Loneliness of the long distance runners in North Korea

first_imgScientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ LATEST STORIES The event, part of the celebrations for the anniversary of Kim Il Sung’s birth in 1912, is normally the annual peak for Western tourism to the isolated country, offering visitors the chance to run or jog through the streets of Pyongyang.But fears of conflict reached fresh heights last year as the North made rapid progress in its nuclear and missile ambitions under Kim Jong Un, the third member of the Kim dynasty to rule, carrying out its most powerful atomic test to date and launching rockets bringing the continental United States into range.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSeveral new sets of United Nations Security Council sanctions were imposed, and in September, Washington effectively banned United States citizens from visiting following the death of tourist Otto Warmbier, while several other countries stepped up their travel warnings.The measures remain in place despite a rapid rapprochement triggered by the Winter Olympics in the South, with Kim due to meet the South’s President Moon Jae-in later this month, ahead of a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. 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Image: AFP/Ed JonesA few hundred foreigners lined up in Kim Il Sung stadium Sunday for the Pyongyang marathon, less than half of last year’s contingent with Western tourism to North Korea battered by nuclear tensions and a United States travel ban.A packed crowd in the 47,000-capacity arena cheered and applauded before the runners streamed out of the stadium beneath portraits of the North’s founder and his son and successor Kim Jong Il.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Australian Tracy Britten, who ran the 10-kilometer race, said doing so was “surreal.”“You just don’t know what to expect, so here you are in the streets of Pyongyang running around, people are giving you a high five and it’s just an incredible experience.”Western tourists to the North used to run at around 5,000 a year, with U.S. visitors making up about 20 percent, and critics say that Pyongyang profited from their presence.Standard one-week trips cost around $2,000 (about P104,000), while shorter budget journeys can be less than half that price.Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, had tried to steal a propaganda poster, was convicted of subversive activities and sentenced to 15 years’ hard labor.He was sent home in a mysterious coma last June, dying a few days later, with Trump tweeting that he had been “tortured beyond belief” while Pyongyang blamed botulism, although medical examiners said he suffered brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen.But Cockerell told AFP that on the “battlefield of soft power,” Washington had inflicted “a stunning defeat on itself” with the travel ban.“The complete absence of Americans cedes the ground to the DPRK state to present Americans any way it wants without even a few local people encountering visitors from the U.S. and seeing what people are really like there,” he said.‘Aura of danger’Young Pioneer Tours, the firm which took Warmbier to North Korea, also saw its marathon customers fall by more than half, although guide Matt Kulesza said that its overall numbers for this year were on target. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident For some travelers, he said, controversy about the country “almost appeals to people,” so that to some extent “all publicity is good publicity,” although the current warming on the peninsula could change that.“With so much positive talk of the DPRK in the media maybe that aura of mystery, that aura of danger is almost disappearing,” he added.But British television student Callum McCulloch, 23, had no doubts.Describing Pyongyang as “like the set of a Wes Anderson film” after his half marathon, he dismissed the Foreign Office’s advice against “all but essential travel” to the North.“If someone tells you not to go somewhere, not to do something, that makes you more want to go there, surely,” he said. “It’s bragging rights. My mates owe me a few pints when I get home.” JBRELATED STORIES:What to do post-run to maximize your resultsLOOK: 3 new running books to level up and inspire your training Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew A total of 429 foreign amateurs entered the Pyongyang Marathon this year, compared with more than 1,000 in 2017.“The tourism industry in general has fallen substantially since the middle of last year,” said Simon Cockerell, general manager of Koryo Tours, the market leader. “All the political dramas, military crises have brought the industry down by at least half.”Twin tourersTwo North Korean twin sisters, Kim Hye Gyong and Kim Hye Song, took first and second in the women’s race Sunday, matching each other stride for stride and gesture for gesture as they came up the finishing straight, the younger of the 25-year-olds crossing the line less than a meter ahead.Local runners also filled the first three places in the men’s race, with the first invited elite competitor, a Moroccan, trailing in fourth and observers suggesting the cold conditions, in the single degrees Celsius, did not favor African runners.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. 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Teen crushed was “ketching his hand” during visit to Kwakwani

first_imgDead: Roy Odel WelchmanFifteen-year-old Roy Odel Welchman, who was crushed on Sunday last after he allegedly slipped off the side of a truck and fell between the wheels of a skidding machine, was “ketching his hand” during a trip to Kwakwani.This was revealed by a relative who told Guyana Times that the young man, a former student of School of Excellence in Linden had visited Kwakwani to spend time with his ailing father while his sister, with whom he lived in Linden, was out of the country. As such, he used the opportunity to “ketch his hand”.The relative said Welchman had only been working with the company, T Bovell Concessions, for a short time and was tasked with operating the GPS and record keeping for the said company.“He is a student but he recently travelled there to visit his father and like all young men when they get bored, they do want to look work you know so he just went to ketch he lil raise in the meanwhile he was there,” the relative said.The relative further said that the family is making preparations for his burial on Saturday and will also be making arrangements to meet with officials from the company.It was reported that on Sunday at about 17:30h at 16 km Bisarooni Backdam, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), Welchman was in the company of a driver and a porter when the accident took place.According to the police, the driver used the skidder to leave the backdam, and on the way out, the skidder hit a bump causing the teen, who was reportedly standing on the left side of the machine, to lose his balance and fall.Guyana Times understands that the operator immediately brought the skidder to a halt and in doing so, it ran over the teen.The driver and the porter rushed the injured young man, who was still conscious at the time, to the Kwakwani Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The police noted that the 15-year-old’s body was examined and it was observed that it had bruises to both temples, swelling of the face and eyelids, a bruise to the left forearm, and bruises on the upper left side of the back.  Welchman’s body is presently at the Kwakwani Burial Ground on ice, awaiting a post-mortem.Up to late Tuesday afternoon, the operator of the machine along with the porter were released on station bail as Police continue their investigations.last_img read more

Community events for the weekend of Sept. 28

first_imgFSJ Farmers’ MarketSaturday, September 28, 2013 – 9:00amVisit the Fort St. John Farmers’ Market to sample a wide variety of locally grown, fresh & wholesome foods direct from the grower. Date: Every Saturday from May until December Time: 9-3pm Support your local farmers. Shop local! 9805 96th…More Info » Saturday, September 28, 2013 – 7:30pmTom Cole and Brian Salmond, with help from pro-circuit and local entertainers, have been raising funds for local charities, since 2005. Once again they are organizing a ‘Country Concert’, to be held September 28, 2013, at the North Peace Cultural Centre. Proceeds…Advertisement Troyer Burn Victim Fundraiser- Advertisement -Saturday, September 28, 2013 – 10:00amTroyer is holding a benefit truck/car wash, BBQ and some other things, for the burn victim from last weeks explosion at the Tervita plant at mile 73 Fort St John at the Troyer yard on SEPT 28, 2013 all proceeds…More Info »Advertisement Mud, Sweat & Tears – Bob YoungSaturday, September 28, 2013 – 7:00pmSept 28-Oct 24: Mud, Sweat & Tears – Bob Young As a potter, Robert Young considers himself fortunate to have had the time and freedom needed to explore the boundaries of this art form while at the same time allowing for…More Info » The Huskies will be playing at the North Peace Arena, warm-up starts at 7:30PM and the game starts at 8PM….More Info »center_img Huskies GameSaturday, September 28, 2013 – 7:30pmAdvertisement More Info » Country Concertlast_img read more

Fundraiser for dog attack victims reaches $10,000 in one day

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — It only took one day for a GoFundMe Campaign — supporting a Fort St. John couple attacked by dogs on Christmas evening — to reach it’s goal of $10,000.Donations ranged from $10, to as large as an anonymous $1,000 donation.Kim Smith Babcock started the campaign, and has been issuing updates to thank supporters and provide information on Elgie’s status in hospital.“I am overwhelmed with the help & support we have received for Robin & Wendy-Lee. I can not begin to express my gratitude to you all. I am trying to figure out how the replays work on this page so I can thank each of you individually. I have read all the comments. Again thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my heart!” – Kim Smith Babcock- Advertisement -Cpl. Dave Tyreman says police now believe they know who the owner is, but must still determine how the dogs got loose, and how they got into the house. RCMP has not confirmed what breed of dogs they were, but the campaign says they were pit bulls.On Dec. 25, police arrived at the home after a frantic 911 call from Wendy Lee Baker, saying dogs had killed her cat and were still attacking her and her husband, Robin Elgie.Advertisement Officer then found her suffering from dog bites and Elgie, unresponsive and seated in a chair. An officer shot one of the dogs inside the home, and tracked down the second dog, killing it.Baker is recovering at home after being taken to hospital, but Elgie had to be airlifted to Edmonton to receive extensive surgeries.last_img read more

Germany beat Sweden to rescue WCup hopes

first_img0Shares0000Toni Kroos celebrates after scoring Germany’s late winner against Sweden in SochiSOCHI, Russia, June 23 – Toni Kroos rescued holders Germany from the brink of an unthinkable early World Cup exit here Saturday, curling home a sensational winner in the fifth minute of stoppage time to seal a 2-1 win over Sweden.The 10-man reigning champions were in deep trouble when Kroos stepped up to steer in his dramatic winner in the final minute of time added on at Sochi’s Fisht Stadium. Before that, a Kroos error had led to Ola Toivonen giving Sweden a 32nd-minute lead and even a Marco Reus equaliser early in the second half appeared to be only a temporary stay of execution for Joachim Loew’s men.But the rescue act from Kroos, who had endured another difficult night in the German midfield, is a huge lift to a side who saw Jerome Boateng sent off late in the game.They now have qualification for the last 16 back in their own hands ahead of their final Group F game against South Korea on Wednesday.There is still no guarantee that they will avoid the fate of the last two World Cup holders, with Spain four years ago and Italy in 2010 both being knocked out in the group stage.Not since 1938 have Germany been eliminated from the World Cup in the first round. However, this result, and the manner of it, will provide an almighty boost to the Germans and is a hammer blow to Sweden, who will face off with Mexico in their last match with all still to play for.Mexico’s 2-1 win over South Korea earlier on Saturday had ensured that Germany would be out in the event of a defeat, with a draw little better.Germany coach Joachim Loew wielded the axe following the shambolic 1-0 loss at the hands of Mexico with which they began their defence of the trophy, with the much-criticised Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira dropped while Mats Hummels missed out due to injury.Marco Reus, Sebastian Rudy and Antonio Ruediger were among those who came into the team. But just like against Mexico, Germany’s usual composure was not there.– Sweden denied penalty –Toni Kroos celebratingSweden should have had an early penalty when Marcus Berg was released on goal and, at the point of shooting, was fouled by Boateng.Berg’s effort was saved by Manuel Neuer. Boateng played the man and not the ball, but there was no penalty given and no recourse to the Video Assistant Referee.It was a warning for the Germans, who were then dealt a body blow — literally — when Rudy was left with a bloodied nose after receiving a stray boot in the face.Ilkay Gundogan replaced him, coming in alongside Kroos, but it was the Real Madrid man who was at fault as Sweden went in front just a minute later.His pass was pounced upon by the Swedes, who sprung forward, Viktor Claesson picking out Toivonen to control on his chest and lift the ball over Neuer with the aid of a slight deflection.Loew sent on Mario Gomez in place of Julian Draxler at half-time, and it took just three minutes of the second half for the equaliser to arrive.Timo Werner’s low centre from the left was behind Gomez, who got a touch but not enough to put off Reus from bundling it in.They then set off in search of the winner, with Gomez twice coming close and fellow substitute Julian Brandt smacking a post late on.Boateng had already walked by then, seeing a second yellow in the 82nd minute for a foul on Berg.Hope looked to be gone, but then Kroos exchanged passes with Reus at a free-kick on the left edge of the box and sent a sweet strike into the far corner.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

WELCOME TO THE SUNNY NORTH WEST! DONEGAL TO OUTSHINE COUNTRY WITH 23C

first_imgFED-up with TV forecasters talking about the Sunny South East?Fret no more – because it will be the Sunny North West this week as temperatures soar to a Med-style 23C by Thursday….and possibly even higher than that on Friday.And while temperatures will dip slightly towards the weekend, Met Eireann are today predicting a super sunny weekend. That’s great news if you are out and about this weekend at any of the numerous events including the superb Donegal Live music festival in Donegal Town; or doing charity work for Relay for Life.Or you could enjoy the sights and sounds of the North West Garden Show in Castlefin.Donegal will see the highest temperatures in the country today, Wednesday, hitting 20C….four degress higher than the south east of Ireland.That will rise to 23C on Thursday, with a Met Eireann spokesman saying: “It will be very warm on Friday and probably the warmest day of the week, with afternoon temperatures reaching the low to mid twenties, highest in the north west.” Well don’t say you weren’t told:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2012/05/19/at-last-after-seven-weeks-of-cold-glorious-week-of-weather-ahead-for-donegal/   WELCOME TO THE SUNNY NORTH WEST! DONEGAL TO OUTSHINE COUNTRY WITH 23C was last modified: May 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:donegal weatherdonegaldaily.comWELCOME TO THE SUNNY NORTH WEST! DONEGAL TO OUTSHINE COUNTRY WITH 23Clast_img read more

Men’s Basketball To Face Wake Forest In First Round Of 2017 Paradise Jam

first_imgColorado enjoyed similar success, going 19-15 in 2016-17 with an appearance in the NIT while Quinnipiac, a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) recorded a 10-21 record in 2016-17. Wake Forest is coming off a 19-14 season and advanced to the NCAA First Four in 2016-17 and have made 23 NCAA Tournament appearances in its history. Drake will face either Quinnipiac or Colorado in its second game Nov. 18 with the final contest coming against either Mercer, Liberty, Drexel or Houston Nov. 20. Game times and viewing options will be announced at a later date. The Drake University men’s basketball team will face Wake Forest in the first round of the 2017 Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The game will be the first of three contests for the Bulldogs at the UVI Sports & Fitness Center, Nov. 17-20. The Bulldogs 2017 Paradise Jam appearance will be the second in program history. The Bulldogs previously participated in the 2011 event, going 1-2 with a win over Winthrop and losses to Mississippi by a combined 12 points. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Donegal Gardai seize cigs, DVDs and fake clothing in cross-border raids

first_imgDonegal Gardai have seized a large quantity of counterfeit goods including 60,000 cigarettes, fake DVDs, clothing and other goods.The raid was part of a cross-border operation with the PSNI in Derry.Detectives from the PSNI’s Organised Crime Unit, supported by local police officers in the Derry area carried out a major search operation in the fight against paramilitary crime. In total, seven searches were carried out under the Terrorism Act.Two assault rifles and one submachine gun were seized in relation to an investigation into INLA criminality.As well as the weapons, a quantity of Class B drugs, counterfeit clothing and DVDs, approximately £13,000 in cash, phones, tablets, documentation, over 7,000 illicit cigarettes and a quantity of hand-rolling tobacco (HRT) were also seized.Two men aged 44 and 43 were also arrested and are currently in police custody assisting detectives with their enquiries. As well as the cigarettes, tobacco, DVDs and counterfeit clothing, Donegal Gardai seized a sum of money.Donegal Gardai seize cigs, DVDs and fake clothing in cross-border raids was last modified: June 14th, 2019 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)last_img read more

Chelsea man back in training

first_imgChelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has returned to training following a groin injury.The Nigeria international’s comeback was delayed when he aggravated the problem last month.His imminent return to first-team contention is a boost for manager Andre Villas-Boas, who has also been without the injured Frank Lampard.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Fernandes tells fans on Twitter he is ‘tired of abuse’ from critics

first_imgTony Fernandes has told QPR fans on Twitter he briefly stopped commenting on the club because he was “tired of all the abuse” from his critics.Rangers have lost of their six of their seven matches since chairman Fernandes placed Chris Ramsey in charge of first-team affairs following the departure of Harry Redknapp.It has left them one off the bottom of the table, four points from safety ahead of Saturday’s trip to face West Brom.“Still very much in love with QPR. tired of all the abuse so kept quiet . But doesn’t spoil my enthusiasm. Looking forward to tmw game,” Fernandes tweeted.Still very much in love with QPR. tired of all the abuse so kept quiet . But doesn’t spoil my enthusiasm. Looking forward to tmw game.— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) April 3, 2015He added: “Good team tomororw. Only fer missing from what I thiblnk is our best team. Come on your rsssss“Give your full support to Chris and the boys. They have worked hard.”Meanwhile, Brentford are celebrating a 4-1 triumph at Fulham in the west London derby.The victory moved the Bees, who face Nottingham Forest on Monday, back into the play-off places.Defender Harlee Dean tweeted: “GET IN! Big result! What an atmosphere! Next step Monday!”And Brentford midfielder Toumani Diagouraga wrote: “Nothing better then doing the double other ur rivals to set up the final 6 games #bees #beelieve.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more