tbs eFM 101.3 News http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsMain.do 5:55 News Summary http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2289845&typ_800=Z South Korean women curlers have won silver. Led by skip Kim Eun-jung, the sensational team finished second after falling to Sweden 3-8 in the finals this morning. They are the first curlers in the country to bring home an Olympic medal in the event.■ South Korea's four-man bobsleigh team took home silver at the PyeongChang Games earlier today, becoming the first Asian team to claim an Olympic medal in the event. The team posted a combined time of 3 minutes 16.38 seconds after four runs. They tied for second place with a German team led by Nico Walther.■ Olympic athletes from Russia scored a winner in overtime to beat Germany 4-3 and take the men's ice hockey gold medal. It’s the first gold in men’s hockey for a Russian team since 1992.■ In the final medal tally, South Korea has finished in seventh place with 17 medals, including 5 gold. Germany came in first with 31 medals, including 14 gold, followed by Norway and Canada with 13 and 11 gold, respectively.■ The PyeongChang Winter Olympics will come to an end tonight. A closing ceremony consisting of traditional and modern performances will wrap-up the 17-day long global sports event. As did the opening of the Games, the closing will convey a message of peace. The torch will be passed onto Tokyo as the Japanese city prepares for the 2020 Summer Olympics.■ Minyoung Lee 201802251756+0900 PyeongChang Olympics To Close With Spectacular Ceremony http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2289840&typ_800=Q [Anchor] The PyeongChang Olympics is set to come to a close later tonight. A closing ceremony consisting of both traditional and modern performances will wrap up the 17-day long global sports competition. Ron Chang gives us a preview from Pyeongchang. [Reporter] Under the theme 'The Next Wave," a total of four cultural performances will combine Korean colors with innovative modern art. They will all convey a common message, peace. K-pop stars EXO and CL will take the stage before a performance promoting the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. The drone show that lit up the Pyeongchang night sky during the opening ceremony will also make a comeback. As for official events, there will be an election for a new International Olympic Committee athlete member and volunteer recognition. South and North Korean athletes will enter the stadium first holding the Korean Unification Flag followed by other nations. And, keeping with tradition, the torch for the 23rd Winter Games will be passed on to Tokyo as the Japanese city prepares for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Meanwhile, organizers say spectators should brace for cold weather during today's ceremony - temperatures are expected to be similar to that of the opening, dropping to minus 3 degrees. Ron Chang, eFM News.■ Ron Chang 201802251720+0900 Team USA Leaves PyeongChang With Lowest Medal Haul In 20 Years http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2289838&typ_800=Z The U.S. Olympic team will leave the PyeongChang Games with its lowest medal haul in 20 years. Team USA currently has 23 medals, with a chance to add more in cross-country skiing's ladies 30-kilometer mass start scheduled to get underway shortly (3:15 p.m.). If they don't win any more medals, it will be the poorest showing since the Nagano Olympics in 1998. According to the Associated Press, the Americans set a target goal of 37 medals, with a minimum of 25.■ Ron Chang 201802251718+0900 PyeonChang Medal Tally Summary http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2289837&typ_800=Q In the final medal tally, South Korea has finished in seventh place with 17 medals, including 5 gold. Germany came in first with 31 medals, including 14 gold, followed by Norway and Canada with 13 and 11 gold, respectively.■ Liyah Kim 201802251718+0900 Russia Beat Germany 4-3 To Win Gold In Men's Ice Hockey http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2289833&typ_800=Q Olympic athletes from Russia scored a winner in overtime to beat Germany 4-3 and take the Winter Olympics men's ice hockey gold medal. Russian Kirill Kaprizov scored the powerplay winner with just over 10 minutes of overtime remaining. It’s the first gold in men’s hockey for a Russian team since 1992, with the German also to return home with the best medal they’ve ever won in hockey.■ Minyoung Lee 201802251714+0900 IOC Keeps Russia Doping Ban For Olympic Closing Ceremony http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2289832&typ_800=Q Meanwhile, Russian athletes will not be able to march behind their flag at the Olympic closing ceremony tonight after the IOC voted unanimously to keep the country's ban for mass doping. The decision followed a recommendation from the IOC's executive board, which met this morning to thrash out Russia's fate. IOC president Thomas Bach said the committee could have considered lifting the suspension but the decision was made, taking into account the two Russian athletes who tested positive for doping in Pyeongchang.■ Liyah Kim 201802251714+0900 N. Korea's Senior Official Departs For PyeongChang Amid Controversy http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2289830&typ_800=Z [Anchor] North Korea's senior ruling party official Kim Yong-chol has made a high-profile trip to the South today, amid brewing controversy that he was behind the 2010 sinking of a South Korean warship. He is now on his way to the host city of PyeongChang to take part in the closing ceremony. Meanwhile, President Moon Jae-in is widely expected to make contact with the North Korean delegates in PyeongChang. Minyoung Lee reports. [Reporter] Amid fierce opposition from Seoul's conservative parties, Kim crossed the inter-Korean border this morning for a three-day visit, leading the North's high-level delegation to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics closing ceremony. The 72-year-old Kim is standing at the center of a controversy as he is suspected of having orchestrated the North's torpedoing of the warship Cheonan and Yeonpyeong Island in 2010, leaving 50 dead. The North's delegation was forced to take a different route to Seoul as angry lawmakers and the victims' families staged sit-in protests blocking the main road to the border checkpoint. As soon as he arrived at a border checkpoint in Paju, he was surrounded by reporters asking about the torpedo attack, but he refused to give answers to any of their questions. Meanwhile, President Moon Jae-in is widely expected to meet North Korean delegates at the closing ceremony, while expectations are high that there would be possible meetings or contact between the delegations from North Korea and the U.S. Minyoung Lee, eFM News.■ Minyoung Lee 201802251714+0900 S. Korea's Top Diplomat To Attend UN Human Rights Council In Geneva http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2289831&typ_800=N South Korea's top diplomat Kang Kyung-wha has departed to Geneva, Switzerland today, to attend a meeting on human rights issues. According to Seoul's foreign ministry, Minister Kang will hold a keynote speech at the U.N. Human Rights Council meeting, which starts Monday, local time. It is expected to include criticism on North Korea's human rights situation. The council has adopted a resolution on Pyongyang's human righs abuses every year since its launch in 2006. Kang may also raise the issue of Japan's wartime sexual enslavement of Korean women.■ Soa Kwon 201802251713+0900 N. Korea's High-Ranking Official Makes Trip To South Amid Fierce Opposition(Update) http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2289819&typ_800=N North Korea's senior ruling party official Kim Yong-chol will soon set off to the host city of PyeongChang to take part in the closing ceremony. A North Korean delegation led by Kim has made a high-profile trip to the South earlier today amid fierce opposition from Seoul's conservative parties. He was met with reporters when he arrived at a border checkpoint in Paju, but did not answer to any of their questions. His visit has been stirring up a controversy in the South, as Kim, is suspected of having orchestrated attacks on the South Korean warship Cheonan and Yeonpyeong Island in 2010. Vehicles carrying the North's delegation were forced to take a different route to Seoul as lawmakers from the Liberty Korea Party and the families of the victims staged sit-in protests on the main route connected to the border checkpoint.■ Minyoung Lee 201802251451+0900 China Opposes Latest US Sanctions On N. Korea http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2289818&typ_800=M China has expressed strong opposition towards latest U.S. sanctions imposed on North Korea, which Trump has called the "heaviest sanctions ever." The new set of measures target one individual, 27 companies and 28 ships that are registered in China and seven other countries. Beijing's foreign ministry claimed the new sanctions are a step too far, saying it "resolutely opposes" Washington for "enacting unilateral sanctions". China demanded the U.S. to immediately lift the sanctions, and vowed to "seriously handle" the issue in accordance to law. North Korea's closest ally had numerously stressed it is against any sanctions other than those decided by the UN Security Council.■ Soa Kwon 201802251445+0900 Pres. Moon Congratulates S. Korean Olympic Medalists http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2289812&typ_800=N President Moon Jae-in sent personal congratulatory messages to South Korean Olympic medalists, according to Cheong Wa Dae. In a congratulatory message to Lee Sang-ho, the silver medalist who won first-ever Olympic medal in snowboarding, Moon said Lee had written a new chapter in the country's history, calling him the pride of the nation. Moon also congratulated Kim Tae-yun, who won the bronze medal in the men's 1,000 meters speed skating, adding that all Koreans cheered along and shared great joy when the medalists were announced.■ Minyoung Lee 201802251351+0900 Air Passenger Traffic Hits Record High In 2017 http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2289811&typ_800=P South Korea's air passenger traffic hit a record high last year, on rising travel demand. According to the transport ministry, the country's combined passenger traffic on domestic and international routes in 2017 stood at more than 109.3 million, up 5.2 percent from a year before. Flight delays meanwhile decreased, due to an improvement in schedule management. The rate of overall flight delays dropped 3.8 percent on-year, to 9.5 percent.■ Soa Kwon 201802251350+0900 South Korean Bobsledders Become First Asian Nation To Claim Olympic Medal http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2289810&typ_800=Q South Korea's four-man bobsleigh team took home silver at the PyeongChang Games earlier today, becoming the first Asian nation to claim an Olympic medal in the event. The team of Won Yun-jong, Seo Young-woo, Kim Dong-hyun and Jun Jung-lin posted a combined time of three minutes 16.38 seconds after four runs. They tied for second place with a German team led by Nico Walther while another Germany team piloted by Francesco Friedrich took gold. Switzerland clinched bronze. (THIS IS UNCLEAR, CAN YOU CHECK? I WILL KEEP AN EYE ON IT TOO) It's also the host country's second Winter Games medal from sledding sports - skeleton slider Yun Sung-bin made history when he won gold last week.■ Ron Chang 201802251350+0900 Team South Korea Wins 17 Medals In 6 Sports At PyeongChang Games http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2289809&typ_800=Z South Korea has clinched a total of 17 medals at the PyeongChang Olympics - five gold, eight silver and four bronze. The host country is currently in seventh place. Medals were won in the traditionally strong winter sports of short track and speed skating as well as in snowboarding, skeleton, curling and bobsleigh. It's the first time Team South Korea has medaled in six Olympic sports.■ Ron Chang 201802251350+0900 N. Korean Diplomat Handling US Affairs Included In High-Level Delegation http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2289808&typ_800=U Choe Kang-il, a senior North Korean diplomat handling affairs with the United States, is known to have been included in North Korea's high-level delegation to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Choe, a deputy director-general for North American affairs at the foreign ministry, has represented North Korea's position on nuclear weapons and relations with the U.S. Seoul's unification ministry confirmed that Choe came to South Korea as a member of North Korea's eight-member delegation, raising prospects of a possible contact between the U.S. and North Korea. Their arrival coincides with a four day visit to the South by a U.S. delegation led by President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump.■ Minyoung Lee 201802251350+0900