Collection – 4 giây – 2 phút – 72 giờ và 21 ngày: Công thức kì diệu giúp bạn đạt mọi mục tiêu và không bao giờ bị trì hoãn

Theo Nhật Minh – Trí thức trẻ

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Bây giờ, bạn hãy nghĩ về hạnh phúc. Với hầu hết mọi người, hạnh phúc có nghĩa là đạt được mục tiêu trong cuộc sống. Khi bạn có một mục tiêu để phấn đấu, thế giới quan của bạn cũng sẽ thay đổi. Điều này giống như vòng xoắn dẫn đến hạnh phúc. Và để vào được vòng xoắn ấy, bạn cần phải biết những công thức kì diệu giúp bạn đạt được mục tiêu.

4 giây - 2 phút - 72 giờ và 21 ngày: Công thức kì diệu giúp bạn đạt mọi mục tiêu và không bao giờ bị trì hoãn

Trước khi bắt đầu đọc bài viết này, bạn hãy dành một chút thời gian để suy nghĩ xem: Đã bao nhiêu lần bạn lập ra danh sách các mục tiêu mà mình muốn thực hiện? Chắc chắn, số lần đó luôn nhiều hơn những hành động thực tế bạn làm để đạt được mục tiêu.

Luật 4 giây

Lời khuyên: Hãy hít thở thật sâu và chậm 4 giây trước khi bạn hành động hoặc đưa ra bất cứ quyết định quan trọng nào.

Trong cuộc sống , chúng ta thường có xu hướng trì hoãn việc đưa ra những quyết định quan trọng. Điều này có vẻ như một gánh nặng quá lớn, do vậy chúng ta muốn chờ thêm thời gian. Cho đến khi bắt buộc phải đưa ra quyết định, chúng ta sẽ quyết định nhất thời và thông thường sau đó sẽ là sự hối tiếc.

Nguyên tắc 4 giây sẽ giúp bạn đưa ra những quyết định tốt hơn. Peter Bregman, tác giả của cuốn sách “Luật 4 giây” cho rằng bạn nên hít thở thật đều và sâu trong vòng 4 giây; sau đó bạn có thể hành động.

Tại sao việc này quan trọng? Đó chính là nghệ thuật tự kiểm soát. Hít thở sâu sẽ tránh cho bạn khỏi việc đưa ra các quyết định vội vã và mang lại cho bạn thời gian để đánh giá kết quả của mỗi hành động.

Luật 2 phút

Lời khuyên: Nếu việc nào đó chỉ tốn chưa đến 2 phút để hoàn thành, bạn hãy thực hiện nó ngay lập tức.

Rất nhiều nhiệm vụ chúng ta trì hoãn thường không khó để hoàn thành. Chúng ta thường tránh làm chúng cho đến hạn chót, mặc dù nó không đòi hỏi kỹ năng hay kiến thức đặc biệt. Chẳng hạn, bạn cần phải gọi điện cho đối tắc hoặc gửi một email. Việc này chỉ mất 1 đến 2 phút nhưng bạn lại trì hoãn cho đến phút cuối cùng. Nhiệm vụ đơn giản này làm bạn bị chùn bước và mất tập trung.

Nguyên tắc 2 phút này sẽ giúp bạn đạt được những mục tiêu lớn. Mỗi mục tiêu đi kèm với một danh sách các hành động nhỏ. Chẳng hạn, bạn phải đọc 1 cuốn sách khoảng 2.000 trang, việc này sẽ khiến bạn mất vài tháng. Nếu như bạn tiếp tục nhìn cuốn sách như một tổng thể, bạn sẽ thấy nó khó mà hoàn thành, do đó bạn dễ bỏ cuộc. Nhưng nếu như bạn chia nhỏ cuốn sách thành từng trang và đặt mục tiêu đọc từng trang một, bạn sẽ mất chưa đến 2 phút cho một trang sách.

Luật 72 giờ

Lời khuyên: Khi bạn đã có 1 ý tưởng, hãy thực hiện nó trong vòng 3 ngày (72 giờ).

Bodo Schaefer – tác giả sách, doanh nhân kiêm diễn giả nổi tiếng người Đức cho rằng nguyên tắc đơn giản này sẽ giúp bạn đẩy lùi trì hoãn: Đừng bao giờ đặt ra các nhiệm vụ kéo dài quá 72 giờ. Nếu bạn trì hoãn hành động này, ý tưởng của bạn sẽ mãi nằm trên giấy mà thôi.

Luật 21 ngày

Lời khuyên: Hãy cho bản thân 21 ngày để phát triển một thói quen

Khi bạn muốn đạt được một mục tiêu nào đó, bạn phải biến các hành động thành thói quen hàng ngày. Hãy lập lại danh sách mục tiêu một lần nữa, tập trung vào các mục tiêu đơn lẻ và biến nó thành hành động, sau đó thực hiện đều đặn mỗi ngày. Đó có thể là viết blog, ngồi thiền, chạy bộ hay học tiếng Anh… bất cứ việc gì.

Trong những ngày đầu tiên, bạn sẽ cần rất nhiều nỗ lực. Nhưng một khi đã quen dần với nó, bạn sẽ cảm thấy điều này như một phần cuộc sống.

Nguyên tắc 10.000 giờ

Lời khuyên: Khi bạn cố gắng để thành thạo trong lĩnh vực nào đó, bạn cần dành khoảng 10.000 giờ thực hành việc đó.

Trong cuốn sách “Outliers: The Story of Succes” (Tạm dịch: Những kẻ xuất chúng), tác giả người Canada Malcolm Gladwell đã đề cập đến nguyên tắc 10.000 giờ thực hành đóng góp vào thành công của hầu hết các doanh nhân, triệu phú trên thế giới.

Để thực hiện quy tắc này, bạn hãy lựa chọn lĩnh vực mà mình yêu thích và lập kế hoạch để thực hành mỗi ngày. Hãy theo dõi thời gian mà bạn thực hành việc đó để đảm bảo bạn thực hiện đủ 10.000 giờ.

Văn – 12/52: lúa

Nó, một thằng “ku” sinh ra và lớn lên từ thành phố. Nó, đặc sệt chất phố…

Từ nhỏ tới lúc trưởng thành đi làm, quanh quẩn bó hẹp chỉ trong phố, nó vẫn chẳng biết thế nào là miền quê chứ đừng nói tới việc ruộng vườn, hay đồng áng…

Với nó, đất [ruộng vườn]… là một định nghĩa khá lạ lẫm, xa vời…

Ấy vậy mà khi bước vào “U40” rồi, nó lại trở nên mê đắm cái màu xanh ngút ngàn ấy, dù là vuông vườn nho nhỏ sau nhà hay thửa ruộng [lúa] hút tầm mắt hoặc xa hơn là những vạt rừng xanh ngắt… với nó,

được nhìn thấy cây lúa lớn lên trở thành một thú vui…

Kể cũng lạ,

nó đã bén duyên với đồng quê từ lúc nào không biết nữa, phải chăng từ lúc nó phải đi nhiều, đọc nhiều và thực hiện nhiều nghiên cứu về ngành nông nghiệp – kể từ lúc nó hiểu được cái nhọc nhằn vất cả của người nông dân…

Giờ, tuy không còn dùng được gạo trong bữa ăn bình thường nữa, nhưng,

hương lúa mới lại trở nên một hương vị vô cùng kích thích đối với khứu giác của nó…

Cái mùi hương cốm sữa ngào ngạt ấy như một luồng nhựa sống tràn, nó hít căng tới tức cả buồng phổi, tham lam nhồi nhét càng nhiều càng tốt cái hương vị đồng quê đó như thể sợ rằng cái hương vị đó sẽ chợt tan biến ngay trong khoảnh khắc…

Nhìn cánh đồng thẳng cánh cò bay một sớm ban mai, từng cơn gió nhẹ mơn man đùa rỡn tạo thành từng gợn sóng, cánh đồng bỗng trở nên sống động óng ả dập dềnh, từ xa tựa mặt hồ phản chiếu ánh mặt trời… nó luôn cảm thấy trong lòng trở nên thanh thản lạ lùng… nhưng,

cái lạ lùng không chỉ ở cái “tĩnh lặng, hoan hỷ” trước một cảnh sắc, mà còn ở chỗ cùng với cảm nhận thanh thản, nó còn cảm được vị mặn mòi từ những khổ cực của người nông dân vất vả gánh chịu quanh năm để có được hạt cơm gạo mới… sau biết bao lo âu, vất vả sớm khuya, từng giọt mồ hôi rơi trên mảnh ruộng nay đã hóa thành từng bông gạo căng đầy trĩu nặng thơm ngát…

nhìn cánh đồng dập dờn theo từng ngọn gió trong lành thoang thoảng hương sữa cốm, nó như thưởng được hương thơm của gạo mới lẫn đâu đó cùng với nụ cười tỏa nắng trên gương mặt nhăn nheo trước tuổi, đen sạm của người nông dân trước một vụ mùa hứa hẹn sẽ… “có ăn”…

“Hương lúa mới” – phải tới giờ nó mới thấu hiểu được, “hương lúa” không chỉ thuần túy là mùi và vị nữa, mà hơn cả, nó còn là cái “cảm” – cảm tình nghĩa, tình yêu thương làng xóm, quê hương…

Từng vạt nắng xiên, từng con đường đất bùn lầy, từng khuôn vườn, mảnh ruộng…

Tất cả…

Thân thương lắm…

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NPL

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Collection – Sự khác biệt giữa 35 thương hiệu của Tập đoàn Accor

By Hoàng Dung

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Tập đoàn Accor (Accor Group) là cái tên nổi bật trong hệ thống các tập đoàn quản lý khách sạn hàng đầu thế giới hiện nay. Accor Group hiện sở hữu 35 thương hiệu khách sạn toàn cầu, vậy tại sao cùng là đơn vị quản lý vận hành nhưng lại có nhiều thương hiệu như vậy?

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Vì đâu Accor Group sở hữu đến 35 thương hiệu cùng một “mác” quản lý vận hành khách sạn?

Tập đoàn Accor được thành lập từ năm 1967 bởi Paul Dubrule và Gérard Pélisson và có trụ sở chính được đặt tại tòa nhà Immeuble Odyssey (Paris, Pháp). Sau gần 50 năm hoạt động, Accor Group được biết đến như một đơn vị quản lý khách sạn hàng đầu thế giới khi sở hữu hơn 4.200 khách sạn trên 95 quốc gia, trong đó có 450 khách sạn Ibis, Novotel, All Seasons, Sofitel, Pullman và các khu nghỉ dưỡng Mercure tại châu Á – Thái Bình Dương.

Accor Group phân chia các thương hiệu thành 2 cấp: Thương hiệu quốc tế (International Brands) và Thương hiệu bản địa (Regional Brands). Cụ thể, các Thương hiệu quốc tế (International Brands) đều là những điểm đến uy tín và mang tiêu chuẩn đồng bộ dù được ở bất kì quốc gia nào như thương hiệu Pullman, Novotels,… và các Thương hiệu bản địa (Regional Brands) như Grand Mercure sẽ mang dấu ấn địa phương, sự xuất hiện của sản phẩm ở khu vực nào sẽ mang màu sắc văn hóa cũng như kiến trúc tại nơi đó. Đây là chiến lược gắn thương hiệu độc lập nhằm tạo ra một danh mục nắm giữ các phân khúc từ bình dân đến cao cấp. 

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5 cấp cấu trúc thương hiệu Accor Group

Những thương hiệu đang “làm mưa làm gió” của Accor Group tại Việt Nam

Tập đoàn Accor đã có mặt tại Việt Nam suốt hơn 20 năm với khởi đầu bằng việc giới thiệu khách sạn Metropole (hiện nay được biết đến là Sofitel Legend Metropole Hà Nội). Đồng thời, Metropole cũng chính là khách sạn đầu tiên tại Việt Nam được nhận danh hiệu khách sạn 5 sao từ Tổng cục Du lịch. Đến năm 1998, Accor Group giới thiệu thương hiệu Novotel đến Việt Nam với Novotel Phan Thiết Ocean Dunes & Golf Resort. 

Tính đến nay, Accor Group hiện là một trong những nhà vận hành khách sạn lớn nhất Việt Nam. Tập đoàn này đang quản lý 28 khách sạn ở 12 tỉnh thành của Việt Nam gồm: Hà Nội, TP.HCM, Nha Trang, Huế, Hội An, Vũng Tàu, Đà Nẵng, Hạ Long, Uông Bí, Phú Quốc, Hải Phòng, Sapa với nhiều công trình khách sạn nổi bật và làm nên dấu ấn của Việt Nam trên bản đồ du lịch thế giới. 

Năm 2019, khách sạn 5 sao Sofitel Legend Metropole Hà Nội do Accor Group vận hành được vinh dự chọn là nơi 2 nhà lãnh đạo Mỹ – Triều, ông Donald Trump và Kim Jong Un đã cùng dùng bữa tối đầu tiên cùng nhau tại Hà Nội cũng như diễn ra các hoạt động tiếp xúc, đàm phán, và dự kiến nơi đưa ra tuyên bố chung về việc hợp tác của 2 nước vào cuối tháng 2 vừa qua. 

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Khách sạn Metropole Hà Nội – nơi diễn ra cuộc gặp gỡ giữa 2 nhà lãnh đạo Mỹ – Triều
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Hotel de la Coupole Sapa – tác phẩm được xem là “biểu tượng” của Sapa

Grand Mercure – Thương hiệu vận hành 5 sao hiếm hoi lồng ghép văn hóa địa phương trở thành một phần của dự án

Mỗi một khách sạn Grand Mercure là điểm kết nối tinh hoa văn hóa địa phương, mang đến những trải nghiệm thấm đẫm tinh thần bản địa và được truyền tải rõ nét trong từng chi tiết của dự án. Đây là điểm đặc biệt và khác biệt của thương hiệu này so với những đơn vị vận hành quốc tế khác, bởi việc kết hợp hài hòa giữa văn hóa bản địa và tiêu chuẩn quốc tế không phải là một điều dễ dàng. 

Vận hành tại châu Á – Thái Bình Dương hơn 20 năm, thương hiệu Grand Mercure thuộc AccorHotels đã thấu hiểu từng nền văn hóa tại từng thị trường. Tại Việt Nam, hiện chỉ có duy nhất dự án Grand Mercure Da Nang được quản lý và vận hành bởi thương hiệu Grand Mercure. Chọn Đà Nẵng, “thành phố đáng sống” tại Việt Nam, nơi lưu giữ những nét văn hóa độc đáo của dân tộc, Grand Mercure đã kết hợp tinh tế màu sắc Việt cùng lối kiến trúc hiện đại của châu Âu, đem lại trải nghiệm nghỉ dưỡng khác biệt và đa dạng mà không phải khu nghỉ dưỡng nào cũng có được. 

Mới đây, đại diện của thương hiệu Grand Mercure xác nhận, Grand Mercure sẽ trở thành đơn vị vận hành chính thức cho dự án Edna Grand Mercure Phan Thiết với thương hiệu Grand Mercure – dự án nghỉ dưỡng nằm ngay tại “trái tim” của TP. Phan Thiết và sở hữu bãi biển riêng “một bước chạm biển xanh” sắp được ra mắt vào năm 2020. 

Với năng lực quản lý vận hành cấp 5 sao cùng với khả năng khéo léo đan cài tinh hoa văn hóa đặc sắc và nồng nàn của Phan Thiết vào dự án của thương hiệu Grand Mercure, cộng với vị trí “ngàn vàng” của dự án, Edna Grand Mercure Phan Thiết hứa hẹn sẽ là một “kiệt tác nghỉ dưỡng” mang lại trải nghiệm đậm chất và xứng tầm 5 sao. 

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Kiệt tác nghỉ dưỡng Edna Grand Mercure Phan Thiết được Grand Mercure “chọn mặt gửi vàng”

Collection – 13 ĐIỀU NGƯỜI CÓ TINH THẦN THÉP KHÔNG LÀM

❎ Không than thân trách phận

❎ Không để người khác định đoạt đời mình

❎ Không vì e ngại mà né tránh thay đổi

❎ Không tập trung vào những điều mà ta không thể kiểm soát

❎ Không cố gắng làm vừa lòng tất cả mọi người

❎ Không ngại mạo hiểm

❎ Không cố sống bám vào quá khứ

❎ Không mắc đi mắc lại cùng một sai lầm

❎ Không tức tối với thành công của người khác

❎ Không từ bỏ sau lần thất bại đầu tiên

❎ Không sợ những khoảng thời gian ở một mình

❎ Không cảm thấy thế giới mắc nợ mình bất cứ điều gì

❎ Không trông mong những kết quả tức thời

Tuần – week: 19 – 24/10/2020

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Nước… lênh láng…

Các sự kiện chính – Main events:

Theo báo cáo “Tình hình hoạt động 9 tháng đầu năm 2020 và mục tiêu, nhiệm vụ công tác 3 tháng cuối năm 2020” do Tập đoàn Điện lực Việt Nam (EVN) công bố, nhu cầu tiêu thụ điện trong tháng 9/2020 đã tăng trở lại hơn 13% sau khi nền kinh tế phục hồi trong tháng 9 (chủ yếu do sản xuất công nghiệp và tiêu dùng, riêng dịch vụ thương mại vẫn giảm).

Cũng trong 9 tháng đầu năm nay, TP HCM ghi nhận thêm 35 tuyến đường bị ngập, tăng 18 tuyến so với cùng kỳ năm ngoái, tổng lượng mưa tăng 33% so với cùng kỳ. Ghi nhận tại Bệnh viện đa khoa khu vực Hóc Môn trên đường Bà Triệu (huyện Hóc Môn), cơn mưa lớn hơn một giờ chiều tối 14/9 đã khiến Bệnh viện lênh láng nước. Khoa cấp cứu, khoa vật lý trị liệu, khu hành chính, khoa khám… ngập sâu 20-30 cm. Nhiều y tá, bác sĩ làm việc tại khoa cấp cứu phải mang ủng, lội nước ngập để làm việc. Các thiết bị điện tử, máy thở được kê lên để tránh nước…

Tại sao nó ảnh hưởng – Why is it affected:

Trong 9 tháng đầu năm, điện sản xuất của EVN và các Tổng Công ty Phát điện (kể cả các công ty cổ phần) đạt 104,21 tỷ kWh, chiếm 56,22% sản lượng điện sản xuất của toàn hệ thống. Tính riêng trong tháng 9/2020, sản lượng điện truyền tải đạt 17,62 tỷ kWh, trào lưu truyền tải chủ yếu theo hướng Trung – Bắc và Trung – Nam. Mức truyền tải cao nhất trên hệ thống truyền tải Bắc – Trung là 1.789MW và Trung – Nam là 2.627MW. Lũy kế 9 tháng năm 2020, sản lượng điện truyền tải đạt 154,84 tỷ kWh, tăng 2,6% so cùng kỳ năm 2019. Đồng thời, sản lượng điện thương phẩm toàn EVN đạt 19,93 tỷ kWh trong tháng 9, tăng 1,05% so với tháng 8 và tăng 8,41% so với cùng kỳ năm ngoái. Trong đó, điện cấp cho công nghiệp – xây dựng tăng 7,7%, điện cấp cho quản lý tiêu dùng tăng 13,17%, điện cấp cho dịch vụ thương mại giảm 10,99% so với cùng kỳ năm 2019. Lũy kế 9 tháng năm 2020, sản lượng điện thương phẩm toàn EVN đạt 162,31 tỷ kWh, tăng 3,09% so với cùng kỳ năm trước đó. Cụ thể,

Theo số liệu chống ngập 9 tháng đầu năm 2020 của Sở Xây dựng báo cáo Đoàn đại biểu Quốc hội TP. HCM, các đường thường xuyên ngập sâu: quốc lộ 50, Nguyễn Văn Khối, Đào Sư Tích, Lê Văn Lương, Hồ Ngọc Lãm, Song Hành quốc lộ 22, Phan Văn Hớn, Nguyễn Văn Hưởng, Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh, Điện Biên Phủ, Phan Huy Ích, Ung Văn Khiêm, Quốc Hương, Phạm Văn Chiêu, Bình Lợi, Lê Đức Thọ, Phạm Văn Đồng, Tô Ngọc Vân, Kha Vạn Cân, Dương Văn Cam, Đặng Thị Rành, Nguyễn Văn Quá… Số ngày mưa năm nay tuy ít hơn 18 ngày so với năm ngoái (110/128 ngày), nhưng tổng lượng mưa đo ở các trạm lên tới 1.184 mm so với năm ngoái chỉ 890 mm (tăng 33%). Số ngày mưa có lượng trên 50 mm năm nay cũng tăng tới 140% so với năm ngoái, tức 36 ngày so với 15 ngày. Để đối phó với tình hình, giai đoạn 2016 – 2020, kinh phí đầu tư chống ngập của TP HCM là 7.047 tỷ đồng; các dự án chống ngập theo hình thức hợp tác công tư (PPP) gần 10.000 tỷ đồng; dự án cải thiện môi trường nước giai đoạn hai khoảng 9.000 tỷ đồng.

Xu hướng chính – Key trends:

EVN cũng đặt ra một số mục tiêu, nhiệm vụ trong 3 tháng cuối năm 2020. Đáng chú ý, liên quan đến đầu tư xây dựng nguồn điện, Tập đoàn phấn đấu hoàn thành phát điện 2 tổ máy dự án Thủy điện Thượng Kon Tum và dự án Điện mặt trời Sê San 4. Đối với các dự án: Thủy điện Hòa Bình mở rộng, Nhiệt điện Quảng Trạch I và dự án cơ sở hạ tầng dùng chung cho Nhà máy điện tua-bin khí hỗn hợp Dung Quất I, III, sẽ được lựa chọn nhà thầu, gói thầu để khởi công trong thời gian tới.

Hồi tháng 8/2020, Sở Xây dựng TP. HCM đề xuất thu phí dịch vụ thoát nước năm 2020 với mức 1.430 đồng mỗi m3 để đầu tư, phát triển hệ thống thoát nước. Đến nay, Trung tâm quản lý hạ tầng kỹ thuật (Sở Xây dựng) tích cực thực hiện bảo dưỡng, sửa chữa nạo vét hệ thống thoát nước, ưu tiên các vị trí thường xuyên bị ngập. Đơn vị đã duy tu hơn 533.000 m cống thoát nước, nạo vét hơn 136.000 máng, 25.000 hầm ga; các nắp hầm ga, khuôn, lưới chắn rác được sửa chữa… Năm 2019, thành phố chỉ có một ngày mưa vượt tần suất thiết kế của hệ thống cống, nhưng năm nay có tới 6 ngày, tăng 600%. Trận mưa kỷ lục chiều 6/8 tại trạm Mạc Đĩnh Chi, quận 1 với mức 212 mm được cho là lớn nhất năm, khiến 35 tuyến đường thành phố chìm trong biển nước. Về ngập do triều, so với cùng kỳ năm 2019, số ngày triều gây ngập giảm từ 8 xuống 4, tức giảm 50%. Số tuyến đường ngập cũng giảm từ 14 xuống còn 4 tuyến đường, giảm 71%. Bốn tuyến đường ngập do triều trong năm nay là Lê Văn Lương, Đào Sư Tích (huyện Nhà Bè), Nguyễn Văn Hưởng (quận 2), Bình Quới (quận Bình Thạnh).

Cái gì tiếp theo – What comes next:

Bên cạnh kế hoạch đầu tư sắp tới, EVN cũng chỉ ra các dự án nguồn điện đã đưa vào vận hành thương mại trong 9 tháng đầu năm, điển hình như dự án Nhiệt điện Duyên Hải 3 mở rộng; phát hành chứng chỉ PAC dự án Nhiệt điện Vĩnh Tân 4 mở rộng; nghiệm thu toàn bộ công trình đưa vào sử dụng dự án Điện mặt trời Phước Thái 1 và thực hiện thí nghiệm hiệu chỉnh chuẩn bị phát điện dự án Điện mặt trời Sê San 4…

Dấu hiệu rủi ro – Risk signals:

Dự báo của Đài khí tượng thủy văn khu vực Nam Bộ, do ảnh hưởng của gió mùa Tây Nam hoạt động mạnh, TP.HCM và các tỉnh Nam Bộ có mưa vừa, mưa to; lượng mưa phổ biến 30-60 mm, có nơi trên 60 mm, có thể khiến cây xanh gãy đổ, ngập ở một số nơi; trong cơn giông có thể xảy ra hiện tượng lốc xoáy và gió giật mạnh… Các bệnh viện cần chú ý khi “các phòng tiểu phẫu, rửa dạ dày bị ngập nước sẽ không đảm bảo điều kiện vô trùng. Ngoài ra nước từ các kênh rạch có thể mang theo vi khuẩn vào bệnh viện“, bác sĩ Nguyễn Văn Hải, trực lãnh đạo Bệnh viện đa khoa khu vực Hóc Môn chia sẻ; vì nếu, trong trường hợp không ngăn nước vào trạm điện kịp thời thì đơn vị buộc phải cắt hệ thống điện để đảm bảo an toàn – theo Điện lực TP HCM, vậy thì…

Điện và nước… chẳng biết thế nào là thừa là thiếu…

xxx – npl

<Week …>

Water… screeded…

Main events:

According to the report “The operation situation in the first 9 months of 2020 and the goal, the task in the last 3 months of 2020” published by Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), the demand for electricity in September 2020 had increased again by more than 13% after the economy recovering in September (mainly due to industrial production and consumption, trade services still decreased).

Also in the first 9 months of this year, Ho Chi Minh City additionally recorded 35 roads flooded, an increase of 18 routes compared to the same period last year, total rainfall increased by 33% over the same period. Recorded at The General Hospital of Hoc Mon area on Ba Trieu Street (Hoc Mon district), the heavy rain in more than one hour in the afternoon on 14/9 had caused the Hospital to sway. Emergency department, physiotherapy department, administrative area, examination department… submerged 20-30 cm deep. Many nurses and doctors working in the emergency department had had to wear boots, wade in flooded waters to work. Electronic devices, ventilator were prescribed to avoid water…

Why is it affected:

In the first 9 months of 2017, electricity produced by EVN and Power Generation Corporations (including joint stock corporations) reached 104.21 billion kWh, accounting for 56.22% of the electricity produced by the whole system. Only in September 2020, the power transmission output reached 17.62 billion kWh, via transmission direction of Central – North and Central – South. The highest transmission level on north-central transmission system was 1,789MW and Central – South was 2,627MW. Accumulated in 9 months of 2020, transmission power output reached 154.84 billion kWh, up 2.6% over the same period in 2019. At the same time, commercial electricity output of EVN reached 19.93 billion kWh in September, up 1.05% compared to August and up 8.41% over the same period last year. In particular, electricity supplied to industry – construction increased by 7.7%, electricity supplied to consumer management increased by 13.17%, electricity supply for commercial services decreased by 10.99% over the same period in 2019. Accumulated in 9 months of 2020, the total commercial electricity output of EVN reached 162.31 billion kWh, up 3.09% over the same period last year. Specifically,

  • for hydropower sources raised 48.38 billion kWh, down 6.93% over the same period; gas thermal power mobilized 27.42 billion kWh, down 16.56%; coal thermal power mobilized 97.29 billion kWh, up 10.5%; oil thermal power mobilized 1.04 billion kWh, up 33.02%; renewable energy mobilized 8.16 billion kWh (solar power reached 7.23 billion kWh, up 2.6 times over the same period in 2019);
  • for rooftop solar power, in the first 9 months of the year, nationwide had installed 33,606 projects with a total capacity of 1,146 MWp. To date, there were 55,983 rooftop solar power projects put into operation with a total capacity of 1,531 MWp, the output of electricity had been released to the grid of 636.6 million kWh.

According to the data on flood protection in the first 9 months of 2020 of the Department of Construction reported to the National Assembly delegation of Ho Chi Minh City, the roads were regularly flooded: National Highway 50, Nguyen Van Cuong, Dao Su Tsu, Le Van Luong, Ho Ngoc Hoi, Song Hanh Highway 22, Phan Van Hon, Nguyen Van Huong, Nguyen Huu Canh, Dien Bien Phu, Phan Huy Loi, Ung Van Khiem, Quoc Huong, Pham Van Chio, Binh Loi, Le Duc Tho, Pham Van Dong, To Ngoc Van, Kha Van Scale, Duong Van Cam, Dang Thi Rac, Nguyen Van Too… The number of rainy days this year had been 18 days less than last year (110/128 days), but the total rainfall measured at the stations had been up to 1,184 mm compared to last year only 890 mm (up 33%). The number of days of rainfall over 50 mm this year had also increased by 140% compared to last year, or 36 days compared to 15 days. To cope with the situation, in the period of 2016 – 2020, the investment budget against flooding of Ho Chi Minh City was VND 7,047 billion; flood protection projects in the form of public-private cooperation (PPP) was nearly VND 10,000 billion; the second phase of water environment improvement project would be about VND 9,000 billion.

Key trends:

EVN has also set a number of objectives and tasks in the last 3 months of 2020. Notably, in relation to investment in power supply construction, the Group strived to complete the power supply of 2 divisions of The Upper Kon Tum Hydropower Project and The Se San 4 Solar Power Project. For projects: Hoa Binh Hydropower Expansion, Quang Trach I Thermal Power Plant and shared infrastructure projects for Dung Quat I, III mixed gas turbine power plant, would be selected contractors, procurements for commenced construction in the future.

In August 2020, the Ho Chi Minh City Construction Department proposed to charge for drainage and sewerage services in 2020 at VND 1,430 per m3 to invest in and develop the drainage system. Up to now, the Technical Infrastructure Management Center (Department of Construction) actively performed maintenance and repair of dredging of drainage and sewerage systems, prioritizing locations that were frequently flooded. The unit had maintained more than 533,000 m of sewerage, dredged more than 136,000 troughs, 25,000 gas tunnels; gas hatch covers, molds, garbage nets are repaired … In 2019, the city had only had one rainy day exceeding the design frequency of the sewer system, but this year there were up to 6 days, an increase of 600%. The record rainfall on August 6 at Mac Dinh Chi station in District 1 at 212 mm was believed to be the largest of the year, causing 35 city roads to sink into the sea. In terms of tidal flooding, compared to the same period in 2019, the number of tidal days causing flooding decreased from 8 to 4, which was a decrease of 50%. The number of flooded roads also dropped from 14 to four, down 71%. The four roads flooded by the tide this year are Le Van Luong, Dao Tu Ting (Nhan Be district), Nguyen Van Huong (District 2), Binh Quoi (Binh Thanh district).

What comes next:

In addition to the upcoming investment plan, EVN also pointed out that power projects had been put into commercial operation in the first 9 months of the year, such as the expanded Coastal 3 Thermal Power Project; issue certificate of Vinh Tan 4 thermal power project expansion; to test and approve the entire project to use Phuoc Thai 1 solar power project and carry out the calibration experiment to prepare for power development of SeSan 4 solar power project…

Risk signals:

Forecast of the Southern Region Hydro-Meteorological Observatory, due to the influence of the strong southwestern monsoon, Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City and southern provinces had moderate rain, heavy rain; precipitation common 30-60 mm, where over 60 mm, could cause trees to break down, flood in some places; during thunderstorms could occur tornadoes and strong winds … Hospitals needed to pay attention when “the urinary rooms, washing the flooded stomach will not guarantee sterile conditions. In addition, water from the canals can bring bacteria into the hospital” said Dr. Nguyen Van Hai, head of The General Hospital in Hoc Mon area; because, in case of not preventing water from entering the power station in time, the unit had to cut the electrical system to ensure safety – according to Hcmc Electricity, and then …

Electricity and water… who may know what would be supplus or deficit…

xxx – npl

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[THĐP Translation™] Terence McKenna – Trí tuệ cổ xưa vs. Chủ nghĩa duy vật, Khoa học — Triết Học Đường Phố 2.0

Bằng cách nào đó khái niệm về sự kết nối (connectivity) có liên quan mật thiết tới khái niệm về sự phức tạp (complexity). Nó có nghĩa là vũ trụ đang phối hợp những hành động của nó, đang kết nối các dấu chấm. Nó tạo ra những mối quan hệ giữa mọi thứ này với mọi thứ khác [internet]. Nó càng có nhiều ý thức về chính nó hơn (self-conscious) [càng ngày càng có nhiều người thức tỉnh hơn].

Bạn gần như có thể nói rằng thiên nhiên “ghê tởm” thói quen và vì vậy nó tìm kiếm sự mới lạ (novelty) bằng cách tạo ra nhiều loại hiện tượng ở mọi cấp độ: Hóa học, Sinh học, và Xã hội. Vì vậy Vũ trụ thực sự có một mục đích, mục đích của nó là đạt tới trạng thái siêu phức tạp, trong đó tất cả các điểm của nó đều có liên quan với nhau, trở thành cái mà các nhà toán học gọi là “cotang” (cotangent), và nó khiến cho vũ trụ có cảm giác như nó được thấm nhuần bởi một sự hiện hữu chu toàn (caring presence).

Sự khác biệt giữa trí tuệ cổ xưa và cái được gọi là chủ nghĩa duy vật khoa học đó là tư duy cổ đại đã hiểu được rằng tự nhiên là có ý thức, tự nhiên là sống động. Tự nhiên là một sinh thể có đầy ý định. Mục tiêu của tâm trí cổ đại là kết nối, giao tiếp và hòa đồng với tâm thức Gaia [tên của mẹ Trái Đất], nhiều khi còn được gọi là Tự nhiên, Thiên nhiên, Linh hồn Vĩ Đại (the Great Spirit), lãnh thổ của tổ tiên…

Quyết định của chúng ta rằng vũ trụ là vô tri, vô giác, vô hồn đã cho phép chúng ta mổ xẻ nó, sử dụng nó, và phủ nhận tính hợp lệ của nó nếu nó nằm ngoài mục đích của con người. Hậu quả của việc sống như vậy đang quay trở lại ám ảnh chúng ta. Chúng ta đã gần như phá hủy ngôi nhà của mình. Chúng ta gần như đã xẻ đôi trái đất từ dưới chân của mình. Chúng ta đang đeo bám ở đầu cuối sợi dây. Thời gian đã sắp hết cho tới khi tình thế không thể đảo ngược.

Chúng ta nên biết tôn kính và tin tưởng vào thiên nhiên và các phương pháp của thiên nhiên vì không có phương pháp nào khác cho phép chúng ta thoát khỏi mớ hỗn độn hiện tại mà chúng ta bị đang mắc kẹt. Thiên nhiên đã đạt tới một trình độ “công nghệ” siêu việt nhiều tỉ năm tiến hóa mà loài người có thể nghiên cứu học hỏi lâu dài. Điều đó đòi hỏi một sự khiêm tốn không nhỏ.

Trí tuệ cổ xưa nắm giữ những câu trả lời nhưng chúng ta chỉ có thể hiểu biết được những câu trả lời đó nếu chúng ta sẵn lòng nghĩ về vũ trụ như một thực thể sống thông minh để hợp tác, chứ không phải chống lại. Thực tế thì chúng ta là một phần của Nhất thể, một thực tại đang mở ra lớn hơn sự hiểu biết của con người. Tưởng tượng xem, lớn hơn sự hiểu biết của con người.

Tác giả: Terence McKenna

Biên dịch: Prana – THĐP

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Bài học từ thiên nhiên — Triết Học Đường Phố 2.0

Mỗi lần ra với thiên nhiên là tôi như được trở về nhà, được ôm ấp và xoa dịu những náo động xô bồ bên trong tâm hồn. Có những ngày sống ở đô thị chật chội và ngột ngạt, cảm giác thèm một luồng không khí trong lành dâng lên cuồn cuộn bên trong tôi. Tôi chỉ ước gì được hít một hơi thật sâu những ngọt ngào và thanh mát vào cơ thể, một hương vỏ cây, một mùi không gian khi cơn mưa vừa tạnh. Lúc đó, tôi thấy như thể mình đã thiếu thốn thiên nhiên biết nhường nào.

Kể từ khi có nhiều hơn những chuyến đi dã ngoại ở những vùng tràn ngập đồi núi, sông hồ, hoa lá và chim chóc, tôi như được kết nối nhiều hơn với cái chúng ta vẫn gọi là thiên nhiên. Rồi đến một ngày trong khoảnh khắc rất sâu lắng, tôi đã bắt gặp được tinh thần vĩ đại đầy khiêm nhường ấy. Trong tôi bỗng trỗi dậy một niềm khao khát được chia sẻ những thông điệp của sự kiện kết nối diệu kỳ này với mọi người. Vì rằng sẽ là trái lương tâm nếu như tôi không thực hiện điều đó.

Thứ con người đang nhìn thấy bằng mắt thường chưa phải là thiên nhiên. Nó không chỉ bao gồm cây cối, động vật hay khí hậu. Đây chỉ là những phần diễn đạt gần gũi nhất tính chất của thiên nhiên. Thiên nhiên bao gồm tất cả mọi thứ đang tồn tại, chúng tương tác và kết nối với nhau trong một trật tự hoàn hảo và trong một tinh thần đồng nhất.

Con người chỉ là một phần của thiên nhiên, như một cánh tay là bộ phận của cơ thể, như con sóng là bộ phận của đại dương. Nhưng bởi nhận thức cao ngạo ồn ào và vô minh, chúng ta đã tự chia rẽ mình với người thầy vĩ đại nhất. Ở đó ẩn chứa tất cả những giá trị tinh thần cao quý mà con người đang thiếu thốn và vật lộn kiếm tìm. Nó là đức khiêm nhường, trí thông minh, sự tự chủ, và khả năng tận hưởng.

Tôi nhận thấy một điều đáng buồn đó là đa phần con người hiện đại có sự đánh giá thấp thiên nhiên – nhìn nó như một thứ gì đó để lợi dụng, bòn rút và gây thương tổn. Có mấy ai đi qua một bông hoa mà nghiêng mình cúi chào, có mấy ai nhìn thấy một chú ong mà mỉm cười cảm tạ, và có mấy ai bắt gặp một cái cây và vòng ôm âu yếm? Chúng ta rất hiếm khi, nếu như không nói là chẳng bao giờ làm những việc đó. Chúng ta gọi đó là điên khùng, thần kinh, là đáng khinh thường. Để là một con người hiện đại, ta phải “làm chủ thiên nhiên” hay “sử dụng thiên nhiên.”

Nhưng có một thực tế là hiện đại không đồng nghĩa với văn minh. Bạn không thể dùng được thiên nhiên vì nó quá đỉnh cao để bạn có thể sử dụng. “Dùng thiên nhiên” là một cụm từ được phát ra từ sự kiêu ngạo, tự phụ và ngu dốt của con người. Nếu bạn có thể làm một điều gì đó với thiên nhiên, thì nó chỉ có thể là hợp tác hoặc chống đối. So với thiên nhiên bạn chỉ bé nhỏ như một hạt cát. Và hạt cát ấy có được hạnh phúc hay không là nhờ thái độ và ý thức của nó về cội nguồn sa mạc. Alan Watts đã từng có câu rằng:

“Trái đất không phải là một hòn đá lớn, bị lây nhiễm bởi các loài sinh vật sống, không khác gì khung xương của bạn là những chiếc xương bị lây nhiễm bởi các tế bào. Trái đất là một sinh thể, vâng, nhưng sinh thể này tạo ra con người.”

Còn Terence McKenna thì nói:

“Chúng ta nên biết tôn kính và tin tưởng vào thiên nhiên và các phương pháp của thiên nhiên vì không có phương pháp nào khác cho phép chúng ta thoát khỏi mớ hỗn độn hiện tại mà chúng ta bị đang mắc kẹt. Thiên nhiên đã đạt tới một trình độ “công nghệ” siêu việt nhiều tỉ năm tiến hóa mà loài người có thể nghiên cứu học hỏi lâu dài. Điều đó đòi hỏi một sự khiêm tốn không nhỏ.”

Thiên nhiên là một dạng trí tuệ bậc cao mà loài người vẫn chưa nắm bắt được toàn bộ. Tất cả những ngành khoa học như Toán học, Vật lý, Hóa học, Sinh học, thậm chí Triết học đang cùng nhau khám phá về đặc tính vĩ đại ấy. Có bao giờ các bạn tự hỏi tại sao các bông hoa có cấu trúc thế này? Tại sao những con chim có màu sắc thế kia? Tại sao bạn có thể nói được? Tại sao bạn có thể hỏi tại sao? Cái gì khiến bạn có thể nhìn được và gọi đó là nhìn? Cái gì khiến bạn là chính bạn? Vào khoảnh khắc bạn đặt câu hỏi tìm về bản chất của vạn vật, bạn đang được dẫn lối đến thiên nhiên huyền diệu.

“Ngụm nước đầu tiên của khoa học tự nhiên sẽ khiến bạn thành một người vô thần, nhưng ở dưới đáy ly, God đang chờ đợi bạn.” — Werner Heisenberg (Cha đẻ ngành vật lý lượng tử)

Con người chỉ có thể bắt chước thiên nhiên, nhưng dường như chuyện đó vẫn còn là một sự khó khăn. Chúng ta chưa chế tạo được cái máy bay lên thẳng nào có sức mạnh như một con chuồn chuồn. Một chiếc máy bay có thể cất cánh trong tích tắc và di chuyển ngẫu nhiên theo bất kỳ hướng nào vẫn là một niềm mơ ước cao xa của con người. Hay đơn giản như việc chế tạo một thiết bị có khả năng quang hợp như một chiếc lá, trình độ của con người chỉ ở mức làm ra được một cỗ máy to khổng lồ, bằng hai ba ngôi nhà cộng lại. Nếu xét về độ tinh vi, tinh xảo của trí thông minh thì con người nằm cách xa thiên nhiên rất nhiều.

Thiên nhiên chính là tương lai con người hướng đến, và cũng là cội nguồn quá khứ sâu xa của con người. Nhìn vào cách con người đối xử với thiên nhiên là ta có thể biết được tầm nhận thức của họ và định mệnh của họ sẽ đi về đâu, vì đó cũng là cách họ đối xử với những tiềm năng giá trị nhất ở bên trong chính mình.

Dường như, con người thua kém thiên nhiên về mọi mặt, không chỉ ở trí thông minh mà còn ở đức khiêm tốn, khả năng lắng nghe, sự vô tư, và đặc biệt là lòng điềm tĩnh. Họ không thể ngồi im một chỗ trong một khoảng thời gian kéo dài. Họ không thể bầu bạn được với sự nhàm chán nên có xu hướng nháo nhác chuyển động. Còn một cái cây thì sao? Khi đứng sừng sững giữa trời, nó như muốn nói rằng: mọi thứ đều ổn thỏa, và tôi đang thư giãn. Lão Tử cũng có câu rằng:

“Thiên nhiên không vội mà việc gì cũng thành.”

Khi thư giãn, chúng ta mới có khả năng được chứng kiến điều vĩ đại xảy ra. Lúc đấy sự ích kỷ, ngã mạn của con người được thu nhỏ, trao cơ hội mở rộng cho trái tim và khối óc để đón những khả năng tốt đẹp nhất, để có thể cảm thấu thiên nhiên thật sự là gì và mình thật sự là ai. Không cần phải đi đâu xa tìm một vị thiền sư, bạn chỉ cần nhìn ngắm một cái cây hay một con ong đang mê mải hút mật. Chúng sẽ bật mí cho bạn biết những điều màu nhiệm mà bạn không nghĩ rằng nó có tồn tại.

🐝Tôi muốn làm một con ong 

Thiên nhiên chính là sự hồn nhiên, tự nhiên. Nó vĩ đại đến mức có thể cởi mở và dâng hiến toàn bộ để cho bạn ngắm nhìn, xúc chạm, bình phẩm, để cho bạn được tự do là chính bạn. Nó là hiện thân cho một đẳng cấp cần học tập, không phải để lợi dụng.

Vì mất kết nối với những điều tự nhiên, hồn nhiên ấy nên con người không tự tin để cho những hệ giá trị cao cấp lên ngôi, nắm quyền hướng dẫn đời sống của mình – đó là tình yêu, sự chân thành, lòng kính trọng, sự dũng cảm, niềm tin, trí tuệ, sự bình an, v.v… (Thậm chí, có người còn chưa bao giờ có một hình dung rằng mình cần có giá trị gì khi sống.) Trong khi thiên nhiên là thứ thông minh nhất, uy lực nhất. Còn con người thì sao? Chúng ta không đủ khiêm nhường để nhìn ra.

“Thiên nhiên không câm, chỉ có con người là điếc.” — Terence McKenna

Theo tiếng lòng sâu thẳm nhất của tôi, con người cần có một góc nhìn khác về thiên nhiên để có thể chạm tới điều chân thực giá trị. Bằng cách thẩm thấu nó vào trong chính mình, chăm sóc một cái cây, ngắm nhìn một bông hoa, hay quan sát đường đi của một chú kiến, mỗi người chúng ta sẽ nhận ra rằng bản thân mình và sự vĩ đại chưa từng chia cách, và rằng phẩm hạnh cao quý nhất của con người ở sâu thẳm tâm hồn chính là thiên nhiên.

Tác giả: Vũ Thanh Hòa

Collection – Chinese retailer Miniso beats Uniqlo and Muji at their game

By TAKASHI KAWAKAMI, Nikkei staff writer

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‘Japan-inspired’ chain lists in US despite challenge of slowing growth

A Miniso shop in Guangzhou: Around 60% of the retailer’s customers in China are under the age of 30. 

GUANGZHOU — Miniso, a Chinese operator of discount variety shops, has mushroomed by cribbing a product lineup and business model popular with retailers in Japan.

With more than 4,200 outlets in over 80 countries and territories, Miniso, which went public on the New York Stock Exchange last week, aims to use the stock listing as a springboard for growth. Despite criticism that the chain is a copycat of Japanese clothing and sundries retailers like Uniqlo and Muji, it has grown faster than either.

“Our biggest competitive edge is [our products’] exceptionally high cost performance, and frequent launches of new items,” said Ye Guo Fu, Miniso’s founder and CEO at a ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Guangzhou on Oct. 15. The event marked the listing of its shares, which have held above their initial offering price, putting Miniso’s market capitalization at around $7 billion as of Oct. 19.

The company seems to have won over investors. The IPO raised roughly $600 million, which it plans to spend on new stores and developing systems for the post-pandemic era.Miniso CEO Ye Guo Fu speaks at a ceremony in Guangzhou on Oct. 15 marking the company’s listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

Miniso is one of China’s largest discount variety chains. It sells many items for 10 yuan ($1.50) and has a payroll of around 3,000 people.

Its growth has been explosive. It opened its first shop in Guangzhou in 2013; by August 2018, it had more than 1,000 overseas outlets. The following month, Chinese internet giant Tencent and others had invested 1 billion yuan in the company. Miniso released products developed in collaboration with Disney in December 2019. This year is highlighted by the New York stock listing. Tencent holds 4.8% of the shares.

The chain sells 8,000 items in 11 categories such as stationery, toys, cosmetics and sweets. Items available for 10 yuan in China include 800-piece boxes of cotton swabs, a 500ml bottle of hand soap and a set of five clothes hangers. Character goods line the shelves, ranging from a stuffed Pikachu doll for 35 yuan to a Mickey Mouse water bottle for 49.90 yuan. Around 95% of the items sold in Chinese shops are said to be priced under 50 yuan.

Miniso’s product development policy calls for introducing 100 new items selected from 10,000 ideas, every seven days. The company began working with global brands around 2019 and it now has 17 such partners, including Disney and Hello Kitty. The constant rollout of new items and character goods pulls in young shoppers. Around 60% of Miniso’s customers in China are under the age of 30.

Ye is a native of China’s central Hubei Province. After starting an accessory shop chain in Guangdong, he founded Miniso in 2013. He is said to be a Japan enthusiast, having visited the country frequently and seeing many Chinese products at Japanese retailers, which gave him the idea of launching a variety shop chain in China.

Miniso’s global partners are keen to benefit from its rapid expansion. As of the end of June, the company had 2,533 outlets in China and 1,689 in overseas markets, including Japan. A mere seven years after its launch, Miniso is one of the world’s largest variety shop operators. Most of its outlets are run by local companies that have signed franchise agreements with Miniso. In Japan, it has shops at Aeon Mall shopping centers.Miniso stores typically stock more than 8,000 items, from cosmetics to toys to food. Its product lineup is constantly changing.

The company appears to be taking a breather. The number of shops has remained flat since the start of the year, due in part to the coronavirus pandemic. But Ye’s goal of running 10,000 stores means Miniso likely to open new outlets more quickly, following the share listing.

The company’s earnings have taken a hit from the pandemic. Sales in the year through June fell 4.5% on the year to 8.9 billion yuan, as shops temporarily closed. But profitability is a bigger problem. Miniso has only disclosed its earnings for the last two financial years, during which it suffered net losses. As the cost of opening new shops rises profits seem to be falling, both in China and abroad. A Chinese securities company says Miniso’s gross profit margin is far lower than that of its rivals.

Miniso has other challenges. It drew criticism in September after a nail polish it sold was found to contain a carcinogen in concentrations 1,400 times higher than the legal limit. Chinese media have reported that the company is involved in more than 10 intellectual property lawsuits.

There are also question marks over the company’s beginnings. Miniso’s Japan website says the company was founded jointly by Ye and a Japanese designer, Junya Miyake. The company says it launched its business in Tokyo and later made inroads into China. This contradicts information on its Chinese website. The listed address of Miniso’s Japan unit is nonexistent. Miniso says it will correct the discrepancies and mistranslations on the various versions of its website.

Many observers say Miniso mimics the logos and business methods of Japanese apparel and variety goods retailers, including Uniqlo, Daiso and Muji. “We respect these brands. But we have 11 product categories, which do not overlap theirs at all,” the company says.

Chinese coffee shop chain Luckin Coffee, which grew even faster than Miniso has, was delisted in the U.S. in June due to accounting fraud. Some analysts believe its runaway growth — it opened more than 4,000 shops in its first two years — led Luckin’s managers to cook the books. Miniso has a number of issues to address, such as improving disclosure, before it can again pick up the pace of its expansion.

Ẩm thực – What Is a Recipe, Really?

By Navneet Alang 

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Recipes should be more like templates than immovable scripture — so why don’t we treat them that way?

An open hand-written cookbook and a mound of flour with an egg yolk for making pasta.
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Lately, it’s felt a bit like I am pouring my anxiety into every pan I own. From long-simmering bolognese or experiments like chickpea-flour pancakes to the familiarity of chili omelets or Punjabi cuisine, I have been cooking up a veritable storm these past few weeks. Clearly, I am not alone. To the contrary, like half the people I know, and likely half the people you know too, I have taken to cooking more during this, the era of COVID-19.

Of course, this being 2020, we are not just cooking; we are also posting what we make and eat to Instagram or other platforms. Denied the opportunity to gather around a table, it feels like we have committed to a virtual communal experience as substitute.

The reasons for turning to cooking in a time like this are obvious. With restaurant dining rooms still largely closed, takeout a source of worry (even if it’s irrational), and few other places to go, it makes sense that people are spending time in their kitchens. Fear and worry about the virus are everywhere, and despite how heartening it is to see the reckoning with police violence and anti-Black racism that activists have pushed into the national consciousness, it has somehow only added to that oft-repeated sentiment these days that these are unprecedented times.

Cooking, by contrast, is at least familiar, or even an act of care. More than that, following a recipe can be ritualistic, the practice of repeating established, sequential steps a comfort when the world feels uncertain. That’s the pleasure of cooking sometimes: not just that you’re creating sustenance, but that you get the satisfaction of “first this, then that.” Recipes can feel like received wisdom or repositories of knowledge, precious texts that not only promise the pleasure of something delicious or the gratification of creating something, but also a link to history and a broader culinary and cultural world. There is a reason recipes are passed down from generation to generation. As sirens wail, and news about the virus blares from every screen, it can feel affirming to use food to connect with both a culinary past and the culture around you. And if cooking itself isn’t exactly an act of faith, it is perhaps akin to what in Sikhism is called seva — the service you perform to both God and others in pursuit of a faithful life.For some, recipes are like scripture, and the cook a literalist devotee.

I’m not sure, but maybe this is why, especially these days, underneath almost every food thing I post or see posted, there is a nearly universal reaction: “recipe?” As images of comforting or novel food appear on our screens, it seems we all want a script to follow to recreate them for ourselves.

It’s an understandable impulse. Recipes are helpful guides, a map to uncharted territory, particularly for people who find cooking intimidating or just unfamiliar. Yet, as logical as that is, the recipe is also an ideal that walks a fine line between being familiar and, well, boring.

For some, recipes are like scripture, and the cook a literalist devotee.

In some Christian traditions, the Bible is thought of as the literal word of God. In Sikhism, too, the holy Guru Granth Sahib book is thought of as the final representative of God on Earth. You surely know people who treat recipes in a similar way: as coherent, literal wholes to be followed, obeyed, passed down, followed to the letter, even treated with a sort of reverence. The recipe is a thing to be followed precisely, and stands as something to be judged as it is. And like scripture, recipes are strict sets of instructions that can, like scripture, become nearly unassailable.

Yes, there are clearly times — most obviously in baking, but also in deliberately minimalist, technique-driven dishes like cacio e pepe, or a French omelet — when following the letter of a recipe is quite necessary because riffing on it will change the basic character of the dish.

But an orthodox take on food can end up misrepresenting what a recipe can be. Because the other, arguably more interesting sense of cooking is less about scriptural rigor than what you might call intertextuality — that is, about how recipes inform one another. So many of the things we cook are actually composed of parts that are, if not exactly interchangeable, then at least analogous, related.

An intertextual approach to food is about treating cooking as units to be deployed in different ways: a caramelized base to add flavor, a technique or ingredient to add umami, a herb or pickle to add a bright or spicy high note. It is the idea of taste as a kind of melody — the bass notes of umami, the highs of acid or heat or bitterness, the midrange of earthiness — but also of cooking as a skill that emerges from how you put bits of technique and ingredients together. It’s sort of the difference between a cookbook as a collection of recipes, or something like Samin Nosrat’s Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, which the Atlantic accurately described as more like “a cooking philosophy” than a step-by-step guide.

To think of a recipe as an intertext of parts is especially useful now when so many people are either stuck at home or forced to adapt how and what they eat, in part around what they can actually get. If instead of process, a recipe is thought of as something that evinces a logic, then it won’t inform you just how to make one dish, but rather how to cook more generally.

Consider, say, a rich Italian meat sauce, or a classic North Indian curry. They each start out with onions and garlic in fat, caramelized to bring out sweetness and depth, then the same process is repeated with tomatoes. Some vegetables, like a soffritto, or spices, like the North Indian trinity of turmeric, cumin, and coriander, round out flavor, and then time helps them develop complexity. After the main body is added — ground beef, hunks of chicken thigh — some cream might be added for richness, and bright basil or cilantro each brighten the dish.

Sure, you could follow a recipe for those things: first this, then that. But those dishes are perhaps better thought of as templates for a way to approach food, building blocks of technique and flavor that mean dishes can be put together in both expected and unorthodox ways. And as we find ourselves hemmed in, a scriptural approach to recipes can be unnecessarily limiting. Absolutely, if you have two kids underfoot who are driving you crazy, or the stress of, you know, living through a global pandemic is dragging you down, follow that recipe, make that boxed mac and cheese. But if you feel like a stretch, or even if you’re just bored: I mean, it occasionally feels like the end of the world out there. Live a little — allow yourself the freedom of a little blasphemy.

Navneet Alang is a technology and culture critic.

Ẩm thực – The Underground Kitchen That Funded the Civil Rights Movement

BY JESSICA GINGRICH

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Georgia Gilmore’s cooking fueled the Montgomery bus boycott.

Georgia Gilmore poses for photographers after testifying as a defense witness in the bus boycott trial of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., March 21, 1956, in Montgomery.
Georgia Gilmore poses for photographers after testifying as a defense witness in the bus boycott trial of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., March 21, 1956, in Montgomery. ASSOCIATED PRESS

ON DECEMBER 5, 1955, FOUR days after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a segregated city bus, a community meeting was held at the Holt Street Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Thousands of Black citizens gathered to hear about the proposed bus boycott, filling every inch of the church’s sanctuary, balcony, and basement auditorium. Loudspeakers were set up to accommodate the overflow, which extended for three blocks in each direction.

“There comes a time when people get tired of being trampled over by the iron feet of oppression,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called out from the podium. “There comes a time, my friends, when people get tired of being flung across the abyss of humiliation.” Dr. King’s speech—his first as a civil rights leader—electrified the crowd. The proposition to hold a bus boycott was met with thunderous applause and cheers of support.

Georgia Teresa Gilmore, a cafeteria cook, midwife, and single mother of six, was one of the thousands of people crammed into the church that night. “I never cared too much for preachers,” Gilmore later recalled, “but I listened to him preach that night. And the things he said were things I believed in.”

Gilmore was a large, gutsy woman who had little tolerance for racial bigotry. “Everybody could tell you Georgia Gilmore didn’t take no junk,” said Reverend Al Dixon. “If you pushed her too far, she’d say a few bad words, and if you pushed her any further, she would hit you.”

At the time, Gilmore was already in the midst of her own personal bus boycott. Two months before Parks’s arrest, a white bus driver had accepted Gilmore’s fare and then berated her for entering through the front door. He forced her off the bus and drove away, leaving her stranded. “I decided right then and there I wasn’t going to ride the busses anymore,” Gilmore said.

Gilmore played a pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott. In between parenting her six children and juggling two jobs, she single-handedly operated a grassroots fundraising campaign to support the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA), the organization coordinating the protest. “Georgia is an unsung heroine of the Civil Rights Movement,” says Thomas E. Jordan, pastor of the Lilly Baptist Church in Montgomery. “She worked behind the scenes to support, and see the reality of, desegregation in Montgomery.”

In order to raise money for the MIA, Gilmore organized an underground network of Black women who sold pound cakes, sweet potato pies, and plates of fried fish and stewed greens door-to-door. More than half of the city’s Black female workers were employed by white families, so Gilmore’s group provided an opportunity for them to contribute without jeopardizing their jobs. “Some colored folks or Negroes could afford to stick out their necks more than others because they had independent incomes,” Gilmore told the Chicago Tribune in 1975, “but some just couldn’t afford to be called ‘ring leaders’ and have the white folks fire them.”

To protect the participants from any backlash, Gilmore named the group the Club from Nowhere. That way, if the MIA was ever asked where their money came from, they could honestly say “nowhere.” Only Gilmore knew who cooked and purchased the food.

To sustain the community’s enthusiasm, the MIA held biweekly rallies on Monday and Thursday nights. Gilmore’s fundraising updates were one of the highlights. Twice a week for over a year, the tall, voluptuous woman sauntered down the aisle singing “Shine on Me” or “I Dreamt of a City Called Heaven.” Gilmore emptied hundreds of dollars worth of coins and small bills into the collection plate and then announced how much money the club had collected that week. In response, the crowded church erupted into a jubilant din of applause, stomping feet, and a chorus of voices shouting “Amen” and “That’s right.”

The MIA organized a massive carpool network to put pressure on the city bus company. For 381 straight days, hundreds of cars, trucks, and wagons transported protestors between 42 pick-up and drop-off locations across the city. Even though all the vehicles were donated, the carpool was still expensive to run and maintain. The money Gilmore’s club raised helped pay for the gas, insurance, and repairs that kept the alternative transportation system running.

A driver guides an empty bus through downtown Montgomery, Ala., April 26, 1956.
A driver guides an empty bus through downtown Montgomery, Ala., April 26, 1956. HORACE CORT/ASSOCIATED PRESS

“Martin Luther King often talked about the ground crew, the unknown people who work to keep the plane in the air,” Pastor Jordan reflected in an oral history. “She was not really recognized for who she was, but had it not for been people like Georgia Gilmore, Martin Luther King Jr. wouldn’t have been who he was.” The Club from Nowhere typically raised $125 to $200 each week (the equivalent of $1,100 to $1,800 today), and Georgia Gilmore is believed to have raised more money for the boycott than any other person in Montgomery.

Gilmore’s role in the movement came at a personal cost—she lost her cafeteria job. But she rebounded quickly. Dr. King lived a couple of blocks away from Gilmore and was a fan of her fortitude and fried chicken. When Gilmore was fired, Dr. King encouraged her to open her own business. With his financial backing, Gilmore transformed her dining room into an unofficial restaurant, which served as a clubhouse for civil rights leaders.

Every morning, Gilmore woke up around 3 or 4 a.m. to prepare lunch. Her menu changed day-to-day, but always included an assortment of ham hocks, stuffed pork chops, potato salad, collard greens, candied yams, bread pudding, and black-eyed peas. By noon, her house was crowded with customers, who often waited an hour or more for their turn to order. About a dozen people could squeeze around her dining room table, so everyone else ate standing up in her living room or kitchen.

Dr. King was a regular customer at Gilmore’s house, which doubled as his office and social club. Throughout the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. King held clandestine meetings around her dining room table, fueled by fried fish and butter beans. “Her home was a haven for Dr. King and other civil rights leaders,” says Pastor Jordan. “It was a safe place to meet and discuss strategies.” Even after the white-owned restaurants were desegregated, Dr. King always headed straight to Gilmore’s place whenever he was back in town. According to Reverend Al Dixon, “Dr. Martin Luther King, he needed a place where he could go, where he could not only trust the people around him but trust the food.”

For many diners, Gilmore was as much of an attraction as her food. She had a no-nonsense attitude and a feisty sense of humor. Gilmore often greeted her guests with a “call from the kitchen,” John T. Edge writes in The Pottliker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South. In a growling voice, she’d say, “Come here you little whore and get your food! I don’t want to hear any of your mess. I got a big bowl of buttermilk and some corn bread for you to crumble in it, just like you want.”

No one was protected from Gilmore’s signature sass. In her house, Reverend Al Dixon was a “whore” and Dr. King a “heifer.” In response, Dr. King affectionately called the large woman “Tiny.”

Gilmore was also known for being a warm and welcoming host. “She was sort of seen as a mother figure,” recalls Pastor Jordan, who ate at Gilmore’s house regularly. “She had a concern and maternal care for the individuals coming in and out of her home. The atmosphere of her home allowed people to come in and relax, even if they were strangers.”

Everyone was welcome at Gilmore’s table. “Her living room and kitchen were a microcosm of what integration should look like,” explains Pastor Jordan. “It was crowded all the time with college students, government workers, military, professionals, and non-professionals.” Even Governor Wallace, the man who had previously proclaimed “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever,” later ate at Gilmore’s. She called him “Guvs.”

Gilmore remained active in the Civil Rights Movement for the rest of her life, using her food to fuel social change. She died on March 7, 1990, the 25th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March. Despite being advised by her doctor to stop cooking, she woke up early to prepare chicken and potato salad for the people marching in commemoration. Instead, her family served the food to people who came to mourn her. Years later, Gilmore’s sister Betty told Edge that, “Lots of people brought food to the house, too, but everybody ate Georgia’s chicken and potato salad first. Nobody could fix it better.”

Ẩm thực – Famous Restaurants You Can Never Dine In Again

By MURA DOMINKO

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Across the country, restaurants big and small have suffered from the aftermath of coronavirus shutdowns.

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The restaurant industry has suffered tremendous losses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. And sadly, no matter how well-known or beloved, or how big the chef name attached to them, some restaurants did not reopen after the coronavirus stay-at-home orders lifted. Here’s a look at some of the most popular restaurants across the United States that have been shut down permanently as a result of the pandemic. (Related: 9 Restaurant Chains That Closed Hundreds of Locations This Summer)

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1

Momofuku Nishi, NYC

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David Chang’s Momofuku restaurant group permanently closed two of its restaurants in May due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nishi, located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, first opened in 2016 as a Korean-Italian eatery, but as soon as 2017 tried to streamline and revamped its menu as primarily Italian. Not without challenges in profit margins from day one, Chang noted the restaurant’s demise was definitely accelerated by the pandemic. Here are some popular restaurant chains closing their locations, too.

2

Gotham Bar and Grill, NYC

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The long-standing fine-dining establishment in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village announced its permanent closure early on in March. After parting ways with their long-term award-winning chef Alfred Portale, who established the classics of fine dining in the ’80s and ’90s, the restaurant struggled in revamping its image and drawing in a younger crowd. The closure seems to be only partially due to the financial burdens brought on by the pandemic. (Related: 5 Surprising Ways a Restaurant’s Survival Affects Your Town)

3

The Paris Cafe, NYC

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Another beloved fixture on NYC’s fine dining scene, The Paris Cafe had been around for 147 years until announcing it would be closing its doors permanently in May. Located in Manhattan’s historic South Street Seaport area, the beloved bar and restaurant had all but been obliterated by Hurricane Sandy but managed to bounce back and reopen several months later. However, it seems that the coronavirus may have been one challenge too many, and the owner Pete O’Connell announced on Facebook, “Through no fault of anyone but the outbreak of this virus, we are unable to forge a way forward that makes economic sense.”

4

Lucky Strike, NYC

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Keith McNally’s 31-year-old bar and restaurant announced its permanent closure due to the coronavirus restaurant shutdowns. Although McNally admitted in earlier interviews that the famed French bistro isn’t necessarily making him any money, he kept it open for the loyal staff and customers. It was a favorite among those who appreciated its throwback vibes in the heart of Soho.

5

Momofuku CCDC, Washington, D.C.

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The second Momofuku location to permanently close its doors is Momofuku CCDC in Washington D.C. Much like New York’s Nishi, the closure comes as part of a reshuffle in David Chang’s restaurant group due to the pandemic. When it first opened in 2015, the D.C. location was Chang’s biggest restaurant to date and his debut venture in his hometown, where he served ramen and buns, the dishes that propelled him to fame.

6

The Source, Washington, D.C.

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The modern Asian restaurant by famed chef Wolfgang Puck is another D.C. hotspot closing permanently. After 13 years of serving tourists, locals, politicians, and celebs alike, the restaurant simply couldn’t overcome the financial devastation of the coronavirus pandemic.

7

Toast, Chicago

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Owner Jeanne Roeser announced the permanent closure of both locations of her restaurant Toast in Chicago. A mainstay on the brunch scene since 1996, the diner-like establishment served tried-and-true breakfast and lunch classics with a few twists. But with the onset of changes in the ways restaurants are operating during the pandemic, Roeser said she couldn’t make the delivery- and pickup-only model sustainable enough to keep the doors open. Check out our list of best brunch spots in every state.

8

McCrady’s, Charleston

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McCradys Restaurant/ Facebook

The fine-dining staple in Charleston is permanently closing its doors due to the pandemic. The president of NDG restaurant group that owned McCrady’s said the “tasting-menu-only setup with few seats in an intimate setting” will no longer be viable in a new post-corona environment when seating restrictions would further bring down the number of diners. Famed chef Sean Brock put McCrady’s on the map with the use of molecular gastronomy in the kitchen, before his departure from the restaurant group in 2018.

9

Threadgill’s, Austin

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Eddie Wilson, the living legend of Austin’s restaurant and music scene, has decided to permanently close down his equally legendary establishment Threadgill’s and retire early, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Part cafe, part music venue that helped launch the careers of musicians like Janis Joplin, Threadgill’s will be missed for its nightlife and its Southern comfort food. Get our list of 35 Southern Dishes Your Grandparents Used to Make.

10

The Market at Larimer Sq., Denver

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The Market first opened in 1978 as a grocery store and was later said to be the first espresso bar between L.A. and New York City. The bakery-market-coffee shop combo in Denver isn’t closing solely because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the closures sure didn’t help matters.

11

Clyde Common, Portland

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Clyde Common PDX/ Facebook

The restaurant located inside Portland’s Ace Hotel will not be reopening post-pandemic. Owner Nate Tilden announced the restaurant is planning to keep the bar portion of their operation open (which is known for their innovative cocktails and world-famous bartenders), but will permanently be shutting down the dine-in restaurant. Here are some ways restaurants are trying to bring customers back.

12

Locanda, San Francisco

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Locanda SF/ Facebook

Hailed by critics and diners alike, the upscale must-visit restaurant in San Francisco will not be reopening post-pandemic. It was known for serving Roman-style pasta and other trendy takes on Italian classics. However, the owner Craig Stoll recently said the restaurant was never truly profitable. “We kept it going as long as we did because we love it. We love the people. We love the place. The community that comes out of a restaurant goes so far beyond the restaurant itself,” he told the SF Chronicle.

13

Souplantation, San Diego

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The beloved buffet-style chain will be closing all 97 locations permanently. The communal serve-yourself establishment had little chance of surviving a pandemic where buffet-type operations are discouraged due to the spread of the coronavirus. (Related: 27 Beloved Restaurants That Are Quietly Vanishing)

14

Ritz Barbecue, Allentown

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The historic Ritz Barbecue in Allentown, Pennsylvania shuttered its doors for good after nearly 40 years. The restaurant survived a fire in 1998 but it wasn’t able to weather the storm brought on by the pandemic. “We depended on the full dining room and the line out the door to pay the bills,” co-owner Grace Stinner said to CNNAs of June, the beloved restaurant that held 1950’s car parties in its parking lots is no more.

15

Cafe Texan, Huntsville

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After 83 years, Cafe Texan shut down operation for good. “It’s a real tragedy that we had to close it down,” owner John Strickland told The Huntsville Item. “When I closed up because of COVID-19, I had not intended to close it permanently.” The local newspaper says the Texan Cafe was Texas’ longest-standing cafe to remain in the same location and was beloved by both locals and those passing through town.

Kungfu – Amy Johnston – Martial Artist, Stunt Performer, Actress, and Star

By Noel Plaugher

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Whether she is doubling for some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, or starring in projects of her own, Amy Johnston is a cinematic force to be reckoned with.

Daughter of Kickboxing champion Dave Johnston, Amy has been working steadily as a stunt performer, supporting actress and star in many great martial arts action films. The star of the martial arts opus Lady Bloodfight was kind enough to take a few moments away from her work on the set of her current film for the following interview.

Given that you are the daughter of Kickboxing champion Dave Johnston. Was training in martial arts something you chose, or was it expected?

I don’t actually remember choosing to get into Martial Arts, it was always just there and part of life for me. My dad owned a dojo and we were there so often. I was about 6 years old when I started getting more serious about it and joining the classes!

What arts have you studied?

The progressive system is what my dad taught which includes Arnis, Jiujitsu, Karate, Silat, Escrima, Kung Fu, Kickboxing, and TKD (Tae Kwan Do). Beyond training with him I have dabbled in Wushi, JKD (Jeet Kune Do) and much more.

Do you still train regularly?

Yes, training is something that is now a healthy habit for me. I feel best when I’m able to explore movement, express myself and get a good sweat in. My regimen changes depending on what I’m working on and how much time I have but I’m always getting some movement in and learning something new!

Do you incorporate any other workouts or programs into your training?

Yes absolutely! I get bored quite easily so I’m always trying to mix it up. I love weightlifting, jump rope and most cardio, hiking, rock climbing, swimming, dancing and really anything I can get into!

You have an impressive list of credits as a stunt performer, (Deadpool, Tomb Raider, Captain America, Suicide Squad, and many more). What made you want to begin doing stunts?

I truly enjoy action and the process of storytelling through motion. I grew up watching Hong Kong action cinema and soooo many action films I had to get into it!! Stunts are incredibly fun and always a new challenge!

Do you have a favorite stunt? One that you sat in the theatre, looked at the screen, and went, “yep, that’s me.”

I loooooved the highway scene in Captain America Winter Soldier doubling Black Widow as I fell out of a car into a door off a ramp and slid down the highway with car flying around us. Super cool scene!! Then I swing under a bridge.

You starred in the awesome martial arts action film Lady Bloodfight which had some great fight choreography. Given your knowledge as a stunt performer and martial artist did you collaborate on any fight choreography in the movie?

Thank you! The choreography for that film was done by a wonderful stunt team helmed by Xin Xin Xiong. He was such a joy to work with and the team absolutely killed it!

Do you have a dream project that you would like to do? (Star, write or direct? All three?)

Oh boy I have way too many things I want to do and am planning on doing. I overwhelm myself but am trying to prioritize. I’m constantly pitching material and planning, writing, creating.

What is your next film? When can we see you kicking and punching again? Is there going to be a Lady Bloodfight sequel?

I would love a sequel to “Lady Bloodfight” and there was one planned but like most things in this business, they either postpone or never happen but maybe one day we will get a sequel! I have a TV pilot, I’m the lead of, that is in the works, called “Palomas Flight,” which I’m excited about. I have a costar on a show that I can’t talk about yet and a few films I can’t chat about either, LOL ,but all good things coming your way!!

A movie called “Ava” is now out where I double Jessica Chastain as well as some videos games that have recently been released!

Thank you for taking the time to speak with me, and I know we will all be looking forward to seeing you on screen again soon!

Stoic – You Control What You Hear, Not What People Say

The political strategist and pollster Frank Luntz is fond of the expression, “It’s not what you say, it’s what people hear.” His point is that politicians often think they come across to the public one way, but in fact are seen and heard quite differently. The same goes with issues, which might seem straightforward but in fact are interpreted with all sorts of baggage and context.

This is a timeless political reality. Some of the Stoics were more effective at managing it than others, but actually that’s not really the point. This distinction between what is said and heard is worth noting in our personal lives for two reasons. Most simply, we should realize that we can’t always control how people perceive us, even if our intentions are good and our message is clear. But more importantly, we should think about this distinction in relation to Epictetus’s observation about how anytime we are offended, we are at least partly to blame.

Because let’s flip Luntz’s remark around. It’s equally true that “It’s not what someone said, it’s what you’ve heard.” You have the power to interpret a remark as rude or pointed. It’s in your brain that the decision was made to record something as being bad taste or stupid or awkward. The ask is the ask, remember, the remark or the request is objective. Our opinion of what it means or why it was said is subjective.

So while we cannot change the words that come out of other people’s mouths, we can control how we choose to hear them. That’s really the thing for you to start thinking about. What’s a better way to go through the world: Being provoked and outraged, or pissed off or disappointed because you’ve chosen to see the worst in people, or being able to laugh, to let go, to see through the rough exterior, to ignore, because you’ve chosen to hear better? You control which path you choose… and in the process, choose how happy your life is going to be.

Collection – 7 Steps to a Successful Investment Journey

By MARY HALL

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The most successful investors were not made in a day. Learning the ins and outs of the financial world and your personality as an investor takes time and patience, not to mention trial and error. In this article, we’ll lead you through the first seven steps of your expedition into investing and show you what to look out for along the way.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Your investing journey starts with a plan and a time frame; when you know how long you’re investing for and what you hope to gain, you can put the structure in place to achieve it.
  • Next, learn about how the market works, figure out what investment strategy is best for you, and determine what kind of investor you are.
  • Be careful who you’re taking advice from and be mindful of your own prejudices and assumptions, as you find the right path for you.
  • Make sure you understand this is a long-term journey so that you won’t get tripped up by short-term setbacks; always stay open and learn from your mistakes.

1. Getting Started in Investing

Successful investing is a journey, not a one-time event, and you’ll need to prepare yourself as if you were going on a long trip. Begin by defining your destination, then plan your investment journey accordingly. For example, are you looking to retire in 20 years at age 55? How much money will you need to do this? You must first ask these questions. The plan that you come up with will depend on your investment goals.

2. Know What Works in the Market

Read books or take an investment course that deals with modern financial ideas. The people who came up with theories such as portfolio optimization, diversification, and market efficiency received their Nobel prizes for good reason. Investing is a combination of science (financial fundamentals) and art (qualitative factors). The scientific aspect of finance is a solid place to start and should not be ignored. If science is not your strong suit, don’t fret. There are many texts, such as Stocks For The Long Run by Jeremy Siegel, that explain high-level finance ideas in a way that is easy to understand.1

Once you know what works in the market, you can come up with simple rules that work for you. For example, Warren Buffett is one of the most successful investors ever. His simple investment style is summed up in this well-known quote: “Never invest in a business you cannot understand.”2 It has served him well. While he missed the tech upturn, he avoided the subsequent devastating downturn of the high-tech bubble of 2000.

What kind of investor are you—an individualist, an adventurer, a guardian or a celebrity?

3. Know Your Investment Strategy

Nobody knows you and your situation better than you do. Therefore, you may be the most qualified person to do your own investing—all you need is a bit of help. Identify the personality traits that will assist you or prevent you from investing successfully, and manage them accordingly.

A very useful behavioral model that helps investors to understand themselves was developed by fund managers Tom Bailard, Larry Biehl, and Ron Kaiser.

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The model classifies investors according to two personality characteristics: method of action (careful or impetuous) and level of confidence (confident or anxious). Based on these personality traits, the BB&K model divides investors into five groups:

  • Individualist – careful and confident, often takes a do-it-yourself approach
  • Adventurer – volatile, entrepreneurial and strong-willed
  • Celebrity – a follower of the latest investment fads
  • Guardian – highly risk-averse, wealth preserver
  • Straight Arrow – shares the characteristics of all of the above equally3

Not surprisingly, the best investment results tend to be realized by an individualist, or someone who exhibits analytical behavior and confidence and has a good eye for value. However, if you determine that your personality traits resemble those of an adventurer, you can still achieve investment success if you adjust your strategy accordingly. In other words, regardless of which group you fit into, you should manage your core assets in a systematic and disciplined way.

4. Know Your Friends and Enemies

Beware of false friends who only pretend to be on your side, such as certain unscrupulous investment professionals whose interests may conflict with yours. You must also remember that, as an investor, you are competing with large financial institutions that have more resources, including greater and faster access to information.

Bear in mind you are potentially your own worst enemy. Depending on your personality, strategy and particular circumstances, you may be sabotaging your own success. A guardian would be going against his or her personality type if he or she were to follow the latest market craze and seek short-term profits. Because you are risk-averse and a wealth preserver, you would be affected far more by large losses that can result from high-risk, high-return investments. Be honest with yourself, and identify and modify the factors preventing you from investing successfully or moving you away from your comfort zone.

5. Find the Right Investing Path

Your level of knowledge, personality and resources should determine the path you choose. Generally, investors adopt one of the following strategies:

  • Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. In other words, diversify.
  • Put all of your eggs in one basket, but watch your basket carefully.
  • Combine both of these strategies by making tactical bets on a core passive portfolio.

Most successful investors start with low-risk diversified portfolios and gradually learn by doing. As investors gain greater knowledge over time, they become better suited to taking a more active stance in their portfolios.

Online brokers have an abundance of tools that can help investors of all levels; we’ve done an extensive review and ranking of more than 70 online brokers to find the best one for you.

6. Be in It for the Long Term

Sticking with the optimal long-term strategy may not be the most exciting investing choice. However, your chances of success should increase if you stay the course without letting your emotions, or “false friends,” get the upper hand.

7. Be Willing to Learn

The market is hard to predict, but one thing is certain: it will be volatile. Learning to be a successful investor is a gradual process and the investment journey is typically a long one. At times, the market will prove you wrong. Acknowledge that and learn from your mistakes.

Whether you are just getting started or want to improve your skills, check out the Investopedia Academy where we have dozens of online course for every kind of investor.

Collection – 6 Ways to Boost Portfolio Returns

By CAROLINE BANTON

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Today’s investors are all looking for ways to earn higher returns. Here are some tried-and-true tips to help you improve your returns and possibly avoid some costly investment mistakes. For example, should you choose equity or bonds or both? Should you invest in small companies or large companies? Should you choose an active or passive investment strategy? What is rebalancing? Read on to glean some investor insights that stand the test of time.

1. Equities Over Bonds

While equities do carry a higher risk than bonds, a manageable combination of the two in a portfolio can offer an attractive return with low volatility.

For example, during the investment period from 1926 (when the first tracking data was available) through 2010, the S&P 500 Index (500 U.S large-cap stocks) achieved an average gross annual return of 9.9% while long-term U.S government bonds averaged 5.5% for the same period.

If you then consider that the Consumer Price Index (CPI—a standard measure of inflation) for the period was 3%, that brought the adjusted real return down to 6.9% for stocks and 2.5% for bonds. Inflation can erode purchasing power and returns, but equity investing can help enhance returns making investing a rewarding venture.

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2. Small vs. Large Companies

The performance histories of U.S. companies (since 1926) and international companies (since 1970) show that small-capitalization companies have outperformed large-capitalization companies in both the U.S. and international markets.

Smaller companies carry a higher risk than large companies over time because they are less established. They are riskier loan candidates for banks, have smaller operations, fewer employees, reduced inventory, and, typically, minimal track records. However, an investment portfolio that tilts to small-to-midsize companies over large size companies has historically provided higher returns than one that tilts to large-cap stocks.

U.S. small companies outperformed U.S. large companies by an average return of approximately 2% per year from 1926 to 2017.1 Using the same small-cap theory, international small companies outperformed international large companies by an average of 5.8 per year during the same period. The graph below shows the average annual index returns for both large and small companies from 1926 to 2010, and this trend has not changed from 2010 to 2018, according to US News.1

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Average Annual Returns 1926 to 2010 (U.S. Stock Indexes), 1970 to 2010 (Int\’l Stock Indexes). Image by Sabrina Jiang © Investopedia 2020

3. Managing Your Expenses

How you invest your portfolio will have a direct impact on the cost of your investments and the bottom line investment return that goes into your pocket. The two primary methods to invest are through active management or passive management. Active management has significantly higher costs than passive. It is typical for the expense difference between active and passive management to be at least 1% per year.

Active management tends to be much more expensive than passive management since it requires the insights of high-priced research analysts, technicians, and economists who are all searching for the next best investment idea for a portfolio. Because active managers have to pay for fund marketing and sales costs, they typically attach a 12b-1, annual marketing or distribution fee on mutual funds, and sales loads to their investments so that Wall Street brokers will sell their funds.2

Passive management is used to minimize investment costs and avoid the adverse effects of failing to predict future market movements. Index funds use this approach as a way of owning the entire stock market versus market timing and stock picking. Sophisticated investors and academic professionals understand that most active managers fail to beat their respective benchmarks consistently over time. Therefore, why incur the additional costs when passive management is typically three times less expensive? 

Examples:

  • A $1,000,000 passively-managed portfolio with a 0.40% expense ratio will cost $4,000 per year for the investments.
  • A $1,000,000 actively-managed portfolio with a 1.20% expense ratio will cost $12,000 per year for the investments.

4. Value vs. Growth Companies

Since index tracking has been available, value companies have outperformed growth companies in both the United States and international markets. Academic financial professionals that have studied both value and growth companies for decades have commonly referred to this as the “value effect.” A portfolio that tilts toward value companies above growth companies has historically provided higher investment returns.3

Growth stocks tend to have high stock prices relative to their underlying accounting measures, and they are considered healthy, fast-growing companies that typically have little concern for dividend payouts. Value companies, on the other hand, have low stock prices relative to their underlying accounting measures such as book value, sales, and earnings.

These companies are distressed companies and may have poor earnings growth and a poor outlook for the future. Several value companies will offer an annual dividend payout for investors, which can add to the investor’s gross return. This helps if the stock price has a slow appreciation for the given year. The irony is that these distressed value companies have significantly outperformed their healthy growth counterparts over long periods as the graph below illustrates.

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Average Annual Returns 1975 to 2010. Image by Sabrina Jiang © Investopedia 2020

5. Diversification

Asset allocation and diversification is the process of adding multiple asset classes that are different in nature (U.S. small stocks, international stocks, REITs, commodities, global bonds) to a portfolio with an appropriate percentage allocation to each class. Since asset classes have different correlations with one another, an efficient mix can dramatically reduce the overall portfolio risk and improve the expected return. Commodities (such as wheat, oil, silver) are known to have a low correlation to stocks; thus, they can complement a portfolio by reducing the overall portfolio risk and improving expected returns.4

The Lost Decade” has become a common nickname for the stock market period between 2000 through 2010 as the S&P 500 Index returned a measly average annual return of 0.40%.5 However, a diversified portfolio with various asset classes would have enjoyed considerably different results.

6. Rebalancing

Over time, a portfolio will drift away from its original asset class percentages and should be put back in line with the targets. A 50/50 stock-to-bond mix could easily become a 60/40 stock to bond mix after a prosperous stock market rally. The act of adjusting the portfolio back to its original allocation is called rebalancing.

Rebalancing can be accomplished in three ways:

  • Adding new cash to the under-weighted portion of the portfolio.
  • Selling a portion of the over-weighted piece and adding this to the under-weighted class.
  • Taking withdrawals from the over-weighted asset class.

Rebalancing is a smart, effective, and automatic way to buy low and sell high without the risk of emotions affecting investment decisions. Rebalancing can enhance portfolio performance and return a portfolio to your original level of risk tolerance.

The Bottom Line

Despite how complicated portfolio investing has become over the last several decades, some simple tools have proved over time to improve investment results. Implementing tools such as the value and size effect along with superior asset allocation could add an expected return premium of up to 3 to 5% per year to an investor’s annual return. Investors should also keep a close eye on portfolio expenses, as reducing these costs adds more to their return instead of fattening the wallets of investment managers on Wall Street.

Landscape – Urban, suburban or rural? Americans’ perceptions of their own community type differ by party

By Brad Jones

Full link: https://medium.com/pew-research-center-decoded/americans-perceptions-of-their-own-community-type-differ-by-party-4b6179322032

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(Related posts: Evaluating what makes a U.S. community urban, suburban or rural and Measuring community type in Europe, from big cities to country villages)

Partisanship in the United States has become increasingly associated with geography. Over the past two decades, people living in urban areas have become more likely to identify as Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party, while larger shares of those living in rural areas identify as Republicans or lean toward the GOP. Democrats and Republicans also express strikingly different preferences for the kinds of communities they would like to live in.

But the partisan differences don’t end there. Even when they live in similar areas, Democrats are more likely than Republicans to describe their community as urban, while Republicans are more likely than Democrats to describe it as rural, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of a nationally representative sample of 13,200 U.S. adults. In this post, I’ll describe how we arrived at that conclusion and what it may mean for future research projects.

Background

It’s difficult to objectively classify communities as urban, suburban or rural. But our research has found that self-reported descriptions of community type line up well with several outside categorizations used by government agencies.

The starting point for our new analysis was a 2018 Pew Research Center survey, which asked respondents directly to describe their communities as urban, suburban or rural. Democrats and Republicans responded slightly differently to this question, even when they lived in the same types of places, as determined by a range of outside indicators of urbanity. These indicators included population density, distance from the nearest major city and the luminosity of a particular ZIP code — that is, the amount of light picked up in nighttime satellite images.

Across all of these measures, Democrats were consistently more likely than Republicans to use the denser descriptor (e.g., urban or suburban rather than rural), while Republicans were more likely to use the more sparse descriptor (e.g., suburban or rural rather than urban).

Comparisons with outside measures

Let’s look more closely at how survey respondents’ descriptions of their communities differed by the three outside measures of urbanity mentioned above.

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To measure population density, we used estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Census Planning Database and classified the census block group where each respondent lives into five groups based on the quintiles of population density in the data: low, medium low, medium, medium high or high density.

Across all five quintiles, Democrats were more likely than Republicans to describe their community as urban. Meanwhile, within all quintiles except high density, Republicans were more likely than Democrats to describe their community as rural. (Very few respondents in high-density areas described their community as rural.)

When it comes to the likelihood that Democrats and Republicans would describe their community as suburban, again we see that Democrats are more likely to use the denser descriptor compared with Republicans living in similar areas. Democrats in the least densely populated places were more likely than Republicans in those areas to describe their areas as suburban, and less likely to describe them as rural. Meanwhile, Democrats in the highest-density places were less likely than Republicans living in those same areas to describe their areas as suburban, and more likely to describe them as urban.

These differences were not overwhelming, but there did appear to be consistent differences in the ways Democrats and Republicans described their communities.

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A similar pattern emerged when we looked at how far respondents live from the nearest major city, defined here as the distance from the respondent to the population-weighted mean location of the nearest “principal city” — the core city in each metropolitan or micropolitan area. Again, we divided respondents into five categories defined as the quintiles of all respondents in terms of distance to such a city.

Considering two people who live the same distance from a major city, Democrats were again more likely than Republicans to describe their community as urban. And Republicans were again more likely than Democrats to describe it as rural.

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The same pattern appeared when looking at luminosity — a metric that is increasingly being used as a kind of proxy for community type. To measure luminosity, we relied on data collected by the Payne Institute.

Among people living in areas with the most light emitted in nighttime satellite imagery, Democrats were more likely than Republicans to describe their communities as urban. Among those living in areas with the least amount of light, Republicans were more likely than Democrats to describe their communities as rural. As above, respondents were grouped based on the quintiles in the luminosity data.

Using multiple regression to bring it all together

It’s possible that the patterns we observed were picking up other differences in the ways in which Democrats and Republicans are distributed around the country. For example, it may be that Republicans are more likely to live in and around cities that have a different character from those Democrats tend to live near. The data seems to bear this out to some degree.

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Multiple regression allows us to control for many different observable factors simultaneously. When we include these factors in a regression analysis designed to help us understand the relationship between our outside measures of community type and the descriptions provided by our survey respondents, we can see that partisanship remains an important factor.

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The accompanying graphics show the absolute values of the regression coefficients so that we can compare their magnitudes. With the exception of partisanship, all of the variables have been standardized (by subtracting the sample mean and dividing by the sample standard deviation) to facilitate comparison.

To be sure, the effect is smaller than many of the outside factors we considered. For instance, majorities of those living in high-density areas describe their area as urban, regardless of partisanship. But even after controlling for the sizable impact of urban density on how Americans self-identify, there is a partisan difference.

Community type as an identity

Classifications for whether a given area is urban, suburban or rural are inherently subjective, which is one of the main reasons we have typically relied on self-reported information at Pew Research Center. It’s extraordinarily difficult to apply a single rule to the entire country based on any “objective” factor. (Believe me, I’ve tried.)

The self-reported measure is not without its own complications. As the analysis here shows, individuals seem to bring other considerations to bear when deciding whether or not their community is urban, suburban or rural. The impact of partisanship is not overwhelming, but when there is ambiguity, it seems to be enough to push some people over the line between classifying their community in one way rather than another.

Bradley Jones is a research associate focusing on politics at Pew Research Center.

Landscape – Health risks of climate change in Asia

Authors: Kristie L Ebi, University of Washington, Yun-Chul Hong, Seoul National University and Alistair Woodward, Auckland University

Full link: https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2020/10/24/health-risks-of-climate-change-in-asia/?utm_source=subscribe2&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=postnotify&utm_id=308359&utm_title=Health%20risks%20of%20climate%20change%20in%20Asia

Surface air temperatures over land have increased by around 1.5 degrees Celsius in the last 150 years, leading to adverse impacts on human health and well-being. Further warming will magnify these risks, depending on the extent of emissions reduction and investment in building climate-resilient health systems.

Smoke covers forest during fires in Kapuas regency near Palangka Raya in
Central Kalimantan province, Indonesia, 30 September 2019 (Photo:
Reuters/Willy Kurniawan).

Asia is particularly vulnerable due to increased exposure to the consequences of climate change. It is projected to experience increases in ambient temperatures, extreme precipitation events and sea level rise. These will have health consequences, including temperature-related morbidity and mortality, injuries and deaths from extreme weather events, vector-borne diseases and undernutrition.

Asia has already experienced an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as tropical cyclones, floods, droughts and heatwaves, resulting in significant numbers of injuries and deaths. The region is particularly at risk because of the large and growing populations, long coastlines, abundant low-lying areas and reliance on the agricultural sector and natural resources. Increasing unpredictability of the annual monsoon is of particular concern in Southeast Asia. These vulnerabilities amplify climate-related risks in many countries.

Compounding of extreme weather events, such as high temperatures coinciding with cyclones or back-to-back heatwaves, are also of particular concern and will occur with increasing frequency.

Under most scenarios, rising temperatures will expose large populations to health-damaging heatwaves throughout Asia. Risks will be especially severe in densely populated cities and agricultural areas of South Asia and eastern China. Higher average temperatures reduce productivity of outdoor workers, and can also adversely affect maternal and child health.

Successful heat action plans have been implemented in India, China and other countries. These need to be regularly reviewed as the onset, severity and duration of dangerously high temperatures change. Improved access to air conditioning is part of heat adaptation in many settings but is not feasible at the scale required to protect entire populations.

Vector-borne diseases, particularly mosquito-borne diseases, are a major public health problem in Asia, with malaria, dengue fever and chikungunya at endemic levels in the region. Climate change affects ambient temperatures and precipitation levels in ways that are generally beneficial for mosquito populations, increasing their geographic range and extending transmission seasons for these diseases. Recurrent outbreaks pose significant health threats, as evidenced during the early years of the 21st century.

Warming temperatures, changing precipitation patterns and greater frequency of droughts and desertification have compromised food security in parts of Asia. Although climate change has increased crop yields in some high mountain regions, yields in lower-latitude regions have been negatively affected. Increased atmospheric carbon dioxide levels can lower the nutritional quality of crops. More frequent extreme weather events will also disrupt supply chains. With cereal prices projected to increase by 2050, the region’s most vulnerable people face food insecurity and hunger. Southeast Asia has already seen an increase of stunting in children.

Although frequently overlooked, mental health problems are common throughout Asia, and are amplified by stresses associated with climate change. Acute, climate-related events can lead to mental distress, which may manifest as anxiety, mood disorders and social withdrawal, and can increase suicide risk. Prolonged and repeated droughts have been associated with depression and self-harm, especially among farmers. Long-term climate change also undermines the sense of place that is foundational to mental well-being in all populations, and especially in indigenous cultures; sea-level rise in the Pacific is a well-documented example.

Shortening return periods between extreme weather events threatens the capacity of societies and individuals to recover confidence and promote mental healing. The compounding and increasingly negative effects of repeated COVID-19 lockdowns on morale and well-being illustrate this phenomenon.

Modelling suggests the most effective way of reducing the number of people vulnerable to climate change is through sustainable development that actively reduces socioeconomic inequality and poverty in Africa and Asia.

One analysis looked at the interplay between socioeconomic development and 14 climate change risks to water, energy and land sectors, including exposure to extreme heat events. Global exposure to multisector risk was projected to double, with a 1.5–2 degrees Celsius warming and then double again with a 3 degrees Celsius increase. With a 1.5–2 degrees Celsius increase, the total population exposed to multisectoral risks increased by 69–113 per cent and the level of exposure increased by 60–258 per cent. Most of the risk was in Asia and Africa.

The magnitude and pattern of future injuries, illnesses and deaths associated with climate change depend on the level of warming and on the socioeconomic development pathway followed. Pathways with higher population growth, high levels of consumption, limited investments in technology development and a low ability to adapt will magnify the health risks of climate change.

A comprehensive approach is needed to manage these risks, requiring scientists, policymakers, funding-source managers and the public to work together to address the impacts of climate change and build resilient communities. This requires well-coordinated, multisectoral actions with the active participation of individuals and communities at risk. Innovative policies based on sound science, political will and sustainable financing, supported and coordinated by international organisations like the World Health Organization, are essential for preparing for and managing the health risks of a warming planet.

Kristie L Ebi is Professor of Global Health and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the Department of Global Health, the University of Washington.

Yun-Chul Hong is Professor at the Institute of Environmental Medicine and the Department of Preventive Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine.

Alistair Woodward is Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Population Health, the University of Auckland.

Note – Blooloop weekend briefing: Universal Beijing | Fantawild | AREA15 | Disneyland

Museums

Science Museum Group director and chief executive Sir Ian Blatchford released a statement announcing plans to “reduce the scale of our organisation” after it was forced to close its five sites in a bid to control the spread of COVID-19.

AREA15, the experiential art and entertainment complex in Las Vegas, teased its Halloween events alongside the grand opening of the Rocket Fizz candy shop on October 30 and 31.

The Museum Store Association is holding Museum Store Sunday on November 29, with consumers able to support cultural institutions affected by COVID-19. This year’s event will involve more than 1,400 museum stores.

Planet Word, a new museum with interactive exhibitions and high-tech displays dedicated to language and words, has opened to the public in Washington, D.C.’s historic Franklin School.

Technology

The Science Museum Group and Natural History Museum have joined forces to launch free augmented reality mobile apps for children, an innovative response to the challenges presented by COVID-19.

Shanghai Disney Resort announced that SoReal, the leading virtual reality (VR) company in China, is joining the resort’s shopping, dining and entertainment district, Disneytown, in 2021.

World of Illumination, the world’s largest drive-through animated light show, will break ground on its new holiday theme park, Candy Rush, located at Six Flags White Water in Marietta, Georgia.

Google Arts & Culture has partnered with the National Museum in New Delhi to showcase miniature Indian artworks in a magical new way using augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI).

Aquariums

Georgia Aquarium has confirmed the opening date of its newest gallery, Sharks! Predators of the Deep, which is set to welcome visitors on October 23. It is one of the largest and most dynamic shark exhibits in North America.

Hotels

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, an immersive hotel experience at Disney World, appears to be making construction progress. The Star Wars hotel, which debuts in 2021, includes a day at Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Universal Music Group (UMG) and Dakia U-Ventures announced the launch of UMUSIC Hotels, a collection of global music-based experiential hotels heading to Atlanta (Georgia), Biloxi (Mississippi), and Orlando (Florida).

Brands

Japan’s life-size moving Gundam robot is launching as part of Gundam Factory Yokohama on December 19 at Yamashita Pier in Yokohama. The giant robot stands at 18 metres tall and weighs 25 tonnes.

Motiongate Dubai is expanding its Lionsgate Zone with two new roller coasters inspired by John Wick and Now You See Me, both opening in early 2021. The former will be the world’s first theme park ride inspired by John Wick.

ILMxLAB unveiled the launch date and gameplay trailer for VR experience Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge, based on the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge expansion at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

Theme parks

Universal Beijing Resort has released exclusive details, concept art and footage of its rides, attractions, themed lands and entertainment experiences, opening to the public as scheduled in May 2021.

Fantawild, a leading one-stop solution provider in the theme park industry, has revealed it is investing in three new theme parks in Shaoxing and another new theme park in the Wudang Mountains.

Disneyland Resort fired back after California released restrictive new guidelines under which theme parks in the state could reopen with modifications. “We have proven that we can responsibly reopen,” said president Ken Potrock.

California theme parks have also hinted at legal action in order to pressure the state into allowing them to reopen, revealed during a virtual press conference held by California Attractions and Parks Association (CAPA).

Merlin Entertainments has shared a construction update about Legoland New York, confirming the team are working hard to create bricktastic fun for 2021. The park will have 50 rides and attractions across a 500-acre site.

Disneyland Paris has revealed that it is building one of the largest solar canopy energy projects in Europe, marking World Energy Day on October 22. The solar plant will be developed in collaboration with Urbasolar.

In depth

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Note – McKinsey: Of course you want to create value. How to take a longer view is the hard part.

This week, a playbook for executives on defining value creation and implementing a new vision. Plus, Richard N. Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations on our turbulent era, and McKinsey looks at the business case for nature conservation.
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Time to reflect on the virtues and vices of capitalism. If you’re up on business news, you know that calls are growing for companies to take into account a broader group of stakeholders when making decisions and a longer view of what value creation means. The question is, with all the pressures on corporate leaders, how can they help sustain value creation for the long term when they’re scrambling to respond in the here and now?
Perspective matters. If value creation is the goal, it’s no longer sufficient to focus on maximizing today’s share price or beating near-term quarterly earnings estimates. McKinsey’s Tim Koller, coauthor of Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies, now in its seventh edition, stresses maintaining transparency about company performance to foster long-term stakeholder trust and confidence. Investors understand that supply-and-demand disruptions are natural and unpredictable. So companies that promise they can hit short-term quarterly targets during such volatile times may risk looking naive.
Value creation is inclusive. You can’t create long-term value by ignoring the needs of your customers, suppliers, and employees. Investing for sustainable growth should, and often does, result in stronger economies, higher living standards, and more opportunities for individuals. It should not be surprising, then, that value-creating capitalism has served as a catalyst for progress, whether by lifting millions of people out of poverty, or by contributing to higher literacy rates, or through fostering innovations that improve quality of life and life expectancy.
Humble pie. In this year of crisis, a long-term mindset requires that CEOs make some major shifts in how they lead—shifts that will likely have to stick. If company leaders simply return to business as usual, they may miss out on an opportunity to show humility and empathy. At the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, CEOs defaulted to prioritizing shareholder needs. But pushback showed just how wide business responsibilities to stakeholders can be. Companies that demonstrate humility and a commitment to evolving despite uncertainty create long-term value for themselves and for those around them.
So what’s the plan? In a new report on leaders’ long-term behaviors, we recommend actions that CEOs and boards can take to institute those behaviors. The first step is abandoning old behaviors and empowering managers to make decisions with long-term outcomes in mind. That will often mean—among other things—investing sufficient capital and talent in large, risky initiatives to achieve a winning position.
Value in crisis. Many CEOs will default to short-termism during the pandemic, searching for ways to maximize today’s value. Forward-thinking CEOs will resist the urge to place a bandage over this trying year and will instead keep a steady focus on the future.
Vietnam’s education system gets an A+
Vietnam is one of Asia’s high-performing countries when it comes to education. In fact, its academic performance is significantly above that of countries with the same level of GDP per capita. Primary-school enrollment is virtually universal, ranking only behind Japan’s and higher than South Korea’s and Hong Kong’s, among other Asian high performers.
Vietnam’s education system gets an A+

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Note – Fisher: Chinese GDP Regains Pre-Pandemic High

By Fisher Investments Editorial Staff

Full link: https://www.fisherinvestments.com/en-us/marketminder/chinese-gdp-regains-pre-pandemic-high?fiut=p

What this latest milestone does—and doesn’t—mean for investors.

Chinese Q3 GDP took headlines by storm today as the quarter’s 4.9% y/y growth put GDP above pre-pandemic levels. This triggered a bunch of commentary comparing recoveries in China and the West, with the takeaway being that China is winning and the US and Europe would do well to take a few lessons. We think it is worth turning a critical eye on that thesis, particularly because stocks—the ultimate leading indicator—don’t appear to be drawing a similar distinction between China and the US. While pundits focus on COVID-related developments in the here and now, we think markets are looking much further ahead.

As for China itself, the results were overall encouraging. Monthly data showed retail sales and imports back in positive territory year-over-year in September, suggesting domestic consumption is recovering nicely—undercutting widespread fears that the broader recovery is a mirage of infrastructure spending. Even if you don’t own any mainland Chinese stocks, broad growth in the world’s second-largest economy is a plus for global GDP and demand for goods produced elsewhere.

Some commentators took things a little too far, however, in arguing China’s apparently faster rebound is a product of unique success in staving off COVID-19. We think this is a stretch on a couple of fronts. One, we saw numerous pieces arguing the country has avoided a second wave. That may be true as far as the official numbers are concerned, but we think this strains credulity. For instance, last week officials mandated—and reportedly completed—testing for every last person in Qingdao after discovering 13 cases of local transmission. That is 11 million people. They turned up … zero new cases.[i] That seems like just a bit of a stretch in light of those 13 cases and what researchers have discovered about how the virus spreads over the past 9 months. We aren’t saying it is impossible, just highly improbable. Particularly when the international medical community has warned for months that virus data from China are suspect given the regime’s well-documented lack of transparency.

We find it rather curious that people are so quick to accept China’s COVID statistics at the same time they are so quick to dismiss the country’s economic data as fudged—a classic you can’t have it both ways scenario. We aren’t going to perpetuate conspiracy theories about Chinese data, but private-sector estimates of the country’s GDP have long diverged from the official reports, and the consensus is that China’s inflation adjustments make GDP growth just a little bit too smooth. Seasonal adjustments add another layer of scrubbing, which is a big reason most analysts flat out ignore the official seasonally adjusted quarter-over-quarter numbers in favor of the unadjusted year-over-year figures. The latter has a backward-looking skew, as a weak year-ago-result can inflate the percentage change, but it is a little more raw.

This is one reason we find comparisons of US and Chinese GDP overall meaningless—the calculations are just too different. But there is another reason we don’t think comparing each country’s results in a given quarter makes sense during the pandemic: the timelines are different. The virus originated in Wuhan, China and triggered lockdowns there about two months before the US and Europe began shutting down en masse. China started reopening when lockdowns in the West were at their worst. So China’s GDP contraction arrived earlier, in Q1, and its recovery was similarly accelerated. But the US’s contraction began in March and really got going in Q2, and reopening didn’t allow a recovery to get underway until late in that quarter. That recovery won’t start showing up in GDP until Q3, months after China’s did. At best, China’s path is a hint at what to anticipate in a general sense for the developed world and Europe. As lockdowns here wrecked activity, China’s nascent recovery earlier this year offered a beacon of hope that growth could return as businesses reopened. That indeed happened. Now, if you take Chinese data at face value, they show a return to pre-pandemic activity is possible. On our shores, some monthly indicators—most notably retail sales—have already achieved that milestone. If you want to look to China as evidence that the broader economy can also catch up, then by all means, have at it. But we would caution against reading much more into the data.

Instead, consider what stock markets are likely signaling: Both US and mainland Chinese stocks are back above their pre-pandemic highs and officially in new bull markets. In new bull markets, stocks tend to look to the far end of the 3 – 30 month range they typically price in. Therefore, the return to prior peaks, in our view, is a very good indication that markets see a point, be it a year or two out, when the world is back at normal activity levels and the virus is old news. That both have bounced around since reaching new highs is also fairly typical. The S&P 500 entered a pullback the day after hitting its first new high on a total return basis during the 2009 – 2020. Not overthinking bouncy patches is key to long-term success, in our view, as markets normally break out higher afterward.


[i] “The Latest: China City Finds No New Cases After Testing 11M,” Staff, Associated Press, 10/16/2020.

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