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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

‘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

Japan warns US-South Korea war drills ‘vital’

TOKYO -- US military drills with South Korea and Washington's troop presence there are "vital" for regional security, Japan said Wednesday, raising concerns after US President Donald Trump said the drills would be halted. "The drills and the US military stationed in South Korea play a vital role in East….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Japan warns US-South Korea drills ‘vital’

TOKYO: US military drills with South Korea and Washington’s troop presence there are “vital” for regional security, Japan said on Wednesday, raising concerns after US President Donald Trump said the drills would be halted. “The drills and the US military stationed in South Korea play a vital role in East Asia’s security,” Japan’s defense minister [...] The post Japan warns US-South Korea drills ‘vital’ appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Duterte’s SoKor Visit Yields USD4.9-B in Investments

President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s visit to South Korea has yielded USD4.9-billion worth of investments as part of the growing trade relations between the Philippines and the host country, his spokesman said Tuesday. “Ang mga nakuha naman natin dito sa trip na ito, isang bilyon na Official Development Assistance (ODA) para sa ating mga infrastructure projects […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Duterte seeks closer ties with South Korea in 3-day visit

The President is scheduled to address the Filipino Community in the South Korean capital late Sunday. He will meet with the nation's leader, President Moon Jae-in, on Monday. Source link link: Duterte seeks closer ties with South Korea in 3-day visit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

Bill allowing foreign schools to set up PH campuses filed

IN a bid to promote the country as a preferred destination for international students, a Metro Manila congressman has filed a proposed law that would allow the best foreign universities to establish Philippine campuses. “Considering that we are already drawing in a growing number of students from South Korea, India,….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 27th, 2018

YouTube revamps streaming music service

San Francisco — YouTube is launching a revamped, standalone streaming music service as part of an effort to step up competition against fast-growing rivals like Spotify and Apple Music. The new YouTube Music is set to launch next week in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea, with more markets coming online […] The post YouTube revamps streaming music service appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

N. Korea unlikely to return to talks with South over drills

      SEOUL, South Korea --- North Korea strongly criticized South Korea over ongoing U.S.-South Korean military exercises on Thursday and said it will not return to talks with its rival until Seoul resolves its grievances. The comments came a day after North Korea canceled a high-level meeting with the South because of the drills and threatened to scrap next month's historic meeting between its leader, Kim Jong Un, and President Donald Trump, saying it has no interest in a "one-sided" affair meant to pressure it to abandon its nuclear weapons. The North's threat cooled what had been an unusual flurry of diplomatic moves from a country that last year con...Keep on reading: N. Korea unlikely to return to talks with South over drills.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Philippines to exhaust diplomatic options on SCS

The government is still in the process of exhausting all diplomatic means to address concerns over China’s deployment of missiles on the manmade islands at the South China Sea (SCS), Presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 5th, 2018

North Korea s Kim Jong Un willing to talk to Japan any time – Seoul

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is ready for dialogue with Japan "any time", Seoul's presidential office said Sunday, April 29, as concerns grow in Tokyo that it is being sidelined from the reconciliation drive with Pyongyang. Kim met South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a historic summit on Friday, April ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 29th, 2018

Trump leaves open possibility of bailing on meeting with Kim

    WASHINGTON --- President Donald Trump said that although he's looking ahead optimistically to a historic summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un he could still pull out if he feels it's "not going to be fruitful."   Trump said that CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Kim "got along really well" in their recent secret meeting, and he declared, "We've never been in a position like this" to address worldwide concerns over North Korea's nuclear weapons.   But speaking alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday, after the allies met at Trump's Florida resort, he made clear that he'd still be ready to pull the plug on what is be...Keep on reading: Trump leaves open possibility of bailing on meeting with Kim.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Japan FM to voice NKorea concerns in rare Seoul visit

SEOUL: Japan’s foreign minister was in South Korea for a rare visit on Wednesday, armed with a list of issues Tokyo wants to push onto the agenda of a looming summit between North and South Korea. The first such visit in more than two years comes at a time of frenetic diplomatic activity in Northeast [...] The post Japan FM to voice NKorea concerns in rare Seoul visit appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018