Caretaker coach optimistic about Korea’s future after World Cup qualifier victory

Korean players celebrate their 3-0 win over Thailand in the teams' Group C match in the second round of the Asian World Cup qualification tournament at Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok, March 26. Yonhap

With his work as caretaker boss for Korea finished with a win over Thailand in a World Cup qualifier Tuesday night in Bangkok, Hwang Sun-hong said he sees a bright future for the senior men’s national team.In Hwang’s second and final match as interim coach, Korea beat Thailand 3-0 in their Group C match in the second round of the Asian qualification for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Lee Jae-sung, Son Heung-min and Park Jin-seop had a goal apiece at Rajamangala Stadium.Korea, ranked 22nd, were held to a 1-1 draw by 101st-ranked Thailand last Thursday in Seoul, and had a nice bounceback performance away from home.”Thailand deserve respect. But as we were preparing for this match, we tried to find our own balance and rhythm, rather than worry about our opponent,” Hwang said. “I think we came away with such a good result because we executed our plans. And I think the national team will get better from here.”

Hwang coaches the under-23 men’s team trying to qualify for the Paris Olympics this summer. But the Korea Football Association (KFA) appointed Hwang as the temporary coach for the senior side in these two March matches after it fired Jurgen Klinsmann in light of Korea’s failure to win the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup last month. Instead of rushing to find a full-time replacement for Klinsmann, the KFA asked Hwang to hold the fort for a couple of weeks. “This was a difficult match, and the players came together as one and had a great desire to pull out this win,” Hwang said. “We couldn’t have won this match without the players’ drive and determination.”

Hwang said his short tenure was fraught with challenges, including playing the first match after just one day of training with the whole team and trying to get players coming in from Europe on the same page with those based in Korea.”These players all have talent, and the key was to make them feel comfortable on the pitch,” Hwang said. “I am grateful for all the hard work put in by the players, coaches and national team staff.”Hwang can now turn to his day job, with the AFC U-23 Asian Cup, which doubles as the Asian Olympic qualification, kicking off on April 15 in Qatar. The top three teams from that event will punch their tickets to Paris.”I feel like I still have long ways to go as coach. I am just trying to do the best I can,” Hwang said. “I will now put an end to my work with the senior team and rejoin the U-23 team. I will try to bring home good results from the Olympic qualifying 메이저 tournament.” 


Hanmi family feud reaches peak ahead of vote showdown for merger with OCI

Hanmi Science Vice Chairwoman Lim Ju-hyun speaks during a press conference at the company headquarters in Seoul, Monday. Yonhap

The Hanmi Pharmaceutical Group chairwoman and her daughter, who seek to merge the drug developer with OCI Group, a local chemical company, were neck and neck with their opponents, led by the chairwoman’s two sons, until moments before Thursday’s merger showdown, according to industry officials, Wednesday.Up until Wednesday, the two women and their supporters collectively held a 42.66 percent stake in Hanmi Science, the pharmaceutical firm’s holding company, while their opponents owned a 40.57 percent stake. As a result, minority shareholders with a combined 21 percent stake have been allowed to determine the fate of the merger at the annual general meeting of shareholders on Thursday.The family feud broke out after Hanmi and OCI announced in January that they would merge via OCI Holdings’s acquisition of a 27 percent stake in Hanmi Science and the Hanmi owner family’s acquisition of a 10.4 percent stake in the holding company of OCI Group. Both business groups explained at that time that their merger would enhance their competitiveness in the global health care market.

However, Hanmi Chairwoman Song Young-sook’s two sons – Lim Jong-yoon and Jong-hoon – opposed their mother, who is the wife of late founder Lim Sung-ki, who died in 2020. The Lim brothers, both of whom were dismissed on Monday from their posts as Hanmi Pharmaceutical presidents, even took legal action to put the brakes on the planned merger.Amid the intensifying dispute, proxy advisers here and overseas were divided about whether Hanmi Science’s shareholders should support director nominees recommended by the chairwoman or those recommended by her sons.

Until last Saturday, the brothers were expected to defeat their mother and sister, as they won support from Hanyang Precision CEO Shin Dong-kuk, the late founder’s friend who holds a 12.25 percent stake in Hanmi Science.On Tuesday, however, the Suwon District Court rejected an injunction request filed by the Lim brothers to prevent Hanmi Science from issuing new shares, which OCI Holdings will buy for the merger. The National Pension Service, which owns a 7.66 percent stake in Hanmi Science, also decided the same day to side with the chairwoman and her daughter, Lim Ju-hyun, who was promoted to Hanmi Science vice chairwoman from president on Wednesday.The Lim brothers appealed against the court decision and claimed that they had limited opportunities to convince shareholders. They also denied their mother’s claim that they have tried to sell their shares at higher prices to pay inheritance taxes, rather than protecting the pharmaceutical firm.However, the chairwoman emphasized that her daughter is the only successor to the late founder, claiming that her sons have refused to work together to raise money to pay inheritance 슬롯게이밍 taxes.


Top brass of S. Korea, US, Japan discuss security cooperation against NK threats

JCS Chairman Adm. Kim Myung-soo answers questions at a hearing at the National Assembly in Seoul, in this Nov. 15, 2023 file photo. Korea Times photo by Koh Young-kwon

South Korea’s top military officer on Thursday held video talks with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts to discuss trilateral efforts for security cooperation to counter North Korean military threats, Seoul’s military said.The talks among Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) Chairman Adm. Kim Myung-soo, and his U.S. and Japanese counterparts, Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. and Gen. Yoshihide Yoshida, respectively, took place amid concerns over Pyongyang’s continued weapons tests this year.Last week, the North claimed to have staged a ground engine test for a new intermediate-range hypersonic missile, after test-firing a purported solid-fuel hypersonic intermediate-range ballistic missile in January.

“(The three sides) agreed that the DPRK’s provocative actions including nuclear and missile developments reflect the importance of increasing the depth, scale, and scope of trilateral cooperation,” the JCS said in an English-language release.DPRK stands for the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The three sides noted the efforts under way to bolster security cooperation, such as launching a system to share North Korean missile warning data in real time and establishing a multiyear plan for trilateral military drills last December, the JCS said.Brown also reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to defending South Korea and Japan, and the three recognized that trilateral cooperation helps ensure peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, in the Indo-Pacific and beyond, according to the JCS.The three 카지노사이트킹 sides are set to hold their regular in-person meeting this summer.


Russia’s foreign intelligence chief visits N. Korea this week

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un attend a meeting at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the far eastern Amur region, Russia, Sept. 13, 2023. Reuters-Yonhap

Russia’s foreign intelligence chief visited North Korea earlier this week to discuss ways to bolster cooperation in responding to spying and plotting activities by hostile forces, Pyongyang’s state media reported Thursday.Sergei E. Naryshkin, director of the External Intelligence Bureau, visited Pyongyang between Monday and Wednesday, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).Naryshkin met with Ri Chang-dae, the North’s state security minister, and working-level talks were also held between North Korean and Russian officials.

“At both talks, the two sides briefed each other about the views on the present international and regional situation regarding the Korean Peninsula and Russia, and widely and deeply discussed practical issues for further boosting cooperation to cope with the ever-growing spying and plotting moves by the hostile forces,” the KCNA said.The report did not elaborate on the details of the talks, but they are presumed to have exchanged intelligence on Russia’s war with Ukraine and the Korean Peninsula.

A visit by a country’s intelligence chief is usually not made public, but North Korean state media’s rare revelation appears to be aimed at showing off deepening ties between Pyongyang and Moscow.Following the summit between the North’s leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin in September last year, the two nations have been strengthening cooperation in various fields amid suspicions that Pyongyang has provided weapons to Moscow for its use in Russia’s war with Ukraine.In May 2011, the North’s state media reported a visit by then Russian foreign intelligence chief Mikhail Fradkov to Pyongyang and his meeting with then North Korean leader 카지노사이트 Kim Jong-il.


Paris Olympics will be ‘revolutionary,’ French ambassador says

French Ambassador to Korea Philippe Bertoux speaks of South Korea-France relations during an interview with The Korea Times at the ambassador's residence in Seoul, March 13. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-suk

The upcoming 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris will be “truly revolutionary,” French Ambassador to Korea Philippe Bertoux said, expressing his nation’s pride in hosting the global sporting event set to kick off on July 26.”France is striving to make this Olympics truly revolutionary, inclusive and environmentally friendly. One notable aspect is that the opening ceremony will not be held in a stadium, for the first time.” Bertoux said during an interview with The Korea Times at the ambassador’s residence in Seoul on March 13.

“Instead, it will take place outdoors, centered around the Seine River. It will be a spectacle showcasing Paris’s major landmarks,” he said. “By the time of the Olympics, landmarks like Notre Dame will have reopened to the public, allowing tens of thousands of fans from around the world to enjoy the view.”Everyone in France is either directly or indirectly involved in, interested in or mobilized in some way in the preparations for the Olympics, Bertoux said.”When we talk about France, it’s not just about the Paris Olympics because while many events will be held in Paris, some will take place in other cities and even outside the continent, in overseas territories,” he said.”So far, all preparations, including the opening of the athletes’ village, are proceeding properly on schedule, without exceeding the budget.”

He added, France is fully prepared to welcome South Korean athletes and looks forward to the cultural exchanges in the road ahead.”South Korea’s athletes are planning to set up their base camp in Fontainebleau, a beautiful town near Paris,” the ambassador said. “Fontainebleau is famous for its picturesque surroundings.””Fontainebleau is preparing to welcome the South Korean athletes and this Olympics serve as an opportunity for cultural exchange between South Korea and various French municipalities.”Acknowledging South Korea’s impressive achievements in sports, he expressed hope that the two nations could achieve notable outcomes together at the Olympics.”Naturally, I hope for a meeting at the top ranks between France and South Korea,” he said. “South Korea is known for its remarkable achievements in sports, not only in Taekwondo but also in various other disciplines like archery.”

Bertoux underscored the remarkable strides achieved in bilateral relations between South Korea and France in 2023, pointing out several noteworthy developments. Among these, he highlighted President Yoon Suk Yeol’s two visits to France, which featured summit meetings aimed at bolstering cooperation between the two nations.”We have seen remarkable progress in both qualitative and quantitative terms in our relationship with South Korea,” Bertoux said. “President Yoon’s visits underscore the commitment of both countries to deepen cooperation across various sectors.”Summits held in June and November facilitated discussions on a wide range of topics, including economic, cultural and personnel exchanges. Notably, both presidents addressed pressing global issues such as climate change, decarbonization and forest conservation, emphasizing the importance of cooperation between advanced nations.Economic ties between South Korea and France have flourished, with bilateral trade reaching a record level of 16 billion euros ($17.3 billion) last year.

“We are committed to further accelerating this positive trend, particularly focused on key areas such as space, semiconductors, batteries, civil nuclear power, quantum technology and energy transition,” he said.The French ambassador highlighted ongoing efforts to bolster cooperation in education and technology, noting that French startups are showing interest in the South Korean market and vice versa.He said there’s a growing interest in South Korean culture among the French public, particularly among the youth, thanks to the rise in popularity of K-pop and K-dramas.He added that both countries are also exploring opportunities in the gaming and animation industries, as well as webtoons, where France has shown significant interest.Regarding the issue of North Korea, Bertoux reaffirmed France’s solidarity with South Korea against the threats posed by the North’s nuclear, ballistic missile, and cyber programs. France condemns North Korea’s provocations and actively engages in international efforts to 스포츠토토존 address proliferation and human rights concerns.


Lee Sun-min Scores a Perfect Score in the Opening Game

Now All Over Daejeon… National Team MF Lee Sun-min Scores a Perfect Score in the Opening Game

Daejeon debut match ‘pulse’… Appearing in all areas of the ground to support colleagues, impressing coach Hwang Seon-hong, the national team’s ‘temporary head coach’

Midfielder Lee Sun-min, who advanced to the national team from Gwangju FC in the K-League 1 professional soccer league last season, has proven his worth with his new team from the start of the 2024 season. 파워볼

Soon-min Lee, who captained Daejeon Hana Citizens, played full-time in the away game against Jeonbuk Hyundai in the first round of Hana Bank K League 1 2024 held at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonbuk on the 1st.

Daejeon, who maintained a 1-0 lead until the end of the game and seemed to be on the verge of victory from the start, unfortunately gave up the tying goal to Ahn Hyeon-beom in the 40th minute of the second half and had to be content with a draw.

Although it was a match where the team lost a close victory and took only 1 point, Lee Soon-min’s outstanding performance makes coach Lee Min-seong smile.

Soon-min Lee, who played as a central midfielder, positioned himself in front of the three backs and boasted a wide radius of action, taking charge of all areas near the penalty box, and repeatedly turned the opponent’s attacks to nothing.

He worked diligently and participated in every ball competition situation to support his teammates.

The scene where Lee Soon-min appears on both the left and right sides, front and rear, was exactly the same as what he showed in Gwangju under director Lee Jeong-hyo.

Soon-min Lee, who moved to Daejeon after the 2023 season, created several scenes that reminded him of his appearance in Gwangju even before his debut in the new team.

When central defender Aaron, who had also come from Gwangju, suddenly advanced and participated in the attack, confusing the Jeonbuk players, Lee Soon-min filled the space by blocking the opponent’s counterattack from the back where Aaron had left.


Figure Skating Shin Ji-ah, 2nd Place at Junior World Championships

Figure Skating Shin Ji-ah, 2nd Place at Junior World Championships for 3 Consecutive Years… Pushed by Shimada

I received a personal highest score of 212.43 points… Kudos to Shimada for leading the way with 4-turn jumps

Shin Ji-ah (15, expected to enter Sehwa Girls’ High School), the next generation ace of Korean figure skating, won a silver medal at the Junior World Championships for three consecutive years.

Jia Shin scored 73.93 technical points (TES), 65.02 artistic points (PCS), and a total of 138.95 points in the women’s single free skating at the 2024 International Skating Union (ISU) Figure Skating Junior World Championships held at the Taipei Arena in Taiwan on the 1st (Korean time) received. 카지노사이트

He combined her short program score of 73.48 points for a final total score of 212.43 points, placing second behind her same-age rival Mao Shimada (Japan, 218.36 points).

Her bronze medal was won by Japan’s Rena Uezono, who scored 194.70 points.

Although she could not overcome Shimada’s barrier, Shin Ji-ah achieved valuable results in this competition, breaking her personal best scores in the short program, free skating, and overall score.

On this day, Shin Ji-ah performed last among the 24 contestants.

Shin Ji-ah, who stood on the silver podium after Shimada, began her performance energetically to the melody of the free skating program Not About Angels by Birdy.

He performed his first acting task, a double Axel jump, perfectly, earning a base score of 3.30 and a performance score (GOE) of 1.08.

Afterwards, he completed both the triple loop and triple salchow jump flawlessly.

Shin Ji-ah, who calmly performed the triple flip-double toe loop-double loop combination jump perfectly, drew applause from the audience by performing the change foot combination spin at level 4, the highest level of difficulty.


Its Minnesota Royce Lewis Hits a Grand Slam

Minnesota Royce Lewis Hits a Grand Slam… Another Grand Slam in an Exhibition Match

Of the 17 MLB home runs, 5 were grand slams… This year, it starts with exhibition games.

Royce Lewis (24), an infielder for the Minnesota Twins of the Major League Baseball (MLB), is a rookie-level player with only 70 regular league games. 바카라사이트

In his big league debut, he appeared in 12 games in 2022 and 58 games last year.

However, Lewis is more famous than most star players.

This is because of his unique history.

Lewis hit his first home run in his big league debut with a grand slam.

On May 14, 2022, in the bottom of the 5th inning of a home game against the Cleveland Guardians, he hit a grand slam to left with two outs and the bases loaded.

Lewis, who left a strong impression, began writing incredible records the following year.

In 58 games last season, he hit as many as four grand slam home runs, which is difficult for other players to hit once a year.

Including his first home run since his debut, he has hit five grand slams in 70 MLB games.

Royce Lewis had the opportunity to load the bases 13 times in his big league career, five of which were home runs, one timely hit, and one walk.

His personal career records with bases loaded are a batting average of 0.583, an on-base percentage of 0.615, and 24 RBI.


‘Lingard Effect’ From the Start of the K-League

Gwangju Smiles at ‘Sold Out in 2 Minutes and 30 Seconds’… ‘Lingard Effect’ From the Start of the K-League

Gwangju soccer fever breaks through the cold weather… Lingard starts from the bench in the opening game.

The Gwangju club “It’s not just the Lingard effect, The ‘narrative’ of Lee Jeong-hyo’s system is through”

“The whole world is red.

It’s all in Seoul….” 카지노

Mr. Kim (29), who lives in Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul, arrived at Gwangju Songjeong Station by high-speed rail at 11:10 a.m. on the 2nd.

After leaving the station, he looked around as he headed to Songjeong Station Market for lunch.

He said this after seeing passers-by leaving the station, like Mr. Kim, wearing a professional soccer K League 1 FC Seoul scarf around his neck.

As the saying goes, FC Seoul’s symbols, black and red, were visible everywhere.

Red was seen in Seoul goods, such as scarves and uniforms, between the thick coats, including padding, wrapped tightly in the sudden cold weather.

Eight fans standing in front of a restaurant near Gwangju Songjeong Station and waiting to enter expressed their expectations for the opening game by talking about topics that heated up the Korean soccer world in the off-season, including Jesse Lingard (registered name Lingard) and coach Kim Ki-dong.

Seoul will face Gwangju FC at Gwangju Soccer Stadium at 2 p.m. on this day.

For both teams, this game is the start of the eagerly awaited 2024 season.


FA Infielder Matt Chapman Plays with Lee Jung-hoo

FA Infielder Matt Chapman Plays with Lee Jung-hoo… 3-Years 72.1 Billion Won Agreement with SF

Lee Jeong-hoo, virtually confirmed to be No. 1 in free agent pure field value.

Lee Jeong-hoo (25), a starting outfielder for the San Francisco Giants of the Major League Baseball (MLB), shares a meal with Matt Chapman (30), a top-class infielder in the league. 온라인카지노

Citing sources, reported on the 2nd (Korean time) that Chapman (30), who remained in the free agent (FA) market, agreed to a three-year contract with San Francisco worth a total of $54 million (about 72.1 billion won).

Matt Chapman is a third baseman with the league’s best defense and won the American League (AL) Gold Glove in 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2023.

Last season, he also played with Ryu Hyun-jin (Hanwha Eagles) at the Toronto Blue Jays.

Chapman’s batting accuracy is somewhat poor, but he is a long hitter who hit double-digit home runs every season from 2017, when he debuted in MLB, to last year.

With the addition of Chapman, San Francisco greatly improved its team strength.

In addition, Lee Jeong-hoo, who was designated as the number one hitter in the new season, can expect a synergy effect with Chapman, who will play the role of a problem solver.

The contract size is lower than expected.

Chapman wanted a long-term contract worth more than $100 million, but MLB clubs did not make offers that met his expectations.

Chapman was unable to find a team for his team until the start of his exhibition games, and then decided to sign his contract right before the start of the regular season.