Hold the phone? Games organisers apologise to Iran for apparent gift gaffe
Hold the phone? Games organisers apologise to Iran for apparent gift gaffe
Iranian officials react firmly to Samsung move
12 February, 2018, 06:01
Athletes from Iran arrive during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.
Then the International Olympic Committee said they would be provided for the Games, but the two countries' representatives would be asked to return them afterwards rather than keep them. The athletes have instead sent a letter of protest to the organizing committee asking for an apology.
It is not clear whether the Iranian authorities were aware of the apology when they rejected the IOC's offer.
Iran had summoned South Korea's ambassador to Tehran to explain the apparent snub.
The games' sponsor Samsung Electronics had donated some 4,000 "Olympic edition" Galaxy Note 8 smartphones as a gift to all the athletes and officials visiting PyeongChang for the worldwide tournament, but Iranian and North Korean athletes were initially denied the gifts.
"If Samsung does not apologize for its unwise action, this will greatly affect Samsung's trade relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran", the state news agency IRNA quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi as saying.
Also, an informed source told the IRIB that ICT Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi had also demanded the South Korean company to apologize, saying the minister was considering revocation of registration service for Samsung devices on the Iranian network.
Rahul wants parties to unite on AP special status issue
The entire amount is allocated to different heads but the largest share has been granted to the Polavaram multi-purpose project, which is the biggest bone of contention between the ruling party of Andhra Pradesh and the Centre.
49ers LB Reuben Foster Arrested For Domestic Violence
This time, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Foster has been arrested for charges relating to domestic violence. The 49ers' inside linebacker and former first-round draft pick now is being held on $75,000 bail in the county jail.
Speeding train kills four wild elephants in Assam
A North East Frontier Railway spokesman said the trains maintain a speed limit of 20 km per hour in the elephant corridors. There are almost 30,000 elephants in India and in 2017 an estimated 60 of the animals were killed on train tracks.
However, the International Olympic Committee decided that the phones could not be given to Iranian and North Korean athletes due to United Nations sanctions imposed on the two countries.
The IOC has made a decision to give the North Korean athletes the phones, but only for the duration of the Games.
"There was a confusion as the IOC and organizers had to review legal issues on giving the Galaxy Note 8 smartphone to athletes from countries under global sanction", an official from the organizing committee said, apologizing to Samsung for being accused despite its good intentions.
According to the Yonhap News Agency's Kang Yoon-seung, the 22 North Korean athletes in PyeongChang pre-empted the gifts by declining to accept the Samsung smart phones in the first place.
Under United Nations Security Council sanctions, the sale of luxury items and electronics with a potential dual use - commercial and military - to North Korea is banned.
Samsung, the world's biggest smartphone and memory chip manufacturer, is a crucial part of South Korea's economy, with the group's turnover equivalent to a fifth of the national GDP.
Point spread: The Thunder opened as 5.5-point favorites; the total is at 216.5, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. That George won't be traded isn't a surprise, but it's noteworthy that Oklahoma City isn't realistically entertaining offers.
She is now one title short of matching Court's all-time record for Slam singles titles of 24 - a mark she is determined to better. The 27-year-old Kvitova, who triumphed at Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, secured the win against Bencic on her first match point.
Kim appears to have chose to approach South Korea first, and leverage the link with Seoul to bring about talks with Washington . Pence and the North Korean delegation sat near each other at the ceremony but did not acknowledge or speak to each other.
Parents are being advised to check the Department of Education website as a number of schools may be affected by the storm damage. Energex spokesman Justin Coomber said 265,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the area, more than double the average.
Despite a big-money move to United in the summer of 2016, Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho never appeared convinced by Mkhitaryan. And it's too early to compare them to each other, I still need time to work with Arsene Wenger.
Dozens of women and girls testified at Nassar's MI sentencing hearings, telling judges how his sexual abuse changed their lives. The scandal prompted U.S. lawmakers to push legislation forward to establish a special committee to investigate why the U.S.
The Iranian authorities told Mr Seyed-Emami's wife he had died in Evin prison on Friday, Mr Seyed-Emami's son Raam Emami said. The vice-president at the time, Mohammad Ali Abtahi, stated she died from "a brain haemorrhage caused by a beating".
Three months later, a church in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, was struck by a homemade bomb which injured four people. A 22-year-old man armed with a sword or machete attacked members of the congregation at St Lidwina Church.
On Thursday, North Korea said its official delegation to the PyeongChang Olympics had no intention of meetings its US counterpart. The North's state-run news agency said talks with President Moon Jae-in were "frank" but failed to mention the summit invitation.
However, WhatsApp's support for payments is highly anticipated because of the app's huge popularity among Indian users. You need to then select the SIM card in case you have a dual SIM phone and select your bank from the list of banks.
The exact release date of Asus ZenFone 5 is not installed, but it will reveal during the announcement at the end of this month. Another smartphone from the Asus ZenFone 5 series has been leaked by famed tipster Evan Blass through via Twitter.
Ramo's words prompted an online petition demanding an apology from the network, with more that 9,000 respondents signing on. NBC officially apologized on Saturday , having anchor Carolyn Manno read a statement on the air.
Kim Jong Un's sister stealing show at Olympics
Abe said during the talks: "The firm trilateral relationship of Japan , the United States and South Korea will never be shaken". Fred Warmbier, who also attended Trump's State of the Union address, has since denounced North Korea.
Nunes Wants Carter Page's FISA Court Transcripts
According to Ohr, Steele "was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president". We can look back on Whitewater; FBI Filegate; Travelgate; and attacking the female victims of her husband, Bill Clinton.
Some Arkansans Took A Cold Plunge Early Saturday
Prior to 2016, the Gaels had also previously been tops among all participating Westchester teams in 2010 and 2011. Registration is taken at the event, which starts at 9:30 a.m. and the plunge starts at 11 a.m.
Ron Howard Admits Initial Reluctance To Direct 'Solo
Solo: A Star Wars Story opens on May 25, 2018 . "I think George felt pretty great about that", Kennedy said. However, Howard doesn't really want to talk about who filmed what and whose work remains in the final cut.
Watch women's short program team figure skating online
Day 2 of the team figure skating events include the ice dance short dance, the pairs free skate and the women's short program. Team USA is again in position to medal when the event concludes in PyeongChang on February 12.
Dead, 65 Injured in Hong Kong Bus Crash
The 30-year old male bus driver was arrested for risky driving causing death and unsafe driving causing grievous bodily harm. And last September, a Hong Kong bus driver who had worked 13-hour shifts for several days in a row crashed, killing three.
Virginia Tech Hokies Articles, Photos, and Videos
Whichever team gets to No. 1, it's sure to spark debate. "I will go right back to the line like I did last time", Hall said. So the edge, I think, goes to Virginia. "They played a lot harder", De'Andre Hunter added. "I" m thankful for the start.