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North Korea says US in no position to criticize China

first_imgTopics : Pompeo’s remarks on Hong Kong, Taiwan, human rights and trade disputes were “nonsense” that slandered the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the WPK spokesman said.”Pompeo, who has been deeply engrossed in espionage and plot-breeding against other countries, has become too ignorant to discern where the sun rises and where it sets,” the spokesman said.Such statements by American leaders are a sign of their concerns about a declining United States, he said, citing the ongoing protests against police brutality.”Demonstrators enraged by the extreme racists throng even to the White House,” the spokesman said. “This is the reality in the US today. American liberalism and democracy put the cap of leftist on the demonstrators and threaten to unleash even dogs for suppression.”South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said it was the first time the WPK international affairs department had issued a statement of its own since North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took power in 2011.  North Korea on Thursday said the United States is in no position to criticise China over Hong Kong or human rights when Washington threatens to “unleash dogs” to suppress anti-racism protests at home.In an article carried by one of North Korea’s main state-run newspapers, an unnamed spokesman for the international affairs department of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) criticized recent comments by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, Pompeo said recent actions by the Chinese Communist Party suggest it is “intent upon the destruction of Western ideas, Western democracies, Western values” and “puts Americans at risk.”last_img read more

Swedish government calls on AP funds to justify domestic investment bias

first_img“A Swedish investor would therefore theoretically be able to achieve better diversification (lower risk) with sustained yield by reducing the bias towards the domestic market,” it said.However, the government’s report said the counter-argument was that the Swedish stock market had produced a higher nominal return over longer periods than other major exchanges.Between 2001 to 2013, the Swedish stock exchange produced average annual returns of 8% compared with the MSCI World in euros, which returned an annual average of 1.6% over the period.The report also recommended reviewing and defining the funds’ investment rules on bonds, as well as strategies for unquoted assets.Several of the funds had come close to the 30% floor on investment in bonds in 2013, it said.Over the last few years, it noted, the funds increased their allocation to alternative assets to around 15% from 5%.Of around SEK150bn (€13.5bn) the funds had invested in alternatives, SEK30bn was invested in non-listed assets, the report said.It said this development indicated there was reason to look at the possibility of the buffer funds working together in the area of non-listed investments to build skills and create cost synergies. The AP funds performed well in comparison with similar funds in other countries.In comparison with seven other such institutional investors including ABP in the Netherlands and CalPERS in the US, over the period 2004 to 2013, only Denmark’s ATP produced a nominal return higher than that generated by the AP buffer fund system.ATP returned 8.7% over the period, while the AP funds returned 7.1%.The report said ATP had benefited from a high proportion of fixed income assets combined with falls in interest rates until 2013.Last year, the AP funds as a whole produced a stated return of 13.5%, up from 11.6% the year before. Over the period 2001 to 2013, the return was 4.7%, above the 3.3% increase in the Swedish income index over the same timespan.The income index shows average income and is the basis for adjustments of debt in the country’s income pension system.Total fund assets in the AP fund system rose to SEK1.06trn at the end of 2013, up from SEK958bn at the end of 2012.The report acknowledged that the AP funds pension system was set to change in the summer of 2016 according to measures agreed by the Pension Group.Under the agreement, five of the pension funds — excluding AP7 — are to be restructured into three funds, and a single principal is to be appointed to set targets for the funds’ asset management and design a reference portfolio. Sweden’s AP buffer funds should reconsider their heavy home investment bias in light of the theoretically higher risk the approach poses, the government has said.In its 2013 annual report on the six funds — AP1 to AP4, AP6 and AP7 — the government said that, like other pension funds, the buffer funds tended to be overweight domestic assets compared with foreign investments.The report said: “Funds should clearly disclose the reasons for this ratio and comment on this in terms of expected returns and risk, and how this benefits the Swedish pension system.”The first to fourth AP funds had about 14% of assets allocated to Swedish equities, it said, adding that this was significantly more than a global index would indicate.last_img read more

Eagle wraps up season with championship night show

first_imgBy Greg Soukup Shane Hiatt scored another IMCA Modified victory, taking the checkers ahead of runner-up and repeat track champion Jordan Grabouski. Don Hall Jr. led the last nine times around the track in topping the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. Despite having a transmission failure during the race that lead to a 17th place finish, Jeff Ware repeated as the points champion. EAGLE, Neb. (Aug. 29) – Five drivers won feature events and five others put the finishing touches on track championship campaigns Saturday at Eagle Raceway. Trevor Noonan took advantage of a restart with five laps left in getting the lead and then the win in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature. Cole Wayman was fourth in taking the track crown. All 2020 IMCA point standings become official on Oct. 26. Cole Krichau raced to the Mach-1 Sport Compact victory. R.J. Maas wrapped up the track title with his third-place run.  And Tyler Drueke prevailed in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car finale. Despite missing a transfer spot from the ‘B’ feature by inches, Adam Gullion racked up enough points to finally claim his very first track championship. Trevor Noonan was the Saturday night Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod winner at Eagle Raceway. (Photo by Joe Orth)last_img read more

Mrs. Irma (Courtney) Whitham

first_imgMrs. Irma (Courtney) Whitham, age 98, of Vevay, Indiana, Irma entered this life on August 2, 1920, on Tapp’s Ridge in Switzerland County, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, Ernest and Laura Belle (Ballard) Courtney. She was raised in Switzerland County, Indiana and attended East Enterprise, Mt. Hope, Tater Bug, Riverview and Greenwood that were one room school houses. Irma was a 1938 graduate of the Vevay High School, where she was active in softball and basketball. Irma lived to tell that when she was in school her bus was a covered wagon driven by, Elmer Krall. Irma graduated from Indianapolis Beauty School in Indianapolis, Indiana. Irma was united in marriage to Dalbert Floyd “Dabby” Whitham on January 11, 1942, in Patriot, Indiana, by Rev. Lowe. This happy union was blessed with two sons, Floyd Ray and Dennis Lee Whitham. Irma and Dabby shared over 66 years of marriage together until he passed away on August 12, 2008. When Dabby was in the service, they were stationed in Madison, Indiana. Irma was a former beautician in Madison, Indiana. She was employed in the cafeteria for the Jefferson Proving Ground and for a restaurant in Madison, Indiana. She was a broker for Courtney & Whitham Real Estate in Vevay, Indiana. Irma was also employed for Sears & Roebuck Company in Bloomington, Indiana and Springfield, Illinois and sold Avon in Alaska. Irma was a member of the Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church, Switzerland County Athletic Club, Vevay Tri-Kappa, Belle’s of St. Mary Home Economics Club in Moorefield, Indiana, and Bennington Order of Eastern Star Chapter #407. Irma had the honor of being a Kentucky Colonel. Irma resided in Ft. Knox, Kentucky, Arizona, Vevay, Indiana, Alaska, Bloomington, Indiana, Germany and Springfield, Illinois. Irma resided since 1966 in the Switzerland County community. Irma was a wonderful homemaker and was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards, needle work, and watching the Cincinnati Red’s play. She will be deeply missed by her loving family and abundance of friends. Irma passed away at 8:20 a.m., Friday, March 8, 2019, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.Irma will be lovingly remembered by her son, Floyd Ray Whitham and his wife, Sundra of Vevay, IN; her daughter-in-law, Alice Faye (Edwards) Whitham of Vevay, IN; her grandchildren, Timothy Floyd Whitham and his wife, Jayna, Thomas Courtney Whitham and his wife, Melanie, Travis Michael Whitham and his wife, Rebecca, Kandy Lee Powers and her husband, Michael and April Dawn Whitham; her great-grandchildren, Devyn, Andrew, Courtney, Christopher, Conner, Hadley, Callie, Henley, Holden and Hayes; her step-grandchildren, Stephen and John Sieglitz and her several nieces, nephews, a host of neighbors and friends.She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Laura Belle (Ballard) Courtney; her husband, Dalbert “Dabby” Floyd Whitham, died August 12, 2008; her son, Dennis Lee Whitham, died January 20, 2014 and her brother, Raymond E. Courtney.Friends may call 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Vevay Tri-Kappa and Bennington Order of Eastern Star Chapter #407 will conduct services at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the funeral home.Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., by Pastor KC Banta, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

Officials urging suspect in damage of sign to “make it right”

first_imgSunman, IN — Sunman Police Department say they have identified the subject that has caused damage to the sign in front of the Sunman Town Hall building. Town officials are giving the individual involved 24 hours to make contact with the town and make it right before criminal charges are issued. If you or someone you know caused the damages, please urge them to contact the town.last_img

EPL: Struggling Villa ambush City

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Aston Villa vs. Man City Venue: Villa Park Kick off: 5:30PMManchester City will continue their pursuit of the top two in the Premier League table when they travel to struggling Aston Villa this afternoon. Pep Guardiola’s side are currently third in the division, 17 points behind leaders Liverpool, while Villa occupy 17th position, just one point clear of the relegation zone as things stand. Villa might have invested heavily in their squad over the summer, but there is no getting away from the fact that it has been a tough 2019-20 campaign for Dean Smith’s side thus far. Indeed, they have only won six of their 21 Premier League matches, drawing three and losing the other 12 to collect 21 points, which is only good enough for 17th position at this stage of the season. There are actually just two points between Villa in 17th and Watford in 19th, meaning that a couple of poor results for Smith’s team could, quite quickly, leave them inside the relegation zone. Jack Grealish has been impressive this term but not too much inspiration has arrived from elsewhere, and Wesley, who was signed to score the goals, is now out for the remainder of the campaign with a knee injury. Villa did pick up three huge points in their last Premier League game on New Year’s Day, though, recording a 2-1 victory at Burnley with Wesley and Grealish on the scoresheet. Smith’s side have played two matches since the victory at Turf Moor, though, first losing 2-1 to Fulham in the third round of the FA Cup before picking up a 1-1 draw at Leicester City in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final. A large volume of matches is not what Villa need at the moment, although it is another 18 days until they host Leicester for the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final. They will play three times in the league before then, taking on City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Watford during an important period. The omens are not exactly terrific for Villa heading into this clash considering that they have lost nine of their last 11 Premier League games with City, recording just one victory in the process. Smith’s team have also only collected one point from their 10 matches against teams currently in the top half of the Premier League table, although the draw in question came away to Manchester United. It is difficult to place City in a Premier League title race when considering that they are 14 points off leaders Liverpool, who have a game in hand. The gap from third to second-placed Leicester City is only a point, though, and the Foxes will certainly be feeling the heat from the reigning champions. The fact that Guardiola’s side have already lost five Premier League matches this term is an indication of their problems, but they are eight points clear of fourth-placed Chelsea and will still believe that they can finish immediately behind Liverpool even if they cannot catch them. City have also kept a clean sheet in eight of their last 10 league meetings with Villa, while they will enter the match off the back of four straight victories in three separate competitions. Indeed, since losing 3-2 at Wolverhampton Wanderers on December 27, the Citizens have beaten Sheffield United and Everton in the Premier League, in addition to recording a 4-1 victory over Port Vale in the FA Cup. City then secured a 3-1 win over Manchester United in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final at Old Trafford. The home side were disappointing in Tuesday’s affair, but it was a hugely impressive performance from the holders of the competition, who will also continue their Champions League campaign next month. City’s next match after this one is at home to Crystal Palace on January 18, before travelling to Sheffield United three days later. They will then welcome Fulham and Manchester United in the FA Cup and EFL Cup respectively ahead of a trip to Tottenham Hotspur at the start of February. As mentioned, the knockout stage of the Champions League will also begin next month, and Guardiola’s side have the small matter of a trip to Real Madrid on February 26. City might have dropped more points in their 21 league matches this term than they did in the whole of their last two campaigns, but it could still be a hugely successful season in terms of trophies. Guardiola’s side are yet to be active in the January window and suggestions of a move for a new central defender have quietened with Aymeric Laporte making huge progress in his recovery from a knee injury. Aston Villa possible XI: Nyland, Guilbert, Konsa, Mings, Hause, Targett, Trezeguet, Nakamba, Luiz, Grealish; El Ghazi. Manchester City possible XI: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Mendy, Rodri, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Sterling, Aguero, Bernardo.Tags: Aston VillaManchester CityPep GuardiolaPremier Leaguelast_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino: Dele Alli has shown Premier League class from day one

first_img Press Association Mauricio Pochettino admits Dele Alli looked a Premier League star from the moment he saw him in pre-season after the midfielder’s goal helped Tottenham to a 3-1 win over Aston Villa. The victory extends Tottenham’s unbeaten run to 10 games in the Premier League and takes them up to fifth in the table, five points off the top. It also gives Pochettino’s men the perfect start to a demanding week that will see them host Anderlecht in the Europa League on Thursday night before Sunday’s north London derby at Arsenal. “Today was not easy – playing against a team with a new manager when they are very motivated,” Pochettino said. “Only at the end when we made a mistake and conceded a goal we suffered a little bit but I think we deserved to win. “We are in a good position in the table. We are a young team and today was fantastic.” Villa have now made their worst ever start after 11 matches of a top-flight season and Garde’s first game in charge comes at home to league leaders Manchester City on Sunday. Garde, who played under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and left Lyon after three seasons as manager in 2014, will have been impressed by his team’s character at White Hart Lane but Villa are struggling for goals, having scored just 10 in the league so far. “There’s things for him to work with,” MacDonald said. “There are some good technical players and I’m sure with his experience at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger and from his coaching at Lyon he will instil his thoughts.” Garde had not spoken to the Villa players before or during the match against Tottenham but the Fremchman is due to meet with MacDonald on Tuesday morning to discuss the team. “It’s a big task,” MacDonald added. “He must have the confidence in his own ability and the confidence in the players to want to take the job. “He’s done both and I think he’s going to be the man to take us out of relegation trouble.” Villa’s new manager Remi Garde, whose appointment was confirmed a few hours before kick-off, was watching on in the stands as goals from Mousa Dembele, Alli and Harry Kane sealed a valuable three points for Spurs. Jordan Ayew had given Villa hope when the substitute’s 79th-minute strike made it 2-1, but Kane wrapped up the win in injury time with his fourth goal in two games. England manager Roy Hodgson, also in attendance at White Hart Lane, would have been pleased to see Kane’s return to form continue, but it was Alli who sparkled with a man-of-the-match display in midfield. The 19-year-old, who made his England debut against Estonia last month, found the net with a composed volley on the stroke of half-time and produced a dynamic performance throughout the match. “I don’t want to lie to you,” Pochettino said. “In football it is always day by day. We saw big potential in Dele Alli but youngsters have to develop their game and mentality. “We always give youngsters the possibility and the tools to improve. It is always up to them. “Every player is different. Some players need more time and others less time. “It is true Dele Alli from the first day of pre-season started to show he was capable of playing in the Premier League. “Because of that we gave him the chance to play, he took the chance and he plays now because he deserves to.” last_img read more

Secure Innovations and Concepts heaps support for GNRA

first_imgSECURE Innovations and Concepts (SIC) is on board for the 150th Anniversary of the Guyana National Rifle Association (GNRA) set for October of this year as well as assisted in the training of one Commonwealth Games bound athlete.The company,through its Chief Executive Officer Harold Hopkinson and at the first Statutory Meeting of the newly-elected executive,handed over a donation to assist the ongoing massive infrastructural works at the Timehri Ranges.President of the GNRA, Brig. Patrick West, received the cheque on behalf of the Association.Hopkinson,who is also a former Small-bore Captain in the Association and presently the Association’s IPSC Regional Director, stated that he sees his contribution going a long way towards the development of the shooting sport in Guyana.A section of the range is being developed with multiple berms being built to facilitate the various stages of small-bore competition and with its completion, would enable the Association to hold small-bore Championships at an international level.In addition,Hopkinson made a second donation towards the training of Mr. Lennox Braithwaite, who will partner full-bore captain Mahendra Persaud as part of team Guyana to the Commonwealth Games in March 2018.The sponsorship will enable Brathwaite as part of his training, to participate in the annual Bisley Champions.Brigadier Patrick West expressed gratitude on behalf of the Association for the donations from Mr. Hopkinson and expressed hope that other businesses will be able to also come on board with the Association as it prepares to host the anniversary shoot in October.There were five shortlisted shooters, with the other three being Messrs Ransford Goodluck, Dylan Fields and Leo Romalho.The selectees will commence preparation with the completion of the full-bore ranges. The Guyana Olympic Association has also made a contribution toward the selectees training.last_img read more

Bermuda, Cayman brushedaside in ICCT20 World Cup qualifier

first_imgHAMILTON, Bermuda, (CMC) – North American neighbours Canada and the United States outplayed sister British Overseas Territories Bermuda and the Cayman Islands at White Hill Field on Saturday, on the penultimate day of the week-long quadrangular ICC Twenty20 World Cup Qualifier Americas final.Bermuda had hoped to win the tournament outright, but were swept aside by the belligerence of Rizwan Cheema whose half-century helped carry Canada to an eight-wicket win while Steven Taylor’s explosive unbeaten half-century saw the US crush the Caymans by nine wickets with more than half of their overs to spare.It was Bermuda’s first defeat of the week but the fifth in a row for the Caymans.Opting to bat first, Bermuda tallied 116 off 19.5 overs with Kamau Leverock top-scoring with 33 and Allan Douglas getting 31.Guyana-born medium-pacer Dillon Heyliger, 29, did the bulk of the damage with four for 19 from four overs while left-arm pacer Romesh Eranga claimed two for 17 and off-break bowler Nitish Kumar, two for 18.Bermuda’s innings got off to the worst possible start when captain Terryn Fray was run out for nought in the first over without facing a ball.Sussex county all-rounder Delray Rawlins was bowled first ball by Kumar to leave Bermuda struggling at 17 for three, but Leverock and Douglas led a rally in a 44-run fifth wicket stand after Malachi Jones was fourth out for 21.In reply, Canada, who were denied victory over Bermuda by rain earlier in the week in a no-result, lost opener Rodrigo Thomas for one to left-arm spinner Rawlins in the second over, but needed only 13.1 overs to secure the points, 41-year-old Pakistan-born Cheema clouting seven sixes and five fours in his 34-ball 71.Three of Cheema’s sixes came in the 10th over bowled by medium-pacer Onias Bascome before he was caught behind off the fifth ball to leave the US 93 for two. However, captain Navneet Dhaliwal (24 not out) and Ravinderpal Singh (21 not out) ensured there were no further slip-ups.In the other game, Cayman chose to bat first but could muster only 66 for nine – Troy Taylor top-scoring with 19 – before 25-year-old left-hander Taylor, who was born in Florida of Jamaican parents, smashed nine fours and two sixes in his 39-ball unbeaten 56 to carry the US to victory in 9.4 overs.The success came too late for the US after they earlier twice lost to Bermuda, who will be joining Canada as the Americas region top two at the final qualifier in the United Arab Emirates in October and November ahead of next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia.last_img read more

PINSTRIPE : SU preps for toughest defensive challenge yet in K-State offense, running back Thomas

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 28, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img NEW YORK — As soon as Kansas State agreed to play Syracuse in the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl, Scott Shafer began devising his game plan. SU’s defense has seen a variation of nearly every major offensive scheme this season, but never in the same game. At least not until Thursday against the Wildcats.‘That’s a damn good offense,’ Shafer said.For the first time all season, Shafer expects to see some form of the spread offense, the Wildcat, the option and a heavy dose of All-Big 12 running back Daniel Tomas during a 60-minute span. Add it all up and the offense that averages 33.6 points and 379 yards of total offense could be the most dynamic Shafer’s group has faced all season.But despite that, Shafer hasn’t flinched with his approach and preparation as the Orange (7-5, 4-3 Big East) prepares to take on Kansas State (7-5, 3-5 Big 12) at Yankee Stadium at 3:20 p.m. Thursday (ESPN). Instead of going back to the drawing board with so much on the line, Shafer simply tightened up the gaps in his fifth-ranked defense, which has had its share of ups and downs through its first 12 games this season.The squad will have to do it without two starters — strong safety Max Suter and defensive tackle Andrew Lewis, both seniors.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘When you look at it, it’s not as black and white as some game plan’s where we can just walk in and say, ‘alright, we have these three plays to shut down,” Shafer said. ‘But we’ll still rely heavily on the fundamentals we’ve had success with this season.’The last time the Orange faced a back as prolific as Thomas (1,495, 16 touchdowns), on Nov. 20 inside the Carrier Dome, Connecticut’s Jordan Todman went off for 130 yards and a pair of touchdowns. A week later, in the regular-season finale, Boston College freshman Andre Williams punished the SU defense with a school-record 42 carries for 185 yards and a touchdown.In both cases, SU’s inability to stop the run proved to be costly. While the Syracuse offense failed to generate a sufficient attack, the defense was left on the field for long stretches. Both UConn and BC recognized that and pounded the ball time and time again in an effort to milk the clock and wear down SU late.‘He’s a good back,’ senior linebacker Doug Hogue said of Thomas. ‘He’s fast, he’s explosive, he’s patient, and he has a good O-line. Those guys across the board, they’re physical guys and we just have to tackle him and wrap him up.’Thomas and the rest of Kansas State’s offense will present the Orange with a much different test Thursday. The Wildcats have a trio of speedy receivers that sometimes are forgotten because so much attention is placed on stopping Thomas. In addition, KSU plays with two quarterbacks — Carson Coffman and Collin Klein — who provide a combination of running and passing to keep opposing defense’s honest.But one thing Shafer knows is that Kansas State will give Thomas the ball ’25 to 30 times against the Orange,’ and the SU defense knows who is KSU’s go-to offensive threat.‘That’s been the main focus for the whole week,’ senior linebacker Derrell Smith said. ‘To stop him.’The hope is to neutralize the run and force Kansas State into one-dimensional passing attack, where SU has the sixth-best defense in the country. Part of doing that is by mixing in some blitz packages, Shafer said.For the players, it comes down to executing assignments. No secret. Smith said that when SU has executes its game plan properly, that’s when it has been able to have success. Shafer said the in-game adjustments should be as key as anything SU does pre-game.‘We just have to play ours gaps,’ Smith said. ‘We have a game plan that we’re very comfortable with. We just take care of what we can control, and that will be the key to winning.’Shafer says he has his guys ready. A defense that has played brilliantly at times this season, and has had more than a month to rest up, can help Syracuse take one more step toward returning the Orange football program to respectability.And on Thursday, in front of friends and family in the world’s biggest media market, it’s finally time to put the plan into action.‘We’ve put together a good game plan,’ Shafer said. ‘Now we just have to go out and execute it.’aljohn@syr.edu— Sports Editor Brett LoGiurato contributed reporting to this article.last_img read more