Mourners greet one another outside the wake for crash victim James Ferrari in Verplanck, N.Y. Photo via WSJ.
The family of Kisook Ahn, the victim who died in the Metro-North train derailment, flew into New York from South Korea on Wednesday to attend her funeral on Saturday.
Upon arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the victim’s brother, Ahn Jin-won, declined to comment, before telling the reporters that he was “too sad to talk” about his sister’s death. He said he plans to speak at the funeral to be held at St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church in Queens.
Photo via Epoch Times
There has been a huge outpouring of support and tributes from fans and individuals in Hollywood following actor Paul Walker’s death last Saturday, and fellow co-star Sung Kang offered what he would remember most about Walker in an interview with the Los Angeles Daily News.
Kang, who played the role of Han, a member of a street racing gang, in various installments of the Fast & Furious franchise, said he would remember Walker’s heart the most, which was unusual for people in Hollywood.
“But with Paul, every memory I have with him … he made sure that every time he had a minute with you, he was going to give 100 percent of his heart. He was going to try his best,” Kang said. Continue Reading »
Having a Ball
Seong Hwang gets to enjoy two of his passions—basketball and cooking—as the personal chef to Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers
by YOUNG RAE KIM
Seong Hwang sits on the edge of his seat as the Los Angeles Clippers take the court. His eyes are fixed intently on point guard Chris Paul’s every crossover dribble, no-look pass and jump shot.
Since childhood, Hwang has loved basketball and ran the point guard position for his high school team in Garden Grove, Calif., though he quickly realized he wasn’t cut out for the NBA. Still, his passion for basketball never died, and years later, he would feel a natural connection with Paul, whom critics also deemed undersized when the rookie from Wake Forest first entered the NBA in 2005. However, Hwang never would have guessed that one day that connection would become even closer and he’d be cooking up meals for the six-time NBA all-star as his personal chef.
“Growing up I only had one passion, constantly, from the time when I was a kid until now, and that’s basketball,” said Hwang. “It’s so weird how God brings everything together.”
The journey to becoming the personal chef for the one of the world’s top professional athletes was quite unexpected for this University of California, Irvine graduate, whose cooking skills once began and ended with instant ramen, cereal, and rice with spam. Continue Reading »
Tech-savvy South Korea has developed a device that will repel sharks and prevent them from attacking humans, which are targeted about 100 times a year globally.
The Korean government said Wednesday that its Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries’ new shark-repelling device uses solar panels on top of floating buoys to send irritating signals to sharks. The device, which will likely be commercialized by 2015, was developed in collaboration with Kunsan National University.
“The country sees a considerable number of casualties from attacks by great white sharks each year,” the ministry said in a statement. “We hope the shark-repelling device will help allow our people to safely enjoy marine activities.” Continue Reading »
Photo via Korea JoongAng Daily.
Police in Gwangju, South Korea spotted an elderly man sleeping on the street in a below freezing temperatures last January, according to the Hankook Times. When an officer drove the 63-year-old Korean Chinese man, only identified by his last name Oh, to a local homeless shelter, the social worker told them that the shelter cannot take Oh because he was a foreigner.
“We have enough trouble supporting the Koreans,” a Ministry of Health and Welfare official told the JoongAng Daily. “It is hard to pay attention to the foreigners.”
Although Korea today is more racially-diverse than ever, its homeless foreigners cannot go to government-run shelters, which are for Korean citizens only. So instead of finding Oh a reliable shelter, a borough officer in Gwangju tried deporting Oh back to China, but even that wasn’t possible, because he was on a valid visa and didn’t violate the Immigration Control Act. Continue Reading »