Not all South Koreans are happy about unified hockey team

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who views the Pyeongchang Games as an opportunity to improve relations following a year of tension over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, said the unified team would provide a “historically grand moment” once it appears on ice.Other reconciliatory gestures the Koreas have agreed to for the Olympics include a joint march under a blue-and-white “unification” flag during the Feb. 9 opening ceremony and a pair of performances by a visiting North Korean art troupe. The joint march and the unified hockey team were approved Saturday by the International Olympic Committee, which allowed 22 North Korean athletes to take part in the games in exceptional entries given to the North.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkNot all South Koreans are in the mood. There are apparently few objections to the North Korean presence at the Olympics itself, which likely ensures that the country holds off any significant weapons test or other aggressive acts that would risk disrupting the games.Many South Koreans believe their government went too far by pushing athletes into a “political show” that will likely become meaningless once the lull in tensions breaks down after the Olympics. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Still, many experts think Moon’s government made the right move in jumping at the opportunity to resume contact with North Korea after nearly two years of diplomatic stalemate and animosity.In an annual policy report on Friday, South Korea’s Unification Ministry said it aims to use the Olympics as an opportunity to re-establish regular dialogue with North Korea. The resumption of inter-Korean talks is crucial for the policies of Moon, who wants Seoul in the driver’s seat in international efforts to deal with the North Korean nuclear threat.The Koreas sent joint teams to major international sporting events twice in 1991, and had their athletes march together in the opening and closing ceremonies of several sporting events in the 2000s, including the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics.While the previous moves had little diplomatic impact, similar gestures would carry more meaning in an Olympics held on South Korean soil and amid higher stakes in regional security, said Yongchul Chung, a sports education professor at Seoul’s Sogang University.“Fielding a unified team is very meaningful — the biggest fruit that can come from the Pyeongchang Olympics is a message of peace between the Koreas,” Chung said. “It’s not like the players wouldn’t understand the historic significance of what they are involved in.”But it has become harder to get South Koreans excited for unified teams and joint marches when North Korea’s increasingly aggressive weapons tests and the South’s own evolvement as an economy and society continue to erode the public’s enthusiasm for reunification.In a survey of 1,200 adults released by Seoul National University in October, 53.8 percent of the respondents said they supported the idea of reunification. This represented a steep drop from the 63.8 percent measured in 2007, when the school started the annual survey.“I think it will be emotionally moving to watch the athletes of both Koreas march under the same flag during the opening ceremony as we come from the same nation,” said Oh Ju-yeon, a 46-year-old housewife. “But after the games, there will be bitterness from realizing that nothing’s really going to change.” While the liberal Moon remains a popular president nine months into his term, the controversy over the hockey team factored in his approval rating dipping below 70 percent for the first time in four months, according to a Gallup Korea report on Friday.Many people sympathize with the South Korean athletes who would likely be sacrificing opportunities for the North’s players, who are considered less skilled and experienced. The IOC approved an expanded roster of 35 instead of 22 for the joint team, but only the normal number will be allowed to suit up for each game and three of them must be North Korean.The South Korean team’s Canadian coach, Sarah Murray, has expressed concerns over chemistry.“Adding somebody so close to the Olympics is a little bit dangerous just for team chemistry because the girls have been together for so long,” she said last week.Choi Hyuk, a 40-year-old office worker, blamed the government for failing to properly communicate with the players and for excessively politicizing sports.Choi pointed to the comments of Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, who was forced to apologize after saying that the South Korean women’s hockey team was out of “medal range” anyway while defending the government’s decision to create the unified team.“South Korea’s elite sports have always been based on nationalism,” Choi said, referring to a decades-long system that rewards Olympic medal winners with lifelong cash payments and exemption from military duties that are mandatory for most able-bodied men.“Isn’t it funny that the same country is now asking athletes to cut back on their playing time and embrace changes that would make them less likely to win?”The reconciliation mood between the Koreas began after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in a New Year’s speech that he was willing to send a delegation to the Olympics.Some experts view Kim’s overture as an attempt to weaken U.S.-led international sanctions against the North and buy time to further advance his nuclear weapons program. Last year, North Korea carried out its sixth and biggest nuclear test and test-fired three intercontinental ballistic missiles. It has shown no willingness to give up its ambitions. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Kim Hye-jin, a 39-year-old music instructor, said that South Korea was repeating an “outdated approach” in using sports diplomacy. She said that the previous unified teams and joint marches between the rivals never paved the way for sustained, meaningful engagement.“We are always repeating meaningless things and North Korea isn’t a country that will change easily,” she said.Plus, she said, a unified team takes away opportunities from South Korean athletes who have been working hard to prepare for the Olympics.Heo Doo-won, a 40-year-old teacher, didn’t care for the reconciliatory gestures at all.“Why are we doing this?” he asked. “We are clearly two different countries and it’s better if things stay that way. I don’t want a unified team or a unification flag. Why can’t we just let the North Koreans march under their own flag?”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson In this February 10, 2006 photo, Korea’s flag-bearers Bora Lee and Jong-In Lee are carrying a unification flag as they lead their teams into the stadium during the 2006 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Turin, Italy. When athletes of the rival Koreas walked together behind a single flag for the first time since their 1945 division at the start of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, it was a highly emotional event that came on the wave of reconciliation mood following their leaders’ first-ever summit talks. Eighteen years later, the two Koreas are pushing to produce a similar drama during the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics. But they have not generated as much enthusiastic supports as they had both at home and abroad. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)SEOUL, South Korea — South Koreans seem generally happy they’ll see the North Koreans at their Olympics, but aren’t as pleased about sharing a team with them.The agreement between the war-separated rivals to field a unified women’s ice hockey team at February’s Winter Olympics has triggered a debate in South Korea, where there’s no longer strong public clamor for reunification or for using sports to make political statements.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Maharlika basketball league tips off Thursday with 10 teams at Big Dome Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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President Barack Obama Has Acted Decisively

first_imgDear Mr. Editor:I write to applaud the decision of the US government to come to our rescue in this calamity. Though late in coming, President Barack Obama has acted decisively. But I also write to point out that all the pieces of the Ebola puzzle have yet to be assembled. The scale and magnitude of the problem are such that wisdom and political reality continue to point us directly to the UN Security Council. All major world powers — the P5 of the Security Council including Russia have already a presence in our region. The NGO community starting significantly with MSF (with us in the trenches since day one) is everywhere to be seen helping us to battle EVD.The US promises to mount a significant effort with all the command and control capabilities of this sole superpower. But the US cannot coordinate (outside a Security Council Mandate) the activities of other sovereign states involved in our fight. A Security Council Resolution declaring Ebola a threat to international peace and security seems an unavoidable course of action. It is reported that the SC will meet in emergency session on Thursday, Sept. 17 and that the US Ambassador to the UN is chairperson for the month of September. How fortuitous! The Liberian government should join with the US government to propose a Resolution declaring Ebola a threat to international peace and security, and thus enable the world body to coordinate action of the many international players now on the ground in Liberia. This is the same logic that has enabled UNMIL to act as ONE with peacekeepers from many countries around the world.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Father of 6 fined for narco trafficking

first_imgA 54-year-old of Wismar, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) was on Monday fined when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for being in possession of a small quantity of cannabis.Nicholas Caesar admitted that he had the illegal substance in his possession when Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan read the charge to him.The charge alleged that on February 15, 2018, at Wismar, Linden, he had 4.4 grams of cannabis.Caesar, a father six, pleaded for leniency stating that he is sorry for what he had done and would not repeat his actions.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield revealed that Police were at the time of the discovery conducting a raid when they swooped down on Caesar’s home.The narcotics were reportedly found in the upper flat of the defendant’s home in his bedroom. Caesar reportedly told Police that the cannabis did not belong to him but that it was given to him by a friend to keep.He was arrested and later charged with the present offence.Magistrate McLennan fined the accused $10,000 along with eight weeks of community service. A failure to pay the fine will result in him serving five weeks imprisonment.last_img read more

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Senior Flyers hosting Generals for weekend series

first_imgThe weekend series will be the second two-game weekend between the two Senior Men’s hockey clubs this season, as Fort St. John first played two games in Bentley back on November 10 and 11, when they suffered consecutive losses to the Generals, 8-4 and 4-3 respectively.  Tickets are for sale at the gate or in advance at Ernie’s Sports Experts, and cost $12 each, or can be bought in a weekend bundle for $20.  Game one takes place Saturday evening, beginning at 8:00 p.m., followed by a Sunday afternoon tilt at 1:30 p.m., both at the North Peace Arena.center_img It’s an important weekend on the ice for the Flyers, as they will get a taste of the high calibre hockey they can expect at this year’s upcoming Savage Cup, being played right here in Fort St. John at the end of March against the Powell River Regals.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Cheech Marin aiding CSUN

first_img – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cheech Marin is donating copies of works from his Mexican-American art collection to some of the nation’s best-known museums and universities. Recipients include the Smithsonian, UCLA, the San Antonio Museum of Art, where the collection debuted in 2001, and Marin’s alma mater, California State University, Northridge. The 60-year-old actor-comedian says he’ll donate 50 sets of high-quality digital prints of “Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge,” which has been on tour for about five years. Marin has voiced roles in animated films such as “Cars” and “Oliver & Company.” His acting credits also include roles in the “Spy Kids” movies and the TV series “Judging Amy” and “Nash Bridges.” last_img read more

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Liverpool FC news: Danny Ings vows to avoid risky return to action but insists he will come back stronger

first_imgDanny Ings has all but given up hope on playing again for Liverpool this season, but has pledged to come back “extremely strong”.The 23-year-old striker was beginning to find his feet when his maiden season at Anfield was brought to a shuddering halt by a cruciate knee ligament injury.Ings sustained the injury during Liverpool training just days after making his England debut in October.It appears the initial six-month prognosis was a little too hopeful and the former Burnley striker accepts it is unlikely he will play for Jurgen Klopp this term.“When I got the injury I said straight away I will play again before the season finishes,” Ings told NBC Sports.“But I think with the advice I’ve had of the surgeons and physios, I know they won’t risk me and I don’t want to risk it myself.“This is all about the highs and lows of football. I was at the happiest point of my career and then, at the time of the injury, I felt like I was at my lowest point.“I just felt like I got my foot in the door.“I was becoming established here at Liverpool, playing games and scoring goals, keeping my place in the team and had made my debut for England, then somebody took that all away from me.“It is absolutely gutting because football has been my life. If I can’t do what I love doing then it is like someone having their kids taken away from them.“That is how I felt. I know that I am going to come back extremely strong.” Danny Ings 1last_img read more

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Mauricio Pochettino: I’m not crazy but I’ll be watching Leicester this weekend!

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will watch Leicester City’s game against West Ham United on Sunday, but insists he is not going ‘crazy’ hoping they will lose.Time is running out for Spurs to catch the Foxes, who are seven points clear at the top of the table with five games remaining.Tottenham will not play before the league leaders at any point during the run-in, including this weekend as they face Stoke on Monday, 24 hours after their rivals.The Argentine insists, despite himself and his players becoming Hammers supporters on Sunday afternoon, he will not be tearing his hair out.“It is important to be calm and have a clear idea what you need to do. We cannot affect what is going to happen on Sunday,” Pochettino said.“I will watch. It is not difficult. I am not a crazy man.“It is a healthy competition between teams that want to win and achieve big things and it is good in football.“It is true the opponent who plays Leicester, I push a little bit more for the opponent.”The Spurs players will train on Sunday morning and are free to watch the Leicester game together, but Pochettino said there is no plan in place.“Maybe after training we are on lunchtime yes, but it is not a rule,” Pochettino said.“We are not preparing to watch all together the game. They are free to go home after training, after lunch.”Tottenham’s composure was put to the test last Sunday, when they were made to stew over Leicester’s win over Sunderland as their kick-off was delayed due to Manchester United arriving late.An emphatic 3-0 victory, however, reduced the gap back to seven points and Pochettino says the win showed his team’s strength of character.“It was very important. Being the late game changed the habit and it was difficult to start the game, a bit slow,” Pochettino said.“You can feel all the people are disappointed, our players, the supporters too, but they were fantastic in the end.“We got 3-0 against United and the belief again for all the week to prepare for Stoke. We can dream again that it is possible that Leicester will drop points on Sunday.” 1 Spurs have struggled to keep up with the Foxes, trailing seven points behind the Premier League leaders in second last_img read more

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Southland projects treading water

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2All of the amendments failed. Almost the entire Southland delegation voted to protect their colleagues’ projects, except Rep. Ed Royce, R-Fullerton, and Rep. Gary Miller, R-Brea, who tried to help Flake slash two separate projects. “We always complain that the president does not have the line-item veto authority,” Flake noted, adding, “I would be satisfied if Congress had it.” In 2005, Congress approved more than 15,000 earmarks totaling more than $47 billion. Rep. David Hobson, R-Ohio, who chairs the Energy and Water Subcommittee on the appropriations panel, said he made a point of limiting the number of earmarks to the bill. He compared the $1.2 billion worth of pet projects to last year’s $1.4 billion. “We have produced a very responsible House bill,” he said. In the Southland, money will go primarily for Army Corps of Engineers projects. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, who obtained $2 million to restore Bull Creek Channel in the Sepulveda Basin, noted that the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area is a federally-owned flood control region. The government leases about three quarters of the 2,097-acre site to the city of Los Angeles for a wildlife preserve, parks, tennis courts and golf courses. The funding will go toward restoring wildlife and native plant habitat in the creek channel, as well as adding new trails and a pedestrian bridge for visitors, Sherman said. Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys, secured $200,000 for the Sun Valley Watershed, $150,000 for the Tujunga Wash Restoration Project and $250,000 for the Los Angeles Basin Watershed Supply Augmentation Study. The study is aimed at developing new methods for capturing stormwater runoff to recharge groundwater supplies and reduce ocean and beach pollution. “As our population increases, we need to develop innovative solutions for maintaining our water supply and preserving our environment,” Berman said, calling the study an “important step in the right direction.” The San Gabriel Basin Restoration Fund, a project long championed by Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora, will get $10million from the bill. He also secured $1 million for two new recycling projects in the Inland Empire. “In many ways, the future of the foothills sinks or swims on the issue of water,” Dreier said. The bill also will include $5million from Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, D-Torrance, to support an ongoing assessment of geothermal resources in the United States. She noted that a Department of Energy report recently found California to be one of the states with the greatest potential for quick development of geothermal resources. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Millions of dollars for Southland water projects are expected to wash up in the next year under a funding bill headed to the U.S. Senate. Money for the Sepulveda Basin, San Gabriel Basin Restoration Fund and the dredging of Los Angeles Harbor are among $1.24 billion worth of pet projects in the bill – better known as earmarks, which are increasingly coming under attack in Congress. While no one took specific aim at Southern California projects, watchdog groups and at least one lawmaker are on a crusade to curtail and better identify the authors of earmarks. “I have complained for a long time around here that we are funding too many earmarks,” said Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who offered six amendments to strike about $4.85 million in various projects, including a science museum in Virginia, from the bill. last_img read more

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HOUSEHOLD TAX: ‘WE WARNED COUNCIL OVER BUDGET’ SAYS SINN FEIN

first_imgDonegal county council was warned that its budget was untenable if it included the household charge, a councillor said today.Sinn Féin councillor Jack Murray has responded to a press release issued by the Finance Section of Donegal County Council which stated that council services would be cut if householders did not pay the household charge.Cllr Murray said: “The Council, presumably under the direction of Minister Phil Hogan, is trying to put pressure on those who have not paid the unfair household charge by stating that council services may be cut if they don’t pay. “The reality is that during the budget negations, Cllr Mick Quinn warned the council that the budget was untenable as people were unwilling to pay the regressive household charge. Sinn Féin stated that the budget would not work and voted against it.“It was reckless to pass a budget, containing massive cuts, based on an income from the household charge that was never going to be realised.“The government now needs to quit these bullyboy tactics and replace the household charge with a fair form of taxation – a tax on the wealthiest in society and not those who can least afford it.”  HOUSEHOLD TAX: ‘WE WARNED COUNCIL OVER BUDGET’ SAYS SINN FEIN was last modified: March 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:HOUSEHOLD TAX: ‘WE WARNED COUNCIL OVER BUDGET’ SAYS SINN FEINlast_img read more

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