first_imgNorth Korea not engagingMoon’s call for a new Trump-Kim summit and Biegun’s visit had sparked speculation of a last-ditch effort to try to revive North Korea talks ahead of the US presidential election in November.But Biegun has previously played down the likelihood of another in-person summit between Trump and Kim, saying the coronavirus pandemic made arranging such an event unlikely before the election.Upon arrival in South Korea on Tuesday, Biegun and the entire US delegation, as well as the American military air crew who piloted their aircraft, underwent tests for COVID-19 at the US military base in South Korea where they landed.After the tests came back negative, the delegation continued on to Seoul.Besides the coronavirus challenges, North Korea’s strident rejections of new talks also means Biegun’s visit is more likely to focus on coordination between the two allies, rather than seizing some opening for diplomacy, said John Delury, a North Korea expert at Yonsei University in Seoul.”I don’t see signals from North Korea that they are looking for engagement,” he said.Coordination between the two long-time allies is critical now, said Duyeon Kim, a senior advisor at the International Crisis Group, a Belgium-based independent non-profit organization.”The allies should get on the same page about upcoming defense drills, how their working group can support inter-Korean projects while enforcing existing sanctions, and how to jointly respond if Pyongyang escalates or tests more weapons,” she said.Topics : Talks will likely cover a range of issues, including coronavirus responses and ongoing negotiations over military cost-sharing, but North Korea is expected to dominate the agenda, Seoul officials said.In a brief conversation before their closed-door meeting, Kang told Biegun he had come at an important time for political developments and also after South Korean President Moon Jae-in recently reshuffled some of his senior North Korea policy aides.Biegun is likely to meet with Suh Hoon, Moon’s new national security advisor who, as spy chief, was instrumental in facilitating summits between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a Seoul official said.Talks with Pyongyang have since stalled, and North Korean officials say the country has no intention to sit down with the United States. The US point man for North Korea met with South Korean officials in Seoul on Wednesday for wide-ranging talks, overshadowed by Pyongyang’s insistence that it has no intention of returning to denuclearization negotiations any time soon.Stephen Biegun, who led working-level negotiations with the North Koreans and now has broader responsibility as US Deputy Secretary of State, met with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha.Biegun was also due to meet with Vice Foreign Minister Cho Sei-young and chief nuclear negotiator Lee Do-hoon.last_img read more

first_imgA SWAT team raid of a home in Loxahatchee this week led to two arrests, as well as the confiscation of nearly $1 million worth of marijuana.The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says deputies on Tuesday arrested 46-year-old Nereida Vila and her boyfriend, Maiker Requejo, 39, on multiple charges related to marijuana cultivation, possession, and trafficking. A 12-year-old and 20-year-old were also in the home at the time.According to the arrest report, the child slept in the master bedroom with the two adults. Meanwhile, two other bedrooms and the garage had been converted into indoor cannabis labs.Courtesy: Palm Beach Sheriff’s OfficeInvestigators ended up seizing a total of 50 plants, weighing about 400 pounds, in addition to a gun. The marijuana had a street value of about $967,000.Vila is a convicted felon. Requejo told investigators he was unaware of the marijuana in the house. Deputies say his wallet contained receipts for liquid fertilizer and other products that are typically used to grow marijuana indoors.Just before the SWAT team entered the home with their search warrant, a deputy smelled raw cannabis coming from the property.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of OlympiaOn Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22 (weather permitting), the City’s Contractor will be grinding off old pavement markings and applying new plastic pavement markings (including bicycle symbols, turn arrows, and crosswalk striping) to the newly chip sealed surfaces on West Bay Drive, Road 65, Division Street and Black Lake Boulevard. This will complete the pavement preservation work on these roads.Work will take place between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and follow the schedule below. Motorist should expect some lane restrictions and delays during the pavement marking operations. Flaggers will direct motorists through the construction area.Friday, August 21West Bay Drive NW (from Garfield Avenue to Schneider Hill Road);Road 65 NW (from 14th Avenue to 20th Avenue); andDivision Street NW (from Harrison Avenue to 4th Avenue)Saturday, August 22Division Street NW (from Harrison Avenue to 4th Avenue);Black Lake Boulevard SW (from 4th Avenue to Capital Mall Drive to 4th Avenue); andBlack Lake Boulevard SW (from Hwy 101 to south city limits near Hope Community Church)last_img read more

first_imgImage Courtesy: TOI/ESPNcricinfoAdvertisement bhw8x8NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs91nWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Et86( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) qxc3yWould you ever consider trying this?😱oCan your students do this? 🌚8pj6j7Roller skating! Powered by Firework Virat Kohli has undoubtedly one of the most formidable batsmen in the history of cricket, a nightmare for even the most elite of bowlers to face him on the 22 yards. However, Naseem Shah, a teenage bowler from Pakistan has openly stated as being fearless against the hard hitting batsman, and gets appraisal from his veteran teammate Faisal Iqbal, who believes the youngster can take the captain of Team India as his bunny!Advertisement Image Courtesy: TOI/ESPNcricinfoNaseem Shah, the 17 year old pacer from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is on his nascent days with the Pakistani squad, and has been gathering momentum in Test cricket. Recently in an interview with, the starlet spoke about playing against India, and facing Kohli on the pitch, whom he holds respect for but not fear.PakPassion’s Official Twitter handle shared the interview for the netizens, and Faisal Iqbal, veteran spinner and cricket coach took the opportunity to take a slight dig at the Indian skipper.Advertisement “With due respect to Virat as a great batsman I am sure our upcoming superstar fast bowler @iNaseemShah with genuine pace 🔥 and swing virat will be his bunny anytime! Looking forward to the future 🏏battle! 👍🏻😉#RespectForBoth🤗” Iqbal tweeted.Iqbal’s last international appearance for Pakistan dates back to 2010, in a Test against Australia, with a total of 26 appearances in the format. Now fallen out of favour from the squad, Iqbal has made his time in domestic cricket, reaching the final of the 2011 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, playing for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).“I hope that I can bowl well against India when that chance comes by and won’t let our fans down. As for Virat Kohli, I respect him but don’t fear him,” Naseem had said in the interview.“It’s always a challenge to bowl to the best, but that’s where you have to raise your game. I look forward to playing against Virat Kohli and India whenever that chance comes.” the teenager added.The youngster made his international Test debut in November 2019 against Australia, and has earned four caps in the red ball format.His last appearance was in the One-off Test against Bangladesh in February, where he impressed with a total of five wickets across the two innings, and became the youngest Test bowler to secure a hat trick.“India versus Pakistan is always special and I have already been told that players can become heroes and villains in those matches,” Shah continued, “They are special matches as they happen so rarely and yes, I am looking forward to playing against India whenever that opportunity arises.”If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Who should open for the Indian Test team?Should Indian Super League start even as other leagues begin again? Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgPhotos by Patrick Olivero |MIDDLETOWN – The Monmouth County Park System celebrated Thompson Park Day in Lincroft Oct. 14. Families came out in the cool fall weather to enjoy a multitude of activities, including inflatable bounce houses, kids’ races, carnival rides, bungee trampoline, various arts and crafts, and much more. Silly characters such as a T-Rex and a pirate on stilts provided roaming entertainment for the little ones. A highlight was the pie-eating contests held for both kids and adults. Kids were served up small, personal pies. But adults had to conquer a full-sized pumpkin pie in order to claim a trophy.last_img read more

first_imgMadeline Holitzki edged into the top ten in 50 meter butterfly (10th) and ninth in 50 meter breaststroke.The up-and-coming swimmer also finished 20th in 50 meter backstroke,  to go with a 17th 100 meter individual medley.Samuel Matthew placed 13th 200 meter IM, 18th in 50 meter butterfly, 15th in 100 meter backstroke, 11th in 100 meter breaststrokeMatthew Holitzki checked in with a 21st in 100 meter IM, 20th in 50 meter butterfly, 23rd in 50 meter backstroke and 17th in 50 meter breaststroke.”I have seen so much improvement in all of the swimmers regardless if it was their first year or they have been swimming over five years,” Afford said.”They have been diligent to change their technique — the basis of their propulsion in the water and continuation in the sport to avoid injury. “It was so great to see the older swimmers inspire the younger ones and begin to take a leadership role in the team,” she added. ” It was so great to have the seniors volunteer coach and promoting team spirit.”As the season concluded in Nanaimo, the Neptunes handed out the team awards.Female Aggregate: Sage Cowan                        Male Aggregate: Samuel MatthewMost Improved Female Swimmer: Jaylen RushtonMost Improved Male Swimmer: Lachlan Bibby-FoxBest New Female: Ohia WintraubBest New Male: Logan WrightMost Sportsmanlike Female Div. 1-3: Devan AndrusakMost Sportsmanlike Male Div. 1-3: Matthew HolitzkiMost Sportsmanlike Female Div. 4-8: Nava SachsJunior Spirit Award: Madeline HolitzkiSenior Spirit Award: Sage CowanExcellence in Mental Strength Female Div. 1-3: Sabien EdneyExcellence in Mental Strength Male Div. 1-3 : Rohan MoolaExcellence in Mental Strength Female Div. 4-8: Katie DeJongCoaches Award Female Div. 1-3: Olivia CowanCoaches Award Male Div. 1-3: Cameron Bibby-FoxCoaches Award Female Div. 4-8: Joanna BlishenCoaches Award Male Div. 4-8: Samuel MatthewLeadership: Emma Borhi and Hannah Sachs A handful of Nelson Neptune swimmers took to the road to see how they stack up against the best in the province at the B.C. Summer Swim Association Championships held recently in Nanaimo.Madeline Holitzki, Samuel Matthew, Matthew Holitzski and Jaylen Rushton were the only Neptunes to attend the provincial meet but still registered very impressive results.”I am happy with the results as it was most of the swimmers’ first provincial meet,” said Neptune skipper Rebecca Affortd.”Almost every race, especially in preliminaries, was a best time with most of them taking off about two or three seconds.Rushton recored the best finish of a Neptune, placing seventh in 50 meter butterfly.Rushton also had a two top-20 results — 11th 50 meter breaststroke and 15th in 100 meter freestyle.last_img read more

first_img            RAFAEL BEJARANO, LORD NELSON, WINNER: “I had a perfect trip. He broke a little slow but then he took off and I was able to find position right away. I knew (Serbian Syclone, Jazzy Josh and Sir Samson) were going to have speed so I let them go and tried to save ground around the turn. I let him go once we were clear and I knew at the five-eighths pole. Texas Red was the horse to beat and I was waiting for him. When he came to us I let him (Lord Nelson) go and my horse took off again.” BOB BAFFERT, LORD NELSON, WINNER: “I was concerned with the one hole, but they were going easy and he was behind them. I thought they were going slow and he’s a fast horse, but Rafael’s been working him and he knows the horse really well.“He had him going nice and easy and he went wide and looked like he was sort of hanging. I saw the Desormeaux horse (Texas Red) coming up the rail and I thought, ‘Well, he’s (Lord Nelson) gone.’ But he sort of kicked back in.“We’ll play it by ear (as to his next race). We’re just trying to stay healthy . . . but I like what he did today. Coming up to the race he was really training well, but sometimes they’ll do that and won’t run. But he ran like he’d been working.” KEITH DESORMEAUX, TEXAS RED, SECOND: Outside of not winning, did he get what he needed? “Oh, absolutely. It’s a little disappointing, you know, ’cause it’s so close to winning, but the long-term goal is well within reach.“The pace was slow. They go faster for maiden 30s ($30,000), so you’d have seen a more visible cut if the pace was quicker. Still, to do what he did, you can’t be disappointed.“Right now, the plans are still as I’ve been saying. He’s probably going to go to the Risen Star (at the Fair Grounds, Feb. 21, Grade II, 1 1/16 miles) and then we’ll come back for the Santa Anita Derby on April 4.”NOTES: The winning owner is John Fort of Camden, South Carolina, who races as Peachtree Stable. KENT DESORMEAUX, TEXAS RED, SECOND: “It was a tough beat because he flew home. I had to carry another horse around the turn, there was a little bumping and shoving. That horse was trying to keep getting in my line and I was just trying to move forward in my line so I’d say that was the difference today.“He had a real rally at the end. The pace wasn’t much so they had something left. He was trying to catch horses with gas in the tank still.“There’s no love lost here.”TRAINER QUOTEScenter_img JOCKEY QUOTES -30-last_img read more