Mirai Nagasu looks toward South Korea and past Sochi snub

Figure skaters are defined by their ups and downs. If they hit their jumps, they soar in the standings, often onto the podium. If they flop, it hurts, it stings, and they head home empty. Mirai Nagasuhas known all of those ups and downs --- plus a whole lot more. Now 24, Nagasu is going to the Olympics eight years after finishing fourth at the 2010 Vancouver Games; no U.S. woman has done better since or is likely to in Pyeongchang. Her climb has been an extraordinary one even by the drama-filled standards of the sport. In 2014, Nagasu broke out of a slump and finished third at nationals behind Gracie Gold and Polina Edmunds, then was unceremoniously dumped by a U.S. Figure Skating c...Keep on reading: Mirai Nagasu looks toward South Korea and past Sochi snub.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 13th, 2018

North Korea denies sanctions prompted diplomatic thaw

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea has broken its silence on the diplomatic thaw with Washington and Seoul, saying it is driving the "peace offensive" and rejecting suggestions that sanctions forced it to the negotiating table. The commentary from the state-run KCNA news agency came with a rapid rapprochement on ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 21st, 2018

South Korean K-Pop singers to perform in North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea said Tuesday it will send a 160-member artistic group to North Korea, including about 10 celebrated K-Pop singers, for rare.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 21st, 2018

U.S.-South Korea military drills to resume despite thaw with North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea – The United States and South Korea announced Tuesday, March 20, that their annual joint military drills would go ahead next month, with no significant downsize in scale despite an ongoing diplomatic thaw with North Korea . The large-scale exercises involving tens of thousands of ground troops are a perennial source ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 20th, 2018

ASEAN urges South China Sea calm, backs sanctions vs North Korea

SYDNEY – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its neighbor Australia vowed to boost defense ties while stressing the importance of non-mili.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

USA win sledge hockey gold as Paralympics set to end

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – The United States beat Canada with a dramatic overtime goal to win sledge hockey gold in Pyeongchang Sunday, a fitting finale to high-octane sporting action at the Winter Paralympics. The curtain was due to fall on the Paralympics at a closing ceremony in the evening, capping the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

Duterte to Smugglers: ‘Not During My Watch’

Following the destruction of at least 14 luxury vehicles smuggled through Port Irene, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte warned smugglers to refrain from importing illegal goods and commodities as it will never be allowed under his administration. Duterte led the public destruction of these 14 contraband luxury vehicles from Japan and South Korea worth P27 million on Wednesday, which were […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

ASEAN leaders back sanctions against North Korea

SYDNEY  — South East Asian leaders and Australia's prime minister on Sunday called on North Korea to end its nuclear program urged United Nations countries t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

Top iOS apps: ‘Fortnite’, ‘AliExpress Shopping’, ‘Ragnarok M’

Multiplayer action game "Fortnite" dominates North America and Europe in our regular round-up of top free iOS apps from around the world, while Alibaba's shopping app tops several charts in South East Asia, "PUBG" imitator "Knives Out" is back on top in Japan, and "Ragnarok Online Mobile" is king in its homeland of South Korea on March 16, 2018. United States Fortnite (Games) The hit console and computer sensation debuts on iOS as part of an invite-only public test phase. Players fight to be the last person standing, building and knocking down makeshift forts, and all in the company of pals on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac and PC should they so choose. United Kingdom Fortnite...Keep on reading: Top iOS apps: ‘Fortnite’, ‘AliExpress Shopping’, ‘Ragnarok M’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

Cebu Thrives on Korean Arrivals

More and more visitors from South Korea looking for relaxation and recreation are now turning their heads toward Cebu, the “Queen City of the South,” which, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT), may yet also earn the moniker, “Seoul of the Philippines,” with Korean arrivals coming close to one million in 2017. DOT-Region 7 […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMar 17th, 2018

DPRK Daily Steps Up Condemnation of Japan for Past Crime of Sex Slavery

An official media outlet of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Thursday amplified its condemnation of Japan for its record of forcing Korean women to be sex slaves. Calling that a crime against humanity, the country’s official Rodong Sinmun said the Japanese reactionaries are “leaving no stone unturned to hide its past history of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMar 16th, 2018

No Bull: Buffalo pulls off big upset, knocks off Arizona

Results from the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday (Friday, PHL time): ___ EAST REGION ALABAMA 86, VIRGINIA TECH 83 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Collin Sexton scored 21 of his team-high 24 points after halftime to lead Alabama over Virginia Tech for the Crimson Tide's first NCAA Tournament win in a dozen years. John Petty kept ninth-seeded Alabama (20-15) in it while Sexton struggled during a sluggish opening half and finished with 20 points while shooting 6 of 8 on 3-pointers. Sexton found a rhythm in the second half, including a handful of big shots over the final five minutes to give the Crimson Tide a bit of breathing room in a game that featured 10 lead changes, with no team ever being up by more than seven points. Justin Robinson scored 19 points to lead the eighth-seeded Hokies (21-12). FLORIDA 77, ST. BONAVENTURE 62 DALLAS (AP) — Egor Koulechov scored 20 points and Florida eased past St. Bonaventure, ending the Bonnies' postseason run two days after their first NCAA Tournament victory in 48 years. Jalen Hudson scored 16 points and Chris Chiozza had 11 assists for the sixth-seeded Gators (21-12), who have reached the Elite Eight the past five times they've been in the tournament. A whirlwind week finally caught up with the Bonnies (26-8), who finished at 35 percent shooting but were in the 20s when the outcome was in doubt. Courtney Stockard led St. Bonaventure with 14 points after scoring 26 in a win over UCLA in a First Four game in Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday. VILLANOVA 87, RADFORD 61 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jalen Brunson scored 16 points and top-seeded Villanova hit 14 3-pointers to rout Radford. The Wildcats (31-4) played to near-perfection for the first 30 minutes and led 44-23 at halftime. The Highlanders (23-13) posed no threat at becoming the first 16 seed to ever knock off a No. 1 in the tournament. TEXAS TECH 70, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 60 DALLAS (AP) — Keenan Evans scored 19 of his 23 points after halftime and third-seeded Texas Tech ended the game on a 13-2 run. Evans' layup with 3:58 left put the Big 12 runner-up Red Raiders (25-9) ahead to stay. Texas Tech will next play the winner of the Florida-St. Bonaventure game. SFA (28-7), the Southland Conference tournament champion, led by eight early in the second half. ___ SOUTH REGION BUFFALO 89, ARIZONA 68 BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Wes Clark scored 25 points, Jeremy Harris added 23 and No. 13 seed Buffalo pulled off the biggest upset of the opening round, rolling over No. 4 seed Arizona. The smaller Bulls (27-8) used their quickness to zip around the Wildcats (27-8), scoring at the rim and on kickout 3-pointers. Defensively, Buffalo neutralized Arizona's size inside by collapsing on the paint, forcing the Wildcats to shoot from the perimeter. Arizona went 2 for 18 from beyond the 3-point arc, while the Bulls knocked down 15 of 30. CJ Massinburg had 19 points and Buffalo shredded Arizona's defense at a 55-percent clip for the program's first NCAA Tournament win. TENNESSEE 73, WRIGHT STATE 47 DALLAS (AP) — Admiral Schofield had 15 points and 12 rebounds as third-seeded Tennessee advanced to the second round by overwhelming Wright State. Lamonte Turner had 19 points and a career-high nine assists for the Volunteers (26-8), SEC co-champions in the regular season after being picked in the preseason to finish 13th in the 14-team league. They'll next play Loyola-Chicago on Saturday. Wright State (25-10) was the Horizon League tournament champ. KENTUCKY 78, DAVIDSON 73 BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Kentucky didn't make a 3-point for the first time in a game since 1988, but still did enough to top Davidson. Fifth-seeded Kentucky (25-10) went 0 for 6 from behind arc after hitting a 3 in a nation-best streak of 1,047 games. Kevin Knox scored 25 for Kentucky, which next plays the Arizona-Buffalo winner. Davidson (21-12) made 11 3-pointers, led by six from Jon Axel Gudmundsson, who finished with 21 points. LOYOLA-CHICAGO 64, MIAMI 62 DALLAS (AP) — Donte Ingram hit a 3-pointer from the March Madness logo just before the buzzer, lifting Loyola-Chicago over Miami 64-62 in its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1985. Ingram's long shot came from well above the key. The 11th-seeded Ramblers (29-5) matched the school record for wins from their 1963 national championship team. Loyola was boosted by a pregame prayer from its team chaplain, 98-year-old Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt. The buzzer sounded as Ingram's shot went in, but officials put 0.3 seconds back on the clock. A desperation pass by Miami (22-10) bounced away harmlessly. ___ MIDWEST REGION KANSAS 76, PENN 60 WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Devonte Graham ignited sluggish Kansas midway through the first half, pouring in 29 points and lifting his top-seeded team. Lagerald Vick added 14 points for the Jayhawks (28-7), who trailed the Ivy League champs 21-11 with about 7 minutes left in the first half. Kansas advanced to play Seton Hall. A.J. Brodeur had 14 points to lead the Quakers (24-9). DUKE 89, IONA 67 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Marvin Bagley III dominated in his NCAA Tournament debut, pouring in 22 points to go with seven rebounds as Duke rolled. The Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year made 10 of 14 shots in 32 minutes and grabbed seven rebounds. Grayson Allen scored 16 points as the second-seeded Blue Devils (27-7) powered past 15th-seeded Iona (26-7). Duke will next play Rhode Island. RHODE ISLAND 83, OKLAHOMA 78, OT PITTSBURGH (AP) — E.C. Matthews hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime and Rhode Island topped dynamic scorer Trae Young and the Sooners. The seventh-seeded Rams (26-7) won a game in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season and will play Duke on Saturday. Young scored 28 points on 9-for-18 shooting with six turnovers. The freshman scored 13 straight points for Oklahoma (18-14) late in regulation and made two free throws to open OT. SETON HALL 94, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 83 WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Khadeen Carrington scored 26 points, Desi Rodriguez added 20 and eighth-seeded Seton Hall won a foul-filled first-round matchup. Myles Powell added 19 points and Angel Delgado scored 13 for the Pirates (22-11), who led the entire way a year after a late meltdown cost them against Arkansas. Allerik Freeman hit six 3-pointers and had 36 points to lead No. 9 seed North Carolina State (21-12). The only thing that slowed down the high-scoring, up-and-down matchup was the whistles. The teams combined for 53 fouls. ___ WEST REGION MICHIGAN 61, MONTANA 47 WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Charles Matthews had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Michigan locked down on defense and the third-seeded Wolverines beat Montana in a plodding game. Michigan (29-7) trailed by 10 in the opening minutes, struggled to get into rhythm until late in the first half, and never really went on a big run to seize control of the game. Instead, coach John Beilein's team methodically drew away over a long period of the second half when No. 14 seed Montana (25-8) failed to score. Michael Oguine and Ahmaad Rorie scored 15 points apiece to lead the Grizzlies. GONZAGA 68, UNC GREENSBORO 64 BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Zach Norvell Jr. hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 20.8 seconds left to help Gonzaga escape a major scare. The fourth-seeded Bulldogs (31-4) trailed 64-62 with 1:48 left after squandering a 12-point lead they took early in the second half. Gonzaga, in its 20th straight NCAA tournament, won its first game of March Madness for the 10th year in a row. UNC Greensboro (27-8) was the Southern Conference champ. OHIO STATE 81, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 73 BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Kam Williams made a tiebreaking four-point play with 1:36 left, then added a trio of free throws after being fouled on another 3-point attempt to lift Ohio State. The fifth-seeded Buckeyes (25-8) built a 13-point lead by reeling off 16 straight points midway through the second half. Ohio State advanced to play Gonzaga. The teams met in November and the Zags romped 86-59. Mike Daum scored 27 points for 12th-seeded South Dakota State (28-7). HOUSTON 67, SAN DIEGO STATE 65 WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Rob Gray scored 39 points, including a wind-milling layup that just trickled over the rim with 1.1 seconds left that lifted sixth-seeded Houston. Trey Kell's off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer was no good for 11th-seeded San Diego State (22-11). Houston (27-7) posted its first tournament win since 1984......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 16th, 2018

At least 4 dead, 9 injured, in Florida bridge collapse

          MIAMI --- Florida officials said Thursday that four people have been found dead in the rubble of a collapsed South Florida pedestrian bridge where the frantic search for any survivors continued past nightfall. Fire Chief Dave Downey said at an evening news briefing that four deceased people were found amid the chaotic scene of concrete rubble and crumpled vehicles. He said nine victims were removed "early on" and taken to hospitals but didn't elaborate on their conditions. He said the "search and rescue mode" --- deploying trained canines, search cameras and sensitive listening devices --- was continuing into the night. Gov. Ric...Keep on reading: At least 4 dead, 9 injured, in Florida bridge collapse.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 16th, 2018

S. Korean President Forms Committee to Prepare for Summit With DPRK

South Korean President Moon Jae-in formed a committee to prepare for the upcoming summit meeting with Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the Blue House said Thursday. Presidential spokesman Kim Eui-keyom told a press briefing Thursday that Moon appointed Im Jong-seok, presidential chief of staff, to lead the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMar 15th, 2018

South Korean ex-president Lee admits taking $100,000 from spy agency

SEOUL, South Korea – Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak has admitted receiving $100,000 from the state spy agency while still in office, reports said Thursday, March 15, after he faced a marathon interrogation by prosecutors over corruption allegations. Lee returned home Thursday after lengthy questioning as he became the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 15th, 2018

Spicy small octopus, pumpkin porridge—‘Seoul-ful’ buffet at Spiral

  Fans of Korean dramas would agree: those charming shows appeal to the heart---and the appetite. The dewy actress and her dashing "oppa" often share servings of kimchi rice, fried chicken and cups of instant ramyeon, which leave the audience feeling both happy and hungry. A sophisticated version of these Korean favorites has been recreated by chef Hyeon Cheol-joo for "Seoul-ful Gastronomy," Spiral's Korean-centric buffet available on March 12-17 at Sofitel Philippine Plaza. From the same root Chef Joo is the head chef at In Style restaurant at Seoul Dragon City complex in South Korea. He recently demonstrated how to cook traditional Korean dishes such as kimchi stew...Keep on reading: Spicy small octopus, pumpkin porridge—‘Seoul-ful’ buffet at Spiral.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 15th, 2018

Japan bids farewell to Tillerson; South Korea awaits Pompeo

TOKYO/SEOUL — Japan’s foreign minister said on Wednesday he personally regretted the departure of “frank, trustworthy” US Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson ahead of a proposed summit between President Donald J. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Mr. Trump fired Mr. Tillerson on Tuesday after a series of public rifts over policy […] The post Japan bids farewell to Tillerson; South Korea awaits Pompeo appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

Asian stocks mixed ahead of US data; yen steady

Asian equity traders adopted a cautious tone Tuesday, March 13, following a dip in US stocks, with focus turning to a U.S. inflation report for clues on the pace of Federal Reserve policy tightening. The dollar and Treasury yields held declines. Japanese and Hong Kong equities drifted, while Australian shares fell and South Korea was […] The post Asian stocks mixed ahead of US data; yen steady appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

South Korean actor under sexual abuse probe found dead

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) --- A veteran South Korean actor who was under investigation for alleged sexual abuse of his students was found dead Friday. Police and fire officials confirmed that Jo Min-ki, 53, was found dead in Seoul Friday afternoon. Yonhap News agency said the death is being treated as a suicide, but police would not confirm that. Police were investigating multiple claims that Jo sexually abused his students when he was a professor at Cheongju University in central South Korea. Jo initially insisted on his innocence but reportedly later apologized. He resigned from teaching following the allegations. Police weregoing to question him next week but the case...Keep on reading: South Korean actor under sexual abuse probe found dead.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

Experts Say Washington Should Maintain Positive Momentum on Korean Peninsula

As talks between Pyongyang and Seoul start to yield results, experts on Wednesday urged the White House not to rock the boat. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) made a tension-easing gesture earlier this week during a two-day visit by a high-level South Korean delegation to Pyongyang. The DPRK showed willingness to talk “candidly” […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

Slovakia s Henrieta Farkasova wins first gold of Winter Paralympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – Slovakia's Henrieta Farkasova won the first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics Saturday in women's vision impaired downhill skiing, while the USA got off to good start with victories in the biathlon. Farkasova and her guide Natalia Subrtova finished in 1:29.72 minutes, beating second-placed Millie ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 10th, 2018