North Korea Inquires About Aid for Reunions

first_img Jang Jae Eon, the chairman of the Central Committee of the Chosun Red Cross Society, the North Korean body which organizes separated family reunions, has suggested that the current round of reunions, which occurred last weekend at Mt. Geumgang in North Korea, were made possible by the goodwill of North Korea, and inquired as to whether or not South Korea intends to send aid to the North as a result. Jang was meeting with Yu Jong Ha, the president of the Korea National Red Cross (KNRC), for the first time on the second day of the reunion event, when he noted, “This was proposed as a gesture of goodwill by North Korea,” before inquiring, “so has South Korea considered an appropriate response?” However, Yu held a press conference at the Waegeumgang Hotel, where he explained to reporters, “We will send medical aid or donations for a Red Cross Hospital, but in order to demonstrate more serious gestures of goodwill, the authorities of the two sides must reach a consensus.”The “response” inquired about by Jang represents an indirect request for rice and fertilizer aid by the North Korean high authorities through him. During the previous Kim Dae Jung and Roh Moo Hyun administrations, North and South Korea often combined the holding of separated family reunions with rice and fertilizer aid in the same package. Yu explained, however, “The North did not specifically ask for rice or fertilizer aid. From the Red Cross’ perspective, it will do whatever it can, but an issue which demands a huge chunk of the citizens’ taxes (such as rice and fertilizer aid) should be decided upon by the South Korean authorities.” Yu also explained the way he wants to see the reunions develop, “Among the 120,000 separated families, 40,000 have already passed away,” he said, “Thus, the frequency of the reunions must increase. Until recently, 2,000~3,000 members of separated families passed away each month, but now this number has climbed to 4,000~5,000. It is difficult to expand the number of family members who can participate in a single reunion, so the frequency of the reunions must be increased if possible.” “When inter-Korean relations improve as a whole, it will help.” he concluded.Yu also pointed out the importance of postal exchanges and online meeting events for separated families, but did suggest, “Whether or not a loved one is still alive is a huge source of shock (to separated families). It would be better for checks to be done on this beforehand.”He added that online family reunions should be expanded out of consideration for the separated families for whom movement is difficult, and that the exchange of correspondences post-reunion should be institutionalized.But, speaking on Sunday, he also expressed a sense of expectation for the event at hand, “If the event wraps up smoothly tomorrow, and if the purely humanitarian nature of the reunions is reported in the press, then it will help promote inter-Korean relations.”Yu, who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs during the Kim Young Sam administration, went on, “In diplomacy, a situation which benefits myself but is disadvantageous to the other party can be considered a success, but in humanitarian issues, both sides have to be of help to each another. I gave up being a diplomat when I became the President of the Red Cross.”The reunion event this weekend consisted of individual reunions in the guest rooms at the Mt. Geumgang Hotel in the morning and outdoor reunions on the front lawn of the Onjungak, a rest stop, in the afternoon after a group luncheon. The South Korean group is returning on the afternoon of today, the 28th, after a farewell event this morning.A second round of reunions will take place between the 29th and the 1st of October; 99 North Korean and 449 South Korean separated family members are scheduled to participate. News News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Facebook Twitter There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img SHARE AvatarKim So Yeol News News North Korea Inquires About Aid for Reunions By Kim So Yeol – 2009.09.29 10:14am last_img read more

Discovery Learning Center Takes Shape At East Entrance To Boulder Campus

first_imgStudents, faculty and football fans visiting the Boulder campus this fall are likely to notice the College of Engineering’s new Discovery Learning Center taking shape at the east entrance to campus. The three-story building at the corner of Regent Drive and Colorado Avenue will provide a 45,000-square-foot addition to the engineering center for inquiry-based learning and research. Construction of the $15.3 million addition began in summer 2000 and will continue into the 2001 academic year. Exterior construction is scheduled to be complete in January, with official opening and dedication of the facility slated for April 26, 2002. A pedestrian walkway around the construction site, adjacent to the Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory, will continue to be in use through the fall semester. However, starting in the spring semester, pedestrians coming onto campus from lot 436 will be able to walk under the second-story bridge joining the ITL Laboratory with the Discovery Learning Center. From there, they will enter a new brick plaza adorned with a granite ball fountain and seating areas, nestled between the wings of the engineering center. Pedestrian and vehicle access to the engineering center from Colorado Avenue also will be restored by early spring. Engineering Drive, an L-shaped access road that links Colorado Avenue and Regent Drive, will be reconstructed, and a small parking lot with faculty, staff and visitor spaces, will be built on the north side of the new building. Pedestrians will be able to enter the plaza by walking under the third-story bridge joining the Discovery Learning Center with the north wing of the engineering center. Another eye-catching exterior feature of the new building is the observatory dome, which already has been lifted by crane onto the roof adjacent to Regent Drive. The observatory will house a 12.5-inch telescope built and donated to the Colorado Space Grant Consortium by Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education Rodney Taylor. Consortium director Elaine Hansen said the equipment will be used for education and student research, and that undergraduates plan to make the telescope remotely operable so students in K-12 classrooms across the country can view its images over the Internet. Laboratories for research and study in aerospace engineering and space experiments, biomaterials and biotechnology, drinking water systems, information technology and telecommunications will be housed in the new facility, along with videoconferencing, multimedia teaching and team meeting rooms. The Discovery Learning Center is part of a college-wide initiative to increase access to sponsored research for students at all levels. Like the Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory, which set a new standard for interdisciplinary hands-on learning when it opened in 1997, the DLC is pioneering a new educational philosophy – the widespread integration of undergraduates into the college’s research mission. The center, designed by Klipp Colussy Jenks DuBois Architects of Denver, was made possible by a match between state and private donations. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Aug. 26, 2001 last_img read more

Woman who pleaded guilty to running over US sailor: ‘I deeply regret what happened’

first_imgABC News(VISTA COUNTY, Calif.) — The California woman who pleaded guilty after fatally mowing down a U.S. sailor with her car in an apparent road rage incident opened up about the anguish she now feels about what happened.“It turned out terribly for everyone involved,” Darla Jackson, 27, told ABC News’ 20/20 in an interview at Vista County Jail. “I deeply regret what happened.”She was charged with first-degree murder after a highway altercation with 39-year-old Navy Chief Petty Officer Zach Buob on his motorcycle on May 28, 2015, that ended in his death.Earlier this year, Jackson pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to six years in prison.“My daughter doesn’t have her mother and won’t for a very long time,” she said through tears.Prosecutors said Jackson, who was driving a Nissan Altima, cut off Buob while traveling northbound on Interstate 5 near San Diego, and the two got into an argument. Jackson said he drove his red motorcycle aggressively, made hand gestures at her and kicked the side of her car, and that she chased him down, following him from I-5 onto state Route 54. Her attorney, Stephen Cline, said Buob’s kick was hard enough to leave a dent and a shoe print.“She couldn’t believe that he had done it,” Cline told 20/20, adding that Jackson decided to follow him to get the license plate number. But her decision to follow Buob ended badly. Another motorist captured a few seconds of her high-speed chase on video.“What happens is, he slows down. … The driver doesn’t react fast enough to that to gauge how much he’s slowing down,” Cline said. “So the nose of her car literally rolls up onto the back wheel of the motorcycle.”Police said the car and motorcycle skidded together for about 315 feet before they became dislodged and Buob hit the ground. Jackson said she swerved to avoid hitting the bike but ended up running over him. He died at a hospital.On Thursday, Jackson said she knows she never should have gotten that close to his motorcycle and that the situation was avoidable.“I let my pride get the best of me,” Jackson said. “I shouldn’t have been speeding. I shouldn’t have been negligent.”Watch the full story on ABC News’ 20/20 on Friday, June 30, at 10 p.m. ET. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more