South Korea’s ‘Garlic Girls’ accuse coaches of derailing team

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Center of attention: Bucks’ Brook Lopez lights out from 3 “We had thought we could go together with that family, but after going through the Olympics, it became clear to us they were a family that cared only about themselves,” Kim Eun-jung said in the news conference. “They don’t want the athletes to grow and get better. … They don’t want the athletes to become bigger than the organization.”Jang denied funds were withheld from the athletes, saying the team had agreed prize money would be spent on overseas training and competitions, but Kim Eun-jung said the curlers were kept in the dark about how the money was used.“We were already receiving (state) training funds as members of the national team, and we couldn’t understand why the prize money was not being distributed to us,” she said.South Korea, which has long associated Olympic achievements with national pride, has struggled to root out abuse and corruption bred by factionalism and nepotism from its highly-competitive elite sports scene, where such problems have often been overlooked as long as the athletes produce.But the pressure for change is increasingly coming from a younger generation of athletes, who have shown less tolerance for unjust or unreasonable treatment. The Korea Skating Union in January imposed a lifetime ban on a male coach who was later sentenced to 10 months in jail for assaulting short-track speed skater Shim Suk-hee, an incident that would more likely have been kept in-house in previous years.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In their letter to the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee last week, Kim Eun-jung, Kim Seon-yeong, Kim Cho-hee, and sisters Kim Yeong-ae and Kim Yeong-mi accused former Korean Curling Federation vice-president Kim Kyung-doo of verbal abuse and team coaches of giving unreasonable orders and subjecting their lives to excessive control.In Thursday’s news conference, the curlers said coaches told them what to say in interviews and closely monitored their private lives after training hours, scolding them if they met with athletes from rival teams. Letters and presents sent by fans “were already ripped open” before they reached the curlers, Kim Seon-yeong said.“We can’t understand why the head coach had to rip open and check the presents and letters sent to individuals before they reached the athlete,” she said.The curlers said the coaches withheld prize money and tried to sideline the married captain Kim Eun-jung after learning of her plans to start a family. They said the coaches also tried to force Kim Cho-hee off the team ahead of the Olympics to open a spot for head coach Kim Min-jung to participate as an athlete. They also said they had to endure a tirade from Kim Kyung-doo after they decided to stick with their teammate.Kim Kyung-doo and his family had extensive control over the team with his daughter, Kim Min-jung, being the head coach and his son-in-law, Jang Ban-seok, the mixed doubles coach. The curlers organized the news conference after the coaching staff publicly denied the accusations.ADVERTISEMENT “We can no longer work with a coaching staff that is trying to divide the team,” Kim Seon-yeong said in a glum news conference in Seoul. The players also accused the coaching staff of skipping training sessions, holding back prize money and trying to force a married member off the team.“We need a coaching staff that can train and lead us properly. We want to continue our curling careers and aim for bigger goals at the Beijing Olympics,” Kim said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe news conference came a day after South Korea’s Sports Ministry and National Olympic Committee announced a joint investigation into allegations that became public after the athletes sent a letter outlining their complaints to sports authorities last week.The five-member women’s curling team became an overnight sensation after their improbable silver medal run in February’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. They enthralled a country that barely recognized curling before they made their run and became sought-after spokeswomen in commercials. Their nickname is a nod to the famous garlic produced in their hometown in Uiseong, in southern South Korea, where they met and began playing together as teenagers. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Members of the South Korean Olympic women’s curling team listen to questions during a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. South Korea’s hugely popular Olympic curlers have accused their coaches of ruining the team with abusive treatment in a dispute that has spoiled one of the year’s feel-good sports stories. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea — The Garlic Girls, South Korea’s hugely popular Olympic silver medalist curlers, accused their coaches Thursday of ruining the team with abusive treatment in a dispute that has spoiled one of the year’s feel-good sports stories.The women’s claims, if confirmed, suggest a familiar tale of abuse, corruption and nepotism that has regularly marred South Korea’s highly hierarchical elite sports scene. Men often run South Korean sports efforts, and while the team’s head coach is a woman, men in her family, including her father, a former leading figure in South Korean curling, play a prominent part in the team’s accusations of abuse.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Kevin Durant dodges free agent discussion ahead of Knicks game

first_img(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 30, 2018 PHOENIX, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 31: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 31, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. – Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant insisted on January 8, 2019, he’s just focused on playing and not on a potential free agent departure at the end of this NBA season. “I just focus on playing ball every single day,” Durant said as the Warriors prepared to host the New York Knicks — one of the teams that keeps popping up in rumors as a potential Durant destination. (Photo by Christian Petersen / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant insisted Tuesday he’s just focused on playing and not on a potential free agent departure at the end of this NBA season.“I just focus on playing ball every single day,” Durant said as the Warriors prepared to host the New York Knicks — one of the teams that keeps popping up in rumors as a potential Durant destination.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I can’t control what people say about me, or what they say about our future and what I should do,” he said. “I come to work every single day and life will figure itself out.”Even though the former NBA Most Valuable Player could still end up staying with the Warriors, Durant seemed resigned to the fact that a potential move will be a topic of conversation, no matter what the two-time defending NBA champions are doing on the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe 30-year-old’s future with the Warriors came under scrutiny in November after his spat with teammate Draymond Green, although Durant said that it wouldn’t influence his decisions about his future.“I wish it was the other way, where it was totally about the game but I get it,” he said. “Our league has grown so much in popularity. The sexy thing is what happens in the summer more so than what happens in the season — playoffs and free agency is the big thing now. I get it.” View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? NBA looking into circumstances of Patrick McCaw signing Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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USAID, JSI Host Post Ebola Learning Confab

first_imgDr. Macauley (L) with partners including Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Francis Nah Kateh.Participants share lessons learnedJohn Snow Research and Training, Incorporated (JSI) on Thursday, June 28, concluded a one-day post-Ebola national learning conference for partners and stakeholders at a resort in Monrovia.JSI Research and Training Institute is executing a USAID(United States Agency for International Development)-funded Ebola Transmission Prevention and Survivor Services (ETP&SS) program in the country.The ETP&SS has since January 2017 supported the Ministry of Health (MoH), to reduce the risk of a resurgence of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia.The program, according to ETP&SS Chief of Party (CoP) Dr. Rose Jallah Macauley, actively works in four priority counties, including Bong, Lofa, Montserrado and Nimba, where over 90 percent of Ebola survivors reside.She said that the program has also provided limited support to additional seven counties where Ebola survivors are currently residing.Yesterday’s conference, according to Dr. Macauley, was intended to share results and lessons learned from the project, and discuss further the progress that has been made in the country’s healthcare and survivor’s system since the project began.She said that health workers in all the 11 Ebola-affected counties are not better equipped to treat the health conditions of survivors. Rather, they refer them to specialty care due to the clinician training and mentorship conducted by the ETP&SS and partners.According to Macauley, counties focused on also received specialized training in ophthalmology (eye care), rheumatology, and psychiatry, which are not widely available in Liberia.USAID Acting Health Director Jessica Healey said the ETP&SS program’s overall goal was to facilitate the implementation of the Government of Liberia’s Ebola Survivors Care and Support Policy, which include the coordination and management of Ebola survivors’ activities through the National Ebola Survivor Secretariat and the National Ebola Survivor’s Network.She said that other objectives were to improve access for Ebola survivors to acquire necessary health services and medicines through health facilities that care for Ebola survivors, to reduce stigma and discrimination as well as strengthen and build public capacity to provide necessary, specialized health services to care for common complications.Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah lauded USAID’s contributions to the country’s healthcare system, particularly with the EVD’s survivor services. “Your commitment to Liberia before, during and after the Ebola epidemic is extraordinary,” she told the partners.Dr. Jallah said that the USAID’s Ebola Transmission Prevention and Survivor Services program worked tirelessly to coordinate survivors’ care and support the ministry to operationalize the Ebola Survivor Care Policy and make it come to life.The program, she said, also provided support for medical specialists to provide long-term training and service delivery as well as support mental health. Jallah also noted that under the ETP&SS program, health facility staffs were trained on how to use and properly maintain much needed equipment.According to her, the program is also carrying out key health infrastructure renovations across the country.Patrick Faley, Head of the National Ebola Survivor Network of Liberia (NESNL), lauded USAID for funding the ETP&SS program.He outlined the program’s many contributions to the network, including the sponsoring of its recent gathering in Buchana, Grand Bassa County.Faley meanwhile called for the extension of the program to at least two more years.Yesterday’s ceremony was attended by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Francis N. Kateh, Tolbert Nyenswah, director, National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) and Prof. Dr. Robert Kpoto.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Gunmen rob female lab technician

first_imgA Georgetown Public Hospital laboratory technician was on Thursday afternoon attacked and robbed of her valuables by two armed bandits on Main Street, Georgetown.The woman, 40-year-old Tamara Gibbs, of Lot 15 Lamaha Springs, Joint Service Scheme, Georgetown, was attacked at around 13:45h.According to reports, the woman was walking South along Main Street, headed to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) to pay her bills when she was confronted by the two men as she was about to enter GPL’s compound.One of the men pointed a gun at her and demanded that she hand over her bag to which she complied. The men then escaped on a black and grey motorcycle in the northern direction on Main Street and then West into New Market Street.They escaped with Gibb’s handbag which contained documents, her cellphone and cash.The matter was reported to the Police and investigations are continuing.last_img read more

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Bantam Tier 2 Flyers play Tourney in Quesnel

first_imgThe Knights of Columbus Bantam Tier 2 Flyers had some close games at the Quesnel Tournament this past weekend. On Friday, the Flyers had trouble staying out of the penalty box and lost 7-3 to Terrace.On Saturday, in high scoring affair the Flyers were able to hold off William’s Lake in a 10-8 battle.After leading much of the next game against the home team Quesnel, the Flyers lost in the final minute of the game 8-7. On Sunday, the Flyers struggled to put the puck in the net and were shutout by Grande Prairie 4-0. – Advertisement -The Knights of Columbus Flyers begin All Peace League action on Friday, November 5th in Spirit River.last_img read more

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19 year old male arrested in connection with Dawson Creek serious assault

first_imgAs they were only “mere” acquaintances, RCMP had to conduct an investigation to determine his identity with certainty. He was arrested on October 3, and remains in police custody awaiting his bail hearing. RCMP has not confirmed whether the arrest is in connection with a previously reported serious assault in the Canalta area, when a female was assaulted in her vehicle on September 9.  She was taken to hospital by a Good Samaritan.- Advertisement –last_img

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Public forum being held on future of the NPCC

first_imgThis is the public’s opportunity have their ideas and options shared on how they would like to see the facility shaped moving into the future.The North Peace Cultural Centre has long been credited as the hub for performances, classes, conferences and other community events in the heart of downtown Fort St. JohnThis is the first in a series of three discussions about the North Peace Cultural Centre.- Advertisement -The first public forum is being held at the North Peace Cultural Centre on Monday February 23, 2015 – commencing at 7:00 p.m.The public forum is being hosted by the Fort St. John Community Arts Council and the North Peace Cultural Society.For more information, call 250 787 2781 or email info@fsjarts.org.Advertisementlast_img read more

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UEFA asked to investigate Man City over financial fair play

first_imgTebas said in his statement about PSG and City’s spending that “funding by state-aid distorts European competitions and creates an inflationary spiral that is irreparably harming the football industry.”Both clubs spent hundreds of millions of euros on new players during the previous transfer window, with the Parisians landing Neymar for €222m while the Citizens spent the highest amount of money compared to other European clubs.The French giants are largely funded by the Gulf state of Qatar, through the Qatar Sports Investments fund. Meanwhile, Man City are supported by owners, the Abu Dhabi United Group, who brought the Pep Guardiola-coached outfit in 2008.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Danilo heads the ball during their 2017 International Champions Cup game against Tottenham Hotspur, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, on July 29LONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 4 – Spanish La Liga president Javier Tebas has written to UEFA asking Europe’s football governing body to investigate whether Manchester City broke financial fair play rules.The continent’s administrative body is already investigating as to whether Paris Saint-Germain contravened rules designed to stop ‘financial doping’ in the game.last_img read more

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Spain approaching Morocco with ‘eyes open’, says Hierro

first_img“We know that Morocco is an excellent team,” he told reporters.“We cant afford to relax… We need to be awake with our eyes open and be aware that Morocco aren’t going to give anything away.”The 2010 winners drew their opener 3-3 with European champions Portugal and, after making hard work of a narrow 1-0 win over Iran, they need at least a point to make the last 16 for the first time since that tournament.“It’s always tough against teams who are eliminated,” Hierro said. “Mathematically we have not yet qualified and we have to give the match the importance it deserves.”Morocco were the first team eliminated from Russia but coach Herve Renard on Sunday claimed his side had been on the wrong end of several refereeing decisions during successive 1-0 losses.“When you look at the facts in the Portugal game, it’s totally unfair,” Renard said.“For the goal we conceded, there was an obvious foul by (defender) Pepe at the front post. Why did (the referee) not see it?“It’s unfair that we’re already eliminated but we have to accept reality.”Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets said he had some sympathy.“Often football is not fair,” he told reporters. “It’s true that at the level they’ve been playing they deserve more than zero points. But it’s hard to win matches at this World Cup.”– ‘Not focused on past’ –Real Madrid midfielder Isco has impressed in Spain’s first two matches © AFP/File / Roman KruchininSpain dominated the international game for nearly a decade, winning an unprecedented Euro and World Cup treble between 2008-2012 with their brand of high-tempo, possession-based play anchored by the legendary Barcelona linchpin Xavi.But a new generation of playmakers are making their World Cup bow this time around, including young Real Madrid trio Isco, Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio.Hierro singled out Isco for praise after the midfielder’s impressive performances against Portugal and Iran.“Isco always contributes with his quality and hardwork, he’s good one on one, he can sneak between lines and he’s hard to pin down,” said Hierro, himself a Real alumnus.Depending on the Portugal result, a win or draw Monday would see Spain play either Russia or Uruguay from Group A in the second round — their first World Cup knockout game since winning the final in Johannesburg eight years ago.The build-up this time around was chaotic, with Hierro only given the head coach role two days before the Portugal tie after Julen Lopetegui’s spectacular sacking.Hierro said the squad were focused and eager to go far in the tournament after Spain’s disastrous first-round exit four years ago in Brazil.“You could focus on what happened four years ago or eight years ago,” he said.“These lads have been world and European champions. We’re not focusing on the past, now is the time to fight to win our group.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Spain coach Hierro has urged his players not to take Morocco lightly © AFP / OZAN KOSEKALININGRAD, Russian Federation, Jun 25 – Spain coach Fernando Hierro said Sunday his players would not make the mistake of underestimating a Morocco side playing for pride in their World Cup Group B decider in Kaliningrad.Spain need a result from Monday’s encounter and Hierro vowed his players would not take the North Africans lightly.last_img read more

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Big hitters, long courses highlight 2005

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita A longer Los Serranos North took on an up-to-date look with a batch of new bunkers, the three near the green on No. 16 arriving straight out of St. Andrews, Scotland. San Dimas Canyon also was lengthened and improved from tee to green and never looked better. Empire Lakes in Rancho Cucamonga, already a valley beacon, drew raves for its new look and picturesque beauty. Nationwide Tour players and spectators in the Mark Christopher Classic rated the course as one of the best on the tour. There were more good, long-hitting amateurs than ever before. A record total of 100-plus championship caliber gunners showed up at both the Inland Valley Amateur Championship in September and the City of Chino shootout in early October. The best of the bunch was a slim 30-year-old out of La Verne. Kenny Murray, who earns our vote as player of the year in the Inland Valley, was whippet-fast, averaged more than 300 yards with his driver, won the 21st annual Inland Valley Championship by three strokes and placed in the top 10 at Chino. Close by was Eugene Choi, an 18-year-old from Diamond Bar who won the first Public Links Golf Association Match Play championship, defeating an elite field of Southern California shot makers. Brandon Hillpot easily chalked up a victory in the San Bernardino County Championship. Other top players included former Citrus College star Matt Caldwell of Covina, who won the Rialto City Championship at El Rancho Verde and placed third in the Inland Valley Championship. Gary Havro of Claremont, John Mack of Rancho Cucamonga and Mark Rossi of La Verne all had outstanding years. Accuracy was second to “rip it” tee shots. Valley courses stretched out past 7,000 yards. “If it ain’t 7,000 yards, it’s not a course,” was mainstream thinking. It was the year of the long ball. High-tech Titleist, Callaway and Taylor Made drivers and zipped-up golf balls ruled as never before in 2005. Valley pros and amateurs alike hammered out 300-yard drives, then laced their second shots onto the greens at 500-yard, par 5 holes. center_img Joe Lopez, 20, of Chino Hills earned player of the year honors for the Foothill Conference while competing for the state champs, Mt. San Antonio College. Don DuBois, 46, who played his high school career in the mid-1970s at Glendora with Via Verde head pro Mark Pailthorp, won the Califonia State Championship. Remarkable senior golfers were led by Ann Winter of Upland, who at 86 continued to play and win flight championships. Clive Panton, 63, of La Verne and Allen Belknap, 55, set the pace among senior men. Top senior professional honors went to John Powell of Los Serranos, who at 75 was playing as well now as he did when he was 30. Other winning senior pros included Bruce Janke and Rick Hunter of El Prado. One of the valley’s youngest professionals, Justin Itzen, 21, of Pomona put together four terrific rounds last March at his home course, Los Serranos South, to qualify for the 2005 Canadian Tour with a 2-under-par 286 total. Outstanding high school coaches included Bonita’s Gabe Sanchez, Upland’s Richard Kim, Diamond Bar’s Tony McCabe and Chino Hills’ John Gottbrecht. Noteworthy accomplishments: Golf boomed at Mt. San Antonio College, where coach Stan Gonta of Chino Hills led the men’s team to a state community college championship in May. Coach Kim Melrose of Upland followed with her second straight state title with the women’s team in November. A sweep for the Mounties. Late in the year, Joe Toledo of Chino admirably started his own fund-raising golf group to raise funds for cancer research in honor of his late father, Tony. Biggest surprise occurred in October when 17-year-old Taylor Coffman wandered into the City of Chino Championship at El Prado’s Chino Creek course and won the 36 hole-event, defeating superb players like Eric Fekin of Victorville, Billy Mouw of Chino Hills and Aaron Hobbs of Chino in the process. Coffman had never played either course before the tournament. Best year of all: Kevin Na of Rancho Cucamonga. Na, 22, in his second year on the PGA Tour, finished second in two events and cleaned up money-wise, earning more than $1 million as he finished 67th on the money list and maintained his PGA card for 2006. So, golf was good to Korea-born Na who came to the United States when he was 8 and made a million dollars hitting a little white ball when he was 22. MEET AND GREET Teaching professionals Gary Gentile and Aaron Hunsaker will be greeting golfers today from 5-8 p.m. at Golf Tec Learning. The valley’s newest golf center will mark its grand opening at Goldsmith in the Ontario Mills mall. “We’re inviting golfers of all ability levels to join us and see our demonstrations and latest equipment,” said Hunsaker, who learned his golf in Yakima, Wash. “We’ve been offering lessons since Dec. 1, but this official opening will stress demos, fun, food and drinks. “Everything is up to date, including videos, audios and bio- sensory techniques.” Gentile, a pro who worked for many years in the Palm Springs area, is director of golf at the center. For information, call (909) 987-1141. Phil Roche is a freelance golf columnist. His column runs on Wednesday. Readers may contact him at phil.roche@dailybulletin.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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