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Mango Tree launches 27th restaurant in Japan

Published September 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Mango Tree launches 27th restaurant in Japan

Sep 20. 2019
The gapao gai set served with clear soup, a spring roll, small salad and dessert

The gapao gai set served with clear soup, a spring roll, small salad and dessert
By The Nation

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Thailand’s Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide, has continued its rapid expansion in Japan with the launch of a new Mango Tree Kitchen in Osaka, which specialises in phad gapao, the popular Thai dish of spicy stir-fried meat with basil leaves on rice and topped with a fried egg.

The new Mango Tree Kitchen Gapao Daimaru Shinsaibashi can boast a central location in Daimaru Shinsaibashi, a prominent department store in the heart of downtown Osaka’s retail district. Guests can discover a choice of tasty and authentic gapao bowls, set menus, side dishes, salads and refreshing beverages, either to eat in or take away.

Five varieties of gapao dishes are available, including minced chicken, minced pork, crispy pork, seafood and mixed vegetables – all of which are freshly made with holy basil, garlic, chilli and other ingredients, and served with steamed jasmine rice and a fluffy fried egg. A series of gapao set options are also available, allowing diners to combine their favourite gapao with clear soup, a spring roll, small salad and dessert, and so create an excellent light lunch.

Alternatively, guests can savour a choice of traditional Thai curries, spicy papaya salads and a selection of succulent chicken side dishes, including deep-fried crispy chicken and Thai-style BBQ chicken. All of these options use Japan’s famous free-range Amakusa Daio chickens, which are raised in the Amakusa area of Kumamoto prefecture and exude natural sweetness and umami.

Whichever dish diners choose, it can be enjoyed with a series of alcoholic and soft beverages, including Thai and Japanese beers, iced teas and coffees, fresh and frozen tropical juices, plus exotic blends such as butterfly pea and lime soda, and coconut milk with mango juice.

The launch of Mango Tree Kitchen Gapao Daimaru Shinsaibashi marks the latest stage of the company’s pioneering strategy of providing quick service Thai dining in areas of high footfall, such as major malls and busy transport hubs. These prime locations are expected to attract local shoppers and groups of friends seeking a light and healthy lunch, as well as office workers and commuters in search of an enticing alternative for their lunchtime takeaway.

Growing Japanese portfolio

The Mango Tree Kitchen concept focuses on famous Thai dishes that have become everyday food among Japanese diners, such as phad gapao, khao mun gai (Thai-style Hainanese chicken rice), and phad Thai (stir-fried noodles). Several outlets have already been launched in high-volume areas across Japan, including Tokyo Station, with many more planned in the future.

“Japan is one of Mango Tree’s largest and most important markets, so we are delighted to introduce another of our innovative concepts to the country,” Trevor MacKenzie, Mango Tree’s global managing director, said. “As Japan’s culinary capital, Osaka is the ideal place to introduce local diners to authentic Thai cuisine.”

Nestled in the Chuo-ku ward of central Osaka, Shinsaibashi is the city’s main retail area. Home to covered shopping streets, department stores, global brands and boutiques, this bustling district attracts locals and tourists alike. The company believes this will make the new Mango Tree Kitchen popular not only with Japanese customers, including younger diners, female friends and family customers, but also with overseas visitors, especially from other parts of Asia. As the first Mango Tree outlet in the southern part of Osaka, it complements the group’s three existing restaurants in the north of the city.

Mango Tree Kitchen Gapao Daimaru Shinsaibashi becomes the 27th location in the company’s fast-growing Japanese portfolio. The country will now play a significant role in Mango Tree’s global expansion strategy, as it works towards achieving a global collection of more than 100 outlets worldwide by 2025.

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Bridge floating market, bamboo tower open in Suphan Buri

Published September 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Bridge floating market, bamboo tower open in Suphan Buri

Sep 19. 2019
By The Nation

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Suphan Buri adds to its plethora of tourist attractions with the opening of the Saphan Khong Floating Market, a new landmark in Ban Ton Tan Subdistrict of Song Phi Nong District. Visitors can walk along the wooden bridge that connects Ban Tontan Handicraft Centre to Thong Pradit Temple.

A large bamboo tower stands in the middle of the market and is said to be the largest in the world. It was built from bamboo by the villagers and offers a 360-degree-view of the surrounding area.

The market is open daily and bargains are up for grabs over the weekends and bank holidays.

The Lion King roars into Bangkok with spectacular production

Published September 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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The Lion King roars into Bangkok with spectacular production

Sep 20. 2019
By Kupluthai Pungkanon
The Nation

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An amazingly and truly spectacular production of the world-class musical, “The Lion King”, premiered in Bangkok at Muangthai Rachadalai Theatre on Wednesday with seats sold out.

The production featured some of Disney’s favourite characters: Simba, Mufasa, Timon, Pumbaa, Zazu, Nala and a whole herd of fantastic animals. The Bangkok season of “The Lion King” will be the longest-ever run for an international musical in the city, which will be on stage until October 27.

Circle of Life - The Lion King - Photo by Matthew Murphy

Circle of Life – The Lion King – Photo by Matthew Murphy

The Michael Cassel Group, in association with Disney Theatrical Productions, is presenting the international tour in Thailand, with promotions by BEC-Tero Scenario. This tour is the 25th global production of Broadway’s most successful musical.

Praised for its exciting and inventive performance, The Lion King, is a worldwide phenomenon, while this production is the world’s first international tour. It premiered in Manila last year playing to sold-out houses and has now arrived in Thailand for the first time.

Brian L Marcar, the managing director of BEC-Tero Entertainment, said he believes the exceptional cast and crew drawn from all over the world delivers with their skill and artistry, their powerful singing, their elegant movements and stunning visuals, creating an unforgettable experience each night and touching the hearts of Thai people.

“It was simply magical,” said Takonkiet Viravan, the managing director of Scenario Ltd. “It has always been my dream to bring great Broadway musicals to Thailand. They had such a brilliant way of telling the story that it gave me goose bumps right from the opening scene. The sets and the costumes interlaced with puppetry unexpectedly took me right to the world of wildlife. It wasn’t just putting cartoon characters on stage, it was a combination of many things. Even though the characters were animals, they were full of human emotions. The music that was already great become legendary.”

The musical debuted in Minneapolis at The Orpheum Theatre in July 1997, after three years of developing “The Lion King” from screen to stage. Brilliantly re-imagined by acclaimed director Julie Taymor, Disney’s beloved film is transformed into a spectacular theatrical experience that will redefine your expectations of theatre, according to a Friday release. Audiences in Thailand will be treated to unbelievable performances by a truly global cast and crew, representing 19 nationalities, who have come together for the tour.

“This world-class production is awe-inspiring with incredible artists from around the globe. We are so excited to be bringing a musical of this magnitude to Thailand for the first time”, said Michael Cassel, the international tour’s producer.

The principal cast of The Lion King includes Ntsepa Pitjeng returning to the role of Rafiki, having performed it in the US, UK, China, Brazil and Switzerland productions. Straight from London is Jordan Shaw in the role of Simba, and Mthokozisi Emkay Khanyile playing Mufasa. Musical theatre performer Antony Lawrence from the UK plays Scar.

Australian actor André Jewson features as Zazu, while Nick Mercer plays Timon after having performed the role in the UK and Switzerland productions. South African favourite Pierre van Heerden returns as Pumbaa.

Some fun facts

* In the animated movie, Rafiki The Baboon was presented as a male character but the musical has transformed the character into a strong female;

* The phrase “Hakuna Matata” (meaning “No worries”) is mentioned 25 times in the show;

* Julie Taymor was the first female director in Broadway history to win the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical (1998), which she did for “The Lion King”;

* “The Lion King” celebrated its 20th anniversary two years ago and is the third-longest running show on Broadway;

* To date, “The Lion King” has won more than 70 global theatrical awards;

* It took 34,000 hours of labour to build the masks and puppets for the original Broadway production;

* There are more than 200 puppets in the show, including rod, shadow and full-sized puppets;

-* The tallest animals in the show are 5.5 metres high – the two giraffes in the “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” scene;

* The elephant nicknamed Bertha by the backstage crew in 1997 is the largest and longest animal, measuring 4 metres in length and 3 metres wide.

* There are six indigenous African languages spoken in the show: Swahili, Zulu, Xhosa (the click language), Sotho, Tswana and Congolese;

* The Lion King has been translated into eight languages – Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Mandarin, Spanish and Portuguese.

* More than 100 million people have watched The Lion King worldwide.

Bangkok tickets for “The Lion King” live musical start at Bt1,500 and are now available at all Thai Ticket Major outlets and at www.thaiticketmajor.com.

Innovation focus leads to double-digit growth at hill-tribe craft centre

Published September 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Innovation focus leads to double-digit growth at hill-tribe craft centre

Sep 20. 2019
Amphawan Pichalai, director of the Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand (SACICT)

Amphawan Pichalai, director of the Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand (SACICT)
By Kupluthai Pungkanon
The Nation

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Amphawan Pichalai, director of the Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand (SACICT), recently spoke to The Nation about their commitment to conserving, continuing and building on Thai arts and crafts through the “New Life under the Royal Patronage” campaign showcasing the country’s rich hill-tribe heritage through textiles, ceramics and handicrafts.

Below is an excerpt from the interview.

The Nation: Please update us on SACICT’s strategy in promoting Thailand as the Southeast Asian hub of knowledge in arts and crafts.

Amphawan: Our present strategy has been applied for the past four years and will continue for some time: to promote the country’s rich heritage in arts and crafts in daily life. By all means, if the handicrafts do not answer and benefit modern lifestyles, they will not sell. Thus, we aim to develop the arts and crafts products by offering experiences so that the local producers will themselves learn how to improve the products, artistic creations and inspirations to suit a modern lifestyle.

Our approach is to encourage them to meet designers and end-users through many activities. For example, in the past when we had organised an event, any producer could join in, but nowadays they have to go through a selection process, according to the specific theme of the activity. Also, even if they participated in the event in January, and they want to join in the August edition, they must show improvement in their new products. Such experience will help them learn to communicate with consumers.

For art masters, we encourage them to create their unique signature – colours or patterns – so that it is instantly recognisable, which leads in building up their status and pride, and in creating a brand. At the end, they can carry on into the future even without us, and that is the sustainable way to promote Thai arts and crafts.

The Nation: How many members are there in SACICT?

Amphawan: We have about 4,000 members, and nearly 400 are crafts masters. As a public company under the royal patronage, we have been positioning ourselves in the international market. We have opened to the market in France, South Korea, Taiwan, Bhutan, Japan, the 10 Asean countries and many more.

Foreigners tend to view crafts as artistic works, thus, we have developed products as gallery and museum pieces and we have expanded collaboration with other networks through exchanging crafts masters, for example. At SACICT, we honour the crafts masters, whom we have divided into three categories: first are the national artists, second are those with very high experience, and both groups will transfer their knowledge to the third group which are the heirs, young generations who will carry on producing the handicrafts and techniques.

The Nation: What have you seen that was life changing for local artists?

Amphawan: It’s priceless. First of all, under the royal patronage of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, the Queen Mother, who has tirelessly worked to preserve and to develop local handicrafts, we never exclude ethnic minorities. We want to project Her Majesty the Queen Mother’s perseverance and kindness to young generations, the importance of having such roots and wisdom, and of their being able to generate income from these arts and crafts.

In the past, the handicraft artisans did not really have status. People who buy craftworks did not recognise the origins or did not see the distinctions or signatures of the products. As we honour the crafts master and encourage the transfer of knowledge to the communities, that’s changed their well-being and improved their earnings.

We also promote product development, innovation and creativity, so that it suits the modern lifestyle. Young people should feel “cool” when they carry a hill tribe’s bags. There are lots of workshops and networking. The producers and designers have the chance to share ideas, remain open-minded and try new possibilities. Mainly, we have to promote our rich heritage infused with modern designs and innovations to create value-added, and gradually change the attitude of consumers – and so bring arts and crafts closer to the modern lifestyle.

We also aim to be the Southeast Asian hub of knowledge in arts and crafts through the Arts and Crafts Knowledge Centre, which incorporates a digital search system dubbed the SACICT Archive. We collect knowledge, wisdom and add value to Thai craftsmanship through modern technology platforms using a digital arts and crafts search system. The Centre is the best source of knowledge about handicrafts in Thailand and in the region, and allows Thais from every sector to participate in and access information so that knowledge will be transferred, inspire and ultimately help create income. So far, the outcome has been impressive, our organisation has had a two-digit growth rate every year.

The Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand is located in Bang Sai District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya. It’s open daily from 8am to 5pm, and admission is free. For more information, call 1289.

Pornpawee stuns world champ Sindhu in China Open

Published September 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Pornpawee stuns world champ Sindhu in China Open

Sep 20. 2019
 Pornpawee Chochuwong (Badminton Photo)

Pornpawee Chochuwong (Badminton Photo)
By The Nation

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Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong caused a major upset, stunning badminton world champion PV Sindhu of India on Thursday at the China Open World Tour Super 1000 tournament in Changzhou.

Chochuwong beat the fifth-seeded Indian shuttler 12-21 21-13 21-19 in 58 minutes in the second round.

Sindhu, who had beaten Pornpawee in their previous three encounters, dominated the first game, surging ahead 7-1, but the Thai fought back and cut the lead to 10-11 at the break.

However, Sindhu won eight straight points after the interval to lead 19-10 before wrapping up the first game comfortably at 21-12.

Pornpawee, however, came back strongly in the second game, taking a 15-7 lead with six straight points and won the game 21-13.

The decider saw a close fight, with both players tied at 6-6 before Sindhu broke ahead to lead 11-7.

However, Pornpawee fought on and stunned the Indian by winning six points on the trot from 15-19 to win 21-19.

Targets acquired: riders ready to take on Aragon

Published September 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Targets acquired: riders ready to take on Aragon

Sep 20. 2019
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Pre-Event Press Conference kicks off the Gran Premio Michelin® de Aragon

Ahead of track action getting underway for the Gran Premio Michelin® de Aragon on Friday, the pre-event press conference got us in gear at MotorLand, with reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) joined by Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and Moto2™ Championship leader Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) to debrief and look forward.First to speak was Marquez. “The target this weekend is to be at the top of the podium or be on the podium, that’s the main target, then try and fight for the top step. Last weekend was hard for us all weekend but in the end we did it, finished at the top and took 25 points in the Championship, and increased the gap between me and Dovi. We try to enjoy every race and why not here. The layout I like, it won’t be a nice and easy weekend, it will be tough but I hope it will be a nice weekend.

“The target is the same like in the first race of the season. Try to be on the podium from here until the end of the season. This was the target in the first race, we’ll continue with the same mentality try to approach the race weekends in the same way and give 100% in practice and in races, it doesn’t matter who is there or which circuit, but we’ll try to fight for the victory.”

Next, we heard from Dovizioso, who had a tougher Misano considering he won there last year – but thinks MotorLand may be chance to bounce back. “It was a bit difficult, but after the test we knew it was impossible to fight for the victory or podium like the year before. But we were focused on what we could do and practice by practice we improved, were on the second row…in the end I’m not happy about the sixth place because I was able, with my speed, to fight for fourth, but everyone was struggling with the front and nobody was able to try to brake one metre later because everybody locked the front.  But apart from that the gap to Marc and Quartararo was big, so we can’t be happy about that.  But we found strange conditions in Misano compared to last year and we suffered a lot.

“Here in Aragon it is not the best track for us, but last year we had a really good battle with Marc and the Suzuki so I think we can be more competitive than Misano.  We want to get back on the podium but we know how tough it is, the competitors are stronger and stronger, also the Yamaha riders in the last few races, and especially in Misano, were fast.  So, like always, we will be a big group and we have to work in the right way like there. They were fast, like always we’ll be a big group and try and work in the right way.”

The Italian was also asked how it feels facing a 93-point deficit in the Championship. Is it now a fight for second? He says so. “I think this mentality started already some races ago, because yes we had some bad luck in some races and it wasn’t our fault, but at the end every race Marc fights for the victory and he´s the only rider able to do that.  So if we want to fight for the Championship we have to do something more than what we did; that is clear. So we have to improve our situation. For sure the second position in the Championship is very important and we will try until the end. But we know Yamaha and especially Rins can be really strong until the end of the season. So we have to be careful about that, take points, and work for the future.  It´s the best thing we can do, and this is the mentality.”

Rins was the next man on the mic, and for him? You can’t really get more of a home race, as he hails from very close to the track. But first on the agenda; debriefing Misano. “The GP in Misano was a little bit difficult. The tarmac changed a lot since year, I think everyone said something about that. Anyway, I was struggle to overtake Pol, the whole race, then when I finally overtook him, I made a small mistake and crashed. It was completely my fault but anyway, we are ready to fight again here. This is my home GP, so I will try to give my maximum to do the best.

“For sure, every time we go on track, I try to give my maximum, to put my Suzuki on the top and last year we did a fantastic race, the whole race, until two or three laps until the end, with the front group, fighting with Iannone, Dovi, with Marc. So, I will try this year to improve this result. As Dovi said it will be difficult because year by year everyone is getting closer, all the manufacturers, all the riders, like Fabio, he’s super fast, so we will try to finish on the top.”

Another key threat could prove Maverick Viñales, and he took the mic next. “Yes for sure Misano was a really good race for us. Despite two or three laps we were in a good rhythm, really good, recovering something at the end. For us it means a lot for us, it means the bike is improving, I am improving with the bike and we want to keep the momentum. Aragon is a good track for me, I really like it. Some years ago I was always fighting for the victory or the podium. So it’s a track where I will give my maximum and for sure I will do that this time.

And has the number 12 sized up Quartararo? “Normally, I don’t know, there is like, corner 8-9 where he is faster than us, but we are faster in 11-12, so it’s like this. We are battling tenth by tenth always and that is very nice because it motivates us to go faster and brings Yamaha to the top. Every time we fight to be a bit faster together we increase the level and we reached at Silverstone and now at Misano to fight for the win.”

Speaking of Quartararo, the Frenchman was up next. “For sure Misano has been the best race so far during my career and coming into this race it´s a track that we saw the Yamaha in the past, like Maverick in 2017 on pole position, also Valentino was on the front row, so looks the bike is going well.  It´s a track that I like so like always we will give one hundred percent, and yes I hope to fight in a good position.

“From the beginning of the year the goal was to be Rookie of the Year because last year was not an easy year for us and even in the Sepang test Bagnaia was second, more than a second faster than us.  And we stayed calm, worked step by step with the team, finally we arrived in Qatar and we were ready and from there we make every time step by step, improving, learning from the top riders.  And I never expected to make already pole position, front rows and four podiums, so now I want to keep going on podiums but we need to stay calm because we are rookies and every time we going to a track that is new for us.  So I keep working and learning every time.”

Finally, Moto2™ rider Alex Marquez spoke. Like his brother, he’s leading his Championship – and it’s also a good venue for him. But first up, debriefing Misano: “It’s true that after practice I expected to finish a bit closer but we weren’t so far. In Sector 1 I was suffering a lot and during the race it was not easy. But we know our problems now a bit. In the coming races it could be a little bit better but my target is to be in every condition, on every lap, stronger and stronger, trying to improve some points, but we still have a good gap from second. We need to push. I know that this will be long but if we want to win this Championship, we need to go race by race and try to get the maximum points that we can in every one.”

And now it’s Augusto Fernandez (Flexbox P 40) on the chase, is that something surprising? It would seem not. “I already expected it. From the beginning of the year he was really strong, he had some problems after Argentina. But I only focus on me and try to improve my points. I know this will be long, with 6 races to go, there can be a lot of changes in the championship, there is a lot of up and down from everybody. I’m happy because from Argentina we are battling for the podium in every race and this consistency can give us the podium, so we need to keep the level like this, try to be strong in every condition and we’ll see. The season has been really good but we need to keep pushing like this.”

The field start pushing again in practice on Friday, with the MotoGP™ race at the slightly earlier time of 13:00 (GMT +2) on Sunday.

Top photo L-R: A Marquez, Viñales, Dovizioso, Marquez, Rins, Quartararo

Marquez has the chance to tee up a match point in ThailandDovizioso aims to show similar speed to last season at AragonPoles, front rows, podiums…Quartararo is on a rookie rollCan Viñales take three podiums in a row?Rins hails from down the road – a true home raceAlex Marquez heads into his third home round of the year at the top of the table by a sizeable margin

Woods to go head to head with McIlroy, Day and Matsuyama in GOLFTV’s

Published September 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Woods to go head to head with McIlroy, Day and Matsuyama in GOLFTV’s

Sep 20. 2019
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GOLFTV powered by PGA TOUR has today announced an upcoming high-profile, live competition featuring global golf icon Tiger Woods.

The Challenge: Japan Skins will see Woods go head to head with reigning FedExCup champion and PGA TOUR Player of the Year Rory McIlroy and multiple-time PGA TOUR winners Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama in a globally-televised skins game.

The high-stakes exhibition event kicks off the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP week, sponsored by ZOZO, Inc. – the first-ever official PGA TOUR event to be played in Japan. Both events will be played at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba, Japan, during the week of October 21, 2019. The Challenge: Japan Skins marks the first in a series of annual Challenge events that are set to become a thrilling addition to the global golf calendar, and tees off at 13:00 p.m.** local time on October 21.

Endorsed by the PGA TOUR and produced in partnership with Excel Sports Management, The Challenge: Japan Skins unites four of the top players in the world from separate continents, who will also participate in the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP, in an exciting competition format that’s sure to thrill audiences around the globe.

Alongside special in-match challenges and surprises, and finishing under floodlights, each hole will be assigned an increasing monetary value as the competition plays out. Players need to win a hole outright to take a “skin” (tied holes result in a “push” of the skin to the next hole), so golf fans can expect to see aggressive play from start to finish.

Alex Kaplan, President and General Manager of Discovery Golf, commented: The Challenge: Japan Skins is a unique experience that no golf fan will want to miss and will be an exciting way to begin ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP week. GOLFTV powered by PGA TOUR is growing to become the one-stop-shop for all the best in golf, and The Challenge is another significant step in that direction.

 “To be able to bring many of golf’s biggest names to GOLFTV screens for our customers is hugely exciting for everyone involved. On October 21, fans will be able to see a totally new competition join the golf calendar, supporting some fantastic charities and showcasing the very best golf has to offer in the most fun, exhilarating and unpredictable way.”

 Promising a new global moment for golf, fans around the world can watch the inaugural event live and on demand for free* exclusively on Discovery’s GOLFTV, the new digital home of golf for the global fan community, by registering for the service. The Challenge: Japan Skins will be produced in Japanese and English, and covered by a stellar lineup of leading presenters, commentators and on-course reporters.

In the U.S., The Challenge: Japan Skins can be viewed live on Golf Channel starting at 11 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. PDT on October 20.

 The Challenge and the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP brings Tiger Woods back to Japan for the first time in more than 13 years. It is also the first televised exhibition match of Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama’s careers.

Looking ahead to the event, Woods said: “After discussing The Challenge with Discovery and GOLFTV, I wanted to be a part of it. I haven’t been back to Japan since 2006 and the golf fans there are some of the best in the world. It’s a unique format and a top field with Rory, Jason and Hideki. I can’t wait to play against them on a global stage.

 “I haven’t played a skins format in quite some time, so it will be fun to try something a little different and add a few strategic elements as we compete. There has already been some friendly banter between us and that will continue until we get to the first tee.”

McIlroy commented: “There are so many fun elements to The Challenge that will have me wanting to take home that title – playing with Hideki on his home turf; Tiger coming back to Japan with a Green Jacket—the motivation is certainly there for me, and I’m a huge fan of the skins format. I love the way it rewards attacking play and think it suits my game quite well. Any time I can go directly at pins to try and make birdies and eagles, I think it puts me at an advantage.

 “The other fun thing about skins is how you find yourself rooting for the other guys if you’re not in a position to win the hole. You’re hoping they can tie with someone else so you can play for that skin on the next hole. With the skins format, you’re always in it until the end.”

Day added: “I can’t wait to get out there and play in Japan. We don’t get the opportunity to play skins throughout the year and I’ve never actually played in an exhibition event like this, so The Challenge certainly stood out to me.

 “It’s going to get really competitive between the four of us and that’s one of the great things about skins. The winner is going to be the guy who best executes an aggressive strategy on every hole, so there’s going to be plenty of twists and turns throughout the competition.”  

 Matsuyama said: “It’s a real honor for me to play with these guys in front of a home crowd. I’ll be grateful for all the support from the fans in Japan, but with the popularity of Tiger, Rory and Jason, I know they’ll also be strongly supported wherever they play. It’s amazing to have these great champions playing in Japan and doing so much to promote and grow the game in my home country, but you can be sure I’ll be trying to beat them on the course.”

 With Japan hosting the first Challenge, GOLFTV powered by PGA TOUR is set to take the competition to all corners of the globe in years to come, offering extraordinary moments and memories of the world’s best golfers competing at the highest level.

River Kwai half-marathon set for December 8

Published September 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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River Kwai half-marathon set for December 8

Sep 19. 2019
By The Nation

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The fourth edition of the FB Battery River Kwai Half Marathon Thailand Championship is set for December 8, with 7,000 runners taking on a course that includes the historic River Kwai Bridge.

The event was announced on Thursday by BEC-Tero Entertainment, the Athletics Association of Thailand under His Majesty the King’s patronage, the Kanchanaburi Provincial Authority and State Railway of Thailand.

Key sponsors include FB Battery, Muang Thai Life Assurance, Toyota Motors Thailand, Shera, Gatorade, Aquafina, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, FBT, Garmin, Seiko and LED MEN Hi-definition.

The race will have three classes – Half Marathon (21.1 kilometres), Mini Marathon (10km) and Fun Run (6.5km). Registration is open and continues through October 31.

Police General San Sarutanont, chairman of the Athletics Association, said the standards for the half marathon matched those of overseas races.

“I’m happy to see more people interested in running as their choice of exercise,” he said. “Besides getting exercise, participants can enjoy the beauty of nature and the joy of sports tourism.”

Kanchanaburi Governor Jeerakiat Poomsawas said it was a major annual event for his province, with the number of foreign participants increasing every year.

“This is the only race whose route includes the River Kwai Bridge. We have received great support from the State Railway and others in organising the event. Travelling to Kanchanaburi is convenient and the cost of a vacation is not high, so I invite everyone to participate in the race.”

BEC-Tero Sports director Tanya Wongnak said the event’s main organiser had “listened to comments from runners to continue to improve, such as adding additional directional signage, water stations and lane divisions on the bridge. We spent around Bt3 million to create the running path on the bridge alone.

“The big improvement this year is that we have divided food zones for runners in different classes and there will be plenty of food for everyone. This year we have limited the number of

participants to only 7,000 runners. Our running shirt and souvenir medallion are beautifully designed and this is a race that will leave everyone with positive feelings.”

The registration fee for the Half Marathon is Bt720 and for the Mini Marathon and Fun Run Bt520. Applications forms are available at ThaiTicketMajor outlets and www.thaiticketmajor.com.

Find out more at 095 315 9160 or @werunkan on Line and keep up to date via the River Kwai Half Marathon Thailand Championship Facebook page.

The FB Battery River Kwai Half Marathon Thailand Championship 2019 will be held on 8 December. The race is divided into three classes:

 ·         Half marathon 21.1 km. Application fee is Bt 720.

·         Mini marathon 10 km.     Application fee is Bt 520.

·         Fun Run 6.5 km.              Application fee is Bt 520.

Huawei launches new 5G phones Mate 30 series

Published September 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Huawei launches new 5G phones Mate 30 series

Sep 20. 2019
Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, unveiled Mate 30 series in Munich, Germany on Thursday.[PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINADAILY]

Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, unveiled Mate 30 series in Munich, Germany on Thursday.[PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINADAILY]
By China Daily
Asia News Network

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Huawei Technologies Co unveiled its Mate 30 series smartphone on Thursday, featuring a quad camera setup, 5G connectivity and enhanced artificial intelligence functions.

 

The move came after Huawei posted a 26 percent year-on-year growth in smartphone shipments in the first eight months of this year, despite the restrictions it faces from the United States government.

Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, said thanks to the support of global consumers, and partners, the company has so far shipped more than 16 million units of Mate 20 series smartphones and 17 million units of P30 series smartphones.

The latest Mate 30 Pro 5G, unveiled in Munich, Germany, is powered by Huawei’s in-house Kirin 990 5G, an all-in-one, full-frequency 5G system-on-chip.

Mate 30 Pro 5G is priced from 1,199 euros ($1327), Mate 30 starts from 799 euros ($883) and the Mate 30 RS Porsche Design Edition starts from at 2,095 euros ($2315).

Bt561 bn worth of homes on sale in EEC

Published September 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Bt561 bn worth of homes on sale in EEC

Sep 20. 2019
By Somluck Srimalee
The Nation

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Property firms have built Bt561.2 billion worth of residences in the area of the fast-developing Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) spanning Rayong, Chonburi and Chachoengsao, where half a million more people are expected to settle this year through 2023.

A survey by the Government Housing Bank’s Real Estate Information Centre found that, as of June 30,954 residential projects were for sale in the three provinces, representing 185,179 units and a combined worth of Bt561.21 billion.

Chonburi had the most – 664 projects with 136,273 units worth Bt435.92 billion, following by Rayong and Chachoengsao respectively (see graphic).

Several property firms have unveiled more residential project in the EEC area in the third quarter of this year.

Origin Property Plc and Dusit Thani Plc announced a condominium project for Chonburi’s Sri Racha district named Hampton Sriracha, worth Bt1.4 billion.

Pruksa Real Estate launched two new projects worth Bt2 billion in Chonburi in July and Golden Land Property Development has Golden Town Chachoengsao, worth about Bt1 billion.

SC Asset Corp has single-detached homes at Pave Ban Pho-Chachoengsao worth Bt750 million, where the starting price is Bt4 million. Supalai has plans for residential projects worth up to Bt3 billion.

“We expanded our investment in the EEC when we saw the strong demand coming from new businesses registering to move to the area,” Pruksa chief executive Piya Prayong said.

The Commerce Ministry reports that 61,284 firms are listed to operate in the EEC with combined registered capital of Bt1.7 trillion, a dramatic jump from the 6,800 listed in 2017.

More than 10,800 of those firms – claiming registered capital of Bt72.6 billion – are engaged in real estate, nearly half of them joint ventures with partners in Mainland China, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

The government anticipates creating 500,000 jobs in the EEC, mainly in “S-curve industries” like industrial robotics, aviation, logistics, biofuel and bio-chemicals, and digital and medical technology.

Based on aggressive investment since 2017, infrastructure including a high-speed railway and an aviation hub will be built this year and next, further boosting demand for homes.

Real Estate Information Centre acting director-general Wichai Viratakaphan said 57,314 units together worth Bt102.6 billion were transferred to purchasers throughout 2018, an increase of more than 20 per cent from 2017.

“We saw strong demand for homes in the EEC in 2017 and 2018, but growth was slight in the first half of this year after the Bank of Thailand introduced the loan-to-value policy, which directly affected demand in the property market across the country,” Wichai said.

Demand for homes is still rising in the EEC, however, and faster than last year, with prices still not exceeding Bt5 million per unit, he said.

Land prices are also on the rise there. The Finance Ministry’s Treasury Department revises prices nationwide every four years and will announce new baht-appreciated prices in 2020 that is expected to increase the average by 10-20 per cent over the amounts of four years ago.

“Land prices in the EEC have increased by as much as 100 per cent due to demand from both industry and property developers,” a department source said.

“Industrial and corporate expansion also requires homes for the workers,” a property expert said on condition of anonymity. “The challenge for property firms is how much to expand their investments now that major infrastructure is coming, including the high-speed railway linking Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi and U-tapao airports, Map Ta Phut Phase 3 and the aviation hub. All of these will boost investment for related industry and the necessary supply chain.”

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