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Covering The Multicultural Asian American Community in Georgia April 1-15, 2019

Foundation host Senior Appreciation Day for Laotian Community

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April 1-15, 2019 Georgia Asian Times

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Mitsubishi Electric Classic Date: April 15-21, 2019 Venue: TPC Sugarloaf For tickets & more info: Cha & Tea - A Chinese Tea Ceremony Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm Venue: Monarch Plaza, 3414 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta GA 30326 For more info: contact Peter Yeh at GAT 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia Awards Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019 Time: 6:30 pm Venue: Sonesta Gwinnett Place Hong Kong Dragon Boat Atlanta Festival Date: Saturday, Sept 7, 2019 Time: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Venue: Lake Lanier Olympic Kayak Center For more info:

2019 JapanFest Date: Sat-Sun, Sept 21-22, 2019 Time: 10:00 am-6:00 pm Venue: Infinite Energy Center For more info: 2019 Atlant Asian Film Festival Date: Oct 11-26, 2019 Venues: multiple venues For more info:

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Foundation host Senior Appreciation Day for Laotian Community New Asian community bank announced at Johns Creek Johns Creek, April 6, 2019 – Members of newly launched Asian community bank named Loyal Trust Bank or “Dingxin Bank” in Chinese, held a press conference to provide update on their progress and formation of the new bank. Dingxin Bank submitted licensing paperworks to the FDIC and Georgia Bank Financial Authority on March 11, 2019 for approval. The approval for the licensing is projected for July-August 2019. Bank officials are forecasting the bank ready for opening by October 2019. Principal investors of the new bank are Chinese and Korean investors, according to Rose Jarboe, Chairman of the newly formed bank and CEO of WePartner. The bank will be headquartered at 11675 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek, GA 30097.

Charlie Brown, the proposed CEO/President of the bank, has more than 20 years banking experience was introduced at the press conference. “A key differentiation is that we plan to integrate latest financial technology into our services. Our customers will benefit from the efficiency of the banking technology that we used,” said Brown. “We also hope to play a part in the community that we serves by giving back. It is one of our key operating principle,” adds Brown. The new bank plan to be active in the local Chamber of Commerce and to engage with mainstream community.

Lilburn, April 6, 2019 — M&J Foundation, Inc. hosted a Senior Appreciation Day for the Laotian Community in Georgia. Ann Rithmyxay, current board member of M&J Foundation, past president and co-founder of Laotian-American Society, chaired the event along with her esteemed volunteers. Also hosted by M&S Homecare Services, CEO Jamil Imran and current President of M&J Foundation. M&J Foundation, Inc. provides social services to individuals, families and seniors, to assist in every day challenges. The Foundation helps to stabilize crisis by providing the initial steps, partnering with businesses and organizations, working on projects or providing resources for Gwinnett County. With the assistance of M&S Homecare Services, GA Beauty School, and other businesses and organizations like Laotian-American Society, the Senior Appreciation Day was able to offer a memorable day for the elderly in the

Laotian community. Seniors were able to have a free blood pressure check to ensure their health, and then pampered by getting a manicure and hand massage. The event started out with a Baci Soukwan “Ceremonial Blessing” to jumpstart the Lao New Year in April. As part of the Lao New Year Traditions, children and families are to pay respect and give blessings to their parents and grandparents. Lunch was then serve offering the famous Papaya Salad and Sticky Rice. A beautiful fruit carving and delicious coconut dessert was a must have. A beautiful Laotian Blessing dance was perform honoring and blessing those who came that day. Ending the afternoon with “lum vong”, a traditional circle dance played by a band from Texas, to give a chance for the seniors to dance and enjoy a day all about them.

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Trump says ‘100pc’ ready to shut down Mexico border WASHINGTON, April 3 — President Donald Trump said yesterday he is “100 per cent” prepared to close down the US-Mexico border, warning Congress and Central American governments to take action to stem the flow of migrants into the country. Delays were already increasing at several key border crossings as Trump ratcheted up pressure on Democrats in Congress to toughen US laws against illegal immigrants, threatening to hurt the US economy in the name of border security. “It is a national emergency on the border,” Trump said. If Mexico does not stop migrants from transiting across its territory, and if Congress does not act, he said, “the border’s going to be closed, 100 percent.” “Sure it’s going to have a negative impact on the economy,” he said. “Security is more important to me than trade.” inRead invented by Teads Trump said Democrats were blocking reforms for political reasons but could fix the problem “in 45 minutes.” He was not specific, but Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has asked Congress to give border officials the power to forcibly repatriate Central American illegal immigrants, including children who arrived alone, back to their countries. The threat to close the frontier,

which handled some US$612 billion worth of trade in 2018, sent shivers through the economy, and drew warnings from allies of the president. “Closing down the border would have potentially catastrophic economic impact on our country, and I would hope we would not be doing that sort of thing,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. McConnell’s call was backed by the Chamber of Commerce, which said in a statement that while it supported immigration reform, closing the border “would inflict severe economic harm on American families, workers, farmers and manufacturers across the United States.”

100,000 migrants a month Despite Trump’s tough rhetoric, Mexico’s foreign minister said he had spoken with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who had told him the border would not be shut. “Until today, the secretary of state of the United States and his team have told us: This is not the policy we are going to apply, closing points on the border,” Marcelo Ebrard said at a press conference. Ebrard added Mexico continued to maintain “a good dialogue” with US authorities and that normal border traffic was expected “as soon as possible.” Homeland Security officials meanwhile said they were preparing for the

possibility of a shutdown of at least some border entry points as they divert staff to deal with the flood of migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, expected to hit nearly 100,000 a month. Officials said facilities for handling the migrants — who for the moment cannot be sent back after they cross the border and request asylum — are overtaxed and understaffed, creating hazardous conditions. “We are in a full-blown emergency. The bottom line is all options are on the table right now,” a senior Homeland Security official, who declined to be named, told journalists yesterday. “The volume of vulnerable populations that’s arriving is unsustainable... The humanitarian situation cannot be ignored and the security situation cannot be ignored.” Trump said Mexican officials had reacted to his threat to close the border last week by clamping down on the caravans of migrants fleeing poverty and violence in the three Central American countries. Mexico “made a big step over the past two days,” he said, adding that they would have to continue if they don’t want the border closed. He also defended his decision to cut off “hundreds of millions of dollars” in US aid to the three countries, accusing them of arranging the caravans of migrants.

The three “don’t do anything for us,” he said.

Long lines at border ports On Monday, Nielsen ordered an “emergency surge” of personnel to deal with the situation, including moving 750 staff to areas of the border where the migrants arrive. Many were being diverted from official ports, leading to slowdowns in processing arriving visitors and commercial vehicles. Delays for incoming traffic were three hours at Brownsville, Texas, for the second straight day, and more than two hours in other areas. On the Mexican side, Andres Morales Arreola, head of operations for border crossings in Chihuahua state, said the border between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso had “collapsed” because so many US border officials have been reassigned to deal with the migrant influx. Long lines have formed at the border since Thursday, with wait times of up to eight hours for those trying to cross. Ciudad Juarez Mayor Armando Cabada Alvidrez called on the city’s bustling manufacturing sector to temporarily cut back shipments to the US in order to reduce the backup.

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BUSINESS Scandal-prone Korean Air chairman dies weeks after board ouster SEOUL, April 8 — Korean Air patriarch, chairman and CEO Cho Yang-ho died of a chronic illness today, weeks after shareholders ended his 27-year tenure on the board of the country’s biggest carrier due to perceived leadership failings.

South Korea launches 5G networks early to secure world first Seoul, April 4, 2019 — South Korea launched the world’s first nationwide 5G mobile networks two days early, its top mobile carriers said today, in a late-night scramble to be the first providers of the super-fast wireless technology. Three top telecom providers — SK Telecom, KT, and LG Uplus — began their 5G services at 11pm local time yesterday, despite previously announcing the launch date would be April 5. Hyper-wired South Korea has long had a reputation for technical prowess, and Seoul had made the 5G rollout a priority as it seeks to stimulate stuttering economic growth. But speculation that US mobile carrier Verizon might start its 5G services early forced South Korean providers to hastily organise a late-night launch, Yonhap news agency reported. In the event, Verizon began rolling out its 5G services in Chicago and Minneapolis yesterday US time, a week ahead of schedule. But according to Yonhap, the South Korean launches came two hours earlier. “SK Telecom today announced that it has activated 5G services for six celebrities representing Korea as of 11pm April 3, 2019,” the country’s biggest mobile operator said in a news release today.

Shares of the family-controlled airline and its parent Hanjin Kal Corp jumped on hopes of better governance under new management following Cho’s death.

The celebrities — including two members of K-pop band EXO and Olympic ice-skating hero Kim Yu-na — were “the world’s first 5G smartphone subscribers”, it said.

Analysts say the death raises the possibility of a bidding war over the 70-year-old patriarch’s stake in Hanjin Kal, but his family would fight to defend control of the airline.

Both KT and LG Uplus said they also went live at the same time.

“Of course, his family will try to inherit his shares, but that can take time and money ... that opens a window for expectations about a takeover battle,” said Um Kyung-a, a Shinyoung Securities analyst.

For general customers, the services will be available from tomorrow — the previous launch date — when Samsung Electronics rolls out the Galaxy S10 5G, the world’s first available smartphone using the technology. Verizon’s system will work with Lenovo’s Moto Z3 smartphone, while rival US carrier AT&T deployed what it called its 5G E network in 12 cities last year — although it is slower than other 5G systems and questions have been raised over whether it is fully fifth-generation. Experts say 5G will bring smartphones near-instantaneous connectivity — 20 times faster than 4G — allowing users to download entire movies in less than a second. The technology is crucial for the future development of devices such as self-driving vehicles and is expected to bring about US$565 billion in global economic benefits by 2034, according to the London-based Global System for Mobile Communications, an industry alliance.

Inheritance tax the family needs to pay may amount to around 170 billion won, worth half the entire Hanjin stake held by Cho, some analysts estimate. Cho holds a 17.8 per cent stake in Hanjin Kal. Cho, his relatives and the family’s academic foundations own a total 29 per cent of the holding firm. Cho’s only son, company President Cho Won-tae, is widely seen as his successor. A South Korean activist fund is the No.2 shareholder after the Cho family and recently boosted its stake to 13.5 per cent, vowing to take a role in management to fix poor governance. Korean Air has been plagued by scandals involving founding family members, culminating in the indictment of Cho in 2018 on charges of embezzlement and breach of trust. Cho denied the charges.

The troubles began after Cho’s eldest daughter, Heather Cho, made headlines in 2014 when she lost her temper over the way she had been served nuts in first class and ordered the Korean Air plane to return to its gate at a New York airport. The “nut rage” incident tarnished the carrier’s image, while subsequent scandals involving Cho’s daughters only deepened concerns around the family’s leadership. Shareholders forced Cho off the board in a landmark vote on March 27, making him the first founding family member of any South Korean corporate giant to be ousted in such a manner. The vote added momentum to growing shareholder activism in Asia’s No.4 economy, long dominated by family-run business empires accused of ignoring minority investors. After the announcement of Cho’s death, Hanjin Kal jumped almost 25 per cent to a more than two-month high, while the broader market was flat. Korean Air ended 1.9 per cent higher.

Lung disease Before his family’s high-handedness became an object of public ridicule, Cho was known for his business acumen. He gained a reputation for daring and smarts as he built the airline into one of Asia’s biggest, operating 166 planes with international flights to 111 cities in 43 countries.

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Singapore casino resort to get US$3.3b expansion China-backed trade pact to be finalised this year, SE Asian official says Chiang Rai, April 6, 2019 — Southeast Asian countries engaged in talks on a major China-backed trade pact expect to finalise it this year, the finance minister of Thailand, which is the current chair of the 10-nation Asean grouping, said yesterday. “The RCEP is very important for this area, especially at a time that protectionism is increasing in this world,” Apisak Tantivorawong said, referring to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) pact. “I’ve heard that we will finalise by November this year,” he told a news conference, referring to the agreement. He was speaking after a meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai. “Hopefully we can conclude by the end of the year,” added the grouping’s secretary general, Lim Jock Hoi.

Negotiations began in 2012 on RCEP, which envisions the creation of a free trade zone encompassing 45 per cent of the world’s population and more than a third of its GDP, but does not involve the United States. In a joint statement, the grouping said it was committed to international trade and investment as key engines of growth and development. “We reiterate our commitment to the pursuit of an integrated Asean to support economic growth and strengthen financial stability in the region amidst heightened uncertainties arising from trade tension and policy adjustments of advanced economies,” it said. Asean groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. — Reuters

SINGAPORE, April 4 — A major casino resort on Singapore’s waterfront is to get a US$3.3 billion expansion, including a new tower featuring luxury rooms and a 15,000-seat arena, its owner said. Marina Bay Sands, with its three towers and boat-shaped top level, is one of the best-known buildings in the city-state and a major tourist attraction. Since opening in 2010, the resort has attracted over 330 million visitors, and is part of a strategy by the government to draw more tourists to the city. Owner Las Vegas Sands, which also operates casinos in the US and Macau, said yesterday it had struck an agreement with the Singapore government for the Sg$4.5 billion (US$3.3 billion) expansion. The new hotel tower will feature around 1,000 rooms, all suites, as well as a rooftop swimming pool and restaurant. It will also feature ballrooms and exhibition halls. The new arena is aimed at attracting top performers from around the world.

“New luxury hotel accommodations and a world-class entertainment venue are exactly the catalysts we need to drive additional visitation to Singapore,” said Rob Goldstein, the company’s president and chief operating officer. Las Vegas Sands gave no timeline for the project. Singapore’s second casino operator, Resorts World Sentosa, will also invest Sg$4.5 billion in a major overhaul. This will include adding extra attractions at the Universal Studios theme park and an expansion to an aquarium. The government said it had also agreed to allow both resorts to slightly expand their casino space. In a bid to keep the focus on attracting foreign visitors, authorities said the casino entry fee for Singaporeans and permanent residents would be raised by 50 per cent to Sg$150. Entry is free for tourists. The expansion will create up to 5,000 new jobs in the country of 5.6 million, the government said. Singapore attracted a record 18.5 million visitors in 2018.

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Halsey teases new track with K-pop band BTS Los Angeles, April 9, 2019 — On Sunday, South Korean entertainment company BigHit, which manages BTS, shared a teaser of the collaborative track Boy With Luv, which will be the band’s lead single for their upcoming album.

The title Boy With Luv recalls BTS’s 2014 single Boy In Luv, featured in their second extended play Skool Luv Affair. The track will appear on their upcoming studio album Map of the Soul: Persona, which follows their Love Yourself trilogy.

The video is set in an old-school theatre named after BTS’s upcoming album Map of the Soul: Persona. Halsey — dressed in pink from head to toe — closes up a ticket booth and walks past the band’s seven members sitting on a bench on the sidewalk, also all dressed in pink. The clip then jumps to BTS performing beneath a neon sign that reads “Love”, before the song’s title appears in English and Korean.

According to the music video teaser, Boy With Luv will be released on April 12 — the same day Map of the Soul: Persona premieres worldwide.

Blackpink is fastest artist to hit 100 million views on YouTube, toppling Psy SEOUL, April 7 — The girls of Blackpink hit a new milestone by amassing 100 million views on YouTube in just 2 days and 14 hours. This makes them the fastest artist in YouTube history, dethroning long-reigning king Psy who previous held the record with his track Gangnam Style. The group is doing pretty well with their latest release “Kill This Love” with the title track topping charts in Korea and iTunes. It has already reached triple platinum certification in China with 250,000 digital copies sold on music platform QQ Music. The girls will also be one of the featured acts at Coachella happening April 12-14. BlackPink will be the first ever K-pop girl group to play the festival.

Unusually, physical copies of the new Blackpink album will only ship April 23 despite a digital release on April 5. That might annoy fans but it’s definitely not a hindrance to the girl’s growing global popularity.

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In reserved Japan, talking to someone called key in suicide reduction Tokyo, April 8, 2019 — All the phones at a Japanese suicide hot line started ringing at 8:00pm on a Friday night, exactly when it opened, filling a narrow room off a Tokyo back street with the voices of those trying to help. “Is it trouble at work, or something at home?” asked Machiko Nakayama, a hot line volunteer in her 60s, speaking softly into her headset. “You feel like you want to die?” In Japan, a place known for personal reserve, experts and volunteers say allowing people to express their innermost feelings has helped reduce suicides by nearly 40 per cent from their 2003 peak.

Vintage Karl Lagerfeld drawings to go under the hammer London, April 9, 2019 — Rare sketches made by the late fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld are set to go under the hammer this month. The images — which date from the 1960s when Lagerfeld worked for the fashion house Tiziani in Rome — will be available for purchase on April 18 via a live auction, as reported by Vogue UK. The event is being held by Urban Culture Auctions in association with Palm Beach Modern Auction, in Florida. The 125 lots include annotated drawings from Lagerfeld’s time with the company, which was launched in 1963 in Rome by the American creative Evans Richards. Lagerfeld, who was employed as Richards’ fellow couturier, stayed with the label until 1969.

Lagerfeld, who went on to head up the houses of Chanel and Fendi, carving out a career as a fashion titan, was known for throwing away his drawings, making this series something of a rarity. “These sketches are the work of one of the most brilliant couturiers of the last half century,” Rico Baca, co-owner of Urban Culture Auctions, told Vogue UK. “They are very rare and might not have survived had they remained in Lagerfeld’s possession.” Lagerfeld died on February 19, aged 85. He was succeeded at Chanel by the designer Virginie Viard, who worked with him for the last 30 years of his career.

“The fact that I couldn’t talk about my feelings at all became oppressive,” said author and suicide activist Akita Suei, whose mother killed herself in 1955, when he was a child. “So once I finally was able to talk... all of a sudden my mood became much lighter.” Operating every day, almost always from 8pm to 5:30am, the phones at Befrienders Worldwide Tokyo are rarely silent, staffed by about 40 volunteers working four at a time in three-hour shifts. “If the phones stop ringing for a few minutes, we worry they’re broken,” said Nakayama, who volunteered for 20 years and now is the director. Befrienders is one of scores of organisations operating hot lines around Japan. They advertise with messages like “Are you down? There are people to help lift you up” in Tokyo’s vast network of subways, the site of many suicide attempts. “There are still very closed-off aspects to society here; it’s really hard to talk about personal things — especially for men, who since the old days

have scorned ‘letting things out,’” said Yoshie Otsuhata, subdirector of the helpline. Most callers are in their 30s and 40s, with 56 per cent of them women and 43 per cent men in 2018. Listening saves About 450 kilometres north of Tokyo, largely rural Akita prefecture, which for decades had the highest suicide rate in Japan, also emphasises outreach. Alongside hot lines, there is a network of trained “listeners,” who connect with the area’s lonely and isolated elderly. Sumiko, a formerly active 73-yearold woman who is largely bedridden after a fall, thought there was no meaning to life until Ume Ito, a “listener,” started visiting two years ago. “Everyone left for the day. People would call, but they’d just say ‘keep fighting’ and hang up really soon,” recalled Sumiko, wearing a pink bathrobe as she sat in a hospital bed in a windowless inner room of her son’s home, two mobile phones propped on a nearby dresser. Ito said most of the people she visits insist at first that they want to die. But over weeks and months, their mood brightens. “Our work is to give them enough space in their hearts to think,” she said. Sumiko, whose health is gradually improving, says Ito’s visits have given her a new goal. “I want to get stronger as fast as possible and become a listener,” she said. “If I could help even just one or two people, that’d be great.”

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Artist Christo to wrap Arc de Triomphe in Paris Paris, April 3 — The artist Christo is to wrap the Arc de Triomphe in Paris next year, French officials said today. The Bulgarian-born artist, famous for wrapping the Reichstag in Berlin along with his late wife Jeanne-Claude, will cover the massive monument with 25,000 meters of silvery-blue recyclable material. It will then be tied up with a red cord for two weeks next April, the Pompidou Centre modern art gallery announced. The “wrapping” will coincide with a major exhibition at the Paris gallery of Christo’s work with Jeanne-Claude, focusing on how they wrapped the oldest bridge in the French capital in 1985.

“Thirty-five years after JeanneClaude and I wrapped the PontNeuf, I can’t wait to work again in Paris on the Arc de Triomphe,” 83-year-old Christo said. No public money will put into the project, the French national monuments service (CNM) said. Instead the wrapping of the “Arc de Triomphe will be financed from the sale of Christo’s preparatory drawings, studies and models and original lithographs of other subjects,” it added. Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who died in 2009, first came up with the idea of wrapping the Arc de Triomphe in 1962.

“Nearly 60 years later the project is finally becoming reality,” the CNM said in a statement. Officials insisted that the wrapping of the monument, which sits at the top of the French capital’s most famous avenue, the Champs-Elysees, will not affect the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier underneath it. The commemorative flame by the grave will still burn and volunteers will continue to stand guard next to it. Christo met Jeanne-Claude in Paris in 1958 when he was painting a portrait of her mother. The couple, who were born on the same day in 1935, made head-

lines worldwide when they planted thousands of giant umbrellas on hillsides in Japan and California in 1991. They later installed 7,500 vinyl gates along the frozen pathways of New York’s Central Park in 2005. The Arc de Triomphe wrapping will run from April 6 to 19, 2020.

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Beyonce and Adidas announce creative partnership Los Angeles April 5, 2019 — The singer will relaunch her Ivy Park brand with Adidas, as well as develop new signature shoes and apparel for the German sportswear giant.

creativity, growth and social responsibility at the forefront of business. I look forward to re-launching and expanding Ivy Park on a truly global scale with a proven, dynamic leader.”

Adidas has named Beyoncé as its newest creative partner, a collaboration that will include the relaunch of Beyoncé’s three-year-old Ivy Park brand, previously associated with Topshop.

“Beyoncé and adidas are natural partners, both with a deep respect for and commitment to creativity, equity and creators,” said a statement from Adidas.

The musician will also design and develop signature shoe and clothing lines for Adidas. An associated programme will focus on empowering and supporting upcoming athletes, creators and leaders. “This is the partnership of a lifetime for me,” said Beyoncé. “adidas has had tremendous success in pushing creative boundaries. We share a philosophy that puts

“Neither ascribes to the typical stereotypes of athletes and what athleisure clothing and footwear should be, and instead, will bring to life a shared vision of inclusion that will forever alter the opportunities and landscape for all.” Beyoncé launched her activewear label Ivy Park in 2016 in collaboration with Topshop’s parent company Arcadia Group, and acquired full ownership of the brand in November 2018.

Céline Dion is the newest face of L’Oréal Paris Paris, April 4 — Céline Dion has joined the L’Oréal Paris family. The Canadian megastar took to Instagram to share the news that she has been snapped up as a spokeswoman for the beauty giant, telling her three million followers: “I’m excited to use my voice to empower others to feel beautiful, confident, and to learn to embrace themselves.” In a video clip posted to the L’Oréal Paris Hair account, she talks about the importance of following your dreams and feeling free. According to Elle, the 51-year-old singer will kick off her debut major beauty contract by starring in a TV campaign for the label’s Excellence Hair Colour, which will air on April 22. “Céline Dion is a woman of innate self-worth — following her heart to achieve success, challenge stereotypes and trailblaze the path for so many other women — and fully embodies our

brand mission,” L’Oréal Paris Global Brand President Pierre-Emmanuel Angeloglou told Fashionista via a press release. “Signing Céline Dion as the newest member of the L’Oréal Paris family builds on our mission of aligning with spokeswomen who are strong, self-empowered, assertive, diverse and inclusive.” The move is the latest milestone in an impressive career for Dion, who is set to finish her long-running Las Vegas residency this June and has been named the headline act for the BST Hyde Park festival in July. The new role sees her join a cohort of inspirational women acting as L’Oréal Paris ambassadors, including Jane Fonda, Eva Longoraia and Julianne Moore.

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Spurs must act big in new stadium says Pochettino LONDON, April 4 — Mauricio Pochettino has urged his Tottenham chiefs to think big in the transfer market as they prepare to open their expensive new stadium. With the new 62,062-seat abode set to be used for the first time in the Premier League when Crystal Palace visit on Wednesday, Tottenham have laid the foundations for the club’s future.

On the eve of Tottenham’s return home, Pochettino delivered a message for chairman Daniel Levy that echoed the one he made at the end of last season, when he told the club to be “brave and take risks.” “If we want to challenge the big clubs in Europe because now it looks like when you arrive at the stadium it looks like a big club,” Pochettino said.

The swanky stadium and their superb training ground give Tottenham among the best infrastructure in Europe.

“Before you could say, ‘Yeah, but the stadium only holds 36,000.’ But now, when you arrive here there is no point in thinking like a small club.

But that is not matched by their investment in a squad which is in danger of failing to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League after five games without a win.

“You must think like a big club, to be close to the big clubs, the way that the big clubs think.

While they splashed out £1 billion for the stadium due to escalating building costs, Tottenham have gone through the last two transfer windows without making a signing and their wage bill is nothing like their other top-four rivals.

“If you want to compare to Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus or Real Madrid, you can’t think you are Tottenham with 36,000. “We need to think like a big club and that is the most important step that we need to make.”

Pochettino warning Pochettino was linked with the Manchester United and Real Madrid jobs before they were filled by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Zinedine Zidane respectively. But he dropped another hint to Levy that he won’t stick around much longer without serious investment. “Of course, you say to me, ‘With you? Without you?’ I don’t know. That is about Daniel,” he said. “But I think my responsibility, like it was five years ago, is to tell the club, ‘Now, we’ve finished the new stadium, we are going to think like a big club. What does it mean to think like a big club?’” Pochettino used Tottenham’s most recent opponents Liverpool, who they lost 2-1 to on Sunday, as an example to highlight what he thinks the club need to do.

“I was talking with Daniel after the Liverpool game and sometimes people compare us with Liverpool. (Virgil) Van Dijk was £75 million 18 months ago. The keeper (Allison) was £70 million,” he said. “They had two midfielders on the bench who they spent more than £100 million on in the summer. “The people sometimes say an opinion of Tottenham is like Liverpool. In what? Yes, now we are going to be better than Liverpool because we have a better stadium and better training ground. “But now is another thing to compete as we need to operate maybe similar to them in the future or not. We will see which is the project.”

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Once all-male Augusta National to see first woman winner

AUGUSTA, April 3 — Augusta National Golf Club, an all-male enclave from its 1933 formation until 2012, will crown a historic first woman as a tournament champion on Saturday ahead of next week’s 83rd Masters. The inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur will conclude with 30 players driving down fabled Magnolia Lane and competing over the legendary 18-hole layout. Two earlier rounds at nearby Champions Retreat were set to get underway today, a global field of 72 fighting for the chance to play at Augusta National at the weekend. “This championship is fantastic for women’s golf,” said Swedish 10-time major champion Annika Sorenstam. “Young girls are going to be energized and motivated by seeing this event unfold for years to come.” The iconic course will be tested by top young women on the same week the LPGA Tour plays its first major championship of the year, the ANA Inspiration, at Rancho Mirage, California, with Augusta National aiming to establish its own classic tournament. “I think it’s going to be wonderful for the world of golf,” said two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw. Augusta National saw a 2003 protest

over its lack of female members but waited until August 2012 before ex-US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and businesswoman Darla Moore broke the gender barrier at the club. “It’s just another step. Things at Augusta National don’t happen very rapidly,” said 1986 and 1987 US Women’s Amateur champion Kay Cockerill, now a television commentator. “They are sort of a slow-moving wheel and the wheel is moving.” But it does inspire dreams that top women’s professionals might someday play shots through “Amen Corner” in their own high-profile event. “You have to start somewhere,” said Cockerill. “Maybe down the road we’ll have a professional women’s event at Augusta. And that would be my hope. “I don’t know if you have to have a women’s Masters But I’d like to pipe dream and think that would be the ultimate end point.” Fred Ridley, a father of three daughters who became Augusta National chairman in 2017, announced the event last April, hopeful it would extend the amateur golf legacy of club co-founder Bobby Jones and advance women’s golf. “We believe the Augusta National Women’s Amateur will have a significant and lasting impact on the future of

the women’s game,” Ridley said. “Our hope and expectation is that this event will further energize those who already love the sport and inspire others through the dream of competing at Augusta National.” Ridley made it clear how far Augusta National has come regarding women as members in the past decade. “We are delighted to have several women as members in our club,” he said last April. “They are great contributors. They have added to our culture. And while I won’t go into specifics, I will assure you that there will be more women members at Augusta National.”

Girls can dream of ANGC Since Martha Burk, then-chair of the National Council of Women’s Organizations, led a 2003 protest over the lack of women members, the Masters also launched the Drive, Chip and Putt contest in 2013, bringing boys and girls to the practice range and 18th green at Augusta to compete. Three women in the Amateur have taken part over the years. “Augusta National is the biggest stage in golf. There are people within Augusta National that believe women are worthy of this stage and have bought into what this event could be,” said TV commentator Paige Mackenzie, a former amateur star who played eight LPGA seasons.

The event gives women a dream of playing Augusta National that only boys have enjoyed until now. “Young boys picture themselves playing the Masters there and young girls have never had that opportunity,” Mackenzie said. “The only visual a lot of young girls are going to have is that they are welcome there and that’s really important.” Mackenzie said the image of women playing Augusta National and lifting a trophy all their own, if not donning a green jacket, is important for those dreaming of the chance and those who never had the opportunity. “The players are making history out there this week but they’re also part of history,” she said. “That’s so important to have, a women’s reference, when you are talking about one of the most iconic courses in the world. “In some ways, they are representing all women’s golfers.”

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Insomnia common among cancer patients April 12, 2019 -- Roughly half of patients with cancer have symptoms of insomnia, and many may have sleep problems that linger for at least a year, a small study suggests. Up to 10 percent of adults in the developed world suffer from chronic insomnia, and cancer patients are particularly prone to it, researchers note in Sleep Medicine. Even though sleep disorders have been tied to worse outcomes for cancer patients, research to date on hasn’t offered a clear picture of what circumstances might make sleep problems more likely in people being treated for tumors. For the current study, researchers examined data on 405 cancer patients in Germany who were 59 years old on average and completed two assessments of insomnia severity: once when they joined the study and again twelve months later. The most common malignancies were breast cancer, tumors of the prostate or testicles, and colorectal cancer. Most patients - 83 percent - were being treated for a first-time cancer. The rest of them had a relapses

or secondary tumors in a different location than the original cancer. At the start of the study, 49 percent of the patients had insomnia symptoms, and 13 percent had severe enough sleep problems to meet the clinical definition of insomnia, the study found. After a year, 64 percent of the patients who started out with insomnia were still suffering from symptoms. “This matters for patients because they may assume that their insomnia will disappear over time, as their cancer treatment concludes or their mood improves,” said Eric Zhou of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. “Unfortunately, this is often not the case,” Zhou, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email. By the end of the year-long study, 53 percent of women and 39 percent of men had insomnia symptoms. For women, the only factor that appeared to influence whether they had insomnia at the end of the study is whether they had it at the start.

With men, however, having depression or using psychiatric medications at the start of the study was associated with a greater risk of insomnia by the end. Among both women and men, levels of distress, depression and anxiety increased over the year. The study wasn’t a controlled experiment designed to prove whether or how cancer might cause insomnia or if sleep problems might impact outcomes for people with cancer. Another limitation is that study participants may not have accurately recalled and reported on any symptoms, lead author Katharina Schieber of Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nurnberg and colleagues write. Schieber didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Still, the results offer fresh evidence that cancer-related insomnia won’t go away on its own, said Sheila Garland of Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. “Insomnia may be more preva-

lent in cancer for a few reasons,” Garland, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email. “First, the psychological effects of a cancer diagnosis and the impact of treatments are enough on their own to lead to problems sleeping,” Garland said. “But other behaviors may either make sleep worse or make it more likely that a short-term or temporary sleep problem becomes a chronic and long-standing disorder known as insomnia.” Making matters worse, cancer patients who worry about insomnia compromising their cancer outcomes are apt to develop even worse and more frequent insomnia, Garland said. “The best advice is to seek help early instead of trying to fix it on your own,” Garland advised. Reuters

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Elite U.S. school MIT cuts ties with Chinese tech firms Huawei, ZTE The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has severed ties with Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp as U.S. authorities investigate the Chinese firms for alleged sanctions violations, it said on Wednesday. The Logo of Huawei is seen at its showroom in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China March 29, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu MIT is the latest top U.S. education institution to unplug telecom equipment made by Huawei and other Chinese companies to avoid losing federal funding. “MIT is not accepting new engagements or renewing existing ones with Huawei and ZTE or their respective subsidiaries due to federal investigations regarding violations of sanction restrictions,” Maria Zuber, its vice president for research, said in a letter on its website Collaborations with China, Russia and Saudi Arabia would face additional administrative review procedures, Zuber added. “The institute will revisit collaborations with these entities as circumstances dictate,” she said. Britain’s Oxford University stopped accepting funding from Huawei this year. Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei and the daughter

of its founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested in Canada in December at the request of the United States on charges of bank and wire fraud in violation of U.S. sanctions against Iran.

Scientists solve mystery of pristine weapons of China’s Terracotta Warriors Beijing, April 5, 2019 — For decades, scientists have been perplexed by the marvelous preservation of bronze weapons associated with China’s famed Terracotta Warriors, retaining shiny, almost pristine surfaces and sharp blades after being buried for more than two millennia.

She denies wrongdoing. U.S. sanctions forced ZTE to stop most business between April and July last year after Commerce Department officials had said it broke a pact and was caught illegally shipping U.S.-origin goods to Iran and North Korea. The sanctions were lifted after ZTE paid $1.4 billion in penalties. In Beijing, the Foreign Ministry referred questions to the two companies, but said Chinese firms were required to abide by local laws. “At the same time, we ask that governments in countries where they are based provide a just, fair, and nondiscriminatory environment,” its spokesman, Geng Shuang, told a news briefing on Thursday. Chinese telecoms equipment makers have also been facing mounting scrutiny, led by the United States, amid worries Beijing could use their equipment for spying. The companies, however, have said the concerns are unfounded. - Reuters

Research by an international team of scientists published yesterday may solve the mystery while putting to rest an intriguing hypothesis: that ancient Chinese artisans employed an unexpectedly advanced preservation method using the metal chromium. The fine preservation of weapons including swords, lances and halberds was due to serendipity — factors such as the bronze’s high tin content and favourable soil composition, the scientists decided after examining 464 bronze weapons and parts. Chromium found on the bronze surfaces, they determined, was simply contamination from chromium-rich lacquer applied by the artisans to the terracotta figures and weapons parts. Chromium played no role in their preservation. The Terracotta Army consists of thousands of life-sized ceramic warriors and horses alongside bronze chariots and weapons, part of the vast 3rd century BC mausoleum near the city of

Xi’an for Qin Shi Huang, first emperor of a unified China. Found in 1974, it represents one of the 20th century’s greatest archaeological discoveries. Scientific analyses almost four decades ago detected chromium on the surface of some of the weapons, spurring the hypothesis that the weapon-makers used a chromium-based treatment to prevent corrosion. Chromium-conversion coating, a technology discovered in the early 20th century, is used to treat metals to render them more corrosion resistant. It involves dipping metal in a solution containing chromium salts. A chromium oxide layer is deposited on the metal’s surface, providing a barrier against rust. “The lacquer was applied to the Terracotta Army as a primer before they were painted with colours, and we think it’s quite likely it was also applied to the now-decayed wooden parts such as handles and shafts,” said University of Cambridge archaeological scientist Marcos Martinón-Torres, who led the study published in the journal Scientific Reports. Ancient bronzes often have poor states of preservation, with porous, pitted surfaces showing green or dark colours. “In essence, we show that, yes, the Terracotta Army weapons generally show a very good state of preservation, but there is currently no indication that this is anything other than the result of chance,” added Martinón-Torres, who participated in the research while at University College London and in collaboration with the Terracotta Army Museum. — Reuters

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Misc Asia Updating software, shaping history: New imperial era name looms large in Japan Tokyo, March 26, 2019 – In Japan, every emperor’s era has its own name – appearing in places such as coins, official paperwork and newspapers – and with abdication coming at the end of April, speculation is swirling about what the new “gengo” will be. Although the Western calendar has become more widespread in Japan, many people here count years in terms of gengo or use the two systems interchangeably. Emperor Akihito’s era, which began in 1989, is Heisei, making 2019 Heisei 31. The new era name is one of biggest changes – practically and psychologically – for Japan at the start of Crown Prince Naruhito’s reign on May 1. On April 30, Akihito will abdicate, ending an era in the minds of many Japanese. The new name is so secret that senior government officials involved in the decision must surrender their cell phones and stay sequestered until it is broadcast, media reports say. City offices and government agencies, which mostly use gengo in their computer systems and paperwork, have been preparing for months to avoid glitches. To make the transition easier, authorities will announce the new gengo — two Chinese characters the cabinet chooses from a short list proposed by scholars – a month early, on April 1. “We’ve been working on this change for about a year,” said Tsukasa Shizume, an official in the Tokyo suburb of Mitaka, where the era name will be changed on 55 kinds of paperwork in 20 administrative sections. The monthlong lead time should be sufficient, he said.

Fujitsu and NEC Corp. have been helping customers ensure the switch doesn’t crash their systems. Programs have been designed to make it easy to change the gengo, said Shunichi Ueda, an NEC official. “If people want to test their computer systems, they can use a trial gengo and see if it works,” he said. Most major companies use the Western calendar in their computer systems, so it won’t affect them as much, although smaller companies might run into some problems, he said.

The imperial era name is also a form of “soft nationalism,” said Ken Ruoff, director of the Center for Japanese Studies at Portland State University.

and 25 percent mainly the Western calendar. In 1975, 82 percent said mostly gengo. Both calendars use Western months.

In Tokyo’s Minato ward, officials will cross out Heisei on thousands of documents and stamp the new gengo above it.

“It’s one of these constant low-level reminders that Japan counts years differently and Japan has a monarchy,” he said.

Japanese drivers licenses have started to print both dates, instead of just gengo.

NATIONAL MOOD The era name is more than just a way of counting years for many Japanese. It’s a word that captures the national mood of a period, similar to the way “the ‘60s” evokes particular feelings or images, or how historians refer to Britain’s “Victorian” or “Edwardian” eras, tying the politics and culture of a period to a monarch. “It’s a way of dividing history,” said Jun Iijima, a 31-year-old lawyer who was born the last year of Showa, the era of Akihito’s father, Emperor Hirohito. “If you were just counting years, the Western system might be sufficient. But gengo gives a certain meaning to a historical period.” The 64-year Showa era, which lasted until 1989, has generally come to be identified with Japan’s recovery and rising global prominence in the decades after World War Two.

The gengo characters are carefully chosen with an aspirational meaning. Heisei, which means “achieving peace,” began on Jan. 8, 1989, amid high hopes that Japan would play a greater role in global affairs after decades of robust economic growth. Soon afterward, Japan’s economic bubble popped, ushering in a long period of stagnation and deflation. The rise of China and South Korea diminished Japan’s international prominence, and a series of disasters – including the 1995 Kobe earthquake and 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crises – has marred Heisei’s image. FADING USE In daily life, usage of the gengo system is slowly declining as Japan integrates into the global economy. A recent Mainichi newspaper survey showed that 34 percent of people said they used mostly gengo, 34 percent said they used both about the same,

Iijima, the lawyer, says legal paperwork uses the era name because that’s what the court system uses. But in daily life he uses both. For global events, he thinks in terms of the Western calendar – like the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks – and uses both dating systems for domestic events. He is indifferent about what characters will be chosen for the next gengo. But remembering that his grandparents suffered during World War Two, he hopes that it will be an era without war, that Japan will keep up economically with China and India and that it will grow into a “mature,” more tolerant place. “I hope Japan can become a society where minorities can live more easily,” he said. – Reuters

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India fights to save its heritage havelis in the desert The resplendent mansions of Bikaner once hosted royalty and wealthy merchants passing through India’s deserts with their caravans, but centuries later these bygone architectural masterpieces are crumbling. Made from distinctive red sandstone, these once grand residences known as ‘havelis’ were famed for their vivid facades engraved with intricate patterns. First built in the 15th century by Bikaner’s bygone aristocracy, many boasted multiple levels, large balconies, and grand rooms built around a central courtyard, enclosed to escape the summer heat. But after decades of neglect, a large number lie in ruins. “Many havelis have vanished in front of our eyes,” said Gopal Singh, who runs heritage walks in the old quarter of Bikaner, adding that in its heyday, the city had more than 1000 such residences. “What exists is unique. Not just for its intricate architecture but just because of the overall concentration in one single place,” he explained. Such decay is not confined to

Bikaner, with historic residences falling apart in other major Indian cities where the old quarters have been felled by rapid urban development. In India’s only UNESCO heritage listed city, Ahmedabad, efforts have been made to preserve the clusters of settlements identified as having huge historic value.

Some families have taken matters into their own hands, reconstructing the dilapidated manors and reinventing them as hotels and guesthouses.

But maintaining the huge, creaking homes saps money and energy. Many buildings have collapsed from years of neglect; others hang on by a thread.

But there has been little cash or interest in saving the havelis of Bikaner, a once fabled desert outpost where the sands of Rajasthan skirt the city’s ramparts.

“We decided to open this so that others too can experience living in a haveli, and it becomes more manageable for us to maintain this huge property,” said Manisha Maloo, whose family manages a popular homestay in the old city.

“We opened our haveli for tourists as a way to better protect our heritage, and to let people live our ancestors’ experience,” said Sunil Rampuria, whose family owns Bhanwar Niwas, one of the region’s grandest and earliest havelis converted into a hotel.

Some 500 kilometres southwest of New Delhi, today it struggles to attract tourist interest and seems largely untouched by India’s recent economic success. “It has been a long struggle for us to get the public and government’s attention to the havelis of Bikaner,” said Singh. Years of neglect A lack of concern about proper preservation has been compounded by overcrowding, poor city planning, as well as inadequate drainage and waste disposal.

A few families still reside in their ancestral estates and invite tourists in so the can learn about the heritage and history of the properties and the area. “They come here and are so amazed and excited at the unique colors, heritage and design of our home,” said Rachna Mohta, who greets visitors on walking tours in Bikaner to her palatial 150-yearold haveli home. “It makes me feel proud,” she confessed.

Singh warned that if action is not taken now to preserve and protect the houses, there will be nothing for future generations to see. He warned: “If things don’t change quickly, we may not have any of these havelis in two decades.” - Reuters

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