Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ View comments “I just want to try to straighten things out for everyone to get along together,” the five-time NBA champion told “Good Morning Britain.”Rodman, of course, is one of the few people to have a relationship with North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-Un, whom he has visited on multiple occasions over the past few years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogREAD: Dennis Rodman returns to North Korea hoping to ‘open the door’The 56-year-old American also said that the feared dictator was “just like everybody else” and enjoyed “cool things” like singing karaoke. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kings battle Elite Winning start Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ “Every time I see him, he’s always calm, he’s always smiling, especially when he’s with family,” he told host Piers Morgan.“We sing karaoke, we do a lot of cool things together.”Dennis Rodman has spoken about his friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: pic.twitter.com/mu592c5la7— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 6, 2017“To me, in person, without all the things that have gone on on TV and potentially a war or something like that, if you see him just sit at a table, he’s just like everybody else,” Rodman added.ADVERTISEMENT Break new ground Dennis Rodman may not have been the most “rational” player on the court during his heyday, but the retired forward is now looking to be the voice of reason for a far greater cause.As tension between the US and North Korea rises due to threats of a nuclear war, the eccentric NBA Hall of Famer bared his intention to prevent such catastrophe from happening.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ LATEST STORIES A costly, catty dispute finally settled 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “He’s always laughing, smiling, talking to his people—that’s it.”Although he has close ties with Kim, Rodman is also an avid supporter of US President Donald Trump, whom he publicly endorsed back in 2015.“I think if the president even tries to reach out for Kim, I think it will be a great possibility,” he shared.“Things can happen if Donald Trump, if they sit down, and have some type of mutual conversation. It don’t have to be like a friendship type of conversation, just a mutual conversation saying, ‘Hi, I would love to engage in some words and politics and over the history of your country and my country and just try to start some dialogue.’ I think that’ll open up maybe the door just a little bit.” Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend
North Korean supporters sing ahead of the free skating pair, figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — To pour on the charm at the Pyeongchang Olympics, North Korea has turned to ball-gown clad singers, pompom-waving cheerleaders and two of its most influential women. And the media, the South Korean public and the Olympic audience worldwide seem to be thoroughly enjoying the spectacle.But should they be?ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings The sister’s arrival generated a good deal of serious reporting, juxtaposed with the presence of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife. But she got a full dose of the tabloid treatment from the moment she arrived.There were some extremely unlikely comparisons to Ivanka Trump, who is expected to attend the Games’ closing ceremony. South Korea’s TV Chosun television network put together a separate report to analyze her fashion and appearance and pointed out her freckles and makeup. One analyst even speculated she might be pregnant.The reporting was “a personal insult and diplomatic mistake,” the Citizens’ Coalition for Democratic Media, a media watchdog, said in a report.It was hardly the exception.South Korean broadcasters focused on the legs of the North Korean cheerleaders to highlight their bodies, while they tended to show the heads and chests of North Korean men on the day of their arrival in the South, while images of the cheerleaders’ black ankle boots and bare calves were repeated frequently.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pretty much every song performed in public in the North is political (as is everything else; that’s what totalitarianism means, after all), and even tunes that might sound like simple love songs are almost always devoted to Kim Jong Un or one of his predecessors.In a later game, one squad held up masks of a handsome young man, which some observers speculated was Kim Jong Un’s grandfather, Kim Il Sung. That would have clearly run afoul of organizers’ expectations. Officials quickly denied the rumors, though it remains unclear who the mystery man was intended to be.“Because the cheerleaders and the performance squads are Koreans like us, it’s natural to have a good feeling toward them,” said Shin In-kyun, president of the Korea Defense Network, a nonpartisan group of defense experts. “But we should not forget the intention of the brutal North Korean regime that’s hidden behind it.”“Right now, it seems we are distracted,” he said. “North Korea’s operation is working.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea PLAY LIST 01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea01:13US says it will resume talks with North Korea soon01:45Australian student detained in N. Korea ‘released, safe’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 Wozniacki irate over opponent’s ‘unfair’ grunting in Qatar win View comments Despite the focus on campy weirdness and implications of salaciousness, the North’s feminine touch in Pyeongchang is a potent — and deliberately manipulative — political statement. Young and attractive women, intended to put a “soft” face on the North’s totalitarian regime, have long been one of the ruling Kim family’s favorite propaganda tools.North Korea, one of the most patriarchal of societies around, deployed two of its most powerful women to spearhead its Olympic diplomacy campaign.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCompletely overshadowing a 90-year-old statesman who was nominally in charge of the North’s delegation, Kim Jong Un sent his younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, who while still just 30 years old is head of the ruling party’s Propaganda and Agitation Department.He also shocked Seoul by sending Hyon Song Wol, who is better known as the lead singer of the domestic cadre-pleasing, miniskirt-wearing Moranbong Band. She is now also a senior ruling party member. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Some went so far as to film cheerleaders’ rooms from outside their windows, the report said. TV Chosun, voyeuristically shooting through room windows, claimed an exclusive of the North Korean cheerleaders watching South Korean TV shows. The Yonhap News agency published photos of cheerleaders inside a women’s restroom washing their hands and waiting in line outside toilets.North Korea has sent women south to win hearts and minds before.The idea dates back to Kim Jong Il, the current leader’s father, who dispatched:— a 288-member cheering squad to South Korea for the Busan Asian Games in 2002;—306 women to Daegu for the 2003 Universiade;— a 125-member squad for the Incheon Asian Athletics Championships in 2005.Kim Jong Un’s wife is an alumnus of the cheering squads. She went to the Incheon event.The squads are usually made up of young women, often students or government workers from Pyongyang, selected for their looks, musical skills and family standing.At their first appearance at a competition, an ice hockey game featuring the joint North-South women’s team, they started off with a popular North Korean song called “Happy to Meet You.”That had been a matter of concern. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson
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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Legends tennis tournament caps Palawan season Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The Manny Pacquiao-Adrien Broner fight took an interesting subplot after the American was reportedly arrested the day after Christmas for failing to attend a court hearing over a traffic violation.He was booked in jail but was immediately released, according to wire reports, over an outstanding 2017 warrant in Florida for speeding.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk It’s nothing new for the brash 29-year-old Broner, who has had a previous brush with the law for sexual battery.But it was a blow for the American who has been diligently posting his training over his social media account in proving that he had already put his past troubles behind him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPacquiao, on the other hand, skipped training and instead took his family to Disneyland right on the same day, according to Dr. Ed de la Vega, who crafts the mouthpiece used by the Filipino boxing great.Pacquiao, 40, is putting his WBA welterweight crown on the line against Broner on Jan. 19 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments
In a strategic political move, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) announced plans to change the system by which it chose persons to represent the Party at the Local Government level.As such, the Party is looking to balance its list of candidates by having 50 per cent come from within the Party and 50 per cent from civil society, to contest the Local Government Elections (LGE) on November 12, 2018.PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo said that his Party would ask possible candidates who were going to be on the list if they would have the time to serve or volunteer for these positions.“We are going to ask them right up front … because they may not have the time and the work of the NDC (Neighbourhood Democratic Councils) or the municipality would suffer,” he stated.Jagdeo said the idea of balancing the slate was to ensure that there were present people directly from the communities who have skills and could relate to the community and push to have them improved.“These are people who are known in the area, people of good repute, law-abiding citizens who have done community work, religious leaders, young people in the youth movements,” he explained.The PPP General Secretary said one of the major constraints was Councillors having little time to attend meetings because elected officials do not earn salaries and so many of them are “busy earning a living elsewhere”.“…they have to give a commitment that they will support and defend the positions we campaign on.”In each of the 81 areas, communities will do their own selection and screening of all of the candidates at the bottom and then in consultation with the Party leadership.He said, “We’ll select the final, but it’s better because they know the people on the ground rather than Freedom House centrally trying to decide who will be the candidate.”Candidates, he said, would be expected to possess good interpersonal skills and have a sound grounding in the communities where they reside, especially to prevent the PPP being labelled for something bad.In preparation for these elections, the Party has launched its campaign in all 10 Administrative Regions throughout Guyana. The first meeting was held in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne). Meetings were held at Number 70 Village, Number 56 Village, Hogtown Chesney, and Hampshire.Jagdeo has pointed out that the Party was implementing a 12-point criteria list for choosing persons to represent their constituencies at the upcoming elections. Addressing a crowd of about 400 at Number 70 Village, Jagdeo said one of the criteria was to ensure widespread consultation to select a representative.“We don’t want the people who are selected to represent you in an area to be selected by a small group of people of the party group alone. We want widespread consultation with our people in the areas, so that the people that we select are the best people we put forward,” he stated.The Opposition Leader asked all to participate in the process and said by August 18, the names of those selected should be submitted to the Party’s head office.PPP Executive Member Zulfikar Mustapha explained that the Kilcoy-Chesney NDC area was critical to the Party.“In 1994, when we had Local Government Elections, we had a tie in this NDC [Fyrish/Gibraltar] and we went back to a by-election and we won it… At the last Local Government Elections in 2016, we had another tie and instead of the Government and the Ministry of Communities go back to a by-election, the Minister decided to choose the APNU [A Partnership for National Unity] to appoint a Chairman and a Vice Chairman.”The PPP has also launched its election campaign in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) where Jagdeo and others met with hundreds of residents. Jagdeo has also conducted a number of outreaches in Regions Three and Four (Demerara-Mahaica) in preparation for the campaigning season. The PPP/Civic is hoping to win the LGE by a landslide.As preparations continue, Jagdeo said the PPP would be ready for Nomination Day, set for September 2018.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Photo saved as: BJCaption: Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo
“The fire last week was a wakeup call to Los Angeles,” Weiss said. “That due to the light rainfall we experienced this year, we could be in for a very hot time this summer.” kerry.cavanaugh@ dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After three homes were charred last week in a brush fire that began on a weed-covered lot owned by the Department of Water and Power, the utility and Fire Department have pledged to speed up brush clearance. Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Jim Hill said the department plans to seek contractors to remove brush on 14 DWP-owned parcels, and those lots should be cleared within three weeks. The department had not planned to clear the land until mid-May. “If there is another brush fire, it will not be as damaging and the Fire Department will have defensible space to work in those areas and be able to control those fires much quicker,” Hill told the City Council on Wednesday. Board of Water and Power Commission President David Nahai said the two agencies also have changed their policy to initiate trimming based on weather and need rather than the calendar. “We all recognize we’re going through climate changes and we have an unusually dry season,” Nahai said. “We’ve seen in Los Angeles that we have to be ready for other extreme conditions.” The Fire Department handles brush clearance on 14 large DWP parcels in the city, including the Franklin Canyon property where a downed power line triggered a wildfire April 12. The DWP was notified in February that the land needed to be cleared, but under its agreement the utility and Fire Department had until June 1 to get the work done. Councilman Jack Weiss, who represents the community near Franklin Canyon, said the policy to schedule brush clearance according to the climate makes sense.
It was there that the wheels of the house trailer literally fell off. And when he got it going again, the 20-foot-wide house became wedged under an overpass, shearing off part of its roof. The resulting SigAlert lasted eight hours. Richardson, who could not be reached for comment, has not received a ticket for the freeway debacle. Caltrans officials directed him to move his house by midnight Tuesday – or the agency would do it for him. He had applied to move the home to 25551 Sierra Highway, a lot at the top of a cliff with no road, sewer or power, owned by his fiancee, Kimberly Bigman of Tarzana, Santa Clarita officials said. No permits were obtained. Gish said Caltrans was forced to hire Master House Movers of Santa Clarita to move the home for an unspecified price to an unknown location. Richardson, she said, would be billed for the work. UNIVERSAL CITY – The derelict home that snarled traffic and drew scorn from motorists for 10 days along the Hollywood Freeway was hauled away Tuesday night, Caltrans officials said. The sagging house splattered with graffiti has sat by the Universal Studios exit of the 101 Freeway since Sept. 15. That’s when Patrick Richardson, after obtaining a $16 permit, tried to move a furnished house by himself from Santa Monica to Newhall. Only he didn’t follow prescribed routes over the Sepulveda Pass. Instead, he opted to take the 101 in an early morning drive through downtown. Moving preparations began Tuesday morning, with the slow lane closed in the interim. Master House Movers did not immediately respond to phone calls. “I would call it definitely a nuisance,” Gish said. “We have been concerned the entire time to ensure the safety of motorists on the freeway. So we’ll be happy when it’s gone.” Daily News Staff Writer Carol Rock contributed to this report. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Letterkenny Chamber is asking the business community and the voting public to insist that infrastructure and access is the top priority for all incoming public representatives. Letterkenny and the North West has many needs but none more so than basic access to the region.There are a very wide range of candidates and each has their own top priorities. Over the last few weeks we have seen Ministerial visits and on every occasion we have asked that they prioritise access to Letterkenny.Sometimes we feel this is falling on deaf ears however we believe that the newly elected members of Donegal County Council must place access as their top priority and must bring pressure to bear on central government to enable this County and town get the roads that its business community needs.Letterkenny Chamber President Gerard Grant explains why this is such an important issue, he told Donegal Daily, “Back in 2008 we were promised that we would be driving on the A5/N2 in 2015 by the Transport Minister.“We are now in 2014 and the A5/N2 is still in public consultation. “The road link to Dublin is the main arterial route for many of our businesses in dealing with customers, suppliers and for transporting goods to and from the region.“It is used when executives from the US Headquartered companies come on regular visits to Letterkenny and it is the first transport link experienced by prospective investors and it is simply not fit for purpose and borderline embarrassing, he added.Grant points to the motorways being built connecting the main cities in the south to Dublin, but Letterkenny and Derry remain cut off.Secondly he points out that the Government is projected to spend almost €370m linking up two sides of the Luas in a city already served by bus, light rail and tram which is scheduled to be finished in 2017.Grant concluded, “The investment and infrastructure deficit in the Northwest needs to be addressed once and for all if economic recovery is to be a reality for every region in the country. “As the new enhanced council forms in June we believe they have a strategic role in the development of this region and they will need bring their influence to bear on this issue.“Letterkenny Chamber takes every opportunity to lobby government and TDs on the serious infrastructure deficiencies that are affecting the North West.“Potential County Councillors hoping to represent this region must do all they can to support us.LETTERKENNY CHAMBER CALLS FOR CANDIDATES TO MAKE INFRASTRUCTURE THEIR NO.1 PRIORITY was last modified: May 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessElection CandidatesLetterkenny ChamberLocal electionsnewsPolitics
Newcastle stars Moussa Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum Newcastle have had no contact from other clubs over big names Moussa Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum, amid speculation the duo could be close to leaving the Magpies.Sissoko has been linked with Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund and Wijnaldum with Tottenham in recent days, with potential suitors hoping to cash in on the club’s relegation from the Premier League.However, it is understood Newcastle, who have slapped a £35million price-tag on France international Sissoko, have not received a single formal enquiry about either player.Sissoko, in particular, has made no secret of his desire to leave St James’ Park this summer and his representatives have been busy in recent weeks.His chances of being snapped up were boosted by the 26-year-old’s performances for his country at Euro 2016, where he ended up with a runners-up medal.But, after seeing owner Mike Ashley invest over £80million in the squad last season – £14.5million of it on 25-year-old Dutchman Wijnaldum – Newcastle have no financial need to sell and are determined to do business only on their own terms.Manager Rafael Benitez has made it clear that he wants to keep both players as he plots a swift return to the top flight, and the club’s valuation of Sissoko, which prompted an astonished response from his camp, is in part intended to deter time-wasters from tabling bids they would not even consider. 1
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5. Miralem Pjanic (Centre midfield) 17. Mario Mandzukic (Support striker) 3. Giorgio Chiellini (Centre back) 11 11 11 11 11 6. Sami Khedira (Centre midfield) 12. Alex Sandro (Left wing back) 11 1. Gianluigi Buffon (Goalkeeper) – click the right arrow to see the rest of the predicted Juventus XI 23. Dani Alves (Right wing back) 11 21. Paulo Dybala (Support striker) 9. Gonzalo Higuain (Centre forward) 11 11 19. Leonardo Bonucci (Centre back) 11 15. Andrea Barzagli (Centre back) The biggest match of the 2016/17 season is almost here, with Juventus and Real Madrid clashing in the Champions League final on Saturday evening.It’s the champions of Spain against the champions of Italy, with Real looking to become the first team to win the UCL in successive seasons – and claim a record extending 12th European Cup.LIVE on talkSPORT: Juventus v Real Madrid: Champions League coverage from 7pm, click here for more detailsJuve are looking to win Europe’s premier competition for the third time in their history, and end a 21-year drought for the Champions League.So, what team will Max Allegri put out at the Millenium Stadium? Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s predicted Juventus line up… 11