first_imgSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean lawmakers say a North Korean diplomat who served as the country’s acting ambassador to Kuwait has defected to the South. The lawmakers say they were told by the National Intelligence Service that the diplomat arrived in South Korea in September 2019 with his wife and at least one child. That would make him one of the most senior North Koreans to defect in recent years. North Korea, which touts itself as a socialist paradise, is extremely sensitive about defections, especially among its elite, and has sometimes insisted that they are South Korean or American plots to undermine its government.last_img read more

first_imgAUSTRALIA’S perfectly timed return to one-day prominence ahead of the looming World Cup has seen them romp to their sixth straight victory, with their stars sealing a series triumph over Pakistan.Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell played contrasting innings of substance, before Pat Cummins delivered the knockout blow with the new ball to see the Aussies claim an 80-run victory in the third ODI in Abu Dhabi.Finch got within 10 runs of becoming the first Australian to score centuries in three consecutive ODIs, a feat only 10 men, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Kumar Sangakkara among them, have achieved.With scores of 116, 153 not out and 90 in the first three games of the campaign, Finch has emphatically re-established himself as an indispensable member of Australia’s top-order for the World Cup.The opener’s 136-ball knock was far from his most fluent innings, finding the fence just six times, but the late fireworks from his close friend Maxwell ensured Australia posed a competitive 6-266.Maxwell creamed 71 from just 55 deliveries, his highest ODI score in two years, to send a timely reminder of his finishing capabilities with returns of Steve Smith and David Warner looming.In his first game back following a two-game rest, Cummins (3-23 off eight overs) found extravagant seam movement under lights to make a mess of Pakistan’s top-order, as he snared three wickets in 11 balls all caught behind the wicket.Leg-spinner Adam Zampa then cleaned up the tail to finish up with 4-43 from 9.4 overs.Australia’s six-game win streak is the longest stretch they’ve put together since the 2015 World Cup, while it’s the first time in two-and-a-half years they’ve won back-to-back ODI series abroad.They now turn their attention to the final two games of the series in Dubai tomorrow and Sunday, where they’ll be targeting their first five-game series whitewash abroad in over a decade.Having initially struggled to get into his rhythm, as Pakistan’s innings begun, during a steady flow of rain, Cummins obliterated his opposition’s hopes of keeping the series alive when he eventually found his groove.Handscomb took a blinder at slip off Shan Masood (2), before Haris Sohail (1) and Rizwan (three-ball duck) on review both followed in the same over after a rain delay, all to Cummins.Maxwell’s (1-21 off five overs) good night continued when he had Imam-ul-Haq (46) lbw (with debutant umpire Asif Yaqoob’s call standing up to a review after the first two ‘out’ decisions of his career were overturned) as did Cummins’ with a sliding outfield catch.Shoaib Malik (31), Umar Akmal (36) and Imad Wasim (43) all scraped to keep Pakistan alive, but their top-order’s failure to fire proved fatal as Pakistan lost their last five wickets for 37 runs.last_img read more

first_imgA Donegal task-force specifically organized to tackle the issue of social isolation among the elderly in communities across Donegal have launched their ‘Good Morning Service’ initiative.It is widely known that social isolation and loneliness can be felt at any age.Personal security is an issue for all of us and the need for human contact is vital for everyone’s health and wellbeing. Maintaining independence and quality of life is of key importance to people over the age of 65 years.Staff associated with the Good Morning Service organisation assist and support many people who are isolated, lonely, vulnerable and fearful.However, they also support and assist those who are quite content living alone and are leading full and active lives.Working collaboratively with all statutory, Voluntary and Community agencies to deliver responsive supports to enable people to remain living active and independent lives in their communities, and for those who are more vulnerable or have mobility difficulties to ensure they receive the homecare they need to maintain a good quality of life and wellbeing. Supported by Core funding from the HSE Older Peoples Service, the Good Morning Service offers free and confidential support to people in Donegal, the service involves local volunteers making a regular phone call to people aged over sixty, so as to ensure they are safe and well.The calls are made at an agreed time and can be daily or once a week, depending on the client’s needs and preferences.Since being established in Inishowen in 2006 we have expanded the service into five other areas across the county.The Service works in partnership with local community organisations, who host our service within their facilities.Our centre in Falcarragh serves the North West; the Donegal Town centre covers the South West; Letterkenny serves Central and North Donegal; Burtonport serves the Rosses area; while Lifford covers the east of the county. The calls are made by trained and Garda checked local volunteers who live in the area and have local knowledge, information and news to impart to the Client, a trusted and friendly voice making that vital human connection on a daily basis.Befriending and Dementia BefriendingIn Inishowen, we provide a befriending scheme that matches a volunteer with an individual who feels isolated, lonely or vulnerable; the volunteer provides companionship, friendship and a supportive relationship that elevates the effects of isolation and loneliness.The client is encouraged where possible to participate in community events or social activities, supported by the volunteer in many cases. We also have a dementia specific befriending service where we befriend someone with the condition; they visit once a week giving their full time carer a few hours respite.Addressing rural isolation through county-wide support and advocacy:Alongside the regular phone call support, the Good Morning Service advocates for older people and refers clients to health services and any other organisation that may be of help in relation to each individual’s concerns.• We provide clients with information on their rights and entitlements• Listen to their views to establish their wishes• Discuss options with them• Provide support and assistance in making informed choices• Empower clients to make decisions that affect their lives• Support clients in the actions they wish to take to resolve their concerns• We act on the clients behalf if they request our assistance• We participate in all forums where the voice of our service users can be heard and recognised• We produce and deliver a quarterly newsletter to clientsThe Service offers assistance and support with any issue the client is facing acts as intermediaries with other service providers.Advocates on older people’s issues; provides advice and information about services; and actively resolves everyday issues and difficulties that impact on the health and wellbeing of older people in Donegal.DONEGAL GROUP LAUNCH TASK-FORCE TO HELP ALLEVIATE SOCIAL ISOLATION was last modified: March 30th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeatureshealthnewslast_img read more