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Satellite images of luxury boats further suggest N. Korea’s Kim at favored villa: Experts

first_imgTopics : Kim’s seaside compound in Wonsan, on the country’s east coast, is dotted with guest villas and serviced by a private beach, basketball court, and private train station, according to experts and satellite imagery. An airstrip was bulldozed last year to build a horse riding track, while a boathouse nearby shelters Kim’s Princess 95 luxury yacht, valued at around $7 million in 2013.”It’s one of his favorite houses,” said Michael Madden, a North Korea leadership expert at the US-based Stimson Center, who has compared Kim’s affinity for Wonsan to US President Donald Trump’s favored resort, Mar-a-Lago in Florida.Madden said Kim is believed to have about 13 significant compounds around the country, though he appears to only regularly use about half of them.”All of them are set up to serve as the leader’s headquarters, so they are all equipped for him to run the country,” he said.Wonsan is one of the larger and better appointed compounds, but it also has a useful location that allows Kim to easily travel to other areas along the coast, or return quickly to Pyongyang in his private train or along a special highway designated for use only by the Kim family or top officials, Madden said.Favored spot Wonsan also holds symbolic power for the Kim dynasty: It was there Kim Il Sung, who helped found North Korea at the end of Japanese colonial rule in 1945, first landed with Soviet troops to take over the country.Wonsan is believed by some experts to be Kim Jong Un’s birthplace, partly because he spent his early years at the family’s palace there, although official history has never confirmed where he was born.The Japanese chef Kenji Fujimoto, who worked for the Kims and visited Wonsan, recounted in his memoirs how a young Kim Jong Un described rollerblading, playing basketball, riding jet skis and playing in the pool at the compound.Later, photos showed Kim sipping drinks there with American basketball player Dennis Rodman when the star visited North Korea in 2013.The Wonsan area has also become emblematic of Kim’s strategy for survival based on a combination of economic development, tourism, and nuclear weapons. He is rebuilding the city of 360,000 people and wants to turn it into a billion-dollar tourist hotspot.In recent months, the project has been repeatedly delayed, undermined in part by international sanctions imposed over the North’s nuclear and missile programs, which have restricted its ability to seek foreign investment.Wonsan has also been the scene of some of Kim’s renewed military drills and missile tests, which he resumed amid increasing frustration with a lack of progress in denuclearization talks with the United States and South Korea. Satellite imagery showing recent movements of luxury boats often used by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his entourage near Wonsan provide further indications he has been at the coastal resort, according to experts who monitor the reclusive regime.Speculation about Kim’s health and location erupted after his unprecedented absence from April 15 celebrations to mark the birthday of his late grandfather and North Korea’s founder, Kim Il Sung.On Tuesday, North Korea-monitoring website NK PRO reported commercial satellite imagery showed boats often used by Kim had made movements in patterns that suggested he or his entourage may be in the Wonsan area.center_img That followed a report last week by a US-based North Korea monitoring project, 38 North, which reported satellite images showed what was believed to be Kim’s personal train was parked at a station reserved for his use at the villa in Wonsan.Officials in South Korea and the United States say it is plausible Kim may be staying there, possibly to avoid exposure to the new coronavirus, and have expressed skepticism of media reports he had some kind of serious illness.They caution, however, that Kim’s health and location are closely guarded secrets and reliable information is difficult to obtain in North Korea.The last time official media in North Korea reported on Kim’s whereabouts was when he presided over a meeting on April 11, but there have been near-daily reports of him sending letters and diplomatic messages.last_img read more

Keshi Jo’burg Memorial Set for July 23

first_imgA memorial service for late former Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, has been announced for July 23, 2016 in Kempton Park, Johannesburg.The former Nigeria international and Coach died on June 8 in Benin City, after a brief illnessThe event which is being organised under the auspices of the “Friends of Keshi” will precede the official state funeral on July 29.Former Super Eagles goalkeeper and spokesman of the “Friends of Keshi”, Idah Peterside told Supersport.com that “We are determined to honour Keshi to provide a platform for fans, Nigerians and other Legends who cannot make the trip to the state funeral in Nigeria an opportunity to honour the “Big Boss”. “Keshi won the AFCON 2013 here in South Africa and has a lot of friends and fans here”Peterside also confirmed that some of the leading football figures will be in attendance“We are in touch with Neil Tovey, Kalusha Bwalya, and a host of Legends who will grace and speak at the service.”Peterside also provided details of the venue and time, noting that the memorial service will take place at 10.00am at the Christ Ambassadors Church in Kempton park “The venue is directly opposite the Kempton Park Civic Centre, 1, Cnr C.R. Swart and Pretoria Road in Kempton Park” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

AgiproNews’ Italian View – Virtual Sports market is heating up

first_imgShare Italian engagement with Virtual Sports betting products is on the rise, as latest industry figures show that gross gaming revenues (GGR) have hit the €42 million.A traditional retail product, Virtual Sports has gained a positive uptake through online betting platforms, as Italian betting operators move to expand their betting content.In the first two months of 2018, bookmakers have posted revenues of just over €42 million from “virtual betting,” up from the first two months of 2017 by 6.6%.Though retail still dominates Virtual Sports play, figures detail that ‘all growth’ for the product is generated via digital channels.Updating the market, AgiproNews has recorded industry virtual revenues of €3.1 million during 2018’s opening two months, representing an increase of 58%.Of further note, the Virtual Sports market sees all Italian legacy operators compete for consumer wallets.At present, Goldbet leads the marketplace with an estimated 30% of market share, followed by Snaitech followed with 19% of the market share and Eurobet (12.8%) was in third place, which will soon launch new brand Soccerbet on the Italian market.As detailed this March, Italian betting operators are pressing government stakeholders to revamp the nations betting framework, in order to address new products and services to set fixed policies and operational practices on ‘market disputes’ between bookmakers and their customers.___________________ Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Share Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020last_img read more