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12 years of simple elegance

Published April 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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12 years of simple elegance

fashion April 17, 2019 01:00

By THE NATION

Thai fashion brand Victeerut marks its anniversary and welcomes its founder home

AURAPRAPHAN “Pang” Sudhina-raset, creative director of the fashion label Vickteerut, welcomed back the brand’s globetrotting founder Teerut “Vick” Wongwatanasin and celebrated its 12th anniversary with a fashion show dubbed “Vickteerut 12th” at the charming and secluded warehouse ATT19 on Charoen Krung Soi 30.

             Teerut “Vick” Wongwatanasin and Aurapraphan “Pang” Sudhina-raset

Resuming his position with the fashion house, Vick introduced his new collection “To Infinity and Beyond” for the spring-summer season, highlighting the brand’s signature designs and revamping them with exaggerated volume, ruched fabrics, pleating, over-sized cuts and down-lining.

While maintaining the minimalist approach and graphic identity for which the brand is known and loved, Vickteerut offered unexpectedly feminine pieces that were smart rather than sweet. Statement pieces included a puffy coat in paper-effect fabric paired with a long pleated ruffle skirt, a tulle bodysuit worn with pinstripe cargo trousers, a cotton blazer with pleated hem and matching pleated long tiered skirt along with throw-on-and-go pieces like oversized silk organza shirts with utility pockets matched with silk organza pleated shorts, striped bishop sleeve safari blouses worn with straight leg trousers and sleeveless tweed blouse paired with tweed skinny shorts.

Elegant cocktail dresses underlined the theme “simplicity with a feminine edge” in modern time-tested silhouettes as Vickteerut thanked its faithful fans for the last 12 years.

“I took a long break to re-energise myself and thought about trying something new. Pang asked me to join her in this collection. This time, my perspective is different,” Teerut said.

“Of course, our brand’s identity remains strong, but I want to see modern touches and new elements, from materials to techniques. By new I don’t mean strange or impractical. When it comes to fashion, there’s no right and wrong. It really depends on the person to mix and match and have fun.

“In this collection, we’ve revamped classic looks by Vickteerut, adding modern touches to them. We have a clear vision of Vickteerut women. When speaking of Vickteerut, you think of something modern but minimal. One of the biggest challenges is this fashion show, which is the first time for me to really unleash myself. I used new materials and innovations to make the clothes in this collection striking, unusual and practical.”

As part of the celebration the brand was joined by nine renowned photographers, namely Nat Prakobsantisuk, Pansiri Siriwetcha-pan, Surasak Ittirit, Jutharat Pornmuneesunthorn, Thananon Thanakornkarn, Waroon Kieattisin, Pisid Whangvisarn, John Tods, and Naruebes Vadvaree, to present a special fashion photography exhibition. Their images illustrate the spirit of Vickteerut’s women through elements and clothes from different collections, portraying the brand in unique perspectives.

The exhibition also reflects the brand’s fashion evolution.

“We wanted to present a fashion show and invite photographers who have worked with our brand to interpret Vickteerut’s women through photos. For the ‘To Infinity and Beyond’ Collection, we’ve worked really hard to make it contemporary while still retaining Vickteerut’s DNA. And because we wanted it to be different, memorable and impressive, so selecting the right venue was crucial,” Aurapraphan explained.

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Learning to save our planet

Published April 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Learning to save our planet

movie & TV April 19, 2019 09:05

From now until June 2, Singapore ArtScience Museum visitors will be able to explore the forests of Borneo or dive deep into the coastal seas of Southeast Asia with “REWILD Our Planet”, Singapore’s first Social Augmented Reality (AR) experience jointly developed by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Google, Netflix, the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands and PHORIA.

 The sensorial experience connects people to nature and one another through immersive storytelling that blends cutting-edge AR technology with stunning 4K video footage from “Our Planet”, a new Netflix original documentary series voiced by world-renowned naturalist, Sir David Attenborough.

“‘Our Planet’ is the definitive nature documentary event of our time and Netflix’s most ambitious documentary project to date. We are proud to bring great and vital content like this to millions of people worldwide, informing and inspiring them towards taking action for the greater good. With “REWILD Our Planet”, we are taking this one step further by showing how stories can come to life in a way that spurs us all to help improve our environment. We couldn’t be more delighted to do this in concert with amazing partners like WWF, Google, PHORIA and ArtScience Museum of Singapore,” says Jessica Lee, vice president of Communications for Netflix.

“REWILD Our Planet” is built around four natural landscapes representing the last wilderness places on Earth, from the forests of Borneo and India to the oceans of Asia, grasslands of Mongolia and the frozen worlds of the Arctic.

“REWILD Our Planet is an immersive and interactive exhibition that shows how climate change impacts all living creatures. It uses cutting edge technology to transport visitors to some of the world’s most jaw-dropping landscapes. ‘REWILD Our Planet’ follows up on what we did together with WWF and Google with ‘Into the Wild’, our augmented reality experience about rainforests in Southeast Asia. The users of that project have so far planted over 10,000 trees in Sumatra. ‘REWILD Our Planet’ is even more ambitious. It combines art and technology to encourage all of us to play an active role in the conservation of our world,” adds Honor Harger, executive director of the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands.

Combining spectacular IMAX-style projections with spatial soundscapes and AR, the experience unfolds through the lens of the Google Pixel 3, where groups of participants can work together to build natural landscapes in 3D. They will unlock global weather patterns and magical animal encounters, ending with a deeper understanding of shared solutions and a meaningful pledge to act and help bring nature back.

Beyond showcasing the breathtaking diversity of our planet, the experience is also intended to drive important conservation conversations, highlighting the fragility of the planet and the negative impacts of humankind.

It shows a path forward by pointing to solutions, so participants come away understanding not just the threats that face our planet, but also what must be done collectively, ensuring people and nature can thrive alongside each other.

The experience uses footage from “Our Planet”, an eight-part series that showcases the planet’s most precious species and fragile habitats, revealing amazing sights on Earth in ways they have never been seen using the latest in filming technology.

The ambitious project was filmed in 50 countries across all the continents of the world, with over 600 members of crew capturing over 3,500 filming days.

Footage from “Our Planet” was then integrated with Google’s ARCore technology – an Android Software Development Kit (SDK) that works with Java and Unity and Unreal, and includes Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that bring AR to mobile devices without requiring any special hardware. PHORIA’s unique digital twin system which, once activated with Google’s ARCore, enables the 2D content to break free from the screen and seamlessly flow into the space around users.

“Thrones” for the feet

Published April 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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“Thrones” for the feet

movie & TV April 18, 2019 12:08

By The Nation

In celebration of the premiere of the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” last Sunday, HBO Asia has commissioned Singaporean sneaker designer and home-grown label, SBTG, to create four bespoke sneaker designs paying homage to the series.

 Not available for sale, the four pairs of custom-designed Game of Thrones x SBTG sneakers will be on display from today (April 17) to April 30 at the Limited Edt Chamber store in The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. “Game of Thrones” fans and avid sneakerheads in Asia can stand a chance to win a pair of these coveted kicks through a contest on this dedicated microsite. The contest ends on April 25.

Taking inspiration from the Emmy-winning fantasy hit-series, the artist behind the SBTG label, Mark Ong, skilfully combines his signature military-inspired designs and intricate detailing with iconic “Game Of Thrones” themes onto four pairs of sneakers.

Three pairs are designed with familiar colours, motifs and quotes from House Targaryen, House Stark and House Lannister while the fourth pair is given an icy transformation by the Night King and his White Walkers. Each pair of customised sneakers is embedded with Near-Field Communication (NFC) chips powered by VeChain, a public blockchain platform that allows any potential collector the ability to verify the authenticity of each pair through VeChainThor blockchain. The NFC chips also contain exclusive behind-the-scenes videos of each sneaker design, which can be played and viewed by anyone using the Vechain mobile app.

Mark Ong, aka Mr Sabotage, is a sneaker artist and streetwear designer who has achieved cult status with a dedicated following of sneaker collectors both locally and abroad. Ong’s shoe customisations and streetwear designs are inspired by punk-rock and skateboarding culture. In 2002, he sold his first pair of customised Nikes online, which kick-started his journey as a pioneer in the field of sneaker design. Since then, Mark now runs his home-grown label – SBTG (short for ‘Sabotage’) with his wife and partner Sue-Anne Lim, aka Mrs Sabotage, both catering to custom-designed sneakers and apparel. Among their celebrity customers are basketball players Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry and nu-metal group, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda.

Magdalene Ew, Head of Marketing, Creative and Content at HBO Asia, says, “Due to its mass appeal, “Game Of Thrones” has left a significant imprint not only in the entertainment scene but also on pop culture over the past decade. As we seek to extend the excitement around the season finale, we are pleased to tap the talent of a Singapore sneaker artist and streetwear designer, Mark Ong, to create these bespoke “Game Of Thrones” sneakers. Through our collaboration with SBTG, we hope to bring together two distinct cultures – pop and street culture – for loyal fans of the show. This is what HBO Asia will do for the throne.”

Ong adds: “As fans of the series, it was a no-brainer to take this project on as it allows us to have fun working as a team.” He further adds, “Reading the brief and knowing that we will be creating individual designs for four different houses got me really excited.”

Travelling with man’s best friend

Published April 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Travelling with man’s best friend

World April 18, 2019 11:30

By The Nation

Vistajet is proud to confirm the contination of its exclusive VistaPet program, designed for vacationers travelling with their pets.

The company has seen a 104-per-cent increase in the number of animals flown over the last two years, with one in four VistaJet Members flying regularly with their loyal companions.

Last year saw a 47-per-cent increase in the number of dogs flying on board VistaJet last year. Some 95-per-cent of American animal owners like the idea of being able to bring their pets on board, but distrust commercial airlines to safely care for their pets, making the journey stressful for both animal and human.

The VistaPet program has been designed in collaboration with experienced veterinary practitioners, groomers, dieticians and coaches to respond to the needs and challenges faced when travelling with animals. From care kits, sleep mats and balanced menus, to travel advice, global flying regulations and fear of flying courses, all VistaJet passengers can expect the same exceptional service and support.

To ensure a seamless travel experience, VistaJet’s customer service team advises passengers on the regulations that apply to their flights and destinations when travelling with pets, including details for vaccinations, microchips, certificates and permits.

VistaJet can arrange fear of flying courses for dogs, in partnership with The Dog House. The four-week course desensitises pets to what they could experience during a flight – the smell of fuel, the sounds of jet engines, cabin air pressure and the movements of air turbulence.

On board every flight, passengers will receive a VistaPet Pochette – a travel bag containing a collection of items to take care of pets during and after a flight. Bio-organic pet food from Rockster will provide pets with high-quality nutrients in the air or on arrival. The flavourful selection of Random Rewards treats, created by Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux, is a unique mixture of dog training treats.

The Kibble Pet’s Travel Care Kit includes water-free shampoos and soothing wipes for salon quality fur care – a perfect way to help pets relax on board. Rope toys by Furzu will also keep dogs entertained throughout the flight.

Following advice from clinical veterinarian, VistaJet has developed a balanced menu to keep Members’ pets hydrated and healthy, while VistaJet Cabin Hostesses will offer natural flower essences to mix with pets’ drinking water to aid relaxation during the flight.

While flying regulations require that animals are kept on leash or in a travel cage for take-off and landing, during flight pets can relax by their owner’s side on a handmade Labbvenn sleep mat. A full cabin reclean is included as standard after every pet flight.

On arrival, VistaJet has selected a collection of pet-friendly facilities and partners all around the globe – whether Members require a pet hotel in London, the best pet salon in New York or a photography session to capture moments with pets around the world. The team can also assist in finding pet walkers and trainers, or suggest unforgettable experiences including pet yoga, rafting and surfing.

Book a flight at http://www.VistaJet.com/pets.

Seoul all lit up for the Buddha’s birthday

Published April 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Seoul all lit up for the Buddha’s birthday

World April 17, 2019 12:25

By The Nation

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South Korea residents will celebrate Buddha’s birthday with the striking Lotus Lantern Festival known as Yeondeunghoe from May 3 to 5 in downtown Seoul and along the street in front of the Jogyesa Temple.

Designated as Korea’s National Intangible Cultural Property No 122, this 1,200-year-old festival has been promulgated from generation to generation while promoting the community spirit. This year will see people pray for world peace and for the Korean Peninsula to overcome various conflicts.

On May 4, the celebration will begin with the Lantern Parade, in which participants will put a wish message on their lanterns for the continued wellbeing of families, neighbours and society. More than 2,000 foreigners will also join the parade with International Dharma Instructors.

Spread over the Ujeong Park, the Bongeunsa Temple and the Cheonggyecheon Stream, the Traditional Lantern Exhibitions meanwhile displays a wide collection of beautiful paper lanterns in different designs from May 3 to 12.

To mark its 12th anniversary, the Cheonggyecheon Lantern Exhibition is designed around the theme of “A Flower of Peace Comes Out on the Korean Peninsula” and combines people’s aspirations for peace and unification from April 27 to May 12.

During the festival, a group of 60 volunteers from 26 countries will stand by to provide guide and interpretation services for visitors and performs flash mobs at the lighting ceremony, traditional cultural events and at the Tapgol Park.

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Rites of passage

Published April 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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  • An ancient statue of Mae Hong Son’s ruler is carried on horseback to protect the Sang Long processions from demons.
  • Mae Hong Son’s annual Poy Sang Long Festival is held during summer to pay homage to Lord Buddha.
  • Relatives act as “Ta Pae” (horses) to carry the Sang Long from their houses to the temple.
  • The colourful Sang Long processions roam around the town.

Rites of passage

big read April 20, 2019 01:00

By Korbphuk Phromrekha
The Nation Weekend

Young Tai Yai boys become novices in an annual ceremony that draws visitors from far afield

THE SUN has barely risen over the northern province of Mae Hong Son, but already the Tai Yai residents are out on the streets banging Lanna gongs and beating long drums to mark the beginning of the annual Poy Sang Long Festival.

The festival is centred on Wat Pha Bong Nuea, which serves as the main ceremonial venue and turns its pavilion into a dressing room for veteran and amateur make-up artists to groom the young boys who take part in the traditional ordination ceremony to become Sang Long (novice monks) in a tribute to Lord Buddha.

Mae Hong Son’s annual Poy Sang Long Festival is held during summer to pay homage to Lord Buddha. 

The festival’s name is a combination of three Tai Yai words – Poy meaning an event and Sang, which is thought to come either from Khun Sang (Brahman) or Sang (novice monk). Long is derived from Along, meaning Bodhisattva or the king’s lineage.

In Tai Yai tradition, the novice monks don the very finest costumes as a symbol of Prince Siddhartha. Legend has it that King Ajatashatru hosted the ordination ceremony for his son to redeem his sins, while a folk tale focuses on a poor widow and her son, both disciples of Buddhism, who wanted to take part in an ordination ceremony hosted by the aristocracy.

Indra perceived their wishes and descended from the heavens using gold and silver waters to transform her son into a handsome prince. Brahman also gave him a crown and a gold breast chain and served as his godfather, hence the belief that the Sang Long is an adopted son of Brahman.

The celebrations are held during the long school break to ensure the Tai Yai boys have enough time to learn religious practices. Each ceremony takes three days and the kids will spend a few days memorising their lines for the ordination and undergo the tonsure ritual the day before the event.

The boys ask for forgiveness and receive the five precepts from the monks

The Hub Sang Long Day starts with a bathing ritual, which sees the boys cleaning themselves in water mixed with acacia and full of precious gems and gold to bring them prestige. Dressed in white shirts and refined jong kraben, they head to the temple and attend a ceremony to ask for forgiveness and receive the precepts from the monks.

“Sang Long’s costumes are inspired by the clothes worn by the angels in the second heaven where Indra dwells. They dance to welcome Lord Buddha back to Earth,” says Tai Yai elder Jing Na.

“The Sang Long ceremony is more important for Tai Yai culture than being ordained as a monk because the kids are still innocent. This is regarded as making major merit. The procession of novice monks will usually start at 3pm or 4pm – the time when Prince Siddhartha departed his hometown to start his pilgrimage.”

The ceremony continues late morning with a colourful procession of men known as Ta Pae who carry the boys around the town on their shoulders The procession stops at several sacred places and at private houses, where villagers and elders offer the boys culinary delights and tie string around their wrists as a blessing.

The remarkable procession known as Kho Lu is the highlight of the second day. Here the boys dance while perched on the shoulders of the Ta Pae and local residents carry monks’ necessities to the temple, with an ancient statue of Mae Hong Son’s ruler perched on the back of a horse to serve as a guardian to protect the procession from demons.

 In the evening, Sang Long and celebrants will be entertained with Nok Ging Kara dances and other cultural performances.  

In the evening, the Sang Long attend a ceremony during which string is tied around their wrists and feast on Kin Pak 12 Mee, a meal featuring 12 auspicious dishes while guests can enjoy a programme of cultural performances like the Nok Ging Gara dance. The sacred ordination ceremony takes place on the last day, which is called Wan Lu.

“According to Tai Yai beliefs, the families have to join the Poy Sang Long Festival when their first son is 10 years old though boys as young as seven can be ordained. They’re old enough to learn dharma. The novice monks can extend their status until they’re 20 if they don’t want to study in a formal school,” says Uncle Sophin Kaentun, who serves on the Ban Pha Bong committee.

“In the past, some Sang Long disappeared from the ceremony and we believed that the spirits tried to hide them from our eyes. The families now provide at least two guards to watch closely over the young novices even when they go to the bathroom.”

The Tai Yai descendants have managed to conserve their cultural heritage and the religious ceremonies are hosted to promote solidarity in their communities. Sang Long’s costumes are elaborate and each neighbourhood comes up with different designs. Up north on the border with Myanmar, the outfits are adorned with gold ornaments while residents of Mae Sariang district have adopted Lanna fashion. The original Tai Yai tradition only used breast chains and women cut their braids to decorate Sang Long hats to make merit. Today, the families spend around Bt100,000 to host an ordination ceremony.

After the procession arrives at the temple, the parents will treat Sang Long to the Kin Pak 12 Mee feast.

“The Sang Long festival in other villages has changed but here in Ban Pha Bong, we follow the original Tai Yai traditions. For example, Sang Long’s shirts are decorated with lace woven into star shapes to match the jong kraben, while celebrants still don traditional Tai Yai costumes and hold small bunches of orchids,” adds Jing Na.

Guardiola sets sights on next season’s quadruple

Published April 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola / AFP

Guardiola sets sights on next season’s quadruple

sports April 20, 2019 07:18

By AFP

Pep Guardiola will target the quadruple again next season with Manchester City despite the disappointment of this week’s Champions League exit against Tottenham.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp — Guardiola’s closest challenger for the Premier League title — have both advanced to the semi-finals of Europe’s leading club competition.

But, unlike Guardiola, that duo have placed far less emphasis on the domestic cup competitions, fielding weakened sides in the early rounds of the League Cup and FA Cup.

By contrast Guardiola, in contrast, has always fielded full, or near-full, strength teams, leaving him open to accusations fatigue is hampering his team in the season’s closing stages.

Nevertheless the City manager, who won the League Cup against Chelsea and faces an FA Cup final date with Watford next month, is adamant he would never deliberately attempt to be knocked out of a competition.

“I don’t understand in my profession, it is not to say I don’t want to win, I don’t understand that,” said Guardiola.

“If I lose it’s because the opponent beat me or beat us. I’m not going to drop any competitions because maybe in the future it will be better.”

 

– ‘Never get perfection’ –

 

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss whose City side, thanks to a quirk of the fixture list next play Tottenham again in the Premier League on Saturday, added: “Who knows what’s going to happen in the future? The present is this game and I will try.

“I will dream next season of fighting for the four titles, that’s my dream.”

Despite the traumatic nature of the aggregate reverse on away goals against Spurs, City are still just six wins — five in the league and the FA Cup Final — away from becoming the first English team ever to win a domestic treble

Rather than forget the disappointment of midweek, the City manager hopes the memory of that painful loss will inspire his side, although the Catalan boss accepted he could not be sure of his star-studded team’s reaction.

“I don’t know,” he said. “Before the game you don’t know how you will play, you never know how you’ll react, we were out other times, and we reacted well.

“Perfection you never get, never, but you have to try to achieve it. Perfection would be 4-0, it was 4-3, or 7-0,” Guardiola explained. “We create chances to score seven. So perfection never exists, but you have to try.”

Just like City’s Champions League exit two years ago, when they scored five times in the home leg with Monaco only to go out on away goals, Guardiola’s disappointment was amplified by the fact they scored four times against Spurs on Wednesday in a losing effort.

“We have to improve the defensive department in this stage of the competition, and be more solid but in general we want to improve,” he said.

“But the way we play, we’ve scored 154 goals, but the way we play with a good game for everyone here and around the world we’re not going to change.”

Djokovic knocked out as ‘lucky’ Nadal battles on in Monte Carlo

Published April 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Spain's Rafael Nadal hits a return to Argentina's Guido Pella. / AFP
Spain’s Rafael Nadal hits a return to Argentina’s Guido Pella. / AFP

Djokovic knocked out as ‘lucky’ Nadal battles on in Monte Carlo

sports April 20, 2019 07:08

By AFP

World number one Novak Djokovic was dumped out by Daniil Medvedev while Rafael Nadal survived a struggle to reach the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters for the 14th time on Friday.

Djokovic, twice a champion in the principality, lost serve five times in a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 defeat by Russia’s 10th seed Medvedev.

Nadal, an 11-time winner of the event, rallied from 4-1 down in the opening set before finally overhauling Argentina’s Guido Pella 7-6 (7/1), 6-3.

The Spaniard will face off in Saturday’s semi-finals against Italian Fabio Fognini, who came back to beat Croatia’s ninth seed Borna Coric 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Nadal stands 11-3 in the series, having won their last six matches.

For Djokovic, who won a record seventh Australian Open title in January, defeat marked another premature exit after he crashed out in the early rounds at Indian Wells and Miami last month.

The Serb, who has won the last three Grand Slam events and could conclude a personal sweep with another title at Roland Garros in June, feels that all he needs is more court time and some extra polish.

“The French Open is the ultimate goal on clay. It’s expected in a way for me to peak right at that tournament, because that’s what I’m aiming for,” Djokovic said.

“This is only the first tournament on clay, and it’s a long season. Let’s see how it goes.

“Maybe I’m lacking the consistency with the top results in the last couple of years in the best tournaments.

“But I’ve been playing my best at Grand Slams and that’s what I intend to do.”

Djokovic was broken three times in the final set, clawing one back but exiting when Medvedev drove a backhand into the far corner on match point.

Nadal toiled away for two hours, 20 minutes to win for the 71st time in 75 matches at the tournament.

 

– ‘Lucky to escape’ –

 

“It was a very tough match,” Nadal said. “Luckily I was able to come back (from 4-1 down) in the first set. If he had gone 5-1 it may have been almost impossible.

“It was a physically and mentally draining set, especially losing my first three service games.

“I was lucky to escape, I’m happy to be through.”

The first set featured eight breaks of serve before Nadal won it in a tiebreaker.

He served for the match leading 5-2 in the second only to drop serve again, but recovered to take the win as Pella double-faulted.

“Reaching the semi-final again means a lot to me, I hope this win will help me.”

Medvedev welcomed his defeat of Djokovic after losing in each of his three previous encounters with the Serb.

“This was the best match of my career, maybe not in the level of tennis but in beating the number one for the first time in my life,” he said. “It’s just amazing.”

Medvedev will meet another Serb, Dusan Lajovic, on Saturday for a place in the final after the latter beat Italian qualifier Lorenzo Sonego 6-4, 7-5.

Medvedev totalled less than half of the 47 unforced errors which came off the Djokovic racquet in a three-set tussle in windy conditions.

“Novak played worse here than the times before,” Medvedev said. “But I’m also getting more experience.

“I’m making the top guys realise it’s not easy to play me.”

Thai star Kiradech set to defend his title at the Butra Heidelberg Cement Brunei Championship

Published April 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand
Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand

Thai star Kiradech set to defend his title at the Butra Heidelberg Cement Brunei Championship

sports April 20, 2019 01:00

By Agencies

Bandar Seri Begawan – Thai star Kiradech Aphibarnrat is set to defend his title at the Butra Heidelberg Cement Brunei Championship, which will celebrate its second straight edition on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) next week.

The 29-year-old Kiradech, the highest-ranked Thai in 41st place on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), will headline a cosmopolitan field of 144 players from over 20 countries at the highly-rated Empire Golf and Country Club from April 24 to 27 (Wednesday to Saturday).

The popular event, which offers an increased prize purse of US$75,000 this year, will feature more than 26 ADT champions including Argentina’s Miguel Carballo, Japan’s Kazuki Higa, American Sam Gillis and Wang Wei-lun of Chinese Taipei.

Kiradech, the 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, underlined his star credentials when he dominated a talented field at the inaugural edition last year, completing a wire-to-wire victory to win by six shots.

“Winning last year was huge for me, it gave me a boost in confidence before I went back to play in the United States. I treat every tournament the same. It doesn’t matter if it’s a big or small event,” said Kiradech.

Kiradech’s victory in Brunei, which marked his third title on the ADT, came a week after he finished tied-fifth at the 2018 World Golf Championships – Mexico Championship. He would go on to cap another top-five finish two weeks later at the WGC- Dell Technologies Match Play.

The big-hitting Thai then wrote a slice of history by becoming the first Thai golfer to earn playing rights on the PGA TOUR for the 2018/2019 season, thanks to his noteworthy performances which also include a tied-13th place finish at the Memorial Tournament, a tied-30th result at THE PLAYERS Championship and a 15th place finish at the U.S. Open.

Kiradech, a three-time Asian Tour winner and four-time European Tour champion, enjoyed a tied-49th place finish when he made his third appearance at The Masters tournament last week.

“From playing the Masters, one of the biggest events in the world, to playing on the ADT, it feels the same to me as I still try and win every single time I tee up for an event.

“I am excited to be going back to Brunei to defend my title. My good friend Prom (Meesawat) is also playing in the event and I know he won’t make it easy for me,” added Kiradech.

ADT Order of Merit champion Itthipat Buranatanyarat, who won the season-opener on home soil earlier in January, is ready for another shot at the event, where he played alongside Kiradech in the final round last year before settling for a third-place result.

“I was honoured to have the opportunity to play with Kiradech in the final round last year. Watching him play helped me realised what I needed to work on if I want to be the best. I have been working hard on my weaknesses since then,” said Itthipat, who ended a three-year title drought when he won his third ADT title three months ago.

The leading seven players on the final ADT Order of Merit will earn playing rights on the premier Asian Tour for the 2020 season.

All ADT events offer Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points. The winner will receive at least six OWGR points while the top six players and ties will also earn points based on a sliding scale.

Thai world champ spearheads local challenge at One Championship

Published April 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Nong-O Gaiyanghadao blasts a kick to Han Zi Hao of China in the One: Clash of Legends at Muangthong Thani in February.
Nong-O Gaiyanghadao blasts a kick to Han Zi Hao of China in the One: Clash of Legends at Muangthong Thani in February.

Thai world champ spearheads local challenge at One Championship

sports April 20, 2019 01:00

By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam

The Nation

REIGNING bantamweight world champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao and fellow muay thai superstar Petchdam Petchyindee Academy will carry the Thai flag at the One Championship: Warriors of Light at Bangkok’s Impact Arena next month.

The May 10 fight night sees Thailand play host to a showcase of the best martial arts warriors – muay thai fighters and kickboxers – from around the world.

Nong-O will defend his bantamweight (65.8kg) title against Hiroaki Suzuki of Japan while Petchdam will face Elias “The Sniper” Mahmoudi of Algeria for the inaugural ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship.

Multiple world champion Nong-O captured the One title by unanimous decision against China’s Han Zi Hao here in February. He is now set to make the first defence against the dangerous Japanese fighter.

Striker Suzuki is one of the most exciting talents in One Super Series. He burst onto the scene with a devastating performance against Deividas Danyla last November, then followed up with another scintillating showing against Mohammed “Jordan Boy” Bin Mahmoud last January.

In the co-main event of the evening, Thailand’s Petchdam will attempt to make history by becoming the One Championship’s first flyweight (61.2kg) kickboxing world champion when he takes on opponent Mahmoudi.

Petchdam is a multiple muay thai world champion known for his devastating left kick, which is responsible for the majority of his wins. He trains out of the famed Petchyindee Academy in Bangkok alongside fellow muay thai world champions including Petchmorakot Sanprapai.

Six Thais will be in action in the ninth round of the One Championship this year, with 12 bouts on the card.

Muay thai superstar Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon is another local hope featuring in the event. After beating Hakim Hamech of France in the One Super Series flyweight in Tokyo last month, Roadtang returns to showcase his fearsome striking skills against Sok Thy, Cambodia’s national kickboxing champion.

Local hero Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit is the fourth Thai on the card, fighting Robin “The Ilonggo” Catalan of the Philippines, winner of Philippines National Wushu Sanda Championship in 2007 and 2008, and the IFMA Muay Thai World Championship in 2011.

Two-time Lumpinee Stadium champion and superstar Superlek Kiatmoo9 will face WKA European Champion Rui Botelho of Portugal.

The last Thai fighter in the tournament is Lumpinee Stadium world champ Singtongnoi Por Telakun, who takes on WMC Muay Thai World Champion Savvas Michael of Cyprus.

Main Event

ONE Super Series Bantamweight Muay Thai World Championship

Nong-O Gaiyanghadao (C) vs Hiroaki Suzuki

ONE Super Series Muay Thai: 65.8kg

Co-Main Event

ONE Super Series Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship

Petchdam Petchyindee Academy vs Elias Mahmoudi

ONE Super Series Kickboxing: 61.2kg

Kazuki Tokudome vs Adrian Pang

Mixed Martial Arts: 77.1kg

Rodtang Jitmuangnon vs Sok Thy

ONE Super Series Muay Thai: 61.2kg

Kota Shimoishi vs Pieter Bruist

Mixed Martial Arts: 77.1kg

Shoko Sato vs Mark Fairtex Abelardo

Mixed Martial Arts: 65.8kg

Pongsiri Mitsatit vs Robin Catalan

Mixed Martial Arts: 56.7kg

Hexigetu vs Ovais Shah

Mixed Martial Arts: 56.7kg

Zhang Chenglong vs Panicos Yusuf

ONE Super Series Kickboxing: 65.8kg

Superlek Kiatmoo9 vs Rui Botelho

ONE Super Series Muay Thai: 61.2kg

Singtongnoi Por Telakun vs Savvas Michael

ONE Super Series Muay Thai: 61.2kg

Janet Todd vs Chin Long Wang

ONE Super Series Kickboxing: 52.2kg

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