Doe-eyed superhero picked for Tokyo Olympics 2020 mascot

first_imgNueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Social media reaction was mixed with one user describing the winners as “very Japanese and very cute.” But others said they wanted something “more round” and more “huggable.”“School children, really? Should be B or C,” tweeted one user under the handle @shougodesu_.Several users pointed out that the futuristic-looking mascot chosen appealed more to children whereas adults preferred the softer and more traditional options.The Tokyo 2020 mascot will hope to replicate the success of Soohorang, the cuddly stuffed tiger from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang handed out to athletes on the podium.More than 100,000 stuffed dolls (Soohorang and Paralympic mascot Banbdabi) were sold over the past year, Pyeongchang organisers said.Soohorang sparked an inadvertent social media frenzy after a volunteer dressed up as the tiger got stuck in a doorway, needing a helper to push him through.The 2016 Rio Olympics had a yellow feline animal representing Brazil’s rich fauna and wildlife named Vinicius after music great Vinicius de Moraes.The Paralympic mascot, a predominantly blue and green figure whose head was covered with leaves to represent Brazil’s rich vegetation, was named Tom after musician Tom Jobim.Brazil netted $300 million in profits from licensing intellectual property from the 2016 Games, according to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).Hit and miss The kids picked option “A,” which, according to the Tokyo 2020 organizers, has a “strong sense of justice and is very athletic.”Helpfully, it has a magical power that enables it “to move anywhere instantaneously.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIts Paralympic counterpart sports pink checks derived from Japan’s famous cherry blossom and is “usually calm, however, it gets very powerful when needed.”Its magic power: “It can talk with stones and the wind. It can also move things by just looking at them.” Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano But Wenlock and Mandeville, the widely mocked mascots of the 2012 London Games, proved far from Olympic gold.The one-eyed characters were dubbed “bizarre” and “creepy” by some, reportedly sending shares in their manufacturer down by more than a third.The Rugby World Cup, which takes place in Japan next year, has already unveiled a pair of pot-bellied lions as its mascots.With luxurious manes, short horns and faces that appear to be shaped like rugby balls, mascots “Ren” and “G” are inspired by “shishi,” the mythical lion-like figure that features in Japan’s new year celebrations and kabuki theatre.Organisers turned to children to select the mascot, hoping to avoid a repeat of the bungled roll-out of the official Olympic logo, which ended up having to be scrapped following accusations of plagiarism.It was deemed to be too similar to the logo of a Belgian theatre and a separate Spanish design.Designer Ryo Taniguchi seemed overwhelmed at the decision.“Thank you. My mind is going absolutely blank. I don’t know what to say,” he said when the decision was announced at the ceremony.“I want to tell this to my lovely wife.” View comments UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew A TV cameraman films footage of the winning design of the official mascots for the 2020 Olympics (L) and Paralympics Games at an elementary school in Tokyo on February 28, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / TORU YAMANAKATokyo Wednesday unveiled its long-awaited mascot for the 2020 Olympic Games: a futuristic blue-checked, doe-eyed character with pointy ears and “special powers” that was picked by schoolchildren across mascot-mad Japan.The mascot, which has yet to be named, was selected by elementary school kids across the country from a shortlist of three competitors instantly recognizable as “made in Japan.”ADVERTISEMENT LeBron flattered by Philly fans’ free-agency fawning The pair received over 100,000 votes, more than the other two design sets combined.Mascots are massive in Japan, the land of Hello Kitty and Pokemon, and there are literally thousands representing everything from small communities to prisons.Known locally as “yuru-kyara” or “laid-back characters,” mascots can also be major money-spinners.The pot-bellied, red-cheeked bear known as Kumamon — created in 2010 to promote Japan’s southern Kumamoto region — raked in $8.8 million last year for local businesses selling branded products.Big businessADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

PUL, NEC Pledge Support to EMOL’s Voter Education

first_imgThe Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and the National Elections Commission (NEC) have pledged their support to not-for-profit group Emancipation Movement of Liberia (EMOL) to strengthen voter education to ensure Liberia’s democratic empowerment.The pledge was made when an EMOL delegation, led by its Executive Director, Jarwinken Wiah, visited the NEC and PUL.NEC chairman Jerome Korkoya said citizens’ empowerment for democratic participation on the community level before and after elections has been a vacuum in the country.As a result of the vacuum, elected officials take advantage of their electorates and don’t work in their interest, Korkoya said.“Citizens have the right to hold their elected officers accountable after elections, and such democratic engagements need to be practised in the country,” he added. He expressed appreciation for the EMOL delegation’s drive to create awareness on the importance of the right citizens have to participate in the elections as well as hold their officials accountable for what they do.The NEC chairman pledged to partner with EMOL in its community engagement and democratic empowerment programs after the elections.EMOL Project Director Aaron Manneh said elections is an event after which sustaining peace and national development must be handled with care.He said EMOL is determined to empower citizens of the 73 electoral districts to help them put into practice Article 17 of the Liberian Constitution to compel elected officials to be accountable to them.EMOL Executive Director Jarwinken Wiah said the delegation is in the country to launch and implement the ‘MY Vote is Power’ project. At the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) headquarters on Clay Street, PUL President Charles Coffey praised the vision of EMOL and also pledged to partner with EMOL to realize its objectives.Mr. Coffey said: “The PUL will partner with EMOL in enlightening Liberians on their civic responsibilities.” He expressed PUL’s appreciation and promised to work along with EMOL to enhance national peace and democracy.EMOL officials informed PUL officials of their core activities aimed at nurturing national peace and sustaining Liberia’s democracy beyond the October elections.They said building true democracy amid extreme poverty and illiteracy has challenges that only through adequate information can the people understand their roles in the process.EMOL is a Liberian civil society organization registered in both the United States and Liberia as a not for profit, non-partisan community empowerment and peace building institution. It has been accredited by the NEC to conduct voter and civic education nationwide.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

21-year-old severely beaten outside nightclub

first_imgPolice in A Division (Georgetown and East Bank Demerara) are currently investigating an incident that occurred outside a popular night spot on Main Street, Georgetown, leaving one man hospitalised and another nursing a broken jaw, while two others have been arrested.Injured man: Romario BalgetInjured is 21-year-old Romario Balget, popularly known as “Short Boss”, of Eccles, East Bank Demerara. He is currently hospitalised at a private city hospital, nursing injuries about his body, and has even required stitches to his face.Balget, who has a walking disability, was reportedly badly beaten by a popular nightclub patron, his brother and friends outside the Main Street, Georgetown night spot sometime between 02:30h and 03:30h on Sunday.The suspect, according to Police sources, is one of the persons who were involved in the incident with Trinidadian Soca artiste “Benjai” outside the same night spot last year.Guyana Times was told that Balget was with two friends – a male and female – heading to a car parked outside the night spot when the incident occurred. At the time, the suspect and a group of friends were standing close to Balget’s car, and Balget reportedly walked through the group. This reportedly caused the suspect to push Balget to the ground, and he and members of the group began kicking and stomping him.In trying to rescue Balget, his friends attempted to ward off the men, but they also became victims of the assault. The male friend was reportedly punched to the face by one of the men in the group, causing his jaw to be fractured, while the female was slapped by another attacker.Guyana Times understands that during the ordeal the suspect reportedly discharged a firearm into the air.Balget was picked up and rushed to a private medical institution, where he was admitted for treatment.A Division Commander Marlon Chapman has confirmed that the incident is being investigated.This newspaper understands that two persons have been taken into Police custody to assist with the investigations.Balget’s father told this publication that the family intended to pursue this matter to the end to get justice for his son.In April 2017, the main suspect in Saturday night’s beating was named in the assault of Soca artiste Rodney “Benjai” Le Blanc.Meanwhile, it was reported that in 2010, a wanted bulletin was issued for the same man by the Police in relation to a security guard being hospitalised and in relation to discharging a loaded firearm.last_img read more


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