Bae Jae-go Joel leads finalists with triple-double

Bae Jae Go finished the qualifiers at the top of the group.

Bae Jae-go won 92-50 against Cheongju Shinshung High School in the Group H qualifying game of the 61st Spring National Boys and Girls Basketball Federation Championship Haenam on Tuesday at Usul Dongbaek Gymnasium in Haenam-gun, Jeollanam-do, South Jeolla Province, and advanced to the finals as the top team in the group.

Bae Jae-go took the lead from the first quarter. They had fun on defense by pressuring their opponents, and on offense, they scored easily with organic movement. Joel (183 cm, G.F) was at the center of it all.

Joel started and finished with a triple-double of 10 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists, including two 3-pointers, in 37 minutes and 29 seconds.

“My passes were falling early in the game, so I just played a passing game,” Joel said. I checked my stats after the game, and I didn’t expect a triple-double,” Joel said. “I’m thankful and happy for my teammates.”

Compared to last year, Bae Jae-go’s height was lowered. To this end, the team has been organized to play fast basketball since winter training, especially with the help of coach Kim Jun-sung, who was promoted from A-coach to full-time coach.

“He’s the same coach at the guard position, so he really teaches us the little things, and he’s good at creating patterns based on the situation, which is fun when it works in a game,” Joel says. “Most of all, he emphasizes basketball and the attitude that you have on and off the court. He emphasizes the mindset and attitude that a basketball player should have on and off the court, and that we should always work hard regardless of our physical condition.”

“The team has a lower height than last year, so we practiced a lot of fast-paced, three-point basketball. During the winter training, the team atmosphere was good, especially our organization. Every player on our team has good individual skills, so we have a lot of offense that comes from that.”

As captain, Joel also bragged about his team: “We’re not big, but we all know basketball. So we don’t have any worries on offense and defense, and we trust and rely on each other. We have the confidence to win against any team,” he said.

Finally, the team is looking forward to the round of 16 finals against Masango on Nov. 12.

“It’s against Masango,” Joel said. “I’ve seen their qualifying games, and they’re a fast, athletic, hard-working team. They play a similar style of basketball to us.” “I think it’s important to play fast breaks and backcourt battles for the atmosphere. We hope to prepare well and reach the top four, which was our goal before the tournament.”


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First-team prospect asks “Can you stop a single shot?”

Manchester United (Manchester United) goalkeeper Andre Onana’s popularity is plummeting.

Onana joined United last summer from Italian Serie A side Inter Milan. His transfer fee at the time was £47 million. Expectations were high for Onana, as United manager Eric Dier did not re-sign veteran David De Gea, who had won the Golden Glove (the Premier League’s top goalkeeper of the season) the previous season.

Furthermore, Onana had previously worked with Turnbach at Dutch Eredivisie giants Ajax, so it was widely expected that he would perform well in the Premier League in the 2023-2024 season with the Gunners.

However, once the season got underway, Onana was a disaster.

In the UEFA Champions League, he made a series of mistakes that allowed Bayern Munich, Turkkiye Galatasaray SK, and FC Copenhagen of Denmark to all pick up points against the Red Devils. A combination of poor performances ultimately led to an early exit as United finished last in Group A.

Recently, Onana has been steadily improving his game. He made eight saves in the league match against Aston Villa on September 12, shutting down the opposition. The Red Devils went on to win 2-1 thanks to Onana’s saves.

He also earned praise for his performance in the last four days against city rivals Manchester City, despite conceding three goals. According to soccer stats platform Footmob, Onana had an xGOT of 3.66 in those games, but only conceded three goals. Footmob gave him a rating of 7.2, the highest of any United defender.

However, this hasn’t gone down well with the United squad, as an unidentified prospect has reportedly taken a swipe at Onana during a first-team training session.

“Onana had a conflict with a prospect on the training ground,” British media outlet The Sun reported on Aug. 8 (KST). According to the publication, the unnamed prospect, who has barely played a first-team match, admonished him, “Can you even block one (shot)?”

Today, however, Onana has come into his own.

In the 28th round of the league against Everton on Sept. 9, he made several good saves, thanks to the defense’s good coverage. With a total of six saves, Onana kept a clean sheet and helped his team to a 2-0 victory. He was also voted Man of the Match with an 8.6 rating by Footmob.

Onana now has eight clean sheets in 28 league games. He also has an 토토 expected GAA of 43.1, but has only conceded 39 goals and saved four more.

Turnbach has also shown his continued support and confidence in Onana. According to The Sun, after the 1-0 FA Cup fifth round win over Nottingham Forest on May 29, Turnagh said, “Onana is in very good form. “He’s a goalkeeper worthy of the Premier League,” he said, adding, “He’s improving all the time, so he sees every situation as an opportunity to take another step forward.

Onana’s arrival has meant that the other goalkeepers at Manchester United are not getting the chance they deserve. Notably, Altay Bindr, a promising goalkeeper who joined from Fenerbahce from Turkkiye last summer, has only played one game for United this season.

However, Onana is by far the best goalkeeper in the squad and has the most experience with the United defense, so he should continue to keep his starting spot.

Meanwhile, United will resume their schedule on the 18th with an FA Cup quarterfinal tie against Liverpool.


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Dinosaurs’ outside hitter ‘Power is good’

“The farthest hitter I’ve ever seen in person was Woods…”

NC Dinos manager Kang Myung-ho made the press laugh by showing off a ‘chunky’ grocery store drip (?) against the Changwon KIA Tigers in an exhibition game on Tuesday. Describing the power of new foreign hitter Matt Davidson (33), Kang said, “If you add a little lie, I think it will fly to ‘Home XX’ over there.”

Changwon NC Park is a beautiful stadium located in the city center of Changwon, but you can see Home XX, a large supermarket, over the left field fence. The logo of Home XX is clearly visible from the first and third base dugouts. It looks like it’s right there, but it’s actually beyond the outfield fence, across one of the main streets, and behind it. It was about 300 meters away from the NC Park outfield.

The reason Kang tells this story is to illustrate how much power and long ball Davidson has. “He’s a player who will definitely show good things if he adapts. She can hit whoever she wants,” he said.

In real life, Davidson hit 19 home runs in the 2023 season for the Hiroshima Toyokafe of Nippon Professional Baseball. He has 54 career major league home runs and 226 career minor league home runs. In 2019 and 2022, he hit 33 and 32 home runs in Triple-A, respectively. He has a career batting average of .220 in the majors and .258 in the minors, so while his accuracy may be lacking, his power is there.

“The farthest I’ve ever seen a hitter hit in person was Woods (Tyrone),” said Kang. Davidson’s power and destructiveness are comparable to Woods’. Woods, who represented the KBO as a foreigner in the league’s early years, played for the Doosan Bears in 2002.

In spring training in Tucson, Woods didn’t play in any of the exhibition games. It was his own request. He only played in the team’s own blue-and-white games to improve his condition. As it turned out, he modified his batting form to adapt to the KBO this season, and he didn’t go to any outside practice games because he 카지노 needed to get it right.

If manager Kang Myung-hwa exaggerated, he wasn’t wrong. After going 0-for-3 in the opening game on Sept. 9, Davidson went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs in the 10th game. In the bottom of the third inning with the bases loaded and the score 1-2, Davidson lined a 137-kilometer fastball from Yoon Young-chul over the right-field fence for a double. The pitch hit the right-field wall and bounced away.

“It was a good feeling overall,” Davidson said. Yesterday, I didn’t have good timing at the plate. I worked on that today and I’m glad it paid off. I don’t really prepare for anything in particular. I just tried to hit pitches in the strike zone and make productive at-bats.”

In conclusion, Davidson said, “I’m still trying to adjust to the new stadium and environment. The supporters are amazing. It seems to create a fun atmosphere. I’m going to try to continue to have a good overall performance on offense and defense during the exhibition games and continue to adjust to the new stadium and environment and try to help the team win.”

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What is your assessment of Choi Won-hyuk and Togashi against Japan’s top guards?

“A different class”

Seoul SK fell 69-72 to the Chiba Jazz in the 2023-2024 EASL Final Four on Tuesday at the Hoops Dome in Cebu, Philippines. For the second time in the EASL, the team failed to cross the threshold of the finals. SK will have to settle for a runner-up finish and $300,000 in prize money.

Chiba has one of the best guards in Japan in Yuki Tobashi (167 cm, G). SK did their best to defend Tobashi, with Choi Won-hyuk (184 cm, G) filling that role. At the beginning of the game, Oh Jae-hyun (187 cm, G) started to defend Togashi, but it was too much for him to handle the offense and assemble the offense, so SK chose Choi Won-hyuk to defend Togashi.

Choi was able to fulfill this role. He gave up some points and got penetrated, but he didn’t give up and continued to harass Togashi. As a result, Togashi shot just 30% (4-of-13) from the field until the third quarter.

However, despite Choi’s outstanding defense, SK was unable to get over the hump in the final period and lost the game. “I’m very disappointed,” Choi said after the game.

“It was a winnable game. All the players really tried their best. We could have won if we could get over the hump… It was a very disappointing loss.”

What kind of player was Togashi? “He’s really, really good. He’s in a different class. At first, I tried to stop him somehow. But I couldn’t stop him, so I tried to make sure he didn’t get the ball, so I went in the backdoor and used the space behind him. She’s really fast. She has skill and a shot. He’s like Jeon Sung-hyun in terms of shooting and Heo Hoon in terms of technique. He’s like a combination of both players. He’s really hard to stop. I learned a lot.”

And I thought, “Actually, there’s not much I can do on offense. That’s 토토사이트 why I wanted to help on defense, and that’s why I tried my best. I wanted to catch Togashi once, but he was too good,” he laughed.

Although the team failed to win the EASL, the KBL is still going on. They have to shake off their disappointment in the KBL.

“Right now, KT and LG are fighting for second place. There are places that are leaving us out. (Laughs) But we’re there too. In the EASL, my brothers rested a lot. They will go and do it now. Especially (Kim) Sun-hyung is coming back. We will try to make good results with our brothers again.”

“The playoffs are different. The coach’s tactics are so good. We have a good system and good players. I want to make a performance that can shake off the disappointment,” he said, expressing his desire to win the title.

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SK fall to Japan’s Chiba to finish EASL runners-up for second year in a row

The Seoul SK Knights lost to the Chiba Jets to finish as EASL runners-up for the second straight year.

SK fell 69-72 to the Chiba Jets in the 2023-2024 East Asian Super League (EASL) Final Four at the Lapu-Lapu Hoops Dome in Cebu City, Philippines on Tuesday (Feb. 10). After finishing runners-up to Chungkwan in last year’s inaugural event, SK had to settle for second place this year as they were upset by Ziba.

SK was led by Jamil Warney’s 22 points and 17 rebounds against Chiba, who were led by Japan’s top guard Yuki Togashi. Leon Williams chipped in with 15 points and Ahn Young-joon 18, but it wasn’t enough in the end. Ahn’s three-pointer made it a one-point game down the stretch, but Warney’s three-point attempt to tie the game rimmed out.

The early stages of the game were dominated by Ziva. Ira Brown pounded SK from inside and outside, while other players chipped in. After a slow start, SK started off with a three-pointer by Ahn Young-joon and converted an end-to-one play in the paint. Warney followed with back-to-back baskets to take the lead. However, they failed to add to their lead and Ziva fought back. Shuta Hara scored with a fantastic behind-the-back pass and Yuki Togashi hit a three-pointer from the outside. With the lead in hand, SK ended the first quarter 16-21.

In the second quarter, SK racked up points with jumpers from Ahn Young-joon and Warney and a breakaway layup from Oh Jae-hyun, but Chiba responded with a calm score from Yuki Togashi. It was the long ball that made SK dance. Choi Won-hyuk, Oh Jae-hyun, and Ahn Young-joon scored in quick succession to equalize the score. The teams then traded leads in a seesaw game until Yuki Togashi hit a three-pointer to give SK the lead, 34-37, at halftime.

In the second half, SK came out with a stingy defense and Leon Williams hit back-to-back jumpers. They gave up a three-pointer to Hara Shuta, but held on around the quiet powerhouse of Williams. The momentum shifted in SK’s favor at the end of the third quarter. Warney came back to life with back-to-back floaters, and Oh Jae-hyun continued his upward trend. The third quarter ended with SK leading 54-51.

The fourth quarter saw Ang’s team fail to register an easy score. After Yuki Togashi fooled his defender perfectly with a crossover dribble and knocked down a three-pointer, SK responded with an inside move from Warney. However, they were unable to easily control Togashi, who scored a series of points as the game went into overtime.

Chiba, who joined the foreign players in the fray, went on a scoring spree. Xavier Cooks’ free throws gave Chiba a four-point lead with 1:18 left in the fourth quarter. With the deficit deepening, SK kept its hopes alive with a three-pointer from Ahn Young-joon off a screen, but the ensuing possession was blocked by the defense and the shot clock was triggered.

Trailing by one point, there were 25.4 seconds left on the clock. SK tried to foul Yuki Togashi, and both free throws went through the rim. Warney missed the ensuing three-pointer to give Chiba the win.

After the match, head coach Jeon Hee-chul said, “We are disappointed with the result, but Ziva is a very good team. Our players did their best. We were outrebounded in the first half, but we focused in the second half. We showed all the defense we have, but our shooting was a little off. We shot poorly from the field, so I think we had a disappointing game.”

“There were some physical challenges, but in hindsight, I think it was a fun experience. I’m disappointed to be the third runner-up (including in the Top 12), but we saw other league teams play against our strengths. We tried different offenses and defenses. It was a step up for me and for the players,” concluded the EASL.

On Warne, he said: “He’s the best player in the world in terms of offense. I noticed at Ziva that they prepared a lot of defense for him. Other teams are also trying to stop him. I think he is definitely a target 토토 for all overseas teams, including those in Asia,” while Oh Jae-hyun said, “He has always shown good defense, but his offense has also grown. Since I’ve been with the national team, I’ve grown in all aspects of offense, including passing.”

“It’s unfortunate that Choi Boo-kyung was injured here, but Kim Sun-hyung will be back when the league resumes. We’ve had a lot of injuries in the team, but we’ve been able to grow our defense. We have eight games left in the regular season, and we are determined to show our sharp spear again in the playoffs.”

“It’s a shame because we played our best, but we showed our strengths,” said Ahn, who finished with 18 points, “I wish our shots would have gone in and made the game easier. The Chiba Jets had a change of possession on defense and we weren’t focused. I think one or two misses might have decided the game.”

When asked about his takeaways from the tournament, he said, “The players gained from playing against players from other countries. I played with other teams and two or three mercenaries, and the experience of marking foreign players in my position will be very helpful when I go to the KBL.”

“Choi Won-hyuk and Oh Jae-hyun took turns blocking him, but his shots were so good that it was hard to stop him, and it was hard for me as a defender. Togashi had good shots and passes. I thought Oh Jae-hyun blocked it well, but when it was over, he had over 20 points. He’s a great player.”


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Real Madrid returns to Spanish league trying to regroup after Champions League scare

Real Madrid's English midfielder Jude Bellingham waves during the UEFA Champions League last 16 second leg football match between Real Madrid CF and RB Leipzig at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday. AFP-Yonhap

Real Madrid turns its focus back to the Spanish league hoping to put behind one of its worst performances of the season.The league leader hosts Celta Vigo on Sunday, four days after being jeered by the home crowd at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in a match to forget against Leipzig in the Champions League.Madrid was held to 1-1 and advanced to the quarterfinals thanks only to its 1-0 win in the first leg in Germany.“We have to accept criticism when it is deserved, and the criticism is deserved,” coach Carlo Ancelotti said. “The whistles at the end of the first half were deserved. You need to have a demanding crowd like the one at the Bernabeu because the whistles woke us up at certain times in the second half. Although we’re pleased to reach the quarterfinals, we have to be critical and we should’ve played better.”The lackluster play set off alarms, leaving Ancelotti struggling for answers on how to get the team back on track as soon as possible.“Maybe I made a mistake in the lineup,” he said. “But I wanted to bring more intensity and energy, and we didn’t do that. That’s where we have to improve and evaluate what we didn’t do well.”Madrid didn’t have an attempt on target in the first half against Leipzig. It has drawn four of its last seven matches in all competitions, including three of the last four.

Ancelotti said the team looks tired, and the international break should come in handy for the squad ahead of the decisive period in the Champions League and La Liga.“We have two games before the break, then we’ll have time to relax mentally because the team is tired in this regard,” he said. “After the break we’ll come back better.”Ancelotti said some of the injured players should be back by then, including goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and central defender Éder Militão, who have been nursing long-term knee injuries. Not available for the next two league matches is Jude Bellingham because of a red-card suspension. The club was trying to appeal the suspension so the England midfielder could be out for only one game.Madrid has a good cushion over Girona with 11 matches left in the Spanish league.“We’re in a better position than ever because we’re seven points clear in the league and we are in the quarterfinals of the Champions League,” Ancelotti said. “If I’d been told this at the beginning of the season, I’d have taken it.” After three losses in its last four matches, Girona hosts mid-table Osasuna on Saturday looking to get back on track and remain safely in the European qualification places. It is nine points ahead of fifth-placed Athletic Bilbao.Third-placed Barcelona, sitting one point behind Girona, will be without injured midfielders Frenkie de Jong and Pedri when it hosts Mallorca in a rare Friday night game.Fourth-placed Atletico Madrid, three points behind Barcelona, on Saturday will try to win its second in a row when it visits relegation-threatened Cadiz, which is enduring a 25-match winless run across all competitions.Athletic visits Las Palmas on Sunday, while Sevilla on Monday travels 메이저 to last-placed Almeria, the only team yet to win a league match.

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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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