South Korea’s ‘Garlic Girls’ the new face of LG’s vacuum cleaners

Curling was little known in South Korea’s before the Garlic Girls won their legions of fans and South Korea’s first-ever silver medal in the sport. (Reuters)
Updated 07 March 2018
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South Korea’s ‘Garlic Girls’ the new face of LG’s vacuum cleaners

SEOUL: South Korea’s women curlers, dubbed the “Garlic Girls” after their garlic-farming hometown, have become the faces of LG Electronics’ new cordless vacuum cleaners.
The women curlers were the breakout stars of last month’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, captivating home fans with their girl-next-door looks and cool-headedness, let alone their silver-medal performance.
The women will now represent LG Electronics’ new cordless “CordZero” vacuum cleaners and its other home appliances, the company said in a statement.
“We are glad to shoot a commercial with the women curling team who captured the world’s attention with their great ability and teamwork,” said Han Woong-hyun, vice president of LG Electronics.
The television commercial featuring the team would be aired in March, the company said.
The company also said it would sponsor the team over the next four years until they compete in the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022.
Curling was little known in South Korea’s before the women won their legions of fans and South Korea’s first-ever silver medal in the sport.
Fans showed their support for the team’s new deal by posting memes on social media and curling parody videos with floor mops and robot vacuum cleaners.


New Zealand PM Ardern names new-born daughter Neve Te Aroha

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford pose with their baby daugther Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford outside the hospital in Auckland on June 24, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 24 June 2018
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New Zealand PM Ardern names new-born daughter Neve Te Aroha

  • Ardern said she and her partner Clarke Gayford had settled on the full name of Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford for their first child
  • Ardern, who said the couple kept a short list of names, added that Neve meant “bright and radiant and snow,” while Te Aroha was the name of a rural town some 140 kilometers (90 miles) southeast of Auckland where her family is from

AUCKLAND: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealed her newborn daughter would be called Neve as she left an Auckland hospital Sunday, and expressed hope that one day a woman giving birth in office would no longer be a “novelty.”
Speaking publicly for the first time since her delivery on Friday — which made waves around the world — Ardern said she and her partner Clarke Gayford had settled on the full name of Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford for their first child.
“We chose Neve because we just liked it, and when we met her we thought she looked like she suited the name,” the 37-year-old told reporters as she cradled her daughter in her arms.
Ardern, who said the couple kept a short list of names, added that Neve meant “bright and radiant and snow,” while Te Aroha was the name of a rural town some 140 kilometers (90 miles) southeast of Auckland where her family is from.
The New Zealand leader said she was blown away by well-wishes locally and internationally, including from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan.
“We wanted to say thank you (to New Zealanders for their support) and we are all doing really well. Sleep deprived, but super well,” she said.
Ardern is only the second world leader to give birth while in office, after former Pakistan PM Benazir Bhutto, and said she hoped such experiences would not be unusual in the future.
“Hopefully, these things said in these moments now, I guess for want of a better word — novelty, they are still new — that one day they aren’t new anymore,” she said.
“And that it’s generally accepted, not just that women can make choices, but actually that men can too,” Ardern added, referring to Gayford, who was standing beside her.
Her partner, a 40-year-old television fishing personality, will be a stay-at-home dad while the prime minister will return to work after six weeks’ maternity leave.
“Clarke’s been as much of a role model here as I am, and that’s something that I think a lot of people talk about too and it’s true,” Ardern said.
“So I hope for little girls and boys that actually there’s a future where they can make choices about how they raise their family and what kind of career they have that is just based on what they want and it makes them happy.”
Former New Zealand PM Helen Clark had said the couple was sending sent a significant message to the world and were “inspirational” for younger men and women.
The birth capped an eventful year for Ardern, who became prime minister in October just three months after taking charge of the Labour Party as it languished in the polls.
Her deputy Winston Peters is now acting prime minister, although Ardern will continue to be consulted on significant issues.