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24 Oras January 17 2018 Full Episode Replay

Before the launch of the weekend edition, 24 Oras occasionally appeared on weekends during special coverages and the weekend before the elections instead of airing GMA Weekend Report. Notable guest anchors (once appeared) for the special edition were Saksi anchors Arnold Clavio and Vicky Morales. Balitanghali anchor Pia Arcangel and Reporter’s Notebook host Jiggy Manicad were the anchors of weekend edition. Unlike the weekday edition, one of the anchors narrate the headlines.


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Rafael Nadal's march towards a 17th Grand Slam crown was never threatened by Argentina's Leonardo Mayer, who took him to a third set tiebreak before being swatted aside 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) © Provided by AFP Rafael Nadal's march towards a 17th Grand Slam crown was never threatened by Argentina's Leonardo Mayer, who took him to a third set tiebreak before being swatted aside 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4)

Dominant Rafael Nadal swept into the Australian Open third round to keep his Grand Slam title hunt on track Wednesday, as Caroline Wozniacki pulled off a great escape to stay in contention.

The world number one Spaniard's march towards a 17th Grand Slam crown was never threatened by Argentina's Leonardo Mayer, who took him to a third set tiebreak before being swatted aside 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) on Rod Laver Arena.

"Playing this court is always a big motivation for me," said Nadal, who lost last year's final to Roger Federer.

"He was a dangerous opponent and I'm happy to be in the third round.

"For my team and my family, this is our favourite tournament of the year, so I hope to stay around a bit longer," he added.

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki produced a great escape against little-known Croat Jana Fett, rallying from 5-1 down in an epic third set to to keep her dream of a first Grand Slam title alive 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 © Provided by AFP Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki produced a great escape against little-known Croat Jana Fett, rallying from 5-1 down in an epic third set to to keep her dream of a first Grand Slam title alive 3-6, 6-2, 7-5

Nadal, showing no signs of the troublesome knee that bothered him late last season and interrupted his Melbourne lead-up, next plays Bosnian 28th seed Damir Dzumhur.

Surprisingly, Nadal was not the prime time men's night match on centre court, with that honour going to third seed Grigor Dimitrov, who takes on American Mackenzie McDonald later.

In contrast to Nadal's easy progress, world number two Wozniacki survived a huge scare against little-known Croat Jana Fett.

The Dane saved two match points and rallied from 5-1 down in an epic third set to keep her dream of a first Grand Slam title alive.

She looked out for the count, and was struggling afterwards to work out how she survived 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 against a player ranked 119.

Ukraine's Marta Kostyuk became the youngest woman to reach the third round of the Australian Open since Martina Hingis in 1996, beating local wildcard Olivia Rogowska 6-3, 7-5 © Provided by AFP Ukraine's Marta Kostyuk became the youngest woman to reach the third round of the Australian Open since Martina Hingis in 1996, beating local wildcard Olivia Rogowska 6-3, 7-5

"That was crazy, I don't how I got back the in the match," said Wozniacki, adding that "experience was crucial".

Fourth seed Elina Svitolina also came from a set down to overcome spirited Czech Katerina Siniakova 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.

The Ukrainian is now on a seven-match win streak after winning the lead-up Brisbane International.

She picked up five WTA Tour titles last year, more than any other woman, making her a serious Grand Slam contender.

- 'I'm talented' -

Her next task is tackling 15-year-old sensation Marta Kostyuk, who became the youngest woman to reach the third round since Martina Hingis got to the quarter-finals in 1996.

Also Ukrainian, she beat local wildcard Olivia Rogowska 6-3, 7-5.

Ukraine's Marta Kostyuk became the youngest woman at just 15 to reach the third round since Martina Hingis got to the quarter-finals in 1996 © Provided by AFP Ukraine's Marta Kostyuk became the youngest woman at just 15 to reach the third round since Martina Hingis got to the quarter-finals in 1996

Her win streak at Melbourne Park is now 11 straight matches after claiming the Australian Open girls' title in 2017 and coming through qualifying this year.

"I heard a lot of times that I'm talented, and I know that," said the confident teen. "But I know that only talent will not help me to play good. So I'm working pretty hard."

Svitolina said she knew little about the youngster, and was preparing for a no-holds barred fight.

"She has nothing to lose, so that's why I know she goes just for everything. You know, a little bit like a headless chicken," she said.

French Open champion and seventh seed Jelena Ostapenko also progressed, but she too needed three sets to get past China's Duan Yingying.

On a hot Melbourne day, Croatia's sixth seed Marin Cilic advanced, with last year's Wimbledon finalist easily beating Joao Sousa.

Croatia's sixth seed Marin Cilic advanced to the third round, easily beating Joao Sousa © Provided by AFP Croatia's sixth seed Marin Cilic advanced to the third round, easily beating Joao Sousa

US Open semi-finalist and 10th seed Pablo Carreno-Busta also went through after French veteran Gilles Simon retired injured when trailing 6-2, 3-0.

And fighting former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga saw off rising Canadian youngster Denis Shapovalov in a five-set thriller.

But Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, a quarter-finalist last year, became the latest seed to slump out in the women's draw, which has been shorn of leading names over the first two rounds.

Seeded 15, she lost to Ukraine's Kateryna Bondarenko.

Venus Williams' conqueror Belinda Bencic also ran out of steam, having no answers against Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum, slumping out 6-1, 6-3.

a car parked on the side of a mountain © Provided by BGR Nearly two years ago, Ferarri chariman Sergio Marchionne scoffed at the notion that the Italian sports car maker would ever develop an electric car. Driving the point home, Marchionne said that a Ferrari without an internal combustion engine would be “an almost obscene concept” and that proponents would have to “shoot me first” before such a car would ever see the light of day.

A harsh position, to be sure, Marchionne later explained that an integral part of the Ferrari driving experience is the jaw-dropping roar of the engine. Indeed, Marchionne did take a Tesla out for a spin once, only to snidely remark, “this is not Ferrari.”

Well, it turns out that a whole lot can change in 21 months. Not only is Ferrari on board with EVs, it’s planning on developing its own electric car. That’s right, for the first time, the Ferrari name will be adorned on a fully electric vehicle. What’s more, Ferrari isn’t just planning on developing one EV, but two. Specifically, Ferrari is said to be developing an electric supercar along with an all-electric Ferrari-branded SUV.

Word of Ferrari’s about-face came via Marchionne himself who spoke to to reporters at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit which kicked off this past weekend.

Without question, it seems clear that Tesla’s recently unveiled next-gen Roadster had an impact on the company.

“If there is an electric supercar to be built, then Ferrari will be the first,” Marchionne said during an interview with Bloomberg. “People are amazed at what Tesla did with a supercar: I’m not trying to minimize what Elon did but I think it’s doable by all of us.”

In the interim, Ferrari said it will introduce a hybrid car before rolling out a fully electric vehicle.

As for what a Ferrari SUV might look like, Marchionne was scarce on the details but intimated it will have to capture the Ferrari spirit.

“It will look like whatever a Ferrari utility vehicle needs to look like,” Marchionne told AutoExpress. “But it has to drive like a Ferrari.”

© Provided by Engadget Samsung has unveiled a sweet-looking Galaxy Note 8 you might never get your hands on. The Korean conglomerate has designed a limited edition version of its extra large phone exclusively for 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics participants. It's fitted with a shiny white back glass to represent snow and wintertime, and it's adorned with a gold Olympics logo and similarly gold accents as inspired by the Olympics torch. Inside, it's still the same Galaxy Note 8 everyone else has, minus the pre-loaded PyeongChang 2018 themed wallpapers.

Samsung will distribute 4,000 devices to competing athletes and staff members before the games begin in early February. All Paralympic Winter Games participants will also get cases that feature the Paralympic Games logo to go with their new phones.

Since the company has been an Olympic partner for decades, a special edition for the event is par for the course, especially now that the event is being held in its home country. While it's unfortunate that this version is exclusively available to Olympics athletes and staff, you may want to cross your fingers and hope that Samsung eventually decides to sell it. The company released the 2016 Olympics edition Galaxy S7 Edge to the public, after all, though it only sold a couple of thousand units worldwide.

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a screenshot of a cell phone © Provided by The Next Web Mobile messaging service Hike just launched Total, a new service that lets Android users in India make payments to businesses and transfer money, read news, book train tickets, and chat with their contacts on the platform – all without mobile data.

The company, which claims 100 million users on its platform, has been working for six months on Total, with the aim of making basic services available to people who are yet to experience the mobile web for the first time – and eventually get them online to experience the full suite of Hike Messenger’s services. And it’s actually rather ingenious.

a screenshot of a computer: You can send and receive texts and stickers on Hike's Total without data © Provided by The Next Web You can send and receive texts and stickers on Hike's Total without data

Speaking to TNW, CEO Kavin Mittal explained that while there are about 400 million unique smartphone users in India, about 200 million of them don’t access the web often, or at all – even though mobile data in India is believed to cheaper than almost anywhere else in the world. With Total, there’s an opportunity to reach that segment of users over the next couple of years.

So, how do you enable payments, deliver news, and allow for messaging without data? The folks at Hike built what it’s calling Universal Transfer Protocol (UTP), based on the USSD tech that’s been present on every GSM phone for years to deliver content from carriers without the need for 3G/4G data – it’s what powers the content in the SIM Toolkit you’ll find on your Android device, and the same system that lets you retrieve your mobile data balance by dialing a carrier-specified number.

Plus, it’s optimized Total services, which also include horoscopes, sports scores, and access to your Hike digital wallet, to fit into tiny data packets that can be swiftly transmitted via USSD. And it allows payments through both its own digital wallet, as well as via India’s nationwide Universal Payments Interface (UPI) protocol that allows for free money transfers between bank accounts.

By partnering with a couple of local handset makers, Hike has embedded UTP into the Android platform to allow for a user experience across the aforementioned services that feels like any modern app that uses data, while just relying on the USSD protocol that doesn’t cost users anything.

Building UTP is just the first piece of the puzzle. To make it easy for people to use Total, Hike has preloaded the service onto inexpensive phones by Intex and Karbonn, so it loads up as soon as you finish setting up your Android device for the first time. You’ll be able to sign into Total with just your phone number, and you’ll also get Rs. 200 ($3) in your Hike Wallet to use for things like purchasing mobile data plans or sending money to friends, once you’ve completed the KYC process.

a screenshot of a cell phone © Provided by The Next Web In addition, Hike has partnered with major local carriers Airtel, Aircel, and BSNL to make low-cost data packs available through Total, with prices starting at Re. 1 ($0.02) for 20MB at 4G speeds. While using Total, certain functions – such as viewing media-rich news with photos, or sending pictures – will prompt users to buy data.

It’s a clever onboarding scheme with a whole lot of smart proprietary tech behind it. Hike says that the first four phones preloaded with Total will become available across India in March. It’ll be interesting to see how this helps Hike grow beyond its current user base (which seems to have stagnated since January 2016), and if it can truly help more people in India get online more easily.

By April Benshosan

From Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany, and Donald Trump Jr. to Mr. President himself, we’ve Insta-stalked and demystified the First Family’s eating habits.

Ivanka Trump has said that she wants to be a moderating force for good in her father’s administration. We can think of at least one initiative we think she should be in charge of: her dad's health.

President Trump is a 6’2”, 260-pound man with a body mass index of 33.4—which, unfortunately, puts him squarely in the category of “obese.” (He’s also 70 years-old, and guys north of 70 with BMIs that high are more at risk for developing type 2 diabetes and developing heart disease.) Yes, he famously eats meatloaf, KFC, and taco bowls. He also never gets a full night’s sleep. And, making matters worse, when you throw in some staff shakeups and the routine early-AM Twitter sesh—all of that added stress can’t exactly be great for his, um… constitution.

Meanwhile, Ivanka isn’t your average first daughter—or businesswoman, for that matter. She’s a lithe and active former runway model who avails herself of a near-flawless diet based largely on muscle-building proteins and great, healthy fats. On top of that, she’s a religious SoulCyclist who loves nothing more than to say, “namaste.”

Now, those two represent the two extremes of the “Trump diet:” oily-salmon healthy and oily-fast-food… Not so healthy.

Curious as to how the entire the First Family eats? We were! The researchers at Eat This, Not That! reveal here the famous fam’s eating habits—many of which include Eat This-approved healthy kitchen staples, and others that qualify as some of the 75 Unhealthiest Foods On The Planet.


Haploss January 17 2018 Full Episode Replay

Haplos is a supernatural drama television series that premiered on July 10, 2017. Starring Sanya Lopez and Rocco Nacino.


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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea plans to send a 230-member cheering squad to South Korea as part of its delegation to next month's Winter Olympics, Seoul officials said Wednesday, the latest in a series of conciliatory gestures the North has abruptly taken recently following a year of heightened nuclear tension.

North Korea informed South Korea of the size of its Olympic cheering squad when officials from the rivals met at the border for the third time in less than 10 days to discuss how to cooperate in the Olympics.

A flurry of Olympics-related meetings has provided a tentative thaw in long-strained ties between the Koreas. But the North's reluctance to discuss its nuclear weapons program is raising skepticism over how long this mood of reconciliation will last.

During Wednesday's talks, the North also told South Korea that it has a plan to send a delegation to the Pyeongchang Paralympics set for March 9-18, Seoul's Unification Ministry said in a statement. A detailed makeup of the North Korean Paralympics delegation will be determined in further talks between the Koreas, it said.

The Koreas also discussed fielding a joint women's hockey team and having their athletes march under a "unification flag" depicting the Korean Peninsula, instead of their respective national flags, during the opening ceremony for the Feb. 9-25 Games in Pyeongchang, the ministry statement said.

It said North Korea proposed its Olympic delegation travel to south across the heavily fortified land border. Such a border crossing would be a highly emotional event garnering global attention.

The North has said its delegation would also include high-level officials, journalists, a taekwondo demonstration team and an art troupe along with athletes. On Monday, the two Koreas agreed that a 140-member North Korean art troupe comprising orchestra members, singers and dancers would perform in the South during the Games.

Despite its plans to send big cheering and artistic groups, no North Korean athletes are currently officially qualified to come to Pyeongchang though the Intentional Olympic Committee recently said it has "kept the door open" for North Korea to take part in the games.

Some critics say the North may be trying to use the Olympics as a chance to launch what they call "peace offensive" to show it's a normal country despite pursuing nuclear weapons. They also accuse Pyongyang of trying to divide Seoul and Washington to weaken international sanctions and buy time to perfect its nuclear weapons.

The International Olympic Committee is to meet with sports and government officials from the two Koreas and officials from the Pyeongchang organizing committee at its headquarters in Switzerland on Saturday.

A pair of North Korean figure skaters qualified for the Olympics, but North Korea missed a deadline to confirm their participation. The IOC said recently it has "kept the door open" for North Korea to take part in the games.

South Korea also wants the IOC to allow the hockey team's 23-player Olympic roster to be expanded so that several North Korean players can be added without removing any of the South Korean players. If a joint hockey squad is realized, it would be the Koreas' first unified team in an Olympics.

There are still worries in South Korea that adding new players less than a month before the Olympics would eventually weaken the team power and deprive South Korean players of due playing time.

"Adding somebody so close to the Olympics is a little bit dangerous just for team chemistry because the girls have been together for so long," Sarah Murray, the South Korea women hockey team's head coach, told reporters Tuesday, according to Yonhap news agency. "I think there is damage to our players."

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki produced a great escape against little-known Croat Jana Fett, rallying from 5-1 down in an epic third set to to keep her dream of a first Grand Slam title alive 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 © Provided by AFP Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki produced a great escape against little-known Croat Jana Fett, rallying from 5-1 down in an epic third set to to keep her dream of a first Grand Slam title alive 3-6, 6-2, 7-5

Title contenders Caroline Wozniacki and Elina Svitolina survived big scares at the Australian Open Wednesday, as a new teen star was born at the first major of the year.

World number two Wozniacki produced a great escape against little-known Croat Jana Fett, saving two match points and rallying from 5-1 down in an epic third set to keep her dream of a first Grand Slam title alive.

She looked out for the count, and was struggling afterwards to work out how she survived 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 against a player ranked 119.

"That was crazy, I don't how I got back the in the match, She really took her shots, she had nothing to lose," said Wozniacki, adding that "experience was crucial".

Fourth seed Svitolina also came from a set down to overcome spirited Czech Katerina Siniakova 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.

The Ukrainian is now on a seven-match win streak after winning the lead-up Brisbane International.

Ukraine's Marta Kostyuk became the youngest woman to reach the third round of the Australian Open since Martina Hingis in 1996, beating local wildcard Olivia Rogowska 6-3, 7-5 © Provided by AFP Ukraine's Marta Kostyuk became the youngest woman to reach the third round of the Australian Open since Martina Hingis in 1996, beating local wildcard Olivia Rogowska 6-3, 7-5

She picked up five WTA Tour titles last year, more than any other woman, making her a serious Grand Slam contender.

Her next task is tackling 15-year-old sensation Marta Kostyuk, who became the youngest woman to reach the third round since Martina Hingis got to the quarter-finals in 1996.

Also Ukrainian, she beat local wildcard Olivia Rogowska 6-3, 7-5.

Her win streak at Melbourne Park is now 11 straight matches after claiming the Australian Open girls' title in 2017 and coming through qualifying this year.

"I heard a lot of times that I'm talented, and I know that," said the confident teen. "But I know that only talent will not help me to play good. So I'm working pretty hard."

Svitolina said she knew little about the youngster, and was preparing for a no-holds barred fight.

"She has nothing to lose, so that's why I know she goes just for everything. You know, a little bit like a headless chicken," she said.

- More seeds fall -

On a hot Melbourne day, Croatia's sixth seed Marin Cilic also advanced to the third round, with last year's Wimbledon finalist easily beating Joao Sousa.

Croatia's sixth seed Marin Cilic advanced to the third round, easily beating Joao Sousa © Provided by AFP Croatia's sixth seed Marin Cilic advanced to the third round, easily beating Joao Sousa

US Open semi-finalist and 10th seed Pablo Carreno-Busta also went through after French veteran Gilles Simon retired injured when trailing 6-2, 3-0.

But Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, a quarter-finalist last year, became the latest seed to slump out in the women's draw, which has been shorn of leading names over the first two rounds.

Seeded 15, she lost to Ukraine's Kateryna Bondarenko.

Venus Williams' conqueror Belinda Bencic also ran out of steam, having no answers against Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum, slumping out 6-1, 6-3.

- Dream on -

Rafael Nadal resumes his march towards a 17th Grand Slam later on Rod Laver Arena, after dispelling any lingering injury concerns in his opening match.

The world number one faces Argentina's Leonardo Mayer, who has never gone beyond the second round at seven previous attempts at Melbourne Park.

Last year's finalist Nadal has said his body was feeling "good" and he had "no problems" with his troublesome knee.

Venus Williams' conqueror Belinda Bencic also ran out of steam, having no answers against Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum (pictured), slumping out 6-1, 6-3 © Provided by AFP Venus Williams' conqueror Belinda Bencic also ran out of steam, having no answers against Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum (pictured), slumping out 6-1, 6-3

Surprisingly, he is not the prime time men's night match on centre court, with that honour going to third seed Grigor Dimitrov, who takes on American Mackenzie McDonald.

The stylish Bulgarian admits he dreams about winning a Grand Slam, but so far has never got beyond a semi-final.

"I'm going to deal with it. That's all I'm really focusing on," he said about his drive to break his Grand Slam duck.

French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko is also in action later, along with Australian Nick Kyrgios who was slapped with a $3,000 fine Wednesday for swearing in his first round match.

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Kim Jong-un: North Korea has recently moved towards talks with its Southern counterpart © Getty Images North Korea has recently moved towards talks with its Southern counterpart

Japan has told an international meeting on North Korea that the world should not be blinded by Pyongyang's recent "charm offensive".

Foreign Minister Taro Kono's comments in Canada come as North and South Korea discuss Pyongyang's plans to participate in the Winter Olympics.

Chrystia Freeland, Canada © AFP Mr Kano said he believed North Korea was "buying time"

The 20 foreign ministers at the Vancouver talks agreed to increase pressure on Pyongyang.

But they also expressed support for the ongoing North-South discussions.

North Korea has in the past two years rapidly advanced its nuclear and conventional weapons programmes, despite increasing international sanctions.

Its latest ballistic test, on 28 November, sparked a new series of fresh sanctions from the UN, which targeted petrol shipments and travel.

But North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said in early January that he was "open to dialogue" with the South and proposed sending a delegation to the Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea next month.

The two Koreas subsequently held their first high-level talks in more than two years on how to make this happen.

The inter-Korean talks have been credited with easing tensions on the peninsula, but Mr Kono urged countries not to let their guard down.

"I am aware that some people argue that because North Korea is engaging in inter-Korean dialogue, we should reward them by lifting up sanctions or by providing some sort of assistance," he said.

"Frankly I think this view is just too naive. I believe that North Korea wants to buy some time to continue their nuclear missile programme."

The US echoed his remarks, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling for an increase in pressure on Pyongyang to the point where it "must come to the table for credible negotiations".

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told the meeting she believed recent sanctions and pressure had a part to play in North Korea's recent willingness for talks.

"Indeed the concerted efforts of the international community has begun to bear fruit," she said.

'Illegitimate' meeting

In their final joint statement, the 20 nations said they would consider imposing tougher sanctions on Pyongyang going beyond those required by UN Security Council resolutions.

The day-long meeting was co-hosted by the US and Canada. China and Russia, two of Pyongyang's biggest allies, were not invited.

Both countries have been accused of not putting enough pressure on Pyongyang to stop it from developing its nuclear ambitions.

Beijing dismissed the meeting as "illegitimate".

"The most important relevant parties of the Korean peninsula issue haven't taken part in the meeting so I don't think the meeting is legal or representative," said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang.

SEOUL, South Korea — The two Koreas are meeting Wednesday for the third time in less than 10 days to continue their discussions on Olympics cooperation, days ahead of talks with the IOC on North Korean participation in the upcoming Winter Games in the South.

A flurry of Olympics-related meetings has provided a tentative thaw in long-strained ties between the Koreas. But the North's reluctance to discuss its nuclear weapons program is raising skepticism over how long this mood of reconciliation will last.

The Koreas have been discussing fielding a joint women's hockey team and having their athletes march under a "unification flag" depicting the Korean Peninsula, instead of their respective national flags, during the opening ceremony for the Feb. 9-25 Games in Pyeongchang.

Such steps require IOC approval. The International Olympic Committee is to meet with sports and government officials from the two Koreas and officials from the Pyeongchang organizing committee at its headquarters in Switzerland on Saturday.

Wednesday's talks, in the uninhabited village of Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone that divides their countries, were expected to go over these issues ahead of the IOC meeting. Other likely topics include what route the North Korean delegation would take to South Korea and how much financial support South Korea would provide them.

In the talks' morning session, North Korea said it has a plan to send a delegation to the Pyeongchang Paralympics set for March 9-18, Seoul's Unification Ministry said in a statement. Details of the North Korean Paralympics delegation will be determined in further talks between the Koreas, it said.

A pair of North Korean figure skaters qualified for the Olympics, but North Korea missed a deadline to confirm their participation. The IOC said recently it has "kept the door open" for North Korea to take part in the games.

South Korea also wants the IOC to allow the hockey team's 23-player Olympic roster to be expanded so that several North Korean players can be added without removing any of the South Korean players. If a joint hockey squad is realized, it would be the Koreas' first unified team in an Olympics.

There are still worries in South Korea that adding new players at a time when the Olympics are less than a month away would eventually weaken the team power and deprive South Korean players of due playing time.

"Adding somebody so close to the Olympics is a little bit dangerous just for team chemistry because the girls have been together for so long," Sarah Murray, the South Korea women hockey team's head coach, told reporters Tuesday, according to Yonhap news agency. "I think there is damage to our players."

South Korea's Unification Ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun told a regular briefing Wednesday the government will try to make sure the joint team's formation won't cause any negative effects on South Korean players. He didn't elaborate.

North Korea's sudden announcement on Jan. 1 that it would consider joining the Games is raising hopes for better ties between the Koreas after a year of heightened animosities and fears of a military confrontation as the United States is beefing up its pressures on North Korea over its nuclear and missile tests.

North Korea has made it clear that it doesn't want to discuss its nuclear program during the ongoing meetings with South Korea. Critics of the talks say North Korea may be using its Olympic participation as a way to divide Seoul and Washington while buying time to perfect its nuclear weapons.

On Monday, the two Koreas agreed that a 140-member North Korean art troupe comprising orchestra members, singers and dancers would perform in the South during the Games. The North has said its delegation would also include high-level officials, journalists, a cheering squad and a taekwondo demonstration team along with athletes.

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Associated Press video journalist Yong Jun Chang contributed to this story.