3 years jail urged for Korean Air executive
South Korean prosecutors recommended three years in jail for the former Korean Air executive charged with endangering flight safety during a tantrum over how she was served macadamia nuts. Cho Hyun-ah, the daughter of Korean Air's chairman, has pleaded not guilty to four charges. In the final day of testimony, she defended her actions as the result of devotion to work and said the cabin crew in first class had erred by not following proper procedures. Cho ordered the chief flight attendant off a Dec. 5 flight after a heated confrontation with cabin crew, forcing the plane to return to the gate at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. She was angry at being offered nuts in a bag, instead of on a dish. Park Chang-jin, the chief attendant, told the court he and others were treated like "feudal slaves" by Cho. The incident touched a nerve in a country where the economy is dominated by family-run conglomerates known as chaebol that often act above the law. Prosecutors are seeking a two-year jail sentence for Yeo Woon-jin, the Korean Air executive accused of pressuring cabin crew to cover up the incident and lie to investigators. During the trial, Cho admitted using violence against one flight attendant by pushing her shoulder and throwing an object.
Lululemon founder resigns from board
Lululemon Athletica Inc. founder Chip Wilson, who helped make the yoga pant a wardrobe staple for many women, has resigned from the retailer's board. In the last year, Wilson has tussled publicly with Lululemon's board over the company's direction. He said Monday that he was leaving to work with his wife and son on a new streetwear brand. Wilson started Vancouver, Canada-based Lululemon in 1998. The brand helped pioneer a wave of stylish workout gear. The company has grown to more than 250 stores. The retailer and its founder have weathered their share of rough times. Wilson resigned as chairman in late 2013 after Lululemon was forced to recall thousands of black yoga pants because of a manufacturing defect that made them see-through. The ensuing customer backlash was fueled by suggestions made by Wilson that some of the quality problems could be blamed on women whose bodies just didn't work with his company's pants.
Pork production poised to pass beef
For the past two decades, chicken has outranked beef as the most produced meat, and now pork is about to surpass it as well. Hog herds have rebounded from a deadly virus last year, while record-high meat prices and cheaper feed led to breeding of more sows and bigger pigs. As pork output in 2015 jumps 4.6 percent to a record, cattle ranchers have yet to recover from a 2012 drought, and beef production is headed for a 22-year low, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates. When porcine epidemic diarrhea virus killed millions of piglets across the country in 2014, prices for bacon and pork chops surged to all-time highs. With more hogs arriving in recent months and demand increasing, costs are dropping for buyers including Domino's Pizza Inc. and Hormel Foods Corp. "A year ago, it looked like the sky was going to fall," said Ed Juhl, a farmer in Hudson, Iowa, who lost about 2,400 pigs to the virus in June. His herd is now healthy, he expects output by June will be back to its annual sales pace of 36,000 animals.