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How app culture turned astrology into a modern obsession

Published November 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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How app culture turned astrology into a modern obsession

Nov 21. 2019
By The Washington Post · Maura Judkis · FEATURES

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The first thing the astrology apps did was shred me to pieces. Co-Star told me that I express love through work and routine, and that I am preoccupied with death. The Pattern told me that I have trouble with codependency, that others might see me as insensitive, and that I have dated emotionally unstable partners. Sanctuary told me I can be selfish, competitive, and preoccupied with fears and doubts.

The apps are, regrettably, correct. Not only am I all of those things, I’m a Cancer sun, Sagittarius rising, and an Aries moon. I found this out when I fulfilled a typical millennial trope: Texting my mom to ask her what time I was born.

“It was early,” my mom replied. (Wrong. It was evening, we later determined.)

It was Co-Star that told me to text my mom, because the app needed the information to produce my natal chart, which utilizes the positions of many more planets and stars at the exact time of one’s birth. It produces horoscopes that some say are far more sophisticated than the generic “good luck in finance and love” you see in this and other newspapers.

“Astrology is this incredible way of looking at a story about you,” said Ross Clark, CEO of Sanctuary. “So your chart is a representation of different elements of yourself, or parts of your life’s journey.”

Amid the millennial self-care set, astrology is back. After the heady “What’s your sign?” spirituality of their parents’ youth, the practice receded to the edges of culture as a kooky space-filler in the newspaper, albeit one that was read devotedly.

But now, the pseudoscience isn’t as much of a taboo as it used to be. It’s been embraced by young people, who jokingly ascribe the inconveniences of life – a delayed train, a broken laptop – to Mercury’s retrograde. They know that Pisces are sensitive and Leos are self-involved and Geminis are kind of the worst. They follow astrology podcasts such as “Stars Like Us,” buy zodiac-themed candles and fragrances and crystals, and share astrology memes from Instagram accounts such as Drunk Astrology and Not All Geminis.

I mean, come on. No one actually thinks that the stars and planets determine their personality. Except, the tumult of one’s late twenties is because of Saturn’s return, and right now, you’re probably feeling that Scorpio season energy, and what if water and earth signs really do just get along better?

“I call it getting into the woo,” said Shanna Quinn, 37, a Chicagoan who checks four astrology apps daily. Woo, for that “woo-woo” stuff.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been getting into the woo, too. A skeptic, I wanted to learn why seemingly everyone my age was looking to the stars. I downloaded all the apps. I got a few readings, and I am now the reluctant owner of four crystals. And I realized why it seems like everyone’s so into astrology again, even if no one claims to believe in it, and it isn’t real: It’s kind of like psychotherapy plus magic.

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Astrology is an ancient art, but the modern horoscope came about in 1930, as a gimmick for the British newspaper the Sunday Express, which wanted something splashy in its pages after the birth of Princess Margaret. Astrologer R.H. Naylor wrote an article predicting that the princess would have “an eventful life” – bold prediction there – and that “events of tremendous importance to the royal family and the nation” would happen in her seventh year. That last one basically came true – in 1936, her uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated the throne, and her father, George VI, became king. And Naylor became a star astrologer with a weekly column.

One enters the craft by taking courses, or training under experienced astrologers. The practice has undergone technological upgrades: There used to be a lot of math involved, but modern astrologers can pull up a natal chart in seconds by plugging your birth details into a software program.

“Astrology is a combination of myth and math,” said astrologer Shelley Ackerman, publicity director for the International Society for Astrological Research.

There’s a good chance some of the descriptions of me above may have resonated for you. Plenty of people are riddled with doubt, or have dated people who weren’t right for us.

That’s how horoscopes work, said James Alcock, a professor who researches parapsychology at York University in Canada. It’s a phenomenon called the Barnum Effect, named after circus founder P.T. Barnum. Basically: If an astrologer or palm reader makes a statement that could apply to many people in the course of a reading – something like, “You’re generally a very open person, but sometimes find it hard to share things even with your closest friends” – someone is more likely to ascribe it to the teller’s abilities.

Astrology is “part of my routine,” said Katie Murtha, 29, from Cleveland, who reads the Elle magazine horoscopes online. “When it’s right, it feels really interesting and kind of weird and magical. And if it’s totally wrong, it’s just something to laugh about.”

So when Dave Campbell, the president of the American Federation of Astrologers, told me that my chart showed that I had a brother who was born when I was 3, and that age 19 was a bad year for me, he was correct. When he told me that the position of the asteroid Sappho in my chart could indicate that I’m a lesbian, or bisexual, he was not.

“But one of my best friends is bi, and many of my male friends are gay,” I volunteered, because that’s the trick astrology plays on your mind: You’re compelled to think of ways the predictions might be true.

(P.S., to all of my bosses that are editing this story: Campbell also said the stars are aligned for me to get a raise next year.)

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Eighty years later, Naylor’s professional descendants are branching out into new mediums – ones that have a potential to earn a lot of money in the $2 billion “mystical services market.” Bull and Moon is a recently launched app that purports to help users pick stocks according to their astrological signs. Collective Gain is a company that brings astrologers, intuitives and energy healers to the workplace, using staffers’ astrological charts to help them work better together.

“It is costing organizations money when people are showing up not engaged and not knowing who they are,” said Lizzie Alberga, the company’s founder and CEO. Some might balk at the notion of astrological readings in the workplace, but Alyssa Rogers, a 31-year-old Collective Gain astrologer, said they’re a means of understanding “the complexity of a group and getting a team to understand that, you know, not everyone is the same. And the complexity is actually what makes that dynamic really strong,” she said.

Another astrology business takes its cues from the gig economy.

“It’s sort of like a cosmic ride-share app, if that makes sense,” said Clark, of Sanctuary, which raised $1.5 million in venture capital. With the premium version, $19.99 a month, users can summon an astrologer for a 15-minute text message reading each month, on demand. I logged on, and was soon joined by an astrologer who, by request, focused the reading on relationships with my friends, which he said would be important next spring.

“I’m sure most of your friends are women and/or quite pretty,” wrote Arthur, and I wondered: Is my astrologer sucking up to me? It was not a generic prediction, he later told me.

“The 11th house is friends and groups, and yours is ruled by Venus, the planet of love and beauty and feminine things,” he said. “Yours is very close to an angle, it gives it a lot of extra strength.”

The astrologer, it turned out, was Arthur Lipp-Bonewits, a 29-year-old who had achieved internet fame after procuring the birth time of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to read her natal chart. (Dissecting celebrity natal charts is a popular hobby among astrologers, who are intimately familiar with President Donald Trump’s: That he released his long-form birth certificate is “one of the few good things to come out of the birther controversy,” Lipp-Bonewits said.)

Lipp-Bonewits specializes in predictions. Here’s one of his: The winner of the 2020 election, “whether it’s Trump, whether it’s one of the Democrats, is almost certainly going to be assassinated or die in office,” he told me.

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Because the apps are social and often free, they’re like the gateway drug to the woo. Get sucked in, and you may find yourself researching Akashic Records or Human Design, or getting your aura photographed – like a cosmic Instagram filter. At Campbell’s suggestion, I built a small altar at my work desk to help “manifest the positive” into my life.

I covered a piece of gold tissue paper with talismans of good fortune, including a seashell to represent a vacation I hoped I could take, a check from a journalism award I’d recently won, and the New York Times bestseller list, for the book I hoped I would write one day (“Aim high,” my editor said). I went online and bought my first crystal – moonstone, associated with my zodiac sign – which came with instructions to “activate” it by leaving it out in sunlight or a full moon, and then speaking my intentions to it.

“I activate this stone,” I whispered, so my colleagues wouldn’t make fun of me. I was instructed to “feed” my altar every day with some pennies to “create positive energy.” But by day four I had forgotten them, so I fed it some paper clips.

That’s what happens if you analyze the woo too much: You realize you seem totally nuts. Alcock, no fan of astrology, compares it to another nonscientific, ancient method for supposedly gaining insight: “If I said, ‘Look, I just killed a fox and I’ve read its entrails, and you’re going have a really great day,’ most people would say, ‘Oh my God, don’t do that. That’s just disgusting,’ ” he said.

But as long as people aren’t letting their lives revolve around astrology, they’re not doing much harm. They may even be doing some good.

“It gets people to talk about their personality and their emotions and life experiences in a way that they usually wouldn’t,” said Tayla Jones, 23, who runs the meme account Drunk Astrology with her friend Sam Gorman, 24. Astrology makes expressing your feelings “kind of a game.” It isn’t about telling people who they will become, but rather, who they may not realize they already are.

The messages I kept getting from the apps encouraged me to be introspective and gentle with myself. They required no leap of faith.

“Tap into your inner voice. What is your gut telling you?” Sanctuary said.

“It takes real courage to let another human see you,” Co-Star said.

“Your struggles may be the source of your greatest strength,” the Pattern said.

Those didn’t seem like horoscopes to me. They seemed like therapy. In fact, some of the things the apps had pinned on me were things I was already working on with a professional.

Astrology has seamlessly integrated with the wellness industry. Most people who are using these apps aren’t trying to predict the future – they see it as a tool for self-discovery and emotional exploration. And its marketing has kept pace, pivoting from witchy spirituality to the blandly luxe aesthetic of Goop. It’s talked about in the same breath as vitamins, yoga or a spa treatment. And for a generation that has struggled financially and emotionally but lacks access to affordable mental health care, some may even be using it as a cheap substitute.

Even though some of the self-empowering platitudes in the astrology apps could have just as easily been found on the inside of a Dove chocolate wrapper, people could put more stock into them because of their medium.

“There’s a tendency that if there’s an app for it, it somehow gives it more credibility,” Alcock said.

But the app horoscopes are just like the wrappers: momentarily poignant, but disposable. When you look at your natal chart, you’re the center of the universe. But everyone else is the center of theirs.

There was one other thing several of the apps and astrologers could agree on, in my chart. Maybe this article has been in the works for 34 years, or perhaps since the beginning of time and the creation of the universe. Because 13.8 billion years later, the alignment of the stars and planets and constellations at the precise time of my birth in 1985 drew a distinct pattern.

My Mercury is in the eighth house, which rules Scorpio and is forming an aspect to Uranus, Rogers said. I have the natal chart of a person interested in the “occult, the things that are different, unconventional, maybe even taboo.”

So, it was in the midst of working on a story about astrology that I found out my astrological chart indicates that I am interested in … astrology.

TAT plans grandest countdown at ICONSIAM

Published November 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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TAT plans grandest countdown at ICONSIAM

Nov 20. 2019
By THE NATION

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has teamed up with public and private partners, as well as communities along the Chao Phraya River for “Amazing Thailand Countdown 2020”, promised to be the grandest and most spectacular event in welcoming in the New Year.

Companies involved in organising the event include ICONSIAM, ICONSIAM Residence Corporation Limited, ICONSIAM Superlux Residence Corporation Limited along with main sponsors, True Corporation Public Company Limited and KasikornBank.

Designed under the concept “Seven Wonders of Blessings” and taking place on December 31 at River Park, ICONSIAM, on the banks of the historical Chao Phraya River, the event celebrates New Year’s Eve and welcomes the beginning of another year.

TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn said:” It is one of the biggest events marking the end of the year and one which TAT organises every year in various destinations in Thailand to promote the travel industry, boost the economy and generate income during the festive period as a gift to the Thai people”.

This year TAT is hosting the celebrations in Bangkok and six other provinces: Ratchaburi, Chiang Rai, Phatthalung, Kalasin, Sa Kaeo, and Lopburi.

In Bangkok, TAT will collaborate with ICONSIAM as well as partners along both sides of the Chao Phraya River for the world-class celebration “Amazing Thailand Countdown 2020” on December 31 at River Park, ICONSIAM.

Supoj Chaiwatsirikul, Managing Director of ICONSIAM Company Limited, said the countdown event is part of ICONSIAM’s mission to make the historical Chao Phraya River known all over the world.

“To present the Chao Phraya river as a leading destination and a famous national landmark for the countdown to 2020, we are proud to be involved in the organisation of “Amazing Thailand Countdown 2019” with TAT and other partners under the concept ‘Seven Wonders of Blessings’ on December 31 at River Park, ICONSIAM.

“There will be dazzling lights along the river. To bring happiness to Thais and foreign tourists, we have lined up truly magnificent art and cultural performances. The highlight will be a fireworks show of Thai sticky rice – an sustainable and eco-friendly innovation from Japan. It will be set up along the river over 1,400 metres in length and expects more than one million viewers within 2 kilometers of the venue.

” Apart from the main venue at River Park, visitors can also watch the display on the 7th floor of ICONSIAM and from Chaloem Phrakiat Park, Sathorn Pier, Wat Suwan Pier, Royal Thai Marine Sub-Division 2, CAT Telecom’s Bangrak building, Klongsan Pier, Holy Rosary Church, Sampheng carpark, Charoenkrung Creative District, Lhong 1919, Asiatique The Riverfront, The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, The Peninsula Bangkok, The Royal Orchid Sheraton, The Millennium Hilton Bangkok, and The Shangri-La Bangkok,” Supoj said.

The magnificent fireworks are broken down into seven acts on the concept of “Seven Wonders of Blessings”, all illustrating the rich heritage of Thai history, the kingdom’s prosperity, the nation, religion, monarchy, and the agricultural abundance due to the expanse of water, as well as paying respect to the royal institution that has overseen the happiness of the people for a long time. All Seven Acts have auspicious meanings.

1st – The Glory: begins with golden showers of fireworks representing the glorious victory over the land and water and telling the world that this is the golden land blessed by the reigns of Thai Kings until the present time.

2nd – Health Giving: wishes the King a long life. The fireworks blast up into the sky and expand like a big tree spreading out its branches. This represents the loving kindness of His Majesty the King towards Thai people.

3rd – Way up High: points to the moral glorification of the religion. The fireworks that light up the sky can be compared to the enlightenment that leads the way to a peaceful life.

4th – Joy to the World: felicity and peace. Colourful fireworks in thin and big lines spread through the sky with joy of happiness, representing the contentment of people at leading a happy life in this peaceful land.

5th – Diamond in the Sky: wealth and the national resource called Suvarnabhumi – the land of abundance. The fireworks are like diamond flashes that scatter over the sky, resembling seeds that have been spread and will soon grow.

6th – Lucky Star: fortune and harmony. Small and large fireworks in various colours light up the sky on the New Year’s Eve and welcome the New Year as if bringing an auspicious blessing to the Thai people as well as their everlasting happiness.

7th – Power of Love: divinity to protect the country. The red fireworks represent the power of love, care, and protection that will prevent the water from allowing evil to step on land.

Public and private organisations, including the Marine Department and the Chao Phraya Express Boat Ltd, will provide services, various modes of transport and other facilities for visitors.

Chareonkrung Creative District, Sino Port Ltd (Lhong 1919), Asiatique The Riverfront Bangkok, and hotels along both sides of the Chao Phraya River will also organise countdown activities.

The area along Chao Phraya river will be filled with beautiful decorative lights throughout the festive New Year’s Eve and New Year celebration.

Rookies ready for CME Group Championship

Published November 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Rookies ready for CME Group Championship

Nov 21. 2019
Jeongeun Lee6 (LPGA photo)

Jeongeun Lee6 (LPGA photo)
By THE NATION

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For Kristen Gillman, Cheyenne Knight, Jennifer Kupcho and Jeongeun Lee6, the CME Group Tour Championship is one last new experience to add onto a season of memories.

ROOKIES READY FOR CME GROUP TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

The four 2019 LPGA Tour rookies teeing it up for the first time in Naples this week are excited to be vying for the $1.5 million winner’s check in the season-ending event.

Lee6 was the first of the 2019 rookie class to find LPGA Tour success, making a splash by winning major glory at the U.S. Women’s Open just three weeks after she lost in a playoff at the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship. But as the season went on and the travel miles grew longer, Lee6 could feel the strain on both her game and her body. So while she clinched Rolex Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year honors with five events remaining in the season, Lee6 sees where she needs to change up her gameplan heading into her second season on the LPGA Tour.

“After winning the (U.S. Women’s Open), I started to feel a little bit more exhausted and my scores weren’t that very consistent just like before,” said Lee6. “I just think that I played so many tournaments, most of the tournaments. But for next year I’m just going to manage myself to save some energy and prepare for the next tournament.”

Knight became a Rolex First-Time winner at the Volunteers of America Classic, a moment that changed the course of the rest of her season. Instead of fighting to secure her card at the LPGA Q-Series presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, the 22-year-old booked tickets to two tournaments on the Tour’s Asia swing. Knight said the win was not only the highlight of her professional career, but a life-changing opportunity.

“It is life changing. It opened like a lot of doors for me. And I think like how hard my rookie year was. Like so many like downs, and then that, kind of the light at the end of the tunnel. I never thought — I mean, it’s everyone’s dream to win an LPGA event,” said Knight.

Gillman finished second in the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year standings after a consistent rookie campaign. She earned four top-10 finishes including a tie for third at the Buick LPGA Shanghai, and said she learned a lot about herself as a competitor and person in her first year on the Tour.

“I think some of the things I’ve learned most out here is just you kind of can’t focus too much on golf because then it’s going to be miserable out here and just always worrying about your score and your place and all that,” said Gillman. “I’ve kind of just learned to just go out there and have fun. That’s usually whenever you play best.”

Kupcho made her professional debut at the U.S. Women’s Open after deferring her LPGA Tour status until after her college season at Wake Forest University. The inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur champion made a splash on Tour, compiling three top-five finishes including a tie for second at the Evian Championship. She said it took time, but eventually took the advice given to her by many other professionals on tour.

“The big advice I got was don’t overwork yourself and to relax, because I’m pretty hard on myself a lot,” said Kupcho. “I think I’ve definitely changed throughout the year. I started out not taking that advice and now I’ve taken it. So definitely makes life a lot more enjoyable before and after golf.”

ALL ABOUT TEAM FOR BROOKE HENDERSON

There are numerous players on the LPGA Tour with stories exemplifying “Little Girls, Big Dreams” coined by the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program, and their careers have blossomed as they continue to grow up in front of golf fans worldwide. One such star is Brooke Henderson, a 22-year-old native to the small town of Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada, who comes to the CME Group Tour Championship at No. 2 in the Race to the CME Globe.

For Henderson, arriving in Naples, Fla., as a top contender and reflecting on her journey to this point is all more than she could have ever imagined.

“Honestly, the last five years have been a dream come true,” said Henderson, a two-time 2019 winner. “I never could have asked for any of this. I’m just so grateful for my team. We work really hard, set lofty goals and try to chase after them. It’s hard to believe that I’ve come to this position. My parents sacrificed a lot so we could live this life, my sister works really hard. We’ve all worked hard for this.”

Each step on Henderson’s path since joining the professional ranks has been guided by goals. That is no different in her fifth year on Tour with several process-oriented marks leading the way, primarily scoring average. Currently ranked No. 4 in the category at 69.606 across 94 rounds, Henderson is 72 holes away from keeping that number under 70, which she started the year hoping to accomplish.

Furthermore, the final tournament on the LPGA calendar is Henderson’s 27th event played in 2019. It is also her lowest total since 2015, when she made 14 total starts and opened the year as a non-member before capturing the Cambia Portland Classic title. Even so, the winningest Canadian in professional golf history with nine victories to her name points to the goals and starts as all being part of the process.

“Definitely got me well rested for the rest of the year,” said Henderson. “I feel like we were strategic in the ones we took off leading into the majors. We tried to make sure I was peaking. Even though it didn’t work out as well as we would have liked, I feel like I had a really solid year. I feel like every year, my whole team, myself, we just keep getting smarter and better. Hopefully that trend can continue.”

RACE TO THE CME GLOBE, CME GROUP TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP FORMATS

The Race to the CME Globe is a season-long points competition in which LPGA Members accumulate points in every Official LPGA Tournament to gain entry into the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. The player who wins the CME Group Tour Championship will be named the “Race to the CME Globe Champion.” Following the TOTO Japan Classic, the CME Group Tour Championship field was set to the top 60 players in the Race to the CME Globe. All 60 players are in this week’s field, with a 72-hole, no-cut competition.

STATISTICAL LOOKBACK AT 2019

The following statistical notes are provided by Amy Mills, the LPGA’s statistical research manager.

Eagles

Ariya Jutanugarn rewrote history when she recorded her 19th and 20th eagles at the Buick LPGA Shanghai to pass Laura Davies for most eagles in a season. Jutanugarn has recorded 22 eagles with one event left in the 2019 season. Davies’ old record of 19 was set in 2004. Carlota Ciganda has tied Davies with 19 eagles in 2019. Ciganda recorded nine eagles on the Aon Risk Reward Challenge holes, one more than Jutanugarn, which led to her becoming this year’s winner of the $1 million bonus.

Scoring Averages 

Nine players currently have scoring averages below 70 with three more players – Amy Yang, Sei Young Kim and Ariya Jutanugarn – within two one-hundredths of that mark. A record 12 players had scoring averages below 70 in 2017, so that could certainly be matched next week.

Jin Young Ko is in good position to earn the lowest scoring average of the season and win the Vare Trophy. Ko holds a large lead – three tenths – over Hyo Joo Kim in scoring average. Kim needs to be 22 to 23 strokes better than Ko at Tiburon Golf Club. For the record books, Ko needs to be 1-over par or better in all four rounds at the CME Group Tour Championship to give her the lowest scoring average by a Korean player in LPGA Tour history. Sung Hyun Park currently holds that record with an average of 69.2471 recorded in 2017.

Average Driving Distances

Anne van Dam is currently driving the ball an average of 284 yards, 25 yards farther than the average LPGA Tour driving distance of 259 yards. Maria Fassi is the only player other than van Dam who has averaged more than 280 yards per drive for the season. Van Dam and Fassi will make LPGA history in 2019 as only two other players have ever ended the season above this mark – Joanna Klatten in 2016 (281 yards) and Karin Sjodin in 2006 (284 yards).  Angel Yin ranks fourth in average driving distance at 279 yards.

Money Title

The top 10 players on the 2019 LPGA Official Money List have a chance at the money title at the CME Group Tour Championship. Jin Young Ko leads Jeongeun Lee6 by more than $720,000. There are several scenarios for Ko to win the money title. If Jeongeun Lee6 wins the season-finale, she wins the money title. The other eight players who trail Ko must win and are dependent upon Ko’s finish at the tournament.

BRAD ROBERTS NOMINATED FOR LPGA’S AXA LPGA VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD

Tournament volunteer Bill Young admits he will be watching to see which LPGA Tour players take a swing at the meticulously stacked pyramids of range balls at this week’s CME Group Tour Championship.

That’s because the practice-range volunteers at the CME event add a special touch to the stacks of 91 range balls each day.

“Those pyramid-shaped stacks of balls have one ball at the very top, so what we do is carefully balance one more single ball on top of it,” said Young, the tournament’s driving range chairman. “Sometimes the players will walk up and hit that single ball off the top of the stack.”

Perhaps for his attention to detail, Young has been named as the CME Group Tour Championship’s 2019 AXA LPGA Volunteer Service Award Winner. He will be recognized this week as one of the exemplary volunteers identified at each of the LPGA Tour events this season.

Teen wonder Kim back in business at the Sabah Masters

Published November 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Teen wonder Kim back in business at the Sabah Masters

Nov 21. 2019
Joohyung Kim of Korea

Joohyung Kim of Korea
By THE NATION

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Kota Kinabalu – Newly minted Asian Tour winner Joohyung Kim of Korea will be looking to cope with elevated expectations when he chases for more glory at the highly anticipated Sabah Masters which starts on Thursday.

The 17-year-old Asian Tour newcomer, latest addition to the Tour’s growing list of bright young stars, refused to get ahead of himself even though he has won once and finished inside top-10 twice in his last three starts on the region’s premier Tour this season.

Having claimed his maiden Asian Tour title in India last week, Kim, the youngest professional player in the field this week, will be bidding for back-to-back wins when he steps up to the tee at the Sutera Harbour Golf and Country Club.

Kim will headline the US$300,000 full-field Asian Tour event alongside Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai, Indonesia’s Rory Hie and Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh, who all entered the week in fine form, having secured recent top-10 finishes in Thailand and India.

Siddikur, who turns 35 years old today, hopes to take advantage of his recent run of fine form to bid for a third Asian Tour title and first since 2013. Hie is also aiming to end his commendable season with a flourish as he takes another shot at glory this week.

Inspired by his good friend Kim’s victory in India last week, Phachara is feeling the added motivation as he continues to hunt for a maiden Asian Tour title at the Sabah Masters, which is the ninth full-fiend event on the 2019 Asian Tour schedule.

The Sabah Masters is supported by the Tourism Malaysia with an aim to boost tourism in Sabah.

Hong Kong Open Postponed

Published November 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Hong Kong Open Postponed

Nov 21. 2019
By THE NATION

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Regretfully the European Tour, in conjunction with our tournament co-sanctioning partner at the Asian Tour, has taken the decision to postpone next week’s Hong Kong Open, scheduled for the Hong Kong Golf Club, Fanling from November 28 to December 1.

An attempt will be made to reschedule the tournament to early 2020.

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: “The decision has been taken due to the ongoing level of social unrest in Hong Kong. As the safety of our players, staff, stakeholders and everyone involved in each and every one of our tournaments around the world is our top priority, we feel this is the correct, but unfortunate, course of action.

“The European Tour thanks everyone at the Hong Kong Golf Association, the Hong Kong Golf Club and all persons associated with the Hong Kong Open for their hard work in endeavouring to stage the tournament and we look forward to hopefully returning early next year.”

Cho Minn Thant, Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Asian Tour said: “It is regrettable that the Hong Kong Open has to be postponed due to the ongoing unrest in the city.

“The unpredictability of the current situation in Hong Kong makes it very challenging to sanction the tournament especially with the safety of everyone of utmost importance. However, we are optimistic that once the situation in Hong Kong stabilises, we will be in a better position to sanction the 61st edition of the Hong Kong Open in the very near future.”

Indorama Ventures completes acquisition of Sinterama

Published November 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Indorama Ventures completes acquisition of Sinterama

Nov 20. 2019

Indorama Ventures chief executive Aloke Lohia

Indorama Ventures chief executive Aloke Lohia
By THE NATION1,351 Viewed
Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global chemical producer, has successfully completed the acquisition of Sinterama S.p.A, a leading manufacturer of polyester automotive interiors and high performance coloured yarns manufacturer, the company announced today.

This acquisition elevates IVL’s capacity to deliver comprehensive and innovative solutions in highly specialised applications including coloured polyester yarns for the automotive, furnishing, apparel and technical applications.

The combination of IVL’s existing manufacturing capabilities and supply chain with Sinterama’s industry-leading portfolio gives IVL added momentum to serve the increasing demand for automotive and home applications.

Sinterama has approximately 890 employees working at five production sites in four countries in Italy, Brazil, China and Bulgaria, which is a new market for IVL.

Sinterama holds leading positions in highly specialised applications in Europe, with an excellent reputation and proven technology. Its expertise and network of strategically located facilities will be integrated into IVL’s existing specialities business, thereby creating the industry partner of choice for high-value polyester yarns.

“We are pleased to complete this acquisition and excited to welcome our new colleagues to the IVL family. The addition of Sinterama bolsters our leadership position and further differentiating our portfolio to ensure that we are well-positioned to support customers today and into the future. We look forward to delivering on the opportunities that this acquisition provides, and building our journey of growth together,” said Indorama Ventures chief executive Aloke Lohia.

Ratch Group moves into IoT business with purchase of stake in Things on Net

Published November 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Ratch Group moves into IoT business with purchase of stake in Things on Net

Nov 20. 2019
By THE NATION

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Ratch Group (RATCH) has acquired a 35-per-cent stake of Things on Net Company Limited with an investment of Bt180 million.

It paves the way for Ratch to penetrate the Internet of Things (IoT) business, which is regarded as a fundamental technology for driving the digital economy according to Thailand 4.0 policy, and also provides huge potential for investment.

Kijja Sripatthangkura, chief executive of Ratch, says the acquisition marks the next chapter of Ratch in the expansion of its infrastructure business and is in line with the strategic business plan, which targets no less than 20 per cent of total investment in infrastructure and related businesses.

This joint venture gives the company the right to jointly participate in Things on Net’s telecommunication network installation and development project, and IoT services in Thailand.

In 2020, Things on Net aims to its expand base station to cover 70 per cent of the country and increase users of the Sigfox’s IoT technology network to 85 per cent of the nation’s population.

“Ratch is pleased to partner with Things on Net, which marks our move into the IoT network business. We see the IoT business as a perfect complement to our energy and power-related business as well as our fiber optic cable network,” Kijja said.

The IoT business also offers plenty of opportunities due to the high demands of industrial sector for enhanced production efficiency and better cost and supply chain management in order to increase competitiveness and reduce the risk of technology disruption.

Things on Net Company Limited is the Thailand sole operator of the Sigfox network, which is a technology of connectivity through Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN). Sigfox network currently provide its coverage network service to more than 50 countries globally.

Stocks drop on worry over trade deal’s timing

Published November 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Stocks drop on worry over trade deal’s timing

Nov 21. 2019
By Syndication Washington Post,Bloomberg · Sarah Ponczek, Claire Ballentine

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The S&P 500 index posted its biggest loss in a month after a report that Washington and Beijing are unlikely to reach a trade deal this year. The dollar rose and oil jumped.

Telecom companies and automakers led losses on the gauge after Reuters said that a pact may be delayed, though the index pared losses following a report that progress is being made. The developments came after China threatened to retaliate for the Senate’s passage of a bill that sought to support Hong Kong’s autonomy from Beijing. The House votes on the measure later Wednesday.

After reaching fresh highs Monday, U.S. stocks have retreated on concern about the outlook for trade. While investors are sensitive to any reports on the economy, the potential of a detente between China and the U.S. had driven gains this year that left stocks poised for their best performance since 2013.

“The market for most of the year has been trading off of trade — trade hope and trade fear,” said Ed Clissold, chief U.S. strategist at Ned Davis Research Inc. “There were expectations over the last several weeks that some sort of interim deal would get done. And the reality of the situation is setting in.”

Oil jumped, paring Tuesday’s more-than 3% loss, as American crude stockpiles rose less than expected and inventories at a key storage hub shrank by the most since August. Ten-year Treasury yields sank to a two-week low.

Travel and leisure companies led the retreat in the Stoxx Europe 600 index. Swedbank AB dropped after a report that American authorities are investigating possible breaches of sanctions against Russia by the Swedish lender.

Hong Kong shares fell along with Japanese and South Korean benchmarks. Australian equities slumped after allegations of financial crimes at Westpac Banking Corp. hit financial stocks.

Here are some key events coming up this week:

–U.S. economic indicators due for release include initial jobless claims on Thursday.

–Federal Reserve speakers this week include district bank presidents Loretta Mester and Neel Kashkari.

–European central bankers speaking this week include European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde, Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann, along with Yves Mersch, Luis de Guindos, Pablo Hernandez de Cos and Philip Lane.

These are the main moves in markets:

Stocks

–The S&P 500 index fell 0.4% at the close of trading in New York.

–The Stoxx Europe 600 index dropped 0.4%.

–The MSCI Emerging Markets index fell 0.5%.

Currencies

–The Bloomberg Dollar Spot index gained 0.2%.

–The euro fell 0.1% to $1.1072.

–The British pound decreased 0.1% to $1.2918.

–The Japanese yen was little changed at 108.58 per dollar.

Bonds

–The yield on 10-year Treasuries sank five basis points to 1.73%.

–Germany’s 10-year yield dipped one basis point to -0.35%.

–Britain’s 10-year yield was little changed at 0.73%.

–Japan’s 10-year yield sank three basis points to -0.124%.

Commodities

–West Texas Intermediate crude increased 3.4% to $57.11 a barrel.

–Gold was little changed at $1,472.34 an ounce.

Uttama upbeat on EEC investments

Published November 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Uttama upbeat on EEC investments

Nov 21. 2019
By THE NATION

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Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana is confident that more local and foreign companies will invest in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).

The government has been developing infrastructure and preparing legal groundworks to facilitate investments, he said yesterday (November 20) at a seminar on EEC, hosted by Krungthep Turakit newspaper.

Kanit Sangsubhan, secretary general of Eastern Economic Corridor Office of Thailand, said the PTT group planned to invest Bt200 billion in the EEC during next five years with PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) putting up half of the investment.

Kanit said investments were coming in at this stage of EEC development and  the office would ensure harmony between industry growth and local communities living within the zone.

It also gave importance to environment protection, targeting to eliminate accumulated waste in the area within 12 years.

The EEC project covers the three eastern provinces of Chachoengsao, Chonburi and Rayong.

AOT nods to second terminal at Suvarnabhumi Airport

Published November 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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AOT nods to second terminal at Suvarnabhumi Airport

Nov 21. 2019
By THE NATION

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The Airports of Thailand (AOT) board yesterday (November 20) approved a plan to establish a second terminal on the northern part of Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The board also nodded to a 50 per cent discount in landing fee for international charter flights at six airports under the AOT for a period of five months.

The discount measure will run from December 1 this year to April 30 next year as part of an AOT strategy to boost tourism in the short term.

AOT has 6 international airports under its management: Don Mueang, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Chiang Rai and Suvarnabhumi.

The agency would submit plan for the second terminal to the Transport Ministry soon, said AOT president Nitinai Sirismatthakarn.

Construction cost of the new terminal is estimated at Bt42 billion. It is expected to become operational in 2023 or 2024, to help ease passenger traffic at the airport.

The new terminal will be able to serve a maximum of 40 million passengers a year. Once opened, the airport will be able to serve a total of 82 million passengers annually.

The AOT board meeting yesterday also approved the fifth master plan for Suvarnabhumi Airport, focusing on its role in connectivity of the three international airports with the Eastern Economic Corridor.

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