The links being cut also include “the East and West Seas communication lines” between militaries of the two sides, an inter-Korean “trial communication line” and a hotline between the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea and South Korea’s presidential Blue House, KCNA said.Last week, the North threatened to close the liaison office with the South and threatened further steps to make Seoul “suffer.”Kim’s powerful sister, Kim Yo Jong, also threatened to scrap a military agreement signed with Seoul unless the South stopped activists from sending the leaflets.KCNA said Tuesday that Kim Yo Jong, and another top official, Kim Yong Chol, have “stressed that the work towards the South should thoroughly turn into the one against enemy.”Pyongyang largely cut off contact with Seoul following the collapse of a summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Hanoi last year that left nuclear talks at a standstill. North Korea will cut military and political communication links to “enemy” South Korea on Tuesday, state media said, after threats over activists sending anti-Pyongyang leaflets over the border.The threats come with inter-Korean ties at a standstill, despite three summits between the North’s Kim Jong Un and the South’s President Moon Jae-in in 2018.Pyongyang “will completely cut off and shut down the liaison line between the authorities of the North and the South, which has been maintained through the North-South joint liaison office,” as well as other communication links “from 12:00 on June 9, 2020,” the Korean Central News Agency said. Topics :
Real Madrid took control of the Spanish title race by beating Real Sociedad 2-1 away on Sunday to move top of La Liga above Barcelona after a second-half high on controversy.Madrid captain Sergio Ramos broke the deadlock in the 50th minute by converting a penalty after Vinicius Jr went to ground in the area following contact from Sociedad’s Diego Llorente.Sociedad thought they had levelled with a strike from Adnan Januzaj from outside the box but the goal was ruled out after a VAR review showed Mikel Merino obstructing the view of Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois without touching the ball. Their sense of injustice deepened a minute later when Karim Benzema doubled Madrid’s lead in the 71st after controlling the ball with the top of his arm although Merino ensured an exciting finish by lashing in off the crossbar in the 83rd minute.However, Zinedine Zidane’s side clung on for the win to move level with Barca on 65 points after 30 games but climbed above the Catalans, who were held 0-0 at Sevilla on Friday, due to a superior head-to-head record. Sociedad are sixth on 47.Madrid’s trip to San Sebastian was full of intrigue after Barca failed to beat Sevilla and the Catalan side’s defender Gerard Pique said the title was now Madrid’s for the taking.He appeared to suggest decisions had gone Madrid’s way in their 3-0 win over Valencia last Thursday. Zidane’s team had benefitted from a Valencia goal that was chalked off for an offside against a player who had not touched the ball and there was a tangible sense of deja-vu when Januzaj’s equaliser was ruled out due to Merino’s position.”We’re angry with everything but mainly with the way we lost, because the little details and the big moments went against us,” said Merino.”I was at least five metres from Courtois when I was flagged offside. I don’t know if the same thing would have happened had it been in the other area but the flag went up and we feel that we have been wronged.”Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde, however, felt the three points were deserved.”In my opinion we were the superior team against a very tough opponent, we knew how to cope with them and how to hold on to our lead,” said the Uruguayan.”We’re so happy because it was such a hard game and when you win a game like that you should enjoy it.”Topics :
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his side will need to keep improving to hold off the chasing pack next season after lifting the Premier League trophy.The Reds clinched the title last month, but finally got their hands on the silverware after a 5-3 win over Chelsea on Wednesday.Chelsea have already strengthened ahead of next season with the signings of a long-term Liverpool target Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech. “Chelsea is such a talented team, we had to bring everything on the pitch tonight. Man Utd, Man City [will contend], there are no guarantees for anything, but we will try.”Liverpool also beat Chelsea to lift the UEFA Super Cup at the start of the season to go with the Premier League, Champions League and Club World Cup and Klopp admitted he will take time for a special moment after an incredible run of success.”We are champions of England, Europe and the world. We won four trophies, really big ones, so I couldn’t be more proud,” he added.”I’m usually not a person who needs pictures but I will have a picture with all four trophies because it doesn’t happen often, so we should.”Jordan Henderson had the honor of becoming the first Liverpool player to lift the Premier League trophy and the Reds’ captain believes the manner of victory over a Chelsea side, who needed a result to confirm their place in the Champions League next season, bodes well for what can be achieved next season.”It’s been a journey and to finish it off like this is really special,” said Henderson.”After this, next season is going to be a big challenge for us. But I thought tonight we showed the mentality to come and perform again and get the result we did.” Klopp also expects Manchester City and Manchester United to bolster their squads.But the German believes there is still improvement for his players to make despite becoming English, European and world champions over the past 14 months.”We should not stop, we have internal challenges to improve,” said Klopp.”We have the chance to make another step, but we have to because the others will not sleep. Topics :
Tiruppur’s top official K Vijayakarthikeyan said the local administration had since been carrying out more factory visits in the major garment hub to search for cases of child labor.”We are conducting an enquiry and have instructed all our staff to update us on a daily basis,” Tiruppur’s district-in-charge told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by telephone.”A probe against the mill has been initiated and all efforts are being made to ensure this rare case doesn’t happen again.”As India slowly opens up after months of lockdown to control the spread of COVID-19, activists are concerned that more child workers will be recruited and exploited as industries re-open. Efforts to tackle child labor in garment factories in southern India are being ramped up after the rescue of 35 children from a spinning mill, officials said on Thursday, amid concerns of an increase in trafficking as coronavirus restrictions are eased.In one of the first cases of child labor reported in India since the pandemic, 32 girls and three boys were rescued in Tiruppur in Tamil Nadu state last week following a tip-off to staff at Childline, a toll-free emergency helpline for children.The children were forced to work 14 hours-a-day and given no days off, according to the district’s child welfare committee. “Adolescents are likely to be aggressively recruited as industries unlock and the focus is on getting the economy restarted,” said Prithviraj Sinnathambi, director of charity Community Awareness Research Education Trust (CARE-T).Indian labor laws ban the employment of anyone aged under 15 but children are permitted to support family businesses outside of school hours. This provision is widely exploited by employers and human traffickers, child rights campaigners say.India’s home ministry last month issued an advisory asking state governments to protect children from traffickers and help identify and rescue missing residents.The rescue in Tiruppur prompted social worker C M Sivababu to file a legal action asking authorities to identify and help other victims of child labor in garment factories in the area.He said labor agents had taken advantage of schools being closed and job losses leaving families on the brink of poverty.The Madras High Court responded on Thursday by directing police and labor officials to inspect local garment factories and present their findings at the next hearing in the case.Tiruppur officials said they this week received letters from parents asking them to bring home their children from factories.”One of the girls who was rescued and went back home has shared details of her work conditions with other families,” said Bhaskaran Mahalingam, project manager at charity Centre for Social Education and Development.”This has caused alarm and more parents are reaching out for help to bring back their children home safely.”About 2,400 human trafficking cases were reported in India in 2018, with nearly half of the victims aged under 18, according to the latest available government crime data. Topics :
At a press conference, Deputy Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Angela Tanoesoedibjo said the pandemic and subsequent large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) had driven down demand in the tourism and retail sectors.According to National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) data, the purchasing power of Indonesian dropped Rp 362 trillion in the weeks between March 30 and June 6 due to the pandemic.“[The COVID-19] pandemic and PSBB measures have affected demand for non-essential products. However, we hope the situation will improve in the third and fourth quarters of 2020,” she said.Besides ramping up household spending, it is also hoped that the HBDI will help retailers sell their excess stock, which has sat unsold during the closure of malls and shopping centers from late March to mid-June in Jakarta.“As shopping centers were closed during the Idul Fitri holiday season, we hope this event can help retailers sell their Lebaran stockpiles such as sarongs and Muslim attire,” Indonesian Shopping Centers Tenants Association (Hippindo) chairperson Budihardjo Iduansjah told journalists.“This is the right moment to empty our warehouses as we’re currently being helped by the government and online marketplaces during the event.”Hippindo and HBDI are working together with e-commerce giants Tokopedia, Lazada, Blibli.com and technology decacorn Gojek for event promotion and product marketing. Topics : The committee set a sales target of Rp 24 trillion (US$1.6 billion) during last year’s HBDI event, a 20 percent increase from the first HBDI target in 2017, according to Kompas.This year’s HBDI will offer special prices for consumers, with discounts reaching up to 75 percent from Aug. 14 to 30 both in-store and on online marketplaces.Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP), the broadest measure of the production of goods and services, was down 5.32 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the second quarter, the steepest decline since the first quarter of 1999, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced Wednesday.Household spending, which accounts for more than half of GDP, fell 5.51 percent yoy in the second quarter. Apparel consumption, included under the household spending category, also fell 5.13 percent yoy during the period. Hopes are high the annual Indonesian Discount Shopping Days (HBDI) will give a much needed boost to household spending, which has been well down amid the COVID-19 pandemic, providing retailers with an opportunity to sell their excess stock at below-market prices, officials have said.HBDI committee chairperson and president director of state-owned retailer Sarinah, Fetty Kwartawati, told The Jakarta Post Friday that a sales target had not been set for this year’s event, but that it was more focused on simply reviving consumer spending.“While we can’t predict exactly what the sales will be like because of the pandemic, we are certain this event will jump start retail activities,” she said during an online press conference.
The city’s Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) has been tasked to enforce the regulation, with possible assistance from the National Police and Indonesian Military (TNI).“Satpol PP personnel will record the names, addresses and identification numbers of violators in a database or information system,” the regulation states.Read also: Jokowi orders nationwide enforcement of COVID-19 protocols, sanctionsThe regulation was issued amid rising COVID-19 cases the capital. The national epicenter of the outbreak, Jakarta recorded 657 new cases on Friday, bringing the total to 32,267, according to the central government’s official tally.Despite the increase, many Jakartans are still ignoring health protocols. According to Satpol PP data, the city has collected Rp 1.7 billion in fines from 11,680 violators as of Thursday, based on a previous regulation that fines people Rp 250,000 for not wearing a face mask in public. More than 80,000 people have also been required to do community service as part of the penalty.“We hope that the fine can give a deterrent effect so Jakartans will follow the rules better,” Jakarta Satpol PP chief Arifin told kompas.com on Friday.Topics : The Jakarta administration will start enforcing progressive fines for residents who do not wear a face mask in public as the capital struggles to curb COVID-19 transmissions.The newly issued Gubernatorial Regulation No. 79/2020 states that violators will be fined Rp 250,000 (US$16.92) or required to participate in 60 minutes of community service.The fine will be increased to Rp 500,000 or 120 minutes of community service for those who are caught violating the regulation a second time. Third-time offenders will be required to pay a Rp 750,000 fine or 180 minutes of community service, while the fourth and subsequent violations will result in a Rp 1 million fine or 240 minutes of community service.
Mohamed Salah is looking to win back-to-back golden boots (Getty Images)Salah moved level with Aguero in the golden boot race by scoring a wonder-goal from distance against Chelsea during Liverpool’s 2-0 win at Anfield on Sunday.Aubameyang acknowledged that Salah’s strike was ‘unbelievable’ but he insisted he was happy with his own effort, stating that he had wanted to score a goal like that for some time.‘For a long time, I’ve wanted to score a goal like this and tonight, it went through,’ he said. ‘Normally ‘keepers don’t really know if you are coming back to them and tonight it was a good goal, for me I like it.’He added: ‘It was a great goal from Mo Salah, an unbelievable goal, but I like sometimes… ok it is not an easy goal, but easier than Mo’s.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterMonday 15 Apr 2019 10:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link480Shares Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang talks up golden boot chances after scoring winner for Arsenal against Watford Comment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winning goal after 11 minutes (Getty Images)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is confident that he can win the Premier League golden boot this season after he scored the winning goal in Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Watford.The 29-year-old closed down Ben Foster in the Watford goal and managed to block the goalkeeper’s clearance with the ball ricocheting off his leg into the back of the net after 11 minutes.That strike means that Aubameyang has moved onto 18 for the season, just one shy of the joint-top scorers in the Premier League, Mohamed Salah and Sergio Aguero.Arsenal haven’t had a golden boot winner since Robin Van Persie struck 30 goals in the 2011-12 season but Aubameyang sees no reason why he can’t finish as the top scorer this term.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhen asked by Gary Neville whether he could overtake Salah and Aguero, Aubameyang replied: ‘Yeah, why not? I feel confident and the race is going on. I know it’s a tough battle but I’m confident and will carry on.’ Advertisement
Advertisement Comment David Luiz believes that Arsenal have big potential as a club (Picture: Getty)David Luiz has insisted that he joined Arsenal in order to fight for the Premier League title and other major trophies following the club’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.The 32-year-old endured a difficult afternoon, conceding a penalty to Mohamed Salah who converted his spot-kick before failing to stop the Egyptian score a superb individual goal soon after.Although Arsenal grabbed a late consolation goal through Lucas Torreira, they were outclassed by their hosts as Liverpool ran out comfortable winners with Joel Matip also netting.Despite the defeat, though, Luiz is adamant that Arsenal have the potential to challenge for titles and claimed that the way they end the season will be more important to how they start it.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterSunday 25 Aug 2019 1:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link283Shares David Luiz outlines Premier League title ambitions with Arsenal despite Liverpool defeat Advertisement Luiz conceded a penalty during Arsenal’s defeat to Liverpool at Anfield (Picture: Getty)Speaking post-match, Luiz said: ‘I think this club has an opportunity to shine like it did in the past. We have a lot of talent and a lot of players here with a lot of quality. I think for us it is about the end not about the beginning.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I came here with an ambition to fight for titles, for the Premier League title and other competitions also because it has been like that at other clubs where I have been.‘It was never easy. There [are] always tough moments, difficult moments but we made it count in the end so I’m going to try my best every single day and help everybody to believe in this because this club has a lot of potential.’Arsenal have endured some tricky visits to Anfield in recent years but they performed better on Saturday than they did last season when they were thrashed 5-1.Nevertheless, while Arsenal were praised for their battling qualities, their defensive display has been criticised in some quarters with Owen Hargreaves particularly scathing.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe former Manchester United midfielder said: ‘Liverpool have two terrific centre-backs and Joe Gomez. Arsenal, we’re not sure if they have one.’Luiz joined Arsenal on transfer deadline day after spending six and a half years with their London rivals Chelsea across two separate spells as a replacement for Laurent Koscielny.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal
Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 13 Sep 2019 5:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link640Shares Why William Saliba is back at Arsenal’s training ground William Saliba has been troubled by a groin injury and hasn’t played this season (Picture: Getty)William Saliba has returned to Arsenal’s London Colney training complex to continue his rehabilitation from a groin injury.Arsenal signed the highly-rated 18-year-old for £27million earlier this summer, beating Tottenham to his services but were forced to loan him back to Saint-Etienne as part of the dealThe teenager has been troubled by a groin injury since the end of last season and underwent surgery in August, a procedure that was signed off by Arsenal.‘Saliba had an operation earlier this week. We will take our time with his return,’ said Saint-Etienne coach Ghislain Printant last month.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Arsenal signed William Saliba for £27million from Saint-Etienne (Picture: Getty)Saliba returned to north London on Friday for the first time since confirmation of his move and did some light ball work, training away from the rest of the first team squad and wearing the No.17 squad number vacated by Alex Iwobi following his transfer to Everton.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal travel to Watford, meanwhile, on Sunday looking to extend a promising start to the new season which has seen them take seven points from 12 available.‘I think we can improve in all situations: offensively and defensively,’ said head coach Unai Emery.‘Really, we have players and we have more options in the next weeks, and I am optimistic that we can work and we can have players to improve in all things, defence and attack.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal