tbs eFM 101.3 News http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsMain.do Weather Update 1500 http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2315376&typ_800=Z Taking a look at the weather, it's cloudy skies in Seoul and surrounding regions at this hour. According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, the season's 19th typhoon, Soulik, may hit the Korean Peninsula this week. Moving at 12 kilometers per hour as of 9 a.m., it has changed course to possibly hit Yeosu this Thursday and pierce through the country. Meanwhile, the heat wave will continue for most parts of the nation with daytime highs reaching the low 30s and Seoul expected to hit 32 degrees. As for the current reading in central Seoul, it is _____ degrees Celsius or _____ degrees in Fahrenheit.■ Claudia Kim 201808191518+0900 6.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Indonesian Island Of Lombok http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2315375&typ_800=M A strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake has hit the Indonesian island of Lombok Sunday amid its efforts to recover from a quake earlier this month that killed 460 people. According to the U.S. Geological Survey Sunday, the temblor was recorded at 1:37 p.m. Korea time with a depth of 7.9 kilometers. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The island is located some two thousand kilometers away from Jakarta and Palembang where the 2018 Asian Games are being held. ■ Claudia Kim 201808191515+0900 Disappointing Results For S. Korea On 2nd Day Of 2018 Asian Games http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2315374&typ_800=Q The second official day of the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia did not start off on a fulfilling note for South Korea. Wushu practitioner Lee Ha-sung has failed in winning the first medal for the country. The gold medalist from the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon finished 12th in the men's changquan event. China's Sun Peiyuan made it on top of the podium with a total of 9.75 points, followed by Indonesia's Edgar Xavier Marvelo and Tsai Tsemin of Chinese Taipei. Lee received 9.31 points, due to a landing mistake. The 24-year-old said he is not satisfied with his performance, adding he will improve for the next Asian Games. Meanwhile, a unified Korean men's rowing team came in last in its qualification game Sunday. The team of Kim Su-min and Park Tae-hyun from South Korea and Yun Chol-jin and Hong Hun from North Korea finished in last place among four teams in Heat 1 of the lightweight men's four competition, in its Asiad debut.■ Soa Kwon 201808191515+0900 S. Korean Families To Start Registration Ahead Of Inter-Korean Reunion Event http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2315365&typ_800=U South Korean families taking part in this week's inter-Korean family reunion is scheduled to start their registration process at 2 p.m. today in the eastern city of Sokcho. According to the unification ministry, 89 participants will then be informed of procedures for the reunions and go through health checkups before heading out for the North tomorrow morning. The South Korean families are expected to reunite with their separated loved ones from the North in Mount Kumgang tomorrow afternoon. The week-long family reunion event will wrap up on Sunday, August 26th.■ Claudia Kim 201808191506+0900 Weather Update 1400 http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2315372&typ_800=Z Taking a look at the weather, it's overcast in Seoul and other upper regions at this hour. Heat wave alerts have been lifted for many parts of the country including the capital. Daytime highs should reach the low 30s for most parts, with Seoul expected to hit 32 degrees. However, weather authorities warn the temperatures will heat back up to sweltering conditions this week. As for the current reading in central Seoul, it is _____ degrees Celsius or _____ degrees in Fahrenheit.■ Soa Kwon 201808191417+0900 S. Korean Wushu Gold Medalist Fails In Winning Gold In 2018 Asian Games http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2315368&typ_800=Q Wushu practitioner Lee Ha-sung has failed in winning the first medal for South Korea in the Asian Games, which officially kicked off yesterday. The gold medalist from the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon finished 12th in the men's changquan event. China's Sun Peiyuan made it on top of the podium with a total of 9.75 points, followed by Indonesia's Edgar Xavier Marvelo and Tsai Tsemin of Chinese Taipei. Lee received 9.31 points, due to a landing mistake. The 24-year-old said he is not satisfied with his performance, adding he will improve for the next Asian Games.■ Soa Kwon 201808191345+0900 President Moon Offers Respect To Late UN Chief http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2315367&typ_800=N President Moon Jae-in has offered his condolences to former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who passed away Saturday at the age of 80. Moon delivered respect on behalf of the South Korean people on social media today, saying "we lost a friend who walked an exhausting path to pursue peace. He added, he remembers that where there was conflict there was Kofi Annan, and where Kofi Annan was, dialogue had begun. Moon also vowed to keep deep in his heart the late UN chief's support for peace on the Korean Peninsula.■ Soa Kwon 201808191345+0900 Ruling Party, Govt, Cheong Wa Dae To Discuss Employment Crisis (Update 1400) http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2315366&typ_800=N The ruling Democratic Party, the government and Cheong Wa Dae are holding an emergency meeting this afternoon to discuss the current employment crisis. They are said to have convened the meeting at this hour to address the nation's worsening job condition in which only 5,000 new jobs were added on-year last month. The ruling party leadership, including floor leader Hong Young-pyo attends the meeting while the government is being represented by Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon, Trade Minister Baek Woon-kyu and Labor Minister Kim Young-joo among others. Cheong Wa Dae has sent presidential policy chief Jang Ha-sung and secretary for policy planning Jung Tae-ho and others to the meeting.■ Soa Kwon 201808191345+0900 China Remains Silent On President Xi's Possible Trip To N. Korea http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2315363&typ_800=U The Chinese government remains silent amid news reports that President Xi Jinping may visit Pyongyang next month. Beijing's foreign ministry has not offered any response to Singapore's The Straits Times report Friday, which said Xi is to attend the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding on September 9th. Chinese state media haven't mentioned anything either. However, there are movements of enforced security at the North Korean Embassy in Beijing. Speculations are growing that Xi's visit is likely to occur on the reported date, given that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to make a trip to the North next week, and the third inter-Korean summit is scheduled for next month.■ Soa Kwon 201808191320+0900 Conscientious Objectors Expected To Work At Jails, Fire Stations, 119 Centers http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2315360&typ_800=P The government is reportedly reviewing ways to send those who refuse the country's mandatory military service on grounds of conscience or religious beliefs, to work at prisons, fire stations, and 119 emergency centers. Yonhap News cited a high-ranking government official as saying the defense ministry has completed its inspection into the cited facilities, following the Constitutional Court's recent recognition of people's rights to reject military service. Jails, fire stations and 119 centers were said to be in need of more workforce than public hospitals or nursing homes, and are better equipped with lodging facilities for the conscientious objectors to stay at for almost double the time active military personnel do their service.■ Soa Kwon 201808191230+0900 Appeals Court To Rule On Ex-President Park Geun-hye's Jail Term For Corruption http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2315359&typ_800=P An appeals court is set to deliver its verdict for former President Park Geun-hye over a massive corruption scandal that led to her removal from office early last year. The Seoul High Court will rule on the case on Friday at 10 a.m. Park was sentenced to 24 years in prison in April by a lower court, finding her guilty of most of the 18 charges filed by the prosecution, including bribery, coercion, abuse of power and leakage of government secrets. Meanwhile, the high court will also give its ruling on the same day for Park's confidante Choi Soon-sil and her former senior aide An Chong-bum, who were each sentenced to 20 years and six years in prison, respectively, on related charges.■ Julie Sohn 201808191216+0900 S. Korean Families Head To Sokcho Ahead Of Reunion Event http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2315348&typ_800=U South Korean families taking part in this week's inter-Korean family reunion event have arrived in the eastern city of Sokcho for registration and training. The 89 participants will be informed of rules and procedures for the reunions before they head out for the North tomorrow morning. They will reunite with their loved ones in the North at Mount Kumgang in the afternoon and spend a total of 11 hours divided up into six sessions through Wednesday. The same schedule will repeat once more after a one day break for the 83 people Pyongyang has chosen to meet their relatives from the South. The week-long family reunions will come to an end on Sunday, August 26th.■ Julie Sohn 201808191208+0900 S. Korea's Wage Gap Between Low And High Income Workers Widest Among OECD http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2315358&typ_800=J The wage gap between the lowest-paid and highest-paid Koreans has been found to be among the widest within OECD countries. Data from the organization shows that last year the income of workers in the top ten percent bracket was 4.3 times higher than that of those in the bottom ten percent. That's the second biggest gap behind the U.S., among six OECD members from which related figures exist. The gap also widened at one of the fastest rates from a four-fold difference in 2000 to a 4.5-fold difference in 2016. Experts attribute the trend to the domestic labor market structure, that shows polarization between conglomerates and small- and mid-sized companies, as well as between full-time workers and part-time workers.■ Soa Kwon 201808191142+0900 World Leaders Offer Condolences Over Former UN Chief Kofi Annan's Death http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2315351&typ_800=M Former and present world leaders are paying tribute to former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan who died Saturday at the age of 80. Current U.N. chief Antonio Guterres hailed him as "a guiding force for good." Former U.S. President Barack Obama said Annan had always pursued "a better world." Annan's successor Ban Ki-moon said he "will always be remembered and respected for his vision and courage to keep the principle and idea of the United Nations."■ Julie Sohn 201808191131+0900 Koreas March Together At Asian Games Opening Ceremony http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2315346&typ_800=U South and North Korea marched together at the opening ceremony of the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta yesterday. The athletes paraded side-by-side in matching uniforms behind the Korean Unification Flag carried by South Korean female basketball player Lim Yung-hui and North Korean football player Ju Kyong-chol. The image of South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon and North Korean Deputy Prime Minister Ri Ryong-nam hand-in-hand with their arms raised high also grabbed the spotlight at the ceremony. The Koreas will compete as one entity in women's 5-on-5 basketball, dragon boat racing and three events in rowing.■ Julie Sohn 201808191130+0900