North Korea shot dead South Korean in its waters: Seoul

first_imgNorth Korean forces shot dead a South Korean fisheries official who disappeared off a patrol vessel and ended up in Pyongyang’s waters, Seoul’s defense ministry said Thursday, calling it an “outrageous act”.The 47-year-old man had been on board a vessel near the western border island of Yeonpyeong, the ministry said in a statement.After analyzing intelligence, the South Korean military had “confirmed that the North fired at a South Korean national found in the northern seas and cremated his body”, it said. US Forces Korea commander Robert Abrams said earlier this month North Korean authorities issued shoot-to-kill orders to prevent the coronavirus entering the country from China, creating a “buffer zone” in the border with special forces soldiers ready to kill. The isolated North — whose crumbling health system would struggle to cope with a major virus outbreak — has not confirmed a single case of the disease that has swept the world since first emerging in China, the North’s key ally. Pyongyang closed its border with China in January to try to prevent contamination, and in July state media said it had raised its state of emergency to the maximum level. “We sternly warn North Korea that all responsibilities for this incident lie with it,” it added.It was not immediately clear how the man came to be in the water. Earlier reports said that his shoes were found on board the patrol vessel, leading to speculation he may have been trying to defect.In July, a North Korean defector who had fled to the South three years ago sneaked back over the heavily fortified border into the impoverished nation.His crossing prompted North Korean officials to put the border city of Kaesong under lockdown amid fears that he may have carried the coronavirus.center_img Topics :last_img read more

136 Indonesian doctors have died of COVID-19: IDI

first_imgA total of 136 doctors in the country have died of COVID-19 after four doctors succumbed to the respiratory disease this week, the Indonesian Doctor Association (IDI) has said.“There are nine doctors who died of the disease during the first two weeks of October,” IDI mitigation team deputy head Ari Kusuma Januarto said in a statement on Thursday.The deceased doctors consisted of 71 general practitioners, 63 specialists and two resident physicians from 18 provinces and 66 cities and regencies, he said. Read also: IDI calls for creation of protection committee as more doctors die of COVID-19East Java has recorded the highest COVID-19 doctor death toll at 32, followed by North Sumatra at 23, Jakarta at 19, West Java at 12 and Central Java at 9. The remaining doctors died in South Sulawesi, Bali, South Sumatra, South Kalimantan, Aceh, Riau, East Kalimantan, the Riau Islands, Yogyakarta, West Nusa Tenggara, North Sulawesi, Banten and West Papua.Ari added that the death rate of Indonesian medical workers had become more alarming. “Hundreds of medical workers throughout the country have died of COVID-19. This is a very critical situation in public health,” he said.”Every health worker has the right to feel safe while working. The government and the public must continue to cooperate to enforce health protocols,” Ari added. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Mesut Ozil gives advice to Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson over staking Arsenal first-team claims

first_img Comment Ozil has returned to training and will be looking to oust his young teammates from the side (Getty)‘Sometimes it was difficult, I am a guy who always wants to play to help the team, so if you play at such a young age for a team like Schalke, you don’t always have a lot of minutes to [impress].‘I was always giving everything to play in training, and after that if I’m not in the squad, or didn’t play those players always came to me and showed their respect. They spoke to me and told me I have a lot of quality, be calm, believe in yourself and your time will come.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement The German playmaker knows exactly how his young teammates feel (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil has told Arsenal youngsters Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson to believe in themselves and work hard as they look to establish themselves in the Gunners’ first team.Both players started on the opening weekend of the Premier League season against Newcastle and impressed again against Burnley as the side maintained their 100% start to the season.But Arsenal have bolstered their squad depth significantly over the summer and both players will have to fight hard to keep their places – and Ozil knows exactly how difficult it is to make that breakthrough. Advertisementcenter_img Mesut Ozil gives advice to Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson over staking Arsenal first-team claims Metro Sport ReporterThursday 22 Aug 2019 10:43 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link402Shares Willock has made a big impression on Unai Emery in a versatile midfield role (Picture: Getty)Speaking to Arsenal Player, Ozil explained: ‘I just want to say that the most important thing is to believe in yourself. Of course you have some days when it doesn’t go so well but you have to believe in yourself, keep working and the most important thing is to have fun.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘If you don’t have fun, if you are losing and you make mistakes you will be disappointed. But don’t listen to anyone, you know how good you are, believe in yourself and have fun.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I was nervous [when I entered the first-team dressing room at Schalke] but also excited because it was the first time I spent time with the players. I was very, very quiet. I didn’t speak a lot in the dressing room, I was just looking to the left and the right and couldn’t believe I was here now playing with them. It was a great moment for me.‘I was just looking and thinking, “Oh my God, now I am here! Now I have to show my quality”. I remember Altintop, Krstajic, Bordon, Lincoln, Kevin Kuryani, Asamoah – those people helped me a lot, and it was easier for me to show my potential on the pitch because they all helped me a lot. They stood behind me, so I was able to just enjoy playing football.last_img read more

Major Sunshine Coast retail and entertainment hub in residential growth spot gets green light

first_imgBirtinya Town Centre renderA MAJOR retail and entertainment precinct on the Sunshine Coast has been given the green light.Stockland has announced that it has been granted planning approval for its proposed $830 million Birtinya Town Centre masterplan development.The development was approved by the Sunshine Coast Council on Monday.The 18 hectare development, approved by the Sunshine Coast Council on Monday, will include a new shopping centre, a service station, an entertainment precinct, a hotel, apartments, drive-thru restaurants, a town square with green space, and a walkable waterfront along Lake Kawana.“This masterplan approval defines the shared vision for a vibrant mixed use precinct for the $5 billion Oceanside community on the Sunshine Coast,” Stockland CEO and managing director Mark Steiner said.“With the regions’ above average population growth, 130,000 residents are forecast to livewithin the main trade area by 2031. “Our vision for the Birtinya Town Centre is to deliver a true people’s place, with lifestyle amenity for the community now and into the future.”The town centre will be located on Kawana Way and adjoining the Sunshine CoastHealth Precinct, which incorporates the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Sunshine CoastUniversity Private Hospital, and the Sunshine Coast Health Institute.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoCycle ways, walkways, boardwalks and bridges will link the town centre to Birtinya Island, Bokarina Beach and the Business Village.Stockland Queensland general manager Kingsley Andrew said the Birtinya TownCentre masterplan was the “next big catalytic project for Oceanside”. “… bringing together commercial, apartments and mixed use development with open green space to create jobs and drive future investment across the Sunshine Coast region,” he said.“This will be Oceanside’s dynamic urban heart, a place that is centralised and accessible – aplace that connects people for business and fun, and, importantly, creates a regionaldestination for the Sunshine Coast.”The developer estimates that more than 550 jobs will be created during construction, with more than 14,600 new full time jobs on completion.The first stage of the town centre masterplan is the $87 million Stockland Birtinya ShoppingCentre, with works expected to commence before Christmas.last_img read more

Gold Coast beachfront package fetches more than $10 million

first_imgThe properties at 67 and 69 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach, have sold for a combined $10.3 million.DRILLING business veteran Peter Mitchell has sold his neighbouring beachfront properties on one of the Gold Coast’s most illustrious streets for almost double the price he paid.He and wife Dee’s Hedges Ave properties sold for a combined $10.3 million last week.Property records show the couple paid $200,000 for No. 67 in 1981 and $5 million for No. 69 in 2005.Marketing agent Tony Velissariou, of self-titled agency, said the buyer wasn’t in a rush to bulldoze the buildings and develop the double block.“It’s an interstate buyer that’s relocating to the Gold Coast,” he said. MORE NEWS: Former Titan gives home the boot MORE NEWS: House values up, sales numbers down The Mitchells bought the one at No. 67 in 1981.“At this stage, they’re probably going to do nothing for now and they’re reserving their options for later down the track.”Mr Velissariou said it was a welcome sale for the Mitchells, who had owned a slice of the beachfront street for almost 40 years.“They’re happy to move on with the next stage of their lives,” he said.The Mitchells went into the drilling business 50 years ago by drilling water bores for Kingaroy peanut farmers.Today Mitchell Services is a listed company that has more than 400 staff and operates internationally. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThey bought No. 69 in 2005.Despite the couple’s Hedges Ave properties being on the market since May, Mr Velissariou said they attracted a lot of interest.“Right down to the finish line … there was super strong inquiry coming in from all over Australia,” he said.“I think it was the lifestyle and beachfront living (that attracted them).”Prospective buyers were given the choice of snapping up the properties separately with the multistorey house at No. 67 listed for $5.75 million while the two apartments at No. 69 had a $5.25 million price tag.center_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:29Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWays to get into the property market for less00:29last_img read more

Verus Petroleum buying Cieco for $400M

first_imgCommenting further on the Cieco deal on Thursday, Verus CEO Curran said: “This transaction builds on our Boa oil field acquisition in 2017, and our acquisition of interests in the Alba oil field and the Babbage gas field earlier this year. The combined Alba, Babbage and Cieco acquisitions increase our net production to around 18,000 boepd.“The Western Isles development includes the Harris and Barra oil fields. Production has exceeded expectations since it started in November 2017 and is currently on plateau at in excess of 40,000 boepd, with an estimated field life of 15 years.The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to complete in the fourth quarter of 2018.Offshore Energy Today Staff Verus Petroleum is set to buy Cieco Exploration & Production (UK) Limited, a subsidiary of ITOCHU Corporation for $400 million, adding to a recent spike in the North Sea M&A activity backed by private equity.The acquisition includes a 23.1% interest in the Western Isles Development Project, a 25.8% interest in the Hudson field, a 2.0% interest in the Brent Pipeline System, and a 1.2% interest in the Sullom Voe oil terminal.Verus said on Thursday the acquisition would add approximately 11,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) to Verus’s daily production. The acquired entity is an asset holding company and the transaction does not involve the transfer of any personnel.The transaction will be funded by a combination of equity, existing cash reserves and debt. Equity will be provided by HitecVision, the majority owner of Verus.Alan Curran, Chief Executive of Verus Petroleum commented: “Verus is pleased to have signed this SPA with ITOCHU, which is aligned with our strategy to expand our production base and cash flow through the acquisition of high quality production assets. We are delighted to acquire high-value barrels with the Western Isles production in particular having very low lifting costs and being a long-life asset with strong cash generation.Verus has recently been highlighted as part of new wave of privately backed oil firms has taken over the North Sea basin by storm spurring record M&A activity over the past few years.Wood Mackenzie last month said that equity commitments of $10 billion have helped fuel $12 billion in M&A in the North Sea since 2014. Another $13 billion could be invested in the North Sea, based on disclosed funding.As previously reported, Verus on April 30, 2018, announced multiple acquisitions -a 17 percent stake in the Alba field, a 47 percent interest in the Babbage gas field, and a 50 percent interest in the Cobra discovery.Production boost to 18Kbpdlast_img read more

DILG SACKS WV FIRE CHIEF | Año orders probe on BFP staff’s protocol breach

first_img“Titiyakin po natin ang medical needs ng mga fire personnel na ito na maaaring na-expose sa COVID-19 subalit mananagot din sila sa anumang maging resulta ng imbestigasyon nila na ipinag-utos ni Secretary Año kaugnay sa posibleng naging kapabayaan,” he added. He was referring to the 26-year-old female BFP-6 personnel (Patient No. 144) whom the city government placed under quarantine late night on June 14 after hours of searching for her. “Puspusan na po ang contact tracing na isinasagawa ng BFP-6 at mayroon na pong koordinasyon sa DILG Region VI at Police Regional Office,” Malaya said. Department of Tourism (DOT) secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, in a separate statement, confirmed that the COVID-19 positive BFP staff and her 27 co-workers held a “despedida party” in Boracay in Malay, Aklan last week. “Panahon ng pandemya ngayon at hindi puwede ang mga palusot. As law enforcers, we must set a good example to our people and the breach of quarantine protocols sets a very bad example,” Año stressed. Aguto’s firing came after a BFP-6 personnel allegedly roamed around the tourist destination while awaiting the result of her reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test for COVID-19 that later turned out to be positive. ILOILO City – Interior Secretary Eduardo Año has ordered the relief of Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Region 6 director Fire Senior Superintendent Roderick Aguto after one of his personnel – who later tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – breached quarantine protocols along with 27 colleagues by going to Boracay Island. Año has also ordered an investigation into the incident. So far, a total of 196 BFP-6 personnel have undergone rapid testing for COVID-19. “Nabigla ako…Isa po doon ang babae na umalis ng Iloilo (City), na-swab…Hindi pa lumabas ang result (but) pumunta (na) ng Boracay at noong huli ay nag-positive,” said Bautista in a press conference. DILG spokesman Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, meanwhile, tasked BFP chief Fire director Jose Embang to immediately investigate the matter and conduct contract tracing. BY ADRIAN STEWART CO AND RUBY SILUBRICO “We will never tolerate any wrongdoing by our BFP personnel or any other DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government) personnel for that matter because lives are at stake here,” said Año, who announced Aguto’s sacking on Wednesday. Fire Senior Superintendent Jerry Candido, director for logistics of BFP-National Headquarters, has been appointed as BFP officer-in-charge in the region. According to the Department of Health, only 28 of the 196 were subjected to RT-PCR and were advised to undergo quarantine pending results of their tests on Friday. Acting Malay mayor Frolibar Bautista criticized the trip as an “irresponsible and blatant disregard of quarantine protocols.” Bautista said the patient’s name was listed in the port manifest. The patient’s positive test result was released on June 13. She and her BFP-6 group took a boat to Boracay on June 12 at around 5 p.m. via Tabon-Tambisaan Port. The BFP regional and city offices have been placed under lockdown and were advised to observe strict sanitation and disinfection efforts./PNlast_img read more

Frye touts ‘Next Level Roads’ program in guest column

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Many drivers have started to encounter orange barrels, closed road signs and construction crews in our area. All of this is the beginning phase of Indiana’s five-year ‘Next Level Roads’ initiative. Even though construction means closures and traffic delays, let’s look down the road to a smoothly paved future benefiting Hoosier communities.Over the next five years, we will be resurfacing crumbling roads, installing traffic signals and rehabilitating bridges. In fact, more than $200 million is being invested in local road and bridge improvements throughout Dearborn, Decatur, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties, and this does not include the Community Crossings Matching Grants that have yet to be distributed to our local communities. These grants will further help Indiana cities, towns and counties with covering the costs of infrastructure projects.Recently, I joined local officials for the groundbreaking of a two-year, $70 million project that will reconstruct I-74 from State Road 101 in Ripley County to the New Point exit in Decatur County. It was a great honor to be a part of this groundbreaking, as I remember when I-74 was first built. This stretch of roadway connecting Indianapolis to Cincinnati is crucial not only for the Hoosier state, but to local communities benefiting from easy access to the interstate and economic opportunities for our towns.I have spoken with many local officials who seem to pose the same questions: Who decides where the road funding money goes and what projects will be completed? These are valid questions, and I can tell you that the Indiana Department of Transportation decides where the money should go based on the infrastructure needs of each county.INDOT follows federal guidelines by keeping detailed reports from engineer inspections of each of Indiana’s 6,000 bridges. All of these bridges are scheduled for routine upkeep based on the life expectancy of the bridge. Recently, one of our local bridges on Highway 421 failed inspection. This bridge had a broken center beam, which made it unsafe for motorists to drive on. While this was a bridge set to be fixed down the road, INDOT had to act more swiftly and rehabilitate the bridge due to safety risks.Although construction zones can be frustrating, they will be worth the hassle. Upgrading our infrastructure will not only save Hoosier drivers money, it will make our roads safer and keep our economy strong.As the projects continue, we need to focus on safety in construction zones. In 2014, 14 people were killed and 400 injured working on Hoosier roadways. Please keep in mind these safety tips while traveling through work zones: reduce speed, respect the flaggers, allow for extra travel time, be patient, leave space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you, don’t text or talk on the phone and pay attention to construction signage.As always, please contact me with questions or input at 317-234-3827 or by email at h67@iga.in.gov. I appreciate hearing from you in order to better represent our district. Stay up-to-date with the work being done at the Statehouse by signing up to receive my email updates at www.in.gov/h67.last_img read more

Aug. 15 IMCA Modified winner earns $1,000 at Luxemburg

first_imgBy Greg Aregoni LUXEMBURG, Wis. – The Cory Jonet Memorial returns to Luxemburg Speedway this Friday, Aug. 15. This is the second year for the memorial. Racing gets underway at 7 p.m. All five divisions will be in action. Village Kitchen is the sponsor for the evening. The IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified winner will go home with $1,000. Eddie Muenster picked up the win last week in impressive fashion. Jason Czarapata is in search of his first-ever Modified crown at Luxemburg. He owns a 21-point lead on James Tebon.Brandon Czarapata is inching closer to his third straight title in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division. He won his fifth feature of the season and opened up a five point advantage over Rod Snellenberger. Lucas Lamberies picked up his second main event win of the season in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division in a season where he has run on a limited basis. Andy Kleczka had another strong top three finish. He now holds court in the standings by seven over Troy DeGrave.Marcus Moede won the opening night IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature and finally knocked off another win last week. Derek Moede won last year’s title and is in good shape for number two with a 13 point cushion on Dan Van Pay.last_img read more

Male Cat-Lost

first_imgMale orange shorthair neutered Cat-Lost. Named Cheeto. Missing from Stoops Road in Dillsboro since 6/14/20. He has a green line tattoo on his lower stomach (hard to see). He is very friendly and desperately missed. Call 621-1488 for details.last_img