North Korean boss talks up prospects of unified team A senior North Korean sports official reinforced the communist country's commitment to forming a single team with South Korea, according to a news report. 'The two Koreas have already reached agreements in many parts of the discussions and future talks would focus on selecting athletes,' North Korean Olympic Committee president Mun Jae-dok told Japan-based Chosun Sinbo, a pro-North Korean newspaper. 'A unified team is the wish of our people who have been separated for more than 60 years,' Mun said, adding his committee is 'taking the lead in the discussions to realise this.' beijing pa Upgrade planned to cope with emergencies An extensive PA system will be on standby to broadcast emergency advice in English and Chinese at 8,000 busy public areas during the Games. 'In an emergency, crowded public places, including shopping malls, restaurants, star-rated hotels, swimming pools, skiing grounds and other entertainment venues should broadcast in both languages over their entire premises,' said Zhou Yuqiu, head of the Beijing municipal government work safety bureau. She said such enterprises would be fined 5,000 to 20,000 yuan or closed if they failed to offer the bilingual emergency broadcasts by April 1 when new safety regulations take effect.