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Japan warns football fans not to go to North Korea for World Cup qualifier

TOKYO: Japan has warned football fans not to attempt to travel to “hostile” North Korea for next week’s World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang. The Tokyo foreign ministry “strongly requests the general public to refrain” from attending the match on Mar 26, the first for the two sides in North Korea since 2011. “As you know, North Korea takes a hostile view of Japan and travel is not recommended for the general public,” it said on X, formerly Twitter. Japan and North Korea play in Tokyo on Thursday (Mar 21) as part of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup, before the return fixture next week. Japan’s long-standing advice for its nationals is not to travel to North Korea but it does not expressly forbid them from doing so. The two countries do not have diplomatic relations. It was unclear how many fans, if any, would try to travel. They would need a North Korean visa to do so. Fourteen government officials will however accompany the Japan team for the match as well as a small number of media outlets, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported. The first leg of their women’s playoff for the Paris Olympics was switched from the North Korean capital to neutral ground in Saudi Arabia last month. Relations have long been dogged by issues including compensation for Japan’s brutal occupation of the Korean peninsula between 1910 and 1945 and more recently by Pyongyang’s firing of missiles over Japanese territory. The abduction by North Korean agents of Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 1980s – forced to train spies in Japanese language and customs – has also long been a major point of contention. Thursday’s match in Tokyo was expected to see a sizeable contingent of North Korean supporters from among Japan’s long-standing ethnic Korean community of about 300,000 people. Most are descendants of civilians taken from their homes during Japan’s colonisation of the Korean peninsula.

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Two Pakistan miners killed, 8 feared dead in gas explosion

QUETTA: Two bodies have been pulled from a collapsed mine in southern Pakistan, rescuers said Wednesday, with eight more people feared dead.A gas explosion rocked the private coal pit in the mining region of Khost, 80 kilometres (50 miles) east of Quetta, on Tuesday evening, trapping 10 people about 800 feet (244 metres) below ground.”Two dead bodies were recovered by the rescue teams overnight,” Ghani Baloch, the chief inspector of mines for Balochistan province, told AFP.”We fear the rest of the workers may not be alive, however our rescue team members are trying their best to recover them.”A group of eight who attempted to rescue their colleagues also became trapped for several hours, but were later brought to safety by a government rescue team — some of them unconscious.Rescue teams from the government’s mining department as well as the disaster management agency are at the site.”The cause of the incident was an accumulation of carbon monoxide gas followed by an explosion. As a result the mine caved in,” Baloch told AFP.Deadly incidents are not uncommon in Pakistani mines, which are notorious for hazardous working conditions and poor safety standards.

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North Korea claims progress in development of hypersonic missile designed to strike Guam

SEOUL: North Korea successfully tested a solid-fuel engine for its new-type intermediate-range hypersonic missile, state media reported Wednesday, claiming a progress in efforts to develop a more powerful, agile missile designed to strike faraway US targets in the region. A hypersonic missile is among an array of high-tech weapons systems that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un publicly vowed to introduce in 2021 to cope with what he called deepening US hostility. Outside experts say Kim wants a modernized weapons arsenal to wrest US concessions like sanctions relief when diplomacy resumes. On Tuesday, Kim guided the ground jet test of multi-stage solid-fuel engine for the hypersonic missile at the North’s northwestern rocket launch facility, the official Korean Central News Agency reported. It cited Kim as saying the strategic value of the new missile with an intermediate-range is as important as intercontinental ballistic missiles targeting the US mainland and that “enemies know better about it”. It said that a timetable for completing the development of the new weapons system was “set through the great success in the important test”. Intermediate-range missiles possessed or pursued by North Korea are the weapons systems primarily aimed at attacking the US Pacific territory of Guam, home to US military bases. With a range adjustment, missiles can be used to strike closer targets like US military installations in Japan’s Okinawa island, experts say. In recent years, North Korea has been pushing to develop more weapons with built-in solid propellants, which make launches harder to detect than liquid-propellant missiles that must be fuelled before liftoffs and cannot last long. The North’s pursuit of hypersonic weapons is also meant to defeat US and South Korean missile defence systems, but it’s unclear the North’s hypersonic vehicles consistently maintained a desired speed exceeding Mach 5 during tests in 2021 and 2022, experts say. In January, North Korea said it flight-tested a new solid-fuel intermediate-range ballistic missile tipped with a hypersonic warhead, in an apparent reference to the missile mentioned in Wednesday’s KCNA dispatch. In November, North Korea said it had tested engine tests for the missile. On Monday, South Korea, the US and Japan said they detected the multiple ballistic missile test-launches by North Korea in what was the country’s first missile firings in about a month. The North said Tuesday it performed a live-fire drill of what it called nuclear-capable “super-large” multiple rocket launchers designed to target South Korea’s capital, Seoul. South Korea’s military later said it views the North Korean weapons system tested as a ballistic missile. North Korea has been engaging in a provocative run of missile tests since 2022. The US and South Korea militaries have responded by expanding their bilateral exercises and trilateral drills involving Japan. Observers say North Korea will likely intensify its run of missile tests ahead of the US presidential election in November.

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In Ohio’s GOP congressional primaries, Taylor wins 2nd Congressional District, Rulli wins 6th

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Businessman Dave Taylor has defeated 10 of his fellow Republicans in a crowded primary for southern Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District seat, and State Sen. Michael Rulli has won the Republican primary in Eastern Ohio’s 6th Congressional District. Taylor will face Democrat Samantha Meadows in the November election to replace Republican U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, who retired last year. Rulli will face Democrat Michael Kripchak, who won the Democratic primary for the seat. The 2nd District extends from the eastern suburbs of Cincinnati to the West Virginia border. The 6th District is home to East Palestine, the village that is still suffering from the effects of last year’s toxic train derailment. Both are solidly red districts. The 2nd Congressional District race was the most expensive of Ohio’s congressional races this election. Taylor raised roughly $1.7 million, the most of any candidate, though several others also reported over $1 million in campaign funds. Taylor previously worked as a local prosecutor before taking over his family’s business, Sardinia Ready Mix, Inc., a concrete supplier. His platform includes classic conservative talking points, such as securing the United States’ southern border, opposing abortion, and supporting gun rights and former President Donald Trump. In the 6th District, constituents voted not once, but twice in Tuesday’s primary: first for a nominee to run in a June special election whose winner will fill out the remainder of Johnson’s current term; and in the November general election, whose winner will start a full new term in January 2025. Rulli won both nominations. Johnson resigned before his term ended to become president of Youngstown State University Jan. 21, prompting Gov. Mike DeWine to schedule the summer special election to fill the role until the start of the 2025 congressional term. The heart of the district, which runs along the Ohio River in the eastern part of the state, is East Palestine, a small community that recently observed the one-year anniversary of a devastating train derailment. The village, which sits just west of the Pennsylvania border, says it is still feeling the impact of an intentional toxic chemical release that authorities conducted to keep the derailed train cars from exploding. Rulli defeated current state Rep. Reggie Stoltzfus of Stark County and Rick Tsai, a chiropractor from East Palestine, to secure the GOP nomination. The Mahoning County native and current Columbiana County resident, has served as a state senator since 2019. He’s also director of operations for Rulli Bros. Market, a grocery company founded over 100 years ago by his grandfather and great-uncle. Rulli said in a phone interview that he’s very happy and thankful for his win, and that he’s looking forward to advocating for the district — especially its blue collar workforce. Rulli campaigned on mainstream conservative issues, such as securing the United States’ southern border, supporting gun rights, and opposing abortion. He has secured key endorsements from the National Rifle Association and Ohio Right to Life, an anti-abortion organization. He is also an advocate for increasing oil and gas production within Ohio instead of getting energy outside the United States. Several East Palestine officials endorsed Rulli’s run, and Rulli emphasized in a phone interview that there’s still a lot of work to be done in East Palestine to ensure the village is safe and the community’s anxieties are addressed. The National Republican Congressional Committee congratulated Rulli in an emailed statement Tuesday night. “Michael has a strong, conservative record of delivering results in the state legislature. With Michael on the ballot, we look forward to maintaining this district as a Republican stronghold and welcoming him to Congress with a strong Republican majority,” committee spokesperson Mike Marinella said in the email. ___ Samantha Hendrickson is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues. Samantha Hendrickson, The Associated Press

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BEINCOURT and Carahsoft Offering Technology Demonstrations

RESTON, Va., March 19, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — BEINCOURT, an innovative virtual and hybrid courtroom solutions developer, and Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, today announced that they are offering demonstrations of hybrid courtroom technology in Carahsoft’s new Courtroom Experience Center (CEC). Hybrid and virtual courtroom solutions offer an enhanced capability to traditional, in person courtroom proceedings, which are often expensive with reduced efficiency, and make courtrooms less accessible. Hybrid courtroom solutions are being adopted to address many of these challenges head on, providing an alternative that is faster, less costly, more efficient, and more accessible. The CEC is designed to provide the most seamless in-person, virtual, and hybrid experience for judicial clients. BEINCOURT hosts in-person, hybrid, and virtual courtroom technology demonstrations, which allow customers to experience the solution firsthand. BEINCOURT’s CEC offers the following capabilities: Customized solution with multi-camera view tailored to provide an immersive courtroom experience for in person and virtual participantsIntuitive system control and ease of use via touch screen control systemLocalized capture and amplification of audio via proprietary SoundSphere speaker/microphone solution for a pristine courtroom audio experienceSeamless integration with all major videoconferencing platformsHigh-definition audio and video for all in-person and virtual participantsIntegrated digital evidence presentation capabilities: Document cameraWired and wireless presentation capabilitiesDigital annotation capabilities Simultaneous and consecutive interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) support for remote participantsLimited English Proficiency (LEP) support for multiple participantsAudio solutions with ADA support “Our innovative approach to modern hybrid courtroom technology solutions give judicial customers the unique opportunity to bring flexibility and enhanced accessibility into their day-to-day proceedings,” said Gregory Fechner, Vice President of Business Development at BEINCOURT. “We’ve seen rapidly growing interest in our solutions from the judicial community and anticipate that momentum to continue as our Courtroom Experience Center demonstrations occur.” Demos are available virtually or in person at Carahsoft’s Conference & Collaboration Center, located at 11493 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 100, Reston, VA 20190. Carahsoft also serves as the distributor in this partnership, leveraging a variety of Carahsoft contract vehicles. For more information on BEINCOURT, or to schedule a demo in their Courtroom Experience Center, please contact BeInCourt@carahsoft.com or 571-591-6200, or visit this page. About BEINCOURTAn end-to-end technology platform that enhances the in-person court experience, simplifies virtual hearings, and allows for a state-of-the-art Hybrid experience. BEINCOURT delivers innovative audio and video technology solutions designed to reinvent courtroom communication for today’s physical, virtual, and hybrid courtrooms. Our commitment is to provide courts with reliable, affordable, and user-friendly technology experiences that empower seamless proceedings. As our name suggests, BEINCOURT is dedicated to enhancing access to justice through cutting-edge technology, accessible from virtually anywhere. Visit us at www.BEINCOURT.com. About CarahsoftCarahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets. As the Master Government Aggregator® for our vendor partners, we deliver solutions for Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Open Source, Customer Experience and more. Working with resellers, systems integrators and consultants, our sales and marketing teams provide industry leading IT products, services and training through hundreds of contract vehicles. Visit us at www.carahsoft.com. ContactMary Lange(703) 230-7434PR@carahsoft.com Source link The content is by Globe Newswire. Headlines of Today Media is not responsible for the content provided or any links related to this content. Headlines of Today Media is not responsible for the correctness, topicality or the quality of the content.

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North Korea claims progress in missile designed to strike Guam

North Korea says it has successfully tested a solid-fuel engine for its new-type intermediate-range hypersonic missile. It’s seen as claiming a progress in developing a more powerful, agile missile designed to strike faraway U.S. targets in the region. According to KCNA, leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test on Tuesday, Mar. 19 at the Sohae Launch Site, a frequent venue for previous launches of missiles and satellites. Photos 1 1 of 1 | In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, watches what it says a test of a solid-fuel engine for its new-type intermediate-range hypersonic missile at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground in North Korea Tuesday, March 19, 2024. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP) Read More 1 of 1 In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, watches what it says a test of a solid-fuel engine for its new-type intermediate-range hypersonic missile at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground in North Korea Tuesday, March 19, 2024. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP) Share Share Copy Link copied Email Facebook X Reddit LinkedIn Pinterest Flipboard Print Read More

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PPI on wheels: How seven million drivers could be in line for payouts in a new scandal

Up to seven million people could be in line for compensation worth thousands of pounds after routinely being mis-sold expensive car loans by dealerships since 2014. The emerging scandal — being dubbed ‘PPI on wheels’ after the payment protection insurance meltdown of the late 1990s and early 2000s — could leave the banks that provide the loans with a £13 billion bill. Experts such as Martin Lewis are advising anyone who thinks they are affected to submit claims now to ensure they are treated fairly. Although this is a fraction of the £50 billion PPI mis-selling payouts, the sheer size of the bill will yet again raise serious questions over the banking industry’s poor treatment of customers — whether savers, small businesses, or pensioners. It also shows the City regulator in a poor light. While the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is now paving the way for compensation by launching a probe into car loan mis-selling, some believe it failed customers. PPI on wheels: Up to seven million people could have been mis-sold expensive car loans by dealerships since 2014 This was centred on drivers who bought a new car using loan finance — either a personal contract purchase (PCP) plan or hire purchase (HP) agreement. Around nine in ten new cars are bought this way. Some 18.2 million new cars were registered in the UK between 2014 and 2021, according to data analyst Statista — and 16.4 million could have been bought using a PCP or HP. Over this period, Martin Lewis says up to 40 per cent of these motorists — about 6.6 million — may have unwittingly signed up to a ‘discretionary commission arrangement’ (DCA). In doing so, many paid more in loan interest than they should have. This is because the banks allowed dealerships to earn big commission payments from the loans they recommended. These costs were then passed on to customers through higher interest rates. The FCA says a car buyer borrowing £10,000 over four years could have paid up to £1,100 more than they should have because of commission payments made to dealerships by the banks. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Are insurers trying to drive over 70s off the road? Readers… Steve McQueen’s stunt car from his final film The Hunter is… Drivers get 35,000 private parking charges a day – as DVLA… Rats can knock a fifth off value of your home: Infestations… Share this article Share HOW THIS IS MONEY CAN HELP How to save money on energy: What you need to know and energy-saving tips that work It is believed motorists may have paid £165 million a year in unnecessary fees. Investment bank Jefferies has calculated the cost of making good the financial detriment at £13 billion. This compares to the £50 billion it cost the banks to clear up the PPI scandal, where people were sold poor-value or unnecessary cover to meet mortgage, loan, or credit card payments if they could not work through illness or unemployment. The FCA launched its probe into DCA mis-selling after the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) said it had received 17,000 complaints from motorists. The regulator is expected to announce its findings in September when it is likely that a formal redress scheme will be set up to make it easy for victims to claim. Tellingly, Lloyds Banking Group, whose car loan arm is Black Horse, said last month that it would be setting aside £450 million to meet potential claims. Yet experts believe Lloyds could be hit with a total compensation bill of more than £2 billion. Other big loan providers — including Barclays, Close Brothers and Santander — are likely to face similar bills. Last month, Close Brothers suspended its dividend payments to shareholders because of concerns over the size of the compensation bill it could be landed with — and is putting aside a £400 million capital buffer as reserve. Debt adviser Sara Williams, who runs consumer website Debt Camel, says: ‘Most people assumed when taking out a car loan that the interest charged was just for financing the deal. They had no idea some of the charges would be creamed off as sales commission. ‘Few people would have been aware that details of such commission payments were buried in the small print.’ She adds: ‘The way the finance was sold made borrowers vulnerable to the ruse. After being shown a car and agreeing on all the extras — for example, alloy wheels and colour — the buyer would then be offered a loan based on how much they could afford, rather than what was best for them. Often, the more they could afford, the more expensive their loan became.’ Mis-selling fears: Some 18.2m new cars were registered in the UK between 2014 and 2021 – and 16.4m could have been bought using a PCP or HP Experts say car loan interest charges of 4 per cent or less, at a time when the Bank of England base rate was 1 per cent or lower — from 2009 onwards — may be deemed acceptable by the regulator. Those who paid more are likely to have been judged as exploited. Anyone unsure about whether they paid too much for car finance is being encouraged to contact the dealership they got it from. They have a duty to confirm whether the loan was set up using a DCA. Websites such as Debt Camel and consumer rights group Consumer Voice have letter templates that can be used to ensure the dealership provides the correct information. Alex Neill, co-founder of Consumer Voice, says: ‘This mis-selling scandal could be huge — and it is right that it is being dubbed “PPI on wheels”.’ She believes the regulator will want to avoid a repeat of the long-drawn-out PPI crisis. So, it is likely to produce a straightforward redress scheme. The FOS recently ruled in favour of two motorists who took out car loans with Barclays and Black Horse where DCAs had been struck with the dealerships. The regulator responded by launching its probe. It has now told car finance lenders that they should not resolve DCA complaints until its conclusions have been published. And Ms Neill warns consumers to steer clear of ‘ambulance chasing’ solicitors looking to make money from the crisis. Martin Lewis says you should start by asking your dealership if it had a discretionary commission arrangement when you bought the car, by using the letter template at moneysavingexpert.com/ reclaim/ reclaim-car-finance/#free-tool. This can then be sent to the company, with a time-logged complaint included within the request. You will need details such as the name of the firm who provided the finance agreement, policy number (if available), your name, date of birth and address — including if it was different when the deal was taken out. You might not get an immediate reply, though most companies should acknowledge the request within 28 days. If it says you had a DCA then you could be in line for a payout — but must wait until September for more details. Yesterday, the FCA told Money Mail: ‘Discretionary commission arrangements created an incentive for brokers [dealerships] to increase how much people were charged for their car loan. There has been a high number of complaints from customers. ‘Lenders and brokers are rejecting most of these complaints. We are assessing the extent of the problem to make sure that if people are owed compensation, it can be done in the best way possible.’ Adrian Dally, of the Finance and Leasing Association, says: ‘Discretionary commission arrangements do not automatically mean customers lost out. In practice, having discretion to change interest rates often meant dealers lowered them to be more competitive.’ Lloyds said: ‘The £450 million [we have set aside] is in relation to motor finance commission. It is for operational and legal expenses, as well as potential redress. There remains significant uncertainty on the extent of potential redress, if any, and its timing. 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Airlift drama for BBC Scotland’s political editor Glenn Campbell after he falls ill on hill walk

BBC presenter Glenn Campbell was airlifted from a mountainside after becoming unwell minutes into a five-hour trek. The broadcaster, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year, was at the start of his ascent up a 3,425ft Munro when he fell ill. The political journalist was airlifted from the scene, a short walk from the Ben Lawers car park near Killin, Perthshire, after mountain rescue teams were summoned to the hillside to help him. Mr Campbell yesterday said: ‘I was sorry not to be able to climb Meall nan Tarmachan on Sunday because I became unwell ten minutes’ walk from the Ben Lawers car park. ‘I am very grateful to my experienced hiking partner and other walkers for making me comfortable on the hill and to the emergency services for their impressive response.’ Killin Mountain Rescue and Tayside Mountain Rescue were dispatched to the scene after the alarm was raised, with Mr Campbell treated on the hillside before he was airlifted to the nearest hospital. The team said Mr Campbell was airlifted by Rescue 199 helicopter, and added: ‘We wish the casualty well.’ BBC Scotland political journalist Glenn Campbell was airlifted from a mountainside after becoming unwell minutes into a five-hour trek A helicopter was scrambled for the hillside rescue Mr Campbell was minutes into Meall nan Tarmachan walk It is understood the presenter, who is a familiar face in the corridors of Holyrood and TV screens across the nation, returned home on Sunday. It is also understood he is now feeling well again, and is taking time to rest before his next round of chemotherapy. His mountainside ordeal came after he was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour called an oligodendroglioma, which tends to respond better to treatment than many other types, last summer. Mr Campbell wrote about his health battle earlier this year. The BBC Scotland political editor revealed in January: ‘I do have an incurable brain cancer. It is almost certainly what will kill me, but I am optimistic that need not happen for a long time yet. ‘Over the autumn, I had 33 blasts of radiotherapy. I started chemotherapy before Christmas and I should be having the second of six chemo cocktails with my Burns supper. ‘I have remained healthy and active throughout my treatment so far. I have been able to keep working, keep walking my dog and climb a few mountains.’ In his BBC online article, which told of how hard he found it to tell his children Cameron and Katie what was happening to him, he had shared images of him on the summit of Mount Keen in October, during his radiotherapy, and near the summit of Schiehallion in November. Meall nan Tarmachan is the only Munro summit on the Tarmachan ridge and is one of the easier summits to reach thanks to its high starting point at the Ben Lawers car park. The eight-mile route normally takes walkers between five and seven hours. After making his cancer diagnosis public, Mr Campbell revealed: ‘Instead of worrying about dying from brain cancer, I can see the potential for it to give me a new lease of life. In some ways that has already begun.’ He added: ‘I am spending more time with friends and family, who have humbled me with their love and support. ‘I am taking more time to appreciate simple pleasures, especially walking in Scotland’s breathtaking landscapes.’ Mr Campbell’s grape-sized tumour was revealed following a bike crash in June 2023 which left him with broken ribs.

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Moment school bus driver, 67, throttles and punches seventh grader after pulling the vehicle over,…

Driver Scott Livingstone marched up the aisle after becoming ‘irritated’ at children joking in the back of his Missouri school bus. Video shows him wrestling with Zachary Carrel after the seventh-grader told him ‘you can’t touch me’. Zachary was left with cuts and bruises to his face and neck, while Livingstone has been fired by Heritage Middle School and charged with assault

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