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The U.S. House of Representatives impeachment inquiry hearings picked up steam this week, as nine current and former U.S. officials testified on President Donald Trump's controversial dealings with the Ukrainian government. With three full days of testimony this week, and two the previous, International Edition’s Steve Miller speaks with Dr. Craig Albert, a political science professor at Augusta University, to unpack as to what the testimony meant to the Democrats and Republicans. Plus, a former CIA officer who pleaded guilty to an espionage conspiracy with China faces sentencing. The AP's Matt Small reports. In a major policy reversal, South Korea said Friday it has decided to continue a 2016 military intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan that it previously said it would terminate amid ongoing tensions over wartime history and trade. The decision comes at a time when the United States has requested substantial increases to what it wants South Korea and Japan to pay for hosting US forces in their respective countries. International Edition’s Steve Miller speaks with John Grover Korean Studies Fellow at the Institute for the National Interest. Later in the program... after three years of investigation, Israel's Attorney General has decided to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in three separate cases. The most serious charge is bribery, and it is the first time in Israel's history that a sitting prime minister has been indicted. Linda Gradstein reports Netanyahu accused the attorney general of trying to stage a coup. Turning to world news... British police say they have arrested a 23-year-old man from Northern Ireland over the deaths of 39 people from Vietnam who were found in a refrigerated container truck last month. The top U.S. representative in Taiwan says Washington is working with it to combat efforts by Beijing to influence upcoming elections on the island. Police will be out in force at polling stations in Hong Kong this weekend as keenly contested local elections take place amid ongoing anti-government protests. A rare near-mint condition copy of the first Marvel Comics comic book has sold at auction in Dallas for $1.26 million. A jury in New Zealand found a man guilty on Friday of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane, almost a year after the incident took place. Reuters' Jayson Albano has the details. Finally, a new report finds most adolescents around the world do not get enough physical activity on a daily basis to be healthy and to stay healthy as adults. Lisa Schlein reports this World Health Organization study presents the first-ever global estimates of insufficient physical activity among adolescents aged 11 to 17.  

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Sensex falls by 336 points ahead of GDP data, metal stocks dip

Mumbai (Maharashtra): Equity markets witnessed profit booking on Friday amid expectations of slower GDP numbers for the September quarter (Q2 FY20) and weak global cues.

Investors also tracked trends after the passage of the Hong Kong pro-democracy bill in Washington that could derail trade talks between the United States and China.

At the closing bell, the BSE S&P Sensex was down by 336 points or 0.82 per cent to 40,704. The Nifty 50 tumbled down by 95 points or 0.78 per cent at 12,056.

All sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were in the red except for Nifty realty which was up by 0.98 per cent. But Nifty media was down by 2.4 per cent, PSU bank by 1.7 per cent metal by 1.2 per cent, auto by 1.1 per cent and FMCG by 0.9 per cent.

Among stocks, Zee Entertainment was the top loser with a dip of 7.8 per cent at Rs 286.50 per share. Metal majors Hindalco and Vedanta lost by 2.1 per cent each while Tata Motors dived by 2.3 per cent.

The other prominent losers were Mahindra & Mahindra, Hindustan Lever, Dr Reddy's, Yes Bank and State Bank of India.

However, Bharti Infratel continued to climb up and added gains of 6.7 per cent at Rs 273.80 per share while Bharti Airtel was up by 1.1 per cent. Adani Ports, utility major NTPC and HDFC Bank were also in the green.

Meanwhile, Asian markets slipped as investors turned cautious, fearing a new US law backing Hong Kong protesters could put hurdles in efforts to end the US-China trade conflict.

Hong Kong led the losses, dropping by 2 per cent while South Korean shares lost by 1.4 per cent and Japan's Nikkei eased by 0.5 per cent.


Sensex falls by over 400 points, metal and auto stocks lose shine

Mumbai: Equity markets witnessed profit booking and extended morning losses ahead of the country's second-quarter GDP data which is likely to come lower than 5 per cent. 

Investors also tracked weak global cues after passage of the Hong Kong pro-democracy bill in Washington that could derail trade talks between the United States and China.

At 12 noon, the BSE S&P Sensex was down by 417 points or 1.01 per cent to 40,713 while the Nifty 50 tumbled down by 121 points at 12,030.

All sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were in the red with Nifty metal down by 1.6 per cent, auto by 1.2 per cent, FMCG by 1 per cent and PSU bank by 0.9 per cent.

Among stocks, Hindalco lost by 3.3 per cent, Tata Steel by 2.2 per cent, Vedanta by 1.9 per cent and Maruti Suzuki by 1.5 per cent. Index heavyweight Reliance Industries slipped by 1.5 per cent to Rs 1,556.25 per share.

The other prominent losers were Hindustan Lever, Britannia, Asian Paints, State Bank of India and Dr Reddy's.

However, Bharti Infratel continued to climb up and added gains of 5.9 per cent at Rs 271.95 per share while Bharti Airtel was up by 1.3 per cent. Adani Ports, utility major NTPC and Bharat Petroleum Corporation were also in the green.

Meanwhile, Asian markets slipped as investors turned cautious, fearing a new US law backing Hong Kong protesters could put hurdles in efforts to end the US-China trade conflict.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan fell by 0.9 per cent. Hong Kong led the losses, dropping by 2 per cent while South Korean shares lost by 1.2 per cent and Japan's Nikkei eased by 0.1 per cent.


Stocks tumble due to weak global trends, Dr Reddy's down by 1.9 pct

Mumbai (Maharashtra): Equity benchmark indices tumbled into the negative terrain during early hours on Friday following weak global cues as investors feared that passage of the Hong Kong pro-democracy bill in Washington could derail trade talks between the United States and China.

At 10:15 am, the BSE S&P Sensex was down by 243 points to 40,888 while the Nifty 50 rolled down by 57 points at 12,094. Sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were mixed with Nifty auto, financial services, FMCG and IT in the red.

Among stocks, the prominent losers were Dr Reddy's, ICICI Bank, Hindustan Lever, HDFC and Mahindra & Mahindra.

However, Bharti Infratel continued to climb up and added gains of 5.6 per cent at Rs 271.05 per share while Bharti Airtel was up by 1.8 per cent. Yes Bank gained by 4.3 per cent, Zee Entertainment by 2 per cent and GAIL by 1.7 per cent.

Meanwhile, Asian markets slipped as investors turned cautious, fearing a new US law backing Hong Kong protesters could put hurdles in efforts to end the US-China trade conflict.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan fell by 0.9 per cent. Hong Kong led the losses, dropping by 2 per cent while South Korean shares lost by 1.2 per cent and Japan's Nikkei eased by 0.1 per cent.


Sensex closes 199 points higher, auto and pharma stocks gain

Mumbai (Maharashtra): Equity benchmark indices scaled fresh new highs on Wednesday and ended half a per cent higher due to heavy buying in auto, metal and pharma stocks.

The bull run continued amid positive underlying sentiment and optimism surrounding the signing of US-China trade deal's first phase.

The BSE S&P Sensex closed 199 points higher at 41,021 while the Nifty 50 edged up by 63 points to 12,101. Most sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were in the green except for Nifty media and realty.

Nifty auto ticked up by 1.27 per cent, PSU bank by 1.77 per cent and pharma by 0.83 per cent. But Nifty realty and media closed 0.65 per cent and 0.39 per cent lower respectively.

Among stocks, Yes Bank added intraday gain of 8.31 per cent to close at Rs 68.40 per share after the private lender offloaded shares of Reliance Capital for the third consecutive session on Tuesday through an open market transaction. Besides, the bank's board of directors will meet on Friday to consider raising of funds.

Maruti Suzuki gained by 2.4 per cent while Eicher Motors, Hero MotoCorp, TVS Motor Company and Bajaj Auto were up in the range of 1 to 2 per cent each.

State Bank of India was up by 2.8 per cent, Hindalco by 2.2 per cent and Sun Pharma by 1.9 per cent. UltraTech Cement, UPL, Bharat Petroleum Corporation, ONGC and Coal India also witnessed gains of over 1.7 per cent.

However, the prominent losers were Bharti Infratel, Cipla, Larsen & Toubro, ITC and ICICI Bank.

Meanwhile, Asian shares rose as upbeat signals from US-China trade talks generated hopes of an easing of tariff hostilities. At the same time, investors hoped that the US Federal Reserve will keep interest rates low.

Japan's Nikkei rose by 0.28 per cent, Hong Kong's Hang Seng by 0.15 per cent and South Korea's Kospi by 0.31 per cent.

But Shanghai Composite dropped by 0.13 per cent after official data showed profits at China's industrial firms declining in annual terms for the third consecutive month during October.

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States and China are close to agreement on the first phase of a trade deal. Top negotiators from the two countries spoke on phone and agreed to keep working on the remaining issues.


Sensex falls by 216 points, IT and banking stocks drag

Mumbai: Equity benchmark indices drifted lower by half per cent on Friday, dragged by IT and banking stocks amid continuing global concerns over the US-China trade deal.

The BSE S&P Sensex closed 216 points or 0.53 per cent lower at 40,359 while the Nifty 50 slipped by 54 points to 11,914. Sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were mixed with Nifty IT dropping by 1.9 per cent and bank by 0.7 per cent.

Among stocks, Infosys lost by 2.8 per cent to close at Rs 692.95 per share. Tata Consultancy Services ticked down by 2.4 per cent, Wipro by 1.8 per cent, HCL Technologies by 1.6 per cent and Tech Mahindra by 1.5 per cent.

Bharti Infratel lost by over 4 per cent while Bharti Airtel showed a loss of 1.8 per cent. Even Kotak Mahindra Bank closed 1.6 per cent lower.

However, metal majors showed handsome gains with Tata Steel moving up by 4.2 per cent, JSW Steel by 2.4 per cent and Vedanta by 2.2 per cent.

Meanwhile, Asian equities posted mild gains amid persistent worries over the status of trade negotiations between China and the United States.

Japan's Nikkei was up by 0.33 per cent, Hong Kong's Hang Seng by 0.48 per cent and South Korea's Kospi by 0.26 per cent.


10 facts you probably didn't know about...Ki Soo Kim

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Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 15


Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 15 Welcome to Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 15 We shall begin with a bit of housekeeping here by way of explaining what to expect from us this week in terms of articles. Given that there is basically one free day in-between the end of GW14 and the start of GW15, and the same again at the end of the week going into GW16, time is of the essence and so we intend to publish a Captaincy article for both, along with the Site Team article, with of course the usual Live Match Chat for each. For both this article and the GW16 one we have simply asked four of our writers to tell us who they fancy for the armband and why. Simples, off we go then… Inittowinit – Jamie Vardy Phew! I finally get to speak about / promote the captain pick who will actually wear my armband this week. After weeks of telling you to captain someone else. What a fraud! But I’ve been a fairly transparent one though. All along I have been trusting Mr Vardy to deliver the captaincy points and he has duly delivered. I even had the ignominy of celebrating his goal against my own team Everton today! Fantasy football does funny things to you. A goal in a game which may well see Marco Silva visiting the Job Centre tomorrow morning, so every cloud and all that…. I’m going to go fairly route one with you here with some simple facts and figures to back up my pick, which feels kind of fitting as Vardy is a no nonsense kind of guy. Speaking of delivering, Vardy is hot to trot right now, in his last 8 games he has 10 goals along with 3 assists, 4 double digit returns, 14 bonus points, he’s taken the maximum of 3 bonus on 4 occasions in those 8, and in those he has 78 points for an average of 9.75 per game. If that isn’t form then I don’t know what is. As for Leicester themselves they have scored 33 this season, 2nd only to Man City, with 16 scored at home, which is the 3rd highest returm. They have played 7 at the King Power, winning 6 and drawing 1. Again, form. As for his opponents, Watford, they are now rock bottom and have just sacked Quique Sanches Flores. Again. He was their 10th manager in 6 years. I’ve got a pound (they’re ten a penny if you stand behind Lucas Digne at the right time ) on Quique actually being their next manager, such is the chaos of their appointment procedure. As we speak they haven’t appointed a new one and Hayden Mullins will have the unenviable task of overseeing this one. Their record away isn’t great having conceded 15 (the 2nd most) and they have lost 4 out of 7 on the road. Oh, and Vardy scored in this exact fixture almost a year to the day. For me this isn’t a case of if or when Vardy will score, it’s a case of how many, and as DMC said last week, you may as well stop reading this right now, whatever waffle the others try to sell you below they’re wrong and should be ashamed of themselves for even trying, the bunch of frauds… Rosco – Sadio Mane Bamidele (or Dele as his friends all called him) stared down at the 4 names on the piece of paper in front of him and sighed. He hated class prefect nominations day. He glanced around the classroom, paying particular attention to those who had made this year’s coveted list and rolled his eyes slumping back into his chair. One day, he thought, one day my name will be on this list. His new maths teacher Mr José had implied as much last lesson (and the one before) in between the relentless cuddling that the older man seemed overly keen on. His best friend Harry mumbled something unintelligible, which, to be fair was not unusual for Harry. Dele nodded in agreement despite not understanding a word he’d just said. Dele understood his friend’s disgruntlement all the same, Harry used to be ‘the favourite’ picking up the title the 3 years on the trot when they first started high school, but Harry was no longer flavour of the month, even if Mr José frequently told him otherwise. Dele’s train of thought was broken by the sight of a paper aeroplane as it sailed across the classroom, he shot an annoyed glare at the perpetrator Jamie. Dele couldn’t stand Jamie, and not just because he had made this year’s list. Just then the door opened and Mr José stepped in. The class froze, the paper aeroplane connected perfectly with Mr Jose’s nose (of course it did, everything Jamie did seemed to work out) Dele mentally crossed out his name from the list in front of him, ‘no way Rat Man’ he muttered to himself. Mr José had recently joined the school and brought with him a fierce reputation, but once again he simply laughed off the incident and said something which sounded both profound and ridiculous at the same time. Dele loved Mr José. So if not Jamie then who? The foreign exchange student Heung-Min caught his eye, Dele liked ‘Son’ (as everyone called him), he was a happy kid, always smiling, Dele chuckled to himself as he recalled the time Son had accidentally broken one of the other boy’s pencils clean in two, he still looked positively made-up despite the tears that had welled up in his eyes. He was all set to add a big Tick next to Son’s name when he caught sight of one the school’s other exchange students ‘Sadio’ stumbling across the playground as he tried in vain to carry 6 large water station bottles that had been left at the school gate. Selfless, Dele thought. Everyone loved Sadio. He was a canny footballer too, countless times Sadio had bailed out the school team with a goal or two when they had once again failed to keep a clean sheet or former star player ‘Mo’ had failed to turn up. What a guy. They had a game against their local rivals this week and he would put money on Sadio bailing them out once again. No sooner had he put a tick next to Sadio’s name, he felt an all too familiar embrace as Mr José’s arms enveloped him once again, ‘Special one’ Mr José whispered in his ear. Dele didn’t know if the moniker was meant for him or a self proclamation from Mr José , he didn’t mind, either way, Dele loved Mr José. Swirly – Heung-min Son Following on from the unknown story of Dele Alli in Rosco’s appraisal of Sadio Mane, we have his teammate Heung-min Son, who has also been amongst the points. You may remember in my tips article last week that I mentioned the Spurs number seven has quite a penchant for the festive season if the past two seasons are anything to go by and it seems that this year is no different. Whilst he didn’t score against Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon, the South Korean still got two out of three possible assists, coming away with a very respectable two bonus points as the icing on the cake. Those who opted to go against the grain and give him the captain’s armband instead of the favourite Jamie Vardy will have looked back on this week with an extra four fantasy points. That match is on the back of a buying frenzy which followed a goal and assist against West Ham, finding the back of the net against Sheffield United and being the penultimate player before the ball went past Liverpool and Everton’s goalkeepers. That said, his selection for the all-important FPL captain role may rise a few eyebrows this week, as we’re all used to picking a player at home against a squad that is in or near the relegation zone. In addition, this guy has just one assist in nine starts against the Red Devils, the opposition on Wednesday night. To state my case, I’ll just remind you that Man United have now let in seven goals in the past three in all competitions, against Aston Villa, Sheffield United and Astana. In addition, Ole Gunnar Solskjær and UK politicians have a thing in commmon at the moment in that criticism is never far away from them. Unlike the wallies we have in parliament, however, it’s a growing number of the club’s own supporters calling for the Norwegian to go. And for who? Yep – you guessed it, Mauricio Pochettino, the former boss of the very team they are facing at Old Trafford. The north London side, meanwhile, is enjoying a run where they have been unbeaten in six, with an extra boost seemingly added by Jose Mourinho turning up to oversee the last three. Indeed, the Portuguese is another key aspect for this game. When it comes to the Special One showing his face, just four games into his tenure, it will be interesting to see what the reception is by the opposing fans. Good or bad, he’ll no doubt be eager to get the win to rub it into his former employers’ faces. If that’s the case and Spurs add to the 11 goals they have scored in the last eight meetings against the Red Devils, expect another return from the player who now hasn’t blanked in the last five Premier League matches. Mito – I am no fool I got fourth pick this week in this article, so let us start with that. I went through the stats and figured eventually I get around to justifying a pick, but as any of you who have ever read a captaincy article I have written know I tend to be a negative Nancy when it comes to these articles. When I have written these in the past where all 4-5 are my choices, I am usually against all my picks. Sorry, it’s what I do. I thought about picking Vardy, but of course he was taken. Then I thought, maybe I will just go for a Spurs player, say Alli or Son, but noticed Son had been taken and Alli had been extensively covered in the Mane pick. I guess Mane is also taken then or at least his picture is up there. So I was left looking for scraps so to speak. I thought, well Auba and KDB are still out there, and after the former’s brace and KDB’s wonder goal along with his six shots and overall involvement surely no one would laugh at those picks. Here is the thing though, I like a party and I know where almost all of you will be at with your captaincy. So in an unprecedented captaincy choice, I am going to double down on Vardy, that’s right I am picking the same guy Init did, there are no rules against that, not yet at least. Look, Manchester United are not the greatest thing we have seen, but they are tough at home vs teams above them in the standings. In those 4 fixtures at Old Trafford they have only given up 2 goals and those games were against Leicester, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. In that bunch lies the second, third and fourth highest scoring teams in the league. So whilst I would not be shocked to see Spurs score, it would also be very possible that they were in a tight low scoring game. In fact, that is probably more likely if prior results are anything to go by when some of the better teams have visited United. I believe Mane has a good fixture and is in great form, but you know who is even in better form and has an even better fixture? Vardy!! If I had to pick Mane on this article and made the attempt to justify him over Vardy, I’d probably just end up talking about Alli. I won’t go over the stats for Vardy or the disaster that Watford are, as Init has already covered all that just above. A friend of mine told me earlier today; “boy, I say boy, people who don’t pick Vardy this week for captain in FPL are as useful as a back pocket on a t-shirt.” Thanks for reading Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 15. This article was written by Inittowinit, Rosco, Swirly and Mito. Follow @AdamalcockFF247 Follow @eugoogooly Follow @theswirly Follow @TheLegendmito21 FPL FIXTURE TRACKER FIXTURE TRACKER LINK FIXTURE TRACKER 2019/20

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Fantasy Football Tips Gameweek 14


Fantasy Football Tips Gameweek 14 Welcome to Fantasy Football Tips Gameweek 14 Whether you’re superstitious or not, the number 13 when it came to fantasy football was unlucky for a good number of people. As the gameweek with the same number, the alleged curse struck those who had kept faith in Mason Mount as he started the match at the Etihad on the bench, whilst Raheem Sterling continued to do nothing but a wrongly disallowed goal at the end – he did actually play in that match, you know – and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, in a ‘sure fire’ of a game against Southampton, also only raised an assist. Those who captained Vardy, however, thinking he was going to follow on from what he did against Arsenal, would be entitled to wonder what the fuss of such a ‘hex’ was all about, however, whilst those who thought they’d take a chance on Heung-Min Son were also handsomely rewarded. Perhaps, you know, that’s just the nature of FPL and that could be pretty much any week. As much as it’s a game of skill with the inclusion of the right players and, in the case of the price changes, the right timing, there’s sometimes no accounting for what can happen on the pitch in those 90 minutes. Especially this season, where VAR still can’t be used correctly in a depressing amount of occasions a third of the way in. If you are, again, looking at your team in horror, I’ll just reiterate what Kop said last week in that the barrage of gameweeks between now and the start of 2020 mean that you can transform your fortunes within a short amount of time. Transform to what remains to be seen, however this article will hopefully point you in the right direction! I’ll just say to not forget there’s a midweek deadline next week and that the large amount of games usually means the festive period sees a lot of rotation within Premier League squads. It’s good to have players on your bench that will actually play, should their services be called upon. Goalkeepers My first recommendation for goalkeepers is the Fantasy Football 24/7 favourite, Nick Pope. Having kept a clean sheet and collected two bonus points for two games in a row, the England player is now joint-second with Bournemouth’s Aaron Ramsdale when it comes to points, as Kasper Schmeichel and Mathew Ryan both sit pretty at the top with four more. As many have opted for him to be their only playing ‘keeper, that means he has amassed 54 of your total points total so far, certainly not bad when you consider the fact you don’t expect much from the guy who stands between the sticks. Following on from the 18 points collected against West Ham and Watford, the fella who will now set you back £4.7m can look forward to playing against Crystal Palace, a team that has scored as many as Newcastle with 11 – only Watford have scored fewer. That’s 0.85 per match and so it’s clear to see where the Eagles’ problems lie. Things do get quite a bit tougher for Burnley over the next two matches, as Man City then visit Turf Moor on Tuesday night and it’s a trip to a potentially revitalised Spurs shortly afterwards. Still, there are always those save points you can rely on him, as Aston Villa, Chelsea and Leicester are the only sides that have left him with just one point so far this season. If you’ve got a bit more cash to spare and you don’t already have three Leicester players, you may like to consider the Foxes’ Kasper Schmeichel, costing £5.2m. Whilst his 33 saves would put him 13th in the table when compared to his fellow gloved-players, the Dane has proved to be one of the main assets in Brendan Rodgers’ team as he has kept six clean sheets. That’s the highest in the league at the moment – which has, of course, been very handy for owners of Soyuncu, Pereira and Chilwell – and nicely coincides with the fact he has conceded the fewest number of goals of any ‘keeper who has played all 1,170 minutes. It’s not exactly a shock the guy, who was the target of Palace fans’ paper aeroplanes early in the month, is now able to boast having the highest number of FPL points in that position. You now have to look back to the match against Burnley in Gameweek 9 for the last time Peter’s son had to pick the ball up from the back of his own net and the games between now and Gameweek 18 show there is a real chance for that excellent form to continue. First up will be Everton at home and with a record of only 13 scored so far this campaign, a Leicester clean sheet and the vultures sitting in the trees next to Marco Silva look more and more likely. Fast forward just three days and it’s then the turn of Watford to pay a visit to the King Power Stadium, a squad languishing at the bottom of the table, both when it comes to the league and the amount of goals. Eight scored in 13 is relegation fodder. As if those two games weren’t enough, there are then games against Aston Villa and Norwich before tougher fixtures against Man City and Liverpool that will really test their credentials. My final pick is more of a punt as Alex McCarthy has only played three games for Southampton so far this season, which happen to be the last trio of fixtures where he has collected just five points in total. However, in his defence, two of those were against Man City and Arsenal and he now has five games ahead of him which could be pivotal to the Saints calling themselves a Premier League club next August. Costing just £4.3m, he seems to be favoured over counterpart Angus Gunn and will theoretically face the aforementioned Watford this week, a team that, along with their current dire state of affairs, hasn’t beaten the Saints in the last four meetings across all competitions. Norwich then make the journey to St Mary’s for the Wednesday night tie who, funnily enough, have scored the same amount of goals as their hosts at the time of writing, as an assist in the last game is all that remains of the Pukki Party we all invited ourselves to at the start of the season. After that, ties against Newcastle, West Ham and Aston Villa then await. Perhaps, with Pope having those two tough games, this guy with his cheap pricetag could be your second-choice instead of the likes of the non-playing David Button, if you have a transfer that needs to be used up and £0.3m going spare? Defenders Liverpool have not had the best defensive record so far this season, quite the contrast to the last campaign when they kept 21 clean sheets. In 13 games, there have been two such occasions from the 3-0 and 1-0 wins against Burnley and Sheffield United, so the premium pricetags of those players do not seem such great value at the moment. Frustratingly, it’s been consolation or error-based goals that have been conceded, which have led FPL managers to receive the confirmation of what they had been expecting for the entirety of the match beforehand. Such inevitability has now made us all question: would we have taken on these players, had we known there’d be so few clean sheets this season? On the plus side, however, the next four games bring with them both clean sheet and goal scoring potential for the Merseysiders and so I still feel happy to recommend a player who is more than capable either end of the pitch. Andy Robertson is the second-most transferred-in player so far this gameweek, as he is beating his £0.2m-more-expensive colleague Trent Alexander-Arnold in their assists competition. Crucially for us, there is also a nine-point gap between the two players in the FPL stakes, with Virgil Van Dijk now 21 points behind. The last five fixtures have been at the centre of the left back’s points haul, as he set up three and scored one himself, netting 30 points in the process. The 30,000 people who, at the time of writing, have put their faith in him and pressed the ‘buy’ button this week are no doubt buoyed by the fact Brighton are coming to Anfield. That’s a side that has lost all seven of its last encounters with the Reds, having failed to find the back of the net in the most recent trio of fixtures. Indeed, it’s a side that Robertson likes to play against, as he has featured in all three of those games and also scored and set up another in the Seagulls’ 4-0 drubbing in the last game of the 17/18 campaign. Before you know it, the midweek Gameweek 15 fixture will come, which just happens to be a Merseyside derby against Everton, whilst Bournemouth away and a visit from Watford both carry with them great potential as they are two sides that Liverpool love to score a good few against. The Scot could well be in and among the points for all of those ties, however it is worth noting he does not have a game in Gameweek 18, as the meeting at the London Stadium against West Ham will need to be rescheduled. Following my recommendation of Kasper Schmeichel, it may come of no surprise that my next recommendation is from the same team. This one, however, bears a slight resemblance to Lord Farquaad from Shrek. Caglar Soyuncu has proven to be a shrewd signing from SC Freiburg, as Harry Maguire’s move in the opposite direction hasn’t quite had the same effect yet. Whilst his FPL scores were quite average from Gameweeks 1 to 9, the Turkish international has earned himself 34 points in the last four matches, with the goal in the 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace the icing on the cake. That has led to him leading the way in the defensive form stakes – with an impressive 9.3 – and the guy is fourth when it comes to clearances with 74. It’s no shock that his price has risen from the £4.5m it was at the start of the season to the £5.0m it is now and, should the Foxes continue to keep up their excellent form, it will only go higher. Now in 15.8 per cent of teams, no doubt because he is cheaper than his defensive counterparts of Jonny Evans at £5.1m and, most significantly, the £5.8m Ben Chilwell and Ricardo Pereira at £6.4m, the number four faces the Toffees this weekend. That’s a team which doesn’t have the greatest threat on goal as three in the last three accurately reflects their 13 in 13 over the course of the season. As you’ll have read from Kasper Schmeichel’s appraisal, Watford, Aston Villa and Norwich then make up the next trio of games, three of the current bottom six sides. Another player who follows on well from another goalkeeper suggestion is Burnley’s Charlie Taylor. Sean Dyche no doubt gave his side a rollicking at half time in their 3-0 defeat against Sheffield United and this fella came on to shore things up in the remainder of that tie. Since then, the Lancashire side has kept two clean sheets making a season-total of five – the second highest in the league, now in company with Man City and Sheffield United – and this guy presents great value at just £4.2m. Though he costs £0.8m more at the time of writing, it’s also worth mentioning James Tarkowski as the number five picked up an outstanding 17 points in the 3-0 dismantling of Watford, which also followed on from the 12 collected in the same result against West Ham before the international break. Along with the all-important ‘zero’ in the scoreline of the opponents, these tallies were also created from two assists and a goal which is about half way to what he managed in the whole of the last season. The Burnley duo’s fixtures this week and then in Gameweeks 17 to 19 are rosy, however there is a small matter of facing Man City and Spurs in-between – two teams that will definitely be looking up the league to reach their target set at the start of the campaign. Don’t let that put you off, however, especially if you can rotate your defensive line up, as the visit of Crystal Palace could make it a hat trick of clean sheets and the ties against Newcastle, Bournemouth and Everton around the same time as we hear jingle bells and tidings of joy also bring great potential. I’ll finish this section by just adding a note about John Lundstram, on the presumption that you own him. There’s a good chance you do, as his ownership is now at 43.5 per cent – a figure that has consistently increased week-on-week and is only surpassed by Tammy Abraham, who is picked by almost 51 per cent of FPL managers. In the case of the Sheffield United player, he now has more FPL points than Mo Salah, Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling! With a lot of the most popular backs theoretically having favourable fixtures this gameweek as Liverpool face Brighton, Leicester welcome Everton and Chelsea take on West Ham, it may be the case that you need to place the Blades’ number seven on your bench if you play a 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 formation. Well, try not to worry too much about doing that, even with the assist that he managed to pick up against Man United and that 21-point haul against Burnley still fresh in the memory. Though Sheffield United have proved many doubters wrong this season, as they currently lie sixth in the table, Chris Wilder’s men do not have the best record against their opponent this weekend, Wolves. Of the past seven meetings between the two sides, they have won just one and you have to look back further to 2002 for the last time the northerners made the journey to the Midlands and came away with a win. In addition, Nuno Espírito Santo’s squad have found some great form, as 14 September was the last occasion they lost in the league. Rest assured that a look at Lundstram’s fixtures afterwards, between Gameweeks 15 and 19, will make you want him back in your starting XI. Midfielders Forgive me for starting this section with a Christmas number, but for Heung Min-Son, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Year on year, he always seems to pick up in form around the tail end of November and on the run up to Christmas. Last year, he scored one in Gameweek 13 and then proceeded to find the back of the net a whopping seven times in all competitions to see out the rest of the calendar year. Of those, six were in the Premier League, which accounted for half of his entire season. Rewind further to Christmas 2017 and it was four over the same period, which was still an impressive third of that campaign’s total. Going into Gameweek 14, the South Korean has scored four and set up six so far this season, of which he has beaten the goalkeeper in each of the last two games and assisted in three of the most recent four. If you had gone the opposite direction to the hoards of FPL managers who sold him in Gameweek 10, he would have brought you 28 points in that timeframe. Perhaps it’s not always best to follow the trends, which is, perhaps, an ironic thing to say as the number seven is the most-bought midfielder this gameweek – and by a country mile at that. At half time of the Spurs v Olympiacos match, 185,000 people – equivalent to the population of Swindon – had already seen it fit to include him in their team. Looking ahead to this weekend, Son faces Bournemouth in what will be Jose Mourinho’s first home tie in the league. I can’t speak for the Portuguese manager’s record against Eddie Howe’s men; however the South Korean’s is rather impressive, as he has scored five goals in six games against them, of which three of those have been at home. His five games against Man United admittedly haven’t produced anything; however Sheffield United showed that the Red Devils aren’t exactly the strongest at the back – especially if Phil Jones plays. Things are better against the opposition in Gameweek 16 as the 27-year-old has registered three assists in as many fixtures against Burnley. Whilst Son is leading the way on midfielder acquisitions, James Maddison is still proving to be popular as 63,000 people have brought him in – or, following on the UK town theme, the population of Kettering. In the case of the Leicester player, his popularity has existed for a longer period of time as you have to look back to Gameweek 8 for the last time more people sold him than brought him in. Those five rounds since then have seen the £7.5m player score twice and set up another, which accounts for roughly half of his season total already. Indeed, the 65 points he has to his name so far make him the highest-scoring Foxes midfielder, sitting an impressive fifth place when compared to Premier League players of the same position. Leicester have been enjoying a nice run of fixtures for a while now, as Arsenal were also easily dispatched in Gameweek 12 – thanks, in part, to a Maddison goal. As already mentioned, that run continues as Everton are next in line to try and keep the number 10 under control. He didn’t manage to do anything in the one time he has played the Toffees, where his team lost 2-1, however you’d be forgiven for predicting that both of those things could be very different this weekend as form and circumstances are poles apart. The next opponent a few days later, Watford, is a team the 23-year-old from Coventry has already scored against, which could also be a good omen. Though I have made the case for two of the most brought-in midfielders, I feel the need to also briefly mention the player most people are waving goodbye to – Raheem Sterling. The thorn in many an FPL manager’s side in the last three gameweeks, you can understand the decision for giving up as that £12m has been swallowed up in a single player who has scored just one goal and an assist in six matches. Of course, you could argue that, had the player – who is opening talks with his club over a new contract at the moment – had the goal allowed by VAR at the end of the Chelsea match, as it should have been, the number of sales could be much lower than the Black Friday levels they are at the moment. I’ll be the first to say that I have already sold him, making a very rare early transfer – something I usually don’t do and actually wouldn’t recommend – as the price changes and resultant affordability made it a necessary evil. You may also remember my last tips article which said to sell him, which turned out to be just before he only scored one point against Southampton at home. However, one thing to take into account, if you are also considering getting rid of him, is that Sergio Aguero’s injury and Gabriel Jesus theoretically starting presents an interesting fact. Of the four most recent games the 24-year-old has started with the Brazilian and not the Argentinian, he has averaged 10.8 points per match and scored five of his seven goals. That’s in stark comparison to only 3.3 points per match in the time he has started alongside Sergio. Of course, that statistic doesn’t take into account the opposition, or other factors, but it’s worth noting. Looking elsewhere within the Man City squad, Kevin de Bruyne once again showed his worth as he scored his third goal of the season in the 2-1 victory over Chelsea. Looking ahead to the trip to Newcastle, the Belgian has registered four assists and beaten the goalkeeper once in the five games he has played against them, whilst Burnley, the next opponent, also don’t like playing against him. In four meetings, they have let in one of his goals and allowed him to set up two others. Another player that FPL managers are, understandably, releasing from their side – and collecting the cash they have accrued in the process – is Mason Mount. Ahead of West Ham, Aston Villa, Everton and Bournemouth, who have conceded 23, 20, 20 and 17 goals respectively, I would suggest just giving the young lad a bit more time as much as he has just one assist in the last five games. If, by any chance, you are on a wildcard and have £0.8m going free, then perhaps instead take a look at Christian Pulisic for your Chelsea midfield coverage. Having scored 13 points in the first four gameweeks, he then failed to start a game again until that fixture away at Turf Moor where the American certainly came back with a bang. A hat trick and all three bonus points led to 20 points and an influx of purchases, as managers were then rewarded with a further 17 points over the next two matches. That puts him fifth in the midfielder form stakes and those favourable Chelsea fixtures coming up could also prove to be lucrative. Another element of my previous tips article was where I said it wouldn’t be long until Sadio Mane gets to the same price as his teammate Mo Salah. Well, that has now already happened as they each cost £12.2m and it appears the Senegalese’s value is continuing to grow, whilst the Egyptian’s sinks thanks to all the people selling him. Whilst Mane would be my preference out of the two at the moment, enjoying form of 8.2 compared to Salah’s 4.2, it is actually Mo who has a better record against Brighton, having scored thrice and set up two in four against them. Sadio, on the other hand, hasn’t yet got anything in three games against the Seagulls. As for Everton, the Gameweek 15 opposition, it’s one goal in three for the one with the beard and two in six – when playing for Liverpool – for the one with the questionable hair line. Interesting. Just a reminder, too, that they don’t have a fixture in Gameweek 18. Forwards To quote a certain Marshall Mathers, “Guess who’s back? Back again?”. Well, it’s Raul Jimenez, that’s who. Back in terms of getting into fantasy football managers’ good books, anyway. One of the most owned forwards at the start of the season, his popularity then massively waned as he blanked in five of the first seven gameweeks. The following six matches then proved to be highly beneficial for those who kept hold of him or, even more impressively, brought in the Mexican at just the right time. Over that period, he has notched up 44 points thanks to two assists and finding the back of the net four times, with the highlight being the duo of set-ups in the 2-0 victory at the Etihad. Ahead of the game against Sheffiled United, the guy – who scored what happened to be the decisive goal at the Vitality Stadium last weekend – now has eight in eight for club and country. In fact, in the 47 fixtures across all competitions since the start of 2019, he has slotted it away 25 times and set up six others. Back in my Lundstram appraisal, I mentioned Wolves have a good record against the Blades. That’s a team who managed to concede three Man United goals, resultantly moving down to a still very respectable third when it comes to the least goals scored. Another home game is then on the cards, as West Ham make the visit to the Molineux, a side that Jimenez has scored against twice in as many meetings. The next suggestion is another return for one of the favourites of last season, as Harry Kane appears to have hit some form. Sure, he seemed to look to Pochettino as a fatherly figure, however the new Dad, the Special One – sorry, you just knew that was going to be included somewhere – has brought out the best in him from the offset. Having scored one in the 3-2 victory at the London Stadium, the guy who has, so far, been brought in by 81,000 FPL managers this week then contributed a further two in the 4-2 win over Olympiacos. As you have already read, Harry’s teammate Son has a great record against Bournemouth. It turns out that the Spurs number 10 joins the number seven on that front, having scored seven and set up another for good measure in the six times he has faced the Cherries. Gameweek 15 opponents Man United, meanwhile, have a better record against the 26-year-old, as they have only conceded two in 10. Should he blank in that, however, there’s then the potential for more points versus Burnley, on the back of six goals in the last eight meetings. Here we are then, the last suggestion of this article. Well done, hold firm – you’ve already read over 4,000 words. Of course, as a finale, I couldn’t resist mentioning Jamie Vardy and, if you don’t have him already, you really should make it your priority before you lose any more ground to your league rivals. It’s no great shock that he has the best form at the moment with 10, having scored a ridiculous 58 points from the last five games. Broken down, that’s a goal in the 2-1 win against Burnley, a hat trick in that 9-0 thrashing of Southampton and then a further three in following trio of fixtures against Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Brighton. By now you will already be well-versed in the future Leicester games, thanks to my appraisals of Kasper Schmeichel, Caglar Soyuncu and James Maddison and so I’ll just say buy, keep and/or captain. Done. Thanks for reading Fantasy Football Tips Gameweek 14. This article was written by Swirly. Follow @theswirly FPL FIXTURE TRACKER FIXTURE TRACKER LINK FIXTURE TRACKER 2019/20

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Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 14


Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 14 Welcome to Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 14. Buckle up folks as we’re going for a hell of a ride. Between this next deadline (November 30) and January 2, 2020 we are having 7 gameweeks spread over 34 days, 19 of which will have at least one Premier League game and FPL points to be accrued. In general footy terms it’s even busier with one more Champions League / Europa League gameweek (that’s without counting this mid week’s one) and the Milk Cup quarter finals. Only Liverpool will have a break from this with a trip to Qatar in mid-December for sun and cocktails. And two games in two days on different continents! And where does that leave us in FPL terms? Well, put simply, with so many games in such a short period we just know there will be rotation, so nailing our captain is what will make or break many a gameweek from here to the end of the year. Unlike this past gameweek, GW14 shows a plethora of great captain options. Let’s see what’s on the menu. 1. Jamie Vardy There’s only one statistic that you need to research when assessing this guy: goals scored. If he’s scoring them, he’s a good pick, regardless of whatever other stats you may find. If not, stay away. Well, guess what, this season he already has 12 in 13 gameweeks, 7 of which came in his last 5. So, he’s definitely scoring. If you need convincing, he’s on 4 assists already too which is half his career best of 8 (if you discount the odd season that was 2015-16 in which he had more assists (12) than goals). He has 5 double digit scores, a league high. He’s averaging 10 points per game in his last 6. Need I go on? The haters out there will tell you that on the other hand he has blanked in 4 of his 5 games versus last season’s top 6. Well, guess what? He’s not playing a top 6 side this gameweek. Leicester, currently on a club record of 8 wins in their first 12 matches, host Everton here and unless they sack Marco Silva between now and then I sense that the Mourinho-wanabee will be looking for a job come Monday. We all have the impression that they are getting Shouthamptoned here… so do yourself a favour, don’t be a hipster, stop reading this article and give this man the armband. 2. Alli/Son/Kane Why are you still reading this? Go back to the last paragraph and stay there. No? You really, really, really need to go a different route? Ok, I don’t know what kind of game you are playing but if you really want to challenge the logic you could do worse than one of these boys. Spurs did very well on Mourinho’s debut and given the morale boost that he’s known for when he starts coaching a team you have to think that they’ll replicate in the next games what they did to West Ham in the first 50’’ minutes. Fixtures are a bit of a mixed bag with games versus ex-Mou teams Man Utd and Chelsea in their next five but other than that they should score well. If any, you are likely to have Son already in your team and rightly so as the South Korean has two goals and three assists in his last four games. Alli doesn’t really have great stats to highlight here but he has been injured most of the time this season. Still, he has two goals and one assist since coming back to life in gameweek 9 and if you take out the Liverpool and the Sheffield Utd – who were joint best for goals conceded at the time – games in that patch he has delivered in all matches since then. He has received praise from the new manager who said “he’s too good not to be one of the best players in the world” and you can see him playing in advanced rolls from here on end. He may take a while to recover some of his explosiveness and double-digit hauls kind of performances but, if Son is out of reach, Alli, who is 1.3 cheaper at the time of writing, could be the answer. The same could be said about Kane in terms of not having the greatest stats out there but also in being possibly near a few hauls. He’ll definitely not be passing or receiving balls in the middle of the park as we’ve seen this season. Mourinho plays with a lone striker and that’s not about to change as we’ve just witnessed versus West Ham and when Harry is given play time in the area, he tends to do what he does best, which is score goals. He seems to be having a bad season – and he is, by his standards – but the truth is he has 7 goals in 13 matches. Not setting the world alight of course, but perhaps in time to challenge for the golden boot? With big hitters such as Salah, Sterling and Aguero injured or out of form this could be the time to jump on him and ride the new manager boost wave while it lasts. 3. Sadio Mane Salah, Sterling and Aguero may be out of sorts but not our man Sadio Mane. He’s taken the responsibility and has responded to Salah’s absence/bump in form, with four crucial goals and three assists in his last 6 games, including a last gasp winner at Villa showing a man in form but, most importantly, a man on a mission to not let down the Liverpool supporters. And he has done extremely well in my opinion. There’s no reason for that not to continue this gameweek with Brighton, the third bottom team for away goals conceded, coming to town. 4. Abraham, Pulisic Finally, the players from the team playing against West Ham. Pellegrini’s men have only one away victory and that was back in August when no one was yet looking. And it was against Watford, when no one was yet looking. They haven’t been able to keep a clean sheet since gameweek 6 and that was against Utd, a team they seem to enjoy performing well against. But that’s not the most worryingly stat. It’s that they have been shipping goals for fun since Fabianski got injured in GW 7 with an average of 2.3 goals conceded which turns into 3 (!) if we look just at the last 3 games. Now, I know Roberto is rubbish and should never be near a football field let alone be playing in goal for a professional team. But the fact is that despite his antics and awful defending he has 31 saves in 6 full games which is the best in the league in such period. That suggests that the team as a whole has lost something bigger than just their best keeper. Old Manuel may be joining Marco in the morning… Which leads us to Tammy Abraham and Pulisic. The former impressed early in the season with 7 goals between gameweeks 3 and 5 and then failed miserably with only 1 in the following 5 gameweeks. Gameweeks 11 and 12 saw him amass 20 pts and he then blanked at City, which is bearable, so expect Tammy to score. Before the City game, in which he blanked, Pulisic had started a total of six games and returned something in all of them, scoring five and assisting two in the process including a famous hat-trick away at Burnley. That’s very impressive, even more so coming from someone playing as a winger and one who seemed a bit out of favour at the beginning of the season. Callum Hudson-Odoi is a great talent and one that will surely tell a few tails this season but he’s now injured and with the American’s form it’s his place to lose so expect him to start more often than not and most importantly expect him to score. While he’s not a goal machine he is a man in form facing a team in shambles. 5. The best of the rest: Man Utd assets We’ve been here before. It has hurt. It also has paid off a few times. Rashford is averaging 6.8 PPG in his last six whereas Martial is on 5.0 in his last four. His numbers are slightly better at Old Trafford and Aston Villa are the visitors this time round. Their next two are tough so if you have them and want to have a go please read section one … errh I mean then by all means go ahead; just don’t go buying them for now. Thank you for reading this piece and may the green arrows be with throughout the festive period. Thanks for reading Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 14. This article was written by DMC. Follow @DCoelho FPL FIXTURE TRACKER FIXTURE TRACKER LINK FIXTURE TRACKER 2019/20

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Varsity Baseball Preps for the 2017 Season

This past Monday, the World Baseball Classic was underway, with Israel playing South Korea. Not only that, but school-wise, the tryouts for spring sports — lacrosse, tennis, track and baseball — began. Bellport Varsity Baseball for the 2017 season, looks to once again do damage, as they have dedicated time and preparation since the beginning of January to accomplish the same goals they’ve accomplished in the last few years. In the 2015 season, Bellport managed to net a 10-8 record sweeping rivals like West Babylon and Huntington, enough for them to reach playoffs. Unfortunately, they would fall to Sachem East 2-0. Last year in the 2016 season, Bellport finished with a 10-10 record. After beginning in a slump with a record of 2-5, Bellport managed to win eight of their last 13 games to reach playoffs, but once again things would not go their way, as they fell to Connetquot 8-5. This year they’re looking forward to reaching the playoffs and even more, bringing home that banner by winning League IV. They will try to accomplish that with seniors Michael Sangiamo, Michael Francomano and Ian Hampson, who have all had varsity experience with last year. They will also have Adam Colon (six-year varsity player, committed to Citadel), Matthew Mulligan (committed to SUNY Purchase) and Joseph Greco (committed to Sacred Heart University). They have the addition of Ryan Kane, Rafael Vargas, William Romano, Trevor Virno, Kareem Holloway and the likes of Ryan Baumann and Anthony Jacabacci, who will both be entering their third year as varsity baseball players. Lastly, the roster will include sophomores Justin Maler and Andrew Veit. “Hopefully, we’ll maintain the success over the past couple of years, which is making playoffs and hopefully come out with a banner,” said Greco, who will be entering his fourth year of Bellport varsity baseball. “We just have to keep grinding and we’ll be in a good position to accomplish those goals.” “I’m looking forward to getting back to right where we were — we have unfinished business,” said Jacabacci. Bellport will dispute in League IV with schools like Centereach, Deer Park, Huntington, North Babylon and West Islip. Teams like Centereach (4-16 in 2016), Deer Park (6-14) and Huntington (3-16) will look forward to bouncing back this year and reaching playoffs. On the other hand, teams like North Babylon (13-7 in 2016) and West Islip (17-3) will look forward to reaching playoffs and doing more damage. West Islip won the Class AA Long Island Championship this past year. For the players, they all have the same mentality, to win League IV and bring the banner home. “We want to win a championship for the first time in 51 years,” said Baumann. “We are determined to put another banner up on the wall; the team chemistry definitely stands out. This is a group of guys that are all really close on and off the field and really want to go out and compete with each other,” said Mulligan, who enters his second year as a varsity player. The first game for Bellport will be at home on March 27 against North Babylon. By Andres Rivas, reprinted courtesy of Long Island Advance 3/9/2017

The Two Popes tops AARP awards nominations


Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce both scored acting nods.

The Two Popes has topped the nominations list for the 2019 American Association of Retired Persons' Movies for Grownups Awards.

The drama, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce as Popes Benedict XVI and Francis, has landed seven nominations, including top film, while the veterans have both been honoured with acting nods, and director Fernando Meirelles and screenwriter Anthony McCarten have each landed mentions, too.

The Two Popes will go up against A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Bombshell, Little Women, Marriage Story, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Farewell, and The Irishman for the top film prize, while The Irishman's Robert De Niro will compete with Pryce for the Best Actor award, and Al Pacino will fight over Best Supporting Actor with Hopkins, among others.

De Niro and Pacino's gangster thriller scored six nominations, as did Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, while Little Women snagged five.

Tony Danza will host the awards at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in California on 11 January, when Annette Bening will be honoured for her career achievements.

The full list of nominations is as follows:

Best Movie for Grownups:

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood


Little Women

Marriage Story

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

The Farewell

The Irishman

The Two Popes

Best Actress:

Isabelle Huppert (Frankie)

Helen Mirren (The Good Liar)

Julianne Moore (Gloria Bell)

Alfre Woodard (Clemency)

Renee Zellweger (Judy)

Best Actor:

Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory)

Robert De Niro (The Irishman)

Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name)

Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes)

Adam Sandler (Uncut Gems)

Best Supporting Actress:

Laura Dern (Marriage Story)

Nicole Kidman (Bombshell)

Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers)

Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)

Zhao Shuzhen (The Farewell)

Best Supporting Actor:

Jamie Foxx (Just Mercy)

Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood)

Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes)

Al Pacino (The Irishman)

Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Best Director:

Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story)

Fernando Meirelles (The Two Popes)

Sam Mendes (1917)

Martin Scorsese (The Irishman)

Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Readers' Choice:

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood


Downton Abbey


Little Women

Marriage Story

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Richard Jewell

The Irishman

The Two Popes

Best Ensemble:


Dolemite Is My Name

Downton Abbey

Knives Out

Little Women

Best Intergenerational Movie:

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Little Women


The Etruscan Smile

The Farewell

Best Buddy Picture:

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Ford v Ferrari

Just Mercy

The Lighthouse

The Two Popes

Best Screenwriter:

Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story)

Kasi Lemmons (Harriet)

Anthony McCarten (The Two Popes)

Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon A Time in Hollywood)

Steven Zaillian (The Irishman)

Best Time Capsule:



Little Women

Motherless Brooklyn

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Documentary:

Apollo 11

Ask Dr. Ruth

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

The Apollo

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Best Foreign-Language Film:

An Unexpected Love (Argentina)

Pain and Glory (Spain)

Parasite (South Korea)

The Farewell (U.S.)

The Unorthodox (Israel)

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10 Best Things to do in Gyeongju


Full of amazing old tombs, temples, burial mounds, and rock carvings, South Korea’s Gyeongju fully earns its nickname as ‘the museum without walls,’ and will astound visitors with all that it has to offer. As it was once the capital of Silla – an ancient kingdom on the Korean Peninsula – many of its monuments


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The Sinister Scientist Behind the CIA’s Mind-Control Mayhem


The Sinister Scientist Behind the CIA’s Mind-Control MayhemPhoto Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/APStephen Kinzer has written books about civil wars, terror attacks, and bloody coups, but his latest might be his most alarming. “I’m still in shock,” Kinzer says of what he learned about the appalling experiments conducted by a government scientist most Americans have never heard of. “I can’t believe that this happened.”These aren’t the words of an author trying to fire up the hype machine. Though the events recounted in Kinzer’s Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control took place a half-century ago, they’re scandalous in a way that transcends time.For much of his 22-year CIA career, Gottlieb ran mind-control projects designed to help America defeat Communism. In the ’50s and ’60s, Kinzer writes, Gottlieb “directed the application of unknowable quantities and varieties of drugs into” countless people, searching for the narcotic recipe that might allow him to mold his human test subjects’ thoughts and actions.Gottlieb and a network of medical professionals gave LSD and other drugs to prisoners, hospital patients, government employees, and others—many of whom had no idea they were being dosed. A CIA staffer died in highly suspicious fashion after Gottlieb had his drink spiked with LSD. Meanwhile, when his bosses considered killing a foreign leader, Gottlieb developed custom-made poisons. Numerous people were harmed by Gottlieb’s work, but because he destroyed his files on the eve of his 1973 retirement, it’s hard to quantify the carnage he wrought.Perilous Discoveries: The Unintended Consequences of Scientific SecrecyThe broad outlines of Gottlieb’s story have been public for years. Major newspapers ran obituaries when he died in 1999. In 2017, he was portrayed by actor Tim Blake Nelson in Errol Morris’ Wormwood. But Kinzer’s book, the first proper Gottlieb biography, includes fascinating new facts about the end of his career and fresh details about disturbing episodes he orchestrated. Poisoner in Chief describes Gottlieb’s little-known participation in torture sessions at U.S. military sites in foreign countries and reports that in at least one case a doctor who worked with Gottlieb gave LSD to children. Gottlieb was “the Josef Mengele of the United States,” Kinzer, a former New York Times reporter and the author of many books, told me in a recent interview.How did Gottlieb, the Bronx-born son of Hungarian Jews, become a man who would earn comparisons to a ghoulish Nazi doctor?After getting a doctorate in biochemistry from the California Institute of Technology, Gottlieb joined the CIA in 1951, a time of fear and uncertainty. Just six years after the end of World War II, American troops were fighting in Korea. Washington was increasingly worried about what many believed was the existential threat posed by the Soviet Union. Gottlieb was on the job for a few weeks, Kinzer writes, when he was tapped “to invigorate” what would be known as the Artichoke project.Artichoke—the name was essentially meaningless; it might’ve been a CIA boss’ favorite vegetable—gave Gottlieb broad license to carry out mind control projects. Kinzer cites a CIA memo that describes the mission: “the investigation of drug effects on ego control and volitional activities, i.e., can willfully suppressed information be elicited through drugs affecting higher nervous systems? If so, which agents are better for this purpose?”The CIA aimed to create truth serum to use on prisoners and other compounds that would help wipe away memories of events that would cause trouble for the agency. If all went as planned, intelligence officers would have the ability to program people to carry out missions like those later seen in Richard Condon’s novel The Manchurian Candidate and the subsequent movie.Artichoke projects often amounted to “medical torture,” Kinzer writes. Inspired in part by brutal experiments conducted by the Japanese military and the Nazis in the ’40s, Artichoke included the “dosing (of) unwilling patients with potent drugs, subjecting them to extremes of temperature and sound (and) strapping them to electroshock machines.” Artichoke squads worked with impunity at American military sites in Europe and Asia. Such projects were closely guarded secrets, but Poisoner in Chief contains details that will be new to most readers.For instance, Kinzer notes that when “Artichoke scientists came up with a new drug or other technique they wished to test… they asked the CIA station in South Korea to supply a batch [of] ‘expendable’ subjects.” A related CIA memo said the subjects were needed for the testing of an unnamed but “important new technique,” adding, “Technique does not, not require disposal problems after application.” This is ambiguous language, but it suggests that the CIA knew that in some cases, human test subjects might be killed in the process.Gottlieb oversaw a scientific unit at Maryland’s Camp Detrick (since renamed Fort Detrick), where chemists researched the effects of LSD, heroin, and other drugs, sometimes trying the substances themselves. But he was not just a creature of the lab. “We know that he participated in torture sessions in East Asia,” Kinzer says, speaking from his home in Massachusetts. “We know that he made repeated visits to Germany, which, like Japan, was under U.S. occupation, so he didn’t have to obey any laws. And he was also active in other parts of Europe.”In time, Gottlieb became intimately familiar with LSD’s mind-altering effects. He admitted that he’d used the drug more than 200 times. “When I look at the variety of the projects that he was involved in,” Kinzer says, “from hypnotism to electroshock to parapsychology to handwriting analysis, I begin to think that maybe it was while he was on LSD that he was thinking, ‘I got another idea.’”By 1953, Kinzer writes, “Artichoke had become one of the most violently abusive projects ever sponsored by an agency of the United States government.” That year, Allen Dulles, one of Gottlieb’s ardent backers, got the CIA’s top job. The new boss, Kinzer writes, was among Washington’s leading mind control proponents: “Dulles never recoiled from the most extreme implications of ‘brain warfare.’” Dulles wanted “to intensify and systematize” the work done under Artichoke, Kinzer adds, and he tapped Gottlieb to head a new program: MK-ULTRA, named for the “ultra-sensitive” activities it was expected to carry out.With a generous budget and an “effectively unlimited supply” of LSD—the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly manufactured the hallucinogenic drug for the CIA—Gottlieb became perhaps “the most powerful unknown American of the 20th century,” Kinzer says.A key MK-ULTRA initiative involved medical professionals who agreed to administer drugs to their patients—often without the patients’ knowledge or consent. For instance, when Gottlieb wanted to know how much LSD a body could withstand, he got in touch with Harris Isbell, a researcher at a Lexington, Kentucky addiction center who had made his curiosity about LSD known in a letter to the CIA.Working with a group of men who “were not told what sort of drug they would be fed or what its effects might be,” Kinzer writes, Isbell administered large doses of LSD. He reported that the men experienced anxiety, hallucinations, and “choking.” As always with CIA projects of this kind, it’s tough to say how much damage was done. But Kinzer writes that at least one patient did speak out, saying that “for the rest of his life he suffered from delusions, paranoia, panic attacks, and suicidal impulses.”Another keen CIA collaborator chaired the pharmacology department at Emory University. “As subjects,” Kinzer writes, Dr. Carl Pfeiffer “used inmates at the federal prison in Atlanta and at a juvenile detention center in Bordentown, New Jersey,” administering depressants and hallucinogens in volumes that resulted in seizures and hallucinations that lasted for days. One of Pfeiffer’s subjects was James “Whitey” Bulger, who later became a notorious Boston gangland killer. Bulger said that as a young inmate, he was given LSD daily for more than a year.Another doctor—a New York allergist named Harold Abramson, who got an $85,000 MK-ULTRA stipend—“developed a special curiosity about the impact of mind-altering drugs on children,” Kinzer writes. “He closely monitored experiments, including one in which 12 ‘pre-puberty’ boys were fed psilocybin, and another in which 14 children between the ages of six and 11, diagnosed as schizophrenic, were given 100 micrograms of LSD each day for six weeks.”In Manhattan, meanwhile, Gottlieb helped set up a CIA safe house, where, with the hands-on help of a local narcotics cop, “unsuspecting citizens would be lured and surreptitiously drugged,” their behavior monitored via surveillance equipment in an adjoining apartment.It was around this time that Gottlieb attended a retreat with some other CIA men. The colleagues began drinking, and a few minutes later, Kinzer writes, “Gottlieb asked if anyone was feeling odd. Several said they were. Gottlieb then told them that their drinks had been spiked with LSD.” The incident triggered an emotional crisis in one of the men, a scientist named Frank Olson. Days later, Olson plunged to his death from the window of a Manhattan hotel. As seen in Morris’ film Wormwood, there’s compelling circumstantial evidence that Olson was murdered because the CIA feared he would divulge one of the secret projects he’d worked on.One of Gottlieb’s most remarkable duties involved adversarial foreign heads of state. According to colleagues, he prepared “a pre-poisoned tube of toothpaste” meant for Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba (it went unused) and ran a scientific team that considered a bizarre plot to disgrace Fidel Castro. Believing that the Cuban leader’s charisma was linked to his facial hair, Gottlieb wanted to have thallium salts sprinkled in his boots. “His beard would then fall out,” Kinzer writes, “leaving him open to ridicule and overthrow.” This, of course, never came to pass.By 1963, MK-ULTRA’s final year, Gottlieb and his colleagues “were forced to face their cosmic failure,” Kinzer writes. “Their research had shown them that mind control is a myth—that seizing another person’s mind and reprogramming it is impossible.”Nonetheless, Kinzer believes that Gottlieb left a deeply lamentable imprint on the modern CIA. He says there’s “a direct line between Sidney Gottlieb’s work and techniques that U.S. agents taught to Latin American security services in the 1960s and ’70s—these techniques were also used in Vietnam—and then later on to the techniques of torture and so-called extreme interrogation that were used at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo.”Though Gottlieb’s decision to destroy his files means that there’s much we’ll never know, Kinzer appears to be the first journalist to directly tie his departure from the CIA to the scandal that ended Richard Nixon’s presidency. Gottlieb’s team, he reports, “prepared false identity papers for two of” the men who broke into the Democratic National Committee’s offices in the Watergate complex. The break-in set off a chain of events that result in the ouster of CIA Director Richard Helms. “Helms,” Kinzer explains, “was Gottlieb’s number one promoter and enabler and sponsor for 20 years.” Nixon fired Helms in February 1973. Gottlieb retired four months later.After the CIA, Gottlieb took steps to reinvent himself. The long-married father of four joined an arts council in his Virginia town, acted in local holiday plays and worked with children who had speech problems. “It definitely seems from the recollections of people that knew him in his last 20 years that he was a very gentle soul, kind of an eco-hippy,” Kinzer says. “Nobody had any idea of what he had done in the past, but he was tormented by it.”Gottlieb died in March 1999, and when a cause of death wasn’t announced, at least two observers came to believe that he killed himself to derail intensifying legal inquiries into his actions. Eric Olson—Frank’s son—and Sidney Bender, a lawyer for a man who says his life was ruined by a Gottlieb dosing, had both tried to hold Gottlieb to account while he was alive. Instead, Kinzer writes, “they drank a toast to the death of a man they considered a monster.” Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


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Go is one of the most complex abstract strategy games which involves surrounding more territory than your opponent to win the game. Lee Sedol is the world champion of the Go game and has bagged #2 position in international titles.

In March 2016, Lee Sedol competed against Google’s AI-based AlphaGo program and lost four out of five matches to the AI. Sedol was shocked after the defeat and said, “I don’t know how to start or what to say today, but I think I would have to express my apologies first. I do apologize for not being able to satisfy a lot of people’s expectations. I kind of felt powerless.

The defeat at the hands of Google’s AI impacted Sedol to the extent that he has now announced his retirement from the game as he believes that he cannot defeat AI.

This is just one example of Google’s AI beating humans. The list of AlphaGo’s opponents includes China’s Ke Jie who got defeated back in 2017.

As reported by Yonhap News Agency, Sedol has filed his resignation to Korea Baduk Association (KBA), the agency that regulates Go players in South Korea.

Speaking to Yonhap, Sedol said, “With the debut of AI in Go games, I’ve realized that I’m not at the top even if I become the number one through frantic efforts. Even if I become the number one, there is an entity that cannot be defeated.”

Another reason he cited for his resignation is his disagreement with KBA over how the organization uses membership fees.

To celebrate his 24-year long career, Sedol will play one last game of Go against HanDol, an AI-based Go-playing software developed by South Korean company NHN Entertainment.


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Two K-Pop Stars Sentenced to Prison for Rape, Distributing Video


Two K-pop stars have been sentenced to prison Friday by the Seoul Central District Court for raping women too drunk to consent in 2016, according to multiple reports. One was also convicted of recording the assaults and sharing them online.

Singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young, who recorded the assaults, was sentenced fo six years while former FT Island boy band member Choi Jong-hoon got five years. The court also sentenced each man to 80 hours in “sexual violence treatment” education, according to Reuters.

“The accused perpetrated sexual crimes against multiple women, degrading women and treating them as mere tools of sexual pleasure,” said Judge Kang Seong-soo saying in his verdict, according to The New York Times.

The Times notes the 30-year-old men have claimed the acts were consensual.

Judge Seong-soo went on, per the Times, “It’s hard to fathom the pain the victims must have suffered.”

Also according to the Times, though the police have not said who came forward with reports that Jung and others in an online group were bragging about drugging and raping women while sharing videos of such assaults, local news outlets in South Korea have reported it was a worker at a shop where Jung sent his phone to retrieve lost data.

K-pop has been making international headlines more and more lately as groups like BTS find mainstream success overseas. Along with the positive news, there have been increasing reports of stars’ deaths, often investigated as suicides. In the past few weeks, two female K-pop idols, Sulli and Goo Hara, have been suspected of killing themselves. Goo Hara took her former boyfriend, Choi Jong-bum, to court in 2018, accusing him of threatening to release a sex video of her. He was sentenced to 1 and a half years in prison on charges of coercion and assaulting and blackmailing her, though his jail term was suspended.

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Protecting users from government-backed hacking and disinformation


Google's Threat Analysis Group (TAG) works to counter targeted and government-backed hacking against Google and our users. This is an area we have invested in deeply for over a decade. Our daily work involves detecting and defeating threats, and warning targeted users and customers about the world’s most sophisticated adversaries, spanning the full range of Google products including Gmail, Drive and YouTube.

In the past, we’ve posted on issues like phishing campaigns, vulnerabilities and disinformation. Going forward, we’ll share more technical details and data about the threats we detect and how we counter them to advance the broader digital security discussion.

TAG tracks more than 270 targeted or government-backed groups from more than 50 countries. These groups have many goals including intelligence collection, stealing intellectual property, targeting dissidents and activists, destructive cyber attacks, or spreading coordinated disinformation. We use the intelligence we gather to protect Google infrastructure as well as users targeted with malware or phishing.


We’ve had a long-standing policy to send users warnings if we detect that they are the subject of state-sponsored phishing attempts, and have posted periodically about these before. From July to September 2019, we sent more than 12,000 warnings to users in 149 countries that they were targeted by government-backed attackers. This is consistent (+/-10%) with the number of warnings sent in the same period of 2018 and 2017.

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Distribution of government-backed phishing targets in Q3 (Jul-Sep 2019)

Over 90 percent of these users were targeted via “credential phishing emails” similar to the example below. These are usually attempts to obtain the target’s password or other account credentials to hijack their account. We encourage high-risk users—like journalists, human rights activists, and political campaigns—to enroll in our Advanced Protection Program (APP), which utilizes hardware security keys and provides the strongest protections available against phishing and account hijackings. APP is designed specifically for the highest-risk accounts.

In the simple phishing example below, an attacker has sent a phishing email with a security alert lure from “Goolge” suggesting the user secure their account. The user clicks the link, enters their password, and may also get asked for a security code if they have two-factor authentication enabled, allowing the attacker to access their account.

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Sample lure used to phish Gmail users

Threat detection

Last week at CyberwarCon, we presented analysis about previously undisclosed campaigns from a Russia-nexus threat group called “Sandworm” (also known as “Iridium”). It’s a useful example of the type of detailed threat detection work that TAG does. Although much of Sandworm’s activity targeting Ukraine and their attacks against the 2018 Winter Olympics have been covered publicly, some campaigns have not been reported. 

In December 2017, TAG discovered a series of campaigns from Sandworm attempting to deploy Android malware. The first campaign targeted users in South Korea, where Sandworm was modifying legitimate Android applications with malware. They then uploaded these modified apps to the Play Store using their own attacker-controlled developer accounts. During this campaign, Sandworm uploaded eight different apps to the Play Store, each with fewer than 10 total installs. 

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Malicious apps targeting users in South Korea

We also identified an earlier September 2017 Android campaign from Sandworm where they used similar tactics and deployed a fake version of the email app on the Play Store. This application had approximately 1,000 total installs. We worked with our colleagues on the Google Play Protect Team to write detections for this malware family, and eliminate it.

In November 2018, we saw evidence that Sandworm shifted from using attacker-controlled accounts to try and upload malicious apps to compromising legitimate developers. Throughout November, Sandworm targeted software and mobile app developers in Ukraine via spear phishing emails with malicious attachments. In at least one case, they compromised an app developer with several published Play Store apps—one with more than 200,000 installs. 

After compromising the developer, Sandworm built a backdoor in one of the legitimate apps and attempted to publish it on the Play Store. They did this by adding their implant code into the application package, signing the package with the compromised developer’s key, and then uploading it to the Play Store. However, the Google Play Protect team caught the attempt at the time of upload. As a result, no users were infected and we were able to re-secure the developer’s account.


TAG is one part of Google and YouTube’s broader efforts to tackle coordinated influence operations that attempt to game our services. We share relevant threat information on these campaigns with law enforcement and other tech companies. Here are some examples that have been reported recently that TAG worked on:

  • TAG recently took action against Russia-affiliated influence operations targeting several nations in Africa. The operations use inauthentic news outlets to disseminate messages promoting Russian interests in Africa. We have observed the use of local accounts and people to contribute to the operation, a tactic likely intended to make the content appear more genuine. Targeted countries included the Central African Republic, Sudan, Madagascar, and South Africa, and languages used included English, French, and Arabic. Activity on Google services was limited, but we enforced across our products swiftly. We terminated the associated Google accounts and 15 YouTube channels, and we continue to monitor this space. This discovery was consistent with recent observations and actions announced by Facebook. 

  • Consistent with a recent Bellingcat report, TAG identified a campaign targeting the Indonesian provinces Papua and West Papua with messaging in opposition to the Free Papua Movement. Google terminated one advertising account and 28 YouTube channels.


TAG works closely with other technology companies—including platforms and specialized security firms—to share intelligence and best practices. We also share threat information with law enforcement. And of course there are multiple teams at Google at work on these issues with whom we coordinate. 

Going forward, our goal is to give more updates on the attacks that TAG detects and stops. Our hope is that shining more light on these actors will be helpful to the security community, deter future attacks, and lead to better awareness and protections among high-risk targets.


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Participants march with a rainbow flag during a gay pride parade in Seoul

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Conservative lawmakers in South Korea have already blocked the passage of nondiscrimination laws that would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and other minorities. Now, they’re trying to defang one of the few watchdogs protecting LGBT rights in the country.

This month, opposition politician Ahn Sang-soo introduced an amendment that would remove “sexual orientation” from the mandate of the National Human Rights Commission of Korean (NHRCK), a body tasked with promoting human rights and investigating discriminatory acts in South Korea. The amendment would seriously undermine its ability to address discrimination against LGBT people in education, employment, public services, and other areas.

The NHRCK’s work is badly needed. LGBT people face widespread discrimination in South Korea, with one national survey finding that nearly half of South Koreans do not want gay friends, neighbors, or colleagues. In interviews with Human Rights Watch, LGBT youth described how indifference or outright hostility toward LGBT people left them feeling isolated and alone, jeopardizing their mental health and well-being.

Ahn’s misguided opposition to LGBT rights illustrates why the NHRCK’s work is so vital. Ahn justified the amendment by repeating offensive and discredited myths about LGBT people. He has also repeated the dangerous misconception that LGBT rights endanger the freedom of religion, which increasingly has been used to permit and even encourage discrimination against LGBT people around the globe.

International human rights bodies have clearly said that governments cannot subject people to discrimination because of who they are or who they love. The NHRCK has been one of the few government entities in South Korea that has taken this principle seriously and worked to protect LGBT rights.

In the weeks ahead, South Korean lawmakers should reaffirm that discrimination against LGBT people is unacceptable. Rejecting Ahn’s amendment would be a start, but it isn’t enough.

President Moon Jae-in, himself a former human rights lawyer, and South Korean legislators should speak up publicly supporting victims of all rights violations, including LGBT people.

They should also finally enact nondiscrimination legislation that protects the rights of minorities and show the country that LGBT rights are human rights.


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As investors rotate out of bonds into equities, and out of growth stocks into value, J.P. Morgan says Korea is "reasonably well-positioned."

Korean Startups Expand to Vietnam

South Korean startup companies are planning to use their country’s similarities with Vietnam to expand their businesses. The people of both countries could be called “kindred spirits.” In other words, their interests and attitudes are similar. The Vietnamese give high ratings for everything from Korean popular music to Korean TV shows. Marriage between Vietnamese and Korean people is common. And now, both Vietnamese and Korean businesses share a desire to bring manufactured goods into the world of international trade. Large South Korean companies currently control international television and automobile markets. The next growth is in developing nations such as Vietnam. It is growing at 7 percent a year, compared with South Korea’s growth rate of 2 percent. So South Korea is investing a lot of money into startups in Vietnam. 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Panasonic to Cease LCD Production by 2021


Over the past two decades we've seen an explosion of growth in the market for liquid crystal displays, but this growth has also led to its maturation. Companies have scaled up and merged, new firms have brought down costs and production technology has continued to advance, resulting in a cut-throat market for LCDs that offers negligible profit margins. So as we often see in these cases, another competitor is getting ready to bow out: Panasonic is announcing that it will exit production of LCDs by 2021.

This has been a long time in the marking for Panasonic; the company once used to be a leading maker of televisions, but because of intense competition from Chinese and South Korean manufacturers, previously ceased making LCD TVs in 2016. Instead, in recent years the company has focused on production of LCDs for industrial and automotive applications in order to find a more profitable niche of the LCD market. But it looks like even specialization did not produce the kind of returns required by Panasonic, and as a result they are exiting the LCD market altogether. It is interesting to note, however, that they aren't leaving the displays market entirely; the company will continue offering OLED televisions.

Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co. — the IPS LCD plant in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture — was established in 2010 and absorbed all of Panasonic’s LCD assets in 2014. According to Nikkei, Panasonic plans to repurpose the factory to produce automotive batteries and keep all of its 500 employees. Workers who will not be needed at the new facility will be relocated to other facilities that belong to Panasonic and/or will get labor management consultations.

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In the Absence: South Korea's Sewol Ferry Disaster

An unflinching look at South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster as it unfolds and its ramifications on a nation.

In the Absence: South Korea's Sewol Ferry Disaster

An unflinching look at South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster as it unfolds and its ramifications on a nation.

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According to more than one K-pop-focused and Korean music-focused media outlet, the septet just became the first K-pop group to clean up and win the four major categories. That quartet of trophies ...

Jason Day withdraws from Presidents Cup with back injury

Jason Day has withdrawn from the Presidents Cup because of a back injury. International team captain Ernie Els replaced him with Byeong Hun An of South Korea two weeks before play begins.

ADB to partner Posco to establish oil palm refinery


The Managing Director of the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) Limited, Dr John Kofi Mensah, has expressed the readiness of the bank to partner Posco International, a multinational company from South Korea, to establish an oil palm refinery in the country.

Speaking during a courtesy call on him by the Chief Executive Officer of Posco International, North and West Africa, Mr Wonchae Yi, in Accra yesterday, Dr Mensah said the establishment of the refinery would make Ghana a major exporter of not only the raw material but also finished palm oil and kernel products which would yield more benefits to the country.

Posco International is a multinational company with expertise in the establishment of value chains in various areas of business, including steel, energy, agro-commodities, chemical products, machinery parts and infrastructural development.

The company has discovered and developed sustainable business models in more than 80 countries worldwide.

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The courtesy call was a follow-up to preliminary discussions with a Ghanaian delegation during private-sector facility sessions of the Global Climate Fund’s 24th Board Meeting in Incheon, South Korea.

The Ghanaian delegation was led by the Deputy Minister of Transport, Mr Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover, and included Dr Mensah.

Mr Wonchae led his company’s delegation which held discussions with the leadership of the ADB in Accra.

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Dr Mensah, who welcomed the partnership, said the bank was prepared to assist with the necessary feasibility studies for the project to take off.

“We are happy to partner Posco International to help establish the refinery, which falls in line with the government’s Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) programme,” he said.

He added that with assistance from a National Designated Authority (NDA) under the Ministry of Finance, “we are going to fast-track the process of partnering Posco International for other projects in the country”.

According to him, the bank had the necessary expertise to make the establishment of the refinery possible, since it had been at the forefront of partnering companies such as the Ghana Oil Palm Development Company (GOPDC), the Benso Oil Palm Plantation (BOPP) and the Twifo Oil Palm Plantation (TOPP) in similar ventures.

Fresh palm fruits and palm kernel can be processed into vegetable cooking oil, glycerin, bio-diesel and can be used for soap-making, including washing and medicinal products.

The sap (palm wine) from the oil palm tree is also a resource for processing into various alcohols for industrial and domestic use.

Delivery partner

The ADB managing director further indicated that aside from the establishment of the refinery, the bank was going to be the delivery partner under the Ministry of Transport’s Accra City Electric Bus project.

He said the government chose the ADB because of its good financial performance over the last two years and its general experience, especially in financing the purchase of 150 buses for the Intercity STC Coaches Limited and the Metro Mass Transit Limited.

Dr Mensah also said due to the eco-friendly policy of Posco International, the ADB was going to establish a Green Climate Desk to ensure that all projects and activities to be undertaken as partners met the Green Climate agenda.


Mr Wonchae expressed the readiness of his company to establish the oil refinery in Ghana to create more jobs and also deepen Ghana-South Korea economic relations.

He said the partnership was in line with the company’s strategic expansion drive in Africa, adding that Posco International would also collaborate with the ADB in other areas of interest to ensure that the agricultural sector in Ghana received the necessary boost.



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South Korea funding coal plants overseas that would be banned at home

JAKARTA — A quick scan of social media trending topics in Southeast Asia reveals K-pop to be the flavor of the moment. But the highly polished and cannily choreographed girl and boy groups aren’t the only major South Korean imports into the region. There’s also the life-threatening pollution generated by coal-fired power plants funded in […]

Intel Reportedly Orders CPU Production from Samsung


This is some news that might be rather unexpected by many, but it is being reported by Pulse, a South Korean news organization, that Samsung has won orders to produce chips for Intel. For quite some time now Intel has been struggling to keep up with demand, likely due to a combination of factors. One is the general growth in computers and another theory is that delays on deploying its 10 nm process at its on fabs has forced Intel to stay on its 14 nm processes longer than planned. To address this, it appears Intel reached out to both TSMC and Samsung, the world's two largest foundries, about producing chips and Samsung won the contract. As TSMC is a strong manufacturing partner for AMD, it is not too surprising Samsung was selected between the two, but it is still interesting to see Intel going to another company for producing, reportedly, desktop processors. Intel has turned to other foundries to produce some parts, but not necessarily entire processors or processors meant for desktops.

Pulse does not state what products specifically will be produced by Samsung, but it may prove interesting to find out in the future and if there are any differences between Intel and Samsung made products, as their specific fabrication processes are likely different. Intel may share some of its process with Samsung to address this, but there could still be variations. We will just have to wait and see what comes of this news.

Source: Pulse


LG shakes up top ranks with 5 new executive appointments

Mobile division head Brian Kwon promoted to chief executive post at South Korean company

Erickson delivers another S-64 Air Crane to South Korea

Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, announces the delivery of the K7 S-64 Air Crane® helicopter to the Korean Forest Service (KFS). On Friday, November 22nd, the K7 aircraft was loaded onto the Antonov An-124 out of Medford Oregon, Erickson’s manufacturing facility. The S-64 is well-known in Korea with... Read more »

Bronze For Hungarian Olympian Fencer At Sabre Grand Prix


Having won a silver medal at the Gerevich-Kovács-Kárpáti World Cup in Budapest three weeks ago, Hungarian Olympic fencing champion Áron Szilágyi came third at the Grand Prix event, held in New York last weekend. At both events, he was defeated by South Korean fencer Gu Bon Gil. Eventually coming third out of 1720 contestant at […]

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PuSh International Performing Arts Festival unveils programming for 2020 event

Lineup includes major premieres by local companies like Electric Theatre Company, Wen Wei Dance, and Savage Society, and work from as far away as South Korea, Norway, and Australia

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South Korea fires warning shots toward North Korean merchant vessel


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Despite Bitcoin’s Price Drop, High-Powered Mining Rigs Still Profit

Since BTC prices slid below the $8K price range, mining operations have been making less revenue. On Sunday, December 1, only 13 mining rigs with an average electricity cost of $0.12 per kWh are profiting at current prices. Of course, miners from China and other regions pay far less per kWh but older mining rigs currently struggle for profits. Also read: Gocrypto SLP Token Starts Trading on Exchange High-Powered Mining Rigs Are Still Profitable at Current Prices, Older Devices Not So Much Mining the SHA256 algorithm is still profitable, no matter which coin you mine, whether it be BTC or BCH. For instance, on Sunday it’s between 0.4-3% more profitable to mine on the Bitcoin Cash blockchain according to Coin Dance statistics. During the last three hours, the BCH hashrate has been around 4.14 exahash per second (EH/s), while the BTC chain has had around 98.03 EH/s. In the last seven days, BTC has averaged around 87.34 EH/s and BCH has seen 2.60 EH/s. The past two weeks’ cryptocurrency markets have seen deep losses while BTC slipped below $8K and BCH hovers around $213 per coin. Current prices make it so only 13 mining rigs are profiting today if they pay $0.12 per kWh. This includes the Bitmain Antminer S17 Pro with 53 terahash per second (TH/s), Bitmain Antminer S17 Pro (50 TH/s model), Innosilicon T3+ (52 TH/s), Bitmain Antminer S17e (64 TH/s), Strongu STU-U8 Pro (60 TH/s), Ebang Ebit E11++ (44 TH/s), and Microbt’s Whatsminer M20S (68 TH/s). SHA256 miner profits on December 1, 2019, at $0.12 per kWh. At current prices, BTC and BCH miners paying only $0.05 per kWh can choose between a variety of 70 profitable devices. At $0.05 per kWh, any mining rig that can process more than 11 TH/s with decent power efficiency can still make money. Much larger profits between $5-10 per day come from high-powered mining rigs that can process more than 40 TH/s with power outputs between 1500W to 6000W off the wall. With electrical costs at $0.05 per kWh or under, the top mining rigs stem from manufacturers like Bitmain, Microbt, Strongu, Innosilicon, and Bitfury. Machines making below $5 per day are manufactured by firms such as Canaan, Ebang, Holic, and average around 20-38 TH/s. SHA256 miner profits on December 1, 2019, at $0.05 per kWh. Microbt Plans to Launch an 81 TH/s Bitcoin Miner In addition to the top machines that process the SHA256 algorithm, Bitmain’s Antminer S17+ (73 TH/s) will be shipping in December. The 73 TH/s Antminer has a power consumption of 2920W according to specifications. Moreover, regional reports from China reveal that a new Microbt Whatsminer is on the way that processes higher hashrates than the 73 TH/s S17+ model. The company’s current Whatsminer M20S (68 TH/s) can make a touch over $7 per day if electrical costs are at $0.05 per kWh or below. However, a shareholder of Microbt named Wu Gang says that the firm is releasing a M30S model. The shareholder said the new machine will “deliver 81 TH/s” with a “power consumption at 38 watts per terahash.” Wu Gang, a Microbt shareholder, discloses information about a new 81 TH/s M30S. Wu also told the Wechat community that the M30S will be supported by Samsung 8nm chips but reports explain that the Japan-South Korea Trade War has put a strain on these efforts. Microbt was founded in 2016 by former Bitmain employee Yang Zuoxing. He was purportedly the processor design director and helped developed Bitmain’s popular S7 and S9 models. After leaving Bitmain, Microbt was sued for allegedly infringing upon Bitmain’s patent for mining rig technology. Moreover, last month, Yang Zuoxing was purportedly held in custody by Chinese police in regards to Bitmain’s intellectual property (IP). Microbt shareholder Wu Gang did not disclose when the Shenzhen-based mining chip manufacturer will release the M30S. What do you think about the SHA256 mining rigs that are profiting at current prices? What do you think about the Microbt M30S that allegedly processes 81 TH/s? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below. Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not an offer or solicitation of an offer to buy or sell, or as a recommendation, endorsement, or sponsorship of any products, services, or companies. Neither the company nor the author is responsible, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any content, goods or services mentioned in this article. Image credits: Shutterstock, and Did you know you can buy and sell BCH privately using our noncustodial, peer-to-peer Local Bitcoin Cash trading platform? The marketplace has thousands of participants from all around the world trading BCH right now. And if you need a bitcoin wallet to securely store your coins, you can download one from us here. The post Despite Bitcoin’s Price Drop, High-Powered Mining Rigs Still Profit appeared first on Bitcoin News.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGeorge Strait headlined a benefit concert at ACL Live in Austin, TX on Monday night, helping raise $1.5 million for Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Bahamas. George also helped create a t-shirt to benefit the cause.

This week, Craig Morgan made a special Thanksgiving visit to military servicemen and women stationed in South Korea. He was joined by CMT's Cody Alan and members of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders squad. Tune into CMT's “Hot 20 Countdown” on Dec. 14 and 15 to see footage of Craig's visit.

Darius Rucker has been named an ambassador for golf more


Feuding South Korean firms risk disrupting electric car battery supplies

South Korea's SK Innovation and LG Chem are at war. The supply of the world's electric vehicle batteries is in the crosshairs.

Cephalocon Gangnam Style


The most eagerly awaited event in the open source software-defined storage calendar is without a doubt Cephalocon. In 2019, the Ceph community came to Barcelona, but it was recently announced that in March 2020, Cephalocon is coming to Seoul, South Korea! All about Seoul Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea, and […]

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02_12 Trader Morning Coffee


Good morning all,

While on Friday Crude Oil were being sold off dragging down also Nat Gas, we haven't seen any comparable risk-off movement in stocks. So, US indices closed the day in the red, but with small movements if compared to energy commodities.

The week is opening on the front foot with Asian indices rising and futures on EU ones all up 0.20 - 0.30 % at the moment.

Markets had ro revise trading sentiment over the weekend by a surprisingly strong industrial production in November in China. On the other hand, exports from South Korea, a worldwide electronic power force have declined for the 12th month in a row. Manufacturing PMIs in the EU and US should be watched closely today.

Forex major currency pairs are still continuously sleepy, with the FT underlining last one has been the least volatile week since the euro introduction 20 years ago. If you cannot play it through options, one should consider the opportunity of being involved in a 'pro style' CARRY TRADE with the intention of receiving interest from the bought currency: USD offers a good interest rates differential in this sense against vast majority of G10. Hedging against the forward rate would be smart, but will erase a big part of the gains (that however will need big amount investments for being interesting). Here the front Forward Curve for EurUsd in bps.


















  • IT, GE, FR, EU Markit PMI Manifacturing
  • ECB Lagarde speech 14.00 Gmt
  • US ISM Manifacturing 15.00 Gmt
  • US ISM Prices paid 15.00 Gmt
  • CFTC Gold, Oil Net Positions 20.30 Gmt


  • Black Friday online sales in the US hit a record level, yet again underscoring a shift among consumers
  • China's central bank says it intends to retain a prudent policy apporachas it predicts a prolonged downturn in the global economy
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government was thrown into doubt after her coalition partners, the Social Democrats, elected new leaders over the weekend who have threatened to pull out of the ruling pact.
  • The focus of the UK election campaign has taken a swing towards the law and order following the attack at London Bridge on Friday, and the Conservatives are planning a major review of both defense and foreign policy if they win.

That's all for today

Stay Safe

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Breakingviews TV: Makeup exam

Model Kylie Jenner agreed to sell half her eponymous cosmetics line to Coty for $600 mln on the same day Estée Lauder unveiled plans to buy the South Korean maker of Dr. Jart at a $1.7 bln valuation. Sharon Lam and Jeffrey Goldfarb judge the M&A beauty contest.


10 things you need to know today: November 29, 2019



President Trump made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Thursday to spend part of Thanksgiving with U.S. troops. During the visit, Trump's first to Afghanistan, he announced that the U.S. and the Taliban have reopened peace talks. He said he believes the Taliban want a truce in America's longest war. "We're meeting with them," Trump said. "And we're saying it has to be a ceasefire." Trump had cut off talks with the Taliban in September and canceled a secret meeting between Taliban and Afghan leaders after a flurry of violence. During Trump's 3 1/2 hours at Bagram Air Field, Trump also served turkey to U.S. soldiers, who cheered him when he entered the dining hall. About 12,000 American troops remain in Afghanistan. [The Associated Press]


Police restored school administrators' control of Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Friday, declaring that there were no pro-democracy protesters left on the wrecked campus after a two-week siege. Police arrested hundreds of protesters during the showdown. On Thursday, a team of about 400 officers conducted a sweep of the university, and found nearly 4,000 firebombs, 921 gas canisters, and 588 containers of chemicals, including acid and other corrosive liquids. The transfer of control back to school officials marked the end of one of the most intense clashes between protesters and police in a month of escalating unrest following the death of a student who fell from a parking structure during a police operation. [The New York Times, South China Morning Post]


North Korea on Thursday launched two short-range projectiles into the waters off its east coast, South Korea's military said. "Our military expresses its strong regret over (the launches) and urges (North Korea) to immediately stop acts that escalate military tensions," said Maj. Gen. Jeon Dong Jin, a senior operations officer at Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff. The missile test came three days after North Korea said its soldiers had held artillery drills near a disputed sea boundary. The latest missile launches were the 13th public weapons test conducted by North Korea this year as Pyongyang pushes for a new U.S. proposal to resume stalled talks on trading nuclear concessions for sanctions relief. [The Associated Press, The Washington Post]


The European Parliament on Thursday passed a symbolic measure declaring a "climate emergency." The move raises pressure on member states to take action to curb emissions blamed for climate change ahead of a United Nations climate summit starting Dec. 2 in Spain. In recent months, hundreds of regional and local administrations have approved similar declarations, but Thursday's vote was significant because the European lawmakers who passed the measure represent 500 million people. "Five years ago, no one would have expected the European Parliament to declare a climate emergency, so there's some progress," said Sebastian Mang of Greenpeace. Dissenters in the 429-225 vote objected to the use of the word "emergency," suggesting the use of "urgency" instead. [The Washington Post, Reuters]


The holiday shopping season kicks off on Friday with traditional Black Friday sales. Many retailers got a jump on the competition by getting started with deep discounts on Thanksgiving Day, and analysts forecast data to show that online shoppers spent a record $4 billion on Thanksgiving. The total had already reached $2.1 billion as of 5 p.m. Thursday, a 20.2 percent increase compared to the same point last year. Demand was so high on Thursday that Costco's website and app were briefly hampered by heavy traffic. Black Friday is continuing to evolve, as many stores try to snag a bigger share of holiday sales by cutting prices days or even weeks before what used to be a one-day shopping frenzy. Shoppers are expected to spend up to $731 billion in November and December, roughly 4 percent more than in the same period last year. [USA Today, MarketWatch]


Powerful winter storms hammered parts of the country on Thursday, complicating Thanksgiving travel. Heavy snow forced the closure of Interstate 5, a major highway in Southern California, leaving dozens of vehicles stuck with snow still falling. The highway, which joins Southern California with the rest of the state, was reopened later in the day, but forecasters warned more snow and rain could fall in the area. A so-called bomb cyclone, with a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure, brought up to four feet of snow in some mountainous areas in the Pacific Northwest. The winter storm was expected to move east, bringing snow and high winds across much of the West before continuing toward the Great Plains late on Friday. [Reuters]


Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union and a key witness in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump, on Thursday reiterated his denial of sexual misconduct allegations made by three women in an article jointly published Wednesday by ProPublica and Portland Monthly magazine. In the article, Sondland said the claims were "concocted" for "political purposes." One of the women said Sondland backtracked on plans to invest in her business after she rejected his advances during a tour of a hotel he owns. Another accuser, a work associate, said Sondland exposed himself to her. The third, who is 27 years younger than Sondland, said he forcibly kissed her when they met to discuss a possible job. One of the accusers, Nicole Vogel, owns Portland Monthly. The alleged incidents took place years ago, before Sondland was named as Trump's E.U. ambassador. [The Wall Street Journal, ProPublica]


Thousands of demonstrators rallied in Hong Kong on Thursday to express appreciation for two U.S. laws supporting human rights in the Chinese-ruled semi-autonomous city. President Trump signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act on Wednesday. It requires an annual review to confirm that the former British colony still has enough autonomy to justify its special trade status. "I guess Trump wanted to give us a Thanksgiving present, and we're glad to accept," said Wong Yiu-chung, a Lingnan University politics professor who attended the rally. Chinese officials on Thursday angrily condemned the U.S. measures as "an epitome of gangster violence," and an act of foreign meddling intended to hurt China's economic growth. [Los Angeles Times]


Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday urged President Trump to avoid commenting on Britain's upcoming election during next week's NATO summit in London. "The best (thing) when you have close friends and allies like the U.S. and the UK is for neither side to get involved in each other's election," Johnson told LBC radio. Johnson pushed for the early election hoping to break a stalemate over Britain's planned exit from the European Union. Trump has already made controversial comments in the vote, saying in October that Johnson should join forces with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage and that the opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn would be "so bad" for the country. [Reuters]


Acclaimed American free-solo rock climber Brad Gobright died in a fall while on a well-known path on a rock known as El Sendero Luminoso, or the Shining Path, in northern Mexico's Potrero Chico national park, Mexican authorities said. His body was recovered Thursday. Gobright and a climbing partner, Aidan Jacobson, fell about 20 feet to a ledge after their rope got stuck, but Jacobson landed in a bush, which broke his fall. "It was basically a blur," Jacobson, 26, told Outside magazine. "He screamed. I screamed. I went through some vegetation, and then all I remember is seeing his blue Gramicci shirt bounce over the edge." Gobright fell nearly 985 feet to his death, which the State Department confirmed in a statement, saying, "We offer our sincerest condolences to his family on their loss." [CNN, The New York Times]


LG reportedly begins Android 10 rollout for G8 ThinQ


LG's tendency to update its devices incredibly slowly has become something of a running gag in the tech community, especially after the company unveiled a 'Software Upgrade Center' last year that didn't change matters much. It seems like the company's current flagship is receiving Android 10 in a timely manner, but don't get excited yet.

There is currently one confirmed report of Android 10 rolling out to an LG G8 ThinQ in South Korea, courtesy of Reddit user Jerry101923.

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LG reportedly begins Android 10 rollout for G8 ThinQ was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Galaxy Note10 receives third Android 10 One UI 2.0 beta update with audio, screen, and thermal fixes


Hot on the heels of pumping out the final stable build of Android 10 One UI 2.0 for its Galaxy S10 series, Samsung has released the third Android 10 beta update for the Galaxy Note 10 in India and Germany, curiously skipping over South Korea. Besides fixing a whole bunch of bugs, the third beta brings up the Note10 family to the December Android security patch level.

To the dismay of many Note10 owners, the Note10 beta program started a few weeks behind the Galaxy S10; the Galaxy S10 family was on its seventh beta update earlier this week while the Note10 was still stuck on its second.

Read More

Galaxy Note10 receives third Android 10 One UI 2.0 beta update with audio, screen, and thermal fixes was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


GK & Current Affairs Quiz: December 01-02, 2019

12345678910 1). Election Commission of India (ECI)  has recognized Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) as state party of which state? Haryana Jharkhand Maharashtra Odisha 2). Yasuhiro Nakasone, who passed away recently, was the former PM of which country? North Korea China South Korea Japan 3). Angad Vir Singh Bajwa is associated to which sports? Chess Cricket ..

Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day


Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day(Bloomberg) -- Want the lowdown on what's moving European markets in your inbox every morning? Sign up here.Good morning. Security has moved to the center of the U.K. election campaign, Germany’s coalition government is on the brink and investors are digesting mixed signals on the impact of the trade war. Here’s what’s moving markets.SecurityThe focus of the U.K. election campaign has taken a swing towards law and order following the attack at London Bridge on Friday, and the Conservatives are planning a major review of both defense and foreign policy if they win. The Labour Party has gained ground, narrowing the gap with the Tories in four of five opinion polls, one of which suggested the country is headed for a hung parliament. The campaign will be disrupted again this week as the U.K. welcomes NATO allies to the latest summit of the defense alliance, where U.S. President Donald Trump won’t be the only wild card attending.Coalition Breakdown?German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government was thrown into doubt after her coalition partners, the Social Democrats,  elected new leaders over the weekend who have threatened to pull out of the ruling pact. Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken, two critics of the government, won the poll, beating Finance Minister Olaf Scholz. In his victory speech, Walter-Borjans insisted he would rather improve the current coalition rather than take it down, but it creates a significant headache for Merkel to keep the government together and an extra political risk for European investors to take into account.Mixed SignalsSome slightly better news emerged for China at the weekend, with its factory activity gauge unexpectedly jumping in November thanks to government support and a more stable global outlook. Yet another closely watched bellwether for global trade, South Korean exports, dropped more than expected. That will put even more focus on European and U.S. manufacturing data due on Monday. China’s central bank, meanwhile, says it intends to retain a prudent policy approach as it predicts a prolonged downturn in the global economy, saying it is in a “mid- and long-distance race’’ and will stick to conventional methods as long as possible.Cyber MondayBlack Friday online sales in the U.S. hit a record level, yet again underscoring a shift among consumers to eschew heading to bricks-and-mortar stores to get their bargains and instead sitting and clicking from home. It bodes well too for Cyber Monday, the online cousin of Black Friday, given this is when the offers are most concentrated to online stores. Over the coming days, it will be worth watching for signals from Europe’s biggest retailers how they fared across what is now a global shopping bonanza. On the down side, retail sales from a protest-hit Hong Kong are due on Monday and could impact luxury goods stocks exposed to the city.Coming Up…Stocks in Asia were higher and U.S. Treasuries tumbled as investors took heart from the better-than-expected China data, which added to a feeling that the global economy is turning a corner. Local reports also suggested China wants a tariff rollback in the first phase of a trade deal with the U.S., keeping eyes trained on any further headlines about progress in talks between the two. Oil prices are higher going into the new week, bolstered by Iraq signaling that OPEC and its allies will consider deeper production cuts when they meet this week.What We’ve Been ReadingThis is what’s caught our eye over the past 24 hours. It’ll be tough to top 2019 for stocks. The cure for an economy hooked on debt may be more debt. Chefs pick the best cities for great restaurants. A community rallies around London’s oldest food market. The cherry blossom scandal in Japan is starting to bite. Gulf states are backpedaling on Iran. The rise and rise of Big Toothbrush.Like Bloomberg's Five Things? Subscribe for unlimited access to trusted, data-based journalism in 120 countries around the world and gain expert analysis from exclusive daily newsletters, The Bloomberg Open and The Bloomberg Close.Before it's here, it's on the Bloomberg Terminal. Find out more about how the Terminal delivers information and analysis that financial professionals can't find anywhere else. Learn more.To contact the author of this story: Sam Unsted in London at sunsted@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Phil Serafino at pserafino@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Who Are America’s Undocumented Immigrants? You Might Not Recognize Them.

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Eddie Oh, an industrial engineer, lost his job during the financial crisis that gripped South Korea in 1998. With no prospects, he scrounged together his savings to pay his family’s airfare to California. They were going on vacation, he told the United States embassy, which issued six-month visitor visas for the family. …

Investment in R&D propelled growth despite trade war setback: Honor


Beijing: Chinese technology giant Huawei's sub-brand Honor said investment in research and development is yielding fruits, leading to its continuous growth despite a setback it faced due to the US-China trade war.

"In 2019, when most of the technology brands suffered decline in China, Honor registered 100 per cent year-over-year growth in May," James Zou, President, Overseas Marketing and Sales at Honor, told IANS.

"We faced a setback due to a trade war with the US. But still, US tech companies are willing to work with us," Zou said, adding that Honor will achieve new heights of growth.

Huawei was put on a trade blacklist in the US on the basis of a suspicion that China might use the company's equipment to spy on other countries. Huawei has denied the allegations.

When it comes to investment in research and development, Huawei is one of the top five tech companies in the world. With total investment of $17 billion in 2019 alone in the field of research and development, the company is aiming at providing the best technology to its users especially in terms of 5G compatible devices globally.

"Honor and Huawei work just like the automobile brand BMW and Mini. Both of us share all the research and development investment together and only differ on the basis of our planning and operations," Zou said.

Huawei is among the key players globally with 5G networks already live in the UK, Sweden and South Korea. It had started working on 5G just when 4G was being rolled out for the first time.

In August, the company announced that it had started R&D for 6G technology.

"We are set to roll out our 5G devices globally. Going ahead we have already started working on 6G when most of the companies are struggling with 5G," Zou stressed.

Huawei and Honor differ in terms of channel strategy and how the two companies operate in terms of target audience. Huawei targets the premium segment.

"Honor is focusing on manufacturing more smart and connected devices," Zou said.


02_12 Trader Morning Coffee


Good morning all,

While on Friday Crude Oil were being sold off dragging down also Nat Gas, we haven't seen any comparable risk-off movement in stocks. So, US indices closed the day in the red, but with small movements if compared to energy commodities.

The week is opening on the front foot with Asian indices rising and futures on EU ones all up 0.20 - 0.30 % at the moment.

Markets had ro revise trading sentiment over the weekend by a surprisingly strong industrial production in November in China. On the other hand, exports from South Korea, a worldwide electronic power force have declined for the 12th month in a row. Manufacturing PMIs in the EU and US should be watched closely today.

Forex major currency pairs are still continuously sleepy, with the FT underlining last one has been the least volatile week since the euro introduction 20 years ago. If you cannot play it through options, one should consider the opportunity of being involved in a 'pro style' CARRY TRADE with the intention of receiving interest from the bought currency: USD offers a good interest rates differential in this sense against vast majority of G10. Hedging against the forward rate would be smart, but will erase a big part of the gains (that however will need big amount investments for being interesting). Here the front Forward Curve for EurUsd in bps.


















  • IT, GE, FR, EU Markit PMI Manifacturing
  • ECB Lagarde speech 14.00 Gmt
  • US ISM Manifacturing 15.00 Gmt
  • US ISM Prices paid 15.00 Gmt
  • CFTC Gold, Oil Net Positions 20.30 Gmt


  • Black Friday online sales in the US hit a record level, yet again underscoring a shift among consumers
  • China's central bank says it intends to retain a prudent policy apporachas it predicts a prolonged downturn in the global economy
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government was thrown into doubt after her coalition partners, the Social Democrats, elected new leaders over the weekend who have threatened to pull out of the ruling pact.
  • The focus of the UK election campaign has taken a swing towards the law and order following the attack at London Bridge on Friday, and the Conservatives are planning a major review of both defense and foreign policy if they win.

That's all for today

Stay Safe

The material has been provided by InstaForex Company -

Jan 01, South Korea: New Year's Day

New Year's Day is a public holiday in all countries that observe the Gregorian calendar, with the exception of Israel. For more information on this holiday, visit the link.

SK Biopharmaceuticals, fresh off an FDA nod, preps for $850M IPO in January: report

Right on the heels of an FDA approval for seizure med Xcopri, South Korea’s SK Biopharmaceuticals is reportedly planning an initial public offering to raise about $850 million. The company plans to list shares in January and has chosen Citigroup and NH Investment & Securities as advisers for the process, the Financial Times reports.

…wait a minute

South Korean crypto exchange Upbit has confirmed that 342,000 Etherium coins, worth about $49 million, were transferred from its wallet to an “anonymous wallet” (read: a thief) on November 27th.

N. Korea blasts Japan's Abe, warns of 'real ballistic missile'

Seoul (AFP) Nov 30, 2019
North Korea on Saturday warned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that he could soon see a "real ballistic missile" while excoriating him as the "most stupid man ever known in history". The colourful condemnation comes two days after the isolated state tested what it called a "super-large multiple launch rocket system", with South Korea reporting that two projectiles came down in the Sea of

North Korea fires two 'unidentified projectiles' on Thanksgiving

Seoul (AFP) Nov 28, 2019
North Korea fired two "unidentified projectiles" on Thursday - the Thanksgiving holiday in the US - Seoul said, as nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington remain deadlocked. The projectiles were fired eastwards from South Hamgyong province and came down in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said. They added that the launch, th

South Korea is intent on terminating GSOMIA and this bodes well for Japan

South Korea is intent on terminating GSOMIA and this bodes well for Japan Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times The government of Japan and South Korea are at loggerheads over history and other issues. Hence, with South Korea stating that it intends to terminate GSOMIA (General Security of Military Information Agreement), then…

South Korea Manufacturing PMI Rises To 49.4


The manufacturing sector in South Korea continued to contract in November, albeit at a slower pace, the latest survey from IHH revealed on Monday with a manufacturing PMI score of 49.4.

That's up from 48.4 in October, although it remains beneath the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction.

Individually, new product launches alleviated the manufacturing downturn, while new orders fell to a weaker extent than earlier this year.

Employment and prices were cut as the overall business outlook remained murky.

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Chawinga foresees bright future for AFC Women's Club Championship

The women's club tournament was held for the first time in Asia this year, with the South Korea playing host to the event

In the Absence: South Korea's Sewol Ferry Disaster

An unflinching look at South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster as it unfolds and its ramifications on a nation.

In the Absence: South Korea's Sewol Ferry Disaster

An unflinching look at South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster as it unfolds and its ramifications on a nation.

In the Absence: South Korea's Sewol Ferry Disaster

An unflinching look at South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster as it unfolds and its ramifications on a nation.

In the Absence: South Korea's Sewol Ferry Disaster

An unflinching look at South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster as it unfolds and its ramifications on a nation.

In the Absence: South Korea's Sewol Ferry Disaster

An unflinching look at South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster as it unfolds and its ramifications on a nation.

In the Absence: South Korea's Sewol Ferry Disaster

An unflinching look at South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster as it unfolds and its ramifications on a nation.

In the Absence: South Korea's Sewol Ferry Disaster

An unflinching look at South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster as it unfolds and its ramifications on a nation.

In the Absence: South Korea's Sewol Ferry Disaster

An unflinching look at South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster as it unfolds and its ramifications on a nation.

In the Absence: South Korea's Sewol Ferry Disaster

An unflinching look at South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster as it unfolds and its ramifications on a nation.

With A Clean Sweep, BTS Makes History At One Of South Korea's Most Prestigious Music Award Shows

BTS managed a feat no other group has in the history of one of South Korea's biggest music award shows.

GCDS boosts retail growth with new stores in UK, Italy, China


In Italy, GCDS picked the capital, Rome, as the venue of a 50 m2 temporary store that will be open until the end of the year, in renowned Piazza di Spagna. The store’s interior design was curated by the label's Creative Director, Giuliano Calza, adopting many of the signature elements of GDCS's style. The store will showcase the label's main collections, and a few exclusive items such as sneakers and a sweater in Rome's colours.
Outside Italy, GCDS has opened its first UK store at 4 Peter Street, London, in the heart of Soho, a prime location for streetwear in the British capital. Here too, the interior design was curated by Giuliano Calza. The 80 m2 store extends on two levels and features a series of exclusive items, from a sweater to a lighter, a mug and an umbrella with a Union Jack design.Finally, GCDS headed to China, where it opened a 219 m2 store inside MixC, Shenzhen’s largest shopping mall, and a 120 m2 retail space within Hong Kong’s K11 Musea, a new shopping destination that is also an art and culture venue.

GCDS (the acronym of God Can't Destroy Streetwear) is a men's and women's label founded online in 2015, and is based in Milan. It is currently distributed via over 400 retailers worldwide. The label premièred on the Milan Fashion Week catwalks in 2017 and, also through the support of bloggers like Chiara Ferragni, it quickly built a loyal community of aficionados.
In recent years, GCDS posted triple-digit growth from one season to the next, and in 2019 it expects to top the €20 million revenue mark. Italy accounts for 30% of its sales, the remainder being generated abroad, especially in South Korea, China and Japan.


Source: Fashion Network

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Eleven North Korean defectors detained in Vietnam, fate uncertain - activists


Eleven North Korean defectors detained in Vietnam, fate uncertain - activistsEleven North Koreans seeking to defect to South Korea have been detained in Vietnam since Nov. 23, and are requesting help to avoid being repatriated, a South Korean activist group said on Monday. The eight women and three men were detained by border guards in northern Vietnam two days after crossing from China, and are being held in the city of Lang Son, the Seoul-based Justice for North Korea said in a statement. Peter Jung, the head of the group, which supports North Korean asylum-seekers, said the would-be defectors had requested help from the South Korean embassy in Hanoi, but he had not heard from them since Friday.


Apr 17, 2020: World Catholicism Week 2020 at Student Center (Lincoln Park)


The Catholic Church is perhaps the largest provider of health care in the world. From sophisticated Catholic hospital systems to small rural clinics, the Church continues the legacy of healing begun by Jesus. Today, however, the gap between technologically advanced medicine and the needs of the desperately poor continues to widen.

This conference will address some of the most pressing issues facing Catholic health care​ providers around the globe and brings together speakers from Uganda, India, Ecuador, South Korea, the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Zambia. Panels will discuss

Catholic health care services and strategies biblical and theological narratives of health and healingthe relationship between Western and non-Western traditions of medicinehealing trauma and invisible woundsCatholic partnerships between the global South and global North

Keynote Speakers

Sr. Carol Keehan, DC

Immediate Past President/CEO of the Catholic Health AssociationMember of the National Academy of Medicine

David Cayley

Award-winning journalist & host of CBC Radio One's "Ideas" (Toronto)Author of Ideas on the Nature of ScienceView full speaker list at

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“in South Korea, 97 percent of young people are insufficiently active — the highest level in the world.”

Link. WHO stamdard is very high: 1h vigorous exercise daily.

Global Climate Protests Ahead of Madrid Meeting

Protesters in cities across the world staged rallies Friday demanding leaders take tougher action against climate change, days before the latest global conference, which this year takes place in Madrid. Photo by Li-An Lim on Unsplash

BERLIN (AP) — Protesters in cities across the world staged rallies Friday demanding leaders take tougher action against climate change, days before the latest global conference, which this year takes place in Madrid.

The rallies kicked off in Australia, where people affected by recent devastating wildfires joined young environmentalists protesting against the government’s pro-coal stance.

Janet Reynolds said she had come to the rally in Sydney after losing everything in an “inferno, an absolute firestorm that raced through my property.”

“It's so unnatural that I started investigating, reading science and really exploring what's happening with climate change,” she told Australian television.

Student Daisy Jeffrey said protesters had come to help raise money for those affected by the fires and to demand action from the government

“People have lost their homes, people have lost their lives. We have to ask: How far does this have to go before our government finally takes action," she said.

Teenage activist Greta Thunberg, who is traveling across the Atlantic by sailboat to attend the climate talks, sent a message of support to protesters. “Everyone’s needed. Everyone’s welcome. Join us,” she said on Twitter.

Since starting her one-woman “climate strikes” in Sweden more than a year ago, Thunberg has drawn a huge following around the world and inspired thousands more students to regularly skip school on Fridays and join climate protests.

Further rallies took place in Germany, South Korea, Poland, England, Turkey, Italy, Spain and France — where environmental protesters took a swipe at Black Friday.

In Berlin, about two dozen environmental activists jumped into the chilly waters of the Spree river in front of parliament to protest a government-backed package of measures they say won’t be enough to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. The package was blocked Friday by Germany’s upper house, which represents the country’s 16 states.

Later, tens of thousands of students rallied in front of the Brandenburg Gate.

“The generations before us messed it up,” said 17-year-old Robin Ebelt. “And we’re the ones that will feel the consequences. I would like to spend another 60 years on this planet, grow old and have grandchildren.”

Quang Paasch of the activist group Fridays for Future said governments attending next week’s annual climate conference should keep in mind the goals of the 2015 Paris accord, which set a target of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit). “We need to keep taking to the streets, we need to defend Paris.”

In South Africa, a few dozen people holdings signs saying “Not Cool” and “Stop Pollution Now” protested outside the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in the summer heat of the Southern Hemisphere.

One protester lay on the ground faking death, holding a sign saying “Black Friday Reason to Grieve.”

Africa contributes least to climate change and is the least prepared to deal with it. Temperatures in parts of the continent are projected to rise more quickly than the global average.

“The reality is that we have a climate change emergency,” protest organizer Elana Azrai said. She noted water shortages in parts of the country amid a drought in southern Africa.

Elsewhere, officials have raised the alarm over unusually severe rainfall in East Africa and a pair of cyclones that ripped into Mozambique within weeks of each other early this year.

Scores of young Nigerians marched in downtown Lagos displaying messages such as “There is no planet B” and “Stop Denying the Earth is Dying” as passing vehicles slowed and honked in support.

The megacity is Africa’s most populous and is among its coastal cities threatened by rising sea levels.


Singapore’s Competition Authority Concerned over Proposed DSME, HHI Merger

The proposed merger of South Korean shipbuilding giants hits a regulatory snag.

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Logistics facility investment in Korea boosts M&G Real Estate’s Asian portfolio


Click on Logistics facility investment in Korea boosts M&G Real Estate’s Asian portfolio for the source. Author: Ravi Philemon M&G Real Estate has bought its second logistics facility in South Korea for KRW155.5bn (S$180m). The 100,000sqm Yongin Baegam Logistics Centre, located close to Seoul, has been acquired on behalf of its core Asian property strategy. M&G […]

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Brushing your teeth three times a day could lower the risk of heart failure – Daily Mail

Brushing your teeth three times a day could lower the risk of heart failure by reducing harmful bacteria in the mouth, new study findsSouth Korean scientists examined link between oral hygiene and heart problemsThey composed a study involving 161,000 people aged between 40 and 79Findings were independent of factors including age, sex and financial statusBy Daily…

Eleven North Korean defectors detained in Vietnam, seek to block deportation - activists

Eleven North Koreans seeking to defect to South Korea have been detained in Vietnam since Nov. 23 and are seeking help to avoid being repatriated, a South Korean activist group said on Monday.


Feuding Korean firms risk disrupting electric car battery supplies

In 2018, South Korea's SK Innovation beat its larger, local rival LG Chem to a multibillion dollar deal to supply German carmaker Volkswagen with electric vehicle batteries in the United States.


Eleven North Korean defectors detained in Vietnam, fate uncertain - activists

Eleven North Koreans seeking to defect to South Korea have been detained in Vietnam since Nov. 23, and are requesting help to avoid being repatriated, a South Korean activist group said on Monday.


BTS' 'Make it Right' feat. Lauv is No. 1 for third week in World Digital Song Sales chart


BTS and Lauv's Make It Right spends a third week at No. 1 on Billboard's World Digital Song Sales chart this week.

The original version of the track was released digitally earlier this year on April 12 as the second single from the EP Map of the Soul: Persona.

The South Korean megastars performed the song on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in the US (see below).

The new remix featuring Lauv has been out since October 18, and has been in the World Digital Song Sales chart for 11 weeks.


U.S.-South Korea Tensions: What’s at Stake?

In a rare public rift between the United States and South Korea, negotiations between the two all


Former Go Champ Retires From Game: AI ‘Cannot Be Defeated’

AlphaGo Zero surpassed all previous versions of the AI in 40 days (via Google DeepMind)

Former Go champion Lee Se-dol has retired from professional competition—because artificial intelligence. The South Korean Go master gained global fame in 2016 as the only human to defeat DeepMind’s AlphaGo computer program. Now […]

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Philippines, South Korea form fisheries management co-op

South Korea and the Philippines have agreed to an extensive collaboration on fisheries management and trade, reports Business World. According to the publication, the Filipino Department of Agriculture has signed a memorandum of understanding with

Book: 'The Hermit King'

Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit DON GONYEA, HOST: We turn now to a national security topic that's back in the news - North Korea. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, North Korea fired two short-range missiles, the latest escalation in an already tense relationship with the U.S. But a new book takes a step back from such headlines and provides more context about the country and its leader. It's called "The Hermit King: The Dangerous Game Of Kim Jong Un." It's by Chung Min Lee, South Korea's former ambassador for national security affairs and an expert on Korean affairs. He began our conversation by urging me to think visually to help me understand how the dictatorship works. CHUNG MIN LEE: North Korea can be best, I think, imagined if you have five concentric circles. In the middle, you have the Kim dynasty and Kim Jong Un. His grandfather, Kim Il Sung, founded the DPRK back in 1948. His father ran it until he died in 2011. And so the most important goal of the state is not the North

18 Wind and Solar Markets to Watch in 2020


The world’s total renewable power capacity will grow 50 percent between 2019 and 2024, according to the International Energy Agency. For investors keen to tap into this growth, mostly driven by solar and wind, the question is where to look.

To find out, GTM asked a range of industry experts and insiders for their recommendations on wind and solar markets to watch in 2020. We ignored those markets that already made the list last year.

What follows is a smattering of mature markets returning to form and some that are brand-new.

Without further ado, and in alphabetical order...

Australia: Wind

We listed Australia as a solar market to watch last year, and the country remains one of the more interesting places to invest in PV. But it’s also a big deal for wind power, said Karin Ohlenforst, director of market intelligence at the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). Even though the country’s large-scale renewable energy target has been reached, she said, “the fundamentals for wind are so good a market of up to 2 gigawatts is expected by 2020.” 

Brazil: Wind

Brazil is another maturing renewable energy market where GWEC sees ongoing opportunities for wind in 2020. The wind industry group expects growth in Brazilian installations, along with those in Argentina and Chile, that will come from the execution of auctioned capacity and growing opportunities for bilateral power-purchase agreements. 

Chile: Solar and wind

Chile has long been seen as one of Latin America’s strongest markets for renewables, and the country continues to attract investment from solar developers such as Spain's Solarpack. “Opportunities can still arise for new solar capacity” in the country, said Solarpack’s CEO, Pablo Burgos, although it remains to be seen whether investor confidence might be dented by the anti-government protests that erupted in October. 

China: Solar and wind

China is hardly a new market for wind and solar, but the offshore wind market “is expected to almost double [in 2020] compared to 2019,” said Rolf Kragelund, director for global offshore wind at Wood Mackenzie. GWEC estimates the offshore wind market could hit 4 gigawatts of capacity. Turning to PV, Wood Mackenzie believes a subsidy-free project pipeline could add 9 gigawatts of capacity to the grid in 2020. 

Ethiopia: Solar

Ethiopia’s hydro-heavy generation mix means the country already has enviable levels of clean energy on the grid. The trouble is that most of the country's residents aren’t on the grid, which is why Ethiopia is looking to boost solar development, said Global Green Growth Institute Director General Frank Rijsberman. “You can put solar on the rooftops, and [then have] mini grids and smaller independent systems” sited in rural areas, Rijsberman said. “Small...utility-scale solar that can deal with secondary cities and so on: That, I think, is the future.”

Greece: Solar

Greece is one of several European markets that Solarpack's Burgos is keeping an eye on in 2020. Renewables investment could benefit from the Greek administration’s decision to phase out coal generation by 2028, announced in September. “Greece is the only country in Southeast Europe to have announced a coal phaseout date,” noted advocacy group Europe Beyond Coal in a press statement. “Details of the strategy to achieve the target will be announced by the end of 2019."

Hungary: Solar

Like Greece, Hungary in Eastern Europe has announced plans to abandon coal, with a switch-off date of 2030. In November, the Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority launched the nation’s first renewable energy auction, giving clarity to the future project pipeline. Burgos said Hungary is now among the European markets “putting solar schemes at the forefront of their renewable energy commitments.”

India: Solar

India’s massive and multifaceted solar market continues to deliver opportunities for investors, with Wood Mackenzie’s Q2 2019 Global Solar PV Market Outlook reporting on “auction activity starting to pick up now that [the] election period is over.” Long-term solar growth in the country is likely to be buoyed by a government target of 500 gigawatts of renewable generation by 2030.

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Indonesia: Solar

With its vast population and 6,000 or so inhabited islands, Indonesia harbors massive potential for solar developers. So far, progress has been sluggish, with a rooftop net metering scheme failing to stimulate interest. However, lawmakers changed the rules for rooftop PV in October, potentially paving the way for increased growth. Indonesia only had around 60 megawatts of solar installed at the end of last year but plans to boost capacity to 6.5 gigawatts by 2025.

Netherlands: Solar

Although relatively mature, the Dutch solar market still has plenty of room for near-term growth, with 5 gigawatts of capacity expected to be installed between 2019 and 2020. Despite the country’s low irradiance, its "support mechanisms, in the form of feed-in tariffs and tax incentives, help to boost solar” there, said Burgos.  

New Zealand: Wind

Wood Mackenzie’s wind power outlook for Asia-Pacific gained a lift from an unusual source in September. The analyst firm reported that contract wins in New Zealand would “boost an otherwise dormant market” in Asia-Pacific. Just two large projects, Waipipi and Turitea, added 252 megawatts of capacity to New Zealand’s wind industry pipeline this year. The question now is whether that momentum will be sustained in 2020. 

Oman: Solar

Middle Eastern markets remain a magnet for PV developers thanks to their excellent solar resource, growing energy needs and often favorable regulation. In its Q2 2019 Global Solar PV Market Outlook, Wood Mackenzie singled out Oman for special treatment. “Competitive state tenders continue to be launched at a fast clip, including 1,100 megawatts of new project sites at Manah,” WoodMac said.

Poland: Solar

GTM highlighted Poland’s growing wind potential last year. Despite previous setbacks, the country now seems earnest in wanting to foster renewables, with offshore wind in particular looking to benefit. Solar developers are keen to grab a piece of the action, too. Burgos said the Polish solar market had much in common with Hungary. Both states “have committed to reduce their carbon footprint and both are supporting PV with feed-in tariff models,” he said.

South Africa: Wind

South Africa’s once-vibrant renewable energy market has had a rocky few years courtesy of Eskom, the nation’s beleaguered electricity behemoth. But with the too-big-to-fail state utility slowly getting its affairs back under control, the picture for wind is improving, said Ohlenforst. “After two years of pausing, installations are [set] to pick up again in 2020,” she predicted, with the market poised to top 700 megawatts next year.

South Korea: Wind and solar

South Korea “would like to scale up” on renewables, said Rijsberman of the Global Green Growth Institute. “They have the money [and] the government has the targets.” The problem for developers is finding affordable land in the crowded country, he said. This is hampering efforts to scale up solar development and increasingly putting the focus on offshore wind as a major contributor to South Korea’s clean energy plans.

Ukraine: Solar

Last year the Ukraine was enthusiastically hyped as a wind destination. And in October the market delivered with the announcement of Europe’s largest onshore wind farm, a 750-megawatt monster in the southeast of the country. The country’s PV market, which is now approaching 3 gigawatts of capacity, also remains buoyant despite moves to replace feed-in tariffs with an auction system. Developers such as Solarpack and Scatec Solar are eyeing the market, with the latter installing its first Ukrainian plant in August.

U.S.: Wind and solar

Even as the renewables industry waits to see if there will be an extension to the supporting federal tax credits, developers are bullish about the U.S. market. In the immediate term, the country is in the middle of its biggest-ever build-out of onshore wind capacity, and the offshore market is taking off as East Coast states increase their targets.

Vietnam: Wind

The end of a generous feed-in tariff in June this year saw developers rushing to connect almost 4.5 gigawatts of PV capacity to the grid in a matter of months. Now that the solar rush is over, the government is looking to repeat the trick with wind, also offering enticing incentives, said Rijsberman. “A lot of companies are now doing the same thing for wind in Vietnam as they were doing for large-scale solar,” he said. “What hasn’t really happened yet is rooftop solar, partly because the regulation doesn’t favor it.”


North Korea fires unidentified projectiles, South Korea military says - CNBC

North Korea fires unidentified projectiles, South Korea military says  CNBC

Two K-pop stars sentenced to prison for gang raping unconscious women

Two South Korean singers have been found guilty of gang raping unconscious and drunk women.

South Korea to Shut Down a Quarter of Its Coal-Fired Plants to Reduce Air Pollution


  South Korea will close up to a quarter of its coal-fired plants for the winter months to tamp down on air pollution that the country declared a “social disaster” after several cities experienced record high levels of air pollution last winter, as CNN reported. The shutdown is noteworthy for its timing, since South Korea’s […]

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Revenge Porn - what are the laws in your country?

Filming a sex act and then threatening to use it as a form of blackmail against the person in the video. In a South Korean case in November, a...

South Korea #1 OECD Suicide Leader

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Two Stats Perform Data and Analytics Experts to Speak at Global Sports Industry Conferences

Stats Perform, the revolutionary leader in sports AI and data, announced that two data and analytics experts will present at upcoming industry conferences on 29 November. Duncan Alexander, vice president of data and analytics and part of the team behind popular football Twitter channel @OptaJoe, will deliver keynote remarks at the 2019 Sport Industry Global Conference in Seoul, Republic of South Korea. Tom Worville, senior data analyst, will also present at the 2019 UK Sports Tech Conference in ...

South Korea to shut a quarter of its coal-fired plants over winter to cut pollution


Plants will close during coldest months in a bid to reduce high levels of fine dust particles

South Korea will temporarily shut down up to a quarter of its coal-fired power plants next month in an attempt to combat dangerously high levels of fine dust pollution.

The country’s energy ministry said 14 plants would be idled between December and February, and as many as 27 in March, but added that the closures would not affect energy supplies during the coldest months of the year.

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Korean Ways of Celebrating Christmas


Here comes the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas. Christians make up 20 percent of Korea’s population; moreover, Christmas is also a bank holiday in Korea. Right now, South Korea is completely filled with awesome vibes only! Here, we’re going to share the Korean ways of celebrating Christmas with you. 1. Light Festivals With […]

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Samsung Manages to Churn Out $10 Billion Revenue From India, Despite Drop in Sales

New Delhi (Sputnik): Chinese mobile handset brands recorded the highest ever shipments to India in the third quarter of the current fiscal year. Among the top five brands, South Korean tech major Samsung was the only one to record a drop in sales during the same period.

Assessing U.S Alliance in Asia under Trump Administration


  The continued uncertainties with respect to ongoing U.S. alliance cost-sharing negotiations with South Korea and Japan understandably continue to attract significant headlines for their own sake. But apart from these occasional headlines, these issues also spotlight the broader question: how should observers go about assessing U.S. alliance management in Asia under the administration of […]

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KT launched its AI-enabled hotel service robot in Seoul

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KT, South Korea’s largest telecom company, has dispatched an artificial intelligence-based autonomous concierge robot to a hotel in Seoul to provide convenient services in place of human workers who should bear the burden of rushing through corridors to deliver food and amenities at the request of guests.   Traveling to South Korea? Get your sim card here […]

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Deaths of K-pop stars put focus on mental health taboos in South Korea


Toxic mix of misogyny and view of mental illness as a failure is ruining lives beyond music industry

Only a few years ago, Sulli and Goo Hara were at the height of their powers, two K-pop stars whose talents had brought them fame across Asia. But in the space of six weeks, both women died.

Sulli, 25, took her own life in October after years of online abuse. Her close friend Goo, who was the same age, had just completed a solo tour of Japan when her body was found at her home in Seoul last weekend alongside a note that police said indicated she had been feeling “pessimistic”.

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K-pop star jailed for 6 years for gang rape, spy-cam crimes

SEOUL — South Korean singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young was convicted on Friday of gang rape and distributing videos of the assaults and other sexual encounters, and was jailed for six years in a scandal

China fans desert K-pop star for 'liking' Hong Kong tweet

BEIJING — A South Korean pop star has become the latest celebrity to spark anger on the Chinese internet after he "liked" a tweet about the divisive issue of pro-democracy unrest in Hong Kong.Choi

Disney Hit With Anti-Trust Complaint in South Korea Over 'Frozen 2' "Monopoly" - Hollywood Reporter

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Mini-Circuits Opens Regional Sales Office to Serve Japan, South Korea

The new office will provide additional resources and support to meet business and customer needs.

Geely to export commercial vehicles to South Korea


Zhejiang Geely Holding Group selected South Korea as the first export market for its commercial vehicles.  The automaker’s commercial vehicle unit signed up the international trade arm of Korean steel giant Posco and Korean electrified vehicle developer Curo Group Co. as strategic partners for the export program. 


Japanese hybrids defy market slump


China’s once-in-a-generation car slump is hobbling carmakers around the globe that placed their bets on what is the world’s biggest auto market. But one group is weathering the slowdown unscathed: Japan.

Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. are increasing sales in a market that has fallen almost every month since June 2018. They’re doing it by targeting what’s proven to be a sweet spot in the faltering market -- demand for hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles.

Japanese automakers are leaders in the technology, which appeals to Chinese consumers keen to heed the government push toward new-energy vehicles, but aren’t ready to shift to pure-electric autos just yet.

“The hybrid I drive now is as reliable as the one I used before but more fuel-efficient,” said Charles Wang, who bought a hybrid Toyota Camry in 2019 after driving a gasoline-powered Honda Accord for six years. “I never regretted my choice of sticking to Japanese cars.”

Toyota, maker of the pioneer hybrid model Prius, and peers Honda and Nissan Motor Co. have been early adopters of the technology that combines an internal combustion engine with an electric motor. That’s allowed them to keep sales humming even as demand for gasoline cars wanes and pure-electric vehicles are yet to catch on.

Japanese brands boosted sales 4.3 percent in the first first 10 months of the year, outpacing U.S., European, South Korean and Chinese rivals, according to China Passenger Car Association. Japan is now close to overtaking Germany as the biggest foreign car power in China, though Germany is benefiting from resilient demand for its premium models.

Hybrid effect

Sales of Japanese brands’ hybrids have risen about 30 percent this year in China to more than 220,000, making the vehicles one of the fastest-growing market segment, according to the association. Japanese carmakers control about 99 percent of the traditional hybrid market in China, according to numbers from consultancy WAYS Information Technology Co. that exclude plug-in vehicles.

Among the reasons shoppers are going for hybrids is range anxiety -- the fear that an electric car’s battery runs out and leaves the driver stranded. China’s charging infrastructure is in early stages, though manufacturers and the government are trying to hasten a buildout.

Hybrid demand has also been spurred by those buying a second car, as such customers are more likely to be concerned about fuel consumption, said Cui Dongshu, secretary general of CPA.

What’s more, providers of mobility services such as car-sharing and ride-hailing are also increasingly moving to hybrids for their fuel efficiency, Cui said. So even if such services will reduce the total sales of cars, the Japanese manufacturers may be less affected than others.

Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., which makes cars with both Toyota and Honda, has benefited from robust demand for models such as Camry, Yaris and Accord. GAC Toyota boosted sales 17 percent and GAC Honda 7 percent in the first 10 months of the year. That compares with a 11 percent slump in total industry deliveries, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

To ride the trend, Japanese companies touted their new hybrid models at the Guangzhou Auto Show last week. Those include the new Wildlander sport utility vehicle by Toyota and Honda’s Breeze, an SUV that comes in both hybrid and gasoline variants.

GAC Honda is preparing to expand its production capabilities in 2020 after running at 120 percent capacity this year. GAC Toyota plans to add new models annually over the next three years.

“GAC is full of confidence in our two Japanese car ventures’ future development,” the carmakers said in a statement responding to Bloomberg’s inquiry. “GAC Honda and GAC Toyota will enlarge its product lineup and add more capacity in line with market demand.”

Thus far, the Japanese brands have also weathered China’s cooling economy relatively well. Less-affluent customers in regions outside big cities have been more affected by the slowdown, weighing on sales of lower-end local brands but sparing the mid-prized offerings of Toyota, Nissan and Honda. The lower-end slump has pushed the car industry’s total sales down in 16 of the past 17 months.

“Consumers of Japanese-brand cars are mainly middle-class buyers with steady and decent income,” said PCA’s Cui. “They are less impacted by the slowing economy.”


China Seasoned Octopus Salad manufacturers

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Dalian Zhanjia company is located in the beautiful coastal city of Dalian, is a mainly engaged in offshore farming, fishing, seasoning processing of Sino-foreign joint ventures. Headquartered in London, UK, was established in October 2006. Our products are well sold in Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, the United States, Europe and other countries. Product Service Mission: green, healthy, nutritious and delicious. Company products, had passed the National Inspection and Quarantine Bureau of export health registration, ISO22000 international quality system certification, HACCP international food safety management system certification, QS quality and safety certification, the US FDA, Japan JAS, the EU IFS and many other international food certification.
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The company has 32,000 acres of aquaculture waters planting zone, the use of advanced production equipment and scientific management, with international standards of processing plants, from Japan's superb technical support, is committed to creating high-quality brand, high standards service concept of Thanksgiving return to customers.
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The company mainly engaged in: seasoning wakame, dried wakame, roasted seaweed, seafood condiments, all kinds of packaged seafood and species and supporting sale of tableware.
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With an understanding of foods in the restaurant trade we are also happy to offer a distinctive and quality range of goods for the retail market.
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wholesale Trampoline Park With Foam Pits

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Hong Kong’s golden moment slips away at Olympic Qualifiers

The men’s sevens squad of Hong Kong, China let a golden moment slip its grasp tonight, losing to hosts South Korea, 12-7, in sudden death extra time at the Namdong Asiad Rugby Stadium in Incheon. Hong Kong will now have to try its chances i...

Hong Kong 14 minutes away from glory after reaching cup final of Olympic Qualifier

Hong Kong turned in a clinical performance to beat Philippines 26-0 in the cup semi-final at the Asian Olympic sevens qualifier in Incheon, South Korea. The win puts Hong Kong through to the final against the hosts, South Korea, who won an extra-time...

Hong Kong score 106, concede none on day one of Asian Olympic qualifier

The Hong Kong, China men’s sevens squad beat Chinese Taipei, 52-0, in their final pool match of the Asian qualifiers for the 2020 Olympic Games today in Incheon, South Korea. Earlier, Hong Kong beat Malaysia 54-0, posting 106 points in the pool rou...

Hong Kong win opening match at Olympic Qualifier

The Hong Kong, China men’s sevens squad passed its first test at the Asian qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Games, beating Malaysia 54-0 this morning at the Namdong Asiad Rugby Stadium in Incheon, South Korea. Hong Kong produced eight tries in the rou...

International window provides perfect platform for finish of Saxo Markets Premiership Challenge Trophy

With the men’s fifteen of Hong Kong, China in the middle of a gruelling European tour with a match against Spain tomorrow, and the men’s sevens squad bidding for qualification for the 2020 Olympics in South Korea, Hong Kong’s emerging rugby talent ...

Charging South Korea more for US troops would 'turn us into mercenaries,' expert says

The Trump administration reportedly wants $5 billion per year to cover the cost of US forces in South Korea. That's more than five times more than what it currently pays.

South Korea just repatriated two North Korean fishermen. Why?

The two are suspected of murdering 16 of their fellow crew members and allegedly dumping their bodies overboard. North Korean defectors and human rights activists are blasting the government for sending them back to “certain death” without a proper trial.

Is Technical Analysis Prophetic or Preposterous? We Asked 7 Crypto Traders

CoinDesk     •     December 2, 2019, 9:00 am
Technical analysis, or the art of divining future price movements from historical data, divides opinion in the crypto world. So does does it offer real insight into the markets?
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LSTM neural networks can purportedly be used to predict crypto prices in real-time, demonstrates data scientist
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North Korea fires two projectiles off its east coast

North Korea fired a pair of short-range projectiles off its east coast on Thursday, the first test launch in nearly a month, South Korea's military announced.South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said that the North fired the ...

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BitMart Exchange Review | Fees, Security, Pros and Cons in 2019


Today, we will be reviewing the BitMart exchange and looking into its features, advantages, and disadvantages it has to provide. BitMart Overview BitMart is a crypto exchange that was established in 2017 by Sheldon Xia, a New Jersey-based enthusiast, and it is headquartered in the Cayman Islands, with branches in China, South Korea, and the […]

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"Latest TIP Report Will Surely Inspire And Motivate Port Operations Division Personnel Manning The Ports To Sustain Their Efforts In Fighting Human Trafficking." Bureau Of Immigration Port Operations Division Grifton Medina


INTRAMUROS, Manila—The management of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) exhorted its officers assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other ports to keep up their vigilance after it was announced that the Philippines retained its Tier 1 ranking in the US government’s human trafficking index for 2019. “I commend and congratulate the men and women of our port operations division (POD) who guard our ports day and night to ensure that countrymen are saved from the scourge of human trafficking,” Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said in a statement. The Philippines retained for the fourth consecutive year its Tier 1 ranking in the recently-released 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report of the US Department of State. Morente said that the rating is “a tribute to your hard work and dedication to your duties as gatekeepers of our country.”

Morente urged Bureau of Immigration personnel in the different ports to “remain vigilant as there is no sign that these human trafficking syndicates who prey on the poor, including minors, will stop their nefarious activities.” Bureau of Immigration Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina, for his part, said “the latest TIP report will surely inspire and motivate POD personnel manning the ports to sustain their efforts in fighting human trafficking.” Medina said there will be no letup in the bureau’s anti-trafficking campaign even as he reported that more than 10,000 travelers were stopped from leaving the country from January to April this year, mostly for having incomplete travel papers and questionable purpose in going abroad. A Tier 1 rating means that the Philippine government fully meets the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and has continually demonstrated serious and sustained efforts to combat human trafficking. The Philippines leads the ranking in East Asia and the Pacific, sharing the Tier 1 status with Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Other countries mentioned in the report who were given a Tier 1 rating are Australia, Canada, France, Netherlands, New Zealand and Spain. "The Tier 1 status was given to only 33 countries all over the world," said Morente. "We are proud to be a big part in the government's efforts against human trafficking. We will not stop protecting our fellow Filipinos from this threat. The result of this report is a reminder why we do what we do," he added. The report also acknowledged the BI’s accomplishment in deferring the departure of 24,753 passengers due to incomplete or missing travel documents or misrepresentation, referring for investigation 286 potential cases of suspected trafficking, identifying 286 potential victims of trafficking, and arresting nine suspected traffickers. BI stopped 199 foreign registered sex offenders from entering the country last year, the same

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Kenya: MPs Want Kenyatta to Pick Another Person to Replace Mwende

[Nation] A parliamentary committee has rejected Mwende Mwinzi's nomination as Kenya's ambassador to South Korea citing her failure to renounce her US citizenship.


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IIT-Hyderabad to facilitate Electric Vehicles movement in India

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America’s Security Alliance with South Korea is Crumbling


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China is eager to take Americas place.


The Best Movies 2019: The Highlights of the Year


The year is almost done, so it seems a perfect time to make a list of the best films of the year. These are not only blockbusters worth watching, but also unknown arthouse films and festival favorites should be mentioned here. Parasite The thriller by South Korean director Bong Joon-ho ... [Read More]

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Two Stars' Suicides Draw Scrutiny To Pressures Of K-Pop Industry, Fans

The deaths of singers Sulli and Goo Hara within weeks of each other are putting a spotlight on mental health, cyberbullying and social issues in South Korea.

Jason Day withdraws from Presidents Cup with back injury


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Jason Day has withdrawn from the Presidents Cup because of a back injury. International team captain Ernie Els replaced him with Byeong Hun An of South Korea two weeks before play begins. Day, a former No. 1 who has battled back problems in his career, says he was practicing in California […]

UPDATE 1-Eleven North Korean defectors detained in Vietnam, seek to block deportation -activists


UPDATE 1-Eleven North Korean defectors detained in Vietnam, seek to block deportation -activistsEleven North Koreans seeking to defect to South Korea have been detained in Vietnam since Nov. 23 and are seeking help to avoid being repatriated, a South Korean activist group said on Monday. The eight women and three men were detained by border guards in northern Vietnam two days after crossing from China, and are being held in the city of Lang Son, the Seoul-based Justice for North Korea said in a statement. Peter Jung, the head of the group, which supports North Korean asylum-seekers, said the would-be defectors had requested help from the South Korean Embassy in Hanoi, but he had not heard from them since Friday.


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The Toughest Job, Calls for the Toughest Aircraft Portland, Ore.,&nbsp;Nov. 27, 2019&nbsp;/PRNewswire/ --&nbsp;Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, announces the delivery of the K7 S-64 Air Crane&reg; helicopter to the Korean Forest Service (KFS). On&nbsp;Friday, November 22nd, the K7 aircraft was loaded onto the Antonov An-124 out of&nbsp;Medford, Oregon, Erickson&#39;s manufacturing facility. The S-64 is well-known in Korea...

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Who Exactly Is The ‘Parasite’?


This new genre-bending film from South Korea delivers a sophisticated upstairs-downstairs with a macabre twist.

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South Korea: Life sector sees weakened profits for 9 months to Sep

South Korea's life insurers saw their combined profit dive by 24.3% for in the first nine months of this year, hit by intensifying competition and auto insurance losses, reported the Yonhap News Agency.

The 66-year alliance between the U.S. and South Korea is in deep trouble


The 66-year alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea is in deep trouble. The U.S.-China trade war, the South Korean government’s quiet leaning toward Beijing and President Trump’s transactional view of alliances have created a unique constellation of forces. The result could be a premature withdrawal of U.S. troops from the peninsula at a time when North Korea’s nuclear threat and China’s regional dominance grow unabated.

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Brushing your teeth three times a day could lower the risk of heart failure, new study finds


Brushing your teeth at least three times a day could lower the risk of heart failure by more than 10 per cent, a major study has found.

Researchers linked it to a lower risk of heart failure and atrial fibrillation, a condition that causes an irregular heart rate.

It is thought that frequent brushing reduces bacteria living between the teeth and gums, preventing it entering the bloodstream. 

Scientists in South Korea examined the connection between oral hygiene and heart problems in the study of 161,000 people aged between 40 and 79.

They had a routine medical examination between 2003 and 2004. 

By the time of a follow-up ten years later, around 5 per cent had developed heart failure and three per cent atrial fibrillation.

Brushing three or more times a day was associated with a 12 per cent lower risk of heart failure and a 10 per cent reduced risk of atrial fibrillation.

The findings were independent of factors including age, sex, financial status, regular exercise, alcohol consumption and body mass index.

Other studies have shown that poor oral hygiene leads to bacteria in the blood, causing inflammation in the body. 

This increases the risk of an irregular beat and heart failure.

The heart's ability to pump blood or relax and fill with blood is impaired. 

Senior study author Dr Tae-Jin Song, of Ewha Woman's University in Seoul, said: 'We studied a large group over a long period, which adds strength to our findings.'

The research was published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. 



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031Four of the top 10 universities in Asia are, for the first time, from the Chinese mainland, according to the latest rankings from London-based QS Quacquarelli Symonds, which were released on Wednesday.

Tsinghua University ranked fourth in Asia, with Peking University fifth, Zhejiang University sixth and Fudan University seventh.

Mainland universities' QS Asia university rankings have improved steadily. There was only one mainland university in the top 10 when the rankings were first published in 2009, and just two in the top 20.

In the 2020 rankings, the four mainland universities in the top 10 are joined in the top 20 by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which ranked 17th.

The top 10 are: National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, the University of Hong Kong, Tsinghua University, Peking University, Zhejiang University, Fudan University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The only new face in the top 10 this year, Zhejiang University, was ranked 13th last year.

TSINGTsinghua University

BEIJINGPeking University

ZHEJIANGZhejiang University

FUDANFudan University

The rankings of the top three universities in Hong Kong have dropped slightly in the past year, with the University of Hong Kong slipping from second to third, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from seventh to eighth, and Chinese University of Hong Kong from ninth to 10th.

China has more universities in Asia's top 500 than any other country, with 165 — 118 from the Chinese mainland, 37 from Taiwan, eight from Hong Kong and two from Macao. India follows with 101, then Japan with 87 and South Korea 71.

The latest rankings feature 550 universities, including 68 new entrants. They are based on 10 different indicators, including academic and employer reputation.

Ten mainland universities are among the top 50 for academic reputation, an indicator based on a global survey of 94,672 academics.

Six mainland universities make the top 50 in the employer reputation measure, based on a global survey of 44,884 recruiters, with Peking University ranked first and Tsinghua University second.


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Chitharesh Natesan with his Mr Universe medal and trophy.

It’s a humid Saturday afternoon when we set out to meet Chitharesh Natesan, the first ever Indian to be crowned Mr Universe. We don’t know exactly where he lives—all we have is a vague idea of where his house might be in the city of Ernakulam in Kerala. When we ask his manager for a more specific location, he laughs. “You are coming to meet Mr Universe! What else do you need to know?,” 

When we stop at a small tea shop to ask them whether they know Chitharesh’s house, we discover the manager is right. The directions couldn’t be more specific. There are huge posters of Chitharesh lining either side of the street where he lives. 

Chitharesh poses for a photo with children from a local school who came to meet 'the man who has put Kerala on the map'.

At his house, there are 75 of us, all waiting to meet the 33-year-old, who won the Mr Universe title at the World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation’s (WBPF) Championship held in South Korea earlier this month. Most of the crowd comprise children from a local school in Vaduthala, the Ernakulam suburb where Chitharesh grew up and his parents still live. They’ve all come to see the man who has put Kerala on the map, one of their teachers says. The little boys carefully hold the bouquet they’ve brought along to give him. 

When you say hello to Chitharesh, what strikes you the most are his bright, shiny eyes and the sparkle in them. He’s dressed casually in a white t-shirt and blue jeans, has an open smile and is gracious. He takes the time to speak to everyone and lets the children feel his 20-inch biceps. They ask him what he eats. “40 eggs, a kilogram of chicken, fish, protein shake, supplements and vegetables. All in a day,” he says. 

He’s been on this diet for nearly a year now. “There’s only so much you can do with eggs—boil them, make an omelette or as bhurji or scrambled; chicken can only be had in so many ways,” he says. “Of course it’s difficult, and there are limitations to what you can and can’t eat, but there’s no option. I just have to do it”. 

This is how much Chitharesh’s food intake has been since January this year. He has been in the gym three times a day working out for five hours, honing that Mr Universe physique. “I have a team of people who work with me,” he says. 

Chitharesh answers the children's questions and lets them feel his biceps.

The team includes head trainer Sagar MP, doctors, nutritionists, physiotherapists and masseuse. Such is his training regime that he has neither been out to a party for a year, nor eaten out even once in that time. “The consideration is what if I get a stomach bug? That’d mean missing a training session, which I’d hate to happen,” he says. He doesn’t drink either. “If you eat home-cooked, healthy food, you’ll be all right health-wise,” he says. “It’s when you eat and drink junk that your health suffers”. 

Even when he isn’t getting ready for a competition, Chitharesh trains six days a week, an hour-and-a-half a day. 

“You won’t believe how much I spend a month on training,” he says (the answer is Rs 1 lakh). “That’s how much it takes to train for Mr Universe, and most of it goes towards diet.”

Chitharesh wasn’t always a bodybuilder. He played hockey while studying for a BA in History from Maharaja’s College in Ernakulam. In fact, he was so competent as a player that he went on to represent Kerala in tournaments. It was while he was doing a second graduation in Physical Education (PE) at the Laxmibai National College of Physical Education in Thiruvananthapuram that things began to turn. “After graduating, I got a job as a personal trainer in Delhi. I couldn’t play hockey any longer”.

That was 2007, the year he started to take weight training seriously. 

He has come a long way since then. He’s got the nickname the Indian Monster, for starters. He has celebrity fans in cricketers such as Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir, who have both tweeted their support for him after the Mr Universe win in the 90 kg category. “That has to be the highlight moment of this win—the cricketing God himself posting about me,” he laughs as he shows off the shoutout.

Chitharesh’s father Natesan KK pulls us away from the conversation. His mother, Nirmala has made us orange squash. We’re all sweaty and thirsty in the humidity. The low tin ceiling of the house makes the heat worse.

“I want to build my parents a new house as soon as possible,” says Chitharesh. 

The house was once a cowshed. Now, a part of it has been turned into living quarters for the family, which consists of five people—Chitharesh’s parents, uncle and two aunts. In the backyard are six cows. 

“I was a peon in a private firm for 28 years,” his father Natesan says. “But we have also always sold milk. That helped financially”. 

Chitharesh's parents and nephew with the cows in their backyard.

Chitharesh’s mother remembers that as a boy, he used to help tend to the cows and deliver milk packets. “He was naughty and also sporty. He was focused on hockey,” she says. “He used to leave home early to play. He wasn’t good at studies but somehow managed to pass the exams,” she laughs.

The other thing Chitharesh is good is at is dancing. “I used to love dancing in college. I kept that up when I moved to Delhi,” he says. He shows us a quick Latin dance step. “My wife and I both love dancing”. 

Chitharesh’s wife Nasiba Nurtaeva is from Uzbekistan. They married in 2016 after meeting in Delhi. You can see he is devoted to her. “Nasiba is my biggest motivator and support. She takes care of everything from my diet to my mental state,” he says. 

Chitharesh is travelling from Delhi to Kerala and back on a very hectic schedule. “She comes everywhere with me,” he says. Today, however, she’s having a day off. 

There are three very important things needed for a bodybuilder to become Mr Universe. 

“Working out, eating well and no stress whatsoever,” Chitharesh lists them. His parents and his wife each play their role in a quiet way. 

“While I was training for Mr Universe, I stayed put in Delhi. I didn’t travel to Kerala to see my parents,” he says. “Sometimes, I wasn’t able to send them money either. They never complained. They understand that I need peace of mind to stay focused on my goal”.

We talk about why it’s important for bodybuilders to stay positive and motivated. “I have a strong support system from my wife, my parents, friends, relatives, neighbours,” he says. “But I’ve also come across bodybuilders who have no support whatsoever; their parents don’t get what they’re doing”. It often ends in tragedy, he tells us. “I’ve seen talented people suffering from depression because nobody gets them. Or they start to drink heavily and fall off the wagon”. 

Chitharesh’s father Natesan takes us around to have a look around at the neighbourhood where he grew up. There’s a Ganesha temple which is the centre of all activity in the community. The houses are off the road so there’s plenty of room for the children to play. As we walk around, some of Chitharesh’s friends laugh and joke with his dad. There’s an air of friendly familiarity. 

“We used to swim in the temple pond,” says Sujith Sunil, who’s known Chitharesh since he was a boy. “What’s made him successful is that he always wanted to do well, raise his standard. Even as the school hockey team captain, he was a role model to us all. That mindset is really the crux of it.”

Chitharesh with his family members.

This ability to stay focused, extremely disciplined and work hard day after day is what made Chitharesh Mr Universe. This isn’t the first time either that he’s won a major title. He was Mr Delhi and Mr India from 2015 to 2018. In September this year, he won the prestigious International Bodybuilding and Fitness Foundation (IBFF) Mr Asia crown in Indonesia. He also won the Mr Asia Pacific 2019 title in Thailand in August. 

But life hasn’t been rosy all the time. There have been failures along the way too. In 2012, a week before a major competition, he contracted a muscle infection. “It was so severe that I was bed-ridden for two months. I stopped training and gave up bodybuilding,” he says. “But somewhere deep down was this passion to do something and I couldn’t run away from that”. 

Chitharesh is now posing for a television channel. He whips off his tight white t- shirt and is now doing a front double biceps pose. You know where you flex your biceps and point the elbows out. Yeah, that one. 

“What the judges look for is your muscle size, body proportion, muscle conditioning and muscle sharpness,” he explains as he does a back double biceps pose, where we all get to see his back and triceps muscles. There are seven mandatory poses for body building competitions. We’ve seen two today. 

Chitharesh poses for a TV channel.

Chitharesh has a hectic weekend ahead. He’s been invited to open gyms and to be felicitated by various organisations. Everybody is proud of him and his achievement. “I’d like to participate in the Mr Universe competition again next year, be part of the Indian team,” he says. “India has some of the finest bodybuilders in the world. We’re hardworking and take it seriously. That’s why Indian bodybuilders are now being recognised on the world stage”. 

We take our leave. Just as we part, Chitharesh says that all he wants is a government job. “That is it really. A government job will make my life easier,” he says. “I wouldn’t have to worry about paying for my training or helping my parents because the money will come in regularly. I also know that they encourage you to train and participate in competitions while holding on to a job. That’s all I want.” 


K-pop Singers Jung Joon-young, Choi Jong-hoon Sentenced To Prison For Rape

K-pop singer Jung Joon-young arrives to attend a hearing at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 21, 2019.

SEOUL— A South Korean court sentenced a K-pop musician to six years in prison on Friday for raping a woman and distributing a video capturing the act in a case that drew attention to the darker side of the country’s lucrative entertainment industry.

Jung Joon-young, 30, was arrested in March. Choi Jong-hoon, 30, a former member of South Korean boy band FT Island, was also sentenced to five years in prison for the rape of the woman.

Both were members of online chat groups that shared secret sex tapes and made jokes about drugging and raping women, the Seoul Central District Court said. 

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Jung’s conviction also includes the illegal distribution of other videos he took secretly while having sex with women. The identities of the victims were suppressed to protect their privacy.

The court also sentenced each man to 80 hours in “sexual violence treatment” education.

Choi Jong-Hoon, aka Jonghoon (Jong Hoon) former member of South Korean boy band FTisland is seen arriving at a Seoul police station for questioning over a sex video scandal among multiple celebrities on March 16, 2019 in Seoul.

“The defendants are well-known celebrities and friends, but the chat they’ve had showed that they simply considered women as objects of sexual pleasure, and committed crimes that were extremely serious,” Judge Kang Seong-soo said as he handed down the verdict.

“Strict punishment is inevitable as the damage inflicted has not properly been recovered and the victims demand harsh penalties.”

Jung admitted distributing the video and others he took, though he argued the sex was in all cases consensual. Choi denied raping the woman, and had argued that he did not remember having sex with her and that if he had, it was likely consensual.

Lawyers for Jung and Choi could not be reached for comment.

Their case was one of several scandals involving sex crimes and other illegal activity that revealed a dark side of an industry at the center of the global K-pop craze.

Lee Seung-hyun, a former member of K-pop group Big Bang better known by the stage name Seungri, is also on trial over accusations he paid for prostitutes for foreign businessmen to drum up investment in his business.


Kim Jong Un Has 'Great Satisfaction' After North Korea's Thanksgiving Rocket Test


SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw a “successful test” of a super-large multiple launch rocket system and expressed “great satisfaction,” state media said on Friday.

North Korea fired two short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast on Thursday in what appeared to be a fresh try out of its new multiple rocket launchers following three previous tests, South Korea’s military said.

The latest test could be a Thanksgiving reminder to the United States of a year-end deadline Kim has set for Washington to show flexibility in their stalled denuclearization talks.

Pyongyang’s official KCNA news agency said Kim oversaw the latest test, as he did with previous tests in August and September. He did not attend the last one in Oct. 31.

“The volley test-fire aimed to finally examine the combat application of the super-large multiple launch rocket system proved the military and technical superiority of the weapon system and its firm reliability,” KCNA said.

“The Supreme Leader expressed great satisfaction over the results of the test-fire.”

Kim has set an end-year deadline to kick-start the talks with Washington, but negotiations remain stalemated after a working-level meeting last month broke down.

North Korea has demanded biting sanctions be lifted and warned it could take a “new path,” raising concerns it may resume nuclear and long-range missile testing suspended since 2017.

U.S. top nuclear negotiator Stephen Biegun said last week the year-end deadline was an artificial one, but could mean a return to “provocative” steps that preceded the past two years of diplomacy.

Reporting by Hyonhee Shin and Josh Smith; Editing by Sandra Maler


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Parasite's ugly truth Reviews PARASITE. We are truly living in a golden age of scammers. Behold the sea of catfishing schemes, the jet-setting Anna Sorokin enjoyed on the tabs of rich Manhattanites by posing as a German heiress and the puffed-up conman we've installed in the White House, from whence he uses his position to fill his coffers and those of his offspring. So it makes sense that an incisive look at humanity as it stands might come from the scammer's point of view. In the tense and explosive Parasite, South Korean writer and director Bong Joon Ho (Okja, 2017; Snowpiercer, 2013) holds a mirror to show us the cunning, fictions and bonds by which we survive, as well as the class system, doomed to erupt, in which rich and poor feed on each other. The Kim family is broke as hell, reduced to crouching in a corner of their basement apartment's bathroom to use a neighbor's wi-fi. Father Ki-taek (Kang-ho Song), mother Chung-sook (the alternately warm and steely Hye-jin Jang), son Ki-woo (Woo-sik Choi) and daughter Ki-jung (So-dam Park) are all unemployed but cheerfully unashamed, and blessed with the gift of grift. When a friend of the family offers to pass on a gig tutoring a wealthy high school girl to Ki-woo, he's hesitant at first but, with a little help from his sister forging a university enrollment document, he takes to it like a natural. Besides, he reasons, he'll go to university soon enough to make the lie true. In contrast to the Kims' cramped slum, the Park family's home is an architectural masterpiece with an open, spare aesthetic that embodies the ultimate luxury in Asian cities: empty space and sunlight. As Kevin the tutor, he impresses the fragile, neurotic Mrs. Park (a bird-like Yeo-jong Jo) and charms her daughter (Ji-so Jung) with Tony Robbins-level bullshit. Seeing an opening, he off-handedly makes up and sells the mother on Jessica, a sought-after children's art teacher for her rambunctious little boy. Ki-jung easily takes up the role with cool authority, alternately playing on Mrs. Park's pride and anxieties. One by one, the Kim family ousts and replaces the household staff with such inspired scheming and disciplined execution one wonders why they were ever poor. Little by little, maintaining the boundaries Mr. Park (Sun-kyun Lee) insists on, they become trusted members of the household. It's only when they begin to imagine themselves belonging in…

Imabari and JMU tie up


Japan has responded to mega yard mergers in neighbouring South Korea and China. The country’s top two shipbuilders, Imabari Shipbuilding and Japan Marine United (JMU), are forming an alliance and will enter into a capital tie-up. Imabari will take a nearly 30% stake in loss-making JMU by purchasing new shares by the end of March.  The […]


Singapore voices concern on Hyundai Heavy’s DSME takeover


Hyundai Heavy Industries’s planned takeover of compatriot Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has hit a speed bump in Southeast Asia. The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) has raised concerns on the proposed merger of the two South Korean shipbuilding giants. “Third-party feedback suggests that the parties are currently two of the largest […]


HMM continues to stand out as box shipping’s biggest loser


The main container carriers’ average operating margin improved to 3.6% in the third quarter of 2019, largely due to lower bunker costs, Alphaliner reports in its latest weekly report. However, there is one carrier that stands apart, still mired in red ink. Among the main carriers surveyed by Alphaliner, South Korea’s HMM was the only […]


EVE Online's mobile spin-off, EVE Echoes, is now in open beta

It's an entire explorable galaxy that fits right in your pocket. Right on schedule, NetEase Games and CCP Games has rolled out the open beta for EVE Echoes. This is a brand new sci-fi MMORPG that aims to deliver an authentic EVE Online experience for mobile devices that's set in a parallel New Haven universe. The EVE Echos open beta is currently available for both Android and iOS and should be accessible to players in Australia, USA, Canada, Russia, Europe, South Korea and New Zealand starting today. I've been excited for the opportunity to dive into the game ever since I got a sneak preview at EVE Vegas. Now is the perfect time to check out all that the game has to offer before the servers are reset ahead of the global launch in 2020. EVE Echoes (Early Access) Free at Google Play Store EVE Echoes is an expansive and open-ended space sim MMORPG where you can pilot your own space ship and explore and thrive in a brand new galaxy however you want. It's an open beta so ...

Going to 'war': BTS members can't get out of South Korean military service

Despite calls for a waiver, the members of the K-Pop band will be required to enlist in military service as required by law, according to reports.

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