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N.Korean women faced torture, rape, malnourishment in detention, says UN report

first_img“I did not sleep and worked because I did not want to be beaten. It was excruciating to a level that I even attempted to commit suicide,” one woman was quoted as saying.North Korea did not immediately react to the report but it has previously called criticism over its human rights record a “plot to overthrow” its regime.Another woman recalled one of her first nights in detention in 2010 when she was raped by an officer.”He threatened that … I would be humiliated if I rejected him. He even told me he could help me to be released sooner if I did as he said,” she said.Gathering information in isolated North Korea is notoriously difficult, and the report acknowledged the lack of access to the country limited the agency’s ability to verify the interviewees’ accounts.Daniel Collinge, a UN human rights officer who co-authored the report, said the project was aimed at putting pressure on Pyongyang to improve the situation, while urging other countries not to deport defectors who risk their lives to achieve freedom and prosperity.South Korea’s Moon Jae-in government, which is trying to improve ties with the North, recently came under criticism after revoking the licenses of defector groups and banning their campaigns to send anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets across the border. Topics : North Korean women detained in prison camps suffered from torture, rape and other forms of “multiple and serious” violence by security and police officials, a UN human rights report said on Tuesday, citing accounts from over 100 women.The women, detained between 2009 and 2019 after failing to flee the country, recounted in interviews with UN investigators in Seoul after their release, how they were deprived of food, sleep, daylight and fresh air while in the detention centers and prison camps.Many also said in the report titled “I Still Feel The Pain” that they were subjected to torture, invasive body searches, forced abortions and even rape by authorities there. All of the women eventually managed to defect to South Korea.last_img read more

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea & Liverpool

first_img Comment 1 min. story Michael OwenFriday 8 Mar 2019 11:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares 1/1 PLAY Skip Top articles About Connatix V67539 Advertisement Brighton boosted their survival hopes with a vital win over Huddersfield last weekend (Picture: Getty)Brighton gained their first league win of the year against Huddersfield last weekend, but I expect Palace to get revenge for their 3-1 defeat at the Amex back in December.The Seagulls played with 10-men for over an hour in the reverse fixture and it would be no surprise if this were another feisty “derby” between these two arch-rivals.The Eagles have won just 13 of their 33 league points at Selhurst Park so far this term, but I expect the hosts to keep the points with Wilfried Zaha in such good form at present – five goals and an assist in his last 6 PL games.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Jorginho scored a rare goal from open play in last week’s win over Fulham (Picture: Getty)Wolves have already picked up a point at Old Trafford and the Emirates as well as gaining a famous win at Wembley this season although, surprisingly, they were beaten at Huddersfield in their last away league game.Wolves won the reverse fixture at Molineux back in December and they are looking to become the first newly promoted side to do the double over Chelsea since Charlton in the 2000-01 campaign.Chelsea have won their last couple of home league games, however, and I feel they will just do enough to maintain their challenge for a top four finish.Michael’s prediction: 1-0Arsenal v Manchester United Jamie Vardy has scored in successive games since the sacking of Claude Puel (Picture: Getty)Brendan Rodgers’ lost his first game in charge of Leicester City at Watford last weekend, but he has won all six previous PL meetings with Fulham and I feel he will make a winning start at the King Power Stadium.Jamie Vardy has scored 99 goals in all competitions for the Foxes after his typical strike at Vicarage Road last weekend and he is bidding to become the first Leicester player since Gary Lineker to reach three figures for the club.Michael’s prediction: 3-1Newcastle United v Everton Anthony Martial scored in Man Utd’s recent FA Cup win over Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have won their last eight home league games but, sandwiched in-between, they did lose at home to United in the FA Cup back in January and I think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side can win their seventh successive away league game.Only City (42) have picked up more home league points than Arsenal (38) but I felt United were good value for their Cup success and they can win an open entertaining, but fiercely competitive clash at the Emirates.AdvertisementMichael’s prediction: 1-3Michael’s weekend wager: Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Spurs at 5/1   More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Harry Kane is back from injury and back in the goals (Picture: Getty)Spurs have lost their last couple of PL away games and only a late Hugo Lloris penalty save spared their blushes in the North London derby at Wembley last Saturday. That said Spurs survived a first-half onslaught in the Westfalenstadion to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Champions League midweek when Harry Kane eased any thoughts of a Dortmund comeback with his early second half strike. The Saints are just two points above the drop zone despite winning three of their 7 home league games under Ralph Hasenhuttl. Spurs are realistically out of the title race, but they are in a battle for a top four spot with two of Spurs, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal missing out on automatic Champions League qualification.Mauricio Pochettino has never lost at his former club (W2 D2) and I expect it will be Spurs who take the points.Michael’s prediction: 0-3Manchester City v Watford Read More Read More Read More Michael’s prediction: 2-0Cardiff City v West Ham Arsenal v Manchester United is the headline match in this week’s Premier League schedule (Picture: Getty /MetroManchester City lead Liverpool by a point at the top of the Premier League table after the Reds goalless draw at Goodison on Sunday.Advantage City, but there are likely to be many more twists and turns before the 2018/19 title will be decided.Brand Ambassador Michael Owen again looks forward to all the weekend action exclusively for BetVictor.Crystal Palace v Brighton Michael Owen predicts Liverpool v BurnleyTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:44FullscreenMichael Owen predicts Liverpool v Burnleyhttps://metro.co.uk/video/michael-owen-predicts-liverpool-v-burnley-1878696/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 35 home PL games although they have only won four of their nine league games in 2019.The Reds defence – marshalled by the brilliant Virgil van Dijk – have only conceded 15 goals in their 29 PL games so far this season, but this is the first time that Mo Salah has failed to score in three successive PL games for the club.It is only a matter of time, however, before the Egyptian rediscovers his scoring touch and I expect Jurgen Klopp’s side to gain another three vital home points in this High Noon shoot-out.Michael’s recommendation: 2-0Chelsea v Wolverhampton Wandererscenter_img Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea & Liverpool Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE / Coming Next Full Screen by Metro Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Huddersfield remain in deep trouble despite their recent home win over Wolves (Picture: Getty)Bournemouth have lost their last nine away games in the PL and failed to muster a single shot at home to Manchester City at the Vitality Stadium last weekend.That unwanted stat – as well as having less than 18% possession – is sure to have hurt Eddie Howe’s side who will not meet anything of City’s quality at the John Smith’s Stadium. The Terriers did, however, win their last home game against Wolves and I feel it will be a point apiece in West Yorkshire.Michael’s prediction: 1-1Leicester City v Fulham Declan Rice and West Ham were too good for Newcastle last weekend (Picture: Getty)West Ham have won their last seven games against Cardiff in all competitions – scoring at least twice in each of those fixtures – and I expect Manuel Pellegrini’s side to take the points back to the capital at the weekend.The Bluebirds conceded eight goals in two massive home games in four days against Watford and Everton last month although they must take heart from the fact that they remain just two points from safety as we go into the last knockings of the season.The Hammers have lost four of their last five league games on the road, but I felt they played well against Newcastle last weekend and believe they will have too much quality for Neil Warnock’s side.Michael’s prediction: 1-2Huddersfield v Bournemouth Read More SPONSORED Read More Skip Ad Everton held Liverpool to a goalless draw in last weekend’s Merseyside derby (Picture: Getty)Everton have won four of their last five away league games at Newcastle but United have won their last four home PL games by an aggregate score of 9-1. I feel it will be honours even, however, at St James’ Park.Everton have kept a clean sheet in their last couple of league games and won two of their last three on the road, but this is an improving Magpies’ side – despite a below par performance at the City of London Stadium last weekend – although they may have to settle for a point from what promises to be an open entertaining encounter.AdvertisementAdvertisementMichael’s prediction: 1-1Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur Manchester City can go, temporarily at least, four points clear at the top of the table (Picture: Getty)City have won their last seven PL games against Watford by an aggregate score of 22-3 but I don’t think Pep Guardiola’s side will have things all their own way against the Hornets.Kevin de Bruyne limped off against Bournemouth last weekend and looks likely to join Aymeric Laporte, Fernandinho and John Stones on the sidelines. At this stage of the season it is all about picking up the win and I expect City to extend their lead at the top-of-the-table to four with Liverpool not in action until the following day.Michael’s prediction: 2-1AdvertisementLiverpool v Burnley Video Settings Advertisementlast_img read more

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Twisters Baseball Team Gets Victory Over Cougars

first_imgThe Oldenburg Academy Twisters got a 7-6 win against The Trinity Lutheran Cougars in Varsity Baseball action to improve to 3-9 on the season.OA Batting:  Nick Bischoff 0-4, 3 runs, reached by error twice; Sam Gast 2-2, 2 runs, 2 bb, double, rbi; Tanner Alley 1-3, bb; Aaron Huber 1-4, run; Tyler Hesselbrock 1-3, 2 rbi, sac fly; Dalton Mooney 1-4; Zach Pottschmidt 1-3; and Bryce Ahaus 0-3, sb.OA Pitching.  Tyler Hesselbrock 7 IP, 6 runs, 2 earned, 6 hits, 1 bb, 7 k.   Win.“Tyler pitched an absolute gem tonight!”  OA Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.OA’s next game will be Thursday, May 5th,  at Milan.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img

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Leaders Belfast rout Stars

first_imgElite League leaders Belfast Giants romped to a 7-1 victory over Dundee Stars at the Odyssey Arena. Futher goals for Garside and Mike Kompon made it 6-1 heading into the final period, where Robby Sandrock wrapped things up for Belfast. Braehead Clan recorded their fourth league win after thumping Scottish rivals Edinburgh Capitals 4-0 at the Murrayfield Ice Rink. There was late drama at the National Ice Centre, where Fife Flyers edged out Nottingham Panthers 4-3 after penalties. Goals from Ray Sawada, Mark Garside and defenceman David Phillips in the first period put the Giants in control. Darryl Lloyd added another at the start of the second, before Igor Gongalsky pulled one back for Dundee. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Lakers, Mustangs, Warriors sweep girls lacrosse sectional games

first_imgMeanwhile, down the road at Marcellus, the state no. 7-ranked Mustangs would find it more difficult to put away a General Brown side that proved quite potent and tough.A high-scoring first half saw the Lions constantly convert, yet still not keep up with Marcellus, who established a 12-7 margin that it would protect against all of GB’s late-game charges.Sarah Hutchings scored five times to lead the Mustangs, Katy Wangness getting four goals and one assist as Maisie Moses finished with three goals and one assist.In addition to her pair of goals, Anna Vetsch notched four assists. Lily Locastro and Laura Canny also had two-goal outings as Natalie Clere added a goal. For the Lions, Bailey Thomas produced four goals and five assists.At Westhill, the state no. 5-ranked Warriors built a strong margin against Tully in the first half, steadily working its way to a 9-3 advantage.That allowed Westhill to withstand Tully’s late charge, seeing Rebecca Gilhooley lead the way again as she scored four times and added three assists as Grace Winkler added three goals.Reilly Geer and Grace Dwyer each found the net twice, with Caroline Miller, Gianna Zerrillo, Ellie Masterpole and Kendra MacCaull each getting single goals. Franny Argentieri made 10 saves as Gemma Guy paced Tully with four goals and one assist.They all advanced to the sectional semifinals Thursday at East Syracuse Minoa Stadium, where Skaneateles (13-4) and Marcellus (11-5) meet up less than two weeks after the Lakers blasted the Mustangs 17-6 in their regular-season encounter, while Westhill (15-2) tries to topple no. 2 seed and defending champion South Jefferson.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story With one more opportunity in front of their home crowds, three area girls lacrosse teams swept through Tuesday night’s Section III Class D quarterfinals, two of them earning a date with each other in the next round.Top seed Skaneateles ran over no. 8 seed LaFayette in the first half on the way to a 19-8 victory, while no. 4 seed Marcellus turned back no. 5 seed General Brown 19-14 and no. 3 seed Westhill ousted no. 6 seed Tully 15-10.Favored going into the sectional tournament, Skaneateles, who sat at no. 4 in last week’s state Class D rankings, did little against LaFayette to discourage that line of thinking. Tags: girls lacrosseMarcellusskaneatelesWesthillcenter_img It was 3-0 Lakers before the game was two minutes old, 5-0 before the four-minute mark and the Lancers could do little to contain Skaneateles until there was a running clock late in the first half.Up 14-3 at the break, the Lakers eased up late, but not before Riley Brogan and Grace Dower each finished with seven points, Brogan getting five goals and two assists while Dower had two goals and five assists.Olivia Navaroli and Maggie Newton matched each other with three goals and two assists, Gabby Welch also scoring three times. Anna McGlynn had one goal and one assist as defender Olivia Dobrovosky also had an assist.last_img read more

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USC sweeps Cougars, UW awaits

first_imgAfter the USC women’s volleyball team saw its two-week road trip and 11-match winning streak end with a rare loss last week, the friendly confines of the Galen Center proved to be the perfect environment to get the team back on track.Smooth sailing · Senior middle blocker Alexis Olgard recorded eight kills and a .889 hit percentage in USC’s 3-0 win over Washington State. – Anna Schwartz | Daily TrojanThe Women of Troy felt no lingering effects of their setback at Arizona and recovered to beat the Washington State Cougars 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-19) Friday night to improve to 18-2 and 8-1 in Pac-12 play.“Anytime you win 3-0 in this conference, you’ve done pretty well,” USC head coach Mick Haley said. “We’ve defended well in this building, so it’s doubly hard for a team that’s rebuilding like Washington State. The score doesn’t reflect how long the rallies went in the first two sets, and I think we ran them out of gas even though they played well.”Sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio once again led the USC attack with 12 kills and 12 digs, her fourth double-double of the season. Freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu added 11 kills while hitting .385, and senior middle blocker Alexis Olgard was strong down the middle with eight kills and no errors (.889 hitting percentage).“We played well and bounced back from a tough loss at Arizona,” senior libero Natalie Hagglund said. “That’s always hard to do. I think we distributed the ball very well and our defense is getting better.”The first set opened with little wiggle room as USC held an 11-10 lead. The Women of Troy took over with seven points in the next nine rallies, culminating in a kill by junior outside hitter Emily Young that gave them an 18-12 lead. Young knocked down another kill to bring up set point at 24-18 before a Nwanebu strike sealed the set 25-18.USC gained more separation in the middle frame, going up 12-6 on a Nwanebu kill. The Cougars pushed back but the Women of Troy held them in check, later increasing their lead to 21-12 with Olgard taking a quick pass to knock a kill down the middle. WSU failed to put a dent in the lead and USC won the set 25-13 when Nwanebu combined on a block with sophomore middle blocker Kiara Wright.USC took care of business in the third set, withstanding a frantic WSU attack to take the set 25-19. After a Wright kill gave USC match point, the Cougars saved two points before Nwanebu ended it with her 11th kill.The defense was particularly stellar in the first two sets, holding WSU to hitting percentages of .065 and .077, respectively.“We stayed patient. I remember the first rally of the first game was really long,” junior setter Hayley Crone said. “We were able to win the long rallies, which helped our momentum.”With the win over Arizona, the Women of Troy pushed their home winning streak to 16. The last time USC lost a home match was Sept. 21 against Oregon. Last season, the Women of Troy finished an outstanding 17-1 at home and are 6-0 at the Galen Center this season. In Washington’s most recent visit to USC, the Women of Troy were victorious in a thrilling five-set win. Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

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Syracuse softball goes 1-3 in 1st 4 games of Citrus Classic II

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 27, 2016 at 10:56 pm Contact Jack: jfupton@syr.edu Syracuse (5-7) finished its first two days at the Citrus Classic II with a 1-3 record, scoring only three runs combined in the losses.The Orange opened its tournament with a 4-1 loss to Fordham (5-9) on Friday.Sophomore AnnaMarie Gatti was in the circle for SU. Last week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week loaded the bases in the second inning and let up a run after allowing a single up the middle.After the Rams got another run in the third, the Orange responded, scoring a run as Sydney O’Hara reached base on an error. However, that was the only run Syracuse would be able to muster up, as it fell by three runs.In the late game on Friday, Syracuse was able to put some hits together, leading to an 11-2 win against Morgan State (1-4).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse got on the board scoring two in the first inning. Morgan State responded in the fourth with a homer to left field, but was unable to put anything together after that in the nine-run loss to SU.In the second day competing in Florida, Syracuse lost 4-0 to No. 22 Central Florida (7-8).With Jocelyn Cater on the mound, mistakes cost Syracuse the game, as it allowed the first two runs of the game on errors. The first run of the game scored in the bottom of the first inning on a wild pitch and another run scored on the next play on a throwing error by Corinne Ozanne.The Bulls got their third run in the next inning on a double down the left-field line. With runners on second and third and only one out, Cater worked out of the jam, retiring the final two batters of the inning.In the fifth inning, Cater allowed her fourth run of the game before being taken out of the game for O’Hara. While O’Hara was able to hold UCF scoreless through two innings, Syracuse was unable to get on the board, falling by four.In the second game of the day, the Orange had Gatti on the mound to face Charlotte (12-1), another 4-0 loss.For the second straight game, the Orange allowed a run on an error, allowing the 49ers to score in the top of the first.Gatti was able to hold Charlotte off the board until the fifth inning, when with two outs, she allowed two straight singles, stretching the 49ers’ lead to 3-0.In the top of the sixth, O’Hara replaced Gatti. O’Hara allowed another run in the top of the seventh and Syracuse lost 4-0, for the second straight game.The Orange finishes its trip to Florida on Sunday at 10 a.m. against Bryant (0-4). Commentslast_img read more

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Smith: Wisconsin players with the best chance to hear their names called in NFL Draft

first_imgIn less than a week, more than 200 football players will hear their named called in Radio City Music Hall in New York City during the National Football League’s draft. While the draft is the beginning of the NFL dream for all of the players chosen, it is also a source of pride for universities to see their programs produce professional-level talent.In recent years the University of Wisconsin has produced some of the NFL’s brightest stars with two-time defensive player of the year J.J. Watt and Super Bowl Champion quarterback Russell Wilson. Since 2009, according to National Football Post, Wisconsin has had 20 players drafted in the NFL which is good for 12th-most picks during that period of time. And, since 2009, former Badgers have accumulated a combined 160 starts in the NFL. Only four schools have more combined starts in that time.Wisconsin doesn’t have any sure-fire first round prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft, but does boast a number of players that have the ability work their way into significant roles on an NFL roster.With the draft kicking off Thursday, here is a list of players that have the best shot of hearing their name called in New York:Chris Borland, ILBAll-American linebacker Chris Borland has the best chance of any Badger to get his name called in the first round of the draft Thursday. Borland wasn’t happy with his performance at the NFL combine, particularly his 4.83 time in the 40-yard dash, but improved on his numbers some at Wisconsin’s pro day. His size — 5-foot-11 and 248-pounds — is the biggest concern for NFL teams and will likely be the reason he falls to the second round should teams pass on him with their first picks. ESPN’s draft tracker has Chris Borland rated as the second-best inside linebacker behind C.J. Mosley from Alabama. In their latest mock draft, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay have Borland going 34th overall to the Washington Redskins. It is looking more likely that Borland will fall to the second round, but as Montee Ball found out last year, sometime waiting to be drafted a little later means you land in a better situation. Either way, Borland will have a very good chance to make an impact on the field from day one.Dezmen Southward, SAfter Borland, it gets a little murkier when determining which former Badger will be picked next. Before Wisconsin’s pro day, chances are Southward would not be this high on the list, but after wowing scouts with a sub-4.4 40 time and a 42-inch vertical jump, Southward saw his stock soar. He probably didn’t have the senior campaign at Wisconsin that he was hoping for, but he still has the athleticism that might be enough to entice an NFL team to use a fourth-round pick on him. The safety position in this year’s draft has a definite group of four to five guys who have separated themselves from the rest, but after that it is a toss up. We’ll have to see if Southward’s pro day performance was enough to boost him to the third round, but chances are his name will be called somewhere in the fourth or fifth round.Ryan Groy, OGRyan Groy has the legacy of Wisconsin offensive lineman behind him, which should help him move up a couple of picks. Groy was the anchor of the Badgers’ offensive line last season and would be able to move into an immediate backup role in the NFL and possibly be molded into a solid starter a few years down the road. Teams are always on the lookout for players that will bolster their depth on the front line and Groy would be a good value in the fourth to sixth round.Jared Abbrederis, WRJared Abbrederis won’t wow you with his speed or strength, but he has above-average hands and runs strong routes. He ran a 4.5 40-yard dash at the combine and posted a 30.5-inch vertical jump. Abbrederis has the chance to work his way into a No. 3 or No. 4 wide receiver position for a team early on. This year has one of the deeper wide receiver groups that has been seen in some time which could cause him to fall a little. Abbrederis will likely be drafted between the fourth and sixth rounds.Everyone ElseTight end Jacob Pedersen and running back James White will be drafted. White’s stock will suffer by the suddenly decreased value in running backs in the league, but can serve a change-of-pace back that several if not all teams use now. Pedersen did enough in his time in Madison to warrant a pick. There are several other defensive players that have a chance at being drafted this weekend, Beau Allen, Ethan Hemer and Brendan Kelly all have a chance to have their names called.last_img read more

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Dean Gardiner to fly the flag in Baku

first_imgClonmel’s Dean Gardiner has been included in the Irish Team to travel to Baku next month to take part in the inaugural European Games.A total of 63 athletes will take part in the competition across 14 different sports…the Games get underway on the 12th June.Dean Gardiner will compete in the super-heavyweight division.last_img