North Korea blows up liaison office with South: Seoul

first_imgNorth Korea blew up an inter-Korean liaison office on its side of the border on Tuesday, the South’s Unification ministry said, after days of increasingly virulent rhetoric from Pyongyang.”North Korea blows up Kaesong Liaison Office at 14:49,” the ministry, which handles inter-Korean relations, said in a one-line alert sent to reporters.The statement came minutes after an explosion was heard and smoke seen rising from the long-shuttered joint industrial zone in Kaesong where the liaison office was located, Yonhap news agency reported citing unspecified sources. Analysts say Pyongyang may be seeking to manufacture a crisis to increase pressure on Seoul while nuclear negotiations with Washington are at a standstill.Earlier Tuesday, North Korea’s army said it was “fully ready” to take action against the South, included re-entering areas that had been demilitarized under an inter-Korean agreement.”North Korea is frustrated that the South has failed to offer an alternative plan to revive the US-North talks, let alone create a right atmosphere for the revival,” said Cheong Seong-chang, a director of the Sejong Institute’s Center for North Korean Studies.”It has concluded the South has failed as a mediator in the process.” Its destruction came after Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said at the weekend: “Before long, a tragic scene of the useless north-south joint liaison office completely collapsed would be seen.”Since early June, North Korea has issued a series of vitriolic condemnations of the South over activists sending anti-Pyongyang leaflets over the border — something defectors do on a regular basis.Last week it announced it was severing all official communication links with South Korea.The leaflets — usually attached to hot air balloons or floated in bottles — criticize North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for human rights abuses and his nuclear ambitions.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Ian Wright takes pop at Jordan Henderson as he defends Arsenal youngster Matteo Guendouzi

first_imgIan Wright takes pop at Jordan Henderson as he defends Arsenal youngster Matteo Guendouzi Comment Advertisement The Frenchman lost possession on the edge of his own box as Bournemouth scored (Getty)‘Guendouzi, for a 19-year-old, to come into the team and play continuously up to this point [is astounding],’ the former Arsenal striker explained on his YouTube channel.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘You know, he makes some mistakes and I’m seeing some s**t, people writing he gives the ball away. He’s 19. He’s come from the second division in France into the Premier League.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‘PSG are now looking at him hard. So if that’s the case, why [are] our fans digging him out for these misplaced balls?‘He’s always trying to pass [forward] and do productive stuff, he’s not sideways when he can go forwards. He don’t do that Henderson move. He wants to pass forward and he should be encouraged to do that.’ Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Mar 2019 8:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link406Sharescenter_img The French midfielder made a mistake against Bournemouth but Wright is a huge fan (Getty)Arsenal legend Ian Wright has praised teenager Matteo Guendouzi’s performances for the Gunners this season and hit back at fans for writing ‘s**t’ about him.The Frenchman has enjoyed a breakout campaign in north London since leaving Lorient, racking up 24 Premier League appearances despite his tender years, though he was under fire for a mistake that saw Bournemouth score on Wednesday night.But Wright had jumped to the defence of Guendouzi and highlighted how positive he is with the ball – unlike Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson, who he took an unexpected pop at. Henderson is often criticised for playing too many safe, sideways passes (Picture: Getty)Arsenal travel to Wembley for the north London derby on Saturday and Wright hopes to see both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang start together up front.He continued: ‘I would try and get them both in the team and get more players from a defensive point of view where Aubameyang doesn’t have to run back to close down things.‘I want to see him and Lacazette in there doing their thing. Bring in another defensive man to do that. We shouldn’t have two strikers, as potent as they are, and one of them is on the bench. It don’t make sense.’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 Advertisementlast_img read more

Accounting roundup: FRC wrongly told companies to pay voluntary levy

first_imgThe issue emerged in documents released to IPE by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in connection with the FRC’s status as a public body.ONS staff noted that it was possible that companies had mistakenly paid the levy in the belief that it was compulsory.The FRC’s current levy fact sheet explains that the levy is voluntary.IASB seeks fix for IAS 19 discount rate anomalyThe International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) is seeking to address problems with accounting for pension plans that are linked to an asset return, such as defined contribution (DC) or collective DC (CDC) schemes.The IASB agreed to conduct outreach on a narrow-scope fix to its pensions accounting rules International Accounting Standard 19 (IAS 19).Staff explained during the board’s February meeting that the work would focus on accounting for pension benefits under IAS 19 where there is a discrepancy between the cashflows and the discount rate, where the payouts depend on asset returns.The issue is that discounting back at a double-AA corporate bond rate creates an anomaly because it doesn’t match projected cashflows.The board said it would look at intorducing a cap on the rate at which cashflows are projected forward so that they do not exceed the discount rate.Eleven of the board’s 14 members supported the decision.Staff said they had ruled out looking at higher-of benefits, which also depend on an asset return.They added that: “If the research establishes that this approach would not be feasible, the staff expects to recommend no work on pensions.”The IASB opted to allocate pensions to its new research pipeline following its 2015 agenda consultation. The board is currently a year and a quarter into its agenda-setting cycle.IAS 19 changes could prove problematic for GermanyRecent IAS 19 amendments will be challenging to apply in Germany, according to Thomas Hagemann, the chief actuary for Mercer’s German practice.The changes deal with the accounting for plan amendments, curtailments and settlements under the standard.In a briefing note to clients, Hageman warned in particular that the amendments could produce anomalies and a lack of comparability across companies.He wrote: “[A] very minor settlement can lead to a situation where the obligation must be recalculated for the remainder of the reporting period because the changes to the assumptions have changed the liability to an extent that is no longer insignificant.”He added: “A small special event could force a recalculation of the expense component for the rest of the accounting period that would otherwise not be permitted.”His comments follow a similar warning from UK advisers Lane Clark & Peacock.The IAS 19 amendments take effect from 1 January 2019 with earlier adoption permitted, although the EU has yet to endorse them.The changes require companies that amend their scheme benefits to recalculate current service cost from the point of change using updated assumptions.Critics of the change argue that it can produce a higher defined benefit obligation, even though the scheme has cut benefits as a result of using what could be a lower discount rate. The UK accounting watchdog has admitted wrongly telling companies to pay a voluntary levy.The admission from the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) came in a ministerial response to a question posed by Baroness Sharon Bowles, a member of the UK’s House of Lords.In its 2016/17 levy fact sheet for preparers, the FRC stated that “Companies with a Premium listing on the London Stock Exchange Main Market are required to pay the full levy”.In response to Baroness Bowles’ question, Lord Henley, parliamentary under-secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said the word ‘required’ was replaced with ‘requested’ for the 2018-19 fact sheets “to improve clarity”.last_img read more

Solo mum blocks male bonding session

first_imgSunday Star Times 2 June 2013A father-son bonding session planned by a North Island primary school was cancelled after a single mother demanded to be included.Two “Band of Brothers” seminars were arranged by Matakana School to help fathers get more involved in their sons’ lives, and as a forum for dads to share their issues. One session was for dads and another was for fathers and sons.A solo mum wanted to attend but was told she couldn’t because her presence would inhibit discussion. She was told a mother and son seminar was planned for later in the year.“We really just wanted an opportunity for the guys to open up and chat, and they wouldn’t particularly want to do if there were females around – which I think is understandable,” said principal Darrel Goosen.The woman’s son was welcome at the second seminar and the guest speaker offered a specific session with her and her son but she continued to insist on attending, Goosen said, so the school board decided to cancel the event.“In hindsight we realise we may have offended some single parents, for which we apologise, as this was never our intention,” said a school note to families.Family First director Bob McCroskie yesterday said the decision to cancel the event meant fathers had lost a crucial bonding opportunity with their sons.“Unfortunately it seems to be a society problem that we get held hostage by one person who gets offended,” he said.“I think the fact they were having other programmes specifically for mums shows that they are not ignoring their needs.“Schools are starting to realise the importance of dads being actively involved in the education of their kids.”Other parenting experts said male-only groups were important to get men talking. read more

COVID-19: UEFA suspend Champions League, others till further notice

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ David Silva recovers from COVID-19 UEFA changes venue of Player of the Season award ceremony, Champions League draw Champions League and Europa League games have been suspended indefinitely by UEFA amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Games had initially been moved back, but with the situation still in full flow across Europe, UEFA have had no choice but to postpone the competitions “until further notice”. The EURO 2020 play-offs have also been called off, though teams involved in those games are under no immediate pressure to reschedule given that the tournament finals itself has been knocked back to summer 2021. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin claimed earlier this week that the 2019/20 season could be lost entirely if action does not resume by the end of June. Clubs across the continent will be itching to complete the season, and will remain locked in talks with individual football associations but UEFA face the nightmare task of organising cross-country matches. That could prove to be a sticking point in the resumption of Champions League and Europa League action. Italy, where the virus spread rapidly, boasts three sides left in the Champions League alone – Juventus, Napoli and Atalanta. Serie A remains postponed indefinitely, and UEFA’s showpiece competitions could prove much trickier to stage given their continental nature. UEFA will be expected to provide another update once individual leagues inform them of their own plans to get football running again.Tags: Aleksander CeferinChampions LeagueEuropa LeagueUEFAlast_img read more

Collins: Downing was a bargain

first_img Press Association Downing made his Hammers debut in Saturday’s 2-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Cardiff City at Upton Park and brought pace and invention to the game during his 20-minute cameo. West Ham will still be missing Andy Carroll, out with a heel injury, for Saturday’s trip to Newcastle, but Collins is thrilled by the prospect of the former Liverpool team-mates reuniting. “Stewart looked very sharp – he’s always the same. I played with him at Villa and believe that we have got an absolute bargain,” the Hammers defender said. “Hopefully we’ve got the Stewart Downing of a couple of years ago when he was tearing defences to pieces at Aston Villa. “Obviously it didn’t go well for him at Liverpool, but he did very well against Cardiff and hopefully we can get him firing. “The thought of him playing with Andy is great. They played together at Liverpool and they get on well off the pitch as well. “They are both from the north east so have that certain understanding, which could be great for us.” Collins spent five years at Cardiff until 2005 and is confident the big-spending Bluebirds will survive their debut season in the Premier League. “I think they’ll be all right, but it’s going to be tough for them. They have spent a lot of money and they have got some great players in there,” the 29-year-old said. “I didn’t really know what to expect from them in that first game. I haven’t heard our fans like that before a game for years and I’m sure they put the frighteners up a few of them because we were all a bit nervous. “But I’m sure they will be fine. They have signed some great players and they have got to make their home ground a fortress, taking as many points as they can there.” center_img James Collins believes West Ham landed an “absolute bargain” after recruiting Stewart Downing for £5million from Liverpool.last_img read more

Tourist with Measles May Have Exposed Hundreds at Disneyland, Other LA Destinations

first_imgHealth officials believe that a teenager traveling in Southern California may have exposed hundreds of people to the measles while visiting popular tourist destinations.The girl, who is visiting from New Zealand, was contagious with the measles when she spent time at the Disneyland, Universal Studios and Madame Tussauds in Hollywood this month.That prompted officials in Los Angeles and Orange counties to issue health alerts.Dr. Pamela Hymel, chief medical officer for Disney Parks, also issued a statement that reads, “We were notified that the tourist visited multiple Southern California locations and have been advised by Orange County Health Care Agency that the risk to cast and guests is likely low.”According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measles is a highly contagious disease that can spread through coughing and sneezing. It can live in the air for up to two hours after an infected person coughs or sneezes.Symptoms typically appear about nine to 12 days after a person has been infected, and they begin with a mild to moderate fever, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis or red, watery eyes. That is usually followed by a fever and a rash two or three days later.To date, there have been 16 confirmed measles cases among Los Angeles County residents this year, in addition to 11 nonresident measles cases in the Los Angeles area, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.last_img read more

A&M looks to knock off No. 8 Kentucky

first_imgFEARLESS FRESHMEN: Kentucky’s Nick Richards, Ashton Hagans and Tyrese Maxey have collectively accounted for 53 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 48 percent of all Wildcats points over the last five games.CREATING OFFENSE: Maxey has either made or assisted on 40 percent of all Kentucky field goals over the last three games. Maxey has 17 field goals and 14 assists in those games.STREAK SCORING: Kentucky has won its last three road games, scoring 78 points, while allowing 68 per game.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Aggies have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Wildcats. Texas A&M has an assist on 44 of 75 field goals (58.7 percent) over its previous three outings while Kentucky has assists on 34 of 77 field goals (44.2 percent) during its past three games.GETTING DEFENSIVE: The disruptive Texas A&M defense has forced opponents to turn the ball over on 22.8 percent of all possessions, the 30th-best rate among Division I teams. Kentucky has a forced-turnover percentage of only 17.4 percent through 27 games (ranking the Wildcats 293rd). Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 8 Kentucky (22-5, 12-2) vs. Texas A&M (14-12, 8-6)Reed Arena, College Station, Texas; Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 8 Kentucky looks to give Texas A&M its eighth straight loss to ranked opponents. Texas A&M’s last win vs a ranked opponent came against the then-No. 10 North Carolina Tar Heels 86-65 on March 18, 2018. Kentucky has won its last six games against conference opponents. February 24, 2020center_img A&M looks to knock off No. 8 Kentucky ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Kappa Sigma Nationals investigating viral e-mail

first_imgA racy e-mail that has spread virally through the Greek community and beyond is currently under investigation by the Kappa Sigma Fraternity nationals.The e-mail, whose author claims to be a member of Kappa Sigma, asks the members of the fraternity to relate all of their sexual encounters in “Tucker Max format.” Tucker Max writes and blogs about his drunken activities and sexual exploits.The author of the e-mail refers to women as “targets” for the entirety of the message.“I will refer to females as ‘targets.’ They aren’t actual people like us men,” the e-mail reads. “Consequently, giving them a certain name or distinction is pointless.”The e-mail contains a glossary of explicit terms to define males, females and descriptions of body parts. The author of the e-mail also details a way for the members of the fraternity to rate the physical attractiveness of their partners. Women are then categorized by their nationality and ethnicity in the e-mail.“The content [of the e-mail] is contrary to everything [Kappa Sigma stands] for and we are not going to allow individuals to attempt to tarnish our name in any form or fashion,” said Mitchell Wilson, executive director of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. “We will pursue this as far as we can.”The full text of the e-mail has been circulated to many students both Greek and non-Greek, and it has been posted on online college gossip sites.Wilson said he received a phone call Monday from Zach Timm, president of Kappa Sigma at USC, about the e-mail.“Obviously we are appalled that [the e-mail is] associated in any way with our name because the e-mail is disgusting and offensive,” Wilson said. “We are going to do our best to identify who the author is and hold the person accountable.”Pat Lauer, president of USC’s Interfraternity council, and Ayushi Gummadi, president of USC’s Panhellenic council, said they were first made aware of the e-mail Thursday.Though the e-mail purports to have been sent from a member of USC’s chapter of Kappa Sigma to the other members of the house, Lauer said IFC has yet to confirm who sent the e-mail, if the e-mail really was sent from a member of USC’s chapter of Kappa Sigma or how the e-mail was disseminated to the public.“We have been told and understand that this e-mail was forwarded from another source outside this community, but there have been so many contradicting facts being uncovered,” Lauer said. “At this point we are going to wait for Kappa Sigma’s nationals to conduct their investigation before making any conclusive statements.”Until Kappa Sigma nationals has finished its investigation, the university and IFC will not decide on a course of action.Wilson said Kappa Sigma nationals has been in touch with its legal commission, which will investigate if there are ways to go through internet service providers to track the source of the original e-mail.“Certainly the content is not reflective of our fraternity and we don’t want someone associated with our fraternity who would say such a thing. If there is such a member, he will go through our disciplinary process which could be suspension or expulsion,” Wilson said. “But what we see in some situations are individuals of other organizations or students who were trying to pull pranks put together such types of communication like this to get chapters or members of our organization in trouble.”Ray Carlos, assistant director of USC’s Office for Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development, said he does not currently know if there will be repercussions on the university level.“Until all of the facts are revealed, I cannot speculate on the outcome,” Carlos said.Lauer said he is disappointed an e-mail like this would be connected to the Greek community at USC.“The e-mail is repulsive, it’s ridiculous, it’s insulting,” Lauer said. “It’s just really sad that this e-mail doesn’t reflect the standard of any fraternity or chapter in our community. What’s more shocking is that such a respected fraternity’s name is on that e-mail.”Gummadi said members of Greek houses should remember they are reflections not only of their chapters but of the Greek community as a whole.“There’s obviously a freedom of speech allowance, but we also have to remind ourselves that when we pledge a fraternity or sorority we commit ourselves to holding ourselves to the highest possible standards of the community,” Gummadi said.Gummadi said PHC hosted an event in February called “Something of Value” that focused on women fostering positive images. She said PHC will continue to host bi-weekly roundtable discussions to reinforce positive healthy behavior.“Sexual behavior is based on individual decisions,” Gummadi said. “That said, I think one of the strongest things we can do is be good role models and lead by example. We want to set positive examples in terms of knowing that [women] should have standards, be safe and not engage in risky sexual behavior.”Lauer said successful fraternities at USC follow a similar model of leadership.“Younger guys in the house look up to older members who succeed socially, networking with women in positive ways, and create models that people can look up to,” Lauer said. “By creating those self-sustaining models of leadership, we can rid ourselves of [sentiments] like this.”Lauer and Gummadi believe this incident will serve as a reminder to students about the positive and negative powers of social media.“It just kind of serves as a lesson that we need to be diligent about what we say on private or public listservs,” Lauer said. “This is a clear reminder that we are always wearing our letters. We as Greeks are a part of something much bigger than our individual selves.”last_img read more

Coverage of the Fatal Shooting of Two Graduate Students

first_imgTwo graduate students were shot dead in a car on Raymond Avenue near the intersection of 27th Street early Wednesday, April 13. The Los Angeles Police Department responded to the scene shortly after 1 a.m., where Viterbi School of Engineering graduate students Ying Wu and Ming Qu, both 23 years old and from China, were found shot.The university and LAPD are working together in the ongoing investigation. The unknown suspect was last seen wearing dark clothes running southbound on Raymond Avenue at about the same time a black sedan was leaving the area. The race and gender of the suspect are unknown.Detectives encourage anyone with information to call the LAPD’s Criminal Gang Homicide Division at (213) 485-4341 or the Detective Information Desk at the 24-hour toll-free number 877-LAPD-24-7.Ani Kolangian | Daily TrojanLatest NewsUniversity to hold memorial service for Ming Qu, Ying WuCity offers $75,000 rewardVictims’ families meet with LAPD, visit crime sceneUSC, LAPD encourage public helpViterbi, LAPD hold meeting on shooting, safetyVictims’ families will travel to Los AngelesLAPD, university hold press conference to announce award, encourage public helpCampus ReactionUniversity to offer $125k rewardCrime not common in the area, DPS saysDetectives continue searching for clues, leads in double homicideResidents, DPS urge students to be aware of surroundingsStudents, faculty hold vigil for Qu, WuTwo graduate students shot deadPhotosRemembering students Ming Qu and Ying WuLAPD/USC press conference Remembrance Ming Qu, 23, remembered for his friendship, dedication to familyYing Wu, 23, remembered for her determination and love for readingUSC gathers to remember Ying Wu, Ming Qucenter_img Location of the shootingViewlast_img read more