Cho Myung Rok Dies, Military Reshuffle Awaits

first_imgAnalysis & Opinion AvatarKim Yong Hun By Kim Yong Hun – 2010.11.07 7:23pm Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center SHARE Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Analysis & Opinion RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Vice Marshal Cho Myung Rok, First Vice Chairman of the National Defense Commission, died yesterday morning at 82, focusing attention on how the North Korean authorities will reorganize following his passing. Chosun Central News Agency (KCNA) reported the news today, announcing, “Lamentably, Comrade Cho Myung Rok passed away at 10:30 A.M. on November 6, 2010 of chronic cardiac disease at age 82.” Cho Myung Rok was known as a source of real power in military circles following his appointment to First Vice Chairman of the National Defense Commission in 1998, following becoming Director of the Chosun People’s Army (KPA) General Political Department in October, 1995. However, due to health problems his public activities were reduced drastically starting in 2006. Even though he became a member of the Standing Committee of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Party at the 3rd Party Delegates’ Conference in late September, it was a nominal promotion reflecting Cho’s seniority rather than a practical appointment. Cho’s death may see Vice Marshal Lee Young Ho, who also assumed membership of the Standing Committee of the Politburo at the Delegates’ Conference, being handed the second most powerful role in the military. This would reflect Lee’s prominence as one of the closest associates of Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Eun alongside sister Kim Kyung Hee and brother-in-law Jang Sung Taek.Additionally, First Vice Director of the General Political Bureau of the Army Kim Jeong Kak or Politburo member and Party Secretary Choi Ryong Hae are prominent candidates for the empty position of Director of the General Political Department of the Workers’ Party, which is now vacant. Kim Yeon Su, a professor at Korean National Defense University explained in a telephone interview with The Daily NK, “Kim Young Chun and Oh Geuk Ryeol, who did not take any important positions at the Delegates’ Conference, are not appropriate for the General Political Department of the Army, which is in charge of the management of political life in the military, since they have been playing the role of field commander.” He added, “We need to pay attention to Central Military Commission members Choi Ryong Hae, who became a General at the Delegates’ Conference, and First Vice Director of the General Political Bureau of the Army Kim Jeong Kak.” “There is the possibility that the function and role of the General Political Bureau of the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces could be reinforced in order to strengthen control of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party over the People’s Army,” he went on. “If Kim Jeong Kak takes the position of Director of KPA General Political Department, Kim Jong Eun’s military leadership system could be completed, including Kim Kyung Ok (First Vice Director of the Guidance Department), who became a member of the Central Military Commission of the Party, and Choi Ryong Hae, all led by Lee Young Ho.” Facebook Twitter Cho Myung Rok Dies, Military Reshuffle Awaits Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion last_img read more

Coffee Project Receives $10.4 Million

first_imgRelatedCoffee Project Receives $10.4 Million Coffee Project Receives $10.4 Million AgricultureApril 9, 2013 RelatedCoffee Project Receives $10.4 Million RelatedCoffee Project Receives $10.4 Millioncenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Coffee Competitiveness Enterprise Programme is to receive $10.4 million this fiscal year, to help small farmers improve productivity, and producers to acquire appropriate tools and technologies.The project, as outlined in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, and being implemented by the Coffee Industry Board, seeks to provide capacity building of co-operatives in the central and northern regions of the island. The Common Fund for Commodities-financed project also seeks to promote consumption of good quality coffee.This year’s targets are to: procure seedlings and fertilizer; conduct farmer training; and provide post harvest support.Up to December, a number of activities were carried out to advance the programme, including the training of farmers; purchase of seedlings, fertilizer, small tools, pumps, office equipment and furniture; and the construction of a nursery in St. Catherine.By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reporter Advertisementslast_img read more

Safmarine MPV appoints Royal Burger in the Benelux

first_imgEstablished this month (January), Safmarine MPV is an independent unit within the AP Moller-Maersk (APMM) Group, offering liner services for project cargo and conventional breakbulk to the west African market.”Setting ourselves up independently allows us to cater more towards our customers’ needs. We’re confident that with Royal Burger we’ve found the right partner to meet the growing requirements of our business in the Benelux,” stated Jorg Knuttel, managing director of Safmarine MPV.”The new status of Safmarine MPV within the APMM Group is an exciting development, and Royal Burger Group is proud to have been selected as its liner agent in Belgium and the Netherlands,” commented Karel Peters (pictured below), ceo of Royal Burger Group.www.royalburgergroup.comwww.mysaf2.safmarine.comlast_img read more

Rain or Shine stays alive in Govs’ Cup playoffs

first_imgWith the win, the No. 7 Painters forced a do-or-die quarterfinals match with the No. 2 KaTropa on Friday night. KaTropa needed only one win to enter the semifinals with its twice-to-beat advantage.Painters surged to an early 8-4 lead on back-to-back triples by Bullock but KaTropa countered with a run to snatch a 23-17 lead on a trey by Glen Rice Jr. Painters answered back with 5 straight points from Chris Tiu to come to within 26-28.KaTropa managed to raise the lead to 36-28 but triples by Bullock and Celedonio Trollano tied the score 42-all before treys by Norwood and Bullock pushed Painters to get ahead 52-47.TNT started strong in the third frame on hits by Jayson Castro to regain the lead 72-69 but Painters countered with triples from Tiu, Norwood and Beau Belga to surge to an 84-75 lead.Painters continued with outside shooting in the fourth to build its largest lead 102-82 on hits by Bullock and Maverick Ahanmisi but KaTropa made a huge run to trim the deficit 95-102.KaTropa pulled even closer 102-105 after a 3-pointer by Castro and four straight points by Rice. But free throws by Ahanmisi and Norwood sealed the victory for Rain or Shine.On the other hand, Star Hotshots became the first team to advance to the semifinals after its come-from-behind win over NLEX Road Warriors 89-77 on Tuesday night.Kristofer Acox had 21 points and 12 rebounds for Hotshots, which will face the winner in the Meralco Bolts-Blackwater Elite game, which was being played as of press time, in a best-of-five semifinal series./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Rain or Shine stays alive in Govs’ Cup playoffs ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – Rain or Shine Elasto Painters staved off an endgame run by TNT KaTropa to escape with a 106-102 win in the PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals yesterday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.J’Nathan Bullock led the way with double-double 31 points and 14 rebounds while Gabe Norwood and Raymond Almazan had 15 and 13 points, respectively, for Painters.last_img read more