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North Korean hackers are
capable of attacks that could
destroy critical infrastructure
and even kill people, a high-
profile defector has warned.
Speaking exclusively to BBC
Click, Prof Kim Heung-Kwang
said the country had around
6,000 trained military hackers.
The warning follows last
year s Sony Pictures hack---an
attack attributed to North Korea.
Korean technology expert
Martyn Williams stressed the
threat was only "theoretical."
Prof Kim has called for inter-
national organisations to step in
to prevent North Korea launch-
ing more severe attacks.
For 20 years Prof Kim taught
computer science at Hamheung
Computer Technology Univer-
sity, before escaping the country
While Prof Kim did not teach
hacking techniques, his former
students have gone on to form
North Korea s notorious hacking
unit Bureau 121. Earlier this year,
the South Korean government
blamed North Korea for a hack
on the country s Hydro and
Nuclear Power Plant. (BBC)
North Korean hackers 'could kill,' warns key defector
Theatre company accepted
to Toronto Fringe Festival
S teven Edwards, founder and direc-
tor of Steven Edwards Produc-
tions (SEP), sold his car and
pawned all of his gold---including his wed-
ding band---just to complete a theatre pro-
duction titled For Better or For Worst. But
those sacrifices were not at all in vain, as
the production recently got accepted into
the Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival, Toron-
to s largest theatre and performance festival.
The company headquartered in Arima is
also making history as its acceptance into
the prestigious event has officially made it
the first theatre production company in the
Caribbean to get accepted into the festival.
The opportunity Edwards said, could not
have come by luck and chance as the theatre
companies which entered the festival were
chosen based on a random raffle draw. And
out of 13 international theatre companies,
SEP was chosen in two draws to showcase
its theatrical production.
"I believe this was fate," he told the T&T
This is all good news for Edwards who is
quite elated, but all of this excitement and
happiness can quickly turn to gloom if he
does not find the money to actually go to
Edwards and his 27 cast and crew, are
expected to leave on June 28, but so far this
looks grim as they have not been able to
secure funding or sponsorship, despite the
fact, sponsors would be getting a $150 tax
rebate, as the company is registered with
the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism.
"We have been knocking on every door
possible since last year in November, but to
date we have had no favourable responses
from anyone, not even the Tourism Devel-
opment Company (TDC).
"It is really important for us to utilise this
opportunity, not because we want to shine
or just be the first theatre production com-
pany in the Caribbean to be there. But
because a lot of hard work went into this.
The entire cast and crew were so dedicated
and sacrificed a lot. That is why it is so
important to me to do this production," said
He continued, "My wife and I had com-
fortable jobs and when I left my job at TSTT
to pursue this dream I had no money. This
play came from a real place. There was a
time I had no job. And because I did not
want my wife who was pregnant at the time
just drive to the airport everyday and sit at
Royal Castle there and write this play. And
today here I am, so I have to get this."
For Better or For Worst is written and
directed by Edwards who also plays the lead.
The piece is about a married couple set in
Trinidad in the 1980s post the oil boom and
the depression which followed after. It takes
place in one day where this married couple
is on the brink of divorce because their mar-
riage has been severely burdened by financial
challenges, conflict, lost opportunities and
a myriad of crashed dreams.
Can they make it? Well Steven says one
has to see the actual production to find that
"I will say this much, the production is
guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and love
SEP is not just theatre
The 32-year-old father of two said it was
always in him to do theatre. He recalls as a
young man in church, he would lead the
youth group in theatrical plays. But Edwards
was not just about putting on skits for mere
pleasure. He usually used hard hitting and
thought provoking themes that spoke directly
to social ills in the country and community
in which he lived.
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The Toronto Fringe is one of the best attended events on the Toronto drama scene. PHOTO COURTESY TORONTO FRINGE FESTIVAL
...but groups needs urgent funding
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