Ceará Sporting Club confirma acerto com o técnico Geninho

O treinador vai desembarcar na capital cearense amanhã

Ceará Sporting Club

Em junho, SBT mantém vice-liderança com Record; Globo oscila para baixo

A emissora de Silvio Santos fechou o mês de junho em alta.

O SBT fechou o mês de junho em alta. Foi a emissora que mais cresceu. Na média acumulada mensal (24 horas), a Globo teve queda se comparado com o mesmo período do ano passado.

Na Grande São Paulo, a Globo teve média diária de 11,3 pontos, ante 15,3 pontos de junho de 2014.

O SBT e Record registraram um empate técnico (5,7 a 5,4, respectivamente). A emissora de Silvio Santos, no entanto, vem crescendo.

A Band – que não conseguiu emplacar a nova temporada do CQC e enfrenta dificuldade para reerguer o Pânico – oscilou para baixo e fechou o mês com 2 pontos.

Um ponto no Ibope equivale a 67 mil domicílios. Esses números servem como referência para o mercado publicitário.

Fonte: IBOPE / MW – Praça São Paulo


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Japan 2-1 England

The Japan bench storms the field following their 2-1 win over England a

Japan are into their second successive FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Final but it took a cruel and unlucky injury-time own goal from Laura Bassett for the pair to be separated.

England gave as good as they got throughout the entire match with the two teams sharing first-half penalties via the boost of Aya Miyama and Fara Williams. The match seemed destined for 30 extra minutes only for England’s goal to be breached in the penultimate minute of injury time.

Barely 30 seconds into the contest Jodie Taylor left fly with an impressive effort which narrowly went the wrong side of the post from a position similar to her crucial quarter-final opener against Canada.

There was plenty of early endeavour from both teams but little in the way of gilt-edged goalscoring opportunities. England’s Toni Duggan fired a snapshot over while the same player failed to make good contact on the volley from a Jill Scott cross a few minutes later.

Then from nothing Japan were in front. A perfectly flighted ball from central defender Azusa Iwashimizu released a flying Saori Ariyoshi behind a flat-footed defence only for the No19 to be brought down by Claire Rafferty, allowing Nadeshiko captain Miyama to coolly slot home from the penalty spot.

Yet within seven minutes England were level from the penalty spot, in a sequence similar to that in Tuesday’s first semi-final between USA and Germany. This time Steph Houghton was deemed to have been brought down by Yuki Ogimi and Williams crashed home a near unstoppable effort from the penalty spot.

Both teams opened the second period with good tempo and Duggan crashed a shot onto the crossbar just past the hour mark leaving England just inches away from taking the lead. Almost immediately substitute Ellen White had goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori at full stretch to push away a goalbound effort amid a succession of corners for the Europeans. From one of those corners Scott pushed a header narrowly wide as England turned up the heat.

Japan’s resilience, however, is renowned and the holders were in no mood to relinquish their crown without a fight. Mana Iwabuchi was introduced with 20 minutes remaining and the quarter-final match-winner was immediately at her livewire best jinking into the penalty area and firing a shot wide. Mizuho Sakaguchi then kept the 31,467 crowd on edge with a header wide.

England to their credit did not allow Japan to play with their usual composure setting up a desperate finale as both teams searched for a winner in normal time. Japan made one final break down the right flank and Bassett’s stretch to cut out a cross only served to turn the ball into her own goal off the underside of the bar.

Live Your Goals Player of the Match: Saori Ariyoshi (Japan)



Park Geun-hye urges Korea DPR to dump nukes

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President Park Geun-hye reiterated her two-track North Korea policy on Wednesday, vowing to revive inter-Korean economic projects only if the reclusive regime makes the move to abandon its nuclear weapons development program.

At an inaugural ceremony of the 17th National Unification Advisory Council, Park said she would push ahead with a wide range of economic cooperation with the North if it deserts its nuclear ambition that poses security concerns on the peninsula and beyond, stressing that it is a way for the impoverished state to secure both social stability and economic progress.

President Park Geun-hye waves her hand while attending an inaugural ceremony of the 17th National Unification Advisory Council held in Seoul, Wednesday. Yonhap

“Our government has been seeking to operate various forms of inter-Korean projects that can be carried out if the North gives up on nuclear development,” she said.

“We will expand exchanges between South and North Koreans by taking the opportunity of a project relinking a railroad line between Seoul and Wonsan, and also constantly seek cooperation in historic excavation projects and in the fields of sports,” she added.

She also urged the members of the advisory council on unification policy to prepare for unification of the two Koreas with a clear vision and principle.

Established in 1980, the council is a constitutional organization operated to advise South Korean presidents on a peaceful unification policy.

By Cho Chung-un (christory@heraldcorp.com)

The Korea Herald

Korea DPR issues death penalty for petty crimes

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North Korea has meted out death penalties for a wide range of what it calls criminal acts, including watching and distributing films from the South, a South Korean government report said Wednesday, underscoring the ongoing human rights abuses in the reclusive state.

In the annual Whitepaper on Human Rights in North Korea, the state-run Korean Institute for National Unification noted that in the North’s confinement facilities, or “correctional institutions,” torture, assault and other types of inhumane practices are part of inmates’ “day-to-day” lives.

The whitepaper, which the KINU has published since 1996, is expected to draw another angry response from Pyongyang, which has accused critics on its human rights situation from the South, the U.S. and other countries of politicizing the issue and meddling in domestic affairs.

It was published about a week after the U.N. established its field office in Seoul to monitor the North’s human rights violations and is based on in-depth interviews with 221 North Korean defectors who came to Korean last year.

“In its report submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council in January 2014, the North claimed that capital punishments are given in extremely limited cases. But death penalties have still been given for a wide range of crimes,” the whitepaper said.

“Especially in several recent years, death penalties have been given for watching and distributing (South) Korean films and trading or smuggling drugs.”

Some defectors, who were interviewed for the whitepaper, said that those who were caught receiving money from South Korea’s National Intelligence Service, carrying bibles or helping North Koreans defect to the South were also executed for “antistate activities and treason.”

According to a survey of North Korean defectors that was conducted between 2008 and 2014, the total number of North Koreans reported by the defectors to have been publicly executed was 1,382, the whitepaper said.

The annual report also pointed out that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s directives or instructions appear to be “supralegal” as at some public court hearings, death-row inmates are set free under Kim’s “generosity.”

“In some cases, death sentences were canceled, according to witness accounts. It appears that Kim Jong-un intends to highlight his image as a leader caring for his people, and this shows that his directives go beyond the law,” the whitepaper said.

The paper also underscored that no improvement has been made regarding North Korean’s rights to food and health, due to Pyongyang’s discriminatory way of distributing food that has limited ordinary citizens’ access to food. The continuing economic debilitation and military-first policy has also led to the uneven distribution of resources, the paper said.

In recent years, the international community has been increasing pressure on the North to improve its woeful human rights record. Last year, the report by the U.N. Commission of Inquiry said that human rights abuses in the North amount to “crimes against humanity.”

The KINU plans to publish an English version of the whitepaper in late August.

By Song Sang-ho(sshluck@heraldcorp.com)

The Korea Herald

Korea DPR held almost 1,400 public executions since 2000: report

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North Korea carried out public executions of nearly 1,400 people over 15 years since 2000, a report by a South Korean think tank showed Wednesday, pointing to the North’s dismal human rights records.
The number of North Koreans who were executed publicly reached a cumulative 1,382 between 2000 and 2014, according to the white paper on the North’s human rights, released by the state-run Korea Institute for National Unification.
The institute said that such cases of public execution had been compiled based on testimonies by North Korean defectors between 2008 and 2014. The actual number of public executions is presumed to be higher.
The report said that since the number of such victims peaked at 161 in 2008, it has been largely on the decline with 82 in 2013 and five in 2014. Despite the slowdown, the figures represent a severe violation of human rights in the North, it added.
“The North claimed that it has handed down capital punishment in very limited cases, but it has carried out executions in cases of a wide range of crimes,” the report said.
It said that it is “noticeable” that in recent years, the North has killed those who were caught after watching and distributing DVDs of South Korean dramas or films that had been smuggled in from the outside. Execution for drug smugglers has also increased, the report added.
North Korea has long been regarded as one of the worst human rights violators. Pyongyang has bristled at such criticism, calling it a U.S.-led attempt to topple its regime.
In late 2013, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered the execution of his once-powerful uncle, Jang Song-thaek. The North’s former defense chief Hyun Yong-chol is believed to have been executed in April for his disloyalty toward Kim.
North Korea’s rights situation was in spotlight as the U.N. Commission of Inquiry last year unveiled a report that accused Pyongyang of “systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights.”
In a related move, the U.N. General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution in December that calls for the U.N. Security Council to refer the North’s rights situation to the International Criminal Court.
North Korea has sharpened its flak against South Korea as the U.N. has recently set up its field office tasked with monitoring the North’s human rights records in Seoul. Pyongyang vowed retaliation against South Korea over the opening of the U.N. office.
The report showed that it is easy to find grave violations of human rights such as violence and torture at detention centers in the North.
North Korea has denied the existence of political prison camps, claiming that the country only maintains labor camps as correctional facilities for criminals.
The North is presumed to operate five prison camps nationwide, which are holding in captivity some 80,000 to 120,000 political prisoners, the report showed. (Yonhap)


The Korea Herald

Humanitarian aid to Korea DPR almost flat on-year in H1

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The growth of humanitarian aid sent to North Korea stayed almost flat in the first half from a year earlier, a U.N. agency said Wednesday, raising concerns about food shortages in the North.
The global community’s humanitarian assistance to the North amounted to a combined $21.3 million in the January-June period, compared to $20.6 million in the same period last year, according to data compiled by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
But the figure in the first half marked a 40 percent decline when compared to $35.6 million in the first half of 2013, it showed.
The U.N. and six countries — South Korea, Switzerland, Sweden, Canada, France and Germany — supplied humanitarian aid to Pyongyang this year.
Switzerland was the top donor with $9.17 million, or 43 percent of the total aid, followed by South Korea with $4 million and Sweden with $3.23 million, the data showed.
By type, food and nutrition aid topped the list with $9.64 million worth contributed, followed by healthcare work at $6.2 million, and the supply of drinking water at $2.4 million, it said.
A separate U.N. report showed that about 70 percent of North Korea’s 24.6 million people are suffering due to food shortages and 1.8 million, including children and pregnant women, are in need of nutritional food supplies aimed at fighting malnutrition. (Yonhap)


The Korea Herald

Park Geun-hye calls for airtight defense readiness

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President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday called for top military commanders to maintain a watertight readiness posture against North Korea’s ongoing nuclear development and internal political uncertainties.

In a lunch meeting with the military chiefs, she pointed to unabated cross-border tension on the back of Pyongyang’s ejection test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile last month and continuing reign of terror. Defense Minister Han Min-koo also recently raised the possibility for a “strategic provocation” by the communist regime to coincide with the anniversary of the founding of its ruling Workers’ Party in October.

“We’re at a point where we cannot predict when North Korea will stage what kind of provocation,” Park said during the event held at Cheong Wa Dae.

“We should never ease up at any time and maintain a thorough readiness posture.”

As the peninsula remains divided 70 years after its liberation from Japanese rule, the leaders are given a “historical mission” to build peace and lay the groundwork for reunification based on a robust security setup and defense capabilities, she noted.

“It is vital to safeguard peace on the peninsula by sustaining a prevailing war deterrence through a solid security posture and strong defense capabilities,” Park said.

“Only amid that backdrop will we be able to induce a change from North Korea and establish the foundation for a peaceful unification.”

The session followed a separate conference presided over by Han to review the military’s readiness and overall defense environment in the first half with the commanders, while formulating the guidelines for the latter half and discussing ways to improve the leadership.

With corruption allegations involving former top officials and generals continuing to unravel, Han pledged to devise measures to root out irregularities and clean up the defense industry.

“Corruption in the defense industry is identical to aiding the enemy,” the minister was quoted as saying during the 90-minute talks.

“We need an in-depth assessment on the overall defense acquisition programs and to come up with comprehensive steps to stamp out corruption and make way for them to facilitate effective improvement of our forces.”

Park, for her part, urged them to step up efforts to bring about “innovation” in the military culture, saying that a military shaken by corruption and other reform-related issues will prompt the whole nation to falter.

She has regularly invited the military chiefs to the presidential palace for lunch since she was sworn in in 2013. The latest meeting was also attended by Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Adm. Choi Yun-hee, U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti and the heads of the Army, Navy and Air Force.

By Shin Hyon-hee (heeshin@heraldcorp.com)


The Korea Herald

[Newsmaker] Widow to restore Kim Dae-jung’s reconciliation legacy

For Lee Hee-ho, widow of former President Kim Dae-jung, cross-border tensions are a source of deep frustration as the deadlocked relationship has eclipsed the inter-Korean rapprochement Kim laboriously fostered under his signature “Sunshine Policy.”

With a plan to visit the North soon, the 93-year-old former first lady hopes to restore Kim’s legacy of bilateral engagement and cooperation, which has faded amid Pyongyang’s pursuit of nuclear arms and provocative actions, and Seoul’s hard-line response.

“I wish (my trip to the North) could help ease (the friction in the) inter-Korean relations,” she told Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn who paid a courtesy visit to her in Seoul on Monday.

“After the June 15 inter-Korean declaration (signed in 2000), the two sides were able to meet through the tours to Mount Geumgang. I hope (the incumbent administration) would prepare for the resumption of such things.”

Lee Hee-ho (Yonhap)

On Tuesday, five officials from the Kim Dae-jung Peace Center, including its director and former Culture Minister Kim Sung-jae, met with five North Korean officials in the North’s border city of Gaeseong to discuss the details of her trip to the North.

The two sides failed to set a date for her visit, but Kim said that his delegation delivered to the North Lee’s wish to visit the North within July if possible.

“The North’s side said it honored her wish and would deliver it to the higher authorities. The two sides decided to meet later again to discuss the time schedule of her visit to the North,” the former culture minister told reporters after the talks in Gaeseong.

Kim added that the two sides reaffirmed that Lee would visit the North via a land route across the border, stay in the Baekhwawon Guesthouse in Pyongyang and visit a child care center.

Public attention is now focused on whether Lee would be able to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, as her visit could create much-needed momentum to defrost the icy relations between the two Koreas.

Her visit has been pushed for since the North Korean leader offered a hand-written invitation to Lee late last year. The invitation was sent after she sent condolence flowers to Kim on the occasion of the third anniversary last December of the death of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.

Lee’s side initially proposed holding talks with Pyongyang in April to arrange her visit to the North, hopefully in May. But the North rejected the talks amid cross-border tensions that escalated due to Pyongyang’s angry response to the South Korea-U.S. military drills and other issues.

Talk of her visit to the North came as the relations continued to deteriorate.

The establishment last Tuesday of a U.N. field office in Seoul to monitor North Korea’s human rights abuses has drawn the ire of Pyongyang, which has argued that the office is designed to overthrow its regime by politicizing the issue and meddling into domestic affairs.

The inter-Korean ties were further strained after Seoul imposed financial sanctions last Friday on six Taiwanese individuals and entities and a Syrian institution over suspicions that they traded arms and gave support to the North.

Lee plans to visit the North not with a full plate of politically motivated promises, but with relief supplies and knitted caps and scarves for young children, which many hope will move the heart of the North Korean leader and forge the mood for cross-border reconciliation.

By Song Sang-ho (sshluck@heraldcorp.com)


The Korea Herald