Kim says North Korea could participate in South’s Winter Olympics

first_imgFILE – In this Sept. 1, 2017, file photo, Lee Hee-beom, center, president of the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and attendance are silhouetted as they participate in a launching ceremony of the commemorative coins and bank notes for the Games, in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)Kim Jong-Un on Monday gave the first indication that North Korea could participate in next month’s Winter Olympics in the South, despite tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.“I sincerely hope the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will be staged successfully,” said Kim, the North Korean leader, in his new year’s address to the nation.ADVERTISEMENT Balkman returns to Philippine basketball as Alab import Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense The pair could still be invited to compete by the International Olympic Committee.“The IOC says the North would be able to take part in any event it wants,” said Lee. “But North Korea is likely to send athletes to figure skating, short track skating, cross country and women’s ice hockey.”The Winter Olympic main venues are just 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the heavily fortified border with the North and the build-up to the event has been overshadowed by tensions running high over the Pyongyang’s escalating nuclear and missile tests.Kim said the Olympics would “serve as a good chance to display our Korean people’s grace toward the world.”“The year 2018 is a significant year for both the North and the South, with the North marking the 70th anniversary of its birth and the South hosting the Winter Olympics.”‘Unstable state’ Kim did strike one note of caution. “The sharp military tension between the North and the South must be eased and a peaceful atmosphere should be in place,” he said.Professor Kim Hyun-Wook at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy said the North was trying to use the Olympics to improve ties with the South despite tensions with the US showing no signs of abating.“The US will find it awkward to put brakes on inter-Korean dialogue focused on Pyeongchang,” he said.North Korea’s past participation in sporting events in the South has largely depended on the political and military situation, though they did send a full team to the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, near Seoul. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Lee Hee-Beom, the head of the Pyeongchang Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (POCOG) told AFP: “We actively welcome the North’s suggestion that it is willing to engage in talks for the participation in the Olympics.“We’ve been preparing for the Olympics on the assumption that the North will eventually take part in the games,” he said, adding that POCOG have in place protocols for accommodation and transport for the North’s athletes.‘Peace Olympics’Seoul and POCOG have billed the Games, which open on February 9, as a “peace Olympics” and have been keen for the North to take part.Two North Korean athletes — pairs figure skaters Ryom Tae-Ok and Kim Ju-Sik — qualified for the Games but the North Korean Olympic Committee missed an October 30 deadline to confirm to the International Skating Union that they would participate.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalscenter_img “It is quite noteworthy that the North’s leader himself says the North is willing to participate in Pyeongchang,” Professor Yang Moo-Jin of the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul told AFP. “The chances of the North coming to the Olympics now seem to be more than 80 percent.”North and South Korea have been divided by a demilitarized zone since the end of the 1950-53 Korean war.South Korean president Moon Jae-In last month proposed delaying Seoul’s annual joint military exercises with the US until after the Games.The Key Resolve and Foal Eagle drills usually start in late February or early March and run until the end of April, usually contributing to a spike in tensions, with Pyongyang condemning the exercises as rehearsals for invasion.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson “We are willing to take necessary measures including to dispatch our delegation.“For this purpose, authorities of the North and South would be able to meet in the near future,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSeoul’s presidential Blue House responded positively to Kim’s proposal for talks about sending a delegation to the Games.“We welcome it,” a statement said. “Should the Olympics be staged successfully, it will contribute to peace not only on the Korean peninsula but in the region and the world as well.” MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Guyana to adopt CRS measures for procurement of pharmaceuticals

first_imgHealth sector stakeholders were on Thursday briefed on the importance of having safe and qualitative pharmaceutical drugs on the local market.Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) Director, Marlan ColeAt a workshop held at Duke Lodge in Kingston, Georgetown, the health sector stakeholders were brought up to date on the professional standards of the Caribbean Regulatory System, to strengthen the function and regulatory capacity in Guyana.Director of the Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD), Marlan Cole, noted that even though Guyana has stringent measures in procuring drugs, Government recognises the challenges attending registration of quality pharmaceutical drugs locally.Cole said it is critical to ensure that “those who are responsible for procurement, those who are responsible for drugs at the Georgetown Public Hospital, were invited (to this workshop) to ensure that they are sensitised as it relates to the requirements, the support, the functions and capacity of the CRS.”Senior Technical Officer of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr Princess Osbourne, said the CRS does not replace the quality assurance mechanisms in any country, but works as a supportive body. Dr Osbourne also highlighted that it is not mandatory for countries to be part of the CRS, as participation is voluntary. The doctor also commended Guyana for taking such an important step in ensuring that citizens are exposed to the best pharmaceutical drugs.Dr. Osbourne explained, “The products we register presently are all either prequalified by the WHO, which is a stringent regulatory authority; or they have been registered by other stringent regulatory authorities, which we call reference authorities. So the fact that we are using these reference authorities gives a double assurance that once a product has been registered by the CRS, it is safe, it is efficacious, and it is going to conform to the quality that is established.”According to the Department of Public Information, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), Colette Adams, has said that the MoPH recognises the importance of having pharmaceutical drugs monitored and given quality assurance before they reach the masses.“I envision that with the fine-tuning of the regulatory mechanism, Guyana, as well as the other Caricom states, will be better positioned to access essential medicine to enable a sustainable enterprise, (thereby) contributing in the long-term to the realisation of the overarching mandate — which is to prevent disease, promote health, and respond to the public health emergency with the timely availability of recommended essential products”, Adams stated.During the workshop, stakeholders were given an overview of the CRS, instructed on the strategy for regulation of imported medicines, and given a review of the submissions of local distributor the New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation (GPC).The exercise was a collaborative effort between the Public Health Ministry (MoPH), Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) and the Caribbean Community (Caricom).last_img read more

Unwed living-together couples to shed criminal label

first_imgBISMARCK, N.D. – Unmarried couples who live together in North Dakota will no longer be considered criminals after the state’s House of Representatives agreed Thursday to repeal the law that has been on books since statehood. The legislation was headed to Gov. John Hoeven, who was expected to sign it, his spokesman Don Canton said. The House voted 48-41 to get rid of the law that lists it as a sex crime crime – along with rape, incest and adultery – for a man and woman to live together without being married. Repeal attempts failed in the past two legislative sessions. The legislation creates a new offense, making it illegal for a man and woman to pass themselves off as being married for the purpose of committing fraud. 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

Ingwe claw Wazito to book Shield semi slot

first_imgWazito goalkeeper Stephen Njung’e had a nightmare of a game, giving out the first penalty and then adding insult to injury punching Mike Kibwage’s cross from the right into his own net and letting the ball slide under his arm for Ingwe’s sixth in the second half.Ingwe got into the lead in the sixth minute when Njung’e brought down Harun Nyakha inside the box when he went all out to pick the ball off his feet and Kitenge did not disappoint from the spot hitting the ball low and hard.Three minutes later, Wazito conceded a penalty, this time Dennis Gicheru handling the ball inside the box as his clearing header from an Aziz Okaka cross ricocheted off his team mate and back to his arm. Kitenge once again stepped up making no mistake to double the lead.Wazito had taken time to get into the game and the two quick goals shook them off balance. They struggled to get their act back together and when they finally did as the half wore on, got chances to score.AFC Leopards midfielder Duncan Otieno tackles Wazito’s Antony Gathu during their GOtv Shield quarter final match against Wazito FC at Nyayo Stadium on August 20, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaIn the 33rd minute, former Sofapaka ace Bob Mugalia had a free header inside the box from a Joakim Omolo cross go wide while two minutes later, former Tusker and KCB defender Mark Odhiambo’s effort from a freekick went inches over.Kibwage almost scored into his own net in the 37th minute with his attempt to clear the ball off an Omolo cross. From the second corner, Gicheru’s free header went wide.All through, AFC remained comfortable retaining their shape with Dennis Sikhayi doing very well in his adopted left back role.They should have gone three up in the 42nd minute but Okaka’s attempt at chipping the ball over the keeper from a sleek Duncan Otieno through pass was finger-tipped over by the Wazito keeper.In the second half, Wazito head coach Frank Ouna made a double swoop, pulling out Mugalia and Antony Gathu for Patient Lukige and Johnston Omurwa. AFC responded by bringing in Andrew Tololwa for Nyakha.Omurwa almost made an immediate impact in the game when he broke away on the right but his rifling shot at the edge of the box came off the side netting.AFC Leopards midfielder Harun Nyakha vies for the ball with Wazito’s Antony Gathu during their GOtv Shield quarter final match against Wazito FC at Nyayo Stadium on August 20, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaWazito’s positive start to the second half was undone in an instant in the 49th minute when poor goalkeeping from Njung’e saw his punch the ball into his own net after Kibwage had broken through from the right outmuscling Gicheru.The NSL side however had some slight hope of a comeback in the 55th minute when Gicheru scored from a penalty after Sikhayi brought down Piston Mutamba inside the box from a swiftly executed counter attack.It turned out to be a frantic resumption of the game with Okaka almost getting his name on the scoresheet three minutes later but his shot after going past keeper Njung’e from a counter came off the upright.On the other end four minutes later, Wazito had a brilliant chance to halve the deficit but Omurwa’s low shot from a cutback by Mutamba was well saved by Andika.AFC were in no panic mode and with ease stretched their lead to five. Ingotsi headed them further ahead unmarked at the far post from a Samuel Ndung’u cross.Ndung’u also got his name on the score sheet with 10 minutes to go with a low shot that slipped under the keeper’s arms from the edge of the box.Kitenge put the icing on the cake with a late penalty after Dickson Ihaji handled a cross from Robinson Kamura.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alexis Kitenge, Marcelus Ingotsi and Mike Kibwage celebrate one of the AFC Leopards goals during their GOtv Shield quarter final match against Wazito FC at Nyayo Stadium on August 20, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 20-  Burundian forward Alexis Kitenge’s hatrick of penalties and Marcelus ‘Adebayor’ Ingotsi’s brace helped AFC Leopards to a healthy 7-1 win over National Super League (NSL) side Wazito FC as they progressed to the semi-finals of the GOtv Shield.The 2013 champions showed intent of going all the way to bag the title with an emphatic start, two penalties within three minutes giving them a foothold of the game with Wazito yet to get their feet on the ground.last_img read more

Tran Releases Women’s Tennis 2017 Schedule

first_imgThe Bulldogs close out the regular season on April 23 when they host Southern Illinois. Story Links The Bulldogs completes their non-conference portion of the schedule with three home matches against Eastern Illinois (March 12), Gustavus Adolphus (March 19) and Upper Iowa (March 25). DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University head women’s tennis coach Mai-Ly Tran released the Bulldogs 2017 schedule which features 11 matches in the friendly confines of the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. 2017 Schedule The Bulldogs then heads to Milwaukee, Wis. for matches against Marquette (March 4) and UW-Milwaukee (March 5). Drake plays its final away non-conference match at St. Louis on March 10. The Bulldogs open the season with a five-match homestand, starting with SIUE on Jan. 22 and then against South Dakota (Feb. 4), Augustana College (Ill.) (Feb. 5), Iowa State (Feb. 10) and ending with Nebraska-Omaha (Feb. 11). The Bulldogs return to the Roger Knapp Tennis Center on April 8 and April 9 when they host Wichita State and Missouri State, respectively. Drake’s first road trip won’t be an easy task as it travels to Nebraska on Feb. 17 and will play a neutral site match the next day against Colorado State. Drake’s final road trip of the regular season is to Illinois when it squares off against Bradley (April 14) and Illinois State (April 15). Drake opens Missouri Valley Conference action on April 1 with a trip to Northern Iowa. The 2017 MVC Championship will be played in Normal, Ill., hosted by Illinois State, on April 28-30. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

How to close the door on burglars – Gardai reveal thieves’ top tactics

first_imgOne third of home burglaries in Ireland are made by entry through the front door, according to new figures released by An Garda Síochána.Burglars are using body pressure to force entry into homes and fishing keys out through letterboxes, with €600 being the average value of goods taken, the data shows. Jewellery, cash, computers, mobile phones, TVs and games consoles are among the top items stolen.The analysis of burglaries from July 2015 to June 2016 also revealed that 46% of winter burglaries occur between 5pm and 11pm. An Garda Síochána published the figures as part of their annual winter public awareness campaign, Lock Up and Light Up, which is part of Operation Thor.As 29% of home burglaries occur through front doors, burglars also commonly target back doors (26%), back windows (24%) and front windows (8%), with one in five cases involving a burglar getting access through an unsecured door or window.People are being encouraged to take measures to shut out burglars and make sure their homes do not look empty.Donegal security company Orbit Security have advised homeowners to take extra care during the winter months. All windows and doors should be securely locked, even when people are going out for a short period. Keys should never be left in sight, or near windows or door locks. The company also warns that tools and ladders may be used to break in, so they should be carefully monitored – a useful deterrent can be an automatic light. People are advised to update their defence systems with home alarms, and set them even when they are in the home.During the winter period, Orbit Security advise that people should be careful on social media, and not post about holidays and events when they will be absent from their homes. People should avoid advertising new purchases or gifts online.In light of the new data, Sergeant Kelvin Courtney of the National Crime Prevention Unit shared important advice: “As the days get shorter I would urge homeowners to make sure their home looks occupied. Use timer switches to turn on lights, lock all doors and windows, store keys away from windows and letterboxes, and use your alarm.”Reported burglaries are down 25% in first half of 2016. The Garda initiative Operation Thor has been credited with this reduction in crimes, as the national movement actively targets organised crime gangs and repeat offenders. It involves a wide-range of enforcement, crime prevention and public awareness measures.As winter approaches, Operation Thor will see Gardai focusing on checkpoints, increasing patrols in burglary hotspots, providing crime prevention advice, working with partners on initiatives such as Text Alert, and denying criminals the use of the road network. “Having your home burgled is a distressing and traumatic experience. An Garda Síochána is hoping that by raising awareness of some simple crime prevention measures, such as locking up and lighting up, less Irish families will have to endure the pain of being burgled this winter,” commented Sgt Courtney.For professional advice on home and business security and to find out about the latest alarm systems, visit Orbit Security on Facebook or contact Orbit Security, Pinehill Industrial Estate, Mountain Top, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. Tel: 074-9128989.How to close the door on burglars – Gardai reveal thieves’ top tactics was last modified: October 25th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Water burst leaves residents without supply yet again in Falcarragh

first_imgHundreds of householders and business owners in and around Falcarragh are without water again following a burst pipe in the Rocktown area. Irish Water are currently at the scene addressing the issue.It is expected that the normal supply will return around 5pm on Saturday. Earlier this month Irish Water held a constructive meeting with elected officials from the Gortahork and Falcarragh area to discuss the utility’s plans to replace two sections of water pipes that are prone to frequent bursts.Councillors were told that Irish Water is committed to delivering water improvement works in Falcarragh and financial approval has been given to progress this through the National Leakage Reduction Programme.Roisin Gallagher, the owner of Roisin’s Beauty Bar, said her business couldn’t afford to wait till October for new pipes to be installed.” (It was a) booked out day with communions and weddings and we will lose a full day again due to the neglect we are receiving from Irish water. “We can’t afford to wait until autumn for this new system with how frequent we are losing water.“We can’t deal with the stress of going through a full busy summer losing days and disappointing customers.”Another business owner said Irish Water were failing the people in the Cloughaneely area.Batch Donegal said on Facebook: ‘This issue is way to frequent and is putting businesses in this town under serious pressure.‘We are losing hundred’s if not thousand’s of euro each time this happens and we are not receiving any compensation or support whatsoever. ‘Irish Water give no warnings of outages and we have to wait until our taps run dry to know that we will be without water.‘By the time this happens we have food baked and prepared for the day and most of this then has to be discarded. They have been of no help any time I have been on the phone to them.‘I have left numerous requests for a callback and sent many emails to which I have got no reply. Advertisement ‘We are being failed here in Falcarragh.’Water burst leaves residents without supply yet again in Falcarragh was last modified: September 22nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:FalcarraghIrish Waterlast_img read more

The moment Brentford’s Lionel Road plans were given the green light

first_imgSeveral hundred Brentford fans cheer as they watch Hounslow Council’s planning committee approve plans for a 20,000-capacity stadium at Lionel Road. The club see the move as crucial to safeguarding its future.See also:Joy for Bees chairman after council approve new stadium plans Brentford get green light for Lionel RoadHow Bees United’s takeover transformed BrentfordBrentford’s Lionel Road move approvedBrentford receive new stadium boostFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Acid mine drainage: experts called in

first_img7 September 2010A team of experts is expected to assess the extent of acid mine drainage in South Africa and report back to a special inter-ministerial committee appointed by Water Affairs Minister Bulelwa Sonjica.The Cabinet last month mandated the minister to urgently establish a special task team to investigate how the government should respond to reports of acid water drainage in some parts of the country.Acid mine water, or water contaminated with heavy metals as a result of mining activities, is reportedly affecting the Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North West and Free State provinces. Reports suggest that this drainage poses health and economic risks for the country.Speaking in Cape Town on Monday, Sonjica said the experts would appraise the risk and look at what has already been done by various institutions and then assess the available solutions and technology.“They will interrogate and assess the viability costs of critical short-term interventions, integrate lasting and sustainable medium- and long-term solutions, and explore possible partnerships with the private sector,” Sonjica said.The ministerial committee will reconvene in six weeks’ time to receive a detailed report from the team of experts.Responding to media reports that the streets in Johannesburg’s CBD would be flooded with toxic mine water in the coming months, Sonjica assured the public that the situation was under control and that there was no need for people to panic.As a short-term measure, an amount of R218 million has been budgeted by the department to fit pumps to avert any situation that might arise.The minister said the country has been faced with the problem of mine water effluent, including acid mine drainage, for over 100 years.Over the past 15 years, the government has strengthened environmental regulation in the country through the introduction of the National Environmental Management Act, Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act and National Water Act.SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

Poor response in Alipore zoo to animal adoption scheme

first_imgAlmost four years after the West Bengal government introduced a scheme to adopt animals in the Alipore Zoological Garden, the initiative seems to have lost steam with fewer individuals and companies approaching the authorities for adoption.The animal adoption scheme was announced in 2013 and in 2015-16 the revenue from the initiative increased up to ₹31.65 lakh. But in 2017-18, the money from the scheme dropped to ₹11.75 lakh. “The response is not good. The adoption involves monetary transactions and there are not many renewals,” Alipore Zoo director Asis Kumar Samanta told The Hindu.A closer look at the adoption of animals at the zoological garden indicates that almost ₹11 lakh came from a single source, a non-resident Indian. S.U. Rahaman, whose address in the zoo records was mentioned as Sutton, London, had adopted three tigers, two lions and one leopard.Incentives galoreMost of the organisations and individuals who had adopted the animals after 2014 had not renewed their contract with the zoo. Besides incentives like celebrating the birthday of the adopted animal inside the zoo, the scheme provides opportunity to use the animal’s photograph for publication in newspapers, magazines, in the letter head and website of individual or the institution.Adoption cost of tigers and lions was highest at ₹2 lakh per annum. Birds or porcupines could be adopted at ₹10,000 for a year. V.K. Yadav, member secretary, West Bengal Zoo Authority, said they would write to a prominent chamber of commerce in the city to adopt the animals.last_img read more