South Korea advances to last 16 at World Cup after wild finish

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To advance to the round of 16, they just needed Uruguay to not score a goal against Ghana in the other group match that still had at least six minutes to play.Thousands of red-and-white-clad South Korea fans had whipped out their phones, too. The reward is a match against Brazil in the last 16.“We never gave up,” Son said through tears. South Korea coach Paulo Bento, who is Portuguese, waited patiently in the tunnel while the Uruguay-Ghana match played to a finish. If he starts as expected in the last 16, he’ll have played four games in 13 days at the World Cup — having only been used for Manchester United before the tournament.South Korea has advanced from the group stage for the third time. The team reached the semifinals on home soil in 2002 and lost in the last 16 in 2010.
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CCDRRMC: Security measures will be in place to avoid ‘man-made’ disasters like stampede during Sinulog 2023

THE Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CCDRRMC) will make sure that all safety measures will be in place during the celebration of Sinulog 2023 to avoid any "man-made disaster” like the recent fatal stampede in Seoul, South Korea from happening.In a resolution introduced by Councilor Mary Ann Delos Santos during the City Council's regular session on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, the tragedy should serve as a reminder to city officials to prepare well for all public events that attract crowds like concerts and festivals.The Halloween tragedy in Itaewon, Seoul last Oct. 29 claimed the lives of more than 150 individuals who were mostly in their 20s.Delos Santos said that there is no bigger event in Cebu City than the Sinulog Festival, which takes place every third Sunday of January. "Sinulog organizers must prepare thoroughly and coordinate with each other for the said event, and anticipate a large number of revealers, most of whom could be teenagers who tend to be raucous, especially after the hiatus of two years," she said.The councilor also supported the decision of Mayor Michael Rama to have the festival celebrated at the South Road Properties (SRP).In an interview with SunStar Cebu on Sunday, Nov. 13, CCDRRMC chairman Gerardo Carillo said they are crafting an operational plan for the Sinulog, especially emergency and contingency plans.But Carillo said that these kinds of events are not something new to them since similar large gatherings have already taken place at the SRP. "The security preparation is being undertaken by the PNP (Philippine National Police). We have experience handling a crowd of 250,000 up to 300,000 at the SRP. So holding a crowd of bigger magnitude that is not something new for the disaster office to handle," he said.Despite this, Carillo said they will not be complacent and will have to check everything like the identification of possible choke points, as this was one of the causes of the stampede in South Korea.The CCDRRMC will also identify access points for emergency responders for immediate and unhampered response in the event of medical emergencies, he added.Since there are a lot of open spaces at the SRP, Carillo said that they can also set up water stations so spectators can rehydrate.According to Carillo, they expect more than one million spectators on the day of the festival.However, only the grand parade will be held at the SRP since the Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan and Dakbayan will take place at the Cebu City Sports Center, he said.But on the days leading to the festival, different concerts and events will also take place at the SRP and other venues like the Plaza Independencia and Fuente Osmeña.

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North Korea threatens strong military steps against Japan

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea threatened Tuesday to take “bold and decisive military steps” against Japan as it slammed Tokyo’s adoption of a national security strategy as an attempt to turn the country into an aggressive military power.The North’s statement came four days after Japan announced a security strategy that reflects its determination to possess “counterstrike” capability and double its military spending to gain a more offensive footing against threats from China and North Korea.The North’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Japan’s push to acquire counterstrike capability has nothing to do with self-defense but is a clear attempt to acquire “pre-emptive attack capability meant to launch strikes on other countries’ territories.”“Japan’s foolish attempt to satiate its black-hearted greed -- the building up of its military invasion capability with the pretext of a legitimate exercise of self-defense rights -- cannot be justified and tolerated,” an unidentified ministry spokesperson said in a statement carried by state media.The statement accused the United States of supporting and promoting the Japanese military ambitions and undermining regional peace. It said such alleged U.S. moves are forcing North Korea to work hard to complete its plans to develop new strategic weapons to thwart enemy attempts to invade the North.The statement said North Korea wants to make sure it can take “bold and decisive military steps” to protect its sovereignty and national interests in the wake of the complexity of regional security caused by the Japanese security strategy.“Our country will continue to take actions to show how much we are concerned and displeased with Japan’s unjust, greedy attempt to realize its ambitions,” the statement said.Like in some other Asian countries, anti-Japanese sentiments still run deep in North Korea because of Japan’s wartime atrocities. The Korean Peninsula was under Japanese colonial rule from 1910-1945 before it was split into a capitalistic, U.S.-backed South Korea and a socialist, Soviet-supported North Korea at the end of the World War II in 1945.North Korea’s state media routinely criticize Japanese colonial wrongdoing. Its statement Tuesday also said Japan inflicted “unmeasurable misery and pains on Korean people” during the colonial rule.North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear-tipped missiles is a major security concern for Japan as they are capable of reaching Japan as well as South Korea and the mainland U.S. In October, North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan, forcing Tokyo to issue evacuation alerts and halt trains.The Japanese strategy names China as “the biggest strategic challenge” — before North Korea and Russia — to Japan’s efforts to ensure peace, safety and stability.

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