African Union Commission Chairperson in China on building Cooperation ties

first_img“It’s my first time. And it feels great. You can save time but it feels very comfortable. You don’t feel you’re on a high-speed train.” Said the African Union Commission chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-ZumaAU chairperson said this after taking the high speed train from Beijing to Tianjin, adding that the African Union welcomes cooperation with China to build high-speed railways in Africa. She also visited the Tainjin high speed train station as well in the company of China’s ambassador to the African Union, Kaung Weilin. She is visiting China for six days.China has cooperated and helped many countries in Africa in building highways, and the African Union is looking to cooperating on building high speed train network across Africa as well.The chairperson of the African Union believes that there will be bright prospects for China-Africa cooperation.last_img read more

North Korea ‘tests’ new submarine-launched missile

first_imgSouth Korea expressed strong concernand Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned the launch, saying it was aviolation of United Nations Security Council resolutions.(Reuters) North Korea fired the missile hoursafter announcing it would resume talks with the United States by holdingworking-level negotiations on Oct. 5. SEOUL – North Korea said itsuccessfully “test-fired” a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) tocontain external threats and bolster self-defense, ahead of fresh nuclear talkswith the United States.  What appears to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile flies in an undisclosed location in this undated picture released by North Korea’s Central News Agency on Oct. 2. KCNA VIA REUTERS North Korea’s Central News Agency(KCNA) said the new type of SLBM, called Pukguksong-3, was “fired in verticalmode” in the waters off the eastern city of Wonsan on Wednesday.last_img read more

Mid-week hours announced for Batesville Farm Market

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Batesville Farmers’ Market is proud to bring a mid-week market to community members.These additional markets will be held each Wednesday from July 11 through September 5 at the Margaret Mary Outpatient and Cancer Center (24 Six Pine Ranch Road, Batesville) from 2:30 to 6:00 PM.“The Batesville Farmers’ Market vendors encourage everyone to eat healthy and be in the know about where their food comes from,” says Christy Ludwig, Market Master.” By adding an additional market day during peak season, community members will have fresh, local foods more readily available.”The mid-week markets are held in conjunction with the popular Batesville Farmers’ Market held downtown each Saturday from 8:00 to 11:00 AM. To learn more, contact Christy at 812.212.7288.last_img read more

Final Drive For 5 win goes to Woodworth

first_imgWoodworth held off Halstead and Elston in a caution-free race to claim the $1,000 top prize. Mark Burgtorf came in fourth with Andy Nezworski rounding out the top five. Feature results – 1.  Denny Woodworth; 2.  Sam Halstead; 3.  Tommy Elston; 4.  Mark Burgtorf; 5.  Andy Nezworski; 6.  Nick Marolf; 7.  Dustin Griffin; 8.  Ron Boyse; 9.  Matt Strassheim; 10. Darin Weisinger Jr.; 11. Jill George; 12. Ray Raker; 13. Jay Johnson. Ray Raker and Woodworth drew front row starts for the event, with Woodworth jumping out front to lead early over Sam Halstead and Raker.  Denny Woodworth scored the final Drive For 5 $1,000 to win qualifier for IMCA Sunoco Late Models on Aug. 21 at Pepsi Lee County Speedway (Photo by MF Photography) The fast pace Woodworth set up front allowed him to pull away from the multi-car battles behind him. center_img By Brian Neal  Woodworth entered lapped traffic starting on lap 13, which allowed Halstead and Tommy Elston to close in. The top three clear lapped cars on lap 21 to set up a four-lap dash to the finish. DONNELLSON, Iowa (Aug. 21) – The race stayed green and after the checkers flew Denny Woodworth pocketed $1,000 for winning the fifth and final Shottenkirk Parts Express Drive For 5 qualifier for IMCA Sunoco Late Models at Pepsi Lee County Speedway. last_img read more

Pardew sets Palace top-10 target

first_img “We’re starting to look at next season and what it suggests is the club is on a great financial footing,” Pardew said. “We’re trying to improve not just the football team but the facilities at the stadium and the training ground. “We’ve got a good base of players here. Three of four additions to the group we have in the summer and we could be a strong candidate for the top 10. “We need to recruit well, it’s the key in the Premier League to progress.” The Eagles host Manchester City on Monday, with the champions looking to close a six-point gap on league leaders Chelsea, who also have a game in hand. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have struggled to replicate the form that won them the title last season but Pardew rejects the suggestion City are a team in decline. “They have fantastic players,” he said. Pardew took charge at Selhurst Park in January and has transformed the team’s fortunes, leading them 11 points clear of the relegation places with eight games left to play. Palace’s future off the pitch also looks secure with the club releasing record figures on Thursday showing a £90.4million turnover for the year ending June 2014. Press Association Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew believes “three or four” signings this summer can propel the Eagles into the Barclays Premier League top 10 next season. “When you’re talking about the level they play at, the difference sometimes between winning and losing is marginal. “The margins perhaps haven’t fallen their way as much as they did the year before. “It’s a mistake to say this is a team in decline, I don think it is. “It’s a team that will grow because they have incredible finance and incredible quality in their squad. “This period is now a chase for them, they’re trying to chase Chelsea down and they’ll be looking for a result at our ground.” last_img read more

Local Toddler Found Safe After Mom Flees During DCF Visit

first_imgA local toddler has been found safe and sound, after his mother fled with him following a visit by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) to their home.According to the West Palm Beach Police Department, 24-year-old Jordan Heckelmoser disappeared with her 11-month-old son, Robert “Robbie” Gillis, after officials with DCF showed up at the home to take the child. Police say that DCF is Robbie’s court-ordered guardian.The police report states that Heckelmoser drove away in a rental newer model black Hyundai when officials with the state appeared at her home.An online post from the police department announced Sunday morning that the child has been located, but did not provide additional information.last_img read more

Boris Johnson Recovers, Returns to Face Growing Virus Issues in Britain

first_imgMeanwhile, the U.K. announced 413 more virus-related deaths on Sunday.Opposition politicians argue that Britain’s death toll could have been lower if Johnson’s Conservative government had imposed a nationwide lockdown sooner.They are also demanding to know when and how Johnson’s government will ease the restrictions that were imposed March 23 and are scheduled to run through at least May 7.However, Raab says there will be no major sudden change to the restrictions.“We won’t just have this binary easing up of measures. We will end up moving to a new normal,” he told the BBC. “We need to take a sure-footed step forward which protects life but also preserves our way of life. So we are very focused on doing the homework that can allow us to do that.”Scientists say the U.K. has reached the peak of the pandemic but is not yet completely out of danger.The number of people hospitalized there with COVID-19 is declining, and the number of daily deaths peaked on April 8.Still, with hundreds of new deaths being announced each day, some health experts believe that Britain could eventually have the highest virus death toll from coronavirus in Europe. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is getting back to work after battling a coronavirus infection that recently put him in intensive care.Johnson’s office said he will be back at his desk in 10 Downing St. on Monday, two weeks after he being released from a London hospital.Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who has been filling in for the prime minister, says that Johnson is “raring to go.”Britain has recorded 20,732 deaths among people hospitalized with COVID-19, making it the fifth country in the world to surpass 20,000 deaths.The 55-year-old Johnson spent a week at St. Thomas’ Hospital, including three nights in intensive care, where he was given oxygen and monitored by medical workers.He was last seen publicly through a video message he released thanking the hospital’s staff after leaving the hospital on April 12.Johnson continued his recovered at Chequers, the prime minister’s country retreat outside London.It is hard to find the words to express my debt to the NHS for saving my life.The efforts of millions of people across this country to stay home are worth it. Together we will overcome this challenge, as we have overcome so many challenges in the past. #StayHomeSaveLives— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) April 12, 2020last_img read more

Cheering squad gives Trojan teams a boost

first_img Liz GravesReporter at Mount Desert IslanderFormer Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor. Latest posts by Liz Graves (see all) Keene appeals his 2019 murder conviction – July 30, 2020 BAR HARBOR — At Mount Desert Island High School home football games this year, the cheering squad and athletic department had some fun surprises for the fans in the stands.Cheers at halftime and during the game included dances to songs the pep band played, chants using the megaphone as a drum, and holding signs to encourage the crowd to participate. Cheerleading squad members must get in good shape and endure physical workouts akin to playing on the field.Team captains Jessica Fox and Sierra Bloom led the making of banners and signs, warm-ups at practice, and helped routines from previous years.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe cheering squad also puts on the homecoming dance, which this year had an attendance of almost 400 students. They plan, set up, and decorate for the event.One afternoon, the squad was warming up in the gym and heard a bus pull up outside. When they realized it must be the cross-country team returning from the state meet, the girls dropped what they were doing and hurried outside to do some cheering for the runners.Cheering team members include: seniors Fox and Bloom; juniors Ashley McEachern, Robin Nicholson, Geni Goebel, Claire Elk, and Ali Goodwin; sophomores Gabby Battis and Haleigh Smith; and freshman Karli Dyer. They were coached by Sarah McEachern and Taylor Fernald.Find in-depth coverage of local news in the Mount Desert Islander. Subscribe digitally or in print. Biocenter_img MDI Hospital to begin contact tracing – August 5, 2020 Luchini named to Maine Running Hall of Fame – August 12, 2020 Latest Postslast_img read more

TTFA to drop Soca Warriors name

first_imgTHE Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) will officially no longer use the name ‘Soca Warriors’ to describe its national team.The decision comes in the wake of successful legal action from veteran sports broadcaster Selwyn Melville whose attorney successful y filed a pre-action protocol letter issued to the body three weeks ago.The TTFA and Melville have been at loggerheads over the ‘Soca Warriors’ trademark for the last several years with the broadcaster making claims he came up with the term “Soca Warriors” 18 years ago and is seeking US$30 million for its use by the local football organisation.Following a meeting held by the TTFA recently, the body, according to the T&T Newsday, has decided the name will no longer be used. Last month the TTFA had stated that the name had not been dropped after press releases from the organisation referred to the team as “Red Army”.The association, however, despite removing it from the website insisted a release would not be sent out as it would have not have the right to tell fans or members of the media to not used the name.( read more

South Africa tours of West Indies, Sri Lanka postponed indefinitely

first_imgSOUTH Africa men’s tours of the West Indies and Sri Lanka have been postponed indefinitely, CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith has confirmed.The tour of the Caribbean was originally set for July-August comprising two Tests and five T20Is, and the one of Sri Lanka had three ODIs and as many T20Is scheduled for June, but both were postponed earlier because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief executive Johnny Grave had recently said they were looking at September to host South Africa for either five T20Is or two Tests, but there is a slim gap between the CPL that ends on September 10 in Trinidad and the IPL, which is set to start on September 19 in the UAE.Smith said in a press conference yesterday their players “will be needed” at the IPL which ended the possibilities of the bilateral series happening soon.“West Indies (tour) has been postponed indefinitely. We are struggling to find a time with the IPL being fitted in,” Smith said. “It looks like our players are going to be needed from the beginning of September, government-permitting, and travel permitting.Sri Lanka also (postponed). I expect that once things get up and running, our team, on the men’s side, I would say from November onwards, if all goes well, it will be a really busy period for South African cricket, probably playing in times that we haven’t played before and trying to cram in a lot of the missed tours.”Even though COVID-19 cases aren’t as high in Sri Lanka and the West Indies compared to other parts of the world, the rising threat in South Africa has shut their international borders.It meant five South Africans couldn’t make it to the Caribbean for the CPL starting August 18 and the participation of all South African players, barring Imran Tahir, in the IPL also remains uncertain. Tahir had been in Pakistan for the PSL in March when many international borders started closing and is the only South African set to play in the CPL.Whether it’s the men for the IPL or the women for the tour of England, they will all need government permission to get out of South Africa.last_img read more