After ‘easy decision’ to come to KBO, Lions hitter MacKinnon can’t wait for new season

David MacKinnon of the Samsung Lions takes a swing in a scrimmage against the Hanwha Eagles at Akama Ball Park in Onna, Japan, in this file photo provided by the Samsung Lions, Feb. 26. Yonhap

After his first season with the Saitama Seibu Lions was done in 2023, David MacKinnon figured he’d be back with the Japanese club for another year.One thing led to another, and MacKinnon ended up with another Lions team in Asia — the Samsung Lions in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO).As tough as it was for the American first baseman to leave Japan, MacKinnon says it was “an easy decision” to sign with the KBO’s Lions.”Not too often does the team just start with the maximum amount,” MacKinnon told Yonhap News Agency on Thursday at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, after returning from spring training in Japan. In December, MacKinnon signed for $1 million, the maximum amount for first-year foreign players in the KBO.”So I just felt like you go where you’re wanted in free agency,” MacKinnon added. “I’ve got nothing bad to say about Japan. I very much enjoyed my time in Japan, but I felt more wanted by Samsung, and it was an easy decision at that point. You go where you’re wanted, and you go where you feel like you’re going to have the best chance to excel. And I feel like that’s here.” It only takes a quick glance at MacKinnon’s social media feed to see how much he did enjoy his time in Japan. And the feeling was apparently mutual, with many Japanese fans expressing their disappointment in not seeing MacKinnon back with Seibu and wishing him the best in Korea in the new season.The business side of baseball got in the way of MacKinnon’s return to Japan, but the player said he was ready to move on.”I think free agency is tough in general. You can’t knock Seibu for not wanting to bring me back, and they can’t knock me for leaving,” he said. “It’s just how free agency works, and I enjoyed my time there.

I enjoyed my teammates, the coaches and the fans. Everything was awesome. I wish it ended differently, but there’s nothing bad to say about it. I thought I was going to go back, and I’m excited for the upcoming year here.” MacKinnon said he will try to build on the experience he’d had in Japan, as far as adjusting to new pitchers.”I’ve already faced a bunch of pitchers that I hadn’t seen before, and now I’m doing it again in Korea,” he said. “I’m going to have to try to figure out how they’re going to attack me and what pitches they like to throw.”MacKinnon noted how he’s been in different leagues in each of the past three years. He was in Double-A in 2021, and then split his time between the majors and Triple-A in 2022. After a season in Japan in 2023, he’s in yet another league in Korea for 2024.”Every year, it’s been me kind of having to figure out how the league’s going to pitch me and me having to make adjustments,” he said. “It’s going to be probably a month or so of adjusting and then I’ll hopefully adjust faster here than I did in Japan last year.”MacKinnon had 15 home runs and 50 RBIs in 127 games for the Seibu Lions last year. Those numbers may not seem all that impressive, but MacKinnon still ranked second on the team and tied for 10th in the Pacific League in homers.It was a tough hitting environment, with a combination of strong pitchers and a ball that doesn’t travel far. “I feel like I hit the ball better than the numbers ended up being last year,” MacKinnon said. “So hopefully, that will (lead to) slightly better numbers this year. I hit some balls pretty hard. I probably had 10 or 12 balls where I thought were home runs, and (they ended up) just deep flyouts against the wall.”With his new teammates and coaches going out of their way to make him feel comfortable, MacKinnon said he enjoyed his first camp with the Samsung Lions.And he couldn’t wait to put spring training behind him and start competing in games that count.”For me, spring training is long,” MacKinnon said. “I really like playing games every day, preparing for games, trying to figure out scouting 슬롯게이밍 reports, how I’m going to go out to bat every day. That’s kind of how I am. That’s what I enjoy.

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Rights watchdog chief voices concern over move to abolish gender ministry

Song Doo-hwan, chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission the National Assembly answers lawmakers' questions during the National Assembly audit, March 8. Yonhap

The chief of the National Human Rights Commission voiced concerns Friday over the government’s move to abolish the gender ministry, calling for continued efforts to address gender discrimination.Song Doo-hwan, chairman of the commission, said in a statement marking International Women’s Day that the move to abolish the ministry raises concerns whether it would be possible to formulate policy for rooting out gender discrimination and realizing gender equality.

Song pointed to various figures showing the country’s deep-seated gender inequality problem, including the gender wage gap, which came to 31 percent in 2022, which makes South Korea the sole country to surpass the 30 percent mark among OECD countries.The percentage of female lawmakers in the 21st National Assembly only stood at 19 percent, with the country ranking 120th in the world in the proportion of female lawmakers as of late 2023, he added.”Our society still has a lot of tasks that need improvement to create a safe 카지노사이트 environment for women,” Song said. “We will continue efforts to realize women’s human rights and gender equality values.”

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Philippine ambassador highlights enduring friendship with Korea on 75th anniversary

Philippine Ambassador to Korea Theresa Dizon-De Vega gives an opening speech during an event marking the 75th anniversary of Korea-Philippines relations at a hotel in Seoul, Tuesday. Korea Times photo by Kim Hyun-bin

Philippine Ambassador to Korea Theresa Dizon-De Vega expressed, Tuesday, heartfelt gratitude marking a pivotal moment in the longstanding 75th diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Korea.Reflecting on the deep-rooted connection between the two nations, the ambassador highlighted the shared sacrifices during the Korean War as a testament to the enduring bond between the Philippines and Korea.”Whenever I reference the long-standing relations between the Philippines and Korea, our strong people-to-people ties exemplified by our shared sacrifices during the Korean War are cited as the core of our relations,” she said during an event hosted by the Embassy of the Philippines in Seoul. Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon conveyed gratitude for the chance to speak at the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the Philippines and Korea. Drawing on his extensive diplomatic experience, Ban humorously initiated his speech by reflecting on his long career.”As a Korean diplomat for nearly four decades, I’ve likely attended thousands of receptions throughout my life. So, to all the ambassadors here, please don’t expect me to attend all of yours,” Ban said.

Highlighting the pressing issue of climate change, Ban commended the Philippines’ collaboration with the Global Green Growth Institute.”As a Korean citizen, I am proud that Korea is committed to supporting the Philippines in this cause,” he said.The Philippine ambassador emphasized various milestones in the partnership, including the Philippines’ involvement in the U.N. Temporary Commission on Korea and contributions during the Korean War.”There are likewise examples of our close partnership in the post-war reconstruction of Korea,” she said, citing Filipino engineers’ contributions to landmark buildings.Highlighting the shared commitment to democracy and human rights, the ambassador underscored the importance of the strategic partnership between the two countries.”More than seven decades after the Philippines became the fifth nation to recognize the Republic of Korea on March 3, 1949, our long-standing ties are fortified by our common commitment to democracy, respect for human rights and a rules-based international order,” she said.Looking to the future, she expressed optimism about the growth of cooperation across various sectors.”We invite our friends from the Korean government, the private sector, the international community and the Filipino and Korean communities to experience our many commemorative events and activities throughout our 75th anniversary year,” she said.”As we celebrate our enduring ties and work towards our strategic partnership, our relations will continue to draw inspiration from the dynamic ties between our 카지노 peoples.”

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Kim Soo-hyun, Kim Ji-won to portray complexities of marriage in ‘Queen of Tears’

Actor Kim Ji-won, left, and actor Kim Soo-hyun pose during a press conference at a hotel in Guro District, Seoul, Thursday. Yonhap

Actors Kim Soo-hyun and Kim Ji-won star as a couple in the new tvN drama Queen of Tears, which portrays a tumultuous three-year marriage journey.Scheduled for weekend airing, “Queen of Tears” delves into the lives of Hong Hae-in (Kim Ji-won), an heir managing a large department store, and Baek Hyun-woo (Kim Soo-hyun), son of a mayor of a small town, as the two navigate the complexities of married life.The series marks Kim Soo-hyun’s return to the screen after about three years. This has sparked considerable anticipation, given his previous success in the mega-hit romance series, “Moon Embracing the Sun” (2012), “My Love from the Star” (2013) and “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” (2020).Kim addressed these speculations regarding his hiatus during a press conference at a hotel in Guro District, Seoul, on Thursday.”It wasn’t intentional. I’ve been diligently searching for the right project,” he said.

“In my pursuit, I came across ‘Queen of Tears’ … Despite this being my first married role, I felt a strong desire as an actor to infuse myself and Baek’s inherent charms, including his delicate nature, intelligence and so on, to resonate with audiences.” Similarly, Kim Ji-won, known for her emotive interpretation of her roles in “Descendants of the Sun” (2016) and “My Liberation Notes” (2022), teased her portrayal of a successful entrepreneur with a not-so-successful love life.”Expressing the accumulated emotions of marriage, distinct from the excitement of new love, posed considerable challenges for me,” she said. “As an unmarried individual, I worked on conveying aspects such as marital stagnation and the detachment arising from unresolved emotions.”Thursday’s event also featured supporting actors Park Sung-Hoon, Kwak Dong-yeon and Lee Joo-bin.Park assumes the role of former Wall Street analyst Yoon Eun-seong, in a notable return to antagonistic roles after his success as Jeon Jae-joon in Netflix’s smash hit series, “The Glory” (2023).Park said, “Beneath the flashy facade of my character lies complexity. Revealing too much about my character would become a spoiler, so I encourage viewers to follow along as the show unfolds.”Kwak portrays Hong’s younger brother, Soo-cheol, and Lee 토토 plays Cheon Da-hye, Soo-cheol’s wife

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Sportswear and Socks, Confiscated Ahead of MLB Seoul Opening Game

44,000 counterfeit items, including sportswear and socks, confiscated ahead of MLB Seoul opening game

Korean Intellectual Property Office intensively cracks down on trademark law violations… 7 wholesalers booked

The Korean Intellectual Property Office’s Trademark Special Judicial Police (Trademark Police) cracked down on counterfeit products (counterfeit products) ahead of the opening game of the Major League Baseball (MLB) in Seoul, booking seven wholesalers on charges of violating the trademark law and confiscating 44,000 pieces of clothing, etc. 22 The day was revealed. 파워볼사이트

Wholesalers, including Mr. A (61), are suspected of distributing counterfeit products such as MLB-related sportswear and socks nationwide based in Dongdaemun Market (2 locations) or Namdaemun Market (5 locations).

Through this intensive crackdown, the trademark police confiscated 44,341 counterfeit products (equivalent to 150 million won in genuine value) bearing the trademarks of six famous MLB teams, including the Los Angeles (LA) Dodgers and New York Yankees.

Until now, only a small amount of counterfeit products on display in stores were cracked down, but in this crackdown, in order to prevent the distribution of counterfeit products in advance, large-scale distributors of counterfeit products were identified and a seizure warrant was issued. counterfeit products were confiscated.

In fact, in the case of the five Dongdaemun stores, they are all adjacent, so when the first store was cracked down, considering that the remaining stores were arranged in a structure that made it easy to hide or steal counterfeit products, seizure warrants were executed simultaneously at night and all five stores were cracked down.

Park Joo-yeon, Chief of the Trademark Special Judicial Police Division, said, “We have already confirmed that there is a lot of counterfeit MLB product distribution even before the opening game,” adding, “We will conduct crackdown activities to raise awareness of counterfeit product distributors until the opening game to prevent damage from counterfeit products.”

“We plan to continue,” he said.

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Gohan-eup Residents’ Association in Jeongseon-gun Open a Ski Camp

Why did the Gohan-eup Residents’ Association in Jeongseon-gun open a ski camp?

Developing local teenagers and young adults as ski instructors and encouraging them to settle in the area

The Gohan-eup Residents’ Association in Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do announced on the 22nd that it has opened a ski camp for local youth and young adults to acquire ski instructor certification. 바카라사이트

28 teenagers and young adults from Gohan-eup participated in the event held at High1 Ski Resort until March 10th.

The local residents’ association plans to support people in obtaining ski level 1 or higher certification and junior ski skill level certification from the Korea Ski Instructors Federation.

The project cost was raised through the budget of the local residents’ association, sponsorship from the Jeongam Scholarship Association, and personal expenses.

The Residents’ Autonomy Association received the grand prize at the 2023 Gangwon Special Self-Governing Province Residents’ Autonomy Expo.

Lee Tae-hee, head of the local residents’ autonomous association, said, “We hope that local youth and young adults can work as ski instructors and settle in the area, thereby contributing to the development of the local community.”

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Shinhan Bank lost to Samsung Life Insurance

Women’s basketball Shinhan Bank lost to Samsung Life Insurance… Far away PO ticket

In the women’s professional basketball team, Incheon Shinhan Bank’s chances of advancing to the semifinals of the playoffs have become slim.

Shinhan Bank lost 60-67 to 3rd place Yongin Samsung Life Insurance, which confirmed its advancement to the playoffs, in the Woori Bank Woori WON 2023-2024 Women’s Professional Basketball regular league home game held at Dowon Gymnasium in Incheon on the 21st.

5th place Shinhan Bank, which lost 5 games in a row and has 7 wins and 20 losses, cannot advance to the playoffs if 4th place Bucheon Hana One Q (9 wins, 18 losses) adds just one win in the remaining 3 games. 카지노사이트

Hana One Q will face bottom-ranked Busan BNK on the 22nd.

Shinhan Bank did not play well in the first half due to extreme shooting difficulties, with the 2-point shot success rate staying in the 20% range.

In addition, Samsung Life Insurance’s pick-and-roll play led by Bae Hye-yoon (17 points, 9 assists) gave up a lot of points, falling behind 22-38.

Shinhan Bank, which found a clue to its pursuit in the third quarter with 5 consecutive points from Ji-young Kim (8 points), scored on a fast break following a 3-point shot by Jin-young Kim (14 points), a 2-point shot by Kyeong-eun Lee, and a steal by Sonia Kim (11 points). Coming out, we trailed to 44-45.

Samsung Life Insurance put out the fire quickly with a 3-point shot and 2 free throws by Shin Seul (16 points, 3 3-pointers) and entered the fourth quarter with a 52-44 lead.

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Lee Kang-in Apologizes in London to Son Heung-min

Lee Kang-in apologizes in London… Son Heung-min posted a photo taken together

National soccer team midfielder Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain, right), who caused the ‘Table Tennis Gate’ controversy, went to London, England and personally apologized to Son Heung-min (Tottenham, left).

National team captain Son Heung-min publicly asked for forgiveness for Lee Kang-in.

In an apology posted on his SNS on the 21st, Lee Kang-in said, “Due to my short-term thinking and careless actions during the last Asian Cup, Heung-min has caused great disappointment to his brother, the entire team, and all soccer fans.” 온라인카지노

He continued, “I would like to thank Heung-min once again for welcoming me when I visited London.

Heung-min did not listen to the advice he gave me as captain, older brother, and teammate for the sake of unity, but only expressed my opinion.” I reflected.

He said he contacted other seniors and colleagues one by one to apologize and said, “I am deeply reflecting.”

Son Heung-min also posted on his SNS, “Kang-in is going through a very difficult time after that incident.

“Please forgive me with a generous heart just once,” he said, posting a photo of himself smiling while standing side by side with Lee Kang-in.

Son Heung-min said, “When I was young, I made a lot of mistakes and showed bad behavior, and I think I was able to be where I am today because of the good advice and teachings of good seniors every time I did that.”

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Women’s Table Tennis Takes Brazil to the Quarterfinals

Women’s table tennis takes Brazil to the quarterfinals of the Busan World Championships… Securing Olympic Tickets

Korean women’s table tennis defeated Brazil and advanced to the quarterfinals of the BNK Busan Bank 2024 Busan World Table Tennis Championships.

Korea (5th place), lined up with Shin Yu-bin (Korean Air), Jeon Ji-hee (Mirae Asset Securities), and Lee Si-ion (Samsung Life Insurance), defeated Brazil (14th place) with a match score of 3-1 in the round of 16 of the tournament held at the BEXCO Special Stadium in Busan on the 21st. won with

As a result, Korean women’s table tennis achieved its ‘first goal’ by obtaining a ticket to the 2026 Paris Olympics team event, which is given to the team that reaches the quarterfinals of this competition. 카지노사이트

In the tournament draw held the previous day, Korea had the worst result, meeting the ‘strongest’ China in the quarterfinals, so the secondary goal of ‘winning the prize’ seems difficult.

Korea will compete with China, which defeated Thailand with a match score of 3-0, to advance to the semifinals on the 22nd.

The World Table Tennis Championships do not hold a third-place match, and bronze medals are awarded to both teams eliminated in the semifinals.

Korea had a difficult match as Shin Yu-bin, who played in the first singles, was defeated by Bruna Takahashi 2-3 (11-7 7-11 9-11 11-6 8-11).

Fortunately, second-single player Jeon Ji-hee defeated Giulia Takahashi 3-0 (11-9 11-7 11-2), bringing the momentum back to Korea.

In the 3rd singles match, Korea achieved a comeback by defeating ‘one-armed player’ Bruna Alexandre 3-0 (11-5 11-8 11-4).

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China pledges to increase opportunities for foreign companies to boost its economy

Chinese Vice President Han Zheng, center right, chats with with U.S. Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns as they attend an Amcham event held in Beijing, China, March 1.  Vice President Han pledged Friday to provide more opportunities for foreign companies in China as the government tries to restore confidence in the world’s second largest economy. AP-Yonhap

Chinese Vice President Han Zheng pledged Friday to provide more opportunities for foreign companies in China as the government tries to restore confidence in the world’s second largest economy.Han told an audience of American business people in Beijing that the government would continue to open up more industries to foreign investment and create a market-oriented and law-based international business environment.“China’s development achievements have been made through opening up,” he said at an American Chamber of Commerce in China banquet. “We will unwaveringly adhere to a high level of opening-up to the outside world.”Chamber officials portrayed his appearance at the annual dinner as a positive signal that the government is serious about addressing the concerns of U.S. and other foreign companies about operating uncertainties and other challenges in the Chinese market.

The U.S. and China remain divided on a wide range of issues from trade and technology to the war in Ukraine, but they are at least talking again and seeking ways to manage their differences.Both Premier Li Qiang and the commerce minister met this week with a visiting delegation led by Suzanne Clark, the head of the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Chamber of Commerce.“What I think the Chinese were trying to do is to reassure us that they know there are still things on the to-do list that need to get done and to reassure us that they will get done,” said the chair of AmCham in China, Sean Stein, who joined the meeting with Li.Progress has been made in some areas but not in others, Stein said before the dinner, adding, “it’s been a mixed bag.”The American Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns told the audience that several months of high-level meetings and exchanges had given a measure of badly needed stability to the U.S.-China relationship, but that difficult issues remain.He cited manufacturing overcapacity in China, which has raised fears in the U.S. and Europe that Chinese exports will flood their markets; U.S. sanctions on Chinese companies that are supporting what he called “Russia’s defense-industrial complex,” and U.S. President Joe Biden’s recently stated concern that connected vehicles from China could pose a national security threat.Burns pushed back at Chinese accusations that the United States is seeking to decouple its economy from China’s, saying his country is only trying to reduce risk by diversifying its supply chains and restricting some exports because of national security concerns.“I must say frankly, too many here in China are suggesting that we are decoupling,” he said. “But the 안전 facts will not support that argument. We are derisking, which is a necessary and fully justifiable policy

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