S. Korea offers to talk with North on Olympics cooperation

first_imgRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments Relations between the Koreas have plunged as North Korea under Kim expanded its weapons programs amid a hard-line stance by Moon’s conservative predecessors. Last year, North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test and test-launched three intercontinental ballistic missiles as part of its push to possess a nuclear missile capable of reaching anywhere in the United States. The North was subsequently hit with toughened U.N. sanctions, and Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump exchanged warlike rhetoric and crude personal insults against each other.Possible inter-Korean talks could provide a temporary thaw in strained inter-Korean ties, but could also weaken U.S.-led international pressure on the North. After the Olympics, inter-Korean ties could become frosty again because North Korea has made it clear that it has no intention of accepting international calls for nuclear disarmament and instead wants to bolster its weapons arsenal in the face of what it calls increasing U.S. threats.In his address Monday, Kim said the United States should be aware that his country’s nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat. He said he has a “nuclear button” on his office desk, warning that “the whole territory of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear strike.”He called for improved ties and a relaxation of military tensions with South Korea, saying the Winter Olympics could showcase the status of the Korean nation. But Kim still said South Korea must stop annual military exercises with the United States, which he calls an invasion rehearsal against the North.The New Year’s address is an annual event in North Korea and is watched closely for indications of the direction and priorities Kim may adopt in the year ahead.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kim’s overture was welcome news for a South Korean government led by liberal President Moon Jae-in, who favors dialogue to ease the North’s nuclear threats and wants to use the Olympics as a chance to improve inter-Korean ties.Moon’s unification minister, Cho Myoung-gyon, proposed in a nationally televised news conference that the two Koreas meet Jan. 9 at the shared border village of Panmunjom to discuss Olympic cooperation and how to improve overall ties.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 folkEarlier Tuesday, Moon spoke of Kim’s positive response to earlier South Korean dialogue overtures and ordered officials to study how to restore talks with North Korea and get the North to participate in the Olympics.North Korea hasn’t immediately reacted. But if there are talks, they would be the first formal dialogue between the Koreas since December 2015. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone South Koreans watch a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s speech, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. The letters read on top left, “Kim Jong Un delivers New Year’s speech.” Kim said Monday the United States should be aware that his country’s nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat. But he also struck a conciliatory tone in his New Year’s address, wishing success for the Winter Olympics set to begin in the South in February and suggesting the North may send a delegation to participate. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea on Tuesday offered high-level talks with rival North Korea to find ways to cooperate on next month’s Winter Olympics in the South. Seoul’s quick proposal after a rare rapprochement overture from Pyongyang a day earlier offers the possibility of better ties after a year that saw a nuclear standoff increase fear of war on the Korean Peninsula.In a closely watched New Year’s address, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Monday he’s willing to send a delegation to the Olympics, though he also repeated nuclear threats against the United States. Analysts say Kim may be trying to drive a wedge between Seoul and its ally Washington as a way to ease international isolation and sanctions against North Korea.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Top-seeded Muruguza retires with cramps, out of Brisbanelast_img read more

Eddie Howe to Man United? talkSPORT host tips boss to take Premier League top job

first_img“He’s calm, intelligent, humble, works with players and tactically he is prepared to change in games.“He hasn’t got an ego – he’s likeable, yet assertive and confident in what he does and that’s really good combination to deal with big players.“If one of the bigger clubs took a risk with him, I don’t think he would let them down.”Murphy has also been impressed by Howe’s focus on building a British-dominant squad and says the manager deserves more credit for doing so. And Howe has clearly impressed former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Murphy, who believes the manager has proven he is good enough to take one of the top jobs in England.He told talkSPORT on Monday: “I would be absolutely amazed if Eddie Howe isn’t at one of the big clubs in the next few years.“He’s a proven Premier League manager and he’s as talented as anyone out there.“Someone’s got to take a risk, but I think he has proven for five years in the Premier League that he has what it takes.”Asked if the Cherries chief could replace Mourinho, should he be axed by Manchester United, Murphy said: “I would have absolutely no problem with him going to a big club and doing well. 2 Would Eddie Howe be in the frame for the Manchester United job if Jose Mourinho were to leave Old Trafford?He should be, according to Danny Murphy, who has told talkSPORT he ‘would be absolutely amazed’ if the Bournemouth manager isn’t at a bigger club within the next few years.We’re eight games into the new Premier League season and Bournemouth are flying high in sixth place.The Cherries thumped Watford 4-0 at Vicarage Road on Saturday to take them to 16 points – just four shy of league leaders Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool. 2center_img Would Eddie Howe be a good fit as Manchester United manager? Bournemouth have three players on four goals this season – Callum Wilson, Josh King and Ryan Fraser That’ll do nicely – our biggest ever @premierleague away win! 😀🙌#WATBOU // 🐝 0-4 🍒 pic.twitter.com/UCQnswDC0P— AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) October 6, 2018“What I love the most at Bournemouth is their recruitment – they have a good nucleus of British players,” added the former midfielder.“11 of their 16-man squad against Watford this weekend were British and I think Eddie Howe deserves more credit than he gets.“Have we got good English players if the recruitment teams are right in the Premier League? Yes – Bournemouth are proving that.“Have we got good English coaches? Yes we have, Eddie Howe is proving that.”Listen back to Danny Murphy on talkSPORT IN FULL above!last_img read more

Spaces mysterious fast radio bursts What the heck are they

first_img “That’s weird isn’t it? You’d expect to find FRBs where there are more stars … more stars means more neutron stars,” Shriharsh Tendulkar of McGill University and the discovery team said at the time. Burstin’ We’re already picking up more signals from deep space. Danielle Futselaar Comment “Fast radio bursts are exceedingly bright given their short duration and origin at great distances, and we haven’t identified a possible natural source with any confidence,” Avi Loeb, a Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics theorist, said in a press release back in 2017. At least one case of an FRB was later explained by someone at an observatory opening a microwave oven door while it was running. At this rate, we might soon be able to stream FRBs live as they arrive at our planet. Podcasts are fun, but I now look forward to a golden age of (tiny) bite-sized alien radio broadcasts. It should really be no surprise that, as with most space stuff that can’t yet be explained without a doubt by some natural phenomenon, aliens have been proposed as a possibility, including by Loeb himself. “An artificial origin is worth contemplating and checking,” he says. 26 Photos Notably, one of the repeating FRBs picked up by the new Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) appears to be much closer than the first couple observed. While those came from somewhere billions of light years away on the other side of the universe, this newly heard one could come from the edge of our own galaxy. Space FRBs are essentially just what they sound like — radio signals from somewhere in deep space that last for just milliseconds. In addition to neutron stars, there’s also exploding black holes, magnetars and hypothetical blitzars that could be throwing off radio emissions that eventually make it to us. Originally published May 26, 2017. Updated Aug. 20, 2019, with additional information. Best places in space to search for alien life But after the CHIME radio telescope in British Columbia came online in late 2017, scientists had a new and highly valuable stream of FRB observations at their disposal. As of August 2019, a total of a dozen repeating fast radio bursts have now been confirmed or are in the process of being confirmed. An (extraterrestrial) intelligent explanation? center_img Tags Since then, an “FRB Theory Wiki” hosted by the McGill Space Institute has grown to include over four dozen possible explanations ranging from “annihilating mini black holes” to “alien light sails,” although most explanations at this point have something to do with pulsars or neutron stars.  1 One aspect of FRBs that has made them so hard to trace back to a source is that they rarely seem to repeat. For the first decade of FRB research, they were all just detected and never heard from again. Then, in January 2017, researchers announced they’d finally identified that FRB 121102 repeats. But new radio telescopes in Australia and Canada are already making it much easier to detect fast radio bursts, or FRBs, and here’s a look at what we’ve learned so far. Few encores Sci-Tech Researchers have also been able to integrate artificial intelligence with one telescope in Australia to detect FRBs in real-time as they arrive at Earth. That could rapidly speed up the work of studying the odd signals, which previously required combing through past observations taken months or even years previous. Loeb and his colleagues worked out how much power would be needed to send such signals across the universe. Turns out it would require covering two Earth-size planets with energy collectors, leading Loeb to theorize that such a massive project might be used not to communicate, but to propel starships using high-energy beams. As more new observing equipment comes online, our understanding of FRBs could begin to crystallize very soon.  Share your voice This allowed them to trace the blinking signal to a surprising source: a distant dwarf galaxy 3 billion light-years beyond the Milky Way. Fast radio bursts from space are a uniquely 21st-century mystery. They were first identified just 12 years ago and, up until very recently, almost nothing was known about them and where they come from. While aliens might be the most exciting possible explanation, that doesn’t mean they’re the most probable. There are, after all, natural phenomena in the cosmos that could generate such signals and are known to actually exist, which is more than we can say for extraterrestrials. Or maybe there are different types of FRBs out there or different explanations we haven’t even thought of yet. The weird, repeating signals from deep space just tripled Mysterious deep-space signals can now be picked up in real time More mysterious signals from deep space detectedlast_img read more

Sunwing launches biggest ever 2X STAR Agent Reward Points promo

first_img TORONTO — Sunwing has big news to share: it’s just launched its largest ever 2X STAR Agent Reward Points promotion.From now until Oct. 27, the tour operator is offering agents the chance to earn 2X STAR Agent Reward Points for all new bookings to Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. This allows agents to earn valuable points that convert to cash, each time they make a new booking for travel between Oct. 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018. All resorts and room categories are included.Following a turbulent few weeks of extreme weather events in Sun destinations, the timing and scale of the promotion is intended to help boost tourism in these regions in order for them to return to normal operations.“As the #1 for family, luxury and adult vacations, Sunwing is a top operator to these destinations and is committed to helping them bounce back as quickly as possible. We are appreciative of the efforts of our travel agent partners in letting consumers know that these regions are very much open for business and would like to take this opportunity to reward them,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaSunwing offers a wide range of resorts to suit all tastes and budgets. Depending on the resort, clients will also enjoy perks like Kids Stay, Play and Eat FREE deals, spa discounts and unlimited à la carte dining.For full details go to sunwingagents.ca. Posted by Share Thursday, September 28, 2017 Tags: Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Sunwingcenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Sunwing launches biggest ever 2X STAR Agent Reward Points promo Travelweek Group last_img read more