News story: UK’s Creative Industries thrive in Japan

first_imgThe UK’s creative industries are continuing to grow in the Japanese market, statistics reveal.From Beauty and the Beast and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them topping the Japanese box office, to music releases from UK exports Adele and Ed Sheeran flying high, the love affair that the Japanese have for the UK’s creative industries shows no sign of letting up.As the UK welcomes Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week, the government has praised the work that our thriving creative industries sectors produce, making it such a positive global export.Across film, music and video games the UK and Japan share a huge common interest. In 2016 Japan accounted for £325 million of the UK creative industry service exports, up from £226 million in 2015. These are any services that are exported including advertising and marketing.Creative Industry export goods, which includes things like handbags, printed books, paintings and sculptures, to Japan in 2016 were also worth £155 million, which was up from £146 million the year before.Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries Margot James said: The UK’s creative and cultural output is one of our biggest exports and the Japanese market continues to love what we have to offer. From seeing our latest blockbusters on screen, to listening to rip roaring live music acts and playing our latest video games – it’s clear that creative industries love affair between Japan and the UK continues. And that affection is shown in the UK too, with over £100 million of creative industry goods imported into our shores every year. I look forward to seeing this partnership continue to grow for many years to come. In 2017 the box office take for UK films shown in Japan was $424.3 million. Two British films Beauty and the Beast and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them topped the charts with 9.5 million and 5.6 million admissions respectively.Japan’s love of UK music continues to be a success with UK labels earning an estimated £18.5 million from Japan in 2017. It was 5th largest marker in terms of UK revenues behind the USA, Germany, France and Australia. The biggest selling album by a British act was Divide by Ed Sheeran.The UK’s video games industry also has strong links with Japan with UK benefitting from major investment by leading companies including SEGA and Sony Interactive Entertainment.The UK game Overcooked 2 co-developed by Team17 and Ghost Town Games in Wakefield is also proving popular in Japan as it was voted the most recommended game by Nintendo Switch players last August.last_img read more

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Bradley Voigt realizes his dream at Syracuse this season: to star for SU lacrosse

first_imgPENN YAN — The “LAX MAMA” vanity plate on the Voigt family’s Nissan Pathfinder and a block “S” Syracuse flag flying from the porch make their house stand out on the block. And they mark the governing factors of Bradley Voigt’s life: lacrosse and Syracuse University.Voigt, the third of five children, fell in love with lacrosse through his maternal cousins, the Queeners, and fell for Syracuse watching it win five national championships in the 2000s.“That’s been my only dream my whole life,” Voigt said recently. “To come here and play lacrosse.”Combining both seemed an unlikely fate for Voigt. Borderline grades and low SAT scores forced him to spend a year at a college preparatory boarding school in Connecticut before he could attend SU. But through it all, Voigt stayed committed to his dream. Even when he thought he was too homesick to finish his year at boarding school, he didn’t fold. He didn’t think to transfer from SU during his sophomore and junior years after stagnating as the fourth attack while Stephen Rehfuss and Brendan Bomberry, both transfers, locked down spots above him.But in his senior season and Syracuse in the midst of a national title bid, Voigt’s become the star attack for the lacrosse power he idolized as a little boy. He’s leading the nation’s 15th-best offense and averaging nearly a hat trick in the Orange’s 13 games this season. And with his last chance at SU, Voigt’s accomplished nearly everything he’s set out to do since he was 4 years old.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I know it might be a small dream for other people, but this is the one dream that I wanted my whole entire life,” Voigt said. “I grew up watching Syracuse lacrosse and pretending I was certain players in the backyard.”Standing in her kitchen, Laura offered backstories to the photos on the fridge, nearly all of them involving lacrosse. Pictures of the five children dominate the space, most of which involve a stick and a Penn Yan uniform. A newspaper clipping from the day Voigt scored four goals in a state tournament game hangs above the handle.Andrew Graham | Senior Staff WriterIn one picture, a young Voigt — sometimes dubbed “Chubba Bubba” because of his size — poses with JJ, Jarrett and Brett Queener. The Queeners — Brice, Brett, Sarah and Sylvia — all played lacrosse at Penn Yan, NY, and then in college. They popularized the sport locally in the early 2000s. And they all babysat the Voigt children.They gave the toddlers mini lacrosse sticks to play with, marveling at Voigt as he notched behind-the-back goals. The three brothers dented drywall and once kicked out several of Voigt’s teeth in a scuffle. Laura trailed behind and tried to get Voigt to sit still and focus on school work for even an hour. He’d stand at the sink before bed, cradling his toothbrush like a lacrosse stick and imagining the glob of toothpaste was the ball.As lacrosse became an obsession, so did Syracuse. On May 25, 2009, the Voigts crowded around a TV as Syracuse and Cornell dueled in Gillette Stadium for the national championship. Everyone antagonized Voigt as the Big Red appeared to close out the game, then watched Voigt celebrate when SU completed the comeback in overtime. When he played in the backyard, he’d pretend to be a lefty Syracuse attack, like JoJo Marasco.Kevin Camelo | Co-Digital EditorAs a sophomore, Voigt was scheduled to visit Syracuse on a Tuesday when an SU coach called his father, Jim, saying they wanted to move the visit to Wednesday. Jim was annoyed about missing a second day of work until he learned why: John Desko wanted to be at the meeting.“After that, there was nobody (else),” Jim said of Voigt’s college aspirations. “Bradley said, ‘Can I commit right now?’”Voigt already aspired to win the Kraus-Simmons trophy for the Orange despite interest from nearby rival Hobart. He committed as a sophomore after his meeting with Desko and thought he was going to Syracuse.Voigt admits he’s not a good student, and despite Laura’s efforts to keep him on track, he struggled to sit and retain information. He did poorly on the SAT in his first three tries, struggling to score higher as he became increasingly anxious and worked up about improving. Laura eventually sought a psychologist for Voigt, who was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: ADHD.Though it was classified as minor and something Voigt’s learned to live with, his grades and test scores stayed perilously low. In June 2014, when Voigt should’ve been preparing for his move to Syracuse, he got the news he knew might be coming: He hadn’t gotten into SU.Andrew Graham | Senior Staff WriterUnsure of what to do, Voigt enrolled for a year at Salisbury School in Connecticut on the recommendation of Roy Simmons Jr., who had enrolled his own son, Ryan, there previously. It had a reputation of sending lacrosse players to Division I programs across the country. It wasn’t what Voigt wanted, but he had no other options.Voigt raised his grades in core classes at Salisbury and bumped his SAT scores into the 1100 range while he played among a crop of D-I bound players. In December, Salisbury head coach Bobby Wynne called Voigt into his office and told Voigt he had gotten into Syracuse this time.“Something I wanted through my whole life was finally happening,” Voigt said. “I broke down. I finally made it there after everything.”In his freshman season for the Orange, he didn’t score a goal and only played in nine games. Voigt spent his days on the scout team pretending to be Matt Rambo of Maryland or Justin Guterding of Duke, he said. Voigt’s sister Gianna, then unenthused by lacrosse, couldn’t cheer for Voigt, so she rooted for Syracuse’s top players like Sergio Salcido and Nick Mariano.Andrew Graham | Senior Staff WriterAfter the 2016 season, attacks Bomberry and Rehfuss transferred to SU. Voigt struggled, scoring 19 combined goals in a limited role as a sophomore and junior. He could’ve easily resented his teammates, the newest obstacles between him and the starting role he coveted, but he embraced them.“You maybe should be frustrated, or you feel frustrated,” Voigt said. “But at the same time, when you bring in players like Stephen, Mariano and Bomberry, you can’t really complain about it.”Bomberry’s graduation last spring cleared the third attack spot, and Voigt, now a senior, seized it. He’s dominated the space in front of the cage with his big body and lefty shot, just like Bomberry. He scores the bulk of his team-leading 35 goals as a target man, seeking pockets of space in the middle of the defense and redirecting feeds from midfielders and attacks.Gianna’s goal cheers now have a special meaning: they’re for her older brother. She brings posters to the games, including large cutouts of Voigt’s face. Voigt knew Gianna had become an SU fanatic when she was inconsolable after SU’s loss to Cornell in the 2018 NCAA tournament.Gianna, now 11, wants to play lacrosse at SU because of how she’s seen Voigt improve. She practices wearing his No. 1 Syracuse pinnie, pretending to be the Syracuse player she idolizes most. Comments Published on May 5, 2019 at 10:50 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Miami Cosmetic Surgeon says Patients Suffer From “Snapchat Dysmorphia”

first_imgSo I tried a filter… A Miami plastic surgeon says he is seeing signs of what he calls ‘Snapchat Dysmorphia,’ in which people try to alter their appearance to match what they look like through Snapchat filters. ‘Snapchat dysmorphia’ is a term now used for people who are fixated on looking like their filtered pictures; and willing to pay for procedures to achieve the look by taking the augmented reality of social media into the doctor’s office. Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Nirmal Nathan calls it all a growing trend.Dr. Nathan says some patients have unreasonable expectations for what they should look like, including patients who wanted their nose to look like a dog’s snout. last_img

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Man pays electric bills for families about to lose power

first_imgA Florida man does a good deed after he decided to pay for the power bills of 36 families with past due accounts.Mike Esmond tells the Pensacola News Journal  that he once spent a Christmas without electricity. Esmond recalls spending the Christmas of 1983 with his 3 daughters without heat and power because he could not pay his bill. He says it was one of the coldest days on record in Pensacola at only 9 degrees and remembers there were icicles hanging off the window.Esmond who is now 73 runs a successful small business and this Christmas he wanted to make sure no one spends Christmas like he did in 1983. He went to the city of Gulf Breeze this month and requested a list of all utility accounts that were past due and at risk of having their gas and water turned off.Then he paid off all 36 of them which ended up totaling about $4,600.One woman posted her gratitude on Facebook. Angela Cascio, a mother of four who was struggling to choose between paying bills or buying presents for her kids, posted “angels absolutely walk among us.last_img read more

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PSL Police Investigate Murder at Nursing Home

first_imgPort St. Lucie police are investigating a homicide at Tiffany Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center early Sunday morning.Police say a nurse walked past the victim’s room when she noticed an unknown male suspect sitting on top of the victim’s chest, holding a pillow over his face. The nurse immediately called 911 and police arrived to find the patient dead. The unknown male suspect immediately took off running and fled the facility.Police set up a perimeter and searched the area with the K-9 unit. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office assisted with their aviation unit, but the suspect was not located.last_img

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Man receives 55,000 identical letters from student loan company

first_imgAn Ohio man received about 55,000 copies of the same exact letter from College Avenue Student Loans.Dan Cain of Twinsburg told WOIO that he knew there was a problem as soon as the clerk at his post office told him that he had too much mail to walk through the front door with.Cain said there was about 79 trays of letters with about 700 letters in each.In a statement obtained by WOIO, the college loan company said the letter was in regards to Cain’s daughter’s student loan being due /The company blamed the mistake on a computer glitch.last_img

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