In this Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, photo, pictures of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are seen on a sign during a rally for a peaceful Winter Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. North Korea plans to send a spotlight-stealing delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in the South Korean county of Pyeongchang. The letters read “Peace bobsleigh.” (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)TOKYO — North Korea won’t be dominating any medal counts when the Winter Olympics come to Pyeongchang in South Korea next month. But it’s hoping to grab as much of the spotlight as it can with what might be an Olympic first in ice hockey and a flamboyantly crowd-pleasing all-female cheering section to liven up the stands.Negotiators from the two Koreas, fighting against the clock ahead of the games’ Feb. 9 start date, announced some of the key details of North Korea’s plans after a day of talks Wednesday in the Demilitarized Zone that divides them.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 That had the potential to be huge. Super Bowl halftime huge.Hand-picked by Kim himself, the Moranbong Band serves as the “soft” public face of the regime. Its members alternate between miniskirts and military uniforms on stage and are often called up to do concerts marking major political events, frequently with missiles or photos of the leader covering the big screens looming behind them.The presence of bandleader Hyon Song Wol in itself was sensational. South Korean media reports in 2013 claimed she had been executed by firing squad for her role in a salacious scandal. She put that speculation to rest by appearing on TV about a year later and is now an alternate member of the ruling party’s central committee.In the end, North Korea announced its 140-member Samjiyon band — an orchestra with dancers and vocalists — will make the trip.Maybe that’s for the best.The Moranbong Band was supposed to make its international debut in Beijing in 2015, but that fell through mysteriously at the last minute. Considering the more delicate North-South situation, concerns had been raised over what the band would perform in Pyeongchang — its repertoire includes such hits as “We Can’t Live Without His Care,” ”The Song of the Hwasong Artillerymen,” and “My Country is the Best.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next There has been some speculation about the attendance of high-ranking officials from the North. Kim Jong Un sent three of his top lieutenants to the South for the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon — one of whom hasn’t been seen lately, sparking rumors last month of a purge.If a similarly senior bunch were to go, that would be big news.THE CHEERING SQUADSThe real crowd pleasers at North Korean sporting events are often in the stands.North Korea is known for the highly trained, ultra-serious and usually all-female cheering groups wearing bright outfits that it sends to motivate its athletes — and grab media attention — at important competitions abroad. North Korea intends to send 230 of them to Pyeongchang, according to Seoul’s Unification Ministry.It’s widely believed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s wife, Ri Sol Ju, is an “Army of Beauty” alumna, having traveled to Incheon in 2005 as part of a cheering squad at the Asian Athletics Championships.The women are chosen not only for their cheering skills but also for their youth and good looks.The mere prospect of seeing the women in action has already touched off quite a stir on South Korean and Japanese television shows.If nothing else, they will be ratings gold.… AND THE DIVAS THAT GOT AWAYIn talks earlier this week, North Korea sent the leader of its most popular girl band to negotiate, raising hopes the band would be coming to the games. Officials from North and South will take the plan to the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland this weekend for approval.Here’s a quick look at who might be coming. And a note on who conspicuously isn’t.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 folk Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Louie Alas rues ‘passive’ showing from Phoenix Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ THE ATHLETESWho, how many, and maybe even if there will be any at all — those are still open questions at this point. South Korea’s media are reporting maybe 10 or so athletes will come.The North and South agreed to create a unified women’s hockey team, which would mark a first in the Olympics. The plan has gotten some criticism from the South because of concerns that South Korean athletes who made the national team might be bumped off to make room for the North’s players.South Korea’s president said fielding a joint ice hockey team would be a historic event that would move the hearts of people around the world. He also expressed support for athletes from the Koreas marching together under a blue-and-white “unification” flag. The plans still must be approved by the IOC.Two North Korean figure skaters qualified for the games, but the North failed to register them in time and they lost their slot in the pairs competition. Whether a special effort is being made to get them back into the games, or to bring in athletes for any other events, isn’t clear.No medals are involved, but the North will unleash a taekwondo squad on Pyeongchang. They’ll demonstrate the North’s version of the traditional Korean martial art, which is an official Summer Olympic event.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel head coach Leo Austria knows the controversies that had surrounded his new player Terrence Romeo is all water under the bridge as he prepares his team for a fifth straight PBA Philippine Cup title.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:32Austria: Ginebra is playing like a ‘well-oiled machine’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 View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Romeo has also had some altercations in the past with his now teammates Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos.Any bad blood among the players, however, seemed to have evaporated with Santos immediately greeting Romeo before practice started and Lassiter giving his new teammate a few chocolate bars that he also gave away to the team.Austria was well aware of any potential chemistry issues San Miguel may get into but he hopes Romeo’s work ethic alone would help him get along with his new teammates.“There’s always a question about chemistry when Terrence got here and not just because of the issues but the fact that Terrence deserves to have a longer playing time than his previous teammates,” said Austria who led the Beermen to their past six titles. “Terrence’s work ethic is really impressive, he has this high passion for playing basketball. It was like he was born with a basketball in hand.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Romeo made his first official appearance as a Beerman on the team’s Thursday practice at Acropolis Clubhouse, and Austria showed optimism towards his new player.“We all know what he’s capable of, and the good thing is his teammates’ body language feels like they’re already welcoming Terrence,” said Austria in Filipino. “As long as Terrence works hard for the team, I think it would be a great relationship between him and the team.”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 Chriss“What we want is for him to work hard and follow the system and he should learn to have a good relationship with his teammates because he’s a strong player.”Romeo had unceremonious exits from NorthPort and TNT after he got into several misunderstandings with Batang Pier head coach Pido Jarencio. International coaching heavyweights seek Asian Cup success Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
File from the Campaign: ANC standard bearer Alexander B. Cummings (right) and his running mate, Jeremiah SuluntehBy Wynfred RussellIt is official. George Weah and Joseph Boakai are going to a runoff on Tuesday, November 7. But, the headline instead should read: “Prince Johnson Defeats Alexander Cummings.” How did this happen? How did Senator Johnson, who barely canvassed or produced any campaign paraphernalia, defeat one of the most resourced, energized and optimistic candidates in the race?Of the parties that made the top five, according to the National Elections Commission (NEC), the Alternative National Congress (ANC) came in dead last and didn’t win any county, not even the birth county of Cummings, where he launched his run for the Executive Mansion.After the general elections, the former Coca-Cola executive held a “Thank You” dinner for his devastated staffers and tried to put the rosiest possible frame on a calamitous picture.The message to the young women, obsessed Diasporic Liberian supporters, and shell-shocked surrogates: We did everything we could have. We wouldn’t have changed a thing. There were irregularities, mainly of the process. We are investigating, but we are proud of the campaign we ran.Some sleep-deprived campaign workers said they rolled their eyes and shook their heads in frustration and disbelief. So, I asked: What was the ANC strategy? How did the party prepare for the Prince Johnson factor? How was the process to select the vice presidential candidate, who didn’t deliver Bong County (Jewel Howard-Taylor had a more significant impact for CDC partly due to the NPP factor)? What happened? The phone went silent. Not because of the cellular network, but no one could answer, and no one has since been able to tell me in clear and simple terms what was the ANC’s overall strategy for winning.I put the same question to Cummings’ senior campaign staffers via email, I received a response from Taa Wongbe, saying: “I am not commenting on the elections and the results.”His tepid response is a seeming justification of the claims made by keen political observers that the Cummings campaign team lacked a well thought out reality-based strategy. As such, it was involved merely in incestuous crowd ‘renting’ with other parties. In their naivete, they believed that he would win. Sadly, he suffered a similar fate as other politicians who had been exploited in the same way.Cummings’ loss at the hands of a warlord turned senator amounted to one of the most surprising outcomes of the elections. Of course, things could have been done differently. And ignoring that fact isn’t going to make the searing defeat any easier.For example, Cummings received a shellacking from Weah in Maryland by nearly 10,000 votes.When I asked an ANC supporter and staunch Cummings backer to explain how they lost Maryland to Weah, who is from Grand Kru, even though he [Cummings] kickoff his campaign in Cape Palmas? She dismissively said, “It is because Marylanders are not tribalists; they vote for you whether you are from Maryland or not.”It seemed like a coded attack on the vice president’s candidacy that received 78.5% of the votes cast in his native Lofa. Though, I appreciated her feel-good response, but I disagreed. The reason Weah swept the southeast region was the CDC had a stronger local mobilization network than the ANC. Weah continuously had people campaigning in the area, sending youth volunteers to every nook and cranny.“We are pissed at them because we lost due to arrogance,” an ANC volunteer told me during a scratchy telephone conversation from Dixsville, a township outside of Monrovia, sharing the candid sentiment suffusing the high levels of the party ‘command center’ in exchange for anonymity.“I decided not to vote, not to even register because I had given up on this country. The same old people with the same old mindset – “our time to eat” – until I read an article he [Cummings] penned and interestingly it was non-political. He was speaking about the fundamental problem we have. At that very moment, it hit me that maybe, just maybe, we still had hope. That’s why I registered. That’s why I voted for Cummings,” she added.It’s no surprise that the hierarchy of the Cummings campaign leadership was new, insular and self-assured. But some ANC campaign workers say the party’s mostly US-based team’s presumptuous, tone-deafness, know-it-all attitude caused it to ignore early warning signs of electoral trouble inside the counties. Some partisans even felt largely marginalized or altogether neglected for most of the campaign.And there was significant tension between the party’s branch in the US and the standard bearer’s campaign apparatus in Liberia. But in the wake of Cummings’ loss, intraparty finger-pointing is inevitable; some ANC apparatchiks describe the relationship between the two entities as uniquely ineffectual. And they attribute it to one fundamental reason: Cummings’ campaign staff operated in an echo chamber and always thought they knew best.Cummings’ high command – led by Wongbe, a senior strategist; Bennie Perkins, confidante; Mouna Farhat, social media practitioner; and Lafayette Gould, party chair – knew their candidate had a long shot but thought he would have at least won one county. And indeed, didn’t think he would have come in after Johnson in the ranking.Some campaign field workers are depressed, but they are also angry, reeling through times they were not valued or downright insulted.“It was all about Facebook with them,” said one young campaign volunteer, speaking of the ANC’s campaign team. “They were too reliant on social media presence and not enough on instinct and human intel from the ground.”Many ANC operatives seemed more comfortable on social media and lacked a ground game and get-out-the-vote strategy. The party had an abundance of Facebook practitioners but few, if any, seasoned political strategists.Now is a chance at a fresh start, and ironically, the loss of the presidency and all legislative seats will give the ANC new life and relevance.The ANC must begin a process of soul-searching and purge from its ranks of blind gatekeepers and bring in experienced hands who understand Liberia’s contentious political landscape which could be used as filters who understand the heart and soul of the Liberian electorate. Cummings seemed to have been operating in a bubble. Many of the people around him have personalized relationships as opposed to a professional association; there was no buffer.Cummings had a ‘messianic’ momentum during the campaign; Liberians genuinely like him and his story of success, but because of some apparent missteps, he missed many things, and his handlers did not feed him the truth. They were like a bunch of snake oil salespeople from America selling him what they thought he wanted to hear.“Another thing, Liberians were afraid he would bring people from outside the country especially America since he had been out of here for so long. Liberians are nervous when it comes to change. We always want people we have seen around (in the flesh) regardless of what you have done,” said an ANC volunteer from Paynesville.The party should now hire outside experts to begin mining data from the NEC to draw some meaningful conclusions about the best path forward for Cummings and his movement. There are obvious lessons from his successes and failures to be learned. Or, the ANC may not be the best vehicle for the economic empowerment and job growth of his movement. The ANC was a ‘rented’ political party; therefore, he was a part of its organic growth like the experience that Boakai, Brumskine, Johnson, and Weah have had with their parties.A good exit strategy could be to strengthen the leadership and the reach of the Cummings Foundation. Build it with a substantial expertise of people who can do some rigorous thinking. It should engage in political, humanitarian, and civic engagement institutional building; not entirely for politics, but to understand Liberians. Embarking on this now might come in handy because UP may just retire with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as it appears highly likely that the Weah will overpower Boakai during the runoff election. ANC can begin to position itself to be a viable opposition party that could offer a real alternative.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Still, KB Home’s construction business posted an operating loss of $96.4 million because of lower housing gross profit and a loss on land sales. The company’s revenue was driven primarily by a 5 percent jump in housing unit deliveries and a 4 percent rise in the average selling price. Housing unit deliveries totaled 12,553, compared with 11,946 in the year-ago period. The overall average selling price of the company’s homes during the quarter was $272,400, up from $262,700 in the fourth quarter of 2005. Net orders for homes declined 38 percent to 6,059 from 9,747 orders in the year-ago quarter. The rate of order cancellations during the quarter rose 48 percent, up from 31 percent in the same quarter in 2005. Still, the year-over-year decline in net orders and increase in cancellations were a modest improvement compared to the previous quarter, Wall Street analysts said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For the quarter ended Nov. 30, KB Home posted a loss of $49.6 million, or 64 cents per share, versus a profit of $304.4 million, or $3.44 per share during the same period in 2005. The results included charges related to inventory and joint venture impairments, as well as the abandonment of land option contracts, that totaled $343.3 million. Revenue rose 13 percent to $3.55 billion from $3.15 billion. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial had expected a loss of $1.14 per share on revenue of $2.8 billion. During a conference call with Wall Street analysts, KB Home Chief Executive Jeffrey Mezger said the company managed a healthy profit margin, despite a “difficult quarter, where we faced a spike in cancellations and intense pressure on pricing.” KB Home reported a loss in its fourth quarter Tuesday as the homebuilder absorbed a series of charges related to inventory and land options and saw the number of net orders for homes decline sharply amid a tough housing market. But the company’s financial results exceeded Wall Street’s expectations, and its shares rose $1.49, or 2.9 percent, to close at $53.43 on the New York Stock Exchange. KB Home and other major home sellers have been scrambling to cope with the effects of a housing market downturn caused by an excess supply of new and resale homes on the market and high prices that have left many would-be buyers, particularly in major markets, hard pressed to buy a home. Many buyers looking to enter the market have been reluctant to do so, anticipating prices have further to fall, resulting in more competition and prompting homebuilders to lower prices and offer other sales incentives – moves that can erode sales margins.
1 Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Migonlet has suggested being forced to make a choice between FA Cup glory and finishing in the top four is like having to make a preference over one of his parents.The Reds take on Aston Villa in the semi-final of England’s most prestigious domestic cup competition on Sunday, while they have not given up on usurping Manchester City in the Premier League for the final Champions League place.Reds’ playmaker Philippe Coutinho has implied that cup success could save their season, but Mignolet insists the club have no plans to prioritise one competition over the other.“The next game is the FA Cup semi-final so the focus is on that but you don’t really choose between your mum and dad so we still have two things to play for and we will try to do that from now until the end of the season,” said the Belgium international.“We want to do both – let’s hope we can do both. We have the FA Cup and league still to play for and we want to do well in every single game.”Mignolet regards his temporary exclusion from the first-team in December as pivotal in both his and the Reds’ upturn in fortunes, after he suffered a distinctly indifferent start to the season.The area of his game under the most intense scrutiny was his confidence and dominance in the penalty area, and Mignolet believes it is an aspect that has been recognised and appropriately addressed.“It is something we spoke about when I was out the team: to be more aggressive and be more dominant with defenders and be more commanding and demanding,” he said.“I have always been one who tries to give information to the defenders and for me to organise at set-pieces but it is maybe more the body language and the commanding voice to get the message over to the players which has changed a bit.”talkSPORT will bring you live coverage of Aston Villa against Liverpool in the FA Cup on Sunday from 3pm. Simon Mignolet
1 Leicester owner Srivaddhanaprabha arrives at a restaurant in Leicester to celebrate the title Leicester City’s generous Thai owners will buy every member of the Premier League title-winning squad a £32,000 Mercedes as a thank you for their incredible efforts over the past nine months.Thrilled at the Foxes’ historic championship victory, the 30-man squad will each receive the car from generous owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha – at a cost of £960,000. Tottenham’s draw with Chelsea on Monday night put the East Midlands club in an unassailable position at the top of the table and secured the most unlikely of titles. And the 30 B-Class Electric Drive Mercs will be rolling up the driveways of the players in the coming weeks. The near-£1million gesture is a drop in ocean for owner Srivaddhanaprabha, who is worth an estimated £2billion. The Srivaddhanaprabha family amassed their wealth through their travel retail operation – mainly duty free outlets in South East Asia. Leicester have won the league with two games remaining and they will lift the trophy after the match with Everton at the weekend.
A TV documentary about Donegal’s basking sharks is to be watched by millions of viewers across Canada today.The huge Basking Shark is usually found in Donegal waters in summer months.Discovery Channel Canada will feature a number of research initiatives undertaken by the Irish Basking Shark Study Group off Malin Head as one of its Shark Week news items.The programme which was filmed in 2013 and 2014 will air today at 7pm Canadian time as the lead feature for the magazine programme Daily Planet. It will be made available online afterwards for those who were not able to watch the program.Shark week is Discovery Channels flagship promotion and last year was the most watched event on the station and on American TV, outside of Sports events.Shark conservation and in particular shark finning is rapidly becoming the conservation battle of the new century.HUGE AUDIENCE EXPECTED TO WATCH DONEGAL SHARK DOCUMENTARY ON CANADIAN TV was last modified: August 12th, 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:Basking SharksCanadaDiscovery Channeldonegal
There will be a sense of magic in the air of Ballybofey today as McElhinney’s are to unveil their winter wonderland window this evening at 5pm.The window this year will show a magical fairy forest!With a special visit from a very important man from the North Pole, live music, refreshments and sweets for the kids this family Fun evening is one not to be missed! The Christmas Sunday Openings start today from 1:30 to 6pm. Plus enjoy up to 20% off in all departments this weekend and for 1 day only (today) the Annual Occasionwear Clearance Sale kicks off at 1.30pm with up to 50% off many mother of the Bride & Groom outfits!McElhinney’s to reveal festive Christmas window this evening was last modified: November 20th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:BallybofeyCHristmasClearanceMCELHINNEYSshoppingWINDOW
The students at Loreto Letterkenny did the mannequin challenge; with a twist!They used the mannequin challenge to cast a light on mental health stigmas, and highlight that depression is the biggest disability impacting people worldwide. The students have been raising vital funds for Donegal Community Counselling Services. English teacher Ms. McFadden says “We did not let the fact that we are ladies get in the way of getting involved Movember! Where there is a will, there is a way!”“The star teachers of this project are Mr Seamus Quinn and Mr Chris Callaghan who have been growing beards and raising funds from the beginning of November.”“Transition Year students and staff took part by posing with mental health promotion signs and fake moustaches in solidarity with Mr Seamus Quinn and Mr Chris Callaghan.” The filming of the mannequin challenge was followed up by the shaving of the beards, under the watchful eye of Gerry Mc Keever from Gerry’s Barbers – the students even helped do a little bit of shaving! Picture Special: Girl’s secondary school does Movember! was last modified: December 3rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:letterkennyLoretomental healthMovember