North Korea Attacks “Grave Threat” of 2+2 Actions

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Speaking at the ASEAN Regional Forum event in Hanoi today, a spokesman for the North Korean delegation described planned ROK-U.S. military exercises and new sanctions as a threat to the peace and security of the region and reiterated Pyongyang’s willingness to return to the Six-Party Talks.“Even as the international community’s concerns are growing, yesterday South Chosun (Korea) and the U.S. agreed to conduct military exercises and made their speech,” Ri Tong Il told reporters, referring to the results of the 2+2 meeting in Seoul. “This is not only a huge threat to the peace and security of the Chosun Peninsula, but the region as a whole.”“The President’s Statement pressed us to solve issues concerning the Chosun Peninsula through peaceful dialogue and negotiation,” he added. “This violates the spirit of that President’s Statement.”“We have already suggested a return to the Six-Party Talks,” Ri said, “and our position is unchanged.”However, Ri also demanded that North Korea be treated as an equal in negotiations, saying, “This is not about an attacker and a victim; we must have a normal dialogue to bring about results.”“The U.S. should make concrete steps toward engaging in dialogue if it is sincerely interested in ridding the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons, rather than thwarting the atmosphere for dialogue with its military exercises and sanctions,” he added. North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Newscenter_img News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak North Korea Attacks “Grave Threat” of 2+2 Actions AvatarChris Green By Chris Green – 2010.07.22 4:00pm News last_img read more

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Whitefish Winter Carnival Picks Up Steam

first_imgIt’s almost February, and for more than 50 years in the Flathead, that means it’s just about time for a king, a queen, a smattering of yetis, horses pulling skiers over jumps, human-sized penguins, a plunge into the freezing water of Whitefish Lake, and all sorts of way to shake off winter’s cabin fever. Whitefish Winter Carnival LV is here, with the main weekend of festivities taking place from Feb. 7-9. National Geographic has hailed the carnival as one of the “Top 10 winter festivals” in the world, and Frodor’s Travel listed it as one of the North America’s Best Winter Snow Sport Festivals. But don’t take their word for it: Find out for yourself why the Whitefish Winter Carnival is going into its 55th year, and is only getting better. Here are the basics of what you should know.The LegendThe winter carnival started 55 years ago as a way for residents to get out of their houses and socialize with their neighbors during the cold, dark Flathead winter. The whole event is based around the legend of the god Ullr, his Snow Queen, and their Prime Minister, who are rumored to live on Big Mountain. Ullr, the Queen and the Prime Minister had searched for years for somewhere to settle, and found the Flathead’s beauty to be the perfect setting. Eventually, humans came to the valley, and at first the winter god was wary. But he found out the humans treated him as a patron saint for their winter celebrations, so he disguised himself as a human and stopped by one of their parties.Ullr found he liked the people of the Flathead, and each winter, he, the Queen and the Prime Minister grace Whitefish with their presence, celebrating the winter with the townsfolk. But the king and queen aren’t alone on the Big – on the other side of the mountain, yetis stir, and hope to cause mischief and disrupt the festivals. The yetis also attempt to capture the Queen of the Snows, but are warded off each year by Ullr and his loyal followers, which includes a feisty band of Valkyries.This year, Ullr takes form in Mark Svennungsen, and the Queen of the Snows is Sue Schenck. John Peschel is the Prime Minister, and Miriam Lewis is the Duchess of Lark.The ThemeTo keep the event fresh, and to sharpen the creative skills in the Flathead Valley, each winter carnival has a theme. This year, it is Viva Las Vegas. Paul Johannsen, the chair of the carnival committee, said it was an easy fit since this is the 55th year of the carnival, and 55 in Roman numerals is LV.Having a theme to each party helps keep revelers in the present, and it also provides an opportunity for some crazy and delightful floats in the Grand Parade. Johannsen said there is still plenty of space for more floats in the parade, and anyone interested should visit the carnival’s website at www.whitefishwintercarnival.com to either sign up online or download an application. There is also a list of parade ordinances available. And what would a Las Vegas theme be without Mr. Las Vegas himself? Check out page 7 for info on this year’s Grand Marshal, the one and only Wayne Newton.The Beer BarterWhat would you do or trade for a year’s supply of beer from the Great Northern Brewing Company?That’s the question the brewery has been asking carnival revelers for four years, leading to extraordinary feats of talent and shocking displays of commitment to good beer during the annual Beer Barter and Talent Show. Whoever presents the most compelling trade or talent will win 52 cases of the brewery’s beer: Wheatfish Wheat Lager, Going to the Sun IPA, and Wild Huckleberry Wheat Lager. That’s 24 beers a week, and 1,248 beers for the year. Previous competitions have included fire dancers, an aerial silk dancer, a couple who offered to trade their live yak, offerings from wood workers, and plenty more. Giving away the brewery’s lineup of beer is a change from previous barters, according to the brewery, which traded for a year of Black Star Beer. Another big change in this year’s barter is the opportunity for pre-registration, instead of just registering on the day of the show.And following the barter, the brewery will host a party in the Draught House to celebrate its 19th anniversary, which will include plenty of toasts, live music and entertainment. Anyone interested in participating in the barter and talent show should call Jessica Lucey at the brewery, at 406-862-1000, ex. 2. For more information on the brewery, visit www.greatnorthernbrewing.com. Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

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Mentors Adventure in EVS Land

first_img European Training Course for EVS Support People, Turkey Share 0 Tweet February 7, 2012 Published by tamara Deadline: 10 February 2012Open to: Youth workers, Mentors of EVS volunteersVenue: 10-18 March 2012, Sremski Karlovci, SerbiaDescriptionThis training aims to further develop the competences of EVS mentors from EU, SEE and EEC. It aims at ensuring the quality of future EVS projects implemented in partnerships with organisations from EU, SEE and EEC countries. The training “Mentors Adventure in EVS Land” is organized by the NGO BalkanIDEA (Novi Sad) and will take place in Sremski Karlovci, Serbia, from the 10 to 18 March 2012.The main themes of the project are mentoring of EVS volunteers and more specifically the role of mentor in guiding the volunteer through self-directed learning, supporting his/her ICL process and providing him/her emotional support. Apart from the residential training course, for the preparation and follow up of the training the on-line platform will be used in order to facilitate further learning and support of the participants. The on-line platform will be very important in visibility and dissemination of results of the project, as it will be open to all interested organizations and individuals in the follow up stage of the project.The E-manual will be created during the project. It will be based on the outcomes of the training, focusing on the main themes explored and will give added value in promotion and dissemination of results of the project.ObjectivesThe role of mentor is very important, if not crucial, in supporting the volunteer in his/her learning process, adaptation to the local environment and for personal and emotional support. SALTO-YOUTH recognised the need for training and on-going support for mentors in their every-day work with volunteers. Therefore the overall aim of the project is to ensure the quality of future EVS projects implemented in partnerships with organisations from EU, SEE and EEC countries.Specific objectives are: To build capacities of 24 mentors for leading the EVS volunteers through the process of intercultural learning, giving them emotional support and guiding their self-directed learning.To provide space for partnership building between organisations from EU, SEE and EEC that would lead to new EVS projects.Capacity building of mentors that are supporting the volunteers through the process of learning, emotional growth and interculturality will result in implementation of higher quality EVS projects. Consequently, this will lead to the creation of support systems within the organizations that are open for and capable to deal with EVS challenges.By increasing intercultural sensitivity of mentors they are becoming capable to guide EVSers through their ICL processes in order to open them for cultural diversities and enable understanding between young people in different countries.Through possibility to work on particular EVS projects during TC and by creation of an online platform the ground for long lasting partnerships at the European level will be set. EVS experience which is influencing personal growth and development of young people is promoting the volunteering itself, on international but also local level and fostering participation of youth in different fields.EligibilityThis Training course is for 22 participants from Georgia, Italy, Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic, Romania, Serbia, Spain and recommended for Youth workers, Mentors of EVS volunteers. The working language is  English.CostsAll costs of activities, accommodation and food are covered by the Youth in Action programme, as well as 70% of travel costs.ApplicationApplications for this training activity are handled on an external website:  Apply onlineContact for questions: Ivana VolfE-Mail: [email protected] more information please read the Official call Similar Stories Pocket ← Astra Film Festival 2012 – Call for Entriescenter_img LinkedIn 0 Reddit +1 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Mentors Adventure in EVS Land PROOF’s Award for Emerging Photojournalists →last_img read more

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FIFA: World Football Governing Body Takes Over Egyptian FA

first_imgWorld football governing body FIFA has once again dipped its hands into the internal affairs of African football with the appointment of a normalisation committee for the Egyptian Football Association (EFA).The development comes amidst uncertainty in the administration of the EFA following the abrupt resignation in July of former head Hani Abou Rida, a move which also claimed the rest of the board and the technical staff of the national team following Egypt’s disappointing outing in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.Abou Rida resigned as EFA Head in JulyWith no leadership in place at the EFA, FIFA says it invoked art. 14 par. 1 (a) and art. 8 par. 2 of its Statutes which empowers it to under “special circumstances” appoint a normalisation committee for member associations ” for a specific period of time”. Consequently, a five-member normalisation committee has now been set-up to oversee Egyptian football for a period “no later than 31 July 2020 or as soon as it has fulfilled all of its tasks.The committee which will be subject to a FIFA background check has been imbued with the responsibility of running the EFA on a daily basis, reviewing and aligning the EFA Statutes with that of FIFA and to oversee the elections of new EFA members and a new board. This recent intervention in the internal affairs of an African member association comes on the heels of the controversial decision by FIFA to send its Secretary General Fatma Samoura to take over the running of CAF as “FIFA’s Delegate for Africa”.Relatedlast_img read more

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Mike Sorensen: Utah Jazz are in need of some new blood

first_imgThe most exciting thing going on these days apart from the just-concluded Confederations Cup (what’s that? you ask) is the recent NBA draft and upcoming free-agent signings.The Jazz picked up a couple of draft choices last week that didn’t exactly cause jubilation among the Jazz faithful – a skinny point guard and a center who likes to shoot outside.Let’s see, the Jazz already have one of the top point guards in the league as well as a center who likes to shoot outside. Seems to me you’d like to get a guard who can shoot well and is big enough to defend the pesky two-guards that always haunt the Jazz, as well as a center who likes to play around the basket.But no matter who the Jazz took with the 20th and 50th picks in the draft, they weren’t likely to make an impact next year or in the future.The big news will come later this week, when Jazz potential free agents declare their intentions of opting in or out of their contracts. The likely scenario is that Kyle Korver will re-sign, Mehmet Okur will opt out and eventually re-sign, Carlos Boozer will opt out and sign with another team and the Jazz will re-sign Paul Millsap, assuming he doesn’t get a $10 million offer elsewhere.Let’s hope there are at least a few roster shake-ups either in the free-agent signings or with trades. Although the Jazz say they’ll be happy with the same lineup as this year, they need some new blood, besides Eric Maynor and Goran Suton, for next year. . . . . .Hundreds of people have waited for hours in lines that stretched for blocks to attend the visitation for a slain Iowa high school football coach.It wasn’t that surprising that Utah’s Luke Nevill and BYU’s Lee Cummard weren’t drafted Thursday night considering most mock boards didn’t have them among their top 60.Also, both might have had a better chance of being drafted if they didn’t have “Sr.” next to their names or if they were from Ukraine, where two second-rounders hailed from.It seems NBA teams would rather draft underclassmen or foreign players who haven’t played college ball. Only five seniors were taken in the first round and besides the pair from Ukraine, players from Sweden, Spain, France, Slovenia, Israel and Italy were drafted.That leaves guys like Nevill and Cummard on the outside.For Cummard, it might be that he was born with a body frame that wasn’t made for the NBA, no matter how much he works out and tries to put on weight. The 7-foot-2 Nevill might just be playing at the wrong time, as traditional NBA centers are disappearing in favor of quicker and faster players. You’d think if former BYU player Greg Kite could last 13 years and ex-Ute Michael Doleac 10 years, that Nevill would have a chance.And why didn’t the Jazz take a flier on either Nevill or Cummard? Because they’re local players. It’s easier to cut a Goran Suton than a Luke Nevill.It’s not like the early days of the Jazz, when they signed local players such as Greg Deane, Jeff Judkins and Pace Mannion in an effort to get a few extra fans out. . . . . .Turning to soccer, how about Real Salt Lake? After going 0-for-May with an 0-4-2 record, the team came back with an unbeaten June, going 2-0-2. With only three games scheduled for July before the July 29 all-star game at Rio Tinto, I’m betting on a 1-1-1 record for the month.As for the United States’ loss to Brazil in the Confederations Cup final Sunday afternoon, I’ll take the blame. Although I’m not a huge soccer fan, despite coaching little league soccer for 10 years, I turned on the television set just as the second half was getting under way. Of course, I was shocked to see the score 2-0 in favor of the U.S., but within 30 seconds, the Brazilians scored a goal and from there, dominated the second half for a 3-2 victory.If the U.S. had won, it would have been on the level of the U.S. hockey team defeating the Russians in the 1980 Olympics — Brazil is THE team in world soccer and the U.S. is still an also-ran.However, even if the U.S. had pulled off the shocker, it would have hardly made a ripple in this country, despite the magnitude the huge upset would have been to the rest of the soccer world.E-mail: [email protected]last_img read more

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A theme of tolerance, inclusion at this year’s Tony Awards

first_img Ken Davenport, center, and the cast and crew of “Once On This Island” accept the award for best musical revival at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP) 1 of 9 NEW YORK | A small-scale, intimate musical about hard-won cultural understanding was an altogether apt Tony winner on a night where tolerance and inclusion were constant themes.“The Band’s Visit,” about an Egyptian police band that gets stranded in a remote Israeli desert town, forcing both sides to get to know each other, triumphed over much flashier shows to win best musical Sunday night — and a total of 10 awards. The closest runner-up, with six, was the blockbuster London import “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which won best play. Playwright Tony Kushner, center, and the cast and crew of “Angels in America” accept the award for best revival of a play at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP) Lucas Leguizamo, from left, Allegra Leguizamo, Justine Maurer and John Leguizamo arrive at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Nathan Lane poses in the press room with the award for featured actor in a play for “Angels in America” at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Producer Sonia Friedman and the cast and crew of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two” accept the award for best play at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP) at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP)center_img Bruce Springsteen performs at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP) Co-hosts Sara Bareilles, left, and Josh Groban dress as each other at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York. Groban was dressed as Bareilles from “Waitress,” and Bareilles was dressed as Groban in “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.” (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP) One by one, the winners of “The Band’s Visit” referenced the show’s themes of acceptance and finding a common humanity. Tony Shalhoub, named best actor in a musical, spoke of his father’s arrival at Ellis Island from Lebanon in 1920. “May we, their descendants, never lose sight of what they taught us,” he said. Ari’el Stachel, who won for best featured actor, praised the show for “telling a small story about Arabs and Israelis getting along, at a time that we need that more than ever.” Addressing his parents in the audience, Stachel, whose father was born in Israel, confessed that “for so many years of my life I pretended I was not a Middle Eastern person.”The show also won awards for its luminous lead actress, Katrina Lenk, and its director, book and score, among others. Producer Orin Wolf said the message was one of unity, in a world that “more and more seems bent on amplifying our differences.” Composer David Yazbek, speaking later at the Tony after-party, said the show had special resonance amid “the climate of divisiveness that we’re seeing.” The show isn’t just about Jews and Arabs, he said, “It’s about any tribes that have figured out reasons to be at odds with each other.”The Middle East conflict, immigration, LGBT equality, gun control — many social issues came up, explicitly or implicitly, during the ceremony, which was hosted with a light (and musical) touch by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban. The night’s first big winner, Andrew Garfield, best actor in a play for “Angels in America,” earned hearty cheers when he declared, “Let’s just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked.” He was referring to last week’s Supreme Court decision in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because of religious objections.Garfield dedicated the award, his first Tony, to the LGBTQ community, for a “spirit that says no to oppression. It is a spirit that says no to bigotry, no to shame, no to exclusion. It is a spirit that says we are all made perfectly.”Lindsay Mendez of “Carousel,” named best featured actress in a musical, tearfully recalled that early in her career, “I was told to change my last name from ‘Mendez’ to ‘Matthews,’ or I wouldn’t work.” She went on to say: “To all of you artists out there, just be your true self and the world will take note.” In other acting awards, Nathan Lane won his third Tony — his first in a dramatic role — for playing Roy Cohn in “Angels in America.” Glenda Jackson, 82, won best actress in a play for her fiery portrayal of an elderly woman in “Three Tall Women,” and her co-star, Laurie Metcalf, won featured actress.While there was clearly an undercurrent of resistance to the current administration in Washington, winners did not overtly attack President Donald Trump. Then came Robert De Niro, who arrived to present the most anticipated moment of the night — a performance by Bruce Springsteen — and began by launching an expletive at the president, pumping his arms for emphasis. And then he did it again. Many in the audience stood and cheered, while TV censors quickly bleeped out the offending words.“That was the best part of the whole evening!” commented actor John Leguizamo later that night at the Plaza Hotel after-party. “I jumped to my feet.” He added that “the Tonys have never been this political.” Leguizamo himself, accepting a special Tony, brought up the fate of immigrant children in detention centers and the deaths of thousands of Puerto Ricans in Hurricane Maria. He also declared, “I’m an immigrant, and I’m not an animal” — referring to Trump’s recent remarks that some people living in a country illegally or without legal permission are “animals.”Several winners noted that elections are coming in November — among them playwright Tony Kushner, who wrote “Angels in America,” which won best revival of a play. He told viewers they have “21 weeks to save our democracy and heal our planet.” (On a lighter note, he also gave a shout-out to Judy Garland’s birthday.) Best musical revival went to “Once on This Island,” in a surprise win over “My Fair Lady” and “Carousel.”By far the most emotional moment of the evening evoked the nation’s divisions over gun reform, when Melody Herzfeld, drama teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was honored from the Tony stage. Herzfeld, the one-woman drama department at the school, has been credited with saving lives by barricading students into a classroom closet during the Valentine’s Day mass shooting that killed 17 people. She later encouraged many of her pupils to lead the nationwide movement for gun reform.Herzfeld spoke during the pre-show. But later, students in her drama department surprised the audience by appearing onstage to sing “Seasons of Love” from the musical “Rent.”They got the biggest ovation of the night.AP writer Mark Kennedy contributed to this report.This story has been corrected to show that the official after-party was at the Plaza Hotel, not the Ritz Hotel. Tony Shalhoub poses in the press room with the award for leading actor in a musical for “The Band’s Visit” at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Cast and crew of “The Band’s Visit” pose in the press room with the award for best musical at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)last_img read more

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Girls finally break the drought

first_imgBy Russell Bennett “It was 749 days from our first game at Casey when we had more turnovers than points,…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Jacinta’s emotional journey

first_imgBy BEN CAMERON FOR the first 20 years of her life, Pakenham’s Jacinta Heyne felt mostly scared, anxious, a little…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Documentary tells heroes’ story

first_imgBy Russell Bennett What started as just an embryo of an idea years ago has gone on to become Emerald’s…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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SK8 Jam goes Sunday as 2011 Kootenay Skateboard Series heads to Castlegar

first_imgThe Castlegar Skateboard Park next to the Sports Complex is host site for the next stop on the 2011 Kootenay Skateboard Series.The event, dubbed the 2011 Castlegar SK8 Jam is part of the Sunfest Celebrations in the Sunflower City and kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.The Kootenay Skateboard Series started last year as an idea of Ty Smith, who wanted to give boarders an opportunity to strut their stuff.Each event on tour has its own separate format and is individually sponsored but is sanctioned as part of the series.Some of the ideas include game of skate (skateboarding version of Horse), jams format that has competitors scored on style, speed and tricks or just tricks. Helmets are mandatory.Divisions include under-14 years; 15-plus open and a women’s category.Competitors receive 50 points just for showing up.Other points are accumulated on a sliding points scale — first 10 points, second nine points, third eight points, fourth seven points, fifth six points.Castlegar is the third stop on the circuit. The 2011 Kootenay Skateboard Series opened during Trail Silver City Days before heading to Kaslo for May Days.For more information check out the series website at http://bcskateboarding.org/2010-kssSkateboarders will not want to miss a couple of upcoming events set for June 10 in Castlegar and June 11 in Nelson at Finley’s Bar and Grill.On Friday June 10 at the Black Russian SK8shop in Castlegar, Mia is presenting the Art Show “Warrior”. The show was inspired by former skateboard star Josh Evin. There are skate ramps, a barbecue and free love all day.The event runs from noon to 6 p.m. at the Black Russian SK8shop, 1335 Columbia Ave.Saturday, June 11, there is a fundraiser for the Nelson sk8 Park at Finley’s Bar and Grill.Unfortunately, this event is only open to patrons over the age of 19. For a $10 donation, there are prizes for best party [email protected]last_img read more

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