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NBC boots analyst over Japan comment at Pyeongchang Games

PYEONGCHANG: Joshua Cooper Ramo, the commentator who offended locals during coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony by straying into the sensitive issue of Japan-South Korean relations, has been taken off the air, U.S. broadcaster NBC said on Monday. "Joshua Cooper Ramo has completed his responsibilities for NBC in Pyeongchang, and will have no further role on our air," an NBC spokesman said in an email to Reuters. NBC had announced in December that Ramo would be an on-air contributor at the Games for NBC, having previously served as an expert on culture and geo-political issues during the 2008 Beijing Olympics for the network. Ramo, who has written books on China and is a corporate director of Starbucks Corp and FedEx Corp, said as athletes paraded into the Games stadium on Friday that “every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation". Koreans around the world criticized his re..
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Moncler aspires to give its puffer jackets a monthly makeover

MILAN: Italian label Moncler has already turned luxury fashion on its head by transforming casual skiwear into trendy items with its sleek puffer jackets. Now it wants to lead the sector in fast-paced production, and Chief Executive Remo Ruffini said he hopes his company can one day offer new products for all of its down coat collections on a monthly basis. Advertisement The shift highlights luxury brands' race to adapt to changing shopping habits as the sector attracts younger consumers and those more influenced by the fast pace of soci..

Sudanese boys are 'caught between two cultures'

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Ahead of Lunar New Year, China’s Xi says will banish ‘ghost’ of poverty

BEIJING: China will banish the "ghosts" of poverty, Chinese President Xi Jinping told villagers in a poor southwestern part of the country during a traditional visit to outlying regions before the Lunar New Year. Chinese leaders generally use the time around the festival to make inspection trips around the country where they flag important policy initiatives or areas of concern for the year ahead. The week-long holiday, starting on the eve of the new year, on Thursday, is the most important in the Chinese calendar, when millions of people travel home, many for the only time in the year. Xi has made poverty alleviation one of his signature policy issues after pledging in 2015 that China would lift the 70 million people living under the poverty level at the time out of poverty by 2020. Visiting a remote mountainous part of Sichuan province to meet ethnic Yi people who live there, Xi was told by one villager that she used to believe ghosts were the cause of illness, state media reported o..

U of T PhD candidate explores the drinking culture of China’s last imperial dynasty

Long before the Communist Party rose to power during the late 1940s, China was ruled by a series of dynastic empires stretching back thousands of years. The last of those dynasties was the Qing (1644–1912), which ruled across four centuries and at its height represented one of the largest empires in world history. The Qing dynasty witnessed many problems, particularly political upheaval and bureaucratic corruption, but it was also a time when trade and culture flourished across the empire, especially when it came to alcohol. Jackson Yue Bin Guo is a PhD candidate in the department of history at U of T Scarborough who studies late imperial Chinese history and whose research focuses on the interplay between popular and elite cultures. His work specifically looks at how alcohol shook the distinctive features of social class, ethnicity, and other constructed boundaries during the Qing dynasty. He spoke to reporter Don Campbell about who was drinking what in China’s last imperial dynasty..

Saudi national cultural festival honours India, is biggest in Gulf

Al Janadria, the national cultural festival of Saudi Arabia that has India as the 'Guest of Honour' country this year, is being inaugurated on Wednesday near here by Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The festival was begun in 1985 under the patronage of the ruling monarch. This year too King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is the patron of the festival, the biggest cultural festival of the Gulf that brings to life the culture and heritage of the oil-rich desert kingdom of 32 million people. From the rich tapestry of colours, aroma of delicacies, reverberating sound of music to insightful intellectual debates, the two-week long festival has something for all. 2018 marks the 32nd edition of the festival. Organised every year by the Saudi National Guard, a primary goal of this festival is to highlight Saudi Arabia's Islamic identity, display its national heritage and help preserve it for generations to come. However, Al Janadria is not only aiming to educate i..

Tocantins, a River of Many Dams in Central Brazil

Development & Aid, Economy & Trade, Editors' Choice, Energy, Featured, Headlines, Integration and Development Brazilian-style, Latin America & the Caribbean, Projects, Regional CategoriesAccess stairway to the Tocantins River in the central Brazilian state of Tocantins, which no longer has flowing water since it was dammed to generate electricity, mostly to be used in other parts of the country, and which contributes very little to local development. Credit: Mario Osava / IPS PALMAS and PORTO NACIONAL, Brazil, Jan 12 2018 (IPS) - Tocantins, the newest of Brazil’s 26 states, which was created in 1988 to seek its own paths to development in central Brazil, fell into the common plight of expanding borders, based on soy and hydroelectricity. The area owes its name to a river that crosses the state from south to north, but which has been converted into a sequence of dams to generate electricity, almost entirely for other states. With no industries and with a population of just 1.5 mill..

Berbers: North Africa's marginalised indigenous people

By Afp Published: 08:08 EST, 12 January 2018 | Updated: 08:13 EST, 12 January 2018 Algerian Berber women prepare traditional food as they mark the Yennayer New Year in the village of Ait el-Kecem, south of Tizi-Ouzou, east of the capital Algiers, on January 11, 2018 The Berbers -- descendants of pre-Arab populations across North Africa -- are currently celebrating their New Year festivities. On Friday -- for the first time -- the Yennayer New Year is being marked as a national holiday in Algeria. The Berbers, who refer to themselves as the Amazigh, have long fought for greater recognition for their ancient ethnic group, their culture and language. In Algeria they make up roughly a quarter of the country's total population of 40 million and live mainly in the mountainous northern region of Kabylie. Here is some background on other Berber communities that have stretched across North Africa since long before the Arab conquests: - Morocco - On Africa's northwestern tip, Morocco ..

Donald Trump: The New Ugly American?

(THURMONT, MD - JANUARY 6) Donald Trump speaks to the press after holding meetings at Camp David in Thurmont, Maryland, where he met with staff, members of his Cabinet and Republican members of Congress to discuss the Republican legislative agenda for 2018. (Photo credit: Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images) “The Ugly American” – a phrase made famous by the 1958 political novel about U.S. policy in Southeast Asia by Eugene Burdick and William Lederer – can no longer refer just to the prototypical loud, ignorant American. Today the title has taken on a real human face, and that is the face of Donald Trump. A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows that worldwide confidence in the U.S. president is at some of the lowest levels since the Pew Research Center began assessing the U.S. image abroad 15 years ago. In terms of personal characteristics, the survey found, Trump is seen by most publics around the world as “arrogant, intolerant and even dangerous.” The survey, carried out before Tr..

Russian movies raked in $228 mln at box office in 2017

© Alexei Konstantinov/TASS MOSCOW, January 11. /TASS/. Around 55 million people went to watch Russian movies on cinema screens in 2017, which is 19.5 mln more than in 2016, Russia’s Cinema Foundation said in a statement summing up the 2017 box office results. In 2017, Russian movies rang up 13 bln rubles ($228 mln) in sales at the box office. Every fourth moviegoer bought a cinema ticket to watch a Russian flick, with a total of 213.4 mln tickets being sold in 2017. As many as 471 movies were r..

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