Programa do Galvão ganha plateia e novos cenários no SporTV

O “Bem, Amigos!”, do Galvão Bueno,  vem com novos cenários e presença de plateia, a partir de segunda-feira, no Sportv. O programa ainda terá como convidados o treinador Muricy Ramalho e o grupo RPM de Paulo Ricardo.

Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Rafinha Bastos e a Band rescindem contrato

Rafinha Bastos e a Band não têm mais nenhum compromisso


Rafinha Bastos e a Bandeirantes não têm mais nenhum compromisso. O contrato que havia entre as partes foi rescindido há poucos dias, após se concluir que não existe mesmo a possibilidade de um novo trabalho em curto ou médio prazo.

Rafinha e a Band até agora não se pronunciaram de forma oficial, mas já há segurança sobre esse rompimento.

Sabe-se, por outro lado, que ele foi procurado pela Warner/4Cabezas para um projeto e também pela produtora Floresta, da executiva Elisabetta Zenatti para a gravação de um piloto para o cabo.

Na Band, em sua primeira passagem, de 2008 a 2011, Rafinha participou do “CQC” e “A Liga”, quando se envolveu em uma polêmica com a cantora Wanessa Camargo.

Passou rapidamente pela Rede TV!, em 2012, apresentando o “Saturday Night Live”, até voltar à Bandeirantes em 2014 para substituir Danilo Gentili no comando do “Agora é Tarde”.

No começo do ano, depois de ser anunciado como uma das atrações da grade de 2015, o programa foi tirado do ar para não mais voltar.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Korea DPR and Korea Republic to have talks on ex-first lady’s Korea DPR visit next week


Aides to late former President Kim Dae-jung said Friday they plan to make another trip to North Korea next week for discussions over an envisioned trip by the former leader’s widow to the North.
Lee Hee-ho, 93, who was the South’s first lady during Kim’s five-year tenure until 2003, is seeking to visit the communist nation as early as early July for humanitarian purposes.
Talks for the trip’s itinerary were held in the North’s border city of Kaesong on Tuesday, but the two sides failed to set a specific date and agreed to have another meeting.
Kim Sung-jae, an official at the Kim Dae-jung Peace Center, said that five representatives from the center plan to visit the North on Monday to finalize the details over the trip. The Unification Ministry plans to approve it on Friday.
They delivered to the North Lee’s hope that she could visit the North in July for a four-day stay to deliver knit hats, scarves and clothes to North Korean children.
Lee’s envisioned visit has won much attention as the move could help improve the strained inter-Korean ties amid prospects that she may meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
North Korea has recently intensified its verbal attack against the South following an opening of a U.N. office in Seoul tasked with monitoring the North’s human rights records.
Lee’s late husband was the architect of the “sunshine” policy that actively pushed cross-border exchanges and reconciliation. He held the first inter-Korean summit with then North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in 2000.
Lee first expressed her wish to visit the North last October to help North Korean children, but she had to postpone her trip due to cold winter weather.
She sent a wreath of flowers in December last year to the North to mark the third anniversary of the death of the current leader’s father, Kim Jong-il. In response, the North’s young leader said in a letter that he was “looking forward to having Lee in Pyongyang once the weather got warmer in 2015.”
In April, the peace center made a request for a prior contact over Lee’s visit, but the North rejected it, citing “complex inter-Korean circumstances.” (Yonhap)


The Korea Herald

North Korean officials abroad seek for asylum: source

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North Korean officials abroad are increasingly irritated by the North’s leader Kim Jong-un’s so-called reign of terror and some of them have applied for asylum in South Korea, an informed source here said Thursday.
South Korea’s state spy agency earlier said that since taking power in late 2011, Kim has had about 70 senior officials executed in an effort to tighten his grip on the communist regime.
A number of North Korea’s working-level officials based in foreign nations have sought asylum apparently to avoid Kim’s rule, the source said, requesting anonymity.
“Many of them feel agitated (by Kim’s rule) and some have already defected to the South,” the source said.
The National Intelligence Service said in May that former defense chief Hyon Yong-chol was apparently purged due to his disloyalty to Kim and he might even have been executed with an anti-aircraft gun.
Earlier Thursday, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper said about 10 North Korean military and party officials have made asylum attempts and some of them have defected to South Korea or chosen to stay in a third country.
The report said that a mid-ranking North Korean party official who used to serve in Hong Kong came to the South with his family early this year. The official reportedly used to manage the slush funds of the North Korean leader.
It also added a high-ranking military official is staying in a third country after fleeing the North.
An official at the Unification Ministry declined to comment on the report. (Yonhap)


The Korea Herald

Kim Jong-un inspects new institute at technology university

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspected a newly built institute at a renowned technology university in Pyongyang, praising it as a cutting-edge scientific research center, the North’s media said Friday.

The North’s Korean Central News Agency said that Kim gave “field guidance” to the automation institute of Kim Chaek University of Technology. The dispatch did not specify when Kim made such an inspection.

The automation institute consists of a seven-floor main building and a four-floor annex, which sits on a bank of the Taedong River, running through the capital. The construction began in November last year.

Kim was pleased that “The institute was built in such a way as to visually showcase the policies of the ruling Workers’ Party that attach an importance to science and technology,” the KCNA said.

The report added that Kim was in particular satisfied that the institute has been built with a glass roof that enables it to utilize solar energy.

Kim’s inspection came as the North on Wednesday opened a new terminal at Pyongyang International Airport, which will be used for flights abroad. (Yonhap)


The Korea Herald

Korea DPR vows to sharpen its striking means against Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense

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North Korea vowed Friday to develop cutting-edge striking means and beef up its nuclear capability as the United States. is seeking to deploy an advanced missile defense system in South Korea.
The U.S. is considering deploying a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery on South Korean soil, home to about 28,500 American troops, in a bid to counter evolving threats from North Korea. Washington and Seoul have said there have been neither consultation nor decision on the issue.
North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun, the communist party’s official newspaper, raised its flak against Washington over the possible deployment, saying that the move will touch off an arms race in the Asia-Pacific region.
“If a conflict occurs, South Korea will be the first target of the DPRK’s neighboring countries as it has turned into a forefront base and advanced nuclear base for carrying out its American master’s Asia-Pacific strategy,” the newspaper said.
DPRK is the acronym of North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
“The North’s army and people will closely watch the U.S. ploy while continuing to develop its own cutting-edge striking means and strengthen nuclear deterrents,” it said. “This would be the best strategy to beat out Washington’s move to turn the Korean Peninsula into a flash point of a new world war.”
The issue of the THAAD deployment has become one of the most sensitive for Seoul as China and Russia also voice their explicit opposition against the U.S. move, saying it hurts their security interests.
The North has never ceased to make provocations, raising tension on the peninsula.
In May, Pyongyang claimed that it had successfully test-fired a ballistic missile from a submarine. It also said that it has already made nuclear warheads small enough to fit on a missile, a claim which analysts in South Korea and the U.S. have not recognized. (Yonhap)


The Korea Herald

AP: North Korean farmers face dry fields, drought

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UNPHA, North Korea (AP) — North Korean farmers work to pump underground water into parched fields. Instead of rice seedlings standing in flooded paddies, the baked earth is cracked. A big lake that used to supply surrounding farmland with water is almost completely dry.

There has been almost no rain in this part of the country, an hour’s drive from the capital Pyongyang and one of the country’s main rice-growing regions, according to farmers and local officials interviewed by The Associated Press. While the situation in this area visited by the AP looks grim, it is unclear how severe the drought is in the rest of the country.

“Because of the drought continuing from last year, lots of land has been damaged,” said Sin Ung Hyon, chairman of the Unpha County Farm Management Committee.

North Korea severely limits outside access, so state media’s recent claim of the worse drought in a century has faced widespread skepticism. Pyongyang, eager for the possibility of outside assistance, has used similar phrasing to describe past droughts, and officials in rival South Korea have said there’s no way to confirm exactly what’s happening.

North Korean authorities agreed to a request by the AP to revisit this area, which the government had highlighted previously as particularly hard-hit. An AP video journalist was accompanied by local officials.

Outsiders worry that that there could be trouble ahead for the country, which has a long history of poverty and mismanagement. Critics say the authoritarian government is more willing to spend huge sums of money on its missile and nuclear programs than on infrastructure and basic welfare.

The United Nations has warned that the lack of rain this year could cause further hunger. Hong Yong-pyo, South Korea’s minister of unification, told lawmakers this week that Seoul was willing to consider providing aid to North Korea to help with the drought, although Pyongyang has yet to make any official aid request.

Farmers interviewed in this part of North Korea said they are turning away from rice farming, and are planting corn and trying to tap underground water sources to keep what rice seedlings there are wet and healthy. But no rain would mean grim prospects even for the corn.

“With the hardship this year, farmers have a lot of difficulties in trying to make the farm work, because we haven’t had this kind of experience before,” said Kim Gyong Nam, a work team leader at Unpha town farm. “This year, because of the severe drought, we could not do rice farming, so we ploughed the land again and had to plant corn.”

Jane Howard, a spokeswoman for the World Food Program in Rome, said North Korea has faced water shortages since late last year because of low rain and snowfall. This could cause serious problems later this year because so much of the country’s food production normally comes from crops planted from June to July.

Seoul’s Unification Ministry said that North Korea’s rice and potato production could decline by as much as 20 percent compared to average years should the rain shortage continue. While North Korea’s precipitation last year was its lowest since 2000, the country avoided a significant drop in food production because of its strong supply of irrigation water and the lack of floods in the summer, the ministry said.

North Korea’s food production is regularly affected by droughts or floods that expose the inefficiencies of its agricultural system, which is heavily reliant on foreign aid, artificial irrigation and terraced fields that are vulnerable to torrential rain.

A devastating North Korean famine during the mid-1990s is believed to have killed hundreds of thousands of people, though the exact number is disputed. The famine may have also loosened the state’s strict control over the economy by damaging its public food distribution system and paving the way for private economic activity in unofficial markets.

The Korea Herald