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— NK NEWS (@nknewsorg) December 6, 2013
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— JamesTurnbull (@JamesTurnbull) December 8, 2013
The South Koreans were having discussions about declaring this ADIZ and it appears since the Chinese would not back off on their ADIZ announcements that the South Koreans had to declare one themselves:
South Korea Sunday declared an expanded air defence zone that overlaps with one announced by China and covers a submerged rock disputed by the two countries, as tensions rise over competing territorial claims.
The defence ministry said its new zone, which will take effect on December 15, would cover Ieodo — a rock in waters off its south coast which China calls Suyan.
The airspace above the Seoul-controlled rock — long a source of tension between South Korea and China — is also covered by Chinese and Japanese air defence zones.
China heightened tensions last month when it unilaterally declared an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea, in which foreign planes are supposed to file flight plans with Beijing.
The zone — which encompasses some areas currently controlled by South Korea or Japan — has drawn intense protests from the two neighbours and objections from key allies such as the United States. [AFP]
You can read more at the link.
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— Korea News Summary (@ROKreport) December 6, 2013
The wide-body jet first introduced in 1971 will soon no longer be used for carrying passengers.
Some commercial jets receive soaring fanfare when they hang up their wings.
Remember all that fuss over the Concorde?
Now it’s the McDonnell Douglas DC-10′s turn.
But what sort of retirement party awaits the airline industry’s final scheduled DC-10 passenger flight?
The final-flight honor goes to Bangladesh Biman Airlines, operator of the world’s last passenger DC-10 — which the airline says will be making its final scheduled flight on December 7, on an otherwise routine flight. (The airline hasn’t said which route the plane will fly.)
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The aircraft will then remain grounded in standby mode while awaiting the arrival of its successor, a shiny new Boeing B777-300ER — and eventual shipment to an undisclosed aviation museum in the United States.
While passenger service comes to an end for the iconic, wide-body, three-engine workhorse of late-20th-century air travel, the DC-10 won’t completely disappear from the skies.
It’s still commonly used by cargo companies, such as FedEx and Purolator.
In February 2014, Biman Bangladesh Airlines plans to fly passengers from the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka to Birmingham, England, on its retired DC-10, one last time.-CNN
So its really the next to last flight.
The DC-10 got a bad reputation in the late 70′s that it really didn’t deserve. What happened to the plane that crashed in Chicago was the fault of maintenance, not the persons who designed the aircraft. The disaster outside of Paris was a little trickier. MCD had been forewarned of the cargo door problems but noone insisted that the flaw be fixed right away. Nevertheless, if the person who closed the door before takeoff could have read the warning sign, or the flight engineer done the pre-flight check he was supposed to have done, that crash would have never happened.
A curious DC-10 crash was the one that happened in Boston. The aircraft ended up in the harbor but only a father and son were killed. Their bodies were never found and for that reason(and a few others) some people think they were never on the aircraft or that the father and son used the post crash confusion to disappear.
I liked the DC-10s. Back in the late 90′s I used to travel alot between my home and Los Angeles courtesy of Northwest Airlines. I used to connect in Detroit, and I liked their noontime flight because it used the DC-10. What was the cause of this preference of mine? I would always get a first class upgrade due to my Platinum or Gold Frequent Flyer status. First Class seats were always at a premium on flights to and from LA. Northwest’s DC-10s had 36 first class seats.
Newman had been held since October 26th.
North Korea has released a US veteran of the Korean War who had been detained in the country since October.
State news agency KCNA says Merrill Newman was expelled on “humanitarian grounds” after confessing to “crimes” in the 1950-53 war and “apologising”.
Mr Newman, 85, had been held on charges of “hostile acts” against the North, while visiting as a tourist.
The US state department welcomed the decision to free Mr Newman, who is now flying back to the US.
“We are pleased that Mr Merrill Newman has been allowed to depart the DPRK (North Korea) and re-join his family. We welcome the DPRK’s decision to release him,” said state department spokeswoman Marie Harf.
“I’m very glad to be on my way home,” Mr Newman told Japanese reporters after arriving in the Chinese capital.
“And I appreciate the tolerance the DPRK government has given to me to be on my way. I feel good. I want to go home to see my wife.”
Last week, KCNA said Mr Newman had ordered the deaths of North Korean soldiers and civilians in the Korean War.- BBC
One man coming home but Kenneth Bae remains.
Here is the latest on the NIS electioneering issue where it appears someone at the Blue House may have been responsible for leaking the information about the reported love child that forced the prosecutor investigating the NIS to resign:
The government worker who the Blue House claimed asked a staff member on the presidential office’s general affairs team to illegally acquire the personal information of a 54-year-old woman and her 11-year-old son – the alleged paramour and illegitimate child of former Prosecutor-General Chae Dong-wook – denied the allegations yesterday.
His denial is the latest in an unfolding case concerning a Blue House employee’s request to the Seocho District official, Cho Lee-je, to acquire the records of the woman and her son. The government worker, an employee at the Public Administration and Security Ministry, was identified only by his surname Kim. [Joong Ang Ilbo]
You can read much more at the link, but someone should be held accountable if improper things were done to disclose the information about Chae Dong-wook’s supposed love child. However, for the whole NIS electioneering issue you can read my viewpoint on this at this link.
Transparency International has put out there annual corruption list and unsurprisingly North Korea among other usual suspects top the list:
For 20 years, Transparency International has kept us informed about corruption around the world.
“Corruption is the abuse of power for private gain,” says the organization. “It hurts everyone who depends on the integrity of people in a position of authority.”
The harms of corruption are widespread. It can limit people’s access to food, water, medicine, and education. It can lead to crumbling infrastructure and poor sanitation. It privileges the few at the expense of the many.
Every year, the group quantifies these harms in its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), which ranks nations and territories and assigns each a corruption score. This year’s CPI found that 69 percent of the world’s countries are seriously corrupt or worse. Regionally, Eastern Europe and Central Asia ranked the worst, Western Europe and the EU the best.
Here are the winners and losers from the CPI 2013: [Global Post]
You can view the list at the link.