall10 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press21 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press21 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson21 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter21 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor21 hours agolast_img read more

Werth and Weihegold Make it a Hat-trick in Amsterdam

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. SIGN UP As if to further cement their absolute supremacy, the world no. 1 partnership of Germany’s Isabell Werth and the fabulous mare Weihegold secured their third win of the FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2016/2017 Western European League in Amsterdam (NED) today. Having produced a personal-best score to top the line-up at the second leg of the series in Lyon (FRA) in October, they fell just short of that when also securing pole position at the next round in Stuttgart (GER) the following month. Today, however, their Freestyle mark of 90.720 percent is the highest ever achieved by the 47-year-old rider who is widely acclaimed as the most medalled equestrian Olympian of all time.Runners-up were the winners of the previous leg at London Olympia, Great Britain’s Carl Hester and Nip Tuck, while Sweden’s Patrik Kittel produced an inspired ride with the delightful mare Deja to slot into third. Dutch riders filled the next five places, headed up by 2010 FEI World Cup™ Dressage champion Edward Gal who slotted into fourth with Glock’s Voice and 2016 title-holders Hans-Peter Minderhoud and Glock’s Flirt in fifth.Gal was first to post a score over 80 percent when 11th to go of the 15 starters. And, next into the ring, Minderhoud looked set to overtake him with some wonderful work from his 16-year-old gelding until it fell apart for this pair in the closing stages. Kittel’s test just bubbled with excitement as his magical mare danced to the strains of Stevie Wonder to go out in front with a mark of 80.269 but then, with consummate ease, Werth raised the game with a performance that was in a class of its own. She said afterwards that this was her “very best Freestyle”, and that’s quite a statement from the six-time Olympic gold medallist who took the first of her two FEI World Cup™ titles back in 1992.The roars of approval for her score were still ringing out as, last to go, Hester entered the arena with Nip Tuck who gave him “the nicest feeling I’ve had in a test with him – ever!”, posting 83.325 for second spot.But it was Werth who stole the hearts of the crowd who gave her, and her 12-year-old mare, a noisy standing ovation. “I’m so happy, this is our best form ever and I hope to save that for as long as I can! We are becoming safer with the music, more confident and together with it, this was really a perfect day!” she said. Werth has now moved to the top of the Western European League table ahead of Hester in second and Ireland’s Judy Reynolds in third, and the German rider looks a hot favourite for the title when the series Final gets underway in Omaha, Nebraska (USA) in eight weeks time.Results1, Weihegold Old (Isabell Werth) GER 90.720; 2, Nip Tuck (Carl Hester) GBR 83.325; 3, Deja (Patrik Kittel) SWE 80.269; 4, Glock’s Voice (Edward Gal) NED 80.425; 5, Glock’s Flirt (Hans Peter Minderhoud) NED 79.610; 6, Apache (Emmelie Scholtens) NED 78.016; 7, Cennin (Madeleine Witte-Vrees) NED 77.649; 8. Zippo (Patrick van der Meer) NED 75.320; 9, Tiamo (Jorinde Verwimp) BEL 75.095; 10. Zaire-E (Jessica von Bredow-Werndl) GER 75.055; 11, Foco Loco W (Borja Carrascosa) ESP 74.170; 12, Rustique (Mai Tofte Olesen) DEN 72.399; 13, Don Gregorius (Inna Logutenkova) UKR 71.121; 14, Amorak (Stephanie Brieussel) FRA 68.904; 15, Lorenzo (Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez) ESP Elim.Detailed result here Tags: FEI World Cup™ Dressage, Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email*last_img read more

Photos : Lauren Marie Sesselmann Story.

first_imgAdvertisement 5iljNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8ellWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E44s( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) o27cyWould you ever consider trying this?😱k2qbiCan your students do this? 🌚huRoller skating! afeaSee more on YT⬇️⬇️⬇️See moredzvBody tricks that only special people can do pt-18t94xHow though? 🤔😂#AdrenalineJunkies8q1fA visualization of how Karma works w9tx8f2t5Powered by Firework Lauren Marie Sesselmann born August 14, 1983, is an American-born Canadian soccer defender, former forward and Olympic bronze medalist.Advertisement Sesselmann acquired Canadian citizenship in 2010 through her father, who is from Newfoundland and Labrador, and was called up to the Canadian national team for the training camp leading up to two friendlies against the United States in September 2011.Advertisement She won her first cap on September 17, 2011, as a starter at left back against the US, playing the full 90 minutes. She also started the second game on September 23, 2011.Advertisement Sesselmann was named to the 18-player Canadian squad for the 2011 Pan American Games at Guadalajara.She started at left back in four of five matches and appeared as a substitute in the other, helping Canada to win the gold medal.In Canada’s run to a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics, Sesselmann started all six matches, two at left back and four at center back.Sesslemann represented Canada in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In the quarterfinal match against England, Sesselmann slipped and fell on the turf which resulted in a goal for England. Sesslemann was honored by Canada Soccer in June 2017 along with fellow Olympic Bronze Medalists Jonelle Filigno, Robyn Gayle, Kaylyn Kyle and Josée Bélanger. Advertisementlast_img read more

An Spideal crowned Connacht Intermediate football champions

first_imgAn enthralling battle at Tuam Stadium yesterday saw An Spidéal become the first Galway club to become Connacht Intermediate Football champions since 2010, as they held off a second-half comeback from Fuerty to edge out the Roscommon men by a single point. The game burst into life with a stunning solo run and goal from Finnian Ó Laoí after just two minutes, and An Spideál had a 1-9 to 0-7 half-time lead after Fuerty lost Philip Neilan to a straight red card shortly before the interval. Fuerty rallied though with five points in succession after half-time, the last of which was scored after An Spideal’s Éamon Ó Conláin picked up his second yellow card to leave both sides down to 14 men. Thirteen of Fuerty’s sixteen points came from the placed ball, with all but one being scored by their dynamic inside duo Niall Kilroy and Gearoid Ennis. In total contrast An Spideal scored 1-11 from play, with Man of the Match Antoine O’Laoi landing 0-4 in another brilliant display. The sides were level at 1-12 to 0-15 heading into the closing stages before points from Antoine O’Laoi and Padraig Ooin O’Curraoin edged the Galway men 2 points clear, and although Fuerty narrowed the gap during the six added minutes of stoppage time a last gasp effort to force extra time went agonisingly wide. The final whistle sparked wild scenes of celebration for the huge crowd supporting An Spideal, who now march on to an All Ireland semi final meeting with either Naomh Éanna (Antrim) or Mullahoran (Cavan) An Spidéal – M Breathnach; É Ó Conláin, L Ó Ceallaigh, C Ó Caoimh; E Ó’Droighneáin, M Ó Curraoín, Ciarán Ó Laoí; PE Ó Curraoín, D Mac an Rí; S Ó Droighneáin, A Ó Laoí, F Ó Laoí; B Ó Conghaíle, Cormac Ó’Laoí, S Ó’Curraoín. Subs: L Ó Conghaíle for S Ó Droighneáin (48), A Ó Curraoín for S Ó Curraoín (53) C Ó Droighneáin for Ciarán Ó Laoí (60+2).Fuerty – L Byrne; A Whyte, T Bannon, M Ward; B McGahan, J Brennan, P Kellehan; P Neilan, N Keenan; O Lyons, E Bannon, C Murray; A Lyons, N Kilroy, G Ennis. Subs: D Heavey for McGahan (HT), R Fallon for Murray (35), C Leahy for Keenan (41, black card), Murray for A Lyons (58, black card), McGahan for Ward (60+2) After the game Tommy Devane spoke to Donal O’Fathartha from the management team of An Spideal…Audio Playerhttps://galwaybayfmsports.podbean.com/mf/play/p7zz4f/DONAL_O_FATHARTA.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Tommy also spoke to Man of the Match Antoine O’Laoi…Audio Playerhttps://galwaybayfmsports.podbean.com/mf/play/dq69vb/ANTONE_O_LAOI.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume..print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Scorers – An Spidéal: A Ó Laoí 0-4 (1f), F Ó Laoí 1-0, S Ó’Curraoín, Cormac Ó Laoí, M Breathnach (2f) 0-2 each, B Ó’Conghaíle, D Mac an Rí, S Ó Droighneáin, PE Ó Curraoín 0-1 each. Fuerty: G Ennis 0-9 (7f, 1 ’45), N Kilroy 0-6 (5f), B McGahan 0-1.last_img read more

McNeese State Drafted 8-year old Bowen Johnson for Doubleheader

first_imgSaid Sanford, “I am excited about the way our guys embraced the opportunity and look forward to watching both Bowen, his family, and our athletes get to know and support each other.” On Saturday, the Cowboys’ basketball team was part of something that’s both personal and touching. That’s because before the tip of McNeese’s Southland Conference basketball game against Houston Baptist, the team “signed” Bowen Johnson of Westlake, an 8-year old boy who is recovering from burns that have consumed over 85 percent of his body. In 2008, Bowen was trapped in his home when it was engulfed with flames. He was eventually rescued by his father but not before over 85 percent of his body was severely burned. “(Senior Associate Athletic Director) Bridget Martin connected me with the representatives of Team Impact. They gave me an overview of the Team Impacts purpose and goal… to connect kids who have life threatening or challenging sickness with college athletic teams to give them the opportunity to be a part of a team,” Sanford said. “In addition, they emailed me testimonies of college teams that were in the program and sent a video of actual teams ‘drafting’ kids onto their team. Two points impressed me. One, as the parents told of how this association with the team gave their kid confidence to face their illness, support from athletes they look up to and an identity with something bigger than themselves. And two, the college athletes themselves expressing how much they had been impacted by being associated with the young person.” The idea of drafting a child from Team IMPACT was brought to Cowboys’ head coach Dave Simmons by McNeese FCA Director Steve Sanford. After spending three months at LSUS Hospital, he was transferred to Cincinnati Shriners where he received burn therapy. In 2010 he was diagnosed with a heart murmur and because of that, collapsed at school due to cardiac arrest in 2012. He has since had a pacemaker installed to help regulate his heartbeat. Bowen was officially drafted onto the Cowboys’ basketball team during at a signing party held at Burton Coliseum and was introduced during the starting lineup of the Cowboys’ game. LAKE CHARLES, La. – McNeese State’s motto includes the words “personal touch.”center_img Now back in school, Bowen must go through two to three surgeries a year to help relieve the pressure of the lack of elasticity to his skin because of his burns. Doctors are also working on solutions that will allow him to have usable fingers and thumbs. “Sometimes we take for granted the abilities God has given us,” Ledrick Eackles said before the game. Eackles is a senior guard on the Cowboys’ team and one of four players that have been designated Team IMPACT leaders for Bowen. “We’re going to take him in, treat him as a member of our family and hopefully bring some joy and excitement. In return, there’s no doubt in my mind he’ll teach all of us everything about living life to its fullest and to be appreciative of our talents and abilities.” He spent the next three months in intensive care at LSU-Shreveport Hospital where he underwent 27 surgeries for skin grafts. During this time, his kidneys began to fail and he heart stopped three different times. In addition, doctors had to amputate his fingers because they no longer functioned due to the trauma caused by the fire. “Mr. Sanford showed (the team) a video of what Team IMPACT does and after the video, he told they guys to think about it for a few days and discuss it,” Simmons said. “He told them they needed to take their time with it because it’s going to require a complete commitment from them. They didn’t need a few days. Right there the guys decided this is something they wanted to do for this child.” Bowen is a child of Team IMPACT, a non-profit organization chartered to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening illnesses. Core to the organization’s model is harnessing the power of teamwork by matching these courageous kids with college athletic teams. As a member of the Cowboys, Bowen was treated like any other member of the team. He received team gear, had locker room access, attended practices and sat on the bench, among many other luxuries.last_img read more