The Park Chung Hee Era: The Transformation of South Korea

first_imgThis selection of essays edited by Ezra F. Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus, and Byung-Kook Kim recovers and contextualizes many of the ambiguities in South Korea’s trajectory from poverty to a sustainable high rate of economic growth.last_img

Nerds Musical Will Make Spring Broadway Bow

first_img from $39 It’s been circling the Great White Way for some time, and it is now confirmed that Nerds, A Musical Dot-Comedy will upload to Broadway. Directed by Casey Hushion and choreographed by Josh Bergasse, the new tuner about tech legends Bill Gates and Steve Jobs is set to begin previews on March 31. Tickets are now on sale for the production, which is scheduled to officially open on April 21 at the Longacre Theatre. Allegiance will depart the venue on February 14.Featuring a book and lyrics by Jordan Allen-Dutton and Erik Weiner and music by Hal Goldberg, Nerds tells the story of the rise of computer technology and the two men that made it all possible—Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. The production follows the founding fathers of personal computing as they transform from nerds to billionaires.The Broadway cast will be announced soon.The production will feature scenic design by Lee Savage, projection design by Daniel Brodie, costume design by Jennifer Caprio, lighting design by Jason Lyons and sound design by Nevin Steinberg.Nerds previously ran in 2013 at North Carolina Theatre’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, with Stanley Bahorek as Bill Gates, Darren Ritchie as Steve Jobs, Diana DeGarmo as Sally and Leslie Kritzer as Myrtle, under the direction of Marc Bruni. Related Shows View Comments Nerds, A Musical Dot-Comedylast_img read more

Ryann Redmond & Kristy Cates Enlisted for Wonderettes

first_img View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 6, 2019 It’s their party! Ryann Redmond and Kristy Cates will join The Marvelous Wonderettes off-Broadway. The jukebox musical is playing at Theatre Row’s Kirk Theatre.From August 24, Redmond is set to board the cast as Suzy Simpson, replacing Diana DeGarmo, who will play her final performance on August 14. Redmond’s Broadway credits include If/Then and Bring It On: the Musical.On September 21, Cates, a former Elphaba, will step in as Missy Miller; she is currently appearing as Ms. Bassett in Finding Neverland. Christina Bianco is scheduled to play her final performance as Missy on August 17. Meg Lanzarone will appear in the role from August 24 through September 18.Created, written, and originally directed by Roger Bean, The Marvelous Wonderettes takes a trip down memory lane to the 1958 Springfield High School prom. The show follows the lives and loves of the Wonderettes, four girls with big dreams and bigger crinoline skirts, from prom night to their 10-year reunion. The score highlights over 20 chart-topping hits of the era, including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” and “It’s My Party.”The production also currently stars Jenna Leigh Green as Cindy Lou, Sally Schwab as Betty Jean and Mackenzie Barmen as the Wonderstudy.center_img The Marvelous Wonderettes ‘Marvelous Wonderettes’last_img read more

Biggest Scottish offshore wind farm begins producing power

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:Scotland’s biggest offshore wind farm has started to produce power. Following the installation of its first seven megawatt turbine, the £2.6 billion ($3.41 billion) Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm sent power to the National Grid for the first time towards the end of last week.Located around eight miles (13 kilometers) off the Caithness coast, the facility will have 84 turbines and be able to generate enough power to supply the equivalent of 450,000 homes. The whole project is set to be completed by spring 2019.“We often talk about key milestones along a project’s journey, and Beatrice has had quite a few to date, but to see the first turbine turning in the Moray Firth and to have reached first power safely, ahead of programme and on budget is a fantastic achievement for everyone connected to the project,” John Hill, Beatrice’s project director, said in a statement last Thursday.According to the Scottish government, Scotland is home to 25 percent of Europe’s offshore wind resources. More broadly, there are more than 58,000 jobs in Scotland’s low carbon and renewable energy economy.Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited is a joint venture partnership between SSE, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Red Rock Power Limited.More: Milestone for offshore wind as $3.4 billion facility starts producing power Biggest Scottish offshore wind farm begins producing powerlast_img read more

National Geographic Atlas Giveaway

first_imgEnter to win a National Geographic State Recreation Atlas!We will draw one winner each week through May 31st, so be sure to comeback and enter again!Enter below:This contest is now closed! Thanks for all who entered. Be sure to check out all our other great giveaways here.Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning  date. Entries must be received by mail or through the contest sign-up page by 12:00 noon EST on May 31st, 2013. One entry per person. One winner per household.  Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United  States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older.  Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge  Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No  liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate,  non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled,  mistranscribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for  technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable  network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer  transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of  processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the  sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and National Geographic reserve  the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information  and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their  sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry  process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes.  Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating  sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies  shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from  acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash,  or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of  the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to  allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion.  Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater  value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply.  Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors  office on or before June 30th, 6:00 PM EST 2013. Winners will be contacted by  the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7  days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of  winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received.last_img read more

Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Seeks to Expand in Latin America

first_imgBy Dialogo December 02, 2010 The situation of those Men and Women of Faith who profess the religion of Islam is a very difficult one, and they are a minority. To equate them with terrorists would be to play into the came of the actual offenders. On the other hand, in our country there has never existed bloody confrontations, what’s more, in the towns there are no differences, and the majorities are immigrants, always putting first the solidarity between different migratory currents. Reflection and tact, respect and consideration for the differences, will take us to a HUMAN co-existence – not stigmatize, is a way to resist the violent offenders. The Ahmadiyya group are considered to be non-Muslims by the majority of Muslim scholars in Islam. May the true and peaceful Islam reign supreme over all those seeking to spread violence and discord. Very good news. I can find hardly any information from the community. There is no webpage for Latin America in Colombia, is there? The Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community announced in the Guatemalan capital that it is seeking to expand in Latin America by sending missionaries to Colombia and Chile and with the possible construction of a mosque in El Salvador. “The objective is to start over in those countries and reestablish Islamic missions,” after failures in South America in 1992 and in Central America in 1988, the Community’s spokesperson in the United States, Waseem Sayed, said at a press conference while visiting Guatemala. Sayed explained that he headed a 1988 delegation to establish missions in the countries of Central America, except for Nicaragua, “but it wasn’t possible.” Nevertheless, he said that there are members of the Community in El Salvador, for which reason they are studying the possibility of buying a piece of land and building a mosque in 2011. The vice-president of the Community in the United States, Daud A. Hanif, specified that the religious group was able to enter Guatemala in 1989, when they founded their first mosque, while this year they inaugurated another in Quetzaltenango, the country’s second most important city, 206 km west of the capital. The religious leader also dismissed the possibility that true Muslims could be behind terrorist attacks, like those that took place in the United States on 11 September 2001. According to the leader, the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is made up of around 200 million people in 197 countries and is recognized by the international community and the United Nations as peaceful.last_img read more

Current Scenarios Represent Great Challenges for Countries in the Western Hemisphere

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati / Diálogo September 23, 2019 In Ecuador, the Armed Forces Joint Command’s director of operations, or G3, is responsible for advising and taking part in the planning, preparation, and execution of military operations at the strategic level as a member of the Operational Joint Staff. Their role is to assist in decision-making, command and control, and to issue orders at the operational level. Ecuadorean Army Brigadier General Fabián Fuel Revelo, director of operations of the Armed Forces Joint Command, spoke with Diálogo at the 2019 South American Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC) held in August in the city of Natal, Brazil.Diálogo: The main topic at SOUTHDEC 2019 is Regional Cooperation in Response to Hemispheric Challenges. What are these challenges, and what is your country’s main contribution to counter them?Ecuadorean Army Brigadier General Fabián Fuel Revelo, director of operations of the Armed Forces Joint Command: Current scenarios represent a great challenge for countries in the hemisphere, since their complexity requires regional cooperation to create strategic alert capabilities that would enable initiatives to achieve shared security, identifying common threats and, based on these, evaluating our strengths to allow us to take advantage of opportunities to confront them.In this sense, Ecuador promotes information exchange at the bilateral and multilateral levels at the higher command level. This stems from the experience acquired in natural disaster prevention and risk management, border protection operations, operations to control illegal mining, and others to support State and interagency institutions.It’s important to acknowledge that the South American Defense Conference is a forum that helps strengthen steps for mutual trust between countries of the region, and it also represents a relevant opportunity to discuss and create common proposals for security and defense in the multilateral cooperation domain.Diálogo: Ecuador is part of the so-called Ring of Fire in the Pacific, and is prone to natural events such as earthquakes and volcanoes. What does the country have to share with others in the region in terms of humanitarian assistance, especially in the area of information operations?Brig. Gen. Fuel: Ecuador is highly exposed to natural events, which means that we have to seek prevention methods to reduce vulnerability and, in turn, the likelihood that disasters or catastrophes will happen.The earthquake that shook the northern coast of the country on April 16, 2016, prompted the Ecuadorean Armed Forces to support the Risk Management System in security aspects, in support of the National Police and humanitarian logistics efforts, for which a structure based on military logistics organization was established that included production, storage, and distribution centers all over the country.Moreover, information operations in risk management are conducted through the Armed Forces Social Communication System. This system includes each force’s Social Communication guidelines, as well as those of the Ministry of Defense, which all contribute with their human and material resources, along with their liaisons, reach, and procedures to manage the information generated in the affected area in a synchronized way.Through their psychological operations capacity, information operations in risk management carry out psychological actions (civil actions, development support, etc.) to strengthen the resilience of the affected population, to motivate reconstruction, to generate acceptance for the Armed Forces’ presence and support, and to strengthen the morale and conviction of the forces themselves to fulfill their duties in the affected area.Diálogo: What are the benefits of working with other nations, such as the United States, in information operations?Brig. Gen. Fuel: The main capabilities of information operations are things like psychological operations, cyberdefense, electronic warfare, and deception and security in operations; all these have a great technological demand. It is therefore necessary to have ongoing training and instruction, in keeping with the advances and innovations that the U.S. military might provide to us.In the same way, the experience of partner nations’ armies in the sphere of information operations would help improve our planning and execution processes to support military operations.Diálogo: What collaboration programs do the Ecuadorean Armed Forces have with other armed forces of the region?Brig. Gen. Fuel: Some of the most relevant are:– Binational programs with Peru and Colombia,– High commands conferences with Peru, Brazil, and Chile,– Educational exchanges at the levels of instruction, development, and specialization with Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and the United States.Diálogo: What is your immediate goal as your country’s G3 director?Brig. Gen. Fuel: Planning and advising on the strategic management of operations executed by the Armed Forces, as part of completing assigned missions based on principles of efficiency and efficacy, and always with unconditional respect for human rights and the applicable legal framework. In addition, updating military strategic planning to employ and develop the force to allow the Ecuadorean Armed Forces to project toward the future as an institution that protects the rights, liberties, and guarantees of Ecuadorean citizens.last_img read more

China Does Not Want a Democratic-Dominated World Order

first_imgBy Brian Fonseca / Director of the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy at Florida International University’s Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs February 13, 2020 Latin American and Caribbean countries should force China to follow the rule of law to preserve the integrity of its institutions.Chinese involvement in Latin America is largely a result of China’s 21st century rise as a global economic and political power. China’s total trade with the region grew from $17 billion in 2002 to nearly $306 billion by 2018, effectively becoming the region’s second most important trading partner (and first for several Latin American countries). China’s growth in the region stems largely from its need to access natural resources and markets critical to maintain its economic growth. At the same time, Beijing also looks to the region to bolster its global political influence in multilateral organizations like the World Trade Organization and the United Nations, as well as regional organizations such as the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and the Inter-American Development Bank.From the strategic geopolitical perspective, Chinese engagement in the Western Hemisphere is part of its broader global efforts aimed at shaping a world consistent with China’s authoritarian political model. Beijing sees the dominant democratic world order as a persistent threat to its own survival as an authoritarian political regime. The ongoing violent protests in Hong Kong, a reaction to Beijing’s overreach into Hong Kong policies, serve to reinforce the persistent threat that democratic freedoms pose to authoritarian regimes like China. But despite the strategic and even aspirational intent to China’s rise, there still remains elements of opportunism that guide its global — and hemispheric — engagement. Chinese activities across Latin America and the Caribbean vary in size and scope and it is important to keep in mind that the region is in fact part of a global effort on the part of Beijing to increase its overall economic, political, and security influence, and secure geostrategic footholds in important regions around the world — like Latin America and the Caribbean.To that end, Chinese growing economic and political engagement is challenging Latin American and Caribbean strategic interests in three major areas. First, Chinese economic practices are increasing Latin American and Caribbean nations’ dependencies on China and challenge nations’ sovereignty. Second, economic practices combined with the proliferation of Chinese surveillance and IT technologies undermine the efficacy of democratic institutions and expand Chinese influence across economic, political, and security landscapes. Third, Beijing’s complex information campaign is leveraging Chinese and regional media platforms. Confucius Institutes, and overseas ethnic Chinese communities purge anti-Beijing sentiment and increase its soft power influence across the region.Democratic governance and political autonomy challengedOver the last decade and a half, China has grown into an important economic partner to many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. China’s economic engagement with the region has encouraged and enabled many Latin American and Caribbean nations to pursue more agency in their respective international diplomatic and economic activity, to the benefit of the region. In exchange, China extracts raw materials and accesses foreign markets that fuel its own economic growth and satisfy the domestic demands of its population. There is nothing intentionally nefarious about that and not all Chinese economic engagements are designed to undermine the sovereignty and security of nations in the region. So, the concern isn’t that China is pursuing economic ties with the region; rather, the problem is that China is not doing business according to the democratic principles that the region has fought so hard to uphold. In many cases, China’s business practices undermine already struggling democratic institutions by inducing corruption and circumventing transparency and accountability — all of which are core pillars of democratic governance. Chinese economic engagements also undermine rule of law and bypass important environmental and labor standards.Beijing leverages a mix of economic and political practices designed to persuade Latin American countries to align with China’s domestic and foreign policy objectives. Beijing uses trade and investment as means of influencing Latin American and Caribbean countries to provide political support for Beijing — for example Beijing’s One China Policy — as well as favorable conditions for Chinese businesses. For example, China uses the attractiveness of its large market and financing — often at the direction of Beijing — to obtain work projects and enter markets on its terms, force partnerships from which it can steal critical technology, and use its resources to advance its own position, especially in strategic industries like telecommunications, agriculture, artificial intelligence, robotics, and big data, as noted in Made in China 2025 (the state-led industrial policy launched in May 2015 seeks to move China away from being the world’s “factory” and into producing higher value products and services). And of course, Chinese firms aggressively court Latin American and Caribbean public officials and economic elite through bribery and quid pro quo arrangements that break with the region’s recent gains in countering public corruption.Chinese banks — China Development Bank and the Export-Import Bank of China — have become the largest lenders in Latin America and play a critical role in charming and grooming Latin American and Caribbean nations through loans with manageable rates. However, it is the accumulation of this debt that could, over time, weigh on governments and compromise their respective autonomy in political, economic, and security decision-making. In Latin America, accumulated loans have surpassed $140 billion from 2005 to 2018. Venezuela followed by Brazil, Ecuador, and Argentina are the top recipients of Chinese loans.Aerial view of a truck on a road crossing the flooded southern zone of the Uyuni Salt Flat, Bolivia, on July 10, 2019. Bolivia is getting ready to produce lithium, key for China’s electromotive industry. (Photo: Pablo Cozzaglio / AFP)Cheap and risky technologiesChinese investments in telecommunications, artificial intelligence, and other critical technologies represent a concern to the hemisphere due to security vulnerabilities in Chinese technologies, the potential that these technologies could serve as intelligence collection platforms against the U.S. and its partners, and questions about the overall impacts on digital sovereignty and norms. Further, Chinese investment in surveillance technology is likely to affect the digital sovereignty and norms of Latin America.In particular, China has installed surveillance systems in Ecuador, Bolivia, Panama, Uruguay, and Argentina. According to Evan Ellis, research professor of Latin American studies at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College, the spread of these systems can normalize the type of privacy violations authoritarian states commit against their populations. He argues that these systems can be used to acquire vast amounts of data on the United States and the region. It is possible that there are backdoors in the surveillance systems that allow China to collect information as national authorities use these technologies. This could place information of Latin American citizens in the hands of the Chinese government.Suppressing the anti-Beijing sentimentChina is also engaged in complex information campaigns that erode Western sources of information, challenge Western narratives, and promote Chinese soft power. For China, information operations in the region are viewed as vital to combating dissident movements such as the Falun Gong, further isolating Taiwan (where nearly half of all countries that recognize Taiwan reside in Latin America and the Caribbean), masking Chinese human rights issues in Tibet and with Uyghur Muslims, and countering pro-democracy movements (take Venezuela as an example).Using Chinese and regional media outlets and leveraging the more than 40 Confucius Institutes in the region, China presents alternative views on a wide range of topics. It also uses Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms to promote Mandarin language — especially among overseas ethnic Chinese. This enables Beijing to communicate to and through vital overseas ethnic Chinese communities as a means of deepening organic influence in host countries. China also leverages its China-Latin America & Caribbean Press Center, which hosts journalists from Latin America in China for extended stays of five to six months before going back home. Regarding the success of these initiatives, polling indicates a steady increase in Chinese favorability in the region — in some cases surpassing the United States. While this result can’t be traced solely to Chinese information operations, it is likely that Chinese information campaigns have strengthened its overall brand in the region.So, what should the region do to preserve the integrity of its institutions? Force China to follow the rule of law. The hemisphere has worked hard to deepen democratic reforms, build resiliency in its political and economic institutions, defend against corruption, protect its environment, and advocate for labor practices that strengthen working classes all across the region.last_img read more

Learn How To Unclog Sink Drains With Alure Home Improvements

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By Alure Home ImprovementsAs Alure Home Improvements Chief Operating Officer Doug Cornwell points out from firsthand experience no doubt, those pop-up drains in the sink do indeed tend to get choked up—and we don’t mean emotionally.They get stuck with stuff. They can’t help it. Imagine what they have to put up with, day in, day out.Cornwell gets right down to it during a recent episode of Alure’s “60-Second Fix: How To Unclog Your Sink Drain.”“Today we’re talking about sink drains,” he says. “They’re prone to clogging. I’m going to show you why they clog and how to clear the clog.”First, look at the underneath assembly of the drain.According to Cornwell, those hooks and wires that help to attach the drain stopper to the sink act as a kind of net that grabs all the debris that you really want to wash down the drain. Think of these things like a little trap or a kind of miniature metallic octopus. It lets liquid flow through, as it’s intended to do, but objects are a different story.So if there’s hair, food particles, detritus, sticky soap residue, insoluble substances of all kinds (we don’t want to know!), they can all add up to trouble: blockage, big time.To solve this conundrum of congestion, you have to look under the sink. In this simple demonstration, Cornwell holds up the pop-up drain so you can easily see what he’s getting at.On the underside of the pop-up drain body is a collar around a protruding knob that’s called a retaining nut. Unscrew this nut and expose the horizontal pivot rod that raises and lowers the drain stopper. It’s connected to the vertical sink-top lever descending from the faucet assembly. Once you’ve loosened the retaining nut on the pop-up drain, you should be able to easily grab the pivot rod and remove it. Doing that should release the pop-up stopper so you can take it from the sink and inspect it.Now, examine the parts you have at your disposal, so to speak, and clean off all extraneous matter until they’re spic and span, or at least as clean as you can make them.Once you’re satisfied with their condition, simply reverse the process.Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsSlip the pop-up stopper back into the drain. Then insert the underneath pivot rod and make sure it works properly when it’s attached to the sink-top lever.Next, tighten up the retaining nut so the pop-up stopper is back in place where you started. Except this time, there’s a welcome difference. The water should flow freely down the drain as it’s meant to do.And if you want to stop the flow, you can do that, too, because the stopper functions without a hitch. When you want to stop up the sink, the stopper seal fits the drain like a glove. Remember, another major problem with a clogged drain is that if the pop-up stopper doesn’t sit properly when it’s closed, it wastes water, and you don’t want to do that, whether you live in a drought or in the middle of a rain forest.But thanks to the expertise of Alure Home Improvement’s Doug Cornwell, your pop-up drain stopper is clean as a whistle! Now you have the chance to go out and learn how to clog dance!last_img read more

Algoma Wraps Up Acquisition Deal with Oldendorff

first_imgAlgoma Shipping, a subsidiary of Canadian shipping company Algoma Central Corporation, has finalized the acquisition of the interest held by Oldendorff Carriers in the CSL International Pool.As a result of the transaction, Algoma’s interest in the pool, that included three vessels owned by Oldendorff, has increased to around 40%.The Handy-sized Algoma Verity (formerly the Alice Oldendorff) and the Panamax vessels Algoma Valour and Algoma Victory (formerly the Harmen Oldendorff and the Sophie Oldendorff, respectively) bring Algoma’s ocean going self-unloader fleet to eight vessels operating in the pool. The units were acquired at a price of USD 100 million.“Deploying our capital to grow our position in the ocean self-unloader business is strategic and positions Algoma well for pool growth that we foresee in the years ahead,” said Peter Winkley, Chief Financial Officer of Algoma.“We know this business and these ships well and with customer demand remaining strong, we believe this is a good time to increase our investment in a business that has generated strong returns for us in the past,” Winkley added.last_img read more