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With their tight choreography — sometimes using props such as fans — the cheerleaders were lavished with attention as they sang and danced in the stands.In 2005, former North Korean cheerleader Cho Myung-Ae — whose good looks had gained her a huge following in the South — appeared in a television commercial for a Samsung mobile phone with South Korean pop star Lee Hyo-Ri.The supporters have always proven to be a major ticket draw, and their attendance is good news for the Pyeongchang Games organisers.“It will help with ticket sales,” said Pyeongchang Organising Committee spokesman Sung Baik-You. “It will fulfil our desires for a peace Olympics.”When North Korean teams have played in the South without accompanying supporters, pro-unification South Koreans have turned out to support them, such as at a women’s ice hockey match last year in Gangneung, an Olympic venue.“A joint cheering squad would be phenomenal,” said Lee Sun-Kyung, who organized the group.‘Tearful efforts’But the Northerners’ presence also has potential to create some diplomatic headaches.There are concerns that South Koreans may not be as welcoming as in the past, given their opposition to North Korea’s nuclear program and its increasingly belligerent behavior.And displaying the North Korean flag and playing its anthem are illegal in the South, where they are regarded as symbols of sedition under Seoul’s national security laws, hence the use of the unification flag at past inter-Korean matches.When a North Korean flag was draped over a railing at a North-South football game during the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon it was removed by officials. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals This picture taken in 2005 shows a woman (right) believed to be North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s current wife Ri Sol-Ju among a group who attended the 2005 Asian Athletics Championships in Incheon. With their good looks and sharp moves, North Korea’s female cheerleaders are a marked contrast to the regime’s menacing nuclear ambitions. Dubbed the “army of beauties” in South Korea, the young North Korean women — mostly in their late teens or early 20s — have attracted huge publicity whenever they have been sent to the South. AFPSEOUL, South Korea — With their good looks and sharp moves, North Korea’s female cheerleaders are a marked contrast to the regime’s menacing nuclear ambitions.Dubbed the “army of beauties” in South Korea, the young North Korean women — mostly in their late teens or early 20s — have attracted huge publicity whenever they have been sent to the South.ADVERTISEMENT North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s future wife Ri Sol-Ju was among the group who attended the 2005 Asian Athletics Championships in Incheon.The cheerleaders are set for their fourth appearance in the South after Pyongyang agreed this week to send a delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, just 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of the Demilitarized Zone that splits the peninsula in two.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 folkNorth and South have been totally separated since the end of the Korean War in 1953, with no direct telephone or postal links between them.Any North Korean delegations to its neighbor are carefully chosen by Pyongyang, and their movements are tightly controlled in the South. According to reports, the Winter Olympics group could be accommodated on a cruise ship moored in Sokcho, making it easier to monitor them. Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea PLAY LIST 01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel02:14Carpio 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 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense An Chan-Il, a defector researcher who runs the World Institute for North Korea Studies, said the cheerleaders are cherry-picked by the regime based on tough criteria.“They must be over 163 centimetres (5ft 3ins) tall and come from good families,” An told AFP. “Those who play an instrument are from a band and others are mostly students at the elite Kim Il-Sung University.”Samsung phoneThe Koreas’ separation makes citizens of the North an object of some fascination for Southerners.The cheerleaders made their first appearance at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, hitting the headlines when nearly 300 of them arrived on a ferry dressed in colourful hanboks — traditional Korean dresses — and waving so-called unification flags, a pale blue silhouette of the whole Korean peninsula.Hundreds of Busan residents lined the port to greet them, with several homes also flying unification flags.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The rule will not be enforced within the Olympic venues, where IOC protocol applies, but could become an issue elsewhere.The two teams marched behind the unification flag when they entered the stadiums together for the opening ceremonies of the 2000 and 2004 Olympics in Sydney and Athens, and the 2006 Winter Games in Torino.But if they do so again at the opening ceremony on February 9, it would mean the South’s emblem would not appear on the stadium floor at its home Olympics.How could the South accept that reality, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper asked in an editorial Wednesday, having secured the Games “through tearful efforts after two failures”? /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kevin Durant becomes 44th player to join 20,000-point club Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments
In light of several local banking institutions having expressed concern over the disclosure of confidential information to sections of the local media, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Thursday said that he views the leaks as ‘negative’, not only for the Guyana Police Force (GPF) but the agency involved in the ongoing investigations. Against this backdrop, the Minister stressed that he intends to question the owner of the media house that reported the leaked documents.“I’ll have to ask probably the proprietor of the paper that first had the information, where he got it from [but] of course I’m certain they would say ‘we are confidential with our sources’ but it comes from a variety of sources quite frankly but I have asked SOCU (The Special Organised Crime Unit) and SOCU said they never leaked anything,” Ramjattan expressed.Guyana Times reported that SOCU had denied that it was responsible for the leakage of the sensitive information in sections of the media regarding the alleged “billions” in assets owned by embattled Ministry of the Presidency’s Permanent Secretary (PS) Omar Shariff.Ramjattan related that he is unaware from just where the leaks are emanating. “It is something that is indeed a negative but I must sayOmar ShariffPublic Security Minister Kemraj Ramjattan responds to the “negative” SOCU leaksI don’t know where that leak is coming from,” the Public Security Minister expressed.It was only on Tuesday that Bank of Guyana Governor, Dr Gobin Ganga, told this publication that he was worried over the leaks, pointing out that the divulged information can only serve to bring the entire banking sector into disrepute. Dr Ganga had earlier raised his concerns over the banking community sharing its information with State agencies, such as SOCU.After the Bank of Guyana Governor raised his objections to the disclosures, the Public Security Minister on Wednesday confirmed that some bankers had related to him their concerns over the leaks. He had told this publication that the banking sector will have to understand that notwithstanding the “derailment” with the leakage of confidential information, they are still obligated under the laws of Guyana to turn over requested information. Ramjattan had also pointed out that the denigrating of SOCU can only in the long run serve to undermine its investigations. He cautioned that those attached to SOCU are quite aware that the divulgence of confidential information is in fact a violation of its protocols.Speaking directly to those in the banking sector that have publicly or privately expressed their concerns over the leaked information,SOCU HeadquartersRamjattan had stated: “we will have to address this.”Sections of the media had published the bank account information of Shariff, along with what appears to be a summary of its balances and withdrawals. The published information also pointed to several asset holdings for Shariff, including shares in a number of local organisations, as well as shares owned in two local banks and Banks DIH Limited.Recently, Shariff, who broke his silence in relation to the allegations, had claimed that SOCU was responsible for leaking the confidential information to the media. He was recently sent on leave by Minister of State Joseph Harmon, pending an investigation by SOCU into his financial affairs.
Dr. Darren WilkinsBy Dr. Darren Wilkins (DWilkins@SaharaTechnology.Com Tel: 0777129092 & 0886703789)When the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) issued a press release, suspending the licenses and authorizations of all media operators registered from January 1, 2018-June 18, 2018, the print, electronic and social media did not take too kindly to that decision. Many perceived this move by Government as a “clampdown” or “censorship” of the media. At the risk of sounding like a Government spokesperson, I do not think this is an attempt to strangulate or “clampdown” on the media. Perhaps the “timing” is what’s making folks nervous. But media and telecom operators use Radio Frequency spectrum or RF spectrum, which is managed, monitored and regulated by certain Government entities. These entities must be vigilant, conscientious, and dynamic in performing their tasks, especially when the demand for RF spectrum continues to rise, due to innovation and new technologies. With high demand and heavy use of the RF spectrum, “anomalies” become inevitable. Hence, the need to regularly review or revisit licensing regimes, as part of spectrum management to ensure that the spectrum is being properly used. Today, I have chosen to provide insight into RF spectrum management, strictly from an ICT perspective.RF spectrum is a scarce resource for any country including Liberia, and as such its usage must be properly managed, taking into account the natural phenomenon of its capabilities and constraints. RF spectrum is a key component of the telecommunications infrastructure that underpins the information society. Its importance cannot be overemphasized. It is a limited resource that must be apportioned among users by Government. The entity charged with the responsibility of managing, monitoring and regulating our RF spectrum is the Liberia Telecommunications Authority or LTA. The LTA remains the regulatory and competition authority charged with the statutory responsibility to ensure a vibrant telecommunications sector in Liberia. It has the responsibility to create an enabling environment that promotes market driven fair competition, which provides accessible and affordable communication services for all.Key on its list of responsibilities is the task of setting regulations for the nation’s RF spectrum; a task that it continues to perform effectively. One of its many regulations is that all users of the RF spectrum, unless otherwise stated, are required to have a spectrum license. Most regulators give exemptions to certain entities including: embassies and international organizations under the Vienna Convention and low power equipment, such as those operating in the 2.4 GHz band used by Wifi, Bluetooth etc. The LTA has a licensing regime which recognizes several types of Licenses. These licenses can be reviewed or revisited as time, technology and demand change, hence the letter from MICAT. In keeping with international standards, the LTA has built up its capacity to manage our RF spectrum, which is critical to our communications infrastructure. Sometime in 2017, an NGO called Nethope, through the USAID, provided a Spectrum Management and Monitoring solution (LS Observer) to the LTA. This Spectrum management and monitoring solution provides LTA with the foundation of spectrum monitoring capability, including identification of spectrum conflicts, identification of free spectrum, isolation of dead zones in coverage, and locating rogue networks.Ostensibly, innovation and the rate at which technology accelerates require policymakers and regulators to be equipped with the proper tools and capabilities, and position themselves to modernize their spectrum management capabilities within the country. It is equally clear that the sudden rush to exploit RF spectrum for commercial and social benefits, as a result of a blitzkrieg of new technologies and associated acronyms with terms such as DTV, HDTV, DVB-H, GSM, WCDMA, CDMA-2000, DAB, WiMax, WiFi, FWA, and TETRA, necessitates a parallel response on the part of regulators. The LTA experienced a quantum leap in its ability to manage our RF spectrum by installing a spectrum management solution. It (LTA) now has the ability to monitor, establish and maintain or support spectrum inventory activities and enforce spectrum usage policies and procedures. We must applaud them for that!Regulations will continue to evolve to close the communications and connectivity gaps, respond to changes in technology and the skyrocketing data traffic growth. They (regulations) will also continue to deliver on the immense potential of the internet and trending “phenomenon” such as the nascent Internet of Things industry. Therefore, effective spectrum licensing plays a key role in providing operators with access to RF spectrum. If structured correctly, licensing can help ICT sector attract the investment needed to further expand access to communications and enhance the quality and range of services delivered to the people.Next year, the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 or WRC-19 is expected to be held. Governments around the world are expected to build upon the foundations of previous conferences, to identify sufficient spectrum to support the future of the digital society. The WRC-19 is expected to look at spectrum for mobile broadband in frequencies between 24.25 and 86 GHz, thus, making it (WRC-19) essential to fully realizing the 5G vision. But, for now, we in Liberia need to ensure that our RF spectrum is properly managed and not impact any of the freedoms provided in our Constitution. The Government means well and I believe it is not doing anything that has not been done before. We are all cognizant of the fact that our choice of wrong policies, regulations and standards can lock our economy into long periods of economic under-performance, something we cannot afford anymore. Finally, our RF spectrum is one of the many natural resources that God has endowed us with. The primary objective of Government is to protect the RF spectrum users from harmful interference by one another, but in practice, spectrum management is a source of revenue for the Government. Adopting and managing spectrum reforms that address high-level changes, such as the transition to digital television, the path to third-generation mobile services, launching of wireless fixed broadband services, etc., are necessary if we are serious about improving our sector and economy. Until next week, Carpe diem!!!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…no more loud music, inappropriate attireThe much-anticipated code of conduct for minibus operators has finally been approved by both the Business Ministry and the United Minibus Union (UMU).This was revealed by the Business Ministry on its a Facebook page on Friday.The document which will seek to guide and monitor the behaviour of such operators is mandatory and takes immediate effect.Among the areas which will be addressed is the operators’ mode of dress, language and behavior. This means that operators will not be allowed to wear inappropriate clothing thereby exposing themselves, use indecent language or treat passengers in a hostile manner.In fact, operators will now be mandated to wear a uniform, along with an identification badge, which should include the name of the organisation of association.Operators will also be expected to help the elderly, if needed, and not force them to hurry and be seated, while at the same time treat foreigners who speak different languages in a respectable and hospitable manner. The code of conduct also states that persons belonging to vulnerable groups such as children and the differently abled are to be treated with care.The new document will also prohibit minibus drivers from making stops, except at bus stops. They will also be expected to play their music at comfortable levels for their passengers and not have derogative images or words on the interior or exterior of their buses. The code of conduct also reinforces other laws, with regards to overloading and others.The fare structures, according to the code of conduct must be visible to passengers.Passengers are now being asked to contact the Guyana Police Force, should the code of conduct be violated by these operators.The importance of having a standard code of conduct set for those operators — since the system is currently “out of control” — was reiterated by the President of the UMU, Eon Andrews during a previous interview.Andrews pointed out that as promised, the UMU had meetings with representatives of the various bus routes, and according to him, they all endorsed the draft Code of Conduct.He had said that the Code of Conduct was extremely vital, especially with the potentially lucrative oil and gas sector expected to come on stream next year.He explained that the sector would reel in tourists and other important persons who would, at some time, have need to use public transportation, whose operators are presently unprepared to be the ambassadors they ought to be.The UMU had initially announced plans to establish a Code of Conduct for Bus Drivers back in August 2018 when plans were revealed to increase minibus fares by $20 for 10 operating routes.The announcement to set a standard code of conduct for public transportation operators was well received by passengers, as far too many commuters would have vented their anger on social media at the ruthless behaviour of drivers in the different routes.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant But runaway benefits – the result of a board that’s addicted to union campaign cash and can’t say no at the bargaining table – are only part of the LAUSD’s problem. Other parts include anemic performance at the middle-school and high-school levels, an unquantified dropout rate that could be as high as 50 percent and a wasteful building program that lacks proper oversight or safeguards. All of which is compounded by a remote bureaucracy to which families have little access let alone control. Yes, the district has managed to make some improvements at the elementary-school level, but progress has been way too limited and slow to dampen public discontent. No wonder Richman is going ahead with his effort to break up the LAUSD into a dozen pieces. As long as the LAUSD bureaucracy continues to leave the people of L.A. feeling disconnected, powerless and frustrated, the people of L.A. are likely to latch on to any proposal that might bring them relief. WHEN announcing his proposal last week to break up the Los Angeles Unified School District, Assemblyman Keith Richman said, “The district bureaucracy is a behemoth and unresponsive and not accountable to parents or the community.” Then, right on cue, district officials went out and proved him right. Last Thursday, the LAUSD brass announced that the price tag for paying off the district’s unchecked benefits for its employees has doubled since just 18 months ago. Now, district number-crunchers predict, the figure is going to hit $10 billion. And, of course, the district has done little to sock away money for this eventuality. Money for spiraling benefit costs will necessarily have to come at the expense of everything from teachers to textbooks.
Arranmore Island Community Council has called on Letterkenny General Hospital to immediately revisit their decision to close the Gynaecology and Ante-Natal unit in Dungloe Community Hospital.Jerry EarlySpeaking in relation to the matter, council spokesman Jerry Early said it is imperative that decision is reversed and that the council will be lending their full support to the campaign group which has been set up in west Donegal.“Without question the Gynaecology and Ante-Natal unit in Dungloe is a vital service to the women of the Rosses and Gweedore area and its closure typifies the lack of understanding of the needs of the people of rural Donegal” Mr Early said. “The service provided is of benefit to women of all ages and its need in the area is of paramount importance. Those who have made the decision to close the unit clearly don’t seem to understand how it will affect the people of the region.He added that its closure now means expectant mothers and indeed women of all ages now have to make a two hour round trip to avail of the service in Letterkenny General Hospital“For some, this also means an even longer bus journey and a full day spent in Letterkenny due to public transport timetables. It’s an even lengthier experience for the women of Arranmore Island who have to make the journey by ferry before their journey even starts on the mainland.“We believe this decision to be wrong and inconsiderate to the people of the Rosses and Gweedore area and we feel we can accept nothing else other than the immediate reversal of the units closure. Until that decision is reversed Arranmore Island Community Council will be lending its full support to the campaign group working to have the unit reinstated.” ISLANDERS CALL FOR MEDICAL SERVICE TO BE REINSTATED was last modified: February 12th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Arranmore IslandJerry Earlymedical service
Rosie Lewis, Alexis Crimes and Ali Daley combined for 58 kills to help Long Beach improve to 11-4 overall with a 30-27, 30-28, 24-30 and 30-24 victory. Coach Brian Gimmillaro’s team was able to avoid losing the opening two matches in Big West play for the first time since 2000. SAN LUIS OBISPO Less than 24 hours after being bounced in three games in its Big West Conference opener, the Long Beach State women’s volleyball team recovered nicely Saturday night. The 49ers, who dropped their seventh consecutive match to UC Santa Barbara on Friday evening, knocked off one of the most improved teams in the conference by beating the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Mustangs in four games in front of a Mott Gymnasium gathering of 868. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The 49ers play a couple of more Big West matches on the road this week when they visit UC Irvine on Thursday night and then travel in the other direction on the 405 Freeway the next evening to face Cal State Northridge. Long Beach was able to drop the host Mustangs to 2-2 in the Big West and 9-4 overall despite something less than an impressive performance, at least statistically. The 49ers, with 34 attack errors, hit just .159 while hitting 12 service errors. But the hosts hit an even more paltry .147 and gave up 16 points on their own serves. “It was good to win a match when we made so many mistakes,” Gimmillaro said. “Cal Poly beat Santa Barbara here and this is a very difficult place to play. Statistically we didn’t play well and made a lot of key mistakes.” He glanced at the final stat sheet once again. “Thank goodness for Alexis,” he said of his sophomore All-America middle blocker who had 14 kills on only 28 swings with just one error for a .464 percentage. Lewis, a junior outside hitter, committed 14 hitting errors but also turned in a career-high 20 kills. Seniors Heather Laudato (a season-high 28) and Erika Chidester (16) combined for 44 digs while Crimes had six blocks, one of those a solo job. Long Beach trailed by two points twice in Game 1, the last time at 18-16, before Crimes and Lewis (with five kills apiece) helped the visitors take control. The Mustangs had just one advantage at 1-0 in the second game before cutting their deficit to 29-28 after a Vanessa Gilliam kill. But then Gilliam shanked the ensuing serve into the net to give Long Beach a 2-0 advantage. CPSLO took Game 3 before Long Beach blasted to a 15-6 advantage in Game 4. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Arcata >> Humboldt State University women’s soccer coach Paul Karver has had the Jacks’ program on a steady, upward trajectory.Entering his fourth season as the Lumberjacks’ head coach, Karver took a program that went 3-12-3 with just one conference win in 2013, to a 9-7-2 record last season — their most wins since 2008.If that success is to continue in 2016, the Jacks will have to do so with a group that features plenty of new faces.Gone are all but one of the four HSU players named to the …
Red Bluff >> Track preparation has begun leading up to Saturday, Oct. 14 as once again the world of Outlaw Karts converge upon Tehama District Fairground as the best of the best will gather for the 38th annual Burris Tire Outlaw Kart Winter Series, brought to you by QRC.Saturday night inside Pauline Davis Pavilion will feature five classes of Beginner Box Stock, Box Stock, 250 Intermediate, Open and Sportsman classes. The 1/10-mile track, nicknamed the bull ring, has earned its reputation for …
6 March 2013 Liam Neeson, the star of recent box office hit Taken 2, has signed on to play a malevolent leopard in South African animated film Khumba. The multi-award winning actor has played a number of key roles in box office franchise hits, including the latest Batman and Star Wars trilogies. He is also the voice of Narnia’s Aslan and will be appearing in the upcoming animated film, Lego, from the directors of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Khumba is the second animated feature to be produced by Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios, which has seen a successful global release of Adventures in Zambezia. According to the film’s pre-publicity, Khumba tells the story of a half-striped zebra who is blamed for the drought by his superstitious herd. He leaves his home in search of the magic waterhole where, legend has it, the first zebras got their stripes. Teaming up with an overprotective, sassy wildebeest and a self-obsessed ostrich, the plucky young zebra meets an array of wacky characters in an unforgettable adventure through the Great Karoo desert to earn his stripes. The original story was penned by Triggerfish writers Raffaella Delle Donne and Anthony Silverston in consultation with Jonathan Roberts, co-writer of The Lion King. Silverston, who is also the director, is proud to have someone of Liam Neeson’s calibre in the role of the villain. “He brought a real menacing gravitas to this key character with his powerful, distinctive voice,” Silverston said in a statement last week. “The fact that he took part in our movie is a testament to the quality of animation produced in South Africa, and I am immensely proud of what our team has achieved.” The film is represented by LA-based sales agent CMG and will be theatrically distributed by Millennium Entertainment in the US later this year. The rest of the cast to date includes rising stars Jake T Austin (Rio, New Years Eve), AnnaSophia Robb (The Carrie Diaries, Soul Surfer) and Joey Richter (A Very Potter Musical), as well as Emmy-award winner Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy, Crash), Richard E Grant (The Iron Lady, Corpse Bride) and British comedy actress Catherine Tate (The Catherine Tate Show, Doctor Who). SAinfo reporter