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News Article | May 21, 2017
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North Korea confirmed the "successful" launch of a medium-range ballistic missile, Pyongyang's state media reported, adding the weapon was now ready to be deployed for military action (AFP Photo/STR) North Korea on Monday confirmed the "successful" launch of a medium-range ballistic missile, Pyongyang's state media reported, adding the weapon was now ready to be deployed for military action. State-run Korean Central News Agency said the North's leader Kim Jong-Un oversaw Sunday's missile test, which has sparked a fresh chorus of international condemnation and threats of tougher UN sanctions. The missile tested was the Pukguksong-2, a land-based version of Pyongyang's submarine-launched weapon, using solid-fuel that allows for immediate firing, KCNA said. "Saying with pride that the missile's rate of hits is very accurate and Pukguksong-2 is a successful strategic weapon, (Kim Jong-Un) approved the deployment of this weapon system for action," KCNA said. "Now that its tactical and technical data met the requirements of the Party, this type of missile should be rapidly mass-produced in a serial way to arm the KPA Strategic Force," Kim said, referring to the North's army, according to the KCNA report. The missile, which was described by Washington as medium-range, was fired from Pukchang in South Pyongan province and travelled about 500 kilometres (310 miles) before landing in the Sea of Japan, according to the South's armed forces. KCNA said the test "aimed to finally verify all the technical indexes of the weapon system and thoroughly examine its adaptability under various battle conditions, before its deployment at military units for action." The results of the test were "perfect", KCNA added. The US, South Korea and Japan sharply denounced the launch and jointly requested an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the matter. The launch came just one week after the North fired a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range missile, which according to Pyongyang flew almost 800 kilometres and was capable of carrying a "heavy" nuclear warhead. Analysts said the Hwasong travelled further than any previous ballistic missile launched by the North. The May 14 launch was seen as a significant step forward as the North accelerates efforts to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States. The launches, and a threatened sixth nuclear test, have fuelled tension with the administration of US President Donald Trump, who has vowed that such an ICBM launch "won't happen." He warned that no option is off the table in dealing with the North's weapons program, although Washington has so far opted for sanctions and diplomatic pressure, while looking to China, the North's closest ally, to help rein in Pyongyang. Seoul's foreign ministry slammed the "reckless and irresponsible" firing as "throwing cold water on the hope and longing of the new government and the international community" for denuclearization and peace on the Korean peninsula. South Korea's incoming left-leaning government has taken a more conciliatory line with Pyongyang than its conservative predecessors, but has reacted strongly to the latest two missile tests. Pyongyang has long had missiles that can reach targets across South Korea and Japan. With an imputed range of 4,500 kilometres the Hwasong-12 also puts US bases on the Pacific island of Guam within reach.


BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA, May 23, 2017-- Dr. Seungryul Ma has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.Backed by just over 30 years of practiced industry experience, Dr. Ma works as a research fellow with the Korea Housing & Urban Guarantee Corporation, where he has been since 2015. Earlier in his career, he started as a claims adjuster for Haedong Fire & Marine Insurance Company, and Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance Company. Subsequently, he took on various roles such as director of Samhan Claim Adjuster's Office, adjunct professor in insurance and finance at Daegu University, and director of the research institute at the Korea Claim Adjuster's Association.An alumnus of Daegu University and Keimyung University, Dr. Ma holds a Bachelor of Arts in international trade, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in insurance and finance. He also completed postdoctoral studies in mortgage finance at the University of Southern California, In order to keep abreast of changes in the field, he affiliates himself with the Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association, the Korea Risk Management Society, and the Korea Claim Adjustment Society. Throughout his lengthy career, he has contributed his knowledge to a number of creative works, including a "Building Reverse Mortgage Program for Elderly Farmers."Dr. Ma has been recognized many times for his professional accomplishments. In 2006, he won the Prize for Excellence in Housing Economics through KPA, and in 2013, he won the minister prize for public administration.About Marquis Who's Who :Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at www.marquiswhoswho.com Contact:Fred Marks844-394-6946


Ballistic rocket is seen launching during a drill by the Hwasong artillery units of the KPA Strategic Force, July 2016. KCNA/via REUTERS SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's military fired warning shots at a suspected drone from North Korea on Tuesday amid tension over Pyongyang's latest missile test which drew international condemnation and a warning from China. The identity of the object remained unclear, the military said, but Yonhap news agency said it was possibly a drone, more than 90 shots were fired in return and it disappeared from radar screens. The incursion came with tension already high on the Korean peninsula after the North's test-launch of a ballistic missile test on Sunday which Pyongyang said proved advances in its pursuit of building a nuclear-tipped weapon that can hit U.S. targets. The United States has been trying to persuade China, North Korea's lone major ally, to do more to rein in North Korea, which has conducted dozens of missile launches and tested two nuclear bombs since the start of last year, in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions and resolutions. The North has made no secret of its plans to develop a missile capable of striking the United States and has ignored calls to halt its weapons programs, even from China. It says the program is necessary to counter U.S. aggression. "We urge North Korea to not do anything to again violate U.N. Security Council resolutions," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a statement posted on the Foreign Ministry's website on Tuesday. "At the same time, we hope all parties can maintain restraint, not be influenced by every single incident, ...persist in carrying out Security Council resolutions on North Korea and persevere with the resolution of the issue through peaceful means, dialogue and consultation." Wang was responding to reporters' questions on Monday while in Ivory Coast, according to the statement. The North's official KCNA news agency, citing the spokesman for the foreign ministry, said the country had "substantially displayed" the capabilities for mounting a nuclear attack on Hawaii and Alaska and had built full capabilities for attacking the U.S. mainland. U.S. and South Korean officials and experts believe the North is several years away from having such a capability. North Korea said on Monday that Sunday's launch met all technical requirements that could allow mass-production of the missile, which it calls the Pukguksong-2. The test was North Korea's second in a week and South Korea's new liberal government said it dashed its hopes for peace on the peninsula. The U.N. Security Council condemned the launch and again expressed its concern over the North's behavior. The Security Council is due to meet behind closed doors later on Tuesday. North Korea's recent missile tests were a legitimate act of self-defense by a "fully-fledged nuclear power", North Korean diplomat Ju Yong Chol told the U.N. Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday. "It is the United States' hostile policy and its aggressive joint military drills, nuclear threats and military build-up around the Korean peninsula that really aggravates the situation on the Korean peninsula and the region and which compels the DPRK to also up its nuclear deterrence," he said. DPRK are the initials for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Ju was the only speaker at the forum who did not begin his remarks by offering condolences to Britain for the victims of Monday night's bomb attack at a concert in Manchester. The South Korean military did not say if the unidentified object was hit by the warning shots on Tuesday, but it disappeared from military radar. North Korea has previously sent drones into South Korean airspace, with some crashing. In January 2016, South Korea fired warning shots at a suspected drone which turned back. U.S. President Donald Trump has warned that a "major, major conflict" with North Korea is possible over its weapons programs, although U.S. officials say tougher sanctions, not military force, are the preferred option to counter the North Korean threat.


News Article | April 27, 2017
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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un watches a military drill marking the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in this handout photo by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) made available on April 26, 2017. KCNA/Handout via REUTERS BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - China on Thursday welcomed an apparently softer tone by the United States on the North Korean nuclear and missile crisis but stressed its opposition to a U.S. missile defence system being deployed in South Korea. Separately, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on North Korea and other countries on Thursday to avoid behaviour or rhetoric that could increase tensions around Pyongyang's nuclear programme. Speaking at a news conference in Moscow after talks, the two leaders said they had agreed to cooperate closely to try to help defuse tensions around North Korea. China has long promoted dialogue to resolve the Korean nuclear issue as North Korea has repeatedly threatened to destroy the United States. Washington has in turn warned that "all options are on the table" in ending North Korean provocations. North Korea's growing nuclear and missile threat is a major security challenge confronting President Donald Trump, who has vowed to prevent North Korea from being able to hit the United States with a nuclear missile, a capability experts say Pyongyang could have some time after 2020. For more news videos visit Yahoo View, available now on iOS and Android. Trump's administration said on Wednesday it aimed to push North Korea into dismantling its nuclear and missile programmes, which are in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, through tougher international sanctions and diplomatic pressure. "The United States seeks stability and the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. We remain open to negotiations towards that goal. However, we remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies," said a statement by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other senior officials. Asked about the U.S. comments, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China had noted that many U.S. officials had recently made such remarks. "We have noted these expressions, and have noted the message conveyed in these expressions hoping to resolve the Korean nuclear issue peacefully through dialogue and consultation," he said. "We believe this message is positive and should be affirmed." South Korea and the United States agreed on Thursday on "swift punitive measures" against North Korea in the event of further provocation. The South also said the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile defence system was moving ahead effectively a day after angry protests by local residents against the battery and amid fierce opposition from China. South Korea on Wednesday moved parts of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to its deployment site on a golf course about 250 km (155 miles) south of the capital, Seoul, signalling faster installation. Several hundred villagers protested, hurling water bottles at vehicles moving the parts in. The top U.S. Commander in the Pacific, Admiral Harry Harris, said on Wednesday the THAAD system would be operational "in coming days," bolstering the ability to defend the U.S. ally and the 28,500 U.S. troops stationed there. A photograph of the site showed a THAAD interceptor on a mobile launcher erected and pointed skywards on a green lawn as a military transport helicopter hovered nearby. China says the system's advanced radar can penetrate deep into its territory and undermine its security. It is adamant in its opposition. "The deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea damages the regional strategic balance and stability. The Chinese side is resolutely opposed to this," Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told reporters. "China’s military will continue to carry out live-fire military exercises and test new military equipment in order to firmly safeguard national security and regional peace and stability." Susan Thornton, acting assistant secretary of state for East Asia, said on Thursday the U.S. policy was to exert maximum pressure on North Korea through sanctions and diplomatic activity “as frankly a last best way of seeing whether we can get a peaceful resolution to this problem”. The first step of this process was to ensure that all countries were "fastidiously implementing" existing sanctions, something that would be stressed by Tillerson in a meeting he will chair with U.N Security Council foreign ministers on Friday, she told a think tank event in Washington.


News Article | April 25, 2017
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In this Saturday, April 15, 2017, photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a military parade to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, North Korea. The broad avenues of Pyongyang were, by authoritarian North Korea’s standards, fairly empty ahead of Tuesday’s 85th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Army, one of the biggest events on the country’s calendar. In recent years, the army commemoration has taken a backseat to the April 15th celebration of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung’s birth, which saw thousands choking the avenues to prepare for the country’s biggest holiday. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The North Korean capital's broad, clean avenues were, by the authoritarian nation's usually over-the-top celebratory standards, fairly subdued ahead of Tuesday's 85th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army. For years, the army celebration rivaled the April 15th anniversary of the birth of North Korea's late founder, Kim Il Sung, in its pageantry. Army Day festivities saw immense displays of weaponry and military might, and thousands of people on the streets of Pyongyang in orchestrated shows of unity. But since the rise of Kim Jong Un, the third generation of the Kim family to rule the country, the April 25 army commemoration has taken a backseat to Kim Il Sung's birthday, which is celebrated with an unparalleled display of North Korean patriotism and power. The practice sessions alone for April 15 choke the avenues and public squares of Pyongyang with tens of thousands of people and hundreds of vehicles. The Associated Press queried North Korea specialists from around the world for their views on why the newest Kim appears to have shifted focus from the era of his father, Kim Jong Il. DUYEON KIM, a visiting senior fellow at the Korean Peninsula Future Forum in Seoul: Focusing on Kim Il Sung glorifies the nation's founder and also "legitimizes the Kim bloodline succession," she said. "This, however, does not necessarily mean Kim Jong Un is deemphasizing the importance of the North Korean military — the two days are not comparable. That said, we have witnessed both Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un try to empower or emphasize the Workers' Party more so that the power base is not centered only around the military. "Kim Jong Un has also tried to mimic his grandfather in looks and policies. He resurrected his grandfather's 'byungjin' strategic line of parallel economic and military development, but has apparently repackaged the 'military' pillar to include nuclear development." "So it appears Kim Jong Un realized that the military-first policy of his father is not sustainable and that regime security also entails economic prosperity." "Kim Jong Un's father nearly destroyed the North Korean economy by allowing the military a major policy and budgetary role," Kelly said. This drained the budget, worsened a horrific famine during the late 1990s, and increasingly made North Korea economically dependent on China. "Kim Jong Un's rollback of military-first — purging KPA brass, eliminating the national defense commission, publicly emphasizing the founder Kim Il Sung instead of Kim Jong Il or the KPA — is likely intended to bolster economic growth in order to give the regime greater sustainability and keep it from becoming a Chinese economic satrapy with the obvious political vulnerability that implies." HAZEL SMITH, a North Korea scholar and professor at SOAS, University of London: Smith doubts there is much political significance in a decreased focus on the April 25 celebrations. North Koreans "are terribly pragmatic" and also have a serious labor shortage, she said. Since major celebrations require weeks of practice, draining the worktime of tens of thousands of Pyongyang residents, she believes the government may have simply decided to concentrate its attention on a single day in April. "They have to decide where to marshal their pageantry resources, so to speak, and perhaps they're concentrating on April 15 because it's such an important holiday," she said. "It could be as simple as that." SUE MI TERRY, a former Korea analyst for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency: The intense focus in earlier years on April 25 celebrations came because Kim Jong Il "wanted to buttress his rule after he took over." "Now Kim Jong Un has returned to the party-centered governance of his grandfather's era and has been focused on resurrecting the party's power over the military," Terry said. To Kim Jong Un, "wrapping himself in the mantle of his still-popular grandfather, the 'eternal president' Kim Il Sung, makes sense. Kim Jong Un came to power, after all, at a young age in a communist but still a Confucian society that reveres age. Moreover, he is only the third son of Kim Jong Il, not the first. Thus he is likely insecure about any perceived illegitimacy of his rule."


News Article | April 27, 2017
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An overview of a national meeting at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang on April 24, 2017 in celebration of the 85th founding anniversary of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in this handout photo by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) made available on April 25, 2017. KCNA/Handout via REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives could vote as soon as next week on legislation to toughen sanctions on North Korea by targeting its shipping industry and companies that do business with the reclusive state, congressional aides said on Thursday. The legislation, approved by the House Foreign Affairs Committee last month, is intended to cut off supplies of cash that help fund North Korea's nuclear program, and increase pressure to stop human rights abuses such as the use of slave labor, the bill's sponsor, Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce, said. It also calls on President Donald Trump's administration to decide whether North Korea is a state sponsor of terrorism. Amid international concern over the escalation of North Korea's nuclear program, top Trump administration officials held briefings on the issue on Wednesday for the entire U.S. Congress, busing the 100 senators to the White House and meeting with members of the 435-person House at the Capitol complex. As he left the House briefing, Royce said he expected the legislation to move quickly, as part of what he hoped would be a strong international effort to use every method possible to pressure Pyongyang to curb its nuclear ambitions. "In particular, it will focus on financial institutions as well as what you might call 'slave labor.' These are cases where the North Koreans send out work crews to do work, and instead of being paid, the money comes back to the North Korean regime, and is spent on their nuclear program," Royce told reporters. The Trump administration said it wanted to push North Korea into dismantling its nuclear and missile programs through tougher international sanctions and diplomatic pressure, and remained open to negotiations to bring that about. Officials also said on Wednesday they wanted to return the country to the U.S. list of terrorism sponsors. A spokesman for Royce declined to comment on when there might be a vote, referring questions to House leadership, whose aides did not immediately respond to a request to confirm the timing. Trump's secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, is due to meet with the U.N. Security Council on Friday to press for tougher international sanctions on North Korea.


Kenett R.S.,KPA Ltd. | Kenett R.S.,University of Turin | Pollak M.,Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Quality and Reliability Engineering International | Year: 2012

The literature on statistical process control has focused mostly on the average run length (ARL) to an alarm, as a performance criterion of sequential schemes. When the process is in control, this is the ARL to false alarm, generally denoted by ARL 0, and represents the in-control operating characteristic of the procedure. The ARL from the occurrence of a change to its detection represents an out-of-control operating characteristic and is typically embodied by ARL 1, the ARL to detection assuming that the change occurs at the very start of surveillance. However, these indices do not tell the whole story, and at times they are not defined well by a single number. We review the role of various operating characteristics in assessing performance of sequential procedures in comparison with ARL 0 and ARL 1. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Kenett R.S.,KPA Ltd. | Kenett R.S.,University of Turin
Proceedings - International Computer Software and Applications Conference | Year: 2011

Software Cybernetics can address important challenges in future software based system. To achieve this, requires interdisciplinary work and research. An evaluation of how Software Cybernetics can interact with other disciplines is called for. © 2011 IEEE.


Dalla Valle L.,University of Plymouth | Kenett R.S.,KPA Ltd. | Kenett R.S.,University of Turin | Kenett R.S.,New York University
Quality and Reliability Engineering International | Year: 2015

This work is about integrated analysis of data collected as official statistics with administrative data from operational systems in order to increase the quality of information. Information quality, or InfoQ, is 'the potential of a data set to achieve a specific goal by using a given empirical analysis method'. InfoQ is based on the identification of four interacting components: the analysis goal, the data, the data analysis and the utility, and it is assessed through eight dimensions: data resolution, data structure, data integration, temporal relevance, generalizability, chronology of data and goal, construct operationalization and communication. The paper illustrates, through case studies, a novel strategy to increase InfoQ based on the integration of official statistics with administrative data using copulas and Bayesian Networks. Official statistics are extraordinary sources of information. However, because of temporal relevance and chronology of data and goals, these fundamental sources of information are often not properly leveraged resulting in a poor level of InfoQ in the use of official statistics. This leads to low valued statistical analyses and to the lack of sufficiently informative results. By improving temporal relevance and chronology of data and goals, the use of Bayesian Networks allows us to calibrate official with administrative data, thus strengthening the quality of the information derived from official surveys, and, overall, enhancing InfoQ. We show, with examples, how to design and implement such a calibration strategy. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


News Article | December 5, 2016
Site: www.marketwired.com

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - December 05, 2016) - CIVC Partners, LP ("CIVC"), a Chicago-based middle market private equity firm, is pleased to announce that its portfolio company, KPA, has acquired Succeed Management Solutions ("Succeed"), a leading provider of web-based risk management and safety software for the insurance market. Succeed represents the third acquisition completed by KPA under CIVC's ownership. Succeed serves the majority of the top 100 insurance brokers who utilize its Software-as-a-Service platform to improve risk management, loss control, and compliance results for their policyholders. Thousands of organizations use the Succeed Risk Management Center to implement web-accessible employee safety training and management programs to lower the frequency and severity of claims. "The new partnership with KPA and CIVC gives us additional capital and a broader set of products and services, enabling us to better serve our clients and further accelerate our growth," said Curt Shaw, CEO of Succeed. Succeed represents a highly complementary acquisition for KPA that enhances KPA's existing environmental, health and safety software offering, provides entry into the attractive, growing insurance channel, and broadens the set of compliance solutions available to clients of both companies. In addition to KPA's EHS software and onsite audit expertise, KPA also provides HR management software which will enhance Succeed's Risk Management Center, providing additional hiring and workforce compliance content. Vane Clayton, CEO of KPA, said that "Succeed is a great complement to KPA's existing product offerings and enables us to access new markets and better serve our clients through an expanded compliance platform. We look forward to working with Curt and the Succeed team to deliver innovative compliance solutions for our clients." KPA delivers Environmental Health & Safety, HR Management, and Sales & Finance Compliance programs to over 6,500 clients helping them achieve regulatory compliance, control risk, protect their assets, and effectively manage people through a combination of intuitive software, interactive training, and onsite compliance audit services. To learn more, visit www.kpaonline.com. CIVC Partners is a Chicago-based private equity firm investing in high growth middle market companies in the business services and financial services sectors. Since 1989, the team has invested $1.5 billion in 59 platform companies and currently invests from CIVC Partners Fund V. More information on CIVC Partners and its portfolio companies can be found at www.civc.com. If you have an opportunity that might be an appropriate add-on acquisition candidate for KPA, please contact Scott Schwartz (312-873-7345, sschwartz@civc.com) or Doug Potters (312-873-7355, dpotters@civc.com).

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