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South Korea moves to address growing concerns over earthquake

  South Korea has started to roll out measures to address the increasing public concern over the risk of earthquakes, after the nation was hit by two of the strongest earthquakes over the past two years. Korea has long been regarded as an earthquake-free country but the latest record-high quakes in Pohang and Gyeongju have triggered concerns over future quakes on the peninsula, with experts here forecasting possibilities of stronger quakes hitting in the future. Primary concerns are over the low rate of seismic safety features for buildings here, citing the wide range of damages suffered by the quake-hit cities located in the southeastern part of the nation. Accordin...Keep on reading: South Korea moves to address growing concerns over earthquake.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 1st, 2018

Boyband BTS makes K-pop history topping US album charts

SEOUL — Korean boyband phenomenon BTS has become the first K-pop group to rise to the top of the US album charts, a vivid illustration of the genre’s growing global appeal. Known for boyish good looks, floppy haircuts, and meticulously choreographed dance moves, the septet has become one of South Korea’s best known and most […] The post Boyband BTS makes K-pop history topping US album charts appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

Boyband BTS make K-Pop history topping US album charts

SEOUL: Korean boyband phenomenon BTS have become the first K-Pop group to rise to the top of the US album charts, a vivid illustration of the genre’s growing global appeal. Known for boyish good looks, floppy haircuts and meticulously choreographed dance moves, the septet has become one of South Korea’s best known and most lucrative [...] The post Boyband BTS make K-Pop history topping US album charts appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

South Korea wants new heights for ASEAN ties amid North Korea threat

MANILA, Philippines – South Korea on Monday, November 13, said it is “determined” to bring its ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to “new heights” amid growing concerns over persistent threats from its neighbor North Korea . South Korean President Moon Jae-in made the statement during the ASEAN-South Korea ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2017

Duterte gov’t addressing inflation woes — Nograles

“The government is aware that rising prices is an urgent problem, our economic managers know what is causing it, and the appropriate steps are being taken to address it,” said Nograles. Duterte gov’t addressing inflation woes — Nograles The Duterte administration isn't taking growing public concerns on inflation sitting down. Source link: Duterte gov’t addressing inflation woes — Nograles.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 28th, 2018

Stewart, Wilson propel US to 100-88 win over China

By Doug Feinberg, Associated Press SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — After a quiet first half, Breanna Stewart felt she needed to be more assertive on both ends of the court. She certainly made her presence felt in the final 20 minutes. Stewart scored 21 of her 23 points in the second half and A'ja Wilson added 20 points to help the United States beat China 100-88 on Sunday in the second day of the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup. "I needed to be more aggressive. There were a few things that I could have done better — defense and rebounding. Focus on that and the offense comes," Stewart said. China trailed only 36-35 midway through the second quarter as the U.S. was still trying to figure out a lineup that worked on offense and defense. The Americans then closed the half on a 12-4 burst. Wilson had six points during the run. Layshia Clarendon, who played a few minutes in the first game, also provided a spark off the bench in the spurt. She had two points, two assists and two rebounds. The Chinese team hung around in the third quarter and trailed 60-54 before Stewart, who played in China the past few winters, took over. She scored nine of the next 11 points and China couldn't get within seven the rest of the way. "She was trailing a lot, and obviously the defense sucked down. The post players did a great job rim running," U.S. coach Dawn Staley said. "That left Stewie wide open at the top of key and she took advantage of them time and again. That's what we come to expect, Stewie like things. We needed her to be that way to give us some separation and widen our lead in the third quarter." The Americans were still missing Brittney Griner, who suffered a slight sprain of her right ankle in practice Friday. Griner said after the win over Senegal she would have played if it was an elimination game. China was able to exploit the lack of Griner with its own 6-foot-9 center Han Xu. Han showed an impressive array of post moves as well as a deft touch from 10 feet. The 18-year-old finished with 20 points and left to a warm ovation from the crowd with 20 seconds left. "Coach encouraged us to play with confidence. The U.S. is a very good team. We just went out and enjoyed ourselves," said China guard Shao Ting, who had 10 points. The Chinese team, which is the youngest in the tournament with the average age 23 years, lost to the U.S. by 43 points in the 2016 Olympics. The U.S. (2-0) hasn't lost to China (1-1) in six meetings in the World Cup. The Americans won the first five meetings by an average of 25.8 points. The victory was the Americans' 18th in a row in the tournament and 43rd in the past 44 games in the World Cup. The only blemish over the past 20 years was a loss to Russia in the semifinals of the 2006 World Cup. Sunday's game came on the 12th anniversary of that loss. CHINA CONNECTION: Many of the U.S. players have competed in China in the offseason. Stewart, Griner, Morgan Tuck, Jewell Loyd and Tina Charles all have spent time there. Wilson will be headed there this year. "You're having some of the top WNBA players going over there to China and showing them the standards of what we put ourselves through," Stewart said. RECOVERING: Elena Delle Donne played only 3 ½ minutes on Sunday. She suffered a bone bruise in the WNBA playoffs and is still recovering. She said that she and Staley would talk before each game to discuss how she was feeling. Delle Donne said after the game the back to back was difficult. SCOREBOARD: It was a great day for Africa with both Senegal and Nigeria winning. It's the first time in the history of the tournament that an African team won a pool play game, let alone two. Senegal beat Latvia 70-69 and Nigeria edged Turkey 74-68. In other games, Canada beat South Korea 82-63; Australia routed Argentina 84-43; Japan edged Belgium 77-75 in OT; France beat Greece 75-71 and Spain topped Puerto Rico 78-53. UP NEXT China: Will face Senegal on Tuesday with second place in the group at stake. U.S.: Will face Latvia on Tuesday looking to continue its dominance......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

PH asks S. Korea to lower tariff on bananas

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) renewed its bid to get tariffs imposed by South Korea on Philippine bananas lowered, amid concerns of increased competition in the export market. The gove.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

BSP to adopt tighter cybersecurity reporting

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is set to finally adopt in September a tighter reportorial requirement for financial institutions, particularly banks, to address the growing concerns over cybercrime......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 31st, 2018

Orly launches nail care innovations

KEEPING ONE’S nails always manicured usually comes with the worry that the nails will get brittle and yellow — and growing out one’s nails to correct these problems would usually take a few months. But developments in nail care technology now address these concerns. International nail care brand Orly has reintroduced its Orly Breathable Treatment… link: Orly launches nail care innovations.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 27th, 2018

Orly launches nail care innovations

Keeping one’s nails always manicured usually comes with the worry that the nails will get brittle and yellow — and growing out one’s nails to correct these problems would usually take a few months. But developments in nail care technology now address these concerns. The post Orly launches nail care innovations appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 26th, 2018

Koreans divided by war find little peace 65 years later

With tensions on the Korean peninsula easing, North and South Korea plan to revive the cross-border family reunions that were halted three years ago as concerns over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs mounted. Source link link: Koreans divided by war find little peace 65 years later.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

Robredo to speak at youth leadership event in South Korea

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo headed to South Korea on Saturday, August 11, to attend an international youth exchange program event along with a youth group from Mindanao. On Monday, August 13, Robredo will deliver the keynote address for the launch of the 2nd Asia Pacific Youth Exchange ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

South Korea women hold record mass rally against spycam porn

SEOUL, South Korea – Tens of thousands of South Korean women staged a mass rally in Seoul on Saturday, August 4, to protest against spycam porn, urging tougher punishments for peeping Toms as anger over the growing scourge boils over.  Since May, the monthly demonstration in Seoul has shattered records to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 4th, 2018

Asean asked to brace amid trade feuds, rising protectionism

Singapore --- Southeast Asia's top diplomats opened an annual meeting Thursday to tackle a slew of security concerns, including South China Sea territorial disputes, with host Singapore calling on the bloc to brace for external tumult such as rising protectionism. North Korea's rapprochement with South Korea and the U.S. is expected to be welcomed by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ministers, who began four days of meetings in Singapore with a working dinner Wednesday. Rising extremism and the plight of minority Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine state are also under the spotlight. Founded in 1967 during the Cold War, ASEAN steadily weathered storms to become a stable...Keep on reading: Asean asked to brace amid trade feuds, rising protectionism.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2018

Seoul exerts all efforts against US auto tariffs amid weak car sales

SEOUL --- South Korea is making all-out efforts to oppose the US slapping high tariffs on imported cars and auto parts, reflecting the growing anxiety of the local auto industry.   Top policymakers capitalized on their overseas agendas during the weekend to underline the value of fair trade between Seoul and Washington, as well as negative consequences the tariff hike is to have on the US economy.   Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon took the helm and called for the exclusion of Korea from high tariffs while meeting with US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchinon Saturday.   "It is inappropriate to impose high tariffs on the K...Keep on reading: Seoul exerts all efforts against US auto tariffs amid weak car sales.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

‘Time to reset the thinking of Philippine military’

      Amid growing concerns over the territorial disputes in the South China Sea, it's a fine time for the top brass of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to go back to the drawing board and rethink their mindset in dealing with the country's security problems.   "It's about time to reset the thinking of the leadership in the military and look at the Navy and give it more importance," said Marites Vitug, author of Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case Against China.   The author said she was able to interview Navy officers and former Navy chiefs for her upcoming book, which details the developments that led to the lan...Keep on reading: ‘Time to reset the thinking of Philippine military’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Washington moves to block China Mobile from US market

The US Commerce Department recommended against approval of China Mobile’s seven year old application to enter the domestic market on Monday, citing national security concerns. The move marked the latest blast from the US under President Donald Trump in its growing trade dispute with China. US tariffs against billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

Global markets lower as trade concerns linger

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Asian markets were mostly lower on Wednesd.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018

Biron moves to beef up investments in Iloilo

WEEKS after the signing of a law that seeks to address the red tape problem in business and investments, Rep. Ferjenel Biron (4th district, Iloilo) continues to channel his energies on promoting countryside development by inviting foreign investors. On June 21, 2018, Biron, chair of the House Committee on Trade and Industry, toured South Korean […] The post Biron moves to beef up investments in Iloilo appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

As Saudis wilt on field, kingdom pursues soccer power grab

By Rob Harris, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — The Saudis have ambitions to seize control over parts of international soccer. Losing 5-0 by Russia in the World Cup opener shows they might have bigger problems at home. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had to endure the humiliation in the stadium on Thursday, with Saudi Arabia's mauling in Moscow coming at the hands of a side just below the Saudis in the FIFA rankings. Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi studiously sidestepped a question about whether his federation had been distracted lately. But it has. Just when the Saudis had a first World Cup appearance in 12 years to prepare for, the federation has been mounting a power grab of soccer far beyond the kingdom. What appears the creation of just another bureaucratic institution within the sport could actually have wider ramifications. On its face, the establishment of the South West Asian Football Federation by the Saudis, including the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan, to help to develop the game appears a benevolent undertaking, especially when the existing regional governing body is so vast. "Football is about growth and if you don't grow economically, socially, technically, you will not be moving," Saudi federation president Adel Ezzat told The Associated Press. "It's not enough for us to be in the World Cup. "We have a vision that an Asian country will win the World Cup one day, but there must be a start for that. Football is underdeveloped in many areas in Asia." Is the Asian Football Confederation to blame? "Ambitions have to be higher than winning the Asian Cup," Ezzat said. Confederation president Sheikh Salman, a Bahraini, said he "had no objection to the creation of SWAFF as long as it remains as a football body outside of the AFC's zonal structure." Scratch deeper below the surface and the true objectives of the new body seem a little cloudy. It is unclear why SWAFF is required when there are already regional offshoots of the AFC, including the West Asian Football Federation, which is led by Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein who resisted an attempt by the Saudis to seize power of his organization before the new regional force emerged. "It will help Asia and it will help FIFA," Ezzat told The Associated Press. "We don't see anything wrong creating that connection between the south and the west. Football needs to grow." Ezzat maintained that SWAFF had followed the right legal steps to avoid breaching the rules of world football's governing body. Ezzat said FIFA governance committee head Mukul Mudgal had been dispatched by FIFA President Gianni Infantino to the SWAFF meeting on May 31 in Jeddah. The Indian judge denied he was in attendance. SWAFF said the founding members also include Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Maldives, Yemen, Oman and Kuwait. Oman Football Association General Secretary Said Othman Al Bulushi told the AP his nation was waiting to assess the statutes and legality of the body within FIFA before confirming its membership. The entire Gulf is not in SWAFF. Take a look at the map and three countries in particular are missing: Iran, Qatar and Yemen. "It's not about the geographic map," Saudi federation president Adel Ezzat said. "It's about zones." Could it also be about politics? For three years, a Saudi-led coalition has been trying to drive out Iranian-aligned Shiite rebels known as Houthis from Yemen to break the civil war in the Arab world's poorest nation and restore the exiled government. Across the Gulf, the Saudis are part of a quartet, including the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, which has spent the last year putting the squeeze on Qatar. Diplomatic ties with the energy-rich country have been severed amid allegations that Qatar supports extremist groups in the region, which Doha denies. The Qataris, though, have plowed ahead with preparations to host an event that will put them at the center of the world's attention: the next World Cup in 2022. Ezzat won't discuss Qatar, or the 2022 World Cup. Turki Al-Sheikh, head of Saudi Arabia's General Sports Authority, has been less circumspect, demanding earlier this year that Qatar be stripped of the hosting rights if corruption around its bid was proven. For now, in Saudi sights is Qatar's flagship sports network, which owns exclusive Middle East and North African rights to the World Cup. The BeIN Sports coverage of the Russia World Cup opener was watched across Saudi Arabia — but on a pirate channel. The beoutQ signal is transmitted by a Riyadh-based satellite provider, whose largest shareholder is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Still, the BeIN coverage was seized on by Al-Sheikh to threaten legal action against the network for "wrongdoings against KSA, its sports and officials, and for exploiting sports to achieve political goals." In a tweet, Al-Sheikh added Friday that this "proves Saudi authorities' true stance when banning this network from airing on its soil." Soccer's world body, though, is finally intervening. FIFA said it is "exploring all options to stop the infringement of its rights, including in relation to action against legitimate organizations that are seen to support such illegal activities." What FIFA would not say is whether Infantino raised Qatar's concerns when he watched the opener in the Luzhniki Stadium alongside the Saudi crown prince. Infantino has been a keen visitor to Saudi Arabia over the last year, including meeting King Salman, as intrigue has swirled about the country's role in a consortium's plans to underwrite $25 billion to launch a vastly expanded Club World Cup and an international Nations League. "He knows for a fact the importance of Saudi Arabia in the region," Ezzat said. "That's why I believe he is paying a lot of attention to Saudi Arabia. ... That's a very important sign. (FIFA) know this country can play a very important role in the development of football." Infantino, though, said he believed the backing for the new competitions was "not part of a wider Saudi sports grab." The proposals have stalled because of opposition within the council to Infantino's secrecy over the financial backers. Growing football is part of a sweeping "Vision 2030" plan to wean Saudi Arabia off its near-total dependence on oil money. Prince Mohammed is trying to push Saudi Arabia to become a more cosmopolitan nation that appeals to international investors. Ezzat wants to create new soccer competitions under the auspices of SWAFF and invite countries to participate from beyond the region — particularly Europe. "The country is going through an important change," Ezzat said. "Football can be a catalyst for change. The FIFA president I'm sure knows this very well. ... My country can play an important role in football." Just not the Saudi national team at the moment......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Pompeo talks North Korea, South China Sea with China’s Xi

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo conveyed US resolve for “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the State Department said, as well as concerns about Chinese activities in the South China Sea. Pompeo talks North Korea, South China Sea with China’s Xi Secretary of State Mike Pompeo conveyed… link: Pompeo talks North Korea, South China Sea with China’s Xi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018