Los Angeles Angels catcher Hank Conger joined fellow Angels players, current and former, in participating in a putting contest with children involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation earlier this month at Journey at Pechanga Golf Course in Temecula, California.
Joining the Korean American from Huntington Beach was infielder Grant Green, former Angels pitcher Clyde Wright, former second baseman Bobby Grich, voice of the Angels on Fox Sports West, Victor Rojas and Angels Baseball Chairman, Dennis Kuhl formed teams with the children.
For participating, the kids won trophies and golf apparel provided by Pechanga, along with luxury suite tickets with food and drink at a 2014 Angels game and a chance to watch pre-game batting practice from the field. The children with the top scores won a signed Angels jersey. The main goal of the event was to also raise awareness for Make-A-Wish and the services it provides to the Southern California community.
Conger, 25, is an avid golfer who has participated in charity golf tournaments in the past. While he is able to swing from both sides of the plate with a baseball bat, Conger goes to his normal right-handed swing for golf. Continue Reading »
North Korea may have secretly engineered computer games to launch mass cyber attack
Some free-to-use computer games may secretly be North Korean plants, South Korea’s national police agency warned Tuesday, according to South Korean media. The seemingly innocent games, designed to appeal to as many users as possible and thus to spread widely on computer networks, could carry malware code controlled from Pyongyang. The code, once activated, would take control of the host computers and allow North Korea to launch mass cyber attacks against major South Korean targets.
This might sound outlandish, but North Korea has actually tried this before, and gotten awfully close to pulling off a potentially deadly attack. Last June, South Korean police discovered that North Korea had used free-to-download video games to infect up to 100,000 South Korean computers, which it used to conduct coordinated cyber-attacks agains Incheon International Airport, one of the world’s busiest airports. The infected users had no idea their computers were being used to take down a major airport.
Another Rival for Kim Jong-un’s Affection Surfaces
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s wife Ri Sol-ju had another rival for the position of first lady of the most repressive country in the world, according to a North Korean source on Tuesday.
The source said Kim contemplated marriage to Seo Un-hyang. Like Ri and his ex-girlfriend Hyon Song-wol, who was executed by firing squad earlier this year, Seo was a singer with the Unhasu Orchestra.
She studied music at university and became a popular actress in propaganda films. The sources said Seo was “a good singer and had an outgoing personality,” which gave her the confidence to laugh at her mistakes while performing in front of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and his son.
Tourism in North Korea: the secret state is opening up
The Guardian (U.K.)
All the hoo-ha that’s surrounded the recent opening of North Korea’s ski resort, framed as it’s been by the western press as the answer to chubby Kim Jong Un’s wont to indulge his Swiss ways, has overlooked the fact that every dollar spent on tourism is a dollar not spent on centrifuges or Mercedes.
I’ve been to North Korea many times since 2002, when I first went to research for a guidebook on the land, and genuinely, a tourist ski resort is really quite a canny investment. Dollar for dollar it has the potential for a far quicker and greater return than investing, for example, in manufacturing industry, which depends on regular supplies of power, raw materials, detailed and up-to-date market data and actual access to international markets, none of which the North has. For a ski resort, the hill’s free, the snow’s free, it’s just up to the tourists to decide to come.
S. Korea urges Japan to delete Youtube video claiming on Dokdo islets
South Korea on Wednesday urged Japan to promptly delete a Youtube video claiming its sovereignty on the Dokdo islets, known as Takeshima in Japan, calling the action as anachronistic and provocative.
“We strongly protest against the Japanese government trying to damage our dominium over the Dokdo islets as Japan’s Foreign Ministry produced a video that makes nonsensical claims on our territorial islets and distributed it on the Internet,” Seoul’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement, urging its neighboring country to delete the video immediately.
The 87-second-long video, which was posted on the Youtube a week ago, claimed that Japan set up its dominium on the islets in the 17th century and it was reconfirmed in 1905, saying that South Korea has taken illegal control over the rocky outcroppings since 1952 when then President Rhee Syngman drew the so-called Syngman Line.
Video emerges in bikers’ brutal assault on Henry Hudson Parkway driver
New York Daily News
Graphic video surfaced Tuesday showing a Manhattan father being dragged from his luxury SUV by a mob of bikers yelling profanities and demanding that the victim “get out!”
The 19-second clip shows Alexian Lien, 33, being pulled from his Range Rover by his head and thrown to the ground in the vicious Sept. 29 beatdown.
The new video was obtained by WABC Channel 7, which reported it came from a witness to the assault that capped a 4-mile chase on the Henry Hudson Parkway.
Seoul Sausage, One Year After
Time flies when you are having fun making sausages. The culinary reality television show-winning Seoul Sausage turned one-year old earlier this month.
Since the proprietors of Seoul Sausage won ‘The Great Food Truck Race’ on the Food Network and opened their brick-and-mortar restaurant in Little Osaka of West Los Angeles within six days of one another, the one-year anniversary they recently celebrated was technically for both milestones.
The trio of 1.5 generation Korean-American entrepreneurs – the Ted and Yong ‘Kim brothers’ and chef Chris Oh, have started a successful catering company, become reality TV show champs and run a successful restaurant and a food truck, gaining some celebrity status along the way. They won’t reveal much about their future plans, probably due to contractual obligations or out of respect for whomever they may be working with on their next project, but you get the sense there’s plenty in their oven, including the possibility of a second location in downtown Los Angeles and some more television and magazine appearances.
First Korean astronaut addresses controversy over MBA study in U.S.
Korea’s first astronaut Yi So-yeon refuted Wednesday a lawmaker’s claims that taxpayers’ money spent on her has been a waste since she is pursuing a seemingly unrelated degree in business, saying that still her ultimate goal is to help advance Korean space technology.
“It was a decision I made after realizing that I can’t live the rest of my life talking about what I did in space for 11 days. I chose to pursue an MBA because I want to be someone who connects science with investors,” Yi told Yonhap News Agency by phone.
How Singles Took Over Seoul
More and more Koreans are deciding to stay single or, if they marry, to have no children. Like most developments this is led by the capital, where the number of people who live alone has increased more than 10-fold over the last 30 years, while that of childless couples has grown more than four times.
The figures come from data about the 3.6 million households within city limits released by the Seoul Metropolitan Government on Tuesday.
Childless married couples accounted for a mere 5.51 percent or 101,135 households in 1980, but that surged to 12.8 percent or 423,229 in 2010.
Hyundai breaks ground on US$35 million auto parts plant in U.S.
Hyundai Dymos Inc., an auto parts unit of Hyundai Motor Group, broke ground on its US$35 million plant in the United States on Tuesday, company officials said.
The plant set to be completed in the U.S. state of Georgia by the end of next year will supply passenger seats to its sister company Kia Motors Corp., which runs an assembly plant in the southeastern state.
Hyundai Dymos, which makes powertrains and seats for passenger vehicles, plans to hire 350 locally at its first U.S. plant, according to the officials.
Spend Hal’s Money: Shin-Soo Choo
SHOULD THE YANKEES SPEND HAL’S MONEY?: Choo might turn out to be the top outfielder on the Yankees’ board, but that doesn’t guarantee they will go after him hard. Choo holds an edge over Jacoby Ellsbury because he is less injury-prone and not as reliant on his legs. Choo is a year younger than Curtis Granderson and is considered a better defender, but not as powerful a hitter. Compared with Carlos Beltran — whom the Yankees like — Choo is more durable.
But Choo might be a luxury item for the Yankees. After Cano, he is in the mix, along with Ellsbury and Brian McCann, as the second-most coveted offensive free agent on the market. (If teams overlook Granderson’s 2013 injuries, he could be considered as well.)
Lydia Ko warned of Michelle Wie woes as pro
New Zealand golfing sensation Lydia Ko has been warned about the perils of turning professional.
The 16-year-old made her long awaited announcement today via social media , but New Zealand caddy Steve Williams believes the pressure on her will now only increase as she tries to juggle her golf game and commercial commitments.
Ahn returns to form for Cardinal
San Jose Mercury News (Calif.)
For Kristie Ahn, it’s never been a matter of talent on the tennis court.
As a freshman on The Farm, she captured the singles crown at the ITA Northwest Regional Championships. There was a 24-match winning streak from Jan. 6 to May 1 of 2010. But then Ahn sprained her ankle and missed the rest of the season. She played in three matches as a sophomore, suffering a stress fracture on her left foot.
Ahn didn’t feel 100 percent until May, when she helped the Cardinal win the NCAA women’s tennis title by providing the clinching point in the final.
Korean cuisine will be in the spotlight as Korean Restaurant Week hits New York
New York Daily News
It’s all about barbecue and kimchi as the first Korean Restaurant Week hits New York City.
The showcase of Korean cuisine — now through Nov. 3 — will offer prix-fixe lunches and dinners, specials and promotional dishes at two dozen restaurants.
Ten of the participating eateries are in Queens, and most of those are located in Flushing.
The aim of the promotion is to expose New Yorkers to Korean dishes, said Ja-Boon Kwak, president of Korean Cuisine Globalization Committee. The committee is sponsoring the event with the Korean Food Foundation.
Michelle Wie announced her intention to play in the 2016 Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, when golf becomes a part of the official program for the games.
Wie said that after her visit to the London Olympics in 2012, she became inspired to make it her goal to make the U.S. team and will make it one of her top priorities. She will 26 years old when the games begin in 2016.
Wie, often criticized for failing live up to the early hype of her career, has been known to step up her game when representing her country. She was recently a captain’s pick for the Solheim Cup last August in which the Americans suffered a disappointing loss to the Europeans on home soil. Continue Reading »
For Lydia Ko, Sixteen has been Sweet
Ko won her second Canadian Women’s Open championship in August at the Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton, Alberta.
by MARK EDWARD HARRIS
It feels a bit odd calling a 16-year-old a defending champion, but that’s exactly what Lydia Ko was in August, at the LPGA’s 2013 Canadian Women’s Open at the Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton, Alberta. The No. 1-ranked amateur went up against a field of 156 players—an astonishing 28 of whom were Korean-born, including the powerhouse Inbee Park—but still managed to pull out her second victory at the tournament, shooting a final round 64 to finish at 15-under for a five-stroke victory over Karine Icher. The No.-1 ranked Park would finish 11 strokes behind Ko.
With the victory, the Korean New Zealander became the first amateur in history to win two LPGA events.
“I hit a really good drive on one and I kept it to the fairway, and I think that kind of got my momentum going,” Ko said after the final round. “I was in a little bit more of a pressure position [as defending champion], so I was really happy with my 64.” Continue Reading »
Steady as She Goes
How Inbee Park, the so-called “Silent Assassin,” became the story of the year in women’s golf.
story and photos by MARK EDWARD HARRIS
In the game of golf, it’s not just how you handle your club, it’s how you handle yourself. In 2013, Inbee Park epitomized that statement.
“Very low key,” Brittany Lincicome, one of the longest drivers in women’s golf, characterized Park. “She goes with the flow, and that’s what you need out here.”
“The way she plays the game, it’s so steady,” said Paula Creamer, the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open champion.
“You would think, after winning two of them, it would faze her a little bit,” said Stacy Lewis, whom Park replaced as the No. 1 women’s professional golfer in the world this past April. “But obviously at [this year’s] U.S. Open, it didn’t. Inbee is playing so good this year, and she’s so steady. You wouldn’t know whether she’s winning a tournament or whether she’s losing it, and that’s what you need in a major. As a player, you’d like to know if she’s human, to see if she actually feels the nerves like the rest of us do.” Continue Reading »