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Korean unity at Vatican? Not so fast, but pope cheers anyway

first_imgTaekwondo athletes from South Korea hug each other after perforimg for Pope Francis during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. South Korean taekwondo athletes have performed for the pontiff after a planned show of Korean unity at the Vatican fell apart when the North pulled out at the last minute. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)VATICAN CITY — South Korean taekwondo athletes have performed for Pope Francis, after a planned show of Korean unity at the Vatican fell apart when the North pulled out at the last minute.Pope Francis didn’t seem to notice or mind, thanking the athletes Wednesday for their exhibition “which was a show of the will for peace, the two Koreas together.”ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Jittery Halep makes labored start at French Open LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next South Korea’s World Taekwondo organization, the Seoul-led international body, said last week that a demonstration team from the North withdrew from the performance over the U.S.-South Korean military drills.The performance had been planned to ceremonially open the World Taekwondo’s Grand Prix competition this week in Rome.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 crownThe South’s team performed for thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square and featured a young girl releasing a dove in a sign of peace. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more


Man Wanted for ‘Breaking Wife’s Backbone’

first_imgWilliam Freeman is wanted for allegedly breaking his wife’s backboneThe Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia has issued an arrest warrant for William Freeman (pictured) , who is charged with criminal attempt to commit murder for allegedly assaulting (beating) his wife, Christine R.N. Dennis Freeman, so severely her backbone was reportedly broken.The incident, according to court’s record, occurred on May 13.Defendant Freeman was also charged with aggravated assault. He, meanwhile, remains at-large, for which the court has alerted the international police (Interpol) to have him arrested should they find him anywhere outside of the country.The arrest order contained a report that alleged that on May 13, Freeman violently beat his wife to the point that she sustained wounds all over her body, causing her to bleedprofusely from her private part.The document claimed that in an attempt to murder the victim, it was suspected that defendant Freeman broke the victim’s backbone, thereby rendering her disabled.“The alleged act of the defendant is unlawful and illegal, because it is in total violation of section 10.1 and 14.20 of the New Penal Law,” the record alleged.Meanwhile Mrs. Freeman has been flown to the United States where she is currently undergoing medical treatment.The court is yet to establish the details surrounding the incident since the alleged perpetrator has reportedly gone into hiding.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


President, Speaker Want Code of Conduct Relaxed

first_imgPresident Sirleaf has called for ‘inclusive’ elections and Speaker Nuquay wants every Liberian to have the opportunity to participate in the electoral processBy William Q. HarmonThe Legislative and Executive branches of government, the architects of the controversial Code of Conduct (CoC), seemed to be rethinking their previous position on the contentious law and are now harboring liberal views on a matter that has ignited a huge debate on the country’s electoral process.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emmanuel Nuquay, were among several high profile officials who spoke at the opening of the two-day National Political Forum that kicked off on Wednesday in Monrovia. It brought together all of the country’s political parties, CSOs and others to chart a course for peaceful elections in October.While the CoC requires public officials to adhere to legal and ethical standards in the performance of their respective duties and a commitment to the system of internal controls, the turbulent sections 5.1 and 5.2 seek to exclude officials of government appointed by the President from vying for elective office.The feedback from the public has been largely negative, especially since the CoC was upheld as a legal document by the Supreme Court of Liberia, much ahead of the appointment of the office of the Ombudsman, which was supposed to adjudicate disputes concerning the CoC.However, at the forum, President Sirleaf called for fair, transparent and inclusive elections in October. She said the maintenance of peace must provide a conducive environment for development, because if there is anything Liberians agree on “it is the need to preserve peace that has enabled us to be better reconcilers.”She said more than half a century ago, precisely seventy-three years ago, Liberians experienced the transition from outgoing President Edwin J. Barclay to incoming President William V.S. Tubman after a free and fair election.“So on January 16, 2018, Liberians will have the opportunity of a similar experience, which will be the defining test of our nascent democracy that will be the trigger for the continuation and strengthening of our international partnership,” President Sirleaf said.She added that she had several telephone exchanges with leaders of political parties on Tuesday, encouraging them to be a part of the process to commit to peace and stability.“Our guests will witness the signing by all political actors the Farmington River Declaration, committing to peaceful elections. This is an opportunity we all should embrace to add instant legitimacy to our elections,” she said.In separate remarks, Chief Zanzan Karwah, Chairman of the National Traditional Council of Liberia; ECOWAS Envoy Tunde Ajisomo; Ibrahim Kamara of the AU; and Farid Zarif, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General, called on all political parties and their standard bearers to put Liberia first.On behalf of the legislature, which many have accused of inserting the controversial section 5 in the CoC to ban other government officials from contesting the elections, Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay said every Liberian needs to be given the opportunity to participate in the electoral process and given the chance to be heard. “We want to commit ourselves as lawmakers to this process by ensuring that these elections are free, fair, peaceful and inclusive.”He indicated that Liberians have championed peaceful elections amid the number of elections conducted over the last 11 years and there is no need to backtrack on that.The Speaker noted that he has always maintained that peaceful elections are not a new phenomenon in Liberia as there have been several since 2006. He noted that although peace is important, peaceful governance remains key in any democracy.However, during the working session, there was a scene of heated debate when the issue of the CoC was brought up for deliberations. Not all the parties agreed with the relaxing of Section 5 of the Code of Conduct. Many of the parties, including the Coalition for Democratic Change, the All Liberian Party, Victory for Change and others, are objecting to compromising on the Code, which they consider as the law of the land—especially after the Supreme Court upheld its constitutionality.The political leaders of the 22 parties are expected to commit themselves to a peaceful electoral process at the 51st Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State and Government Summit to be held on Sunday, June 4, 2017. But as it appears, it may not be a reality if the issue about the Code of Conduct is included in the document to be signed at the Summit in the presence of regional and global leaders.Liberia has been struggling for a Code of Conduct for public officials since 1986 and in the words of the Chairman of the Governance Commission (GC), Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, who is the chief architect of the document, the Code was never meant to discriminate by barring others from contesting elections. This revelation by Dr. Sawyer clearly indicates that the document was manipulated with the inclusion of the controversial portion (Section 5) that is setting the stage to weaken the country’s democratic gains, if care and common sense are not applied.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Day laborer site discussed

first_imgIn December Garcia brought the issue to the council after some residents said some of the day laborers were urinating in the parking lot, sitting on cars, drinking, gambling and making rude remarks to customers. Damien Jones, senior manager of government relations for Home Depot, said Wednesday the store wants to work with the city on the day-laborer issues. “Safety for our associates and shoppers is our primary concern,” Jones said. “But don’t look to us to be the experts on this because some things that work at one store don’t necessarily work at another store in regards to the day laborers. There is not one size that fits this issue.” Resident Bertha Saavedra said she is frustrated with the driving conditions at Home Depot and refuses to shop there. “This is not about being solicited or harassed to me, it’s a public safety issue,” Saavedra said. “I was trying to park there and there were people sitting under the trees to get shade and I was trying to monitor myself, my granddaughter and I was worried I was going to chop someone’s ankle off or inadvertently run someone over.” BALDWIN PARK – The city began talks this week with Home Depot about building a day laborer center in the store’s parking lot. On Wednesday, the Baldwin Park City Council met with Home Depot representatives to discuss day laborer conditions on Puente Avenue. Councilwoman Marlen Garcia said all parties want to make sure residents and shoppers are safe while ensuring laborers can seek employment safely. “Safety and security is paramount to us,” Garcia said. “At the same time we don’t want to violate anyone’s civil rights to solicit work.” The City Council voted unanimously last month to introduce a no-soliciting ordinance, which would ban solicitation in areas intended for vehicles, landscaped parkways and areas for pedestrian travel. A council majority later voted for revisions to the ordinance after they received legal threats from agencies such as the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. The City Council will consider the ordinance again in May. City staff will find out what types of solutions other Home Depots have used to deal with the day laborer problems. Councilman Anthony Bejarano, who voted in favor of the no-soliciting ordinance and did not support sending the policy back for revisions, said he does not want a day labor center in Baldwin Park. “We have a very serious issue but it’s not necessarily just with Home Depot but with soliciting in parking lots in general,” Bejarano said. “We are an up-and-coming city in the San Gabriel Valley and if we continue to allow certain activity to go on, whether it be day laborers at Home Depot or people selling ice cream from push carts, to me that is not good for us,” Bejarano said. “And more importantly it’s a safety issue. If we have people running into the street and jumping into the back of trucks, that’s really dangerous.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


Dawson Creek RCMP field 222 calls for week of July 12-18

first_imgDawson Creek RCMP responded to 222 calls for service for the week of July 12-18. Among the calls that came in were 26 driving complaints, 11 motor vehicle collisions, seven break and enters, calls of six stolen vehicles, and three impaired driving complaints.Four people who had gone floating on the Kiskatinaw River called police for help on July 12 as they had lost where they were in relation to the highway. The group had gone floating around 12 noon, and at 10:30 p.m. lost where they were. Search and rescue found them around 2:30 a.m. In the interim the group was able to light a fire to stay warm. Upon discovery all were in good health and did not need medical assistance. RCMP is reminding the public of the importance of packing an emergency, and first aid kit for these kind of activities.Two males were reported to be breaking into vehicles on July 14. The break ins occurred in the area of 11 Street and 121 Avenue and was observed by two civilians. The civilians followed the two males that were responsible until police arrived to take them into custody. Both males, 24 and 26 years old are known to police and are facing charges.- Advertisement –last_img read more


Local businessman launches alternative ‘Just Eat’ app

first_imgCornie McGinley, Managing Director of Costa Systems.DONEGAL BORN BUSINESS MAN, LAUNCHES AN ALTERNATIVE TO “JUST EAT” IN IRELAND AND THE UK!Irish owned company Costa Systems, owned by Cornie McGinley, a native of Kilmacrennan, Co. Donegal, has launched an alternative to Just Eat with an online food ordering App.He knows it is now an expectation in today’s busy world, for take aways, cafés or restaurants to keep up with their customers expectations so this led to his launching this product! Commenting on the launch, managing director of Costa Systems, Cornie McGinley said “Our mobile food ordering service is quite simply a smart addition to your business which leads to a new revenue generator, service offerings and an increase in orders and sales, it’s a win win for anyone wishing to add this to their business. If you love “Just Eat” but not the cost and would like your customers to be able to order online and provide an online food ordering service, but think you can’t afford it? Well now you can, for a fraction of the cost of what’s already on the market”.“We are offering an alternative, seamless website online ordering product with a simple software integration that embeds into your existing website or Facebook page and allows your customers to order online. It’s easy to use, mobile friendly & customised to your branding, all at a fraction of the cost compared to alternatives in the market”.“Our software integrates with all our ePOS systems and your orders will be sent to your POS in real time and our system is securely integrated with all leading payment gateways”. Says Cornie.“Partnering with Mobi 2 Go, a software company who have one of the most successful and modern integrated online & mobile ordering platform & technology specifically made for hospitality was the way forward for our clients. Our partners have successful installations in Ireland and the UK already such as Camile Thai, Dublin and Pizza Hut, Ireland. As a result of their installations they have already seen a massive increase in their clients Facebook likes and Twitter following. Connecting with a digital savvy customer base, through the power of their online & mobile ordering service, it has allowed them to connect with their audience in a meaningful and cost effective way”. “If you are looking to take your business to the next level, boost your sales with an integrated online and mobile food ordering solution then you don’t have to break the bank to compete with the big boys. Just let us build your site, integrate with your Onetap POS, and provide your customers with an online ordering experience like no other, infact we are offering a free set up for our Irish & UK clients for a limited time, so feel free to give us a call”, concludes Cornie.Local businessman launches alternative ‘Just Eat’ app was last modified: July 20th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Costa systemsjust eat alternativeuk and Irelandlast_img read more



first_imgLEAGUE OF IRELAND: Paddy Power bookmakers are offering astonishing odds of 16-1 on Finn Harps recording an away win against Premier Division champions Dundalk.Harps travel to Oriel Park tonight, buoyed by their superb win over their bitter North-West rivals Derry City last week. Harps recorded a 2-1 win last week, which was their first win over Derry City in the league for eighteen years.There’s no doubt Harps face a difficult task against Stephen Kenny’s Dundalk outfit, who are aiming to win a third league title on the trot.However, to make them 16-1 outsiders is outrageous – and will be extra motivation for Ollie Horgan’s side.There is great optimism around Finn Park, and RTE Soccer Republic pundit Tony McDonnell believes Harps can be the surprise package of the entire league season. However, the bookmakers at Paddy Power obviously don’t share the same sentiment with their disrespectful odds.A few Harps fans making the trip tonight might fancy a little flutter with odds like that!It’s surely worth a tenner?#UTH BOOKIES MAKE FINN HARPS 16-1 OUTSIDERS TO BEAT LEAGUE CHAMPIONS! was last modified: March 11th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:16-1BookiesDundalkfinn harpsnewsPaddy POwerSportlast_img read more



first_imgLAST year it was threatened with closure – now St Joseph’s Community Hospital is being forced to close 15 of its 75 beds due to lack of staff.The hospital was saved from closure, but may have top operate with reduced funding in 2013, HSE sources have told Donegal Daily.The loss of another 15 beds brings to 25 the number axed at the nursing home facility since 2011. Pearse Doherty TD has been examining the HSE proposals.He says the 20% cut in beds is despite a 20% increase in admissions.“The HSE recruitment ban has led to these plans,” said Deputy Doherty today.“This is yet another attack on frontline services.”  15 BEDS TO CLOSE AT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL DUE TO LACK OF STAFF was last modified: February 28th, 2013 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)last_img read more


Bartender laments Davis 6-pack

first_imgMurph the Bartender was looking especially dapper on Sunday night, modeling a Donegal handwoven cap and a Wake Up the Echoes Notre Dame T-shirt. But the Shortstop Grill is smack-dab in USC country, so he braced himself for the inevitable abuse of Trojan fans. The Grill proprietor has been especially jittery this week, with his Fighting Irish hosting the mighty Trojans on Saturday. Every night he wakes up in a cold sweat, after dreaming of the ’74 game when USC scored 55 straight points to overcome a 24-point Notre Dame lead. “Don’t even speak the name of Anthony Davis in my presence,” the proprietor told Trojan tormentors. “He’s lower than a snake and twice as shifty.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Now lets get Grill-ing. Not everyone remembers that Anthony Davis (13 touchdowns against Notre Dame in three games) also was a dandy baseball player. He was an All-American on the diamond on USC’s 1973 and ’74 national title teams. … After Davis’ six-touchdown performance against Notre Dame in 1972, a Los Angeles newspaper’s headline blared: Touchdown Touchdown Touchdown … Several area families will no doubt be pulling for the Irish in Saturday’s football game against USC. Playing softball at Notre Dame are junior Carissa Jaquish (Redlands East Valley High School), senior Heather Booth (Riverside King) and freshman Brittney Bargar (Corona). … Highland’s Jaquish had her greatest success as a freshman, while playing catcher and the outfield. She had eight multi-hit games and three multi-RBI games. She is the daughter of Mary and William Jaquish. William is a former Cal State Fullerton football player. … center_img Those NFL pregame shows generally annoy us. They’re typically loud ex-jocks in garish suits guffawing and talking about themselves at every opportunity. But CBS’ Boomer Esiason cracked us up when he asked if Falcon quarterback Matt Schaub is related to Charles Schwab. … These NFL teams have had a recent period of dominance, but seem doomed to have just one world title for that span: The St. Louis Rams and Green Bay Packers. … We’re going to go out on a limb and say that the 49ers’ Alex Smith (four interceptions Sunday) is not the Rookie of the Year. … Artificial noisemakers are not allowed at prep games. Good move. Come to think of it, the major leagues ought to think about banning those annoying ThunderStix. … We’re always amazed when we see a professional baseball player not slide into a base on a close play. That would be the New York Yankees Jorge Posada, who stumbled into a safe call on Sunday night when he somehow eluded a tag by Angels catcher Bengie Molina. … As expected, coach Bob Johnson’s Mission Viejo team defeated visiting Concord De La Salle 36-26 on Saturday night in a big SoCal vs. NorCal matchup. The Diablos rallied from a seven-point deficit. De La Salle, prior to 2004, had won 151 consecutive games. But Saturday’s setback to Mission Viejo was its fifth defeat in 18 games. The speculation is that changing admission standards at the Catholic school have slowed the flow of talent. … In another SoCal vs. NorCal showdown last week, Oakland McClymonds defeated Los Angeles Crenshaw 14-8. Crenshaw is a Los Angeles City Section power that has beaten Colton two consecutive years. … Football rivalry game this Friday night: Barstow at Victor Valley in the Battle of the Ax. It’s not as meaningful as when Barstow and Victor Valley were the only big dogs in the High Desert. It’s also not as intense as the Bell Game (Victor vs. Apple Valley). Still, neither team wants to lose. … Meantime, winless Yucaipa has a chance to win its first game at Rialto on Friday. Brad Hornback’s Rialto team got by winless Fontana last week for its first victory. John Murphy serves up frosty ones and tasty tidbits every Tuesday at the Shortstop Grill. Contact him at berdoomanor (909) 386-3853. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more