Young South Korean footballers head to Pyongyang

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Young South Korean footballers leave for North Korea at the inter-Korean transit office in Paju near the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on August 10, 2018.More than 150 South Korean athletes, journalists and officials left for Pyongyang on August 10 for a football tournament, in the latest effort at sports diplomacy between the neighbours. / AFP PHOTO / YONHAP / – / – South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT NO ARCHIVES RESTRICTED TO SUBSCRIPTION USEMore than 150 South Korean athletes, journalists and officials left for Pyongyang on Friday for a football tournament, in the latest effort at sports diplomacy between the neighbors.The two Koreas, who agreed to increase sports exchanges at a landmark summit between the South’s President Moon Jae-in and the North’s leader Kim Jong Un in April, held a friendly basketball match in Pyongyang last month.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LeBron James works out with Lakers for first time As the South Korean delegation traveled north, 64 North Korean workers arrived in Seoul for a football match slated for Saturday.Waving mini white and blue “unification” flags — a pale blue silhouette of the Korean peninsula — the head of the North Korean group, Ju Yong Gil, said the football game will “create momentum for reunification throughout all classes”.It will mark the fourth such football match between North and South Korean workers, with the last game taking place in Pyongyang in 2015.All civilian communication between the two countries — which remain technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice instead of a peace treaty — is banned unless approved by the governments.Sporting cooperation helped spark the current diplomatic thaw, after the North sent a high-level delegation, athletes, cheerleaders and performers to this year’s Winter Olympics in the South.ADVERTISEMENT The delegation — including 84 young footballers — will travel by bus to Pyongyang for their 10-day visit, marking the first overland trip by South Korean civilians to the North’s capital in nearly seven years.Two South Korean U-15 teams — FC Gangwon and Yeoncheon Miracle — will compete in the Ari Sports Cup, a youth football tournament that runs from August 13 to 18 and also includes China, Russia, Uzbekistan and Belarus.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’A South Korean coach said the “rare opportunity” to play football in the North’s capital would be a “great experience” for his players regardless of the end result.“Rather than obsessing about the score, we will try to serve as a peace delegation with a mission to advance South-North sports exchange,” Lee Sung-keun of FC Gangwon said. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The two Koreas will also field joint teams at the Asian Games later this month and march together at the opening and closing ceremonies in Indonesia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View commentslast_img read more

City Treasurer blames taxpayers of M&CC financial woes

first_imgActing City Treasurer John Douglas testified before the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on Wednesday, after he was subpoenaed to provide documents and a statement into the financial affairs at the Mayor and City Council (M&CC).Douglas has been tasked with the responsibility of handling the financial affairs of the entity since the first quarter of this year after City Treasurer Ron Almont would have withdrawn from his duties for medical reasons.It was in that instance that he blamed taxpayers’ for the lack of funds at City Hall, which has led to billions of dollars in outstanding debts and the Council barely finding funds to pay its employees.The Council would have tried to retrieve some of the monies that were owed by taxpayers and other stakeholders during an amnesty but according to Douglas, it is not something that he would recommend. He believes that a one-on-one consultation should be convened with these stakeholders, so as to decide on aMayor Patricia Chase Greenpayment plan.At that time, the acting City Treasurer sought to point out that there is always a shortfall in their budget, which should not be, adding that the Council is always in a struggle to pay its workers and as such, they have to weigh their options when it comes to paying entities such as the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the National Insurance Scheme (NIS).It was admitted that they do owe their main solid waste collectors a minimal of $150M.As it relates to the auditing, Douglas explained that the lack of information and documents are the main reasons why there hasn’t been accurate and substantial record-keeping of the City Hall’s spending.Irregular paymentsA former accounts manager and current employee at the M&CC also testified about payment procedures at City Hall, noting that irregular payments have been made in the past.The witness, Edwana Miller, told the CoI that there are also instances where steps in the disbursement of monies can be skipped.It was explained that the City Treasurer would prepare the vouchers, which would be sent to the Finance Sub-Committee for approval. After the sum is granted, the Town Clerk and City Treasurer would be the main signatories on the documents and the payments would be made thereafter. This is the standard operation for payments that are above $2000 in value.When asked by the Commission as to whether these steps can be skipped or if the system can be expedited, Miller posited, “Yes, it can… stages can be skipped.”She was also probed into whether irregular payments have been made to which she responded, “The answer to that is yes.”At that time, Miller also explained the importance of having an individual withActing City Treasurer John Douglassuitable qualifications to manage the City Treasury, given the fact that this has not been done in the past. The Deputy Town Clerk, Sharon Harry-Munroe has acted on three occasions while the City Treasurer was on leave.The former accounts manager showed her dissatisfaction with the manner in which revenue and other incomes are being managed by the Council as she said, “If you don’t plan and control your income, your expenses will always be more…”A yearly audit was also recommended along with plans in place to remedy the non-payment of benefits to retired workers. Since the commencement of the Inquiry, many retired employees of the Council have claimed that they were not paid any benefits after paying contributions for many years.Miller would have served in the City Treasury Department for several years and was asked to act as the City Treasurer as of this year. However, she refused the post, stating, “if the document in front of me does not state what it is supposed to state, I will state that it is not right.”After that encounter, she was removed from the department and placed in the Market Department to “overlook a project.” Consequently, it has been almost a year and that project has not yet materialised.Meanwhile, other witnesses have similarly called for accountability and proper supervision of the generated funds, which they believe can only be successfully managed by a suitably qualified individual.In the coming week, Mayor Patricia Chase Green, City Engineer Colvern Venture and Town Clerk Royston King will be summoned before their Commission.Legal Assistant Sherwin Benjamin proceeded to highlight sections of the Municipal and District Councils Act (Chapter 28:01) which speaks to those who may try to evade the CoI after being subpoenaed.The probe is expected to conclude on October 31.last_img read more

6th annual Bakewell competition gets underway

first_imgBakery giants Bakewell have stayed true to their commitment of fittingly memorialising their founder Naeem Nasir by reinstalling a tournament in one of his favourite sport disciplines, lawn tennis.The annual Bakewell Junior Lawn Tennis tournament affords exposure opportunity to players under the age of eighteen. This year’s competition has three categories: Under 12, Under 14 and Under 18.The gathering at the simple opening ceremony, which was held at the National Racquet Center in Georgetown, heard from veteran player and Coach Shelly Daly Ramdyhan that the late Nasir was very fond of the sport and had gone above and beyond to ensure that players were given equal opportunity at competing or training overseas.“In memory of him, we would have this tournament,” Daly Ramdyhan stated in her heartfelt reflection on Nasir.Also speaking at the opening was Guyana Lawn Tennis Association (GLTA) representative Dylan Fraser, who took the time to praise Bakewell for continuing to honour its founder’s memory and his commitment to the sport.“GLTA believes that it is important to maintain this type of partnership and sponsorship coming from our private partners, and it only shows how committed they are to making sure that this sport maintains its reputation and will always have that presence here in Guyana,” Fraser stated.As such, he noted that the competition is set at a critical age group for development, stating, “And there’s no better way than to start it from the grassroots.”The matches are expected to be hosted at the Racquet Center in Georgetown, at Le Ressouvenir on the East Coast and at the GBTI Court at Diamond, East Bank.In the first weekend’s action, the Under 18 Boys’ category saw Kareem Bunbury recording a win against Joshua Kalekyezi. For the girls, Kalyca Fraser defeated Alana Chung 6-2, 6-1.Under-14 action involved Saskia Persaud overcoming Reshida Hardy in a 5-3 4-0 result. For the Under-14 boys, Jeremiah Siland registered a win against Gerald Scotland 4-2, 3-5, (10/5).Vadeanand Resauk overpowered his opponent Nigel Lowe 5-3, 4-1, and Wayne Baker made light work of Adesh Khayyam 5-3, 4-1.Under 12 boys featured Hayden Mentore winning a 4-2, 4-0 match against Denzil Luther; Jaideon Viera overcoming Nathan De Nobrega 4-1, 4-0; Gerald Scotland defeating Nathan De Nobrega 4-2, 4-0, and Ricky Romanscindo overpowering Elwyn Levius 4-1, 4-2.Additionally, Hayden Mentore also registered a win against Elwyn Levius 4-0, 5-3.On the female side, Saskia Fraser made light work of Malia Maikoo 4-0, 4-0; Reshida Hardy dusted Norella Jordan 4-0, 4-0; Paula Kalekyezi powered her way to a 4-0,4-0 win against Renola Jordan, and Menishki Jaikisson also won against Renola Jordan 4-2, 4-1.Other matches saw Heimraj Resaul defeating Khalid Gobin 6-2, 6-4; Viraj Sharma defeating Devine Kalekyezi 6-1, 6-1; Donnie Anderson defeating Toshan Jumana, while Ronaldo Alexander received a ‘walk over’ in his scheduled match against Jordan Beaton.last_img read more

Wounded vets shortchanged, Congress told

first_imgFor example, there would be a single medical exam to evaluate injuries; the military and VA now do separate exams. Wounded service members and their families would receive lifetime health care coverage. Those with post-traumatic stress disorder would be eligible for lifetime treatment. Relatives could take up to 12 months off from their jobs to help with care. The proposals are similar to legislation that President George W. Bush sent to Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Shalala said Bush’s recommendations would cost more and add to the commission’s proposals. Bush said Tuesday that his administration has put in place many of the recommendations from the Dole-Shalala commission. But a Government Accountability Office report released last month cited poor communication between the VA and Pentagon on patient records; persistent backlogs on benefit payments to veterans; and staff shortages that mean nearly half of returning veterans lack access to personalized care medical units promoted by the Army. WASHINGTON – The leaders of a presidential commission that reported on poor treatment of wounded war veterans recommended Wednesday expanding and streamlining the benefit system for those with potentially life-altering injuries. Former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., and Donna Shalala, health secretary in the Clinton administration, outlined changes that would require action by Congress. They include payments for wounded troops to help with the transition into civilian life; compensation for loss in earnings their injuries might cause; and coverage that, for the first time, takes into account changes in quality of life. Shalala said the current system of disability payments is outdated and mired in bureaucratic problems that confuse veterans and fails to compensate for how a combat-related injury will affect their daily lives. The system is overseen by the Pentagon and the Veterans Affairs Department. The proposals were among 34 from the Dole-Shalala commission this year. They would simplify evaluating the injuries of troops wounded in combat-related service and provide a lifetime annuity for those who can no longer serve. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgJOANNE-Sweeney Burke tonight won the CD and promotion task on The Apprentice.Stepping up as project manager, the media company owner was right at home on the hit TV3 show.And the Donegal business woman led her team to victory with a cooly-designed CD which will be given away with a newspaper this Saturday. The judges from the paper liked the design and name of the music CD – although Joanne did make a major mistake by not putting the newspaper’s logo on the front cover.But then her Zest team didn’t have much opposition.The younger team created a CD with the dreadful name – Toe Tapping Talent.“It was terrible,” said Apprentice star Bill Cullen. Joanne’s CD – entitled Back Stage Pass – won over the newspaper executives, though they felt a picture of all the bands on the back of the cover looked like a dole queue! (We thought it was cool).During tonight’s filming, the Letterkenny-based 33-year-old said she had left her husband, two children and her other ‘baby’ behind to enter the competition – the ‘baby’ being her business. NEWS: JSB WINS APPRENTICE TASK was last modified: October 11th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Joanne Sweeney-BurkeThe ApprenticeTV3last_img read more

Former Liverpool striker David N’Gog bidding to win deal with Bundesliga club

first_imgFormer Liverpool, Swansea and Bolton striker David N’Gog has been handed a trial by Bundesliga club Darmstadt.The 27-year-old, who spent six years in English football, joined Stade Reims from Swansea in 2014 and scored 10 goals in 44 Ligue 1 apoearances.But he has been on the lookout for a new club this summer and has now been handed a chance to impress by German club Darmstadt, who finished 14th in the Bundesliga last season.N’Gog racked up 99 Premier League appearances, scoring 12 goals, across his spells at Liverpool, Bolton and Swansea and could now get given a shot in German football. 1 David N’Gog in action for Guingamp last_img read more


first_imgHAIRDRESSING: Summer hair trends are all about embracing your natural beauty, so if you are blessed with natural curls own them this season! Curly hair has the reputation for being one of the hardest types of hair to manage because it is naturally drier, more affected by humidity, more prone to split ends and breakage. In fact, simply trying to brush it can lead to some serious frizz it can also be difficult to find the perfect styling products for curly hair -but one thing for sure is that when you find one that suits your curls you will stock up on it!!Patrick asked our Designer Rachel for some great tips on how to manage curly hair so that it looks it’s best every day.Don’t Force the Hair: Curly hair is delicate so it is best to let the hair be free. A taming cream can keep the curls nourished and adding a light mousse such as Wella Eimi Boost Bounce will provide hold and definition to the curl. Rachel is a big fan of the New System Professional EnergyCode Smoothen Curl Definer Cream and says that so many of her curly haired clients really love it!Conditioner: Conditioning curly hair is so important because it stops the lower half of the hair from appearing dry and frizzy. The curlier the hair, the longer it takes for natural oils to travel from the scalp to the ends so adding moisture in the shower by using a good quality conditioner is a good idea. Apply to mid-lengths and ends for best results.Style Your Hair When It Is Sopping Wet: Don’t be tempted to towel dry curly hair when you get out of the shower! Prevent frizz and lackluster curls by applying your styling products immediately on wet hair…even before you get out of the shower! Tip your head upside down and use your fingers to rake products through from roots to ends, then scrunch and squeeze upward toward the scalp and dry with a diffuser.Never Blow- Dry Without A Diffuser:A regular nozzle disrupts the curl pattern and focuses hot air on one section at a time, while a diffuser dries curls evenly for a full, uniform look. After applying a heat-protecting product, flip your head upside down and diffuse right at the roots and mid-length. Make sure that the hair is completely dry to lock in volume. Get A Dry Cut: Curly dry hair and curly wet hair are very different things. Curls retract significantly when dry; some pieces may coil tightly, while others hang a bit looser.A dry cut won’t spring any surprises—you’ll know exactly how every strand will fall, where your hair will fall and what length it will be when it is dry!For more tips on beautiful curly hair and for a full information on our EnergyCode products see or follow us on HAIRDRESSING: EMBRACE YOUR NATURAL CURLS WITH PATRICK GILDEA CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE was last modified: June 2nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:centre of excellencecolumncurlsFeatureshairdressingnewsPatrick Gildealast_img read more

Celtic star to be offered new contract, Gerrard targets more Rangers signings bring you all the biggest Scottish transfer rumours and gossip from Wednesday’s newspapers and online… Brendan Rodgers stressed it will require “big money” to strengthen his Celtic squad before the transfer window closes. The Scottish champions have made just two signings this summer – the £9million club-record arrival of Odsonne Édouard from PSG and Dundee goalkeeper Scott Bain on a free transfer. (The National)Celtic are planning contract talks with Belgian centre-back Dedryck Boyata, amid reported interest from Fulham and Lyon. (Daily Record)Rodgers wants to keep hold of the 27-year-old defender until Celtic’s Champions League qualifying fate is sealed. Boyata is entering the final year of his contract in Parkhead. (Daily Mail)Burnley manager Sean Dyche has shot down all “Battle of Britain” talk ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Aberdeen. The ‘Ginger Mourinho’ has insisted he won’t allow his players to get caught up in any Scotland v England rivalry. (Scottish Sun)Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is looking to bring Manchester City youngster Kean Bryan to the Ibrox. Signing the 21-year-old centre-back on loan would ease the Light Blues’ defensive troubles ahead of the new Premiership season. (Scottish Sun)FOUR English clubs are keen on signing Josh Windass from Rangers. With the 24-year-old unsure of his role under Gerrard this season, West Ham, Burnley, West Brom and Aston Villa are all reportedly interested in the midfeidler. (Scottish Sun)Nicklas Bendtner could wreck Celtic’s Champions League dream, according to Bhoys goalkeeper Craig Gordon.The Denmark striker will lead the line for Rosenborg against the Scottish champions in their upcoming qualified, and Gordon has said of the former Arsenal man: “On his day he can destroy anyone.” (The Scotsman)Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke insists 23-year-old winger Jordan Jones is going nowhere after he was linked with a move to Sunderland. (Scottish Sun)Kilmarnock have taken former Norwich goalkeeper Paul Jones on trial. (Daily Star)St Mirren manager Alan Stubbs admits signing a striker is “paramount” after they drew a blank in their League Cup meeting with Queen’s Park. (Daily Record)Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has a ‘burning desire’ to take the club to the Europa League group stage, according to chairman Stewart Milne. (Daily Star) 1last_img read more


first_imgBUNDORAN Town Council has voted to exclude a member of the public unless she agrees to abide by the rules there.The Mayor Michael Mcmahon says the council is “not in the business of excluding members of the public from council meetings.”However it follows a decision which was taken by Bundoran councillors yesterday to enforce the standing orders in relation to appropriate behaviour at Town Council meetings. The decision was taken following legal advice which required a member of the public to act in accordance with standing orders and to agree to do so in writing to Bundoran Town Council. However, the person in question didn’t do so.Councillor McMahon said the person in question can submit an agreement to comply with the standing orders and if she does so, she will be allowed to attend meetings.BUNDORAN COUNCIL VOTE TO EXCLUDE MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC was last modified: October 5th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:banBundoran Town Councillast_img read more

Noah’s Ark Gets Balanced Treatment

first_imgReuters gave balanced treatment to the question of how Noah fit all the animals on the Ark.  Evolutionists, of course, deny that Noah existed or a boat ever saved all the animals on earth.  The article quoted mocking comments to the effect that there is no way up to 50 million species with vastly different environmental needs could have lived in a floating zoo for a year.  But reporter Alister Doyle also quoted Dr. David Menton, from Answers in Genesis, explaining factors that would have allowed God’s directive to be carried out.  Doyle agreed that the Biblical description of the Ark is “far from the tiny vessel depicted in many children’s books with giraffes’ heads sticking out the top.”  He gave Menton surprisingly ample space in the article.    The question stemmed from a meeting May 19-30 of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.  Scientists are considering how to preserve earth’s biodiversity with some kind of modern-day refuge.  A picture of a large wooden ship taking shape with a Mount Ararat in the background adorns the article.Thank you, Alister Doyle, for attempting to give fair and balanced reporting on this question.  Was a floating refuge for the animals possible?  Consider Noah’s Ark: A Feasibility Study by John Woodmorappe (see Answers in Genesis), or an article on the subject by Jonathan Sarfati on Creation Ministries International.  Don’t ridicule it till you’ve heard it defended with competence.  Consider also that dozens of people groups have legends of a worldwide flood during which people and animals were preserved on a floating vessel.  Only the Biblical account comes close to feasibility and plausibility.  Don’t forget, too, that geology provides evidence of sedimentation and erosion on colossal scales far greater than anything occurring today.  For more evidences of a global flood, see a brief article on Answers in Genesis by geologist Dr. Andrew Snelling.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more