2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea; Kim Jong Un’s Sister Visiting South Korea, To Attend Olympics Opening Ceremony; U.S. Speed Skater Shani Davis Criticizes USA Team; George W. Bush Says “Clear Evidence” That Russia Meddled in 2016 Elections; Chinese Police Use Sunglasses with Facial Recognition Tech; U.S. Coalition Airstrikes Kill 100 Pro-Assad Fighters in “Self-Defense”; Dow Jones Falls 1,000 Points Again
Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Thursday, February 8. Ready for news?
The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea has started today with several competitions, with the opening ceremonies scheduled for tomorrow (Friday morning at 6 am EST).
You can watch it online on NBC if you’re willing to get up. If not, there will be a replay of it at 8 pm EST, all on NBC. Some games will be on NBC Sports Network.
They are 14 hours ahead.
The first competitions were for mixed doubles curling, ski jumping qualifying, with figure skating and freestyle skiing moguls starting tonight at 8 pm EST.
PyeongChang is around 100 miles east of Seoul, the capital of South Korea. It is 50 miles south of the North Korean border.
The weather there is cold, temperatures will be mostly below freezing. It might be the coldest Winter Olympics ever.
The games cost South Korea $13 billion to host. There will be 15 sports with 102 events.
The games will continue until Feb 25. Plenty of exciting action ahead, with full days of competition starting on Saturday.
Which competitions are you the most interested in?
The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — Kim Yo Jong — will be visiting South Korea and meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a luncheon with a delegation of North Koreans.
It will be the first meeting between a member of Kim’s family and a South Korean president since 2007.
Kim Yo Jong will also attend the Opening Ceremonies on Friday.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is also in South Korea, traveling with the father of Otto Warmbier.
It doesn’t seem like the US and North Korean leaders will interact, as North Korea said they do not want to meet with them. Pence said today that North Korean leaders were “tyrants.”
Pence has met with South Korean leaders, who has huge roles of being a “neutral host” — but with their own political/national security concerns with their neighbor to the north.
As mentioned before, North and South Korean leaders have agreed to have the two countries march under one “Korea” flag during the opening ceremonies.
There was some drama today from U.S. speed skater Shani Davis (four-time medalist and the first black athlete to win a gold during Winter Olympics).
This is about Shani not being selected as the U.S. Olympics flag bearer. He was in the top two, but lost in a coin toss.
How the process works: a representative from each U.S. Winter Games federation votes for the flag bearer.
This year, he was tied with luge athlete Erin Hamlin — who got a bronze for singles luge in Sochi in 2014, which made her the first American to medal in that category.
So the 4-4 tiebreaker was a coin flip, which went Erin’s way.
Afterwards, Shani tweeted that Team USA dishonorably tossed a coin. He said it was no problem, he can wait until 2022. He included the hashtag #BlackHistoryMonth2018.
This will bring some controversy when Hamlin carries the flag, and we can expect more questions/comments from Shani, especially when he competes.
Shani Davis Tweet: https://twitter.com/ShaniDavis/status/961534274586464256
Former President George W Bush (the 43rd) said there is clear evidence that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, but it is another question if they actually affected the outcome.
He made the remarks at a summit in Abu Dhabi.
Bush said Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is a brilliant tactician who has the ability to (find) weaknesses and exploit it — because he wants Russia to go back to the kind of power they had during the Soviet Union.
Bush said that’s why NATO is very important, because Putin will constantly push and probe for weaknesses.
Interesting perspectives from someone who has dealt with Putin. Both became world leaders at about the same time, and Putin’s still there.
BBC News have reported that police in Zhengzhou, China has started using special sunglasses with facial recognition technology to identify suspected criminals.
The glasses will compare people’s faces against a database. Police have already captured seven suspects at a busy train station. It’s also helped police find 26 people using false IDs.
China is the world leader in facial recognition technology and has 170 million CCTV cameras everywhere in the country, using artificial intelligence (AI).
China plans to add another 400 million cameras in the next three years. This is criticized by some who fear the government might have too much power.
In Syira — a U.S.-led military coalition conducted airstrikes and fired artillery overnight, apparently to stop an attack from Syrian government military loyal to President al-Assad.
Around 100 pro-Assad soldiers were killed. The Syrian government said this was a war crime, a massacre.
The U.S. supports a “rebel” group — the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), led by Kurdish people. They have control over large areas of Syria after they defeated ISIS.
The attack was because 500 Syrian government fighters attacked a SDF base.
The U.S. coalition contacted Russia about it, and when Russia said they weren’t invovled, they carried out the attack, in “self-defense.” The U.S. used F-22 and F-15 aircraft, drones, and rocket artillery against Syrian tanks and their artillery.
No U.S. soldiers were hurt or killed. One SDF solider was wounded.
This was at the Deir al-Zor province, at the Euphrates River with plenty of oil in the area.
The Dow Jones stock index had another steep fall today, declining over 1,000 points. Yesterday it went up over 500 points to recover from Monday’s 1,000 point fall, but now it’s below 24,000.
The NASDAQ fell 275 points. The S&P 500 fell more than 100 points.
The drop-offs are because investors are afraid interest rates will increase because of the growth in wages and inflation.
Naturally this will make people look at the Trump administration, as they have patted themselves on the back for record stock highs.
Deaf Bing: Child Watch
Carlos: Deaf Bing: When you chat with others, you have to constantly look down to make sure your kid is OK. While hearing parents can just look at them and speak at the same time.
But we’ve got to swivel our heads often.
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