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GAT 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia-Awards Presentation Date: Wed, July 12, 2017 Time: 6:30 pm Venue: Sonesta Gwinnett Place Sponsorship & table reservation available. Wreath Laying Ceremony for 740 Georgia Heroes of the Korean War Organized by American Korean Friendship Society Date: Friday, July 21, 2017 Time: 10:00 am Venue: Georgia State Capitol Stairs 206 Washington St NW, Atlanta GA 30334 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival-Atlanta Date: Saturday, Sept 9, 2017 Time: 7:00 am -6:00 pm Venue: Lake Lanier Olympic Kayaking Center, Gainesville, Georgia For more info: DragonBoatAtlanta.com
13th Atlanta Asian Film Festival Date: Oct13-28, 2017 Venues: Georgia State University-Dunwoody, Plaza Theatre For more info: www.ATLaff.org
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Controversial “Comfort Women” memorial statue dedicated in Brookhaven
June 30, 2017, Brookhaven — A “comfort women” memorial statue dedicated to sexually trafficked women by Japanese military during World War 2 was unveiled at a ceremony at Blackburn Park II. The statue was unveiled in a rain soaked ceremony attended by key city officials, local Korean community leaders, activist, and media from Japan and Korea. The statue memorial, named the “Young Girl’s Statue for Peace,” is a life-sized golden statue of a young girl seated next to an empty chair. Mayor John Ernst at the unveiling explained the city’s view that a memorial to the “comfort women” matches Brookhaven’s battle against sex trafficking in metro Atlanta. “It’s not all about the past. It is about the future. And that’s what these monuments are about,” said Ernst. Brookhaven was ranked by the FBI as America’s top city for human trafficking crimes in 2014. The memorial landed in Brookhaven after the National Center for Civil Human and Rights in Atlanta reverse its plan from an earlier decision to host it in March 2017. The “comfort women” memorial statue has caused much diplomatic controversy between the government of Japan and
Korea on the historical facts on comfort women. Japanese government has publicly stated that “comfort women” were actually paid prostitutes during the World War 2. At a June 29 Brookhaven City Council meeting, a day before the official ceremony, Consul Tomoko Ohyama of the Japanese Consulate of Japan in Atlanta, made a last-minute plea to Brookhaven council members to reject the statue as it discriminates against Japanese people. In addition, neighbors of Blackburn Park II have threatened a lawsuit over the memorial being located there without public input. City of Brookhaven may relocate the statue memorial to a new location, according to unconfirmed report. Kang Il-chul, a “comfort women” survivor also known as “Grandma Kang”, traveled from Korea to Brookhaven for the unveiling ceremony of the “Young Girl’s Statue for Peace” statue. Kang was abducted from her home in South Korea when she was 14 and was shipped to China on a train with numerous other young girls. She was unable to return to South Korea after the war ended in 1945 and lived most of her live in China before moving back to Korea in 2000, according to the official testimony.
There are currently a total of 38 living “comfort women” including Kang in South Korea. “This is not about Korea against Japan,” said Baik Kyu Kim, the founder of the Atlanta Comfort Women Task Force and who helped raise more than $1 million to donate the memorial to Brookhaven. “While many victims were from Korea, there were also many girls and women from some 13 Asian Pacific countries, including China, Thailand and the Philippines,” added Kim. “Only by remembering and acknowledging the history can we move toward eradicating sexual violence and human trafficking in our communities both local and global,” Kim said.
Official inscription to the memorial: This memorial honors the girls and women, euphemistically called “Comfort Women,” who were enslaved by the Japanese Imperial Armed Forces from 1931 to 1945.
The Comfort Women constitute one of the largest known cases of human trafficking in the 20th century with estimates ranging up to the hundreds of thousands. This dark history was hidden for decades until the 1990s, when the survivors courageously broke their silence. The Comfort Women are from at least thirteen Asian-Pacific countries, principally from Korea. Most died or were killed during World War II. This memorial is dedicated to the memory of these girls and women and to the crusade to eradicate sexual violence and sex trafficking throughout the world. We will never forget. We will teach the truth. Presented to the City of Brookhaven for its leadership in the fight against sex trafficking From the Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force June 30, 2017
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Badminton Club promote sport to new generation of players in Atlanta Suwanee, June 24, 2017 — Badminton players in metro Atlanta will be able to enjoy their favorite sport at a new badminton center that recently opened by the Atlanta Badminton Club (ABC). Badminton is a hugely popular sport with worldwide following. Badminton had established its name with legendary tournaments such as the All England, Thomas Cup, Uber Cup, Yonex World Grand Prix, etc. The sport has a huge fan base in Europe, China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. ABC was established in November 2011 and had previously played its badminton matches on leased spaces at Southern Volleyball Center in Roswell. “We hope the new courts will expose badminton to a new generation of players especially young children,” said Chandra Sivalingam, founder and Director of Atlanta Badminton Club. Chandra Sivalingam, founder and director of Atlanta Badminton Club. In metro Atlanta, badminton is enjoyed primarily by the Asian diaspora from China, India, Indonesia, and
Malaysia. Amongst the players at ABC are world ranking players in their age groups. Peter Chang, an active ABC member, recently won a singles gold medal in badminton at the Senior World Games in New Zealand earlier this year. “We provide a World Badminton Federation (WBF) standard courts for players to enjoy. The courts here have proper heights, padding, markings, and lighting,” said Chandra. Membership for ABA starts at $50.00 per person. ABC offers five types of memberships ranging from individual, junior to college levels. Monthly dues range from $25.00 to $100.00 pending on the type of memberships. Courts are available for rent for non-members based on single-day pass or group passes. “We are also working with the school system to introduce badminton for the school children. Badminton is a high speed sport which attract young people,” adds Chandra. For more information, visit www. AtlBadminton.com
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Samsung plans $18.6 billion South Korea investment to widen chip lead Seoul, July 4, 2017 -- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday it will invest at least $18.6 billion in South Korea to extend its lead in memory chips and next-generation smartphone displays, in a plan that promises to create almost half a million jobs. The investment underscores Samsung’s determination to widen its lead in memory chips, which are expected to propel Asia’s third most-valuable company to record profit this year. It routinely invests more than $10 billion in chips annually, helping it stay ahead of competitors such as cross-town rival SK Hynix Inc and Japan’s Toshiba Corp. The announcement follows repeated calls from new South Korean President Moon Jae-in for big businesses to invest more domestically as part of a wider job-creation agenda. Samsung said its plan could open up to 440,000 roles by 2021. The huge investment is also likely to alleviate shareholder fears of major decisions being delayed in the absence of Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee. The leader of Samsung Group is on trial charged with bribing former president Park Geun-hye for political favors.
“Samsung is being more aggressive in domestic investments because of the current (political) climate,” said Park Ju-gun, head of corporate analysis firm CEO Score. The firm also needs to show initiative domestically after announcing a $380 million plant in the United States, Park said.
SUPPLY SHORTAGE Memory makers are widely expected to post record profits in 2017 as prices rise in response to demand for more features in smartphones and servers, as well as a persistent supply shortage which analysts and industry sources said is more acute for NAND chips due to increasing adoption of high-end storage products. Samsung, SK Hynix and Toshiba have committed billions of dollars to boost NAND output in recent years, yet shortages are expected to persist at least through 2017 as new facilities will not make meaningful supply contributions until next year.
Under its latest spending plan, Samsung will put 14.4 trillion won into its new NAND factory in Pyeongtaek by 2021. It will invest 6 trillion won in a new semiconductor production line in Hwaseong, but did not elaborate on timing or product. Some analysts said additional capacity across the industry could cause slight oversupply in early 2018, but that prices are unlikely to drop because demand is so strong. “There’s no chance of major oversupply issues, and I think Samsung is investing so much because it’s convinced that won’t happen,” said Shinhan Investment analyst Choi Do-yeon.
CHIPS IN CHINA Samsung also said it will add a production line to its NAND plant in Xi’an, China, though it has not yet set an investment amount or time frame. Some South Korean companies in China have seen sales decline or have had to reduce operations since Beijing objected to Seoul’s deployment of a U.S. anti-missile defense system
in March. But components makers have not reported any problems, with Samsung still among China’s biggest suppliers of chips and displays. The firm accounted for 40.4 percent of global memory chip revenue in January-March, showed latest data from researcher TrendForce. China is trying to develop its own memory chip producers but it is likely to take several years before they can compete with existing makers, analysts said. Samsung on Tuesday also said Samsung Display plans to invest around 1 trillion won on a new organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display complex in South Korea. The unit controls over 90 percent of the market for OLED smartphone screens, and is widely expected to add production lines to cope with demand from phone makers such as Apple Inc. - Reuters
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Worldpay says agreed to be taken over by Vantiv in $10 billion deal London, July 5, 2017 — Worldpay Group Plc, Britain’s largest payment processor, said on Wednesday that it had agreed to be bought by U.S. credit card technology firm Vantiv Inc in a deal valuing it at 7.7 billion pounds ($9.95 billion). The agreement came a day after shares in the British firm soared more than 25 percent when said it had received approaches from both Vantiv and JPMorgan , though the U.S. bank said on Wednesday it does not plan to make an offer. The deal, seen by analysts as the start of a trend for consolidation in the payments industry, will see Vantiv give Worldpay shareholders 55 pence in cash per share plus 0.0672 new Vantiv shares plus a cash dividend of 5 pence per Worldpay share. That makes the total value for Worldpay shareholders 385 pence per share, a premium of 18.9 percent to the firm’s stock close on Monday, but down from the high of 409.5 pence the share price hit on Wednesday before the announcement. If the deal goes through, Worldpay shareholders will own about 41 percent of the new company, with the British
firm delisted from London’s stock market. Vantiv Chief Charles Drucker and Worldpay CEO Philip Jansen will jointly run the new company. The deal comes less than two years after Worldpay listed in London in late 2015, when it was valued at 4.8 billion pounds. Set up in 1989, Worldpay was spun out of British bank Royal Bank of Scotland to private equity firms Bain Capital and Advent International in 2010. Payments companies have become attractive targets for credit card companies, banks and technology firms seeking to capitalize on the decline in cash transactions and growth in popularity of paying by smartphone or other mobile devices. While banks have been trying to develop and buy more sophisticated technology, payment service companies like PayPal and Worldpay gained a large part of the market share during the e-commerce boom. Danish payment services company Nets A/S, said over the weekend that it had also been approached by potential buyers. - Reuters
Georgia Tech and Boeing collaborate on new research center Atlanta, June 27, 2017 — Boeing and Georgia Tech recently unveiled their latest collaboration: the Boeing Manufacturing Development Center, where company researchers and Georgia Tech engineering students will work together to automate industrial applications.
“Georgia Tech’s long and productive relationship with Boeing includes immersive educational support for our students, collaborative research, and development of aerospace innovations,” said Steve Cross, Georgia Tech executive vice president for research.
The center is located in Georgia’s Tech new 19,000-square foot Delta Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Facility, making Boeing the 17th company to launch an innovation center on the Georgia Tech campus.
“Our relationship is an exemplar for industry-university engagement as we meet jointly shared aspirations for the future of education and the advancement of technology.”
“This advanced center will let Georgia Tech students collaborate with Boeing engineers to help drive the development of innovative factory automation solutions in aerospace,” said Greg Hyslop, Boeing chief technology officer and senior vice president of Engineering, Test & Technology. One of the first research projects will focus on utilizing industrial robotics for machining and fabrication applications that can be applied to the manufacturing processes at Boeing.
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2015 to allow Marvel Studios after months of lobbying to produce a new series of “Spider-Man” movies. The result, starring 21-year-old Brit Tom Holland (“The Impossible”), is the first Spider-Man movie to exist in Marvel’s “cinematic universe,” a series of 15 interconnected superhero films. ‘Pretty exciting’ Featuring Thor, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk and many other comic book favorites, the franchise has hauled in a staggering $11.8 billion, beginning with 2008’s “Iron Man.”
How studio giants dropped rivalry for ‘Spiderman’ reboot
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” sees one of the most successful superheroes in movie history return to his comic book roots but the film’s release is a landmark Hollywood event for a different reason. The $175 million blockbuster brings together two corporate leviathans, Disney-owned Marvel and Sony, in a rare example of cooperation between rival studios on a major film. “It was one of a handful of ‘This will never be possible but let’s dream about it’ moments at Marvel,” the studio’s president Kevin Feige, told reporters at the movie’s New York press day on Sunday. Described by Marvel as the “crown
jewel” of its comic book empire, the company sold “Spider-Man” to Sony for a reported $7 million in 1999, when superheroes had not yet become whitehot cinematic properties. The web-slinger has become Sony’s own most prized asset over five movies from 2002-2014 that grossed $4 billion worldwide, making him the second-most bankable comic book character behind Batman. But the last of these, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014), starring Andrew Garfield, was considered a financial and critical disappointment. Sensing the writing was on the wall, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s then co-chairman Amy Pascal agreed in
Pascal lost her job in the aftermath of the November 2014 Sony hack but was allowed as part of her severance package to stay on as a co-producer along with Feige of “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” The collaboration saw Sony paying Marvel an undisclosed producing fee, according to The Los Angeles Times, but keeping the profits and benefiting from being able to include fan favorite Iron Man in its movie. Sony is returning the compliment by allowing Spider-Man to appear in Marvel’s upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War,” after a cameo in “Captain America: Civil War,” which amassed $1.2 billion in box office sales last year. “It started with a lunch between me and Kevin, and I can’t believe we’re here now. It’s pretty exciting,” Pascal told the New York news conference. There are precedents for such collaboration. Paramount has worked with Warner Bros. on several movies, including “Interstellar,” “Friday the 13th” and “Watchmen,” with one dis-
tributing internationally and the other domestically. Paramount also came on board with Fox when the budget for James Cameron’s “Titanic” (1997) began to spiral out of control, but such arrangements are the rare exception rather than the rule. New stories “Spider-Man: Homecoming” picks up the action directly following the epic battle scene of “Civil War” as Peter returns home to his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr). His attempts to fall back into his daily routine are disrupted by the Vulture (Michael Keaton), a new villain who threatens everything that Peter holds most dear. Marvel’s vision has been to return Spider-Man to the character of its 1960s comics created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko — a teenage boy setting the world to rights alongside the Avengers. “Homecoming” is getting rave reviews from the previews and looks like it will be a hit with fans, creating more social media buzz than any other upcoming release and tracking to open as high as $100 million on July 7. “The opportunity to finally put Spider-Man where he belongs, in the Marvel universe, really if anything just opened up the doors to so many new kinds of stories that we could tell,” director Jon Watts told reporters. “So if anything, I felt like we were being as true as possible, as anyone has ever been able to be, about Spider-Man and how he fits into this world.”
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Robert Downey Jr says he’ll quit playing Iron Man ‘before it’s embarrassing’ Los Angeles, July 3, 2017 — Robert Downey Jr has been embracing his Iron Man role for quite some time and it does make you wonder how long more he will be playing the superhero. Well, according to Downey Jr, he could be stepping away from Marvel’s universe sooner rather than later. The actor in a recent interview with News Corp Australia Network revealed that he would stop playing the iconic role before it gets “embarrassing”. “It’s this cyclical thing. I could have said when the first Avengers came out: ‘It’s never going to get any better than that. Everybody stop’. “But to me it’s always about people and opportunities, like the Russos [‘Avengers’ directors Anthony and Joe Russo], who I adore,” he added.
“Everyone says to me it’s like a glove that fits so well. I have to start over every time but I am starting over with a pretty solid base. “I just never want to blow it for the last six or seven [MCU movies] I have done by dropping the ball because I decided to go do it one more time. “I just want to hang up my jersey before it’s embarrassing.”
Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park quit ‘Hawaii Five-0’ after pay dispute Honolulu, July 2, 2017 — Hawaii Five-0 stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park are leaving the popular show after seven years over pay inequality. Variety reported that they are not paid the same as their co-stars, Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan, despite all four having starred on the show since CBS premiered a rebooted version of the classic TV cop show in 2010. The magazine added that the two stars had been negotiating the same pay as O’Loughlin and Caan, but were unable to reach satisfactory deals. The pair was offered around 10-15 per cent less than what O’Loughlin and
Caan are paid by CBS, according to the magazine. Neither Park’s character, Kono Kalakaua, nor Kim’s character, Chin Ho Kelly will appear in Season 8. Their absences will be addressed in the season premiere, according to Variety.
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Five places to see public art this summer New York, July 3, 2017 — Public art seems to be enjoying a heyday in cities around the world, and this summer, many major public art initiatives will be popping up around the US. Below, a selection of works and programs in five US cities, moving from East Coast to West. New York New York City’s Public Art Fund is celebrating its 40th anniversary by presenting installations including a new commission by Liz Glynn in Central Park that takes inspiration from a Gilded Age Fifth Avenue ballroom, Anish Kapoor’s water funnel “Descencion”” in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Katja Novitskova’s “Earth Potential” in Manhattan’s City Hall Park. On the High Line, summer works include Sheila Hicks’ “Hop, Skip, Jump, and Fly: Escape From Gravity,” a vibrant installation of colorful, twisting tubes; Henry Taylor’s “the floaters,” a
large-scale self-portrait reminiscent of David Hockney’s paintings of Los Angeles swimming pools; and Darren Bader’s “chess: relatives,” in which visitors take the place of chess pieces. Chicago The city of Chicago has declared 2017 as the Year of Public Art. Ongoing offerings this summer include the Chicago Sculpture Exhibit, featuring 50 large-scale sculptures; and the new Public Art in Rogers Park Map, an online, interactive digital map of 70 murals and sculptures. A host of large-scale works are also being unveiled along the Riverwalk, beginning with a white-tailed deer by Tony Tasset and growing to include works by several fellow Chicago artists. www.cityofchicago.org/yopa Minneapolis
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden — the first urban sculpture park of its kind in the US — feted its grand reopening in June after a period of construction. Joining the 40-plus artworks already found there are 18 new pieces, among them Katarina Fritsch’s blue rooster “Hahn/Cock,” previously seen on London’s Fourth Plinth, and “Black Vessel of a Saint,” a concrete temple by Theaster Gates. Tahoe The crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe will host the floating sculpture LAKA’LEUP with its message of combating climate change. By day, lake-goers will be encouraged to paddle board or kayak out to the installation. By night, data-driven storytelling, a musical score and spoken word will provide visitors with a multimedia experience. It will be on
view August 4-13 on the North Shore and August 22-31 in South Lake Tahoe. San Francisco As the San Francisco Bay Area celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, it brings a light art installation to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, transforming the all-white landmark with illuminated scenes inspired by the rare tropical flowers found inside (a nod to San Francisco’s “flower children”). Throughout the summer, the show will take place nightly, once every 30 minutes.
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Parisian label Y/Project wins 2017’s top Andam fashion prize Paris, July 1 — Parisian brand Y/ Project has won the top honour at the 2017 Andam Awards, claiming a grand prize of €280,000.
the victors, with Chapman, Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou, and Pascal Morand, executive president of La Federation de la Haute Couture et de la Mode.
The brand’s creative director Glenn Martens, who grew up in the Belgian city of Bruges and attended Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, accepted the award and prize money, and is also to be granted €10,000 worth of Swarovski crystals to use within the next year in his collections.
This year’s Creative Label prize — worth US$112,000 — went to Avoc, with the Accessories Design Prize, which comes with a grant of US$56,000, awarded to Brazilian jewelry designer Ana Khouri, and the event’s new Innovation Award, worth US$33,000, bestowed upon smart mannequins specialist Euveka.
Additionally, Martens will also benefit from a one-year mentorship by Francesca Bellettini, president and chief executive officer of Yves Saint Laurent, covering both the creative and strategic dimensions of his business. The other contenders for the honour, now in its 28th edition, were Aalto, Koche, Martine Rose, with Martens selected as the victor by a 25-member jury composed of fashion executives, editors, actresses and models selected
Founded in 1989, Andam — the National Association for the Development of the Fashion Arts — was the first fashion prize in France, and is today one of international fashion’s most respected prizes (via Vogue.com).
New Tom Ford fragrance bottles the beauty of the Amalfi coast New York, July 3 — The allure of Southern Italy’s Amalfi coast inspired Tom Ford to create his “Mandarino di Amalfi” fragrance in 2014. Three years later, the brand is revisiting this paradise destination with a new summer scent in appreciation of the “bright tranquillity” of this “calm idyll”. “Mandarino di Amalfi Acqua” is available now. With vacation time just round the corner, Tom Ford is inviting us on a journey with “Mandarino di Amalfi Acqua”, his new fragrance for men and women. He’s been inspired by the scents in the air on the Amalfi coast, one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations in the summer. The hints of mandarin, lemon, basil, and orange blossom offer a foretaste of vacations by the sea.
The fragrance opens with an herbaceous scent of tarragon, mint, and blackcurrant infused with citrus fruits (mandarin, lemon, bergamot, neroli and grapefruit) and hints of basil, black pepper and coriander seed. Its heart notes are orange blossom, clary sage, jasmine and shiso leaves. The base notes are vetiver, amber, labdanum, musk and civette. The combination is sparkling and radiant, underpinned by a soothing warmth. The bottle for “Mandarino di Amalfi Acqua” is a frosted version of the flacon for the original fragrance. Its sky-blue and gold tones remind us of the Amalfi coast.
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I’ll urge Pacquiao to quit, says trainer Roach Brisbane, July 3, 2017 -- Manny Pacquiao’s trainer advised the Filipino legend to quit boxing Monday after his sensational defeat to unheralded Australian Jeff Horn. While controversy raged over the scoring of Sunday’s World Boxing Organization welterweight title bout in Brisbane, after all three judges awarded it to unbeaten Horn, there were doubts whether 38-year-old Pacquiao would return for a possible rematch. Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach said he would consider advising Pacquiao to retire after a glittering 22-year professional career in which he won world titles at an unprecedented eight weight divisions. “I’m going to talk to Manny about maybe calling it a day, maybe this is it,” Roach said. Given no chance by most observers, the 29-year-old Horn’s ultra-aggressive style rocked Pacquiao, with the three judges scoring the fight 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 to the Australian before 51,000 fans at Suncorp Stadium. Pacquiao, (59-7-2) who insisted on a Brisbane rematch as a clause in his contract for the fight, declared however that he would “absolutely” return for a rematch.
“We have a clause for a rematch. No problem,” Pacquiao said in the ring after the judges’ decision. But Australian boxing great and threetime world champion Jeff Fenech also called for Pacquiao, who retired briefly last year, to hang up his gloves for good this time. “If they let Manny fight again, that’s stupid,” Fenech said. “He should go relax and enjoy the money he has made. He’s got nothing to prove. Retire. “Jeff fought the right fight and took Manny to places he’d not been before … he made it a bit dirty.” A sense of Pacquiao’s declining powers is that the Philippines senator hasn’t stopped an opponent in eight years. Roach however called for an investigation into the scoring of American judge Waleska Roldan. She had the bout 117-111 to Horn, giving Pacquiao only three of the 12 rounds , despite Horn finishing the fight badly bruised and with a shut right eye.
Horn ‘out on his feet’ According to CompuBox statistics, Pacquiao landed almost twice as many punches as Horn — 182 to 92. Judges American Chris Flores and Argentine Ramon Cerdan both thought it was closer, but Horn had edged the fight 115-113. “I respect the judges’ decision,” Pacquiao said. “He was much tougher than I expected. Much, much tougher.” Pacquiao told Philippines television: “We thought that we won this fight.” However, Top Rank veteran supremo Bob Arum, who was ringside, felt the win was fair. “It could have gone either way,” he said. “A couple of close rounds, but you can’t argue with the result. I scored a lot of the early rounds for Jeff. Then I had Manny coming back in the middle. “The 12th round, Jeff really won. If you give Manny the 11th, you have it a draw. You give Jeff the 11th, it’s 7-5.” Horn’s father, Jeff Snr, revealed after the fight that he had been ready to throw in the towel after the brutal ninth round.
His son had been battered by Pacquiao and blood was streaming from a nasty cut over Horn’s right eye. As American referee Mark Nelson made his way to Horn’s corner to ask them whether they wanted to stop the fight, Jeff Snr feared the worst. “He was dead in the water in round nine, he was gone,” Jeff Snr said. “I was very worried. If I had a towel I may have thrown it myself in the ninth. I looked at his eyes and I thought he was out on his feet. I really thought he was in danger of getting hurt in round nine. “I didn’t expect him to come back like he did in round 10.”
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SPORTS Danielle Kang makes first LPGA title a major with Women’s PGA win Chicago, July 3, 2017 — American Danielle Kang birdied the par-5 18th hole yesterday to edge defending champion Brooke Henderson and win the Women’s PGA Championship, making her first LPGA triumph a major victory. Kang, who never managed a top-10 finish in 30 prior major starts, fired a three-under par 68 to finish 72 holes at Olympia Fields near Chicago on 13-under 271, edging Canadian teen star Henderson by one stroke. “I feel fantastic, absolutely fantastic,” Kang said. “Having a major win, it’s amazing.”
Manchester United’s busy pre-season will boost players, says Jones Manchester, July , 20173 — Manchester United’s packed pre-season schedule with seven matches to be played in a little over two weeks will boost players’ fitness and prepare them for the start of the 2017-18 Premier League campaign, defender Phil Jones has said. United, who finished sixth in the league last season, start their pre-season fixtures with a five-match tour of the United States where they face Los Angeles Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona. The Europa League winners round out their tour with a trip to Norwegian side Valerenga in Oslo before a trip to Ireland where they face Italy’s Sampdoria. “The more matches you play, the more match-fit you are and seven games will give everyone a chance to get minutes under their belts. You need everyone at a good level for the start of the season,” Jones said on the club’s official website. (www.manutd.com) The tour will be the second under
She was the first winner since Meg Mallon in 1991 to birdie the last hole for the triumph.
manager Jose Mourinho, who joined the club last May, and Jones says that the Portuguese will have every detail of the tour planned out.
“It feels pretty awesome,” Kang said. “That was the hardest two-footer I’ve ever had to putt. I had to tell myself, ‘You don’t miss 2-footers so just putt it.’ It was pretty nerve-wracking but I just did it.”
“We know exactly what the manager expects from us and he knows the players inside and out. He’ll have organized this pre-season period exactly how he wants it — when we’ll train, when we’ll rest and when we’ll have commercial work to do,” Jones said.
South Koreans took the next four spots with Chella Choi third on 274 after a closing 71. Lee Mi-Hyang, Amy Yang and Kim Sei-Young shared fourth on 275 with South Korean Park In-Bee and American Lexi Thompson sharing seventh on 277.
“I’m sure it will be a great tour and I’m looking forward to it.”
Kang, a 24-year-old from San Francisco, is a two-time US Women’s Amateur champion whose best prior LPGA finish had been a third-place effort in 2013. Her best major showing had been a share of 14th at the 2012 US Women’s Open.
After their pre-season run, United take on Champions League winners Real Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup in Macedonia on August 8, four days before the start of the new league campaign. — Reuters
“It was stressful,” Kang said. “Every single shot was stressful. Every putt was stressful. I just kept trusting in my own game and trusting in my putting. It’s all about believing in what you can do.” After a birdie at the par-4 second, Kang took a bogey at the third, then began the back nine with another bogey.
But from there she ran off four birdies in a row starting at the par-4 11th to seize a three-stroke lead on 13-under. Henderson, a 19-year-old coming off a victory two weeks ago at the Meijer LPGA Classic, birdied the par-5 first and par-3 fourth and seventh holes to reach 10-under, then stayed steady with nine consecutive birdies. Three down with two holes to play, Henderson closed with back-to-back birdies at the par-3 17th and had an eagle putt stop rolling just short of the cup at 18 to finish on 272. Kang, meanwhile, took a bogey at 17 to fall back into a tie for the lead, only to finish with a birdie to claim her long-sought first title after playing her first LPGA event in 2011. “I played great all week. Came so close, and it really came down to those last two holes,” Henderson said. “I would have liked to make one or two more putts on the back nine, but it was a great week for me. “There was a little bit more pressure coming into this week, and knowing that I won last year, I really wanted to do it again. I gave myself the best opportunity to do that, and unfortunately I just came up a little bit short.” Choi, also seeking her first major crown, fired a 71 but could not join the title fight at the finish. The 26-year-old from Daegu won her only LPGA crown at the 2015 Marathon Classic. Her best prior finish in any major was a share of fifth at this event in 2013.
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HEALTH Minimize stress eating with a good night’s sleep say researchers Carried out by a team of researchers from Michigan State University, the University of Illinois, the University of Florida, and Auburn University in the US, along with Sun Yat-sen University in China, the study is one of the first to look at how psychological experiences at work can affect eating behaviors.
“First, eating is sometimes used as an activity to relieve and regulate one’s negative mood, because individuals instinctually avoid aversive feelings and approach desire feelings,” he said.
The team looked at two studies of 235 total workers in China who experienced regular stress in their jobs.
“Second, unhealthy eating can also be a consequence of diminished self-control. When feeling stressed out by work, individuals usually experience inadequacy in exerting effective control over their cognitions and behaviors to be aligned with personal goals and social norms.”
One study included IT employees who had a high workload and felt there was never enough time in the workday, while the second included call-center workers who experienced stress from dealing with rude and demanding customers. The researchers found that in both studies employees who had a stressful workday also had a tendency to take these negative feelings home with them, and to the dinner table, leading to them eating more than usual and make unhealthier food choices.
However, the study also showed that sleep could be a way to buffer this effect of stress on unhealthy eating, with the team finding that employees who got a good night’s sleep the night before tended to eat better the next day after a stressful day at work. ￼ Yihao Liu, co-author and assistant professor at the University of Illinois gave two possible explanations for the findings.
Chu-Hsiang “Daisy” Chang, MSU associate professor of psychology and study co-author, also commented that the findings that sleep has a protective effect against unhealthy food habits shows how the three health behaviors of sleep, stress, and eating are related.
“A good night’s sleep can make workers replenished and feel vigorous again, which may make them better able to deal with stress at work the next day and less vulnerable to unhealthy eating,” she explained. The team now believe that companies should take into consideration the importance of sleep and healthy behaviors and think about providing sleep-awareness training and flexible scheduling for employees, as well as rethinking food-related job perks, which have become very common. “Food-related perks may only serve as temporary mood-altering remedies for stressed employees,” Chang said, “and failure to address the sources of the work stress may have potential long-term detrimental effects on employee health.” The findings were published in the Journal of Applied Psychology.
Office workers are as sedentary as retirees says new study Edinburgh, June 29, 2017 — Carried out by the University of Edinburgh’s Physical Activity for Health Research Centre, the team gathered data on 14,367 people in Scotland taken from the 2012-14 Scottish Health Survey, to look at how age and sex affected weekday and weekend sedentary time. Defined as time spent in any waking activity done while sitting or reclined, sedentary time includes working, eating, reading, watching TV, or spending time on a computer. Many recent studies have looked at the effects of sedentary time on health, with some experts warning that more than seven hours of inactivity a day can increase the risk of cardiovascular
disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and an early death, even if people are physically active at other times of the day. The results of the new research found that men aged 45 to 54 spend on average 7.8 hours per weekday sitting down, compared with 7.4 hours for the over-75s. Time spent sitting at work is the main reason for their sedentary time. The team also found that only the youngest group of men — 16 to 24-year-olds — are significantly less sedentary than the over-75s on weekdays. Most of the time spent sedentary in
this age group is spent in front of a TV or screen. At the weekend, those aged 25 to 54 were the least sedentary, sitting for between 5.2 and 5.7 hours a day, and in contrast the over 75s were the most sedentary, at 7.3 to 7.4 hours a day. In addition, the researchers also found that men spend less time in front of a screen as they get older, with women peaking in middle-age. The results now replace previous findings that older adults are the most sedentary age group in the UK and highlights the potential health risks of excessive sitting at work.
“Large parts of the population are dangerously sedentary, something we have underestimated. We need to tackle high levels of sedentary time in early and middle age, when patterns may develop. Our findings suggest that changing habits in the workplace could be an appropriate place to start, given how much time we spend sitting there every day,” commented one of the study’s authors Tessa Strain. The findings were published in the Journal of Sports Sciences.
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Indonesians urged to boycott Starbucks over LGBT stand
Jakarta, July 1, 2017 — A leader of Indonesia’s second-largest Muslim organization has called for a boycott of Starbucks, saying that the international coffee chain’s pro-gay stand risks ruining the “religious and cultured” core of the Southeast Asian nation.
Sony to start spinning vinyl after 30-year hiatus Tokyo, June 30, 2017 — Three decades after it abandoned vinyl production, Sony says it will start making records again on the back of surging demand for the retro music format. A factory southwest of Tokyo will be churning out freshly pressed records by March next year, Sony Music Entertainment said Thursday. The Japanese giant stopped making vinyl records in 1989, a company spokesman said, as consumers flocked to compact discs and other emerging music technology. Major music market Japan produced nearly 200 million records a year in the mid-seventies, according to the country’s recording industry association. Sony was a major global player in the development of CDs, which have since taken a back seat to downloads and music streaming. Vinyl has been making a global comeback as it attracts not only nostalgic older consumers but also younger generations.
Japan’s sole record maker Toyokasei is struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl demand, the influential Nikkei newspaper reported. Sony is now scrambling to find older engineers familiar with how to make records, it added. Panasonic relaunched its legendary Technics SL-1200 turntable several years ago as the market picked up. Sony did not say what music it will release in record format. The Nikkei said the lineup will include popular Japanese songs from the past, including Sony-owned titles, as well as chart-topping contemporary albums. Global vinyl revenue will top $1.0 billion this year while sales of CDs and digital downloads continue to fall, according to estimates from consulting firm Deloitte. In Britain, where vinyl’s rebirth has been particularly pronounced, records generated more revenue than advertising-backed tiers of streaming platforms last year.
With the exception of the ultra-conservative Aceh province, homosexuality is legal in Indonesia. But police raids on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have risen in the world’s most populous Muslim country.
Purnama, an ethnic-Chinese Christian, was sentenced in May to two years in prison for blasphemy in a trial that came after mass Islamist-led rallies last year. Asked why he had taken a stand against Starbucks, Abbas said he was informed in a chat group about a proLGBT comment made by the company’s senior executive, Howard Schultz. Schultz is now chairman of Starbucks after stepping down from his previous role as chief executive.
Anwar Abbas, of Muhammadiyah, an organization that has around 30 million members, said the government should revoke Starbucks’ operating license as the company’s support for the LGBT community was “not in line” with the nation’s ideology.
Forbes reported that when a Starbucks shareholder complained in 2013 that the company had lost customers because of its support for gay marriage, Schultz said it embraced diversity and that “not every decision is an economic decision”.
“If Starbucks only does business, then fine. But don’t bring ideology here,” Abbas told Reuters by phone on Saturday.
“If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38% you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company,” Schultz was reported as saying at that time. A video of the comment was also posted on YouTube.
PT Sari Coffee Indonesia, which holds the license to run the Starbucks chain, is a legal entity that “always obeys the prevailing regulations and appreciates the cultural values in Indonesia”, an executive at its parent company said. “We also value the religious background of our customers and employees,” Fetty Kwartati, a director at PT MAP Boga Adiperkasa Tbk, said in a text message. Indonesia’s reputation for tolerance and pluralism is already under scrutiny after Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja
Starbucks customer Annisa Meidiana, who is a Muslim, said she would not stop buying coffee there because of the call for the boycott. “Islam condemns LGBT. It’s a sin,” the 22-year-old university student said outside Jakarta. “But it doesn’t matter to me. For me, being an LGBT is a human right.”
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Misc Asia China’s first lady makes a splash in tense Hong Kong visit Hong Kong, June 30, 2017 — Xi Jinping’s every word is being closely watched during his first visit to politically divided Hong Kong as China’s leader, but his wife is stealing some of the spotlight in a soft power push by Beijing.
The wealthy South-east Asian citystate imports more than 90 per cent of its food, much of it from neighboring countries, which can leave it exposed to potential supply chain disruptions.
Citizen Farm produces up to 100 kg of vegetables, 20 kg of herbs and 10-15 kg of mushrooms — enough to feed up to 500 people — a day. It’s tiny compared with demand for food in the country of 5.5 million people, but it’s a start, said Darren Ho, head of the Citizen Farm initiative. “No system will replace imports, we are here to make us more food resilient,” said Ho, adding that it was “up to the community” to decide how self-sufficient it wants to be. Government agencies are considering the company’s urban farming concept for other parts of the city, including spaces around high-rise public housing. — Reuters
Edible Garden City, a company with a grow-your-own-food message, has designed and built more than 50 food gardens in the tropical city for clients ranging from restaurants and hotels to schools and residences. One of its projects is Citizen Farm, an 8,000 square meter plot that used to be a prison, converted into an urban farm “where the local community can learn and grow together”, according to the project website.
Others called her “dignified and noble” and “a real beauty.” Peng emerged from the plane yesterday holding hands with Xi, wearing a high-collar white striped jacket paired with a beige skirt and an upswept hairstyle.
Singapore turns vacant space into urban farms Singapore, June 30 — Resource-scarce Singapore is turning vacant pockets of land into space for urban farming as the island city strives to ease its reliance on imported food.
“Although I’m not a fan of Xi, his wife is definitely more than presentable,” one user commented on the website of the usually anti-China Apple Daily website.
Later that day, she visited kindergarten students and handed out gifts as they played. First lady Peng Liyuan has made headlines for her dress sense and charm as she meets members of the public, while Xi is sticking to more formal visits, including a massive military parade and a meeting with police trainees. The couple arrived in the bustling financial hub yesterday to mark 20 years since the city was handed back to China by Britain, at a time when tensions are high over Beijing’s encroaching influence on the semi-autonomous city. Peng’s curated image shows Beijing’s desire to boost its soft power on the global stage, with state media lauding her “public diplomacy” as spreading “kindness and goodwill”. The wives of Chinese presidents have traditionally been far less prominent publicly than their counterparts overseas, particularly US first ladies. Xi is not scheduled to meet regular citizens during the three-day trip to Hong Kong, a task that has been taken on by his celebrated soprano singer spouse who visited a kindergarten and elderly home in the first two days. She has received a warm welcome on social media, even on traditionally skeptical forums.
Today, as Xi oversaw a massive military parade in rural Hong Kong, Peng visited an elderly home wearing a dark-colored belted dress adorned with a flower brooch as residents praised her for being “smart” and “pretty”. But some observers criticized the visits as exploiting more vulnerable members of society to stage a show. “Little children don’t understand what’s happening, only that a stranger auntie is giving them presents,” one social media user commented on Facebook. “Brainwashing starts from kindergarten. How scary,” another said. Peng was a well-known folk singer and rose to superstardom performing at gala shows belting out patriotic lyrics. She has rarely performed since Xi rose to the presidency, instead accompanying him on trips abroad and speaking at events on health and philanthropy within China. She performed in Hong Kong at the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the 1997 handover, wearing a lavish pink and red gown.
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How Brazilians cure a hangover and other jet set travel cheats New York, June 27, 2017 — Lorenzo Martone made his name as publicist for such models as Victoria’s Secret angel Alessandra Ambrosio before turning a passion for bicycles into a successful business. In 2012, he started Martone Cycling Company, selling luxury bikes and accessories online and at such stores as Los Angeles’s Fred Segal and Colette in Paris. Martone’s latest product is a limited-edition rose-gold model of his standard MCC bike. Martone lives in New York and says he flies around 500,000 miles a year, mostly on American Airlines. It’s “the only airline that makes me feel like a millionaire — and that’s the only type of millionaire I am,” he laughs. “In miles.” Want to tune out noise on a plane? Make like a construction worker I’m a light sleeper, and my search for earplugs started from me sleeping with men who snore — I’ve had multiple boyfriends with a serious, severe snoring problem. And the travel experience is so noisy for me, too; airlines have become flying buses, where you come across lots of people that don’t really know how to behave when sharing a small amount of space. So I need good earplugs, and not the ones they give you on the plane. I researched the brand that construction people use, and I use those, which are custom fit to your ear: Radians. But because the airplane itself is so loud, I add a pair of Bose earphones on top of that, even if I’m not listening to music or watching movies. Always have an emergency kit and make sure it’s stocked with these four things
I never leave home without my passport. I remember I was living in Europe, in Paris, and it was one of those casual dinner situations, where friends of friends decided to go to Ibiza right away for the opening weekend of lots of clubs. I couldn’t go, and I regret it. So now, even in the US, where I can travel with my driver’s license, I always make sure to bring my passport in case someone has one of those ideas. And I pack my “What if I bump into a crazy rich friend with a jet?” kit. It consists of some scandalous swimming trunks — I’m Brazilian, so I’m very comfortable in Speedos all day long, and I’m not ashamed of going to the supermarket shirtless — and my sunglasses and hangover pills, Engov. You can buy them over the counter in Brazil, in a gold package that looks like a condom package. You’re supposed to take one before you start drinking and another one after, but it’s really hard to remember. I take one when I’m feeling the pain of the hangover, and it always works. I learned about it from my parents who said, “You’re going to be having a big night — here, we don’t want to hear complaints about your headache tomorrow,” Every time I go to Brazil, I have more and more orders from friends. It’s like I’m trafficking Engov. I’ve been going to St Barts with my best friend [and ex-fiancé] Marc Jacobs for maybe seven years now for Christmas and New Years. Don’t be scared — people look up the airport online and see the two little mountains the plane has to go through [to land], and it looks scary, but you get used to it. There is a big New York City art collector slash real estate mogul slash Russian billionaire crowd, but I like that you can make out of St Barts whatever you want —
there’s also a very local side to it, a very islandy Caribbean vibe. There is a place only locals go called Le Select, right in the centre [of Gustavia]. It’s been there forever, with a big terrace and plastic chairs; they only have burgers and beer. I always like going there, as it’s the opposite of so many other places on the island that are so frou-frou. Always opt for an AirBnB over a hotel AirBnB has a filter that tells if a place is only for AirBnB or if someone lives there. Most people prefer to go to AirBnBs where there’s no-one [in residence], but I think the opposite. I don’t want to be in a plain apartment decorated with Ikea furniture so it can be rented on AirBnB; I want to open a fridge and see what people eat. I was going to Tel Aviv in the summer of 2014, and all my friends cancelled at the last minute, so I found an AirBnB in Yafo, a local neighborhood that wasn’t very touristy. I was on the way up the stairs to the third-floor apartment, and I smelled this delicious cake being cooked. The woman was literally waiting for me, baking a cake — and she was pregnant, very pregnant. I asked when it was due, and she told me, “Tomorrow.” I said, “Oh my God, girl, get outta here — what are you doing? 24 hours later, I’m receiving baby pictures, and we’ve kept in touch since then. I even got to meet the baby. The pros of flying with a bike The first thing you need to do is buy a bike suitcase. All you have to do is take the front wheel off your bike, and its fits in the case — those cases are accepted by pretty much any airline,
as oversize baggage like surfboards or instruments, but do call and check. You usually need to book in advance, too, as they only allow a certain number of oversize bags on a plane. When you arrive, you go to that section of the airport for extra-size luggage, and the people that are in that room are so interesting: They’re musicians, they’re surfers. In that room, everyone is very chatty. It feels like a little gang of people that share something extra, a little community. When in a new city, consider exploring by bicycle What I love about Tokyo is that you can bike on the sidewalk legally. It’s an interesting experience, as you’re among the pedestrians, and the place is so packed, but they don’t care, and they don’t complain about stepping aside for the bike. People are scared of biking in New York because of the traffic, but I think it’s crazy, and so fun. I love the Lower East Side in New York, especially Forsyth Street, because it has a bike lane in the middle, and it’s very green. That area, the new Chinatown, has such a strong character, and it’s full of new small art galleries I love. How to travel with your dog I started traveling with my dog, Mia, when she was a little puppy so she could get used to it. She is an emotional-support dog — my doctor wrote me a letter that I needed her as an emotional support, because I think I sounded crazy enough when I talked about how attached to her I was. So you need to call and make sure that the letter is in your booking on your airline of preference [so you can bring the dog on board]. The best airports have cute dog relief areas now, too: There was a very cute one in Dallas, and the airport that’s most pet friendly is San Francisco. They love dogs there, and there are lots of signs. I say, if you’re going to fly with a pet, fly via San Francisco. — Bloomberg