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Britain closes embassy in North Korea, evacuates diplomats

first_imgEarly in the outbreak Pyongyang imposed tight quarantine restrictions on all resident foreigners, including a virtual lockdown in their own premises that Russian ambassador Alexander Matsegora described as “morally crushing”.Those rules were later eased and dozens of diplomats and other foreigners were allowed to leave the country in March, when several missions in Pyongyang closed, among them the German embassy and France’s representative office — Paris does not maintain full diplomatic relations with the North.Hundreds of foreigners remain in the country.Analysts say that the North is unlikely to have avoided infections, and that its ramshackle health system could struggle to cope with a major outbreak. Topics : Britain has shuttered its embassy in North Korea and all its diplomats have left the country, its ambassador said Thursday as Pyongyang maintains strict entry controls to try to prevent a coronavirus outbreak.The North has closed its borders and insists it has not had a single case of the virus that emerged in neighboring China late last year and has since swept the world.The closure was a temporary move and came because Pyongyang’s “restrictions on entry to the country have made it impossible to rotate our staff and sustain the operation of the Embassy”, a Foreign Office spokesperson said.center_img Ambassador Colin Crooks tweeted: “The #BritishEmbassy in #Pyongyang closed temporarily on 27 May 2020 and all diplomatic staff have left the #DPRK for the time being.”The Swedish embassy — which remains open — replied that they would miss him and his team “and hope they can return soon”.The specialist news site NK News said the British diplomats crossed the border into China overland on Wednesday.Britain intends to maintain diplomatic relations with the North “and will seek to re-establish our presence in Pyongyang as soon as it is possible to do so”, the Foreign Office said.last_img read more

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Dredging Today Conference Closes with Success

first_img‘The World Bank’s new procurement framework – opportunities for contractors’ was the main topic of presentation of Mr Dick Konijn, Owner – CEO, ID Consultancy BV.Mr Konijn said that “procurement in Investment Project Financing supports clients to achieve value for money with integrity in delivering sustainable development.”During his presentation, Mr Louis Strydom, Business Development Manager – Project Development, FMO – Dutch Development Bank, introduced his insights on the finance solutions that work for climate adaptation.Speaking about climate change adaptations of ports and inland waterways – Ine Moulaert, Senior Engineer Marine Environmental Department, Jan de Nul, Member, PIANC Working Group 178 on Climate Change Adaptation, said that one of PIANC objectives is to develop an approach on climate change adaptation planning and delivery.She also added that four categories of action, in line with expectations of Paris agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, are:expand network of partners and supporters, raise awareness of climate-relates issues throughout sector;promote action to reduce (net) greenhouse emissions;improve preparedness, strengthen resilience and enable the waterborne transport infrastructure sector to adapt to climate change;encourage new ways of thinking.During the thematical session ‘Dredging for clean energy’, speakers discussed the developments where dredging meets climate mitigation.Rob van der Hage, Manager North Sea Infrastructure, TenneT, highlighted the importance of developing the offshore grid for wind power. “Future of offshore wind depends on cost reduction,” said Mr van der Hage.Talking about dredging for hydropower, Jan Peters, Managing Director, Alia Instruments & Imotec, made some very interesting points about dam related solutions for sediment problem and restoring of reservoirs capacity by sustainable dredging.In the closing session: How are you making your business resilient?, a panel discussion on how the dredging industry is preparing for the future took place.Topics and speakers included in this session:how are companies anticipating climate change and its effects;how are companies working on project integration and collaborating in a more holistic way;how are companies leveraging technologies developed outside the industry?Gert-Jan Nieuwenhuizen, Managing Director, Port of Amsterdam International;André van Hassent, Asset Manager Ports & Fairways, Port of Rotterdam;Olivier Marcus, Product Director Dredging, Damen Shipyards;John Mackenzie, Business Development Director, NMDC;Maurice de Kok, Director Strategic Business Development, Van Oord.International exhibitors and projectsThe first Dredging Today Conference was closed by Femke Perlot-Hoogeveen, the Conference Manager.The eminent speakers presented topical insights on the global picture about the climate changes, dredging, covering the main drivers for dredging, expected developments in world trade, urban development near coastlines, coastal protection, offshore energy and tourism and leisure.In these two days, DTC also showed its international focus; comprehensive session blocks were devoted to answering the question: How the world in which the dredging industry operates is changing.We are looking forward to seeing you next year on October 22 and 23 in Amsterdam RAI! The second and the final day of our first Dredging Today Conference, taking place at Amsterdam RAI Convention Center under the theme ‘Changing Climate, Resilient Business’, has drawn to a close today on a very positive note. The sessions saw straight-to-the-point statements and some interesting discussions.During the first thematical session: ‘Solutions and funding for climate change adaptation’, speakers addressed how the dredging community and dredging industry can respond to climate change.The emphasis in this session was on what international financial institutions, in particular multilateral and regional development banks, are doing in support of climate change adaptation and how industry and national governments can become involved in adaptation action programs.The session also included a special report from the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure, PIANC, on their views on adaptation action.Talking about International Financing Institutions: how do they work and what prospects do they offer? – Commerijn Plomp of Netherlands Enterprise Agency said that TIO’s roles as a government partner in guiding companies towards IFI-funded projects are:first contact point for Dutch companies;provide info on priorities, pipeline projects, relevant contact points and competition, match with Dutch expertise;advise on how the banks work, what to do, where to look and who to meet;long term commitment with high-potentials;connect to bilateral trade instruments.last_img read more

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Mothers would get bereavement leave for miscarriages under new bill

first_imgNewsHub 9 August 2018Women who have a miscarriage at any stage in their pregnancy would be entitled to bereavement leave under a new Member’s Bill drawn from the ballot.Labour MP Ginny Andersen’s bill would make it explicit that the “unplanned death of a foetus” is grounds for up to three days of bereavement leave.“One pregnancy out of four can end in miscarriage, so it affects a lot of women and their partners,” Ms Andersen said.“It’s important that women and their families have time to grieve and deal with not only the physical but the emotional strain of going through miscarriage.”The legislation won’t include abortion because that would compromise the bill’s chance of passing.When asked whether people may need bereavement leave for an abortion, Ms Arderson said, “I think it would be [grounds], but I would like this Member’s Bill to pass, and I think it’s important you keep Member’s Bills simple and likely to receive support across the House.”READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2018/08/mothers-would-get-bereavement-leave-for-miscarriages-under-new-bill.htmlCouples who suffer a miscarriage could get paid leaveNewsHub 9 August 2018Couples who suffer a miscarriage could soon be eligible for up to three days’ leave under Labour MP Ginny Andersen’s proposed law change.She’d like the leave extended to women after they’ve had abortions as well, but admits that would be too controversial and would compromise the Bill’s chance of passing.Family First NZ has welcomed the Bill and says it should cover post-abortion bereavement leave.“Abortion grief is also the ‘elephant in the room’ and these women shouldn’t be dismissed because of a few that say it was the right decision for them to abort,” spokesperson Marina Young says.“A person begins to heal the moment they feel heard.”READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2018/08/miscarriage-bill-could-apply-to-women-who-have-abortions.htmllast_img read more

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Kirkey adding Junior National Champion, Lady Eagle awards to 2020 IMCA program

first_img“Kirkey Racing is proud to continue our sponsorship of IMCA,” said Kevin Derochie. “The dedication to the sport and attention to detail that is continually shown from IMCA teams are second-to-none and we are honored to continue this program for the upcoming season.” Kirkey gives both drivers $250 product certificates. The new Junior National Championship is open to IMCA drivers ages 13-18 while all female competitors vie for the Lady Eagle title. The St. Andrews West, Ont., manu­facturer and retailer also continues $250 product certificate awards for IMCA Sunoco Late Model, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod, Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod and Mach-1 Sport Compact national champions. Information about Kirkey-manufac­tured aluminum seats and accessories is available at the www.kirkeyracing.com web­site, by calling 800 363-4885 and on Face­book. In its 14th season of IMCA sponsorship, Kirkey again gives an 88 Series layback containment seat to the IMCA Modified national champion and an 89 Series containment seat to the IMCA Rac­eSaver Sprint Car national champion. center_img All Kirkey awards will be presented during the IMCA national banquet in November. ST. ANDREWS WEST, Ont. – Kirkey Racing Fabrica­tion adds to its IMCA program this season, rewarding both the Junior National Champion and Lady Eagle winner.  “Kirkey manufacturers some of the best seats on the market today, and many racers know they have done that for a long time,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We are proud to partner with Kirkey and encourage IMCA racers to upgrade their seats with a new Kirkey model in 2020.”last_img read more

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Hazel C. Moore, 96

first_imgHazel C. Moore, 96 of Greensburg, passed away on Monday, August 10, 2020. Hazel was born on March 28, 1924 in Decatur County, the daughter of Ralph and Alpha (Hancock) Mires. Hazel was a 1942 graduate of Burney High School. On March 21, 1944 she married Jessie Moore, they were married for 55 years until his passing on April 10, 1999.Survivors include her daughter – Rebecca (Jerry) England of Greensburg; her son – Jesse (Frances) Moore of LaPorte, Indiana; four grandchildren – Daniel Moore, Christopher England, Melody England and Heather England; and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one daughter – Robin Sue Moore and her two sisters – Silvia McClintic and Leona Collins.Visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 11am until the time of the funeral service at 12pm at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Studler and Rev. Doug Preston officiating. Burial will follow at the South Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Lifeline Wesleyan Church or Our Hospice. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.last_img read more

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The Basketball Tournament: Syracuse superfan A.J. Owen serves at ‘booster’ for Boeheim’s Army

first_imgA.J. Owen stepped into the Carrier Dome and attended his first Syracuse basketball game in March 2003, when he was 14. The Orange topped Rutgers 83-74 in front of what was an NCAA on-campus record crowd and behind 30 points from Carmelo Anthony. It would have been a perfect afternoon for Owen, but there was one problem.He wore red. “Obviously, Rutgers’ main color is red,” Owen said with a laugh. “So that was a bit of an awkward situation.”It was an honest mistake, one that Owen has more than made up for in the 12 years since. As a teenager growing up in Baldwinsville, New York, he attended just about every SU home game. He’s since relocated but rarely misses an opportunity to watch SU on television.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis die-hard fandom helped Owen land a role as the “booster” for Boeheim’s Army — the Syracuse-based team in The Basketball Tournament — after he recruited 139 people to become “fans” of the team earlier this year. He’ll be with Boeheim’s Army when it plays its first-round game Saturday night against NYCSuperstars in Philadelphia. It’s a dream come true for the Syracuse superfan, but his passion for SU hoops might not exist if not for a growth spurt when he was 12. After shooting up in height, he began to gravitate away from playing soccer — his favorite sport — and toward basketball. His mother, Sue Nans, took it as a chance to build a stronger relationship with her son and decided to buy tickets to the Syracuse-Rutgers game. “Being a mom, I’m always looking for something to connect with my son,” Nans said. “So I said, ‘OK, let’s go to a game.’”Little did Nans know, the game would launch Owen into becoming an Orange fanatic. After that game, he never missed one. Nans purchased season tickets, which she renewed every year until Owen graduated from C.W. Baker High School in 2006 and enrolled at Point Park University in Pittsburgh.Despite remaining in Pittsburgh, Owen’s support for the Orange hasn’t wavered. And in April of this year, when he caught wind of Boeheim’s Army’s bid for a spot in The Basketball Tournament, Owen knew he had to find a role. “I needed to get into it,” he said. “I needed to play a part.”Owen created a Twitter account (@BoeheimsArmyFan) and began tweeting every Syracuse fan he could find, urging them to sign up as fans on the official TBT website.Boeheim’s Army general manager Kevin Belbey began to notice Owen’s efforts and called him to offer a spot on the team’s roster as the booster. “I think he thought I was punking him,” Belbey said. Belbey’s suspicions were warranted. Having taken the call at his home in Pittsburgh, Owen initially had difficulty believing the proposal was legitimate. But when he realized it was no gimmick, he began jumping out of pure excitement.“My inner teenager just freaked out,” he said. As booster, Owen continued enticing fans to sign up until the recruitment period ended. The team full of former Syracuse players has 1,983 fans, far more than any other team, according to the tournament’s official website. That earned them not only a spot in the tournament but also the No. 1 seed in the Northeast Region. Owen is spending the weekend with Boeheim’s Army in Philadelphia for its first- and potential second-round games. He’ll travel with the team throughout the tournament, attend team events and sit on the bench during games and hang out in the locker room. He’ll also get $5,000 of the $1 million prize if Boeheim’s Army wins the tournament.“It’s unbelievable,” Owen said. “I get to be on this team with these players that I idolized growing up.”One of those players, Hakim Warrick, was a member of the Syracuse team Owen saw play on that March day in 2003. On Saturday, he’ll get to watch him play again.This time he’ll be wearing the right color. Comments Published on July 17, 2015 at 7:58 am Contact Michael: mdburk01@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity placed on interim suspension

first_imgPi Kappa Alpha Fraternity was put on interim suspension Wednesday for alleged drug use, according to the USC Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development site. This discipline measure follows the suspension of four other fraternities this school year. While the Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards conducts an investigation, Pi Kappa Alpha, commonly known as Pike, is banned from all chapter operations,  including hosting social events.Pi Kappa Alpha and the Interfraternity Council declined to comment and directed the Daily Trojan to the Office for Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development, which also declined to comment.On Oct. 18, Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity, which was also placed on interim suspension for alleged hazing, filed a lawsuit against USC stating the University violated California law and University policy. Phi Sigma Kappa president Bradley Billig said the University refused to notify the fraternity of the specific events that are put under investigation. The fraternity will appear in court on Dec. 7.“Organizations that are being investigated for alleged violations of the code of conduct can be instructed to suspend or modify social activities pending results of an investigation,” USC said in a statement to the Daily Trojan on Oct. 18.Sigma Alpha Mu, Alpha Epsilon Pi and Pi Kappa Phi have also faced interim suspension for hazing allegations.last_img read more

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After two full seasons, Barkley has seen it all

first_img“One-Two Punch” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email James at jbianchi@usc.edu. So much has happened since Matt Barkley first stepped onto USC’s campus years ago, when he was just an 18-year-old with a million-dollar smile and championship promise in tow.Protecting the ball · USC junior quarterback threw 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2010. This fall, he will look to improve his touchdown-to-interception ratio for the third consecutive season. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanFirst came the losses of 2009 — four in a season for the first time since 2001 — as a team in flux tried to live up to impossible expectations spawned by years of NCAA dominance and Rose Bowl victories.Initially it seemed like a blessing that former USC coach Pete Carroll fully believed in the fresh-faced Barkley to take the reins.But while it gave Barkley a great opportunity, it quickly became obvious there were too many pieces missing for the team to repeat as Pac-10 champions, leaving the freshman to shoulder much of the blame.Then came the coaching change: The impossible happened, and Carroll was gone — off to Seattle in a flash.Barkley, heading into only his second year of college and left alone as starting quarterback, was suddenly the arm, face and life of the Trojans.But whether it was the quick maturation process he went through his freshman year or the veteran composition he exuded in comparison to newly acquired coach Lane Kiffin, he suddenly seemed fit for the part.Then, of course, came the sanctions and the ensuing madness. Amidst questions of future recruiting, transfers, lost scholarships and a potential lack of will to play and win, Barkley remained poised to lead USC to victory.And, considering the disaster that was the 2010 Trojan defense, he did for the most part — that is, until a cringing tackle midway through a Nov. 20 contest at Oregon State left him unable to play. The Trojans went on to lose miserably to the Beavers and then drop a heart-wrencher to intersectional rival Notre Dame a week later, leaving an undesirable taste in everyone’s mouth and a mark on Barkley’s already spotty résumé.That’s quite a lot for someone to digest before reaching the halfway point of one’s college career.So as we near the start of the 2011 season and Barkley tries for a third time to lead the Trojans to end zone glory, the same questions surround him since he committed to USC — uncertainties about his talent, leadership and ability to make plays to put the Trojans in a position to win football games.But while the questions remain unchanged, the answers certainly haven’t.Barkley might have been the best quarterback in the nation coming out of high school, but none of his hype mattered once he was thrown under center wearing cardinal and gold.His raw talents let him feel the rush of victory at times, but other times were not enough to bring him desired results. He lacked that elusive mental toughness that only comes with experience.Many said that for Barkley to become a better player, he needed to first deal with the steep mental and emotional learning curve involved with being a college quarterback.But with each new development regarding the team in the last two years, that steep learning curve transformed into a Himalayan-sized problem that everyone looked to their beloved quarterback to solve.Barkley hasn’t been the answer on more than one occasion, but the fact that he has dealt with it all suggests that he might be reaching a breakthrough.Deserved or not, his legacy is forever tied to the tumultuous past two seasons, and it has steeled him — for as much change that has occurred, he has been the proverbial rock in the depth chart.The highs and lows of this season won’t be dictated by whether or not he can throw the ball 60 yards, thread the needle to a covered receiver or evade oncoming linemen.It will come down to Barkley making the right decisions and preventing a youthful team from becoming unmotivated due to a plethora of factors working against them.And while it has been both literally and figuratively painful for Barkley at times during his short career, it might be for the best — the junior is the right guy to lead this current team because of what he has already gone through.The man behind center for the season opener this Saturday might look the same, run the same and throw the same as you last remember him.But a closer examination will reveal that in place of the wide-eyed 18-year old kid from Newport Beach, Calif. is a tough quarterback that, with two years of starting experience, appears more than ready to win.last_img read more

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Leicester continue title quest without Vardy

first_imgBefore that at 2:05pm, Arsenal can regain third place with a win over Sunderland.Jack Wilshere could return for Arsenal at the Stadium of Light.The midfielder hasn’t featured this season after getting injured in August.Meanwhile, Sunderland head into the game in the relegation zone, one point adrift of 17th-placed Norwich with a game in hand.Crystal Palace and Watford will be hoping to join Manchester United in the FA Cup final.They go head to head in their semi-final at Wembley at 4pm.Palace will be hoping to book their place in their first FA Cup final since 1990 while Watford last made the final six years earlier. But they’ll be without top scorer Jamie Vardy for their trip to Swansea at 4:15pm.Leicester are five points clear at the top with just four matches to playManager Claudio Ranieri is keeping his plans for Vardy’s absence close to his chest.last_img read more

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bettingexpert targets fresh Ayr at the top of the leaderboard

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Rupert Adams, William HillToday’s Tipster Challenge guest Rupert Adams, the PR Manager at William Hill, has predicted that Nezwaah “won’t get beat” in the 5:20 at Ayr.Adams has agreed to take on bettingexpert horse racing guru Stephen Harris in the 2017 Flat Season competition, sponsored by Betting Gods.Harris will be keen to extend his lead at the top after failing to build on a flying 29.50-point start at Chester last time out.____________________________________2:20bettingexpert: John KirkupBred to be useful and could go well on debut if the market vibes are strong close to the off.William Hill: MyboyhenrySeen some interesting early form and trainer has a good strike rate with two-year-olds at the track.____________________________________2:50bettingexpert: Lizzy’s DreamHas just one win from 34 on turf to his name, but ran well last time and has been found a handicap little better than a seller here.William Hill: Duncan Of ScotlandCan’t see anything stopping it going three from three in this field.____________________________________3:20bettingexpert: Sea Of GreenHolds stand out claims for course and distance at Ayr, and comes from a stable in good form.William Hill: Secret CityHolds a decent record at this track.____________________________________3:50bettingexpert: Straightothepoint (Nap of the Day)Has shaped as though a drop back to the minimum trip will suit in two recent runs at Ripon and seems sure to go close.William Hill: Tommy GDecent early money for a trainer who loves a winner here.____________________________________4:20bettingexpert: Nicholas THas ideal conditions as things have dried up this week and seems sure to be bang there if getting the gaps late on.William Hill: Gilded Reflection____________________________________4:50bettingexpert: StrummerHas yet to win after 15 runs on the turf but shaped better than the bare result when punted over CD last time out.William Hill: Trinity Star (Nap of the Day)Laid early doors and looks to have a really good chance.____________________________________5:20bettingexpert: NezwaahHas been found a great opening on her seasonal debut, and can enhance Roger Varian’s terrific strike rate this term.William Hill: NezwaahQuite simply won’t get beat.____________________________________5:55bettingexpert: Kiwi BayHe has a touch of class at this level and should relish the rapidly quickening ground conditions at Ayr under his talented rider.William Hill: Stoneboat BillForms looks interesting for this horse in the day’s finale.____________________________________ William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 RankTipsterRace WinsPoints 1bettingexpert2.5015.04 2Steven Mullington – 888sport24.57 3Alex Donohue – ODDSbible12.00last_img read more