The two mixed-bill programs both feature pieces by NDT’s house choreographers Sol Leon and Paul Lightfoot, and Canadian associate choreographer Crystal Pite. CHALLENGING CHOREOGRAPHYAll five are creating some of the most challenging contemporary choreography being performed today. In Shut Eye, NDT artistic director Lightfoot and Leon ask viewers the question: Is what we see limited by our senses or is it conditioned by how we let our brain manipulate images through our emotions? Pite’s 2012 work, Solo Echo was inspired by Mark Strand’s poem Lines for Winter, where the individual is the focal point against a backdrop of whirling snowflakes. It is a piece that ponders humankind’s reliance on physical environment and the capability to survive.
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It’s the latest example of an informal community on state-owned land being evicted in the name of urban redevelopment. In a twist, the Daguan Community is using art and music to reclaim its narrative and reach out to an often apathetic public. PROTEST ARTOn June 2, Daguan’s residents gathered with student activists for the last day of an in situ exhibition about the community’s struggle against forced eviction. In one room, Tang, 22, points to a wall festooned with hate comments the community has received on social media. In another, protest banners and cigarette butts are strewn on a table, blurring the line between an installation and a real-life activists’ war room that could be used that very night.
Taiwanese supermodel, actress and philanthropist Lin Chi-ling surprised the entertainment world by announcing on Thursday last week that she just tied the knot with Akira, a member of Japanese boyband EXILE, on that day. After Lin posted the announcement on her Weibo page, the Web site instantly crashed as millions of fans from the whole world visited her page to congratulate her. The news of the transnational marriage came as a surprise as Lin, 44, and Akira, 37, were not reported to be dating previously. Lin is one of the most prominent female artists in the Chinese world. She was the only celebrity among Asia’s top 40 philanthropists on Forbes’ “Asia’s 2018 Heroes of Philanthropy” list, and has raised at least US$3.2 million (approx.
By Han Cheung / Staff reporterIf you’ve never witnessed a live birth, you’ll get to see three different types in My Happy Birth Day (祝我好好孕) — head first, butt first and a water birth. But there’s a reason people still go through it, although at a decreasing rate. It’s telling that My Happy Birth Day was initially rated as PG-12, the official reason being “scenes of childbirth … may have adverse effects on the behavior and mental health of children.”The directors objected and managed to have the rating lowered to Protected. Both subjects insist on having a natural birth, preferring to avoid C-sections and other procedures that hospitals often “strongly recommend” patients to undergo. It also provides an seldom-seen look at the work of midwives and doulas, or non-medical birth companions.
Innolux said it has grown its customer base in addition to its first client, Sharp Corp, and Vizio Inc to boost revenue growth. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密) and Innolux hold a combined 7.24 stake in Vizio, an Irvine, California-based TV vendor. Innolux’s highly automated production lines and smart manufacturing systems have helped boost yield rate, the company said. The company said it is pitching its smart manufacturing solutions and automation systems to Hon Hai’s subsidiaries, its component suppliers and manufacturers beyond the LCD panel industry. It has secured orders from up to 10 clients, including two from the nation’s semiconductor industry, Innolux said.
Reuters, PARISPlans to merge automakers Renault SA and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) NV could re-emerge, despite the breakdown of negotiations last week, French Minister of Transport Elisabeth Borne said yesterday, joining a chorus of French officials hoping the deal could be revived. France has a 15 percent stake in Renault and the collapse of the talks deprived the companies of an opportunity to create the world’s third-biggest automaker with 5 billion euro (US$5.6 billion) in promised annual synergies. Separately, FCA on Monday said that it would develop self-driving systems for its commercial vehicles in partnership with Aurora Innovation, a tech start-up led by a former Google auto executive. Under the partnership, Aurora is to supply a self-driving platform that comprises the hardware, software, and data services that aim for “level 4” autonomy, which can navigate without human intervention. “Aurora brings a unique skillset combined with advanced and purposeful technology that complements and enhances our approach to self-driving,” he said.
By Natasha Li / Staff reporterHon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密) yesterday established an operations committee to take charge of its daily operations, amid rising concern over the company’s fate as chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘) ventures into politics. Any proposal made by a committee member needs to gain approval from at least two-thirds of the committee before being submitted to the board for approval, he said. Other committee members include financial director Huang De-cai (黃德財), and three board nominees — Lu Fang-ming (呂芳銘), Li Jie (李傑) and Lu Sung-ching (盧松青). Hon Hai vice president and group chief financial officer Huang Chiu-lien (黃秋蓮), Sharp Corp board director candidate Lin Chung-cheng (林忠正), Hon Hai digital product sub-group chief Chiang Chih-hsiung (姜志雄) and China iPhone business head Lin Cheng-hui (林政輝) round out the list. Hon Hai is now focused on deploying technologies, such as industrial Internet of Things (IoT), across its plants to digitally transform the firm and improve profitability, Li said.
AP, VATICAN CITYThe Vatican on Monday issued an official document rejecting the idea that people can choose or change their genders and insisting on the sexual “complementarity” of men and women to make babies. The document, published during LGBT Pride Month, was immediately denounced by LGBT Catholics as contributing to bigotry and violence against gay and transgender people. Advocacy group New Ways Ministry said it would further confuse individuals questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation and at risk of self-harm. “Gender is also biologically determined by genetics, hormones and brain chemistry — things not visible at birth,” DeBernardo said in a statement. “People do not choose their gender, as the Vatican claims, they discover it through their lived experiences.”
Fubon Financial’s main subsidiary, Fubon Life Insurance Co (富邦人壽), reported that net income increased 80 percent to NT$4.32 billion thanks to solid investment returns and a good hedging strategy. Its banking arm, Taipei Fubon Commercial Bank (台北富邦銀行), saw net income fall 17.5 percent to NT$1.77 billion, while Fubon Insurance Co (富邦產險) and Fubon Securities Co (富邦證券) reported declining earnings, Fubon Financial said. SinoPac Financial Holdings Co (永豐金控) saw net profit increase year-on-year last month as well as for the first five months. The company’s banking unit, Bank SinoPac (永豐銀行), reported that cumulative profit increased 29 percent annually for the January-to-May period thanks to stable growth in fee income, while SinoPac Securities Corp (永豐金證券) reported that cumulative profit increased 61 percent annually, it said. Overall, the 15 conglomerates saw their net profit recover last month and advance from a year earlier, but their cumulative profit for the first five months fell year-on-year, the data showed.
By Kao Shih-ching / Staff reporterRevenue growth at EVA Airways Corp (長榮航空) last month slowed down amid an escalating dispute between management and employees, while annual revenue growth at its main rival, China Airlines Ltd (CAL, 中華航空), remained steady. EVA’s revenue last month rose 4.01 percent annually to NT$14.94 billion (US$475.25 million), compared with a 10.88 percent expansion in April, company data showed. The result was better than expected, EVA spokesman Golden Kou (柯金成) told the Taipei Times by telephone. Revenue growth could have been higher if there were no threat of a strike, which caused some travelers to choose other airlines, he added. “A strike would affect passenger revenue for June and might extend into next month, depending on when the union launches it,” he said.
BloombergCitigroup Inc was suspended from the primary group of dealers that participate at certain Japanese government bond (JGB) auctions after it was found to have manipulated futures prices. The Japanese Ministry of Finance ordered Citigroup Global Markets Japan Inc’s exclusion from participating in “non-price competitive auctions” and certain other government bond sales for a month from tomorrow, it said in a statement yesterday. Citigroup was found to have placed orders in October last year for JGB futures contracts without intending to execute them, a practice known as spoofing. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc’s securities venture with Morgan Stanley was last year suspended from the group for a month for a similar breach. Citigroup is ranked 12th among underwriters of Japanese corporate bonds over the past 12 months, data compiled by Bloomberg show.
I had purposely arrived on a weekday, but the tourist hordes had already overrun Magong (馬公), the only city in the scenic archipelago of Penghu off the coast of Chiayi. It turns out they were here for the Penghu International Fireworks Festival, which takes place every Monday and Thursday until the end of this month. But as I soon learn, it’s not that hard to avoid the crowds. Like most man-made attractions on Penghu, it has been unnecessarily restored to the point where the walls are shinier than a modern-day army base. This seems to have been recent work; even the official Penghu National Scenic Area Web site shows the fort in its original state, blemishes and all.
By Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporterAlmost 8,000 Vietnamese saying they have suffered from marine pollution caused by Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corp (台塑河靜鋼鐵興業) yesterday filed a lawsuit in Taipei against the company’s investors, seeking NT$140 million (US$4.4 million) in compensation. Members of the coalition protested yesterday afternoon outside Sunworld Dynasty Hotel, where FPG was holding its annual shareholders’ meeting. After the spill, many Vietnamese fishers could no longer catch fish for a living and had to sell their boats, said Nguyen Hong Linh, a Vietnamese Catholic priest. The Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Co, which runs the steel plant, also said that its level of wastewater and exhaust emissions have measured up to Vietnamese government’s standards over the past two years. The plant in the Vung Ang Economic Zone of Ha Tinh Province is the biggest integrated steel mill in Southeast Asia.
AFP, LONDONUS retail giant Amazon.com Inc has moved past high-tech titans Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to become the world’s most valuable brand, a key survey showed yesterday. The brand value of Amazon surged by 52 percent to US$315 billion, global market research agency Kantar said in its 100 Top BrandZ report. The top 10 companies were once again dominated by US firms, with Apple on US$309.5 billion, Google on US$309 billion and Microsoft Corp on US$251 billion. “The boundaries are blurring as technology fluency allow brands, such as Amazon, Google and Alibaba, to offer a range of services across multiple consumer touchpoints,” she said. Brand value on the key survey is calculated on the basis of the companies’ financial performance and their standing among consumers around the globe.
AFP and AP, SEOULKim Jong-nam, the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un who was killed in Malaysia in 2017, was a CIA informant, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. The South Korean National Intelligence Service and Ministry of Unification, which oversees ties with North Korea, said they could not confirm the report. Citing “a person knowledgeable about the matter,” the Journal said that Kim Jong-nam had met with CIA operatives several times. According to the Journal’s source, there was a “nexus” between Kim Jong-nam and the CIA, but the paper said many details of his connection with the agency were unclear. They said they were tricked by North Korean agents into carrying out the hit and had thought it was a reality TV show prank.