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Un député attaqué en direct au couteau à Hong Kong après avoir reçu des fleurs - vidéo choc

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Un homme politique a été blessé mercredi matin lors d'une attaque au couteau à Hong Kong alors que les actes violents se multiplient dans l'ex-colonie britannique qui connaît depuis cinq mois une crise politique sans précédent, rapporte l’AFP.
          

Crean una taza de baño de oro con incrustaciones de diamantes

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Una empresa de joyería de Hong Kong presentó durante una exposición en China un inodoro de oro con 40,815 diamantes incrustados en el asiento.

Coronet, la marca de Aaron Shum Jewelry Ltd., explica que se trata de una taza de baño de oro, donde el asiento compuesto de vidrio a prueba de balas tiene un total de 334.68 quilates incrustados con diamantes, comparte la agencia UPI.

Esta fue la segunda edición de la Exposición Internacional de Importación de China, hecha en Shanghái. Coronet también dijo que los Récords Mundiales Guinness inspec

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Ongoing Hong Kong protests taking toll on city’s economy

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  Ongoing Hong Kong protests taking toll on city’s economy, Bank of East Asia warns Massive protests, which have disrupted life in Hong Kong for weeks, may drag the city’s economy down, one of the locally-headquartered lenders, Bank of East Asia, has warned after suffering massive profit losses. Bank of East Asia (BEA) reported a […]

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Beyond Hong Kong, Media Ignores Global Protests

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  It’s all kicking off everywhere in 2019. Haitians are revolting against a corrupt political system and their President Jovenel Moïse, who many see as a kleptocratic U.S. puppet. In Ecuador, huge public manifestations managed to force President Lenín Moreno to backtrack on his IMF-backed neoliberal package that would have sharply cut government spending and […]

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Analyst: Hong Kong SEC to release criteria on crypto exchanges, why it’s big for the industry

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According to Dovey Wan, founder at Primitive Ventures, the Hong Kong Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is set to release a crypto exchange application guideline. Wan said: “Hong Kong SEC will announce detail in about an hour regarding cryptocurrency exchange application criteria. Considering…
          

TikTok Users Are Finally Posting About Hong Kong, But Only To See If They’ll Get Censored

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We found no evidence that TikTok blocks pro-Hong Kong democracy videos — or that many American teens were interested in the protests. Short-form video app TikTok can’t shake an air of suspicion that surrounds it in the United States. Read... Continue Reading →
          

60s Orange Silk Dress | Marigold Floral Print Long Sleeve Shift Dress | Large by charlialana

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145.00 USD

~ Beautiful orange marigold print silk shift dress from the 1960s
~ Long sleeves with ruffle cuffs & asymmetrical ruffle trim down the front
~ Pink, red, & moss green flowers on orange silk, ruffle collar and cuffs
~ Back metal zipper for closure
~ Gold silk lining

Size: Large, Shown Pinned on a Small
Label: Chez Elaine Kowloon, Hong Kong
Condition: Excellent

Measurements:
Bust- 40" (101.5 cm)
Shoulder to Sh- 16" (41 cm)
Waist- 36" (91.5 cm)
Hips- 42" (106.5 cm)
Length- 40" (101.5 cm)
Sleeve- 19.5" (50 cm)



          

Apuñalado en Hong Kong el diputado Junius Ho, el político más odiado por los manifestantes

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Cinco meses después del estallido de las protestas contra el autoritarismo de China, la violencia sigue extendiéndose en Hong Kong a poco más de dos semanas para las elecciones a los consejos de distrito, convocadas para el día 24. Tras el turbulento fin de semana, en el que le arrancaron parte de la oreja de un mordisco a un diputado demócrata, un político partidario del régimen chino ha sido apuñalado este miércoles. Se trata del iracundo diputado Junius Ho, posiblemente la figura más odiada del Parlamento local para el bando democrático y sus manifestantes. Mientras hacía campaña para renovar su escaño en el consejo de distrito de Tuen Mun, un hombre le ha atacado con un objeto afilado hiriéndole en el pecho. A pesar de la cercanía del agresor, parece que no reviste gravedad, pero ha sido trasladado en ambulancia a un hospital para curarle la herida. El ataque ha quedado recogido en un vídeo difundido por las redes sociales que puede verse en Youtube. En él, un hombre con una camiseta azul y una gorra con la visera hacía atrás se le acerca mientras repartía propaganda electoral y le entrega un ramo de flores. Tras estrecharle la mano y felicitarle por sus «esfuerzos», le pide hacerse una foto con él y dice que va a sacar su móvil de una bolsa que lleva en bandolera. Pero, de repente, saca un objeto que no llega a apreciarse en las imágenes e intenta clavárselo en el pecho a Junius Ho, quien consigue zafarse. Rápidamente, tanto el propio Ho como dos de sus guardaespaldas se lanzan sobre el atacante y lo inmovilizan en el suelo. Según informa el periódico “South China Morning Post”, tanto el agresor como Ho y uno de sus ayudantes han sido trasladados al hospital. A sus 57 años, Junius Ho es sin duda el político que más emociones enfrentadas despierta en Hong Kong. Admirado por los afines al régimen chino y detestado por los manifestantes que reclaman pleno sufragio universal, ha protagonizado innumerables polémicas por sus deslenguados comentarios y gestos provocadores. El 21 de julio, cuando un grupo de matones y mafiosos de las triadas atacó brutalmente a los manifestantes en la estación de tren de Yuen Long, apareció un vídeo que mostraba a Ho saludando amistosamente y felicitando a los agresores. Días después, y tras marcharse airadamente de un debate en televisión con el diputado demócrata Eddie Chu, le amenazó de muerte al culparle de los destrozos que había sufrido la tumba de sus padres. Pero estas no son los únicas controversias que ha protagonizado. Enemigo acérrimo del matrimonio homosexual, que ha definido como «bestialidad», ha abogado incluso por «matar sin piedad» a los partidarios de la independencia de Hong Kong, lo que le valió críticas hasta de los diputados afines a Pekín. Con bastante mal gusto, también sacó a relucir su machismo cuando dijo que la parlamentaria demócrata Claudia Mo «come salchicha extranjera» porque está casada con un periodista británico, lo que le valió su expulsión de la sesión del Consejo Legislativo (Legco). Por su comportamiento y sus comentarios, la Universidad Anglia Ruskin del Reino Unido le retiró a finales del mes pasado el título de Doctor Honoris Causa que le había otorgado en 2011. Por su parte, los antiguos alumnos de la universidad de Hong Kong donde estudió, la Facultad de Queens, también están estudiando quitarle su membresía. No es la primera vez que Junius Ho había recibido amenazas. En septiembre, el hipódromo de Happy Valley canceló su carrera nocturna de los miércoles porque en ella competía uno de sus caballos y se temía por la seguridad. Pero, dada la tendencia al drama de Ho, ya hay quien sospecha en las redes sociales que el apuñalamiento ha sido orquestado por él mismo para darle al Gobierno una excusa para cancelar las elecciones del día 24. Una «teoría de la conspiración» parecida al atentado simulado que abre la película «Diez años», que se convirtió en un fenómeno social en 2015 por mostrar un futuro muy negro de Hong Kong que cada día parece más real y cercano.
          

HK an attractive fintech base

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Hong Kong can help you find your fintech future because we are building that future right now.

 

The present, as you know, is in considerable flux here. But we are working to heal our community divide, communicating to find a way forward, to return harmony to Hong Kong. It is a work in progress but, in good time, we will get there.

 

In the meantime, the faltering global economy and Hong Kong's continuing community dissension have brought us a heavy hit. They have dealt a blow to our economic growth and to a great many businesses across sectors.

 

Despite today's very real business challenges, I am here to tell you that Hong Kong remains one of the world's most competitive economies. Last month, the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report ranked Hong Kong third - up from seventh last year. And in terms of digital competitiveness, the Swiss-based International Institute for Management Development ranked Hong Kong eighth, up from 11th last year, with a big leap forward in the factor "Future readiness". And earlier this year, the same institute also placed Hong Kong second in the World Competitiveness Yearbook.

 

Indeed, our banks and financial markets continue to operate smoothly.

 

And we remain strongly committed to the Linked Exchange Rate System, which has served Hong Kong well for 36 years, through countless economic and financial cycles.

 

Hong Kong's foreign exchange reserves stand at US$430 billion, more than two times of our monetary base.

 

No less important, the free flow of capital, in and out of Hong Kong, is guaranteed under the Basic Law. It is also driven by Hong Kong's status as one of the world's leading financial centres - and China's international financial capital.

 

It is not surprising that Hong Kong's fintech sector is fast emerging as a regional hub.

 

World-renowned innovation laboratories and accelerator programmes, such as Accenture Fintech Innovation Lab and Deloitte Asia Pacific Blockchain Lab, have established their presence here.

 

According to Accenture, Hong Kong fintech companies have raised US$1.1 billion over the past five years.

 

The number of fintech companies based here now exceeds 600. About 40% of them were started overseas, choosing turning to Hong Kong as their base in the Asian region.

 

Many of them see Hong Kong as their business bridge to the region and, in particular, to the Mainland. Indeed, more than 50% of our fintech companies either operated in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area or plan to expand their business into the region.

 

More than a gateway to the region, Hong Kong is at the heart of fintech innovation in Asia.

 

Earlier this year, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) awarded licences to our first eight virtual banks. We hope to see the launch of some of them by the end of the year. And you will hear more about our virtual banks in various sessions today and tomorrow.

 

Earlier this year, the HKMA also launched phase one of the Open Application Programming Interface (API) framework, allowing technology companies to create fintech-enabled solutions for the banking industry.

 

Today, more than 500 open APIs have been launched by some 20 retail banks. Phase two, which began last month, focuses on customer acquisition. The two phases, covering account information and transactions, are now being developed by the HKMA in close collaboration with the industry.

 

These new initiatives are game changers for the banking sector and Hong Kong's financial services sector as a whole.

 

In September last year, we launched the Faster Payment System, which connects banks and stored-value facilities, or e-wallets, enabling instant fund transfer - seven days a week, 24 hours a day - in both Hong Kong dollar and renminbi.

 

As of September, the Faster Payment System had recorded about 3.5 million registrations. In the month of September alone, the system processed about four million transactions involving $58 billion and RMB1 billion.

 

At the same time, we introduced the common QR code standard for retail payments. It helps merchants, especially small and medium enterprises, use a single QR code to accept payments by various schemes.

 

Last year, our Insurance Authority began its Fast Track scheme, which expedites applications to engage in the insurance business, in or from Hong Kong, solely using digital distribution channels.

 

The first virtual insurer under Fast Track was granted last December. A second authorisation was approved just last month, creating more customer-centric services and products.

 

Ultimately, of course, fintech rises on the human talent behind the technology.

 

It is one of the reasons why the HKMA established the Academy of Finance in June. The academy serves as a centre of excellence in the development of tomorrow's financial leaders.

 

And starting early next year, our Cyberport will launch a fintech training programme for in-service financial professionals, helping professionals from our traditional financial sector embrace the promise of fintech.

 

There is lots more in the fintech pipeline, but allow me, for just a moment, to touch on Shenzhen.

 

Hong Kong and Shenzhen are two of the 11 cities in the Greater Bay Area. Together, we will help drive innovation and technology for this fast-emerging cluster city development of 71 million consumers.

 

The Greater Bay Area is an enormous market, an outsized opportunity for fintech and investment in fintech.

 

Financial Secretary Paul Chan gave these remarks at the opening of Hong Kong Fintech Week 2019 on November 6.


          

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Thales, Peking University and Ecole Polytechnique sign a strategic cooperation agreement in Physics to further advance scientific research in China

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Nov 06, 2019

Thales is greatly honored to sign a strategic Cooperation Agreement with Peking University and Ecole Polytechnique for future cooperation on scientific research.

This agreement aims to promote trilateral R&D and joint facility collaborations in areas such as high energy, high density and laser physics.

These ambitious projects are linked to the discoveries of Gerard Mourou, professor at Ecole Polytechnique, and in particular the CPA (Chirped Pulse Amplification) technique, for which the professor was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2018.

BEIJING, Nov. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Thales, Peking University and Ecole Polytechnique signed a strategic agreement for future cooperation in scientific research in the area of Physics. The signature took place today in Beijing at the Great Hall of the People.

In support of Peking University's ambitions to fulfill China's "National Major Science and Technology Infrastructure Project" and develop "Laser-Driven Multi-Beam Facilities" at Beijing Huairou Science City, this agreement aims to promote trilateral R&D and joint facility collaborations in areas such as high energy, high density and laser physics, setting a solid foundation for future cooperation in scientific research between France and China.

These ambitious projects are linked to the discoveries of Gerard Mourou, professor at Ecole Polytechnique, and in particular the CPA (Chirped Pulse Amplification) technique, for which the professor was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2018. Gerard Mourou's work is the fruit of a longstanding laser research partnership between his laboratory, the Applied Optics Laboratory (LOA)[1], and Thales, whose leading laser technology expands the use of CPA to new boundaries each and every day.

"Thales has a strong experience in fostering cooperation with internationally renowned research laboratories and institutions. We are therefore delighted to develop this collaboration and help scientific research in China. As a trusted partner to Chinese industries in aerospace, transportation and digital identity and security, Thales actively supports the strengthening cooperation on scientific research in physics with Peking University and Ecole Polytechnique."

Pascale Sourisse, President, Thales International

Thales is a leader in laser technologies thanks to three decades of collaboration experience with ninety research teams across the world. This includes the world's most powerful laser facility, Extreme Light Infrastructure for Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP), developed and commissioned in Romania through an EU project for a two time 10 petawatt (1 PW = 1015 W) laser system.

[1] Applied Optics Laboratory (LOA – a joint research unit operated under the supervision of Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancees (ENSTA), the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Ecole Polytechnique) – LOA research activity covers a broad spectrum in ultrafast laser-plasma science.

About Thales

Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global technology leader shaping the world of tomorrow today. The Group provides solutions, services and products to customers in the aeronautics, space, transport, digital identity and security, and defence markets. With 80,000 employees in 68 countries, Thales generated sales of EUR19 billion in 2018 (on a pro forma basis including Gemalto).

Thales is investing in particular in digital innovations -- connectivity, Big Data, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity -- technologies that support businesses, organisations and governments in their decisive moments

About Thales in China

Thales provides innovative solutions for the infrastructure that forms the backbone of China's growth. The Group has been present in China for more than 30 years and is the trusted partner for the Chinese aviation and urban rail transportation industries. In the meanwhile, from secure software to biometrics and encryption, Thales has successfully applied its advanced technology to mobile communication, banking, IoT and software monetization etc. Thales has 3 JVs and employs 2,300 people with offices located in 8 cities in China. Thales established R&D centers and Innovation Hubs in Beijing, Dalian and Hong Kong to provide innovative solutions for both China and international market.

About Peking University

Peking University is a comprehensive and national key university. Its outstanding faculty includes 48 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 9 members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and 21 members of the Third World Academy of Sciences.

Peking University has become a center for teaching and research and a university of a new type, embracing diverse branches of learning. It aims for one of the world's best universities in the future.

About Ecole Polytechnique

Ecole Polytechnique, also known as L'X, is the leading French institution combining top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. As a widely internationalized university, Ecole Polytechnique offers a variety of international programs and attracts a growing number of foreign students and researchers from around the globe (currently 40% of students and 40% of faculty members). With its 23 laboratories, 22 of which are joint research units with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Ecole Polytechnique Research Center explores the frontiers of interdisciplinary knowledge to provide major contributions to science, technology, and society. Ecole Polytechnique is a founding member of Institut Polytechnique de Paris.

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The Global Franchise Market Concludes in Dubai Today

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Dubai - United Arab Emirates, 6 November 2019 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The 4th edition of The Global Franchise Market – TGFM concluded today on a high-note attracting more than 1600 investors and franchisees coming from different parts of the world while also featuring the participation of 80 leading brands, representing a variety of business industries and sectors. The event succeeded in showcasing new franchise concepts and emerging key trends that are rapidly transforming the franchise landscape across many fields and sectors.

Throughout the 2 days, the exhibition floor witnessed a number of successful meetings and lucrative business partnerships and agreements. Golden Fork Seafood Restaurants, a 33-year old Dubai based seafood restaurants chain, signed a master franchise agreement with Uganda based Rawda Holdings Limited. The agreement was signed in the presence of Mohammed Shanavas, Managing Director, Golden Fork Seafood Restaurants LLC and Tarig Mohamed, Chairman of Rawda Holding Ltd, Uganda. Through this agreement, Golden Fork Seafood Restaurants will develop 25 outlets across 5 countries in Central Africa, where the first fine dining outlet is expected to open at Kampala city in Uganda by January, 2020. Golden Fork currently has 20 operating outlets and plans to expand to 20 countries by 2022 targeting 100 outlets.

Besides that, Ruky perfumes, the Dubai based perfume brand, signed a regional franchise development agreement, which involves a 30-outlet expansion across Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait. The agreement was signed in the presence of Dr. Shanith Mangalat, MD, Ruky Perfumes LLC and Mohammed Salem of Al Salem Group, Al Ain. Ruky Perfumes currently has 20 operating outlets and it aims to expand to 300 outlets across Arab Gulf region by 2025.

On another note, Rolf G. Kirst, Board Member, Franchise Pool International, commented on their participation saying, “On behalf of Franchise Pool International, it gives me great pleasure to attend TGFM, which has truly evolved into a major franchise event in the region. TGFM is a unique platform to meet with the ever-growing list of potential investors and leading franchise brands from the UAE, Middle East and the globe who prefer face-to-face interactions. Over the years, Dubai has grown immensely to become a lucrative competitive market in the franchise landscape and it retained its status as the top destination for franchising in the region. Moreover, Dubai is the best location for us franchise exhibitors, as it is home to those visitors who have the capital to start a real business and the imagination to succeed and expand their business.”

On her part, Romany Ward, Marketing Executive, Coffee Planet, Dubai said, “With a strong and established trading base across our foodservice, retail and C-store platforms in Dubai, it is indeed a great opportunity for us to be a part of a regionally focused franchise event such as TGFM here in Dubai, the homeland of our business and roastery. At TGFM, we met many serious F&B investors looking to partner with us, and we hope to continue growing the success story of our brand in the UAE and wider GCC countries.”

She added, “Dubai is the place where franchisors can make their dreams come alive and it offers both an inspirational and aspirational place to set up a shop. In today’s franchise market, only the very best operational brands setting up the highest retailing standards can survive the demands of the knowledgeable and culturally diverse breadth of customers in this region. We are constantly increasing our efforts to succeed and continue to drive more to share our coffee experience and expertise.”

Commenting on their participation, Umair Tariq, CFO, Kido Schools, said, “This is the first time we participate in TGFM, and it was indeed a great opportunity for us to meet and connect with many potential partners and investors who could help us in expanding the Kido Brand to the lucrative markets in the UAE and other parts of the GCC region. Since its inception in 2014, with its first school in Hong Kong, Kido School has today opened more than 24 schools spanning many cities such as Dubai, London and 4 cities in India. By 2020, we plan to open our first branch in Houston, Texas and another 10 schools across many countries worldwide.”

He added, “The UAE has historically led the wave of growth in the region’s education sector and still represents an attractive market opportunity. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are among the largest and the most popular markets for educational investors. While the franchise industry is rapidly evolving in many countries of the GCC and MENA regions, the UAE remains a preferred destination for franchisors and franchisees, given its easy accessibility, stability of its legal and regulatory systems and its openness to foreign investment.”

The Global Franchise Market (TGFM) is held under the patronage of Dubai Economy and is organized annually by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions – a member of INDEX Holding. The event witnesses the support of Ministry of Economy – National Program for Small and Medium Enterprises and Projects and the strategic partnership of Franchise Souq and Francorp Middle East as Platinum Sponsor.

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Hong Kong International Optical Fair opens today

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6 November 2019 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and co-organised by the Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association (HKOMA), the 27th edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Optical Fair opened today and runs until 8 November at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). This year’s fair welcomes 810 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions to showcase the latest design trends and eyewear products.

“As a major production centre and exporter in the global optical industry, the value of Hong Kong’s total optical exports in the first nine months of this year exceeded HK$15.3 billion, which was on a par with last year,” said HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau. “An emphasis on design, technology and quality management continue to bring success to Hong Kong eyewear companies in an increasingly competitive world. The Hong Kong International Optical Fair provides an important one-stop marketing and sourcing platform for the industry.”

Mr Chau noted that the HKTDC has organised 81 buying missions from 55 countries and regions, bringing more than 5,200 buyers to the fair. Among the participating buyers, more than 80% come from emerging markets such as Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. More than 6,700 buyers have pre-registered to visit the fair.

The HKTDC has enhanced its free shuttle bus service for the fair to take event participants between the exhibition venue, major hotels and transportation hubs. HKTDC Services Counters are available in the buffer halls at Hong Kong International Airport, where buyers can find fair information and register for buyer badges in advance. Buyer Concierge Desks have also been set up to strengthen connections with exhibitors.

Innovative technologies on display

The fair includes a total of 12 group pavilions representing France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Visionaries of Style (VOS) as well as the HKOMA. It also features several group pavilions from the mainland including Yingtan in Jiangxi province, Danyang in Jiangsu province, Mayu in Zhejiang province and Chongqing. The IT Solutions, Shop Fittings & Equipment zone, which made its debut last year, will continue to be a popular draw in 2019, showcasing innovative eyewear technologies, including eyewear customisation software nuVision that allows people to “try on” a huge range of sunglasses virtually (Booth: 1E-A34).

The fair also showcases French brand McLaren’s pure titanium eyewear made using the latest 3D printing technologies (Booth: GH-B05). Local brand OSSII SOUND presents Connector smart glasses that combine eyewear with Bluetooth earphones (Booth: GH-R03). Other product zones include Frames, Lenses & Parts, Eyewear Accessories, Sporting & Professional Eyewear, Kids Eyewear & Reading Glasses, Optometric Instruments, Equipment & Machinery, Contact Lenses & Accessories, and Diagnostic Instruments.

Brand Name Gallery showcases latest global designs

The Brand Name Gallery features 230 renowned international brands, including new participants Absolute Vintage Eyewear (Hong Kong), Maserati (Italy) and NANOVISTA (Spain). Other renowned brands include Paul Hueman (Korea), BMW (Germany), Stepper (Germany), Etnia Barcelona (Spain) and Savile Row (UK). Highlighted products include:

  • UK brand LAURA ASHLEY’s artistic Four Seasons Series features pink lenses decorated with floral patterns in a design that’s both romantic and fashionable. (Booth: GH-J01)
  • MATSUDA is a company that anchors itself in the tradition of craftsmanship with a rich history of making eyeglasses for Japanese emperors. At the fair it showcases a new eyewear series including flip-up sunglasses crafted from titanium. Each finished creation is an object of art. (Booth: GH-F14)
  • Italian brand MOMODESIGN uses stainless steel frames in unique colours, while the arms are made with malleable acetate to make the eyewear lighter. (Booth: GH-R01)

    Several Brand Name Gallery eyewear parades are staged throughout the fair period, with models showcasing the latest collections from trendsetting eyewear brands.

    Spotlighting local creative design forces

    To promote Hong Kong’s original brand designs and help Hong Kong eyewear companies expand into the global market, the HKOMA is showcasing the latest collections from 30 local eyewear designers at the Brand Name Gallery and Hong Kong Eyewear Good Design. Participating brands include BIG HORN (Booth: GH-L04), HACHILL (Booth: GH-D10) and P+US (Booth: GH-B39).

    New exhibitor Absolute Vintage Eyewear (Booth: GH-E40) brings eyewear created specifically for Asian faces and made from natural bullhorn to showcase local craftsmanship of Hong Kong. Kevin Ching, the award-winning designer from Hong Kong brand BIG HORN, has been striving to create designs that combine innovation, creativity and fashion flair. He presents eyewear inspired by the costumes of Chinese ethnic minorities, with diamond-shaped patterns on the lenses and Swarovski fine stones along the arms.

    All the award-winning and finalist entries of the 21st Hong Kong Eyewear Design Competition are on display at Hall 1D during the fair period to showcase Hong Kong’s creative prowess to international buyers. Details of the prize-winning pieces can be found at: https://bit.ly/2BYhDda

    Hong Kong International Optometric Symposium

    The 17th Hong Kong International Optometric Symposium will be held tomorrow (7 November) on the theme “Advancements in Optometric Specialties”, with Dr Tony Ko, Chief Executive of the Hospital Authority, delivering the opening remarks. Experts including Prof Rob Jacobs, Associate Professor at the University of Auckland, and Dr Frederick R Edmunds, an optometrist from the United States, will explore topics including aviation optometry, sports vision, and the application of artificial intelligence in ophthalmology and optometry.

    The symposium has been certified by the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) for the first time this year. Optometrists participating in the symposium can apply for COPE credits, which are approved by optometrist associations and supervisory committees from the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. As for local certification, the symposium continues to be certified by the Hong Kong Optometrists Board, allowing participants to apply for three or six Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours for half-day attendance and full-day attendance respectively.

    Other events at the fair include today’s “Quick Take: Disruption in Eyewear”, at which Albert Chan, Head of Hong Kong Office at renowned international market research institute Coresight Research, examined the latest trends in the global eyewear market and explored how start-ups can enter the market through innovative ideas.

    Held alongside the Optical Fair, the HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair runs from 7 to 9 November, featuring 1,075 exhibitors from 30 countries and regions to showcase their quality wine and spirits.

     

    The 27th HKTDC Hong Kong International Optical Fair

    Date

    6-8 November 2019 (Wednesday to Friday)

    Venue

    Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

    Time

    6 November (Wednesday): 10am-6:30pm

    7 November (Thursday): 9:30am-6:30pm

    8 November (Friday): 9:30am-5pm

    No. of exhibitors

    810

    Product zones

    Frames, Lenses & Parts, Contact Lenses & Accessories, Diagnostic Instruments, Eyewear Accessories, Kids Eyewear, Optometric Instruments, Equipment & Machinery, Reading Glasses, Sporting & Professional Eyewear, IT Solutions, Shop Fittings & Equipment

    Fair website

    hkopticalfair.hktdc.com

    Event details

    https://bit.ly/2PjpVUw

    Supporting service

    https://home-uat.hktdc.com/en/s/autumn-fairs-open

    Media enquiries
    Please contact the HKTDC’s Communication and Public Affairs Department:

    Snowy Chan Tel: (852) 2584 4525 Email: snowy.sn.chan@hktdc.org
    Natalie Wong Tel: (852) 2584 4472 Email: natalie.hy.wong@hktdc.org

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    Branding and reputation key to success at Baby & Stroller China

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    HONG KONG --( ASIA TODAY )-- When it comes to baby products, consumer trust is highly important. In China, where the market scale for maternity and baby products increases by an estimated 15% per year, branding is an important indicator of quality and safety. Baby & Stroller China is the first baby fair in Mainland China to be held in the first quarter of the year, and is recognised by international suppliers and Chinese trade buyers as the ideal platform to interact, discover the latest innovative products, and place orders. The fair will be held concurrently with Toy & Edu China and the new fair Licensing China from 6 – 8 March 2020, and will relocate from Guangzhou to Shenzhen.

    A dynamic and growing consumer market in China

    Further market growth is expected in China since the introduction of the two-child policy. 2018 saw 15.2 million births in China, with 50% being the second child in the family. According to the National Health and Family Planning Commission, this number is expected to climb to between 17.5 million and 21 million annually.

    This steadily increasing birth rate in China is paired with a higher level of disposable income, and more parents indicate that they are willing to spend more on products for maternity, baby care and child development. Online forums are a key resource for Chinese parents to share and exchange recommendations, and according to Daxue Consulting, “brand” is a prominent search keyword for baby related item discussions on Chinese online forums. This can favour well-known Western brands, which can add a level of familiarity, assurance and status to purchases.

    “At a time when other markets are really flat, China is the most dynamic, growing consumer market in the world – there’s huge growth potential here,” commented Mr Richard Gottlieb, CEO of Global Toy Experts (USA) at the 2019 fair. “This is a huge opportunity for Western companies who are willing to make the effort to come here and do business. There are a lot of people here and a lot of activities. I think there is a lot of energy in China.”

    Enhanced pre-show exposure for exhibitors

    China has become a key part of many brands’ global strategies, and the fairs are well positioned to offer access to this market with the move to Shenzhen planned for the 2020 edition. With high quality manufacturers and a great number of trade buyers based in the South China region, the location is ideal for overseas exhibitors to meet professional domestic buyers. Past trade buyer backgrounds have also included both retail chain stores and local e-commerce stores, generating new opportunities to connect to a variety of local sales channels.

    A business matching service will be available during the fair, which pre-arranges onsite meetings between prospective buyers and exhibitors that suit their needs. In 2019, 85% of the buyers in this programme said that they intended to place real orders during or after the fair.

    The fairs are also ideal for emerging brands, who can use the fair to gain exposure and allow Chinese trade buyers to become familiar with new products. Ms Wendy Wen, Senior General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd explained, “Reputation is a strong selling point for baby and maternity products in China. These fairs offer a place for face-to-face interaction, which is essential for building a good reputation and maintaining sustainable, long-term business relationships.”

    Formerly held in Guangzhou, the fairs will now take place in a new venue, the Shenzhen World Exhibition and Convention Centre, which is conveniently located near Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport and well connected to Hong Kong.

    Toy & Edu China, Baby & Stroller China and Licensing China are organised by Guangdong Toy Association, Guangzhou Li Tong Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd. The three concurrent shows will take place from 6 – 8 March 2020.

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    Emily Peddle
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    ARA US Hospitality Trust Announces Acquisition of a Portfolio of Three Premium Marriott-Branded Upscale Select-Service Hotels in the United States

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    SINGAPORE, Nov 6, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - ARA US Hospitality Trust ("ARA H-Trust") is pleased to announce that it has today entered into a conditional purchase and sales agreement to acquire a portfolio of three Marriott-branded upscale select-service hotels in the United States for US$84.5 million. The three freehold properties are located within the markets of Raleigh, North Carolina and San Antonio, Texas, that benefit from diversified demand from nearby corporations, universities and leisure attractions.

    The accretive acquisition at a net property income yield of 8.0% is expected to increase ARA H-Trust's pro forma distribution income from the listing date on 9 May 2019 to 30 September 2019 by US$1.4 million, translating to a rise in distribution per stapled security from 3.13 US cents to 3.38 US cents assuming the acquisition was completed on listing date. The acquisition will be funded primarily with debt and by internal cash resources. Following this acquisition, ARA H-Trust's portfolio will grow to 41 hotels with 5,340 guest rooms geographically diversified throughout 22 states in the United States.

    Mr Lee Jin Yong, the Chief Executive Officer of the Managers, said, "This acquisition demonstrates our ability to execute third-party transactions at an attractive yield in the world's largest lodging market. We will continue to explore acquisition opportunities to further diversify our portfolio by location and by brand, and most importantly to enhance stapled securityholders' returns."

    DBS Bank Ltd. ("DBS") was the Sole Issue Manager for the Offering (the "Sole Issue Manager"). DBS, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited and United Overseas Bank Limited were the Joint Financial Advisers and Joint Global Coordinators for the Offering (collectively, the "Joint Financial Advisers and Joint Global Coordinators"). DBS, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited, United Overseas Bank Limited and Credit Suisse (Singapore) Limited were the Joint Bookrunners and Underwriters for the Offering (collectively, the "Joint Bookrunners and Underwriters").

    Mr Lee added, "We are excited with the addition of this high quality freehold portfolio which will broaden our earnings base with diversified and increased net property income. The portfolio has outperformed its competitive set recording RevPAR indices between 120% to 146%. The superior revenue per available room (RevPAR) performance will contribute robust, stable cashflows to our bottom-line. In addition, the acquisition will affiliate ARA H-Trust with Marriott, a leading global hotel brand, and Concord Hospitality, a well-regarded, experienced hotel developer and operator in the US. The new relationship with Concord is expected to broaden our network to source future accretive acquisitions."

    The portfolio consists of AC by Marriott Raleigh North Hills, Courtyard San Antonio at The Rim and Residence Inn San Antonio at The Rim.

    AC by Marriott Raleigh North Hills is the newest hotel within the heart of Raleigh's North Hills - one of Raleigh/Durham's premier live-work-play destinations. North Hills is a mixed-use development that contains more than 1 million square feet of office space, with notable tenants such as PwC, KPMG and Bank of America, plus retail, entertainment, and residences. Universities around the area include North Carolina State University (35,000 students), Duke University (15,000 students) and University of North Carolina (29,000 students). It is also strategically located 20 to 30 minutes to the airport, downtown Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park. The Research Triangle Park is one of the most prominent high-tech research and development parks in the United States and houses 200 companies (including IBM, SAS, GlaxoSmithKline, Cisco and Lenovo) with over 50,000 workers.

    Courtyard San Antonio at The Rim and Residence Inn San Antonio at The Rim are located adjacent to each other in one of the most desirable submarkets in San Antonio. The local market features attractive residential, retail, office developments, as well as popular leisure attractions. Key demand drivers include Fortune 500 corporations (Valero, Nustar and USAA); Six Flags Fiesta Texas amusement park; The Rim, a 2.8 million square feet master development with retail, dining, and service amenities; the University of Texas at San Antonio (31,000 students); and Camp Bullis, a 28,000 acres US Army training facility with 6,000 employees and training throughput of over 170,000 annually.

    Lee Jin Yong
    Chief Executive Officer

    For queries, please contact:
    Aaron Goh
    Assistant Manager, Investor Relations
    Email: aarongoh@ara-group.com
    Phone: +65 6601 9362

    About ARA US Hospitality Trust

    Listed on the Singapore Exchange on 9 May 2019, ARA US Hospitality Trust is a hospitality stapled group comprising ARA US Hospitality Property Trust ("ARA H-REIT") and ARA US Hospitality Management Trust ("ARA H-BT"). ARA US Hospitality Trust invests in income-producing real estate assets used primarily for hospitality purposes located in the United States.

    As at Listing Date, ARA US Hospitality Trust's initial portfolio comprises 38 upscale Hyatt-branded select-service hotels across 21 states in the United States (the world's largest lodging market) with a total of 4,950 rooms valued at US$719.5 million. 36 out of the 38 hotels have freehold land titles.

    ARA US Hospitality Property Trust is managed by ARA Trust Management (USH) Pte. Ltd. and ARA US Hospitality Management Trust is managed by ARA Business Trust Management (USH) Pte. Ltd., collectively, the Managers. The Managers are whollyowned subsidiaries of ARA Asset Management Limited. For more information, please visit www.araushotels.com.

    About the Sponsor

    The Sponsor, ARA Real Estate Investors 23 Pte. Ltd., is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of ARA Asset Management Limited, a premier global integrated real assets fund manager. As of 30 June 2019, Gross Assets Managed by ARA Group and its Associates is more than S$83 billion across over 100 cities in 23 countries.

    Driven by a vision to be best-in-class real assets fund management company. ARA Group and its Associates' businesses include:

    (a) REITs - ARA is one of the largest REIT managers in Asia Pacific. The Group directly manages Suntec REIT, Cache Logistics Trust and ARA US Hospitality Trust, listed in Singapore; and Fortune REIT, Hui Xian REIT and Prosperity REIT, listed in Hong Kong. It also indirectly manages REITs in Japan, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia through its associate companies.

    (b) Private real estate funds - The Group manages private funds providing investment opportunities in diverse real estate sectors and geographies that cater to different investor risk appetites.

    (c) Country desks - ARA operates country desks in China, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Australia, Europe and the United States. The country desks employ a strong understanding of each local market to facilitate the flow of inbound and outbound capital and cross-country collaborations. ARA has an expanded presence in Japan via its strategic stake in Kenedix, Inc. and in Europe via its strategic stake in Cromwell Property Group.

    (d) Infrastructure - ARA Infrastructure was established in 2018 to cater to strong investor demand for global infrastructure investment.

    (e) Real estate management services - As part of the Group's investor-operator philosophy, its dedicated property management teams actively work the ground to manage its assets globally.

    ARA's multi-platform, multi-product global fund management strategy, combined with its dedicated teams with in-depth local knowledge, enables the Group to offer enduring value to investors. Built on a foundation of strong corporate governance and business integrity, ARA counts some of the world's largest pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions, endowments and family offices as its investors. For more information, please visit http://www.ara-group.com/.

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    Viet Capital Commercial Joint Stock Bank to Launch JCB Credit Card in Vietnam

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    Ho Chi Minh City & Tokyo, Nov 6, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Viet Capital Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Viet Capital Bank), a major commercial bank in Vietnam, and JCB International Co. Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., today announced the launch of the Viet Capital Bank JCB Credit Card in Vietnam.

    Viet Capital Bank JCB Platinum Credit Card

    Viet Capital Bank JCB Gold & Standard Credit Card

    The holders of Viet Capital Bank JCB Card can access the JCB acceptance network with about 30 million merchants around the world and enjoy a lot of benefits provided by Viet Capital Bank, special privileges at selected merchants, and customer service at JCB Plaza, an overseas service counter.

    Moreover, Platinum Credit Card members are entitled to a number of other privileges such as access to over 60 airport lounges in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam; 60% off green fees at 10 golf courses in Vietnam and 24/7 global support through a free hotline when booking car rental, hotels, restaurants, and golf in Japan.

    In addition, Viet Capital Bank offers a free lifetime annual fee for the Viet Capital Bank JCB Credit Card. Additional benefits like rewards, miles redemption, and a 0% instalment plan program are also provided to cardmembers.

    About Viet Capital Bank

    Headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Capital Commercial Joint Stock Bank offers a comprehensive set of financial services including personal, business and premium banking. Founded in 1992 as GiaDinh Commercial Joint Stock Bank, after a transition in ownership the bank changed its name to Viet Capital Commercial JSB in October 2011. Since then, the bank has made great strides in its operational network, brand recognition, quality of customer service, quantity of products and services, a capital base, total assets and profitability.

    Even amidst the global and Vietnamese economic slowdown, Viet Capital Bank has delivered positive results. In 2011, the bank saw YoY growth of 59% in owners' equity, 100% in total assets, 380% in profit, and 120% in customer deposits. Viet Capital Bank today has a presence in most major cities and provinces throughout Vietnam and continues to further its geographical reach and products to various segments of customers and the unbanked population in Vietnam.

    Throughout its history, Viet Capital Bank has maintained a strong community focus. The bank provides reliable financing to businesses, families and individuals to assist in local development and support people's dreams. The bank also actively supports programs in housing development for the underprivileged, offers scholarships for gifted students, and encourages volunteerism by its employees.

    About JCB

    JCB is a global payment brand and a leading credit card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding worldwide in 1981. Its acceptance network includes about 30 million merchants as well as cash advance locations around the world. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB commits to providing responsive and high-quality service and products to all customers worldwide. For more information, please visit:www.global.jcb/en/

    Contact
    JCB Co., Ltd.
    Kumiko Kida
    Corporate Communications Department
    Tel: +81-3-5778-8353
    E-Mail: kumiko.kida@jcb.co.jp

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    11/3/2019: Worldwide: Tear gas used on Hong Kong protesters

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    Hong Kong police fired tear gas at protesters yesterday after they set fire to metro stations and vandalised buildings, including China’s official Xinhua news agency, in some of the worst violence to hit the city in weeks. Police also used tear gas in...
              

    Comment on U.S. senator blasts Apple for ‘risking compromise to authoritarianism’ in China by North American Wanderer

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    one starring me won’t change the truth of what i have seen or heard. To the down voters have you been to Hong Kong? i didn’t go this trip but i’ve been there twice and also been to Taiwan. writing this in singapore which is 90% overseas Chinese. been to Malaysia, cambodia and Thailand. ‘ i bet many of the people downing Apples actions don’t give a rats ass about helping oppressed Chinese, they just don’t like China. Most i doubt have even spoken to Chinese person or visited Asia. BTW some local news reports show arrested Hong Kong ‘protestors’ as former triad (mafia) members who were looting shops etc (just as Apple hinted at in their statement) Blogs say some of those arrested claim they were paid and armed by USA agents Also imagine this, try Changing USA to China in headlines for the last 20 years and see how you feel like: “China invades Iraq on pretext of WMD. Chinese kills hundreds of iraqis (that did not attack China) and begins decades long war that kills, maims hundreds of thousands. Chinese invasion causes rise of ISIS and destabilizes region all the way to Syria causing millions of refugees to flee. Hundreds of Chinese drone strikes kills thousands including women and children. etc: Many believe China did this to control middle East oil. China did not attack Saudi arabia although most of the 9/11 attackers hitting beijing came from Saudi Arabia. “ see when you put china instead of USA it looks different huh? That’s how the world sees USA like it or not. Americans live in a world of their own media and politicians illusion
              

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    Las reacciones a la sentencia contra el Procés de Catalunya se han producido desde muchos ámbitos sociales y culturales, también internacionales...

    _Las reacciones a la sentencia contra el Procés de Catalunya se han producido desde muchos ámbitos sociales y culturales, también internacionales. Sin embargo, los medios de comunicación nacionales siguen tratando estas protestas como una cuestión de orden público provocada por independentistas exaltados.

     

    Durante los últimos tres años, el gobierno de Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ha realizado tantos recortes de libertades que resulta imposible hacer el recuento. Centenares de cargos electos y los colíderes del partido democrático HDP —una coalición formada por el movimiento kurdo y parte de la izquierda turca— han sido encarcelados; decenas de miles de maestros, jueces y funcionarios, purgados por motivos ideológicos. Lo relevante para la comparación con la sentencia del Procés no son los números —la escala turca es inmensamente mayor que la española— sino la naturalidad con la que televisiones, periódicos, intelectuales, tertulianos y tuiteros turcos aceptan la represión. Están convencidos de que viven en una democracia cuasi perfecta y cualquier crítica a la falta de libertad es interpretada como un ataque de los terroristas kurdos y una conspiración internacional antiturca.

     

    La sentencia dictada por el Supremo es una vergüenza. Condena a activistas sociales a nueve años de prisión por convocar movilizaciones pacíficas. Condena a los miembros del Govern a penas más altas que la mayoría de los 33 procesados por el golpe de Estado del 23F o del intento de golpe de Ynestrillas (padre), que en 1980 fue condenado a seis meses de prisión por intentar asaltar con un tanque el Palacio de la Moncloa. Y es una vergüenza la naturalización de la represión por parte de televisiones, periódicos, intelectuales, tertulianos y tuiteros españoles. Están convencidos de que viven en una democracia cuasi perfecta y cualquier crítica a la falta de libertad es interpretada como un ataque de los secesionistas catalanes y una conspiración antiespañola.

     

    PENAS DE ENTRE 9 Y 13 AÑOS PARA LOS ACUSADOS DEL 1-0

     

    Porque fuera de España, igual que pasa con la represión de Turquía, resulta obvio para cualquiera con una mínima sensibilidad democrática. Recibo mensajes de cargos de Syriza preguntando si de verdad el Tribunal Supremo había dictado las penas que reportaban los diarios o era un fallo de traducción. El diputado tory (conservador y unionista) escocés Murdo Fraser declara que “aunque comprendo que se trata de un asunto que compete a los tribunales y al poder judicial español, no veo el sentido de que el Gobierno de Madrid encarcele a los líderes catalanes por una acción esencialmente política”.

     

    Otro escocés, Iain Macwhirter, ex rector de la Universidad de Edimburgo, periodista de la BBC y comentarista político de The Herald and the Sunday Herald, escribe “¡13 años por ayudar a organizar un referéndum pacífico! Incalificable. Lamento que la Unión Europea no haya condenado esta violación de los derechos civiles fundamentales”. La laborista Emily Thornberry proclama en la Cámara de los Comunes que “la sentencia dictada ayer en Madrid contra los políticos independentistas catalanes es innecesaria, desproporcionada y totalmente contraproducente”.

     

    El Bloco portugués va más allá. Condena “a reiterada tentativa por parte do Estado Espanhol em procurar resolver um conflito eminentemente político através da repressão e da prisão” y exige “à libertação de todos os presos políticos catalães, ao regresso dos exilados sem represálias e ao fim da repressão na Catalunha”. Los tertulianos españoles, sin embargo, ven lógica la sentencia. Es el Estado de Derecho. Somos una democracia ejemplar. Esto no es un problema para las libertades en España, solo es el fruto de la espiral demente de los independentistas catalanes.

     

    La policía le revienta un ojo a un chaval —uno más, como en el 1 de octubre, en las huelgas, en los desalojos— en las protestas del Prat. En Eldiario.es lo cuentan así: “Un hombre ha sido herido por el estallido de su globo ocular”. Qué mala suerte que te estalle un ojo durante una manifestación. En La Sexta dicen que le están operando de urgencia pero “a esta hora no se puede asegurar que vaya a perder la visión”. La misma tele llama “brutal agresión” al manotazo que desequilibra a María Grima, la militante de Vox que provoca con una rojigualda a los manifestantes en Tarragona. El País sube la apuesta por el periodismo de calidad con el siguiente tuit: “Una madre con su hijo en brazos hace una peineta a los cientos de manifestantes que están cortando la C-58 en Terrasa”. Piqueras en Tele5 se muestra preocupadísimo por los turistas y los contenedores de Barcelona. Jorge Bustos dice que Barcelona es una ciudad sin ley pero no deberíamos perder el tiempo comentando lo que dice un gilipollas.

     

    La PAH publica un contundente comunicado expresando la preocupación por la criminalización de la protesta, que a partir de ahora podrá ser considerada sedición. Ecologistas en Acción considera que la sentencia del Tribunal Supremo contiene una inaceptable criminalización de la protesta y de la desobediencia civil.

     

    Da lo mismo que haya festivales como el Primavera Sound que publican comunicados criticando la sentencia, los medios nacionales siguen tratando las protestas como una cuestión de orden público.

     

    En Catalunya la reacción va mucho más allá del independentismo y el activismo. El festival de de Sitges, el Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona, el Barça, el Primavera Sound publican comunicados criticando la sentencia. Da lo mismo, los medios de ámbito estatal siguen tratando las protestas como una cuestión de orden público provocada por independentistas exaltados. La radio del Primavera Sound suspende la programación y anima a salir a la calle. El festival Womanz se aplaza. Varias editoriales anuncian que no tendrán lugar presentaciones de libros. El programa deportivo La Sotana cancela su emisión y publica tuits desde el aeropuerto. La reacción de enfado a tu alrededor es inmensa pero cuando enciendes la tele solo ves una caricatura.

     

    La vicepresidenta Carmen Calvo apela a la mayoría silenciosa, ese concepto acuñado por el neofascismo durante el largo 68 italiano, popularizado por Nixon y utilizado por los políticos más despreciables de las últimas décadas. “La mayoría de los catalanes ayer hizo vida normal”, afirma Calvo. Viene a decir que la dictadura militar de Videla no fue para tanto porque solo desapareció a 30.000 personas y 24,5 millones de argentinos hicieron vida normal.

     

    El diputado del PSC José Zaragoza publica un tuit diciendo “Cuando tienes que bloquear aeropuertos, vías de tren y carreteras para que la gente no pueda ir al trabajo es que tu movilización política ha fracasado”. Cuando en Hong Kong consiguieron paralizar el aeropuerto estuvo claro que el decreto de extradición a China iba a ser derogado, aunque es probable que este señor no lea prensa internacional y sea tan ignorante como parece. Pero es que ese tuit demuestra un absoluto desconocimiento de la Historia de los partidos socialistas, incluyendo el suyo, durante los dos siglos pasados.

     

    Pablo Ordaz publica en El País que “durante muchos días, incluyendo los fines de semana y alguna que otra madrugada, Marchena ha ido redactando la sentencia en su casa, a veces en pijama”. Más allá de la imagen que le venga a cada cual a la cabeza al pensar en Marchena con pijama, el masaje de Ordaz al magistrado nos deja otra perla, mucho más preocupante: “La sentencia no tiene en cuenta los centenares de testigos por su profunda carga emocional”. Es decir, “los varios centenares de testigos que declararon en el plenario ofrecieron una versión filtrada por una profunda carga emocional”. Marchena no quiere que seas un maricón que llora. Sé un hombre, joder. Si te pega la policía, te jodes y declaras sin emoción.

     

    Once periodistas han sido agredidos por la policía. Todos ellos iban perfectamente acreditados con los distintivos de prensa visibles. A varios de ellos les han disparado proyectiles mientras grababan las cargas. En TVE uno dice “Por suerte hoy nuestros compañeros han podido trabajar sin presiones o insultos de los independentistas”. Ningún otro tertuliano le discute esa barbaridad o le recuerda a sus compañeros heridos. Un apunte contra el corporativismo: si destaco las agresiones policiales a periodistas no es porque sean más graves que golpear a cualquier otra persona. Lo grave es que la policía pega a la prensa para poder hostiar más fuerte y sin testigos a todos los manifestantes.

     

    LA VERDADERA RUPTURA

     

    La clave de todo la dan en Twitter el periodista de El Salto Jose Durán Rodríguez y el miembro de Zemos98 Pedro Jiménez: “Llegas a casa, pones la tele, escuchas a los tertulianos de la televisión pública hablando de la actuación de los Mossos hoy y te preguntas en qué momento has dejado de vivir en el mismo planeta que ellos”.

     

    Llegas a casa, pones la tele, escuchas a los tertulianos de la televisión pública hablando de la actuación de los Mossos hoy y te preguntas en qué momento has dejado de vivir en el mismo planeta que ellos.

     

    Una parte significativa de España —la parte sobrerrepresentada en los medios, la cultura y la política— ha decidido vivir en un mundo de fantasía. Su mundo, en el que la Constitución que nos dimos entre todos garantiza nuestros derechos y libertades gracias una transición modélica que cerró las heridas abiertas por una guerra civil en la que hubo excesos en ambos bandos. Una fantasía obscena que solo se sostiene gracias a la repetición machacona del mantra. Un mundo ficticio pero mucho más cómodo de habitar que la jodida realidad. Una ensoñación donde la policía protege los derechos fundamentales, los jueces interpretan la norma conforme a las garantías de un Estado social y de derecho, los representantes políticos velan por el bien común y los medios de comunicación ejercen su función de control del poder.

     

    ¿Alguien se acuerda del “sin violencia cualquier proyecto político se puede defender”? Se lo dijimos a ETA durante décadas para exigirle que dejara de matar. Con esta sentencia queda claro que cualquier proyecto político se puede defender, pero si eres independentista te tendrás que conformar con defenderlo. Puedes ser independentista si aceptas que tu propuesta política nunca se someterá al refrendo de la ciudadanía. La sentencia dice con recochineo: “Hemos de insistir en que la libertad ideológica de los acusados quedó incólume a lo largo del proceso”. Es la misma clase de cinismo que la famosa frase atribuida al dictador ugandés Idi Amin: “Hay libertad de expresión. Lo que no garantizo es que haya libertad después de expresarte”.

     

     

     

     


              

    Un parlamentar din Hong Kong, Junius Ho, susținător al politicilor Beijingului, a fost înjunghiat de un protestatar

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    Un parlamentar din Hong Kong, Junius Ho, susținător al politicilor Beijingului, a fost înjunghiat de un protestatar

    Parlamentarul, rănit, împreună cu alți martori, l-au imobilizat pe atacator imediat după incident.
    Accidentul este ultimul dintr-o serie de atacuri împotriva persoanelor care susțin oricare dintre părțile crizei din Hong Kong. Protestatarii pro-democrație, l-au acuzat în luna iulie pe Junius Ho de organizarea de atacuri împotriva civililor în stația locală Yuen Long.
    Ulterior, oficialul din Hong Kong a transmis că atacatorii, din iulie, își „apără casa și oamenii lor", dar a negat vreo implicare în incident. Acesta a fost văzut dând mâna cu atacatorii din stația Yuen Long.
    Protestele în Hong Kong, care deseori au fost marcate de incidente violente între demonstranți și forțele de ordine, au izbucnit în urmă cu cinci luni, ca reacţie la controversatul proiect de lege ce ar fi facilitat extrădările spre China continentală. Manifestanţii contestă politicile Guvernului local pro-Beijing, condus de Carrie Lam.


              

    China Introduces Restrictions On Video Games For Minors

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    Chinese officials are cracking down on youth online gaming, which they say negatively affects the health and learning of minors. Official guidelines released Tuesday outline a new curfew and time restrictions for gamers under 18.

    Six measures were outlined in the guidelines, aimed at preventing minors "from indulging in online games." Among them is a ban on online video games for minors between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Minors will also be restricted to 90 minutes of game time everyday except national holidays, when they are allowed a maximum of three hours.

    Online microtransactions, which many view as lucrative and gouging, are also targeted. These purchases are capped monthly at $28 or $57, depending on a minor's age.

    China's new directives implicate adult gamers too. A state spokesperson says that everyone, regardless of age, is prohibited from playing games that depict "sexual explicitness, goriness, violence and gambling."

    Chinese officials will also require everyone to register accounts for online games using their real name and phone number, which will help government entities to regulate playing time.

    "The State Administration of Press and Publication is working with the Ministry of Public Security to lead the building of a unified identification system, which would provide user identification services to video game companies, so that they can accurately verify the identity of minors," a government statement said. "We are also going to gradually perfect and enrich the functions of the identification system, to achieve gaming time data sharing across platforms, so we could know and therefore restrict the total time every minor spends on gaming across platforms."

    It is not clear how offline single-player games factor into the new guidelines.

    The regulations focus on furthering President Xi Jinping's continued anti-video game efforts. In 2018, Jinping called for officials to take action on the large amount of nearsighted children. In addition to heavy schoolwork and mobile phones, Jinping blamed video game addiction for the vast number of myopic children.

    Video game addiction was officially recognized as a mental health condition by the World Health Organization in 2018. The criteria doesn't include a certain amount of hours played. Rather, a video game addict is described as someone with an inability to stop playing even though it interferes with other important areas of life.

    Market research firm Niko Partners reported that digital game revenue in China will reach $33 billion in 2019, making the East Asian country one of the world's largest video game markets.

    China's market power was perhaps underscored when Blizzard Entertainment suspended an esports player in October after he voiced support for the Hong Kong liberation protests, prompting many to accuse the American company of pandering to Chinese interests.

    NPR's Huo Jingnan contributed to this report. Paolo Zialcita is an intern on NPR's Newsdesk.

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    In China, Kids Of Unwed Mothers May Be Barred From Public Health Care, Education

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    When Liu, a 31-year-old Chinese insurance firm manager, learned she was pregnant in 2017, she resolved to keep her baby.

    She tried to hide the fact that she was unmarried and pregnant from her colleagues at the private insurance firm where she works in Shanghai. She paid her own hospital bills rather than rely on public insurance and risk exposing her secret to the hospital and her employer.

    Now the mother of a 22-month-old girl, Liu, who declined to share her full name for fear of social retribution, is facing a new challenge: accessing public health care and education for her child in Shanghai, where she has lived for nine years.

    "I just felt this was a small, living being, that I should keep her and that I had to work hard to create the conditions under which I could raise her," says Liu, a native of central China's Henan province, who moved to the east coast megacity of Shanghai for her job.

    Even though Liu's parents and close friends support her choice to become a mother, she says that most colleagues at her workplace do not know she has a child. "Employers would wonder, 'Is it just you who cares for the child? If so, then how will you focus on work?' " she says.

    Changing social mores and economics are affecting parenthood in China. Chinese women are increasingly financially independent. The marriage rate has dipped in recent years, and couples are divorcing more often than in the past. According to census data, women are postponing marriage and motherhood. And some are having children on their own.

    But the country's exhaustively detailed family code makes no mention of single parents. It is a topic so neglected that no official statistics are available on how many children are raised by single parents. This leaves many Chinese women stuck in a legal gray zone where they are unable to access basic public services for themselves and their children.

    "There is a blank space when it comes to single parents. There is a catchall clause [for punishing] 'any other situations that violate family planning,' " says Li Jun, a lawyer at Shanghai Dehehantong Law Firm, who is fighting a case in a Shanghai court to win maternity insurance coverage for unmarried women.

    Family laws of the land

    Neither the Population and Family Planning Law nor the Marriage Law contains language expressly allowing or forbidding single parenthood. Instead, the legislation presumes that anyone having children is married. It also excludes LGBT citizens. Same-sex couples cannot get married or register as a civil union in mainland China.

    The treatment of single mothers is left up to the discretion of local governments, which have adopted a wide variety of stances. Many provincial authorities have denied the children of single mothers hukou, or household registration, akin to a social security number allowing them to go to school and access services such as health care. Other provinces have required single mothers to pay a "social support" fee, usually several hundred dollars, as a penalty for violating family planning rules.

    "Local governments apply this differently to individual cases. ... First- and second-tier cities do not enforce such punitive policies anymore. But in more provincial places or places where family planning laws are not amended or executed properly, these instances still exist," says Li, the Shanghai lawyer.

    Liu, the single mother, was able to get hukou for her daughter in Henan province, where she's from. But the authorities in Shanghai, aware she has a child without a husband, docked several points from her residency permit application in the city because she had violated family planning guidelines.

    This permit is crucial — it would allow Liu and her child to access public services in Shanghai, rather than having to travel back to Henan. Without the permit, Liu's child will not be able to attend Shanghai public schools or access the city's public health insurance.

    Liu had waited years to accrue the necessary points to apply but now finds herself stymied from qualifying: "They consider me to have violated family planning regulations," she says. "This is the thing I'm most ashamed of."

    In spite of these limits, experts have warned that China needs to have more children to avoid a population decline in the future. The country faces a labor shortage as a result of its one-child policy, which authorities used to justify often brutal population control, including forced sterilization and abortions. The government ended the one-child rule in 2016 and now permits parents to have two children.

    However, China's ruling Communist Party has not relinquished control over family planning.

    "The Communist Party in one way or another has always been active in shaping families and encouraging a particular kind of family," notably the nuclear family, says Stuart Gietel-Basten, a professor and demography expert at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. "Under Mao, it was, 'You should have more children, right — China should grow.' And then in the '70s it's, 'OK, you should have much fewer children.' "

    More recently, party literature has said "having children is a family matter but also a national matter."

    Challenges of surrogacy

    Another group of single parents doesn't meet China's definition of family: women who have children through surrogacy, even though it is expensive — and illegal in China.

    Some Chinese women with financial means have tried to get around the ban by using services abroad.

    That's something Lee Qianmo, a 41-year-old skin care company executive, is considering.

    She became pregnant in 2018. But after a severe episode of depression, she made a painful decision to terminate the pregnancy, something that has left her conscience-stricken.

    Yet she does not rule out having a child in the future.

    "I haven't always thought about having a kid. It's only after seeing my niece growing up, I started thinking that I should leave that option open for myself in case I ever find it nice to have a child," she says.

    As an unmarried woman, Lee would have a difficult time qualifying for adoption.

    The alternatives also pose challenges. Although procedures such as artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization are permitted in China, most Chinese hospitals do not provide egg-freezing services. The 2001 law banning surrogacy also stipulates that assisted reproductive technology can be used by only those who are legally allowed to have children — heterosexual married couples.

    Going abroad for surrogacy is one solution. After finding a surrogate mother in a country where the procedure is legal, with the help of an agency, a Chinese woman can keep tabs on the surrogate throughout the pregnancy and visit for the birth. Then she can register as the legal guardian back in China.

    So far, Lee has spent tens of thousands of dollars on fertility treatments and gives herself a shot of hormones as part of her egg retrieval process after each 10-hour workday. She says she has not made up her mind about where to store her frozen eggs, given that the timing of the egg-harvesting procedure depends on the success of her hormone injections. But she hopes to freeze her eggs before year's end and might consider surrogacy in four years, when she turns 45, she says. Countries such as Thailand and Russia are at the top of Lee's list because surrogacy is legal there and those countries are close to China.

    Now fearful of the risks associated with childbirth, Lee says that without surrogacy, she may not ever want a child.

    "I choose surrogacy," she says, "but I support women who wish to give birth to their children. I find those women very admirable."

    Yuhan Xu contributed reporting from Shanghai.

    Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

              

    At BlizzCon, most fans found a reason to move on from Hong Kong

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    Most of Blizzard's fans were at BlizzCon to have fun, and they were happy to take Brack's apology as a reason to move on.
              

    Travellers feel worried to go to Hong Kong

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      Destination: Hong Kong. Travellers said, no, thanks! The ongoing protests, which began in June and have become increasingly violent, have taken a toll on Hong Kong’s tourism industry, with sharp declines in visitor arrivals affecting attractions, shops, food and drink outlets and hotels. About 40 foreign jurisdictions have issued warnings or alerts against travel to […]

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    Regional Actuarial Auditor

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    Up to £141248.48 per annum + bonus: Oliver James Associates (Actuary): Reporting to the Head of Actuarial Audit, this is a great chance to get a helicopter view of a top insurance company, conduct deep dives into all actuarial verticals and get direct access to Senior Management/Board. Hong Kong Island
              

    Marketing Actuary (Leading Re-insurer - new headcount)

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    Up to £125554.20 per annum + bonus: Oliver James Associates (Actuary): I'm currently looking to speak with dynamic life actuaries looking for a more non-traditional role in which you will gain excellent client exposure, business understanding and network across all top Direct Insurers in Asia. Hong Kong Island
              

    Actuarial Pricing Analyst (Fresh Graduate welcome!)

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    Negotiable: Oliver James Associates (Actuary): A top tier life insurance firm in the region is seeking for junior actuaries in their actuarial pricing team, engaging in various product initiatives Hong Kong
              

    Chine: les exchanges de cryptomonnaies peuvent demander à être réglementés

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    À compter d’aujourd’hui, les exchanges de cryptomonnaies peuvent demander à être réglementés par la Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) de Hong Kong qui a publié un document posant le cadre pour les échanges cryptographiques.

    Les nouvelles règles couvrent des aspects de la conservation des cryptos, les exigences du client, des règles anti-blanchiment et des manipulations de marché, ainsi que des questions spécifiques au secteur de la cryptomonnaie, a dit Ashley Alder, directeur général du SFC dans une conférence Fintech à Hong Kong.

    "Et cela met également en évidence de nombreux nouveaux concepts auxquels nous nous habituons, tels que les portefeuilles chauds et froids, les forks, les parachutages (airdrops), etc. Nous définirons également les critères permettant aux plateformes de décider de l'inclusion d'un nouvel actif pour le trading", a-t-il ajouté.

    Selon Alder, la Commission a examiné "un grand nombre d'exploitants de plateformes cryptographiques" et a conclu que "certains d'entre nous pourraient être réglementés par nous".

    Toutefois, le directeur général a souligné qu'il veillerait à ce que les opérateurs de plateformes ne puissent fournir des services qu'aux investisseurs professionnels, et uniquement à ceux qui sont en mesure de démontrer qu'ils possèdent déjà une connaissance suffisante en matière d'investissement dans ce domaine.

    Cette annonce est "un moment crucial pour les services financiers en Asie et indique une acceptation accrue des actifs numériques en tant que nouveau type d'instruments financiers", a déclaré à Reuters Hugh Madden, le PDG de BC Group, une société techno de trading d'actifs numériques.

    Dans le même temps, Alder a également souligné que la SFC était "extrêmement préoccupée" par les plateformes offrant des contrats à terme sur actifs virtuels au public, en particulier des contrats à fort effet de levier.

    "Nous allons donc publier aujourd'hui un deuxième document qui alerte les investisseurs sur ces risques. Elle indique également que ceux qui proposent des contrats à terme sur des actifs virtuels à des fins de transaction pourraient bien mener une activité illégale", a déclaré M. Alder.

    Plus tôt dans la journée, il a été annoncé que le planificateur d’état de la Chine, la Commission nationale du développement et de la réforme, avait retiré le secteur du minage de Bitcoin (BTC) de la liste des industries susceptibles d’être éliminées.

    Tout cela s’inscrit dans la foulée de la récente demande du président chinois Xi Jinping d’accélérer le développement de la technologie blockchain en raison de son importance "dans le nouveau cycle d’innovation technologique et de transformation industrielle" de la Chine.

    Lire aussi: Les déclarations de la Chine provoquent-elles la hausse du prix du bitcoin?


              

    ONU : la Corée du Nord formerait de jeunes hackers aux attaques cryptos

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    Des rapports de l’ONU indiquent que la Corée du Nord aurait recruté des jeunes pour devenir hackers en cryptos, comme le rapporte le média Chosun repris par Cryptonews. Ce n’est pas la première accusation de ce type à l’encontre du pays, qui semble déterminé à utiliser les crypto-actifs afin de contourner les sanctions et financer son développement.

    Des cryptos dans les biberons des hackers nord-coréens

    L’information vient de plusieurs rapports du Comité des sanctions contre la République populaire démocratique de Corée (RPDC) à l’ONU, qui ont été analysés par le membre du Parlement sud-coréen Cho Won-Jin. Selon ces derniers, le gouvernement nord-coréen identifie des enfants ayant montré un talent particulier pour l’informatique, et les sélectionne afin qu’ils deviennent des « cyber-agents ». Ils forment alors une unité spéciale, dont le but est d’attaquer des sites et espaces de stockages dédiés aux crypto-actifs.

    La Corée du Nord conduirait ces raids afin de dérober des fonds et utiliserait principalement des techniques de « spearfishing » (hameçonnage ciblé), depuis au moins 2016. Il semblerait que les cibles favorites de cette unité spéciale soient les exchanges de cryptos sud-coréens, à cause de leur sécurité qui peut laisser à désirer.

    Dissimuler les traces d’effraction

    Si cette histoire paraît déjà rocambolesque, elle ne s’arrête cependant pas là. Toujours selon le média Chosun, il semblerait que la Corée du Nord ait également établi une entreprise blockchain à Hong Kong, qui servirait uniquement de façade afin de procéder au blanchiment des fonds ainsi dérobés. L’entreprise, Marine China, n’aurait qu’un seul investisseur.

    Les cryptodevises volées seraient déplacées entre un grand nombre d’adresses, situées dans plusieurs pays différents, afin de couvrir les traces et éviter d’attirer l’attention de potentiels enquêteurs. Ce sont plus de 5 000 transactions qui auraient ainsi été effectuées. Cela permettrait au pays de continuer à se financer, tout en évitant les sanctions financières américaines qui pèsent actuellement sur son économie.

    Ce rapport coïncide en tout cas avec d’autres informations qui avaient déjà été révélées il y a quelques mois. On apprenait ainsi en août que le pays aurait attaqué des exchanges afin de financer son programme d’armement. Ce sont deux milliards de dollars qui auraient ainsi été dérobés. L’information a bien sûr été niée par la RPDC, un mois plus tard. Ce qui est sûr, c’est que le pays s’intéresse fortement aux monnaies virtuelles. En septembre, on apprenait ainsi que l’État travaillait à sa propre cryptodevise, qui serait similaire au Bitcoin.

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    La Corée du Nord transformerait des enfants en pirates de cryptomonnaies selon l’ONU

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    L’ONU pense que la Corée du Nord forme les jeunes les plus talentueux en informatique à devenir de véritables pirates de cryptomonnaies et pense que Pyongyang utilise une fausse blockchain de Hong Kong comme plateforme de blanchiment d’argent.

    Selon le média Chosun, le député sud-coréen et membre de la commission parlementaire Cho Won-jin, a analysé les récents rapports du Comité du Conseil de sécurité sur la Corée du Nord.

    Selon les données du rapport, les Nations unies ont découvert qu'une unité spéciale du gouvernement nord-coréen sélectionne et entretient d'éventuels "agents cybernétiques", identifiant des talents informatiques incroyables lorsqu'ils sont encore enfants et les entraînant dans le but exprès de pirater des cryptomonnaies.

    En août, l’ONU a affirmé que Pyongyang avait perquisitionné environ 2 milliards USD de cryptomonnaies et d’autres fonds dans le cadre d’une campagne en cours pour alimenter ses programmes d’armement.

    Selon le média, le rapport du comité de l'ONU contient également des détails sur la manière dont Pyongyang a créé une société blockchain à Hong Kong afin d'éviter les sanctions américaines.

    La société, Marine China, aurait un investisseur unique, Julian Kim, qui porte également le pseudonyme de Tony Walker. Cette personne semble avoir eu accès à des fonds d'institutions financières basées à Singapour.

    L'ONU pense que Pyongyang tente de couvrir ses traces après avoir effectué des rafles de cryptomonnaie, effectué "au moins 5 000 transactions individuelles" et transféré des fonds entre plusieurs adresses dans plusieurs pays afin de dissuader les enquêteurs.

    Les Nations unies déclarent que les pirates informatiques de Pyongyang privilégient le hameçonnage comme moyen d’attaque, affirmant que l’État voyou a connu le succès avec cette stratégie dans le passé, prenant le contrôle des ordinateurs bancaires au Bangladesh en 2016.

    L’année dernière, un expert a dit à Cryptonews.com que les échanges cryptographiques sud-coréens, plus petits, constituaient une autre cible privilégiée pour les pirates informatiques du Nord. L’expert a déclaré que les pirates informatiques considéraient ces plateformes comme des “solutions faciles à mettre en œuvre” en raison de leur niveau de sécurité souvent faible.

    Lire aussi: Le secteur bancaire sud-coréen va vers la blockchain quand le pays refuse une monnaie numérique.


              

    Schneider Electric Partners With Web Summit to Reduce Carbon Footprint for One of World’s Largest Tech Events

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    Schneider Electric is bringing its collaborative approach to carbon and environmental solutions to this year’s Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal (Nov. 4-7) where it will facilitate progress towards the event’s carbon neutrality goal. Schneider Electric will work with the Web Summit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced from the event using a combination of energy attribute certificates and carbon offsets to address emissions produced by the event’s energy consumption and attendee travel.

    “As one of the most sustainable companies in the world, Schneider Electric is committed to helping clients and partners in their own sustainability pursuits,” said Emmanuel Lagarrigue, Chief Innovation Officer at Schneider Electric. “We recently announced that we will reach our own carbon neutral goal by 2025, five years earlier than expected, and are looking forward to working with Web Summit to help them achieve their goals.”

    Schneider Electric partners with organizations of all sizes to help them achieve their sustainability goals, and enabled the Paris Marathon to become the first carbon neutralmarathon earlier this year. To calculate the carbon footprint of the Web Summit, experts from Schneider Electric Energy and Sustainability Services will gather data, including the size of the event space, number of attendees, distance traveled and more. Once the footprint is calculated, the associated emissions will be addressed through clean technologies such as carbon offsets. A highly valid method of counterbalancing emissions, verified offsets can be sourced from a
    variety of projects, ranging from forestry to landfill gas capture and flare.

    The Web Summit expects that more than 70,000 participants will travel to Lisbon for this year’s event. Offsetting the estimated GHG emissions from air travel alone for this amount of people would be the equivalent of planting more than one million trees. The estimation for emissions is based on an official air travel emission calculator prepared by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and takes into account the length of each flight, type of carrier and cabin class.

    “Our global network of entrepreneurs and leaders presents us with an enormous opportunity to provide trusted guidance, inspiration and thought leadership in order to help us stand together in trying to solve the world’s biggest social, economic and environmental issues,” said Peter Gilmer, Chief Impact Officer of Web Summit. “We believe in leading by example and are pleased to have Schneider Electric with us, taking significant steps to continually improve the sustainability of our event.”

    Schneider Electric is the world’s largest provider of corporate renewable energy consulting services and has worked with thousands of organizations to set and achieve environmental goals at all stages of their sustainability journey, including developing emission reduction and renewable energy procurement roadmaps. Emmanuel Lagarrigue will be participating on multiple panels at Web Summit and will discuss Schneider Electric’s Innovation at the Edge program, which includes investments, incubations, partnerships and joint ventures with start-ups and companies around the world to drive the sustainable energy revolution.

    Going to Web Summit? Tips for a Sustainable Stay in Lisbon:

    As the host city of Web Summit, Lisbon, Portugal is a leader in sustainability. The city was recently named as the 2020 European Green Capital award winner for its efforts in addressing sustainable land use, urban mobility, green growth and eco innovation, climate change adaptation and waste. While carbon offsets aren’t an option for everyone, there are many ways
    to incorporate more sustainable practices:

    • Explore Public Transportation

      Lisbon has already implemented measures to restrict car use and prioritize cycling, public transport and walking. In 2017, Lisbon launched a bike-sharing scheme, with electric bikes comprising two thirds of the fleet to encourage cycling in the hillier parts of the city.

    • Limit Single-Use

      When possible, utilize reusable utensils, glasses and coffee mugs in lieu of single-use containers or bring your own. This will greatly reduce the amount of waste that needs to be thrown away or recycled.

    • Dine Sustainably

      Dining at places that source food locally can help to limit our carbon footprint. Lisbon is also home to many vegan and vegetarian restaurants.

    To learn more about Schneider Electric’s sustainability journey, visit www.schneider-electric.us/en/about-us/sustainability/

    About Schneider Electric

    At Schneider Electric, we believe access to energy and digital is a basic human right. We empower all to make the most of their energy and resources, ensuring Life Is On everywhere, for everyone, at every moment.

    We provide energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability. We combine world-leading energy technologies, real-time automation, software and services into integrated solutions for Homes, Buildings, Data Centers,  infrastructure and Industries.

    We are committed to unleash the infinite possibilities of an open, global, innovative community that is passionate about our Meaningful Purpose, Inclusive and Empowered values.

    About Web Summit

    Forbes says Web Summit is “the best tech conference on the planet”, Bloomberg calls it “Davos for geeks”, Politico “the Olympics of tech”, and the Guardian “Glastonbury for geeks”, and in the words of Inc Magazine “Web Summit is the largest technology  conference in the world.”

    Whatever Web Summit is, it wouldn’t be possible without an incredible team of over 200 employees based in Dublin, Lisbon, Toronto and Hong Kong; including world class engineers, data scientists, designers, producers, marketers, salespeople and more. They’ve disrupted an old industry by building incredible software and designing mind-blowing events - revolutionising
    how people and ideas come together to change the world.

    As one of the world’s largest gatherings of entrepreneurs, investors multinationals and thought leaders - over 120,000 people from more than 170 countries join Web Summit in Lisbon, Collision in Toronto and RISE in Hong Kong.


              

    Hactl picks up Southern Air’s ramp handling business

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    Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) – Hong Kong’s largest independent cargo handler – has been awarded the contract to provide ramp handling for Kentucky (US)-based freighter operator Southern Air Inc. Southern Air – [...]

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    BPT 2.0 – The Lies of the Third Reich , Hong Kong, and 2 Thess 2

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    I muse on some lessons from the excellent book the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and how it (kind of) pertains to Hong Kong. The main part of the podcast though is about the complete lack of consensus among pretribulationalist regarding 2 Thessalonians 2, otherwise known as pretrib Kryptonite. Check Out http://prewrathmovie.com

              

    The Return of the Premium Hong Kong Golden Roasted Goose at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Lung Hin

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    It's back, and it's roasting from November all the way to February next year...


    Lung Hin at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila announces the return of the premium Hong Kong Golden Roasted Goose starting November 2, 2019 to February 3, 2020 covering all the seasonal celebrations this year and the next. It's a culinary treat you've come to expect from a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star property (for more on my experience at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's rating as one of the world's finest five-star properties by the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide, see my post Exceptional Service That Exceeds Expectations: A Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Staycation at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila). Time to welcome the return of a classic...at Lung Hin.

    Lung Hin, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's award-winning Chinese restaurant, earned both local and international recognition from Philippine Tatler and the China Hotel Industry Golden Horse Awards as one of the best Chinese restaurants outside China. And it just gets better with the return of the premium Roasted Goose...


    Chef Ken Leung served a lavish menu to showcase the premium roast goose, from dim sum to soup, mains and dessert. The special menu is good for five to ten, perfect for families and special gatherings this holiday season (see contact details below for inquiries on prices and rates). For Chef Ken, the new menu is part of Lung Hin's culinary tradition of authenticity using the finest ingredients (for more on Chef Ken Leung and the award-winning Lung Hin, see my earlier posts, Meet Chef Ken of Marco Polo's Award-Winning Lung Hin... on my first time to meet Chef Ken, Cantonese, Anew: Celebrate The New Year with New Dishes and Exquisite Abalone at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Lung Hin and 19 with 25: Enjoy 19 Authentic Dim Sum Dishes and More with 25% Discount at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Lung Hin). Our exclusive preview at Lung Hin began with the refreshing signature Iced Tea...


    The starters were then served, a duo of tasty steamed and fried dim sum masterfully prepared by Chef Ken and his team. The intricate Steamed Seafood Dumplings with Caviar offered delicate notes...


    ...with fresh and clean flavors in every bite. The caviar added distinct and sharp notes to complement the subtle and nuanced flavors of the delicate dim sum. In contrast, Chef Ken presented texture and rich flavors with his next dim sum dish...


    ...with the Deep-Fried Shrimp Dumplings with Mayonnaise. Fried to a perfect crispness, the briny sweetness of the succulent shrimps come through mellowed by the creamy finish of the mayonnaise.


    Just like the previous dim sum dish, the flavors are delicately balanced, draping the palate with an elegant richness.


    It's dim sum elevated to a whole new level, modern and innovative yet maintaining traditional flavors. The use of the freshest seafood and ingredients is evident right from the first bite with its subtle sweetness.  


    Then, Chef Ken presented the highlight of the special preview with the premium roasted goose. Roasted to a crisp and juicy finish, the bright golden hues of the Hong Kong classic brings authentic and traditional Cantonese flavors to Lung Hin...


    ...with a recipe perfected by generations of Guangdong chefs. Not many establishments offer authentic roasted goose and it's a unique and special treat just in time for the coming holidays. The tedious roasting, airing and drying process brings both textural contrast and indulgent notes with its crispy skin over a thin layer of flavorful fat and tender, juicy meat with none of the gamey flavors. 


    Chef Ken then served his succulent and crisp Hong Kong Golden Roasted Goose, sliced and carved with its own flavorful juices and a sweet plum sauce. Drawing inspiration from traditional recipes from southern China's Guangdong province that's become a Hong Kong classic, Chef Ken's version faithfully recreates all these comforting flavors with his Hong Kong Golden Roasted Goose at Lung Hin.


    It's hard to accurately describe the flavors of roasted goose, but there is that distinctive depth of flavor and elegant smooth finish that sets it apart from the usual roast duck. The common roast duck has sharper, bolder flavors while the roasted goose has milder and more nuanced notes. It's a dish perfected by age-old recipes and tradition that's become a Hong Kong classic, and you can experience it at Lung Hin.  


    One savory bite leads to another allowing diners to appreciate the lengthy process and long hours in creating the Hong Kong classic. This time, Lung Hin will be roasting this iconic Hong Kong specialty from November all the way to February 3 next year. Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year, just pick your holiday and Lung Hin's premium Hong Kong Golden Roasted Goose will be the highlight of your holiday feast.


    Chef Ken then served his other dishes from the special menu, including the Poached Garoupa with Wild Mushrooms in Fish Stock with its fresh and clean flavors...



    ...and the Steamed Stuffed Vegetarian Treasure in Inari Bag, a refreshing pouch filled with vegetables that's both hearty and flavorful. 


    But it's the Steamed Japanese Scallops with Minced Garlic in XO Sauce that will have you going for seconds...


    ...with the briny sweetness from the plump and succulent scallops complemented by the nutty hints of garlic and perfectly finished by the XO sauce. Firm to the bite yet melts in your mouth, these scallops release a burst of vibrant flavors that's both clean and indulgently rich.

    One more scallop and steamed vegetarian dumpling followed by a comforting bowl of Braised Fish Lips with Dried Scallops (R) soothes both the palate and body with its briny freshness from the fish and scallops and deep nutty undertones from the mushrooms.


    The Signature Lung Hin Fried Rice with Seafood and Scallops rounds out our sumptuous lunch at Lung Hin...


    ...followed by the decadent Chilled Mango Sago with Coconut Milk to end another memorable dining experience at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila. It's a festive feast that's perfect for the coming holidays shared with family and friends. Celebrate the season with tradition and authenticity at Lung Hin with the premium Hong Kong Golden Roasted Goose, and welcome the return of a Hong Kong classic...

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    HTNG and HFTP Developing HITEC 2020 Asia, Expanding the Hospitality Technology Event

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    BANGKOK (September 18, 2019) – Two leading associations who work to advance and educate on hospitality technology are partnering to expand to Asia the popular Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®), with plans to premiere next year. Recently joining resources for HITEC Europe 2020, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) and Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) are continuing their collaboration by adding a fourth HITEC to the 2020 roster.

    HFTP has produced the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC) in North America since 1972, and in 2017 expanded the brand with two additional boutique events in Europe and Dubai which bring together thought leaders, practitioners and vendors to cover hospitality technology trends and practices. Since then, the European show has been building annually and earlier this month HFTP and HTNG announced a new partnership to help elevate the program and broaden its audience for 2020. Taking advantage of the momentum from their collaboration and HTNG’s decade-long presence in the Asia-Pacific region, HFTP and HTNG will continue to work together to establish this new event in Asia. Details will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

    Upcoming events include: HFTP’s HITEC Dubai on November 12-13, 2019 at Festival Arena in Festival City Dubai in Dubai, UAE; HTNG’s European Conference on November 18-20, 2019 at the Fairmont Monte Carlo in Monaco; HFTP and HTNG’s HITEC Europe on April 21-23, 2020 at the Palau de Congressos in Palma, Mallorca, Spain; HTNG’s Hospitality Tech Summit on 13 February, 2020 at the Okura Hotel in Amsterdam; and HFTP’s HITEC San Antonio on June 15-17, 2020 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas USA.

    For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other international activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.

    For more information about HTNG, please visit www.htng.org or contact the HTNG Events Department at events@htng.org.

     

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    About HFTP

    Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) established in 1952, is an international, nonprofit association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Dubai. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with members and stakeholders spanning across the globe. HFTP uniquely understands the industry’s pressing issues and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. It does this via its expert networks, research, certification programs, information resources and conferences/events such as HITEC. HFTP also owns the world’s only hospitality-specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com®.

    For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit. Follow HFTP/HITEC on HFTP Connect, Facebook (@HFTPGlobal; @HITECconference), LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP),  Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC), Flickr and YouTube for the latest news.

    About Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG)

     

    The premier technology solutions association in the hospitality industry, HTNG is a self-funded, nonprofit organization with members from hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality, consultants, media and academic experts. HTNG's members participate in focused workgroups to bring to market open solution sets addressing specific business problems. HTNG fosters the selection and adoption of existing open standards and also develops new open standards to meet the needs of the global hospitality industry.

     

    Currently more than 400 corporate and individual members from across this spectrum, including world leading hospitality companies and technology vendors, are active HTNG participants. HTNG's  Board of Governors, consisting of 22 top IT leaders from hospitality companies around the world, itself has technology responsible for over 3 million guest rooms and world-leading venues. HTNG publishes workgroup proceedings, drafts and specifications for all HTNG members as soon as they are created, encouraging rapid and broad adoption. HTNG releases specifications into the public domain as soon as they are ratified by the workgroups. For more information, visit www.htng.org.

     

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    Hospitality Technology-focused Organizations HFTP and HTNG Partner for HITEC Europe

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    European hospitality technology show is April 21-23, 2020 in Palma, Mallorca Spain

    CHICAGO (September 5, 2019) – Two leading associations, who work to advance and educate on hospitality technology, are partnering to produce the fourth annual HITEC® Europe on April 21-23 in Palma, Mallorca Spain.

    Joining resources, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) and Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) are collaborating to develop a program with outstanding content and presentations by field experts from across the globe. HFTP has produced the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC) since 1972, and in 2017 expanded the brand with two additional boutique events in Europe and Dubai which bring together thought leaders, practitioners and vendors to cover hospitality technology trends and practices. Since then, the European show has been building annually and a new partnership with HTNG will help to elevate the program and broaden its audience.

    “The goal for HFTP is to provide an indispensable annual gathering for the industry in Europe and beyond to go over the myriad ins-and-outs of technology as it relates to hospitality,” said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. “Partnering with HTNG and its high-level, professional network makes HITEC Europe an essential event, as there will be no other hospitality technology-focused conference in Europe that brings together this level of expertise.”

    As a result of this collaboration, HTNG will merge its annual European conference with HITEC Europe. The organization will now direct its resources to help build it into a powerhouse event with HFTP. HTNG will still hold their Hospitality Tech Summit in Europe, which is a one-day track in conjunction with the Integrated Systems Europe show on 13 February 2020 in Amsterdam.

    “After many years of collaboration with HFTP, it’s great to come together and formalize a partnership on HITEC Europe,” said HTNG CEO Michael Blake, CAE. “We understand there are too many shows out there and are actively working toward the goal of having fewer, better shows.”

    HITEC Europe full registration attendees have access to two full days of education, two full days of exhibits and access to the Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) pre-conference event and Welcome Reception. Details are available on the HITEC Europe website.

    Adding to the reasons this will be a must-attend event is the co-location of the HSMAI Europe ROC and DOC events. These two conferences cover the latest trends and news in Revenue Optimization, Digital Marketing and Distribution for the travel, hospitality and event industries. These have run alongside HITEC Europe since its first year in 2017 and will continue to have a presence in 2020.

    Following HITEC Europe, HFTP will host the larger HITEC San Antonio on June 15-17, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas USA. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other international activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.

     

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    About Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG)

     

    The premier technology solutions association in the hospitality industry, HTNG is a self-funded, nonprofit organization with members from hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality, consultants, media and academic experts. HTNG's members participate in focused workgroups to bring to market open solution sets addressing specific business problems. HTNG fosters the selection and adoption of existing open standards and also develops new open standards to meet the needs of the global hospitality industry.

     

    Currently more than 400 corporate and individual members from across this spectrum, including world leading hospitality companies and technology vendors, are active HTNG participants. HTNG's  Board of Governors, consisting of 24 top IT leaders from hospitality companies around the world, itself has technology responsible for over 3 million guest rooms and world-leading venues. HTNG publishes workgroup proceedings, drafts and specifications for all HTNG members as soon as they are created, encouraging rapid and broad adoption. HTNG releases specifications into the public domain as soon as they are ratified by the workgroups. For more information, visit www.htng.org.

     

    About Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP)

     

    Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) established in 1952, is an international, nonprofit association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Dubai. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with members and stakeholders spanning across the globe. HFTP uniquely understands the industry’s pressing issues and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. It does this via its expert networks, research, certification programs, information resources and conferences/events such as HITEC. HFTP also owns the world’s only hospitality-specific search engine,  PineappleSearch.com®. Learn more information about HFTP at www.hftp.org.

     

     

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    CHICAGO (April 1, 2019) – Associations Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG), Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association (HEDNA), and the OpenTravel Alliance charter a collaborative group to achieve consensus and generate implementation of Unique Global Identifiers (UGI).

    When there’s an inability to track individual hotel property details and unit information, it leads to misinformation about hotel ownership, brand affiliation, management, location and other details.

    The UGI project was created by the organizations listed above to identify and provide a single source of information within the hospitality industry. In technical terms, a UGI is a unique and persistent code for which any entity can register. UGIs can be used to identify relationships at any point in time, such as a hotel with its franchise, chain or member associations. Once registered, any other entity in the industry can query and use the UGI codes to exchange information and potentially the transactions in which they may be involved.

    Facilitated by HTNG, the UGI Workgroup will define the value proposition of a UGI to the different constituencies, such as vendors, distributors and other stakeholders. This information will lead to an initial associated business model, a minimum viable product and a governance structure to encourage industry buy-in and participation in the overall system.

    The kick-off teleconference for the UGI Workgroup will be held this Wednesday, April 3 at 9:00 CST via teleconference. The group will also hold a face-to-face meeting next week at HT-NEXT

    To join the group, please fill out this form: https://www.htng.org/page/Potential_Workgroups.

     

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    About Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG)

     

    The premier technology solutions association in the hospitality industry, HTNG is a self-funded, nonprofit organization with members from hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality, consultants, media and academic experts. HTNG's members participate in focused workgroups to bring to market open solution sets addressing specific business problems. HTNG fosters the selection and adoption of existing open standards and also develops new open standards to meet the needs of the global hospitality industry.

     

    Currently more than 400 corporate and individual members from across this spectrum, including world leading hospitality companies and technology vendors, are active HTNG participants. HTNG's  Board of Governors, consisting of 24 top IT leaders from hospitality companies around the world, itself has technology responsible for over 3 million guest rooms and world-leading venues. HTNG publishes workgroup proceedings, drafts and specifications for all HTNG members as soon as they are created, encouraging rapid and broad adoption. HTNG releases specifications into the public domain as soon as they are ratified by the workgroups. For more information, visit www.htng.org.

     

    About Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals

     

    Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), established in 1952, is a hospitality nonprofit association headquartered in Austin, Texas USA with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Dubai. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with an international network of members and stakeholders. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues, and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. HFTP offers expert networks, educational resources, career development programs, research, leadership opportunities and conferences and events. HFTP produces international events throughout the year, including the world's largest hospitality technology tradeshow and conference brand: HITEC. The association also owns the world's only hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch.com®. For more information about HFTP, visit www.hftp.org.For the latest news, visit the HFTP News page at news.hftp.organd the HFTP Connect blog at blog.hftp.org.

    Follow HFTP on social media Facebook (@HFTPGlobal); LinkedInTwitter (@HFTP); Instagram(@HFTP_HITEC). Stay tuned to HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HFTP NewsHITEC BytesHFTP Club BytesHFTP Finance BytesHFTP GDPR Bytes and HFTP FB Bytes. HFTP event photos are available on Flickr, and HFTP event videos are available on YouTube.

     

     

    About Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association (HEDNA)

     

    HEDNA (Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association) is a not-for-profit trade association whose worldwide membership includes executives and managers from the most influential companies in the hospitality industry. Founded in 1991, HEDNA’s mission is to be the leading global forum for advancing hospitality distribution through collaboration and knowledge sharing. Its vision calls for HEDNA to be known for creating an environment that fosters strategic collaboration toward business development in the global hospitality industry. HEDNA holds two global distribution conferences each year, trains hospitality professionals through its HEDNA University program and has several working groups that issue thought leadership on industry issues. For more, visit www.HEDNA.org or follow us on YouTubeBlog, LinkedIn or Twitter for updates and additional content.

     

    About OpenTravel Alliance

    OpenTravel Alliance is passionate about solving the problems inherent with connecting multiple systems within the complex travel distribution arena. Our mission is to enable the future of travel by driving the evolving digital experience for consumers. OpenTravel Alliance creates, expands and drives adoption of open specifications, including but not limited to the use of XML and JSON, for the electronic exchange of business information among all sectors of the travel industry. Visit www.opentravel.org.

    OpenTravel Alliance is comprised of companies representing airlines, car rental firms, hotels, cruise lines, railways, leisure suppliers, service providers, tour operators, travel agencies, and solutions providers.

     

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    Effort in US Congress to rein in China on Hong Kong protests faces obstacles

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    WASHINGTON: A push in the US Congress for legislation to support anti government protests in Hong Kong and pressure China to refrain from a violent crackdown faces an array of obstacles, raising questions about the prospect it will ever become law. The fate of the legislation could depend in part ...
              

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    An employee at the company’s Hong Kong airport shop offered to provide cooling boxes to keep multiple tins of caviar fresh for long-haul flights. Of all the outlets contacted by the Guardian, only one ...
              

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    Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund, the US$131 million venture capital fund started by Jack Ma, plans to boost investments in Hong Kong’s biotech start-ups that could become the next unicorn, expanding its focus from fintech and artificial intelligence.“We have come across a lot of good biotech technologies, the question is whether these are ground-breaking ones,” said Cindy Chow Lok Mei-ki, the not-for-profit fund’s executive director. “As biotech is not Alibaba’s core competence, we hope…
              

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    Chinese artificial intelligence start-up Megvii Technology dismissed a report that it is considering a delay in its Hong Kong initial public offering over US trade blacklist concerns.The IPO, which could raise as much as US$1 billion, is expected to herald the debut of China’s AI start-ups on secondary markets at a time when the country’s AI ambitions are at the forefront of a trade war with the US.The denial comes after Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that the Beijing-based company is discussing…
              

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    This article originally appeared on ABACUSWith protests outside and many more watching closely online, Blizzard’s biggest annual event saw the company walk a careful tightrope. On the one hand, there are American fans who accuse the company of pandering to China by punishing an esports player for shouting a Hong Kong protest slogan. And on the other there’s China, the world’s biggest gaming market, which cheered Blizzard’s punishment and subsequent statement to “firmly safeguard national…
              

    Will BlizzCon become the latest battleground for the Hong Kong protests?

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    This article originally appeared on ABACUS Tarsa Yuen has a vested interest in this year’s BlizzCon, and it’s not just about the games. “I want [Hong Kong’s] protest anthems to be chanted during the event,” she said. Yuen is a Hong Kong-American high school student who will be tuning in for this year’s BlizzCon, the annual conference in Anaheim, California held by the US game developer Blizzard. She’s just one of many who will be live-streaming online. Many others will be showing up in…
              

    The news images of the year: Brexit anger, Hong Kong protests and Theresa May's tearful goodbye

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    Chinese nationalists rally against Hong Kong protesters

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    Halloween celebrations in Hong Kong have been hit by tear gas, with many revellers wearing costume masks to poke fun at political figures, including China's President Xi Jinping.
              

    China’s internal suppression troops have plans for Hong Kong

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    Belonging to China, but gifted with a more liberal legal system, Hong Kong is in the throes of a self-proclaimed “revolution.” Its adherents say they are simply fighting for basic rights such as free speech and fair elections.
              

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    ditches much of the first film's slapstick antics for dryer police procedure, to detrimental effect; by the time Jackie was palling around in the dark with some Hong Kong Jump Street unit I had checked out on the plot. early goings seem as if Chan might have something critical to say re: underhanded police politics & increasing HK consumerism (the badguys are extorting a real estate company!) but we see where he lands by the end when he lectures the gang of mad bomber terrorists about getting jobs so they can contribute to society. still, the crumbling capitalist milieu proves an interesting backdrop in itself, scenes of criminals living in shipping containers & skeletal fireworks factories on the edge of town tragic no matter the copaganda moralizing. and the action remains superb, especially the explosive warehouse finale containing an elaborate live-action DONKEY KONG homage amongst other prop-laden tomfoolery. stuntman Benny Lai -- who plays deaf-mute villain 'Dummy' -- might be even faster than Jackie.


              

    Hong Kong Enforces New Regulations for Crypto Exchanges

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    The Chinese special territory of Hong Kong has announced new regulations for cryptocurrency exchanges currently operating in the city district. The new approach list new sets of compliance initiatives for these exchanges including Know-Your-Customer (KYC) protocols and Anti-Money-Laundering (AML)…
              

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    Authorities in China have approved a drug for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, the first new medicine with the potential to treat the cognitive disorder in 17 years.

    The seaweed-based drug, called Oligomannate, can be used for the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer's, according to a statement from China's drug safety agency. The approval is conditional however, meaning that while it can go on sale during additional clinical trials, it will be strictly monitored and could be withdrawn should any safety issues arise.

    In September, the team behind the new drug, led by Geng Meiyu at the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said they were inspired to look into seaweed due to the relatively low incidence of Alzheimer's among people who consume it regularly.

    In a paper in the journal Cell Research, Geng's team described how a sugar contained within seaweed suppresses certain bacteria contained in the gut which can cause neural degeneration and inflammation of the brain, leading to Alzheimer's.

    This mechanism was confirmed during a clinical trial carried out by Green Valley, a Shanghai-based pharmaceutical company that will be bringing the new drug to market.

    Conducted on 818 patients, the trial found that Oligomannate -- which is derived from brown algae -- can statistically improve cognitive function among people with Alzheimer's in as little as four weeks, according to a statement from Green Valley.

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    Vincent Mok, who heads the neurology division at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said the new drug showed "encouraging results" when compared to acetylcholinesterase inhibitors -- the existing treatment for mild to severe Alzheimer's.

    "It is just as effective but it has fewer side effects," he told CNN. "It will also open up new avenues for Alzheimer's research, focusing on the gut microbiome."

    Since very little is known about the mechanisms of the new drug, Mok said it should also be probed to see if it could have a protective effect and possibly slow down the progression of the disease in patients who have yet to develop strong symptoms of dementia.

    The company said Oligomannate will be available in China "very soon," and it is currently seeking approval to market it abroad, with plans to launch third-phase clinical trials in the US and Europe in early 2020.

    Alzheimer's disease, which starts with memory loss and escalates to severe brain damage, is believed to cause 60% to 70% of the cases of dementia reported worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Dementia affects an estimated 50 million people worldwide, including 9.5 million people in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

    Named after Alois Alzheimer, the neuropathologist who discovered the disease in 1906, it has so far confounded researchers and pharmaceutical companies.

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    Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Pfizer and Eli Lilly have all previously abandoned projects to develop a drug for Alzheimer's after unsatisfactory clinical data.

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    A knife-wielding man slashed several people and bit off part of the ear of a pro-democracy politician in Hong Kong on Sunday, as riot police stormed several malls to thwart protesters who have been demanding government reforms for nearly five months.

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    França apoia China, com preocupação por Hong Kong

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    Os presidentes francês e chinês frisaram a sinergia de ambos no combate à luta contra o aquecimento climático no dia do encerramento da visita de Emmanuel Macron ao gigante asiático. O chefe de Estado da França afirmou, ainda assim, estar preocupado com a situação em Hong Kong.
              

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    While we certainly sympathize with the Hong Kong protesters, we are obliged to note the facts on the ground. Whatever the goal of those who are demonstrating for freedom, as of now, their most glaring achievement has been to wreck the local economy. 

    Under the circumstances Beijing does not need to intervene very forcefully. The protesters are effectively hurting themselves, their livelihoods and the future of Hong Kong.

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    Hong Kong has finally entered a recession after more than half a year of violent anti-government protests, the city's Financial Secretary wrote in a blog post over the weekend, reported Reuters.

    "The blow to our economy is comprehensive," Paul Chan wrote, adding that upcoming economic data later this week will trigger a technical recession.

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    "It seems it will be extremely difficult for us to reach full-year economic growth of 0 to 1%. I would not rule out the possibility that the full-year economic growth will be negative."

    How did it happen?

    Protesters have frequently shut down popular shopping districts, something that we outlined last week, warning that the retail industry in Hong Kong is on the brink of collapse.

    Tourism plunged 37% Y/Y in 3Q19, and the trend for 4Q19 is likely not to improve. The number of tourists for the first two weeks of October was down 50% on a Y/Y basis. 

    Rooms at the most high-end hotels, like Marco Polo Hongkong in Tsim Sha Tsui, are going for $72 per night, a 75% discount versus last year. 

    Anyone who wants to travel to Hong Kong this week, departing from New York City airports, can easily get roundtrip plane tickets for 50% off because air travel to Hong Kong remains depressed. 

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    I suspect that this is mostly of interest to the few remaining holdouts. That is to the few New Yorkers who have not yet moved away from Comrade de Blasio’s failing city.

    At the least, it’s an important sign of the times. New York City had been a financial hub. Roughly as Hong Kong was for China and East Asia. Wall Street had kept the city afloat, had flooded the city with money, supporting the legal profession, shops, restaurants, private schools, what have you. Today, as the city is losing its banking business, it is trying to attract more and more high tech firms, though the Queens Amazon debacle was certainly not a good sign.

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    Keeping employees happy means allowing them a good quality of life. High taxes and astronomically high rents and real estate prices have made it nearly impossible for any but the wealthiest to live comfortably in New York. And the city keeps imposing regulations that make it more difficult to do business:

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    The incident set off a furor and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky has vowed to crack down on the problem, unveiling new verification and support policies Wednesday that he said would stop "bad actors" from abusing the trust the business has established with users.

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    As Airbnb, which has been valued as high as $31 billion by private investors, moves closer to a public listing, its party problem has become a high-priority.

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    The new rules laid out by Chesky involve four key changes:

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    • Rebooking or refunding guests who book locations that are not up to the new verification standards.
    • A 24/7 hotline and prominent customer support phone number for guests and neighbors near Airbnb listings.
    • Screening of reservations that are deemed "high-risk" to deter unauthorized parties.

    In addition, Airbnb said it has hired two former law enforcement officials as advisors to help the company combat the range of abuses and problems that can occur with short-term home rentals. 

    According to American Family Voices president Mike Lux, the home rental startup rewards absentee property owners that have limited interest in screening guests. American Family Voices sponsored the anti-Airbnb advocacy group Airbnb Watch, which chronicles Airbnb's negative impacts on local neighborhoods and real estate. 

    "I don't exactly understand honestly what they are doing with that rule," Lux said. "They are making a lot of noise about it, but I don't know how they are going to enforce it."

    A homeowner renting a basement out on the weekends is incentivized to screen potential guests, Lux explained, but a real estate "speculator" with multiple units is incentivized to get as many guests in each unit as possible to maximize profits. This is what leads to so-called party houses, and until hosts feel the pressure from Airbnb, they will continue to operate in their own interests, Lux said.

    "I do know that ultimately the problem isn't solved unless you stop multi-unit operators," Lux said. "That's what will stop this wild party house problem. They need to monitor hosts and guests better, and they should take more responsibility when something goes wrong."

    In the case of the Orinda house, it's unclear whether the new policies would have stopped the unauthorized party. According to the Associated Press, the unit had been rented by a woman who claimed her family members were concerned about health effects of the nearby wildfires in Sonoma County. The owner, Michael Wang, had received multiple citations from city officials for exceeding the home's capacity in the past according to The San Francisco Chronicle, but it's not clear whether Wang owned multiple rentals in California's Bay Area. 

    According to Lux's group, there have been more than 30 news reports about violent incidents at Airbnb parties in recent months, including shootings at similar "party houses" in St. Paul, Minn., and Los Angeles, Calif. and other cities. 

    Just weeks before the Orinda incident, a woman was shot in the arm in Arizona at an Airbnb house party, according to the Phoenix Fox television station. In May, an 18-year old was shot at a party in a Seattle home that had been rented on Airbnb, according to local media.

    The Orinda Police Department couldn't comment on the specifics of the case as the search for the shooter is still ongoing. Airbnb has a contentious relationship with its hometown, inspiring legislation from San Francisco Supervisors Aaron Peskin and David Campos to fine the company $1,000 each day for unregistered listings. The company settled with the city in 2017 after a lengthy public fight to repeal the regulation.

    "Three years ago, we said the law being passed, which was written by Airbnb, won't work because there was no skin in the game in terms of enforcement," Campos told the New York Times in 2017. of this city's relationship to Airbnb.

    Going public in the face of local scrutiny

    Airbnb has clashed with local governments before, and has continuously fought local legislation that sought to limit the company's influence or applied short-term rental restrictions and taxes at city or county levels. On Tuesday, the company suffered a stinging defeat in New Jersey as voters overwhelmingly approved stricter regulations for short-term rentals, legislation that Airbnb publicly opposed, according to the New York Times.

    The company's relationship with local governments will be critical as Airbnb tries to sell itself to public investors. Airbnb has said it plans to list its shares on the stock market by 2020, either through a traditional IPO or direct listing.

    At a time when other richly valued startups like Uber and Lyft have struggled in the public markets, Airbnb will face significant scrutiny around its business prospects and the various risks it faces.

    "Surely this casts light on the need by potential investors to fully understand what, if any, liability issues this or any other 'bad behavior' on the part of renters raises for the company," IPO consultant and financial advisor Lise Buyer told Business Insider.

    For Lux, the Airbnb critic, it comes down to the company taking responsibility. 

    "If you put up a mega-platform like this that allows people to do business in this way, you absolutely have to take responsibility as a company," Lux told Business Insider. "You can't let pure libertarianism run amok. That can't be the way society operates."

    SEE ALSO: A Silicon Valley VC is handing out 'Free Hong Kong' shirts at Golden State Warriors games and calling out other tech leaders for taking Chinese money while staying silent

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    Client Service, Private Equity | Morgan McKinley Hong Kong

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    Infinix Smartphone Android Price New

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    Infinix Smartphone Android Price New - Feelings will hardly ever be endless if review existing smartphone trend in current times, always in the arrival of one of the most brand new smartphone from various corners of the world to the Indonesian market to make a fierce competition among vendors here at home are also increasingly felt. As well as this opportunity one brand among new arrivals from Hong Kong, which is quite superior to hook the gadget at low entry segment is Infinix also be the side of the heat of the battle even for a new series of smartphones sold in Indonesia is still only beberpa units.

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    What “The Farewell” Has to Say About Western Involvement with China

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    In a season of mass protests in Hong Kong and a fierce dustup with the NBA, the acclaimed new Chinese-American film is (almost) silent on the costs of engaging with authoritarianism.
              

    Hong Kong’s eateries as divided at the citizens

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    Restaurants catering for the pro-democracy and pro-Beijing camps emerge amid the chaos


              

    Responding to the Hong Kong protests

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    By Mike Poteet

    A controversial tweet

    In early October, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted a simple image that read “Fight for Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.” This tweet, which would seem innocuous to many in the United States, drew immediate and sustained backlash from both Chinese officials and businesses due to the complicated, contentious relationship between China and Hong Kong, a semiautonomous territory that, unlike mainland China, operates as a limited democracy with a capitalist economy.

    According to the Associated Press, the Chinese consulate in Houston expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with the team following Morey’s tweet; and both Chinese state television and Tencent, a streaming media company with whom the NBA recently signed a $1.5 billion deal, announced they wouldn’t show Rockets games.

    Yet the protests that have taken place in Hong Kong this summer and fall hold far more significance than the relationship between the NBA and China. That they should have any impact at all on something as far afield as pro sports only underscores their significance and the serious political crisis they represent. 

    Months of protest

    According to a New York Times article from last June, the protests initially arose in opposition to a bill considered by Hong Kong’s legislative body, the Legislative Council. The bill would have allowed the territory to extradite criminal suspects to jurisdictions with which it has no formal extradition treaty, including mainland China.

    Observers warned that the Chinese government could use the bill to exert increased pressure on Hong Kong. “If enacted, this law would extend the ability of the Mainland authorities to target critics, human rights activists, journalist[s], NGO workers and anyone else in Hong Kong, much in the same way they do at home,” stated Man-Kei Tam, director of Amnesty International Hong Kong.

    On June 9, more than a million people marched in opposition to the bill — nearly one of every seven Hong Kongers and the biggest public protest Hong Kong had seen since the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement of 2014. A New York Times video shows that police used tear gas against protesters on June 12, along with pepper spray, rubber bullets and batons, after a small number of protesters threw objects at them. Anger over the police response inspired even larger protests on June 16, when as many as two million people came together in the largest protest in Hong Kong’s history.

    Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s Beijing-appointed chief executive, withdrew the extradition bill in early September, but the withdrawal wasn’t enough to bring protests to an end. One commonly heard chant — “Five demands, not one less” — refers to the protesters’ aims. The first was the withdrawal of the extradition bill; the others include (1) no more descriptions of the protests as “riots,” (2) unconditional release and amnesty for arrested protesters, (3) independent inquiry into police behavior, and (4) full and genuine democracy.

    Throughout the summer and into autumn, protests continued and were increasingly marked by violent confrontations between demonstrators and police. On October 1 — a holiday that marked the 70th anniversary of the Communist state founded in 1949 — police shot a protester with live ammunition for the first time.

    CNBC reported that on October 4, Lam invoked emergency powers and banned face masks at all public gatherings, claiming the move would deter violence because demonstrators cannot conceal their identities. (Many protesters wear masks and respirators to guard against tear gas.) The ban provoked a fresh wave of fiery protests. Lam’s critics worry what further actions might follow and how those actions might weaken Hong Kong’s special status, which they believe China has been steadily eroding. 

    Mixed U.S. responses

    In mid-October, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. It would require the State Department to certify every year “whether Hong Kong remains sufficiently autonomous from Beijing [China] to justify its unique treatment,” as quoted in The Washington Post. This unique treatment includes exemptions from tariffs and other U.S. laws that apply to all other Chinese exports. If the bill clears the Senate, where it has bipartisan support, it would need President Trump’s signature to become law.

    Publicly, Trump hasn’t spoken much about the protests, but the Financial Times reports that he promised Chinese president Xi Jinping that the United States would “tone down criticism of Beijing’s approach” in order to revive trade talks. However, at the United Nations in September, Trump called on China to honor its commitment to “protect Hong Kong’s freedom, legal system and democratic ways of life,” adding, “We are all counting on President Xi as a great leader,” as quoted in Vox.

    Some American businesses find themselves caught between democratic ideals and the pursuit of profit. The NBA, for instance, forced Daryl Morey to apologize for his tweet, then issued its own apology while simultaneously trying to defend free speech, a response that pleased neither Chinese officials nor many US observers. Meanwhile, Apple pulled a map app from its digital store that protesters had been using to track police movement, and shoe company Vans pulled the top vote-getter in a sneaker design competition because the design depicted the protests. 

    Christian response

    “The Chinese Communist Party may be the greatest existential threat to the Hong Kong church,” notes Christianity Today. Nevertheless, about 900,000 Hong Kongers (almost 12%) are Christian, and Christians enjoy more freedom in Hong Kong than believers in mainland China.

    Several church organizations in Hong Kong expressed concern about the extradition bill while calling for restraint and peace from protesters. According to a United Methodist News Service article, the ecumenical Hong Kong Christian Council issued a statement urging the reopening of now-closed public spaces for peaceful demonstration, restraint from using force on the part of police, and dialogue and “rational discussion” between the government and protesters.

    Many Christians in Hong Kong have joined the protests themselves. In late August, the first large-scale rally specifically for Christians drew thousands. Its motto was “Salt and light, for justice we walk together.” Attendees formed part of a human chain stretching for more than 21 miles and sang the hymn “Sing Alleluia to the Lord,” which quickly became an unofficial “anthem” for the Hong Kong protests — partly because religious gatherings are exempt from Hong Kong legislation regulating public assemblies.

    For believers who choose to participate in the protests, taking to the streets to defend their civil liberties and advocate for greater freedom is an expression of how they understand the gospel. Andrea Wong, an 18-year-old protester, told The New York Times, “I am very certain that Jesus would not have stayed home enjoying the air-conditioning. He would have been out here helping people and marching.”


    Be sure to check out FaithLink, a weekly downloadable discussion guide for classes and small groups.


              

    French leader to raise 'taboo' topics during business-focused visit to China

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    French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in China on Monday to drum up new business deals, but under warning from his hosts to keep off thorny issues such as the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
              

    11/7/2019: BUSINESS: Virgin Aust to cut flights

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    Almond Eye Green-Lighted for HK Cup

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    Japanese superstar Almond Eye (Jpn) (Lord Kanaloa {Jpn}) is set to head for the G1 Longines Hong Kong Cup despite the civil unrest in the country. The filly, a winner at the Dubai Carnival earlier this year, put up arguably a career-best performance last time out in the prestigious G1 Tenno Sho (Autumn) at Tokyo.

    The post Almond Eye Green-Lighted for HK Cup appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions.


              

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    Dark Ambition by Ann Brocklehurst (42)

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    • Hardcover: 400 pages
    • Publisher: Viking (November 8, 2016)
    • ISBN: 9780670070145


    Tim Bosma was a happy young father with a promising future when he listed his pickup truck for sale online, went for a test drive with two strangers, and never returned. The story of the Hamilton man’s strange disappearance in May 2013 captured headlines across the country and took over social media, resonating with everyone who had ever taken a test drive or bought and sold goods online. 

    When Dellen Millard and Mark Smich were eventually arrested and charged with Bosma’s murder, the mystery only deepened. Millard was the wealthy heir to an aviation business. Smich was his ne’er-do-well best friend from a middle-class family. There was no obvious reason why the pair had made it their deadly mission to steal a truck, murder its owner, and incinerate the body. Tim Bosma was their randomly chosen “thrill kill” target.

    Veteran journalist and private investigator Ann Brocklehurst had a front-row seat at Millard’s and Smich’s 2016 trial, where many of the questions about their shocking crime were finally answered. Others still linger, waiting to be further explained at two more murder trials set for 2017. Both Millard and Smich have been charged with the first-degree murder of Laura Babcock, who disappeared in summer 2012. And Millard alone faces murder charges in the death of his father, which previously has been ruled a suicide.

    Compelling and suspenseful, Dark Ambition chronicles an unfathomable crime and its chilling perpetrators.

    Ann Brocklehurst is a veteran journalist and licensed private investigator who writes about crime, courts and business. Before working on the crime beat, she reported for the International Herald Tribune from Berlin and worked for Reuters in Hong Kong and Toronto, covering banking and finance.
    Ann's PI work does not involve stake-outs or guns. She investigates for law firms, private clients, and some of the word's largest security companies.
    She lives in Toronto.


    REVIEW:
    Being from Hamilton, and still living here today, I was one of the many that followed this horrific story as it happened. When my co-worker offered to let me read her copy, I jumped at the chance.
    I'm so glad I did too.
    You think you know a story, especially when it plays out in your hometown and local news. Then you read a thrilling journalistic approach to what happened and you realize how little you actually knew.
    Man, these two are sick. Smitch probably more so than Millard. Still, they got life and they deserved it.
    While reading the book I had a few creepy moments. I can't tell you how many times I may have crossed paths with these guys. From the restaurant that they met at, a favorite of mine in Toronto, to where they lived, also among my stomping grounds. It got a little spooky, not gonna lie.  Even the victim, lives near my in-laws. Going past certain places, like Trinity Church Rd, it gets to me every time.... Will I ever forget someone was murdered near there? Probably not.
    If you know nothing about this story, and like true crime, read it. It's a good one. It just hits so close to home for me.


    5/5



    **Compensation may be earned from the link within. This copy was borrowed from a friend. Opinions are owned by Freda's Voice.


              

    Kvaser Opens Hong Kong Office to Support Asia Pacific Network

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    Kvaser continues business expansion with a Hong Kong office to support its sales and technical associate network in Asia. Mölndal, Sweden – 5th November 2019 Kvaser, a global leader in CAN (Controller Area Network) interfaces and data loggers, has opened a sales office in Hong Kong to provide enhanced sales support to the company’s partner network in the Asia-Pacific region. The Hong Kong office complements Kvaser’s existing office in Shanghai, China. With warehousing...
              

    Shiseido 3Q19 Earnings Preview: Quantamental Analysis Points to a Revenue Surprise

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    Shiseido is set to release 3rd quarter 2019 results on 7th November 2019. In this insight, we look at Shiseido’s chances of outperforming consensus estimates. We have taken a numbers-based approach to estimate Shiseido’s 3rd quarter earnings. We have used domestic industry data to forecast domestic cosmetics revenue. The revenue from China and other main countries are forecasted using trade data. Furthermore, we have also used Truedata POS in determining the direction of the domestic cosmetics segment EBIT margin.

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    Consensus

    LSR Estimates

    Difference

    Revenue

    296,323

    303,704

    2%

    YoY Growth

    8%

    11%

     

    Operating Profit

    39,719

    36,952

    -7%

    YoY Growth

    31%

    22%

     

    OP Margin

    13.4%

    12.2%

     

    Source: Cap IQ 3Q19 Consensus Vs LSR Estimates

    Our analysis shows that Shiseido’s revenue could outperform consensus by about 2%, mainly driven by stronger than expected domestic demand. The revenue surprise could have been larger if not for the slowdown in cosmetics exports.

    Over the previous four quarters, cosmetics exports to China grew at an average YoY growth rate of about 45%. However, we believe they only grew 17% YoY in 3Q19.  Furthermore, the fractured diplomatic relationship between Japan and South Korea and the protests in Hong Kong have also had a negative impact on cosmetics exports to the respective countries.

    Our OP estimate is lower than consensus despite us estimating higher revenues than consensus. Consensus OP has been substantially higher than the actual results for three out of the past four quarters. We believe the OP margin in the range of 12% is more likely to be achieved by the company considering the slowdown in the YoY growth of exports as well as the high weighting of domestic sales.

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    Nilai tukar (kurs) rupiah yang ditransaksikan antarbank di Jakarta pada awal pekan berpotensi melemah seiring pelemahan mata uang kuat Asia."Pagi ini mata uang kuat Asia yen dan dolar Hong Kong dibuka melemah terhadap ...
              

    China Signs Agreement With Hong Kong Central Bank for Blockchain Push

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    UN Claims Hong Kong Blockchain Firm Is North Korean Laundering Sham

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    United Nations committee accuses North Korea of using a Hong Kong blockchain firm as a front to launder funds


              

    Hong Kong Unveils New Rules for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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    Cryptocurrency exchanges are about to get some regulatory clarity for operating legally in Hong Kong


              

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    The World Handicap System (WHS) is ready to be launched in January 2020 and will provide golfers with a unified and more inclusive handicapping system for the first time.

    Though many countries are planning to adopt the new system in January, the system will go live in other parts of the world throughout the year to accommodate different implementation plans and variations in the golf calendar.

    Developed by the USGA and The R&A in close coordination with existing handicapping authorities, the WHS will provide all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability, with handicaps calculated in the same way wherever they are in the world.

    A key objective of the initiative was to develop a modern system, enabling as many golfers as possible to obtain and maintain a Handicap Index. Golfers will be able to transport their Handicap Index globally and compete or play a casual round with players from other regions on a fair basis. It will also indicate the score a golfer is reasonably capable of achieving the next time they go out to play.

    The table lists the estimated implementation timeframes for a selection of countries:

     

    Indicative Time Frame*

    Country

    January

    Argentina, Australia, Canada, India, Mexico, Panama, South Africa, Republic of Korea, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela

    February – March - April

    Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore and Sweden

    May - June - July – August

    Portugal

    September - October – November – December

    Great Britain and Ireland

    *Subject to change

    The WHS has two main components – the Rules of Handicapping and the Course Rating System. The Rules of Handicapping are encompassed within seven Rules to inform administrators and golfers on how an official Handicap Index is calculated and administered, with some flexibility given to national associations based on how the sport is played and enjoyed in their region. The Course Rating System, based on the USGA Course Rating System first adopted nearly 50 years ago and already adopted on nearly every continent, sets out a consistent method of determining a course’s difficulty. Together, these components become the foundational elements in determining a golfer’s Handicap Index.

    “When the golf community works together, everyone benefits,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA.  “We have seen the benefit that handicapping has provided for decades, providing greater enjoyment for all who play. To have a single set of Rules of Handicapping for the game will connect golfers from country to country, and we are excited to bring the best of all worlds together through this initiative.

    “It is one of the many ways we are investing in golf’s future, to strengthen and foster growth of the entire game for years to come.”

    Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “The game of golf is transforming to meet the needs of the modern-day golfer; modernizing the Rules this year was an important step forward in that regard and the World Handicap System will be another.

    “Our hope is that the launch of the WHS will be a catalyst for change; signalling the start of a new era of golfer engagement, being inclusive by embracing all golfers, whatever their level of ability, and broadening its appeal to a much wider audience.”

    “Change also means opportunity and, managed appropriately, this can only be good for the game. It does mean there will be a period of adjustment, as we saw with the new Rules, but once it beds in golfers and golf clubs will benefit in many ways from the new system.”

    In preparation for the launch of the WHS, more than 3,000 golf courses have been rated for the first time and an extensive education program has been delivered. By the end of 2019, more than 90 National Associations will have attended an educational seminar and a robust library of resources is hosted on WHS.com to support regional education.

    Rules of Handicapping books are being produced and will be translated and delivered through national associations.

    In addition, the USGA and The R&A have developed a series of golfer-focused materials, including videos, infographics and posters, which can be used by national associations and shared with golf clubs for the benefit of golfers. 

    This includes a promotional video which can be seen here featuring Annika Sorenstam, Gary Player and voices of recreational golfers from around the world to encourage as many golfers as possible to obtain and maintain a handicap.

    The materials explain the system’s key features, including:

    • Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring that a Handicap Index reflects demonstrated ability
    • A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; with the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap being 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds (with some discretion available for national or regional associations)
    • An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and factoring in memory of demonstrated ability for better responsiveness/control
    • A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day
    • Timely handicap revisions
    • A limit of Net Double Bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only)
    • A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game

    The formation of a World Handicap System was first conceived in 2011 between the USGA and The R&A in an effort to engage more golfers in the game and promote equity, no matter where golf is played. The effort unites six existing handicapping systems into one, while embracing the many ways the game is played across cultures. 

    Beginning in 2020, the new WHS will be governed by the USGA and The R&A and administered by national and regional golf associations around the world.

    The existing six handicapping authorities, Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA, represent approximately 15 million golfers in 80 countries who currently maintain a golf handicap.  

    As an extension of their support of the Rules of Golf worldwide, Rolex has made a commitment to support the USGA’s and The R&A’s efforts to implement the World Handicap System.

    To learn more about the World Handicap System, please visit WHS.com. For WHS information specific to a country, use the Association Finder for further information.

     

    About the USGA

    The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open and the U.S. Senior Women’s Open, as well as 10 amateur championships and international matches, attracting players and fans around the world. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings, with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico.

    The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and the work of the USGA Foundation. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents. For more information, visit www.usga.org.

    About The R&A

    Based in St Andrews, The R&A runs The Open, elite amateur events, international matches and rankings. Together The R&A and the USGA govern the sport of golf worldwide, operating in separate jurisdictions but sharing a commitment to a single code for the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status and Equipment Standards. The R&A, through R&A Rules Ltd, governs the sport worldwide, outside of the United States and Mexico, on behalf of over 36 million golfers in 143 countries and with the consent of 158 organisations from amateur and professional golf.

    The R&A is committed to working for golf and supports the growth of the sport internationally and the development and management of sustainable golf facilities.  For more information, visit www.randa.org.


              

    Masked university students rally at graduation ceremony in Hong Kong

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    About 1,000 students, many wearing black masks, attended a graduation ceremony at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Thursday, with some holding up banners urging "Free Hong Kong, Revolution Now".

              

    Scotts Taikoo Li Restaurant by Unknown Works

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    Fish and chip shops from around the UK were 3d scanned by London and Hong Kong based creative studio Unknown...
              

    Miele香港ホームエコノミストによるスチーム調理体験会

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    会場: Miele Experience Center 表参道 - 日本, 東京都港区南青山4丁目23−8
    開催日: 2019/11/21 11:00 - 2019/11/21 13:30

    Miele 香港 ホームエコノミストによるスチーム調理体験会

    "チャン・ウィン・クィン(Chan Wing Kuen)によるスペシャルデモンストレーション"

    スチーム調理の本場アジアで活躍するMieleのホームエコノミスト(製品と調理の専門アドバイザー)が来日し、Miele Experience Center にてスチーム調理体験会を開催いたします。是非この機会にスチーム調理の魅力に触れてください。

    メニュー

    スパイシースチームチキン

    もち米入りガーリックシュリンプ

    スチームほたてと春雨

    冬瓜とおくらのおひたし

    梨のデザート

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    講師名 Miele Hong Kong Mr.陳永權 / チャン・ウィン・クィン (Chan Wing Kuen) 
    ミーレ香港 總廚 (In-house chef)

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    講師プロフィール

    高級レストランの料理アジア料理・ヨーロッパ料理の料理人として20年以上の経験を持つ。

    前職は、香港で唯一のスカンジナビアレストランとして高い評価を受けているFINDSレストランの料理長を9年務める。
    ヨーロッパの食事体験を伝統的なアジア料理の価値観と絡ませ、真に現代的な定番や珍味を創り上げる技術で知られる。

    2012年、香港のMasterchef Competitionの”Best Healthy Dish”と”Best Main Dish”の両部門で五つ星金賞を受賞したことで才能がさらに認められる。
    情熱と革新性にあふれたシェフKuenは、ゲストに豊かな知識と多彩な料理テクニックを披露し続けている。

    【当日の主な内容】

    Miele香港 チャン・ウィン・クィン(Chan Wing Kuen)による、中華料理を中心としたスチーム調理のデモンストレーション。出来上がった料理はご試食いただけます。

    使用機器(予定):

    単独置きスチームクッカー DG 6010

    ビルトイン専用スチームオーブン DGC 6800

    【定員】

    20名様 ( ※予約先着順 ) / 表参道

    【対象者】

    • ミーレ製品の購入をご検討中のお客様

    【参加費】

    3,000円(税込)

    【注意事項】

    • アレルギーをお持ちのお客様は、お客様ご自身で慎重にご判断くださいますようお願い申し上げます。
    • 駐車場/提携駐車場のご用意はございません。
    • おむつ替え、乳幼児用トイレのご用意はございません。
    • 当日は写真撮影を予定しております。各種メディア媒体、Webサイト、ソーシャルメディア等に掲載される場合がございます。ご協力お願いいたします。参加の申込みをもって撮影に同意したものとさせていただきます。
    • キャンセルはお手数ですがご参加2日前までにevent@miele.co.jpにご連絡ください。

              

    Trump reportedly wanted AG Barr to hold a press conference defending the president's call with Ukraine. Barr said no.

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    Trump and Barr

    • Attorney General William Barr reportedly declined a request by President Donald Trump to hold a press conference stating that his boss did not break any laws during his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. 
    • Sources told The Washington Post that Trump made the request in September, around the time that the White House released a summary of the call, in which Trump pressed Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
    • The call was the subject of an anonymous whistleblower complaint filed in August that has since sparked the House to open up an impeachment inquiry. 
    • Trump advisers told The Post that Trump has recently mentioned Barr's refusal to make a televised statement on the matter and wishes he would have done so.
    • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

    Attorney General William Barr reportedly declined a request by President Donald Trump to hold a press conference defending Trump's incendiary call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky which spurred the House to open up an impeachment inquiry. 

    Sources told The Washington Post that Trump made the request in September, around the time that the White House released a summary of the July 25 call.

    The call was the subject of an anonymous whistleblower complaint filed in August that accused Trump of "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 US election," in particular, asking Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden to aid Trump politically.

    When the memo of the call was released, a Justice Department spokeswoman told The Post that officials had investigated the call, along with the whistleblower complaint, to see if laws had been broken and determined that "no further action was warranted."

    During that time, the request from Trump that Barr hold a press conference on the matter was relayed to other White House officials before making its way to the Justice Department, according to The Post, though Barr ultimately declined the request from his boss. It is unclear how the request was delivered and why Barr declined.

    Trump advisers told The Post that Trump has recently mentioned Barr's refusal to make a televised statement on the matter and wishes he would have done so. 

    Despite their differences in opinion, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told The Post that Trump and Barr remain on good terms: "The President has nothing but respect for AG Barr and greatly appreciates the work he's done on behalf of the country — and no amount of shady sources with clear intent to divide, smear, and slander will change that." 

    The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

    In the days leading up to the July 25 call, Trump ordered his administration to withhold nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine. Among other things, House investigators are working to determine whether there was quid pro quo arrangement, in which Trump would release the aid money to Ukraine in exchange for political investigations.

    The White House has vowed it will not to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry, which was formalized last week with a vote in the House. Over a dozen witnesses have been interviewed in the inquiry so far.

    Trump maintains that the call was "perfect" and has tweeted that people should "read the transcript," referring to the summary of the call. Last week, Trump told conservative outlet the Washington Examiner that he wanted to read aloud the summary of his call during a "fireside chat on live television."

    "This is over a phone call that is a good call," Trump told the outlet. "At some point, I'm going to sit down, perhaps as a fireside chat on live television, and I will read the transcript of the call, because people have to hear it. When you read it, it's a straight call."

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    Airbnb's 'party house' problem could spoil its public listing. Here's why its new rules to stop the rowdy blowouts might not even work.

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    Add one more "risk factor" to the upcoming prospectus Airbnb will release when it makes its stock market debut next year: Party houses.

    The home-sharing service has built a booming business by making it easy for anyone to rent their homes to vacationers or business travelers looking for an alternative to a hotel. But the instant and easy access to homes has also caught the notice of teens and others looking for a place to throw wild parties. 

    Last month, one of these party house rentals turned tragic when a shooting at an Orinda, Calif home left five people dead. As many as 100 people were at the house for a Halloween party, despite an explicit ban by the homeowner on renting the home for parties, according to the Associated Press.

    The incident set off a furor and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky has vowed to crack down on the problem, unveiling new verification and support policies Wednesday that he said would stop "bad actors" from abusing the trust the business has established with users.

    But the policy changes are largely reactionary, coming after numerous problems at Airbnb party houses over the years. And many people that Business Insider spoke to were skeptical that the new rules would do much to actually stop Airbnb party houses.

    "I think it's great that Airbnb is taking some action to rein in the most extreme cases of so-called party houses. But it should not have taken a multiple homicide incident for that to happen," University of Texas assistant professor Jake Wegmann told Business Insider. Wegmann's research focuses on the impact of short-term rentals on local real estate, and he published one of the landmark studies in 2016 that found the existence of Airbnb in San Francisco increased market rents. 

    As Airbnb, which has been valued as high as $31 billion by private investors, moves closer to a public listing, its party problem has become a high-priority.

    Verification, refunds, and high-risk reservations

    The new rules laid out by Chesky involve four key changes:

    • Verification of all 7 million Airbnb listings to ensure the site listing is an accurate representation of the rental.
    • Rebooking or refunding guests who book locations that are not up to the new verification standards.
    • A 24/7 hotline and prominent customer support phone number for guests and neighbors near Airbnb listings.
    • Screening of reservations that are deemed "high-risk" to deter unauthorized parties.

    In addition, Airbnb said it has hired two former law enforcement officials as advisors to help the company combat the range of abuses and problems that can occur with short-term home rentals. 

    According to American Family Voices president Mike Lux, the home rental startup rewards absentee property owners that have limited interest in screening guests. American Family Voices sponsored the anti-Airbnb advocacy group Airbnb Watch, which chronicles Airbnb's negative impacts on local neighborhoods and real estate. 

    "I don't exactly understand honestly what they are doing with that rule," Lux said. "They are making a lot of noise about it, but I don't know how they are going to enforce it."

    A homeowner renting a basement out on the weekends is incentivized to screen potential guests, Lux explained, but a real estate "speculator" with multiple units is incentivized to get as many guests in each unit as possible to maximize profits. This is what leads to so-called party houses, and until hosts feel the pressure from Airbnb, they will continue to operate in their own interests, Lux said.

    "I do know that ultimately the problem isn't solved unless you stop multi-unit operators," Lux said. "That's what will stop this wild party house problem. They need to monitor hosts and guests better, and they should take more responsibility when something goes wrong."

    In the case of the Orinda house, it's unclear whether the new policies would have stopped the unauthorized party. According to the Associated Press, the unit had been rented by a woman who claimed her family members were concerned about health effects of the nearby wildfires in Sonoma County. The owner, Michael Wang, had received multiple citations from city officials for exceeding the home's capacity in the past according to The San Francisco Chronicle, but it's not clear whether Wang owned multiple rentals in California's Bay Area. 

    According to Lux's group, there have been more than 30 news reports about violent incidents at Airbnb parties in recent months, including shootings at similar "party houses" in St. Paul, Minn., and Los Angeles, Calif. and other cities. 

    Just weeks before the Orinda incident, a woman was shot in the arm in Arizona at an Airbnb house party, according to the Phoenix Fox television station. In May, an 18-year old was shot at a party in a Seattle home that had been rented on Airbnb, according to local media.

    The Orinda Police Department couldn't comment on the specifics of the case as the search for the shooter is still ongoing. Airbnb has a contentious relationship with its hometown, inspiring legislation from San Francisco Supervisors Aaron Peskin and David Campos to fine the company $1,000 each day for unregistered listings. The company settled with the city in 2017 after a lengthy public fight to repeal the regulation.

    "Three years ago, we said the law being passed, which was written by Airbnb, won't work because there was no skin in the game in terms of enforcement," Campos told the New York Times in 2017. of this city's relationship to Airbnb.

    Going public in the face of local scrutiny

    Airbnb has clashed with local governments before, and has continuously fought local legislation that sought to limit the company's influence or applied short-term rental restrictions and taxes at city or county levels. On Tuesday, the company suffered a stinging defeat in New Jersey as voters overwhelmingly approved stricter regulations for short-term rentals, legislation that Airbnb publicly opposed, according to the New York Times.

    The company's relationship with local governments will be critical as Airbnb tries to sell itself to public investors. Airbnb has said it plans to list its shares on the stock market by 2020, either through a traditional IPO or direct listing.

    At a time when other richly valued startups like Uber and Lyft have struggled in the public markets, Airbnb will face significant scrutiny around its business prospects and the various risks it faces.

    "Surely this casts light on the need by potential investors to fully understand what, if any, liability issues this or any other 'bad behavior' on the part of renters raises for the company," IPO consultant and financial advisor Lise Buyer told Business Insider.

    For Lux, the Airbnb critic, it comes down to the company taking responsibility. 

    "If you put up a mega-platform like this that allows people to do business in this way, you absolutely have to take responsibility as a company," Lux told Business Insider. "You can't let pure libertarianism run amok. That can't be the way society operates."

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    Rudy Giuliani lawyers up as federal prosecutors investigate and the impeachment inquiry ramps up

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    • Rudy Giuliani, personal lawyer to President Donald Trump, has hired representation as federal prosecutors close in on him amid the broader impeachment into the president. 
    • Giuliani tweeted on Wednesday that he's "represented and assisted by Robert Costello and the Pierce Bainbridge firm in particular, Eric Creizman and Melissa Madrigal."
    • Giuliani was previously represented by Jon Sale, a law school classmate and Watergate prosecutor. 
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    President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has new representation as he faces increasing pressure from the federal government related to his work in Ukraine. 

    Giuliani on Wednesday tweeted that he's "represented and assisted by Robert Costello and the Pierce Bainbridge firm in particular, Eric Creizman and Melissa Madrigal."

    Costello's name has come up before in relation to Trump, Giuliani, and the president's former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, who is now in prison. Reports in March surfaced suggesting that Costello had indicated to Cohen that the president was considering the possibility of pardoning him, but Costello vehemently denied this at the time.

    Costello and Pierce Bainbridge did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Insider.

    Giuliani is at the center of a scandal that poses an existential threat to Trump's presidency and involves a whistleblower complaint from a US intelligence official that accuses the president of abusing the power of his office to urge Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. 

    The former New York mayor is mentioned dozens of times in the complaint, which has catalyzed an impeachment inquiry into Trump in the House. Testimony from witnesses in the impeachment inquiry also heavily implicate Giuliani, according to transcripts released by House investigators.  

    Correspondingly, Giuliani is reportedly under criminal investigation in the Southern District of New York over the role he played in Marie Yovanovitch getting recalled under dubious circumstances as the US ambassador to Ukraine. The investigation focuses on whether Giuliani broke foreign lobbying laws as part of these efforts, The New York Times reported last month. 

    On top of this, there's reportedly an FBI counterintelligence probe into whether a foreign influence operation sought to use Giuliani's financial interests in Ukraine as a means of gaining access to the White House. 

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    Lindsey Graham's latest defense of Trump is that his policy is too 'incoherent' to do a quid pro quo with Ukraine

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    • GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham on Wednesday suggested that President Donald Trump's policy toward Ukraine is so "incoherent" that he's "incapable" of engaging in a quid pro quo in his dealings with the country. 
    • "What I can tell you about the Trump policy toward Ukraine: It was incoherent. It depends on who you talk to; they seem to be incapable of forming a quid pro quo," Graham told reporters on Wednesday.
    • Graham has shifted in his defense of the president several times as the impeachment inquiry has ramped up. 
    • In September, Graham said evidence of a quid pro quo involving the president and Ukraine did "not exist."
    • After evidence emerged that a quid pro quo did occur in Trump's relations with Ukraine, Graham on Tuesday refused to look at it.
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    Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham continues to find novel ways of defending President Donald Trump as the impeachment inquiry ramps up.

    Graham's latest defense of Trump is that his policy toward Ukraine is so "incoherent" that he's "incapable" of orchestrating a quid pro quo in his relations with the country.

    "What I can tell you about the Trump policy toward Ukraine: It was incoherent. It depends on who you talk to; they seem to be incapable of forming a quid pro quo," Graham told reporters on Wednesday.

    The South Carolina senator on Tuesday said he refused to read transcripts from the testimony of current and former diplomats that were released by House investigators.

    One of the diplomats — US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland — in revised testimony corroborated the existence of an explicit quid pro quo involving frozen US military aid to Ukraine and Trump's desire for certain investigations, including an inquiry into former Vice President Joe Biden.  

    Graham on Tuesday dismissed Sondland's reversal, telling a CBS News reporter: "I've written this whole process off ... I think this is a bunch of BS."

    The senator had previously said there was no evidence of a quid pro quo involving the president. 

    On Wednesday, Graham continued to criticize the impeachment-inquiry process, which is being led by House Democrats, as he offered his new defense of Trump. 

     

    "I find the whole process to be a sham, and I'm not going to legitimize it," Graham said on Wednesday, going on to call the whole process a "crock."

    Graham added: "This whole theory of impeachment, the process is illegitimate, is outside the norm, this substance I find unpersuasive."

    The Republican senator, who's the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, also echoed controversial calls from Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and his colleague Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky for the name of the whistleblower who filed the complaint that sparked the inquiry to be publicly released. 

    "Yes, it should be made public," Graham said, according to CNN. "The whistleblower's claims cannot be used as a basis for criminal accusations, cannot be used the basis for impeachment based on anonymity."

    Graham, who was one of Trump's sharpest critics during the 2016 campaign season, has developed a reputation as one of the president's closest allies in Congress. He rarely goes against Trump, though he did briefly break from this trend last month to excoriate the president's decision to abandon US-allied Kurdish forces in Syria.

    Lindsey Graham said a month ago there was no evidence of a quid pro quo. Now he's refusing to look at the evidence that shows there was.

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    Trump-world is still determined to out the Ukraine whistleblower, but it’s too late for it to matter

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    • President Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress continue to focus on outing the whistleblower who filed a complaint that led to the impeachment inquiry.
    • Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the alleged name of the whistleblower on Wednesday, and Sen. Rand Paul has said he will "probably" say the name publicly.
    • But the whistleblower's identity is not relevant. The impeachment inquiry has gathered evidence that corroborates the whistleblower complaint and goes well beyond it.
    • If Trump and other Republicans' hope is that they'll discredit the allegations against the president by revealing the whistleblower as a partisan actor, of which there's no evidence, they're too late.
    • "The whistleblower is not the story and the whistleblower's background is no longer relevant. All that matters is the full and complete record outlining the president's actions," a legal expert told Insider.
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    President Donald Trump and his GOP allies have relentlessly sought to unmask the anonymous US intelligence official behind the whistleblower complaint that sparked the impeachment inquiry, despite the fact that it's irrelevant at this point.

    Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the alleged name of the whistleblower on Wednesday, and was excoriated by the whistleblower's legal representation as a consequence.

    GOP Sen. Rand Paul last Thursday shared an article via Twitter with unconfirmed details about who the whistleblower is and called for the whistleblower to be subpoenaed to testify under oath about "Hunter Biden and corruption."

    Paul hasn't stopped in these efforts in the days since, and alongside Trump at a campaign rally in Kentucky on Monday called on the media to print the alleged name of the anonymous whistleblower. On Tuesday, Paul told reporters he would "probably" out the whistleblower himself.

    "I'm more than willing to and I probably will at some point," Paul said. "There is no law preventing anybody from saying the name."

    But naming anyone as the whistleblower, whether true or not, could place that person in serious danger. And the public disclosure of the whistleblower's identity would not undermine the mounting slew of damning evidence against the president.

    The whistleblower complaint has been corroborated by multiple witnesses in testimony to House lawmakers, and some of its details have been publicly confirmed by the president even as he's referred to the complaint as "fictitious." 

    The House took a historic step last Thursday in passing a resolution that formalized the impeachment inquiry and signaled the process will begin to transition into a more public phase. Republicans have for weeks complained about the process and the closed-door interviews with witnesses, and they're now gradually shifting into focusing more on the whistleblower's identity as they struggle to defend the president against the substance of the inquiry

    But if Trump and other Republicans' hope is that they'll discredit the allegations against the president by revealing the whistleblower as a partisan actor — they're too late.

    'The reality is that the identity of the whistleblower is irrelevant'

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    With the trove of information that's been gathered as the Ukraine scandal has gained speed, the impeachment inquiry has gone well beyond the complaint that catalyzed it. At this point, the whistleblower's part in this escalating political drama has largely been played out. 

    As the whistleblower's lawyers — Andrew P. Bakaj and Mark S. Zaid — put it in an op-ed for The Washington Post last week: "As each allegation in the complaint is substantiated by new witnesses, the president and his supporters remain fanatically devoted to bringing our client into the spotlight. But the reality is that the identity of the whistleblower is irrelevant."

    Bakaj and Zaid added that much of what's been disclosed since the complaint was released in late September "actually exceeds the whistleblower's knowledge of what transpired at the time the complaint was submitted." The attorneys said their client has "no additional information" and therefore there's "no justification for exposing their identity and all the risks that would follow."

    Bakaj and Zaid reiterated they've notified both the House and Senate intelligence committees that the whistleblower is willing to answer questions in writing and under oath.

    The evidence against Trump is damning, but Republicans aren't done defending him

    The whistleblower complaint centers around a July 25 phone call in which Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, in relation to the latter's work for a Ukrainian natural gas company. There's no evidence of illegal activity on the part of either Biden.

    Trump and his allies have dismissed the complaint as hearsay, given it was based off second-hand information. But a memo willingly released by the White House confirms that Trump pressured Zelensky in this way, and Trump has publicly admitted it. And a top national security aide who was on the July 25 call, Iraq War veteran Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, testified to House lawmakers that he was so alarmed by what transpired he repeatedly expressed concern with his superiors.

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    Additionally, multiple witnesses have provided testimony to House lawmakers that's corroborated the existence of some form of a quid pro quo involving roughly $400 million in military aid in Trump's efforts to urge Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. These witnesses include current and former members of the Trump administration, as well as decorated US military veterans and career diplomats.

    Evidence of a quid pro quo has also come via a trove of text messages provided to the House by Trump's former special envoy for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, and public statements from acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney (though he later walked back on those remarks). 

    But none of these factors have stopped Republicans from speculating about the identity of the whistleblower and pushing for public testimony.

    Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, a close ally of Trump, last Tuesday indicated that he has questions about the whistleblower's motives. Jordan told reporters: "It's tough to determine someone's credibility if you can't put them under oath and ask them questions."

    The same day, Trump once again tweeted: "Where's The Whistleblower?" The president has repeatedly tweeted about this, and on Monday demanded that the the whistleblower be "brought forward to testify."

    Trump, who never did an in-person interview as part of the Russia investigation and only submitted written answers, also rejected the offer for written testimony from the whistleblower. 

    'The whistleblower is not the story'

    Bradley P. Moss, a national security lawyer and partner at Zaid's law firm, on Friday told Insider these efforts from Republicans are an "irresponsible political deflection" and "beneath the dignity of the offices these lawmakers hold."

    Moss added: "The whistleblower is not the story and the whistleblower's background is no longer relevant. All that matters is the full and complete record outlining the president's actions, and specifically whether that conduct merits invocation of the constitutional remedy of impeachment or not."

    Congressional Democrats have also raised alarm and slammed Republicans for seeking to out the whistleblower. 

    Last week, Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell told reporters: "We have a long-standing concern that the president and his allies in Congress aren't interested in the underlying act but are interested in risking the life of the whistleblower."

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    Transcript of Bill Taylor's testimony underscores extreme lengths Trump went to in urging Ukraine to investigate Bidens

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    • House investigators released the transcript of the testimony of acting US Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor on Wednesday.
    • Taylor, a Vietnam War veteran and career diplomat with a distinguished record of service, provided one of the most damning testimonies against President Donald Trump.
    • The US diplomat testified that it was made clear to him there was an explicit quid pro quo involving about $400 million in military aid to Ukraine and a request from Trump for certain investigations. 
    • "That was my clear understanding, security assistance money would not come until the President [of Ukraine] committed to pursue the investigation," Taylor said.
    • The career diplomat testified that freezing the aid was harmful to US national security, adding it was Rudy Giuliani's idea to have Ukraine's president publicly commit to an investigation into the Bidens.
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    The transcript of the testimony of the top US diplomat to Ukraine, Ambassador Bill Taylor, was released by House investigators leading the impeachment inquiry on Tuesday. 

    Upon the release of the document, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff tweeted: "Ambassador Taylor's testimony reveals how, through a shadow foreign policy channel, Trump withheld military assistance and a White House meeting from Ukraine until Ukrainian officials agreed to announce investigations to help Trump politically."

    Taylor, a Vietnam War veteran and career diplomat with a distinguished record of service, provided one of the most damning testimonies against President Donald Trump yet.

    His testimony corroborated many of the allegations in the whistleblower complaint from a US intelligence official that sparked the impeachment inquiry and also described an explicit quid pro quo involving about $400 million of US military aid to Ukraine.

    Taylor testified that Trump wanted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to publicly announce the opening of an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, as well as an inquiry into a conspiracy theory linked to the 2016 election. He said it was made clear to him that Trump made the release of the military aid contingent on such a public declaration from Zelensky. 

    Here is an exchange between Schiff and Taylor, in which he said his "clear understanding" was that the military assistance would not come until Zelensky "committed to pursue the investigation" into the Bidens:

    SCHIFF: And when you say that, this was the first time I heard that the security assistance not just the White House meeting was conditioned on the investigation, when you talk about conditioned, did you mean that if they didn't do this, the investigations, they weren't going to get that, the meeting and the military assistance?

    TAYLOR: That was my clear understanding, security assistance money would not come until the President committed to pursue the investigation.

    SCHIFF: So if they don't do this, they are not going to get that was your understanding

    TAYLOR: Yes, sir.

    SCHIFF: Are you aware that quid pro quo literally means this for that?

    TAYLOR: I am.

    Taylor testified it was Giuliani's idea to have Ukraine's president publicly announce an investigation into the Bidens

    Taylor said he believed Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was behind the idea to get Zelensky to publicly announce an inquiry into the Bidens and Hunter Biden's work for a Ukrainian natural-gas company, Burisma Holdings, as well as a probe into the 2016 election.

    "I think the origin of the idea to get President Zelensky to say out loud he's going to investigate Burisma and 2016 election, I think the originator, the person who came up with that was Mr. Giuliani," Taylor said, going on to say Giuliani was representing Trump's interests in doing so. 

    Taylor, at another point, indicated that a meeting Zelensky desired with Trump was also conditioned on whether the Ukrainian leader would launch the investigations. 

    Trump had put the congressionally approved military aid on hold several days before a July 25 phone call with Zelensky, in which he urged his Ukrainian counterpart to open investigations into the Bidens and conspiratorial allegations Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election. 

    The career diplomat testified that freezing the aid was harmful to US national security and that freezing security assistance to Kyiv, Ukraine, could embolden Russia to be even more aggressive toward Ukraine. 

    Taylor's testimony also undercut earlier testimony from Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, and inspired him to offer revised testimony that corroborated the existence of a quid pro quo involving the military aid. The transcript of Sondland's testimony was released on Tuesday.

    Taylor is set to testify in the first open or public hearing of the impeachment inquiry next Wednesday. 

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    Forget Kentucky and Virginia, the worst election news for Republicans came out of suburban Pennsylvania

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    • Republican losses on Tuesday in Kentucky and Virginia are making headlines, but President Donald Trump should be more worried about the election results in the suburbs of Pennsylvania.
    • Pennsylvania is a key swing state that went for Trump in 2016 and will be a central battleground state in 2020.
    • Democrats flipped suburban Delaware County, which has been controlled by Republicans since the Civil War, among other key wins in the previously Republican-dominated suburbs.
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    There's been much discussion of the Republican Party's high-profile losses on Tuesday in Kentucky and Virginia, but historic GOP losses in Pennsylvania might be more concerning for the party in 2020.

    The Democrat Andy Beshear, Kentucky's attorney general, beat the incumbent GOP Gov. Matt Bevin, and Virginia Democrats took control of both legislative chambers in the state.

    Beshear's victory had much to do with Bevin's status as one of the most unpopular governors in the country (Republicans swept other Kentucky statewide races), and Virginia's blue wave was a long time coming. Neither state will be a battleground in 2020. 

    But in Pennsylvania, Republicans suffered more surprising — and potentially consequential — losses.

    Democrats flipped suburban Delaware County, which has been controlled by Republicans since the Civil War. The county's five-member council, which was filled entirely by Republicans a few years ago, will now be occupied entirely by Democrats.

    In Chester County, Democrats took control of the Board of Commissioners and pushed out the Republican district attorney for the first time. Democrats also took the majority of the Bucks County Board of Commissioners.

    And in Philadelphia, a third-party candidate from the Working Families Party, Kendra Brooks, won a seat on the City Council reserved for the minority party. It had been held by a Republican for the past 70 years.

    "We broke the GOP," Brooks said at an election-night party, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. "We beat the Democratic establishment ... They said a black single mom from North Philly wasn't the right person, but we have shown them that we are bigger than them."

    Pennsylvania is a key swing state that went for President Donald Trump in 2016 and will be a central battleground state in 2020. Trump won the state by less than 1 percentage point — or about 44,000 votes of the more than 6 million cast — handing him Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes.

    Recent polling from The New York Times and Siena College found registered voters in Pennsylvania favoring former Vice President Joe Biden over Trump by 3 points, Sen. Bernie Sanders over Trump by 1 point, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren about even with the president. All the results, however, were within the poll's margin of error.

    Democrats fear that Trump could again lose the popular vote by a significant margin but prevail in the Electoral College if an assortment of purple states swing in his favor in 2020.

    The suburban vote is also a point of serious concern for the Republican Party. Democrats are looking to zero in on these voters, many of whom are women, moderates, and more affluent college-educated voters who went for Trump in 2016.

    "Republican support in the suburbs has basically collapsed under Trump," Alex Conant, a Republican strategist, told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "Somehow, we need to find a way to regain our suburban support over the next year."

    The trend in Virginia, where Democrats have surged in the northern part of the state and in the Richmond suburbs, also bodes poorly for Republicans, even in right-leaning suburbs.

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    Muslim women and refugees won historic victories across the US in Tuesday's elections

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    The 2018 midterm elections saw voters elect a record number of women to the House of Representatives, with a number of individual candidates achieving historic firsts with their victories.

    That trend continued in many ways on Tuesday, as women and minorities — including Muslim women and refugees — won historic victories in state and local elections across the country. 

    These victories come after a summer in which President Donald Trump repeatedly attacked women of color serving in Congress, including those who won historic victories last year. Trump's rhetoric toward Muslims and on racial issues has long been controversial and even ventured into outright racism.

    • Democrat Ghazala Hashmi became the first Muslim woman elected to the Virginia state Senate. She unseated Virginia state Sen. Glen Sturtevant. 
    • Democrat Abrar Omeish, 24, joined Hashmi as one of the first Muslim women to hold elected office in Virginia's history by winning her race for one of three vacant seats on the Fairfax County School Board. She's also the youngest woman in the state's history to hold elected office. 
    • Virginia's General Assembly also now has the highest number of women in the history of the state. Women will hold 41 out of 140 seats in Virginia's state legislature. 
    • Nadia Mohamad, 23, became the first Muslim woman and first Somali-American elected to the city council in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. She fled conflict in Somalia as a young girl. 
    • Democrat Safiya Khalid, 23, who came to the US as a refugee from Somalia, became the first Somali-American elected to the Lewiston City Council in Lewistown, Maine. 
    • Democrat Chol Majok became the first refugee elected to public office in Syracuse, New York. Majok, 34, ran unchallenged to win Syracuse's 3rd District Common Council seat.
    • Voters in Boston ushered in a historic level of diversity on Tuesday. Boston's city council will have a female majority for the first time in its history (eight out of 13 members), and more minorities than ever (seven out of thirteen members). 
    • Monique Owens became the first black person ever to be elected mayor of Eastpointe, Michigan.
    • Republican Daniel Cameron became the first black person to be elected as attorney general of Kentucky. He's a former legal counsel for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  

    SEE ALSO: Diversity wins: All the people who made history in the 2018 midterm elections

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    Asia’s Bakkt? AAX Rolls Out Crypto Trading With London Stock Exchange Tech

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    Hong Kong Stock Market Inherits Flat Lead

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    The Hong Kong stock market has climbed higher in five straight sessions, accelerating almost 1,050 points or 3.7 percent along the way. The Hang Seng Index remains just above the 27,680-point plateau and it's likely to hold steady in that range again on Thursday.
              

    Indonesia Masih Dalam Daftar Black List Tokyo MOU Porst State Control

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    Jakarta, Gotoseajobs.com -. PORT STATE CONTROL (PSC)
    Port State control (PSC) merupakan Lembaga/ organisasi yang berfungsi melakukan pengawasan terhadap kapal kapal asing yang memasuki wilayah pelabuhan untuk memastikan bahwa kondisi kapal kapal tersebut layak dan dioperasikan sesuai dengan standar Internasional dalam hal keselamatan dan keamanan serta pencegahan pencemaran lingkungan maritim.


    Indonesia sebagai salah satu anggota International Maritime Organization (IMO) tergabung dalam Asia Pacific Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control, yang dikenal dengan nama TOKYO MOU yang beranggotakan 20 Negara, yaitu negara negara yang secara geografis terletak dikawasan Asia - Pacific. 20 Negara tersebut adalah : 

    Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Fiji, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Singapore, Thailand, Vanuatu dan Viet Nam.


    Setiap Tahun TOKYO MOU menerbitkan Laporan Tahunan mengenai Aktifitas Port State Control dikawasan Asia Pacific (Annual Report on Port State Control in the Asia - Pacific Region).


    Dalam melaksanakan aktifitasnya melakukan fungsi pengawasan ke kapal kapal, tidak ada kaitannya dengan kondisi politik suatu negara. 

    PSC selalu mengacu pada instrumen yang jelas sebagai dasar dalam melakukan inspeksi, Instrumen tersebut adalah :

    − Konvensi Internasional tentang Load Lines, 1966;

    − Protocol of 1988 kaitannya dengan Konvensi Internasional tentang LoadLines, 1966, dan amandemennya;

    − Konvensi Internasional for Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, dan Amandemennya;

    − Protocol of 1978 kaitannya dengan Konvensi Internasional for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974;

    − Protocol of 1988 kaitannya dengan Konvensi Internasional for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974;

    − Konvensi Internasional for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 1973, dimodifikasi oleh Protocol of 1978 yang berkaitan dengannya, dan amandemennya;

    − Konvensi Internasional tentang Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers,
    1978, dan Amandemennya;

    − Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972;

    − Konvensi Internasional tentang Tonnage Measurement of Ships, 1969;

    − Merchant Shipping (Minimum Standards) Convention, 1976 (ILO Convention No. 147);

    − Maritime Labour Convention, 2006;

    − Konvensi Internasional tentang Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships, 2001;

    − Protocol of 1992 to amend the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, 1969;

    − Konvensi Internasional untuk Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004.


    Dari SUMMARY OF PORT STATE INSPECTION DATA 2016 – 2018, tercatat bahwa dari 659 kapal berbendera Indonesia yang di inspeksi oleh Port State, 58 diantaranya ditahan oleh port state / Detention. Excess factor sebesar 1.3 %. 

    Sehingga Annual Report on Port State Control in the Asia-Pacific Region 2018 yang diterbitkan oleh TOKYO MOU, telah menempatkan Indonesia dalam kategori BLACK LIST, kalah jauh dibandingkan dengan negara tetangga kita Malaysia, dari 571 kapal berbendera Malaysia yang di inspeksi oleh Port state, hanya 14 kapal yang ditahan oleh Port State, dengan Excess factor sebesar minus 1.05 % telah menempatkan Malaysia dalam kategori Whitelist, sementara itu Indonesia dengan sangat agresif berwacana ingin menjadi POROS MARITIM DUNIA.


    Sungguh miris, bagaimana mungkin Indonesia menjadi POROS MARITIM DUNIA apabila Indonesia masih berada dalam kategori Blacklist. 

    Rasanya sangat jauh panggang dari api.
    Indonesia berada pada kategori Blacklist oleh Tokyo MOU merupakan gambaran umum kondisi  Pelayaran Indonesia dimata dunia.


    Sah sah saja Jika Indonesia berwacana ingin menjadi Poros Maritim dunia, tidak ada yang salah dengan wacana tersebut namun harus diikuti dengan tindakan yang nyata dalam menyiapkan sumber daya manusia yang mumpuni serta komitmen yang kuat dari pemerintah dan pelaku usaha/ pemangku kepentingan  untuk dapat mewujudkan keinginan tersebut. 

    Dengan situasi dan  kondisi dunia Pelayaran Indonesia saat ini, apa mungkin ? ( Rudy Kumesan )


              

    Cinc ferits en un atac a Hong Kong per diferències polítiques

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    Dues-centes persones detingudes a Hong Kong en una nova jornada de protestes

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    Almanco dues-centes persones han estat detingudes a Hong Kong, en una de les jornades més violentes des que varen començar les manifestacions contra el govern xinès fa cinc mesos. Les persones han estat detingudes per delictes de reunió il·legal, i a més, també els han requisat 188 bombes de benzina. Els manifestants han destruït i […]
              

    Travellers feel worried to go to Hong Kong

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      Destination: Hong Kong. Travellers said, no, thanks! The ongoing protests, which began in June and have become increasingly violent, have taken a toll on Hong Kong’s tourism industry, with sharp declines in visitor arrivals affecting attractions, shops, food and drink outlets and hotels. About 40 foreign jurisdictions have issued warnings or alerts against travel to […]

    The post Travellers feel worried to go to Hong Kong appeared first on The Citizen Recorder.


              

    Ongoing Hong Kong protests taking toll on city’s economy, Bank of East Asia warns

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      Ongoing Hong Kong protests taking toll on city’s economy, Bank of East Asia warns Massive protests, which have disrupted life in Hong Kong for weeks, may drag the city’s economy down, one of the locally-headquartered lenders, Bank of East Asia, has warned after suffering massive profit losses. Bank of East Asia (BEA) reported a […]

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    Illegal To Be Black

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    We tackle the impact of the lynching of Atatiana Jefferson. 

    I fumble the ball(lol sports) through the Hong Kong protests.

    We finish impressions on Borderlands 3 design and execution.

    I talk about Indivisible, Sinking City, and BRIEFLY Outer Worlds.

    Spoilers and Content warning. 



    All music courtesy of Nihilore!




              

    MolaBox Collapsible Lunchbox is made of Recycled Food-Grade Plastic

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    Envisioning a solution for takeout plastic lunchboxes, a Hong Kong-based startup has created the world’s most eco-friendly lunchbox – MolaBox. This reusable, collapsible lunchbox is made of recycled materials and designed to eliminate single-use takeout plastic waste. The clever design of MolaBox makes it easy to use and carry around. The collapsible lunchbox comes inside ...
              

    HONG KONG PROTESTOS - Sábado de protestos em Hong Kong resultou na prisão de cerca de 200 pessoas

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    Chinese University students wear masks and chant Hong Kong protest slogans during national anthem at graduation, forcing ceremony to be cut short

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    A graduation ceremony at the Chinese University of Hong Kong was abruptly halted on Thursday after students wearing masks chanted slogans as the national anthem was being played.The university decided to end the ceremony immediately after degrees had been conferred by vice chancellor Rocky Tuan because of “special circumstances”, a CUHK spokeswoman said.“Verbal disputes broke out between those with different opinions, graffiti was sprayed on the campus and there were disruptions while the…
              

    China still counting on Hong Kong to enact its own national security law ‘or the city will face unbearable cost’, says Beijing adviser

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    Beijing is still counting on Hong Kong to enact a national security law by itself, a heavyweight adviser on Beijing policy for the city has said, amid fears that the central government could take more direct action on the controversial issue.“For more than 20 years, Hong Kong still has not completed legislation and law enforcement on national security,” Wang Zhenmin, director of Tsinghua University’s Centre for Hong Kong and Macau Research, said on the sidelines of an event for business leaders…
              

    ChickenSoup for the soul: Hong Kong charity aims to make life better for city’s elderly residents

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    Lee King-chun, 74, is active in her neighbourhood. “I often go to the elderly centre. I made some friends when I joined hobby classes there,” the retired cleaning worker said. She enjoys spending time at the Hing Wah Estate in Chai Wan, where she has lived for 28 years, and reaching out to her elderly neighbours – some as old as 90. “There is an elderly couple whom I see regularly. I check their blood pressure and often ask them if they need help,” Lee said. The mother of two, who has…
              

    Hong Kong fatal fire: emergency hose reel ‘fails’ when resident tries to put out tower block blaze

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    The fire service is investigating a failure of water supply to a hose reel during a blaze that killed a 23-year-old woman in a Hong Kong high-rise early on Thursday.A resident responding to screams from the mother of the victim said the safety equipment did not work when he attempted to tackle the fire on the ninth floor of a tower block in Sha Tin.Police have confirmed a woman aged 23 died in the fire, which broke out before 5am at Fung Shing court in Tai Wai.Her father, 60, suffered smoke…
              

    Friends describe Hong Kong university student injured in car park fall as a polite and helpful introvert

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    Chow Tsz-lok had been planning a trip to Japan with his secondary school friends just hours before he fell from a Tseung Kwan O car park over the weekend, his friends have told the Post.Chow, a second year computer science student at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, is now fighting for his life in an unconscious state after falling from the third floor to the second of a car park that was surrounded by riot police and protesters at around 1am on Monday.Police are still…
              

    Beijing gives Greater Bay Area fresh push as Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam reveals 16 new measures including easing of restrictions on buying homes and school enrolment

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    Beijing has promised to make it easier for Hongkongers to buy a home and send their children to local schools in the nine Guangdong cities under the Greater Bay Area integration plan, as Hong Kong’s embattled leader announced a raft of measures on Wednesday to push forward the scheme.Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, speaking in Beijing, also made it clear that Hong Kong’s role under the ambitious national development project had not lessened, even though the city has been plagued by…
              

    HKUST president Wei Shyy vows to condemn police violence if officers are proven to have violated tear gas rules around time his student fell and suffered severe brain injury

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    A Hong Kong university chief has promised to condemn police if they were found to have violated tear gas firing guidelines during a standoff with protesters shortly after which a student fell four metres (13 feet) in a car park and is now on life support.Hong Kong University of Science and Technology president Wei Shyy made the pledge on Wednesday as the owner of the car park released security footage of around the time when the fall occurred.Chow Tsz-lok, an HKUST second year computer science…
              

    Hong Kong man jailed for three years for fatally punching his ex-lover’s boyfriend

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    A Hong Kong man whose attempt to defend his ex-lover from her boyfriend turned fatal was found guilty of manslaughter and jailed for three years by a court on Wednesday.The High Court heard Shum Man-fai, 44, punched Wong Yat-ming, 37, after the younger man assaulted his ex-girlfriend and plunged towards Shum upon seeing them walk together in Kowloon City on July 16 last year.Wong’s head hit a rack and he fell to the ground, resulting in three fractures to his skull.He was rushed to a hospital,…
              

    UK parliamentary report expresses concern over British judges’ continuing presence in Hong Kong’s top court

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    A British parliamentary report has expressed concern that the continuing participation of British judges in Hong Kong’s top court could lead Britain to “inadvertently appear complicit in supporting and participating in a system that is undermining the rule of law”.It recommended that the British government coordinate with other Commonwealth jurisdictions for a response.In its latest report, the House of Commons’ foreign affairs committee also said it was worried about the rule of law being…
              

    Cheap tickets and cash rebates on offer to lure public to Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair as protests hit economy

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    Cash rebates and discounted tickets are being rolled out at a major wine fair in Hong Kong to attract visitors as anti-government protests take a heavy toll on the city’s economy.The Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair returns on Thursday with 1,075 exhibitors from 30 territories, showcasing products such as wines, spirits, accessories and equipment over three days. The event, organised by trade promotion body the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, is open to the public on Saturday,…
              

    Hong Kong protests: bill hits HK$10.5 million for repair or replacement of public facilities damaged over past five months

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    The bill for fixing or replacing public facilities damaged by radical protesters over the past five months of unrest in Hong Kong has hit HK$10.5 million (US$1.3 million), the government revealed on Wednesday, while sports and cultural venues were temporarily closed on hundreds of occasions and transport use also affected.In a written reply to the Legislative Council, Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu said that from June until the end of October, 460 sets of traffic lights and 40 street…
              

    WeWork is said to consider giving up some of the office floors in half a dozen Hong Kong locations as it pulls back its operations

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    WeWork, the cash-strapped co-working company whose IPO failed, is weighing giving up office floors in at least half a dozen locations in Hong Kong, one of the world’s most expensive property markets.New York-based WeWork is considering surrendering a portion of a recently signed lease in Wan Chai, near Hong Kong’s central business district, according to people familiar with the matter. The firm leased four floors, or around 60,000 square feet, for nine years in the Hopewell Centre in August,…
              

    No country would tolerate ‘violent and destructive acts’ of Hong Kong’s protesters, Chinese Vice-Premier Han Zheng says

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    Chinese Vice-Premier Han Zheng has described the violent protests in Hong Kong as “extreme and destructive acts” that would not be tolerated in any country in the world and said ending the turmoil was the responsibility of the entire administration – the executive, legislature and the judiciary.At an official meeting with Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Beijing’s top leader overseeing the city’s affairs said the anti-government protests that have rocked the city since early June had…
              

    Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation risks losing future contracts for Australia’s largest public transport project after dozens of disruptions on Sydney Metro Northwest

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    Hong Kong’s embattled MTR Corporation could lose future rail contracts in Sydney after Australia’s largest public transport project, operated by the company, experienced at least 40 disruptions since its opening in May.New South Wales transport minister Andrew Constance reportedly warned there would be penalties if the operator behind the A$8.3 billion (US$5.7 billion) Sydney Metro Northwest – Metro Trains Sydney (MTS) – did not meet expectations in a review this month.According to Australian…
              

    Hong Kong publisher adds audio and tactile elements to children’s books to make reading more fun for all

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    Creating children’s books that could be read and enjoyed by youngsters of all capabilities was the simple aim of James Chong Kwok-tung.So, with visually impaired children in mind, he set out to produce a picture book series that encouraged reading through more than just visual words.His company Rolling Books is now in the early stages of producing more tactile, multisensory books that include audio and physical elements to help children of all capabilities follow and enjoy storylines.Chong’s…
              

    Knife attack on Hong Kong lawmaker Junius Ho sparks security concerns ahead of district council elections

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    A knife attack on a pro-Beijing lawmaker has ignited a debate over security during Hong Kong’s coming district council elections, with speculation the polling day could be postponed.Video footage circulated online showed the moment Junius Ho Kwan-yiu was stabbed during a campaign event in Tuen Mun on Wednesday morning. His allies condemned the attack and complained the city’s unrest had put them in an unfair position ahead of the elections.But the opposition camp countered it would be unfair if…
              

    Why Hong Kong protesters are forcing university leaders to pick a side – academic freedom is at stake

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    One of the factors distinguishing the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, now in their 22nd week, from the 79-day “umbrella movement” in 2014 is the level of general support protesters continue to receive from residents and non-protesters. This is all the more remarkable considering the duration of the current unrest, the extent of violent actions to which protesters have resorted and the frequent use by the police of tear gas, beanbag rounds, rubber and live bullets, and water cannons. It is this…
              

    Hong Kong government must end protest crisis and avoid US-China tensions, says US garment trade chief Rick Helfenbein

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    One of America’s largest trade groups has voiced concern for the safety of workers amid Hong Kong’s ongoing protest crisis and warned of further political complications should the turmoil continue.Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel and Footwear Association – an advocacy group that represents more than 1,000 major brands – on Tuesday said many members with headquarters in Hong Kong had expressed fears about safety.“I am not feeling unsafe at all, but what we see on…
              

    Water cannons deployed in Tsim Sha Tsui as Hong Kong protesters wearing ‘V for Vendetta’ masks test new ‘flash mob’ tactic of assembling at short notice

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    Sudden chaos descended on the bustling streets of Tsim Sha Tsui on Tuesday night, as riot police deployed water cannons to disperse radical anti-government protesters who barricaded roads and vandalised shops, demonstrating their new “flash mob” tactics.Demonstrators, mainly masked and wearing black, occupied a section of Chatham Road South, after setting up barricades on several side streets in the area to halt traffic.Some smashed shop windows and spray-painted stores they considered “pro…
              

    Nearly 70 per cent of Hongkongers oppose postponing district council elections despite threat of protest violence, survey finds

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    Nearly seven out of 10 Hongkongers surveyed were opposed to postponing the district council elections despite the threat of violence from anti-government protests, according to a survey released on Tuesday.Only about 17 per cent of the Hong Kong residents polled said the government should delay or reschedule the citywide district council voting planned for November 24.The poll results were compiled by the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute, which interviewed 1,035 people between…
              

    Man accused of biting ear off Hong Kong district councillor charged with malicious assault

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    A retired man accused of biting off part of a district councillor’s ear over the weekend has been charged with malicious assault in a Hong Kong court.But Joe Chen, 48 – who also allegedly wounded two others in the same attack – did not appear in Eastern Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday as he was undergoing treatment at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan.On Sunday evening, a man was captured on a video clip biting off the left ear of Taikoo Shing West district councillor Andrew…
              

    Xi Jinping’s meeting with Carrie Lam: she reveals she could feel his support for her to end Hong Kong protest violence; analysts say it was to quash rumours of her firing

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    Chinese President Xi Jinping has lent his full support to Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, quashing speculation for now she would be replaced even as he signalled that her government must quell the social unrest that has now roiled the city for five months.In a meeting with the chief executive on Monday night, Xi also took a measured approach in giving his assessment of the political crisis roiling the city, analysts said. While he demanded “unswerving efforts to stop…
              

    Olympian and Canto-pop star Alex Fong swims 45km around Hong Kong Island, smashing unofficial record

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    Alex Fong Lik-sun, the former Olympian and Canto-pop star, swam clockwise around Hong Kong Island on Tuesday, setting an unofficial record for the 45km journey at 10 hours, 43 minutes and six seconds.Fong, who represented Hong Kong in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, used the event to raise more than HK$7 million (US$893,461) for A Drop of Life, a local charity that brings clean drinking water to impoverished communities in Cambodia, China and Nepal. The 39-year-old started and finished in Sandy Bay,…
              

    Hong Kong protests: food and beverage businesses post steepest fall in third quarter since 2003 Sars outbreak

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    Hong Kong’s food and beverage businesses posted the steepest fall in the third quarter of this year since the 2003 Sars outbreak due to the ongoing anti-government protests.Receipts of the restaurant sector declined 11.7 per cent year on year to HK$26.4 billion between July and September, and decreased 10.6 per cent from the preceding quarter, the Census and Statistics Department data revealed on Tuesday.A government spokesman said the sharp fall between July and September marked the steepest…
              

    Why Hong Kong’s public washrooms have been dubbed ‘reservoirs of drug-resistant bacteria’

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    Researchers have dubbed hand hygiene facilities in Hong Kong’s public washrooms “reservoirs of drug-resistant bacteria”, after finding 52 bacterial species, some harmful to humans, in them.Scholars warned on Tuesday of “recontamination risks” for those using public toilets, as they revealed 87 per cent of the Staphylococcus species in tested samples were resistant to at least one first-line antibiotic such as penicillin, while a fifth of them exhibited co-resistance to at least three…
              

    Hong Kong man in critical condition after being run off the road and stabbed by masked attackers

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    Police were scouring the city for four masked attackers on Tuesday after a man was chased from a car, intercepted and stabbed on Hong Kong Island overnight.The man, a passenger in a silver Audi TT coupe was travelling along Yiu Hing Road in Shau Kei Wan at about 12.15am, when it was rammed by two other vehicles and crashed outside Yiu Fu House at Yiu Tung Estate, a police spokesman said.“Four masked men jumped from the two vehicles and attacked the victim with knives before they fled in their…
              

    Hong Kong Legislative Council meeting aborted as lawmakers turn to campaigning for district elections

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    A panel meeting of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council was forced to adjourn on Tuesday due to low attendance as lawmakers instead chose to spend their time on district council election campaigns.After two pan-democratic Legco members deliberately walked out of the meeting, just nine were left to discuss new land and development policy initiatives announced by the government last month. A minimum of 12 Legco members, up to a total of 37, are needed for panel sessions to go ahead.At 8.45am, after…
              

    Hong Kong pupils cover faces in citywide protests marking one month since mask ban introduced

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    Pupils marked one month since the introduction of the mask ban in Hong Kong on Tuesday by covering their faces in protest, as students at a top secondary marched in support of two arrested schoolmates.Young people from at least five city schools wore masks in defiance of the legislation, which came into force on October 5 as part of the government’s attempt to quell protests that have raged since June.About 70 students marched from Kowloon Tong train station to La Salle College on Tuesday…
              

    Odgovorio/la: Pozivni brojevi drzava

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    Hong Kong International Optical Fair opens today

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    HONG KONG, Nov 6, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and co-organised by the Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association (HKOMA), the 27th edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Optical Fair opened today and runs until 8 November at the Hong Ko ...
              

    Sino Prosper subscribes shares of the HLZH for pushing into the vast market of "5G smart lamppost" in the PRC

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    HONG KONG, Nov 5, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Sino Prosper (Group) Holdings Limited ("Sino" or the "Company", stock code: 00766) is pleased to announce that Hong Kong Macau Technology Holdings Limited ("HMT"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, and Hulian Zhihui (Gua ...
              

    Blizzard! Those silly peeps (Digitally Uploaded 2019, Episode #35)

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    First of all, a correction - we mention that we have used a MEIKO song in the podcast, but in editing we dropped the wrong one in - what you'll hear for the customary voicaloid track is actually Kagamine Rin. Sorry about any confusion there!

    What's not confusing is the nonsense that is Blizzard. Announcing Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 ain't going to make us forget that Hong Kong stuff, mates.

    This week we also just catch up on the random stuff that we've been playing when not focused on stuff like Death Stranding for review. There's just been so much going on, it has been hard to keep up.

    Thanks as always for tuning in! We may or may not need to take a couple of weeks off now (Alan is relocating to the UK and he's the manager of the podcast), but we'll be back as soon as we can be!

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    An Interview about My Homeschooling life in Hong Kong

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    During the interview by the RTHK (Radio Television Hong Kong) about my homeschooling life in Hong Kong, they asked me tons of questions about the reasons I decided to homeschool, challenges I faced, and how I homeschool my kids in Hong Kong, etc. My belief and value of homeschooling changed. I realized I was defending […]

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    Standard Chartered Joins Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

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    Standard Chartered today announced that it has joined the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA). The EEA is a members-driven standards organisation whose charter is to develop open, blockchain specifications that drive harmonisation and interoperability for businesses and consumers worldwide – one that is backed by the largest developer community in the world and a worldwide member-base.

    As a member of the EEA, Standard Chartered will collaborate with industry leaders in pursuit of Ethereum-based enterprise technology best practices, open standards, and open-source reference architectures. The Bank views blockchain as central to banking and commerce in the digital era, so transactions can be verified, secure and processed in real time.

    “Technology enables us to facilitate trade and investment across our footprint markets, improving client experiences and offering new services,” said Dr Michael Gorriz, Group Chief Information Officer at Standard Chartered. “We are excited to be a part of the EEA and look forward to opportunities where we can collaborate with other leading industry players to deepen blockchain research and application in the banking sector.”

    The EEA membership base represents hundreds of companies from every region of the world across a wide variety of business sectors, including technology, banking, legal, government, healthcare, energy, pharmaceuticals, marketing, and insurance. The EEA’s Special Interest and Technical Working Groups define market requirements needed to contribute to future versions of the EEA specification, helping to scale the number of market categories the specification supports.

    Standard Chartered has been working with various industry partners and fintechs to explore the use of innovative technology to make financial systems more efficient and accessible for its clients. The Bank is one of the founding members of Voltron, a blockchain-based open industry platform that was launched in October 2018 to digitally create, exchange, approve and issue Letters of Credits (LCs), and recently issued the first LC over the platform for the oil industry. It is also co-creating blockchain-enabled supply chain financing solutions with China-based Linklogis, completing its first joint deep-tier supply chain financing transaction for Digital Guangdong and its upstream suppliers.

    Other initiatives also include the Bank’s partnership with Ant Financial to launch the world’s first blockchain-enabled cross-border remittance service from Hong Kong to the Philippines, as well as a collaboration with Siemens Financial Services and TradeIX, a digital trade provider, to create blockchain-based smart guarantees for trade finance. The bank has also invested in Ripple, a leading distributed ledger company. It is participating in regulator-led initiatives including Project Inthanon in Thailand led by the Central Bank of Thailand to develop a Central Bank Digital Currency; and Project Ubin led by Monetary Authority of Singapore to explore the use of distributed ledger technology for the clearance and settlement of payments and securities.


    About Standard Chartered

    We are a leading international banking group, with a presence in 60 of the world’s most dynamic markets and serving clients in a further 85. Our purpose is to drive commerce and prosperity through our unique diversity, and our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, Here for good. Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges as well as the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India.

    For more stories and expert opinions please visit Insights at sc.com. Follow Standard Chartered on TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook.

     


              

    Hong Kong Introduces New Regulations for Crypto Exchanges

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    Stan Group Announces Buy-a-Brick Powered by Liquefy Technology to Reward Staff Members Through Revenue Sharing

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    HONG KONG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#blockchain--Stan Group (Holdings) Limited (“Stan Group”) has announced the launch of Buy-a-Brick, an innovative employee incentive and recognition programme facilitated by Liquefy’s blockchain technology that gives Stan Group employees the chance to generate wealth alongside the Group through real estate tokenization.
              

    हांगकांग : बेल्ट एंड रोड शिखर मंच आयोजित

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    बीजिंग, 6 नवंबर (आईएएनएस)। तीसरे बेल्ट एंड रोड हांगकांग शिखर मंच हांगकांग विशेष प्रशासनिक क्षेत्र में आयोजित हुआ, जिसकी थीम थी-बेल्ट एंड रोड के उच्च गुणवत्ता वाला अनवरत सह-निर्माण। इस मंच पर आधारभूत संस्थापनों के निर्माण में निवेश, आपसी संपर्क, जोखिम प्रबंधन आदि विषयों पर गहन रूप से विचार विमर्श किया गया और बेल्ट एंड रोड के निर्माण के लिए राय और सुझाव पेश किए गए।

    चीनी रेशम मार्ग परियोजना अनुसंधान केंद्र और हांगकांग त्सीचिन पत्रिका ने संयुक्त रूप से मौजूदा मंच का आयोजन किया। रेशम मार्ग परियोजना अनुसंधान केंद्र के प्रमुख छन युआन ने कहा कि बेल्ट एंड रोड पहल का प्रभाव लगातार विस्तृत हो रहा है, बेल्ट एंड रोड पर एक महत्वपूर्ण केंद्र के रूप में हांगकांग अधिक खास भूमिका निभाता है। उसे अपनी विशेष आर्थिक व्यापारिक, वित्तीय और पेशेवर श्रेष्ठता दिखाते हुए ज्यादा सक्रिय रूप से बेल्ट एंड रोड के निर्माण में भाग लेना चाहिए।

    छन युआन के मुताबिक, बेल्ट एंड रोड के निर्माण से विश्व को जोड़ा जाता है। क्वांगतोंग-हांगकांग-मकाओ महाखाड़ी क्षेत्र का निर्माण जोरों पर है, यह हांगकांग के विकास के लिए मूल्यवान मौका है। हांगकांग को इस सुअवसर का लाभ उठाते हुए मुख्य तौर पर अपना विकास और निर्माण करना चाहिए।

    वहीं हांगकांग विशेष प्रशासनिक क्षेत्र के वित्त विभाग के प्रधान पाउल छन ने कहा कि बेल्ट एंड रोड की महान रूपरेखा में हांगकांग कई क्षेत्रों में अनोखा योगदान दे सकता है, खासकर वित्त, प्रतिभा, अंतरराष्ट्रीय मानक, जोखिम प्रबंधन, कानून और विवाद का समाधान आदि क्षेत्रों में।

    (साभार---चाइना रेडियो इंटरनेशनल, पेइचिंग)

    -- आईएएनएस



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    Wisatawan Enggan Liburan di Hong Kong

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      Hong Kong, Singapura, Jakarta (05/11). Destinasi Wisata: Hong Kong. Wisatawan: Tidak, terima kasih! Aksi protes di Hong Kong, yang dimulai pada Juni dan menjadi semakin brutal, telah mengorbankan industri pariwisata Hong Kong, dengan penurunan tajam dalam kedatangan pengunjung yang memengaruhi industri wisata, toko, gerai makanan dan minuman serta hotel. Sekitar 40 yurisdiksi asing telah mengeluarkan peringatan […]

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    What Is Beijing Planning for Hong Kong?

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    After another weekend of violence, China’s proposal for new national security measures in the city could backfire.
              

    Asian stocks mostly lower after US indexes hit pause

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    BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly lower Thursday after a meandering day of trading in the U.S. left stock indexes close to their record highs.

    The Shanghai Composite Index declined 0.3% to 2,969.81. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 was down 0.1% at 23,275.17. Hong Kong's Hang Seng sank 0.4% to 27,589.65 and South Korea's Kospi shed 0.2% to 2,140.64.

    Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 advanced 0.9% to 6,717.40, making it the best performer across regional markets. India's Sensex gained 0.5% to 40,651.44. Benchmarks in New Zealand advanced while Taiwan and Singapore declined.

    Earlier, a Reuters report that the United States and China may delay signing "Phase 1" of their trade deal until December sent U.S. shares decisively lower by midday. However, the drop didn't last long.

    After sinking 0.3%, the S&P 500 erased its loss within about two hours. The index closed 2.16 points, or 0.1% higher, at 3,076.78. It's within two points of its record.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average less than 0.1% to 27,492.56, and the Nasdaq composite fell 0.3% to 8,410.63.

    The U.S.-China trade war has been a top concern for investors since early 2018, and momentum has recently been tilting toward at least a partial agreement. That, combined with encouraging reports on the economy and corporate profits, have recently propelled U.S. indexes past their prior peaks from July to all-time highs.

    While acknowledging that trade talks could easily falter again, Jeff Mills, chief investment officer at Bryn Mawr Trust, said both sides have an incentive to come to a deal. China's economic growth has slowed under the weight of increased U.S. tariffs. President Donald Trump's chances of re-election, meanwhile, likely hinge in large part on the economy, and a worsening trade war would only sour it.

    Mills is optimistic...


              

    No request for help from HK on robbery suspect: CIB

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    The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday said that it had not received a request from the Hong Kong Police Force for information regarding a Taiwanese suspected of robbing a shopkeeper in the territory and fleeing to Taiwan.
              

    Crowdfunding nets NT$6mn to give bookstore a home

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    Hong Konger Lam Wing-kee () raised nearly NT$6 million (US$197,368) through a fundraising site over a two-month period to finance the opening of Causeway Bay Books in Taiwan, more than double his initial target.
              

    Deadly car bomb in Turkish controlled border town.

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    EXHIBITION information in Hong Kong

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    香港での展覧会のお知らせです。
    8月29日にはオープニングパーティも開催されます。


    展覧会タイトル: Gender, Genitor, Genitalia –Rokudenashiko Tribute

    Date: 29th August 2015 to 20th September 2015

    Venue: Woofer Ten 活化廳

    404, Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong

    Participating Artists:

    • Makoto Aida 会田誠
    • Michael Leung 梁志剛 マイケル ルン
    • Phoebe Man 文晶瑩 フィービー マン
    • Lam Hoi Sin 林愷倩 ラム ホイ シン
    • Sputniko! スプツニ子!
    • ROBOT (John Miller and Takuji Kogo) ロボット (ジョンミラー+古郷卓司)
    • Rokudenashiko ろくでなし子
    • Ryoko Suzuki 鈴木涼子
    • Chan Mei Tung 陳美彤 チャンメイタン (パフォーマンス)
    • K Y Wong 黃嘉瀛 ケーワイ ウォン

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    キュレーター:長谷川仁美
    協力:新宿眼科画廊、スカイザバスハウス、ツァイトフォトサロン、ミズマアートギャラリー
              

    Hong Kong Regulator to Treat Crypto Traders Like Brokers Under New Rules

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    Hong Kong Regulator to Treat Crypto Traders Like Brokers Under New Rules Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission issued new regulatory rules for crypto exchange licensing on Wednesday. Source: Import

    The post Hong Kong Regulator to Treat Crypto Traders Like Brokers Under New Rules appeared first on Bitcoin-Blockchain-Kryptowährungen Infos News Dienstleistung.


              

    North Korea Set Up a Blockchain Firm to Launder Cash: UN

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    North Korea Set Up a Blockchain Firm to Launder Cash: UN North Korea set up a Hong Kong blockchain firm in a bid to to launder stolen cryptocurrency and avoid sanctions, the UN has reportedly said. Source: Import

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    “Noul totalitarism e progresist și eco”

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    FUMIGENE DE WEEKEND (111) O treime din generaţia millennials, născuţi între 1981 - 1996, “ar vota în 2020 cu candidaţii de extremă stângă”, relevă un sondaj comandat de Fundația americană pentru memoria victimelor comunismului. Potrivit acestuia, “capitalismul a pierdut din popularitate”, fiind sprijinit de doar jumătate dintre  aceștia. 36% aprobă comunismul, iar 70% ar vota cu socialiștii STOP Probabil că respectivii habar n-au care e diferența dintre ele. "Dacă nu educăm generaţia tânără despre adevărul istoric al celor 100 de milioane de victime ucise de regimurile comuniste în ultimul secol, să nu ne surprindă disponibilitatea ei pentru ideile marxiste", declară realizatorul studiului. De altfel, peste 20% dintre milennials cred că "societatea ar fi mai bună dacă s-ar elimina ideea proprietăţii private" STOP Interesante comentariile la un interviu al Hotnews pe această temă, cu un istoric din aceeași generație: “o bună parte din mileniali sunt confuzi din cauza unui amestec de ignoranța și conformism. Ignoranța e întreținută de un sistem educațional deficitar... Avem în Romania, în USA sau în Franța, generații de analfabeți funcționali care pot silabisi, dar nu înteleg sensul și logica unei fraze (nu mai vorbim de lexic)” STOP Iar mai departe: “Obama a criticat dur...agresivitatea celor care tind să arate imediat cu degetul orice nu e "corect politic". Fostul președinte democrat s-a arătat îngrijorat de tendința de a bloca dezbaterea în campusurile universitare și de a interzice opiniile diferite (de cele progresiste)” STOP Un alt cititor concluzionează: “noul totalitarism e progresist și eco".  De genul Greta, 2035fărătutun, USR, Arafat și alții/altele. La “și alții” intră și Cioloș, care a îndrăznit să-și critice fostul subaltern pentru prestația de la Colectiv și “ascunderea” filmului în care șeful DSU, aidoma “bărbatului în alb din 10 august”, vorbește la telefon netulburat în mijlocul nebuniei STOP Atât de tare l-a supărat pe Arafat critica asta, încât a început să vorbească moldovenește, nemaiscoțându-l pe Cioloș din “dânsul”  STOP „Am văzut pe dânsul (Dacian Cioloş – n.r.) spune că un departament nu trebuie să ţină de un om şi sunt total de acord cu dânsul (...) Mai mult decât atât, dânsul comentează că un astfel de departament atunci când funcţionează doar sub comanda omului suprem are o problemă. Departamentul nu funcţionează doar sub comanda omului suprem” STOP În paranteză fie spus, Arafat a încercat o mică diversiune cu o teorie a conspirației, potrivit căreia cineva a încercat să îi ia jucăriile (elicoptere și avioane SMURD, înmatriculate militar). Dar declarația nu prea a avut ecou, fiind preluată sporadic. Asta în comparație cu marea  lovitură de presă despre “aparatele morții”, pe vremea când Arafat dădea verdicte despre vapat. “O tempora...” STOP Noul ministru de Interne a fost întâmpinat de protestatari cu cererea: “Capul lui Arafat vrem” STOP “Bătrânii sunt otrăviţi de medicamente, pentru că testările clinice se fac pe tineri. Mulţi pensionari iau câte 10-20 de  pastile pentru bolile pe care le au, ceea ce îi expune multiplelor reacţii adverse şi mai ales interacţiunilor dintre ele”, consideră Serviciului Naţional pentru Sănătate din Anglia. “Studii anterioare au scos în evidenţă că o persoană din 15 se află în spital din cauza reacţiilor adverse ale medicamentelor prescrise” STOP Dacă ar fi să jucăm Monopoly...Pe hârtie stăm bine, pe teren e jale. “La nivel de proiectare, suntem campioni, dar în ceea ce priveşte km de autostradă, 828, suntem pe locul 128 în lume, după Zimbabwe şi Gabon” STOP “Prima regulă a pieței unice din Uniunea Europeană este să ai o autostrada către Germania”, a transmis autorităților române un economist-șef al Băncii Mondiale, coordonator al politicii economice pentru statele UE. O autostradă catre Germania nu avem, dar avem un Președinte. Se pune? STOP Și totuși, “România alături de Germania”. Potrivit Eurostat, aproape două treimi dintre orașele europene cu cei mai puțini tineri se află în  cele două țări STOP “Industria sănătății”, ca și “industria morții”, tot industrie se cheamă că este, vulnerabilă la procese în masă declanșate de avocați orientați financiar. Nu doar “big tobacco”, dar și “big farma” plătește înțelegeri (settlements) ca să fie lăsată în pace. “Cinci producători şi distribuitori de medicamente oferă 50 de miliarde de dolari în numerar, servicii și medicamente, pentru închiderea investigaţiilor în care industria farmaceutică este acuzată că a provocat criza opioidelor din SUA”. În instanțe sunt 2.600 de procese, arată Cursdeguvernare STOP Procesomania, faza pe budă. După ce fosta șefă a ASSMB, o anume Coțofană, a afirmat că „în mandatul doamnei Firea, s-au plătit WC-uri de 230 de lei cu 3.500 de lei plus TVA”, Primărița a declarat că nu se lasă și merge cu ea “de gât, la cremenal”, adică îi face plângere la DNA STOP Guardian scrie că Guvernul chinez a lansat un Cod de conduită menit să „amplifice atitudinea pozitivă a cetăţenilor faţă de partid şi ţară şi să creeze un simţ al identităţii colective”. Documentul, emis de CC al PCC, este “un instrument nou de propagandă și de consolidare a cultului personalității, centrat pe liderul Xi Jinping și are rolul de a-i crește legitimitatea într-o perioadă în care Beijingul se confruntă cu provocări serioase - protestele din Hong Kong, încetinirea economiei și războiul comercial cu SUA. Cetățenii sunt îndemnați să trateze gândirea Xi Jinping ca fiind nucleul busolei lor morale civice, fiind omise multe referințe la alți lideri din istoria țării, precum Mao”. Aviz simpatizanților americani ai comunismului! STOP “Facebook a acceptat să plătească o amendă de 500.000 de lire sterline pentru încălcarea legislaţiei privind protecţia datelor, în cazul Cambridge Analytica”, a anunţat autoritatea britanică de reglementare. Aceasta pentru că “date despre cel puţin un milion de utilizatori britanici s-au aflat printre informaţiile strânse de Cambridge Analytica şi folosite în scopuri politice” STOP CA a fost angajată de Trump pentru campania din 2016 și ar fi fost “implicată în peste 200 de campanii electorale, inclusiv în Nigeria, Kenya, Cehia, India şi Argentina”, lucrând împreună cu “companii specializate în strângerea de informaţii”. La momentul scandalului, Cambridge Analytica România era condusă de ginerele Ministrului de externe (în prezent Președinte al Senatului), având sediul chiar la domiciliul acestuia. Peter Imre a lucrat cândva pentru o mare companie americană de tutun STOP “Camera Reprezentanţilor SUA a recunoscut în mod oficial genocidul armean, într-un vot simbolic fără precedent...o majoritate zdrobitoare de 405 din 435 de voturi, într-o rară unitate între democraţi şi republicani”. Ministerul turc de Externe a ”condamnat ferm” acest act politic și l-a convocat pe ambasadorul american. La rândul lor, bulgarii au convocat-o la Externe pe ambasadoarea Franței, după declarațiile ofensatoare ale lui Macron, care îi preferă bulgarilor pe cei din Coasta de Fildeș. Numai oficialii noștri au stat în poziția ghiocel cănd ambasadorii SUA ne-a dat lecții și indicații STOP “Orban de la Budapesta l-a felicitat pe Orban de la București. Presa maghiară face glume cu Ardealul”. Iar unii au postat pe FB: “să vezi de acum încolo ce de Hello Budapest!” STOP Înainte de predarea mandatului, fostul ministru al Agriculturii a avut parte de o aniversare unică. “PSD-iștii din Arad i-au făcut cadou lui Petre Daea, de ziua lui, un tort în formă de oaie”. Oaia aia e a lui STOP Contrabanda cu țigări a ajuns la un minim istoric apropiat de nivelul european: 10,5%. Evident, lobiștii antitutun, pregătiți să împingă tare proiectul de vânzare a țigărilor pe sub tejghea, au sărit de fund în sus că ar fi manipulare, de genul celei pe care o practică ei când clamează așa-zisele “pierderi cauzate de tutun: 4,2% din PIB”. Râd și curcile STOP Țigări de contrabandă în magazine, la Ploiești. Șase magazine au fost descoperite practicând acest “sport” bănos, alegându-se cu marfa confiscată și amenzi. Poliția nu i-a crezut pe împricinații care s-au declarat simpli vizionari, care anticipează legea Emanuel Ungureanu/Ramona Brad STOP BAT a ajuns pe locul 27 în topul exportatorilor. În același timp, a extins campania cu scrumiere stradale din Sectorul 3 București, dăruind 200 de bucăți Primăriei Iași. Pe pariu că, iar, fac activiștii scandal? Deocamdată, fac doar bube roșii și nu pot dormi pentru că, la Parament, se lanseză “Coaliția pentru libertatea comerțului și a comunicării” STOP A căzut ultima redută: “fumătorii din Austria nu-şi mai pot aprinde o ţigară în cafenele şi restaurante”, relatează AFP. Să vedem cât va afecta interdicția locul Vienei în topul celor mai bune orașe în care merită să trăiești STOP Deși cocktailurile de medicamente fac ravagii, “specialiștii în sănătate publică” au alt azimut: țigările electronice. Pentru că SUA nu se grăbește cu interdicțiile, dat fiind că majoritatea cazurilor semnalate sunt de la extract ilegal de canabis, “experții lu’ Bloomberg” s-au orientat către alte meleaguri, mai înfometate. După Brazilia, Thailanda şi India, “China a decretat închiderea temporară a magazinelor specializate în vânzarea de ţigări electronice, până când efectele acestora asupra stării de sănătate vor fi lămurite” STOP “Aprozăreasa candidează la Primaria Cluj”. Aurelia Cristea, mama legii antifumat de acum trei ani, vrea să îi ia fața lui Boc. Dar, Clujul e un oraș orientat, cu nas politic fin și buzunare larg deschise către investitori. Ca dovadă, “eșecul electoral” al lui Barna. Evenimentul Zilei relatează că, la adunarea simpatizanţilor acestuia, s-ar fi ocupat doar jumătate dintr-o sală de Cinema. A se compara cu prezența la filmele de dans de la TIFF, sponsorizate de JTI STOP Viorica Dăncilă între sabie și macetă. După ce candidata PSD a primit în dar o sabie de Samurai, ca să “taie ce trebuie”, simpatizanții ei, care împărțeau pliante la Brăila, au fost fugăriți de un bărbat înarmat cu o macetă STOP Istoria romanțată e, uneori, pasională. “John F. Kennedy a fost refuzat de actriţa Sophia Loren, dar vedete precum Audrey Hepburn şi Angie Dickinson au avut relaţii intime cu preşedintele american”, relatează Daily Mail. La noi, istoria rescrisă în funcție de “politicile corecte cacofonice” e năucitoare, scrie Marius Oprea despre Hodor și așa-zișii istorici de la CNSAS, influențați în impietarea lor de ideologii “Fenomenului Pitești”, adică de torționari și securiști STOP Dna Ludwig, noul Comisarul german pe droguri (echivalentul ANA, de la noi), a declarat mai întâi că dorește interzicerea reclamelor la țigari clasice și electronice pe panourile publicitare (că astfel s-ar putea vedea sau nu s-ar mai putea vedea ce face sau ar trebui să facă ea), după care a revenit “la castravete”: 19% dintre adolescenți au recunoscut că folosesc canabis, procent care urcă vertiginos la grupa de vârsta 18-25 de ani: 42,5% STOP Heroina și opioidele (produse farma) reprezintă, însă, principala cauză de deces asociat consumului de droguri, cu 1275 cazuri anual. Ludwig a concluzionat că oamenii trebuie ajutați sa scape de dependențe, iar “dezbaterile bazate pe ideologie” trebuie înlocuite cu dialogul STOP Socialiștii din PE dau pe dinafară de “corectitudine politică”. Nu l-au vrut pe albul hetero Sigfrid Mureșan Comisar european, pentru că nu era nici măcar femeie. Noroc că Adina Vălean e ok și nu ne va face de râs,  deși e straight STOP Cancerul corectitudinii politice ucide conștiințe și talente. Regizorul Andrei Șerban a declarat la TVR că a demisionat de la Universitatea Columbia când i s-a cerut să angajeze un nou profesor, "de preferință o femeie de culoare, care dacă este gay e foarte bine", și nu a fost de acord ca rolul Julietei să fie jucat de un transsexual STOP "În epoca Trump, dreapta e foarte radicală, stânga e foarte radicală...Universitățile în America sunt de obicei de stânga...” iar “Columbia e un fel de socialism care merge spre comunism, e o nouă formă de comunism", a spus  regizorul (HEXAVALENT)

     


              

    Macron affiche son entente avec Xi mais s'inquiète pour Hong Kong

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    Emmanuel Macron et Xi Jinping ont affiché leur entente mercredi au dernier jour de la visite du président français en Chine, faisant front commun pour défendre l'accord de Paris sur le climat, mais ce dernier a pris le risque de froisser son hôte en évoquant les manifestations à Hong Kong. Les présidents français et chinois ont réaffirmé à Pékin leur "ferme soutien" à l'accord de 2015 sur le changement climatique, face aux Etats-Unis de Donald Trump qui viennent d'officialiser leur retrait. La Chine est le premier émetteur mondial de gaz à effet de serre.
              

    Pékin prône des "mesures plus efficaces" à Hong Kong

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    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Les autorités chinoises soutiennent des mesures plus radicales pour éliminer les racines des troubles qui secouent Hong Kong depuis des mois, a déclaré mercredi un vice-Premier ministre chinois quelques heures après l'agression à l'arme blanche d'un député hongkongais pro-Pékin. Han Zheng s'exprimait au côté de Carrie Lam, la cheffe contestée de l'exécutif de Hong Kong, actuellement en visite en Chine continentale. "Nous encourageons fermement le gouvernement de la 'région administrative spéciale' (Hong Kong-NDLR) à adopter des mesures plus proactives et plus efficaces pour résoudre les problèmes sociaux", a-t-il dit.
              

    Investment Compliance - Investment Management / Hedge Fund | Randstad Hong Kong

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    Gong Gong Gong / Notes Underground

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    Review by Your Imaginary Friend

    Duo from Beijing China via Hong Kong and Canada, use guitars and processors to make twisted stoney rock that plods in places and incorporates noise. Vocals, if any, are undefined, Cantonese, Mandarin. No drums, opting for percussive guitar playing to set rhythms. Cool stuff from Wharf Cat.

    1)* (5:41) Stoney slow intro picks up to drum less rockin. 2) (3:01) drivin head nodder, solo guit w vocs 3) (3:42) a western minor key gallop to this, vocs enter late 4) (3:08) bass driven with a touch of funkiness 5) (5:26) straight rock feel, more layering w fuzz like first track. 6) (2:58) groovy rock feel with a slight 70’s funk rock feel 7)* (2:22) cool feedback intro and bass line 8)* (3:06) cool big bass feel, darker 9) (5:41) cool plodding instrumental with strange guit tone harmonics 10)* (6:31) drivin epic feel


              

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    Solving the world's food problems or just processed extruded junk?

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    Beyond vegan burgers: next-generation protein could come from air, methane, volcanic springs

    by Thin Lei Win | @thinink | Thomson Reuters Foundation
    Wednesday, 6 November 2019 12:06 GMT
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    Products in development combine cutting-edge technology and age-old fermentation processes with the aim of reducing agriculture's massive carbon footprint
    By Thin Lei Win
    ROME, Nov 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It may sound like science fiction, but in a few short years the family dinner table may be laden with steak from a printer and other proteins produced from air, methane or volcanic microbes.
    With the explosive success of vegan beef and burger substitutes developed by Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, the alternative protein sector just keeps growing.
    According to investment bank Barclays, alternative meat sales could reach $140 billion - or 10% of the global meat industry - within a decade, or a 10-fold increase from current levels.
    A new generation of products in the works melds cutting-edge technology with age-old fermentation processes to turn otherwise harmful or everyday elements into essential food ingredients, with the aim of reducing agriculture's massive carbon footprint.
    According to the United Nations, agriculture, forestry and other land use activities accounted for 23% of total net manmade greenhouse gas emissions from 2007 to 2016, soaring to 37% when pre- and post-production activity were factored in.
    Livestock meanwhile are responsible for about 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.
    Enter Solar Foods, a Finnish company working on an edible protein powder called Solein which uses water, air and renewable electricity as a way to separate food production from agriculture.
    "You avoid land use impacts like clearing forests for agriculture, use of pesticides and use of fertilisers that release greenhouse gases and so on," co-founder and CEO Pasi Vainikka told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
    Solein is made by putting microbes into a liquid and feeding them small bubbles of hydrogen and carbon dioxide, a process similar to making beer or wine, apart from the lack of grapes or grains, Vainikka explained.
    As the liquid thickens, it is dried into a very fine powder which is about 65% protein and tastes much like wheat flour.
    In September, Solar Foods struck an agreement with Nordic food company Fazer to develop products using Solein, which can be used in existing plant-based products or future offerings such as lab-grown meat.
    Solein will cost about €5 per kilo ($2.50 a pound) to produce and will hit the market by 2021, Vainikka said.
    "There's a lot of climate anxiety," he said. "And people are looking for hope and solutions and they're happy to see companies like ours, so that's encouraging."
    FERMENTATION, FERMENTATION, FERMENTATION
    Another company tackling agriculture's emissions through fermentation, Bangalore-based String Bio, is working to convert methane, a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide as it traps 28 times more heat, from waste and natural sources into protein powder - initially for animals.
    "We said this is probably the best impact we humans can have in this world, where we take something that we don't need for the environment and convert it into something we do need," said Vinod Kumar, who with his wife Ezhil Subbian set up the company.
    Such environmental considerations, along with concerns over animal welfare and human health, have driven both demand and supply of alternative proteins, said Dan Altschuler Malek, Managing Partner at investment firm Unovis Partners.
    Just 10 years ago he said retailers saw alternative proteins as a risky bet, but "today they realise there is a huge demand for all these products."
    Unovis manages New Crop Capital, a fund that invests exclusively in start-ups developing meat, seafood and dairy replacements, including Beyond Meat.
    New Crop has also invested in Nova Meats, a Spanish company that uses a special 3D printer to produce steak that can mimic the taste and texture of meat.
    The printers produce three-dimensional vegan steaks using cartridge-style syringes which extrude plant-based proteins.
    VOLCANOES AND TINY ORGANISMS
    Some have criticised plant-based alternatives flooding store shelves as highly processed and high in sodium, and Harvard scientists recently questioned their role in a healthy diet.
    Others such as the Center for Consumer Freedom, which is backed by the food and beverage industry, have launched campaigns decrying so-called "fake meat" as loaded with chemicals.
    Proponents counter that burgers have always been laden with fat and sodium and were never exactly considered health food.
    The new generation of proteins are also less processed, said Thomas Jonas, CEO of Sustainable Bioproducts whose protein is based on microbes found in volcanic hot springs at Yellowstone National Park.
    In that barren, other-worldly and dangerous landscape, researchers "discovered a bunch of life forms that across millennia evolved to survive in this environment," he said.
    Having raised $33 million in February, the company plans to produce "a hamburger equivalent" next year through a "novel fermentation" of the microbes.
    At full capacity its 35,000-square-feet (3,250 square metres) plant in Chicago could produce burgers equivalent to those made from cows grazing on 15,000 acres (6,100 hectares) of land, Jonas said.
    For investors like Altschuler Malek, alternative proteins are all about options for consumers, with three essential caveats:
    "It needs to taste great, it needs to meet certain price points and it needs to be able to be manufactured in large volume," he said.
    "There are amazing chefs all over the world that are doing plant-based products. But If you cannot convert that into mass manufacturing it's really hard to see how that can actually make a change in the world."
    It is also an opportunity for a radical shift in agriculture which, despite incremental improvements, has remained much the same for centuries, Jonas said.
    "Fundamentally we are surviving on this planet based on an agricultural system that has barely changed in the past 11,000 years... when we domesticated a handful of plants and animals."
    "New technologies are really giving us tools for a second domestication - things that we didn't even know were there."
    (Reporting By Thin Lei Win @thinink, Editing by Chris Michaud (Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, climate change, women's and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking, and property rights. Visit www.trust.org)
    A protein powder Solein made by Finnish company Solar Foods is seen on a plate. Photo provided by Solar Foods.
    Unovis manages New Crop Capital, a fund that invests exclusively in start-ups developing meat, seafood and dairy replacements, including Beyond Meat.
    New Crop has also invested in Nova Meats, a Spanish company that uses a special 3D printer to produce steak that can mimic the taste and texture of meat.
    The printers produce three-dimensional vegan steaks using cartridge-style syringes which extrude plant-based proteins.
    VOLCANOES AND TINY ORGANISMS
    Some have criticised plant-based alternatives flooding store shelves as highly processed and high in sodium, and Harvard scientists recently questioned their role in a healthy diet.
    Others such as the Center for Consumer Freedom, which is backed by the food and beverage industry, have launched campaigns decrying so-called "fake meat" as loaded with chemicals.
    Proponents counter that burgers have always been laden with fat and sodium and were never exactly considered health food.
    The new generation of proteins are also less processed, said Thomas Jonas, CEO of Sustainable Bioproducts whose protein is based on microbes found in volcanic hot springs at Yellowstone National Park.
    In that barren, other-worldly and dangerous landscape, researchers "discovered a bunch of life forms that across millennia evolved to survive in this environment," he said.
    Having raised $33 million in February, the company plans to produce "a hamburger equivalent" next year through a "novel fermentation" of the microbes.
    At full capacity its 35,000-square-feet (3,250 square metres) plant in Chicago could produce burgers equivalent to those made from cows grazing on 15,000 acres (6,100 hectares) of land, Jonas said.
    For investors like Altschuler Malek, alternative proteins are all about options for consumers, with three essential caveats:
    "It needs to taste great, it needs to meet certain price points and it needs to be able to be manufactured in large volume," he said.
    "There are amazing chefs all over the world that are doing plant-based products. But If you cannot convert that into mass manufacturing it's really hard to see how that can actually make a change in the world."
    It is also an opportunity for a radical shift in agriculture which, despite incremental improvements, has remained much the same for centuries, Jonas said.
    "Fundamentally we are surviving on this planet based on an agricultural system that has barely changed in the past 11,000 years... when we domesticated a handful of plants and animals."
    "New technologies are really giving us tools for a second domestication - things that we didn't even know were there."
    (Reporting By Thin Lei Win @thinink, Editing by Chris Michaud (Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, climate change, women's and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking, and property rights. Visit www.trust.org)

              

    SFC Addresses Regulation of Managers of Virtual Asset Funds and Virtual Asset Discretionary Accounts

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    In light of an increasing demand for virtual asset investment products, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has been taking steps to clarify the legal and regulatory requirements for this market. In this regard, on October 4, 2019...
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    FIFA asks Iraq to host World Cup, Asia Cup qualifiers elsewhere after protests

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    BAGHDAD: Iraq has been told to find neutral venues for this month’s home qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asia Cup because of ongoing protests, officials said on Wednesday.
    Iraq had been due to play the two games in Basra — against Iran on November 14 and Bahrain on November 19 — but the southern port city has been caught up in the anti-government demonstrations that have swept Baghdad and the south.
    “FIFA informed us late Tuesday night that we must choose a new place, an alternative outside Iraq, for the scheduled match with Iran by Wednesday,” the deputy head of the Iraqi football federation, Ali Jabbar, told AFP.
    The Iraqi federation has received a formal letter from FIFA and is “following up on the issue,” another member of the federation confirmed.
    A statement from FIFA said it had assessed “the current security situation in Iraq” and informed the local federation that upcoming matches “must be played on neutral ground.”
    “The Iraqi Football Association has been requested to nominate a neutral venue for the said matches, which is subject to confirmation by FIFA and the AFC,” it said.
    The decision is a major disappointment for Iraq, which had lobbied FIFA for years to reverse a ban on hosting home internationals because of instability.
    Following the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the country was plunged into years of violence and no international games were hosted there.
    The ban was lifted by FIFA last year and Iraq hosted its first qualifier in October against Hong Kong, winning 2-0.
    Iraq tops its group for Asia Cup qualification with seven points, leading Bahrain on goal difference, while Iran holds third spot with six points.
    Hong Kong and Cambodia each have one point.

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    Ep 147: V for Vivek

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    Vivek Mahbubani finally makes it on the pod. He's a killer comic in English and Cantonese, an MMA announcer, has multiple TV shows and is giving his all to save Hong Kong.

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    Hong Kong mêlée apace: Xi humiliates Lam. Andrew Collier @HooverInst

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    Image:  Protesters waving the Hong Kong colonial flags in front of the Chinese Liaison Office in Hong Kong. Public domain. (VOA - http://www.voacantonese.com/content/hk-protesters-on-63rd-anniversary-of-china-national-day/1518056.html數十名示威者在中聯辦門外揮舞港英旗幟 ) . Andrew Collier, managing director of Orient Capital Research, explains the Hong Kong economic slowdown as a result of extended protests.  Further: there’s a distinct “Shenzhen slowdown.”  Not all this has been engendered by the trade war.  China has been producing debt 6.7 times faster than formerly.  Doubt that China can grow its way out of its problems. For every dollar, they were getting 70 cents of growth; now are getting 20 cents’ worth.  Beijing is offering loans to help buy apartments on Mainland.                Xi decided to appear with Carrie Lam in a video — deeply embarrassing Lam by spotlighting the fact that she has no autonomy from Xi. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/01/hong-kong-recession-economy-will-remain-weak-amid-protests-trade-war.html .
              

    Hong Kong boiling slowly like a frog. @Michael_Yon @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast

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    Photo: Streets of Hong Kong, 1865 See above (The photographer is believed to be deceased since image was taken in the 1800s, Image from Book old Hong Kong by Trea Wiltshire) Permission details PD-HK.View more (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Hong_Kong_(1800s%E2%80%931930s)#) Public Domain (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:HKStreets1865.jpg) view terms File:HKStreets1865.jpg Created: 19th century date QS:P,+1850-00-00T00:00:00Z/7 http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Hong Kong boiling slowly like a frog. @Michael_Yon @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/05/world/asia/junius-ho-stabbed-hong-kong.htmlkong.html
              

    Time for China to Take Action Against Human Rights Abuses on its Belt and Road Projects

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    William Nee | Hong Kong Free Press Before the first roulette wheel was spun at Imperial Pacific’s new casino in Saipan, thousands of people had already lost out. In 2017, shortly after the facility opened on the island, part of a US commonwealth in the Pacific, a US federal government investigation found that Metallurgical Corporation […]

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    AFP Dedicates Half an Article Justifying Hong Kong Assassination Attempt

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    November 6, 2019 (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - Hong Kong legislator Junius Ho narrowly escaped assassination when an opposition member attempted to drive a knife into his chest after luring him in for a selfie, RT would report.


    RT's article would mention briefly in one paragraph that Junius Ho has been outspoken about ongoing unrest in Hong Kong.

    Compare this to AFP's article, "Pro-Beijing politician stabbed in Hong Kong," which dedicates more than half its article to detailing Junius Ho's alleged misdeeds in what can only be interpreted as an attempt to justify the otherwise indefensible act of terrorism.

    AFP even divides its article in half with the heading, "- Controversial figure -."

    The article then claims:
    Alongside Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam and police chief Stephen Lo, Ho has become one of the most loathed establishment figures among democracy protesters. 

    He has long been one of the most stridently pro-Beijing politicians in the city.
    AFP continues - attempting to paint Junius Ho in the least flattering manner possible - indirectly suggesting that perhaps he even deserved it. AFP also attempts to cite growing violence on both sides as if to suggest attempted assassinations are merely the next logical step in ongoing unrest.

    Omitted from AFP's article is that fact that leaders organizing protests are confirmed to be funded, backed, and directed by the US government with many leaders literally travelling to Washington D.C. to openly lobby for and receive aid from the US.

    Among them are Joshua Wong, Martin Lee, Benny Tai, and Nathan Law. One - Johnson Yeung Ching-yin - is literally a US National Endowment for Democracy (NED) fellow whose profile can be found on NED's official website.

    Nations Have a Right to Defend Themselves Against Foreign Attack - Whatever the Form  

    Foreign-sponsored sedition - including through the use of terrorism - justifies the targeted nation and its people in defending themselves through whatever means are necessary.

    If AFP wanted to make excuses for violence - it could have done so on behalf of China including Hong Kong residents opposed to the ongoing unrest and seeking to restore order and stability to their streets, businesses, homes, and public infrastructure.

    No one has the right to use violence to advance their political agenda. But people do have the right to defend themselves against those who try.

    US-backed mobs have targeted businesses, infrastructure including trains they've tried to repeatedly derail - endangering hundreds of innocent lives - as well as having targeted residents and politicians themselves with violence for opposing the unrest.

    Just as Western propagandists - including AFP - have done elsewhere around the globe - they are deliberately defending, spinning, or omitting violence initiated by the opposition - and portraying the response of security forces and local residents attempting to fight back as "aggression."

    AFP to dedicate half its article on the attempted assassination of Junius Ho attempting to explain why he is "one of the most loathed establishment figures among democracy protesters" is nothing short of appalling propaganda and even an oblique sign of approval for the attack.

    Exposing and undermining this propaganda at every turn not only prevents this from being effective in regards to Hong Kong - but disarms a dishonest Western corporate media from using this same trick in the many other nations either already under similar attacks - or next in line.

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    Hong Kong knife attacker bites politician's ear — World News with Matt Bevan

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    CNN Brasil anuncia a contratação de Luiza Duarte, correspondente em Nova York

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    A CNN Brasil anuncia a contratação da jornalista Luiza Duarte. Com 13 anos de experiência em jornalismo no exterior, a repórter será a correspondente em Nova York, nos EUA, do projeto multiplataforma do canal.

    Luiza passou os últimos seis anos na China, onde era correspondente do Grupo Globo na Ásia e colunista do jornal Folha de S. Paulo. Atuava também como colaboradora regular da BBC World Service (BBC News Brasil) e da Radio France Internationale (RFI). Fez coberturas importantes na região, como os últimos protestos em Hong Kong. Antes de chegar à Ásia, Luiza trabalhou em Paris, na França, como repórter da RFI e da Agence France-Presse (AFP).

    Formada em Jornalismo pela Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), é doutora em Ciência Política pela Universidade Sorbonne. Além da língua nativa, fala inglês, francês, espanhol e mandarim.

    Em Nova York, para onde se mudará nos próximos dias, Luiza trabalhará na nova sede da CNN, localizada no Hudson Yards, bairro revitalizado da cidade norte-americana. Ela fará reportagens e entradas ao vivo para os telejornais diários, além de participações em plataformas digitais.

    “A longa experiência internacional da Luiza Duarte será fundamental para a CNN deixar os brasileiros informados sobre os principais acontecimentos do exterior. Trata-se de mais um talento para o time da CNN”, diz Douglas Tavolaro, CEO and founder da CNN Brasil.


    Sobre a CNN Brasil

    A CNN Brasil, conduzida por um grupo brasileiro de mídia, segue acordo de licenciamento de marca estabelecido com a CNN International Commercial (CNNIC), que abrange o acesso a certas propriedades, incluindo conteúdo da CNN International. O canal de notícias 24 horas estará disponível, a partir de sua estreia, para assinantes da TV paga e também nas plataformas digitais.

              

    Hong Kong lawmaker injured in knife attack

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    A Hong Kong lawmaker was injured in a knife attack and sent to hospital Wednesday morning. Junius Ho, a member of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, was reportedly stabbed in the left side of his chest by a male with knife at Richland Garden, Tuen Mun at about 8:44am. Ho was running in the district council election. Ho, along with the attacker, was sent to Tuen Mun Hospital.

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    Shiseido abaisse ses prévisions pour 2019

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    Stocks, U.S. Futures Jump on Trade-Deal Optimism: Markets Wrap(Bloomberg) -- Stocks climbed in Europe along with S&P 500 futures after China said it agreed with the U.S. to roll back tariffs on each other’s goods in phases as they work toward a trade deal. Havens including Treasuries and gold slipped.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index rose with U.S. equity contracts after a Chinese government spokesman said the economic superpowers would remove the duties in phases “as progress is made on the agreement.” Shares advanced in Hong Kong and China’s yuan strengthened offshore. Equities trading in Shanghai and Tokyo had already closed. West Texas-grade oil futures rose to almost $57 a barrel in New York, and a Bloomberg index of commodities advanced. Most European sovereign bonds declined.Risk appetite is picking up as China’s latest assertions of progress on trade helped counter earlier reports that a preliminary accord may not happen this month as the two sides continued to wrangle over a location. With economic indicators showing signs of stabilization, investors will now be looking for further signs that a global recession can be avoided.“Before we see material evidence of an agreement, any trade headline will be seen as a short-term trading opportunity,” said Linus Yip, a Hong Kong-based strategist with First Shanghai Securities Ltd. “We see good news coming out, and the market is reacting to that. I don’t know if it will last for a long time.”Here are some key events coming up this week:Earnings are due this week from companies including: Walt Disney.A Bank of England monetary decision is due Thursday.The USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report for November comes out Friday.These are the main moves in markets:StocksThe Stoxx Europe 600 Index increased 0.4% as of 9:24 a.m. London time.Futures on the S&P 500 Index advanced 0.4%.Spain’s IBEX Index gained 0.4%.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index jumped 0.6%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index climbed 0.4%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index dipped 0.1%.The euro gained 0.1% to $1.1079.The Japanese yen was little changed at 109.02 per dollar.The offshore yuan increased 0.5% to 6.978 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries gained two basis points to 1.85%.Britain’s 10-year yield increased two basis points to 0.738%.Germany’s 10-year yield climbed two basis points to -0.31%.Australia’s 10-year yield declined six basis points to 1.2145%.CommoditiesIron ore sank 1% to $80.22 per metric ton.West Texas Intermediate crude gained 0.9% to $56.86 a barrel.LME copper increased 0.9% to $5,957.50 per metric ton.Gold decreased 0.3% to $1,485.82 an ounce.\--With assistance from Adam Haigh, Andreea Papuc, Michael Msika and Elena Popina.To contact the reporter on this story: Todd White in Madrid at twhite2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Anstey at canstey@bloomberg.net, Yakob PeterseilFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



              

    El regulador de Hong Kong publica hoy nuevas normas para intercambios de criptomonedas

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    Hong Kong court convicts teen for carrying laser pointer

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    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong lawmaker has voiced concern the conviction of a teenager for carrying a laser pointer could pave the way for more prosecutions against anti-government protesters in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Local broadcaster RTHK says a court Thursday found a 16-year-old male student guilty of possessing the laser pointer and […]
              

    Safety Tips for Visiting Hong Kong

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    AJW Group Expands In China With New Joint Venture

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    7th November 2019 – AJW Group, the world-leading independent specialist in the global management of aircraft spares, has today announced the formation of a new joint venture to help drive its growth in China.

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    Masked Hong Kong students chant protest slogans at graduation

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    Masked university students rally at graduation ceremony in Hong Kong

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    ASEAN được và mất từ cuộc chiến thương mại Mỹ - Trung?

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    Tờ Tín báo (Hong Kong - Trung Quốc) vừa đưa ra phân tích những tác động của thương chiến Mỹ - Trung tới các nền kinh tế ASEAN.    
              

    Masked Hong Kong students chant protest slogans at graduation

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    Hong Kong students, many wearing banned black masks, chanted slogans at their graduation at the Chinese University on Thursday, with some holding up banners urging "Free Hong Kong, Revolution Now".

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    One Bitcoin 'Whale' May Have Fueled the Currency's Price Spike in 2017

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    A single Bitcoin holder -- called a "whale" in cryptocurrency parlance -- likely manipulated the market and helped fuel the big rise in Bitcoin's price in 2017, according to researchers. That year, Bitcoin's price jumped from under $1,000 in January to more than $19,000 in December. From a report: Last year, University of Texas professor John Griffin and Amin Shams, an instructor at Ohio State University, published controversial research concluding that in 2017 just a few big players used the stablecoin Tether to prop up the price of Bitcoin following market downturns. Griffin and Shams now tell Bloomberg that just a single whale was likely behind the behavior. They say that one entity on Bitfinex, a popular cryptocurrency headquartered in Hong Kong, appears able to push the price of Bitcoin up when it falls below certain thresholds. Griffin and Shams studied Bitcoin and Tether transactions from March 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018. They found that Bitcoin purchases on Bitfinex increased whenever the price dropped by certain increments. According to Bloomberg, which saw a prepublication version of a paper set to be published in the Journal of Finance, the authors conclude: "This pattern is only present in periods following the printing of Tether, driven by a single large account holder, and not observed by other exchanges."

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    11/7/2019: World: Hong Kong attack

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    Look out China - here I come.

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    It is just too special for me to describe. Even words like “incredible, magnificent or spectacular” I reckon would only serve as an injustice in defining what is about to go down. As I continue grappling with finding the best words to account for the news, there you have it – Your champ Ty is headed to China.

    Yes! I am headed to China for the first time in my life. And I will be rocking both Shenzhen & Hong Kong. UNLEASH Innovation Lab is what’s bringing me to China. Close to a month ago, I was fortunate to have been selected from a pool of over 8,000 international young top talents to participate in this program (representing Kenya) after going through a rigorously competitive selection process. UNLEASH is a global innovation lab that brings together young people from all over the world to contribute insights and develop solutions to help achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The primary purpose of my visit will be to dedicate my efforts in solving the world’s most pressing challenges in relation to SDGs three (Good health and wellbeing) and five (gender equality) by working along other top talents from the rest of the world, and fellow changemakers dedicated to global sustainability.

    And what’s even more exciting is that I will be able to have a chance to share some of the works that Child.org does, particularly our Baby Box Programme, a project aimed at tackling the significantly high neonatal mortality rates within Kenya’s informal settlements through the provision of safe cribs (Moses baskets) for babies to sleep in. The boxes act and incentive for women to go for postnatal care services while at the same time learning about safe sleeping practices from a skilled health professional.

    Equally pivotal is the life-changing experience I am looking forward to; endless and passionate interactions with a community of vibrant and fired youths whose primary motivation will be to amplify voices in pursuit of effecting change in the world. I hope to not only enjoy the program, but to learn a lot from it! To make profound contributions and to gain massive context of what other young people are doing out here to change the world, so that I can better situate the cause for which I am fighting for – to reduce poverty, ensure women and children have good health and to promote gender equality. As I’ve always believed, it is people like us who will be able to rewrite the African narrative, so that little children will no longer be orphaned, proper sanitation will be made possible in Africa, basic healthcare access won’t be a myth anymore and poverty will acquire a redefined face in Africa.

    I can’t wait to get completely submerged in this space of profound innovation for growth and change. Until then, this is just but the beginning. I am far from finished! 

     

    We hope to bring you more updates from Tyson's exciting trip via Twitter! Follow @childdotorg.

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    This video shows German anti-terror police conducting a drill in Nuremberg in October 2019

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    A video has been viewed tens of thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook and YouTube uploaded which claim it shows that "foreign police" would shoot and kill people who vandalise subway stations. The posts, written in traditional Chinese, were uploaded after months of protests in Hong Kong, during which some subway stations have been vandalised. But the video is being used in a misleading context; the footage actually shows German anti-terror police conducting a drill in Nuremberg in October 2019.
              

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    Liberty Unyielding: Flour power: Hong Kong protest-themed cake disqualified from UK baking contest

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    Comment by "Smith" on October Diary: China Rising, America (And Christianity) Declining; FORBES's Misleading Advice to Girl Backpackers; Etc., by John Derbyshire

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    Meh, another day, another China article. After reading so much and seeing their reaction in Hong Kong, I'm convinced this is all China can do. They are merchants, they value their trade deals and they ignore demographic issues. Come 20 years when the demographic issue come crashing down upon them, and they have to import africans to take care of themselves, then the africans will take care of the chinks. All of us just need to arm ourselves with the best weapons, have a positive birthrate, improve your national infrastructure and wait. And of course, protect our borders to prevent the afri-chinks migration waves. Everyone thought the mongols would be Angolmois too, and look what happened to them.
              

    FIFA: Irak es inseguro para partidos de eliminatorias

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    ZÚRICH (AP) — La FIFA dijo que Irak no es lo suficientemente seguro para recibir los partidos contra Irán y Bahréin por las eliminatorias de la Copa del Mundo.

    La entidad rectora del fútbol mundial informó que pidió a la federación de fútbol de Irak que “proponga una sede neutral” para los partidos pautados para el 14 y 19 de noviembre.

    Los partidos se iban a disputar en Basora, ciudad situada en el sur del país, donde el mes pasado Irak jugó un encuentro que marcó su regreso a partidos oficiales en casa.

    Irak raramente fue local desde la década de 1980 debido a motivos de seguridad.

    En las últimas semanas, la inestabilidad en Irak ha sido atizada por problemas económicos y descontento con la influencia política de su vecino, Irán.

    El triunfo de Irak por 2-0 ante Hong Kong el mes pasado en Basora dejó a la selección nacional en el primer puesto de su grupo de las eliminatorias, de cinco países. Dos equipos avanzan a la siguiente ronda de las eliminatorias de Asia rumbo al Mundial de Qatar en 2022.


              

    China dice que ningún país toleraría violencia de manifestantes en Hong Kong

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    El viceprimer ministro chino Han Zheng aseguró este miércoles tras reunirse con la jefa del Ejecutivo hongkonés, Carrie Lam, que ningún país del mundo toleraría los 'actos extremos y destructivos' de los manifestantes de la excolonia británica que, recalcó, han traspasado los límites.

    'En los pasados cinco meses, los disturbios en Hong Kong se han convertido en infinitas actividades violentas. El orden social se ha quebrantado y se han cuestionado los fundamentos del principio de 'un país, dos sistemas'', dijo, en referencia al principio rector de la autonomía de Hong Kong en diversas áreas de gobierno con respecto al resto de China.

    Han aseguró que 'este tipo de extrema, violenta y destructiva actividad no sería tolerada o aceptada en ningún país o sociedad del mundo actualmente', al tiempo que reconoció el trabajo realizado por Lam y su Gobierno, así como la 'dedicada' actuación de la Policía de Hong Kong.

    El dirigente chino encargado de los asuntos de Hong Kong dijo que las protestas 'dañan los intereses de la gente' de la ciudad y consideró que parar la violencia y restaurar el orden es el 'trabajo más importante para la sociedad hongkonesa'.

    Han ha sido el primer líder chino en pronunciarse detenidamente sobre las protestas que han sacudido a la ciudad desde principios del pasado junio.

    El presidente chino, Xi Jinping, quien se reunió el lunes con Lam, reconoció igualmente la actuación de la líder local en la crisis al asegurar que el Gobierno chino tiene 'una gran confianza' en ella y que 'ratifica completamente su trabajo'.

    El viceprimer ministro afirmó hoy que Pekín dará a Lam su 'completo apoyo' para 'acabar con la violencia' y restaurar el orden.

    Por su parte, la jefa del Gobierno hongkonés mostró su 'tristeza' porque un tercio de los 3.000 detenidos en las protestas sean jóvenes y porque 'el momento para el desarrollo de la economía de Hong Kong era muy bueno' antes de las protestas.

    'Había grandes oportunidades que ofrecía el plan para el área de la Gran Bahía de Hong Kong (que busca integrar las antiguas colonias de Hong Kong y Macao con el resto de urbes situadas en el delta del río de las Perlas) que han sido dañadas gravemente', dijo.

    El de hoy fue el primer encuentro oficial de Lam con el vice primer ministro chino encargado de Hong Kong desde el comienzo de las protestas.

    Las protestas en Hong Kong comenzaron en junio a raíz de un polémico proyecto de ley de extradición, ya retirado por el Gobierno, pero han mutado hasta convertirse en un movimiento que busca una mejora de los mecanismos democráticos de Hong Kong y una oposición a la cada vez mayor injerencia de Pekín.

    No obstante, algunos manifestantes han optado por tácticas más radicales que la protesta pacífica y los enfrentamientos violentos con la Policía son habituales. EFE


              

    Travellers feel worried to go to Hong Kong

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      Hong Kong, Singapore, Jakarta (06/11): Destination: Hong Kong. Travellers said, no, thanks! The ongoing protests, which began in June and have become increasingly violent, have taken a toll on Hong Kong’s tourism industry, with sharp declines in visitor arrivals affecting attractions, shops, food and drink outlets and hotels. About 40 foreign jurisdictions have issued warnings or […]

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    Beyond Hong Kong, media ignores global protests

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      It’s all kicking off everywhere in 2019. Haitians are revolting against a corrupt political system and their President Jovenel Moïse, who many see as a kleptocratic U.S. puppet. In Ecuador, huge public manifestations managed to force President Lenín Moreno to backtrack on his IMF-backed neoliberal package that would have sharply cut government spending and increased transport prices (FAIR.org, 10/23/19). Meanwhile, […]

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    Cebu Pacific extends China network

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    Cebu Pacific continues to expand its reach in mainland China with two new direct services between Clark and Guangzhou, Puerto Princesa and Hong Kong, making it the first airline in the Philippines to fly these routes. The new routes are in line with the carrier’s plans to expand its route network in China, following the […]

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    3香港成為獨家電訊商於香港發售OPPO A9 2020 $0機價月費$168 享任用本地數據兼送「手機更換服務」

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    欲查詢更多詳情,請致電銷售熱綫1032、3iChat 網上客戶服務大使3ichat.three.com.hk、瀏覽web.three.com.hk/handsets/oppo/a92020/或Facebook 專頁www.facebook.com/threeHK 的最新公佈。 【完】 * 3 香港是於香港發售該手機的獨家電訊商,獨家日期至2020 年3 月31 日。 # 須選購指定月費計劃、簽訂36 個月合約期、預繳指定金額 (預繳金額將於合約期內分期回贈到客戶之流動 電話賬戶內) 及繳付首月月費,須另繳付每月$18 行政費。 + 不限數據用量,最高下載速度21Mbps。 ^ 手機更換服務由 Reconnects Services (Hong Kong) Limited (“Reconnects”) 提供。客戶須受Reconnects 相關此服務的 條款及細則(“Reconnects 條款”)約束。客戶在更換手機時需向服務供應商繳付更換收費,有關Reconnects 條 款請瀏覽 www.3hk.reconnects.com。

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    Hong Kong’s financial regulator sets out crypto exchange rules

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    Join EFF for Aaron Swartz Day This Weekend at The Internet Archive

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    Join EFF and others on November 9 at the Internet Archive for Aaron Swartz Day—an annual event to celebrate Aaron Swartz’s legacy as an activist, programmer, entrepreneur, and political organizer. 


    Aaron’s life was cut short in 2013, after he was charged under the notoriously draconian Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for systematically downloading academic journal articles from the online database JSTOR. Federal prosecutors have for years stretched the law beyond its original purpose of stopping malicious computer break-ins, instead pushing for heavy penalties for any behavior they don't like that involves a computer.

    This was the case for Aaron, who was charged with eleven counts under the CFAA. Facing decades in prison, Aaron died by suicide at the age of 26. He would have turned 33 this week, on November 8.

    This weekend, you can help carry on the work that Aaron started.

    Aaron Swartz Day’s San Francisco event, held at the Internet Archive, will feature a one-day FOIAPALOOZA—focused on teaching people how to file their own Freedom of Information Act requests. Participants will also have the opportunity to dig in to information received in response to over 200 requests filed this past year with the Police Surveillance Project.

    There will also be plenty of projects for programmers to hack on—including work on projects Aaron was involved in, such as SecureDrop, OpenLibrary—as well as anti-surveillance projects for journalists, researchers, writers, and activists.

    Attendees will hear from a full line-up of speakers. Oakland Privacy’s Tracey Rosenberg and Mike Katz-McCabe will talk about their work using public records for their groundbreaking advocacy work. Speakers also include EFF’s Executive Director Cindy Cohn, Director of Strategy Danny O’Brien, and Activism Director Elliot Harmon. Tickets to the event are $25 for those who want to donate to the event costs; RSVPs are appreciated.

    If you’re not in San Francisco, you can also participate in hackathons in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Burnsville, North Carolina; Dallas, Texas; and Orlando, Florida. Internationally, hackathons are also planned in Brisbane, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Shenzhen, Sydney, Stockholm, and Vancouver.

    We hope to see some of you Saturday at this year's celebration. For more information, please visit the event page. Those with questions or would like help organizing their own events are welcome to email aaronswartzday@protonmail.com.

    EFF is proud to continue the fight for open access to academic publications, and to stand up for coders’ rights. Please consider supporting EFF’s efforts on open access and CFAA reform. 


              

    Affordances: Science Fiction About Algorithmic Bias and Technological Resistance

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    Future Tense Fiction, a joint project of ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination and Slate, has just published Affordances, a new science fiction story by EFF Special Advisor Cory Doctorow. It's a tale of algorithmic bias, facial recognition, and technological self-determination that touches on many of EFF’s key fights.

    "Affordances" is a series of vignettes whose protagonists have steadily increasing degrees of privilege and power—first a literally nameless refugee child, then an activist documentarian on the US-Mexican border, then an African-American cop in Miami, and finally a tech executive running a giant facial recognition company—that show how each of them is caged in by automated tools that strip them of their self-determination and the chance for justice.

    But the story isn't a counsel of despair: it revolves around an act of high-tech civil resistance that uses technology to rebalance the abusive potential of rival technologies.

    The systems that the characters in "Affordances" struggle with are a cross-section of the issues EFF fights over, from facial recognition to copyright filters to street level surveillance and electronic mass surveillance.

    The story is accompanied by a critical essay from the afrofuturist artist Nettrice Gaskins, who relates the "Affordances" characters’ actions to popular resistance in Hong Kong and around the world.

    Ultimately, "Affordances" is a story about how the worst, most oppressive technologies might start off being wielded against poor and powerless people, but over time, the normalization of these technologies means that everyone— even powerful CEOs—can end up a prisoner of automated systems. That's why pluralistic technological self-determination is so important, no matter who you are and how much privilege you have. We're all living in the same networked world, and it will all be so great...if we don't screw it up.


              

    關注香港人權 英國議員成立跨黨派國會小組

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    英國國會議員6日宣布成立跨黨派關注香港小組,促進香港民主發展及關注香港人權被侵犯的情況。據旅英港人組織“Stand with Hong Kong”指出,英國國會議員此舉是為了展現英國國會與香港人民之間的團結,就香港時局交流相關訊息。
              

    [COMMENT] HSBC Holdings P L C (HSBC-N)

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    It is a Hong Kong focused Asian bank -- two hot spots right now. Democracy will hopefully prevail in Hong Kong, but it is tough for the bank right now.
              

    Hong Kong Brings License to Crypto Exchanges

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    Opt-in based framework; limited impact expected. Still PI only. Overview Hong Kong is stepping up its efforts to formally regulate cryptocurrency exchanges in the city. The Securities and Futures Commission just released a newly drafted regulatory framework, which allows the securities watchdog to issue licenses to crypto trading platforms. Could this be a game-changer for...

    The post Hong Kong Brings License to Crypto Exchanges appeared first on Cryptonea.


              

    Hong Kong lawmaker with pro-Beijing views stabbed by 'fake supporter'

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    A pro-Beijing Hong Kong lawmaker out campaigning on Wednesday was stabbed by an anti-government assailant, marking the latest escalation of violence surrounding the protests that began over the summer demanding political reforms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
              

    The Problems Of A Centralized Company Running A Descentralized Crypto Project

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    Originally published on Publish0x: https://www.publish0x.com/cryptolohy101/problems-centralized-company-running-descentralized-crypto-p-xdkegy The more I study this subject the more I arrive at one specific realization. Bitcoin is the king of cryptoland, (among other things) because it is the most decentralized currency of all, maybe not in one specific measure, like mining farms, but as a whole, that is to say, that when you take into account the many factors that make a cryptocurrency project, Bitcoin is the one perceived as less dependent on any one particular factor to carry on. In this article, I would like to point out the fundamental problems that a Centralized Company could face when running or growing a decentralized crypto project. #1 The Whole Dynamic Is Tense When a centralized company is running or promoting a decentralized crypto project, it is not uncommon to find that sometimes the two are, in a way, fighting each other, and this is so because the whole setup is fundamentally contradictory, in my opinion in such cases there will always be an unresolved tension between the two. For instance, you have the case of Ethereum, with its Ethereum Foundation, in which Vitalik Buterin plays a role as a prominent crypto influencer, and thus, in 2017, when rumours of his death spread, caused the price of Ethereum to go down 20% which is a demonstration of how much dependent (and centralized) Ethereum is, at least as regards to the brand being heavily dependent on a 25-year-old. #2 A Company That Heavily Influences A Blockchain Is Betraying The Idea Of Going Decentralized In The First Place If you pre-mined your coin, ala xrp-labs, and that coin is in your power, you pretty much control the coin in significant ways. You can enhance certain desired behaviours via crypto prizes for developers, you can create the partnerships that you desire, you can set up giveaways that recompense the type of content you like, you can defend yourself against the government with the money you printed, and many other things, in this way, you might end up with a very profitable central company, but you most likely would not get a decentralized system that creates new waves of thought, that resolves issues that no one cares about (till they are resolved). You will pass on the opportunity to build a system or create developments that might get you delisted from some corrupt or coward exchanges and in summary all that creativity that rises from unrestricted decentralization, it's less likely to occur. #3 It Could Be Deemed A Security As Investopedia explains: "Put simply, the Howey Test asks whether the value of a transaction for one of its participants is dependent upon the other's work. Specifically, the Howey Test determines that a transaction represents an investment contract if "a person invests his money in a common enterprise and is led to expect profits solely from the efforts of the promoter or a third party," And that's another conundrum in itself. If your mere presence and activity could lead to serious lawsuits and regulation, why be "in charge" in the first place? #4 The Foundation/Company Is Seeing As The Last Arbitrator Of Problems Does your coin have some shady individuals promoting it? Then you are expected to take public sides on the whole fud-controversy. Is the communist party of china in favour of it? Is it against it? There you go, "solve" that issue. Did Trump bash your coin? Respond! Don't be a coward! A giveaway from your foundation resulted badly? People might/will sue you Does a shady company that has nothing to do with you is using your coin to scam other people? Fix it! Someone has stolen the funds of your futuristic DAO? Rework the entire blockchain! To be fair, many of these complaints that you will get are sensible, but that just goes to show you that the entire set up of a centralize company building a decentralized blockchain is at its core contradictory. #5 The Company Is Credited For Every Error Or Problem Is there a critical security bug lurking on your collaborative opensource project? Well, in that case, it is perceived as the fault of your Foundation/Company, even if you set up the system so as to receive code edits from anywhere in the world with a wifi connection. Is it your fault? well, in a sense, it is, like what would occur if you were to create a new country and your constitution was flawed, but does that mean that every single mistake could be attributable to you? Well, it depends (see? this thingy is really complicated) #6 The Community (And Not The Company) Is Credited With Everything That Goes Right Did your coin grow 3897% in a year? Yeap, the community did it (even if you put 1 billion in fiat from your billionaires pocket) Did your coin has some really interesting technological achievements? Even if only one developer has done 80% of the commits, you will hardly notice his name featured on an article. Somehow the implicit message is that communities as a whole wrote the code, or at least did the promotion necessary to bring attention to some features. Is that fair? well, it depends,... #7 The Founders Personal Enemies Become A Liability To The Blockchain Pretty self-explanatory. Another thing to take in consideration. #8 The Founders Country Can Become A Liability If the founder of a blockchain is from communist-dictatorial china, the antichristian nanny state sometimes might pull you by the hair from a dinner with Warren Buffet, or if you are a USA citizen and your stash of Bitcoin that you purchased in 2011 goes hyper-parabolic and you want to cash out into fiat, it becomes a taxable event, even if you live in Hong Kong, since as a USA citizen you are bound to pay taxes to the IRS on your worldwide income. #9 The Founders Native Language Can Become A Liability Since English is the lingua franca of the world, the founder and any prominent team members have to be able to fluently communicate his ideas on that language. But, what if it happens that he doesn't speak English? Or if it speaks it with a thick accent? Simply put, an additional barrier to make this whole thing work will occur. #10 The Founders Culture Can Become A Liability Imagine a crypto founder from North Korea. Nuff said. Problems from everywhere, both from people in favour and people against the hypothetical project. Well, to a certain extent, this will occur with other cultures as well, especially when competing cultures are thrown into the mix. France vs USA (Tezos vs DUN)?? Mexico vs USA??? China vs Japan??? #11 The Founders Personal Opinions Can Become A Liability This is kind of self-explanatory, but it is even truer when the founders' opinions fall into the "absolutely-wrong" category, like endorsing criminal behaviour. Here is one example: Vitalik Buterin — the co-founder of Ethereum, a digital currency and dapp (decentralized app) development platform — deleted tweets from his verified Twitter account Monday night that seemed to defend the idea of legalizing child pornography. In a series of tweets, Buterin argued that “doing heroin imposes risks on others,” while “simple possession of child porn does not,” and declared, “I don’t see legalizing *possession* of child porn as more radical than heroin.” Source #12 The Founders Personal Life Might Become A Liability This is very similar to the previous one. So let's just go over the next point. #13 The Founder IQ Becomes A Liability Some people say that Satoshi Nakamoto was/is a genius, others that his code is not really that well constructed, regardless, we do not have a live twitter account to prove or disprove any assumption, which in turns benefits the bitcoin crypto project more than it harms it. You couldn't say the same thing about Tron. #14 The Founders Personality/charisma/agreeableness Becomes A Liability I have just two words about this one: Craig Wright. Conclusion If you are really serious about your crypto project, and you are inclined towards humility, maybe the faceless, credit-less route will be your best option. Dunno, just think about it. Footnotes: https://fortune.com/2017/06/26/vitalik-death/ https://medium.com/bittrust/passing-the-howey-test-how-to-regulate-blockchain-tokens-d218da93a8b6 https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/11/14/ethereum-cryptocurrency-creator-defends-possession-of-child-porn-claims-it-can-have-social-benefits/ https://hacked.com/its-over-justin-trx-army-turns-on-tron-ceo-despite-10-btc-offer/ https://twitter.com/vaticancatholic/status/1055946715239374849
              

    OT&P Medical Practice

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    Address:

    CENTRAL - 5/F Century Square 1 D'Aguilar Street Central, HK

    REPULSE BAY - G205 The Repulse Bay 109 Repulse Bay Road, HK

    THE BAY PRACTICE - 1/F Razor Hill Dairy Farm Shopping Centre Clearwater Bay Road, HK

    CENTRAL SPECIALIST – 20/F Century Square 1 D'Aguilar Street Central, HK

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    Appointment Hotline - (852) 2155 9055

     

    Central - (852) 2521 3181

    Repulse Bay - (852) 2813 1978

    The Bay Practice - (852) 2719 6366

    Central Specialist- (852) 2155 9380
     


     

    OT&P opened its first clinic in 1994 and today there are clinics located in Central, Repulse Bay and Clearwater Bay with General Practitioners, Obstetric and Gynaecologists, Surgical & Medical Specialist and Allied Health Practitioners.

    All clinics are International accredited with expatiate and local staff offering wide range of services, and overseas trained English speaking doctors.

    OT&P adheres to the strictest quality standards and is accredited by major international quality assurance bodies. OT&P have undertaken ISO accreditation ever since 2003 to ensure that their health services comply with the requirements of ISO 9001 through a Quality Management System.

    In March 2010 OT&P became the first medical clinic in Hong Kong to be awarded Australian Council of Health Services (ACHS) accreditation endorsed by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), the body that oversees healthcare standards worldwide.


              

    THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG: Tenure-Track Clinical Assistant Professor in Gastroenterology

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    THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG: Tenure-Track Clinical Assistant Professor in Immunology

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    THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

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    LINGNAN UNIVERSITY: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Marketing and International Business

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    LINGNAN UNIVERSITY: The appointee is expected to conduct high quality research which leads to publication in top tier journals. Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
              

    LINGNAN UNIVERSITY: Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Assistant Professor in Data Science

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    LINGNAN UNIVERSITY: Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Graduate Studies

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    LINGNAN UNIVERSITY: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Policy

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    Chinese Migrant Workers and Employer Domination: Comparisons with Hong Kong and Vietnam

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    This book explores three major changes in the circumstances of the migrant working class in south China over the past three decades, from historical and comparative perspectives. It examines the rise of a male migrant working population in the export industries, a shift in material and social lives of migrant workers, and the emergence of a new non-coercive factory regime in the industries. By conducting on-site fieldwork regarding Hong Kong-invested garment factories in south China, Hong Kong and Vietnam, alongside factory-gate surveys in China and Vietnam, this book examines how and why the circumstances of workers in these localities are dissimilar even when under the same type of factory ownership. In analyzing workers lives within and outside factories, and the expansion of global capitalism in East and Southeast Asia, the book contributes to research on production politics and everyday life practice, and an understanding of how global and local forces interact. Read more...

              

    फागुनसम्म तीन अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय गन्तव्यमा उडान गर्ने तयारी

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    वित्तीय संकटमा रहेको राष्ट्रिय ध्वजावाहक नेपाल वायुसेवा निगमले आगामी ४ महिनाभित्र तीन अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय गन्तव्यमा उडान सुरु गर्ने भएको छ। दुई वाइड बडी जहाज पूर्णरुपमा सञ्चालन गर्न नसक्दा आलोचित निगमले फागुनसम्म…

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    १५ प्रतिशत विद्युत महशुल वृद्धि गर्ने प्राधिकरणको प्रस्ताव

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    नेपाल विद्युत प्राधिकरणले १५ प्रतिशतसम्म विद्युतको महशुल वृद्धि गर्ने गरी प्रस्ताव गरेको छ। प्राधिकरणले सञ्चालक समितिबाट निर्णय गरी बुधबारै विद्युत् नियमन आयोगसमक्ष महशुल वृद्धिका लागि प्रस्ताव गरेको हो। नियमन आयोगले…

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    दिल्लीको धुलोले नेपालको तराईमा प्रदूषित, काठमाडौँ नभित्रिने

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    दिल्लीको धुलोले नेपालको सीमा जोडिएका तराईका केही स्थान प्रदूषित बन्न पुगेको छ। मौसम पूर्वानुमान महाशाखाको अनुगमनले भारतको राजधानी दिल्लीको धुलो र धुवाँ उड्दै नेपालको सीमामा आइपुगेको देखाएको हो। नेपालको सीमामा…

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    काठमाडौँ–तराई जोड्ने निर्माणाधीन द्रुतमार्गमा पर्ने पुल तथा टनेलको निर्माण कार्य यसै आर्थिक वर्षदेखि सुरु हुने भएको छ। यस द्रुतमार्गमा निर्माण गरिने विशेष प्रकृतिका पुल तथा टनेलका लागि अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय निर्माण कम्पनी…

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    त्रिभुवन अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय विमानस्थलले ड्युटी फ्रि शप पुनः सञ्चालनका लागि कार्ययोजना तयार गरेको छ। कार्यालयले यसबारे अध्ययन गरी पर्यटन मन्त्रालयमा कार्ययोजना पेश गरेको हो। पर्यटनमन्त्री योगेश भट्टराईले गत भदौमा विमानस्थलमा ड्युटी…

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    सञ्चालनको तयारीमा रहेको जनकपुर–जयनगर रेलमार्ग कमला नदीका कारण वर्षाको समयमा प्रभावित हुने भएको छ। यसले गर्दा रेलमार्ग दीर्घकालीन हुन नसक्ने देखिएको छ। गत वर्षको समयमा कमला नदीमा पानीको बहाव बढी…

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    नेपालमा प्रत्येक दिन सरदर छवटा जबरजस्ती करणीसम्बन्धी अपराधका घटना हुने गरेका छन्। आर्थिक वर्ष २०७५र७६ मा देशभर दुई हजार २३१ वटा जबरजस्ती करणीसम्बन्धी मुद्दा दर्ता भएका छन्। उपत्यकामै घटना बढ्दै…

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    नेपाली सेनाको नयाँ विमान आज आउँदै

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    महराको अदालतमा बयान: राजनीतिक रूपमा फसाउने षड्यन्त्र भयो

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    मुग्लिन–पोखरा सडक विस्तारः एडीबीले साढे २१ अर्ब ऋण दिने

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    सहारा क्लब पोखराको भैलो कार्यक्रम सम्पन्न, ७ लाख ६९ हजार संकलन

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    ‘हाई प्रोफाइल’ जुवाडेलाई अदालतले छाडेन

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    सहकारी बैंकमा जम्मा भएको ३० लाख रुपैयाँ लिएर कर्मचारी फरार

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    Masked Hong Kong students chant at graduation amid fears for elections

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    Blizzcon: Blizzard Apologizes For Banning Blitzchung, Keeps Him Banned, More Fallout Ensues

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    The fallout from Blizzard's complete bungling of several eSports competitors taking public stances in support of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong has been both brutal and ongoing. As a reminder, professional Hearthstone player Blitzchung made relatively mild statements on a Blizzard stream backing the protests, leading to Blizzard yanking his prize money from an event and then issuing him a 1 year ban from competition. Others joined him in those comments afterwards, resulting in more bans. Soon after that, Blizzard returned Blitzchung's prize money and reduced his ban to 6 months, apparently believing the outrage that had ensued was over 6 months of the bans, rather than the fact that Blizzard would ban players for this kind of speech at all. Congress started making noise, calling on Blizzard to behave better, while at least one advertiser bailed on Blizzard entirely.

    That's what has occurred basically over the last month or so. This past week, of course, was the start of Blizzcon, the convention that is supposed to be one enormous celebration of Blizzard. Instead, Blizzard President J. Allen Brack was forced to walk onto the stage at Blizzcon's opening ceremony and issue an apology.

    Before Blizzcon’s opening ceremony, Blizzard president J. Allen Brack somberly addressed the crowd with an apology for Blizzard’s harsh punishment of Hearthstone esports pro Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai. “Blizzard had the opportunity to bring the world together in a tough Hearthstone esports moment about a month ago and we did not,” said Brack.

    “We moved too quickly in our decision-making and then, to make matters worse, we were too slow to talk with all of you,” said Brack. “We didn’t live up to the high standards that we really set for ourselves.”

    Brack went further: “I’m sorry and I accept accountability,” he said.

    You might assume that he then immediately announced that Blitzchung's 6 month ban and the other bans issued for Hong Kong comments had been rescinded. But you would be very, very wrong about that. Blitzchung's ban remains. And, as far as official Blizzard policy goes, political comments on Blizzard streams and during events are still very much forbidden. In other words, it's difficult to see what's actually changed to go along with Brack's "apology."

    Outside of Blizzcon's front door, there is a group of people who also don't seem to be particularly placated.

    Protesters, some in cosplay, are holding signs and chanting slogans like “People over profit” and “Free Hong Kong.”

    This particular protest has been facilitated by multiple groups, including Los Angeles-based pro-Hong Kong democracy collective Hong Kong Forum, another pro-Hong Kong group called Freedom Hong Kong, an activist organization called Fight For The Future, and the Protest BlizzCon subreddit, the latter two of whom announced their protest intentions well in advance of the convention.

    The protest continued into the afternoon, featuring speeches from guests like two of the American University Hearthstone players who held up a “free Hong Kong” sign during a Blizzard-hosted broadcast and ultimately received a punishment similar to Blitzchung’s.

    This isn't the celebration of Blizzard the company hoped would greet convention goers upon entering Blizzcon, you can be sure. It's worth remembering at this point, again, that Blitzchung's comments in support of Hong Kong were incredibly mild. Blizzard massively overplayed its hand, when it could have shown some spine, no matter the pretend hurt feelings of Beijing.

    Hell, even Hearthstone's developers are publicly commenting that they don't support Blizzard's actions.

    During an interview at BlizzCon, Hearthstone game director Ben Lee and creative director Ben Thompson admitted that they wished Blizzard execs had handled the Hong Kong powder keg with more care.

    And yet the rage continues, as do the protests, all because Blizzard kept tripping over its own feet in handling all of this.



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    China gives digital currencies a reprieve

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    HONG KONG — Blockchain is back in Beijing’s good graces.

    Chinese officials have quietly removed the business of making Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies from a list of hundreds of industries that Beijing plans to outlaw. In April, the practice appeared on a list of industries that would be denied benefits and subsidies from local governments, leading to worries in China that a popular and lucrative business would dry up.

    But making digital currency — a practice known as mining — was not on a final list released Wednesday. It was not clear why the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planning agency, removed cryptocurrency mining from the list, and officials there could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

    But the change comes amid what appears to be a dramatic shift in how China regards the unproven world of digital currencies. Even President Xi Jinping appears to have warmed to the technology, although Beijing may accept cryptocurrencies only in ways that it can tightly control.

    Last month, Xi endorsed studies in blockchain, the underlying technology that allows a cryptocurrency like bitcoin be tracked across a wide network of computers. Electronic payments are typically tracked by a centralized system like those run by PayPal or similar companies, giving those firms great control over the digital flow of money around the world.

    According to state media, Xi told top Communist Party leaders that the technology was at the heart of China’s innovation and “key to increasing China’s influence and rule-making power in the global arena.”

    Cryptocurrency makers and watchers said the comments were most likely meant to pave the way for China to create its own digital currency, both to tighten controls and to make China’s...


              

    Hong Kong government prohibits all dry goods – notably politically themed products – from Lunar New Year fairs in bid for public order

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    Politically themed products, as well as lucky windmills and balloons, are among the festive items that will not be available at Lunar New Year fairs under a new government measure meant to maintain public order amid Hong Kong’s ongoing protest crisis.The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced on Thursday that only flowers and food would be allowed at the 15 government-run fairs and festivals around Hong Kong between January 19 to January 25.“No dry goods stalls will be provided at…
              

    Hong Kong and Catalonia: protest movements contrasting in style but similarly bound

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    On the streets of Barcelona last month, the blackened flags of the bauhinia that symbolise Hong Kong’s five-month-old anti-government movement were flown sporadically across the main tourist avenue turned demonstration site.In a nod back to their fellow demonstrators in Catalonia, Hong Kong protesters organised a sit-in in the city’s financial district Central in October to show solidarity with those fighting for their independence from Spain – a cause that has been relentlessly suppressed by…
              

    More than 40 per cent of Hong Kong secondary school students highly stressed, with nearly a quarter anxious about tense social climate, poll finds

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    More than 40 per cent of about 2,700 Hong Kong secondary students rated their stress levels as high, with nearly a quarter worrying about the tense social climate, according to a youth service group survey.The poll by the Wellness Mind Centre under the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) also showed that more than half of respondents displayed signs of depression.The survey on 2,685 students from 14 secondary schools was conducted in September and October to determine stress levels and…
              

    Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee who fled to Taiwan says he’s ready to reopen in Taipei

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    Lam Wing-kee, the Hong Kong bookseller who moved to Taiwan in April – three years after claiming he had been kidnapped by Chinese agents for selling books banned across the border – said he plans to reopen his store, Causeway Bay Books, in Taipei early next year.The shop would sell books about Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China, and cater to “free souls” so they could understand the increasingly complex situation facing the three territories, he said.“I’m looking for premises in downtown…
              

    Positions vacant: China opens civil service jobs to Hong Kong and Macau residents for first time

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    Residents of Hong Kong and Macau will be allowed to join the civil service on mainland China for the first time as Beijing steps up efforts to further integrate the two special administrative regions into the Greater Bay Area.The Guangdong provincial government said on Monday that 26 out of 3,115 new civil service vacancies had been set aside for applicants from Hong Kong and Macau.Only applicants who expected to graduate from mainland universities in 2020 would be eligible, with 35 the maximum…
              

    Boy, 16, is first to be convicted of possessing laser pointer at Hong Kong protests

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    A 16-year-old student has become the first to be convicted of possessing a laser pointer at the anti-government protests that have rocked Hong Kong for months.Passing his verdict on Thursday, West Kowloon acting chief magistrate So Wai-tak ruled the device – widely used by demonstrators in the city against police officers – was not an offensive weapon in itself, but could amount to one depending on the circumstances and intent.Finding the boy guilty of two offences near a protest site on…
              

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    Picture Of The Day

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:24 PM PST

    A B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber, assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, sits on the flight line, Oct 24, 2019. Consistent training and exercising validates the B-2Õs ability to respond to challenges all over the globe. (Sr. Airman Thomas Barley/Air Force)

    WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... Best photos of the week: Nov. 4, 2019 (Defense News).

    Majority Of U.S. Voters Say President Trump Will Be Re-Elected In 2020 Despite Impeachment Process

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:16 PM PST

    U.S. President Donald Trump sits for an exclusive interview with Reuters journalists in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

    Daily Mail: Comfortable majority of voters say Trump WILL be re-elected in 2020 despite impeachment process – including one-third of Democrats

    * A new poll found that 56 percent of registered voters believe President Trump will win again in 2020
    * That includes 85 percent of Republicans, 51 percent of independents and 35 percent of Democrats, according to the Politico/Morning Consult survey
    * Pollsters found that voters believed that Trump's voters were twice as likely than Hillary Clinton's to be 'very motivated' to go vote
    * Another poll found that the percentage of voters who believe Trump should win re-election hasn't significantly changed since the impeachment inquiry opened

    A majority of registered voters believe President Trump will win again in 2020.

    A new Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 56 percent of all voters said Trump will be re-elected next year. The president obviously has an edge with Republicans, with 85 percent saying a Trump 2.0 is happening.

    But a majority of independents - 51 percent - agreed. Even a third of Democrats, 35 percent, said they believed there would be four more years of President Trump.

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    WNU Editor: He will be difficult to defeat. President Trump has the advantage of the incumbency and the bully-pulpit. The economy is also doing well, and his base overwhelmingly supports him. The Democrat candidates for President are also not inspiring, and I have trouble seeing them being able to attract independent voters. But the election is still far away. A lot can happen in 12 months.

    Should CIA Director Gina Haspel Protect The Ukraine Whistleblower From President Trump?

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:10 PM PST

    CIA Director Gina Haspel is sworn by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence as President Donald Trump looks on and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds the bible during ceremonies at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia, U.S. May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque © Reuters

    NBC: Intel officials want CIA Director Gina Haspel to protect Ukraine whistleblower from Trump

    As Trump allies denounce the whistleblower, pressure is building on CIA Director Gina Haspel to take a stand, say current and ex intelligence officials.

    WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump and his allies continue to denounce the CIA whistleblower whose complaint led to an impeachment investigation, pressure is building on the spy agency's director, Gina Haspel, to take a stand on the matter, current and former intelligence officials tell NBC News.

    "It will be incumbent on her to protect the whistleblower — and by extension, the organization — moving forward," Marc Polymeropoulos, a recently retired CIA officer who oversaw operations in Europe and Russia, said in an interview. "This is a seminal moment for her leadership, and I'm confident she will do the right thing."

    So far, Haspel has been publicly silent as Trump has railed about the whistleblower, a CIA analyst, on Twitter. So has the director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire.

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    WNU Editor: There is a problem with this "CIA analyst". He was removed from the White House for lying and leaking. He is implicated in filing a complaint against President Trump and Ukraine that has led to this impeachment inquiry, even though his complaint is at odds with the transcript that was released. He is a well known Democrat activist who is closely affiliated with former Obama intelligence officials whose opposition to President Trump is well known. Bottom line. This is a person who has used his CIA position to pursue a political agenda against the President and his policies. In this context, this is someone that I am sure CIA Director Gina Haspel does not want to step in and defend.

    Democrats' 'Star Impeachment Witness' Admits He Was Not On The Trump-Ukraine Call, And That His Sole Source Of Information Was From The NY Times

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 09:17 PM PST


    Zero Hedge: Democrats' 'Star Witness' Admits He Wasn't On Trump-Ukraine Call, Sole Source Was NY Times

    House Democrats have released the latest in the series of heavily-redacted transcripts of the secret hearings they had undertaken in recent weeks - that of Bill Taylor - the top US diplomat in Ukraine - ahead of his public testimony next week.

    As The Hill notes, Taylor is viewed as a key witness who previously testified in meticulous detail about what he considered an effort by Trump and his allies to pressure Ukraine into opening investigations that would benefit Trump politically.

    In leaked copies of his 15-page opening statement, Taylor voiced concerns that the Trump administration had withheld nearly $400 million in aid as leverage to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open investigations into interference in the 2016 election and former Vice President Joe Biden, one of his leading 2020 political rivals.

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    WNU Editor: When you listen to the main stream media they are saying that Ambassador Bill Taylor is a critical witness to President Trump's demand for a quid-pro-quo from the Ukraine government on military aid and an investigation on the Bidens .... Why William Taylor's testimony is central to the impeachment inquiry (PBS). But when you read his transcript .... READ: Testimony Of William Taylor, Acting U.S. Envoy To Ukraine (NPR), the story is very different where he admits that his source of information comes SOLELY from the New York Times?!?!?! You gotta be kidding me. His sole source of information that he is basing his testimony on is from the New York Times?!?!?! It is not surprising that the main stream media is ignoring this critical admission. Kudos to the above post from Zero Hedge and The Federalist .... Testimony Transcript Shows William Taylor Never Talked To Trump, Wasn't Even On July 25 Phone Call (The Federalist) for their summary and analysis on Bill Taylor's testimony. As for the Democrats hoping that he will be their "star witness" next week, my advice to them is that they find a better witness.

    Saudi Arabia Recruited Twitter Workers To Spy On Critics Of Saudi Regime

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 08:47 PM PST



    CNBC: Justice Department charges two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia

    * The Department of Justice on Wednesday charged two former Twitter employees for spying on users on behalf of Saudi Arabia.
    * The charges allege that Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo used their employee credentials to access information about specific Twitter users, including their email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and internet protocol addresses.

    The Department of Justice on Wednesday charged two former Twitter employees for spying on users on behalf of Saudi Arabia.

    The charges allege that Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo used their employee credentials to access information about specific Twitter users, including their email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and internet protocol addresses. A third individual, Ahmed Almutairi, was also charged for acting as an intermediary between the Twitter employees and the Saudi government, the Justice Department said.

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    More News On Saudi Arabia Recruiting Twitter Workers To Spy On Critics Of Saudi Regime

    US: Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on users -- AP
    Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia -- Euronews/Reuters
    Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia -- The Hill
    Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics of Saudi regime, U.S. charges -- NBC
    Twitter employees recruited by Saudi Arabia to spy on kingdom's critics, US prosecutors say -- The Independent
    Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into the accounts of kingdom critics -- The Washington Post
    Three charged in US with spying on Twitter users for Saudi Arabia -- Twitter

    Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 6, 2019

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 04:00 PM PST

    Jesse Barajas searches for the remains of his brother José, who was was dragged from his ranch on 8 April 2019 and has not been seen since, last month near the town of Tecate. Photograph: Emilio Espejel/The Guardian

    Tom Phillips, The Guardian: 'The disappeared': searching for 40,000 missing victims of Mexico's drug wars

    José Barajas, who was snatched from his home, joins the ever-swelling ranks of thousands of desaparecidos, victims of the drug conflict that shows no sign of easing

    As he set off into the wilderness under a punishing midday sun, Jesse Barajas clutched an orange-handled machete and the dream of finding his little brother, José.

    "He's not alive, no. They don't leave people alive," the 62-year-old said as he slalomed through the parched scrubland of tumbleweed and cacti where they had played as kids. "Once they take someone they don't let you live."

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    Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 6, 2019

    Deadly ambush shows Mexico lost control of area -- Peter Orsi and Maria Verza, AP

    The epic struggle behind Iraq's protests -- CSM Editorial

    A Month of Anti-government Protests in Iraq -- Alan Taylor, The Atlantic

    As US dithers over human rights, China opens its arms to Prabowo Subianto, the Indonesian defence minister with a chequered past - Amy Chew, SCMP

    From Singapore to Sweden, China's overbearing campaign for influence is forcing countries to resist and recalibrate relations with Beijing -- Drew Thompson, SCMP

    New Silk Road money is paving the Old Silk Roads -- Alexander Kruglov, Asia Times

    Why India pulled out of the RCEP free trade deal -- Rahul Mishra, DW

    Why is India's pollution much worse than China's? -- BBC

    One year to go for Tanzania's President Magufuli and the reviews are mixed -- Cristina Krippahl, DW

    Study: Russia's web-censoring tool sets pace for imitators -- Tami Abdollah, AP

    UK election campaign: Who wants what on EU issues? -- Rob Mudge, DW

    Explainer: Chile's constitutional conundrum - To change or not to change? -- Natalia A. Ramos Miranda, Reuters

    Revisiting the End of the Cold War -- John Lewis Gaddis & Elmira Bayrasli, Project Syndicate

    Why Are So Many Countries Witnessing Mass Protests? -- The Economist

    World News Briefs -- November 6, 2019

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:36 PM PST

    An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo

    Reuters: Iran fuels centrifuges, resumes uranium enrichment at Fordow

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran resumed uranium enrichment at its underground Fordow nuclear facility, the country's Atomic Energy Organisation (AEOI) said on Thursday, further stepping away from its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers.

    The agreement bans enrichment and nuclear material from Fordow. But with feedstock gas entering its centrifuges, the facility, built inside a mountain, will move from the permitted status of research plant to being an active nuclear site.

    "After all successful preparations ... injection of uranium gas to centrifuges started on Thursday at Fordow ... all the process has been supervised by the inspectors of the U.N. nuclear watchdog," the AEOI said in a statement, Iranian media reported

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    MIDDLE EAST

    Turkey's Erdogan speaks with Trump, to visit Washington next week.

    Houthis fire missiles at Yemen's Mokha port, military coalition says.

    Iraqi security forces break up protests in Battle of the Bridges.

    Civilian deaths as Idlib hospital struck by Russian air raids.

    Turkey says Kurdish fighters still remain in safe zone near Syrian border.

    Iran begins process of fuelling centrifuges at Fordow.

    Riyadh has 'open channel' with Yemen rebels: Saudi official. Riyadh in talks with Yemen rebels, Saudi official says.

    Lebanon protesters seek to shut down key state institutions.

    World Bank urges Lebanon to form govt, warns of recession.

    Jordan police arrest man after stabbing attack at popular tourist site.

    ASIA

    China urges re-elected Canadian government to free Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

    Over a dozen killed in attack in Thailand's Yala province. 15 defense volunteers killed in Thailand attack. 15 killed in suspected rebel attacks in Thailand's south.

    Tajikistan: 17 killed in border outpost attack. ISIL blamed for deadly attack on Tajik border outpost.

    Two suspected suicide bombers from Egypt killed in Philippines.

    Hong Kong protesters don Guy Fawkes masks to mark month since mask ban. Water cannons deployed in Tsim Sha Tsui as Hong Kong protesters wearing 'V for Vendetta' masks test new 'flash mob' tactic of assembling at short notice.

    Pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho stabbed in Hong Kong.

    Facebook video shows PNG police kicking, hitting and stomping on group of men.

    Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy announces Saturday return.

    South Korea promotes DMZ 'peace zone' with new video.

    AFRICA

    At least 37 killed in attack on Canadian miner Semafo convoy in Burkina Faso.

    Water crisis builds in Egypt as dam talks falter, temperatures rise.

    France says its troops killed a leading jihadist in the Sahel.

    10 civilians killed in militia attack in eastern DRCongo.

    Sudan rebels insist new parliament be formed only after peace deal.

    UN calls for action as Somalia floods affect 200,0000 children.

    US Nile talks 'not a negotiation', says Ethiopia.

    Two killed in strike on Libya police station: ministry.

    Libya migrant attack: UN investigators suspect foreign jet bombed centre.

    Mozambique detains elite police chief over election observer's murder.

    EUROPE

    Mike Pompeo carries divisive US messages to Germany.

    Sweden charges man with spying on Iranian exiles.

    Johnson tries to shake off rocky start as UK election begins.

    PM's election campaign launch marred by gaffe, resignation and doctored video.

    Spain's far-right Vox surges in wake of Catalan independence protests.

    Local German conservatives cause uproar with call for talks with far right.

    Putin: New weapons will offer Russia reliable protection.

    EU urges faster Greece vetting of migrants as arrivals soar.

    Hungarian mayor resigns after yacht orgy video.

    Netherlands: '4,000 schools shut' in teacher strike.

    Italy to become first country to make studying climate change compulsory in schools.

    AMERICAS

    Exclusive: Brazil likely to vote with U.S. against Cuba at U.N. over embargo.

    US Diplomat had 'clear understanding' of Ukraine quid pro quo.

    McConnell says Senate would acquit Trump if trial held today.

    Democrats win control of Virginia Legislature. Democrat declares upset victory in Kentucky governor race.

    Heavily armed hitman of rival El Chapo cartel is arrested over Mormon massacre after a stand-off at the US border where he held two HOSTAGES as heartbreaking photos show devastated relatives visiting the scene of the massacre.

    Mexico ambush: Boy, 13, walked 23km for help after gun attack.

    United States sanctions 5 Venezuelan officials.

    Chile: president promotes minimum wage hike to quell unrest.

    Chile's Pinera resists call to resign over protests.

    Chilean protest footage captures police officers on fire after molotov cocktail explosion.

    Thousands of Bolivians march over disputed election.

    TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

    Pakistan failed to stop terror groups from recruiting & raising funds, US report сlaims.

    German man fighting for Kurds killed in Syria.

    Turkey captured al-Baghdadi's wife and didn't make fuss like US – Erdogan.

    ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

    Wall St. ends near flat; healthcare shares gain but trade deal delay weighs.

    Europeans look to China as global partner, shun Trump's US.

    Xi Jinping's Brazil trip 'may be too soon' for China to sign partial US trade war deal.

    Macron in China: Xi hails $15 billion trade contracts as 'strong signal of free trade'.

    Michael Jackson's iconic moonwalk socks are tipped to sell for over $1MILLION at auction... more than a decade on from his passing.

    Israel Expects To Be Engaged In A Major War Very Soon

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:01 PM PST

    Ali Hashisho / Reuters

    Michael Oren, The Atlantic: The Coming Middle East Conflagration

    Israel is bracing itself for war with Iranian proxies, as Tehran escalates its provocations. But what will the United States do if conflict comes?

    The senior ministers of the Israeli government met twice last week to discuss the possibility of open war with Iran. They were mindful of the Iranian plan for a drone attack from Syria in August, aborted at the last minute by an Israeli air strike, as well as Iran's need to deflect attention from the mass protests against Hezbollah's rule in Lebanon. The ministers also reviewed the recent attack by Iranian drones and cruise missiles on two Saudi oil installations, reportedly concluding that a similar assault could be mounted against Israel from Iraq.

    The Israel Defense Forces, meanwhile, announced the adoption of an emergency plan, code-named Momentum, to significantly expand Israel's missile defense capacity, its ability to gather intelligence on embedded enemy targets, and its soldiers' preparation for urban warfare. Israeli troops, especially in the north, have been placed on war footing. Israel is girding for the worst and acting on the assumption that fighting could break out at any time.

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    WNU Editor: The Syrian conflict, unrest in Iraq, and the Yemen war is where the focus in the Middle East is right now. Another Hezbollah - Israel and/or Hamas - Israel war is not on people's radar.

    Media Upset That Trump's Son Tweets Name Of Alleged Whistleblower Even Though His Name Was Revealed Last Week

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 01:00 PM PST


    AFP: Impeachment: Trump's son tweets name of alleged whistleblower

    Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump's son published on Wednesday the name of the alleged anonymous whistleblower whose complaint fired the impeachment inquiry against Trump, breaking strict conventions for protecting officials who reveal wrongdoing in government.

    Amid calls by the president himself to expose the whistleblower, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the name of a CIA analyst which has circulated online for weeks, and linked to a Breitbart news article implying the person was pro-Democrat and anti-Trump.

    AFP could not independently verify the whistleblower's identity and is not publishing the name.

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    WNU Editor: This is actually old news. The identity of the "whistle-blower" was revealed last week .... The Identity Of The Anonymous 'Whistleblower' Who Triggered Impeachment Proceedings Against President Trump Is Suspected To Be A Well Known Democrat Activist (October 31, 2019). A picture of the "whistle-blower" is below.

    Special Operations Air Force Member Goes Missing During Training Jump Over Gulf Of Mexico

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 12:40 PM PST

    The airman was a part of the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field in in Okaloosa County, Florida. He disappeared four miles south of the field over the Gulf of Mexico

    Daily Mail: Desperate search launched for airman who fell out of Special Operations military plane 1,500 feet over the Gulf of Mexico and was last seen treading water after deploying his parachute

    * A search is underway for a staff sergeant in training who disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday afternoon during a training exercise
    * The unidentified Air Force airman was from the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida
    * He exited a C-130 four engine aircraft around 1.45pm from a height of 1,500 feet
    * He deployed his parachute and was last seen treading water in the Gulf, approximately four miles south of Hurlburt Field
    * As the aircraft turned to retrieve the man, crewmen lost sight of him
    * Several vessels, three Air Force aircraft were deployed in the search
    * The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Coast Guard are also on the scene

    A desperate search is underway for a missing airman who disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico after suffering a parachute-jump mishap while exiting a Special Operations military plane.

    The unidentified Air Force airman from the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field was exiting a C-130 four-engine aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico during a training exercise around 1.45pm Tuesday when he suddenly vanished into the water below.

    'The fall happened during a parachute-jump training exercise out of Hurlburt Field,' a report from the Air Force Times said.

    The Coast Guard said the airman was a staff sergeant in training and fell out of the aircraft at 1,500 feet, according to WEAR.

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    More News On A Special Operations Air Force Member Going Missing During A Training Jump Over The Gulf Of Mexico

    Special tactics airman missing in Gulf of Mexico; search underway -- Air Force Times
    Airman who fell from plane above Gulf of Mexico still missing -- NBC
    Mobile area Coast Guard continue search for airman who fell from plane into Gulf of Mexico -- Al.com
    Air Force member goes missing during training jump over Gulf of Mexico -- CBS
    Airman fell from C-130 military aircraft while training over the Gulf of Mexico -- Defence-Blog
    Coast Guard, Air Force, local agencies searching for a airman in the water near Destin -- FOX 10

    ISIS Launched A Failed Attack On A Tajikistan Border Outpost With Uzbekistan

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 11:00 AM PST


    DW: Tajikistan: 17 killed in border outpost attack

    Twenty masked gunmen launched a failed attack on a Tajik outpost on the border with Uzbekistan. The rare attack was quashed when border forces launched a counter operation and killed most of the raiders.

    At least 17 people were killed in an overnight raid by armed men on an outpost on the border between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Tajik authorities said on Wednesday.

    "An armed group of 20 unknown masked individuals attacked a border outpost … using firearms," said Tajikistan's national security committee, according to Russian state-run news agency TASS.

    Tajikistan's border forces said the assailants were members of the "Islamic State" (IS) militant group in Afghanistan.

    At least five of the gunmen were detained and later provided critical intelligence during interrogations, authorities said.

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    WNU Editor: I agree with this analysis .... Reported Attack In Tajikistan Could Have Broad Implications For Central Asia (RFE).

    More News On Today's ISIS Attack On A Tajikistan Border Outpost With Uzbekistan

    Many dead in Tajikistan 'firefight with IS' -- BBC
    Fifteen IS jihadists killed in Tajikistan border attack -- AFP
    Tajikistan: 17 killed in attack on border checkpoint -- Eurasianet
    ISIL blamed for deadly attack on Tajik border outpost -- Al Jazeera

    World Leaders Warn Iran To Stick To Nuclear Deal

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:24 AM PST



    ABC News Online: World leaders warn Iran to stick to nuclear deal, as it begins injecting uranium gas into centrifuges

    World leaders have called on Iran to fulfil the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal, after it begins injecting uranium gas into centrifuges at its underground Fordow nuclear facility.

    Iran has begun to further distance itself from a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers that curbed its atomic work, local media reported on Wednesday (local time).

    The deal bans nuclear material from Fordow and, with the injection of uranium gas into its centrifuges, the facility will move from its permitted status of research plant to become an active nuclear site.

    Read more ....

    WNU Editor: Aside from their rhetoric that everything is still OK .... Long way before JCPOA collapses, says Rouhani's chief of staff (MEHR News Agency), the Iranians are becoming more and more nervous .... Exclusive: Iran briefly held IAEA inspector, seized travel documents - diplomats (Reuters).

              

    Commentary: Have Hong Kong’s bloated property giants had a change of heart?

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    HONG KONG: One reason Hong Kong protesters have turned their focus so quickly from a controversial extradition law to income inequality is simmering anger at the cost of housing in the worlds least affordable market by far. A target of their resentment is the territorys property tycoons, who with the help of a pliant local government have for years kept housing supply far lower than demand, amassing land holdings but developing them at a rate that ensured rising prices. Advertisement Advertisement READ: Hong Kong businessman pays almost US$1 million for parking space READ: Hong Kong urges property developers to cut rent for retailers That formula is now at risk, with even Beijing starting to criticise the most prominent developers. But while neighbouring Shenzhen gives rise to some of the worlds most innovative companies, helping its economy eclipse that of the former British colony, few of the Hong Kong businesses are trying to adapt to tomorrows world. Advertisement Advertisement THE JOURNEY OF HONG KONGS PROPERTY TYCOONS In seminars on the “Greater Bay Area”, the mega project to create a vast business and innovation hub by linking southern Chinese cities with a combined population of 70 million, they have little more to offer than their capability in providing buildings for incubators – although there are not many Hong Kong start-ups to occupy them. READ: Commentary: Reverence for the rich and powerful hold Hong Kong back from badly needed reforms File photo of Shenzhen, China's Silicon Valley. (Photo: Mediacorp) An exception is Nan Fung, which is putting its success on the line by forging an entirely new path for itself. Property was not always the only route to prosperity in the city. When millions of immigrants arrived in the wake of the 1949 Communist victory in the Chinese civil war, the wealthiest of the new residents were industrialists from the eastern cities of Shanghai and Ningbo. READ: Commentary: Out of reach? The unaffordability of housing fuelling the Hong Kong protests These manufacturers transformed the colonys economy, building the citys fortunes along with their own. Among them was Chen Din Hwa, who fled to Hong Kong in 1949, established a series of textile mills and five years later founded Nan Fung. The textile mills were shuttered just over a decade ago, long after they became uneconomic, in part because Mr Chen was reluctant to move his operations to the mainland as costs rose in his adopted home. Some of the buildings that housed the operations have been turned into a museum and a centre to encourage technological innovation in fashion. And the company is now known primarily as a property group. NAN FUNGS EVOLUTION Nan Fung is one of a group of developers that has been marginalised over time as the biggest, including Cheung Kong, Henderson Land, New World Development and Sun Hung Kai became ever more dominant. Now the third generation of the family is trying to change the groups identity for the third time by using its capital to buy into the entirely new field of life sciences. “We started thinking about what should be next,” says Vincent Cheung, the Nan Fung managing director and chief operating officer who is spearheading the shift. High rise private residential buildings are seen in Hong Kong, China on May 21, 2017. (Photo: REUTERS/Bobby Yip) It initially spent US$1.5 billion acquiring expertise, first investing in funds five years ago and then establishing its own venture capital funds in 2017. Nan Fung has invested in 45 companies and 27 funds to date, as well as its own funds operating out of Shanghai and Read More – Source
              

    Somkid affirms interest in Hong Kong FTA talks

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    Despite the ongoing protests, Thailand remains confident about the potential of Hong Kong and is negotiating a bilateral free trade agreement with the autonomous territory.
              

    Masked Hong Kong students chant at graduation amid fears for elections

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    Hong Kong students, many wearing banned black masks, chanted slogans at their graduation at the Chinese University on Thursday, with some holding up banners urging "Free Hong Kong, Revolution Now".

              

    Tech Mahindra picks up the pace

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    LogoAfter a slow start to FY20 (see here), Mumbai-based offshore services major Tech Mahindra saw business momentum improve somewhat during the second quarter. Breaking from its Q1 walk into a trot, the company delivered constant currency revenues for the three months to 30th September of $1.29b, up c.5% yoy. EBITDA at $212m rose by 130 bps qoq but was down some 230bps compared to the same period in the prior year.

    Digital services sales for the quarter grew by nearly 12% sequentially to just over $500m and now account for 39% of Tech Mahindra’s global turnover. There was good news too on the large deal front. During Q220 the company signed a multi-year agreement with AT&T to expand strategic collaboration accelerating AT&T’s IT Network Transformation, shared services modernisation and movement to the cloud. Europe, however, continued to prove a challenge with second quarter revenue in this region all but flat qoq and down some 4.7% yoy.

    Following its acquisition of Mad*Pow three months ago, the company’s first buy in the creative agency space, the publication of its Q220 results was accompanied by the announcement of the purchase of New York-based digital content and production specialists BORN in a $95 million all-cash deal. The firm employs over 1,100 people in the US, London, Hong Kong, Singapore and India. Its clients include Google, Tata, Red Bull and TAG Heuer. Later to the acquisition party in this space than many of its SI rivals (see our report Another Year Another $1 Billion – The SI Creative Agency Spending Spree Continues for more details on this), Tech Mahindra now appears intent on making up for lost time.

    Company management remains confident regarding the business outlook. Tech Mahindra still has a long way to go, however, if it is to approach the growth performances of IPP peer group rivals such as TCS, Infosys and HCL.


              

    TEDxYouth@AISHK 2019

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    TEDxYouth@AISHK was a huge success on Friday 25 October providing inspiring and though-provoking talks as well as good company from across all of Hong Kong. The well-organised night was one to remember as guest speakers gave their perspectives on the theme of “Pressing Pause”, an idea which is so relevant and applicable to the fast-paced city of Hong Kong. Joonsung [...Read more]
              

    Travellers feel worried to go to Hong Kong

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      The ongoing protests, which began in June and have become increasingly violent, have taken a toll on Hong Kong’s tourism industry, with sharp declines in visitor arrivals affecting attractions, shops, food and drink outlets and hotels. About 40 foreign jurisdictions have issued warnings or alerts against travel to Hong Kong, as clashes between protesters and […]

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    Das globale Krypto-Framework musste "Regulatory Arbitrage" stoppen, warnt Watchdog

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    Laut Hongkongs wichtigster Wertpapieraufsichtsbehörde müssen die weltweiten Aufsichtsbehörden eine einheitliche Antwort auf die Facebook-Libra geben, um das „echte Risiko der aufsichtsrechtlichen Arbitrage“ anzugehen. Ashley Alder, Vorstandsvorsitzender der Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), sagte in einer am Mittwoch in der Hong Kong Fintech-Woche abgegebenen Stellungnahme, dass die Libra und andere „Big Tech“ -Stabilcoin-Projekte eine tiefe Bedrohung für fragmentierte Finanzaufsichtsbehörden auf der ganzen Welt darstellen. Das Risiko bestehe nicht, wenn Länder ihre nationalen Gesetze zur Bekämpfung der Geldwäsche und zum Verbraucherschutz stützen, sondern wenn dies bei einigen der Fall sei und bei anderen nicht, sagte Alder. Erklärung der "Arbitrage" -Bedrohung

    Der Beitrag Das globale Krypto-Framework musste "Regulatory Arbitrage" stoppen, warnt Watchdog erschien zuerst auf Bitcoin und andere Cryptowährungen.


              

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    US media's reluctance to discuss an alleged identity for the Ukraine whistleblower is crumbling after a campaign by right-wing sites and Donald Trump Jr.

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    • Donald Trump Jr, the eldest son of President Donald Trump, tweeted an article naming an official it is claimed is the whistleblower whose complaint against the president sparked an impeachment probe. 
    • Right-wing activists and websites have alleged a plot to keep the name of the official, who is afforded anonymity protections under federal law, out of the public eye. 
    • The whistleblower's legal team say that the official's life may be in danger if the person is unmasked. 
    • The whistleblower's account of the president's alleged wrongdoing has been borne out by a White House memo and the congressional testimony of senior government officials. 
    • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

    An alleged identity for the whistleblower whose complaint sparked impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump has been circling on social media and fringe websites for weeks.

    However, the identity — which has not been confirmed — had largely been absent from reporting by the mainstream of the US media.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

    NOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hope

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    New York just embraced a revolutionary voting system that if widely adopted would change American politics forever

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    • On Tuesday, New Yorkers voted to implement ranked-choice voting in primary and special elections, allowing them to rank their top five candidates in order of preference. 
    • Under a ranked-choice system, voters can rank up to five candidates in order of preference.
    • Proponents of the system say it will eliminate the risks of "spoiler" candidates, discourage negative campaigning, and encourage more women and minority candidates to run, among other benefits. 
    • Critics say ranked-choice voting can cause confusion for voters and complicate vote tabulation, among other concerns.
    • The adoption of ranked-choice voting in the biggest city in the country is a signal the system could catch on across America in coming years.  
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    On Tuesday, New Yorkers passed a ballot measure implementing ranked-choice voting in primary and special elections — a dramatic shift that could have big implications for future elections.

    Under a ranked-choice system, voters can rank up to five candidates in order of preference. If no single candidate wins a majority of the vote, the candidate with the least number of votes is eliminated and the votes for that person are redistributed to the voters' next preferred candidate. That process of elimination continues until one candidate clinches a majority. Voters can rank anywhere between one and five candidates. 

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    Uno de los CDR detenidos conocía desde un mes antes los planes para bloquear El Prat: "Lo primero que quieren hacer es el aeropuerto"

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    19 de septiembre de 2019. Cuatro días antes de ser detenido por la Guardia Civil, Eduardo Garzón, uno de los CDR en prisión provisional por terrorismo, conversa con un tal Erik en su coche. Entre comentarios sobre la situación política, Garzón revela a su interlocutor que el domingo anterior se enteró de los planes para bloquear el aeropuerto de Barcelona. "El primer acto que quieren hacer es el aeropuerto", dice, sin hacer referencia a Tsunami Democràtic, la organización sin líderes conocidos también investigada por terrorismo por la Audiencia Nacional, sino a Pícnic per la República, otro grupo de Telegram que ha convocado protestas en los últimos días.

    "¿Ha llegado a los CDR esto del aeropuerto?", se interesa Erik después de que Garzón lo mencionara. "Es la misma acción", recalca el detenido. "A lo Hong Kong, como hicieron los de Hong Kong, cortar el aeropuerto", contesta Erik. Luego Garzón detalla que hay seis núcleos territoriales de los CDR que han mostrado su predisposición a participar en la acción, aunque deja claro a su interlocutor que el bloqueo del aeropuerto "lo están organizando sin estar dentro del CDR".

    "A lo mejor pedirán después difusión o algo, pero la historia ahora que me tengo que encargar es encontrar gente de Pícnic, que ya estoy detrás y saber por qué no ha llegado todavía el documento de lo que pretenden hacer el CDR en el aeropuerto", prosigue Garzón, en una conversación interceptada por la Guardia Civil, que desde hacía meses vigilaba y tenía intervenidos los teléfonos móviles de los siete CDR encarcelados provisionalmente.

    Garzón remarca que hay que "coordinarse con los de Pícnic" para que el conjunto de acciones contra la sentencia sean "historias escalonadas, no en las mismas fechas", en una muestra de la atomización de actores en la convocatoria de protestas independentistas: finalmente el intento de bloqueo del aeropuerto fue convocado y promovido por Tsunami Democràtic, no por el Pícnic –que sí promovió el domingo anterior una sentada pacífica en el vestíbulo de la estación de Sants– ni los CDR.

    El CDR encarcelado hace hincapié en no solapar las distintas movilizaciones: "Parece que la acción es la misma pero ahora hay que ver qué día, vale, y entonces la historia que por ejemplo lo del aeropuerto sea antes que lo nuestro de la semana, lo nuestro que sea como el final porque va a ser mucho más gordo".

    De la conversación se infiere que esta acción final de los CDR es un corte de autopistas a gran escala, ya que Garzón, en un primer tramo de la conversación, habla que ha asistido a una reunión "de lo de la autopista", y recalca la importancia de que "siempre haya 10.000 personas" para "impedir a los Mossos el desalojo". "Los Mossos con 10.000 personas no actúan, se lo pensaron mucho en la Jonquera [en un corte de la AP-7], tienen que llamar al ejército", dice Erik. "Sería una victoria, el ejército aquí...", apostilla Garzón.

    Garzón también está enterado de las 'marchas por la libertad' que convocaron la ANC y Òmnium, a las que se refiere como "el rollo de las marchas", aunque muestra su desconfianza hacia la ANC, de la que dice que "no nos podemos fiar". De hecho, afea a las entidades soberanistas mayoritarias que no "hicieran nada" durante el Consejo de Ministros en Barcelona. "Yo quemaría el país", agrega sobre los planes para la respuesta a la sentencia.


              

    Invotis Towers peper- en zoutstel

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    Het Towers peper- en zoutstel van Invotis is geïnspireerd op de wolkenkrabbers in steden als New York en Hong Kong. De torens hebben een piramidevorm en zijn gemaakt van roestvrij staal. Eenvoudig om..
              

    Kvaser stärker upp i Asien

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    Teargas, Turmoil, and Tyranny in Hong Kong

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    Airbnb's 'party house' problem could spoil its public listing. Here's why its new rules to stop the rowdy blowouts may not even work.

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    Add one more "risk factor" to the coming prospectus Airbnb will release when it makes its stock market debut next year: party houses.

    The home-sharing service has built a booming business by making it easy for anyone to rent their homes to vacationers or business travelers looking for an alternative to a hotel. But the instant and easy access to homes has also caught the notice of teens and others looking for a place to throw wild parties.

    Last month, one of these party-house rentals turned tragic when a shooting at an Orinda, California, home left five people dead. As many as 100 people were at the house for a Halloween party, despite an explicit ban by the homeowner on renting the home for parties, according to the Associated Press.

    The incident set off a furor, and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky has vowed to crack down on the problem, unveiling new verification and support policies Wednesday that he said would stop "bad actors" from abusing the trust the business had established with users.

    But the policy changes are largely reactionary, coming after numerous problems at Airbnb party houses over the years. And many people Business Insider spoke with were skeptical that the new rules would even do much to stop Airbnb party houses.

    "I think it's great that Airbnb is taking some action to rein in the most extreme cases of so-called party houses," Jake Wegmann, an assistant professor at the University of Texas, told Business Insider. "But it should not have taken a multiple-homicide incident for that to happen."

    Wegmann's research focuses on the impact of short-term rentals on local real estate, and he published one of the landmark studies in 2016 that found the existence of Airbnb in San Francisco increased market rents.

    As Airbnb, which has been valued as high as $31 billion by private investors, moves closer to a public listing, addressing its party problem has become a high priority.

    Verification, refunds, and high-risk reservations

    The new rules laid out by Chesky involve four key changes:

    • Verification of all 7 million Airbnb listings to ensure the site listing is an accurate representation of the rental.
    • Rebooking or refunding guests who book locations that are not up to the new verification standards.
    • A 24/7 hotline and prominent customer-support phone number for guests and neighbors near Airbnb listings.
    • Screening of reservations that are deemed "high-risk" to deter unauthorized parties.

    In addition, Airbnb said it had hired two former law-enforcement officials as advisers to help the company combat the range of abuses and problems that can occur with short-term home rentals.

    American Family Voices' president, Mike Lux, says the home-rental startup rewards absentee property owners who have limited interest in screening guests. American Family Voices sponsored the anti-Airbnb advocacy group Airbnb Watch, which chronicles Airbnb's negative impacts on local neighborhoods and real estate.

    "I don't exactly understand honestly what they are doing with that rule," Lux said. "They are making a lot of noise about it, but I don't know how they are going to enforce it."

    A homeowner renting a basement out on the weekends is incentivized to screen potential guests, Lux said, but a real-estate speculator with multiple units is incentivized to get as many guests in each unit as possible to maximize profits. Unless hosts feel pressure from Airbnb, Lux said, they will continue to operate in their own interests.

    "I do know that ultimately the problem isn't solved unless you stop multiunit operators," Lux said. "That's what will stop this wild party-house problem. They need to monitor hosts and guests better, and they should take more responsibility when something goes wrong."

    In the case of the Orinda house, it's unclear whether the new policies would have stopped the unauthorized party. According to the Associated Press, the unit had been rented by a woman who told the owner, Michael Wang, that her family members were fleeing Sonoma County over concerns about health effects of the nearby wildfires. Wang had received multiple citations from city officials for exceeding the home's capacity in the past, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, but it's not clear whether Wang owned multiple rentals in California's Bay Area.

    According to Lux's group, there have been more than 30 news reports about violent incidents at Airbnb parties in recent months, including shootings at "party houses" in Los Angeles and St. Paul, Minnesota.

    Just weeks before the Orinda incident, a woman was shot in the arm in Arizona at an Airbnb house party, according to the Phoenix-area Fox station. In May, an 18-year-old was shot at a party in a Seattle home that had been rented on Airbnb, according to local media.

    The Orinda Police Department couldn't comment on the specifics of the case as authorities were still searching for the shooter. Airbnb has a contentious relationship with its hometown, inspiring legislation from San Francisco Supervisors Aaron Peskin and David Campos to fine the company $1,000 a day for unregistered listings. The company settled with the city in 2017 after a lengthy public fight to repeal the regulation.

    "Three years ago, we said the law being passed, which was written by Airbnb, won't work because there was no skin in the game in terms of enforcement," Campos told The New York Times in 2017 of the city's relationship to Airbnb.

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    Airbnb has clashed with local governments before, and it has continually fought local legislation seeking to limit the company's influence or apply short-term-rental restrictions and taxes at city or county levels. On Tuesday, the company suffered a stinging defeat in New Jersey as voters overwhelmingly approved stricter regulations for short-term rentals, legislation that Airbnb publicly opposed, according to The Times.

    The company's relationship with local governments will be critical as Airbnb tries to sell itself to public investors. Airbnb has said it plans to list its shares on the stock market by 2020, through either a traditional initial public offering or a direct listing.

    At a time when other richly valued startups like Uber and Lyft have struggled in the public markets, Airbnb will face significant scrutiny around its business prospects and the various risks it faces.

    "Surely this casts light on the need by potential investors to fully understand what, if any, liability issues this or any other 'bad behavior' on the part of renters raises for the company," an IPO consultant and financial adviser, Lise Buyer, told Business Insider.

    For Lux, the Airbnb critic, it comes down to the company taking responsibility.

    "If you put up a mega-platform like this that allows people to do business in this way, you absolutely have to take responsibility as a company," Lux told Business Insider. "You can't let pure libertarianism run amok. That can't be the way society operates."

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    Twitter va a permitir seguir temas de tu interés como si de cuentas se tratase a partir del 13 de noviembre

    Twitter es una de esas redes con múltiple formas. Una plataforma que tiene tantas caras como usuarios porque ellos son, al fin y al cabo, los que preparan su propio menú siguiendo a las cuentas que les resultan más interesantes. De los perfiles que sigamos depende fundamentalmente la información que seguimos.

    Sin embargo, eso va a cambiar en unos días. A partir del 13 de noviembre, según ha anunciado la red social con sede en San Francisco, los usuarios podrán seguir temas como si de cuentas se tratase. Seguirán personas y empresas a través de cuentas, y asuntos de interés a través de la funcionalidad Topics o Temas.

    Twitter ha preparado alrededor de 300 temas para seguir, aunque en el futuro se ampliará el número

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    Este es un movimiento similar al que en su día dio Instagram permitiendo el seguimiento de etiquetas concretas cuyo contenido aparece de forma seleccionada en nuestra página principal. En el caso de Twitter, los usuarios podrán seguir en su estreno poco más de tres centenares de temas.

    Veremos tuits de temas seguidos procedentes de cuentas que no seguimos

    "Sabemos que la razón principal por la que las personas acuden a Twitter es para mantenerse al tanto de las cosas que les interesan. El desafío es que es bastante difícil hacerlo en Twitter día a día", ha asegurado Rob Bishop, uno de los responsables del equipo de Temas de Twitter. Queda claro, pues, que esta característica permite facilitar el seguimiento de determinados asuntos sin la necesidad de buscar las cuentas más adecuadas.

    Desde la red social confirman que más adelante ampliarán la lista de temas disponibles para su seguimiento, aunque se desconoce si entonces la política pasará a formar parte de la selección de intereses. Por ahora, no.

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    "Yes you are correct - it is most proper for the people of Hong Kong to be murdered, tortured and beaten by their government."

    Hardly correct. I'm guessing you're responding to a troll there.
    China is duly on record for being an oppressive autocratic dictatorship. For good and valid reason.

    But it has to be said that the people of hong kong have known for a generation the exact date and hour at which point their human rights and democracy would be abolished. They should have known that protests would in the future result in beatings, incarceration, torture and possibly murder.

    I sort of have to question the sanity of those who chose to stay on land leased for a defined amount of time in the belief that once the lease expired their landlord would treat them any other way than he treated his other tenants.

    Rough as it sounds Hong Kong is not their home. It never was, really. It's a slice of China which the opium cartels of the 18th century forcibly rented Godfather-style. It was always going back to China, and the chinese government will go to VINDICTIVE lengths to ensure full closure on what the chinese call the "Century of Humiliation".

    If I knew that in thirty years the place I live would become part of North korea under kim Jong Un I'd ensure to be elsewhere. I wouldn't buy a new house here, take out big loans, build my career locally, sink down roots, or god forbid raise children here.

    The people of hong Kong did all of that. And now they protest, in what ought to be the full knowledge that China will cheerfully ship every last one of them to a dissident work camp to never be heard from again.

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    According to a source (Sarah Wu), TKK Fried Chicken is opening within the Hong Kong Supermarket/Super 88 food court in Allston, with a check on the website for the chain indicating that it will be pairing up with a location of Kung Fu Tea; another source tells us that an outlet of Kung Fu Tea already exists in the food court, so we are trying to find out if that spot is moving to the TKK space or if they will share the existing Kung Fu Tea space.

    Once it opens, TKK Fried Chicken/Kung Fu Tea will join another combination space in Quincy's Wollaston neighborhood, while several other Kung Fu Teas can be found in and around Boston. (Based on the TKK site, it looks like a third TKK Fried Chicken/Kung Fu Tea collaboration will be coming to Nashua, NH, as well.)

    TKK Fried Chicken, which started out in Taiwan in 1974, features such items as fried chicken, wings, tenders, and chicken sandwiches. (Kung Fu Tea offers such items as classic tea, milk tea, slush, punch, and yogurt.) The website for TKK is at https://www.tkkusa.com/ while the website for Kung Fu Tea is at https://www.kungfutea.com/

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    Dealing with such demand while working out the typical new restaurant kinks has been a struggle, Shawn admitted, and it showed in some of the initial menu items. Adding to the challenge, Bing Bing has to live up to the success of Cheu, bringing that distinct-but-indescribable Cheunish twist on noodles to the traditional, beloved dumpling.

    Dumpling hunters would be wise to leave their comparisons to Chinatown-favorite Dim Sum Garden behind. That’s not a convenient excuse, but rather a deliberate deviation from the need for authenticity that will help align expectations with Bing Bing's interpretations of dim sum. 


    Ben and Shawn are committed to evolving and adjusting the menu, so expect some new items soon. They already added pork soup dumplings after initially excluding them, for fear they were too traditional. Plus, finding the right doughy texture to handle both the soup and meat inside is much harder than most might think (1 in 10 typically break in the cooking process). Making it more difficult, the soup dumpling masters in Philly, NYC and really everywhere that Ben and Shawn turned to for guidance held their secrets close to the chest. Even chef friends would not show them the tricks.

    Bing Bing’s current iteration of the soup dumpling has been six years and thousands of YouTube-watching hours in the making. Give them another year and I think they will get closer to current soup dumpling king Dim Sum Garden, but for now they are just fine and more convenient to home for South Philadelphians than Chinatown.

    Pork Soup Dumplings
    Don't get burned! 
    Inside the soup dumplings... they'll show you how to eat them if you don't already know!

    The pan fried bao buns stuffed with pastrami & swiss (or mushroom & cheddar if you prefer) were winners. The buns had a good consistency and we both enjoyed the Cheunish twist of incorporating Jewish deli flavors. I just wish they would have been more stuffed like a Jewish deli sandwich, especially at the price of $7 for two.

    Pan Fried Bao Buns w/ pastrami and swiss
    The XO chicken wings and turnip cake rounded out the highlights of our meal. Cilantro and honey flavored wings are coated with sesame seeds to add a crunchiness to the fall-of-the-bone meat. The bartender said the trick is marinating them in buttermilk for several hours. Whatever they gotta do, I loved the wings and the pickled jalapenos that come with the them. They are expensive at $10 for only six, but worth the price.

    The turnip cake seemed like the outlier on the menu but sticking to our “everything is better with an egg on top” mantra rarely fails. The polenta-like cake is made with turnips, matzo meal, maple and bonito. Dang is it good. Break the egg and let runny yolk flow throughout the cake to create a little piece of awesome that you aren't going to get anywhere else.
    An excellent appetizer.

    2 layers of turnip cake is hard to see under that delicious fried egg. Get a little bit of each ingredient in every bite. 

    XO Chicken Wings with pickled jalapenos

    The jade dumplings and crispy curry dumplings were a mixed bag. Kristy felt the leeks overpowered the shrimp inside some of the jade dumplings, while I liked their flavor. The fact that they were green from a mix of leeks, cilantro and scallion added a fun twist to the traditional shrimp dumpling. Despite being labeled "crispy curry dumplings" for some reason the blast of curry flavoring still surprised us; maybe we expected a variation since it is still a dumpling. This could turn some people off (Kristy wasn't a fan), but the cauliflower and chive filling grew on me over time.

    The last two items we tackled were the char siu pork ribs and the bubble waffle dessert. The barbecue ribs were cooked perfectly and didn't even need the tomatillo salsa on top so I was satisfied.

    Do you like waffles? How about funnel cake? If so, then you will love the bubble waffle, which is a blend of both with a hint of sweetness. Almond lemongrass dipping sauce was a nice accompaniment. Kristy suggested coating the waffles with even more powdered sugar so you get it in every bite.

    Char Siu pork ribs
    Bubble waffle, a street food dessert from Hong Kong

    It’s going to take some time for Bing Bing to do for dumplings what Cheu did for ramen in Philadelphia. but the potential exists. We’re excited that Shawn and Ben are trying their hand at dumplings and look forward to eating our way through the evolution.

    Pass the dumplings!


              

    "Cash strapped" Palestinian Authority has given $1 million to Harvard U

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    In September, the Clarion Project released an incredible report showing a minimum of how much various dictatorships and repressive regimes have been donating to American universities.

    Dominating the field is Qatar, which has given an astonishing $1.5 billion to some 28 universities.


    Other huge amounts were given by China, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

    These gifts aren't because these foreign countries love American universities. These are attempts to influence what the university teaches, and with that to influence the next generation of American leaders.

    Even the Palestinian Authority, supposedly with no money to pay its own bills, manages to give a million dollars to Harvard University, in 2017.

    In case you are wondering, many other countries do this as well. Israel gave some $53 million since 2012. The largest amount was to Johns Hopkins University, and the next two are USC and UCLA.

    Every country from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe gives money to US universities. The largest single gift I saw was $750 million from Bermuda to Carnegie Mellon University, which might be a typo. A handful of countries gave gifts to individual universities of over $100 million, besides Qatar - India to University of Phoenix, Hong Kong and England to Harvard, France to Duke.

    (h/t Yerushalimey)




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    Hillary's Russian Connections : Chinese President Xi Jinping takes...

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    Posted: October 27 2017 at 3:11pm

    Chinese President Xi Jinping takes absolute control of armed forces in military shake-up

    By China correspondent Matthew Carney

    Updated Thu at 3:07pm

    The Chinese military — the People's Liberation Army (PLA) — has seen the biggest shake-up in decades at the week-long 19th Party Congress that has wrapped up in Beijing.

    Most of the top leadership has been replaced with President Xi Jinping's generals.

    Mr Xi has already started a complete overhaul and modernisation process of the military.

    He wants a fighting force that can back up his vision of making China a world power by 2050.

    With more than 2 million troops, China has the world biggest military, but now Mr Xi wants it to be the best.

    He has set up the deadlines for this to happen. By 2035 he wants it fully modernised and by 2050 to be the top-ranked military.

    Nearly 90 per cent of the military delegates to the Congress were new faces.