SK Suggests Cheonan and Yeonpyeong Meeting

first_img SK Suggests Cheonan and Yeonpyeong Meeting North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE Facebook Twitter By Kwon Eun Kyoung – 2011.01.11 3:39pm News center_img News News AvatarKwon Eun Kyoung News The South Korean Ministry of Unification has reacted to North Korea’s official overtures of the 10th with a counter-proposal of its own, suggesting an inter-Korean discussion on the Cheonan sinking and Yeonpyeong Island attacks. According to the Ministry of Unification, the communications, which were sent via the Kaesong Industrial Complex Management Committee, included both schedules and locations for: a working-level meeting and Red Cross meeting; measures lifting the freezing of the North-South Economic Cooperation Council Office and banishment of South Korean workers from the office which occurred in late May of last year; and the re-opening of the Red Cross channel at Panmunjom. Issuing a written response to the suggestions yesterday, the Ministry of Unification stated, “If a sincere dialogue between North and South is to be carried out, both; ① responsible measures to the Cheonan sinking and Yeonpyeong attack and promises to prevent further provocations; and ② confirmation of its sincerity on denuclearization are needed.” Therefore, “For these, we suggest a meeting between the North and South Korean authorities.” However, there was also a declaration of ongoing skepticism as to the North’s intentions, with the statement asserting, “Thus far, North Korea has shown this kind of attitude tens of times in order to change the game,” and calling it a “disguised charm offensive for the international community and one of the conventional tactics to fracture our society.” It went on, “The North’s authorities unilaterally suggest a dialogue only so as to receive economic aid and support without acknowledging its responsibility, even though it has made our people pay dearly via the Mt. Geumgang shooting incident, Cheonan sinking and Yeonpyeong Island attack.” Philip Crowley, the U.S. State Department’s spokesman agreed yesterday, saying, “We’re now in the charm stage. But the charm stage has to be followed up with a real demonstration that North Korea is prepared for sustained and constructive dialogue.” In addition, he reiterated, “It’s really what North Korea demonstrates in its day-to-day activities that will make the difference… First and foremost, if North Korea makes a public pledge not to attack South Korea… that would be a significant step to improve the environment and it would be one among many steps that North Korea could take that would convince South Korea that dialogue would be constructive.” In terms of details, the North Korean Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, which signed off on one of the communications, suggested that the working-level meeting be held on January 27th in Kaesong in order to discuss the date, location and level of the participants in a future meeting of the authorities of the two Koreas. Elsewhere, the chair of the Chosun Red Cross Society suggested to the president of the Korea National Red Cross the holding of an inter-Korean Red Cross meeting on February 1st in Munsan, South Korea, and reported that from the 12th the Red Cross channel at Panmunjom would be open. Finally, the North Korean side’s manager in the North-South Economic Cooperation Council Office reported that they would begin working in the office in Kaesong as of the 12th. Chosun Central News Agency (KCNA) also reported the delivery of the three notices to the South yesterday under the title, “Reporting practical measures for the implementation of the North’s significant suggestions to the South.” Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak last_img read more

Challengers gearing up for 6th annual MS Bike

first_imgThe MS Bike – West Kootenay Challenge returns for its sixth annual event this August, accompanied by three Cinnamon Bun Run training rides this summer, helping participants get back in the saddle.   The first Cinnamon Bun Run training ride will be held on Saturday June 10, at 9 a.m. at Lakeside Park in Nelson. Members of the MS Bike’s organizing committee will lead the approximately 70km training ride to Procter, where all attendees will be treated to a complimentary cinnamon bun from The Village Bakery.All cycling levels are welcome, and there is no charge to participate.   The MS Bike – West Kootenay Challenge is a fully supported two-day bike ride around the Kokanee Glacier, from New Denver to Nelson on Day 1, and from Nelson to New Denver via Kaslo on Day 2. During the August 19-20 weekend, participants will enjoy 222 km of riding, rest stops, food, entertainment, and beautiful views and hill climbs that won’t disappoint.    The ride is a fundraiser supporting the MS Society of Canada. Last year, 99 participants raised an amazing $135,000. In addition to helping fund critical MS research, those funds helped the Society to host 37 education sessions, distribute over $335,000 of medical equipment, and provide 299 individuals with volunteer legal assistance to people living with multiple sclerosis across B.C. These funds also contributed to the launch of the MS Knowledge Network.  center_img “It’s the perfect opportunity to train, while satisfying your sweet tooth,” she said.   “The Cinnamon Bun Run training rides are a great way to connect with other cyclists, introduce friends and family to the MS Bike event, share fundraising ideas and successes, and most importantly, prepare for the MS Bike West Kootenay Challenge,” said Jillian Earl, MS Bike coordinator.   All those interested in joining the ride, or learning more are welcome to attend the training rides. Dates of the remaining two training rides will be released in the summer. To register for the MS Bike – West Kootenay Challenge, visit    About multiple sclerosis and MS Bike  Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord that affects 100,000 Canadians – the highest rate of MS in the world. It is one of the most common neurological diseases of young adults in Canada. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40, and the unpredictable effects of MS last for the rest of their lives. MS Bike is a pledge-based fundraising event that provides Canadians with the opportunity to ride through scenic and often spectacular parts of the country. Over 12,000 cyclists are expected to participate in the 20 one- and two-day tours taking place across Canada between June and September. For more information about MS Bike visit read more

Leafs run unbeaten streak to six games with win over Ghostriders

first_imgSam Burford registered his fourth win of the season in goal for Nelson — the second in as many nights.The game was played in Sparwood due to the ongoing investigation of an ammonia leak last month at the Fernie Memorial Arena.A post on the City of Fernie Facebook page said RCMP are currently conducting their on-scene investigation at the Arena.“While this is underway, RCMP have full control of the Arena and the City of Fernie and other agencies do not have any access to the facility,” the post said.“Once the RCMP have concluded their on-scene investigation, WorksafeBC will take control of the Arena to conduct their investigation.”Nelson’s win, combined with a Beaver Valley 4-2 loss to Kimberley Saturday in the East Kootenay, increases Nelson’s Murdoch Division lead to nine points.The Leafs, 18-3-1-0-1, complete a six-game road trip away Friday in Grand Forks against the Border Bruins.Nelson, the top team in the KIJHL, returns to the NDCC Arena Saturday to host Castlegar Rebels at 7 p.m. Paced by team captain Sawyer Hunt, the Nelson Leafs ran its Kootenay International Junior Hockey League unbeaten streak to six games Saturday night in Sparwood.Hunt, who currently leads the Leafs in scoring with 25 points, registered three points to lead Nelson to a 6-3 victory over Fernie Ghostriders.Jack Karran, with a pair, Logan Wullum, Michael Bladon, David Sanchez and Jackson Zimmermann scored for Nelson as the visitors held period leads of 3-1 and 5-2.Greg Susinski, Brendan Nemes and Jace Woodley replied for the Riders.last_img read more

End of a Perfect Season — Spartans edge Saints 3-2

first_imgFlorian Niedermaier scored shorthanded early in the middle frame to build a 3-1 Spartans lead in a second period that saw the home side out-shoot the Saints 15-8. Saints first-year forward Grant Iles tallied with nine minutes left in the third period to cut the lead, but Trinity Western all-star goaltender Silas Matthys shut the door on any comeback hopes.Huber faced 44 shots from the high-flying Spartans offence in taking his first loss of the season.The scene shifted to Burnaby on Saturday night where the Saints took on the Simon Fraser University Clan.BCIHL leading goalscorer Derek McPhail registered the game’s first marker with 30 seconds left in the first period to spot the Saints a 1-0 lead. After a scoreless back-and-forth second period, Simon Fraser tied the score two minutes into the third period on the powerplay when Mac Colasimone scored on Saints starter Patrick Zubick. Ian Mackey scored another powerplay goal two minutes later to give the home team a 2-1 lead.Veteran Saints forward Dane Feeney tied the game at twos with just over three minutes left in regulation. In overtime, Mathew Berry-Lamontagna registered the game winner with 31 seconds left in the extra frame.Despite the pair of losses, the Saints remain five points up on second place Trinity Western. The Saints will now take a weekend off before jumping on the bus for a weekend roadtrip to Vancouver Island where they will play the University of Victoria Vikes (December 1) and Vancouver Island University Mariners (December 2).The Saints will return to the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex on January 12 and 13 when they will host Trinity Western. The Selkirk College Saints had a ten-game winning streak come to a sudden end in Langley after the Trinity Western University Spartans handed the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League’s (BCIHL) top team its first loss of the season, 3-2, on Friday night.The Saints traveled west for a weekend roadtrip that started at the Langley Events Centre, home of the second-place Spartans.The Spartans scored the game’s first goal midway through the first period when Brayden Brown beat Saints starter Brett Huber. Selkirk College captain Dallas Calvin tied the score with just under three minutes left in the opening period, but 40 seconds later Evan Last helped Trinity Western regain the lead.last_img read more

Galway Ladies football team named to play Mayo

first_img1          LisaMurphy (Kilkerrin Clonberne)2          MaireadCoyne (Grainne Mhaols)       3          SarahLynch (Naomh Anna Leitir Mor)          4          FabienneCooney (Claregalway)          5          ShaunaMolloy (St Furseys Headford) 6          LouiseWard   (Kilkerrin/Clonberne)   7          CharlotteCooney (Claregalway)         8          OliviaDivilly  (Kilkerrin/Clonberne)   9          BarbaraHannon (Dunmore MacHales)           10        MaireadSeoighe (Clonbur)      11        TraceyLeonard (Corofin)        12        LeanneCoen (Corofin)13        LucyHannon (Dunmore MacHales) 14        RoisinLeonard (Corofin)        15        SarahConnelly (Dunmore MacHales)16        DearbhlaGower (Corofin)17        BronaghMurphy (St Marys)    18        AoifeThompson (Mountbellew/Moylough)    19        NiamhDaly (St Gabriels)        20        LindaBooth (St Brendans Ballygar)   21        CiaraMcCarthy (Annaghdown)          22        Riona Ni Flatharta (Naomh Anna Leitir Mor)24        AineMcDonagh (Moycullen)  25        OrlaMurphy (Claregalway)     26        LynseyNoone (Kilkerrin/Clonberne)27.       GeraldineConnelly (Dunmore MacHales)28        AmyCoen (Corofin)    print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Galway ladies football team to play Mayo in the Lidl National League in Castlebar tomorrow (5.15pm) shows one change from the side that defeated Westmeath last Sunday. Lisa Murphy from Kilkerrin Clonberne replaces Moycullen’s Roisin Ni Chonghaile in goal as Galway are rotating their goalkeepers throughout the league.last_img read more