By Mark Price The Charlotte Observer Mon., May 13, 2019 CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Shark trackers say a 15-foot, 2,137-pound great white shark is travelling up the Carolinas coast on a path toward the Outer Banks. That’s a fish about the length of a Volkswagen Passat. OCEARCH, a non-profit that tags and tracks sharks, reported in a Facebook post that the 15-foot shark named Luna showed up on tracking records May 9 at 11:34 a.m. off Charleston. It was swimming through a deep sea area known as the Charleston Bump, 130 to 160 kilometres off the coast. That section of ocean gets its name from a sudden rise above the largely flat coastal floor off Charleston, according to NOAA. Experts say the bump “deflects” the northward flow of the Gulf Stream offshore. OCEARCH has been tracking the 15-foot shark for months. It began its journey travelling south from the Canadian coast in October 2018 and made it to the southern tip of Florida before doing a U-turn toward … [Read more...] about Massive shark making its way up the Carolina coast
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SEOUL: Ever more South Koreans prefer peaceful co-existence with the nuclear-armed North to reunification of the peninsula, a survey found on Monday (May 13).Despite sharing a common language and ethnicity and centuries of history, North and South Korea have become radically different societies in recent decades.Ruled with an iron grip by three generations of the Kim family, the North has turned itself into a nuclear power - at the cost of international isolation - while the South has embraced democracy and risen to become the world's 11th-largest economy.The South's President Moon Jae-in regularly affirms unification as an eventual goal, but the picture in his country is far more nuanced, the survey by Seoul's Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU) showed.A total of 65.9 per cent of South Koreans saw unification as necessary, it said, down from 70.7 per cent last year as inter-Korean engagement and nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington stall.But when offered an … [Read more...] about Unification support falls in South Korea as talks stall
North Korea fires projectiles: South's military (Agence France-Presse) - May 9, 2019 - 4:44pm SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea fired a number of unidentified projectiles Thursday, the South's military said, as a US envoy visited Seoul for discussions on how to break the nuclear deadlock. "North Korea fired unidentified projectiles eastward" from Sino-ri in North Pyongan province, the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. The launch came just days after North Korea carried out a military drill and fired multiple projectiles, with at least one believed to be a short-range missile. It was also hours after the US Special Representative on North Korea, Stephen Biegun, arrived in Seoul late Wednesday for talks with South Korean officials on the allies' approach towards Pyongyang. It is Biegun's first visit to Seoul since the Hanoi summit between US President Donald Trump and the North's leader Kim Jong Un … [Read more...] about North Korea fires projectiles: South’s military
Saso thrilled to face world's best in US Women's Open Dante Navarro (Philstar.com) - May 7, 2019 - 1:57pm MANILA, Philippines – Having slugged it out with the best in the ranks in the Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific Golf Championship and the world’s best in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s last month, Yuka Saso now gears up for a face-off with the cream of the world pro crop in the US Women’s Open in South Carolina three weeks from now. The power-hitting Fil-Japanese shotmaker put in a pair of solid rounds — a six-under 66 and a 67 – to top the 36-hole sectional qualifier at the Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta Monday, gaining a coveted berth in one of LPGA Tour’s majors slated May 30-June 3 at the Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. “I’m so happy to have finally qualified for the Open. It’s something I’ve been working on,” … [Read more...] about Saso thrilled to face world’s best in US Women’s Open
By Thomas Walkom National Affairs Columnist Mon., April 29, 2019 Vladimir Putin has just made the North Korean situation more complicated. But the Russian president may have also opened up a new pathway to sidestep the current impasse between North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and America’s Donald Trump. Putin has done this by the simple action of reinserting himself into the middle of the on-again off-again Korean nuclear crisis. His first-ever meeting with Kim last week in the Russian city of Vladivostok served as a signal that Moscow expects to be a part of any negotiations involving the Korean Peninsula. Up to now, Putin has lain low and let others take the lead. Russia has supported, in theory at least, U.S.-led sanctions aimed at forcing North Korea to end its nuclear missile program. At the same time, Moscow has supported Chinese efforts to try and end the conflict between Washington and Pyongyang on a step-by-step basis in which each side agrees to … [Read more...] about Will Putin help or hurt situation with North Korea?