In small interactions before Olympics, Korean unity emerges

first_imgPolice teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The South Korean pair of Kam Alex Kang Chan and Kim Kyu-eun shared the same ice with North Korea’s Kim Ju Sik and Ryom Tae Ok for the first time. Before training earlier this week, Kam and Kim used the same locker room and put on skates early so they had spare time together.Then Kam, 22, proposed taking a selfie together. He called the 25-year-old Kim “hyeong,” a Korean term used to refer to an elder brother or friend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I said something like ‘Hey, Ju Sik hyeong, let’s take a photo together!’” Kam said after training Tuesday. “I posted that photo for fun … and to mark the Olympics.”The photo recalls a famous 2016 selfie taken by two North and South Korean gymnasts at the Rio Olympics—something that IOC President Thomas Bach described as a “great gesture.” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH North Korea’s Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik, center, practice next to South Korea’s Kim Kyu-eun, front right, and Alex Kam during a pairs figure skating training session prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)GANGNEUNG, South Korea—A lot can be contained in a single selfie. The possibilities for peace between two entire nations, even.A selfie taken by smiling North and South Korean skaters and posted on Instagram illustrates yet another moment of reconciliation between the rivals, whose decades-long animosities could easily erupt again after the Pyeongchang Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting That was certainly at play Monday when four North and South Korean hockey players who didn’t take part in the session took a selfie and laughed together. Also grabbing attention: earlier photos of birthday parties thrown for two North Korean players, and a dictionary aimed at overcoming a linguistic divide.“Hockey really does bring people together,” said the team’s Canadian coach, Sarah Murray. “On our team, they are just players. You know … there is no North Korean or South Korean. They are all wearing the same jersey. We are all on the same team.”On Thursday, in another unusual spectacle, North Korea’s national anthem was played and its flag was hoisted alongside an Olympic flag during a boisterous welcoming ceremony for athletes from the North. South Korea has strict security laws that normally ban the playing of the North’s anthem and the raising of its flag .A group of South Korean B-boys, or break dancers, twisted their bodies and flipped relentlessly after walking into the center of a group of North Korean athletes. A North Korean band played the Korean folk tune “Arirang.” North Korean athletes hummed to themselves before starting to dance. South Korean dancers joined them, triggering a barrage of camera flashes.“I feel so good,” North Korean figure skating coach Kim Hyon Son said after the ceremony. “I want to see both North and South Korean people being pleased.”The feel-good sparks will peak during the opening ceremony on Friday, when athletes of the Koreas will march together under a single “unification flag” to the tune of “Arirang” instead of their respective anthems. It will be the first such joint march since 2007.It’s unclear what other Olympic moments involving the two countries could make news, particularly because the hockey team isn’t expected to win a medal.“Quite strangely, no medal, no issue,” said Jung Moon-hyun, a sports science professor at Chungnam National University in South Korea. “Whether North Korea does some action that pours cold water on the Olympic (reconciliation mood) is something to think about.”But Jung said even one win by the team will be “very meaningful” news. On Feb. 14, the Korean team faces Japan, which colonized Korea for more than three decades before it split into North and South shortly after World War II.When the Games end, North and South Korean players will be separated, probably for good. Their governments ban ordinary citizens from exchanging phone calls, letters and emails, so they won’t communicate unless they encounter each other in international competitions. Aldridge, Spurs hand Suns their most one-sided loss ever Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum Similar amicable interactions are visible among the North and South Korean female hockey players, who have formed the rivals’ first joint Olympic team.The team of 12 North Koreans and 23 South Koreans was composed last month as the Koreas agreed upon a package of reconciliation steps following a year of heightened nuclear tensions that triggered fears of war on the Korean Peninsula.Many experts have raised worries about teamwork, and a survey showed a majority of South Korean opposed the joint team. Why? They thought it would deprive South Korean athletes of playing time.At the height of their Cold War rivalry, sports were often an alternate battlefield between the Koreas. North Korean medalists often ignored South Korean competitors who extended their hands for handshakes at podiums. North Korea also boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Olympics, both held in Seoul.Since the Cold War, though, the countries have sometimes used sports as a way to thaw relations.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES For now, though, things like congenial selfies will have to be enough. The South Korean media certainly liked the latest one showing Kam and Kim flashing smiles and making peace signs. It was reproduced all over the country.The Seoul-based Kookmin Ilbo newspaper even gave it a memorable moniker, a sign of hope after generations of Korean division: “The icon of new peace.”last_img read more

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Wankhede pitch will be a slow turner, say groundsmen

first_imgContrary to popular perceptions that Wankhede Stadium pitch for the third Test will be a rank turner, one of the MCA groundstaff actively involved with the preparation of the 22-yard strip stated that it is expected to assist slow bowlers only from the third day.”The wicket will be normal. It won’t turn on the first day and it can slowly start turning (assisting spin) from day three,” a source told PTI today.England are down 0-2 in the five-game series after the draw in the series opener at Rajkot and losses in the next two games at Vishakapatnam and Mohali. (Pacers in form, spinners delivering India a complete team: Nasser Hussain to India Today)The visiting team must win the game here in order to have a chance to square the series at Chennai, slated to host the final match from December 16-20.”No special preparations are being made. The World T20 and Ranji matches have happened here. We have to prepare well for an international match and we have done that,” he added.”We got 20 days to prepare the wicket as a Ranji Trophy game was shifted away from the stadium (to another venue). In our opinion, there will be little bit of bounce.””We are watering as per the usual procedure. There was a little dew factor that we had to take into consideration and have done watering accordingly. Because of the dew, we watered it less,” they added.The sources also dismissed news reports that instructions have been received from team management with regards to the preparation of the pitch.advertisementAnother MCA official said that “it will be good wicket” where one can expect good cricket, adding around 60-65 per cent season ticket sales have taken place so far.This will be the 24th Test match at this ground and the win-loss record in favour of the hosts is 10-7.Incidentally, England had won the last two matches they had played here – in 2006 and 2012 – after having lost three Tests on the trot.Their only victory prior to those three defeats was in the BCCI’s Golden Jubilee Test in 1980.The first-ever game between the two teams at this venue, in 1976, was drawn so that the win-loss record stands 3-3 between the two teams out of seven encounters. (India release injured Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul from Test squad)The stadium is hosting a Test match after three years and the last match which it hosted was the 200th farewell Test of cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar against West Indies in November 2013.Meanwhile, England will practise tomorrow morning while India will practise in the afternoon. The two teams have had an extended break after the conclusion of the third Test at Mohali.Most of the visiting team members had travelled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates during the break and are scheduled to reach Mumbai tonight.last_img read more

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Kendrick Lamar Ed Sheeran 2017 MTV VMAs Winner List

first_img 2017 MTV VMAs: Who Won? kendrick-lamar-ed-sheeran-2017-mtv-vmas-winner-list Facebook Email Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran: 2017 MTV VMAs Winner List NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 19, 2017 – 6:47 pm Logic talks about ‘Everybody’ NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 8, 2017 – 6:00 am Watch Kanye West’s GRAMMY highlights Twitter NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Kendrick Lamar wins Best Rap Album GRAMMY And the winner for Best Pop video at the 2017 @VMAs is… @FifthHarmony! pic.twitter.com/09xCy03LaO— MTV (@MTV) August 28, 2017center_img News Best Hip-Hop VideoKendrick Lamar, “Humble.”Best Dance VideoZedd and Alessia Cara, “Stay”Best Rock VideoTwenty One Pilots, “Heavydirtysoul”Best Fight Against The System VideoNote: All six videos shared the awardAlessia Cara, “Scars To Your Beautiful”The Hamilton Mixtape, “Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)”John Legend, “Surefire”Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson, “Black SpiderMan”Big Sean, “Light”Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley, “Stand Up/Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” But who won big on Sunday night at The Forum in Los Angeles? See a list of winners below.Best New ArtistKhalidVideo Of The YearKendrick Lamar, “Humble.”Artist Of The YearEd SheeranBest Collaboration VideoZayn & Taylor Swift, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”Best Pop VideoFifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane, “Down” Best DirectionKendrick Lamar, “Humble.” (Directors: Dave Meyers, The Little Homies)Best Visual EffectsKendrick Lamar, “Humble.” (Company: Timber/Lead: Jonah Hall)Best EditingYoung Thug, “Wyclef Jean” (Editors: Ryan Staake, Eric Degliomini)13 Highlights From The 2017 MTV VMAsRead more Song Of SummerLil Uzi Vert, “XO Tour LIif3” Best CinematographyKendrick Lamar, “Humble.” (Cinemotographer: Scott Cunningham)Best Art DirectionKendrick Lamar, “Humble.” (Production Designer: Spencer Graves)Best ChoreographyKanye West, “Fade” (Choreographers: Teyana Taylor & Guapo) You saw the show, now take a look at the list of winners from the 2017 VMAs in Los AngelesGRAMMYs Aug 27, 2017 – 8:15 pm Kendrick Lamar led the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards field with six wins. Fifth Harmony, Zayn and Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, and Twenty One Pilots were also among those taking home awards. GRAMMY winner Pink was honored with the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award. https://twitter.com/MTV/status/901962726502629376last_img read more

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Singapores Sembcorp sets eyes on China India for renewables

first_imgSembcorp Industries, one of Southeast Asia’s biggest utilities companies, plans to roughly triple its renewable energy portfolio over the next five years, targetting India and China for growth, a senior company official said.Industrial conglomerate Sembcorp, whose utilities arm forms one of its three main divisions, expects renewable energy to account for 20 percent of its total power capacity in five years, up from 13 percent at present, executive vice president Tan Cheng Guan told the Reuters Summit.”Over the last three years, we have grown renewables quite significantly,” Tan said. “We have been able to accelerate because the cost of renewables has been coming down quite quickly because of technology and scale.”Sembcorp, which plans to focus on wind and solar energy, where costs are expected to drop further by 2020, has total power capacity of about 8,800 megawatts (MW).India and China make up the bulk of its renewables capacity, with wind power assets in China of about 450 MW.In India, it jointly owns and operates wind and solar power assets with a total power capacity of 750 MW after buying a majority stake in Indian renewable energy firm Green Infra in February, this year.”India is under served at the moment and their (power) capacity is maybe one quarter of China’s, even with about the same population,” Tan said. “So, if India’s economy grows by 7 to 8 percent in the next decade, we see that India will grow the fastest.”A boom in clean energy projects is expected in India after it hiked its solar energy target to 100 gigawatts by 2022, a 33-fold rise from current levels.In China, Sembcorp is also jointly building a coal-fired power plant near coal mines in Chongqing.Tan said the plant’s newer and more efficient technology would help in China’s push to reduce its carbon footprint.Sembcorp is also looking towards Bangladesh and Myanmar where it is developing gas-fired power plants.He declined to comment on Sembcorp’s credit exposure to Jurong Aromatics Corp (JAC), which went into receivership last month due to debt problems.Sembcorp has a 20-year agreement with JAC for the supply of steam and other water and wastewater treatment services.last_img read more

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Sensex Nifty advance 2 after Centre takes steps to spur growth

first_imgAmong top gainers on the Sensex were Yes Bank, up 6.16 per cent, followed by HDFC, Bajaj Finance and Larsen and Toubro.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesBoth the key market indices — Sensex and Nifty — on Monday, August 26, surged over 2 per cent led by gains made by public sector banks (PSBs) and financial sector stocks, following a slew of measures announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman last week.At 2.35 pm on Monday, the Sensex jumped over 793 points to 37,463.90, while the Nifty traded 216.95 points higher to top the 11,000-point mark at 11,046.30.The Nifty PSB index and financial services company stocks surged over 3 per cent, while metal scrips continued to trade in the red. The Finance Minister on Friday announced the capital infusion of Rs 70,000 crore in PSBs.The most crucial announcement was the roll-back of the tax surcharge on foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), which is aiding the market rally on Monday.Among top gainers on the Sensex were Yes Bank, up 6.16 per cent, followed by HDFC, Bajaj Finance and Larsen and Toubro.Tata Steel, SunPharma, Vedanta, HeroMotoCorp and Tata Motors DVR lost in the 1 to 3 per cent range.Thirty-nine stocks of the NSE index’s 50 constituents finished the day in positive territory.last_img read more

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