Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Koreas have often used sports to facilitate diplomacy. North Korea sent hundreds of people to the Winter Olympics in South Korea’s Pyeongchang in February, including Kim’s sister who conveyed his desire for an inter-Korean summit after tensions created by North Korean nuclear and missile tests.South Korea’s enthusiasm for engagement with its rival has created unease in Washington, which has called for allies to maintain pressure until Pyongyang denuclearizes.South Korea last month walked back on a proposal to lift some of its unilateral sanctions against North Korea following President Donald Trump’s blunt retort that Seoul could “do nothing” without Washington’s approval.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES “The plan is to organize friendly competitions marking meaningful anniversaries between the South and North, for example the first anniversaries of the (April) inter-Korean summit and the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics,” said South Korean Vice Sports Minister Roh Tae-kang, according to a pool report. North Korean officials at the meeting were led by a counterpart, Won Kil U.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a summit in September agreed to pursue a joint bid for the 2032 Olympics and send combined teams to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games and other major sports events.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 ChrissIt would be extremely difficult to host the Olympics in North Korea under heavy U.S.-led sanctions, which are unlikely to be removed until the North takes concrete steps to relinquish its nuclear arsenal. There continues to be doubts whether Kim will ever give up his arsenal he may see as his strongest guarantee of survival. There’s also declining public support among South Koreans for hosting mega sports events due to worries over huge costs.For many South Koreans, it’s mind-boggling that the Koreas are even talking about sharing the Olympics. North Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Summer Olympics, both held in Seoul, and relations dramatically worsened on the eve of the Seoul Olympics with the North’s bombing of a South Korean passenger jet that killed all 115 aboard in December 1987. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Roh Tae-kang, right, South Korea’s vice minister of culture and sports, shakes hands with his North Korean counterpart Won Kil U while posing for a photo during a meeting at the inter-Korean liaison office in Kaesong, North Korea, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. North and South Korea agreed to officially inform the International Olympic Committee of their intent to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics. (Korea Pool/Yonhap via AP)SEOUL, South Korea — North and South Korea on Friday agreed to officially inform the International Olympic Committee of their intent to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics as they continued with reconciliation efforts.Korean sports officials after meeting at the North Korean border town of Kaesong also agreed to send a combined team to the world handball championships in January, according to a statement. The rivals vowed to “actively participate” in international sports events hosted by each other and organize more friendly competitions between them.ADVERTISEMENT Red Sox unsure on White House visit if invited by Trump View comments
Water quality authorities and federal officials on Thursday called on the state to pick up more of the tab for cleaning local groundwater, an effort estimated to cost nearly $1 billion over the next 30 years. Perchlorate contamination and a $400 million gap in funding to clean up pollution were the main concerns cited at a forum on San Gabriel Valley groundwater pollution. The event was sponsored by Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, at Cal State Los Angeles. “We have been overlooked time after time” when trying to get groundwater cleanup on a state bond, said Grace Burgess, executive director of the San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority. “The feds have done their part. Where is the state in all of this?” The San Gabriel Basin is the primary source of water for 1 million Valley residents. Volatile organic compounds were discovered in San Gabriel Valley water in 1979, and perchlorate was discovered in 1997. Solis has introduced legislation to require the EPA to establish a national perchlorate standard. To clean the Baldwin Park site, three treatment facilities have been built and another is under way, funded mostly by responsible parties, the largest which were Aerojet General Corp., Huffy Corp., Oil & Solvent Process Co., and Wynn Oil Co. But in South El Monte many of the potentially responsible parties are medium-sized or small “mom-and-pop” businesses unable to pay for cleanup, said Kathleen Salyer, section chief of the U.S. EPA’s Region 9 Superfund Division. WQA chairman Bob Kuhn said in the South El Monte operable unit, 14 companies have settled with the WQA and are providing $5.8 million for cleanup, but more than 50 are still in lawsuits. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The Valley’s six contamination sites, under Baldwin Park, South El Monte, El Monte, La Puente, Whittier Narrows and Alhambra, have been polluted with various chemicals including volatile organic compounds and perchlorate. The EPA is investigating perchlorate contamination in an area under Alhambra. The companies responsible for the pollution have funded the bulk of clean-up costs thus far, contributing 81.1 percent, while federal funds account for 13.4 percent and local sources (including water companies) another 4 percent. The state has contributed 1.5 percent to date, according to the Water Quality Authority, which projected a funding shortage of $418 million over the next three decades. The WQA oversees cleanup efforts in the San Gabriel Valley. San Gabriel Valley Water Co. president Michael Whitehead said if the problem is ignored, the burden of paying for cleanup would fall on rate-payers. “The funding gap is going to create a potential crisis in this Valley,” Whitehead said. “We need for the state to participate in cleaning this basin.” Cleanup of the basin would increase storage capacity for dry years and reduce dependence on imported water from the Colorado River, Whitehead said.