Kim warns of ‘serious consequences’ if virus reaches North Korea

first_imgNorth Korea has banned tourists, suspended international trains and flights and placed hundreds of foreigners in quarantine to prevent an outbreak. It has also reportedly postponed the new school term.With loudspeakers blaring hygiene messages, ambassadors locked in their compounds, and state media demanding “absolute obedience”, North Korea’s anti-coronavirus measures have been described as “unprecedented” by diplomats.South Korea, meanwhile, is battling a major outbreak of the virus with more than 2,300 cases — the highest number outside mainland China.Germany’s ambassador to the United Nations has said the Security Council would adopt humanitarian exemptions to the sanctions imposed on Pyongyang over its weapons programs, and allow the export of equipment to help North Korea fight the coronavirus.But “the problem is that right now the North Koreans closed the borders,” Christoph Heusgen said Thursday after a closed-door Security Council meeting about the reclusive state.The members of the Security Council called on North Korea “to allow this equipment in. So the population can be protected,” he added, without elaborating on the type of equipment. “In case the infectious disease spreading beyond control finds its way into our country, it will entail serious consequences,” KCNA quoted Kim as saying.Two senior officials — party vice-chairmen Ri Man Gon and Pak Thae Dok — were sacked, and a party unit disbanded for corruption, the report said, indicating that they may have been involved in graft linked with the anti-epidemic measures.”No special cases must be allowed,” he added, and ordered officials to “seal off all the channels and space through which the infectious disease may find its way”.Pyongyang has not reported a single case of COVID-19, which has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 84,000 people in dozens of countries since it emerged in neighboring China. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned top party officials of the “serious consequences” of failing to prevent an outbreak of the new coronavirus in the country, state media reported Saturday.The impoverished nation, with a weak and ill-equipped healthcare system, has closed its borders to prevent the spread of the disease into its territory.Kim told a meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea that the fight against the virus was a “crucial state affair for the defense of the people” that required maximum discipline, according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).center_img Topics :last_img read more

GDPR: Updated privacy notice

first_imgYou are probably aware of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that will come into effect on May 25th.  In a nutshell it means your personal data will better protected, hence increasing your privacy.We have always cared about your privacy and will continue to do so in all our future activities. That is why we have updated our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use (from May 25, 2018, in compliance with the GDPR, that protects your privacy rights.In our updated Privacy Policy and Terms of Use you can read how we collect and use your data. We recommend you read these documents.These updates will take effect for both new and existing users. By continuing to use our platforms, you agree to these updated terms.Please feel free to contact us with any further questions in regards to the GDPR.Thank you for using our platforms and we hope to welcome you soon again.last_img read more

Kallicharan believes Windies U-19s can repeat 2016 success

first_imgLINCOLN, New Zealand (CMC) – Batting star Kirstan Kallicharan believes the Caribbean’s capture of three titles in 2016 was a huge filip for the region, and he is convinced the current West Indies Under-19s can repeat their success at the ICC Youth World Cup bowling off here next weekend.Kallicharan was part of the Young Windies squad, led by current Test batsman Shimron Hetmyer, who stunned pundits to capture the ICC title in Bangladesh two years ago.West Indies men and women then swept the titles at the Twenty20 World Cup a few months later in India, to make the Caribbean the toast of the cricketing world.“At that time it was very important for cricket in the West Indies, especially because in that time cricket in the West Indies was just going down,” Kallicharan said.“Nobody wanted to support the West Indies, especially in the Caribbean itself. From the senior men to the women in the T20 formats, to the Under-19s I think we brought a lot of joy to the Caribbean people.“I learned a lot on that tour, about how I wanted to be at my best, and wanting the West Indies to be like they were in the past.”Kallicharan is part of a strong Young Windies squad who are expected to again challenge strongly in the January 13 to February 3 tournament.The Windies will contest Group A alongside South Africa, Kenya and hosts New Zealand, and open the tournament with a clash against the Kiwis on Saturday.The vice-captain of the 2016 squad and now one of the mainstays of the batting, Kallicharan said they were confident of a successful campaign.“Watching the videos from that World Cup, watching the guys go out there, I can say it was a very good experience,” Kallicharan noted.“For the guys on this team, I think that inspires them to want to do well for themselves and the West Indies. Most important is to enjoy it, but I think we can bring back the title again.”Kallicharan had limited playing time in the last Youth World Cup but now sees himself as a mentor to the inexperienced players in the current squad.“I was the youngest one in that Under-19 squad, so chatting to the older guys I learned a lot,” he explained.“I also learned a lot from meeting new people from around the world and seeing how they played, not only on TV but live and getting to talk to them and learn from them. One main thing I learned was to stay humble.“Now I try to share my experience. It helped me a lot then so I think I can help them a lot by talking to them, trying to bring them out of down days, trying to help them, uplift them spiritually and mentally can help them reach a long way.”last_img read more

Drom & Inch ease into next round of Mid Senior Hurling Championship.

first_imgClub secretary Matty Ryan was pleased with the victory but feels Drom have more work to do. It was a close first half with Drom leading by 12 points to 9 at the interval.They pulled clear with second half goals from Tommy Nolan, county senior Seamus Callanan and David Butler.The result in Holycross means Drom & Inch progress to the next round of the Mid championship.last_img

Compiling this field is crap shoot

first_img“Gee,” Walters replied, “I don’t know that we’re trying to send any messages.” “Our job isn’t to send messages,” he added a moment later. “Our job is to try to select what we think are the 34 most worthy \ teams.” LL these years, the NCAA selection committee has been making it up as it goes along. No sooner had the committee handed in its bracket on Selection Sunday than somebody asked chairman Gary Walters what message members were sending this year. He decided to let everybody else in on the joke. Nothing really had changed in the criteria or the data the selection committee looked at, but the people who were looking at it did. Representatives from small schools, who spent years begging and even threatening to sue their big-time brethren to play some games, finally constituted a majority on the committee. They gave short shrift to pedigree and rewarded schools that played ambitious nonconference schedules and tough games on the road – namely themselves – and promised to keep doing so. So what happened this year? Despite again controlling a majority of the seats, mid-majors actually got two fewer spots, just six of the 34 at-large bids, compared with eight a year ago. Not that it made everybody happy. “I’m in total shock,” said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, speaking for the power-conference schools left home. “Your body of work is not as important as they say it is, to be honest with you,” Drexel coach Bruiser Flint said, speaking for the disappointed mid-majors. Drexel played 18 games on the road, won 13 and beat Villanova, Syracuse and Creighton at their places. “Maybe you don’t go and schedule yourself like that,” Flint added. “Maybe you try to get as many wins as you possibly can.” Boeheim’s argument was that good or better. The Orange played a challenging nonconference schedule, had a winning road record and went 7-3 in their last 10. That’s in addition to meeting the standard for any power conference member to get into the NCAAs: 10 wins in the league – in his case, the Big East – and 20 overall. “By the criteria I know of,” Boeheim huffed, “we should have been in the tournament.” But some committee members think the best way to test readiness is to put teams in a tough tournament on a neutral floor, and Syracuse’s early exit from the Big East tourney apparently cost the Orange plenty. At some point in the process, usually when there are a half-dozen at-large bids left and a dozen schools with good arguments, it comes down to whether a majority of the committee likes apples or oranges. And that’s the real message, the one that doesn’t change year to year. “Where you stand on the issues in large part is determined by where you sit – your own conference, your own geography, whatever institution you represent,” Walters said. That’s as true about committee members as disgruntled coaches and disgusted fans. What made Walter a breath of fresh air was the grace to acknowledge as much. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Leave it to a Princeton guy – Walters is the athletic director there – to rub your nose in something that’s been in plain sight forever. Every year, committee members throw themselves a slumber party in a fancy hotel and pretend to spend so much time crunching numbers you’d think they’re flossing with spread sheets. Instead, they’re doing what almost everybody else in college basketball does all weekend: watch TV, look at the same information, apply their biases and experience, then haggle over who goes where. The difference is when the committee finishes, somebody dials the CBS trailer and a producer pulls “One Shining Moment” out of the mothballs. But just before they go, because committee members have to justify the huge room-service tab and placate the half-dozen uninvited schools and hundreds of pundits howling for their heads, they come up with a message to cover their handiwork. Last year was supposed to herald a mid-major revolution because schools like George Mason, Air Force and Northern Iowa got in at the expense of power-conference members such as Maryland, Florida State and Cincinnati. Then-chairman Craig Littlepage said the message was that “larger schools, the larger conferences … around the country really do have a choice of who they play nonconference.” last_img read more