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Take a Tour of the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific Collections this Autumn

Seasoned D.C. museumgoers know that the Freer and Sackler galleries, reopening October 14, are prime destinations for those looking to explore the breadth of Asian culture. its ever-expanding diaspora and its role in shaping America’s collective identity. But Freer|Sackler is by no means the only place in town to see affecting Asian museum collections. For those seeking a longer, more meandering journey through the stories of Asians and Pacific Islanders this fall, this new Smithsonian-wide tour, “Stories Across Asian Pacific America,” put together by curator Adriel Luis of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center,…

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Earthquake of magnitude 8.1 strikes off Mexico's Pacific coast

A strong earthquake of magnitude 8.1 has struck in the Pacific off the southern coast of Mexico, killing at least three people. The epicentre was about 87km (54 miles) south-west of the town of Pijijiapan and at a depth of 70km, the United States Geological Survey said. A tsunami warning has been issued for Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and Honduras. The quake was felt in Mexico City, with people running into the street. The tremors there were reported to have lasted up to a minute. Two…

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North Korea: 'Japan missile was first step in Pacific operation'

North Korea says its firing of a missile over Japan was “the first step” of military operations in the Pacific, signalling plans for more launches. State media also repeated threats to the US Pacific island of Guam, which it called “an advanced base of invasion”. The missile launched on Tuesday crossed Japan’s northern Hokkaido island, triggering public alerts to take cover, before landing in the sea. The UN Security Council has unanimously condemned North Korea for its actions. Meeting late on Tuesday in New York, the council called the launch…

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News: Bhatia to lead Carlson Wagonlit Travel in Asia Pacific

Carlson Wagonlit Travel has announced Bindu Bhatia will become the new managing director, Asia Pacific, from September. She succeeds Kai Chan, who will be leaving the company at the end of August after making significant contributions during her five-year tenure. “Asia Pacific is the world’s fastest-growing market for corporate travel – there are huge opportunities here,” said Kurt Ekert, chief executive, Carlson Wagonlit Travel. “Bindu is perfect for her new role: with her proven entrepreneurial skills, commercial savvy, and deep understanding of the global travel market, she will hit the…

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News: Cathay Pacific reports HK$2,051 million loss for first six months of financial 2017

Cathay Pacific Group has reported a loss of HK$ 2,051 million for the first six months of 2017. This compares to a profit of HK$ 353 million for the same period in 2016 and a loss of HK$ 928 million in the second six months of 2016. The loss per share for the first six months of 2017 was HK52.1 cents compared to earnings per share of HK9 cents for the first six months of the previous year. In a statement, the carrier said: “Fundamental structural changes within the airline…

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News: Ginns to lead Cathay Pacific operations in Europe

Cathay Pacific has appointed James Ginns as its new regional general manager, Europe. In this role, Ginns will be responsible for the airline’s strategic and business development in Europe.                                                                                      Educated at Oxford University, he joined Swire & Sons in 1991, and has held a number of key positions…

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