Facebook Twitter By Kim So Yeol – 2012.04.11 5:22pm Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News Kim So Yeol RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China SHARE There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News The North Korean authorities have bestowed the rank of ‘Vice Marshal’ upon 62-year old Party secretary Choi Ryong Hae. The decision was taken jointly by the Central Military Committee and National Defense Commission on the 7th, according to a Chosun Central News Agency report yesterday. Hyun Cheol Hae, a member of the Party Central Committee and director of the National Defense Commission, was also bestowed with the same title.Choi, a close associate of Kim Jong Eun and Kim Jong Il before him, is the second son of 1st generation partisan and former Minister of the People’s Armed Forces Choi Hyun, the first person to back the succession of Kim Jong Il in the 1970s. He was handed a number of key positions at the 3rd Chosun Workers’ Party Delegates’ Conference in September, 2010, becoming a Party Central Committee member, a candidate member of the Politburo of said Central Committee and a member of the Party Central Military Committee. He also became a military General.Therefore, and despite an insignificant military career, Choi has now gone to ‘General’ and then to ‘Vice Marshall’ in just a year and seven months. Sohn Gwang Joo, a research fellow with Gyeonggi Research Institute said of the move, “This reflects the absolute trust Kim Jong Eun places in Choi. His promotion to ‘Vice Marshall’ will allow him to exercise absolute influence over the army.”Choi has had the sort of privileged life afforded to the children of 1st generation revolutionaries. In his formative years, he attended the prestigious Mangyongdae Revolutionary School for the children of revolutionary heroes, before graduating in Political Science and Economics from Kim Il Sung University. In 1993, he was bestowed with the honorary title ‘Hero of the Republic’, and then became 1st secretary of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League. However, it hasn’t been a constant upward trajectory. As famine stalked through Pyongyang in the mid and late 90s, Choi gambled away the Youth League’s foreign currency earnings in the basement of Pyongyang Bowling Center, was caught and demoted to Party secretary for the Pyongyang water supply.One defector claims that if it hadn’t been for Choi Hyun’s role in the succession of Kim Jong Il, then Choi Ryong Hae would have been shot at this time, just like a number of other high profile figures have been down the years. Regardless, five years later in August, 2003, Choi returned, then became North Hwanghae Province Party secretary in 2006. Finally, after Kim Jong Il fell ill in 2008, he emerged alongside Lee Young Ho at the head of the succession enterprise.Elsewhere, in the process of reporting on an event commemorating the 30th anniversary of Choi Hyun’s passing, Kim Jeong Gak was introduced as Minister of the People’s Armed Forces, meaning that he has replaced former Minister Kim Young Chun. It is not clear why Kim Young Chun has been removed from the post, but he is 76 years old and therefore age and illness are likely to have played a part. News The Rise and Rise of Choi Hyong Rae
RELATED: SHR sets 2018 crew chief lineupLongtime crew chief Tony Gibson will be exchanging his role atop the pit box for one in the Stewart-Haas Racing shop next season. Saturday morning, he expressed his appreciation for the move, saying he was eager to begin the next stage in his life and NASCAR career.“As many of my racing family know, I have been trying to come off the road for several years,” Gibson said through his personal Twitter account. “Traveling 4 days a week for 31 years can take a toll on you. For 2018, Stewart-Haas Racing gave me the opportunity to come off the road and still have a very hands-on job within the organization. Working closely with all 4 crew chiefs and NASCAR.“My career as a crew chief has given me so many memories I will cherish forever, but now I start a new chapter in my life enjoying some valuable time with my wife, new grandson Luke and all my family. I look forward to watching all the success Stewart-Haas Racing will have in 2018!!”Stewart-Haas Racing announced changes Friday to its driver-crew chief pairings for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Billy Scott will be Gibson’s replacement on the No. 41 Ford team. Gibson will continue with SHR in an unspecified role.MORE: Photos: Drivers, crew chiefs on the moveGibson, 53, has been with Stewart-Haas Racing since its first season in 2009. Over that span, he worked with Ryan Newman, Danica Patrick and most recently Kurt Busch. All six of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories have come with SHR — three wins with Newman and three with Busch, including last year’s Daytona 500.Gibson’s connection with racing success predates his debut as a premier-series crew chief in 1994. He has worked as a mechanic and a body-hanger, and served as car chief during championship campaigns for Alan Kulwicki (1992) and Jeff Gordon (1998, 2001).
Star Files View Comments Fifteen years after his Broadway debut, Gavin Creel has won his first Tony Award! Creel wins in the Best Featured Actor in a Musical category for his performance as Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! at the Shubert Theatre. Creel’s win was announced on June 11 at the Tonys ceremony at Radio City Music Hall. The other nominees in the category were Mike Faist for Dear Evan Hansen, Andrew Rannells for Falsettos, Lucas Steele for The Great Comet and Brandon Uranowitz for Falsettos.”Oh my goodness me! I want to thank everyone in Hello, Dolly!—I love all of you,” said a gobsmacked Creel in his acceptance speech. Creel takes home the Tony upon his third nomination. He was previously nominated for his turn as Claude in Hair (2009) and his Broadway-debut performance as Jimmy Smith in Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002). In a moving moment, Creel’s Millie co-star Sutton Foster presented him with his Tony.Creel’s other Broadway appearances have included the 2004 revival of La Cage aux Folles (his first collaboration with Hello, Dolly! director Jerry Zaks), as well as She Loves Me and The Book of Mormon. Creel won an Olivier Award for his performance as Elder Price in the London debut of the latter. He reprised his Hair performance in the West End and also appeared across the pond in Mary Poppins.Check out Creel in his sit-down with Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek in the video below. Gavin Creel