Kenya Rejects Korea Request for Embassy

first_img(Daily Nation) An attempt by North Korea to establish a diplomatic mission in Nairobi has been turned down. The rebuff projects the view that Kenya does not want to be seen to be warming up to the world’s pariah state.Diplomatic sources within the United Nations Office in Nairobi have indicated that the UN mounted pressure on Nairobi to reject the move by North Koreans, despite officials from that country visiting Nairobi twice.On Sunday though, the government denied that North Korea, formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), has made the application.“That is not true. North Korea did not make such a request,” Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho told the Nation.However, our source at the UN says two delegations came to Nairobi in November last year and in early March, seeking favours and, hopefully, start a process of establishing a diplomatic post in Nairobi.“The delegations had very powerful officials in the government of North Korea.“They sought to speak with Foreign Ministry officials over the possibility of establishing an embassy,” the source said.“The UN suggested against it and there was further pressure from other countries who voiced similar concerns,” the diplomat added, while clarifying that North Korea did not put the request in writing.PARIAH STATENorth Korea has been a pariah state for some time, given its nuclear weapons programme and global concerns over its human rights record.In February 2014, the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea released a report in which it gave horrendous details of crimes against humanity.The UN experts documented torture, extrajudicial executions, starvation and mass imprisonments, before recommending that North Korea’s leaders be charged at the International Criminal Court.North Korea called the findings a “fuss” but the UN has recommended an imposition of targeted sanctions on Pyongyang.last_img read more

USC’s losing skid reaches four games with road upset in Santa Clara

first_imgSenior captain Bennie Boatwright watched a lot of film on Santa Clara before Tuesday’s matchup at Leavey Center. He wasn’t prepared for the onslaught that awaited them.“I’ve never seen them play this well,” Boatwright said.If USC thought it could waltz into Santa Clara for a much-needed win to snap out of a three-game losing skid, then it received much more than it bargained for. Instead of an expected easy win against an inferior WCC opponent, the Trojans fell in double overtime, 102-92, for their fourth straight loss.Andy Enfield, in a game in during the 2016 season. USC’s head coach is searching for answers after it fell to Santa Clara on Tuesday for its fourth straight loss – Daily Trojan file photo.USC had not lost to Santa Clara since 1984. More importantly, the loss continued a disturbing trend of defeats that has head coach Andy Enfield searching for answers as the Trojans fall below .500 for the first time this season.“I don’t know what to say anymore,” Enfield said.Not many of the 2,226 in attendance did, either, as they watched a Santa Clara team down to its third string center and with seven scholarship players available dominate USC early on and hold off several runs by the Trojans to pull out a double-overtime victory. Though the Trojans were shorthanded themselves, with eight scholarship players available — and freshman guard Kevin Porter Jr. not making the trip due to a quad contusion —  they still had a clear talent advantage on a Broncos squad that had not beaten anyone of consequence before Tuesday.“I’m the head coach and it’s on me,” Enfield said. “I have to figure this out and my staff. There’s only one person to blame for this loss and that’s me.”Defensive lapses felled the Trojans late, as they had leads in the final seconds of both regulation and the first overtime. With both Boatwright and junior forward Nick Rakocevic fouled out, USC was outscored 13-3 in double overtime. Santa Clara scored the game’s final 6 points to pull away.USC trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half, but rallied to take an 80-79 lead on a layup by junior guard Jonah Mathews with 24 seconds left in regulation. But sophomore forward Jordan Usher lost track of his man on the ensuing Santa Clara possession, resulting in a foul and overtime after Santa Clara’s Josip Vrankic split two free throws.In overtime, redshirt senior guard Shaqquan Aaron made a pair of foul shots to put USC ahead 89-87 with 11 seconds to play, but Santa Clara’s Trey Wertz drove right past redshirt junior guard Derryck Thornton for a game-tying layup to force double overtime.“All of our guys have had equal opportunity to step up and make plays,” Enfield said, “so it is frustrating because we have some veteran guys on this team who have made crucial mistakes on offense and defense, especially in important parts of the game when the other team goes on runs.”Wertz led all scorers with 28 points, and accounted for 11 of Santa Clara’s 13 points in double overtime. Usher had 22 points to lead the Trojans, while Mathews chipped in 20 points.USC once again started off poorly, missing its first eight shots attempts and seven 3-point shots. The Trojans shot 38.7 percent from the field in the first half, while the Broncos were at nearly 60 percent and jumped out to a 42-31 lead at halftime. Against Oklahoma on Saturday, the Trojans began the game shooting 1-of-9 from the field.“It’s a common thing,” Boatwright said. “We do it every single game. We come out slow and we have to claw our way back.”Enfield hinted at potentially making changes to the starting lineup, and called out his veterans for the sluggish openings.“In our starting lineup, we have some guys who’ve been around a lot, and that shouldn’t happen,” he said.Though the Trojans came to life in the second half, shooting nearly 50 percent, the hole they dug themselves in the first half was too deep to climb out of. And they were not going to win, according to Enfield, shooting 5-of-28 from the 3-point line. If USC’s previous three losses — which came by an average of 19 points — were not wake-up calls, losing to a team picked to finish second-to-last in the WCC this season serves as the fire alarm going off, if the Trojans want any hope of a successful 2018-2019 campaign.“We’ve got to figure out how to put our guys in position to win games,” Enfield said. “We’ll keep at it.”last_img read more

Wellington wrestlers go 1-3 in opening dual at El Dorado

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School wrestling team went 1-3 Saturday in a dual tournament in El Dorado.Wellington lost to Rose Hill 40-36, defeated Topeka West 54-12, lost to Wichita South 54-27 and lost to Maize South 48-25.Two varsity wrestlers failed to make weight for the first tournament.Individual Wellington wrestler records are as follows: 106 – Sage Ferguson 0-4.120 – Bradley Wiens 3-1.126 – Andrew Horn 3-1.132 – Brenden Hutchinson 3-1.138- Ian King 1-2.145 – Ben DeJarnett 1-3152 – Justin Bruns 3-1160- Jason Haydon 3-1195 – Taylon Lamkin 3-1220 – Mitchell Lowe 2-2285 – Tyson Hodson 3-1.Wellington was open at 113, 170, and 182. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Hmm… · 401 weeks ago Some great pictures on catch it Several wrestlers made top 10 pictures of the week. Report Reply 0 replies · active 401 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more