Former Russian Ambassador to NK to Now Serve in SK

first_img News Facebook Twitter Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April By Daily NK – 2014.12.29 1:26pm News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Russia’s former ambassador to North Korea,Alexander Timonin, has been appointed as Moscow’s new ambassador to Seoul. According to Russia’s Interfax News Agency,President Vladimir Putin named Timonin, 62, to the new position on December28th. Timonin has served as Russia’s ambassador to Pyongyang since May 2012,prior to which he gained experience working at the Russian Embassy in Seoul.This appointment marks the first occasion in which a country has named the sameindividual to serve as ambassador to South Korea after a previous post in NorthKorea. Newscenter_img SHARE North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Former Russian Ambassador to NK to Now Serve in SKlast_img read more

DR Congo records five new cases of Ebola: WHO

first_imgFour new Ebola cases confirmed in DR Congo Ebola outbreak cases hit 1000 in DR Congo Worker of center for disease control describing effects of ebola virus mutation Ebola healthcare workers in the Eastern Congolese town of Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo, October 8, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File PhotoFive new Ebola infections have been recorded in eastern Congo since last week in a new flare-up just as the government was about to declare an end to the deadly epidemic, the World Health Organization said on Friday.Small outbreaks or one-off transmissions are common towards the end of an epidemic. Health workers are often able to prevent the virus from spreading out of control by quarantining and vaccinating contacts of new cases.On April 9 a 26-year-old electrician died of the hemorrhagic fever in the eastern town of Beni two days before the Democratic Republic of Congo planned to declare an end to the Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 2,200 people since its onset in August 2018.The two newest cases were a 43-year-old woman and a 28-year-old motorbike-taxi driver who had brought the electrician to the hospital, according to Boubacar Diallo, deputy incident manager for the WHO’s Ebola response operation.It was unclear if the woman was linked to the other cases in a new chain of transmission, he said, but the new cases forced Congo’s national government to shelve its declaration of an end to the epidemic.Two new vaccines have had a major impact in containing Ebola, but public mistrust and militia attacks have prevented health workers from reaching some areas hit by the virus.Demonstrators blocked roads in Beni with rocks on Thursday morning, protesting over the authorities’ handling of the latest Ebola flare-up and demanding all Ebola test results be verified by laboratories in eastern Congo’s main city Goma and in the capital Kinshasa in the west of the vast Central African nation.Health teams were delayed by the protesters but eventually able to resume their work tracing those who came into contact with those newly infected by Ebola, Diallo said. Police said they arrested four people.Late last year deadly attacks on health centres in and around Beni forced aid groups to suspend operations and withdraw staff from the last strongholds of the epidemic.Congo, one of the world’s poorest countries where most people have scant access to modern health care, has also reported 287 cases of the new coronavirus and 23 deaths from the global pandemic.Relatedcenter_img Ebola Cases Reduce in Guinealast_img read more

PNG Lewas claim dramatic win over UAE

first_imgCricket The PNG national woman’s cricket team, the City Pharmacy Lewas have snatched a dramatic win at the World T20 qualifiers. After a disappointing start to their campaign, the Lewas roared back to snatch a 2-wicket victory with just one ball to spare from the United Arab Emirates. The day started with UAE captain Humaria Tasneem making a generous gesture on behalf of UAE Cricket and giving Pauke Siaka a UAE cap at the toss, before choosing to bat first against the Lewas. UAE made a steady, if not spectacular start with openers ER Oza and Chaya Mughal seeing out the powerplay without losing their wickets and reaching 21 after 6 overs. If the openers had given UAE team a platform to attack from, the PNG Lewas bowlers tore that platform to bits in a sensational session of bowling and fielding. The dangerous looking Mughal 18 from 29 balls which included two boundaries. However, her innings came to an end, run out thanks to some nifty work in the field by Brenda Tau as Oza 10 (23b) was dismissed by Sibona Jimmy, taking a fantastic catch from her own bowling. Nisha Ali, who was player of the match for her outstanding knock against Netherlands, was dismissed on the very next ball to Oza, thanks to another run out. This time, Tanya Ruma and Sibona Jimmy combining. Kaia Arua took a stunning catch of CR Seneviratna, off her own bowling and yet another run out, this time of UCKA Dona who left without playing a single ball. This had UAE in absolute despair at 5 wickets down for 37 after 11 overs. The last 5 wickets falling, with only 9 runs scored. The damage wasn’t done yet as Sibona Jimmy got through the bat and pads of Hotchandan, leaving her stumps in a mess and when KKN Egodage became another victim of a run out, this time Vicky Ara’a the fielder, UAE were 7 for 45 after 13 overs. A proper scrap ensued as a crucial partnership between UAE’s opening bowlers Roopa Nagraj 10 (17b) and S Srinivasan 22 (26b, 2x4s. Srinivasan was run out on the last ball of the innings after bringing the UAE total up to a respectable mark of 83. This was the first time in 3 games against the UAE, that the Lewas had been able to dismiss the entire team. The bowlers definitely looked very dangerous as they took 7 wickets for 17 runs were bookended by the first and the 8th wicket. In response, the PNG Lewas started their chase with a bit of a hiccup as Sibona Jimmy 7 (9b) departed early. Kopi John and Brenda Tau tried to put together a partnership, but it was short-lived as John 12 (22b, 1x4s) fell in the 8th over to CR Seneviratna. Brenda Tau was stroking the ball well and brought the total to 50 in the 12th over before she was dismissed by Srinivasan, who had an excellent day of cricket herself. Tau’s wicket was followed by the wicket of captain Pauke Siaka who made 11 facing 17 balls. Siaka became Egodage’s only victim of the game. PNG were still very much in control of the game at this point needing 30 runs to win in 8 overs, with the score 4 for 56 in 12 overs. Kaia Arua and Tanya Ruma appeared to be steadily inching the Lewas to victory, but Srinivasan was not about to give up just yet. With 11 runs to win from 22 balls, she picked up the wicket of Arua 8 (11b) and 2 balls later, Ruma 12 (16b, 1x4s). Despite being in a position of relevant comfort, the wickets stemmed the flow of runs as a result of which there were some nervy decisions while running that led to Veru Kila Frank getting run out for just 1 and suddenly, the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas needed 8 Runs from the last 2 overs. That became 6 from 6 as Seneviratna bowled a stellar over, giving away just 2 runs in the 19th over to finish with figures of 4-1-7-1. It was up to Ravini Oa and debutant Naoani Noinoi Vare to get PNG over the line in the final over. Vare picked up 3 from the first two balls of the final over and Oa picked up 2 from the 3rd to bring the scores level, but the drama was not over there. Oa lost her wicket, run out while attempting to steal a single and win the match and with 1 run to win from 2 balls, it was down to the debutant to bring it home. Vare struck the ball confidently to put 2 points on the board as the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas won the match sensationally, by 2 wickets with 1 ball to spare. This should fill the Lewas with confidence going into their final group game against Netherlands. A magnificent, pulsating game of cricket, which twisted and turned till the very end means that the City Pharmacy Lewas still have a chance to qualify for the semifinals, with a win over the hosts today.last_img read more

Aussie bowler Starc bulked up to challenge speed record

first_imgThe left-armer has used his unusually long lay-off due to the coronavirus pandemic to spend quality time in the gym ahead of an upcoming blockbuster summer against India.Only a handful of bowlers are in the 100 mph club, with Pakistan’s Shoaib Aktar considered the fastest ever with his 100.2 mph (161.3 kph) rocket in 2003 the world’s quickest delivery.Starc has been knocking on the door for years, with a 99.7 mph (160.4 kph) missile against New Zealand in Perth in 2015 his best effort so far.He hopes the extra work will not only make him quicker, but help stave off the injuries that have struck before when he strived to smash speed records.“It would be nice but at the same time the two occasions I’ve been up around that (160 kph) mark I’ve snapped my foot,” he told late Wednesday.“Hopefully that’s not the case but when everything’s going well, that rhythm is happening and conditions suit, then I can get that speed gun up.“Perhaps that extra time in the gym and extra time off I might be able to push the limits again.”Starc added that he had tweaked his bowling action, which had helped him retain his extreme pace and hone his radar.“At the start of the (2019-20) summer and after that UK tour, I very much got in that line and length (and) consistency mindset that the whole (fast bowling) group were about through the Ashes,” he said.“That’s not to say that’s not important, but I think I’ve found a happy medium with this little tweak to still have that better consistency but still have my pace.“I still want to bowl fast and I’m not going to compromise that, but I had to find a way that I wasn’t expensive at the same time and I think that little tweak in the action has helped that.”Virat Kohli’s India are due to play four Tests in Australia from early December, although what venues are used remains uncertain due to the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Brennan Marion overcame homelessness and severe injuries to become a highly-respected college coach

first_imgLike us at @NewPghCourier on Twitter BRENNAN MARION, a Greensburg-Salem High School graduate, spent two years as offensive coordinator at Howard University. He was recently named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at William & Mary College. (Photo courtesy Howard University)Brennan Marion, a star football player at Greensburg Salem High School and the University of Tulsa, was recently named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at William & Mary, a university in Virginia.Sounds simple, right?The path Marion had to take to get there was anything but.Marion grew up in Pittsburgh, telling the Courier in an extensive interview in November 2018 the many schools he attended—Reizenstein, Wilson Christian Academy, Westinghouse, Penn Hills, Steel Valley, Woodland Hills, Greensburg Salem.He told the Courier that he wasn’t immune to the violence that was his environment growing up. His cousin was shot while he attended Westinghouse as a sophomore. During his junior year at Steel Valley, he was ruled academically ineligible to play football, having to deal with his grandmother’s passing.Marion, a Homewood product, never played a full year of high school football until his senior year, in which he attended Greensburg Salem High School in Westmoreland County. There, Marion was a standout in football, basketball and track, and he had plans to play collegiate football after graduating from Greensburg Salem in 2005.Thus, Marion left home. As in 2,600 miles from home, en route to Los Altos Hills, California, site of Foothill College, a community college. He went the “JUCO” (Junior College) route, playing there for one year, but after Marion and his head coach “didn’t see eye to eye on some things,” Marion said, he left Foothill and went to nearby De Anza College, another junior college about 45 miles from San Francisco.Marion is open about saying he endured some tough times back in Pittsburgh in his youth. Now barely a few years into adulthood, he was about to endure another tough stretch—homelessness.“The coach (at De Anza) promised us a living situation, and he couldn’t make that happen,” Marion told the Courier. “There were a few of us guys from out-of-state. We would live in the locker room at De Anza, sleep at (teammates’) houses…once we couldn’t find anywhere else to stay, I decided, we’ll stay in the press box. We slept outside a few times, we rode the bus at night, we stayed in motels…”BRENNAN MARION, right, with a Howard University football player. Marion spent two seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Howard before being named to the same position at William & Mary College in November 2018. (Photo courtesy Howard University)Marion estimated four or five days per week he was homeless during the first two months of the football season. “We used to have to steal from the grocery store to eat,” he said. “One time we slept in the hallway at the school.”Sometimes, however, Marion and a few teammates would use a fellow teammate’s car and sleep in the car, “in the church parking lot.”Times were bad. But then again, times were good for Marion as far as the football field was concerned. Marion topped all receivers in every receiving category in the junior college circuit, was an All-American, and made the Dean’s List.Marion’s outstanding play landed him a scholarship at the University of Tulsa, where he continued to shatter records. In 2007 and 2008, he caught 82 total passes for 2,356 yards and 19 touchdowns. His 31.9 yards per catch in his junior season (2007) was an NCAA record.Now, the NFL scouts were taking notice. Taking notice of Pittsburgh, of Homewood, the man named Brennan Marion. Who would he become? The next legendary receiver, like Jerry Rice? Terrell Owens? Marvin Harrison?The NFL scouts didn’t care about Marion’s past. They weren’t worried about his bout with homelessness, all they cared about was that talent. Great hands, great footwork, his burst of speed, the ability to elude defenders, his explosiveness.For Marion, the bad fortunes seemed to be in the past. It was time for the National Football League. The bright lights. The big paychecks.Then came Dec. 6, 2008—the Conference USA Championship Game between the Tulsa Golden Hurricane and the East Carolina Pirates. The game was played in Tulsa, on Chapman Field, where fans had become used to Marion’s incredible athletic prowess. They watched in stunned silence, however, when he tore his left ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in his knee on his team’s final offensive play of the game.Marion’s team lost the game. NFL scouts shied away. A possible second-round NFL draft pick in 2009 ended up going undrafted.The Miami Dolphins eventually signed Marion in 2009, but he re-tore the same ACL in training camp.The next year, he served as offensive coordinator for a high school in Union City, Calif., but still had that itch to play professional football. Marion went to Canada to play for the Montreal Alouettes—except that on his second day with the team, he again tore his ACL.To make matters worse, Marion recalls, “While I was at the doctor’s office, the (Dallas) Cowboys called me to sign with them.”Yes, those Dallas Cowboys. America’s Team.However, this third ACL tear was it for Marion and his dreams of playing professional football vanished.Thankfully, that year at James Logan High School in Union City revealed a new love for Marion—coaching.“The biggest thing that got me to love coaching is I had kids from Oakland, Richmond, San Francisco, rough backgrounds, and I thought my life story was rough…a lot of those kids had it worse,” Marion said about his time at James Logan in 2010. “Being able to really impact their lives, getting them to believe that there’s more out there in life, it was really great to help and serve those kids.” In fact, Marion said the high school players saved his life. “They got my life together as far as drinking, partying, the depression of being hurt, thinking I’m going to play in the league.”Coaching and having a daughter, Mariah, were the catalyst to launching Marion’s next journey.In 2013 at age 25, he earned his first head coaching position at St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School in Vallejo, Calif. He took the team with a 1-9 record the previous season to the playoffs in his first season.Marion then came back to Pennsylvania as the head coach of Waynesboro Area Senior High School. A team that went 0-10 the season prior to Marion’s arrival finished with a 6-4 record in the 2014 season, a feat that was lauded by many in the coaching landscape. It was the Waynesboro Indians’ first winning season since 1992. Marion featured a no-huddle spread offense that produced more than 500 yards of offense and 36.6 points per game.After some coaching stints at a few smaller colleges, Marion landed at Howard University in Washington, D.C., as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2017.That’s where his uptempo, hard-to-stop offense, nicknamed Go-Go, was molded. Under Marion and Howard’s head coach, Mike London, the team pulled off a huge upset—beating UNLV, 43-40, in the 2017 season opener. The UNLV Rebels were a 45-point favorite, making Howard’s win the largest point-spread upset in college football history.During the 2018 season, Howard’s football team scored 55 points twice, along with a 41-point performance in a win over Bethune-Cookman, Sept. 22. The team averaged 33.6 points and 470.8 yards per game with Marion calling the offensive shots.“Coach Marion has done a great job with our offense,” London told the Courier in November 2018. “He’s done a great job with (quarterback) Caylin (Newton) and our offensive staff works well together. (Us) having a great young mind like Coach Marion has been beneficial for us. He’s going to be a head coach one day for sure.”After Howard completed its 2018 season, it was announced that London would become the new head coach at William & Mary, another FCS (football championship subdivision) school, though it plays in the Colonial Athletic Association (Howard plays in the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference, which houses nine other HBCU football programs). It was a no-brainer that London would take Marion with him as his offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.The College of William & Mary should sound familiar to Pittsburghers—it’s where Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin attended college. He was a three-time starter at wide receiver for the William & Mary Tribe between 1990-94. He had 101 career receptions for 2,046 yards and 20 touchdown receptions. Tomlin graduated in 1995.Tomlin is regarded by his players for his leadership style, his “the-standard-is-the-standard” mantra, and his unique motivational tactics. But before Tomlin was ever a household name as an NFL head coach, he spent years coaching in the college ranks; five colleges to be exact—anywhere from graduate assistant, to wide receivers coach, to defensive backs coach.Coaching is hard. It’s not for everyone. Not only do you have to know your Xs and Os, but you must have a genuine concern for your players. Only then will they give you their all. Marion, who’s climbing the coaching ladder, has a genuine care for his players. “I loved high school coaching because you could really develop a kid. You have so much time to mold them into great young men,” he said. “But college, you provide an opportunity for people to be successful and change their family lineage to get an education…the only way to sustain a good life is education.”Marion earned his bachelor’s degree in organizational studies from Tulsa in 2009. Now with a second child, also named Brennan, he’s made many people in his hometown proud, including his father, Jeff Marion. “He kept fighting, he never gave up, he wasn’t coming back to Pittsburgh empty handed, and he didn’t,” Jeff Marion told the Courier.Jeff Marion, also a youth football coach in Pittsburgh with the Lincoln Rams, took some of the youth football players to Howard University in November 2018. There, they saw the workings of a college football program while Brennan Marion talked with the youth about never giving up on their dreams.He’s “giving back to some other kids that are just as talented, come from the same streets, same background, same lack of opportunity (as his), and showing them a path,” Jeff Marion said about Brennan.And high school football players in the Pittsburgh area are aware of Brennan Marion. Hollis Mathis, the state championship-winning quarterback for the Penn Hills Indians, recently announced his intentions to play football at William & Mary. Jeannette senior standout receiver Marcus Barnes also committed to play at William & Mary.Brennan Marion can truly say he’s been all over this country. A kid from Homewood, whom, as his father Jeff says, overcame the odds, becoming not only a star football player, but a college graduate, a coach on the rise, and most importantly to Brennan himself, a leader of men.“Thank God for the ball; that saved my life,” Brennan Marion told the Courier, stating that sports are oftentimes the vehicle to get kids like himself out of adverse situations.Brennan Marion also thanked his grandmother, Charlene Marion, who passed away in 2003 and was an immense figure in his life. “As she was passing away, she asked me, ‘Can you really (try to) make something of yourself?’ That’s what turned the switch on for me, and I did everything to honor her.”last_img read more

Detroit Mercy’s Davis breaks Curry’s freshman 3-point record

first_imgBy today DETROIT (AP) — Antoine Davis dribbled slowly past midcourt, went toward the right sideline and created space from the defender with a jab step to the right before putting the ball between his legs to his left and stepping back for a 30-foot shot.Swish .The Detroit Mercy guard broke Stephen Curry’s freshman 3-point record with the high-arcing shot from deep on the right wing early in the second half of an 87-85 win over IUPUI on Thursday night. “I couldn’t help but smile,” Davis said at a postgame news conference. “I was trying to keep my composure with crowd clapping and the standing ovation.“The feeling is unreal.”The no-doubt shot was No. 123 beyond the arc this season, surpassing the mark Curry set at Davidson 12 years ago.“I’ve heard about him, yeah,” said Curry, who wasn’t aware earlier this week he was still holding the Division I record for 3-pointers made by a freshman. “Records are meant to be broken, for sure.”Davis’ feat was celebrated briefly in front of just 1,786 witnesses at Calihan Hall, where the public-address announcer informed the crowd that history was made while a graphic was shown on the video boards to recognize Curry’s record was broken.Detroit Mercy head coach Mike Davis talks to his guard Antoine Davis, his son, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against IUPUI, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, in Detroit. Davis tied and broke Steph Curry’s NCAA record for 3-point baskets by a freshman. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)“I was nervous for him the last two weeks,” said Titans coach Mike Davis, sitting alongside his son at the postgame news conference.The 6-foot-1 guard matched Curry’s mark with a 3-pointer in the first half.Davis finished 7 of 20 from the field, 4 of 12 on 3-pointers and had six assists, including one to set up Josh McFolley’s go-ahead 3-pointer with 45.5 secondsMcFolley scored 25 points for the Titans (11-18, 8-9 Horizon League) who will have to win their conference tournament championship in Detroit to make the NCAA Tournament with a team Davis scrambled to put together after he was hired last summer .“We signed 10 guys after Aug. 24,” Davis said. “School started Aug. 27.”The former Indiana coach, who led the Hoosiers to the 2002 Final Four, did not have to use one of his scholarships for his son because his father-in law-set had a college fund set up for him.“If you don’t use it for college, you get taxed,” he said.Mike Davis said college coaches expected him to coach his son at Texas Southern, cooling interest in him as a three-star prospect. The Cougars, Arkansas-Little Rock, Stephen F. Austin, Nevada, according to Antoine Davis. His father said Cal State Bakersfield, UTEP and Colorado State also showed interest.No one saw this coming.Davis is averaging 26 points with teams face-guarding him without the ball and double-teaming him with it. He has made a freshman-record 125 3-pointers on 324 attempts, connecting on 39 percent. And, he’s playing 37-plus minutes per game.“He has trained hard over the last four or five years for this moment,” his father said.Antoine Davis was home-schooled from the seventh grade through high school and his father set him up with former NBA coach and player John Lucas to work on his game in Houston.A lot.“I trained three or four times a day,” Antoine Davis said. “I took Sundays off and sometimes Saturdays, too. It prepared me to fight through fatigue and got my mind a lot stronger.”The hard work has paid off, putting him in the same breath this week with one of the game’s greats.“It’s an honor to be in mentioned in same sentence as Stephen Curry,” he said. “But, I still have a lot to learn.”___AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami contributed to this report.___Follow Larry Lage at AP college basketball coverage: Detroit Mercy guards Antoine Davis, left, and Lamar Hamrick (21) greet each other after the team’s 87-85 win over IUPUI in an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)last_img read more

Pochettino says “different agendas in Spurs squad” after shock Colchester defeat

first_imgTottenham are on the verge of crisis after their poor start to the Premier League season was followed up with a shock defeat against fourth division Colchester United on Tuesday.  He added: “When you have an unsettled squad always it’s difficult and you lose time, then you need time to recover the time you lose. Brian Owen Spurs made 11 changes to their side but there was still room in the team for Eric Dier, Víctor Wanyama, Lucas Moura and Dele Alli, while Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-Min and Erik Lamela came off the bench. However, they were unable to stop the game ending in a draw and Colchester won on penalties. Eriksen and Moura missed from the spot.  Pochettino se pronuncia tras su escandalosa eliminación copera IN SPORT.ES 25/09/2019center_img The former Espanyol coach added that his squad is “unsettled” and said there are “different agendas” among the players at the moment after last season’s run to the Champions League final.  “We feel disappointed because we dominated the 90 minutes, but we were not aggressive in the last third in the way you expect. It’s about doing your job, and this lack of aggression in the last third made the reality.” Upd. on 26/09/2019 at 14:54 CEST Pochettino said: “Colchester played a fantastic game. We did nearly everything good until the last third. Sometimes you score, sometimes you don’t. “That’s where we are. Maybe our performances are good but you need this extra, which is mental, connection. It’s energy to be all together, not to have different agendas in the squad. “We are in a period where it’s a bit tough for us, but we keep working to find a solution. When this type of thing happens it’s about staying clear and fresh and calm. We’re trying to find solutions and we only need time.”last_img read more