18 Jan
2020

North Korean athletes arrive in South for joint Asiad training

first_imgLacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Dressed in matching light blue outfits, the delegation of 34 athletes and coaches landed at Incheon International Airport via Beijing.Their exact schedules have yet to be determined but the North Koreans are expected to begin training with their South Korean teammates next week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’It is the first time North and South Korea have formed unified teams to compete at the Asian Games.The two countries –- which are technically still at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice instead of a peace treaty –- will also march together at the opening and closing ceremonies in Indonesia. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West The move follows an agreement between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South’s president Moon Jae-in at their summit in April.Sporting cooperation helped spark the current diplomatic thaw between the two Koreas after the North sent a high-level delegation and athletes to the Winter Olympics held in the South in February.Diplomatic efforts have gathered pace since then, leading to a landmark summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Singapore in June.Indonesia president Joko Widodo formally invited the Korean leaders to the Asian Games, although it is unclear if either has responded.The two Koreas formed their first-ever unified Olympic team — a joint women’s ice hockey squad — for February’s games in the South Korean resort of Pyeongchang.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Two officials from the Indonesian Asian Games Organising Committee (INASGOC) put North Korea flag next to South Korea flag prior to a meeting with Olympic Council of Asia at its headquarter in Jakarta on June 28, 2018.North and South Korea will field joint teams in three sports — canoeing, rowing and women’s basketball — at the Asian Games, organisers said on June 28, in the latest sign of thawing tensions. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYNorth Korean athletes arrived in the South on Sunday for joint training ahead of the Asian Games next month, the latest effort at rare cross-border sports diplomacy.The two Koreas agreed last month to field joint teams in three sports — canoeing, rowing and women’s basketball — at the Asiad in Jakarta and Palembang from August 18 to September 2.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Thomas effectively seals his first Tour de France title The idea for a joint team initially sparked a backlash in the South on the grounds that Seoul was depriving its own athletes of the chance to compete.Ultimately, the sight of North and South Korean players wearing the same jerseys drew emotive responses from spectators and the squad quickly became an Olympic favourite despite being thrashed in all its matches.Earlier this month, a group of 50 South Korean basketball players visited Pyongyang for friendly matches, and a team of North Koreans will be in Seoul in the autumn for another round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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12 Jan
2020

Local company meeting the demand for value-added products

first_imgWhat started as a healthy lifestyle choice for a diabetic mother of five and her family is now on the cusp of being a thriving business that could generate employment for others.Owner and Manager of King Chezomi Manufacturing Enterprise, Hafeeza SmithHafeeza Smith, 35, of Lot 718 Number One Road, East Berbice Corentyne, is the proud manufacturer of a variety of locally produced organic products such as extra virgin coconut oil, macerated carrot oil, coconut flour, coconut snacks, among others under her company, King Chezomi Manufacturing Enterprise.Smith explained that after being diagnosed as a diabetic and having difficulty finding economically healthy products, she decided to begin experimenting in 2015 with extra virgin coconut oil. The innovator noted, when she began producing the oil it was on a small scale for herself, as well as friends and family.However, after receiving positive feedback, she was encouraged to increase her production. She said her friends would also share with others, and some customers took samples overseas.According to a feature done by Department of Public Information (DPI), Smith managed to perfect the formula in 2017 and heeded President David Granger’s call to become an entrepreneur after her husband suffered an injury and was out of a job for over three months. She began selling to neighbours who helped spread the word and the demand for her extra virgin coconut oil continued to increase.“After my husband’s injury … the money I was making came in useful, then I started to think should something happen to him what could I do because I was just a housewife. I tested the local market but many persons didn’t know much of the extra virgin coconut oil and only buy the regular ones.”The mother of five said she was determined to get others to eat healthily and approached a local printing company to assist in making her product labels more appealing. Smith said she then targeted the markets outside her region and overseas.A variety of the oils produced by Smith’s company King Chezomi Manufacturing EnterpriseRealising that people were craving healthy food, Smith decided to invest in mills and other equipment to produce on a larger scale while ensuring she maintained a high standard of consistency by working in hygienic conditions.Smith also attended a one-week workshop on adding value to agro-processing, hosted by the Guyana School of Agriculture (GSA). She now has plans to further enhance her already special extra virgin coconut oil by adding flavours and other unique ingredients to make it more appealing.Having gained the trust of her loyal customers and heeding their call to introduce more products, the enterprising innovator has moved on to producing coconut flour that can be used for everyday cooking and baking. The flour, she remarked, “is high in fibre and gluten-free, very healthy for persons who have gluten allergies, persons suffering from diabetes and hypertension.”Smith has set her sights on producing breadfruit flour, breadfruit chips, tomato powder and powered pepper among many other products in the near future.“My whole plan is to do healthy products which Guyanese can afford. There is no reason for us to use things that have ingredients in them that we can’t pronounce or things people say are good for us and we end up spending a lot of money but have no benefits.”Having grown up humbly and understanding the struggles of a housewife and working with a small budget for her five children aged two and a half to 15, she has decided to market her products at affordable prices to encourage customers to practice a healthier lifestyle.She is appealing to Guyanese, especially Berbicians, to get off the “import bandwagon.”“We have many locally produced items that are organic and healthier but many have this mindset that because it is a local item it is not good. We have to move away from that and invest in proper packaging and better conditions for maintaining excellent quality. The same items we refuse are being sold elsewhere for a lot of money,” Smith said.Smith’s ultimate goal is to expand her business and see her products lining the shelves of local supermarkets and stores countrywide.last_img read more

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6 Jan
2020

Chelsea v Tottenham League Cup final preview: Hawksbee v Jacobs!

first_imgThey may be the friendly faces of talkSPORT during weekdays between 1-4pm but, on Sunday, Paul Hawksbee and Andy Jacobs will be going head-to head in the League Cup final.Paul is a huge Tottenham fan, while Andy will be waving his Chelsea flag with glee at Wembley.The boys have discussed all areas of Sunday’s spectacle, including the teams, managers and even whether the King’s Road is better than Tottenham High Road.You can listen to Hawksbee and Jacobs’ League Cup final special above, and leave your comments belowlast_img

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